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Weekly Update City of Darlington


The Darlington Lions Club has been busy this summer! The Lions presented its 2019 Lions Scholarship award to Margaret Godbold, daughter of Bobby and Ravenel Godbold. She plans to attend the University of South Carolina. The Club also presented a donation to Sight for Mozambique, sight4mozambique.org, a ministry project that distributes Bibles, installs wells, and gives out eyeglasses.

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It pays to be a DDRA Member! It Pays to Be a DDRA Member! Out of This World Screen Printing offers a 10% DISCOUNT for DDRA Members during August! When we support each other, we can grow stronger! Thanks to Kale Seals, owner, for his support of our downtown! DDRA Member application.

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The Darlington Kiwanis Club donated 14 backpacks full of supplies for foster children in Darlington County. Annie Helm with the S.C. Department of Social Services (DSS) accepts the donation from Kiwanis President-Elect and City of Darlington Assistant Fire Chief Charles Bailey and Kiwanis Board member Lisa Rock. The Kiwanis mission is serving the children of the world. Based on data from July 1, 2019, there are more than 100 children in the foster care system from Darlington County families. The Darlington Kiwanis Club meets every other Thursday at 1 p.m. at Darlington Country Club. The next meeting will be August 22 with Chief of Police Kelvin Washington as the speaker. For more information, visit https://dss.sc.gov/foster-care/. You can find the local club on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/DarlingtonKiwanis.


A group of disparate individuals coming together to form close-knit relationships over a shared love of music: That's a Bonding Company. Music that frees the soul and spirit from imprisonment and bondage: That's a Bonding Company. Come check out this company at the next Cruise In and Bringing Downtown Alive! Concert downtown from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, August 30, on Pearl Street and Liberty Lane. Free admission. Cruise In provided by Darlington Cruisers. Free Pepsi products thanks to Pepsi of Florence. Other sponsors include the City of Darlington; Wilson Senior Care; and Cumulus Broadcasting Radio Stations, The Fox 102.1, Magic 94.3, The Fan 100.1, and Q100.5. Food vendors. Retail vendors.


Countdown to Darlington Race Week! Celebrate Race Week in Darlington beginning with Racefest Party on the Public Square at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, with Lil’ Rusty performing live!

On Friday, check out the Bonding Company performing live on Pearl Street and Liberty Lane during the DDRA’s Bringing Downtown Alive! Free Concert from 7 to 10 p.m. PDRTA will shuttle fans from the track to downtown from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. for the event.

Then Saturday, after the VFW Sports Clip 200 at 4 p.m., enjoy the Southern 500 Parade from the Public Square to Fitness World Gyms. Sunday, watch NASCAR’s best race in the Bojangles’ Southern 500 under the lights at Darlington Raceway!



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Join together at the Community-wide Back to School Prayer Walk at 6 p.m. today. Meet at the First Baptist Church of Darlington parking lot on South Main Street.



Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children will hold a program from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 20 at Durant Children’s Center, 510 W. Carolina Ave., Hartsville, to teach adults how to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. Register online.

Joe's Grill will have 50-Cent Wing Night for supper at 306 Russell St. Dine-In only

Tenampa Mexican Restaurant will hold Taco Tuesday for lunch and supper at 40 Public Square. $1 crunchy beef or chicken tacos and various drink specials.

The Black Creek Grill at the Darlington Country Club opens for members and their guests for dining from 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays at the club, 125 Country Club Road.



Darlington County Emergency Management Department presents a SKYWARN Spotter Training program at 9:30 a.m. Aug. 21 at 1625 Harry Byrd Highway, Darlington. What is the SKYWARN program? In the average year, 10,000 severe thunderstorms, 5,000 floods and more than 1,000 tornadoes occur across the United States and are experienced by many people. In the 1970s, the National Weather Service (NWS) started SKYWARN® to get hazardous weather information from people in the local communities. This volunteer program has nearly 290,000 trained severe weather spotters. SKYWARN® spotters provide lots of information for all types of weather hazards, but the main responsibility is to identify and describe severe local storms (thunderstorms, floods, and tornadoes) quickly and accurately. Since the program started, the information provided by SKYWARN® spotters, along with NWS forecasting tools, has aided to issue better and faster warnings, protecting lives and property. SKYWARN® storm spotters are part of the first line of defense against severe weather. There can be no finer reward than to know that their efforts have given communities the precious gift of time–seconds and minutes that can help save lives. Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/699034417188653/

Free Exercise Class at 9 a.m. Wednesdays at the Harmon Baldwin Recreation Center, 300 Sanders St. 843-398-4030

The Darlington Professional Women meet at noon on Aug. 21 and the third Wednesday of the month at Darlington Country Club, 125 Country Club Road.

The Darlington Lions Club and the Free Medical Clinic of Darlington County will hold free vision screenings from 1 to 4 p.m. Aug. 21 and on the third Wednesday of each month at the clinic, 203 Grove St. You do not have to be a patient at the clinic to attend these screenings.

Crab Night every Wednesday night at Darlington Elks Lodge, 836 Timmonsville Highway, Darlington. 843-393-1451



The Rotary Club of Darlington meets at noon on Thursdays at the Darlington Country Club, 125 Country Club Road.

The Darlington Kiwanis Club meets every other Thursday at 1 p.m. at Darlington Country Club. The next meeting will be August 22 with Chief of Police Kelvin Washington as the speaker. You can find the club on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/DarlingtonKiwanis.

The Darlington Country Club Sundowners meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursdays at the club, 125 Country Club Road.

Break the Chains of Addiction at the CARES confidential Addiction Support group at 7 p.m. every Thursday at Harmon Baldwin Recreation Center, 300 Sanders St. All are welcome. Free. Info: Mark Parker 843-250-4298 or Kristy Wynn 843-601-3645


Fahrenheit 225 will have Trivia Night with prizes and specials at 6:30 p.m. every Thursday at 26 Public Square.

Junior Chef Fun Time: 6:30 to 8 p.m. for girls grades 5K - 8th at Coach T.B. Thomas Sports Center, Hartsville. Cost: $20 per session Chefs in this academy will learn the basics of meal preparation, safety, dining etiquette and healthy eating in our Girls U kitchen. Each session they will learn how to cook up something and enjoy or share with their friends.




The Darlington Country Club will host the Southern 500 Golf Tournament August 23-25.

Joe's Grill will have Steak Night for supper at 306 Russell St.


Live music at the Purple Fish Coffee Company from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. every Friday night at 110 W. Hampton St.

No Time Night of Fire at Darlington Dragway Friday, Aug. 23, and Saturday, Aug. 24. Info: (843) 383-0008 or http://www.darlingtondragway.com



Darlington Country Club opens for a members’ breakfast from 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Saturdays at the club, 125 Country Club Road.

Darlington Country Club holds Water Aerobics for members and their guests at 10 a.m. on Saturdays at the club, 125 Country Club Road.

Billiy Creason and Dam-Fi-No Band takes the Carolina Nightlife Stage on Saturday, Aug. 24, at 2244-B Harry Byrd Hwy., Darlington Doors open at 6 p.m. Ladies get in free until 10:30. Enjoy great music, great food and drink specials.

Join the City of Hartsville for a night full of fun in Burry Park sponsored by Hartsville Police Department and Hartsville Fire Department. The National Night Out will kick off from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. with music, fun activities, free food, meet and greet with first responders, and more! Stick around Burry Park because we will begin Screen on the Green featuring Aquaman around 8:45 p.m.



REACH: DPC College and Careers Ministry. Join Darlington Presbyterian Church each Sunday for a weekly young adult Bible study for college age young adults each from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. each week at The Purple Fish Coffee Company, 110 W. Hampton St., Darlington.

The local Pickle Ball Club meets at 7 p.m. Sunday evenings at the Bill Cain Tennis Center at the corner of Orange and Liberty Streets.


Time to Register for Fall Recreation Programs

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It's time to register for fall sports activities with Darlington Area Recreation! Activities include softball for girls ages 5-16, youth football for ages 5-12, youth baseball for ages 5-12, youth soccer for ages 5-17, and cheerleading for ages 5-12. Call 843-398-4030, or stop by the Harmon Baldwin Recreation Center, 300 Sanders St., for more details or to register.

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Mark Your Calendars

Darlington Country Club opens for Rodan & Fields Mix & Mingle from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 27, at the club, 125 Country Club Road.

The next Monthly Members’ Breakfast will be 8 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28, at Taki’s Diner. Cost: Free for members, $5 for others. This is a great time to share your news with other businesses and find new connections. So far, the meetings have fostered a growth of connection among businesses, service providers, and nonprofits, including between the Free Medical Clinic and PDRTA and others.

Meet with U.S. Rep. Tom Rice’s staff during Mobile Office Hours from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, August 29 at City Hall, 400 Pearl St.

Darlington Country Club will hold a celebration in honor of Labor Day on Monday, Sept. 2, at the club, 125 Country Club Road, for members and their invited guests. Food, drinks, fireworks, and fun.

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Mayo High School Alumni Association Reunion Weekend Itinerary

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Labor Day Weekend means more than Race Week in Darlington as the Mayo High School Alumni Association hold its Annual Reunion Weekend.

  • Starting off the events, Strong Tower Christian Ministry’s Pastor Kelsey Goodson, Class of 1989, will lead a Bible Study at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28, at 1113 Oakland Avenue, Florence.
  • Meet & Greet other alumni at the Mayo High School’s new Conference Center from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29.
  • Enjoy an ALL WHITE EXTRAVAGANZA Homecoming Dance at Florence-Darlington Technical College’s SIMT, 1951 Pisgah Road, from 7:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 30. Event includes Level 10 Live Band & Show, food and drinks, tribute, and Alumni Block “M” Induction Ceremony. Advance tickets are $30 each.
  • Line up on Russell Street at 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, for the Homecoming Parade that starts at 11 a.m. Parade ends at Virgil Wells Stadium. Grand Marshal will be Deatrice Barrett-Curtis, Class of 1976. Entry fee is $10 per car, truck, float, motorcycle, or horse, and $5 for pedestrians.
  • Celebrate at the Annual Tailgate Party from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, at Virgil Wells Stadium. Reserved Space $25 per Alumni Class. Admission is $5. Advance tickets available.
  • Come together for Sunday Worship with the Reverend Leroy Jackson Jr., Class of 1988, at 10:3o a.m. Sunday, Sept. 1, at the Mayo High School Conference Center. Service includes the MHS Alumni Praise & Worship Team.
  • Cap off the weekend with the “Terror of the Pee Dee” Pep Rally at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 1, featuring Drumline, band members, and cheerleaders, at the Alumni Co-Ed Basketball Game at the Mayo High School Gymnasium. Admission: $5.

For more information, contact Keyda V. Jones at keyda.jones@gmail.com or at 704-768-9744


Call for Artists

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Something Wicked This Way Comes to Black Creek Arts Council. Black Creek Arts Council is eerily excited to present its first annual exhibit to coincide with our Second Annual Halloween Party.

CALL FOR ENTRIES: Submit your original uncanny, sinister, ghostly, spectral, supernatural, otherworldly, mysterious, curious 2-D, 3-D and photographic original work to this juried exhibit. Amateur and professional artists age 18 and older are invited to enter.

DEADLINE: Sept. 3, Black Creek Arts, 116 College Ave., Hartsville, 843-332-6234.

ENTRY PROCESS: Email submissions to info@blackcreekarts.org Indicate “Something Wicked This Way Comes” as your subject line. Up to three entries allowed per artist. Send 1-3 images each submission needs to include the following information: Artist Name, Address, phone number, and email in the body of a PDF file or email (jpegs attached alone in an e-mail must not exceed 1.5MB in total in a single e-mail or we cannot open them).

ELIGIBILITY: Any person in who lives, works or creates in the Pee Dee region may submit images for consideration. All work must be original, created by the person who enters that work.


Become a Member!


Join the DDRA and show your support for our community. Download the Membership Application here. Members can share news about your business or organization by giving us a call, 843-992-1561, or sending us an email, info@buildupdarlington.org, and we will feature yours news on our site and distribute it through our News Alert system via text and email to people interested in Darlington as well as TV stations, radio stations, and newspapers. We can come take a photo or use what you already have. This allows you to share employee recognitions, new products, sales, special hours and events, and more – all as a benefit of being a member of the Darlington Downtown Revitalization Association!

If you are already a member, please make sure to submit any updates to your businesses’ Map Location Form to info@buildupdarlington.org.

To have your event listed on our websites, please email info@buildupdarlington.org or call 843-398-4000 x 103 by the week prior to your event.