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Man charged in shooting death of Dillon County store clerk


The Dillon County Sheriff's Office has charged a man in the robbery and fatal shooting at a store in Dillon County earlier this week. More>>

Florence business owners prepare for future moves ahead of Cashua Drive construction


The proposed South Cashua Dr. widening project in Florence is moving forward, with many business owners now looking for new potential spaces ahead of anticipated construction next year. The project would widen S. Cashua Dr. from two lanes to five lanes, from Second Loop Rd. to Celebration Blvd. It would also widen the section of S. Cashua from Knollwood Rd. to Westchester Dr., from two to three lanes, adding a center turn lane. The construction would also involve the addition of sidewalks as... More>>

1 year since Hartsville fire swept through home, killing 4 children


A Hartsville mom still has no trial date set for various charges on the anniversary of a fire that killed her 4 young children. Hope Hawkins, then age 21, was the mother of 2 boys and 2 girls – ages 1 More>>

Bennettsville residents want answers for high utility bills Video included


Some folks in the Bennettsville community are fired up. "I live by myself.I work a minimum wage job and my light bill is outrageous. i can't hardly pay other bills for trying to pay a utility bill,” said Ethel White, who has lived in Bennettsville all of her life.Community members are rallying together because they claim that their utility bills are through the roof. Some bills exceed asmuch as$1000.Alice Sensabaugh says she's 84-year-old and sick.She is one of m... More>>

Organizers hold fundraiser for baby Charlie


A fundraiser will be held on Saturday, May 24, from 10a.m. to 5p.m. for a baby allegedly abused by his father. The event will take place at the Morgan Recreational Complex in Laurinburg. It's called Charlie's Jamboree. There will be food, entertainment, crafts and more. Charlie is four and a half months old. Organizers of the fundraiser say among other health problems, Charlie has severe brain damage and is on a ventilator. They are raising money for him, his mother, and his 2 year old sister. More>>

American Trucking Association holds safety fair


The American Trucking Associations teamed up with the South Carolina transport police and other safety leaders for a safety fair Thursday. It happened at the Eastern Carolina Agricultural Fair Grounds located at 5226 East Palmetto Street in Florence. Safety leaders educated and shared some life saving information about reducing accidents on highways. The American Trucking Association also brought its mobile educational class room and truck simulator to reinforce highway safety. More>>

FMU’s Performing Arts Center to present folk artist John McCutcheon


FLORENCE – Francis Marion University’s Performing Arts Center will showcase the folk art of John McCutcheon on Thursday, May 1 at 7:30 p.m. in the Black Box Theatre. Tickets are on sale now at the PAC Box Office for $25 and can be purchased during regular hours (M-F, Noon to 5 p.m.) or online at Contact the box office for more details at 843.661.4444. A master instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, s... More>>

Florence County Disabilities Foundation sponsors Art Contest


“Amazing Art by Social Artists” from Monday, April, 28th through Saturday, May 3rd from 9am to 4pm daily. Admission is free and it will be held at the Pee Dee Thrift of the Pee Dee, 219 North Church St. in Lake City.   Twenty talented individuals with life-long disabilities from throughout South Carolina will be competing for prizes which includes 1st Place - $500, 2nd Place $250, and 3rd Place $100, as well as a P... More>>

30 years for the Pee Dee Spring Plant & Flower Festival


Spring into the warmer weather with a trip to the Pee Dee Spring Plant Flower Festival at the Pee Dee State Farmers Market April 24-27. Seventy vendors are taking part in the area's largest lawn and garden show. This marks the 30th year for the festival, where you can shop a great selection of plants, flowers, and yard décor conveniently located in one place. You'll find amazing spring colors to fill your flower beds and a variety of Certified SC Grown plants. While at the market you can al... More>>

Florence nurse's heroic efforts helps save woman's life Video included


For Misty Lovell, patient interaction is a part of the job. She's a registered nurse at Carolinas Rehabilitation Hospital in Florence. Recently, she faced a new challenge outside of work, and first in her nursing career.

Civil War 150th Anniversary Exhibit at Darlington County Library System


Whether you call the conflict that swept across the nation 150 years ago the Civil War, War of the Rebellion, War of Secession, War for Southern Independence, War for the Union, Second American Revolution, More>>

Carolinas Hospital System recognized for Patient Safety Record

(r-l): Dr. Kevin W. Shea, Chief Medical Officer for Carolinas Hospital System receiving Certified Zero Harm Award for patient safety from Dr. Rick Foster, South Carolina Hospital Association. (r-l): Dr. Kevin W. Shea, Chief Medical Officer for Carolinas Hospital System receiving Certified Zero Harm Award for patient safety from Dr. Rick Foster, South Carolina Hospital Association.

The South Carolina Hospital Association (SCHA) is proud to announce that Carolinas Hospital System has received the South Carolina “Certified Zero Harm Award”, to recognize excellent performance in patient safety. Certified Zero Harm Awards are given when a hospital records no preventable hospital-acquired infections of a specific nature during a certain period of time. More>>

8-year-old SC student fights for state fossil; lawmakers stall because of the Bible


A Lake City student thinks the state of South Carolina should have a state fossil. Olivia McConnell is 8 years and loves fossils and wants to be an Egyptologist when she grows up. She was surprised the Palmetto State didn't have a state fossil when it has plenty of other state things represented like a state handcraft, state heritage horse, migratory marine mammal and more. She knewan ancient kind of woolly mammoth was actually dug up in South Carolina, so she wrote to Gov. Nikki Haley and ot... More>>

Dillon convenience store clerk shot and killed


The Dillon County sheriffs office is investigating a murder. It happened at about 11 p.m. Monday at the 20/20 convenience store, located at 2402 Highway9 E. in the Riverdale community of Dillon County. According to Capt. Cliff Arnette, two male clerks were leaving the store after it closedwhen theywere approached by two individuals. Authorities do not have descriptions of the individuals yet but we do know that one of the store clerks was shot in the upper body and died from his injuries. Th... More>>

Two former Marion police officers charged with using unreasonable force


The Department of Justice announced that a federal grand jury in Florence, returned a two-count indictment today charging Eric Walters and Franklin Brown, both former police officers with the City of Marion Police Department, with using unreasonable force against a female citizen. Walters and Brown have each been charged with one count of deprivation of rights under color of law, specifically alleging that, while acting as police officers, each defendant used unreasonable force on the victi... More>>

Latta council votes to block Mayor from hiring police chief replacement Video included


The Latta Town Council voted unanimously in two key measures Tuesday night in support of fired Police Chief Crystal Moore.The council was having an emergency meeting to address the firing of Moore last week by Mayor Earl Bullard.Since her firing, there has been a landslide of support for Moore – and questions from townsfolk if she was fired because she is openly gay.The council voted 6-0 on an “emergency ordinance” that blocks the Mayor from hiring anyone to fill the police chief job for abou... More>>

SCHP investigates crash involving school bus near Hartsville


HARTSVILLE, SC (WBTW) - The South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating a multi-vehicle crash involving a school bus Monday afternoon. According to the SCHP website, the crash happened around 4:08 p.m. on 4th Street near Shell Pines Street. Darlington County Schools spokesperson Audrey Childers said several high school and middle school students were on board when two vehicles collided and one struck the stopped school bus. Childers said all the children were being checked out medicall... More>>

Lamar Police Chief must pay ethics campaign fine


Lamar Police Chief Charles Woodle has been fined by the SC Ethics Commission. The fine totals $15,000 for campaign finance violations according to the Ethics Commission. It happened while he was a candidate for Darlington County Sheriff in 2012. According to the consent order obtained by News13 Woodle admitted he didn’t detail campaign contributions and used campaign funds for personal expenses. The March consent ord... More>>

Latta High senior chooses Army over college after graduation Video included


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


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>>

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