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The Public Square blaze: Firefighters lost a building, saved a block

When Darlington Fire Chief Pat Cavanaugh first saw the blaze consuming a building on the Public Square the night of July 16, his main thought was: We cannot let this spread through the rest of the block.

Two more arrests in slaying at gas station

The Darlington County Sheriff’s Office has arrested two more people in a slaying at a Hartsville-area gas station June 19.

New city manager Payne promises hands-on approach

What are residents going to see now that Darlington City Council has hired John Payne, a Florence financial adviser, as its first new city manager in 11 years?

Governor dedicates portion of road to SC Highway Patrol Commander

Gov. Henry McMaster was in Darlington on Saturday to dedicate a portion of a Society Hill road to SC Highway Patrol Commander Col. Chris Williamson.

Couple to fight Society Hill livestock ruling

Dwayne and Joanne Duke say they will fight an ordinance recently passed by Society Hill Town Council limiting livestock in town limits.

S.C. First Steps awards $17 million in grants

South Carolina First Steps has awarded its largest funding amount in more than 15 years — $17,664,476 in grants to its network of 46 local First Steps partnerships.

BACKYARD STARGAZER: In August, a Blue Moon and meteors

In August, we have a few conjunctions, an annual meteor shower and a “Blue Moon” that isn’t the second full Moon of a month!

Aerospace Engineering class at DCIT sees success in first year

The Darlington County Institute of Technology’s (DCIT) new Aerospace...

Coker’s Pedigreed Seed and the sound of history

Hartsville is blessed with many beautiful and historic homes, buildings, gardens and sites.

Governor’s School Foundation announces new board members

The South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics (GSSM) Foundation is pleased to welcome two new members to its Board of Directors.

USSSA TEiAM Sports Summer Nationals in Lexington, SC July 23-26

SC Bandits 18 & under won USSSA TEiAM Sports Summer Nationals in Lexington this past weekend.

Darlington ICE wins USSSA Bownet Championship

Darlington ICE (12 & under) show off their rings after winning the USSSA Bownet Southeast Sports Championship this past Saturday in Walterboro, SC.

Hartsville Red Foxes face off against Lake View Wild Gators

The Hartsville Red Foxes faced the Lake View Wild Gators in 7-on-7 action played in Dillon on Tuesday, July 13…

Local teams prepare for football season

Local Darlington County teams held football tryouts and practice recently.

Hartsville’s Dixie Youth 8U Softball Team headed for World Series

Hartsville’s Dixie Youth 8U Softball Team State Champions are headed to the World Series in Prince George, VA on July 23rd.

Darlington County Allstars Defeat Florence team in a Double Header

Wednesday, July 7th, the Darlington County Junior Legue Allstar Boys played a double header against Florence in Florence.

Car Hauler Parade to be postponed until 2022

The annual Car Hauler Parade, a Southern 500 tradition, won’t take place this year, officials say.

Hartsville High names new athletics director

A reporter last Thursday asked Brad Boob, the new athletics director for Hartsville High School, if he worried about the pressure he was going to be under.

DHS names a new girls’ basketball coach

Darlington High School didn’t need to look far to find the new coach for its girls’ varsity basketball team.

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.

Hartsville plans safer Halloween activities

While COVID-19 has almost everyone wearing masks to dampen the spread of the virus, the pandemic has also dampened the Halloween spirit by forcing the cancellation of fun holiday events.

Charlena Hunt Chewning

Charlena Hunt Chewning, a counselor, coach, mentor and friend, died on July 22, 2021, at the age of 89.

William “Fudgie” Blackmon

William “Fudgie” Barry Blackmon, age 78, died Thursday, July 15, 2021.

Irene Garner Carrigan

Irene Garner Carrigan, age 91, passed away on Monday, July 12, 2021, at home surrounded by the loving care of her family.


Recent deaths listed.

Robert E. Goodson Jr.

Robert E. Goodson Jr., age 84, died in his home Wednesday, June 30, 2021.

Sarah Martha Burn Moore

Sarah Martha Burn Moore has gone to a safer place to wait for us with all those she loved who have gone before her.

Mae Bell Boykin Thomas

Mae Bell Boykin Thomas, age 89 passed away Tuesday, June 8, 2021.

Dr. James Allen “Jim” Buie

Dr. James Allen “Jim” Buie, 79, died Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020.

Walter Springs

Walter Springs, 76, of Florence, passed away on Tuesday, October 20, 2020.

Sullie Lane

DARLINGTON — Sullie Weaver Lane, 95, passed away on Wednesday, June 2, 2021.

For the birds … in more ways than one

This makes the second time I’ve used “For the Birds” as a title. “Contacting the dead through a Ouija board? That’s for the birds.”

Taking the off-ramp from interstate madness

My back-road trips of late have been good but not as pleasant they usually are. Too many people.

Making the case for Voter ID

Well, it looks like our nation can now do anything imaginable. I guess nothing is “impossible” (at least in America) anymore.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Do they deserve the raise they got?

I recently saw in the news where five department directors in South Carolina state government are going to receive up to 48 percent wage increases.

Despite GoogleTM, librarians are still angels

Non-textbooks got our attention, and grammar school trips to the library always perked us up.

Let’s all try a little hope, not hate

There are several constants in life. Very little we experience is “new.”

Car hits tree, driver killed

A 21-year-old Florence woman died early Friday when her car ran off the road and hit a tree near Hartsville, officials said.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Community Action Agency board member says thanks

I have been elected to fill a position on the Darlington County Community Action Agency Board of Commissioners to represent low-income individuals and families in the Darlington area where I reside.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Let’s complete memorial to Cotton Mill workers

I just read the interesting article relating to the discovery of several cemeteries in Darlington County.

The parking lot of the dead

Even in death they cling to dignity. Left to rust, they bless the rare visitor with awe and mystery.

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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