Pee Dee News

  FCSO partnering with human trafficking expert to raise awareness

The Florence County Sheriff’s Office is bringing in more resources to tackle human trafficking.

  Pee Dee farmers concerned over Duke Energy’s possible rate hike

  WMBF News puts CBD products to the test

  Florence One school board officials consider options to fund new schools

World Meteorological Organization retires Florence, Michael as hurricane names

  Construction underway on million dollar Florence farmers market, commercial kitchen

  Powerball jackpot soars to $550 million

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Two unclaimed veterans to be buried will full military honors in the Pee Dee

  Dozens attend diversity, inclusion summit in Florence

  Leaders in Nichols fight to keep struggling town alive

  Florence behavioral treatment facility under fire for mistreatment, other violations

Son of fallen Florence police officer honors father with tattoo

Country legend Charlie Daniels honored as honorary deputy at Florence show

  Local sheriff encourages community to secure places of worship

Following the deadly attacks at two mosques in New Zealand, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office is reminding everyone of the importance of security and safety at places of worship.

Student brings BB gun to school, district official says

A BB gun was found in the bookbag of a Florence School District One student Monday, according to district spokesperson Pam Little-McDaniel.

  Pews remain empty in Conway church 6 months after Hurricane Florence

Thursday marks six months since Hurricane Florence made landfall and the recovery efforts continue, with some people are wondering when they’ll feel a sense of normalcy again.

  Carolina Bank celebrates grand opening of new location and headquarters

Carolina Bank and Florence city officials celebrated the grand opening Thursday afternoon of the new $4.5 million branch and headquarters in downtown Florence.

Coroner identifies 72-year-old man killed in Florence crash

16-year-old boy hospitalized after being hit by vehicle

  Organization receives grant to support mental health services for DV victims

Statewide tornado drill set for Wednesday morning

  Nearly 300 jobs could be coming to Dillon County

Barricaded situation in the Pee Dee ends peacefully

  Pee Dee town without police force for more than a week

The mayor of Lamar is responding after news of the town having no police officers working at the moment.

  Florence board to consider new seafood restaurant, rooftop bar for downtown

At its meeting on Wednesday, the city of Florence's design review board is expected to consider the approval of a new seafood restaurant along North Dargan Street.

Bicyclist killed in morning crash

The Darlington County Coroner confirms a fatal accident on East McIver road Monday morning around 7:30 a.m.

Pee Dee animal shelter ‘desperate’ after sick puppies contaminate others

A Pee Dee humane society is asking for help Sunday after a trio of sick puppies has put other animals at risk.The Humane Society of Marlboro County is asking for rescues and donations after three newly rescued puppies were taken rushed to the emergency room suffering from canine parvovirus. The gro

Numerous changes expected following 2019 Conway Budget Retreat

Conway Council members wrapped up the 2019 budget retreat Saturday after discussing topics on this year’s agenda that directly affects the citizens of Conway.

No full-time police officers in Lamar but actively recruiting, mayor says

The mayor of Lamar confirmed to WMBF News that the town does not have a full-time officer in place.

  Food containing CBD oil is illegal, says FDA, SC Dept. of Agriculture

Several CBD and vape shops along the Grand Strand and throughout the state may have to take some products off their shelves.

  New $25 million center to change the face of education in the Pee Dee

The Darla Moore Foundation has announced the creation of a $25 million educational center based in Lake City that will “change the face of local education."

  Fired Florence County deputy had been terminated before, documents say

A Florence County deputy was fired Wednesday after he was arrested on misconduct in office and assault charges, according to a news release.

Cell service down in southern Florence County

The Florence County Emergency Management officials are warning residents in the southern part of the county that most cell service is out.

  Local fire department unveils “Highway Safety Unit” to protect first responders

There’s a new tool in Florence County to help protect the lives of first responders. Howe Springs Fire Rescue re-purposed one of its pick-up trucks to create what the department is calling a “Highway Safety Unit.”

  Florence Boys and Girls Club gets help from out of state volunteers

A group of students from Boston College is spending Spring Break working with the Boy and Girls Club to make upgrades to the Florence facility.

Missing pregnant woman found safe, deputies say

Deputies are searching for a missing pregnant woman who is expected to deliver her baby soon.

Skeletal remains ID’d as NC woman who wandered from assisted living facility

The skeletal remains that were found last month in Lumberton have been identified as 55-year-old Susan McGirt, Lumberton police said Wednesday.

NC teen injured in shooting; police investigating

Police are investigating after a teenager was shot Tuesday night in Lumberton.

18-year-old dies, another hospitalized from carbon monoxide poisoning

A man died of carbon monoxide poisoning Sunday in Dillon County, according to Coroner Donnie Grimsley.

No injuries reported after fire in the Pee Dee

Emergency crews battled a structure fire Wednesday in Florence County.

  FMU to begin more than $20 million in renovations and construction

Francis Marion University in Florence County is highlighting its growth with more than 20 million dollars in renovations and construction.

Dozens of Food Lions in Grand Strand, Pee Dee to be remodeled

Your Food Lion could be getting a makeover soon.

  Local educators discuss more choices in higher education for students

Local leaders and educators discussed the importance of more higher education choices for students.

Florence County Sheriff accuses county council of negligence, wasteful spending in scathing email

Florence County Sheriff Kenney Boone sent a strongly worded email to Florence County Council last December, accusing members of wasteful spending and negligence regarding raises for county employees.

NEW: Victim identified, fatal I-95 tractor-trailer wreck remains under investigation

The South Carolina Highway Patrol is still investigating a deadly crash Sunday that took the life of an elderly Florida man.Troopers were called to Highway 38 and I-95 around 3:05 p.m. Thursday to investigate a wreck involving a tractor-trailer. According to the Dillon County Coroner 81-year-old Cu

Performer responsive after collapsing during Lumberton community festival

Authorities are thanking quick-witted first responders Saturday after a scary moment avoided a tragic ending.Lumberton Rescue and EMS explained the situation on its Facebook page. Officials say a performer at the Rumba on the Lumber community festival suddenly suffered from cardiac arrest.

  MUSC celebrates the purchase of Florence hospital

The Medical University of South Carolina has officially acquired Carolinas Hospital System in Florence along three other local hospital systems across the state.

21-year-old Pee Dee man found safe, deputies say

Darlington County Lt. Robby Kilgo said Mitchell King was found at a home in Florence. He was last seen on Feb. 26 on Meadow Brook Drive in Darlington.

Attorney for man who alleges Florence County deputies used excessive force issues statement

The attorney for the man who claims Florence County deputies used excessive force during a recent arrest has issued a statement.

Lumberton Councilman ‘Big Wayne’ Robinson dies

Lumberton Councilman “Big Wayne” Robinson has died, Robeson County Sheriff Burnis Wilkins announced on Facebook Friday morning.

  FMU dedicates park to fallen Florence County Sheriff’s Office investigator

Francis Marion University honored the late Farrah Turner Thursday by dedicating a new on-campus park to her.

  ‘Our officers did nothing wrong:’ Florence County Sheriff responds to allegations of excessive force

Florence County Sheriff Kenney Boone said Thursday that deputies acted appropriately after allegations were made of excessive force during a recent arrest.

SC woman wins $300,000 from scratch-off ticket

A Patrick resident has won $300,000 playing Mighty Jumbo Bucks, a $10 instant ticket.

Murder charge dropped against Pee Dee man following ‘Stand Your Ground’ hearing

Murder charges have been dismissed against a Dillon man after a judge ruled the defendant’s actions fell under the “Stand Your Ground” defense.

  ’We have got to regroup:’ District leaders, community look ahead after $198M FSD1 referendum fails

School board officials and others in Florence are speaking out about the outcome of Tuesday’s referendum vote after an overwhelming 75 percent of people voted “No” to the $198 million proposal for district-wide school improvements.

Crews continue to tear down former Florence Lodge after property deemed unsafe, closed

Workers continue to tear down the former Florence Lodge on South Irby Street, which was shut down last summer after an inspection deemed that it was unsafe.

‘No Justice No Peace:’ Group demands action after alleging Florence County deputies used excessive force

A small but vocal group of protesters gathered outside the Florence County Sheriff’s Office Wednesday afternoon to express outrage over what they claim are lies surrounding the alleged use of excessive force during a recent arrest.

Red Cross helping multiple families following house fire in the Pee Dee

The American Red Cross is assisting several families after their home on Main Street was damaged by fire Tuesday night, according to a news release.

  VOTING RESULTS: $198 million FSD1 school referendum fails

People in Florence voted against putting $198 million toward Florence District One schools.

  MOVE OVER: Story of survival from MBPD officer hit twice; Life after LPD officer was killed on I-95

In part 3 of a 4 part series on the Move Over Law, we tell you the tragic story of a Lumberton Police Officer who was killed while working a crash scene in December and another story of survival from a Myrtle Beach Officer who has been hit more than once.

Coroner: Man killed in crash involving motorcycle, truck

South Carolina Highway Patrol troopers are responding to a deadly wreck in Hartsville, according to Darlington Coroner Todd Hardee.

  Voters expect close race in highly contentious FSD1 referendum vote

Voters in Florence County will decide on whether to put $198 million toward improvements to schools Tuesday.

Missing Hartsville teen found safe

The Darlington County Sheriff’s Office said a missing 16-year-old girl has been found safe.

Body of missing 81-year-old man found in Dillon County

A missing man has been found dead in Dillon County, according to information from the Dillon County Sheriff’s Office.

  ‘So devastating:’ Family of woman who drowned in HCSO transport van visits site where she died

Five months after two families unexpectedly lost a daughter, a sister and a mother one of those families visited the site of her death and stood over the body of water where she died.

$50 million MUSC hospital to replace 2 Pee Dee hospitals

A brand new hospital will be coming to the Pee Dee.

  Florence city and business leaders discuss area’s growth at annual community breakfast

Creating a better community was the focus for city and business leaders in Florence at the annual Florence Chamber of Commerce legislative breakfast Friday morning.

  Victims of Florence ambush receive donations, new crisis group announced

Gratitude remains strong for the police officers and their families who were impacted by the deadly ambush in Florence.

Deputies search for missing 81-year-old Pee Dee man

The Dillon County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in locating a missing man.

  U.S. Secretary of Education visits Florence County schools, talks education reform with local leaders

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and State Superintendent Molly Spearman joined local leaders in Florence County Thursday to tour schools and see how the institutions are rethinking education.

Missing woman found safe, deputies say

Deputies are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing woman.

Secretary DeVos visits Pee Dee with Rep. Rice

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education Mitchell Zais will join U.S. Congressman Tom Rice and South Carolina Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, in Florence.

  Grand Strand, Pee Dee leaders talk economic development efforts at annual summit

Jobs and economic development were the topic of discussion among Grand Strand and Pee Dee leaders at the annual Coastal and Pee Dee Economic Development Summit held by Congressman Tom Rice’s office Wednesday.

  Man speaks out, claims Florence County deputies put him in illegal chokehold

A man who claims that Florence County deputies placed him in an illegal chokehold while he was under arrest spoke out about the incident Wednesday afternoon.

  Pump issue to blame for possible coal ash in Waccamaw River, Santee Cooper says

New measures have been implemented to prevent pump malfunctions after soil from an empty coal ash pile at the old Grainger site in Conway made its way into the Waccamaw River.

  3 unclaimed veterans receive final salute they deserve

Three American heroes were laid to rest Wednesday alongside their fellow military comrades at the Florence National Cemetery.

Furniture manufacturer, distributor creating 21 new jobs

Maxwood Furniture, Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of bedroom furniture, announced Tuesday it’s locating a new distribution center in Marion County.

  Threats made against Florence students, superintendent over $198M referendum

Threats have been made against students and Florence School District One officials who are in support of funding for school upgrades.

Three unclaimed veterans to be laid to rest at Florence National Cemetery

Three unclaimed veterans will be laid to rest will full military honors Wednesday afternoon at the Florence National Cemetery.

  Supporters hold rally for FSD1 $198 million referendum, those opposed speak out

A vote on the nearly $200 million referendum to improve schools in Florence School District One is right around the corner.

Rep. Tom Rice schedules number of events throughout Grand Strand, Pee Dee

Congressman Tom Rice will be making a number of stops throughout the Seventh District this week to hear from his constituents.