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Pictured: Westview Primary School
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Possible Virus Outbreak Sends 100+ Westview Primary Students, Staff Home

BERKELEY COUNTY, S.C.–The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control confirms that the agency is working with the Berkeley County School District to determine the cause of a recent illness outbreak at a Goose Creek school. On Friday, SCDHEC officials issued the following statement: DHEC is working closely with Westview Primary School in Berkeley County to determine the cause […]

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DHEC Confirms Season’s First Flu-Related Death in South Carolina

The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) announced this week that the state has suffered its first flu-associated death of the season. “Sadly, an individual from the Upstate region has become our first lab-confirmed, influenza-associated death of the season,” said Teresa Foo MD, MPH, DHEC Immunization Medical Consultant. “Unfortunately we see many deaths, hospitalizations and other serious complications […]

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Goose Creek Woman Battling Cancer Weds at Hospital

BERKELEY COUNTY, S.C.–Not even Stage 4 cancer could keep Kizzie Priestly, 39, from recently marrying the love of her life. On Thursday, the Goose Creek woman exchanged wedding vows with her fiance, David Hall, at Trident Hospital in North Charleston. The happy couple was supposed to get married Sunday, but after Priestly’s condition recently worsened, it required her to be admitted to […]

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Report: South Carolina’s Teen Birth Rate Continues Steady Decline

South Carolina’s teen birth rate has declined by 67% since peaking in 1991, continuing decades of success for communities acrost the state. This includes a 9% decrease from 2015 to 2016, landing the teen birth rate for 15-19 year olds at 23.8 per 1,000 females. Declines over the past 25 years have been most substantial among African American youth ages […]

Roper St. Francis Breaks Ground On New Berkeley County Hospital
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Roper St. Francis Breaks Ground On New Berkeley County Hospital

BERKELEY COUNTY, S.C.–Roper St. Francis celebrated the groundbreaking of its future Roper St. Francis Berkeley Hospital and medical office building with a Blessing of the Land ceremony on Thursday night. Roper St. Francis began clearing trees on the site in May. Construction will take place on the hospital’s  90-acre campus at Carnes Crossroads, where Highway 17A and 176 intersect. The […]

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Military Combat Veterans Take Part In PTSD River Challenge

BERKELEY COUNTY, S.C.–It’s a startling number. Lifetime occurrence of Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in combat veterans is estimated to be around 10 – 30%. In the past year alone, the number of diagnosed cases in the military has jumped 50% – and that’s just diagnosed cases. To raise awareness about post-traumatic stress disorder, the Columbia-based non-profit Project Josiah recently organized […]

Pictured: Survivor lap by Goose Creek City Hall pond.
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American Cancer Society To Host Goose Creek “Relay For Life” Event

GOOSE CREEK, S.C.–On Saturday, May 6th, local residents will join together at the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Lower Berkeley at Stratford High School to raise funds and awareness in an effort to free the world from the pain and suffering of cancer. The event starts at noon and continue until midnight. Founded by Dr. Gordy Klatt in […]

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American Cancer Society To Host Moncks Corner Relay For Life Event

MONCKS CORNER, S.C.– On Friday, April 21st, local residents will join together at the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Moncks Corner at Moncks Corner Regional Recreation Complex to raise funds and awareness in an effort to free the world from the pain and suffering of cancer. The event starts at 5 p.m., with the Cancer Survivor lap and […]

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Summerville Medical Center Breaks Ground On $53 Million Expansion

SUMMERVILLE, S.C.–Summerville Medical Center broke ground Tuesday on their $53 million, 30-bed expansion, the first step in the women’s and children’s consolidation project. The project marks the largest in the hospital’s history. “We’re proud to have called Summerville home for the past 27 years,” said Summerville Medical Center CEO Lisa Valentine. “With today’s groundbreaking we look forward to the next […]