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Weekly Update City of Darlington

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Congratulations to LaQundia Easterling, named Agent of the month for July at Evans Realty Inc.

GREAT NEWS EVERYONE! The Purple Fish will be open from Monday through Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. beginning on June 22 for TO-GO service only. We will require that everyone entering the building WEAR A MASK! Friday nights live music is not an option at this time, but we will keep you posted.


The Darlington Downtown Revitalization Association (DDRA) is asking for YOU to be a hero for our local restaurants this summer. Eat at 20 locally owned restaurants, collect a stamp at each, and mail in your entry for a chance to win one of three $250 cash prizes! Eating at DDRA Member businesses counts twice!

  • You must be age 18 and older to enter.
  • You may make multiple entries to increase your odds of winning
  • Entries from one month will roll into the next month's pot.
  • Purchases at DDRA-member businesses count twice towards the 20 required stops.

Download a brochure here.

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  • The Darlington County School District will be offering a free summer nutrition program for children. Hot meals will be available for pickup between 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Both breakfast and lunch will be available for pickup at the same time. The meals are free to anyone 18 years old or younger. The child must be present to receive the meal. Curbside pickup will be available at the following locations: Rosenwald Elementary/ Middle School, Lamar High School, Darlington High School, Mayo High School for Math, Science & Technology, Hartsville Middle School, and Thornwell School of the Arts. For more information, please contact 843-398-2315.
  • Darlington County Courthouse will be restricted to appointment only to maintain social distancing requirements. Call 843-398-4100
  • City of Darlington Offices will be restricted to appointment only to maintain social distancing requirements. Call 843-398-4000
  • Palmetto Disaster Recovery Offices are opened in Marion and Conway with limitations. To apply, applicants must contact one of these two offices to schedule an appointment. For residents of Darlington County, applicants would need to contact the Marion Office at 803-609-1164 or 843-731-3550.



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August 3rd is National Watermelon Day! Celebrate it from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Darlington Country Club's pool and Dana's Corner.

Neptune Island 2020 Calendar

While keeping the health and safety of our guests and staff in mind, Neptune Island will move to operate on a limited basis for the remainder of the 2020 season, beginning on Monday, Aug. 3. Neptune Island will be open to the public Friday through Sunday through Labor Day on Monday, September 7. Our operating hours will remain the new weekend hours announced at the beginning of the 2020 season. For 2020 only, the park will be open on Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. and Sundays from 12 p.m. until 7 p.m. and on Labor Day from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. Neptune Island Waterpark will continue to operate at a decreased capacity for the remainder of the 2020 season.



The Darlington County Council on Aging will be providing emergency meals to seniors age 60+ during the Covid-19 crisis. Meals will be available for drive-thru pick up at the Council on Aging locations throughout Darlington County from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. each Tuesday. Seniors will be provided a box of free meals, on a first come, first serve basis, at the senior center located in Hartsville, Darlington, Lamar, and Society Hill. Drive-thru service will be offered while supplies last.  Check out FACEBOOK or call 843-393-8521. Rain cancels and will be rescheduled. Seniors, family member or caregiver may pick up by providing the senior's ID and required information.

  • Must be a senior citizen (60+) or taking the meal to a senior citizen
  • Must be a resident of Darlington County
  • Must provide name, address, phone number, and a nutrition survey at time of pickup
  • Only 2 meal boxes per car
  • Individuals are only permitted one pick-up per week. Each eligible senior must provide a state issued ID to receive a box


  • Darlington, Brunson-Dargan Elementary School, 400 Wells St.
  • Hartsville Senior Center, 1103 S. Sixth Street, Butler Building
  • Lamar Nutrition Center, 628 Carterville Hwy., Robert L Grooms Building
  • Society Hill Nutrition Community Center, 223 Hall Street

Leadership Hartsville Alumni Social: Come network and connect with multiple Leadership Hartsville classes at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4, at The Rooftop at The Mantissa, 130 E Carolina Ave, Hartsville. Masks encouraged. Appetizers provided. Limited capacity. http://www.hartsvillechamber.org/

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Pizza & Pen Pals, Sending Hope & Love to the Elderly will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 11, at Northwood Family Worship Center Fellowship Hall, 1100 E. McIver Road, Darlington. Pizza, drinks, and pen pal info provided. Children ages 13-18. RSVP to Teressa Wright 843-731-5586

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Darlington Country Club will continue to have takeout Tuesday dinner specials from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at 125 Country Club Road. Call before noon Tuesday to order. 843-393-2196

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Pickle Ball at Darlington Country Club, 125 Country Club Road, Darlington, will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesdays and 9 a.m. on Saturdays.


Darlington Country Club will continue to serve lunch Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday for its Members at 125 Country Club Road.


Enjoy Wine Down Wednesdays at Chianti's Wings & Things, 124 Cashua St., Darlington, from 4 to 9 p.m. with wine and wing specials.


Wednesday Night Dogfight begins each week at 5:30 p.m. at Darlington Country Club. Register at the Pro Shop by 5 o'clock.



Fahrenheit 225 will have Isolation Trivia Night on Thursdays with four rounds 30-minute rounds beginning at 6 p.m. Each round will consist of 6 questions worth one point each. Each question will be asked as a separate Facebook post. Submit your answer as a reply. The point will go to the first correct answer. Please reply only once with your answer, and do not add any additional replies to that particular post. Any edited answers will not be scored. Each round's winner will be given a $5 credit at the restaurant. Pick up to-go orders at 26 Public Square, Darlington. Call in take-out orders at (843) 944-0321.



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The Darlington Area Recreation will host a FREE movie night at Virgil Wells Stadium, 100 Magnolia St., Darlington, on August 7. Patrons have the opportunity to watch Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. The gate will open at 7 pm for entry, show time will be 8:15 p.m.  To reserve field spots, please call 843-398-4030. Social distancing will be implemented. Bring your lawn chairs. This event is sponsored by the Terrence F. Carraway Foundation.

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South Carolina will hold its Annual Sales Tax-Free Weekend Aug. 7-9 for school supplies, computers, etc. Info: www.scdor.gov

Each Friday, Excel Gymnastics and Tumble Academy will be having Fun Gym from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the academy, 102 Lamar St., Hartsville. Games, prizes, fun and more. Cost is $15. Pizza and drinks can be added for an additional $2.50. Open to the public. For ages 3 and up. Info: (843)-917-0022



The Soup Kitchen is open from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Saturday mornings at 586 W. West Broad St.

Guided meditation & mindfulness practice for all ages at 8 a.m. Saturdays in Hartsville. No experience necessary. Ongoing weekly. Message for address. This is an outdoor event. Please bring a chair. If you don't have one, we will have some available. We will be socially distanced. You may wish to bring bug spray.  When you arrive, please find a seat quietly and bring your awareness to your breath. Provided by Hartsville Mindfulness Community.

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Cruise-In at Joe's Grill Saturday, August 8, at 306 Russell Street to celebrate our second anniversary. Turn right from South Main Street at Auto Zone. Cruise-in, no entry fee. Registration from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Trophies for First, Second, & Third presented at 12 noon. 50/50 Drawing for the Darlington Cruisers Car Club. Chicken Bog Fundraiser with plates of Joey's Famous Chicken Bog $8.00 each. Breakfast and lunch served from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Jamey O. Graham Ministries in partnership with Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, New Life in Christ Fellowship Ministries, and Harvest Hope of Florence will hold a Food Drive to feed 250 families in Darlington from 9 a.m. to 12 noon Saturday, Aug. 8, at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, 212 Chestnut St.

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Faith Plus Ministry Community Outreachwill be held Aug. 8 and every 2nd Saturday of the month from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., to help those that are in need of food, clothing and household goods. Event begins at 1 p.m. Hosted by Kingdom of Gods Children at 811 N. Governor Williams Highway, Darlington. Everyone in the surrounding Darlington County are All welcome to attend. Food and Refreshments will be served. If anyone has any barely used clothing and household items they will like to donate, please contact Sis Laura Byrd (843) 420-9150 for more detail and information.



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Pickle Ball at Darlington Country Club, 125 Country Club Road, Darlington, will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesdays and 9 a.m. on Saturdays.

Parking Lot Church in the grassy area behind the ball field at 10:30 a.m. at Mechanicsville Baptist Church. There will be ushers directing you where to park your vehicle. Once parked, please tune your radio to 102.5FM. All are welcome.

Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church in Lamar will hold services at 11 a.m. in person or online. Masks required in person. (843) 332-1188.

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Free Drive-Thru COVID-19 Testing will be held Wednesday, August 12, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Coach T.B. Thomas Center, 701 W. Washington St., Hartsville.

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Shiftin' Gears, an exciting, innovative, party duet, will bring the full, powerful band experience to the stage from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, Aug. 14, at Darlington Moose Lodge, 1056 N. Governor Williams Hwy., Darlington. From country to beach to Motown and rock and roll, Christi and Jim will bring you all of your favorites! Info: 843-393-2311

A Perfect Start Child Care will hold a Volunteer Paint Party at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 15, at 103 Saleeby Loop, Darlington. We will be painting our chosen themes on the walls of our lobby! There will be music, and food and drink, and of course, FUN! Info: (843) 968-8968 or aperfectstartchildcare@gmail.com

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SPC Credit Union's 79th Annual Meeting is going virtual. Follow along as we take a look back at 2019 and review the financial state of the Credit Union.  You'll also hear a special message from our President & CEO Linda Weatherford, about where YOUR credit union is headed. Prize drawings. You can join us at 5:30 pm on Thursday, August 20, on ZOOM. Members can also listen by phone, but not participate by this method. For more information on SPC's 79th Annual Meeting, as well as instructions for using ZOOM, please visit us online at spccu.org/register.

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Part 1 is scheduled for August 21 from 8 am to 5 pm. Part 2 is scheduled August 28 from 8 am to 5 pm. The cost for each course (part) is $115. Call 843-413-2715 or e-mail CERegistration@fdtc.edu to register today!

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On Saturday, August 22, the Long Bluff Historical Society will sponsor the annual Taste of Society Hill at the historic Adam Marshall House. If you would like to participate as a sponsor or vendor, please call (813) 323-1445. The Taste of Society Hill is $20 per person at the door. Ages 21 and older only. Proceeds benefit historic preservation in the Society Hill area with on-going projects in the community.

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Back by popular demand, on Thursday, Aug. 27, from noon to 1 p.m., Clemson Extension will offer a course about hydrangea care and cultivation with expert Vicky Bertagnoli. Spots are limited so please register soon here.

The Southern 500 Golf Tournament will be held August 28-30 at Darlington Country Club, 125 Country Club Road. Contact the ProShop at (843) 393-0236 ext. 101 or by email at proshop@darlingtoncountryclub.com for details.

McLeod Mobile 3D Mammography Unit will be at the Free Medical Clinic of Darlington County, 203 Grove St., Darlington, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 2. Register in advance by calling 843-398-0060.

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The Free Medical Clinic of Darlington County presents the Second Annual Heroes for Health Classic on September 25 at Darlington Country Club. Cost: $100 per player or $400 per team. Register by Sept. 4 for $10 off per player or $40 off per team. Lunch begins at 11 o'clock followed by a noon shotgun start. Awards will be presented at 4:30 p.m. Info: Stephen.edwards@fmcdc.org, www.fmcdc.org or 843-398-0060

The Free Medical Clinic of Darlington County presents its 20th Anniversary Celebration at 7 p.m. Sept. 25 at Darlington Country Club. Silent auction, live music, beer and wine, and heavy hors d'oeuvres. Cocktail attire. Tickets are $40 each or $75 per couple. Info: Stephen.edwards@fmcdc.org, www.fmcdc.org or 843-398-0060

McLeod Mobile 3D Mammography Unit will be at the Free Medical Clinic of Darlington County, 500 W. Carolina Ave., Hartsville, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 28. Register in advance by calling 843-332-0422.



Click here for a list of what businesses are operating and at what capacity. Please send information to info@buildupdarlington.org or text 843-992-1561 to update a listing. We will continue to update this link, www.buildupdarlington.org/covid19, as we get information.




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 restricted to staff and appointments until further notice, 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.

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, recycling, and yard debris collection will remain on regular schedule.

CITY COURT RESUMES. Municipal Court will be held twice a day on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. at City Hall, 400 Pearl St., Darlington.

Due to COVID-19, the following rules will be in place:

  • Only 25 defendants in the courtroom at a time.
  • Everyone will be required to wear a face mask properly.
  • Social distancing will be enforced.


Download the DDRA Membership Application here. Download a Map Location Form for your business. Return to info@buildupdarlington.org or DDRA, P.O. Pox 57, Darlington, SC 29540.

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.

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