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Balloons fly high in memory of a Lydia loved one

Johnny Davis would have turned 102 on January 15, and his family members were eagerly anticipating the annual birthday bash that brought many of his 13 children, over 50 grandkids, and 102 great-grandchildren to the family home in Lydia.

Society Hill proclamation salutes former Gov. Beasley

Society Hill Town Council last week passed a proclamation saluting Lamar native and Society Hill resident David Beasley for the Nobel Prize recently awarded to the hunger-fighting group he leads.

American Red Cross assisting Hartsville family after home fire

American Red Cross disaster-trained volunteers were assisting a family whose home, located on Knollwood Drive in Hartsville, was damaged by a fire.

Hartsville-area woman dies in hit-and-run

A 39-year-old Hartsville-area woman was killed in a hit-and-run accident Saturday night on S.C. 151, authorities said.

Newman to speak to League of Women Voters

Darlington County Education Superintendent Tim Newman is scheduled to speak (virtually) at the Jan. 21 online meeting of the Darlington County League of Women Voters.

Kelley Center reaches milestone with five incubator clients

Francis Marion University is continuing to buoy entrepreneurs of the Pee Dee through the business incubators at the Kelley Center for Economic Development, which recently reached an important milestone.

FMU carefully kicking off its spring semester

Francis Marion University was set to begin spring classes Jan. 19 with all COVID-19 protocols from the fall remaining in place.

Duke Energy establishes relationship with Optus Bank to support minority-owned businesses

Duke Energy has announced it has deposited $5 million into Optus Bank, a black-owned bank based in South Carolina, furthering the company’s support for diverse and minority-owned businesses, individuals and low income communities.

‘Misinformation’ can still pack quite an emotional punch

“Don’t believe the news.” “I don’t trust the media.” “I’m not going to look up anything. I have my opinion which is just as valid as yours.”

Extension Agribusiness opens one-stop shop for S.C. start-up businesses

Through an array of state, federal and private partnerships, the Clemson Extension Agribusiness team has launched a comprehensive, one-stop shop to provide expertise in a variety of areas for South Carolina start-ups.

Coker’s Davis scores 1,000th career point

Coker University senior Emily Davis scored her 1,000th career point as Coker women’s basketball fell to Wingate Jan. 13 in South Atlantic Conference action by a score of 66-54.

Coker hires assistant director for athletics media relations

Ashley Thornton has been hired as an assistant director of athletics media relations at Coker University, announces Director of Athletics Media Relations Jake Miller.

Coker women’s soccer adds two new signees to roster

Coker University women’s soccer has added Heather Travis and Meaghan Puskar to its 2021 roster, announced by head coach Garrett Linquist.

Coker men’s basketball team falls to Wingate

Coker University men’s basketball fell at Wingate Jan. 13 in South Atlantic Conference action by a score of 86-74.

Hartsville’s Evans to play for Tennessee

Former Hartsville High football standout Tiyon Evans will play for the University of Tennessee after getting attention at Hutchinson Community College in Kansas.

Hartsville High’s Rod Gattison will play for Western Carolina University

After starting out at Georgia Military College, former Hartsville High standout Rod Gattison will play football for Western Carolina University.

Local players picked for All-State honors

Dozens of players from the Pee Dee were chosen when the S.C. Football Coaches Association recently announced picks for All-State teams.

County schools shut down sports for three weeks

All sports at all Darlington County public schools will be suspended Dec. 21-Jan. 11 because of the COVID-19 threat, the county school board decided last week.

Lamar High athletes sign to play for colleges

Two Lamar High School athletes last week signed to play for area colleges during ceremonies at the high school.

Darlington varsity boys basketball team defeats Lamar by 89-38

The Darlington varsity boys basketball team returned home on Thursday, December 3, with an 89 to 38 win over Lamar in Lamar.

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.

First-responders grant toddler’s birthday wish

Hartsville-area resident Jensen, 4, only wanted one thing for his birthday.

Ervin and Reynolds engaged

Mr. and Mrs. Joe Shuman Ervin of Darlington announce the engagement of their daughter, Alice Dargan Ervin, to Brenton Allen Reynolds…

Trinity-Byrnes Class of 2020

Trinity-Byrnes 2020 Seniors gather for class picture.

Proper etiquette for graduation guests

Graduation ceremonies celebrate the accomplishments of students who worked hard to earn their diplomas and degrees. As significant as these ceremonies can be, they also tend to be lengthy, which can make guests uncomfortable and antsy.

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Photo mural honors area grads

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The first race at Darlington without Harold King

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Raymond “Pete” Jeffords Sr.

Raymond Franklin Jeffords Sr., “Pete,” 85, died Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021, at home with his loving family after a long battle with cancer.

Tony S. Anderson

Tony S. Anderson, 68, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021.

Clara Jane Crowley Crosby

Clara Jane Crowley Crosby, 70, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021.

Marion H. Wallace

Marion H. Wallace, 86, passed away Friday, Jan. 1, 2021.

Angela Denise Deas

Angela “Angie” Denise Elms Deas, 57, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, after a long battle with cancer.

Lilabelle W. Moody

Lilabelle Weinberg Moody, 94, passed away at her home surrounded by family on Jan. 7, 2021.

Shirley T. Weatherford

Shirley Tolson Weatherford, 83, died on Christmas Eve morning at her residence.

Chris Smith

William Christopher “Chris” Smith, 74, died Saturday, Dec. 26, 2020, at his home.

Lawan Evans

Ouida Lawan Evans, 74, passed away Monday, Dec. 28, 2020.

Thomas Chatterton Coxe III

Thomas Chatterton Coxe III, “Tommy” died peacefully on December 28, at the age of 90.

Seeing opportunity in every difficulty

Moods are a very real part of our daily lives but also an area we need to discern carefully.

Exactly how do you define a friend?

“Make some new friends, keep the old; one is silver, the other is gold.”

Never say dye: Let aging take its course

Late, late afternoon it was. She walked into the restaurant and lit it up.

Confessions of a collector of curious things

The things we collect. When I am gone my daughters will think their dad was a bit touched.

Holidays in the shadow of COVID-19

I hope that everyone had an enjoyable holiday, but I must admit that it did not seem like a normal Christmas.

Mill Village Boy returns to the classroom

The year was 1949. I was seated in the registrar’s office at Emmanuel College. I was applying for admittance to the school under the G.I. Bill that was provided for veterans of World War II.

What does God want for Christmas? Our hearts

Once again, we have stressed with trying to figure out what to give people who already have everything they need.

The wonders, and cruelties, of winter are here

As I write, it’s 38 degrees and rain is falling. We always seem to be just a few degrees away from snow.

Dreaming of a white Christmas in 1942

At this time of year, our minds turn to Christmas, Santa Claus and snow.

Dreaming of another Earth, not yet tainted

There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world.

Students stage Red Ribbon march against drugs

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Screen on the Green returns for 2018 season

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“Taste of Christmas” coming November 2

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