Pee Dee News

  Saddle up: Conway group uses horseback rides as mental and physical therapy

A local organization is working to help people of all ages and backgrounds through therapeutic horseback riding.

  Florence organization hosts Valentine’s Day dinner for homeless, honors lost loved ones

Autopsy: Hania Aguilar died of ‘homicidal violence of undetermined means’

Residents form task force to tackle Florence’s creek litter problem

2-year-old child dies after being hit by vehicle

School district plans to reconfigure schools, holds meeting to address concerns

Over $10K raised to benefit Florence County deputy injured in October shooting

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  Referendum would say ‘goodbye’ to 70-year-old dilapidated Florence Memorial Stadium

Residents along Florence road discuss flooding concerns with city council

Police locate missing man last seen in the Pee Dee

Naked woman who caused a brief shutdown at Florence Regional Airport faces trespassing charge

SC town seized $135 for each person from traffic stops

Crews battle fire at NC business

‘We can’t do it alone’: Robeson County Sheriff kicks off litter pickup program

Volunteers with various Robeson County law enforcement and government agencies gathered Saturday to make their community cleaner.

Journey of Trash: 2019 Waccamaw Conference focuses on protecting waterways

A conference held in Conway Saturday focused on “The Journey of Trash,” highlighting common sources and impacts in waterways throughout the Winyah Bay Watershed and what you can do to help.

  New inclusive playground equipment installed at Florence school

Playgrounds are a place where kids can be kids. Now students of all abilities at McLaurin Elementary have that opportunity with new adaptive playground equipment worth $50,000.

Deputies searching for missing NC man

Deputies need your help in locating a missing man.

  Special needs children enjoy a fun day at Florence rodeo

Police investigating after dog found dead in the Pee Dee

Charlotte Russe files for bankruptcy, stores in Myrtle Beach and Florence set to close

More homes being built in Florence as part of Neighborhood Redevelopment Program

Two critically injured in house fire

Former Florence County superintendent sues school district for severance pay

  Hyatt Place hotel officially opens in downtown Florence

FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) - The highly anticipated Hyatt Place hotel in downtown Florence officially opened Tuesday. Raines Hospitality, the company who manages the hotel, broke ground on the 15 million dollar project in the summer of 2017.

City officials talk crisis communication in Columbia

Grand Strand and Pee Dee leaders gathered in Columbia Tuesday to talk about police department best practices and crisis communication in the event of a disaster.

One killed after single-vehicle crash in the Pee Dee

One person was killed in a single-vehicle crash Tuesday morning in Lake City.

Silver Alert canceled for missing 87-year-old man who may have dementia

Authorities are searching for a missing man who is believed to be suffering from dementia or another cognitive impairment.

Development of 200 homes at former Conway Country Club and addition of Riverwalk theater discussed by City Council

New developments are being discussed by council members and citizens in Conway, one would bring entertainment to the Riverwalk area and another would turn old putting greens into sidewalks and driveways for around 200 new homes.

Deputies investigate after body found inside home

A death investigation is underway after sheriff’s deputies were called to a home in Darlington County.

  SC House passes amendment that gives money back to counties, cities

Some lawmakers are looking to give hundreds of thousands of dollars back to counties and cities across South Carolina.

SC bill could charge dealers with involuntary manslaughter for death due to overdose

A proposed bill could lead to drug dealers being charged with involuntary manslaughter if the person they distribute drugs to overdoses and dies.

New food delivery service debuts in Florence, plans to hire 100 people

A new food delivery service is coming to Florence. Waitr, an on-demand restaurant app, officially launches Thursday, February 7. Customers can order from a variety of Florence restaurants, and for a flat fee of $5, a driver will deliver the meal.

Earnhardt Jr. will compete in August race at Darlington Raceway

DARLINGTON, SC (WMBF) - The son of the ‘Intimidator’ will return to the race track sooner than some thought.Dale Ernhardt Jr. announced on Twitter Friday he will compete in the NASCAR Xfinity Series Sport Clips Haircut VFW 200 on August 31, 2019.

‘It was a hoax:’ Authorities say there never was a missing infant or mother; Woman arrested on numerous felony charges

After a multi-agency search for a missing infant child and her mother, Scotland County Sheriff’s Office said it was all a hoax and that one person has been arrested.

Conway traffic stop results in drug and money seizure, one person arrested

A man has been arrested on a drug charge after being pulled over by Conway Police Department officers for a window tint violation.

Deputies investigating after person was shot during a family altercation in Darlington

Darlington County deputies are investigating after one person was shot in Hartsville, according to Lt. Robby Kilgo.

Horry County units on scene of structure fire

Multiple Horry County units are responding to a structure fire in Aynor, according to Kelly Moore with Horry County.

North Carolinians urged to act now to participate in SNAP program for Florence home repairs

Time is running out for North Carolinians to participate in a rapid repair program for homes damaged by Hurricane Florence, according to a news release from the office of Gov. Roy Cooper.

Lawsuit continues to delay construction of Interstate I-73 in the Grand Strand

A lawsuit filed by the Coastal Conservation League against multiple defendants continues to delay the I-73 project as the group hopes to find a “more fiscally responsible alternative.”

Bennettsville police arrest man for allegedly breaking into 14 cars, taking valuable items

The Bennettsville Police Department has arrested a man on charges in connection with 14 vehicle break-ins, according to a press release.

Organization holds fundraiser for Florence County deputy wounded in October 3rd shooting

The Pee Dee Fraternal Order of Police and Pee Dee Lodge 25 held a Chicken Bog dinner fundraiser for Florence County Deputy Arie Davis Thursday afternoon at the Windy Hill Fire Department.

Lake City police have found the three children who were reported missing

Lake City police have found the three children that were reported missing Wednesday afternoon, according to Chief Kipp Coker.

Florence County school districts welcome 4 new school resource officers

Pee Dee school districts are beefing up security at schools with more School Resource Officers.

Conway police arrest man on criminal sex charge with child

A man is facing multiple charges, including having criminal sexual contact with a minor between 11-14, according to the Conway Police Department.

Third person dies after Christmas Eve house fire in the Pee Dee

A third person has died following a house fire that happened on Christmas Eve in Mullins.

Three dogs seized after woman killed, two children seriously injured in Robeson County dog attack

Robeson County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation and Juvenile Divisions and Robeson County Animal Control Officers have seized three dogs after an elderly female was killed and two children were injured as the result of a dog attack, according to Sheriff Burnis Wilkins.

SCHP investigating after fatal crash on Hwy 501 in Marion County

South Carolina Highway Patrol and the Marion County Coroner, Jerry Richardson, are investigating after a fatal accident in Marion County.

FCSO investigating after gun was found near Florence elementary school drop off line

Florence County deputies are investigating after a handgun was found on the school grounds of Dewey L. Carter Elementary School.

Three arrested, charged in connection to gun theft investigation in Lumberton area

Three people were arrested Monday following several search warrants related to the theft of guns in the Lumberton area.

Pee Dee town deals with wastewater woes, state officials step in to help

The town of Lamar in Darlington County has received a consent order from the South Carolina Department of Health And Environmental Control for their failing wastewater system.

Darlington Domino’s donating 50% of sales to victim’s family

The Darlington Domino’s is bringing in grief counselors this week after one of their delivery drivers was shot and killed on the job.

Deer euthanized by SCDNR after aggressive encounters with residents in Aiken

A deer has been euthanized by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources after officers say it attacked a woman, leaving abrasions on her face and bruises on her arms.

Scotland County officials rule disappearance of missing man a homicide as search continues; suspects identified

The search continues for a man who has been missing for more than a month, his disappearance now being ruled a homicide according to the Scotland County Sheriff’s Office.

Bill would authorize police to send drug offenders to treatment before they’re charged

A bill in the State House gives law enforcement the option to send people suffering from a drug addiction to get help rather than charge them right off the bat.

Pee Dee community honoring SC native who died in Challenger explosion

A vigil is being held Monday night for Lake City native Ron McNair, one of the seven crew members who died Jan. 28, 1986 when the space shuttle Challenger exploded 73 seconds after liftoff.

Coker College to be rebranded as university

A name change is coming Coker College.

SC is the 39th safest state in America, study says

A recent study by the National Council for Home Safety and Security ranked South Carolina as the 39th safest state in America.

One dies in Florence County fire over the weekend

One person was killed in a weekend structure fire that happened in Florence County.

Country music artists hit the stage for the Carolina Country Music Awards

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH (WMBF) - Dozens of country music artists and fans from across the Carolinas packed the House of Blues in North Myrtle Beach Saturday night for the 2nd annual Carolina Country Music Awards.

Organization to bring downtown Darlington alive with free concerts this summer

Darlington is known for the track that’s “Too Tough To Tame”, but city leaders want to bring just as much attention to their downtown scene.

SC man in custody after authorities disable explosive device found while serving search warrant

Darlington County Sheriff’s Office, with the assistance of the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, have “deconstructed” an improvised explosive device was found after a search warrant was served, according to Lt. Robert Kilgo.

  ‘I am not corrupt:’ Florence County sheriff sounds off on proposed bill related to officer-involved shootings

Florence County Sheriff Kenney Boone is speaking for the first time since a bill was filed in response to the Vintage Place shooting in which two law enforcement officers lost their lives.

Police looking for woman whose baby tested positive for drugs

The Conway Police Department is asking for the public’s help in finding Brianna Nicolette Ferguson.

Deputies: Robeson County casino manager, suspect both shot during armed robbery; suspect later dies

A man is dead and another man is injured following a Thursday night attempted armed robbery at a casino in Robeson County.

Robeson County teen charged with murder in shooting death of 70-year-old man

A teenager is facing charges after a 70-year-old man was fatally shot inside his home Thursday morning.

Study ranks SC No. 2 in the country for worst drivers

A new study shows South Carolina drivers are among the worst in the country.

Suspects wanted following armed robbery at Marion liquor store

Police are investigating after two people reportedly robbed a Marion liquor store at gunpoint Thursday night.

Two people shot during armed robbery at Robeson County casino

Robeson County deputies are investigating after two people were shot during an armed robbery at a casino Thursday night.

Nichols administrator explains why town isn’t buying flooded homes back

The town of Nichols will not participate in buying flooded homes back from residents. Nichols Town Administrator Sandy Rogers explained why.

Two of NC’s most dangerous roadways in Robeson County

Two of the most dangerous rural roadways in North Carolina are in Robeson County, NC 711 and SR 1006.

Extras needed for two TV shows filming in the Charleston area

Looking to make a splash on the small screen? There are two opportunities to make it happen!

Sam’s Club reopening former Lumberton location

Sam’s Club is reopening is former Lumberton location as one of its newest eCommerce Fulfillment Centers.

SLED clears officer after one person was shot during officer-involved shooting in the Pee Dee

A South Carolina Department of Natural Resources officer will not be facing charges after being involved in a shooting, according to Thom Berry, with the State Law Enforcement Division.

Laurinburg police looking for person of interest in TV theft

The Laurinburg Police Department is asking for your help in identifying the person seen in the photo in connection to the theft of a TV.

Fake flyer spreading on social media regarding February SNAP benefits for SC recipients

The South Carolina Department of Social Services is reassuring SNAP recipients that their early February benefits will be honored past the month of January.

Lumberton Police seek the public’s help in armed robbery investigation

Lumberton police need your help in identifying two men who were inside a Lumberton business prior to an armed robbery last week, according to a news release from the department.

Darlington County shooting under investigation

Deputies are investigating a shooting in Darlington County.

Coastal Alliance sends letter to Army Corps of Engineers asking for study to be done

The Coastal Alliance, a group made up of Horry County’s coastal mayors, met Wednesday to discuss long-term plans for improving beaches, swashes and inlets in the area.

SC school district recognizes ‘hero’ bus driver who saved 40 students after fiery crash

She’s only been employed with the Darlington County School District for 45 days, but for Superintendent Dr. Tim Newman, bus driver Bernadine Reed “has become my hero.”

Police: Man behind bars on multiple charges in connection with weekend shooting

A man is behind bars and facing multiple charges for his alleged involvement in a shooting Sunday while he was out on parole, according to Robeson County Sheriff’s Office.

Robeson County deputies investigating after three people were shot Wednesday morning

RCSO asks that anyone with information about the incident contacts Inv. Matthew Lassiter at (910) 671-3100.