Equifax breach exposes 143M to possible identity theft

Posted by | September 8, 2017 10:44 am

Credit monitoring company Equifax has been hit by a high-tech heist that exposed the Social Security numbers and other sensitive information about 143 million Americans. Now the unwitting victims have to worry about the threat of having their identities stolen. The Atlanta-based company, one of three major U.S. credit bureaus, said Thursday that “criminals” exploited a U.S. website application to access files between mid-May and July of this year. The theft obtained consumers’ names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and, in some cases, driver’s license numbers. The purloined data can be enough for crooks to hijack the identities of… Read the rest

WorkKeys testing free through Sept. 30

Posted by | September 8, 2017 10:20 am

The ACT WorkKeys tests are changing. Through Sept. 30, current WorkKeys assessments in Reading for Information, Applied Mathematics and Locating Information will be given at no charge starting at 8:30 a.m. Wednesdays at the F.e. DuBose Center at Central Carolina Technical College in Manning. Beginning Oct. 1, a new battery of tests will be offered, and a fee is likely. So, free WorkKeys testing ends Sept. 30. Schedule your appointment today by calling (803) 473-2531.


LMA Lady Swampcats defeat Thomas Sumter

Posted by | September 8, 2017 9:39 am

The Laurence Manning Academy varsity girls tennis team defeated the Thomas Sumter Academy team on Thursday with a final match score of 6-3. Mason Ham (LMA) led the way with a victory over Riley De Lavan (TSA) in two sets by a score of 6-2 and 6-2. Peyton Arrants (TSA) defeated Carrie Rickenbaker (LMA) in a tie breaker 10-7 after spitting sets 6-4 and 6-3. Madison Ham (LMA) defeated Payton Houser (TSA) in two sets, 6-2 and 6-3. Eliza Davis (LMA) defeated Mary Lenoir Hoge (TSA) in a tie break 10-8 after spitting sets 6-2 and 1-6. Carley Tsukalas (LMA)… Read the rest

NWS: Midlands remain in Irma’s ‘cone of uncertainty’

Posted by | September 8, 2017 8:50 am

While Hurricane Irma has weakened to a Category 4 from a Category 5 and its projected path has shifted further west to impact Florida and Georgia, South Carolina remains in the storm’s cone of uncertainty, according to the 5 a.m. update from the National Weather Service. As of the 5 a.m. advisory, Irma remains a category 4 storm with winds clocked at 150 mph heading west-northwest at 16 MPH. The cone of uncertainty continues to shift westward into Georgia, Tennessee and Alabama. South Carolina remains in that same cone as of the 5 a.m. update, however. Shifts are still expected


Today in History: Sept. 8

Posted by | September 8, 2017 12:00 am

617 – Battle of Huoyi: Li Yuan defeats a Sui Dynasty army, opening the path to his capture of the imperial capital Chang’an and the eventual establishment of the Tang Dynasty. 1100 – Election of Antipope Theodoric. 1253 – Pope Innocent IV canonised Stanisław of Szczepanów, killed by king Bolesław II. 1264 – The Statute of Kalisz, guaranteeing Jews safety and personal liberties and giving battei din jurisdiction over Jewish matters, is promulgated by Boleslaus the Pious, Duke of Greater Poland. 1271 – John XXI chosen as Pope. 1331 – Stephen Uroš IV Dušan declares himself king of Serbia 1380… Read the rest

Parker Allan Smith Grubb

Posted by | September 7, 2017 7:21 pm

Parker Allan Smith Grubb, 2, died Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017 at Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital in Columbia. He was the precious son of Brittany Anne Henline Grubb and Michael Allen Smith. Parker was full of life and on the go. His energy brought joy to everyone that knew him, especially his parents. As the youngest child, Parker was known as “The Man” to all of his siblings, family and friends. He enjoyed many activities especially being outdoors with his pet friends Bubba, Roscoe, Sarah, Boots and Pepper. Survivors besides his parents include four brothers, Elijah McCoy, Hunter Grubb, Rylin Smith… Read the rest

Hospital cafeteria closed starting Monday

Posted by | September 7, 2017 7:11 pm

McLeod Health Clarendon released a statement Thursday evening saying the cafeteria will be closed to the public staring Monday until there is “no longer an immediate threat to our area and normal operations can resume” in regards to Hurricane Irma. EDITOR’S NOTE: An earlier post stated that the cafeteria was closed until further notice. McLeod has clarified its previous statement, which said the hospital cafeteria would be closed until further notice.

McLeod Health Clarendon releases Hurricane Preparedness Checklist

Posted by | September 7, 2017 7:09 pm

During and after a Hurricane, you may need supplies to keep your family safe and healthy. You should be prepared with a 3-day supply of food and water for each family member including pets. Consider packing the following items in a survival kit. 1 gallon of water per person daily Non- Perishable Foods High-Energy Packaged Foods – Peanut butter, crackers, nuts, raisins and dried fruits, snacks, cookies, etc. Cell Phone/Charger Battery Powered Radio/Flashlight Sleeping Bag Prescription Medication – A two-week supply if possible Medical Paperwork – Including insurance cards, a copy of all prescriptions and a list of known allergies… Read the rest

Senator looking for service academy applicants

Posted by | September 7, 2017 6:20 pm

U.S. Sen. Tim Scott is currently accepting applications for service academy nominations through 5 p.m. Oct. 13. High school student interested in attending one of four service academies may submit applications and other necessary documents. Those service academies include the U.S. Military Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. Students interested in being considered for a nomination by Scott must submit an application, SAT/ACT scores, two essays, high school transcripts and three letters of recommendation. For more information about the Service Academy nomination process, visit the Senator’s FAQ page or call… Read the rest


President approves declaration of emergency in SC

Posted by | September 7, 2017 5:46 pm

President Donald Trump approved Thursday Gov. Henry McMaster’s request for a declaration of emergency so the state can use federal resources to prepare for Hurricane Irma. Trump’s action authorizes the Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and other federal agencies to coordinate all disaster relief efforts, and helps to supplement state and local response efforts. Specifically, FEMA is now authorized to identify, mobilize and provide – at its discretion – equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts of the hurricane, which is expected to affect South Carolina Monday and Tuesday.


Citadel closes ‘Friday and until further notice’

Posted by | September 7, 2017 5:20 pm

Today, Charleston County announced all county offices will be closed Friday through Tuesday. Based on that decision, The Citadel is canceling all classes and campus events beginning Friday and until further notice. Corps of Cadets The Citadel Corps of Cadets will be released after their rooms are cleared by their TAC officers starting at 5:30 a.m. Friday. Every member of the Corps of Cadets will depart the campus, in accordance with the Citadel’s hurricane evacuation plans. The Commandant’s office accounts for and monitors the transportation and relocation of all cadets. Under this process, TAC Officers ensure all cadets are included… Read the rest

SCEMD releases tips for assembling a First Aid Kit

Posted by | September 7, 2017 5:09 pm

Assemble a first aid kit for your home and one for each car. Contact your local American Red Cross chapter to obtain a basic first aid manual. Each first aid kit should include: 2-inch sterile gauze pads (4-6) 4-inch sterile gauze pads (4-6) Hypoallergenic adhesive tape Triangular bandages (3) 2-inch sterile roller bandages (3 rolls) 3-inch sterile roller bandages (3 rolls) Scissors Tweezers Needle Moistened towelettes Antiseptic Thermometer Tongue blades (2) Tube of petroleum jelly or other lubricants Assorted sizes of safety pins Cleansing agent/soap Latex gloves (2 pair) Sunscreen

SC Emergency Management Division releases tips for making emergency kit

Posted by | September 7, 2017 5:08 pm

It is important to keep enough supplies in your home to meet the needs of your family for at least three days. Assemble a Family Emergency Kit with items you may need in an emergency or evacuation. Store these supplies in sturdy, easy-to-carry containers such as suitcases, duffle bags or covered storage containers. Include at a minimum: Water, two gallons of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries… Read the rest

Library to close Saturday

Posted by | September 7, 2017 4:52 pm

The Harvin Clarendon County Library will close in preparation for Hurricane Irma starting Saturday. Librarian Charlotte Johnston said the facility will re-open after the storm as soon as conditions are safe to do so.

Governor could cancel school statewide Monday, Tuesday

Posted by | September 7, 2017 4:44 pm

We’re seeing a lot of posts on social media, some shared by legislators, claiming that Gov. Henry McMaster’s executive orders released Thursday feature measures closing schools in all 46 counties on Monday and Tuesday. However, the orders – one of which evacuates coastal healthcare centers like nursing homes and one of which entreats dam owners to lower their water levels – feature nothing about school closings, possible or otherwise. During a press conference held Thursday, McMaster said he would make a decision on school closings Friday, and that he would announce that during that day’s press conference.

LMA cancels school for Monday, Tuesday

Posted by | September 7, 2017 3:31 pm

After extensive reviews of forecast information and after conversations with state and local authorities/emergency management, Laurence Manning Academy will be closed Monday and Tuesday. “Our decision to close is for the safety of our Laurence Manning families,” said a statement on the school’s Facebook page. “Once we know more about the impact that Irma has had on our area, we will make any further decisions and necessary announcements regarding our timeline to return to school and, if warranted, any further delays or closings. We pray for everyone’s safety. Please use this time to protect your families and homes, as well… Read the rest

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