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    Highway Patrol is investigating a deadly wreck in Spartanburg County, where troopers say a driver left the scene after hitting youth pastor Jemel "Jay" Hillard Lawter, Jr. Troopers are still searching for the hit-and-run driver.It happened on Interstate 26 westbound just past Highway 221 near mile marker 29 around 5 a.m. Monday. The interstate was closed until about 10 a.m. on the westbound side at exit 35.Corporal Bill Rhyne said Timothy Holden from Spartanburg was driving eastbound on I-26 ...
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TODAY – OCT. 8

Darlington County Disabilities and Special Needs Board meeting: Today, 9 a.m., Mozingo Building conference room, 300 Russell St., Darlington.

Forest Ridge Apartment Renovations Drop-In: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at Forest Ridge Apartments in Hartsville. Stop in for a brief tour of the revitalization efforts. Info: (843) 332-2162.

We Were Here: Archaeology of the Johannes Kolb Site: Exhibit at the Hartsville Museum opening Thursday in the museum’s Showcase Gallery. The Johannes Kolb site is an archaeological dig located in the Mechanicsville community of Darlington County named for a German immigrant who settled there in 1737. Archaeological excavations have revealed objects spanning from 12,000 B.C. up to the early 20th century. Runs through Nov. 14. The Hartsville Museum is located at 222 N. Fifth St., Hartsville, and is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Free.

9th Annual Hartsville Golf Classic Fundraiser: 9 a.m. Friday shotgun start at Hartsville Country Club, 116 Golf Course Road, Hartsville. Buffet lunch, trophies, door prizes and chance to win a car. Benefits Greater Hartsville Chamber of Commerce.

YMCA's Relay For Life Team Chicken Bog Fundraiser: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at West Hartsville Baptist Church. Cooked by Murray Norwood. Tickets are $6. All proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society.

Eastside Christian Academy and Daycare Annual BBQ Sale: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday at 201 McFarland St. Plates are $6. Info: (843) 332-6251 or (843) 332-6295.

Hartsville Coker Concert Association Presents the Golden Dragon Chinese Acrobats: 8 p.m. Friday at the Center Theater.

Camp Craze 2009: Friday and Saturday at Lake Darpo. Cost: $12. Info: Darlington County Recreation Department (843) 398-4700 or (843) 383-3020

Jazz! Carolina: 7 p.m. Friday.

Good Living Marketplace Jazz Birthday Party: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Cargill Way. Birthday cake for everyone at 11 a.m.

2009 Home Builders Association of the Greater Pee Dee Tour of Homes: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Info: (843) 665-5885 or www.hbapeedee.com.

Gospel in the Park: 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Pride Park on South Sixth Street, Hartsville. Theme is “Bringing Unity in the Community.” The event will feature a special tribute to Paul Thompson and Loretta Richardson. Pastor Gerald Johnson of Spiritual Growth Ministry will bring a devotional. Free. Bring your lawn chairs and Bibles. This is the final Gospel in the Park concert for 2009. Info: Barbara Carraway at (843) 383-8852, the Rev. Edward Carraway at (843) 230-3467 or the Rev. J.D. Blue at (843) 339-5998.

Coker College Homecoming 2009: Activities this week through Sunday.

McCaskill Sept Society Gathering: In Camden Friday through Sunday. The event will feature traditional Scottish entertainment including bagpipers, Celtic dancers and the “Kirking of the Tartan” service on Sunday at Bethesda Presbyterian Church. Any McCaskill or descendants of McCaskills interested in the event may call Betty Joe McCaskill Jackson in Camden at (803) 432-9358, Rachel Miles in Sumter at (803) 499-4456 or Sarah Garland in Darlington at (843) 393-4451 or (843) 307-7611

People to People meeting: 6:15 p.m. Monday at Florence-Darlington Technical College Hartsville Satellite Campus, 225 Swift Creek Road. The public is invited. Info: Clayton Richardson (843) 332-3420.

Kids Tumbling Classes: 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Monday at Coach T.B. Sports Center. Ages 2-7. All skill levels. Cost: $25 city residents, $31 others.

State of the County Luncheon: Noon to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 7 at Pee Dee Electric Meeting Room. Learn about what is happening in the county and what pressing issues our government officials are working on for our citizens. Hear from the mayors of all four cities in the county, Darlington, Hartsville, Society Hill & Lamar. RSVP: (843) 393-2641.

Gourmet Evening Under the Stars: 6 p.m. Oct. 8 at Kalmia Gardens. Culinary demonstrations by Chef Adam Silverman. Desserts by Saffron Catering and a wine tasting. Info: (843) 383-8145

OCT. 9 – 15

Annual Book Sale: Oct. 9-11 at Hartsville Memorial Library.

Stokes Reunion: 11 a.m. Oct. 10 at Lydia Community Center. For descendants of Leon and Hattie Stokes. Lunch at 1 p.m. Plates, cups, utensils will be provided. Info: (843) 326-5498.

Blaney Elementary PTA Annual Fall Festival & Silent Auction: 2 to 5 p.m. Oct. 11 at the school in Elgin. Rain date Oct. 18. Info: (803) 438-8508 or Treasurer@BlaneyPTA.com

Prostate Screenings: Oct. 12 at Free Medical Clinic, 203 Grove St., Darlington. Coker Foundation Outreach Grant Darlington County Mobile Health Unit. Info: (843) 398-0060

Prostate Screenings: Oct. 13 at CareSouth Carolina, 737 S. Main St., Society Hill. Coker Foundation Outreach Grant Darlington County Mobile Health Unit. Info: (843) 378-4501

Prostate Screenings: Oct. 14 at Free Medical Clinic, 500 W. Carolina Ave., Hartsville. Coker Foundation Outreach Grant Darlington County Mobile Health Unit. Info: (843) 332-0422

S.C. Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics presentation of Down Under in Darlington County: 6:30 p.m. Oct. 14.

Durant Chldren’s Center Open House: 4:30 to 6 p.m. Oct. 15 at 510 W. Carolina Ave. Free and open to the public. Program and special presentation begins at 5:15 p.m.

Mammography Screenings: Oct. 15 at CareSouth Carolina, 201 S. Fifth St., Hartsville. Coker Foundation Outreach Grant Darlington County Mobile Health Unit. Info: (843) 332-3422

Mammography Screenings: Oct. 16 at Griffin Family Practice, 105 N. Railroad Ave., Lamar. Coker Foundation Outreach Grant Darlington County Mobile Health Unit. Info: (843) 326-5777

Hartsville High School Class of 1969: Members are needed to attend the 40th class reunion to be held in Hartsville on homecoming weekend Oct. 16-17. For more information or if you have contact information for any class member out of the area please contact Kathy Terrell McFarland at (843) 332-1006 or via email at kmcfarl348@aol.com.

Hartsville High School Class of 1984: 25th high school reunion on Homecoming weekend, Oct. 17-19. Please log onto Facebook’s “Hartsville High School Class of 1984” for more information or contact Margaret Morrison Mertens at MertensM@bellsouth.net.

Experience Kreepy Hollow: The ultimate Halloween adventure. Ride the bus with jeepers creepers, make your way through the haunted corn maze and house, then take a hayride for the fantastic and kreepy finale. Oct. 9-10, 16-18, 23-25, 29-Nov. 1. Info: www.kreepyhollow123.com or Google Joe Dority Rd. in Bishopville. We’re also on Facebook and Myspace. Or call Brenda Allen at (843) 383-5057.

Moree Reunion: 4 p.m. Oct. 17 at The Farm Campground off Highway 151 (turn on Tabernacle Church Road, go to Hill Crest Road, turn left onto Hill Crest and follow the signs). Family and friends of Walter, Joe, Cecil, Tug and Mattie Moree Gainey are invited. Bring a covered dish. Plates, cups and utensils will be provided. For more information, call Gene at (843) 383-4691 or Joe at (843) 383-6179.

Trinity Collegiate Golf Tournament: Noon Oct. 16 at Traces Golf Club

Meet and Greet Karen T. Bartlett Book Signing: 4 p.m. Oct. 16.

Auddie Brown Chevrolet Central Carolina Corvair Club Open Classic Car Show: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 17 at the intersection of U.S. 52 and U.S. 52 Bypass in Darlington. Registration ends at noon and judging begins at 12:30 p.m. Spectators are welcome. Admission is free.

Beginning Photography: 6 to 7:30 p.m. Mondays through Oct.19 at the Black Creek Arts Center. Taught by Duane Childers.

Hartsville Furniture Company 75th Anniversary Birthday Party: 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 22. Refreshments will be served. Special giveaways and discounts offered throughout the month and night of event.

Meet and Greet Lucy Nolan Book Signing: 3:30 p.m. Oct. 25 at Wesley United Methodist Church Family Life Center.

Northeastern Technical College Board of Trustees Meeting: Noon Oct. 27 at Owens Board Room, Cheraw Campus. Info: (843) 921-6900 or www.netc.edu

Taste of the Farm: 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 29 at Ovis Hill Farms. Celebrate the state's extensive agriculture industry and South Carolina grown products. RSVP: (843) 393-2641

Tally Johnson Book Signing and Ghost Storytelling: 5:30 p.m. Oct. 30.

State Harley Owners Group Meeting: Oct. 31 at Darlington Raceway. Convoy will travel from Columbia to Darlington.

NOVEMBER

Darlington Humane Society Rescue Fund Yard Sale: 3 to 5 p.m. Nov. 6 and 7 a.m. to noon Nov. 7 at 113 Spring St., Darlington. Turn off Cashua, second house on left facing Spring Street. Donations: Any items EXCEPT adult clothing are welcome. Adult shoes and purses ARE needed. Children's clothing in good repair sells well. Any gold jewelry will be sold for the gold.

Grumpy Old Men 13th Annual Toy Run: Nov. 15 beginning at Newsome Storage, old Wal-Mart location on Fifth Street in Hartsville). Benefits local area children. Donation: $10 or new toy. Bikes out at 1 p.m. Food, raffles, prizes and fun. Rain date Nov. 22. Info: (843) 383-0972 or (843) 332-1961

Miss Darlington and Miss Teen Darlington Scholarship Pageant: Nov. 21. Sponsorships available. Info: (843) 206-1728 or willisgett@hotmail.com

SUPPORT GROUPS

Alzheimer’s Caregiver’s Support Group: First Tuesday of the month at 10 a.m. at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church. Info: Margaret Coker 843-332-7478.

Alcoholics Anonymous: Daily at 310 McFarland St., Hartsville. Meeting schedule posted on door.

Depression Support Group: Third Monday of the month at 6 p.m. at St. Luke United Methodist Church, 302 Dunlap Dr., Hartsville. Info: Danny at 616-2723 or Kathy at 307-8220.

Divorce Care: This is a weekly seminar and support group for people who are separated or divorced. Info: 843-332-7771.

CLASSES

Girls Volleyball: 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursdays through Oct. 29 at Coach T.B. Sports Center at Byerly Park. Cost: $25 city residents, $31 others.

Fall into Fitness: 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Cardio, step and lunges. Cost: $25 city residents, $31 others.

Exercise Classes: Tuesday and Thursday 10 to 11 a.m. and Thursday 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Hartsville Recreation Department. Remember your resolutions with cardio, step and lunges classes. Cost: $25 for city residents and $31 for non-city residents.

Fitness Over 50: Classes meet 9 to 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at the Coach T.B. Thomas Sports Center. This workout program for those over 50 is available through the Hartsville Recreation Department. New members are always welcome.

Japanese Martial Arts with Gary Carpenter: Mondays and Wednesdays at the Coach T.B. Thomas Sports Center, Hartsville Recreation Department. Ages 5 and older. Cost: $50 per month. Info: 383-3020 for time.

Pet CPR Classes: Available through the Hartsville Recreation Department. Cost: $35 for a three-hour class. Times vary. Info: 843-383-3020 or 843-917-4549.

Scrapbooking 101: 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesdays at Hartsville Recreation Department. Cost: $40 for city residents and $46 for non-city residents. Info: 383-3020.

Living Well South Carolina: This new program is designed to help individuals that suffer from a chronic disease such as COPD, diabetes, heart disease, arthritis and other health problems. These conditions are associated with pain, fatigue, depression and many other issues that change the way you live. Classes are being held in Darlington, Hartsville, Society Hill and Lamar to help you live better with your condition. Call Ashley at 393-8521 to sign up or for more information. All classes are free.

A Matter of Balance Fall Prevention Classes: Free classes are held in Darlington, Hartsville, Society Hill and Lamar. Fear of falling can be just as dangerous as falling itself. Classes can help you improve the quality of life and remain independent and include easy exercises and information that will help you to enjoy your life.
Info: Ashley at (843) 393-8521.

ONGOING & RECURRING

Morning Running Club: 7 a.m. every Saturday at Hartsville YMCA.

Umpires: The Hartsville Area Recreation Department is looking for umpires. If you are an experienced umpire or would be interested in umpiring contact the Hartsville Area Recreation Department for additional information. Info: Lee Andrews 843-383-3020.

Guide Right Initiative: The Hartsville Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. extends an invitation to high school males to join the Kappa League Program. The purpose is to help African-American males choose and pursue useful careers by exposing them to cultural enrichment and character development. The young men will participate in seminars and activities to develop leadership skills, refine self-image, build self-esteem and improve social skills. Info: Coach Corey Lewis at HHS or Lynwood Lewis at (843) 332-4337.

Hartsville Toastmasters: Second and fourth Monday at 7 p.m. at the Black Creek Arts Council, 116 W. College Ave. Free. Toastmasters International is a nonprofit club specializing in the improvement of leadership and speaking skills in a controlled, constructive setting. Guests are welcome. Info: Dr. Andrew Jackson (843) 332-6151.

Hartsville American Legion Post 53 and Auxiliary: Third Tuesday night of each month at the post on North Fifth Street at Society Avenue just across Prestwood Lake. All members, eligible veterans and spouses are invited to attend. Info: Jim Ousley, Post Commander, (843) 332-9340.

Board of Directors of Darlington County Disabilities and Special Needs Board Meetings: Last Tuesday of the month at 5:30 p.m. at the Scott Center, 201 N. Damascus Church Road, Hartsville. The public is invited to attend.

The Golden Hands Needlework Group: First and third Monday of the month at 5:30 p.m. at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church in Hartsville. The group knits and crochets hats, sweaters, blankets and other items to donate to charities.

Southern Animal Welfare League: The group is dedicated to helping abused and neglected animals in our area. Some of the organization’s programs include building doghouses for dogs without shelter, educating children about pet care, supporting local spay and neuter programs, promoting change and enforcement of animal welfare laws and much more. Info: (843) 206-1129 or visit www.southernanimalwelfareleague.org.

Butler Heritage Foundation Membership Drive: Through Oct. 30. The theme for this year’s drive is “Be in the 500-plus.” Info: Shelia Squire at (843) 332-1912.

Community Chaplains of America Program: This certified program will teach you to serve as a chaplain to many people who do not have a pastor or church that they regularly attend. As a spiritual caregiver, your training will equip you with the 10 essential disciplines every community chaplain must have to serve God and see lives changed. Info: (843) 332-7771.

SGTM Lyles Scholarship Fund: A scholarship fund has been established in memory of SGTM Clinton “Blue” Lyles Jr. by the S.C. Army National Guard Scholarship Association. Lyles dedicated 40 years of his life to the service of the S.C. Army National Guard. He served as administrator at the Hartsville Guard Unit, Company C of the 3rd Battalion, 178th Field Artillery. Donations to the fund are tax deductible. Make checks payable to the NGASC Scholarship. Send donations to: 1 National Guard Road, Stop 36, Columbia, SC 29201.

DAV Chapter 47: Third Monday of the month at 5:30 p.m. at the library. All veterans and spouses are invited to attend. Info: J.W. O’Neal (843) 383-8670.

Keep Darlington County Beautiful: The organization offers citizens, businesses and industries opportunities to contribute to their communities; promotes community pride; and publicly recognizes the efforts of citizens, churches, schools, businesses and industries that participate in activities. Individuals and organizations that would like to participate in Keep Darlington County Beautiful programs such as Adopt-A-Highway, recycling programs or serve on the committee can call (843) 398-4810.

Jacob Kelly House Tours: First Sunday of every month through December. Free. This 19th century farm house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is owned by the Darlington County Historical Commission. During the War Between the States, the house was taken over by federal forces and used as headquarters for scouting parties seeking provisions to supply General Sherman’s Army. Info: Joann Lee (843) 332-4508.

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