Francis Marion University is looking to help business owners and their staff be more effective. This unique partnership is between the FMU School of Business and the Kelly Center for Enterprise and Innovation.
While at a lot of local schools, overcrowding is a huge problem when it comes to students, it's the complete opposite when it comes to teachers. Florence School District One is getting creative to fill that teacher shortage. Southside Middle School is one of the many schools across the state and U.S. in need of teachers.
Summer 2018 will mean the first grocery store for downtown Florence. Tim Waters is bringing a Save-A-Lot to the North end of Dargan Street. For Waters, bringing the grocery store to the area is 18 years in the making. He said he grew up in the area and noticed that now - and in the past- the area has nowhere for people who live in the area to get fresh fruits and vegetables. .
A plan is in the works to continue making improvements to water and sewer. In 2016, WMBF News showed you concerns residents had with specific portions of the city's water and sewer system. This past Tuesday, the city got back three construction bids detailing costs associated with the repairs.
A Grand Strand connection to hurricane ravaged Puerto Rico is behind efforts to provide critical lifesaving items. The owner of ShipOnSite, is collecting everyday items many of us take for granted and is shipping them to the people of Puerto Rico.
Millions of dollars are being given to a Florence County school district to bring in new educational tools. Florence County School District Three is not only getting new resources, but a $9 million grant is allowing the district to renovate two schools, which will house the districts first Magnet Programs. J Paul Trucluck Intermediate School and Olanta Elementary School will be splitting the grant.
The Hampton Point Subdivision, is still working to find a solution to a big problem Hurricane Matthew left behind one year ago. The community once had a lake, but a damn breach has left a large overgrown mud hole.
The last of Hurricane Mathew debris is being hauled off after the City of Florence just finished collection one month ago. While the city is no longer dealing with issues we saw at the height of the storm, there are some lingering impacts and one is concern from the public.
One of five commissioners for the West Florence Fire District has resigned. That board is responsible for managing fire tax millage and making sure funding is available for fire protection throughout the West Florence Fire District. Board Chairman Dustin Fails said there will be no special election to fill the vacancy,;he said it is the job of the legislature to appoint a new board member.
A Pee Dee school district is working to increase student education by taking parents to school. Florence County School District three, is asking parents to sign up for a free five-week course to get a better understanding of what the school day is like for their children. This program has been running in the district for seven years. Past participants said they feel readier to take active roles in their student's education.
The Darlington County Fire District is now the proud owner of a new $300,000 fire truck. Fire Chief Ricky Flowers said the new tanker truck was needed because most of the department's trucks were built in the 80s. The new truck can haul up to 1,800 gallons of water to a fire.