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NEIGHBORS NAME: David Barnes FAMILY: Wife Mandy, son Landen, daughter Madelynn BORN and resides in Florence OCCUPATION: Co-owner and physical therapist at Profection Therapy HOBBIES OR SPECIAL INTERESTS: F3 Men’s Workout group, photography, kayaking, hiking WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT FLORENCE? ‘It’s a very friendly town.’ WHO OR WHAT HAS MOST INFLUENCED YOU? ‘My relationship with Christ, and my family.’

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First Baptist welcomes Dr. Wayne Brown BY BRENDA HARRISON Editor of The News Journal Florence, S.C. Dr. Wayne Brown of Myrtle Beach has joined the staff of First Baptist Church as transitional pastor. In this role, he bridges the gap between the former pastor and the future pastor, assuming the duties of leading the congregation in worship and education. He follows the Rev. Chris Smith, director of the Florence Baptist Association, who served six months as a parttime interim pastor. “I am thrilled and honored and thankful to be at First Baptist. These are some of the most loving people I have ever met,” said Dr. Brown. “I feel like the church has been through a lot of challenges, but we must remember that God is greater than our past, our present and our future. We can learn from our past and press on toward the future,” he added. Dr. Brown says the church is a place people can come and worship God freely, reach out in ministry and service to the community in sharing the Gospel, and reach in to minister to those who come into the body of Christ. “As Christians we reach up to God, reach out to others in ministry and service, and reach in to disciple, equip and train those in the church to grow in Christ,” he commented. “The church is not a museum for saints. It is a hospital for sin-

DR. WAYNE BROWN IS TRANSITIONAL PASTOR AT FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH ners and where we come to get well.” he said. His vision for First Baptist Church is to continue to be involved with helping agencies and to be open to new possibilities ministering to Florence and beyond by linking hands and arms with them in reaching the community.

Dr. Brown believes churches should work together in ministry. “We are not here alone,” he noted, adding we can help each other by crossing interdenominational lines to work for all humanity. Dr. Brown remembers being called a “ecu-maniac” by a Methodist pastor friend because of

his views concerning churches working together. “I took that as one of the greatest compliments I ever received,” he said, smiling. Dr. Brown resides in Myrtle

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New road opens at McLaurin School Parents whose children attend McLaurin Elementary School now have access to a new road that serves as the second point of entry to the school. The new road also provides access to the City’s Regional Wastewater Treatment Facility. The road officially opened on Monday, Jan. 22. The new road runs from Freedom Boulevard to McMillan Lane, creating

a loop drive. Prior to construction of the new road, one could only access the school at a single point of entry through McMillan Lane. School officials say the road will help alleviate traffic problems in the area and create a safer environment in emergencies. Deborah Cribb, principal of McLaurin Elementary, said that with more than 800 students at the school, traffic congestion builds quickly and

the one way in and out has been a constant problem for parents and staff. “The new road should help alleviate much of the congestion and create a safer environment for our students,” said Cribb, who has made plans for the new road. Through a partnership, Florence One and the City of Florence completed the project. It came about when school officials in Florence One

approached the city about traffic concerns at the school. According to City Manager Drew Griffin, the city had prior plans to build a road to connect to the wastewater plant. In March of 2016, both city and school district representatives came together to announce plans to fund the main thoroughfare, which they say, will be advantageous to both parties.

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Firemen respond to two home fires DO YOU REMEMBER?

Two homes were damaged Saturday, Jan. 20, at 5:26 p.m. by fire. Florence Firefighters were dispatched to 651 Red Tip Circle for a reported house fire. Upon arriving, firefighters found two homes involved in fire. There was minor damage to the homes. Firefighters were able to control the fire in about 30 minutes, but were on the scene for almost two and a half hours handling hot spots and completing extinguishment. There were no reported injuries. At this time a cause has not been determined and the fire is under investigation.

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POSTCARD PHOTO FLORENCE COUNTRY CLUB, circa 1925

DR. BROWN JOINS STAFF AT FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH FROM PAGE 1A Beach with his wife, the former Joy Clary of Gaffney. He was born in Spartanburg, but grew up in Blacksburg. He was ordained into the ministry at First Baptist Church of Blacksburg in 1970. Dr. Brown graduated from Blacksburg High School in 1963 and Limestone College in Gaffney with a BA degree in sociology and psychology in 1967. He received the Master of Divinity degree in 1970 and the Doctor of Ministry degree in 1973 from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C. He attended the School of Pastoral Care at the North Carolina Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem in 1969. He served as minister of music at the Providence Baptist Church in Gaffney from 1965-67 while a student at Limestone College, and was licensed into the ministry by that church in 1965. During his first year of

seminary, 1967-68, he served as student chaplain and minister of music at the Murdoch School in Butner, N.C. Dr. Brown said his wife and their two daughters have always been a vital part of his ministry. Daughter Meri Beth and her husband Thomas Howard live in Sylva, N.C. with 9 year-old son, Ty. Molly and her husband, Christman Howard, live in Myrtle Beach with Mazi Grace, 9, and Bronson, 7. The Browns have served together in ministry in the following churches: Millbrook Baptist Church in Raleigh, N.C. as associate pastor and minister of music, education and youth (1969-75); and First Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, North Carolina as associate pastor and minister of youth and college ministries (1975-77). They have pastored at West End Baptist Church, Gaffney, (1977-84); West Monmouth Baptist Church,

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Freehold, NJ. (1984-88); First Baptist Church, Myrtle Beach, (1988-2003); and First Baptist Church, Boone, N.C. (2003-08). The couple has served interim pastorates at Pleasant Meadow Baptist Church in Loris (2013-14); Olyphic Baptist Church in Olyphic, N.C., (2014-15); and most recently, First Baptist Church, North Myrtle Beach (2015-17). They are continuing their missions and evangelism endeavors through Diversified Ministries, a faith-based organization they founded in 2008. It is based in Myrtle Beach. “Diversified Ministries came from a burden in my heart that most of the world has never heard what so many Christians take for granted – the good news about the Gospel of Christ,” Dr. Brown said. This is a faith-based ministry with local, national and global outreach. It includes

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Allen, Donny Ray, 69, died Jan. 14, StoudenmireDowling Funeral Home. Baggett, Lois Ard, 90, Pamplico, died Jan. 13, Stoudenmire-Dowling Funeral Home. Benjamin, Burnell P., 66, Timmonsville, died Jan. 15, Stoudenmire-Dowling Funeral Home. Brockington, Terry Glen Sr., 58, died Jan. 21, Layton-Anderson Funeral Home. Byrd, Daisy Anderson, 85, died Jan. 19, Belk Funeral Home. Chestnut, Willie Glenn, Darlington, died Jan. 18, Belk Funeral Home. Collins, Alnor Creola Baylor, 84, died Jan. 19, Waters-Powell Funeral Home. Corpuz, Consolacion “Ching” Lazaro, 81, died Jan.17, Belk Funeral Home. Grant, Terry Michael, died Jan. 10, Ideal Funeral Parlor. Ham, Belva Lee, died Jan. 20, Layton-Anderson Funeral Home. Hathcock, Thomas Roger, died Jan. 20, KistlerHardee Funeral Home. Johnson, James “Jimmy” 64, died Jan. 7, Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home. Jordan, Sadie, died Jan. 13, Ideal Funeral Parlor. Joyner, David C., 68, died Jan. 17, StoudenmireDowling Funeral Home. Lewelyn, Joe “C.J.”, 68, Timmonsville, died Jan. 21, Layton-Anderson Funeral Home. Lloyd, Marion Olin, 82,

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BRIDGING FLORENCE

Helping Florence Flourish plans special event with Neddie Winters Helping Florence Flourish invites you to join the conversation with Mission Mississippi President Neddie Winters at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb.18, at the SiMT on the Florence-Darlington Technical College’s campus. Winters, involved with the healing of race relations in Mississippi for 25 years, will be in Florence to help with the mission of Helping Florence Flourish. He focuses on building dialogue and relationships in order to bridge racial gaps. “I am excited that we’re continuing to build relationships with one another in our community. This event will help us continue that work. Winters leads a state wide mission of reconciliation through Christian organizations focused on building relationships across racial lines. We can learn a lot from him,” said the Rev. Chris Handley, team leader of Helping Florence Flourish. “Last year we brought

NEDDIE WINTERS Tony Evans and he gave us a theological framework for Oneness. This year we’re bringing Neddie Winters to help us with practical steps for Oneness.” The HFF Bridging Florence event will consist of two sessions. The first part of the afternoon, Winters will begin the conversation on relationships. The second part of the evening will include the dinner and discussion on “Winning the

Race Relationships.” Cost for tickets, which includes dinner, are $25. Tickets may be purchased online at http://bit.ly/ 2DgeR1S < or by sending ticket orders to HFF, 700 Park Ave., Florence, SC 29501. Make checks payable to Helping Florence Flourish. We thank First Presbyterian for allowing us to use their portal for purchasing the tickets online, said Handley. Mission Mississippi is grounded in two major concepts: (1) the centrality of Jesus Christ and (2) the importance of sincere, interpersonal relationships. He simply asks Christians to live out the Gospel through “gracism,” and nothing more. The other major tenant on which Mission Mississippi is built is the importance of forming meaningful relationships with people of other

races. Helping Florence Flourish is a Christian initiative that is working toward a visible demonstration of unity of the body of Christ to bless Florence. Bridging Florence Sunday afternoon event, 4-7 p.m. at SiMT Session No. 1 Thoughts on Relationships: Neddie Winters begins the conversation from Romans 12. Session No. 2* Going Deeper: Winning the Race Relationships · Roundtable · Next Steps *We will break bread together during this session. Enjoy worship/music from last year’s Oneness Embraced Choir during both sessions. GRACISM (verb) \ gras-ism\: (a) the act of extending grace – that we have experienced from Jesus Christ – to promote racial reconciliation;

(b) knowing and living out the idea that grace is greater than race; (c) the answer to racism. About Helping Florence Flourish Helping Florence Flourish (HFF) is a distinctly Christian movement seeking to live into two biblical realities. The first reality comes to us from John 17. Jesus prays in John 17:21 that those who would follow Him would be one. The love and unity Jesus shared with his heavenly Father, he prays, will mark his followers. HFF, as it works to be an answer to that prayer, will continue to build relationships among believers and churches in this community. The second biblical reality is found in Jeremiah 29:7 as the Lord through the prophet says to the people in exile, “seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf.” Those who longed for their home in the

promised land were called by God to be a blessing right where they were in those days of waiting. Our challenge, as “exiles” waiting for our heavenly home, is to bless this place! As we live and serve by way of word and deed together, we will be the “light on the hill” drawing people to our Lord. The great desire and prayer of those involved in the HFF movement is that the church in Florence will continue to draw together to address the various kinds of brokenness of our community for the sake of God’s name. For additional information or to get involved contact Helping Florence Flourish at helpingflorenceflourish@ florencefirst or call 843-6622583.

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Trump must pair positive policies with respectful rhetoric if he hopes to ever win support from Black community By Armstrong Williams In a recent White House meeting with Congressional leaders to discuss immigration reform Donald Trump reportedly asked, “Why do we want all these people from ‘s---hole’ countries to come here?,” as opposed to other countries such as Norway. There is now discussion underway about whether Trump was crudely describing African nations alone, or also referring to people from Haiti and El Salvador. Whether he was speaking about just some or all of those countries really does not matter. The bottom line is that the President’s comments were offensive, tasteless, simply wrong, and shows no compassion for the poor. He uttered these intemperate words just days before Black History Month, when we celebrate the remarkable contributions of Black Americans, but also remember and strive to learn from the many injustices visited upon them from Revolutionary days all the way through the present. President Trump’s trashy talk has prompted yet another discussion of his relationship with the Black community in America, which has repeatedly felt alienated by his rhetoric and also by his associations with people accused of harboring closeted or outright racist views. Using insulting and inappropriate language toward other countries demeans the office of the presidency. Missteps like these have led people of Color across the nation and all across the world to raise serious concerns about President Trump, his character and relationship with minorities. Ours is a country that prides itself on being a land of opportunity and the place where freedom for all is guaranteed. We cannot effectively lead the world if our president speaks dismissively and heartlessly about human beings from other countries, especially those who are hoping to create a better life for their families in America. In many ways, America was built upon the backs of black people forced to come here from African and Caribbean countries as slaves. We have come a long way since those terrible days of human bondage, but there is much work that still remains to be done. Part of what frustrates me is not just the outrageousness of the President’s comments, but the fact that he continues to make unforced errors that rally his political adversaries and those who wish to see his agenda fail. Even worse, he is undercutting and undermining the very real economic progress that his administration has in a short time been able to deliver to the African American community. In the 45 years since the Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking black unemployment, this is the first time that the black unemployment rate has dropped below 7 percent to just 6.8 percent. The new economic policies put into place by the Trump Administration have stabilized job growth and increased investor and consumer confidence. Our President is a remarkable businessman who clearly understands and is sympathetic to the needs of corporations as an essential way to create jobs and provide economic opportunity for our citizens. Since President Trump’s swearing in, the stock market has surged forward, delivering wealth into the pockets of Americans from every economic level with the good sense to save and invest. When comparing the data to previous years, nearly half a million (480,000) more black workers are employed compared to one year ago. As the economy steadily improves for African Americans, this creates new opportunities that many have not been able to take advantage of due to prior lack of employment. These new economic opportunities for the black community are tangible and impactful. Which makes it even more painful to hear the President insult countries whose citizens’ skin is brown and black. It goes without saying that the President of the United States should be held to the highest of standards as the chief representative and Commander in Chief of this nation. Comments like these lower the bar and are not just bad for the President and his agenda, but for every one of us. It’s a pity since President Trump is enacting bold and growth-oriented changes that are ultimately creating more economic prosperity for a community that needs it the most. At the end of the day, this latest controversy conveys a lesson that we would all be wise to learn. If you are going to be a supporter of the black community, then it is not enough to solely pursue policies that are good for us. You must show through your actions, but also through your words, that you are capable of both giving and earning respect. Until that happens, black people and people of color around the world are going to continue to question what is truly in President Trump’s heart. Williams is manager/sole owner of Howard Stirk Holdings I & II Broadcast Television Stations and the 2016 Multicultural Media Broadcast Owner of the year. Listen to Williams on Sirius XM126 Urban View nightly 6-8 p.m. EST. Follow him on Twitter @arightside

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World events 100 years ago Events during the year 1918: Jan. 26 – Herbert Hoover, US Food Administrator, calls for “wheatless” and “meatless” days for war effort Jan. 27 – “Tarzan of the Apes”, first Tarzan film, premieres at Broadway Theater Feb. 6 – Great Britain grants women (30 & over) the vote Feb. 8 – Stars & Stripes,” weekly US armed forces newspaper, first published Feb, 21 – The last Carolina parakeet dies in captivity at the Cincinnati Zoo March 11 – Moscow becomes capital of revolutionary Russia March 31 – First daylight savings time in US goes into effect April 16 – The British House of Commons passes a new Military Service Bill, taking men up to 55 years old and extending to Ireland April 21 – World War I: German fighter ace Baron Manfred von Richthofen “The Red Baron” shot down and killed over Vaux sur Somme in France, Canadian pilot Arthur Roy Brown credited with the kill. May 14 – Sunday baseball is made legal in Washington, DC May 16 – The Sedition Act of 1918 is passed by the U.S. Congress, making criticism of the government an imprisonable offense. May 21 – US House of Representatives passes amendment allowing women to vote June 1 - Canadian First World War Flying

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Ace Billy Bishop downs six aircrafts over a three-day span, including German ace Paul Bilik, reclaiming his top scoring title from James McCudden June 22 – Circus train rammed by troop train kills 68 (Ivanhoe, Illinois) July 8 – Babe Ruth’s blast over the fence in Fenway scores Amos Strunk, the Red Sox win 1-0 over Cleveland, prevailing rules reduce Babe’s HR to a triple July 9 – US Congress creates Distinguished Service Medal (not to be confused with other countries’ decorations of the same name) July 16 – A Bolshevik firing squad at Ekaterinburg, Siberia, executes Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, his family and several retainers July 25 – Race riot in Chester Pennsylvania (three blacks and two whites killed.) July 26 – Race riot in Philadelphia (three whites and one black killed) Oct. 8 – American soldier Alvin York single-handedly attacks German gun nest, killing

25 and capturing 132 Germans Oct. 11 – Major tsunami shakes Caribbean Nov. 3 – Poland proclaims independence from Russia after WW 1. On Nov. 6, Republic of Poland proclaimed Oct. 28 – Czechoslovakia gains independence as Austria-Hungary breaks up Oct 30 – Slovakia asks for creation of Czechoslovakian state Oct. 31 – Spanish flu-virus kills 21,000 in U.S. in one week Nov. 9 – German Emperor and King of Prussia Wilhelm II abdicates after German defeat in WW I. Nov. 11 - Emperor Karl of Austria-Hungary abdicates. Austria becomes a republic. Nov. 13 - Prince Friedrich, last reigning Prince of Waldeck and Pyrmont, abdicates. Nov. 14 – Republic of Czechoslovakia created with Tomáš Masaryk as its first president Dec. 1 – Danish parliament passed an act to grant Iceland independence under Danish crown – Serbian-Croatian-Slovic kingdom proclaimed in Belgrade – Yugoslavia declares independence; monarchy established Dec. 27 - The Great Poland Uprising against the Germans begins.

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C O M M E N TA RY

2018 candidates should commit to civil, issue based campaigns Tolerance for opposing views has been in decline in recent years, and markedly so in the 14 months since the 2016 presidential election. Today, the atmosphere surrounding public debate is a toxic one. Contrary opinions are shouted down, and vitriol and endless recrimination are the new norm. In the race to portray the opposition in the harshest light possible, it is no longer considered out of bounds to impugn another person’s character. For some, hysteria-creation is the weapon of choice. Witness how some opponents of a federal tax cut reacted to its passage last month: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi literally invoked the end times, saying “This is Armageddon.” Other critics called it “the nation’s nightmare” and “treasonous.” Well-reasoned debate and amicable disagreement seem like a memory from a long ago era. Of course, despite what some may want to believe, there’s plenty of blame to go around for the current toxicity. It wasn’t long ago that President Obama’s supporters frequently accused his detractors of incivility… but as power in Washington changes hands, the shoes change feet. Now many of those same folks are hurling the invective they once decried. Americans won’t be coming together anytime soon to sing “Kumbaya” in blissful harmony. But it’s not too

Richard Eckstrom CPA and S.C. Comptroller

much to ask that we tamp down some of the rancor, pettiness, and over-the-top indignation which pollute the dialogue. In 2018, candidates for elected office can help lead the way toward greater civility. This is an election year, when South Carolinians will go to the polls to fill many local, state and federal positions. Those seeking your votes can do their own part to elevate the debate by waging campaigns focused on issues and qualifications – and resisting the temptation to “sling mud.” Civility is contagious. Each candidate who rejects personal attacks or belowthe-belt tactics raises the bar, even if ever so slightly. The more who search for success on high roads, the fewer will be those who find it acceptable to take low roads. Why does it matter? First of all, our communities, state and nation face some formidable challenges – chal-

lenges which are best met through serious, rational debate. The eye-gouging and groin-kicking ultimately rob us of the serious discussion needed to find solutions. And there’s evidence that such a caustic debate climate dissuades many ordinary folks from becoming engaged in the process. That’s a shame, because a healthy system of government depends on heavy citizen participation. Positive, issue-oriented campaigns not only help facilitate a more constructive discussion, but they set the right example for future generations of aspiring public servants. None of this is to suggest that candidates should never criticize each other. Certainly, criticism is often justified, even valuable in helping voters size up candidates’ differences. And yes, it’s important to stand firm for closely held convictions. But attacks which are personal in nature, irrelevant to the issues, or overblown only demean a vital process, and they ill-serve the voters who must sort through the muck. In the coming months, many men and women vying for your votes will be proclaiming their desire to

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

improve their community and to look out for your interests. Those who are sincere can match their words with deed, starting by conducting campaigns that keep issues and qualifications at the forefront. Voters too can play a role by letting the candidates know what kind of campaign you expect – and refusing to reward those who choose to wallow in the mud.

Richard Eckstrom is a CPA and the state’s Comptroller.

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Auditions set for ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ Florence Little Theatre sets auditions for its fun, family musical “Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” The Biblical saga of Joseph and his coat of many colors comes to life in this vibrant family musical. Sold into slavery by his jealous brothers, Joseph perseveres and, using wit and faith, rises to become Pharaoh’s second-in-command. Featuring unforgettable songs such as “Any Dream Will Do,” “Jacob and Sons” and “Close Every Door,” this delightful musical parable is one of the most enduring shows of all time. Auditions are for ages 8 and older for this production. Audition Dates Sunday, Jan. 28, at 3 p.m. (ages 14 and up) Wednesday, Jan. 31, at 7 p.m. (ages 14 and up) Saturday, Feb. 3, at 10 a.m. (ages 8-13) The play runs April 27May 6. Shaw Thompson is the director. Daikin and Quality Service Company is the underwriter for this production. Rehearsals may be held Sundays at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays with potential rehearsals on Saturdays. Registration begins 30 minutes before auditions in the theatre lobby. Bring a recent photo (non-returnable.) and bring a photo ID. Youth under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

All audition materials will be provided.

tion that exists between Joseph and his brothers. Jacob needs to be a good actor and singer who can move reasonably well. PHARAOH: Male, (baritone, low B to high G#). Pharaoh is the most powerful man in Egypt and considered a god on earth. He is in a strange psychological place and is desperately searching for the truth in his dreams. The character is typically an homage to pop stars like Elvis. POTIPHAR: Male, plays about 50-70 years old (baritone, vocal range D to B). Potiphar is a rich, self-indulgent and sophisticated Egyptian capitalist who buys Joseph as a slave. Strong actor and singer. Also performs in chorus ensemble. MRS. POTIPHAR: Female, strong dancer. Mrs. Potiphar is an indulgent woman who likes to get her own way and thinks first and foremost about her own personal gratification. She is razor sharp, beautiful and confident. She will also be a part of the chorus ensemble. JOSEPH’S BROTHERS: Males, Joseph’s 11 brothers (Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Dan, Naphtali, Gad, Asher, Issachar, Zebulun, and Benjamin), are jealous of Joseph being their father’s favorite son, sell him into slavery, and ultimately realize their wrongdoing. All must be skilled singers and dancers, three have solos: The country style “One More Angel in Heaven”, “Canaan Days”,

Role Descriptions and Casting Considerations: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is a rock opera, a story told completely through song, dance, and stage movement to modern popular music. There are no spoken lines. Therefore, all onstage performers must be able to sing and move. For specific roles and the demands of each named character, see the descriptions below. NARRATOR: Female, (soprano with extended mix/ belt range, low F# to high G). The narrator is our host, and through word and song guides the audience gently through the story of Joseph and his brothers. The narrator must be adept at both being the focal point and then “blending” into the scene. An excellent singer, communicator, and storyteller. JOSEPH: Male, (high tenor, vocal range low A to high G). Eleventh son of Jacob and Jacob’s favorite. Looking for a strong actor with a confident but charming personality. Must move and sing very well. JACOB: Male, plays about 60-75 years old (baritone, low A to C). Jacob is the father of Joseph and his 11 brothers. He clearly favors Joseph as the first son of his favorite wife, unwittingly causing the fric-

and “Benjamin Calypso”. BUTLER & BAKER: Males, (tenors). The butler and the baker both work for the Pharaoh. They are both decent men in precarious situations. They need to be good singers and honest actors. May double as brothers and will be part of the chorus ensemble. ONSTAGE CHORUS/ENSEMBLE: Approximately 12 women. three per voice part, covering voice ranges soprano I and II, alto I and II. The women will play multiple roles throughout the show including wives to Jacob and his sons and citizens of Egypt. They sing and dance throughout the entire show. Looking for energetic singers who move well. Featured roles and solos will come from the ensemble. Male ensemble is comprised mostly of the brothers, baker, butler and Potiphar, but up to 4 additional men (2 tenor/2 bass) may be cast for the ensemble and supporting/swing roles. CHILDRENS’ CHORUS: A mixed group of 12 to 15 girls and boys, ages 8 to 13 years, who sing and dance along with main characters throughout the show. PIT CHORUS – 6 to 10 strong vocalists of any combination of soprano, alto, tenor, and bass who serve as vocal reinforcement for the cast onstage. No memorization necessary, these singers will hold books and

sing from the pit during the performances. Pit singers are required to attend musical rehearsals to learn parts. Those auditioning for pit chorus only do not have to perform a dance audition.

Telephone 843-6623731. Website www.florencelittletheatre.org. The Florence Little Theatre is located at 417 South Dargan Street.

Library series helps people declutter and de-stress The Doctors Bruce and Lee Foundation Library in Florence starts 2018 with a program series to help people de-clutter their homes and simplify their lives. The series starts with a workshop by Dr. Sharon Moore Askins on Thursday, Jan. 25, at 6:30 p.m. entitled Declutter and De-stress, Taking Back Your Home and Your Life. Inspired by the book, Stuffocation, by James Wallman, Dr. Askins, an educator and community leader from Lake City, will present ideas on how attendees can reduce clutter in their lives and live a simpler, more stress-free life as a result. Additional programs in the series include a screening of the documentary film “Minimalism: A Documentary about Important Things” on Tuesday, Feb. 6, at 6:30 p.m. The final program in the series is a workshop on easy ways to digitize family photos and records and occurs on Thursday, Feb. 22 at 6:30 p.m. All programs in the series take place at the Doctors Bruce and Lee Foundation in Florence and are sponsored by Friends of Florence County Library. For more information, call (843) 413-7074 or visit www.florencelibrary.org.

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

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NOTICE OF SALE CIVIL ACTION NO. 2016-CP-21-01703 BY VIRTUE of a decree heretofore granted in the

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

case of: United States of America acting through the Rural Housing Service or successor Agency, United States Department of Agriculture v. Melinda Byrd f/k/a Melinda B. Clavon, and SC Housing Corp., I, the under-

signed Special Referee for Florence County, will sell on February 6, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at the Florence County Courthouse, 180 North Irby Street, Florence, South Carolina to the highest bidder: All that certain piece,

parcel or lot of land lying and being situate in the City of Timmonsville, in the County of Florence, State of South Carolina, containing 0.45 acres and being a portion of that property shown on a plat by Nesbitt Surveying Co., Inc., dated July 26, 1999 surveyed for Hopkins Real Estate, and reference is further made to a plat prepared by Nesbitt Surveying Co., Inc., dated December 8, 1999 and recorded in Plat Book 73 at Page 168 in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County. Said lot is shown to be bound according to said plat as follows: On the Northeast by property of Kenneth M. and Judy L. Norris and by property of Eugene B. Spencer and Carrie M. Conner for a total distance of 210.49 feet; on the Southeast by property of Michael H. Muhammed for a distance of 100.00 feet; on the Southwest by property of Mary S. Lockhart, Est. and also by a 20' sewer easement for a total distance of 186.21 feet; and on the Northwest by W. McLendon Street for a distance of 102.87 feet. Reference is made to said plat for a more complete description. This being the same property conveyed to Melinda B. Clavon by Deed of William S. Lockhart, as Trustee, and S. Jones Lockhart, as Trustee, dated February 9, 2000, and recorded in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County, simultaneously herewith. TMS No.: 00018-04-123 Property Address: 414 W.

McLendon Street, Timmonsville, SC 29161 SUBJECT TO ASSESSMENTS, FLORENCE COUNTY AD VALOREM TAXES, EXISTING EASEMENTS, EASEMENTS AND RESTRICTIONS OF RECORD, AND OTHER SENIOR ENCUMBRANCES. TERMS OF SALE: The successful bidder, other than the Plaintiff, will deposit with the Special Referee for Florence County at conclusion of the bidding, five percent (5%) of his bid, in cash or equivalent as evidence of good faith, same to be applied to purchase price in case of compliance, but to be forfeited and applied first to cost and then to Plaintiff's debt in the case of noncompliance. Should the last and highest bidder fail or refuse to make the required deposit at time of bid or comply with the other terms of the bid within twenty (20) days, then the Special Referee for Florence County may resell the property on the same terms and conditions on some subsequent Sales Day (at the risk of the said highest bidder). For complete terms of sale, attention is drawn to the Judgment of Foreclosure and Order for Sale on file with the Clerk of Court for Florence County. A personal deficiency judgment being waived, bidding will not remain open. The successful bidder will be required to pay interest on the amount of the bid from date of sale to date of compliance with the bid at the

rate of 7.375% per annum. Should the Plaintiff, Plaintiff’s attorney or agent fail to appear on sales day, the property shall not be sold, but shall be readvertised and sold at some convenient sales day thereafter when the Plaintiff, Plaintiff’s attorney or agent is present. Plaintiff does not warrant its title search to purchasers at foreclosure sale or other third parties, who should have their own title search performed on the subject property. Purchaser is responsible for the preparation and filing of their deed. W. Haigh Porter Special Referee for Florence County HARRELL, MARTIN & PEACE, P.A. Donald W. Tyler #5664 Taylor A. Peace #100206 135 Columbia Avenue, PO Box 1000 Chapin, SC 29036 (803) 345-3353 ATTORNEY FOR PLAINTIFF (1/17, 1/24, 1/31/18) ORDER AND NOTICE OF SALE DEFICIENCY JUDGMENT WAIVED NOT ELIGIBLE FOR LOAN MODIFICATION UNDER THE HOME AFFORDABLE MODIFICATION PROGRAMSTATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA FLORENCE COUNTY IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS TWELFTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT CASE NO. 2015-CP21-00932 BRANCH BANKING AND TRUST COMPANY, AS SUCCESSOR IN INTEREST BY

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

for Florence County in Plat Book 63 at Page 333. Reference being had to aforementioned plats for a more complete and accurate description. This being the same property conveyed to Tracy R. Powers by deed of William H. Ropp dated February 28, 1997 and recorded in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County in Deed Book A-486 at Page 735 on February 28, 1997. 1313 W. Palmetto Street, Florence, SC 29501 TMS No. 90047-01-003 TERMS OF SALE: The successful bidder, other than Plaintiff, will deposit with the FLORENCE County Clerk of Court at the conclusion of the bidding five percent (5%) of its bid, in cash or equivalent, as evidence of good faith, same to be applied to the purchase price in case of compliance, but to be forfeited and applied first to costs and then to Plaintiff‚s debt in the case of noncompliance. Should the last and highest bidder fail or refuse to make the required deposit at time of bid or comply with the other terms of the bid within thirty (30) days, then the Clerk of Court may resell the property on the same terms and conditions at the risk of the said highest bidder. Purchaser to pay for documentary stamps on the conveying deed. The successful bidder will be required to pay interest on the amount of the bid from the date of sale to the date of compliance with the bid at the rate of 5.250% per annum. Should Plaintiff or

one of its representatives fail to be present at the time of sale, the property shall be automatically withdrawn from said sale. THIS SALE IS ALSO MADE SUBJECT TO ALL FLORENCE COUNTY TAXES AND EXISTING EASEMENTS, RESTRICTIONS, AND SENIOR LIENS AND/OR OTHER ENCUMBRANCES OF RECORD. Connie Reel-Shearin, Clerk of Court Florence County Florence, South Carolina ATTORNEYS FOR PLAINTIFF: Samuel D. Fleder Jeriel A. Thomas Smith Debnam Narron Drake Saintsing & Myers, LLP P.O. Box 26268 Raleigh, NC 27611 Attorneys for Plaintiff DMN 14025722 (1/17, 1/24, 1/31/18)

NOTICE OF SALE CIVIL ACTION NO. 2017-CP-21-00323 BY VIRTUE of the decree heretofore granted in the case of: The Bank of New York Mellon f/k/a The Bank of New York as successor in interest to JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association, as Trustee for C-BASS Mortgage Loan Asset-Backed Certificates, Series 2006-RP1 vs. Machelle Rush, the undersigned Special Referee for Florence County, South Carolina, will sell on February 5, 2018 at 12:00PM, at the Florence County Courthouse, City of Florence, State of South Carolina, to the highest bidder: ALL THAT CERTAIN PIECE, PARCEL OR LOT OF LAND LYING, BEING AND


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6A SITUATE IN THE COUNTY OF FLORENCE, STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA, BEING DESIGNATED AS TRACT NO. 4 CONTAINING APPROXIMATELY 1.68 ACRES, MORE OR LESS, AS SHOWN ON THAT CERTAIN PLAT PREPARED BY ERVIN ENGINEERING CO., INC., DATED JANUARY 29, 1990, AND RECORDED IN THE OFFICE OF THE CLERK OF COURT FOR FLORENCE COUNTY IN PLAT BOOK 38 AT PAGE 04. REFERENCE BEING HAD THERETO FOR A MORE COMPLETE DESCRIPTION. THIS BEING THE SAME PROPERTY CONVEYED UNTO MICHELLE RUSH BY DEED OF RONALD THOMAS, DONALD THOMAS, LAMONT THOMAS AND TYRONE THOMAS, DATED APRIL 27,1993, AND RECORDED APRIL 30, 1993 AND RERECORDED JUNE 30, 1995 IN DEED BOOK A443 AT PAGE 1871 IN THE OFFICE OF THE REGISTER OF DEED FOR FLORENCE COUNTY, SOUTH CAROLINA. CURRENT ADDRESS OF PROPERTY: 2904 Whippoorwill Road, Effingham, SC 29541 TMS: 00127-01-173 TERMS OF SALE: The successful bidder, other than the Plaintiff, will deposit with the Special Referee, at conclusion of the bidding, five percent (5%) of his bid, in cash or equivalent, as evidence of good faith, same to be applied to the purchase price in case of compliance, but to be forfeited and applied first to costs and then to the Plaintiff's debt in the case of non-compliance. Should the last and highest bidder fail to comply with the other terms of the bid within thirty (30) days, then the Special Referee may re-sell the property on the same terms and conditions on some subsequent Sales Day (at the risk of the said highest bidder). No personal or deficiency judgment being demanded, the bidding shall not remain open after the date of sale and shall be final on that date, and compliance with the bid may be made immediately. Purchaser to pay for documentary stamps on the Deed. The successful bidder will be required to pay interest on the amount of the balance of the bid from date of sale to date of compliance with the bid at the rate of 6.0332% per annum. The sale shall be subject to taxes and assessments, existing easements and restrictions, easements and restrictions of record and any other senior encumbrances. In the event an agent of Plaintiff does not appear at the time of sale, the within property shall be withdrawn from sale and sold at the next available sales date upon the terms and conditions as set forth in the Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale or such terms as may be set forth in a supplemental order.

The Honorable Robert E. Lee Special Referee for Florence County Brock & Scott, PLLC 3800 Fernandina Road, Suite 110 Columbia, SC 29210 Attorneys for Plaintiff Phone 803-454-3540 Fax 803-454-3541 (1/17, 1/24, 1/31/18) Notice of Sale: On Jan. 27, 2018 at 10am, Florence Mini Storage will sell the following units of personal property at a public sale to the highest bidder pursuant to the assertion of a lien for rent at its self-storage facility. Purchased takes the property subject to any liens or security interest which are perfected and recorded or liens which owner has knowledge. The sale will take place at 2217 2nd Loop Rd, Florence, SC. Units contain furniture, appliances, and other household items. The following is a list of units and owners: 180E Jermaine Nowline, 238E Constantia James, 92D Harmony Briggs, 9091F Wallie Avant. 120B Robert Richards, 160E Melvin Hardy, 182E Castine Jones, 256E Shane Grainger, 7374D Flossie Gibson, 205B Corenthia Gibson, 102B Scott Dean, 27C Ralph Burns, 117B Amanda Blige, 219E Robbin Clover, 258E Ella Galloway (1/17, 1/24/18) NOTICE OF SALE CIVIL ACTION NO. 2017-CP-21-00688 BY VIRTUE of the decree heretofore granted in the case of: Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. vs. Any heirs-at-law or devisees of Ricky D. Hyman, deceased, their heirs, Personal Representatives, Administrators, Successors and Assigns, and all other persons or entities entitled to claim through them; all unknown persons or entities with any right, title, estate, interest in or lien upon the real estate described in the complaint herein; also any persons who may be in the military service of the United States of America, being a class designated as Richard Roe; and any unknown minors, incompetent or imprisoned person, or persons under a disability being a class designated as John Doe; Jill Barfield Hyman; Keith Hyman; Heather Hyman Pagan; South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles; Tammy Hyman a/k/a Tamara M. Hyman; South Carolina Department of Revenue; Cavalry SPV, I, LLC, the undersigned Special Referee for Florence County, South Carolina, will sell on February 6, 2018 at 11:00AM, at the Florence County Courthouse, City of Florence, State of South Carolina, to the highest bidder: ALL THAT CERTAIN PIECE, PARCEL OR LOT OF LAND SITUATE IN THE COUNTY OF FLORENCE, STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA DESIGNATED AS LOT NO. 14 AS SHOWN

ON A MAP OF ALLIGATOR LAKE FARMS SUBDIVISION MADE BY ERVIN ENGINEERING CO., INC. AND RECORDED IN THE OFFICE OF THE CLERK OF COURT FOR FLORENCE COUNTY IN PLAT BOOK 2 AT PAGE 153. REFERENCE IS ALSO MADE TO A MORE RECENT PLAT MADE BY LIND, HICKS AND ASSOCIATES, SURVEYORS, FOR RICKY D. HYMAN AND TAMMY HYMAN WHEREON SAID LOT IS SHOWN AS CONTAINING 1.99 ACRES AND BEING DATED MAY 22, 1997 AND RECORDED IN THE OFFICE OF THE CLERK OF COURT FOR FLORENCE COUNTY IN PLAT BOOK 64 AT PAGE 233. ALSO INCLUDED HEREWITH IS THAT CERTAIN 1996 FLEETWOOD MANUFACTURED HOME BEARING SERIAL NUMB E R NCFLT69A&B12499BS12. THIS BEING THE SAME PROPERTY CONVEYED TO RICKY D. HYMAN AND TAMARA M. HYMAN BY DEED OF DARYL D. LEA AND DORIS J. LEA DATED MAY 21, 1997 AND RECORDED MAY 27, 1997 IN BOOK 493 AT PAGE 754 IN THE OFFICE OF THE CLERK OF COURT FOR FLORENCE COUNTY, SOUTH CAROLINA. CURRENT ADDRESS OF PROPERTY: 3725 Bob White Trail, Effingham, SC 29541 TMS: 00127-01-163 TERMS OF SALE: The successful bidder, other than the Plaintiff, will deposit with the Special Referee, at conclusion of the bidding, five percent (5%) of his bid, in cash or equivalent, as evidence of good faith, same to be applied to the purchase price in case of compliance, but to be forfeited and applied first to costs and then to the Plaintiff's debt in the case of non-compliance. Should the last and highest bidder fail to comply with the other terms of the bid within thirty (30) days, then the Special Referee may re-sell the property on the same terms and conditions on some subsequent Sales Day (at the risk of the said highest bidder). No personal or deficiency judgment being demanded, the bidding shall not remain open after the date of sale and shall be final on that date, and compliance with the bid may be made immediately. Purchaser to pay for documentary stamps on the Deed. The successful bidder will be required to pay interest on the amount of the balance of the bid from date of sale to date of compliance with the bid at the rate of 8.5% per annum. The sale shall be subject to taxes and assessments, existing easements and restrictions, easements and restrictions of record and any other senior encumbrances. In the event an agent of Plaintiff does not appear at the time of sale, the within property shall be withdrawn from sale and

sold at the next available sales date upon the terms and conditions as set forth in the Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale or such terms as may be set forth in a supplemental order. The Honorable Robert E. Lee Special Referee for Florence County Brock & Scott, PLLC 3800 Fernandina Road, Suite 110 Columbia, SC 29210 Attorneys for Plaintiff Phone 803-454-3540 Fax 803-454-3541 (1/17, 1/24, 1/31/18) NOTICE OF SALE CIVIL ACTION NO. 2015-CP-21-02671 BY VIRTUE of the decree heretofore granted in the case of: HSBC Bank USA, N.A., as Indenture Trustee for the registered Noteholders of Renaissance Home Equity Loan Trust 2006-2 vs. Eric K. Mincey; Amanda K. Mincey; John H. Trussell, Jr.; Cynthia I. Trussell, the undersigned Special Referee for Florence County, South Carolina, will sell on February 6, 2018 at 11:00AM, at the Florence County Courthouse, City of Florence, State of South Carolina, to the highest bidder: ALL THAT CERTAIN PIECE, PARCEL OR LOT OF LAND SITUATE IN THE TOWN OF PAMPLICO, COUNTY OF FLORENCE, STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA, AND BEING DESIGNATED AS LOT 136, BLOCK F, AS SHOWN ON A PLAT OF LINWOOD ESTATES, SECTION 2, RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK W AT PAGE 105. THE SAID LOT IS SITUATE AT THE SOUTHWEST INTERSECTION OF HEIDI DRIVE AND QUAIL DRIVE AND IS BOUNDED AS FOLLOWS: NORTH BY HEIDI DRIVE FOR A DISTANCE OF 114.51 FEET; EAST BY QUAIL DRIVE FOR A DISTANCE OF 150.07 FEET, SOUTH NOW OR FORMERLY BY FINKLEA FOR A DISTANCE OF 110 FEET; AND WEST BY LOT 135 FOR A DISTANCE OF 149.75 FEET. SAID LOT ALSO BEING DESCRIBED ON THAT CERTAIN PLAT BY D.C. BARBOT AND ASSOCIATES DATED JULY, 3, 1959, AND RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 223, FLORENCE COUNTY RECORDS, AND BY THAT BY PROSSER SURVEYING CO., INC. DATED JUNE 14, 1993, AND RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 49 AT PAGE 97 IN THE OFFICE OF THE CLERK OF COURT FOR FLORENCE COUNTY. THIS BEING THE SAME PROPERTY CONVEYED TO ERIC K. MINCEY AND AMANDA K. MINCEY BY DEED OF JOHN H. TRUSSELL, JR. AND CYNTHIA I. TRUSSELL, DATED OCTOBER 10, 2003 AND RECORDED OCTOBER 10, 2003, IN DEED BOOK A788 AT PAGE 1459 IN THE OFFICE OF THE REGISTER OF DEEDS FOR FLORENCE COUNTY. CURRENT ADDRESS OF PROPERTY: 404 Heidi Drive, Pamplico, SC 29583 TMS: 60011-01-007 TERMS OF SALE: The successful bidder, other than the Plaintiff, will deposit with the Special Referee, at conclusion of the bidding, five percent (5%) of his bid, in cash or equivalent, as evidence of good faith, same to be applied to the purchase price in case of compliance, but to be forfeited and applied first to costs and then to the Plaintiff's debt in the case of non-compliance. Should the last and highest bidder fail to comply with the other terms of the bid within thirty (30) days, then the Special Referee may re-sell the property on the same terms and conditions on some subsequent Sales Day (at the risk of the said highest bidder). No personal or deficiency judgment being demanded, the bidding shall not remain open after the date of sale and shall be final on that

date, and compliance with the bid may be made immediately. Purchaser to pay for documentary stamps on the Deed. The successful bidder will be required to pay interest on the amount of the balance of the bid from date of sale to date of compliance with the bid at the rate of 9.54% per annum. The sale shall be subject to taxes and assessments, existing easements and restrictions, easements and restrictions of record and any other senior encumbrances. In the event an agent of Plaintiff does not appear at the time of sale, the within property shall be withdrawn from sale and sold at the next available sales date upon the terms and conditions as set forth in the Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale or such terms as may be set forth in a supplemental order. The Honorable Robert E. Lee Special Referee for Florence County Brock & Scott, PLLC 3800 Fernandina Road, Suite 110 Columbia, SC 29210 Attorneys for Plaintiff Phone 803-454-3540 Fax 803-454-3541 (1/17, 1/24, 1/31/18) NOTICE OF SALE CIVIL ACTION NO. 2012-CP-21-02505 BY VIRTUE of the decree heretofore granted in the case of: Wilmington Savings Fund Society, FSB, as trustee of Stanwich Mortgage Loan Trust A vs. Carla Nealey Isgett n/k/a Carla Nealey; David Bradley Isgett; Pee Dee State Investments, Inc.; First Federal Bank f/k/a First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Charleston; Health Facilities Federal Credit Union, the undersigned Special Referee for Florence County, South Carolina, will sell on February 6, 2018 at 11:00AM, at the Florence County Courthouse, City of Florence, State of South Carolina, to the highest bidder: ALL THAT CERTAIN PIECE, PARCEL OR LOT OF LAND, SITUATE, LYING, AND BEING IN THE COUNTY OF FLORENCE, STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA, BEING SHOWN AND DESIGNATED AS LOT NO. FOURTEEN (14), BLOCK "A" AS SHOWN ON A MAP OF BRANDON WOODS SUBDIVISION, BY PROSSER SURVEYING CO., DATED JANUARY 30, 1980 AND RECORDED IN THE OFFICE OF THE CLERK OF COURT FOR FLORENCE COUNTY IN PLAT BOOK 19 AT PAGE 394. REFERENCE IS ALSO MADE TO A MAP MADE FOR ANTHONY J. JORDAN AND BEATE C. JORDAN BY LIND, HICKS & ASSOCIATES, SURVEYORS, DATED NOVEMBER 18, 1992 AND RECORDED IN THE ABOVE MENTIONED OFFICE IN PLAT BOOK 46 AT PAGE 433. REFERENCE BEING HAD TO THE AFOREMENTIONED PLATS FOR A MORE ACCURATE DESCRIPTION. THIS BEING THE SAME PROPERTY CONVEYED TO CARLA NEALEY ISGETT AND DAVID BRADLEY ISGETT BY DEED FROM REGION PROPERTIES, LLC DATED AUGUST 8, 2006 AND RECORDED AUGUST 31, 2006 IN BOOK B037 AT PAGE 1397, IN THE OFFICE OF THE CLERK OF COURT FOR FLORENCE COUNTY. CURRENT ADDRESS OF PROPERTY: 2209 Brandon Woods Road, Florence, SC 29505 TMS: 01803-01-014 TERMS OF SALE: The successful bidder, other than the Plaintiff, will deposit with the Special Referee, at conclusion of the bidding, five percent (5%) of his bid, in cash or equivalent, as evidence of good faith, same to be applied to the purchase price in case of compliance, but to be forfeited and applied first to costs and

then to the Plaintiff's debt in the case of non-compliance. Should the last and highest bidder fail to comply with the other terms of the bid within thirty (30) days, then the Special Referee may re-sell the property on the same terms and conditions on some subsequent Sales Day (at the risk of the said highest bidder). No personal or deficiency judgment being demanded, the bidding shall not remain open after the date of sale and shall be final on that date, and compliance with the bid may be made immediately. Purchaser to pay for documentary stamps on the Deed. The successful bidder will be required to pay interest on the amount of the balance of the bid from date of sale to date of compliance with the bid at the rate of 7.5% per annum. The sale shall be subject to taxes and assessments, existing easements and restrictions, easements and restrictions of record and any other senior encumbrances. In the event an agent of Plaintiff does not appear at the time of sale, the within property shall be withdrawn from sale and sold at the next available sales date upon the terms and conditions as set forth in the Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale or such terms as may be set forth in a supplemental order. The Honorable Robert E. Lee Special Referee for Florence County Brock & Scott, PLLC 3800 Fernandina Road, Suite 110 Columbia, SC 29210 Attorneys for Plaintiff Phone 803-454-3540 Fax 803-454-3541 (1/17, 1/24, 1/31/18) SUMMONS AND NOTICE (Non-Jury) FORECLOSURE (Deficiency Waived) STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF FLORENCE IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS C/A NO.: 2017-CP-21-01647 United States of America, acting through the Rural Housing Service or successor agency, United States Department of Agriculture, Plaintiff, vs. Mary E. Gardner a/k/a Mary Gardner, Defendant. TO THE DEFENDANT(S): MARY E. GARDNER A/K/A MARY GARDNER YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and required to appear and defend by answering the Complaint in this action, of which a copy is herewith served upon you, and to serve a copy of your Answer on the subscribers at their offices, 135 Columbia Ave., Post Office Box 1000 Chapin, SC 29036, 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. TO MINOR(S) OVER FOURTEEN YEARS OF AGE, AND/OR TO MINOR(S) UNDER FOURTEEN YEARS OF AGE AND THE PERSON WITH WHOM THE MINOR(S) RESIDES, AND/OR TO PERSONS UNDER SOME LEGAL DISABILITY: YOU ARE FURTHER SUMMONED AND NOTIFIED to apply for the appointment of a guardian ad litem within thirty (30) days after the service of this Summons and Notice upon you. If you fail to do so, application for such appointment will be made by the Plaintiff. YOU WILL ALSO TAKE NOTICE that under the provisions of South Carolina Code 29-3100, effective June 16, 1993, any collateral assignment of rents contained in the attached mortgage is perfected and Plaintiff hereby gives notice that all rents shall be payable directly to it by delivery to its

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 undersigned attorneys from the date of default. In the alternative, Plaintiff will move before a judge of this Circuit on the 10th day after service hereof, or as soon thereafter as counsel may be heard, for an Order enforcing the assignment of rents, if any, and compelling payment of all rents covered by such assignment directly to the Plaintiff, which motion is to be based upon the original note and mortgage and the Complaint which was filed in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County on June 19, 2017. NOTICE TO THE DEFENDANT(S): MARY E. GARDNER A/K/A MARY GARDNER YOU WILL PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Amended Lis Pendens, Summons, Certificate of Exemption/Withdrawal from Arbitration and Mediation, Complaint, and Notice of Right to Foreclosure Intervention, of which the foregoing is a copy of the Summons, were filed with the Clerk of Court for Florence County, South Carolina on June 19, 2017. NOTICE OF PENDENCY OF ACTION NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that an action will be commenced within twenty (20) days of the filing of this Notice upon Complaint of the abovenamed Plaintiff against the above-named Defendants for the foreclosure of a Mortgage dated September 7, 2007 (“Mortgage”), said Mortgage having been recorded in the Office of the Register of Deeds/Clerk of Court for Florence County on September 7, 2007 in Book 130 at Page 1711 and re-recorded on February 13, 2008 in Book 164 at Page 1715. The premises affected by the foreclosure are situate in Florence County, in the State of South Carolina, and described in said Mortgage as follows: All that certain piece, parcel or lot of land lying, being and situate in the County of Florence, State of South Carolina being shown and designated as Lot No. 11 containing 0.89 acres on a plat prepared by Nesbitt Surveying Co., Inc., dated April 12, 2006 and recorded in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County in Plat Book 89 at Page 61. Reference is made to said plat for a more complete and accurate description. This being the same property conveyed to Mary Gardner by Deed of HTW Holding, LLC, dated September 6, 2007, and recorded in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County, simultaneously herewith. TMS#: 00081-04088. Property Address: 4839 Langston Road, Timmonsville, South Carolina 29161 HARRELL, MARTIN & PEACE, P.A. Donald W. Tyler #5664 Taylor A. Peace #100206 135 Columbia Avenue, PO Box 1000 Chapin, South Carolina 29036 (803) 345-3353 ATTORNEY FOR PLAINTIFF (1/17, 1/24, 1/31/18) NOTICE OF APPLICATION Notice is hereby given that MARION J. MCDOWELL DBA M&M SPORTS, intends to apply to the South Carolina Department of Revenue for a license/permit that will allow the sale and ON premises consumption of BEER/WINE at 1101 N. OAKLAND AVE, FLORENCE, SC 29506 To object to the issuance of this permit/license, written protest must be postmarked no later than FEBRUARY 1, 2018. For a protest to be valid, it must be in writing, and should include the following information: (1) the name, address, and telephone number of person filing the protest; (2) the specific reasons why the application should

be denied; (3) that the person protesting is willing to attend a hearing (if one is requested by the applicant); (4) that the person protesting resides in the same county where the proposed place of business is located or within five miles of the business; and, (5) the name of the applicant and the address of the premises to be licensed. Protests must be mailed to: S.C. Department of Revenue, ATTN: ABL SECTION, P.O. Box 125, Columbia, SC 29214-0907; or faxed to: (803) 896-0110. (1/17, 1/24, 1/31/18) NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE Property of the following tenants will be sold for cash to satisfy rental liens in accordance with Title 39, Chapter 20, Section 10 through 50 of SC Code of Laws. All items will be sold or otherwise disposed of. Sale will be conducted on Thursday the 22nd day of February 2018 at 1:00 PM with bidding to take place online at lockerfox.com. All goods will be sold in AS IS condition, all items or spaces may not be available at the time of sale. Cash only and a $100.00 cleaning deposit will be taken. Property is located at Storage Rentals of America #34, 1309 E. Howe Springs Road, Florence, SC 29505. B-06 / Kizzy Lawan Fields / Household Items C-30 / Shironda Ann McAllister / Household Items E-34 / Ashley Monique Windham / Household Items (1/24, 1/31/18) SUMMONS AND NOTICES (Non-Jury) FORECLOSURE OF REAL ESTATE MORTGAGE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF FLORENCE IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS C/A NO.: 2017-CP-21-03330 LakeView Loan Servicing, LLC, Plaintiff, v. Ashley Danielle Blue; Old Ebenezer Homeowners Association, Inc. of Florence, S.C., Defendant(s). 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 serve a copy of your Answer on the subscribers at their offices at 3800 Fernandina Road, Suite 110, Columbia, SC 29210, 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. 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 Plaintiff. 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-in-Equity/Special Referee, pursuant to Rule 53 of the South Carolina Rules of Civil Procedure. YOU WILL ALSO TAKE NOTICE that under the provisions of S.C. Code Ann. § 29-3-100, effective June 16, 1993, any collateral assignment of rents con-

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tained in the referenced Mortgage is perfected and Attorney for Plaintiff hereby gives notice that all rents shall be payable directly to it by delivery to its undersigned attorneys from the date of default. In the alternative, Plaintiff will move before a judge of this Circuit on the 10th day after service hereof, or as soon thereafter as counsel may be heard, for an Order enforcing the assignment of rents, if any, and compelling payment of all rents covered by such assignment directly to the Plaintiff, which motion is to be based upon the original Note and Mortgage herein and the Complaint attached hereto. 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 December 7, 2017. A Notice of Foreclosure Intervention was also filed in the Clerk of Court's Office. Brock & Scott, PLLC 3800 Fernandina Road, Suite 110 Columbia, SC 29210 Phone 844-856-6646 Fax 803-454-3451 Attorneys for Plaintiff (1/24, 1/31, 2/7/18)

SUMMONS AND NOTICES (Non-Jury) FORECLOSURE OF REAL ESTATE MORTGAGE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF FLORENCE IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS C/A NO.: 2017-CP-21-03217 Wells Fargo Bank, NA, Plaintiff, v. Hector M. Hernandez a/k/a Hector Hernandez; Gillermina J. Perez, Defendant(s). 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 serve a copy of your Answer on the subscribers at their offices at 3800 Fernandina Road, Suite 110, Columbia, SC 29210, 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. 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 Plaintiff. 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-in-Equity/Special Referee, pursuant to Rule 53 of the South Carolina Rules of Civil Procedure. YOU WILL ALSO TAKE NOTICE that under the provisions of S.C. Code Ann. § 29-3-100, effective June 16, 1993, any collateral assignment of rents contained in the referenced Mortgage is perfected and Attorney for Plaintiff hereby gives notice that all rents shall be payable directly to it by delivery to its undersigned attorneys from the date of default. In the alter-

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NOTICE OF APPLICATION Notice is hereby given that JONATHAN MANUEL RODRIGUEZ D.B.A. FONDITA RESTURANTE EL NOA NOA, intends to apply to the South Carolina Department of Revenue for a license/permit that will allow the sale and ON premises consumption of BEER/WINE/LIQUOR at 3931 EAST PALMETTO ST. FLORENCE, SC 29506 To object to the issuance of this permit/license, written protest must be postmarked no later than FEBRUARY 8, 2018. For a protest to be valid, it must be in writing, and should include the following information: (1) the name, address, and telephone number of person filing the protest; (2) the specific reasons why the application should be denied; (3) that the person protesting is willing to attend a hearing (if one is requested by the applicant); (4) that the person protesting resides in the same county where the proposed place of business is located or within five miles of the business; and, (5) the name of the applicant and the address of the premises to be licensed. Protests must be mailed to: S.C. Department of Revenue, ATTN: ABL SECTION, P.O. Box 125, Columbia, SC 29214-0907; or faxed to: (803) 896-0110. (1/24, 1/31, 2/7/18) Notice: Notice is hereby given that the original (Petition/Order Proposed)/ Complaint was filed on the office of the clerk of Court for Florence County on 11-29-2017 thereafter amended on 10- 5-2017. I  Michael Hakim Bey, Moor/ Americas Aboriginal/(Aborigine) national,  name, race, and nationality has been changed from Michael Hakim Muhammad, African American U.S. citizen being duly sworn, hereby declare my intention to be a Moor/ Americas Aboriginal/(Aborigine) national “but not a citizen of the United States.”  Its in accord with my religious beliefs and having the same nationality as my ancestors  and shall be called by no other name or race nationality. (1/24/18)

Notice: Notice is hereby given that the original (Petition/Order Proposed)/ Complaint was filed on the office of the clerk of Court for Florence County on 11-29-2017 thereafter amended on 10- 5-2017. I Demetric Kendria Bey, Moor/ Americas Aboriginal/(Aborigine) national,  name, race, and nationality has been changed from Demetric Kendria Mckenzie, African American U.S. citizen being duly sworn, hereby declare my intention to be a Moor/ Americas Aboriginal/(Aborigine) national “but not a citizen of the United States.”  Its in accord with my religious beliefs and having the same nationality as my ancestors  and shall be called by no other name or race nationality. (1/24/18)

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City recreation registering for baseball, softball Registration for the City of Florence Recreation Department’s Baseball and Softball leagues will begin Feb. 1. A parent or guardian can sign the participant up online by visiting the link below: https://recreation.cityofflorence.com/ParksRec_Live /Home Parents can also sign up the participant by coming by our Administrative Offices located at 513 Barnes Street. Each registrant needs to bring a birth certificate if they have never participated in any City of Florence program. The cost for each baseball and softball program is $41 per participant. Baseball leagues are zoned based on where you live, and will govern what league you are eligible to participate in. Infor-

mation can be found below for each league: The Florence Youth Softball Association (FYSA) is a sanctioned Dixie Youth Softball Program and will include All-Star play. The FYSA is open to girls 5 through 18 years of age. Age groups are: 5-6, 7-8, 9-10, 11-12, and 13-18. Registration will run Feb.1 through March 4. For softball, the birthday cutoff is the participant’s age as of Dec. 31, 2017. Registration for the Maple Park Dixie Youth Baseball program is for ages 5 through 12 year olds. Age groups are: 5-6, 7-8, 9-10, and 11-12 year olds. Registration will run Feb. 1 through Feb. 21. The birthday cutoff date for baseball is Sept. 1, 2018 for 5 year olds, and for 6–12 year olds the age cutoff date will be May 1, 2018

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(playing age as of April 30, 2018). Registration for the McLeod Park Dixie Youth and Dixie Boys Baseball program is for ages 5 through 14 year olds. Age groups are 56, 7-8, 9-10, 11-12, and 1314 year olds. Registration will run Feb. 1 through Feb. 23. The birthday cutoff date for baseball is Sept. 1, 2018 for 5 year olds, and for 6–14 year olds the age cutoff date will be May 1, 2018 (playing age as of April 30, 2018). Registration for the P.A.L. Little League and Junior League Baseball Programs of Northside Park and Northwest Park are for ages 5

through 15 year olds. Age groups are 5-6, 7-8, 9-10, 11-12, and 13-15. Registration will run Feb. 1 through March 2. The birthday cutoff date for the P.A.L. Little League is Aug, 31 (playing age as of Aug, 31, 2018). For more information please contact Tim Wilson or CJ Brown at the City of Florence Recreation Department at 665-3253. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Additional information can be found on the City of Florence Athletics Website at www.cityofflorenceathletics.com.

Gamecock Club luncheon The Florence County Gamecock Club will hold their Annual Signing Day Luncheon with Tony Morrell of The Big Spur/247 Sports on Thursday, Feb. 8. The luncheon will be held at the Dr. Eddie Floyd Conference Center on the grounds of Carolinas Hospital System starting at noon. The cost to attend is $20 which includes the meal from Rogers BBQ House. Tickets will be available only at the door. Tony will provide information on the 2018 signing class. Gamecock fans are invited to attend.

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Spring adult softball leagues The City of Florence Recreation Department will run registration for their 2018 Spring Adult Softball Leagues from Thursday, Feb.1 through Friday, Feb. 23, at the City of Florence Recreation Department located at 513 Barnes Street. If your team is interested in participating, stop by and pick up an information packet. Fees will be accepted at the City of Florence Recreation Administrative offices Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. or at the Freedom Florence Recreation Complex. You can also call the Freedom Florence Recreation Complex at 843669-4597 and have the information e-mailed to your team contact. The registration fee is $475 per team. The deadline for paying the registration fee is Friday, Feb. 23 at 5:30 p.m. All paid teams may begin practicing at Freedom Florence beginning on Tuesday, March 6. A team rep meeting will be held at the Freedom Florence Recreation Upper Complex offices on Monday, March 5. Teams will be notified of their meeting time. Games will begin on Monday, March 19. Leagues offered are: Adult Church, Adult Open and Adult Co-Ed. An “A” and “B” division will be offered in the Adult Open League. Any individuals wishing to sign up without a team will be placed on a free agent list, available to be called by any team needing extra players. Individuals can register by phone at 843-669-4597. Players on the free agent list are not guaranteed to be placed on a team. If you have any questions, please call the Freedom Florence Recreation Complex offices at 843-669-4597.

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Florence Athletic Hall of Fame inducts Class of 2018 The 2018 Florence Athletic Hall of Fame banquet was held on Saturday evening, Jan. 20, at 6 p.m. at the Florence Center. University of South Carolina Head Baseball Coach Mark Kingston was guest speaker. The 2018 Class includes: • Somer Bigham Dudley, outstanding softball pitcher. • Barrett Christian Kleinknecht, outstanding baseball player • Christine “Kissy” Hite Merrifield outstanding tennis player • Coach Jeffrey D. Scott • Nathaniel “Skebo” Turner Jr., outstanding baseball play • Ron Turner, outstanding swimmer and swim coach Somer Bigham Dudley. 2003 graduate of West Florence, was an outstanding softball pitcher and fourtime MVP. She was 4A State Player of the Year in 2002, and 3A Player of the Year in 2003. She was the FSD1 Female Athlete of the Year in 2003 and All-Region in 20002003. She claimed a state record for the most shutouts, 21, in 2003. She also had the most no-hitters, 13, in a 7-inning game and the most strikeouts, 21, also in 2003. She played for Coker College, 2003-2007, with 68 wins, 34 losses, 1.97 ERA, 773 strikeouts and was MVP in ‘04, ‘05 and’ 07. She is in the record book for strikeouts in a 7-inning game with 15 in 2006. Somer coached JV softball for West Florence 20132015 and is currently a pitching coach. Barrett Kleinknecht was a five-year letter winner in baseball at West Florence, 2006-10. He was MVP his

FLORENCE ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2018 – From left, Somer Dudley, Kissy Merrifield, Skebo Turner, Barrett Kleinknecht, D’Andre Scott, Jeffrey Scott’s son, and Ron Turner. junior and senior years. He was FSD1 Male Athlete of the Year in 2006 when he also won the Green/Gold Award for character. He played American Legion Baseball, 2004-06 and played for the College of Charleston in 2007. He transferred to FDTC in 2008 where he was All Conference/All Tournament in 2008. He transferred to FMU for his junior and senior years and was All Conference/All Tournament and AllAmerican in his senior year.

At FMU, he was 6-1 on mound with 1.74 ERA his senior year and also an NCAA Gold Glove winner. Barrett played for the Red Wolves 2007-09 and was drafted in the 12th round by the Atlanta Braves in 2010. He was MVP of the Danville Braves where he led the team in batting average and homeruns and was an AllStar player. In 2017, he was named manager of the Gulf Coast Braves. Kissy Hite Merrifield played tennis at Byrnes

Academy in grades 7-9. She played for West Florence High in the 10-12 grades and played in the 4A State Championship, #2 singles and #1 doubles in her sophomore, junior and senior years. She was All-Conference junior and senior in singles/doubles and MVP as a junior and senior. She received a tennis scholarship to play for Wake Forest, was #3 singles as a freshman and finished third in the ACC. She was MVP in her sophomore and junior years.

In Junior Tennis she ranked #1 in SCV in singles and doubles in girls 14, 16 and 18; ranked #1 in SC in Women’s Open in 1982; ranked in top 20 in the South in girls, 14, 16, 18 and was nationally ranked in girls 18. Kissy was selected to represent South Carolina at the Seventeen Tournament of Champions in ‘77, ‘80 and ‘81 held in Mission Viejo, Calif. She earned 10 titles – five singles, five doubles – at the Palmetto Tennis Championships. Jeffery D. Scott was

basketball coach at Wilson High 1972-85. His team was three years runner-up in conference 5AAA, made state playoffs for six years and Conference Champions for three years, 77, 78, 80. Scott was four times Coach of the Year and his team was three times City Champions and 5AAAA Tournament Champions, 81-82. He coached six All-State players. His coaching record was 169 wins, 114 losses for a total career record 341-244. He was the first football coach for Williams Middle School and he taught school for 43 years before retiring in 2011. Skebo Turner is a 1969 gradate of Southside High School were he was an outstanding athlete. He played football in the 8th grade, football, basketball in the 9th grade, football, basketball and baseball in the 10th grade, football, baseball, track in the 11th grade and football, basketball and baseball his senior year. He was a lead-off hitter for Southside’s baseball team and led the team his senior year with a .344 batting average. He played in three baseball state championships of Southside’s five state championships. He played American Legion baseball for three years. In 1970, Skebo signed a baseball contract with the Baltimore Orioles. Ron Turner is a 1983 graduate of South Florence High and 2001 graduate of the University of Tennessee. He was a member of the South Florence swim team, 1980-82. Turner is a Level 5 CertiSEE

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McLeod Regional Medical Center recognizes its volunteers McLeod Regional Medical Center named Jackie Amerson as the Volunteer of the Year for 2017. The announcement was made during the annual McLeod Volunteer Recognition Luncheon held Jan. 18, at the Hellenic Center. Amerson is the 30th recipient of the McLeod Volunteer of the Year award. A dedicated volunteer since 2009, Amerson has volunteered more than 2,600 hours during her years of service to McLeod. In presenting the award to the Amerson, Linda Boone, Director of Volunteer Services for McLeod, said, “Jackie has served on the Volunteer Auxiliary Board since 2011. In 2013, she began her threeyear term as President of the Board, and she continues to serve as a board member today.” Boone added that Amerson has provided outstanding volunteer leadership for events that helped raise funds for various programs including the McLeod Center for Can-

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HONOREES – Geneva Kirkland, left, Jackie Amerson,Volunteer of the Year cer Treatment and Research and the new Emergency Department. “Every department we send Jackie to will request

that she come back and help again. We love her and depend on her because we know we can. We also know that when we leave something

in Jackie’s hands, it will be a little better when we return.” In addition to the Volunteer of the Year announcement, Margaret Saverance was recognized with the High Hour Honor for giving more than 20,575 hours to the medical center during her 20 years of volunteerism with McLeod. Geneva Kirkland was also honored for volunteering the most hours in 2017 with

1,902. Inspirational survivor, speaker and author Dave Sanderson was guest speaker for the luncheon. When US Airways Flight 1549, or “The Miracle on the Hudson,” ditched into the Hudson River on Jan. 15, 2009, Sanderson knew he was exactly where he was supposed to be. The last passenger off the back of the plane on that fateful day, he

was largely responsible for the well-being and safety of others, risking his own life in frigid water to help other passengers off the plane. Despite the hazards to himself, Sanderson thought only of helping others and emerged from the wreckage with a mission: to encourage others to do the right thing. Nearly 250 volunteers who contribute outstanding service to McLeod Regional Medical Center were honored during the luncheon. All total these volunteers and the hospital’s 85 summer junior volunteers contributed nearly 44,000 hours to the medical center in 2017. During the luncheon, certificates and pins were also presented to volunteers who have given more than 1,000 hours of service to the hospital and honored all those with more than 50 hours of service. McLeod Regional Medical Center honors its volunteers annually by presenting service awards to recognize their special efforts and outstanding contributions.


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Programs supporting FAHS Pints For Paws will be held at Local Motive Brewing Company to support the Florence Area Humane Society on Jan. 27, from noon until 5 p.m. Bring your four legged friends (outside only) and help support the animals at the Florence Area Humane Society. $1 per pint will be donated to our furry friends! Also, there will be Pitbull Painting at Addie’s Baby to support FAHS on Feb. 22, at 7 p.m. Learn to paint a pitbull on canvas. The cost is $35 per painter, all materials are included. Thirty percent of the night's proceeds will go to the Florence Area Humane Society.

RIBBON CUTTING – Joining Nanaefua Eshun for ribbon cutting are Dr. Ralph Canty, Pastor Savannah Grove Baptist Church, Councilwoman Teresa Myers Ervin, Councilman Glen Willis, City of Florence Commander Anson Shells, Stephanie Echols Jenkins, President of Young Woman Association, Pastor Badie and members of the Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce.

The Future Entrepreneurs Foundation joins Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce A ribbon cutting was conducted by the Greater Chamber of Commerce for the Future Entrepreneurs Foundation on Jan. 16 at Savannah Grove Baptist Church in Effingham. Nanaefua Eshun, president and CEO of the Future Entrepreneurs Foundation said she was proud to be a part of the Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce because it exemplifies diversity and entrepreneurship.

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nology Center on the Florence-Darlington Technical College campus. Celebrity Christopher Gardner and Florence City Councilwoman Teresa Myers Ervin will be the speakers for the night. Gardner was portrayed by actor Will Smith in the movie “Pursuit of Happyness” in 2006. This fund-raising event will go toward educational field trips for the kids. Eshun enjoys being involved in the growing process and seeing youth succeed. “We want to give them all the resources that we can to help them succeed. I believe that it takes a village to raise a child.” For more details visit scfutureentrepreneurs.com. To contact the foundation, sc@futurentrepreneurs.info or call (800) 913-8261.

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American Legion names Legionnaire of the Year Carroll Bonner was named the Fred H. Sexton American Legion Post 1 Legionnaire of the Year during the Post’s Jan. 9 meeting. Bonner serves ast the Post’s Sargent-at-Arms, rental manager and assists in the facilities maintenance.

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Central Methodist Live@Central will feature local history on Wednesday Live@Central! continues on Wednesday, Jan. 24, with Steven Mott, Curator of the Florence County Museum. Mott has an intense interest in the back stories of Florence. This evening, he will address the story of the internationally famous Florence family of luthiers. Florentine Charlie Smith was not only a railroad engineer,

but he and his sons Edward and Robert were famous worldwide as luthiers. There will be a question and answer opportunity. The free public program will be held in Spears Fellowship Hall at Central United Methodist Church on the corner of West Cheves and South Irby streets in downtown Florence, beginning at

6:30 p.m. Dinner (optional) will be served at 5:15 p.m. The meal cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children (12 and under). For the menu, visit www.centralmethodist. net/wednesday Please call the church office at 843-6623218 by noon on Monday, Jan. 22, if you plan to attend dinner or need additional information.

Darlington Area Recreation will hold a Valentine’s Day Walk at 10 a.m. on Feb. 14 at Williamson Park. Register by Feb. 5 for t-shirt. Cost: $10. Info: 843-398-4030 Darlington Area Recreation will hold a St. Patrick’s Day Walk in Williamson Park at 10 a.m. on March 16, weather permitting. Info: 843-398-4030 Play Bingo with Darlington Area Recreation at 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 12, at Harmon Baldwin Recreation Center, 300 Sanders St., Darlington. Info: 843-398-4030 Play Bingo with Darlington Area Recreation at 10 a.m. Monday, March 5, at Harmon Baldwin Recreation Center, 300 Sanders St., Darlington. Info: 843-398-4030 Recreation Trips Please sign up one week prior to all trips at Harmon Baldwin Recreation Center, 300 Sanders St., or by calling 843398-4030. Jan. 25, Florence Little Theater’s Driving Miss Daisy. Cost: $30 Jan. 31, Out to Lunch at Olive Garden and trip to Burlington Coat Factory. Depart at 11 a.m. Cost: $7 for travel. Lunch on your own. Feb. 16, Swamp Fox movie and lunch at IHOP. Cost: $5 for travel. Lunch and movie on your own. Feb. 21, Palmetto Peddlers and lunch at Red Bone Alley. Depart at 10 a.m. Cost: $8 for travel. • Feb. 23, Newberry Opera House On Golden Pond. Cost: $40. • March 1, Brookgreen Gardens Silent Cemetery Tour. Cost: $20. • March 9, Theater of the Republic “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.” Depart at 4 p.m. Cost: $28. • March 21, Top Hat Special-Teas, Florence. Depart 11 a.m. Cost: $5 for travel. Lunch on your own.

ENGAGED – Mr. and Mrs. Carl Gerald Campbell Jr. of Florence announce the engagement of their daughter, Mary Amanda Eloise Campbell, to Charles Stokes Shumpert, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Austin Shumpert Jr of Florence. The wedding is planned for April 14 at Central United Methodist Church.

Quilters to meet The Swamp Fox Quilters Guild next monthly meeting will be on Thursday, Feb.1, at 9:30 a.m. at John Calvin Presbyterian Church, 2000 Marsh Ave. The program will feature an overview of the history of log cabin quilts and a trunk show of log cabin quilts by the membership. Visitors and new members are welcome.

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Don’t miss out on all the On Your Side® Rewards you can add to your auto policy. Check the box or boxes that would be of interest and contact me today. FORGIVENESS ❑ Accident Forgiveness: So your rates won’t increase due to your first accident. ❑ Minor Violation Forgiveness: So your rates won’t go up due to your first minor violation. ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE ❑ Basic: Towing up to 15 miles, fuel delivery, lockout, jump starts and flat tires. ❑ Plus: Basic package plus towing up to 100 miles, trip interruption coverage, turn-by-turn directions, pre-trip map routes and emergency messages.

GOOD-AS-NEW ❑ New Car Replacement: If your vehicle is totaled after an accident, you’ll get money for a new car. ❑ GAP coverage: Covers the amount you still owe on your loan if your vehicle is totaled. DEDUCTIBLE SAVINGS ❑ Vanishing Deductible: Earn $100 immediately upon signing up and an additional $100 for each year of safe driving, up to $500. ❑ Total Loss Deductible Waiver: Deductible is waived if your vehicle is totaled.

See a Reward you’re missing? call me today. Richard Owens, Jr. 843-665-7555 221 Warley St. Florence, SC 29501 rowens@aikenandco.com


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