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Morris College held its Spring 2021 Honors Day Convocation on March 25, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. in the Neal-Jones Auditorium. Traditionally, Morris College's Honors Day Convocation included an in-person ceremony where honorees and their family along with campus faculty, staff, and students could…

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Dr. Henry Darby, 1975 Morris College alumni, Charleston County Councilman, and Walmart Associate at Walmart in North Charleston, South Carolina - lives up to the Morris College mission statement – “to produce graduates who can pursue useful and productive careers and in so doing enhance thei…

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Sumter, SC — Central Carolina Technical College received six awards from the 8th Annual Education Digital Marketing Awards (EDMA), which recognizes the best websites, digital content, electronic communications, mobile media and social media in higher education. CCTC competed with colleges an…

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WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today it will begin awarding more than $400 million in grants under the Supportive Services for Veteran Families Program (SSVF) to 266 non-profit organizations in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico an…

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SUMTER, SC (08/04/2020) Central Carolina Technical College announced that qualifying students across Clarendon, Kershaw, Lee and Sumter counties will have access to free mobile hot spots and monthly internet service through South Carolina’s Online Learning Initiative.

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Sumter, SC — J. Mac Summers of Sumter County has stepped down as chairman of Central Carolina Technical College’s 12-member Area Commission, the college’s official governing board, after 15 years of service. Paul Napper of Kershaw County has been appointed as the new chairman.

Summers has a long history of serving on CCTC’s Area Commission Board. He was originally appointed to serve as a board member in 1988 and served on and off, due to a work-related move to North Carolina, in the 1990s. Summer was appointed chairman in 2005 and served until May 2020. Summers considers the hiring of two exceptional presidents, Dr. Tim Hardee and Dr. Michael Mikota, as his top accomplishments during his tenure with the commission. “The commission gave them [Hardee and Mikota] direction to grow the college’s influence and they both did that very well,” said Summers.

Even with his time as chairman ending, Summers hopes to see the college continue to grow in its influence, particularly in terms of its impact on workforce development. “I would like to see the college continue to work with our local businesses and industries, to ensure they have the skilled employees they need to be successful. Central Carolina is a vital part of bringing new business and industry to the area,” said Summers.

Summers retired in 2014 after 34 years serving as Director of Human Resources for the North America Operation of Apex Tool Group. Summers previously served as the chairman of the Santee-Lynches Workforce Investment Board and as president of the Sumter Human Resources Management Association. He also served on the Board of Directors for the Greater Sumter Chamber of Commerce, Santee Senior Services and the United Way.

As the governing body of the college, the CCTC Area Commission is responsible for development and operation of Central Carolina in accordance with Act 743 of 1962 as last amended by Act 49 of 2015 and the standards set forth by the State Board for Technical and Comprehensive Education. The CCTC Area Commission consists of 12 voting members appointed by the Legislative Delegation.

Paul Napper

Paul Napper of Kershaw County has been appointed as chairman of the Central Carolina Technical College’s 12-member Area Commission, the college’s official governing board.

Paul Napper of Kershaw County was officially appointed as chairman at the July meeting of the Area Commission. Napper is a Kershaw native and brings extensive professional and community service to the commission. Napper retired in January after 40 years serving as the executive director of the ALPHA Behavioral Health Center.

Napper has served as a member on the CCTC Area Commission since 2015. During this time, he has recognized the important role the college plays in training and growing the area’s workforce, particularly the health care sector. “I am honored to assist the college as it fulfills its comprehensive educational mission and I have complete confidence in the staff and faculty,” said Napper. His priorities as chairman are to hire a new college president and to help continue to navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic.

In addition to his professional accomplishments, volunteer work has always been a priority for Napper. He remains deeply engaged in the community serving as a member of the Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Advisory Committee, chairman of the Sandhills Medical Board, representative for the Selective Service System and a board member of the Jackson Teen Center. Napper previously served as the chairman of the Board of Trustees for Kershaw Health Hospital.

In January 2020, Napper received the Order of the Silver Crescent from South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster, the highest civilian honor for community service. It is awarded to residents of South Carolina for exemplary performance, contribution and achievement within the community.

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) today announced 770 new cases of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 and 6 additional deaths.This brings the total number of people confirmed to have COVID-19 in South Carolina to 17,955 and those who have d…

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FLORENCE — Francis Marion University’s nursing program has received initial accreditation from the prestigious Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). 

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Francis Marion University named 523 full-time students and 25 part-time students to its President’s List for the spring semester. An additional 514 full-time students and 26 part-time students made the Dean’s List for the spring semester.

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 Mr Bobby Barnes Scouting career spans 67 years, which includes his time as a youth and an adult volunteer. He has attended Philmont Scout Ranch four times, Florida Sea Base five times, National Order of the Arrow Conference three times, and has attended 32 Order of the Arrow Conclaves. Mr B…

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Recently, I had the honor of sitting with five Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) from VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System in a quiet private airport in Reno, Nevada. We were waiting for their jet, courtesy of the U.S. Air Force, to arrive and whisk these heroes away to New Jersey. They were o…

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COLUMBIA, S.C. – In the best interest of the health of all South Carolinians, the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), S.C. Hospital Association (SCHA), S.C. Medical Association (SCMA) and S.C. Office of Rural Health (SCORH) issue the following joint statement:

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) today announced 434 new cases of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 and 11 additional deaths.This brings the total number of people confirmed to have COVID-19 in South Carolina to 15,228 and those who have …

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) today announced 542 new cases of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 and 11 additional deaths.This brings the total number of people confirmed to have COVID-19 in South Carolina to 14,800 and those who have …

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We know that any external factors that add stress, isolation, and financial strain can create circumstances where a survivor’s safety is further compromised. The COVID-19 pandemic has elements of all three of these external factors. Even more concerning, shelter-in-place orders meant that ma…

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The American Red Cross has an urgent need for blood donations to prevent another blood shortage as hospitals resume surgical procedures and patient treatments that were temporarily paused earlier this spring in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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COLUMBIA, S.C. – The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, the South Carolina Emergency Management Division along with the members of the State Emergency Response Team are incorporating COVID-19 precautions and procedures into plans for the 2020 hurricane season. Atl…

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Francis Marion University will freeze tuition and fees for a second straight year.The university’s trustees affirmed that action at their regular meeting Thursday at FMU, and also heard from FMU President Dr. Fred Carter about plans to resume classes on campus this fall. FMU’s fall semester …

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) today announced 361 new cases of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 and seven additional deaths.This brings the total number of people confirmed to have COVID-19 in South Carolina to 13,005 and those who ha…

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — As restrictions are reduced by reopenings and South Carolinians return to their workplaces and participate in recreational activities that might involve crowds, DHEC continues to urge everyone to be vigilant in practicing social distancing and wearing masks to prevent the fu…

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VA has released the Safe Firearm Storage Toolkit, which was developed in partnership with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) and the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the firearms industry. The toolkit guides communities through the proc…

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Summer is here and although we are not back to our normal routines, folks are still traveling, visiting family and friends, and going to destinations to find warmth and sunshine.  It is important for parents of teenagers to discuss travel safety and distracted driving with them and to rememb…