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Photographers who visit Moore Farms Botanical Garden between April 23 and May 1 are encouraged to enter their best shots of the garden into MFBG’s third annual Garden Visions Photography Contest.

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“We have all known the long loneliness, and we have found that answer is community”-Dorothy DayLiving through a pandemic has not been my idea of fun.In the early days of the virus, streets were empty, people were ordered to stay home, wear gloves or masks if they went out in public, and wash…

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Nearly a quarter into 2021, I feel it is important to take a step back, see where we have been, and re-address some things. Our journey began in January with my first exercise of the month article on walking. I want to revisit walking and the importance of this somewhat simple yet powerful a…

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From fine art to unique hand-crafted goods and objects, the Makers Market will showcase the work of artists and artisans from across the Southeast. Visitors will have the opportunity to interact with the makers and purchase their creations. This location is an open air area and we ask that v…

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Francis Marion University’s Performing Arts Center, in collaboration with the FMU Department of Fine Arts and the Florence Symphony Orchestra, will present a free, outdoor concert series this spring at the FMU Performing Arts Center amphitheater.

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House of Hope Courtney McGinnis Graham Community Shelter 2020 Year-End Review 941 unique individuals were served during 2020.  Of that number, 12 were veterans.  That translated into 5,617 nights of lodging and 18,300 meals served.  Additionally, we processed 1,900 loads of laundry for our g…

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Francis Marion University’s School of Business honored Florence businessman Paul Seward with the 2021 Morgan B. Coker Outstanding Alumni award Tuesday night at its annual Alumni Reception at the FMU Performing Arts Center.

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Pregnant women face many questions. At an event for pregnant women, McLeod OB/GYN Dr. Candice Greenan helped answer a few questions related to concerns some women raised about certain foods – from sushi to ice.

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ArtFields is excited to announce a partnership with Nickelodeon for virtual art classes taught by professional animators and character designers!  These classes will be offered for free in conjunction with our virtual ArtWalk Field Trip opportunities. Youth or teachers can register to partic…

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Moore Farms Wine StrollApril 10 from 2-6PMCost: $30 in advance; $35 day-of admission; $10 designated driver (no alcohol can be consumed with DD ticket)Location: Moore Farms Botanical GardenTake in the beauty of Moore Farms Botanical Garden as you sample some of this region’s best wines at th…

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Lake City SC- Many Lake City Senior Center members have been precautious and doing well with staying indoors. The time has come to start the journey of a new normal. Monday April 5th, 2021 Lake City Senior Center will open their doors and begin their modified schedule. A kick off ceremony wi…

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Endometriosis – when the lining of the uterus grows elsewhere in the pelvis – can be painful, even dangerous, if left untreated. McLeod Gynecologist Dr. J. Michael Davidson describes a robot-assisted surgical approach to treating endometriosis. Click here to see the interview with Dr. J. Mic…

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In honor of Women in History Month, the Doctors Bruce and Lee Foundation Library turns the spotlight on another community profile: Nicole Echols, Executive Director for Harvest Hope Food Bank of the Pee Dee, interviewed by Information Services Manager, Deborah Bartell. This virtual program i…

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Welcome to ArtFields 2021! After a year without the event, we are even more excited to welcome everyone to Lake City. With our great fortune to be able to host this event comes great responsibility to keep our community and visitors safe. In addition to the in-person event, we will continue …

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PLEASE help us spread the word! MUSC is happy to announce that we have vaccines available tomorrow at MUSC Health Florence Medical Center.  We  appreciate you sharing this announcement with your friends and families. Please see the ways you can contact us above for addditional details and to…

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Florence 1 Schools Superintendent Dr. Richard O’Malley has been named the South Carolina Athletic Administrators Association Superintendent of the Year. The SCAAA Awards were presented virtually Sunday, March 14.

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The Florence Police Department is seeking assistance in locating the subject in the attached photo.  Frye was reported missing by his mother who last saw him at 200 N Beltline Dr (SAMS CLUB) on 03/13/2021 around 7:15 PM.  Frye was wearing a green hoodie and blue jeans.  Frye is 6’1” tall sli…

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Dr. Will Wattles, former Chair of the Francis Marion University Department of Psychology and Walter D. Smith Professor of Psychology, will deliver the 12th William C. Moran Address on Thursday, March 25.

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A startling statistic shows a whopping 50 percent of those ages 25-40 do not have an established primary care provider. In recent years, millennials have been drawn to walk-in clinics for sick visits instead of developing a traditional relationship with a provider. This has forced the health…

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Almost a quarter into 2021, I feel it is important to take a step back, see where we have been, and re-address some things. Our journey began in January with walking. I want to revisit walking and the importance of this somewhat simple yet powerful activity.Walking is an activity accessible …

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The arrival of warmer weather and bright daffodil blooms are welcome signs that Spring—and ArtFields—are on the way. Each year, we fill businesses, galleries, and outdoor green spaces with art and welcome students and adults from all over the state and country to view hundreds of artworks an…

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Florence 1 Schools has announced that Friday, March 5th will be an eLearning Day for all students. The decision was made in order to allow F1S employees to participate in the McLeod Health vaccine clinic at Darlington Raceway. Around 1,000 district employees have signed up to receive the vac…

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A team of pediatric subspecialists at McLeod cares for critical illnesses in children – from those babies are born with to those that children can acquire, such as the COVID-related Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C).“Some things we’ve seen over the last few months are fai…

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Neuroscience is a medical phrase that’s not as well-known as others.  Basically, it deals with issues of the brain and nervous system. McLeod Neurosurgeon Dr. William Naso explains the benefits of a strong Neurosciences Program.Here are key points from Dr. Naso’s comments:The benefit of the …

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South Carolinians can discover SC State Parks by checking out the SC Backpacks at one of the Florence County Libraries.  Inside each backpack is a magnifying glass, binoculars, a list of book recommendations, an SC Statewide Park Passport, and a copy of the book The Official Guide to South C…

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Thanks to improved surgical approaches, pain management and pre-surgical preparation, the recovery from a knee joint replacement is very different from a few years ago. McLeod Orthopedic Specialist Dr. Thomas DiStefano offers a picture of what the knee joint replacement patient can expect af…