Newman fears 10-14% of students ‘falling behind’

By Bobby Bryant Editor editor@newsandpress.net As many as 10-14 percent of Darlington County public-school students may be “falling behind” because they’re struggling with the online-learning system that’s been in use since Gov. Henry McMaster shut down all S.C. public schools because of the coronavirus crisis. Darlington County Edu-cation Superintendent Tim Newman gave that estimate during the school board’s May 11 meeting, in which...

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3 NASCAR races! But fans must stay home

By Bobby Bryant Editor editor@newsandpress.net The coronavirus crisis is giving local NASCAR fans both a dream and a disappointment. The dream: Three NASCAR races are to be held at the Darlington Raceway in a four-day period between May 17 and May 20 as NASCAR relaunches its season, which had been shut down by the virus pandemic. The disappointment: Fans won’t be allowed at any of those races to protect them from possible exposure to...

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Society Hill site for state’s first COVID-19 mass testing
May05

Society Hill site for state’s first COVID-19 mass testing

slyes@newsandpress.net by Samantha Lyles When word spread that CareSouth Carolina and SC DHEC would offer free drive-thru testing for COVID-19, many Darlington County citizens made plans to spend their Tuesday morning at St. David’s Academy in Society Hill, getting a definitive answer to this year’s most pressing question: do I have the novel coronavirus? With 500 tests available, medical workers in gowns, gloves and masks...

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Living on the West End: Wash day at the ditch
May05

Living on the West End: Wash day at the ditch

By Bill Shepard Bill Shepard There are two kinds of ditches; one is made by man and the other by the Creator of all things. Two ditches of the latter kind ran the full length of the village where I lived all my childhood years. The ditches were formed when and where underground springs of water broke through the surface and began to cut a path in a southward direction. The small stream of water takes the path of least resistance;...

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DHEC provides WIC participants access to increased food choices during pandemic

In response to demand for nutritious foods during the COVID-19 pandemic, DHEC is providing additional food items to South Carolina WIC participants. “Currently there is no disruption to the food-distribution supply chain; however, some participants have experienced food item shortages due to people purchasing more food items than normal,” said South Carolina WIC Director Berry Kelly. “By expanding food options on WIC approved items,...

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Elsie Marlowe

DARLINGTON — Elsie Marlowe, 68, of Darlington died Thursday, April 30, 2020. Friends paid their respects between noon and 5 p.m. Saturday, May 2, at Kistler Hardee Funeral Home. The funeral will be private. Elsie was born in Darlington. She was the daughter of the late Ira and Marie Dority Truett. She was a member of Darlington Pentecostal Church for many years. She was a longtime employee at Dixie Cup in Darlington. She enjoyed...

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