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OCTOBER 16, 2019

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Mayor will not seek fourth term Wuklea uses State of the City address to offer his views on city’s future.

BOB SLOAN Editor Before beginning his annual State of the City address during the Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce Membership Luncheon at the Florence Center on Oct. 10, Mayor Stephen J. Wukela

told the crowd that he does not plan to seek a fourth term next year. “I rise today with the hope and belief that I have, over the last decade, fulfilled my duty to you as mayor,” said Wukela, who was first elected in 2008. “It is with that hope, and that belief, that I announce today that I will not seek

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reelection to the office of Mayor next year." “The decision is not born of a loss of my devotion to the city and its future interest,” said Wukela, “nor by a lack of See MAYOR, Page 5A

Demetria McCutcheon

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NAME: Joe Craig FAMILY: Wife, Kathy, and two sons, Joe Jr. and Steve. HOMETOWN: Souix City, Iowa OCCUPATION: Campaign & Donor Relations Director for the United Way of Florence County. HOBBIES OR SPECIAL INTERESTS: Walking, reading, golfing. WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT FLORENCE: The people, the traditions, the community overall. WHO OR WHAT HAS MOST INFLUENCED YOU? Bobby Kennedy

To say that someone is well prepared for a battle with breast cancer seems unimaginable. For 52-year-old Demetria McCutcheon, the difficulties she had already survived and the losses she was able to endure certainly strengthened her will and resolve enough to equip her for such a fight. Demetria is a survivor. This is her story of how she conquered breast cancer. “The battle is not over, for sure,” she admits, “but I will prevail.” In October of 2017, Demetria went in for her regular mammogram. Mammograms had become routine for her, but this time she felt that something was not right. Her left breast was very sore and swollen and it concerned her. She soon received a letter asking See DEMETRIA, Page 3A

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Children’s hospital radiothon raises $115,365 The 17th annual McLeod Children's Hospital Radiothon raised $115,365 for the treatment of critically ill and injured children. This year’s event took place Oct. 2-4. Community Broadcasters Stations The Cat 99.3, Star 93.7, Live 95 News Talk 95.3 and Almighty 105.1 broadcasted live from the concourse of McLeod Regional Medical Center. During the broadcast, listeners heard stories of local families whose children have benefited from the care at McLeod Children's Hospital. Listeners were also invited to make a pledge, call in, or visit the hospital to share their stories. One hundred percent of the money raised during the McLeod Children’s Hospital Radiothon helps support specialized care, medical equipment, and programs needed to help care for children in the region. One of the largest fundraisers for the McLeod Children’s Hospital, the radiothon helps ensure the continuum of quality care provided for children and families across the region.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

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Deaths Heather Baggerly passed away Oct. 10. Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home Ronald Lee Bowman, 72, passed away Oct. 8. WatersPowell Funeral Home. Katie Belle Howard Brown, 94,passed away Oct. 9. Layton-Anderson Funeral Home. Billy Lee “B.L.” Burr, 80, passed away Oct. 9. Stoudenmire-Dowling Funeral Home. Grace Harris Calcutt, 94, passed away Oct. 10. LaytonAnderson Funeral Home. Alan Deaver, 66, passed away Oct. 6. Cain-Calcutt Funeral Home. Kenneth Lawrence Evans, 92, passed away Oct. 10 . Layton-Anderson Funeral Home. Sarah E. Gibbs, 95. passed away Oct. 12. Ideal Funeral Parlor.. Lizzie “Liz” Daye Dority Huggins, age 76, passed away Oct. 6. Belk Funeral Home.

HURRICANE HUGO: It was 30 years ago that Hurricane Hugo carved a path of destruction through the Carolinas. The photos above below are of clean-up efforts in downtown Florence on the morning of Sept. 22, 1989.

Carey Dewey Johnson, 63, passed away Oct. 10. KistlerHardee Funeral Home Walter Raleigh “Winky” Johnson Sr., 85, passed away Oct. 7. Stoudenmire-Dowling Funeral Home. Peggy E. Jones, 84, passed away Oct. 12. Ideal Funeral Parlor. Elizabeth Kohli passed away Oct. 10. Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home Lodie Law, 69, passed away Oct. 12. Ideal Funeral Parlor. Betty Jo Moses Maddrix, 81, passed away Oct. 4. Stoudenmire-Dowling Funeral Home. Clarice Knotts McCoy, 89, passed away Oct. 12. Belk Funeral Home. Sara Martin Moody, 84, passed away Oct. 11. Belk Funeral Home. Annie Ruth Nichols, 93, passed away Oct. 7. Ideal Funeral Parlor. Connie L. Souza, 79, passed away Oct. 11. Cain-Calcutt Funeral Home. James Bradley “Brad” Stokes, 45, passed away Oct. 4. Cain-Calcutt Funeral Home.

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her to come in for a follow-up. The follow up then led to a 3-D mammogram. 3-D mammograms differ from regular mammograms in that it takes multiple images to recreate a 3-dimensional picture of the breast. Traditional mammograms take a single image. Even with the 3-D mammogram, doctors still could not diagnose Demetria. They scheduled a biopsy for just after Christmas. “It was pretty hard to focus on the holidays and not think about the procedure, but I did my best,” Demetria recalled. Demetria was visiting her family at her mother and father’s home on Jan. 2 when she received a call from her doctor’s office in Sumter. The nurse informed her that the biopsy had come back positive and that she had Stage 2 invasive ductal carcinoma. She then asked Demetria if she knew of a surgeon to call. “It was a shock to receive such bad news over the phone, but I am so thankful that it happened when I was surrounded by family,” Demetria said. “Because it happened that way, I think it assured me that God was orchestrating everything. He was still very much in control.” Demetria has a very close family. One of seven children, she serves as an assistant pastor at her parent’s church, Her father, Carol and her mother, Mary, are both pastors at Holy Temple Pentecostal Assembly in Florence. Needless to say, this faith-centered family prayed upon learning diagnosis. “I didn’t cry,” said Demetria. “I had to be strong for my fam-

ily. I could not let them see me worried or fearful. I had to stay positive. Demetria’s sister, Alina, said that is just part of her sister’s character. “I am so proud of the way she has handled this,” said Alina. “She is the strongest woman I know. Almost the whole time she was trying to encourage and support others. She wanted to be there for our church family. Not many people could have dealt with the in the positive way that she did.” Part of the reason for that could be that Demetria had been in very tough situations before and had found a way to survive. Demetria says she a twotime survivor of domestic abuse. “They were some bad, very bad relationships,” said Demetria. “Thankfully, there were people like the Pee Dee Coalition to help me out.” Demetria has also suffered through rheumatoid arthritis, which affected her wrist so bad that it forced her to close her successful beauty shop. She had also endured the loss of her younger sister, Arronetta Brown, who died of Lupus in 2010. “Arronetta’s death affected my family terribly,” she said. “It left all of us very distraught. I remember I had to break the news to my dad and that was really hard.” Demetria remembers breaking the news to her daughter, Valenta, then starting her senior year at South Florence High School. Demetria left her family to pick up Valenta from school. She broke the news to her on

the way home. “I just told her,” said Demetria. “She responded by saying she wasn’t sure if she could handle it. I told her she could.” Valenta, now 19, says she prayed over and over that her mom would live long enough to see her to graduate from high school. Her aunt, Arronetta, had died of Lupus before her seeing her son graduate. With her diagnosis of invasive ductal carcinoma, Demetria had a lumpectomy scheduled for Jan. 25. Invasive ductal carcinoma is the most common type of breast cancer. About 80 percent of all breast cancers are ICDs. Invasive means that the cancer has “invaded” or spread to the surrounding breast tissues. A lumpectomy is a surgical procedure in which a lump is removed from the breast, typically when cancer is present but has not spread. Demetria’s lumpectomy was not completely successful, so a re-excision was ordered. A reexcision, means surgically reopening a lumpectomy site to try to remove a margin of tissue that is cancer-free. In April, Demetria underwent a mastectomy, or breast removal. “I had a few conversations with my doctors, not knowing whether this was something I wanted or needed to do,” admits Demetria. “After lots of prayer, I knew it was the right thing to do.” Following the mastectomy, Demetria underwent four weeks of chemotherapy followed by six weeks of radiation. She admits with ease that the chemo was by far the most difficult.

“That was hard,” said Demetria. “ I was sick, I was tired, I had no energy, and I could not eat.” She said there was a particular song, “God Will Get Me Through” by Wess Morgan, that gave her assurance and strength. “That’s what I kept telling my dad and mom, God will get us through it,” she said. While trying to remain strong for family and others, Demetria admits there were a few times when it got to be too much. She said she let her guard down to her big brother Angelo, who was a cancer survivor, and to a dear friend in Virginia, Darlene Bishop, who had survived two bouts with breast cancer. She said they both offered great comfort and encouragement. She also said there was a family friend by the name of Mr. Kent who was a great support in her time of need. It was during the first part of her chemo treatments that Demetria attended her daughter’s graduation ceremony at the Florence Center. She needed assistance and had to wear a mask and gloves to prevent the possibility of contacting anything contagious, but she was determined to see her daughter walk across the stage and get her diploma. “There was nothing that could keep me from being there for my baby,” she said. “It was important to her, but it was important to me too.” Demetria remembers ringing the bell when her last chemo treatment had concluded. “Oh, I rang it and rang it and rang it,” she said. “I rang it so hard they were worried I was

going to break it.” Radiation treatments began in September and lasted for six weeks, fives days each week. When her hair started falling out, Demetria said she had to fight off lots of negative thoughts. “I was a hair stylist, so hair was a very important,” she said. ‘I had to keep telling myself, ‘you can’t let your hair define you,’ and I didn’t.” Just before Thanksgiving she received the news, this time in person at the doctor’s office that “everything looks fine.” “I maintained my composure in the doctor’s office, but when I got out into the parking lot I danced and screamed for joy,” said Demetria. “There were happy tears and I thanked god for his deliverance.” Demetria began counseling, which she said has been very helpful for her and has given her an opportunity to share what she has learned from her fight

with others. In June she underwent reconstructive surgery using her own tissue. She’s not back at work yet, but hopes to return soon. What would she tell those who have recently been diagnosed with breast cancer? “God will get you through,” said Demetria. “It’s okay to cry and have your moment. It’s as devastating a moment as you can face, but it is not the end. It’s all in how you handle it. It’s about trusting God, relying on your support, and how you feel about yourself. No negativity allowed.” She keeps a scrapbook of photos, bookmarks, certificates, cards and other things collected during her breast cancer battle. She says that while some may see it as odd to keep such things as souvenirs, there is a purpose. “It is a reminder that I am a survivor.”

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The numbers don’t lie: Breast cancer is a serious matter We are guessing you’ve noticed the bright pink banner on the front page of the last three editions of The News Journal. It’s hard not to. All the pink you see during October, particularly the ribbons - is in reference to Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In recent years the campaign has grown and taken on a greater importance, and rightly so. The number of pink ribbons attest to the number of people who have survived, who are battling breast cancer, and those who lost the fight. The numbers are growing. October reminds us of just how many people we know and love, those who are co-workers, neighbors, friends and family, who battle this disease. Here are some startling numbers reprinted from the National Breast Cancer Foundation web site, www.nationalbreastcancer.org: • In 2019, an estimated 268,600 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women in the U.S. There will be 62,930 new cases of non-invasive breast cancer.

OPINION

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2019

The following column was written by Editor Jim Baxley. It first appeared in Baxley’s regular column, “Consider This,” in the Bristol Herald- Courier of Bristol, Va., on June 27, 1982. It is reprinted with permission. We Americans have a day or a week or a month for just about everything. Mother’s Day; Father’s Day; Dairy Month; Dental Health Month; Be-Kind-To-Animals Week; MotherIn-Law Day; Hot Dog Month; Valentine’s Day; plus national, religious and historical holidays, along with countless other days of commemoration remembrance or whatever. You name it, we got it – almost. Unless I have missed it, we have not got a day which we put special emphasis on being kind to one another. We ought to have one. Oh, I know we are supposed to be kind to each other all the time, but we’re not. We get out of sorts. We yell at people and dogs and cats. We rail against circumstances. We yap at our public officials. We heap abuse on our public servants – our school, teaches, our police, our firemen, our public works employees, the folks at the courthouse. We say hurtful things to those who are most important in our lives. Even if we don’t really mean what we say, the hurt remains. It may go away, but it takes a while.

Checking blood sugar is vitally important

• Although rare, men get breast cancer too. The lifetime risk for U.S. men is about 1 in 1,000.

Diabetes is caused by too much glucose (sugar) in your blood. This is also called high blood sugar. The cells in our body need sugar to function properly and this sugar comes from the food we eat. Our body makes something called insulin that helps the sugar get in our cells. When you have Type-2 Diabetes, your body doesn’t make as much insulin, or can’t use it well. Without insulin, sugar can’t get in your cells. When this happens, the sugar stays in your blood. Too much sugar in your blood can be serious. It can cause heart, kidney and eye problems and other complications. Too little sugar in your blood can also be dangerous. Keeping your sugar controlled can prevent this. Therefore, it is very important to check your blood sugar. Diabetes affects over 29 million people in the United States. South Carolina ranks fifth in the nation. One in seven adults in South Carolina has diabetes. It affects one in four people over 65 years old. It is the 7th leading cause of death. In 2017, 1,535 people in S.C. died from diabetes - that is about four people every day. About 20 percent of people

• Breast cancer is the most common cancer in American women, except for skin cancers. • There are over 3.5 million breast cancer survivors in the United States. • On average, every 2 minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States. • Female breast cancer represents 15.2 percent of all new cancer cases in the U.S. These numbers get your attention, and they should. Breast cancer is a most serious issue and it should concern everyone. Breast cancer pays no heed to socio-economics, race or age. It can strike any woman – and yes, any man – at any time. There has been good news, very good news, in the fight against breast cancer in recent years. According to report, which is published every two years by the American Cancer Society, breast cancer deaths have declined by 39 percent between 1989 and 2018. That's about 322,600 fewer victims. What we can take from this is simply that breast cancer is defeatable, especially if diagnosed early. The increased awareness effort of recent years appears to be paying dividends both from a medical advancement perspective as well as from women understanding that regular mammograms are vital. That said, the fight continues. Breast cancer awareness should not be viewed as a topic to be considered for a few weeks each year in the fall then ignored the remaining 11 months of each year. Breast Cancer Awareness Month is about raising awareness, raising funds, sharing information and needs. But it’s not just about October. It’s about reminding us that funds must be raised, precautions must be taken and the battle will continue being fought each and every day until there is a cure.

Everybody, of course, is invited to participate. Maybe our mayors will proclaim it for the Twin Cities. Maybe Congress will adopt one of those resolutions fixing the date. Maybe even the president will issue one of those proclamations extolling the virtues of kindness and calling on all Americans to give it a try.

So I am declaring a National Day of Kindness. It will be celebrated Oct. 17. Write it down. Everybody, of course, is invited to participate. Maybe our mayors will proclaim it for the Twin Cities. Maybe Congress will adopt one of those resolutions fixing the date. Maybe even the president will issue one of those proclamations extolling the virtues of kindness and calling on all Americans to give it a try. Even if none of that happens, though, we can mark the occasion by doing and saying kind things to those we know and even those we don’t know but just happen to run into sometime during the day: Store clerks, cashiers, cab drivers, doctors, nurses, lawyers, judges, secretaries, co-workers, passerby (a smile and “hello” works wonders), even newspaper editors. The list is endless, since it includes everybody. Other than speaking and smiling, you may ask, if you are not into everyday kindness, what else can we do? Well, anything that might make

someone else feel better about themselves or life in general. But here are some specific fr’instances: Send a card of some sort, preferably one you made yourself. Call someone on the phone “just because ..” Tell your wife or your children or relatives, “Hey, you know I love you.” Tell a friend, “You’re good people. I like you.” Compliment somebody on their appearance. Hold the door open for somebody, even if it’s a femlib type who can “do it myself, thank you.” Let that waiting driver pull into traffic from the parking lot or wherever. I don’t recommend presents. There are lots of days on which we send people presents. But if it’s somebody special, and you want to send them a rose or a bouquet, then do it – again, “just because … ” Help an old lady across the street, but only if she wants to go. Drop a note to your favorite charity or public agency (police, firemen,

etc.) that says, simply, “Thanks.” Watch your tongue. If you’ve got a gripe with someone, put it off until tomorrow. Don’t quarrel with anyone. Don’t complain. If you’re a boss thank your employees for their good work; if you’re an employee, thank your boss for providing employment for you. If you’ve had a “falling out” with a relative or a close friend and you “haven’t spoken” lately, speak. Let bygones be bygones. Make it a day of mutual amnesty. THAT’S NOT all, of course. Far from it. The surface is barely scratched. But you get the idea. Just be nice, be courteous, be civil, be thoughtful, be kind. So, if our National Day of Kindness is not until next October 17, why am I telling you about this now? For good reason, that’s why. Since a lot of us, me included, may be out of practice, it gives us plenty of time to get into the swing of things. What we can do is start by being kind at least once a day, to sorta get the hang of it. Then maybe twice a day, three times a day, four times, and so on until, finally, we can go a whole day without being unkind. On reaching that point, we will then be ready to celebrate the real thing on Oct. 17. Watch for it. It’s a Sunday. It’ll be in all the papers. Well, this one, anyway.

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

• This year, an estimated 41,760 women will die from breast cancer in the U.S.

• 1 in 8 women in the United States will develop breast cancer in her lifetime.

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National Day of Kindness declared

• 62 percent of breast cancer cases are diagnosed at a localized stage, for which the 5-year survival rate is 99 percent.

• An estimated 2,670 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year in the United States and approximately 500 will die.

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in Florence County have diabetes. When your sugar stays too high it damages your body. This is why it’s very important to know how much sugar is in your blood. Your provider will tell you how often to check your sugar. If you just take a pill for diabetes, you may only need to check it once or twice daily. It is a good idea to check it 2 hours after a large meal or before bed. If you take insulin shots, you need to check it before meals and at bedtime. This can help you understand how food affects your blood sugar (Knapp et al., 2016). You may need to change what you eat to improve your sugar. If you check blood sugar before you eat, it should be 80-130 mg/dL. One or 2 hours after you eat, it should be less than 180 mg/dL (Knapp et al., 2016). At bedtime your sugar should be 100-150 mg/dL. If it is higher or lower, you should write down what you ate and share this with your provider. If you have diabetes, the most important thing you can do is check your blood sugar (NIDDK, 2016). When you know what your blood sugar is, you can understand how food affects it. Keeping your blood sugar at the

right level keeps you healthy. It can prevent complications that can lead to death. Talk to your provider about any questions you have. Jeniffer Reid Francis Marion University Why did teachers get a higher pay raise? The South Carolina teachers received a 4% pay raise while state employees only received a 2% raise with a $600 one-time bonus. I’m a retired state employee who has worked as a regular state employee and in the school system giving me insight to both groups. Both groups are state employees, so why is one better than the other? What makes a teacher more deserving than a state employee? It’s my opinion that state employees should receive the same pay raises as teachers since they are all state servants. South Carolina teachers and state employees should not be rewarded more than the other. South Carolina teachers and state employees are considerably behind in average pay received as compared to state employees in neighboring Southeastern states. A recent study funded by the

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gratitude for your many kindnesses. But l am hopeful that my choice is compatible with both devotion and gratitude.” In continuing his address, the mayor reflected on the city’s accomplishment’s during his tenure and offered his thoughts on the city’s future. “The occasion calls for me to present, for your consideration and reflection, some thoughts on our city’s future, which I offer here as the advice of a soon parting friend,” said Wukela. The mayor spoke on the importance and future challenges of building and maintaining the hard infrastructure of water, sewer, and storm water public works, as well as maintaining and improving roads. He pointed toward the need for road maintenance funding, specifically pointing at “the county road maintenance fee, totaling over $1 million annually, collected by the county on 30,000 city vehicles, and spent by the county elsewhere.” He touched on the current county one cent sales tax, which he noted “over $100 million has been collected by the county on sales within the city. Only $20 million of that has been allocated by the county to the city for use in maintaining city roads.” He said it likely foreshadows a coming showdown between the city and county over a future sales tax referendum. Nearing the end of his remarks, Wukela touched on the subject of racism. “The single biggest threat to the future success of the city is racial division,” he said.

Florence Mayor Stephen Wukela expressed his gratitude for the assitance he has recevied during his three term in office. “We must recognize and practically address our history of division in this city, black from white, north from south.” Wukela said “ a great deal has been accomplished, but a great deal remains to be done. We cannot succeed if we are divided.” The mayor then paraphrased the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., stating, “We remain tied together in a single garment of destiny - an inescapable network of mutuality. The success of each of us is inextricably tied to the success of all of us.” To close his address, Wukela again spoke of how thankful he was for the help he received from many people, companies, and organizations during his time as mayor. “I have, over the last decade, been fortunate to lead the city during a time in which opportunity met people of good will,” he said. “The partnerships, the dear friendships, that have been forged and

tested made great success possible. We will continue that work in my remaining year. It is my earnest hope that my successor, whomever that may be - perhaps some young brash upstart that shows up uninvited as I did - will have my same good fortune. Thank you and Godspeed.” As he left the podium, the crowd of several hundred rose to their feet to give the mayor a standing ovation. Fred Carter, president of Francis Marion University, introduced Wukela, citing the great strides the city has made, particularly in the downtown area, during his years in office. Wukela was elected Florence mayor in 2008 by one vote over incumbent Frank Willis. He was re-elected in 2012 and again in 2016. He received an astonishing 98.4 percent of the vote in the 2016 election. The next mayoral race will take place in 2020.

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IT chief wins SC CIO Award HopeHealth Information Technology Chief Rufus Jackson was one of eight individuals to receive the second annual South Carolina CIO Award. The awards were presented during ceremonies in Columbia on Oct. 2 by Integrated Media Publishing, Publishers of Charleston Business Magazine, Columbia Business Monthly, and Greenville Business Magazine. The 2019 South Carolina CIO Awards honor chief information officers and IT directors who lead their organizations in delivering business value and innovative use of IT. The award recognizes CIOs who have shown leadership in their organization and strategically imple-

mented enterprise-wide IT systems that add business value and innovation. Jackson was recognized for his work on improving security gaps, standardization, and customer service within the organization’s technology services. He said addressJACKSON ing the technology infrastructure was one of the major hurdles overcome this year and included getting all 13 HopeHealth sites on a single redundant system. “Before, every location was siloed and had to managed separately,” Jackson said. “Now, we can log into one interface to manage all

13 locations. This implementation also helped alleviate our bandwidth issues at remote sites.” The improvements also provide for more control over digital traffic flow allowing filters, restrictions, and global policies to be implemented consistently across all 13 sites and saves many work hours in travelling from site to site for even routine updates for Jackson’s six-member IT team. “That speeds up workflow for the team, reduces downtime for IT related issues, and improves the visibility of what is going on with the network,” Jackson said. Other improvements included firewalls implementations, standardizing desktop imaging, a new

Help-Desk system, conversion of site-based phone systems to a cloud-based system, and creation of an EMR training team. Jackson will be featured in the December issue of Greenville and Columbia Business Magazines and in the January/February issue of Charleston Business. 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 843-667-9414 or visit hope-health.org.

Physicians join HopeHealth staff Hope Health has recently added three new providers to its staff. They are physician’s assistant Kristina Washington and nurse practitioners Carol Ann Berry and Brett Lynam. Washington earned both her bachelors and masters WASHINGTON degrees from Francis Marion University. She is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the

South Carolina Academy of Physician Assistants. She serves patients in the Pain Management department. B e r r y earned her m a s t e r ’s degree from the University of Rochester in Rochester, N.Y. She BERRY completed a residency at Highland Hospital Family Medicine in Rochester. Berry is a member of the American Nurses Credential-

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Nurse Practitioners, the American Nurses Association, and the South Carolina Nurses Association. 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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Barth named Business Person of the Year BOB SLOAN Editor

Members of Florence Patriot Guard Riders, American Legion Riders and Rolling Thunder hold flags and stand in a semicircle while waiting the beginning of a memorial service for unclaimed veteran U.S. Navy Boiler Technician Petty Officer Second Class Kenneth L. Ballard. The ceremony was held Oct. 9 at Florence National Cemetery.

With full honors Unclaimed vet given final salute at Florence National Cemetery BOB SLOAN Editor It wasn’t a large crowd, but it was enough. There were American flags and salutes. There were reverent words and prayers. There was the always-stirring moment when Taps is played. It was a most honorable and well-deserved ceremony for someone who wore the uniform and defended our nation. What was missing at the funeral service held Oct. 9 at Florence National Cemetery for Boiler Technician Petty Officer Second Class Kenneth L. Ballard was family. Ballard was an unclaimed veteran. At the age of 67, he died in Charleston County on April 1. With no family to claim his body, his remains were cremated. The coroner’s office contacted an attorney to serve as an executor for the late veteran. The attorney in turn contacted the Missing in America Project (MIA-P), a national organ-

After hearing his name announced as the 2019 Business Person of the Year during Friday’s Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce Membership Luncheon at the Florence Center, Barth hugged his daughter, shook a few hands, and then made his way to the podium. After accepting the award from Wells Fargo executive Robb Sasser, Barth said he thought there were others that were more or just as deserving of the honor. He then simply said ”thank you” and returned to his seat. A restaurateur and businessman, Barth has been anything but silent when it comes to the economic impact his ventures have had on the city of Florence over the last decade. Chamber President Mike Miller said the business person of the year is someone who has “managed a successful business with a record of responsibility toward employees, customers and members of the greater Florence community.”

Dale Barth is the owner of Red Bone Alley restaurant and co-owner of Town Hall Restaurant & Bar. Barth certainly fits the bill. He began operating his first restaurant, P.A.’s, in Florence in 1992. A few years later he turned his attention to opening a second restaurant. Using his own concept, design and creativity, Barth converted the old J.C. Penney at the Florence Mall into a restaurant with a unique atmosphere and a menu that See BARTH, Page 2B

Three schools earn Palmetto Awards

The cremated remains of BT2 Kenneth Ballard were placed in a hand-carved wooden container made by the Greenville Woodworkers Association. ization whose mission is to locate, identify and inter the unclaimed cremated remains of veterans. The national organization got in contact with the state representative where the veteran passed away. Larry Truax is the MIA-P state coordinator for South Carolina.

Truax researched Ballard’s background as best he could and then began the process of finding a cemetery to conduct a service and inter the Navy veteran. Little is known about Ballard except that he served in the U.S. Navy from 1970 to 1977, which included a tour in

Vietnam. He was born April 21, 1952. Truax contacted Carolyn Howard, director of the Florence National Cemetery. She quickly agreed to a ceremony with full honors. Howard, who has served as the director of the cemetery See VET, Page 3B

Royall, Carver, and Timrod elementary schools were recently recognized as the State Department of Education announced the winners of the 2018-19 Palmetto Gold and Silver Schools awards. Royall Elementary received a Palmetto Gold Award, while Carver Elementary and Timrod Elementary received Silver awards. The purpose of the program is “to recognize and reward schools for academic achievement and for closing the achievement gap.” “We are elated with these results,” said Florence 1 Schools Superintendent

Dr. Richard O’Malley. “Coming on the heels of the State Report Cards where four of our schools achieved a rating of Excellent, our schools are having a banner year.” Figures used to determine the awards include student data over time that proves academic achievement and growth, as well as student attendance, teacher attendance and graduation rates for high schools. The Palmetto Gold and Silver Awards program was established in 1998 in accordance with the Education Accountability Act. The See AWARDS, Page 2B

Pet of the Week The Jayne H. Boswell animal shelter is a partnership with the Florence Area Humane Society and the City of Florence. The shelter is located at 1434 McCurdy Road and is open Tuesday through Saturday, from noon to 5 p.m. Contact them by phone at either (843) 629-5456 or (843) 669-2921. Adoption fees are $65 for cats and $85 for dogs. The fee includes first vaccines and spay/neuter. The shelter is always in need of volunteers, foster families, and donations.

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was perfectly suited for a Palmetto State palate. He named the restaurant Red Bone Alley, after his daughter, Alley, and her dog, a redbone hound. The restaurant became a local favorite and word quickly spread. In introducing Barth, Sasser said, “Red Bone Alley has since become a landmark in Florence and is popular with locals and those passing through Florence.” With his restaurant, which presently has 100 employees, finding such success, Barth continued to expand the Red Bone brand and opened a manufacturing business of specialty spices and sauces. He converted an old abandoned building into an industrial kitchen and food packaging area that not only

Dale Barth, right, accepts the 2019 Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce Businessperson of the Year Award. At left is presenter Rob Sasser of Wells Fargo. produces and packages Red Bone branded products but also products for other boutique food companies, supplying 6,000 grocery stores. “Red Bone Foods was one of the first private investments in the revitaliza-

tion efforts of downtown Florence,” said Sasser. Sasser also pointed out that Barth was one of the first investors in New Florence Development, the partnership that redeveloped Kress Corner.

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In 2016, Barth partnered with the Indigo Road Hospitality Group of Charleston to develop and open another restaurant in downtown Florence, Town Hall Restaurant and Bar. Like Red Bone Alley, Town Hall offers a unique dining experience with an exceptional menu. Sasser pointed out that while Barth has been tremendously successful from a business standpoint, he has never lost contact with his desire to help support the Florence community. Sasser pointed out that Barth’s restaurants provided hundreds of meals for free in the days following hurricanes Matthew, Florence and Michael. “Dale Barth is a man most deserving of this award,” said Sasser.

Chamber festival set for Friday The Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce kicks off its annual Kickin’ Chicken Wings and Chili Festival in downtown Florence on Friday. The event takes place in the100 block of Dargan Street. The fun begins at 5 p.m. and will last until 9 p.m. More than 10 wing competitors and 12 chili cookers will compete. Sideswiped will take the stage to provide live music. The event is presented by Raines Hospitality, South Carolina Federal Credit Union, Florence Regional Arts and Alliance, City of Florence and Community Broadcasters, and Willcox, Buyck, and Williams.

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Education Oversight Committee (EOC) and the State Board of Education present the awards to recognize schools with high levels of academic achievement, attaining high rates of growth, and making substantial progress in closing the achievement gap between student groups. “Royall Elementary was given Silver for 2018 and now received Gold for 2019,” O’Malley said. “That shows that the school’s administration, teachers and staff are not content with just being a good school, they want to be the best. That is something that we all can strive for.” Royall Elementary School is in the top 2 percent of all elementary schools in the state. The leadership of Royall Principal Julie Smith has been the catalyst for producing such a high achieving school, according to O’Malley. To be eligible for Palmetto Gold, schools must have a state report card rating of Excellent Academic

Achievement and Excellent Student Progress; Excellent Academic Achievement and Good Student Progress; or Good Academic Achievement and Excellent Student Progress. For Palmetto Silver, schools must have a state report card rating of Average Academic Achievement and Excellent Student Progress; Good Academic Achievement and Good Student Progress; or Excellent Academic Achievement and Average Student Progress. “The rigor in our classrooms has increased and we are very happy that the state is recognizing our schools for their hard work,” O’Malley said. “Everyone in this district is embracing the four objectives of our Florence 1 in 2021 vision, which includes superior student achievement and offering an array of academic options to prepare our students for their future. We are continuing to put our students first and we are making great progress.”


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since 2012, said Ballard is the 18th unclaimed veteran to be buried or interred in Florence National Cemetery. Howard said S.C. did not take part in the MIA-P program before she arrived from Colorado in 2012. She said that Florence is the first city in the state to hold a service for an unclaimed veteran. “We want to lay to rest our soldiers with dignity and honor,� said Howard. “They don’t deserve to be forgotten. They deserve to be laid to rest and taken care of, and this is the place where we will do that.� Ballard’s ashes received an escort to the cemetery from Horry County Sheriff’s Deputies. The Veterans Honor Guard of Florence oversaw the ceremony, which was attended by members of Florence Patriot Guard Riders, American Legion Riders, Rolling Thunder and members of the public. The Rev. Kent Kendall of

Florence Baptist Temple offered briefs remarks and a member of the Florence guard shared a reading on the 13 folds as the American flag was folded. The flag was then presented to a woman who served as Ballard’s mother. Ballard’s ashes were placed in a handmade wooden container made and donated by the Greenville Woodworkers Association. They will be interred in the cemetery’s mausoleum. Since its inception in 2007, the MIA-P has found and identified the remains of more than 3,000 veterans across the United States. “Our job is to make sure we give him and every other unclaimed vet the honor and respect they deserve,� said Truax. “I know it’s important to him, but he cannot speak. I get to do that for him.� For more information about the Missing in America Project, visit www.miap. us.

Chamber to host economic equity roundtable Oct. 29 The public is invited to join the Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, Oct. 29 from 1 to 4 p.m. for the Economic Equity and Inclusion Roundtable. The event will take place in the Floyd Conference Center of MUSC Health Flo- MIDGETTE rence Medical Center. The event will feature business leaders, executives, and entrepreneurs sharing ideas and energy around advancing diversity, inclusion and equity in busi-

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Veterans offer a hand salute during the playing of Taps during a funeral service for an unclaimed veteran at Florence National Cemetery.

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Boeing visits STEM schools in Florence 1 Carver Elementary Magnet School and West Florence High School had some very special guests Oct. 2 as Boeing Communications Specialist Libba Holland and Education Relations Specialist Frank Hatten visited their classes. Holland and Hatten were visiting several Pee Dee districts to observe STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) classes to see what the next generation of hands-on learners were studying and creating. Carver is in its sixth year of using Project Lead The Way (PLTW) curriculum, which incorporates STEM learning at every grade level. The Boeing representatives observed a kindergarten classroom where students were exploring the story of The Three Little Pigs through the eyes of engineering. Students used straw, sticks, and brick to construct houses before bringing in a big bad wolf (a fan) to blow them over. Chris Rogers, director of STEM for Florence 1 Schools, said that the Boeing representatives were very impressed

with what they saw going on with the young Florence 1 students. “When thinking about STEM, we sometimes tend to think about older children,” Rogers said. “These students are in kindergarten and already learning about building structures. They don’t necessarily understand the higher concepts of what they are learning but when they get to more advanced grades those concepts will all start to click together.” While at West Florence Holland and Hatten visited several engineering and biomedical classes, including Principals of Biomedical Science and Human Body Systems. “They have health facilities at Boeing which is why they wanted to see the biomedical classes,” Rogers said. “There are doctors, nurses, everything on-site in case anything happens at their facility. They’ve also got a health facilities research team where they build exoskeletons for employees to wear while they are working. For example, people who do a lot of bending and lifting, when they get

to work they put on this equipment and it helps them so they don’t get worn out making those motions all the time.” Rogers said that the high school students learned from the Boeing representatives about opportunities for employment. “It was really great because the classes they visited had a range of students, ninth grade through seniors, and they talked with them about all of the job opportunities available at Boeing, some of them available with only a high school diploma,” Rogers said. “Some students take these classes because they are fun and it fills out their schedule but if working in these fields is something that they want to actually pursue, there are so many different directions they can take it. I am very proud of the STEM programs that we have in this district. Visits like this, and the feedback that we get, show the high level of work that teachers and students put into their learning and I hope that it will grow into job opportunities for our kids in the future.”

Communications Specialist Libba Holland and Education Relations Specialist Frank Hatten of the Boeing Corporation recently visited Carver Elementary Magnet School and West Florence High School. The two of them visited with students at several schools in the Pee Dee to observe STEM classes and see what the next generation of hands-on learners were studying and creating. Below, Hatten spends time with a Carver Elementary student.

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King’s Academy adds school-based telehealth program McLeod Health and The King’s Academy (TKA) have announced a partnership to offer a School-Based Telehealth Program (SBTP) this school year. The School-Based Telehealth Program offers a new option for non-emergency medical care at TKA through McLeod TeleHealth visits with Lisa Wallace, a McLeod

Nurse Practitioner. McLeod has provided the school with telehealth equipment including a computer, monitor, camera and other devices such as a remote stethoscope and otoscope. “The School-Based Telehealth Program provides a great new opportunity to partner with our TKA families and keep our students

healthy,” said Cathy Parnell, school nurse for TKA. “It is exciting to be part of a program that utilizes current technology to provide early intervention for treatment of minor illnesses. This team approach gives students access to an entire team of skilled healthcare professionals all working towards a common goal of reducing

school absences and returning them to optimal health as soon as possible.” “We are pleased to partner with McLeod Health,” commented Rob Van Ness, Head of School for The King’s Academy. “We believe this partnership will be a tremendous service to our families as they navigate their busy day

to day lives.” “Convenient access to healthcare is one of our nation’s major health care problems and this applies to patients of all ages,” said McLeod Health Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer Matt Reich. “Timely access is also an essential focus for our McLeod team of doctors and

practitioners. We all need the proper level of health care and in an expedient manner.’ Wallace also said the School-Based Telehealth Program is truly a community effort, extending a sincere thank you to Bret Greer with Toledo Carolina for generously donating a scale to the school.

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INDEX 100 ...............................................LEGALS 150 .........................................STATEWIDE 200..........................................ADOPTION 210.............................ANNOUNCEMENTS 215...............................................EVENTS 216..................................................TRIPS 250 ..........................................AUCTIONS 300........................FINANCIAL SERVICES 310 ..........................INTERNET SERVICES 320.....................................INSTRUCTION 350..........................................PERSONAL 375 ........................HEALTH & NUTRITION 400...........................................ANTIQUES 405 ...BEAUTY SALONS/BARBER SHOPS 410..............BOATS/JET SKI & SUPPLIES . 420 .............GARDEN/FARM EQUIPMENT 425......................GUNS & ACCESSORIES 435..................................FARM ANIMALS 440 .............................LOST AND FOUND 450 ...................................MERCHANDISE 452............................................PRODUCE 455 ...................MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS 460 ...............................PETS & SUPPLIES 470................................WANTED TO BUY 480.......................................YARD SALES 500 ....................................EMPLOYMENT 510 .................BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY 515 ....................................HELP WANTED . 520 ...........................................SERVICES 525........................................CHILD CARE

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SUMMONS STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF FLORENCE IN THE FAMILY COURT OF THE TWELFTH JUDICIAL COURT CASE NO: 2019-DR-21-729 James Eaddy, Jr., Plaintiff, vs. Quentin O. Mitchell, Defendant. In Re: A.S. Backus (DOB: xx/xx/2002) and A.T. Backus (DOB: xx/xx/2009), minors. TO THE ABOVE NAMED DEFENDANT: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and required to answer the Complaint in this action, of which a copy is hereby served upon you, and to serve a copy of your answer to the said Complaint on the Plaintiff at his attorney’s office, Post Office Box 13057, Florence, S.C. within thirty (30) days after the service hereof, exclusive of the day of such service; and if you fail to answer the Complaint within the time aforesaid, the Plaintiff in this action will apply to the Court for the relief demanded in the Complaint and judgment by default will be rendered against you. WUKELA LAW FIRM BY: s/Frank C. Swaggard FRANK C. SWAGGARD ATTORNEY FOR PLAIN-

530 ..................................WORK WANTED 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 637 .............ACREAGE/FARMS FOR SALE 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.................CAMPER SALES/RENTALS 950...................................................SUVS 960............................................TRAILERS 970 ........... ..................................TRUCKS 980 ..................................................VANS

TIFF PO BOX 13057 FLORENCE SC 29504 843-669-5634 May 29, 2019 (10/2,10/9,10/16/19) SUMMONS AND NOTICES (Non-Jury) FORECLOSURE OF REAL ESTATE MORTGAGE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF FLORENCE IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS C/A NO.: 2019-CP-21-02460 Towne Mortgage Company, Plaintiff, v. Any heirs-at-law or devisees of Holley D. Fambrough, deceased, their heirs, Personal Representatives, Administrators, Successors and Assigns, and all other persons or entities entitled to claim through them; all unknown persons or entities with any right, title, estate, interest in or lien upon the real estate described in the complaint herein; also any persons who may be in the military service of the United States of America, being a class designated as Richard Roe; and any unknown minors, incompetent or imprisoned person, or persons under a disability being a class designated as John Doe; Thomas Nathan Fambrough, as Personal Representative of the Estate of Holley D. Fambrough;

Thomas Nathan Fambrough; Thomas Kade Frambrough a/k/a Thomas Kade Fambrough; Harley C. (minor); Kaleb F. (minor), 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 3800 Fernandina Road, Suite 110, Columbia, SC 29210, within thirty (30) days after the service hereof, exclusive of the day of such service; except that the United States of America, if named, shall have sixty (60) days to answer after the service hereof, exclusive of the day of such service; and if you fail to do so, judgment by default will be rendered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint. TO MINOR(S) OVER FOURTEEN YEARS OF AGE, AND/OR TO MINOR(S) UNDER FOURTEEN YEARS OF AGE AND THE PERSON WITH WHOM THE MINOR(S) RESIDES, AND/OR TO PERSONS UNDER SOME LEGAL DISABILITY: YOU ARE FURTHER SUMMONED AND NOTIFIED to apply for the appointment of a guardian ad litem within

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thirty (30) days after the service of this Summons and Notice upon you. If you fail to do so, application for such appointment will be made by Attorney for Plaintiff. YOU WILL ALSO TAKE NOTICE that Plaintiff will move for an Order of Reference or the Court may issue a general Order of Reference of this action to a Master-in-Equity/Special Referee, pursuant to Rule 53 of the South Carolina Rules of Civil Procedure. YOU WILL ALSO TAKE NOTICE that under the provisions of S.C. Code Ann. § 29-3-100, effective June 16, 1993, any collateral assignment of rents contained in the referenced Mortgage is perfected and Attorney for Plaintiff hereby gives notice that all rents shall be payable directly to it by delivery to its undersigned attorneys from the date of default. In the alternative, Plaintiff will move before a judge of this Circuit on the 10th day after service hereof, or as soon thereafter as counsel may be heard, for an Order enforcing the assignment of rents, if any, and compelling payment of all rents covered by such assignment directly to the Plaintiff, which motion is to be based upon the original Note and Mortgage herein and the Complaint attached hereto. LIS PENDENS NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT an action has been or will be commenced in this Court upon complaint of the above-named Plaintiff against the abovenamed Defendant(s) for the foreclosure of a certain mortgage of real estate given by Holley D. Fambrough to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. as nominee for Anderson Brothers Bank dated July 19, 2018 and recorded on July 24, 2018 in Book 756 at Page 172, in the Florence County Registry (hereinafter, “Mortgage”). Thereafter, the Mortgage was transferred to the Plaintiff herein by assignment and/or corporate merger. The premises covered and affected by the said Mortgage and by the foreclosure thereof were, at the time of the making thereof and at the time of the filing of this notice, more particularly described in the said Mortgage and are more commonly described as: All that certain piece, parcel or lot of land lying and being situate in the County of Florence, State of South Carolina, being shown and designated as Lot No. 14 on a plat of Highland Park, Section 2, said plat being recorded in

the office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County in Plat Book O at page 49, reference being had to the above mentioned plat for a more thorough and complete description. Willard D. Grant died on March 1, 2012, leaving the subject property to his devisees Shannon D. Grant, Holley D. Fambrough, and Hope D. Laws, as is more fully preserved in Probate File No. 2012ES2100163; see also Deed of Distribution dated June 30, 2015 and recorded July 8, 2015 in Deed Book B 582 at Page 1433 in the Records for Florence County, South Carolina. Thereafter, Shannon D. Grant and Hope D. Laws conveyed their entire interest to Holley D. Fambrough by Deed dated July 17, 2018 and recorded July 24, 2018 in Book 756, Page 167 in said Records. TMS No. 90053-02-026 Property Address: 1144 Second Loop Road, Florence, SC 29505 NOTICE OF FILING COMPLAINT TO THE DEFENDANTS ABOVE NAMED: YOU WILL PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the original Complaint, Cover Sheet for Civil Actions and Certificate of Exemption from ADR in the above entitled action was filed in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County on August 27, 2019. ORDER APPOINTING GUARDIAN AD LITEM AND APPOINTMENT OF ATTORNEY It appearing to the satisfaction of the Court, upon reading the filed Petition for Appointment of Kelley Woody, Esquire as Guardian ad Litem for unknown minors, and persons who may be under a disability, and it appearing that Kelley Woody, Esquire has consented to said appointment. FURTHER upon reading the filed Petition for Appointment of Kelley Woody, Esquire as Attorney for any unknown Defendants who may be in the Military Service of the United States of America, and may be, as such, entitled to the benefits of the Servicemember’s Civil Relief Act, and any amendments thereto, and it appearing that Kelley Woody, Esquire has consented to act for and represent said Defendants, it is ORDERED that Kelley Woody, P.O. Box 6432, Columbia, SC 29260 phone (803) 787-9678, be and hereby is appointed Guardian ad Litem on behalf of all unknown minors and all unknown persons who may be under a disability, all of whom may

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NOTICE OF SALE CIVIL ACTION NO. 2019-CP-21-01007 BY VIRTUE of the decree heretofore granted in the case of: Lakeview Loan Servicing, LLC vs. James C. Jordan, III, the undersigned Master In Equity for Florence County, South Carolina, will sell on November 5, 2019 at 11:00AM, at the Florence County Judicial Center 181 North Irby Street, Florence, South Carolina, to the highest bidder: ALL THAT CERTAIN PIECE, PARCEL OR LOT OF LAND SITUATE IN THE CITY OF FLORENCE, COUNTY OF FLORENCE, STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA, DESIGNATED AS LOT 5 ON A MAP OF THE CLOISTERS SUBDIVISION BY LIND HICKS & ASSOCIATES SURVEYORS, INC. DATED MAY 7, 1985 AND RECORDED IN

THE OFFICE OF THE CLERK OF COURT FOR FLORENCE COUNTY IN PLAT BOOK 24 AT PAGE 21. SAID LOT IS MORE FULLY SHOWN AND DELINEATED BY A PLAT PREPARED BY LIND, HICKS AND ASSOCIATES SURVEYORS, INC. DATED JULY 2, 2003 RECORDED IN THE OFFICE OF THE CLERK OF COURT FOR FLORENCE COUNTY IN PLAT BOOK 81 AT PAGE 389. SAID LOT BEING BOUNDED AS FOLLOWS: ON THE EAST BY DAMON DRIVE FOR A DISTANCE OF NINETY FOUR AND EIGHTY NINE HUNDREDTHS (94.89) FEET; ON THE NORTH BY LOT #32 LONG LEAF SUBDIVISION, MEASURING THEREON ONE HUNDRED FIFTY-SEVEN AND NINETY HUNDREDTHS (157.90) FEET; ON THE SOUTH BY LOT #6 AS SHOWN ON SAID PLAT, MEASURING THEREON ONE HUNDRED FIFTYSEVEN AND NINETY HUNDREDTHS (157.90) FEET; AND ON THE WEST BY LOT #12 AS SHOWN ON SAID PLAT, MEASURING THEREON NINETYFOUR AND NINETY-TWO HUNDREDS (94.92) FEET. REFERENCE BEING HAD TO THE ABOVE MENTIONED MAPS FOR A MORE COMPLETE AND ACCURATE DESCRIPTION. THIS BEING THE SAME PROPERTY CONVEYED TO JAMES C. JORDAN, III BY DEED OF JOHN A. NEXSEN, JR. AND SUSAN NEXSEN DATED MAY 11, 2018 AND RECORDED MAY 14, 2018 IN BOOK 745 AT PAGE 1730 IN THE OFFICE OF THE REGISTER OF DEEDS OF FLORENCE COUNTY, SOUTH CAROLINA. CURRENT ADDRESS OF PROPERTY: 2101 Damon Drive, Florence, SC 29505 TMS: 01506-01-005 TERMS OF SALE: The successful bidder, other than the Plaintiff, will deposit with the Master In Equity, 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 Master In Equity 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 5% 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 Haigh Porter Master In Equity for Florence County Brock & Scott, PLLC 3800 Fernandina Road, Suite 110 Columbia, SC 29210 Attorneys for Plaintiff Phone 803-454-3540 Fax 803-454-3541 (10/16,10/23,10/30/19) NOTICE OF SALE CIVIL ACTION NO. 2018-CP-21-02423 BY VIRTUE of the decree heretofore granted in the case of: U.S. Bank National Association, as Trustee, in trust for registered holders of First Franklin Mortgage Loan Trust, Mortgage Loan Asset-Backed Certificates, Series 2007-FF2 vs. Louise Dubose Frierson; Louise Dubose Frierson, as Personal Representative of the Estate of Melvin Frierson; Emmanuel Frierson; Gregory Frierson; Isaac C. Harris; Angela Thigpen; South Carolina Department of Revenue, the undersigned Master In Equity for Florence County, South Carolina, will sell on November 5, 2019 at 11:00AM, at the Florence County Judicial Center 181 North Irby Street, Florence, South Carolina, to the highest bidder: ALL THAT CERTAIN PIECE, PARCEL OR LOT OF LAND LYING, BEING AND SITUATE IN THE CITY OF QUINBY, COUNTY OF FLORENCE, STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA, BEING KNOWN AND DESIGNATED AS LOT 27, BLOCK F, AS

SHOWN ON A MAP OF QUINBY ESTATES SUBDIVISION BY R. C. HIGGINS, C. E. DATED JANUARY 5, 1953, RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK J AT PAGE 42 IN THE OFFICE OF THE CLERK OF COURT FOR FLORENCE COUNTY, AND BEING MORE PARTICULARLY SHOWN AND DESIGNATED ON A PLAT PREPARED FOR LARRY A. TUCKER AND CHARLOTTE M. TUCKER BY LIND SURVEYING CO., INC. DATED OCTOBER 23, 1979, AND RECORDED IN THE OFFICE OF THE CLERK OF COURT FOR FLORENCE COUNTY IN PLAT BOOK 18 AT PAGE 883. REFERENCE BEING HAD TO SAID PLAT FOR A MORE COMPLETE AND ACCURATE DESCRIPTION THEREOF. THIS BEING THE SAME PROPERTY CONVEYED FROM DONALD W. MATHER TO MELVIN FRIERSON AND LOUISE DUBOSE FRIERSON BY DEED DATED JULY 25, 1988 AND RECORDED JULY 29, 1988 IN BOOK A-288 AT PAGE 1561 IN THE ROD OFFICE FOR FLORENCE COUNTY, SOUTH CAROLINA. CURRENT ADDRESS OF PROPERTY: 115 Wildwood Drive, Florence, SC 29506 TMS: 90136-05-003 TERMS OF SALE: The successful bidder, other than the Plaintiff, will deposit with the Master In Equity, 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 noncompliance. Should the last and highest bidder fail to comply with the other terms of the bid within thirty (30) days, then the Master In Equity 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 4.875% per annum. The sale shall be subject to taxes and assessments,

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11:00AM, at the Florence County Judicial Center 181 North Irby Street, Florence, South Carolina, to the highest bidder: ALL THAT CERTAIN PIECE, PARCEL, OR LOT OF LAND LYING, BEING, AND SITUATE IN THE COUNTY OF FLORENCE, STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA, KNOWN AND DESIGNATED AS LOT NO. 131, AS SHOWN ON A MAP OF OLDE MILL SUBDIVISION, PHASE III PREPARED BY NESBITT SURVEYING COMPANY, INC., DATED JULY 9, 2001 AND RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 77, PAGE 108 IN THE RECORDS FOR FLORENCE COUNTY, SOUTH CAROLINA; REFERENCE BEING HAD TO THE ABOVE MENTIONED MAP FOR A MORE COMPLETE AND ACCURATE DESCRIPTION. THIS BEING THE SAME PROPERTY CONVEYED TO KEITH A. SMALLS AND MISTY M. SMALLS BY DEED OF LESLIE TANNER, SAID DEED HAVING BEEN RECORDED IN THE OFFICE OF THE CLERK OF COURT FOR FLORENCE COUNTY ON MARCH 31, 2006. CURRENT ADDRESS OF PROPERTY: 1066 Rock Creek Drive, Florence, SC 29505 TMS: 18013-01-016 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 3% 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

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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 Phone 803-454-3540 Fax 803-454-3541 (10/16,10/23,10/30/19)

ON THE WEST BY LOTS 8, 9 AND 10, BLOCK T ON WHICH IT MEASURES 130 FEET; AND ON THE NORTH BY LOT 22, BLOCK T ON WHICH IT MEASURES 148.5 FEET, ALL AS SHOWN ON A PLAT MADE BY M. E. LIND, JR., REG. SUR. DATED AUGUST 21, 1968. THIS BEING THE SAME PROPERTY CONVEYED TO JAMES DOWDY BY DEED OF JUDY M. HARPER AND DONALD FREDERICK HARPER DATED FEBRUARY 8, 1996 AND RECORDED FEBRUARY 8, 1996 IN BOOK A457 AT PAGE 2508 IN THE OFFICE OF THE REGISTER OF DEEDS OF FLORENCE COUNTY, SOUTH CAROLINA. CURRENT ADDRESS OF PROPERTY: 307 North Fenwick Circle, Florence, SC 29501 TMS: 90163 03 008 TERMS OF SALE: The successful bidder, other than the Plaintiff, will deposit with the Master In Equity, 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 noncompliance. Should the last and highest bidder fail to comply with the other terms of the bid within thirty (30) days, then the Master In Equity 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 7.5% 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 Haigh Porter Master In Equity for Florence County

NOTICE OF SALE CIVIL ACTION NO. 2019-CP-21-01168 BY VIRTUE of the decree heretofore granted in the case of: Bank of America, N.A. vs. Any heirs-at-law or devisees of James Dowdy, deceased, their heirs, Personal Representatives, Administrators, Successors and Assigns, and all other persons or entities entitled to claim through them; all unknown persons or entities with any right, title, estate, interest in or lien upon the real estate described in the complaint herein; also any persons who may be in the military service of the United States of America, being a class designated as Richard Roe; and any unknown minors, incompetent or imprisoned person, or persons under a disability being a class designated as John Doe, the undersigned Master In Equity for Florence County, South Carolina, will sell on November 5, 2019 at 11:00AM, at the Florence County Judicial Center 181 North Irby Street, Florence, South Carolina, to the highest bidder: 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 #21, BLOCK T, SHOWN ON A PLAT OF GLENDALE ACRES SUBDIVISION, SECTION THREE MADE BY BANKS & POWERS, REG. SUR., DATED DECEMBER 10, 1960, AND RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK U AT PAGE 78, IN THE OFFICE OF THE CLERK OF COURT FOR FLORENCE COUNTY AND BEING GENERALLY BOUNDED AND DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS, TO WIT: ON THE EAST BY FENWICK CIRCLE ON WHICH IT FRONTS AND MEASURES 80 FEET; ON THE SOUTH BY LOTS 6 AND 7, BLOCK T, ON WHICH IT MEASURES 159.2 FEET;

Brock & Scott, PLLC 3800 Fernandina Road, Suite 110 Columbia, SC 29210 Attorneys for Plaintiff Phone 803-454-3540 Fax 803-454-3541 (10/16,10/23,10/30/19) NOTICE OF SALE CIVIL ACTION NO. 2018-CP-21-03202 BY VIRTUE of the decree heretofore granted in the case of: NewRez LLC, F/K/A New Penn Financial, LLC, D/B/A Shellpoint Mortgage Servicing vs. Lemont Lighty, the undersigned Master In Equity for Florence County, South Carolina, will sell on November 5, 2019 at 11:00AM, at the Florence County Judicial Center 181 North Irby Street, Florence, South Carolina, to the highest bidder: ALL THAT CERTAIN PIECE, PARCEL OR LOT OF LAND, WITH IMPROVEMENTS THEREON,, SITUATE, LYING AND BEING IN THE COUNTY OF FLORENCE, STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA, SCHOOL DISTRICT 1, BEING MORE PA R T I C U L A R LY DESCRIBED AS LOT 28, BLOCK B, ON PLAT OF RECORD IN PLAT BOOK Q AT PAGE 55, FLORENCE COUNTY RECORDS. REFERENCE BEING HAD TO SAID PLAT FOR A MORE COMPLETE AND ACCURATE DESCRIPTION OF METES AND BOUNDS. THIS BEING THE SAME PROPERTY CONVEYED TO LEMONT LIGHTY BY DEED OF BEDROCK PROPERTIES OF SC, INC. DATED MARCH 31, 2015 AND FILED FOR RECORD IN DEED BOOK B568 AT PAGE 673 IN THE OFFICE OF THE CLERK OF FLORENCE COURT FOR FLORENCE COUNTY. CURRENT ADDRESS OF PROPERTY: 3826 Pebble Rd, Florence, SC 29501 TMS: 00751-01-028 TERMS OF SALE: The successful bidder, other than the Plaintiff, will deposit with the Master In Equity, 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 Master In Equity 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

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 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 3.875% 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 Haigh Porter Master In Equity for Florence County Brock & Scott, PLLC 3800 Fernandina Road, Suite 110 Columbia, SC 29210 Attorneys for Plaintiff Phone 803-454-3540 Fax 803-454-3541 (10/16,10/23,10/30/19) NOTICE OF SALE BY VIRTUE of a decree heretofore granted in the case of First Reliance Bank vs. Joann G. Talbott, Discover Bank, and Troy Capital, LLC, Defendants, CA# 2019-CP-21-00751, I, the undersigned, will sell on November 5, 2019 at 11:00 a.m., at the Florence County Judicial Center, 181 North Irby Street, Florence, South Carolina, to the highest bidder the following property: All that certain piece, parcel or lot of land lying, being and situate in the County of Florence, State of South Carolina, known and designated as Lot No. 212, as shown on a certain map of Hampton Pointe Subdivision, Phase IV, by Lind, Hicks & Associates, Surveyors, dated November 30, 1994 and recorded in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County in Plat Book 55 at page 450. Reference is also made to a map made for Peter Coultas and Winifred Coultas by Lind, Hicks & Associates, Surveyors, dated January 31, 1997 and recorded in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County in Plat Book 63 at page 291. Reference being had to the above mentioned maps for a more complete and accurate description. This being the same property conveyed to JoAnn G. Talbott by deed of David A. Beldyk and Karen W. Beldyk

recorded September 4, 2001 in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County in Deed Book A646 at Page 2559. Property address: 208 Amesbury Point, Florence, SC 29501 TMS # 07411-01-034 TERMS OF SALE: The successful bidder, other than the Plaintiff, will deposit, at the conclusion of the bidding, five percent (5%) 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 time of bid or comply with the other terms of the bid within thirty (30) days, then the property will be resold on the same terms and conditions on some subsequent Sales Day at the risk of the said highest bidder. Personal or deficiency judgment having been waived, the bidding will not remain open but compliance with the bid may be made immediately. Purchaser to pay for preparation of the deed, documentary stamps on the deed, and recording fees. SUBJECT TO FLORENCE COUNTY TAXES AND ASSESSMENTS, EASEMENTS, RESTRICTIONS, ANY OTHER MATTERS OF RECORD. s/ Haigh Porter Haigh Porter Master in Equity for Florence County Florence, SC September 10, 2019 Ray Coit Yarborough, Jr. Attorney for Plaintiff (10/16,10/23,10/30/19) ORDER FOR DELIVERY OF NOTICE OF INFORMATION TO HEIRS BY PUBLICATION STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF FLORENCE IN THE PROBATE COURT CASE NUMBER: 2019-ES-21-00548 ELIZABETH GOFORTH SIMONS, (DECEDENT) EX PARTE: REESE C. GRAHAM, PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE This matter is before me on motion of Larry G. Reddeck, Attorney for the Personal Representative of the Estate of Elizabeth Goforth Simons. The Decedent died testate on May 24, 2019 and the Will of the Decedent has been filed. The devisees have received the Information to Heirs and Devisees by First Class Mail. The Personal Representative seeks to deliver notice of the Information to Heirs and Devisees to the heirs-at-law of the Decedent, who are not named as beneficiaries

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in the Will, as required by S.C. Code Ann. §62-3-705, by publication. Based upon the Affidavit of Larry G. Reddeck, it appears that the Decedent’s heirs-at-law are: (1) All of the issue of Preston (Bud) Goforth (DOD 12/28/1935) and Mary Elizabeth Ann Ormand Gorforth (DOD 2/04/1928), the paternal grandparents of the Decedent, living on May 24, 2019; and (2) All of the issue of Reese Harrell Graham (DOD 6/04/1926) and Elizabeth Jane Gaskins Graham (DOD 4/15/1924), the maternal grandparents of the Decedent, living on May 24, 2019. It appears to the satisfaction of the Court from the Affidavit of Larry G. Reddeck that there has been a diligent effort to ascertain the names, whereabouts and addresses of the heirs-atlaw of the Decedent. It also appears that a complete list of the names and addresses of those heirsat-law are not readily available to the Personal Representative. I find that this Court has the authority to order the publication in this matter based upon S.C. Code Ann. §62-1-401, together with S.C. Code Ann. §62-1-103, S.C. Code Ann. §15-9-710 and the South Carolina Rules of Civil Procedure, Rule 4 and Rule 81. IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that this Order and the attached Information to Heirs and Devisees for The Estate of Elizabeth Goforth Simons be delivered and served upon the heirs at law by publication. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the publication be made in the Florence News Journal, a newspaper in the County of Florence, which is the County most likely to give notice to the persons to be notified and served, as well as publication in the Georgetown Times in Georgetown County and publication in The Fort Mill Times in York County, being the other two (2) counties in which the Decedent owned real property, and with the publication being for at least once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks in each of the above-referenced counties. The Honorable Jesse S. Cartrette, Jr. Judge of Probate October 7, 2019 FLORENCE, SC INFORMATION TO HEIRS AND DEVISEES IN THE MATTER OF: ELIZABETH GOFORTH SIMONS (Decedent) To: All issue of Preston (Bud) Goforth and Mary Elizabeth Ann Ormand Goforth, paternal grandparents of the Decedent, living at the death of the Decedent on May 24, 2019; and To: All issue of Reese Harrell Graham and Elizabeth Jane Gaskins Graham, maternal grandparents of the Decedent, living at the death of the Decedent on May 24, 2019. On June 28, 2019, Application was made to the Probate Court of Florence County at 181 N. Irby Street, Florence, SC 29501, for the INFORMAL PROBATE OF WILL AND INFORMAL APPOINTMENT in the above matter. The application was granted to Reese C. Graham on June 28, 2019. The Decedent’s Will dated June 16, 2009 was presented. Bond HAS NOT been filed. This notice is being sent to persons who have or may have some interest in the estate. Please note: This form is required to be sent to all potential heirs of the Decedent. Receipt of this form does not mean that you will inherit from the Decedent. You may review the file in the Probate Court or see an attorney if you desire further information. Applicant/Personal Representative: REESE C. GRAHAM, PO BOX 477, SCRANTON, SC 29591, 843-687-0098 Attorney for Personal Representative: LARRY G. REDDECK, PO BOX 699, LAKE CITY, SC 29560 843-374-8511 (10/16,10/23,1030/19)

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