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Weekly Update City of Darlington


The Darlington Downtown Revitalization Association (DDRA) presents Dana McKibben with Sassy Girl Vintique its latest Improvement Incentive Grant for signage and other outdoor improvements. The DDRA Improvement Incentive Program has helped encourage more than $200,000 in renovations in the City! Check out the collections of eclectic styles and home décor at Sassy Girl Vintique, 212 Pearl St., Darlington, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. New items arrive weekly.


Darlington Kiwanis Club Centennial Celebration: The Darlington Kiwanis Club, one of the oldest in the Pee Dee, will celebrate 100 years of service to the community during the club's meeting at 1 p.m. Thursday, May 20, at Darlington Country Club, 125 Country Club Road, Darlington. Speaker will be Chief Judge James E. Lockemy, Chief Judge for the South Carolina Court of Appeals. He is an active Kiwanian having served as the local president and lieutenant governor. Chief Judge Lockemy is completing his third year as an Adjunct Professor in Legal History at the University of South Carolina Law School. In 2012, Judge Lockemy received his Master's Degree in History from The Citadel and currently is working to complete his PH. D. in History from the University of South Carolina. Judge Lockemy has two sons, Jamie and Will, and eleven grandchildren.

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Restaurant Revitalization Fund. This program provides emergency assistance for eligible restaurants, bars, and other qualifying businesses impacted by COVID-19.

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Summer Basketball League Sign Up through May 27! Ages 7-17. Info: 843-398-4030

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Kids Summer Camp at BA Gary Gym from June 22 to July 22. Ages 6-12. Limited spots. Register by May 30. Cost: $50 weekly. First week fee due at time of registration. Info: 843-398-4030

052521 Tennis 101

Adult Beginner Tennis Clinic: Starting Wednesday, May 25, at 7 p.m. at Bill Cain Tennis Center on Orange Street, the Tennis 101 six-week program for adult beginners aims to attract individuals who have never played tennis before. Cost: $40, includes raquet. Info: Dusty Braddock dusteegurl@me.com


Neptune Island Waterpark, 1109 Fourteenth St., Hartsville, will open for weekends only and will be open daily beginning June 12. Hours of operation for 2021 will be from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 12 noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.



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 May 17 and on the third Monday of the month.

City of Darlington Tree Board meets at 5:30 p.m. Monday, May 17, and September 27, at City Hall, 400 Pearl St. Info: rock@cityofdarlington.com

The Knitting & Crochet Club of Lamar will meet at 4 p.m. on Mondays at the Lamar Library, 103 E. Main St., Lamar. Info: 843-326-5524

Monday Night is Spaghetti Night at Joe's Grill, 306 Russell St., Darlington. Served with salad, bread, and tea for $9.95. Info: 843-944-0626

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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.

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



SCWorks Bringing Employers & Job Seekers Together: Virtual training opportunity at 10 a.m. May 18. Presenter Dianne Herrington, SCWorks PeeDee. Free. Presented by the FMU Kelley Center for Economic Development. Register: www.fmarion.edu/kelleyCenter/Upcoming-Events. Info: 843-661-4606

Generating Effective Attitudes to Reach Success: Virtual training opportunity at 6 p.m. May 18. Presenter: Carla Angus of Unlimited Transformations of Lake City. Free. Presented by the FMU Kelley Center for Economic Development. Register: www.fmarion.edu/kelleyCenter/Upcoming-Events. Info: 843-661-4606

The Darlington Garden Club will hold its monthly member meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 18, at the Darlington Country Club. This month, we will install the new Club Officers.

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 on Tuesday nights at 306 Russell St., Darlington. Dine-in only. Info: 843-944-0626

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

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

Call the Darlington Country Club to make your reservations for our Member Family Night Buffet. (843) 393-0236




CareSouth Carolina is scheduling appointments to administer vaccines to those in Phase 1A now and Phase 1B from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesdays at CareSouth Carolina Hartsville, 1268 S. Fourth St., Hartsville. You do NOT need to be a patient of CareSouth Carolina. Walk-ins are NOT allowed at this time. To make an appointment, call 843-332-3422.

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

Sunrise Rotary Club of Hartsville meets every other Wednesday at 7:30 am at the Greater Hartsville Chamber of Commerce Board Room, 214 N. Fifth St. The Rotary Club of Hartsville is a part of District 7770 of the Eastern South Carolina. (843) 229-2729 or hartsvillesunriserotary@gmail.com

Enjoy Wine Down Wednesdays at Chianti's Wings & Things, 124 Cashua St., Darlington, from 4 to 9 p.m. with wine and wing specials. (843) 944-0880

Drive In Worship Service at 126 Pearl Street parking lot of Trinity United Methodist Church in Darlington at 8 p.m. on Wednesday evenings. Hope to see you there! Listen on FM 88.7.


Carolina Nightlife & Grill will hold a Cornhole Tournament every Wednesday at 2244 Harry Byrd Hwy., Darlington. Anyone can play. Register at 6 p.m. with play starting at 6:30 p.m. All skill levels welcome. Tournament is blind/random partner draw, double elimination format. Cost is $10 per person for the Advanced Bracket and $5 per person for the Tailgate Bracket. If you can average 2 in the hole every time, we recommend the advanced bracket. Cash prizes for winning teams.



050021 World trade Month

May is World Trade Month and the SBA has teamed up with partnering organizations to offer webinars all month to help small business owners gain valuable insights on strategies for international sales success. All webinars begin at 2 p.m.

  • May 20 Utilizing eCommerce Tools to Drive Global Sales. Register here
  • May 25 Business Beyond Borders: Commemorating World Trade Month. Register here
  • May 27 Logistics of Growing Global eCommerce. Register here


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

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: https://al-anon.org or 843-992-2981



Enjoy Steak Night with Joe's Grill  on Friday nights at 306 Russell St., Darlington. Dine-in only. Info: 843-944-0626


Fahrenheit 225 will have Trivia & Rock Bingo Night on Fridays beginning at 7 p.m. Pick up to-go orders at 26 Public Square, Darlington. Open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Call in take-out orders at (843) 944-0321.



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

The Darlington Country Club will hold a Member-Member Golf Tournament May 22-23 with a 9 a.m. shotgun start each day. Lunch following play on Saturday, and awards following play on Sunday. Cost: $30 plus cart fee each day.

052221 Auction

DCSD will hold a silent, closed bid auction of obsolete school district items from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 22. This will be a silent, closed bid auction. Items can be viewed and bids submitted at the B.A. Gary Complex, 100 Magnolia Street in Darlington. Winners will be notified on May 24, 2021. Winners can pick up their items between 8:00 AM-3:00 PM, Tuesday, May 25 to Saturday, May 29, 2021. Cash, money order, or cashier's check ONLY. Info: (843) 398-2311

Carolina Nightlife & Grill presents Diamonds & Denim from 8 to 11 p.m. May 22. Steak dinner with scalloped potatoes, salad, and dessert. Cost: $25 per ticket or $40 per couple




Darlington Presbyterian Church holds service at 11 a.m. on Sundays with Sunday School at 9:45 a.m. at the church, 315 Pearl St.

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.

St. Matthew's Church will hold a Virtual Church Service at 11 a.m. Sundays. Info: 843-393-4112

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: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/2227777676 or 843-393-2672

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.


Mark Your Calendars


May 27: Jazz Night Starring After Dark at The Grand Old Post Office. Music, drinks, and a whole lotta fun! Admission is free for members and $20 for nonmembers and guests.

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It's a Small World Summer Program, hosted by A Perfect Start Child Care, will be held June 21 to August 6 at 103 Saleeby Loop Road, Darlington. Register during May to waive registration fees for children in grades K-6. Pay weekly or pay up front to save $150.

Essential Steps of Business Planning: Virtual training opportunity at 10 a.m. May 26. Presenter: Brianna Dennis of Francis Marion University. Tickets: $15. Presented by the FMU Kelley Center for Economic Development. Register: www.fmarion.edu/kelleyCenter/Upcoming-Events. Info: 843-661-4606

Darlington County Library System MATH CAMP will be held July 6-9. Registration begins in June. Cost: 2 sessions/$15 per session. (843) 398-4940

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The Junior League of Florence will hold its 7th Annual Touch A Truck event from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 12, at Darlington Raceway, rain or shine.

Please join the 12th Annual Omar River Rats River Run on Saturday, June 12, at the Cashua Ferry Landing in Darlington from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. with stops at the Hwy 34 Landing,  Doe Bar, I-95, Black Creek, and Hwy 301 Landing. Registration to be held at Hwy 34 Landing and Hwy 301 Landing beginning at 8:30 a.m. Email OmarRiverRats@gmail.com for questions and sponsorship opportunities for businesses and individuals alike.

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The City of Hartsville is excited to announce that the 2021 Screen on the Green movie series is BACK! Grab a blanket or a chair and meet us at Burry Park for the summer movie series. Movie starts at dusk. Free.  Children and leashed pets are welcome. This event is held in an open-air park with plenty of room for social distancing.

  • June 12th: The Lion King (2019) sponsored by Duke Energy
  • August 12th: National Night Out, Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse sponsored by LOL Steam Center
  • September 11th: Aladdin (2019), sponsored by Sonoco
  • October 23rd: Hocus Pocus sponsored by SPC Credit Union


Dominion Church will celebrate all 2021 graduates during a special service at 10:30 a.m. June 13 at the church, 1030 Pearl St. Any 5k, 12th grade and college graduates who would like to participate, please contact Pastor Jami before Sunday, June 6. Please plan to stay afterwards, for a cook-out style lunch.

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Join Lake Swamp Baptist Church June 13-17 at 6 p.m. each night for Vacation Bible School, Preschool thru Adult, at the church, 6558 Oates Highway.

Clays for a Cause will be held Friday, June 18, at Moree's Sportsmans Preserve, 1217 Moree Road, Society Hill, to benefit the Pee Dee Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Assault. Registration at 9 a.m. Shoot begins at 10 o'clock with lunch and awards at noon. Info: 843-669-4694 or 814-397-9959


Take your vehicle for a spin around the track Too Tough To Tame on June 19, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For just $20, you can take three laps around the unique egg-shaped oval. Track Laps proceeds will benefit Darlington Shares, a donor advised fund of The NASCAR Foundation, a 501(c)3 charitable entity, that donates racing-related items and offers financial support to assist community outreach programs and other nonprofit charities. Dates are June 19, Benefiting the VFW Foundation; August 21, Benefiting Blessings in a Backpack; and November 20, Benefiting Toys for Tots. REGISTER HERE.

Join the YMCA of the Upper Pee Dee and Club MX at the first Swamp Thangz Mud Run at 8 a.m. June 19 at Club MX, 857 Croft Jones Road, Chesterfield, as teams race for the best finish time over obstacles and through mud pits. Music, food, kids activities, and wares will be available. It's sure to be a dirty good time!

Pee Dee Spring Virtual Career Fair: From 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Virtual. Participants will have the opportunity to meeting with employers one-on-one to interview for opening positions. To register for the event, click here.

062621 FreedomFest

Freedom Fest 2021 will be held from 4 to 9 p.m. June 26 on the Public Square in Downtown Darlington! Carnival rides, food vendors, retail vendors, music and fireworks! Info: 843-393-2641

Lake Swamp Baptist Church holds a fun exciting day camp from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 28 through July 1 for children who have finished grades 2-5 at the church, 6558 Oates Highway. Each day will take us on an adventure off-campus in the morning and an engaging discovery in God's Word in the afternoon. Cost is $100 +$25 registration fee.

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Darlington Raceway will hold a Classic Car Show Saturday, August 21. Participants in the Classic Car Show will receive Dash Plaque, Awards & Prizes, Track Laps on the famous Darlington Raceway, 1 ticket to the Sport Clips VFW Haircut 200 NASCAR Xfinity Series race on Sept. 4, and the 50 first entries will get to drive their car onto Victory Lane for a photo. Cost: $30 through June 30, $40 after. Info: Emily Webster at 843-395-8805 or email ewebster@darlingtonraceway.com.

082721 Southern 500 Tourney

Darlington Raceway will host the third annual Terrence Carraway Memorial 5K presented by Brown's RV Superstore at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 2. There will also be a one-mile Kids Run as part of the event. Runners can register online at darlingtonraceway.com/memorial5k. Early bird registration is $25 for the 5K and $15 for the Kids Run through August 1. After that date, registration will be $30 for the 5K and $20 for the Kids Run. All race participants will receive a t-shirt and medal. The race will be run in partnership with Simply Timing to benefit the Terrence F. Carraway Foundation. For fans who may not be able to make it to Darlington, they will be able to participate with a virtual 5K run. Our partner at Simply Timing will offer a virtual course option, and participants will receive a medal for completion. To learn more about the Terrence Carraway Memorial 5K presented by Brown's RV Superstore, visit darlingtonraceway.com/memorial5k.

Third Annual Free Medical Clinic of Darlington County Heroes For Health Golf Tournament will take place Thursday, September 23 at Darlington Country Club.






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.

McLeod Health in Florence will now begin administering the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to individuals 12 years of age and older. Children 12 to 15 years of age will require parental consent. McLeod employees and their family members age 12 and older can receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at the McLeod Support Services Center located at 2210 Enterprise Drive, Florence. This Walk-In Vaccine Clinic at Enterprise Drive is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. No Appointment Required. Additionally, McLeod Health encourages individuals - and all McLeod Employees, who have not yet been vaccinated for COVID-19 to consider getting the vaccine. As an encouragement for your investment in guarding your health, McLeod employees vaccinated through our McLeod Employee Health program will receive $50.

DHEC Sponsored Testing at Darlington County Health Department,305 Russell St., Darlington. From 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekdays, with a break from 12 noon to 1 p.m. No appointment necessary. Preregistration encouraged: 1-855-472-3432 or scdhec.gov/gettested.

The Covid-19 Vaccine hotline for the public to schedule vaccine appointments is 843-876-7227. The hotline is open every day from 7a.m. to 7 p.m. and intended only for those who cannot access online scheduling, having difficulties with online scheduling, or to help non-MyChart users cancel appointments.

Vaccine Locations in Darlington County:

  • CareSouth Carolina-Hartsville Suite A/B(Fourth Street): 843-332-3422 
  • Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center: 843-656-0101
  • CVS Pharmacy(Express Lane, Darlington): (800) 746-7287
  • Hartsville Medical Group, LLC: covidvaccine@cprmc.com; (843) 383-5191
  • Lamar Family Care: 843-395-8400; covid_lamar@genesisfqhc.org
  • Lamar Family Pharmacy: 843-326-5231
  • McLeod Regional Medical Center @ Darlington Raceway: (866) 365-8110
  • Pee Dee Health Care: 843-393-7452
  • Walgreens #10329(South Fifth Street, Hartsville): 843-332-4523
  • Walgreens #9737(South Governor Williams Highway, Darlington): 843-393-2679
  • Walmart Pharmacy #1135 (South Fourth Street, Hartsville): 843-332-4891


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.

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.




Darlington City Hall has reopened to the public at a limited capacity. Hours of operation remain 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

  • Individuals may only enter through the front door of City Hall, 400 Pearl St.
  • Individuals must wear a mask.
  • Individuals must maintain social distancing of six (6) feet from others.
  • A maximum of three (3) people will be allowed in the reception area at any one time. Others must wait outside.
  • Restrooms will not be open to the public.

Individuals are still encouraged to do as much business by telephone and email as possible. City staff will be available, and essential services will not be interrupted. Below are the numbers to call for specific questions. You can find furhter 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


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 the week prior to your event. The DDRA office has moved to City Hall, 400 Pearl St. If you need us, call 843-992-1561 or email info@buildupdarlington.org. Thanks!