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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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FLORENCE — With a new semester fast approaching, Francis Marion University is expanding in more ways than one.At the regular meeting of the Board of Trustees on Thursday, President Dr. Fred Carter reported the University had received $59 million in additional legislative funding for capital …

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Trinity Collegiate School (TCS) is delighted to announce its 2021 Advanced Placement (AP) Scholars. Trinity Collegiate School partners with The College Board to offer AP opportunities in 22 AP courses and is the only official Pre-AP school in the Pee Dee Region providing certified advanced p…

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Florence, SC - The Florence-Darlington County Commission for Technical Education elected new officers at its most recent meeting on Tuesday June 22, 2021.  First Bank Area Executive Paul Seward was elected Chairman of the Commission that oversees Florence-Darlington Technical College (FDTC). 

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The heart stops suddenly and unexpectedly. Blood pressure drops. Blood flow screeches to a halt in the brain and organs.  Breathing ceases. The person loses consciousness. Without quick intervention, this “arrest” can quickly lead to “death.”

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It’s summertime! This month is the month for the bicep curl! Bulging biceps and a six-pack are the iconic picture of a “fit” person. Well folks, it is time to put our effort where our vision is. Let’s break down the bicep curl and see how we can incorporate it into our activity routine.The b…

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There are two projects. One looks at ways to fight harmful bacteria in local water, using natural means; and the other seeks to determine if bloodborne infectious diseases can be detected in a community by testing mosquitoes. All students involved are gaining knowledge and experience that wi…

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HARTSVILLE, SC — Coker University recently appointed Daniel Buryj as Vice President of Administration and Finance. As Vice President, Buryj will be responsible for fiscal planning, budget development and control, accounting, purchasing, inventory, information technology, human resources, pay…

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Coastal Carolina University professor Tom Mullikin Sr., is leading the South Carolina 7 expedition for the second straight year. Participants in the expedition start in the mountains of the state and travel to the coast over 30 days. The idea is to draw attention to the challenges facing Sou…

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Francis Marion University named 548 full-time students and 33 part-time students to its President’s List for the spring 2021 semester. An additional 589 full-time students and 51 part-time students made the Dean’s List for the spring semester.

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Trinity Collegiate School announces that Padgett Kahn will be the school’s new guidance counselor. Padgett is a Florence native and alumnus of the IB program at Wilson High School. He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from The Citadel in 2016, and earned his Master’s in Clinic…

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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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Society Hill, S.C. – On Friday, June 18, Pee Dee Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Assault hosted its second annual Clays for a Cause Clay-Shoot Tournament at Moree’s Sportsman’s Preserve in Society Hill and raised more than $30,000 to support programs and services in Chesterfield and Ma…

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FLORENCE, SC—Dr. Kendra Green has been named principal at Williams Middle School. She was approved by the Florence 1 Schools Board of Trustees at the May 20th board meeting.

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With the pandemic, economic uncertainty, and enrollment trends disrupting higher education, Coker University is committed to aggressively focus on innovation, thanks to $5M in funding from two family foundations within the Hartsville area.Coker is preparing a bold $10M plan targeting program…

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Francis Marion University’s chapter of Phi Kappa Phi, a nationwide honor society which recognizes superior academic achievement regardless of field of study, inducted 30 new members at its annual induction ceremony Thursday night in the Chapman Auditorium on the FMU campus.

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Francis Marion University’s Office of the Provost recently announced the promotion of 32 faculty members, following action by FMU President Dr. Fred Carter.

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Francis Marion University’s Performing Arts Center, in collaboration with the FMU Department of Fine Arts and the Florence Symphony Orchestra, will present a free, outdoor concert series this spring at the FMU Performing Arts Center amphitheater.