The year 2020 has been one that even the most prepared people likely were not ready for. As city officials, we often take classes on how to prepare for disasters like hurricanes, tornadoes, fires, and other natural happenings. There is no course, book, or teacher that could prepare us for everything that 2020 has had in store. There is no map or trajectory to follow that has told us what to expect next with COVID-19 other than listening to […]
The first moment I set foot in Hartsville, I sensed that this place is special.
And I was right.
Today, I am thrilled to introduce myself as your new City Manager.
I grew up in Augusta, Georgia, the fourth child of an Army Colonel and stay-at-home mom. The Army was always a presence in my life. It was on the backroads of Fort Gordon where I learned to drive in my father’s old Datsun, passing grenade and artillery ranges along the […]
Hartsville has a very rich history, much of which involves the Coker family. Since the founding of Coker College in 1908, Hartsville has been fortunate enough to be considered a “college town.” Coker provides a vibrant energy to our City that many other small towns are not lucky enough to have. When Coker students are in Hartsville, we can certainly feel and see their presence. Students of the college bring growth to Hartsville both economically and culturally and we as […]
As the end of December and the end of 2018 quickly approaches, I can hardly believe at all that our City has accomplished in just one year! I am also very excited at the opportunities that lie ahead of us in 2019.
Just one year ago, when we reflected on 2017, we were planning for an expansion that was coming to Piratesville Splash Pad. Less than six months from the column, we opened the expansion now known as Neptune Island Waterpark. Neptune Island welcomed […]
Nature can be quite unpredictable at times as all of North and South Carolina found out in the week leading up to and following Hurricane Florence. As many of you know, our area floated in and out of the cone of uncertainty of what was one beast of a storm. Many compared the approaching storm to being stalked by a turtle and that seems to be a quite accurate description.
As the storm approached, our team at the City of Hartsville had daily storm preparation meetings […]
Neptune Island General Manager Juan Encarnacion talks about the experience of opening Neptune Island and his day-to-day activities.
"We want to make sure that when people outside of Hartsville hear our name they remember it, and all the work that makes us great."
Throughout its history, Hartsville has been home to innovators and creative businesspeople. Entrepreneurial spirit continues to make Hartsville a guiding light in the region. The proof is in the plethora of new and unique small businesses that have opened their doors in the last few years. The City of Hartsville is especially committed to providing the support and guidance needed to help continue this trend of successful commerce. We recognize the benefits new business brings to our community.
In addition […]
I can honestly say I didn’t know a thing about government before I became a staff person at the City of Hartsville in 1980. Even though my husband worked for the Hartsville Fire Department and my brother served as a Hartsville police officer, I still didn’t understand all that goes into making a municipality succeed. I needed a job. I had two young children I had to help support. My prior work experience was as a stay-at-home mom and […]
I joined the City of Hartsville on March 1st, 2017, as Finance Director. I grew up in Chesterfield, SC. After attending college in Columbia, SC, I moved to Greenville, SC for over 5 years. Subsequently, I accepted a job at Sonoco and returned to Hartsville. I was amazed by how much had changed since I was younger. I then moved to a job in Cheraw, which I enjoyed; however, it was not putting to use the public service heart […]