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Bishopville's Wheeler named Liberty Fellow
Rep. Will Wheeler, D-Bishopville, and partner of Jennings and Jennings, P.A., is one of 21 new Liberty Fellows, according to a news release from Liberty Fellowship. Liberty Fellowship is a statewide leadership initiative founded by Anna Kate and Hayne Hipp, Wofford College and The Aspen Institute, w
2 students injured in Darlington school bus crash
DARLINGTON COUNTY, S.C. (WPDE) — Two students were injured in a crash Wednesday morning involving a Darlington County school bus. Two students were sent to the hospital in the collision that occurred on South Center Road near Lamar. Both students are said to be okay.
USC music students and inmates put on musical concert at Lee Correctional
BISHOPVILLE, SC (WIS) - Two groups who may have never crossed paths got together for a concert at Lee Correctional Institution. College students and prisoners. Talent is everywhere. Even behind bars.
Lamar schools evacuated, searched by bomb sniffing dog
LAMAR, S.C. -- A Darlington County middle school Wednesday morning was evacuated after the school resource officer -- a Darlington County Sheriff's deputy -- was notified of a message written on one of the school's walls.
Four armed men robbed gas station in Sumter, police say
Sumter, SC (WLTX) - Four suspects are wanted for an armed robbery in Sumter earlier this month. Sumter police say the four men, all armed, stole an undetermined amount of money from the Speedway at 101 Broad Street around 9 p.m. November 29. Two of the men, one unmasked, were caught on video surveil
Senior Kappa Affairs chairman appointed
Kenneth L. Benjamin, vice polemarch of the Bishopville/Manning/Shaw AFB Alumni Chapter, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., has been appointed the Senior Kappa Affairs chairman for the Southeastern Province, according to a news release.
UPDATE: Lockdown lifted at Darlington High School
DARLINGTON, S.C. – A lockdown has been lifted at Darlington High School, where police investigated a message that was found at the school, a district spokesperson said Wednesday morning.
Company bringing jobs to Lee County
LEE COUNTY, S.C. (WOLO) – A company known for making agricultural trusses is expanding its operations in Lee County. Agtruss has invested 2.8 million dollars in its facility to keep up with its growing demand for high volume contracts. The expansion is set to add 25 new jobs.
Message on wall prompts evacuation of Pee Dee middle school
LAMAR, SC (WMBF) – A message found written on a wall led to the evacuation of a Pee Dee middle school Wednesday morning. According to a press release from the Darlington County Sheriff’s Office, the school resource officer at Spaulding Middle School in Lamar was notified about the message around 10:
Family, friends and the Sumter Police Dept. searching for who killed Chester 'Rock' Stavis
The dreams of finding her brother Chester ‘Rock’ Stavis dead in a shallow waterway in Sumter, still haunts Katana Thomas “We can’t sleep at night, missing meals, it really hurts. it seems so unreal. I have flashbacks, just to see to really see him face down in the water. just there like he’s nothing
Woman still seeking answers as to why police shot and killed her father
Florence, S.C. (WPDE) — The daughter of 68-year-old Jethro Benjamin, who was shot and killed by a Florence police officer back in July, said four months later she still is seeking answers into the shooting.
Kathie Lee Gifford to leave NBC's 'Today'
Kathie Lee will be leaving NBC's TODAY show. The longtime host revealed the news on the NBC morning show, alongside her co-host Hoda Kotb, who was choked up. Lee will be focusing on several film, music and book projects after her departure. Lee said she would be directing an 11 minute film, "The God
Darlington County School District Elementary Honor Choir resounds in annual program
HARTSVILLE, S.C. – Eighty-seven talented student-musicians from the Darlington County School District performed in the fourth annual District Elementary Honor Choir program Nov. 15. Family and friends packed the Hartsville Middle School auditorium for the performance.
Coker College Board of Trustees approves name change, school to operate as Coker University
HARTSVILLE, SC (WBTW) - Coker College's Board of Trustees has approved a name change for the college and the school will soon begin operations as Coker University. "This fall, Coker’s Board of Trustees voted to approve a name change for the college," Danielle Sewell, Director of Marketing and Commun
Darlington County man arrested for tax evasion
FLORENCE, S.C. – Three Darlington County residents were arrested last week by South Carolina Department of Revenue (SCDOR) agents. James Edward Stroud, 50, was arrested Friday and charged with six counts of property tax evasion and one count of conspiracy to defraud the government. The defendant was
Police: Up to $5,000 reward offered in shooting death of Sumter man
SUMTER, S.C. (WACH) — The Sumter Police Department is offering up to $5,000 for information that can help police make an arrest in the shooting death of a Sumter man. Officers say 32-year-old Chester "Rock" Stavis was shot to death before his body was thrown into a waterway near Rast and Dicks Stree
Woman pleads guilty in MSC embezzlement case
A circuit court judge sentenced Stacey Heather Grein, 45, of Camden, on Dec. 3 for pleading guilty to one count of breach of trust with fraudulent intent, value $10,000 or more. The charge arose in April 2017 following allegations Grein embezzled around $60,000 from the Montessori School of Camden (
Coroner: One killed in Florence County house fire
FLORENCE COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – One person was killed in a house fire Tuesday morning on Willow Creek Road in the Effingham community, according to Florence County Coroner Keith von Lutcken.
Two people killed in parking lot shooting outside McLeod Medical Plaza
FLORENCE, S.C. – Two people were killed in a shooting Monday morning in the parking lot of the McLeod Medical Plaza, a Florence Police Department spokesman said. Officers responded shortly before 8 a.m. to reports of a shooting in the 800 block of East Cheves Street, Florence police Lt. Mike Brandt
$5,000 reward offered for information in Sumter man's death investigation
A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered for information that can help authorities make an arrest and bring some solace to the family and friends of Chester “Rock” Stavis, who died of an apparent gunshot wound to the chest last month.