Pee Dee News

  Florence City Council lifts part of mask mandate during special called meeting

Florence City Council amended its mask mandate during a special called meeting on Thursday, but there’s still one place where masks will be required.

How to report price gouging in S.C. during gas shortage

  Florence County law enforcement monitor gas stations as pumps run dry

Shooting outside Timmonsville nightclub appears justified, police say

Single-vehicle crash leaves one dead in Darlington County

  Gas expert warns drivers to not panic as Grand Strand stations see shortages

  Popular Florence brewery gearing up to return after year layoff

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Florence leaders approve Juneteenth as a city holiday

Martin Truex Jr. dominates at Darlington to 3rd win of year

  ‘You’ve got to have a live crowd:’ Fans excited about return to Darlington Raceway

83-year-old earns master’s degree from Francis Marion University

Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway to be held at full capacity

  ‘I’m still competing’: Former NFL player comes home to Darlington as pit crew member

  Dozens of food trucks coming to Carolina Food Truck Rodeo in Florence

Food will range from barbecue to vegan cuisine.

  Passenger train stuck for hours in Florence County

An Amtrak train has been stuck on the tracks in Florence for hours.

  Darlington City Hall reopens to public at limited capacity

Darlington City Hall will reopen to the public at a limited capacity starting Thursday, May 6, officials said.

  Pedestrian killed after being hit by vehicle in Florence Co.

The crash happened around 10 p.m. Wednesday.

  Law enforcement will be out in full force during Darlington race weekend

Deputies: Missing Chesterfield County man may be traveling to Myrtle Beach

Section of I-95 reopens following tractor-trailer fire, authorities say

Florence police locate man previously reported missing

  Tree lands on man’s camper during severe storms in Darlington County; 1 hurt

‘Big brother, little brother deal’: Florence Motor Speedway hopes to attract fans during big race weekend

  Sen. Tim Scott addresses Opportunity Zones, divide between parties during Hartsville visit

Senator Tim Scott met with Greater Hartsville Chamber of Commerce members about the expansion of Opportunity Zones.

Superintendent: Over 100 students at Pee Dee school in quarantine due to COVID-19

The Marlboro County superintendent confirmed 120 students at one school are in quarantine after several students and teachers tested positive for COVID-19.

Darlington Raceway Welcomes Legends Back for Official Throwback Weekend of NASCAR on May 7-9

Honorary Guests Leonard Wood, Bill Elliott, Dale Earnhardt Jr. & Greg Biffle Will Lead the Field to Green in Three Premier Series Races at the Track Too Tough To Tame

Florence Co. deputies remind residents that SC open carry law has not changed

State lawmakers are considering a bill that allow open carry for those who have a concealed weapons permit.

  Bikers Against Child Abuse establishes new Pee Dee branch

The organization plans to continue awareness of child abuse across the area.

  City of Florence bringing new life to two vacant downtown buildings

A historic theater and pharmacy are about to find new life and purpose.

  Florence auto shop owner loses nearly $100,000 due to catalytic converter thieves

Catalytic converters are being taken left and right across the Grand Strand and Pee Dee.

Darlington Raceway announces partnership with PROOF Alcohol Ice Cream

The Columbia, S.C. based company will now be the Official Ice Cream of Darlington Raceway. Fans will be able to purchase PROOF Alcohol Ice Cream for the Official Throwback Weekend of NASCAR on May 7-9 and traditional Labor Day race weekend on Sept. 4-5.

Troopers: 10-year-old boy dies in Robeson County crash, woman charged

A woman is facing charges after a 10-year-old boy was killed in a crash early Tuesday morning in Robeson County.

  Florence business owner concerned about business license fees, tax increases

Several Florence business owners are upset over a recent tax increase linked to a law that was intended to help them.

  UofSC brings mentorship program to Marlboro County High School

Gamecock Connections is a statewide mentorship program that uses university students to teach high school students about ways to pay for college, STEM programs and leadership.

  Rodney Mooney introduced as new head football coach at Wilson

On Friday, Rodney Mooney was introduced as the new head football coach of the Tigers. Mooney becomes the 4th coach of the Tigers since the 2015 season.

  Hundreds fill downtown Lake City as ArtFields 2021 begins

The annual art competition was canceled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Florence man killed after being struck by vehicle on Highway 52

The South Carolina Highway Patrol said the collision happened near Effingham.

70-year-old dies after crash on Highway 378 in Florence County

The crash happened Thursday afternoon, according to troopers.

Coroner: Woman dies following head-on crash on Highway 76 in Florence County

The crash happened early Thursday morning, according to officials.

‘This is life changing’: Marion lotto player wins $300K from scratch-off

A Marion lottery player has won a cool $300,000 playing a scratch-off game.

  ArtFields returns to Lake City on Friday

Last year’s event was canceled due to COVID-19.

  WATCH: Crews respond to vehicle fire near Florence hardware store

No injuries were reported.

SCHP: One killed in two-vehicle crash in Florence Co.

Troopers have responded to a deadly crash Thursday afternoon in Florence County.

One dead, another injured after head-on crash on U.S. 76 in Florence County

One person is dead and another is hurt after a head-on crash Florence County.

  Florence County Sheriff’s Office receives body cameras

According to department officials, the cameras are in the process of being programmed and will go into effect next month.

Police safely locate Florence woman with medical conditions

Authorities in Florence are looking to find a 39-year-old woman who has been reported missing by her family.

  SCDMV urging South Carolinians to get Real ID sooner rather than later

The deadline to get a Real ID is Oct. 1, but the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles wants people to get it sooner rather than later.

Police cite driver following three-vehicle crash in Florence; 3 hurt

A three-vehicle crash in Florence sent three people to the hospital Tuesday night.

  Pee Dee leaders, local farmers at odds over livestock law

The Town of Society Hill is in the process of rewriting a law which would require residents to house no more than six chickens and two horses within town limits.

SCHP: Pedestrian killed after being struck by vehicle in Florence County

Officials said the crash happened near Effingham.

  City of Darlington looking to crack down on vacant downtown properties, storefronts

Many Darlington vacant storefronts and homes have become an eyesore for the public.

One flown to hospital after Darlington County house fire

One person was airlifted to the hospital after a house fire Thursday night in Darlington County, according to officials.

  ‘Please speak up:’ Reward increased for information regarding the 2017 deaths of three Lumberton women

No arrest has been made regarding their mysterious deaths.

  Florence School District 1 removed from SC Department of Education fiscal watch list

The State Department of Education has removed Florence School District 1 from the fiscal watch list.

  Investigation underway after body found behind Florence County motel

Details are limited at this time as the investigation continues.

NASCAR Cup Series spring race at Darlington Raceway to be named ‘Goodyear 400’

Darlington Raceway and Goodyear announce a partnership on the entitlement of the spring NASCAR Cup Series race as part of the Official Throwback Weekend of NASCAR on May 9.

  Hartsville extends face mask ordinance

Leaders voted to extend Hartsville’s face mask ordinance during a city council meeting Tuesday.

  Two ‘persons of interest’ in Florence County double homicide denied bond on unrelated cases

A Florence County magistrate judge denied bond for two men considered persons of interest in a double homicide case, but were arrested in separate cases from March and November.

Florence RedWolves new stadium to be named ‘Carolina Bank Field’

The Florence RedWolves and Carolina Bank jointly announced a 10-year partnership Tuesday for the naming rights of the new stadium at the Florence Sports Complex, which will be known as Carolina Bank Field.

  Darlington Co. COVID-19 vaccine clinic canceled after J&J shot paused by U.S.

CareSouth Carolina will be administering only the Moderna vaccine until further clarification from the CDC and the FDA.

  House of Hope Tiny Home Village in Pee Dee taking shape; more work to be done

Within the last few months, the House of Hope Tiny Home Village has gone from an empty lot to a lot of tiny properties under construction.

NC K-9 officer receives body armor donation

A K-9 officer in North Carolina received a generous gift from a nonprofit.

Part of I-95 South in Robeson County reopens after emergency repairs

Traffic is flowing again on Interstate 95 South in Robeson County after part of the roadway was closed earlier this week for emergency repairs.

  Marion’s Historic District continues to grow, with more revitalization likely on the way

Marion is one of several Pee Dee cities given new life in recent years.

Person of interest in Florence County double homicide charged in separate drive-by shooting

Two other persons of interest are still at large, according to authorities.

One killed in two-vehicle crash on U.S. 501 in Marion Co.

One person is dead following a two-vehicle crash late Wednesday night in Marion County.

  Portion of Florence County road could soon be named after fallen police officer

Florence Police Sgt. Terrence Carraway drove along Hoffmeyer Road moments before losing his life in the Vintage Place shooting in 2018.

NCDOT closes part of I-95 for emergency repairs

The North Carolina Department of Transportation says it has closed part of I-95 South in Robeson County for emergency repairs.

  Dismissed Darlington chamber president establishes the Pee Dee Chamber of Commerce

After being dismissed as the president of the Greater Darlington Chamber of Commerce, Carla Elvington, is taking on a new venture.

Florence police search for missing 17-year-old with heart condition

Authorities in Florence are searching for a missing 17-year-old.

Environmental organization gathering volunteers to help Keep Florence Beautiful

Environmental organization, Keep Florence Beautiful, is hosting a countywide clean-up effort on April 17 as part of the Great American Cleanup.

1 killed in two-vehicle crash along Highway 378 in Marion County, troopers say

Troopers responded to a two-vehicle crash that occurred at 4:10 p.m. in the area of Highway 378 and Eaddy Court.

  Pair of Pee Dee counties among those with highest COVID-19 incidence rates

DHEC says it plans to host more community-centric vaccine clinics in rural areas.

Need a COVID-19 vaccine appointment? Several DHEC clinics offered in Grand Strand, Pee Dee

Those who are looking for a COVID-19 vaccine appointment have several opportunities next week in the Grand Strand and Pee Dee.

Coroner identifies woman found dead after Timmonsville house fire

The Florence County Coroner’s Office has identified a woman who was found dead after a house fire.

  MUSC Health Florence vaccinates more than 1,300 people at mass vaccine event

For the first time, people ages 16 and older were able to get their shot.

Darlington City Council votes not to extend city manager’s contract

Darlington city leaders have decided to part ways with their city manager.

  ‘She was my life partner’: Husband of woman killed in road rage reflects on his loss

A grieving husband is reflecting on the loss of his wife in a senseless act of violence along I-95 in Robeson County.

White House report lists Horry County, Myrtle Beach area in ‘high transmission level’ for COVID-19

The latest White House report on COVID-19 in South Carolina shows the virus is at a “high transmission level” in the state.

  Florence School District 1, city of Florence partner to establish Farm at Florence 1

Florence School District 1 and the city of Florence planted their roots in a new project on Tuesday.

MUSC Health hosting mass COVID-19 vaccination event Wednesday at Florence Center

MUSC Health said there are appointments still available for the event.