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NEIGHBORS NAME: Andrew Levy-Neal FAMILY: My parents are both deceased. I have three grown children. Patrick in California, Trey in Virginia & Caroline in North Carolina. BORN: Greenville OCCUPATION: Digital Advertising Manager at The Morning News HOBBIES OR SPECIAL INTERESTS: My undergrad degree is in music, so I often fill in as a substitute organist for congregations from Columbia to Charleston. I’m also an avid surfer. WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT FLORENCE: Florence is growing at an amazing pace. It is almost unrecognizable from when I moved here in 2013. WHO OR WHAT HAS MOST INFLUENCED YOU? My first boss in the corporate world was named Carmel Gillogly. She really helped me to develop professionally more than anyone else I can think of.

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Family of five starts groundbreaking on Greater Florence Habitat for Humanity’s first two story home BY PHILIP MAENZA Editor of The News Journal Florence, S.C. India McLellan is a resident of Florence. She works for the United States Postal Service and as a mother to her four children, Ionna, Maliki, Karmen, and Kobe. India applied for the Habitat for Humanity program back in December of 2017 after having heard the inspirational stories of other partner families and the effects that Habitat for Humanity has had on their lives. Back in August of this year, India’s prayers came true and she and her family were accepted as the newest partner family. Due to some set back as a result of Hurricane Florence, the groundbreaking ceremony was later than expected. On Thursday, November 8 Greater Florence Habitat for Humanity along with the family and friends of India McLellan all showed up to the site of their new home for a groundbreaking ceremony. The McLellan’s new home will be located on 402 Railroad Ave. in Florence. The land was donated to Habitat for Humanity by the City of Florence. The main sponsor for this project is Assurant of Florence. Florence City Council Member Pat Gibson-Hye Moore was in attendance at this groundbreaking ceremony. Gibson-Hye Moore commented on how this is part of the revitalization of the area. Debbie Edwards, executive director for the organization, discussed the family putting in their 300 hours of sweat-equity for the home. She also mentioned how this will be Greater Florence Habitat for Humanity’s first two-story home. India McLellan graciously thanked everyone who has been involved in the process so far. She mentioned how her children were looking forward to having a yard to play in and maybe even growing a

Top picture, from left, Debbie Edwards of Habitat for Humanity, Ionna Sellers, Maliki Sellers, Karman Genwright, Kobe Genwright, and mother India McLellan preparing to ‘break the ground’ for their new home. Bottom left, layout plans for Greater Florence Habitat for Humanity’s first two-story home. Bottom right, hard hats and shovels symbolizing the groundbreaking ceremony. garden. The four children and their mother ended the ceremony with a ‘groundbreaking’. They were each able to put a shovel into the ground and officially start the home building process. About Habitat for Humanity

Executive director of the Greater Florence Habitat for Humanity, Debbie Edwards, says that their mission is to “to help eliminate substandard and poverty housing in Florence”. This is furthered by the motto of Greater Florence Habitat for Humanity which

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Beauford, Peggie, age 72, died November 5, Ideal Funeral Parlor Bigelow-Colon, Lisa Ard, age 53, died November 5, Layton-Anderson Funeral Home

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Carter, Georgia Virginia ‘Hazel’ Shackelford, age 85, died November 3, Smith Funeral Home

Johansen, Margaret Marie, age 95, died November 8, Stoudenmire Dowling Funeral Home

Cooper, Mary L. Humphries, age 69, died November 7, Kistler Hardee Funeral Home

Jones, Johnny B. ‘Huckabuck’, age 68, died November 2, Ideal Funeral Parlor

Cordell, Dorsey Joe ‘DJ’, age 62, died November 9, Cain Calcutt Funeral Home

Jordan, Ernestine Rabon, age 73, died November 9, Stoudenmire Dowling Funeral Home

Exum, Deborah June Smith, age 66, died November 8, Stoudenmire Dowling Funeral Home Faulkner, Frances Earle Mills, age 90, died November 11, Stouden-

Merritt, Lois Ann, age 77, died November 3, Ideal Funeral Parlor Speth, Patricia A. ‘Pat’, age 62, died November 8, Waters-Powell Funeral Home

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American Red Cross assisting family in Florence after home fire American Red Cross disaster-trained volunteers are assisting a family whose home, located on Woodland Drive in Florence, was damaged by a fire. The Florence City Fire Department responded to the blaze. The Red Cross is helping one adult and two children by providing financial assistance for food, clothing, lodging and other essentials, and comfort kits containing personal hygiene items. As we gather around the holiday table to give thanks for our friends and family, let’s take a minute to help prevent tragedy from strik-

ing. When deep frying a turkey, keep children and pets away. Be sure the pot you’re using fits on the burner. Follow recommended fill guidelines, and turn the burner off before placing the turkey into the fryer. Never leave it unattended. How to help - Help people affected by disasters and countless other crises by making a gift to American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. People can

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Party with less waste With music playing, beverages flowing and delicious food available, it’s no wonder parties are highly anticipated events. Eco-conscious hosts often wonder how to strike a balance between convenience and keeping waste to a minimum. Reusable products, such as hand towels, ceramic dishes, glasses, and silverware, are convenient for everyday life or when just a few people are coming over. But throw 20 or more guests into the equation and it is easy to understand why disposable products are so attractive. Food waste also is a concern when hosting. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, more food reaches landfills than any other type of municipal solid waste. In fact, the Food Waste Reduction Alliance estimates that as much as 40 percent of the food that is grown, processed and transported in the United States will never be consumed. Thankfully, there are ways to minimize waste when hosting a party. • Clearly distinguish recycling pails from trash pails so that items that can be recycled will be collected and handled appropriately. • Choose disposable products wisely, opting for items that have been made from recycled materials. Have guests mark their

names on cups and plates so they can be reused throughout the day instead of discarded after each helping. • Keep track of how much food and drink guests consume so that you can accurately plan for the right amount to satisfy the crowd at future parties. • Choose in-season foods from local vendors to reduce your carbon footprint. • Offer keepsakes or edible treats instead of goodie bags. At kids’ parties, a decorate-your-own cookie or cupcake is popular and less wasteful than a plastic bag full of trinkets.

Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd to host employment law seminars in the Pee Dee Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd’s Employment Practice Group will host the 2018 Employment Law Seminars in Myrtle Beach and Florence. HSB attorneys will discuss hot topics HR professionals are facing today: harassment and discrimination in the workplace, aging workforce, concerted activity and other news from the NLRB, immigration law update and employee assistance programs. These complimentary programs qualify for 3.0 hours of continuing education credit. HSB is an approved SHRM provider and additionally, the course has been approved for HRCI and CLE credit. To register, please visit www.hsblawfirm.com/even ts.

• Serve beverages from larger containers rather than single-serve cans or bottles. Keep a pitcher of filtered water on tables instead of bottled water. • Promptly wrap up leftovers so they can be turned into a meal for another day without the risk of spoilage.

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• Serve desserts that can be held in one’s hand, such as cupcakes in an ice cream cone. This way no cake plates will be necessary. With a little ingenuity, it is possible to cut down on party waste and still have a good time.

It’s that time again and we know that you’re excited and ready. The annual Christmas parade will be held on Saturday, December 8, beginning at 11 a.m. The parade will start on Evans (Edisto) Street and end at the Business Technological Center (BTC) Building on Baroody and East Evans. (Please do not stop on the corner of N. Dargan and W. Evans Street to let people off of floats and cars. Proceed to the ending point as indicated.) We are asking that all participants get into the spirit by decorating their vehicles or floats to center around the theme. The parade will consist of several different categories with awards being given to our overall winners.

In the horse category, please stay in assigned groups so judges can judge fairly. Awards and trophies will be presented at the judge’s location on Evans Street immediately following the parade. If you must leave before the conclusion of the parade, please have a representative available to receive the award. Participation fees support the continuation of the Christmas parade. There will be a fee of $50 per unit; anything over four units (in one group) there will be a flat fee of $100. Please make checks payable to: The Florence Christmas Parade Committee. All applications and fees must be received by December 1. If you have any questions please contact Mrs. Linda Becote 843-621-0001.

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The Florence seminar will be on Wednesday, December 5, 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m., at SiMT located at 1951 Pisgah Road, Florence. Please contact Keely Yates at kyates@hsblawfirm.com or 803.540.7940 for additional information. About Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A. Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd provides business, litigation, and financial legal services to national and international clients. With a history dating back to 1887, it is one of the largest law firms in South Carolina with more than 115 attorneys. The firm has offices in Charleston, Columbia, Florence, Greenville and Myrtle Beach. For more information about HSB, visit www. hsblawfirm.com.

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The Gift of Gab: Pennsylvania AG abuses authority to chill Internet speech By Thomas Knapp On November 8, Pennsylvania attorney general Josh Shapiro's office issued a subpoena to web host and domain registrar Epik, pursuant to “an ongoing civil investigation.” The subpoena demands “any and all documents which are related in any way to Gab.” Gab, as you’ve no doubt heard, was accused Pittsburgh synagogue killer Robert Bowers's social media platform of choice. In the wake of the Tree of Life massacre, the site was cut off by its web host (Joyent), domain registrar (GoDaddy), and payment processors (PayPal and Stripe). After more than a week offline, it found a new home courtesy of Epik. While Shapiro and company remain mum as to the subpoena’s purpose (and in fact asked Gab not to publicly disclose it, a request the site’s owners declined to honor), there’s nothing unclear about that purpose. Shapiro is abusing his position of legal authority to intimidate those who do -- or might do -- business with Gab, in hopes of driving it back offline. In recent years, larger social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter (followed by payment processors, web hosts and domain registrars) have acted with everincreasing vigor to silence selected voices in the public square. Their excuses range from “Congress says they’re terrorists” to “that’s fake news” to “meddling in elections’ to “hate speech,” but visibly looming over every such action is the shadow of potential government force. The chilling message to social media companies from assorted agencies and congressional committees boils down to a thinly veiled “if you don’t censor for us ‘voluntarily,’ we'll force you to.” Shapiro isn’t talking to domestic news about the subpoena, but last month he was fairly forthcoming about his motives with foreign media. “My office is reviewing this platform [Gab], which was used by the killer to spread his hateful messages,” he told Israeli newspaper Haaretz, adding that "”[w]e cannot tolerate” “speech that includes incitements to violence” or sites that “explain how violence is going to occur.” Subpoenas to Gab itself might have served an understandable legal purpose -- for example, determining whether Bowers acted alone or used the platform to conspire with others prior to the attack. The only plausible purpose of this subpoena is to intimidate those who might provide microphones to speakers Josh Shapiro doesn't want the rest of us to hear. Josh Shapiro is proving himself far more dangerous than Gab. It is he who should be investigated -- and hopefully shut down.

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Knitting: It’s knot working out As I was cleaning out my closet the other day, I stumbled upon my old knitting needles. I took a crafting class in high school as an elective and through that class I learned how to knit. Well, I kind of learned how to knit. When I picked up the knitting needles I was struck with nostalgia. I was also struck with curiosity about whether or not I remembered how to knit. As the proverbial phrase goes “it’s like riding a bike, you never forget.” At first it took a little getting use to. It took my fingers and brain a little bit to reconnect and remember

Philip Maenza Editor this skill that I had learned. However, it wasn’t too long before I was knitting one and pearling two as if no time had passed. Unfortunately, that is all I know how to do. I realized rather quickly that the only items I would be capable of knitting were scarves or really long and narrow blankets. So, I won’t be making

hats or sweaters for my cats anytime soon. Despite my limited skill set in regards to knitting, that doesn’t mean that I am going to give up. I am determined to be able to knit something, anything really. I started watching some videos online and those seemed to help. While I conducted my research on knitting, I found some other craft related hobbies that I might consider trying as well. For instance, crocheting could be fun. It is like knitting but with one less needle. I also looked into cross-stitch. This too only requires the

use of one needle, but I feel like I would end up pricking my finger a few too many times and I don’t want blood on my crafts. I even looked into quilting as a potential crafting outlet, however, I am not really sure where to even start with that one. After careful consideration, I decided that knitting might be my best option. I already have the knitting needles and I can get a ball of yarn from any local craft store. So for right now, maybe scarves and longnarrow blankets are all I can make, but in time I’m hoping I can make something worth while.

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Paula’s journey, part two - an uncommon passage down the river of life By Tom Poland Author’s note: Paula Deen’s story appears in the fall 2018 issue of Shrimp, Collards & Grits magazine. This column is part two of three parts. Paula suffered agoraphobia early in life. This anxiety disorder makes you fear and avoid places or situations that might induce panic and feeling trapped, helpless, or embarrassed. She fought it off, however, and in the mid 1980s went to work at an Albany bank. Then one Friday she worked a branch in a rough area. That day a bank robber wearing a green mask held a gun to her head and she relapsed. So, when Paula Deen’s husband moved her and the boys to Savannah 30 years ago, it wasn’t a happy time. “I thought my life was over. It. Was. Over. I was on the tail end of a 20year ride suffering from agoraphobia. When he moved me here, I thought, ‘Well, I’ll never see my little bit of family or friends, cause I’m not leaving the house.’ ” Paula retreated to her bed for two months, then one day something wondrous took place. “It was like a miracle, Tom. I can take you to the little house over there on East 60th Street and show you right where I was standing when the Serenity Prayer went through my head.” It was a prayer Paula had heard for years but that morning it clicked. “It made sense what I was supposed to be asking God for, so that morning I accepted my mother’s death, my daddy’s death, my death. I said, ‘Ok, God gave you today; there are no guarantees of tomorrow. You go out and live it, girl.’ ” For 28 years Paula had been wed to her children’s father but she realized she couldn’t fix what was wrong. (God grant me the serenity

to accept the things I cannot change ...) “I started trying to figure out how I could stand on my own two feet. How I could make my own decisions.” Her husband gave her $200 for her income tax return and she started a business called the Bag Lady. “My sons pitched in, and the rest is history.” Paula refers to these changes in fortune as God winks. “We have been so blessed you know, and for my children to follow me. You see sons following their fathers all the time, but you don’t usually see them following in their mother’s footsteps.” Cooking and the kitchen proved therapeutic those twenty years Paula was on that ride. “Some days I was a functioning agoraphobic, like you hear of a functioning alcoholic. But those twenty years I fell in love with my kitchen, and of course I come from a line of fabulous Southern cooks. Grandmother and Grandfather Paul, my Aunt Peggy’s mother and daddy, were in the restaurant and lodging business, and my grandmother was one of the finest Southern cooks you’d ever meet. She made my granddaddy his first real dollar with her food. She taught me so much of what I know. I’d say, ‘Ok, Grandma, show me, teach me—everything.’ And she was a woman of substance, just like my Aunt Peggy.” As her agoraphobia faded, Paula ventured out. “I’d go farther and farther and a little farther. And I just fell in love with Savannah. She’s such a romantic city. Savannah has it all. She’s got your arts, your education, your history, and of course the beaches. It’s really got it all.” From the kingdom of peanuts and pecans she found herself in the city of gardens and twenty-two

green squares. She found herself as our fellow Georgian, James Dickey, wrote, in a place where “the food is wonderful and unique: she-crab soup, red rice, shrimp or oyster pilau.” Paula had reached the sea. Today, she lives alongside the Wilmington River, a tidal river, and tidal rivers surge and ebb, and rise and fall as the moon pushes and pulls on the tides—just like life. She named her house “Riverbend” as a tribute to her grandparents for where would she be without family. Aunt Peggy stepped in and took her mother’s place. And back when Paula was building her business, at the eleventh hour Aunt Peggy let her use a CD as collateral to finalize the lease on her restaurant in Savannah’s historic district. “While I was at the Best Western I saved every penny I could and I saved up $20,000 to be able to get us downtown because I felt like our food is a part of our history, and I felt like my restaurant needed to be in the historic district. “I’ll never forget my Uncle George called me. He was the rock of our family, a self-made man, an incredible man. ‘Ok, Paula, your Aunt Peggy is going to let you borrow a $25,000 CD for the bank to hold for collateral.’ I paid it off in a year. So, even though she never gave me any money directly, she allowed this to happen because without her, I don’t think they’d ever gone along with me. She’s my mentor, she’s my hero.” Looking back on it all, Paula remembers when she had just three pair of shoes. “When I was on East 60th Street, I had tennis shoes, black flats, and black heels. I was 42 before I realized that nobody was going to come bring me anything.” She looked around where we were sitting. “Honey, I never dreamed that when I

took that $200 I would have wound up here. Aunt Peggy has never given me a dime but I’ll tell you what—she helped make this possible because when I was in the Best Western I spent five of the hardest years of my life. I was required to cook three meals a day seven days a week. My sons were by my side. They worked hard everyday, and without them we wouldn’t be where we are today.” Part three chronicles Paula’s interest in art, her business successes, and a certain squirrel named Earl. Watch Paula Deen On Evine.“Everywhere I go people say ‘I miss you so bad on TV.’ They’re shocked when I say, “I’m still on TV, believe it or not. Go to Positively Paula.TV. That will tell you where it airs and what time.” www. positivelypaula.tv

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Blended voices of high school choral students come together for annual concert Florence 1 Schools will present the All-City Choral Concert on Monday, November 19th at 7 p.m. at Wilson High School. The All-City Chorus is the school district’s largest concert choir made up of student voices from South Florence, West Florence, and Wilson high schools. Guest conductor for the All-City Choral Concert this year is Dr. Mary Frances Coleman, Assistant Professor of Music Industry, Director of Voice and Choral Activities, Francis Marion University. The full-city ensemble will sing a varied selection of music including an arrangement by Handel. Each individual high school choral group will also present a special musical

selection under the direction of Dr. Erick Figueras, South Florence; Nikki Frabbott, West Florence; and Megerlyn Davis, Wilson. “The Choral Department of Florence One Schools is excited to present its 41st year All-City Choral performance. It is especially exciting to be able to share with our community this concert having been named one of the Best communities for Music Education by the NAMM* association for the 4th straight year,” said Florence 1 Schools Coordinator of Fine Arts Laura Greenway. “Music helps keep our schools great, and we are just getting started! We encourage the community to come out to this All-City event and you will see the

Dr. Mary Frances Coleman importance of what we are doing to help children grow and learn,” she added. According to Greenway, the purpose of the concert is to provide students the

opportunity to learn new music; experience a new viewpoint about musical styles by working with a guest conductor; receive rewards for their individual dedication to the music program; and, learn how to work cooperatively in an atmosphere of non-competition with students from other schools. The All City Choral concert is free and open to the public, and it expected to last for approximately 45 minutes. For more information, call Florence One Performing Arts Coordinator Laura Greenway at 673-1134. For a sampling of All-City Choral music, visit the link to last year’s concert: https:// youtube/vMRzW0xhMF8.

Community Thanksgiving service at First Baptist First Baptist Church, located on 300 South Irby Street in Florence, will host a community Thanksgiving service on Tuesday, November 20, at 7 p.m. in the church sanctuary. The service is interdenominational and the public is invited. Please call the church office at 843-662-9451 for information.

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On November 22, 1963, the United States and the entire world was stunned by the assassination of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy. Coker College professor and nationally known expert on the assassination, Mal Hyman, will revisit the event in light of newly released information at our Live@Central! program on Wednesday, November 14, 6:30 p.m. in the Spears Fellowship Hall. Hal Rowan and Bebe Frank will have memorabilia from that time period on display. This program is free and open to the public. Dinner (optional) will be held at 5:30 p.m. in the Davis Christian Life Center. Adults cost $6, and children cost $3 (12 and under). There will be no Wednesday night dinner, Live@Central!, or other programs on Wednesday, November 21.

Hopehealth celebrates Giving Tuesday with Together SC HopeHealth has partnered with Together SC and their statewide Y’all Together SC campaign to build understanding and appreciation of our nonprofit sector. This campaign is part of the global Giving Tuesday and local Giving Tuesday Pee Dee initiatives that aim to harness the collective power of individuals, communities, and organizations to encourage and celebrate generosity worldwide by recognizing the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving as a global day of giv-

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us in kicking off the giving season with #yalltogetherSC. Help us celebrate Giving Tuesday by following us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Each week leading up to Giving Tuesday, Nov. 27, HopeHealth will share through social media who we are, why we are here, and how the support we receive impacts our communities. On Nov. 27, visit us at the Eastern Carolina Community Foundation’s Donation Station and Open House at the Waters Building in downtown Florence from 3-7 p.m. During this event, you can learn more about local nonprofit organizations, how we serve the community, and make

donations. Leading up to and during the Donation Station and Open House, HopeHealth will be accepting new toys for kids ages 2-10 for our annual Children of Hope program. HopeHealth is one of 23 nonprofit, federally qualified health centers in South Carolina. We provide quality and affordable health care services to individuals in Florence, Clarendon, and Williamsburg Counties and infectious diseases services in Aiken, Clarendon, Florence, Orangeburg, and Williamsburg Counties. To become a patient, call 843667-9414 or visit hopehealth.org.


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19th Annual ‘An Evening of Hope’ benefits the McLeod HOPE Fund McLeod Health celebrated cancer survivors and its oncology staff during An Evening of Hope to benefit the McLeod Center for Cancer Treatment and Research in September. The McLeod Health Foundation's 19th Annual Cancer Benefit, presented by Wells Fargo, H a r b o r Freight Tools Foundation, Dargan Construction and Zander Insurance, raised a record-breaking $131,000 for the HOPE (Helping Oncology Patients Everyday) Fund. Gifts made in support of the HOPE Fund benefit oncology patient support services and provide oncology staff with improved access for immediate assistance needs for their patients. Programs offered through this fund provide transportation and medication needs for patients with few resources and educational manuals and supplies. The evening highlighted Portraits of Hope representing survivorship and courage. These testimonials were shared in video and through audio and pictures between the live performances. The Portraits of Hope included: Jennifer Almers, Randy Altman, Cary Andrews, Shaw Dargan, Sarah DuBose, Temple

Dyson, Edith Friday, Jammie Muldrow, Kerstin Nemec, Kathleen Walker and Mildred Welch. The 2018 event also featured talented performers and regional artists paying tribute to loved ones touched by cancer. Performers for the evening

included: baritone Alexander Elliott, a native of Florence, who has performed in concerts and operatic roles with the New York City Opera, Annapolis Opera, Opera Santa Barbara, Orlando Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, among others; Francis Marion University’s ensemble “Young Gifted and Blessed; Cailin and Jennifer Foxworth accompanied by Robin Thompson; brass quintet Pentamerous Shade featuring cancer survivor Tommy Spittle; comedian Dustin Moree; and Florence’s Three Tenors: Kevin Carter, Shaw Thompson and Nick Townsend. Sponsors of the event included: Marquee Sponsor - Wells Fargo; Encore Sponsor - Harbor Freight Tools Foundation; Curtain Call Sponsor - Dargan Construction Company; River of

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Students learn career advice from local entrepreneur The Future Entrepreneurs Foundation envisions today’s youth as tomorrow’s business, civic and community leaders. Nanaefua Eshun, president and CEO of Future Entrepreneurs Foundation, started the organization with the idea of helping youth reach their potential as future businessmen and women. Children have always been on my heart, I received my master’s in social work at USC and started as a volunteer with other nonprofits working in the school district. To be able to work in the schools and give the kids a vision for how to start their own business and develop them to be

Fran Daniels-Richardson, Florence School District One, Florence Career Center, Entrepreneurship and Marketing Teacher, Dr. Jennifer Evans, Nanaefua Eshun, MSW, President, Future Entrepreneurs Foundation

ready for the career of their dreams; that’s why I started Future Entrepre-

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ness leaders in the community, as well as ask questions and be involved in community service. The class is mostly 11th grade students. They are learning record keeping and roles in small business currently. The class is focused on giving the student real work experience about what future business interactions will look like. This helps to prepare them for future interviews, board meetings, and other business related tasks. On Wednesday, November 7, The Future Entrepreneurs Foundation introduced a guest speaker to the entrepreneurship students at the Florence Career Center. Dr. Jennifer Evans is a

chiropractic specialist in Florence. She practices at Eastern Carolina Medicine 3124 South Cashua Drive. She graduated from Palmer College Chiropractic with her medical degree in 2013 and has over five years of experience in the field of medicine. Dr. Evans spoke to the students about passion, purpose, and discipline. She told the class the long journey she had to go through in order to get to where she is today. She spent time encouraging the students that they too could be succesful if they continue to ‘paint their canvas’ to whatever they want it to be.

Florence Police Department Sgt. Eric Jacobs visits kindergarten students from Ms. Kasey Bradley’s class at Virtus Academy.

Kindergarten students at Virtus Academy pay special tribute to local law enforcement Kasey Bradley knew she needed to take action. After a shooting on October 3 in Florence claimed the lives of two police officers and injured five others, the kindergarten teacher at Virtus Academy searched ways her students could impact a community in need. “This tragedy really hit home for us,” Bradley said. “One of our teachers and several students live in the neighborhood where the shootings took place.” As part of Virtus’ curriculum, kindergarten students participate in “Community Helpers,” – an initiative where local professionals visit the classroom and share about their employment. Bradley knew this was the opportunity she needed. “I reached out to several parents to see if they had a connection with anyone in law enforcement, and luckily, we found someone who did,” Bradley said. In preparation for their special guest, Bradley’s students wrote individual thank you cards to present to the officer. Virtus Academy principal Amanda Bailey was in the class when Sgt. Eric Jacobs arrived and described the

emotional moment. “I was amazed at how our students’ eyes opened up when the police officer walked in,” Bailey said. “He had his full uniform on and they really saw him as a hero. It’s a credit to our teachers. They have taught our students what an officer’s job is and how they protect and serve our community. It was a great moment to be a part of.” In addition to the officer visit, Virtus Academy held a “Back the Blue” event where students and staff wore their blue school uniforms and raised over $600 that was donated to families affected from the shootings. “I’m just so proud to be their teacher,” Bradley said. “This was a special day I’ll never forget.” 180-year-old Erskine College established the Charter Institute at Erskine in mid2017, to improve education in public charter schools across the state of South Carolina. The Institute currently serves as the sponsor for 13 schools with an additional seven schools currently scheduled to open in the fall of 2019. For more information, please visit www.erskinecharters.org.



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Seniors becoming more tech-savvy Technology is the future, and digital communication has opened many doors for people around the world. Although younger generations have grown up with technology at their fingers, Baby Boomers and older adults did not. But in spite of that, studies show that growing numbers of seniors are open to the idea of technology and even seeking ways to further their use and knowledge. According to a 2014 study by Pew Research Center, 59 percent of seniors regularly use the internet — a 6 percent increase from the previous study conducted in 2012. Today, 67 percent of adults age 65 and older say they go online. Pew also says that, although seniors consistently have lower rates of technology adoption than the general public, four in 10 seniors now own smartphones, which is more than double the amount that did in 2013. Seniors in Australia are especially tech savvy, as Deloitte’s mobile consumer survey found 78 percent of Australian seniors aged 65 to 75 own a smartphone, up from 69 percent in 2016. While stereotypes have long painted seniors as technologically inept, seniors are actually more socially and digitally engaged than ever before. Seniors use technology in many different ways. Some use mobile apps to manage medications and doctor’s appointments and

monitor their fitness regimens. Some families employ 24/7 alert systems or smarthome technology to keep seniors comfortable and safe at home for as long as possible. Noninvasive, “smart” technology can analyze factors such as whether or not doors are left open, if there has been movement in a home, or whether appliances/lights are on or off. This represents a great way for families to stay informed and provide assistance even if they are not nearby. SilverSurfers, a seniorbased information website, says other tech that seniors are embracing includes online dating; audio and digital books; online shopping, which is especially valuable to seniors who have mobility issues; and social media, which can keep seniors connected to others and feeling less lonely. A study conducted by researchers from the University of California, San Francisco found 18 percent of American seniors live alone, and 43 percent report feeling lonely on a regular basis. Loneliness can increase death risk. Social media and internet connectivity can be an important tool in helping seniors feel like active members of society. Technology is no longer just for teenagers or active workers. Seniors are increasingly embracing technology and becoming a fast-growing demographic for tech usage.

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November is National Adoption Month November 19 named as statewide Adoption Day As National Adoption Month began, more than 600 children in South Carolina were available for adoption from the state’s foster care system. That’s 600 conversations over breakfast, 600 birthday parties and 600 goodnight hugs that could take shape around 600 new families. “Every child needs the love and protection of a forever family,” DSS Acting State Director Joan Meacham said. “Our waiting children deserve happy endings.” To highlight the opportunity, S.C. Chief Justice Donald W. Beatty has declared November 19 as Adoption Day in South Carolina. Daylong hearings to finalize adoptions will be held in four judicial circuits, with 65 children scheduled to be adopted into 45 families. Gov. Henry McMaster also issued a proclamation declaring November Adoption Month and November 19 statewide Adoption Day. “Our young people are South Carolina’s greatest resource, and we have 600 of them who need families,” McMaster said. “Our state is filled with loving, caring people who want the best for their neighbors, and providing a loving home for someone in need can change a life. Adoption is a great sacrifice, but also a great gift, and I ask that everyone consider whether it’s an option for your family.”

In fiscal year 2017-2018, 478 children were adopted out of the foster care system, with an average of 40 each month. The average age of children waiting to be adopted is 11 years old. “Adoption has blessed so many families in our state,” Meacham said. “If you have ever considered adopting a child, please make the call today.” Here’s what you can expect in the five steps to a family for life: • Make the call to Heart-

Felt Calling, (888) 828-3555, and fill out an application or visit www. hearttfeltcalling.org • Attend training to help identify the types of children that would best fit into your family. • Meet with an adoption specialist for interviews in your home. Submit medical forms and references. Complete your home’s fire and sanitation inspections. • A selection committee matches a child with your family and shares the child’s

full background and unique needs. • Meet the child and begin getting to know each other. When the child and your family are ready, the child is placed in your home. You are now on the way to your final adoption day. You can find more information about South Carolina’s waiting children at www.scheartgallery.org and www.dss.sc.gov/adoptions.

Fall Greek dinner and pastry sale The season for the winter holidays has begun and the Greek Pastry Sale held in November, on the 15th, 16th and 17th, is just in time to help you get started. The sale will be Thursday through Saturday, from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. each day. Our ladies have been busy preparing all the wonderful goodies you look forward to, like Baklava, kourambethes (powder sugar cookies) that absolutely take your breath away, eclairs, galatoboureko, and many more. Also, holiday sweet bread, Tsourekia. We are also serving our authentic Greek foods. domathes, chicken riganato, mousaka, and souvlakia, all served with Greek salad, seasoned red

rice, spanakopita and bread. There will also be a convenient drive thru for you to pick up your meals and assorted pastry boxes. Drive thru will be open from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5-8 p.m. each day. We are also requesting that you bring an individual type food item, such as Vienna sausages, pop

tarts, fruit items and pudding, spaghetti, etc. as we will be holding a food drive for the Help 4 Kids project. We will have a bin set up for the food items you bring. This is the season for giving and we need to help the kids. They will be out of school soon and some go hungry without these snacks, especially on the weekends. Our pastry sale has been helping the community for over 60 years and we would like to continue with your kind generosity. Come and celebrate with us! Happy holidays! For more information or placing bulk orders call the church office at 843-6625471, between 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

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Jingle Bell Market is the Carolinas’ new premier holiday shopping event It has been many years since the Florence Center last hosted a Christmas shopping extravaganza, but that all changes this holiday season. Venue management has announced the Jingle Bell Market, an all-new selfproduced 4-day shopping spectacular scheduled for November 15-18 at the Florence Center. Enter a 75,000 sq. ft. magical winter wonderland filled with crafts, home decor, gourmet foods, vintage items, boutique shops, customized gifts and nearly 200 vendors to splendor. The Carolinas’ new premier holiday shopping event of the year arrives November 15-18. The Jingle Bell Market will debut at the Florence Center with four exciting days of shopping and holiday festivities. Event coordinators say there’s something for everyone; from garden gifts to

jewelry to on-site monogramming and everything in between. Shoppers will enjoy food and wine tastings, family photos with Santa, a holiday farmers market and the many festivities benefiting local charities. As shoppers begin their Jingle Bell shopping trip they will enter through the Festival of Trees with beautifully decorated trees of all sizes and shapes displayed in themed vignettes. Then it’s on to the many wonderful specialty areas, such as Jingle Belle Junction, Christmas Crafty Cove, Fa La La Farmer’s Market, Holiday Vintage Market, The Sleigh Belle Shop ‘N Drop, Mistletoe Manor, and more. Men are welcomed to join the shopping spree or may prefer to relax at Grinch’s Grotto, a private hangout with a leisurely lunch, spirits, and ballgames on the supersized screens.

International Baccalaureate program ranks second in state According to data recently released by the South Carolina Department of Education, the Wilson High School International Baccalaureate (IB) program has the second highest pass rate on subject exams in the state. Wilson has an 84.4 percent pass rate; Travelers Rest has the highest pass rate but only has twelve students in the program. “This is exciting news,” said Brian Howell, Director of the International Baccalaureate Program for Florence 1 Schools. “We test approximately 80 students each year so to have the second highest exam pass rate in the state is pretty incredible.” Florence 1 also has a high pass rate for IB diplomas, 70.6 percent, putting the program at Wilson higher than both the state and national average, 55.3 percent and 65.9 percent respectively. “We have a lot to be proud of,” Howell said. “Our diploma pass rate puts us fourth in the state and we are closer to the global average of 78.3 percent than many other schools in the nation.” For the 2017-2018 school year, 25 IB diplomas were awarded including Wilson’s first bilingual diploma; Ruijia Li earned her diploma in both English and Chinese. “We are very happy for Ruijia,” Howell said. “Earning an IB diploma takes hard

work and determination. To earn dual diplomas is very impressive.” In Florence 1, the International Baccalaureate Program is available at three levels, Primary Years, Middle Years and Diploma. Based on what section of the program they are enrolled in, students attend North Vista Elementary, Williams Middle or Wilson High School. Currently, between the three stages, there are over 1,000 IB students. Along with rigorous coursework, students in IB are heavily involved with school and civic activities, completing community service hours as part of the program. Through the structure of the curriculum, students become critical thinkers, learning time management and study skills that will help them in higher education. “Data shows that the acceptance rate for IB students to the 20 most popular institutions of higher learning is higher than the general population,” Howell said. “This curriculum prepares students for higher level academics and schools know that.” For example, Yale University has a 7.88 percent acceptance rate in the general population; IB candidates have a 19 percent acceptance rate. Duke University’s general population acceptance is 16.48 percent compared to 28 percent IB candidate acceptance.

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Vendors, boutiques, attractions, and shops cover both levels of the entire facility, so shoppers may need to take a break and visit the Christmas Café. Then dine on delectable southern dishes featuring local SC specialty food companies who are cooking up signature southern recipes. Additional food tastings and beverage samplings are also available in the Fa La La Farmer’s Market. Organizers say one of the driving factors behind the event is the ability to support local non-profit organizations. “Charity starts at home and we want to help those closest to our hearts,”

said Mary Hudson, show manager. “We have six nonprofit organizations we’re giving back to in several ways this year and plans to broaden our charity efforts over the next few years.” Organizations such as House of Hope, Durant Children’s Home, Women in Philanthropy, Helping Florence Flourish, Quilts of Valor Foundation, Florence County Disabilities Foundation, and others will be on-site and joining the festivities. Attractions such as Decorating with a Purpose, the Festival of Trees, Letters to the North Pole, Gift Wrap & Give Back, and other happenings, along with a portion of ticket

sales, will benefit local charities. “The Jingle Bell Market will be bigger and better than anything similar in the region. We have shops, boutiques, and artisans from all over the Southeast totaling nearly 200 vendors, said Mary Hudson. “Just wait until you try one of our signature recipes like the Jingle Bell Fruit Cake or our Jingle Bell Joy Juice (adult beverage) which chefs have custom-formulated specifically for this event and you can’t find anywhere else,” continued Hudson. The Jingle Bell Market opens on Thursday, November 15th at 6 p.m. with a VIP Jingle & Mingle Shopping

Spree. VIP ticket holders will have the opportunity to sip and shop with first access to all vendors and gifts. Shopping continues Friday, November 16th through Sunday, November 18th. General shopping tickets are only $8 with a portion of proceeds benefiting local charities. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Florence Center box office or online at jinglebellmarket. com. The Florence Center is located at 3300 W. Radio. Dr., Florence. Shopping hours and additional event information can be found online at jinglebellmarket. com.

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Columbia City brings its fully professional, award-winning Nutcracker to Florence The timeless holiday tradition returns to Florence for its 51st production The Columbia City Ballet returns award-winning Nutcracker to Florence for its 51st production of the cherished holiday classic. Executive and Artistic Director, William Starrett, has created a captivating performance, which waltzes onto Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center stage on Tuesday, December 11 for one special performance at 7:30 p.m. This year’s Nutcracker performance will return to its roots and feature special choreography in honor of the 100-year anniversary of Marius Petipa’s original choreog-

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School of Dance Arts. Nutcracker is the story of a little girl, Clara, who receives a nutcracker as a

classic story in person instead of on-screen. “While the movie is just out, there is nothing like a live experience,” Starrett says. “This is a production

holiday event. See the real story come to life right here in Florence at Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center.” Columbia City Ballet’s

touring eight cities across the Southeast this year. The company’s 32 professional dancers will share the stage with 58 local children, ages 4 to 16, from Florence’s own

Christmas gift from her uncle, Drosselmeyer. At the stroke of midnight on Christmas Eve, Clara sees the Nutcracker magically grow into a life-size prince and bat-

tle the Mouse Queen. After Clara hurls her slipper and slays the Mouse Queen, the Nutcracker Prince thanks Clara by taking her on a magical journey through the land of snow and kingdom of sweets. The celebration ends with a final waltz where visions of sugar plums dance through Clara’s head. Tickets can be purchased at https://fmupac.org/tickets/, by calling (843)-6614444 or by stopping in at 201 South Dargan Street.

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NOTICE OF SALE (Deficiency Demanded) STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF FLORENCE COURT FILE NO. 2018-CP-21-1953 SOUTH CAROLINA FEDERAL CREDIT UNION AS SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO FLORENCE DUPONT EMPLOYEES FEDERAL CREDIT UNION, Plaintiff, vs. JUSTIN BAXTER McKENZIE A/K/A JUSTIN McKENZIE AND SOUTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES, Defendants. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that under and by virtue of a Decree of this Honorable Court filed in the above-entitled action, I shall offer for sale to the highest bidder for cash according to the custom of auction, at the Florence County Judicial Center, 181 N. Irby Street, Florence, South Carolina, at 11:00 o’clock a.m., or as soon thereafter as the matter can be reached, on November 20, 2018, on the terms and conditions hereinafter set forth, the following

described real property, to wit: All that certain piece, parcel or lot of land, together with improvements thereon, lying and being and situate in the County of Florence, State of South Carolina, and being shown and designated as Lot Number 6 on a plat made by Prosser Surveying Co., Inc., dated February 22, 1991 and recorded in Plat Book 40 at page 52 in the office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County, South Carolina. Reference being had to said map for a more complete and accurate description. This being the same property conveyed to the Justin Baxter McKenzie by deed of Barbara Jones a/k/a Barbara J. McKenzie dated July 19, 2013 and recorded in the office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County on July 24, 2013 in Book B479 at Page 325. TMS #90165-01-028 Property address: 3524 Stone Lane, Florence, SC 29506 Also includes the 1999 Belc, VIN: GBHMM32091AB located thereon. As the Plaintiff did not waive its right for a deficiency judgment in the Complaint, this sale will be reopened for final bidding at 11:00 a.m. on the 20th day of December, 2018. The Plaintiff reserves the right to waive deficiency prior to the foreclosure sale herein. The property shall be sold for cash to the highest bidder. The highest bidder, other than the Plaintiff, will be required to deposit with the Master, at the conclusion of the bidding, cash or certified check in the amount of five (5%) per cent of the bid, the said deposit to be applied to the purchase price. In the case of a deficiency judgment being sought, even though the bidding remains open for 20 days, the high bidder, other than the Plaintiff, on the day of the first sale will be required to put down the required five (5%) per cent deposit. If applicable, the successful bidder shall pay

for deed preparation, costs of recording the deed, and transfer taxes on the deed. In the event the successful bidder shall be other than Plaintiff, Plaintiff shall be entitled to interest on the bid from date of sale to date of compliance at the rate of 5.00% per centum per annum. Should the highest bidder fail to comply with the bid within twenty (20) days from the date of sale, the Master will resell the property at the risk and expense of the defaulting bidder upon the same terms as above set out. The Sheriff of Florence County may be authorized to put the purchaser into possession of the premises if required by the purchaser. The property is sold subject to taxes and assessments, existing easements, encumbrances and restrictions of record. Plaintiff's Attorney: Cynthia Jordan Lowery 843-579-7000 s/Haigh Porter Master in Equity FLORENCE, SC October 23, 2018 (10/31,11/7,11/14/18 AMENDED NOTICE OF FILING FOREIGN JUDGMENT COUNTY OF FLORENCE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS CASE NO. 2018-CP-21-2369 Collection Guarantee Company, LLC, v. Plaintiff, Geriatric Practitioner Solutions, Inc., a South Carolina corporation; Jerry A. Nettles, Jr., a/k/a Jay Nettles, an individual and Does I through V, Defendants. TO: DEFENDANTS GERIATRIC PRACTITIONER SOLUTIONS, INC. AND JERRY A. NETTLES, JR., A/K/A JAY NETTLES, ABOVE NAMED: YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that the judgment attached hereto, rendered against you by the Eighth Judicial District Court for the State

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of Nevada, Clark County, has been filed on August 31, 2018 at 4:31 p.m. with the Clerk of Court of Florence County. You may seek relief from the enforcement of this judgment within thirty (30) days of the service of this notice by serving your grounds therefor upon the Clerk of Court for Florence County and the undersigned attorney for the Plaintiff at his office at 5416-B Rivers Avenue, North Charleston, S.C. 29406; Should you fail to either seek such relief or satisfy the judgment within such period, the judgment will be enforced in this State in the same manner as a judgment issued by this Court. Charleston, South Carolina This 11th day of October, 2018. BERNSTEIN & BERNSTEIN, P.A. s/Robert A. Bernstein Robert A. Bernstein S.C. Bar No. 0677 5418-B Rivers Avenue North Charleston, SC 29406-6129 (843) 529-1111; (843) 5290035 (fax) rbernstein@bernsteinpa.c om ATTORNEYS FOR PLAINTIFF (11/7,11/14,11/21/18) SUMMONS (NON-JURY) STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF FLORENCE IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS TWELFTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT CASE NO. 2018-CP-21-02774 Sylvester Cornelious Jones Plaintiff, vs. Juan Shelton Jones, Jane Doe, John Doe and Richard Doe representing all unknown persons claiming any interest in the subject real property described herein and also all other persons claiming any right, title, estate, interest in or lien upon the real estate described in the Complaint by virtue of claims against or interest or claims of inheritance through James Jones, a/k/a, James C. Jones, a/k/a, James Cornelious Jones, Willie Mae Jones, a/k/a, Willie Mae Jones Johnson, a/k/a, Carolyn Willie Mae Jones Johnson, a/k/a, Carolyn Willie Mae Johnson, and any others as may be minors incapacitated or under other civil disability or in the Armed Forces of the United States of America as is contemplated by what is commonly known as the Soldiers and Sailors Civil

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Summons and Complaint filed on October 23, 2018 in Florence County, South Carolina, Clerk of Court’s Office, Judicial Center, 181 N. Irby street, Suite 1100, Florence, South Carolina 2950 S/S. Porter Stewart, II S. PORTER STEWART, II McGOWAN, ROGERS, P.A. Attorneys for Plaintiff P.O. Box 1461 Florence, SC. 29503 (843) 669-6395 Florence, SC. October 22, 2018 (11/7,11/14,11/21/18)

NOTICE OF SALE Docket No. 2018-CP-21-01729 By virtue of a decree heretofore granted in the case of U.S. Bank, N.A., as Trustee, successor in interest to Wachovia Bank, National Association, as Trustee, successor by merger to First Union National Bank as Trustee, for Mid-State Trust X against Marva J. McGill, I, the undersigned Master in Equity for Florence County, will sell on Tuesday, December 4, 2018, at 11:00 A.M., at the Florence County Judicial Center, 181 N. Irby Street, Florence, South Carolina, to the highest bidder: All that certain piece, parcel or lot of land, with the improvements thereon, situate, located, lying and being on the South side of the extension of Thomas Street, in the Town of Lake City, in the County of Florence, State of South Carolina, the same being shown and designated as Lot No. 65 and one-half (1/2) portion of Lot 66, on a Plat of the Subdivision of Williams and Floyd Property, prepared by A.L. Ervin, C.E., dated November 12, 1943, recorded in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County in Plat Book E at page 159; also being shown and further delineated on that certain Plat prepared by Prosser Surveying, Inc., P.L.S., dated September 13, 2000, for Alton B. Cooper, which Plat is incorporated herein by reference and haviang the following boundaries and measurements: North by Thomas Street, whereon it measures 47.56 Feet and 22.73 Feet; East by the remainder of Lot 66, whereon it measures 143.24 Feet; South by a portion of Lot 74, whereon it measures 22.89 Feet and by Lot 75, whereon it measures 49.94 Feet; West by

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Lot 64, whereon it measures 144.23 Feet; all measurements being a little more or less. This being the property conveyed to Alton B. Cooper and Marva J. McGill by deed of Walter Scott dated December 28, 2000 and recorded in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County on January 30, 2001 in Book A-618 at page 1503. Alton B. Cooper conveyed his one-half interest in the property to Marva J. McGill by deed dated August 16, 2005 and recorded in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County on November 8, 2005 in Book A-968 at page 1775, and re-recorded on November 9, 2005 in Book A-969 at page 146. TMS No. 8000207-027. Current address of property is ÂŹÂŹ331 W Thomas Street, Lake City, SC 29560. SUBJECT TO ASSESSMENTS, FLORENCE COUNTY TAXES, EXISTING EASEMENTS, EASEMENTS AND RESTRICTIONS OF RECORD, AND OTHER SENIOR ENCUMBRANCES, IF ANY. TERMS OF SALE: The successful bidder, other than the Plaintiff, will deposit with the Master in Equity, at the conclusion of the bidding, Five per cent (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. 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 thirty (30) days, then the Master in Equity may resell 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 will not remain open after the date of sale, but compliance with the bid may be made immediately. Purchaser to pay for preparation of the Master in Equity's 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 9.250% per annum. Haigh Porter Master in Equity for Florence County Plaintiff's Attorney: J. Kershaw Spong [SC Bar # 5289] ROBINSON GRAY STEPP & LAFFITTE, LLC P.O. Box 11449 Columbia, SC 29211 (803) 929-1400 Email: kspong@robinsongray.com (11/14,11/21,11/28/18)

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The American Legion oratorical competition coming soon The Fred H. Sexton American Legion Post 1 is pleased to announce that they will be conducting their annual oratorical competition in January. The high school students must prepare an eight to ten minute speech on the U.S. Constitution. The prepared oration must be on some aspect of the Constitution with emphasis on the duties and obligations of a citizen to our government.

There is a second phase to the program where the students will be required to prepare an oration on an assigned topic of three to five minute duration. This requirement is not used in the Post competition, but will be part of subsequent competitions such as the Quadrant, State and National contests. Those topics will cover the 1st, 4th, 13th and 21st amendments to the Constitution.

The football contest winner for Week 11 was Jessica McElveen with a record of 17-3.

One of those topics will be drawn for the students to

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should contact the Post 1 Oratorical Chairman, Don Handley at 843- 662-2230 to get more information and help getting started. This is an excellent way to enhance public speaking skills and self confidence. Post 1 will make every effort to make students successful. Now is the time to prepare.

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