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Pee Dee Black Expo brings exposure to local Black-owned businesses

FLORENCE, S.C. (WMBF) – The first-ever Pee Dee Black Expo helped elevate local, Black-owned businesses in the area on Saturday. Organizers hope the event is the first of many to come. “I think it is important because it goes beyond business,” said Rebeca Jackson, one of the event’s co-founders. “Often times when people look at…

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Students recognized, sponsors thanked at VU-UNCF luncheon

Denmark, S.C. – Voorhees University and the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) recognized five UNCF scholars and thanked corporate and community sponsors for their support during a luncheon Oct. 20. During the annual UNCF Corporate and Community Luncheon, Rosalind D. McGinnis, the organization’s area development director, welcomed guests and discussed the event’s purpose. “The purpose…

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Justice Barrett rejects group’s effort to block Biden’s student debt relief program from taking effect

By Zoë Richards and Kelly O’Donnell, NBC.com Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett on Thursday denied a request by a Wisconsin taxpayers group to halt the implementation of President Joe Biden’s federal student loan forgiveness program. Barrett, who is responsible for emergency applications from Wisconsin, rejected the Brown County Taxpayers Association request to block the program just days…

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Officials say an additional 100K SC homes now have access to broadband

COLUMBIA, SC (WSPA) — South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster and Congressman James Clyburn touted the state’s progress in expanding broadband access. They say there is still plenty of work left to do. According to officials from the South Carolina Office of Regulatory Staff’s State Broadband Office, one year into the state’s efforts, over 100,000 additional households now…

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How millions from SRS deal will be spent locally

AIKEN, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) – State lawmakers have mapped out how to spend millions in a settlement with the federal government over the Savannah River Site, and the money is a big win for some local counties. The split of the SRS plutonium settlement money was agreed to by the House-Senate Budget Conference Committee. Aiken, Barnwell…

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$125,000 in grants given toward local STEM education efforts

AIKEN, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) – The manager and operator of Savannah River National Laboratory has awarded grants totaling $125,000 to advance activities and programs relating to science, technology, engineering and math education. Local organizations receiving grants from Battelle Savannah River Alliance include: Barnwell County Consolidated School District, Williston School District, $10,000 Public Education Partners of Aiken County,…

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The Washington Center Announces Funded Fellowship for Students Seeking Career Advancement in Broadcast Media

Opportunity for diverse candidates to gain first-hand experience via The United States Agency for Global Media (USAGM), the Federal government’s leading global communications network Washington, D.C., Oct. 05, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Students with an interest in the fields of media, broadcasting or communications are encouraged to apply to a new, funded fellowship program with…

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