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A Charleston task force has changed how first responders talk about opioid addiction

A 2-year-old project has enlisted everyone from addiction specialists to hotel clerks in an all-hands approach to fighting Charleston’s ongoing opioid crisis. The trend lines weren’t good, even well before COVID-19. People were continuing to overdose, hooked on prescription painkillers, illicit fentanyl and other deadly addictive substances. Frustrated first responders kept encountering similar incidents, and it’s gotten even worse with the pandemic. In her federal courtroom, District Judge Bruce Hendricks was hearing similar stories from participants in the drug diversion program she pioneered in South Carolina. Hendricks’ three-stage BRIDGE Program aims to rehabilitate offenders with a demanding months-long regimen designed to help those seeking treatment find a clean path forward. But, drug court is only an option for those facing criminal charges. What about the people in the grips of addiction now who may never see handcuffs? Or the people who may not get help in time? “Opioid use disorder is affecting all walks of life, all ages and stages, races and genders,” Hendricks told the City Paper during a December interview. “It’s a vice grip on people and their families.” Enter Charleston’s Addiction Crisis Task (ACT) Force. The premise is simple: Bring agency leaders to the table and create systems to communicate what they’re seeing. Where are more people overdosing? How can we respond? With Hendricks’ track record and insights from Obama administration Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske, now retired to Charleston after a law enforcement career, ACT Force

is changing the way local leaders talk about drug addiction, treatment and enforcement. “You’ve got four different law enforcement agencies, plus the federal government, a number of different treatment programs,” Kerlikowske told the City Paper. “How do they all coordinate?” Law enforcement officers from Charleston, North Charleston, Mount KERLIKOWSKE Pleasant and Charleston County are participating, along with local treatment providers, in forensic discussions to track and respond to the ever-changing landscape of substance use and addiction in the Lowcountry.

Addiction, treatment continue Overdose incidents have gone up every year since 2012 in South Carolina, even as public awareness of the addictive nature of opioids and other pain management drugs has become more commonplace. In 2019, opioids accounted for 86.99% of all 2019 fatal overdose events in Charleston County, according to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control. Those trends slowed over 2018 and into 2019. But, early data shows suspected opioid overdoses soared in 2020, up 39%

in Charleston County compared to 2019, according to DHEC. Chanda Funcell has seen first-hand the impact of the pandemic on addiction. As director of the Charleston Center, the county’s office for the Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services, her staff is on the frontline of helping folks FUNCELL struggling with addiction get treatment they need. “Prior to COVID, we did not have good numbers,” she said. “And when we first went into lockdown, those numbers did climb up. We continue to monitor it every week and try to pay attention to what’s out there and where we need to get resources out.”

Getting the word out Hendricks admitted COVID-19 “stopped us in our tracks for a bit.” But even in the pandemic, she said ACT Force has been able to continue to meet and help first responders react quickly. Key to the shift in response, one North Charleston police officer said, is thinking about substance use disorders as a health issue rather than a law enforcement issue. “We realized a long time ago that this is not HUGHES a problem that you can arrest your way out of,” said Lt. Thomas Hughes, who was on his way

to a suspected overdose as part of the department’s quick response team when he spoke to the City Paper on Monday. “Jail isn’t going to fix a problem like this.” The collaborative nature of ACT Force has been a “force multiplier,” Hendricks likes to say, and statewide officials agree. “State and federal public health agencies play important roles in stemming the opioid epidemic, but community-level partnerships such as ACT Force are also a critical part of the solution,” said Emma Kennedy, division director of Injury and Substance Abuse Prevention for DHEC. “When I go to these [incidents], I’m wearing a police uniform, but I’m here as a government employee,” Huges said. “I’m here to try and help and show that there are options out there. There’s treatment out there.” Those are options he said he wished he knew about when his older sister died from a heroin overdose. ACT Force has also enabled Hughes to get naloxone, or Narcan, into the hands of community members who can administer the lifesaving treatment and reverse the impact of an overdose in progress. Anyone who may run into someone with a substance abuse disorder can help. “A hotel clerk, janitor, fast food window employee ... I just give them a quick training class,” he said. “The more (Narcan) I can get on the street to the people that need it, the better chance we’ve got of actually saving some of these lives,” Hughes said. “It’s never too late,” Funcell said, urging those who are struggling with addiction or know someone who is to call the Charleston Center helpline, (843) 722-0100.

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“He should be ashamed of himself for serving someone who supports sedition and treason against the United States of America.” —South Carolina Democratic Party Chairman Trav Robertson pointed to last week’s Capitol riots when asked about acting Secretary of Education Mick Zais, a former S.C. state superintendent of schools, stepping in to replace former Secretary Betsy DeVos, who resigned over the president’s rhetoric that led to death and destruction. Source: Charleston City Paper

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5 SC REPUBLICANS OBJECTED TO BIDEN’S VICTORY AFTER CAPITOL RIOTS

Five Republican House members from South Carolina voted in the dead of night on Jan. 7 to object to President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory, hours after a mob of pro-Trump supporters broke into the building where the members later gathered to vote. The five members from South Carolina’s delegation who voted to contest the certification of Electoral College results were: U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan U.S. Rep. Ralph Norman U.S. Rep. Tom Rice U.S. Rep. William Timmons U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson In all, at 3:08 a.m. on Jan. 7, 282 members voted against the objection and 138 members voted in favor of the objection. U.S. Rep. Nancy Mace — fresh off a narrow victory in the moderate, Charleston-anchored 1st District — was the only House Republican from South Carolina to vote down the objections. House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, a Democrat who represents parts of Charleston and the Midlands, also voted against the election protest. Neither of South Carolina’s United States senators, Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott, joined the objections. Graham, who was among Trump’s most strident defenders during the election, said in a speech after the riots, “Count me out. Enough is enough.” Dozens of people have been arrested in connection with the Capitol riots, which left five people dead. One Capitol Police officer died from injuries sustained during the riot. An unarmed woman was shot by Capitol Police as she joined others in trying to break through a barricaded door near the U.S. Senate. Others suffered fatal medical emergencies on the Capitol grounds during the events, according to officials. The FBI has received more than 40,000 tips related to the violence at the Capitol, according to the Times. —Sam Spence

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New Charleston County Sheriff Kristin Graziano ended a voluntary agreement between federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Jan. 5, her first full day in office. Graziano said she hopes the act is a first step to repair divisions between the local immigrant community and law enforcement. It will also save the county about $4 million per year. Under the agreement known as 287(g), put in place by former Sheriff Al Cannon, the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office was empowered to screen and detain suspected illegal immigrants, even if they are not being held in relation to a crime, potentially opening the door to deportation once they are in the hands of federal agents. “Our job, as deputies, is to serve and protect all residents of Charleston County and to be good stewards of the taxpayers’ money,” Graziano said during a press conference Tuesday. “We’re not to be used as an extension of the federal government.” Without 287(g) in place, ICE agents will need a federal arrest warrant to take a suspected illegal immigrant into custody. Graziano was sworn in Jan. 4 as the first female sheriff to be elected in South Carolina history. Immigrant advocates say the agreement has struck fear in local communities, causing distrust that could lead to local residents not calling police in an emergency. Local immigration attorney Nina Richards said her office gets questions about whether it’s safe to call the police even in situations involving violence. “The 287(g) agreement blurs the line between local law enforcement and ICE, causing fear and terror to permeate in the immigrant communities as a result of these enforcement actions,” Richards said on Tuesday. Through the agreement with Charleston County Sheriff’s Office, the federal agency reimburses the county for a portion of the cost to house ICE detainees, but expenses on top of that have cost taxpayers more than $12 million since 2018. —Sam Spence

“He was badly wrong with his words.” —Nikki Haley, former United Nations ambassador and S.C. governor, told a group of GOP leaders convened for the party’s winter meeting last week, that President Donald Trump’s actions since Election Day 2020 “will be judged harshly by history.” Source: CNN

Veteran Democratic Charleston County Councilman Teddie Pryor will again serve as chairman after a party-line vote Jan. 5, which included support from newcomer Kylon Middleton, who initially said he would run for the leadership spot. In the end, Pryor faced opposition from Councilman Herb Sass, a Republican on a council that now has a 5-4 Democratic majority after November’s election. It’s a position Pryor previously held 2009-2015. “I hope my fellow Council members know I’m not about partisanship,” Pryor said after his victory. “I’m about the business of the people.” The newly sworn-in Middleton has been critical of Council’s previous leadership and said before Tuesday’s meeting that he was interested in being chair, but when it came time for a vote, he was not nominated. “For me, it’s not as much about the chairmanship itself, it’s about the agenda,” Middleton told the City Paper last week. Hoping a “strong coalition” on Council would mean concrete action on issues like affordable housing in the coming weeks, Middleton said, “I had a strong sense that all those agenda items would take front and center, and I was not conceding or giving up anything until I knew that.” Attorney Rob Wehrman was also sworn in as a new member of Council. —Skyler Baldwin

CHARLESTON HAS SOME REALLY BAD DRIVERS, STUDY SAYS

Charleston may be home to some of America’s most dangerous drivers, according to the insurance shopping service Insurify. How bad? Fifth worst in the country. With more people traveling by car this past holiday due to the pandemic, Insurify sought to identify areas with the country’s worst drivers and encourage greater caution. By reviewing the 2.9 million driver applications in the company’s database, analysts cataloged cities with the highest proportion of drivers with a record of an at-fault accident, driving under the influence or a speeding ticket — or a combination of the three. Here’s how the Holy City stacked up against the national average, according to Insurify: Charleston driving statistics:

• Drivers with at least one of three incidents:

32.5% (9.28% higher than national average)

• Drivers with a speeding ticket: 15.53% (+6.06%) • Drivers with an at-fault accident: 16.71% (+5.47%)

• Drivers with a DUI violation: 1.03% (0.66% lower than national average)

Charleston drivers may be below the national average for DUIs, but the rest of local numbers are higher. But Charleston isn’t the only South Carolina city sharing the shame spotlight — Columbia was No. 15 on the list. Most dangerous city? South Jordan, Utah, a suburb of Salt Lake City. Some of the cities considered to have the safest drivers included Laredo, Texas; Brownsville, Texas; and Taylor, Michigan. As a region, the Northeast had the lowest record of incidents while the Midwest had the highest. —Samantha Connors


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One man attempted to hide as police approached him. But the officers still heard the man utter the guiltiest two words in the English language: “Oh, shit.” The report continued for an additional three pages.

The Blotter is taken from reports filed with Charleston Police Department between Dec. 28 and Jan. 5. No one described in this section has been found guilty, just unlucky. Police found a man and a woman slipping in and out of consciousness in the restroom of a downtown pub. The man reportedly told officers they were trying to get an Uber home. Have we been looking in the wrong places for our ride-hailing services all along? Two firearms and 25 rounds of ammunition were stolen from a truck while its James Island owner was grilling steaks in the backyard. Another firearm was stolen from a separate truck in West Ashley. Officers cited a man for an open container after finding him with a can of Twisted Tea. That reminds us: Go search YouTube for, “Twisted Tea video.”

One officer asked the driver of a downtown vehicle he pulled over if there was any illegal contraband in the car. The driver said, “No.” In a shocking twist, officers did, in fact, find illegal contraband. Police received complaints about a man exposing his genitals and urinating on a downtown sidewalk twice and then laying down on it and refusing to leave. He reportedly told officers “he wouldn’t make it to the bathroom in time.” A downtown woman found a note on her car that read, “Hi! I watched someone in a silver Audi pull into your driveway and key your car … I’m sorry.” We’re no detectives, but don’t rule out that it might’ve been a note left by someone who keyed your car.

A downtown man told officers that $5,000 had been stolen from his white Mercedes after parking it with the valet at a King Street hotel. He also told officers not to dust the car for fingerprints, as he didn’t want the dust on the leather. Come on, man; it’s an ’08. The small-time catalytic converter thefts of 2020 must have been practice for the grand heist. Security footage caught three men taking 34 catalytic converters from multiple vehicles parked in a West Ashley dealership lot. If only they had practiced dodging the cameras. Officers received reports that a Daniel Island man’s car had been stolen. The thieves had to have worked hard for this one, because the owner told police that the car is rarely moved and requires a jump start whenever it’s driven.

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e are “a government of laws rather than a government of men.” That’s what outgoing S.C. Gov. Fritz Hollings told the General Assembly 58 years ago. The state’s fight against desegregation was over, he said, and it was time to move on. They did. In turn, Charleston’s Harvey Gantt became the first Black student to start at an all-white state college. Last week, too many Americans forgot the lesson. Blinded by an allegiance to a narcissistic president who can’t admit he lost an election fair and square, his acolytes charged the U.S. Capitol in a cowardly and deadly attack on American democracy that left five dead. These hard-right extremists showed just how un-American they are in their hero worship of a powermonger, President Donald Trump, ahead of the common good and ideals enshrouded in the U.S. Constitution. His departure won’t come soon enough — through resignation, impeachment, invocation of the 25th Amendment or the passage of one more week. But Trump is not the only one who needs to go. We also point to members of Congress who continued to carry Trump’s water after the riot was over and the Capitol building was secured. Congress should be applauded for getting back to work immediately after the riot to finish the business of the day — Biden’s certification. They showed they wouldn’t be intimidated by insurrectionists egged on by fealty to a failed president. What’s amazingly disappointing is how many of Trump’s congressional enablers — people who have long put loyalty to his wishes before loyalty to the country — didn’t have a

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lightbulb moment as they cowered and a mob pillaged. They didn’t understand how words have impact. They didn’t grasp democracy was under attack or how the riot they helped incite changed everything. So when they emerged, they still wanted to prove to people back home that they backed a deranged, coup-driven president. But these members of Congress insulted us, showing they wanted a government of people, not a government of laws. Five South Carolina congressmen, all of whom live in safe GOP districts, failed the Palmetto State last week for continuing to breathe life into Trump’s utterly false claim that the election was stolen from him. They should be ashamed of themselves and resign from positions of public trust. These men — Joe “You Lie” Wilson, Jeff Duncan, Ralph Norman, Tom Rice and William Timmons — defiled the Constitution last week. Shame on each of you. Resign. Give credit to freshman GOP Rep. Nancy Mace of Daniel Island who saw through the charade and voted with House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn of Columbia to confirm the votes of the Electoral College. Longtime Trump enabler, U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, and colleague Tim Scott also voted to stop the madness. Now it’s time to move beyond what former GOP Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has called America’s “Day of Broken Glass,” a modern reference to Nazi horrors in 1938 Austria. It’s time to heal and fix divisions across the United States. That can start with fewer bad eggs in Congress and more people who believe in the promise of America, still a shining city on a hill.

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Lesson Plan Charleston teachers should have a say in schools’ COVID-related decisions

Unlike Berkeley County and Dorchester District 2, Charleston County has not decided to go virtual the next two weeks as the numbers of COVID-19 cases spike and a new, more contagious strain of the virus is popping up across the country. These COVID numbers will reach even greater proportions in the aftermath of Christmas and New Year’s celebrations. I understand it is a complicated issue. I have a child in first grade, and my wife is a teacher in Dorchester District 2. I am also a teacher at the university level and taught some of my classes in person in the fall. I can attest to the fact that virtual education is far inferior to in-person education, especially in many settings where students are not even expected to have a camera on when conducting classes on platforms like Zoom. Even when students are engaged online, it does not have the same vibrancy as the face-to-face environment. This is especially true for younger students. With that stated, we cannot just overlook what is occurring as deaths and infections from COVID-19 continue to

climb. Teachers are the ones that are the greatest risk in this environment. Fortunately, younger students seem to be by and large not as negatively impacted by the effects of COVID-19, though there are certainly notable exceptions. But we can’t forget our teachers. It is a delicate balance. We can’t keep the doors of the school closed until every single person is vaccinated and the spread has completely ceased. However, perhaps it should at least give us a little pause to continue on with business as normal as the rates climb. At the minimum, those individuals who are going to be most affected by the changes, teachers, should have a say in what occurs. It is fairly sad that a school board — whose members have little limited education experience — and the superintendent get to make these unilateral decisions without truly being led by the voices of teachers. In most states, teachers would at least indirectly have a say through their union. Districts might trod a little more carefully because they know if they push too hard or disregard the voices of teachers too much, it could result in

specific demands and eventually a strike. Unfortunately, the state of South Carolina is a right-to-work state where collective bargaining and strikes are prohibited, therefore teachers have less recourse in these types of situations. This relates to a larger issue in the state and the area — teachers need to have a seat at the education table. There should be a permanent spot for a current teacher on the school board, and there should be some system in place where teachers can actually have a real voice in what occurs, not the all-too-cliche, “We want to hear your concerns,” and then continue to do what was planned from the beginning. Our state superintendent, Molly Spearman, has warned that we have a teacher shortage in the state. This is a massive issue, but it is not going to be changed by merely creating new programs to reach out to prospective educators or forming better mentoring programs in the schools. These are both good ideas. However, in order to really deal with the teacher shortage, teachers not only need better pay, they need to feel protected and respected. This is an area where our state and many of our districts are falling short. Will McCorkle is a South Carolina educator and immigration advocate.

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The 2020 images our photographer wanted us to print … but we didn’t PHOTOS AND WORDS BY RUTA SMITH Last year started with a bang for me. For the first time ever, my family from Lithuania was here during the holidays, and January marked my 10-year anniversary living in Charleston. I had fun goals, like attend a live show once a week, travel more and find more time for a new hobby. (So optimistic!) I remember skimming through my 2020 planner with my mom and thinking, “This is going to be the year.” Well, I was right about that, but not exactly how I'd planned. What a year it was to be alive. I never thought of myself as an essential worker until seeing everything and everyone shut down but us, a little alt-weekly newspaper, still publishing a new issue every Wednesday morning. One thing I noticed when looking through my 2020 archives: There weren’t too many unpublished outtakes from my assignments. Due to social distancing and everything else that came with COVID-19, during most of the assignments I would just show up and leave immediately after I got “the shot." I have always known that the biggest fringe benefit of being the City Paper photographer is usually whatever happens before or after the photos are taken — the chit-chat and laughs with my subjects. I am very hopeful for 2021, but have also learned to take it one day at a time. Here are a handful of my favorite unpublished 2020 pictures. Love and air hugs, Ruta

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I met Ment Nelson at Meyer Vogl gallery downtown, but nothing was hung for his show yet. So, we had to figure out how to make the upstairs studio at the gallery look like his space. I knew I wanted different shots outside the gallery. Looking at his paintings, there was one of his grandmother with a crab net. I remembered that I’d taken photos at the North Bridge Park of Tia Clark, who runs Casual Crabbing with Tia. So we went there. Ment, not being super familiar with the area, got lost, but it worked out in our favor because the light was better when he arrived. It was a last-minute idea and I wasn’t really prepared for it, but the photos seemed more comfortable there compared to the ones at the gallery.

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Waffle House Smackdown

Everyone loves Waffle House. It’s freshly cooked, cheap, we all go there. But, a lot of people might not know how complicated things get in the kitchen. These professional chefs, Kinfolk chef Joe Nierstadt and Cherry Bombe culinary director Kia Damon, had to learn how Waffle House employees work for the annual cooking contest. It was hilarious to watch them struggle and laugh.

D’Allesandro’s Pizza

Every time you show up at D’Allesandro’s, it’s busy. It’s not like they give me the time to do the shoot — they’re always on the go. This was for the feature about businesses and people doing things to lift up the community during COVID, before masks were required. They’re trying to social distance, with the glass and the boxes, and I just saw this moment of Ben D’Allesandro and his employee taking the order.

On the cover Estee Gabay got the monochromatic treatment near the corner of King and Society.

Dellz Retreat

Dellz Uptown was one of my favorite local restaurants. I was really sad when I found out they were closing — it was my go-to spot for a quick lunch. Those shrimp tacos! But, I was happy to see them starting something new. It wasn’t my first time working with Smarel or her mom, Maudell Grayson, but shoots with them are always so organic. It was a candid shot, with the mural in the background, they were very excited about their new project. I remember that day. It was the Friday before everything shut down. People don’t really smile like this anymore.

Edmund’s Oast, Chef Bob Cook Then, the next Monday and Tuesday, everything shut down. And, I have to go photograph these restaurants that are devastated. Rarely do you get a really decent shot of a chef in the kitchen. They’re always so unpredictable. The light is always bad. You can’t really tell people what to do, because everyone has their own tasks.

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KYLON MIDDLETON

Ruta Smith

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Volume 1, Number 6

Jan. 13, 2021

INSIDE AT HOME IN THE LOWCOUNTRY

Kylon Middleton’s ready to zoom into action on council BY ANDY BRACK

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DIGGING YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD

Why buying local is a key for a Park Circle business BY LAUREN KESMODEL

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DIGGING REAL ESTATE

Properties for sale and rentals in your area

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DIGGING LOCAL

How to get your winterized houseplants to flourish BY TONI REALE

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Seven. That’s how many college degrees 47-year-old Kylon Middleton has earned. But now that he has joined Charleston County Council, it’s enough. It’s time to act. “I’m used to being of service to the community, but it’s broader now,” he said. Middleton, a Charleston native who grew up in Radcliffeborough, earned a bachelor’s degree in English and communications from the College of Charleston. Then as he taught school, served as a principal in North Carolina and pastored churches, he got three master’s degrees — in divinity at Lutheran Theological Seminary in Columbia, in theology at Duke University and in administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. There also are the doctorates in theology from Duke and education from UNC, plus an Ed.S., an Educational Specialist licensure from UNC. Whew. That’s enough to make anyone’s head spin. Middleton, senior pastor at Mount Zion African Methodist Church on Glebe Street adjacent to his first college alma mater, won election to council in November by garnering 13,554 votes in his West Ashley-North Charleston district — almost 10% more than his closest challenger. His first bid for elective office likely was made easier because of leadership activities in recent years with the Charleston Illumination Project, which seeks to strengthen relationships between police and area citizens. He got involved after the 2015 slaying at Emanuel AME Church of nine people, including his best friend, the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, a state senator.

As a pastor, Middleton spends time in meetings, public and private. He talks with lots of people. And he works on issues that need to be resolved, such as a long-awaited $2 million renovation, restoration and expansion at his church. As a member of council, he’ll have public meetings, policies to resolve and constituents in a district to serve. “That does not differ much from what I do as a pastor,” he said, fully recognizing that taking on a new role will take more time. But he’s gotten used to it in a months-long campaign during a pandemic. In doing so, he’s become a master of Zoom. “The depth of service is no different than how I’ve served my continued on page 14

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Life will change some, but not lots

Middleton has master’s degrees in divinity, theology and administration. Ruta Smith

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church, my community and schools,” he said. These days, Middleton spends a lot of time in virtual meetings, services and more from his distanced control room — a home office in a comfortable West Ashley townhouse. And interestingly, he kind of likes it because he says he’s really an introvert — even though his warm smile and open manner warm a room like the best extroverted politicians.

Age: 47. Birthplace: Charleston, S.C. Education: B.A., English and Communications, College of Charleston; M.Div., Lutheran Theological Seminary; Th.M., Ph.D., Duke University; M.S. Administration, Ed.S., Ed.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Middleton gets up early, really early. He arrives at a West Ashley gym by 5 a.m. every day but Sunday. He lifts weights, a repetitive toil that he says is relaxing. Then after cooling down, showering and getting breakfast, he’ll do personal reading before starting church work. During the campaign, election work was interspersed throughout the day, much of which is spent on Zoom calls, he said. Middleton’s weekly schedule is ferocious. On Tuesdays, he co-leads a book discussion group with members of neighboring Grace Church Cathedral, which is immediately followed by a Tuesday evening virtual church service for Mount Zion worshippers. On Thursdays, there is a Bible study. Friday mornings feature a virtual prayer call. And Sunday mornings, there is the regular church service, all via Zoom, although some are aired from the church. During the typical week, Middleton says he interacts with up to 2,000 viewers, although some of them attend more than one service. He’s had participants from all over the country and as far away as Switzerland. “It has worn me thin, but it has kept them engaged,” Middleton said. During the pandemic, the church reaches more people than the 300+ pledging members it has because the church’s leadership team, which includes three assistant pastors, works hard to engage people in the virtual experience. “It [the pandemic] has reset the ministry and ministry opportunities in ways that we may not have thought about.” He later added, “The elimination of in-person worship affected me because all of my training centered around the community of faith gathering in-person. It immediately caused me to pivot and depend solely on God for direction to lead my congregation. “Our historic Mount Zion AME Church is undergoing a multi-million dollar restoration, renovation and expansion to position us for service to the community for years to come,” Middleton said. “We are not just surviving. We are thriving in the city of Charleston.”

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His friend Clem After Middleton earned his theology degree in Columbia, he and his family moved to North Carolina, where he pastored while teaching and then serving as a high school principal. In 2006, while still working in the Tar Heel State, he was assigned to pastor a church in Georgetown, which meant a lot of time on the road on weekends. After the massacre at Emanuel AME Church, Middleton, who had retired from his education career, was in Charleston a lot to help the family of

Current profession: Pastor; member of Charleston County Council. Family: Son, Kylon Joshua; Mother, Vertelle M. Middleton; Father (Deceased), James; Sister, Jamela Middleton-Wintons. Favorite beverage: A refreshing glass of water. Photos by Ruta Smith

Middleton interacts with up to 2,000 viewers each week from his home via Zoom.

Something people would be surprised to learn about you: I am an avid weightlifter. Another thing people would find surprising about you: I am an introvert and a loner. Favorite holiday tradition: In normal times, taking the younger members of the family to the movies after Thanksgiving dinner. Books on bedside table: The Bible, Isabel Wilkerson’s Caste and an anthology of African American poems. Favorite movie: The Pursuit of Happyness.

Pinckney, who he met as a boy at AME conferences around the state. “We were driven to each other by our funny names,” Middleton laughed. Eventually, Middleton was transferred to Mount Zion AME since, as he noted, he was spending so much time here, anyway. The following year, he helped start the Charleston Illumination Project.

Winding down at home Middleton says he’s trying to relax more at home. How? By vegging out in front of the television watching classic comedy shows or sporting events. He’ll cook some food, watch the news, take long walks and occasionally ride his bike. And, he’ll read the Bible and other books to help inform the words he shares throughout the week with members of his church. During the holidays, he also spent time with his son, a 24-year-old graduate student at East Carolina University. Now with his new job on council, he said he would work hard to balance his church and elected responsibilities. He knows there will be more meetings, as well as interactions with constituents. But he’ll manage them — and engage with constituents in new ways to help build the community. He’s ready to get down to work — ready to provide the moral leadership he campaigned on to win the seat on county council.

Favorite musicians: James Cleveland, Ike Turner, Etta James, Darius Rucker. Favorite new music: Ranky Tanky. Favorite food: Savory, vegan macaroni and cheese. Three people (alive or dead) you’d like to dine with: A. Philip Randolph, Fannie Lou Hamer and Angelina Grimke. Favorite comedian: Jerry Seinfeld. Describe your best day in 50 words or less: My best day is a day where I have given my best in serving others: my family, parishioners, constituents and fellow citizens. It is a very good day when I have helped others in such a way that their lives are better and our community is stronger. Pet peeve: Be on time. Quote: “If I can help somebody as I travel along, then my living would not be in vain.” Philosophy: Love your neighbor as you love yourself. Advice for someone seeking fulfillment: Be yourself; you can’t please everybody; do what’s right and everything else will fall in place.


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Why buying local is key for Park Circle business North Charleston’s Park Circle is known for its charming eateries, growing beer scene, eclectic personality and affordable living without peninsula prices.

“In my own case, I’ve been able to employ neighbors. If we weren’t here, there would be four fewer jobs in Park Circle,” he said.

But for local Park Circle businesses and residents, it’s much more than a hip spot to live or grab a bite to eat. It’s a neighborhood filled with passionate entrepreneurs who are driven to bringing a different, hyper-local perspective to the status quo. “When I think about who lives in the neighborhood, I think of the creatives. Chefs, artists,” said Steven Ortego, owner of home furnishings shop Iola Modern. “Here, they can stand out a bit bolder. Since [the neighborhood is] so different and unique, they can explain why they’re different and people listen.” The neighborhood is innovative and

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creative. Local businesses help to give the area its fun, quirky edge. Ortego has seen the neighborhood evolve over the last four years that he’s operated Iola Modern. “A lot of the development that has happened has been very thoughtful,” he said. “There have been many people who have done a good job at creating adaptive reused spaces.” For Park Circle, it’s not only the businesses themselves, but also the people behind the businesses that make the community so unique. For Park Circle businesses, “buy local” is more than a buzzworthy mantra, it means livelihood.

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scenes,” she said. “Pat yourself on the back every time you make a conscious choice to spend with a local business because you’re not only supporting that business owners’ livelihood and family, but your dollar is likely also being passed along to a local marketing firm, bookkeeper, web designer and other service providers that support that business. It goes on and on.” Ortego agreed. “Supporting these local businesses not only gives these shop owners and their employees a way to continue working, but it also pumps money back into the community,” he said. In the days of the extreme convenience of online shopping and shipping straight to home, many may wonder why they would choose to support local. The answer is simple: While prices and convenience are certainly attractive online, the personal touch and curation of products is truly what sets these businesses apart. Customers get direct access to experts in stores, helping them to make the best decisions possible when investing on furnishings.

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Online shopping doesn’t give people the expertise of a local team or a setting where they can see and experience retail items like furniture. “When they come to my store they get magic, experience and passion,” Ortego said. During the pandemic, people have been spending more time at home, causing them to realize they need a little magic to make their spaces better. “People were really thinking about how

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Iola Modern aims to help people add a little magic to their homes. they lived in their homes,” he said. Other businesses in Park Circle saw changes, from offering more takeout food to filling consumer requests for more American-made products. With shipping delays and travel restrictions in 2020, many consumers enjoyed the idea of not only purchasing domestically, but also enjoying their products much sooner than imported goods. After having enjoyed designing for a few local businesses, such as Orange Spot Coffee, Fast and French’s patio and the Harbour Club’s rooftop deck, Ortego said he looked forward to the coming year’s possibilities. “We’re excited for all sorts of different [design] projects. This year we’re working on the peninsula, Kiawah and in Park Circle.”


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Don’t over-do it: plants need less water during the winter.

Get your winterized houseplants to flourish BY TONI REALE, ROADSIDE BLOOMS January is the time of year that South Carolina plant lovers often wonder whether they brought cold-sensitive houseplants in too late for the winter — particularly if a collection looks a bit dry, has a few curled leaves and hasn’t had signs of new growth in weeks. So here’s a bit of relief: Your plants are just fine. They’ve just gone dormant and, with a little overwinter care, they will flourish once again come spring. According to the University of Georgia Extension Service, our indoor plant friends, like most of us, feel their best when temperatures average 65 degrees to 75 degrees during Reale the day and above 50 degrees at night. Plants sense changes in the seasons, not only by temperature, but also by the amount and intensity of sunlight. In the winter, these changes signal to the plant that it’s time to enter its natural state of dormancy.

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WINTER SIGNALS SURVIVAL MODE Plants’ yearly dormancy cycles are comparable to bears going into their light form of hibernation called torpor. During the winter when food is scarce and resources are limited, bears go into a light sleep state to conserve energy and avoid harsh conditions. According to an article published by the National Forest Foundation, Bears lose weight during this time and can go up to 100 days without food, water or passing waste. Plant behavior during dormancy is also about surviving and resting during the winter to regrow in the spring. They conserve energy by dropping a few leaves and by taking up less water. Don’t be fooled, however, because the energy they save by not putting out new leaf growth is going into nurturing and growing roots.

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SET YOUR PLANTS UP FOR SUCCESS There are lots of things as a plant parent that you can do to support your indoor plants during dormancy. First and foremost, set them up for success with where you place them in your home. Avoid both drafty places where cold air can come in. Steer them away from air vents where the heat in your house might dry them out. Pick a sunny spot in your home by studying the light for a couple days and noticing what spot gets the most consistent sun all day. With less intense and shorter hours of sunlight, you may want to choose a south- or west-facing window as the experts at The Spruce suggest.

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Another tip: Turn your plants from time to time to ensure even growth.

DON’T OVERWATER IN THE WINTER Although it may seem counterintuitive with drier conditions, your plants actually need less water during the winter. As mentioned in an earlier article, watering your plants on a schedule doesn’t serve them well. Rather, stick a finger about 1-1.5 inches into the soil and water when that depth is dry. Or try bottom watering. If your pots are on a tray, add water to the tray and the roots will soak up what they need. Note it could take a day for the roots to soak up the water. Be careful not to overdo any watering because this could lead to root rot, which will surely kill your plant over winter. HUMIDITY IS KEY Indoor plants thrive with high humidity which is scarce in our indoor environments during the winter. At the very least, you can place your closer plants together so that they can perhaps create a more humid microclimate, The Spruce said. It also suggests using a bathroom for a great spot for plants, provided it has good light. If you really love your plants and want them to succeed, get a humidifier and place it near a cluster of plants. Misting is also a kind thing to do for your plants, but the benefits are short-lived compared to a humidifier. SAVE THE POT If you received a pretty pot for the holidays, hold off on repotting your houseplants until the spring. And definitely do not fertilize your plants during this time.

You can always leave your plants in its plastic nursery pot and place it inside your new pot, taking the plant in and out to water. Both repotting and fertilizing during this time will send the wrong message to your plants. In fact, fertilizing can do more harm than good during dormancy said the editor of House Beautiful.

A LITTLE BIT OF HOUSEPLANT-KEEPING Winter is also a great time to dust your leaves on your plants. With a damp cloth or soft paper towel, gently wipe any accumulated dirt or dust off of the top and bottom of the leaves. When indoor plants go into dormancy, they are more prone to pests such as spider mites and mealybugs. Wiping the leaves not only ensures your plants look beautiful, but also helps mitigate pest problems. On the cellular level, wiping plants clears the surfaces of the leaves which is better for them in conditions with lower amounts of humidity and sunlight. CARE BUT NOT TOO MUCH This is a hard one for plant lovers. The best advice for your plants’ success over the winter is to care, but not too much. Don’t fuss too much. Be sure that their minimal conditions are met and it will all pay off in the spring when you see lots of new leaves emerging. Toni Reale is the owner of Roadside Blooms, a unique flower and plant shop in Park Circle in North Charleston. It specializes in weddings, events and everyday deliveries using nearly 100% Americanand locally grown blooms. Online at www.roadsideblooms.com. 4610 Spruill Ave., Suite 102, North Charleston.


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STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF DORCHESTER IN THE FAMILY COURT FOR THE FIRST JUDICIAL CIRCUIT CASE NO: 2020-DR-18-915 DULCE A. RODRIGUEZ, Plaintiff, v. ELEAZAR ROQUE TELLEDO and, ALAN CARDENAS CASTILLO, Defendants. SUMMONS YOU HEREBY SUMMONED and required to answer the Complaint herein, a copy of which is herewith served upon you, and to serve your Answer to said Complaint upon the undersigned attorney for the Plaintiff, at his offices located at 800 Wappoo Road, Charleston, South Carolina 29407, within thirty (30) days after the service hereof, exclusive of the day of such service and, if you fail to answer the Complaint within the time aforesaid, the Plaintiff will apply to the Court for the relief demanded in the Complaint. YOU ARE HEREBY GIVEN NOTICE FURTHER that if you fail to appear and defend and fail to answer the Complaint as required by this Summons within thirty (30) days after the service hereof, exclusive of the day of service, Judgment by Default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint. HAWKINS LAW FIRM, P.A. 800 Wappoo Road Charleston, SC 29407 (843) 225-7565 (843) 225-7585 fax ATTORNEY FOR PLAINTIFF Charleston, South Carolina 13 January, 2020

Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., successor by merger to Wells Fargo Bank Minnesota, N.A., as trustee, in trust for the Holders of Structured Asset Investment Loan Trust Mortgage Pass Through Certificates, Series 2003-BC3, Plaintiff, v. Any heirs-at-law or devisees to Martha A. Shavis a/k/a Martha Ann Shavis, deceased, their heirs, Personal Representatives, Administrators, Successors and Assigns, and all other persons or entities entitled to claim through them; all unknown persons or entities with any right, title, estate, interest in or lien upon the real estate described in the complaint herein; also any persons who may be in the military service of the United States of America, being a class designated as Richard Roe; and any unknown minors, incompetent or imprisoned person, or persons under a disability being a class designated as John Doe.; Any heirs-at-law or devisees to Mary A. Shavis a/k/a Mary Alice Shavis, deceased, their heirs, Personal Representatives, Administrators, Successors and Assigns, and all other persons or entities entitled to claim through them; all unknown persons or entities with any right, title, estate, interest in or lien upon the real estate described in the complaint herein; also any persons who may be in the military service of the United States of America, being a class designated as Richard Roe; and any unknown minors, incompetent or imprisoned person, or persons under a disability being a class designated as John Doe.; Belinda M. Shavis; Audrey V. Shavis; Theodore M. Shavis, Defendant(s). SUMMONS AND NOTICES (Non-Jury) FORECLOSURE OF REAL ESTATE MORTGAGE TO THE DEFENDANT(S) ABOVE NAMED: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and required to appear and defend by answering the Complaint in this action, a copy of which is hereby served upon you, and to serve a copy of your Answer on the subscribers at their offices at 3800 Fernandina Road, Suite 110, Columbia, SC 29210, within thirty (30) days after the service hereof, exclusive of the day of such service; except that the United States of America, if named, shall have sixty (60) days to answer after the service hereof, exclusive of the day of such service; and if you fail to do so, judgment by default will be rendered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint. TO MINOR(S) OVER FOURTEEN YEARS OF AGE, AND/OR TO MINOR(S) UNDER FOURTEEN YEARS OF AGE AND THE PERSON WITH WHOM THE MINOR(S) RESIDES, AND/OR TO PERSONS UNDER SOME LEGAL DISABILITY: YOU ARE FURTHER SUMMONED AND NOTIFIED to apply for the appointment of a guardian ad litem within thirty (30) days after the service of this Summons and Notice upon you. If you fail to do so, application for such appointment will be made by Attorney for Plaintiff. YOU WILL ALSO TAKE NOTICE that Plaintiff will move for an Order of Reference or the Court may issue a general Order of Reference of this action to a Master-in-Equity/Special Referee, pursuant to Rule 53 of the South Carolina Rules of Civil Procedure. YOU WILL ALSO TAKE NOTICE that under the provisions of S.C. Code Ann. § 29-3-100, effective June 16, 1993, any collateral assignment of rents contained in the referenced Mortgage is per-

fected and Attorney for Plaintiff hereby gives notice that all rents shall be payable directly to it by delivery to its undersigned attorneys from the date of default. In the alternative, Plaintiff will move before a judge of this Circuit on the 10th day after service hereof, or as soon thereafter as counsel may be heard, for an Order enforcing the assignment of rents, if any, and compelling payment of all rents covered by such assignment directly to the Plaintiff, which motion is to be based upon the original Note and Mortgage herein and the Complaint attached hereto. LIS PENDENS NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT an action has been or will be commenced in this Court upon complaint of the above-named Plaintiff against the abovenamed Defendant(s) for the foreclosure of a certain mortgage of real estate given by Belinda M. Shavis, Mary A. Shavis, Martha A. Shavis and Audrey V. Shavis to Beneficial Mortgage Co. of South Carolina dated January 15, 2002 and recorded on January 22, 2002 in Book O 394 at Page 879, in the Charleston County Registry (hereinafter, “Mortgage”). Thereafter, the Mortgage was transferred to the Plaintiff herein by assignment and/or corporate merger. The premises covered and affected by the said Mortgage and by the foreclosure thereof were, at the time of the making thereof and at the time of the filing of this notice, more particularly described in the said Mortgage and are more commonly described as: All that lot, piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements thereon, situate, lying and being on James Island in the County of Charleston, State of South Carolina, and known as Lot No. 14, in Block C, on plat of Green Crest, which map is made by the John McCrady Co., Engineer dated June, 1946, entitled “Plat of Green Crest Situate on James Island, Charleston County, South Carolina, owned by Burmain A. Grimball,” which plat is recorded in Plat Book G, Page 3, R.M.C. Office for Charleston County. This being the same property conveyed to Mary A. Shavis, Martha A. Shavis, Audrey V. Shavis, Belinda M. Shavis and Theodore M. Shavis by Deed of Martha A. Shavis dated February 7, 1996 and recorded April 12, 1996 in Book U 267, Page 177 in the Office of the Register of Deeds for Charleston County, South Carolina. TMS No. 427-01-00-021 Property Address: 1325 Witter Street James Island, SC 29412 NOTICE OF FILING COMPLAINT TO THE DEFENDANTS ABOVE NAMED: YOU WILL PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the original Complaint, Cover Sheet for Civil Actions and Certificate of Exemption from ADR in the above entitled action was filed in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Charleston County on October 23, 2019. A Notice of Foreclosure Intervention was also filed in the Clerk of Court’s Office. ORDER APPOINTING GUARDIAN AD LITEM AND APPOINTMENT OF ATTORNEY It appearing to the satisfaction of the Court, upon reading the filed Petition for Appointment of Kelley Woody, Esquire as Guardian ad Litem for unknown minors, and persons who may be under a disability, and it appearing that Kelley Woody, Esquire has consented to said appointment. FURTHER upon reading the filed Petition for Appointment of Kelley Woody, Esquire as Attorney for any unknown Defendants who may be in the Military

Service of the United States of America, and may be, as such, entitled to the benefits of the Servicemember’s Civil Relief Act, and any amendments thereto, and it appearing that Kelley Woody, Esquire has consented to act for and represent said Defendants, it is ORDERED that Kelley Woody, P.O. Box 6432, Columbia, SC 29260 phone (803) 787-9678, be and hereby is appointed Guardian ad Litem on behalf of all unknown minors and all unknown persons who may be under a disability, all of whom may have or claim to have some interest or claim to the real property commonly known as 1325 Witter Street, James Island, SC 29412; that he is empowered and directed to appear on behalf of and represent said Defendants, unless said Defendants, or someone on their behalf, shall within thirty (30) days after service of a copy hereof as directed, procure the appointment of Guardian or Guardians ad Litem for said Defendants. AND IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Kelley Woody, P.O. Box 6432, Columbia, SC 29260 phone (803) 787-9678, be and hereby is appointed Attorney for any unknown Defendants who are, or may be, in the Military Service of the United States of America and as such are entitled to the benefits of the Servicemember’s Civil Relief Act aka Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Civil Relief Act of 1940, and any amendments thereto, to represent and protect the interest of said Defendants, AND IT IS FURTHER ORDERED That a copy of this Order shall be forth with served upon said Defendants by publication in Charleston City Paper, a newspaper of general circulation published in the County of Charleston, State of South Carolina, once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks, together with the Summons and Notice of Filing of Complaint in the above entitled action. Brock & Scott, PLLC 3800 Fernandina Road Suite 110 Columbia, SC 29210 Phone 844-856-6646 Fax 803-454-3451 Attorneys for PlaintiffON

Complaint in this action, a copy of which is hereby served upon you, and to serve a copy of your Answer on the subscribers at their offices at 3800 Fernandina Road, Suite 110, Columbia, SC 29210, within thirty (30) days after the service hereof, exclusive of the day of such service; except that the United States of America, if named, shall have sixty (60) days to answer after the service hereof, exclusive of the day of such service; and if you fail to do so, judgment by default will be rendered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint. TO MINOR(S) OVER FOURTEEN YEARS OF AGE, AND/OR TO MINOR(S) UNDER FOURTEEN YEARS OF AGE AND THE PERSON WITH WHOM THE MINOR(S) RESIDES, AND/OR TO PERSONS UNDER SOME LEGAL DISABILITY: YOU ARE FURTHER SUMMONED AND NOTIFIED to apply for the appointment of a guardian ad litem within thirty (30) days after the service of this Summons and Notice upon you. If you fail to do so, application for such appointment will be made by Attorney for Plaintiff. YOU WILL ALSO TAKE NOTICE that Plaintiff will move for an Order of Reference or the Court may issue a general Order of Reference of this action to a Master-in-Equity/Special Referee, pursuant to Rule 53 of the South Carolina Rules of Civil Procedure. YOU WILL ALSO TAKE NOTICE that under the provisions of S.C. Code Ann. § 29-3-100, effective June 16, 1993, any collateral assignment of rents contained in the referenced Mortgage is perfected and Attorney for Plaintiff hereby gives notice that all rents shall be payable directly to it by delivery to its undersigned attorneys from the date of default. In the alternative, Plaintiff will move before a judge of this Circuit on the 10th day after service hereof, or as soon thereafter as counsel may be heard, for an Order enforcing the assignment of rents, if any, and compelling payment of all rents covered by such assignment directly to the Plaintiff, which motion is to be based upon the original Note and Mortgage herein and the Complaint attached hereto. LIS PENDENS

STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF CHARLESTON IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS C/A NO.: 2020-CP-10-04505 U.S. Bank National Association, as indenture trustee, for the holders of the CIM Trust 2017-3, Mortgage-Backed Notes, Series 2017-3, Plaintiff, v. Any heirs-at-law or devisees of Robert Pope, deceased, their heirs, Personal Representatives, Administrators, Successors and Assigns, and all other persons or entities entitled to claim through them; all unknown persons or entities with any right, title, estate, interest in or lien upon the real estate described in the complaint herein; also any persons who may be in the military service of the United States of America, being a class designated as Richard Roe; and any unknown minors, incompetent or imprisoned person, or persons under a disability being a class designated as John Doe.; Bonnie K. Muntz a/k/a Bonnie K. Muntz-Pope; Jason Pope Sr; Amanda Byrd; The Lending Connection, Inc., Defendant(s). SUMMONS AND NOTICES (Non-Jury) FORECLOSURE OF REAL ESTATE MORTGAGE TO THE DEFENDANT(S) ABOVE NAMED: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and required to appear and defend by answering the

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT an action has been or will be commenced in this Court upon complaint of the above-named Plaintiff against the abovenamed Defendant(s) for the foreclosure of a certain mortgage of real estate given by Bonnie K. Muntz-Pope and Robert Pope to Beneficial Mortgage Co. Of South Carolina dated December 19, 2006 and recorded on January 2, 2007 in Book S610 at Page 680, in the Charleston County Registry (hereinafter, “Mortgage”). Thereafter, the Mortgage was transferred to the Plaintiff herein by assignment and/or corporate merger. The premises covered and affected by the said Mortgage and by the foreclosure thereof were, at the time of the making thereof and at the time of the filing of this notice, more particularly described in the said Mortgage and are more commonly described as: ALL THAT LOT, PIECE OR PARCEL OF LAND, TOGETHER WITH BUILDINGS AND IMPROVEMENTS THEREON, SITUATE, LYING AND BEING IN SAINT ANDREWS PARISH, COUNTY OF CHARLESTON, STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA, KNOWN AND DESCRIBED AS LOT 7, BLOCK H, MELROSE SUBDIVISION, AS SHOWN ON A PLAT BY W. H. MATHENY, SURVEYOR, DATED JUNE 26, 1959 AND RECORDED IN THE RMC OFFICE FOR CHARLESTON COUNTY IN PLAT BOOK M AT PAGE 53 AND MEASURING AND CONTAINING BUTTINGS AND BOUNDINGS AS SHOWN ON THE AFOREMEN-

TIONED PLAT, THE DIMENSIONS BEING A LITTLE MORE OR LESS

Filing of Complaint in the above entitled action.

This being the same property conveyed to Bonnie K. MuntzPope and Robert Pope by deed of Bonnie K. Muntz dated June 26, 2006 and recorded August 14, 2006 in Book O 594 at Page 75 in the Office of the Register of Deeds for Charleston County, South Carolina. Thereafter a subsequent deed, also dated June 26, 2006 and purporting to convey the same interest in the property, from Bonnie K. Muntz to Bonnie K. Muntz-Pope and Robert Pope was filed on September 13, 2006 in Book B 598 at Page 001 in the Office of the Register of Deeds for Charleston County, South Carolina.

Brock & Scott, PLLC 3800 Fernandina Road, Suite 110 Columbia, SC 29210 Phone 844-856-6646 Fax 803454-3451 Attorneys for Plaintiff

TMS No. 3091400001 Property Address: 856 Melrose, Charleston, SC 29414 NOTICE OF FILING COMPLAINT TO THE DEFENDANTS ABOVE NAMED: YOU WILL PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the original Complaint, Cover Sheet for Civil Actions and Certificate of Exemption from ADR in the above entitled action was filed in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Charleston County on October 13, 2020. A Notice of Foreclosure Intervention was also filed in the Clerk of Court’s Office. ORDER APPOINTING GUARDIAN AD LITEM AND APPOINTMENT OF ATTORNEY It appearing to the satisfaction of the Court, upon reading the filed Petition for Appointment of Kelley Woody, Esquire as Guardian ad Litem for unknown minors, and persons who may be under a disability, and it appearing that Kelley Woody, Esquire has consented to said appointment. FURTHER upon reading the filed Petition for Appointment of Kelley Woody, Esquire as Attorney for any unknown Defendants who may be in the Military Service of the United States of America, and may be, as such, entitled to the benefits of the Servicemember’s Civil Relief Act, and any amendments thereto, and it appearing that Kelley Woody, Esquire has consented to act for and represent said Defendants, it is ORDERED that Kelley Woody, P.O. Box 6432, Columbia, SC 29260 phone (803) 787-9678, be and hereby is appointed Guardian ad Litem on behalf of all unknown minors and all unknown persons who may be under a disability, all of whom may have or claim to have some interest or claim to the real property commonly known as 856 Melrose, Charleston, SC 29414; that he is empowered and directed to appear on behalf of and represent said Defendants, unless said Defendants, or someone on their behalf, shall within thirty (30) days after service of a copy hereof as directed, procure the appointment of Guardian or Guardians ad Litem for said Defendants. AND IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Kelley Woody, P.O. Box 6432, Columbia, SC 29260 phone (803) 787-9678, be and hereby is appointed Attorney for any unknown Defendants who are, or may be, in the Military Service of the United States of America and as such are entitled to the benefits of the Servicemember’s Civil Relief Act aka Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Civil Relief Act of 1940, and any amendments thereto, to represent and protect the interest of said Defendants, AND IT IS FURTHER ORDERED That a copy of this Order shall be forth with served upon said Defendants by publication in Charleston City Paper, a newspaper of general circulation published in the County of Charleston, State of South Carolina, once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks, together with the Summons and Notice of

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STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF CHARLESTON IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS FOR THE NINTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT CASE NO. 2020-CP-10-03110 JAY SATTERFIELD, Plaintiff, vs. ROSA LEE MARTIN, JOHN DOE, adults, and RICHARD ROE, infants, insane persons, incompetents and persons in the military service of The United States of America, being fictitious names designating as a class any unknown person or persons or legal entity of any kind, who may be an heir, distributee, devisee, legatee, widower, widow, assign, administrator, executor, creditor, successor, personal representative, issue or alienee of LOUIS GEDDES and EMMA GETHERS, also known as Emma Geddes, both deceased, and any and all other persons or legal entities, known and unknown, claiming any right, title, interest or estate in or lien upon the parcel of real estate described in the Lis Pendens and Complaint filed herein, Defendants. SUMMONS TO THE DEFENDANTS ABOVENAMED: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and required to answer the Complaint in this action, a copy of which is herewith served upon you, and to serve a copy of your Answer upon the subscribers at their office located at 858 Lowcountry Blvd., Suite 101, Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, 29464, within thirty (30) days after service hereof, exclusive of the date of such service; and if you fail to answer the Complaint within the time aforesaid, judgment by default will be rendered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint. LIS PENDENS NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that an action has been commenced by the Plaintiff, above-named, against the Defendants, above-named, to quiet title and to confirm a tax title relative to the following described real property, together with improvements, located in Charleston County, South Carolina, to-wit: ALL that certain lot, part, parcel or tract of land situated, lying and being in St. Andrews Parish near “Red Top”, Charleston County, State of South Carolina, containing twenty-nine hundredths (29/100) of an acre, more or less, and being the eastern portion of Lot owned by King David Lodge #14; Knights of Pythias, and bounded as follows, viz:Northwardly by concrete road leading to Charleston, South by old bank used as road, west by land the said King David Lodge #14.Being the same property conveyed to Louis Geddes by deed of King David Lodge #14, Knights of Pythias, dated January 30, 1924, and recorded in the Office of the Register of Deeds for Charleston County on February 23, 1924, in Book N-031, at Page 253. TMS NO.: 285-00-00-075 NOTICE TO APPOINT A GUARDIAN AD LITEM NISI You will please take notice that by a Consent Order dated the

15th day of December, 2020, and on file in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Charleston County, Walter R. Kaufmann, Esquire, whose mailing address is PO Box 459, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29465-0459, was appointed Guardian ad Litem Nisi for such of the unknown Defendants whose true names are unknown and fictitious names designating infants, persons under disability, incompetents, imprisoned, or those persons in the military who may be an heir, distributee, devisee, legatee, widower, widow, assign, administrator, executor, creditor, successor, personal representative, issue or alienee of Louis Geddes and Emma Gethers, also known as Emma Geddes, both deceased,; such appointment to become absolute unless the said defendants or someone in their behalf shall procure the appointment of a Guardian ad Litem on or before the thirtieth (30) day after the last publication of the Summons herein. CISA & DODDS, LLP s/John J. Dodds, III 858 Lowcountry Blvd. Suite 101 Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464 (P) (843) 881-6530 (F) (843) 881-5433 john@cisadodds.com ATTORNEYS FOR PLAINTIFF December 16, 2020.

STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF CHARLESTON IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS FOR THE NINTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT CASE NO.: 2020-CP-10-01860 SANDRA C. LOY, Plaintiff, vs. HERMAN MURRAY, AYESHA MURRAY, JAMILA MURRAY, AKIM MURRAY, CECIL MURRAY, ALBERTHA FLUDD a/k/a SADIE FLUDD, HAZIEKIAH FLUDD a/k/a HEZEKIAH FLUDD, BERNARD FLUDD, MICHAEL FLUDD, BENZINA F. FORD a/k/a BENZINA F. WASHINGTON, CLARA FLUDD, daughter of Benjamin Fludd, AND MOZELLE F. WILBURN a/k/a MOZZELLA F. WILBURN, and if any of them be deceased, then JOHN DOE, adults, and RICHARD ROE, infants, insane persons, incompetents, and persons in the Military of the United States of America, being fictitious names designatingas a class any unknown person or persons who may be an heir, distributee, devisee, legatee, widower, widow, assign, administrator, executor, creditor, successor, personal representative, issue or alienee of HERMAN MURRAY, AYESHA MURRAY, JAMILA MURRAY, AKIM MURRAY, CECIL MURRAY, ALBERTHA FLUDD a/k/a SADIE FLUDD, HAZIEKIAH FLUDD a/k/a HEZEKIAH FLUDD, BERNARD FLUDD, MICHAEL FLUDD, BENZINA F. FORD a/k/a BENZINA F. WASHINGTON, CLARA FLUDD, daughter of Benjamin Fludd, AND MOZELLE F. WILBURN a/k/a MOZZELLA F. WILBURN, if any of them be deceased, CLARA FLUDD, SILAS FLUDD, LUCILLE McCLYDE, REBECCA HUNTER, BENJAMIN FLUDD, NAOMI MURRAY, AND ELLA HEYWARD, all deceased, and any or all other persons or legal entities, known and unknown, claiming any right, title, interest or estate in or lien upon the parcel of real estate described in the Lis Pendens and Complaint filed herein, Defendants. SUMMONS TO THE DEFENDANTS ABOVENAMED: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and required to answer the Complaint in this action, a copy of which is herewith served upon you,

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and to serve a copy of your Answer upon the subscribers at their office located at 858 Lowcountry Blvd., Suite 101, Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, 29464, within thirty (30) days after service hereof, exclusive of the date of such service; and if you fail to answer the Complaint within the time aforesaid, judgment by default will be rendered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint.

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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that an action has been commenced by the Plaintiff, above-named, against the Defendants, above-named, to quiet title and to confirm a tax title relative to the following described real property, together with improvements, located in Charleston County, South Carolina, to-wit: ALL that certain piece, parcel or lot of land, situate, lying and being in St. Andrews Parish, Charleston County, South Carolina, being shown and designated as “Lot 9” on a plat prepared by W. L. Gaillard, Surveyor, entitled “Map of FLUDD Sub-Div, Near ‘Red Top’, Charleston County, S C”, dated December 30, 1954, and recorded in Plat Book K, Page 90. Said lot having such size, shape, metes, dimensions, buttings and boundings as will more fully appear by reference to said plat. BEING a portion of the property conveyed to Clara Fludd by deed from George W. Blitch, dated 11/6/1954, and recorded in Book A59, Page 569. Clara Fludd died, intestate, in 1959, survived by the following: James Fludd, John Fludd, Naomi Murray, Ezelle Fludd Williams, Clararetha Malone, Albert Hunter, Hazel Laughinghouse, Alberta Hunter, Hassan Hunter, Esther Hunter, Albertha Fludd, Haziekiah Fludd, Bernard Fludd, Michael Fludd, Benzia Fludd Ford, Clara Fludd, Mozelle Fludd Wilburn, Jerome Fludd and William Heyward, and all of the aforesaid (with the exception of Albertha Fludd, Haziekiah Fludd, Bernard Fludd, Michael Fludd, Benzia Fludd Ford, Clara Fludd, Mozelle Fludd Wilburn, Jerome Fludd) conveyed their respective interests to Naomi Murray, through the following deeds: a) Deed from James Fludd and John Fludd, dated 12/17/1990, and recorded in Book P306, Page 576; b) Deed from Clararetha Malone, Albert Hunter, Hazel Laughinghouse, Alberta Hunter, Hassan Hunter and Esther Hunter, dated 8/27/1990, and recorded in Book P306, Page 624; c) Deed from William Heyward, dated 2/25/1991, and recorded in Book P306, Page 612; d) Deed from Ezelle Fludd Williams, dated 7/22/1991, and recorded in Book P306, Page 824. Finally, the interest of Naomi Murray conveyed to Herman Murray, Ayesha Murray, Jamila Murray, Akim Murray and Cecil Murray, by deed of distribution from the Estate of Naomi Murray, dated 6/7/2011, and recorded 7/18/2011, in Book 0197, Page 639. BEING the same property conveyed to William Coker by Tax Deed, dated March 10, 2016, and recorded in the Register’s Office on March 29, 2016, in Book 0543, Page 527. ALSO, being the same property conveyed to Sandra C. Loy by Deed of Distribution in the Estate of William Coker, dated August 14, 2019, recorded October 15, 2019, in Book 0830, at Page 733. T.M.S.#: 285-00-00-058 NOTICE TO APPOINT A GUARDIAN AD LITEM NISI

You will please take notice that by an Order dated the 15th day of December, 2020, and on file in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Charleston County, Walter R. Kaufmann, Esquire, whose mailing address is PO Box 459, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29465-0459, was appointed Guardian ad Litem Nisi for such of the unknown Defendants whose true names are unknown and fictitious names designating infants, persons under disability, incompetents, imprisoned, or those persons in the military, if any, such appointment to become absolute unless the said defendants or someone in their behalf shall procure the appointment of a Guardian ad Litem on or before the thirtieth (30) day after the last publication of the Summons herein. CISA & DODDS, LLP s/John J. Dodds, III 858 Lowcountry Blvd., Suite 101 Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464 (P) (843) 881-6530 (F) (843) 881-5433 john@cisadodds.com ATTORNEYS FOR PLAINTIFF December 16, 2020.

STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF CHARLESTON IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS FOR THE NINTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT CASE NO.: 2020-CP-10-01853 SANDRA C. LOY, Plaintiff, vs. REBECCA JOHNSON, CYNTHIA GOVAN, DEBORAH LEGARE, SONYA JOHNSON, LATEBRIA V. JOHNSON, LATROY FRANCIS JOHNSON, JAMAR ROPER, Trustee, and if any of them be deceased, then JOHN DOE, adults, and RICHARD ROE, infants, insane persons, incompetents, and persons in the Military of the United States of America, being fictitious names designating as a class any unknown person or persons who may be an heir, distributee, devisee, legatee, widower, widow, assign, administrator, executor, creditor, successor, personal representative, issue or alienee of REBECCA JOHNSON, CYNTHIA GOVAN, DEBORAH LEGARE, SONYA JOHNSON, LATEBRIA V. JOHNSON, LATROY FRANCIS JOHNSON, JAMAR ROPER, Trustee, if any of them be deceased, and FRANCIS JOHNSON, deceased, and any or all other persons or legal entities, known and unknown, claiming any right, title, interest or estate in or lien upon the parcel of real estate described in the Lis Pendens and Complaint filed herein, Defendants. SUMMONS TO THE DEFENDANTS ABOVENAMED: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and required to answer the Complaint in this action, a copy of which is herewith served upon you, and to serve a copy of your Answer upon the subscribers at their office located at 858 Lowcountry Blvd., Suite 101, Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, 29464, within thirty (30) days after service hereof, exclusive of the date of such service; and if you fail to answer the Complaint within the time aforesaid, judgment by default will be rendered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint. LIS PENDENS NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that an action has been commenced by the Plaintiff, above-named, against the Defendants, above-named, to quiet title and to confirm a tax title relative to the following described real property, together with improvements, located in

Charleston County, South Carolina, to-wit: ALL that certain piece, parcel or lot of land, situate, lying and being in St. Andrews Parish, Charleston County, South Carolina, being shown and designated as “Lot 5 Residual, 4.73 Acres” on a plat prepared by James G. Penington, RLS, entitled “PLAT TO SUBDIVIDE 7.18 ACRES, THE LANDS OF FRANCIS JOHNSON, JOHNS ISLAND, CHARLESTON COUNTY, S.C.”, dated October 30, 1991, revised January 17, 1992, and recorded in Plat Book CJ, Page 40. Said lot having such size, shape, metes, dimensions, buttings and boundings as will more fully appear by reference to said plat. LESS AND ACCEPTING: ALL that certain piece, parcel or tract of land measuring and containing six tenths (0.6) an acre, more or less, situate, lying and being in St. Andrews Parish, Charleston County, South Carolina, being shown on a plat prepared by James G. Penington, RLS, entitled “PLAT TO COMBINE AND RESUBDIVIDE 12.49 ACRES, LOCATED ON JOHNS ISLAND, CHARLESTON COUNTY, SOUTH CAROLINA”, dated August 18, 1988, and recorded in Plat Book BS, Page 185, Said lot having such size, shape, metes, dimensions, buttings and boundings as will more fully appear by reference to said plat. BEING the same property conveyed to William Coker by Tax Deed dated April 7, 2016, and recorded in the Register’s Office for Charleston County on April 26, 2016, in Book 0549 at Page 718. ALSO, being the same property conveyed to Sandra C. Loy by Deed of Distribution in the Estate of William Coker, dated August 21, 2019, and recorded in the Register’s Office for Charleston County on December 20, 2019, in Book 0848, at Page 227. T.M.S.#: 318-00-00-080 NOTICE TO APPOINT A GUARDIAN AD LITEM NISI You will please take notice that by an Order dated the 15th day of December, 2020, and on file in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Charleston County, Walter R. Kaufmann, Esquire, whose mailing address is PO Box 459, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29465, was appointed Guardian ad Litem Nisi for such of the unknown Defendants whose true names are unknown and fictitious names designating infants, persons under disability, incompetents, imprisoned, or those persons in the military, if any; such appointment to become absolute unless the said defendants or someone in their behalf shall procure the appointment of a Guardian ad Litem on or before the thirtieth (30) day after the last publication of the Summons herein. CISA & DODDS, LLP s/John J. Dodds, III 858 Lowcountry Blvd., Suite 101 Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464 (P) (843) 881-6530 (F) (843) 881-5433 john@cisadodds.com ATTORNEYS FOR PLAINTIFF December 15, 2020.

STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF CHARLESTON IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS IN THE NINTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT CASE NO: 2020-CP-10-04060 Ricky A. Haynes, Sr., Plaintiff, vs. Leroy Haynes, Jr,: Vanessa Haynes Odom; Ruben Edwards; Paula Haynes; Rebecca Haynes, Caleb Haynes, Jeremiah Haynes; Leroy Haynes, Sr., deceased; Emily

Haynes, deceased; Donald Haynes, deceased; and All Persons Claiming under or through their Heirs or Devises collectively designated as JOHN DOE, and any such person who are Minors or under another disability, or members of the Armed Forces of the United States of America, as contemplated by the Soldier’s and Sailor’s Relief Act, 1940, as Amended collectively designated as RICHARD ROE, and all persons entitled to claim under or thorough any of them; also all persons claiming any right, title or interest in the real estate described in the Complaint heron, TMS #331-00-167 Defendants. SUMMONS FOR PUBLICATION YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and required to answer the Complaint in this Action dated September 16, 2020, which has been filed with the Office of the Clerk of Court for Charleston County on the 16th day of September, 2020. A copy of said Complaint is herewith served upon you, and you are to serve a copy of your Answer to the said Complaint on the Plaintiff or their Attorney, Thomas H. Brush, at his office 12 Carriage Lane, Suite A, Charleston, South Carolina 29407, within thirty (30) days after the service hereof, exclusive of the day of such services; and, if you fail to answer the Complaint within the time aforesaid the Plaintiff in this action will apply to the Court for relief demanded in the Complaint. Dated at Charleston, South Carolina on the 19th day of October, 2020. /s/ Thomas H. Brush THOMAS H. BRUSH Attorney for the Plaintiff 12 Carriage Lane, Suite A Charleston, SC 29407 tbrush@brushlawfirm.com (843) 766-5576 The original Summons and Complaint in the above captioned action was filed with the Clerk of Court for Charleston County on the 16th day of September, 2020. AMENDED LIS PENDENS NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that an action has been commenced and is pending in this Court upon Complaint of the above-named Plaintiff against the above named Defendants, that said Action is brought under the provisions of the South Carolina Declaratory Judgment Act, Sections 15-53-10, et seq., Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, and under Section 15-67-10, et. seq. for the purpose of obtaining a decree establishing that the Plaintiff and the Defendants set forth in Paragraph Eleven (11) of the Plaintiff’s Complaint are the owners of the said property described in paragraph Two (2) of the Plaintiff’s Complaint, and that the Defendants have some interest, claim or estate in or lien upon the said property. That said property affected by said Complaint in this Action hereby commenced was, at the time of the commencement of this Action, and at the time of the filing of this Notice is described as follows: All that lot, piece, and parcel of land, situate in Charleston County, South Carolina, and known and designated as Lot No. 11, Block C, as shown on a Plat of Westchester No. 1, recorded in Plat Book T, page 3, in the R.M.C. Office for Charleston County.

Nathan Davis, Esquire 1470 Tobias Gadson, Suite 202 Esquire, Charleston, South Carolina 29407, by Order of this Court of Common Pleas dated September 18, 2020, and filed in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Charleston County, State of South Carolina has been appointed Guardian ad Litem Nisi for such Defendants herein as may be unknown infants, persons insane or otherwise incompetent or under legal disability claiming any right, title, estate, claim, interest in, or lien upon the property described in the Complaint herein; such appointment to become absolute unless they are someone in their behalf, shall procure an Order appointing a Guardian ad Litem for such persons within thirty (30) days after the past publication of the Summons herein. BRUSH LAW FIRM P A. /s/ Thomas H. Brush THOMAS H. BRUSH Attorney for the Plaintiff Charleston, South Carolina December 15, 2020

ESTATES’ CREDITOR’S NOTICES ALL PERSONS HAVING CLAIMS AGAINST THE FOLLOWING ESTATES ARE REQUIRED TO DELIVER OR MAIL THEIR CLAIMS TO THE PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE INDICATED BELOW AND ALSO FILE SUBJECT CLAIMS ON FORM #371ES WITH IRVIN G. CONDON, PROBATE JUDGE OF CHARLESTON COUNTY, 84 BROAD STREET, CHARLESTON, S.C. 29401, BEFORE THE EXPIRATION OF 8 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE TO CREDITORS, OR ELSE THEREAFTER SUCH CLAIMS SHALL BE AND ARE FOREVER BARRED. ESTATE OF: CHARLES E. MENEFEE, JR. 2020-ES-10-2030 DOD: 11/21/20 PERS. REP: LISA V. L. MENEFEE 155 TAR BRANCH CT. WINSTON-SALEM, NC 27101 PERS. REP: FORD P. MENEFEE 6119 BEARS BLUFF RD. WADMALAW ISLAND, SC 29487 ATTY: M. JEAN LEE, ESQ. 115 CHURCH ST. CHARLESTON, SC 29401 ******** ESTATE OF: BEVERLY A’DAIRE HAFERS 2020-ES-10-2056 DOD: 11/15/20 PERS. REP: SUE A. HENDERSON 974 CARMEL DR. CHARLESTON, SC 29412 ******** ESTATE OF: DEBORAH MARIE WAYMIRE 2020-ES-10-2087 DOD: 12/21/20 PERS. REP: NICHOLAS KEEGAN WAYMIRE 7182 EVAN CT. WARRENTON, VA 20187 ATTY: MELINDA LUCKA KELLEY, ESQ. 2124 ALLANDALE PLANTATION RD., WADMALAW ISLAND, SC 29487 ******* ESTATE OF: SILAS BENJAMIN CARSON 2020-ES-10-2100 DOD: 12/05/20 PERS. REP: SAMUEL MELVIL WHEELER 1716 WESTON AVE. CHARLESTON, SC 29407

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BRUSH LAW FIRM, P.A. s/ Thomas H. Brush Thomas H. Brush Attorney for the Plaintiff SC Bar # 000974 J. Chris Lanning SC Bar # 73957 tbrush@brushlawfirm.com 12A Carriage Lane Charleston SC 29407

ALL PERSONS HAVING CLAIMS AGAINST THE FOLLOWING ESTATES ARE REQUIRED TO DELIVER OR MAIL THEIR CLAIMS TO THE PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE INDICATED BELOW AND ALSO FILE SUBJECT CLAIMS ON FORM #371ES WITH IRVIN G. CONDON, PROBATE JUDGE OF CHARLESTON COUNTY, 84 BROAD STREET, CHARLESTON, S.C. 29401, BEFORE THE EXPIRATION OF 8 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE

Dated: September 16, 2020 GUARDIAN AD LITEM NISI PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that D.

TO CREDITORS, OR ELSE THEREAFTER SUCH CLAIMS SHALL BE AND ARE FOREVER BARRED. ESTATE OF: ALICIA TUCKER ZOURDOS 2020-ES-10-1489 DOD: 09/14/20 PERS. REP: ALICIA ANN HEILENDAY 326 PARKDALE DR. CHARLESTON, SC 29414 ATTY: JOHN EDWARD ROBINSON, ESQ. 36 BROAD ST. CHARLESTON, SC 29401 ************ ESTATE OF: JANNA SHARON GROOMS 2020-ES-10-1526 DOD: 09/07/20 PERS. REP: MATTHEW HOOVER 1325 CYPRESS CAMPGROUND RD. RIDGEVILLE, SC 29472 ATTY: ELIZABETH HOOVER, ESQ. 207 W. RICHARDSON AVE. SUMMERVILLE, SC 29483 ************ ESTATE OF: JOSEPH ALLEN WASHINGTON, SR. 2020-ES-10-1850 DOD: 05/15/20 PERS. REP: CLARENCE WASHINGTON 11844 MARKHAN WAY HAMPTON, GA 30228 ATTY: VERONICA G. SMALL, ESQ. 3300 W. MONTAGUE AVE., #102 NO. CHARLESTON, SC 29418 ************ ESTATE OF: ARTHUR C. HUXFORD 2020-ES-10-1958 DOD: 11/08/20 PERS. REP: HARRY R. HUXFORD, JR. 195 SUDLOW HILLS CT. NO. AUGUSTA, SC 29841 ATTY: GORDON H. GARRETT, ESQ. 1075 A E. MONTAGUE AVE. CHARLESTON, SC 29405 ************ ESTATE OF: JOSEPH DANIEL FLOYD 2020-ES-10-1993 DOD: 11/28/20 PERS. REP: CONSTANCE LEIGH MOYLAN 1645 LAUDA DR. MT. PLEASANT, SC 29464 ATTY: LAWRENCE A. LADDAGA, ESQ. PO BOX 62498 NO. CHARLESTON, SC 29419 ************ ESTATE OF: MARGARET ADELMA AUSTIN 2020-ES-10-1999 DOD: 11/22/20 PERS. REP: MARY A. DAVIS 1603 INDABA WAY CHARLESTON, SC 29414 ************ ESTATE OF: NELLA C. PEELE 2020-ES-10-2014 DOD: 11/27/20 PERS. REP: DELILAH P. BEASLEY 108 BILMONT DR. IRMO, SC 29063 ATTY: SHIRRESE B. BROCKINGTON, ESQ. PO BOX 31312 CHARLESTON, SC 29417 ************ ESTATE OF: LILLIAN H. WILLIAMS 2020-ES-10-2015 DOD: 09/24/20 PERS. REP: EVELYN K. WILLIAMS 20 JORDAN LN. MIDDLETOWN, NY 10940

ESTATES’ CREDITOR’S NOTICES ALL PERSONS HAVING CLAIMS AGAINST THE FOLLOWING ESTATES ARE REQUIRED TO DELIVER OR MAIL THEIR CLAIMS TO THE PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE INDICATED BELOW AND ALSO FILE SUBJECT CLAIMS ON FORM #371ES WITH IRVIN G. CONDON, PROBATE JUDGE OF CHARLESTON COUNTY, 84 BROAD STREET, CHARLESTON, S.C. 29401, BEFORE THE EXPIRATION OF 8 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE TO CREDITORS, OR ELSE THEREAFTER SUCH CLAIMS SHALL BE AND ARE FOREVER BARRED. ESTATE OF: LINDA MASHELL GAST 2020-ES-10-1861 DOD: 10/27/20 PERS. REP: ASHLYN ROCHELLE

MCCULLOUGH 3830 DENHAM ST. CHARLESTON, SC 29412 ************ ESTATE OF: NATHANIEL ANDREW WILLIAMS 2020-ES-10-1902 DOD: 10/23/20 PERS. REP: CAROLYN G. WILLIAMS 412 SUMTER ST. CHARLESTON, SC 29403 ATTY: DWAYNE GREEN, ESQ. PO BOX 20009 CHARLESTON, SC 29413 ************ ESTATE OF: MANDI DAWN MCPEAK 2020-ES-10-1907 DOD: 09/21/20 PERS. REP: JOSEPH ANDRE DEWEES 207 MCNEAL LN. SUMMERVILLE, SC 29485 ATTY: DEBRA J. GAMMONS, ESQ. 295 SEVEN FARMS DR., #C-310 DANIEL ISLAND, SC 29492 ************ ESTATE OF: ELIJAH THEODORE FUNNIE 2020-ES-10-1908 DOD: 12/23/19 PERS. REP: PATRICIA FUNNIE WILLIAMS 374 ASHLEY AVE., #A CHARLESTON, SC 29403 ************ ESTATE OF: MARLIN QUINCY PRYOR 2020-ES-10-1913 DOD: 08/22/20 PERS. REP: ANNETTE W. PRYOR 455 POLONY PL. CHARLESTON, SC 29414 ATTY: KELVIN M. HUGER, ESQ. 27 GAMECOCK AVE., #200 CHARLESTON, SC 29407 ************ ESTATE OF: SAMUEL H. ALTMAN 2020-ES-10-1918 DOD: 11/08/20 PERS. REP: JONATHAN ALTMAN 575 KING ST., #B CHARLESTON, SC 29403 ************ ESTATE OF: JOHANNA ALLSTON SCHWARTZ 2020-ES-10-1925 DOD: 10/31/20 PERS. REP: FRANK MITCHELL SCHWARTZ 1377 TARA RD. CHARLESTON, SC 29407 ATTY: ROBERT A. BERNSTEIN, ESQ. 5418 B RIVERS AVE. CHARLESTON, SC 29406 ************ ESTATE OF: WILLIAM BLANCHARD GAINES 2020-ES-10-1929 DOD: 10/26/20 PERS. REP: TRON C. GAINES 1362 NORTH AND SOUTH RD. CHARLESTON, SC 29412 ATTY: JEFFREY C. MOORE, ESQ. 1 CARRIAGE LN. BLDG. H, 2ND FLOOR CHARLESTON, SC 29407 ************ ESTATE OF: GLADYS E. D. MAPPUS 2020-ES-10-1931 DOD: 10/30/20 PERS. REP: ROBERT STEPHEN MAPPUS 2 JOHNSON RD. CHARLESTON, SC 29407 ************ ESTATE OF: DORIS RIDGEWAY FLOOD 2020-ES-10-1932 DOD: 08/18/20 PERS. REP: MICHAEL S. FLOOD 7378 HWY 165 RAVENEL, SC 29470 ATTY: JEFFREY C. MOORE, ESQ. 1 CARRIAGE LN. BLDG. H, 2ND FLOOR CHARLESTON, SC 29407 ************ ESTATE OF: CAROLYN JAMES CROSBY 2020-ES-10-1948 DOD: 11/16/20 PERS. REP: CHARLES FLETCHER ARMSTRONG 7577 GASTONBURY RD. KNOXVILLE, TN 37931 ATTY: SHIRRESE B. BROCKINGTON, ESQ. PO BOX 31312 CHARLESTON, SC 29417 ************ ESTATE OF: MARTHA MURRAY 2020-ES-10-1956 DOD: 08/04/20 PERS. REP: ALLEN J. MURRAY 1313 GUNNISON AVE. GRAND JUNCTION, CO 81501

STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF CHARLESTON IN THE FAMILY COURT FOR THE NINTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT Case 2020-DR-10-2813 JOHN ROE AND MARY ROE, Plaintiffs, ‑versus‑ JANE DOE (DOB: 10-1-2009), a minor under the age of fourteen (14) years, Defendant. NOTICE OF ADOPTION TO: RICHARD ALLEN HILL, ALLEGED PUTATIVE FATHER OF JANE DOE: YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED pursuant to the provisions of South Carolina Code Ann. Sec. 63-9-730 (B), that the Plaintiff, John Roe, seeks to adopt the Defendant, Jane Doe, a female Caucasian child born on October 1, 2009 at Roper St. Francis Hospital, Charleston, South Carolina. YOU ARE FURTHER NOTIFIED that an adoption action is pending in the Family Court for Charleston County, South Carolina; YOU ARE FURTHER NOTIFIED that within thirty (30) days of receiving this Notice, you shall respond in writing by filing with the Family Court for Charleston County, South Carolina notice and reasons to contest, intervene or otherwise respond in the pending adoption action; YOU ARE FURTHER NOTIFIED the Court must be informed of your current address and of any changes in address during the adoption proceeding; and YOU ARE FURTHER NOTIFIED that the Plaintiffs in the above captioned Notice are not named for the purpose of confidentiality; however, the Court knows the true identity of the Plaintiffs and in responding to this Notice, you are required to use the number 2020-DR-10-2813. YOU ARE FURTHER NOTIFIED that failure to file a response within thirty (30) days of receiving Notice constitutes consent to adoption of the child and forfeiture of all rights and obligations with respect to the child. BE SO NOTIFIED. EMILY M. BARRETT Attorney for Plaintiffs 44-B Markfield Drive Charleston, SC 29407 (843) 723‑1688 Charleston, South Carolina Dated: January 5, 2021 NOTICE: A Summons and Complaint for Adoption were filed with the Family Court for the Ninth Judicial Circuit, 100 Broad Street, Charleston, South Carolina under Case No. 2020-DR-102813 on November 6, 2020.

STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF CHARLESTON IN THE FAMILY COURT FOR THE NINTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT CASE NO.: 2020-DR-10-2722 GLENN G. WILLIAMS, JR., Plaintiff, vs. SAVANNA NERO, Defendant. SUMMONS TO: SAVANNA NERO, Defendant above named: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and required to Answer the Complaint in this action and to serve a copy of your Answer to the said Complaint on the Plaintiff or the Plaintiff’s attorney, Kevin M. Seibert, 1625 Remount Road, North Charleston, South Carolina, 29406, within thirty (30) days after the last date of publication, which is deemed to be service hereof, exclusive of the day of such service by publication. YOU ARE GIVEN NOTICE FURTHER that if you fail to appear and defend and fail to answer the complaint as required by this Summons within thirty (30) days after the last date of publication, exclusive of the day of such service by publica-


Kevin M. Seibert Seibert Law Firm LLC Attorney for Plaintiff 1625 Remount Road North Charleston, SC 29406 (843) 554-0686 - Office (843) 628-2405 - Fax

STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF CHARLESTON IN THE FAMILY COURT FOR THE NINTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT DOCKET NO. 2020-DR- 10-0469 SOUTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES VERSUS Lavern Staggers and Johnika Stephens, DEFENDANTS. IN THE INTERESTS OF: MINOR CHILD BORN 2009,2011,2012,2014,2017. TO DEFENDANT: Lavern Staggers YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and required to answer the Complaint in this action filed with the Clerk of Court for Charleston County on February 11, 2020. Upon proof of interest, a copy of the Complaint will be delivered to you upon request from the Charleston County Clerk of Court, and you must serve a copy of your Answer to the Complaint on the Plaintiff, the South Carolina Department of Social Services, at the office of its Attorney, Kenneth Murphy, II, Legal Department of the Charleston County Department of Social Services, 3366 Rivers Ave. North Charleston S.C. 29405 within thirty (30) days of this publication, exclusive of the date of service. If you fail to answer within the time set forth above, the Plaintiff will proceed to seek relief from the Court. Kenneth Murphy, II, SC Bar # 101817, 3366 Rivers Ave., North Charleston, SC 29405, 843-953-9625.

STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF CHARLESTON IN THE FAMILY COURT FOR THE NINTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT DOCKET NO. 2020-DR-10-2987 SOUTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES VERSUS ALYSIA YON, ERIC GARNER, CHRISTOPHER FEAGIN JASON DRIGGERS, JONATHAN ADKINS AND KELLI JONES. DEFENDANTS. IN THE INTERESTS OF: MINOR CHILDREN BORN 2007, 2009, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2020 TO DEFENDANT: Christopher Feagin YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and required to answer the Complaint in this action filed with the Clerk of Court for CHARLESTON County on November 24, 2020. Upon proof of interest, a copy of the Complaint will be delivered to you upon request from the Charleston County Clerk of Court, and you must serve a copy of your Answer to the Complaint on the Plaintiff, the South Carolina Department of Social Services, at the office of its Attorney, Sally R. Young, Legal Department of the Charleston County Department of Social Services, 3366 Rivers Ave., N. Charleston, South Carolina 29405-5714 within thirty (30) days of this publication, exclusive of the date of service. If you fail to answer within the time set forth above, the Plaintiff will proceed to seek relief from the Court. Sally R. Young, SC Bar # 4686, 3366 Rivers Ave., N. Charleston, South Carolina 29405-5714, (843) 953-9625.

STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF CHARLESTON IN THE FAMILY COURT FOR THE NINTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT DOCKET NO. 2020-DR- 10-2426

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SOUTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES VERSUS TABATHIA L BROWDERRESENDIZ, DEFENDANTS. IN THE INTERESTS OF: MINOR CHILD BORN 2003,2006 and 2007. TO DEFENDANT: TABATHIA L BROWDER-RESENDIZ YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and required to answer the Complaint in this action filed with the Clerk of Court for Charleston County on September 28, 2020. Upon proof of interest, a copy of the Complaint will be delivered to you upon request from the Charleston County Clerk of Court, and you must serve a copy of your Answer to the Complaint on the Plaintiff, the South Carolina Department of Social Services, at the office of its Attorney, Sally Young, Legal Department of the Charleston County Department of Social Services, 3366 Rivers Ave., North Charleston, S.C. 29405 within thirty (30) days of this publication, exclusive of the date of service. If you fail to answer within the time set forth above, the Plaintiff will proceed to seek relief from the Court. Sally Young, SC Bar # 4686, 3366 Rivers Ave., North Charleston, SC 29405, 843-953-9625.

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STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF BERKELEY IN THE FAMILY COURT FOR THE NINTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT DOCKET NO. 2020-DR- 08-80 SOUTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES VERSUS MARIA HERNANDEZ, JOSE MARTINEZ, ALICIA HERNANDEZ, DEFENDANTS. IN THE INTERESTS OF: MINOR CHILDREN BORN 2004, 2011, 2016. TO DEFENDANT: Jose Martinez YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and required to answer the Complaint in this action filed with the Clerk of Court for Berkley County on January 13, 2020. Upon proof of interest, a copy of the Complaint will be delivered to you upon request from the Berkeley County Clerk of Court, and you must serve a copy of your Answer to the Complaint on the Plaintiff, the South Carolina Department of Social Services, at the office of its Attorney, Johnnie J. Burgess, Legal Department of the Berkeley County Department of Social Services, 2 Belt Drive, Moncks Corner, S.C. 29461 within thirty (30) days of this publication, exclusive of the date of service. If you fail to answer within the time set forth above, the Plaintiff will proceed to seek relief from the Court. Johnnie J. Burgess, SC Bar #102662, 2 Belt Drive, Moncks Corner, S.C. 29461, 843-719-1007.

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Free Will Astrology ARIES (March 21-April 19): As you ripen into a more fully embodied version of yourself, you will summon ever-greater discrimination about where to seek your inspiration. I trust that you will increasingly divest yourself of any tendency you might have to play around with just any old mediocre fire. More and more, you will be drawn to high-quality blazes that provide just the right amount of heat and light — neither too much nor too little. And you will steadfastly refrain from jumping into the flames, as glamorously dramatic as that might seem — and instead be a master of deft maneuvers that enable you to get the exact energy you need. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Denstu is a major Japanese advertising agency headquartered in Tokyo. Annually since 1925, its new employees and freshly promoted executives have carried out a company ritual: climbing 12,388-foot-high Mount Fuji, Japan’s tallest peak. The theme of the strenuous workout is this: “We are going to conquer the symbol that represents Japan more than anything else. And, once we do that, it will signify that we can do anything.” In anticipation of what I suspect will be a year of career gains for you, Taurus, I invite you to do the following: Sometime in the next six weeks, go out in nature and perform an equivalent feat. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Today I received a new email from a Gemini friend who lives in London. It was date-stamped January 15, 2015. Weird! In it, she talked about applying for a new job at a publishing company. That was double weird, because February 2015 was in fact the time she had gotten the editing job that she still has. Her email also conveyed other details about her life that I knew to be old history. So why did it arrive now, six years late? I called her on the phone to see if we could unravel the mystery. In the end we concluded that her email had time-traveled in some inexplicable way. I predict that a comparable event or two will soon happen in your life, Gemini. Blasts from the past will pop in as if yesterday were today. CANCER (June 21-July 22): Eugene Sue (1804– 1857) was a popular French author whose stories often offered sympathetic portrayals of the harsh living conditions endured by people of the lower economic class. Writing generously about those downtrodden folks made him quite wealthy. I’d love to see you employ a comparable strategy in the coming year. What services might you perform that would increase your access to money and resources? How could you benefit yourself by helping and uplifting others? LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): The beautiful and luxurious fabric known as silk comes from cocoons spun by insect larvae. Sadly for the creatures that provide the raw material, they’re usually killed by humans harvesting their handiwork — either by being stabbed or boiled alive. However, there is a special kind of silk in which manufacturers spare the lives of their benefactors. The insects are allowed to mature into moths and escape. I propose that we make them your spirit creatures in the coming weeks. It’s an excellent time for you to take an inventory of everything you do, and evaluate how well it upholds the noble principle of “Do no harm.” VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): “Any time that is not spent on love is wasted,” declared the Italian poet Torquato Tasso. Although I am sympathetic with his sentiment, I can’t agree that acts of love are the only things ever worth doing. Sometimes it’s healthy to be motivated by anger or sadness or skepticism, for example. But I do suspect the coming weeks will be a favorable time for you to be in intense devotion to Tasso’s counsel. All the important successes you achieve will be rooted in an intention to express love and compassion. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): I heard a story about how a music aficionado took a Zen Buddhist monk to a performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5. The monk wasn’t impressed. “Not enough silence!” he complained. I’m puzzled by that response. If the monk were referring to a busy intersection in a major city, I might agree with him, or the cacophony of a political argument among fanatics on Facebook. But to want more silence in one of history’s greatest pieces of music? That’s perverse. With this in mind,

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Libra, and in accordance with astrological omens, I encourage you to seek extra protection from useless noise and commotion during the coming weeks — even as you hungrily seek out rich sources of beautiful information, sound and art. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): “Some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal,” wrote Scorpio author Albert Camus. If you’re one of those folks, I’m happy to inform you that you have cosmic permission to relax. The coming weeks will be an excellent time to explore the pleasures of NOT being conventional, standard, ordinary, average, routine, prosaic or common. As you expansively practice non-normalcy, you will enhance your health, sharpen your wits and clarify your decisions. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Our lives tend to be shaped by the stories about ourselves that we create and harbor in our imaginations. The adventures we actually experience, the problems we actually face, are often (not always) in alignment with the tales we tell ourselves about our epic fates. And here’s the crux of the matter: We can change the stories we tell ourselves. We can discard tales that reinforce our pain, and dream up revised tales that are more meaningful and pleasurable. I believe 2021 will be an excellent time for you to attend to this fun work. Your assignment: Be a self-nurturing storyteller. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Capricorn author Edgar Allen Poe named “four conditions for happiness: life in the open air; love of another human being; freedom from all ambition; creation.” I’m accomplished in three of those categories, but a failure in being free of all ambitions. In fact, I’m eternally delighted by all the exciting creative projects I’m working on. I’m VERY ambitious. What about you, Capricorn? I’m going to contradict Poe and speculate that your happiness in the coming months will require you to be at least somewhat ambitious. That’s what the planetary omens are telling me. So what are the best goals and dreams for you to be ambitious about? AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): It’s time to launch Operation Supple Watchdog. That means you should be tenderly vigilant as you take extra good care of everyone and everything that provide you with meaning and sustenance. It means you should exercise rigorous but good-humored discernment about any oppressive or demeaning ideas that are flying around. You should protect and preserve the vulnerable parts of your life, but do so with tough-minded compassion, not ornery overreactions. Be skeptical, but warm; breezily resilient but always ready to stand up for what’s right. (P.S. The better you shield yourself against weird surprises, the more likely it is you’ll attract interesting surprises.) PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): The atoms that compose your body have existed for billions of years. Originally created by a star, they have been part of many forms before you. But they are exactly the same in structure as they have ever been. So in a very real sense, you are billions of years old. Now that you know that, how do you feel? Any different? Stronger? More expansive? More eternal? I bring these thoughts to your attention, Pisces, because 2021 will be an excellent year for you to come to a more profound and detailed understanding of your true nature. I hope you will regularly meditate on the possibility that your soul is immortal, that your identity is not confined to this historical era, that you have been alive and will be alive for far longer than you’ve been taught to believe. Homework: What’s the first adventure you will embark on when the pandemic subsides? FreeWillAstrology.com

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MAGA rally, North Charleston Coliseum

I had to be at the Feb. 28 Trump rally at least five hours before the event and could not leave. Parking was crazy. Everything was crazy. It was right before the Democratic primary, the energy in town was a lot. A lot of people weren’t happy to see us (the media) there, but I had five hours to kill. So I was just walking up and down all the sections looking for photo ops and was holding my camera by my waist for this shot. I saw her approaching and snapped a few frames without aiming or focusing. And, it turned out to be a good portrait.

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When I heard we were writing about chickens for a story about pandemic pets, I was beyond excited. I wanted to hang out with the chickens and I was 100% sure it was going to make it on the cover. City Paper has a very specific squareformat paper, so I know when I am shooting for the cover, whatever tells the story needs to fit in a tight spot. I thought the chickens would make for a perfect cover. And when another photo of kittens made it, I was kind of disappointed.

Wilmot Fraser

This was a day in August, it rained on and off, and I couldn’t get to his house near Hampton Park because it was flooded, so he met me at the corner. We just stood there for about 20 minutes, waiting for the water to start to go down. We talked about politics, the weather, a little bit of everything. It’s not often you get to shoot portraits on the street that was just flooded minutes earlier.

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I thought Maryam Ghaznavi’s story was amazing. She worked in education and was opening a restaurant at Workshop. She was actually excited and put in effort for the photos — usually chefs just want to shoot in the kitchen. It was so easy and it was such a casual shot of her.

Spanglish cocktail

Spanglish has some of the best light in town. Shooting any cocktails in there at any angle is so fun and interesting because they have all these neon lights, all the pink colors. I think I focused mostly on the bar that day. I actually don’t even remember taking this picture, it may have even been a test shot. But when I was going through my archives, I loved the light. It’s a great winter light cocktail shot.

Joseph Floyd Manor The picture of Caroline at Joseph Floyd Manor that ended up on the cover was fine, but she had not warmed up to me yet. It was more posed. This shot was taken when I went up to her room and she told me the whole life story — more than what was written in the paper. She started pulling out magazines and talking about her daughter’s modeling career and pulling out her poems. We hung out there for almost an hour. She was happy. Out of the three people I shot, she opened up the most.

Damn Skippy

This was one of the first shoots of 2020. Alex (in foreground), he’s very creative. His DJ likes basketball, and I immediately jumped on it because I love basketball, too. They were so game for anything, the concept came together so naturally. This feels like a lifetime ago — it’s so normal. WANT TO SEE LARGER PHOTOS? OR EVEN MORE GREAT SHOTS? Find them at charlestoncitypaper.com


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Forge Your Own Get a workout and leave with a one-of-a-kind tool made by your own two hands at Frothy Beard with the Forge Your Own event. Choose from a bottle opener, oyster shucker, steak turner or fire poker, or a horseshoe or knife for an upgrade fee, and forge it yourself with Jason Redick, a full-time blacksmith and owner of Angry Giant Force. Jan. 16. 12-6 p.m. $45/ticket; +$30 upgrade. Frothy Beard Brewing Company. 1401 Sam Rittenberg Blvd. West Ashley. frothybeard.com/beer S AT U R D AY

Annual Christmas Tree Burn Say a final goodbye to 2020 with The Barrel’s annual Christmas tree burn. Bring the last remnants of last year pains and light it up to celebrate the new year. Drop off your trees anytime leading up to the event; just toss it over the parking lot fence by the bike rack. Jan. 16. 6 p.m. Free to attend. The Barrel. 1859 Folly Road. James Island. thebarrelcharleston.com W E D N E S D AY

Paints and Pints Join Palmetto Brewing for a paint night in downtown Charleston with a step-by-step tutorial through the creative process while you enjoy beverages and snacks from Palmetto’s normal menu of brews. Best of all, the first pint is on the house. Jan. 13. 7-8:30 p.m. $30/ticket. Palmetto Brewing Company. 289 Huger St. Downtown charlestonpaintparty.com T H U R S D AY S AT U R D AY

Firefly’s First Food Truck Festival Firefly Distillery will host its first food truck festival, open to all ages and featuring 15 local food trucks from savory to sweet and everything in between. On site music will feature DJ Natty Heavy throughout the afternoon, and attendees can spread out with the picnic tables on Firefly’s front porch or bring chairs, folding tables, blankets or lawn games to enjoy on the field. Jan. 16. 12-5 p.m. Free to attend. Firefly Distillery. 4201 Spruill Ave. North Charleston. fireflydistillery.com

Sacred Space Tour of the Hindu Temple of Charleston Join the Charleston Interreligious Council for a Facebook Live stream to take a virtual tour of the Hindu Temple of Charleston as a part of the CIC’s Interfaith Harmony Month, a full month of events and celebrations to encourage religious diversity and unity. The Hindu Temple was established in October 2009 and is open to worship for all people. Jan. 14. 11 a.m. Free to view. Hindu Temple of Charleston. Virtual. hindutemplechs.org

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To Be Decided Spoleto and Piccolo prepare for an uncertain 2021 BY HEATH ELLISON Spoleto Festival is planning to return on May 28 after a long year that saw canceled events and longtime executive director Nigel Redden retire. Its sister festival, Piccolo Spoleto, is expected to follow its lead. But, the still-active COVID-19 pandemic has some asking what the festivals will look like in 2021. According to Jessie Bagley, Spoleto’s director of marketing and public relations, the festival will primarily cater to live gatherings. “As of right now, the majority [of shows] will be in-person, but with extremely limited availability,” she said. The festival will still span 17 days, ending June 13. Jenny Ouellette, Spoleto’s public relations manager, said the events will be “scaled back [and] safety-protocol heavy.” Unique virtual content will play a part in Spoleto 2021, though Spoleto is committed to creating an in-person festival. “There will also be several digital-only options — performances that are created specifically for the virtual space,” Ouellette said, “So, not merely streams of live performances.” Piccolo Spoleto, which primarily focuses on local and regional artists, is also planning for live events, but will integrate livestreams of some of its shows, said Scott Watson, the director of the city’s Office of Cultural Affairs. “We’ve really upped our game in recent years, just out of attention to make the festival more accessible, to have livestreamed content go out, Facebook showings,” he said. “We certainly anticipate continuing that. We recognize there will be a lot of Piccolo

“We’ve really upped our game in recent years, just out of attention to make the festival more accessible, to have livestreamed content go out, Facebook showings.” —Scott Watson, director of Charleston’s Office of Cultural Affairs

enthusiasts who don’t feel comfortable coming downtown.” Spoleto’s digital offerings, Bagley said, are a little more personable than other livestreamed shows seen in the last few months. “I don’t know if it would be correct to say that they were created during the pandemic, but they certainly fit the time very well,” she said. Some live events, like the Southeastern Wildlife Expo, have already canceled their 2021 gatherings. With that in mind, the Spoleto board is trying to “forge ahead, until it looks like it’s no longer safe or no longer a possibility,” Bagley said. “We will have a contingency plan, and it will honestly probably look similar to what we did in 2020 with the festival cancelation.” If Spoleto is canceled again, Piccolo may decide to trudge forward. “We’d like to think that regardless of Spoleto’s decision, we will make our own independent decision as to how we can best proceed,” Watson said. “To go two years with just saying ‘We’ll be back,’ feels like we’re not being agile enough. We’re also not working at the scale that Spoleto is.”

While the new programs for Spoleto will not be announced until March 7, Bagley and Ouellette said some performances from the 2020 schedule will return, including Omar, an opera based on the autobiography of enslaved Muslim-African Omar Ibn Said. In preparation for the world premiere of this opera, composed by Rhiannon Giddens and Michael Abels, Spoleto has posted online discussions about its themes. The most recent episode of “Exploring Omar,” which was released Jan. 12, dives into the identities behind the art, representation and appropriation. New programs will run alongside some previously scheduled shows, Bagley added. “There’s a pretty significant fresh batch of programming incorporated into the 2021 season,” she said. Piccolo broke from its normal call for applications this year and is leaning on its free-toattend and outdoor events out of concern over gathering in some of its regular venues. The cancelations of Spoleto and Piccolo amidst the pandemic were some of the biggest local arts stories of 2020. Spoleto had never been called off during its 43-year history. Citing logistical problems caused by the pandemic, such as stifled air travel and unsafe conditions, the Spoleto board made the decision to cut the festival in late March. In the fall, Spoleto’s longtime executive director Redden announced he was retiring after 35 years. According to Ouellette, the Spoleto board and staff are working with an international search firm to find candidates for the position.

HALSEY KICKS OFF NEW YEAR WITH IN-PERSON EXHIBITION, GEOLOCATION

The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art will host its next in-person exhibition, Larson Shindelman: Geolocation, Jan. 15-March 5. The body of work, according to the Halsey, explores the connection between text and image and public versus private. Artistic duo Nate Larson and Marni Shindelman assembled the exhibit using Twitter. Utilizing publicly accessible geographic data from tweets, the artists tracked down locations where a Twitter user posted something. Once there, they took pictures of each location and printed it with the tweet at the bottom of the picture. Larson and Shindelman’s work in the past has investigated data tracks through networked communication. Larson is a photographer based in Baltimore who creates expanded documentary projects, while Shindelman is an associate professor of photography at the Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia. Admission to Geolocation is free. Hours and more info can be found at the Halsey’s website. —HE For daily updates from Charleston’s art world, check out the Culture section at charlestoncitypaper.com.

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The Gibbes Museum of Art will present In Body and Soul: The Figure in Modernist Photography from Jan. 22 through April 18. The exhibition comes from the Robert Marks Collection and features photographs from 20th century artists. The images on display will be photographs that helped reshape how the human body was depicted on film. Some of the included images will be “Hands of Georgia O’Keeffe no. 26” by Alfred Stieglitz, “Marian Anderson Singing” by Alfred Eisenstaedt and “Jimmie Daniels, Singer currently at Le Ruban Bleu” by George Platt Lynes. In addition to the exhibition, four events inspired by In Body and Soul will give the public a chance to hear more about specific photographers and their contributions. A lecture on Feb. 17 will go into detail about photographer Margaret Bourke-White and photojournalism, while a March 10 lecture will analyze the queer history of capitalism and interwar fashion through the work of Lynes. Tickets for In Body and Soul are $12 or less, and can be purchased through the Gibbes’ website. Participants can also register for lectures at gibbesmuseum.com. —Heath Ellison

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Laotian pop-up Sap-Lai has a new food truck with a six-month residency at 843 Korean BBQ & Sushi House on Rivers Ave., where Sap-Lai owner Tee Somsnith will serve the midday crowd Wednesday through Sunday. Now open, look for the truck to serve pad Thai, stir-fried noodles and spring rolls for lunch and a dim sum-style weekend brunch with steamed buns, soup dumplings and more. Somsnith lugged her wok, fryer and steamer around the Lowcountry for nearly two years for pop-ups at local breweries before securing the funds to purchase a food truck, which hit the road just before the New Year. The self-taught chef does all her prep work at 843 Korean BBQ, so the decision was made partially out of convenience but also to provide lunch for the 843 regulars after the North Charleston restaurant was forced to suspend its lunch service post-pandemic. The midday residency doesn’t mean Somsnith will be taking off the night shift — this month, the Sap-Lai food truck has nighttime pop-ups scheduled at Low Tide Brewing, Estuary Beans & Barley and a few other local spots. For Somsnith’s full pop-up schedule, follow Sap-Lai on Instagram @saplaichs. —Parker Milner

Off Track’s new flavor creations celebrate local small businesses

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Off Track Ice Cream’s traditional and vegan scoops already incorporate local ingredients, but owners Alissa and Marc Zera are taking it a step further, churning out one-off flavors highlighting High Wire Distilling, The Harbinger, Springbok Coffee, Red Clay Hot Sauce and other Charleston-based small businesses. On Thursday, another new flavor will land in the Beaufain Street shop. “That was definitely a big intention of ours before we opened,” said Alissa, discussing the local collaborations. “I remember writing about that in our first business plan.” “We would go to all these restaurants in Charleston doing this same thing, and we didn’t see an ice cream shop doing that in Charleston,” Marc added. Recently, flavors like High Wire ryespiked cider and molasses cookie, The Harbinger “jam sesh” and Red Clay hot honey and biscuits featuring Off Track head baker Pippa Allen’s famous family recipe have popped up at Off Track. “Every collaboration is kind of different,” Marc said. “The one with Harbinger, we didn’t really use any of their ingredients, but it was their brainchild to bring the jam sesh bar to life as an ice cream. Sometimes, we just find a local product that we want to feature and we put it on our ice cream.” The first step to crafting each collaborative creation is forming the base, which features products from local producers like Lowcountry Creamery, Wishbone Heritage Farms, Bulls Bay Saltworks and Watsonia Farms. This step is key for each collaboration, Marc said. “Our focus, first and foremost, is to make the ice cream base as flavorful as possible. Ice cream’s more of a science — you can’t just kind of throw things together,” Marc said. “Whatever the product is, it’s usually the star of the show.” Off Track’s January collaborations feature two South Carolina businesses — Bodega at Uptown Social and Six & Twenty Distillery, located upstate near Greenville. The Six & Twenty-inspired flavor — bourbon derby pie — featured a bourbon base with bits of Allen’s pecan pie mixed into the

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ice cream. For the Bodega collab, Off Track will provide the base, and Bodega executive chef Alec Gropman will bring the mix-in. “Alec came in and talked to Marc and asked if we would be interested in doing a flavor collaboration with them,” Alissa said. “What Bodega is doing is really fun, so we jumped at the idea.” The newest flavor, vegan chocolate babka, will debut Jan. 14 before Uptown Social hosts Off Track for a social-distanced ice cream party on Saturday celebrating the release. “For this flavor, we created a chocolate hazelnut vegan ice cream using local Cocoa Academic chocolate and pure hazelnut oil,” said Alissa, who added that Gropman’s “mix-in” — chocolate babka — is based on his grandmother’s famous recipe. “It’s the best babka we’ve ever tasted,” Alissa said. “We fold chunks of this Bodega babka into our vegan chocolate hazelnut ice cream.” The couple jumps at most opportunities to collaborate in Charleston, and while Alissa and Marc admitted that their locally-

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driven focus and constant flavor rotation isn’t cheap, it’s part of the business’ ethos to use products made by companies that care as much as they do. “The ingredients that we purchase are very expensive, but overall Marc and I are very passionate about ice cream,” Alissa said. “By using these products, we’re using those people who have just as much passion in their business as we do in ours. It really goes a long way in a greater purpose than just selling ice cream.”

The Indigo Road Hospitality Group will open a restaurant and rooftop bar at The Waterfront, a forthcoming mixed-use Daniel Island development overlooking the Wando River. Kingstide, a “fresh seafood concept” from the group that’s brought Charleston restaurants like The Macintosh, Indaco and O-Ku, will open later this year, a press release said. “We are very excited about opening our first waterfront seafood concept on Daniel Island and honored to partner with East West Partners,” said Indigo Road managing partner Steve Palmer. “Kingstide will be a casual seafood restaurant sourcing from our abundant waters as much as possible and inviting guests for all occasions, being dinner with the family and a night out with friends.” Kingstide bills itself as Daniel Island’s only waterside restaurant with a rooftop bar, which Palmer expects will be popular as folks continue to look for outdoor dining options post-pandemic. Next to Kingstide, Indigo Road will open a grab-and-go establishment with the same format as Mercantile and Mash, the hospitality group’s downtown gourmet market. The Daniel Island Market and Eatery (DIME) “will offer a range of light bites and snacks including gelato, sandwiches, salads, pastries, freshly made juices and coffee.” Kingstide and DIME will open later this year. —PM


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Black Dave finds his sound in hardcore, trap and anime after a year of releases BY HEATH ELLISON

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Producer, DJ, rapper and photographer Dave Curry, who goes by Black Dave, has always been a jack of all trades. But throughout 2020, Curry doubled down on songwriting, putting out an EP every month and producing a beat a day for the entire year. Yup, that’s 12 EPs and 365 beats in a single year, and that’s in between his work on South Carolina collaborative project Amethyst. What did you do in 2020? According to Curry, this project started as a plan to make one beat a day, but quickly developed into something else after he put out his first EP of the year, EP 000001. “When 2020 started, I had already decided I was going to make beats every day, and I had already decided I was going to rap more,” he said. “January rolls around, and I’m like, ‘I’m just going to do an EP.’ ” After the first release, Curry dropped another EP in February, deciding to commit to an album a month for the rest of the year. “The first month, I was just making songs,” he clarified. “I didn’t have any goals, I was just making a couple of songs and trying to figure out what I wanted to sound like.” His catalogue of EPs from 2020 is available on Spotify and Bandcamp. When listen-

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ANIME WAS SUCH A BIG INFLUENCE ON DAVE’S 365 BEATS PROJECT THAT HE INCORPORATED ANIME AND MANGA IMAGES INTO THE ALBUMS’ COVER ART

Invisible from Inside released a seven-minute-long track “Her Favorite Number,” Jan. 4. The latest track from the duo, consisting of Eric Hulsebos and Jordan Pulaski, is a shining quiet folk tune. For most of the song’s run, it stays soft and downtempo, relying on Hulsebos’ guitar strumming for rhythm. Small flourishes from the piano add some textures to the sound. “Her Favorite Number” is Invisible from Inside’s first release since its 2020 EP Dock About. The latest track is calmer than some of the EP’s driving tunes, but is home in the band’s current catalogue of material. —Heath Ellison

ing to them in succession, fans can chart Curry’s development as a songwriter and the broad influences he pulls from: trap music, hardcore, anime and video games. At the beginning, the collection is pretty standard rap tunes — granted, most rappers aren’t spitting about riding the airship to the next boss battle with Sephiroth. But along the way, Curry starts branching out into his other musical passions, adding strings and orchestral flavors to the songs. Really, calling the collection rap music is only telling one side of the story, as he steps into plenty of other realms. “Waiting so Long,” from EP 000006, is somewhere along the lines of post-rock or synth-punk. “Affirmations,” the first track from EP 000008, is a repeated spoken refrain laid over spacey keyboard textures, almost reminiscent of ’60s avant-garde songs. “I added guitars halfway through the year, I started screaming on songs, I was really trying to embody all of the things that I felt like I had come up doing,” he said. By the end of the project, EP 000012, Curry’s bringing all the parts together, referencing Vash the Stampede and Pokemon on peaceful backdrops in one track, yelling

his way through the next and wrapping it up with one last rap. “It’s like trap music, hardcore music, anime, video games and orchestral music; I’m super influenced by film scores,” he said. When asked how the pandemic affected the project, Curry said it helped the writing process, but halted his plans to perform as an artist more. “For me, it wasn’t a damper on the music itself,” he said. “I think it made it better. I think I was able to spend a bit more time discovering things.” After a year of music, and far more beats than most producers put out in a year, Curry’s not going to take it easy in 2021. He told the City Paper he hopes to produce more for other artists, release more formal albums and work with his collective Worst Generation. In addition, he’s taking his new confidence from the project into the new year. “I think there was a point where I was like, ‘I don’t like my rap voice, I don’t like the beats I make, I don’t like anything,’ ” he said. “But between making beats every day and making three songs every month, I’m like, ‘I make good music. You guys can’t count me out now.’ ”

Oukuo, guitarist and producer Thomas Kenney’s electronic project, released a new single, “Up in the Air,” Friday. The latest track is another chill hop track similar to what listeners heard on Oukuo’s debut EP, Gorilla. “Up in the Air” is another exhibition of Kenney’s abilities as a DJ and composer, as he plays with different instrumentation and a unique beat. His primary tools are still the guitar, synthesizer and horns, using them for interesting textures and wobbly refrains. Kenney, talking to City Paper in August about Oukuo’s debut EP, cited traveling as one of the project’s biggest influences. “Up in the Air” has some of that world beat flare, as Kenney further explores rhythmic varieties and trippy melodies. —HE

AURA FEST SHOWCASING METAL ACTS VIRTUALLY JAN. 23

Metal showcase A.U.R.A. Fest is going virtual this year with a livestream concert Jan. 23 featuring regional acts Circle Back, Down Under and Hellcast. The Savannah-based metal festival will bring acts from around the Southeast, such as headliners Rhythm of Fear, to the stage. In total, seven acts will perform. The festival was recorded in December at Southbound Brewery in Savannah. Since A.U.R.A. Fest’s inaugural event in 2000, 10 festivals have been hosted in three cities to showcase regional and national underground metal and rock acts. Tickets are on sale at eventbrite.com. The livestream will be uploaded on Jan. 23 at 5 p.m. and will be available for three days after the premiere. —HE

If you or your band is about to enter the studio, hit the road, or has a special gig coming up, contact Heath Ellison at heath@charlestoncitypaper.com.


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ONE AT A TIME: New tunes Thanks to the internet, artists are releasing new music at a higher rate than ever before and it can be tough to keep up with it all. We’ve got you covered, though, with our regular rundown of new singles local artists have released. Check out the list below, then head over to charlestoncitypaper.com to read more on the local music scene. “SHE LIKES TO GET HIGH,” Cry Baby “NOW I CAN’T REMEMBER,” Kid Lake “BURNING BUSH,” Abstract that Rapper “3LUV,” OlBoyPari

Strange Gems Heather Rice brings experience and joy to Forte Jazz Lounge Heather Rice Forte Jazz Lounge Jan. 15 7 p.m. $20-$35

Heather Rice considers herself a “pop singer with a propensity for jazz.” Growing up near Ormond Beach, Florida, she inadvertently discovered many of the great American classics at an early age, changing her life. “One day, when I was about 12, I found an old song book at a garage sale with tons of obscure standards in it,” Rice recalled. Sight reading through such books would become her favorite hobby. “The songs were little treasures I would uncover.” Within these yellowed pages, Rice said, there were plenty of “strange little gems” that not many folks have heard. It was while honing her skills as an actress and songstress that Rice felt drawn to the Lowcountry’s arts scene. “My husband and I had both lived in major cities and although

we still wanted a thriving artist community and culture scene, we also wanted to start a family in a smaller town. Charleston checked all the boxes and really has become home.” Rice is incredibly grateful for all that she has achieved thus far in the world of musical theater and beyond. And she is particularly excited to share her most recent creative visions during an intimate performance at Forte Jazz Lounge this week. Although Rice has shared the stage with luminaries like Joan Osborne, Sheryl Crow and Lady A, she hasn’t measured success that way. “[Success] is achieving a sense of musical freedom so that I have the emotional capacity to be present and vulnerable for my music,” she said. “I find that as I continue to seek these things my work just gets better and better, more prolific. There is not a pot at the end of the rainbow. This work, this is the rainbow.” —Kevin Wilson

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