HARTSVILLE, S.C. -- U.S. Rep. Tom Rice visited with constituents in Hartsville on Tuesday morning at the Midnight Rooster for coffee. It was the first of several stops on his “Coffee with Your Congressman” meetings in South Carolina’s Seventh Congressional District.

Rice said he represents the people and needs to stay in close contact with his constituents.

“I can’t get very far from the people,” he said. “I was in Hartsville six weeks ago.”

He said that he tries to visit every county in his district about every three months. Rice stopped by tables to chat with Rooster customers, as well as with those who stopped by to greet him.

After his visit to Hartsville, he traveled to Darlington later Tuesday to meet with folks at Joe’s Grill. He planned to visit Loris in the afternoon.

BY ARDIE ARVIDSON The Hartsville Messenger