SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- A 2019 analysis of suicide deaths in Italy found that in the year following a pregnancy, women who had an abortion were 2.3 times more likely to commit suicide than women who gave birth.

This is just the latest of numerous studies linking abortion to higher rates of suicide and elevated risk of death overall.

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Nicholson Blood Drive Dedication

On July 26th at 10am, The Blood Connection will be dedicating our newest donation bus to Trooper Eric Nicholson, who was shot and killed in the line of duty in 2000 in Greenville. The bus will be officially named “Eric” in the same parking lot where he was killed almost 20 years ago. A blood drive will follow the event at 10:30am.

Officer Eric Nicholson

Trooper Nicholson’s death was a big shock to the community. Coincidentally, one of his last acts of kindness was donating blood. His wife, Misty, has been passionate about spreading the message of blood donation throughout the community since his death. She will be in attendance at the dedication, along with law enforcement officers, and other local leaders. This event not only recognizes a community hero, but also shines a light on the risk and sacrifice that local law enforcement officers face every day.

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WASHINGTON, July 18, 2019 – Acting Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Joel Baxley today encouraged farmers, rural small businesses and agricultural producers to apply for financing in a key U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) program that provides loan guarantees to help rural small businesses lower their energy costs.

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From shark attacks to flesh eating bacteria to nasty germs in pools, local doctors with American Family Care (AFC) are setting the record straight about scary scenarios that could land you in either urgent care or an emergency room this summer.

“People are frightened and we’re answering a lot of questions about summer scares and sicknesses, so we need to separate the facts from the fiction,” says Dr. Benjamin Barlow, chief medical officer of American Family Care, a national healthcare network with local medical clinics.  “We’re hearing things like ‘Will a shark attack me and my family? ‘,  ‘Is my neighborhood pool safe or will it make me sick?’ People need to understand the truth about the  health risks that sometimes are valid but often are greatly exaggerated.”

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Scott Cothran, April Cothran, Billy Freeman and Sallie Freeman show their luxury fishing boat on the South Lawn of the White House, a product of Freeman Boatworks in South Carolina Monday, July 15, 2019, at the Made in America Product Showcase event held at the White House. (Courtesy Photo by Megan McFarland)
Scott Cothran, April Cothran, Billy Freeman and Sallie Freeman show their luxury fishing boat on the South Lawn of the White House, a product of Freeman Boatworks in South Carolina Monday, July 15, 2019, at the Made in America Product Showcase event held at the White House. (Courtesy Photo by Megan McFarland)

We want to build, create, and grow more products in our country using American labor, American goods, and American grit. When we purchase products made in the USA, the profits stay here, the revenue stays here, and the jobs — maybe most importantly of all — they stay right here in the USA.

President Donald J. Trump

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After the shooting at Walmart earlier in the week, I received a call from the news media about the high rate of crime in Berea.

After doing some research concerning crime at the Walmart store in Berea vs. the other Walmarts in  Greenville County, I found there was little difference between the stores related to calls the sheriff’s department receives for help. In fact, the Wade Hampton Taylors store had more calls than any of the other stores in 2017. 

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Kelly Wright

NASHVILLE -- Multi-talented vocalist Kelly Wright (photo) is the newest addition to the Main Street Music & Entertainment roster. 

A unique entertainer and accomplished musician, many are familiar with Kelly's work as an Emmy Award-Winning TV news journalist. For over thirty years, Kelly has reported major news events across the globe, including co-hosting Fox News' Fox and Friends Weekend and America's News Headquarters Weekend. Beyond his extensive resume in journalism, Kelly is a prolific soloist who has graced stages such as the Apollo Theater, The Cotton Club, The Metropolitan Room and performed on programs with artists like Shirley Caesar, Cissy Houston, the late James Brown, Jonathan Butler and many more.

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