As of January 1 of this year, hospitals arerequired to post prices of common healthservices on their websites viaconsumer-friendly tools for patient use.Prior to implementation of this rule,hospitals were only required to publishtheir gross, undiscounted charges forservices, which are rarely…

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Beginning July 1, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number will be on back of all Coastal Carolina University CINO cards. Getting the information to college students is now mandated by South Carolina. The University decided to include the number on the CINO card, which the students us…

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Coastal Carolina University has earned a spot on the 2021 Military Times’ Best for Vets: Colleges list. More than 300 schools participated in the latest Best for Vets: Colleges survey, which included a variety of questions seeking details about the school’s costs, programs, policies, and ser…

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DARLINGTON, S.C. – The Darlington County School District (DCSD) is providing breakfast and lunch for any child 0-18 years of age in Darlington County throughout the summer.

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Sometimes we need help with or have questions about our online accounts. For your convenience, we want to share some frequently asked questions you may find helpful with your personal my Social Security account needs.What if I forgot my username or password?It happens to all of us on occasio…

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Ms. Lanier has been with DFCS for 28 years. She is currently serving as the Deputy Section Director for the Permanency and Placement section. She is responsible for managing the Adoption, Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children, Caregiver Recruitment and Retention Unit, and the Socia…

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During their June 17th meeting, the Florence 1 Schools Board of Trustees approved several school and district-level hires for the 2021-2022 school year, based on administrative recommendations. These employees will officially start in their new positions in July.

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INDEPENDENCE DAY CURBSIDE MEAL DISTRIBUTION: We will distribute meals on Thursday, July 1, at our current school locations. Due to the upcoming holiday, middle schools will resume curbside meal distributions on Monday, July 5, and elementary schools will resume on Tuesday, July 6. Also, due …

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As of January 1 of this year, hospitals arerequired to post prices of common healthservices on their websites viaconsumer-friendly tools for patient use.Prior to implementation of this rule,hospitals were only required to publishtheir gross, undiscounted charges forservices, which are rarely…

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The City Beautification Board presented the Pride of Darlington Business Award on June 28 for their many updates, including new buildings, interior, and playground upgrades. Adults pictured include, from left, Kelsey Hicks, Cori McInville, Judy Stokes, and owner Dawn Kirby along with several…

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May was Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Awareness Month. ALS is a progressive disease with no known cure. It advances rapidly and attacks the nerve cells responsible for controlling voluntary muscles. On average, 1,000 people with ALS apply for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)…

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The Doctors Bruce and Lee Foundation Library will be hosting SC Thrive on the second floor on Thursday July, 1, Thursday July 8, and Thursday July 15, from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. SC Thrive will be helping eligible residents fill out applications for the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program.

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It's a fact that teenagers often have a hard time governing their emotions. To pretend otherwise would be to deny how beautifully messy being a teen is. Sometimes adults - especially those buzzkill teachers, principals, and superintendents - forget this.

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — The S.C. Drought Response Committee, meeting via conference call on June 23, removed the incipient drought declaration for Clarendon, Florence, Georgetown, Horry, Marion, and WiIliamsburg counties.

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Oconee is Duke Energy’s largest nuclear station, with three generating units that produce more than 2,500 megawatts of carbon-free electricity.Company intends to renew the operating licenses of all 11 reactors it operates for an additional 20 years to support its carbon reduction goals.

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For more than a decade, Coastal Carolina University staff, faculty, and students have conducted monitoring in ocean waters along the Grand Strand beaches. Instrumentation is designed to cover numerous ocean water and meteorological conditions. The monitoring was prompted when marine science …

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — Jane Hiller, education director with Sonoco Recycling in Columbia, was announced today as the winner of the 2020 South Carolina Environmental Awareness Award during a ceremony held at the State House in Columbia. Governor Henry McMaster presented her with the award.

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In early March 2021, Congress passed the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act which included, among many other things, $39B for child care, $15B in Child Care Development Block Grants and $24B in Child Care Stabilization Funds. In May, the Administration for Children and Families released federal …

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This grant opportunity is available to assist providers in paying for their child care facility expenses, including rent/mortgage payments, utility bills, cleaning or sanitation costs, and personnel costs which may include salary increases, retention bonuses, etc. Click here for complete details.

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Florence, SC   DSS Farmers’ Market Voucher Program has been postponed. Vouchers will not be distributed during the week of Monday, June 14 to Thursday, June 17, 2021. Please stay tuned for further information about the rescheduling date from SCA. For more information visit our website at www…

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In health care, we are always looking for ways to improve patient outcomes. This leads us to examine socioeconomic factors such as adequate housing, access to nutritious foods, and sufficient income. Research shows these factors can impact a person’s health care treatment and outcome.Sometim…

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On May 12, 2021, CDC recommended use of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in people aged 12 years and up based on the safety and efficacy of the vaccine in adolescents following clinical trials. At the time, there was a growing body of evidence that demonstrated the severe health impacts of COVID-…

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FLORENCE — Rapid growth continues to the be main item on Francis Marion University’s agenda as was apparent from University President Dr. Fred Carter’s report to the trustees at Thursday’s regular Board of Trustees meeting on the FMU campus.

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To help promote public awareness around strokes in the United States and its prevention, the month of May is recognized as National Stroke Awareness Month. According to the American Stroke Association, each year, nearly 795,000 people in the U.S. suffer from a stroke. A stroke occurs in an i…

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Beginning on Monday, June 21, Horry County Schools will offer FREE Summer Meals at 17 school sites this summer as a part of the 2021 HCS Summer Feeding Program.  All children 18 years of age and younger qualify for meals as a part of the program. Families should visit their home school, if a…

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — In its ongoing effort to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to rural and underserved parts of the state, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) is expanding its Vaccination Homebound Project to all 46 counties. The statewide program launched Mond…