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NEIGHBORS NAME: Lindsey Lloyd FAMILY: One brother BORN: Goldsboro, NC OCCUPATION: McLeod Health Athletic Trainer at East Clarendon Middle-High School HOBBIES OR SPECIAL INTERESTS: Enjoys time with her dog, Gunner and doing anything outdoors. WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT FLORENCE: “It feels like my home, but it’s not my hometown.” WHO OR WHAT HAS MOST INFLUENCED YOU? “My dad, because he is a very hard working man, very wise, and he has the best dad jokes.”

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Local charities benefit from #GivingTuesday Pee Dee Florence Mayor Stephen Wukela proclaimed Tuesday, November 27, #GivingTuesday in the City of Florence to encourage citizens to work together to share commitments, rally for favorite causes and build a stronger community. #GivingTuesday is powered by Eastern Carolina Community Foundation. They stated “#Giving Tuesday Pee Dee is a local undertaking of the global #GivingTuesday movement. Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and endof-year giving. Since its inaugural year in 2012, #GivingTuesday has become a movement that celebrates and supports giving and philanthropy with events throughout the year and a growing catalog of resources”. #GivingTuesday Pee Dee invited the public to meet our local nonprofit organizations and learn how they serve the community. On Tuesday, November 27 at The Waters Building, people were able to enjoy friends, fun and fundraising all in the spirit of philanthropy. There were opportunities to learn more about the local nonprofits that serve in our community and how each person can help further the missions of these organizations. Participating nonprofits were also able to collect items that would help carry out their work along with monetary donations.

Guests stepped into the First Reliance Bank Cash Machine and donated collected money to a nonprofit of their choice. Ice cream treats and coffee from Dolce Vita Café & More was available as well. Everyone was able to stroll around and celebrate the day of giving. Charitable organizations that patriciated in #GivingTuesday Pee Dee were: All 4 Autism, Boy Scouts of America, Pee Dee Area Council, Child and Family Resource Foundation, Child Evangelism Fellowship Heart of the Palmetto, Darlington County Habitat for Humanity, Durant Children’s Center, Eastern Carolina Community Foundation, Empowered to Heal, FAVOR of the Pee Dee, Florence Area Humane Society, Florence Area Literacy Council, Florence County Disabili-

ties Foundation, Florence Little Theatre, Florence Regional Arts Alliance, Florence Symphony Orchestra, FlorenceDarlington Technical College Educational Foundation, Foster Care Clothing Closet, Future Entrepreneurs Foundation, Girl Scouts of Eastern South Carolina, Harvest Hope Food Bank, Heaven’s Hope Inc., Help 4 Kids, Historic Marion Revitalization Association, HopeHealth, House of Hope of the Pee Dee, iHope Christian Care and Counseling, International Children’s Games, June Bugs Care, Inc., Lighthouse Ministries, Lutheran Services Carolinas, Mercy Medicine Free Clinic, MINGLE of the Pee Dee, Pee Dee Healthy Start, Pee Dee Land Trust, Performing Arts and Science Academy, Radio Free Communications, Senior Citizens Association, Spe-

ciallyABLE D Miracles, Tenacious Grace, The Care House of the Pee Dee, The Inner ME, The Jade Bridge, The Manna House, The Miracle League of Florence County, The Salvation Army, United Way of Florence County, Veterans Resource Center of Florence, and Vital Aging of Williamsburg County. Eastern Carolina Community Foundation stated that “Donors can make a real difference by giving to one or multiple organizations to support their personal philanthropic passions—whether that passion is for animals, arts and culture, education, health, religion, the environment, human services or general community benefit. It’s an easy, one-stop way for them to fill their “cart” with causes that matter most to them.”

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The City of Florence Recreation Services and Sports Tourism Department is registering for winter youth basketball. Registration will run until November 29. A parent or guardian can sign the participant up online by visiting this link Home Parents can also sign up at our administrative offices located at 513 Barnes Street. If you have any questions, please contact Tim Wilson at (843) 665-3253.

Deaths Blackwell, Alta Priscilla, age 92, died November 22, Waters-Powell Funeral Home Brown, Duane H., age 85, died November 28, Layton-Anderson Funeral Home Brown, Kenneth ‘Ken’ Eugene, age 88, died November 23, Stoudenmire Dowling Funeral Home Cromer, Darrell Gene, age 52, died November 24, Cain Calcutt Funeral Home Cromer, Joseph D., Jr., age 78, died November 20, Stoudenmire Dowling Funeral Home Galloway, Janice Turner, age 54, died November 22, WatersPowell Funeral Home

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Clean out the medicine cabinet Cleaning can take on an entirely new meaning when getting rid of expired or unsafe medicines. Even though people may be quick to toss out expired foods or even clean closets of ill-fitting clothing, few individuals exercise such diligence with their medicine cabinets. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says the medicine expiration date is critical when determining if a product is safe to use and will work as intended. Medications past their expiration date may not be as strong as intended, and even their chemical composition may change, making them risky to keep around. Further-

more, keeping too many medications in a home — particularly pain prescriptions — can lead to misuse and abuse, as the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration says that rates of prescription drug abuse in the United States have risen considerably in recent years. Some old medications, such as children’s cough and cold products, may no longer be recommended for certain ages. Having such medications in the house could prove harmful. Taking inventory and cleaning out medicine cabinets frees up space and creates a safe home environment.

• Toss away any expired products, whether they are prescription or over-thecounter medicines. The best way to do so is to bring the medication to a pharmacy for disposal rather than throwing it in the garbage or flushing medicines down the toilet. • Discard any unmarked containers or pill foils that are not in their original packaging. • Test any medical devices, such as a nebulizer, blood pressure monitor and glucose testing equipment to ensure they are in working order. • Replenish commonly used items, such as fever reducers or headache medi-

cines. Make sure there is a supply of bandages and first aid equipment on hand at all times. • Relocate medical supplies to an area that isn’t high in humidity, as steam from showers can speed up the expiration of medication. Storing medicines in the refrigerator won’t help, as that is a high-humidity area, too. Checking medications and removing expired products from the house can prevent accidents related to medications and ensure that all medicines in the house are as effective as possible.

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Griffin, Edna Olean, age 79, died November 20, Stoudenmire Dowling Funeral Home Hanna Vivian Kennedy, age 81, died November 24, Layton-Anderson Funeral Home Hill, Joan, age 84, died November 25, Layton-

Anderson Funeral Home Kozacki, Jerome Frank, age 78, died November 20, Stoudenmire Dowling Funeral Home Odom, Robert Allen, age 75, died November 21, Belk Funeral Home Robinson, Jerome Jalik, age 18, died November 17, Ideal Funeral Parlor Ruthven, Iva Nell, age 81, died November 23, Kistler Hardee Funeral Home Seago, Thomas Bryan, age 58, died November 24, Kistler Hardee Funeral Home Sheppard, Willie ‘Bill’ age 70, died November 19, Ideal Funeral Parlor Steele, France Elizabeth, age 90, died November 20, Cain Calcutt Funeral Home Walker, Hirfa Kennedy, age 79, died November 27, Layton-Anderson Funeral Home Williams, Joan Covington, age 81, died November 22, Stoudenmire Dowling Funeral Home

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“Red Flag Laws”: rights can’t be “suspended,” only violated By Thomas L. Knapp Hanna Scott of Seattle’s KIRO radio reports that prosecutors in Washington are wrestling with the question of whether or not the state’s “Red Flag law” applies to minors, and trying to stretch it to do so. Under the “law,” Scott writes, a judge can issue an “Extreme Risk Protection Order” to “temporarily suspend a person’s gun rights, even if they haven’t committed a crime.” Scott gets that part wrong. Judges who issue ERPOs aren’t “suspending” their victims’ gun rights and constitutionally mandated due process and property protections. They’re ordering police to violate those rights and ignore those protections. There’s a difference. Rights are inherent characteristics possessed by all human beings, not privileges to be granted or withheld at the whim of a bureaucrat in a black dress. And the point of the 5th Amendment’s due process clause is precisely to protect the life, liberty, and property of Americans against arbitrary judicial edicts. Under the US Constitution, “laws” which violate those protections are null and void. Several state governments have passed, or begun more active implementation of, these “Red Flag laws” since a mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida in February. Maryland’s version of “Red Flag” went into effect on October 1. As of November 20, at least 172 complaints had been filed under the “law,” which allows courts and police to steal a victim’s guns and keep them until a judge decides whether or not that victim is “at risk of violent behavior or suicide.” In one case, Maryland’s “law” has already put the victim at more than “risk” of violent behavior. Police officers in Ferndale, Maryland murdered 61-year-old Gary Willis when they showed up to steal his guns and he declined to cooperate. Neither the cops who killed Willis, nor the judge who sent them to do so, will likely be held accountable for the killing of a man accused of no crime and minding his own business on his own property. That’s the very definition of lawlessness. Why did a judge order police to steal Willis’s guns? We’re not allowed to know. The contents of such orders are considered state secrets. What might we call a system under which anonymous judges can secretly order anonymous police officers to expropriate property from citizens who have neither been accused of nor convicted of crimes, on pain of death for resistance? The only term that seems to fit is “police state.”

Congress: Pass a new farm bill before 2018 ends By Anna Johnson, policy manager, Center for Rural Affairs Congress has only a few days left in 2018 to pass legislation. Adopting a strong, new farm bill should be at the top of their list. Lawmakers should approve a farm bill that includes closing loopholes in commodity payments, renewing major conservation programs, and continuing programs that offer support to rural communities and beginning farmers. First, loopholes in commodity programs are allowing the largest farms to exploit the system and claim incredibly high payments. Not only do these loopholes allow for misuse of taxpayer dollars, this unfair advantage creates an uneven playing field for smaller, family-sized operations and drives farm consolidation. Second, America needs farmers and ranchers who are committed caretakers of the land. Farm bill conservation programs offer a needed path that allows producers to improve their stewardship of water and soil. A new farm bill should provide strong support for conservation, including the Conservation Stewardship Program that allows for targeted conservation efforts across operations. Finally, rural America needs strong and diverse economic opportunities. The farm bill contains several smaller programs that offer support for rural economic vitality and the next generation of farmers. Not renewing these programs closes the door of opportunity for many in rural America. Congress allowed the 2014 farm bill to expire on September 30, stranding over a billion dollars in programs with no authority to operate. Currently, both the Senate and the House have put forward draft farm bills, but have struggled to achieve compromise. The Senate’s proposals would bring needed policy changes for rural America. What’s more, it passed with historically strong bipartisan support. Congress, we urge you to follow the lead of the Senate and pass a final farm bill that serves rural America.


November, it is not quite time to say goodbye As the month of November comes to a close, here are some fun facts about the month. November was the ninth month of the ancient Roman calendar and has retained its name from the Latin novem, meaning “nine.” In Finland, they call November marraskuu, which translates as “the month of the dead.” It is one of four months with a length of 30 days on the Gregorian, or modern, calendar. In the United States and Canada, November is also known as National Beard Month or No Shave Month (also known as “No-Shave November”) as a way to raise cancer awareness. Australians have a similar

Philip Maenza Editor month where they grow a mustache instead of a full beard. Topaz, a semi-precious stone that symbolizes friendship, is found in many colors, but it is the orange-yellow version that is the traditional birthstone for November. The flower for the month of November is the chrysanthemum. The word chrysanthemum comes from the Greek words chrys and anthemum,

meaning golden flower. In the language of flowers, chrysanthemum is considered to symbolize honesty, joy, and optimism. Some significant, but commonly forgotten historical events happened near the end of the month of November as well. For instance, Commander Richard E. Byrd and crew of three became first to fly over the South Pole, November 29, 1929. Another historical event that happened was that after discovering debriscovered stairs, British archaeologist Howard Carter and his crew entered the four-room Egyptian tomb of 18-year-old King Tutankhamen on November 26, 1922.

A few memorable historical figures had their birthdays near the end of the month of November as well. For instance, Jonathan Swift, author of “Gulliver’s Travels” was born November 30, 1667, Mark Twain, American author and humorist was born on November 30, 1835, British statesman Sir Winston Churchill celebrated his birthday on November 30, 1874, and Bruce Lee, martial artist and film star’s birthday was November 27. 1940. So even though there is no mention of the month of November in any of Shakespeare’s plays or sonnets, November is still an important month to look back upon with fondness.


Paula’s Journey, part three - an uncommon passage down the river of life Author’s Note: Paula Deen’s story appears in the fall 2018 issue of Shrimp, Collards & Grits magazine. This column concludes the series. Today, art joins cooking as one of Paula’s passions. “There’s a lady in town—the ‘Shell Lady,’ who shelled our gas lanterns on the patio, and I went to her house because my magazine was doing a story on her. I thought ‘I can do that because it’s easy.’ So, one day, my husband, Mike, took Aunt Peggy, me, and Bubbles (sister-like friend Susan Greene) out to an oyster bed. We were like pigs in the sunshine, honey. I just had on tennis shoes. I didn’t think to take any gloves. I was stupid, but I’ve done a lot of stupid things. I love using the oysters that I rake. I just love sculpting and it is therapeutic, honey. You forget everything except the next shell you’re going to put on.” Paula loves to paint too but is quick to say she’d rather be a chef than an artist. “I’m not good at it. One of my best friends here, Donna Foltz, paints beautifully, and she wouldn’t leave me alone. She said, ‘I want to teach you to paint, Paula.’ She taught me a little bit, what I could absorb, and I just love it, but it’s not one of those things that come easy to me.” Easy or not, painting has been good for Paula. In 2016, she joined President Jimmy Carter in Plains for an art class taught by Atlanta painter, James Richards. The fundraiser, “Painting, Paula, and a President,” raised funds for Friends of the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site and the Plains Better Home Town program. Wildlife catches her artist’s eye. “One year for Jamie’s birthday I gave him a painting of a bream. And that bream turned out so beautiful.” As she talked, the chef in her surfaced. “One of my favorite fish to eat. Lots of bones but you have to know

how to eat them.” She painted a portrait of Earl D. Squirrel before she let him loose, and she sent me an impressionistic image of a watercolor, an abstract of white flowers and foliage. It’s a flower she painted with President Jimmy Carter. It raises possibilities ... lilies ... the plumage of egrets ... a wedding bouquet ... a funeral arrangement, perhaps. On different days I see different things. That’s art. I asked Paula if she’ll use her art to illustrate one of her cookbooks. Laughter like shattering glass broke out ... “Oh I doubt it, but wouldn’t that be fun. I am not talented and I really have to work at it. The shelling, though, is just so easy and so natural.” And Earl D. Squirrel? His story deserves telling. “A baby squirrel fell out of a tree, and a worker knocked on my door, ‘We found this little baby. What do we do with it?’ I said, ‘Oh, you give him to me.’ And I raised that squirrel, and I called him Earl D. Squirrel. He knew his name and when I’d call him, he would come. I went to Pet Smart and got some good mother’s milk, baby food, and fruit and I’d feed him that.” Paula set Earl free. “I was so sad. One day I opened the doors and I just set him down out on the back porch and said, ‘Well, he’s gone.’ I got on the sofa and fell asleep and the next thing I knew Earl was on the sofa. So, he didn’t leave, but the next time—boy, I didn’t want to let him go I loved him so much— I took him out by the pond and he scampered up the tree and I haven’t seen him since. When I go out, I say, ‘Earl D. Squirrel! Earl D. Squirrel!’ “ Hopefully, Earl is out there somewhere, Meanwhile, that river called Life rolls on and Paula is in a good place. “My furniture line is still very successful. My magazine is alive and well. I’ve got the numberone most watched show on Evine, the shop-at-home network. We’re building multi-

million dollar restaurants all over the country, so, yes, I’m in a good place. God does not miss blessing me a day.” She even has her own brand of pet food. “Someone got in touch with me— they knew how I feel about dogs, animals, and my cat, and said, ‘We’d love to come up with a dog food for you.’ Well, that fizzled out.” Then Paula met a man at a dog show. “He’s the secondlargest dog food purveyor in the US and I really liked him, so we reformulated the dog food and it is the best—Paula Deen’s Home Cooking.” There’s a lot more Paula Deen wants to do. “I would love to be a voice in an animated movie, the voice of a Southern crab—a Southern crab!” Her grandchildren would get a kick out of that, of whom she says, “I’ve got so much to live for ... my grandchildren.” She’s working on a Christmas book for 2019. “It’s been about ten years since I did my last little Christmas book and it was a huge seller; that’s what I’m working on.” But what about the woman herself? Success hasn’t really changed her, has it? No, the little Paula Hiers that swam in her grandparents’ pool and the Flint River is still with us. She’s gracious and genuine and you can thank her parents for that. “My mother was very quiet and ladylike. My daddy had this huge over-the-top personality and a laugh that was contagious. I remember one day I came in from school and they had company. I didn’t speak to anybody. I just went straight to my room.” Her dad made her come back into the room and speak to the guests. “I made terrible grades in high school but I had one helluva good time. I’d bring home Fs, and Daddy would say, ‘Oh honey I know. I had a hard time with math, too,’ but the one thing he told me was, “Girl, I will get you if

you’re ever unkind to anybody or if you think you’re better than the next man because you are not.’ He could forgive those bad grades but not bad manners or treating someone unkind.” She paused while petting the dog that had just jumped into her lap ... “You know, I truly care about other people. It’s not an act.” During our interview Paula told me she would be leaving immediately afterwards to go to the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville. Her very sick brother, Bubba, was there. That escaped my mind at the interview’s end, and I asked her if my sisters Brenda and Debra, and family friend, Teresa, might meet her. We were all vacationing at nearby Tybee Island, and they were out on Wilmington Island Road waiting to pick me up. “Absolutely,” she said. “Tell ‘em to come right in.” She spent an hour with them.

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American Red Cross assisting family in Darlington after home fire American Red Cross disaster-trained volunteers are assisting a family whose home, located on Society Hill Road, was damaged by a fire last week. The Darlington County Fire Department responded to the blaze. The Red Cross is helping three adults and one child by providing financial assistance for food, clothing, lodging and other essentials, and comfort kits containing personal hygiene items. How to help - Help people affected by disasters

and countless other crises by making a gift to American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. People can donate by visiting, calling 1-800RED-CROSS, or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Become a volunteer - To join us, visit today to learn more about volunteer opportunities and how to submit a volunteer

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Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation’s blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization – not a government agency – and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or @RedCrossSC.

Christmas Day, Thursday, December 25. Breakfast will be served from 8:30 a.m. until 9:30 a.m., lunch will follow from 11 a.m. until 12 p.m. Food pantry hours of operation are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m.

Dillon Historic School Foundation meeting to be held The Dillon Historic School Foundation monthly meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 4 at 7 p.m., at the Dillon County Chamber of Commerce, Conference Room, located on the corner of MacArthur Avenue and Main Street in Dillon. Visitors and new members are welcome and encouraged to attend.

What you need to know about interventions By Luke Nichols Dealing with loved ones can be difficult sometimes and that only gets harder when they have a problem with drugs and alcohol. A big part of dealing with a loved one's addiction is getting them into treatment. But what if they are unwilling to go? Intervention is the next logical step, however what is an intervention and how you pull one off? Contrary to popular belief, successful interventions usually aren’t like the ones you see on TV or in the movie Hangover 3 with the family sitting around and reading off of notecards. Interventions that are successful usually consist of several different techniques. I hope they help you and your family to have the best chance of saving your loved ones. The first thing is to do your research on a treatment facility. Before an intervention takes place, you need to know where they are going. Once you get someone willing to go

to treatment it is imperative that they go straight in. When someone is struggling with substance abuse they can waffle on the idea of treatment, so you have to have the facility already picked out so there are no slows or stops on which facility. Adding time in-between when your loved one becomes willing to go and them getting into treatment is deadly. Number two is building your team. An intervention can either be done by the family or by a professional interventionist. A family can choose the family or friends of the addict that the addict will most likely listen to so it is important those persons are at the intervention. On the other hand, an intervention done by an interventionist is usually conducted on a one-on-one basis, where the interventionist works with the addict alone to get their agreement to go to treatment. Since a lot of interventionists are exaddicts themselves, they will have a point of reality

with the addict which may facilitate the reach for treatment. In some cases, the interventionist may decide to call in family members but that will be decided by the interventionist. Once you have decided on your team, get them together and go over all the details so everyone is prepared to pull off the intervention. Make sure any family or friends who are involved are all on the same page and have the same goal; getting the addict into treatment. With everyone on the same page, you would then bring in the addict. Approach them kindly and at first try to get them to see how treatment will benefit them. Show them the website or brochure of where they are going. It is also a good idea to have someone ready to talk to them from the center to answer any questions they may have. If this doesn’t work, you should be prepared to bottom line them (give them an ultimatum). An example

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Deck the halls with energy efficiency this holiday season It’s the season for decorating with festive lights, wreaths and bows. During this time of year, SCE&G shares tips on how to have a safe, bright and energy-efficient holiday. “Energy usage typically increases this time of year with many people decorating their homes with light strands, entertaining guests and cooking holiday meals,â€? said Ginger Greenway, manager of energy information services for SCE&G. “The greatest gift we can give our customers is educating them on the many opportunities they have to be efficient with their seasonal energy use and to be safe while doing so.â€? SCE&G recommends the following lighting conservation and safety tips: • Reduce usage: A simple way to cut energy bills during the holidays is to limit electricity usage to periods when decorations can be fully enjoyed. Use a timer to turn off lights

during specified times. • Buy LED lights: Switch to long-lasting and energy-efficient ENERGY STAR LED holiday lights, which use 70 percent less energy, are eco-friendly and are cooler than non-LED lighting. • Don’t overload your electric circuits: Check fuses or circuit breaker panels to see what your home can handle and stay well within the limits. Outdoor electric lights and decorations should be plugged into circuits protected by ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlets. Look for the “testâ€? and “resetâ€? buttons to be sure it is a GFCI-protected circuit. • Plan your layout: Don’t run extension cords under rugs, around furniture legs, or across doorways. Ensure the electrical setup is safe for small children and pets. To be even more energy-friendly this holiday season, consider the following:

• Entertain efficiently: Holiday parties are a big part of the season and of course with that comes the food preparation. Consider turning the thermostat down and allowing the heat from cooking and warm bodies gathered for festivities to help keep the temperature comfortable. • Give energy-efficient gifts: Consider buying gifts that don’t use electricity or batteries, or purchase gifts that use rechargeable batteries and chargers. • No peeking: It’s tempting to frequently open the oven door to check on a dish’s progress, but every time the door is opened, the temperature inside is reduced by as much as 25 degrees, forcing it to work harder. Use the oven window instead to check on a dish. For more energy-saving tips, visit Additional safety tips may be found on the Electrical Safety Foundation International website,


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merger to First Union National Bank as Trustee, for Mid-State Trust X against Marva J. McGill, I, the undersigned Master in Equity for Florence County, will sell on Tuesday, December 4, 2018, at 11:00 A.M., at the Florence County Judicial Center, 181 N. Irby Street, Florence, South Carolina, to the highest bidder: All that certain

piece, parcel or lot of land, with the improvements thereon, situate, located, lying and being on the South side of the extension of Thomas Street, in the Town of Lake City, in the County of Florence, State of South Carolina, the same being shown and designated as Lot No. 65 and one-half (1/2) portion of Lot 66, on a Plat of the Sub-

division of Williams and Floyd Property, prepared by A.L. Ervin, C.E., dated November 12, 1943, recorded in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County in Plat Book E at page 159; also being shown and further delineated on that certain Plat prepared by Prosser Surveying, Inc., P.L.S., dated September 13, 2000, for Alton B. Cooper, which Plat is incorporated herein by reference and haviang the following boundaries and measurements: North by Thomas Street, whereon it measures 47.56 Feet and 22.73 Feet; East by the remainder of Lot 66, whereon it measures 143.24 Feet; South by a portion of Lot 74, whereon it measures 22.89 Feet and by Lot 75, whereon it measures 49.94 Feet; West by Lot 64, whereon it measures 144.23 Feet; all measurements being a little more or less. This being the property conveyed to Alton B. Cooper and Marva J. McGill by deed of Walter Scott dated December 28, 2000 and recorded in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County on January 30, 2001 in Book A-618 at page 1503. Alton B. Cooper conveyed his one-half interest in the property to Marva J. McGill by deed dated August 16, 2005 and recorded in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County on November 8, 2005 in Book A-968 at page 1775, and re-recorded on November 9, 2005 in Book A-969 at page 146. TMS No. 8000207-027. Current address of property is ÂŹÂŹ331 W Thomas Street, Lake City, SC 29560. SUBJECT TO ASSESSMENTS, FLORENCE COUNTY TAXES, EXISTING EASEMENTS, EASEMENTS AND RESTRICTIONS OF RECORD, AND OTHER SENIOR ENCUM-

BRANCES, IF ANY. TERMS OF SALE: The successful bidder, other than the Plaintiff, will deposit with the Master in Equity, at the conclusion of the bidding, Five per cent (5%) of the bid in cash or equivalent, as evidence of good faith, same to be applied to the purchase price in case of compliance, but to be forfeited and applied first to costs and then to Plaintiff's debt in the case of non-compliance. Should the last and highest bidder fail or refuse to make the required deposit at time of bid or comply with the other terms of the bid within thirty (30) days, then the Master in Equity may resell the property on the same terms and conditions on some subsequent Sales Day (at the risk of the said highest bidder.) No personal or deficiency judgment being demanded, the bidding will not remain open after the date of sale, but compliance with the bid may be made immediately. Purchaser to pay for preparation of the Master in Equity's deed, documentary stamps on the deed, recording of the deed, and interest on the amount of the bid from date of sale to date of compliance with the bid at the rate of 9.250% per annum. Haigh Porter Master in Equity for Florence County Plaintiff's Attorney: J. Kershaw Spong [SC Bar # 5289] ROBINSON GRAY STEPP & LAFFITTE, LLC P.O. Box 11449 Columbia, SC 29211 (803) 929-1400 Email: (11/14,11/21,11/28/18) NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE C & S Used Cars Inc located at 126 farmers Rd will be having a sale of a

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I N S P I R AT I O N A L K O R N E R Charlotte Berger Sales Consultant Chesterfield County News & Shopper Theme: Trust in God and receive the benefits of wisdom. Proverbs 3:v. 1, 2, and 5. (v.1) My son forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments. (v.2) For the length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee. (v.5) Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not unto thine own understanding. According to my studies, the Book of Proverbs was written between 1000 and 700 B.C. The majority of its contents was written by King Solomon around 931 B.C. and during the time of Solomon’s life. Most likely it was written in Judah and intended primarily for young people and to those considered “pupils of the elders”. The Hebrew title means “Proverbs of Solomon.” Within the amazing Book of Proverbs lies a wealth of hidden joy. It is about Solomon, who succeeded his father, David to rule as King of Israel. After praying and asking God for wisdom God blessed Solomon so much that people came from afar just to learn from him. About one-fourth of the 3,000 proverbs and 1,005 songs are attributed to Solomon. These scriptures are part of Solomon’s teachings and relate to spiritual truth and common sense to those who take it to heart. The entire Bible provides us with a roadmap of instructions that concerns every conceivable area of human life that we face today, just as Solomon experienced. These words of comfort guide us through our spiritual journey, our struggles, and can lead us to true inner peace through Jesus Christ. After all these years of its existence and from Biblical times, God’s Holy Word of wisdom and truth remain

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reason, Taylor bonded well with me and my dad from the beginning. As soon as she saw me in the unit for a visit, she stopped what she was doing to update me on the night before and plans for that day. “Mom was on the ventilator for two and a half weeks,” continued Kight. “When mom was finally extubated, Taylor was there, and we hugged like she was a part of the family. Her compassion during the care of my mom cannot be topped. Her true calling as a nurse shined bright.” About the DAISY Nursing Award The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, California, and was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes. Patrick died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little known but not uncommon auto-immune disease. The care Patrick and his family received from nurses while he was ill

TAYLOR CURTIS, MCLEOD MICU NURSE HONORED WITH THE NOVEMBER DAISY NURSING AWARD inspired this unique way of each nursing unit at McLeod presentations in front of the difference you make in the thanking nurses for making a Regional Medical Center or nurse’s colleagues, physi- lives of so many people.” profound difference in the can be found at www. cians, patients, and visitors. The honoree is also given a lives of their patients and Each honoree receives a cer- beautiful and meaningful patient families. Recipients of the DAISY tificate commending her or sculpture called “A Healer’s Nurses may be nomi- Award are chosen by the him for being an “Extraordi- Touch,” hand-carved by nated for their strong clinical DAISY committee, led by nary Nurse.” The certificate artists of the Shona Tribe in skills and the compassionate nurses at McLeod Regional reads: “In deep appreciation Africa. care they provide. Nomina- Medical Center. Awards are of all you do, who you are, tion forms are available on given throughout the year at and the incredibly meaningful

John W. Moore recognized for character program John W. Moore Intermediate School has been recognized nationally for its program designed to produce students of noble character. Moore is among schools throughout the nation selected as a 2018 Promising Practice by for its character education program. It is one of only three schools in South Carolina which has received the award this year. Moore has received this recognition for the third time. According to John W. Moore principal Carol Schweitz, the program focuses on the school’s identified female population. “This program, known as K.I.C.K. (Keeping It Classy Kids), is designed to encourage and support fifth and sixth grade females as they encounter the challenges of adolescence,”

Kick Team member Karmyn Davis, Adviser Brandis Winstead, Principal Carol Schweitz, and Kick Team member MiJewel McFadden said Schweitz. “Ultimately,” the KICK program is to pro- character who can set clear dent enough to make their said Schweitz, “The goal of duce strong women of noble personal goals and are confi- dreams become a reality.”

Schweitz said the KICK team meets with approximately 40 girls for twelve weeks each semester to help them meet Moore’s schoolwide improvement goal of adhering to school behavior expectations. Moore Intermediate Guidance Counselor Brandis Winstead is the adviser to the group. With this award, the staff of John W. Moore becomes a part of Character Exchange, a network of educators and parents working together to bring positive changes to schools and communities. Promising Practices like the KICK program will be featured in this national Exchange program alongside conversations about best practices in character development.

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McLeod Regional Medical Center installs two state-of-the-art MRI machines In an effort to consistently deliver superior imaging services and a positive patient experience, McLeod Regional Medical Center recently installed two state-of-the-art MRI machines, located in the McLeod Pavilion and McLeod Medical Park Five. In addition to superior imaging, both machines have been designed with patient comfort in mind, offering more space as well as feetfirst capabilities for most exams. McLeod Pavilion The GE Signa™ Architect scanner features several specialty software packages which enhance the studies already performed at McLeod Regional Medical Center as well as allow for new studies to be offered. Some of the new offerings include: • Cardiac viability studies. These studies produce dynamic images and highlyspecialized details about the patient’s heart to help physicians determine the viability of the tissue and the appropriate course of treatment. • High-resolution prostate

The GE Signa™ Architect scanner is located in the McLeod Pavilion studies. These studies allow for a more accurate diagnosis and staging of prostate cancer as well as targeted biopsy capabilities. • Body works. These studies vary widely depending on the patient’s individual imaging needs; i.e., liver, kidneys, pancreas, etc. With advanced technology, many

of these studies have the capability for patients to breathe freely during some images that they would otherwise have to hold their breath. The machine can detect the patient’s breathing and scans between breaths. This is especially helpful for patients with respiratory conditions such as Chronic Obstructive

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obscure important details. Many orthopedic surgeries, for example a hip replacement, require metal implants as well as smaller pieces such as surgical pins. Now, an advanced software system reduces these obscurities, allowing radiologists to obtain a more improved image of both bone and soft tissue

around certain metal implants. Additional features include the ability to detect and visualize small lesions being scanned as well as reformatting a single image to show several views, eliminating the need to scan the patient multiple times.

Lights4Paws – Walking trail of holiday lights to benefit Breakfast with Santa the homeless animals of the Florence community Check out all of the dazzles and sparkles of the holiday season at Lights4Paws, a spectacular quarter mile trail of thousands of lights, merry music and festive decorations, all to benefit the animals of the Florence Area Humane Society. Take a

leisurely stroll with your fourlegged friend or your family of friends through a holiday wonderland filled with favorite seasonal displays around every turn of the trail. Santa will be there throughout the event delighting young and old alike. Sip a

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cup of hot chocolate, munch cookies and warm up next to a cozy outdoor fire. Of course there will be dog treats for the canine friends who come out to join the fun. (Dogs on leash please). Located at 3251 Mears Drive (near Forest Lake), the event begins with a preview weekend the nights of November 30 – December 2 and continues December 6 through December 25. Lights4Paws is open 6–9 each night. Donations are gratefully accepted to bene-

fit the homeless animals of the Florence Area Humane Society. The Florence Area Humane Society is a nonprofit animal welfare organization committed to the well-being of animals and to the creation of a responsible and humane community. We “speak for those who cannot,” as we care for, provide medical treatment, relieve suffering, and find quality homes for homeless and neglected animals in the Florence area.


Lynches River County Park is kicking off the Christmas season on Saturday, December 1 with their annual Breakfast with Santa and Wildlife Winterfest events. Festivities begin inside the Community Building at 8:30 a.m. with Breakfast with Santa. All participants will receive a hot breakfast and photo with Santa. Kids will also receive a goodie bag from Santa. Cost is $8/person. Advanced registration is required for this event. Wildlife Winterfest, beginning at 10 a.m. inside the Environmental Discovery Center, features a host of live animals from around the world, as well as Christmas crafts and an outdoor s’mores station. Participants will have opportunities to meet multiple reptile,

birds of prey and amphibian species up close. There is no cost for this event and registration is not required. Santa will also be on hand until 11 a.m. for free photos with anyone who brings a new, unwrapped toy to be donated to Toys for Tots, and/or a minimum of five cans of non-perishable food items to be donated to Harvest Hope Food Bank. For questions, or to signup for Breakfast with Santa, please call the Environmental Discovery Center at (843) 389-0550 or visit their website at There you can also sign up to receive the monthly enewsletter to stay informed of all the news and happenings at Lynches River County Park.

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FMU Trustees approve new mechanical engineering program Francis Marion University is on the way to adding a second engineering degree program to its growing repertoire, part of a dynamic expansion of the University’s academic programming. FMU’s Board of Trustees approved the addition of an undergraduate mechanical engineering degree at their quarterly meeting. The program requires additional regulatory approval, but pending the successful navigation of those processes, students could begin matriculating in the new program as soon as the 2019-2020 school year, with the first graduates following a few years after that. Like FMU’s industrial engineering degree, which the University started in 2014, mechanical engineering is a direct response to input from

business and industry leaders in the area. It also offers yet another meaningful, professional career path to FMU students, says Dr. Fred

Carter, FMU’s president. “Mechanical engineering will be a superb addition to FMU’s curriculum,” Carter says. “Like many of the new

degree programs we’ve created in the past decade, it represents a wonderful pairing of demonstrated workforce demand and relevant

career offerings for our students. We’re looking forward to seeing it move through the regulatory process and come to fruition.” FMU’s industrial engineering program has seen great success and growth since it began. Every graduate of the program to date was hired to a job in the field before graduation, and the program has grown every year since inception. Carter notes that the program is a natural outgrowth of FMU’s business and physics programs, whose graduates have fueled business growth in the region for years. Mechanical engineering also complements industrial engineering in a number of ways and represents to the perfect sequential step for FMU’s Department of

Physics and Engineering. Mechanical engineering is the second of three planned engineering programs at FMU. An electrical engineering program is likely to follow mechanical in the pipeline during the next few years. Also at Thursday’s meeting, Carter said that he had asked the provost’s office to put together a feasibility study for a master’s level degree program in Environmental Sciences. The program makes sense, Carter said, because of FMU’s strong tradition in the sciences; and because of its location in a critical, multistate watershed.The program would be housed in FMU’s Department of Biology.

FMU dedicates Tom Roop Physiology Lab Dr. Tom Roop was a professor of biology at Francis Marion University for more than 30 years, a mentor to hundreds of students, and one of the University’s biggest boosters. The University recognized that enduring legacy when it dedicated the Tom Roop Physiology Lab in the Leatherman Science Facility. Francis Marion University President Dr. Fred Carter recalled the instrumental role Roop played in training many of the practicing physicians throughout the state. “Tom’s legacy is to be found across the state,” Carter said.


“There are dozens of physicians that came to the true realization that becoming a physician was achievable because of the instruction, encouragement, advisement, support, and motivation that Tom lent every one of them.” Roop, who was at FMU from 1972-2004, was best known for his close relationship with his students and his unrelenting advocacy of FMU, especially for the University’s pre-med and pre-health sciences programs. Roop helped establish FMU as a serious destination for students interested in a career in medicine and was a one-

man public relations campaign in Florence and beyond. Nothing made him happier than to see yet another former student accepted to a med school, where he or she invariably soared .Roop was awarded FMU’s Distinguished Professor Award in 1980, and was named the J. L. Mason Professor of Health Sciences and Professor of Biology and Coordinator of Biology PreProfessional Programs, an endowed position at FMU. He received the Helm's Award for the South Carolina Top Science Educator of the Year, was honored with the

Service Award from the South Carolina Academy of Science in 2005, and was inducted into the Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Honor Society. Roop also worked with the South Carolina Academy of Science in many capacities and helped to found the South Carolina Governor’s School of Math and Science. Roop received his undergraduate degree from Denison University, his master’s degree from Canisius and his Ph.D. from Florida State University. Roop passed away in 2017.

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As tuition pinches wallets, college travel costs merit scrutiny By Richard Eckstrom, S.C. Comptroller The cost of attaining a higher education is a major concern for parents and students in the Palmetto State. And understandably so, as South Carolina now has the nation’s ninth-highest tuition bills, according to the most recent annual ranking. And that doesn’t include the ever-increasing student fees – additional charges for such things as parking, student activities, athletic events and use of campus facilities -- which aren’t included in advertised tuition fees but are nonetheless imposed on students. Colleges and universities – particularly our state-supported institutions – would

do well to keep tuition fees in check by continually evaluating their own expenses and pursuing administrative efficiencies where possible. Their travel budgets might be a good place to start. In Fiscal Year 2018, which ended June 30, South Carolina’s 35 public colleges and universities spent a combined $56.5 million on airlines, lodging, registration fees, and other travel-related costs. That’s 69.4 percent of the $81.4 million total travel costs for all state agencies. This information comes from the 2018 Travel Report, which I released earlier this month. My office each year compiles and releases details about state agencies’ travel spending as part of our broader fiscal transparency

Richard Eckstrom is a CPA and the state Comptroller. effort, which aims to show taxpayers how public dollars are used. According to this year’s report, the ten highestspending colleges and universities were: 1. Clemson University:

$16,393,032 2. University of South Carolina: $12,436,158 3. Medical University of South Carolina: $6,384,597 4. College of Charleston: $4,044,853 5. Coastal Carolina University: $2,356,646 6. Citadel: $1,383,838 7. Winthrop University: $1,289,078 8. Francis Marion University: $858,253 9. USC Upstate: $699,576 10. Lander University: $698,041 As these institutions are quick to point out, much of their spending is done with money from sources other than the state’s general fund – for example, private grants and sports ticket sales. Nonetheless, they still

receive tens of millions annually from the taxpayers. With many of them lobbying for more year after year, they ought to go the extra mile to demonstrate wise, efficient stewardship of their existing revenue. And with high tuition and fees putting college out of reach of many families, our institutions of higher education should commit to finding ways to make it more affordable. Such debate usually centers around increased funding, and at least one bill pending in the General Assembly would do just that – freezing tuition levels and establishing a $125 million trust fund to supplement schools’ revenue. But more money shouldn’t be the only option on the table.

There are cost-cutting steps large and small our colleges and universities can take to reduce overhead without compromising the quality of education they provide — if they’re willing to do so. (The 2018 Travel Report is available at Click on “Fiscal Transparency” near the top of the home page, then scroll down to “State Travel Spending Reports.” The report details all travel-related expenditures for each state agency, ranks all agencies in descending order based on their total travel spending, and identifies the names, job titles, and amounts spent by the top 25 travelers in each agency.)

A timeless holiday tradition returns to Florence for its 51st production Columbia City brings its fully professional, award-winning Nutcracker The Columbia City Ballet returns the award-winning Nutcracker to

Florence for its 51st production of the cherished holiday classic. Executive

and Artistic Director, William Starrett, has created a captivating per-

formance, which waltzes onto Francis Marion University Performing Arts

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Center stage on Tuesday, December 11 for one special performance at 7:30 p.m. This year’s Nutcracker performance will return to its roots and feature special choreography in honor of the 100-year anniversary of Marius Petipa’s original choreography of Nutcracker. Starrett’s classic version of Nutcracker allows the audience to experience the real, live classic story in person instead of onscreen. “While the movie is just out, there is nothing like a live experience,” Starrett says. “This is a production complete with astounding sets, scenery and hundreds of costumes – it’s a fully professional, once-in-a-lifetime holiday event. See the real story come to life right here in Florence at Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center.” Columbia City Ballet’s Nutcracker is the largest, continuously running, performing arts event produced in South Carolina,

and will be touring eight cities across the Southeast this year. The company’s 32 professional dancers will share the stage with 58 local children, ages 4 to 16, from Florence’s own School of Dance Arts. Nutcracker is the story of a little girl, Clara, who receives a nutcracker as a Christmas gift from her uncle, Drosselmeyer. At the stroke of midnight on Christmas Eve, Clara sees the Nutcracker magically grow into a life-size prince and battle the Mouse Queen. After Clara hurls her slipper and slays the Mouse Queen, the Nutcracker Prince thanks Clara by taking her on a magical journey through the land of snow and kingdom of sweets. The celebration ends with a final waltz where visions of sugar plums dance through Clara’s head. Tickets can be purchased at, by calling (843)-661-4444 or by stopping in at 201 South Dargan Street.

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