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Comfort Keepers honors Pee Dee man

A Comfort Keepers franchise owner in the Pee Dee, David Coker, was recently awarded the Operational Excellence award at the 2022 Comfort Keepers Leadership Connect Conference in Anaheim, Calif.

Local Democrats back Williams, S.C. Republicans dump Rice

Darlington County voters last week swept state Rep. Robert Williams of Darlington into the Democratic nomination for a new term in the S.C. House, even as the county’s GOP voters helped sweep U.S. Rep. Tom Rice out of office when his current congressional term expires.

Judge Lockemy speaks to Darlington Kiwanis Club

Judge James Lockemy of Dillon spoke to the Darlington Kiwanis Club last week on the history of the U.S. flag.

‘No forced entry’ when 30 students vandalized high school, report says

A police incident report on the May 12 vandalism at Darlington High School confirms that no one broke into the school – “No forced entry” – but says the 30 or so students involved apparently “entered through several different locations.”

Lamar continues Sesquicentennial

Thursday, June 16, the town of Lamar held its third event for the 150-year Sesquicentennial celebration of the town’s history.

Darlington Downtown Streetscape Project design phase continues

After flying drones downtown, Hanna Engineering continues the design phase for the Downtown Streetscape Project.

Hartsville Police honored

The Hartsville Police Department has been named 2021 Agency of the Year for excellence in DUI enforcement and public education by the S.C. Department of Public Safety, Office of Highway Safety and Justice Programs through the S.C. Law Enforcement Network.

Stone named Saleeby Center’s Employee of the Year

The South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs (DDSN) would like to recognize Licensed Practical Nurse Dana Stone as Hartsville’s Thad E. Saleeby Regional Center Employee of the Year.

Red Cross plans summer events

There’s plenty of fun to map out this summer. The Red Cross encourages donors to join Camp Do Good and make a blood or platelet donation part of their summer bucket list this July.

Sonoco names new chief financial officer

Sonoco, one of the largest sustainable global packaging companies, announced that Rob Dillard, who most recently served as the Company’s Chief Strategy Officer, has been named Chief Financial Officer, effective July 1.

Knox named as DHS’ assistant athletics director

Darlington High School has named Bradley Knox as its assistant athletics director, the school announced on its Facebook page.
Knox is a native of Darlington.

Hartsville Little League Softball 10U All-Stars

The Hartsville Girls Little League Softball team played in the District 5 Tournament in Darlington on Saturday, June 18th. They played a team from Florence.

Darlington Little League Baseball 10U All-Stars

Darlington Boys Little League team played in the District 5 Tournament on Saturday, June 18th. They played teams from Florence and Conway.

Quad wins 2 against Bishopville

The Ladies American Legion softball team (The Quad) representing Post 13 from Darlington, Post 53 from Hartsville, Post 94 from Lamar, and Post 210 from Darlington, easily won a double-header against Bishopville by scores of 18-0 and 11-1.

Darlington High names new athletics director

James Norris, a longtime teacher and coach in the area, will be Darlington High School’s next athletics director, the school announced Thursday.

American Legion commanders sponsor girls’ fast-pitch softball team

The American Legion commanders sponsoring the Legion’s girls’ fast-pitch softball team the Quad.

American Legion posts team up for Fast Pitch Girls Softball

American Legion posts team up for Fast Pitch Girls Softball

Lamar High student signs to play football for Charleston Southern

Lamar High School (LHS) star student-athlete Ethan Hunt inked a letter of commitment Wednesday to play football next year for Charleston Southern University.

Hartsville Stunned in State Championship

By: Don Gearhart Game 1 Hartsville Red Foxes ran the gauntlet through the...

Comfort Keepers honors Pee Dee man

A Comfort Keepers franchise owner in the Pee Dee, David Coker, was recently awarded the Operational Excellence award at the 2022 Comfort Keepers Leadership Connect Conference in Anaheim, Calif.

Judge Lockemy speaks to Darlington Kiwanis Club

Judge James Lockemy of Dillon spoke to the Darlington Kiwanis Club last week on the history of the U.S. flag.

Lamar continues Sesquicentennial

Thursday, June 16, the town of Lamar held its third event for the 150-year Sesquicentennial celebration of the town’s history.

McKnight named Pilot of the Year

Members of the Pilot Club of Darlington recently chose the recipient of the award for Pilot of the Year—Missy McKnight.

Darlington Mayor declares June Men’s Health Month

Darlington Mayor Curtis Boyd presented a signed proclamation designating June as Men’s Health Month to Howard Nettles of Genesis Healthcare on June 14.

Miss Darlington and Miss Darlington Teen competing in Columbia pageant this week

Even though it’s her first time competing on the Miss South Carolina stage, Miss Darlington Catherine Smith feels she will cherish this moment forever.

The Throne opens on Main St., Darlington

The Throne, a new salon located at 101 S. Main St., Darlington, celebrated its Grand Opening on Saturday, June 18th at 1:00 p.m.

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‘Make sure our markers are still standing tall’

In 2026, the United States will celebrate the 250th anniversary of the American Revolution – the 50th anniversary of the Bicentennial.

Spotty cell-phone service a problem ‘all over the county’

Ask Alexander Paul how the cell-phone service is in Mont Clare, the rural area of Darlington County where he lives.

Lula Timmons DeFee

Lula Timmons DeFee, age 95 died Wednesday, June 15, 2022. A funeral service was held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, June 18th in the mausoleum at Florence Memorial Gardens, directed by Belk Funeral Home. The family received friends one hour prior to the service.

Ruth Forrest Nault

Ruth Broncie Purvis Forrest Nault, age 89 died Tuesday, June 14, 2022. A graveside service was held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, June 18th at Grove Hill Cemetery, directed by Belk Funeral Home. The family received friends following the service.

Charles Albert Bethea

Charles ‘Charlie’ Albert Bethea passed away on Sunday, June 5, 2022, at his home in Darlington, South Carolina at the age of 79.

Peggy Ann Player Weatherford

Peggy Ann Player Weatherford, 84, of Darlington died on Thursday, June 2, 2022.

Frank Willis

Florence – Mayor Frank Willis passed away on June 10, 2022 at home surrounded by his wife Marguerite, family, friends, and his beloved dogs, Bella and Cotton.

Warren Martin “Marty” Wardlaw

Warren Martin Wardlaw “Marty” 63, of Columbia, passed away Thursday, May 12, 2022, after a brief illness. He was born in Charleston, South Carolina on December 17, 1958.

John C. “Johnny” Frey

John C. “Johnny” Frey, 67, of Darlington died on Tuesday, May 24, 2022 at his home surrounded by his family.

James “Jimmy” Marvin Boan

Darlington – James “Jimmy” Marvin Boan, age 70 died Wednesday, May 18, 2022.

Renee’ Tyler McCormick

Columbia- Reneè Tyler McCormick, 86, of Columbia, died Monday, May 16, 2022. Mrs. McCormick was born in Monetta, SC, a daughter of the late Cecil Clarence Tyler and Louise Corbett Tyler of Salley, SC.

DEATH NOTICE

Udelle Carroll Rogers, 97, of Darlington died on Saturday, May 7, 2022....

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Teens who vandalized Darlington High should be charged

Why weren’t the students who did the vandalism (at Darlington High School) made to clean up the school?

At Bob’s Store, you touch the past; the past touches you

The store’s filled to the brim with antiques. They hang from the ceiling.

Why not make this a peach of a summer?

From my orchard of memories a lonely peach tree stands in the front yard of my youth.

Why so many school shootings – and why now?

Over the past few decades, we have seen too many school shootings.

When I sat on the porch and watched the highway

There was a time, though, when folks retired to the porch just to pass the time. As a boy, I sat on my parents’ screen porch and counted the trucks going by.

Comparing two very important events

Over the past week, we have seen many wonderful celebrations across our country. Memorial Day and graduation festivities have occupied our time, with good reason.

May we never forget freedom is not free

Memorial means to “remember” and every year on the last Monday in May, we honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice with their lives in the line of active military service while protecting and defending the country they loved.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Thank you for highlighting our small Town of Lamar

Many people in Lamar get your paper weekly. On March 30 and again April 6 we were elated to see Lamar highlighted in your paper.

The cedars of Philomath: A house like no other

Long ago it was, in the late 1980s.

For America, this seems to be another ‘time of testing’

There are times, in the lives of people and nations, when conditions may seem extremely difficult.

DCCAA plans summer food programs

The Darlington County Community Action Agency announces the sponsorship of the Summer Food Service Program for children.

Drawing will fund local scholarships

Olin Sansbury Jr. repaid a debt twice over this spring as he sent $1,000 to the Darlington Kiwanis Club for its scholarship program.

Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program returning to South Carolina

The Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) is returning to South Carolina beginning June 1, with the application process returning to in-person at designated distribution sites across the state.

Block Party concert series returns to Hartsville

Main Street Hartsville hosted its first Block Party of the season May 20 under the lights on College Avenue in downtown Hartsville from 6-9 p.m.

DDRA presents grant award to Piggly Wiggly

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.

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County Council hits ‘pause’ on pay raises, tax increase, ‘A-tax’ spending

A divided Darlington County Council last week slammed the brakes on the county’s proposed budget for next fiscal year and on a committee’s plans for dividing up $50,000 in accommodations-tax money.

Day of Prayer back after long absence

About 50 people turned out May 5 at the Darlington County Courthouse for the first National Day of Prayer held in Darlington since 2019.

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Cleanup Darlington Day brings volunteers to Square

A group of volunteers gathered at the Public Square in Darlington on Saturday for Cleanup Darlington Day to beautify the city ahead of NASCAR’s Race Weekend.

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