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FLORENCE, SC--For the fourth year in a row, Florence 1 Schools’ graduation rate has surpassed the state’s, according to the newly issued state report card. In 2021 Florence 1 had a 91.2 percent graduation rate, the district’s highest graduation rate ever, compared to the state’s 83.3 percent.

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Children’s Trust held its annual All Sites Assembly for home visiting grantees in a September virtual event.

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The number of states in which at least 35% of residents are obese has nearly doubled since 2018 – and disparities persist – according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Up from nine states in 2018 and 12 in 2019, the 2020 Adult Obesity Prevalence Maps show that 1…

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Each year among our many submissions, we often find submissions that haven’t adhered to the Artists’ Rules as listed. We want each artist’s submission to move forward to judging and are offering the commonly seen disqualifications below. Please read the full rules here on our Prizes and Rule…

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Today’s cancer patient has a team of experts with a broad range of treatments available to them. McLeod Cancer Specialist Donny Huynh, MD, explains the many options.

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Ahhh, September! We have made it! The brutal heat of August is behind us, and we move into, hopefully, cooler times. This can be a huge encouragement to get out and get active!For September, let’s look at a very special lower-body exercise that helps increase leg stability and improve balanc…

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Historically, men have been hesitant to seek medical attention when something seems wrong with their health. Additionally, men aren't as likely as women to have preventive screenings and checkups with their health care provider. This is a problem because early detection of a medical issue is…

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HARTSVILLE, SC - Coker University Wrestling Coach Derrick Nelson recently welcomed the Wrestlers in Business Network to campus, as the university officially kicked off a partnership with the non-profit organization.Nelson and WIBN's David Fallon toured Coker's athletic facilities and explore…

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HARTSVILLE, SC ( -- Dr. Peter Gloviczki, Associate Professor of Communication at Coker University, spoke at the Association of Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) conference earlier this summer. 

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“This is a fascinating topic, but we are not talking about that time in high school when your girlfriend broke up with you and you moped around for a week or two,” says McLeod Interventional Cardiologist Dr. Fred Krainin. “The Broken Heart Syndrome that I’m talking about is a real clinical e…

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Preparing for pregnancyTrying to get pregnant? Or would you like to get pregnant in the future?We are here to provide some information on what to expect for your health while you are pregnant. Fortunately, Florence is home to many local resources providing support throughout your pregnancy.P…

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Myrtle Beach, SC — CareNow® Urgent Care announces the purchase of seven Beach Family and Urgent Care clinics across the Grand Strand. The clinics will be rebranded to CareNow® Urgent Care, which is operated by HCA Healthcare and represents one of the largest urgent care networks in the country.

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HARTSVILLE, SC  -- The South Carolina Department of Public Safety recently named Coker alumna Jessica Dellinger its 2020 Rookie of the Year.Lance Corporal Dellinger graduated from South Carolina's Criminal Justice Academy in February 2020. She is a member of the Hartsville Police Department.…

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HARTSVILLE, SC - Coker University launched its Blueprint Project this summer, a specific effort to equip and amplify the voices of composers and librettists seeking to create thought-provoking and progressive new American musical works for the stage.In this video news release, Coker discusse…

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We are excited to once again begin our annual call to artists in the 12 Southeastern states! Adult artists working in all mediums from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia are eligible to…

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Women who’ve lost a breast or breasts to cancer now can have their breast rebuilt, using their own tissue.  McLeod Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon Dr. Dustin Eck describes this procedure.

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Francis Marion University is excited to announce the creation of the Darla Moore Scholarship, made possible by the generosity of the Darla Moore Foundation.

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Did anyone ever tell you not to cross your eyes because they might stick? Is that true?Learn the facts about this and other common eye health myths:Myth: Reading in poor light will hurt your eyes.Fact: Before the invention of electric light, most nighttime reading and other work was done by …

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Cancer patients often feel tired physically, mentally and emotionally. This is not surprising given the struggle and stress of testing, surgery, radiation therapy and the attack of chemotherapy on cancer cells.

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Learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine so you can make an informed decision to get vaccinated with confidence. Every time a person is vaccinated, we get closer to bringing the pandemic to an end.

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FLORENCE, S.C.  – The articulation agreement between Florence-Darlington Technical College (FDTC) and Francis Marion University (FMU) now includes FDTC’s Business and Network Systems Management (NSM) students.FDTC students who earn an Associate in Applied Sciences through the Marketing, Mana…

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FLORENCE, S.C. – Sonda Jett-Clair of HopeHealth’s Diabetes and Nutrition Institute team has been recognized by the South Carolina Public Health Association as the Lifestyle Change Coach of the Year. The award is presented by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control e…

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The body’s response to a stressful event is simple. Adrenalin kicks in. Heart rate accelerates. Blood pressure rises. It’s the perfect preparation to fight or flee. However, sustained stress at work, home or elsewhere can hurt your heart.

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HARTSVILLE, SC -- SC Humanities recently awarded a $10,000 grant to implement the “South Carolina Civil Rights Monument Project” coordinated by Coker University Assistant Professor of Art and sculptor Jasmine Baetz and Coker Assistant Professor of Communication Jennifer Heusel.The Coker facu…

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FLORENCE — Effective August 18, Francis Marion University is requiring that masks or face coverings be worn by everyone – vaccinated and unvaccinated – in indoor, public areas. This policy applies to all campus facilities and includes classrooms, hallways, laboratories, the library, and othe…

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Alataisha Dickson, Coker University's human resources coordinator at Coker University, is one of 13 College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR) members selected to participate in the 2021-22 CUPA-HR Wildfire program.The program is a 12-month leadership devel…

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That's right... the iHope counseling ministry is officially 4 years old!The Lord has brought a lot of healing in four years.In fact, everything that has happened in these four years has been from God! He is ever faithful, ever good.Even before we officially opened our doors, there were month…

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation—the Nation’s Largest Philanthropy Focused on Health and Equity—Provides Seed FundingSAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — KFF will expand its Kaiser Health News (KHN) operation and health journalism across the South with $2.3 million in funding from the Robert Wood Johnson F…

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As families prepare for the start of a new school year, Durant Children’s Center, in partnership with Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline, announces the launch of Pee Dee Parent Helpline.

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FLORENCE, SC – August 09, 2021 - McLeod Health welcomes Gastroenterologist and Advanced Endoscopist Amaninder Dhaliwal, MD to the medical staff of McLeod Regional Medical Center. Dr. Dhaliwal joins fellow physicians Dr. Deepak Chowdhary, Dr. Terri Jaggers, Dr. Davinderbir Pannu, Dr. Tim Spur…

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As families prepare for the start of a new school year, Durant Children’s Center, in partnership with Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline, announces the launch of Pee Dee Parent Helpline.

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Hartsville, S.C. – Jonathan Garren, Assistant Professor of Library Science at Coker University, had a revised version of his poster presented at the virtual 2020 SC Library Association Conference accepted for the upcoming virtual 2021 SC Conference on Information Literacy, hosted from August…

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Let’s begin with an exercise: visualize your least favorite food.What is it? Brussel sprouts? Liver and onions? Kale?Now ask yourself, why do you dislike it so much? Is it the flavor? The texture? The smell? Or is the reason more emotional?For me, it is eggplant. I haven’t enjoyed eggplant s…

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued an order under Sections 362 and 365 of the Public Health Service Act, and associated implementing regulations, that temporarily suspends the introduction of certain noncitizens based on the Director’s determination that introduc…