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Parents want answers from Florence School District 1 after West Florence resignations

FLORENCE, SC (WBTW) - News13 has continued to ask Florence School District One officials for more information on the resignations, administrative leave, and firing of five West Florence High School employees. Softball coach Kevin Jones, basketball coach Pete Ellis, and long-time principal Pam Quick,

WBTW.COM - 2018-03-21 04:31:36

Florence fire crews battle recycling yard fire

(West Florence Fire Rescue) FLORENCE, SC (WBTW) - Multiple fire crews are on scene an auto recycling yard fire in Florence Wednesday morning. West Florence Fire Rescue officials report crews from the department, along with fire crews from the City of Florence, are battling a fire at American Steel a

WBTW.COM - 2018-03-21 15:37:37

Florence man to spend nearly 4 years in jail for gun charge

FLORENCE, SC (WBTW) - A Florence man will spend the next few years in jail after pleading guilty to being a felon in possession of a handgun. According to a press release from the office of United States Attorney Beth Drake, 26-year-old Bobby Eric Spates, of Florence, pleaded guilty in federal court


Ex-softball coach at West Florence had two complaints against him

FLORENCE, S.C. - Former West Florence softball coach Kevin Jones had a submission of "evaluation, complaint or suggestion" filed against him Dec. 7 and Feb. 9. The latter led to him being put on paid administrative leave. In protest, Jones did not sign either one. Jones, however, submitted a letter

SCNOW - 2018-03-20 01:54:00

Man shot in Bennettsville; suspect or suspects not known

BENNETTSVILLE, SC (WMBF) - A man is in stable condition after being shot once on Marshall Street in Bennettsville Tuesday afternoon, according to the Bennettsville Police Department. At about 1 p.m., officers responded to the shooting in the city limits and found a male in his 20s had been shot one

WMBF - 2018-03-20 19:31:12

West Florence High football coach on administrative leave

FLORENCE, SC (WBTW) - West Florence High School football coach Trey Woodberry is on paid leave, according to district officials. Florence School District One Public Information Officer Pam Little-McDaniel says Woodberry is on administrative leave with pay, but the spokesperson would not comment on w

WBTW.COM - 2018-03-20 19:17:34

Man wanted for questioning in Florence shooting

FLORENCE, SC (WBTW) - Florence police released a photo of a man with whom they want to speak about a shooting that happened Friday on West Lucas Street. According to Lt. Mike Brandt, the man photographed is wanted for questioning in connection with a shooting in the 200 block of West Lucas Street Fr


Florence police seek public's assistance in reference to shooting

FLORENCE, S.C. - The Florence Police Department is seeking the public's assistance in identifying a subject who is wanted for questioning in reference to a recent shooting. The department has shared two photos - one of an individual and one of a car. The subject is wanted for questioning in referenc


West Florence High School principal signed a fill-in-the-blank resignation letter

FLORENCE, SC (WBTW) - In a resignation letter with blank spaces for information like the person's name and the date, West Florence High School principal Pam Quick said she was resigning for 'personal reasons.' News13 obtained the letter through a Freedom of Information Act request. Copyright 2018 N


One hurt, cars damaged in Florence shooting

FLORENCE, SC (WBTW) - One person was hurt and several vehicles were damaged in an overnight shooting in Florence Saturday. According to Lt. Mike Brandt with the Florence Police Department, just after 10 Saturday night officers responded to the area of Gaillard St. and Kershaw St. after hearing guns


One person, several cars shot Saturday night in Florence

FLORENCE, S.C. -- One person was shot and several vehicle damaged in a Saturday night shooting near the intersection of Gaillard and Kershaw Streets in Florence. Florence Police officers responded at 10:07 p.m. and arrived to find the damaged vehicles and were told that bystanders had transported a


Parents charged after teething baby thrown from unstrapped car seat lands on head

CONWAY, S.C. - Two South Carolina parents face child neglect charges after a teething baby was allegedly thrown from his unstrapped car seat by his father. According to The State, 22-year-old Jacob Lowman became "angry" on March 10 when his son started to cry, so he threw the baby's car seat in the

FOX5SANDIEGO.COM - 2018-03-19 22:57:04

Fatal crash reported in Florence County

FLORENCE COUNTY, SC (WBTW) - A fatal crash has been reported in Florence County on I-20 near mile marker 140 on the eastbound side, according to the South Carolina Highway Patrol. News13 has reached out to SCHP for more for information. Right now we don't know the number of fatalities or any additi


Deputies investigate shooting in Hartsville; no one injured

HARSTVILLE, SC - The Darlington County Sheriff's Office is investigating a shooting in Hartsville, Sunday evening. According to Lt. Robert Kilgo with the Darlington County Sheriff's Office, the shooting happened around 6 p.m., in front of a home on McKeithans St. Deputies met with the victim who sai


Driver dies in early Sunday morning Interstate 20 crash

FLORENCE, S.C. -- The driver of an east-bound car on Interstate 20 died early Sunday morning in a single-vehicle crash. Lance Cpl. David Jones said that about 2 a.m. an east-bound KIA Optima ran off the left side of the Interstate and into the median before the driver over corrected and then ran off


East Florence County refuse pile burns

FLORENCE, S.C. -- A refuse handling facility by Florence Regional Airport caught fire Saturday morning and is expected to keep firefighters tied up for at least the early afternoon. Windy Hill and Florence firefighters responded about 11:10 a.m. to Waste Management's Florence Transfer Station on St.


Couple wanted for questioning about wallet stolen in Florence

FLORENCE, SC (WBTW) - Florence police released photos of a man and woman wanted for questioning for a stolen wallet. Lt. Mike Brandt says officers want to speak with the people in the photos about a wallet that was stolen Monday on Pamplico Highway. Copyright 2018 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rig


Bennettsville standoff ends quickly with two arrests

BENNETTSVILLE, S.C. -- Bennettsville Police Thursday made entry to a home and arrested two people following a reported assault and short standoff on Crestview Drive. Bennettsville Police Department's special operations response team made entry into the home and made the arrests without further incid


Lucky Shamrock Festival turns downtown Florence into a sea of green

FLORENCE, S.C. - A sea of green took over downtown Friday as thousands of residents from Florence and the surrounding areas came out to celebrate St. Patrick's Day at the Lucky Shamrock Festival. As a busy street-style festival with an emphasis on family fun, there were plenty of attractions for peo


Five Below discount store to open April 6 in Florence mall

FLORENCE, S.C. - Five Below, a discount store chain based in Philadelphia, will hold a grand opening on Friday, April 6, for the new Florence location at Magnolia Mall. Five Below is one of the fastest-growing retailers in the nation with more than 630 stores in 32 states. The chain expects to open