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Past articles by Lacey:

Rep. Tom Rice says I-73 closer than ever

FLORENCE COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) — Rep. Tom Rice said I-73 is closer than ever due to funds rolling in to support the project. Rice said it’s been a journey to get the various city and county councils on board with the project, but he can see the light at the end of the tunnel. “Lawsuits […] → Read More

Marlboro County School District posts another admin job despite saying no one was terminated

MARLBORO COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) — The Marlboro County School District has posted a second administration job, despite saying no one has been terminated when the principal said none of the administrators’ contracts would be renewed. The job for assistant high school principal was posted Thursday by the district. On Monday, the principal’s job was also […] → Read More

Spotlight on domestic abuse after deadly Florence shooting

FLORENCE, S.C. (WBTW) — It has been a little more than a week since 29-year-old Taylor McFadden Robinson was shot in the head and killed in Florence. Her death on Jan. 23 has sparked outrage in the community. Joyce Ford, the founder of The Naomi Project, a Florence-based group that advocates for women and children […] → Read More

Darlington police chief announces retirement

DARLINGTON, S.C. (WBTW) – Darlington Police Chief Kelvin Washington tells News13 he will retire from law enforcement after 32 years but is now looking forward to running for public office. Washington, who was named chief in Feb. 2018, called the decision to retire ‘bittersweet’ in an interview with News13’s Lacey Lee Tuesday night. “The folks […] → Read More

Marlboro County council approves pay raises for deputies

MARLBORO COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) — The Marlboro County Council approved a $2,400 annual increase in the base salary for deputies Tuesday night. Interim Sheriff Larry McNeil asked the council for pay raises for his deputies and detention center officers at that meeting. Ron Munnerlyn, Marlboro County Administrator, said this increase is a continuation of efforts […] → Read More

Marion County students have new options for hotspots thanks to HTC

MARION COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) — Students who can’t get online for school work have a new option in Marion County thanks to hotspots HTC installed. HTC partnered with the Marion County School District and county leaders to bring internet access to rural areas. Wi-Fi hotspots are in the parking lots of the Saffold Community Center […] → Read More

Pee Dee businesses prepare for New Year’s celebrations

FLORENCE, S.C. (WBTW) — As the new year is approaching, many restaurants in Downtown Florence are hosting New Year’s Eve celebrations that include food, drinks, music and more. Andrena Mullins owns LilJazzi’s on North Dargan Street. She says the celebration starts there at 10pm, but there are some requirements. You must be 21 or older […] → Read More

Pee Dee fireworks shop enjoys booming sales ahead of New Year’s Eve

DILLON, S.C. (WBTW) — With New Year’s Eve coming up on Friday, employees at Jabs Fireworks in Dillon say sales are booming as people prepare to ring in the new year. As a result, they’re preparing for lots of traffic at the store located on Radford Boulevard. “Actually, it’s been very good this year,” employee […] → Read More

‘Weight of the 8’ podcast members give back to Florence community with annual toy drive

FLORENCE, S.C. (WBTW) — The organizers of a podcast that highlights people with a variety of talent across the Carolinas delivered some holiday cheer to the Florence Community on Christmas Eve. Members of the “Weight of the 8” held their annual toy drive to provide new and lightly used toys to children in need. Marquis […] → Read More

Marlboro County inmate’s attorney talks about tasing caught on video

MARLBORO COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) — One of the attorney’s for a man who was repeatedly tased by a deputy under the instruction from the Sheriff while in custody at the Marlboro County Detention Center spoke to News13. Attorney Mario Pacella said Jarrell Johnson is still in custody and healing from this May 2020 incident but […] → Read More

77-year-old S.C. woman set to graduate from college

FLORENCE, S.C. (WBTW) — Rosa McWhite is originally from Pamplico. She graduated high school from what is now Hannah-Pamplico back in 1964. She says she always knew she had the fire in her to further her education, but life and fear got in the way. “My idea when I got out of high school,” McWhite […] → Read More

Florence City Council defers mask mandate, hears resident’s crime concerns

FLORENCE, S.C. (WBTW) — Florence City Council will revisit a possible mask mandate in January after council members vote 5-1 Monday to defer action on the issue. Mayor Teresa Myers Ervin was the lone member to vote for the mandate on Monday. Councilwoman Pat Gibson-Hye Moore previously voted for a mandate, but she did not […] → Read More

Mayo High School alum to celebrate 101st birthday on Saturday

DARLINGTON, S.C. (WBTW) — Ethel Bramhan of Darlington will be 101 years old on Saturday. She spoke with News13’s Lacey Lee Thursday about her life, her love for God, family and making cakes, just to name a few things that she holds dear to her heart. “Woo, I’m wonderful,” Bramhan said. “When I was coming […] → Read More

Genesis Health breaks ground on $12M expansion

DARLINGTON, S.C. (WBTW) — Genesis Health broke ground Monday on a new expansion in Darlington. In a groundbreaking ceremony, staff members picked up their shovels and tossed the dirt. However, for many who attended, it was more than a groundbreaking, but a step in the right direction. “Our patient base has been growing and quite […] → Read More

Donation to Save-A-Lot in Florence helps feed community

FLORENCE, S.C. (WBTW) — The Thanksgiving spirit flowed through the four walls of the Save-A-Lot grocery store in downtown Florence. The new business opened up last month after a 20-year dream from Tim Waters. It was also in effort to combat food insecurities and accessibility in the Pee Dee area. Councilman George Jebaily and his […] → Read More

Mayor-elect of Hartsville wants to unite community, ‘double down’ on support for small businesses

HARTSVILLE, S.C. (WBTW) — The city of Hartsville has a new mayor-elect. Casey Hancock collected 836 votes (55.07%) in Tuesday’s runoff election to defeat his opponent Justin Evans, who received 682 votes, (44.93%) of the votes. Officials are scheduled to meet Thursday to certify the results of the voting. Hancock will replace Mayor Mel Pennington, […] → Read More

Pee Dee law enforcement weighs in on SLED’s 2020 crime report

FLORENCE, S.C. (WBTW) — The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division’s 2020 crime report released on Monday found that the state’s murder rate increased 22.1% while aggravated assaults were up 10.1%. The statistics also showed the rate of violent crime increased 6% compared with 2019 and 9.5% since 2015. In addition, property crimes continued to decrease, […] → Read More

Robeson County Sheriff’s Office teams up with state for LEAD Program

ROBESON COUNTY, N.C. (WBTW) — The Robeson County Sheriff’s Office has partnered with the North Carolina’s District Attorney’s Office for a program called LEAD. Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) was created to help people who experience drug and substance abuse. Although they have a success rate, they are facing other challenges. That challenge is sustainability. […] → Read More

‘She was my everything’: Florence County Investigator Farrah Turner remembered 3 years after death

FLORENCE, S.C. (WBTW) — It’s been three years since Florence County Investigator Farrah Turner’s death. Farrah Turner’s mother Katie Godwin says this day is no easier than the day she lost her daughter three years ago. Turner was wounded in the Oct. 3, 2018 ambush shooting at Vintage Place. “She was my everything. She was […] → Read More

Blood donation helped save woman’s life at Carolina Pines

HARTSVILLE, S.C. (WBTW) — The American Red Cross recently put out a report saying the organization is experiencing an emergency blood and platelet shortage. In a press release: A sharp drop in blood donor turnout has contributed to the lowest post-summer blood inventory level in six years, and donors of all blood types – especially […] → Read More