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Golf carts stolen from the Raceway

Four golf carts were reported stolen from the Darlington Raceway, officials said.

DHEC, McMaster applaud S.C.’s 50 percent vaccination rate

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) has announced that the Palmetto State has officially reached a 50 percent vaccination rate among eligible residents.

Hartsville police sergeant honored for saving lives

Sgt. Riley Free of the Hartsville Police Department was recently recognized by Gov. Henry McMaster for saving two lives by administering the overdose-reversal drug naloxone in emergency situations, according to the HPD.

Coker University announces their ‘guarantee’ for success

With more and more students questioning whether a college degree is worth the cost, Coker University has announced its “Coker Guarantee,” assuring employers that a Coker degree means its students have the skill sets needed to succeed after graduation.

Carolina Pines’ mobile app to improve human connections

Hartsville’s Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center announced that it has deployed the Vocera Ease application to improve patient and family communication.

FMU ranked among best colleges in South by U.S. News & World Report

Francis Marion University has again been recognized by U.S. News & World Report magazine as one of the top Regional Universities in the South.


Here is a list of upcoming events for the next 30 days.

Hartsville city employees to get ‘COVID bonuses’

The City of Hartsville will get $3.7 million in federal COVID relief funds, and will spend up to $410,000 of that money on “bonuses” for essential employees who have had to work up-close with the public during the pandemic.

Grand Old Post Office hosts First Annual GOPO Expo

On Saturday, September 18th, the Grand Old Post office hosted the first...

Historic District homeowners win property zoning battle

Homeowners in Darlington’s St. John’s Historic District last week won their fight to keep property zoning in their area unchanged and to protect their neighborhood from what residents feared might be a future of “neon lights” and “AutoZones.”

Darlington Falcons suffer defeat from Myrtle Beach Seahawks

Running into the Darlington High Falcons game against the Myrtle Beach Seahawks, there were many plays they let slip through their fingers.

Tempers flare at Bristol Speedway

The NASCAR Playoffs are intense enough, and when the NASCAR Cup Series visits Bristol, the intensity typically reaches its max.

NASCAR again plans two races at Darlington Raceway in 2022

As part of NASCAR’s announcement of the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series schedule, Darlington Raceway will again host two scheduled Cup races May 8 and Sept. 4, 2022.

Lamar Varsity Football team Dominates Great Falls 56 – 16

Friday, September 17th, the Lamar Silver Foxes battled the visiting Great Falls Red Devils in a varsity football action in Lamar.

Denny Hamlin holds off hard charging Larson to win Cook Out Southern 500

Denny Hamlin entered the NASCAR Playoffs winless, but on Sunday night at Darlington Raceway, he outran Kyle Larson to win his third Cook Out Southern 500.

Noah Gragson earns first Darlington Xfinity victory in NASCAR overtime

Noah Gragson held off Harrison Burton in NASCAR Overtime during the VFW Sport Clips Haircuts Helps A Hero 200 to capture his first win of the season and his first-ever at Darlington Raceway.

Sheldon Creed dominates at Darlington to sweep opening races in NASCAR Playoffs

Sheldon Creed dominated the In It To Win It 200 at Darlington Raceway on Sunday to sweep the first two races of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs.

Hartsville Red Foxes defeated 43 to 37

The Hartsville football game against Camden High was a close call until the very end.

Coker field hockey team loses match

SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. — The Coker University field hockey team fell on the road at No. 4 Shippensburg by a score of 7-2 on Sunday.

Lamar High football team is quarantined

A player on the Lamar High School varsity football team has tested positive for COVID-19.

In search of striper: The game is ever changing

This year’s striper migration got off to a rough start. Ryan Stephens and I started in March on the Congaree River and were beaten 2-7 by a 7-year-old girl on another boat.

POEM: The simple life

Staring at a blank page, trying to purge my thoughts, allowing me to se that which is not here.

Lawson, Sharp exchange vows

Kate Hemphill Lawson and Madison Drummond Sharp were united in marriage on May 15, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. at Darlington Presbyterian Church by The Reverends Kevin T. Cauley and Jonathan G. Garrett.

Bacchus, Byrd married at Furman University

Sharon B. Bacchus, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Compton Bacchus of Darlington, was married to Jerome Byrd, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Byrd of Nashville, Tennessee, on August 20, 2020 at Furman University in Greenville, S.C.

The adventures of LCJ: Shad fishing

I went to Charleston for the weekend to visit the South Eastern Wildlife Expo and stayed with Bo Hutchison (a friend from The Citadel) at his apartment.

BACKYARD STARGAZER: What to see in February’s cold, clear nights

It’s February, time to do some stargazing and look forward to spring!

Hunting the Outer Banks

An active day of duck hunting is an exciting experience regardless of the setting or the target species.

Goodson, Pond wed

Jordan Leigh Goodson and Ralph Benjamin Pond IV were united in marriage on...

Lawson-Sharp engagement

Mr. and Mrs. James Hemphill Lawson of Darlington, SC, announce the engagement of their daughter, Kate Hamphill Lawson, of Charleston to Madison Drummond Sharp of Charleston, the son of Dr. and Mrs. Henry Drummond Sharp III of Rock Hill, SC.

A hunt to be thankful for

Thanksgiving week marks the beginning of duck season, turning the rivers of the Pee Dee region into a battle ground.


We are sad to announce the following deaths:

Jane Morris Pipkin

Jane Morris Pipkin, age 78, died Sunday, Sept. 5, 2021. A celebration of her life will be held at a later date.

Robert “Robbie” Morgan, Jr.

SGM Robert “Robbie” English Morgan, Jr., age 70, formerly from Darlington, SC, passed away on Saturday, September 4, 2021.

Annette O’Neal Marian

Annette Sneeden O’Neal, 66, passed away on Wednesday, September 1, 2021 in Hampton, VA.

Robert Preston “Bob” Nolan

Robert Preston “Bob” Nolan, 71, of Society Hill died Sunday, August 29, 2021.

Curtis Lewis

Julius Curtis Lewis, 72, passed away at his home on Friday, September 3, 2021.


Death notices for this week.

Emma Carol Gandy Hunsucker

Emma Carol Gandy Hunsucker joined her friends and family in heaven on August 26, 2021 at the age of 91.

Arthur M. Flowers

Darlington – Arthur M. Flowers, age 74 died Saturday, August 21, 2021.

Carolyn Gainey Odom

Darlington – Carolyn Gainey Odom, age 73 died in her home on Sunday, August 15, 2021.

Please, pardon me for just a few moments…

Almost everywhere we go, there are people complaining about what our “government” is doing or not doing, and rightly so. Much of the criticism is justified but, some is not.

You’ve got to feel the food

A few years back on a fall day I attended a wild game dinner on the grounds of Hobcaw Barony’s Bellefield Stables. I sat among folks from up north.

History, governments do repeat themselves

It is not a secret that we Americans are a very impatient people. We want things bigger, faster and better than ever before. And, we want them NOW!

Who’s Queen of Flowers? The orchid is, of course

Orchids. There were days I wore them in my lapel for formal events, but those days are gone.

The day when the planes hit the towers

In everyone’s life, there are certain moments that are burned into our memory. Sept. 11, 2001, is such a moment.

Where they sleep, while they sleep

I visit old cemeteries quite a bit. Lest you think death thoughts consume me, understand that readers tell me of near-forgotten cemeteries.

Sam and Lib: Scenes from a long, eventful marriage

A long, long time ago, there lived a man and woman. No one really knows what their real names were and everyone called them Sam and Lib so often that it stuck.

I never met Willie Morris, but sat in his chair

Several years back, I attended Edgefield’s Camellia Tea.

Some thoughts about Afghanistan’s past, present and future

At last, our military presence in Afghanistan is almost over.

Long-lost treasures and heirloom seeds

Metal detectives seek old coins and treasure, and many folks look for arrowheads.

Students stage Red Ribbon march against drugs

Students at Hartsville’s Washington Street Elementary School took to...

Screen on the Green returns for 2018 season

Screen on the Green will launch May 26 with a showing of Top Gun in Burry...

“Taste of Christmas” coming November 2

  Want to whet your appetite for the holidays and help local children...


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