Trucks ‘N Treats Coming To Darlington Raceway

Touch-A-Truck is getting a fun Fall update this year! Find your favorite costume, grab the kids, and join us at Darlington Raceway on October 21 for Trucks ‘N Treats. Explore, climb, and touch trucks and more for this family-friendly fun event.

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The Naomi Project 17th Annual Lunch Scheduled For September 14th

Join the Naomi Project on September 14th from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM for their 17th Annual Lunch.  The lunch will be held at St. John’s Church (252 S Dargan St).  Lunch includes chicken, mac & cheese, green beans, dinner roll, drink and dessert for $10.  10 or more plates receive free local delivery. For more information, call (843) 615-1548.

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Virtus Academy Announces High School Addition

Florence’s Virtus Academy announced last Thursday that the school has finalized a deal to purchase surrounding property and receive funds to build a high school facility with a gymnasium to serve the school’s students.

On Tuesday, August 22nd the school, acting through its board of directors, closed on the issuance of South Carolina Job Economic Development Authority Facilities Revenue Bonds in the amount of $13,890,000. The school selected Hubrich Contracting, Inc., which will begin construction on the high school in early September to open the facility for the 2024-2025 school year. The new high school building will be more than 28,000 square feet with a gymnasium that is about 12,000 square feet.

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Jeffery Ironside MBA, CFC Holds Ribbon Cutting

Jeffery Ironside along with Chamber Ambassadors cuts his ribbon upon joining the Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce.

Jeffery Ironside MBA, CFC is a broker for Transworld Business Advisors – experts in business sales, franchise development and mergers and acquisitions. Jeff’s position will expand Transworld’s global reach and durability to bring professional services to buyers and sellers.

At Transworld, a member of United Franchise group, their Business Advisors are considered professionals specialists that help business owners navigate and manage the landscape of selling their businesses. With over 15 years of experience in business brokering, Jeff will assist in ensuring a smooth transition between buyers and sellers throughout the acquisition process.

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Florence 1 Gets Hands On With Engineering Activity Kits

Brockington Elementary school students were the first in Florence School District One to get hands-on with engineering activity kits donated by Honda.

The global car manufacturer, which has a factory in Timmonsville, donated 600 of the engineering kits to the school district at a short ceremony on Wednesday. Chris Rogers, director of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math program at Florence One Schools, said the kits will teach students about different types of engineering earlier than they otherwise would be taught.

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Florence Center Announces New GM

The Florence Center is thrilled to announce that Rex Berman has been hired as the Florence Center’s new General Manager! Mr. Berman brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the role and we are sure he will be a great asset to the Florence Center and the whole Florence community. Welcome Rex Berman!

All 4 Autism Featured On ChamberLink Radio

Jessica Brown, Executive Director of All 4 Autism, was on ChamberLink Radio this weekend to talk about increasing the awareness, resources and support for those of all ages with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The organization was a grassroots effort which started in 2005 by ASD families in the Florence area. The first Autism Resource Center for the Pee Dee opened on April 25, 2017.

You can catch the conversations on ChamberLink Radio each Sunday from 12:00-12:30pm on LIVE 95.3FM in Florence, SC.

ChamberLink Radio is brought to you by the Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce and The UPS Stores.

Florence Dentistry Co. Holds Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Florence Dentistry Co. is a brand new, privately owned general dentistry practice in the Florence community. Official opening date was June 5, 2023. It is owned and operated by Dr. John Curtis Lewis. Florence Dentistry Co. has a strong focus on cosmetic dentistry and digital dentistry. By utilizing the latest dental technology such as 3D printing, intraoral scanners, in-office design and fabrication of dental prosthetics, and 3D imaging, we believe we can provide the most comprehensive and accurate dental care possible.

Pictured during their ribbon cutting is Dr. John Curtis Lewis, his wife Keely, family members, staff and Chamber Ambassadors cutting the ribbon for Florence Dentistry Co.

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Once-In-A-Lifetime Chance For Florence To Remake One Of Its City Parks

Florence has a once-in-a-lifetime chance to remake one of its city parks into a 20-acre, almost-$18 million gateway destination that would be transformative to an east Florence neighborhood. The bulk of the cost would be covered with grant money, CARE Funds, contributions and in-kind services.

That is the plan and vision put forth by Florence City Council members George Jebailey and J. Lawrence “Chipper” Smith II for Levy Park.

“We approved $2.7 million but in total we’re going to receive a little bit short of $18 million to redo this entire park. Granted, if we get the grant in 2024,” Smith said.

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Crown Cork & Seal USA Coming To Florence County

Crown Cork & Seal USA, a manufacturer of metal cans and other packaging, will be investing nearly $21 million over the next three years in a Florence County manufacturing center that will create almost 30 full-time jobs.

The Florence County Council approved an economic development agreement with the company, which was previously identified as “Project Mimosa” to protect the company’s identity while the agreement was finalized, at its meeting on Thursday. Crown Holdings, which is Crown Cork & Seal USA’s parent company, is a leading global supplier of packaging, primarily metal drink cans.

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