Justin Dorsey, WBTW News 13

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Past articles by Justin:

Wilson high school JROTC honors veterans

FLORENCE, SC (WBTW) - In honor of veterans day a special ceremony was held at the veterans park in Florence Saturday. Several military veterans were in attendance to enjoy the opening of a new monument honoring soldiers who served and who lost their lives in the Vietnam war. News13 caught up with the members of the Wilson high school JROTC → Read More

Florence school district one spelling bee attracts over 900 spectators

FLORENCE, SC (WBTW) - Nearly 900 people came out on Saturday for the 12th annual Florence School District One Spelling Bee at Moore Middle School. “With the way the world is changing and how everybody is always texting and abbreviating, I think spelling has lost its place,” said school counselor Sam Fryer. “The purpose of → Read More

Florence car show benefits local non profits

FLORENCE, SC (WBTW) - Dozens of car lovers came out for the Palmetto Cruisers car show on Saturday in Downtown Florence. After last year’s car show was cancelled because of Hurricane Matthew, everyone was thankful for the chance to put on a car show this year in its place. More than 65 cars entered the → Read More

Medical cannabis symposium held at Coker College

HARTSVILLE, SC (WBTW) – The South Carolina compassion care alliance hosted a research symposium on Sunday at Coker College to explain the effects of medical cannabis. Organizers said the event is aimed at presenting extensive research on what types of medical disorders or diseases are able to be cured with cannabis. They also are pushing → Read More

Pee Dee Land Trust holds fundraiser to help preserve land

DARLINGTON, SC (WBTW) – A local nonprofit organization, called the Pee Dee Land Trust, held a fundraiser brunch Sunday in Darlington to carry out their mission of preserving land. About 260 people came out to the 7th annual Bountiful Brunch as they celebrated preserving 27,000 acres of land in the Pee Dee. Executive Director of → Read More

Darlington high school battle of the bands promotes community fellowship

Darlington High School put on a Battle of the Bands Saturday to raise money for the student musicians. → Read More

Darlington church celebrates ‘Fall-o-Ween’ festival

DARLINGTON, SC (WBTW)- The First Baptist Church in Darlington celebrated the season with their second annual 'Fall-o-ween' festival on Sunday. The event brought out many people from the Darlington community, and kids got to enjoy getting lots of candy. This year the church added a chili cook off to their event. everyone who came got a → Read More

Florence church spreads message of love to youth

FLORENCE, SC (WBTW) - In Florence Sunday, several community members came out to Greater gethsemane apostolic church in support of the 'Hallelujah night' fall festival. Everyone from all walks of live joined in on the fall celebration, Organizers say this event is a great way to bring the community out and give back to them, by offering free → Read More

Free pet clinic helps combat distemper outbreak in animals

FLORENCE, SC (WBTW) - The Humane Society of the United States and the Florence Area Humane Society teamed up on Saturday to help combat the distemper outbreak in dogs and cats The humane society said the distemper outbreak has affected many dogs and cats in South Carolina animal shelters, including a handful of cases in → Read More

Darlington Raceway BBQ contest benefits local charities

Darlington, SC (WBTW) - The Darlington Raceway and the South Carolina Barbecue Association hosted a Speed and Feed barbecue contest on Saturday. Families and kids came out to enjoy music, barbecue, and rides around the track. The event is put on to benefit local charities through the race track's Darlington Shares program. There were chefs → Read More

Local churches host prayer rally in Darlington

DARLINGTON, SC (WBTW) - Several Darlington churches gathered together to form a prayer rally Saturday. This rally was formed as a result of recent events in the world including the Las Vegas shooting. Cherry Grove Baptist Church spearheaded the event, along with four other area churches. Church members came together, walked around the neighborhood while praying → Read More

Darlington County animal shelter hosts fundraiser

DARLINGTON (WBTW) - Members of the community came together to raise money for a new animal shelter at South of Pearl in Darlington County on Sunday. “We were putting down 90 percent of the animals that came into the shelter, because we didn’t have a place for them to go,” said Darlington County Humane Society → Read More

Hundreds walk in downtown Florence for Pee Dee Heart Walk

FLORENCE, SC (WBTW) - People of all ages were in Florence Saturday for the annual Pee Dee Heart Walk Saturday. The event takes place each year to raise awareness for heart and vascular disease. About 1800 people took a three mile walk around downtown Florence, and along the walk, there were motivational signs posted to encourage healthy → Read More

Darlington County hosts annual domestic violence march

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and that is why purple balloons flew high for the 5th Annual Domestic Violence Award Walk and Rally in Darlington Saturday. → Read More

Bennettsville welcomes first ‘Internet café’

The Sword of Truth Outreach Ministries in Bennettsville celebrated the grand opening of its internet café on Sunday. → Read More

Dillon High School hosts 13th annual ‘Battle of the Bands’

DILLON, SC (WBTW) - Dozens of music lovers in the Pee Dee came out for the 13th annual Dillon 'Battle of the Bands' Saturday. 20 high school bands from North Carolina, South Carolina and even Georgia performed to earn the title of the best band around. News13, spoke with organizers who say this event brings everyone together and → Read More

Florence School District One to use robots to aid autistic students

FLORENCE, SC (WBTW)- Florence School District One recently has been selected to participate in a special Robots for Autism pilot program. Children who face autism will be working with robots named "MILO" through this program. The goal is to help autistic students better their communication and interactive social skills. Students will be working with → Read More

NC Governor, First Lady helping rebuild one year after Hurricane Matthew

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper and first lady, Kristin Cooper are helping their state rebuild as part of the Rebuild NC Day of Service. → Read More

‘Battles of the mind’ workshop addresses child behavioral health issues

FLORENCE, SC (WBTW) – Local churches and school counselors came together Saturday for a series of workshops meant to educate parents on child behavioral health. → Read More

Program seeks to strengthen families in Timmonsville

TIMMONSVILLE, SC (WBTW) - Organizers with First Steps of Lee County have a program called strengthening families, meant to help families with communication and bonding. The program was brought to Timmonsville because of its need, organizers say. According to the South Carolina division of social services, there were 852 investigated child abuse cases in → Read More