Darla Moore Foundation Announces $5 Million Gift to Florence-Darlington Tech

(image courtesy: FDTC Facebook)

From the Morning News:

“The Darla Moore Foundation announced a $5 million gift to the Florence-Darlington Technical College Educational Foundation during a ceremony Thursday morning at the Southeastern Institute of Manufacturing and Technology Center.

The creation of a culinary and hospitality program at FDTC’s Lake City site is the primary focus of the gift, but portions of it will be used for other areas for the college.

Darla Moore Foundation President and CEO Marion Fowler said FDTC has played a vital role in providing educational opportunities to students in the Pee Dee for over 50 years.

“The magnitude of this gift demonstrates our foundation’s recognition of the important role that Florence-Darlington Technical College has played in the economic development of Lake City, Florence, Florence County and the Pee Dee,” Fowler said. “Not only does Florence-Darlington Tech help provide basic job training, it is also on the cutting edge.”

To read the full article, follow the link below:

Darla Moore Foundation Announces $5 Million Gift to FDTC

Florence Downtown Newsletter Highlights Upcoming Weekend Events

Have plans for the weekend? Want to know what to plan for in the week ahead?

Take a look at the Florence Downtown Development Association’s Weekly Newsletter for information on the featured band for this week’s Florence After Five concert, find out what’s going on at the FMU Performing Arts Center and much more!

Just click on the link below for more details:

Florence Downtown Newsletter

McLeod Health Announces Affiliate Partnership with Clarendon Health System

McLeod Health announced a new partnership this afternoon- to affiliate and operate Clarendon Health System in Manning.
According to the Morning News, “the plan, approved by trustees from both hospitals, is effective May 25. Clarendon is licensed for 81 beds. In 2013, it completed a $22 million, 47,000 square foot expansion and renovation that included new operating rooms, an emergency department, a same-day surgery center and larger patient rooms.”
You can read all of the details about the agreement and what it will mean for McLeod and healthcare in Clarendon County, by clicking on the link below and reading the article from the Morning News:
(image courtesy: Patricia Burkett Photography)

Young Professionals to Make Special Announcement at Chamber Offices June 2



Interested in the Young Professionals of Florence group? Then make plans to join us on Thursday, June 2nd from 5:30-7 pm at the offices of the Florence Chamber for a very exciting announcement and the opportunity to check out the Chamber’s downtown space!

Enter the Chamber’s front door at the corner of Dargan and W. Evans and then make your way to the Community Room in the back for a larger space to network together. (Don’t worry, there will be plenty of people to guide you!)

For more information on how you can sign up to take part, visit the event’s Facebook page by following the link below:
Young Professionals of Florence/ Florence Chamber Event FB Page

Small Business Owners: Cloud-Based Software Could be Big Time-Saver

Want to spend more time going after new business and less time struggling with invoices, bills and receipts?? Well, there’s good news for small business owners like you, thanks to an ever-growing suite of cloud-based accounting tools.

What, exactly, is the cloud? Cloud-based software, or software as a service (SaaS,) offers users access to technology on a subscription basis. The software provider securely hosts all necessary databases and servers, and small-business owners access their data anytime, anywhere via internet connection.

Click below to find out more in this article from Entrepreneur magazine:

Entrepreneur Magazine web article: 3 Benefits of Cloud-Based Accounting Software for Small Businesses

Junior Leadership Florence County Program Receives Rotary, ArborOne Grants

From the Facebook Page of Junior Leadership Florence County:
“Junior Leadership Florence County wants to offer our sincere thanks to the Rotary Club of Florence and ArborOne, who have just recently announced grants that will enable us to keep doing what we started- helping to develop the future leaders of the Pee Dee! We simply wouldn’t be able to deliver such a fantastic program if it weren’t for our generous sponsors, volunteers and community leaders. Thank you again to Florence Rotary and ArborOne and for the continued support of Clemson Extension, FMU and the Florence Chamber. We can’t wait for you to meet the newest class of Junior Leadership Florence County!”

For more information on Junior Leadership Florence County or how you can help sponsor the program or participate, visit:

Junior Leadership Florence County website

Irby Street Improvements Continue to Impact One of Florence’s Busiest Areas

If you’ve recently driven down Irby Street, you’ve seen all the construction on the sides of the road.

The $9.4 million paving project consists of work that’s mostly taking place during the overnight hours but it’s still pretty noticeable on one of the area’s busiest streets.

So what exactly is going on and when will it wrap up? Click the article below from WBTW News13 for some answers.

WBTW web article: Irby Street Paving

Chamber Holds Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Huntley Chiropractic

The Florence Chamber was proud to welcome one of its newest members this afternoon with a ribbon cutting ceremony! Huntley Chiropractic is owned and operated by Dr. Taylor R. Huntley, D.C. and is located at 1451 W. Palmetto Street, in the heart of Florence.

Huntley Chiropractic offers many services including DOT Physicals. You can get complete details on their services by stopping by or giving them a call at (843) 319-2518. Welcome to the Chamber family, Huntley Chiropractic!

To view the full ribbon cutting album, click on the link below:

Facebook Photo Album: Huntley Chiropractic Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

City Center Farmer’s Market Opens Each Saturday Downtown


(images courtesy: City Center Farmer’s Market Facebook Page)

Looking for something fun to do tomorrow? Check out the City Center Farmers Market downtown! The market provides Florence residents, visitors and tourists with the freshest produce, dairy, artisan food and crafts that the Pee Dee has to offer! Get more info by following the link below to their Facebook page:

City Center Farmer’s Market Facebook Page

Florence County Council Moves Forward with East Palmetto Improvement Study

(images courtesy: Google Maps and Toole Design Group)

From the Morning News:

“After months of mulling, the Florence County Council voted Thursday to move forward with an improvement plan for the Highway 76 corridor from the Florence City limits to Francis Marion University.

The council unanimously authorized Florence County Administrator K.G. “Rusty” Smith Jr. to negotiate a contract with Toole Design Group to study the section of East Palmetto and present options to revamp the area.

Ideas for the plan were started when the county and city teamed up last year in an effort to address an eyesore on the same stretch – the dilapidated Palmetto Inn. An attempt to obtain a grant to clean up the site failed and talks of an overlay district sprouted.”

To read the full article and get all the details on the project, click on the link below:

SCnow.com web article- East Palmetto Improvement Study