FLORENCE, SC — Francis Marion University faculty and staff gathered on October 20 to honor the retirement of Fred Kunz, Superintendent of Grounds and Maintenance, and Carlton Sellers, Grounds Maintenance Supervisor.

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The Friends of Florence County Library present “A Virtual Evening with Nikki Giovanni” with two sessions. A pre-recorded presentation by Giovanni will also be posted to the library’s website for viewing starting November 12th. And, on Tuesday, November 16 at 7:00 PM, Ms. Giovanni will partic…

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Did you know certain foods and beverages may change how your medications work? When what you eat or drink affects what the medication is supposed to do, this is called a food-drug interaction. A food-drug interaction may prevent a medicine from working properly, cause a side effect to get wo…

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Coastal Carolina University President Michael T. Benson is launching a Presidential Signature Series that will feature events ranging from lectures and performances to art displays and community celebrations. The first-ever event in the series will be a lecture by Rabbi Shmuley Boteach on Tu…

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Coastal Carolina University announced the latest scholarship winners of its Vax to the Max incentives program today. CCU has given out $50,000 in scholarships through the incentives program this semester.

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The globally-acclaimed San Francisco-based Kronos Quartet will perform in Coastal Carolina University’s Wheelwright Auditorium on Wednesday, Nov. 3, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 with discounts available*. This premium cultural arts event is presented by CCU’s Department of Music.

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HARTSVILLE, SC -- The South Carolina Dance Association recently named Coker University alumna Allie (Flagg) Stack its Dance Teacher of the Year.Stack, who graduated from Coker in the spring of 2017, was recognized for her outstanding work developing and growing the dance programs in Spartanb…

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(FLORENCE) - Florence-Darlington Technical College’s (FDTC) Allied Health Programs have featured a 96.25% pass rate average on board exams in 2021, despite battling COVID-19 restrictions.  In higher education, everyday function drastically changed at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, but …

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The COVID-19 pandemic continues to impose hardships, especially on people who face barriers to our services and benefits. We want you to know about other benefits you may be entitled to receive. This includes the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program – or SNAP. SNAP is a federal progra…

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Horry County Schools’ Playcard Environmental Education Center will host the 34th annual Forever Wild SwampFest on Saturday, November 6, 2021, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.  Admission is free and open to the public. Ben  Abercrombie is the Director of Playcard and will be available for interviews…

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FLORENCE, S.C. — Tickets for the Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center’s 2022 season go on sale today, featuring diverse musical offerings ranging from bluegrass, to classical, and southern rock.

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Join us as we paddle down the beautiful Little Pee Dee River on Saturday, November 13 at 9:00am. This is a new and exciting trip for us and one you don't want to miss. We will put in at the Galivants Ferry landing and enjoy a scenic trip along the river while enjoying views of protected prop…

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It’s not the kind of assignment that firemen often imagine, but for VA fire department members at the Chillicothe VA on a long road trip in an ambulance to bring a dying Veteran home, it was a duty they were proud to accomplish.

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After two years absence, the Doctors Bruce and Lee Foundation Library will again be holding the Pee Dee Author Expo this December, but this time as a virtual event. The online expo is scheduled for Tuesday, December 14, 2021, from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

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HARTSVILLE, SC -- The South Carolina Board of Nursing has approved Coker University’s plans to offer a bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN). Coker will begin recruiting students immediately for the new program, with initial enrollments beginning in the fall of 2022.Coker officials announced th…

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Child care is having a public reckoning right now, fueled by the shifting employment landscape as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, and a labor market that gives potential employees more options. Child care centers have reported challenges in finding qualified staff, due to a combination of h…

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Life is full of unpredictable changes. Some can be exciting and motivating, while others can lead to increased stress, poor health and anxious feelings.Stress is an automatic physical, mental and emotional response to challenging events. It's a normal part of everyone's life, including the l…

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At the Arthritis Foundation, we focus on alleviating the pain and disability caused by arthritis. We have a wealth of resources and initiatives to help you navigate your specific arthritis-related issues.

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Coastal Carolina University is ranked No. 5 on the Best Value Schools (South) list released by U.S. News & World Report for 2022. The Best Value category calculation takes into account the school’s academic quality and net cost of attendance. Coastal has earned high rankings in the Best …

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Some exciting events went on last week at F1S! Here's a sample: Wilson High School held Homecoming festivities last week. The Fellows in Education met at Greenwood Elementary on Tuesday. Southside Middle School’s Ashley Dawkins named F1S Teacher of the Year 2021-22. North Vista Elementary re…

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On Sept. 16, 2021, F1S held a re-opening celebration for the McClenaghan building. Guests were able to tour the facility and enjoy the memorabilia and photos donated by members of the community while celebrating the history and re-opening of this beautiful building.

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We have exciting news to share: we’ve redesigned your Social Security Statement (Statement) to make it easier to find the information you need.

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Waiting until you are pregnant might be a bit late for the welfare of your baby. These days the topic of Preconception Health receives increasing attention. In its simplest sense, Preconception Health means care you receive before getting pregnant.

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On Tuesday, October 19, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., the Doctors Bruce and Lee Foundation Library will host an open house to re-introduce the SC Codes initiative in Florence County.  The library previously hosted in-person SC Codes sessions prior to the COVID pandemic, and will be offering t…

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For more information about depression and tips to help you feel more like yourself, watch this videoDan Lynch is a licensed professional counselor in Psychiatry & Psychology in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

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Approximately 70 million Americans will see a 5.9% increase in their Social Security benefits and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments in 2022. Federal benefit rates increase when the cost-of-living rises, as measured by the Department of Labor’s Consumer Price Index (CPI-W).

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — As residents prepare for fun with friends and family on Halloween and through the upcoming the holiday season, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) encourages everyone to stay safe and follow recommendations that will best protect against …

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HARTSVILLE, SC - Coker University alumnus Elken D. Grate ('08) has donated three original paintings, worth thousands of dollars, to BOLD Men, a "males of color" student organization at Coker University. The donation was a result of activities at Coker's recent Homecoming Weekend, where alumn…

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Chronic pain is a common condition affecting people of all ages. The most common method used to help manage pain is pain medications.Some of these are over-the-counter medicines such as Tylenol or Advil. Others are regulated and require a prescription from a health care provider. There are a…

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The leading cause of death from cancer for women worldwide is breast cancer – and second in the United States. It is through patient awareness and a willingness to team with providers that breast cancer can be detected early and treated, reducing the risk of death. Partnering with your provi…

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Oatmeal is a nutritious, inexpensive and versatile option to work in some whole grains and help you start your morning off right.Oats made history when they became the first food with a Food and Drug Administration health claim label in 1997. The health claim was related to heart health and …

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Leaves are falling, pumpkins adorn porch steps, and bonfire smells fill the air. October is our beloved season divider. It separates our fun-in-the-sun and the holiday season. As the holidays approach, exercise can sometimes feel tricky to fit into our schedules.This month, I thought we coul…

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Grand Strand Medical Center was named one of the 15 recipients of the 2021 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award in recognition of the organization’s exemplary support for its National Guard and Reserve employees.HCA Healthcare - Grand Strand Medical Center, along with 14 other…

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Have you ever wondered what mental health really is? Experts define it as our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. Mental health impacts our thoughts, feelings, physical health, and actions in everyday life. Now, I am by no means a mental health expert. I can’t speak to the best …