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ABOUT THE COVER

BUSINESS 10 Willcox, Buyck & Williams, P.A.: Origami Telescope 12 House of Hope: HOPE Village 14 Troy Cottrill: A South Carolina Artist

Get ready to travel to breweries across the Southeast without ever leaving the beautifully scenic grounds of Moore Farms Botanical Garden's in Lake City! With more than 20 local and regional craft breweries represented, even the most discerning brew aficionado is sure to be pleased. Green Frog Social House will be serving up delicious eats, and live music will be provided. All proceeds will benefit the Florence County Disabilities Foundation. See the full article on page 22 for more information. Cover photography provided by Victoria Conyers Photography.

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16 Cynthia Ford: Effective Resumés: What You Can Do To Make Yours Stand Out 18 See Jane Stitch: Jane Hray 20 PharmD: Where The Mixologist Prescribes The Shots! 22 Moore Farms Botanical Garden Beer Fest: Transforming An Event Into An Experience 24 Florence County Economic Development Partnership: Gregg Robinson 30 Moss Compounding Pharmacy

CALENDAR 28 September 2022: Fun Days and Events


CONTENT: SEPTEMBER 2022 HEALTH 32 McLeod Health: Expanding Access to Specialized Digestive Health Care For Children 34 HopeHealth: Correcting Misconceptions About Hepatitis C

SHOP LOCAL 36 What To Wear On Game Day AROUND TOWN 38 Marion County Retirement Luncheon

LIFEST YLE 42 Annual Beach Sweep/River Sweep

HOME 44 Game Day Recipe Page BOOK OF THE MONTH 46 The Marriage Portrait: Maggie O'Farrell 48 Doug Smith: Sweet On Honey 50 National Guacamole Day

DRINK 52 La'Quantia Goodman: The Trendsetter Page 50

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the Hubble

ORIGAMI TELESCOPE story by Mark W. Buyck, III

On Christmas Day 2021 a rocket launched from French Guiana carrying NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). Over the next month, the JWST traveled 930,000 miles to its permanent home, a gravitationally stable location orbiting the sun, yet far enough from the earth and the moon to avoid distortion from their light and heat. The first public displays from the JWST were revealed on July 12; however, several teaser shots were released during the prior six months. The results were impressive and the views of the universe breathtaking. Initially advertised to have an operational life of five years, NASA announced that due to a successful and precise launch, the JWST may have enough fuel to remain in its orbit for 20 years. This would be comparable to the equally incredible journey of the Hubble telescope which was deployed into orbit around the earth in 1990 and continues its mission 32 years later. The concept and planning for the Hubble began in 1972 as NASA began winding down its manned moon missions. The original cost estimate for the Hubble was $300 million. By 2006 Hubble’s cost had increased to $9 billion. (To be fair the greatest driver of cost during this period was the runaway inflation of the 1970s). Work began on the Hubble in 1979 and was completed by 1985. The launch of the Hubble however was delayed nearly five years due to the 1986 Space Shuttle Challenger disaster and subsequent moratorium on manned space travel. Hubble was finally 10

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placed into orbit in 1990 after being deployed from the shuttle Discovery. The Hubble has orbited at 340 miles above Earth, since. There have been five separate servicing missions which NASA has made to the Hubble increasing the precision of its views and anticipated lifespan. By 2011 there had been 1 million unique observations made from Hubble and 10,000 scientific papers published. The 1996 Hubble deep field image revealed thousands of newly discovered distant galaxies some as old as 13.4 billion years, 600 million years or so after the Big Bang. The early success of the Hubble created excitement for a bigger and better telescope. What would eventually become the JWST was first proposed in 1996. The first contract was awarded to Northrop Grumman in 2003. The total estimated cost was $825 million with an estimated launch of 2010. By 2005 the estimate had grown to $4.5 billion, by 2010 the estimated launch was delayed to 2015/2018. In 2018 the launch was delayed an additional two years after the elaborate 47 feet by 70 feet sunshield ripped during a practice deployment.


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The planning process for the JWST was deliberate. Given the distance of the JWST from Earth, there will be no opportunities for manned servicing missions which were available for the Hubble. The mirror itself is over 21 feet wide, made up of 18 hexagonal segments. Some have dubbed it the “origami telescope.” It has six times the light collecting area as the Hubble. The JWST was designed to fold into the nose of a rocket whereas the Hubble fit into the bay of the space shuttle. The unfolding of the various components, particularly the sunshield and the mirror had to be very precise. An audit before the launch found that there were 344 single-point failures that could potentially doom the entire mission. Everything worked. The final budget for the JWST is now estimated to be $10 billion. NASA has identified four principal areas of scientific research for JWST. The first mandate is the study of the first stages after the Big

Bang. The idea that JWST will be looking back in time for nearly 14 billion years is astonishing. The second area of study is the assembly and organization of galaxies. Galaxies come in a number of shapes and sizes. Our galaxy, the Milky Way, dominates our night sky and our worldly vision. In the grand scheme of things, it is an average size galaxy and just one of possibly billions in the universe. The third area of study is the birth of stars and the study of where new stars come from including black holes. Finally, the JWST will focus on thousands of exoplanets that have been discovered in the last decade. The JWST can examine these planets in greater detail and in some instances, image the atmospheres for various life markers. There are many sources of information about the JWST and astronomy in general. NASA has its own website dedicated to the JWST. There are a number of YouTube channels dedicated to astronomy and the JWST.

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Dignity, Safety, Love of Christ:

Sam White, Casea David, Wanda Vereen and Bryan Braddock

“A program like HOPE Village can change the course of life,” said Casea David, Director of HOPE Village.

The Foundational Pillars of HOPE Village

Built and furnished from contributions from individuals, churches, area businesses, and foundations, House of Hope’s HOPE village opened and welcomed its first residents in June completely debt free – emphasizing that it takes a village to raise and lift up the people in it.

story by Kimberly Brauss

HOPE Village stands for Housing, Opportunity, Progress, and Encouragement. The core guiding principles are Dignity, Safety, and a daily demonstration of the Love of Christ to clients.

"My people will abide a peaceful habitation, in secure dwelling, and in quiet resting places" Isaiah 32:18

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According to the 2020 South Carolina State of Homelessness Report, Florence County’s homeless population ranks seventh in the top 10 counties in the state. Back in 2018, a tiny house village in Easley caught the attention of House of Hope in Florence. The ministry saw it as an answer to provide hope for those in need of their support and long-term transitional housing.

House of Hope in Florence created the tiny house village to provide longterm shelter for homeless families for up to 24 months. It has a community center, laundry, privacy, and security fencing along with a security team licensed through South Carolina Law Enforcement Division as a college campus has for its students. The program offers women an opportunity to get the training needed to support themselves and their families away from the tiny houses. Studies show having a two-year program yields better success in getting permanent housing.


“Extending the timeframe to two years, only 19 percent of persons returned to homelessness after exiting to a permanent destination. This demonstrates that four out of five clients who successfully exit a homeless assistance project maintain their stable housing and do not come back in contact with a homeless assistance project,” according to the 2020 South Carolina State of Homelessness Report prepared by South Carolina Interagency Council on Homelessness (SCICH), its partner agencies, and the state’s four Continuums of Care. House of Hope’s HOPE Village and its program can change the course of a life and generations to follow, David said. The tiny houses are much more than just a place to stay. In the coming months, HOPE Village will grow from the 13 homes to consist of 24 tiny homes. Those living in the village have their own client services program regarding specific classes to take but all will be required to participate in group chapel, Bible Study, Financial Peace Training, Jobs for Life, Reformers Unanimous or Celebrate Recovery programs. All basic needs, as well as professional services, are provided: housing, food, clothing, transportation, case management, counseling, job training, addiction recovery, etc. There’s a curfew, as well, from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Clients can leave the property for scheduled appointments, visits, and daily activities. They must coordinate with the HOPE Village Director and Case Manager. Those interested in the program can apply through the Case Manager at the Courtney McGinnis Graham Community Shelter or through the HOPE Village Director. House of Hope also partners with local agencies as well to receive referrals. Homelessness is defined as not on a lease, rental or own project. Clients cannot be in active addiction, in an active domestic violence situation, or have untreated mental health issues. Basically, as long as the client is not a threat to themselves or others

they qualify, David explains. Women are being accepted into the program currently. Eventually, men will be allowed but they’ll live separately. Via policies and procedures, there also will be a fence barrier. “We also have several cameras and onsite security to maintain separation of men and women within the community,” David said. “My goal is to be a champion and advocate for their spiritual, mental, emotional, physical, and vocational needs so that they can become who they were always meant to be. I want these women to live in the same promise of restoration that I have found as the Lord speaks about in Joel 2:25, ‘And I will restore to you the years that locus have eaten.’”

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Troy Cottrill Troy A. Cottrill is a South Carolina artist specializing in pencil drawings of historical sites and other vintage objects (old airplanes, tractors, etc...). All drawings are produced "free-hand" and are created in intricate detail. Troy dedicates over one hundred hours in the production of each work to obtain the "photo-like" quality, which has distinguished his work within the art industry. Have you ever dabbled with a hobby, only to find it became a true passion? Maybe it was an interest you stumbled upon or an activity you grew up around. As you gained more insight, you realized you could apply this newfound knowledge and actually be good, or better yet, even GREAT at it! Well, this was the case for Troy Cottrill, a local artist who admits he’s “worn out a few good erasers” while learning and practicing his favorite pastime, drawing! Troy was born and raised in Northeast Ohio. Out of 7 children, he was the only one out of his siblings who followed his career path out of state. At 19, he accepted a job working with Sonoco, who later transferred him to South Carolina where he began the next chapter of his life. After falling in love with Florence, he decided to put down roots and build his life here! Along the way, he’s also made sure to set aside time to build his drawing skills. Throughout his life, there has never been a time when Troy wasn’t captivated by drawing. As a child, he would carry around a pencil and paper, drawing constantly. To this day, a mechanical pencil is still his medium of choice, as it allows him to achieve sharp edges and lines in his art! Like any new skill that you learn, it takes a lot of devoted time, practice and patience. It is clear that Troy has devoted numerous hours to perfecting his craft. Learning to draw through trial-and-error might have taken more time and not been the easiest choice, but he’s never taken an art class. However, an artist doesn’t need formal training to learn a talent, they just need the desire to create! 14

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“My mom was also an artist and I remember being fascinated with how she could turn a blank piece of paper into a masterpiece of art. She was an amazing artist and an inspiration to me.” At a young age, Troy was intrigued with old buildings. He loved how intricate architecture could bring so much character to the simplest of homes.

“I could almost feel the time-period when looking at or walking through the old buildings and homes. Bringing these old buildings to life with paper and a mechanical pencil, was a way for me to feel the old home and spend time in a period that I never existed in. ” His love for older buildings continued into his adulthood and they still intrigue him today. Troy has spent hours studying the beautiful, historical homes in Charleston and recreating them in his drawings. He loves utilizing a collage of photographs that he takes of each structure to create an extremely detail-oriented, architecturally correct drawing. From the shadows


cast on the homes from the towering palm trees that surround it, to the reflections in the glass on the windows, his drawings are incredibly realistic.

If you are interested in purchasing Troy Cottrill's art, be sure to stop in Cottrill’s Landmark Art located at 1304 Celebration Boulevard in Florence!

Even though buildings are a classic favorite for him, Troy’s piece titled 1929 Great Lakes is one that holds a special place in his heart. Years after Troy’s grandfather passed away, his aunt gifted his grandfather’s old stamp collection to him. While leafing through the stamps, he came across an old photograph of a vintage biplane that dated back to the early 1930s. Troy has always loved planes and realized he must have shared this interest with his grandfather who had kept the picture through all those years. Not only does this piece hold the most sentimental value out of all the other pieces of artwork he’s drawn, but it is also the one that he’s spent the most time on, totaling over 150 hours to complete. Among his other drawings, the most difficult to complete was Troy’s drawing of a 1941 Harley Knucklehead. One of the noted traits of a skilled artist is the ability to recreate reflective objects. Between the chrome exhaust, the patterned tire tread, all the mechanical parts that make up this motorcycle and the accurate shadows that define it all, Troy definitely exudes his talent on this piece. He admits that all the research involved with the intricate detailing and number of spokes inside the wheels made this one of the hardest drawings he’s ever completed, along with the pressure of knowing that a Harley owner would notice at a first glance if any parts of the bike was missing! After receiving several requests, Troy is looking forward to his next work of art, which will be a drawing of Clemson’s Tillman Hall. Troy’s drawings make perfect gifts for diehard South Carolina college football fans, Harley-Davidson owners, or even for a Charleston lover!

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the level and/or length of a particular attribute. With targeted resumés, candidates add skills that relate to the job description. Nontraditional resumés include items such as videos or social media sites. This resumé allows employers to see a glimpse of the candidate's personality and potential to fulfill the job based on their skills and experiences. A mini resumé is a summary of highlights.

Effective Resumés: What You Can Do To Make Yours Stand Out

story by Cynthia Ford

The first existence of a resumé is traced back to Leonardo Da Vinci in 1482. The resumé allowed Da Vinci to expound on his talents as he sought additional work. Resumés are a general summary of who you are, your experiences, and what you can offer to companies. Resumés should be updated depending on who will receive the resumé and to update any information that may change about the job seeker. Traditional resumés maintain a modest appearance with the candidate's name affixed up top, followed by their contact information, educational history, objective, employment history, skills, and references. This format allows for a clean appearance and streamlines the essential information employers seek from potential candidates. There is no universal requirement for resumés at this time. The format for them has expanded to offer multiple format options, depending on the employer. The types of resumés include chronological, functional, combination, infographic, targeted, nontraditional, and mini. Chronological resumés mirror the traditional format and are usually beneficial for those with a strong employment history. A functional resumé highlights more of your skills and experiences than your work. This is a great format to use if you have a limited work history or for those who choose not to highlight their work history. A combination resumé is a combination of functional and chronological. Infographic resumés use a variety of words and graphics. The graphics represent

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What is your resumé saying about you? If you have not updated your resumé in a while, now is a perfect time. Decide what type of resumé you wish to create. Design your resumé based on who would receive it. Ensure that the information noted accurately reflects what employers seek. Microsoft Word offers multiple resumé templates that have made the creation much more effortless than drafting from scratch. To try this process, open Microsoft Word, select file, new, type resumé in the search bar, and press enter. Various styles will populate. Select the style that best suits your interest. Update the template to include your information, review it for accuracy and save it to your device. Microsoft Word also offers cover letters with matching designs. Follow the same steps to explore cover letters. Remember to save your work as a pdf file so others can not edit it. Some employers require resumés only, and some request a cover letter along with the resumé. A cover letter will briefly express your interest in the job and describes how your attributes relate to the


position. The cover letter is usually three or four paragraphs. If you do not have the point of contact's name for the letter, note a salutation such as: Dear Sir or Ma'am or Dear Hiring Manager. The cover letter is not used to restate everything on the resumé but shows your interest in the position. It is appropriate to highlight your skills and why you would be the best candidate for the position. One final piece to prepare to update is your references. You may note on your resumé that references may be available upon request, or you may cite the contacts on a separate sheet. It is best practice to have both personal and professional references. For personal references, it is best not to use immediate family members but others who may be acquainted with your work or experiences. These experiences can include paid or unpaid. Before including a reference, seek their permission to be listed as a reference and to share their contact information. The contact information may include their telephone number, email address, and/or mailing address. You may note all three or choose which contact information you prefer to share. Make the references aware of the position you are applying for and expect to be contacted by a potential employer. Amend your resumé as needed to fit the positions you are applying for. If you are submitting a printed copy, use resumé paper. Resumé paper provides a professional, crisp appearance and helps your resumé stand out. Employers are often faced with reviewing multiple applicants and cover letters. You are responsible for crafting a document that stands out from other candidates. Resumés and cover letters are a part of your first impression of a potential employer. Let your resumé pave the way of success for you.

TIP Improving your resume regularly can also help you apply for promotions at your current company. By promptly submitting your resume for an internal position, you show your employer you’re self-motivated, organized, and fully prepared to take on a new role.

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See Jane Stitch story and photos by Erin Daniel

Art surrounds us everywhere we go and can be traced back to the days of cavemen! It’s so versatile and can be comprehended by people of all different nationalities, no matter which language they speak. We can purposefully utilize art, such as, in a logo that defines our business, or use it to depict a hazard, such as a fire icon to warn us of a flammable substance. Art can also be used solely as decoration, for entertainment, or to evoke emotions! While envisioning art, we might think of more familiar media, such as, drawings on paper or paintings on canvas. Maybe culinary or performing arts come to mind. But let’s not forget about more tangible art forms as well, such as sculpture, ceramics or tapestries. Or in Jane’s case, embroidery! Meet Jane Hray, a resident of Sumter, who uses her knowledge in embroidery and cross-stitching to create beautiful works of art! Crossstitching is created using a grid-like pattern on woven fabric and is usually composed of “x” stitches. Hand embroidery involves more technique and is used to embellish fabrics of all kinds. About 6 years ago, Jane was helping her uncle organize his house when she came across a lineage cross-stitch created by her mother. Finding this gave her the creative idea to use it as the announcement to their family that she and her husband, Peyton, were expecting their first baby! After the birth of their second child, Jane had adopted this hobby and found that it was an easy, mess-free activity to pickup and put down when needed. Once their third child was born, she decided to switch over to embroidery.

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“Eventually I got tired of being boxed-in and I went “off grid” – into the world of embroidery. One thing led to another and now I hand-embroider exclusively.”

Just like other artists, Jane has her favorite pieces! She enjoys creating what she refers to as, “Funky Florals”. Using vibrant-colored threads, she stitches flowers in a painterly manner, similar to the style of an abstract artist! While most artists are more apt to stick with one style they enjoy, that’s simply not the case for Jane! She is able to shift completely and also embroider more structured house portraits.


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“Embroidered house portraits have a special place in my heart. They have several subtle layers and take months to create, but they mean so much to the recipients. The idea of ‘home’ means so much to me because I lived in parsonages and moved so often as a child.”

These commissioned works are done on a larger scale than most of her other pieces and are interpreted from a photograph of the commissioner’s home. They include hyper realistic details and true-to-life colors that will have you doing a double take! Her house embroideries have several subtle layers that give her works dimension and really bring them to life! Using different types of stitches, she’s able to create unique textures resembling brick, roof shingles and even different types of shrubbery around the home! Between her embroidery talent and her understanding of color, materials, scale and perspective, it’s clear that Jane is a skilled artist! Not only does she play around with stitching styles, she also likes to switch up the fabric on which she’s stitching! For instance, for more formal pieces, like her house portraits, she uses oatmeal colored linen. On other pieces, she’s experimented with denim, felt, or various colored linen, each lending a different look and texture! Her long-term dream is to one day develop her own patterns and curate embroidery kits to share her unique floral style with others! When asked how long each piece takes her to complete, Jane admittedly stated she purposely doesn’t keep track, but if she had to guess, a

home portrait would range around 100 hours. This time includes everything from discussing the piece with the homeowner, sketching the design, stretching the linen, creating all the layers, stitching and completing the backing on each piece. While stitching, she enjoys listening to podcasts or being with her children while they play. Jane not only loves creating art, but she also loves sharing it with others! Since 2019, she joined in on an art movement involving other artists in her community, better known as Free Art Friday! She describes it as a “modern hide-and-seek”. Jane creates mini embroideries and hides them around town. These pieces are simpler designs than her commissioned pieces and are a chance for her to try out new techniques just for fun! After they’re complete, she hides them around town, and shares a quick Instagram post, revealing just enough clues for locals to find her art! “It has been so much fun to experience the joy of learning when others find my creations!”

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PharmD offers drink service to almost any event you can imagine! Non-alcoholic or spirit infused, the mixologist can prescribe the shot for you! 843-970-2542 | PHARMDDRINKDOCTOR.COM

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Lamar native La’Quantia "Q" Goodman, mixologist extraordinaire, loves spending time with family and close friends. “I’m a true country girl. I love all things sports and I love my F150,” she said. The Francis Marion University graduate also has an MBA with an emphasis in Finance from GCU.

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The Marine veteran is also a board member of MINGLE of the Pee Dee.

La'Quantia Goodman, owner

Q got her start in bartending while working at Percy & Willie’s as a greeter and server. She asked the general manager whether she could help diversify the bar staff back in early 2002 and she learned how to make traditional cocktails. From there, Q also worked at the Downtown Patio & Bar and The Library. “I started mixing cocktails when friends and family started asking me to bartend parties for them. It was then that I began to experiment with different mixtures and liqueurs to create different drinks.” Q then turned a job loss into an opportunity. The mother of a now 14-yearold son knew she didn’t want set hours again or compromise more of the limited time she had to spend with her son, cousin, family and friends. Q said she learned from her late mother that even as a 30-something, there’s always time to reinvent yourself. “I've always remembered that even though she had worked in factories, drove school buses and sometimes was a substitute teacher, before she passed away, she had completed cosmetology school and was looking to open her own salon.” “I decided it would be best to start a business where I could schedule myself to bartend when it was convenient for me.”

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PharmD 5 Year Anniversary Event And now Q celebrates the fifth anniversary of PharmD. What started out as a business to book herself bartending gigs, Q now has a staff of seven bartenders and often has multiple events running simultaneously. “It wasn't until I started PharmD that I became confident in my abilities and started creating my own syrups, juices and mixtures and started making my own ‘Qocktails.’”

“We are celebrating 5 years with a brunch at Cartersville Country Winery in Timmonsville on Saturday, September 10, from noon until 3 p.m. Each guest will have at least one “Qocktail” made by Q! There will be a bartending competition amongst the bartenders, door prizes and great food! Visit our website to purchase your ticket!”

PharmD also makes monthly mixology kits. Subscriptions included are monthly, bimonthly, once a quarter, or a one-time purchase. The team works private and public events, birthday and graduation parties, bachelor and bachelorette parties, business engagements, barbecues, reunions, weddings and any function imaginable. We also offer fun mixology classes and spirit tastings. PharmD also is mobile. So far, the farthest PharmD has traveled is to Dayton, Ohio, but they’ve served throughout the Southeast.

QUICKHITS HITS WITH WITH LA’QUANTIA QUICK LA’QUANTIA Drink of Choice: My absolute favorite cocktail is a Ketel One Dirty Martini, no vermouth, shaken with 2 olives.

What is a PharmD bomb? A hot chocolate bomb (chocolate shell with hot chocolate mix inside), but also with some extra flavored goodness inside.

First Employee: Jasmine Johnson. Jasmine and I held down the fort and bartended all the events. The pandemic stalled PharmD a great deal in 2020, but in 2021 four more bartenders (Shalone Douglas, Ciera Gordon, Jessica James and Derek Taylor) were added to the staff. And this year, two more (Brittany Blanding and Kayla Gordon) were added. I'm forever grateful for my bartenders and their talents, especially the ones that trusted me enough to learn the basics from me.

For more information on PharmD, visit their website:

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MFBG BEER FEST

TRANSFORMING AN EVENT INTO AN EXPERIENCE story by Phillip “Shady” Rodgers photos by Victoria Conyers Photography LLC

Along with the cooler weather and the changing of leaves, the resurgence of festivals and events in the fall all go hand in hand. So, what makes Moore Farms Botanical Garden’s “Beer Fest” different? Location! Unlike other similarly themed fall events, we do not redesign our property to fit our event, but instead, we reimagine our event to fit our award-winning landscapes. While enjoying countless brews and ciders, guests will find themselves surrounded by cutting-edge horticultural techniques and practices, yielding a truly unique experience. From the manliest of men to the most feminine Southern belles around, our goal is to make this unparalleled immersion of plants and craft brews and ciders feel comfortable for everyone, even for those who do not consider themselves plant aficionados.

WHAT TO EXPECT We are thrilled to open our gates once again to bring our popular Beer Fest back for its 9th year. Featuring endless samples from 20+ local and regional breweries, ticketholders will find several local eateries and food trucks dotted throughout the property, paired with LIVE music by Inland Band. Self-guide through our lush 65 cultivated acre garden, listen to some of your favorite chart-topping songs performed live, while discovering your new favorite craft brew or cider along the way. What’s not to love?

WHY BUY A TICKET If craft beers and ciders spread throughout the most beautiful landscapes around isn’t enough to convince you, maybe giving back will. As part of our philanthropic mission, Moore Farms will be donating 100% of all ticket proceeds to the Florence County Disabilities Foundation. That’s right, your ticket to drink is tax deductible!

SOBER RIDE Stay safe by utilizing our free “Sober Ride” shuttle service! The Sober Ride shuttle will be transporting guests both to and from Moore Farms Botanical Garden from downtown Lake City’s “The Inn at the Crossroads” from 12 pm - 5 pm.

STAY WITH US You deserve a weekend of FUN! Plan to stay in our beautiful boutique hotel, The Inn at the Crossroads, or load up the crew and reserve your spot in our luxury RV park, Crossroads Coach Resort. Mention “Beer Fest” at either location to receive a special rate. Rooms and RV spots book quickly. Visit us online for more information and how to book your stay! Producing quality events is easy. Transforming an event into an experience is our specialty. Purchase your tickets TODAY at moorefarmsbg.org!

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BUSINESS story by Heather Page

Gregg Robinson, Florence County Economic Development Partnership CEO

When scheduling this meeting with newly appointed Florence County Economic Development Partnership CEO Gregg Robinson, the intentions were to learn more about Gregg and his background in economic development. The conversation instead became a learning experience on the incredible impact Florence County Economic Development Partnership (FCEDP) has on our community. While Gregg‘s accomplishments in previous positions, such as Orangeburg County Development Commission Executive Director, speak volumes, they took a backseat when discussing his passion for growth in Florence County. Gregg’s interests are first and foremost in promoting Florence County to outside institutions and revealing future plans he and his team have in place to continue the economic development of Florence County. Gregg was just eleven days into the job with FCEDP during this interview and was already considerably invested. He talked about how he admired the work previous Executive Director, Joe King, implemented in the county and how it was his goal to not only retain the businesses currently here but to also see them expand. FCEDP has a great group of professionals – Stephanie Bosch, Debbie Jones, and Kim Culberson – that continue to share their excellent experience of the area involving 24

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Gregg Robinson

Florence County Industrial Park Map economic development. Gregg shares, “We want to make sure that our existing industries remain happy and are getting the attention they deserve. We focus energy on existing industry reach where we literally knock on doors and speak to people. It’s all about communication.” If a company has an issue or a need to expand, FCEDP wants to be their first call. “These large industries such as GE, Honda, and Niagara Bottling have multiple locations they can move or expand into, our goal is to meet all of their needs right here. All of the new business is great and that’s often what people get most excited about. However, we can’t lose sight of our current customer base. Florence County has an excellent customer base of manufacturing. We have to make sure they are happy.”


Niagara Bottling

As Gregg drives around Pee Dee Commerce City East, located near the intersection of South Carolina Highway 327 and I-95, he showcases the big businesses that live there and describes the economic impact each has. The park is home to existing industries such as Pepsi of Florence, Ruiz Foods, FedEx, Innovative Construction Group, GE Distribution, and Performance Food Group. Marlboro Development Team, managed by Marlboro Pee Dee Electric Cooperative, is currently expanding the industrial park across S.C. 327 to include an additional 174 acres. The expansion will also include the construction of a 117,180-square-foot industrial speculative building. below: Florence County East, New Industrial Park

above and right: a rendering of the 117,180 squarefoot industrial spec building that will be at the expansion of Pee Dee Commerce City Park

Two of Gregg's main focus areas for Florence County are workforce development followed by product development. “Those two things are critical to the process of selling because we can’t win a new project without it,” he explains. “The utilities, the site, the building...All of these factors are important for an industry with needs to expand. All of these items take time and where an industry goes depends on speed to market at the decision process. If we are not prepared and Lumberton is, we lose. If we don’t have a site that fits

their needs, we lose. With Florence County Industrial Park East, by building a pad, we are pad ready. We’ve saved a business six months. Now, all that needs to be done is the building. We do speculative buildings, essentially big boxes, that you can fill with several objects. Our job is to target as many industries as we can inside that box and then help them cultivate that speed to market. These industries are chasing new businesses just like we are. When an existing industry supplier is growing, we want a Florence County location to be able to fully service their needs.” Gregg served Orangeburg County for 17 years. During his time there, he increased their industrial parks from four to eleven, offering nearly 3,000 acres for economic development. He and his team in Orangeburg were also able to secure private-sector investment totaling over a million square feet of new construction over the last 18 months. “This is how you build the environment,” says Gregg. “You build the base of infrastructure then allow the private sector to come in and do what it does best. In economic development, we create an environment for return on investment, and when the investor sees that, they’ll invest. It creates this buzz and cluster. That’s what we want to do across Florence County, create these hubs of industrial development." September 2022

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During his time in Orangeburg County, Gregg observed firsthand the importance of not only working to gain large industries but also the small, family-owned businesses. “Orangeburg County obtained Inbra Chemicals Co., a Brazilian company. Orangeburg was their first entry into the United States. For them to come into the U.S., in a rural area, south of town, when they could literally be anywhere in the world, was a big hit. The capital investment was around twenty million dollars and only offered 15 to 20 jobs, but that wasn’t the point. The point was that a company came in, planted its flag, and had faith in our state and our region to provide for their needs. The small projects are just as important as the big projects. A lot of times we can focus on the big hits when the gazelles are truly what you want. They are the industries that become medium size companies that eventually become large companies. They help cultivate that environment of success.” Additionally, Gregg is excited about Florence County’s logistics. “Our access to I-95 and I-20 are incredible. We need to cultivate what we do well. Because of our location and access to main highways throughout the county, food, timber, clusters and plastic make complete sense. Logistically, we are blessed.” Like any position, Gregg faces difficult decisions and daily obstacles. One area of concern is the aging work population, the Baby Boomers, that will retire within the next ten years based on national statistics provided by the United States Census. However, with the educational opportunities that Florence County offers, Gregg believes we have the ability to backfill those positions. “We, as economic development, have to continue creating these markets so that new opportunities are offered for individuals who

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above: current map of businesses located in the Pee Dee Commerce City East located in Florence, off I-95 below: site pad & rendering of the future Florence County Industrial Park South which will be located in Scranton


Global Reach with a Southern Touch

are graduating and gaining degrees. These industries can change lives locally. When an employee is undervalued in a current job and all of a sudden they get a new opportunity and their wage grows significantly, you’ve enhanced that quality of life. Jobs are critical to the development of our community.” Additionally, there will always be naysayers – Someone upset over a win or everyone upset over a loss. “It’s a constant struggle to make sure that across the county, from north to south and east to west, that everyone feels like they are part of the process. We believe in transparency. We get people involved at the grassroots level but most importantly we want our stakeholders, meaning your big pillars of industry and institutions, to be involved in the process of recruitment.” Gregg and his staff at FCEDP can’t be the only ones doing the job. “We need elected leaders and even media working with us. We have to constantly feed good information. The future is very bright for Florence County.” Since 1999, FCEDP has served as the public-private entity that works to recruit new business and industry to Florence County while also helping existing industries grow and expand. Through memberships with Florence County Progress, more than 250 businesses across a broad spectrum of industries and services provide critical private sector support for quality economic development in Florence County. With a range of membership levels, there is a place at Florence County Progress for every business and organization interested in making a difference in the future of Florence County.

above: Existing industries continue provide employment and development in our community

The definition of economic impact: a financial effect that something, especially something new, has on a situation or person. (Cambridge Dictionary)

To learn more about FCEDP or to learn how you can become a member of Florence County Progress, visit www.fcedp.com. September 2022

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1 Gardening for Pollinators Moore Farms Botanical Garden, Lake City An Evening with Loretta HollowayQuietly Walking with our Ancestors TRAX Visual Art Center & The Stables, Lake City

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Cook Out Southern 500 Darlington Raceway

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Happy Labor Day!

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Cracked Pot Planter Workshop Growing Hobby, Florence

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Downtown Florence Restaurant Week Sept 11-17

Enrico Elisi, Piano FMU PAC, Florence Day of Encouragement

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15 Eats On The Street Downtown Dillon

Gospel in the Park Pride Park, Hartsville

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Open Mic Night (every Tues.) F.E. Pops, Florence

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The Good Neighbor Gala Florence Country Club

Trivia (every Wed.) Seminar Brewing, Florence

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Cooks for Christ Chicken Bog Benefit West Florence Fire Department, Florence Karaoke (every Thurs.) Green Frog Social, Lake City

22 Evening of Hope - Benefit the McLeod Center for Cancer Treatment and Research FMU PAC, Florence

Reformers Unanimous Program Every Friday pm & Sunday am Florence Baptist Temple

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Air Plant Workshop Growing Hobby, Florence

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Greater Florence Chamber Membership Luncheon Florence Center

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City of Mullins 150th Anniversary Sept 22-24 Down Main Street, Mullins

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SC Bridal Showcase Florence Center

Josh Turner FMU PAC, Florence

Gospel Music Coker University, Hartsville

Paws For The Arts Twin Lakes Country Club, Dillon

Family Day

The School Foundation 22nd Annual Gala SiMT Building, Florence

Trivia (every Wed.) Green Frog Social, Lake City


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College Colors Day

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Cinderella Sept 9 & 10: 7:30pm Sept 11: 3pm Sept 13-17: 7:30pm Florence Little Theatre

Hannah Skipper Golf Benefit Country Club of SC, Florence

New Vision Community Rice Festival New Hopewell Outreach Center, Hartsville

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PharmD 5 Year Celebration Cartersville Winery, Timmonsville South Carolina Tobacco Festival Downtown Lake City Sip and Paint Moore Farms,Lake City

Paddle for Barrett Fundraiser River Rats, Scanton

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Power Comicon Florence Center

Run for Brighters Days Lynches River State Park

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Tap Into Downtown Craft Beer Crawl Downtown Florence Downtown Block Party East College Ave Entertainment District, Hartsville Funeral for a Gangster (Sept 16-17 & 23-24) The Edition, Hartsville

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Happy Little Fun Run Black Creek Arts Council, Darlington MFBG Beer Fest Moore Farms, Lake City

MUSC Health Fair Amazing Grace Park, Marion Great American Pot Pie Day

30 Florence After 5 Downtown Florence PD Plant & Flower Festival Sept 30-Oct 2 PD State Farmers Market, Florence Friday Night Flicks Amazing Grace Park,Marion

Coward Harvest Festival

October 1, 2022 Just a Bunch of Hocus Pocus Market 5255 Langston Rd, Timmonsville Florence Area Big Band Amazing Grace Park, Marion

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BUSINESS

Celebrating 45 Years! story by Maragret King Moss Compounding Pharmacy has been a staple in Florence for years. One that has helped thousands of people manage personal illnesses and treat sicknesses. While owners changed hands in December of 2016, pharmaceutical formulas have continued to make positive impacts on the lives of humans and animals. Former owner Tenny Moss took pride in the successful mixtures he made over the years and shared them in detail with current owner Bryan Ziegler. Even after handing over the business to Bryan, Tenny continued to work so together they could create even more pharmaceutical collaborations for Moss Compounding Pharmacy. Tenny is now retired, spending much-deserved time with his family while Bryan celebrates a growing business, 45 years in the making! Nestled inside of The Pharmacy located on Hoffmeyer Road, Moss Compounding Pharmacy is your team of medication problem solvers and health allies. Jarrod Tippins, owner of The Pharmacy and co-owner of Moss Compounding Pharmacy, shares in the business responsibilities at Moss but leaves the mixing to Bryan. The two share an old and interesting relationship as Bryan once taught Jarrod at the University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy. Years later, it was Jarrod that reached out to Bryan to inquire about interest in partnering to purchase and relocate Tenny’s business to The Pharmacy location. After initial meetings and evaluations, the pair had a vision for a “healthcare corner” to serve others.

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Custom Compounding: Solutions For Your Best Health Moss Compounding Pharmacy is not your typical pharmacy. Bryan explains it, “We prepare personalized prescription medications for patients when a prescriber determines there’s a medical need and manufactured drugs are not appropriate or available. Compound medications are made from scratch, meaning individual ingredients are mixed in the exact strength and dosage required by each patient as directed by a prescriber. This allows a compounding pharmacist to work with patients and prescribers to customize medicines that meet a patient’s specific needs.” There are only a handful of pharmacies in the state that specialize in compounding medications at the level that Moss Compounding Pharmacy does. “Some of our key areas of focus are hormone replacement therapy, women’s health, pediatrics, dermatology, pain management, auto-immune disorders, and veterinary medicine. We also have expertise in nutritional supplements and provide consultation services and our own private label supplement line.” Bryan acknowledges his team as the key to their success. “Our pharmacists are nationally recognized as innovators and educators in the pharmacy profession. Our pharmacists are known as caring individuals who go the extra mile to practice pharmacy at the highest level while providing the best medical care to our patients. Additionally, they are routinely sought out to lecture and speak nationally for continuing education programs as well as at local colleges of pharmacy.” With over 4,000 formulations they custom prepare for patients, Moss is Florence’s best-kept healthcare secret. They receive new challenges every day and utilize their expertise to develop new formulas daily to meet a patient’s specific needs. “Even doctors routinely tell us, ‘We didn’t know you could do that.’” says Bryan. The scope of offerings Moss has is so vast and treatment options are so broad. “Most of our offerings do require a prescription but we do have some over-the-counter treatment options such as diaper rash ointment, scar gels, eczema cream, anti-aging formulations, shampoo, deodorant, and anti-itch gels for bug bites and poison ivy.”

Moss also carries a line of CBD products. Bryan explains, “This is a treatment option that is growing in popularity but there are considerable concerns about product quality and safe use of CBD. This is where we have leveraged our expertise. We know how to evaluate a quality product and have thoroughly researched the benefits and risks of CBD as a medical treatment option. We are routinely called upon by medical doctors and patients for assistance with patient care in this area.” In 45 years Moss Compounding Pharmacy has grown into a team of two specially trained pharmacists and six pharmacy technicians. Additionally, the pharmacy has added a sales and marketing representative to help educate prescribers about all of the offerings available at Moss. Since the relocation, Bryan and Jarrod have made considerable investments in state-of-the-art equipment and have continued to grow the business into one of the premier compounding pharmacies, not only in the state but also nationally. In 2023, they look forward to an expansion of Moss’s store footprint which will provide additional space to increase the volume and types of compounds that they can prepare. From newborn babies to patients needing end-oflife care, Moss Compounding Pharmacy treats patients throughout the entire span of life. If you have a unique healthcare need, they have a solution! As Moss Compounding Pharmacy enters its 45th year in business, they plan to share thanks to their customers and the medical community by offering instore and online sales promotions during September. Follow them on social media to see how you can help celebrate their success!

Moss Compounding Pharmacy 2500 Hoffmeyer Road, Florence • 843.665.0289 www.mosscompounding.com mosscompoundingrx@gmail.com Instagram: @MossCompoundingPharmacy Facebook: @MossCompoundingRX

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HEALTH + WELLNESS

McLeod Pediatric Gastroenterologist Dr. Chad Thornhill performs a wide range of endoscopy procedures to provide accurate diagnoses for his patients.

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Specialized Digestive Health Care for Children story by Dr. Chad Thornhill, McLeod Pediatric Gastroenterology

Pediatric gastroenterology focuses on the diagnosis, treatment and management of digestive, liver and nutritional disorders in children. While there are common conditions that affect both adult and pediatric patients – Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, inflammatory bowel – there are some conditions that only pediatric gastroenterologists are trained to treat, such as infants with reflux or children with constipation. Children are not small adults. Their bodies are constantly changing as they grow, and they are not always able to express their concerns or the symptoms. Pediatric gastroenterologists care for the entire pediatric population, from infants to teens, and are experts in developing a personalized, age-appropriate approach to the treatment and management of digestive disorders. Pediatric gastroenterology covers a wide range of digestive disorders, each of which require unique testing and procedures as well as treatment approaches. Some of the most common conditions include food allergies, GERD, inflammatory bowel disease, celiac disease, and eosinophilic esophagitis.

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Food Allergies Food allergies result when a child’s immune system decides that a certain food is a danger. It sends out immunoglobulin antibodies, which react with the food and cause the release of histamines and other chemicals. These chemicals can lead to bothersome symptoms including hives, stomach pain, and vomiting. More severe symptoms can be life-threatening, such as anaphylaxis and loss of consciousness. Most food allergies are caused by milk, eggs, wheat, soy, tree nuts, peanuts, fish and shellfish. It is important to determine what specific foods are triggering your child’s allergy. If your child’s symptoms are severe, be sure that you and your child carry an EpiPen.

GERD Reflux occurs during or after a meal when the stomach contents go back up into the esophagus, the tube connecting the mouth to the stomach. For some people, reflux happens frequently and is so severe that it develops into a condition called gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD. GERD occurs when reflux causes troublesome symptoms or complications such


as failure to gain weight, bleeding, respiratory problems or esophagitis. You can develop GERD at any age, and it often runs in families. There are some differences between the symptoms, management, and treatment of GERD in infants and GERD in older children and teens.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) in children is a chronic inflammatory disorder of the intestines that does not have an identifiable cause such as infection. Nearly 1 in 4 patients diagnosed with IBD are under 20 years old. IBD should not be confused with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). IBD patients are usually sicker, with more severe symptoms such as diarrhea, abdominal pain, rectal bleeding and weight loss. Patients can also have inflammation in other parts of their body. The two major types of IBD are Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, which affect different parts of the child’s digestive tract. It can often be managed effectively through medication or other treatments but requires close evaluation and follow-up by a pediatric gastroenterologist.

Celiac Disease Celiac disease in children is a serious autoimmune condition caused by a permanent intolerance for gluten, which is a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley. Consuming gluten damages the lining of the small intestine and prevents it from absorbing nutrients from food. This often leads to poor weight gain in children. Other symptoms include abdominal pain, diarrhea, irritability and slow growth. While the exact cause of celiac disease remains unknown, it does appear to be hereditary. Celiac disease is a lifelong condition, but it is very manageable. The best way to treat the condition is to stick to a gluten-free diet. It is also important to remember in addition to wheat, rye and barley, non-food items can contain gluten as well, such as shampoo, vitamins and supplements.

Eosinophilic Esophagitis Eosinophilic esophagitis in children is an inflammatory condition in which the wall of the esophagus becomes filled with large numbers of white blood cells called eosinophils. It has only recently been identified as a disease, but fortunately, many new options are emerging to treat and manage the condition. Symptoms usually include difficulty swallowing, pain, nausea, regurgitation and vomiting. In young children, symptoms of eosinophilic esophagitis can resemble those of GERD, so it’s important to receive a proper diagnosis. This is a serious disease that can cause lifelong problems if undiagnosed. Talk with your child’s pediatrician if you notice any digestive or nutritional concerns so they can refer you to a pediatric gastroenterologist if needed.

McLeod Pediatric Subspecialists (left to right): Dr. David Steflik, Dr. Deidre Tyson, Dr. Chad Thornhill, Dr. Al Gilpin and Lisa Woodberry, NP.

McLeod Children’s Hospital Serving more than 56,000 children from the Midlands to the Coast each year, McLeod Children’s Hospital is continually expanding access to pediatric subspecialists in the fields of cardiology, endocrinology, gastroenterology and orthopedic surgery. One of only four Children’s Hospitals in the state of South Carolina, McLeod Children’s Hospital remains committed to delivering personalized, unrivaled care. For more information, visit

McLeodChildrensHospital.org.

Dr. Chad Thornhill MeLeod Pediatric Gastroenterology

Dr. Chad Thornhill cares for patients at McLeod Pediatric Gastroenterology. Board certified in both general pediatrics and pediatric gastroenterology, Dr. Thornhill specializes in digestive, liver and nutritional disorders in children, ranging from lactose intolerance to food allergies, severe or complicated gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), eosinophilic esophagitis, inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, pancreatic insufficiency and more.

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HEALTH ++ WELLNESS WELLNESS HEALTH

CORRECTING MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT

HEPATITIS C story by Harmeet Gill, MD, HopeHealth

Learn the facts about how hepatitis C is a serious, but treatable condition, and how you can avoid infection.

Hepatitis C is an infection caused by the hepatitis C virus (HCV) that damages the liver, a critical organ responsible for filtering waste products, aiding digestion, and other important functions. The CDC estimated approximately 57,500 new cases of hepatitis C in 2019, and the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services reports that approximately 2.4 million people are living with hepatitis C, though the actual number may be much higher. Hepatitis C is contagious and can lead to a lifetime of challenges and complications, especially if left untreated. It is vital to avoid risky behaviors that can lead to infection by HCV and other dangerous viruses. However, many people have misconceptions about hepatitis C, how it’s transmitted, and about living with and treating the infection. To better understand hepatitis C and help prevent future infections, here are nine common misconceptions around the virus and the facts behind each.

NINE MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT HEPATITIS C Misconception #1: Hepatitis C can’t be transmitted during sex. The Reality: While infection from HCV during sex is

uncommon, it is still possible. Though HCV is generally not transmitted through vaginal secretions or semen in high enough concentrations to cause infection, sex partners can be exposed to blood infected with the virus through tissue tears, or via menstrual blood. Men living with HIV who have sex with men also have an increased risk of contracting HCV through sexual contact.

Misconception #3: Hepatitis C is only a brief infection. The Reality: HCV can cause both short (acute) as well as

long term (chronic) infections. Acute infection occurs within the first six months of acquiring HCV. Symptoms can range from fever, weakness, jaundice (the yellowing of skin, whites of eyes, and mucous membranes), nausea and vomiting, and abdominal discomfort. Symptoms usually resolve spontaneously, then transition into a chronic infection. More than half of all people with acute HCV infections will develop chronic hepatitis C. Chronic hepatitis C can be lifelong if left untreated. It damages the liver by causing cirrhosis (scarring of the liver tissue) and cirrhosis-related complications like vomiting blood and distention of the abdomen with fluid. Chronic hepatitis C carries a high risk of causing liver cancer and liver failure.

Misconception #2: Blood transfusions put you at risk for

contracting HCV.

Misconception #4: Treatment of hepatitis C prevents all

The Reality: For people who received blood or blood

future infections.

products prior to 1992, there was a risk of developing a hepatitis C infection. Today, however, all blood and blood products are screened for HIV, HCV, and other bloodborne diseases, ensuring it is safe for you to receive a blood transfusion.

The Reality: Successful treatment of hepatitis C does

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not provide people with immunity to the virus. Even if a person has been cured of hepatitis C, they can still reacquire the virus if they use IV drugs and share needles or engage in unprotected sexual intercourse.


Misconception #5: There is no need to treat hepatitis C if it

YOU SHOULD GET TESTED FOR HCV IF YOU:

isn’t bothering you.

• Have ever injected drugs, even if it was just

The Reality: Hepatitis C is a chronic illness that can take many

once or many years ago

years to produce symptoms which affect the liver. The virus causes inflammation of the liver tissue and changes in its structure ranging from simple fatty deposition to severe liver cirrhosis. People with untreated hepatitis C are also at risk of developing liver cancer.

• Have HIV

Misconception #6: You shouldn’t breastfeed if you have

• Received clotting factor concentrates before 1987

hepatitis C.

• Have been exposed to blood from a person who has hepatitis C

The Reality: It is okay for new mothers living with hepatitis C

to breastfeed if their nipple tissue is intact, and the skin is not broken. If the nipples start to crack or another injury occurs, it is recommended to avoid breastfeeding at that time. Misconception #7: There is a vaccine for all hepatitis infections. The Reality: While there is a vaccine for preventing hepatitis

A and hepatitis B, there is currently no vaccine available which can prevent you from getting HCV. The only way people can decrease their risk of acquiring hepatitis C is to avoid IV drug abuse and needle sharing, and use barrier methods for sexual intercourse.

• Have abnormal liver tests or liver disease • Are on hemodialysis • Received donated blood or organs before July 1992

While hepatitis C is a serious illness that can cause major disruptions to your life, it can be treated. HopeHealth offers specialized care for people living with hepatitis C and other infectious diseases. Our range of services include clinical care, case management, medication assistance, and community awareness and education. If you are interested in becoming a patient, contact us at (843) 667-9414 to schedule your first appointment.

Misconception #8: There is no cure for hepatitis C. The Reality: The good news is that there are medications

available to treat and effectively cure hepatitis C. However, once a person has had hepatitis C, their risk for developing liver cancer remains. It is advisable to avoid any toxins or harmful substances which affect the liver, such as drinking alcohol. Misconception #9: Only people engaging in sex with multiple

partners should get tested.

Harmeet Gill, MD

The Reality: According to recent guideline updates from the

CDC, the public health agency “now recommends one-time hepatitis C testing of all adults (18 years and older) and all pregnant women during every pregnancy. CDC continues to recommend people with risk factors, including people who inject drugs, be tested regularly."

360 N. IRBY ST, FLORENCE 843.667.9414 HOPE-HEALTH.ORG

Dr. Harmeet Gill is an infectious diseases physician at the HopeHealth Medical Plaza in Florence. He earned his medical degree from A.N. Magadh Medical College, Gaya Bihar, India and completed his fellowship at Palmetto Health USC in Columbia, SC. Dr. Gill is board certified in internal medicine and infectious diseases and has vast experience managing rural health initiatives. He ran the national polio eradication program and is the recipient of a state level award for efficiently managing a cholera outbreak in India. Fluent in English, Hindi, and Punjabi, Dr. Gill is a member of The Infectious Disease Society of America and the American Medical Association.

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SHOP LOCAL

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GAME DAY 1 BLOOM, A UNIQUE BOUTIQUE

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7 PIECES 1228 Celebration Blvd, Florence shoppiecesboutique.com

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Marion County held their first annual retirement luncheon on Friday, July 15, 2022 at Magnolia’s on Main in Marion, SC. We honored employees who retired the previous fiscal year. Each retiree received a plaque and retirement check. Attendees were able to invite family and friends to celebrate this occasion. The County Administrator and Clerk, Deputy Administrator and Clerk, Human Resources, Public Relations, and the Directors of the retirees, were in attendance. It was a wonderful celebration.


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LIFESTYLE

SEPTEMBER 17, 2022 33rd Annual Beach Sweep/River Sweep

BEACH SWEEP/RIVER SWEEP is South Carolina's largest volunteer litter-cleanup event on the state's waterways. It's a tradition since 1988 and happens the 3rd Saturday in September when thousands of citizens volunteer to clear trash from our beaches, rivers, lakes, creeks, and wetlands. Get Involved: Volunteers make BEACH SWEEP/RIVER SWEEP happen. Since 1988, more than 150,000 South Carolinians have volunteered to cleanup waterways across the state and they have removed over 1,200 tons of trash. There are two ways for volunteers to participate: either organize and lead a cleanup at a location you choose OR join a cleanup where additional helpers are being requested. Why is picking up trash important? What's the big deal? It doesn't matter what you call it, trash, litter, aquatic debris, or junk - it's dangerous to our safety, our wildlife, and our economy. Aquatic debris is a threat to our favorite recreational activities - like swimming, boating, and fishing. Wildlife are harmed each year because they mistake litter and plastic debris for food or become entangled in ropes and lines. The beauty of South Carolina is well known, our state thrives on the recreation and tourism industry - who would want to visit a trashy state?

Participants take action against pollution. They see first-hand the negative effects of trash on our waterways and recreation areas and they make a positive impact by removing the trash. Participants record the trash collected. By keeping track of the types and amounts of trash/litter we remove, we're able to better understand the sources of the trash. For example, information collected in 2004 told us that cigarettes, food wrappers, bottle caps, and lids made up nearly half of all the litter collected. This type of information helps organizations better target education programs and awareness campaigns to prevent litter from happening.

Anyone can participate, including businesses, civic clubs, individuals, families, school groups, recreation clubs, church groups, youth groups, etc. Volunteers select the beach, river, lake, creek, swamp, or marsh area they wish to clean. Site Captains: Site Captains are the volunteers who organize and lead a local cleanup effort, large or small, as follows: • identify a trashed area, a location on or near a waterbody, where you'll conduct your cleanup • recruit volunteers, organize and conduct your cleanup • arrange for disposal of the trash you collect • report the results from your cleanup

Two important things happen when South Carolinians volunteer to pick up trash during BEACH SWEEP/RIVER SWEEP.

Site Volunteers: Site Volunteers are those who come out to pickup trash at a registered cleanup site.

To sign up as a captain or to volunteer, visit www.sweep-scdnr.hub.arcgis.com. Information provided by South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.

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VIP'S BOOK CLUB

A BOOK REVIEW OF

THE MARRIAGE PORTRAIT BY MAGGIE O'FARRELL

Florence, the 1550s. Lucrezia, third daughter of the grand duke, is comfortable with her obscure place in the palazzo: free to wonder at its treasures, observe its clandestine workings, and to devote herself to her own artistic pursuits. But when her older sister dies on the eve of her wedding to the ruler of Ferrara, Moderna and Regio, Lucrezia is thrust unwittingly into the limelight: the duke is quick to request her hand in marriage, and her father just as quick to accept on her behalf. Having barely left girlhood behind, Lucrezia must now make her way in a troubled court whose customs are opaque and where her arrival is not universally welcomed. Perhaps most mystifying of all is her new husband himself, Alfonso. Is he the playful sophisticate he appeared to be before their wedding, the aesthete happiest in the company of artists and musicians, or the ruthless politician before whom even his formidable sisters seem to tremble? As Lucrezia sits in constricting finery for a painting intended to preserve her image for centuries to come, one thing becomes worryingly clear. In the court’s eyes, she has one duty: to provide the heir who will shore up the future of the Ferranese dynasty. Until then, for all of her rank and nobility, the new duchess’s future hangs entirely in the balance.

From the author of the breakout New York Times best seller Hamnet— winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award—an electrifying new novel set in Renaissance Italy, and centering on the captivating young duchess Lucrezia de Medici.

Full of the drama and verve with which she illuminated the Shakespearean canvas of Hamnet, Maggie O’Farrell brings the world of Renaissance Italy to jewel-bright life, and offers an unforgettable portrait of a resilient young woman’s battle for her very survival.

ABOUT MAGGIE O'FARRELL: Maggie O’Farrell, FRSOL, is the author of HAMNET, Winner of the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2020, and the memoir I AM, I AM, I AM, both Sunday Times no. 1 bestsellers. Her novels include AFTER YOU’D GONE, MY LOVER’S LOVER, THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US, which won a Somerset Maugham Award, THE VANISHING ACT OF ESME LENNOX, THE HAND THAT FIRST HELD MINE, which won the 2010 Costa Novel Award, INSTRUCTIONS FOR A HEATWAVE and THIS MUST BE THE PLACE., and THE MARRIAGE PORTRAIT. She is also the author of two books for children, WHERE SNOW ANGELS GO and THE BOY WHO LOST HIS SPARK.

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Sweet on Honey

story by Doug Smith

Honey is a nutritious, healthy, delicious sweet food made by bees from the nectar of flowers. Honey bees convert the nectar found in local flowers into honey. They store this food source in wax honeycombs inside the beehive. When fresh food sources are scarce, bees use their stored honey as their source of energy. There are three types of bees in each hive: the queen (only 1), multiple male bees that fertilize the queen, and worker bees (20,000 to 40,000) that raise larvae and leave the hive to collect sugar-rich flower nectar and then return. Honey gets its sweetness from the presence of simple sugars like fructose and glucose and has about the same relative sweetness as regular granulated sugar. It has excellent properties for baking and has a distinctive flavor that leads many people like myself to prefer it over sugar and other sweeteners. That's just part of the story because when the bees are out gathering the nectar they are also pollinating the plants so that we can have plentiful fruits and vegetables. The hard-working bees also help people like myself who struggle with allergies. My whole life I have taken some type of medicine for allergies. At one point I took weekly shots to help keep them at bay. Then at one of my doctor visits, it was recommended that I start including local honey in my diet. I was told that the bee going from flower to flower would not only pollinate the other flowers but would also be adding some of this pollen to the honey. Taking this local honey over time would help build my immunity to the same pollen that caused my allergic reactions. This sweet substance now would sweeten my tea, make my yogurt taste better, and become a secret medicine that would fend off the dreaded allergies. This is good news! Who knew something so good could also be so beneficial? Honey has been eaten for a long time, perhaps from the beginning of time. When you can, take the time to get to know your local beekeeper. They can be a great source of knowledge. They can also suggest types of honey that you should try. The different flavors come from the flowers available to the bees that produced the honey and the time of year.

When substituting honey for sugar, use this as a guide: For up to one cup, honey can be substituted for sugar in equal amounts. For example, you can substitute a 1/2 cup of honey for a 1/2 cup of sugar. Over one cup, use about 3/4 cup of honey for every cup of sugar. This is because honey is sweeter than sugar. 48

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Celebrate

National Guacamole Day on Friday, September16th

What to Eat with Guacamole: Perfect Pairings On toast. Serve on toast with sprouts, a slice of tomato, and a hard-boiled egg. It’s perfectly satisfying and will hold over those hunger pains until long after lunch.

National Guacamole Day You may associate guacamole with chips as an appetizer at your favorite Mexican restaurant but for some it can become a full-fledged meal. History books tell us that avocados date back to 500 B.C. where the Aztecs first made guacamole. Over time the name for avocado has changed, originally being called the alligator pear because of its rough textured peel that resembled the skin of an alligator. One of the most popular varieties of avocado are Hass, which gets its name from Rudolph Hass who was a mailman in California. Rudolph planted and patented the Hass Avocado in 1935. The first tree that Hass planted stood and produced the beloved Avocados for 71 years. In celebration of National Guacamole Day, here are ideas on how to creatively serve and devour this green concoction!

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On a sandwich. Jazz up a traditional Turkey or ham sandwich with guac instead of mayo. Soup. You can use it as a refreshing avocado soup or use it as a garnish for other soups such as Chicken Tortilla Soup. Deviled eggs. Garnish a traditional deviled egg recipe with a spoonful of guacamole. Salad dressing. Puree the guacamole with lime juice, water and oil to make a creamy dressing for a wedge salad. Loaded potatoes. Put the sour cream away! Add excitement to your baked potatoes by adding a dollop of guacamole. With fried fish. Replace the tartar sauce with a healthy scoop of guac for fried fish and crab cakes.


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