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JANUARY 10, 2018

VOL. 38, NO. 4

Snow blankets Pee Dee area Winter Storm Grayson dumped three to five inches of snow in the Pee Dee area on Jan. 3, with Florence averaging around three inches. Temperatures dipped into below the teens, as low as 10 degrees in Florence, enticing the snow to hang around longer than usual. Some of it thawed during the day and what was left refroze at night. Florence School District 1 schools closed Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, which gave children lots of opportunities to frolic and play outdoors in the fine white powder. The freezing temperatures caused breaks in city water lines in the early morning hours on Friday, Jan. 5, which resulted in water outages and drops in water pressure for residents and businesses. This in turn led to a citywide boil-water advisory through Saturday evening. It was lifted around 7 p.m. after repairs were completed and samples of water passed bacteriological analysis. With ice still on some roads, public schools delayed school two hours on Monday morning.


NEIGHBORS NAME: Richard Brown FAMILY: Wife Dawn, 2 children, 2 grandchildren BORN: Marion, lives in Florence OCCUPATION: Career Coach at Employee Reward Solutions HOBBIES OR SPECIAL INTERESTS: Spending time with family, playing with grands WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT FLORENCE? People are friendly WHO OR WHAT HAS MOST INFLUENCED YOU? My parents who taught respect, work ethic and to love family.

Lane to close Jan. 9 on I-95 at mile marker 175 The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) will perform bridge deck rehabilitation that will require a lane closure on I-95 northbound at mile marker 175 over the Great Pee Dee River in Florence and Dillon Counties from Jan. 9, 2018, through March 16, 2018. The lane closure at northbound mile marker 175 will begin on Tuesday, Jan. 9. A single lane closure will remain in place continuously for 66 days while crews work

to perform the deck rehabilitation, and all lanes will reopen to traffic on Friday, March 16. Over Size-Over Weight (OSOW) trucks will be restricted to 10 foot-wide loads. All vehicles exceeding 10 feet in width shall use the posted detour route. The posted detour route will be I-95 North to Exit 170 (SC 327) to US76/301 to US 301 to SC 38 to I-95 North Exit 181. Motorists traveling along this north-

bound section of I-95 are advised to use caution in the work zone and expect traffic congestion. Motorists are also encouraged to use alternate routes or the dedicated detour to avoid severe congestion on I-95 in the northbound direction. To check traffic conditions on I-95 and other major highways in South Carolina, visit SCDOT's 511 Traveler Information System, or download the free app.



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SNOWFALL ON FEB. 24, 1989 sticks to Palmetto tree fronds in front of the Old Post Office at corner of West Evans and Irby Streets.The Florence Trust Building can be seen above the trees.

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The 6th Annual SC AgriBiz and Farm Expo will be held Wednesday, Jan. 17, and Thursday, Jan. 18, at the newly remodeled Florence Civic Center. At this event, SC AgriBiz brings together the best in Agriculture – Education, Connecting and Innovation – all rooted in tradition and thriving through innovation. The Expo begins at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, with a Farmer Appreciation Breakfast, followed by keynote speaker, Boone Peeler, newly appointed USDA, FSA Executive Director. The day is filled with educational programming, visiting exhibitors and connecting with leading agriculturalist. Programming is available for field crop farmers, fruit and vegetable producers and women in ag. Dr. Nate Smith, a national renowned Clemson Economist and his team will feature the “Ag Outlook and Marketing Session”. The day concludes with the “Taste of SC” which begins at 6:15 p.m., an outstanding southern culture experience to tasting the finest foods produced in SC. The SC Commissioner of Ag Breakfast kicks off at 8 a.m. on Thursday, with another opportunity to learn more about SC agriculture and the 2018 ag outlook. Keynote speaker, Mary Kay Thatcher with the American Farm Bureau, will bring an update from Washington, DC on the forthcoming Farm Bill. The day continues with educational sessions presented by two nationally renowned speakers, Dr. Ron Heininger, with NC State University, and Kevin Matthews, discussing field crops and how to generate increased yields. Their sessions are titled Soybeans that Yield Like Corn – Starting Right and Finishing Strong and Amazing Corn Yields – Achieving the Impossible by Meeting Plant Needs. Thursdays Expo schedule also includes the highly endorsed vegetable production classes led by Extension Specialist Tony Melton and a women in ag session. Daily admission and parking to the AgriBiz and Farm Expo are free. The Taste of South Carolina tickets are available for $25 and Commissioner’s Breakfast tickets may be purchased for $35 each.

Library hosting series to help people declutter, de-stress The Doctors Bruce and Lee Foundation Library in Florence starts 2018 with a program series to help people de-clutter their homes and simplify their lives. The series starts with a workshop by Dr. Sharon Moore Askins on Thursday, Jan. 25, at 6:30 p.m. entitled “Declutter and De-stress, Taking Back Your Home and Your Life.” Inspired by the book, “Stuffocation”, by James Wallman, Dr. Askins, an educator and community leader from Lake City, will present ideas on how attendees can reduce clutter in their lives and live a simpler, more stress-free life as a result. Additional programs in the series include a screening of the documentary film “Minimalism: A Documentary about Important Things” on Tuesday, Feb. 6, at 6:30 p.m. All programs in the series take place at the Doctors Bruce and Lee Foundation in Florence and are sponsored by Friends of Florence County Library. For more information, call (843) 413-7074 or visit www.

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Deaths Bonner, Terrence Kevin “Terry”, 54, died Dec. 31, StoudenmireDowling Funeral Home. Byng, Sally Richardson, 82, died Dec. 28, Ideal Funeral Parlor. Carter, Howard Culpeper. “Kip,” Jr., 77, died Jan. 2, LaytonAnderson Funeral Home. Clarkson, Emeline, James, 71,died Dec. 29, Belk Funeral Home. Corriher, Deloris Jean, 58, Timmonsville, died Jan. 5, Layton-Anderson Funeral Home. Council, William Leonard, 88, died Jan. 5, Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home. Cumbie, Arthur Ted “Sonny,” Jr., 50, Stoudenmire-Dowling Funeral Home. Drelich, Ruth Raywood, 86, died Jan. 3, Stoudenmire-Dowling Funeral Home. Ellerbe, Milton, 69, died Jan. 2, Ideal Funeral Parlor. Frierson, Emma Lee “Money,” died Dec. 29, Ideal Funeral Parlor. Gunther, Leroy, died Jan. 4, Smith Funeral Home. Horahan, Eileen Marie, 63, died Dec. 28, Cain Calcutt-Stephens Funeral Home. Hughes, Astor, 82, died Jan. 2, Stoudenmire-Dowling Funeral Home. Humphries, Eva Mae, Adams, 89, died Jan, 2, Belk Funeral Home. Hunter, Damian Jamal, 26, died Dec. 25, Ideal Funeral Parlor. Hyman, Faye Tanner, 82, died Jan. 2, Stoudenmire-Dowling Funeral Home. Johnson, Bertha Mae Young, Effingham, died Dec. 24, Ideal Funeral Parlor. Junkins, George Neuric Jr., 89, Quinby, died Dec. 28, Cain Calcutt-Stephens Funeral Home.

Kennedy, Elizabeth Ann, 59, died Jan. 3, Ideal Funeral Parlor. Kight, Clifford Damon, “Pops”, 63, died Jan. 3, Layton-Anderson Funeral Home. Lane, Carol Corder, 65, died Jan. 1, Stoudenmire-Dowling Funeral Home. Langston, Larry Claude, 67, Lamar, died Dec. 31, Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home. Marks, Monica Marie, 47, Lamar, died Jan. 4, Belk Funeral Home. McCoy, Calvin Lever, died Jan. 1, Smith Funeral Home. McKenney, Rev. Dr. Carrie Albert, 97, died Dec. 23, Ideal Funeral Parlor. Meserve, Mable Mixon, 80, died Jan. 2, Layton-Anderson Funeral Home. Morris, Violet Langston, 97, formerly of Timmonsville, died Jan. 6, Layton-Anderson Funeral Home. Napier, Mary Annette Isgett, 78, Coward, died Dec. 31,Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home. Parnell, Delmas W., 64, died Jan. 3, LaytonAnderson Funeral Home. Smith, Shannon Marie, 31, died Dec. 31, Stoudenmire-Dowling Funeral Home. Stephenson, Rev. John Mills, died Dec. 30, Belk Funeral Home. Suggs, Dessie Modena Gandy, died Jan. 3, Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home. Tiller, Lavern 67, died Dec. 30 Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home. Wacker, John “Jack” E., died Jan. 3, Stoudenmire-Dowling Funeral Home. Williamson, Kenneth Randall, 46, Darlington, died Jan. 2, KistlerHardee Funeral Home. Wilson, Rev. Nathaniel Oliver, died Dec. 31, 85, Ideal Funeral Parlor.

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Dominion Energy, SCANA announce merger RICHMOND, Va., and CAYCE, S.C. – Dominion Energy, Inc. and SCANA Corporation announced on Jan. 3, an agreement for the companies to combine in a stockfor-stock merger in which SCANA shareholders would receive 0.6690 shares of Dominion Energy common stock for each share of SCANA common stock, the equivalent of $55.35 per share, or about $7.9 billion based on Dominion Energy’s volume-weighted average stock price of the last 30 trading days ended Jan. 2, 2018. Including assumption of debt, the value of the transaction is approximately $14.6 billion. The agreement also calls for significant benefits to SCANA’s South Carolina Electric & Gas Company subsidiary (SCE&G) electric customers to offset previous and future costs related to the withdrawn V.C. Summer Units 2 and 3 project. After the closing of the merger and subject to regulatory approvals, this includes: • A $1.3 billion cash payment within 90 days upon completion of the merger to all customers, worth $1,000 for the average residential electric customer. Payments would vary based on the amount of electricity used in the 12 months prior to the merger closing. • An estimated additional 5 percent rate reduction from current levels, equal to more than $7 a month for a typical SCE&G residential customer, resulting from a $575 million refund of amounts previously collected from customers and savings of lower federal corporate taxes under recently enacted federal tax reform. • A more than $1.7 billion write-off of existing V.C. Summer 2 and 3 capital and regulatory assets, which would never be collected from customers. This allows for the elimination of all related customer costs over 20 years instead of over the previously proposed 50-60 years. • Completion of the $180 million purchase of naturalgas fired power station (Columbia Energy Center) at no cost to customers to fulfill generation needs. In addition, Dominion Energy would provide funding for $1 million a year in increased charitable contributions in SCANA’s communities for at least five years, and SCANA employees would have employment protections until 2020. SCANA would operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of Dominion Energy. It would maintain its significant community presence, local management structure and the headquarters of its SCE&G utility in South Carolina. The transaction would be accretive to Dominion Energy’s earnings upon closing, which is expected in 2018

upon receipt of regulatory and shareholder approvals. The merger also would increase Dominion Energy’s compounded annual earnings-pershare target growth rate through 2020 to 8 percent or higher. Thomas F. Farrell II, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Dominion Energy, said: “We believe this merger will provide significant benefits to SCE&G’s customers, SCANA’s shareholders and the communities SCANA serves. It would lock in significant and immediate savings for SCE&G customers – including what we believe is the largest utility customer cash refund in history – and guarantee a rapidly declining impact from the V.C. Summer project. There also are potential benefits to natural gas customers in South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia and to their communities. And, this agreement protects employees and treats fairly SCANA shareholders, many of whom are working families and retirees in SCANA’s communities. The combined resources of our two companies make all this possible.” “Dominion Energy is a strong, well-regarded company in the utility industry and its commitment to customers and communities aligns well with our values,” said Jimmy Addison, chief executive officer of SCANA. “Joining with Dominion Energy strengthens our company and provides resources that will enable us to once again focus on our core operations and best serve our customers.” Strategic combination The combination with SCANA would solidify Dominion Energy’s position among the nation’s largest and fastest-growing energy utility companies by adding significantly to its presence in the expanding Southeast markets. SCANA’s operations include service to approximately 1.6 million electric and natural gas residential and business accounts in South Carolina and North Carolina and 5,800 megawatts of electric generation capacity. SCANA continues to experience strong growth in both customer count (more than 2 percent on average annually at SCE&G and PSNC Energy) and weather-normalized energy sales. “SCANA is a natural fit for Dominion Energy,” Farrell said. “Our current operations in the Carolinas – the Dominion Energy Carolina Gas Transmission, Dominion Energy North Carolina and the Atlantic Coast Pipeline – complement SCANA’s, SCE&G’s and PSNC Energy’s operations. This combination can open new expansion opportunities as we seek to meet the energy needs of people and industry

in the Southeast.” Once the merger is completed, the combined company would operate in 18 states from Connecticut to California. The company would deliver energy to approximately 6.5 million regulated customer accounts in eight states and have an electric generating portfolio of 31,400 megawatts and 93,600 miles of electric transmission and distribution lines. It also would have a natural gas pipeline network totaling 106,400 miles and operate one of the nation’s largest natural gas storage systems with 1 trillion cubic feet of capacity. Regulatory, shareholder approvals and conditions The merger is contingent upon approval of SCANA’s shareholders, clearance from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC)/the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act, and authorization of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and Federal Energy Regulatory Commis-

sion (FERC). SCANA and Dominion Energy also will file for review and approval from the public service commissions of South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia. “We will seek the approval of the Public Service Commission of South Carolina for the immediate customer payments, rate refunds over time and other conditions related to resolution of the V.C. Summer Units 2 and 3 situation,” said Dominion Energy’s Farrell. “We believe it is in the best interests of all parties to reach an agreement on this critical issue. Having certainty on this issue can act as a catalyst for economic development and it is essential for the Dominion Energy-SCANA merger to move forward. The availability, reliability and cost of energy are often the deciding factors when businesses consider investing – and we want businesses to have every reason to continue investing in SCANA’s communities.” For SCANA shareholders

Under the terms of the merger agreement, SCANA common shareholders are to receive 0.6690 shares of Dominion Energy common stock for each share of SCANA common stock held. Based on Dominion Energy’s volume-weighted average stock price of the last 30 trading days ended Jan. 2, 2018, this equates to a value of approximately $55.35 per SCANA share. This represents an approximate 30.6 percent premium to the volume-weighted average stock price of SCANA’s last 30 trading days ended Jan. 2, 2018. Upon closing of the merger, SCANA shareholders would own an estimated 13 percent of the combined company. The transaction structure contemplates that the receipt of Dominion Energy shares will be tax-deferred for SCANA shareholders. Customer refunds and other benefits Cash payments proposed to SCE&G electric customers are to be paid via check or

equivalent payment mechanism within 90 days after the closing of the merger, subject to approval of the Public Service Commission of South Carolina. Further details of the program will be announced later. It is anticipated that the rate reductions – including refunds of $575 million over time – would also be effective within 90 days of the merger closing, again subject to approval of the Public Service Commission of South Carolina. A special website has been established for SCANA customers and communities at Information also is available on Facebook at Dominion Energy South and Twitter at @DominionEnergy.

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2018, the year of refinement for the President By: Armstrong Williams If you were to ask me, I would have to say that I think the President has had a pretty successful first year. The stock markets are booming because of investor confidence in the policies pushed and advocated for by his administration and unemployment is at a 17-year low. With the passage of the new tax bill, the corporate tax rates are being lowered allowing corporations to bring more money home and reinvest in cities across America. We have already seen major companies such as Southwest, AT&T, Comcast, Wells Fargo, Sinclair Broadcast Group, Howard Stirk Holdings, and others giving one time bonuses of $1,000 to employees, and in some cases increasing their lowest wages to $15 dollars an hour which will benefit many hardworking Americans on the lower end of the economic spectrum. When you sum it up, the President has been considerably successful. However, his success hasn’t been without its troubles, many of which have been caused by the President himself. While I agree that Twitter is a powerful tool that allows the President to circumvent traditional media and speak directly to his followers, supporters, and rest of the world, it has also harmed the President’s agenda. He has attacked his own Attorney General, undermining his authority at the DOJ as well as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, unnecessarily complicating the Senate’s ability to get things done. Why would anyone feel motivated to continue working with someone who attacks and undermines them? Without McConnell, tax reform wouldn’t have passed and the continuance of such attacks in the future will further complicate the President’s relationship with Hill leaders when he needs them most. It’s also a dangerous game to get into spats with unpredictable dictators such as Kim Jong Un, the professed dear leader of North Korea. The President recently got into a match with Un over a nuclear button, with the President tweeting: “North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated that the “Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times.” Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!” Such irresponsible language could cause further instability from the already unpredictable young leader. While I understand the President’s desire to be strong and tough, this is not a situation where such behavior should be fully displayed on a social media platform. Discernment is a critical characteristic that the President sometimes misses. As the President goes into his second year in office, he should be more tactful in how he uses social media. While it’s a powerful tool that has many positive and effective attributes, it is also a tool that complicates and undermines the President’s ability to effectively achieve certain legislative goals and properly address certain international crises. The President is a proven communicator and his years of television experience have refined his ability to promote himself and his agenda to the American people. Despite his effectiveness, he has also managed to further divide the country. While the division that we see existed before the 45th president, I think it is safe to say it has increased as a result of some of his comments. While divisiveness may not be his intent, the result speaks for itself and despite how well the economy is doing, many are so opposed to the President because of his words they negate how effective he has been. The result of this could mean that Republicans lose the House effectively ending the President’s ability to pass legislation. With 39 percent approval from half of the country, Democrats don’t have the impetus to work with the President on much of anything–similar to Republicans during the Obama years. The net result for the American people was negative because not much was accomplished beyond executive orders. I would like to see the President host rallies and town halls in front of unfamiliar audiences and disparate groups. Sure, they will be tough crowds and may not agree with the president, however, I strongly believe iron sharpens iron and leaders only grow when their ideas are challenged. The White House may also find that they’re able to change a few minds on economic issues that impact certain demographics more than others. The presidency will be whatever Donald Trump makes it and at the end of the day he is responsible for his success. I strongly believe he can turn things around. He needs to change his tune and talk directly to all people about how his policies will benefit them relative to the status quo. He has proven that he is his best salesperson, and he has to have discernment and discipline to see his ideas through with a methodical and objective message. 2018 should be the year of refinement for the President. With midterms quickly approaching, the President could significantly expand his base by changing his behavior. He could do what President Obama wasn’t able to do, bring the country together.

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. Listen to him on Sirius XM126 Urban View nightly 6-8 p.m. EST.




Historical events from January past Following are anniversaries and birth dates of famous events and people that have happened in January past: Jan. 3 was 2,124 years since the birth of Cicero, Roman statesman and philosopher (d. 43 BC). Jan. 4 was 375 years since the birth of Sir Isaac Newton, experimental philosopher. Jan. 5 marked 85 years since the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge began in San Francisco Bay. Jan. 6 was 606 years since the birth of Joan of Arc, French military figure and Roman Catholic Saint (legendary date) (d. 1431). Jan. 6 was also 140 years since the birth of Carl Sandburg, American poet and historian (d. 1967). Jan. 9, 1951 – The United Nations opens in Manhattan. It began in 1946. Jan. 10 – 155 years ago, the London Underground, the world’s oldest underground railway, opened between London Paddington station and Farringdon station.

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Jan. 11, 1922 – First use of insulin to treat diabetes in a human patient. Jan. 13. 1930 – The Mickey Mouse comic strip starts Jan. 13, 1957 – Wham-O Company produces the first Frisbee. Jan. 15, 1943 – The Pentagon, the worlds largest office building, opens. Jan. 16. 1995 – The first episode of Star Trek: Voyager airs. Jan. 17 will mark 312 years since the birth of Benjamin Franklin, American statesman and inventor (d. 1790). Jan. 18, 1896 – The first X-ray machine is demonstrated. Jan. 19 – 179 years ago French painter Paul Cézanne was born (d. 1906).

Jan. 25, 1961 – John F. Kennedy delivers the first live presidential television news conference. Jan. 27 marks 262 years since the birth of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Austrian composer (d. 1791). Jan. 27 marks 73 years since the Red Army liberates the AuschwitzBirkenau concentration camp built by the Nazi Germans on the territory of Poland during World War II. Jan. 28 – 205 years ago Jane Austin’s “Pride and Prejudice” is first published in the United Kingdom. Jan. 29 marks 158 years since the birth of Anton Chekhov, Russian writer (d. 1904). Jan. 30, 1882 – Franklin Delano Roosevelt (32nd US President) was born. Jan. 31, 1865 – General Robert E. Lee becomes general-in-chief over the confederate army.



Exempting non-profits from FIOA bad idea By Bill Rogers There is a wolf in sheep’s clothing working its way through our state legislature. The bill purports to be a transparency bill, but it is anything but… and it will hide how millions of taxpayer dollars are spent. The wording begins saying any non-profit entity that “received more than one hundred dollars in public funds from a state agency or political subdivision in the previous calendar year or the current calendar year, must submit a quarterly expenditure report to the jurisdiction awarding the funds.” That sounds great. But the final section of

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the bill, H. 3931, drops a bombshell on openness. It says that an entity filing such a form is exempt from disclosure provisions of the Freedom of Information Act. This means that chambers of commerce, development corporations and publicly supported entities such as museums, charter schools and volunteer fire departments would no

longer have to disclose how they spend the millions of public dollars they receive. Under current law, they must tell the public how money is spent. The FOIA says any entity “supported in whole or in part by public funds” is subject to the provisions of the act. This means their meetings are open to the public and their records must be available to the public. The Hilton Head Chamber of Commerce challenged this law about their being subject to the FOIA. A Circuit Court ruled they were indeed subject to the law and that ruling was later appealed to the S.C. Supreme Court, which heard arguments in


this case in October and is presently considering the case before issuing its ruling. We hope the current Supreme Court case will reaffirm openness. A cynic might say this bill is in response to that suit and is a desperate way to keep secret how chambers spend their public money. Also note that the proposed law’s required reports would provide the public with far less information than what the FOIA is currently able to provide. This is a very bad bill and should be defeated when it comes before the House Ways & Means Committee.

Rogers is executive director of the S.C. Press Association, an advocate for open government.

PEC statement on proposed acquisition of SCANA COLUMBIA – Palmetto Energy Coalition Chairman Gresham Barrett issued the following statement following Dominion Energy’s Jan. 3 announcement that it will seek to acquire SCANA Corp. in a deal that would only partially repay electricity customers: “While today’s announcement takes some steps in the right direction, it leaves much to be desired for thousands of South Carolina families struggling to pay rates for electricity they didn’t and won’t receive. The proposed payments and partial reduction in rates pales in comparison to the more than $2 billion Santee Cooper and SCANA/SCE&G customers have already paid and the nearly $5,000 each SCE&G customer will still be on the hook for under this agreement, while the management who got us into this mess keep their jobs. “Furthermore, this proposed deal only spotlights the need to address the

ongoing damage being inflicted on Santee Cooper’s customers, especially the electric cooperative customers, who are still left entirely holding the bag and who can only see relief through a sale of the stateowned power company. This further reinforces that the government shouldn’t be in the business of owning a utility and that oversight should be increased to insure this never happens again.” The Palmetto Energy Coalition is a coalition of advocates working to provide a voice for South Carolina residents and businesses in the energy debate as they demand relief

from paying for the poor decisions of Santee Cooper and SCANA that have cost the state and its taxpayers billions of dollars. The group, launched in November, believes that it’s time for lawmakers to take action to protect South Carolina consumers by getting our government out of the business of owning and running a utility by selling Santee Cooper to a utility with a strong record of reliability and reasonable rates, giving us relief from paying for a nuclear facility that will never be completed and strengthening the state’s oversight of our energy providers.

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Marguerite Willis serves as president of Litigation Council of America COLUMBIA – Nexsen Pruet litigator and legal leader Marguerite Willis is the President of the Litigation Counsel of America (LCA) for 2018. As President, she will oversee efforts to further the goals and objectives of the trial lawyer honor society. “Marguerite’s impact cannot be measured without considering her incredible civic volunteerism, professional leadership and mentorship contributions,” said Leighton Lord, Chairman of Nexsen Pruet. “We are fortunate to have strong leaders at the firm, contributing to a legacy much larger than their everyday practice. This role with the Litigation Counsel of America is just one of many examples of such leadership.” At Nexsen Pruet, Willis practices complex commercial litigation with a focus in the antitrust field. Her experience includes class action practice in both state and federal courts throughout the United States. She has served as national counsel for a Fortune 100 company in its asbestos property damage litigation and for a major pharmaceutical company in over 4,000 cases involving claims of price-fixing and price

MARGUERITE WILLIS discrimination under federal and state law. She presently serves as National

Discovery Counsel for a major tire manufacturer. Willis is a member of the South Carolina, North Carolina, Florida and District of Columbia Bars, and is former President of the South Carolina Women Lawyers Association. She is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation, and is also co-founder of the Litigation Counsel of America’s Academy of Antitrust Law. She is devoted to addressing matters that impact women and girls, ranging from pay equity to economic opportunity. From the Litigation Counsel of America: The Litigation Counsel of America is an invitation-only trial lawyer honorary society established to reflect the new face of the American bar. Membership is limited to 3,500 Fellows, representing less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers. Fellows are selected and invited into Fellowship after being evaluated for effectiveness and accomplishment in litigation and trial work, along with ethical reputation. The LCA Fellowship also includes Judicial Fellows, Academic Fellows (law professors/legal scholars), Legislative Fellows and In-House Counsel Fellows.

SCDA selects hemp growers COLUMBIA – The South Carolina Department of Agriculture (SCDA) has selected 20 farmers to participate in the 2018 SC Industrial Hemp Pilot Program. The farmers represent 15 South Carolina counties. PermitRecipient-CountyAcres Dupree Atkinson-Marion20 Steven Neal Baxley, Jr.Marion-20 Lynell Braught, Ph.D.Hampton-18.43 David Bulick-Charleston19.95 Albert Bueno-Orangeburg19.54 Patrick Edward Burch-Florence-20 Kevin R. Dean-Charleston and Williamsburg-20 John Andrew FogleOrangeburg-20 Danny Lee Ford II-Pickens16 Thomas Garrison-Anderson-20 Patrick Jamison Jr.Orangeburg and Lexington5.46 Deborah Justice-Oconee20 Harry Bancroft (Chip) Limehouse III-Aiken-20 Robert Mason-Marion20 Matthew H. O’Brien-Fairfield-20 Janel Ralph-Horry-5.97 John Rivers-Sumter-20 Robbie Springs-Florence20 Joesph Watson-Saluda-20 Robert Wilkins Jr.-Florence- 20 “The Industrial Hemp Pilot Program creates a new opportunity for South Carolina farmers to increase crop diversity,” said Hugh Weathers, South Carolina Commissioner of

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Agriculture. “Interest in the program was strong, and the Department of Agriculture worked diligently to select a broad representation of growers.” The 20 permit recipients were chosen from 131 applications. Selection was based on several key factors, including: • Completed application • Agriculture experience • Geographic balance across South Carolina • Accredited college/university partner • Purpose of the crop • Processor experience and location • Ability to secure needed equipment and financing

Five accredited universities will work with pilot program participants: University of South Carolina, Medical University of South Carolina, South Carolina State University, Clemson University and USC Beaufort. Governor Henry McMaster signed H.3559 into law in May, making it legal for 20 South Carolina farmers to grow up to 20 acres of industrial hemp in 2018 for research purposes, in accordance with the 2014 Farm Bill. “This is a new industry for South Carolina, and we’re hopeful that these first 20 growers will lay a strong foundation for an expanded 2019 program,” said Weathers.

Free flowering tree seedlings Ring in the New Year with 10 free flowering trees by joining the Arbor Day Foundation any time during January 2018. By becoming a part of the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation, new members will receive two Sargent crabapples, three American redbuds, two Washington hawthorns, and three white flowering dogwoods. “These beautiful trees will beautify your home with lovely flowers of pink, yellow and white colors,” said Matt Harris, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “These trees are perfect for large and small spaces, and they will provide food and habitat for songbirds.” The free trees are part of the Foundation’s Trees for America campaign. The trees will be shipped postpaid at the right time for planting, between Feb. 1 and May 31, with enclosed planting instructions. The 6- to 12-inch tall trees are guaranteed to grow or they will be replaced free of charge. Members will also receive a subscription to the Foundation’s bimonthly publication, Arbor Day, and The Tree Book, which includes information about tree planting and care. To become a member of the foundation and receive the free trees, send a $10 contribution to Ten Free Flowering Trees, Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Avenue, Nebraska City, NE 68410, by Jan. 31 or go online to

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SCE&G urges customers to reduce energy usage SCE&G is urging customers to reduce their energy usage as extreme cold temperatures in the area put a strain on the company’s electricity system. With demand for power extremely high during this winter, Keller Kissam, President of SCE&G, advises, “As a precautionary measure, we are asking customers to voluntarily reduce energy consumption, especially in the early morning hours (6 to 9 a.m.), to help ensure the continued reliable supply of electricity.” Following are some tips on how residential and business customers can reduce demands on the electric system: • Turn off all but essential internal and external lights. • Unplug non-essential appliances and devices. • Set thermostats to 68 degrees or lower. • Ensure HVAC vents are open and unobstructed. • Limit the use of major power-consuming equipment such as dishwashers, washers and dryers. Customers may always report power outages to SCE&G online at, through their mobile device at, or by calling 1888-333-4465. Customers may also visit to register their cell phones in advance to take advantage of convenient outage reporting via text (SMS). SCE&G also provides customers with the latest weather related and safety tips on Twitter at @scegnews and on Facebook at

Organizing lodge in Darlington DARLINGTON – The Grand United Order of Odd Fellows is planning to establish a lodge in Darlington. Pee Dee Lodge #12266 will be organizing this year. Darlington native Brother Kevin N. Brown will be assisting in organizing this African American Fraternal Order. The Odd Fellows are based on friendship, love and truth. For more information, contact Kevin Brown at


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How to help a coworker dealing with cancer (StatePoint) If you have a coworker who has been diagnosed with cancer, you may wonder, “what can I do to help?” Before leaping right in, the experts at Cancer and Careers, a non-profit dedicated to supporting people juggling cancer and

work, say that it’s important to figure out how to provide the most effective forms of support. Keep in mind, your coworker may not be disclosing his or her diagnosis to the entire team. It’s critical to understand the level of privacy your coworker intends to

maintain so you can provide the most meaningful assistance during treatment and beyond. How you help a coworker might differ depending on how close the relationship is. When offering help, be specific and focus on tangible things that

might make a difference. Go beyond “let me know if I can do anything.” At the same time, it’s important to respect boundaries and offer assistance that’s actually wanted and that you are willing to take on. Wanting to support your

coworker is natural, but knowing how can sometimes be difficult. Be sure to educate yourself so you can engage in the most meaningful interactions with your coworker.


INDEX 100 ...............................................LEGALS 200 ..........................................ADOPTION 210.............................ANNOUNCEMENTS 215 ...............................................EVENTS 250 ..........................................AUCTIONS 300 ........................FINANCIAL SERVICES 310 ..........................INTERNET SERVICES 320.....................................INSTRUCTION 350..........................................PERSONAL 375 ........................HEALTH & NUTRITION 400...........................................ANTIQUES 405 ...BEAUTY SALONS/BARBER SHOPS 410..............BOATS/JET SKI & SUPPLIES . 420 .............GARDEN/FARM EQUIPMENT 425 ......................GUNS & ACCESSORIES 435..................................FARM ANIMALS 440..............................LOST AND FOUND 450 ...................................MERCHANDISE 452............................................PRODUCE 455 ...................MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS 460 ...............................PETS & SUPPLIES 470 ................................WANTED TO BUY 480.......................................YARD SALES 500.....................................EMPLOYMENT 510 .................BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY 515 ....................................HELP WANTED . 520............................................SERVICES 525........................................CHILD CARE 530 ..................................WORK WANTED



SPECIAL REFEREE’S SALE CASE NO. 2017-CP-21-2630 BY VIRTUE of a decree heretofore granted in the case of Branch Banking and Trust Company against James L. Floyd a/k/a James Lewis Floyd and Helen L. Floyd a/k/a Helen Leverne Floyd, et al., I, the Special Referee for Florence County, will sell on Tuesday, January 16, 2018, at 11:00 o'clock a.m., at the Florence County Courthouse, Florence, South Carolina, to the highest bidder: All that certain piece, parcel or lot of land lying, being and situate in the County of Florence, State

600 ..................APARTMENTS FOR RENT 605 .................................BURIAL SPACES 610..................COMMERCIAL PROPERTY 612 .....................BUSINESSES FOR SALE 615 .............................................CONDOS 618.....................REAL ESTATE SERVICES 620 ..............................HOMES FOR RENT 625 ..............................HOMES FOR SALE 630 .................................LAND FOR RENT 632 ...............................LAND FOR LEASE 635 .................................LAND FOR SALE 636 ...................................LAND WANTED 637 .............ACREAGE/FARMS FOR SALE 640 ................MOBILE HOMES FOR RENT 645 ................MOBILE HOMES FOR SALE 650 ....................................OFFICE SPACE 660............................RESORT PROPERTY 665 ............................VACATION/TRAVEL 670..............................ROOMS FOR RENT 900 ...................................................ATVS 910 ...........................AUTO/BODY PARTS 920 ..................................................CARS 930 ..................................MOTORCYCLES 940 .................CAMPER SALES/RENTALS 950...................................................SUVS 960............................................TRAILERS 970 ........... ..................................TRUCKS 980...................................................VANS 990 .........................................STATEWIDE

of South Carolina being known and designated as Lot 66 of Fenwick Grove II, Phase I, containing 0.23 acres, and being a portion of that property owned by Fenwick II, Inc., developed by Charles E. Courtney, Jr., and being a portion of Tax Parcel 180-00-01-149 as shown on plat by Nesbitt Surveying Co., Inc., dated March 6, 1998 and recorded in Plat Book 67 at Page 66. Reference being had to said plat for a more complete and accurate description thereof. This being the same property conveyed unto James L. Floyd and Helen L. Floyd by deed of Charles E. Courtney recorded on August 11, 1999 in Deed Book A569 at Page 1979, in the Office of the Clerk of

Court for Florence County. Together with a 1998 Oakwood Mobile Home bearing serial number HONC02233579AB. 2871 Park Place Florence, South Carolina 29505 TMS # 01804-01-140 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 waived, the bidding will not 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 3.75% 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 By: Edward L. Grimsley Benjamin E. Grimsley Attorneys for the Plaintiff (12/27,1/3,1/10/18) NOTICE OF APPLICATION Notice is hereby given that GO FLOTOWN, LLC, intends to apply to the South Carolina Department of Revenue for a license/permit that will allow the sale and ON premises consumption of BEER/WINE/LIQUOR at 154 S. DARGAN ST., FLORENCE, SC 29506 To object to the issuance of this permit/license, written protest must be postmarked no later than JANUARY 12, 2018. For a protest to be valid, it must

be in writing, and should include the following information: (1) the name, address, and telephone number of person filing the protest; (2) the specific reasons why the application should be denied; (3) that the person protesting is willing to attend a hearing (if one is requested by the applicant); (4) that the person protesting resides in the same county where the proposed place of business is located or within five miles of the business; and, (5) the name of the applicant and the address of the premises to be licensed. Protests must be mailed to: S.C. Department of Revenue, ATTN: ABL SECTION, P.O. Box 125, Columbia, SC 29214-0907; or faxed to: (803) 896-0110. (12/27,1/3,1/10/18) NOTICE OF APPLICATION Notice is hereby given that VANESSA TANNER DBA THE HUT, intends to apply to the South Carolina Department of Revenue for a license/permit that will allow the sale and ON premises consumption of BEER/WINE at 714 KINGSBURG HWY., JOHNSONVILLE, SC 29555 To object to the issuance of this permit/license, written protest must be postmarked no later than JANUARY 18, 2018. For a protest to be valid, it must be in writing, and should include the following information: (1) the name, address, and telephone number of person filing the protest; (2) the specific reasons why the application should be denied; (3) that the person protesting is willing to attend a hearing (if one is requested by the applicant); (4) that the person protesting resides in the same county where the proposed place of business is located or within five miles of the business; and, (5) the name of the applicant and the address of the

premises to be licensed. Protests must be mailed to: S.C. Department of Revenue, ATTN: ABL SECTION, P.O. Box 125, Columbia, SC 29214-0907; or faxed to: (803) 896-0110. (1/3, 1/10, 1/17/18)

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Inducted in Athletic Hall of Fame Florence resident and Hemingway native Bryant (Pedro) Julius was inducted into the USC Salkehatchie Athletic Hall of Fame on Dec. 9, 2017. Julius was in the first recruiting class when USC Salk returned basketball as a sport in the fall of 2007. He played two years at Salk and was selected the Male Athlete of the Year for the 2008-2009 year, based not only on athletes but academics and campus service. According to Jane Brewer, Athletics Director at USC Salkehatchie, Julius was the leader of that first team and was instrumental in creating excitement and enthusiasm for basketball at Salkehatchie both with his teammates and the campus community at large. Bryant maintained a 3.0 GPA or higher all four semesters he was at Salk, Brewer said, and he received his associate’s degree in May 2009. He was part of the basketball team group that initiated the visits and partnership with Black Street Early Childhood Center, volunteering regularly. After receiving his degree at Salk, he signed to play at Francis Marion University, playing basketball while completing his bachelor's degree in business. He lives in Florence. Selection to the USC



Salkehatchie Athletic Hall of Fame, according to Jane Brewer, is to recognize former USC Salkehatchie athletes for outstanding achievements and contributions both to the USC Salkehatchie campus and to the greater community. Nominations for the award are submitted to the Hall of Fame Committee for their review and decision. To be considered, a candidate, during his/her undergraduate days at USC Salkehatchie, should have performed in intercollegiate athletics in a manner that may be considered

outstanding. The nominees must have demonstrated good citizenship both while at USC Salk and after leaving. “Pedro is most deserving of this award,“ says Brewer. “Not only a great basketball player, but a great student and a great campus leader. And his great involvement with the community at the Early Childhood Center and with our Student Government Association was even further evidence of his great character. He is truly an example of what the ideal Salk athlete should be.”

THE KNIGHTS OF PYTHIAS of South Carolina pose after their Annual Fellowship and Canned Good Drive. Pictured top row, from left are Andre Hooks, Sharon Cannon, Bruce Benjamin,Theron Shields and Terry McLean; bottom row, from left, Domyshay Scipio, Vice Grand Chancelor of S.C. Ronnie Hill,Theodore Speights, and Kevin Brown. Each knight brought canned goods to be distributed to local agencies carrying out their purpose of ‘Friendship, Charity and Benevolence.’

Spring soccer registration The City of Florence announces registration for the Florence Soccer Association’s Recreation League spring soccer season, which began on Jan 1, and ends Sunday,


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Soccer age groups are as follows (playing age is the participant’s age as of Dec. 31, 2017): U6 (4-5 year olds), U8 (6-7 year olds), U10 (8-9 year olds), U12 (10-11 year olds), U14 (12-13 year olds), U16 (14-15 year olds), and U19 (1618 year olds). Anyone interested in coaching should come by the City of Florence Recreation Administrative Offices and pick up a volunteer coaching application. For more information, please call Tim Wilson at (843) 6653253. Also, make sure to visit the City of Florence Athletics website for additional information, www. cityofflorenceathletics. com.

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Winter’s powder crafted into snow people With one to four inches of snow dumped in the Florence area on Jan. 3, Florentines got busy outdoors Thursday playing in the snow, making snow angels and creating snow people. This fine white powder was so soft it was difficult to form into balls to roll into a base and stack in order to build snowmen. However, many diligent snowmen makers proved it could be done and left their marks on lawns all across town. Pictured are a few of the creations seen about town.









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Avoid carbon monoxide poisoning Extremely cold temperatures are here. What you need to know to protect yourself from carbon monoxide poisoning With the onset of winter temperatures and the potential for snow and ice the Palmetto Poison Center is issuing a warning about the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning. The risk of poisoning can increase throughout the state as individuals try to remain warm. Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless, tasteless toxic gas. It is produced when any fuel such as natural gas, propane, gasoline, kerosene, wood, or charcoal is burned. Carbon monoxide can build up in enclosed and semi-enclosed spaces, and the results can be deadly. Since carbon monoxide cannot be seen, tasted, or smelled, it can kill quickly or slowly when breathed in. Carbon monoxide can also cause permanent damage to the brain and other parts of the nervous system. People of all ages can be affected, but infants and children are the most vulnerable. Some potential sources that produce carbon monoxide are: gas water heaters, gas stoves and ovens, kerosene heaters, grills, wood and gas fireplaces, portable generators, and automobile engines. Symptoms The symptoms of CO poisoning are similar to the flu or food poisoning. They can include: • Fatigue/sleepiness • Dizziness

• Nausea • Headache • Irregular breathing • Confusion or disorientation Prevention • Never use fuel-burning equipment (grills, stoves, kerosene heaters, lanterns, generators, lawn mowers, etc.) in enclosed/poorly ventilated spaces (tent, garage, basement, boat cabin, etc.). • Follow manufacturer’s instructions for safe operation of fuel-burning appliances. • A qualified technician should check gas-burning appliances (including hot water heaters and gas dryers) annually. • Install a UL-approved CO alarm on every level of the home containing sleeping quarters. An alarm is not a substitute for proper use and maintenance of fuelburning appliances. • Post the poison hotline number (1-800-222-1222) near phones. Call immediately for possible poisonings, or for poison prevention advice. It is better to ask questions now, than to be sorry later. If The CO Alarm Goes Off: • Check to see if any member of the household is experiencing symptoms. • If they are, leave the affected area immediately and get fresh air. • If no one is feeling symptoms, open windows/ doors and turn off potential sources of CO. • Have a qualified technician inspect fuel-burning appliances to identify and correct source of leak. One carbon monoxide exposure in our state is one

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Library to feature works by Leo Twiggs The Doctors Bruce and Lee Foundation Library's Morris Gallery will exhibit the works of renowned artist Leo Twiggs in an exhibition entitled “Requiem for Mother Emanuel.” The opening reception for the exhibit is 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 4. Admission to the reception is free and light refreshments will be served. Within weeks of the tragedy at “Mother Emanuel” AME Church, Twiggs began painting as a cathartic means of coping with the event’s horror and the awe he felt as South Carolinians united in what he describes as “the state’s most humane moment.” These works have been described as the most compelling and poignant of his sixty year career. The Doctor N. Lee Morris Gallery is located on the second floor of the Drs. Bruce and Lee Foundation Library and is open Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 8:15 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.; and Sunday, 2 to 5:45 p.m. For more information visit www.

Florence County woman receives SCFB Award Judy Brigman, Florence County Farm Bureau Women's Committee member, received a special achievement award on behalf of Florence County from SCFB State Women's Leadership Committee Chair Frances Price during the organization’s 74th Annual Meeting held recently in Myrtle Beach. Florence County was recognized for having one of the top Farm Bureau women’s programs in the state during 2017. South Carolina Farm Bureau is a grassroots, non-profit organization that celebrates and supports family farmers, locally grown food and our rural lands through legislative advocacy, education and community outreach. The organization, founded in 1944, serves more than 100,000 member families in 47 chapters. For more information, please visit

Library hosts teen program The Florence County Library will host a Chocolate and Crafts program for teens on Monday, Jan. 22, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Teens are welcome to join for hot chocolate and create items from materials provided. This program is free and open to all 6th through 12th graders. For more information please contact 843-4137083.

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As temperatures dip into a deep freeze across the Palmetto State, South Carolina’s largest home insurer says homeowners face a high risk of seeing frozen pipes. Experts at State Farm say when the outside temperature drops below 20 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 6 degrees Celsius), water pipes in homes with little or no insulation are likely to freeze and break. In fact, a one-eighth inch (3-millimeter) crack in a pipe can spew out more than 250 gallons of water a day, destroying floors, furniture, appliances and personal items. “This type of water can cause extensive damage in a short amount of time,” says State Farm spokesman Roszell Gadson. There are two simple tasks homeowners can do in about two minutes that can help protect pipes and homes when a severe freeze is predicted: (1) open cabinet doors to allow heat to get to piping under sinks and vanities near exterior walls, and (2) run a small trickle of water at vulnerable cold and hot faucets. It may also be a good idea to maintain adequate heat inside your home. Set the thermostat no lower than 55 degrees (12 degrees Celsius). According to the Institute for Business and Home Safety, claim payments by all insurance companies over the past decade for these kinds of losses have exceeded $4 billion. Long term, homeowners can avoid frozen pipes by having adequate insulation where pipes run along outside walls, floors and ceilings. They can disconnect outside garden hoses, wrap exposed pipes with insulating sleeves or tape, and seal foundation cracks that let arctic air freeze pipes in crawlspaces.

Five winter getaway tips (StatePoint) Winter is an ideal time to travel, whether your motivation is to escape the cold weather or to frolic in it. Here are five travel tips for better winter vacations. 1. Leverage deals. Look for destinations offering discounts and deals. There are plenty of choices a bit off the beaten path. Both warm and cold climate locations will have discounted flights and hotel packages in winter months, so choose your preferred type of weather and search for the savings. 2. Don’t dry out. Flying, especially in winter, can be dehydrating and dry out skin. Stay hydrated and moisturized while traveling to ensure optimal comfort. Pack lip balm and moisturizer with SPF. Also, bring along an empty water bottle in your carryon gear to fill up after you pass through security. This way, you won’t have to wait for that drink cart to come down the aisle in order to hydrate. 3. Stay sharp. Jet lag is rough no matter what, so make sure your travel accessories prepare you to keep up with time zone changes from anywhere in the world. Look for a timepiece, such as the Casio Edifice EQB501DB-2A that features Bluetooth connectivity. A single button accesses your smartphone to automatically adjust to the new time. 4. Pack smart. If you choose a snowy getaway, rent winter sports gear on-site to save yourself the hassle of lugging it with you to the airport and checking it as oversize baggage. If you’re opting for a warm climate, dress in layers to travel so you don’t have to fill precious bag space with heavy clothing items you won’t use once you’re there. 5. Plan R&R. After the stress of the holidays, a winter getaway can be the perfect opportunity for relaxation. So, even if you are adventuring to see all the sights your destination has to offer, make sure to also plan some downtime. Schedule a spa treatment, a wine tasting or whatever will give you an opportunity to just unwind.



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Local celebration of MLK legacy The Florence Community Development Agency will be celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy and observing 50 years since his assassination with an exciting three-day weekend event. The theme of this year’s event is “Where do we go from here.” There is a special emphasis on youth Friday and Saturday to encourage and motivate them for future success. The weekend will end with the 19th Annual MLK March and Rally on Monday, Jan. 15, Dr. King’s birthday. • Friday, Jan. 12, 7 p.m. – Our Time, Our Voice! College and Millennials 50 Forward-MLK Open Mic at SOULE’ Cafe, Coffee and Tea, 130 S. Irby Street. Honest and open conversation and finding common ground on the issues that matter. College students and millennials are invited to share their creative expressions and ideas for action to advance Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s platforms of poverty, jobs, housing, education, justice, and peace. Forms of expression may be written, visual and/or artistic. The goal with the open mic is to create opportunities for young people to raise their voices and create positive social change on the issues they care about most deeply. • Saturday, Jan. 13, 2-4 p.m. –

2018 MLK Youth Day Party-Youth Forward at North Vista Elementary School, 1101 North Irby Street. Featuring iIHeart Media’s Uncle Buddah and DJ Voodoo Child. There will be dance contests, music giveaways and all children participating will receive a free bookbag. Though this will be a fun environment, there will be certified counselors, resources and tools to address the serious issues our children are facing

today. Presenters topics: Bullying, drugs, gang violence, suicide, depression, mental illnesses and healthy eating. Our goal with the Day Party is to have a day to nurture, inspire and empower the next generation. • Monday, Jan. 15, MLK March and Rally – The entire community is invited to come and stand together shoulder to shoulder, and heart to heart, to make a statement that we are one in the Pee Dee and surrounding areas. Join us for our silent march, as we will walk down Oakland Avenue and across the Martin Luther King Jr. Bridge, where we will stop and honor the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in prayer, and then proceed to walk downtown to the Francis Marion Performing Arts Center. Dr. Calvin E. Robinson Jr., Pastor of Trinity Baptist Church and Leap of Faith Praise Ministry will be the keynote speaker. The program will not last more than an hour and a half. Transportation by PDRTA and the City of Florence will be there to transport you back to the starting point. Come march for peace. The Florence County Democratic Party has partnered with the Florence Community Development Agencyto give away bookbags to help youth finish out this school year with confidence.


JFW begins new study The JFW Winter Bible Study started this week. This winter session runs Jan. 8 through March 12. The theme is “Walk Where Jesus Walked.” Kathy Griffin, teaching director at Just For Women Ministries, has recently returned from a trip to the Holy Land. In this study she will talk about Galilee, Mount Carmel, Nazareth Village, Caesarea Philippi, Mount of Beatitudes, Sea Of Galilee, Jerusalem, Bethany, Mount of Olives, Garden of Gethsemane, Via Dolorosa, Bethlehem and the Dead Sea. Bring a friend with you and come to either First Baptist Church in Darlington on Mondays at noon or 7 p.m. or

Pianist Thomas Pandolfi to perform for Live@Central Live@Central! will continue on Wednesday, Jan. 17, with sensational virtuoso pianist Thomas Pandolfi. He holds scholarship degrees from the famous Julliard School in New York City. His repertory for this exciting evening will include a rhapsody on the theme of

“West Side Story” in honor of Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday, and also a selection of Fredric Chopin favorites. He will have an extensive selection of CDs available for purchase. For this special concert, Mr. Pandolfi will be playing the acclaimed Schimmel

piano in the historic sanctuary of Central United Methodist Church, located on the corner of West Cheves and South Irby streets in downtown Florence beginning at 6:30 p.m. Dinner (optional) will be served at 5:15 p.m. The meal cost is $6 for adults and $3

for children (12 and under). For the menu, visit Please call the church office at 843-662-3218 by noon on Monday, Jan. 15, if you plan to attend dinner or need additional information.

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