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SOCIETY HILL, South Carolina – CareSouth Carolina announced Thursday evening the addition of a new facility in Society Hill.During the CSC board meeting at Society Hill’s Town Hall, a resolution was presented and agreement signed to allow CareSouth Carolina to move into the vacant St. David’s Academy building.The facility will be used for administrative offices and will free up space in other CareSouth Carolina locations to provide a more efficient patient experience.“I’m really excited in w...
SOCIETY HILL, South Carolina – CareSouth Carolina announced Thursday evening the addition of a new facility in Society Hill.
During the CSC board meeting at Society Hill’s Town Hall, a resolution was presented and agreement signed to allow CareSouth Carolina to move into the vacant St. David’s Academy building.
The facility will be used for administrative offices and will free up space in other CareSouth Carolina locations to provide a more efficient patient experience.
“I’m really excited in what has culminated in our ability to expand and grow as an organization,” CareSouth Carolina CEO Ann Lewis said. “We call it a purchase, but the purchase is almost a token amount and in reality, the town of Society Hill and the Darlington County School District have essentially donated it to us. We are in desperate need of more space, and it means we’ll be able to centralize many of our administrative services here in Society Hill.”
The announcement comes on the heels of CareSouth Carolina’s mortgage burning, celebrating the final payment of the mortgage for the Rosa Lee Gerald Center in Society Hill.
“As I think about the future and about driving down Main Street in Society Hill, seeing the legacy of St. David’s Academy and seeing CareSouth Carolina’s name with that facility, that’s going to be a real thrill and it’s going to mean a lot too many different people,” Lewis said.
Society Hill Mayor Tommy Bradshaw said he was excited to see what the future holds with CareSouth Carolina and the healthcare provided in Society Hill.
“It’s a win-win situation,” Bradshaw said. “This is going to provide more administrative space for CareSouth Carolina and we’re excited to see them expanding here in Society Hill where it all started. The town is kind of the geographic center of where they provide services, so it makes a lot of sense. It’s going to give them a chance to develop a campus here in Society Hill.”
CareSouth Carolina is a private, non-profit community health center delivering patient-centered health and life services in the Pee Dee region of South Carolina. CareSouth Carolina operates centers in Bennettsville, Bishopville, Cheraw, Chesterfield, Dillon, Hartsville, Lake View, Latta, McColl and Society Hill.
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SOCIETY HILL, SC (WMBF) - Galey & Lord announced plans to shut down by the end of May, Plant Manager Mel Francisco confirmed.
Francisco said the company could not overcome its latest setback, however, he couldn't specify exactly what kind of setback that was.
He said the plant employs 126 people and those employees were notified of the closure last week. The company is very sorry for any difficulties this causes the employees and wishes those employees the best, he said.
Francisco said the Society Hill plant is the company's only location, which at one time employed more than 1,000 people, and was a leader in the textile industry.
Francisco said the plant will finish its orders for its clients to the best of its ability.
Society Hill Mayor Tommy Bradshaw said Galey & Lord first opened in the 1960's, but the history of textile manufacturing in the town goes back hundreds of years.
"David Rogerson Williams established the first textile plant in this Pee Dee section of the state and probably one of the very first in the state in 1812 and it existed for about 25 years," Bradshaw said.
When Mayor Tommy Bradshaw first got into office two years ago, he said Galey & Lord executives talked with him about an expansion.
"They had plans at that time to establish a sewing plant, which I thought that would be great news for a source of employment," Bradshaw said.
However, that never panned out, and Bradshaw had been hearing rumors of a possible closure for a while.
"It'll be a bad economic impact for the town and the surrounding communities, Darlington, Hartsville, Cheraw," he said.
Society Hill has experienced some financial difficulties and debt in recent years.
"That's the reason I ran for the mayor and we've been able to by tightening our budget and by being good stewards of the town resources," Bradshaw said. "We've gotten out of debt. We no longer owe the state assessments anything. We no longer owe anyone anything."
Bradshaw is confident this Galey & Lord shutdown won't throw the town off track with its finances again.
He said he's already heard of some talks of another textile company being interested in moving into the building.
"I'm hoping, strongly hoping, that there can be some reaching of an agreement to open it back up, so while this is an end, I'm hoping for a beginning," he said.
Francisco couldn't confirm any sort of plans for the future of the building.
The letter from Galey & Lord to employees, which Bradshaw also received, explains the shutdown process will happen between April 29 and May 12. The company promised to pay its employees what they would've made through May 28. The plant will be closed by the end of May.
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DARLINGTON COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Darlington County Coroner Todd Hardee confirmed one person is dead after a crash on Society Hill Road near Belle Aire Street Sunday morning.
Sheriff Wayne Byrd said the accident happened around 4 a.m. According to Hardee, the crash was a single vehicle collision and the victim, who was a passenger, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Hardee identified the victim as Belton Joyner, Jr., 62 from Society Hill.
The South Carolina Highway Patrol said a 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix was traveling north on Secondary 133 and ran off the right side of the road striking several trees. Both passengers were ejected from the vehicle and transported to Mcleod Hospital.
This crash is under investigation by the SCHP & Darlington County Coroner's Office.
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Darlington County, S.C. (WPDE) — Preservation South Carolina has recently bought eight buildings on 15 acres in the Society Hill community of Darlington County, according to Preservation South Carolinas's Executive Director Mike Bedenbaugh.Bedenbaugh said the properties include two historic stores with old outbuildings and two historic homes, all of them on Main Street. They all date between 1815-1860.He added his group's intentions are to restore the buildings and make them tourist attractions in the small town. "Pe...
Darlington County, S.C. (WPDE) — Preservation South Carolina has recently bought eight buildings on 15 acres in the Society Hill community of Darlington County, according to Preservation South Carolinas's Executive Director Mike Bedenbaugh.
Bedenbaugh said the properties include two historic stores with old outbuildings and two historic homes, all of them on Main Street. They all date between 1815-1860.
He added his group's intentions are to restore the buildings and make them tourist attractions in the small town. "People are attracted to places that communicate and there are very few places in all of the Pee Dee that communicate a story like these 15 acres that we're standing on right now. The fact of the matter is, Society Hill is really in the center hub. It's the center hub of all these larger communities. From Cheraw, to Bennettsville, Florence , Darlington, Hartsville. We're right in the middle, that's the market place that will be attracted to come here and eat. Hopefully, we put a restaurant here. Find someone to invest in a restaurant store, event space. It's a lot of good things that can come here once we revitalize the history."
You'll find the inside of the old Coker Rogers store is still pretty much intact, with old cash registers and wooden cases. Wooden beams are still durable and intact in the outbuildings.
The wooden columns outside the homes appear to be solid.
Bedenbaugh said the old Coker Rogers store would make the perfect restaurant if the right investor is found. "Get people to stop. Investors to stop. And look and realize wow there is value here. And that's what we're going to communicate and show there is value here."
Bedenbaugh added the Pee Dee Preservation Fund was established by Preservation SC to help buy historic buildings.
According to the Preservation South Carolina website the fund was established, "as a revolving preservation fund to identify, purchase, stabilize, maintain, market and/or sell historic properties in the 9 counties that comprise the Pee Dee: Florence, Darlington, Williamsburg, Georgetown, Horry, Chesterfield, Marlboro, Dillon and Marion. The fund is designed to create incentives for the more rural communities of the Pee Dee River Basin to participate in preservation initiatives."
Bedenbaugh said the buildings will be sold under strict conditions. "We'll sell them with easements so that whoever owns them must adhere to standards on how to restore them. And the easements are purpotuity. So they can never be torn down. They have to maintained to a certain level. And we govern that with our umbrella of protection over the buildings."
Preservation South Carolina is a non-profit organization that formed in 1990. Its mission is to preserve and protect historic properties of South Carolina.
SOCIETY HILL, S.C. (WOLO) – Preservationists have the opportunity to buy and restore an historic South Carolina downtown corridor in Darlington County.Non-profit, Preservation South Carolina, recently acquired the land and buildings in Society Hill, and wants to sell the properties to someone with the passion to bring the place back to life.“It is a historic preservationist dream,” said Mike Bedenbaugh, Executive Director of Preservation South Carolina. “We have secured the ability to purchase and rehab ...
SOCIETY HILL, S.C. (WOLO) – Preservationists have the opportunity to buy and restore an historic South Carolina downtown corridor in Darlington County.
Non-profit, Preservation South Carolina, recently acquired the land and buildings in Society Hill, and wants to sell the properties to someone with the passion to bring the place back to life.
“It is a historic preservationist dream,” said Mike Bedenbaugh, Executive Director of Preservation South Carolina. “We have secured the ability to purchase and rehab what is essentially an entire downtown corridor in a small historic town with tremendous potential.”
Preservation South Carolina said Society Hill is one of the oldest communities in the multi-county region along the Pee Dee River. It was set up in the 18th century by a colony of Baptists.
The group said while it is a small town, there is a lot of traffic that drives through. Society Hill is directly between five larger communities, including Florence. They said a recent traffic study showed that more than 8,000 cars come through the corridor every day.
“We are looking for people to invest in the history of South Carolina,” said Bedenbaugh. “Our state has a significant history and we are looking to transform neglected historic places into vibrant economic development opportunities for the towns they are in.”
The corridor includes 13 acres with four historic buildings – two homes and two stores. The largest structure, the 7,000 square foot Coker Rogers Store, would be ideal for a destination restaurant featuring farm to table food, and the smaller Sompayrac Store is ideal for any type of small business. The four buildings can be bought individually or all together.
Preservation S.C. said it will vet potential buyers as to their ability to rehabilitate the properties properly, according to secretary of interior standards. The criteria for the sale of these is more than just meeting the asking price, but confirming the ability to fulfill a rehabilitation plan.
Proceeds from this sale will go into a preservation fund that the non-profit has established for the nine-county region of the Pee Dee.
Preservation S.C. is a non-profit organization operating in South Carolina since 1990, dedicated to preserving and protecting the historic places of South Carolina.