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Back to school events being held Saturday in Florence

FLORENCE, S.C. (WBTW) — Two back to school events will be held Saturday in Florence. Select Health of South Carolina’s First Choice will hold its second of four events to provide information on health as well as give out backpacks filled with school supplies for grades K-12 at no cost, while supplies last.
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Former Wilson baseball standout Smith takes over as coach

FLORENCE, S.C. – Wilson High School is turning to a familiar face to guide its baseball program. Chipper Smith, the former Tiger standout pitcher and shortstop who has been an assistant for the past six seasons, takes over the lead role behind the bench. Smith replaces Micah Young, who stepped...
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Lamar football preview 2021

LAMAR (WBTW) – One of the best small schools in the state has high expectations again in 2021. The Lamar Silver Foxes went unbeaten in Region 2-1A and advanced all the way to the Upper State finals in 2020. While they lose a couple key components like Kenneth Walton who is now a member of the CCU offensive line, they do return a total of 12 starters on offense and defense. That includes quarterback Tyler McManus and receivers Patrick Anderson and Quan Toney.
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DCSD celebrates Reading Recovery and Early Literacy training graduates

The Darlington County School District (DCSD) recognized the nearly dozen teachers who graduated from Reading Recovery and Early Literacy training courses in June after completing a full year of graduate-level coursework. The instruction is offered through DCSD’s partnership with Clemson University’s Reading Recovery and Early Literacy Training Center, under the guidance and leadership of Kim Floyd, DCSD’s Reading Recovery Teacher Leader. “These teachers became a part of a community of learners dedicated to teaching young striving readers and improving instruction and student outcomes for all students,” said Kacy Keels, DCSD’s director of early childhood. “On behalf of DCSD, we want to extend our sincere appreciation to this group of outstanding educators for their dedication and commitment in making a positive difference in the lives of students.” At the conclusion of the training, four of the teachers became certified in Reading Recovery. They enrolled in four graduate-level courses through Clemson University and earned a total of 12 graduate credit hours. In addition, they received credit for the Add-On Literacy Endorsement through Read to Succeed. The graduate Reading Recovery Teachers are: Ellen Oldland, Thornwell School for the Arts Irby Dubose, North Hartsville Elementary School Ashleigh Chaplin, Pate Elementary School Patricia McFadden-Moyd, Clarendon County School District 2 Additionally, Early Literacy teachers trained alongside the new Reading Recovery teachers. These teachers are primary classroom teachers who serve in schools where there is a Reading Recovery teacher or a Reading Recovery teacher in training. The Early Literacy teachers enrolled in two graduate-level courses through Clemson University and earned a total of eight graduate-level hours. The courses are approved for two of the required Read to Succeed classes: Instructional Strategies for Reading and Assessment Strategies for Reading. Throughout the training, the teachers learned how to apply Reading Recovery instructional procedures to design-focused lessons with the goal of accelerating literacy learning for all students. The Early Literacy Professional Development teachers are: Amanda Woodard, Pate Elementary School Carmen Blakney Bennett, Pate Elementary School Leigh Hixson, Cain Elementary School Kinsey Johnson, North Hartsville Elementary School Jennifer Brigman, J.L. Cain Elementary School Kim Edgerton, J.L. Cain Elementary School Breana Adger-Canty, Clarendon County School District 2.
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Governor’s School Foundation announces new board members

The South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics (GSSM) Foundation is pleased to welcome two new members to its Board of Directors. Becky Askins is the vice president of sales and operations for Integrated Systems Inc., a robotics company in Darlington. Wilson White, a 1999 GSSM graduate, is senior director of government affairs and public policy for Google. In addition, the GSSM Foundation Board of Directors is pleased to introduce its 2021-22 officers and committee chairs. Connie Cain, manager of customer service and strategic partnerships for Dominion Energy, is the president of the board. Heather Srulevich, vice president and chief financial officer for BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Health Care Division, is the vice president of the board and the chair of the Nominating Committee. Chris Madden, strategic program manager, B2B Development for Michelin North America and the parent of two GSSM graduates, is the treasurer of the board and the chair of the Finance Committee. Cole Dudley, director of industry programs for SCRA, is the secretary of the board and the chair of the Governance Committee. Suzana Cizmic, vice president and commercial plant Manager for Robert Bosch LLC, is the chair of the Annual Fund Committee. Tanuja Garde, corporate vice president of intellectual property and licensing for Raytheon Technologies and a 1991 GSSM graduate, is the chair of the Personnel Committee. The GSSM Foundation advocates for GSSM and provides funds and support to enhance its programs and students’ educational endeavors. The Foundation connects the school with a broad community and showcases GSSM’s contribution to quality of life and economic prosperity of South Carolina and beyond. Since its founding in 1988, the Foundation has provided over $23.5 million to support GSSM students and programs. The Foundation’s funding currently provides financial aid for residential and summer camp students, summer research, and global initiatives.
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The King’s Academy football preview 2021

FLORENCE (WBTW) – After a playoff berth in 2019, The King’s Academy took a step back and were winless during the 2020 pandemic season. Head coach Keith Rogers will look to get the Lions back on track and feels confident they will with 8 starters returning on both offense and defense. He stressed they need to be injury free with the lack of depth to have success and compete to make the postseason for the 2nd time in the last 3 seasons.
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Florence 4 school board members ask governor to order election

FLORENCE S.C. (WPDE) — Florence School District Four board members have sent a letter to Gov. Henry McMaster requesting him to order a special election to fill three vacancies on the school board that exists. State Education Superintendent Molly Spearman declared a state of emergency in Florence School District Four...
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Florence Christian School football preview 2021

FLORENCE (WBTW) – Our first high school football preview of the year is with the Florence Christian School Eagles. Led by coach Neil Minton, the team started slowed in 2020, but won 3 in a row to qualify for the playoffs. They’ll return 9 seniors and have their leading rusher and receiver in Ethan Kelly back as they aim to make the postseason once again. They were state champs back in 2018.
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FDTC’s governing board elects new leaders June 22

The Florence-Darlington County Commission for Technical Education elected new officers at its most recent meeting June 22. First Bank Area Executive Paul Seward was elected chairman of the commission that oversees Florence-Darlington Technical College (FDTC). The Florence resident said, “I am honored to have the opportunity to serve as board chairman during this critical time in FDTC’s history, and I will work diligently to achieve the goals our board and staff have set forth.” Seward went on to say, “I am excited to share that our quest has begun to seek our next president at FDTC. The board and staff have worked extremely hard over the last few years to get our house in order and now is the time to move forward. We have several major renovation projects underway as we strive to serve the future workforce of the Pee Dee.” Seward also said that FDTC is more than just a school. “There has never been a greater need for our technical colleges, and FDTC will be a regional leader in this space. Our Southeastern Institute of Manufacturing and Technology (SIMT) offers state of the art training opportunities to regional companies. “We will be a leader in workforce development and will be a vital player in the efforts of our economic development partners to grow our employment base. We will work closely with our local schools and industry to deliver the product that they need.” Interim FDTC President Ed Bethea welcomed the new chairman, saying, “Mr. Seward is a businessperson first and foremost, and I look forward to his insights as we move FDTC forward.” Bethea also praised the outgoing commission chairman Dr. Leroy Robinson. “We would like to thank Dr. Leroy Robinson for his service as the Area Commissioners Chair for the last two years and his leadership during the current presidential search.” Hartsville resident Ershela Sims is the commission’s new vice-chairwoman. Sims is executive director of the Women in Engineering ProActive Network Inc. Wanda James, a franchise owner of local McDonald’s restaurants, was elected as the commission secretary. James is a Florence resident.
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West Florence wins Junior state title

West Florence defeated Fort Mill 4-3 on Thursday at Riley Park to win the Junior American Legion Baseball state tournament. West Florence, the lower state No. 1 seed in the 8-team, double-elimination tournament, finished the season with a 19-3-1 …
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West Florence Gold holds off Fort Mill 4-3 for Junior Legion state title

SUMTER, S.C. – Carson Haynes likely won’t forget the dogpile at Riley Park anytime soon. Camp Keels has a more tangible memory of Thursday’s American Legion Junior state championship game – the tournament’s Most Valuable Player award. Neither had pitched much for West Florence Gold this year, but with the...
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FMU expanding campus, academic programs starting Fall 2021

FLORENCE — With a new semester fast approaching, Francis Marion University is expanding in more ways than one. At the regular meeting of the Board of Trustees on Thursday, President Dr. Fred Carter reported the University had received $59 million in additional legislative funding for capital improvement projects and operating expenses for 2021-22. He also discussed new academic programs that will be added this fall.
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Florence-Darlington Tech has three finalists for president

FLORENCE, S.C. – Florence-Darlington Technical College has narrowed its search for a new president to three finalists. Irvin Clark is the vice president for economic development for Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC), a public two-year technical college outside Atlanta. James Dire has served 16 years in college administration. Eight of...
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Teachers at Florence 1 Schools return to the classroom

FLORENCE, S.C. (WBTW) — Teachers at Florence 1 Schools are excited to see their students in person again. “Virtual was a different experience,” said Kristen Cues, an English teacher. “I’m excited that they’re coming back in my classroom, continue to build relationships with those students and just have a great year.”