Category: State

News from around the state

Opioid Risk Prevention Partnership Formed

BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, South Carolina Hospital Association and South Carolina Medical Association have joined to form the Opioid Risk Prevention Partnership (ORPP), which is designed to advance the conversation among and between hospitals, physicians and other providers, patients and the general public around the issues of pain and the appropriate use of alternatives to opioids in pain management.

Sales Tax Holidays Are August 3-5

Back to school shopping will be a little easier on the pockets of South Carolinians August 3-5, thanks to the annual Sales Tax Holiday approved by South Carolina’s lawmakers in 2005 and supported by the South Carolina Retail Association (

S.C. Families Living In Public Housing Now Protected From Secondhand Smoke Exposure

Secondhand smoke is a serious health threat, and can linger in rooms and even travel between homes in multi-unit housing.

Mosquitoes Are Two To Three Times Worse This Year

AccuWeather Global Weather Center – July 18, 2018 — Many areas experienced above-average rainfall this spring. Now the higher precipitation rates in parts of the mid-Atlantic are helping mosquito populations thrive.

SC Housing Makes Additional Funds Available

The South Carolina State Housing Finance and Development Authority (SC Housing) is making additional funds available in 2018-19, through its Housing Trust Fund (HTF) program, to assist eligible low-income families throughout the state.

Dads2Grads Equips Fathers With Job Skills

Several fathers served by the Man 2 Man Fatherhood Initiative participated in a recent DADS 2 GRADS event on May 29, 2018 at the Southeastern Institute for Manufacturing and Technology building on the campus of Florence Darlington Technical College in Florence, South Carolina.

Dr. Smith Awarded Health Care Provider Of The Year

Dr. Stephen Smith has been awarded the 2018 Health Care Provider of the Year by the South Carolina Primary Health Care Association at their annual Clinical Retreat in Charleston, South Carolina.

Veterans Legal Clinic Opens

Indigent and low-income veterans living in South Carolina will soon have access to free legal services thanks to a new Veterans Legal Clinic that will open Monday, July 2 at the University of South Carolina School of Law.

Dillon Native To Become Youngest Deputy Director In History Of S.C. Youth Challenge Academy

On July 3, 2018, Derrek Pugh, a native of Dillon, will become the youngest Deputy Director in the history of the South Carolina Youth Challenge Academy, an entity of the South Carolina National Guard.

Consumers Spending $69 Per Month More On Fuel Compared To Last Summer

Consumers are spending $69 more a month to fill-up compared to last summer.