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NEIGHBORS NAME: Brittany Smith FAMILY: Parents Mr. and Mrs. Shannon Moore, Mr. and Mrs. Brian Whittington BORN: Florence, resides in Timmonsville OCCUPATION: Career coach at Employee Reward Solutions HOBBIES OR SPECIAL INTERESTS: Traveling, spending time with family and friends WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT FLORENCE? Art events and programs WHO OR WHAT HAS MOST INFLUENCED YOU? “My grandmother who encouraged me to care about others.”

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Jase, a boy with a servant’s heart BY BRENDA HARRISON Editor of The News Journal Florence, S.C. Twelve year-old Jase Milbe accomplished the goal of raising $10,000 to complete a playground at the Courtney Graham Community Shelter. It was a lofty dream but Jase’s faith was up to the task. “It just makes me overjoyed,” Jase said about reaching his goal. “I barely have the words to describe how I feel.” The money will be used to purchase protective floor material to be applied over the asphalt on the newly created playground, as well as pay for an artist’s mural, and other needed materials. For his efforts, Jase earned naming rights for the playground. He chose to name it “Jase’s Junction.” Jase is the son of Jason and Casey Milbe of Florence. He is a seventh grade student at Sneed Middle School where he is a classmate of Cade Graham, the son of the late Courtney McGinnis Graham whom the shelter is named after. This is the third year that Jase has raised funds for the House of Hope of the Pee Dee. Last year, he raised between $700 and $800 for the indoor playroom at the House of Hope’s Women’s Shelter that was on Darlington Street. Last summer, women and their children were relocated to the Courtney Graham Center. The funds were used for a big TV, chairs, games and toys. Jase’s first desire was to raise funds to purchase mulch material for the outdoor play area on Darlington Street, but due to insurance regulations that was not feasible. So, this year when Jase’s father, a friend of House of Hope’s executive director Bryan Braddock, was told about the needs for the the new playground, Jase was excited and ready to get busy seeking donations. He kicked off his efforts on

STANDING IN THE PLAYGROUND AREA IS JASE MILBE, CENTER, WITH DAD JASON AND MOM CASEY Dec. 9 on FaceBook at Jase’s Hope For Kids Fundraiser which was linked to houseofhope.org. He also talked about the need to people at his church, Crosspoint, and with whomever he met. The day after Christmas a reporter for WPDE Channel 15 aired a story about Jase’s fund-raising efforts. By Dec. 29, he had reached his goal. “When Dad said we had raised $7,000, I was very happy because that meant we had enough to purchase the flooring which was the most important part of the playground,” Jase recalled. A friend of Jason who had given a $100, came back to him a week later saying he and his wife wanted

to spend their money differently this Christmas. They were willing to complete the goal once the fund reached $7,000. Fifteen minutes later, Jason said Bryan called saying the fund was up to $7,000. He contacted his friend who “jumped on the faith train” and Jase’s mission was accomplished. Braddock remembers he was hesitant about mentioning this need when Jason asked him about a project for Jase because it was such a large amount of money and he didn’t want Jase to get discouraged. However, after praying about it, he felt the Lord put this need on his heart and he told Jason about it.

The result was “God showed up in a major way,” Braddock said. “I am very encouraged to see how God has rewarded the faith of a young man, and how Jase will carry that trust in God with him in the years to come.” Jason said he feels the beauty of his son’s effort is that he does not know who gave or how much they gave. “It is not about that,” he stressed. A friend of Jason commented about Jase’s effort saying,“It is not often you find something that makes you want to look after others and make them happy. That is a servant’s heart.”

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Guest vocalist to perform at First Presbyterian Church Marlana VanHoose will be the guest vocalist during the 11 a.m. Jan. 21 service at First Presbyterian Church in Florence. VanHoose, a three-time American Music Guild Heritage Award recipient, has dedicated herself to traveling the Southeast singing at local churches. She’s performed at many venues across the USA, including the 2017 Inaugural prayer service. Her “soaring and majestic voice continues to give joy and peace to all who are in her presence.” For more information on VanHoose, visit www.littlemarlana.com

PETE THORNELL’S SUPER X STATION was located on South Irby Street near where Orangeland is today.The photo was taken by Mr.Thornell in the early 1940s. Photo is courtesy of his niece, Peggy Key.

McLeod offers clinic to treat sleep As part of a continued commitment to patients from the Midlands to the Coast, McLeod Regional Medical Center has established the McLeod Sleep Clinic to help diagnose and manage sleep disorders in adults 18 and older. At the clinic, patients consult with a sleep specialist to arrange diagnostic tests, determine the appropriate diagnosis and discuss a treatment plan. Should the patient need durable medical equipment, such as a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine, these items will be ordered as needed.

The McLeod Sleep Clinic treats the following sleep disorders: sleep apnea (obstructive and central), narcolepsy, restless leg syndrome, shift work/circadian rhythm sleep disorder, REM behavior disorder, sleep walking, sleep talking, and insomnia. Physician referral is required. Obstructive Sleep Apnea Obstructive sleep apnea, a common and serious sleep disorder, affects 20 percent of males and 10 to 15 percent of females. It is characterized by repeated collapse of the pharyngeal airway during sleep, resulting in

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reduced or complete cessation of airflow despite ongoing breathing efforts. The risk factors for obstructive sleep apnea include obesity, male gender, aging, daytime sleepiness, systemic hypertension, menopausal status, African American race, Chinese and Indian ancestry. Non-obese individuals are still at risk for obstructive sleep apnea, accounting for 30 percent of patients who have the disorder. most patients with obstructive sleep apnea come to the attention of their physician because they are complaining of daytime sleepiness, or the bed partner reports loud snoring, gasping, snorting, or interruptions in breathing while sleeping. other associated symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea are irritability, awakening with dry mouth, awakening with a sensation of gasping, lack of concentration, morning headaches, impotence, frequent urination at night and depression. Daytime sleepiness may go unnoticed because it is usually chronic. The patient may admit to consistently falling asleep while reading, watching television or even driving. While snoring is common with obstructive

sleep apnea, not all people who snore have the disorder. Untreated, sleep apnea can cause high blood pressure and other cardiovascular disease, memory problems, and weight gain. Moreover, untreated sleep apnea may be responsible for job impairment and motor vehicle crashes. Fortunately, sleep apnea can be diagnosed and treated. Polysomnography (sleep study) is the gold standard diagnostic test when it is performed overnight in a sleep laboratory with a technologist in attendance. In certain circumstances when the patient is diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea, the treatment, usually CPAP, can be started on the same night to determine the right pressure for the patient. Sometimes another study is needed to determine that pressure. In some patients, the diagnostic evaluation may be performed at home without a technician in attendance. Although CPAP is the standard treatment for obstructive sleep apnea, the sleep specialist can sometimes advise other alternatives, such as oral appliances and surgery. Also, in obese patients, weight reduction and exercise are advised.

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Deaths Broadway, Jean Marie Atkinson Haselden, 81, died Jan. 8, Layton-Anderson Funeral Home. Collins, Harvey Lee, 71. died Jan. 9, StoudenmireDowling Funeral Home. Creech, George Anthony, 55, Timmonsville, died Jan. 10, StoudenmireDowling Funeral Home. Davis, Lounell, 69, died Jan. 9, Cain CalcuttStephens Funeral Home. Hearn, Betty, 93, Manning, died Jan. 7, Stoudenmire-Dowling Funeral Home. Humphries, Eva Mae Adams, 89, died Jan. 2, Belk Funeral Home. Johnson, James “Jimmmy”, 64, died Jan. 7, Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home. Lewis, Babs, died Jan. 9, Belk Funeral Home. Mays, Edgar Maynard, 83, Lamar, died Jan. 10, Layton-Anderson Funeral

Home. Myers, Juanita, died Jan. 12, Ideal Funeral Parlor. O’harra, Catherine Rose Stone, 93, died Dec. 22, services held on Jan. 13. Poston, Olive Benton, 94, died Jan. 8, WatersPowell Funeral Home. Rivers, Ocie, died Jan. 2, Ideal Funeral Parlor. Rogerson, Daniel D. Sr., 97, died Jan. 9, Cain Calcutt-Stephens Funeral Home. Stewart, Malcolm Guy, died Jan. 8, Cain CalcuttStephens Funeral Home. Vanadia, Joseph P., 84, died Jan. 6, Cain CalcuttStephens Funeral Home. Vinzani, Theodore Dominic “Ted,” 90, died Jan. 9, Stoudenmire-Dowling Funeral Home. Wachowski, Theresa Ann, 68, died Jan. 9, Stoudenmire-Dowling Funeral Home.

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Pandolfi to perform here Central United Live@Central! will conMethodist Church. tinue its exciting 13th sea“Pandolphi is in son on Wednesday, Jan. demand to perform 17, at 6:30 p.m. with senworldwide and sational virtuoso pianist Live@Central! and FloThomas Pandolfi. With rence are indeed fortueach passing season, Pannate to have a pianist dolfi is becoming more of his stature share his sought after by audiences incredible talent with worldwide, and showered us,” states Murray with superlatives by critics Jordan, organizer of for his passionate artistry. Live@Central! proPandolfi earned both his grams. There will be bachelor’s and master’s an extensive selection degrees as a scholarship of CDs available for student at Juilliard School purchase at the event. in New York City. Central United His repertory for this Methodist Church is exciting evening will include THOMAS PANDOLFI located on the corner a rhapsody on the theme of of Cheves and Irby West Side Story in honor of streets in downtown Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday, and also a selection of Frederic Florence. This event and all Live@Central! Chopin favorites. For this special concert, programs are open to the public and free of Pandolfi will be playing the acclaimed Schim- charge. For additional information, call the mel piano in the historic 1913 sanctuary of church office at 843-662-3218.

Forum to discuss putting prayer back in school Parent University Media will launch the first of several community forums on Monday, Feb. 12. This one will be held at the Savannah Grove Baptist Church at 6 pm. The topic of Forum One is “Put Prayer Back in School.” Josiellia Williams of Parent University Media stated that during this forum, SC House of Representative Robert Williams and the other legislators who are sponsoring the bill will be present to explain the details of the proposed bill and answer questions that parents and the community may have. Also, a panel of community leaders, behavior health counselors and pastors will openly discuss the pros and cons of putting prayer back into the public-school system. An initiative began in this area, back in 2014 when, then Florence District One school board member, now Florence City Council Woman Pat Gibson Hye-Moore, continued to pray aloud in the school board meetings after it was voted to only pause for a moment of silence. It was then she, along with other concerned citizens of the Pee Dee, began meeting to organize the Put Prayer Back In School Initiative in the Pee Dee and held rallies periodically. Williams said, “This is the first of more topics that will be addressed by Parent University Media this year. Bullying and opioid addictions are pressing topics plaguing our children and the community.” The forum will be held 6 p.m. at the Savannah Grove Baptist Church, 2620 Alligator Road, Effingham. Parents and the overall community are encouraged to attend and express their concerns about this issue and the proposed House Bill. Parent University Radio hosts Sam Fryer and Dr. Irene Reed Singletary will moderate this town meeting. This forum will broadcast on WFRK 95.3 FM and WPDT 105.1 FM.

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International investing A common misconception is that only high net worth individuals or ultra savvy investors should take advantage of international investing. However, if you are looking for an innovative way to diversify your portfolio, investing in international markets may be an option for you. Investing internationally doesn’t have to be intimidating or scary. In fact, many international companies, and their products, are just as familiar to Americans as domestic companies. By investing in international markets, investors may expand their investment opportunities and decrease risk in their portfolio. If your portfolio is diversified over several economies, an economy that is in an upswing can offset others that may be in a downswing, since international and U.S.

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economies tend to move in noncorrelated cycles. You can further diversify your portfolio by investing in different countries, sectors (e.g., technology versus manufacturing), types of securities (equities versus bonds), and levels of economic development (Asia versus Europe). However, diversification does not ensure a profit and may not protect against loss. In addition, there are potential political, economic, and currency fluctuation risks with international investing that you should discuss with your investment professional,

who can make suggestions that match your time horizon and risk tolerance. Also, investors seeking income through dividends can expand the number of investment options available to them by broadening their portfolio to include the stocks of overseas companies, many of which offer attractive yields relative to domestic investments. To learn more about how international investments can play a role in your portfolio, contact your financial professional today.

Article provided by Stephen N. Jones, CFP®, a Senior Vice President/ Investments with Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated, member SIPC and New York Stock Exchange, who can be contacted in the Florence office at (843) 6657599.

McLeod Heart & Vascular Services Now Available in Hartsville. The McLeod Heart & Vascular Institute is pleased to announce that we have opened a new office in Hartsville to make high-quality cardiovascular care more easily accessible to our patients in that area. Patients can also be seen in any of our other office locations including Florence, Cheraw, and Sumter. Our highly-skilled physicians: Dr. John Patton, Cardiologist; Dr. Eva Rzucidlo, Vascular Surgeon; and Dr. Prabal Guha, Electrophysiologist provide expert care and utilize the latest techniques in the treatment of a variety of heart and vascular conditions. McLeod Health is recognized by CareChex* as the leader in heart and vascular care for our area. Our physicians are accepting new patients. Physician and self-referrals are welcome. For appointments call: Cardiology and Electrophysiology: Dr. Patton and Dr. Guha - 800-299-5689 Vascular: Dr. Rzucidlo - 843-777-7043

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Simplify program series The Doctors Bruce and Lee Foundation Library in Florence starts 2018 with a program series to help people declutter 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.

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GOD’S WORD Whoever shuts their ears to the cry of the poor will also cry out and not be answered. Proverbs 21:13 (NIV

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The Big Button By Dr. Earl Tilford

“Heck, I reckon you wouldn’t even be human beings if you didn’t have some pretty strong personal feelings about nuclear combat.” – King Kong, Major, USAF (from Dr. Strangelove) In 1964, when I was a college freshman, all healthy male students without prior military service were required to take two years of a basic Air Force Reserve Officer Training Course (AFROTC). The Stanley Kubrick movie, “Dr. Strangelove: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb,” was new. This child of the 1960s now in his 70s has two satirical movies committed to memory: Dr. Strangelove and Animal House. What makes satire work is its relationship to truths like having “some pretty strong personal emotions about nuclear combat.” My personal emotions on the subject evolved from a love of Russian history acquired during my undergraduate days. My artist mother surprised me on Christmas Day 1967 with an oil painting of Saint Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow’s Red Square. Four years later, that painting hung in the Strategic Air Command’s (SAC) Warning Center three stories underground at SAC headquarters; it was set behind a picture frame so it appeared the Intelligence Early Warning (INEW) shop looked out on Red Square. INEW was tasked with making the initial decision as to whether or not the USSR had launched a nuclear attack. If we did give the green light, within minutes the president would “push the button.” Relax, it’s not a button, and it’s not that simple to launch a retaliatory strike. Nevertheless, within 10 to 15 minutes after determining an attack was underway, Minuteman missiles would be headed for targets in the Soviet Union and Warsaw Pact countries of Eastern Europe. Bombers based in the continental United States would also be on their way – just ahead of Soviet missiles hitting their bases. The Cold War reality was that there never was a “hare trigger” or a “nuclear button.” Only once in SAC’s history was the United States close to “nuclear combat.” That was October 1962 during the crisis over Soviet medium-range missiles and short-range IL-28 bombers in Cuba. In reality, SAC and our counterparts in the Soviet Long Range Air Force and Strategic Rocket Forces took the prospect of nuclear war quite seriously. Deterrence demanded we do so. For deterrence to work, “the other” must be absolutely certain of the will and ability of the opposing force to “push the button.” Facing that reality was surreal. From 1954, when the USSR first possessed bombers able to strike the United States, until 1969 when the USSR reached rough nuclear parity with the West, American nuclear strategy operated under the concept of massive retaliation. After 1969, the strategy was Mutual Assured Destruction (MAD). In short, if “the balloon went up” we were going to nuke the Soviet Union until it glowed. Within the rubric of MAD, the Soviets would have responded in kind. That’s what made deterrence work then – and now. The Kennedy administration fostered the concept of “flexible response,” and SAC accommodated. Nevertheless, the nuclear war plan still envisioned rapid escalation to full-scale retaliation. The Soviet war plan was to “slime” the West almost immediately. In June 1961, President Kennedy left his Vienna meeting with Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev convinced the United States would be at war within six months. After the USSR erected the Berlin Wall, Kennedy asked for a “First Strike Plan.” SAC already had one. Fifty-five B-52s would drop 80 nuclear bombs on Soviet long-range missile sites and bomber bases. While this would annihilate an estimated 80 to 90 percent of Soviet nuclear capability, the United States still would retain enough nuclear striking power to obliterate the USSR should it attempt a much degraded and uncoordinated counter strike. Since Soviet missile and bomber bases were in sparsely populated areas, the estimated human cost was under one million, primarily military personnel. Some argued the USSR, after suffering 20 to 30 million dead during World War II, would be unlikely to risk nuclear annihilation over one million more. Kennedy decided against a first strike. In 1961, JFK had a really “Big Button.” If President Donald Trump’s tough talk makes it clear to would-be North Korean nuclear mogul Kim Jung-un that he is, indeed, risking a “rain of fire,” so be it. Deterrence works only when potential adversaries fear the consequences. Everyone able to invoke “nuclear combat” has to have not only “pretty strong emotions” but also an absolute logical certainty of what that involves. There is, however, a mechanism for launching a nuclear war. It is both complex and efficient. That we have never had to use it testifies to its effectiveness. President Trump is the only person who can launch a nuclear strike. He is communicating clearly and effectively with people who matter in Pyongyang, Tehran, Moscow, and Beijing. Dr. Earl Tilford is a military historian and fellow for the Middle East and terrorism with The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College.

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Oh how we love snow no doors slamming. Just silence and snow.” Damien Echols

The recent snowfall in these parts was a reminder of how beautiful nature’s winter gift can be. Here are some comments which show how others feel about snow. ‘Snowflakes are kisses heaven.” author unknown

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“When snow falls, nature listens.” Antoinette van Kleef “Nature is full of genius, full of the divinity; so that not a snowflake escapes its fashioning hand.” Henry David Thoreau “A snow day literally and figuratively falls from the sky– unbidden – and seems like a thing of wonder.” Susan Orlean “Snow provokes responses that reach back to childhood.” Andy Goldsworthdy “There’s just something beautiful about walking in snow that nobody else has walked on. It makes you believe

you’re special.” Carol Rifka Brunt “Snowflakes are one of nature’s most fragile things, but just look what they can do when they stick together.” Vista M. Kelly “The snow is sparkling like a million little suns.” Lama Willa Miller “I miss the snow. I miss looking at it, walking in it, tasting it. I used to love those days when it was so cold everyone else would be tucked away inside trying to stay warm. I would be the only one out walking, so I could look across the fields and see miles of snow without a single footprint in it. It would be completely silent – no cars, no birds singing,

“The first fall of snow is not only an event, it is a magical event.” unknown “Snowing is an attempt of God to make the dirty world look clean.” Mehmet Murat ildan “Snowmen fall from heaven....... unassembled.” unknown “Snow makes cities innocent again, reveals the frailty of the human gesture against the void.” Glen Duncan “There’s one good thing about snow, it makes your lawn look as nice as your neighbor’s.” Clyde Moore “A snowman is the perfect man. He’s very well rounded and comes with his own broom.” unknown “The wonder of a single snowflake outweighs the wisdom of a million meteorologists.” unknown Source: wiseoldsayings.com

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The Trump foreign policy: year one As the completion of the Trump administration’s first year comes into focus, it is difficult to sift through the loud drumbeat of Russian “collusion” and the endless noise that emanates from the mainstream media about the shortcoming and failures of the Trump administration. Despite all the noise, false statements, and reckless claims the world is ending, the inexperienced outsider that came to Washington on 20 January 2017 has produced some important surprises and clear, measurable gains overseas in his first year in office. In just under one year, the president has managed to slow and ultimately halt the slide of United States credibility and influence on the world stage. Respect him or fear him, across the world, every national leader that matters knows there is a new sheriff in Washington, D.C. The Russia policy arena is a good place to start now that a bright light is shining on what the Obama administration actually did over the past eight years. Russia exploited the opportunities created by feckless Obama policy statements and decisions like “leading from behind”, the Russian “reset”, the Syrian “red line” on chemical weapons, and the Hezbollah drug trafficking decisions, to name just a few. The reversal of course, the display of resolve, coupled to a willingness to risk has made Russia, and other major global players sit up and take notice of this man from Queens, N.Y. The actions and results of the Trump policy changes have become impossible to ignore. In 2013 Obama ended 69 years of stability on the European continent when he reduced Americans armored combat capacity to just two armored brigades. Putin answered that foolish decision with an invasion of Ukraine, and within a year, moving a significant Special Forces and air combat capability into Syria, while propping up the Assad regime and cementing his alliance with Iran in the Middle East theater. President Trump quickly moved to address the shortsighted national security deci-

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sions that provided both opportunity and advantage to Russia. Trump initiated arms shipments to Ukraine, changed the rules of engagement and force structure in the Iraq-Syria theater to counter ISIS and tilt the Kurdish balance of power in Syria. The president crafted and initiated new sanctions efforts on Russia, Putin regional allies and business contacts, and Iran. Along with these moves, the quiet change in the U.S. military rules of engagement in Iraq and Syria, coupled to a most lethal application of Special Forces operational capacity and increased operational tempo resulted in the near total destruction of ISIS capacity to make war. The strategic decision to arm our Syrian Kurdish allies resulted in the elimination of the ISIS capability in Syria. The defeat of ISIS in Syria, specifically in Raqqa, the declared capital of the Islamic Caliphate barely made the news cycle in the U.S. mainstream media. The Trump administration’s first trip abroad displayed a bold, but risky step to travel to Saudi Arabia, Israel and to Rome to meet with the Pope, signaled the administration’s willingness to meet directly with the leadership of the three largest religions. The predictions of calamity, broadcast by the media, and the dismissal by the Washington elites of this bold approach, was countered by Trump with blunt discussions, new ideas and positive results at every stop. The Saudi leadership made a public statement recently ending their official support for Wahabi Islam which has been practiced since the 1970’s inside the Kingdom and exported and funded across the region and the Islamic world. The Saudi Crown Prince declared the Saudi State would revert back to their historical roots of moderate Islam, welcoming the

region’s historic religions back to the kingdom. This move was an earthquake in the Islamic world. The significance of which has been barely covered by the western media. Coupled to this new opening and much closer working relationship with Saudi Arabia and the Gulf Arab states on the problem of Islamic extremism from both Sunni and Shi’a sects, is a policy shift to roll back the Iranian quest for power, influence and land conquest across the Arabian peninsula and the Levant to the Mediterranean Sea. The recognition of the threat posed by the Shi’a Crescent, connecting Iran to the Mediterranean Sea, Lebanon and Syria addresses the central national security concern from our historical Arab allies. The Trump administration has addressed the two-state solution head on, with new, bold thinking, and a creative approach. After decades of failure and stalemate in the “peace process”, he declared Jerusalem the capital of Israel, and committing to move our embassy there, disrupting decades of entrenched, inflexible thinking. Trump made good on yet another campaign promise, and by contrast, put the focus on the hollow pledges of the past three U.S. presidents. These bold moves in the Middle East are not lost on North Korea and China for instance. The thinking and reactions of both nations are impacted by the moves President Trump is making in the Middle East. Trump is establishing a pattern of behavior that impacts the North Korean nuclear issue. All but forgotten is the fact that the North Korean dictator used a deadly nerve agent to assassinate a political enemy in the International Airport of Kuala Lumpur. This was a breathtakingly bold and dangerous action. North Korea, like Iran (Rafic Hariri’s killing in Beirut), has displayed a willingness to use assassination as a political tool on the international scene and get away with it. The international diplomatic support that the administration has assembled on the North

Korean issue, coupled to a firm and swift coalition military policy and deployment strategy, has changed the narrative on the North Korean nuclear issue. Despite the breathless claims that Trump was racing toward war on the Korean peninsula, quite the opposite is true. A clear policy has emerged, with international support, that has brought considerable military might to bare in order to strengthen the diplomatic and economic levers of the West and our regional allies. The policy is playing out now, in a firm, disciplined way. All in all, not a bad start for the rookie from Queens, N.Y.

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Two Florence School Improvement Councils named to State Honor Roll Two Florence School Improvement Councils are among 19 councils named to the SC School Improvement Council’s (SC-SIC) 2018 Honor Roll for their significant efforts to foster civic engagement in public education. Making the honor roll list from Florence One are the Savannah Grove Elementary School SIC and the South Florence High School SIC. These Honor Roll SICs will continue in the running for SCSIC’s annual Dick and Tunky Riley Award for School Improvement Council Excellence. Named for the former US Secretary of Education and South Carolina Governor and his late wife, the Riley Award was created in 2002 to recognize the vital contributions made by more than 1,200 local SICs and their nearly 14,000 SIC members across the state. “These School Improvement Councils from across South Carolina have demonstrated their hard work and commitment to supporting the success of their schools and students in the last school year,” said SC-SIC Board of Trustees Chair Amelia McKie. “We congratulate them on their outstanding efforts as Honor Roll SICs, and we salute all of our SICs across the state for the lasting and positive impact they continue to make on behalf their school communities.” “The value of South Carolina’s School Improvement Councils cannot be emphasized enough,” said Tom F. Hudson, SC-SIC Executive Director. “When parents, community members, educators, and students come together to address school needs, establish goals, and undertake meaningful activities to meet them, everyone benefits. We are very proud of what this year’s Honor Roll SICs have accomplished for their schools.” Five finalists from this year’s list of Honor Roll SICs will be selected in February, with one to be announced as the winner of the annual Riley Award for SIC Excellence in April. SICs were established in state law over 40 years ago. Part of the Center for Educational Partnerships within the University of South Carolina College of Education, the SC School Improvement Council provides the member training, technical assistance, statutory accountability, and other operational resources necessary for the continued success of the community-based SICs in each of South Carolina’s K-12 public schools. More information on SC-SIC, the Riley Award for School Improvement Council Excellence, and award winners from previous years can be found online at http://sic.sc.gov.

Beer-barrel pokey If Jeremy Van Ert didn’t have bad luck going for him, he wouldn’t have any luck at all, says the Association of Mature American Citizens [AMAC]. Van Ert apparently lost track of time when he stopped by a local convenience store in Marshfield, WI. He wound up locked up in the shop’s beer cooler when the store closed around midnight. He was set free the next morning just in time to get picked up by police who locked him up again. He was charged with not paying for all the beer and malt liquor he consumed in the cooler overnight. He also was charged with violating his parole. Turns out he had a previous arrest and one of the conditions of his parole banned him from consuming alcohol.

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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

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

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) NOTICE OF SALE CIVIL ACTION NO. 2016-CP-21-01703 BY VIRTUE of a decree heretofore granted in the case of: United States of America acting through the Rural Housing Service or successor Agency, United States Department of Agriculture v. Melinda Byrd f/k/a Melinda B. Clavon, and SC Housing Corp., I, the undersigned Special Referee for Florence County, will sell on February 6, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at the Florence County Courthouse, 180 North Irby Street, Florence, South Carolina to the highest bidder: All that certain piece, parcel or lot of land lying and being situate in the City of Timmonsville, in the County of Florence, State of South Carolina, containing 0.45 acres and being a portion of that property shown on a plat by Nesbitt Surveying Co., Inc., dated July 26, 1999 surveyed for Hopkins Real Estate, and reference is further made to a plat prepared by Nesbitt Surveying Co., Inc., dated December 8, 1999 and recorded in Plat Book 73 at Page 168 in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County. Said lot is shown to be bound according to said plat as follows: On the Northeast by property of Kenneth M. and Judy L. Norris and by property of Eugene B. Spencer and Carrie M. Conner for a total distance of 210.49 feet; on the Southeast by property of Michael H.

Muhammed for a distance of 100.00 feet; on the Southwest by property of Mary S. Lockhart, Est. and also by a 20' sewer easement for a total distance of 186.21 feet; and on the Northwest by W. McLendon Street for a distance of 102.87 feet. Reference is made to said plat for a more complete description. This being the same property conveyed to Melinda B. Clavon by Deed of William S. Lockhart, as Trustee, and S. Jones Lockhart, as Trustee, dated February 9, 2000, and recorded in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County, simultaneously herewith. TMS No.: 00018-04-123 Property Address: 414 W. McLendon Street, Timmonsville, SC 29161 SUBJECT TO ASSESSMENTS, FLORENCE COUNTY AD VALOREM TAXES, EXISTING EASEMENTS, EASEMENTS AND RESTRICTIONS OF RECORD, AND OTHER SENIOR ENCUMBRANCES. 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 his 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 cost 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 Special Referee for Florence County may resell the property on the same terms and conditions on some subsequent Sales Day (at the risk of the said

highest bidder). For complete terms of sale, attention is drawn to the Judgment of Foreclosure and Order for Sale on file with the Clerk of Court for Florence County. A personal deficiency judgment being waived, bidding will not remain open. 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 7.375% per annum. Should the Plaintiff, Plaintiff’s attorney or agent fail to appear on sales day, the property shall not be sold, but shall be readvertised and sold at some convenient sales day thereafter when the Plaintiff, Plaintiff’s attorney or agent is present. Plaintiff does not warrant its title search to purchasers at foreclosure sale or other third parties, who should have their own title search performed on the subject property. Purchaser is responsible for the preparation and filing of their deed. W. Haigh Porter Special Referee for Florence County HARRELL, MARTIN & PEACE, P.A. Donald W. Tyler #5664 Taylor A. Peace #100206 135 Columbia Avenue, PO Box 1000 Chapin, SC 29036 (803) 345-3353 ATTORNEY FOR PLAINTIFF (1/17, 1/24, 1/31/18) ORDER AND NOTICE OF SALE DEFICIENCY JUDGMENT WAIVED NOT ELIGIBLE FOR LOAN MODIFICATION UNDER THE HOME AFFORDABLE MODIFICATION PROGRAMSTATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA FLORENCE COUNTY IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS TWELFTH JUDICIAL CIR-

CUIT CASE NO. 2015-CP21-00932 BRANCH BANKING AND TRUST COMPANY, AS SUCCESSOR IN INTEREST BY MERGER TO BRANCH BANKING AND TRUST COMPANY OF SOUTH CAROLINA, Plaintiff, vs. TRACY R. POWERS AND HEALTH FACILITIES FEDERAL CREDIT UNION, Defendant(s). BY VIRTUE of a decree heretofore granted in the case of Branch Banking and Trust Company, as Successor in Interest by Merger to Branch Banking and Trust Company of South Carolina, v. Tracy R. Powers and Health Facilities Federal Credit Union, case number 2015-CP-2100932, I, the undersigned Connie Reel-Shearin, Clerk of Court for Florence County, will hold a sale on February 5, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. at the Florence County Courthouse, 180 N. Irby Street, Florence, South Carolina 29601, and sell the following described property to the highest bidder: All that certain piece, parcel or lot of land with improvements thereon lying, being, and situate in the City and County of Florence, State of South Carolina, known and designated as Lot No. 15 in Block „M‰ as shown on a map of Westhaven made by Adams & Ervin, C.E.‚s, Florence, S.C. dated May 23, 1929 and recorded in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County in Plat Book „C‰ at Page 307. Said property having been more recently surveyed for Tracy R. Powers by Prosser Surveying Co., Inc. dated February 24, 1997 and recorded in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County in Plat Book 63 at Page 333. Reference being had to aforementioned plats for a more

complete and accurate description. This being the same property conveyed to Tracy R. Powers by deed of William H. Ropp dated February 28, 1997 and recorded in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County in Deed Book A-486 at Page 735 on February 28, 1997. 1313 W. Palmetto Street, Florence, SC 29501 TMS No. 90047-01-003 TERMS OF SALE: The successful bidder, other than Plaintiff, will deposit with the FLORENCE County Clerk of Court at the conclusion of the bidding five percent (5%) of its 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. Should the last and highest bidder fail or refuse to make the required deposit at time of bid or comply with the other terms of the bid within thirty (30) days, then the Clerk of Court may resell the property on the same terms and conditions at the risk of the said highest bidder. Purchaser to pay for documentary stamps on the conveying deed. The successful bidder will be required to pay interest on the amount of the bid from the date of sale to the date of compliance with the bid at the rate of 5.250% per annum. Should Plaintiff or one of its representatives fail to be present at the time of sale, the property shall be automatically withdrawn from said sale. THIS SALE IS ALSO MADE SUBJECT TO ALL FLORENCE COUNTY TAXES AND EXISTING EASEMENTS, RESTRICTIONS, AND SENIOR LIENS AND/OR OTHER ENCUMBRANCES OF RECORD.

Connie Reel-Shearin, Clerk of Court Florence County Florence, South Carolina ATTORNEYS FOR PLAINTIFF: Samuel D. Fleder Jeriel A. Thomas Smith Debnam Narron Drake Saintsing & Myers, LLP P.O. Box 26268 Raleigh, NC 27611 Attorneys for Plaintiff DMN 14025722 (1/17, 1/24, 1/31/18)

NOTICE OF SALE CIVIL ACTION NO. 2017-CP-21-00323 BY VIRTUE of the decree heretofore granted in the case of: The Bank of New York Mellon f/k/a The Bank of New York as successor in interest to JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association, as Trustee for C-BASS Mortgage Loan Asset-Backed Certificates, Series 2006-RP1 vs. Machelle Rush, the undersigned Special Referee for Florence County, South Carolina, will sell on February 5, 2018 at 12:00PM, 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, BEING AND SITUATE IN THE COUNTY OF FLORENCE, STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA, BEING DESIGNATED AS TRACT NO. 4 CONTAINING APPROXIMATELY 1.68 ACRES, MORE OR LESS, AS SHOWN ON THAT CERTAIN PLAT PREPARED BY ERVIN ENGINEERING CO., INC., DATED JANUARY 29, 1990, AND RECORDED IN THE OFFICE OF THE CLERK OF COURT FOR FLORENCE COUNTY IN PLAT BOOK 38 AT PAGE 04. REFERENCE BEING HAD THERETO FOR A MORE COMPLETE DESCRIPTION. THIS BEING THE SAME PROPERTY CONVEYED UNTO


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6A 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 (1/17, 1/24, 1/31/18) Notice of Sale: On Jan. 27, 2018 at 10am, Florence Mini Storage will sell the following units of personal property at a public sale to the highest bidder pursuant to the assertion of a lien for rent at its self-storage facility. Purchased takes the property subject to any liens or security interest which are perfected and recorded or liens which owner has knowledge. The sale will take place at 2217 2nd Loop Rd, Florence, SC. Units contain furniture, appliances, and other household items. The following is a list of units and owners: 180E Jermaine Nowline, 238E Constantia James, 92D Harmony Briggs, 9091F Wallie Avant. 120B Robert Richards, 160E Melvin Hardy, 182E Castine Jones, 256E Shane Grainger, 7374D Flossie Gibson, 205B Corenthia Gibson, 102B Scott Dean, 27C Ralph Burns, 117B Amanda Blige, 219E Robbin Clover, 258E Ella Galloway (1/17, 1/24/18) NOTICE OF SALE CIVIL ACTION NO. 2017-CP-21-00688 BY VIRTUE of the decree heretofore granted in the case of: Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. vs. Any heirs-at-law or devisees of Ricky D. Hyman, deceased, their heirs, Personal Representatives, Administrators, Successors and Assigns, and all other persons or

entities entitled to claim through them; all unknown persons or entities with any right, title, estate, interest in or lien upon the real estate described in the complaint herein; also any persons who may be in the military service of the United States of America, being a class designated as Richard Roe; and any unknown minors, incompetent or imprisoned person, or persons under a disability being a class designated as John Doe; Jill Barfield Hyman; Keith Hyman; Heather Hyman Pagan; South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles; Tammy Hyman a/k/a Tamara M. Hyman; South Carolina Department of Revenue; Cavalry SPV, I, LLC, the undersigned Special Referee for Florence County, South Carolina, will sell on February 6, 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 SITUATE IN THE COUNTY OF FLORENCE, STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA DESIGNATED AS LOT NO. 14 AS SHOWN ON A MAP OF ALLIGATOR LAKE FARMS SUBDIVISION MADE BY ERVIN ENGINEERING CO., INC. AND RECORDED IN THE OFFICE OF THE CLERK OF COURT FOR FLORENCE COUNTY IN PLAT BOOK 2 AT PAGE 153. REFERENCE IS ALSO MADE TO A MORE RECENT PLAT MADE BY LIND, HICKS AND ASSOCIATES, SURVEYORS, FOR RICKY D. HYMAN AND TAMMY HYMAN WHEREON SAID LOT IS SHOWN AS CONTAINING 1.99 ACRES AND BEING DATED MAY 22, 1997 AND RECORDED IN THE OFFICE OF THE CLERK OF COURT FOR FLORENCE COUNTY IN PLAT BOOK 64 AT PAGE 233. ALSO INCLUDED HEREWITH IS THAT CERTAIN 1996 FLEETWOOD MANUFACTURED HOME BEARING SERIAL NUMB E R NCFLT69A&B12499BS12.

THIS BEING THE SAME PROPERTY CONVEYED TO RICKY D. HYMAN AND TAMARA M. HYMAN BY DEED OF DARYL D. LEA AND DORIS J. LEA DATED MAY 21, 1997 AND RECORDED MAY 27, 1997 IN BOOK 493 AT PAGE 754 IN THE OFFICE OF THE CLERK OF COURT FOR FLORENCE COUNTY, SOUTH CAROLINA. CURRENT ADDRESS OF PROPERTY: 3725 Bob White Trail, Effingham, SC 29541 TMS: 00127-01-163 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 8.5% 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 (1/17, 1/24, 1/31/18)

NOTICE OF SALE CIVIL ACTION NO. 2015-CP-21-02671 BY VIRTUE of the decree heretofore granted in the case of: HSBC Bank USA, N.A., as Indenture Trustee for the registered Noteholders of Renaissance Home Equity Loan Trust 2006-2 vs. Eric K. Mincey; Amanda K. Mincey; John H. Trussell, Jr.; Cynthia I. Trussell, the undersigned Special Referee for Florence County, South Carolina, will sell on February 6, 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 SITUATE IN THE TOWN OF PAMPLICO, COUNTY OF FLORENCE, STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA, AND BEING DESIGNATED AS LOT 136, BLOCK F, AS SHOWN ON A PLAT OF LINWOOD ESTATES, SECTION 2, RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK W AT PAGE 105. THE SAID LOT IS SITUATE AT THE SOUTHWEST INTERSECTION OF HEIDI DRIVE AND QUAIL DRIVE AND IS BOUNDED AS FOLLOWS: NORTH BY HEIDI DRIVE FOR A DISTANCE OF 114.51 FEET; EAST BY QUAIL DRIVE FOR A DISTANCE OF 150.07 FEET, SOUTH NOW OR FORMERLY BY FINKLEA FOR A DISTANCE OF 110 FEET; AND WEST BY LOT 135 FOR A DISTANCE OF 149.75 FEET. SAID LOT ALSO BEING DESCRIBED ON THAT CERTAIN PLAT BY D.C. BARBOT AND ASSOCIATES DATED JULY, 3, 1959, AND RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 223, FLORENCE COUNTY RECORDS, AND BY THAT BY PROSSER SURVEYING CO., INC. DATED JUNE 14, 1993, AND RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 49 AT PAGE 97 IN THE OFFICE OF THE CLERK OF COURT FOR FLORENCE COUNTY. THIS BEING THE SAME PROPERTY CONVEYED TO ERIC K. MINCEY AND AMANDA K. MINCEY BY DEED OF JOHN H. TRUSSELL, JR. AND CYNTHIA I. TRUSSELL, DATED OCTOBER 10, 2003 AND RECORDED OCTOBER 10, 2003, IN DEED BOOK A788 AT PAGE 1459 IN THE OFFICE OF THE REGISTER OF DEEDS FOR FLORENCE COUNTY. CURRENT ADDRESS OF PROPERTY: 404 Heidi Drive, Pamplico, SC 29583 TMS: 60011-01-007 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 9.54% 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 (1/17, 1/24, 1/31/18) NOTICE OF SALE CIVIL ACTION NO. 2012-CP-21-02505 BY VIRTUE of the decree heretofore granted in the case of: Wilmington Savings Fund Society, FSB, as trustee of Stanwich Mortgage Loan Trust A vs. Carla Nealey Isgett n/k/a Carla Nealey; David Bradley Isgett; Pee Dee State Investments, Inc.; First Federal Bank f/k/a First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Charleston; Health Facilities Federal Credit Union, the undersigned Special Referee for Florence County, South Carolina, will sell on February 6, 2018 at 11:00AM, at the Florence County Courthouse, City of Florence,

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MICHELLE RUSH BY DEED OF RONALD THOMAS, DONALD THOMAS, LAMONT THOMAS AND TYRONE THOMAS, DATED APRIL 27,1993, AND RECORDED APRIL 30, 1993 AND RERECORDED JUNE 30, 1995 IN DEED BOOK A443 AT PAGE 1871 IN THE OFFICE OF THE REGISTER OF DEED FOR FLORENCE COUNTY, SOUTH CAROLINA. CURRENT ADDRESS OF PROPERTY: 2904 Whippoorwill Road, Effingham, SC 29541 TMS: 00127-01-173 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 6.0332% 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

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ice; except that the United States of America, if named, shall have sixty (60) days to answer after the service hereof, exclusive of the day of such service; and if you fail to do so, judgment by default will be rendered against you for the relief demanded in the complaint. TO MINOR(S) OVER FOURTEEN YEARS OF AGE, AND/OR TO MINOR(S) UNDER FOURTEEN YEARS OF AGE AND THE PERSON WITH WHOM THE MINOR(S) RESIDES, AND/OR TO PERSONS UNDER SOME LEGAL DISABILITY: YOU ARE FURTHER SUMMONED AND NOTIFIED to apply for the appointment of a guardian ad litem within thirty (30) days after the service of this Summons and Notice upon you. If you fail to do so, application for such appointment will be made by the Plaintiff. YOU WILL ALSO TAKE NOTICE that under the provisions of South Carolina Code 29-3100, effective June 16, 1993, any collateral assignment of rents contained in the attached mortgage is perfected and Plaintiff hereby gives notice that all rents shall be payable directly to it by delivery to its undersigned attorneys from the date of default. In the alternative, Plaintiff will move before a judge of this Circuit on the 10th day after service hereof, or as soon thereafter as counsel may be heard, for an Order enforcing the assignment of rents, if any, and compelling payment of all rents covered by such assignment directly to the Plaintiff, which motion is to be based upon the original note and mortgage and the Complaint which was filed in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County on June 19, 2017. NOTICE TO THE DEFENDANT(S): MARY E. GARDNER A/K/A MARY GARDNER YOU WILL PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Amended Lis Pendens, Summons, Certificate of Exemption/Withdrawal from Arbitration and Mediation, Complaint, and Notice of Right to Foreclosure Intervention, of which the foregoing is a copy of the Summons, were filed with the Clerk of Court for Florence County, South Carolina on June 19, 2017. NOTICE OF PENDENCY OF ACTION NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that an action will be commenced within twenty (20) days of the filing of this Notice upon Complaint of the abovenamed Plaintiff against the above-named Defendants for the foreclosure of a Mortgage dated September 7, 2007 (“Mortgage”), said Mortgage having been recorded in the Office of the Register of Deeds/Clerk of Court for Florence County on September 7, 2007 in Book 130 at Page 1711 and re-recorded on February 13, 2008 in Book 164 at Page 1715. The premises affected by the foreclosure are situate in Florence County, in the State of South Carolina, and described in said Mortgage as follows: All that certain piece, parcel or lot of land lying, being and situate in the County of Florence, State of South Carolina being shown and designated as Lot No. 11 containing 0.89 acres on a plat prepared by Nesbitt Surveying Co., Inc., dated April 12, 2006 and recorded in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County in Plat Book 89 at Page 61. Reference is made to said plat for a more complete and accurate description. This being the same property conveyed to Mary Gardner by Deed of HTW Holding, LLC, dated September 6, 2007, and recorded in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County, simultaneously herewith. TMS#: 00081-04088. Property Address: 4839 Langston Road, Timmonsville, South Carolina 29161 HARRELL, MARTIN & PEACE, P.A. Donald W. Tyler #5664 Taylor A. Peace #100206 135 Columbia Avenue, PO Box 1000 Chapin, South Carolina 29036 (803) 345-3353 ATTORNEY FOR PLAINTIFF (1/17, 1/24, 1/31/18) NOTICE OF SALE CIVIL ACTION NO. 2016-CP-45-00100 BY VIRTUE of the decree heretofore granted in the case of: The Bank of New York Mellon f/k/a The Bank of New York, as Successor Trustee to JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., successor by merger to Chase Bank of Texas, National Association for Saxon

Asset Securities Trust 2000-1, Mortgage Loan Asset Backed Certificates, Series 2000-1 vs. Kendra J. Verner; Stacey S. Verner; Jerrica R. Snow, the undersigned Special Referee for Williamsburg County, South Carolina, will sell on February 5, 2018 at 12:00PM, at the Williamsburg County Courthouse, City of Kingstree, State of South Carolina, to the highest bidder: ALL THAT CERTAIN PIECE, PARCEL OR LOT OF LAND WITH THE BUILDINGS AND IMPROVEMENTS THEREON, SITUATE, LYING AND BEING IN THE JOHNSON TOWNSHIP, COUNTY OF WILLIAMSBURG, STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA, CONTAINING 0.69 ACRE, MORE OR LESS, BEING FULLY SHOWN AND DELINEATED ON A MAP THEREOF MADE BY ARTHUR THOMPKINS, JR., R.L.S., DATED SEPTEMBER 22, 1972, AND RECORDED IN THE OFFICE OF THE CLERK OF COURT FOR WILLIAMSBURG COUNTY IN PLAT BOOK 19 AT PAGE 10, AND RESURVEYED JANUARY 15, 1972, BY ENGINEERING CONSULTANTS, AND RECORDED IN THE OFFICE OF THE CLERK OF COURT FOR WILLIAMSBURG COUNTY IN PLAT BOOK 20 AT PAGE 33. SAID LOT OF LAND IS BOUNDED AND FURTHER DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS, TO-WIT: ON THE NORTH BY SOUTH CAROLINA HIGHWAY # 300 FOR A DISTANCE OF 150.00 FEET, MORE OR LESS; ON THE EAST BY LANDS NOW OR FORMERLY OF J.B. PARSONS FOR A DISTANCE OF 200.00 FEET, MORE OR LESS; ON THE SOUTH BY LANDS NOW OR FORMERLY OF J.B. PARSONS FOR A DISTANCE OF 150.00 FEET, MORE OR LESS; AND ON THE WEST BY LANDS OF J.B. PARSONS FOR A DISTANCE OF 200.00 FEET, MORE OR LESS. REFERENCE TO SAID MAPS ARE HEREBY CRAVED AS A PART AND PARCEL OF THIS DESCRIPTION. THIS BEING THE SAME PROPERTY CONVEYED UNTO MILDRED VERNER BY DEED OF JAMES ALLEN VERNER DATED MAY 10, 1985 RECORDED MAY 10, 1985 IN BOOK A173 AT PAGE 242 IN THE OFFICE OF THE CLERK OF COURT FOR WILLIAMSBURG COUNTY, SOUTH CAROLINA. THEREAFTER, MILDRED VERNER A/K/A MILDRED V. SNOW DIED AND HER INTEREST IN THE PROPERTY WAS CONVEYED TO ELVIS L. SNOW, KENDRA J. VERNER, STACEY S. VERNER AND JERRICA R. SNOW BY DEED OF DISTRIBUTION DATED AUGUST 24, 2009 AND RECORDED AUGUST 27, 2009 IN BOOK 127 AT PAGE 182 IN SAID RECORDS. THEREAFTER, ELVIS L. SNOW CONVEYED HIS INTEREST IN SAID PROPERTY TO KENDRA J. VERNER, STACEY S. VERNER AND JERRICA R. SNOW BY DEED DATED AUGUST 24, 2009 AND RECORDED AUGUST 27, 2009 IN BOOK 127 AT PAGE 185 IN SAID RECORDS. CURRENT ADDRESS OF PROPERTY: 1200 Radio Road, Hemingway, SC 29554 TMS: 45-469-066 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 12.25% per annum. The sale shall be subject to taxes and assessments, existing easements and restrictions, easements and restrictions of record and any other

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and diving, Bloomfield Hills (Michigan) Brother Rice High School. The recipients of the 2017 NFHS national awards for girls sports are: Michael Ahrens, swimming and diving, Bettendorf (Iowa) High School; Bruce Cooper, golf, Hoisington (Kansas) High School; Janet Frazier, volleyball, Elizabeth (West Virginia) Wirt County High School; Johnette Goldman, cross country, Heber Springs (Arkansas) High School; Gwyneth Pinta, lacrosse, Columbus (Ohio) Upper Arlington High School; David Rosenthal, soccer, Iowa City (Iowa) Iowa City West High School; Kevin Ryan, track and field - outdoor, Bellingham (Washington) Sehome High School; Karen Self, basketball, Chandler (Arizona) Seton Catholic Prep; Kristie Stevens, tennis, Tucson (Arizona) Catalina Foothills High School; and Gene Victor, softball – fast pitch, Albuquerque (New Mexico) Cibola High School. The recipient of the National Coach of the Year Award for spirit is Jeffrey Siegal of Buffalo Grove (Illinois) High School. John Todd, a lacrosse coach at Hingham (Massachusetts) High School, was chosen in the “other” category for boys sports, and Ann Naughton, a field hockey coach at Saint James (New York) Smithtown High School East was chosen in the “other” category for girls sports. The NFHS has a contact in each state who is responsible for selecting deserving coach award recipients. This person often works with the state coaches’ association in his or her respective state. He or she contacts

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the potential state award recipients to complete a coach profile form that requests information regarding the coach’s record, membership in and affiliation with coaching and other professional organizations, involvement with other school and community activities and programs, and coaching philosophy. To be approved as an award recipient and considered for sectional and national coach of the year consideration, this profile form must be completed by the coach or designee and then approved by the executive director (or designee) of the state athletic/activities association. The next award level after state coach of the year is sectional coach of the year. The NFHS is divided into eight geographical sections. They are as follows: Section 1 – Northeast (CT, ME, MA, NH, NJ, NY, RI, VT); Section 2 – Mideast (DE, DC, KY, MD, OH, PA, VA, WV); Section 3 – South (AL, FL, GA, LA, MS, NC, SC, TN); Section 4 – Central (IL, IN, IA, MI, WI); Section 5 – Midwest (KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD); Section 6 – Southwest (AR, CO, NM, OK, TX); Section 7 – West (AZ, CA, HI, NV, UT); and Section 8 – Northwest (AK, ID, MT, OR, WA, WY). The NFHS Coaches Association has an advisory committee composed of a chair and eight sectional representatives. The sectional committee representatives evaluate the state award recipients from the states in their respective sections and select the best candidates for the sectional award in each sport category. The NFHS Coaches Association Advisory Committee then considers the sectional candidates in each sport, ranks them according to a point system, and determines a national winner for each of the 20 sport categories, the spirit category and two “other” categories. A total of 667 coaches will be recognized this year with state, sectional and national awards.

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MAGGIE EVANS AS DAISY WERTHAN AND ALONZO DAVIS AS HOKE COLBORN IN FLT PRODUCTION OF ‘DRIVING MISS DAISY’

‘Driving Miss Daisy’ comes to FLT stage Friday The heartwarming play, “Driving Miss Daisy” opens at the Florence Little Theatre on Friday, Jan. 19, at 7:30 p.m. The play runs through Saturday, Jan. 27 with the expection of Monday, Jan. 22, when the theatre is closed. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. except on Sunday, Jan. 21, when there is a 3 p.m. matinee. “Driving Miss Daisy” affectionately covers the 25-year relationship between a wealthy, strong-willed Southern matron and her equally indomitable Black chauffeur, Hoke. Both employer and employee are outsiders, Hoke because of the color of his skin, Miss Daisy because she is Jewish in a WASP-dominated society. At the same time, Hoke cannot fathom Miss Daisy's inability to grasp the social

changes that are sweeping the South in the 1960s. Nor can Miss Daisy understand why Hoke's “people” are so indignant. It is only when Hoke is retired and Miss Daisy is confined to a home for the elderly that the two fully realize that they’ve been friends and kindred spirits all along. The play features Maggie Evans as Daisy Werthan, Alonzo Davis as Hoke Colborn and Stephen Guyon as Boolie Werthan. The play was written by Alfred Uhry. Shauna Lair is directing the production, assisted by Abby Greenwood. The set was designed by Shauna Lair and Thomas Walker. Set builders and painters were Thomas Walker and Lisa Sims. Katie Kelley is stage manager and Susan Capps Oliver is assistant stage manager. Eliz-

abeth Sowell White serves as the stage crew. Props coordinator is Angela Greenwood. Assisting her on the props crew is Deborah Hilbourn and Laniee Stevens. Costume coordinator is Emily Bochette. Dressers include Emily, Deborah Hilbourn, Maura Hilbourn, and Christina Alexander. Brittany Miles is hair consultant. The hair and makeup team include Brooke Mogy, Haley Martin and Emily Bochette. Visual and Sound Fx Team are Bynum and Chase Miles. Light board operator is Abby Greenwood and Sabrina Gilbertson is on sound board. The play runs two hours. The recommended age is 13 and up. Admission is by season membership or

tickets are available for $20 for adults, $18 for seniors 62 and older, or $14 for students or youth under age 18. There are four ways to get tickets: Online at www.florencelittletheatre.org In person from noon until 5 p.m., MondayFriday at the daytime box office, located in the rear parking lot . Phone 843-662-3731 from noon until 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. At the door starting one hour before showtime at the lobby box office (nearest the corner of S Dargan and Pine Street.) Check the FaceBook page for ticket availability updates or listen to the box office message at (843) 662-3731.

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PUPS – Mary Savanna Truett as Cruella De Vil with Wyatt Huggins, Claudia Sarmiento as Horace and Jasper and some of the pups – Kaitlyn Odom, Alena Sandifer, Ella Grimsley, Raelyn Odom, Maddie Cottrill, and Annie Prikazsky. Both photos by Liz Odom

Impact Christian Children’s Theatre will present “Disney’s 101 Dalmatians Kids” at Delmae Heights Elementary School on Saturday, Jan. 20 at 7 p.m.. Tickets are $5 general admission available at the door. Delmae is located at 1211 S. Cashua Drive. Based on the classic animated film this family friendly musical tells the story of kidnapping villains and courageous puppies, featuring Disney’s most outrageous villain Cruella De Vil. With a high-spirited score and lovable characters this stage adaptation is sure to delight all audiences. The cast consists of 25 students, from public, private and home schools, in grades 2-7, featuring Mary Savanna Truett as Cruella De Vil, Braxton Isaac as Roger, Madison Brown as Anita, Wyatt Huggins as Horace, Claudia Sarmiento

as Jasper, Kenneth Mcallister as Pongo, Alena Sandifer as Perdita, Ella Grimsley as Pepper, Kaitlyn Odom as Penny, Maddie Cottrill as Lucky and Raelyn Odom as Patch with Chloe Fassett, Kennedy Mcallister, Teresa Sauza and Maria Claudia Valenzuela as Narrators. Also featured are Sylvia Gay as Nanny, Addison Peele as Sgt. Tibbs, and

the dogs of London including Shania Bradley, Smith Fassett, Elaina Goodridge, Evan Goodridge, Kendrina Johnson, and Amelia Page along with Isaac Fassett, Annie Rice Prikazsky and Chesley Stewart as Fur Vault puppies. Cast members will be supporting the Florence Area Humane Society by collecting needed items dur-

ing rehearsal and at the performance. Audience members are also encouraged to join in donating by bringing any of the following needed items: Kong dog toys, Dawn dish detergent, towels (used ok if clean), dog treats in sealed plastic packages (no cardboard), dry cat food, cat toys or Amazon gift cards. The show is directed by Kathleen Curl with musical direction by Kelsey McGinty and choreography by Emily Brock. Impact Christian Children’s Theatre is a nonprofit organization offering performing arts education for students in second through 12th grades, promoting Judeo-Christian values while building character through drama. For more information, go to Impactflorence.org, find us on Facebook, or call 843751-4157.


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Trinity-Byrnes celebrates new academic building Trinity-Byrnes Collegiate School hosted a ribbon cutting on Wednesday, Jan. 10, for its new 12,000 square feet academic building. The building provides an additional five classrooms, two seminar rooms and a dedicated dining hall for the growing student population. Three of the classrooms fea-

ture dedicated science labs. With a record enrollment of 273, TBCS needed more classroom facilities to accommodate increased enrollment. The Trinity-Byrnes Board of Trustees embarked on a capital campaign in the spring of 2017 for the building project. The Growing in

Excellence campaign has a goal of $2 million. Trinity-Byrnes offers 15 Advanced Placement courses in addition to other rigorous college preparatory opportunities with an increased focus on technology and STEM opportunities, unrivaled in the Pee Dee. 100% of seniors are accepted to four year colleges, and the last three graduating classes averaged over $100,000 of merit scholarships and aid per student.

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Seventeen year-olds who will turn 18 on or before Nov. 6, may now begin to register to vote in the June primaries, and general election. According to S.C. Code of Laws section 7-5-180, those individuals who are not yet 18-years-old but will turn 18 before the next ensuing general election, and who otherwise qualify to vote, have the right to register beginning 120 days prior to the closing of the books of a preceding primary.

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Cooks For Christ will host a chicken bog benefit for Perliss Frank Lee II on Jan. 25 at the West Florence Fire Station on Pine Needles Road in Florence. Lee, 42, is a native of Florence County. He has two young children, Elizabeth and Trey. In January 2016, Frank was diagnosed with Good Pasture disease, a very rare disease that affects the organs. His first symptom appeared in his lungs and he assumed he was suffering from pneumonia when admitted to the hospital. The next morning he was in kidney failure and was on dialysis by that afternoon. He was administered three doses of chemotherapy in the hopes his kidneys would respond. Sadly, he now needs a kidney transplant. He has gone for testing at UNC in Chapel Hill, Medical University of South Carolina

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Florence Baptist Association hosting human trafficking awareness event The Florence Baptist Association is sponsoring a Human Trafficking Awareness Event on Thursday, Feb. 1, 6:30-8 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church Sanctuary, 915 Cherokee Road. The guest speaker will be Jenn Thompson, executive director for Lighthouse for Life, whose mission is to draw awareness to today’s epidemic of sex trafficking and to help rescue its victims. Also there will be a viewing of “Chosen,” produced by Shared Hope International, which shares the shocking story of two teen girls tricked by traffickers. Run time: 21:34 This event is for students fifth grade up through adults. Youth groups, boys and girls, and their parents are encouraged to attend. There will be free childcare provided for children from nursery through fourth grade. If childcare is requested, RSVP by

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YMCA Open House The Florence Family YMCA will host Open House on Sunday, Jan. 21, from 2-5 p.m. New members pay no joining fee that day only. See how the Y can help your family with fitness, recreation, learning and fun. Amenities include an indoor heated pool, fitness classes, free child watch, reduced fees for programs plus lots more.

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Tickets on sale for Taste of Central The Taste of Central has become an annual event to benefit the ministries of Central United Methodist Church and our community. This year the event will be held on Thursday, Feb. 1, and will include a food tasting event and a silent auction. The doors will open to The Commons from the Irby Street parking lot at 5 p.m. for a preview of the silent auction items. There will be over 100 items donated by local businesses to bid on. The silent auction will officially begin at 6 p.m. The food tasting will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Davis Christian Life Center and is a great opportunity for participants to enjoy all types of food prepared by Central members as well as local restaurants. Tickets are $15 in advance and may be purchased at the church office

during regular office hours. Tickets may also be purchased at the door that evening for $20. All proceeds from the Taste of Central will go towards this year’s project, which is to purchase and install a new hood in the kitchen to enable the use of a larger fryer. The kitchen is used by multiple church and community groups including

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Dancing For Our Future Stars participants meet their dance partners at pairings party A pairings party was held on Jan. 11 at St. John’s Church for the dancers to meet their partner and to formally announce the dance couples for the 2018 Dancing For Our Future Stars. The participants are: • Ken Baker (WMBF News) and Mary Grace Colburn • Dr. Lisa Bishara (McLeod Health) and Joseph Steen • Louie Callahan (Burch Oxner Seale Co., CPAs) and Alexis McDonald • Ron Glancy (Raines Hospitality) and Tiffany Welsh • David Hall (First Reliance Bank) and Meghan Burgess • Dr. Ramzy Hourany (Carolinas Hospital System) and Julia Thompson • Jammie McDonald (First Citizens Bank) and Cole Davis • Joey McMillan (Coldwell Banker McMillan and Associates) and Katelyn Rodgers • Dr. Calvin Robinson (Trinity Baptist Church) and Fallon Frierson • Chris Rogers (Carver Elementary School) and Morgan Truitt • Robbie Timms (BB&T) and Meggie Baker

• Les Ward (Pepsi of Florence, LLC/ Pee Dee Food Service) and Mallory Baxley On Thursday, March 22, local celebrities and their professional dance partners will square-off at SiMT for a chance to win the coveted mirror ball trophy at the 8th annual dancing competition. The reception will begin at 6 p.m. and the competition at 7 p.m. Guests will enjoy food, beverages, fellowship, and an opportunity to win a custom designed jewelry piece donated by Lisa and Lex Matthews of Southern Jewelry Design. After Feb.1, fans can vote online for their favorite couple(s) at DancingForOurFutureStarsOfFlorence.com for only $10 per vote. The “People’s Choice” mirror ball trophies will be awarded to the three couples raising the most votes. A panel of judges will name one couple “Technical Skills Winner” based on the contestants’ overall skills. One couple will also be chosen as “Most Entertaining” by the judges. Dancers receiving the largest number of online votes will be awarded the “Social Stars” trophy.

The School Foundation’s board member Ed Love and local celebrity Audra Coble will serve as master and mistress of ceremonies. The 2017 celebrities will perform the opening act and the KFA Fierce team will provide special entertainment throughout the evening. About The School Foundation Founded in 2000, The School Foundation promotes educational excellence in Florence, SC School District 1 through grants for innovative learning and through high impact initiatives designed to prepare all students for success. To learn more about The School Foundation, visit their website at www.theschoolfoundation.org. To date, the foundation has provided over $1,355,377 in grants to FSD1 educators and is currently leading a school readiness awareness campaign focusing on preparing all children to enter kindergarten with the skills needed to succeed. The foundation also launched Start2Read, a program that distributes age appropriate books and reading tips in local businesses.

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The most edible time of the year. Restaurant Week Florence is underway. Get your taste buds ready and bring your appetites. Restaurant Week South Carolina began on Jan. 11 and runs through Jan. 21. The 11day food fest allows diners to experience all the Pee Dee’s culinary scene has to offer. Restaurants all along the strand and all across the state will offer special menus showcasing the best of their cuisine. Restaurant Week gives food lovers the opportunity to experience special lunches and dinners in Florence’s casual and high-end restaurants. Restaurant Week Florence is an extension of Restaurant Week South Carolina; a cam-

paign ran by the S.C. Restaurant and Lodging Association in partnership with the Florence Convention and Visitors Bureau. Restaurant Week gives restaurants a boost during a typically slower time of the year for them and gives diners the chance to try out new places and return to old favorites. Participating restaurants and menus can be found at http://restaurantweekflorence.com/.

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