Hartsville Happenings

September 22, 2009 | Morning News (Florence, SC)Author: Messenger Staff Reports | Section: Local


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

Workout for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital: 5 p.m. Thursday at Curves of Hartsville, 1109 S. Fifth St. Door prizes and refreshments. Info: (843) 332-5255

Billie Hardee Home for Boys Annual BBQ: Thursday. Info: 393-8600, ext. 308.

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

Housing Authority of Hartsville board meeting: 4 p.m. Friday at the Southpark office, 1301 S. Fifth St. This meeting is open to the public.

Historic Racing Festival: Saturday and Sunday at Darlington Raceway.

NFL Day: Sunday at Emmanuel Baptist Church. Speaker is Mike Minter, former player with the Carolina Panthers. This is a community event and the public is invited.

2009 Home Builders Association of the Greater Pee Dee Tour of Homes: Saturday and Sunday 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.

Boykin Family Reunion: Sunday, 1 p.m. at Dalton Stevens home in The Button Museum. Invite your family and all your relatives. Bring pots, bowls and spoons. Ice, plates, napkins and cups will be furnished. Directions: From Bishopville, take Highway 34 seven miles to Cedar Creek Baptist Church, turn on Johnson Pond Road and go one mile to the large building with buttons.

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


YMCA’s Relay For Life Team Chicken Bog Fundraiser: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 2 at West Hartsville Baptist Church. Cooked by Murray Norwood. Tickets are $6. All proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society.

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.

YMCA Relay for Life Chicken Bog: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 2 at West Hartsville Baptist Church. Tickets are $6 each. All proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society. Murray Norwood will prepare the chicken bog.

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.

Lamar Carfest: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 3 downtown Lamar along the Railroad Avenue corridor adjacent to Main Street. A portion of the proceeds go to the Lamar Volunteer Rescue Squad. Info: (843) 326-7304 or (843) 393-2641.

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.

Gospel in the Park: Oct. 4, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Pride Park on South Sixth Street, Hartsville. Theme is “Bringing Unity in the Community.” The event will feature a special tribute to Paul Thompson and Loretta Richardson. PastorGerald Johnson of Spiritual Growth Ministry will bring a devotional. This is a free event. Bring your lawn chairs and Bibles. This is the final Gospel in the Park concert for 2009. For more information, call Barbara Carraway at 383-8852, the Rev. Edward Carraway at 230-3467 or the Rev. J.D. Blue at 339-5998.

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 Mayor’s of all four cities in the county, Darlington, Hartsville, Society Hill & Lamar. RSVP: (843) 393-2641.

“A Gourmet Evening Under the Stars:” Oct. 8, hosted by Kalmia Gardens of Coker College, 6 to 9 p.m. at the garden. Culinary demonstrations by Chef Adam Silverman. Come spend a special evening learning how to prepare and sampling many of his best Tapas creations. He will incorporate many local farm products in his dishes. Appetizers provided by Hobnob Gourmet, desserts by Saffron Catering. The event will also feature a wine tasting. Tickets are $55 single and $100 couple. This is a fundraiser for Kalmia Gardens. Call 383-8145 for information and tickets.

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

Greater Hartsville Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours: Oct. 15 at Oak Manor Inn.

Moree Reunion: 4 p.m. Oct. 17 at The Farm Campground off Highway 151 (turn on Tabernacle Church Road, go to Hill Crest Road, turn left onto Hill Crest and follow the signs). Family and friends of Walter, Joe, Cecil, Tug and Mattie Moree Gainey are invited. Bring a covered dish. Plates, cups and utensils will be provided. Info: Gene at (843) 383-4691 or Joe at (843) 383-6179.

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

Ovis Hill Farm Festival: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 31. Admission: $5. Animals, hay maze, pumpkin patch, hay ride, sheep shearing, Border collie demonstrations, square dancing, music, food and more. Info: (843) 992-9447


Ovis Hill Farm Festival: 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 1. Admission: $5. Animals, hay maze, pumpkin patch, hay ride, sheep shearing, Border collie demonstrations, square dancing, music, food and more. Info: (843) 992-9447

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 through 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 through 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.


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 .

Hartsville High School Class of 1984: 25th high school reunion on Homecoming weekend, Oct. 17 – 17. Please log onto FaceBook’s “Hartsville High School Class of 1984” for more information or contact Margaret Morrison Mertens 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.Caption: Volunteer Judy Trout washes Bags on Saturday during the Darlington County Humane Society’s final summer dog wash in Darlington. Vanessa Greene of Darlington, Bag’s owner, said he got his name from children saying how he looked like he hadn’t gotten enough sleep and had bags around his eyes. The $357 raised will go toward care of the shelter’s animals.

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