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USC formally names Oklahoma’s Beamer as Gamecocks’ new head football coach. Shane Beamer, formerly a University of South Carolina assistant coach, has been on teams that have gone to the College Football Playoff each of the past three years. He was formally named USC’s head football coach Sunday. Source: The State

Lexington 1 elementary school teacher dies due to COVID-19 complications. Friends, family and former students are mourning the death of Staci Blakely, a 3rd-grade teacher in Lexington County, after she died due to COVID-19-related complications, according to Lexington One School District. Source: WIS-TV

Remote learning widens equity gap in schools, research shows. Several new studies and grading data that has been releaseed by multiple school districts confirms what many have feared: students are falling behind, and the hardest hit are Black, Hispanic, low-income students and students with disabilities. Source: The Washington Post

Charleston County consultant contract not renewed; officials won’t say why. Charleston County Administrator Bill Tuten has not said why he terminated a contract with Jerome Heyward, a current North Charleston city councilman who was paid $81,000 per year for consulting work with the county government. Source: The Post and Courier

S.C. DHEC to be headed by new face by January. The board that oversees South Carolina’s sprawling health and environmental agency said it intends to nominate a new director for the department by the end of the year. Source: AP News