Dottie Farfone, owner of Dottie's Pharmacy on James Island | Photo by Keller James Photography

The Charleston City Paper is highlighting four stories today about vaccinations as a way to spotlight the importance of getting the shot. First is a story of a Summerville couple who didn’t believe in the vaccine, but now says they are “living proof” that vaccines work. Then there’s a North Charleston doctor who offers messages to guide people about vaccines. Then a James Island pharmacist describes how former skeptics now are starting to line up to get the shot. Finally, another doctor gives details on vaccine hesitancy and what that’s doing to hospitals. More: Charleston City Paper

Meanwhile, South Carolina health officials reported 3,648 total cases of COVID-19 Aug. 24, with 3,121 confirmed. A total of 10 new deaths, with 9 confirmed, were reported Tuesday. With 25,168 tests reported, 16.2% were confirmed positive. More: Charleston City Paper, WCSC TV, The State, SC Public Radio, The Post and Courier

In other headlines:

U.S. examining Boeing’s treatment of safety officials as company names new engineering chief. The appointment of Howard McKenzie as Boeing’s new chief of engineering comes as the plane maker faces increased regulatory scrutiny. More: The Post and Courier, The Wall Street Journal 

Charleston schools won’t enforce mask mandate, board says; Berkeley schools keep masks optional. The Charleston County School District said during an Aug. 23 meeting that administration will not be punishing students or staff who do not comply with the board’s recently passed mask mandate for schools. More: Charleston City Paper, The Post and Courier, WCSC TV

Charleston poet laureate pens children’s book on Black music. Charleston’s perennially creative poet laureate, Marcus Amaker, has a new project just in time for the school year, meant expressly for the next generation of music enthusiasts. More: SC Public Radio 

Charleston faces wave of expensive flooding fixes. The price tag for fixing flooding in Charleston has grown to some $3 billion in total, city officials say. More: The Post and Courier 

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