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Weekly Update City of Darlington

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Thank you from Joe's Grill for coming out for the car show and of course buying chicken bog plates on Saturday to celebrate our second anniversary! The Darlington Humane Society really appreciates the help! Congratulations to our winners: 1st Place Al Robinson, 2nd Place Ronnie Beatson, and 3rd Place Kathryn Watford.

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

The Purple Fish will be open from Monday through Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 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.

Congratulations to the winners of Wednesday night's Dogfight at Darlington Country Club! Max Ward, Roddy Huntley, Sandy Hardee, and Avery Williamson took the Victory in a sudden death playoff. Also, Lex Blackmon hit a great shot on the tough par 3 14th hole to win closest to the pin honors. We look forward to another great turn out next week.

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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.

  • 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.



Darlington County Council will hold a Regular Meeting on Monday, Aug. 10, at 6 p.m., at the Courthouse Annex/EMS Building, 1625 Harry Byrd Highway (Hwy. 151), Darlington. Please note that the Darlington County Council Meeting Room is restricted to Darlington County Council Members and required staff only.  Due to the COVID-19 threat, public and media access to Darlington County Council meetings will be accomplished by live video stream. Darlington County Council meetings will be live-streamed on Darlington County Council Live Meetings Facebook page and archived on Darlington County website at www.darcosc.com. To access the live stream, go to the County website at www.darcosc.com, scroll to the middle of the page to Feature, and click on the live stream link. To access the archived videos of Council meetings, go to the County website at www.darcosc.com, from the Government tab, click on County Council, then scroll to the Council Meeting Video tab on the left of the page. Citizens' comments are accepted in writing via email to the Clerk to Council at jbishop@darcosc.net or mailed to the County Administrator's Office, 1 Public Square, Room 210, Darlington, SC 29532. Written comments must include your contact information and received by noon on Monday. Citizens' comments will also be accepted during the meeting via telephone at 843-398-4469 beginning at 5:50 p.m. to be placed on the Citizens' Comments roster.

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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

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 City Council will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 11, at Harmon Baldwin Recreation Center, 300 Sanders St., Darlington. Mask are recommended. Social distancing is required. Agenda. You can watch a live stream of the meeting at www.Facebook.com/DarlingtonSC/live. You do not have to have an account to see it.




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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.

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 Trivia & Rock Bingo Night on Thursdays beginning at 7 p.m. Pick up to-go orders at 26 Public Square, Darlington. Call in take-out orders at (843) 944-0321.



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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

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.

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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Don't miss out on the 11th Annual Omar River Rats River Run, next Saturday, August 15th! Hands are free with registration and ALL proceeds will be going to benefit the Shriners Hospitals for Children but we need your help! We can't do it without you! Please consider joining us next weekend and if not, you can also donate here.



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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.

Affordable Preventative Vet Clinics visit Tractor Supply, 1527 S. Main St., Darlington, from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 16 and Sept. 13.

Prayer on the Square will be held at 4 p.m. on the third Sunday of each month. Come together for fellowship and spiritual uplifting. Open to all.



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The Board of Directors of Darlington County Water & Sewer Authority will meet in the conference room at 131 Industrial Way, Darlington, at 5 p.m. on the third Monday of the month. Remaining dates for 2020 are Aug. 17, Sept. 21, Oct. 19, Nov. 16, and Dec. 21.



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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!

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. Link to register.

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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.

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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 before entering.
  • 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.

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, August 3. After Sunday, August 2, 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.