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NEIGHBORS NAME: Mandy Hancock FAMILY: Son, Dustin Griffin BORN: Florence, lives in Pamplico OCCUPATION: Pharm tech at Palmetto Prescription and has craft business making wreaths, decorating HOBBIES OR SPECIAL INTERESTS: Painting, crafting WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT FLORENCE? Variety of restaurants, new businesses WHO OR WHAT HAS MOST INFLUENCED YOU? “My fourth grade teacher Mrs. Hyman who was the first person to notice my talent for art.”

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City announces No One Unsheltered program BY BRENDA HARRISON Editor of The News Journal Florence, S.C. The Mayor’s Coalition announced a new city-wide initiative on Monday morning, Dec. 11, in City Council Chambers at the City Center. The program, “No One Unsheltered” is aimed at optimizing all beds available to homeless individuals to make sure no one needing shelter is turned away. Led by Commander Ansel Shells, the Mayor’s Coalition is a collaborative effort between city agencies and local nonprofit organizations committed to reducing the conditions affecting life satisfaction for all citizens in the City of Florence. The idea for NOU project came from the Mayor’s Coalition‘s Homelessness Subcommittee, chaired by Bryan Braddock, Executive Director of the House of Hope of the Pee Dee. It was launched on July 7 to ensure that any person in need of emergency shelter in the City of Florence is matched with a bed in one of nine participating shelters. Through resource pooling, coordinated communication, and aided by a

small transportation stipend from the city, the NOU project is able to fully meet the emergency shelter needs of Florence’s homeless population on any given night, based on data from the 2017 Point in Time (PIT) survey. To set this project in motion, the city brought in consultant Richard Savage who guided the committee

through a strategic planning process to establish the NOU. A key feature of the NOU project is that it accommodates the widest range of homelessness needs possible. The project serves women, victims of domestic violence and/or sexual abuse, families with multiple children, youth, veterans, persons with disabilities or

chronic illnesses, the elderly, and the situationally or chronically homeless. Services provided by NOU were not developed solely for this purpose. The NOU shelters are doing this important work with these challenging populations every day. The shelter directors simply saw the NOU project as a means to magnify their impact on an issue to which they were already committed. The organizations and individuals forming the operating core of the NOU include: •City of Florence, Drew Griffin •Family Promise •House of Hope, Bryan Braddock •Loving Arms, Cindy Williams •Pee Dee Coalition, Shonette Dargan •Pee Dee Community Action Program, Sonyetta Cooper •Resurrection Restoration Center for the Homeless, Modestine Brody •The Naomi Project, Joyce Ford •The Salvation Army, Heather Steverson Since July 17, NOU has assisted more than 100 people, SEE

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Law officers recognized at Appreciation Luncheon BY BRENDA HARRISON Editor of The News Journal Florence, S.C. The 2017 Annual Holiday Celebration and Law Enforcement Appreciation Luncheon recognized two area law enforcement officers on Dec. 5 at the Florence Country Club. The luncheon was sponsored by the Florence County Coalition for Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Prevention, the Law Enforcement Network of the 12th Judicial Circuit and Circle Park Behavioral Health Services. Senior Highway Patrol trooper Thomas Trey Brown was awarded the Law Enforcement Network’s 2017 DUI Officer of the Year Award. He SEE

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KENNETH WELCH accepts award from Chief Glenn Kirby, right. Capt. Scott Brown is pictured in center.

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The First Baptist Church Choir will present a Canticle of Christmas on Sunday morning, Dec. 17, at 11 a.m. Canticle of Christmas is a joyful presentation of the miracle of hope and love. Come and enjoy this wonderful musical offering on Sunday at 11 a.m. First Baptist Church is located at 300 South Irby Street. The Church Choir is directed by Harry R. Adkins. Chris Smith is the interim pastor.

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CHRISTMAS DANCE MCCLENAGHAN HIGH SCHOOL in December 1952. Betsy Allen (Pageant) is third from right. Others not identified.

NOU FROM PAGE 1A noted Bryan Braddock. “It is so refreshing to see the spirit of collaboration between all the participating organizations,” Braddock said. “It has revealed the true hearts of these organizations to serve the needs of the homeless.” Braddock explained that when temperatures dip below 40 degrees and if a participating agency is full that entity will contact the other NOU agencies to find a bed. When the demand exceeds availability, city funds can be are used to obtain motel rooms. “The city has been instru-

mental in creating an environment of collaboration and giving leadership to bring us together to achieve a common goal,” Braddock continued. He noted that the city has set aside funds to reimburse agencies in the NOU program to offset some of their costs in transferring individuals. One of the major issues is the need for more beds and all the agencies are looking for ways to house more people, he said. For example, the Salvation Army has recently increased 12 beds. Whoso-

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ever Church, located beside the Courtney McGinnis Graham Community Shelter on S. Church Street, has allowed the set up of 10 cots as overflow during extreme weather. Also, Braddock noted, the House of Hope plans to build a new facility on the property of the Graham Community Center with 50 beds for men. That addition will free up beds at center which will then house women, children and some families. Braddock noted that some of the participating agencies offer more than a bed by providing case management to help people find permanent housing. The NOU project team meets periodically to review program outcomes and

makes adjustments to procedures when necessary. Quarterly progress reports are delivered during regular Mayor’s Coalition meetings. For more information about the Mayor’s Coalition No One Unsheltered Project, contact the Mayor’s Coalition Coordinator, Commander Anson Shells at 843676-8800, ext. 1062 or 843-495-0208.

Batchelor, William Rodell “Hobo,” died Dec. 8, Cain CalcuttStephens Funeral Home Brown, Jean Page, died Dec. 10, WatersPowell Funeral Home. Buffkin, Linda Lee, 77, died Dec. 4, KistlerHardee Funeral Home. Davis, Neverscene Jordan, died Nov. 30, Ideal Funeral Parlor. Eaddy, Altowese Dingle, died Dec. 6, Ideal Funeral Parlor. Evans, Annette Tolson, 80, died Dec. 3, Timmonsville, LaytonAnderson Funeral Home. William F. “Bill” Gallagher, 85, Dec. 9, Layton-Anderson Funeral Home. Gardner, Grover B. “Buddy,” 68, died Dec. 8, Cain CalcuttStephens Funeral Home. Hill, Jesse G, Jr., died Dec. 5, Layton-Anderson Funeral Home. Ivey, Gary Wayne died Dec. 3, LaytonAnderson Funeral Home. Johnson, Gary, died

Dec. 9, StoudenmireDowling Funeral Home. Kelley, Rodney Tyrone, died Nov. 26, Ideal Funeral Parlor. Lewis, Laveta “Pete” Irby, 91, Cain CalcuttStephens Funeral Home. Lloyd, Charlene Amerson, 49, died Dec. 7, Belk Funeral Home. Morrison, Ernest Raymond, died Dec. 6, Darlington, Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home. Ollis, Nadine Harrell, died Dec. 8, Stoudenmire-Dowling Funeral Home. Poston, Catherine Lloyd, died Dec. 4, Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home. Shoemake, Rebecca C. “Becky,” died Dec. 8, Belk Funeral Home. Taylor, Jannie Mae, died Dec. 9, Stoudenmire-Dowling Funeral Home. Yarborough, Everett Alan, died Dec. 5, Stoudenmire-Dowling Funeral Home.

FLT’s Rising Stars to perform Florence Little Theatre’s Rising Stars Workshop presents “High School Musical Jr.” Dec. 15 and Dec. 16 at 7:30 p.m. This family-friendly version is performed by hard-working young performers in grades 7-12. Tickets are $5 for all ages,

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Ground broken for new Southside Underneath a large white tent on John Paul Jones Road, the Florence One Board of Trustees hosted a symbolic groundbreaking for the new Southside Middle School. Members of the Florence One Board of Trustees conducted the groundbreaking ceremony on Dec. 6 at 4:30 p.m. on the

future site of the new school. This is the second project on schedule in Phase Two of Florence One’s School Building Facilities Plan. The new Southside Middle School is expected to be completed by March of 2020. The architectural firm for the new facility is Goforth

Brown and Associates, and the new school will have the capacity to accommodate 1,150 to 1,350 students.

Volunteers from the Pee Dee SC Area Team are celebrating the collection of 23,550 gift-filled shoeboxes that will remind children around the world they are loved and not forgotten. The Pee Dee SC Area Team is now thanking the Florence community for their generous contributions already on their way to children in need worldwide. For many of these children, the shoebox gift will be the first gift they ever receive. Although collections have finished for the season, there is still time to pack a shoebox gift online for children affected by war, disease, disaster, poverty and famine. Those who prefer the convenience of online shopping can browse samaritanspurse.org/buildonline to select gifts matched to a child’s specific age and gender, then finish packing the virtual shoebox by adding a photo and personal note of

encouragement. They can also donate $9 per shoebox gift online through “Follow Your Box” and receive a tracking label to discover its destination. Another way to share the gift of giving is by purchasing a $25 gift card for a family member or friend so they can join in the excitement of Operation Christmas Child by packing a shoebox online. These shoeboxes – filled with school supplies, hygiene items and fun toys – are delivered to children in some of the hardestto-reach countries around the

world. For more information on how to participate in Operation Christmas Child or to view gift suggestions, call 704-583-1463 or visit samaritanspurse.org/occ. Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization headed by Franklin Graham. The mission is to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to children in need around the world and, together with the local church worldwide, to share the good news of Jesus Christ. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered more than 146 million gift-filled shoeboxes.

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Agri meetup slated The Carolina Farm Stewardship Association and SC’s Farm to Institution Program are co-hosting a free networking event for farmers and businesses that want to buy products from them. A farmer/buyer meetup will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 17, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at the Agribiz Expo in Florence. The purpose of the meetup is to connect individual growers to individual buyers in a 45-minute speed networking session that can lead to sales relationships. Farmers are encourage to bring photos of their farm, business cards and a list of products and/or price sheet. Wholesalers, chefs, restaurant owners, grocers and food service directors should bring business cards as well as a list of products that they hope to source locally. There are no promises made and no contracts signed onsite. Its a chance to open doors for future follow-up. Growers may direct questions to Katie Welborn with Carolina Farm Stewardship Association at katie@carolinafarmstewards.org. Buyers may direct questions to Amy Weaver with SC Farm to Institution at weaverat@dhec.sc.gov.

Lutheran and Episcopal church offering Simple Supper during Advent Cross and Crown Lutheran and St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church will offer Simple Suppers and Advent Lessons and Carols each Wednesday during Advent. Supper begins at 6 p.m., followed by the program at 7 p.m. On Sunday, Dec. 17, The Rev, Jeffery R, Richardson, Vicar of St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church which meets at Cross and Crown Lutheran, will celebrate and preach Holy Eucharist Rite I at 11:30 a.m. Lutheran liturgy with spoken word meets at 8:15 a.m. followed by Sunday School at 9:15 a.m. and Lutheran Liturgy with music at 10:15 a.m. Adult Sunday School and hospitality for all meets at 10:20 a.m.

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You can lay the groundwork for reforming Congress By Lee H. Hamilton The first three words of the U.S. Constitution are, “We the People.” The Constitution itself, our institutions of government, the democratic process – all were established to give Americans a voice in their own governance. We are still striving to make that vision real for all, but we are closer than ever. So let me ask you some questions about Congress today. Do you think the voice of ordinary Americans resounds strongly in its hallways and chambers? Can you recall Congress in the last few years successfully dealing with an issue that directly affected your life? Does Congress produce legislation that resolves our differences and brings us closer together? Do you believe that the political system produces members of Congress who fairly and effectively represent the diversity and complexity of this country and are addressing our real, long-term challenges? I thought not. This is why I believe it’s past time for comprehensive reform of Congress. Representative democracy today is being undermined by the rising power of big money, the challenges of governing a country as large and diverse as ours, the problems brought by rising economic inequality, the ineffectiveness of our political institutions, and too many citizens who were never taught the skills needed to make the pragmatic judgments necessary in a representative democracy. In the present environment, it’s doubtful that the various reforms needed to address these challenges can actually get adopted. But their time will come, either because the public demands it, or the cost of dysfunction becomes too obvious to ignore. So it’s important to know in advance where we need to head. To be sure, part of what we need is outside the purview of any single institution. We lack a robust, comprehensive system of civic education, designed to produce an engaged, informed electorate able to sort fact from fiction in a complicated world. We want citizens who know how to maintain healthy skepticism and wariness about elected officials, and who have the knowledge and confidence to hold them accountable. But there are also steps we need our lawmakers to take. Partisan gerrymandering has become a scandal; competitive congressional districts drawn to represent the population fairly are vital to our future. Similarly, we have to expand voter participation and fight efforts to repress votes; lower participation empowers the extremes in politics, and it’s hurting our country. And we need to make it easier for third parties to break into the system; people are losing confidence in the two parties and we need to open up the system to new participants. Greater transparency from those in power or those seeking to influence those in power truly matters. Disclosure of campaign donations, disclosure of foreign money’s track through our political system, disclosure of specialinterest spending, identifying the people who make contributions to secretive political committees, details about financial conflicts of interest – all of this should be a habit in any self-respecting representative democracy. Extensive disclosure needs to be required by law, and backed up with the resources to enforce the law. On Capitol Hill, members need to fund and then rely on independent sources of information they can trust, rather than special interests who too often lay down their own interpretation of the facts as a legislative foundation. And they need to return to the traditional processes of gathering expert testimony through congressional hearings. And perhaps more than anything, Congress needs to revitalize the institution itself – by energizing the traditional committee structure and practices, giving up its ridiculous habit of enacting budgets through omnibus bills, and no longer allowing major legislation to be put together by a few leadership staff behind closed doors – and restore its power vis-à-vis the President. This is where you come in. The changes that I’m advocating will not come about without citizen action. Our lawmakers have become fixated on their re-election and too comfortable with the status quo they and their predecessors have built in recent decades. We have to hold politicians to the highest ethical standards, and have them come up with serious proposals to fix the system. Without that, the loss of faith in our process and our institutions that all of us lament will be almost impossible to reverse. Lee Hamilton is a Senior Advisor for the Indiana University Center on Representative Government; a Distinguished Scholar, IU School of Global and International Studies; and a Professor of Practice, IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs. He was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives for 34 years.

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Christmas trivia for holiday fun Here’s some Christmas trivia to wow your friends and family during the upcoming holidays. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer was created by Robert L. May in 1939, when he wrote a Christmas-themed story-poem to attract customers to his Montgomery-Ward department store. Pope Julius I decided the date for Christmas would be December 25. The Russian Orthodox Church celebrates Christmas on Jan. 7. The first commercial Christmas card was sent in 1843 and was designed by John Horsley. The best selling Christmas song ever is “White Christmas.” Rudolph was the only reindeer left out of the “Night Before Christmas” song. The Christmas cracker was invented by Tom Smith. Traditional Ukrainians put a spider’s nest on their Christmas tree for good luck. The Christmas plant “Viscum” is what we call mistletoe. Do you remember the name of Ebenezer Scrooge’s partner in the play,

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“A Christmas Carol?” It was Jacob Marley. Who tried to steal Christmas from the “Whos of Whoville” in the 1966 cartoon based on the Dr. Seuss Story? The Grinch, of course. Cranberry sauce is made from “marsh-whorts.” Christmas Island is located in the Indian Ocean. The turkey is from North America. C.S. Lewis wrote in a novel it is “always winter but never Christmas.” In 1948 Spike Jones and the City Slickers released, “All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth.” Christmas traditions around the world have many names for Santa Claus. The French name for Santa Claus is Pere Noel. Norway gifts the Christmas tree that

is placed at Trafalgar Square in London. Christmas was declared as a federal holiday in the United States in 1870. The first state in the United States to recognize Christmas as an official holiday was Alabama. Oklahoma was the last. St. Nicholas originally belonged to Turkey. England is credited with the creation of the Christmas beverage, eggnog A snowflake traditionally has six points. Red and green are the two colors most associated with Christmas. Gold and silver are also extremely popular. Germany was the first country to use the tradition of Christmas trees. Thomas Edison invented electric Christmas lights in 1880. Father Christmas’s red and white costume was allegedly first introduced by the Coca Cola company. After leaving Bethlehem, Joseph, Mary, and Jesus traveled to Egypt. In Spanish, “Merry Christmas” is “Feliz Navidad.” Source: Christmastrivia.net and icebreakerideas.com

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Moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem is the right move Sometimes it is hard to do the right thing, but that doesn’t make it any less right. Such is the case with Donald Trump and his announcement last week that the United States will be moving its Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. For far too many decades, both the United States and the rest of the world have played a silly game by pretending that Jerusalem is somehow not the legitimate capital of the state of Israel. Now that Donald Trump is in the White House he has done what Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama were unwilling to do: actually move the Embassy and thereby fulfill the will of the American people. In 1995 Congress passed an historic law called the Jerusalem Embassy Act. That legislation codified American policy while outlining a series of crucial facts related to the Israeli capital. The bill noted that, “each sovereign nation, under international law may designate its own capital.” It also recognized that since 1950 Jerusalem has been Israel’s capital city, and observed that Israel’s President, its Parliament, its Supreme Court and various government ministries were all located there. The bill also noted that the holy city was divided from 1948-1967, but after its reunification in 1967 Israel has administered the entire city, while steadfastly guaranteeing full access to holy sites within the city for people of all faiths. Every six months since the law was passed, Presidents have had the option of enacting a waiver to delay fulfilling America’s promise to its people and to Israel. Successive Democratic and Republican Presidents have shirked their responsibilities, but at long last, President Trump will be ensuring that America does what is right.

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It’s fairly amazing that it took so long for this day to arrive. But as someone who has had the privilege to spend time with President Trump, it is anything but surprising. His dedication to standing with the Jewish state is undeniable and with this move he will firmly cement a legacy as the most pro-Israel president in American history. President Trump was elected in order to challenge the status quo and not blindly follow where others have led. He captured the White House by pledging to chart a new course and to forge a new path enacting the policies that serve America first. He is not a leader who will be swayed by the hyperbolic protestations of Arab rulers or the leaders in capitals across Europe who have been more interested in cheerleading for the corrupt and inept Palestinian Authority than doing the right thing and standing at the side of Israel, a fellow democracy which champions the rule of law, accountability, a free press, human rights and a long list of other values that resonate with Americans and should resonate with other democracies worldwide. I have read with interest the assessments by opponents of Israel and apologists for a Palestinian government

that continues to incite its people to violence and pays out lifelong blood money payments to the families of terrorists who murder Israelis. They wring their hands and warn that America is setting the stage for a violent backlash by the Palestinians, which is actually preemptively excusing the Palestinian propensity to turn to terrorist violence and bloodshed as the preferred tactic for trying to coerce Israel. The problem is that the Palestinians don’t want to live in a peaceful state next to Israel. They want a state in place of Israel, and cling to the sick fantasy of eradicating the Jewish state. To achieve this they have enacted a systematic campaign to revise history and try to erase the undeniable Jewish connection and birthright to Jerusalem. Gone are the days when America will continue to be held hostage by the threats of the Palestinians. After all, they have never needed a reason, real or imagined, to resort to threatening Israel and attacking its citizens. President Trump has boldly gone where no President has: calling the Palestinians’ bluff. The President has put the world on notice that America will no longer pretend that Jerusalem is not Israel’s capital just to placate the Palestinians and their supporters. For the past 3,000 years there has been an uninterrupted Jewish presence in the city, which is the religious and cultural home for the Jewish people. This is an undeniable fact, just as it is an undeniable fact that Israel has been oper-

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

ating for 70 years with Jerusalem as its center of government. The process of actually moving the U.S. Embassy is one that will take time to become a reality, but Dec. 6 will be forever remembered as a watershed moment. For that is the day that a courageous President demonstrated the moral clarity to respect the will of American people across the political spectrum and to stand proudly beside a steadfast ally whose capital city is Jerusalem. Mr. Williams is manager, sole owner of Howard Stirk Holdings I & II Broadcast Television Stations and the 2016 Multicultural Media Broadcast Owner of the year. Watch his Right Side Forum every Saturday Live Newschannel 8 TV 28 in DC, 10:30 a.m.-11 a.m. and repeats 6:30 p.m. EST.

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Five-bedroom Habitat home dedicated The Greater Florence Habitat for Humanity held a home dedication ceremony on Dec. 4 for the Mwanzia family at 105 Rosemount Dr. Eunice Mwanzia and her four children, including a handicapped son, Timothy, joined in the celebration and ribbon-cutting ceremony for their new five-bedroom house. “We are very thankful for all who came and helped us,” said Ms. Mwanzia.

Jason Newton made a few comments from sponsor Wells Fargo. Debbie Edwards, executive director of Greater Florence Habitat for Humanity gave a blessing for the house. Megan Gioldasis presented the family with a bible. After a ribbon-cutting ceremony, guests were invited inside for refreshments and to tour the house.

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HABITAT HOME DEDICATION – From left, Jason Newton of Wells Fargo, new residents James, Joshua, and Timothy, Debbie Edwards of Habitat For Humanity, homeowner Eunice Mwanzia and her daughter Faith.

Commerce was given The Excellence in Workplace Diversity Award. The recognition is for companies making significant contributions to the advancement of South Carolina through diversity initiatives and inclusion efforts. Criteria considered in selecting the winners include diversity initiatives, effectiveness and applicability/replicability. Les Echols, Director of Community & Minority Enterprise for the Florence Chamber, accepted

The South Carolina Chamber held its annual Summit meeting last week at the Sanctuary, in Kiawah Island. Tuesday night’s dinner honored the Business Leader of the Year, and Wednesday’s luncheon program recognized the winners of the Diversity Awards, Business Week scholarships, the Sgt. William Jasper Freedom Award, and the Public Servant of the Year Award. At the Dec. 6 luncheon, The Greater Florence Chamber of

the award. “Diversity and inclusion is not just about programs or initiatives,” he said. “It’s about helping make an effective way of life for community and businesses to thrive.” Mike Miller, Chamber President added, “Les and the Chamber staff have been focused heavily on helping to build diversity elements into all of our business and community efforts. This focus will continue as we move forward.”

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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 Timmons 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

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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 described as follows: On the Northwest by lands n/f of Edward Jones; on the Northeast by lands n/f of Edward Jones; on the Southeast by the right of way for a public road; and on the Southwest by lands n/f Naomi and Virginia Jones and lands n/f Edward Jones. Reference is hereby made to a plat prepared for Lee Carl Jones by Lind Surveying Company, Inc. dated November 14, 1974 and recorded in the office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County in Plat Book 15 at Page 228. Reference is hereby made to said plat for true metes and bounds and for a more complete and accurate description. DERIVATION: This being the same property conveyed to Joseph R. Coluzzi and Barbara C. Coluzzi by deed of Joseph A. Medlin Jr. and Joseph A. Medlin recorded in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County on February 18, 2009, in Book B230 at Page 1462. TMS No: 00053-04-050 ADDRESS: 4504 Spring Hill Road, Timmonsville, South Carolina 29161 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 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. 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) NOTICE OF SALE Case No.: 2017-CP-21-431 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. Byron A. Miller, FIA Card Services, N.A., SC Housing Corp. acting through SC State Housing and Development Authority’s SC Homeownership and Employment 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 bid-

der, 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 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


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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

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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, Octo-

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017 ber 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 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 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 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

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017 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)

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2018 CLASS FOR THE ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME – From left, Somer Bigham Dudley, Skebo Turner, Barrett Christian Kleinknecht, Ron Turner and Sandra Cottle, representing her uncle, Coach Jeffery Scott. Kissy Merrifield is not pictured.

Florence Athletic Hall of Fame announces its 2018 inductees The Florence Athletic Hall of Fame board announces its 13th class of athletes who will be inducted at the annual Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet on Jan. 20. The event is sponsored by Chick-fil-A. The 2018 Class includes:

• Somer Bigham Dudley, outstanding softball pitcher. • Barrett Christian Kleinknecht, outstanding baseball player • Christine “Kissy” Hite Merrifield • Coach Jeffrey D. Scott

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serves in Marion and Dillon counties. Florence County Deputy Kenneth Welch received the 2017 Traffic Safety Unit Award. Chief Glenn Kirby made the presentation. Clyde Nance of Circle Park Behaviorial Services presented a video presentation of statistics and programs offered by that agency. Talking about drug and alcohol usage with local high school students, he presented a survey which showed a decrease in some drugs of choice. The monthly use rates by high school students using alcohol in 1975 was 70%, 58% in 1991 and 23% in 2017. Tobacco use in 1975 was 38%, then 32% in 1991 and it dropped to 11% in 2017. Marijuana use was 33% in 1975, 18% in 1991 and 19% in 2017. Vaping use in 2017 was 15% and prescription drug use in 2017 is 6%. Use for high school sen-

iors only in 2017 was 39% alcohol, 24% for tobacco, 29% for marijuana, 15% for vaping, and 7% for prescription drugs. Nance noted that trends for youth have been slowing down. Youth are delaying their first part-time job, delaying getting their driver’s license, and waiting longer to start dating. They are also waiting longer to leave home, he said. At Circle Park, Nance cited a survey on primary substance abuse that showed use rate for alcohol at 48% in 2016 and 44% in 2017. Marijuana use for the same time period went from 26% in 2016 and 29% in 2017, and prescription drug use went from 18% in 2016 to 24% in 2017. This year shows a 6% increase in opioid use. Circle Park has put more efforts toward increasing community awareness and reducing accessibility, as well as increasing the perception of risk. He showed several

videos Circle Park has created aimed at encouraging parents to be a part of the solution. Nance also talked about efforts to encourage adults to participate in disposing of unused prescription drugs at drug drop-offs sponsored by the city and county. He noted that the Florence County Sheriff’s Office has a permanent drug drop-off at the office in Effingham. He also talked about the dark side of social media, noting that the most recent research reflects it lowers self esteem and increases depression and anxiety in youth. “Social media has become a regular part of kid’s lives,” he said, adding that teens spend around seven hours a day on social media. Youth on social media tend to share way to much, he added. He stressed the need for parents to communicate, educate and collaborate. He noted that 87% of parents will have a drug talk with their children; 82% will have the birds and bees talk but only 12% will include prescription drugs when talk to their kids, and less than 10% will have a tech talk. He recommended parents set structured boundaries and rules for using social media, in addition to monitoring what they kids do online. “This is the toughest time to be a teen, he said, and it is the toughest time to be a parent.”

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Hundreds gather for 32nd McLeod Tree Lighting McLeod Hospice celebrated its 32nd Annual “A Light for Someone You Love” Tree Lighting Ceremony on Thursday, Dec. 7, at McLeod Regional Medical Center. During the ceremony, the family of Mark Raines lit the trees. On behalf of the family, his son, Grey Raines, offered remarks on how much McLeod Hospice meant to them during Mark’s end of life journey. In addition to the lighting of the trees, a musical presentation was provided by Masterworks Children’s Choir under the direction of Susan Howard. Joan Pavy, Administrator of McLeod Hospice, also presented the Spirit of Hospice award to the “We Honor Veterans” volunteers. Accepting the award were Sharon Gaskins, Ann Holland, Troy Knight, Debbie Lowder, Bill Lusher, Johnny McInville Jr., and Alex Thompson. Thomas Brieaddy, Dick Frate and Bill Early are also members of this volunteer group but were unable to attend the event. In January 2017, McLeod Hospice began honoring its patients who are veterans through the “We Honor Veterans” program, a nationally sponsored Hospice Veteran Partnership. When the Hospice team learns that a

honor, duty and country. The program has been well received and to date 75 McLeod Hospice patients have been pinned. 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.

THE MARK RAINES FAMILY AT THE MCLEOD HOSPICE TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY Mrs. Mark Raines, 3rd from left, Grey Raines, beside her on right. patient is a veteran they arrange a “Veteran to Vet-

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Students compete to collect pet supplies Join the students of Briggs Elementary and Royall Elementary as they challenge each other to bring in animal supplies to “Fill The Truck.” The competition will take place until Friday, Dec. 15, and will continue at the animal shelter, 1434 McCurdy Road, through the month of December. Lend a paw and help fill the truck with goodies for our animals. Suggested items: • Dry or canned dog and puppy food (Purina or Pedigree) • Dry or canned cat and kitten food (Purina or Pedigree) • Dog bowls (the double kind for food and water) • Dog and cat toys • Clorox and baby wipes • Cleaning supplies • Laundry detergent andbleach • Paper towels • Towels • Fleece bedding • Gift cards to PetSmart, Petco, Walmart, Target

BRIGGS STUDENTS COMPETING WITH ROYALL TO FILL TRUCK WITH SUPPLIES FOR ANIMAL SHELTER

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St. Paul UMC presents Christmas Concert on Dec. 17 St. Paul United Methodist Church will present a Christmas Concert on Sunday, Dec. 17, at 7 p.m. Join in the fun and festivities, featuring favorite old songs and new, as the congregation celebrates the birth of Jesus. Featured performers are Sam Grant and Lindsey Grant. Guest singers will be Lona Arreola and Paul Alford. Guest musicians include Will Harper, Chuck Helms, Rusty Henderson, Randy Oswalt and Kenny Powell. Also performing will be the St. Paul Praise Team, dancers and youth. The concert is free, but donations will be accepted with proceeds going to support missions, locally and nationally.

Dancers for for School Foundation event told The School Foundation announces the celebrity dancers for their 2018 event which will be held on March 22, 2018 at SiMT. The dancers are: • Chris Rogers – Carver Elementary School • David Hall – First Reliance Bank • Dr. Calvin Robinson – Trinity Baptist Church • Dr. Lisa Bishara – McLeod Health • Dr. Ramzy Hourany – Carolinas Hospital System • Jammie McDonald – First Citizens Bank • Joey McMillan – Coldwell Banker McMillan and Associates • Ken Baker – WMBF News • Les Ward – Pepsi Cola of Florence, LLC/Pee Dee Food Service • Louie Callahan – Burch Oxner Seale Co., CPAs • Robbie Timms – BB&T • Ron Glancy – Raines Hospitality A Pairings Party will be held on Jan. 4, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. at the Floyd Center at Carolinas Hospital System to formally announce the dance couples. Tickets/tables will be on sale at the Pairings Party and will likely sell out that evening. Contact one of the dancers to make your reservation.


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Savannah Grove Beta Club presents cards to McLeod The Gator Beta Club at Savannah Grove Elementary School presented over 200 holiday greeting cards to representatives from McLeod Regional Medical Center last week. This is the second year that the members have worked to create cards for those who find themselves in the hospital during the holiday season.

Christmas at the Manna House The Christmas Day celebration at the Manna House will be held on Friday, Dec. 22, at 8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m. for breakfast, and 11 a.m. until noon for lunch

On Dec. 16, 1762, the South Carolina legislature resolved to do no further business with the governor until he recognized the rights and privileges of members of the Commons House of Assembly. The governor at that time was Thomas Boone. Born in England, Boone’s father was a merchant whose family owned a great deal of land in South Carolina. His older brother served in Parliament for several years and, in 1752, Thomas Boone arrived in the colonies to claim title to lands he inherited from the Boone and Colleton families. In 1758, he married Sarah Ann Tattnall Perroneau and was appointed Governor of New Jersey in 1759. Since Boone was a descendant of the Colleton family, Walter Edgar writes that, at first, “he was welcomed by Carolinians as ‘one of us.’” In 1761, he was appointed Governor of South Carolina and set sail for Charleston. Prior to taking office in South Carolina, Boone was instructed by the British Board of Trade to reduce the power of the Commons House of Assembly. Boone set to work to revise the Election Act of 1721, which would implement the wishes of the Board of Trade. When the Assembly refused to revise the act as instructed by the governor, he took matters into his own hands. In April, 1762, Christo-

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CHRISTOPHER GADSDEN was denied the oath of office by Governor Boone in 1762. He would later serve in the Stamp Act Congress, the First Continental Congress, and, eventually, as a brigadier general in the Continental Army. pher Gadsden won a large majority in his race to represent St. Paul’s Parish. The Assembly approved the election, even though the procedure that was laid out in the Election Act was not followed to the letter. Boone refused to administer the oath of office to Gadsden and dissolved the Assembly for violating the Act. When new elections were held, word spread of the Governor’s efforts to dictate the make-up of the Assembly.

All but 10 of the previous members were elected and Gadsden won again in a landslide. This new Assembly investigated the Gadsden election and, on Dec. 16, 1762, declared that it would do no more business until the governor apologized and admitted his mistake. Boone refused to do either. For over a year, the government of South Carolina stood still while the governor and representatives refused to deal with each other. In May of 1764 Boone sailed for London. Boone never returned to South Carolina. But the leaders of the South Carolina legislature at the time included Henry Laurens, William Drayton, Thomas Lynch, Charles Pinckney, and John Rutledge. They would not forget Boone’s misuse of power. He is listed by Walter Edgar as one of the four governors of South Carolina who, through mishandling “a variety of issues, helped create the climate that would lead to revolution.”

NOTE: This history lesson is brought to you by the South Carolina Historical Society.

Project Jingle will auction Christmas wreaths, decorations Project Jingle, a two-day fund raiser benefiting seven nonprofits, will take place on Dec. 12 and 13. The event will feature a silent auction of Christmas wreaths and decorations to be held in the main lobby of Carolinas Hospital System. The auction begins with bidding from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Dec. 12. Bidding continues from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Dec. 13.

Cookies and cocoa will be served during a drop-in and closing of the silent auction from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. The proceeds from Project Jingle will benefit the Care House of the Pee Dee, Empowered to Heal, American Red Cross, Florence Area Literacy Council, House of Hope of the Pee Dee, Lighthouse Ministries and The Naomi Project.

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BILL WARD is pictured with Carver Principal Chris Rogers on the far right and the Farmers Insurance rep Christy Noriega on far left.

TORI PHIPPS, center poses with students. Standing behind her in blue is Greenwood Principal Dr. Susan Collins, and the Farmers Insurance rep Christy Noriega is on Phipps’ left.

Three FSD1 teachers each receive $2,500 grant from Farmers Insurance Three Florence One teachers received $2,500 each from Farmers Insurance through the Thank a Teacher Program. Farmers Insurance invites teachers to submit proposals for the education program designed to better prepare students for the future. On its website, Farmers receives votes

for the strongest proposals, which determine the grant recipients. Teachers in Florence One who received $2500 grants last week were Victoria Phipps of Greenwood Elementary; Jillian Cappola of Sneed Middle; and Bill Ward of Carver Elementary. Farmers Insurance Rep-

Eight families to graduate from Lighthouse program Lighthouse Ministries staff, volunteers, and eight Florence area families will gather at John Calvin Presbyterian Church on Thursday, Dec. 14, at 6 p.m. to celebrate the successful completion of the fall cycle of the Strengthening Families Program (SFP). Since Sept. 7, the families have worked closely with trained group leaders to learn strategies for improving communication and reducing stress in the home. On Dec. 14, they will be recognized for their hard work through a graduation ceremony and a catered meal. Families will be treated to a visit from Santa and will receive gifts from area businesses and individuals. Lighthouse Ministries is a partner of Children’s Trust of South Carolina to deliver the Strengthening Families Program in Florence County. Strengthening Families Program is a program of Children’s Trust, funded in partnership with the Department of Social Services and the Duke Endowment. Dec. 14 marks the completion of the third class of graduates from this program. Families with a child between the ages of 6-11 interested in future sessions should contact Floria Porter, Site Coordinator at fporter@lighthouseflorence.org or at 843-6290830.

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resentative Christy Noriega flew out to present the checks to these teachers. Phipps’ grant at Greenwood will be used for new technology and technology accessories. Cappola’s grant at Sneed will assist in funding of the Positive Behavior Intervention System. Ward’s grant at Carver will be used for STEM supplies in the Smart Lab to support engineering concepts.

JILLIAN CAPPOLA, center, with Sneed principal Hayley Cagle on the far right and the Farmers Insurance representative Christy Noriega is second from the right.

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