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I’ve known Robby Hill and his family for over 20 years. It has been a joy to watch him develop a thriving business right here in Florence, to see him serve on the Florence City Council and to serve with him on community projects.

FLORENCE, S.C. — A candidate running for Florence City Council has been charged with driving under the influence. Robby Hill was booked into the Florence County Detention Center Thursday morning according to records of the sheriff's office. He was released Thursday afternoon on a $2,000 surety bond. 

FLORENCE, S.C. — The Florence City Council is expected to hear from community members concerned about the city's efforts to remove the Black Lives Matter mural in front of the Pearl Moore Basketball Center. On the agenda for the 1 p.m. Monday meeting of the Florence City Council is a public appearance by unspecified community members to discuss the mural. 

FLORENCE, S.C. — There will be a Democratic primary in the race to fill newly elected Florence Mayor Teresa Myers Ervin's seat on the city council. Darryl W. Mitchell filed to run for the Democratic nomination in the city council district 1 special election Thursday according to records of the South Carolina Election Commission. 

FLORENCE, S.C. — A second former Florence City Councilman is seeking the Republican nomination in the city council district 3 special election. Robby Hill, who served in an at-large seat on the council from 2012 to 2016, announced his campaign for the nomination Friday afternoon at Lula's Coffee House. 

As candidates, we all make promises and lay out plans for the city should the voters put their faith in us and vote to elect us to the Florence City Council. In terms of District 3, I have declared my candidacy, and having been a former city councilman, I know that while we have accomplished so much as a city, there is still much work to do.

FLORENCE, S.C. — LaShonda NeSmith Jackson danaced her way into the Florence City Council election Monday afternoon. NeSmith Jackson danced to the music provided by Tirek "Uncle Buddah" Robinson before she announced her campaign for City Council District 1 at Northwest Park. 

FLORENCE, S.C. — Glynn Willis plans to run for another seat on the Florence City Council. Willis told the Morning News on Wednesday that he would be filing to run for the Council District 3 seat being vacated by Mayor Pro Tempore Frank J. "Buddy" Brand II. 

LAKE CITY, S.C. — More homes and businesses near Lake City will soon have access to public water. The United States Department of Agriculture announced Tuesday morning that it would be investing $891 million into 220 rural water infrastructure projects in 43 states. Among the projects is the expansion of the Barrineau Public Utilities Company to serve areas including a portion of southern Florence County to the west of Lake City. 

FLORENCE, S.C. — Suzanne La Rochelle said she cried Wednesday when she learned of plan to removal the Black Lives Matter mural in front of the Pearl Moore Basketball Center. Florence Mayor Stephen J. Wukela confirmed Thursday afternoon that the city would would be removing the mural. 

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