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NAME: Hannah Davis FAMILY: Husband, a law enforcement officer, and an eight-year-old daughter. HOMETOWN: Born in Charleston, moved to Florence in1990. OCCUPATION: Development Manager at the City of Florence HOBBIES OR SPECIAL INTERESTS: Training dogs for search and recovery K-9 units. WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT FLORENCE: It’s energy and vibrancy. WHO OR WHAT HAS MOST INFLUENCED YOU? Mom and dad.

A portrait of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., drawn by Endia McWhite, a junior at South Florence High School. Her art teacher is Carolina Doughty.

Numerous events to honor MLK The 21st annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day March and Rally sponsored by the Florence Community Development Agency will take place Monday, January 20. Marchers will gather at 9 a.m. at Shekinah Glory Seventh Day Adventist Church, located at 803 Oakland Ave. The march will begin promptly at 9 a.m. The route follows Oakland Ave. to the MLK Jr. Bridge. Marchers will pause for a moment of prayer

Text to King’s “Our God is Marching On” speech, Page 4A. and reflection before continuing the march on West Cheves Street. The march will conclude at the Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center. See MLK, Page 3A

Fund supports family of slain officer On the morning of Jan. 5, Officer Jackson Ryan Winkeler with the Florence Regional Airport Department of Public Safety was shot and killed while conducting a traffic stop shortly before 6 a.m. He was 26 years old. According to law enforcement, a man opened fire on Winkeler during the stop, stole his service weapon and fled the scene. The Florence County Sheriff’s Office arrested the suspect shortly after the incident. Hundreds attended a public funeral service for Winkeler Thursday at the WINKELER Florence Center. Law enforcement members and civic leaders from around the state attended the event. A memorial fund has been established to support Officer Winkeler’s family. People can donate by visiting: www.serveandconnect.net/tragedy-response/. Winkeler was a new officer who also served as a volunteer firefighter with the Latta Fire Department. He is remembered as a happy, giving person who loved hunting, racing, and fishing. Yet, his parents, Denise and Mark, note that his true love was service. “He loved his hobbies, but if you had to pile them up, law enforcement and rescue would be at the top of that pile,” shared his father, See FUND, Page 2A

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Friends of Library meeting Jan. 26

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The Friends of Florence County Library will hold their annual meeting Sunday, Jan. 26 at 3 p.m. in the Stokes Meeting Room of the Doctors Bruce and Lee Foundation Library.

During the meeting, officers for the 2020 year and the 2019 financials will be presented. After this, the guest speaker will be author Jessica Handler who will present her new book The Magnetic Girl.

D E AT H S Michael Tony Brown, 57, passed away Jan. 8. Layton-Anderson Funeral Home. Omelia Causey Carter, 71, passed away Jan. 11. Stoudenmire-Dowling Funeral Home. Vivian Elizabeth Floyd Carter, 61, passed away Jan. 8. Stoudenmire-Dowling Funeral Home. Daniel Beaufort Causey III, esq., passed away Jan. 4. Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home. Virgiline Cox Davison, 89, passed away Jan. 12. Cain-Calcutt Funeral Home. Wendy Cooke Dembowski, 71, passed away Jan.6. Layton-Anderson Funeral Home. Roy Catesby Flannagan Jr., PhD, 81, passed away Jan. 11. Cain-Calcutt Funeral Home. Azell Burrell Gee II, 43, passed away Jan. 3. Ideal Funeral Parlor. William Earl Gibbs Jr., 67, passed away Jan. 11. Cain-Calcutt Funeral Home.

BIG CARS AT DARLINGTON RACEWAY – This Indianapolis-type race car (called a Big Car) ran in Darlington in 1950. Subsequent Big Car races were run at the Darlington International Raceway in 1951, 1954 and 1956, the U.S. Auto Club's Pee Dee 200 on July 4, 1956. Photo courtesy of Dr. G. Wayne King. Do you have an old photo you would like to submit for The News Journal’s Do You Remember? You may do so by emailing a digital copy of the photo, including information on the photo, to editor@florencenewsjournal.com. You may also submit photos and information in person at our office, located at 312 Railroad Ave. in Florence.

Cooks for Christ benefit Jan. 23 Cooks for Christ will sponsor a chicken bog benefit for Gerard Poole of Mechanicsville Thursday, Jan. 23 at the West Florence Fire Station on Pine Needles Road in Florence. Poole, 34, was admitted to the hospital in December of 2017 after suddenly falling ill. No diagnosis was made and his illness remained a mystery until he was rushed to the hospital in September of 2018. He was then diagnosed with Stage 4 NonHodgkin’s Lymphoma. He was hospitalized for 21 days and further tests revealed that he suffers from FSGS (Focal Segmental Glomeru-

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losclerosis), a kidney disease that can lead to kidney failure. They also discovered several blood clots during testing. Poole has completed six rounds of POOLE chemotherapy and is on monthly medications that are very expensive. He is unable to return to work and has filed for disability. His wife, Alex, continues to work but has to care for him. Their

income has been greatly reduced and medical bills are increasing. Cooks for Christ is raising funds to help the family with these expenses. The Pooles are faithful members at Dominion Church in Darlington. Gerard loves to cook at church meetings or family outings. He enjoys the outdoors and hearing the dogs “run” is a favorite pastime. He was employed for over 11 years at Anderson and Keefe Investments. Lunch will be served from11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dinner will be served from 4 to 7 p.m. Drive-through lanes will be open for convenience, and

a bake sale will be held all day. The menu consists of chicken bog, green beans, slaw and bread. Plates are $8 each. Lunch and dinner can be delivered for orders of seven or more plates. To schedule a delivery, complete a delivery form and fax or email according to instructions on the form. To donate, make checks payable to “Gerard Poole Medical Fund.” For additional information, contact Alexandria Poole at (843) 687-4577, Geraldine Poole at (843) 687-8410, Jean Tyner at (843) 9178623, or Beverly McKee at (843)229-0348.

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Mark. Jackson began his life of service as a volunteer firefighter. “He always carried his fire gear wherever he went,” shared his parents. “To know him, was to love him,” said his sister, Adrienne Cook, who remembers him as a loving brother and outstanding uncle. “He was a beautiful soul with the biggest heart. Somebody who would give the shirt off of his back to help

Charles Frank “Chuck” Goode, 60, passed away Jan. 8. Stoudenmire-Dowling Funeral Home. Sarah “Frankie” Frances Jordan Harrell, 84, passed away Jan. 6. Belk Funeral Home. Boston McClain Jr., 69, passed away Jan. 3. Ideal Funeral Parlor. Lloyd Cleveland McGee, 67, passed away Jan. 11. Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home Donnie McFaddin, 65, passed away Jan. 5. Ideal Funeral Parlor. Sarah B. Howard McRae, 80, passed away Jan. 6. Ideal Funeral Parlor. Lloyd Cleveland McGee, 67, passed away Jan. 11. Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home Margaret Ann Middleton, 80, passed away Jan. 8. Belk Funeral Home. Wayne Marshall Pipkin,73, passed away Jan. 8. Layton-Anderson Funeral Home. Rita Carmon Reigel, 61, passed away Jan. 8. Stoudenmire-Dowling Funeral Home. Stephanie Carol Simmons, 71, passed away Jan. 11. Stoudenmire-Dowling Funeral Home. Eunice B. Weatherford, 91,passed away Jan. 7. Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home. Stephen Clyburn West Jr., 83, passed away Jan. 10. Waters-Powell Funeral Home.

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anyone in need. Someone who loved God, his family and his community,” she shared. "He played with my son as if he was 5 himself. If he could have had his own kids, he would have been a great dad.” This fundraiser will support Winkeler’s family during this difficult time, assisting with any unexpected costs related to his untimely death and honoring his legacy of service.

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A brief program will be held at the PAC center following the march. According to Lashonda Nesmith of the Florence Community Development Agency, between 300 and 400 people participated in last year’s march. “Each year it seems to get bigger,” she said.

annual Dr. Martin Luther King celebration will be held Thursday on FMU’s campus.

Florence NAACP The Florence Branch NAACP will sponsor its annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative celebration Monday at Trinity Baptist Church. The program is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. The Rev. Merritt B. Graves, Pastor of Mt. Zion AME Church in Florence will serve as guest speaker for the occasion. The theme of the program is “The Beloved Community: The Fierce Urgency Of Now.” Trinity Baptist Church is located at 124 W. Darlington St. The Rev. Dr. Calvin Robinson serves as pastor of the congregation. For information, contact Florence NAACP Branch President Jerry Keith Jr. at (843) 673-0693, or email flobranchnaacp@att.net for any questions.

The public is invited to participate in both the march and to attend the program. The march begins at 6:15 p.m. at the Wallace House and covers approximately a half mile to Chapman Auditorium, site of the program.

Francis Marion Francis Marion In honor of Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, students from Florence One School District found some special ways to show their gratitude for our men and women in blue. Above, teachers, students and faculty at Greenwood Elementary School joined together on the school grounds to make a giant heart. Below, some students at Dewey Carter Elementary made paper police hats. At others schools, resource officers were presented gifts or treated to lunch. The district encouraged students to wear blue in appreciation for law enforcement.

ArtFields Jr. accepting submissions The ArtFields Jr. Art Competition is open to South Carolina students in grades 1 through 12. All artwork submitted is considered by their review panel. ArtFields 2020 will take place April 24 through May 2 in Lake City.

Select pieces will be displayed during the month of April and final judging takes place during ArtFields. Schools and families are encouraged to attend the awards ceremony to support their student artists and developing artists

throughout the community. Submissions for the 2020 competition are open until Feb. 13. Please review the ArtFields Jr. Artist Rules for prize information and more information. Visit www.artfieldssc. org.

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The event includes a commemorative candlelight march and a special program of word and music. This year’s keynote speaker is the Rev. Dr. Calvin Robinson Jr., pastor of Trinity Baptist Church in Florence.

The program will feature special music by FMU’s Young, Gifted and Blessed Choir and select FMU students, and the address by Robinson. Kingdom Living Temple Kingdom Living Temple will host a Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Sunday at 4 p.m. The Rev. Leo Woodberry, pastor of Kingdom Temple, will be speaking along with others guest speakers. Singers and praise dancers will perform. Refreshments will be served. Kingdom Living Temple is located at 705 South Irby. For additional information, call (843) 799.0740.


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‘Our God is marching on’ On March 25, 1965, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. led thousands of nonviolent demonstrators to the steps of the capitol in Montgomery, Ala., after a 5-day, 54-mile march from Selma, where local African Americans, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference had been campaigning for voting rights. King told the assembled crowd: “There never was a moment in American history more honorable and more inspiring than the pilgrimage of clergymen and laymen of every race and faith pouring into Selma to face danger at the side of its embattled Negroes.” Following is the text of his address that day.

My dear and abiding friends, Ralph Abernathy, and to all of the distinguished Americans seated here on the rostrum, my friends and co-workers of the state of Alabama, and to all of the freedom-loving people who have assembled here this afternoon from all over our nation and from all over the world: Last Sunday, more than eight thousand of us started on a mighty walk from Selma, Ala. We have walked through desolate valleys and across the trying hills. We have walked on meandering highways and rested our bodies on rocky byways. Some of our faces are burned from the outpourings of the sweltering sun. Some have literally slept in the mud. We have been drenched by the rains. Our bodies are tired and our feet are somewhat sore. But today as I stand before you and think back over that great march, I can say, as Sister Pollard said—a seventy-year-old Negro woman who lived in this community during the bus boycott—and one day, she was asked while walking if she didn’t want to ride. And when she answered, “No,” the person said, “Well, aren’t you tired?” And with her ungrammatical profundity, she said, “My feets is tired, but my soul is rested.” And in a real sense this afternoon, we can say that our feet are tired, but our souls are rested. They told us we wouldn’t get here. And there were those who said that we would get here only over their dead bodies, but all the world today knows that we are here and we are standing before the forces of power in the state of Alabama saying, “We ain’t goin’ let nobody turn us around.” Now it is not an accident that one of the great marches of American history should terminate in Montgomery, Alabama. Just ten years ago, in this very city, a new philosophy was born of the Negro struggle. Montgomery was the first city in the South in which the entire Negro community united and squarely faced its age-old oppressors. Out of this struggle, more than bus desegregation was won; a new idea, more powerful than guns or clubs was born. Negroes took it and carried it across the South in epic battles that electrified the nation and the world. Yet, strangely, the climactic conflicts always were fought and won on Alabama soil. After Montgomery’s, heroic confrontations loomed up in Mississippi, Arkansas, Georgia, and elsewhere. But not until the colossus of segregation was challenged in Birmingham did the conscience of America begin to bleed. White America was profoundly aroused by Birmingham because it witnessed the whole community of Negroes facing terror and brutality with majestic scorn and heroic courage. And from the wells of this democratic spirit, the nation finally forced Congress to write legislation in the hope that it would eradicate the stain of Birmingham. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 gave Negroes some part of their rightful dignity, but without the vote it was dignity without strength. Once more the method of nonviolent resistance was unsheathed from its scabbard, and once again an entire community was mobilized to confront the adversary. And again the brutality of a dying order shrieks across the land. Yet, Selma, Alabama, became a shining moment in the conscience of man. If the worst in American life lurked in its dark streets, the best of American instincts arose passionately from across the nation to overcome it. There never was a moment in American history more honorable and more inspiring than the pilgrimage of clergymen and laymen of every race and faith pouring into Selma to face danger at the side of its embattled Negroes. The confrontation of good and evil compressed in the tiny community of Selma generated the massive power to turn the whole nation to a new course. A president born in the South had the sensitivity to feel the will of the country, (Speak, sir) and in an address that will live in history as one of the most passionate pleas for human rights ever made by a president of our nation, he pledged the might of the federal government to cast off the centuries-old blight. President Johnson rightly praised the courage of the Negro for awakening the conscience of the nation. On our part we must pay our profound respects to the white Americans who cherish their democratic tradi-

A portrait of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., drawn by Jalen McPherson, a junior at Wilson High School. His art teacher is Harriet McMillan.

tions over the ugly customs and privileges of generations and come forth boldly to join hands with us. From Montgomery to Birmingham, from Birmingham to Selma, from Selma back to Montgomery, a trail wound in a circle long and often bloody, yet it has become a highway up from darkness. Alabama has tried to nurture and defend evil, but evil is choking to death in the dusty roads and streets of this state. So I stand before you this afternoon with the conviction that segregation is on its deathbed in Alabama, and the only thing uncertain about it is how costly the segregationists and Wallace will make the funeral. Our whole campaign in Alabama has been centered around the right to vote. In focusing the attention of the nation and the world today on the flagrant denial of the right to vote, we are exposing the very origin, the root cause, of racial segregation in the Southland. Today I want to tell the city of Selma, today I want to say to the state of Alabama, today I want to say to the people of America and the nations of the world, that we are not about to turn around. We are on the move now. Yes, we are on the move and no wave of racism can stop us. We are on the move now. The burning of our churches will not deter us. The bombing of our homes will not dissuade us. We are on the move now. The beating and killing of our clergymen and young people will not divert us. We are on the move now. The wanton release of their known murderers would not discourage us. We are on the move now. Like an idea whose time has come, not even the marching of mighty armies can halt us. We are moving to the land of freedom. Let us therefore continue our triumphant march to the realization of the American dream. Let us march on segregated housing until every ghetto or social and economic depression dissolves, and Negroes and whites live side by side in decent, safe, and sanitary housing. Let us march on segregated schools until every vestige of segregated and inferior education becomes a thing of the past, and Negroes and whites study side-by-side in the sociallyhealing context of the classroom. Let us march on poverty until no American parent has to skip a meal so that their children may eat. March on poverty until no starved man walks the streets of our cities and towns in search of jobs that do not exist. Let us march on poverty until wrinkled stomachs in Mississippi are filled, and the idle industries of Appalachia are realized and revitalized, and broken lives in sweltering ghettos are mended and remolded. Let us march on ballot boxes, march on ballot boxes until race-baiters disappear from the political arena. Let us march on ballot boxes until the salient misdeeds of bloodthirsty mobs will be transformed into the calculated good deeds of orderly citizens. Let us march on ballot boxes until the Wallaces of our nation tremble away in silence. Let us march on ballot boxes until we send to our city

councils, state legislatures, and the United States Congress, men who will not fear to do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with thy God. Let us march on ballot boxes until brotherhood becomes more than a meaningless word in an opening prayer, but the order of the day on every legislative agenda. Let us march on ballot boxes until all over Alabama God’s children will be able to walk the earth in decency and honor. There is nothing wrong with marching in this sense. The Bible tells us that the mighty men of Joshua merely walked about the walled city of Jericho and the barriers to freedom came tumbling down. I like that old Negro spiritual, “Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho.” In its simple, yet colorful, depiction of that great moment in biblical history, it tells us that: Joshua fit the battle of Jericho, Joshua fit the battle of Jericho, And the walls come tumbling down. Up to the walls of Jericho they marched, spear in hand. “Go blow them ramhorns,” Joshua cried, “‘Cause the battle am in my hand.” These words I have given you just as they were given us by the unknown, long-dead, dark-skinned originator. Some now long-gone black bard bequeathed to posterity these words in ungrammatical form, yet with emphatic pertinence for all of us today. The battle is in our hands. And we can answer with creative nonviolence the call to higher ground to which the new directions of our struggle summons us. The road ahead is not altogether a smooth one. There are no broad highways that lead us easily and inevitably to quick solutions. But we must keep going. In the glow of the lamplight on my desk a few nights ago, I gazed again upon the wondrous sign of our times, full of hope and promise of the future. And I smiled to see in the newspaper photographs of many a decade ago, the faces so bright, so solemn, of our valiant heroes, the people of Montgomery. To this list may be added the names of all those who have fought and, yes, died in the nonviolent army of our day: Medgar Evers, three civil rights workers in Mississippi last summer, William Moore, as has already been mentioned, the Reverend James Reeb, Jimmy Lee Jackson, and four little girls in the church of God in Birmingham on Sunday morning. But in spite of this, we must go on and be sure that they did not die in vain. The pattern of their feet as they walked through Jim Crow barriers in the great stride toward freedom is the thunder of the marching men of Joshua, and the world rocks beneath their tread. My people, my people, listen. The battle is in our hands. The battle is in our hands in Mississippi and Alabama and all over the United States. I know there is a cry

today in Alabama, we see it in numerous editorials: “When will Martin Luther King, SCLC, SNCC, and all of these civil rights agitators and all of the white clergymen and labor leaders and students and others get out of our community and let Alabama return to normalcy?” But I have a message that I would like to leave with Alabama this evening. That is exactly what we don’t want, and we will not allow it to happen, for we know that it was normalcy in Marion that led to the brutal murder of Jimmy Lee Jackson. It was normalcy in Birmingham that led to the murder on Sunday morning of four beautiful, unoffending, innocent girls. It was normalcy on Highway 80 that led state troopers to use tear gas and horses and billy clubs against unarmed human beings who were simply marching for justice. It was normalcy by a cafe in Selma, Alabama, that led to the brutal beating of Reverend James Reeb. It is normalcy all over our country (Yes, sir) which leaves the Negro perishing on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of vast ocean of material prosperity. It is normalcy all over Alabama that prevents the Negro from becoming a registered voter. No, we will not allow Alabama to return to normalcy. The only normalcy that we will settle for is the normalcy that recognizes the dignity and worth of all of God’s children. The only normalcy that we will settle for is the normalcy that allows judgment to run down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty stream. The only normalcy that we will settle for is the normalcy of brotherhood, the normalcy of true peace, the normalcy of justice. And so as we go away this afternoon, let us go away more than ever before committed to this struggle and committed to nonviolence. I must admit to you that there are still some difficult days ahead. We are still in for a season of suffering in many of the black belt counties of Alabama, many areas of Mississippi, many areas of Louisiana. I must admit to you that there are still jail cells waiting for us, and dark and difficult moments. But if we will go on with the faith that nonviolence and its power can transform dark yesterdays into bright tomorrows, we will be able to change all of these conditions. And so I plead with you this afternoon as we go ahead: remain committed to nonviolence. Our aim must never be to defeat or humiliate the white man, but to win his friendship and understanding. We must come to see that the end we seek is a society at peace with itself, a society that can live with its conscience. And that will be a day not of the white man, not of the black man. That will be the day of man as man. I know you are asking today, “How long will it take?” Somebody’s asking, “How long will prejudice blind the visions of men, darken their understanding, and drive bright-eyed wisdom from her sacred throne?” Somebody’s asking, “When will wounded justice, lying prostrate on the streets of Selma and Birmingham and communities all over the South, be lifted from this dust of shame to reign supreme among the children of men?” Somebody’s asking, “When will the radiant star of hope be plunged against the nocturnal bosom of this lonely night, plucked from weary souls with chains of fear and the manacles of death? How long will justice be crucified, and truth bear it?” I come to say to you this afternoon, however difficult the moment, however frustrating the hour, it will not be long, because “truth crushed to earth will rise again.” How long? Not long, because “no lie can live forever.” How long? Not long, because “you shall reap what you sow.” How long? Not long: Truth forever on the scaffold, wrong forever on the throne, yet that scaffold sways the future, and, behind the dim unknown, standeth God within the shadow, keeping watch above his own. How long? Not long, because the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice. How long? Not long, because: Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord; He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored; He has loosed the fateful lightning of his terrible swift sword; His truth is marching on. He has sounded forth the trumpet that shall never call retreat; He is sifting out the hearts of men before His judgment seat. O, be swift, my soul, to answer Him! Be jubilant my feet! Our God is marching on. Glory, hallelujah! Glory, hallelujah! Glory, hallelujah! Glory, hallelujah! His truth is marching on


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Nothing quite like a good ‘lucky dog’ story I recently received a letter from a reader by the name of Angeline Watford. She lives in Darlington County just north of Hartsville. In the letter she details a true story about her pet, a dog named Lucky. Never, ever pass up the chance to hear a story about a dog named Lucky. It will either be funny or special. This one happens to be special. “My name is Angeline Watford and I have a puppy named “Lucky.” He is truly one lucky puppy. One Saturday morning when I awoke and went outside to check on all my precious fur babies, he was nowhere to be found. he date was June 15, 2019. After many hours of searching for him I heard a faint whining sound beneath the ground. Lucky had fallen into a 64-foot well that I never knew existed. My heart was crushed because I thought he had been buried alive. “I called (Darlington County Fire Department) Fire and Rescue. When they arrived they never treated me as if I was crazy for calling them to save this pup’s

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life. I soon realized that God had sent me some special angels. More and more of these special people showed up that day to save this small pup. They worked together as family and friends and finally, after hours of work, Lucky was pulled up out of the well. Anderson Plumbing even showed up with a special camera that showed them exactly where my puppy was in the hole. I will forever love and respect each and every man and woman who helped me that day.” I am 64 years old and in all my life I have never met people as kind and as special as they are.” A call to Darlington County Fire Chief Ricky Flowers confirmed the story to be true. In fact, Flowers has a picture of Lucky. “It was taken after he was rescued. I’ve held onto it,” Flow-

ers said with a chuckle. He then shared with me some of the things he remembered from the call. “The hole was probably about 60 feet deep, but it was about as round as the size of your fist,” said Flowers. “At first glance, you never would have thought a dog would have been in there.” Flowers remembers it “took just about all day” before the pup was rescued. He said it was a team effort and the person from Anderson Plumbing deserves a lot of the credit. “The camera helped tremendously,” he said. “I’m not sure if it would have ended the way it did without their help.” After reading the first part of the letter, I could not help but wonder why Ms. Watford had waited some six months to write a letter to the paper thanking the people who rescued her pet. The last part of the letter explained her reasoning. First, it was Christmas and she was most thankful to still have her lucky fur baby. She had promised herself she would write and thank the people who helped her that day. This was her way of

doing so. Her second reason for writing was that she was angry and disappointed at seeing all the bitterness and hatred on display in our nation’s capital during the holidays. She said they needed to work together like people who saved her little dog. These are her words: “There is no room in our lives for such hatred towards even just one person at a time of wondrous joy when baby Jesus was born. Have the American people forgotten the true meaning of Christmas?” I may not be here next Christmas due to my health, but I can say that our “Fire and Rescue” gave me a warm Christmas present in saving Lucky. They worked together and did a great job and didn’t stand divided … .” God bless you Angeline and thanks for sharing your story. And thanks also to our heroic firefighters and rescue personnel for always being there in our time of need. We feel pretty doggone lucky having you around.

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INDEX 100 ...............................................LEGALS 150 .........................................STATEWIDE 200..........................................ADOPTION 210.............................ANNOUNCEMENTS 215...............................................EVENTS 216..................................................TRIPS 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

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STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF FLORENCE IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS C/A No.: 2019-CP-21-02810 Lakeview Loan Servicing, LLC, Plaintiff, vs. Robert Jason Pugh, Discover Bank, Defendant(s). SUMMONS AND NOTICES (Non-Jury) FORECLOSURE OF REAL ESTATE MORTGAGE TO THE DEFENDANT(S) ABOVE NAMED: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and required to appear and defend by answering the Complaint in this action, a copy of which is hereby served upon you, and to

530 ..................................WORK WANTED 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

serve a copy of your Answer on the subscribers at their offices at 508 Hampton Street, Suite 301, Columbia, SC 29201, within thirty (30) days after the service hereof, exclusive of the day of such service; 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. YOU WILL ALSO TAKE NOTICE that Plaintiff will move for an Order of Reference or the Court may issue a general Order of Reference of this action to a Master-inEquity/Special Referee,

pursuant to Rule 53 of the South Carolina Rules of Civil Procedure. 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 Attorney for the Plaintiff. NOTICE OF FILING COMPLAINT TO THE DEFENDANTS ABOVE

NAMED: YOU WILL PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the original Complaint, Cover Sheet for Civil Actions and Certificate of Exemption from ADR in the above entitled action was filed in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County on October 4, 2019. J. Martin Page, SC Bar No. 100200 D. Maxwell Sims, SC Bar No. 103945 508 Hampton Street, Suite 301 Columbia, SC 29201 Phone (803) 509-5078 BCPG No. 19-43486 (1/1,1/8,1/15/20) SUMMONS (Jury-Trial Demanded) STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF FLORENCE IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS TWELFTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT Case No.: 2019-CP-21-02868 THOMAS AUSTIN MERRILL, Plaintiff, vs. ANTONIO OROZCO, Defendant. TO THE DEFENDANT ABOVE-NAMED: YOU ARE HERBY SUMMONED and required to answer the Complaint herein, a copy of which is herewith served upon you, and to serve a copy of your Answer to said Complaint upon the subscriber at this office, 1831 West Evans Street, Suite 314, Florence, South Carolina 29501, within thirty (30) days after service hereof, exclusive of the day of such service, and if you fail to answer the Complaint within the time aforesaid, the Plaintiff in this action will apply to the Court for the

relief demanded in said Complaint. s/H. Lee Herron H. LEE HERRON The Herron Law Firm 1831 West Evans Street, Ste. 314 Florence, SC 29501 (843) 407-1140 ATTORNEY FOR PLAINTIFF October 10, 2019 (1/8,1/15,1/22/20) SUMMONS AND SUMMARY OF COMPLAINT STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF FLORENCE IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS TWELFTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT C/A NO: 2019-CP-21-02667 Ryan H. Hodges, Ashley H. Hodges, Joshua K. Hodges, and Ashley L. Hodges, Plaintiff, vs. Porcha Daniels, Rafael Spears, and all and all persons claiming any right, title, estate interest in or lien upon the real estate described; any unknown adults and those persons who may be in the military services of the United State of America, all of them being a class designated as John Doe, whose true name is unknown; any unborn infants or persons under disability being a class designed as Richard Roe, whose true name is unknown, Defendants. TO THE DEFENDANT ABOVE-NAMED: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and required to answer the Complaint in

this action, a copy of which is herewith served upon you, and to serve a copy of your Answer to said Complaint on the subscriber at 814 West Evans Street, Post Office Box 1317, Florence, South Carolina, 29503 within thirty (30) days from the service hereof, exclusive of the date of such service; and in case of the failure to do so, judgment by default will be rendered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint. YOU WILL PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the original Summons and Complaint were filed with the Clerk of Court for FLORENCE County on September 19, 2019 at 4:28 PM, for purposes of quieting title, as described in the Complaint. SUMMARY OF COMPLAINT Pursuant to an execution dated March 28, 2016, and subsequent levy, the Treasurer of Florence County, South Carolina, acting in his official capacity and through the Delinquent Tax Collector of Florence County, South Carolina, offered for sale the real property of Porcha Daniels and Rafael Spears for nonpayment of 2015 and 2016 real property taxes. The property is described as follows: All that certain piece, parcel or tract of land situate, lying, and being in the County of Florence, State of South Carolina, designated as Tract 2, consisting of 12.22 acres as shown on a “Plat of 2 Tracts located Southeast of Florence, Florence County, South Car-

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olina, being a division of that property shown as Tract No. One on a Plat by A. L. Ervin, C. E., dated November 7, 1947, and described in Deed Book A 398, Page 21. Surveyed for: Tract 1- Wilber Spears, Tract 2- Tisbie Daniels” by Nesbitt Surveying Co., Inc., dated April 7, 2010, and recorded in Florence County Clerk of Court’s Office on November 30, 2012, in Plat Book 100 at Page 208. Said Tract 2 buts and bounds according to said plat as follows: North by Tract 1 and 50 feet ingress/ egress road; East by property of Darlene Johnson et al; South by property of Addie L. Calcutt and West by property of Larry Allen Miller and Terri L. Lechette, all of which will more fully and at large appear by reference to said plat, which is hereby made, pro tanto, a part and parcel hereof. This being the same property conveyed to Thomas R. Knotts, by Tax Deed, dated and recorded in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County on April 25, 2018, in Deed Book 743 at Page 255. TMS#: 00314-02-044 September 19, 2019

Florence, South Carolina s/CHARLIE J. BLAKE CHARLIE J. BLAKE, ESQUIRE S.C. Bar No.: 16980 FINKLEA LAW FIRM 814 West Evans Street Florence, SC 29501 Phone: (843) 317-4900 ATTORNEY FOR PLAINTIFF ORDER APPOINTING GUARDIAN AD LITEM It appearing unto the satisfaction of this Court upon reading Plaintiff’s Petition to Appoint Guardian ad Litem Nisi, and Michele Dahl Sturkie, Esquire, Sturkie Law Firm, Post Office Box 2260, Florence, SC 29503, having consented to act as Guardian ad Litem Nisi and to represent the Defendants including all unknown persons with any right, title or interest in and to the real property located in Florence County, South Carolina, and designated as TMS#: 00314-02-044 any unknown adults and those persons who may be in the military service of the United States of America, all of them being classes designated under the fictitious names of John Doe and Richard Roe, hereinafter referred to as

“Defendants,” and that the said Michele Dahl Sturkie, Esquire, is a suitable and competent person to understand and protect the rights and interests of such Defendants and has no interest herein adverse to the interest of said Defendants and is not connected in business with the Plaintiff in this action or with their counsel. IT IS THEREFORE, ORDERED that the said Michele Dahl Sturkie, Esquire, Sturkie Law Firm, Posts Office Box 2260, Florence, SC 29503, be and he is hereby designated and appointed Guardian ad Litem Nisi for said Defendants and she is hereby authorized to appear in and defend such action on behalf of said Defendants and to protect their interests, unless said Defendants, or any of them, shall within thirty (30) days of the service of a copy of this Order upon them, exclusive of the day of service as herein provided, apply to this Court for the appointment of another competent and discreet individual of their choice to serve as Guardian ad Litem for them, for the purposes of this action. Upon the failure

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6A of such application, within the specified time, this Order shall automatically become final and absolute. IT IS SO ORDERED. s/ The Honorable Michael G. Nettles #2140 Circuit Court Judge Darlington, South Carolina December 18, 2019 (1/8,1/15,1/22/20) Notice of Public Sale Property of the following tenants will be sold to satisfy rental liens ONLINE in accordance with Title 39, Chapter 20, Section 10 through 50 of the South Carolina Lien Statutes. The undersigned will sell at public sale by competitive bidding January 13th – January 28th ending on or after 1 pm EST on WWW.LOCKERFOX.COM with pictures attached. The Auction will end on or after Jan 28th at 1 PM. Said property is stored at Storage Rentals of America 1309 E Howe Springs Rd, Florence, SC 29505. Unit # Tenant Name Items A10 Mary Jenkins Household items, clothing, furniture, etc. B09-Jason Peteja Household items, clothing, furniture, etc.

B16-Antonio Lockhart Household items, clothing, furniture, etc. B23-David Westbrooks Household items, clothing, furniture, etc. E30-Carolyn Rogers Household items, clothing, furniture, etc. F06-Shakina McGill Household items, clothing, furniture, etc. F32-Stacey Flowers Household items, clothing, furniture, etc. G09-Ashley Williams Household items, clothing, furniture, etc. G21-Laura Cordial Household items, clothing, furniture, etc. G35-Madeline Ellison Household items, clothing, furniture, etc. H28-Ann Cain Household items, clothing, furniture, etc. Purchases must be paid for at the time of purchase by cash only. All purchased items are sold as is, where is, and must be removed at the time of sale. Sale is subject to cancellation in the event of settlement between owner and obligated party. (1/8,1/15/20)

SUMMONS AND NOTICE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF FLORENCE IN THE FAMILY COURT OF THE TWELFTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT DOCKET NO.: 2019-DR-21-1365 South Carolina Department of Social Services, Plaintiff, vs. Amber Anderson Jerome Dingle Jerome Dingle, Sr. Defendants. IN THE INTEREST OF: Cayden Dingle (01/08/2018) Minor under the age of 18 TO DEFENDANT: Amber Anderson: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and served with the Complaint for Removal, a copy of which has been filed in the Office of the Clerk of Court for FLORENCE County at the Florence County Judicial Center, 181 N. Irby St., Suite 2700, Florence, SC 29501, and will be delivered to you upon request; and if you choose to answer the complaint, serve a copy of your answer to the complaint upon the undersigned attorney for the plaintiff at Laura J. Bardsley, Florence County DSS, 2685 S. Irby Street, Box A, Florence,

SC, 29505 within thirty (30) days following the date of service upon you, exclusive of the day of such service. YOU ARE FURTHER NOTIFIED that: the Merits Hearing in this matter is scheduled for March 17, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. at the Florence County Judicial Center, 2nd floor, located at 181 N. Irby St., Florence, SC 29501. Laura J. Bardsley, Attorney for Plaintiff South Carolina Department of Social Services 2685 S. Irby Street, Box A Florence, SC 29505 (843) 669-3354 Bar No.: 13484 Florence, South Carolina 2019 (1/15,1/22,1/29/20) MASTER IN EQUITY'S SALE 2019-CP-21-01037 BY VIRTUE of a decree heretofore granted in the case of: Reverse Mortgage Solutions, Inc against The Estate of Mary Elizabeth Jones, et al., I, the undersigned Master in Equity for Florence County, will sell on February 4, 2020 at 11:00 AM, Florence County Courthouse, 181 N Irby Street, Florence, SC

29501, to the highest bidder: All that certain piece, parcel or lot of land, situate, lying and being in the City and County of Florence, State of South Carolina, being known and designated as Lot 72 on a plat of Fairfield Subdivision by Elbert E. Floyd, Surveyor, dated August 1963 and recorded in Plat Book “V” at Page 87 in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County and being generally bounded and described as follows to wit: on the North by Waterman Avenue on which it fronts and measures 75 feet; on the East by Lot 71 on which it measures 125 feet; on the South by Lot 78 on which it measures 75 feet; and on the West by Lot 73 on which it measures 125 feet, all as shown on Plat by W. O. Powers, Reg. Surveyor dated June 24, 1971. Being all that parcel & land conveyed to Mary Elizabeth Jones, her heirs and assigns from TCIF REO2, LLC by that deed dated April 8, 2004 and recorded April 13, 2004 in Deed Book A832 at Page 1028 of the Florence County, South Carolina Public Registry. Parcel No. 90099-11-004

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Property Address: 112 Waterman Avenue Florence, SC 29506 TERMS OF SALE: The successful bidder, other than the plaintiff, will deposit with the Master in Equity, at conclusion of the bidding, five percent (5%) of his bid, in cash or equivalent, as evidence of good faith, same be applied to purchase price in case of compliance, but to be forfeited and applied first to costs and then to plaintiff's debt in the case of noncompliance. Should the last and highest bidder fail or refuse to make the required deposit at the time of bid or comply with the other terms of the bid within twenty (20) days, then the Master in Equity may resell the property on the same terms and conditions on some subsequent Sales Day (at risk of the said highest bidder). A personal or deficiency judgment being waived by Plaintiff, the sale shall close on the Sales Day. Purchaser to pay for documentary stamps on Master in Equity’s Deed. The successful bidder will be required to pay interest on the amount of the balance of the bid from date of sale to date of compliance with the bid at the rate of 4.09% per annum. SAVE AND EXCEPT ANY RELEASES, DEEDS OF RELEASE, OR PRIOR CONVEYANCES OF RECORD. SUBJECT TO ASSESSMENTS, Florence COUNTY TAXES, EXISTING EASEMENTS, EASEMENTS AND RESTRICTIONS OF RECORD, AND 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 W. Haigh Porter Master in Equity for Florence County Bell Carrington Price & Gregg, LLC 339 Heyward St., 2nd Floor Columba, SC 29201 803-509-5078 / File # 1941160 Attorney for the Plaintiff (1/15,1/22,1/29/20) MASTER IN EQUITY'S SALE 2019-CP-21-02277 BY VIRTUE of a decree heretofore granted in the case of: Lakeview Loan Servicing, LLC against Joshua Paul Chandler, et al., I, the undersigned Master in Equity for Florence County, will sell on February 4, 2020 at 11:00 AM, Florence County Courthouse, 181 N Irby Street, Florence, SC 29501, to the highest bidder: All that certain lot of land, situate, lying and being in the County of Florence, State of South Carolina, and being designated as Lot No. 11, in Block B, on a plat of H.M. McElveen property, recorded in Plat Book S at page 113, in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County. Said lot measures 95 feet front and extends back in depth on its northern boundary 159.2 feet, and on its southern boundary 162.79 feet, and on its western boundary 95 feet, said lot being bounded on the north by Lot 10, on the East by Lots 6 & 7, on the South by Lot 12 and on the West by Barkley Avenue, all in Block B, as shown on said plat. This being the same property conveyed to Joshua Paul Chandler and Maryse Rae Chandler by deed of the Estate of Margaret M. Joye by Howard A. Joye recorded August 25, 2016 in Book B647 at Page 939 in the Office of the Register of Deeds for Florence County, South Carolina. Parcel No. 90134 01 014 Property Address: 2706 Barkley Avenue Florence, SC 29505 TERMS OF SALE: The successful bidder, other than the plaintiff,

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Wednesday, January 15, 2020 will deposit with the Master in Equity, at conclusion of the bidding, five percent (5%) of his bid, in cash or equivalent, as evidence of good faith, same be applied to purchase price in case of compliance, but to be forfeited and applied first to costs and then to plaintiff's debt in the case of noncompliance. Should the last and highest bidder fail or refuse to make the required deposit at the time of bid or comply with the other terms of the bid within twenty (20) days, then the Master in Equity may re-sell the property on the same terms and conditions on some subsequent Sales Day (at risk of the said highest bidder). A personal or deficiency judgment being waived by the Plaintiff, the bidding shall close on the sale day. Purchaser to pay for documentary stamps on Master in Equity’s 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 3.75% per annum. SAVE AND EXCEPT ANY RELEASES, DEEDS OF RELEASE, OR PRIOR CONVEYANCES OF RECORD. SUBJECT TO ASSESSMENTS, Florence COUNTY TAXES, EXISTING EASEMENTS, EASEMENTS AND RESTRICTIONS OF RECORD, AND 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 W. Haigh Porter Master in Equity for Florence County Bell Carrington Price & Gregg, LLC 508 Hampton Street, Suite 301 Columba, SC 29201 803-509-5078 / File # 1942817 (1/15,1/22,1/29/20) MASTER IN EQUITY'S SALE 2019-CP-21-01832 BY VIRTUE of a decree heretofore granted in the case of: Branch Banking and Trust Co. against The Estate of William Oliver Peace, et al., I, the Master in Equity for Florence County, will sell on February 4, 2020 at 11:00 AM, Florence County Courthouse, 181 N Irby Street, Florence, SC 29501, to the highest bidder: All that certain piece, parcel and lot of land situate in the County of Florence, State of South Carolina, designated as Lot 1, Block D. The said lot fronts on the south side of Warner Street and is bounded as follows: North by Warner Street for 90 feet, East by Lockey for 150 feet; South by Stone for 107 feet; and West by Lot 2 for 148.4 feet. This being the same property conveyed to William O. Peace and Lizzie R. Peace by deed of Branch Banking and Trust Company, successor in interest to Southern National Bank, Personal Representative and pursuant to powers granted to it by Article VII (3) of the Last Will and Testament of Ashpy P. Lowrimore, as filed in the Probate Court for Florence County in Probate Roll No. 2001-ES-21-00652, dated October 24, 2002 and recorded October 28, 2002 in Book A703 at Page 2119 in the Office of the Register of Deeds for Florence County, South Carolina. Parcel No. 90023-01-026 Property Address: 2106 Warner Street Florence, SC 29501 TERMS OF SALE: The successful bidder, other than the plaintiff, will deposit with the Master in Equity, at conclusion of the bidding, five percent (5%) of his bid, in cash or equivalent, as evidence of good faith, same be applied to purchase price in case of compliance, but to be forfeited and applied first to costs and then to plaintiff's debt in the case of noncompliance. Should the last and highest bidder fail or refuse to make the required deposit at the time of bid or comply with the other terms of the bid within twenty (20) days, then the Master in Equity may re-sell the property on the same terms and conditions on some subsequent Sales Day (at risk of the said highest bidder). A personal or deficiency judgment being waived by Plaintiff, the sale shall close on the Sales Day. Purchaser to pay for documentary stamps on Master in Equity’s 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 8.0% per annum. SAVE AND EXCEPT ANY RELEASES, DEEDS OF RELEASE, OR PRIOR CONVEYANCES OF RECORD. SUBJECT TO ASSESSMENTS, Florence COUNTY TAXES, EXISTING EASEMENTS, EASEMENTS AND RESTRICTIONS OF RECORD, AND 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 W. Haigh Porter Master in Equity for Florence County Bell Carrington Price & Gregg, LLC 508 Hampton Street, Suite 301 Columba, SC 29201 803-509-5078 / File # 1941093 (1/15,1/22,1/29/20) MASTER IN EQUITY'S SALE 2019-CP-21-01550 BY VIRTUE of a decree heretofore granted in the case of: Bank of America, N.A. against Jason Lee Maleckar, et al., I, the undersigned Master in Equity for Florence County, will sell on February 4, 2020 at 11:00 AM, Florence County Courthouse, 181 N Irby Street, Florence, SC 29501, to the highest bidder: All that certain piece, parcel or lot of land, with improvements thereon, situate, lying and being in the County of Florence, State of South Carolina, containing 0.94 acre and being known and designated as Lot B as shown on a plat made by Lind Surveying Company, Inc. dated July 5, 1979 and recorded in the office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County in Plat Book 18 at page 637. Reference is also craved to a plat prepared for Lexus Development dated April 29, 2008 and recorded in the office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County in Plat Book 93 at page 463. Said plats being incorporated herein by reference thereto for true metes and bounds and for a more complete and accurate description. This being the same property conveyed to Jason Lee Maleckar by deed of Lexus Development Inc. recorded December 1, 2009 in Book B 278 at Page 1754 in the Office of the Register of Deeds for Florence County, South Carolina. Parcel No. 00126 01 096 Property Address: 2410 McElveen Lane Effingham, SC 29541 TERMS OF SALE: The successful bidder, other than the plaintiff, will deposit with the Master in Equity, at conclusion of the bidding, five percent (5%) of his bid, in cash or equivalent, as evidence of good faith, same be applied to purchase price in case of compliance, but to be forfeited and applied first to costs and then to plaintiff's debt in the case of noncompliance. Should the last and highest bidder fail or refuse to make the required deposit at the time of bid or comply with the other terms of the bid within twenty (20) days, then the Master in Equity may re-sell the property on the same terms and conditions on some subsequent Sales Day (at risk of the said highest bidder). A personal or deficiency judgment being expressly demanded by the Plaintiff, the bidding shall remain open after the date of sale. Purchaser to pay for documentary stamps on Master in Equity’s 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 5.5% per annum. SAVE AND EXCEPT ANY RELEASES, DEEDS OF RELEASE, OR PRIOR CONVEYANCES OF RECORD. SUBJECT TO ASSESSMENTS, Florence COUNTY TAXES, EXISTING EASEMENTS, EASEMENTS AND RESTRICTIONS OF RECORD, AND 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 W. Haigh Porter Master in Equity for Florence County Bell Carrington Price & Gregg, LLC 508 Hampton Street, Suite 301 Columba, SC 29201 803-509-5078 / File # 1941786 (1/15,1/22,1/29/20) NOTICE OF SALE BY VIRTUE of a decree heretofore granted in the case of A.Q. Lee vs. Ester Darlene McCutcheon a/k/a Ester D. McCutcheon, individually and as Personal Representative for The Estate of Steven Jeryld McCutcheon a/k/a Steven J. McCutcheon, Vickie McCutcheon Boatwright a/k/a Vickie M. Boatwright, individually and as Personal Representative of The Estate of Nettie Belle McCutcheon, The Estate of Darrell McCutcheon, Jimmy Poston, Andy McCutcheon, Kevin Andrew McCutcheon, Marlo Ward McCutcheon, Channon Lee McCutcheon, Candice McCutcheon, Jeffrey McCutcheon, Jason McCutcheon, South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Uninsured Employers’ Fund, South Carolina Collections, LLC, and also, any other person claiming any right, title or interest in the real estate, and John Doe and Sally Roe, also any persons who may be in the military service of the United States of America, being a class designated as John Doe, and any unknown minors or person

under a disability being a class designated as Richard Roe representing any unknown heirs of, or claimants against the property described in the Complaint, CA #2017-CP-21-734, I, the undersigned will sell on February 11, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. or thereafter, at the Florence County Courthouse, 180 North Irby Street, Florence, South Carolina, to the highest bidder the following property: All that certain piece, parcel or lot of land lying, being and situate in the County of Florence, State of South Carolina, near the town of Coward and being designated as Lot “D” and being more particularly shown on a plat prepared for Ester McCutcheon by Nesbitt Surveying Co., Inc., dated January 11, 2018 and recorded in the office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County in Plat Book 106 at Page 622; reference being has to said plat for a more complete and accurate description. TMS #0013503-014. All that certain piece, parcel or lot of land lying, being and situate in the County of Florence, State of South Carolina, near the town of Coward, designated as Tract 1, containing 67.49 acres, and being more particularly shown on a plat prepared for Ester McCutcheon by Nesbitt Surveying Co., Inc., dated January 11, 2018, and recorded in the office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County in Plat Book 106 at Page 622; reference being had to said plat for a more complete and accurate description. TMS #00135-03-020. All that certain piece, parcel or lot of land lying, being and situate in the County of Florence, State of South Carolina, near the Town of Coward, designated as Tract 2, containing 3.45 acres, and being more particularly shown on a plat prepared for The Citizens Bank by Nesbitt Surveying Co., Inc., dated January 11, 2018, and recorded in the office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County in Plat Book 106 at Page 622; reference being had to said plat for a more complete and accurate description. TMS #00135-03-022. All that certain piece, parcel or tract of land situate, lying and being in the County of Florence, State of South Carolina, containing 3.13 acres as shown on map made by Nesbitt Surveying Company for Baylane Park dated August 23, 2001 and recorded in the office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County in Plat Book 77 at Page 231; reference being had to said plat for a more complete and accurate description. TMS #0013503-035. All that certain piece, parcel or tract of land situate, lying and being in the County of Florence, State of South Carolina containing 2.57 acres shown and designated as Lot 10 on a map made by Weston C. Snipes for Charles Driggers dated August 21, 1981 and recorded in the office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County in Plat Book 20 at Page 70; reference being had to said plat for a more complete and accurate description. TMS #0013503-041. ALSO: All that certain piece, parcel or lot of land situate on the east side of US Highway 52 in the city limits of Coward, South Carolina, containing 1.95 acres and being combined Tracts Numbers 5 and 6, both of equal length in their eastern and western boundaries as shown on a plat by W.C. Snipes, RLS, dated October 23, 1979, recorded in the office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County in Plat Book 18 at Page 844; reference being had to said plat for a more complete and accurate description. For derivations, see deed from Ronald D. Carter to Nettie Belle McCutcheon dated December 8, 1981, and recorded in the office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County on December 21, 1981, in Book A-176, at Page 278, and see deed from Ronald D. Carter to Nettie Bell McCutcheon dated July 30, 1982 and recorded in the office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County on August 4, 1982 in Book A-178, Page 578. Less and Excepting: 0.69 acres conveyed to Learline Eaddy, Lara Ann Felder and Samuel Davis by deed from Nettie Belle McCutcheon, dated December 12, 1989, and recorded in the office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County on December 13, 1989 in Book A-314 at Page 225. TMS #192-03038 and 192-03-039. TERMS OF SALE: The successful bidder, other than the Plaintiff, will deposit, at the conclusion of the bidding, five percent (5%) of the bid, in cash or equivalent, as evidence of good faith, same to be applied to purchase price in case of compliance, but to be forfeited and applied first to costs and then to Plaintiff’s debt in the case of non-compliance. Should the last and highest bidder fail or refuse to make the required deposit at time of bid or comply with the other terms of the bid within twenty (20) days, then the property will be resold on the same terms and conditions on some subsequent Sales Day at the risk of the said highest bidder. Personal or deficiency judgment having been waived, the bidding will not remain open and compliance with


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Wednesday, January 15, 2020 the bid may be made immediately. Purchaser to pay for preparation of the deed, documentary stamps on the deed, recording fees and interest on the amount of the bid from date of sale to date of compliance with the bid rate of $21.11 per say. SUBJECT TO FLORENCE COUNTY TAXES AND ASSESSMENTS, EASEMENTS, RESTRICTIONS, ANY OTHER MATTERS OF RECORD. The original Plaintiff in this matter was The Citizens Bank. On October 11, 2019, The Citizens Bank recorded an assignment of mortgage, which transferred all of its right, title, and interest in the underlying mortgages to A.Q. Lee. A.Q. Lee was substituted as the Plaintiff in this matter by order of the Court entered November 27, 2019. January 6, 2020 Special Referee for Florence County Florence, South Carolina Tara E. Nauful Adam J. Floyd Attorneys for Plaintiff (1/15,1/22,1/29/20) STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF FLORENCE IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS C/A No.: 2019-CP-21-01677 Reverse Mortgage Solutions, Inc., Plaintiff, vs. The Estate of Dorothy Washington, and John Doe and Richard Roe, as Representatives of all heirs and devisees of Dorothy Washington, deceased, and all persons entitled to claim under or through them; also, all other persons, corporations or entities unknown claiming any right, title, interest in or lien upon the subject real estate described herein, any unknown adults, whose true names are unknown, being a class designated as John Doe, and any unknown infants, persons under disability, or person in the Military Service of the United States of America, whose true names are unknown, being a class designated as Richard Roe, Bernadetta Ashwood Cooper, Floyd Darrell Ashwood, Nadine Johnson, Bryeshia D’L Cooper, Individually and as Personal Representative for the Estate of Dorothy Washington, Defendant(s). AMENDED SUMMONS AND NOTICES (Non-Jury) FORECLOSURE OF REAL ESTATE MORTGAGE TO THE DEFENDANT(S) ABOVE NAMED: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and required to appear and defend by answering the Amended Complaint in this action, a copy of which is hereby served upon you, and to serve a copy of your Answer on the subscribers at their offices at 508 Hampton Street, Suite 301, Columbia, SC 29201, within thirty (30) days after the service hereof, exclusive of the day of such service; 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 Amended Complaint. YOU WILL ALSO TAKE NOTICE that Plaintiff will move for an Order of Reference or the Court may issue a general Order of Reference of this action to a Master-inEquity/Special Referee, pursuant to Rule 53 of the South Carolina Rules of Civil Procedure. 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 Amended Summons and Notice upon you. If you fail to do so, application for such appointment will be made by Attorney for the Plaintiff. AMENDED LIS PENDENS NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT an action has been or will be commenced in this Court upon complaint of the above-named Plaintiff against the abovenamed Defendants for a declaration determining that an unrecorded Adjustable Rate Home Equity Conversion Mortgage dated April 23, 2009, given by Dorothy A. Washington, in the maximum principal amount of One Hundred Eighty Seven Thousand Five Hundred Dollars and 00/100 ($187,500.00) (“Mortgage�), is a mortgage lien on the real property described below, was a mortgage lien on the real property described below on the date of the execution of the Mortgage, and is a first lien encumbering the real property described below, and to foreclose the Mortgage. Thereafter, the Mortgage was transferred to Plaintiff herein by assignment and/or corporate merger. The premises covered and affected by the said Mortgage and by the foreclosure thereof were, at the time of the making thereof and at the time of the filing of this notice, more particularly described in the said Mortgage and are more commonly described as: All that certain piece, parcel or lot of land situate, lying and being in the City of Florence, County of Florence, State of South Carolina, being designated as Lot 54 as shown on a plat of Pine Forest Plantations Subdivision prepared by Lind Surveying Co., dated October 15, 1971 and recorded in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County in Plat Book 14 at Page 91. See also plat prepared by Lind Hicks & Associates, dated November 1, 1989 and recorded in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County in Plat Book 35 at Page 433. reference being had to said plat for a more complete and accurate description. Being all and the same premises conveyed to Maryland Washington and Dorothy A. Washington by deed of Paul A. McDowell and Hazel M. McDowell recorded November 10, 1989 in Book A-312 at Page 1782 in the Office of the Register of Deeds for Florence County, South Carolina. Maryland Washington passed away on August 16, 1993 leaving Dorothy S. Washington as the sole owner. Parcel No. 1792-04-017 Property Address: 1013 Beauvoir Drive Florence, SC 29505 ORDER FOR APPOINTMENT OF GUARDIAN AD LITEM AND APPOINTMENT OF ATTORNEY FOR UNKNOWN DEFENDANTS IN MILITARY SERVICE It appearing to the satisfaction of the Court, upon reading the filed Petition for Appointment of J. Marshall Swails, Esq. as Guardian ad Litem for known and unknown minors, and for all persons who may be under a disability, and it appearing that J. Marshall Swails, Esq. has consented to said appointment, it is FURTHER upon reading the Petition filed by Plaintiff for the appointment of an attorney to represent any unknown Defendants who may be in the Military Service of the United States of America, and may be, as such, entitled to the benefits of the Servicemembers’

Civil Relief Act, and any amendments thereto, and it appearing that J. Marshall Swails, Esq. has consented to act for and represent said Defendants, it is ORDERED that J. Marshall Swails, Esq., 8 Williams Street, Greenville, SC 29601, be and hereby is appointed Guardian ad Litem on behalf of all known and unknown minors and all unknown persons who may be under a disability, all of whom may have or claim to have some interest or claim to the real property commonly known as 1013 Beauvoir Drive, Florence, SC 29505; that he is empowered and directed to appear on behalf of and represent said Defendants, unless said Defendants, or someone on their behalf, shall within thirty (30) days after service of a copy hereof as directed, procure the appointment of Guardian or Guardians ad Litem for said Defendants. AND IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that J. Marshall Swails, Esq., 8 Williams Street, Greenville, SC 29601, be and hereby is appointed Attorney for any unknown Defendants who are, or may be, in the Military Service of the United States of America and as such are entitled to the benefits of the Servicemembers’ Civil Relief Act aka Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Civil Relief Act of 1940, and any amendments thereto, to represent and protect the interest of said Defendants, AND IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that a copy of this Order shall be forth with served upon said Defendants by publication in Florence News-Journal, a newspaper of general circulation published in the County of Florence, State of South Carolina, once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks, together with the Summons and Notice of Filing of Complaint in the above entitled action. NOTICE OF FILING COMPLAINT TO THE DEFENDANTS ABOVE NAMED: YOU WILL PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the original Complaint, Cover Sheet for Civil Actions and Certificate of Exemption from ADR in the above entitled action was filed in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County on June 19, 2019 and amended pleadings were filed on September 11, 2019. J. Martin Page, SC Bar No. 100200 D. Max Sims, SC Bar No. 103945 Bell Carrington Price & Gregg, LLC 339 Heyward Street, 2nd Floor Columbia, SC 29201 Phone (803) 509-5078 Attorney for the Plaintiff Demetri K. Koutrakos, SC Bar No. 11318 CALLISON TIGHE & ROBINSON, LLC 1812 Lincoln Street, Suite #200 P. O. Box 1390 Columbia, SC 29202-1390 Telephone: 803-404-6900 Email: jimkoutrakos@callisontighe.co m Attorney for the Plaintiff BCP No.: 19-41816 (1/15,1/22,1/29/20) MASTER'S SALE BY VIRTUE of a decree heretofore granted in the case of: OLD EBENEZER HOMEOWNERS' ASSOCIATION, INC. OF FLORENCE, S.C. vs. E. CLAREECE MCNAIR, C/A No. 2018-CP-21-02817, The following property will be sold on 02/04/2020 at 11:00AM, Florence Courthouse, to the highest bidder. All that certain residential unit, being known as Unit D, Building 1107, Old Ebenezer Horizontal Property Regime, together with the undivided interest of the Grantee in and to the Common Area and Limited Common Area appurtenant to said residential unit. Reference Master Deed recorded in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County in Deed Book A-509 at Page 2133 and re-recorded

in Deed Book A-520 at Page 1732. This being the same property conveyed to E. Clareece McNair by deed of Summit Co., Inc. of Florence dated March 24, 2000 and recorded March 27, 2000 in Book A 590, Page 222 in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County, South Carolina. Property Address: 1107-D Old Ebenezer Road TMS# 00075-01-110 TERMS OF SALE: The successful bidder, other than the plaintiff, will deposit with the Master, at conclusion of the bidding, five per cent (5%) of his bid, in certified funds, as evidence of good faith, same to be applied to purchase price if compliance is made, but in the event compliance is not made, the deposit shall be forfeited and applied first to costs of the action and then to plaintiff's debt. Should the successful bidder at the regularly conducted sale 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 Master may re-sell the property on the same terms and conditions on some subsequent Sales Day, but at the risk of the defaulting bidder(s) NOTICE: The foreclosure deed is not a warranty deed. Interested bidders should satisfy themselves as to the quality of title to be conveyed by obtaining an independent title search prior to the foreclosure sale date. No personal or deficiency judgment being demanded, the bidding will not remain open after the date of sale, but compliance with the bid may be made immediately. Purchaser to pay for documentary stamps on Master's Deed. The successful bidder will be required to pay interest on the balance of the bid from date of sale to date of compliance with the bid at the rate of 8.75% per annum. SUBJECT TO ASSESSMENTS, FLORENCE COUNTY TAXES, EXISTING EASEMENTS, EASEMENTS AND RESTRICTIONS OF RECORD, AND OTHER SENIOR ENCUMBRANCES. SPECIFICALLY, THIS SALE IS SUBJECT TO A SENIOR MORTGAGE HELD BY CAROLINA FIRST BANK RECORDED IN BOOK A 590 AT PAGE 382. The Honorable W. Haigh Porter Master in Equity for Florence County Stephanie C. Trotter Attorney for Plaintiff P.O. Box 212069 Columbia, SC 29221 (803) 724-5002 (1/15,1/22,1/29/20)

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McLeod makes moves in leadership

Ray Reich, who has served as the downtown development manager for the City of Florence since 2011, clocked out for the final time on Friday. He begins a well-deserved retirement. Reich arrived in Florence from Sumter, where he held a similar position for close to 10 years. He has overseen the revitalization process that has transformed the city’s downtown. REICH “I’ve had a wonderful career, the first 28 years in the radio broadcasting field and then a second career in downtown and economic redevelopment for the past 18 years,” said Reich in a statement to the media. “ I am fortunate to be able to say that if I could live my life over, I would not change the career paths that I have chosen. As rewarding as it all has been, I think I am now ready to move into the next chapter of life known as retirement.” Reich said he intends to stay in the Florence area for the next few years. “I will no doubt find myself working as a volunteer at downtown events,” he said. “The difference will be that as a volunteer I will show up after all the setup is completed and leave before the teardown work begins.” Hannah Davis is the new Development Manager at the City of Florence. She worked alongside Reich as Downtown Development Coordinator for more than three years. She says she is excited and looking forward to the challenges ahead. “There’s an energy and vibrancy brewing that I really believe has the opportunity to take off and push us into the next phase of development and growth,” she said.

said Green. “There were some who did not expect much from Journey and her capabilities. She has waited a long time for this. And now, after reading a single page of instructions, she has the ability to communicate clearly with the world.” As one would imagine, Journey’s mother, Samantha Evans, is beyond elated. “It is simply amazing,” said an emotional Evans. “I always knew

McLeod Health has announced leadership changes with the goal of improving patient care and streamlining the overall use of electronic medical records to benefit patients and the medical professionals serving them. In mid-February, after an upgrade of the existing Cerner Millennium EMR system used by the seven McLeod Hospitals throughout McLeod Health, the following transitions will take effect. The move to an electronic health record is the single largest project in the history of McLeod Health. SALEEBY Marie Saleeby, administrator and senior vice president of McLeod Regional Medical Center in Florence since 2006, will become senior vice president of work flow optimization. This is a new function designed to find ways to improve the inteMCLEOD gration of McLeod Health hospitals and its medical practice EMRs, resulting in greater efficiency and safety for patients, as well as physicians. Saleeby will utilize dedicated resources from Operational Effectiveness in cooperation with Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer Matt Reich and McLeod Information System support services. In addition to organizational improvement work, the Work Flow Optimization Team will focus on adapting to a more standardized and integrated EMR system by streamlining clinical and supportive workflows to achieve the best outcomes. Saleeby will be leading the team’s work to identify opportunities for

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Sneed Middle School eighth-grader Journey Campana reads independently on her new Tobii Dynavox computer. The computer uses eye-tracking, or I-Gaze, allowing her to read words by moving here eyes from letter to letter and then speak what she has read through voice-recognition software.

Eye-tracking device gives student world of possibilities Last week, Journey Campana moved her eyes and read words printed on a screen just a few feet away. For most, this would be no big deal. For Journey, reading independently for the first time was quite literally a life-changing moment. “This opens a world of possibilities for her,” said Allison Green, journey’s teacher and one of two assistive technology team leaders for the Florence One School District.

An eight-grader at Sneed Middle School, Journey was diagnosed with Global Developmental Delay when she was an infant. She has severe physical limitations and is confined to a wheel chair. With Green looking on, Journey used the eye-tracking technology on her Tobii Dynavox computer to read a simple story. She then used voice-recognition software to speak what she read through computer. “This is a huge step for her,”

Pairings announced for Dancing For Our Future Stars The nine couples competing in the 2020 Dancing For Our Future Stars were announced Jan. 9 at a Pairings Party held in MUSC Health Florence’s Floyd Center. The 2020 Dancing For Our Future Stars, an annual fundraiser for The School Foundation, will take place Thursday, March 26 at The Southeastern Institute of Manufacturing and Technology. This year’s line up of couples includes:

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• Dr. Will Jackson (McLeod Health) and Dr. Rachel Fenters • Greg Johnson (Florence 1 Schools) and Alexis McDonald • Joshua Smalls (Otis Elevator) and Kara Tanner • Keisha Johnson (Assurant) and Chris Mixon • Kyle Baxter (MUSC Health Florence Medical Center) and Mallory Baxley • Les Echols (Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce) and Caro-

line Tanner • William Schofield (Carolina Supply House, Inc.) and Connie Mixon The local celebrities and their professional dance partners will square off at SiMT for a chance to win the coveted mirror ball trophy. A reception will begin at 6 p.m. The competition will follow at 7 p.m. Guests will enjoy food, beverages, fellowship,

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she had it in her but had to way to express it. And now, to see her read and then for her to confirm it is, well … there really are no words.” By using her new computer, Journey can not only use her eyes to read and learn, but to type on a keyboard and then speak through the computer’s speech generating software. She can also use the computer’s voice interaction and environmental controls to turn a television, stereo or other connected devices off and on. All this won’t happen overnight, but her abilities should see marked improvement over time. Assistive eye-tracking technology like that found on Tobii Dynavox manufactured devices, has been available for many years. They are not cheap, costing thousands of dollars depending on the model purchased. Manufacturers do offer some financial assistance to make them more affordable. Many insurance companies will cover some of the cost and grants are also available. Journey’s Tobii Dynavox is her own personal device. Her family was able to purchase the device with the help of the Florence One Assistive Technology Department. “Assistive technology opens lots of doors,” said Florence One Assistive Technology Coordinator Rachell Johnson.” When Johnson joined the

district staff at the beginning of the 2017-18 school year, there were one or two special education students who had eyegaze devices. “I saw a lot of opportunity,” she said. “I thought they were missing out. Some parents were not even aware that the technology was available or that their child might be capable of using such a device. I knew from past experience that by working with the parents, the manufacturers, the insurance companies, and through grants that the devices could be available, accessible and affordable.

Evans said Journey would not have her Tobii if not for Green and Johnson and the school district. “It was them 100 percent,” she said. “I tried to get one for Journey a while back but didn’t have the resources or know how. This would not have been possible without them.” Johnson said the district now has six students who own and use eye-tracking devices. She said one student who used eye-tracking recently graduated. Two elementary school students have moved from special ed classes to regular

classes since using their eyetracking devices. The district is currently in the process of evaluating two more students. “We are hoping they will be approved by the end of the school year,” said Johnson. She said the district does own five eye gaze modules. They are about the size of a ballpoint pen, said Johnson, and connect directly to a computer. Three of the five students using the modules are already showing the benefits. “With a combination of those two devices and current trials of eye gaze technology our numbers may easily grow from six to 11 eye gaze users by the end of the school year,” aid Johnson. As for Journey, Green said it will take some time for her eyes and her mind to adjust to this big change. “It can be quite overwhelming, going from nothing to everything,” said Green. “you have to take it slowly.” She said there are programs on the device that allow the user to ease themselves into the new technology. She also pointed out that eyes can easily get tired from overuse. While she knows that learning how to properly use her Tobii Dynavox and adjusting to her newfound abilities will be a process, Green did not downplay Journey’s big moment from last week. “Her life has just completely changed,” said Green.

ples 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 Board Member Ed Love and

local celebrity Audra Coble will serve as master and mistress of ceremonies. The 2019 celebrities will perform the opening act and the KFA Fierce team will provide special entertainment throughout the evening. Founded in 2000, The School Foundation promotes educational excellence in Florence 1 Schools through grants for innovative learning and through high impact initiatives designed to prepare all students for success. To date, the foundation has provided over $1,670,444 in grants to Florence 1 educators.

The newly founded Early Childhood Ambassadors program is designed to improve education in Florence by involving local leaders in the latest trends and research concerning young children and education programs serving children and families. The Fellows in Education program is now in its fifth year and our StartSMART and Start2Read initiatives are continuing to make an impact in the Florence Community. To learn more about The School Foundation, visit their website at www.theschoolfoundation.org.

Journey Campana is one of six students in Florence One who own and use eye-tracking devices, according to Florence One Assistive Technology Coordinator Rachell Johnson.

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and an opportunity to win a custom designed jewelry piece donated by Lisa and Lex Matthews of Southern Jewelry Design. Beginning in February, 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 cou-

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improvement in flow and processes within McLeod, reducing disparities that may hinder efficiency and quality in the delivery of care, resulting in a benefit to both patients and providers. “Marie was chosen for this critical task because of her demonstrated leadership and experience,” said McLeod Health President and CEO Rob Colones. “Her professional skills makes her the optimum person for this role. Utilizing Operational Effectiveness Teams with additional dedicated resources will support our mission to serve our communities with excellence and continue to improve patient care.” Saleeby has been with McLeod Health since 1988, serving as nursing director for the McLeod Surgical Intensive Care Unit. Additionally, she has served as associate vice president of nursing, chief nursing officer and vice president for patient care services. She holds a master’s degree in nursing from the University of South Carolina and is a fellow of the Johnson & Johnson School of Business Wharton Fellows Program in Management for Nurse Executives at the University of Pennsylvania. She holds a bronze belt in Lean Methodology and is involved with numerous local boards and in her church activities. Saleeby serves as vice chairperson of the Florence Darlington Technical College Foundation Board of Directors, chairperson of Hope Health Board of Directors and is an active member of the Florence Chamber of Commerce Board. She is married to Joseph Saleeby and has a son and daughter, and four grandchildren. “As administrator of McLeod Regional Medical Center, I have seen the challenge of moving from paper to electronic medical records,” said Saleeby. “This is not a McLeod issue. This is a national issue as highlighted in a recent New York Times article, which said ‘on average, nurses and doctors spend 50% of their work time treating the screen, not the patient.’ Patients are feeling they are not getting the attention they deserve. And nurses and doctors are increasingly facing frustration. We hope to be a leader in finding solutions to these issues for McLeod, but solutions others may view as a model.”

“Our goals will include increasing patient access, decreasing patient wait times, increasing clinical efficiency and quality while making the EMR system more user friendly for physicians and staff,” said McLeod Chief Operating Officer Donna Isgett stated. “The complexity of standardization throughout McLeod Health will require experts with the needed resources to accomplish this essential goal.” Taking over for Saleeby as administrator of McLeod Regional will be John W. “Will” McLeod. McLeod has been with the health system since 2002, starting as an administrative resident and serving as assistant director of Human Resources, founding director of operational effectiveness, vice president of patient services in the emergency department and orthopedics, and vice president of surgical services. “Will has proven himself in a variety of departmental, supervisory and management positions,” said Colones. “He has excellent working relations with physicians and staff. We are pleased that Will has accepted this opportunity. This promotion comes with significant responsibility because MRMC is not only at the geographic center of our 17county coverage area but also offers advanced subspecialty services in heart, vascular, cancer, women’s and intensive care, among others.” According to McLeod, “I am humbled by this challenge and have spent the better part of two decades working with the medical, clinical and support services at McLeod Health and MRMC. You will not find a better team anywhere to serve our patients and community. My goal as Administrator will be to continue putting the patient at the center of all we do.” McLeod holds a master’s degree in health care administration from the Medical University of South Carolina, as well as a bachelor’s degree in biology from Francis Marion University. He has served on the Florence School District 1 School Board, is a past board member/finance chair for the Liberty Chapel United Methodist Church and has served on missions in this country and overseas. He is married to Ashlee Moore McLeod, a Pediatric Physical Therapist. They have three children.

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S.C. AgriBiz and Farm Expo coming to Florence Center The eighth annual South Carolina AgriBiz and Farm Expo will be take place Jan. 15-16 at the Florence Center. The event is free of charge, although some conference programs do entail a cost. Parking is also free. The expo, which will offer 40 educational sessions with 45 different speakers, serves as an umbrella event for all aspects of agriculture and agribusiness. Designed to incorporate the industry’s deep traditional roots along with today’s thriving innovations, the expo streamlines the promotion and the expansion of the business of agriculture in South Carolina and beyond. The Expo offers indoor and outdoor exhibits, including a farm show with a wide variety of equipment, farm

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Seven enshrined during Hall of Fame banquet The Chick-Fil-A Florence Area Athletic Hall of Fame held its annual banquet Saturday at the Florence Center, inducting seven new members. Inducted were Donald “Hugh” Gardner Sr., Wallace Godfrey “Buster” Holland, Gaston Smith “Smitty” Holland, Wallace Scott “Scotty” Keefe, Kermit Ronnie Moore, Micah Talmadge Young, and Terrell “Terry” Wayne Grantham Sr.

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Wallace Godfrey “Buster” Holland

Keefe graduated from Florence Christian Academy in 1987. He was a three-sport athlete, playing baseball, basketball, and soccer. He went on to play baseball at Francis Marion University. He later coached baseball and basketball at Florence Christian.

Gaston Smith “Smitty” Holland

Kermit Ronnie Moore

Holland attended McClenaghan High School from 1961-64. He was a standout athlete in both football and baseball. He played baseball at The Citadel during the 1965-66 season. He finished the season as the NCAA strikeout leader. Holland went on

A Wilson High School graduate of 1974, Moore played baseball and basketball for the Tigers. He was a three-year letterman in basketball. Playing for Coker College, he led his team in scoring during his junior year. Moore has served as an official, coach, and mentor

Holland was a three-year letter winner in baseball at McClenaghan High School from 1962-1965. He played for The Citadel, ending with a career batting average of .353. Holland was elected into The Citadel Hall of Fame in 1991.

Wallace Scott “Scotty” Keefe

Terrell “Terry” Wayne Grantham Sr. A 1971 McClenaghan High School graduate, Grantham was a three-sport athlete, playing baseball, basketball, and football. He played in both the Shrine Bowl and the North/South Bowl in 1970. Grantham was drafted in the fifth round of the Major League Baseball Draft by the New York Mets during his

Woods scores 18, rebounds 18 in loss to Lander Francis Marion sophomore center Zaria Woods scored a team-high 18 points and grabbed a careerhigh 18 rebounds, but the Lady Patriots lost an 82-67 decision to Lander Saturday in Peach Belt Conference women’s basketball play. Francis Marion will travel to play Augusta Wednesday at 5:30 p.m., and then returns home to the Smith University Center to entertain Clayton State University on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. Woods connected on 7-

of-10 field goal attempts. Freshman guard Scarlett Gilmore posted her second consecutive double-digit outing with 16 points, including five three-pointers. Junior forward Kiana Adderton chipped in 13 points and freshman forward Kristian Wall 11. Senior forward Tabitha Dailey tallied 27 points and nine rebounds to lead Lander (10-3, 5-0), which remains one of only two unbeaten squads in PBC play.

Zaria Woods (15) continued her stellar season Saturday with a solid double-double against Lander.

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Micah Talmadge Young A four- year letter winner for the Bruins in football and baseball, Young graduated from South Florence High School in 1991. He was named the Defensive Most Valuable Player of the 1990 Shrine Bowl. Young went on to be a four-year letter winner in football at The Citadel. Donald “Hugh” Gardner Sr. Gardner played at Florence High School from 1941-44. He was an All-State running back during his senior year. Gardner played in the 1943 Shrine Bowl. He is certified as a high school/American Legion baseball umpire.

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Lander shot a sizzling 65.5 percent from the floor over the final 20 minutes to pull away from Francis Marion University and record a 100-80 victory Saturday in Peach Belt Conference men’s basketball action. The Patriots will play at Augusta Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., and then return to the Smith University Center to host Clayton State Saturday at 3:30 p.m. Junior forward Keith Matthews led Francis Marion with a career-high 20 points, on 7-of-11 shooting, and a team-high five rebounds. It marks the second straight contest the Columbia native has registered a new career high for points. Sophomore guard

KEITH MATTHEWS Gabriel Dickerson came off the FMU bench to notch a career-high 15 points on 7of-9 shooting. Sophomore center Winston Hill added 11 points, senior point guard Jaquez Smith nine, and sophomore guard Alex Cox and freshman center Jamal Edmondson eight apiece.

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