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NEIGHBORS NAME: Mandy Blackmon FAMILY: Daughter Chesney, 13 BORN: Columbia, resides in Coward OCCUPATION: Works at Creel Tire & Auto Care HOBBIES OR SPECIAL INTERESTS: Singing, karaoke, attending yard sales and auctions WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT FLORENCE? Friendly people WHO OR WHAT HAS MOST INFLUENCED YOU? “I’m inspired by my mom, a twotime cancer survivor and stroke victim, for her patience and faith in God.”

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‘Same Kind Of Different’ author coming here BY BRENDA HARRISON Editor of The News Journal Florence, S.C. The House of Hope of the Pee Dee will bring Ron Hall, co-author of the book and co-producer of the movie, “Same Kind of Different As Me,” to Florence for a special benefit. An Evening of Hope with Ron Hall will be held on Monday, March 5, at the Florence Civic Center. “The book and the movie has been impactful in our community,” said Julie Maxhall, development director for the House of Hope. “Everyone here is so excited to hear from Ron Hall about his firsthand experience with homelessness.” The event is free, but there will be opportunities to make a donation. Anyone interested in attending should register at www,hofh. org by clicking on the events page. Five Star Automotive is the Presenting Sponsor for this event. There are many levels of sponsorships available, beginning with the Bronze Level for $1,000. All sponsors and their guests will be treated to a dinner before the program begins at 7:30 p.m. Sponsors at the Gold Level of $2,500 and above also will be invited to a VIP Reception with Ron Hall prior to the dinner. “Same Kind of Different As Me,” tells the story of the unlikely relationship between a homeless man and a successful art dealer. Denver Moore, co-author of the book, was a dangerous homeless drifter who grew up picking cotton in virtual slavery in the 1960s. Ron Hall was a successful art gallery owner with a healthy bank account but emotionally was running on empty. Their destiny collided when Ron’s wife Debbie insisted that Ron join her in serving food at a local homeless shelter. As soon as she met Denver there, she had a vision that he would change the city and that her husband must befriend him.

JULIE MAXHAM POSES WITH BOOK BY RON HALL Sadly, she didn’t live to see the incredible result of this friendship she initiated. Their story is immortalized in the New York Times bestselling book, “Same Kind of Different As Me,” which inspires people to take off their racial,

social and economic blinders in order to find common ground. Last October, the movie version of Ron and Denver’s book was released in theaters around the country. The cast featured Renee Zellweger, Djimon Houn-

sou, Jon Voight and Greg Kinnear. The digital version of the movie is set to be released on Feb. 6 and the DVDs will be released on Feb. 20.

Taste of Central event set for Feb.1 The annual Taste of Central takes place on Thursday, Feb. 1, at Central United Methodist Church. Doors will open to The Commons from the Irby Street parking lot at 5 p.m. for a preview of more than 100 silent auction items. The food tasting

begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Davis Christian Life Center featuring all types of food prepared by Central members, as well as local restaurants. Tickets are $15 if purchased in advance from the church office, or $20 at the door.

All proceeds will go towards this year’s project, which is to purchase and install a new hood in the kitchen to enable the use of a larger fryer. For more information, contact the church office at 843-662-3218.

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Living off the electric grid Live@Central will continue on Wednesday, Jan. 31, with Dr. Greg Pryor, Associate Professor of Biology at Francis Marion University. Dr. Pryor will present a program entitled, “Living off the Electric Grid.” He lives “off of the land” in Effingham to be able to teach his students by firsthand knowledge of what it is like not be so dependent on technology. 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 is $6 for adults and $3 for children (12 and under). For the menu: www.centralmethodist.net/wednesday. Please call the church office at 843-662-3218 by noon on Jan. 29, if you plan to attend dinner or need additional information.

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MAE THORNELL leads the Ladies of the Victory Corp in a parade in downtown Florence during World War II. Photo, circa 1942, was taken by Mrs.Thornell’s husband, Pete Thornell, owner of Super X Stations, Photo courtesy of Peggy Elmore Key.

Book of Common Prayer conference set for Saturday The Episcopal Forum of South Carolina, in collaboration with St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church of Florence, will host a one-day conference, The Book of Common Prayer: A Pathway to Spirituality on Saturday, Feb. 3, at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church. It will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The conference fee $35

which includes a light breakfast and lunch. The conference will be led by Dr. Derek Olsen, a biblical scholar and engaged layman in the Episcopal Church. He earned a Master of Divinity degree from Emory University’s Candler School of Theology, an S.T.M. degree from Trinity Lutheran Seminary, and served as a pastoral vicar of

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Have you ever wondered if there was some kind of a guide to living a deeper, richer spiritual life that seamlessly incorporated scripture alongside the wisdom of the Church? There is and you are invited to come find out as Dr. Olsen shows how everyday Christians can grow closer to God, providing a guide to Prayer Book spirituality. The conference is open to all. Register by going to www.episcopalforum.com St. Luke’s Lutheran Church is located at 1201 Cherokee Rd.

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John Chase opens Janney branch in Florence businesses, corporations and institutions with investment advice, investment banking services and executive services. John’s specialty is working with individuals and families in the realm of investment management and retirement planning. Additionally, he works with businesses in developing and growing their corporate retirement plans. John brings more than 15 years experience as a financial advisor to Janney. He became a registered Certified Financial Planner in 2008. He is a graduate of The Citadel and served as president of the Pee Dee Area Citadel Club 2005-08. He is an

BY BRENDA HARRISON Editor of The News Journal Florence, S.C. John R. Chase Jr., CFP, has joined Janney Montgomery Scott LLC and opened a branch in Florence. He is a Senior Vice President in their Wealth Management Division. Janney, established in 1832 and based in Philadelphia, has over 185 years of experience in providing comprehensive financial advice and superior service to individuals, families, corporations and institutions, said Chase. The investment firm has over 1,000 financial advisors nationwide and more than 4,000 employees. The Florence office is the fifth location in South Carolina, joining Columbia, Aiken, Spartanburg and Hilton Head. What makes Janney unique is its focus on the individual and business clients’ needs, and its size which makes it approachable and accessible, said Chase. As a smaller company it is able to develop ongoing relationships and offer professional investment advice tailored to each client’s specific needs and goals. “People like to know the financial security of who’s handling their investment,” commented John. “This company is very forward thinking, business savvy and listens to reason which allows more freedom for

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President Trump’s first year economic record By Dr. Mark Hendrickson In an article written 10 days after President Donald Trump’s election victory, I commented on the drop in the price of gold, which was mirrored by a spike in the dollar index. I surmised that the markets were signaling optimism about our country’s prospects in a Trump presidency. In retrospect, we can see that the dollar index peaked and the price of gold bottomed just one month later, even before Trump took the oath of office. In fact, today, after one year of the Trump presidency, the price of gold is virtually unchanged from where it was on Election Day 2016. What does all this mean? I would interpret the postelection spike in the dollar and fall in gold as reflex reactions signifying relief that Hillary Clinton was not going to be President. However, after that initial euphoria wore off, sober investors around the world began to sense that President Trump, handicapped by a narrow and fractured Republican majority in Congress and Trump’s own bull-inthe-china-shop style, might not be able to accomplish much. Assessing America’s economic situation in January 2018, Trump has had a successful first year. As I wrote a decade ago, Presidents can’t just march into office, flip a switch, and change long-established trends. Sometimes their success or failure is baked into the cake by conditions they inherit. That is why, although President Barack Obama’s wrongheaded economic policies produced a shockingly weak economic performance, he didn’t deserve all of the blame. The trend toward slower economic growth was in place long before Obama became President. In defiance of the long-term trend toward slower economic growth, President Trump has managed to boost growth. The United States is about to experience its third consecutive quarter of at least 3% growth. That is something that never happened during the eight years of Barack Obama’s presidency. What has Trump done to help our economy grow? Initially, it was simply the change in tone and attitude between the pro-business Trump and his anti-business predecessor. Under the ideologically anti-capitalist Obama, business lived in fear and anxiety, never knowing when Team Obama would launch its next anti-business initiative. Not since Franklin Roosevelt had there been such overt hostility to wealth creators in the White House. With Trump’s election, the paralysis that had gripped business during the previous eight years lifted. Businesses no longer had to fear the arbitrary imposition of suffocating regulations. In terms of specific policies, what has Trump done? First, the President has kept his campaign promise to reduce stifling and costly overregulation. After signing an executive order last January directing federal agencies to rescind two regulations for each new one promulgated, the surprise was to the upside: The Trump Administration actually revoked or scaled back 67 regulations and only added three. Second, in the area where Trump seems to hold to the most unsound economic ideas – trade – it turns out that his bark has been worse than his bite. Trump has backed off from his fiery rhetoric about blowing up NAFTA and now seems committed to fine-tuning this economically vital trade agreement. Third, after months of talking about a tax cut, Trump actually achieved passage of a major tax reform bill last month. The implications of this accomplishment are enormous. Trump proved that he is capable of working with instead of against Congress. The happy result: a tax reform bill highlighted by a 40% reduction in the stupidest, most economically depressive (not to mention ethically challenged) tax in America – the tax on corporate profits. By allowing our country’s wealth creators – both individuals and businesses – to keep more of the money they earn, prospects for economic growth and job creation are distinctly rosier than before. Despite the encouraging economic news, the largely unchanged market prices of the dollar and gold indicate that there has been no fundamental change in our country’s long-term economic outlook. Trump’s achievements are noteworthy, but he hasn’t made a dent in our biggest economic problem – the ongoing inability of the federal government, regardless of who sits in the White House, to rein in spending and operate on an economically sound basis. That systemic problem appears intractable. Nevertheless, faced with those headwinds, what Donald Trump has managed to accomplish economically so far is highly commendable. His first-year economic record deserves at least a B-plus.

Dr. Mark W. Hendrickson is an adjunct faculty member, economist, and fellow for economic and social policy with The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College.

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Bacon is back!!! Have you noticed that bacon is quietly making a comeback? But bacon is not just for breakfast – it is being used now in desserts, crumbled and sprinkled on donuts, and in candy. Other things we have shied away from or completely forgotten: How about tap water? I recently saw a promo sign that read, “Tap water. Choose Tap.” Paper bags are becoming popular again too. I think that is a good thing, seeing how those plastic bags end up in our lakes, rivers and oceans, causing harm to wildlife. What about CDs. Gosh, I was convinced by advertisers that the best sound came from CDs played on CD players, but now I’m told that vinyl records played via needles on record players are better. Have you noticed that record players are back on display in many stores these days? Remember those Converse sneakers that were popular with students, especially basketball players, way back in the day? Well, they’re back – in all colors and even colorful print designs

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and sparkles – for a small fortune. Automatic car washes were the fast and convenient way to get your vehicles cleaned, but now I’m seeing “hand wash and hand wax” places pop up all around town. That’s another good thing. I never thought I’d see thick-rimmed glasses make a comeback, but I guess if you live long enough you’ll see everything reappear as if it is something new. Black and white photos have been gaining popularity for quite a while, especially to capture those special occasions, even weddings. Some brides today are choosing to have all their photos shot only in black and white. Makes you wonder if film cameras

for the common user will ever comeback? How about those cube flash bulbs? They were kind of cool. Of course, it is hard to beat digital photos which are not only sharp and clear, but truly instant – no waiting or expense for developing. Southern Living Magazine says Terrazzo flooring from the 1970s is making a comeback along with Terrazzo countertops and back splashes. Now that’s a blast from past! The builders and planners of Caliterra Living, a residential development in Dripping Springs, TX, report brass pieces and accents are coming back....just when I’ve tossed most of mine for brushed nickel. In the fashion world, hair scrunchies, cargo pants and windbreakers are predicted to be reinstated in 2018. Meanwhile, as I watch the world rediscover what it already passed up, pass me the bacon, extra crispy, no sugar please. I’m gonna enjoy bacon and pray it stays off the bad food list.

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Another reminder that officers deserve our gratitude January 9 was National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. The annual observance aims to remind us of the constant dangers facing our police, deputies and other public safety officers. A much more sobering reminder came just one week later, on Jan. 16, when a York County sheriff’s detective was slain while pursuing an armed domestic violence suspect. Officer Mike Doty, 37, was laid to rest the following Monday. Three other officers were wounded by gunfire during the pursuit, but are recovering, according to media reports. The news about Officer Doty was heartbreaking, but all too familiar. Last year, four S.C. law enforcement officers were killed while on duty. In April, Spartanburg Police Officer Jason Gregory Harris lost his life when his department motorcycle crashed while he was responding to a call. In June, Anderson County Deputy Devin Pressley Hodges died in a boating accident while participating in a marine patrol training exercise. In October, S.C. Highway Patrolman Daniel Keith Rebman Jr. died in a line-ofduty collision on I-385 in Greenville County. In December, Cpl. James Eric Chapman of the Johnston Police Department in Edgefield County lost his life following the crash of his vehicle while on a call. In March 2016, Greenville Police Officer Allen Lee Jacobs was shot to death while approaching a known gang member to conduct a field interview. In September 2015, Forest Acres Police Officer Greg Alia was shot to death by a man he was pursuing during a suspicious-person investigation. In November

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2015, Columbia Police Officer Stacy Lynn Case was killed in a traffic accident while responding to a call. In September 2014, Charleston County Sheriff’s Deputy Joseph John Matuskovic was shot and killed and two other deputies were wounded after knocking on the door of a man that neighbors complained was causing a disturbance. In October 2014, Patrolman Robert Blajszczak of the Summerville Police Department collapsed while making a traffic stop, passing away six days later. In November 2014, Clarendon County Sheriff’s Deputy Holmes Nathaniel Smith Jr. died when he crashed his department cruiser after having a heart attack while on duty. The men and women of law enforcement have perhaps the most challenging, stressful, and dangerous job there is. They literally risk their lives every day to protect the lives of people they do not know – frequently working long hours for little pay. And of course, they often don’t receive the appreciation they certainly deserve. We all know or can imagine the feeling: We see blue lights, we pull over, and we

think more about the inconvenience and cost of being stopped than we do about the noble service being performed by the officer. That’s normal, but it’s a shame. While it may seem like a routine traffic stop, the officers are never truly sure what awaits them. Yet every day brave men and women suit up, get into their cruisers, and go wherever a dispatcher sends them – knowing that, in the blink of an eye, even a routine call could turn tragic. I asked some law enforcement friends how people can meaningfully show their appreciation. Here are three suggestions: • If you have a positive experience with local law enforcement, share your story – whether on social media or by writing a letter to the local newspaper. Especially now, after so much attention has been paid to controversial issues related to police, it’s important for us to do our part to make the positive things shine through. • Get involved in programs that benefit officers, either through volunteer efforts or by donating money. Heroes in Blue (HeroesInBlue.net) is a nonprofit organization founded by Kassy Alia, the widow of slain officer Greg Alia, that supports the law enforcement community and raises funds for the families of fallen officers. In-Vest USA (InVestUSA.org) is a national nonprofit based in S.C.

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which helps equip officers with life-saving body armor. Or perhaps your community has an Adopt-a-Cop program or similar worthy cause. • If you’re grateful, by all means let them know. Say a heart-felt “thank you” each time you come in contact with an officer. A little appreciation can go a long way. Law enforcement officers routinely serve with more courage than most of us could muster. They neither expect nor require our appreciation, but Officer Doty’s sacrifice was yet another reminder of the tremendous debt of gratitude they’re due.

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

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Florence Center kicks off completion of expansion “This puts heads in beds every time we have an event,” he commented. With us being located at the intersections of I-20 and I-95, we are literally almost dead center geographically for New York and Miami.” Nick Hooker, senior marketing manager at the Florence Center said it is exciting to be kicking off the new space in conjunction with the Center’s 25th anniversary. It is time to take the Center to a new level, he said, adding he looks forward to continue growing with Florence.

BY BRENDA HARRISON Editor of The News Journal Florence, S.C. We’ve watched and maneuvered around the construction at the former Florence Civic Center for the past year and now the work has been completed. With a new name and new look, The Florence Center showed off its expanded space following a ribbon cutting ceremony on Jan. 24 with the Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce. The new addition and renovation adds 25,000 square feet to the facility for a total of 75,000 square feet of flexible space. The $16 expansion project began in January 2017. It includes 8,000 sq. ft. of space which can be subdivided into large or small meeting rooms, a junior ballroom, a new 5,000 sq. ft. state-of-the art kitchen, an 8,000 sq. ft. outdoor patio, and a 12,000 sq. ft. pre-function and vendor spaces, along with enhancements to existing spaces. This expansion extends available services in the conference, wedding, convention and trade show business, said Paul Beard, Director of the Florence Center. When the venue opened in 1993, he said, it was celebrated as a civic arena with a couple meeting rooms. Now it is a major conference center adjoining a 10,000-seat

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Human trafficking awareness event set for Thursday night A Human Trafficking Awareness Event will be held here on Thursday, Feb. 1, 6:30-8 p.m. in the Calvary Baptist Church Sanctuary, 915 Cherokee Road. It is sponsored by the Florence Baptist Association.

The guest speaker will be Jenn Thompson, executive director for Lighthouse for Life, whose mission is to draw awareness of today’s epidemic of sex trafficking and to help rescue its victims.

There will be a viewing of “Chosen,” produced by Shared Hope International, which shares the shocking story of two teen girls tricked by traffickers. This event is for students fifth grade up through adults.

Youth groups, boys and girls, and their parents are encouraged to attend. Free childcare will be provided for children from nursery through fourth grade. If childcare is needed, RSVP by Jan. 29 to

Louanne Stewart at 843-6625921 or email her at FBALouanne@sc.rr.com/ Human trafficking is a $9.8 billion domestic industry with at least 100,000 minors being sold in America each year.

“I used to think this was just a problem in third world countries, but it is right here at our door,” said Louanne Stewart, ministry missionary at the Florence Baptist Association.

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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 case of: United States of America acting through the Rural Housing Service or successor Agency, United States Department of Agriculture v. Melinda Byrd f/k/a Melinda B. Clavon, and SC Housing Corp., I, the undersigned Special Referee for Florence County, will sell on February 6, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at the Florence County Courthouse, 180 North Irby Street, Florence, South Carolina to the highest bidder: All that certain piece, parcel or lot of land lying and being situate in the City of Timmonsville, in the County of Florence, State of South Carolina, containing 0.45 acres and being a portion of that property shown on a plat by Nesbitt Surveying Co., Inc., dated July 26, 1999 surveyed for Hopkins Real Estate, and reference is further made to a plat prepared by Nesbitt Surveying Co., Inc., dated December 8, 1999 and recorded in Plat Book 73 at Page 168 in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County. Said lot is shown to be bound according to said plat as follows: On the Northeast by property of Kenneth M. and Judy L. Norris and by property of Eugene B. Spencer and Carrie M. Conner for a total distance of 210.49 feet; on the Southeast by property of Michael H. Muhammed for a distance of 100.00 feet; on the Southwest by property of Mary S. Lockhart, Est. and also by a 20' sewer easement for a total distance of 186.21 feet; and on the Northwest by W. McLendon Street for a distance of 102.87 feet. Reference is made to said plat for a more complete description. This being the same property conveyed to Melinda B. Clavon by Deed of William S. Lockhart, as Trustee, and S. Jones Lockhart, as Trustee, dated February 9, 2000, and recorded in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County, simultaneously herewith. TMS No.: 00018-04-123 Property Address: 414 W. McLendon Street, Timmonsville, SC 29161 SUBJECT TO ASSESSMENTS, FLORENCE COUNTY AD VALOREM TAXES, EXISTING EASEMENTS, EASEMENTS AND RESTRICTIONS OF RECORD, AND OTHER SENIOR ENCUMBRANCES. TERMS OF SALE: The successful bidder, other than the Plaintiff, will deposit with the Special Referee for Florence County at conclusion of the bidding, five percent (5%) of his bid, in cash or equivalent as evidence of good faith, same to be applied to purchase price in case of compliance, but to be forfeited and applied first to cost and then to Plain-

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

tiff'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 PLAIN-

TIFF: Samuel D. Fleder Jeriel A. Thomas Smith Debnam Narron Drake Saintsing & Myers, LLP P.O. Box 26268 Raleigh, NC 27611 Attorneys for Plaintiff DMN 14025722 (1/17, 1/24, 1/31/18) NOTICE OF SALE CIVIL ACTION NO. 2017-CP-21-00323 BY VIRTUE of the decree heretofore granted in the case of: The Bank of New York Mellon f/k/a The Bank of New York as successor in interest to JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association, as Trustee for C-BASS Mortgage Loan Asset-Backed Certificates, Series 2006-RP1 vs. Machelle Rush, the undersigned Special Referee for Florence County, South Carolina, will sell on February 5, 2018 at 12:00PM, at the Florence County Courthouse, City of Florence, State of South Carolina, to the highest bidder: ALL THAT CERTAIN PIECE, PARCEL OR LOT OF LAND LYING, BEING AND SITUATE IN THE COUNTY OF FLORENCE, STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA, BEING DESIGNATED AS TRACT NO. 4 CONTAINING APPROXIMATELY 1.68 ACRES, MORE OR LESS, AS SHOWN ON THAT CERTAIN PLAT PREPARED BY ERVIN ENGINEERING CO., INC., DATED JANUARY 29, 1990, AND RECORDED IN THE OFFICE OF THE CLERK OF COURT FOR FLORENCE COUNTY IN PLAT BOOK 38 AT PAGE 04. REFERENCE BEING HAD THERETO FOR A MORE COMPLETE DESCRIPTION. THIS BEING THE SAME PROPERTY CONVEYED UNTO 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 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 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


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Wednesday, January 31, 2018 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 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 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 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 November 27, 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) 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) SUMMONS AND NOTICE OF FILING COMPLAINT STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF FLORENCE IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS DOCKET NO. 2017-CP-21-1377 South State Bank, Plaintiff, v The Estate of Cora Lee W. Johnson a/k/a Cora Lee Johnson a/k/a Cora L. Johnson a/k/a Cora Johnson, and Victoria Patterson

a/k/a Victoria C. Johnson, individually and as Personal Representative for the Estate of Cora Lee W. Johnson a/k/a Cora Lee Johnson a/k/a Cora L. Johnson a/k/a Cora Johnson; Gary Sanders; Michael Lesesne; BB&T Financial FSB f/k/a BB&T Bankcard Corporation; and CFNA Receivables (SC), Inc. f/k/a Citifinancial, Defendants. TO THE DEFENDANTS ABOVE NAMED: 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 office, 40 Calhoun Street (29401), P.O. Box 22129, Charleston, SC 29413, 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 PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Amended Summons, Lis Pendens and Complaint, of which the foregoing is a copy of the Summons, were filed with the Clerk of Court for Florence County, South Carolina on August 7, 2017. YOU WILL ALSO TAKE NOTICE, that should you fail to answer the foregoing Summons, the Plaintiff will move for a General Order of Reference of this cause to the Honorable Haigh Porter, Special Referee for Florence County, which Order shall, pursuant to SCRCP Rule 53, of the South Carolina Code of Law (1976), as amended, specifically provide that the said Special Referee is authorized and empowered to enter a final judgment in this case, which judgment shall be appealable to the Supreme Court of South Carolina. LIS PENDENS (Mortgage Foreclosure) (Non-Jury) 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 the foreclosure of the following Mortgage of real estate: Cora Lee Johnson, to First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Charleston, dated May 12, 2003, and recorded in the Office of the ROD for Florence County, on May 13, 2003, in Book A740 at Page 719. On or about April 5, 2012, First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Charleston changed its name to First Federal Bank. On or about July 26, 2013, First Federal Bank merged into and operated as part of SCBT. Thereafter, on or about June 30, 2014, SCBT changed its name to South State Bank, the current lien holder and Plaintiff herein The property covered and affected by the said Mortgage and the foreclosure thereof is, at the time of the making thereof and at the time of the filing of this notice, described as follows: All that certain piece, parcel or lot of land situate in the City and County of Florence, State of South Carolina and being designated as a portion of Lot No. 4 and a portion of Lot No. 5 as shown on a plat of West Haven Annex Subdivision recorded in Plat Book D at Page 112. The said lot fronts on the west side of Sunset Drive and is bounded as follows: North by Lot No. 6 and Lot No. 7; East by Sunset Drive; North by Lot No. 6 and Lot No. 7; East by Sunset Drive; South by remaining portion of Lot No. 4 and remaining portion of Lot No. 5; and West by Lot No. 3. For a more complete description reference is made to plat by Jones/Godfrey and Associates, Inc., Surveyors dated

October 6, 1994, and recorded in Plat Book 55 at Page 77. This being the same property conveyed to Cora Lee Johnson by Deed of Barry M. Floyd and Beth T. Floyd, dated May 12, 2003, and recorded May 13, 2003 in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County in Book A740 at Page 712. TMS #: 9003415-004 Property Address: 109 S Sunset Drive, Florence, SC 29501 CERTIFICATE OF NONOWNER OCCUPANCY The undersigned attorney for the Plaintiff has reviewed one or more of the following: tax records, real estate title, loan documents, or information provided by the Plaintiff or other persons with knowledge as to the occupancy status of the dwelling that is the subject of the above captioned action. The property secured by the Mortgage is not the primary residence of the Defendant(s), does not meet the definition of “owner-occupied” dwelling provided in the South Carolina Supreme Court Administrative order and is not subject to foreclosure intervention as provided in the Order. CERTIFICATE OF EXEMPTION FROM ADR I certify that this action is exempt from ADR because this is a case involving a Mortgage foreclosure. Turner Padget Graham & Laney P.A. Elizabeth A. Blackwell, (SC Bar No. 78756) Post Office Box 22129 Charleston, South Carolina 29413 Direct: 843-579-8303 Fax: 843-577-1659 eblackwell@TurnerPadget.com ATTORNEYS FOR PLAINTIFF Charleston, South Carolina 2017 Turner Padget Graham & Laney P.A., is a debt collector attempting to collect a debt, any information we obtain will be used for that purpose. It is our understanding that you are not currently in bankruptcy. If you are in bankruptcy, please disregard this summons in its entirety and have your attorney contact our office as soon as possible. (1/31,2/7,2/14/18)

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Dance partners begin rehearsing for DFOFS benefit BY BRENDA HARRISON Editor of The News Journal Florence, S.C. Dr. Lisa Bishara and her dance partner Joseph Steen are busy rehearsing a Hip Hop Jive dance for the 2018 The School Foundation’s Dancing For Our Future Stars competition set for March 22 at the SiMT. The couple will dance to the energetic “Can’t Stop The Feeling,” by Justin Timberlake. “It will be light, upbeat and a lot of fun,” said dance professional Joseph who is choreographing their dance routine. Dr. Bishara is an anesthesiologist with McLeod Health. She loves to dance and keeps her husband Trey and daughter Katherine entertained by dancing through the house. She has dreamed of becoming a Dallas Cowboy cheerleader, so participating in this year’s dance competition is a double bonus. She gets to perform in front of an audience (the closest she will get to becoming a Dallas Cowboy cheerleader) while helping raise funds for the children of Florence School District 1. “The kids are our future so let’s give them the best opportunities we can,” she said. Lisa is excited to be working with her dance partner Joseph. This is Joseph’s second time competing in The School Foundation’s dance benefit. He was partnered with Katie Wilcox in 2016 and they won first place as in the People’s Choice cate-

JOSEPH STEEN, LISA BISHARA REHEARSE DANCE MOVES gory. The remaining dance cou-

ples for this year’s DFOFS are:

• Ken Baker (WMBF News) and Mary Grace Col-

burn • Louie Callahan (Burch Oxner Seale Co., CPAs) and Alexis McDonald • Ron Glancy (Raines Hospitality) and Tiffany Welsh • David Hall (First Reliance Bank) and Meghan Burgess • Dr. Ramzy Hourany (Carolinas Hospital System) and Julia Thompson • Jammie McDonald (First Citizens Bank) and Cole Davis • Joey McMillan (Coldwell Banker McMillan and Associates) and Katelyn Rodgers • Dr. Calvin Robinson (Trinity Baptist Church) and Fallon Frierson • Chris Rogers (Carver Elementary School) and Morgan Truitt • Robbie Timms (BB&T) and Meggie Baker • Les Ward (Pepsi of Florence, LLC/Pee Dee Food Service) and Mallory Baxley These local celebrities and their professional dance partners will square-off at SiMT for a chance to win the coveted mirror ball trophy at the 8th annual dancing competition on March 22. A reception will begin at 6 p.m. followed by the competition at 7 p.m. Guests will enjoy food, beverages, fellowship, and an opportunity to win a custom designed jewelry piece donated by Lisa and Lex Matthews of Southern Jewelry Design. After Feb. 1, fans can vote online for their favorite couple(s) at DancingForOurFutureStarsOfFlorence.com for only $10 per vote. The “People’s Choice” mirror

ball trophies will be awarded to the three couples raising the most votes. A panel of judges will name one couple “Technical Skills Winner” based on the contestants’ overall skills. One couple will also be chosen as “Most Entertaining” by the judges. Dancers receiving the largest number of online votes will be awarded the “Social Stars” trophy. The School Foundation’s board member Ed Love and local celebrity Audra Coble will serve as master and mistress of ceremonies. The 2017 celebrities will perform the opening act and the KFA Fierce team will provide special entertainment throughout the evening. All proceeds from this major fund-raising event will go to The School Foundation. Founded in 2000, the foundation promotes educational excellence in Florence, SC School District 1 through grants for innovative learning and through high impact initiatives designed to prepare all students for success. To date, the foundation has provided over $1,355,377 in grants to FSD1 educators and is currently leading a school readiness awareness campaign focusing on preparing all children to enter kindergarten with the skills needed to succeed. The foundation also launched Start2Read, a program that distributes age appropriate books and reading tips in local businesses. To learn more about The School Foundation, visit their website at www.theschoolfoundation.org.

High school students form committee to study facility needs BY BRENDA HARRISON Editor of The News Journal Florence, S.C. Student representatives from all three Florence One high schools are working together as the Student Facilities Committee to determine the needs of their school facilities and share their perspectives with school district leaders. Dylan Gandy and Cameron Carsten, students at South Florence High, cofounded the committee which meets monthly. The group held their second meeting on Jan. 18 at South Florence. “We at South Florence High School had become concerned with the condition of Florence School District 1 facilities and looming facility decisions that were being considered,” said Dylan. According to news sources, he said, the Florence School District One Facilities Committee had been deciding between the following four options for high school facility improvement: • Building a new West Florence High School, and

SFC CO-FOUNDERS CAMERON CARSTEN, LEFT, AND DYLAN GANDY, RIGHT, AT RECENT MEETING AT SOUTH FLORENCE HIGH renovating South Florence High School and Wilson High School. • Building three new high schools. • Renovating the three existing high schools. • Renovating all three existing high schools and building a smaller fourth high

school. The Facilities Committee is looking for the public’s opinion on what their course of action should be beyond the four options listed above, Dylan continued. “South Florence High School believes that it is the duty of the students of all the

high schools to create a community voice that reflects student opinions regarding high school facilities. For this purpose, we, had decided to start a Student Facilities Committee.” The SFC consists of two students from each grade level at each high school for

a total of 24 students. Their are three advisers, one teacher or administrator from each high school. They are helping facilitate the committee meetings but do not influence student decisions. South Florence High School’s adviser is Michelle Cummings, West Florence High School’s adviser is Andrew Cummings, and Wilson High School’s adviser is Myron Frieson. Dylan Gandy is serving as acting chairman for this academic year. Reagan Dunnam of West Florence was elected vice chairman and Katie Chace, also of West Florence is secretary. The purpose of the Student Facilities Committee is to create a forum to educate students and enable them to serve as informed advocates for high school facility improvements. Facilities may be defined as land, buildings, equipment, technology infrastructure, and programmatic capacity of all the high schools in Florence School District 1. The committee will consider such things as the following: • Maintenance, adequacy, and condition of the

high schools • Development and suggestion of district policy language regarding secondary facilities • Periodic review of district policies • Advocacy for new structures and rehabilitation or removal of older structures • Levels of funding that exist for school maintenance, operations, technology infrastructure, as well as existing and innovative programmatic needs. The committee has identified needs and inadequacies for all three high schools. Members plan to tour all three high schools and began with a tour of South Florence on Jan. 18. They also hope to tour newer high schools nearby, as well as some around the state. “As a committee we must understand the situations of each school,” commented Dylan. “This committee is not to improve our individual high school but to improve all the high schools for future generations to come,”


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McLeod RN Nikki Horne receives DAISY Nursing Award Registered Nurse Nikki Horne was named the January DAISY Award Recipient for McLeod Regional Medical Center on Jan. 23. Nikki, the Assistant Director of Nursing for the Operating Room, was nominated by her brother, Paden Capps, a business manager for the Finance Analytics/Optimization Department at McLeod. To recognize those nurses at McLeod Regional Medical Center who are true examples of nursing excellence, patients, family members and co-workers may nominate nurses for the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation's program to recognize the super-human efforts nurses perform every day. Paden nominated Nikki for the role she played in saving Jimmy McGee’s life after a near fatal accident on I-77 last Octo-

NIKKI HORNE ber. Nikki was traveling with her family on I-77 near Columbia when they came upon the accident. Nikki witnessed a man crawling out from a vehicle that appeared to have rolled over multiple times. Instead of driving by and assuming that help was already on the way, she insisted

that her husband stop the car for her to help. When she reached the gentleman she could see his arm was severely injured. With more than 16 years of nursing experience including serving on a trauma team – Nikki had the skills to handle such a situation. McGee was losing a significant amount of blood. Nikki yelled out to her husband, Evan, that she needed something to make a tourniquet and he brought her his belt. She used a bystander’s towel to wrap around McGee’s arm and utilized the belt as a tourniquet. McGee kept saying that he was getting dizzy, but Nikki continued talking to him to keep him alert until EMS arrived on the scene. “Some people work just to get a paycheck, but I know nursing is more than that to Nikki,” said McGee. “She was my

guardian angel that day. If she had not stopped I wouldn’t be here today to thank her. She has even inspired me. Now if I drive by an accident myself I stop to see what I can do to help.” The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, Calif., and was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes. Patrick died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little known but not uncommon auto-immune disease. The care Patrick and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired this unique way of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patient families. Nurses may be nominated for their strong clinical skills and the compassionate care they provide. Nomination forms are available on each nursing unit at McLeod Regional Medical Center or can be found at www. McLeodNursing.org. Recipients of the DAISY Award are chosen by the DAISY committee led by nurses at McLeod Regional Medical Center. Awards are given throughout the year at presentations in front of the nurse’s colleagues, physicians, patients, and visitors. Each honoree receives a certificate commending her or

him for being an “Extraordinary Nurse.” The certificate reads: “In deep appreciation of all you do, who you are, and the incredibly meaningful difference you make in the lives of so many

Toy store owner receives CMR status Brice Elvington, CMRCM, owner of The Toy Shop, recently became a Certified Master RetailerCM (CMR) with the American Specialty Toy Retailing Association (ASTRA), the largest trade association serving the specialty toy industry. “The specialty toy store retailer plays a vital role in being the local expert on healthy play in their communities, which makes having a standard of excellence promoted by a professional organization critically important,” says Kimberly Mosley, CAE, president of ASTRA. “By becoming an ASTRA Certified Master RetailerCM, these leaders in the specialty toy industry demonstrate a commitment to excellence in serving their customers and the commu-

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Pee Dee Regional Art Competition winners told Thursday evening, Jan. 25, marked the formal opening of the 2018 Pee Dee Regional Art Competition at the Florence County Museum’s Waters Gallery in downtown Florence. The Pee Dee Regional has been presented annually since 1954 and is one of the longest running competitive art exhibitions in the state. This year’s competition juror was contemporary South Carolina artist Hollis Brown Thornton of Aiken. Jumana Swindler, chair of the Florence County Museum Board, welcomed attendees. Blake Pate, representing corporate sponsor Chick-fil-A, announced the winning selections, congratulating the artists with a presentation of the cash awards. The $1,000 first place cash prize was awarded to competition newcomer Kevin Spaulding for his oil painting, “Hearth.” The painting

is one of two works by him in the exhibit. Spaulding recently relocated to Florence County. He has been an accomplished artist for over 20 years. He received a degree in painting and printmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University before living and working in New York. “Spaulding’s entries are rich, darkly-toned, and technically proficient,” said museum curator Stephen W. Motte. “His subject matter is rendered within a natural environment, but avoids being landscape painting, it appears isolated in place and time, like classical still life. The two works in the competition are photo-realistic in detail, yet minimal in composition. The result is something both traditional and contemporary. I look forward to seeing more from this artist in the future.” A second place award of $600 was given to Haley Ard, also of Florence County, for her large

mixed media work, “The Kitchen Sink.” Although perhaps the youngest artist in the exhibition, Ard is no stranger to high-profile competitions, and is currently exhibiting work in Spartanburg. In 2017, she received due attention for her assemblage-portrait “Made-Up,” composed of cosmetics and accessories. The work, exhibited at ArtFields in Lake City, was intended to raise questions about the purpose of wearing makeup, and whether it is used to enhance beauty, or to cover it up. “Like Made-Up, Ard’s collage The Kitchen Sink is an excellent example of the relationship between media and message,” Motte said. “This is one of the most difficult lines to walk for a lot of artists, and Ms. Ard is showing a lot of maturity in her handling of concept with craftsmanship.” Third place, $250, went to Treelee MacAnn, a veteran printmaker, for her serigraph “Conga-

ree Forest Ribbon.” MacAnn has received numerous honors in past Pee Dee Regional exhibitions for her works on paper, which often originate in photographic imagery before being reinterpreted in print. The honorable mention ($100) this year went to Alexandra Knox of Loris, for her sculptural mixed media wall piece, “Five to Nine.” The work, created from wax casts of the artist’s hands held together with horse hair, is one of two by Knox in this year’s exhibition. About Knox, competition juror Hollis Brown Thornton said, “… stunning to see in person. Incredibly organic and visceral. It is difficult to add humanity and vulnerability to an object using technique and materials, and Knox’s ‘hands’ have done that beautifully.” Thornton is a professional artist and native of Aiken. He received his BFA from the University of South Carolina and has

been working professionally since 2000. His work has been exhibited in France, Germany and Japan, and has appeared in “Elle” magazine and “The New Yorker.”Mr. Thornton became gallery director at Mongerson Gallery in Chicago in 2001 where he also worked for two years as an art preparator. Returning to South Carolina in August 2005, Thornton and his wife opened the clothing boutique Threads in downtown Aiken. His recent large scale drawings often examine the malleable nature of memory in both personal experience and popular culture. His colorful compositions are carefully rendered with photo-realistic effect, at times using only permanent marker, a medium which alludes to the concepts at play beyond the artworks’ surfaces. “Everything I do works with the balance between precision and the inherent limitations of making something by hand.” he said.

Thornton’s recent works will be the subject of a solo exhibition at the Florence County Museum Waters Gallery in the fall of 2018. As in previous years, the 2018 Pee Dee Regional was opened to submissions of contemporary art created within the last two years by all artists within the state’s northeastern Pee Dee region. The exhibition is comprised of 30 works selected from nearly 200 submissions in multiple media. It may be viewed at the Florence County Museum Waters Gallery, 135 South Dargan St., MondayFriday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., through March 30. Visitors may cast ballots for the Jo Ann Fender Scarborough People’s Choice Award through March 23. The winner will be announced March 26. For more information about the Pee Dee Regional Art Competition contact the Florence County Museum at 843-676-1200 or visit the website at flocomuseum.org.

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