Pee Dee News

Police: Missing 18-year-old woman found safe in Florence

Authorities said she was located hours after being reported missing by family members.

Pee Dee high school cheerleader tests positive for coronavirus

SCHP: Driver killed after hitting disabled vehicle in Marlboro County

  Art shows make comeback in Lake City after COVID-19 cancellations

Gander Trucks to compete at Darlington Raceway for first time since 2011 in S.C. Education Lottery 200

Longtime Robeson County commissioner dies at 62

  Pee Dee bank adapts to COVID-19, provides customers with a new way to serve customers

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Coroner: Woman dies following hit-and-run collision in Mullins

  Harvest Hope Food Bank holding a campaign to “fill the gap” as food demand continues

  FSD1 superintendent holds Facebook live to answer questions, discuss back-to-school plan

Francis Marion University approves reopening plan

Darlington Car Hauler Parade, Southern 500 Parade canceled due to COVID-19

  FSD1 teacher gives a classroom tour showing precautions for upcoming school year

U.S. Army to salute healthcare workers in Florence with parachute demonstration

There will be a special salute on Thursday morning to honor those on the front lines of the coronavirus battle.

  The Care House of the Pee Dee helping parents and students handle back-to-school stress

In the midst of a pandemic, thoughts of returning to school can be stressful for parents and their children, so the Care House of the Pee Dee child advocacy center is finding ways to help.

Crews called to a fire at The Lamplighter restaurant in Florence

A fire Monday night damaged a restaurant on South Irby Street in Florence.

  Pee Dee mayor, others runs nearly 400 miles to honor fallen S.C. police officers

Darlington’s mayor and several others ran hundreds of miles to honor every South Carolina police officer killed in the line of duty.

Homicide investigation underway after two found dead inside vehicle near Lamar

State of emergency declared in Scotland County as Isaias approaches the Carolinas

  ‘We’re all trying to adapt’: Florence-based amusement company brings fair food back, without the fair

  FSD3 board members express anger toward state leaders after school reopening plan denied

  Darlington County School District’s reopening plan approved by S.C. Department of Education

Groundbreaking held in Marion for park dedicated to Sen. Clementa Pinckney

  City of Florence Parks and Recreation begins registration for fall sports

Youth sports would usually be in full swing this time of year in the city of Florence, but because of COVID-19, they were canceled and facilities were closed.

  Superintendent lays out mask requirements for Darlington County students

The superintendent of the Darlington County School District laid out the district’s mask requirements for students ahead of the start of the new school year.

Coroner identifies 2 killed after car collides with tractor-trailer in Florence County

The Florence County coroner released the names Tuesday of two people killed in a crash early Friday morning.

Coroner: Mother, son killed in four-vehicle crash along Highway 76 in Florence County

The South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating a four-vehicle crash that killed a mother and her son Tuesday afternoon in Florence County.

1 killed in Florence County crash involving John Deere tractor, troopers say

The South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating a deadly crash involving a John Deere tractor.

  FSD1′s chief technology officer outlines virtual learning plans for upcoming school year

Florence School District One’s technology department has worked tirelessly to make students and teachers have the necessary resources available for the first day of school.

  Six Darlington County School food service workers quarantined after one tests positive for COVID-19

Six Darlington County School District food service workers are being quarantined at home after one employee tested positive for COVID-19, according to the district.

Darlington Municipal Court resumes Wednesday

Darlington Municipal Court will resume on Wednesday, the city announced.

  Francis Marion University president explains fall reopening plan

Francis Marion University President Dr. Fred Carter said the fall reopening plan might not be perfect, but he said it’s the best plan under the current circumstances.

Darlington County deputies find missing 85-year-old

Officials said he is suffering from cognitive decline.

Pedestrian hit, killed by car in Darlington County

One person is dead after being struck by a car in Darlington County.

  Florence cinema moves big screen from theater to parking lot

Movie theaters in South Carolina still must remain closed, but one Florence theater has found a way so people can enjoy a night out at the movies again.

FMU to begin fall semester online; move to mixture of virtual, traditional classes on Sept. 8

The university will reopen on Aug. 17 with three weeks of online class for all students before it moves to a mixture of traditional, online and blended classes on Sept. 8.

Two dead after crash in Florence County, officials say

Officials said the crash happened on U.S. 378 early Friday morning.

  2020 S.C. Pecan Festival in Florence canceled due to COVID-19

Organizers of the South Carolina Pecan Festival announced Thursday morning the event has been canceled for 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Organization aiming to help children prepare for school

The organization is also asking for donations to help meet the demand.

  ‘It’s so awesome’: New Florence bike, run trail open to the public

There’s a new spot in Florence for people to bike, run and walk.

Florence One schools offer virtual learning option for students

Officials with the Florence One School District announced Wednesday a virtual learning option will be available for families.

Town of Lamar asking residents to conserve water after leak

The town said its water levels are extremely low.

Marion County School District releases reopening plan

The district is primarily offering virtual learning with days scheduled for face-to-face instruction.

  Darlington City Council votes to turn over personnel matter involving councilmember to city attorney

The Darlington City Council has called a special meeting to discuss a personnel matter involving a city councilmember and the Darlington Police Department.

  ‘Win-win situation': Florence health leaders praise decision to allow nursing grads to help in hospitals

Local hospital and university leaders are happy with the decision by state leaders to temporarily allow graduate nurses to help out in hospitals during the coronavirus pandemic without their nursing licenses.

Horry County Schools, Pee Dee schools request extension to submit reopening plans

Horry County Schools and several Pee Dee schools have asked the S.C. Department of Education for more time in submitting final reopening plans for approval.

  Florence School District One details reopenings plans for 2020-2021 school year

The superintendent addressed a number of concerns such as transportation, sanitation, and virtual learning.

Florence County leaders approve land purchase to help bring in new industry, create jobs

The council approved the purchase of around 40 acres on Highway 327, which is about four miles from I-95.

  Florence theater offering drive-in movies while remaining closed due to COVID-19

A Pee Dee movie theater is adopting that old saying of “turning lemons into lemonade” amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Florence One Schools releases back to school plan; does not include 5-day in-person instruction

Students, parents, teachers and staff at Florence District One schools will have a better idea of what school will look like for the upcoming year.

  Marlboro County school leaders say 5-day in-class schedule ‘may not be our first option for consideration’

The Marlboro County School Board will vote on a back-to-school plan at a July 21 meeting.

  End of Watch Ride to Remember tour visits Marion County to honor Cpl. Michael Latu

Members of the End of Watch Ride to Remember tour have made it their mission to honor each of the 146 officers that were killed in the line of duty in 2019.

LIST: Grand Strand, Pee Dee school districts make plans for fall instruction

School districts across the area are making plans to resume in-person instruction safely following school closures in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Darlington County School District announces ‘virtual academy’ for students, releases revised 2020-2021 calendar

The Darlington County School District has approved a virtual option for students this fall.

‘End of Watch’ tour to ride through Marion County, honor fallen corporal

A special motorcycle group will be riding through the Pee Dee on Wednesday to honor a fallen corporal with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.

  Pee Dee school districts prepare to safely reopen for fall semester

Pee Dee school districts are trying to figure out the safest ways to get students back in the classroom while keeping the coronavirus out.

Man, 62, reported missing in Robeson County

Robeson County deputies are searching for a missing 62-year-old man.

Florence Co. deputies announce missing man with dementia found safe

Authorities in Florence County said that a missing 75-year-old man has been found and is safe.

Darlington County School Board votes to move start date to September

The Darlington County School Board approved a new start date for the 2020-21 school year Monday night, according to officials

Florence City Council approves ordinance requiring face masks in certain places

The Florence City Council voted in favor of keeping a face mask ordinance in place.

City of Hartsville to begin face mask distribution on Wednesday

People in the city of Hartsville will be able to get their hands on some face masks starting this week.

Darlington police chief says officer handled interaction with council member ‘with the highest level of professionalism’

Darlington’s chief of police said one of his officers has his “complete support” after an incident last month where a city councilwoman was accused of using racially-charged language during a traffic stop.

UPDATE: Missing Florence County woman found safe

A woman missing out of Florence County has been found safe, authorities said Monday morning.

Darlington City Council member accused of using racially-charged language towards police officer

The incident happened last month, according to reports.

  ‘We are dedicated to maintaining the health of our community': Lake City leaders hold free mask giveaway

With a mask mandate in place, leaders in Lake City want to make sure people in their community have access to masks.

Man fatally struck by vehicle in Darlington County

One person is dead after being hit by a vehicle in Darlington County, according to officials.

Florence police non-emergency phone line may be down due to scheduled maintenance

Florence police is conducting scheduled maintenance on their network which may disrupt service to the department’s non-emergency phone lines.

  Lake City mayor believes future MUSC hospital could have a major impact on community

MUSC Health is continuing its mission to provide quality care throughout the state as the design process begins on a new hospital in the Lake City area.

VOTE: Who has the “Best Looking Cruiser?”

South Carolina State Troopers in competition for "Best Looking Cruisers"

New year-round charter school set to open in Hartsville

A year-round charter school will open its doors for the first time in Hartsville later this month, staff said.

Lake City address racial incident at BP gas station involving mother, son

Lake City officials are addressing an incident at a BP gas station where a racial slur was said to a mother and son over the weekend.

  Florence leaders ask for community input on city’s 10-year plan

Florence leaders want to hear from the community on what they would like to see done in the city over the next 10 years.

Coroner: Body found inside car that crashed, caught fire in Dillon County

An investigation is underway after a body was found inside a burned car in Dillon County.

Marion City Council unanimously approves face mask resolution

Marion City Council has approved a face mask resolution.

MUSC Health designing new hospital in the Pee Dee

A new hospital is coming to the Pee Dee, MUSC Health announced Tuesday.

  LIST: Face mask ordinances in place across Grand Strand, Pee Dee

Local governments across the Grand Strand and Pee Dee have passed ordinances that require people to wear masks in certain places.

  Many Florence residents, businesses follow face mask proclamation on first day

Florence Mayor Stephen Wukela’s face mask proclamation went into effect at midnight on Monday.

Marion County School District rewarded $3K grant to support summer literacy

The Marion County School District has been rewarded a $3,000 grant to support summer literacy.

PDRTA now requires face masks on public transit

Face masks will also be required throughout public places in Florence starting Monday.

Official: One dead after being hit by train in Florence County

The coroner said the accident happened in the area of Highway 52 near Coward.

  ‘I applaud them’: Florence councilwoman approves of mayor’s face mask proclamation

Florence Mayor Stephen Wukela decided to issue a proclamation on Thursday requiring masks in restaurants and retail stores.