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A first time for everything Since having moved to South Carolina I have experienced my share of “firsts”. These “firsts” range from new restaurants, new words, and overall new experiences. I wanted to talk about some of these experiences that I have had. Some were good, some were great, and some are things I probably will not try again. The first “first” I experienced by coming to South Carolina was the trip itself. This was my first time driving for more than five hours in a car. It was also my first time going through as many states as I did to get here. The trip consisted of nearly 13 hours on the road through four different states; Penn-
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sylvania, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, and then finally South Carolina. In hindsight the trip probably would have not been as bad if not for my cat getting motion sick for the whole ride. Thirteen plus hours on the road is hard enough, but it’s even worse when you have a grumpy, confused, and car sick kitty. This is one such first that I would not like to experience again. I think in the future that air travel will
be my preferred mode of transportation. Another “first” that I had was going to the beach. I never had the opportunity to go to the beach before I moved to South Carolina. For many of you I am sure this sounds bizarre, but sadly it’s true. This was one of my “firsts” that I would definitely try again and again. I enjoyed the sun, the sand, and of course the water. I now understand why everyone up North is always raving about their week vacations to the beach. It does make me wonder with the beach only an hour away from Florence, how is everyone not there every day? Well, maybe in time the novelty will wear off,
but for now I certainly am appreciative of the close proximity of the beach. I think I am slowly beginning to pick up a slight accent from my past few months here in Florence; at least that’s what my mother tells me. On a positive note, I think I have finally mastered the appropriate use of “ya’ll”. I have a question. If you were to go to a grocery store what would you put all your groceries in? A buggy, of course! That was a first for me! I had never heard that word used before to describe a shopping cart. There are many other words that have been pronounced differently that made me take a second and think of the
strange nuance of language and regional pronunciations. A final “first” for me, which by far has been my favorite, is all the first times at different restaurants. The first time I had Chick-fil-A was when I moved down here. Let me tell you, it was a religious experience. In fact, there are a lot of restaurants I have enjoyed as some of my “firsts” such as Cook Out, Hardee’s, and Zaxby’s. By far some of my other favorite places have been the local diners in the area. The family setting and homemade style food is an area where the North is seriously lacking. I have a new appreciation and love of sweet tea, but that was not the case
when I first moved down here. The first time I had sweet tea, I am not going to lie, it was a little too sweet. I actually poured some of it out and added a little bit of water. The look on the faces of the table next to me let me know right away that I committed the eighth cardinal sin. I have grown to love all the new experiences that are put before me. I liked to treat each new “first” as a fun challenge and a way to grow myself as a person. What are some other “firsts” I need to experience now that I live in South Carolina? Let me know! You can email me at philipm@ florencenewsjournal.com.
Gymnastics Center of Hartsville’s members earn podium spots at District Championship
The Gymnastics Center of Hartsville’s Team members earned podium spots at the AAU District Championship in Rock Hill, May 5-6. The girls won many individual medals in vault, bars, beam, floor and all-around. Xcel Bronze: Cheyenne Younger (9) took first on the bars (9.6), second on beam (9.425), second on floor (9.525), and second all around (37.35). Kylie Quick (10) had first on floor (9.525), second on vault (8.975), third on bars (9.3), and third all around (37.075). Anna Alexander (8) won on bars (9.625) and won beam (9.55), third on floor (9.3), and third on vault (9.25), and second all-around (37.825). Alyssa Saleeby (7) won third on bars (9.325) and third all around (36.15). Addison Morrow (6) had sixth all around (35.9) Virginia Anne Chapman (10) had first on floor (9.45), second on beam (9.3), and third all around (36.475) Jenna Cutler (8) placed third on vault (9.4). Xcel Silver: Stella Grace Allen(11) had fifth All Around with a 36.70. Maddie Smith (9) placed first on Bars (9.8), second on vault (9.35) and third all around (38.05). Savannah Pietrazak (9) placed had seventh all around with a 37.075 Xcel Gold: Rachel Johnson (14) was your AAU State Champion for all around (36.975). Rachel had
bars (7.65). She placed second on vault (8.9), beam(8.35), and floor(8.75). She had second all around
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Back row left to right: Ashleigh Richardson, Vicky Moore, Ashleigh Adams and Sarah Birnbaum. Second row: Rachel Johnson, Savannah Culp, Carlee Moore, Madison Sturgeon and Olivia Moses. Third row: Rivers Stinson, Stella Grace Allen, Kylie Quick, Virginia Anne Chapman, Rachel Creech and Laney Cross. Front row: Maddie Smith, Jenna Cutler, Addison Morrow, Alyssa Saleeby, Anna Alexander and Cheyanne Younger. Not pictured Ashlee Boykin and Savannah Pietrazak. first on bars (9.6), second on vault (9.175), second on beam (8.7) Rachel Creech (11A) placed first on bars (9.525), third on vault (9.125), and and second all around 37.05. Olivia Moses (11B) placed first on bars (9.55), second on floor (9.55), third at beam (9.075) and second all around (36.85). Laney Cross (12) placed first on bars (9.45), second on beam (9.175) and second all around (37.075).
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Savannah Culp (16) had sixth all around (36.575). Madison Sturgeon (14) had third on vault (9.15) and third on bars (9.4) Level 8: Ashlee Boykin (17) was the State Champion (34.075). She placed first on vault (8.275), beam(8.8), bars (7.65), and floor (9.35). Open Optional: Carlee Moore (15) placed first on
America is in a dilemma, and South Carolina is no exception. The growing economy is out pacing the ability to supply skilled employees needed to man the rapidly growing economic machine. Nowhere is this more evident than in the welding industry. The rapidly growing economy, combined with the everincreasing retirement of the “Baby Boomers,” is leaving a shortage of qualified and skilled welders to help repair and rebuild our crumbling infrastructure; maintain our ever-growing power, natural gas, and petrochemical industries, and fill the void in our shipbuilding industry. Power companies, using nuclear energy, fossil fuel, and hydro, are constantly competing for pipe welders and fitters from an evershrinking pool of trained, qualified workers. Every 16–18 months, nuclear power sites must shut down, to replace
nuclear rods. During these outage periods, pipewelders and pipefitters visit the sites to make necessary repairs. Florence-Darlington Technical College offers a number of programs to support power industry workforce demands, beginning with the Construction/Pre-pipe welding program, which prepares students for lucrative and rewarding pipewelding careers. The Construction PrePipewelding program teaches students both stick and TIG welding, and students who successfully pass an assessment at the end of the class are eligible to enter into the college’s Pipewelding program, considered the “Masters degree of welding.” No prior welding experience is needed to enter the Construction Pre-Pipewelding program. The entire Construction Pre-Pipewelding and Pipewelding courses can be com-
pleted in approximately six to seven months, a much faster rate to good employment than the typical degree-seeking route. Pipewelders in the nuclear industry have particularly bright prospects for wages, earning anywhere from $25 to $40 per hour, in addition to a daily $100 to $120 per diem payment, which is tax free, provided the individual does not work greater than 364 days per year. FDTC will offer the Construction Pre-Pipewelding class each month the remainder of this year, through November. Summer class start dates for the course are June 4, July 9 and August 6, and scholarships may be available. For more information, or to register for a Construction Pre-Pipewelding course, contact Lou Ann Dayton at 843-413-2720 or LouAnn. Dayton@fdtc.edu.
Local players participate on state basketball team Carolina Crush Girls AAU Basketball Team based in Irmo, traveled to Wilmington NC May 18th-20th to compete in the National Travel Basketball Association Tournament, where they became the tournament champions. The Carolina Crush’s weekend tournament record was 3 and 1. Games were as follows: East Coast All-Stars (36) vs. Carolina Crush (49), Carolina Crush (33) vs. Wilmington Hurricanes (50), Carolina Crush (42) vs. Lady Aces (26), Wilmington Hurricanes
(35) vs. Carolina Crush (41). Team members include Dezaray Nalley (York Prep Academy), Tiara Daniels (Saluda High School), Rachel Larsen (Lugoff-Elgin High School), Coach Joey Ouzts (Irmo, Saluda native), Shemyra Patterson (Greenwood High School), Auvia Holland (Saluda High School), Shimya Carroll (Saluda High School), Hikima Littles (Hartsville High School), Ahonesti Brunson (Hartsville High School), Denise Childs Ouzts, Team Administrator (Irmo, Ninety Six native),
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H A RT S V I L L E H A P P E N I N G S Hartsville Memorial Library event The Hartsville Memorial Library, 142 E. Carolina Avenue will show a family movie on the first and third Tuesday of each month beginning at 4 p.m in the community room. Come out and enjoy the show! ________________________
Carolina Pines Lunch and Learn Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center, 1304 W. Bobo Newsom Hwy., is proud to bring their popular Lunch & Learn series the third Thursday of every month in the Education Classroom. ________________________
Burry Bookstore Appreciates Teachers Burry Bookstore, 130 W. Carolina Avenue, will have a Teacher Appreciation Night on Thursday May 31st from
5 p.m.-7 p.m. Please join for a great night of door prizes, refreshments, and a sneak peek at new educational supplies from Carson-Dellosa as they celebrate community teachers for their service. For more information, call 843-332-2511 or email burry@wallsofbooks. net or visit wheredreamsgrowwings.com. ________________________
The State Democratic Women’s Council The Democratic Women of South Carolina 7th Congressional District Summer Kickoff will be Saturday June 2nd starting at 11 a.m.-3 p.m. in The Suzanne G. Linville Dining Hall at Coker College, 300 E. Avenue, Hartsville. Everyone is welcome to attend but you must pre-register. All candidates are welcome. For more information, call DWC State President, Hannah Cromley at 803-6658939, Davita Malloy at 843339-8967, or Barbara Carraway at 843-409-5241.
St. John/Wesley Chapel Health Fair St. John United Methodist Church, 214 W. Seven Pines, Oates Community will host, Take charge of your Health, on Saturday, June 2nd from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Free cholesterol check, Hep C testing, HIV testing, blood sugar and blood pressure check, stress management. American Heart Association, Diabetes Education, and many more vendors on site. There will be face paintings for kids and lots of giveaways. For more information, call Patrycia Streater, FNP at 843-230-4567. ________________________
Paint the Town & Chase the Crown The Miss Hartsville Scholarship Organization presents Hartsville’s first Color Run/ Walk on June 2nd at 9 a.m. in Burry Park, 131 Cargill Way. Vendors will be on-site as well as music to ensure a fun-filled day.
GSSM accepting applications for iTEAMS Xtreme: Next Generation summer camp The South Carolina Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics (GSSM) is now accepting applications for its iTEAMS Xtreme: Next Generation summer camp, which will be held July 23-26 at GSSM. Online applications are available at www. scgssm.org/summer. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until June 1. iTEAMS Xtreme: Next Generation is GSSM’s technology day camp for rising 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. Students choose one of two
tracks. In Arduino & Robotics, students will explore the world of microcontrollers, electronics, and circuits through Arduino technology, learn how to program their very own microcontrolled robot, and pit it against other students’ robots in campwide competitions such as Dance Robot Dance and Robot Wars. In Arduino & Games, students will learn how to create game tools such as stopwatches, randomized dice, buzzers and sensors, then use the tools
Screen on the Green continues with Moana Screen on the Green, the City of Hartsville’s free series of summertime movies, will present “Moana,” sponsored by the Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center, on Saturday, June 9. The screening will take place in Burry Park, 131 Cargill Way. Moana is the story of a girl in ancient Polynesia. When a terrible curse incurred by the Demigod Maui reaches Moana’s island, she answers the ocean’s call to seek out the Demigod to set things right. This film is rated PG for peril, some scary images and brief thematic elements. The showing begins at dusk, 9:01 p.m. or later. Viewers are welcome to
Parkinson’s support group A meeting of the Florence area Parkinson’s Disease Support Group will be held Tuesday, June 12, between 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. at 121 E. Cedar Street, Florence. Our speaker will be Dr. Elijah Owens, Neurologist at Carolinas Hospital System. Meetings are open to people with Parkinson's, caregivers, family, and friends. For more information call 843-673-0854 or email@example.com.
bring chairs and blankets if desired. In the event of rain, the showing will relocate to the Coach T.B. Thomas Sports Center at Byerly Park, located at 701 W Washington Street in Hartsville. “Carolina Pines is thrilled to sponsor the Screen on the Green event,” said Jana E. Pye, Director of Marketing and Public Relations for Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center. “Our hospital is proud to be a part of the All America City of Hartsville, and to be a part of events that bring families together. We will be sharing some healthy summer surprises before the film Moana begins so be sure to bring your family by our tent!”
to build and play Arduino games. Tuition is $185. Families registering more than one child, or for more than one camp, will receive a $20 discount per child. Needbased financial aid is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Learn more and apply online at http://www. scgssm.org/summer. About GSSM Founded in 1988 as a model for advanced STEM education in South Carolina, GSSM is a nationally recognized school serving about four hundred of the state's most accomplished scholars in the 10th through 12th grades through its residential and virtual programs. The school offers uniquely advanced courses in science, mathematics, and engineering at its campus in Hartsville and virtually to partner school districts across the state. Learn more by visiting www.scgssm.org.
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Democratic Women’s Council of Darlington County The Democratic Women’s Council of Darlington County invites everyone to attend a reception meet/ greet of all state and county candidates, on Friday June 8th, from 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. at The Black Creek Arts Council, 116 College Avenue, Hartsville. For more information, call Davita Malloy at 843-339-8967, Elaine Reed at 843-307-7086, or Shari McFadden at 843-206-4185. ________________________
McBee School Reunion The McBee All Class Reunion will be Thursday, June 21st at The Company
Store, in McBee, beginning at 11 a.m. All who have attended McBee schools are welcome, along with their guests. For further information, contact Grady Sullivan at 843-332-8643. ________________________
Coker Theatre Program Summer Camp Coker College will host two day camps this summer-”Disney’s The Aristocats KIDS” and “Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins. Jr.” The Aristocat’s KIDS camp, for children ages 6-11, will be held Monday-Friday, June 18th29th from 9 a.m-3 p.m. Deadline for registration is May 31st.The Mary Poppin’s
Jr camp, for children ages 12 and up, will be held MondayFriday, July 9th-20th, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Deadline for registration is July 2nd. To learn more or register online for the camps, visit coker. edu/theatre-camp or contact Professor of Theatre Phyllis Fields at 843-858-1381. ________________________
Girls University Summer Camps Girls U offers your girls creativity, education, and friendship. The enrichment camps are centered around improving the well-being of girls and exposure to STEM. Each camp is something new and exciting. To learn more, call 843-407-7937 or go to www. girlsuniversity. com/camps.
Darlington County School District providing free summer meals to children Darlington County School District will again provide free breakfast and lunch for children this summer at nine locations across the county through the United States Department of Agriculture’s Seamless Summer Meals Program. The program begins June 11. Six of the sites will be open Monday through Thursday, while three will operate Monday through Friday. Meals will be provided at no cost to anyone 18 years of age or younger. No registration is required. The program will serve a
variety of breakfasts and lunches that meet nutritional standards set by the USDA and the National School Breakfast and Lunch Programs. At each location, breakfast will be served from 7 a.m. until 9 a.m. and lunch will be served from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m Summer meals are scheduled to be served at the following six locations, Monday through Thursday: • Darlington High School • Hartsville High School • Hartsville Middle School • Rosenwald Elementary/
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CHURCH HAPPENINGS House of Prayer Holiness Church Homecoming
June 9th from 7 a.m.-12 p.m. For more information, call 843-858-7251. ________________________
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House of Prayer Holiness Church, 1115 Creekside Drive, would like to invite you to their annual homecoming on Sunday, June 3rd. Service will begin at 11 a.m. and lunch will be served after the worship service. Pastor Billy Melton and congregation welcome you to attend. ________________________
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First Baptist Church, 104 E. Home Avenue, will be having Vacation Bible School on June 11th-14th from 6 p.m.8 p.m. The theme is “Game On!” ________________________
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Mt. Tema Missionary Baptist Church, 1730 Tema Rd., invites you to join them for their Annual Missionary Program on Sunday, June 3rd beginning at 3 p.m. This year’s theme is “Standing on Faith and the Promise of God”. Their very own First Lady Melanie King-Wilson will be the speaker. Rev. Tracy W. Wilson Jr. is the pastor.
House of Prayer schedule Pastor Billy L. Melton and the congregation of House of Prayer Holiness Church wish to invite you to attend services each week. Wednesday night services begin at 7 p.m. Sunday School is at 10 a.m. Morning worship starts at 11 a.m. and Sunday night worship services begin at 6 p.m.
The church is located at Creekside Drive off Swiftcreek Road. For more information contact Brother Melton at 332-9479 or check them out on Facebook. ________________________
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GriefShare support group will be offered at Emmanuel Baptist Church on Thursdays from 6:30-8p.m. Those who understand want to help you through this difficult time. Call (843)332-2271 for more information or visit griefshare. ________________________
Pine Ridge Holiness Church, 3524 W. Bobo Newsom Hwy., would like to invite everyone to come join them in services each week. Sunday School will begin at 10 a.m. and worship service will follow starting at 11 a.m. Sunday night service will begin at 6 p.m. and Wednesday services 7:30 p.m. They look forward to seeing you there! Contact Pastor Ran-
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Pine Ridge First Baptist Vacation Bible School Pine Ridge First Baptist Church, 3901 West Bobo
Newsom Highway, will be having Vacation Bible School starting June 10th-13th from 6 p.m-8:30 p.m. The theme is “Shipwrecked”. Ages 3 and up. For more information, contact Pastor Wayne Cash at 843-383-2773. ________________________
St. Luke UMC Vacation Bible School
St. Luke UMC, 302 Dunlap Drive, will be having Vacation Bible School beginning June 18th-22nd. Online applications are now available. Please sign your child or children up before June 11th. Go to http://www.stlukeh a r t s v i l l e . c o m / page/2018_bible_school
Police Department to participate in the Buckle Up South Carolina Campaign
The Hartsville Police Department will be participating in the annual Buckle Up South Carolina Campaign. HPD wants our citizens and visitors to be safe, so expect to see an increase in enforcement and education during this time. If you would like to know updated information about new safety belt requirements and guidelines, please visit buckleupsc.com. Did you know? “South Carolina has a primary safety belt enforcement law. Under the primary law, a law enforcement officer has the authority to stop a driver if the officer has a clear and unobstructed view of a driver or occupant of a motor vehicle not wearing a safety belt or not secured in a child restraint system.” Safety Belt Facts: Safety belts are the single most effective safety device for preventing death and injury, estimated to have saved 12,584 lives among passenger vehicle occupants age 5 and older in the United States in 2013. If 90 percent of motorists on our nation’s roads buckled up, 1,600 additional fatalities and 22,000 additional
serious injuries could be prevented each year. In South Carolina alone, an estimated 108 additional lives and 1,006 additional serious injuries could be saved (a monetary savings of $247 million). Every hour, at least one person dies in this country because he or she didn’t buckle up. Failure to use a seat belt contributes to more fatalities than any other single traffic-related behavior. Research has found that proper use of lap/shoulder belts reduces the risk of fatal injury to front seat passenger car occupants by 45 percent and the risk of moderate-tocritical injury by 50 percent (for occupants of light trucks, 60 and 65 percent respectively). To get the most benefit out of your safety belt, you should wear it low over the pelvis with the bottom edge touching the tops of the thighs. The shoulder belt should be worn over the shoulder and across the chest, not under the arm and over the abdomen. Make certain that the shoulder belt is not worn so loosely that it slides off the shoulder. Preg-
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In South Carolina, during 2014, 11,877 children under age six were occupants of a vehicle involved in a traffic collision, an increase of 3.4 percent from 2013; 11 of those children were killed. Only 7 of the 11 children were in a child safety seat. Child safety seats, if used correctly in passenger cars, reduce the risk of death by
71 percent for infants and by 54 percent for toddlers. In light trucks, the corresponding reductions are 58 percent a nd 59 percent, respectively. Only about 15 percent of people in South Carolina use child restrains properly, however. Observations conducted in 2012 showed that if a driver is wearing a seat belt,
91 percent of the time toddlers will also be restrained. If the driver is not wearing a seat belt, however, only 68 percent of the time will toddlers be restrained. For more information about the Hartsville Police Department’s programs, follow the department at @HartsvillePD on Facebook or visit hartsvillesc.gov/HPD.
Darlington County Board of Education names three new principals The Darlington County Board of Education named three new principals at their May 14 board meeting. Kathryn White will be the new principal of Carolina Elementary School. Shannon Fraser will be the new principal at Pate Elementary School. Corey Lewis will be the new principal of Hartsville High School. “I am excited about the future for Carolina Elementary School, Pate Elementary School, Hartsville High School, and our district” said Dr. Tim Newman, incoming district superintendent. “The new leadership represents the best Darlington County has to offer in helping our students be successful and in connecting with our families and our community.” Kathryn White, the new principal of Carolina Elementary School, is currently the literacy coach at Cain Elementary School and Pate Elementary School. She was also the literacy coach at Southside Early Childhood Center and West Hartsville Elementary School. During her education career, she has been an assistant administrator of curriculum, a lead teacher, a school testing coordinator, and a fifth grade teacher. She graduated from
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the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education, a Master of Education in Educational Leadership and Policies, and a Masters of Education in Language and Literacy. She holds certification as a Read to Succeed Literacy Teacher and Coach, Elementary Education, and Elementary Principal. Shannon Fraser, Pate Elementary School’s new principal, is currently an assistant principal at Hartsville Middle School. During her education career, she served as curriculum coordinator, testing coordinator, parent relations coordinator, and Title 1 coordinator. She has also been a Master Teacher and has classroom experience teaching both fourth and fifth grades. Fraser graduated from Francis Marion University with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, a Master’s degree in Remediation and a Master’s degree plus 30 in Educational Leadership/ Administration. She is a First Year Teacher Mentor, a balanced literacy training facilitator, and a former Milliken TAP Foundation National Award Winner for Outstanding Leadership. Fraser holds Elementary and Elementary
Principal certifications. Corey Lewis, the new principal of Hartsville High School, has been one of the school’s assistant principals since 2010. During his career, he has been the assistant principal at North Hartsville Elementary School and a classroom teacher at both Hartsville High School and Darlington High School. In addition to his teaching experience, Lewis served as the head varsity baseball coach (2003-2007) as well as an assistant football coach of Hartsville High School. While working at Darlington High, he served as the head baseball coach and assistant football coach as well. Lewis has a Bachelor of Arts in English Education from Benedict College, a Master of Sports Science from the U.S. Sports Academy, and a Master of Education in Education Administration from Grand Canyon University. Lewis holds certifications in English, Secondary Principal and Secondary Supervisor. He is a member of numerous national, state and local organizations. All three will begin their tenure on July 1.
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Darlington County School District announces 2018-19 Teachers of the Year Twenty-three teachers will serve the 2018-19 school year as their schools’ Teacher of the Year after being chosen for the honor by their peers. The Darlington County Teacher of the Year Program honors and awards those teachers who exceed expectations to provide meaningful and rewarding learning experiences for the students of Darlington County. The program is dedicated to all
teachers who work diligently every day. Teachers are nominated by their peers. Each nominee completes an extensive application and is interviewed by a panel of judges from his/her school. From these applications and interviews, a School Teacher of the Year is chosen. School Teachers of the Year receive a cash award and become members of the Teacher Forum and the Superintendent’s Advi-
sory Cabinet. The 2018-19 School Teachers of the Year are: • Allison Geddings, Brockington Elementary Magnet School • Rebecca Watson, Brunson-Dargan Elementary School • Peyton Walsh, Cain Elementary School • Christina Ewing, Carolina Elementary School • Daren McKenzie, Darlington County Institute of
Technology • Victor Morales, Darlington County Intervention School • Frank O’Shea, Darlington High School • Nicole Grant, Darlington Middle School • Jaron Sanders, Hartsville High School • Kim Roos, Hartsville Middle School • Tina McElveen, Lamar Elementary School • Kristen Rebollar, Lamar
High School • Nancy Fletcher, Mayo High School for Math, Science & Technology • Laura Privette, North Hartsville Elementary School • Melissa Morris, Pate Elementary School • Whitney Williams, Rosenwald Elementary/Middle School • Melissa McLain, Southside Early Childhood Center • Amber Atkins, Spaulding Elementary School
• Lamonte Curry, Spaulding Middle School • Kimm Mack, St. John’s Elementary School • Ellen Blackwell, Thornwell School for the Arts • Rhonda Bailey, Washington Street Elementary School • Sarah Davidson, West Hartsville Elementary School
Coker College Enactus third in the nation
Coker College Enactus was named third in the nation at the Enactus United States National Exposition held May 20-22 in Kansas City, Missouri. There are 440 Enactus teams that compete in regional competitions across the country. The top 100 go on to compete at the National Exposition and the final four teams present in front of more than 1,000 people. Andy Burkemper, assistant professor of business administration and Coker Enactus co-advisor, says, “Our Coker students are incredible. They have such a passion for taking on big issues and major challenges that people encounter around the world. I am so impressed by their creativity, tenacity, and ability to solve problems with their entrepreneurial mindsets. I can’t even describe how well our students have represented Hartsville and all of South Carolina during this year’s competition.” Enactus is an international organization that connects student, academic and business leaders through entre-
preneurial-based projects that empower people to transform opportunities into real, sustainable progress for themselves and their communities. Guided by academic advisors and business experts, the student leaders of Enactus create and implement community empowerment projects around the globe. Coker is one of 440 active Enactus teams in the United States and currently has 42 participating students. The national competition gives teams the chance to represent the collective impact of their community outreach and life-changing outcomes. Projects are evaluated on how successful they are at using entrepreneurial concepts to improve the quality of life and standard of living for those in need. “I am so grateful and proud of the impact that my teammates are having on people’s lives in Hartsville and around the world,” says Henrik Hellbe (‘18), Coker Enactus Executive Council Member and Presentation Team Member. “Being named third in the nation is a
wonderful confirmation of how we are empowering others and improving lives in a sustainable way. I can’t wait to see how the team continues to elevate and expand our projects in the near future.” During this academic year, Coker College Enactus was involved with a variety of projects: Aquaponics in Myanmar, a sustainable ecosystem where fish and plants are grown together in one environment, has meant improved food security and helped raise much-needed funds for a local non-profit center. Clean Water in Myanmar has provided five gallons of clean water every day to 70 families, improving 350 lives. Women’s Empowerment in Myanmar consists of installing a local business for producing low-cost sanitary napkins, which will reduce the risk of illness, create a new business, empower women with consistent income, and help remove the shame women of the country have surrounding their monthly menstrual cycles.
Rent-a-Fridge allows Coker students to rent a mini-fridge during the academic year, providing a more affordable and convenient option for students as well as recurring revenues to support ongoing Enactus projects. Kids Can partners with Carolina’s Kids, a local nonprofit, to enhance funding needs and nutritional values of the organization’s weekend food bag initiative for local children, as well as created and launched a food pantry at Hartsville High School. Summer Business Academy, sponsored by Wells Fargo, jump-starts high schoolers’ college education by earning three credit hours at Coker College, completely free of charge for all participants. Ubuntu-Blox is a wooden press that turns recyclables into sturdy bricks that can then be used for construction purposes, including building houses. The six presenters for the national competition were Hannah Baird from Fort Mill, South Carolina, Lexi Baugh-
Sunstrand locating new operations in Florence County Sunstrand, LLC announced it is locating new biomaterial manufacturing operations in Florence County. The company is projected to bring $8.4 million of capital investment, leading to the creation of 42 new jobs. Working closely with farming partners to procure natural materials, Sunstrand, LLC produces bulk biomaterials to preform manufactur-
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man from Frederick, Maryland, Gabriel Castro from Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Henrik Hellbe from Stockholm, Sweden, Kyle Ocker from Chicago, Illinois, and Joao Victor Santos from Brasilia, Brazil. Additional Coker Enactus team members for the 20172018 academic year include Olivia Avery, Evan Bachman, Gary Baker, Nicholas Beiers, Ethan Cairns, Bryson Conner, Taylor du Bray, Luke Elliott, Deanna Faile, Destany Gause, Reilly Hall, Kiisha Hilliard, Jake Johnson, Katie Jordan, Mary Kooper, Matthew Kron, Kendra Lambert, Edward Leitgeb,
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Francis Marion names Heart of the Pee Dee scholars Francis Marion University has named five South Carolina students as Heart of the Pee Dee Scholars for the coming academic year. The recipients will pay no tuition during their FMU career as long as they maintain at least 3.0 grade point average. The Heart of the Pee Dee Scholarship is a long-standing program at FMU and a significant part of the University’s commitment to providing a superlative education to students from the Pee Dee. Deserving recipients are
selected each year by area guidance counselors who attend become a part of the program by attending the annual fall guidance counselor breakfast hosted by FMU. The students are individuals who counselors believe might not attend college without the Heart of the Pee Dee assistance. This year’s recipients were Samuel Georgia of Latta, Briana Wheeler of Lake View, Sabrina Stanley of Hartsville, Fantasia Toney of Hartsville and MyKenna Blankenship of Darlington.
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SC ranks No. 9 in national review of state transparency websites State Comptroller General Richard Eckstrom’s S.C. Fiscal Transparency Website ranks No. 9 nationally in a new report evaluating the quality and user-friendliness of all 50 states’ transparency websites. South Carolina received a “B+” – earning 87 points – in a report issued by two nonprofit good-government advocacy organizations, U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) and Frontier Group. The report lauds South Carolina as an “advancing state” in the field of government financial transparency available online, noting that the Palmetto State employs best practices with a variety of its website features. In one example, the evaluation included an unannounced search for six specific expenditures. South
Carolina is one of only three states whose website “proved comprehensive by hosting all six of the test expenditures in an easily accessible format in the online checkbook for fiscal year 2017,” the report says. It also notes that: South Carolina is one of only six states that “post a citizen-accessible financial report on their website,” referring to South Carolina’s 2017 Popular Annual Financial Report http://www. cg.sc.gov/publicationsandreports/Documents/PAFR/ F Y 1 7 PA F R _ w i t h C o v e rPages2.pdf prepared by Eckstrom’s office. The number of openrecords requests declined significantly after Eckstrom launched the Palmetto State’s transparency website in 2008. That noteworthy decline continues, with the
site providing a wealth of spending detail and other financial information available to anyone online, thus rendering many requests for information no longer necessary. South Carolina is among a handful of states that “created and update their websites with funds from their existing budgets.” “Some states have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on their transparency websites,” Eckstrom says, “but we’ve always used existing internal resources for our site to save taxpayers money. This report proves that it’s not necessary to spend lots of money on a high-priced website to provide high-quality information to the public.” Eckstrom’s staff is working to achieve an “A” for the Palmetto State in the 2019
evaluation. “We could make an ‘A’ this coming year if we receive credit for new information we’ve recently added that provides details on financial incentives the state awards to attract film productions in South Carolina,” he says. Eckstrom has pioneered transparency in South Carolina since launching his office’s site in 2008. He credits the teamwork and dedication of his staff, which built and maintains the site, for making it one of the best in the nation. “A lot of work goes into keeping the site up to date and constantly improving it with information that’s not just new but that’s also useful to the public,” he says. “My staff tackles that challenge head on.” The report ranking South Carolina No. 9 in transparency is on the PIRG web-
Beware of lifestyle creep “Lifestyle creep” is an unusual phrase describing an all-too-common problem: the more money people earn, the more money they tend to spend. Frequently, the newly affluent are the most susceptible. As people establish themselves as doctors and lawyers, executives, and successful entrepreneurs, they see living well as a reward. Outstanding education, home, and business loans may not alter this viewpoint. Lifestyle creep can happen to successful individuals of any age. How do you guard against it? Keep one financial principle in mind: spend less than you make. If you get a promotion, if your business takes off, if you make partner, the additional income you receive can go toward
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to positive outcomes. Shouldering a fixed mortgage payment as a condition of home ownership? Good potential outcome. Assuming an auto loan so you can drive a luxury SUV? Maybe not such a good idea. While the home may appreciate, the SUV will almost certainly not. Resist the temptation to rent a fancier apartment or home. Few things scream “lifestyle creep” like higher rent does. A pricier apartment may convey an impressive image to your friends and associates, but it will not make you wealthier. Keep the big goals in mind and fight off distractions. When you earn more, it is easy to act on your wants and buy things impulsively. Your typical day starts costing you more money. To prevent this subtle,
daily lifestyle creep, live your days the same way you always have – with the same kind of financial mindfulness. Watch out for new daily costs inspired by wants rather than needs. Live well, but not extravagantly. After years of law school or time toiling at startups, getting hired by the right firm and making that career leap can be exhilarating – but it should not be a gateway to runaway debt. According to the Federal Reserve’s latest Survey of Consumer Finances, the average American head of household aged 35-44 carries slightly more than $100,000 of non-housing debt. This is one area of life where you want to be below average.
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Sonoco’s new digital printing for displays offers brands quality, agility Sonoco (NYSE:SON), one of the largest diversified global packaging companies, has invested in a state-ofthe-art, direct-to-sheet digital printing press for the production of point-of-purchase displays and other promotional packaging. The high-speed, 6-color press enables brand owners to respond quickly to a dynamic retail and shopper environment without the need for costly overruns or printing plates. “Customer reaction has been remarkable. From personal healthcare to home improvement clients, they see the power this gamechanging technology for their brands at the First Moment of Truth,” said Jeffrey Tomaszewski, division vice president and general manager, Rigid Paper and Closures North America and Display and Packaging. “With our new digital printing press, we can drive a speedto-market advantage for our customers that is difficult to beat”. Sonoco’s digital solution offers several advantages over traditional flexography/ lithography, including: Improved print quality and display strength due to a touch-free printing process
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Darlington Raceway special ticket offer for S.C. residents If you’re a resident of South Carolina, Darlington Raceway has a great ticket opportunity for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Bojangles’ Southern 500 event on Sunday, September 2. Through August 3, residents of South Carolina can visit www.DarlingtonRaceway.com/PalmettoOffer to take advantage of special instate pricing for the Labor Day weekend race at the track Too Tough To Tame. South Carolina residents can save $25 off the purchase of two (2) adult tickets in select grandstand areas (while supplies last). “Darlington Raceway is the home track for the great state of South Carolina and we want to make sure our residents have the opportunity for the most competitive ticket offers,” track President Kerry Tharp said. “South Carolinians take great pride in Darlington Raceway and we appreciate their longstanding support, devotion and reverence for our race track.” When tickets are printed and mailed beginning in July, all fans that have purchased grandstand seats for the 2018 Bojangles’ Southern
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