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Encyclopedia > Florence, South Carolina
Florence, South Carolina
Nickname: Formal: "The Magic City," - Informal: "Flo-Town," "FLO"
Location in Florence County in the state of South Carolina
Location in Florence County in the state of South Carolina
Coordinates: 34°11′2″N 79°46′27″W / 34.18389, -79.77417
Country United States
State South Carolina
County Florence
Government
 - Mayor Frank E. Willis, (D)
Area
 - City 17.7 sq mi (45.9 km²)
 - Land 17.7 sq mi (45.9 km²)
 - Water 0.04 sq mi (0.1 km²)
Elevation 138 ft (42 m)
Population (2005)
 - City 30,883
 - Density 1,708.9/sq mi (659.8/km²)
 - Metro 198,443
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 29501-29506
Area code(s) 843
FIPS code 45-25810[1]
GNIS feature ID 1222461[2]
Website: http://www.cityofflorence.com/

Florence is the largest city in and the county seat of Florence County, South Carolina, United States.[3] This 1997 All-America City finalist, with its historic homes and medical center towers, came together to form a cultural center for the northeastern portion of South Carolina. The city population was 30,248 at the 2000 census (67,314 total pop. of Florence Urbanized Area). The Florence Metropolitan Statistical Area, which consists of Florence and Darlington counties, was estimated at 198,443 inhabitants in 2005 by the U.S. Census Bureau, though nearly half of this population is classified as rural. Florence is the primary city of the "Pee Dee" region of South Carolina, an area that includes the eight counties of northeastern South Carolina along with sections in southeastern North Carolina. // A nickname is a name of an entity or thing that is not its proper name. ... Image File history File links Adapted from Wikipedias SC county maps by Seth Ilys. ... Florence County is a county located in the state of South Carolina. ... Official language(s) English Capital Columbia Largest city Columbia Largest metro area Columbia Area  Ranked 40th  - Total 34,726 sq mi (82,965 km²)  - Width 200 miles (320 km)  - Length 260 miles (420 km)  - % water 6  - Latitude 32° 2′ N to 35° 13′ N  - Longitude 78° 32′ W to 83... This list of countries, arranged alphabetically, gives an overview of countries of the world. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  US Government Portal      The political units and divisions of the United States include: The 50 states... Official language(s) English Capital Columbia Largest city Columbia Largest metro area Columbia Area  Ranked 40th  - Total 34,726 sq mi (82,965 km²)  - Width 200 miles (320 km)  - Length 260 miles (420 km)  - % water 6  - Latitude 32° 2′ N to 35° 13′ N  - Longitude 78° 32′ W to 83... This is a list of the counties of South Carolina. ... Florence County is a county located in the state of South Carolina. ... A mayor (from the Latin māior, meaning larger, greater) is the modern title of the highest ranking municipal officer. ... Frank E. Willis born October 19, 1941 has been the Mayor of the City of Florence, South Carolina since 1995. ... The Democratic Party is one of two major political parties in the United States, the other being the Republican Party. ... This article is about the physical quantity. ... For other uses, see City (disambiguation). ... Elevation histogram of the surface of the Earth – approximately 71% of the Earths surface is covered with water. ... 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GNIS (The Geographic Names Information System) contains name and locative information about almost two million physical and cultural features located throughout the United States of America and its Territories. ... A county seat is a term for an administrative center for a county, primarily used in the United States. ... Florence County is a county located in the state of South Carolina. ... Official language(s) English Capital Columbia Largest city Columbia Largest metro area Columbia Area  Ranked 40th  - Total 34,726 sq mi (82,965 km²)  - Width 200 miles (320 km)  - Length 260 miles (420 km)  - % water 6  - Latitude 32° 2′ N to 35° 13′ N  - Longitude 78° 32′ W to 83... 2000 US Census logo The Twenty-Second United States Census, known as Census 2000 and conducted by the Census Bureau, determined the resident population of the United States on April 1, 2000, to be 281,421,906, an increase of 13. ... The Florence Metropolitan Statistical Area, as defined by the United States Census Bureau, is an area consisting of two counties in the Pee Dee region of northeastern South Carolina, anchored by the city of Florence. ... Darlington County is a county located in the U.S. state of South Carolina. ... The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... The Pee Dee region of South Carolina is the northeastern corner of the state. ... Official language(s) English Capital Columbia Largest city Columbia Largest metro area Columbia Area  Ranked 40th  - Total 34,726 sq mi (82,965 km²)  - Width 200 miles (320 km)  - Length 260 miles (420 km)  - % water 6  - Latitude 32° 2′ N to 35° 13′ N  - Longitude 78° 32′ W to 83... Official language(s) English Demonym North Carolinian Capital Raleigh Largest city Charlotte Largest metro area Charlotte metro area Area  Ranked 28th in the US  - Total 53,865 sq mi (139,509 km²)  - Width 150 miles (340 km)  - Length 560[1] miles (900 km)  - % water 9. ...


Florence is at the intersection of I-95 and I-20, approximately halfway between New York City and Miami, Florida. The city is located 80 miles east from the state capital Columbia, 70 miles west from Myrtle Beach and 110 miles southeast of Charlotte, North Carolina. Interstate 95 is a major interstate highway, running along the East Coast of the United States from Florida to Maine. ... This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... Miami redirects here. ... Myrtle Beach is a city located in Horry County, South Carolina. ... Charlotte redirects here. ...

Contents

Geography

Florence is located at 34°11′3″N, 79°46′27″W (34.184088, -79.774147).[4]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 17.7 square miles (45.9 km²), of which, 17.7 square miles (45.8 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.17%) is water. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title ) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ... A square metre (US spelling: square meter) is by definition the area enclosed by a square with sides each 1 metre long. ...


Florence is located in the coastal plain of South Carolina. The terrain is mostly flat. The average elevation above sea level is around 140 ft. Jeffries Creek is a tributary of the Great Pee Dee River and is the main waterway that flows through the city of Florence. Jefferies Creek is a tributary of the Great Pee Dee River in the state of South Carolina. ... The Great Pee Dee River is the lower portion of the Yadkin and Pee Dee of North Carolina. ...


History

Though Florence was part of one of the original townships laid out by the Lords Proprieters in 1719, it was slowly and thinly settled until the coming of the railroads.[citation needed] Prior to them, the Pee Dee River was the route of most commerce.[citation needed] Early settlers practiced subsistence farming and produced indigo, cotton, naval stores and timber, which was shipped downriver to the port at Georgetown and exported.[citation needed] The Carolina Colony grants Haystack of 1663 and 1665 The Province of Carolina from 1663 to 1729, was a North American British colony. ... // Events January 23 - The Principality of Liechtenstein is created within the Holy Roman Empire April 25 - Daniel Defoe publishes Robinson Crusoe June 10 - Battle of Glen Shiel Prussia conducts Europes first systematic census Miners in Falun, Sweden find an apparently petrified body of Fet-Mats Israelsson in an unused... This is the top-level page of WikiProject trains Rail tracks Rail transport refers to the land transport of passengers and goods along railways or railroads. ... Shad Fishing in February Pee Dee River, Yauhanna, South Carolina The Pee Dee River, also known as the Great Pee Dee River, is a river in South Carolina. ... Like most farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa, this Cameroonian man cultivates at the subsistence level. ... Indigo is the color on the spectrum between about 450 and 420 nm in wavelength, placing it between blue and violet. ... For other uses, see Cotton (disambiguation). ... Naval Stores is a broad term which originally applied to the resin-based components used in building and maintaining wooden sailing ships, a category which includes cordage, mask, turpentine, resin and tar. ... Timber in storage for later processing at a sawmill Timber is a term used to describe wood, either standing or that has been processed for use—from the time trees are felled, to its end product as a material suitable for industrial use—as structural material for construction or wood... Location of Georgetown in South Carolina Coordinates: Country United States State South Carolina County Georgetown Government  - Mayor Lynn Wood Wilson Area  - City 7. ...


In the mid-19th century two intersecting railroads were built, The Wilmington and Manchester, and the Northeastern.[citation needed] Gen. W. W. Harllee, the president of the W & M road built his home at the junction, and named the community Florence, after his daughter.[citation needed]


During the Civil War the town was an important supply and railroad repair center for the Confederacy, and the site of the Florence Stockade, a prison for Union prisoners of war.[citation needed] Many of the prisoners died during the latter years of the war, and the burial ground adjacent to the stockade was to become the Florence National Cemetery, which continues to be a national burial ground for veterans of all wars since.[citation needed] Combatants United States of America (Union) Confederate States of America (Confederacy) Commanders Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee Strength 2,200,000 1,064,000 Casualties 110,000 killed in action, 360,000 total dead, 275,200 wounded 93,000 killed in action, 258,000 total... Motto Deo Vindice (Latin: Under God, Our Vindicator) Anthem (none official) God Save the South (unofficial) The Bonnie Blue Flag (unofficial) Dixie (unofficial)  States that seceded under CSA control  States and territories claimed by CSA without formal secession and/or control Capital Montgomery, Alabama (until May 29, 1861) Richmond, Virginia... During the American Civil War, the Florence Stockade was a Confederate prisoner-of-war camp at what is now Florence, South Carolina. ... Animated map of secession, Civil War and re-admission:  States of the Union  Territories of the Union (including occupied territory)  States of the Confederacy  Territories claimed by Confederacy During the American Civil War, the Union was a name used to refer to the twenty-three states of the United States... Geneva Convention definition A prisoner of war (POW) is a soldier, sailor, airman, or marine who is imprisoned by an enemy power during or immediately after an armed conflict. ...


The Civil War also brought to prominence Henry Timrod, also known as The Poet Laureate of the Confederacy, who taught at a schoolhouse on the Cannon Plantation nearby. Henry Timrod Courtesy of CyberHymnal: http://www. ... Students in Rome, Italy. ... This article is about crop plantations. ...


After the war, Florence grew and prospered, using the railroad to supply its cotton, timber, and by the turn of the century, tobacco. Shredded tobacco leaf for pipe smoking Tobacco can also be pressed into plugs and sliced into flakes Tobacco is an agricultural product processed from the fresh leaves of plants in the genus Nicotiana. ...


During the 20th century Florence grew into a major medical center, of far greater importance than its size. Industry grew, especially after World War II, when Florence became increasingly known for textiles, pharmaceuticals, paper, manufacturing and in addition to agricultural products, which makes it the hub for business in the northeastern portion of South Carolina.[citation needed] Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... This article is about the type of fabric. ... Pharmacology (in Greek: pharmacon is drug, and logos is science) is the study of how chemical substances interfere with living systems. ... For other uses, see Paper (disambiguation). ... Manufacturing (from Latin manu factura, making by hand) is the use of tools and labor to make things for use or sale. ...


In 2006, the Florence metropolitan area was ranked as the fifth most dangerous metropolitan area in the country by the Morgan Quitno Press.[citation needed] Morgan Quitno Press is an research and publishing company based out of Lawrence, Kansas. ...


Economy

McLeod Pavillon Tower, Florence, South Carolina
McLeod Pavillon Tower, Florence, South Carolina

Florence has become a major biomedical and financial center of the Eastern Carolinas.[citation needed] Many financial institutions and banking centers have regional offices located in the city, as well as a number of large local banking services. Many of the regional centers are either located in Florence's downtown area or I-95 and I-20 connector. Many medical centers and medical services companies are located in Florence, including two major hospitals and two major pharmaceutical companies. With Florence growing into a major medical center many new hospital towers and research towers have been built or are under construction, helping transform Florence's skyline in the last 10 years. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (753x614, 115 KB) Brandon Davis, Mcleod Pavillion Tower, April 2006 File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (753x614, 115 KB) Brandon Davis, Mcleod Pavillion Tower, April 2006 File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ...


The following companies are headquartered or have a large regional office in the Florence area: Headquarters denotes the location where most, if not all, of the important functions of an organization are concentrated. ...

  • Hoffmann–La Roche
  • IRIX Pharmaceuticals
  • BellSouth
  • ESAB
  • First Reliance Bank
  • Progress Energy
  • GE Medical Systems
  • HealthSouth
  • Carolinas Hospital System
  • Honda
  • McLeod Regional Medical Center
  • ADP
  • Maytag
  • DuPont-Teijin Films
  • ACS Technologies
  • QVC
  • Heinz
  • Monster.com

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Government

Florence City-County Courthouse and office complex, Florence, South Carolina
Florence City-County Courthouse and office complex, Florence, South Carolina

The City of Florence is currently a Council-Manager form of government.[citation needed] Florence is served by a seven-member city council, three members are elected to represent a district and three others are elected to an at-large seat on the council. Each Council member is elected to a 4 year term. The Florence mayor is elected at-large to a four year (renewable) term, and may vote with council only in the event of a tie vote. The Florence city manager is employed by council to run the day-to-day business of the city and serves at the pleasure of the council. Image File history File links Florencecomplex9400. ... Image File history File links Florencecomplex9400. ... A city council is the most common style of legislative government in a city or town. ... Local government areas called districts are used, or have been used, in several countries. ... A mayor (from the Latin māior, meaning larger, greater) is the modern title of the highest ranking municipal officer. ... The council-manager government is one of 2 main variations of representative municipal government (for contrast, also see Mayor-Council government). ...


Healthcare

McLeod Regional Medical Center
McLeod Regional Medical Center

There are two major hospitals located in Florence, SC. McLeod Regional Medical Center is a non-profit medical center located in Downtown Florence, and also operates campuses all over the Pee Dee region of South Carolina. The center has the only Children's Hospital unit in the Northeastern portion of South Carolina. McLeod Regional Medical Center, Florence, SC Image taken by me, released under GFDL Pollinator 05:45, 21 Mar 2004 (UTC) ( ) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ...


Carolinas Hospital System, a leading regional healthcare facility with 420-beds, serves eight counties in Northeastern, South Carolina. For thousands of patients who use the facility every year, CHS makes a commitment to offering personalized, compassionate care and to being at the forefront for innovative surgery and the latest in cutting-edge technology for diagnosis and treatment.


McLeod Regional Medical Center and Carolinas Hospital System are two of the largest employers in the Pee Dee region of South Carolina.[citation needed]


Transportation

Highway

Florence is located on the Interstate 95 corridor, linking it to Miami and New York, and Interstate 20, which ends in Florence (David McLeod Blvd), linking the city to Atlanta, Dallas, and to the American West. North Carolina wants to extend Interstate 20 from Florence, SC to Wilmington, NC following along the path of U.S. Highway 76 Other major roadways that service the Florence area are U.S. Highway 301 linking Florence to Florida and the Northeast, U.S. Highway 52 linking Florence to Canada and Charleston, U.S. Highway 76 which links Florence to Chattanooga, Tennessee and U.S. Highway 378 that links Florence with Columbia. The proposed Interstate 73 is planned to pass just north of the City of Florence. Interstate 95 is a major interstate highway, running along the East Coast of the United States from Florida to Maine. ... This article is about the city in Florida. ... This article is about the state. ... “I-20” redirects here. ... This article is about the state capital of Georgia. ... Dallas redirects here. ... United States Highway 76 is an east-west United States highway that runs for 548 miles (882 km) from southeast North Carolina to Chattanooga, Tennessee. ... U.S. Route 301 is a spur of U.S. Route 1. ... United States Highway 52 is an unusual United States highway. ... Nickname: Motto: Aedes Mores Juraque Curat (She cares for her temples, customs, and rights) Location of Charleston in South Carolina. ... United States Highway 76 is an east-west United States highway that runs for 548 miles (882 km) from southeast North Carolina to Chattanooga, Tennessee. ... Chattanooga redirects here. ... U.S. Highway 378 is a spur of U.S. Highway 78. ...

Pee Dee RTA buses loading at Florence Transit Center
Pee Dee RTA buses loading at Florence Transit Center

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Mass transit

Florence is also served by the Pee Dee Regional Transportation Authority (PDRTA) which is South Carolina’s Oldest and Largest RTA. PDRTA runs a bus system that serves the Florence area and nearly all of Florence County and Pee Dee Region as well. The system operates routes to Columbia, Myrtle Beach and Sumter. Myrtle Beach is a city located in Horry County, South Carolina. ... Sumter (IPA: or ) is a city located in Sumter County, South Carolina. ...


Rail

See also: Florence (Amtrak station)

Amtrak's The Palmetto train and the The Silver Service trains connect Florence with the cities of New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, Jacksonville, Tampa and Miami. Other information Code FLO Traffic Passengers (2006) 41,643 25. ... Vermonter at the Brattleboro, Vermont, station, 18 March 2004. ... The Palmetto is a 829-mile (1334 km) passenger train service operated by Amtrak from New York City south to Savannah, Georgia via the Northeast Corridor to Washington, DC, then via Richmond, Virginia, Fayetteville, North Carolina and Charleston, South Carolina. ... The Silver Service and Palmetto are a group of passenger railway lines operated by Amtrak, connecting New York Penn Station to Tampa, Florida and Miami, Florida. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... Nickname: City of Brotherly Love, Philly, the Quaker City Motto: Philadelphia maneto (Let brotherly love continue) Location in Pennsylvania Coordinates: Country United States State Pennsylvania County Philadelphia Founded October 27, 1682 Incorporated October 25, 1701 Mayor John F. Street (D) Area    - City 369. ... Baltimore redirects here. ... For other uses, see Washington, D.C. (disambiguation). ... Jacksonville redirects here. ... Tampa redirects here. ... Miami redirects here. ...


Air

Florence is served by the Florence Regional Airport (FLO), which is located 2 miles east of downtown Florence on US 76. It is the second-busiest airport in the region[citation needed], served by DayJet, Delta Airlines Connection and US Airways Express. Florence Regional Airport (IATA: FLO, ICAO: KFLO) is a public airport located a few miles east of Florence, South Carolina. ... DayJet is a startup that intends to provide air taxi service in Florida using a fleet of Eclipse 500s. ... Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) is an airline based in Atlanta, Georgia, operating a large domestic network within the USA, as well as an international network that spans Europe, Asia, and Latin America. ... US Airways is a low-cost carrier[2][3] owned by US Airways Group, Inc. ...


Bus

Florence is served by Greyhound. This article is about the US bus line. ...


Sports

Professional sports teams

Club Sport League Stadium Logo
Florence Phantoms Indoor football American Indoor Football Association Florence Civic Center
Florence Red Wolves Baseball Coastal Plain League American Legion Field
Pee Dee Hockey League-Adult Hockey League Hockey Recreational Florence Civic Center www.thepdhl.com

Florence is home to the AIFL's Florence Phantoms, which debuted in the league in 2006. The Phantoms play in the Florence Civic Center. Florence was also home to the Southern Professional Hockey League's now-Twin City Cyclones, who played from 2005-07. This team was part of a two event package in 2004 to replace the now defunct Pee Dee Pride (to be the Myrtle Beach Thunderboltz) from the ECHL. The building was also the home of the South Carolina Fire Ants of Major League Roller Hockey in 1998 [1]. The Florence Phantoms are a professional arena football team based out of Florence, South Carolina, in the United States. ... Indoor football is a variation of American football with rules modified to make it suitable for play within ice hockey arenas. ... The American Indoor Football Association(AIFA) was formed in October of 2006. ... Florence Civic Center The Florence Civic Center is a 7,426-seat multi-purpose arena in Florence, South Carolina. ... The Florence Red Wolves are a summer baseball team that plays in Florence, South Carolina. ... This article is about the sport. ... The Coastal Plain League (CPL) is a collegiate summer league, featuring top-notched college players from throughout the nation. ... American Legion Field is a stadium in Danville, Virginia. ... Hockey is any of a family of sports in which two teams compete by trying to maneuver a ball, or a hard, round disc called a puck, into the opponents net or goal, using a hockey stick. ... Tigers playing in the water Recreation is the employment of time in a non-profitable way, in many ways also a refreshment of ones body or mind. ... Florence Civic Center The Florence Civic Center is a 7,426-seat multi-purpose arena in Florence, South Carolina. ... Orginally the Pee Dee Cyclones, The Twin City Cyclones are a minor league ice hockey team based in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. ... The Myrtle Beach Thunderboltz are an ECHL expansion team set to begin play for the 2006-07 season. ...


Darlington Raceway is officially in the Florence market, ten miles to the west of the city, and was the home of the Southern 500 until the Ferko lawsuit eliminated the race in favor of a second race at Texas Motor Speedway. Darlington Raceway during the 2006 Dodge Charger 500. ... The Mountain Dew Southern 500 is a 500 mile (805 km) NASCAR Nextel Cup race. ... The Ferko lawsuit is a common nickname for an American lawsuit that was challenged between plaintiff Francis Ferko, a shareholder of Speedway Motorsports, Inc. ... Texas Motor Speedway is a superspeedway located in the northernmost portion of the U.S. city of Fort Worth, Texas -- the portion located in Denton County, Texas. ...


Baseball has a long history in the Florence, dating back to 1920’s when the Florence Swamp Foxes were founded. The Toronto Blue Jays had a minor league team that played in Florence from 1981 to 1986. Major league players Pat Borders, Jimmy Key, Cecil Fielder and Fred McGriff made stops in Florence during their minor league careers. Also playing in Florence was the short-lived Florence Flame independent Class A team from the Atlantic Coast League. Adding to the tradition of baseball in Florence, the Flame led the league in attendance in 1995, their one year in existence. Today, the Coastal Plain League Florence Red Wolves carries on that long tradition. The team, founded in 1998, is a summer baseball team for SEC and ACC players from around the Southeast. The team's stadium was home to the 2004 All-Star game and Home Run Derby. In 2007, the Red Wolves hosted the Petitt Cup Tournament at their home field. The Red Wolves were knocked out on the first night in an 8-7 loss to Thomasville. Patrick Lance Borders (born May 14, 1963 in Columbus, Ohio) was a catcher in Major League Baseball who is best remembered for being the Most Valuable Player in the 1992 World Series. ... For the Formula One technical director, see James Key (Formula One). ... Cecil Grant Fielder (born September 21, 1963 in Los Angeles, California) is a former Major League Baseball player who was a popular slugger with the Toronto Blue Jays (1985-88), Detroit Tigers (1990-96), New York Yankees (1996-97), Anaheim Angels and Cleveland Indians (both in 1998). ... Frederick Stanley Crime Dog McGriff (born October 31, 1963 in Tampa, Florida) is a former left-handed Major League Baseball player who starred for several teams from the mid-1980s until the early 2000s. ...


Media

Television

WBTW television is Channel 13 based in Florence, South Carolina, with a second newsroom in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. ... This article is about the broadcast network. ... WPDE-TV, channel 15, is the ABC television affiliate serving Myrtle Beach and Florence, South Carolina and Robeson and Scotland counties in North Carolina. ... The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) is an American television network. ... WWMB UPN21 is the UPN affiliate serving Florence, SC/Myrtle Beach, SC and Lumberton, North Carolina. ... The Crimson White, known colloquially as The CW, is the student-run newspaper of the University of Alabama. ... WMBF-TV channel 32 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina is a future TV station slated to be the areas new NBC affiliate. ... This article is about the television network. ... South Carolina Educational Television (SCETV) is the statewide public television and public radio network in South Carolina. ... Not to be confused with Public Broadcasting Services in Malta. ... WFXB-TV Fox 43 is the Fox affiliate serving Florence, SC, Myrtle Beach, SC and Lumberton, NC. External links WFXB-TV Fox 43 Query the FCCs TV station database for WFXB Categories: | | | ... This article is about the animal. ...

Print

The Florence area is served by the Florence Morning News, a daily newspaper, as well as the News Journal, a weekly newspaper. The Morning News is a daily newspaper with a circulation of about 35,000, based in Florence, South Carolina. ...


Radio

Cumulus Media of Florence is the largest radio company in the area. It owns and operates nine radio stations serving the Pee Dee region of South Carolina as well as areas of North Carolina. They include:

  • WYNN-FM 106.3 Format: Urban

http://www.wynn1063.com WYNN-FM is an Urban Contemporary radio station licensed to Florence, South Carolina. ...

  • WYNN-AM 540 and *WBZF-FM 98.5 Format: Gospel

http://www.glory985.com

  • WMXT-FM 102.1 and *WYMB-AM 920 Format: Classic Rock

http://www.1021thefox.com

  • WCMG-FM 94.3 Format: Urban Adult Contemporary

http://www.magic943fm.com

  • WWFN-FM 100.1 and WHSC-AM 1450 Format: Sports/Talk

http://www.thefanfm.com 100. ...

  • WHLZ-FM 100.5 Format: Country

http://www.whlz1005.com


Qantum Communications of Florence LLC owns and operates eight radio stations serving the "Pee Dee" region and surrounding areas in both North and South Carolina they include;

  • WEGX-FM 92.9 Format: Country,

http://www.eagle929online.com WEGX-FM (Eagle 92. ...

  • WJMX-AM 970 Format: New/Talk

http://www.newstalk970online.com WJMX-AM is a News/Talk radio station located in Florence, The station is licensed by the FCC to broadcast on 970 AM with a ERP of 10 kw. ...

  • WJMX-FM 103.3 Format: Contemporary Hit Radio

http://103xonline.com WJMX-FM (103X) is a 50kw contemporary hit radio (CHR) station serving sections of North and South Carolina. ...

  • WDAR-FM 105.5 Format: Adult Contemporary

http://www.sunny1055online.com WDAR-FM (Sunny 105. ...

  • WZTF-FM 102.9 Format: Urban AC

http://www.theflo1029.com/ WZTF is an adult urban contemporary radio station licensed to Scranton, South Carolina, which airs the Steve Harvey morning show and the Wendy Williams experience. ...

  • WDSC-AM+ WWRK-AM + WGSS-FM = Simulcast Format: Southern Gospel

WGSS can refer to: WGSS (FM), an FM radio station located in Kingstree, South Carolina Walnut Grove Secondary School Category: ...

Higher education

The area is served by Francis Marion University, a public liberal arts school, and Florence-Darlington Technical College. Coker College at Hartsville and Coastal Carolina University at Conway are nearby. Francis Marion University (also known as FMU or simply Francis Marion) is located in Florence, South Carolina. ... Coker College, founded as a womens college in 1908, officially became co-ed in 1969 although men had been attending since World War II. It is located in Hartsville, South Carolina and accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. ... Hartsville is a city in Darlington County, South Carolina, United States. ... Image:Coastal Carolina Univerisity. ... Location of Conway in South Carolina Coordinates: Country United States State South Carolina County Horry Mayor Gregory K. Martin Area    - City 34. ...


Attractions

Florence National Cemetery
Florence National Cemetery

Florence National Cemetery Image copyleft: Image taken by me, released under GFDL Pollinator 03:56, Nov 9, 2004 (UTC) ( ) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Florence Civic Center The Florence Civic Center is a 7,426-seat multi-purpose arena in Florence, South Carolina. ... Florence National Cemetery is a United States National Cemetery located in the city of Florence, South Carolina. ... During the American Civil War, the Florence Stockade was a Confederate prisoner-of-war camp at what is now Florence, South Carolina. ... The War Between the States Museum, in Florence, South Carolina, USA was founded in 1988 by members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans The house that the museum is in was the home of R. Frank McKain. ... Florence Regional Airport (IATA: FLO, ICAO: KFLO) is a public airport located a few miles east of Florence, South Carolina. ... Darlington Raceway during the 2006 Dodge Charger 500. ...

Famous residents and natives

  • Trey Lorenz, R&B singer
  • Donald Henry Gaskins, notorious serial killer.

Mark Lewis Walberg was born on August 31, 1962 in Florence, South Carolina. ... Reginald Laverne Reggie Sanders (born December 1, 1967) is currently the starting left fielder for the Kansas City Royals baseball team. ... Harry Carson (born November 26, 1953) is a former American football inside linebacker who played his entire career for the New York Giants in the NFL(1976-1988). ... Justin Durant (born November 21, 1985) is a linebacker that graduated from Wilson High School in 2003 and attended Hampton University and is a prospect for the 2007 NFL Draft[1]. Player Profile Category: ... Clayton Holmes (born August 23, 1969 in Florence, South Carolina) is a former professional American football player who played cornerback for four seasons for the Dallas Cowboys. ... Lawrence Timmons (born Born May 14, 1986) is a top prospect linebacker for the 2007 NFL Draft that currently attends Florida State University. ... Darian Durant (born August 19, 1982 in Florence, South Carolina) is a quarterback playing for the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League. ... Lions Stampeders Eskimos Roughriders Blue Bombers Tiger-Cats Argonauts Alouettes The Canadian Football League (CFL) (Ligue canadienne de football (LCF) in French), is a professional sports league located in Canada that plays Canadian football. ... Elzie Wylie Buddy Baker, Jr. ... Jeff Burton (99), Elliott Sadler (38), Ricky Rudd (21), Dale Jarrett (88), Sterling Marlin (40), Jimmie Johnson (48), and Casey Mears (41) practice for the 2004 Daytona 500 The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is the largest sanctioning body of motorsports in the United States. ... Ron Barfield is a former NASCAR driver. ... Jeff Burton (99), Elliott Sadler (38), Ricky Rudd (21), Dale Jarrett (88), Sterling Marlin (40), Jimmie Johnson (48), and Casey Mears (41) practice for the 2004 Daytona 500 The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is the largest sanctioning body of motorsports in the United States. ... Street racing is a form of unsanctioned and illegal auto racing which takes place on public roads. ... European-market 1977 244 GL with aftermarket wheel covers 245 with North American-market 1976-1980 quad round sealed beam headlamp configuration 240 GLE with North American-market 1980-1985 quad rectangular sealed beam headlamp configuration 1979-80 242GT North American-spec 1990-93 240DL The Volvo 200 series was... Lilian Annette Garcia[1] (born August 19, 1973) is an American singer and ring announcer. ... World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. ... Kellie Rasberry is a co-host of the radio talk show Kidd Kraddick in the Morning along with Kidd Kraddick, Big Al Mack, Psycho Shanon, JC and Taylor Glover. ... Image:Jitterbugs-WilliamHJohnson. ... Philip Baxter Meggs (1942–2002) was an American graphic designer, professor, historian and author of books on graphic design. ... -1... Donald Henry Pee Wee Gaskins, Jr. ...

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 30,248 people, 11,925 households, and 7,882 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,709.4 people per square mile (659.8/km²). There were 13,090 housing units at an average density of 739.7/sq mi (285.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 52.96% White, 44.77% Black (U.S. Census), 0.18% Native American, 1.16% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.21% from other races, and 0.71% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.76% of the population. Image:1870 census Lindauer Weber 01. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... This article is about the color. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ...


There were 11,925 households out of which 30.2% had children living with them, 41.9% were married couples living together, 20.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.9% were non-families. 29.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 3.03. Matrimony redirects here. ...


In the city the population was spread out with 25.0% under the age of 18, 8.7% from 18 to 24, 28.2% from 25 to 44, 23.0% from 45 to 64, and 15.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 82.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 77.5 males.


The median income for a household in the city was $35,388, and the median income for a family was $42,250. Males had a median income of $35,633 versus $23,589 for females. The per capita income for the city was $20,336. 19.3% of the population and 15.3% of families were below the poverty line. 28.2% of those under the and 15.9% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line. Per capita income means how much each individual receives, in monetary terms, of the yearly income generated in their country. ... Map of countries showing percentage of population who have an income below the national poverty line The poverty line is the level of income below which one cannot afford to purchase all the resources one requires to live. ...


Florence is the central city of a metropolitan area with a total population of 198,443 (2005 estimate), including the entire populations of Florence and Darlington counties. However, in the more detailed 2000 Census data, only about 54% of this metro was urbanized, consisting of the urban areas Florence (2000 pop.: 67,314), Hartsville (14,907), Darlington (12,066), and Lake City (8,728). The remainder of the Florence metro is considered rural. The Florence Metropolitan Statistical Area, as defined by the United States Census Bureau, is an area consisting of two counties in the Pee Dee region of northeastern South Carolina, anchored by the city of Florence. ... Location of Lake City in South Carolina Coordinates: Country United States State South Carolina County Florence Area  - City 4. ...

1917 Vulcan Steam Locomotive, at Florence Museum of Art, Science and History
1917 Vulcan Steam Locomotive, at Florence Museum of Art, Science and History
Henry Timrod's school, preserved in Timrod Park

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Public Education

Florence is served by Florence School District One, which has around 17,700 students and teachers. The district contains 13 elementary schools, 3 middle schools and 3 high schools.


Elementary (14)

  • Briggs Elementary School
  • Carver Elementary School
  • The King's Academy 5K-12th
  • Delmae Heights Elementary School
  • Dewey L. Carter Elementary School
  • Greenwood Elementary School
  • Theodore Lester Elementary School
  • McLaurin Elementary School
  • Moore Intermediate School
  • North Vista Elementary School
  • Royall Elementary School
  • Savannah Grove Elementary School
  • Timrod Elementary Elementary School
  • Wallace Gregg Elementary School

There are a number of Elementary schools named Carver Elementary School: Carver Elementary School (San Marino, California) Carver Elementary School (Santa Ana, California) Carver Elementary School (Newport News, Virginia) Categories: ... Greenwood Elementary is a public elementary school in Greenwood, British Columbia part of School District 51 Boundary. ... Theodore Lester Elementary School(Lester) is one of 13 schools in Florence School District One. ...

Middle Schools (3)

  • Henry L. Sneed Middle School
  • Southside Middle School
  • Williams Middle School

Williams Middle School is one of the three public middle schools in Florence School District 1. ...

High Schools (3)

West Florence High School is a public secondary school serving grades 9 through 12 in Florence, SC. During the 2005-06 school year, 1600+ students attended the school, which is one of three high schools under the jurisdiction of Florence County School District One. ... Wilson High School is one of three high schools in Florence Public School District 1 in Florence, South Carolina. ...

References

  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved on 2008-01-31.
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey (2007-10-25). Retrieved on 2008-01-31.
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved on 2008-01-31.
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990". United States Census Bureau (2005-05-03). Retrieved on 2008-01-31.

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External links

  • Florence, South Carolina is at coordinates 34°11′03″N 79°46′27″W / 34.184088, -79.774147 (Florence, South Carolina)Coordinates: 34°11′03″N 79°46′27″W / 34.184088, -79.774147 (Florence, South Carolina)
  • Florence School District 1 Site

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