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Pee Dee Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Assault offers assistance and shelter for women who have suffered from family violence across the Pee Dee region (Dillon, Darlington, Florence, Marlboro, Chesterfield, Marion and Williamsburg counties. 24-Hour Crisis Line: 1-800-273-1820 or 843-669-4600. 

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The Greater Darlington Chamber of Commerce presents Fright Fest on Saturday, Oct. 31, in downtown Darlington from 2 to 7:30 p.m. with fireworks capping the evening. Carnival rides, food trucks, DJ, arts & crafts, Bingo, prizes, Trick-or-Treat alley, costume contests, cake walk, car show, and performance by Soul Sister Dance Team. Info: 843-393-2641

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Darlington County Community Action Agency has several programs available to help those in need during these difficult financial times. Click here to download the flyers. 843-332-1155

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The South Carolina Department of Administration (Admin) announces two new SC CARES Act grant programs - the Minority and Small Business Relief Grant Program and the Nonprofit Relief Grant Program.

Grant awards for the Minority and Small Business Grant Program will range from $2,500 to $25,000. To qualify for a grant from the Minority and Small Business Grant Program, a business must employ 25 or fewer employees, be physically located in South Carolina, be in operation from Oct. 13, 2019, to present, and have experienced a business impact due to COVID-19.

To view more information on the Minority and Small Business Relief Grant Program, visit the website.

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Darlington named No. 8 in the Top Cities with Fit Lifestyles in South Carolina

111220 Taste of Christmas

The Darlington Fire Department presents a Taste of Christmas on Thursday, Nov. 12, from 6 to 8 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 216 S. Main St. Tickets are $10 each. If you would like to sponsor or cook for the event, please contact Captain Perry Kelly at 843-229-5788. All proceeds go to the Children's Christmas Fund which provides toys to children in need.

The Annual Turkey Giveaway will be held Tuesday, November 24, on the Public Square beginning at 6 o'clock in the morning. To donate, please make checks payable to The Lord Cares, and mail to Eads Chiropractic, 208 Cashua St., Darlington, SC 29532.

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Online self-help tool after sexual assault and intimate partner violence. A new research study at MUSC is available. Payment provided. All online. Call or text Dr. Christine Hahn at 843-518-2875 or click for online screener here.



Come support Our Sacred Space Yoga Teacher Trainees as they teach their first official yoga class in the community at 5:30 p.m. Mondays through Oct. 26 at Joslin Education Center, 1520 Carolina Ave., Hartsville. We ask that your give constructive feedback to help them refine their teaching skills. A slower paced, alignment-based yoga class geared toward a beginner student, but suitable for intermediate students who want to refine their yoga practice. Classic yoga poses will be presented with emphasis on correct alignment and precise actions in the body. All levels, especially beginners, welcomed. Cost: $5 *Preregistration required. Email: oursacredspaceyoga@gmail.com


Monday Night is Spaghetti Night at Joe's Grill, 306 Russell St., Darlington. Served with salad, bread, and tea for $8.95.

Pickle Ball at Darlington Country Club, 125 Country Club Road, Darlington, will be held at 7 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays.

Alcoholics Anonymous meets weekly at 8 p.m. Monday nights at Trinity United Methodist Church in Darlington. Use the Orange Street entrance. Info: 843-395-6897

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Pace Makers, a faith-based community walking program, meets twice a week from 7:30 a.m. to 8 a.m.  on Tuesdays and Fridays at Byerly Park in Hartsville. The purpose of this group is to build community through diversity. Info: Anna Grace Hubbs, Free Medical Clinic of Darlington County, 843-398-0060 or AnnaGrace.Hubbs@fmcdc.org

Temple Free Will Baptist Church's Don Squires will hold a weekly Bible Study and fellowship every Tuesday morning at 9 a.m. at Taki's Diner, 609 Pearl St., Darlington. Come at 8:30 a.m. for Dutch breakfast.

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The Rotary Club of Hartsville meets at 1 p.m. Tuesdays at Pam's Restaurant, 1009 W. Bobo Newsome Hwy., Hartsville.

Joe's Grill celebrates Wing Night with 50-cent wings for supper on Tuesday nights at 306 Russell St., Darlington. Dine-in only.

Wing specials, Drink Specials and Karaoke Every Tuesday Night at the Darlington Moose Lodge, 1056 N. Governor Williams Hwy., Darlington.

Darlington Country Club will continue to have Tuesday Family Night dinner from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at 125 Country Club Road. Now our Members can bring the kids out for a fun filled night while they enjoy a quite dinner. 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. Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays.

Hartsville Parks and Recreation adult co-ed kickball league will play at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Oct. 20-Nov.17, at Byerly Park. Teams are 8-12 players, 50/50 male/female, and all players 18 and older. Info: Chuck Mullen 843-339-2878 or Charles.mullen@hartsvillesc.gov.



Fido Fixers will come to Hartsville on October 28. Please visit the website for a full list of services and prices - and to schedule appointments.

St. Luke United Methodist Church will hold a drive-through Trunk or Treat from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 28 at the church, 302 Dunlap Dr., Hartsville. Dress your children up and bring them by to see the creatively decorated trunks displayed by members of St. Luke UMC. For your safety, you must stay in your vehicle at all times. All candy will be prepared and distributed by masked and gloved volunteers. If you are interested in decorating a trunk, please call the church office. Each vehicle and volunteer will practice social distancing. Due to COVID19, the church will purchase all candy. If you would like to make a monetary donation, please let Brittany Douglas know. (843) 383-5169

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Mechanicsville Baptist Church will hold its Trunk-or-Treat & Harvest Festival from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28, at the church, 2364 Cashua Ferry Road, Darlington. All are invited to join this free event.

St. Matthew's Church will hold a Virtual Men's Bible Study at 7 a.m. on Wednesdays and a Virtual Women's Bible Study at 12 Noon on Wednesdays.

Sunrise Rotary Club of Hartsville meets every other Wednesday at 7:30 am at Hampton Inn & Suites of Hartsville, 203 E. Carolina Ave. The Rotary Club of Hartsville is a part of District 7770 of the Eastern South Carolina. (843) 229-2729 or hartsvillesunriserotary@gmail.com

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


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

St. Matthew's Churchwill hold Virtual Church at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. 

St. Matthew's Church will hold a Foundation Class at 6:15 p.m. virtually and at The Purple Fish, 110 E. Hampton St. (Mask required)



Last DDRA Members Breakfast of 2020! 8 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, at Taki's Diner, 609 Pearl St. Free for members and $5 for others. Members meet to network, make suggestions, and find out about upcoming events. **Masks and social distancing required**

The SC Manufacturing Conference & Expo, the state's most significant manufacturing event of the year, is going virtual!  The two-day conference will stream on from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. October 29 and 30. Free.

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


Enjoy classic Shrimp-N-Grits (or pork chip and grits) at Joe's Grill on Thursday nights at 306 Russell St., Darlington.


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.

Al-Anon, a fellowship of adult relatives and friends of alcoholics for mutual support, will meet at 8 p.m. on Thursday at the Hartsville AA Hut, 310 S. McFarland St. Info: 843-992-2981



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Pace Makers, a faith-based community walking program, meets twice a week from 7:30 a.m. to 8 a.m.  on Tuesdays and Fridays at Byerly Park in Hartsville. The purpose of this group is to build community through diversity. Info: Anna Grace Hubbs, Free Medical Clinic of Darlington County, 843-398-0060 or AnnaGrace.Hubbs@fmcdc.org

Free boxes of food will be given out during a drive-thru event every Friday through Nov. 6 at 2 p.m. at Lamar Town Hall, 117 W. Main St. Boxes include 32 pounds of produce, dairy, and meat. No income requirements. Face masks and social distancing required. Sponsored by Save the Children, Lee County First Steps, Darlington County First Steps, Town of Lamar, and Lamar Ebenezer Charge of UMC.


Mechanicsville Baptist Church hold its Weekend Homecoming Celebration under the tent with a screening of the movie "I Still Believe" at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, at the church, 2364 Cashua Ferry Road, Darlington.

Join Shiftin' Gears at Darlington Moose Lodge, 1056 N. Governor Williams Hwy., at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, for a scary fun Halloween party.

Don't leave town for a nice dinner! You can enjoy a steak dinner every Friday night at Joe's Grill, 306 Russell St., Darlington.

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

Mechanicsville Baptist Church hold its Weekend Homecoming Celebration under the tent at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, at the church, 2364 Cashua Ferry Road, Darlington. Join us for dinner and great entertainment/music from "Burning Bridges" Our meal will be provided to you for donation only! All donations received will help towards upgrading our Playground for our Children's Ministry and Community!

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FIREWORKS SET FOR 7:30 PM! The Greater Darlington Chamber of Commerce presents Fright Fest on Saturday, Oct. 31, in downtown Darlington from 2 to 7:30 p.m. with fireworks capping the evening. Carnival rides, food trucks, DJ, arts & crafts, Bingo, prizes, Trick-or-Treat alley, costume contests, cake walk, car show, and performance by Soul Sister Dance Team. Info: 843-393-2641


The Darlington Housing Authority presents a Movie on the Lawn at 324 Bacote St., from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 31. Popcorn, soda, pizza, and Halloween candy. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets to sit and enjoy. Free.

Mike's Corner Bar & Grill holds the Nightmare on Timmonsville Highway Halloween Party & Costume Contest on Saturday, Oct. 31, at the bar, 1288 Timmonsville Hwy., Darlington.

The Darlington Moose Lodge Annual Turkey Shoot returns Saturdays at 3 o'clock at the lodge, 1065 N. Governor Williams Hwy., Darlington. Huge Prizes, New Range Master, Food and Drink Specials every Saturday! Sponsored by Darlington Gun Works, Piggly Wiggly, Wingz & Ale, Southland Gun Works, Mayflower Seafood Restaurant, and Fahrenheit 225. Come by for a chance to win Turkeys, Gift Cards, TVs, Steaks and more! 843-393-2311



Mechanicsville Baptist Church concludes its Weekend Celebration under the tent at 10 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 1, at the church, 2364 Cashua Ferry Road, Darlington. Special Music from Stan Thompson & Friends with sermon by Pastor Tim Anderson (Former Pastor 1991-1995) celebrating 100 Years of Missions and Ministry in Our Chapel.

St. Matthew's Church will hold a morning service at 8 a.m. on Sundays. Virtual Church Service and In-Church Service will be held at 11 a.m. Sundays at the church, 210 S. Main St., Darlington. Please call the Parish Office at 843-393-4112 to reserve a spot.  

Drive-In Worship Service at 10 a.m. Sundays at Trinity United Methodist Church, 126 Pearl St. This service is for those who do not feel comfortable coming into church building but still want to be in the same place on Sunday Mornings! All are welcome!

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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Lee Street First Church of God brings the Word of God to you. Connect via Facebook Live or Zoom 646-558-86-56 ext. 222 777 7676. Sunday worship service at 11 a.m. Tuesday midday prayer at noon. Wednesday Bible Study at 6 p.m. Prayer Hotline 1-888-409-8880. Info: 843-393-2672 or online.

The Free Medical Clinic of Darlington County will hold parenting classes from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sundays through Nov. 15 at The Purple Fish, 104 W. Hampton St., Darlington. Light refreshments provided. To attend, call 843-393-2773 or email annagrace.hubbs@fmcdc.org

Children's Activities begin at 5 p.m. Sundays with Kids for Christ at the Kid Central Building then share the love of God with them through teaching and songs from 6 to 7 p.m. for Children's Musical Practice at Central Baptist Church, 512 Spring St., Darlington.



CareSouth Carolina's new Virtual Substance Use Disorder group introduction will be held at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5. If interested in attending contact Kirsten Forinash, Community Health Educator/ Prevention specialist, at Kirsten.forinash@caresouth-carolina.com or 843-731-4853 or Daniel Myers, MAT/SUD Program Director, at Daniel.myers@caresouth-carolina.com or 843-624-1891


Mark Your Calendar

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Streetcar Shootout VI will be held from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 7 at Darlington Dragway, 2056 E Bobo Newsom Hwy, Hartsville. Classes along with Test and Tune. Kids 12 and under FREE. Spectator $20. Test and tune driver $30. Each class entry $50-$100. (843) 383-0008

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Christmas Auction at 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 9, at So-Lina Auction, 2085 Lamar Hwy., Darlington. Reserve your 4' x 8' table by calling 843-393-7631. Some folks save up their Christmas decorations all year getting ready for this auction and there are some really nice consignments scheduled.

Down South Sugar Co. will hold a Christmas Shopping Expo from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays beginning, Nov. 10, at the shop, 205 N. Fifth St., Hartsville.

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The American Legion Post 13 will have a Veterans Day Celebration on the Public Square at 11 a.m. Wednesday, November 11, in Darlington.

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Darlington County Fire District will hold a Chicken Bog Fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11, at headquarters, 137 N. Center Road, Hartsville. Plates are $8 and include chicken bog by Oliver Segars, green beans, pickles, and bread. Take-out or delivery of 10+ plates. All proceeds provide Christmas gifts for needy children of Darlington County.

111320 BearFest

Big Jake Promotions Bear Fest Under the Lights Nov. 13-14 at Darlington Dragway, 2056 E. Bobo Newsom Hwy., Hartsville.

Down South Sugar Co. will hold a Christmas Shopping Expo from 3 to 5 p.m. Sundays beginning, Nov. 15, at the shop, 205 N. Fifth St., Hartsville.

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Help donate to those in hunger as The Women's League of Hartsville will be collecting casseroles, canned food and non-perishable items to help those in need. Drop off times will be 9 a.m. to noon and again from 2 to 3 p.m. at Rubicon Family Counseling Center, 510 E. Carolina Ave., Hartsville. Donations must be in non-returnable packaging.

SC Works, New Spring Church, and the Florence Career Center will hold a Tailgate Job Fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 19 at the New Spring Church Parking Lot, 1100 N. Cashua St., Florence.

Evidence Academy presents a two, free, online events on Thursday, Nov. 19. Keynote event, "Activation for Activism: Improving Rural Health in South Carolina," will be from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The Roundtable, "Leveraging Human Capital for Sustainable Action," will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Registration required. Info: Andrew Chandler, (803) 454-3850 or chandler@scorh.net.

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Palmetto Cruisers presents Cruisers for Cops Car Truck & Bike Show from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, at Palmetto Auto Auction, 832 S. Governor Williams Hwy., Darlington. Trophies to the Top 50 entries, door prizes, 50/50 drawing, and more. All proceeds go to City of Florence Police Department, Florence County Sheriff's Department, City of Darlington Police Department, and Darlington County Sheriff's Department. Registration: $25. Info: Davy McClary 843-421-1946, Mike Hill 843-992-3497, or Tom Fuller 843-355-6767

112220 Lights of Love

Each year, the Lights of Love program at Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center is truly a labor of love for the hospital Auxiliary. This program provides a wonderful opportunity for us to welcome the holiday season, while honoring and remembering those who have meant the most to us. Acknowledgement cards will be mailed to commemorate the honor, and all names will be published on the Carolina Pines website and social media. All funds raised through the efforts of the Auxiliary, including this beautiful event, will be used to fund scholarships for students wishing to pursue a degree in the medical field. Due to COVID-19 precautions, this year's event is being held virtually at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, November 22, via Facebook live on the Carolina Pines Facebook page. Lights will be on sale through Wednesday, Nov. 18. Each light is $10 and can be purchased by calling (843) 339-4563 or by filling out the form on this website. If you wish to purchase more than one light, simply click "add attendee." Please put your information in the required fields. Once your purchase is complete, someone will contact you to obtain information on the individual(s) you wish to honor.

The 29th Annual Turkey Trot will be held at 8 a.m. Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26, at the Hartsville YMCA. Packet pickup Sunday, Nov. 22, through Wednesday, Nov. 25, and from 6:45 to 7:45 a.m. Nov. 26. Info: www.YMCApd.org.

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The Darlington Fireman Christmas Toy fund will have Tickets available soon for a Pull behind custom grill with front burner and 30 lb. propane tank included. The grill will be built by Wiggins Metal Works. Tickets will be $5 each. The drawing will be held December 5th and the grill will be available for viewing at the Taste of Christmas.

Join the Women's League of Hartsville for a Christmas Party at Black Creek Bistro from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 8, at Black Creek Bistro, 110 W. Pinewood Ave., Hartsville. Bring an ornament to exchange and enjoy delicious appetizers and a specialty drink. Members only event.



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.

  • 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.
  • Looking for employment? Keep SC Works Pee Dee in mind. Currently open by appointment. Email scworkspeedee@eckerd.org or call (843) 407-9679 for the Florence office or call (843) 309-9817 for the Hartsville office.



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.

  • World Health Organization
  • Centers for Disease Control
  • S.C. Department of Health & Environmental Control


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.

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Established in 1956, family owned, Thad Weinberg's Sausage makes our sausage using our family recipe. We sell pork products as well as process wild game at 1014 Pearl St. In Darlington. (843) 393-2544


If you know someone facing eviction and they need assistance, South Carolina Legal Services (SCLS) may be able to help. The CDC has halted evictions due to CVOID-19 concerns through Dec. 31, 2020. Call toll-free 888-346-5592 or by apply online HERE.