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NEIGHBORS NAME: Samyka Park FAMILY: 3 siblings BORN: Florence OCCUPATION: Lidl Associate HOBBIES OR SPECIAL INTERESTS: Shopping, car shows with my hot rod, hanging out with friends, traveling. WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT FLORENCE: “Family, friends, my job, and the sense of pride in the community. “ WHO OR WHAT HAS MOST INFLUENCED YOU? “My mother has made a huge impact on my life. I love her.”

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All Saints’ Episcopal Day School honors first responders On December 7, All Saints’ Episcopal Day School in Florence honored the first responders in the area with hot coffee, fresh donuts, goodie bags, and warm smiles. The students of All Saints’ Episcopal Day School eagerly waited for local first responders to drive through their school’s parking lot so that they could thank them for their service to the community. Many first responders showed up to the event to meet the children and to be able to enjoy some treats as well. One such officer was South Carolina Highway Patrolman Hunter Martin. Martin was a graduate of All Saints’ Episcopal Day School. His mother, Pam Martin, is a 5K teacher at the school. During the event, her class was able to come out and meet her son. Bradley Norris, a parent of one of the students and also an officer, was in attendance as well. Belle Zeigler, Director of Developement at All Saints’, said that the main focus of the event was so that the children were able to show gratitude to the officers for all their hard work. The school did not want to focus on the tragedy that transpired back in October, but rather on the positive work that our local officers do for to keep us all safe. Joan Pennstrom, Headmaster of All Saints’, was proud of all the childrens’ hard work and excitement about the event. Furthermore, Pennstrom is the leader of an on school garden club that meets weekly. Recently, the garden club planted a tree in honor of fallen officers, Sgt. Carraway and Investigator Turner. The tree is planted in the garden that the students work hard to maintain. As the warmer weather comes, the students are looking forward to the tree growing. The event was meant to encourage a sense of gratitude and to ultimately thank local officers for their hard work. The students were able to show their gratitude through this event while at the same time bringing smiles to the faces of many officers.

Photos from top to bottom, left to right, Officers Hunter Martin and Bradley Norris with the 5K class. Hunter Martin and his mother Pam Martin. Joan Pennstrom’s garden club with the tree they planted in honor of the fallen officers. Student Council members and student ambassadors meeting officers with donuts and coffee.

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Manna House holiday meals schedule Christmas Day, Tuesday, 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. Checks may be made payable to “The Manna House” and mailed to PO Box 13541, Florence, SC 29504.

Deaths Alfarone, Gloria A., age 94, died December 1, Stoudenmire Dowling Funeral Home

Hipp, Joseph ‘Fincher’, IV, age 25, died November 30, Cain Calcutt Funeral Home

Anderson, Robet C. age 97, died December 7, Stoudenmire Dowling Funeral Home

Hodges, Charles ‘Peanut’ T., age 90, died December 3, Layton Anderson Funeral Home

Benjamin, Jake Kenneth, age 78, died December 3, Ideal Funeral Parlor

Odom, Gene Edward, age 61, died December 3, Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home

Burke, Doris Courtney Fox, age 96, died December 7, Cain Calcutt Funeral Home

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Florence Arbor Day observance honors Sgt. Terrence Carraway and Investigator Farrah Turner Last week the City of Florence recognized Arbor Day as December 7. A ceremony was held in recognition of the event. As part of the ceremony, two willow oak trees, quercus phellos, were planted in honor of Sgt. Terrence Carraway and Investigator Farrah Turner. Both Carraway and Turner were fatally injured during the October 3 shooting incident. City of Florence Mayor Stephen Wukela, spoke at the ceremony. He commented on just as oaks are strong so were Turner and Carraway’s roles in the community. John Jebaily, Broker-in-

Charge, Jebaily Properties, Inc. and the former Chairman of Parks and Beautification Commission spoke about the significance of Arbor Day and the importance of trees to a community. Duke Energy donated $1,000 to help with the cost of the tree installation. The families of Sgt. Terrence Carraway and Investigator Farrah Turner were presented with a plaque to commemorate the dedication of the trees. The families of the fallen officers used shovels to finish the planting of the trees. Then they placed the plaques next to the trees.

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Carraway, Roge Ellis, age 58, died December 3, Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home Chavis, Legrand, age 80, died December 5, Stoudenmire Dowling Funeral Home Floyd, Richard S., Jr., age 58, died December 7, Cain Calcutt Funeral Home Galloway, Vanessa Grayson, age 53, died December 6, Stoudenmire Dowling Funeral Home Gainey, Patrcia Knotts, age 65, died December 3, Belk Funeral Home Hamer, Norma Utsey, age 79, died December 5, Layton Anderson Funeral Home Hill, Georgia Mae Weatherford, age 64, died December 4, KistlerHardee Funeral Home

Patton, Elene Lee, age 93, died December 5, Waters-Powell Funeral Home Pickett, John ‘Buddy’ Hudson, age 79, died December 5, Belk Funeral Home Pitts, James Jefferson, Jr., age 65, died December 2, Waters-Powell Funeral Home Purvis, Wesley Wylie, age 75, died December 4, Belk Funeral Home Shealy, Robert William, age 73, died December 7, Stoudenmire Dowling Funeral Home Tharp, James, age 88, died December 4, KistlerHardee Funeral Home Watkins, Stephanie Brooke, age 50, died December 6, Stoudenmire Dowling Funeral Home Wulf, Peter, age 67, died November 28, Layton Anderson Funeral Home

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The Birth of Jesus - Part 2 - Luke 2:8-12 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.”

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Prince of Peace By the Rev. Jason Hamshaw All Saints Anglican Church Is peace just a figment of our imagination? What would it really take to accomplish it? Have you ever dreamed of world peace - everyone getting along, hunger gone, health needs met and dangers expelled? It sounds too far-fetched and fanciful, doesn’t it? Ideas reserved for children and beauty queens. Maybe for you the politics of the possible is about being realistic. Still for some, all we can hope for is the quiet moment on the golf course where everything comes together. Just getting through Christmas is ambition enough, as peace in our own house seems impossible. Maybe peace is captured in the moment of joy seen on a child or grandchild’s face, however brief. That moment steals us away from the loneliness and pressures of this world. Harder still is this time for those who lack peace even for a moment. Deep grief lingers as many miss a loved one - Christmas the time of love now highlights heartache. In the Christmas season many of us are mindful of compassion and kindness to those who are less fortunate. This is a good and worthy thing! Yet gifts to help someone along, a hand out, a help up doesn’t seem to capture real peace on its own. But Jesus’ love captures the longing of our hearts. Jesus is not spare change, a hand out from above. He is God come to be with us in our pain, to be punished for our sin, to bind himself to our humanity, he takes our death so we can have his life. A peace that doesn’t just get along or give you want or need but a peace that treats you as his family. Peace in any substantial sense must have a way of uniting those who have been at war. Jesus said that his Peace is not as the world gives, not a retirement plan or home insurance. His peace is the offer of restored relationships. It can carry the weight to help bear a snide comment, personal betrayal or even death. This is a peace that the heavens open for with great excitement; a concert for a shepherd tending His sheep. He is not a God of force, using discord to dispel discord, but a God who joins us in the depths of guilt, shame, loneliness and pain, and offers us something new. Profound is the act of God’s saving grace; the Son of God became man to rescue us from our sin, evil, and death. His plan was peace with himself, which would flow out to the world. This prince of peace is able to love as he is hated. His love forgives even as he is being tortured (think about that for a moment). He came not to condemn the world but that the world might be saved. He’s bringing a world where the wrongs done are really dealt with. Not empty unity real peace. He is the Child who would be “pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:5) 700 years before Jesus was born Isaiah wrote: “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6) The Messiah is a Son given who is also Mighty God. The Christ child is the Prince of Peace who is filled with the Wonderful Counselor and reveals the Everlasting Father. The Divine Family: Father, Son and Holy Spirit all have dwelt in peace together for all time. The Son was sent to bring peace to a world that had rejected him, offering light in a dark world. Jesus Christ is fully God and fully Man - in his very being he unites heaven and earth. He alone offers a peace that can save our world. God has the world placed on his shoulders and his offer of peace is not simply a hand out. He steps into our broken world and offers himself. Christ’s peace can carry the weight of humanity - God with us forever.

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Christmas trivia for holiday fun Here’s some fun Christmas trivia for you to enjoy. Let’s see how many questions you can get correct. The answers will be at the end of the article, upside down. No cheating. • After leaving Bethlehem, to which country did Joseph, Mary, and Jesus travel? • Christmas is celebrated on the 25th of December. Who is the patron saint remembered on the 26th of December? • Every elf has this ornament on the tip of their shoes. Which ornament are we talking about? • Everyone is familiar with the mistletoe tradition. What is the color of the berries of the plant? • How does Santa Claus go back up the chimney to continue his journey of delivering gifts? • How many points does a snowflake traditionally have?

Philip Maenza Editor • Name the eight original Reindeer. • One of the most famous Cola companies in the world used to have advertisements featuring a happy, smiling Santa Claus. Name the company • Red and green are the two colors most associated with Christmas. Which are the two other colors, according to Christmas holiday trivia, that are also extremely popular in this season? • Traditionally, kids leave out snacks for Santa Claus. What are these snacks? • Traditions of Christmas around the world will tell you that Santa Claus is known by

many names. What is the French name for Santa Claus? • Two of the reindeer are named after weather phenomenon. Name the reindeer. • What are the gifts that the Three Wise Men gave baby Jesus, according to Christmas history? • What is the name of Ebenezer Scrooge’s partner, from the play, A Christmas Carol? • What two phrases will you almost always find on Christmas gift tags? • When does the Russian Orthodox Church celebrate Christmas? • Which country can be credited with the creation of the Christmas beverage, eggnog? • Which country does St. Nicholas originally belong to? • Which country gifts the Christmas tree that is placed at the Trafalgar Square in London, according to Christ-

mas tradition? • Which is the most popular ornament used to place at the top of the Christmas tree? • Which was the first state in the United States to recognize Christmas as an official holiday? • Which was the last state in the United States that declared Christmas a legal holiday? • Egypt • Stephen • Bells • White • He places his finger on the side of his nose, gives a smile and a nod. • Six • Blitzen, Comet, Cupid, Dasher, Prancer, Vixen, Dancer, and Donner • Coca Cola • Gold and Silver • Cookies and milk • Pere Noel • Donner, which means thunder in German, and Blitzen, which means lightning • Gold, Myrrh, and Frankincense • Jacob Marley • To and From • January 7th • England • Turkey • Norway • Angel • Alabama • Oklahoma

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Down South: winter warmth By Tom Poland The cold season is upon us. The need for heat is upon us. What type heat do you prefer? As long as I can remember, my parents heated their home with gas. As long as I can remember, a propane tank as big as an atomic bomb sat beneath the hickories outside my late parents’ home. It sits there still and after Dad died, Mom took on paying the bills. Come winter she often complained about the high cost of propane. She’d fret over the thermostat and keep an eye on the weather. “Why don’t you get a heat pump,” I’d ask. “It’s economical and heats and cools.” “No, I’m never going to be cold again,” she’d say, and she was adamant. Mom had heard that heat pumps weren’t so hot, literally, though they’re passable here in the South. She wanted no part of one, being used to “real” heat, and you know what I mean. Firewood and gas had seen her through many a Georgia winter. A heat pump? No way. We tried electric heat for a while in one small room. It worked so-so, and though we had a fireplace with a wood stove Dad built himself gas space heaters ruled our home for a long time. I remember huddling close to one, soaking up its warmth as I watched its ceramic radiants glow red. During the rare snows we had in childhood, I’d come in frozen blue and I’d get as close to a space heater as I could. Years later a day of sleet here in South Carolina made me long for a space heater, one I could back up against for winter warmth. A heat pump offers no such comfort. With a heat pump, there is no instant heat, and

and ventured out to photograph fall color. The cold soon turned me back toward that stove. As I approached the stacks of wood, a welcome plume of smoke rose from the chimney and I caught the fragrance of wood smoke. At that very moment, a feeling of peace and comfort overtook me. “Ah,” I thought, “that’s what a home should smell like on a cold winter morning.” When it comes to winter warmth, nothing beats a fireplace or wood stove filled with blazing logs. It’s primitive, it’s reassuring, and best of all it looks warm. You can’t say that about a heat pump. Combustion has its advantages. Visit my website at www.tompoland.net Email me at tompol@earthlink.net. Electric heat is okay but no match for a fireplace. instant heat is what you need at times. As a boy I’d stand next to Granddad’s wood stove until my jeans were smoking. The flue glowed cherry red and that black iron stove was as hot as the sun. Instant heat. Special heat. A roaring fireplace warms the spirit and the body. Ever see Christmas cards where Santa stands by an electric heater or over a heat pump’s register? Didn’t think so. Nor do you see him standing in front of gas logs. No sir, he stands in front of a roaring fire with logs Paul Bunyon would appreciate. There’s something genuine and timeless about burning wood. In my comings and goings, I visit country stores and still see an occasional woodstove at work. That seems right. Outdoors, I have seen many a man warming himself by an oil drum burning old tires. That seems not so right. I have tried electric, oilfilled heaters, but my favorite

source of winter warmth remains a fireplace. It adds cheer to a wintry day, and food tastes better in front of a crackling fire. Thank you, Cracker Barrel. A fireplace does your restaurant right, just as it does log cabins right. Someone, however, has to cut the firewood, but you know what they say about that. Wood warms you twice: when you cut it and when you burn it. When I make winter visits to my sisters back home in Georgia, I enjoy my brotherin-law’s big fireplace. He has a Buck Stove in it, and it heats much of the home. The fan kicks on and hot air rises and banishes the cold. He and my sister live among hardwoods so firewood is no problem. Like a pioneer, my brother-in-law is ready for winter. Out back long stacks of cured split wood wait their turn to ignite, glow, and spread comfort throughout the house. I was there one cold Sunday recently. I got up early

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‘Tis the season for school and lice

Lice often becomes a subject of conversation among concerned parents. In certain areas, such as in classrooms and locker rooms, lice easily can be transferred from person to person. Understanding this common foe can help students avoid it and parents recognize it when it’s present. A louse is an ectoparasite, meaning it feeds on its host while living on the surface of the host’s body. Although lice can affect various parts of the body, they are most notably present on the scalp. Research indicates

that head lice have been spreading among humans for millenia. Ancient Egyptian and Greek books of medicine make reference to lice, and they have even been found on prehistoric mummies. No one is quite sure just how lice originated, though it is suspected they once targeted another host species, but then adapted to living among humans. Unlike lice that congregate on other parts of the body, head lice are not a vector for disease transmission. They are relatively innocuous, but can be quite a nuisance. The

insects are adept at clinging to human hair and feeding on blood from the scalp. Anyone can get lice, regardless of their personal hygiene or lack thereof. School-aged children between the ages of four and 14 catch lice more frequently than adults. Although firm data on lice infestations is difficult to come by, estimates suggest that as many as 12 million infestations occur each year in the United States among children between the ages of three and 11. Head-tohead contact with an

already-infested person is the most common way to get head lice, offers the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Head lice can be spread when people sit closely to one another, such as in a classroom or theater. It is very rare that lice are spread through shared belongings such as hats, combs or on furniture. Pets do not play a role in

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McLeod Health announces new Chief Medical Officer Dr. Dale Lusk McLeod Health is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Dale Lusk to the position of Chief Medical Officer for both McLeod Health and the McLeod Healthcare Network (CIN). In this new role, Dr. Lusk will be responsible for leading development and execution of clinical integration activities, including driving physician alignment and engagement. The Chief Medical Officer (CMO) will champion clinical quality improvement and population health management activities throughout McLeod Health. Dr. Lusk will serve as a liaison between physicians, CIN staff, and hospital leadership, playing a lead role in fostering improvement of clinical care and patient safety. ”It is my honor and privilege to accept this professional challenge, and to expand our opportunity to be

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McLeod Regional Medical Center and Vice President of Physician Leadership and Development for McLeod Health. He also cares for patients at McLeod Women’s Care. A native of Greenville, South Carolina, Dr. Lusk attended The Citadel in Charleston, where he completed his undergraduate education and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. At the Citadel, he was the recipient of Gold Stars and a distinguished Air Force Graduate. Dr. Lusk received his medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) also in Charleston, graduating in 1985. He completed his OB/GYN internship and residency at the USAF Med-

ical Center Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi, serving as Chief Resident from 1988 to 1989. Dr. Lusk remained in the Air Force until 1993, when he began caring for patients at Advanced Women’s Care in Florence. Dr. Lusk served as the Chief of Staff of McLeod Regional Medical Center for 2012 and 2013. He is involved in the Quality Operations and Credentials committees for McLeod Regional Medical Center (MRMC), and has served as Chair of the Medical Executive Committee. Dr. Lusk has also served as a member of the McLeod Health Board as well as the McLeod Regional Medical Center Community Board. He is a member of

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Murrie receives SC Farm Bureau Outstanding Educator Award Jeff Murrie of Florence County received the 2018 Betty J. DeWitt Outstanding Educator Award from Betty J. DeWitt and Frances Price, South Carolina Farm Bureau Federation Women's Leadership Committee Chair, during recent ceremonies at the organization's 75th annual meeting in Myrtle Beach. Murrie, an educator at Briggs Elementary School, received a $500 cash award, compliments of Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance Company, in recognition of his efforts. Murrie started an agricultural education class in his elementary school where students have the opportunity to learn handson about everything from

Jeff Murrie (center) of Briggs Elementary School in Florence County received the 2018 Betty J. DeWitt Outstanding Educator Award from Betty DeWitt (left) and Frances Price (right), South Carolina Farm Bureau Federation Women's Leadership Committee Chair, during recent ceremonies at the organization's 75th annual meeting in Myrtle Beach. how plants grow to how bees pollinate. The award is presented annually to an outstanding teacher of grades kindergarten through 8th grade who has designed and implemented a lesson or project about the food and fiber industry within the last

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Hundreds gather for 33rd annual McLeod Hospice Tree Lighting McLeod Hospice celebrated its 33rd Annual “A Light for Someone You Love” Tree Lighting Ceremony on Thursday, December 6, at McLeod Regional Medical Center. During the ceremony, the family of Reverend Charles “Pete” Cooper lit the trees. On behalf of the family, his daughter, Lyles Cooper Lyles, offered remarks on how much McLeod Hospice meant to them during Pete’s end of life journey. “As the minister at St. John’s Episcopal Church for almost 20 years, my dad spent a lot of time with folks at the end of their lives. In our community, many of those families were fortunate to experience the care and compassion from the McLeod Hospice staff. The genuine concern that every member of the McLeod team showed my dad and my family can’t be measured in tangible terms. “The McLeod Hospice House is an amazing asset for our community, but beyond the facility, technology and beautiful gardens, they have a top notch group of professionals who make a true difference in many people’s lives every day. From the doctors and nurses to administrators and support staff, we will always be truly thankful for the comfort you brought our family. Today, we celebrate my dad’s birth and his legacy, and tomorrow we will remember his last day with us. Our memories of his final days are filled with comfort and love thanks to the staff of McLeod Hospice,” added Lyles. In addition to the lighting of the trees, a musical presentation was provided by the Savannah Grove Baptist Church Praise Team. Dr. Allie Brooks also recognized the donors who sponsored the

tree lighting. During his remarks, Dr. Brooks said, “For 33 consecutive years, the McLeod Hospice Caregiving Team and the families of patients served through the years jointly celebrate the accomplished mission for comfort, peacefulness, understanding and care through this ceremony. Thanks to the medical professionals, spiritual leaders and dedicated unselfish volunteers, we hold our heads high this evening, knowing that in spite of, ‘All is Well.’ The lights remind us that ‘Thy word is a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our paths.’ Because of the work, past and present, that many have provided for the care and comfort of our family members and friends in their sunset of life, we can truly say ‘All is Well.’” Each year, during the tree lighting ceremony, Joan Pavy, Administrator of McLeod Hospice, recognizes an individual or group for their dedication to McLeod Hospice by honoring them with the Spirit of Hospice award. The 2018 recipient of the Spirit of Hospice award was presented to Dr. Vipul Shah, Medical Director of McLeod Hospice and Palliative Care. The quality of the McLeod Hospice program does not rest with any one individual or volunteer, according to Pavy. Instead there are many individuals and groups who give generously of themselves. Each one is important, but all are united by a single goal: their commitment to compassionate Hospice care. There are those, however, who have gone the extra mile and who have continually been a faithful supporter of Hospice. It is with this in mind that McLeod Hospice created the Spirit of Hospice Award in 2001.

The family of Reverend Charles “Pete” Cooper lights the trees during the 33rd Annual McLeod Hospice Tree Lighting Ceremony on December 6. Proceeds raised through the tree lighting directly benefit McLeod Hospice. “The Light for Someone You Love” program is sponsored by the McLeod Health Foundation to directly fund items needed for the McLeod Hospice House, to help patients remain comfortable in their homes, provide bereavement care for families being served as well as others in the community, and to offer the children’s grief support program, Camp Jessie’s Kids. McLeod Hospice serves patients in Florence, Darlington, Dillon, Horry, Lee, Marion, Marlboro, Chesterfield, Clarendon, Sumter and Williamsburg counties. While the lighted trees will brighten the community this season, the gifts they represent will help bring the light of hope to McLeod Hospice patients and their families all year long.

Joan Pavy, Administrator of McLeod Hospice, presented the Spirit of Hospice Award to Dr. Vipul Shah, Medical Director of McLeod Hospice and Palliative Care, during the Hospice Tree Lighting Ceremony.

Trinity-Byrnes takes second place in math competition Trinity-Byrnes took second place overall at the Pee Dee Regional Math Competition held at Francis Marion University. Ruth Player was in fourth place overall and received an honorable mention. The top four scorers, Ruth Player, Ben Naso, Jackson Lowe and Mingseong Kim formed the TBCS team for the final round and they took second place overall. Trinity-Byrnes Collegiate School is a coeducational, non-discriminatory, collegepreparatory day school serving students in grades seven through twelve located in Darlington. Trinity-Byrnes fosters development of every student’s intellect and character through strong

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Florence Festival of Lights The annual Florence Festival of Lights continues its tradition of inviting families in the Florence and Pee Dee area the opportunity of viewing colorful Christmas light displays by driving through Hoffmeyer Place. This year’s benefit will be held five nights over three weekends – December 14th, 15th and 16th and 21st and 22nd.

The festival offers motorists the opportunity to follow a planned course through Hoffmeyer Place to enjoy the sights and signs of extensive Christmas-themed light displays as well as an invitation to park and visit Santa’s Village. More than 150 light displays will be set up along the streets lighting up the night in bright colors. They include

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Christmas parade has been postponed The annual Christmas parade will be held on Saturday, Due to inclement weather on Saturday, December 8th, the Christmas parade has been postpostponed until Saturday, December 15th at 11 a.m.The parade will start on Evans (Edisto) Street and end at the Business Technological Center (BTC) Building on Baroody and East Evans. (Please do not stop on the corner of N. Dargan and W. Evans Street to let people off of floats and cars. Proceed to the ending point as indicated.) The parade will consist of several different categories with awards being given to our overall winners. Awards and trophies will be presented at the judge’s location on Evans Street immediately following the parade.

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Children’s Christmas program to be held at Florence Library The Children’s Services Department of the Florence County Library will hold a special Children’s Christmas program on Thursday, December 13th, at 3:30 p.m. featuring Porkchop Productions. The program is entitled “Holly and the Snowman.” This children’s play features the character of Holly the Elf as she deals with the problem of how to make a snowman when it’s 98 degrees outside. The audience will

get a chance to see if Holly can make a seemingly impossible holiday wish come true. Also featured will be the character of Jack Frost, who will either be willing to change his icy ways, or will foil Holly’s plans by making tropical snow a nogo. For more information about this event, contact the Greenberg Children’s Library at 843-292-7382, or visit our homepage at www.florencelibrary.org.

Christmas Market to be held in Darlington A Downtown Christmas Market will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, December 15, in the fellowship hall at Trinity United Methodist Church, 126 Pearl Street, in downtown Darlington. Free admission to this fair of vendors displaying Christmas décor, ornaments, gifts, clothes, pies, and more. There will be free face painting and a coloring station for the children, so parents can shop. Santa arrives at noon. Fitness World Gyms will provide hot chocolate from their mobile gingerbread house too.

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Patti Nunnally named a top Inspiring Teacher in South Carolina and honored with $10,000 from the National University System - Sanford Teacher Award The National University System-Sanford Teacher Award recognizes one PreK12 teacher in each state, following a nomination and application process based on criteria of inspiring teaching; The awards, supported by philanthropist T. Denny Sanford, reflect the mission of the Sanford Harmony and Sanford Inspire programs In recognition of inspirational teaching nationwide, Patti Nunnally, a teacher at Henry Timrod Elementary School in Florence, has been named a recipient of the firstever National University System-Sanford Teacher Award. The 51 teachers, representing each state, and the District of Columbia, each receive $10,000 for demonstrating their commitment to creating inspirational and harmonious classrooms that support student development and achievement. The award is in the name of philanthropist T. Denny Sanford, who is committed to supporting inspiring teaching nationwide through PreK-12 programs that are being expanded nationally by the National University System. Each of the teacher recipients qualify for a chance to be recognized as the national winner of the Sanford Teacher Award, which will be named in early 2019. The teachers being announced this week were selected by a committee of educators based on an application process that included nominations and information provided by each teacher to assess how closely they represent characteristics of inspiring teaching, which included: enthusiasm for teaching; empathy and

warmth towards all students; fostering positive relationships with all students; creating a positive learning environment; and recognizing student strengths. The qualities reflect the mission of educationfocused programs based on the vision of Mr. Sanford that are being expanded nationally through the leadership of the private, nonprofit National University System, which is based in San Diego. The Sanford Programs include Sanford Harmony, a PreK-6 social emotional learning program that helps children develop communication and collaboration skills, and the PreK-12 Sanford Inspire program that offers teachers research-based resources and lessons to create inspiring classroom experiences. “The National University System is so pleased to be honoring the vision of philanthropist T. Denny Sanford by recognizing inspiring teachers around the country through the Sanford Teacher Awards,” said Dr. Michael R. Cunningham, Chancellor of the National University System. “Teachers give so much of themselves to their students, schools and communities, and the Sanford Teacher Award is a way for us to celebrate the contributions of inspiring teachers who encourage children to reach their greatest potential.” The Sanford Teacher Awards is part of the national expansion efforts of the National University Systembased Sanford Programs, which in addition to Sanford Harmony and Sanford Inspire also includes a national net-

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work of fundraiser training programs anchored by the Sanford Institute of Philanthropy at National University. Mr. Sanford has donated about $130 million toward the National University System in support of the programs’ national expansion, an effort that involves the collaboration of universities around the country that share a similar focus and dedication to the professional support of educators and the nonprofit sector. To date, more than 3 million people have been impacted by the three programs. “As a child, I was fortunate to have a few teachers who truly inspired me to learn and succeed. Educators have many similar opportunities to touch children’s lives and make meaningful impacts that can last a lifetime,” said Mr. Sanford.

Both the Inaugural recipients and the teachers announced today qualify for the national title, which adds up to a total award of $50,000 for one of the teachers. About the National University System The National University System is a network of accredited nonprofit education institutions serving higher education and K-12 students that includes National University, John F. Kennedy University, City University of Seattle, and the Division of Pre-College Programs. Established in 2001 to meet the emerging challenges and demands of education in the 21st Century. The anchor institution, National University, was founded in 1971 and is among the largest private, nonprofit institutions of higher education in California

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Patti Nunnally (center, holding certificate and bouquet) is acknowledged by faculty and staff members at Timrod Elementary. She is flanked by Principal Michelle McBride (left) and Assistant Principal Elizabeth Jackson (right). Ms. Nunnally has been named a $10,000 award recipient and top inspiring teacher in South Carolina by the National University System Sanford Teacher Award. “As an entrepreneur and philanthropist, I can think of no better return on investment than inspiring students to embrace learning and find their path in life.” The teachers being honored this week are in addition to five Inaugural Sanford Teacher Award recipients who were identified earlier on in the campaign for representing key qualities being celebrated by the Sanford Teacher Awards, and who were involved in raising awareness of the campaign.

with more than 150,000 alumni and among the top ten largest schools of education in the country, the Sanford College of Education. For more information on the National University System: https://www.nusystem.org/ About the Sanford Programs at the National University System The Sanford Programs at National University System was established in 2014 through the generous support of philanthropist T. Denny Sanford to provide innovative programs in the

nonprofit and PreK-12 sectors. National University System is leading the national expansion of three initiatives: The Sanford Institute of Philanthropy helps support the preparation of nonprofit frontline fundraiser leaders to contribute to positive societal change. PreK12 Sanford Inspire offers a toolkit of research-based teaching methodologies, and on-demand, self-guided modules that are accessible online to help teachers create inspiring classroom envi-

ronments that encourage students to succeed. Sanford Harmony is a PreK-6 research-based social-emotional learning program that cultivates strong classroom relationships between all students. Sanford Harmony has been recognized by the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL) as a quality program. http:// sanfordprograms.org/

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