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Marlboro County has two new cases of COVID-19

Two new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Marlboro County, according to a Thursday (May 7) update from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.

Millie Grooms understands the importance of being essential during pandemic

  • 7 May 2020
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Millie Grooms understands the importance of being essential during pandemic

Twenty-three years ago, Millie Grooms took the oath to be a nurse.
She knew at the time that she would be put in situations that would test her but nothing like COVID-19.
“We have had bad flu seasons but nothing compared to the COVID-19 and the challenges we have to face daily,” she said.
Grooms has been at CareSouth Carolina for 17 years, where she is a nursing technical advisor. New hires come to her for training.
With her, they learn about CareSouth policies and procedures. The fundamental things are taught in nursing school but one of the main things taught by Grooms is electronic medical records. 
“Everything now is put in the computer,” she said. 
Grooms went into nursing because of her love for helping others. 
She has seen many changes in the medical field such as telehealth medicine.
The pandemic has highlighted the importance of nurses and health care workers.
Grooms said she has learned about what essential means and being on the front lines. 

MCHS graduation to be July 11

  • 7 May 2020
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Marlboro County High School will have a modified graduation ceremony on July 11 for the Class of 2020, the district announced this week.
The in-person ceremony will be limited to students with two guests at 8 a.m.
The ceremony will follow the Center for Disease Control guidelines.
The inclement weather date is 8 a.m., Saturday, July 18.
Through a senior class survey, students preferred traditional summer graduation rather than a drive-in or online ceremony.
All gates will open at 6:30 a.m.,  and graduation will begin at 8 a.m. sharp.

Group salutes first responders with free plates of Low Country Boil

  • 7 May 2020
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Group salutes first responders with free plates of Low Country Boil

As Lt. Trevor Murphy of Marlboro County Sheriff’s Office waited in a long line Tuesday, he was very appreciative.
Douglas Jennings Law Firm, Douglas E. Jennings of Yarborough Applegate Law Firm in Charleston, and Kyle Hardee of Tubb’s Shrimp and Fish Co. worked together to have a salute to the county’s first responders on Tuesday.
The event gave out 300 plates of Low Country Boil to all law enforcement, rescue/EMS, firefighters, and healthcare workers.
Murphy said it was a blessing and noted Jennings has always gone out of his way to look out for law enforcement. 

Community encouraged to complete census forms, federal funds at stake

  • 7 May 2020
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Community encouraged to complete census forms, federal funds at stake

With the 2020 Census underway, Marlboro Complete Count Committee members need the community’s help in increasing the response rate to the 2020 Census.
Members of the Pee Dee Indians held a community event on May 2 to encourage people to complete their census form.
Wayne Evans said it was important that the Native American community be counted. He added people needed to understand when decisions are made on budgets, projects, health departments, and hospitals that a large part of it is based on information from the census. 
“It plays a determining factor in how they allocate money to the communities,” he said.
Chief Peter Parr said census data will help when a disaster like a hurricane or a tornado happens. 

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