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CUE Center and local agencies search for Angie Pipkin in Darlington County

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Members of the CUE center are searching the area of the Cashua Ferry Landing Saturday for clues in the death of Angie Pipkin. Darlington County Sheriff Wayne Byrd tells News13 Darlington County deputies along with Horry County Police, North Charleston authorities and other law enforcement agencies are assisting with the search. Pipkin, an Aynor mother, went missing in January. Randy Gale Robinson from Murrells Inlet,... More>>

Pastor offers perspective on Easter holiday Video included

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Candy, stuffed animals and Easter egg hunts. All things that many of us anticipate with the arrival of Easter. The Easter holiday is not only a religious fixture but for retailers as well. But what More>>

Byerly Park Beach Music Festival returns to Hartsville

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This May, residents of the Hartsville region and beyond are invited to pull out their dancing shoes and return to the swinging beach music of yesteryear as the Beach Music Festival returns to the Byerly More>>

Residents question why Latta mayor fired the town's first female police chief Video included

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The Mayor of the Town Of Latta fired the town's Police Chief on Tuesday. Latta town councilman Jared Taylor told us the mayor fired crystal Moore because she received 7 reprimands.. News13 More>>

Latta council votes for referendum to weaken mayor after police chief fired Video included

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Earlier this week Latta Mayor Earl Bullard fired the town's Police Chief, Crystal Moore. Latta Town Councilman Jared Taylor told News13 the mayor decided to fire Moore because she received 7 reprimands. More>>

Former Chesterfield Co. Sheriff found guilty on all counts

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The verdict in the corruption trial of former Chesterfield County Sheriff Sam Parker is in. Parker has been found guilty on all charges. He was found guilty on five counts of misconduct in office, two More>>

Annual Pee Dee Spring Plant & Flower Festival starts April 24

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Spring into the warmer weather with a trip to the Pee Dee Spring Plant and Flower Festival at the Pee Dee State Farmers Market April 24-27. More>>

Tuttle named FMU’s Distinguished Professor

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Jon Tuttle, professor of English at Francis Marion University,was announced as FMU's J. Lorin Mason Distinguished Professor for the 2013-14 academic year at the school's annual faculty awards dinner on April 17. More>>

FMU professors honored for teaching, service, research, governance

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Four Francis Marion University faculty members were honored for outstanding individual work during the past year at a faculty recognition banquet at the school on April 17. More>>

Latta High senior chooses Army over college after graduation Video included

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This is the time of year that seniors start to finalize plans for life after high school. Many will go to college. But for Jessica Evans, she will take a different route. The army. "It's a family More>>

Helicopter searching for clues in the murder of Aynor mother

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Darlington County Sheriff Wayne Byrd confirms SLED and Horry County Police are conducting an aerial search Thursday of the Great Pee Dee River for clues in the murder of Angie Pipkin. The SLED helicopter More>>

Injuries reported when RV overturns on US 501

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At least one person was hurt when a recreational vehicle flipped over on US 501 in Marion County on Wednesday afternoon.The incident happened around 4:30 pm in the southbound lanes of 501 near Southern More>>

Florence farmers' market reopens

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The farmers' market in Florence reopened Wednesday. It's located at 160 West Evans street in Florence The market features local farmers and artisans. They sell everything from fresh produce, meats, More>>

Aerial Options expanding in Marion County

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Aerial Options, based in Mullins, S. C., announced an expansion this week which will include additional employees and a significant capital investment. The company currently employees 13 workers and More>>

FCSO partners with agencies for Alzheimer's and Dementia Awareness

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Florence County Sheriff's Office, along with New Generations Adult Day Care Center, Inc., Elmcroft Senior Living Communities and Embrace Hospitals will sponsor a series of training seminars More>>

Florence Police find body of missing doctor

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Florence Police need your help finding a missing physician. Kirk Ham, 67 of Florence was last seen Monday morning around 10:00 a.m. Ham was supposed to be on his way to his office located at 312 South More>>

Marion Boys and Girls Club to close

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The Pee Dee Boys and Girls Club decided Monday night to close its Marion location. It was housed in a building owned by the city, which had a lease with the club. But a change to the lease prompted the More>>

Latta Police Chief is fired, sources say Video included

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The Police Chief of the town of Latta has been fired, according to a town leader.Police Chief Crystal Moore was let go, councilman Jared Taylor told WBTW-TV on Tuesday afternoon.Moore became the department's More>>

FMU presents student academic awards

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Francis Marion University presented annual academic awards to outstanding students during a ceremony April 14 in the McNair Science Building's Chapman Auditorium on campus. More>>

Overturned truck blocks Hwy 378 near Lake City

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An overturned tractor trailer on Highway 378 just east of Lake City is causing traffic delays. According to the South Carolina Department of Public Safety a detour is in place and expected to last until More>>

Tax day deals and discounts

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To help ease the pain of the end of tax season for most people, some companies are offering some sweet deals. More>>

FMU’s Setzler and graduate student case study to be published

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Dr. Hubert Setzler III, Francis Marion University assistant professor of management, and FMU alum Corey Andrews, M.B.A., co-wrote the case study, "Trouble in Sherwood: Who is right Locksley or Nottingham?", More>>

Keep Darlington County Beautiful to host Great American Cleanup

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The City of Hartsville and Keep Darlington County Beautiful are again inviting volunteers to spend a morning improving Hartsville's neighborhoods by collecting trash and debris. The Great American Cleanup, More>>

SC county nabs nearly 20 in year-long heroin sting

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Sumter Police and Deputies arrested 18 people in a citywide heroin sting and are now searching for one more suspect. "It has an impact on quality of life of our entire community," Sumter Police Chief Russell More>>

Gas prices rise as Spring Break season begins

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Average retail gasoline prices in South Carolina have risen 7.6 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.41/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 3,028 gas outlets in South Carolina. More>>

Central UMC hosts annual Easter egg hunt in Lucas Park Video included

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Easter is a week away, but kids in Florence started celebrating a little early in honor of Palm Sunday. Kids hunted for Easter Eggs at Lucas Park. Central United Methodist Church and other Pee Dee More>>

Illinois man continues his passion for racing at Darlington Video included

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Imagine suiting up. Pushing the pedal to the metal of one of the self described "toughest" tracks in NASCAR. For fans still in town for this weekend's race, they got the opportunity to do so. Thanks More>>

Driver Aric Almirola makes pit stop to "upgrade" fans Video included

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Drivers were not the only one's making pit stops this weekend, but so were fans. STP hosted its Ultra 5-in-1 pit stop event on Saturday. Race fans were randomly selected to get a free five point inspection More>>

Blood donor gets chance to become pit crew member Video included

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For some NASCAR fans, getting their hands dirty in the pits could just be a dream. It was Maureen Holt's dream, but now, It's a reality. And her name is on the hood to prove it. "it's incredible! More>>

Robeson County man charged with murder after, he says, man broke into home

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The Robeson County Sheriff's Office investigates the death of Billy Ray Locklear, 33, of Ottimus Road Pembroke. On Thursday, April 10 at 8:19 p.m. deputies responded to 5240 Union Chapel Road Lumberton More>>

Darlington Mayor explains impact race weekend has on city Video included

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Darlington Mayor Tony Watkins stopped by the Darlington Raceway track to give his thoughts on the impact the track has on the city, along with the atmosphere it provides. He also addressed the impact More>>

Kettle corn vendor expects business to "pop" during race weekend Video included

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Just feet away from where drivers will rev up their engines, vendors also look to cash in on the big weekend. T-shirts, license plates, headphones. All on sale. As folks navigate their way to the More>>

NASCAR fans celebrate the infield life ahead of the big weekend races Video included

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A huge part of the Darlington tradition involves the infield life. Many folks drive RV's and campers across the country to camp out ahead of the big races. Over the years, those RV's are becoming more More>>

Darlington future assured by track leaders, fans

A changed race weekend date and a quick change in track leadership have some worried Darlington Raceway may not remain on the NASCAR schedule much longer. A changed race weekend date and a quick change in track leadership have some worried Darlington Raceway may not remain on the NASCAR schedule much longer.
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DARLINGTON (WBTW) - A new date, one month earlier than the seemingly successful Mother's Day weekend date. A new president, younger than most and with no track administrative experience previously. These More>>

Amazon offers employees 5k to quit

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If your boss offered you $5,000 to quit, would you take the money and run? That's exactly what Amazon is doing. The "pay to quit" program is designed to make sure employees really want to be there. More>>

Darlington Raceway, NASCAR drivers and school children partner for "Race to Green" Video included

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Nascar's "Race to Green" program aims to generate awareness about being environmentally responsible. As part of that effort, Nascar drivers and officials, planted trees today in Darlington, along with More>>

Top 5 moments in Darlington Raceway history Video included

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The Lady in Black turns 65 this September. The track has seen many exciting races over the years so News13 decided to count down the top five moments in Darlington Raceway history. Moment #5: Earnhardt More>>

Latta Council could strip power from Mayor after questionable hire

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At a Latta Town Council meeting Thursday night, some Latta residents expressed frustration with Mayor Earl Bullard.  Bullard hired Vontray Sellers, in February as Latta's new parks and recreation director More>>

Despite efforts of good Samaritans, driver dies after fiery crash on I-95 in Florence County

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The driver of a Ford Explorer traveling northbound on I-95 near mile marker 156 went off the side of the road into the emergency lane. In that lane there was a parked tractor trailer. The Explorer hit More>>

Carolinas Hospital System announces Chief Financial Officer

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Carolinas Hospital System is pleased to announce that Loren J. Rials is the new Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining Carolinas Hospital System, Rials served as Chief Financial Officer at Heartland More>>

Smithfield and W. Lee Flowers to donate 40K pounds of protein to Harvest Hope

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In celebration of the upcoming Darlington race weekend Smithfield, a sponsor of the Richard Petty Motorsports No. 43 Sprint Cup race team, is partnering with retailer W. Lee Flowers and Company to donate More>>

FMU to host inaugural Research and Exhibition Day, April 17

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The inaugural FMU Research and Exhibition Day will take place on Thursday, April 17, in the Lee Nursing Building from noon until 3:45 p.m. Undergraduate and graduate students of various disciplines More>>

Lake City man charged with trafficking crack cocaine

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FLORENCE, SC (WBTW) - A Lake City man was arrested and charged this week for trafficking drugs. According to a Florence County Sheriff's press release, Hasean Blue, 38, was arrested on April 8 and charged More>>

Jeff Gordon: Darlington changes don't bother drivers Video included

Jeff Gordon is a seven-time Darlington winner, including his last win at the track in 2007. Jeff Gordon is a seven-time Darlington winner, including his last win at the track in 2007.
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DARLINGTON (WBTW) - Jeff Gordon's legendary career includes seven victories at Darlington Raceway--more than any other active driver--but he told News13 recently that the changes in times and dates for More>>

FMU students assist high schoolers with exit exam

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Hannah Chaney, an elementary education major at Francis Marion University, is participating in a new partnership between Wilson High School and FMU's School of Education in which she and 13 others tutor More>>

HillSouth awarded 2 Cisco state contracts

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Florence-based HillSouth, a leading provider of IT services in the state, has been awarded two Cisco state contracts, enabling them to streamline sales to municipal, county, state, K-12 and public higher-education entities. More>>

Myrtle Beach man arrested for $250K worth of heroin, according to deputies

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On April 9, Darlington County Sheriff's office arrested one person on charges of trafficking heroin. Just before midnight during a traffic stop on I-20 near exit 131 in Darlington County, deputies pulled More>>

Public invited to vote on art competition in Lake City

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More than 20,000 people flocked to Lake City, South Carolina for the inaugural ArtFields®, a celebration of all things creative featuring the largest Art Competition in the Southeast. Organizers are preparing More>>

Big rigs in place for car hauler parade

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NASCAR fans from all over are in the Pee Dee for Saturday night's Bojangles Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. The Car Hauler parade is the unofficial kick off to race weekend. The parade begins Wednesday More>>

New mural in Darlington honors Southern 500 Video included

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Artist Blue Sky spent four months on the mural. More>>

Pee Dee hotels make big bucks on Darlington race week fans Video included

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On the eve of Saturday's Bojangle's Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway, hotels all across the Pee Dee are quickly filling up spots. For hotel after hotel well beyond the Track too Tough to Tame, race More>>

FMU Theatre presents Miss Witherspoon

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The Francis Marion University Theatre presents Tony Award-winning playwright Christopher Durang's, "Miss Witherspoon" Thursday-Saturday, April 10-12, in Hyman Fine Arts Center on campus at 7:30 p.m. each More>>

FMU hosts career fair

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Francis Marion University students got a chance to explore different career options Wednesday. The university hosted a career fair at its Smith University Center lobby. The goal was to try to help graduating More>>

Coker hosts residency with guest dance company

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The Coker College Dance Program will host guest dance company Adele Myers and Dancers as part of the Hartsville-Coker Concert Association's 2013-14 season. This performance will be held Thursday, April More>>

Pee Dee Farmers market holds classic auto fair

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Cars, cars and more cars! That's what you'll find at the Pee Dee State Farmers Market April 11-12. Visit the Southeastern Classic Autofair and Swap Meet Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission More>>

Dump truck loses its load in Darlington County

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The driver of a trailer traveling in Hartsville was making a right hand turn at a stop light when the dump truck flipped its load. A witness said a nearby school bus filled with children was not involved More>>

Follow NASCAR, Darlington officials for Southern 500 news on Twitter

The Bojangles Southern 500 goes green at 6:30 on Saturday night. Twitter is a great way to keep up with personalities in NASCAR. The Bojangles Southern 500 goes green at 6:30 on Saturday night. Twitter is a great way to keep up with personalities in NASCAR.
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DARLINGTON (WBTW) - A great way to follow NASCAR, its drivers, its personalities, and those who help make the Bojangles Southern 500 one of the Pee Dee's and South Carolina's signature events is on Twitter. News13's More>>

Donate Life SC announces

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April is National Donate Life Month and National Blue & Green Day 2014 is this Friday, April 11! During this day, Donate Life South Carolina joins Donate Life America in encouraging everyone More>>

FMU’s Arts International set to showcase a world of the arts, April 12

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With less than one week until Francis Marion University's Arts International takes place, organizers are busy setting the stage for Native American dancers, a Mexican folk ballet, a creative welding competition More>>

2 Charleston area brothers found dead in Williamsburg County, coroner says

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Williamsburg County Coroner Harrison McKnight said someone found the bodies of two men around 11:30 Tuesday morning. More>>

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