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The COVID-19 vaccine is here. But you might be confused about when you can get it or how.

So let’s break it down.

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In a chilly December sunset at Wild Hope Farm, the chickens are nice and warm, bobbing around inside an enclosed pen while a pair of China geese float in a small pond just outside. Stretching out to their right are long strips of green cover cops and similarly long strips of garlic.

It might not look it to the casual eye, but these birds and plants are all here to do a job, and an elegantly coordinated one at that. The geese chase away the hawks that prey on the chickens that eat the cover crops that draw greenhouse gases from the air. The garlic does that too, except it will end up in people bellies later this year, and not chicken bellies.


Death is not the end of things when it comes to COVID. Not for coroners, anyway.

“People hear ‘death’ and it carries the connotation that it’s over,” says Lancaster County Coroner Karla Deese. “There’s so much more that occurs.”

Most people likely haven’t thought about how COVID deaths have changed things for coroners. In Lancaster County, where the morgue’s capacity for storage is 12, deceased people are adding up.

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If there's a silver lining to 2020, it's that having to adapt to a society of avatars has made businesses and organizatons a lot more creative in how they reach their audiences. That's as true for the Culture and History Museums of York County as it is for anyone.

The sites under the CHM umbrella (Historic Brattonsville, the Main Street Children's Museum, the McCelvey Center, and the Museum of York County) were used to having lots of kids playing with toy dinosaurs and lots of people getting together for exhibits and displays. Then they had to close for a pandemic and find a way to stay relevant, and not just while the pandemic raged but for when it's gone.

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Opioid pain killers were sold to doctors as little raindrops of happiness that would end a patient’s agony without being addictive.

In reality, addiction to opium-based prescription drugs triggered what Dr. Greg Colbath, an orthopedic surgeon at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center, calls “the largest manmade scourge we’ve ever unleashed.”

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On a given day, the United Way of Greenville County used to field 50, maybe 60 calls from residents needing help. When the pandemic and its economic haymaker struck, call volume increased to 500 a day.
And it’s stayed there.

The calls come from wave after wave of Greenville residents who’ve fallen behind on utilities and rent bills. Meghan Barp, UWGC’s CEO, estimates that around 8,500 households in the county are in arrears for close to $8 million.

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Remember when the coronavirus pandemic put all those “unnecessary” medical procedures on hold?
Well, they weren’t so unnecessary to people like Jessica Sterling. The pause in most surgeries came just two days before Sterling was due to get an operation that she needs (on an ongoing basis) to help her cope with chronic pain.

A Fort Mill Mom, COVID, and Five Months of Recovery

Nov 17, 2020

When Kati Durkee got a sore throat, she went to the pharmacy.

A week later, she found out that it wasn't a cold. Or allergies. And that food poisoning that settled in, that wasn't food poisoning either. 

A week later still, Durkee's son (Durkee has a son in 11th grade and a daughter in 10th, but did not want their names in this story) got what she had -- COVID-19. 

"We were not the two-week people," she says. 

There were bouts of dizziness, migraines, tachycardia, and extreme fatigue. 

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Lindsey Graham won the most watched (and expensive) U.S. Senate race of the year. By a lot. He wasn’t supposed to. Not by a lot, anyway. Not if you paid attention to public opinion polls leading up to the election. Most polls gave him the odds, but not big odds.

Some polls even gave his challenger, Democrat Jamie Harrison, a slight chance to unseat him.

When Gov. Henry McMaster suspended Chester County Sheriff Alex Underwood due to federal corruption charges last year, he appointed Max Dorsey in his place. That touched off a long and complicated story that involved, among other things, Underwood vying to keep his seat on the 2020 ballot.

Eighteen months after assuming the office by appointment, Dorsey got his election victory. He won the sheriff's race by a nearly two-to-one margin and in the process became the county's first elected Republican sheriff since about the time Abraham Lincoln was the party's main face.

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In the middle of an interview on Zoom, nature called on Hestia Morris to be let into the yard. Veronica Morris took her, trilling a sing-song hellooo to a neighbor under a perfect, cobalt Rock Hill sky.

How ordinary it all would be for anyone who isn’t Veronica Morris. But for this particular service-dog mom, stepping out into the yard without thinking anything of it is not always a guarantee. Morris is an agoraphobe whose condition is so severe, she is considered disabled.

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Until about 10 minutes before noon on March 30 of this year, the Chester County sheriff’s race was set to be a one-man affair.

Max Dorsey, a Republican, was running unopposed. For almost a year, he’d been serving as the interim sheriff in Chester – an appointee to the position when Gov. Henry McMaster named him to take the place of Alex Underwood who, after serving as sheriff since 2012, was brought up on a host of federal and state corruption charges in May of 2019.

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Deepfake (noun): Synthetic media in which a person in an existing image or video is replaced with someone else's likeness.

You stumble across a video of Nicholas Cage as Superman. You think, “Wait a minute – Nic never played Superman!”

And you’d be right.

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Deepfake technology is getting better and better. And things are moving so fast, journalism is going to require some young blood to keep up with it.

Andrea Betancourt and Shelby Beckler are senior journalism students at the University of South Carolina. They share some surprisingly seasoned perspectives on this dangerous, emerging technology, the opportunity for journalists to step up, and the weight of public trust.

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Isn’t it interesting how differently the following two phrases sound:

  • A little house in the country.
  • Affordable rural housing.

They’re the same thing, really. But perceptions about life in the country depend almost entirely on whether someone with choices opts to buy a house there or someone without choices tries to buy in.