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In the 1970s, Butch Presson decided to take advantage of the GI Bill based on his service in the United States Navy. Presson decided to enroll in the Environmental Engineering Technology program at what was then Sumter Area Technical College – now Central Carolina Technical College.

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COLUMBIA, S.C. – The South Carolina Office of Regulatory Staff (ORS) and the South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs (SCDCA) are celebrating National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW), observed the first full week of March every year, by holding a joint webinar covering the utility regul…

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Did you know that Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for 70 million Americans will increase in 2021? This adjustment ensures that the benefits provided match the rise in the cost of living as measured by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Consumer Price Index (CPI-W)…

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The Coastal Carolina University Gupta College of Science, in collaboration with the Engineering Science program, is hosting its inaugural Engineering Week (EWeek) on Feb. 22-26, 2021. The week’s events will give CCU students and select area high school students the opportunity to learn more …

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That's right - the SCDOR and the IRS will begin accepting state and federal Income Tax returns for tax year 2020 on February 12, 2021. Here are our top three tips to get you ready to file:● File electronically and choose direct deposit - It's consistently our number one tip for a reason. It'…

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Managed by the U.S. Department of Labor, COBRA allows for healthcare benefits to temporarily continue for workers and families during times of transition, job loss, and more. The time period of this extended coverage varies and depends on the reason for the loss of healthcare coverage.

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On January 20, 2021, President Biden issued Executive Order 13985, “Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government.” This new Executive Order affirmed that “[e]qual opportunity is the bedrock of American democracy and our diversity in one of ou…

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DHEC needs public health allies like in their corner now more than ever, especially when it comes to combating pervasive myths about vaccines.

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The FMU Kelley Center for Economic Development has four businesses that have completed its one year in the incubator program in the Lake City and Florence location. The businesses in the Lake City incubator are Next Phase Development, LLC, Brown’s Clean Team, LLC, and Streamline Global Media…

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For the second year in a row, the Trinity Collegiate School Competitive Cheer Team, coached by Mrs. Katy McCoy, won the SCISA State Championship. The Titans competed in the 3A Competitive Division II. They had the highest overall score for 1A, 2A, and 3A teams in the competition.

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With the holiday season quickly approaching, Hartsville residents can begin making plans to attend the many Hartsville for the Holidays traditions again this year. The city’s Special Events Department has worked diligently to create a plan to safely continue the events that Hartsville reside…

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Several Coastal Carolina University administrators, faculty, and staff were honored at the 20th anniversary celebration of the Sino-American Cooperation in Higher Education and Professional Development (CHEPD) 1+2+1 Transfer Articulation Program, which was broadcast virtually from Beijing, C…

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John Florence, Jr., Vice President Human Resources, General Counsel, and Secretary for Sonoco Products Company, was recently elected to the Coker University Board of Trustees. Florence’s three year term began with the Board’s July meeting."Mr. Florence brings thoughtful experience and unique…

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The death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has inspired a legion of think pieces about the long-term effects of a sharp shift to the right in the court's ideological alignment.

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At MUSC Health, the safety of patients, families, care team members, remains the number one priority. Close monitoring of the COVID‐19 pandemic continues at the MUSC Health – Florence Division. The following information pertains to MUSC Health Florence and Marion Medical Centers only. The MU…

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COLUMBIA, S.C. —  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster, the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), City of Columbia, and the University of South Carolina (UofSC) today announced its surge testing efforts to expand access to fre…

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Partners within Darlington County have teamed up to present a Mask Up Darlington County initiative to encourage residents and visitors to mask up to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Darlington County, Darlington County School District, Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center, and the City of Ha…

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The Darlington Downtown Revitalization Association (DDRA) presented the cash prizes to winners of the Eat Local contest on Tuesday, September 8, at the City Administration Building in Darlington. Pictured from left are Wally Boatwright, Faye Dixon, and Jean Tyner.

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Flood damage to your home or business can be stressful and financially devastating. With adequate flood insurance coverage and your important documents organized and stored appropriately, you can recover quicker from the unforeseen disaster.

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The City of Hartsville will be hosting a face mask distribution event outside of The Medical Group, 1304 W. Bobo Newsome Highway, on Friday, August 28th from 8 a.m. – 10 a.m. (or while supplies last). This will be a drive-thru event and two masks will be given per person or five per family. …

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COLUMBIA, S.C. – Effingham Pellets, LLC, a subsidiary of Charles Ingram Lumber Company, today announced plans to establish operations in Florence County. The company's more than $5.4 million investment is projected to create 10 new jobs.A newly formed company, Effingham Pellets, LLC is a woo…

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COLUMBIA, S.C – SteelFab, Inc., a leading American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) certified fabricator of structural steel in the United States, today announced plans to expand operations in Florence County. The company's more than $5 million investment will create 28 new jobs.

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Throughout this year, as many of us have grown accustomed to doing business amid a pandemic, we’ve often led our e-mail messages with two questions: “How are you doing?” and, “Are you staying safe and healthy?” Today, we’d like to make the case for adding a third question: “Have you filled o…

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It will take years for municipal budgets in the United States to recover from the economic impacts of the coronavirus, a report from the National League of Cities finds. Now in its thirty-fifth year and based on a survey of four hundred and eighty-five municipal finance officers, the report,…

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Coastal Carolina University’s E. Craig Wall Sr. College of Business Administration recently delivered a virtual business course for 14 students from its partner universities in Germany, Italy, Russia, and Spain. Six CCU professors, as well as two partnering professors from Germany, led the w…

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Coastal Carolina University’s Grant Center for Real Estate and Economics has selected four students for its Real Estate Scholars program for the 2020-2021 academic year. The students are Shane DeThomasis, a finance major from Albany, N.Y.; Lionel Martin, an MBA student from Charlotte, N.C.; …

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FLORENCE, SC – The City of Florence is pleased to announce the promotion of Shannon Tanner as the new Fire Chief effective August 15, 2020.  This selection follows the June 2020 appointment of Randall Osterman as Florence City Manager. 

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The E. Craig Wall Sr. College of Business Administration at Coastal Carolina University has awarded professorships to faculty members who exemplify excellence in teaching, research, and service. The following professorships have been awarded for 2020-2021: The Vereen Teaching Impact Award to…

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COLUMBIA, S.C. – Getting free merchandise delivered straight to your door may seem like a great deal but what if you didn’t expect it and don’t know who it came from? Or did you make an online order and the product that arrived was completely different than what you ordered? The South Caroli…