Hartsville Happenings

September 16, 2009 | Morning News (Florence, SC)Author: Messenger Staff Reports | Section: Local


A Night to Remember: Steinway artist and Las Vegas pianist David Osborne will perform at Coker College at 7 p.m. Sept. 16 in the Watson Theater of the Elizabeth Boatwright Coker Performing Art Center. Tickets are $30 for general admission and free with Coker ID. Proceeds of the concert will benefit Coker College’s Annual Scholarship Fund and the Prestwood Country Club Renovation Fund.

FMU Annual Volunteer Fair: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 16 in the Smith University Center commons area. Info: (843) 661-1676

Taste of Society Hill: 7 to 9 p.m. Sept. 17 @ Japonica Hall, Society Hill. Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 at the gate. Info: (843) 378-4681

Darlington 5000 5K Run & Walk for Williamson Park: 9 to 11 a.m. Sept. 19. Course will start at the Public Square in Darlington. Info: (843) 393-8880 or http://www.williamsonpark.org

Summer Dog Wash: Sept. 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Darlington Piggly Wiggly, Edwards Avenue and Pearl Street. Donation: $10 per dog for wash and organic flea dip. Benefits the Darlington County Humane Society. Volunteers and donations welcome.

Hartsville Chamber of Commerce’s 44th Annual Women in Business Celebration: “Dealing with Change,” 6 p.m. Sept. 21 at Lakeview Baptist Church, 202 Lakeview Boulevard. Cost: $25. Speaker: Becky McCrary. Entertainment, buffet dinner and lots of door prizes. For additional information or for rules on submitting a nomination for Woman of Achievement Award, call 332-6401 or stop by the Chamber office in the Center Theater building, 214 N. Fifth Street.

South Hartsville Neighborhood Association: 6 p.m. Sept. 21 at Jerusalem Baptist Church Fellowship Center, 137 S. Sixth Street. Become a citizen of change. Info: (843) 383-5537

Salute to Manufacturing: Noon to 2 p.m. Sept. 22 at Southeastern Institute of Manufacturing Technology, Florence-Darlington Technical College. Info: http://www.silvercrescentsc.org/salute.asp or

Hartsville Civic Chorale Children’s Choir: Through Sept. 22. Accepting applications for boys and girls grades 4-8. The choir meets 4:30 to 5:15 p.m. Tuesdays at First Presbyterian Church, Hartsville. Info: (843) 968-8397

Greater Hartsville Chamber of Commerce All Member Lunch: Noon Sept. 23 at Pam’s Restaurant. Dr. Robert Wyatt, president, Coker College is featured speaker.

SEPT. 24- OCT. 2

Billie Hardee Home for Boys Annual BBQ: Sept. 24. Info: 393-8600 x308.

Taste of Coker: 5:30 to 7 p.m. Sept. 24 at Coker College

Historic Racing Festival: Sept. 26-27 at Darlington Raceway.

2009 Home Builders Association of the Greater Pee Dee Tour of Homes: Sept. 26-27 and Oct. 3-4. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays. Info: (843) 665-5885 or http://www.hbapeedee.com

Coker College Homecoming 2009: Sept. 28-Oct. 4.

9th Annual Chamber Community Golf Classic: 9 a.m. Oct. 2 at Hartsville Country Club.

Hartsville Coker Concert Association Presents the Golden Dragon Chinese Acrobats: 8 p.m. Oct. 2 at the Center Theater

Eastside Christian Academy and Daycare Annual BBQ Sale: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 2 at 201 McFarland St. Plates are $6. Info: (843) 332-6251 or (843) 332-6295

State of the County Luncheon: Noon to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 7 at Pee Dee Electric Meeting Room. Learn about what is happening in the county and what pressing issues our government officials are working on for our citizens. Hear from the mayors of all four cities in the county, Darlington, Hartsville, Society Hill and Lamar. RSVP: (843) 393-2641

Stokes Reunion: 11 a.m. Oct. 10 at Lydia Community Center. For descendants of Leon and Hattie Stokes. Lunch at 1 p.m. Plates, cups, utensils will be provided. Info: (843) 326-5498

Blaney Elementary PTA Annual Fall Festival & Silent Auction: 2 to 5 p.m. Oct. 11 at the school in Elgin. Rain date Oct. 18. Info: (803) 438-8508 or

Beginning Photography: 6 to 7:30 p.m. Mondays through Oct.19 at the Black Creek Arts Center. Taught by Duane Childers.

Hartsville Furniture Company 75th Anniversary Birthday Party: 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 22. Refreshments will be served. Special giveaways and discounts offered throughout the month and night of event.

Taste of the Farm: 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 29 at Ovis Hill Farms. Celebrate the state’s extensive agriculture industry and South Carolina grown products. RSVP: (843) 393-2641


Miss Darlington and Miss Teen Darlington Scholarship Pageant: Nov. 21. Sponsorships available. Info: (843) 206-1728 or


Alzheimer’s Caregiver’s Support Group: First Tuesday of the month at 10 a.m. at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church. Info: Margaret Coker 843-332-7478.

Alcoholics Anonymous: Daily at 310 McFarland St., Hartsville. Meeting schedule posted on door.

Depression Support Group: Third Monday of the month at 6 p.m. at St. Luke United Methodist Church, 302 Dunlap Dr., Hartsville. Info: Danny at 616-2723 or Kathy at 307-8220.

Divorce Care: This is a weekly seminar and support group for people who are separated or divorced. Info: 843-332-7771.


Girls Volleyball: 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursdays Sept. 24-Oct. 29 at Coach T.B. Sports Center at Byerly Park. Cost: $25 city residents, $31 others.

Kids Tumbling Classes: 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Mondays Aug. 31 to Oct. 5 at Coach T.B. Sports Center. Ages 2-7. All skill levels. Cost: $25 city residents, $31 others.

Fall into Fitness: 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Cardio, step and lunges. Cost: $25 city residents, $31 others.

Exercise Classes: Tuesday and Thursday 10 to 11 a.m. and Thursday 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Hartsville Recreation Department. Remember your resolutions with cardio, step and lunges classes. Cost: $25 for city residents and $31 for non-city residents.

Fitness Over 50: Classes meet 9 to 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at the Coach T.B. Thomas Sports Center. This workout program for those over 50 is available through the Hartsville Recreation Department. New members are always welcome.

Japanese Martial Arts with Gary Carpenter: Mondays and Wednesdays at the Coach T.B. Thomas Sports Center, Hartsville Recreation Department. Ages 5 and older. Cost: $50 per month. Info: 383-3020 for time.

Pet CPR Classes: Available through the Hartsville Recreation Department. Cost: $35 for a three-hour class. Times vary. Info: 843-383-3020 or 843-917-4549.

Scrapbooking 101: Wednesdays from 10 to 11 a.m. at Hartsville Recreation Department. Cost: $40 for city residents and $46 for non-city residents. Info: 383-3020.

Living Well South Carolina: This new program is designed to help individuals that suffer from a chronic disease such as COPD, diabetes, heart disease, arthritis and other health problems. These conditions are associated with pain, fatigue, depression and many other issues that change the way you live. Classes are being held in Darlington, Hartsville, Society Hill and Lamar to help you live better with your condition. Call Ashley at 393-8521 to sign up or for more information. All classes are free.

A Matter of Balance Fall Prevention Classes: Free classes are held in Darlington, Hartsville, Society Hill and Lamar. Fear of falling can be just as dangerous as falling itself. Classes can help you improve the quality of life and remain independent and include easy exercises and information that will help you to enjoy your life.

Info: Ashley at 393-8521.


McCaskill Sept Society Gathering: In Camden on Oct. 2, 3 and 4. The event will feature traditional Scottish entertainment including bagpipers, Celtic dancers and the “Kirking of the Tartan” service on Sunday at Bethesda Presbyterian Church. Any McCaskill or descendants of McCaskills interested in the event may call Betty Joe McCaskill Jackson in Camden at 803-432-9358, Rachel Miles in Sumter at 803-499-4456 or Sarah Garland in Darlington at 843-393-4451 or 843-307-7611.

Hartsville High School Class of 1969: Members are needed to attend the 40th class reunion to be held in Hartsville on homecoming weekend Oct. 16-17. For more information or if you have contact information for any class member out of the area please contact Kathy Terrell McFarland at (843) 332-1006 or via email at .

St. John’s High School Class of 1984: 25th reunion for Sept. 25-27. The planning committee is trying to locate classmates. If you are a member of the class and are interested in attending, contact one of the following for more information: Tammy Needham Peterson at 843-395-6992, Charles Miles at 843-245-7865, Robbin Tadlock Rogers at 843-395-1961 or via email at .


Morning Running Club: 7 a.m. every Saturday at Hartsville YMCA.

Umpires: The Hartsville Area Recreation Department is looking for umpires. If you are an experienced umpire or would be interested in umpiring contact the Hartsville Area Recreation Department for additional information. Info: Lee Andrews 843-383-3020.

Guide Right Initiative: The Hartsville Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. extends an invitation to high school males to join the Kappa League Program. The purpose is to help African-American males choose and pursue useful careers by exposing them to cultural enrichment and character development. The young men will participate in seminars and activities to develop leadership skills, refine self-image, build self-esteem and improve social skills. Info: Coach Corey Lewis at HHS or Lynwood Lewis at 843-332-4337.

Hartsville Toastmasters: Second and fourth Monday at 7 p.m. at the Black Creek Arts Council, 116 W. College Ave. Free. Toastmasters International is a nonprofit club specializing in the improvement of leadership and speaking skills in a controlled, constructive setting. Guests are welcome. Info: Dr. Andrew Jackson 843-332-6151.

Hartsville American Legion Post 53 and Auxiliary: Third Tuesday night of each month at the post on North Fifth Street at Society Avenue just across Prestwood Lake. All members, eligible veterans and spouses are invited to attend. Info: Jim Ousley, Post Commander, 843-332-9340.

Board of Directors of Darlington County Disabilities and Special Needs Board Meetings: Last Tuesday of the month at 5:30 p.m. at the Scott Center, 201 N. Damascus Church Road, Hartsville. The public is invited to attend.

The Golden Hands Needlework Group: First and third Monday of the month at 5:30 p.m. at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church in Hartsville. The group knits and crochets hats, sweaters, blankets and other items to donate to charities.

Southern Animal Welfare League: Last Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Hartsville Memorial Library. The group is dedicated to helping abused and neglected animals in our area. Some of the organization’s programs include building doghouses for dogs without shelter, educating children about pet care, supporting local spay and neuter programs, promoting change and enforcement of animal welfare laws and much more. Info: 843-206-1129 or visit http://www.southernanimalwelfareleague.org.

Butler Heritage Foundation Membership Drive: Through Oct. 30. The theme for this year’s drive is “Be in the 500-plus.” Info: Shelia Squire at 843-332-1912.

Community Chaplains of America Program: This certified program will teach you to serve as a chaplain to many people who do not have a pastor or church that they regularly attend. As a spiritual caregiver, your training will equip you with the 10 essential disciplines every community chaplain must have to serve God and see lives changed. Info: 843+332-7771.

SGTM Lyles Scholarship Fund: A scholarship fund has been established in memory of SGTM Clinton “Blue” Lyles Jr. by the S.C. Army National Guard Scholarship Association. Lyles dedicated 40 years of his life to the service of the S.C. Army National Guard. He served as administrator at the Hartsville Guard Unit, Company C of the 3rd Battalion, 178th Field Artillery. Donations to the fund are tax deductible. Make checks payable to the NGASC Scholarship. Send donations to: 1 National Guard Road, Stop 36, Columbia, SC 29201.

DAV Chapter 47: Third Monday of the month at 5:30 p.m. at the library. All veterans and spouses are invited to attend. Info: J.W. O’Neal 843-383-8670.

Keep Darlington County Beautiful: The organization offers citizens, businesses and industries opportunities to contribute to their communities; promotes community pride; and publicly recognizes the efforts of citizens, churches, schools, businesses and industries that participate in activities. Individuals and organizations that would like to participate in Keep Darlington County Beautiful programs such as Adopt-A-Highway, recycling programs or serve on the committee can call 843-398-4810.

Jacob Kelly House Tours: First Sunday of every month through December. Free. This 19th century farm house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is owned by the Darlington County Historical Commission. During the War Between the States, the house was taken over by federal forces and used as headquarters for scouting parties seeking provisions to supply General Sherman’s Army. Info: Joann Lee at 843-332-4508.

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