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Trying to pick a health insurance plan can be a chore for anyone. For many people, just mentioning the word "open enrollment" sends shivers down the spine. It seems like there's always a nagging feeling that you're wasting money, choosing a plan with poor in-network care, or both. One would think that health insurance gets easier as you approach retirement age, but the truth is that picking an initial Medicare coverage plan can be daunting.

Unfortunately, the confusing process of signing up for Medicare causes many seniors to forego healthcare coverage altogether. After all, Medicare enrollment can involve several federal agencies, including the Social Security Administration (or SSA) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (or CMS).

At Senior Medicare Insurance Services, our passion is guiding seniors through the confusion of Medicare. That way, they can enjoy retirement with peace of mind knowing they are protected and ready for life after 65. We work with dozens of insurance companies, giving our clients the chance to choose a plan that best fits their lifestyle.

We choose to design our senior insurance plans with a focus on optimal benefits structure, lower costs, and personalized service. Some independent insurance agencies see their aging customers as nothing more than a financial transaction waiting to happen. In contrast, we treat each of our clients with respect and dignity as we help them navigate the confusing waters of Medicare. Combined with individualized service, we help older Americans make well-informed decisions about insurance. Whether you're in need of senior Medicare Supplement Plan insurance in Florence or simply have questions about signing up for Medicare, our team is here to help.

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What is Medicare?

If you're approaching the golden years of your life, it's important you understand what Medicare is if you don't already.

Medicare is a federal health insurance program reserved for people older than 65 who have worked full-time for at least ten years. The Medicare program is paid for by a combination of worker payroll tax, premiums paid by Medicare enrollees, and the U.S. government.

There are four parts of Medicare:

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This type of Medicare is free for most U.S. citizens. Medicare Part A helps older adults pay for care in a nursing facility, hospital visits, and some forms of in-home senior care.

This tier costs around $100 per month. It covers different outpatient services like lab tests, preventative care, doctor's visits, mental health care, clinical trials, and some forms of surgery.

This type of Medicare is most often called Medicare Advantage. This tier of Medicare allows seniors to choose health plans provided by insurance companies like Senior Medicare Insurance Services. Individuals who use Medicare Advantage commonly use Medicare supplement plan insurance to help pay for health care costs that Original Medicare won't cover, like coinsurance, deductibles, and copayments.

Sometimes called "PDPs," these plans add drug coverage to standard Medicare, some Medicare Private Fee-for-Service Plans (PFFS), some Medicare Cost Plans, and Medicare Medical Savings Account Plans (MSA).

The amount of money you pay for your health care depends on several factors, including:

At Senior Medicare Insurance Services, we offer a number of health insurance solutions for seniors. Two of our most used services include Medicare Advantage plan insurance and Medicare supplement plan insurance.

Senior Medicare Supplement Plan Insurance in Florence

Sometimes called Medigap, the purpose of Medicare Supplement Insurance is to help fill in "gaps" that might not be covered by Original Medicare. You can think of a Medigap policy as a supplement for your Original Medicare benefits.

Private companies like Senior Medicare Insurance Services sell this type of insurance right here in South Carolina. While Original Medicare will pay for much of the cost associated with health care services you need, it may not cover all of your expenses. Generally, Medigap policies do not cover costs stemming from eyeglasses, private-duty nurses, dental care, hearing aids, or long-term care.

Depending on the Medicare Supplement Plan that you choose, it may cover out-of-the-country medical services when you travel abroad. Assuming you have Original Medicare coverage, your policy will cover its share of Medicare-approved health care costs. Once your Original Medicare coverage reaches its limit, your Medigap policy will pay its share of the fees.

Our Medigap policies are drafted to meet your specific needs, and can help cover remaining health care costs such as:

Deductibles

Copayments

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Important Information About Senior Supplement Plan Insurance

To dispel some confusion, you should know that a Medigap policy is not the same as a Medicare Advantage Plan. The latter helps you receive Medicare benefits, while the former supplements the benefits you obtain through your Original Medicare plan. As you begin to explore Medicare Supplement Insurance Plans, keep the following important information in mind:

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As you begin to explore Medicare Supplement Insurance Plans, keep the following important information in mind:

  • To qualify for a Medigap policy, you must first have Medicare Part A and Medicare Part B.
  • Payments on your Medicare Supplement Insurance Plan will be made to the private insurance company that you choose, like Senior Medicare Insurance Services. These payments are made every month and are paid in addition to the monthly payment you make for Medicare Part B.
  • If you are the holder of a Medicare Advantage Plan, it is illegal for an insurance company to sell you a senior Medicare Supplement Policy. If you plan on switching back to an Original Medicare plan, you may be able to purchase a Medigap policy.
  • If you have health problems as you age, your standardized Medigap policy is guaranteed to be renewable. So long as you pay your monthly premium, your insurance provider cannot cancel your policy.
  • Medigap policies only cover one person. If you have a spouse or family member that would like coverage, they must purchase a separate policy.
  • You may only buy a Senior Medicare Supplement Plan from an insurance agent that is licensed to sell them in your state. Senior Medicare Insurance Services has been licensed to sell Medigap policies in South Carolina for years. We have helped countless seniors get the Medicare coverage they need and continue to do so to this day.
  • In the past, Medigap policies were able to cover costs related to prescription drugs. As of January 1st, 2006, prescription drug coverage is not available on Medicare Supplement Plans. The best way to get coverage for your prescription drugs is to join a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan, often called Part D. Contact our office today to learn more about paying premiums on Medigap and Medicare plans.

For many people, the best time to buy senior Medicare Supplement Plan Insurance in Florence is during the 7 months Medigap Open Enrollment Period. This period starts the day you turn 65 years old, so long as you hold Medical Insurance (Medicare Part B). Generally, during the enrollment period, you get more policy choices and better pricing. Once the enrollment period is over, you may not be able to purchase a Medigap policy. Contact Senior Medicare Insurance Services today to determine if you qualify for a Medicare Supplement Insurance Plan.

Senior Medicare Advantage Plan Insurance in Florence, SC

A Medicare Advantage Plan is a kind of Medicare health coverage designed to provide seniors with all their Part A and Part B Medicare benefits. Many Medicare Advantage Plans will often include coverage of the following:

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In addition, most Medicare Advantage Plans give seniors coverage for their prescription drug needs. When you enroll in a Medicare Advantage Plan through Senior Medicare Insurance Services, your Medicare benefits are covered through your plan and will not be paid for by traditional Medicare.

How Medicare Advantage Plans Work

Sometimes called "MA Plans" or "Part C," Medicare Advantage Plans are considered an "all in one" solution to Original Medicare. Senior Medicare Advantage Plans are only offered by private companies that are approved, like Senior Medicare Insurance Services. Seniors who enroll in a Medicare Advantage Plan are still on Medicare. However, these individuals enjoy bundled plans that give seniors the benefits of hospital insurance (Medicare Part A), medical insurance (Medicare Part B), and sometimes drug coverage (Part D).

Medicare Advantage Plans are very popular because they cover all Medicare services and make life a little easier for seniors who have trouble understanding the nuances of Medicare.

When you contact Senior Medicare Insurance Services to choose your Medicare Advantage Plan, ask your agent about Medicare prescription drug coverage. Unless you already have drug coverage (Part D), you should seriously consider Part D coverage to help reduce costs associated with prescription drugs. You may also want to consider a Medicare Supplement Insurance Plan to help fill gaps in coverage that Original Medicare will not cover.

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Medicare Advantage Plan Insurance Rules

Medicare works by paying a set amount of money to the companies that offer senior Medicare Advantage Plan insurance in Florence. That money is used to pay for the care services that you need. Because Medicare Advantage Plans are different, you should expect out-of-pocket costs to vary depending on the plan you choose.

Different plans have different rules for how you receive services, such as:

  • If you must go to facilities, suppliers, or doctors that belong to your Advantage Plan for non-urgent and non-emergency care.
  • Whether you must get a referral to see a specialized doctor
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Companies that offer Medicare Advantage Plans must follow strict rules, which are set by Medicare and can change every year.

Paying for Your Senior Medicare Advantage Plan Insurance

How much you pay for your Medicare Advantage Plan varies and depends on a few different factors. In most cases, if you need a kind of medical service, you will need to rely on the doctors and providers in your plan's service area and network to pay the lowest amounts. In some cases, if you choose to use a service outside of your plan's network of coverage, you may have to pay out-of-pocket.

We encourage you to contact our office today to learn more about Medicare Advantage Plans, how they work, what your options are, and how often you will have to pay out-of-pocket, if at all.

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The Senior Medicare Insurance Services Commitment

Since our company was founded, we have led the insurance industry by providing our clients with the most valuable, helpful insurance solutions available. We are fully committed to our current and prospective clients by:

  • Choosing to focus on personalized, one-on-one service. When you work with our team, know that we will always design your health insurance plan with your best interests in mind.
  • Listening to your specific needs.
  • Responding to all inquiries and questions promptly and with a friendly attitude.
  • Providing you with the best customer service in the senior health insurance industry, whether you have questions or are ready to move forward with a Medicare plan.
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Our mission is to help give seniors the best Medicare assistance available so that they may understand the Medicare process and make an informed health coverage decision. We have the knowledge, skills, and experience to assist anyone interested in Medicare. Our personal goal is to become a lifetime resource for our clients and give them greater confidence in choosing their insurance plans.

Latest News in Florence, SC

Buc-ee’s entices businesses to open along I-95 in Florence

FLORENCE, S.C. (WMBF) - One attraction in the Pee Dee is bringing growth to the area.It’s been about six months since the grand opening of Buc-ee’s along I-95. One store is capitalizing on Buc-ee’s popularity by opening up another shop nearby.“I mean I’m excited to build the largest Micky Finn’s yet,” said Rick Havekost, Owner of Micky Finn’s.Micky Finn’s One Stop Party Shop carries alcohol from beer, wine, and spirits. There are currently two locations in Florence....

FLORENCE, S.C. (WMBF) - One attraction in the Pee Dee is bringing growth to the area.

It’s been about six months since the grand opening of Buc-ee’s along I-95. One store is capitalizing on Buc-ee’s popularity by opening up another shop nearby.

“I mean I’m excited to build the largest Micky Finn’s yet,” said Rick Havekost, Owner of Micky Finn’s.

Micky Finn’s One Stop Party Shop carries alcohol from beer, wine, and spirits. There are currently two locations in Florence.

Havekost thought about expanding for a third for some time.

Charleston, Greenville, and even Myrtle Beach were new locations on his radar, earlier this year.

As Florence saw more growth thanks to the new hot spot, he knew where he wanted to go next.

“And Buc-ee’s opened up and I never seen anything like that,” said Havekost. “The traffic counts, and I don’t know how long that would last. We let a couple weeks go by.”

Weeks and soon months passed as the new Buc-ee’s continued to flourish along Highway I-95.

In May, Buc-ee’s welcomed a minimum of 300 new employees along with 120 gas pumps at their grand opening.

The one-stop Shop at Buc-ee’s pushed Havekost to seek advice for new plans.

“I called my father, and we drove out there together to look at it and he just looked at me and goes, ‘Rick you’d be crazy if you didn’t put a store out here first,’” said Havekost.

Other eatery’s nearby like Taco Bell recently opened to take advantage of opportunities for growth.

The President of The Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce, Michael Miller, said with a large amount of traffic from visitors flocking to the area it’s only the beginning of what’s to come.

“Traffic increases and there’s many people that can take advantage of that and leverage the traffic,” said Miller. “And they’re trying to do the same thing and I-95 creates a corridor of potential customers and we’re going to see that being taken advantage of on that particular intersection on I-95 and 327.”

Miller said the new growth would also create good competition for businesses, but Havekost said he sees it as a win-win situation.

“And the good thing about that location out there is it won’t really directly compete,” said Havekost. It came to fruition, and we just started negotiating signing the letter of intent and made sure that we could sell alcohol out there and got some non-competes cleared up with who could sell what.”

The blueprints of the new location are 98 percent complete.

Once that is certain, the build will take anywhere from eight to nine months.

The building is projected to be just over 10,000 square feet sitting on 2 acres directly across the street from Buc-ee’s.

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Florence County OKs incentive package talks with 'Project Gemini'

FLORENCE, S.C. – Florence County officials moved forward with negotiations to recruit an industry to Florence County at Thursday’s County Council meeting at the County Complex, 180 N. Irby St.The County Council approved a resolution and introduced an ordinance allowing the county to negotiate a fee-in-lieu-of-taxes agreement and other economic development incentives, including special source revenue credits with a company known to the county as Project Gemini.The resolution and ordinance allowed the county to execut...

FLORENCE, S.C. – Florence County officials moved forward with negotiations to recruit an industry to Florence County at Thursday’s County Council meeting at the County Complex, 180 N. Irby St.

The County Council approved a resolution and introduced an ordinance allowing the county to negotiate a fee-in-lieu-of-taxes agreement and other economic development incentives, including special source revenue credits with a company known to the county as Project Gemini.

The resolution and ordinance allowed the county to execute an intergovernmental agreement with the city of Florence for land acquisition and the filing of protective covenants governing the Florence City-County Industrial Park.

Florence County Administrator K.G. “Rusty” Smith told the County Council during the meeting the resolution and ordinance are part of the county’s continuing efforts to bring new businesses and industries to South Carolina.

“This allows investments made by the company – Project Gemini – to qualify for eligible expenditures. We will have SSRC – special source revenue credits – and we will execute an incentive agreement as well as an intergovernmental agreement. We will put protective covenants in place. This is further evidence of Council’s commitment to make economic development a top priority and provide, in my opinion, transformative growth in doing so,” Smith said.

The company plans to invest real and personal property in Florence County. It will include, but isn’t limited to, certain electrical infrastructure in the county. If the incentive package is successfully negotiated, the company anticipates it will invest approximately $810 million in Florence County and create approximately 1,170 full-time jobs, according to the resolution unanimously approved Thursday by the County Council.

The fee-in-lieu-of-taxes agreement will be for 40 years with a fixed assessment ration of 4% with a fixed millage rate of 389.3 mills, which was the rate as of June 20. Special source revenue credits will be outlined in the fee agreement.

The Florence City Council approved the intergovernmental agreement at Monday’s City Council meeting. According to the county’s resolution, the agreement governs the terms of the contributions by the city and county and a claw-back provision if the company fails to achieve its commitments.

According to the resolution, the company would not consider locating in Florence without this incentive package.

IN OTHER BUSINESS

In other business Thursday, the Florence County Council:

Three Midlands football teams headed to semifinal round of SC playoffs

Three Midlands high school football teams are headed to the state semifinals.Dutch Fork, A.C. Flora and Saluda all punched their tickets to the next round of the S.C. playoffs Friday night with convincing victories.Dutch Fork defeated Spartanburg 63-14 and will play for the Class 5A Upper State championship against Gaffney next week. It’s a rematch of last year’s state championship game.A.C. Flora defeated West Florence 50-19 and will host South Florence in the Class 4A Lower State finals. South Florence and ...

Three Midlands high school football teams are headed to the state semifinals.

Dutch Fork, A.C. Flora and Saluda all punched their tickets to the next round of the S.C. playoffs Friday night with convincing victories.

Dutch Fork defeated Spartanburg 63-14 and will play for the Class 5A Upper State championship against Gaffney next week. It’s a rematch of last year’s state championship game.

A.C. Flora defeated West Florence 50-19 and will host South Florence in the Class 4A Lower State finals. South Florence and A.C. Flora are ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in the Class 4A poll.

Saluda defeated Strom Thurmond 28-0 and will travel to Abbeville for the Class 2A Upper State championship.

The winners of next Friday’s semifinals advance to the state championship games the following week.

Quarterback Aliam Appler and running back Jarvis Green turned in huge performances in the Silver Foxes’ victory.

Appler was 8-of-13 passing for 214 yards and three touchdowns, and also ran for a TD. Green rushed for 191 yards and scored three times. All of their yardage came in the first half as Dutch Fork led 49-7 at halftime.

Isaiah Jones caught four passes for 76 yards and a TD and Jacob Hamilton had a 79-yard TD catch. Dutch Fork gained 528 yards of offense in the win.

Running back Markel Townsend had his eighth 200-yard rushing game of the season for A.C. Flora in the third-round win over West Florence.

Townsend finished with 206 yards and three touchdowns, while quarterback Carew Bates threw for 154 yards and three scores, two to Jack Purdy.

Aidan Moseley also had a 94-yard touchdown run.

Tyleke Mathis ran for 105 yards and two touchdowns in Saluda’s third-round victory.

KeMane Brunson had a TD run and also returned an interception for a touchdown. Saluda’s defense picked off three passes in the game.

It was the second meeting between the two teams this season. Saluda lost 6-3 to the Rebels on a late field goal earlier this year.

The Bulldogs led the game 14-10 in the third quarter but couldn’t hold on and were eliminated from the Class 3A playoffs.

Camden was looking for its third-straight state championship appearance. Dillon will host Beaufort for the Lower State championship next week.

Grayson White had touchdown passes to Jaquarius Myrant and Cortez Lane for Camden. The pass to Lane put Camden up 14-10 with 4:06 left in the third quarter.

But Dillon answered with a score and then Camden fumbled the ensuing kickoff. Chris McCollum had a TD run to put the Wildcats up 24-14.

Colton Phares had the go-ahead kickoff return for a touchdown and had a key interception late in the game as Beaufort eliminated Gilbert from the 3A playoffs.

Gilbert led 21-17 on Jaden Allen-Hendrix’s 6-yard TD run with 11:24 left. But Phares, an Appalachian State commit, took the ensuing kickoff back for a touchdown to give the Eagles the lead.

Gilbert got the ball back with four minutes left but its drive ended as Phares picked off a pass with 2:25 left. Running back Kacy Fields added a TD run to make it 31-21 with 2:09 to go. Fields finished with two touchdowns.

Alias Graham-Woodberry had a TD run and also caught a TD on a shovel pass from Drake Braddock for Gilbert.

Five different Abbeville players had rushing touchdowns as it defeated Fairfield Central in the third round of the 2A Upper State playoffs.

Fairfield Central QB Cam McMillon had a TD pass and rushed for a score.

Quarterback Tyree James ran for five touchdowns as Holly Hill won its third straight SCISA 8-man championship at Charleston Southern.

James finished with 321 yards rushing. Tyler Wright added three TD runs for HHA.

Ben Sauls had a TD run and catch for WW King.

Fourth-ranked West Florence's season ends with 11-2 record

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Fourth-ranked West Florence's season ended in Friday's Class 4A, lower-state semifinals after a 50-19 loss to No. 2 A.C. Flora. The Falcons will host top-ranked South Florence next Friday for the lower-state crown.Coach Jody Jenerette's Knights finish the season at 11-2. It was a memorable season as the Knights' 9-0 start is best in program history. They also had a perfect record at home."Eleven wins is incredible, and I know right now everybody is hurting," West coach Jody Jenerette said. "It w...

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Fourth-ranked West Florence's season ended in Friday's Class 4A, lower-state semifinals after a 50-19 loss to No. 2 A.C. Flora. The Falcons will host top-ranked South Florence next Friday for the lower-state crown.

Coach Jody Jenerette's Knights finish the season at 11-2. It was a memorable season as the Knights' 9-0 start is best in program history. They also had a perfect record at home.

"Eleven wins is incredible, and I know right now everybody is hurting," West coach Jody Jenerette said. "It was one of those nights. But 22 wins in the last two years, and for the third time in five years we reach the third round of the playoffs, there's a lot of good out of this program. But it was a tough loss tonight."

But this game was on the Falcons' home field, and things went awry from the start.

West Florence's decision to start Friday's game with an onside kick backfired after Sam Spence's try went into the hands of the Falcons' Heath Moser, who returned it to the Knights' 22.

Townsend then scored from the 16 for a 7-0 lead.

"I know (A.C. Flora) is pretty good. I felt like we had to do something early to try and get (the ball) back," Jenerette said. "And they caught it and ran with it. We should have blown that guy up a little bit, but it was tough. It was a good job by them. They're a physical team, and they beat us in every aspect."

After a strong kick return by Bryson Graves gave West possession at his team's own 46, the Knights converted on third down. But later in the drive, at the Falcon 2, West failed to score as Steven Smalls was stuffed on fourth and goal at the 1.

A.C. Flora then drove 99 yards into the end zone with the scoring play being a 37-yard pass from Carew Bates to Chris Lofton for a 14-0 lead.

West's first scoring drive was immediately helped by a 15-yard Falcon facemask penalty. Knights quarterback Deuce Hudson then found Graves for an 11-yard completion on third and 9 to the A.C. Flora 41. Long runs by Hudson and Lloyd then set up Hudson's 21-yard TD pass to Graves, who caught it close to the end zone's left line to get his team within 14-7.

Hudson was hit as he made that throw and appeared to injure his lower leg or ankle.

The Falcons responded with a 22-yard field goal by Rodgers Thomas.

Hudson, favoring his injured leg, re-entered the game. After Lloyd took a turn at quarterback, resulting in a botched exchange and 16-yard loss, Hudson came back in and threw an interception. The Falcons took advantage and scored on a 3-yard run by Townsend to make it 24-7.

At quarterback, Hudson came back in and directed a 62-yard TD drive. He completed a 22-yard pass to Lloyd on third and 6, and Lloyd scored from the 10 to get his team within 24-13.

Jenerette talked after the game about Hudson's injury.

"Deuce should be fine," he said. "He kind of tweaked his foot early. He's our guy who lines us up and gets us where we need to be. So that was tough early."

The high-octane Falcons then zipped right back upfield and scored with 7.5 seconds left in the first half on Bates' 17-yard TD pass to Jack Purdy.

The Falcons never looked back.

West scored Friday's final points right before the game was over on a TD pass from Hudson to Trevor Milliken.

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ACF;14;16;14;6--50

FIRST QUARTER

ACF -- Markell Townsend 16 run (Rodgers Thomas kick), 11:13

ACF -- Chris Lofton 37 pass from Carew Bates (Thomas kick), 3:57)

SECOND QUARTER

WF -- Bryson Graves 21 pass from Deuce Hudson (Sam Spence kick), 11:43

ACF -- Townsend 3 run (Thomas kick), 4:49

WF -- Darren Lloyd 10 run (kick failed), 1:00

ACF -- Jack Purdy 17 pass from Bates (kick failed), :7.5

THIRD QUARTER

ACF -- Townsend 2 run (Thomas kick), 9:43

ACF -- Purdy 7 pass from Bates (Thomas kick), 2:45

FOURTH QUARTER

ACF -- Aiden Mosley 94 run (pass failed), 8:57

WF -- Trevor Milliken 3 pass from Hudson (no kick), :45

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING -- WF: Hudson 8-31, Lloyd 24-118, Steven Smalls 2-26, Kelvin Hunter 1-(-4), Ethan Alvarado 1-(-16), Jamari Bennett 1-3, Graves 2-42. ACF: Townsend 20-195, Lofton 3-39, Ryan Biggerstaff 1-(-1), Bates 1-19, Mosley 2-102.

PASSING -- WF: Hudson 14-18-1-131; ACF: Bates 9-13-0-144.

RECEIVING -- WF: Graves 4-41, Lloyd 4-56, Milliken 3-23, Smalls 2-19, Bennett 1-(-8). ACF: Townsend 1-15, Aiden Sauls 1-11, Lofton 3-84, Colby Ridgell 1-15, Purdy 2-24.

Football fans gear up for undefeated match-up between South & West Florence High Schools

FLORENCE, S.C. (WPDE) — About 5,000 fans are expected to attend Friday's football game between South and West Florence High Schools.The 55th match-up of the teams is taking place at Bruins stadium at South Florence High School.Both teams are undefeated and the community is really stoked about the game.“I feel like we are the NFL ticket of the week. Never had this happen in our district's history. It is a lot of buzz and hype out there. And we are excited to play Friday night lights," said Kyle Jones, Flo...

FLORENCE, S.C. (WPDE) — About 5,000 fans are expected to attend Friday's football game between South and West Florence High Schools.

The 55th match-up of the teams is taking place at Bruins stadium at South Florence High School.

Both teams are undefeated and the community is really stoked about the game.

“I feel like we are the NFL ticket of the week. Never had this happen in our district's history. It is a lot of buzz and hype out there. And we are excited to play Friday night lights," said Kyle Jones, Florence 1 Schools Chief Technology Officer.

Jones said tickets for the game sold out in a matter of days.

He added with as many as 5,000 people at the game, they'll have additional officers on hand.

"We have done strategic placement of both agencies inside and outside of the stadium. We don’t expect, you know, any problems. But, we do want to be prepared. Security is our number one priority,” said Jones.

Jones said they'll also have additional officers at Wilson High School's 50th homecoming game.

Tickets aren't quite sold out yet for that game, but Jones said they're expecting a big turnout.

The Florence County Sheriff's Office said they'll be prepared at both events to make sure people are abiding by the law and county ordinances.

"Unprecedented crowds probably for the South Florence West Florence game. Which is understandable given the success of both teams over the year. Which is really exciting and great for the community. And then Wilson‘s homecoming is always a special event that draws alumni all over the country back to Florence. Yes, there is a lot going on. But, we will be there in both places to do what I can to make sure the place is safe for everyone," said Major Michael Nunn with the Florence County Sheriff's Office.

Jones said they will have event staff at the game enforcing district policy for athletic events.

“As our patrons recall from our previous games, we have a clear bag policy. As you enter the stadium, our event staff will empty pockets out and they do a wand screening. As you come in, so we do that. And we will check those clear bags, if we need to. But we want to make sure above all else that our patrons feel safe and secure when they do come in. And that they’re able to have a great event experience and enjoy Friday night lights on the next level," said Jones.

Many people said the West and South Florence game is a match-up they've waited for all year.

They said it's a good rivalry and they can't wait to see who will take home the win this year.

If you don't have a ticket for the game, you can watch it on the district's YouTube channel where it will be live-streamed.

You can click here to access the channel.

You can also watch ABC15 at 11 Friday night for highlights on the EndZone.

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