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home : news November 25, 2013

Teresa Hodges, a specialist at Duke Energy Progress's Robinson Nuclear Plant, hands over a backpack filled with school supplies to Southside Elementary's Nancy Blackwell. As part of their annual back-to-school supply drive, Robinson employees donated 250 packed book bags and more than $1,500 dollars in classroom supplies to several local elementary and middle schools. Pictured from left to right: Joyce Wheeler, Barbara Wilson, Nancy Blackwell, Teresa Hodges.


Zetas recognize lady vets

“The American Military System symbolizes the strength and fortitude of its people, and inspires a profound sense of pride. They are examples of the highest level of professionalism, discipline and its members personify our country’s values,” states Zeta Simone S. Safford of the National Military Advisory Board, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Atlantic Region. The Zetas of Marion/Dillon counties recognized women who served in the military on Saturday, October 26, 2013 at the Forget-Me-Not Banquet “Honoring the Caregivers of Veterans” hosted by the Lieutenant James B. Miller, Disabled American Veteran Chapter 21 and Auxiliary. Additional lady veterans were also recognized on Sunday, October 27 at St. John AMEC, St. James AMEC and Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church. For our freedom these ladies gave selflessly, a feat to be celebrated. The women of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. will show their thanks across the country through programs and services. Other recognition services will be Sunday, November 10, 2013.


Wednesday, November 6, 2013


Cannon joins Anderson Brothers as Vice President Loan Officer
LONGS--Anderson Brothers Bank announces the addition of Amy Cannon as Vice President Loan Officer. Cannon will be based in the bank’s Longs branch, located at 71 Cloverleaf Dr. In her role, Cannon will assist customers with the various financial services offered by the bank and be involved in business development. Amy has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Coastal Carolina University and has an extensive background in the banking industry. Cannon brings over 18 years of banking experience to Anderson Brothers Bank, including her most recent service with Horry County State Bank. Amy is a graduate of the South Carolina Bankers School, a renowned institution that provides general educational experiences in all phases of banking. Since its inception in 1961, the South Carolina Bankers School has been regarded as one of the premier state banking programs in the country. Cannon also furthered her banking education at the LSU Graduate School of Banking.
Thursday, November 21, 2013

Tips On Winterizing Your Home And HVAC System

(NAPSI)—Colder weather does not have to cast a chill on your energy   budget. By winterizing your home, you can enjoy increased warmth and comfort  and lower your heating costs, which can significantly increase energy  savings. Here are some steps you can take:
• Caulk, patch or weather-strip any areas around windows and doors  that might allow cold air in or warm air out. Your fireplace, too, is a  source of heat loss, so close the damper when the fireplace is not in use.



South Carolina Healthcare Executives to Present at International Conference in Shanghai

Columbia SC—Two South Carolina senior health care experts will share their knowledge with their counterparts from around the globe at an international eldercare conference in Shanghai, China on November 19th.  The presenters are Scott Middleton and Dr. James Williamson of Agapé Senior, headquartered in West Columbia SC. The 10th annual conference of the International Association of Homes and Services for the Ageing in as many years is being held in China because of the huge increase in the number of elderly in that country.  Predictions are for 220,000,000 elderly in China by 2020.  A study released on October 1st by the United Nations revealed that few countries are prepared to deal with the swelling number of elders. The two South Carolinians were selected for the IAHSA conference because of their role in successfully developing a system of recruiting, training, and retaining elder care professionals. Delegates to the conference will represent dozens of countries from North America, Asia, Africa, Europe, and Australia.


Saturday, November 16, 2013

Five Tips For Holiday Shopping

(NAPSI)—According to a recent survey conducted by Nielsen, 72  percent of consumers prefer to shop online via their mobile device or  computer versus shopping in stores. It's clear why shopping online is the preferred method, as it saves time  and eliminates stress. However, when it comes to safety, only one-third of  respondents from Nielsen's survey felt online shopping was the safest way to  purchase items. With the holiday season upon us, millions of consumers will turn to the  Web for their gift purchases. But how can shoppers stay safe and protect  themselves from credit card and identity theft or compromised passwords? To  start, make sure you download a secure browser on your computers, tablets and  phones.


Friday, November 15, 2013

Maximize Your Next Refund With These Tax Deductions And Credits

(NAPSI)—According to the Internal Revenue Service, more than 101  million income tax refunds were issued in 2013, averaging $2,651 each. The  average was a couple hundred dollars more for taxpayers who elected to have  their refund directly deposited into a bank account. Averages in 2014 will likely be similar because of tax legislation passed  in the first couple days of 2013, according to TaxACT spokesperson Jessi  Dolmage.  “The now-permanent and extended tax breaks will benefit taxpayers of  all situations, including families, college students and homeowners,”   said Dolmage. The credits and deductions available on federal returns due April 15, 2014  include:


Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Preparing For Cold Weather
You may care to give a warm welcome to these ideas that can help ensure that your home heating system is in tip-top shape to handle the stress that cold weather can place on a home. Start first by scheduling a clean-and-check service call by a qualified technician. Not only will this preventative maintenance help keep your system operating optimally when you need it most, it can help restore lost efficiency, lower utility bills, minimize repairs, improve capacity and extend the life of your heating equipment. No matter how energy efficient your furnace or heat pump was when it was installed, proper maintenance is needed to keep it that way.
Friday, November 8, 2013

SCGOP, RNC Announce New State Director
Friday, November 8, 2013

Assisting Blinded Veterans Is Their Mission

(NAPSI)—Many veterans have found that a sudden physical disability can change the course of their life. However, that change can often be as fulfilling as the path the person was on before the disability. The Blinded Veterans Association (BVA) credits these positive life changes experienced by blinded veterans, in large part, to the modern, world-class blind rehabilitation programs and services of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). BVA has been a major catalyst for these programs since its founding in 1945.



Thursday, November 7, 2013

Genealogical Society to discuss the Reaves family of Marion County
The November 10, 2013 meeting of the Pee Dee Chapter, South Carolina Genealogical Society, promises an interesting and informative program by Chapter member Thomas Reaves Gasque on “The Reaves Family of Marion County”. When the township system was established in 1868, the family was recognized by the naming of Reaves Township in the northeastern part of the present county, encompassing the towns of Mullins and Nichols. Based on thorough genealogical research, his presentation will offer stories about some of the early Reaves of both white and slave descendants.
Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Marion Country Foster Parent Assoc.- asks for Christmas Gifts

Marion County Foster Parent Association is planning a Christmas Dinner on Dec. 14 to provide Christmas gifts to the children of foster care.  They are attempting to obtain gifts for the children that are in custody of DSS in Marion County.

Gifts or monetary donations can be mailed to: P.O. Box 8, Mullins, SC 29574 or call President Gusand Weeks at 433-1303 or email:weeksann10@yahoo.com.



Find The Fun In Healthy Eating

(NAPSI)—Keeping kids healthy can be a tough job. Sometimes, the things that are good for kids aren’t always what they want.

But moms know that eating healthy and being active can help kids grow strong bodies and lower their future risk of obesity and health problems like type 2 diabetes, heart disease and some types of cancer. It can also help them do better in school.

Start by being a good role model. Kids are more likely to eat fruits and vegetables if they see you eating them, too. Be a good role model by staying active and doing activities the whole family can enjoy.

There are also many ways to make healthy eating fun. One way is by encouraging kids to help in the kitchen. When kids help pick and cook food, they are more likely to eat it. Younger kids can tear lettuce for salads or rinse fruits and vegetables while older kids can chop and slice.


Friday, November 1, 2013

Improving education
Last week I heard a presentation by Pamela Lackey who serves as State President of AT&T and serves as Co-Chair of Transform SC. Serving as Co-Chair of Transform SC is Mike Brenan State President for BB&T bank. Transform SC is an education initiative of New Carolina, a collaboration of business leaders, policy makers, educators, parents and students who want to transform South Carolina's public schools. The goal is to create a new system of learning that will produce graduates ready to compete in a global economy. She stated, we either transform education to prepare our kids to become good citizens and continue post-high school education that leads to careers, or we condemn them and our state to mediocrity. Their polling of students and parents indicated that both felt that struggling students don't get the help they need and that teachers need to be empowered to teach creatively. Almost 75% think it's time to rethink how public education works.
Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Learn about New Health Insurance Coverage and how Carolinas Hospital System - Marion can help you sign up
You’ve probably heard about the new affordable health insurance options that began October 1. On Tuesday, October 29 at 5:30 pm in Classroom A, Carolinas Hospital System - Marion invites members of the community to learn all about these new health insurance options. Andy Foland with DECO, LLC will clear up confusion surrounding the Health Insurance Marketplace.  This initiative is part of the Affordable Care Act, which requires most U.S. citizens to have health insurance beginning January 1, 2014. A primary goal of the Affordable Care Act is to help uninsured, eligible Americans gain access to affordable healthcare. Financial help to lower costs is also available for people who qualify.
Friday, October 25, 2013

You Can Learn A Lot By Listening To Your Car

(NAPSI)—Drivers who listen closely will find that their car is  actually communicating with them by using a language all  its own. Sounds such as squealing, thumping, hissing and grinding are all signs  that your vehicle may be trying to tell you something. That’s the word from the experts at the Car Care Council. While many  motorists are familiar with noises their vehicles make on a daily basis, any  noise that is new, different or suspicious may indicate a problem. For example, a high-pitched squeal that stops when pressing on the brake  pedal is a sign that a vehicle’s brakes should be inspected. The same  goes for grinding that could be the result of worn brake pads that should be  replaced.


Tuesday, October 22, 2013

South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson requests SLED investigation of phone scam targeting South Carolina utility consumers

COLUMBIA – At the urging of South Carolina’s electric cooperatives, state Attorney General Alan Wilson has asked the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) to investigate a sophisticated phone scam that is defrauding utility consumers across the state. The scheme begins with a phone call by someone pretending to be an electric cooperative employee. The caller warns the consumer that utility service to their home or business will be disconnected unless they receive immediate payment. Scammers then direct consumers to purchase a pre-paid debit card (available at many convenience stores and pharmacies) and to call a toll-free number to deliver the serial code listed on the card. Once armed with this information, scammers have effectively stolen the money used to obtain the card.


Monday, October 21, 2013

A lifetime of well-being

(NAPS)—One of the best  things you can do for yourself,  advises the Centers for  Disease Control and Prevention,  is make an appointment  with a doctor to discuss what  screenings and exams you  need and when you need  them. For example, many doctors  recommend that cervical  cancer screening begin at  age 21. And, if you’re at or near  me no pause, about 50 years  of age, you should ask about  a bone density test. Strong,  healthy bones help support “Cancer clusters” is a  term scientists use to  describe a defined geographic  area or group of people  over a certain period of  time in which or among  whom a greater number of  cancer cases than expected  an active lifestyle.  You should have annual mammograms starting at 40,  or sooner if your doctor recommends  it. Standard digital  mammography is a good way  to test for breast cancer, but  you may benefit from the latest  technology—3D mammography.  3D  mammography helps the  doctor see through layers of  breast tissue much more  clearly, for a more accurate  exam and fewer false alarms.


Thursday, October 17, 2013

Taste of Florence to showcase 40 local restaurants and dessert professionals

Florence- The 3rd Annual Taste of Florence is a family  friendly, community-wide event that will  showcase over 40 restaurants and dessert  professionals from around the Pee Dee.  Enjoy light entertainment and socializing with  friends while you sample some of the best  cuisine in the area. The event takes place at  the Florence Civic Center on Oct. 15, from  5 p. m. to 9 p. m. Guest judges include Toni Scott, chef-owner  of Parish House Catering in Summerville, award winning  blogger Kevin Barron, Vice President and  General Manager of Miller Communications,  Theresa Miller, morning co-anchor at WBTW,  Rusty Ray, Bryan Tayara, President of the  Pee Dee Chapter of Slow Food USA and  Cathy Elliot of “The List.”


Monday, October 14, 2013

My survivor story
In May 2010, I was diagnosed  with stage 3A breast  cancer just short of stage 4.  It was a shock to me that it  was so advanced because I  had no symptoms, no lumps,  and no indication of anything  wrong until about a month  before I was diagnosed. I  noticed a thickened area in  my left breast with some tenderness  in the thickening and  then noticed tenderness in  my armpit on that same side.  This sent me to my family  Doctor to discuss my concerns.  He then sent me for a  diagnostic mammogram and  ultrasound. After all the imaging  was complete they could breast and at least 3  enlarged nodes in my underarm.  It was difficult for me to  accept my advanced diagnosis  because I have been a  dedicated mammographer  for 25+ years and I always  on if I had breast cancer. I  knew I was high risk because  my breasts were always very  dense and my mother and  sister had breast cancer.
Friday, October 11, 2013

Water displacement product is handy man's dream
Everybody knows WD-40 is the  go-to product for silencing squeaks,  displacing moisture, preventing  rust, and loosening stuck parts. John Calcutt Jr. has discovered  that the formula in the aerosol can  is good for so much more. In fact,  he keeps several cans of this go-to  product in his house, his garage and  his car. John says WD-40 will reenergize  rubber, removes road tar,  grime and bugs from cars, cleans  silver and keeps it from tarnishing,  protects fan belts from drying out,  loosens stiff zippers, untangles jewelry  chains and erases crayon  marks from wall. He has used this product when  sharpening knives and scissors and  claims it keeps them working  smoothly and prevents rust. When fish are biting, he sprays  a little on his bait and “I start catching  them,” he said. John even admits to spraying  WD-40 on his knees, neck and broken  back to help relieve pain and  arthritis, “It helps,” he claims. John said the product works in  all of the situations listed, but he  doesn’t make promises to friends.  Instead he tells them “hey, it works  for me.”
Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Work Your Mind, Warm Your Heart

(NAPSI)—You can help yourself to good feelings and others to what  they need and deserve by giving some time to the nation’s largest  volunteer-run tax preparation and assistance service.

Almost four out of five people who turn to this AARP Foundation Tax-Aide  program are 60 or older. For many of them, a tax refund could mean they won’t  have to choose between paying for groceries and keeping the lights on.

You don’t have to be a tax professional. Volunteers get free  training on the latest tax preparation forms and software. The program also  needs coordinators, greeters, administrative volunteers, leaders, and people  who are bilingual and can assist with translation.

For more information, visit www.aarp.org/taxvolunteer.


Monday, October 7, 2013

The Closest You Can Get To A Cure For Breast Cancer Is Knowing Your Risk
(NAPSI)—It’s a fact-one in eight women will get breast cancer.1  And until there is a breakthrough cure for all stages of breast cancer, the  best way to survive it is to detect it early. Survival rates for early  detection are 95 percent, but only 41 percent when diagnosed later.2  With those odds, wouldn’t you like to know your breast cancer risk and  be able to do something about it? If yes, chances are you’d probably  want the same for your mom, sister, aunt and friends. Fortunately, there is  good news for you and your loved ones and all it takes is a visit to your  healthcare professional. With all of the right tools and a comprehensive  breast health plan outlined by a healthcare professional, you and your loved  ones can find out the risk for developing breast cancer and do something  about it.
Friday, October 4, 2013

The World Wide Web of Opportunity
(NAPSI)—One of the most important learning tools for students is  broadband Internet at home. With it, students can tackle almost any  assignment. Beyond benefits to education, the Internet offers a world of  opportunity to the entire family, bringing quick and easy access to an  endless variety of resources that make health care, job searches, saving  money and staying in touch with friends or family as simple as the click of a mouse.
Thursday, October 3, 2013

They have been described as "the words we live by"
Three profound words, “We the People,” mark its beginning, its Preamble. In all, there are 4,543 words – excluding amendments – in the U.S. Constitution, which celebrated its 226th birthday on Sept. 17. On that date in 1787, 39 of our nation’s founding fathers signed the Constitution, marking the end of the Constitutional Convention, which was held in Philadelphia in what is now known as Independence Hall and began May 25 of that year. Each year, our nation commemorates the Constitution, which provides the framework for our democracy, on Sept. 17. “In a document that has endured for more than two and a quarter centuries, the Framers put forth their vision for a more perfect Union,” stated President Barack Obama in a proclamation commemorating Constitution Day. According to the National Constitution Center, the country’s first-ever museum dedicated to the U.S. Constitution, the document, among other things: • Creates a government that puts the power in the hands of the people • Separates the powers of government into three branches: the legislative branch, which makes the laws; the executive branch, which executes the laws; and the judicial branch, which interprets the laws • Sets up a system of checks and balances that ensures no one branch has too much power
Thursday, October 3, 2013

Planning Ahead Can Help Reduce Holiday Stress

(NAPSI)—The best gift you can give yourself this holiday season is  to start your plan well in advance. Although reminders about holiday shopping  seem to arrive earlier each year, the lack of an actual plan can mean little  gets done until the last few stressful weeks. To make your holidays merrier—and less stressful—here’s  a master plan: September - Once life gets back on track after the summer vacation, start to make some  lists. Who will you send cards to? Who are you buying gifts for? Ask family  members where they plan to be for the holidays. This time also offers a great  opportunity to browse through the stores that you’ve always meant to  visit.


Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Managing Diabetes Effectively And Affordably On Medicare
(NAPSI)—While diabetes continues to be on the rise in America,  there are ways you can deal with it. It may help to know that an American is  diagnosed every 17 seconds, and the Centers for Disease Control estimates  that by 2050, as many as a third of the U.S. population will have diabetes.  Not only is it a common disease but it is a costly one; people living with  diabetes spend 2½ times more on health care than the average consumer  and approximately $350 annually on over-the-counter health products, including  critical diabetes testing supplies. In fact, many Medicare patients rely on  Part B coverage to secure their diabetes testing supplies.






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