Pee Dee News

  Sen. Graham comes to NMB to ‘rally the troops;’ talks offshore drilling, gun control

A sea of red is how many described the event where nearly 400 people gathered to hear South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham speak and “rally the troops.”

  Bills banning offshore drilling in the Atlantic move on to the Senate

  This is Carolina: Retired teacher opens city’s first and only coffee shop

SCHP: 1 killed in crash involving tractor-trailer in Marlboro County

UPDATE: All lanes of I-95 in Florence County reopen after crash involving hazardous materials

  House of Hope plans to build a tiny home community for homeless families

  Florence city leaders restrict commercial traffic on Third Loop Road to make area safer

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Sonoco employee burned following accident at Hartsville plant

Florence man rescues beagle tied to tree during Hurricane Dorian

Cheraw Police: Female attacked during early morning run, suspect wanted

  Dorian causes minor damage in Marion; no flooding thanks to stormwater project

Pickup truck collides with Darlington County school bus

North Myrtle Beach man reported missing after evacuating before Dorian found safe

LIST: School, business closings for Friday

Hurricane Dorian has brought extreme amounts of rain, winds and damage to the South Carolina coastline, forcing closings for Friday.

Police: Man drowns while trying to save girl who fell in lake

A man drowned while he was trying to rescue a child who fell into a lake in Lake City, police said.

  Robeson public works building 12-foot dam in previously flooded community

Lumberton Mayor Pro Tem John Cantey took to Facebook Wednesday morning to announce the construction of a 12-foot barrier on VFW Road in West Lumberton, a street that flooded during previous storms.

  Florence County officials continue to monitor Dorian, prepare for impacts inland

Florence County emergency officials are keeping a close eye on Hurricane Dorian as it moves closer to the Carolina coast.

Uber offering free round-trip rides to SC Red Cross shelters

Duke Energy crews staging in Florence in preparation for Dorian

Man struck by car in Lake City

  Preparing for Hurricane Dorian without breaking the bank

One killed in motorcycle crash in Marion County

Troopers investigate deadly motorcycle crash near Bennettsville

  Southern 500 kicks off with 15th Annual NASCAR Haulers parade

Hundreds gathered in Florence for the 15th Annual NASCAR Haulers Parade.

  New nursing, rehabilitation center coming to Darlington

The Bethea Retirement Community announced plans to build a new $23 million nursing and rehabilitation center that will replace the current facility on their campus.

  Proposed S.C. bill will make threatening schools, churches and public spaces illegal

Three students have been charged after threats were made to two separate Florence School District One schools during the first week of classes. With the topic of school safety on many parents minds as school is officially back in session, state lawmakers are working to make those threats a crime.

  S.C. Floodwater Commission releases ways to alleviate flooding, efforts continue in Nichols

The South Carolina Floodwater Commission recently released an initial plan on ways communities statewide can mitigate flooding and rebuild after storms.

  Pee Dee group adds furry friend to help child abuse victims

The CARE House of the Pee Dee welcomed a new source of comfort to help victims of child abuse.

AT&T workers strike in Florence over ‘unfair labor practices’

At least a dozen AT&T workers took to the streets of Florence Monday morning to protest what they say are “unfair labor practices” by the world’s largest telecommunications company.

  City of Marion undergoes stormwater drainage project to reduce flooding

A major stormwater drainage project is underway in certain areas of Marion to reduce flooding in anticipation of heavy rains this hurricane season.

Crash involving school bus, truck sends 1 student to hospital

One student was taken to the hospital after a school bus crash in Darlington County, according to school district officials.

  Robeson County students, teachers adjust to consolidation plan ahead of new school year

Students in Robeson County are gearing up to head back to school Monday

Multiple agencies battle flames at Florence house fire

Several fire crews were called in to help battle a house fire in Florence.

Rapper Kodak Black, accused of sexual assault in the Pee Dee, pleads guilty in federal weapons case

Rapper Kodak Black, who is charged in connection with an alleged sexual assault in Florence in 2016, has pleaded guilty to federal weapons charges.

Dale Jr. planning to compete in upcoming Darlington race despite recent plane crash

Despite suffering minor injuries in a plane crash, Dale Earnhardt Jr. says he’s still planning to compete at an XFINITY series race at Darlington Raceway’s ‘Too Tough to Tame’.

Coroner identifies 64-year-old woman killed in three-vehicle crash

The South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating a deadly three-vehicle crash in Marlboro County.

  Duke Energy hosts ‘storm school’ in Pee Dee as peak hurricane season nears

Duke Energy hosted its first of several “storm schools” on Wednesday for emergency management leaders in the Pee Dee.

  Family of missing Dillon County man pleads for SLED, FBI’s help with investigation

Family members of a missing Dillon County man are asking for the Dillon County Sheriff’s Office to turn the case over to the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division or the FBI in a desperate attempt to find him.

  Rep. Rice, Lt. Gov. Evette tour Marion homes rebuilt after Hurricane Matthew

It’s been nearly three years since Hurricane Matthew hit South Carolina, but recovery is still happening.

  Former FSD4 superintendent issued reprimand for not reporting absences, not returning to district following students’ deaths

The former superintendent for Florence School District Four was issued a public reprimand by the South Carolina Board of Education for unprofessional conduct during her tenure.

  Lamar police investigate shooting at Dollar General; 1 hurt

The Lamar Police Department is investigating an attempted armed robbery at a Dollar General that left one cashier hurt.

  New initiatives, upgrades for Florence schools as students head back to class

Children in Florence County headed to back class Monday morning for their first day of school.

Portion of Lake City highway officially re-named in honor of fallen FCSO Investigator Farrah Turner

Family and friends gathered Saturday for a ceremony honoring the legacy of an Florence County Sheriff’s deputy killed in the line of duty.

Man arrested after stabbing that left two injured in Bennettsville

One man has been arrested following a stabbing in Bennettsville Saturday night.

SCHP: Crash with injuries blocks highway in Bennettsville

A crash has forced crews to block a highway in Bennettsville.

  Bullying, other student violations on a decline in Florence School District One

Florence School District One recently revealed a decline in student violations.

Authorities close part of Florence County road during investigation

An investigation has part of a Florence County Road closed off to drivers Friday afternoon.

Coroner releases name of bicyclist hit, killed in Timmonsville crash

A bicyclist died in a crash Thursday night in the Timmonsville area.

  Florence County leaders move forward on projects to bring jobs to the area

Florence County council members moved forward on two projects during Thursday’s meeting that are expected to bring hundreds of jobs combined to the area.

  Back-to-school life hacks for parents and students

In just four days, it will be time for students in Horry and Florence counties to crack open those textbooks again for a new school year. We know getting back into the routine can be tough on everyone in the house and you might feel the stress, especially on Monday mornings.

Sheriff’s office: Threat against S.C. Walmart stores is a hoax

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office says a hoax about Walmart is going around.

Missing Florence woman found safe

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

Driver killed after motor home strikes a tree in Florence County

One person was killed after a motor home ran off the side of Interstate 95 in Florence County and struck a tree, according to the South Carolina Highway Patrol.

  Tips to help cut back on your child’s screen time ahead of the new school year

We’re only days away from the first day of school, and that means students will be coming home with assignments and homework.

Log truck driver, 39, killed in crash along Florence County highway

The driver of a log truck was killed in a crash Tuesday afternoon in Florence County, according to the South Carolina Highway Patrol.

  Florence School District One hires student-teachers to fill teacher vacancies

To help combat the current state-wide teacher shortage and retention crisis, Florence School District One is hiring student-teachers as the main teachers in some of its classrooms.

Inmate claims understaffing to blame for riot at Pee Dee prison which left him stabbed, lawsuit states

An inmate at a Pee Dee prison claims a lack of correctional officers and unlocked cell doors ultimately led to a riot which left him with multiple stab wounds.

  Florence’s new automated meter reading system to provide more accurate billing, save city money

Florence city council members gave initial approval on a plan to fund the city’s new automated water meter reading system.

Florence mayor honors police officer gunned down during October ambush

One of the law enforcement officers that was gunned down during an ambush at the Vintage Place neighborhood was honored on Monday.

  Some teachers head back to work at Florence’s newest school

The first day back to work for some teachers meant the first day in a new school.

3 Marion County detention officers help revive inmate inside jail cell

Three Marion County detention officers are being recognized for saving an inmate’s life.

DHEC: Tens of thousands of dollars in fines levied against Pee Dee behavorial health facility before closing its doors

The owners of a troubled behavioral health facility that closed its doors earlier this summer were fined tens of thousands of dollars for violations.

Robeson County to hear from residents on proposed dangerous dog ordinance

Officials have proposed an ordinance to prevent attacks by dangerous dogs in Robeson County.

Deputies find missing woman with dementia

A missing woman suffering from dementia was found Sunday night, according to an online post from the Darlington County Sheriff’s Office.

27 year old killed in Lake City accident

27-year-old Dustin Lloyd Shay Feagin died in a single-vehicle accident Saturday morning in Lake City, according to Florence County coroner Keith von Lutcken.

Victim identified in Saturday morning accident

One person is dead following a single-vehicle crash Saturday morning in Dillon County.

  Making history: Grand Strand woman becomes first female to join S.C. National Guard Infantry

A 19-year-old woman is setting the tone for other women by being the first in South Carolina’s history to take advantage of a change in the United States military and she’s from the Grand Strand.

  Florence County interim sheriff talks rebuilding trust with the department, community

Florence County Interim Sheriff Billy Barnes discussed efforts to rebuild the community’s trust after Sheriff Kenney Boone was arrested and charged with embezzlement and misconduct in office.

  Darlington County school district addresses controversy over historic amphitheater

The Darlington County School District has addressed some controversy over the historic St. John’s Elementary amphitheater.

TRAFFIC ALERT: Crash on I-95 near Florence-Dillon county line blocks lane

Troopers are warning drivers to expect delays Thursday night on I-95 near the Florence-Dillon county line.

  Willie Nelson concert in Florence officially canceled

The Florence Center has formally announced the cancellation of Monday’s concert featuring Willie Nelson.

  City of Hartsville pays tribute to 11-year-old who inspired all-inclusive playground

One Pee Dee community is honoring a young man whose impact is evident in the smiling faces of children of all needs.

  Francis Marion University creates spaces to help small businesses in Florence County

Francis Marion University recently revealed two new business incubators, built to provide resources for people looking to start a business in Florence County.

SCDOT: Bridge in McColl damaged during Hurricane Florence expected to open in December

A bridge in the town of McColl in Marlboro County that was damaged during Hurricane Florence is set to reopen in December, according to the state transportation department.

Three students taken to hospital after experiencing ‘heat-related issues’ during band practice at Darlington High

Three students were taken to the hospital Wednesday morning after suffering from heat-related issues while at band practice at Darlington High School, according to district officials.

  Neighbors focus on building safer communities while remembering shooting victims

Communities across the Grand Strand and Pee Dee attended annual National Night Out events at a time when people across the nation have the deadly shootings from this past weekend on their minds.

  10-year-old asks important question during presidential candidate’s trip to Grand Strand, Pee Dee

Presidential candidate Cory Booker spent time campaigning in Conway and the Pee Dee Tuesday.

  New education, workforce development center officially opens in Lake City

The center houses both Francis Marion University and Florence Darlington Tech classes, providing students with more education and workforce development opportunities.

Wildlife traps set in area of Bennettsville after reports of fox, coyote sightings

A wildlife removal service has been called in after residents of one Bennettsville area began seeing foxes and possibly coyotes.

Movie prop money turned into Hartsville police after person received it as change

The Hartsville Police Department is advising residents to also be on the lookout for movie prop money after a few such bills were turned into the department after someone received it as change.

  Florence mayor talks more downtown housing, funding road repairs in State of City address

Florence city leaders are working to bring more downtown housing to the area.