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Solicitor Clement’s office honors juvenile arbitrators BY BRENDA HARRISON Editor of The News Journal Florence, S.C. The 12th Judicial Circuit recognized its volunteer juvenile arbitrators with an appreciation luncheon held at the Florence Civic Center on Tuesday, Dec. 12. Solicitor Ed Clements praised the work of volunteer juvenile arbitrators saying, “You are making a difference in children’s lives by giving of yourselves and giving your heart. . . You provide structure in their lives to keep them out of jail. “God bless all of you,” he continued. “Times are tough, but yalla are making a difference.” The solicitor shared some statistics after commenting that out of 205 juvenile referrals this year, hearings to date have been held for 195. He said 2,360 community service hours have been provided this year and 93,531 since the program began. Donations totaled $4,488 this year and $117,904 for the past 12 years. Restitutions this year totaled $2,988 and $59,222 for the past 12 years. “This is holding kids accountable and it shows how their hearts have been impacted,” he said. Donation checks for $800 each were presented to Ellen Knight of Lighthouse Ministries and Emma Sellers of Weed & Seed.

ROBERT RIDGEWAY, on far right accepts gift from Robin Hewitt while Solicitor Ed Clements, center, looks on. Clements noted that the number one crime for juveniles is shoplifting, with assault and battery next, and disorderly conduct in school as number three. Brett Megargel, Senior Deputy for the Department of Juvenile

Justice, was the guest speaker. He praised the work of the 12th Judicial Circuit, noting that its juvenile diversion program has a two percent rate of recidivism. That is amazing, he said, adding it is the lowest rate in the state.

Brett noted that housing a juvenile in prison for a year costs the state around $100,000. So, not

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Dan Strickland to serve as interim school supt. At its regular December meeting on Thursday, the Florence One Board of Trustees approved the hiring of Dr. Dan Strickland as Interim Superintendent of Florence School District One effective January 2018. “Each of the interviewees that the South Carolina School Boards Association brought to the table offered their own set of impressive skills and experiences, but ultimately as the Board evaluated its goals for the second half of the 2017-18 school year, Dr. Strickland’s name rose to the top,” said Florence School District

One School Board Chairman Barry Townsend. Townsend also said the Board identified continuity for its new, innovative, academic programs, annual budget and personnel processes as particular areas of focus. “Dr. Strickland’s familiarity with Florence School District One and its programs–having served as Superintendent in a neighboring district as recently as last year–in combination with his administrative and leadership experience, led us to offer him the position of Interim Superintendent. We anticipate a smooth transition

and look forward to working with Dr. Strickland for the remainder of the academic year, “he added. Dr. Strickland brings leadership capacity as an experienced school administrator and superintendent to Florence School District One. From 2005-2011, he served as Superintendent of Columbus County Schools in Whiteville, North Carolina; from 2011-2016 he served as SEE

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Applications for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years and IB Diploma programs for the 2018-2019 school year are available, and will be received from Jan. 2 through Feb. 23. The IB Middle Years and IB Diploma programs, which are regarded as the most comprehensive college preparatory programs in the world, are taught at Williams Middle School for grades 7-8 and Wilson High School for grades 9-12. Students who live in Florence School District One, but are not enrolled at Wilson or Williams, can transfer schools in order to participate in the IB Middle Years or IB Diploma programs. The school district provides transportation to Wilson High School and Williams Middle School for these students. The annual IB informational meeting will be held on Thursday, Jan. 25, at 6 p.m. at Wilson High School for new students interested in the IB Middle Years Program or IB Diploma Program. Also, to learn more about the IB Middle Years or IB Diploma programs, attend Showcase Night on Thursday, Feb. 22, at 6 p.m. at Williams Middle School. Applications are available at elementary schools, the District Office, Williams Middle School, Wilson High School, and Florence One’s website, www.fsd1.org. For more information, contact Tenika Evans-Pee (tevanspee@fsd1.org) at Williams Middle or Josie Stratton (josie.stratton@fsd1.org) at Wilson High.

Deaths SOUTH CAROLINA SUPREME COURT JUDGES – D. Gordon Baker, former Florentine and Chief Justice of the South Carolina Supreme Court, is pictured third from left. He served on the S.C. Supreme Court beginning in 1935, and was Chief Justice from 1943-1956. Pictured in 1944 are justices G. Dewey Oxner, left, Taylor Hudnall Stukes, D. Gordon Baker and Claude A.Taylor. Photo courtesy of S.C. History Room at Florence Library.

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FROM PAGE 1A Superintendent of Marion County Schools in Marion. Dr. Strickland academically prepared himself in the field of education with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Sciences from Campbell University in Buies Creek, North Carolina, and Certification in Visual Arts at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. He received a Master of Arts in Education Administration and Supervision from the University of North Carolina, Pembroke; an Educational Specialist Degree in Educa-

tional Administration and Supervision from East Carolina University; and a Doctorate of Education in Administration and Supervision from South Carolina State University in Orangeburg. Dr. Strickland began his career in public education as a high school social studies/visual arts teacher in Hallsboro, North Carolina. He later served in the capacities of Director of Human Resources, Assistant Superintendent, and Associate Superintendent – all in

Columbus County Schools (Whiteville). Among awards received by Dr. Strickland during his tenure as superintendent are the North Carolina Association of Office Personnel’s Administrator of the Year and the National School Board Association’s National Magna Award. Strickland and his wife Gay have two grown daughters, Elizabeth and Paige. They are also grandparents of one grandson.

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only does this program offer a second chance for first time offenders, it saves money, he said. “Every kid has a story,” he continued, sharing some instances where these programs have really helped young people turn their lives around. At the end of the luncheon, Solicitor Clements and Robin Hewitt, director of Juvenile Diversion Programs for the Twelfth Judicial Circuit, handed out gifts and certificates of appreciation to the volunteer juvenile arbitrators recognizing their years of service. Robert Ridgeway was recognized for 19 years of service.

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DARLINGTON – City of Darlington offices will be closed Friday, Dec. 22, Monday, Dec. 25, and Tuesday, Dec. 26, in observance of the Christmas holiday. Offices will re-open on Wednesday, Dec. 27. Trash will not be collected on Monday, Dec. 25. Collection will resume that Tuesday and continue Wednesday.

Bateman, Louis Albert Jr., 89, died Dec. 11, Layton-Anderson Funeral Home. Broach, Robert, died Dec. 15, Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home. Brown, Jean Page, 87, died Dec. 10, Waters-Powell Funeral Home. Carter, Marian Elizabeth Wilson, died Dec. 11, Belk Funeral Home. Carwile, Marlayna Joan, 3, Darlington, died Dec. 6, Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home. Couch, Jerry Neil, 80, died Dec. 13, StoudenmireDowling Funeral Home. Knotts, Mary “Lisa” Britt, 50. died Dec. 10, Belk Funeral Home. Locklair, Levern S., 74, died Dec. 17, StoudenmireDowling Funeral Home. Mims, Brenda Broach, 55, died Dec. 12, Layton-

Anderson Funeral Home. Morse, Charlie H., 76, died Dec. 11, Belk Funeral Home. Page, Schubert ‘Sonny,’ died Dec. 13, Belk Funeral Home. Parker, Pearl Fleming, died Dec. 12, Ideal Funeral Parlor. Sprague, Melba Deane Ruzicka, 96, died Dec. 12, Waters-Powell Funeral Home. Scott, Willie Edward, died Dec. 13, Ideal Funeral Parlor. Singletary Rosa Lee McAllister, Effingham, died Dec. 10, Ideal Funeral Parlor. Stewart, Janice Wallace, died Dec. 11, Belk Funeral Home. Walkup, Dorothy Anderson, 93, died Dec. 12, Layton-Anderson Funeral Home.

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First class completes med-surg fast track program The first class for the Medical Surgical Technician Fast Track Program with McLeod recently held a graduation celebration at Florence-Darlington Technical College. McLeod Health was awarded $100,000 from the Pee Dee Workforce Development Board for the Healthcare Fast Track Program. Candidates who meet the eligibility requirement and who reside in the counties of Chesterfield, Darlington, Dillon, Florence, Marion and Marlboro can further their career in healthcare with Medical Surgical Technician classes at Florence-Darlington College followed by a Clinical Apprenticeship with McLeod Health at no cost to the participant. Upon successful completion of the program, participants are eligible for full time paid employment as a Medical Surgical Technician on one of the approved McLeod campuses. Students also receive a Nursing Assistant Certificate of Completion and are eligible for the State

REBECCA LIU AT GERMAN OLYMPIAD

Wilson student places third in USA round at International German Olympiad

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Rebecca Liu, an IB sophomore at Wilson High School, won third place in the USA Round of the International German Olympiad 2018. Liu was one of the top 14 students in the US invited to this all expenses-paid trip/competition in Chicago after a four-day online competition against students from across the country. The International German Olympiad, held every 2 years in Germany, is the largest German language contest in the world. The goal of the competition is to make young people around the world enthusiastic about Germany and the German language. To demonstrate their German knowledge, the contestants need to take various tests, create audio/visual materials, and take part in writing and performing skits. On December 1-2, the Goethe-Institut Chicago hosted the US competition. The competition was held as an “Olympic pentathlon” – reading, listening, speaking, writing and presenting were tested. Liu won third place in Category A. Liu is a student of Dr. Lucia Huang, German teacher at Wilson High School. For more information on the IB Program at Wilson High School, contact Mrs. Josie Stratton josie.stratton@fsd1.org.

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GOD’S WORD And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Luke 8-12

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S.C.’s judicial screening process worked By Jay Bender Something remarkable happened in South Carolina legal and political circles on Dec. 5. A sitting circuit judge running unopposed for reelection withdrew her candidacy before the Judicial Screening Commission. News reports have focused on the unfavorable comments made by lawyers regarding Judge Kristi Harrington in an anonymous survey. The surveys revealed that many lawyers who had appeared before this judge thought she was unqualified by temperament to serve. Those survey results were not the only speed bump in Judge Harrington’s path. Personal interviews of lawyers in the Charleston area by the South Carolina Bar revealed dissatisfaction consistent with the anonymous surveys. Ultimately, it appears that Judge Harrington withdrew when it became clear that she had violated state law by contacting members of the General Assembly prior to the completion of the judicial screening process. One news report noted that the screening commission members are all male. We have many strong and talented women judges in South Carolina, and, in my view, the composition of the commission had nothing to do with the assessment of Judge Harrington’s qualifications. I have been trying cases all over South Carolina since 1975. No judge, male or female, ever treated me as rudely and unprofessionally as Judge Harrington did when I appeared before her in Charleston earlier this year. I was in court to represent The Post and Courier in a suit against the City of Charleston. I arrived at the courtroom well before the scheduled start of the hearing. I did not know Judge Harrington, and wanted to introduce myself to her. The court was not in session when I arrived. Judge Harrington was on the bench and a small group of recent law school graduates was in the jury box to observe court proceedings as part of the process by which they become eligible to appear in court. In the Charleston courthouse the spectator area is separated from the well of the court by a knee high wall with small swinging doors for passage. When I entered the well of the court, the swinging door swung back and forth with a clunking sound. Judge Harrington said, “You must not come here very often.” I chose not to reply. As I moved toward the bench Judge Harrington said, “You need to ask to approach the bench. Had you been next door in General Sessions (criminal) you would have been locked up.” No judge I have appeared before has ever insisted that a lawyer ask permission to approach the bench whether during trial, a hearing or a recess. Maybe they do it that way on television, but that has not been the way we do it in South Carolina. I continued toward the judge’s bench and set my briefcase on an unoccupied desk placed perpendicular to the judge’s bench. Judge Harrington said, “Mr. Bender, you need to ask permission before you set anything on someone’s desk.” I bit my tongue. As I was trying to introduce myself Judge Harrington and I were speaking at the same time. Judge Harrington said, “I just told these students to never interrupt a judge.” Judge Harrington then said, “Mr. Bender, you are creating a bad example for these law students in many areas today.” I thought to myself that these law students were going to leave that courtroom with a skewed view of how judges in South Carolina conduct themselves. I picked up my briefcase and went back to the spectator area until my case was called for hearing. You might ask why I didn’t testify against Judge Harrington at the screening hearing. I was prepared to do so, and had completed an affidavit recounting the events outlined above. Then, I thought about the situation. Here is a sitting judge running unopposed for reelection. When I retire and ride into the sunset, I won’t worry about Judge Harrington, but the odds were that she was going to be reelected and might seek revenge against my clients and partners. It would be nice to pretend that this doesn’t happen, but it has happened in South Carolina with judges who thankfully are no longer sitting. Had I been subpoenaed to testify, I would have done so, but unfortunately, the screening commission had no way of knowing what I would say. Should I have had more courage and spoken up. Probably. Judges in South Carolina are elected by the General Assembly. The process always involves politics, but over the past several years steps have been taken to incorporate merit based evaluations of judicial candidates, hence the Screening Commission. The process will never be free of politics, but in this instance it worked.

Bender is a media attorney practicing in Columbia.

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‘Love Came Down at Christmas’ My grandmother loved the poet, Christina Georgina Rossetti. She obviously favored her name as well because she named my mother Christina Rossetti. Recently, I was reminded of Rossetti’s poem, “Love Came Down at Christmas,” which she penned in 1885. Below is this lovely message:

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Love for plea and gift and sign.

Love came down at Christmas, Love all lovely, love divine; Love was born at Christmas, Star and angels gave the sign. Worship we the Godhead, Love incarnate, love divine; Worship we our Jesus: But wherewith for sacred sign? Love shall be our token, Love shall be yours and love be mine, Love to God and to all men,

According to Wikipedia, this poem has been set to music as a Christmas carol by many composers, including Harold Darke, Leo Sowerby, John Kelsall and John Rutter. It is also sung to the traditional Irish melody “Garton”. More recently, the poem was given a modern treatment by Christian band Jars of Clay on their 2007 album, “Christmas Songs.” American composer Jennifer Higdon set the text for solo soprano, harp and four-part

chorus. A new setting by the British composer David J Loxley-Blount was performed in Southwark Cathedral on Dec.8, 2014 by the Financial Times Choir, conducted by Paul Ayres. It was repeated by the Trafalgar Square Christmas Tree on Dec. 11, 2014. Christina Rossetti (1830-1894), born in London, was a devout Anglican and most of her poetic output is religious. Two of her most famous poems are ones for “Christmastide: In the Bleak Midwinter and Love Came Down at Christmas.” “Love Came Down at Christmas” is such a lovely sentiment to think about as we celebrate ‘the reason for the season.’ Merry Christmas, dear readers, and as Tiny Tim said in Charles Dicken’s “A Christmas Carol:” “A Merry Christmas to us all; God bless us, every one!”

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An issue that’s not so taxing It’s been said that the only certainties in life are death and taxes. We haven’t yet figured out a way to mitigate death, and paying taxes remains an unwelcome necessity. But Republicans in Congress are seeking to ease the overwhelming burden on taxpaying Americans with the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Passing this bill and signing it into law is of paramount importance. The $1.5 trillion tax overhaul package passed the House of Representatives on Nov. 16, and the Senate passed its version Dec. 2. It is now time for the two versions to be reconciled so the bill can be sent to the desk of President Trump, signed into law and put to work for the benefit of the American people. But don’t just take my word for it. The experts have crunched the numbers, and their analysis is encouraging. The Tax Policy Center released a brief on the Senate’s version of the bill that estimates that the legislation will reduce taxes, on average, for every single income group. This tax reduction holds up both in 2019 and further down the line in 2025. In fact, in 2019, households are expected to save an average of $1,200. An average after-tax income increase of 1.2 percent for all taxpayers is a welcome change and amounts to more than mere pocket change. For businesses, this tax reform bill is a clear win. The bill will by 2019 permanently cut the corporate tax rate from its current exorbitant rate – up to 35 percent – to a much more reasonable 20 percent. Admittedly, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will not change much for the lower class specifically. But by cutting the corporate tax, the bill will boost the economy, ultimately benefiting everyone. The Tax Foundation, an

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independent think tank that analyzes tax policy, projects over the next 10 years that these corporate tax cuts could lead to almost one million new jobs. Additionally, the independent nonprofit estimates that wages would increase 2.9 percent. In other words, if you oppose this bill, then you are opposing job growth and an expanding American economy. The upper class will also reap some benefits: those with earnings in the top one percent of the population will see their taxes fall by around $30,000 a year. Though Democrats have used this number to deride the bill and claim that it only helps the rich, this is a shamefully misleading statement. The fact of the matter is that those in a higher tax bracket are presently paying far more taxes than anyone else, and this tax cut doesn’t change that one iota. Percentage-wise, this group of people is still paying by far the most. The difference is that the wealthier will now be required to pay a more reasonable proportion of their hard-earned wages. In addition, its important to remember that tax cuts on the nation’s top earners do not preclude other tax cuts that will help the majority of Americans. The middle class stands to benefit

greatly as well. Firstly, the proposed tax code will be much more streamlined, simplifying the current convoluted process for the millions of hard-working Americans who struggle with the tax code year in and year out. For example, the House version collapses the seven personal income tax brackets into only four. Secondly, in addition to simplicity, the code provides real savings. Both the House and Senate versions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act raise the standard deduction for individuals, heads of households and married couples dramatically: $12,000, $18,000 and $24,000, respectively. The current law has these numbers set at $6,500, $9.550 and $13,000. In addition, the child tax credit will go up 65 percent. This means more money in everyone’s pockets. There are a lot of complicated numbers involved in tax reform, but the bottom line is simple. When taxes go down for American corporations, the American economy reaps direct benefits. When taxes go down for the American people, our citizens reap direct benefits. This bill accomplishes both, and it boasts the additional benefit of simplifying the tax code. When the Senate voted through the Tax Cut and Jobs Act, America moved one step closer to achieving a revamped tax system that actually makes sense and helps everyone. Now it is incumbent upon our legislators to reconcile the bills, and allow every hard-work-

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2018 Small Works Juried Competition calls for artists tition showing some 400 artworks from artists in 12 Southern states. Roefs is the chairman of the board of Columbia’s 701 Center for Contemporary Art (701 CCA) and was the organization’s (founding) executive director until from 2008 until February 2013. Roefs is a member of the Art in Transit Advisory Committee (ATAC) of the Charlotte (N.C.) Area Transit System (CATS), supervising the implementation of the light rail system’s public art component. He has taught courses in contemporary art and African-American art at the University of South Carolina Art Department and Honors College. Roefs was the organizer of Columbia Open Studios 2007 and 2008, and is still involved in its new capacity as a project now of 701 CCA. He has served as juror for several art competitions throughout South Carolina and beyond.

The Florence Regional Arts Alliance invites submissions to its fourth annual Small Works Competition. Underwritten by The Citizens Bank, South State Bank, and Marshal’s Marine this competition is open to two dimensional and three dimensional artists working in all mediums in the Carolinas, ages 18 and older. Final artwork may not be larger than 12”x12 x12” in order to be considered. Entering its fourth year, this competition aims to provide opportunity and exposure for emerging and professional artists alike, while also highlighting local art spaces throughout Florence County. This year the Florence Regional Arts Alliance is pleased to partner with Nancy Devon Carsten, NDC Photography Studio, located within downtown Lake City as its host venue for 2018. Three cash prizes will be awarded: First Place $500, Second Place $250, Third Pace $100 and Honorable Mention. Submissions must be submitted through the Florence Regional Arts Alliance’s website by 12 midnight on Jan. 8, 2018. The Small Works exhibition will be on display at NDC Photography from Feb. 1 through Feb, 24 with an opening reception on Feb. 1. Competition winners will be announced at the opening. The competition juror, Wim Roefs, is the owner of if ART Gallery in Columbia, an independent curator, art consultant and exhibition designer. He also is the artistic director of the Lake City Creative Alliance in Lake City. The LCCA is the organization that, among other things, organizes Lake City’s annual April art event, ArtFields®, an exhibition and compe-

To view a prospectus, submit an entry and learn more visit: www.florenceartsalliance.org/smallworks/ or contact executive director Sandy Cook at director@florenceartsalliance.org or 843-407-3092. For more information about the 2018 host venue visit: http://ndcphotography.com. The Florence Regional Arts Alliance is a community-based local arts agency that serves the citizens of Florence County and the Pee Dee. It is committed to preserving, supporting and promoting a vibrant arts community for Florence County and the surrounding region. This organization is funded in part by the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Tickets on sale for 2018 Florence Athletic Hall of Fame The 2018 Florence Athletic Hall of Fame banquet tickets are now on sale. The banquet will be held the evening of Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018 at the Florence Center. The guest speaker will be new University of South Carolina Head Base-

ball Coach Mark Kingston. Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased through the Florence Center Administrative offices or a Florence Athletic Hall of Fame Board of Directors member. Board of Directors members are:

Melissa Jarrell, Robbie Smith, Missy Burgess-Planter, Gerald Holley, Mike Cook, Danny Ellerbe, Mark Wade, Jacqueline Melton, Bobby Montrose, David Hanna, Jeff Jeffers and Rocky Rietkovich. Information about the Flo-

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INDEX 100 ...............................................LEGALS 200 ..........................................ADOPTION 210.............................ANNOUNCEMENTS 215 ...............................................EVENTS 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 530 ..................................WORK WANTED

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NOTICE OF SALE Pursuant to the Special Referee's Report and Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale in the Court of Common Pleas in the case of Sharonview Federal Credit Union, Plaintiff vs. Geraldine Johnson a/k/a Geraldine J. Timmons a/k/a Geraldine Johnson Tim-

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 990 .........................................STATEWIDE

mons and CitiFinancial Servicing LLC, as successor in interest to CitiFinancial, Inc., Civil Action No. 2017-CP-21-01862, the undersigned will sell at public auction at the Florence City-County Complex located at 180 North Irby Street, Florence, South Carolina 29501, to-wit: 11:00 a.m. on the 2nd day of January, 2018, to the highest bidder the following

described property: All that certain piece, parcel or lot of land situate, lying and being in the State of South Carolina, County of Florence, shown and designated as Lot 62 on a plat of Westfield prepared by Ervin Engineering Company, dated October 12, 1953, and recorded in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County in Plat Book S at Page 56. Said plat is

incorporated herein by reference and made a part hereof for a more complete and accurate description. This being the same property conveyed to Geraldine Johnson by Deed of Synan Cook d/b/a Cook Construction Company, dated July 8, 1970 and recorded in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County in Deed Book A89 at Page 142; also being the same property conveyed to Julius Timmons by ½ interest deed of Geraldine Johnson Timmons, dated August 19, 1976 and recorded August 20, 1976 in said county office in Deed Book A151 Page 504. TMS NO.: 90044-03-003 PROPERTY ADDRESS: 1209 W. Dixie Street Florence, SC 29501 As deficiency judgment has been waived, the bidding will be closed on the date of the sale. Notice is further given that the successful bidder at the sale, other than the Plaintiff, shall be required to immediately, pursuant to the Court's instructions at the sale, deposit with the undersigned as earnest money and as evidence of its good faith an amount equal to five (5%) per cent of its bid in cash, certified check or cashier's check to be applied to the costs allowed and the debts found to be due with the balance to be remitted prior to the expiration of thirty (30) days from the date that the bidding is closed, which date is thirty (30) days from the date of sale. Interest on the bid shall be paid to the date of compliance at the rate of 7.375% per annum. The purchaser shall pay for the preparation of all papers and for all recording fees.

The sale will be made subject to all outstanding property taxes, if any. Should the successful bidder fail to make such deposit at the time of the acceptance of the bid, with time being of the essence, or should a representative of the Plaintiff or Plaintiff's attorney not be present at the sale, or should the property for any reason whatsoever not be sold on the sales date above, the undersigned shall sell said property at the next sales date, and this process shall continue until the property is sold, without the necessity of any further advertising. NOTICE: The foreclosure deed is not a warranty deed. Interested bidders should satisfy themselves as to the quality of title to be conveyed by obtaining an independent title search prior to the foreclosure sale date. In addition, the successful bidder shall take the property subject to any superior liens or interests. s/W. Haigh Porter HONORABLE W. HAIGH PORTER SPECIAL REFEREE FOR FLORENCE COUNTY Florence, South Carolina Dated:November 20, 2017 BELLAMY, RUTENBERG, COPELAND, EPPS, GRAVELY & BOWERS, P.A. Attorney for Plaintiff Sharon Federal Credit Union s/Douglas M. Zayicek Douglas M. Zayicek, Esquire S.C. Bar No. 11304 1000 29th Avenue North (29577) P.O. Box 357 Myrtle Beach, SC 29578-0357 (843) 448-2400 (843) 448-3022

(Facsimile) dzayicek@bellamylaw.com (12/13. 12/20, 12/27/17) NOTICE OF SALE CIVIL ACTION NO. 2017-CP-21-00915 BY VIRTUE of the decree heretofore granted in the case of: Wells Fargo Bank, NA vs. Deandre C. Harris; West Florence Holdings, LLC; West Lake Homeowners Association; The Citizens Bank; Onemain Financial of South Carolina, Inc. f/k/a Springleaf Financial Services of South Carolina, Inc.; 1st Franklin Financial a/k/a 1st Franklin Financial Corporation; Branch Banking & Trust Co. a/k/a Branch Banking & Trust Company; LVNV Funding LLC, the undersigned Special Referee for Florence County, South Carolina, will sell on January 2, 2018 at 11:00AM, at the Florence County Courthouse, City of Florence, State of South Carolina, to the highest bidder: ALL THAT CERTAIN PIECE, PARCEL OR LOT OF LAND LYING AND BEING SITUATE IN THE COUNTY OF FLORENCE, STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA, BEING DESIGNATED AS LOT #64 ON A PLAT OF WEST LAKE SUBDIVISION, RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 89, AT PAGE 104. SAID LOT BEING MORE PARTICULAR SHOWN AND DELINEATED ON THE AFOREMENTIONED PLAT, WHICH IS INCORPORATED HEREIN BY REFERENCE THERETO. THIS BEING THE SAME PROPERTY CONVEYED TO DEANDRE C. HARRIS BY DEED OF KAINO CONSTRUCTION COMPANY, LLC DATED AUGUST 30,

2013 AND RECORDED SEPTEMBER 17, 2013 IN BOOK B488 AT PAGE 1658 IN THE RECORDS FOR FLORENCE COUNTY, SOUTH CAROLINA. CURRENT ADDRESS OF PROPERTY: 1814 Lake Wateree Drive, Florence, SC 29501 TMS: 005312-01-064 TERMS OF SALE: The successful bidder, other than the Plaintiff, will deposit with the Special Referee, at conclusion of the bidding, five percent (5%) of his bid, in cash or equivalent, as evidence of good faith, same to be applied to the purchase price in case of compliance, but to be forfeited and applied first to costs and then to the Plaintiff's debt in the case of non-compliance. Should the last and highest bidder fail to comply with the other terms of the bid within thirty (30) days, then the Special Referee may re-sell the property on the same terms and conditions on some subsequent Sales Day (at the risk of the said highest bidder). No personal or deficiency judgment being demanded, the bidding shall not remain open after the date of sale and shall be final on that date, and compliance with the bid may be made immediately. Purchaser to pay for documentary stamps on the Deed. The successful bidder will be required to pay interest on the amount of the balance of the bid from date of sale to date of compliance with the bid at the rate of 4.75% per annum. The sale shall be subject to taxes and assessments, existing easements and restrictions, easements and restrictions of record and any other

senior encumbrances. In the event an agent of Plaintiff does not appear at the time of sale, the within property shall be withdrawn from sale and sold at the next available sales date upon the terms and conditions as set forth in the Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale or such terms as may be set forth in a supplemental order. The Honorable Robert E. Lee Special Referee for Florence County Brock & Scott, PLLC 3800 Fernandina Road, Suite 110 Columbia, SC 29210 Attorneys for Plaintiff Phone 803-454-3540 Fax 803-454-3541 (12/13, 12/20 12/27/17) NOTICE OF SALE Case No.: 2017-CP-21-1600 BY VIRTUE of that certain Decree of the Court of Common Pleas for Florence County, South Carolina, heretofore granted in the case of Anderson Brothers Bank vs. Joseph Raymond Coluzzi a/k/a Joseph R. Coluzzi and Barbara Carraway Coluzzi a/k/a Barbara C. Coluzzi, I, the undersigned Special Referee for Florence County, South Carolina or my agent, will sell on January 2, 2018, at 11:00 a.m., at the Florence County Courthouse, Florence, South Carolina, to the highest bidder, the following described property: All that certain piece, parcel or tract of land, with improvements thereon, situate, lying and being in the Salley Hill Community, County of Florence, State of South Carolina, containing 0.79 acres and bounded and

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6A terms of the bid within twenty (20) days, then the Special Referee or his agent may resell the property on the same terms and conditions on some subsequent sales day at the risk of the said highest bidder. The sale shall be subject to Florence County taxes and assessments and to existing easements and restrictions of record. Purchaser to pay for the preparation of the Deed, documentary stamps on the Deed, recording of the Deed, and interest on the amount of the bid from date of sale to date of compliance with the bid at the contract rate of interest. Attention is drawn to the Court Order on file with the Clerk of Court for Florence County. The terms and conditions of the actual Court Order, to the extent of any inconsistencies, control over any terms or conditions contained in the Notice of Sale. Plaintiff is not seeking a personal or deficiency judgment in this case, therefore the bidding will not remain open and the sale will close on the sale day. If the Plaintiff or its representative does not appear at the scheduled sale of the above-described property, then the sale of the property will be null, void and of no force and effect. In such event, the sale will be rescheduled for the next available sales day. The Honorable Haigh Porter Special Referee for Florence County November 27, 2017 Florence, South Carolina Suzanne Taylor Graham Grig NEXSEN PRUET, LLC Post Office Drawer 2426 Columbia, South Carolina 29202 (803) 771-8900 Attorneys for Plaintiff (12/13, 12/20, 12/27/17)

and then to Plaintiff’s debt in the case of noncompliance. Should the last and highest bidder fail or refuse to make the required deposit at the time of the bid or comply with the other terms of the bid within twenty (20) days, then the Special Referee or his agent may resell the property on the same terms and conditions on some subsequent sales day at the risk of the said highest bidder. The sale shall be subject to Florence County taxes and assessments and to existing easements and restrictions of record. Purchaser to pay for the preparation of the Deed, documentary stamps on the Deed, recording of the Deed, and interest on the amount of the bid from date of sale to date of compliance with the bid at the contract rate of interest. Attention is drawn to the Court Order on file with the Clerk of Court for Florence County. The terms and conditions of the actual Court Order, to the extent of any inconsistencies, control over any terms or conditions contained in the Notice of Sale. As a deficiency judgment is being demanded, the bidding will remain open for thirty (30) days after the date of sale as provided by law. THE PLAINTIFF RESERVES THE RIGHT TO WAIVE THE DEFICIENCY UP TO AND INCLUDING THE DATE OF SALE. If the Plaintiff or its representative does not appear at the scheduled sale of the above-described property, then the sale of the property will be null, void and of no force and effect. In such event, the sale will be rescheduled for the next available sales day. The Honorable Haigh Porter Special Referee for Florence County November 27, 2017 Florence, South Carolina Suzanne Taylor Graham Grig NEXSEN PRUET, LLC Post Office Drawer 2426 Columbia, South Carolina 29202 (803) 771-8900 Attorneys for Plaintiff (12/13, 12/20, 12/27/17) NOTICE OF SALE BY VIRTUE of a decree heretofore granted in the case of The Citizens Bank

vs. Richard D. Avant a/k/a Richard Avant, CA# 2017CP-21-2489, I, the undersigned, will sell on January 2, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. or thereafter, at the Florence County Courthouse, 180 North Irby Street, Florence, South Carolina, to the highest bidder the following property: All that certain piece, parcel, parcel or lot of land lying, being and situate on the northwest side of State Road S-21-646 in the Town of Coward, County of Florence, State of South Carolina, containing 0.75 of an acre and being more particularly shown, described and delineated as Lot #4 on a map by Nesbitt Surveying Company, David A. Nesbitt, RLS dated January 17, 1990 and recorded in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County in Plat Book 47 at Page 171. TMS# 191-03-151 ALSO: All that certain piece, parcel or lot of land situate, lying and being in the Town of Coward, County of Florence, State of South Carolina containing 0.73 of an acre, and being more particularly shown, described and delineated as Lot #5 and a plat prepared by David A. Nesbitt, RLS dated January 17, 1990 and recorded in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County in Plat Book 47 at Page 171. TMS# 19103-152 These being the same properties conveyed to Richard Avant by deed from Teresa E. Mims, dated April 8, 2015 and recorded April 8, 2015 in the office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County in Deed Book B568 at Page 1117. TERMS OF SALE: The successful bidder, other than the Plaintiff, will deposit, at the conclusion of the bidding, five percent (5%) of the bid, in cash or equivalent, as evidence of good faith, same to be applied to purchase price in case of compliance, but to be forfeited and applied first to costs and then to Plaintiff's debt in the case of noncompliance. Should the last and highest bidder fail or refuse to make the required deposit at time of bid or comply with the other terms of the bid within twenty (20) days, then the property will be resold on the same terms and conditions on some subsequent Sales Day at the risk of the said highest bidder. Personal or deficiency judgment having been demanded, the bidding will remain open for a period of 30 days as provided by law. Purchaser to pay for preparation of the deed, documentary stamps on the deed, recording fees and interest on the amount of the bid from date of sale to date of compliance with the bid at the rate of 7.75%.

SUBJECT TO FLORENCE COUNTY TAXES AND ASSESSMENTS, EASEMENTS, RESTRICTIONS, ANY OTHER MATTERS OF RECORD. s/ Haigh Porter Special Referee for Florence County November 28, 2017 Ray Coit Yarborough, Jr. Attorney for Plaintiff (12/13, 12/20, 12/27/17) NOTICE OF SALE BY VIRTUE of a decree heretofore granted in the case of The Citizens Bank vs. Tony M. Feagin and Marjorie A. Linyard a/k/a Marjorie N. Linyard, CA# 2017-CP-21-2661, I, the undersigned, will sell on January 2, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. or thereafter, at the Florence County Courthouse, 180 North Irby Street, Florence, South Carolina, to the highest bidder the following property: All that piece, parcel or lot of land located in the City of Lake City, County of Florence, State of South Carolina, known and designated as Lot No. 9 on a map of a subdivision of Singletary lands made by SC Morris, Surveyor, October 1-6, 1935 and recorded in the office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County in Plat Book D at page 87. Said lot is more particularly shown, described and delineated on a plat thereof prepared by Floyd and Coleman, Land Surveyors, on August 5, 1974, and recorded in the office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County in Plat Book 15 at page 55. This being the same property conveyed to the Grantors by deed of Marjorie A. Lynyard, reserving a life estate to herself recorded in the office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County on October 5, 2007 in Deed Book B137 at page 1412. Property Address: 505 Williams Street, Lake City, SC 29560 TMS # 80020-12-008 TERMS OF SALE: The successful bidder, other than the Plaintiff, will deposit, at the conclusion of the bidding, five percent (5%) of the bid, in cash or equivalent, as evidence of good faith, same to be applied to purchase price in case of compliance, but to be forfeited and applied first to costs and then to Plaintiff's debt in the case of noncompliance. Should the last and highest bidder fail or refuse to make the required deposit at time of bid or comply with the other terms of the bid within twenty (20) days, then the property will be resold on the same terms and conditions on some subsequent Sales Day at the risk of the said highest bidder. Personal or deficiency judgment having been demanded, the bid-

ding will remain open for a period of 30 days as provided by law. Purchaser to pay for preparation of the deed, documentary stamps on the deed, recording fees and interest on the amount of the bid from date of sale to date of compliance with the bid at the rate of 7.75%. SUBJECT TO FLORENCE COUNTY TAXES AND ASSESSMENTS, EASEMENTS, RESTRICTIONS, ANY OTHER MATTERS OF RECORD. s/ Haigh Porter Special Referee for Florence County November 28, 2017 Ray Coit Yarborough, Jr. Attorney for Plaintiff (12/13, 12/20, 12/27/17) NOTICE OF SALE Case Nos.: 2016-CP-33-484 and 2016-CP-21-1724 BY VIRTUE of that certain Decree of the Court of Common Pleas for Marion County and Florence County, South Carolina, heretofore granted in the case of Lowcountry Private Lending, LLC vs. Kennedy and Associates, LLC, Ann B. Finklea-Kennedy f/k/a Ann Carolyn B. Finklea, and Dechomai Foundation, Inc., I, the undersigned Special Referee for Marion and Florence Counties, South Carolina or my agent, will sell on January 2, 2018, at 11:00 am, at the Florence County Courthouse, Florence, South Carolina, to the highest bidder, the following described property: PARCEL ONE: All those two (2) certain lots of land situated in the City of Marion, County of Marion, State of South Carolina, and being designated as Lot Nos. 18 and 19 on a plat of property of Witcover made by Johnson & Roberts, C.E.s, September 1937, and recorded in Plat Book 5 at Page 10 and together being bounded on the North by Arch Street; on the East by Lot No. 20 on said plat; on the South by land, n/f of J. H. Steedley and land of Schulmeyer; and on the West by Lot No. 16 and by Lot No. 17 of said plat; and together being 80 feet on the North side, 80.6 feet on the South side, 116.1 feet on the East side; and 125.9 feet on the West side. TMS Nos.: 507-15-008 and 507-15-009 ADDRESSES: 210 Arch Street, Marion, SC and 212 Arch Street, Marion, SC PARCEL TWO: All that certain lot of land situated in the City of Marion, County of Marion, State of South Carolina, and being bounded on the North by Lot of Charlotte B. Finger, on the East by lot of J. H. Jones by lot of J. P. Martin

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Lending Program and South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles, I, the undersigned Special Referee for Florence County, South Carolina or my agent, will sell on January 16, 2018, at 11:00 a.m., at the Florence County Courthouse, Florence, South Carolina, to the highest bidder, the following described property: All that certain piece, parcel or lot of land lying, and being situate in the City of Johnsonville, County of Florence, State of South Carolina, containing 2.15 acres and being shown and delineated on a map thereof by Travis L. Carter, R.L.S., dated March 23, 1994, recorded in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County in Plat Book 52 at Page 513, being bounded and further described as follows, to wit: On the North by Tom S. Miller and Judy G. Miller; on the East by Tom S. Miller and Judy G. Miller; on the Southeast by Tom S. Miller and Judy G. Miller and by Lots 5,6,7,8,9,10 and 11 of Pine Oaks Subdivision as shown on the said map; and on the Southwest and West by Maple Avenue. Reference to said map is hereby made a part and parcel of this description. ALSO: Includes a 1994 Horton Mobile Home, 24x70, Serial #H66799GL&R. DERIVIATION: This the same property conveyed to Bryon A. Miller by Deed dated April 8, 1994, recorded April 8, 1994, in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County in Book A-414 at Page 2444, and by deed of Mary Lee Flowers Roper as Personal Representative of the Estate of Sophie F. Poston dated December 14, 1994, recorded December 19, 1994, in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County in Book A431 at Page 1758. TMS: 00433-05-248 ADDRESS: 444 Maple Avenue, Johnsonville, South Carolina TERMS OF SALE: The successful bidder, other than the Plaintiff, will deposit with the Special Referee or his agent, at the conclusion of the bidding, five (5%) percent of the bid, in cash or equivalent, as evidence of good faith, same to be applied to purchase price in case of compliance, but to be forfeited and applied first to costs

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Wednesday, December 20, 2017 and by lot of Gladys B. Jolly, on the South by Arch Street and on the West by lot of Alma F. Walker, and being fifty-three (53) feet, more or less, on its North and South sides and 150 feet, more or less, on its East and West sides. PARCEL THREE: All that certain lot of land situate in the City of Marion, County of Marion, State of South Carolina, measuring 50 feet, more or less, on its North side; 74 feet, more or less, on its East side; 40 feet, more or less, on its South side; 72 feet, more or less, on its West side and bounded n/f North by lot of T. C. Easterling; East by lot of Estate of E. C. Johnson; South by Arch Street; and West by lot of W. H. Foxworth. PARCEL FOUR: All that certain piece, parcel or lot of land situated in the Town of Marion, County of Marion, State of South Carolina, fronting 31.6 feet, more or less, on Arch Street and extending back therefrom 74 feet, more or less, and being bounded as follows: North by lot of Joseph P. Martin; East by Odd Fellows Lodge; South by Arch Street; and West by Yancy Braboy. This being the same property inherited by Ann Carolyn B. Finklea n/k/a Ann B. FinkleaKennedy, from the Estate of Lillie Mae F. Braboy (Probate #9100) and Yancy Braboy (PR#9099), Marion County Records. TMS No.: 507-14-003 ADDRESS: 213 Arch Street, Marion, SC PARCEL FIVE: All that tract or parcel or land lying and being in the City of Florence, South Carolina, according to a survey prepared for Texaco Inc. by Lind Surveying Company, Inc. Timmonsville, SC, dated November 30, 1977, and being more particularly described as follows: All that certain piece, parcel, or lot of land situate in the City of Florence, County of Florence, State of South Carolina, beginning at an iron pin on the northeastern R/W of Lucas Street, thence North 45° 03' East a distance of 179.1 feet to an iron pin, thence along the southwestern R/W of N. Coit Street, South 17° 18' East a distance of 386.02 feet to a pin on the northeastern R/W of Lucas Street, North 44° 57' West a distance of 341.96 feet, to an iron pin, the point of beginning. Bounded on the Northwest by J. Madison Rainwater, Inc., Southeast by N. Coit Street; and on the Southwest by Lucas Street. This being the same property conveyed to Kennedy and Associates, LLC by deed of Greater Florence Habitat for Humanity by its deed executed April 2, 2015, and recorded simultaneously herewith in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County. TMS No.: 90084-19-001 ADDRESS: 313 Lucas Street, Florence, SC TERMS OF SALE: The successful bidder, other than Plaintiff, will deposit with the Special Referee or his agent, at the conclusion of the bidding, five (5%) percent of the bid, in cash or equivalent, as evidence of good faith, same to be applied to purchase price in case of compliance, but to be forfeited and applied first to costs and then to Plaintiff’s debt in the case of noncompliance. Should the last and highest bidder fail or refuse to make the required deposit at the time of the bid or comply with the other terms of the bid within ten (10) days, then the Special Referee or his agent may resell the property on the same terms and conditions on some subsequent sales day at the risk of the said highest bidder. The sale shall be subject to Florence and Marion County taxes and assessments

and to existing easements and restrictions of record and any other senior encumbrances. Purchaser to pay for the preparation of the Deed, documentary stamps on the Deed, recording of the Deed, and interest on the amount of the bid from date of sale to date of compliance with the bid at the rate of 41.23% per annum. Attention is drawn to the Court Order on file with the Clerk of Court for Marion and Florence Counties. The terms and conditions of the actual Court Order, to the extent of any inconsistencies, control over any terms or conditions contained in the Notice of Sale. Deficiency Judgment being specifically waived by Plaintiff, the bidding shall be final on the date of sale. Sale shall not be held unless a representative of Plaintiff is present at the sale. The Honorable Haigh Porter Special Referee for Marion and Florence Counties Florence, South Carolina December 6, 2017 Walker H. Willcox WILLCOX, BUYCK & WILLIAMS, P.A. PO Box 1909 Florence, SC 29503-1909 (843) 662-3258 Attorney for Plaintiff (12/13, 12/20, 12/27/17) SPECIAL REFEREE’S SALECASE NO. 2017-CP-21-01471 BY VIRTUE of a decree heretofore granted in the case of South Carolina State Housing Finance and Development Authority against Janessa Reese, Janae Washington, Jordon Washington as heirs at law of Farah Williams a/k/a Farah Fany Williams, Deceased, et al., I, the Special Referee for Florence County, will sell on Tuesday, January 2, 2018, at 11:00 o'clock a.m., at the Florence County Courthouse, Florence, South Carolina, to the highest bidder: All those certain pieces, parcels, or lots of land lying, being and situate in the County of Florence, State of South Carolina, being shown and designated as portions of Lots 8 and 9, as shown on a map prepared for Paul S. and Cindy J. Brokaw by Lind, Hicks and Associates, Surveyors, dated June 16, 1999, and recorded in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County in Book 71 at Page 316. Reference is also made to a plat prepared for Donald J. Backer and Thelma F. Backer by Prosser Surveying Co., Inc., recorded in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County in Plat Book 79 at Page 307. Reference being had to the above mentioned maps for a more complete and accurate description. This being the same property conveyed to Farah Williams by deed of Donald J. Backer and Thelma F. Backer dated May 8, 2006 and recorded May 19, 2006 in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County, South Carolina in Book B012 at Page 442. TMS#: 90123-07-023 Property Address: 2633 Myrtle Drive Florence, South Carolina 29505 TERMS OF SALE: The successful bidder, other than the plaintiff, will deposit with the Special Referee for Florence County at conclusion of the bidding, five percent (5%) of the bid, in cash or equivalent, as evidence of good faith, same to be applied to the purchase price in case of compliance, but to be forfeited and applied first to costs and then to plaintiff's debt in the case of noncompliance. If the Plaintiff’s representative is not in attendance at the scheduled time of the sale, the sale shall be canceled and the property sold on some

subsequent sales day after due advertisement. Should the last and highest bidder fail or refuse to make the required deposit at time of bid or comply with the other terms of the bid within thirty (30) days, the deposit shall be forfeited and the Special Referee for Florence County may re-sell the property on the same terms and conditions on some subsequent Sales Day (at the risk of the said highest bidder). As a deficiency judgment is being Demanded, the bidding will remain open thirty days after the date of sale. Purchaser shall pay for preparation of deed, documentary stamps on the deed, and recording of the deed. The successful bidder will be required to pay interest on the amount of the bid from date of sale to date of compliance with the bid at the rate of 5.50% per annum. The sale shall be subject to assessments, Florence County taxes, easements, easements and restrictions of record, and other senior encumbrances. GRIMSLEY LAW FIRM, LLC 1703 Laurel Street P. O Box 11682 Columbia, SC 29211 (803) 233-1177 W. Haigh Porter Special Referee for Florence County Edward L. Grimsley Benjamin E. Grimsley Attorneys for the Plaintiff (12/13, 12/20, 12/27/17)

SUMMONS STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF FLORENCE IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS CIVIL ACTION NO.: 2017-CP-40-02434 James Fulmer, Plaintiff, vs. Lance C. Crouch and Florence Soccer Association, Defendants. TO: FLORENCE SOCCER ASSOCIATION, THE ABOVE-NAMED DEFENDANT YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and required to answer the Summons and Complaint herein which was filed on May 30, 2017 in the County of Richland and State of South Carolina, a copy of which is herewith served upon you, and to serve a copy of your answer to said complaint upon the subscriber, at his office at 2801 Devine Street, Columbia, South Carolina 29211, within thirty (30) days after the service thereof, 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. CHAPPELL, SMITH & ARDEN, P.A. /s/Mark D. Chappell Mark D. Chappell 2801 Devine Street Post Office Box 12330 Columbia, South Carolina 29211 (803)929-3600 (803) 929-3604 (Fax) Attorneys for the Plaintiff (12/20, 12/27, 1/3/18)

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ORDER APPOINTING GUARDIAN AD LITEM STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF FLORENCE IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS C/A NO. 2017-CP-21-01614 Ditech Financial LLC f/k/a Green Tree Servicing LLC, Plaintiff vs. The Personal Representative, whose name is unknown, of the Estate of Leroy Singletary, Mildred Dean Singletary, LaKendra E. Keller, Kendrick Singletary and Gabriel Singletary and any other Heirs-at-Law or Devisees of Leroy Singletary, Deceased, their heirs, Personal Representatives, Administrators, Successors and Assigns, and all other persons entitled to claim through them; all unknown persons with any right, title or interest in the real estate described herein; also any persons who may be in the military service of the United States of America, being a class designated as John Doe; and any unknown minors or persons under a disability being a class designated as Richard Roe; E. L. Clements, III, Solicitor Twelfth Judicial Circuit and Florence County Sheriff's Department and Coastal Federal Credit Union, Defendants. It appearing to the satisfaction of the Court, upon reading the Motion for the Appointment of Kelley Y. Woody as Guardian ad Litem for all unknown persons and persons who may be in the military service of the United States of America (which are constituted as a class designated as “John Doe”) and any unknown minors and persons who may be under a disability (which are constituted as a class designated as “Richard Roe”), it is ORDERED that, pursuant to Rule 17, SCRCP, Kelley Y. Woody is appointed Guardian ad Litem on behalf of all unknown persons and persons who may be in the military service of the United States of America (constituted as a class and designated as “John Doe”), all unknown minors or persons under a disability (constituted as a class and designated as “Richard Roe”), all of which have or may claim to have some interest in the property that is the subject of this action, commonly known as 108 S Edisto Drive, Florence, that Kelley Y. Woody is empowered and directed to appear on behalf of and represent all unknown persons and per-

sons who may be in the military service of the United States of America, constituted as a class and designated as “John Doe”, all unknown minors and persons under a disability, constituted as a class and designated as “Richard Roe”, unless the Defendants, or someone acting on their behalf, shall, within thirty (30) days after service of a copy of this Order as directed below, procure the appointment of a Guardian or Guardians ad Litem for the Defendants constituted as a class designated as “John Doe” or “Richard Roe”. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that a copy of this Order shall be served upon the unknown Defendants by publication in the News Journal, a newspaper of general circulation in the County of Anderson, State of South Carolina, once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks, together with the Summons in the above entitled action. SUMMONS AND NOTICE TO THE DEFENDANT(S) ALL UNKNOWN PERSONS WITH ANY RIGHT, TITLE OR INTEREST IN THE REAL ESTATE DESCRIBED HEREIN; ALSO ANY PERSONS WHO MAY BE IN THE MILITARY SERVICE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, BEING A CLASS DESIGNATED AS JOHN DOE; AND ANY UNKNOWN MINORS OR PERSONS UNDER A DISABILITY BEING A CLASS DESIGNATED AS RICHARD ROE AND MILDRED DEAN SINGLETARY, KENDRICK SINGLETARY AND GABRIEL SINGLETARY; YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and required to answer the Complaint in the above action, a copy which is herewith served upon you, and to serve a copy of your Answer upon the undersigned at their offices, PO Box 4216, Columbia, South Carolina 29240, within thirty (30) days after service upon you, 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 relief demanded in the Complaint. NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the original Complaint in this action was filed in the office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County on 06/15/2017, thereafter amended on January 19, 2016. NOTICE OF PENDENCY OF ACTION NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT an action has been commenced and is now pending or is about to be commenced in the Circuit Court upon the complaint of the above named Plaintiff against the above named Defendant for the purpose of foreclosing a certain mortgage of real estate heretofore given by to Leroy Singletary bearing date of February 9, 2005 and recorded February 18, 2005 in Mortgage Book in Book A906 at Page 540 in the Register of Mesne Conveyances/Register of Deeds/Clerk of Court for Florence County, in the original principal sum of $73650.00 that , and that

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Ayshia Scott reaches 1000 points Ayshia Scott, a senior at Trinity-Byrnes, achieved 1,000 career points on Nov. 29, against West Florence High School. The 17 year-old started playing around the age of 8 with a recreation team which won the district championship. She joined a travel team named the “Showstoppers”which won every tournament they played their first season, as well as state championships under USSSA and AAU. In the sixth grade, her father Spencer AYSHIA SCOTT Scott created the Brittani Basketball Club for girls to travel outside South Carolina and play tougher competition. The team won the YBOA SC State Championship and came in sixth place in the YBOA National Championship in Orlando, Fla. Ayshia was named MVP at YBOA Nationals and won the three point shootout contest. In the 7th grade, they played in AAU, USBA, and YBOA. They played a grade level up in the 8th grade division and won the State Championship in AAU. In AAU Nationals, her team went 3-3 and learned to work harder to play stronger competition. In the 8th grade, they won the 8th grade AAU State Championship again and made it to the semi-finals in AAU Nationals. She was named MVP for the AAU State Championship. As an 8th grader, Ayshia started as the point guard for the varsity high school team at Trinity-Byrnes Collegiate School. In the 9th grade, she played with a travel team out of Charlotte, NC, named CBC and coached by Coach Stephanie Butler from South Point High School in Rock Hill. They were second in the state for AAU and played on the Michael White Circuit. During her 10th grade summer, she was invited to play with Down Under Sports International team in Australia and Hawaii. Unfortunately, her mom Tracey Scott was diagnosed with breast cancer and she would not leave her. The record for her junior year, 9-5, made her become a better leader on the floor, controlling the tempo of the game, playing aggressive defense and scoring when needed. During the 2016 Christmas break, they won the USBA Carolina Invitational Battery Division Championship in Charleston. She averaged a double-double for all three games, averaged 20.3 points and scored a total of 61 points in the tournament. She was named the MVP of the tournament. Ayshia says some of her greatest accomplishments for high school include being named 2014, 2015 and 2016 MVP for Trinity-Byrnes Collegiate Basketball, MVP SCISA Region II and SCISA All-State Team.

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Area teams ready for Pepsi Classic The lineup and tournament pairings for the upcoming Carolina Classic basketball tournament were announced at a press conference on Dec. 13 at the Florence Boys and Girls Club. The 32nd Annual Pepsi-Carolina Classic, presented by McDonald’s will be held on Dec. 26, 27, 28 and 29 at West Florence High School gymnasium. The Carolina Classic began in 1986 after the recommendation of volunteer Tony Collier and support of Boys and Girls Club executive director Rufus McDonald. Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company of Florence generously co-sponsored the event. Since 1987, The Pepsi Carolina Classic has been directed and organized by a committee of local volunteers and business leaders. Since the 2011 tournament, McDonald’s has assumed the Presenting Sponsorship role. The West Florence Knights were tournament champions for 2016 and Sherron Wright Jr. of West Florence was Most Valuable Player. The 2017 tournament features 12 teams. The pairings are: • Tuesday, Dec. 28 Game 1 - Darlington vs. Crestwood at 2:15 p.m.

WEST FLORENCE COACH PETE ELLIS, RIGHT, SPEAKS AT PRESS CONFERENCE HELD AT BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB Game 2 - Lake City vs. Marion at 4 p.m. Game 3 - South Florence vs. Cheraw at 5:45 p.m. Game 4 - West Florence vs. Timmonsville at 7:30 p.m. • Wednesday Dec. 27 Game 5 - Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2 at 11:15 a.m. Game 6 - Loser Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4 at 1 p.m. Game 7 - Hartsville vs. winner Game 3 at 2:45 p.m. Game 8 - Hemingway vs. Winner Game 2 at 4:30 p.m.

Game 9 - Trinity-Byrnes vs. Loser Game 10 at 6:15 p.m. Game 10 - North Augusta vs. Winner Game 4 at 8 p.m. • Thursday, Dec. 28 Game 11 - Loser Game 5 vs. Loser Game 6 at 12:30 p.m. Game 12 - Loser Game 7 vs. Loser Game 8 at 2:15 p.m. Game 13 - Loser Game 9 vs. Loser Game 10 at 4 p.m. Game 14 - Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 8 at 5:45 p.m. Game 15 - Winner Game 9 vs. Winner Game 10 at 7:30

p.m. • Friday, Dec. 29 Game 16 - Loser Game 12 vs. Loser Game 13 at 12:30 p.m. Game 17 - Winner of Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6 at 2:15 p.m. Game 18 - Winner Game 12 vs. Winner Game 13 at 4 p.m. Game 19 - Loser Game 14 vs. Loser Game 15 at 5:45 p.m. Championship Game - Winner game 14 vs. Winner Game 15 at 7:30 p.m.

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‘Palate Pleasers’ cookbooks make sure gift pleasers BY BRENDA HARRISON Editor of The News Journal Florence, S.C. Just in time for Christmas gift giving, Mercy Medicine Free Clinic has published a cookbook, ”Palate Pleasers.” Just released this month, the cookbook features over 600 “family favorite” recipes submitted by staff, board members, volunteers, patients, friends and community supporters of Mercy Medicine. Tried and true recipes are divided into the following categories: Appetizers, Beverages, Soups, Salads, Vegetables, Main Dishes, Breads, Rolls; Desserts,

Miscellaneous and Wild Game. The hardbound spiral cookbooks are offered for $20. They are available at Mercy Medicine Free Clinic, Palmetto Peddler, Goosie Ganders, Fishers Jewelers, B. Nance Fine Gifts, Carolina Bank on Irby St. and from Mercy Medicine board members. Proceeds from the sale of the cookbooks will help with administrative costs of operating the clinic four and a half days a week, as well as free medications, medical and dental supplies for patients. Fourteen dollars from the sale of each book will go to the clinic, noted executive director Linda Spires.

“The profits from our cookbook sales will help us provide free medical services,” said Spires. “We provide health services in two counties, and dental services in eight counties.” Not only do the cookbooks make great Christmas gifts, she continued, by giving them you are also giving to others at the same time. Mercy Medicine Free Clinic provides a free medical home for low income, uninsured adults, the working poor and homeless adults living in Florence and Williamsburg Counties. For more information, visit their website at www. mercymedicine.org.

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Forget-Me-Not Garden Club plants tree for Arbor Day

FORGET ME NOT GARDEN CLUB members, in partnership with Taylor Garden and Gift Shop, planted a Little Gem Magnolia tree at the new Habitat Home of Eunice Mwanzia and her four children. Standing, from left, are Zilphy Durant, Ann Wansley, Eunice Mwanzia, Faith Lokibe, James Lokibe, Maureen Eckels, Nancy Rawl, Blair Cooper, Nancy Lynn, Susan Vitali, Karen Cummins and Catherine Thompson. Seated in front is Amy Taylor Wells.

Forget-Me-Not Garden Club members gathered on Dec. 14 for an Arbor Day celebration of the planting of a Little Gem Magnolia tree at the new home of Eunice Mwanzia. The club partnered with Taylor Garden and Gift Shop to plant the tree at her home at 105 Rosemount Drive. The home was dedicated the week before by the Greater Florence Habitat for Humanity. Arbor Day is a holiday in which individuals and groups are encouraged to plant and care for trees. Although it is usually observed in the spring, the date varies depending on the climate and suit-

able planting season. South Carolina observes Arbor Day on the first Friday of December, noted club member Zilphy Durant. Most holidays celebrate something that has already happened and is worth remembering like the day someone was born or a religious holiday celebrating a past event, Durant continued. Arbor Day reflects a hope for the future. The tree planted on Arbor Day shows a concern for future generations. The simple act of planting a tree represents a belief that the tree will grow and, some day, provide wood products, wildlife habitat, erosion control,

shelter from the wind and sun, beauty and inspiration for ourselves and our children. “Today we gather to observe Arbor Day by planting your Little Gem Magnolia. This is the day the Forget-Me-Not-Garden Club looks toward your future,” Mrs. Durant said to Ms.Mwanzia. “It’s your future filled with a new tree, a new house and new beginnings.” Ms. Mwanzia and her four children, including a handicapped son, occupy the Habitat built fivebedroom home in the Point South subdivision.

Florence DuPont Retiree’s Club helps four local charities The Florence DuPont Retiree’s Club embarked on a road to help local charities care for the less fortunate in our community by collecting funds during the year and making check presentations in December to selected charities. We call this our “Give back to the local community,” explained club member Steve Love. The group also started working with Lighthouse Ministries in building handicap ramps needed and approved by Lighthouse Ministries. This all started in 2011 and this year marks the seventh consecutive year the club has helped local charities. This year club members presented five checks, totalling $5,000, during their Monday morning breakfast meeting on Dec. 18 at Bazen’s Restaurant. Checks were given to the following: A $1,000 check to Lighthouse Ministries from the Sid Jordan Memorial Fund to purchase building materials to build handicap ramps approved by Lighthouse Ministries,

A $1,000 check to Executive Director Cecilia Meggs for Lighthouse Ministries to help with its charity work, A $1,000 check was presented to Donna Lollis, Donor Relations manager for Harvest Hope Food Bank to help provide food to those in need. A $1,000 check to Bryan Braddock, executive director of the House of Hope of the Pee Dee, to help serve the homeless. A $1,000 check was presented to Executive Director Linda Spires of Mercy Medicine Free Clinic to help with medical services to those in need. Since March, 2011 club members have collected $21,290 for its four charities: Harvest Hope Food Bank, House of Hope of the Pee Dee, Lighthouse Ministries, and Mercy Medical Clinic. The first club meeting was held in December of 1982 and members have met on the second Monday of every month for the past 35 years. Dec. 11 was the 420th consecutive meeting.

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Riven Rock Masonic Lodge hosts Awards Night TIMMONSVILLE – Riven Rock No. 60 Masonic Lodge held its Awards Night on Dec. 7. During the evening, awards were presented to recognize the great brothers of the Masonic family in Florence and Timmonsville area. Worshipful Master, officers and members honored Honorary Past Master Floyd N. Brockington with an award accepted by Ms. Miesha Washington and Charles Adams with an award accepted by Ms. Lashall Adams. Larry Smith of The Community Times received an award for his dedication to publishing articles in his newspaper. W.M. Carl McAllister, officers and members have been a force in the Timmonsville area. This lodge has been active in the community with the NAACP and youth. The New Brothers of Riven Rock honored deceased member, Honorary Past Master James P. Brown Sr. 33. The Class of 2017 Master Masons of Riven Rock dedicated their line to Brown. A 1940 graduate of Mayo High School in Darlington, P.M. Brown was a WWll veteran and a member of the 39ers Barrage Unit which was the first to land during the D-Day Invasion on June 6, 1944. James Brown was a licensed contractor in Virginia and South Carolina. He built nine African American churches, along with houses and church improvements in the Pee Dee and Virginia area. He was an outstanding member of Riven Rock Masonic Lodge and was the father and mentor of Past District Deputy of the 9th Masonic District, Kevin N. Brown, who is the grand historian of the MWPHGL of South Carolina. Also, he was chairman of the Trustee Ministry of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church under the leadership of the late Rev. Dr. Frank Ham. Brown's motto was, “Try to make the world better than you found it.” He was a great husband and father. “He used his gifts to train and impart knowledge to all mankind. He was hard, but fair,” commented his son and lodge brother. Kevin Brown.

Christmas at the Manna House The Manna House will host its Christmas Day Celebration on Friday, Dec. 22, 8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m. for breakfast, and 11 a.m. until noon for lunch. Kitchen help wanted: the Manna House is in need of a cook from 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. If interested, please inquire at 843-667-6077 Other ways to help: The Manna House values every individual’s potential to make a difference in the community. Opportunities to give include volunteering your time as either an individual or a group, or by donating canned goods and staples. The Manna House can always use plastic grocery bags.

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First Bank awards firefighter $5,000 The prize is part of a campaign by the bank to help dreams come true Bryan Bennett of Florence is on the quiet side. He won’t tell you how about the countless hours he spent helping his neighbors recover from Hurricane Matthew. He won’t brag about the thousands of dollars he’s raised for local charities and causes. And he’s not likely to share how many times he’s saved lives and homes in his line of work. This is the type of guy who – according to his fellow teammates at the Howe Springs Fire Department in Florence sets the bar almost too high in his level of community support and commitment. Although he won’t tell you all that, his sister, Mandy Simpson, will. Through First Bank’s “Dream It. Do It.” campaign, she shared Bennett’s story and the news that her brother was planning to get married and buy a new home. But he, who had given so selflessly to others in the past, needed help to make his dream of a new life come true. Bennett’s dream is now one step closer to reality as he has been selected to receive $5,000 as one of the second quarter winners of the “Dream It. Do It.” campaign. First Bank launched “Dream It. Do It.” in April to highlight its commitment to serving the people of the Carolinas, awarding $100,000 over a year to deserving individuals to help

BRYAN AND BRITTANY WITH $5000 CHECK them realize their dreams. Every three months, up to $25,000 will be given to winners selected by a committee of First Bank employees in partnership with a nonprofit organization. Kids Making It, a Wilmington, North Carolina,-based nonprofit that uses woodworking to teach life and entrepreneurial skills to atrisk youth, was the partner for the second quarter of the contest and received a $10,000 donation from First Bank for its participation. In her entry about Bennett, Simpson wrote: “My brother works so hard and

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more deserving than this local hometown hero.” Since its launch the contest has generated more than 2,500 entries from more than 200 cities and towns across North and South Carolina. Two winners were selected for the three months that ended Sept. 30, Bennett and the family of Jamie Adams of Washington, North Carolina, who will use their $20,000 to build a wheelchair-accessible bedroom and bathroom. “The ‘Dream It. Do It.’ contest submissions have all been inspiring. We have received so many heartwarming entries from hopeful dreamers, their friends and their loved ones,” said Michael Mayer, president and CEO of First Bank. “It is incredibly gratifying, not just to me, but to the entire First Bank team to play a small part in giving back to those who inspire their families and communities each and every day.” The “Dream It. Do It.” contest is open to all individuals who live in North Carolina or South Carolina, and individuals can either nominate themselves or someone else. For official contest rules or to submit an entry, visit any First Bank location or www.localfirstbank.com/ dreamitdoit.

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Lions, Leos join forces to make season bright for kids

GIFTS ARE STACKED IN FRONT OF TRINITY-BYRNES ANGEL TREE

Trinity-Byrnes honor society purchases gifts for 49 youth The National Honor Society of Trinity-Byrnes Collegiate School hosted an Angel Tree for the Florence DSS foster care program for the holiday season. This year the group hosted 49 children in foster care. Over 300 gifts were purchased, wrapped and placed under the Angel Tree. The Florence DSS director and her assistants came to TBCS with several vehicles to pick up the gifts and were overwhelmed with the generosity of students and families. This is the third consecutive year the National Honor Society has participated in this community service project.

The Florence Evening Lions, South and West Florence High School Leos Clubs made Christmas very special for 19 underprivileged and special needs children. On Dec. 9, each child had breakfast provided by McDonald’s, a gift from Santa Claus, who arrived on a fire truck, and a $100 shopping spree for items of clothing. The conducting of club service projects benefits the local community by providing needed humanitarian service for our youth and personifies the Lions motto ‘We Serve’. According to project chairperson and Club President Lion Waylon Hilley, “Money raised during fundraising activities, donations and grants allows Lions to meet pressing needs in our community. Services we provide change and enhance the quality of life for those in need. Just knowing that we have made a positive impact in someone’s life is priceless. The Christmas season has officially begun for me.” Lion members appreciate those who contributed and volunteered in this project. Club members are committed to making a difference in our community and helping

or to get involved with the Florence Evening Lions Club, please contact Lion Waylon Hilley at 843-260-3632 or email florenceeveninglions@ gmail.com. If you would like to donate to this and other worthy humanitarian service initiatives, please send to: Lion Audrey Croshaw, 1907 Cypress Road, Florence, SC 29505; checks made payable to: Florence Evening Lions Club Foundation. Contributions made are truly helping Lions provide needed service to deserving citizens in our community.

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West Florence High Leo Santiago Villalobos, left, and West Florence Leo Club Advisor Kimberlyn Jackson assist child in selecting clothing items during recent shopping spree. to make the world a better place to live, work and play for all. The Florence Evening Lions Club meets on the first and third Thursday at 7 p.m. at Lizard Thicket, 1712 W. Palmetto Street. Lions clubs are a group of men and women who identify needs within the community and work together to fulfill those needs. For more information

FBC Candlelight service First Baptist Church, 300 S. Irby Street, will host its annual Christmas Eve Candlelight Service on December 24 at 4 p.m. Note: This is a time change from previous years. The public is invited.

Florence Biggest Loser coming back for fifth year United Way of Florence County (UWFC) is excited to bring back their Florence’s Biggest Loser competition for its fifth year in January 2018. The competition is part of UWFC’s Burn & Learn Initiative; which aims to impact the high rates of obesity and related health issues in the Florence County area by providing individuals with fitness training, nutritional guidance, and accountability. Florence’s Biggest Loser also serves as a fundraiser for the UWFC, with proceeds going to fund much-needed programs in the health, youth, education, emergency services, financial stability, and special needs sectors in our community. Since its first year in 2014, the Florence’s Biggest Loser has helped 292 contestants lose over 5,240 pounds and has raised over

$74,000 for those in need. This year, the competition will kickoff on Jan.16, 2018 and finish on March 29, 2018. Through partnerships with McLeod Health & Fitness Center, the Morning News, and Health Facilities Federal Credit Union, contestants will be provided with a ten week gym membership to McLeod Health & Fitness Center, 10 group sessions with a certified personal trainer, nutrition counseling with a registered dietitian, and accountability to reach their health goals. They also will be able to participate in activities that help them become more active (such as kayaking with Naturally Outdoors or working out with Francis Marion University sport teams) and activities that help them eat healthier (such as a cooking class provided by

Ovis Hill Farm). At the end of the 10 weeks, four contestants will be recognized with grand prizes for having the greatest weight-loss percentage, greatest inches-lost percentage, receiving the most Fan-Favorite votes, and showing the most grit during the competition. Register online at www.burnandlearnflorence.com or in-person at the UWFC office at 1621 W. Palmetto Street in Florence. Only half of the contestant spots are currently available and registration will be closed once those spots are filled. For questions or concerns about the competition or registration, please call 843-662-2407 or send an e-mail to rbaggett@uwflorence.org.

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