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Matthew Christian

Government and Politics Reporter


I cover the city of Florence, the county of Florence, the state legislative delegation of Florence County and surrounding areas, and the federal delegation representing the Pee Dee for the Morning News.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Tom Rice will host a town hall on Monday. Rice, a Republican representing South Carolina's seventh Congressional district, will speak about his work on behalf of the district and answer questions by phone at 5:30 p.m. Monday. The town hall will be Rice's first since he joined nine other Republicans in voting in favor of a resolution impeaching former President Donald Trump for allegedly inciting a riot. The dial-in number for the call is 866-295-1745. Registration is available at 

FLORENCE, S.C. – Nearly 300 people have already voted in one of two Florence City Council special elections to be held next Tuesday. David Alford, director of the Florence County Board of Voter Registration and Elections, said that as of 2 p.m. Friday afternoon 144 in person ballots had been cast in the District 1 Democratic primary and 100 in person ballots had been cast in the District 3 Republican primary. He added that 45 ballots had been returned by mail. 

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FLORENCE, S.C. – A company that may have been set to invest $100 million in Florence County is closing one of its Florence facilities instead. A spokeswoman for Clarios, a company operating a distribution and battery recycling facility in Florence, told multiple media outlets that the company was preparing to close its recycling facility on March 22. 

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FLORENCE, S.C. – The Florence County Council will have the same leader for the first time in three years. The Florence County Council voted unanimously to reelect Willard Dorriety Jr. as chairman and H. Steven DeBerry IV as vice chairman at their meeting held Thursday morning. The council also unanimously elected Waymon Mumford, a Democrat representing Council District 7 which includes the central northern part of the county, to serve as secretary/chaplain. 

LAKE CITY, S.C. – Applications are now open for the Florence School District Three magnet schools. The school district announced Wednesday that applications are open for the Olanta Creative Arts and Science Magnet School for students in Pre-K through sixth grade and applications are open for the J. Paul Truluck Creative Arts and Science Magnet School for students in sixth through 12th grades. 

JOHNSONVILLE, S.C. – The city of Johnsonville will soon have a new home. Construction is nearing completion on the city's new municipal complex to be located one block east of the current city hall. The Morning News was recently provided a tour of the new building by Johnsonville Economic Development Director David Mace. 

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