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NEIGHBORS NAME: Tiffany Thomas FAMILY: Parents George and Thomasina Thomas BORN: Effingham RESIDES IN: Florence OCCUPATION: Children’s Librarian Associate at Florence Library; Owner TThomas Arts HOBBIES OR SPECIAL INTERESTS: Art – painting and ceramics WHO OR WHAT HAS MOST INFLUENCED YOU? ‘My mom who taught me to be resilient and humble.’

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Judicial Center changing downtown skyscape BY BRENDA HARRISON Editor of The News Journal Florence, S.C. The construction of a new Florence County Judicial Center on North Irby Street is changing the skyscape in Downtown Florence. With most of the steel structure in place, the new center already strikes an imposing silhouette against the winter sky. Florence County Council Vice Chairman Kent Caudle said construction is running on schedule and without any delays is expected to be finished by the end of 2017 with an opening in January of 2018. The 120,500-square-foot building faces the 43-year-old Florence City-County Complex which currently houses the county courtrooms and offices. When courts move out, the complex will continue to house some county offices and possibly lease out some office spaces. The new judicial center will include about 200 parking spaces on the site. Several old storefronts and office spaces facing North Irby were demolished in April to make room for the new Florence County Judicial Center. The price tag for the judicial building is a little less than $40 million, Caudle said. With financing

NEW COUNTY JUDICIAL CENTER TAKING SHAPE ON NORTH IRBY STREET and operating costs factored in, the project was estimated at $66.7 million over a 25-year payback period on an approved bond. However, the county has saved

about $10 million by pre-paying interest, he said. Caudle said the new judicial center has been a long time coming.

“This is something that needed to be done years ago, for safety and to alleviate crowding. I am proud to be part of this council,” he added.

Red Cross helps hundreds of thousands in 2016 In a year that set new records for severe and devastating weather, the American Red Cross provided more assistance to the hundreds of thousands of people impacted by these disasters all across the United States than in the past two years combined. In 2016, 32,000 Red Cross volunteers responded to 180 significant disasters in 45 states and two U.S. territories including wildfires, storms, flooding, Hurricane Matthew and other emergencies. In South Carolina families faced the onslaught of Hurricane Matthew along the coast, felt the impact of wildfires and a tornado in the Upstate, and, across the state, suffered

from injuries, deaths and property damage due to home fires. Here in South Carolina, the Red Cross launched relief operations as Hurricane Matthew brought high winds and rough seas to the coast. Since Matthew took aim at the South Carolina, the Red Cross mobilized more than 1,700 Red Cross workers and 45 response vehicles, and working with partners: •Provided nearly 20,000 overnight shelter stays in more than 95 shelters •Served nearly 290,000 meals and snacks •Distributed over 147,000 relief items including comfort kits, tarps, flashlights, trash bags, shovels, rakes, bleach and work gloves

• Provided more than 10,000 health and mental health services “Our region was devastated by Matthew and Red Cross workers helped around the clock, making sure people had food to eat, a place to stay and help recovering from this disaster,” said Louise Welch Williams, CEO for the Red Cross in South Carolina. “For the second time in a year, many people lost everything and the Red Cross is still there, helping people get back on their feet.” South Carolina was not the only state hit hard by disasters this year. As of Dec. 4, the SEE

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A meeting of the Florence area Parkinson’s Disease Support Group will be held Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, between 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. at 121 E. Cedar Street, Florence. Janice Bush and Danielle Mason, Vantage Point, will speak about changes in Medicare. Meetings are open to people with Parkinson’s, caregivers, family, and friends. For more information call 843-6730854 or haybrton@gmail.com.

Swamp Fox Quilters The Swamp Fox Quilters Guild monthly meeting will be held on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017, at 9:30 a.m., at John Calvin Presbyterian Church, 2000 Marsh Ave, corner of 3rd Loop Road and Marsh Ave. Visitors and new members are welcome.

DDRA website JUNIOR, SENIOR DANCE at Wilson High School in 1962. From left are Maurice Austin, Edward Anderson, Monya Reese, Henry Thomas, Alphonsa Davis, and Patricia Timmons.The dance theme was ‘Fantasy of the Sea.’ Photo from the 1962 Wilsonian Yearbook.

RED CROSS FROM PAGE1A Red Cross provided the following help to people impacted by disasters across the country this year: Opened nearly 800 emergency shelters, providing 206,000 overnight shelter stays to people forced from their homes Served more than 4.1 million meals and snacks Distributed more than 2.1 million relief items “People impacted by disaster are facing what can be their darkest days. This year a seemingly endless chain of disasters affected hundreds of thousands of people and the Red Cross was there, helping,” said Williams. “But we need your support now to continue providing help to families affected by disasters.” Disasters Devastated Communities across U.S. in 2016 In just the first three months of 2016, the country faced tornadoes in Texas, flooding in Missouri, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas, along with the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. The Red Cross was there for each one, disaster workers providing shelter, food and comfort to people impacted. In mid-April, nearly two feet of rain brought devastating flooding

to the greater Houston metro area, and again the Red Cross provided shelter, meals and a shoulder to lean on as residents were forced from their homes. Around the May’s Memorial Day, devastating flooding again hit Texas, some regions receiving 19 inches of rain. Red Cross disaster workers were mobilized once again to help. June saw fast-moving wildfires in California and historic flooding in West Virginia which destroyed hundreds of homes and forced thousands of residents to evacuate. Hundreds of Red Cross volunteers deployed to lend a hand. Historic flooding in Louisiana in August devastated tens of thousands of lives. At the peak of the floods, more than 10,000 people were staying in more than 50 shelters. Red Cross disaster workers from all across the country came to the state to help. In September, significant flooding occurred in Iowa, including Cedar Rapids, and once again people were forced to evacuate. Red Cross workers opened shelters and provided meals and relief supplies.

NOTICE OF CITY OF FLORENCE PLANNING COMMISSION PUBLIC HEARINGS The City of Florence Planning Commission will hold a Public Hearing at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at the City Center, 324 West Evans Street, Council Chambers. The following requests concerning zoning have been submitted: PC 2017-02 Consideration of abandonment of City of Florence interest in Public Right-of-Way, section of Emerson Avenue and Wakefield Street, bounded on the north by Rutherford Drive, on the east by Dexter Drive, on the south by Rutherford Drive and on the west by Wakefield Street. Documents related to this request are available for public inspection with the City of Florence Planning, Research & Development Department located at 324 W. Evans Street, Florence, 843-665-2047.

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In October, Hurricane Matthew slammed into Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina, damaging tens of thousands of homes and causing devastating flooding. And in late November, raging wildfires forced thousands of people in and around Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, from their homes. Again, Red Cross disaster workers opened shelters and provided meals and comfort. Home Fires Continued to be Largest U.S. Disaster Threat Amidst all of these devastating events, home fires continued to be the largest disaster threat in the United States. During 2016, the Red Cross provided casework assistance to help 79,000 families recover after a home fire left them with nowhere else to turn. The Red Cross and thousands of local partners are also working to help prevent home fires, deaths and injuries. Since 2014, at least 116 lives have been saved through the Red Cross Home Fire Campaign, 11 of these in South Carolina, a total of 574,000 smoke alarms have been installed, and 625,000 youth have been taught about fire safety. In the counties served by the Red Cross of Eastern SC, as of Dec, 15, the Red Cross helped more than 1,100 people after home fires, and, with the help of community partners, installed nearly 4,000 smoke alarms, help-

ing to protect more than 1,100 families from home fires. World’s Largest Humanitarian Network Responds to Global Disasters Before Hurricane Matthew hit the United States, the storm made landfall in Haiti, leaving widespread flooding, damage to infrastructure and major crop and livestock loss. The American Red Cross delivered critical relief, including supplies to reduce the increased threat of cholera in the country. A massive wildfire in Alberta, Canada threatened dozens of communities in the spring. The American Red Cross deployed almost 100 employees and volunteers to help. A 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Ecuador in April, cutting off remote communities and causing severe damage to the country’s infrastructure. Red Cross societies from all over the world stepped in to help. 2016 has been the deadliest year for refugees in the Mediterranean Sea, with more than 4,000 people dead as they try to cross from Libya to Europe. The American Red Cross has contributed funds to help meet the needs of refugees and migrants seeking safety and a better life in Europe, including the deployment of a disaster specialist aboard a rescue vessel in the Mediterranean Sea.

DARLINGTON – The Darlington Downtown Revitalization Association (DDRA) embarks on a new project set to launch in February that includes a responsive website detailing the benefits of the community. The one-stop shop will be located at buildupdarlington.org. DDRA needs help to populate this site. Businesses are asked to complete and return a form. DDRA members will receive extra photos and top billing on the website while non-member businesses will receive a simpler listing. For more information, contact Lisa Chalian-Rock, director, DDRA, Planning & Economic Development at 843-398-4000 ext. 103.

Deaths Anthony, Jerra Vee, 82, died Dec. 20, Stoudenmire Dowling Funeral Home. Arthur, Curtis J., died Dec. 17, Smith Funeral Home. Cooper, Hoyt W., died Dec. 20, Belk Funeral Home. Gee, Jerry, died Dec. 17, Bacote-Eaddy Funeral Home. Hammonds, Kenneth Gabriel, died Dec. 23, Ideal Funeral Parlor. Hatchell, Jacquelynn “Jackie” Allen, 73, died Dec. 23, Stoudenmire-Dowling Funeral Home. Hill, Jesse Samuel “Sam,” 76, Timmonsville, died Dec. 20, Stoudenmire-Dowling Funeral Home. Leasure, Sarah Louise, 77, died Dec. 23, Layton-Anderson Funeral Home. Matthews, Lois Ruth McClain, died Dec. 17, Ideal Funeral Parlor.

McKenzie, Linda Munn, 71, died Dec. 20, Stoudenmire-Dowling Funeral Home. Samuel, Carrie V., Timmonsville, died Dec. 19, Bacote-Eaddy Funeral Home. Singletary, Grace A., died Dec. 22, Layton-Anderson Funeral Home. Smith, Ruby Nelle Crews, 91, died Dec. 21, Cain Calcutt-Stephens Funeral Home. Wagner, John Morris, 92, died Dec. 20, Cain CalcuttStephens Funeral Home. Waiters, Jessie Barbara, died Dec. 14, Ideal Funeral Parlor. Wisnoski, Gerald Theodore, 82, died Dec. 21, 82, Stoudenmire-Dowling Funeral Home. Samuel, Carrie V. “Coot” died Dec. 19, Bacote-Eaddy Funeral Home.

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NOTICE OF CITY OF FLORENCE DESIGN REVIEW BOARD PUBLIC HEARINGS The City of Florence Design Review Board will hold a Public Hearing at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at the City Center, 324 West Evans Street, Council Chambers. The following request for a Certificate of Appropriateness has been submitted: DRB 2017-01 Request for Certificate of Appropriateness to install exterior sign at 130 North Dargan Street, Tax Map Number 90169-01-030; H-1, Florence Historic Overlay District. Documents related to this request are available for public inspection with the City of Florence Planning, Research & Development Department located at 324 W. Evans Street, Florence, 843-665-2047.

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SC political corruption Part 1: Jim Merrill By Phil Noble A year or so ago, I was driving around Charleston with a member of the S.C. Legislature talking about various people, problems and politics in the Statehouse. My friend is a long-time legislator and one of the most decent and honorable public servants I know. As we topped the Ravenel Bridge, I asked him, “Is Jim Merrill a crook?” After a long pause, he said, “That is a question of law that must be determined by the courts…but, he is extremely bold.” Last week, State Representative Jim Merrill was indicted on 30 counts of using his office to funnel $1.3 million to himself and his business. A court of law will now decide if he is a crook. As for his (and his fellow legislators’) boldness, there is a lot that we know now and a lot more that we are going to learn in the months to come. Let’s begin with the case against Merrill – but first we should all remember that under our legal system, a person is presumed innocent until they are proven guilty. And, this presumption extends to Merrill. As recounted by The State newspaper, Solicitor David Pascoe’s indictment alleges that “… four entities together paid Merrill $534,178 in exchange for policy favors, including sponsoring legislation.” Those involved who made the payments have a different explanation: Payment # 1, $283,693 – An attorney for the Charleston Area Convention and Visitors Bureau said Merrill’s business was paid to write promotional materials for tourism publications. Payment # 2, $172,486 – New Jersey-based bus contractor Student Transportation of America says it paid Merrill to market its business to school districts across the Southeast. Payment # 3, $43,000 – The chief executive of Savannahbased Thomas & Hutton Engineering says his firm hired Merrill as a public relations consultant during the 2008 economic downturn. Payment # 4, $35,000 – Infilaw, a Florida-based company that runs for-profit law schools and attempted to buy the Charleston School of Law, says it hired Merrill for his “public relations and policy support in the Charleston area.” Additionally, the indictment said Merrill was paid $391,175 for his public influence by the S.C. Association of Realtors. S.C. Common Cause Director and ethics watchdog John Crangle said, “These entities have no choice but to deny the allegations. Private companies or individuals can be charged under state and federal bribery laws if they attempt to buy a public official’s influence. I’m skeptical of interest groups that go to public officials and hire them to do some kind of work when there is a reasonable expectation that public official will do something in his public office that will give an advantage to a person who is paying him.” Beyond the particulars of the Merrill indictment, there are several other aspects of the case that are even more troubling than the individual issues of Merrill’s activities. First, no one thinks that this is an unusual or isolated case; this is just the most recent case in the continuing prosecution of corrupt members of legislature. In the last few years, several other House and Senate members have been prosecuted, most notably Speaker of the House Bobby Harrell who pleaded guilty to a variety of corruption charges and resigned his office in October 2014. No one (expect David Pascoe and his staff) knows how many others are slated for indictment but the estimates rumored around the statehouse range from only a handful to as many as 15 to 20 more legislators. Second, the way Merrill, Harrell et. al. have been operating has become accepted as simply politics as usual. Not one member of the legislature, lobbyist or Statehouse hanger-on is on record as saying, “What a surprise, I’m shocked.” It’s just simply the way business is done in the Statehouse. Third, simple ethics reforms could fix the problems (or a lot of them). Four simple reforms: 1) require lawmakers to report in detail all sources of income and release their income tax returns, 2) prohibit legislators from doing business with state, county or local governments, 3) create an independent ethics watch dog agency with real teeth and the power to send corrupt politicians to jail, and 4) reform the Democratic and Republican party caucus system that allows large sums of special interest money to be funneled to legislators, their families, their businesses and their campaigns. We in South Carolina don’t deserve this corruption. And, it’s just this type of special interest corruption that keeps us from tackling the many other important issues that face our state. We deserve legislators that have a basic sense of honesty and integrity. We deserve legislators that view their office as an opportunity for public service and not an opportunity for a personal profit center. The title of this column is S.C. Political Corruption, Part 1: Jim Merrill. There will certainly be a Part 2, Part 3, Part 4… who knows how many. Stay tuned. Phil Noble has a technology firm in Charleston and writes a weekly column for the S.C. Press Association. Reach him at phil@philnoble.com and get his other columns at www. PhilNoble.com.

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Looking back 100 years to 1917 As we quickly approach the new year 2017, here are some historical events from 1917: January 1 – Third Rose Bowl: Oregon beats Pennsylvania 14-0. January 17 – US pays Denmark $25 million for Danish West Indies and renames them the Virgin Islands. January 31 – Germany notifies US that U-boats will attack neutral merchant ship. February 3 – US liner Housatonic is sunk by German submarine, on the same day that US President Wilson breaks off diplomatic relations with Germany. February 28 – AP reports Mexico and Japan will allie with Germany if US enters WW I. March 5 – US President Woodrow Wilson is inaugurated for a second term as 28th US President. March 7 – Russian February Revolution breaks out with strike at Putilov factory in Petrograd. March 12 – A German submarine sinks an unarmed US merchant ship, the ‘Algonquin’ on the same day that US President Wilson gives executive order to arm US merchant ships. March 15 – Nicholas II, the last Russian Tsar abdicates and nominates his brother Grand Duke Michael to succeed him. Michael declines the Russian throne the next day. March 17 – First exclusively women’s bowling tournament begins in St Louis. March 19 – US Supreme Court upheld 8-hour work day for railroad employees.

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March 20 – After the sinking of 3 more American merchant ships, US President Wilson meets with cabinet, who agree that war is inevitable. March 22 – The USA is the first nation to recognize the new government of Russia. March 26 – Stanley Cup: Seattle Metropolitans (PCHA) beat Montreal Canadiens (NHL), 3 games to 1 to become first US team to win Stanley Cup. April 2 – Jeannette Rankin (Rep-RMont) begins her term as first woman member of US House of Reps. April 2 – US President Wilson asks Congress to declare war against Germany. April 3 – Marxist Revolutionary and Soviet Leader Vladimir Lenin arrives in Petrograd from exile in Switzerland. April 4 – US Senate agrees (82-6) to participate in WW I. April 6 – US declares war on Germany, enters World War I. April 11 – Ruth beats NY Yanks, pitching 3-hit 10-3 win for Red Sox. April 16 – Lenin issues his radical “April Theses” calling for Soviets to take power during Russian Revolution. May 13 – First appearance of Mary to three shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal.

May 18 – US Congress passes Selective Service Act, authorizing the federal government to raise a national army for the American entry into World War I through compulsory enlistment. May 21 – The Great Fire of Atlanta: at least 10,000 people were displaced, but there was only one fatality. June 2 – Canadian ace Billy Bishop undertakes a solo mission behind enemy lines, shooting down three aircrafts as they were about to take off and several more on the ground, for which he is awarded the Victoria Cross. June 8 – Walt Disney graduates from Benton High School. June 12 – Secret Service extends protection of president to his family. June 19 – The British Royal Family, which has had strong German ties since George I, renounces its German names and titles and adopts the name of Windsor. July 26 – J. Edgar Hoover gets job in US Department of Justice. He later becomes the first director of the FBI. August 14 – China declares war on Germany and Austria. August 17 – Italy declares war on Turkey. August 23 – Race riot in Houston, Texas (2 blacks and 11 whites killed). August 28 – Ten suffragists arrested as they picket the White House. September 27 – Broadhurst Theater opens at 235 W 44th St, NYC. October 10 – Plymouth Theater opens at 236 W 45th St NYC.

L E T T E R TO T H E E D I TO R

Time for Hillary to let it go Now that the Electoral College has recorded its final tally and given Donald Trump the largest margin of electoral votes since Ronald Reagan 30 years ago, another excuse for Hillary to use for her loss has disappeared along with the intimidation of Republican state electors, James Comey, and Russian hacking. Our colleges can now stop encouraging protests, providing therapy puppies and safe spaces for their coddled students who got emotional over a basic election process. How will those graduates ever be able to adequately handle some real adversity in the working world? Some of Hillary’s supporters still claim foul because she won the popular vote over Trump, and that the Electoral College concept is suddenly flawed after 230 years of being successful. It is a known fact that the Electoral College idea was a very contentious issue at the Constitutional Convention in 1787, and after various failed options, James Madison was moved to craft consensus among the Founding Fathers to develop a detailed Electoral College system which says, “Each State

shall appoint a Number of Electors, equal to the whole Number of Senators and Representatives to which the State may be entitled in Congress.” The Founders realized from their historical European experiences that a democratic national popular election could be manipulated by a few individuals that could lead eventually to a dictatorship. Thus, the Electoral College became the core of our American system of constitutional federalism. They correctly knew that the United States of America should be a union of states and not a union of individuals. The Founding Fathers’ wisdom was never more prophetic than when the recent presidential election results showed that Hillary defeated Trump in 2 states, California and New York, by 4.9 million votes. She beat

him in the national total of 128 million voters by only 2.8 million votes, indicating that Trump actually defeated Hillary in the other 48 states by 2.1 million votes. Without the Electoral College, a majority of our states, especially the smaller states, could soon become a nonentity in a presidential election, and the governmental policies of America could be controlled by the two or three largest populated states. The genius of the authors of our Constitution has validated the peaceful continuity of presidential succession that has worked well for almost two and a half centuries. There will be no do-over or mulligan for Hillary. As Eddie Murphy so eloquently stated in the movie, “48 Hours”: “There’s a new sheriff in town.” And he is going to be here for at least

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26 OZ. HOME-STYLE OR ITALIAN

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LIMES

$14.99 EA.

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PEPSI COLAS

TENDERLOINS

89¢ LB.

(SLICED $1.49 LB.)

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CERTIFIED ANGUS BEEF WHOLE PEELED

WHOLE FRYERS

$1.19 LB.

BOGOF KELLOGG’S CEREAL IN A CUP

ALLEN’S ALL NATURAL FRESH

BOIL IN A BAG VEGETABLES

2/$4 PICTSWEET VEGETABLES

LIMIT 8 WITH PC AND $20 ORDER

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4/$9

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$3.99 EA. 2 LB. CAROLINA PRIDE RED OR BROWN

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MIXED FRIED CHICKEN

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$2.49

$7.99 $6.99 LB.

9 CT. HOME-STYLE ROLLS

$2.99 LB.

$4.99

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14 OZ HARVEST APPLE, HEAVENLY CHEESE, REALLY RASPBERRY, STRAWBERRY CHEESE

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3/$5

99¢ EA.

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15 OZ. BLUE BONNET

CRESCENT ROLLS

$2.99 EA.

5 - 6 OZ. CHOBANI

10 OZ. DUTCH FARMS (SLICED)

BOGOF

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6 CT. MAYFIELD

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14.5 - 17.18 OZ. AUNT JEMIMA

8 - 10 OZ. GREEN GIANT

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57 - 76 OZ. FAMILY SIZE

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$1.29 LB.

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5/$5

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2/$4

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$3.99 EA.

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8.8 OZ. UNCLE BEN’S

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12 OZ. SUGARDALE HICKORY SMOKED

1 LB. ALL VARIETIES CARL BUDDIG

14 - 16 OZ. CAROLINA PRIDE REG. OR BEEF

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BAGEL BITES

COLLARD GREENS

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3/.99¢

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$4.99 EA.

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$11.99 EA.

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$6.99 EA.

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121OZ. PIGGLY WIGGLY CONCENTRATE

15 - 16 LB. BAG

2.6 - 3.3 OZ.

9 - 12 OZ. REG. OR FAT FREE BUTTERBALL VARIETY PACK

1 LB. GWALTNEY

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2/$5

4/$5

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9.5 - 13 OZ. NABISCO

8 - 8.75 OZ.

POTATO CHIPS

CHIPS AHOY COOKIES

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ARMOUR LUNCHMAKERS

2/$3

4/$5

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$10.99 LB.

GOLDEN FLAKE

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RIB-EYE STEAKS

RIB-EYE STEAKS

JUMBO SHRIMP

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$8.99 LB.

$8.99 LB.

$5.99 LB.

CERTIFIED ANGUS

CERTIFIED ANGUS

NEW YORK STRIP STEAKS

T-BONE STEAKS

CERTIFIED ANGUS BONELESS

12 PK. 12 OZ.

MICHELOB CORONA, HEINEKEN BEERS OR MODELA BEERS

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11 OZ. FRESH EXPRESS

ONIONS

.59¢ EA.

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MEAT SALE

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DELI & BAKERY SPECIALS $13.99 EA.

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8 CT. BOUNTY BASIC 8 ROLL

PAPER TOWELS

1 LB. CONT. RED RIPE

CERTIFIED ANGUS BEEF BONELESS

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5 LB. BAG BLUE RIBBON

32 OZ.

26 OZ. HOME-STYLE OR ITALIAN

FRESH FAMILY PACK

$

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18 PK. 12 OZ.

$4.99 EA.

4/ 5 $

$12.99 LB.

$1.99 EA. SC FRESH BUNCH

LIMES

$14.99 EA.

STOUFFERS LASAGNA

PEPSI COLAS

TENDERLOINS

89¢ LB.

(SLICED $1.49 LB.)

1.25 - 2.1 OZ.

CERTIFIED ANGUS BEEF WHOLE PEELED

WHOLE FRYERS

$1.19 LB.

BOGOF KELLOGG’S CEREAL IN A CUP

ALLEN’S ALL NATURAL FRESH

BOIL IN A BAG VEGETABLES

2/$4 PICTSWEET VEGETABLES

LIMIT 8 WITH PC AND $20 ORDER

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CRACKER CUT CHEESE

$3.99 EA. CRINKLE CUT POTATOES

4/$9

98¢ EA.

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PRICES EFFECTIVE DECEMBER 26, 2016 - JANUARY 1, 2017

PORK JOWLS

ICE CREAM

PIGGLY WIGGLY HAS THE FRESHEST MEATS ANYWHERE. EACH STORE HAS A FULL SERVICE MEAT DEPARTMENT, COME CHECK US OUT.

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SMOKED

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PEPSI COLAS

BLACKEYE PEAS

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5 LB. MORTY PRIDE FRESH

$14.99 EA.

$7.99 EA. 24 OZ. AUNT BESSIE’S FULLY COOKED BABY BACK

$3.99 EA. 2 LB. CAROLINA PRIDE RED OR BROWN

PORK SAUSAGE

SLICED TO ORDER:

MRS. MAC’S 8 PC.

MIXED FRIED CHICKEN

KRETSCHMAR TURKEY

9 CT. BUTTER & EGG ROLLS

$2.49

$7.99 $6.99 LB.

9 CT. HOME-STYLE ROLLS

$2.99 LB.

$4.99

$2.99

$5.99

9 CT.

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14 OZ HARVEST APPLE, HEAVENLY CHEESE, REALLY RASPBERRY, STRAWBERRY CHEESE

IN STORE BAKED 12 CT. BROWNIE, CHOC CHIP, OATMEAL, PEANUT BUTTER, SUGAR

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$12.99 EA. 3 LB. BAG MULBERRY FARMS HOT N SPICY COOKED

$1.49

$3.99 PETITE CINNAMON ROLLS

PORK RIBS

COOKIES

PALMETTO CHEESE

3 LB. BAG MULBERRY FARMS

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S.C. AgriBiz and Farm Expo set for Jan. 11-12 Get ready to learn where your food and fiber comes from at the 2017 South Carolina AgriBiz and Farm Expo in the Florence Civic Center Jan. 11-12. Learn about the latest technology and equipment available for agriculture by attending the 2017 S.C. AgriBiz and Farm Expo Jan. 11-12 in Florence. Hosted by leaders in the South Carolina agricultural industry, the Expo is an event representing all aspects of agriculture both large and small. Admission is $5 per person. Children 10 and younger are admitted free with a parent. Tickets are available cash-only at Civic Center ticket booths. The Florence Civic Center is located at 3300 West Radio Drive. Attractions at this 5th Expo include a farm show with a wide variety of equipment and farm products, coupled with educational components. “Education is a vital part of the South Carolina AgriBiz Expo,” said Thomas Dobbins, director of the Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service. “Several educational sessions that are

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LATEST FARM EQUIPMENT TO BE DISCUSSED designed to help South Carolina farmers be productive will be held during the Expo.” Clemson experts in organic crop production, agribusiness and marketing, vegetable production, food safety and hay production will be among the presenters. The theme for this year’s educational sessions is “Efficiency on Your Farm.” Educational sessions during this

year’s Expo include several sessions slated for 9:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 11, in the concourse area of the Civic Center. They will cover how to recognize and maximize opportunities found on farms, the business basics of small farming operations, attracting and retaining customers, post-harvest handling and packaging of products from farm to fork and growing

organic vegetable crops and cover crops. S.C. AgriBiz Youth Day event will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday. This event is free, but registration is requested for planning purposes. Also on Wednesday, the FFA Statewide Tractor Operations and Safety CDE Contest will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. This event is for registered FFA participants, but everyone can attend. Thursday’s activities are scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. in the Pee Dee Room. Thursday’s events feature a vegetable production meeting and a discussion on the Food Safety Modernization Act. Attendees also will hear small farming success stories and other tips to help farmers create and maintain successful farming operations. A Certified Animal Manure Managers (CAMM) class is scheduled for 12:30 to 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12, in the Santee Room. The class is titled “Impact of Fluctuating Fertilizer Prices on Manure Nutrient Value”

and will teach farmers how to improve efficiency by using litter on their crop land. Attendees will receive two hours of certification hours. For information about the CAMM class, contact Bryan Smith, CAMM program coordinator, at 864-9842514, ext. 112, or wsmith@ clemson.edu. Other events taking place during the Expo include a Food Truck Rodeo from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day and features vendors It’s a Matter of Taste and The Donut Guy. A Taste of South Carolina reception will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 10, and will feature key agribusiness companies, leaders, award-winners and advocates associated with South Carolina agriculture. This reception is an invitation engagement with limited tickets available. To purchase a ticket, go to http://bit.ly/ 2i7S5Os. South Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture Hugh Weathers will host a Breakfast with the Commissioner from 8 to 9 a.m. Thursday,

Jan. 12, at the Expo. Admission is $25 for individuals and $250 for corporate tables. To register, go to http://bit.ly/2gUKx0C. “Year after year, this Expo continues to be an exceptional event for showcasing all that South Carolina agriculture has to offer,” Weatherman said. “I encourage everyone to take advantage of this exciting opportunity to gain insight into the latest technological and agricultural innovations while networking with trade show exhibitors and other agribusiness leaders.” The Clemson University College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences will host a reception for CAFLS Tuesday, Jan. 10. For information, go to http://bit.ly/2hBfcnw. Other events scheduled to be held in conjunction with the Expo are the Florence Youth Leadership Class, a Waste Pesticide Collection class and Professional Development for Career Specialists. For information on these events, go to http://bit.ly/2hQpiS6.

USC economists predict SC economy strong, stable for 2017 Steady economic gains are expected for South Carolina in 2017 despite the political uncertainty that comes with a new governor and U.S. president. The

gains build on positive growth across most of the Palmetto State’s industries and regions, according to University of South Carolina economists at the Darla Moore School of Business. Doug Woodward, director of research, and Joseph Von Nessen, a research economist, presented their 2017 forecast Thursday (Dec. 8) to more than 150 of the state’s business and community leaders at the 36th Annual Economic Outlook Conference (EOC). They reported that the state is poised to build on its existing momentum and to continue generating new jobs and rising incomes for South Carolinians. They expect job creation - the single best predictor of economic performance -- to grow 2.6 percent in 2017. “South Carolina’s economy is growing at a healthy pace,” said Von Nessen. “And we expect the state to continue tobuild on this momentum in 2017.” He said the South Carolina’s economy also is in the midst of a “paradigm shift,” which will bring new challenges for the state in 2017. “For the last several years our rate of economic growth has been accelerating, but in 2016 it leveled off and is now growing at a constant rate,” Von Nessen said. “In addition, the labor market has strengthened considerably. Our unemployment rate has dropped to 4.7 percent. And although this is good news for workers, it

also means that employers are now struggling to find qualified employees to fill new positions. Going forward, if we want to achieve a higher rate of economic growth, this skills gap will have to be addressed.” Tackling a skills gap will likely be an important part of the next governor’s mission. “Gov. Haley came into office with a priority to generate employment opportunities for South Carolinians during a period of high unemployment following the Great Recession,” Von Nessen said. “Lt. Gov. McMaster, by contrast, will likely inherit a healthier economy in which unemployment is relatively low, and a skills gap that prevents many workers from being hired.” The economists said two industry sectors led the broad-based growth in 2016. The manufacturing sector and the professional and business services sector were the fastest growing industries this year, having driven high-wage job creation throughout the state and supporting high rates of consumer spending. “We are seeing strong job growth within the professional service sectors as well as within aerospace, automotive and tire manufacturing,” he said. “Each of these industries is creating jobs that pay significantly above the state average. In turn, these workers are spending their wages in South Carolina and thus creating additional economic activity.”

They also identified the construction sector as a bright spot. Construction played a key role in South Carolina’s economic growth in 2016, especially along the coastal regions of the state. In addition to the overall strengthening of housing demand, which experienced lackluster growth from 2010 to 2015, the construction industry was propelled by rebuilding efforts going toward repairing damage from the historic 2015 flood. In fact, Woodward and Von Nessen estimate that more than 20,000 temporary S.C. jobs will have been created in the construction and retail sectors by the time the rebuilding process is completed. They also expect a similar, though smaller, stimulus in the construction industry to occur in 2017 as a result of Hurricane Matthew. The economists anticipate the size of the labor force to continue to grow in 2017 as job opportunities continue to rise, which implies marginal decreases in the unemployment rate over the next year. The Moore School forecast outlines an unemployment rate over the next 12 months that will drop slightly from its current rate of 4.7 percent to approximately 4.5 percent. However, total personal income is shown to grow at 4.8 percent in 2017 – a rate comparable to its growth rate in 2016. The daylong Economic Outlook Conference also included a keynote address from Boston University economist Laurence Kotlikoff on how the new Trump administration will likely affect the U.S. economy. The two most significant economic impacts of a Trump presidency on the Palmetto State are a possible renegotiation or elimination of trade deals and changes in military and veteran spend-

ing. Manufacturing exports and the state’s military presence play major roles in the state’s economy. Kotlikoff also addressed the federal budget, debt and other critical issues that will face the new administration in 2017. The conference also featured presentations on South Carolina’s long-run competitiveness by Meghan Hughes Hickman, executive director of EngenuitySC, and Ann Marie Stieritz, president and CEO of the South Carolina Council on Competitiveness. South Carolina communities at a glance Employment: In 2016, South Carolina experienced gains in employment across most major metropolitan regions of the state (October 2016 employment compared against October 2015). The largest gains occurred in Rock Hill (+3.4 percent) and Charleston (+3.2 percent). More modest gains occurred in Anderson (+2.2 percent), Columbia (+2.0 percent), Spartanburg (+1.9 percent), Greenville (+1.3 percent), Augusta (+1.0 percent), Myrtle Beach (+0.9 percent), Darlington (+0.9 percent) and Florence (+0.2 percent). Sumter experienced minor employment losses over the past year (-0.3 percent). Retail trade: Retail trade employment in South Carolina saw steady gains throughout 2016 culminating in a growth rate of 1.8 percent as of October 2016 (October 2016 compared against October 2015). Additionally, several regions of the state witnessed more sizable gains. Regions of the Palmetto State with gains in retail trade that exceeded the state average occurred in Spartanburg (+5.2 percent), Myrtle Beach (+2.9 percent) and Charleston (+2.3 percent).


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Wildlife, wild places in S.C. to benefit from Duke Energy grants GREENVILLE – The Duke Energy Foundation is investing more than $350,000 in 13 South Carolina environmental nonprofit organizations. The grants will fund environmental projects, wildlife conservation efforts and environmental educational programs across the Duke Energy service territory in the state. “We are dedicated to protecting the natural beauty of South Carolina and being good stewards of the environment,” said Clark Gillespy, Duke Energy’s South Carolina president. “By supporting the organizations that do this hard work each and every day, we can help protect and restore wildlife and natural resources, and support quality environmental education programs in our state.” One of the grants, totaling $25,000, will help the South Carolina Aquarium bring a program to students in Lee and Marion counties that will help them learn about human and natural impacts that can pollute a waterway, conduct water quality testing and analyze real evidence. The students will understand how water resources are connected, and how pollution in one area can negatively impact water quality and wildlife in another. “Thanks to the generosity of the Duke Energy Foundation, we can go farther than ever to serve South Carolina students with our education outreach,” said

Kevin Mills, South Carolina Aquarium president and CEO. “Together, we can inspire a new generation to protect our environment and the wildlife and wild places we hold so dear.” Annually, the Duke Energy Foundation funds nearly $2 million in charitable grants in South Carolina. These grants are distributed across each of its priority areas, including environment, community impact, K12 education and workforce development. Environmental grant recipients These organizations received grants to improve the environment in their local communities: South Carolina Aquarium – $25,000 to support the traveling environmental education outreach program, Rovers, specifically underwriting service to seventh graders in Lee and Marion counties. Greenville County Soil and Water Conservation District – $14,000 for Project WET, an educator training program that promotes awareness of water and empowers community action to solve complex water issues. Pee Dee Land Trust – $45,000 for the Landowner Education Program, which educates private landowners about options for protecting their land and family legacy. South Carolina Waterfowl Association – $27,000 to support Camp

Leopold, a school year natural resource conservation and environmental education camp in Pinewood, S.C., that reconnects students to the land community through the use of hands-on environmental education programs. Beautiful Places Alliance – $35,000 to help South Carolina State Parks and partner agencies implement a controlled-burn program in several Upstate state parks, including Oconee, Devils Fork, Table Rock and Paris Mountain. Clemson University – $26,400 to continue support of programs that provide an environmental education program on interrelationships of energy production and environmental stewardship for K12 teachers at the Duke Energy Bad Creek Hydroelectric Station in Salem, S.C. Palmetto Conservation Foundation – $15,000 for a public education campaign to inform communities along the Palmetto Trail about the new Palmetto Conservation Corps, a program that emphasizes environmental stewardship and community service. Newberry Soil and Water Conservation District – $20,000 to help complete the task of establishing native species for all wildlife – including pollinators – on 240 acres of abandoned pasturelands. Anne Springs Close Greenway – $46,300 to bring hands-on environmen-

tal outreach education to all second grade students in Fort Mill, Rock Hill and Lancaster School Districts. York Soil and Water Conservation District – $20,145 to expand the school garden lesson series to an additional 10 elementary schools in York County, and establish and maintain garden programs at the schools. Our Upstate SC – $10,000 to help create the Upstate Outdoor Activity & Recreation Inventory & Interactive map, a first-of-its-kind resource for Upstate residents and visitors who wish to visit the region’s parks, recreation areas and natural resources. TreesGreenville – $34,144 for the “Energy Saving Tree” program, which helps residents conserve energy and reduce energy bills through strategic tree planting. Francis Marion University – $34,800 to expand restoration of the native longleaf pine forest of the Windham Environmental Center, develop educational materials related to the center and provide research and educational equipment for students and faculty. Duke Energy Foundation The Duke Energy Foundation provides philanthropic support to address the needs of the communities where its customers live and work.

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Clemson professor awarded $1 million to study pelican travel patterns CLEMSON – A Clemson University professor has been awarded a $1 million grant to study movement patterns and at-sea habitat use of brown pelicans along the southeast coast of the United States to obtain baseline data that can be used to help researchers understand potential risks to birds in the marine and coastal environment. Brown pelicans will be studied under the grant. The study is funded by the U.S. Geological Survey in the U.S. Department of Interior and is led by Patrick Jodice, an associate professor, and Brian Leo, a doctoral student, of the forestry and environmental conservation department and the South Carolina Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit. The study involves studying brown pelican movement and patterns of habitat use in the Department of Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) South Atlantic Planning Area (SAPA). The SAPA covers the coastlines of South Carolina, Georgia and northern Florida. Currently the area does not contain any gas and oil development, although leases were proposed in offshore waters of the region in 2015. These proposed leases have not been finalized. “Brown pelicans can be good indicators of the health of coastal, estuarine and marine systems in this area,” Jodice said. “This study will assess at-sea habitat use and migration paths of adult brown pelicans that breed in the SAPA and, should energy development occur there in the future, be used to map potential risk areas.” According to Jodice, the study is extending efforts to map areas pelicans use, as well as where pelicans move, in the Gulf of Mexico by applying similar techniques along the coast from South Carolina to Florida. The region supports about 5,500 pairs of pelicans and the study plans to tag approximately 100 birds with satellite transmitters. Data from the transmitters will provide daily information about the range of areas where the birds eat and live during both the breeding and non-breeding seasons. Additional data on diet, chick health and colony size also will be collected. “These data will be used to determine high-, moderate- and lowuse areas at sea throughout the year,” Jodice said. “Data on the birds’ movement and habitat use will be paired with data available for marine habitat, wind and current, and environmental data to provide individual- and colony-based risk assessments for each species. This study will give a better understanding of environmental threats for brown pelicans breeding throughout the South Atlantic Planning Area.” The study is set to begin in Spring 2017 and continues through September 2019. Data collected from the study will be used for decision-making in the South Atlantic Planning Area by agencies such as the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Environmental Protection Agency and Audubon Society, as well as state agencies in South Carolina, Georgia and Florida. Updates on pelican locations and movements will be posted at http://www.atlanticseabirds.org/


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Spring soccer registration The City of Florence announces registration for the Florence Soccer Association’s Recreation League Spring Soccer Season, which will begin Tuesday, Jan. 3, and end Sunday, Jan. 29. Late registration will be held from Jan. 30 and run thru Feb. 3. Registration can be completed online or at the City of Florence Recreation Administrative Offices located at 513 Barnes Street. The online registration link is: http://recreation.cityofflorence.com/ParksRec The registration fee is $45 during the registration period and $55 during late registration. This fee includes the cost of insurance, jersey, and socks. The cost for all out-of- county participants is $65. A birth certificate is required at the time of signup for anyone that has not played a sport with the City of Florence. Soccer age groups are as follows (playing age is the participant’s age as of Dec. 31, 2016): U6 (4-5 year olds), U8 (6-7 year olds), U10 (8-9 year olds), U12 (10-11 year olds), U14 (12-13 year olds), U16 (14-15 year olds), and U19 (16-18 year olds). Anyone interested in coaching should come by the City of Florence Recreation Administrative Offices and pick up a volunteer coaching application. For more information, please call Matthew Watts at (843) 665-3253. Also, make sure to visit the City of Florence Athletics website for additional information, www.cityofflorenceathletics.com.

Art classes starting in January The Lynda English Studio Gallery and Art Supplies will begin new classes in January. Classes include: Open Studio Classes – any medium, all levels accepted. Taught by Jackie Wukela Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to noon, Jan 3 - Feb. 7, six weeks, $110 Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to noon, Jan, 4- Feb. 8, six weeks, $110 Taught by Lynda English Thursdays, 10 a.m. until noon, Jan. 5- Feb. 9 Thursdays, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Jan. 5-Feb.9, six

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Ten things to do before Dec. 31 to cut your 2016 tax bill Excerpted from J.K. Lasser's Your Income Tax 2017, here are some simple steps you can take right now to decrease your 2016 tax bill. Hurry: These must be done before the ball drops in Times Square. By Barbara Weltman The holiday season is in full swing, and you're probably in a last-minute-giftbuying, party-planning frenzy right now. The last thing on your mind? Taxes. For most people, sparing a thought for the upcoming tax season is the ultimate "bah humbug." But this mindset could cost you big when April 15th rolls around. There are some very simple steps you can take right now, before the end of the year, that can make a big dent in your tax burden. It's crazy that people miss so many opportunities to save money just because they're disorganized or have procrastination issues. J.K. Lasser's Your Income Tax 2017 is written to help the average taxpayer successfully navigate the filing process. With full coverage of all changes and adjustments to the tax laws – including new deductions and credits – it provides clear, plain-English explanations that help readers decipher the tax code and reduce what taxpayers owe. So step away from the gift wrap, pour yourself a cup of hot apple cider, and start

checking off this end-of-theyear tax-relief list: • Make charitable contributions if you're an itemizer. Charging gifts by credit card or mailing a check before the end of the year nails down a charitable contribution deduction for 2016. • Pay outstanding medical bills. If you itemize, you can deduct amounts charged this year or checks mailed before the end of the year. For those age 65 and older, 2016 is the last year for a 7.5 percent adjusted gross income threshold (it's set to go to 10 percent of AGI next year). • Take your required minimum distribution (RMD). Those who are required to take distributions from IRAs and qualified retirement plans but fail to do so face a 50 percent penalty. Those 70∏ and older can transfer from an IRA up to $100,000 directly to a public charity; it satisfies the RMD and is taxfree. • Use up your FSAs. If you have a medical FSA or dependent care FSA at work, use up your 2016 contributions. For a medical FSA, check whether you have a grace period or any carryover. • Check eligibility for making a contribution to a health savings account. As long as you're covered by a high-deductible health plan for all of December (and continue in such plan), you can make a full year tax-

deductible contribution for 2016; no itemizing is required. • Take losses on securities. The stock market is open on Dec. 30. Losses can offset gains and then up to $3,000 of ordinary income; excess losses can be carried over. Watch the wash sale rule. • Maximize your retirement savings. Check with your employer about contributing to your company plan (maximum 401(k) contribution is $18,000, or $24,000 if 50 or older). • Prepay college tuition for a semester starting in the first three months of 2017. This will allow you to claim an education credit on your 2016 return. • Discuss deferred compensation arrangements for year-end bonuses. Lower tax rates in the future can mean big savings. • Increase tax payments to cover anticipated taxes. This can be done by asking an employer to take a lump sum from the final paycheck or make/increase the final estimated tax payment in January. Do as many of these steps as you can right now. When April 15th rolls around – and it will be here before you know it – you'll be glad you took the initiative. Barbara Weltman, J.K. Lasser's spokesperson, is an experienced media professional, ready to lend her expertise to print, online, and

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Four scouts attain Eagle Scout rank The scouting ministry at First Presbyterian Church in Florence, recently presented four Boy Scouts scouting’s highest rank – Eagle Scout – at a court of honor on Dec. 14. The scouts were presented with American flags flown over the capital in their honor, a gift from Rep. Jay Jordan. Tim Norwood offered congratulations and recognized letters of congratulations from Mayor Steven Wukela, Senator Hugh Leatherman, Rep. Tom Rice, Senator Tim Scott and Senator Lindsey Graham. Chuck Powell charged the scouts to always live their lives by the values they have learned in scouting. The four scouts have over 500 combined service hours in their community service projects and have totaled over 10,000 miles of travel on different scouting adventures on their trail to Eagle Scout. Harold Boatwright Harold is the 17 year-old son of Tony and Pam Boatwright and is the brother of Harrison. He is a senior at The Kings Academy where he is Senior Class President. He is a member of the Beta Club, National Honor Society, Youth in Government, Varsity Basketball Team, Sporting Clays Team, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and many other areas of service. Harold has always been actively involved in his church and many areas of service and mission activities. He has been involved in missions through Life Changers, World Changers and has been on mission trips to Seattle, WA., Belize and Nicaragua. He plans to go to Spain in March on another mission trip. He has also served others by helping at A Choice 2 M8k Crisis Pregnancy Center, House of Hope, Harvest Hope Food Bank, The Bethea Baptist Retirement Community, Special Olympics, The Autistic Program at Wilson High School, Family Promise, OM Ships International, Palmetto Youth Academy and the Manna House. Harold joined Cub Scout Troop 475 at Central Methodist Church in the second grade. He was involved in all areas of scouting and received his Arrow of Light. He then joined Boy Scout troop 444 at Calvary Baptist Church. He served in several positions of leadership and attended Camp Coker several times and Camp Rainey Mountain in Georgia. He camped monthly at numerous parks including Congaree National Park, Andrew Jackson State Park, Lumber River State Park, Table Rock, Poinsett State Park, Santee State Park, Hunting Island State Park, Morrow Mountain State Park either backpacking, hiking or canoeing. He also helped with numerous Eagle Scout projects, as well as community and state projects. He attended Philmont Scout Ranch for the 75th Anniversary. He traveled by cavalcade during the day and camped at night. After the majority of boys in troop 444 received their Eagle Scout rank, Harold transitioned over to troop 477 at First Presbyterian Church. He has served in several leadership positions. Through his years of scouting he has earned 25 Merit Badges. In Troop 477 he has participated on regular campouts and several trips. He has been whitewater rafting and snow skiing. He also went backpacking on the Appalachian Trail in Virginia,

NEW EAGLE SCOUTS – From left, Harold Boatwright, Andrew Raines, Luke Barefoot and Luke Poston. spelunkering in Tennessee at the Lost Sea Wild Cave Adventure, camped at Stone Mountain, GA as well as many local camping and lake trips. Harold’s Eagle Scout project was building a bocce ball court for the residents at the Bethea Baptist Retirement Community. He researched, designed and planned this court and several scouts, friends and family members helped. His project consisted of a total of 111 man hours of planning and labor. Harold has been so blessed on his journey of scouting. He has built life-long relationships and memories not only with family and friends, but also many great adult mentors who have contributed to his life. He is thankful for all who have been a part of this journey and knows that God will use his scouting years to help others in the future. Andrew Loran Raines Andrew is the 17 year old son of Charlie and Kelly Raines. Andrew’s older brother, Cody, serves in the US Army at Fort Carson in Colorado Springs. Andrew started Cub Scouts in the second grade with Pack 402. He later joined Troop 477 and has been active since joining. Andrew is a senior at Wilson High School where he will graduate from the IB Program. He is a member of the National Honor Society, National Society of High School Scholars, National Spanish Honor Society, the Academic Challenge Team, Gospel Choir, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and the Wilson High School Orchestra. He plans to major in pre-med and minor in music at Clemson or Furman University. Andrew is active in his church and family. He has been on several mission trips and projects with

the youth at Bethel Baptist Church in his hometown of Olanta. He plays the piano, organ, and viola at his church. He has also been active in the Florence Youth Symphony Orchestra and other ensembles. He will play piano for the SC Baptist All-State Choir and Orchestra in January. Andrew has traveled to various destinations, including Europe. He made trips to Algonquin Provincial Park in Canada, Niagara Falls, Philmont in New Mexico, N.C. Outer Banks, skiing in N.C., and Camp Coker as a scout with Troop 477. He received the Order of the Arrow, earned over 25 merit badges, and the God and Country Award. He has acted as quartermaster and has served as troop chaplain aide. For his Eagle Scout Project, Andrew interviewed World War II veterans and recorded their recollections. He transcribed all of their memoirs for the library at Central United Methodist Church. This project, although challenging, has given a greater understanding of the Greatest Generation and their sacrifices for our country. Luke William Barefoot Luke is the 16 year-old son of William Raymond and Anita Key Barefoot. He is a sophomore at West Florence High School. His 13 year-old sister, Bailey, has participated in Girl Scouts, as did their mother. Luke began scouting as a Webelo scout with Pack 475 at Central United Methodist Church where he earned the Arrow of Light Award in 2012. He has held several leadership positions in scouting, including troop guide, assistant senior patrol leader and recruiter. Luke was elected into the

Order of the Arrow, Santee Lodge #116 and completed his Ordeal in 2014. Luke attended the N.C. Catawba Lodge 2015 Dixie Fellowship and the 2016 Dixie Fellowship in Lincolnton, GA. He thoroughly enjoyed camping at Camp Coker for three summers. His favorite activities were playing ping pong, swimming, and canoeing with fellow scouts. Luke also enjoyed competing in the “In and Out” canoe race. Other fond memories include backpacking trips, rafting on the Nantahala River, and the Lost Sea Adventure trip where he crawled through several cracks and crevices and slept in a cave. For his Eagle Scout Project, Luke planned and organized a painting project at the American Red Cross. He and his fellow scouts, family and friends worked to clean and paint at the Lucas Street facility. The project totaled over 100 service hours. Luke is a member of the National Junior Beta Club and is a South Carolina Junior Scholar. He is also a Duke TIP Scholar. In 2015, Luke attended a Duke TIP 3 week summer intensive Physics and Engineering course at Appalachian State University. Luke is presently taking engineering, math and science courses to prepare him for a career in aerospace or mechanical engineering. He has been actively involved in McLeod Park baseball and currently enjoys playing soccer with the Florence Soccer Association. Luke Poston Luke is the 15 year-old son of Jim and Nancy Poston, and has an older brother named Wit. He is a member First Presbyterian Church in Florence. He is in the 9th grade at The King’s Academy. It is a Christian-based private school and he has attended since 5K and maintained the A/B Honor Roll. He is planning to attend a four-year college after he graduates. Luke has been on an international mission trip and multiple local ministries, all through the school. This summer he participated in Life-Changers through Calvary Baptist Church, helping repair houses. He shoots sporting clays on the school team and plans to be involved in other sports programs through the year. He loves the outdoors and likes to hunt and fish. He plans to get a pilot’s license like his brother. Luke has been a member of Troop 477 since fifth grade. He was in cub scouts during his younger years. Luke is also a member of the Order of the Arrow which he achieved at Camp Coker. He has had many great adventures through his scouting experiences. Among his favorite trips are the North Carolina Outer Banks trip, the Lost Sea trip to Tennessee, and swimming with the Manatees during the Crystal River and Disney trip to Florida. For his Eagle Scout project, he did various projects around his church, such as pressure washing, picking up sticks, trimming trees, and putting a bench into the ground. He was able to complete the job with the help of 12 other scouts. The leadership and mentoring of Luke’s scoutmasters have been a great influence on Luke’s life.

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FMU physics grad plans for Wall Street employment When Jared Singleton was a young boy, his parents cut the number of cable channels the family received. One they didn’t cut – whether by choice or accident – was the Science Channel, a network devoted to the exploration and explanation of scientific history and happenings. Young Jared discovered it. Fast forward a few years and Singleton, a Fall 2016 graduate of Francis Marion University, is a published author in the field of physics, with aspirations to work on Wall Street in a quickly developing field related to Computational Physics, his academic speciality at FMU. It all started with the Science Channel. It all finished – for now – in the FMU Physics Department. “There’s a show (on the Science Channel) called Through the Wormhole,” Singleton says. “It looks at a lot of the more advanced weird physics and that really fascinated me.” Singleton pursued his scientific passion at FMU where, as an undergraduate majoring in Computational Physics, he was able to work with FMU Professor Dr. Larry Engelhardt on several research projects, including a long-running piece of work in which they examined the behavior of magnetic molecules and the ability of those molecules to induce magnetism in certain other materi-

DR. LARRY ENGLEHARDT, LEFT, AND JARED SINGLETON als. Their research eventually led to a jointly written article featured in the Bulletin of the American Physical Society. Both the opportunity to perform serious undergraduate research, and to publish in a major journal, are rare for undergraduates. Those kind of opportunities are something of a hallmark of FMU’s intimate program in Physics and Engineering, and Singleton is not the first Patriot able to perform work on that level. As a result of his work at FMU and the abilities nurtured by it, Singleton now has a vast array of possibilities in front of him. Next fall,

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Three legendary performers will rock Florence and the Pee Dee during the Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center’s “A Spring to Remember.” Lee Greenwood will give the three-month concert run a patriotic kickoff on March 10. The iconic rock group Blood, Sweat and Tears (with Bo Bice) follows on April 6 and multi-talented Grammy Award-winner Rick Springfield will bring his “Stripped Down” tour to the PAC on May 12. Country and pop star Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the USA” has been an all-American favorite since its release in 1984. Few American rock groups are as well-known as Blood, Sweat and Tears, a jazzrock group that began churning out hits in the late 1960s, including “Spinning Wheel” and “You Made Me So Very Happy.” Springfield may be best known for his 1981 hit “Jessie’s Girl,” but the Australian-born entertainer has had 17 top 20 hits. Tickets for the all three concerts begin at $25, so a threeevent “Spring to Remember” ticket can be had for just $75. The $25 tickets are limited for all three shows. Other tickets range from $42 to $67. Tickets are available online at www.fmupac.org, or in person or by phone at the PAC Box Office (843.661.4444) 201 S. Dargan Street.

Wilson student named Coca-Cola Scholar semifinalist Travis Dias, a student at Wilson High School has been named a Semifinalist for the 2017 class of the Coca-Cola Scholars Program. With the 2016 class, the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation will have provided more than 5,700 Scholars nationwide with over $66 million in scholarships. “As a premier scholarship provider, we recognize our role in helping young people achieve their college goals,” said Mark Davis, President of the Foundation. “The economy continues to affect many students’ ability to attend the college of their choice, so it is critical we continue to stay the course. The Coca-Cola Schol-

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cist, creating computer models that predict the ups and downs of the market. That’s not the standard career in physics, but it’s a real thing. Large stock trading firms do employ complex modeling and scientific thinking to guide investment. “Basically, you just make a model of the economy, rather than something in physics,” he says. “Because they’ve hired so many physicists, there’s a new field called econophysics which is purely focused on the physics of the economy.”

Singleton says breaking away from the norm – many physicists wind up teaching – derives directly from his FMU experiences. The opportunity to lead some labs as a teaching assistant helped him realize that wasn’t what he wanted. The opportunity to undertake some serious research as an undergraduate helped him learn what he did want. Experiential learning like that is nothing new for Singleton. Back home in Bennettsville, Singleton has worked for his father’s company, Pee Dee Heating and Cooling, as a service technician, servicing heating and air conditioning units, for the past eight years. Singleton says his interactions and experiences with air conditioners and heating units assisted him with numerous classes at FMU, especially those dealing with the power of electricity. “The fear of not getting shocked helped me learn some principles quickly,” he says. “It also helped with knowing how to wire up everything.” For more information, contact Matt McColl, Francis Marion's director of media relations at mmccoll@fmarion.edu, 843.661.1227 or 843.687.0186.

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to build on the efforts of the Coca Cola Scholars Foundation through networking, mentoring, collaborations and friendships in order to make an even greater positive impact together. The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, a joint effort of Coca-Cola Bottlers across America and The Coca Cola Company, is one of the largest corporate-sponsored, achievement-based scholarship programs of its kind in the United States. The program recognizes a diverse group of extraordinary high school seniors who have demonstrated academic and civic excellence in their schools and communities. The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation was created in 1986 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Coca Cola and to establish a legacy for the education of tomorrow’s leaders through college scholarships. Find the full list of semifinalists from across the country at www.cocacolascholars.org.


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Peddle-powered train adds to success of light festival BY BRENDA HARRISON Editor of The News Journal Florence, S.C. The 3rd Annual Florence Festival of Lights raised over $60,000 to support the mission of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. “With over 40 sponsors, 2,100 cars and numerous gallons of hot chocolate we are overwhelmed by the support of the community,“ commented Alicia Parsons, executive director of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, S.C. Chapter. A new additon in Santa's Village this year was Jack Gause’s FFOL Express, a peddle-powered train. Gause and friends peddled over 1,300 excited children around Santa’s Village during the five nights of the festival. Jack’s train is actually a kinetic bike that he built in 2008 in California and shipped back to Hyman where he now resides. He was born and grew up in Florence. Jack became interested in the kinetic bikes while visiting a cousin in California where they host the Kinetic Sculpture Races. He got

JACK GAUSE AND HIS PEDDLE-POWERED TRAIN ENGINE, COAL CAR involved by helping his cousin build a kinetic bike in 1992 and eventually began racing himself. After building his own bike and getting it back home, he began riding it in parades. About two years ago Jack built the train engine cover for his bike and peddled it in the Pamplico Christmas Parade as the

Iggy Express. He added a coal car and trailer for children to ride and started peddling in many area parades. His plans are to build a caboose covering for the trailer base and add seats. Jack peddled his kinetic bike around this year’s Pecan Festival where he met Susan Pace, who along with Jane and Rex Huggins,

Library announces children’s programs The Florence County Library has planned a variety of children’s programming for Winter/Spring 2017. Registration is required for all programs. Baby Storytimes The Library will offer programs for babies birth to 23 months old on Thursday mornings. The programs will be divided into two groups, walkers and non-walkers. An adult caregiver will need to stay with the baby during the 15-minute program. The programs will consist of music, fingerplays and stories appropriate for these age groups. Baby Storytime will begin Thursday, Jan. 12, at 10 a.m. for non-walkers and Thursday, Jan. 12 at 11 a.m. for walkers. Toddler and Preschool Storytime The library will offer Toddler and Preschool Storytimes on Tuesday mornings. Your child must be two years old to register for toddler storytime and 3, 4 or 5 years old to register for preschool storytime. The library will be having stories, fingerplays, simple crafts and music for these programs. Toddler storytime will begin Tuesday, Jan. 10 at 9:30 a.m. and lasts 20 minutes. Preschool storytime will begin on Tuesday, January 10th at 10:30 a.m. and lasts 30 minutes. Daycare centers may call for a separate appointment for Preschool Storytime. Afterschool Programs The Library will offer programs for children in grades 5K-2nd on Thursday afternoons. The programs will consist of movies, stories, crafts and guest speakers. The program will begin on Thursday, Jan. 12, at 3:30 p.m. and

will last 30 to 45 minutes. Tweens Storytime The Library will offer programs for children in grades 3rd-5th on Wednesday afternoons. The programs will consist of movies, stories, crafts and guest speakers. The program will begin on Wednesday, Jan. 11 at 3:30 p.m. and will last 30 to 45 minutes. Sunday Family Movies The Florence County Library will be having popular movies for families on Sundays, beginning Jan. 8, at 2:30 p.m. The movies are rated either G or PG. Please call the Greenberg Children’s Library at 843-2927382 for more information. Movies are funded by the Friends of Florence County Library. Bilingual Storytime The Florence County Library will be having a special bilingual storytime on Tuesday evenings beginning Jan.10 at 6:30 p.m. This 30-minute storytime will consist of bilingual stories, fingerplays, songs and activities for ages 2-5. Bookworms Book Club This is a book discussion group that enjoys crafts and games while discussing the book. The program for grades 3-5 meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month. The first meeting is Tuesday, Jan. 24, at 3:30 p.m. Registration is required and limited. For more information and to register for the programs, please call the Greenberg Children’s Library at 843-292-7382.

helped organize and host the Florence Festival of Lights. After that meeting, Jack decided to take his train in a new direction. “I always wanted to use my talents and creativity to support a great cause, and this is a great cause,” Jack said. “I had more fun doing this than anything I have ever done.”

ELVES, MR. AND MRS. SANTA, JANE HUGGINS Ride in back of the FFOL Express Jack’s bike is a twoseater and has 84 speeds which he said makes it possible for him to peddle the bike and trailer with riders. During the five nights of the festival, Jack, often with the help of a co-peddler, gave rides to 1,345 kids and adults, and occasionally Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus, around Santa’s Village.

“It was a huge success,” he said, adding the kids loved it. Alicia Parsons said she was overwhelmed by the support for the festival. “Thanks to all who came and supported the festival. Fun was had by all,” she said.

Live@Central resumes Jan. 4 Live@Central opens the second half of its 12th season on Wednesday, Jan. 4, at 6:30 p.m. in the sanctuary of Central United Methodist Church with the ever-popular Dr. Mary Louise Nagata. Dr. Nagata is a member of the history faculty at Francis Marion University and the principal violist with the Florence Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Nagata will be playing the violin and viola. As a very

AARP meets Jan. 4 The AARP Chapter 2401 meets on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017 at 9:45 a.m. in the Leatherman Senior Center. The speaker will be Brian Gandy, director, Darlington County of the Historical Society.

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special treat, she will also play the Japanese “Koto,” a large stringed instrument. Ann Rogers Chandler will accompany Dr. Nagata on the Schimel piano. Dinner (optional) will be served at 5:30 p.m. The meal cost is $5 for adults and $2 for children (12 and

under). For the menu, visit www. centralmethodist.net/ wednesday. Please call the church office at 843-662-3218 by noon on Monday, Jan. 2, if you plan to attend dinner or need additional information.

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It’s world tour time for FMU piano master Professor Paolo Gualdi will visit four continents, travel 30,000 miles during an ‘insane’ holiday concert and teaching tour Hitting the road for a concert is nothing new for FMU Professor of Music Dr. Paolo Gualdi. The awardwinning pianist regularly piles up the miles, both in the United States and Europe, playing recitals and teaching master classes But Gualdi’s schedule during the winter break is extreme, even for him. During a 25-day stretch from Dec. 21 to Jan. 14, Gualdi will cover more than 30,000 miles while performing six concert recitals and conducting two master classes. Gualdi will perform in Rome and Perugia, Italy; in Shanghai; in Miami and in Montevideo and Punta del Este, Uruguay. While he’s at it, he’ll also make time to stop in Italy see his mom for Christmas says insane,” “It’s Gualdi, “but I’m very excited.” Gualdi, who began learning the piano from his father, an accomplished player and

PROFESSOR PAOLA GUALDI teacher, landed his far flungs through a variety of contacts in the music world. For example, several concert

and workshop appearances with violinist Qing Li of the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, led to an invita-

tion from Sha Xiao Cao, the violin teacher at Shanghai International University. Similar connections produced the rest of Gualdi’s “world tour.” Perhaps the strangest element of the tour will be Gualdi’s master class in Miami at the New World School of the Arts. Gualdi was actually flying to Miami as part of his Rome-toMontevideo flight. “But a friend of mine (at the New World School) heard about the trip and said, ‘so how long will you be in Miami?’” Gualdi says. “I get in at 5 o’clock one afternoon and leave the next afternoon. So he said, ‘hey how about stopping by for a class?’ I thought maybe they were going to bring the students out to the terminal.” Gualdi says that although the trip will be wearing, it will be a thrill to see different places – this will be his first trip to both Uruguay and China – and to perform and teach. “In music, your scholarly work is really not so much research as this, performance and teaching in a spe-

by the institutions that invited him. As exciting as his sojourn will be, Gualdi says he’s sure he’ll be eager to get back to school as well. “I know I’ll be looking forward to starting classes again,” he says, “if only so I can rest.” For more information, contact Tucker Mitchell, executive director of public affairs, at 843-661-1332 or (cell) 843-409-5587.

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Trinity Byrnes win first at regional math tournament Trinity-Byrnes Collegiate School won first place in Division III of the Pee Dee Regional High School Mathematics Tournament on Dec. 6 at Francis Marion University. Over 21 teams competed from eight counties. The total number of participants in the tournament was 362 students. Seventeen students from TBCS competed. Students competed in a written portion and a stage competition. The top TBCS scorer was Bang Tran. Other top scorers were Adam Cheng, Harrison Corns, Lee Li and Sky Yu.

cial way,” says Gualdi. “I enjoy it very much. The master classes are always so much fun. I could do that anywhere, any time.” And this winter he is. Gualdi, who joined the FMU faculty in 2011, says he’s grateful to university officials both for giving a little scheduling break – he won’t be back from Uruguay until just after Spring classes start at FMU – and with helping defray some trip expenses not covered

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After efforts to encourage the now-infamous “Upstate S.C. elk” to return to its home herd in North Carolina proved unsuccessful, the animal has been relocated to the S.C Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism’s Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site, where it will become a part of the “Animal Forest” exhibit there. However, it will be some time before visitors to Charles Towne Landing will be able to see the elk, say SCPRT officials. It will remain under observation in a quarantine pen under until it is determined that it is safe for it to join the other animals in the exhibit area. People began spotting the young bull elk, estimated by SCDNR biologists to weigh about 500 pounds, in late October at various spots in Pickens County. Biologists believe the young bull elk was pushed away from his home territory in Haywood County, N.C., by larger bulls. Despite repeated warnings not to approach or feed the elk, word of the rare visitor quickly spread on social media, and photos and video of people doing just that began to circulate. “This elk is a wild animal and not domesticated,” said S.C. Department of Natural Resources wildlife biologist Tammy Wactor. “It has become accustomed to people, so it will allow people to approach it, but it is unpredictable, and this behavior can create dangerous situations.” In order to protect the elk (and the public), biologists from the SCDNR and the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission eventually relocated it to a remote part of the mountains in Oconee County. When the elk then moved on its own to a spot near Devils Fork State Park, biologists were hopeful that it might keep moving north and rejoin the herd, but unfortunately, that didn’t happen. “The elk was tranquilized Friday morning, (December 16) in a neighborhood south of Devils Fork State Park in Oconee County,” said Wactor. “It had been in this neighborhood for the past two weeks, and did not show any sign of moving. It had become more aggressive and was showing no sign of going back to North Carolina. SCDNR biological staff decided it was time to move it, and Charles Towne Landing was willing to accept the animal.” According to information on the Charles Towne Landing website, the Animal Forest is unlike most zoos. While the animals are still the attraction, their ties to the history of Colonial South Carolina is the lesson. The exhibit is home to a variety of species that inhabited the Carolinas at the time when Charles Towne was a newly settled English colony. Through informational signs along the paved trail through the exhibit, visitors are “reminded of the challenges faced by those pioneers, of daily life in a wild world, of predators and prey . . . as you walk the trail, you can imagine life this way and how each of the animals in the zoo played a role in the lives of the colonists.” Elk were present in the mountains of the Carolinas and other southeastern states at the time of European colonization, but by the 1800s, overhunting and loss of habitat led to their disappearance. Elk were reintroduced to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 2001, and that herd has grown to approximately 150 animals. Legislation passed in 2009 by the S.C. General Assembly protects elk in the Palmetto State, in anticipation that they might eventually begin to show up here.


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AMENDED NOTICE OF SALE CASE NO. 2016CP2100529 BY VIRTUE of a decree heretofore granted in the case of CHAMPION MORTGAGE COMPANY against SHANNON HATCHELL MILLER f/k/a SHANNON LYNETTE HATCHELL, et al., I, the CLERK OF COURT for FLORENCE County, will sell on January 3, 2016, at the FLORENCE County Courthouse, FLORENCE, South Carolina, to the highest bidder: ALL THAT CERTAIN TRACT OF LAND, SITUATE IN THE COUNTY OF FLORENCE, STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA, AND FRONTING ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF HIGHWAY S-21-550 FOR A DISTANCE OF 208.71 FEET AND BEING IN DEPTH 208.71 FEET, ALL SHOWN ON A PLAT THEREOF MADE BY FERRELL J. PROSSER, R.L.S. DATED APRIL 5, 1977, AND RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 16 AT PAGE 957, IN THE OFFICE OF THE CLERK OF COURT OF FLORENCE COUNTY. THE SAID TRACT IS BOUNDED AS FOLLOWS: NORTH BY HIGHWAY S21-550; EAST AND SOUTH BY PROPERTY FORMERLY OF WILLARD K. HATCHELL NOW ELIZABETH C. HATCHELL; AND ON THE WEST BY PROPERTY OF ODETTE HATCHELL. SUBJECT TO THAT CERTAIN PERPETUAL ENCROACHMENT EASEMENT AND AGREEMENT WHICH GRANTS A PERMANENT AND NONEXCLUSIVE RIGHT OF INGRESS AND EGRESS IN FAVOR OF KEVIN O. HATCHELL AND AMY D. HATCHELL, TOGETHER WITH THEIR HEIRS AND ASSIGNS, DATED JULY 17, 2014, AND RECORDED IN BOOK B 531 AT PAGE 0686, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF FLORENCE COUNTY, SOUTH CAROLINA, FOR REPAIR AND MAINTENANCE OF A SEPTIC TANK SYSTEM. BEING

600...................APARTMENTS FOR RENT 605..................................BURIAL SPACES 610 ..................COMMERCIAL PROPERTY 612......................BUSINESSES FOR SALE 615..............................................CONDOS 618 .....................REAL ESTATE SERVICES 620...............................HOMES FOR RENT 625...............................HOMES FOR SALE 630..................................LAND FOR RENT 632................................LAND FOR LEASE 635..................................LAND FOR SALE 636....................................LAND WANTED 640.................MOBILE HOMES FOR RENT 645.................MOBILE HOMES FOR SALE 650 ....................................OFFICE SPACE 660 ............................RESORT PROPERTY 665.............................VACATION/TRAVEL 670 ..............................ROOMS FOR RENT 900....................................................ATVS 910............................AUTO/BODY PARTS 920 .................................. ................CARS 930...................................MOTORCYCLES 940 ...........................RV SALES/RENTALS 950.................................. .................SUVS 960 ............................................TRAILERS 970............ ..................................TRUCKS 980 ...................................................VANS 990 ..........................................STATEWIDE

THE SAME DESCRIBED PROPERTY IN THAT CERTAIN GENERAL WARRANTY DEED AS SHOWN RECORDED IN BOOK B 214 AT PAGE 1058, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF FLORENCE COUNTY, SOUTH CAROLINA. A/K/A: 2928 WILLARD HENRY ROAD, FLORENCE, SOUTH CAROLINA 29505 PARCEL ID#: MAP 215; BLOCK 01; PARCEL 034. TERMS OF SALE: The successful bidder, other than the plaintiff, will deposit with the CLERK OF COURT at conclusion of the bidding, five percent (5%) of the bid, in cash or equivalent, as evidence of good faith, same to be applied to the purchase price in case of compliance, but to be forfeited and applied first to costs and then to plaintiff's debt in the case of non-compliance. If the Plaintiff’s representative is not in attendance at the scheduled time of the sale, the sale shall be canceled and the property sold on some subsequent sales day after due advertisement. Should the last and highest bidder fail or refuse to make the required deposit at time of bid or comply with the other terms of the bid within twenty (20) days, then the CLERK OF COURT may re-sell the property on the same terms and conditions on some subsequent Sales Day (at the risk of the said highest bidder). As a deficiency judgment is being waived, the bidding will not remain open thirty (30) days after the date of sale. Purchaser to pay for preparation of deed, documentary stamps on the deed, and recording of the deed. The successful bidder will be required to pay interest on the amount of the bid from date of sale to date of compliance with the bid at the rate of 5% per annum. Subject to assessments, FLORENCE County taxes, easements, easements and restrictions of record, and other senior encumbrances. (12/14, 12/21, 12/28/16) NOTICE OF SALE CIVIL ACTION NO. 2016-CP-21-00863 BY VIRTUE of the decree

heretofore granted in the case of: Federal National Mortgage Association ("Fannie Mae"), a corporation organized and existing under the laws of the United States of America vs. Geniola Gandy, the undersigned Special Referee for Florence County, South Carolina, will sell on January 3, 2017 at 11:00AM, at the Florence County Courthouse, City of Florence, State of South Carolina, to the highest bidder: All that certain piece, parcel or lot of land, and the improvements thereon, situate, lying and being near the City of Florence, in the County of Florence State of South Carolina, being known and designated as Lot No. 81 as shown on a plat of Mayfair Subdivision made by Ervin Engineering Company dated December 9, 1963, and recorded in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County in Plat Book T at page 38, and by that plat made for Richard D. Springs and Rebecca B. Springs by Prosser Surveying Company, Inc. dated October 7, 1992, and recorded in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County in Plat Book 46 at page 195, reference being had to said plats for a more complete description. This being the same property conveyed to Geniola Gandy by deed of Richard D. Springs and Rebecca B Springs dated January 12, 1995 and recorded January 12, 1995 In Book A433 at page 648 in the Florence County Records, South Carolina. CURRENT ADDRESS OF PROPERTY: 2146 Eaton Circle, Florence, SC 29501 TMS: 90022-04-024 TERMS OF SALE: The successful bidder, other than the Plaintiff, will deposit with the Special Referee, at conclusion of the bidding, five percent (5%) of his bid, in cash or equivalent, as evidence of good faith, same to be applied to the purchase price in case of compliance, but to be forfeited and applied first to costs and then to the Plaintiff's debt in the case of non-compliance. Should the last and highest bidder fail to comply

with the other terms of the bid within thirty (30) days, then the Special Referee may re-sell the property on the same terms and conditions on some subsequent Sales Day (at the risk of the said highest bidder). No personal or deficiency judgment being demanded, the bidding shall not remain open after the date of sale and shall be final on that date, and compliance with the bid may be made immediately. Purchaser to pay for documentary stamps on the Deed. The successful bidder will be required to pay interest on the amount of the balance of the bid from date of sale to date of compliance with the bid at the rate of 9.125% per annum. The sale shall be subject to taxes and assessments, existing easements and restrictions, easements and restrictions of record and any other senior encumbrances. In the event an agent of Plaintiff does not appear at the time of sale, the within property shall be withdrawn from sale and sold at the next available sales date upon the terms and conditions as set forth in the Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale or such terms as may be set forth in a supplemental order. The Honorable Robert E. Lee Special Referee for Florence County Brock & Scott, PLLC 3800 Fernandina Road, Suite 110 Columbia, SC 29210 Attorneys for Plaintiff (12/14, 12/21, 12/28/16) NOTICE OF SALE CIVIL ACTION NO. 2015-CP-21-03241 BY VIRTUE of the decree heretofore granted in the case of: Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. vs. Anne L. Keith; Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. f/k/a Wachovia Bank, National Association; The Glendale Community Association, the undersigned Special Referee for Florence County, South Carolina, will sell on January 3, 2017 at 11:00AM, at the Florence County Courthouse, City of Florence, State of South Carolina, to the highest bidder: All that certain piece, parcel or lot of land lying and being situate near the City of Florence, in the County of Florence, State of South Carolina, being known and designated as Lot 21, Block R as shown on a map of Glendale Acres Subdivision, Section No. 3 by Banks & Powers, Surveyors, dated December 10, 1964, and recorded in Plat Book U at page 78. Reference is further made to a plat prepared for Anne Keith by Lind, Hicks & Associates, Surveyors, dated November 6, 2001, and recorded in Book 78 at page 113. Reference is made to said plats for a more complete description. This being the same property conveyed to Anne L. Keith by Deed of Ronald Morton and Alleen M. Morton dated December 17, 2001 and recorded December 17, 2001 in Book A660 at Page 778 in the Office of the Register of Deeds for Florence County, South Carolina. CURRENT ADDRESS OF PROPERTY: 3612 Carroll Drive, Florence, SC 29506 TMS: 90163-01-011 TERMS OF SALE: The successful bidder, other than the Plaintiff, will deposit with the Special Referee, at conclusion of the bidding, five percent (5%) of his bid, in cash or

equivalent, as evidence of good faith, same to be applied to the purchase price in case of compliance, but to be forfeited and applied first to costs and then to the Plaintiff's debt in the case of non-compliance. Should the last and highest bidder fail to comply with the other terms of the bid within thirty (30) days, then the Special Referee may re-sell the property on the same terms and conditions on some subsequent Sales Day (at the risk of the said highest bidder). No personal or deficiency judgment being demanded, the bidding shall not remain open after the date of sale and shall be final on that date, and compliance with the bid may be made immediately. Purchaser to pay for documentary stamps on the Deed. The successful bidder will be required to pay interest on the amount of the balance of the bid from date of sale to date of compliance with the bid at the rate of 4% per annum. The sale shall be subject to taxes and assessments, existing easements and restrictions, easements and restrictions of record and any other senior encumbrances. In the event an agent of Plaintiff does not appear at the time of sale, the within property shall be withdrawn from sale and sold at the next available sales date upon the terms and conditions as set forth in the Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale or such terms as may be set forth in a supplemental order. The Honorable Robert E. Lee Special Referee for Florence County Brock & Scott, PLLC 3800 Fernandina Road, Suite 110 Columbia, SC 29210 Attorneys for Plaintiff (12/14, 12/21, 12/28/16) SUMMONS AND NOTICE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF FLORENCE IN THE FAMILY COURT OF THE TWELFTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT Docket Number: 2016-DR-21-1338 South Carolina Department of Social Services Plaintiffs, versus April Grant AKA April Alston Antonio Alston, Defendants. In the Interests of: N u b i a n Prince - DOB: 01/25/16 Kereem Alston Minors under the age of 18 years TO DEFENDANT: April Grant AKA April Alston: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and served with the complaint for removal and notice of merits hearing in and to the minor child in this action, the original of which has been filed in the Office of the Clerk of Court for FLORENCE County Clerk of Court County, 180 N. Irby St., Room 903, Florence, SC 29501, a copy of which will be delivered to you upon request; and if you choose to answer the complaint, to serve a copy of your answer to the complaint upon the undersigned attorney for the plaintiff at Hailey P. Turnblad, 2685 S. Irby Street, Box A, Florence, SC, 29505 within thirty (30) days following the date of service upon you, exclusive of the day of such service. YOU ARE FURTHER NOTIFIED that: the merits hearing in this matter is scheduled for January 24, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at the Florence County Family Court located at 180 N. Irby St., Florence, SC 29501. S. C. DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL SERVICES Hailey P. Turnblad Attorney for Plaintiff South Carolina Department of Social Services 2685 S. Irby Street, Box A Florence, SC 29505 (843) 669-3354/ (843) 673-9247 Bar No.: 76365 (12/14, 12/21, 12/28/16) NOTICE OF SALE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF FLORENCE IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS CASE NO. 2016-CP-21-151 Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance, Inc. Plaintiff, -vsTimothy Alexander Brunson and SC Housing Corp, Defendant(s) BY VIRTUE of a judgment heretofore granted in the case of Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance, Inc. vs. Timothy Alexander Brunson and SC Housing Corp, I, Connie Reel-Shearin, as Clerk of Court for Florence County, will sell on January 3, 2017, at 12:00 Noon, at the Florence County Courthouse, 180 N. Irby Street, Florence, South Carolina 29501, to the highest bidder: All that certain piece, parcel or lot of land, together with the improvements thereon or to be constructed thereon, located in the City of Effingham, County of Florence, State of South Carolina, and shown and designated as LOT No. 24 of WHIPPORWILL PLACE II SUBDIVISION as shown on a map prepared by Prosser Surveying Co., Inc. dated November 6, 1999 and recorded in Plat Book 72 and Page 480 in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County. Reference being had to said map for a more complete and accurate description. This being the identical property conveyed to Timothy Alexander Brunson by deed of Ken Powell d/b/a Florence Preowned Housing dated October 5, 2012 and recorded on October 5, 2012, in Book B429 at Page 1089 in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County, South Carolina. The 2013 CLAY mobile/manufactured home VIN WHC019635GAAB situated on this property has been converted and/or transmuted from personal property into real property subject to the lien of the Plaintiff’s mortgage TMS #: 12710-01-024 SUBJECT TO FLORENCE COUNTY TAXES TERMS OF SALE: The successful bidder, other than the Plaintiff, will deposit with the Clerk of Court at conclusion of the bidding, five (5%) of his bid, in cash or equivalent, as evidence of good faith, the same to be applied to purchase price in case of compliance, but to be forfeited and applied first to costs and then to Plaintiff's debt in the case of noncompliance. Should the last and highest bidder fail or refuse to make the required deposit at the time of the bid or comply with the other terms or the bid within twenty (20) days, then the Clerk of Court may resell the property on the same terms and conditions on some subsequent Sales Day (at the risk of the former highest bidder). A personal or deficiency judgment having been demanded by the Plaintiff, the sale of the subject property will remain open for thirty (30) days pursuant to Section 15-39-720, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976; provided, however,

that the Court recognizes the option reserved by the Plaintiff to waive such deficiency judgment prior to the sale, and notice is given that the Plaintiff may waive in writing the deficiency judgment prior to the sale; and that should the Plaintiff elect to waive a deficiency judgment, without notice other than the announcement at the sale and notice in writing to the debtor defendant(s) that a deficiency judgment has been waived and that the sale will be final, the bidding will not remain open after the date of sale, but compliance with the bid may be made immediately. The successful bidder will be required to pay interest on the amount of the bid from the date of sale to date of compliance with the bid at the rate of 7.5% per annum. Connie Reel-Shearin Clerk of Court for Florence County Theodore von Keller, Esquire B. Lindsay Crawford, III, Esquire Sara Hutchins, Esquire B. Lindsay Crawford, IV, Esquire Columbia, South Carolina Attorney for Plaintiff (12/14, 12/21, 12/28/16) SPECIAL REFEREE’S SALE CASE NO. 2016CP2101655 BY VIRTUE of a decree heretofore granted in the case of WILMINGTON SAVINGS FUND SOCIETY, FSB, DBA CHRISTIANA TRUST, NOT INDIVIDUALLY BUT AS TRUSTEE FOR VENTURES TRUST 2013-I-H-R against ZERITA JOHNSON WILLIAMS AND CITIFINANCIAL SERVICING, LLC, I, the Special Referee for FLORENCE County, will sell on January 10, 2017 at 11 AM, at the FLORENCE County Courthouse, FLORENCE, South Carolina, to the highest bidder: ALL THAT CERTAIN PIECE, PARCEL, OR LOT OF LAND SITUATE, LYING AND BEING IN THE TOWN OF QUINBY,

COUNTY OF FLORENCE, STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA, BEING KNOWN AND DESIGNATED AS LOT NO. 2, BLOCK B. AS SHOWN ON A MAP OF QUINBY ESTATES SUBDIVISION, BY R.C. HIGGINS, C.E., DATED JANUARY 5, 1953 AND RECORDED IN THE OFFICE OF THE CLEARK OF COURT FOR FLORENCE COUNTY, IN PLAT BOOK “J” AT PAGE 42. REFERENCE IS ALSO MADE TO A MAP FOR ANNETTE MARTIEN GEORGE BY LIND, HICKS & ASSOCIATES. SURVEYORS, DATED SEPTEMBER 12, 1986 AND RECORDED IN THE AOBVE OFFICE IN PLAT BOOK 26 AT PAGE 146. SAID LOT BEING BOUNDED AS FOLLOW, TO WIT: ON THE EAST BY WILDWOOD DRIVE FOR A DISTANCE OF 100 FEET; ON THE SOUTH BY LOT 1, BLOCK B, FOR A DISTANCE OF 200 FEET; ON THE WEST BY LOT 15, BLOCK B, FOR A DISTANCE OF 100 FEET; AND ON THE NORTH BY LOT 3, BLOCK B FOR A DISTANCE OF 200 FEET. REFERENCE BEING HAD TO THE ABOVEMENTIONED MAPS FOR A MORE COMPLETE AND ACCURATE DESCRIPTION. BEING THE SAME PROPERTY CONVEYED TO ANNETTE MARTIEN GEORGE BY DEED OF EDWARD L. HIMMELMAN AND CHATTIE H. HIMMELMAN, DATED SEPTEMBER 15, 1986 AND RECORDED SEPTEMBER 18, 1986 IN DEED BOOK A252 AT PAGE 1962; THEREAFTER, ANNETTE MARTIEN A/K/A ANNETTE MARTIEN GEORGE CONVEYED THE SUBJECT PROPERTY TO ANNETTE MARTIEN BY DEED DATED JANUARY 6, 1998 AND RECORDED JANUARY 8, 1998 IN DEED BOOK A512 AT PAGE 541; THEREAFTER, ANNETTE MARTIEN CONVEYED THE SUBJECT PROPERTY TO ANNETTE MAR-

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SUMMONS AND NOTICES (Non-Jury) FORECLOSURE OF REAL ESTATE MORTGAGE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS COUNTY OF FLORENCE C/A NO.: 2016-CP-21-01493 Finance of America Reverse LLC, Plaintiff, vs. The Estate of Martha C. Outlaw, John Doe and Richard Roe, as Representatives of all Heirs and Devisees of Martha C. Outlaw, Deceased, and all persons entitled to claim under or through them; also, all other persons or corporations unknown claiming any right, title, interest in or lien upon the real estate described herein, any unknown adults, whose true names are unknown, being as a class designated as John Doe, and any unknown infants, persons under disability, or persons in the Military Service of the United States of America,

whose true names are unknown, being as a class designated as Richard Roe; Tina Celeste Outlaw, Wilson T. Outlaw, III, United States of America acting by and through its agency the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Defendant(s). 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 508 Hampton Street, Suite 301, Columbia, SC 29201, 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. 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-inEquity/Special Referee, pursuant to Rule 53 of the

South Carolina Rules of Civil Procedure. 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 the Plaintiff. J. Martin Page (SC Bar No.: 100200) Bell Carrington & Price, LLC 508 Hampton Street, Suite 301 Columbia, SC 29201 Phone 803.509.5078 Attorney for the Plaintiff Dated: December 14, 2016 Columbia, South Carolina NOTICE OF FILING COMPLAINT TO THE DEFENDANTS ABOVED 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 Florence County on June 23, 2016. J. Martin Page, SC Bar No. 100200 508 Hampton

Street, Suite 301 Columbia, SC 29201 Phone (803) 509-5078 (12/21, 12/28, 1/4/16) NOTICE OF SALE Case Nos.: 2016-CP-33-484 and 2016-CP-21-1724 BY VIRTUE of that certain Decree of the Court of Common Pleas for Marion County and Florence County, South Carolina, heretofore granted in the case of Lowcountry Private Lending, LLC vs. Kennedy and Associates, LLC, Ann B. Finklea-Kennedy f/k/a Ann Carolyn B. Finklea, and Dechomai Foundation, Inc., I, the undersigned Special Referee for Marion and Florence Counties, South Carolina or my agent, will sell on January 17, 2017, at 11:00 am, at the Florence County Courthouse, Florence, South Carolina, to the highest bidder, the following described property: PARCEL ONE: All those two (2) certain lots of land situated in the City of Marion, County of Marion, State of South Carolina, and being designated as Lot Nos. 18 and 19 on a plat of property of Witcover made by Johnson & Roberts, C.E.s, September 1937, and recorded in Plat Book 5 at Page 10 and together being bounded on the North by Arch Street; on the East by Lot No. 20 on said plat; on the South by land, n/f of J. H. Steedley and land of Schulmeyer; and on the West by Lot No. 16 and by Lot No. 17 of said plat; and together being 80 feet on the North side, 80.6 feet on the South side, 116.1 feet on the East side; and 125.9 feet on the West side. TMS Nos.: 50715-008 and 507-15-009 ADDRESSES: 210 Arch Street, Marion, SC and 212 Arch Street, Marion, SC PARCEL TWO: All that certain lot of land situated in the City of Marion, County of Marion, State of South Carolina, and being bounded on the North by

Lot of Charlotte B. Finger, on the East by lot of J. H. Jones by lot of J. P. Martin and by lot of Gladys B. Jolly, on the South by Arch Street and on the West by lot of Alma F. Walker, and being fifty-three (53) feet, more or less, on its North and South sides and 150 feet, more or less, on its East and West sides. PARCEL THREE: All that certain lot of land situate in the City of Marion, County of Marion, State of South Carolina, measuring 50 feet, more or less, on its North side; 74 feet, more or less, on its East side; 40 feet, more or less, on its South side; 72 feet, more or less, on its West side and bounded n/f North by lot of T. C. Easterling; East by lot of Estate of E. C. Johnson; South by Arch Street; and West by lot of W. H. Foxworth. PARCEL FOUR: All that certain piece, parcel or lot of land situated in the Town of Marion, County of Marion, State of South Carolina, fronting 31.6 feet, more or less, on Arch Street and extending back therefrom 74 feet, more or less, and being bounded as follows: North by lot of Joseph P. Martin; East by Odd Fellows Lodge; South by Arch Street; and West by Yancy Braboy. This being the same property inherited by Ann Carolyn B. Finklea n/k/a Ann B. FinkleaKennedy, from the Estate of Lillie Mae F. Braboy (Probate #9100) and Yancy Braboy (PR#9099), Marion County Records. TMS No.: 507-14-003 ADDRESS: 213 Arch Street, Marion, SC PARCEL FIVE: All that tract or parcel or land lying and being in the City of Florence, South Carolina, according to a survey prepared for Texaco Inc. by Lind Surveying Company, Inc. Timmonsville, SC, dated November 30, 1977, and being more particularly described as follows: All that certain piece, parcel, or lot of land situate in the City of Florence, County of Flo-

rence, State of South Carolina, beginning at an iron pin on the northeastern R/W of Lucas Street, thence North 45° 03' East a distance of 179.1 feet to an iron pin, thence along the southwestern R/W of N. Coit Street, South 17° 18' East a distance of 386.02 feet to a pin on the northeastern R/W of Lucas Street, North 44° 57' West a distance of 341.96 feet, to an iron pin, the point of beginning. Bounded on the Northwest by J. Madison Rainwater, Inc., Southeast by N. Coit Street; and on the Southwest by Lucas Street. This being the same property conveyed to Kennedy and Associates, LLC by deed of Greater Florence Habitat for Humanity by its deed executed April 2, 2015, and recorded simultaneously herewith in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County. TMS No.: 9008419-001 ADDRESS: 313 Lucas Street, Florence, SC TERMS OF SALE: The successful bidder, other than Plaintiff, will deposit with the Special Referee or his agent, at the conclusion of the bidding, five (5%) percent of the bid, in cash or equivalent, as evidence of good faith, same to be applied to purchase price in case of compliance, but to be forfeited and applied first to costs and then to Plaintiff’s debt in the case of noncompliance. Should the last and highest bidder fail or refuse to make the required deposit at the time of the bid or comply with the other terms of the bid within ten (10) days, then the Special Referee or his agent may resell the property on the same terms and conditions on some subsequent sales day at the risk of the said highest bidder. The sale shall be subject to Florence and Marion County taxes and assessments and to existing easements and restrictions of record and any other senior encumbrances. Purchaser

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Wednesday, December 28, 2016 to pay for the preparation of the Deed, documentary stamps on the Deed, recording of the Deed, and interest on the amount of the bid from date of sale to date of compliance with the bid at the rate of 41.23% per annum. Attention is drawn to the Court Order on file with the Clerk of Court for Marion and Florence Counties. The terms and conditions of the actual Court Order, to the extent of any inconsistencies, control over any terms or conditions contained in the Notice of Sale. As a deficiency judgment is being demanded, the bidding will remain open for thirty (30) days after the date of sale as provided by law. PLAINTIFF RESERVES THE RIGHT TO WAIVE THE DEFICIENCY UP TO AND INCLUDING THE DATE OF SALE. If Plaintiff or its representative does not appear at the scheduled sale of the above-described property, then the sale of the property will be null, void and of no force and effect. In such event, the sale will be rescheduled for the next available sales day. The Honorable Haigh Porter Special Referee for Marion and Florence Counties Florence, South Carolina December 16, 2016 Walker H. Willcox WILLCOX, BUYCK & WILLIAMS, P.A. PO Box 1909 Florence, SC 29503-1909 (843) 662-3258 Attorney for Plaintiff (12/21,12/28,1/4/17) NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that, pursuant to a Judgment granted in the case of Dixies Federal Credit Union vs. Gabriel A. Thomas and Kimberly M. Thomas, 2016CP-21-2073, I will sell at public auction at the front of the Florence County Courthouse in Florence, South Carolina, on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 11:00 O’CLOCK A.M. to the highest bidder for cash the following described property:All that certain piece, parcel or lot of land lying, being and situate in the County of Florence, State of South Carolina, being known and designated as Lot No. 46 on a plat of Plantation Place Subdivision, made by Ervin Engineering Company dated September 15, 1965 and recorded in Plat Book W at Page 40 in the office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County. Reference is also made to a map made for Scott Robbie Eagerton by Lind, Hicks & Associates, Surveyors, dated November 18, 1997 and recorded in the above mentioned office in Plat Book 66 at Page 156. Said lot being bounded, now or formerly, as follows, to wit: on the North by Lot 47 for a distance of 140.0 feet; on the East by Durant Drive for a distance of 100.0 feet; on the South by Lots 45 and 44 for a distance of 139.84 feet; and on the West by Lots 55 and 54 for a distance of 101.20 feet. Reference being had to said maps for a more complete and accurate description. This being the same property conveyed to Gabriel A. Thomas and Kimberly M. Thomas by deed of Scott R. Eagerton dated and recorded May 24, 2010 in the office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County in Book B302 at Page 1291. Property Address:1817 Durant Drive, Florence, South Carolina 29501 Tax Parcel #: 01251-01-057 NOTICE is further given that the successful bidder, other than the Plaintiff, at said sale will be required to deposit immediately with the Special Referee an amount equal to five (5%) percent of his bid in cash, and if such deposit is not made, the Special Referee will resell said property on the sales day or some subsequent sales day as may appear advantageous. In case the successful bidder should fail to comply with his bid by payment of the balance of the purchase price within thirty (30) days after acceptance of his bid, his deposit shall be forfeited and the property resold on some subsequent sales day without further Order of the Court, at the risk of the purchaser. The purchaser will be required to pay for the deed, documentary stamps on the deed, recording of the deed, and interest on the amount of the bid from date of sale through date of compliance with the bid at the rate of 5.50%. As a deficiency judgment is demanded, the bidding will remain open for a period of Thirty (30) days pursuant to S.C. CODE Ann. Section 15-39-720 (1976). This property is sold subject to taxes and assessments, existing easements and restrictions of record. If the Plaintiff or the Plaintiff’s representative does not appear at the above-described sale, then the sale of the property will be null, void, and of no force and effect. In such event, the sale will be rescheduled for the next available sales day. Haigh Porter, Special Referee December 12, 2016 Florence, South Carolina (12/28, ¼, 1/11/17) STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF FLORENCE IN THE COURT OF

COMMON PLEAS CASE NO: 2016CP2101663 SUMMONS (NON-JURY) CHAMPION MORTGAGE COMPANY, Plaintiff vs. THE UNKNOWN HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES, LIENORS, CREDITORS, TRUSTEES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS, CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER OR AGAINST, JANICE S. BISHOP, DECEASED (including all unknown minors; all unknown persons under other legal disability; all unknown defendants in the military service) SONDRA B. HOLT, AS AN HEIR OF THE ESTATE OF JANICE S. BISHOP, DECEASED; SONDRA B. HOLT, AS PERSONAL REPRESENATIVE OF THE ESTATE OF JANICE S. BISHOP, DECEASED; THE SECRETARY OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT, AN OFFICER OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA; UNKNOWN TENANT # 1 AND UNKNOWN TENANT # 2, Defendants. TO: THE UNKNOWN HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES, LIENORS, CREDITORS, TRUSTEES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS, CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER OR AGAINST, JANICE S. BISHOP, DECEASED (including all unknown minors; all unknown persons under other legal disability; all unknown defendants in the military service): YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and required to appear and defend by answering the Complaint in this foreclosure action on property located at 609 CAMELOT RD, LAKE CITY, SC 29560, being designated in the County tax records as TMS # 142-31-04700142-31047, of which a copy is herewith served upon you, and to serve a copy of your Answer on the subscribers at their offices, Jason M. Tarokh, Esq. (SC Bar #:72837) The Geheren Firm, P.C. 4828 Ashford Dunwoody Road, 2nd Floor, Atlanta, GA 30338, 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 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 to represent said minor(s) within thirty (30) days after the service of this Summons upon you. If you fail to do so, application for such appointment will be made by the Plaintiff(s) herein. NOTICE TO THE DEFENDANTS ABOVE NAMED: YOU WILL PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Summons and Complaint, of which the foregoing is a copy of the Summons, were filed with the Clerk of Court for FLORENCE County, South Carolina on July 14, 2016. NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE INTERVENTION PLEASE TAKE NOTICE THAT pursuant to the South Carolina Supreme Court Administrative Order 201105-02-01, you may have a right to Foreclosure Intervention. To be considered for any available Foreclosure Intervention, you may communicate with and otherwise deal with the Plaintiff through its law firm, The Geheren Firm, P.C. The Geheren Firm, P.C. represents the Plaintiff in this action. Our law firm does not represent you. Under our ethical rules, we are prohibited from giving you any legal advice. You must submit any requests for Foreclosure Intervention consideration within 30 days from the date you are served with this Notice. IF YOU FAIL, REFUSE, OR VOLUNTARILY ELECT NOT TO PARTICIPATE IN FORECLOSURE INTERVENTION, THE FORECLOSURE ACTION MAY PROCEED. ORDER APPOINTING GUARDIAN AD LITEM TO: T H E UNKNOWN HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES, LIENORS, CREDITORS, TRUSTEES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS, CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER OR AGAINST, JANICE S. BISHOP, DECEASED (including all unknown minors; all unknown persons under other legal disability; all unknown defendants in the military service) PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that a Motion for an Order appointing Marissa Jacobson, Esquire, as Guardian ad Litem Nisi, THE UNKNOWN HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES, LIENORS, CREDITORS, TRUSTEES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS, CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER OR AGAINST, JANICE S. BISHOP, DECEASED (including all unknown minors; all unknown persons under other legal disability; all unknown defendants in the military service), was filed in the Office of the Clerk of Court for FLORENCE County. YOU WILL FURTHER TAKE NOTICE that

unless THE UNKNOWN HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES, LIENORS, CREDITORS, TRUSTEES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS, CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER OR AGAINST, JANICE S. BISHOP, DECEASED (including all unknown minors; all unknown persons under other legal disability; all unknown defendants in the military service), shall within thirty (30) days after service of notice of this order upon them by publication, exclusive of the day of such service, procure to be appointed for them, or either of them, a Guardian ad Litem to represent them for the purposes of this action, the appointment of said Guardian ad Litem Nisi shall be made absolute. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that a copy of this Order shall be served upon the unknown Defendants by publication in the News Journal, a newspaper of general circulation in the County of FLORENCE, State of South Carolina, once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks, together with the Summons in the above entitled action. SUMMONS AND NOTICE OF FILING OF COMPLAINT: TO: THE UNKNOWN HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES, LIENORS, CREDITORS, TRUSTEES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS, CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER OR AGAINST, JANICE S. BISHOP, DECEASED (including all unknown minors; all unknown persons under other legal disability; all unknown defendants in the military service) 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 to the said Complaint upon the subscribers, at their office, The Geheren Firm, P.C. 4828 Ashford Dunwoody Road, 2nd Floor, Atlanta, GA 30338, within thirty (30) days after the service hereof, exclusive of the day of such service; and if you fail to answer the Complaint in the time aforesaid, judgment by default will be rendered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the original Complaint in the above entitled action was filed in the office of the Clerk of Court for FLORENCE County on July 14, 2016. The Geheren Firm, P.C. 4828 Ashford Dunwoody Road, 2nd Floor, Atlanta, GA 30338 December 22, 2016 Attorneys for the Plaintiff. (12/28, 1/4, 1/11/17)

NOTICE TO CREDITORS IN THE PROBATE COURT STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF MARION IN THE MATTER OF: EDWARD L. SCHATZ CASE NUMBER: 2016ES2100961 All persons having claims against the following estates MUST file their claims on FORM #371ES with the Probate Court of Marion County, the address of which is Post Office Box 583, Marion, South Carolina, 29571, within eight (8) months after the date of the first publication of this Notice to Creditors or within one (1) year from date of death, whichever is earlier (SCPC 62-3-801, et seq.), or such persons shall be forever barred as to their claims. All claims are required to be presented in written statements on the prescribed form (FORM #371ES) indicating the name and address of the claimant, the basis of the claim, the amount claimed, the date when the claim will become due, the nature of any uncertainty as to the claim, and a description of any security as to the claim Estate: EDWARD L. SCHATZ Date of Death; 11/05/16 Case Number: 2016ES2100961 Personal Representative: HILDA M. SCHATZ Address: 3870 WEST LAKE DRIVE FLORENCE, SC 29501 (12/28,1/4,1/11/17)

NOTICE TO CREDITORS IN THE PROBATE COURT STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF MARION IN THE MATTER OF: BRIAN K. COTTINGHAM CASE NUMBER: 2016ES2100967 All persons having claims against the following estates MUST file their claims on FORM #371ES with the Probate Court of Marion County, the address of which is Post Office Box 583, Marion, South Carolina, 29571, within eight (8) months after the date of the first publication of this Notice to Creditors or within one (1) year from date of death, whichever is earlier (SCPC 62-3-801, et seq.), or such persons shall be forever barred as to their claims. All claims are required to be presented in written statements on the prescribed form (FORM #371ES) indicating the name and address of the claimant, the basis of the claim, the amount claimed, the date when the claim will become due, the nature of any uncer-


Wednesday, December 28, 2016 tainty as to the claim, and a description of any security as to the claim Estate: BRIAN K. COTTINGHAM Date of Death: 12/10/2016 Case Number: 2016ES2100967 Personal Representative: DONNA TURNER Address: 142 WELCH ROAD. TIMMONSVILLE, SC 29161 (12/28,1/4,1/11/17) NOTICE OF APPLICATION Notice is hereby given that SOUL ART LLC, intends to apply to the South Carolina Department of Revenue for a license/permit that will allow the sale and ON premises consumption of BEER/WINE/LIQUOR at 130 S. IRBY ST. FLORENCE, SC 29505. To object to the issuance of this permit/license, written protest must be postmarked no later than JANUARY 13, 2017. For a protest to be valid, it must be in writing, and should include the following information: (1) the name, address, and telephone number of person filing the protest; (2) the specific reasons why the application should be denied; (3) that the person protesting is willing to attend a hearing (if one is requested by the applicant); (4) that the person protesting resides in the same county where the proposed place of business is located or within five miles of the business; and, (5) the name of the applicant and the address of the premises to be licensed. Protests must be mailed to: S.C. Department of Revenue, ATTN: ABL SECTION, P.O. Box 125, Columbia, SC 29214-0907; or faxed to: (803) 896-0110. (12/28,1/4,1/11/17)

NOTICE OF APPLICATION Notice is hereby given that Local Motive Brewing Company, LLC intends to apply to the South Carolina Department of Revenue for a license/permit to operate a brewery at 121 and 123 N. Dargan Street, Florence, South Carolina 29501. To object to the issuance of this permit/license, written protest must be postmarked no later than January 13, 2016. For a protest to be valid, it must be in writing, and should include the following information: (1) the name, address and telephone number of the person filing the protest; (2) the specific reasons why the application should

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MERCHANDISE 450 Set of Lady Hogans left hand - like new. 1-3 wood, 4 thru 9 iron, pitching wedge and putter (843) 673-9150 • (1/18)

HELP WANTED DRIVERS 515 Dispatcher-Trucking co.: Great Benefits! Vacation/holidays. Exp w/Microsoft Outlook, Excel. Great problem solving, Communication skills a must! 855-975-8625 (1/11)

DriversCO & O/OP’S. Earn Great Money Running Dedicated! Great Benefits. Home Weekly. Monthly Bonuses. Drive Newer Equipment!

855-582-2265

Drivers CDL-A: Paid ALL miles! Great Benefits! Home every other weekend. Regional, Reefer, Hauling Potatoes.

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319-754-1944 x 108 BURIAL SPACES 605 TWO CEMENTARY PLOTS- Located in Florence Memorial Gardens in the Devotion Section 21 C plots 1&2. Asking $2,800 for both. Seller will pay transfer fee. Call 843-6010255. (12/28)

7B HOMES FOR SALE 625

2017 Clayton

24x60 with stove, refrigerator, washer & dryer

$45,000 843-479-8471 Custom Modular Construction brothershousing.com

843-675-7555 Pageland, SC

MOBILE HOMES FOR SALE 645 M&M MOBILE HOMES, INC. Now selling New Wind Zone II Champion and Clayton Homes. Lots of floor plans available to custom design your home. Nice used refurbished homes still available also. Bank and Owner Financing with ALL CREDIT SCORES Accepted. CALL 843-389-4215 Like us on Facebook M&M Mobile Homes. (12/28)

2017 Clayton 4 BD 28x60 $

42,800

843-479-8471

1995 Fleetwood 28x80 $

23,000

843-479-8471

2017 Clayton 5 BD Doublewide $

58,900

843-479-8471 Classified deadline is noon on Friday.

RESORT PROPERTY 660

ALL REAL estate advertising in this newspaper is subject to the Federal Fair Housing Act of 1968 which makes it illegal to advertise “any preference, limitation or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin, or an intention to make such preference, limitation or discrimination .” This newspaper will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate which is in violation of the law. Our readers are hereby informed that all dwellings advertised in this newspaper are available on an equal opportunity basis. • (TFN)

ROOMS FOR RENT 670 Furnished rooms for rent Utilities included. City of Florence. Timrod Park area. 843-493-0177 or 843-472-1395

HOMES FOR RENT 620F TWO For Rent West Palmetto St. 2BD 1BA. Large den, kitchen, & dining area. Central H/A. Breezeway leading to one car garage. Washer/Dryer connections. Water & lawn care included in rent. 843-662-2941 (1/13)

Classified deadline is noon on Friday.

CLUES ACROSS 1. Way to fish 4. Not us 8. “M*A*S*H” actor Alda 10. A store of valuable things 11. Bring on 12. Gave birth to horse 13. British poet Hunt 15. Swine-like 16. Asteroid 1532 __ 17. Devout 18. A boost 21. Licensed for Wall Street 22. Tooth caregiver 23. Political action commit tee 24. Make a soft murmuring sound

25. Porky is one 26. Taoism 27. 1950s sex symbol 34. Imprisonment 35. Small freshwater ducks 36. Happening later than it should have 37. Unit of measurement 38. Coen Bros’ “The Dude” does this 39. The destroyer (Hindu) 40. Kids take these to school 41. Flow or leak through 42. East Greenwich High School 43. Midway between south and southeast

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20.Peacock network 23.Robbers 24.Beverage container 25.Celebrations 26.A way to change color 27.Bullheaded 28.Type of visual display 29.Easily purchased type of medication 30.City along the western Rhine 31.Animal disease 32.Martinis have these 33.Run away 34.Remove errors from 36.Slugger Ruth Answers on Page 6B


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