FMU Shows Off Honors Center Ahead of Students Moving In

FMU President Fred Carter showed off the second of two new buildings Tuesday, October 20th that the university will move into for the spring semester: the university’s Honors Center on the main campus. The other new building is the old federal courthouse/post office in downtown Florence. The new honors center occupies the last vacant spot on the campus as it was originally envisioned. The new building will be home to the Honors Center, the university’s international programs and the Robert McNair Center for Research and Service, Carter said.

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Stephen Wukela: The City’s Growth Not A ‘Zero-Sum Game’

The cooperation that helped the city of Florence revitalize its downtown area needs to continue when the next mayor takes office, Mayor Stephen J. Wukela said Monday, October 19th.  Wukela spoke at the weekly meeting of the Florence Rotary Club at Victors.  “We have spent conservatively about $250 million in downtown Florence over the last decade,” said Wukela, who is finishing his third term as mayor but is not running for reelection. “The [Francis Marion University] Performing Arts Center, the [Francis Marion University Luther F. Carter] Health Sciences facility, the museum, the Little Theater, the Waters building, the Kress building, the Hyatt, University Place, Rainwater building, Carolina Bank, you just continue to go down the list.”

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Scott Named SC Chamber Public Servant of the Year

The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce Public Servant of the Year award goes to U.S senator Tim Scott as an individual who has served as a key official in federal or state government contributing to the overall well-being and health of the state as a whole. The photo here is of Senator Scott speaking at a legislative meet-and-greet event at the Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce office earlier this year.

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City of Florence Moves Forward With Plans For Stormwater System Improvements

Florence City Council passed, the second reading of an ordinance that outlines several sites that are now in line to get stormwater system upgrades on Monday, October 19th. “Anybody that’s been in Florence during a heavy rain and sees all the streets flood knows that stormwater infrastructure is absolutely critical,” city councilman George Jebaily said. The ordinance outlines just over $5.6 million in improvements across a dozen sites in the city.

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Breath of Life Holds Ribbon Cutting to Celebrate Chamber Membership

A ribbon cutting with the Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce was held Thursday, October 15th at Breath of Life Academy LLC, located at 1356 James Jones Ave, Suite 5, in Florence. Chamber ambassadors joined owner Vanity Timmons and family for the celebration. Breath of Life Academy is a training academy for American Heart Association courses.

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iBrow Deluxe Medical Spa Holds Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

A ribbon cutting was held Wednesday, October 7th  at iBrow Deluxe Medical Spa with the Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce. Chamber ambassadors joined staff and family to celebrate their grand opening and joining the chamber.

The medical spa has been open for about a month and a half and is at 2204 Second Loop Road, Suite F, in Florence.

The owner is Shayla Stewart.

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Ribbon Cutting To Celebrate Varla Jean’s Joining Chamber

A ribbon cutting was held Tuesday, October 6th at the Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce, celebrating Varla Jean’s membership in the chamber and its grand opening.

Varla Jean’s is Florence’s newest dog-grooming service. Co-owners Joe McCall and Brett Bunch were joined by Bunch’s dog, Sarabi, and chamber ambassadors for the celebration.

Varla Jean’s opened in March at 2405 Lakeview Drive in Florence. The dog-grooming service is named after McCall’s dog, Bunch said.

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Ms. P Beauty Spa Opens With a Ribbon Cutting

Ms. P Beauty Spa celebrated its Grand Opening and Membership in the Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, September 30th with a ribbon cutting. Joining owner Tyeshia Pigatt on opening day were friends, family and Chamber ambassadors.

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D’s Mini Doughnuts Food Truck holds ribbon cutting

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on Monday, October 28th celebrating the opening of the D’s Mini Doughnuts food truck and its membership in the Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce.

Owner Dalton Moran cut the ribbon. He was joined by his father, Darryl Moran, friends and chamber ambassadors.

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