PROGRESSIONS JANUARY 2022 | Special Sections

CMR, partner of the Family Health Center on the residency program

The Regional Medical Center is seeking to partner with the Orangeburg Family Health Center to create a family medicine residency program.

FHC applied for and received a $750,000 grant from the US Department of Health and Human Services, through the Health Resources and Services Administration, to make the program a reality. A target date for program implementation has not been determined.

The program will be a collaboration between FHC, RMC and Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine in Spartanburg.

Program development began on August 1, 2021.

The goal of the rural residency program is to increase the number of family medicine providers in Orangeburg and rural communities.

Solar company invests $46.2 million

An existing Orangeburg County solar farm has announced that it is looking to invest $46.2 million in solar equipment and panels.

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No new full-time jobs have been promised under the project.

Magnolia Solar, LLC, located at 238 Juniper St. in Neeses, would pay the county $105,000 per year for the next 30 years with an additional $100,000 paid in the first year.

Moore Group merges with coastal company

Orangeburg-based real estate company The Moore Group has merged with Pawleys Island-based Litchfield Company Real Estate.

The combined real estate and rental company will now have nearly 175 agents with annual sales of more than $700 million in 2021 with more than 850 annual vacation and rental properties.

The merger took effect on January 1, 2022.

The Moore Group will now be called The Moore Group, a division of The Litchfield Company.

TRSWA dedicates a building in honor of Summers

The Three Rivers Solid Waste Authority (TRSWA) recently named its administration building after Calhoun County Chairman David K. Summers.

Summers chaired the TRSWA from its inception in December 1992 and the opening of the discharge in July 1998 until his resignation from the agency’s board for health reasons in February 2021.

The board dedicated the building to Jackson, South Carolina, located in Aiken County. The building was completed in 2013.

Summers represented Calhoun County in the TRSWA. The authority also includes Orangeburg, Bamberg, Aiken, Allendale, Barnwell, Edgefield, McCormick and Saluda.

Summers was one of the agency’s longest-serving founding board members.

TRSWA was formed when six counties requested assistance from their Regional Council of Lower Savannah Governments to design a Subtitle D landfill to meet the demands of solid waste management.

Voorhees will offer a master’s program

The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools has approved a master’s degree program at Voorhees College.

The MA in Teaching and Learning Education was approved at the SACSCOC Annual Meeting in December 2021. Coursework for the program is expected to begin in March.

Reinventing Bowman Park

The final design plans were revealed by four University of Georgia students who were tasked with reimagining Bowman Town Park.

The overall park design includes improved security components, play areas separated by age groups, increased opportunities for adults, and flexible spaces for community events, including concerts and farmers markets at other social and sports functions. Designed around the theme of agriculture to represent the region, the focal point of an antique tractor park just might be the iconic structure that draws more families to the quaint little town.

The estimated cost of the project is approximately half a million dollars.

Civil Rights Museum Gets Grant

The Southern Poverty Law Center selected the Cecil Williams South Carolina Civil Rights Museum as one of five Southern museums to receive a $50,000 grant to continue preserving African American history.

The museum is located in Orangeburg. While its official opening was delayed by COVID-19, the museum attracted more than 9,000 visitors during its brief period of operation.

The SPLC worked with members of the Congressional Black Caucus to identify five institutions critical to advancing programs essential to preserving African American history.

Grant to help Claflin digitize archives

Claflin University announced it was one of four recipients of the inaugural Getty Images Photo Archive Fellowship for Historically Black Colleges and Universities, an initiative to preserve and amplify HBCU’s invaluable visual history. .

Funding from the grant will help digitize approximately 50,000 archival photographs from the Claflin University Library, including stories about the Charleston hospital workers’ strike; the Conference of Black Mayors collection; and photos from Briggs v. Elliott, a case that paved the way for Brown v. Board of Education.

It will also expand the Getty Images photo collection of famed photojournalist and Claflin alumnus Cecil Williams, including his personal library, which Williams will help curate.

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