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County Council discusses land buyout proposal

On Monday, September 14, Darlington County Council met at the Elizabeth Boatwright Coker Performing Arts Center in Hartsville to discuss a proposed land buyout program.

Society Hill Council discusses improvements, library restoration, and resignation rumors

Society Hill is planning changes, and they’re coming soon.

Local Church earns historic marker

Pastor Eugene Thomas Jr., Rep. Robert Williams, elders and members of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church gathered Sunday morning for an historical service, marking 153 years since the creation of the church.

Hartsville City Council recognizes SROs and heroes during meeting

During their monthly meeting on September 13, the City Council of Hartsville and Hartsville Police Department recognized two new School Resource Officers and a Corporal who recently saved a fellow officer’s life.

“How can we reach them?” School Board questions current methods

School violence, safety officers and post-COVID test scores were the main topics at this month’s meeting of the Darlington County Board of Education.

Greater Darlington Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon Cutting for the Darlington Mercantile

Greater Darlington Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon Cutting for the Darlington Mercantile

Dedicated Community Bank welcomes Angie Godbold

Dedicated Community Bank (DCB) is pleased to announce Angie Stone Godbold has joined its Darlington lending team.

DDRA presents grant award to South Main Laundromat

As development dollars flow downtown with large projects such as the construction of the Darlington County Courthouse and Darlington County Historical Museum and multimillion dollar expansions of Genesis Healthcare and Georgia Pacific, everyone wants to be a part of the growth in Darlington.

CPRMC team member’s request leads to Governor’s proclamation

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster recently issued a proclamation declaring the month of September “Sepsis Awareness Month,” a recognition requested by Faith Kelley, Quality Coordinator at Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center

Community Health Fair

All For Christ Health Ministry presented a Community Health Fair on September 17th at Monumental Baptist Church

Darlington Volleyball Holds off Lake City

The Darlington Lady Falcons did not start out as gracious hosts to the Lady Panthers from Lake City.

Lamar stuns McBee in football

The McBee Panthers invaded Donald R. Poole stadium with a 3-1 record and averaging 28 point per game.



Hartsville American Legion Post 53 sponsored an American Legion baseball team

Hartsville American Legion Post 53 sponsored an American Legion baseball team

Lady Falcon Senior Tennis players

Lady Falcon Senior Tennis players

Lamar Falls Short to Andrew Jackson

On a pleasant evening, the Andrew Jackson Volunteers from Kershaw trekked to Lamar for Friday Night Lights.

Wildcats defeat Red Foxes

The 3-A Dillon Wildcats came from behind to defeat the 4-A Hartsville Red Foxes 59-35 in Kelly Town in Hartsville on Friday, September 9, before a large crowd of spectators.

Hartsville blanks Darlington

What set up to be a classic “Davey vs Goliath” never materialized.

Dillon defeats Lamar 41-0 in season opener

The Dillon Wildcats defeated the visiting Lamar Silver Foxes 41-0 in the season opener in varsity football played in Dillon on Friday, August 26.

Rodeo comes to Byrdtown

The 24th Annual High School Rodeo was held on August 26th and 27th in the Antioch Recreation Center on Antioch Rd., in Byrdtown Community.

Lamar continues its Sesquicentennial

The Town of Lamar presented a tribute to farmers and merchants on Saturday, August 27th in the Piggly Wiggly parking lot on Railroad Avenue in Lamar.

Sheriff’s deputies seize drugs, weapons during search

On August 24th, Deputies executed a search warrant off I Street in the Hartsville area of Darlington County and recovered an ounce of ecstasy and an ounce of Methampheta-mine.

Mount Calvary Baptist Church hosts Taste of the Pee Dee

Over 300 people attended the Taste of the Pee Dee, held on Saturday, August 27 at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church in Hartsville.

SCDOT lists three future bridge closures in Darlington County

Thursday, August 25th, the South Carolina Department of Transportation met to discuss the closure of three bridges in Darlington County due to repairs.

Miss South Carolina welcomed back to Hartsville

On Sunday, August 28, the City of Hartsville held a Homecoming Celebration for Jill Dudley who won Miss SC in June of this year.

Epps awarded scholarship

Gracie Epps of Darlington was awarded the Karen Woodring Scholarship given by Xi chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma.

League of Women Voters hosting Candidate Forum

The League of Women Voters of Darlington County is hosting a Candidates Forum, Thursday, September 15, 6pm to 7:30pm with Darlington County School Board Candidates for District 5 and 7.

New Marketing and Communications Coordinator named by Carolina Pines

Hanna Caddell has been named the new Marketing and Communications Coordinator for Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center.

Cunningham speaks at Coker

On Tuesday, August 23rd, a group of students, faculty and staff gathered in Davidson Hall at Coker College to listen to Democrat Gubernatorial candidate Joe Cunningham and his running mate, Tally Casey express their vision for South Carolina.

GSSM hires Matthew Myers to manage new Hydroponic Research lab

The South Carolina Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics (GSSM) has hired Matthew Myers to serve as its new Hydroponic Research Lab Manager.

Ruth Mary Wise Kirkland

Ruth Mary Wise Kirkland passed away after an illness peacefully into the arms of Jesus on Wednesday, September 14, 2022 in the presence of her family.

Martha Jane Pope Godley

Martha Jane Pope Godley, age 71, passed away on Thursday, September 15, 2022 at her home surrounded by family.

Harry W. Muldrow Jr.

Harry W. Muldrow, Jr., 77, died August 9, 2022.

Shelvie Jean Davis

Shelvie Jean Davis, 82, of Darlington died on Friday, August 12, 2022.

David Vaughan

David F. Vaughan, 74, of Darlington died Saturday, July 23, 2022.
Mr. Vaughan was born in Darlington, a son of the late Wilbur Hazel and Gladys Siskron Vaughan.

Autrey Andrew O’Neal, Sr.

Autrey Andrew O’Neal, Sr. age 78, passed away Wednesday, July 27, at the Veteran Village.

Barney W. Odom

On Tuesday, July 27, 2022 we lost a legend named Barney W. Odom, Sr.

Jessica Dargan “Cricket” Newman

Jessica Dargan “Cricket” Newman, wife of James Paul Newman Jr., died at home on Wednesday July 27, 2022 after a battle with cancer.

Steven Phillip Gibson

Steven Phillip Gibson, 50, died July 28, 2022 surrounded by his family at the McLeod Hospice House, Florence SC.

Harry T. Bristow

Chief Master Sgt Harry T. Bristow, USAF (ret.), died unexpectedly on 14 July 2022 in Clinton MD.

Letter to the Editor

Some people think because things don’t work in their favor, they just won’t give a care what they have.

Old island haunts

Old island haunts.

The Power Of Moonlit Imagery

Herman Melville created Moby Dick, the great white sperm whale that bit off Ahab’s leg.

It seems birds of a feather do flock together

There is a huge difference between personal transformation and just talking and wishing.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: If we don’t put Earth first, we’ll finish last

In “The End of Ice” by journalist Dahr Jamail, one of the climate scientists stated that the heating of the oceans has been measured as deep as 100 meters, or 328 feet.

Women whose names smell like flowers

What’s behind a name? Lots, most of the time.
Sometimes it’s obvious, sometimes it’s a mystery, but often it’s botanical.

We have proven that nothing is ‘impossible’

It was July 20 and Neil was the center of attention.
Most of the world knew who he was and they were watching him now as he did the most important thing in his life.

My Sunday piano memories of the Gospel

The old book and instrument of wood and ivory need each other. In fact, they share what biologists call a symbiotic relationship.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Children are the most oppressed group in the country

After we graduate from high school, we take with us the basic knowledge of mathematics, reading and writing. We also take some basic understanding of social interaction.

Ferns are the colonists of nature

Ferns bless us with classic Southern settings but doing so isn’t always easy.

Community Calendar

Thurs., September 22nd: 8:00 A.M. – 8:30 A.M. — Al-Anon, AA Hut,...

Community Calendar

Thurs., September 15th: 8:00 A.M. – 8:30 A.M. — Al-Anon, AA Hut,...

Hartsville hosts National Night Out

On Saturday, August 13th, from 6:30-8:30 pm, the Darlington County Sheriff’s Dept., the Hartsville Police Dept. and the Hartsville Fire Dept. held a “National Night Out” at Burry Park in Hartsville.

Duke Energy and county to test sirens around H.B. Robinson Nuclear Plant this week

The outdoor warning sirens around the Robinson Nuclear Plant will be tested multiple times during the week of August 16.


Here is a list of some of the events happening locally in the near future.

Motorcycle crash on East Home Ave. results in death

A fatal motorcycle collision occurred on July 26th at around 11:06 p.m. on East Home Avenue, approximately 5 miles east of Hartsville.

Local groups sponsor Countdown to Kindergarten

Hartsville’s newest non-profit organization, And Still We Rise, in collaboration with First Steps of South Carolina, EdVenture Children’s Museum, the City of Hartsville, Duke Energy, Healthy Blue, the Genesis Community Foundation and Hartsville Household of Faith will sponsor the COUNTDOWN TO KINDERGARTEN Celebration, Friday, August 5, 2022, 5:00-7:00 pm in downtown Hartsville.

Grand Lodge creates two new members of Knights Pythias

The Grand Lodge of North Carolina and South Carolina at North Carolina’s 143rd Session created two members on the Knights of Pythias in Thomasville,NC on July 16, 2022.


Here are some of the local events that are happening soon.

Sheriff’s Office holds annual summer youth camp

Darlington County Sheriff’s Office held their annual summer youth camp at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Hartsville last week.

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