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Florence Lodge declared 'unsafe' and residents forced to leave

FLORENCE, S.C. – Residents of the Florence Lodge, one of Florence's long-term residential motels, were evicted Thursday morning after the building was determined to be unsafe by codes enforcement officers.

SCNOW - 2018-08-16 18:43:00

Residents ordered to vacate motel in Florence after building deemed unsafe

During an inspection on Aug. 7, very serious violations were noted to include many electrical issues, an inoperable fire alarm system, water intrusion in the building to include electrical chases, water seeping through internal light fixtures, and improper storage of flammable gases and vehicles wit

WPDE.COM - 2018-08-16 10:30:19

Florence woman's death ruled homicide following autopsy results

Police in Florence discovered the body of Qatar Ramadan, 66, of Florence, in her apartment at 154 North Franklin Drive around 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 4. Police were at the residence for a welfare check, according to Lt. Mike Brandt of the Florence Police Department.

WBTW.COM - 2018-08-15 15:20:29

Hartsville man convicted in baby’s death dies in prison

Hartsville, S.C. (WPDE) —Timothy Sanders died last week while serving a life sentence in prison for the murder of an 21-month-old child in Darlington County, according to officials with the South Carolina Department of Corrections (SCDC).Sanders shot and killed Madison Dolford at a home on Bell Aven

WPDE.COM - 2018-08-16 16:33:52

Will McLeod not running to keep school board seat in Florence

Board member Will McLeod confirmed Wednesday afternoon by phone that he would not be running to keep Seat 9 on the school board. McLeod said that his career at McLeod Health had changed, that he had served his eight years on the school board, and that he was supporting Davy Gregg’s campaign to get e

SCNOW - 2018-08-16 02:01:00

Florence Police searching for Pee Dee 'bubble bandit'

Florence, S.C. (WPDE) —Florence Police officers are looking for the public's help in catchingthe now notorious "bubble bandit."They say the suspect was seen driving a red Ford Expedition and is wanted for questioning in the vandalism of the fountain at 200 West Evans Street on Aug. 12.Five fountains


Man Wanted in Sumter County Auto Shop Murder Arrested in Florida

Earlier this week, Sheriff Dennis said that Brown was found in Jackson County, Georgia, but managed to elude police.

WLTX.COM - 2018-08-16 03:27:20

66-year-old woman identified as victim in homicide investigation in Florence

Qatar Ramadan, who lived in the apartment, was found dead due to blunt trauma of the head on Aug. 4.

WPDE.COM - 2018-08-15 11:28:44

Concert in downtown Florence to raise money for children's hospital

The McLeod Rock For Kids concert, an event organized by the McLeod Health Foundation and McLeod Volunteer Auxiliary, will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. on the 100 block of North Dargan Street.

SCNOW - 2018-08-16 01:59:00

One Person Dead After Head On Collision In Chesterfield County - WCCB Charlotte

The accident happened around 11:25am on US-52 near Bethel Church Road. Investigators say Jim Chambley, 35, of Hartsville was driving his Chevrolet pickup truck when he crossed into oncoming traffic and hit the driver of a 2003 Mitsubishi sedan head on.

WCCBCHARLOTTE.COM - 2018-08-15 20:01:57

New principal of Carver Elementary in Florence has vision of success for all

FLORENCE, S.C. – As a Florence native and a former student of Florence School District 1 schools, Josie Little is starting her seventh year at Carver Elementary School with a new title, principal, and hopes to help students see their full potential.

SCNOW - 2018-08-15 02:31:00

Asbestos removed from Florence elementary school

Crosby sent us the district’s application for asbestos abatement showing asbestos was remove 8,200 square feet of flooring and 9,000 square feet of mastic in the 400 wing of the school.


Police aren't laughing about an apparent 'serial sudser' in Florence

“Somebody could’ve died by somebody doing something stupid. But it’s not funny, and it’s not funny when you cause someone else a problem,” said Carolyn Murdock.


Frontier landline phone service down in Florence County

FLORENCE, S.C. – Frontier landline phone service in the Johnsonville, Pamplico, Scranton, Coward, Olanta and Lake City areas is down. Anyone needing emergency assistance will need to call 911 from a cell phone.

SCNOW - 2018-08-15 20:01:00

Baker pushes Timmonsville into future

“Coach Tate is a legend and has done a wonderful job setting high standards for this football program,” said Baker, previously an assistant at Irmo. “I just want to build on the foundation that he has set.”

SCNOW - 2018-08-15 11:44:00

Some upset over being evacuated from Florence motel

Florence City Manager Drew Griffin said, more than a week ago, there was a small fire inside the motel and when the fire officials went in to investigate what started the fire they found electrical, fire, plumbing and mechanical hazards.


New chef at Florence's Town Hall restaurant began learning craft as a child

Vogelheim, a native of northern Michigan, was named the new executive chef at Town Hall roughly a month ago.

SCNOW - 2018-08-15 02:04:00

South Florence looks to put 2017 in the rearview mirror

FLORENCE, SC - 2017 was disappointing for South Florence. The Bruins won just one game and missed the playoffs for the first time in over a decade. With a new season approaching, David Prince expects his program to rebound with a solid core returning.


Two men dead after Bennettsville shooting

BENNETTSVILLE, SC (WBTW) - Two men are dead after a shooting in Bennettsville early Wednesday morning.According to Bennettsville Police Chief Kevin Miller, the shooting happened on Crossland Street around 1:18 a.m. Wednesday morning.Two men are confirmed dead, but Chief Miller was unable to say if t

WBTW.COM - 2018-08-15 10:34:11

Florence City Council hears about impact of No One Unsheltered program

Bryan Braddock, executive director of the House of Hope of the Pee Dee, presented the program’s annual report at the council's August meeting.