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Seasonal scarecrows returning to Greenwood, Ninety Six for contests, displays

Both Uptown Greenwood and Ninety Six need your entries for scarecrow contests

Entries are being accepted for family-friendly scarecrow contests in Uptown Greenwood and Ninety Six. The contests in 2019 were hugely successful. Uptown Counseling Professionals designed and entered this scarecrow last year.

Get those thoughts busy hatchin’. Think old clothes stuffed with hay.

That’s right. Even a global pandemic isn’t stopping Greenwood and Ninety Six from getting into the autumnal spirit with scarecrow contests.

Registration ends Sept. 18 for Uptown Greenwood’s Scarecrow Contest. Visit uptowngreenwood.com/events/uptown-scarecrows for details and rules.

Greenwood scarecrows are to be affixed to light poles Uptown, with installations from Sept. 27 through Sept. 30.

Voting for your favorites will take place online, Oct. 1-31. Watch for a voting link on the Uptown Greenwood website and Facebook page. Winners will be announced Nov. 2.

No sign-up is needed for the Town of Ninety Six Scarecrow Contest. Scarecrows must be installed between Sept. 26 and Oct. 3. See details on the Town of Ninety Six Facebook page.

Ninety Six scarecrows will line Main Street and the walking trail. Judging takes place Oct. 24.

Contact St. Claire Donaghy at 864-992-8934.

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State health officials reported 393 new confirmed cases and 14 new probable cases of the novel coronavirus on Monday, as well as 13 additional confirmed deaths.

The COVID-19 safety precautions Greenwood County School District 50 put in place seem to be running smoothly, Superintendent Steve Glenn said at Monday’s school board meeting, but there has been some confusion about when to keep kids at home.

State health officials reported 420 new confirmed cases and 30 new probable cases of the novel coronavirus on Sunday, along with 13 additional confirmed deaths.

State health officials reported 706 new confirmed cases and 40 new probable cases of the novel coronavirus on Saturday, as well as 9 additional confirmed deaths and 2 new probable deaths.

McCormick Correctional Institution has recorded its fourth inmate death from COVID-19.

After a month of a nearly full ICU, Self Regional Medical Center’s chief medical officer said September has seen a downward trend in the number of COVID-19 patients at the hospital.

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