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Cooks for Christ plate sale to benefit 9-year-old with SMA Cooks for Christ will hold its next benefit plate sale on Thursday, Oct. 17. The beneficiary of the plate sale will be Cayden Oquendo. Cayden is a 9-year-old living with Spinal Muscular Atrophy type 1. Cayden and his mother, Brandi Jones, live in Darlington. SMA is a terminal genetic disease that affects the ability to walk, talk, move, breathe, and even cough. Cayden needs multiple machines to keep him stable. In 2012, he lost his 10-month-old sister to this same disease. The choice was then made to have him receive a tracheotomy to gain a stable airway. This was done after he went into respiratory distress the same week he lost his baby sister. Cayden receives Spinraza shots in Greenville every four months to stop the progression of the disease. He and his family also travel to New Jersey to see a

pulmonologist who specializes in SMA. The family recently purchased a wheelchair accessible van, but struggle to make the payments each month. The benefit will be held at the West Florence Fire Station on Pine Needles Road. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. and dinner will be served from 4-7 p.m. Drive through lanes will be open for convenience and a bake sale will be held all day. Plates, consisting of chicken bog, green beans, slaw and bread, are $8. Lunch and dinner can be delivered for orders of seven or more plates. To donate, please make checks payable to “Prayers for Cayden.” For additional information, please contact Angela Murph at (843) 250-2499, Heather Floyd at (843) 616-4530, or Beverly McKee at (843) 229-0348.

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First Amendment to The Constitution Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

City, county honors our true ‘heroes’ Two thin blue lines, beams from a Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center spotlight, patrolled the sky above Florence on Oct 3: One for Terrance Carroway, the other for Farrah Turner. Hundreds arrived at the Francis Marion University PAC to remember, honor, and pay tribute to the two law enforcement officers during a remembrance ceremony on the one-year anniversary of a shooting in which the two law enforcement officers were fatally wounded and five other LEOs were left injured. The injured, also recognized during the evening, were Florence County Sheriff’s deputies Arie Davis and Sarah Miller and Florence Police officers Scott Williamson, Brian Hart and Travis Scott. The proclamations issued by the city and county signifying Oct. 3 as “Heroes Day” along with the ceremony, attended by S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster, were most fitting tributes. It will be a long “Bravery. Courage. One of the highest virtues known to time, if ever, before man,” were the words of 12th our city and county can Judicial Circuit Solicitor Ed shake off the horrific Clements III during the ceremony. “Virtues that were cer- memories and images of that tragic day. If tainly exhibited one year ago today by many of our officers there is anything good and our first responders, parthat can come from ticularly the ones that were such a hate-filled act wounded and the ones that and the loss of two gave their lives.” Florence Police Chief Allen very fine people, it Heidler offered words of grati- would be a greater tude for the community’s appreciation for our response following the shoot- law enforcement. ing. “It feels good to know that the community is behind us,” Barnes said. “I thank you from the bottom of my heart.” Florence County Council Chairman Waymon Mumford spoke of a proposed memorial to fallen law enforcement officers. He said the memorial, which would have an eternal flame, a water feature and a gathering space, will be located at the new Florence County Judicial Center. It will be a long time, if ever, before our city and county can shake off the horrific memories and images of that tragic day. If there is anything good that can come from such a hate-filled act and the loss of two very fine people, it would be a greater appreciation for our law enforcement. Our men and women in uniform have been seen in a bad light over the last few years, Because of a few, the entirety of law enforcement across nation has been unjustly portrayed as the enemy. It was not that long ago that police officers were viewed as our friends. We would suggest to our readership and the public that there would be no better way to pay tribute and honor Sgt. Carraway and Investigator Turner than by showing greater appreciation for law enforcement. It takes a very special person to put on a uniform and a badge every day, leaving the safety and security of their homes and families, to protect and to serve you and your community. That is precisely what Carraway and Turner did on the morning of Oct. 3, 2018. They did not come home. Every single day our law enforcement officers are willing to take that great risk for our benefit. Florence Sgt. Terrance Carraway and Florence County Sheriff’s Investigator Farrah “Maxine” Turner were heroes by every possible measure, So are the rest of our men and women in law enforcement. Let’s not wait for another tragedy, heaven forbid, to tell them thank you.

Three local authors have recently had their work published. James Austin of Lake City had his 16-page book, “Transforming Minds: Turning Setbacks Into Opportunities, Vol. 1,” published by Amazon Digital Services in May. The self-help book is available for purchase on amazon.com. Austin, a member of Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church in Lake City, said he wrote the book to encourage others to be transformed in their minds, so that their lives can reflect their thinking. In it, Austin offers eight guiding principals to transform the reader’s thinking and life. Austin writes from personal experience about overcoming setbacks. After graduating from Lake City High School, Austin attended GardnerWebb University on a football scholarship. After school he got married and began working as a manufactured homes salesman. In 1993, he was convicted of breach of contract and was sentenced to 10 years in prison. After serving eight and a half years, he was released. During is incarceration, Austin found the Lord and his life was transformed,He went back to work as a car salesman in Sumter and was inspired to write his book. Through a contact, Austin was put in touch with the NOW Network. He now has a program on the cable television network, “Transforming Minds with Brother James Austin.” The program airs each Tuesday at 7 a.m. In July, Covenant Book’s published David H. Brown’s “Only Death: Tragedy In Williamsburg,” a

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historical fiction novel based on an actual event that occurred in three South Carolina counties in the year 1870, primarily Williamsburg and involving Georgetown and Charleston counties. The 294-page book is available for purchase on BarnesandNoble.com and Amazon.com. A retired pharmacist and longtime resident of Florence, Brown grew up in Williamsburg County. According to Brown, the book “is a story about my great-grandparents and what happened concerning them. “In early January 1870 my greatgrandfather, Sidney McGill Brown, was challenged to a duel by a young man over a dispute which originated over the competition for the hand of a lovely young lady who eventually ended up being my great grandmother. “Williamsburg County is involved because all three persons involved were from that county. Georgetown County became involved because a challenge to a duel was issued, and the place named for where the duel was to take place was the lighthouse on North Island, sixteen miles south of the city of Georgetown. Charleston County comes into play because that is where the murder trial took place.” Brown’s book details how the feud started, how it evolved, and how

it ended in tragedy. The author also says it is interesting because it has “an important, universal, moral lesson that everyone can learn from.” The most recent author to be published is Timothy Coker of Darlington. Coker, the pastor of Central Baptist Church for the past 24 years, had his book, “Learning to Fly,” published by Courier Publishing. The book is available for purchase on BarnesandNoble.com, Amazon.com, and other online book retailers. In the book, Coker says there is a big difference between traveling by air and flying. A synopsis on Google Books states: “What is true in air transportation is also true in life. One enjoys the life-trip; the other stoically gets through it. One delights in the experience; the other hates it. One soars; the other merely exists. Coker's hope is that readers will start Learning to Fly!” In “Learning to Fly,” Pastor Coker explores “the internal and external things that keep us from experiencing all God desires.” TOURNIQUET DRIVE: On Sept. 4, The News Journal published a front page story detailing a campaign spear-headed by Toni Brandt to collect tourniquets to distribute to local law enforcement officers in honor and in memory of the officers slain during the Oct. 3, 2018 shooting in the Vintage Place neighborhood that resulted in the deaths of Florence police Sgt. Terrence Carraway and Florence County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Farrah Turner. Five other officers were also injured. Brandt’s goal was to collect at least 300 tourniquets -one for each

Florence Police officer, Florence County sheriff’s deputy and S.C. Highway Patrol officer serving Florence County - by the one-year anniversary of the deadly shooting. On Oct. 1, she sent an email that informed us that she had reached and surpassed her goal. “Thank you again for highlighting the tourniquet drive.,” she wrote. “We have exceeded the goal of 300! We currently have 325 to distribute.” To Brandt and all those who contributed, we say well done and we are thankful we could be a part of the effort. We can think of no better way to honor those who gave their lives while in service to their community. BACK TO WORK: A column in our Sept. 24 edition shared the story of Frank Eason, a much-loved greeter at the Sam’s Club in Florence. Frank, who is autistic, was let go by the company earlier this after 20 years dedicated service. Word of Frank’s dismissal quickly spread and the community rallied around their friend. A Go Fund Me campaign exceeded its goal of $10,000 in less than 48 hours. Frank’s aunt, Myra Horton, said Sam’s club offered her nephew his old job back, but he now had other job offers to consider. We are glad to report, and we are sure most of you know already, that Frank is now greeting customers at the Harris Teeter grocery store on Palmetto Street. We are thankful for a community that cares and we are most certain that Sam’s loss is Harris Teeter’s gain. Contact Editor Bob Sloan at editor@florencenewsjournal.com.

L E T T E R S TO T H E E D I TO R Boy Scout banquet was inspirational To the editor, The Pee Dee Area Council of Boy Scouts of America concluded its impressive Distinguished Citizen Awards banquet last Thursday in a room filled with alumni of the Eagle Scout ranks and friends of Scouting. After hearing emotional testimonials from Rev. David McIntosh, Thomas Media Groups’ Darrin Thomas, the North Star awardee and son of long term Florence school board trustee, the late Calvin Thomas, and DuPont retiree, Tim Fisher, the Distinguished Citizen Award recipient, it was apparent that more parents of Scouting age children should give serious consideration to enrolling their sons and daughters in this exceptional organization, which provides outstanding adult mentoring leadership training. In 2018 over 1,900 youths were involved in the Pee Dee Council and were supported by over 700 adult volunteers who were community role models for the future leaders in our society. This adult leadership resulted in 51 young men earning their

Eagle Scout ranking, one of the most prestigious awards in national youth organizations. This generation of children now have many more distractions from multiple sports and social media than ever before. Instead of becoming subliminally influenced by the many wasted hours of negative messaging on their personal cell phones, young people in Scouting can learn self-discipline, independence, high moral values, and personal responsibility including service to community while fulfilling one’s duty to God and country. Scouting can easily blend in with all the other youth activities while still challenging them to get outdoors and participate in high adventure camping programs that teach an appreciation for nature and the environment. Accolades are due to the recipient of the Distinguished Citizen Award, Tim Fisher, whose influence during his tenure as the Scoutmaster of Troop 477 yielded 97 Eagle Scouts. While serving in other leadership roles, Mr. Fisher mentored an additional 111 Eagle Scouts who have become outstanding college graduates and successful community leaders.

The confidence of knowing that your child is developing positive life skills from being associated with Scouting is well worth the parents’ time and investment in their future. Carroll Player Florence

Flu shot pros far outweigh the cons To the editor: According to news reports, there were already 10 flu-related hospitalizations in South Carolina in the last week of August. As a medical professional, it is concerning that the flu season has gotten off to such an early start. While every flu season is different, it’s imperative to get ahead of the game and protect yourself and your family with a flu vaccination. The South Carolina Department of Public Health reported 2,661 flu-related hospitalizations and 96 flu-related deaths during last year’s flu season. No one enjoys getting a shot, but the short-term discomfort outweighs the potential for severe illness or, in the worst-case scenario, death. And, if not just for yourself, then do it for your loved ones.

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Avenue, Florence, S.C. 29506. Columns should be under 600 words, and letters should be limited to 300 words. In order to be considered for publication, all submissions require the name, address and phone number of the person writing the letter or column. Additionally, if you are writing as a member or representative of a certain club, please include the title and club. The News Journal reserves the right to not publish any letter it deems inappropriate or libelous.

Children and seniors are particularly susceptible to the flu and its complications. Ask your physician for the vaccination; go to any pharmacy, supermarket or big box store where the shot is offered; or visit www.vaccinefinder.org. Don’t become another South Carolina flu statistic. Please get your vaccination today. Robert London, M.D. Chief Medical Officer WellCare of South Carolina

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Clemson-bred company puts down roots in Pee Dee Carolina Seed Systems relocating to Florence Clemson Extension The seed of an idea that sprouted from Clemson’s Advanced Plant Technology (APT) Program is blooming where it was planted near the university’s Pee Dee Research and Education Center. Carolina Seed Systems is relocating from Greenville to co-locate with Clemson’s research station in Florence — one of six strategically located across the state’s distinct soil and climate regions — to serve growers along the Interstate 95 corridor and rural South Carolina. A spinoff of the APT Program, Carolina Seed Systems is working to address a lack of feed grain hybrid crop development and a regional feed shortage. “This is the vision we’ve had for a spinoff company and we’re just executing that vision and partnering with Clemson to advance the landgrant mission by moving to a region where our stakeholders are located,” said Carolina Seed Systems founder and Chief Executive Officer Zachary Brenton. That transition is being funded by a $10 million award to Steve Kresovich, director of the APT program and lead principal investigator on the project, through the Advanced Research Projects AgencyEnergy (ARPA-E), as part of a program called Transportation Energy Resources from Renewable Agriculture to prioritize the commercialization of the science and products. Kresovich said the transformation of the project from a concept into a tangible product is in keeping with “the truth breath” of Clemson’s land-grant mission to provide unbiased, research-based information to improve the quality of life for all South Carolinians. “Our goal is to do good science at Clemson and provide the foundation for those companies, particularly Carolina Seed Systems, to advance and serve the crop agriculture needs in the southeastern United States, but most importantly to have a positive effect on the rural economy in the I-95 corridor,” he said. An agency in the U.S. Department of Energy, ARPAE is charged with overcoming long-term and high-risk technological barriers in the development of energy technologies. Krish Doraiswamy, ARPAE technology-to-market adviser, said the agency focuses on transformational energy projects that can be meaningfully advanced with a small amount of funding over a defined period of time. “Academic entrepreneurship is a key driver of energy innovation,” he said. “ARPA-E has funded hundreds of projects at colleges and universities across America, advancing high-potential, highimpact energy technologies that are too early for private-

sector investment. The project with Clemson is an example of one such initiative.” Grain sorghum is a cereal grain that is often used as a substitute for corn and feeding rations in the animal industry. Because of its drought tolerance and nutrient efficiency, grain sorghum can lower farmers’ seed cost and increases their profitability. Doraiswamy said renewable energy through biofuels is a particular area of focus for ARPA-E. Significant improvements to the productivity and efficiency of biofuel crops are needed to produce the large volume of biomass needed for economic biofuel production, and that’s where Clemson can help, according to Doraiswamy. The metaphorical seed for Carolina Seed Systems was planted when, as graduate students in the APT Program, Brenton and Richard Boyles evaluated grain sorghum characteristics and began working to exploit natural variations in the plant’s genetic material to determine what genes are responsible for adapting it to the climate and production systems in the Southeast. APT is a key part of an overall effort at Clemson to optimize plants for production for all agricultural stakeholders — from large-scale producers to small-scale landowners who work with heirloom varieties for restaurants, brewers, distillers and more. After completing their Ph.D. work, Boyles took a job as an assistant professor at the Pee Dee research station, while Brenton left to pursue Carolina Seed Systems,

which licensed the intellectual property from Clemson through the Clemson University Research Foundation. Now, the company has taken the next step in bringing its product to the marketplace by teaming up with Bloomfield Robotics, the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University and Hi Fidelity Genetics. The goal of the proposed research and development program is to develop superior crop hybrids by fully leveraging the extensive global sorghum gene pool. The project consists of two overarching themes. First, the team will develop a new crop improvement paradigm through advances in robotics, sensors, computing and genomics that they will then share with the public. Next, they will use what they learn for sorghum crop improvement and commercialization. Smithfield Foods Chief Science & Technology Officer Terry Coffey, also serving as a scientific adviser for Carolina Seed Systems, said one of the objectives of his team is to identify and evaluate feed ingredients that can be produced closer to mid-Atlantic food animal producers. Currently, most feed ingredients are produced in other regions of the country and shipped great distances to the East Coast. For example, the Carolinas import about 300 million bushels of grain each year from the Midwest. Carolina Seed Systems seeks to fill that void, in part, by delivering to farmers regionally adapted grain sorghum hybrids, which Coffey said is a crop that has

English Country dance at Central UMC Margaret and Bob Morgan and other members of the Camden Assembly of English Country Dancers will demonstrate historical dances and teach you how to dance them as well during a program on Wednesday, Oct. 9 at Central United Methodist Church, No experience is necessary. Joining the program will be Corky Palmer and his wife, Cindy. Corky is a professional dance master and routinely conducts balls at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum. He and Cindy have danced throughout the Mid-Atlantic

region, including the White House, Williamsburg, the French Embassy in D.C, and other historical venues. The presentation will take place in the Spears Hall at 6:15 p.m. Central UMC is located at 167 South Irby Street in Florence. Live@Central presents a variety of programs each Wednesday night throughout the fall and spring. All programs are free of charge and open to the public. Nurseries are available. Visit the church online at www.centralmethodist.net, or contact the church office at (843) 662-3218.

Grain sorghum, a cereal grain that is often used as a substitute for corn and feeding rations in the animal industry, grows in a field at Clemson University’s Pee Dee Research and Education Center in Florence. (Image Credit: Clemson University) greater tolerance for dry conditions that often occur in the area. Kresovich said that locating the project along the I-95 corridor and in proximity to the Pee Dee REC shows Brenton’s commitment to the mission of the APT program: to improve agriculture in South Carolina by using a variety of technologies to advance crop

agriculture in the state. “Zach, with the company’s formation, has had the opportunity and has had discussions with people who would love to have him at Research Triangle Park in North Carolina or potentially in St. Louis at their science and technology park that’s oriented towards agriculture and with people in Cal-

ifornia, but he and Rick Boyles altruistically have been committed to this concept,” he said, “and probably against better judgment for making money in the short term, they want to have it in Florence and to be a homegrown company that contributes to this region rather than to sort of start it up and fly away.”

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Rural Development Rankin Solar, LLC: Notice of Availability of an Environmental Assessment AGENCY: Rural Business & Cooperative Programs (RBS), USDA ACTION: Notice of Availability of an Environmental Assessment SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that the RBS, as required by the National Environmental Policy Act, is issuing an environmental assessment (EA) in connection with possible impacts related to a project proposed by Rankin Solar, LLC, of Florence County, SC. The proposal is for construction of a 10 megawatt (MW) solar facility on approximately 106.42 acres located at 2021 Corrie Farm Road approximately five miles northeast of downtown Florence in Florence County, South Carolina. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Denise Kemp, Loan Specialist, RBS; 1835 Assembly Street, Room No. 1007, Columbia, SC; 803­765­5533; denise.kemp@usda.gov SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Rankin Solar, LLC proposes to construct a 10 megawatt (MW) solar facility located on approximately 106.42 acres located at 2021 Corrie Farm Road approximately five miles northeast of downtown Florence in Florence County, South Carolina. S&ME, Inc., an environmental consultant, prepared an environmental assess­ ment for RBS that describes the project, assesses the proposed project’s environmental impacts, and summarizes as applicable any mitigation measures used to minimize environmental effects. RBS has conducted an independent evaluation of the environmental evaluation of the environmental assessment and believes that it accurately assesses the impacts of the proposed project. No significant impacts are expected, as a result of the construction of the project. Questions and comments should be sent to RBS. Also, review of the environ­ mental assessment may be done at RBS Office located at 1835 Assembly Street, Room No. 1007, Columbia, SC. RBS will accept questions and comments on the environmental assessment for 14 days from the date of publication of this notice. Any final action by RBS related to the proposed project will be subject to, and contingent upon, compliance with all relevant Federal environmental laws and regulations and completion of environmental review procedures as prescribed by 7 CFR Part 1970, Environmental Policies and Procedures. A general location map of the proposal is shown below.

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TRINITY-BYRNES ANNUAL DAY OF SERVICE More than 300 Trinity-Byrnes Collegiate School students fanned out to serve 18 Florence and Darlington not-for-profit agencies during their annual Community Service Day on Sept. 17. Students assisted with projects at various agencies, such as The CARE House, Habitat for Humanity ReStore, Keep Florence Beautiful, Hartsville Soup Kitchen, and The Courtney McGinnis Graham Shelter. Projects included outdoor planting and beautification, serving food to community members, packing weekend food backpacks for area children, and visiting with residents of local assisted living communities, among many others. Students commented on how much they learned about their community’s resources and needs, as well as ways that they can serve these needs.

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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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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

COMMON PLEAS TWELFTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT CASE NO. 2019-CP-21Bryan H. Dowd and Susan J. Dowd, Plaintiffs, VS. All persons unknown claiming any interest in the 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 Lillian

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Gardner Lambert, Frank Constan Lambert, or Michael Lane Lambert, 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 Relief Act of 1940, as amended, and any heirs at law or devisees or heirs at law or devisees of such known persons who themselves are deceased, of the above as may claim interest herein collectively designated as Jane Doe, John Doe and Richard Doe, Defendants. TO THE DEFENDANTS ABOVE NAMED: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and required to answer the Complaint in this action, of which a copy is herewith served upon you, and to serve a copy of your Answer to the said Complaint on the subscribers at their offices located at 229 S. Coit Street, Florence, S.C. 29501 (mailing address: P.O. Box 1461, Florence, S.C. 29503) within thirty (30) days [thirty five (35) days if served by certified mail] after the service hereof, exclusive of the day of such service; and if you fail to answer the Complaint within the time aforesaid, judgment by default will be rendered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint. NOTICE OF PROCURE GUARDIAN AD LITEM TO THE UNKNOWN MINOR AND INCOMPETENT DEFENDANTS YOU WILL PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that within thirty (30) days from the date of the service of this Notice upon you, you should procure the appointment of a Guardian ad Litem to represent the interests of the minor and incompetent defendants. Upon your failure to so apply and secure the appointment of a Guardian ad Litem, the Plaintiff will apply to this Court to have someone so appointed. NOTICE OF PENDENCY OF ACTION STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF FLORENCE IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS TWELFTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT CASE NO. 2019-CP-21Bryan H. Dowd and Susan J. Dowd, Plaintiffs, VS. All persons unknown claiming any interest in the 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 Lillian Gardner Lambert, Frank Constan Lambert or Michael Lane lambert, 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 Relief Act of 1940, as amended, and any heirs at law or devisees or heirs at law or devisees of such known persons who themselves are deceased, of the above as may claim interest herein collectively designated as Jane Doe, John Doe and Richard Doe, Defendants. Notice is hereby given that an action has been commenced and is now pending by the above named Plaintiffs against the above named Defendants for the purpose of declaring the Plaintiffs to be the sole owners in fee simple of the following described real properties: PARCEL 1 OF 2: All that certain piece, parcel or tract of land situate, lying and being in the County of Florence, State of South Carolina, consisting of fifty-four and 80/100 (54.80) acres, according to a plat of the same by A.L. Ervin for L.A McCall dated November 22, 1945 and recorded in the records of Florence County in Plat book C at page 61. Bounded now or formerly as follows, to-wit: on the North and East by lands now or formerly of Frank M. Pearce; on the South by Flowers Road; on the West by lands now or formerly of Ernest Gardner. This property is now depicted as 53.98 total acres on a plat of Tracts “A” and “B” Containing 26.99 acres each made for Michael Ernest Cox and Heirs of Lillian Gardner Lambert by Reid D. Huggins, PLS on April 2, 2015 and recorded in the Florence County, SC Clerk of Court’s Office in Plat Book 106 at page1134 Reference said plat for a more complete and accurate description. TMS No.: 00212-01-014 PARCEL 2 OF 2: All that certain piece, parcel or lot of land in Florence County, South Carolina, containing thirteen and one-quarter (13 ¼) acres, more or less,

known as part of the Rast lands. Bounded as follows: On the North by lands now or formerly of C.T. McDonald and Lewis Vickers, Jr. and Charles Ingram; on the East by land now or formerly of Ernest Gardner; and on the West by lands now or formerly of Ella C. Fowler and Eva P. Hewitt. TMS No.: 00212-01-017 S/S. PORTER STEWART, II McGOWAN, ROGERS ATTORNEYS FOR PLAINTIFFS P.O. Box 1461 Florence, SC 29503 (843) 669-6395 Florence, SC September 6, 2019 Summons and Complaint filed on September 12, 2019 in Florence County, South Carolina, Clerk of Court’s Office, Judicial Center, 181 N. Irby Street, Suite 1100, Florence, South Carolina 29501 (Case No.: 2019-CP-21-02599. (9/25,10/2,10/9/19) 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 PLAINTIFF 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 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 have or claim to have some interest or claim to the real property commonly known as 1144 Second Loop

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Road, Florence, SC 29505; that he is empowered and directed to appear on behalf of and represent said Defendants, unless said Defendants, or someone on their behalf, shall within thirty (30) days after service of a copy hereof as directed, procure the appointment of Guardian or Guardians ad Litem for said Defendants. AND IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Kelley Woody, P.O. Box 6432, Columbia, SC 29260 phone (803) 787-9678, be and hereby is appointed Attorney for any unknown Defendants who are, or may be, in the Military Service of the United States of America and as such are entitled to the benefits of the Servicemember’s Civil Relief Act aka Soldiers' and Sailors' Civil Relief Act of 1940, and any amendments thereto, to represent and protect the interest of said Defendants, AND IT IS FURTHER ORDERED That a copy of this Order shall be forth with served upon said Defendants by publication in The News Journal, a newspaper of general circulation published in the County of Florence, State of South Carolina, once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks, together with the Summons and Notice of Filing of Complaint in the above entitled action. Brock & Scott, PLLC 3800 Fernandina Road, Suite 110 Columbia, SC 29210 Phone 844-856-6646 Fax 803-454-3451 Attorneys for Plaintiff (10/9,10/16,10/23/19)

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Florence 1 more than doubles ‘excellent’ schools According to new school report card data released by the South Carolina Department of Education, four schools in Florence 1 Schools achieved the highest overall rating of Excellent, more than doubling the number from the previous school year. “We are incredibly proud to have gone from having just one excellent school last year to four this year,” said Superintendent Dr. Richard O’Malley. “The growth within our district has been tremendous. If you look at Timrod Elementary School, for example, their

rating went from Below Average to Excellent, a 26-point jump.” The other schools that achieved Excellent were Carver Elementary School, up from Average; Delmae Elementary School, up from Good; and Royall Elementary School, which maintained its Excellent overall rating from last year, even increasing their numerical score by nine points. Additionally, Florence 1 went from having just one school in the Good category to having five.

Ten schools moved from Unsatisfactory or Below Average to Average; an eleventh school was .27 points away from the Average benchmark. “This is very impressive growth for one year,” O’Malley said. “We didn’t just move one school or two schools. Last year, eleven of our schools were in the lowest bottom two rating levels. Ten of those schools moved up 1 to 3 levels, with the eleventh school being very close, less than a half point from moving a level.”

One hundred percent of the schools either maintained or improved their overall rating; 95 percent of the schools improved one or more rating levels. According to Hayley Cagle, director of Testing and School Improvement for the district, student progress and academic achievement account for 90 percent of the elementary and middle school report card rating. The other ten percent of the score See REPORT CARDS, Page 2B

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Supporters of the Gold Star Families Monument pose with gold shovels during a groundbreaking ceremony at Florence Veterans Park on Oct. 3. The monument will be unveiled and dedicated during a Veterans Day ceremony at the park on Nov. 11.

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Ceremony held for memorial to families of the fallen With six gold shovels standing in formation near the flagpoles at Florence Veterans Park, a small group of committee members and supporters gathered Oct. 3 to hold a groundbreaking ceremony for a Gold Star Families Monument. The monument, which will be constructed and erected by Brown Memorials, will be unveiled at this year’s Veterans Day event on Nov. 11 Barry Wingard, chairperson of the Florence Veterans Park Committee, said this will be the first time a groundbreaking has been held for a monument at the park. He said the decision to hold a groundbreaking for this particular monument was because “there have been more contributions from more people” than for any other monument. He encouraged the public, but especially all Gold Star

Eddie Collins, chairman of the Gold Star Committee, speaks during the Oct. 3 ceremony.

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Venue Management affiliate AEG Facilities, which operates the Florence Center, earlier this month announced the completion of a merger transaction with SMG, a portfolio company of Onex. The corporate partnership creates a new, standalone global facility management and venue services company, ASM Global, How the transaction will affect the Florence facility has not been addressed. The center did change its web site to address the change on its welcome page: “The Florence Center is an ASM managed facility. ASM Global was formed from the merger of AEG Facilities and SMG in October 2019 creating a venue management powerhouse that spans five continents, 14 countries and more than 300 of the world’s most prestigious arenas, stadiums, convention and exhibit centers, and performing arts venues.” The Florence Center is the largest convention, entertainment and exhibition facility in northeast South Carolina with over 75,000 square feet of multi-purpose space, including a 10,000seat arena, a 14,500 squarefoot ballroom, a junior ballroom, nine meeting rooms, and an oversized prefunction area.

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. Florence is a female hound mix with a sweet personality. She is a bit "nosey," but loves to cuddle too. Come meet her!

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DEBORAH WEBSTER Buying or Selling, The Best Move You’ll Ever Make. Call Today! 843-667-1100 Office 843-229-4325 Cell 843-669-6965 FAX 800-577-4156 419 South Coit Street, Florence, SC 29501 DEBORAH WEBSTER

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Mayor to offer State of the City address Florence Mayor Stephen Wukela will offer a State of the City presentation Thursday during the Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce Membership Luncheon at the Florence Center. In addition to the mayor’s

address, the chamber and Wells Fargo will also be presenting the Business Person of the Year award during the program. Tickets are $30 for chamber members and $40 for nonmembers. Reservations for a

REPORT CARDS An artist rendering of the front of the Florence Gold Star Families Monument.

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families, to attend this year’s Veteran’s Day ceremony and said the guest speaker would be Brigadier General Jeffrey R. Johnson of the South Carolina National Guard. Johnson is a Pee Dee native. “This beautiful monument will be a welcome addition to this fantastic Veterans Park,� said Gold Star committee member Peggy Moore. “As a Gold Star widow I know this monument will serve as a place all Gold Star families can visit and know the generous people of Florence care and will always care and remember the never-ending sacrifices made by these families and the mourning that continues day after day.� Eddie Collins serves as the chairman of the Gold Star Committee and is the person who first suggested building the monument. He brought the idea to the city’s Parks and Recreation Department after seeing the Gold Star Monument at Patriot’s Pointe in Mt. Pleasant. The cost of the monument is near $50,000. A portion of the funding came from the Hershel Woody Williams Medal of Honor Foundation, a not-for-profit organization

which assists in establishing permanent Gold Star Families monuments. There are presently 54 Gold Star Families monuments in the U.S. Each monument must meet certain uniform requirements. The black granite monument features four sections and two sides. One side bears the words: Gold Star Families Memorial Monument, a tribute to Gold Star families and relatives who have sacrificed a Loved One for our Freedom. The other side tells a story through the four granite panels: homeland, family, patriot, and sacrifice. The scenes on each panel are a reflection of each community’s Gold Star families and their fallen heroes. At the center of this tribute is the most distinct feature of the monument, the cut out of a saluting solider, which represents the loved one who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the name of freedom. The front of the Florence monument read Gold Star Families Monument: A Tribute To Those Who Made The Ultimate Sacrifice For Our Freedom And the Families they Life Behind. The monument will be positioned so that the cutout of

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the saluting solider between the first and second blocks of the monument will reveal the American Flag waving in the background. The back of the monument will have an etching of a flag presentation during a funeral. There is also a Palmetto tree and crescent moon, an outline of state of South Carolina, and the six emblems of the United States Armed Services. The inscription on the back of the monument reads: “The Gold Star Family monument recognizes the pain, grief and agony that Gold Star family members endure with the death of a parent, child, spouse, sibling, or other loved ones who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving in the United States Armed Forces. The men and women who serve in the uniform of our military are the strength and stability of our nation. And, the strength and the stability of those men and women are dependent upon the families at home. No one has given more to our nation than the families of the fallen. We, as a country, are forever grateful for sacrifice of these families and their loved ones who gave it all.� The is also an inscription of a Bible verse from Matthew 5:4: “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.� Donna Harter, a Gold Star mother, also spoke at the groundbreaking ceremony. Harter’s son, Marine Cpl. Kelly Keith, was killed in a helicopter crash in 2000. He was 22. “This is holy ground,� said an emotional Harter.

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EOC Eng 53.4 53.8 35.6 37.0 54.4 56.3

EOC Algebra 45.6 58:1 24.4 44.4 75.7 54.9

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graduation rate by 2021,� O’Malley said. “Our district average, between the three schools, is higher than the state average but that is not our goal. We are building a premier school district that competes with others nationally.�

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comes from a student survey. In the Student Progress indicator, a separate score from the overall school rating, there was also great growth. Four schools jumped two indicator levels. Five schools, Southside Middle, Greenwood Elementary, Henry Timrod, John Moore Intermediate and Wallace Gregg Elementary, all jumped three indicators. Student progress is measured in English Language Arts (ELA) and Math. Scores are compared to other South Carolina students who initially scored at the same level of Exceeds, Meets, Approaches, Does Not Meet on the SC READY test. Once scores are compiled, a state average is found for each of those score scale values and a growth factor is calculated. The majority of schools in Florence 1 outgrew other schools in the state. In the Academic Achievement category, seven schools grew one indicator level. Report cards look slightly different at the high school level, with markers such as College and Career Readiness, and Graduation Rate. All three high schools achieved a rating of Average, with graduation rates at either Average or Good; Wilson High School had its highest graduation rate in five years at 85 percent. “We have a district goal of a 95 percent

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may try to time the market by purchasing these stocks at a low price and holding on to them until the economy rebounds. Investors looking to minimize volatility in their portfolio may wish to stick with defensive stocks, which are typically more stable. No stock investment is without risk, so you should discuss your tolerance for risk with your investment professional before investing in the stock market. Article provided by Frank J. “John:� Brand III, Financial Advisor with Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated, member SIPC and New York Stock Exchange, who can be contacted in the Florence office at (843) 665-7599

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Free coding education comes to Florence

4-H on display Pee Dee youth celebrate National 4-H Week at the Eastern Carolina Agricultural Fair Each year during National 4-H Week, millions of youth, parents, volunteers and alumni across the country celebrate everything 4-H. Pee Dee Region 4-H members are observing National 4-H Week (Oct. 6 -12) by showcasing their efforts during the Eastern Carolina Agricultural Fair in Florence and the South Carolina State Fair in Columbia. The theme of this year’s National 4-H Week is Inspire Kids to Do, which highlights how 4-H encourages kids to take part in hands-on learning experiences in areas such as health, science, agriculture and civic engagement. The positive environment provided by 4-H mentors ensures that kids in every county in the country - from urban neighborhoods to suburban schoolyards to rural farming communities are encouraged to take on proactive leadership roles and are empowered with the skills to lead in life and career. The public is encouraged to attend the ECA Fair and support our youth as they highlight their animal showmanship skills nightly in the livestock barn or admire their artwork, baking, canning or tomato growing abilities on display in Arts & Craft building. All current 4-H members who have their 2019-2020 membership card and 4-H t-shirt will be admitted free to the ECA Fair on

In Florence County alone, more than 2000 youth are reached annually by 4-H with over 200 being actively involved as 4-H Club members and more than 15 adult volunteers making the 4-H opportunities possible. Thursday for 4-H Night. Everyone is invited to stop by the 4-H booth and meet some of our regional teen leaders while learning more about opportunities available. All current 4-H members will receive a prize! Residents who are interested in adding chickens to their current flock or would like to start a backyard flock are also invited to the Pee Dee Region 4-H Pullet Chain Auction that will be held in the ECA Fair Livestock Barn on

Friday at 7:30 p.m. Several lots of Rhode Island Red, Golden Comet, and Cuckoo Maran pullets (chickens raised by local 4Hers over the last five months) will be auctioned off to the highest bidders. The auction is open to the public and 100 percent of the proceeds will go to Pee Dee Region 4-H livestock projects. “Whether through raising livestock, participating in Junior Leadership, learning to garden, acquiring abilities of an experi-

enced chef, or volunteering at a local nursing home, our 4-H members are building life skills that will positively impact their future and the future of our local communities,” said Florence County 4-H Agent Faith Truesdale. “Our 4-H would not be possible without the support of our local community and we are thankful for all of our donors and volunteers as we work to fulfill the 4-H motto, ‘To Make the Best Better!’” The nation’s largest youth development and empowerment organization, 4-H cultivates confident kids who tackle the issues that matter most in their communities right now. In the United States, 4-H programs empower 6 million young people through the 110 land-grant universities and cooperative extensions, such as the Clemson University Cooperative Extension,in more than 3,000 local offices serving every county and parish in the country. In Florence County alone, more than 2000 youth are reached annually by 4-H with over 200 being actively involved as 4H Club members and more than 15 adult volunteers making the 4H opportunities possible. To learn more about how you can get involved, visit www.clemson.edu/4h or contact your local Clemson Cooperative Extension Office.

The Doctors Bruce and Lee Foundation Library will host an open house on Thursday, Oct. 17 to introduce the S.C. Codes initiative in Florence County. The program will begin at 6:30 p.m. SC Codes offers free online coding courses, mentorship opportunities, and career resources for anyone interested in programming — whether they’re brand new to code or looking to add technical skills. Coding is the process of using a programming language to create computer software, apps and websites. “This library already serves as a hub for education and community resources, so it’s the perfect site partner for programs like SC Codes,” said Lelia King, executive director of the program. “We’re excited to provide mentors and curriculum for the residents of Florence County who are interested in learning more about programming and the opportunities available for those with these technical skills.” A collaboration powered by the S.C. Department of Commerce’s Office of Innovation and Build Carolina, SC Codes is a first-of-its-kind, state-funded resource that connects students with experienced industry mentors and provides pathways for continuing education and employment in technology-related fields. SC Codes has partnered with libraries and technology firms across the state to provide facilities and expert mentors to support and promote the free online platform and create a statewide coding community. For more information, please call the library at (843) 413-7074, or visit www.sccodes.org.

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Lander knocks Patriots from ranks of the unbeaten Lander scored a pair of goals in a 9-minute span midway through the first half and the home-standing Bearcats went on to claim a 2-0 victory over seventh-ranked Francis Marion Saturday in Peach Belt Conference men’s soccer action. With the loss, Francis Marion falls to 5-1-1 and 0-10 in the PBC and ends its recent three-match road swing with a win, a tie, and a loss. The Patriots return

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home to host Barton College Wednesday at 7 p.m. on Hartzler Soccer Field. FMU outshot the Bearcats 9-8, and led 4-3 in shots on goal, while both teams managed two corner kicks. Junior goalkeeper Maximiliano Rocco registered one save for the Patriots, while Lander keeper Jacob Withers tallied four stops. Robbie Young gave Lander (5-1-1, 1-0-0) a 1-0 advantage with an unassisted score

at the 24:55 mark. Jed Smith doubled the margin to 2-0 when he headed in a corner kick by Oakley Hanger at 33:52. A Patriot free kick with 13:40 remaining sailed into the 6-yard box, but no Francis Marion player was able to get a foot on it. Withers stopped a pair of Patriot attempts late in the match: on a Magnus Hoejland shot in the 86th minute and a shot by Sidney Warden in the 87th minute.

Sophomore Nestor Nunez led Francis Marion with three shots. Thompson paces Pats at The Grove Sophomore McClure Thompson shot an even-par 72 to rank among the Top-10 and help lead Francis Marion to a seventh-place standing, Sunday after the opening round of the Intercollegiate at The Grove Golf Tournament hosted by Middle Tennessee

State. The second and third rounds were held Monday and Tuesday at the 7,368yard, par-72 The Grove Club course. Tennessee sits atop the team standings with a 4-under par 284 score. Lamar and Troy are tied for second at 292. The Patriots carded a first-round 299 score, only three strokes out of the Top 5. Thompson’s round has

him tied for 10th position in the players’ standings, five strokes behind individual leader Hugo Hellman of Lamar who fired a 67. Juniors Jacob Morris and John Burghardt both shot 75 and are tied for 27th, while freshman Casper Kennedy is tied for 49th with a 77 scorecard, and sophomore Grant Sellers (80) is tied for 71st. FMU junior Michael Rials is competing as an individual and also shot an 80.

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