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Man pleads guilty, receives 37-year sentence in shooting death of woman in Florence

FLORENCE, SC (WBTW) – A man pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 37 years in the shooting death of a woman in Florence. According to Ed Clements, with the 12th Circuit Solicitor’s Office, George McCall pleaded guilty to murder and was sentenced to 37 years.


Judge grants mental health evaluation of man charged in deadly Florence ambush

FLORENCE, SC (WBTW) – A judge granted a mental health evaluation for the man charged in the October ambush shooting of several police officers in Florence. Solicitor Ed Clements, with the 12th Circuit Solicitor’s Office, asked for the evaluation after Hopkins sent letters to a news outlet claiming h


Florence After Five street concerts will start with Pizazz

FLORENCE, S.C. – The 2019 Florence After Five concert series will kick off on Friday evening. Pizazz Band will be the first band to perform on the Florence After Five stage this year. According to the band’s website, the Pizazz Band “sizzles with the energy that pounds your heart and gets your body


FEMA approves $2.3M for St. Andrews

RALEIGH — The Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved $2.3 million to reimburse St. Andrews University in Laurinburg for emergency protective measures taken following Hurricane Florence.


MUSC Health Florence Medical Center nurses receive Palmetto Gold Award

FLORENCE, S.C. – A coalition of South Carolina nursing organizations has named six MUSC Health Florence Medical Center nurses among the state’s top 100. The announcement from the South Carolina Nurses Federation distinguishes them as Palmetto Gold winners.


Florence police investigating shooting on Brunson Street

FLORENCE, SC (WBTW) - Officers with the Florence Police Department are investigating a shooting that occurred early Sunday afternoon. According to Florence police Lt. Mike Brandt, the shooting occurred just after noon on Brunson Street. No one was hurt and police have one person in custody in connec


Food Truck Rodeo coming to Florence Center

FLORENCE, S.C. – Wheeling into Florence hauling truckloads of tasty foods is the inaugural Carolina Food Truck Rodeo. The food trucks will pull into the Florence Center on May 10 for a two-day event.


Controversial SC megachurch pastor called to #TheJesusChallenge to ‘live minimally’ for 1 year

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - The controversial pastor of a Greenville, SC, megachurch has been challenged to relinquish his worldly possessions in what a fellow pastor calls #TheJesusChallenge.


Cheating Scandal Rocks University of South Carolina Business School

An associated dean at the Darla Moore School of Business informed faculty members of a major cheating scandal at the University of South Carolina’s signature campus. According to an email from Janice Breuer Bass, an economics professor and associate dean of undergraduate programs, the latest scandal


‘Operation Take Down Stay Down’ nets five on drug distribution charges

PAMPLICO, S.C. – A three-month undercover operation conducted by specially trained narcotics investigators with the Florence County Sheriff’s Office resulted in the arrest of five suspected drug dealers operating in the Pamplico area of Florence County.


2019 tobacco settlement gives South Carolina $79 million

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina has been paid another installment from the settlement nearly all U.S. states signed with the major tobacco companies in 1998. State Attorney General Alan Wilson said Monday most of the nearly $79 million in the 2019 payment will go to help pay for Medicaid.


Curtain goes up Friday on 'Mamma Mia!' at Florence Little Theatre

FLORENCE, S.C. – More than 60 million people worldwide have fallen in love with the characters, the story and the music that make “Mamma Mia!” popular. The Florence Little Theatre will put on nine performances of the feel-good show, starting at 7:30 p.m. Friday.


12th Circuit Solicitor reviewing Kodak Black case for bond revocation, following border arrest

FLORENCE, SC (WBTW) - Following Kodak Black's arrest at the U.S.- Canada border the South Carolina 15th Circuit Solicitor's Office is reviewing the rapper's case for possible bond revocation, according to Solicitor Ed Clemments.


Citizen complaints lead to arrests of 5 suspected drug dealers in Pee Dee

PAMPLICO, SC (WMBF) – Alert neighbors in the the Pamplico area of Florence County led to the arrests of five suspected drug dealers, the Florence County Sheriff’s Office said.


South Carolina teachers calling out of work May 1 to march on Statehouse

Public school teachers across South Carolina plan to leave work and protest in Columbia on May 1 demanding higher wages, smaller classroom sizes and other changes to their working conditions.


Memorial park dedicated to the memory of Florence officer under construction

A new memorial park dedicated to the memory of one of the two Florence law enforcement officers killed in a shooting last year is now under construction. The park is dedicated to Sergeant Terrence Carraway, a 30 year veteran of the Florence Police Department.


Minister exits one role, springs into a new one

FLORENCE, S.C. – For the past 17 years, Kendal Danford has devoted his time to serving college students at the Baptist Collegiate Ministry in Florence. Danford is the campus minister at BCM, which is a Christian-based organization that serves nearly 100 students on a weekly basis from Francis Marion


One person shot at new nightclub in Marion

MARION, SC - One man was shot in the leg Saturday evening at a night club on the 500 block of South Main Street in Marion, according to Marion Police Chief Tony Flowers. Chief Flowers was unable to give the name of the night club but told News13 it recently opened up.


NWS: EF-0 Tornado confirmed in Florence County from Friday’s storms

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - A team from the National Weather Service conducted a damage survey Saturday, near Olanta in western Florence County. They determined damage was associated with a weak tornado, with maximum winds of 80 MPH.


A 'beacon of light,' Trinity Baptist Church continues to grow as a voice in the community

FLORENCE, S.C. – Trinity Baptist Church has a rich history in the community. And in Florence, in general, the church was a "beacon of light" through Jim Crow, the civil rights movement and the Vietnam era, according to current pastor Calvin E. Robinson Jr.