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Swamp Fox Car Club supports Community Shelter BY BRENDA HARRISON Editor of The News Journal Florence, S.C. The Swamp Fox Car Club made a $2,000 donation to the Courtney McGinnis Graham Community Center last week. Club president Al Robinson presented the check to center director Brock Spivey on Thursday, Dec. 28. “We are grateful to the Swamp Fox Car Club for their support as we continue our mission to provide shelter for those in Florence,” said Spivey. “Without support from the community, we could not do what we do.” With temperatures lingering in the thirties and expected to dip lower, Brock noted that both House of Hope shelters were at capacity and they are adding cots to protect homeless people from the freezing weather. Anytime the weather drops below 40 degrees, the House of Hope, along with other member agencies of the Mayor’s No One Unsheltered Program work together to make sure a warm place is found for all who seek shelter. Reaching out to support non-profits in the community is one of the things Swamp Fox Car Club members love to do, said Robinson. “We like to give back to the community and this is one of the best programs because of the people it helps,” he added. “It is great to have a club that is committed to helping agencies like this.”

AL ROBINSON, PRESIDENT OF SWAMP FOX CAR CLUB, PRESENTS CHECK TO BROCK SPIVEY, DIRECTOR OF THE COURTNEY GRAHAM COMMUNITY CENTER. Robinson said their donation to the Community Center is the result of the car shows the club holds. The profits made from their shows held at the

Pecan Festival and the Darlington Sweet Potato Festival made this year’s gift possible. They also support other programs, he noted.

Robinson said the car club is already making plans for a spring show which they hope will be their biggest ever.

USC economists say SC economy to remain strong Despite a tight labor market and a series of Midlands-area layoffs due to the recent shutdown of construction at the V.C. Summer nuclear facility in Fairfield County, South Carolina’s economy remains strong and stable. Palmetto State residents can expect that stability to continue in 2018, according to University of South Carolina economists at the Darla Moore School of Business. Doug Woodward, director of research, and Joseph Von Nessen, a research economist, presented their 2018 forecast on Dec. 8 to nearly 250 of the state’s business and community leaders at the 37th Annual Economic Outlook Conference (EOC).

They said South Carolina should see broadbased growth continue across most industries with accompanying gains in employment and income for South Carolinians. Von Nessen said the single best indicator of economic performance – job creation – is expected to grow at 2.1 percent in 2018. “Although our current economic expansion is now in its ninth year, it’s important to remember that economic expansions don’t die of old age,” Von Nessen said. “Market fundamentals are strong and the state’s economy is in a very good position as we head toward 2018.” These market fundamentals include low unemployment, higher wage growth and

stronger global demand. “The labor market in South Carolina is more favorable to workers than at any time in the last eight years,” he said. “With the unemployment rate currently at 3.9 percent – the lowest level since the year 2000 – employers are having to provide stronger incentives, such as higher wages, to attract and retain the workers they need.” Once again, the manufacturing and professional and business services sectors continued to be major drivers of South Carolina’s employ-





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SC ECONOMY FROM PAGE 1A ment growth in 2017. Construction didn’t fair as well. “After being the state’s leading industry in 2016, construction markets have tapered off in the face of rising lumber prices,” Von Nessen said. “The U.S. Department of Commerce imposed import tariffs on Canadian lumber beginning in late 2016, which has contributed to higher input costs for builders and reduced the overall growth rate for the industry this year.” Von Nessen also reported that stronger global demand in 2017 gave rise to increased activity within the

advanced manufacturing sector, which relies heavily on a global customer base and is export driven. He said that sector has helped increase export activity through the S.C. Ports Authority. While almost all counties in South Carolina saw positive economic growth in 2017, not every business type benefited equally. “Historically, the majority of job gains during economic expansions have come from small businesses, but this current expansion is different,” Von Nessen said. “Larger businesses – those with more than 100 employ-

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ees – are now generating a much greater share of total employment.” The economists said additional access to financial capital, which may result from the tax plan in the U.S. Congress, could help small businesses spur additional growth. Von Nessen said that growth would likely come in the form of productivity gains. “Because businesses are struggling to find new workers in an economy with such low unemployment, access to new financial resources would be more likely to go towards efforts to help retain and invest in existing employees,” he said. Additionally, firms likely would engage in more capital investment and research and development, all of which could help to generate productivity gains. Von Nessen expects the size of the labor force to continue to grow in 2018 as job opportunities continue to increase, which implies that a minor decrease in the unemployment rate should be expected over the next year. Specifically, the Moore School forecast indicates that the unemployment rate over the next 12 months will drop slightly to about 3.6

percent from its current rate of 3.9 percent. Total personal income is expected to grow at 4.3 percent in 2018, which would be an increase from its growth rate of 3.8 percent in 2017. Despite a positive outlook for 2018, Von Nessen said addressing workforce challenges in South Carolina will be vital. “Labor availability will be the bottleneck of economic growth in 2018,” Von Nessen said. With labor availability’s critical importance, this year’s conference focused on addressing the ongoing workforce challenges in the Palmetto State from three perspectives. Gov. Henry McMaster addressed state-level workforce plans being developed. Cheryl Stanton, executive director of the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce, focused on how the department supports workforce training and connects individuals to businesses and job opportunities. Joan Robinson-Berry, vice president and general manager of Boeing South Carolina, presented Boeing as a case study of how one major South Carolina employer has addressed workforce challenges in 2017.

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percent). Retail trade employment declined in Columbia (-0.2 percent) and Spartanburg (-1.2 percent). Single-family residential building permit activity was up across most of the state over the last year. Comparing single-family residential building permits issued yearto-date October 2017 with those issued year-to-date October 2016, major gains were seen in Florence (+24.4 percent) Myrtle Beach (+22.5 percent) and Spartanburg (+20.2 percent). More modest gains were observed in Greenville (+7.2 percent), Columbia (+6.2 percent), Augusta (+6.0 percent) and Charleston (+2.8 percent). Small losses occurred in Sumter (-3.2 percent). Unemployment rates in October 2017 have declined in all metropolitan areas compared with October 2016. The largest decline (in percentage points) occurred in Augusta (-1.2). This was followed by Myrtle Beach (0.8), Hilton Head (-0.7), Darlington (-0.7), Anderson (-0.6), Spartanburg (-0.5), Sumter (-0.5), Greenville (0.5), Charleston (-0.5), Rock Hill (-0.5), Florence (-0.4) and Columbia (-0.3).

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Winter Gov. McMaster declares public health emergency for opioid epidemic wellness tips (StatePoint) A busy lifestyle and cooler weather can take a toll on the body, especially for those who suffer from chronic aches and pains. Whether the cause of your pain is due to injury, stress, or poor sleep, there are many ways to feel better while avoiding future pain. To stay well this season and naturally manage muscle pain, consider these tips from professional ballroom dancer Tony Dovolani, who’s no stranger to the subject of pain management. • Stretch. Stretching is not just for before or after a workout. Stretch throughout the day to keep blood flowing, particularly if you have a job that keeps you sedentary. • Eat right. Your diet should include lean protein and healthy carbs. “And I eat my vegetables, too!” says Dovolani. “Mainly spinach, string beans and broccoli.” Figure out which vegetables you like best, and be sure to incorporate them into your diet. • Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Water is necessary for muscle repair. Drink water throughout the day and especially when you’re active. • Apply heat. Heat is a timeless remedy, and it’s clinically proven to relieve pain associated with muscle tension and stress, helping to relax muscles and improve blood flow. The increased blood flow restores oxygen and nutrients to inflamed areas to help accelerate healing. “After every rehearsal and performance, I use heat to soothe aches and pains and improve blood flow to my neck and shoulder muscles,” says Dovolani, whose pain relief routine includes using The Sunbeam Renue Neck Wrap. “It’s great for providing relief to the back of my head, neck and shoulders.” Because it features an adjustable neck collar that contours to the shape of the neck of the user, it can provide high-level, concentrated heat for targeted relief. Don’t let aches and pains set you back. With a healthy, active lifestyle and simple, natural remedies, you can feel your best.

Governor issues executive orders creating “Opioid Emergency Response Team” & five-day limit on initial opioid prescriptions for acute and post surgical usage

COLUMBIA – Governor Henry McMaster, joined by members of the General Assembly, cabinet agency officials, and members of the state’s law enforcement community, declared on Dec. 19 a statewide public health emergency for the opioid epidemic and announced a comprehensive, statewide response to the ongoing crisis. The governor’s emergency declaration allows state officials, private partners, and law enforcement to utilize the emergency management infrastructure to combat the growing epidemic or opioid deaths, addiction, and abuse.

Friends of Florence Library will present Jonathon Haupt The Friends of Florence County Library will present guest speaker Jonathon Haupt, at their annual meeting on Sunday, Jan. 28, at 3 p.m. in the Stukes Meeting Room. The meeting is free and open to the public. Jonathon Haupt is executive director of the Pat Conroy Literary Center. His presentation will be: “I Was Born to be in a Library: Pat Conroy’s Great Love of Libraries.” It is an hourlong presentation featuring Powerpoint, video, and audio clips. He discusses Pat’s relationships with public libraries, his high school library, his college library, and his personal library. (Pat serves as co-presenter through video and audio clips.) The talk concludes with an overview of the Conroy Literary Center. In addition, he will also have on display a few artifacts from the Conroy Literary Center to look at before or after the talk. Jonathan Haupt, 43, has forged a distinguished career in literary arts leadership in his adopted home of South Carolina. Since 2011, he has served as director of the University of South Carolina Press and, prior to that, as USC Press’s assistant director for sales and marketing. Under Haupt’s leadership, USC Press was honored with a South Carolina Governors Award in the Humanities, given in recognition of the Press’ commitment to education through humanities publishing. In 2013, he established the Press’ acclaimed Story River Books fiction imprint, edited by the late Pat Conroy and named by “Garden & Gun” magazine as one of the top ten things to love about the South.


“The opioid crisis is one that has invaded so many aspects of the lives of South Carolinians and of families across the country,” said Gov. Henry McMaster. “We are confident that if there is a group capable of combating this problem, providing treatment for those affected, and bringing about tangible results that will change lives, it’s this group of dedicated, talented individuals that we have been able to put together.” The governor issued two executive orders, the first of which establishes the “Opioid Emergency Response Team,” led by State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) Chief Mark Keel, and Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services (DAODAS) Interim Director Sara Goldsby and officially declares the public health emergency. South Carolina Adjutant General Robert Livingston and SCEMD will play a critical role in the Response Team’s efforts, allowing for the use of the

emergency management infrastructure most commonly utilized during natural disasters. The Response Team consists of representatives from state and federal law enforcement agencies, state health and regulatory agencies, health care treatment providers, and other stakeholders. “Unfortunately, we know that we have not yet reached the peak of the opioid crisis,” said Sara Goldsby, Interim Director of DAODAS. “While our work in South Carolina is urgent and ongoing, cross-sector coordination is key to comprehensively addressing this public health crisis and its related consequences. The Opioid Emergency Response Team that the governor is establishing can strategically optimize information, data, and partnerships. The attention and response at this level will also help reduce the stigma of addiction that in part fuels the problem.”

“I strongly believe in the power of partnerships and what can be done by working together,” said SLED Chief Mark Keel. “To reach the goals we want for our state, we must come together with the expertise each of these respective agencies and organizations possess to bring about the changes needed to eliminate this threat to our society.” “One piece of the puzzle I hope to bring to the table is us not losing the humanitarian aspect of what we’re here to talk about today,” said Representative Eric Bedingfield, Chairman of the S.C. House Opioid Abuse Prevention Study Committee. “My family is just one of the more than 600 in South Carolina who have lost loved ones as a result of this epidemic. These people who find themselves addicted are not morally corrupt individuals. These are people who have a disease and who need help.” Governor McMaster also issued an executive order

directing the state Department of Health and Human Services to limit initial opioid prescriptions for acute and post-operative pain to a maximum of five days for state Medicaid recipients. At the governor’s request, the state Public Employee Benefit Authority (PEBA) has agreed to enact similar limits for participants in the State Health Plan, and the governor today requested that the General Assembly pass legislation making the five-day limitation state law for all initial opioid prescriptions. The Response Team will hold monthly meetings for the first six months of its existence to assess outcomes, evaluate new information, and develop further strategic plans. The first meeting was held Dec 19.

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Timely financial reporting vital for public institutions By Richard Eckstrom S.C. Comptroller

Each October, many state agencies – including public colleges and universities – are required to submit to me their financial statements for the previous fiscal year. I use those statements to produce South Carolina’s financial report, which is used by lawmakers, credit rating agencies, and others to assess the state’s financial condition. An agency’s failure to turn in its statements on time can have ramifications beyond just that one agency. If it holds up completion of the state’s financial report, it potentially hinders policymakers’ ability to make decisions about spending and taxes. It may also send a troubling signal to investors interested in buying state bonds, or otherwise reflect poorly on the state. Untimely financial statements sometimes raise red flags about an agency’s accounting and record-keeping. In the recent past, they’ve led to discovery of serious deficiencies – such as failure to reconcile bank statements regularly, or a lack of CPAs in crucial accounting positions. Even worse, they can indicate indifference toward the importance of financial reporting. When an agency misses the deadline, it’s up to me to light a fire under them. But my options for doing so are limited. Hopefully, with repeated phone calls and a little nudging, I’ll have the statements in enough time to complete the state’s financial report without much delay. But what happens when an agency is evasive or uncooperative – for example, won’t return calls? With no legal authority to force them to do anything, my only recourse is to raise the issue publicly and hope the unflattering attention will motivate the tardy officials to get with the program. Which brings me to the subject of S.C. State University… SCSU boasts a loyal student body and faithful alumni, yet its governance – particularly its financial leadership – has often fallen short. In 2014, its troubles came into the open: out of control spending, large budget deficits, about $10 million in unpaid vendor bills, mismanaged funds, and improperly recorded transactions -- all of which resulted in a two-year probation by the regional accreditation agency. (Losing its accreditation would have been disastrous, as it would have meant its students were no longer eligible for federal aid and may well have caused SCSU to close its doors.) Since then, much money and effort have gone into putting SCSU on sound financial footing. Lawmakers purged the entire board of trustees. The Legislature gave the school around $20 million in state loans which later were forgiven, meaning taxpayers foot the bill to clean up the mess. Given the resources invested in righting the ship, there was no joy in notifying other state leaders last month that SCSU was late again this year submitting its financial statements. After missing the Oct. 1 deadline, university officials assured me I’d have the statements by Nov. 22. That date came and went. It wasn’t until Dec. 12 – more than two months late – that the statements were turned in. All who care about SCSU’s future should be concerned. Timely financial disclosures are crucial for keeping the university healthy and solvent. And again, late financial statements can portend broader issues. While its fiscal woes only became known to the public in 2014, I actually had begun sounding the alarm years earlier – after growing concerned by the school’s chronic problems turning in its financial statements. Out of an abundance of caution, I’m sounding the alarm again. Certainly, SCSU finances have stabilized over the past few years, and the quality of its board and administration are much-improved. Nonetheless, we mustn’t tempt fate. Given its track record and the magnitude of its recent troubles, complacency isn’t an option. S.C. State’s crisis was rooted in a lax attitude toward the notions of oversight and accountability – a mindset partially cultivated by state leaders’ hands-off approach to the university; the storied, historically black university was treated as a special case, allowing its administrators to operate nearly oversight-free. What was actually needed, then as now, was “tough love.” Three years later, the high stakes dictate keeping an attentive eye on SCSU administrators. We must remind them we’re watching and what’s expected of them. Failure to meet minimum standards isn’t acceptable. And there’s a cautionary tale here for governmental bodies at all levels. While not a sensational topic, oversight measures such as financial reporting requirements are fundamental to an institution’s well-being.


Remembering 2017, the good and the bad As we embark on a new year, let’s recap some of the good and bad things that happened in 2017. Donald J. Trump was inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States of America on Jan. 21. On Feb. 11, North Korea receives international condemnation when it tests a ballistic missile over the Sea of Japan. On March 10, the United Nations warn of the most destructive humanitarian crisis since World War II, with up to 20 million people at risk of death in locations such as Yemen and Somalia. The US drops the MOAB, the largest non-nuclear bomb in history on April 13. Women in Saudi Arabia were granted permission to drive starting in June, reported The Washington Post. On June 13, Verizon closed on its acquisition of Yahoo and its popular media assets, including its sports and finance content. The purchase price was $4.48 billion, $350 million less than agreed on when the acquisition deal was struck in May 2015. Verizon negotiated the lower price after Yahoo disclosed it had been hit with two massive security breaches in 2013 and 2014 that compromised more than 1.5 billion subscriber accounts. Hurricane Harvey struck South Texas on Aug. 25. In a four-day period many areas received more than 40 inches of rain as the system slowly meandered over eastern Texas and adjacent waters, causing catastrophic flooding.

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Hurricane Irma, developing on Aug. 30, caused widespread destruction and catastrophic damage throughout its 11-day span, particularly in parts of the northeastern Caribbean and the Florida Keys. At times a Category 5 hurricane, Irma packed winds up to 185 mph. As of Oct. 10, the hurricane had caused 134 deaths, according to Wikipedia Hurricane Maria, regarded as the worst natural disaster on record in Dominica and Puerto Rico struck havoc in September. Reaching Category 5 strength on Sept.18 just before making landfall on Dominica, Maria became the first Category 5 hurricane on record to strike the island. After crossing Dominica, Maria achieved its peak intensity over the eastern Caribbean with maximum sustained winds of 175 mph. Weakening to a high-end Category 4, Maria struck Puerto Rico and moved on to the Bahamas. As of Nov. 20, at least 547 people were killed and many are still missing. On Oct. 1, Stephen Paddock commits the deadliest gun crime in American history, opening fire on a crowd in Las Vegas and killing 58 people, with another 500 or so injured.

CNN Money reports on Nov. 30 that the Dow has spiked nearly 6,000 points since President Trump's election in 2017, notching 80 daily record highs since then. The S&P 500 is up 20% and Nasdaq is up a whopping 30% since the election. On the health scene: Global measles deaths dropped below 100,000 for the first time last year – an 84% fall since 2000. Israeli scientists announced a new treatment for ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. After the famed "ice bucket challenge" helped raise money to research a cure, Israeli scientists at Ben-Gurion University found a way to stop the increased activity of glial cells, restoring the nervous system's immune defenses and increasing life expectancy, reported The Times of Israel. This new drug candidate may prove effective in boosting the selfcleansing mechanism of the human brain, thereby improving the lives of millions of people. Scientists invented a spray gun that shoots stem cells onto burn victims to regrow their skin without scars. In 2017, RenovaCare developed a device called the SkinGun that sprays victims with their own stem cells. These cells help the damaged skin regrow with no scars. The device is awaiting FDA approval, but has already proven successful for patients in both the US and Germany, reported “Newsweek.”


Identity politics is dividing America The past two years of political partisanship, where political parties and universities have been utilizing the mainstream media to promote a distorted narrative of distrust and hate among our citizens, are creating an unhealthy division within our country. America has the most diverse society in the world, and yet offers more available opportunities than any other country. Of the 320 million people in America, 95 % of all these citizens of multiple backgrounds are basically not racists but simply want to raise and educate their children in a safe environment and be good neighbors. For every negative identity story in the media, there are thousands of people on interracial committees successfully working to foster respect for each other. The media talking heads and the elite leftists have short memories. Witness the recent period of the past 30 years, and you will see more African-Americans and women who have successfully achieved high positions in the business world and in public leadership roles than ever before in American history. The sexual harassment issues should not become a part of the identity politics

discussion. This subject is a non-partisan issue and a national concern that deserves a unified show of contempt for such behavior. The divide and conquer strategy of identity politics has historically been useful only to foster polarization of targeted groups to gain election votes. Hillary Clinton essentially lost her election due to her flawed strategy of courting minority groups. Her campaign website had links primarily related to ethnic, racial, religious, and gender groups, but almost no links related to a shared vision of a united American community. Consequently, citizens voted mostly against Hillary than they did for Donald Trump. Many individuals in specific minority groups can logically think for themselves and may not agree with their majority, so to paint all of them with the same broad brush is demagoguery in itself. Too many students on

college campuses are being misguided by a growing number of leftist faculties who beat the drum of hate speech and anti-capitalism. Advocating free speech was once the main mantra of American colleges. Now the students with little knowledge of American history or of the murderous fascist regimes of Adolph Hitler and Joseph Stalin are being encouraged to shout down any student who offers an opposing opinion as a racist or a fascist. If these student snowflakes inside their protective bubble of self-indulgence can’t tolerate open debate on divisive issues, how can they ever be effective in the competitive world after college? Even some liberals are becoming uncomfortable with these radical antiAmerican attitudes. In the spirit of reconciliation, we should better educate our students and citizens to recognize our past national history and make amends with that history by finding

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commonality with people different from us in the workplace and in our neighborhoods. May we enter this New Year with a unified sense of respect for one another and move away from these identity agendas. Carroll Player, DDS Florence

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Clemson researchers seek public’s help spotting Gulf pelicans research is also contributing to a larger effort, the Gulf of Mexico Avian Monitoring Network (GoMAMN), which aims to develop long-term monitoring plans for bird species of concern to provide relevant data to the restoration management community. A primary concern in those restoration efforts is restoring habitat, and Clemson’s researchers are seeking to determine what features of habitat are significant for a particular species. “For brown pelicans, one of the questions people wondered is: Are there differences in quality in nesting habitat that we might want to think about if we’re going to go to the efforts of doing habitat restoration?” Jodice said. One method of restoring habitats is building islands, which the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is quite adept at doing — with the Corps-built Gaillard Island serving as a prime example, now the largest pelican colony in the northern Gulf of Mexico.

Steven Bradley, Media Relations CLEMSON – A passion for seabirds led Rochelle Streker to Clemson University to study and join a research team respected for its work with brown pelicans. Clemson University graduate student research assistant Rochelle Streker spent the summer 2017 breeding season in and around Mobile Bay, Alabama, collecting data on brown pelicans nesting on Gaillard and Cat islands and tagging 145 chicks with leg bands to track their movement after leaving the nest. Now the graduate student research assistant is seeking likeminded Gulf Coast residents and visitors to help make a real-world impact on the birds and the coastal environment they call home. In order to do that tracking, however, Clemson’s team needs the public’s help with a citizen science opportunity to spot the banded pelicans. “These plastic color bands can be seen by the naked eye or with binoculars. Bands are on the left leg of all the birds I worked with, and we use these bands to re-sight juveniles once they become mobile and able to fly,” Streker said. “Now that I am back in the classroom for the school year, I am looking to get the public involved in helping me continue to re-sight the birds as they fly around the Gulf.” Those who observe the banded pelicans are asked to report their observation online at and provide the band code, color, date and location of their observation. The chicks Streker banded this summer are among 750 young pelicans marked with green and blue plastic bands in Texas, Alabama and Florida from 2014 to 2017. The returns from the tagging efforts include one from across the Gulf of Mexico on the Yucatán Peninsula. The work is part of a larger project funded by a $1.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean

ROCHELLE STREKER WITH GULF PELICAN Energy Management (BOEM) that began in 2012. Clemson professor and S.C. Cooperative Research Unit leader Patrick Jodice credited past graduate student Juliet Lamb (Ph.D. 2016) and research associate Yvan Satgé for laying groundwork, creating branding and establishing an online presence that led to the research coming to be known as “Project Pelican.” Streker’s work builds on scientific data collected from pelicans to focus on restoration efforts for wildlife populations affected by 2010’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill, specifically the reproductive ecology of brown pelicans and factors of habitat that affect the survival of chicks to their fledging point. “This project is not an oilspill project, but after the oil spill and the response, there was a huge knowledge gap in the information about brown pelicans,” Streker said. Clemson’s pelican

Thus far, Streker has only received two returns on the 145 chicks she banded: one in Pensacola and another in Tampa, Florida, notable for being the first time a chick banded from Mobile Bay has been re-sighted further south in Florida than the Panhandle. “I’m the second student to come on the Gulf project,” Streker said, “and the re-sightings already helped us better understand the fledging success and survival of juveniles, but we now want to look at movements within the Gulf and need more data for that.” Jodice’s research team at Clemson began studying pelicans off the coast of South Carolina in 2004. After the Deepwater Horizon spill, BOEM recognized brown pelicans, in particular, were an understudied species and sought out Clemson’s team – which had already spent six years of research on the species – to aid restoration efforts. While Streker’s efforts are focused on the Gulf, the

success of Project Pelican led to BOEM providing another $1 million in Outer Continental Shelf funds through the U.S. Geological Survey for Jodice’s team to do similar work on the Atlantic coast. “That $1.2 million grant for Gulf pelicans was made possible by many smaller scale projects conducted in South Carolina with the support of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and S.C. Department of Natural Resources,” Jodice said. “It was that work, conducted by dedicated graduate students at Clemson University, that led to us being recognized as a strong research lab in this field and subsequently to our current research in the Gulf. Rochelle’s research will provide much needed information to help us manage pelicans throughout the region and hopefully lead to even more research opportunities for graduate students at Clemson University.”

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SUMMONS STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF FLORENCE IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS CIVIL ACTION NO.: 2017-CP-40-02434 James Fulmer, Plaintiff, vs. Lance C. Crouch and Florence Soccer Association, Defendants. TO: FLORENCE SOCCER ASSOCIATION, THE ABOVE-NAMED DEFENDANT YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and required to answer the Summons

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and Complaint herein which was filed on May 30, 2017 in the County of Richland and State of South Carolina, a copy of which is herewith served upon you, and to serve a copy of your answer to said complaint upon the subscriber, at his office at 2801 Devine Street, Columbia, South Carolina 29211, within thirty (30) days after the service thereof, exclusive of the day of such service, and if you fail to answer the complaint within the time aforesaid, judgment by default will be rendered against you for the relief demanded in the complaint.

CHAPPELL, SMITH & ARDEN, P.A. /s/Mark D. Chappell Mark D. Chappell 2801 Devine Street Post Office Box 12330 Columbia, South Carolina 29211 (803)929-3600 (803) 929-3604 (Fax) Attorneys for the Plaintiff (12/20, 12/27, 1/3/18) NOTICE OF APPLICATION Notice is hereby given that THOMAS J. MITCHELL DBA JUST KICKING IT JAZZ CAFE, intends to apply to the South Carolina Department of Revenue for

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ORDER APPOINTING GUARDIAN AD LITEM STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF FLORENCE IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS C/A NO. 2017-CP-21-01614 Ditech Financial LLC f/k/a Green Tree Servicing LLC, Plaintiff vs. The Personal Representative, whose name is unknown, of the Estate of Leroy Singletary, Mildred Dean Singletary, LaKendra E. Keller, Kendrick Singletary and Gabriel Singletary and any other Heirs-at-Law or Devisees of Leroy Singletary, Deceased, their heirs, Personal Representatives, Administrators, Successors and Assigns, and all other persons entitled to claim through them; all unknown persons with any right, title or interest in the real estate described herein; also any persons who may be in the military service of the

United States of America, being a class designated as John Doe; and any unknown minors or persons under a disability being a class designated as Richard Roe; E. L. Clements, III, Solicitor Twelfth Judicial Circuit and Florence County Sheriff's Department and Coastal Federal Credit Union, Defendants. It appearing to the satisfaction of the Court, upon reading the Motion for the Appointment of Kelley Y. Woody as Guardian ad Litem for all unknown persons and persons who may be in the military service of the United States of America (which are constituted as a class designated as “John Doe”) and any unknown minors and persons who may be under a disability (which are constituted as a class designated as “Richard Roe”), it is ORDERED that, pursuant to Rule 17, SCRCP, Kelley Y. Woody is appointed Guardian ad Litem on behalf of all unknown persons and persons who may be in the military service of the United States of America (constituted as a class and designated as “John Doe”), all unknown minors or persons under a disability (constituted as a class and designated as “Richard Roe”), all of which have or may claim to have some interest in the property that is the subject of this action, commonly known as 108 S Edisto Drive, Florence, that Kelley Y. Woody is empowered and directed to appear on behalf of and represent all unknown persons and persons who may be in the military service of the United States of America, constituted as a class and designated as “John Doe”, all unknown minors and persons under a disability, constituted as a class and designated as “Richard Roe”, unless the Defendants, or someone acting on their behalf, shall, within thirty (30) days after service of a copy of this Order as directed below, procure the appointment of a Guardian or Guardians ad Litem for the Defendants constituted as a class designated as “John Doe” or “Richard

Roe”. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that a copy of this Order shall be served upon the unknown Defendants by publication in the News Journal, a newspaper of general circulation in the County of Anderson, State of South Carolina, once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks, together with the Summons in the above entitled action. SUMMONS AND NOTICE TO THE DEFENDANT(S) ALL UNKNOWN PERSONS WITH ANY RIGHT, TITLE OR INTEREST IN THE REAL ESTATE DESCRIBED HEREIN; ALSO ANY PERSONS WHO MAY BE IN THE MILITARY SERVICE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, BEING A CLASS DESIGNATED AS JOHN DOE; AND ANY UNKNOWN MINORS OR PERSONS UNDER A DISABILITY BEING A CLASS DESIGNATED AS RICHARD ROE AND MILDRED DEAN SINGLETARY, KENDRICK SINGLETARY AND GABRIEL SINGLETARY; YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and required to answer the Complaint in the above action, a copy which is herewith served upon you, and to serve a copy of your Answer upon the undersigned at their offices, PO Box 4216, Columbia, South Carolina 29240, within thirty (30) days after service upon you, exclusive of the day of such service, and, if you fail to answer the Complaint within the time aforesaid, judgment by default will be rendered against you for relief demanded in the Complaint. NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the original Complaint in this action was filed in the office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County on 06/15/2017, thereafter amended on January 19, 2016. NOTICE OF PENDENCY OF ACTION NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT an action has been commenced and is now pending or is about to be commenced in the Circuit Court upon the complaint of the above named

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Plaintiff against the above named Defendant for the purpose of foreclosing a certain mortgage of real estate heretofore given by to Leroy Singletary bearing date of February 9, 2005 and recorded February 18, 2005 in Mortgage Book in Book A906 at Page 540 in the Register of Mesne Conveyances/Register of Deeds/Clerk of Court for Florence County, in the original principal sum of $73650.00 that , and that the premises effected by said mortgage and by the foreclosure thereof are situated in the County of Florence, State of South Carolina, and is described as follows: ALL THAT PIECE, PARCEL OR LOT OF LAND SITUATE, LYING AND BEING IN THE COUNTY OF FLORENCE, STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA, BEING DESIGNATED AS LOT NO. 38 ON A PLAT MADE BY A.L. ERVIN, C.E., ON JUNE 4, 1956, AND RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK D AT PACE 102, THE SAID LOT FRONTING SIXTY (60) FEET ON SECOND STREET (NOW KNOWN AS EDISTO) AND BEING IN DEPTH ONE HUNDRED AND EIGHTY (180) FEET AND BOUNDED AS FOLLOWS, TO-WIT: ON THE NORTH BY LOTS 12, 13 AND 14; ON THE EAST BY LOT 11; ON THE SOUTH BY WEST HAVEN DEVELOPMENT; AND ON THE WEST BY SECOND STREET (NOW EDISTO) REFERENCE IS ALSO MADE TO A MORE RECENT PLAT PREPARED FOR LEROY SINGLETARY BY LIND, HICKS AND ASSOCIATES, SURVEYORS, INC., DATED JULY 31, 2002 AND RECORDED IN THE OFFICE OF THE CLERK OF COURT FOR FLORENCE COUNTY IN PLAT BOOK 79 AT PAGE 392. BEING THE SAME PROPERTY CONVEYED TO LEROY SINGLETARY BY DEED FROM DON O. COX AND ULDINE P. COX RECORDED 08/01/2002 IN DEED BOOK 1969 PAGE 2560, IN THE R.M.C. OFFICE OF FLORENCE COUNTY, SOUTH CAROLINA.. TMS # 90046-09-022 Physical Address: 108 S Edisto Drive, Florence, SC 29501 Crawford & von Keller, LLC. PO Box 4216 1640 St. Julian Place (29204) Columbia, SC 29204 Phone: 803-790-2626 Attorneys for Plaintiff (12/20, 12/27, 1/3/18)

SPECIAL REFEREE’S SALE CASE NO. 2017-CP-21-2630 BY VIRTUE of a decree heretofore granted in the case of Branch Banking and Trust Company against James L. Floyd a/k/a James Lewis Floyd and Helen L. Floyd a/k/a Helen Leverne Floyd, et al., I, the Special Referee for Florence County, will sell on Tuesday, January 16, 2018, at 11:00 o'clock a.m., at the Florence County Courthouse, Florence, South Carolina, to the highest bidder: All that certain piece, parcel or lot of land lying, being and situate in the County of Florence, State of South Carolina being known and designated as Lot 66 of Fenwick Grove II, Phase I, containing 0.23 acres, and being a portion of that property owned by Fenwick II, Inc., developed by Charles E. Courtney, Jr., and being a portion of Tax Parcel 180-00-01-149 as shown on plat by Nesbitt Surveying Co., Inc., dated March 6, 1998 and recorded in Plat Book 67 at Page 66. Reference being had to said plat for a more complete and accurate description thereof. This being the same property conveyed unto James L. Floyd and Helen L. Floyd by deed of Charles E. Courtney recorded on August 11, 1999 in Deed Book A569 at Page 1979, in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County. Together with a 1998 Oakwood Mobile Home bearing serial number HONC02233579AB. 2871 Park Place Florence, South Carolina 29505 TMS # 01804-01-140 TERMS OF SALE: The successful bidder, other than the plaintiff, will deposit with the Special Referee for Florence County at conclusion of the bidding, five percent (5%) of the bid, in cash or equivalent, as evidence of good faith, same to be applied to the purchase price in case of compliance, but to be forfeited and applied first to costs and then to plaintiff's debt in the case of noncompliance. If the Plaintiff’s representative is not in attendance at the scheduled time of the sale, the sale shall be canceled and the property sold on some subsequent sales day after due advertisement. Should the last and highest bidder fail or refuse to make the required deposit at time of bid or comply with the other terms of the bid within thirty (30) days, the deposit shall be forfeited and the Special Referee for Florence County may re-sell the

property on the same terms and conditions on some subsequent Sales Day (at the risk of the said highest bidder). As a deficiency judgment is being waived, the bidding will not remain open thirty days after the date of sale. Purchaser shall pay for preparation of deed, documentary stamps on the deed, and recording of the deed. The successful bidder will be required to pay interest on the amount of the bid from date of sale to date of compliance with the bid at the rate of 3.75% per annum. The sale shall be subject to assessments, Florence County taxes, easements, easements and restrictions of record, and other senior encumbrances. GRIMSLEY LAW FIRM, LLC 1703 Laurel Street P. O Box 11682 Columbia, SC 29211 (803) 233-1177 W. Haigh Porter Special Referee for Florence County By: Edward L. Grimsley Benjamin E. Grimsley Attorneys for the Plaintiff (12/27,1/3,1/10/18)

NOTICE OF APPLICATION Notice is hereby given that GO FLOTOWN, LLC, intends to apply to the South Carolina Department of Revenue for a license/permit that will allow the sale and ON premises consumption of BEER/WINE/LIQUOR at 154 S. DARGAN ST., FLORENCE, SC 29506 To object to the issuance of this permit/license, written protest must be postmarked no later than JANUARY 12, 2018. For a protest to be valid, it must be in writing, and should include the following information: (1) the name, address, and telephone number of person filing the protest; (2) the specific reasons why the application should be denied; (3) that the person protesting is willing to attend a hearing (if one is requested by the applicant); (4) that the person protesting resides in the same county where the proposed place of business is located or within five miles of the business; and, (5) the name of the applicant and the address of the premises to be licensed. Protests must be mailed to: S.C. Department of Revenue, ATTN: ABL SECTION, P.O. Box 125, Columbia, SC 29214-0907; or faxed to: (803) 896-0110. (12/27,1/3,1/10/18)


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a license/permit that will allow the sale and ON premises consumption of BEER/WINE/LIQUOR at 137 S. DARGAN ST., FLORENCE, SC 29506 To object to the issuance of this permit/license, written protest must be postmarked no later than JANUARY 6, 2018. For a protest to be valid, it must be in writing, and should include the following information: (1) the name, address, and telephone number of person filing the protest; (2) the specific reasons why the application should be denied; (3) that the person protesting is willing to attend a hearing (if one is requested by the applicant); (4) that the person protesting resides in the same county where the proposed place of business is located or within five miles of the business; and, (5) the name of the applicant and the address of the premises to be licensed. Protests must be mailed to: S.C. Department of Revenue, ATTN: ABL SECTION, P.O. Box 125, Columbia, SC 29214-0907; or faxed to: (803) 896-0110. (12/20, 12/27, 1/3/18)



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Pee Dee Tennis League update for 2018 Team registration is open Team creation and player registration is open for the 2018 Adult PD League Spring Season for the 18 & Over, 40 & Over and 55 & Over age groups. A captains meeting will be held on Saturday, Jan. 6 at 9 a.m. in the upstairs meeting space at the Dr Eddie Floyd Tennis Center. If you are captaining a team you need to be present. If you cannot attend please have someone from your team attend in your place. Captains need to make sure they are not spreading the same players over too many teams. Players playing on multiple teams need to be up front with their captains on which team will be the “priority” in the case of conflicts or if you make it to state on multiple teams. If a player signs up for a team they need to be committed to complete the season. Players also need to go into Tennislink and check their contact information and make sure it is up to date so that captains and the league coordinator can reach them if needed. New Rules: There are a couple of new rules in place. These will be discussed in more detail as well as other rules at the captains meeting. 1 - There is no longer a rule limiting the number of out of state players that may be on a roster. Also there is no longer a rule against a player from out of our area captaining a PD League team. Teams are required to get permission to

use courts for their home matches. It is not the league coordinators responsibility to secure courts for matches. 2 - If a team defaults an entire match they will be allowed to complete the rest of the season in order to allow players to generate a rating as well as allow teams to have matches that will count toward qualifying them for state. Defaulting teams will not be allowed to go to state and only completed rounds against all teams will count toward the standing. Team Name Creation When creating your team online please use the following naming convention: P18FL-FTC-Coordinators P - PD League 18 - Age Division (18, 40, 55, 70) FL - First initial of captains first name and first initial of last name FTC - Facility Code - Please use the following. If you do not see your facility listed you will have to search for it or staff can assign it later. BYP - Byerly Park CCSC - Country Club of South Carolina EBE - Ebenezer Park FCC - Florence Country Club FTC - Florence Tennis Center HCC - Hartsville Country Club PTC - Palmetto Tennis Center Coordinators - Your team name if you desire one When you get to the site option if you do not see your

site listed you will need to select the “Search” option and enter the name of the facility. If you have issues let Ed Sprenger know the age group, NTRP Level, and team number and so it can be corrected on the site for you. PD League Dates • 18 & Over Registration opens: 12/1/2017 Initial roster deadline: 1/14/2018 Registration closes: 4/1/2018 Season begins: 2/10/2018 Season ends: 4/29/2018 State championships: 5/18 - 5/21/2018 - Aiken • 40 & Over Registration opens: 12/1/2017 Initial roster deadline: 1/14/2018 Registration closes: 4/1/2018 Season begins: 2/10/2018 Season ends: 4/15/2018 State championships: 5/5 5/7/2018 - Florence • 55 & Over Registration opens: 12/1/2017 Initial roster deadline: 1/14/2018 Registration closes: 3/16/2018 Season begins: 2/3/2018 Season ends: 3/23/2018 State championships: 4/26 - 4/30/2018 - Hilton Head Island • 70 & Over Registration opens: 12/1/2017 Initial roster deadline: 1/14/2018 Registration closes:

3/16/2018 Season begins: 2/3/2018 Season ends: 3/23/2018 State championships: 4/26 - 4/30/2018 - Hilton Head Island League Days of Play (tentative) ***Weeknights will be limited in the spring season due to cold temperatures and start as late in the season as possible based on number of teams, number of matches, and available weekends. Tuesdays and Thursdays will be used as our weeknights. If your weekend play day is Saturday you will play on Tuesday nights as needed and if your weekend play day is Sunday you will play on Thursday nights as needed. This is subject to change based on conflicts due to registrations and number of teams at different levels. Due to some conflicts encountered last season a couple of changes have been made to the days of play. • 18 & Over 2.5 Women - Sunday afternoon 3.0 Women - Saturday morning 3.5 Women - Sunday afternoon 4.0 Women - Saturday morning 4.5 Women - Sunday afternoon 3.0 Men - Saturday morning 3.5 Men - Sunday afternoon 4.0 Men - Saturday morning 4.5 Men - Sunday afternoon

• 40 & Over 3.0 Women - Sunday afternoon 3.5 Women - Saturday morning 4.0 Women - Sunday afternoon 3.0 Men - Sunday afternoon 3.5 Men - Saturday morning 4.0 Men - Sunday afternoon • 55 & Over 3.0 Women - Saturday morning 3.5 Women - Sunday afternoon 4.0 Women - Saturday morning 9.0 Women - Sunday afternoon 3.0 Men - Saturday morning 3.5 Men - Sunday afternoon 4.0 Men - Saturday morning 9.0 Men - Sunday afternoon Additional State Championships Dates: Mixed Doubles State - 9/7 - 9/10/2018 - Florence Combo State - 10/18 10/22/2018 - Hilton Head Island Singles State - 11/10 11/12/2018 - Aiken 65 & Over/ 75 & Over State - 11/3 - 11/5/2018 - Hilton Head Island Questions: Contact Ed Sprenger - PD League Coordinator, Year End Ratings The 2017 Year End Ratings have been posted. Here are some links to help you find out

what your rating is and how to see the ratings for the Pee Dee League players. • To find only your rating: Go to -Hover your mouse over the “Adult/League” button in the menu bar across the top of the screen. - Select “Tennislink” from the drop down menu - At the next page select the “USTA League” button - At the next page enter your USTA number in the “Find NTRP Rating Info” and click on the “Search” button • To find rating info for the PD League Go to - Hover your mouse over the “Adult/League” button in the menu bar across the top of the screen. - Select “Tennislink” from the drop down menu - At the next page select the “USTA League” button - At the next page select “Advanced Search” in the “Find NTRP Rating Info” - At the Advanced Search page select the following entries: - Championship Year: 2017 Section Name: USTA/Southern - District Name: South Carolina - Area Name: SC - Florence - PD - You can then select specific NTRP levels and genders - Click the “Search” button

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Library begins 2018 with variety of programs for children are funded by the Friends of Florence County Library.

The Florence County Library has planned a variety of children’s programming for winter/spring 2018. Registration is required for all programs. Daycare centers may call for a separate appointment for Preschool Storytime. To register or for more information on the programs, please call the Greenberg Children’s Library at 843-292-7382.

Bilingual Storytime The Florence County Library will be having a special bilingual storytime on Tuesday evenings beginning Jan. 9 at 6 p.m. This 30minute storytime will consist of bilingual stories, fingerplays, songs and activities for ages 2-5.

Baby Storytimes The Library will offer programs for babies birth to 23 months old on Thursday mornings. The programs will be divided into two groups, walkers and non-walkers. An adult caregiver will need to stay with the baby during the 15 minute program. The programs will consist of music, fingerplays and stories appropriate for these age groups. Baby Storytime will begin Thursday, Jan. 11 at 10 a.m. for non-walkers and Thursday, Jan. 11 at 11 a.m. for walkers. Toddler, Preschool Storytime The Library will offer Toddler and Preschool Storytimes on Tuesday mornings. Children must be two years old to register for Toddler Storytime, and 3 to 5 years old to register for Preschool Storytime. The Library will be having stories, fingerplays, simple crafts and music for these programs. Toddler Storytime will

Bookworms Book Club This is a book discussion group that enjoys crafts and games while discussing the book. The program is for grades 3 to 5 and meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month. The first meeting is Tuesday, Jan. 23, at 3:30 p.m. Registration is required and space is limited.

THE CHILDREN’S LIBRARY AT THE DRS. BRUCE AND LEE FOUNDATION LIBRARY begin on Tuesday, Jan. 9, at 9:30 a.m. and lasts 20 minutes. Preschool Storytime will begin on Tuesday, Jan. 9, at 10:30 a.m. and lasts 30 minutes. AfterSchool Programs The Library will offer pro-

grams for children in grades 5K-2nd grade on Thursday afternoons. The programs will consist of movies, stories, crafts and guest speakers. The program will begin on Thursday, Jan. 11 at 3:30 p.m. and will last 30 to 45 minutes.

Tweens Storytime The Library will offer programs for children in grades 3rd-5th on Wednesday afternoons. The programs will consist of movies, stories, crafts and guest speakers. The program will begin on Wednesday, Jan. 10. at 3:30 p.m. and will last 30 to 45 minutes.


January 1777 – South Carolina tries to annex Georgia On January 23, 1777, William Henry Drayton addressed the Georgia Convention in Savannah proposing that South Carolina annex the state of Georgia. In the midst of the American Revolution, the offer was spurred by economic interests as well as concerns that Georgia’s citizens did not support the Patriot cause. Drayton spoke to the convention for over an hour. He echoed the South Carolina General Assembly’s belief that the union would promote Georgia’s “strength, wealth, and dignity, and secure their liberty.” Afterward, Drayton handed out copies of his speech and the delegates announced that they would consider his proposal the following day. A lawyer, planter, and politician, Drayton published a pamphlet titled the American Claim of Rights in 1774, which supported home rule. He became a member of the Committee of Safety in 1775 and, along with Arthur Middleton, designed South Carolina’s state seal in 1776. That same year he became Chief Justice of the state Supreme Court. In November, 1776, Drayton rallied support for the American cause in North Carolina where he raised two battalions. Encouraged by this success, the South Carolina Assembly decided that he should try his luck in Georgia, going so far as to suggest that, since Georgia had a smaller

WILLIAM HENRY DRAYTON From the collections of the S.C. Historical Society population, it would benefit from being annexed to its northern neighbor. When the Georgia Convention met on January 24 to consider Drayton’s

proposal, he was not allowed to participate in the discussion. His biographer, Keith Krawczynski, notes that “Drayton must have writhed as he could only sit by and take notes on what he considered were ‘gross misrepresentations’ of his proposal.” The Georgians politely rejected the offer and Drayton left for home. The following spring, he renewed his campaign and went directly to the people of Georgia with petitions and appeals. In the summer of 1777, Drayton returned to Georgia but avoided Savannah where locals threatened to tar and feather him. In July, Georgia’s Governor Treutlan issued a proclamation offering a reward of one hundred pounds for the capture of Drayton and any person “unlawfully endeavoring to poison the minds of the good People of this State against the government.” Drayton responded with a treatise stating that the governor’s petition consisted of “nonsense and falsehoods.” However, Treutlan’s proclamation was enough to cause Drayton’s prompt return home and put an end to South Carolina’s effort to annex Georgia.

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Sunday Family Movies The Florence County Library will be having popular movies for families on Sundays beginning Jan. 7. at 2:30 p.m. The movies are rated either G or PG. Call the Greenberg Children’s Library at 843-292-7382 for more information. Movies

Fine Arts Friday The Library will be offering Fine Arts Friday for children in grades 5K-3rd beginning Jan. 12. at 3:30 p.m. Children will be working with a variety of art forms. Registration is required and space is limited. Monday Library Lab The Library will be offering Monday Library Lab for children in grades 4th-8th beginning Jan. 8 at 3:30 p.m. Children will be learning about a variety of science concepts. Registration is required and space is limited.

World Unity is the theme for Dr. King Memorial Celebration DARLINGTON – “World Unity – Peace, Hope, Love, and Understanding” is the theme for The 32nd Annual Darlington County Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Celebration on Monday, Jan. 15, beginning at noon at St. James United Methodist Church, 312 Pearl Street. Rev. Dr. Marvin Caldwell Sr. is pastor. “Our Children serving in a Global World” is the title of the 32nd Annual Darlington County Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Celebration with the vision – “Positive Changes Will Begin With Me – My World Too.” Rev. Michelle Law-Gordon, pastor Open Door Baptist Church, will be the keynote speaker for the Memorial Celebration. Music will be presented by children and youth choirs from across the Pee Dee. The 32nd Annual Darlington County Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Celebration is sponsored by the Darlington County Cultural Realism Complex Inc., St. James United Methodist Church, Darlington Ministerial Alliance, and supported by many churches, organizations, businesses, and individuals. The public is invited. For more information, call (843) 393-9762 or (843) 395-0431.

Dr. Kauffman to speak at next Live@Central Live@Central! will continue its 13th season on Wednesday, Jan. 10, with Professor Scott Kauffman, PhD. Dr. Kauffman is chairman of the Department of History at Francis Marion University and a noted author. He will review his latest book, titled “Ambition, Pragmatism, and Party: A Political Biography of President Gerald R. Ford.” There will be a question and answer opportunity after the presentation and Dr. Kauffman will sign copies of his book. 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. Call the church office at 843-662-3218 by noon on Monday, Jan.8, if you plan to attend dinner or need additional information.


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Grayson Technical Training hosts graduation for 2-year program LORIS – The 2017 graduation ceremony for Grayson Technical Training was celebrated Dec. 21, with a luncheon at the Kingston Lake Business and Education Center. Guest speakers included Bill Crowther from Congressman Tom Rice’s office. During the ceremony, GTT received industry certification from the Department of Labor. Also, Loris Mayor Henry Nichols presented Grayson company sponsors Daniel Grayson and Kimberly Grayson with a signed copy of the Governor’s Appren-

ticeship Proclamation which was issued in November. Grayson Technical Training is registered and is a nationally-accredited apprenticeship construction trades program. There were eight graduates for the 24-month apprenticeship program. They included Betty Davis of Florence, Randy Berkley of North Myrtle Beach, Lillie Grayson of Sumter, Dirk Martin of Loris, Renatta Rodriquez and Rod Rodriquez, both of Loris, Kayla Howard and Micheal Howard, both of Green Sea.

GTT GRADUATION – Zachary Taylor, from left, D’antone Norman, GTT staff Donnell Wright, GTT founders Kimberly Grayson and Daniel Grayson, Nikolas Lefave, Shayla Benson and Richard Lefave. The 2017 apprentice class has provided five new construction industry owneroperators, including one in Florence. Florence graduate Betty Davis who is now in the

property management field, received a Letter of Congratulations from the Governor’s office during the ceremony. GTT has responded to training needs of 175 students in Florence, Lee and

Sumter counties since it began in Florence in 2013. It has expanded statewide and now serves participants online, as well as at specified site locations around the state.

For participants who desire to learn a trade and re-enter the workforce through certification, GTT offers training in plumbing, electrical, carpentry, masonry and demolition certification and job placement after internships are completed. Building trades certification helps participants start a new career at $15 to $35 per hour. To those who qualify, placements are available to the unemployed, high school dropouts and alternative students seeking a trade. Also, job trade training is offered to juvenile delinquents, 16 and up, as an alternative to incarceration. For more information email gtraining123@gmail. com. visit the job placement web-link at Google, GraysonTechnicalTraining or contact Kimberly Grayson at 803-3163185. “GTT is excited to share Grayson technical’s projects and hopes to gain more community exposure in the Florence area,” said Kimberly.

Five FSD1 schools receive grants Five schools in Florence One received nearly $1,000 each to fund programs announced the Francis Marion University Center of Excellence to Prepare Teachers of Children of Poverty. Schools include Delmae Elementary, Greenwood Elementary, John W. Moore Intermediate, North Vista Elementary and South Flo-

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Marine league plans general meeting The Marine Corps League, Julian D. Dusenbury Detachment 410, will have its first general meeting of the new year at the Elks Lodge 1020, 2220 W. Jody Rd., on Jan. 9. Meeting time is 6:30 p.m. Nominations for 2018 officers will be accepted at the meeting. To nominate someone or run for an office, be sure to attend this meeting. The league is always looking for a few good men and women. Come join the ranks. Feel a sense of camaraderie, family, purpose and know you are with others who have been there too. Looking forward to visiting with brothers and sisters from all eras of service from WWII, Korean War era, Vietnam, Gulf War, Desert Storm, Bosnian, Lebanon, Afghanistan and Iraqi War eras. Those Marines who are honorably discharged, active Marines or FMF Corpsman and FMF chaplains who are interested in seeing what we’re about please come to a meeting each second Tuesday of the month. Any questions? Feel free to email or contact Don Jones, Detachment Commandant 843-453-7864.

Registered Nurse Jennifer Morris was named the first DAISY Award Recipient for McLeod Regional Medical Center on Dec. 21. Jennifer, a nurse on the Labor & Delivery Unit, was nominated by patient, Brandi Rogers. 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. During her fourth month of pregnancy, Brandi received the news that her baby had a confirmed diagnosis of anencephaly, a serious, fatal birth defect. She and her husband knew that carrying their daughter Emersyn to full term was the right choice for their family. One of their wishes was that the staff be apprised of their situation before the day of delivery. Jennifer volunteered to be there for the birth of Emersyn. “I have no doubt Jennifer was called to be a nurse,” said Brandi. “Almost every keepsake I have of Emmy’s is because of Jennifer. From a lock of hair to copies of her footprints is all thanks to Jennifer. And, when I didn’t have the strength to give Emmy her first bath, Jennifer stepped in to help. “I will be forever grateful for the care we received. I am thankful Jennifer was there for Emmy’s first and last breath. Jennifer is the kind of person and nurse unlike any other. She is passionate about what she

MCLEOD NURSE JENNIFER MORRIS IS PICTURED WITH DAISY AWARD does. There is no one I believe more deserving to be the first recipient of the DAISY Award then Jennifer. She is the true definition of an incredible nurse,” added Brandi. “Jennifer is so worthy of this award,” said Tony Derrick, Vice President of Nursing and Chief Nursing Officer for McLeod Regional Medical Center. “On behalf of McLeod, we thank her for the extraordinary work she does every day.” The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, California, 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

An act of kindness A needy, 78-year-old widow in Richardson, TX gathered her husband’s clothing and donated it to a local thrift shop run by Jewish Family Services, but she apparently did not check the pockets of an old pea coat. But, a worker in the resale shop did and found four envelopes containing a total of $17,050 says the Association of Mature American Citizens [AMAC]. The store tracked down the woman who donated the clothing and returned the money. She declined to be identified, but the widow said the cash would go a long way toward resolving financial problems she’s been having since her husband’s death.

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(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. 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, physi-

cians, 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 people.” The honoree is also given a beautiful and meaningful sculpture called “A Healer’s Touch,” hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Africa.

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