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400 jobs could be coming to Dillon. 400 jobs could be coming to Dillon.

Dillon County Council discusses new jobs deal

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Dillon County could soon see hundreds of more jobs.Dillon County Council met Wednesday, ironing out an incentives package that would bring about 400 jobs jobs to the area. It was the second of three readings on the ordinance.Those jobs would pay between $18 and $20 an hour andwould be placed in a nearby spec building that sitson Caldwell Drive. The building is about 50,000 square feet andlocated off 1-95 at exit 190. Council couldn't comment about specifics and aren't yet naming the company d... More>>

Darlington man facing heroin and Oxycodone charges

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The Darlington County Sheriff's Office Drug Enforcement Unit made an arrest on Tuesday in the Darlington area of Darlington County. Billy Benjamin Graham Jr., age 46,
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Florence County dad dies in motorcycle crash

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A motorcycle crash happened just after 4 Wednesday morning at the intersection of Pamplico Highway and East Effingham Highway. The South Carolina Highway Patrol said the driver of a 2001 Harley Davidson was traveling north on East Effingham whe More>>

Florence Open Pro Tennis Tournament has a new name and mission

Photographs from 2013 Florence Open (Release authorized by USTA Pro Circuit) Photographs from 2013 Florence Open (Release authorized by USTA Pro Circuit)
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Florence's only professional tennis tournament, now in its third year, has a new title sponsor, McLeod Health, and a new name—the McLeod for Health Florence Open. The event is set for October 11-19 at the Dr. Eddie Floyd Tennis Center. Earlier it was announced that the tournament had formed an alliance with Susan G. Komen Lowcountry to help support the fight against breast cancer in the Pee Dee Region. McLeod Health spokesperson Jumana Swindler noted that the partnership between McLeod, the F... More>>

Florence mom threatened to bomb DSS during visit with children, SLED says

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Agents of the S.C. Law Enforcement Division arrested a Florence woman Wednesday in connection with threats to destroy the offices of the Florence County Department of Social Services.Jennifer Nicole Sharp, 21, of Florence, was charged
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Florence mom arrested after child was born with drugs in system, deputies say

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FLORENCE, SC (WBTW) - A Florence County woman was arrested Tuesday after deputies say her child tested positive for drugs.According to Sheriff Kenney Boone's Facebook page, Rachel Thompson,22,of Johnsonville was charged with Unlawful Neglect of a Child .Investigators said Thompson tested positive for opiates and marijuana in March while pregnant with her infant child. Thompson was booked into the Florence County Detention Center. More>>

Coker named best in the Southeast by The Princeton Review

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For the 10th consecutive year, Coker College has been named a Best College in the Southeast by nationally known education services company The Princeton Review. Coker was one of 139 institutions listed in the “Best in the Southeast” section of the “2015 Best Colleges: Region by Region” feature. Only about 25 percent of America's 2,500 four-year colleges are included. “This recognition is a testament to the dedication of our faculty and staff in creating a personal, supportive, and challengin... More>>

Man found dead after Robeson County home invasion

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The Robesonian reports aLumberton man was found deadTuesday morning after a home invasion.The Robeson County Sheriff's Office reportedlyfoundthe bodyof 57-year-old Milton Cummings after they received a 911 call around2 a.m. from his mother's home on the 100 block of Powhatan Drive near Chicken Road. Another family member and a7-year-old also reportedly lived at the home with Cummings and his mother. Authorities report Cummings had been assaulted but there's no indication of how he died.There ... More>>

SC business owner charged in arson of own shop

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The owner of a Norway auto repair shop has been charged with third degree arson after prosecutors say he hired a man to burn his business.The Times and Democrat of Orangeburg reported Wednesday that prosecutors say Thomas Blake hired 52-year-old Ernest Leland Smith of Norway to burn his property. Authorities say Blake gave Smith the gasoline to burn the building.It was not clear if Blake has a lawyer.The Aug. 6 fire burned the Blake Auto Sales shop, a nearby ministry and another shop. No one ... More>>

Small patches of mold found in Hartsville Adult Education classrooms

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This week school district personnel discovered what appeared to be small patches of mold in previously unused classrooms of the Hartsville Adult Education site. Director Chuck Miller was preparing the classrooms for his program's expanding enrollment when he found the questionable spots. A firm specializing in environmental testing and treatment conducted air quality and other tests in the identified classrooms, as well as throughout the building this week. They determined only a very limited... More>>

SBI finishes probe of Scotland Sheriff's office

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A spokeswoman for the Department of Public Safety says officials have finished an investigation of the possible mishandling of money in the Scotland County Sheriff's office.The Fayetteville Observer reported the State Bureau of Investigation has sent a report to the attorney general's office.The attorney general's special prosecutions division will handle any further developments.The SBI told Sheriff Shop Jones about ... More>>

Florence Two remains silent over grade tampering report

Some question how 114 grades were changed at Hannah Pamplico High School. Some question how 114 grades were changed at Hannah Pamplico High School.
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Earlier this month, a News13 Investigation exposed a grade tampering scandal at Hannah-Pamplico High School. More>>

Darlington Humane Society close to winning $10k for new shelter

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Darlington County Animal Shelterhas been entered to win a Facebook contest through Pet Paradise -- and they are in second place right now. Up for grabs: $10,000 for a new animal shelter!They are encouraging people to vote for them so they can use that money to help save More>>

It's National Dog Day! See photos of News13 viewers' pooches!

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In case you have not heard, Tuesday is National Dog Day.To celebrate the day, we thought to share this really entertaining video
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Florence County deputies chase suspect, make arrest after minor crash

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Florence County Sheriff's Office deputies caught a man who lead them on a car and foot chase on Monday evening, officials said.The incident began at 7:14 pm at the intersection of Irby and Wilson streets when the driver of a 2014 Charger refused to pull over for a traffic stop,
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Southern 500 returning to Labor Day in Darlington for 2015 Video included

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The Southern 500, which traditionally was run on Labor Day at the Darlington Raceway until about 10 years ago, will be returning to that weekend date starting next year, NASCAR officials said Tuesday.The race will be on Sept. 6 2015 at the Darlington Raceway and is am More>>

Groundbreaking set for library expansion in Lamar

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The Board of Trustees of the Darlington County Library System and the Friends of the Lamar Branch Library are pleased to announce the ground breaking for the Library's Lamar Branch addition on September 4th at 4 p.m. The public is invited to celebrate the ground breaking with us at the Branch located at 103 East Main Street in Lamar. This much needed addition of the Lamar Branch is the culmination of three years of wo... More>>

STAND hopes to take Hartsville in new direction

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The City of Hartsville will hold a second meeting for its STAND Program Initiative. It takes place at Butler Community Center Aug. 26,at 6pm. The program stands for "stop and take a new direction" and the focus is to create a safer community by recognizing issues and preventing crime.The Hartsville Police Department will partner with the United States Attorney's Office for the district of South Carolina for the program .The first meeting took place inJulyand the city is hoping for a good turn... More>>

Florence nonprofit works to curb student homelessness

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A new nonprofit in Florence works to combat student homelessness. More>>

Florence District One students train to become certified firefighters during school year Video included

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Florence District One students can now train to become certified, paid firefighters. The district's career center is partnering with the Howe Springs Fire Department, the South Carolina Fire Academy and the SC Firefighters' Association to train students. The program started last week and aims to help out in two very important areas; giving fire departments the ability to attract and retain more volunteer firefighters and giving students the chance to get all of their training in, before they ... More>>

Cristobal strengthens to a Hurricane

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As of 9pm Monday, Cristobal has strengthened to a hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph and minimum central pressure of 990 mb. Movement is to the East at 2 mph. 
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McLeod Regional Medical Center recognized for stroke treatment Video included

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The Centers for Disease Control calls stroke, the fourth leading cause of death in this country. South Carolina has one of the nation's highest rates of death, due to stroke.That's why McLeod Regional Medical Center focuses Positively Carolina efforts to treat stroke victims.On Monday, the hospital held a celebration after it was awarded the Joint Commission's certification for an Advanced Primary Stroke Center.McLeod... More>>

Sonoco signs agreement to acquire Weidenhammer Packaging

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Sonoco (NYSE: SON), one of the largest diversified global packaging companies, today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Weidenhammer Packaging Group, Europe's leading provider of composite cans along with composite drums and rigid plastic containers, for €286 million, or approximately $383 million, in cash. The final consideration is subject to a normal adjustment of net working capital.Weidenhammer Packaging, headquartered in Hockenheim, Germany, has approximately... More>>

Family members mourn the loss of three men killed in Dillon County crash Video included

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The Fairmont community continues to mourn the loss of three men killed in a weekend accident.Andrew Hill, 18, Wesley Chavis, 23, and Derrick Baker Jr., 18, died Saturday morning when their car ran off Highway 301 in Dillon County and struck a tree.“I can't explain man. I lost so much man,” said Baker's uncle Shaundell Evans.Described as close knit friends who saw themselves as brothers, both Baker and Hill along Chavi... More>>

SCHP investigates deadly Williamsburg Co. accident

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The South Carolina Highway Patrol investigates a deadly accident Sunday afternoon in Williamsburg County.Troopers say the accident happened around 3 p.m. on SC-41/51 South near Flagger Loop.The accident remains under investigation. Troopers have not released any additional details. More>>

Three people killed in Dillon County crash

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DILLON COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) - Details are limited regarding a deadly crash that happened Saturday morning in Dillon CountyDillon County Coroner Donnie Grimsley confirms three people were killed in a crash off of Highway 301 North. He does not have the victims names at this time. The circumstances of the crash remain under investigation. We are expected to know more as the day develops. More>>

Georgetown man dies in single-car crash

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GEORGETOWN COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) - The South Carolina Highway Patrol reports a man died when he hit a ditch and flipped over.According to our media partners at The Georgetown Times, the crash happened around 8:30 Saturday night. It reports that the coroner's office identifies the victim as Wallace Byars, 22. Troopers say Byars was traveling west on Kent Road, near Durwood Street, when he went off the left side of the road and hit a pipe in a ditch. That caused Byars to flip over. Trooper say he... More>>

Florence Regional Airport gives flying lessons amid looming pilot shortage Video included

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South Carolina Aviation appreciation week wrapped up on Saturday and in honor of it, the Florence Regional Airport hosted "Learn to Fly Day" for future pilots.For many, they could easily describe the feeling of flying as a car without a road. From take off, you enter a highway of open sky with of glimpse of the world around, and below."Since a little child, I always wanted to fly. Dreamed about flying and when I heard... More>>

Coker College opens DeLoach Center to Hartsville community Video included

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After years of waiting, the Hartsville community got a chance to welcome a new addition to Coker College.On Saturday, the college opened its door to the Harris E. and Louise H. DeLoach Center to the public.The 71,000 square foot facility houses not only a gym but classrooms, a cafeteria and a weight room too. The public got a chance to tour the facility."It's probably 40 years in the making. We put this up very, very ... More>>

Child and 2 females wounded in Darlington County burglary; 1 suspect dead

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Two suspects broke into a house in Mechanicsville Friday morning. Sheriff Wayne Byrd said deputies arrived with bloodhounds and found one suspect dead inside the house. More>>

Florence man dies, son hurt in Williamsburg County crash

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The South Carolina Highway Patrol investigates a deadly accident in Williamsburg County. According to the Highway Patrol's website, it happened, Friday afternoon around 3:20 on Manning Highway. More>>

Deputies search for auction house thieves in Greeleyville in Williamsburg County

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Williamsburg County Deputies are looking for two people who broke into and robbed an auction house in the county.The break-in happened on Wednesday and seemed to focus on an ATV, according to surveillance images from the sheriff's department. More>>

Volunteers come to help build Habitat for Humanity House in the Pee Dee

Volunteers working on Florence Habitat for Humanity house on Rosemount Drive. Volunteers working on Florence Habitat for Humanity house on Rosemount Drive.
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Wells Fargo volunteers worked on a Habitat for Humanity house located on Rosemount Drive in Florence. Wells Fargo donated $20,000 to the Florence Habitat for this project and provided volunteers. Habitat for Humanity works to provide affordable housing by selling to those in need at no profit and with no interest charged. Materials are often donated and the organizationheavily depends on corporate donors. More>>

Victim's mother talks about reinstated conviction in 2006 Dillon dog mauling case Video included

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Wednesday, South Carolina's Supreme Court reinstated the conviction of a Dillon County man whose dogs killed a 10-year-old boy.In 2006, six of Bentley Collins' dogs attacked, mauled and killed Matthew Davis.Collins was convicted in 2007 of involuntary manslaughter and owning dangerous animals and was sentenced to five years in prison, but a lower court later overturned that conviction.Wednesday though, the state Supreme Court reinstated the conviction.The victim's mother, Caroline Davis, said... More>>

Annual vigil held to raise awareness of violence within Robeson County Video included

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For the families and friends that walked into First Baptist Church in Lumberton Thursday night, they all share a connection.Loss.It is a pain, all too familiar to Debra Arnette and her family."It's a pain like no other. I felt like my heart had been tore out. "It's a pain like no other it was stole from me and I feel like it will never be replaced,” said Arnette.In 2007, a man murdered her son, Chad Arnette, after he ... More>>

Florence Police find missing veteran

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Florence Police were asking for help earlier Thursday in finding an older man who was last seen Wednesday night. More>>

Dillon leaders holds "Dillon's Got Talent"

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Dillon county community leaders and law enforcement think they have a "Positively Carolina" idea. They organize a "Dillon's Got Talent" competition. They hope the competition will provide something positive for children to do to keep them off the streets and, hopefully, out of trouble. Registration for "Dillon's Got Talent" is Friday, August 29, 2014 from 8:00a.m. - 5:00 p.m and Sunday August 31, 2014 from 2:00 -5:00 p.m., at the Dillon Wellness Center. The registration fee is $20. Auditions... More>>

Animals found living in filth, woman charged by Florence Police

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Florence Police were called to South Homestead Drive after a dog wandered to nearby house and the neighbor was trying to find its owner.The owner wasn't home and it turns out she may have been gone for weeks according to Major Carlos Raines.
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Fire crews extinguish blaze at Timmonsville building

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West Florence and Timmonsville Fire crews were able to put out a blaze at a commercial building on Thursday morning, officials said.At 10:05 am the West Florence Fire Department was dispatched to 111 S. Keith Street in Timmonsville for a commercial structure fire, sa More>>

Hope Health breaks ground on $16 million downtown facility in Florence

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Hope Health broke ground Wednesday, on what will soon be a new downtown medical center in Florence.The site will go up near the intersection of Darlington and Irby streets, where a landfill once stood, and will change a former community eyesore into a thriving medical clinic.Thenearly $16 million medical clinic will help to address booming numbers of people in the Pee Dee, in need of affordable health care.When Lloyd Paige became ill nearly four years ago, the first place he turned, was a lit... More>>

Child found not breathing leads to arrest of Clio woman

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Marlboro County Sheriff's office announced the arrest of Mary Blackwell, 20,of Clio for unlawful conduct toward a child and inflicting serious bodily injury on a child and possession of a non-controlled substance. The MCSO responded to the addressafter being requested by EMS. More>>

Conviction reinstated in Dillon County dog attack case that killed boy

On Nov. 3, 2006 medics found 10-year-old Matthew Davis dead in Bentley Collins’ driveway. On Nov. 3, 2006 medics found 10-year-old Matthew Davis dead in Bentley Collins’ driveway.
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina's high court has reinstated the conviction of a Dillon County man whose dogs killed a 10-year-old boy.The state Supreme Court Wednesday reversed a lower court's decision overturning Bentley Collins' conviction and sentence for involuntary manslaughter and owning dangerous animals.In 2006, six of Collins' dogs attacked, mauled and killed John Matthew Davis, whose body was found in C... More>>

Darlington County Coroner releases victims name in Kirven Street shooting

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The Darlington City Police Department is investigating a shooting incident that occurredTuesdaynight just before 10. The incident happened on Kirven Street. Police say a43-year-old man was found dead when they arrived. Investigators are working the scene but so far no suspects have been arrested.If you have any information you are asked to contact the police department at 843-398-4026. More>>

FMU’s Warters among political experts to discuss gubernatorial election

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Dr. Alissa Warters, associate professor of political science and director of The Robert E. McNair Center for Research and Service at Francis Marion University, will take her place among the top five political scholars in the state to open discussion about the upcoming gubernatorial campaign and election at the University of South Carolina on Thursday, Aug. 21. The rematch between incumbent S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley and ch... More>>

News13 anchors share their "Back-To-School" photos

MYRTLE BEACH, SC - News13 news anchors and morning reporter Jonee Lewis shared some of their finest "back-to-school" photos when they were kids. We thank them for sharing these pictures and hope you and your children like them as well! More>>

Walmart Neighborhood market to open in Florence in 2015

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A Walmart Neighborhood Market is planned for Florence.According to Amanda Henneberg, Walmart Spokesperson, the market will be located at the corner of Second Loop Rd. and South Cashua Drive.The new market will be approximately 41,000 square feet, and will likely employ 95 associates. The store is currently under construction and is scheduled to open in the beginning of 2015."We are excited to bring our Neighborhood Market store to Florence and provide our customers there the benefits of a Wal... More>>

Flood advisory for Cheraw and Chesterfield Co. after 2+ inches of rain

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The National Weather Service in Columbia has issued an Urban and Small Stream Flood Advisory for minor flooding of poor drainage areas in... Chesterfield County including the city of Cheraw until 4:45 PM. At 3:14 PM EDT National Weather Service radar estimates around 2 inches
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Friends remember Pee Dee paramedic found in Lake Marion Video included

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Search teams found a Pee Dee man dead on Lake Marion over the weekend.The Claredon County coroner's office says crews found the body of 29-year-old Jeffery Brigman around 9:30 a.m. Sunday.He disappeared Friday night while on the lake with his family. Brigman worked at Carolina Medcare as a paramedic in Florence.However, for many of Brigman's friends his loss was a tough pill to swallow."I've loved him for a long time.... More>>

Darlington teen girl and man facing cocaine charges

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Darlington County Deputies say they arrested two people from Darlington on drug charges related to cocaine on Monday. The Darlington County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit, arrested Marcal Anez Wright, age 25,
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Ex-solicitor's office worker exposed private parts at Florence mall several times, deputies say

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A Florence man has been charged with indecent exposure after authorities say he exposed his private parts several times at a local mall.Mark Andrews Manning, age 54, of Florence was arrested by In More>>

Patient info stolen in hacker attack, several Pee Dee hospitals impacted Video included

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FLORENCE (WBTW) - Hospital operator Community Health Systems says a cyber attack took information on more than 4 million patients from its computer network earlier this year. That may impact patients and families in the Eastern Carolinas. The Franklin, Tennessee, company says no medical or credit card records were taken in the attack, which may have happened in April and June. But Community says the attack did bypass... More>>

"Back to School" for Eastern Carolina area students Video included

Students arrived Monday morning for the first day of school at the new North Vista Elementary Students arrived Monday morning for the first day of school at the new North Vista Elementary
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FLORENCE, SC (WBTW) - It was "back-to-school" for most Pee Dee area students Monday morning.Thousands of children arrived at area schools for the new school year.Some students in Florence School District One were welcomed to a new school building at North Vista Elementary.The state-of-the-art building includes many upgrades in technology like "smart boards."Horry, Georgetown, and Chesterfield County students return to class Wednesday while North Carolina students begin classes August 25. More>>

Charleston man traveled to Florence for sex with minor, deputies say

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South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced the arrest of Ian James Willis, 19 of Charleston, S.C. on three (3) counts connected to sexual conduct with a minor... More>>

Florence Fire Department called to early morning building fire

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FLORENCE, S.C. (WBTW) - Crews with the Florence Fire Department are on scene of an early morning fire at the 300 block of North Coit Road.Crews responded to the building around 2:30 Monday morning.Fire Officials tell News13 no was inside the building when they arrived on the scene but there is heavy damage to the inside of the building.Count on News13 to keep you covered with updates. More>>

Florence radio station offers free haircuts for kids going back to school Video included

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For some kids, it's all about looking good on the first day of school and what better way to start the new year with a fresh haircut.Flashlight Barber Shop gave free haircuts to kids today at Magnolia Mall in Florence on Sunday.For the past four years, WYNN 106.3 in Florence has hosted its "Cut 4 Kids" program with local barber shops.Many families say it's a chance to trim that back to school budget and invest money s... More>>

Shoppers make last minute rush for back-to-school items Video included

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It's that time of year, when parents and students pull out their wallets just as fast they maneuver through each aisle of their favorite store.Everyone comes to load up on notebooks and other school necessities."Guests will be in here today looking for that last minute school shopping list…lots folders and notebook papers,” said James Payton, Store Team Leader at the Target in Florence.No matter what store you go to, ... More>>

Search for missing Pee Dee man ends on Lake Marion

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The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources has ended its search for a missing Pee Dee man on Lake Marion. More>>

North Vista Elementary open its doors as new school year approaches Video included

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When students walk the halls of North Vista Elementary School on their first day back the school many are accustomed to will look quite different."In 1957 I started here first grade. It's very overwhelming, all this technology I feel like I need to come back to school and start in first grade and come back through with these other kids,” said Carrie Quillens Spears, a former student at the school.Then again this is no... More>>

Freshmen move-in on campus at Francis Marion University Video included

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Move-in weekend was in high gear on Saturday at Francis Marion University.The school welcomed its freshman class with a little help getting situated on campus.This is the 16th year the university has held its freshman move in day. Students, faculty and staff helped pitch in."It's more than just a move-in, it's a symbolic welcoming of the freshman class and it's a part of embracing I think a lot of our new students cul... More>>

Darlington County students will receive free meals as part of national program Video included

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Students returning to class in Darlington County Monday, will now have access to free breakfast and lunches, all with a new set of nutritional guidelines.The district is involved in a new program that offers free meals to students, regardless of their parents' income.For the first time, every student will have access to free breakfast and lunch and for many parents, including single mom Vanetta Martin, the changes are a major helping hand."It's good because of a lot of single parents, you're ... More>>

Darlington County employee arrested in connection with missing funds

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Dana Howell, 36, of Florence, who was employed by Darlington County as an Administrative Assistance is charged with breach of trust with fraudulent intent. She's accused of cashing numerous checks totaling more than $20,000 and putting them into her personal account.Howell was only authorized to make deposits for Darlington County Progress, Inc. The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division reports it took place between October 2012 and July 2014. SLED investigated at the request of Darlington ... More>>

Robeson County School schedule for open houses

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The Robeson County School District will hold many open houses at various schools as the new school year approaches. Here is the full list: More>>

FMU set to open doors for 45th year

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Francis Marion University officially begins its 45thyear with the start of classes for the fall 2014 semester next week.It will be a landmark year for the university, as it continues its mission of educating the people of the Pee Dee Region and the state of South Carolina. More than 95 percent of FMU's students come from inside the state.The year gets underway when students begin arriving on campus this weekend. Fresh... More>>

2 cases of Eastern Equine Encephalitis confirmed in SC; Horry & Darlington Counties

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South Carolina's state veterinarian Friday announced that two cases of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) have been confirmed in the state. A horse that died in Darlington County and a miniature donkey that died in Horry County recently tested positive for the disease.Horses should be vaccinated to prevent infection with Eastern Equine Encephalitis.Eastern Equine Encephalitis is a serious, mosquito-borne illness in horses that can also affect humans. Vaccination can prevent the disease in hors... More>>

Pee Dee law enforcement and first responders kick off "Target Zero" Sober or Slammer campaign Video included

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Law enforcement officers and first responders teamed up today, to kick off this year's Labor Day Sober or Slammer campaign.They're focusing on a "Target Zero" effort, that would stop drinking and driving before it starts and before it costs any more lives.Donna Carter lost her brother Marvin in a DUI-related accident nearly 24 years ago.He was the passenger in a vehicle that September day; a day that Carter says, forever altered the course of her life."It never goes away, you just learn to de... More>>

Tips to ease the stress of college move-in day

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Campuses around the state will be swarming with students this weekend as they unload and move in. Move-in day can be a hectic time for parents and students."When the students come they bring two or three parents, grandparents, their siblings and so we really have a pack of people. There will be 15 thousand to 20 thousand people that are new to campus walking around and getting their son or daughter settled," said Gene Luna, Associate Vice President of Student Affairs at the University of Sout... More>>

FMU Performing Arts Center brings bigger performers to the stage Video included

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It can be hard to miss the Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center as you roll into downtown Florence.Or is it?"There are still people that don't know we are here and don't know kind of what's going on here...what this is all about,” mentioned Tucker Mitchell, Executive Director of Public Affairs at FMU.The performing arts center opened its door in 2011, but it wasn't until this year that it has started to pi... More>>

Darlington pair who had child taken in meth bust now linked to home invasion

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The Darlington County Sheriff's Office Deputies responded to a report of a home invasion around 10:30 Wednesday morning. The incident took placein the area of Iseman Road, just off Potato House Road in Darlington County. The caller, whom was a juvenile,reported two white male
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Firefighter responds to emergency call and crashes into side of house in Florence

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A firefighter with Howe Springs Fire Department drove an emergency vehicle into the side of a house while responding to a call for a wreck. It happened Tuesday night along Apple Valley Drive and Howe Springs Road in Florence. Howe Springs Fire Chief Billy Dillon tells News13 the firefighter was driving what they call a quick response vehicle (not a fire truck) after getting called to check out a wreck on Highway 52. The firefighter reportedly went around a blind curve and collided with a log ... More>>

Fight in Florence sends one to hospital and the other to jail

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Investigators with the Florence County Sheriff's Office, with assistance of U.S. Marshals Service Task Force Officers arrested James Huneycutt, Jr. of Lamar,Wednesday in connection with a weekend assault. According to investigators, on or about August 9, 2014 Huneycutt is alleged to have assaulted the victim at a night club located at 1523 West Lucas Street in Florence. The fight resulted in serious injury to the victim requiring extensive emergency medical treatment at an area hospital. No f... More>>

Repeat win for Chesterfield lottery player

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Five years ago a Chesterfield man bought a scratch-off on his way to work and won $10,000. The same thing happened to him yesterday."I couldn't believe it," he said. His Facebook post read: "This must be my lucky day."With his first $10,000 win, he bought a truck and took his wife on a cruise.They're cruising again with this one too."He's lucky," said his wife at his side cashing in the ticket."Look at my wife and friends and you'll see how lucky I am," he said putting his arm around her.The ... More>>

Hundreds of jobs could be headed to Dillon County

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Dillon county leaders continue to work on a project that could mean 400 new jobs. County council will vote on second reading of an incentives package that would attract a company to a spec building off on Caldwell Drive located off I-95 at exit 190.The next council meeting is August 27. Earlier this year, Dillon County adopted the motto "Alive On I-95" as a way to entice businesses to the area to help improve the unemployment numbers. June's unemployment rate for Dillon County was 8.6 percent... More>>

Scotland High's football team plays on as star quarterback recovers

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Scotland high school football plays on as its star quarterback recovers after an accident More>>

Lake City to vote on Sunday alcohol sales Video included

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Sunday alcohol sales may come to Lake City. More>>

Darlington couple hit with several gun and drug charges, deputies say

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On Tuesday, the Darlington County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit and the Special Enforcement Unit executed a search warrant on Redwood Street in Darlington after an ongoing investigation. After completion of the search warrant a man and woman were arrested,
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Strong thunderstorms approaching Darlington County

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The National Weather Service said that strong thunderstorms are approaching Darlington County.At 601 pm .doppler radar indicated showers and thunderstorms with very heavy rain and strong winds...6 miles west of Clyde...or about 11 miles north of Bishopville...Moving east at 25 mph. More>>

Florence man indicted on 9 Federal drug charges

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FLORENCE, SC (Press Release) - United States Attorney Bill Nettles announced today that a federal grand jury returned a nine-count Indictment charging Florence resident Willard Lester “Les” Willard, age 51, with conspiracy, smuggling and violations of the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. The Indictment alleges that beginning in 2010, Willard ran a fulfillment center for foreign drug companies that illegally sold unapproved pharmaceutical drugs to US residents. He is also accused of selling unappr... More>>

Florence Chamber announces Senator Graham as keynote speaker

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FLORENCE, SC (Press Release) - The Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce has announced that United States Senator Lindsay Graham will be the keynote speaker at their Annual Membership Luncheon on Thursday, October 9th at the Florence Civic Center. The program is scheduled to begin at 12:00 noon. Chamber President, Michael Miller, said, “This is an ideal time to have Senator Graham speak to us regarding all that's emerging in the world, in our country and in the great state of South Carolina.” ... More>>

Florence Post Office processing facility to close by January Video included

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Some big changes will soon come to Florence's main post office location on W. Evans St.Come January, processing and distribution of mail will no longer take place at the site and instead, will fully move to the facility in Columbia.The site is actually the only one in the entire state that will lose its processing facility once the consolidation is complete.The postal service began slowly making the changes last year and says it's a matter of money with the consolidation of the Florence site ... More>>

2 crashes reported near Darlington Raceway

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There were 2 crashes in Darlington County near the race track on Monday afternoon. One happened at 6 pm on SC151 at the Darlington Raceway and involved some injuries, according to the SC Highway Patrol. A photo from the Darlington County Sheriff s More>>

Community rallies together for injured Dillon police officer Video included

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One Pee Dee community continues its support for a Dillon City Police officer hurt in a deadly car accident last month.Officer Jacob Richardson spent the last three weeks at McLeod Regional Medical Center recovering from the July 6th crash.On Saturday, a softball tournament helped benefit his recovery. It started at 8:00 a.m. at the Dillon Parks and Recreation Department.The day included a cake walk, face painting, hom... More>>

Bennettsville restaurant provides healthier options to change county's unhealthy reputation Video included

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As you drive into Bennettsville, you might find might find yourself stopping at one of the fast food restaurants in town.However, tucked away past the “golden arches” is a place where many walk in for a healthier snack."We didn't expect for it to take off the way it did. We got people traveling from everywhere just to come to the fruit house man,” mentioned Demarcus Ford, co-owner of Fruitful Souls.Not in their wildes... More>>

No injuries reported in early morning Darlington home fire

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DARLINGTON, S.C. (WBTW)- The City of Darlington Fire Department responded to a home fire on Edwards Avenue Sunday morning.Chief Pat Cavanaugh says it looks to be an electrical fire, but crews continue to investigate. They received the call at 2:16 a.m.Chief Cavanaugh says there is minor to moderate damage to the side of the home.No one was home when the fire started. More>>

Lake City and Wilson High student athletes put rivalry aside to volunteer together at children's hospital

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Most would say that football is a game of aggression, but for players at Wilson and Lake City High School's that's all left on the field."2008 wasn't a pleasant sight after the game. We decided to get together and make sure we get the kids together prior to the game, so we can soften up the image of the game and still have that competitive edge,” said Gerald Herbert, Athletic Director at Wilson High.It's been 7 years ... More>>

Marion County crash victim identified

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A person has died in a crash in Marion County on Friday night, officials said.The crash happened at about 8:45 pm midway between Mullins and Nichols, the SC Highway Patrol said. More>>

Construction begins on new water tank for the town of Pamplico Video included

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Pamplico sits right outside of Florence, overlooking the town is a water tank."It was built in the 1930's…and with the lead paint, DHEC made us take it offline,” said Pamplico Mayor Gene Gainey.However, just outside of town limits there is a brand new water tank being constructed.For 8 years the town has relied on just its main water tank because it simply couldn't afford to replace its back-up tank that sits behind t... More>>

65 Florence manufacturing jobs moving to Texas and Mexico, ESAB says

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More than 50 workers at a Florence company will be jobless as their positions are moved to locations in Texas and Mexico, ESAB Welding and Cutting Products executives said Friday.Sixty-five of the Florence location’s 425 workers will be affected by the layoffs, said Dan Preest More>>

"Carolina Brotherhood" arrives in the Pee Dee

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A support group made up of firefighters and police officers from the Carolinas made its way to the Pee Dee Friday."Carolina Brotherhood" stopped in Lake City on the way to Charleston.The group is riding from North Carolina to the Lowcountry to honor the fallen and their families. This year's ride honors 10 first responders from both Carolinas, including three in our area.They are Chief Rodney Hardee of Loris, deputy Sheriff Joseph Antwine of the Florence County Sheriff's Office and Deputy Sh... More>>

Memorial ride to honor Florence Deputy Joseph Antwine

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Carolina Brotherhood, a support group of firefighters and police officers from North and South Carolina are biking 500 miles from Raleigh, NC to Charleston, SC in five days to honor fallen officers. As a part of their journey, 28 bikers in the Brotherhood will honor the memory of Florence County Sheriff's Deputy Joseph Antwine at a ceremony Friday, August 8, 2014 which will be held at approximately 3:00 PM at the Lake City Fire Department located at 223 North Acline Street in Lake City, SC. F... More>>

Timmonsville Council votes down forensic audit Video included

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The town of Timmonsville is in a state of uncertainty.      More>>

SC PASS test scores fall in all grades, in most subjects

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By The Associated PressSouth Carolina's elementary and middle school students posted worse overall scores on state-standardized tests last spring across all grades compared to 2013.The Education Oversight Committee says students' scores are disappointing, but a drop was expected as teachers transitioned to new benchmarks for what students must learn in math and reading.Passing rates on the Palmetto Assessment of State Standards range between 63.5 percent in third-grade science to 83.7 percent... More>>

S.C. Dept. of Education releases statement about grade tampering investigation Video included

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The S.C. Education Department finished its report on the grade tampering. In a statement to News 13, the SCDE said: "The investigation South Carolina Department of Education con... More>>

Free summer program fills void left behind by Boys and Girls Club Video included

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If jumping into the pool on a hot summer day meets your expectations for an enjoyable time, well then welcome to the club.It's an activity that kids at Grice's Recreation Center in Marion participate in almost daily."This is a huge relieve to our community. So it was breath of fresh air,” said Mike Tiesing.The “breath of fresh air” that Tiesing is referring to is the free summer program for area kids.Over the past few... More>>

Florence deputies ask for public's help solving recent car break-ins

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FLORENCE, SC (Press Release) - Investigators with the Florence County Sheriff's Office need your help in identifying suspects wanted in a series of recent vehicle break-ins in the Westbrook Subdivision in Florence County. According to Investigators, on August 3, several vehicles in the neighborhood were entered and numerous items, mostly electronic in nature, were stolen. Home video surveillance from one of the residences contained images of two suspects believed to be entering one of the veh... More>>

Fewer SC students pass exit exam on initial try

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South Carolina's sophomores have ushered out the final year of the exit exam with their worst passing rate since 2009. Data posted on the state Education Department website shows that 77.4 percent of first-time test-takers passed both the English and math sections of the High School Assessment Program last spring. That's down from 82 percent in 2013. The passing rate had been climbing upward since its 2009 fall to 76.4 percent. A new law signed in April replaces the HSAP with two tests co... More>>

Thousands of students received free back-to-school supplies in Lumberton

Thousands of students received free back-to-school supplies Thursday in Lumberton. Thousands of students received free back-to-school supplies Thursday in Lumberton.
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LUMBERTON, SC (Press Release) - The Public Schools of Robeson County kicked off their Back to School Celebration bright and early Thursday with some eager students. The event provided students with free book bags, paper, pencils and study guides. The celebration welcomed more than 20,000 parents, students and volunteersto the Southeastern Agriculture Center in Lumberton. In addition to free school supplies, the celebration gives students a chance to see their school principal and visit with s... More>>

Child taken from home after Darlington County meth bust, sheriff says

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The Darlington County Sheriff's Office charged a 26-year-old couple after authorities found meth materials at their house where a child also lives on Wednesday, the sheriff said.The incident happened on Wednesday afternoon when agents with the Darlington County Drug Enforcement More>>

New North Vista Elementary School open house

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There will be a community-wide open house for the newly constructed North Vista Elementary School on Saturday, August 16th from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. The new school is located 1100 North Irby Street. The public is invited to attend. More>>

Darlington County Animal Shelter up for $10K prize

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Darlington CountyAnimal Shelterhas been entered to win a Facebook contest through Pet Paradise. Up for grabs: $10,000. They are encouraging people to vote for them so they can use that money to help save the lives of the animals in the shelter. The contest goes until the end of August. The Darlington County Humane Society operates the Darlington County Animal Shelter where unwanted or homeless pets are taken in and families find the perfect pet. Like many animal shelters, they are in need of... More>>

Robeson County students invited to get free school supplies Thursday

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Robeson County students, guardians, and parents are welcome to get free school supplies at the Southeastern Agriculture Center in Lumberton located at 1027 U.S. Highway 74 East.The Back to School Celebration is Thursday, August 7 from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. It's open to all students entering the Robeson County Public Schools. There will be refreshments servedas well. More>>

School supply drives in the Pee Dee area

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Florence County School District Three will hold a school supplies drive in the rear parking lot at the district office located at 125 South Blanding St. on Thursday, August 7, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Donations will benefit the students of Florence County School District Three. Free hot dogs and hamburgers will be available to everyone who makes a donation. Rita's Italian Ice will also be on site to provide refreshments. Another school supplies drive is being sponsored by the Citizens Agai... More>>

Back-to-school bash in memory of Coach Mike

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In memory of Coach Michael Hawkins a back-to-school bash will be held for the children in the Florence and surrounding areas. There will be food, music by DJ Disciple and sports. There will also be field activities for the kids and of course school supplies. It takes place August 16, from 2:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. At Levy Park in Florence.If you would like to volunteer, or participate in any sports activities or be a vendor/food vendor. Please contact Ashley at 843-250-8376. More>>

Hannah Pamplico High's grade tampering report: 114 grades changed Video included

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A News13 investigation exposes a cheating scandal and learns more than 100 grades were tampered with in Florence School District Two.     More>>

Puppies stolen from Florence animal shelter found safe and sound

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Major Carlos Raines with Florence Police tells News13 two Hound puppies were stolen from the Jayne Boswell Animal Shelter located on South McCurdy Road. It happened sometime between 5 pm and 8pm August 3. Supplies were also stolen and it all adds up to about $500. Major Raines says it appears 4 people jumped the fence and took the puppies; one named Victoria and the other Vanna. They are white and brown in color and they're only about two months old. No word on how the puppies came to be at ... More>>

Coker College students will return to major improvements on campus, $12 million athletic facility Video included

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When some Pee Dee college students head back to class, they will have new facilities to enjoy.Later this month, Coker College in Hartsville will hold an opening ceremony for its new, state-of-the-art sports arena. It's a $12 million, 71,000 square foot athletic facility that canseat about 1,900 fans. TheDeLoachathletic facilityhas a practice gym, classroom space,training rooms, locker rooms and offices. Over the past couple of years, onecould say the staff at Coker College, has been a little ... More>>

Free health screening for Hispanic children, August 9

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A Hispanic Children's Health Fair will take place Saturday, August 9th at Walmart Super Center inside the Irby Street location, from 2pm-6pm. The health fair will focus on health care issues affecting Hispanic children within Florence County, with an emphasis on asthma awareness. Health care professionals, along with Spanish interpreters, will provide free health screening, answer questions and help educate children and their families. Asthma is the number one reason for hospitalizations amon... More>>

Standout quarterback for Scotland High improving

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There's improvement for Scotland High School quarterback Jaylend Ratliffe. The Laurinburg Exchange reports he is is awake and able to respond by hand squeezing. The teen was put in a medically induced before brain surgery last week. He was critically injured while riding a four-wheeler with teammate Dakota Holland. The Scotland County School District and the high school's Fellowship of Christian Athletes organization held a prayer vigil for him Thursday night at the football stadium and a Twi... More>>

Back to school safety tips

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Kids in the Pee Dee and Horry County head back to school this month and it's time to remind students of safety tips. The National Crime Prevention Council (home to McGruff the Crime Dog®) wants to share some simple tips to get the school year off to a great and safe start.· Map out a safe way to walk to school or to the bus stop. Avoid crossing busy roads and intersections, if possible. Do a trial run with your kids so that you can discuss areas to avoid along the way, such as vacant lots, co... More>>

Timmonsville financial advisor quits at council meeting

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The financial advisor in Timmonsville handed in her resignation during the council meeting Tuesday. This comes at a time when the town is trying to recover from financial woes. Also during the meeting one council member made a motion to ask for an audit but there are concerns even has the money to pay for it.The budget passed for a little more than $886,000. Council will have to meet again to iron out details of where to go from here and said that there are no immediate plans in place to look... More>>

Lake City veteran upset about condition of flag atop post office location Video included

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One Pee Dee veteran says the condition of an American flag outside of a Federally-operated building bothered him greatly and he wanted something done about it.The flag flies atop the Lake City post office.Veteran Hoyt Wood offered to give the post office a new flag, but he says the response he got from post office workers upset him and it eventually led to the police showing up and a senior post office employee telling him to leave the facility. Wood says he's lived in Lake City for the past ... More>>

The epic Mary Chapin Carpenter to make appearance at FMU's PAC, Nov. 13

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Five-time Grammy Award winner Mary Chapin Carpenter will be in concert at the Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center on Thursday, Nov. 13 at 7:30 p.m.Tickets for the concert go on sale Wednesday, Aug. 6 at 10 a.m. and are available at the PAC box office, by phone (843-661-4444), or online (www.fmupac.org). Tickets start at $59. Stageside and other top tier tickets are $99.Carpenter's appearance is part of a ... More>>

Art Garfunkel to perform with Florence Symphony

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The Florence Symphony Orchestra (FSO) is proud to announce that music legend Art Garfunkel will perform in his first orchestral performance in more than four years – worldwide - with the symphony.The performance is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, September 20, More>>

Landmark Old Brick tobacco Warehouse demolished in Mullins Video included

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The Old Brick Warehouse in Mullins fell to a wrecking ball this past weekend. The deteriorating building was a landmark on Main Street built in the early 1900's. It's believed to be the first tobacco warehouse in the city and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Mullins Fire and Rescue station used to sit across the road from it. Once deemed the Tobacco Capital of the Country, Mullins is home to the South Carolina Tobacco Museum. Over the yearsas thetobacco industry decline... More>>

FCSD 3 holds school supplies drive, August 7

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Florence County School District Three will hold a school supplies drive in the rear parking lot at the district office located at 125 South Blanding St. on Thursday, August 7, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.All donations will benefit the students of Florence County School District Three.Free hot dogs and hamburgers will be available to everyone who makes a donation. Rita’s Italian Ice will also be on site to provide refreshments. More>>

FCSO to kick off 31st Annual National Night Out Celebration on August 5

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Sheriff Kenney Boone, and the staff of the Florence County Sheriff’s Office, invites you to attend the 31st Annual National Night Out Celebration tomorrow night. National Night Out is a time for community Crime Watch Organizations and the public to come together to celebrate and be recognized for their dedication and commitment to keeping our Florence County communities safe. The 2014 National Night Out celebration will take place at the Leatherman Senior Center located at 600 Senior Way, Flo... More>>

Florence County Emergency Management, 911 to get $4.9 million new facility Video included

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Florence County's Emergency Management Division and 911 call center will soon get a new, state-of-the-art facility thanks to funds coming in under the new penny sales tax.Emergency Management Director Dusty Owens said the facility will be constructed within the next two years and is desperately needed to address space shortages, the need for new technology and an increased need for 911 dispatchers."We've got to be able to have facilities that will allow us to not only keep pace with those cha... More>>

4 Florence County burglary suspects nabbed after Jeep flips into ditch

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Deputies and Investigators with the Florence County Sheriff’s Office arrested four suspects from Manning for burglary following an extensive manhunt in the area of John Paul Jones Road and Country Lane in Florence County Thursday. More>>

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

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.
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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>>

Dozens arrested in Brunswick County drug sweep

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Thursday, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit conducted “Operation Summer Heat” with the intention of “rounding up” various drug offenders throughout the community.Morethan30 individuals were arrested and later transported to the Brunswick County Detention Facility.Various agencies throughout Brunswick County and Wilmington Police Department and New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office assisted in the operation. The operation was the result of several months of investigations a... 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>>

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