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06/21/2021

Weekly Update City of Darlington

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Thanks to everyone who came out for the Darlington Cruisers  Annual Fathers Day Weekend Classic Car Show on Saturday, June 19, at Joe's Grill!

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DDRA Members Breakfast: 8 a.m. Thursday, June 24, 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**

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Thanks to the generous contributions of the City of Darlington, the Darlington Downtown Revitalization Association will be able to hold a free Concert Series in 2021. The concerts will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. on Saturdays on the Public Square with a different theme each month.

  • July 10 - Family Fellowship (Terence Lonon & The Untouchables)
  • August 7 - Back to School (The Rick Strickland Band will perform)
  • September 4 - Race Week (Level 10 Band & Show will perform)
  • October 2 - 80s-Themed Party (Bout Time Band will perform)

Funds raised by these events will go toward downtown revitalization efforts. Info: info@buildupdarlington.org or 843-992-1561

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Summer Reading & Learning Program runs June 23 through August 3 at all four county libraries. Call 843-398-4940 or register at www.darlington-lib.org.

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Darlington County Library System MATH CAMP will be held in two separate one-hour sessions, one at 10 a.m. and the other at noon, July 6-9. All ages, preschool through high school. Need not be a Darlington resident to participate. Please call to register, so there will be enough materials ready for everyone participating. Free. Info: (843) 398-4940

DAILY PRAYER GATHERING: All are welcome to join fellow believers daily at 7 a.m. as we pray for the upcoming revival at Dominion Church, 1030 Pearl St., Darlington.

Neptune Island Waterpark, 1109 Fourteenth St., Hartsville, is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 12 noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

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Today

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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, for children in grades K-6. Pay weekly or pay up front.

Darlington Country Club will hold a Junior Summer Camp from 9 a.m. to noon June 21-24 for ages 6-12. Sign up today before all the spots are taken. Cost: $250 for members and $350 for others. Info: 843-393-0236 or proshop@darlingtoncountryclub.com.

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 June 21 and on the third Monday of the month.

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Story Time will be live at 10 a.m. Mondays at the Darlington Library, 204 N. Main St. Info: 843-398-4940

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

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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Tuesday

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Pee Dee Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #25 holds meetings on June 22 and the fourth Tuesday evening of each month at Sara's Porch, 804 N. Governor Williams Hwy., Darlington. A variety of topics are explored by respected guest speakers, which have included National President Chuck Canterbury. Our Meet-and-Greet Social begins one-half hour prior to the meeting, at 7 p.m.

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Children in our community need caring homes. Learn more in a free one-hour webinar to see if fostering might be right for you at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 22. Have you been thinking about fostering? Join a free online webinar to learn about becoming a foster parent and our supportive online process. Register HERE. After you register, you'll receive a link to join the event. Information includes what it takes to qualify, the responsibilities of foster parents, the needs of the children in foster care, and more. Plus, opportunities to ask your questions. If you can't make it but would like to learn more about fostering, please send a direct message or email the host at kiswana.brown@thementornetwork.com.

Summer Story Time will be held at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at Hartsville Memorial Library, 147 W. College Ave., Hartsville. Sign-up is required. Registration will open one week in advance of every story time. This program is designed for pre-school children, but all are welcome. To register, please call 843-332-5115 or visit the front desk. 

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.

Each Tuesday at 5:30 p.m., Darlington Country Club will hold 9-hole scramble. $10 per player goes into the pot for prize money. 843-393-0236

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

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Wednesday

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Senior Movie Mornings will be held at 10 a.m. on June 23 and the second and fourth Wednesday of the month at the Lamar Library, 103 E. Main St., Lamar. Info: 843-326-5524

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

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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.

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Thursday

DDRA Members Breakfast: 8 a.m. Thursday, June 24, 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.

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Darlington City Council will hold a Special Meeting and Public Hearing regarding the FY2021-2022 budget at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 24, at City Hall, 400 Pearl St. Due to COVID restrictions, there is limited seating in the courtroom with preference given to staff, council, and members of the media. Watch the meeting live at https://www.facebook.com/DarlingtonCityMeetingsLIVE. You can find the agenda and proposed budget for FY2021-2022 posted online at https://www.cityofdarlington.com/city-council-agendas-meeting-minutes/. Submit comments to council by noon Wednesday prior to this meeting to be read aloud during the meeting to rock@cityofdarlington.com or by mail anytime to City of Darlington Planning, P.O. Box 57, Darlington, SC 29540.

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On Thursdays, Darlington Country Club will hold an individual points game (points based off your USGA handicap). Tee off anytime during the day and add $20 to the pot. Blind draw at 6:30 p.m., need not be present to win. Everyone participating must play with someone else that is in the game.

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

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Friday

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

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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.

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The Purple Fish Coffee Company, 104 W. Hampton St., will reopen its Friday night live music and open mike sessions from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Friday, July 9! (843) 944-0315

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Enjoy Karaoke Night at Chianti's Wings & Things, 124 Cashua St., Darlington, beginning at 7 p.m. every Friday night. Come through and kick back, relax and enjoy yourself.

 

Saturday

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

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Bones and Brunch Rabies Clinic will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 26, at Sara's Porch. Since Footloose Veterinary Services sees all animals: small, large, and exotic, we will have something for each at this event. One of our amazing wildlife rehabbers, Catawba Wildlife, will be present. There will also be Huck's Herd there to discuss information about their equine rescue efforts and therapeutic riding program. Rabies will only be $10 each, and you will get the opportunity to meet the new veterinarian of Darlington and her amazing staff! Freeman's Bakery is donating several "Pupcake" gift certificates for those special occasions. They will also be providing some of their homemade dog treats! Darlington's Darlings will also be present for meet and greets if interested in adding a forever family member to your home. There will be things for the furry family members and their two-legged companions.

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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

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Sunday

Prayer on the Square will be held at 4 p.m. June 20 and on the third Sunday of each month. Come together for fellowship and spiritual uplifting. Open to all.

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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.

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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 and In-Person 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.

 

Monday

 

The Darlington Conservation District meets at 7 a.m. on June 28 and every fourth Monday of the month at the District Office in Room 228 at 300 Russell St., Darlington. Info: 843-393-0483 or marie.chaplin@sc.usda.gov.

Darlington County School District Board of Education holds a monthly work session at 6 p.m. on June 28 and on the fourth Monday of each month at DCSD Administrative building, 120 E. Smith Ave., Darlington.

 

Mark Your Calendars

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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Butler Heritage Week returns June 30-July 3. the Butler Heritage Foundation is excited to celebrate 30 years of commitment to the Butler campus. Heritage Week events begin on Wednesday, June 30, with Bible study at Butler Auditorium. On Thursday, July 1, alumni will gather at the newly renovated Butler Gymnatorium for the Annual Banquet and Roll-Call of Classes. The Foundation will host a social hour at 5 p.m. The annual T.B. Thomas Golf Tourney will be at Governor's Run in Lamar on Friday, July 2. Two other events on Friday include the Annual Foundation Meeting at 5 p.m. and at 9 p.m. the Heritage Dance. Three events will conclude the week of festivities on Saturday, July 3. At 10 a.m., the Heritage Parade will travel down Sixth Street in the Historic Butler District, followed by a basketball game at noon in the Gymnatorium, and concluding with the Tiger Family Tailgate at 4 p.m. in Butler Park. For details, visit the Foundation's website and Facebook page.

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Darlington Library Adult Programming presents Needle Nuts at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 2, and on the first Friday of every month at the library, 204 N. Main St., Darlington. Bring your current knitting, crochet, cross stitch project and create with others while making new friends. 843-398-4940

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The Southeastern Bluegrass Association of South Carolina presents a great youth band Mountain Highway from Virginia at its monthly concert and jam session on July 3 at the Grand Old Post Office, 201 Pearl St., Darlington. Featured bands in concert from 5:45 p.m. to 8 p.m. Doors open at 4 p.m. for jamming and open mic at 5 o'clock. Additional jam session from 8 to 9 p.m. Admission is $7 for members, $5 for students, free for children and $10 for others. Special thanks to Baker Transportation for your sponsorship. Info: www.sebga.org

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Join Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center on July 6 to give blood and help save lives! To register, visit redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code: carolinapines. Each pint of blood we collect can help save up to three lives and will touch the lives of so many more. What a great way to pay it forward and make an impact on people in our community and across the country. This event will be held in the Education Classroom (directly before the cafeteria on the left).

SCACED Landowner Resources Workshop series continues at 5:30 p.m. July 6 and provides landowners and producers the opportunity to learn about USDA-NRCS funding programs, methods to increase profitability, how start an agricultural business, Agri-heritage tourism, and conservation planning. USDA staff will be on-hand to help guide landowners through and answer questions about the EQIP application process. All Landowner Workshops will be held virtually in 2021. Limited capacity. Each participant that attends a workshop will receive a $10 Subway gift card. Learn more here. All landowners in South Carolina are welcome to attend. Other dates: July 27, Sept. 7, and Sept. 28. For questions, please reach out to Ken Harvin ken@scaced.org or 843-579-9855 ext. 3.

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Saturdays on the Square: Terence Lonon & the Untouchables will perform live for the first in the DDRA's Bringing Downtown Alive! Concert Series return from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, July 10, at the Public Square. Car show, food, cornhole tournament, Pepsi, and more. Bring a chair. Vendor Application. Sponsor Information. Thanks to City of Darlington for funding this project! Info: 843-992-1561 or info@buildupdarlington.org

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Dueling Pianos, an all-request, Rock N Roll, Sing A Long, Clap A Long, Comedy Piano Show where the Audience is the Star of the show, will be held beginning at 9 p.m. Friday, July 9, at Carolina Nightlife & Grill, 2244 Harry Byrd Hwy., Darlington.

St. Matthew's Church will hold Vacation Bible School from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. July 11-13 at the church, 210 S. Main St. Info: 843-393-4112

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Maddie's Stop & Shop Pop Up Summer Extravaganza will be held from 12 noon to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, July 10, at the Elks Lodge, 836 Timmonsville Highway, Darlington. Free snacks, beverages, and great vibes. First ten vendors $65. After July 1, vendor fee is $80. Info: Suniko Hickman 843-250-1198

Starting July 12, the Hartsville Library will have the Drawing Animals Club at 2 p.m. every Monday at 147 W. College Ave., Hartsville. Call or visit the Hartsville Memorial Library to sign-up today! 843-332-5115

Join I-HOPE Women's Business Center and South Carolina Department of Commerce for a review and live demonstration of Commerce's business intelligence tool, SizeUpSC, at 10 a.m. July 20. This platform supports small- and medium-sized businesses within the state and it can help small business and entrepreneurs assess and adapt to the new challenges and new opportunities in this changing environment for business.  During this free webinar you will also learn about SourceSC and the benefits of being registered in the SourceSC Industry Directory. REGISTER HERE.

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.

  • 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

Dobbins Softball Consulting & Development presents Carolina Collegiate Instructional and Exposure Clinic from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 14, at Lamar Softball Complex, 600 Club Dr., Lamar. For ages 12-18. Cost: $150 per participant by July 16 and $175 each after that. Info: www.dobbinssoftballcd.com, (432) 552-0490.

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Darlington Academy Reunion will be from 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. August 21 at Darlington Country Club, 125 Country Club Road, Darlington. Heavy hors d'ouvres at 7 p.m. with band beginning at 7:30 p.m. Cash bar. Cost: $50 per person. Mail checks payable to Darlington Academu Reunion 2021, 1517 Cashua Ferry Road, Darlington, SC 29532. Head county needed by August 10.

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.

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Take your vehicle for a spin around the track Too Tough To Tame on August 21, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Benefiting Blessings in a Backpack. 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. The last date for 2021 will be November 20, Benefiting Toys for Tots. REGISTER HERE.

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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.

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

 

GENERAL COVID-19 INFORMATION

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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.

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

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.

 

CITY SERVICES

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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 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

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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!

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