Hartsville Happenings


Biometric Fingerprinting & DNA Identification Kit Child Safety Program: 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Sumter Chrysler Jeep Dodge, 2662 Broad Street Extension, Sumter. Parents bring your children to receive a free FBI certified Biometric 10-digit fingerprint profile, a free high resolution full color digital photo of your child, a fee child safety journal, a free home DNA identification kit and John Walsh’s Child Safety Tips. There is no database, and event sponsors keep no records on file. All the information provided at this Child Safety Program is recommended by child safety experts and law enforcement officials to be updated every 6 months.

Gamecock League Championship Baseball Game: Oct. 10, Expos Explosion vs. Lydia Red Sox, Lydia Ball Park, 2 p.m. Ladies Softball Championship Game: Sumter Angels vs. Lydia Express, Lydia Ball Park, 5 p.m.

Change in Motion: 8 p.m. Today and Saturday in the Watson Theater of the Elizabeth Boatwright Coker Performing Arts Center. Annual fall showcase of student choreography presented by Coker College Dance. Cost: $5 or free with a Coker College ID.

Annual Book Sale: Today through Sunday at Hartsville Memorial Library.

Palmetto Ballroom Dance Club: 12th Anniversary Celebration Dance, today. Men – black tie optional, ladies – black/white evening wear. Leatherman Senior Center, 600 Senior Way, Florence. Dinner, 7 – 7:50 p.m.; cha-cha lesson, 7:50 – 8:30 p.m.; open dance, 8:30 – 10:45 p.m. Reservations required by Wednesday, Oct. 7. RSVP to Pauline Jelovchan at (843) 667-9322 or Carolyn Black at (843) 393-2465.

Stokes Reunion: 11 a.m. Saturday 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.

Experience Kreepy Hollow: Today and Saturday, 16-18, 23-25, 29-Nov. 1. Ride the bus with jeepers creepers, make your way through the haunted corn maze and house, then take a hayride for the fantastic and kreepy finale. Info: http://www.kreepyhollow123.com or Google Joe Dority Rd. in Bishopville. On Facebook and Myspace. Info: Brenda Allen (843) 383-5057.

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

Prostate Screenings: Monday at Free Medical Clinic, 203 Grove St., Darlington. Coker Foundation Outreach Grant Darlington County Mobile Health Unit. Info: (843) 398-0060.

Hartsville High School wrestling coach wants to meet you: 7 p.m. Monday at Hartsville Country Club. Parents of current varsity, middle school or elementary school wrestlers, people with a wrestling background or interest, wrestling clubs, experience or not. Limited refreshments with donation. Adults only. Info: Scott Larson, 320-290-2245.

Prostate Screenings: Tuesday at CareSouth Carolina, 737 S. Main St., Society Hill. Coker Foundation Outreach Grant Darlington County Mobile Health Unit. Info: (843) 378-4501

Darlington County Cancer Support Group meeting: 7 p.m. Tuesday at Cornerstone Baptist Church, 213 N. Marquis Highway (Highway 15 Bypass) next door to Pee Dee Fleet Services. Jonie Lynn, a Yoga Instructor at the Hartsville YMCA, will provide yoga exercises for stress and pain relief. Light snacks will be served. This meeting is for all survivors, caregivers, those who have lost loved ones and anyone interested in learning more about this topic. Family, friends and church mission team leaders are encouraged to attend this very informative meeting. Info: Evelyn at (843) 332-6426 or Edna at (843) 332-5742.

Prostate Screenings: Wednesday at Free Medical Clinic, 500 W. Carolina Ave., Hartsville. Coker Foundation Outreach Grant Darlington County Mobile Health Unit. Info: (843) 332-0422.

S.C. Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics presentation of Down Under in Darlington County: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Durant Children’s Center Open House: 4:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday at 510 W. Carolina Ave. Free and open to the public. Program and special presentation begins at 5:15p.m.

Taste of Lee: 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday. Benefit for the Lee County Arts Council. The theme is Fall Harvest and the dress is casual. Tickets are $15 for singles and $25 for couples. For more info call (803) 484-5090.

Mammography Screenings: Thursday at CareSouth Carolina, 201 S. Fifth St., Hartsville. Coker Foundation Outreach Grant Darlington County Mobile Health Unit. Info: (843) 332-3422.

Oct. 16-22

Mammography Screenings: Oct. 16 at Piggly Wiggly, 100 N. Railroad Ave., Lamar. Coker Foundation Outreach Grant Darlington County Mobile Health Unit. Info: (843) 398-0060.

Trinity Collegiate Golf Tournament: Noon Oct. 16 at Traces Golf Club.

Meet and Greet Karen T. Bartlett Book Signing: 4 p.m. Oct. 16.

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 .

Hartsville High School Class of 1984: 25th high school reunion on Homecoming weekend, Oct. 17-19. Please log onto Facebook’s “Hartsville High School Class of 1984” for more information or contact Margaret Morrison Mertens at .

Fire Department Open House: Oct. 17, Darlington County Fire District Station 12 (Byrdtown), 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. See the fire trucks, equipment and meet the firefighters.

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. For more information, call Gene at (843) 383-4691 or Joe at (843) 383-6179.

Auddie Brown Chevrolet Central Carolina Corvair Club Open Classic Car Show: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 17 at the intersection of U.S. 52 and U.S. 52 Bypass in Darlington. Registration ends at noon and judging begins at 12:30 p.m. Spectators are welcome. Admission is free.

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

Digital McLeod Mobile Mammography Unit: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 19 at Plainview Elementary School, 16002 S.C. 102, Patrick. Women may schedule a mammogram on the mobile unit at any of these locations by calling McLeod Reservations and Scheduling at (843) 777-2095 and choosing “Option 1.” They should mention that they wish to schedule an appointment on the McLeod Mobile Mammography Unit and the date and location they wish to schedule their mammogram. A list of available dates may also be found online at http://www.McLeodHealth.org under “McLeod Events.”

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.

Oct. 23-31

Haunted Hills of Lynches River: Oct. 23 – 25 and 29 – 31. Admission $5. A two-mile hayride through the swamps of Lynches River with many scenes of frightful content awaiting fresh victims. The halfway point features a walk through our brand new haunted house designed to torment and terrify. The trail opens shortly after dark and tickets will be sold until 9 p.m. on weekdays and 11 p.m. on weekends. This marks the eighth year for this event. The location is on the corner of Joye Road and East Lynches River Road. This event is sponsored by the Lamar Firemen’s Association. Info: (843) 326-1057, (843) 326-5967, (843) 346-7140 or e-mail . Also check us out on Myspace and Facebook.

Meet and Greet Lucy Nolan Book Signing: 3:30 p.m. Oct. 25 at Wesley United Church Family Life Center.

Plainview Elementary School PTO Auction: Oct. 27, during Annual Fall Carnival in Patrick. We are askinig local businesses to donate items to be auctioned off. Also, any financial donations will be greatly appreciated. A representative of Plainview Elementary will be contacting local businesses about making a donation. Info: (843) 498-6633.

Northeastern Technical College Board of Trustees Meeting: Noon Oct. 27 at Owens Board Room, Cheraw Campus. Info: (843) 921-6900 or http://www.netc.edu

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.

Hartsville Masonic Lodge #173 Chicken Bog: Oct. 30, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free delivery of ten plates or more. Info: (843) 639-2733.

Tally Johnson Book Signing and Ghost Storytelling: 5:30 p.m. Oct. 30.

State Harley Owners Group Meeting: Oct. 31 at Darlington Raceway. Convoy will travel from Columbia to Darlington.


Darlington Humane Society Rescue Fund Yard Sale: 3 to 5 p.m. Nov. 6 and 7 a.m. to noon Nov. 7 at 113 Spring St., Darlington. Turn off Cashua, second house on left facing Spring Street. Donations: Any items EXCEPT adult clothing are welcome. Adult shoes and purses ARE needed. Children’s clothing in good repair sells well. Any gold jewelry will be sold for the gold.

We Were Here: Archaeology of the Johannes Kolb Site: Through Nov. 14. Exhibit at the Hartsville Museum in the museum’s Showcase Gallery. The Johannes Kolb site is an archaeological dig located in the Mechanicsville community of Darlington County named for a German immigrant who settled there in 1737. Archaeological excavations have revealed objects spanning from 12,000 B.C. up to the early 20th century. The Hartsville Museum is located at 222 North Fifth Street, Hartsville, and is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Free.

Grumpy Old Men 13th Annual Toy Run: Nov. 15 beginning at Newsome Storage, old Wal-Mart location on Fifth Street in Hartsville). Benefits local area children. Donation: $10 or new toy. Bikes out at 1 p.m. Food, raffles, prizes and fun. Rain date Nov. 22. Info: (843) 383-0972 or (843) 332-1961

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.

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: 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesdays 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 (843) 393-8521.


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: 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 (843) 332-4508.

October 8, 2009 | Morning News (Florence, SC)Author: Messenger Staff Reports | Section: Local

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