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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 Greenwood 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 Greenwood

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 Greenwood 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 Greenwood, 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 Greenwood. 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 Greenwood, SC

Broad River opens newest Ashley store in Palmetto State

FORT MILL, S.C. — Top 100 retailer Broad River Retail held the grand opening for its newest Ashley HomeStore in Greenwood, S.C., on Sept. 1.The opening comes on the heels of the Fort Mill, S.C.-based retail group’s ...

FORT MILL, S.C. — Top 100 retailer Broad River Retail held the grand opening for its newest Ashley HomeStore in Greenwood, S.C., on Sept. 1.

The opening comes on the heels of the Fort Mill, S.C.-based retail group’s opening of a distribution center in nearby Spartanburg, S.C.

Greenwood Mayor Brandon Smith joined the BRR team at the celebration.

“Today’s response for this event was incredible, and we were honored to have Greenwood’s Mayor Smith along with other city leaders to join us for it,” said Charlie Malouf, Broad River Retail president and CEO. “We’re proud to serve the Greenwood community with America’s No. 1 name in furniture and mattresses for years to come.”

The new Ashley HomeStore is located at 525 Bypass 72 NW, in front of Kohl’s. The store is 19,036 square feet and includes the new 7.0 store design, which introduces a new Store of the Future design and an enhanced shopping experience.

“Ashley offers customers a wide variety of beautiful home furnishings at an incredible value,” said Manny Rodrigues, chief operating officer. “We are excited to provide Greenwood with the best home furnishings shopping experience in the industry.”

In keeping with Broad River Retail’s dedication to the communities it serves, a portion of all mattress sales from the store will be donated to Ashley’s Hope to Dream program. Hope to Dream was founded in 2010 on the guiding principle that every child deserves a good night’s sleep. Since its inception, more than 100,000 children have received a brand-new bed.

Family Promise, one of the nation’s leading organizations working to prevent and end homelessness, was identified as a local recipient to receive a $1,000 charitable donation from the new Ashley HomeStore as a tribute to its service in the local community. Family Promise’s mission is to help families experiencing homelessness and low income families achieve sustainable independence through a community-based response.

This store is Broad River Retail’s seventh Ashley HomeStore in South Carolina. Other store locations include Anderson, Greenville, three Columbia locations and Spartanburg.

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Thomas Lester is Retail Editor for Furniture Today and Digital/Managing Editor for Home Accents Today. A graduate of Emory & Henry College's Mass Communications program, Lester spent a dozen years working for newspapers in Virginia and North Carolina covering an array of subjects, ranging from community news, government, education, ACC sports, professional baseball and more before joining Furniture Today in 2013. Reach out to me with your story ideas, tips and more at tlester@furnituretoday.com.

Lander University professor caught on camera comforting student’s baby during class

A Lander University professor was recently caught on camera comforting a student's baby during classGREENWOOD, S.C. (FOX Carolina) - Peterra Richburg brought an unexpected guest to her Math 201 class at Lander University, her two-month-old daughter Aria.“I was really nervous like everybody was going to be like why does she have a baby with her,” said Richburg.After a change in childcare that day, Richburg brought her daughter to class.Her classmates and professor, Dr. Samuel Reed, were excited for Aria...

A Lander University professor was recently caught on camera comforting a student's baby during class

GREENWOOD, S.C. (FOX Carolina) - Peterra Richburg brought an unexpected guest to her Math 201 class at Lander University, her two-month-old daughter Aria.

“I was really nervous like everybody was going to be like why does she have a baby with her,” said Richburg.

After a change in childcare that day, Richburg brought her daughter to class.

Her classmates and professor, Dr. Samuel Reed, were excited for Aria to join them for the hour and 15-minute class.

Aria fell asleep after being fed, but when Richburg went to the restroom, her daughter woke up and started crying.

“I thought, well, I could either just pick her up and see if I could comfort her or I could let her keep crying and try to teach over top of a crying baby,” said Reed.

So the Associate Professor of Mathematics at Lander University comforted the two-month-old while teaching the day’s lesson.

“Some of my students were like, oh my goodness, he just picked up this baby. And I quickly reassured them I’m a dad, I know what I’m doing. Everything is going to be okay,” he said.

Richburg took some photos of Reed holding her child and shared them on social media.

“From the time I told my advisor that I was pregnant and like I was scared I was going to leave Lander, move back to Charleston and just go to Charleston Southern and be two years behind. I was like I have to leave because I was like I don’t know what I was going to do but they helped me every step of the way,” she said.

On top of studying Elementary Education, Richburg is raising her newborn, commutes an hour one way to get to class, and drives DoorDash some nights to earn extra money.

“It’s hard, but I got it,” said Richburg.

Doctor Reed wants to help Richburg achieve her goals in any way he can, just like many other professors at Lander University.

“She is just such a bright and capable student I really couldn’t be more proud,” he says. “We’re dedicated to serving our students.”

Reed says Aria is welcome back to his class anytime. However, while Richburg wants to bring her back to campus at some point, she doesn’t know if Aria will be in attendance for Math 201 again anytime soon.

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Professor comforts student’s crying baby while teaching class

GREENWOOD, S.C. - Teachers have to juggle a lot in their jobs, and one South Carolina professor took on an extra duty while teaching his class.Dr. Samuel Reed was in the middle of teaching his math class at Lander Uni...

GREENWOOD, S.C. - Teachers have to juggle a lot in their jobs, and one South Carolina professor took on an extra duty while teaching his class.

Dr. Samuel Reed was in the middle of teaching his math class at Lander University on Sept. 6 when he stepped in to hold a student’s crying baby.

Peterra Richburg, a senior at the university and a student in Reed’s class, had to bring her baby to class after she couldn’t find child care, according to a Lander University release.

"I didn’t have time to let Dr. Reed know that I was bringing her with me. I was so nervous about it," Richburg shared with the university.

As Richburg and her 2-month-old daughter Aria entered the classroom, they received happy responses from the students, which the senior enjoyed.

When the baby became fussy, Reed picked her up while continuing to lead a class on teaching addition to students. The professor told the school he didn’t want Richburg to feel distracted during class.

"I figured we could ignore her cries until mom returned, or I could hold her and see if I could help. So, I picked her up and continued teaching," Reed explained to the university. "I also wanted Peterra not to feel distracted and to actively participate with her peers around her. Plus, who doesn't want to hold a cute baby!? Guests, especially cute babies, are always a pleasant visit."

Richburg took a photo of the heartwarming moment and shared it on social media with the tag "Compassion In Class," which caught the attention of the university and others, the university shared.

The elementary education major acknowledged the touching moment sharing that her young daughter Aria was alert and looking around the classroom while Reed held her, according to Lander University. She went on to share with the school that Reed told her that Aria can come back to the class anytime.

This story was reported from Washington, D.C.

Prep football ratings, 9/19

Chris Basnett Not much movement in this week's ratings as the No. 1s flexed their muscles again, but a few teams are off to impressive starts. Chris Basnett takes a look after four weeks of prep football.School (Rec.) | Pvs. | Last week1. Omaha Westside (4-0) | 1 | Millard North, w, 35-232. Gretna (4-0) | 2 | Millard South, W, 49-263. Kearney (4-0) | 7 | Bellevue West, W, 35-344. Elkh...

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Not much movement in this week's ratings as the No. 1s flexed their muscles again, but a few teams are off to impressive starts. Chris Basnett takes a look after four weeks of prep football.

School (Rec.) | Pvs. | Last week

1. Omaha Westside (4-0) | 1 | Millard North, w, 35-23

2. Gretna (4-0) | 2 | Millard South, W, 49-26

3. Kearney (4-0) | 7 | Bellevue West, W, 35-34

4. Elkhorn South (4-0) | 3 |Omaha Central, W, 49-7

5. Bell. West (3-2) | 4 | Kearney, L, 35-34

6. Omaha North (3-1) | 5 | Omaha Benson, W, 42-10

7. Creighton Prep (2-3) | 8 | Millard West, W, 31-7

8. Grand Island (3-1) | – | Lincoln High, W, 27-14

9. Norfolk (3-1) | – | Fremont, W, 9-7

10. Papillion-LaVista South (4-1) | – | Omaha Burke, W, 51-14

Contenders: Millard North, Millard South, Lincoln Southwest, Lincoln East, Lincoln Southeast.

Comments: Kearney leapfrogs Elkhorn South into the No. 3 spot thanks to its extremely impressive start: three of its first four games have been on the road (two in Lincoln, one in Bellevue), all three of those on Thursday nights, and the Bearcats came through unscathed. Next up are rivals North Platte and Grand Island, both at home, before a trip to No. 1 Omaha Westside the first weekend in October.

School (Rec.) | Pvs. | Last week

1. Bennington (4-0) | 1 | Pius X, W, 35-0

2. Scottsbluff (3-1) | 2 | York, W, 20-17

3. Omaha Gross (4-0) | 4 | Blair, W, 34-7

4. Elkhorn (3-1) | 3 | Omaha Skutt, W, 34-13

5. Waverly (3-1) | 5 | Norris, W, 42-0

6. York (2-2) | 8 | Scottsbluff, L, 20-17

7. Lincoln Pius X (2-2) | 9 | Bennington, L, 35-0

8. Blair (3-1) | 6 | Omaha Gross, L, 34-7

9. Seward (3-1) | 10 | Hastings, W, 20-0

10. Omaha Skutt (2-2) | 7 | Elkhorn, L, 34-13

Contenders: Grand Island Northwest, Elkhorn North, Mount Michael, Plattsmouth.

Comments: Nowhere in the state is there a bigger gap between the top five teams and the rest of the class than in Class B. Lincoln Pius X was within a touchdown of Nos. 1 and 2 in the state at halftime before losing by multiple scores. Traditional power Omaha Skutt has been handled with relative ease by Nos. 1 and 4. Previously unbeaten Blair was blown out by No. 3 Omaha Gross on Friday. Pick any five teams out of a hat for 6-10.

School (Rec.) | Pvs. | Last week

1. Aurora (4-0) | 1 | Platteview, W, 58-6

2. Pierce (4-0) | 2 | Omaha Roncalli, W, 57-35

3. McCook (4-0) | 3 | Holdrege, W, 42-7

4. Ashland-Greenwood (3-1) | 4 | Auburn, W, 40-0

5. Adams Central (4-0) | 5 | Syracuse, W, 29-7

6. Boone Central (3-1) | 7 | DC West, W, 41-6

7. Scotus Central Catholic (3-1) | 8 | West Point-Beemer, W, 49-0

8. Lincoln Christian (3-1) | 10 | Arlington, W, 32-7

9. Omaha Roncalli (3-1) | 6 | Pierce, L, 57-35

10. Minden (3-1) | – | Fairbury, W, 44-25

Contenders: Platteview, Fairbury, Auburn, Chadron, Columbus Lakeview, Wahoo, Syracuse, Douglas Co. West, Broken Bow.

Comments: Aurora and Pierce cruised in their ranked matchups, and McCook quietly continues to take care of business out west. In fact, the top eight teams all won by multiple scores this week. Speaking of quietly, Minden enters after its second consecutive win over a previously unbeaten foe. The Whippets have knocked off Kearney Catholic and Fairbury by 18 and 19 points in back-to-back weeks.

School (Rec.) | Pvs. | Last week

1. Norfolk Catholic (4-0) | 1 | Louisville, W, 49-7

2. Hastings SC (4-0) | 2 | Wahoo Neumann, W, 44-34

3. Hartington CC (4-0) | 3 | LV-SS, W, 47-7

4. Ord (3-1) | 4 | Gordon-Rushville, W, 41-20

5. Battle Creek (3-1) | 5 | Centennial, W, 35-0

6. Malcolm (4-0) | 6 | Tekamah-Herman, W, 35-0

7. Wahoo Neumann (3-1) | 7 | Hastings SC, L, 44-34

8. Mitchell (4-0) | 8 | Sidney, W, 44-20

9. Archbishop Bergan (2-2) | 10 | West Holt, W, 41-6

10. Wilber-Clatonia (3-1) | – | Fillmore Central, W, 28-21

Contenders: Fillmore Central, Valentine, Kearney Catholic, Centennial, Oakland-Craig, Yutan.

Comments: The top six teams all won, and Wahoo Neumann’s loss came in a wild shootout against No. 2 St. Cecilia that saw both teams rally from deficits before the Blue Hawks put things away. Wilber-Clatonia enters after its third straight win, this one over previous No. 9 Fillmore Central. The Wolverines’ lone loss was to St. Cecilia in the season-opener.

School (Rec.) | Pvs. | Last week

1. North Platte St. Pat's (4-0) | 1 | Sutherland, W, 57-14

2. Cross County (4-0) | 2 | Twin River, W, 58-14

3. Stanton (4-0) | 4 | GACC, W, 60-14

4. Clarkson-Leigh (4-0) | 5 | Shelby-Rising City, W, 54-26

5. Thayer Central (4-0) | 7 | Palmyra, W, 48-36

6. Palmyra (3-1) | 3 | Thayer Central, L, 48-36

7. Elmwood-Murdock (3-1) | 6 | Omaha Christian, W, 73-28

8. Laurel-Concord-Coleridge (4-0) | 8 | Homer, W, 46-13

9. Neligh-Oakdale (3-1) | 9 | Elkhorn Valley, W, 50-30

10. Wisner-Pilger (3-1) | 10 | Pender, W, 44-32

Contenders: Ravenna, Sandhills Valley, Crofton, Riverside, Homer.

Comments: The No. 3 ranking is turning into an unenviable spot, as Palmyra becomes the second third-ranked team to lose in as many weeks. Thayer Central knocked off the Panthers behind a rushing attack that produced more than 400 yards. The number of unranked unbeaten teams is down to two: Sandhills Valley, and Ravenna. The Bluejays are averaging 58.5 points per game.

School (Rec.) | Pvs. | Last week

1. Howells-Dodge (4-0) | 1 | H/LHF, W, 66-6

2. Elgin-Pope John (4-0) | 2 | CWC, W, 47-20

3. Hitchcock Co. (4-0) | 3 | Loomis, W, 68-0

4. Kenesaw (4-0) | 4 | Deshler, W, 50-6

5. BDS (4-0) | 6 | Lourdes CC, W, 44-14

6. Bloomfield (4-0) | 7 | Osmond, W, 44-6

7. Dundy Co.-Stratton (4-0) | 8 | Bertrand, W, 66-20

8. Osceola (3-1) | 5 | Palmer, W, 58-20

9. Sandhills-Thedford (3-1) | 9 | South Loup, W, 32-22

10. Johnson-Brock (4-0) | 10 | HTRS, W, 52-8

Contenders: Ainsworth, Elm Creek, Wausa, Wynot, Twin Loup, Falls City Sacred Heart, HTRS, Central Valley, Humphrey St. Francis.

Comments: Everyone in the top 10 won, so no changes. Ainsworth, Elm Creek, and Wausa are unbeaten and unranked, and all four have met or surpassed their win totals from last season: Elm Creek was winless in 2021, Ainsworth was 1-7, and Wausa was 4-5.

School (Rec.) | Pvs. | Last week

1. Potter-Dix (4-0) | 1 | Sioux Co., W, 63-0

2. Arthur Co. (3-0) | 2 | Hay Springs, W, 44-42

3. S-E-M (3-0) | 4 | Bye

4. Parkview Christian (2-1) | 3 | Heartland Lutheran, W, 61-6

5. Cody-Kilgore (2-1) | 5 | vs. Santee

6. Sterling (3-0) | 7 | Bye

7. Red Cloud (3-0) | 8 | Pawnee City, W, 55-30

8. Wauneta-Palisade (3-0) | 9 | Bye

9. Wilcox-Hildreth (3-0) | 10 | Lewiston, W, 51-14

10. Pawnee City (2-1) | 8 | Red Cloud, L, 55-30

Contenders: Wallace, Sioux Co., Shelton, Harvard, Garden Co.

Comments: Not much movement as everyone in the top 10 who played won except for Pawnee City’s loss to Red Cloud. Unranked Shelton is 3-0 but has yet to play a team that has won a game. The combined record of the Bulldogs’ opponents is 0-8. There was no result available for the Santee at Cody-Kilgore game.

Bears ready for first road test of 2022

GREENWOOD, S.C. — According to Lenoir-Rhyne football coach Mike Jacobs, the team has enjoyed playing in the newly renovated Moretz Stadium over the first two weeks of the 2022 season. But a new challenge awaits the Bears in Week 3, as they hit the road for the first time this fall for their South Atlantic Conference opener.On the other side is an Erskine squad that joined the SAC this season. The Flying Fleet brought their football program back a couple of years ago after a hiatus that began following the 1951 season, and they a...

GREENWOOD, S.C. — According to Lenoir-Rhyne football coach Mike Jacobs, the team has enjoyed playing in the newly renovated Moretz Stadium over the first two weeks of the 2022 season. But a new challenge awaits the Bears in Week 3, as they hit the road for the first time this fall for their South Atlantic Conference opener.

On the other side is an Erskine squad that joined the SAC this season. The Flying Fleet brought their football program back a couple of years ago after a hiatus that began following the 1951 season, and they are 6-13 under coach Shap Boyd since returning to competition in the spring of 2021.

Kickoff is scheduled for Saturday at 4 p.m. at Erskine’s J.W. Babb Stadium. After finishing 1-1 in nonconference play including a loss to top-ranked Ferris State last week, the 18th-ranked Bears will face the 2-0 Fleet for the first time in 71 years.

“They do some good things,” said Jacobs of the Fleet, who defeated the University of Fort Lauderdale 49-2 in their opener, a contest that was called in the second quarter due to an injury that left the opposition without enough healthy players to complete the game, before knocking off Clark Atlanta University by a 23-19 final last week. “They throw the ball around, they spread you out a little bit. The quarterback’s a kid that’s been there since they started the program before they were actually playing games, and they’ve got some skill players that can challenge you.”

The aforementioned QB is redshirt junior Bryce Jeffcoat, who has completed 19 of 31 (61.3%) passes for 294 yards and three touchdowns this season. Junior Korey Besse has also appeared in both games for Erskine, completing 5 of 11 (45.5%) passes for 66 yards and a score.

When it comes to the passing game, Erskine has received five catches apiece from redshirt freshman Jahrique Isaiah and sophomore Trevarus Walker, who have combined for 221 yards and three TDs. Redshirt junior Zion Walker has 72 yards and a TD on a team-high seven receptions, while another redshirt junior, Kevon Catoe, has 43 yards on five catches.

Junior Kaavon Parker is the leading rusher for the Fleet, scoring a pair of TDs while amassing 88 yards on 11 carries. Fellow junior Rashad Luckey (eight carries for 28 yards) also has two TDs on the ground, as does the aforementioned Catoe (16 carries for 20 yards).

“We just want guys to do things the right way,” said Jacobs of his team’s first road test of 2022. “Part of it’s the learning process, so we’ll walk them through as simple as like packing their bag, making sure they have everything. And then we want to make sure we’re the class of the conference when we travel, when we get off the bus we want to look similar, we want to make sure that we’re treating folks the right way when we travel.

“We want to get off (the bus) and we want to be ready to play,” he added. “... And we’re gonna have to bring our own energy and create big plays that way.”

Despite falling 27-5 to Ferris State in Week 2, Jacobs was impressed with LR’s defense. He pinpointed sophomores Devin Hibbitt, Chris Brown and Andre Jefferson, redshirt sophomore C’Darius Kelley, junior Zeke Nance and graduate student Rashad Yelding as standouts on that side of the ball a week ago.

In addition, Jacobs was pleased with the play of Michael Owen, a graduate student who punted 12 times against Ferris State and also handled kickoff duties. He praised the work of the Bears’ coverage teams as well.

“When you have an opportunity to play elite teams, I think it’s good,” said Jacobs of facing the No. 1 team in NCAA Division II. “You get a very good barometer and litmus test of where your team’s at and where your program’s at. So as far as the game went, obviously we didn’t win, so it didn’t go the way we wanted. There’s no moral victories, but there are pieces and positives that we can take away from that thing and then some learning moments.”

Jacobs admitted there were “a little tougher lessons learned on offense” last week, when the Bears were held without a TD and only managed 94 total yards. Seventy-eight of those yards came through the air, while LR was limited to just 16 rushing yards.

But in a way, the start of conference play signals the beginning of a new season. The Bears were picked to finish second in the SAC preseason coaches’ poll, receiving four of the 12 first-place votes.

Nevertheless, Jacobs cautions against looking too far ahead. He prefers to take each week as it comes.

“I look at scores like most people do on Saturday at the end of the day just to kind of see where everybody’s at, but as far as like really taking a deep dive on folks I’m week to week, we’ve really got to compartmentalize that,” said Jacobs. “One of our big sayings is 1-0 and I can’t be looking ahead or looking past anybody because anybody can get you on any week.”

Note: Quotes for this story were taken from Lenoir-Rhyne’s weekly Facebook Live show, which airs on Thursdays at 12:30 p.m.

E.A. Sween Company establishing operations in Greenwood County

$38 million investment will create 300 new jobs COLUMBIA, S.C. – E.A. Sween Company, a leading supplier in the ready-to-eat sandwich industry, today announced plans to establish operations in Greenwood County. The company is investing $38 million and creating 300 new jobs.Founded in 1955, E.A. Sween Company is a third generation, private company that produces and ships sandwiches and other ready-to-eat products na...

COLUMBIA, S.C. – E.A. Sween Company, a leading supplier in the ready-to-eat sandwich industry, today announced plans to establish operations in Greenwood County. The company is investing $38 million and creating 300 new jobs.

Founded in 1955, E.A. Sween Company is a third generation, private company that produces and ships sandwiches and other ready-to-eat products nationally. Its brands include Deli Express®, Market Sandwich®, San Luis® Burritos and Simply Delicious® Bakery. The company sells more than 100 million sandwiches annually.

Located at 5730 Highway 25 North in Hodges, E.A. Sween Company’s new Greenwood County operation will be critical in helping to double the capacity of the company’s sandwich production. When the facility is fully operational, the company expects to produce an additional 75 million sandwiches a year.

The facility is expected to be online in the third quarter of 2023. Individuals interested in joining the E.A. Sween Company team should visit the company’s careers page.

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved job development credits related to this project.

QUOTES

“The entire E.A. Sween Company team is thrilled to announce our new Greenwood County location. From the moment we first visited the community, we knew it was a perfect fit. South Carolina is a place where people, partnerships, relationships and opportunity matter to everyone we came across. This is an incredibly important moment in our history as we expand our business and bring quality products closer to our customers in the Southeast and beyond.” -E.A. Sween Company President and CEO Tom H. Sween

“When an industry leader like E.A. Sween Company locates in South Carolina, it’s further proof that our state’s business-friendly environment and talented workforce offer companies the recipe for success. Congratulations to E.A. Sween Company, and we welcome them to the Greenwood County community.” -Gov. Henry McMaster

“E.A. Sween Company’s $38 million investment and the 300 new jobs they are creating are big wins not just for Greenwood County, but for all of South Carolina. We are excited to welcome them to Greenwood County and look forward to a strong business partnership for many years to come.” -Secretary of Commerce Harry M. Lightsey III

"This is an exciting time for Greenwood County. Today’s announcement is one of great importance as it is not only the largest number of jobs created in our county since 2013, but also because we are welcoming a wonderful, family-owned company into our community and into our North Greenwood Industrial Park spec building. We are appreciative of E.A. Sween Company’s belief in our county and that our taxpayers and county leaders had the foresight that allowed us to develop the land and construct this building. We thank E.A. Sween Company for their investment and wish them tremendous success."-Greenwood County Council Chairman Chuck Moates

“E.A. Sween Company’s decision to locate their newest facility in Greenwood shows that the Upstate continues to be a key location for food and beverage companies. Our region’s proximity to consumer markets and logistical advantages, combined with an available, trained workforce, makes Upstate South Carolina an ideal location as companies look for an East Coast location. Congratulations to Greenwood County on this great win.” -Upstate SC Alliance President and CEO John Lummus

Mumford Industries, Inc. expanding operations in Greenwood County

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Mumford Industries, Inc. (Mumford Industries), a post-industrial plastics recycling company and producer of Retrieve® sustainable film products, today announced plans to expand operations in Greenwood County. The company is investing $2 million and creating 33 new jobs.Founded in 1995 and headquartered in Greenwood County, Mumford Industries is one of the leading industrial plastics recycling companies in the So...

COLUMBIA, S.C. Mumford Industries, Inc. (Mumford Industries), a post-industrial plastics recycling company and producer of Retrieve® sustainable film products, today announced plans to expand operations in Greenwood County. The company is investing $2 million and creating 33 new jobs.

Founded in 1995 and headquartered in Greenwood County, Mumford Industries is one of the leading industrial plastics recycling companies in the Southeast — providing clients with professional and reliable services that give them the ability to be environmentally responsible, profitable and competitive in their business practices. The company serves a variety of industries including automotive, plastics manufacturers, food packaging, distribution and more.

Located at 4730 Ninety Six Highway in Ninety Six, Mumford Industries’ expansion will allow the company to accommodate additional capacity to meet growing demand for recycled materials and environmentally responsible products. Post-industrial plastics recycling and management is complex and ever-changing, and Mumford Industries supplies companies with recycling programs and services that create a positive impact on corporate sustainability goals, budgets and reputations.

Mumford Industries’ newest venture is producing sustainable packaging. Retrieve sustainable film products include bags, pouches and divider/slip sheets made from reclaimed, recycled, unused, scrap plastic film that can be used commercially to offset greenhouse gas emissions and support carbon footprint reduction.

The expansion is expected to be complete in May 2025. Individuals interested in joining the Mumford Industries team should visit the company’s contact page.

QUOTES

“Our expansion is thrilling because we know it will allow us to not only have an even greater impact on the environment, but also the sustainability goals of the companies that call South Carolina home. We appreciate all the support we have received from Greenwood County to make this happen.” -Mumford Industries President George Mumford

“With more businesses prioritizing corporate sustainability, we are excited to have companies like Mumford Industries on our state’s roster of recycling firms. Along with creating opportunities for South Carolinians in the Greenwood County community, Mumford Industries is also helping create a more sustainable future for all.” -Gov. Henry McMaster

“Mumford Industries’ latest expansion in Greenwood County further proves that South Carolina is a state that focuses on sustainability. We congratulate Mumford Industries on this $2 million investment and the 33 new jobs they are creating, and we value our strong business relationship.” -Secretary of Commerce Harry M. Lightsey III

“This expansion is great news for Ninety Six and Greenwood County. Not only is this the most jobs that have been created in Ninety Six in recent history, but Mumford Industries is also a company that is leading the way for a brighter tomorrow for us all. I am grateful for Mumford Industries’ decision to expand operations and their belief in our town and county.” -Greenwood County Councilman Dayne Pruitt

2022 Monkeypox (MPX) Outbreak

DHEC is responding to the 2022 US outbreak of monkeypox (MPX) virus to ensure the health and safety of all South Carolinians. We are following CDC guidance to monitor contacts of known patients and identify any infected people in our state. DHEC is vaccinating those at higher risk to stop the potential spread of the virus. Learn more about DHEC’s response efforts.Latest case counts, vaccinations...

DHEC is responding to the 2022 US outbreak of monkeypox (MPX) virus to ensure the health and safety of all South Carolinians. We are following CDC guidance to monitor contacts of known patients and identify any infected people in our state. DHEC is vaccinating those at higher risk to stop the potential spread of the virus. Learn more about DHEC’s response efforts.

Latest case counts, vaccinations

DHEC reports confirmed cases of MPX daily to the U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); view the CDC's MPX tracker map for current cases by state. Each Friday, DHEC also provides a regional breakdown of cases in South Carolina. As of Friday, Sept. 16, there have been 138 cases of MPX reported in South Carolina:

DHEC is responding to these cases and vaccinating high-risk contacts with a safe, FDA-approved vaccine for MPX.

Unlike COVID-19 or other viruses that pose a larger threat to the public, MPX vaccinations at this time are not recommended for the general population because of the specific way the virus spreads. They are currently only recommended for those who are part of high-risk groups.

On Aug. 29, 2022, DHEC changed the way it gives people MPX (Jynneos) vaccine. The new method, which is approved by the FDA and CDC, calls for giving intradermal shots just under the first layer of skin. This replaces subcutaneous shots into the fat layer farther below the skin.

Before this change, a full vial of Jynneos vaccine was used to vaccinate someone. The new way takes less than a vial, meaning each vial of vaccine now contains multiple doses. This will allow more South Carolinians who are eligible to get vaccinated. The new way of giving the vaccine is just as safe and effective as the way it was given at the beginning.

Before this change, the number of vials of Jynneos vaccine DHEC had received was equal to the number of doses available. Now up to five (average of three to four) doses can come from a single vial. In order to provide the best data to compare vaccine use over time, DHEC each week will report the total number of vials received in the state, each of which contains one to five available doses.

To date, South Carolina has received 4,287 vials of Jynneos vaccine from the federal government and has given 1,780 total vaccinations.

Jynneos vaccine is being made available through DHEC and select private clinics to those most at risk of exposure. You may search for options near you on the MPX vaccine provider map. DHEC is accepting appointments for vaccination at selected clinics for:

People can either call the DHEC Care Line (855) 472-3432 or go online to confirm eligibility and to schedule an appointment. The vaccine is not recommended for the general public or healthcare workers right now.

Unlike COVID-19 or other viruses that pose a larger threat to the public, MPX vaccinations at this time are not recommended for the general population because of the specific way the virus spreads. They are currently only recommended for those who are part of high-risk groups.

Visit the CDC’s MPX vaccine administration page for updated information about doses administered.

Educational materials

The public, community partners, healthcare providers and others can share these materials to help increase awareness of and reduce exposure to MPX in South Carolina.

These materials provide information about what MPX is, its symptoms, and what you can do.

These materials are for those at higher risk of exposure to MPX. They provide information about what MPX is, its symptoms and what you can do now and after getting a vaccination.

This fact sheet is for healthcare providers and contains information about how MPX presents, testing, treatment, and reporting cases to DHEC.

23 charged after fights at Greenwood High School jamboree

The latest on the investigation into the fights that cancelled the Greenwood jamboree on FridayGREENWOOD, S.C. (FOX Carolina) - The Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office said 23 people were charged following the fights that broke out during the Greenwood High School jamboree on Friday, August 12.On Thursday, deputies said the number of people charged rose to 23. According to deputies, they’re reviewing the footage from the department, the district and those who witnessed the fight.The sheriff’s office also ...

The latest on the investigation into the fights that cancelled the Greenwood jamboree on Friday

GREENWOOD, S.C. (FOX Carolina) - The Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office said 23 people were charged following the fights that broke out during the Greenwood High School jamboree on Friday, August 12.

On Thursday, deputies said the number of people charged rose to 23. According to deputies, they’re reviewing the footage from the department, the district and those who witnessed the fight.

The sheriff’s office also said the individuals received the following charges:

On Sunday, Greenwood District 50 announced that schools would operate on a normal schedule on Monday despite the fights. However, officials said there was more law enforcement and staff at each school for precautionary reasons. The district announced this plan in the following statement from Superintendent Dr. Steve Glenn.

“Greenwood School District 50 will operate on a normal schedule tomorrow, Monday, August 15th. Local law enforcement has questioned multiple individuals that were involved in the incident that occurred at Friday night’ s Greenwood High School Jamboree. At this time, there have been no threats made to any of our schools. Most of the individuals who were involved in Friday night’ s altercation have been identified and will be disciplined according to the law and School Board policy. This type of behavior will not be tolerated in our school district. Those who choose to disrupt our schools and functions happening on our campuses will be prosecuted to the fullest extent. As a precaution, we will have additional law enforcement and staff in our schools and around our campuses on Monday morning. Our job as educators is to teach our children. As always, we will continue to work with our school administration and law enforcement to provide a safe learning environment for our students and staff on a daily basis.”

This was the second statement that the district gave on the fights. On Saturday morning, Greenwood District 50 released the following regarding the incident at the jamboree.

“Last night, the Greenwood Jamboree was cancelled due to multiple juveniles fighting near the concession stand. The juveniles involved in the altercations were from numerous schools participating in the Jamboree. There were no gunshots fired during the incident. Law enforcement was on the scene and responded swiftly to resolve the altercations.

Multiple individuals sustained injuries during the incident and those with major injuries were transported by EMS to Self Regional. The incident is currently under investigation by law enforcement and individuals involved in the altercations were taken into custody. Individuals involved in this incident will be prosecuted and disciplined to the fullest extent of the law and School Board policy.

We take these matters very seriously and will work with law enforcement to make sure these incidents will not take place in the future. Please know that along with all of our standard safety protocols and procedures, we will be implementing other safety measures at future events. As always, our top priority is the safety of our students, staff, and community. We appreciate your support in helping to keep our students, staff and community safe.”

According to officials, law enforcement at the game responded to resolve the incident, but no shots were fired.

“We just had a few juveniles get into a fight we had several different fights in different areas,” said Greenwood County Sheriff Dennis Kelly, “people out at concession area not watching football games, don’t know what they were fighting about at this point, still doing investigating on that end.”

The Sheriff’s Office later shared a post asking for information about this incident.

The incident is under investigation by law enforcement.

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