Masterworks Choir Sets March 5 Winter Concert

Masterworks Choir on March 5 will present its winter concert titled “Rejoice and Sing.”

The performance will highlight works for choir accompanied by organ and piano and feature accompanist Beverly Hazelwood who this year celebrates her 28th season with the choir.

The concert will take place at 4 p.m. in Central United Methodist Church on South Irby Street in Florence. Admission is free.

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Florence County Museum Presents Francis Marion Exhibit

The Florence County Museum will present two signature exhibitions about Gen. Francis Marion in conjunction with South Carolina’s recognition of the American Revolutionary War Sestercentennial.

Part of the exhibition focuses on important 19th century American artworks depicting Marion and his militia during the Revolutionary War, and how these artworks contributed to the legend that surrounded Marion in the early decades of American Independence.

“It is the first exhibition of its kind,” said museum curator Stephen W. Motte.

Artworks will include the famous painting Marion Inviting a British Officer to Share His Meal, by South Carolina artist John Blake White, on loan to the exhibition from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Also on loan to the exhibit is Marion Crossing the Pedee, by American painter William T. Ranney. This is the largest of Francis Marion history paintings created during the 19th century, and is on loan from the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth, Texas.

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Above The Rest Residential Care Facility Celebrates Chamber Membership With A Ribbon Cutting

Above The Rest Residential Care Facility celebrated its grand opening on Wednesday, February 8th. ATR was established in 2021 and currently employs 20 staff.

There are many residential care homes. What sets ATR apart from the others is their emphasis on a trained staff, quality care, personalized attention to each resident, without altering their individuality. At ATR, they put the “care” back in Residential Care. As a residential care home, ATR provides assistance with day-to-day tasks while allowing the individuals to maintain their independence. Their goal is to assist each resident in maintaining their physical, emotional, social and spiritual quality of life.

ATR offers all the comforts of home, in addition to providing the residents with many social activities. Taking a personal interest in each resident, their activities are planned to meet each resident’s physical needs and abilities, but also their social and emotional needs as well. All activities, whether inside or outside of the facility, are planned to maintain social ties to family, friends, and/or the greater community.

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FMU Kelley Center & Chamber Partnered To Host Small Business Workshop

The Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce and Francis Marion University’s Kelley Center for Economic Development partnered last week to present a small business program for individuals looking to protect and grow their business. The program covered advice on intellectual property law, understanding digital marketing and how to avoid online banking fraud.

Speakers included Douglas L. Lineberry from Burr & Forman, LLP, Josh Richardson from Influence Digital Agency and Jammie McDonald with First Citizens Bank. The luncheon part of the program was presented by First Citizens Bank.

MINGLE Of The Pee Dee Hosts Culture Con & Comic Expo

Please join sponsors MINGLE of the Pee Dee and the Florence County Library as they celebrate Black History Month with the first ever Culture Con and Comic Expo on Saturday, February 25th from 9:30 am- 12:30 pm. The event will take place at the Florence Public Library (509 S Dargan Street, Florence SC). The event is free to the public. I have attached a flyer for the event.

The event will highlight comic creator and publisher Wilson Lee. Lee is a writer/creator and the founder of Crump-N-Sons LLC which publishes as CnS Comics (

Florence’s own Anime Attic will also be on hand, along with other local vendors. CnS comics will talk a little about how they got into the comic creation and publishing business. Culture Con is meant to foster an inclusive environment for all comic and cosplay enthusiasts.

Cosplay is encouraged for photos and networking, and attendees can come out dressed as their favorite comic, anime or pop culture characters.

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Piedmont Forklift Handling Cuts Ribbon, Joins Greater Florence Chamber

Piedmont Forklift Handling Inc. is a second-generation, family-owned and -operated business that specializes in the servicing, selling and buying of forklifts.

In addition to lift trucks, of which it is an exclusive dealer of Hangcha, Unicarrier and Komatsu, the company has industrial sweeper/scrubber offerings and scissor lifts available, as well as telehandlers.

“We have close relationships with racking manufacturers and have the ability to accommodate your racking needs from conception to installation,” the company said in a media advisory through the Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce. “Recently, our owner, Dane Campbell, invested substantially within the Florence market to expand our servicing availability to more partners. As our footprint grows, we anticipate larger investments to continue to provide the level of service that makes Piedmont Forklift Handling stand out. We look forward to having the opportunity of getting to know you as a partner, not a customer.”

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South Carolina’s Employment Situation Ending December 2022

The seasonally adjusted, monthly survey of households estimated the number of South Carolinians working decreased to 2,300,110 in December 2022. The estimate of unemployed people decreased to 77,361. Florence County finished at 2.9% unemployment and the Florence MSA unemployment was 3.0%. For more details, click here.

Raldex Hospitality Joins Florence 1 Project Search Program

Just as the fourth class of Florence 1’s Project Search program is set to graduate; a second partner site is being added. Raldex Hospitality will join McLeod Regional Medical Center as a host site for this award-winning Transition-to-Work program for Exceptional Education students. School districts across the country participate with local partners to offer Project Search. Florence 1 is the first district in South Carolina to have two partner sites.

Florence 1’s Project Search program began in 2019, as an expansion of the employability program already in place in the district. Non-diploma track students learn job skills in areas such as housekeeping, food service and surgery prep that will help them gain employment after high school. With the addition of Raldex Hospitality, more students will be able to take advantage of the program.

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St. Anthony Catholic To Host The Best Fish Fry In Florence

Join St. Anthony Parish on Friday, February 24th from 4:30 – 7:00 PM at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church for the Best Fish Fry in Florence.  Plates are available drive thru only!  $12/adults and $6/ children.  Plate includes flounder, french fries, slaw and hushpuppies.  Desserts will also be for sale.   This benefit will take place each Friday thru March 31st. All proceeds benefit St. Anthony Parish Organizations (St. Anthony School, Women’s Guild, Knight of Columbus, and Men’s Club)

The New Bike & Run Park in Florence

Have you visited the High Hill Creek Mountain Bike & Run Park located at 2502 Prosperity Way in Florence SC? You might put this park on your visit list today. It has more than four miles to bike and run and is alongside Interstate 95. Very scenic and fun trail to enjoy. Check it out.

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