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A prayer vigil was held for a Scotland County football quarterback while he undergoes surgery. A prayer vigil was held for a Scotland County football quarterback while he undergoes surgery.

Prayer vigil held for Scotland County football quarterback as he undergoes surgery Video included

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Scotland High School Quarterback Jaylend Ratliffe, who was critically injured while riding a four-wheeler with teammate Dakota Holland earlier this week, underwent surgery Thursday night. It happened while his community held a prayer vigil for him. More>>

Stores and customers prepare for South Carolina's Tax-Free weekend deals Video included

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Retailers across the state spent Thursday preparing for the annual tax-free weekend in South Carolina.The weekend is always a big draw for customers looking to save cash, but this year, the aisles will likely be filled with more customers considering North Carolina lawmakers discontinued their sales tax weekend savings.The time is an especially busy one for retailers who cater to both regular clients and schoolteachers as well.That includes staff at Teacher's Tools in Florence, who have spent... More>>

Standout quarterback at Scotland High critically hurt in ATV accident Video included

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Scotland High quarterback Jaylend Ratliffe was injured in an ATV accident Tuesday and is reportedly in critical condition at a Charlotte hospital. The Laurinburg Exchange reports a teammate riding with Ratliffe, Dakota Holland, was taken to Scotland Memorial Hospital with scrapes and bruises.The two had been riding through the woods around 4:30 p.m. when the driver lost control of the vehicle and it overturned. It's not clear who was driving.Ratliffe had to airlifted from Carolinas Medical Ce... More>>

Widening project in Florence Co. still a go after artifacts unearthed

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News13 reported last year when artifacts were discovered at a widening project along Hwy 378 in Florence county. Now it looks like the project is still a go. Mike Barbee with South Carolina Department of Transportation said clearing of the site is happening now while they consult with experts regarding the artifacts. Barbee also said they will be doing a public outreach in the near future. Items were first discovered at the site in 2009 when some broken pieces of pottery were unearthed. But f... More>>

SC drivers can expect to see lower prices at the pump

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Motorists in South Carolina are paying the lowest price at the pump in over a month and in July began paying less per gallon than a year ago. The downward trend is expected to continue, according to AAA Carolinas. Gas prices in South Carolina average $3.24 per gallon, compared to $3.38 a month ago. North Carolina's average today is $3.44, compared to $3.56 a month ago. "Falling gas prices keep dollars in motorists' wa... More>>

Florence Police officer shoots, kills armed robbery suspect Video included

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A Florence Police Officer shot an armed robbery suspect at a gas station on Monday night, officials said. Florence Police Chief Allen Heidler told WBTW that around 9:40 pm, a police officer saw an armed robbery in progress at Cruizers gas station
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Heat can kill; know the safety tips to prevent tragedy

Two 13-month-old toddlers from the Pee Dee died after being left in hot cars in 2014. Two 13-month-old toddlers from the Pee Dee died after being left in hot cars in 2014.
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Nearly every 10 days, a child dies from being left in a hot vehicle. Wednesday, a 3-year-old boy in Southern California died after becoming trapped in a hot car. Police say he was playing alone in the front yard of his home, while his parents and older brother napped inside. Somehow the boy became trapped in the car and the was later found unresponsive. No word on how long the boy was inside the car. He was rushed to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.Police don't suspect foul play, no ... More>>

Medical students make their way into Florence ahead of downtown campus construction Video included

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Construction crew have razed the site of the more than century-old Trust building in downtown Florence to make way for a new medical campus.The school will mean a more than $15 million investment in the downtown area and is a collaboration between USC, FMU, the city and McLeod and Carolinas Hospital Systems."I think that if you had told someone just a few years ago, that you were going to educate medical students in Florence, that you were going to do it downtown and that they were going to b... More>>

Bond denied for SC waitress charged in boyfriend's stabbing death

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Bond has been denied for an SC Huddle House waitress who police say fatally stabbed her boyfriend in Sumter. Authorities say that 20-year-old Helen Louise Wells confessed to officers that she stabbed her live-in boyfriend with a knife after an argument on Saturday,
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Florence Humane Society holds "Critter Camp"

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Some Pee Dee students have the chance to learn about animals. The Florence Area Humane Society holds its annual "Critter Camp." Wednesday, the students had the opportunity to interact with horses. The camp focuses on caring for and being kind to animals. There are alsocrafts and games you find at most camps but also plenty of dog and cat time. The camp runs through Friday. More>>

Hartsville’s National Night Out 2014 offers free activities, family fun

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The Hartsville Police Department is inviting residents out for a celebration of community heroes, with plenty of fun family activities encouraging kids to make good choices and stay drug-free. Hartsville’s 2014 National Night Out will feature an evening full of free activities, free food, and a free movie showing of “The Blind Side.”Hartsville’s National Night Out, a time for residents to connect with the agencies working to protect them, learn more about crime prevention and generally have f... More>>

Motorcycle rider killed in Florence County crash

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A person riding a motorcycle was killed when the vehicle went off the road on Tuesday night, officials said.The incident happened around 9 pm on McAllister Mill Road in Florence County, said Cpl. Sonny Collins of the SC Highway Patrol. More>>

Florence nonprofit works to eliminate hunger Video included

“Help 4 Kids” is a non-profit that works to feed homeless and poor students in Florence One. “Help 4 Kids” is a non-profit that works to feed homeless and poor students in Florence One.
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“Help 4 Kids” is a non-profit that works to feed homeless and poor students in Florence One.     More>>

Christian pop legend Amy Grant coming to Florence

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Five-time Grammy winner Amy Grant, the only Christian pop star to take an album Platinum, will be in concert at the Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 26.Tickets for Grant’s Florence performance will go on sale Wednesday, July 30 at 10 a.m. online and at the PAC box office. Ticket prices start at $59. Top seats are $99.Grant’s storied career includes an astonishing 13 albums... More>>

Little Pink House of Hope helps families battling cancer

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Little Pink Houses of Hope (LPHOH), founded in 2010, helps cancer survivors and their families by promoting wellness and recovery through its beach retreat model. In 2014, LPHOH embarked on a cross-country US road trip to highlight its mission, connect with local hospitals, increase awareness of its programs and raise funds for its programs. The tour, which spotlights local families that have attended a retreat such as 2013 alumni Ryan Poston who says "Little Pink reminds women of the "normal... More>>

Historical Trust Building now leveled in Florence

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The demolition of the Trust Building on the corner of Evans and Irby Streets in downtown Florence is now done. The97-year-old building is leveled andnow cleanup of therubble remains.An early push by the Florence City-County Historical Commission to try and preserve the building was ultimately nixed when it was discovered the cost to renovate wouldaround $12 million. Going up in it's place will be adowntown medical campus that is a joint venture between Francis Marion University, the Universit... More>>

Dillon County Sheriff's Office relies on mutual aid agreements due to staffing shortages Video included

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A Dillon County officer remains in the hospital after a deadly crash earlier this month.It happened on July 6th, near the Stables night club onHwy. 9in Little Rock.Investigators say Dillon City officer Jacob Richardson was responding to a county officer's request for mutual aid, when his car and another car collided.Pembroke resident Bobbie Britt was a passenger in the other vehicle.The 29-year-old mother died in the accident, four others in her vehicle went to the hospital.The situation Rich... More>>

South Carolina's recidivism rate drops, prison closes Video included

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But the number of people who return to South Carolina correctional facilities after release is on the decline, according to a new report released last month.      More>>

SC grandfather was drunk in crash that killed grandson and himself, coroner says

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Sumter County deputies are investigating a fatal accident that took the lives of a grandfather and his grandson on Sunday afternoon.Sumter Coroner Havrin Bullock
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DCSD Provides Information about Four-Year-Old Kindergarten Programs for 2014-2015

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The Darlington County School District will hold a Fall Registration for our four-year-old Kindergarten classes. Parents are asked to bring the following information when registering their child: 1) Medicaid Card (if available); 2) Birth Certificate; 3) Current Immunization Record; 4) Social Security Card; and 5) Proof or Residence (utility bill, phone bill, property tax receipt, etc.). Parents who registered in the Spring will need to return to verify information. Hartsville registration for ... More>>

Darlington police seek armed and dangerous men in attempted robberies

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The Darlington City Police Department is asking for information that may lead to the identity of two men who tried to rob people on Sunday, police said. More>>

Darlington car break-ins arrest

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The Darlington City Police Department arrested Johnny Walls, 47, and charged him Friday with two counts of breaking into motor vehicles and two counts of possession of stolen goods. The subject is accused of breaking into several cars on Law Street. Several items belonging to the victims were found in the subject's possession. The Darlington Police Department is asking residents not to leave valuables visible in their vehicle and to always lock their vehicle doors. More>>

Vendors cash in thanks to annual Pee Dee outdoor and hunting expo Video included

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You didn't have to travel far to hear and to see what vendors at the 21st annual Pee Dee Deer Classic had to offer up."Birmingham is one of the biggest shows in the country, for example, last weekend. Folks that were there and that are here say there sales were pathetic. I had people that were here Friday had better sales on Friday than they did the entire weekend in Birmingham, Alabama,” said the show’s promoter Mike... More>>

Sunday Brunch: Florence County's McCall Farms Video included

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FLORENCE COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) - Annie Ham, the Marketing Director at McCall Farms in Effingham, stopped by News 13 Sunday Morning to make "Bruce's Sweet Potato Bread" with Lauren and Andrew for Sunday Brunch.Glory Foods is holding a recipe contest that encourages children to eat more greens! It will give someone $500 for the best kid-friendly recipe that uses its canned greens. You can use collards, turnip greens, mustard greens, mixed greens, or kale.To enter head to the Glorry Food's Faceboo... More>>

Lumberton shelter plans to relocate from its "outlived" facility to a brand new building Video included

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For those who enter the line at the Lumberton Christian Care Center and pull up a chair, they're guaranteed at least two things: hot meal and then a warm welcome."My first job when I was in school was washing dishes here and that was in 1959. I was in the 8th grade at that time,” mentioned Leroy Dixon, shelter manager.Once a hotel, for nearly 30 years the 100-year-old building has seen a lot of foot traffic, as many d... More>>

Grateful Dog festival returns to Florence for a third year Video included

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Folks in Florence gathered at Southern Hops in Florence to have a "dog-gone good time" at an area festival benefiting a handful of Pee Dee animal shelter on Saturday.This was the third year for the Grateful Dog Festival.People not only came to event with their families, but with their dogs too.A majority of the festivities were outside, with live music, plenty of beer and a variety of vendors.Randomly enough its first... More>>

Catfish tournament held to benefit family of drowned boater Video included

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A catfish tournament was held all day Saturday to benefit the family of a man who drowned earlier this month.Investigators say 49-year-old Stephen Murray was returning from a fishing trip with his son in law, when their boat hit a rock in the Great Pee Dee River, where Murray drowned.The 12-hour tournament had more than a dozen boaters participated along the Pee Dee River in Darlington County.Murray’s family says it w... More>>

Investigators and friends still search for clues in nearly 14-year-old Florence County double homicide Video included

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One cold case in the Pee Dee continues to haunt the victims' family members and investigators, nearly 14 years after it took place.It involves the brutal double homicide of Wanda Evans and her common-law husband, Paul Coates.Despite following up on multiple leads since the murders took place in August, 2000, there are still no arrests in the case.That's left the victims' friends and family, and a crew of investigators, with few answers and a lot of remaining questions. When the case took plac... More>>

Robeson County housing director suspended

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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development says the executive director of the RCHA, Ronald Oxendine, must pay back any money spent if he can't provide documentation for how the money was used. That could be up to a million dollars.      More>>

Breaking down back to school spending

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Before you know it, fall will be here and it will be time to go back to school.For parents that means stocking up on notebooks, number two pencils, and back to school clothes; all of which usually take a big chunk out of a family's budget. Back to school is a busy and exciting time for families but you better start setting aside money now because as many parents know, it is also an expensive time. A new survey done by retail-me-not and the omnibus company finds that families spend $659, on av... More>>

21st Annual Pee Dee Deer Classic in Florence Video included

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Make plans now to join us for the 21st Annual Pee Dee Deer Classic and bring the entire family to South Carolina's Largest Outdoor Show, Friday, July 25 through Sunday, July 27 at the Florence Civic Center. NEW EXPO HOURS: Friday 1:00pm-9:00pm Saturday 9:00am-7:00pm Sunday 10:00am-6:00pm Come explore the 65,000 Sq Ft. filled with Deer Hunting Products, Camo, Tree Stands, Archery, Guns, Truck Accessories, Outfitters, Knives, Taxidermy, Much More! This year's special guest for all three days w... More>>

Florence focuses on community redevelopment efforts outside of the downtown Video included

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The City of Florence is taking major steps on a neighborhood action plan, that focuses on revitalizing communities just outside of the downtown area.Since January, that's meant work to create several gardens, green spaces and parks in areas like North and East Florence.The city employed local businesses, volunteers and city workers themselves to create green spaces that would take redevelopment far beyond the downtown.For several neighborhoods just outside of the downtown, patches of urban bl... More>>

Hartsville Police look to "STAND" against crime through new mentoring initiative Video included

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For all of Dr. Alvin Heatley's life, he's called Hartsville home."There were 6 kids in my family...everybody in my house went to college,” said Heatley.He grew up on 6th street in the South Hartsville community."As we have evolved over the years we gotten to the point that communities like these where the persons who had the foundation for life grew up and they left and went away...and when you leave the people withou... More>>

National unemployment rate drops to an eight year low

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The number of initial unemployment claims dropped to an eight-year low last week. The labor department says 19,000 fewer initial claims were filed last week compared to the week before. Initial unemployment claim numbers have not been this low since 2006 before the housing market crash. More>>

Grant to pay for new radios in Marion County fire departments Video included

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The Marion Rural Fire Department was awarded a $660,415 grant for new radios. In all, the money will pay for 131 portable radios and 52 mobile units for the county’s nine fire departments. More>>

Vaccine reminder to parents of 7th graders

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State law requires all rising seventh graders to have the new TDAP vaccine for Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis. Getting this booster shot not only protects students, but also the people around them—especially little babies and the elderly. The vaccine is available through your pediatrician or the health department. When your 7th grader registers for school, he/she will have to show proof of immunization, including the TDAP. He/she will not be able to attend 7th grade without this important... More>>

Some Florence County residents deal with road issues neighboring county property Video included

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Some people in lower Florence County say they deal with recurring issues on a road near their homes, but don't know where to turn for help.That road is Circle Dr., near Johnsonville, and some people who live there say runoff from the county's portion of road, impacts their ability to reach their homes.Sheila Miles is one of those residents who says she's dealt with ruts on the drive to her Johnsonville home, more times than she can count."The water from the runoff from the middle of the count... More>>

Dillon and Latta Dixie softball teams headed to World Series

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Dillon Darlings went undefeated in the state tournament for Dixie Softball. The team made up of girls ages 8 and under will leave Thursday to compete in the World Series in Bay St Louis Mississippi. The Latta softball team ages 12U State Champion softball team returned to Latta with a police escort down Main Street last week. They are also headed to the World Series for their division. Both teams have been hosting fundraisers to help pay for their trips to the world series. More>>

Lumberton PonyTails go undefeated in state tournament

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After a disappointing third place finish in the district tournament, the Lumberton PonyTails received an invitation to the State tournament which was held July 11th thru July 16th in Carthage, North Carolina. They proved they deserved a second chance by not only winning the State Championship but being undefeated state champions. With this win they will advance the Dixie Softball World Series to be held in North Myrtle Beach South Carolina Aug. 4th thru Aug. 8thThis is Lumberton's first year ... More>>

Sales of Russian bullets, guns increase after U.S. imposed sanctions Video included

Russian guns and bullet sales increase in local stores following US sanctions. Russian guns and bullet sales increase in local stores following US sanctions.
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Since the United States imposed sanctions against some Russian businesses, some businesses in the States have taken a hit. More>>

North Vista Elementary on track; new Royall facing delays in Florence school construction schedule Video included

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Construction continues on two major projects in Florence District One, though one of the projects is expected to see some delays.Those projects include the construction of the new North Vista Elementary School on N. Irby St. and the new Royall Elementary School, which is taking place on the site of the former Moore Intermediate on Cheraw Dr.The North Vista site is moving on schedule and once complete, will become the largest elementary school in the district.District officials anticipate that... More>>

Fuel leak backs up traffic on I-95 in Dillon County

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By WBTW News StaffA fuel leak from an 18-wheeler slowed traffic on Interstate 95 Tuesday evening.Captain Chip Rogers of Dillon County Fire State Nine told News13 the leak had shut down the southbound lanes for about 20 minutes.At last word, one lane is now open but traffic will likely remain at a crawl for several hours.Count on updates from WBTW.com as more information becomes available. More>>

Darlington woman found in car now ruled homicide

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Darlington County sheriff's deputies are now investigating the death of a woman found inside a car Saturday as a homicide. More>>

Livability court taking steps to crack down on nuisance problems in Florence neighborhoods Video included

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The City of Florence continues to take major steps in its ongoing fight to rid the area of abandoned and dilapidated properties.The city's livability court works hand-in-hand with neighborhood redevelopment groups, and in the past five months alone, they've seen case after case.Dorothy Hines is one of many folks whose taken quite an interest in the City of Florence's redevelopment.She's lived in her North Florence neighborhood for more than 30 years, and says in those years, she has seen some... More>>

Lumberton woman finds husband murdered; deputies looking for killer

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Robeson County Sheriff's deputies were called to the 480 block of Harlie Road in Lumberton Tuesday morning after one o'clock.Charlotte Mendoza called 911 when she found her husband, Oscar Mendoza, laying on the ground at the doorsteps of their homebleeding from his head, nose ,and mouth. Mr. Mendoza was pronounced dead and an autopsy is pending.Homicide and Major Crimes Divisions are investigating. No arrests have be made. Anyone with information please called the Sheriff's Office at 910-671-... More>>

Several roads flooded in Grand Strand and Pee Dee

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Flooding has been reported in several areas of the Pee Dee and Grand Strand on Monday.SC 19 in Horry County has several areas that are covered by water, according to authorities. More>>

Florence County Council increases trash fee, gives sheriff’s office raises Video included

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The Florence County Sheriff's Office says low salaries have created some difficulty in retaining deputies over the last few years.  So Florence County Council worked to help change that. More>>

Florence County man dies in 2-vehicle crash, officials say

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The South Carolina Highway Patrol has reported that at least one person died in a crash on Monday afternoon.The incident happened around 4:30 pm in Florence County, the SC Highway Patrol reported. More>>

"Ripped" Florence mom continues quest to become pro bodybuilder Video included

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Most people go to the gym with the goal to get fit.However, for ripped mom like Susanne Zavelle, a weight lifters paradise became a safe haven."I started lifting weights when I was 16 years old. I had a pretty tumultuous childhood, upbringing. So the gym became a pretty healthy way for me to escape that,” said Zavelle.5 years ago Susanne was hit with a series of injuries, starting with back complications."It had me la... More>>

Football players stop by Camp Pee Dee Pride

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Some special guests stopped by Camp Pee Dee Pride Monday. Malliciah Goodman, who plays for the Atlanta Falcons and also played for Clemson and West Florence stopped by to talk with the kids. He was joined by Sydney Sarmiento who played at Duke and West Florence. The summer camp that was started back in 1997 by the Florence County Sheriff's Office and Francis Marion University started with about 45 campers. Now in its 18th year, more than 4,000 campers have attended Camp Pee Dee Pride. They ge... More>>

Shooting in Bennettsville sends one teen to the ER and another to jail

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A shooting on Miles Saturday, July19th, sent a 17-year-old victimto the hospital.Lt. Larry Turner with Bennettsville Police said the teen was treated and released. A 16-year-old was taken into custody and charged as a juvenile with attempted murder and possession of a weapon during violent crime. He was transported to Department of Juvenile Justice in Columbia.Lt. Turner said they had a prior altercation and this was likely retaliation. More>>

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