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      Dillon Health Fair provides low cost screenings to nearly 1,000 people Saturday

      The 25th Annual McLeod Medical Center Dillon Health Fair was held Saturday in Dillon, SC, providing those in the area a number of health screenings at a very low cost.

      About 1,000 people showed up to take advantage of about 15 different types of screenings that many might not normally have been able to access.

      "The money that I'm saving on the health screening that's less expensive, I can use the money for my children," explained Dillon County resident Robin McRae.

      McRae had a chance to check her BMI and blood pressure. She explained that the event offers a great chance for early detection. "Without this, so many people would not know the problems that they have."

      Governor Nikki Haley was at the event to provide support and empower the smaller communities in the state.

      "We have to remember that the small, rural areas are just as important as the busy cities that we have," Haley explained.

      The average unemployment rate in Dillon county is nearly 2 percent higher than the national average. Haley said events like these serve as hope for an even better future for the smaller towns in South Carolina.

      "This isn't the last time we will be at Dillon County. We will continue to come back until we can lift this community up to where they feel like they're strong and back on track again."

      The event also featured a job fair that helped those in attendance with their resumes and linked them with onsite employers.