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

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

    Thursday, August 21 2014 9:52 PM EDT2014-08-22 01:52:20 GMT
    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...
    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...
  • Florence Police find missing veteran

    Florence Police find missing veteran

    Thursday, August 21 2014 8:16 PM EDT2014-08-22 00:16:20 GMT
    Florence Police were asking for help earlier Thursday in finding an older man who was last seen Wednesday night.
    Florence Police were asking for help earlier Thursday in finding an older man who was last seen Wednesday night.
  • Dillon leaders holds "Dillon's Got Talent"

    Dillon leaders holds "Dillon's Got Talent"

    Thursday, August 21 2014 6:40 PM EDT2014-08-21 22:40:48 GMT
    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...
    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...
  • Animals found living in filth, woman charged by Florence Police

    Animals found living in filth, woman charged by Florence Police

    Thursday, August 21 2014 5:02 PM EDT2014-08-21 21:02:25 GMT
    Agne VaitekonyteAgne Vaitekonyte
    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.
    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.
  • Fire crews extinguish blaze at Timmonsville building

    Fire crews extinguish blaze at Timmonsville building

    Thursday, August 21 2014 4:28 PM EDT2014-08-21 20:28:13 GMT
    Google maps image of the area where the building is locatedGoogle maps image of the area where the building is located
    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
    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
  • Hope Health breaks ground on $16 million downtown facility in Florence

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

    Thursday, August 21 2014 6:13 AM EDT2014-08-21 10:13:15 GMT
    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...
    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...
  • Child found not breathing leads to arrest of Clio woman

    Child found not breathing leads to arrest of Clio woman

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 1:54 PM EDT2014-08-20 17:54:40 GMT
    Mary BlackwellMary Blackwell
    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.
    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.
  • Conviction reinstated in Dillon County dog attack case that killed boy

    Conviction reinstated in Dillon County dog attack case that killed boy

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 11:46 AM EDT2014-08-20 15:46:10 GMT
    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.
    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...
    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...
  • Darlington County Coroner releases victims name in Kirven Street shooting

    Darlington County Coroner releases victims name in Kirven Street shooting

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 9:49 AM EDT2014-08-20 13:49:49 GMT
    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.
    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.
  • FMU’s Warters among political experts to discuss gubernatorial election

    FMU’s Warters among political experts to discuss gubernatorial election

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 8:49 AM EDT2014-08-20 12:49:53 GMT
    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...
    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...
  • News13 anchors share their "Back-To-School" photos

    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!
    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!
  • Walmart Neighborhood market to open in Florence in 2015

    Walmart Neighborhood market to open in Florence in 2015

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 4:02 PM EDT2014-08-19 20:02:57 GMT
    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...
    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...
  • Flood advisory for Cheraw and Chesterfield Co. after 2+ inches of rain

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

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 3:26 PM EDT2014-08-19 19:26:18 GMT
    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
    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
  • Friends remember Pee Dee paramedic found in Lake Marion

    Friends remember Pee Dee paramedic found in Lake Marion

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 2:31 PM EDT2014-08-19 18:31:39 GMT
    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....
    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....
  • Darlington teen girl and man facing cocaine charges

    Darlington teen girl and man facing cocaine charges

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 2:20 PM EDT2014-08-19 18:20:56 GMT
    Wright and Watford (Images from Darlington County Jail)Wright and Watford (Images from Darlington County Jail)
    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,
    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,
  • Ex-solicitor's office worker exposed private parts at Florence mall several times, deputies say

    Ex-solicitor's office worker exposed private parts at Florence mall several times, deputies say

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 11:08 AM EDT2014-08-19 15:08:00 GMT
    Manning in a photo from Florence County Detention CenterManning in a photo from Florence County Detention Center
    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
    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
  • Patient info stolen in hacker attack, several Pee Dee hospitals impacted

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

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 10:49 AM EDT2014-08-19 14:49:47 GMT
    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...
    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...
  • "Back to School" for Eastern Carolina area students

    "Back to School" for Eastern Carolina area students

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 8:58 AM EDT2014-08-19 12:58:03 GMT
    Students arrived Monday morning for the first day of school at the new North Vista ElementaryStudents arrived Monday morning for the first day of school at the new North Vista Elementary
    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.
    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.
  • Charleston man traveled to Florence for sex with minor, deputies say

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

    Monday, August 18 2014 4:46 PM EDT2014-08-18 20:46:55 GMT
    Ian WillisIan Willis
    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...
    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...
  • Florence Fire Department called to early morning building fire

    Florence Fire Department called to early morning building fire

    Monday, August 18 2014 8:53 AM EDT2014-08-18 12:53:11 GMT
    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.
    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.
  • Florence radio station offers free haircuts for kids going back to school

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

    Sunday, August 17 2014 8:51 PM EDT2014-08-18 00:51:14 GMT
    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...
    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...
  • Shoppers make last minute rush for back-to-school items

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

    Sunday, August 17 2014 8:38 PM EDT2014-08-18 00:38:43 GMT
    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, ...
    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, ...
  • Search for missing Pee Dee man ends on Lake Marion

    Search for missing Pee Dee man ends on Lake Marion

    Sunday, August 17 2014 1:22 PM EDT2014-08-17 17:22:31 GMT
    The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources has ended its search for a missing Pee Dee man on Lake Marion.
    The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources has ended its search for a missing Pee Dee man on Lake Marion.
  • North Vista Elementary open its doors as new school year approaches

    North Vista Elementary open its doors as new school year approaches

    Saturday, August 16 2014 10:41 PM EDT2014-08-17 02:41:01 GMT
    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...
    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...
  • Freshmen move-in on campus at Francis Marion University

    Freshmen move-in on campus at Francis Marion University

    Saturday, August 16 2014 10:38 PM EDT2014-08-17 02:38:28 GMT
    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...
    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...
  • Darlington County students will receive free meals as part of national program

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

    Saturday, August 16 2014 12:09 PM EDT2014-08-16 16:09:19 GMT
    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 ...
    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 ...
  • Darlington County employee arrested in connection with missing funds

    Darlington County employee arrested in connection with missing funds

    Friday, August 15 2014 5:21 PM EDT2014-08-15 21:21:03 GMT
    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 ...
    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 ...
  • Robeson County School schedule for open houses

    Robeson County School schedule for open houses

    Friday, August 15 2014 4:55 PM EDT2014-08-15 20:55:12 GMT
    The Robeson County School District will hold many open houses at various schools as the new school year approaches. Here is the full list:
    The Robeson County School District will hold many open houses at various schools as the new school year approaches. Here is the full list:
  • FMU set to open doors for 45th year

    FMU set to open doors for 45th year

    Friday, August 15 2014 3:09 PM EDT2014-08-15 19:09:02 GMT
    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...
    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...
  • 2 cases of Eastern Equine Encephalitis confirmed in SC; Horry & Darlington Counties

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

    Friday, August 15 2014 1:05 PM EDT2014-08-15 17:05:54 GMT
    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...
    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...
  • Pee Dee law enforcement and first responders kick off "Target Zero" Sober or Slammer campaign

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

    Friday, August 15 2014 7:02 AM EDT2014-08-15 11:02:31 GMT
    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...
    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...
  • Tips to ease the stress of college move-in day

    Tips to ease the stress of college move-in day

    Thursday, August 14 2014 9:01 PM EDT2014-08-15 01:01:11 GMT
    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...
    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...
  • FMU Performing Arts Center brings bigger performers to the stage

    FMU Performing Arts Center brings bigger performers to the stage

    Thursday, August 14 2014 7:54 PM EDT2014-08-14 23:54:39 GMT
    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...
    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...
  • Darlington pair who had child taken in meth bust now linked to home invasion

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

    Thursday, August 14 2014 2:23 PM EDT2014-08-14 18:23:04 GMT
     James Futrell (L) Lauren Timmons (M) James Polson (R) James Futrell (L) Lauren Timmons (M) James Polson (R)
    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
    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
  • Firefighter responds to emergency call and crashes into side of house in Florence

    Firefighter responds to emergency call and crashes into side of house in Florence

    Thursday, August 14 2014 2:01 PM EDT2014-08-14 18:01:15 GMT
    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 ...
    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 ...
  • Fight in Florence sends one to hospital and the other to jail

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

    Thursday, August 14 2014 1:33 PM EDT2014-08-14 17:33:27 GMT
    James Honeycutt, Jr.James Honeycutt, Jr.
    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...
    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...
  • Repeat win for Chesterfield lottery player

    Repeat win for Chesterfield lottery player

    Thursday, August 14 2014 9:07 AM EDT2014-08-14 13:07:46 GMT
    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 ...
    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 ...
  • Hundreds of jobs could be headed to Dillon County

    Hundreds of jobs could be headed to Dillon County

    Thursday, August 14 2014 7:58 AM EDT2014-08-14 11:58:32 GMT
    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...
    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...
  • Scotland High's football team plays on as star quarterback recovers

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

    Thursday, August 14 2014 6:44 AM EDT2014-08-14 10:44:47 GMT
    Scotland high school football plays on as its star quarterback recovers after an accident
    Scotland high school football plays on as its star quarterback recovers after an accident
  • Lake City to vote on Sunday alcohol sales

    Lake City to vote on Sunday alcohol sales

    Wednesday, August 13 2014 6:47 AM EDT2014-08-13 10:47:18 GMT
    Sunday alcohol sales may come to Lake City.
    Sunday alcohol sales may come to Lake City.
  • Darlington couple hit with several gun and drug charges, deputies say

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

    Tuesday, August 12 2014 8:16 PM EDT2014-08-13 00:16:03 GMT
    McKeller (left) and Josey.. Images from Darlington County JailMcKeller (left) and Josey.. Images from Darlington County Jail
    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,
    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,
  • Strong thunderstorms approaching Darlington County

    Strong thunderstorms approaching Darlington County

    Tuesday, August 12 2014 6:18 PM EDT2014-08-12 22:18:28 GMT
    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.
    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.
  • Florence man indicted on 9 Federal drug charges

    Florence man indicted on 9 Federal drug charges

    Tuesday, August 12 2014 4:40 PM EDT2014-08-12 20:40:38 GMT
    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...
    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...
  • Florence Chamber announces Senator Graham as keynote speaker

    Florence Chamber announces Senator Graham as keynote speaker

    Tuesday, August 12 2014 1:40 PM EDT2014-08-12 17:40:55 GMT
    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.” ...
    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.” ...
  • Florence Post Office processing facility to close by January

    Florence Post Office processing facility to close by January

    Tuesday, August 12 2014 7:44 AM EDT2014-08-12 11:44:36 GMT
    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 ...
    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 ...
  • 2 crashes reported near Darlington Raceway

    2 crashes reported near Darlington Raceway

    Monday, August 11 2014 7:41 PM EDT2014-08-11 23:41:02 GMT
    Photo from Dar. County SheriffPhoto from Dar. County Sheriff
    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
    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
  • Community rallies together for injured Dillon police officer

    Community rallies together for injured Dillon police officer

    Monday, August 11 2014 7:27 AM EDT2014-08-11 11:27:58 GMT
    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...
    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...
  • Bennettsville restaurant provides healthier options to change county's unhealthy reputation

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

    Sunday, August 10 2014 10:28 PM EDT2014-08-11 02:28:53 GMT
    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...
    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...
  • No injuries reported in early morning Darlington home fire

    No injuries reported in early morning Darlington home fire

    Sunday, August 10 2014 4:02 AM EDT2014-08-10 08:02:16 GMT
    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.
    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.
  • Lake City and Wilson High student athletes put rivalry aside to volunteer together at children's hospital

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

    Saturday, August 9 2014 9:50 PM EDT2014-08-10 01:50:47 GMT
    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 ...
    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 ...
  • Marion County crash victim identified

    Marion County crash victim identified

    Saturday, August 9 2014 3:52 PM EDT2014-08-09 19:52:28 GMT
    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.
    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.
  • Construction begins on new water tank for the town of Pamplico

    Construction begins on new water tank for the town of Pamplico

    Friday, August 8 2014 7:50 PM EDT2014-08-08 23:50:42 GMT
    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...
    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...
  • 65 Florence manufacturing jobs moving to Texas and Mexico, ESAB says

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

    Friday, August 8 2014 4:40 PM EDT2014-08-08 20:40:23 GMT
    Photo from ESAB websitePhoto from ESAB website
    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 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
  • "Carolina Brotherhood" arrives in the Pee Dee

    "Carolina Brotherhood" arrives in the Pee Dee

    Friday, August 8 2014 3:28 PM EDT2014-08-08 19:28:42 GMT
    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...
    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...
  • Memorial ride to honor Florence Deputy Joseph Antwine

    Memorial ride to honor Florence Deputy Joseph Antwine

    Friday, August 8 2014 7:31 AM EDT2014-08-08 11:31:15 GMT
    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...
    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...
  • Timmonsville Council votes down forensic audit

    Timmonsville Council votes down forensic audit

    Friday, August 8 2014 12:06 AM EDT2014-08-08 04:06:17 GMT
    The town of Timmonsville is in a state of uncertainty.  
    The town of Timmonsville is in a state of uncertainty.     
  • SC PASS test scores fall in all grades, in most subjects

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

    Thursday, August 7 2014 9:20 PM EDT2014-08-08 01:20:37 GMT
    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...
    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...
  • S.C. Dept. of Education releases statement about grade tampering investigation

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

    Thursday, August 7 2014 7:14 PM EDT2014-08-07 23:14:26 GMT
    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...
    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...
  • Free summer program fills void left behind by Boys and Girls Club

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

    Thursday, August 7 2014 5:57 PM EDT2014-08-07 21:57:17 GMT
    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...
    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...
  • Florence deputies ask for public's help solving recent car break-ins

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

    Thursday, August 7 2014 5:16 PM EDT2014-08-07 21:16:27 GMT
    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...
    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...
  • Fewer SC students pass exit exam on initial try

    Fewer SC students pass exit exam on initial try

    Thursday, August 7 2014 4:38 PM EDT2014-08-07 20:38:19 GMT
    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...
    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...
  • Thousands of students received free back-to-school supplies in Lumberton

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

    Thursday, August 7 2014 4:17 PM EDT2014-08-07 20:17:08 GMT
    Thousands of students received free back-to-school supplies Thursday in Lumberton.Thousands of students received free back-to-school supplies Thursday in Lumberton.
    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...
    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...
  • Child taken from home after Darlington County meth bust, sheriff says

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

    Thursday, August 7 2014 3:05 PM EDT2014-08-07 19:05:26 GMT
    Timmons (left) and Futrell.. and an image of the house... Photos from Darlington County SheriffTimmons (left) and Futrell.. and an image of the house... Photos from Darlington County Sheriff
    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
    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
  • New North Vista Elementary School open house

    New North Vista Elementary School open house

    Thursday, August 7 2014 2:45 PM EDT2014-08-07 18:45:56 GMT
    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.
    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.
  • Darlington County Animal Shelter up for $10K prize

    Darlington County Animal Shelter up for $10K prize

    Thursday, August 7 2014 10:30 AM EDT2014-08-07 14:30:52 GMT
    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...
    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...
  • Robeson County students invited to get free school supplies Thursday

    Robeson County students invited to get free school supplies Thursday

    Thursday, August 7 2014 9:15 AM EDT2014-08-07 13:15:45 GMT
    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.
    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.
  • School supply drives in the Pee Dee area

    School supply drives in the Pee Dee area

    Thursday, August 7 2014 8:29 AM EDT2014-08-07 12:29:57 GMT
    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...
    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...
  • Back-to-school bash in memory of Coach Mike

    Back-to-school bash in memory of Coach Mike

    Thursday, August 7 2014 8:18 AM EDT2014-08-07 12:18:24 GMT
    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.
    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.
  • Hannah Pamplico High's grade tampering report: 114 grades changed

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

    Thursday, August 7 2014 6:22 AM EDT2014-08-07 10:22:05 GMT
    A News13 investigation exposes a cheating scandal and learns more than 100 grades were tampered with in Florence School District Two.
    A News13 investigation exposes a cheating scandal and learns more than 100 grades were tampered with in Florence School District Two.    
  • Puppies stolen from Florence animal shelter found safe and sound

    Puppies stolen from Florence animal shelter found safe and sound

    Wednesday, August 6 2014 8:57 PM EDT2014-08-07 00:57:05 GMT
    Vanna (L) Victoria (R)Vanna (L) Victoria (R)
    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 ...
    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 ...
  • Coker College students will return to major improvements on campus, $12 million athletic facility

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

    Wednesday, August 6 2014 5:45 PM EDT2014-08-06 21:45:50 GMT
    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 ...
    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 ...
  • Free health screening for Hispanic children, August 9

    Free health screening for Hispanic children, August 9

    Wednesday, August 6 2014 5:25 PM EDT2014-08-06 21:25:11 GMT
    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...
    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...
  • Standout quarterback for Scotland High improving

    Standout quarterback for Scotland High improving

    Wednesday, August 6 2014 3:28 PM EDT2014-08-06 19:28:40 GMT
    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...
    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...
  • Back to school safety tips

    Back to school safety tips

    Wednesday, August 6 2014 2:46 PM EDT2014-08-06 18:46:33 GMT
    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...
    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...
  • Timmonsville financial advisor quits at council meeting

    Timmonsville financial advisor quits at council meeting

    Wednesday, August 6 2014 2:45 PM EDT2014-08-06 18:45:50 GMT
    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...
    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...
  • Lake City veteran upset about condition of flag atop post office location

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

    Wednesday, August 6 2014 6:07 AM EDT2014-08-06 10:07:51 GMT
    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 ...
    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 ...
  • The epic Mary Chapin Carpenter to make appearance at FMU's PAC, Nov. 13

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

    Tuesday, August 5 2014 3:48 PM EDT2014-08-05 19:48:35 GMT
    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 ...
    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 ...
  • Tropical Storm Bertha Continues to Weaken

    Tropical Storm Bertha Continues to Weaken

    Tuesday, August 5 2014 11:10 AM EDT2014-08-05 15:10:48 GMT
    Downgraded to a Tropical Storm early Tuesday morning, Bertha continues to weaken as it races off to the northern latitudes where it will lose it's tropical characteristics likely tomorrow as it heads out to sea.
    Downgraded to a Tropical Storm early Tuesday morning, Bertha continues to weaken as it races off to the northern latitudes where it will lose it's tropical characteristics likely tomorrow as it heads out to sea.

  • Art Garfunkel to perform with Florence Symphony

    Art Garfunkel to perform with Florence Symphony

    Monday, August 4 2014 6:35 PM EDT2014-08-04 22:35:38 GMT
    Garfunkel -- image supplied by Florence Symphony Orchestra Garfunkel -- image supplied by Florence Symphony Orchestra
    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,
    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,
  • Landmark Old Brick tobacco Warehouse demolished in Mullins

    Landmark Old Brick tobacco Warehouse demolished in Mullins

    Monday, August 4 2014 6:14 PM EDT2014-08-04 22:14:07 GMT
    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...
    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...
  • FCSD 3 holds school supplies drive, August 7

    FCSD 3 holds school supplies drive, August 7

    Monday, August 4 2014 4:18 PM EDT2014-08-04 20:18:12 GMT
    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.
    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.
  • FCSO to kick off 31st Annual National Night Out Celebration on August 5

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

    Monday, August 4 2014 10:50 AM EDT2014-08-04 14:50:41 GMT
    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...
    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...
  • Florence County Emergency Management, 911 to get $4.9 million new facility

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

    Saturday, August 2 2014 8:51 AM EDT2014-08-02 12:51:18 GMT
    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...
    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...
  • 4 Florence County burglary suspects nabbed after Jeep flips into ditch

    4 Florence County burglary suspects nabbed after Jeep flips into ditch

    Friday, August 1 2014 4:27 PM EDT2014-08-01 20:27:28 GMT
    Mugs from Florence County Jail.. Jeep crash photo from Florence County SheriffMugs from Florence County Jail.. Jeep crash photo from Florence County Sheriff
    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.
    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.
  • Prayer vigil held for Scotland County football quarterback as he undergoes surgery

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

    Friday, August 1 2014 3:18 PM EDT2014-08-01 19:18:45 GMT
    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.
    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.
    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.
  • Dozens arrested in Brunswick County drug sweep

    Dozens arrested in Brunswick County drug sweep

    Friday, August 1 2014 2:27 PM EDT2014-08-01 18:27:00 GMT
    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...
    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...
  • Stores and customers prepare for South Carolina's Tax-Free weekend deals

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

    Thursday, July 31 2014 9:50 PM EDT2014-08-01 01:50:39 GMT
    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...
    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...
  • Standout quarterback at Scotland High critically hurt in ATV accident

    Standout quarterback at Scotland High critically hurt in ATV accident

    Thursday, July 31 2014 3:02 PM EDT2014-07-31 19:02:54 GMT
    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...
    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...
  • Widening project in Florence Co. still a go after artifacts unearthed

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

    Thursday, July 31 2014 2:49 PM EDT2014-07-31 18:49:24 GMT
    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...
    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...
  • SC drivers can expect to see lower prices at the pump

    SC drivers can expect to see lower prices at the pump

    Thursday, July 31 2014 1:26 PM EDT2014-07-31 17:26:29 GMT
    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...
    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...
  • Florence Police officer shoots, kills armed robbery suspect

    Florence Police officer shoots, kills armed robbery suspect

    Thursday, July 31 2014 10:02 AM EDT2014-07-31 14:02:42 GMT
    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
    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
  • Heat can kill; know the safety tips to prevent tragedy

    Heat can kill; know the safety tips to prevent tragedy

    Thursday, July 31 2014 9:09 AM EDT2014-07-31 13:09:17 GMT
    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.
    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 ...
    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 ...
  • Medical students make their way into Florence ahead of downtown campus construction

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

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 10:26 PM EDT2014-07-31 02:26:17 GMT
    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...
    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...
  • Bond denied for SC waitress charged in boyfriend's stabbing death

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

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 3:06 PM EDT2014-07-30 19:06:59 GMT
    Wells and Richardson in a Facebook photoWells and Richardson in a Facebook photo
    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,
    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,
  • Florence Humane Society holds "Critter Camp"

    Florence Humane Society holds "Critter Camp"

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 12:08 PM EDT2014-07-30 16:08:46 GMT
    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.
    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.
  • Hartsville’s National Night Out 2014 offers free activities, family fun

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

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 11:05 AM EDT2014-07-30 15:05:38 GMT
    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...
    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...
  • Motorcycle rider killed in Florence County crash

    Motorcycle rider killed in Florence County crash

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 6:51 AM EDT2014-07-30 10:51:40 GMT
    Google map of crash locationGoogle map of crash location
    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.
    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.
  • Florence nonprofit works to eliminate hunger

    Florence nonprofit works to eliminate hunger

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 10:32 PM EDT2014-07-30 02:32:46 GMT
    “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.
    “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.    
  • Christian pop legend Amy Grant coming to Florence

    Christian pop legend Amy Grant coming to Florence

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 3:27 PM EDT2014-07-29 19:27:12 GMT
    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...
    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...
  • Little Pink House of Hope helps families battling cancer

    Little Pink House of Hope helps families battling cancer

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 3:03 PM EDT2014-07-29 19:03:00 GMT
    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...
    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...
  • Historical Trust Building now leveled in Florence

    Historical Trust Building now leveled in Florence

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 1:27 PM EDT2014-07-29 17:27:44 GMT
    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...
    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...
  • Dillon County Sheriff's Office relies on mutual aid agreements due to staffing shortages

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

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 7:47 AM EDT2014-07-29 11:47:52 GMT
    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...
    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...
  • South Carolina's recidivism rate drops, prison closes

    South Carolina's recidivism rate drops, prison closes

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 12:03 AM EDT2014-07-29 04:03:18 GMT
    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. 
    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.     
  • 6 children hurt, homes damaged near Conway as storm hits

    6 children hurt, homes damaged near Conway as storm hits

    Monday, July 28 2014 10:32 PM EDT2014-07-29 02:32:45 GMT
    Monday will be another hot and humid day with high temperatures topping out in the mid 90s across the Pee Dee and Grand Strand. The combination of temperatures in the 90s and dew points in the 70s will cause heat index values to climb above 100° for much of the afternoon. A Heat Advisory is in effect for coastal Horry and Georgetown counties until 6pmas heat indices may climb above 105°.A strong cold front will move in during the afternoon and evening hours, bringingwith it thechance for scat...
    Monday will be another hot and humid day with high temperatures topping out in the mid 90s across the Pee Dee and Grand Strand. The combination of temperatures in the 90s and dew points in the 70s will cause heat index values to climb above 100° for much of the afternoon. A Heat Advisory is in effect for coastal Horry and Georgetown counties until 6pmas heat indices may climb above 105°.A strong cold front will move in during the afternoon and evening hours, bringingwith it thechance for scat...
  • SC grandfather was drunk in crash that killed grandson and himself, coroner says

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

    Monday, July 28 2014 6:51 PM EDT2014-07-28 22:51:14 GMT
    Image from WLTXImage from WLTX
    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
    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
  • DCSD Provides Information about Four-Year-Old Kindergarten Programs for 2014-2015

    DCSD Provides Information about Four-Year-Old Kindergarten Programs for 2014-2015

    Monday, July 28 2014 4:02 PM EDT2014-07-28 20:02:37 GMT
    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 ...
    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 ...
  • Darlington police seek armed and dangerous men in attempted robberies

    Darlington police seek armed and dangerous men in attempted robberies

    Monday, July 28 2014 2:52 PM EDT2014-07-28 18:52:26 GMT
    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.
    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.
  • Darlington car break-ins arrest

    Darlington car break-ins arrest

    Monday, July 28 2014 10:27 AM EDT2014-07-28 14:27:14 GMT
    Johnny Walls Johnny Walls
    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.
    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.
  • Vendors cash in thanks to annual Pee Dee outdoor and hunting expo

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

    Sunday, July 27 2014 9:15 PM EDT2014-07-28 01:15:35 GMT
    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...
    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...
  • Lumberton shelter plans to relocate from its "outlived" facility to a brand new building

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

    Saturday, July 26 2014 10:51 PM EDT2014-07-27 02:51:37 GMT
    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...
    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...
  • Grateful Dog festival returns to Florence for a third year

    Grateful Dog festival returns to Florence for a third year

    Saturday, July 26 2014 10:25 PM EDT2014-07-27 02:25:33 GMT
    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...
    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...
  • Catfish tournament held to benefit family of drowned boater

    Catfish tournament held to benefit family of drowned boater

    Saturday, July 26 2014 10:06 PM EDT2014-07-27 02:06:22 GMT
    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...
    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...
  • Investigators and friends still search for clues in nearly 14-year-old Florence County double homicide

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

    Saturday, July 26 2014 12:59 AM EDT2014-07-26 04:59:48 GMT
    Evans and CoatesEvans and Coates
    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...
    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...
  • Robeson County housing director suspended

    Robeson County housing director suspended

    Friday, July 25 2014 11:00 PM EDT2014-07-26 03:00:36 GMT
    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.  
    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.     
  • Breaking down back to school spending

    Breaking down back to school spending

    Friday, July 25 2014 9:29 PM EDT2014-07-26 01:29:01 GMT
    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...
    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...
  • 21st Annual Pee Dee Deer Classic in Florence

    21st Annual Pee Dee Deer Classic in Florence

    Friday, July 25 2014 8:39 PM EDT2014-07-26 00:39:01 GMT
    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...
    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...
  • Florence focuses on community redevelopment efforts outside of the downtown

    Florence focuses on community redevelopment efforts outside of the downtown

    Thursday, July 24 2014 8:18 PM EDT2014-07-25 00:18:22 GMT
    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...
    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...
  • Hartsville Police look to "STAND" against crime through new mentoring initiative

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

    Thursday, July 24 2014 5:42 PM EDT2014-07-24 21:42:59 GMT
    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...
    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...
  • National unemployment rate drops to an eight year low

    National unemployment rate drops to an eight year low

    Thursday, July 24 2014 4:54 PM EDT2014-07-24 20:54:19 GMT
    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.
    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.
  • Grant to pay for new radios in Marion County fire departments

    Grant to pay for new radios in Marion County fire departments

    Thursday, July 24 2014 8:00 AM EDT2014-07-24 12:00:29 GMT
    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.
    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.
  • Vaccine reminder to parents of 7th graders

    Vaccine reminder to parents of 7th graders

    Thursday, July 24 2014 6:52 AM EDT2014-07-24 10:52:00 GMT
    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...
    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...
  • Some Florence County residents deal with road issues neighboring county property

    Some Florence County residents deal with road issues neighboring county property

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 8:25 PM EDT2014-07-24 00:25:46 GMT
    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...
    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...
  • Dillon and Latta Dixie softball teams headed to World Series

    Dillon and Latta Dixie softball teams headed to World Series

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 12:51 PM EDT2014-07-23 16:51:38 GMT
    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.
    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.
  • Lumberton PonyTails go undefeated in state tournament

    Lumberton PonyTails go undefeated in state tournament

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 11:24 AM EDT2014-07-23 15:24:46 GMT
    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 ...
    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 ...
  • Sales of Russian bullets, guns increase after U.S. imposed sanctions

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

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 6:26 AM EDT2014-07-23 10:26:33 GMT
    Russian guns and bullet sales increase in local stores following US sanctions.Russian guns and bullet sales increase in local stores following US sanctions.
    Since the United States imposed sanctions against some Russian businesses, some businesses in the States have taken a hit.
    Since the United States imposed sanctions against some Russian businesses, some businesses in the States have taken a hit.
  • North Vista Elementary on track; new Royall facing delays in Florence school construction schedule

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

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 6:25 AM EDT2014-07-23 10:25:46 GMT
    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...
    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...
  • Fuel leak backs up traffic on I-95 in Dillon County

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

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 10:03 PM EDT2014-07-23 02:03:51 GMT
    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.
    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.
  • Darlington woman found in car now ruled homicide

    Darlington woman found in car now ruled homicide

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 10:19 AM EDT2014-07-22 14:19:06 GMT
    Darlington County sheriff's deputies are now investigating the death of a woman found inside a car Saturday as a homicide.
    Darlington County sheriff's deputies are now investigating the death of a woman found inside a car Saturday as a homicide.
  • Livability court taking steps to crack down on nuisance problems in Florence neighborhoods

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

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 9:10 AM EDT2014-07-22 13:10:36 GMT
    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...
    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...
  • Lumberton woman finds husband murdered; deputies looking for killer

    Lumberton woman finds husband murdered; deputies looking for killer

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 9:04 AM EDT2014-07-22 13:04:58 GMT
    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-...
    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-...
  • Florence County Council increases trash fee, gives sheriff’s office raises

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

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 8:15 AM EDT2014-07-22 12:15:16 GMT
    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.
    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.
  • Florence County man dies in 2-vehicle crash, officials say

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

    Monday, July 21 2014 10:09 PM EDT2014-07-22 02:09:25 GMT
    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.
    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.
  • "Ripped" Florence mom continues quest to become pro bodybuilder

    "Ripped" Florence mom continues quest to become pro bodybuilder

    Monday, July 21 2014 6:28 PM EDT2014-07-21 22:28:59 GMT
    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...
    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...
  • Football players stop by Camp Pee Dee Pride

    Football players stop by Camp Pee Dee Pride

    Monday, July 21 2014 1:48 PM EDT2014-07-21 17:48:32 GMT
    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...
    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...
  • Shooting in Bennettsville sends one teen to the ER and another to jail

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

    Monday, July 21 2014 1:22 PM EDT2014-07-21 17:22:50 GMT
    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.
    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.
  • Cheraw man arrested on child pornography charges for second time

    Cheraw man arrested on child pornography charges for second time

    Monday, July 21 2014 1:10 PM EDT2014-07-21 17:10:31 GMT
    South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced the arrest of George Walter Krauss,75,of Cheraw, S.C. on eleven counts involving the sexual exploitation of minors. The Attorney General's Office, which supervises the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, made the arrest.The ICAC Task Force received a CyberTipline Report from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that images depicting children engaged in sexual activity had been disseminated from an email ac...
    South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced the arrest of George Walter Krauss,75,of Cheraw, S.C. on eleven counts involving the sexual exploitation of minors. The Attorney General's Office, which supervises the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, made the arrest.The ICAC Task Force received a CyberTipline Report from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that images depicting children engaged in sexual activity had been disseminated from an email ac...
  • FMU Recognized as "2014 Great College to Work For"

    FMU Recognized as "2014 Great College to Work For"

    Monday, July 21 2014 10:46 AM EDT2014-07-21 14:46:55 GMT
    For the second straight year, Francis Marion University has been recognized as a Great Colleges to Work For® Honor Roll schools by The Chronicle of Higher Education.The results, released in The Chronicle’s seventh annual report on the academic workplace, are based in large part on a third party survey of FMU faculty and staff.FMU was one of just 71 four-year colleges recognized by The Chronicle, and one of only 30 fou...
    For the second straight year, Francis Marion University has been recognized as a Great Colleges to Work For® Honor Roll schools by The Chronicle of Higher Education.The results, released in The Chronicle’s seventh annual report on the academic workplace, are based in large part on a third party survey of FMU faculty and staff.FMU was one of just 71 four-year colleges recognized by The Chronicle, and one of only 30 fou...
  • Hartsville will soon introduce STAND program initiative to its residents

    Hartsville will soon introduce STAND program initiative to its residents

    Monday, July 21 2014 6:43 AM EDT2014-07-21 10:43:34 GMT
    Reducing crime is a big goal of many communities in the Pee Dee area.Now, the City of Hartsville hopes a new program will keep people in the area safer.The Hartsville Police Department will soon introduce its STAND Program Initiative.The program stands for "stop and take a new direction". It’s intended to tackle some of the sources of crime and help residents to prevent it too.Hartsville PD will partner with the Unite...
    Reducing crime is a big goal of many communities in the Pee Dee area.Now, the City of Hartsville hopes a new program will keep people in the area safer.The Hartsville Police Department will soon introduce its STAND Program Initiative.The program stands for "stop and take a new direction". It’s intended to tackle some of the sources of crime and help residents to prevent it too.Hartsville PD will partner with the Unite...
  • Darlington man dies when backhoe flips over

    Darlington man dies when backhoe flips over

    Sunday, July 20 2014 1:56 PM EDT2014-07-20 17:56:51 GMT
    DARLINGTON, S.C. (WBTW) - The Darlington County Coroner's and Sheriff's Offices investigate a man's death.Darlington County Coroner Todd Hardee says Eugene Leo William, 54, of Darlington, died when the backhoe he was operating flipped over.It happened around 3:30 Saturday afternoon at a home off of Pinedale Road in Darlington.An autopsy will be performed Sunday. An official cause of death is expected as early as Monday.
    DARLINGTON, S.C. (WBTW) - The Darlington County Coroner's and Sheriff's Offices investigate a man's death.Darlington County Coroner Todd Hardee says Eugene Leo William, 54, of Darlington, died when the backhoe he was operating flipped over.It happened around 3:30 Saturday afternoon at a home off of Pinedale Road in Darlington.An autopsy will be performed Sunday. An official cause of death is expected as early as Monday.
  • All-Star Lanes offers free bowling for children

    All-Star Lanes offers free bowling for children

    Saturday, July 19 2014 9:14 PM EDT2014-07-20 01:14:02 GMT
    Getting active for more than a thousand kids in the Pee Dee is as easy as taking a trip to the bowling alley All-Star Lanes in Florence continues its "Kids Bowl Free" program this summer.It’s one of 12 alleys in the state participating in the nationwide program.Kids 15 and under can bowl two free games throughout summer break."Not all of them are going to be the fastest, strongest, the best athletes…the football playe...
    Getting active for more than a thousand kids in the Pee Dee is as easy as taking a trip to the bowling alley All-Star Lanes in Florence continues its "Kids Bowl Free" program this summer.It’s one of 12 alleys in the state participating in the nationwide program.Kids 15 and under can bowl two free games throughout summer break."Not all of them are going to be the fastest, strongest, the best athletes…the football playe...
  • Florence kidney transplant survivor strikes gold at Transplant Games

    Florence kidney transplant survivor strikes gold at Transplant Games

    Saturday, July 19 2014 9:01 PM EDT2014-07-20 01:01:01 GMT
    For Michael Sprauve, the past five years of his life has been a journey.He knows that life doesn't always mean you'll hit your mark."It was shock because here we go to the doctor for a physical for football that he had been training for almost the whole school year...and the doctor calls and says your child is in renal failure. I didn't even know what renal failure was,” said Michael’s mother Machell Sprauve.Michael w...
    For Michael Sprauve, the past five years of his life has been a journey.He knows that life doesn't always mean you'll hit your mark."It was shock because here we go to the doctor for a physical for football that he had been training for almost the whole school year...and the doctor calls and says your child is in renal failure. I didn't even know what renal failure was,” said Michael’s mother Machell Sprauve.Michael w...
  • Firefighters battle house fire in Florence

    Firefighters battle house fire in Florence

    Saturday, July 19 2014 8:24 PM EDT2014-07-20 00:24:40 GMT
    A house fire has damaged part of a home in Florence Saturday night, according to officials with the West Florence Fire Department.Battalion Chief Anthony Fox says first responders were dispatched to the home at 1307 W. Sumter St. in Florence around 8 p.m. Flames and smoke were visible from the house upon arrival, according to Fox. It is estimated one-quarter of the home was on fire.It is unclear if anyone was injured. Count on News13 to bring you the latest developments on this story.
    A house fire has damaged part of a home in Florence Saturday night, according to officials with the West Florence Fire Department.Battalion Chief Anthony Fox says first responders were dispatched to the home at 1307 W. Sumter St. in Florence around 8 p.m. Flames and smoke were visible from the house upon arrival, according to Fox. It is estimated one-quarter of the home was on fire.It is unclear if anyone was injured. Count on News13 to bring you the latest developments on this story.
  • Bond set at $1M for Florence man charged with possessing explosives

    Bond set at $1M for Florence man charged with possessing explosives

    Saturday, July 19 2014 8:14 PM EDT2014-07-20 00:14:01 GMT
    Florence Police and South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) are in the process of detonating devices found Friday morning at a home located atCelebration Blvd. and S. Cashua Drive.No word on exactly what type of devices they are, but Major Carlos Raines with Florence Police said they could potentially be explosives. They've been on scene for several hours. When more details become available we will pass them along.
    Florence Police and South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) are in the process of detonating devices found Friday morning at a home located atCelebration Blvd. and S. Cashua Drive.No word on exactly what type of devices they are, but Major Carlos Raines with Florence Police said they could potentially be explosives. They've been on scene for several hours. When more details become available we will pass them along.
  • Latta parks and rec director fired, refused to resign, official says

    Latta parks and rec director fired, refused to resign, official says

    Friday, July 18 2014 5:57 PM EDT2014-07-18 21:57:57 GMT
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    The town of Latta's Parks and Recreation Director, who some town officials said would resign this week, has now been fired, a councilman told WBTW.Vontray Sellers, who has had issues with his driver's license,was expected to resign on Friday, some Latta Town Councilmembers said earlier this week.“He turned his resignation in for personal reasons and will no longer be employed in the town,” Councilman Jarett Taylor said earlier in the week.
    The town of Latta's Parks and Recreation Director, who some town officials said would resign this week, has now been fired, a councilman told WBTW.Vontray Sellers, who has had issues with his driver's license,was expected to resign on Friday, some Latta Town Councilmembers said earlier this week.“He turned his resignation in for personal reasons and will no longer be employed in the town,” Councilman Jarett Taylor said earlier in the week.
  • News13 Investigates: Marion County responders at risk

    News13 Investigates: Marion County responders at risk

    Thursday, July 17 2014 11:00 PM EDT2014-07-18 03:00:25 GMT
    Two years ago, a tower in Mullins that held the radio receiver that emergency responders used was severely damaged during a storm. Officials put up a temporary tower -- at 85 feet high, it's about a quarter the height of the previous tower -- while they work to build a new tower in a different location. But a News 13 investigation found radio reception so poor in some areas of Marion County, there was, at times, no reception. 
    Two years ago, a tower in Mullins that held the radio receiver that emergency responders used was severely damaged during a storm. Officials put up a temporary tower -- at 85 feet high, it's about a quarter the height of the previous tower -- while they work to build a new tower in a different location. But a News 13 investigation found radio reception so poor in some areas of Marion County, there was, at times, no reception. 
  • Hartsville city leaders pass ordinances to encourage more outdoor dining

    Hartsville city leaders pass ordinances to encourage more outdoor dining

    Thursday, July 17 2014 8:49 PM EDT2014-07-18 00:49:40 GMT
    Hartsville city leaders say it's a progressive move on their part, although a subtle change, it’s one that could open the door a more vibrant downtown. Last week, city council implemented two ordinances that target and encourage more sidewalk and patio outdoor dining. The first ordinance tightens up some of the language for the regulations that were in place before, for outdoor dining. However, the main change is ...
    Hartsville city leaders say it's a progressive move on their part, although a subtle change, it’s one that could open the door a more vibrant downtown. Last week, city council implemented two ordinances that target and encourage more sidewalk and patio outdoor dining. The first ordinance tightens up some of the language for the regulations that were in place before, for outdoor dining. However, the main change is ...
  • Lumberton man among 3 dead in wreck

    Lumberton man among 3 dead in wreck

    Thursday, July 17 2014 12:56 PM EDT2014-07-17 16:56:00 GMT
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    Police have released the names of three people killed in a wreck in Fayetteville.Lt. Todd Joyce said the wreck involved two pickup trucks and two cars around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.The victims were 67-year-old John Wesley Morrow of Fayetteville, 50-year-old Jimmy Campbell of Lumberton and 35-year-old Laytosha NcNair of Raeford.The driver of the second car was not seriously hurt.Police are still investigating how the crash occurred.
    Police have released the names of three people killed in a wreck in Fayetteville.Lt. Todd Joyce said the wreck involved two pickup trucks and two cars around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.The victims were 67-year-old John Wesley Morrow of Fayetteville, 50-year-old Jimmy Campbell of Lumberton and 35-year-old Laytosha NcNair of Raeford.The driver of the second car was not seriously hurt.Police are still investigating how the crash occurred.
  • Latta parks and recreation director to resign

    Latta parks and recreation director to resign

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 11:00 PM EDT2014-07-17 03:00:27 GMT
    Some Latta Town Councilmembers say the town’s parks and recreation director will resign Friday. “He turned his resignation in for personal reasons and will no longer be employed in the town,” says Councilman Jarett Taylor of Vontray Sellers.  
    Some Latta Town Councilmembers say the town’s parks and recreation director will resign Friday. “He turned his resignation in for personal reasons and will no longer be employed in the town,” says Councilman Jarett Taylor of Vontray Sellers.  
  • 87-year-old Nichols WWII vet in court on 'taking' dolphin accusation

    87-year-old Nichols WWII vet in court on 'taking' dolphin accusation

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 10:00 PM EDT2014-07-17 02:00:16 GMT
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    An 87-year-old WWII veteran said Wednesday it's not right that he is being fined $6,500 for finding a dead dolphin in his gill net. Outside the Georgetown County Courthouse, C.P. Mincey said, "we enjoy fishing for spots in the fall of the year." Mincey and his wife Betty live in Nichols in Marion County.
    An 87-year-old WWII veteran said Wednesday it's not right that he is being fined $6,500 for finding a dead dolphin in his gill net. Outside the Georgetown County Courthouse, C.P. Mincey said, "we enjoy fishing for spots in the fall of the year." Mincey and his wife Betty live in Nichols in Marion County.
  • Florence Salvation Army's "Support our Shelter" campaign will fund family shelter renovations

    Florence Salvation Army's "Support our Shelter" campaign will fund family shelter renovations

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 5:46 PM EDT2014-07-16 21:46:49 GMT
    One Florence agency says they're seeing an increase in the number of families left without a home and are turning to the community for help to address the problem. Salvation Army officials say they need your help to renovate their existing emergency shelter and started a new campaign to raise funds.The agencyoperates an emergency shelter at its Florence headquarters on Hoffmeyer Rd., but like other agencies in the Pee Dee, here's nowhere for entire families to go and remain intact as a unit w...
    One Florence agency says they're seeing an increase in the number of families left without a home and are turning to the community for help to address the problem. Salvation Army officials say they need your help to renovate their existing emergency shelter and started a new campaign to raise funds.The agencyoperates an emergency shelter at its Florence headquarters on Hoffmeyer Rd., but like other agencies in the Pee Dee, here's nowhere for entire families to go and remain intact as a unit w...
  • Man dies after being shocked in copper theft; according to Marion Co. officials

    Man dies after being shocked in copper theft; according to Marion Co. officials

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 2:19 PM EDT2014-07-16 18:19:22 GMT
    A man was shocked Monday morning as he reportedly tried to steal copper from the Old Heritage building in Marion. Marion City Fire Chief Trey Cooper tells News13 they were called to the building on Manning Street where they found the man burned badly. He was transported to the Augusta Burn Center. Chief Cooper said he didn't know if the man tried to place the ladder across the wires or he ladder dropped onto the wires. Three transformers blew in the process - each carrying approximately 13,...
    A man was shocked Monday morning as he reportedly tried to steal copper from the Old Heritage building in Marion. Marion City Fire Chief Trey Cooper tells News13 they were called to the building on Manning Street where they found the man burned badly. He was transported to the Augusta Burn Center. Chief Cooper said he didn't know if the man tried to place the ladder across the wires or he ladder dropped onto the wires. Three transformers blew in the process - each carrying approximately 13,...
  • Body of missing boater found in Darlington County river

    Body of missing boater found in Darlington County river

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 12:09 PM EDT2014-07-16 16:09:13 GMT
    The search for a missing boater in Darlington County resumed Monday morning. Not long after the search resumed, Darlington County coroner Todd Hardee was called to the boat landing. He arrived just before 10:30.
    The search for a missing boater in Darlington County resumed Monday morning. Not long after the search resumed, Darlington County coroner Todd Hardee was called to the boat landing. He arrived just before 10:30.
  • BI-LO helps feed Pee Dee children

    BI-LO helps feed Pee Dee children

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 11:29 AM EDT2014-07-16 15:29:14 GMT
    Local food banks, including Harvest Hope Food Bank, are preparing for the upcoming school year and the fight against childhood hunger. BI-LO has launched the Summer Backpack Hunger Relief Program in all
    Local food banks, including Harvest Hope Food Bank, are preparing for the upcoming school year and the fight against childhood hunger.
  • Glory Foods kicks off Recipe Contest to encourage kids to eat more greens

    Glory Foods kicks off Recipe Contest to encourage kids to eat more greens

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 11:28 AM EDT2014-07-16 15:28:13 GMT
    Glory Foods is looking to give someone $500 for the best kid-friendly recipe using its delicious canned Southern Seasoned Greens. Greens, like collard, kale and mustard, are packed with vitamins and nutrients.Studies show greens can help fight viruses, enhance lung health, increase brain function, offer heart protection and are a great source of vitamin E, antioxidants and calcium too!Wouldn’t it be great if more kids loved greens? Glory is hoping to find the perfect recipe that kids won’t be...
    Glory Foods is looking to give someone $500 for the best kid-friendly recipe using its delicious canned Southern Seasoned Greens. Greens, like collard, kale and mustard, are packed with vitamins and nutrients.Studies show greens can help fight viruses, enhance lung health, increase brain function, offer heart protection and are a great source of vitamin E, antioxidants and calcium too!Wouldn’t it be great if more kids loved greens? Glory is hoping to find the perfect recipe that kids won’t be...
  • Hartsville police will hand out free fans

    Hartsville police will hand out free fans

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 10:57 AM EDT2014-07-16 14:57:46 GMT
    HARTSVILLE (Press Release) - The Hartsville Police Department is again hosting an electric fan distribution effort for some Hartsville residents who are vulnerable to summer heat on Friday, July 25 at 10 a.m., at the Coach T. B. Thomas Sports Center,701 W. Washington Street. The program, first begun in 2012 to provide residents protection against summer heat, is made possible thanks to several local donors. The fans are available for Hartsville residents, age 55 and older, on a first-come, fi...
    HARTSVILLE (Press Release) - The Hartsville Police Department is again hosting an electric fan distribution effort for some Hartsville residents who are vulnerable to summer heat on Friday, July 25 at 10 a.m., at the Coach T. B. Thomas Sports Center,701 W. Washington Street. The program, first begun in 2012 to provide residents protection against summer heat, is made possible thanks to several local donors. The fans are available for Hartsville residents, age 55 and older, on a first-come, fi...
  • 500 new jobs coming, Ruiz Foods breaks ground in Florence

    500 new jobs coming, Ruiz Foods breaks ground in Florence

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 6:42 AM EDT2014-07-16 10:42:46 GMT
    Gov. Nikki Haley participated in a groundbreaking ceremony at Ruiz Foods on Harllee Boulevard in Florence Tuesday. The California based company has committed to an expansion that includes a $55 million investment as well as 500 new jobs.The company plans to begin manufacturing a variety of its nationally distributed El Monterey® and Tornados® products in 2015 right in Florence County at the former Heinz frozen food processing facility was built in 2008."Our expansion strategy included establi...
    Gov. Nikki Haley participated in a groundbreaking ceremony at Ruiz Foods on Harllee Boulevard in Florence Tuesday. The California based company has committed to an expansion that includes a $55 million investment as well as 500 new jobs.The company plans to begin manufacturing a variety of its nationally distributed El Monterey® and Tornados® products in 2015 right in Florence County at the former Heinz frozen food processing facility was built in 2008."Our expansion strategy included establi...
  • Florence Sheriff's Office calls for more crime watch groups

    Florence Sheriff's Office calls for more crime watch groups

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 10:30 PM EDT2014-07-16 02:30:55 GMT
    Florence County put out a call to its crime watch groups Tuesday night, where they met at the Sheriff’s office to discuss different strategies to eliminate crime. 
    Florence County put out a call to its crime watch groups Tuesday night, where they met at the Sheriff’s office to discuss different strategies to eliminate crime. 
  • Pamplico woman given new A/C unit after years of suffering through heat

    Pamplico woman given new A/C unit after years of suffering through heat

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 6:59 AM EDT2014-07-15 10:59:50 GMT
    For Etaphine Hyman, it can be hard to maneuver in the heat.“I wish all his younger people can get a lot of knowledge of old-fashioned living right from this little old lady,” she said.Ms. Hyman's old-fashioned living is not an easy one, no matter your age."I don't think I can go through what I already had to…because the old body weak now,” Hyman mentioned.45 year she's lived comfortably at her house on North Pine Stre...
    For Etaphine Hyman, it can be hard to maneuver in the heat.“I wish all his younger people can get a lot of knowledge of old-fashioned living right from this little old lady,” she said.Ms. Hyman's old-fashioned living is not an easy one, no matter your age."I don't think I can go through what I already had to…because the old body weak now,” Hyman mentioned.45 year she's lived comfortably at her house on North Pine Stre...
  • Community gathers to pray for injured Dillon police officer

    Community gathers to pray for injured Dillon police officer

    Monday, July 14 2014 10:19 PM EDT2014-07-15 02:19:32 GMT
    Sometimes prayer has a way of bringing people together.As the Dillon community hold on to hope."To me as a law enforcement wife it meant a lot to me. So I can't imagine what it would mean for Jacob and his family to know that this many people would come out to share a prayer just for the family, for everyone involved and for the department themselves,” said C.J. Bryant, who helped organize a prayer vigil for Dillon Po...
    Sometimes prayer has a way of bringing people together.As the Dillon community hold on to hope."To me as a law enforcement wife it meant a lot to me. So I can't imagine what it would mean for Jacob and his family to know that this many people would come out to share a prayer just for the family, for everyone involved and for the department themselves,” said C.J. Bryant, who helped organize a prayer vigil for Dillon Po...
  • Marion deputy resigns after deadly crash with moped driver, license was suspended

    Marion deputy resigns after deadly crash with moped driver, license was suspended

    Monday, July 14 2014 5:10 PM EDT2014-07-14 21:10:56 GMT
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    MARION, S.C. (AP) - The Marion County sheriff says one of his deputies who hit and killed a moped driver while responding to a call has resigned because he was driving on a suspended license.Sheriff Mark Richardson said deputy Damien Ellison's license was suspended in February after he failed to pay a speeding ticket in another county.Richardson says he checks his deputy's driving record once a year and Ellison's record was clear last August.Ellison resigned on Thursday. He had been on unpaid...
    MARION, S.C. (AP) - The Marion County sheriff says one of his deputies who hit and killed a moped driver while responding to a call has resigned because he was driving on a suspended license.Sheriff Mark Richardson said deputy Damien Ellison's license was suspended in February after he failed to pay a speeding ticket in another county.Richardson says he checks his deputy's driving record once a year and Ellison's record was clear last August.Ellison resigned on Thursday. He had been on unpaid...
  • SCHP investigates deadly 18-wheeler crash near Hemingway

    SCHP investigates deadly 18-wheeler crash near Hemingway

    Monday, July 14 2014 4:45 PM EDT2014-07-14 20:45:11 GMT
    HEMINGWAY, SC (WBTW) - The South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating a deadly crash in Williamsburg County Monday morning.According to the SCHP website, the crash happened around 9:45 a.m. at SC41/51 near Hemingway.Cpl. Sonny Collins said the crash involved an 18-wheeler and a car.Count on News13 and WBTW.com for more information as soon as it becomes available.
    HEMINGWAY, SC (WBTW) - The South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating a deadly crash in Williamsburg County Monday morning.According to the SCHP website, the crash happened around 9:45 a.m. at SC41/51 near Hemingway.Cpl. Sonny Collins said the crash involved an 18-wheeler and a car.Count on News13 and WBTW.com for more information as soon as it becomes available.
  • Dillon Motor Speedway to host Celebrity Race Saturday night

    Dillon Motor Speedway to host Celebrity Race Saturday night

    Monday, July 14 2014 11:28 AM EDT2014-07-14 15:28:21 GMT
    Dillon Motor Speedway will host the first annual Necktie Invitational celebrity Street Stock race on Saturday, July 19.Drivers who are slated to compete in the event include:- Chip Wile, President of Darlington Raceway- Dan E. Lockemy, On-air personality on Eagle 92.9- Daniel Watson, Chief of Police at City of Darlington Police Department- Jim Gray, Chief of Police at Marion Police Department- John Isgett, President at Raceway Automotive Group- Major Hulon, Dillon County Sheriff- Mel Penningt...
    Dillon Motor Speedway will host the first annual Necktie Invitational celebrity Street Stock race on Saturday, July 19.Drivers who are slated to compete in the event include:- Chip Wile, President of Darlington Raceway- Dan E. Lockemy, On-air personality on Eagle 92.9- Daniel Watson, Chief of Police at City of Darlington Police Department- Jim Gray, Chief of Police at Marion Police Department- John Isgett, President at Raceway Automotive Group- Major Hulon, Dillon County Sheriff- Mel Penningt...
  • Race Day 500 draws crowd to Darlington Raceway

    Race Day 500 draws crowd to Darlington Raceway

    Saturday, July 12 2014 10:32 PM EDT2014-07-13 02:32:45 GMT
    It wasn’t race day in Darlington, but a church in the Pee Dee tried to recreate that experience.Thousands packed the Darlington raceway for the Race Day 500 Festival.This is all a part of New Spring Church's series called “Race Day”. There was live music, good food and also fun for the kids.Organizers say it's a way to bring together people from all facets of life."No offense to our other campuses, but this is got to ...
    It wasn’t race day in Darlington, but a church in the Pee Dee tried to recreate that experience.Thousands packed the Darlington raceway for the Race Day 500 Festival.This is all a part of New Spring Church's series called “Race Day”. There was live music, good food and also fun for the kids.Organizers say it's a way to bring together people from all facets of life."No offense to our other campuses, but this is got to ...
  • Lumbee Tribal leaders continue clean-up to restore Indian cultural center

    Lumbee Tribal leaders continue clean-up to restore Indian cultural center

    Saturday, July 12 2014 10:23 PM EDT2014-07-13 02:23:45 GMT
    Sometimes in order to start fresh, you have to pick up what was left behind."If you would've seen this area a month ago, it's not the same place. We’re making so many more improvements out here,” mentioned Gary Strickland, Lumbee Tribal Spokesperson.That’s what the Lumbee Tribe is doing.For the second Saturday, volunteers from the Pembroke community have worked to restore and old stomping ground.The 400 acre complex a...
    Sometimes in order to start fresh, you have to pick up what was left behind."If you would've seen this area a month ago, it's not the same place. We’re making so many more improvements out here,” mentioned Gary Strickland, Lumbee Tribal Spokesperson.That’s what the Lumbee Tribe is doing.For the second Saturday, volunteers from the Pembroke community have worked to restore and old stomping ground.The 400 acre complex a...
  • First of three Summer "Supermoons" can be seen Saturday night

    First of three Summer "Supermoons" can be seen Saturday night

    Saturday, July 12 2014 10:05 PM EDT2014-07-13 02:05:06 GMT
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    The "Summer of Supermoons" kicked off Friday night and the full moon will once again be seen tonight. NASA says this summer's full moons will all be "Supermoons."They are actuallycalled thePerigee Moon butthey got the name "Supermoon"since they appear larger and brighter than normal. Itwill lookthis way because the moon's orbit will bring it closest toEarth, roughly224,850 miles, at 4:37am Sunday morning.This will happen again on August 10th and September 15th. The August10th moon will likely...
    The "Summer of Supermoons" kicked off Friday night and the full moon will once again be seen tonight. NASA says this summer's full moons will all be "Supermoons."They are actuallycalled thePerigee Moon butthey got the name "Supermoon"since they appear larger and brighter than normal. Itwill lookthis way because the moon's orbit will bring it closest toEarth, roughly224,850 miles, at 4:37am Sunday morning.This will happen again on August 10th and September 15th. The August10th moon will likely...
  • Police: 3-year-old found walking alone at Florence apartment complex

    Police: 3-year-old found walking alone at Florence apartment complex

    Saturday, July 12 2014 9:52 PM EDT2014-07-13 01:52:37 GMT
    The South Carolina Department of Social Services has taken a 3-year-old into custody that was found walking around a Florence apartment complex Saturday morning.Maj. Carlos Raines, of the Florence Police Department, says an officer was responding to a call around 9:30 a.m. Saturday when he was flagged down by a driver. The person found a 3-year-old boy walking down a driveway in the Sedgefield Apartments on Second Loop Road.Raines says officers have checked the complex and surrounding areas f...
    The South Carolina Department of Social Services has taken a 3-year-old into custody that was found walking around a Florence apartment complex Saturday morning.Maj. Carlos Raines, of the Florence Police Department, says an officer was responding to a call around 9:30 a.m. Saturday when he was flagged down by a driver. The person found a 3-year-old boy walking down a driveway in the Sedgefield Apartments on Second Loop Road.Raines says officers have checked the complex and surrounding areas f...
  • Lumberton man killed during fight over card game

    Lumberton man killed during fight over card game

    Saturday, July 12 2014 8:27 PM EDT2014-07-13 00:27:45 GMT
    Deputies claim a man killed his friend during an argument over a card game early Saturday morning in Robeson County.Robeson County Sheriff's Deputies were called to a home at 70 Alamac Village Drive in Lumberton around 2 a.m. When investigators arrived on scene, they found a man who was described as suffering from several cuts.A department spokesman says an investigation revealed the victim and friend were playing cards when a fight ensued. Officials identified the victim as Derek Anthony Lon...
    Deputies claim a man killed his friend during an argument over a card game early Saturday morning in Robeson County.Robeson County Sheriff's Deputies were called to a home at 70 Alamac Village Drive in Lumberton around 2 a.m. When investigators arrived on scene, they found a man who was described as suffering from several cuts.A department spokesman says an investigation revealed the victim and friend were playing cards when a fight ensued. Officials identified the victim as Derek Anthony Lon...
  • 4-wheeler accident kills Lake City man

    4-wheeler accident kills Lake City man

    Saturday, July 12 2014 5:41 PM EDT2014-07-12 21:41:39 GMT
    A Lake City man is dead after he was thrown from the 4-wheeler he was driving Saturday morning, according to Williamsburg County Deputy Coroner William Horton.Horton says the accident happened after 9 a.m. Saturday near the intersection of Bartell Road and Roper Woods Road. He says the man was attempting to pull a trailer that was carrying a deer stand when it began to lose balance. The 4-wheeler flipped, throwing the man off of it.Horton identified the victim as 44-year-old Kenneth D. Anders...
    A Lake City man is dead after he was thrown from the 4-wheeler he was driving Saturday morning, according to Williamsburg County Deputy Coroner William Horton.Horton says the accident happened after 9 a.m. Saturday near the intersection of Bartell Road and Roper Woods Road. He says the man was attempting to pull a trailer that was carrying a deer stand when it began to lose balance. The 4-wheeler flipped, throwing the man off of it.Horton identified the victim as 44-year-old Kenneth D. Anders...
  • Investigators: Careless smoking cause of hotel room fire

    Investigators: Careless smoking cause of hotel room fire

    Saturday, July 12 2014 3:00 PM EDT2014-07-12 19:00:37 GMT
    Careless smoking started a fire inside of a hotel room Saturday afternoon, according to the West Florence Fire Department.Firefighters responded to reports of the fire at the Suburban Extended Stay on West Lucas Street at 1:27 p.m., Battalion Chief Anthony Fox said. People in nearby rooms were evacuated as firefighters controlled the flames.A total of 15 firefighters responded to the fire. No injuries were reported.
    Careless smoking started a fire inside of a hotel room Saturday afternoon, according to the West Florence Fire Department.Firefighters responded to reports of the fire at the Suburban Extended Stay on West Lucas Street at 1:27 p.m., Battalion Chief Anthony Fox said. People in nearby rooms were evacuated as firefighters controlled the flames.A total of 15 firefighters responded to the fire. No injuries were reported.
  • Lumberton police chase ends with car in museum

    Lumberton police chase ends with car in museum

    Saturday, July 12 2014 11:30 AM EDT2014-07-12 15:30:42 GMT
    LUMBERTON, N.C. (WBTW) - The Lumberton Police Department continues its investigation into a chase that left a car in a museum.Lumberton Police say Wednesday night, around 11:30p.m., the suspect fled from police and hit the Robeson County History Museum. The crash ended the chase.Police continue to investigate the details surrounding the chase.
    LUMBERTON, N.C. (WBTW) - The Lumberton Police Department continues its investigation into a chase that left a car in a museum.Lumberton Police say Wednesday night, around 11:30p.m., the suspect fled from police and hit the Robeson County History Museum. The crash ended the chase.Police continue to investigate the details surrounding the chase.
  • Possible home invasion suspects detained in Darlington County

    Possible home invasion suspects detained in Darlington County

    Friday, July 11 2014 8:36 PM EDT2014-07-12 00:36:46 GMT
    Around 7:45 pm Friday, Sheriff J. Wayne Byrd said that the getaway car had been found and that "possible suspects" were in custody.
    Around 7:45 pm Friday, Sheriff J. Wayne Byrd said that the getaway car had been found and that "possible suspects" were in custody.
  • Lumberton football moms use online fundraiser to help support cancer-stricken teen

    Lumberton football moms use online fundraiser to help support cancer-stricken teen

    Friday, July 11 2014 6:26 PM EDT2014-07-11 22:26:04 GMT
    A high school football team usually consists of around 30 to 40 guys. However, at Lumberton High School they are an exception to the rule, as many in the community gathered to participate in a plate sale fundraiser all day Friday."When God is in it, it will not fail. And it rallies the young people together to see that they can work hard to come together for the benefit and the glory of God to help a fellow worker out...
    A high school football team usually consists of around 30 to 40 guys. However, at Lumberton High School they are an exception to the rule, as many in the community gathered to participate in a plate sale fundraiser all day Friday."When God is in it, it will not fail. And it rallies the young people together to see that they can work hard to come together for the benefit and the glory of God to help a fellow worker out...
  • Nestle Waters looking to potentially build bottling facility near McBee

    Nestle Waters looking to potentially build bottling facility near McBee

    Friday, July 11 2014 6:10 PM EDT2014-07-11 22:10:47 GMT
    More jobs may be on the way to the Pee Dee thanks to a major beverage manufacturer.Nestle Waters North America is looking to potentially build a $40 million facility near McBee.The company held an informational meeting this week, to get input from the community on plans for the site, which would eventually encompass about 200,000 square feet in a facility east of McBee, in Chesterfield County.The bottled water facility would provide not only an investment in terms of the facility construction...
    More jobs may be on the way to the Pee Dee thanks to a major beverage manufacturer.Nestle Waters North America is looking to potentially build a $40 million facility near McBee.The company held an informational meeting this week, to get input from the community on plans for the site, which would eventually encompass about 200,000 square feet in a facility east of McBee, in Chesterfield County.The bottled water facility would provide not only an investment in terms of the facility construction...
  • SLED finds no evidence of wrongdoing following Latta investigation

    SLED finds no evidence of wrongdoing following Latta investigation

    Friday, July 11 2014 1:40 PM EDT2014-07-11 17:40:03 GMT
    LATTA, S.C. (WBTW) - After law enforcement agencies sealed off Latta's Town Hall at the end of June for what the interim policechief, at the time, said happenedafter the electionat the end of the month, SLED told News 13 it found no wrongdoing."There was no evidence of criminal wrongdoing, based upon interviews our agents conducted and discussions with the Solicitor's Office," said SLED spokesperson Thom Berry.To see related coverage, click hereIn early July, two SLED agents arrived for a "pr...
    LATTA, S.C. (WBTW) - After law enforcement agencies sealed off Latta's Town Hall at the end of June for what the interim policechief, at the time, said happenedafter the electionat the end of the month, SLED told News 13 it found no wrongdoing."There was no evidence of criminal wrongdoing, based upon interviews our agents conducted and discussions with the Solicitor's Office," said SLED spokesperson Thom Berry.To see related coverage, click hereIn early July, two SLED agents arrived for a "pr...
  • Marlboro County deputies seized illegal gaming machines

    Marlboro County deputies seized illegal gaming machines

    Friday, July 11 2014 12:01 PM EDT2014-07-11 16:01:25 GMT
    MarlboroCountySheriff Fred Knight announced Friday the seizure of 12 illegal gaming machines from three locations in and around McColl. Knight says after numerous complaints that came into the McColl PD and , Investigators and SLED agents checked numerous places in the McColl area.Agents seized machinesfrom two businesses, The Village Grocery and Outlaw's, and a residence on 1328 Elizabeth Lane, McColl. The machines seized from Village Grocery were in operation and were being played at the ti...
    MarlboroCountySheriff Fred Knight announced Friday the seizure of 12 illegal gaming machines from three locations in and around McColl. Knight says after numerous complaints that came into the McColl PD and , Investigators and SLED agents checked numerous places in the McColl area.Agents seized machinesfrom two businesses, The Village Grocery and Outlaw's, and a residence on 1328 Elizabeth Lane, McColl. The machines seized from Village Grocery were in operation and were being played at the ti...
  • Scott's Bar-B-Que in Hemingway makes top 10 list

    Scott's Bar-B-Que in Hemingway makes top 10 list

    Friday, July 11 2014 11:49 AM EDT2014-07-11 15:49:30 GMT
    The south is known for it's BBQ - no matter how you spell it. There are some restaurants that really rise to the top when it comes to this type of cuisine. Each state offers a variety in taste, how its cooked, and even at what temperature.Here are 10 of the best spots for enjoying Southern barbecue according to USA Today South.Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q - Decatur, Ala. and Monroe, N.C.Customers come from all over the South to pay their respects to the Alabama barbecue legend Big Bob Gibson, whose...
    The south is known for it's BBQ - no matter how you spell it. There are some restaurants that really rise to the top when it comes to this type of cuisine. Each state offers a variety in taste, how its cooked, and even at what temperature.Here are 10 of the best spots for enjoying Southern barbecue according to USA Today South.Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q - Decatur, Ala. and Monroe, N.C.Customers come from all over the South to pay their respects to the Alabama barbecue legend Big Bob Gibson, whose...
  • Storm with 75 mph wind causes damage in Marion County; tornado ruled out

    Storm with 75 mph wind causes damage in Marion County; tornado ruled out

    Friday, July 11 2014 11:33 AM EDT2014-07-11 15:33:45 GMT
    Radar image just before reported tornadoRadar image just before reported tornado
     The National Weather Service says that a tornado did not cause the damage in Marion County on Thursday afternoon.
     The National Weather Service says that a tornado did not cause the damage in Marion County on Thursday afternoon.
  • Latta Town Council expunges Chief Moore's reprimands

    Latta Town Council expunges Chief Moore's reprimands

    Thursday, July 10 2014 10:36 PM EDT2014-07-11 02:36:57 GMT
    Chief Crystal Moore in her patrol car. Chief Crystal Moore in her patrol car.
    Latta Town Council held its first public meeting since it voted to rehire Police Chief Crystal Moore Thursday night. Councilwoman Lutherine Williams motioned to expunge Moore's reprimands,making those seven reprimands essentially disappear.
    Latta Town Council held its first public meeting since it voted to rehire Police Chief Crystal Moore Thursday night. Councilwoman Lutherine Williams motioned to expunge Moore's reprimands,making those seven reprimands essentially disappear.
  • Florence County deputies explain arrest of parents in heat-related homicide

    Florence County deputies explain arrest of parents in heat-related homicide

    Thursday, July 10 2014 10:10 PM EDT2014-07-11 02:10:07 GMT
    Florence County authorities charged Ruthene and Joe Kennedy with unlawful neglect of a child. The couple's son, 13-month-old Jeremiah, died May 28th, several days after deputies say he was left in a hot truck. According to the original incident report, the Kennedys said they came home after church with their other children and both parents thought the other had taken the baby out of the vehicle. The arrests come more than one month after the toddler's death, but the investigators say there ar...
    Florence County authorities charged Ruthene and Joe Kennedy with unlawful neglect of a child. The couple's son, 13-month-old Jeremiah, died May 28th, several days after deputies say he was left in a hot truck. According to the original incident report, the Kennedys said they came home after church with their other children and both parents thought the other had taken the baby out of the vehicle. The arrests come more than one month after the toddler's death, but the investigators say there ar...
  • Florence pet cemetery offers animals a final resting place

    Florence pet cemetery offers animals a final resting place

    Thursday, July 10 2014 6:46 PM EDT2014-07-10 22:46:33 GMT
    The cycle of life can often times be hard to come to grips with.As you take stroll around this fenced in area behind Florence Memorial Gardens you come across plots that read, "That’s a good boy" or "a great friend.”"I’ve been in the cemetery business for 22 years. Here, a little bit over in Hartsville, a little in Illinois...and just from talking to people, a lot of people want a place to bury your pet, because we ju...
    The cycle of life can often times be hard to come to grips with.As you take stroll around this fenced in area behind Florence Memorial Gardens you come across plots that read, "That’s a good boy" or "a great friend.”"I’ve been in the cemetery business for 22 years. Here, a little bit over in Hartsville, a little in Illinois...and just from talking to people, a lot of people want a place to bury your pet, because we ju...
  • Konduros’ gift will support healthcare ed, Center for Excellence at FMU

    Konduros’ gift will support healthcare ed, Center for Excellence at FMU

    Thursday, July 10 2014 1:27 PM EDT2014-07-10 17:27:23 GMT
    James S. “Jim” KondurosJames S. “Jim” Konduros
    Francis Marion University President Dr. Fred Carter’s recent lunch with an old friend turned into a celebratory occasion for the university when James S. “Jim” Konduros handed Carter a check for $500,000.The donation comes from the Konduros Fisherman’s Fund, a non-profit foundation directed by Konduros. It continues Konduros’ longstanding support of FMU’s missions and programs, both through the Fisherman’s Fund, and t...
    Francis Marion University President Dr. Fred Carter’s recent lunch with an old friend turned into a celebratory occasion for the university when James S. “Jim” Konduros handed Carter a check for $500,000.The donation comes from the Konduros Fisherman’s Fund, a non-profit foundation directed by Konduros. It continues Konduros’ longstanding support of FMU’s missions and programs, both through the Fisherman’s Fund, and t...
  • Carolinas Hospital system adds breakthrough MRI scanner

    Carolinas Hospital system adds breakthrough MRI scanner

    Thursday, July 10 2014 12:53 PM EDT2014-07-10 16:53:49 GMT
    Thursday, Carolinas Hospital System announced that patients and physicians now have access to the first-ever digital broadband magnetic resonance imaging system: the Ingenia 1.5T from Philips Healthcare. This revolutionary machine is designed to quickly perform high-quality MRI scans with a high level of patient comfort. The new MRI can significantly reduce exam time and has a wide opening to accommodate patients of varying size, age, and physical condition. This makes the system less confin...
    Thursday, Carolinas Hospital System announced that patients and physicians now have access to the first-ever digital broadband magnetic resonance imaging system: the Ingenia 1.5T from Philips Healthcare. This revolutionary machine is designed to quickly perform high-quality MRI scans with a high level of patient comfort. The new MRI can significantly reduce exam time and has a wide opening to accommodate patients of varying size, age, and physical condition. This makes the system less confin...
  • Cochlear implants restore hearing to three Pee Dee patients

    Cochlear implants restore hearing to three Pee Dee patients

    Thursday, July 10 2014 6:42 AM EDT2014-07-10 10:42:54 GMT
    Some Pee Dee residents dealing with major to complete hearing loss, got a chance Wednesday, to regain their sense of sound. Three patients benefited from Cochlear implants that a doctor activated at a Florence clinic. The implants go far beyond previous technology and in many cases, allow people with little to no hearing at all, to hear voices and sounds once again. Tanya Tucker lost her hearing nearly two years ago, and since that time, perfected the art of reading lips and pretending the lo...
    Some Pee Dee residents dealing with major to complete hearing loss, got a chance Wednesday, to regain their sense of sound. Three patients benefited from Cochlear implants that a doctor activated at a Florence clinic. The implants go far beyond previous technology and in many cases, allow people with little to no hearing at all, to hear voices and sounds once again. Tanya Tucker lost her hearing nearly two years ago, and since that time, perfected the art of reading lips and pretending the lo...
  • New farming technology could attract younger farmers

    New farming technology could attract younger farmers

    Thursday, July 10 2014 6:12 AM EDT2014-07-10 10:12:26 GMT
    Stats show young Americans aren't drawn to farming as in the past. The USDA says the average age of an American farmer now stands at 58 years old, and that number is rising. But new farming technology could make working on a farm less labor-intensive and more attractive to younger people.
    Stats show young Americans aren't drawn to farming as in the past. The USDA says the average age of an American farmer now stands at 58 years old, and that number is rising. But new farming technology could make working on a farm less labor-intensive and more attractive to younger people.
  • Former Conway pastor sentenced in Ponzi scheme case

    Former Conway pastor sentenced in Ponzi scheme case

    Wednesday, July 9 2014 8:21 PM EDT2014-07-10 00:21:33 GMT
    By WBTW News StaffThe former pastor of a Conway church will serve prison time for his role in a Ponzi scheme he ran using some church members money,and he may face firearms charges.Federal prosecutor Bill Day said on Wednesday a judge sentenced Archie Larue Evans in federal court in Florence to 84 months in prison and ordered him to repay $3.7 million to his victims.Evans pleaded guilty in January 2013 to one charge of mail fraud and one charge of structuring financial transactions to evade t...
    By WBTW News StaffThe former pastor of a Conway church will serve prison time for his role in a Ponzi scheme he ran using some church members money,and he may face firearms charges.Federal prosecutor Bill Day said on Wednesday a judge sentenced Archie Larue Evans in federal court in Florence to 84 months in prison and ordered him to repay $3.7 million to his victims.Evans pleaded guilty in January 2013 to one charge of mail fraud and one charge of structuring financial transactions to evade t...
  • Parents charged after Florence baby dies from being left in hot car

    Parents charged after Florence baby dies from being left in hot car

    Wednesday, July 9 2014 5:13 PM EDT2014-07-09 21:13:30 GMT
    FLORENCE, SC (WBTW) - The parents of a Florence child who died after being left in a hot car were arrested Wednesday. According to the Florence Count Detention Center website, Joe Kennedy, 57, and Ruthene Kennedy, 44, were booked into jail around 11:30 a.m. and charged with unlawful neglect of a child. Florence County Coroner Keith von Lutcken identified the child as 13-month-old Jeremiah Kennedy. Von Lutcken tells N...
    FLORENCE, SC (WBTW) - The parents of a Florence child who died after being left in a hot car were arrested Wednesday. According to the Florence Count Detention Center website, Joe Kennedy, 57, and Ruthene Kennedy, 44, were booked into jail around 11:30 a.m. and charged with unlawful neglect of a child. Florence County Coroner Keith von Lutcken identified the child as 13-month-old Jeremiah Kennedy. Von Lutcken tells N...
  • Bare Feet™ TV series visits Lumberton to feature Lumbee Native American tribe

    Bare Feet™ TV series visits Lumberton to feature Lumbee Native American tribe

    Wednesday, July 9 2014 2:48 PM EDT2014-07-09 18:48:19 GMT
    Bare Feet™, the weekly travel dance series on NYC Life, will premiere the Lumbee Dance of the Spring Moon episode this week featuring the Lumbee Native American tribe of Lumberton, North Carolina. NYC Life, official television station of the City of New York, debuted the travel dance series Bare Feet™ earlier this spring as the station’s newest addition to its primetime programming. Created and hosted by professional dancer, Mickela Mallozzi, the show follows Mallozzi as she travels the glob...
    Bare Feet™, the weekly travel dance series on NYC Life, will premiere the Lumbee Dance of the Spring Moon episode this week featuring the Lumbee Native American tribe of Lumberton, North Carolina. NYC Life, official television station of the City of New York, debuted the travel dance series Bare Feet™ earlier this spring as the station’s newest addition to its primetime programming. Created and hosted by professional dancer, Mickela Mallozzi, the show follows Mallozzi as she travels the glob...
  • 6-week-old Florence baby taken to hospital with brain injuries, mom and dad charged

    6-week-old Florence baby taken to hospital with brain injuries, mom and dad charged

    Wednesday, July 9 2014 12:14 PM EDT2014-07-09 16:14:55 GMT
    Thomas (Left), Seidle (Right)Thomas (Left), Seidle (Right)
    FLORENCE, SC (WBTW) -Florence County Sheriff’sdeputies arrested a mother and father aftertheir infant child was brought to the hospital with brain injuries.According to a press release, Rebekah Brianna Thomas, 19, and Bryan Austin Seidle, 22, both of Florencewere charged Wednesday with Unlawful Conduct Toward a Child. Investigatorssaid that on or about May 1, 2014, the six week old infant of the suspects was brought to an area hospital emergency department with seizures. After medical testing...
    FLORENCE, SC (WBTW) -Florence County Sheriff’sdeputies arrested a mother and father aftertheir infant child was brought to the hospital with brain injuries.According to a press release, Rebekah Brianna Thomas, 19, and Bryan Austin Seidle, 22, both of Florencewere charged Wednesday with Unlawful Conduct Toward a Child. Investigatorssaid that on or about May 1, 2014, the six week old infant of the suspects was brought to an area hospital emergency department with seizures. After medical testing...
  • Deputies: suspect in connection with Lamar deadly shooting turns himself in

    Deputies: suspect in connection with Lamar deadly shooting turns himself in

    Wednesday, July 9 2014 7:40 AM EDT2014-07-09 11:40:51 GMT
    Major D.Dubose III Major D.Dubose III
    Darlington County Sheriff's reports Major D. Dubose III turned himself into authorities Tuesday in connection with the shooting at Cambridge Apartments in Lamar. 
    Darlington County Sheriff's reports Major D. Dubose III turned himself into authorities Tuesday in connection with the shooting at Cambridge Apartments in Lamar. 
  • Florence District Two passes budget, includes pay increases for teachers

    Florence District Two passes budget, includes pay increases for teachers

    Wednesday, July 9 2014 6:32 AM EDT2014-07-09 10:32:35 GMT
    Florence School District Two passed its annual budget a week after its deadline Tuesday night. SC State law requires a school district to pass an annual budget before it can spend any money. The deadline for FSD2 was July 1st. 
    Florence School District Two passed its annual budget a week after its deadline Tuesday night. SC State law requires a school district to pass an annual budget before it can spend any money. The deadline for FSD2 was July 1st. 
  • Marlboro Co. farm equipment burned; deputies say it's arson

    Marlboro Co. farm equipment burned; deputies say it's arson

    Tuesday, July 8 2014 8:23 PM EDT2014-07-09 00:23:48 GMT
    The Marlboro County Sheriff's Office along with SLED is currently investigating reports of arson. Saturday, July 5, the MCSO and local fire departments responded to Stillwell Road near McColl in reference to a fire. A witness saw the fire at the victim's farm and called 911. The MCSO and Fire Department responded to the scene to find three pieces of farm equipment burned with a substantial loss to the victim and the farm. SLED arson responded after the MCSO requested assistance. Valuable evid...
    The Marlboro County Sheriff's Office along with SLED is currently investigating reports of arson. Saturday, July 5, the MCSO and local fire departments responded to Stillwell Road near McColl in reference to a fire. A witness saw the fire at the victim's farm and called 911. The MCSO and Fire Department responded to the scene to find three pieces of farm equipment burned with a substantial loss to the victim and the farm. SLED arson responded after the MCSO requested assistance. Valuable evid...
  • 2 men sought in Florence attempted murder and burglary

    2 men sought in Florence attempted murder and burglary

    Tuesday, July 8 2014 4:45 PM EDT2014-07-08 20:45:31 GMT
    Hines (left) and an unknown man linked to a burglaryHines (left) and an unknown man linked to a burglary
    Florence Police are looking for two men involved in two separate recent crimes, officials say.One man's name is known and warrants are already sworn out for his arrest, said Maj. Carlos Raines of the Florence Police.Raines said Antoinne Tremayne Hines
    Florence Police are looking for two men involved in two separate recent crimes, officials say.One man's name is known and warrants are already sworn out for his arrest, said Maj. Carlos Raines of the Florence Police.Raines said Antoinne Tremayne Hines
  • Boil water lifted for Williamsburg County water customers

    Boil water lifted for Williamsburg County water customers

    Tuesday, July 8 2014 4:10 PM EDT2014-07-08 20:10:23 GMT
    The approximate area of Red Road and the water leak in Williamsburg County ... Google mapThe approximate area of Red Road and the water leak in Williamsburg County ... Google map
    All customers of one SC county's water department were being told to boil water on Monday night . The order was lifted on Tuesday afternoon, officials said.
    All customers of one SC county's water department were being told to boil water on Monday night . The order was lifted on Tuesday afternoon, officials said.
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  • Child found not breathing leads to arrest of Clio woman

    Child found not breathing leads to arrest of Clio woman

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 1:54 PM EDT2014-08-20 17:54:40 GMT
    Mary BlackwellMary Blackwell
    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.
    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.
  • Student reportedly suspended for saying "Bless you"

    Student reportedly suspended for saying "Bless you"

    Thursday, August 21 2014 8:18 AM EDT2014-08-21 12:18:58 GMT
    A young girl, who claims she was standing up for her religious beliefs in the classroom, was suspended after breaking a class rule of saying "bless you" after a classmate sneezed.When Dyer County High School senior Kendra Turner said bless you to her classmate, she says her teacher told her that was for church."She said that we're not going to have godly speaking in her class and that's when I said we have a constitutional right," said Turner.Turner says when she defended her actions, she was...
    A young girl, who claims she was standing up for her religious beliefs in the classroom, was suspended after breaking a class rule of saying "bless you" after a classmate sneezed.When Dyer County High School senior Kendra Turner said bless you to her classmate, she says her teacher told her that was for church."She said that we're not going to have godly speaking in her class and that's when I said we have a constitutional right," said Turner.Turner says when she defended her actions, she was...
  • Beer recall because of possible glass particles in bottle

    Beer recall because of possible glass particles in bottle

    Thursday, August 21 2014 6:23 AM EDT2014-08-21 10:23:38 GMT
    Constellation Brands Beer Division announced a voluntary recall of select packages in the U.S. containing 12-ounce clear glass bottles of its Corona Extra beer that may contain small particles of glass. The voluntary recall covers 12-ounce clear bottles in select six-pack, 12-pack and 18-pack packages containing bottles with the production codes listed below. This recall comes after routine inspections in the company's quality control laboratory detected defects in certain bottles that could ...
    Constellation Brands Beer Division announced a voluntary recall of select packages in the U.S. containing 12-ounce clear glass bottles of its Corona Extra beer that may contain small particles of glass. The voluntary recall covers 12-ounce clear bottles in select six-pack, 12-pack and 18-pack packages containing bottles with the production codes listed below. This recall comes after routine inspections in the company's quality control laboratory detected defects in certain bottles that could ...
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