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Weekly Update City of Darlington - SPECIAL EDITION

Cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) have been reported in South Carolina and several other states. As agencies continue to monitor all developments related to the disease, the DDRA aims to provide you with the information necessary to continue business.

We are working on a list of what businesses are operating and at what capacity. Please send information to darlingtonplanner@gmail.com or text 843-992-1561. We will provide a link with all the details we have, and the beginning of this list is below.


While City Offices will be closed beginning Tuesday, March 17, through the end of the month, individuals are encouraged to do all business by phone or email during this event. City staff will be available by phone and email, and essential services will not be interrupted. You can find updates here.

  • All City offices are restricted to essential personnel only.
  • All City and County meetings are cancelled through March 31.
  • City Court will be rescheduled.
  • No recycling will be collected the remainder of the month.


The Dairy Bar is open normal hours breakfast and lunch at 318 Pearl St. 843-393-4531

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Darlington Country Club will hold its Tuesday night family buffet. Reservations are required for one of the two seatings, at 5:30 p.m. and at 6:45 p.m. Call  843-393-0236


Darlington Kiwanis Club will hold its regular scheduled meeting at 1 p.m. Thursday, March 19, at Darlington Country Club. Those with weak or suppressed immune systems are asked to stay home for their well-being. The Annual Oyster Roast set for March 28 has been cancelled.

Dollar General stores will dedicate the first hour of every shopping day to senior shoppers beginning Tuesday, March 17. The company is asking non-senior customers to avoid shopping at Dollar General stores in the first hour after stores open so that seniors, who are more at risk from the COVID-19 coronavirus, can avoid shopping while stores are busy.

The Edwards Jones Offices are open, but public access is restricted until further notice. Please call Nancy Matthews at 843-398-5991 for details or to schedule an appointment.

Fastenal of Darlington, 408 Hyde Park Road, has temporarily closed its front room to the public. They will continue to fulfill orders online or by phone. Regularly scheduled deliveries will continue as well. 843-393-4023 or SCDAR@stores.fastenal.com  www.fastenal.com

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Joe's Grill made a cash donation to the Darlington Fire Department from the proceeds of the first Chili Championship.

Joe's Grill continues its operations at 306 Russell St. and is taking every precaution to keep the restaurant sanitized and clean. However, for those who prefer to call for take-out orders, we will also be offering CURB SIDE SERVICE. Just call in your order ahead of time and let us know by phone when you have arrived, and we will gladly bring your order out to the car. 843-944-0626

The 2020 Lamar Egg Scramble Jamboree and all of its associated events have been canceled.

Napa Auto Parts is open normal business hours from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7:30 a.m. to 12 noon on Saturday at 612 Pearl St. 843-393-2801

Nick's BBQ & Drive-In is open for normal business hours, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at 310 S. Main St. 843-393-6684

Nursing homes have restricted visitation to protect the vulnerable adults in their care based on federal guidelines. Only staff and emergency personnel will be allowed access to those individuals.

Singletary Auto Repair is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Taki's Diner will be open its normal hours, breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Eat-in, take-out, or curb-side service available. 843-393-8979



Trinity-Byrnes Collegiate School announced a temporary closure for the school and transition to distance learning beginning Monday. The school will remain closed throughout the end of the month of March. All events and after school activities are postponed for the month of March and will be rescheduled. Distance learning means Trinity-Byrnes students will not be missing class.

The Darlington County School District released its eLearning and remote learning plan to continue instruction while district schools are closed. Through the DCSD program, students will be able to keep learning, even when face-to-face options are unavailable. The district also announced how parents can pick up devices still at school, as well as introduced teacher office hours and the new technology helpline. MORE INFO

The Darlington County School District (DCSD) will provide nutritional, breakfast and lunch meals at more than 30 locations during school closures for the coronavirus situation.

Any child who is 18 years old or younger can get drive-thru, "grab-and-go" meal bags at more than 30 locations, Monday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. The meals will be served beginning Tuesday, March 17. The child or children must be present at the time of pick up. The meal bags will contain breakfast, lunch and a snack, so only one trip needs to be made each day.

The following schools will be open for drive-thru pick up:

  • Darlington Middle School
  • Darlington High School
  • Hartsville Middle School
  • Hartsville High School
  • Lamar High School
  • Mayo High School for Math, Science and Technology
  • West Hartsville Elementary School

Additionally, the following locations will be open for drive-thru pick up (look for school buses):

Darlington Area

  • Bowens Manor Apartments
  • Oakwood/Pepper Drive - Pull Off Area
  • Merita Bread on Highway 52
  • New Providence Baptist Church
  • New Vision Outreach Center
  • 1608 Elissa Drive - Softball Field
  • Doveville Park - Old Fire Department
  • 1005 McIver Road - Across from Fibers Industries

Hartsville Area

  • East Park Apartments
  • South Park Apartments
  • Swift Creek Apartments
  • Centerville AME Church
  • Antioch Baptist Church
  • Lydia Trailer Park
  • Forrest Ridge Apartments
  • Leesburg/Carolina Avenue - Pull Off Area
  • Stoney Brook Trailer Park
  • Bethlehem United Methodist Church
  • Sister Sister Grocery Store
  • Kay Branch Baptist Church

Lamar Area

  • Cambridge Apartments
  • Shiloh UMC
  • St. John's UMC
  • Lake Swamp Baptist Church

Again, these locations will serve "grab-and-go" meal bags from 10:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday during the school closures. This plan is subject to change due to service needs.

For more information, please contact the DCSD Office of Food Services 843-398-2315.



For general information about COVID-19, the World Health Organization, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control are trusted sources of information. We encourage you to visit their websites for the most current and correct information.

DHEC Careline 855-472-3432: Get answers to common questions about the Corona Virus from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week.

If you are sick, MUSC Health offers a Virtual Visit to determine if you should leave home to seek medical attention if you think you may have been exposed to the Corona Virus. Use promo code "COVID19" at this link.



While City Offices will be closed beginning Tuesday, March 17, through the end of the month, individuals are encouraged to do all business by phone or email during this event. City staff will be available by phone and email, and essential services will not be interrupted. You can find updates here.

You may call the following numbers with service-related issues

  • Emergencies, call 911
  • Business Licenses - 843-398-4000 ext. 101
  • Permits - 843-398-4029
  • Water/Sewer, Normal Business Hours,  - 843-398-4040
  • Water/Sewer, After 5 p.m.,  -  843-758-1127
  • Fire, Non-emergency - 843-398-4013
  • Police, Non-emergency - 843-398-4026
  • Municipal Court - 843-398-4004
  • Streets & Sanitation - 843-398-4035
  • Media Inquiries - 843-992-1561

You may still pay your utility bill or traffic citation online here. City staff will disinfect public areas more frequently and have hand sanitizer available in public buildings.

Garbage and yard debris collection will remain on regular schedule.



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.