During a pandemic, cleanliness is next to healthiness

By Samantha Lyles slyles@newsandpress.net While most of America practices social distancing and #stayathome remains the rule of the day, we’re relying more and more on take-out food and online shopping. But do these alternative dining and shopping routines carry a risk of COVID-19 infection? What if someone at the restaurant or delivery service was sick? Does that mean our Amazon packages or take-out containers are contaminated?...

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How serious are you about avoiding the coronavirus?

By Richard C. Culyer III Yes, I know you will likely give a positive answer to the question. But are you serious enough to take the necessary steps for you and yours? Read on and decide. First, let’s make some safe assumptions. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that the coronavirus may be with us through July or August. In other words, we are not talking about a short-term change in lifestyles. Second,...

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As filing ends, 2020 races come into focus
Apr07

As filing ends, 2020 races come into focus

By Bobby Bryant Editor editor@newsandpress.net The June primaries may wind up getting pushed back as the coronavirus crisis threatens to derail America’s election schedules, but whenever the local primaries take place, now we know who’ll be running in them. The deadline for filing to run in the primaries was March 30. The list of candidates contains a few surprises and the prospect of some tough battles, but it’s mostly good news for...

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McMaster orders ‘non-essential’ businesses closed

By Bobby Bryant Editor editor@newsandpress.net Darlington County residents will be saying goodbye to nightclubs, Bingo halls, commercial gyms, spas, swimming pools, barber shops, hair salons, tanning salons and tattoo parlors for a while under a new order from S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster. McMaster, in another executive order intended to combat the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, on March 31 ordered the closing of all “non-essential...

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Living on the West End:  The YMCA
Apr07

Living on the West End: The YMCA

Editor’s note: This is a reprint of a Bill Shepard column published last year. By Bill Shepard The YMCA was a big part of my world when I was a boy and living on the west end of Darlington. If anyone had asked me what the letters Y M C A stood for, I would not have known what to answer. If would be years before I could answer Young Men’s Christian Association! For many years, when anyone asked, “Bill, what’s your address?” my answer...

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April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

According to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN), a person in the U.S. is sexually assaulted every 73 seconds. As Sexual Assault Awareness Month, April is a time to focus on sexual assault as a widespread issue that continues to plague our culture. Sexual assault takes on many forms; it is not just rape. It can include inappropriate touching or remarks, unsolicited pictures and even unwanted pursuit when no physical...

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