Harvick wins NASCAR’s Real Heroes 400
May19

Harvick wins NASCAR’s Real Heroes 400

Kevin Harvick ruled the track Sunday in Darlington as NASCAR returned to the racetrack for the first time in more than two months, and some fans clustered around the Raceway fence just to hear the engines. The race, dubbed The Real Heroes 400, honored frontline healthcare workers. “Real Heroes” from South Carolina included healthcare workers from St. Francis Downtown hospital in Greenville and McLeod Regional Medical Center in...

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Pee Dee Electric Cooperative volunteers help seniors
May19

Pee Dee Electric Cooperative volunteers help seniors

Donna Perkins knows the importance of drive-up service. The member services representative often assists Pee Dee Electric Cooperative (PDEC) members through the window of the cooperative’s Darlington office. That service has been especially crucial recently, as the cooperative closed its lobby to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The first Tuesday and Wednesday of May were days off for Perkins, but she was still providing service with a...

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Hartsville hires new city manager

Hartsville City Council has hired Daniel Moore as Hartsville’s newest city manager. Moore will assume the position of city manager from Natalie Zeigler, who announced in March that she would be leaving Hartsville to accept the role of city administrator of Goose Creek beginning in June. “Our city is filled with amazing people that have a true passion for Hartsville,” says Hartsville Mayor Mel Pennington. “It was important to City...

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Town of Lamar preparing for Neighborhood Watch
May19

Town of Lamar preparing for Neighborhood Watch

by Samantha Lyles slyles@newsandpress.net The Town of Lamar is preparing to deploy a valuable resource to combat crime and safety issues. That resource is the town’s own concerned citizens. At Lamar Town Council’s May 11 meeting (which streamed live via Facebook), Chief of Police Carl Scott gave an update on the establishment of a Neighborhood Watch program. At Council’s April meeting, Scott sent out the call for...

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PDRTA announces schedule changes

The Pee Dee Regional Transportation Authority announces the following changes to its bus schedules: The Darlington to Florence Commuter Bus as well as the Free Downtown Shuttle will resume service May 18. All Saturday bus service in Florence, Darlington and Hartsville will resume May 23. All PDRTA routes including the Florence Transit System will resume normal fare collection service June 1. The first rows of seats behind the operator...

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Darlington man arrested for threatening to use weapon of mass destruction
May19

Darlington man arrested for threatening to use weapon of mass destruction

Darlington County sheriff’s investigators have arrested Michael Donavan Avin, 46, of Darlington, after an investigation into threatening telephone messages that were left at the Darlington Raceway. Investigators allege Avin called the Darlington Raceway April 27 leaving the messages. Investigators also allege Avin had indicated in a letter written to another location in Darlington County that he had access to 125 tons of bomb-making...

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