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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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