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Otis factory switches on solar field Otis Elevator in Florence, one of the company’s global manufacturing centers of excellence, continues its focus on performance with the “switch on” of a new solar field that will produce more than 1.8 million kilowatt hours of power annually, nearly 25 percent of the facility’s annual power requirements. The installation is part of Otis’ sustainability efforts and is anticipated to beat the Florence facility’s five-year greenhouse gas emissions reduction goal of 15 percent, compared to 2015 energy consumption, by year three. Otis President Judy Marks and Otis Americas President Tom Vining participated in an employee event on Feb. 22 celebrating this new, sustainable power source, with a ceremonial throwing of the switch. The panels are scheduled to go into operation in March. “Otis is committed to bringing sustainable solutions to the communities where we live and work,” said Tom Vining, President, Otis Americas. “This investment significantly reduces our ecological footprint, while allowing us to continue to produce high-performing, energy-efficient elevator equipment for our customers.” The 500,000-square-foot facility brings together Otis’ North American manufacturing, engineering, contract logistics and field support in a single location to improve customer support and accelerate product development. The facility features a 150-foot test tower with six hoistways, where Otis develops and tests

OTIS PRESIDENT JUDY MARKS participates in the ceremonial throwing of the switch. At left is Tom Vining, President Otis Americas; on right is Jerry Jackson, Senior Director Florence Operations new technologies that keep the company at the forefront of the industry. Otis employs more than 600 people in its Florence facility who speak more than 11 languages and represent 14 countries. About Otis: Otis is the world’s leading manufacturer and maintainer of peoplemoving products, including

elevators, escalators and moving walkways. Founded more than 160 years ago by the inventor of the safety elevator, Otis offers products and services through its companies in approximately 200 countries and territories. Otis is a unit of United Technologies Corp., a leading provider to the aerospace and building systems industries worldwide.

By combining a passion for science with precision engineering, the company is creating smart, sustainable solutions the world needs. For more details, visit www.otis.com or follow Otis on LinkedIn, YouTube and as @OtisElevatorCo on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Chamber plans 2018 Building Bridges Diversity Summit The Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce will host the 2018 Building Bridges Diversity Summit on March 19. This year’s event will feature a day-long group experience in racial and cultural diversity and competence. Among several speakers, the summit will feature keynote speaker, Dr. Henry N. Tisdale, President of

Claflin University. Topics of discussion will include racial and cultural sensitivity issues and women in the workplace. In addition, Dr. Henry N. Tisdale will talk about the impact of inclusive leadership in the business community across the state of South Carolina. The summit will be held from 10

a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Floyd Conference Center on the campus of Carolinas Hospital. Tickets are $20 for individuals or $15 each for groups of five or more from the same organization. Lunch is included. The Chamber’s Building Bridges program serves as the premier diver-

sity and inclusion program in the Pee Dee region and this year’s format will allow for more in-depth discussions focused in a one-day event, rather than a multi-week program as in years past. Register online at flochamber.com or get more information by calling (843) 665-0515.

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Fresenius Kidney Care open house Fresenius Kidney Care, the dialysis division of Fresenius Medical Care North America, invites the community to attend an Open House celebration on Sunday, March 11, 2 to 4 p.m. at its new clinic in Florence. The clinic, located on Florence Medical Mile at 181B East Evans Street, can treat a maximum of 80 patients a week enabling Fresenius Kidney Care’s local team of expert medical professionals to better serve the Florence County area’s growing dialysis community. Local experienced medical professionals will be available to discuss: • Patient services and the latest dialysis treatment options, including: • In-center dialysis which

provides the reassurance of staff-assisted treatment and labs all in one place • Nocturnal (nighttime) dialysis which gives patients lifestyle benefits and more time for daily activities • How the center’s care team meets patients’ physical and emotional needs by individualizing their care • How Florence Medical Mile strives to empower people to thrive on and live the healthiest, fullest way possible – with kidney disease treatments that fit in with life, not the other way around. Tour the clinic and: • Meet the treatment team and see the treatment rooms • Learn about other services offered at the center, such as hemodialysis travel services,

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pharmacy services and ongoing educational programs Light refreshments will be available. For more information, please contact Clinic Manager, Courtney Powell, at courtney.powell@fmc-na.com or 843-4686106. Kidney Disease, Dialysis According to the National Kidney Foundation, one in three American adults are at risk for developing kidney disease. The two leading causes of kidney disease are high blood pressure and diabetes. Other risk factors include family history of kidney failure, kidney stones, smoking, obesity and cardiovascular disease. Dialysis is required for those who develop end stage kidney failure, which typically represents 85 to 90 percent loss of kidney function. Dialysis is used to remove waste, salt and extra water in the body, and keep safe levels of potassium, sodium and bicarbonate in the blood and control blood pressure.

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Eckstrom kicks off online gasoline tax reporting COLUMBIA – South Carolina motorists began paying 2 cents more per gallon for fuel plus several vehicle-related fee increases July 1, the first phase in a six-year series of tax and fee hikes that are expected to raise billions of dollars to fix and maintain the state’s roads and bridges. So how much new tax money has been generated? How much has been spent? And what has this new money been spent on? State Comptroller Richard Eckstrom is aware that the taxpayers of South Carolina are asking themselves these questions, and starting today he is providing the answers. The S.C. Fiscal Transparency Website has been expanded to show the amount of money collected and spent thus far from the new gasoline tax and other fee increases. Also shown are the specific sources of the money collected, the total for each source, and the state agency that is collecting it. This information will be updated every month and will be expanded to include data as it becomes available about specific highway projects that are being funded by the new taxes and fees. When fully implemented the fuel tax increase will total 12 cents per gallon, which eventually will increase the state’s fuel tax from 16 cents to 28 cents per gallon. The increase is being phased-in over six years at the rate of an additional 2 cents per gallon per year. The fuel tax, combined with a bevy of vehicle-related fee increases, is expected to generate $625 million per year when fully implemented according to state estimates. The law that imposes these new costs on South Carolinians, Act 40 of 2017, says all of that money – not most of it or part of it, but all of it – must be spent to improve the state’s existing roads and bridges, not to build new projects. Eckstrom says taxpayers deserve to know that is actually what’s happening, and to be fully informed about how much the state is collecting from them to make it happen. “Whether a motorist pays in small increases at the gas pumps or pays large amounts when buying and registering a car, Act 40 mandated that hundreds of millions of additional dollars would be collected from taxpayers and transferred to state government,” he says. “The law’s justification for imposing these new taxes and fees was that additional money was needed to fix our state’s illmaintained highway system. Because Act 40 used the condition of our state highways to justify raising our taxes by $625 million a year in perpetuity, it’s essential that as that money is collected everyone will be able to see that it’s being identified, properly accounted for, and used for no other purpose but to repair, maintain, and improve our state’s existing highway system.” Eckstrom launched the S.C. Fiscal Transparency Website in

2008. At the time it was among the first of its kind in the nation. The site initially featured online checkbooks that he created for each agency of state government. Since then Eckstrom has expanded the site to include all school districts and state-supported colleges and universities in South Carolina. The site also has been expanded to include reports showing annual amounts paid to state vendors and other information of particular interest to the public, such as details of the monthly purchases each state agency makes using state purchasing cards. Unlike many other states that have contracted with commercial vendors to design and maintain their transparency websites, the S.C. Comptroller’s Office receives no addi-

Deaths Anderson, Ronald Sasser III, infant son of Ronald S. Anderson Jr. and Matilyn Anderson, died Feb. 17, Belk Funeral Home. Baxley, Thomas “Fuzzy” Edgar Sr., 70, died Feb. 23, Stoudenmire-Dowling Funeral Home. Brennan, Roger Edward, died Feb. 8, Ideal Funeral Parlor. Cartrette, Jessie S., 69, died Feb. 24, StoudenmireDowling Funeral Home. Coleman, Bassil M. “Sonny,” Jr., died Feb. 23, Stoudenmire Dowling Funeral Home. Davis, Allen Lee, died Feb. 17, Ideal Funeral Parlor. Gamble, Sheila Cox, 65, died Feb. 20, StoudenmireDowling Funeral Home. Gandy, Geniola “Jo” H., 96, Mullins, Cain CalcuttStephens Funeral Home, Hall, Margaret Elizabeth Bail, 89, Pamplico, died Feb. 20, StoudenmireDowling Funeral Home. Hathcock, Daniel Guy, 61, died Feb. 19, Stoudenmire-Dowling Funeral Home. Johnson, Diane Patricia, died Feb. 11, Ideal Funeral Parlor. Kelly, Frances Anderson, died Feb. 20, Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home.

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Kelly, Ricky Vance Sr., 63, Timmonsville, died Feb. 15, Layton-Anderson Funeral Home. Madurski, Geraldine Seenie Kugler, 57, died Feb. 24, Stoudenmire-Dowling Funeral Home. McDaniel, Phoebe A., died Feb. 22, Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home. Pack, Sandra Ann Harrell, 77, died Feb. 24, Stoudenmire-Dowling Funeral Home. Patterson, Emily Dixon died Feb. 22, Waters-Powell Funeral Home. Perritte, Richard David, 64, Fork, died Feb. 22, Cain Calcutt-Stephens Funeral Home. Rowland, Berea Sara Campbell, 78, died Feb. 22, Stoudenmire-Dowling Funeral Home. Smith, J.C. died Feb. 15, Ideal Funeral Parlor. Streett, Marian Jean, 93, died Feb. 20, WatersPowell Funeral Home. Street, William “Billy” Wesley, died Feb. 21, Belk Funeral Home. Walters, Milton David, died Feb. 23, Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home. Weatherford, James Roger, 73, died Feb. 21, Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home.

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CARE House hosts open house First Presbyterian Church hosting marriage program First Presbyterian will be host to The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work program that will be held March 16 and 17. Couples throughout the community are encouraged to participate. The program and book are based on decades of research with thousands of couples at Gottman Institute in Seattle. The findings are available to help have healthy long-term marriages. The program runs from 6 to 8 p.m. March 16, and from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. March 17. The workshop, which includes refreshments, lunch, and materials, costs $80. To register, send registration form <http://helpingflorenceflourish.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Registration-Form.pdf> and payment to First Presbyterian Church Office, 700 Park Ave., or stop by the church office. Space is limited. The program is appropriate for pre-marital couples and newlyweds, couples wanting to achieve better communication, those who want a marital “check-up,” and couples who want to mentor others. Presenter Jim Braswell M.Div. L.P.C. is a pastoral counselor serving in Florence. He is a certified Gottman Leader and a Gottman trained therapist. The program is an educational presentation and is not therapy. For additional questions, call Braswell at 843-615-7718 or email pdpc@earthlink.net.

SCA March For Meals The Senior Citizens Association will host a barbecue benefit, March For Meals with Meals on Wheels, on Saturday, March 3. The march will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. The barbecue may be picked up from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. at 600 Senior Way. The menu will include half barbecue chicken, yellow rice, potato salad, green beans and cake. Plates are $10. Proceeds will benefit SCA’s Meals On Wheels program. For more information, call 843-669-6761.

The CARE House of the Pee Dee hosted an open house on Feb. 22 to celebrate the move into its new office at HopeHealth, 360 North Irby. As a children’s advocacy center, CARE House promotes help, hope, and healing in a nurturing environment to child abuse victims and their families through supportive services and prevention. The CARE House began in 2004 when law enforcement identified a need for a more effective and efficient facility to provide forensic services to victims of maltreatment. A permanent location was identified and renovations began shortly after. In October of 2006, the CARE House opened their doors for the first time at the new facility. It obtained non-profit status in December of the same year. The first board of directors meeting was held in March of 2007. CARE Hose officially obtained National Accreditation in September of 2009. To date, CARE House has served over 5,800 children in need of its services. CARE House started out with its primary focus on forensics; interviews and medicals. Over the last 10 years, the organization has broadened its focus to encompass therapies to help children through the whole process of healing from their trauma. CARE House provides Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Alternative to Families a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy. It also provides advocacy to every family that walks through its doors. As it has grown, it still main-

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McLeod Health Board announces new members The McLeod Health Board of Trustees continues its commitment to providing outstanding leadership, stewardship and oversight of fiscal health. Effective March 1, as the new board terms begin, two new members have been appointed to the McLeod Health Board of Trustees: Dr. Patrick K. Denton and Mr. Ashley Brady. The McLeod Health Board is a self-perpetuating, 23-member governing board that includes eight physicians, including five emeritus members. “We are extremely appreciative of the dedication and very hard work of these volunteer board members who embrace the mission of McLeod Health in

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A tribute to Billy Graham By Dr. Gary S. Smith Overstating the significance of Billy Graham is difficult. Arguably the most important religious leader of the 20th century, Graham presented the gospel to an estimated 215 million people through his many evangelistic campaigns around the world and to hundreds of millions more through radio, television, satellite broadcasts, print, and the internet. The pastor to presidents, Graham served as a spiritual advisor to chief executives from Dwight Eisenhower to George W. Bush. As depicted in an episode of the Netflix miniseries, “The Crown,” Graham also provided spiritual counsel to Queen Elizabeth II of England. Graham helped launch three major enterprises – the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, “Christianity Today” magazine, and Youth for Christ, a ministry to high school students. He helped shape numerous evangelical colleges, seminaries, and parachurch organizations including World Vision, World Relief, and the National Association of Evangelicals. Graham also worked to bring the global Christian community together and to promote evangelistic efforts through international conferences held in Berlin, Lausanne, and Amsterdam. Graham was as close to being a national pastor as the United States has ever had. He spoke at Richard Nixon’s funeral in 1994, prayed at the inaugurations of five presidents, at a memorial service following the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, and at a service in the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. for victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, and preached to survivors of Hurricane Katrina in 2006. Throughout American history revivalists have helped win countless individuals to Christ. Graham followed a pattern established during the antebellum Second Great Awakening by Charles Finney—and continued by Dwight Moody in the Gilded Age and Billy Sunday in the early 20th century—of holding evangelistic meetings for a week or more in major cities. Modern technology enabled Graham to proclaim the Christian message of salvation to many more people than any other preacher in history. Unlike his predecessors, Graham also held campaigns in metropolitan areas around the world, including many behind the Iron Curtain before the fall of communism. Moreover, Graham spread God’s word through his “Hour of Decision” global radio program and numerous prime-time television specials. Among the three million converts Graham’s preaching produced are John Guest, a founder of the Coalition for Christian Outreach and the rector of two major Pittsburgh congregations, and Louis Zamperini, the protagonist of the book and movie “Unforgiven.” Many lesser known individuals also came to Christ through Graham’s campaigns. Consider one example. In 2008 my wife and I spent three weeks in Romania volunteering with a ministry called “Least of These,” which had worked for 15 years to help orphans and Gypsies. We stayed with a Romanian couple; the wife, Ramona, directed the ministry, and her husband Ghita, pastored a church. Surprisingly, Nicolae Ceaușescu, one of communism’s most brutal dictators, permitted Graham to hold a week-long crusade in Romania in June 1985. Growing up in Romania, Ghita knew nothing about Christianity, but he was intrigued by a billboard he read advertising the campaign and decided to attend. As he heard Graham preach, God tugged at his heart, and Ghita responded to the altar call and accepted Christ as his savior. His commitment to Christ led him to study at a Bible school and go into the ministry to advance the gospel in Romania. While financial and sexual scandals rocked the world of televangelists and sexual abuse cases abounded among Catholic priests, Graham stood as a model of integrity. Graham honored his promise never to be alone with a woman other than his wife, and the finances of the Billy Graham Evangelical Association were open for inspection. During his six decades of ministry, he faced no serious accusations of misconduct of any kind. In his more than 400 crusades held on six continents from 1947 to 2005, Graham preached the same basic message. He insisted that to have their sins forgiven, enjoy an intimate relationship with God, and go to heaven, individuals must accept Jesus Christ as savior and Lord and be born again. Graham repeatedly asserted that the Bible provided answers to every human problem and satisfied every human longing. Graham strove to live fully “sold out” to God. While he had flaws, Graham’s life and legacy are impressive. Critics complained that his message was overly simplistic, protested that he did not speak out forcefully enough on issues such as racism and poverty, and denounced his support of the Vietnam War and opposition to feminism. Nevertheless, Graham was regularly ranked near the top of the most admired people in the world and received many honors at home and abroad including the Presidential Medal of Freedom and honorary knighthood from Elizabeth II. Graham’s influence will continue through the millions of lives he helped transform, the thousands of Christian leaders and evangelists he inspired, and the work of the BGEA. The association still sponsors evangelistic campaigns, trains many evangelists, publishes “Decision” magazine, and sends chaplains to areas recovering from natural disasters. The evangelist declared, “One day you’ll hear that Billy Graham has died. Don’t you believe it. On that day I’ll be more alive than ever before! I’ve just changed addresses.” As the author of a book about angels and three about heaven, Graham is well prepared to enjoy his new address. Dr. Gary Scott Smith is the retired chair of the history department at Grove City College and is a fellow for faith and politics with The Center for Vision & Values. He is the author of “Suffer the Children” (2017), “Religion in the Oval Office” (Oxford University Press, 2015), “Faith and the Presidency From George Washington to George W. Bush” (Oxford University Press, 2009), “Religion in the Oval Office” and “Heaven in the American Imagination” (Oxford University Press, 2011).

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Getting old beats the alternative Here are some interesting thoughts and comments I found about getting old. “Old age is always fifteen years older than I am,” said Oliver Wendell Holmes Aging is a Catch 22: When you’re young you have time and energy, but no money. When you’re middle-aged, you have energy and money, but no time. And when you’re old, you have time and money, but no energy. If you haven’t grown up by age 50, you don’t have to. Don’t you hate it when you see an old person and realize that you went to high school together? One good thing about getting old is no one expects you to run – anywhere. Being young is beautiful, but being old is comfortable.

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Someday we old folks will use cursive writing as a secret code. Age gets better with wine. Remember being able to get up without making sound effects? As you age, you learn that whenever you decide something with kindness, you usually make the right decision. Another good thing about getting old is you can eat supper at 4 p.m. If you think you would like to go back to youth, think of algebra. Over time, we usually become better at socializing, spending and saving

money, child-raising, housework, cooking, shopping, traveling, and body maintenance. “Growing old is great – when you consider the alternative,” as the saying goes. The immune system remembers past enemies, making colds easier to beat when you get older. Studies show that seniors are among the happiest groups of people, and that they are significantly more happy than their middle-aged counterparts. You know you’re getting old when happy hour is a nap. At age 65, there are fewer life decisions to make. “It’s never too late to be what you might have been.” – English novelist George Eliot.

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Billy Graham’s legacy echoes thru eternity MONTREAT, N.C. – Evangelist Billy Graham passed away Feb. 21, at 7:46 a.m. at his home in Montreat. He was 99. Throughout his life, Billy Graham preached the gospel of Jesus Christ to approximately 215 million people who attended one of his more than 400 crusades, simulcasts and evangelistic rallies in more than 185 countries and territories. He also reached millions more through TV, video, film, the internet and 34 books. Graham provided spiritual counsel to presidents, and his evangelistic crusades and gospel preaching brought him into contact with many world leaders and influencers, including multiple American presidents, Martin Luther

King Jr. and Queen Elizabeth II. In 2001, he comforted the world when he spoke at the National Cathedral in Washington, following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. At three global conferences held in Amsterdam (1983, 1986, 2000), Graham gathered some 23,000 evangelists from 208 countries and territories to train them to carry the message of Jesus Christ around the world. Courtesy of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association Graham always stayed true to his simple message of hope in Jesus Christ. At his final crusade in June 2005 at Flushing Meadows Corona Park in New York, he said, “I have one message: that Jesus Christ came,

he died on a cross, he rose again, and he asked us to repent of our sins and receive him by faith as Lord and Savior, and if we do, we have forgiveness of all of our sins.” During the week of his 95th birthday in 2013, Graham delivered his final message via more than 480 television stations across the U.S. and Canada. More than 26,000 churches participated in the My Hope project, making it the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association's largest evangelistic outreach ever in North America. Graham’s grave marker will read, “Preacher of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.” “There were a few times when I thought I was dying, and

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Time to get serious about upgrading our school facilities The students of the District One Student Facilities Committee are to be commended for their initiative in developing a committee to expose the embarrassing physical needs within Florence’s high schools. Now, if only the adults in education and the voting community would get as serious as the students, the teaching atmosphere would become significantly improved. The district administration, school principals, and school board have long been aware of these problems and have repeatedly kicked the can down the road. The dedicated faculty members and students at West Florence daily are personally living with the mold, unsanitary restrooms, overpopulation, inadequate security, and pathetic mobile classrooms at the 48-year-old West Florence High School. District administrators should have no more excuses for the inexcusable lack of maintenance and should be held accountable for their minimal responses. The administrations at Florence-Darlington Technical College and at Francis Marion University would never allow even one of their academic

buildings to get into such a deplorable condition. Neither would our Florence City or County Councils tolerate this long-term disrepair. On an even more crucial note, the senseless murders of 17 innocent students and faculty at Parkland High School should make the administration and parents very aware of the security risks at West Florence. It is no classified secret that West Florence was built with 68 entry points into the facility. There is a lockdown protocol in place, but with only 35 security cameras and 2 SRO officers, the school can be considered as a soft target for any disturbed intruder with a weapon and intentions of killing people. West Florence is a tragedy waiting to happen. The unsafe design of this building is also a potential legal liability for District One. A more securely constructed school is needed as soon as possible in order to avoid another Parkland disaster. With increasing teacher shortages documented in Florence and throughout South Carolina, recruitment and retention at West Florence are adversely affected by such deplorable working conditions.

What business could expect to prosper if they subjected their employees (faculty) and customers (students) to a Corridor Of Shame environment? What high quality teacher recruits would agree to work in this atmosphere? Successful communities are judged by the successful quality of their public education. Elementary and middle schools are vital in preparing students for the high school curriculum. High schools are the iconic symbols of the value of education in any city. The Charleston County School District is spending $34 million on an athletic stadium. $34 million for a football stadium! And our local school officials and citizens are bickering over spending money to improve and replace academic buildings. Florence citizens should have enough pride in their commitment to education to demand better and safer schools and vote to fund these improvements. It’s time to get serious about upgrading our educational facilities in Florence Carroll Player, DDS Florence, SC

I saw my whole life come before me...” said Graham at his Cincinnati Crusade on June 24, 2002. “I didn't say to the Lord, ‘I’m a preacher, and I’ve preached to many people.’ I said, ‘Oh Lord, I’m a sinner, and I still need Your forgiveness. I still need the cross.’ And I asked the Lord to give me peace in my heart, and He did-a wonderful peace that hasn’t left me.” “Billy Graham’s promotion to heaven is a reminder that one person who is totally and humbly surrendered to the Lord can have an incredible eternal impact on the world. Billy Graham’s legacy will echo through eternity,” said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel. Liberty Counsel is an international nonprofit, litigation, education, and policy organization dedicated to advancing religious freedom, the sanctity of life, and the family since 1989, by providing pro bono assistance and representation on these and related topics.

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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

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Library plans Teen Tech Week program The Florence County Library will host local robotics teams to celebrate Teen Tech Week on Saturday, March 10, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The Technomancers (FRC Team 1758), along with First Tech Challenge and First Lego League teams, will be displaying robots created by students from FSD1 middle

and high schools. Teens are welcome to view the robots, discuss robotics, and learn about joining the different teams. Open to all 6th through 12th graders and their families. For more information please call 843-413-7083 or email teens@florencelibrary.org.

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Join Heart & Sole Line Dance for line dance class at Poynor Adult Education from 6:30 to 8 p.m Tuesdays, starting Feb. 27. Weekly classes cost $5. Poynor Adult Education is located 301 S. Dargan St. Contact 843-506-2998.

Soule’ Cafe hosts Storytime, open mic Join Tiffany Thomas for Storytime at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28, at Soulé Cafe. All ages are welcome and it’s free. At 8 p.m. check out the next budding stars during Open Mic Nite. Soulé Cafe is at 130 S. Irby St. Website: www.facebook.com/soule.cafe

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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 APPLICATION Notice is hereby given that FANNERY MORENO D.B.A. FONDITA RESTAURANTE 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 MARCH 2, 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,

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

Columbia, SC 29214-0907; or faxed to: (803) 896-0110. (2/14,2/21,2/28/18) NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE OF SALE CIVIL ACTION NO. 2017-CP-2101977 BY VIRTUE of the decree heretofore granted in the case of: PennyMac Loan Services, LLC vs. Geraldine P. Graham; Iverson Graham Jr.; Kent Court Condominium Association, Inc.; GianCo, Ltd., the undersigned Special Referee for Florence County, South Carolina, will sell on March 6, 2018 at 11:00AM, at the Florence County Courthouse, City of Florence, State of South Carolina, to the highest bidder: UNIT A1, KENT CORNER HORIZONTAL PROPERTY REGIME ESTABLISHED PURSUANT TO THE SOUTH CAROLINA HORIZONTAL PROPERTY REGIME ACT, SOUTH CAROLINA CODE OF LAWS (1976) AS AMENDED, 27-31-10 TO 21-31-300 AND BY THE RECORDING OF MASTER DEED IN BOOK A386, PAGE 278 IN THE OFFICE OF THE CLERK OF COURT FOR FLORENCE COUNTY, TOGETHER WITH AN UNDIVIDED INTEREST TO THE COMMON AREA AND LIMITED COMMON AREA APPURTENANT TO SAID RESIDENTIAL UNIT. THIS BEING THE SAME PROPERTY CONVEYED TO IVERSON GRAHAM, JR., AND GERALDINE P. GRA-

HAM BY DEED OF GIANCO, LTD., A SOUTH CAROLINA CORPORATION DATED SEPTEMBER 1, 1993 AND RECORDED SEPTEMBER 22, 1993 IN DEED BOOK A397 AT PAGE 543 AND RE-RECORDED IN THE RECORDS FOR FLORENCE COUNTY IN DEED BOOK A397 AT PAGE 543 AND RERECORDED SEPTEMBER 22, 1993 IN DEED BOOK A398 AT PAGE 1603 IN THE RECORDS FOR FLORENCE COUNTY, SOUTH CAROLINA. CURRENT ADDRESS OF PROPERTY: 743 Coventry Lane Apartment A1, Florence, SC 29501 TMS: 00511-01206 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% 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 (2/14,2/21,2/28/18) NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE OF SALE CIVIL ACTION NO. 2017-CP-2101976 BY VIRTUE of the decree heretofore granted in the case of: The Bank of New York Mellon Trust Company, N.A. as successor-in-interest to all permitted successors and assigns of JP Morgan Chase Bank, N.A., as Trustee for MASTR Adjustable Rate Mortgages Trust 2005-1, Mortgage Pass-Through Certificates, Series 2005-1 vs. Florence N. Hoffmeyer a/k/a Florence Norris Hoffmeyer; Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. s/b/m to Wachovia Bank, National Association; CACH, LLC; South Carolina Department of Revenue; United States of America, acting through its agency, Department of Treasury - Internal Revenue Service, the undersigned Special Referee for Florence County, South Carolina, will sell on March 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 LYING AND BEING SITUATE IN THE CITY OF FLORENCE, IN THE COUNTY OF FLORENCE, STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA, KNOWN AND DESIGNATED AS LOT 7, AS SHOWN ON A MAP OF PETTIGREW PLACE BY LIND, HICKS & ASSOCIATES DATED JANUARY

11, 1990 AND RECORDED IN THE OFFICE OF THE CLERK OF COURT FOR FLORENCE COUNTY IN PLAT BOOK 36, AT PAGE 194. SAID LOT FRONTS ON THE NORTH SIDE OF CHEROKEE ROAD FOR A DISTANCE OF 66.80 FEET AND EXTENDS BACK IN PARALLEL LINES TO A DEPTH OF 175.00 FEET, MORE OR LESS AND IS BOUNDED AS FOLLOWS, TO-WIT: ON THE NORTH BY LOT NO. 24 FOR A DISTANCE OF 66.80 FEET; ON THE EAST BY REMAINING PORTION OF LOT NO. 7 FOR A DISTANCE OF 175.00 FEET; ON THE SOUTH BY CHEROKEE ROAD ON WHICH IT FRONTS AND MEASURES 66.80 FEET; AND ON THE WEST BY LOT NO. 6 FOR A DISTANCE OF 175.00 FEET. REFERENCE BEING HAD TO THE ABOVE MENTIONED MAP FOR A MORE COMPLETE AND ACCURATE DESCRIPTION. SEE ALSO PLAT BOOK 76 AT PAGE 141 IN THE OFFICE OF THE CLERK OF COURT FOR FLORENCE COUNTY. THIS BEING THE SAME PROPERTY CONVEYED TO FLORENCE NORRIS HOFFMEYER BY DEED OF JONATHAN S. JEFFORDS AND TARA S. JEFFORDS DATED DECEMBER 6, 2004 AND RECORDED DECEMBER 7, 2004 IN BOOK A889 AT PAGE 1773 IN THE OFFICE OF THE REGISTER OF DEEDS FOR FLORENCE COUNTY, SOUTH CAROLINA. CURRENT ADDRESS OF PROPERTY: 911 Cherokee Road, Florence, SC 29501 TMS: 90064-03-001 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 3.875% 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. The sale shall be subject to the United States right of redemption pursuant to 28 U.S.C.§ 2410(c). 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 (2/14,2/21,2/28/18) NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE OF SALE CIVIL ACTION NO. 2017-CP-2102831 BY VIRTUE of the decree heretofore granted in the case of: U.S. Bank National Association, as Trustee for MASTR Asset Backed Securities Trust 2006-WMC3, Mortgage Pass-Through Certificates, Series 2006-WMC3 vs. Wayne Stuckey; Shirley Stuckey; Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc.; WMC Mortgage Corp.; Tara Village Neighborhood Association of Florence, SC, the undersigned Special Referee for Florence County, South Carolina, will sell on March 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 NEAR CITY OF FLORENCE, IN THE COUNTY OF FLORENCE, STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA, AND DESIGNATED AS LOT NO. 15, BLOCK W, ON A MAP OF TARA VILLAGE SUBDIVISION, SECTION 4, MADE BY ENGINEERING CONSULTANTS, DATED JANUARY, 1972 AND RECORDED IN THE OFFICE OF THE CLERK OF COURT FOR FLORENCE COUNTY PLAT BOOK 10 AT PAGE 20. REFERENCE BEING HAD TO SAID PLAT FOR A COMPLETE DESCRIPTION. THIS BEING THE SAME PROPERTY CONVEYED TO WAYNE STUCKEY AND SHIRLEY

STUCKEY, AS JOINT TENANTS WITH RIGHTS OF SURVIVORSHIP, BY DEED OF HATTIE L. BACOTE DATED MAY 11, 2006 AND RECORDED MAY 19, 2006 IN BOOK B12 AT PAGE 386 IN THE RECORDS FOR FLORENCE COUNTY, SOUTH CAROLINA. CURRENT ADDRESS OF PROPERTY: 809 Candy Lane, Florence, SC 29501 TMS: 01812-01-191 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 9.07% 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 (2/14,2/21,2/28/18) CLERK OF COURT’S SALE CASE NO. 2017-CP-21-00681 BY VIRTUE of a decree heretofore granted in the case of Planet Home Lend-

ing, LLC against Victoria E. Edwards; et al., I, the Clerk of Court for Florence County, will sell on Monday March 5th, 2018 at 12:00 PM, at the Florence County Courthouse, Florence, South Carolina, to the highest bidder the following described property: ALL THAT CERTAIN PIECE, PARCEL, OR LOT OF LAND LYING, BEING SITUTATE IN THE COUNTY OF FLORENCE, STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA, BEING SHOWN AND DESIGNATED AS: LOT NO. 140, AS SHOWN ON A MAP OF WOMACK GARDENS SUBDIVISION, PHASE II, BY ENGINEERING CONSULTANTS, INC. DATED JUNE 5, 2006, AND RECORDED IN THE OFFICE OF THE CLERK OF COURT OF FLORENCE COUNTY IN PLAT BOOK 91 AT PAGE 80. REFERENCE IS ALSO MADE TO A MAP PREPARED FOR VICTORIA E. EDWARDS BY LIND, HICKS, & ASSOCIATES, SURVEYORS, INC. DATED JUNE 16, 2008, AND RECORDED IN THE ABOVE-MENTIONED OFFICE IN PLAT BOOK 94 AT PAGE 96. REFERENCE BEING HAD TO SAID MAPS FOR A MORE COMPLETE AND ACCURATE DESCRIPTION. SUBJECT TO ALL COVENANTS, CONDITIONS, AND RESTRICTIONS FILED FOR RECORD IN THE OFFICE OF THE REGISTER OF DEEDS IN AND FOR FLORENCE COUNTY, SOUTH CAROLINA, INCLDUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THAT CERTAIN WAIEVER OF SET-BACK VIOLATION FOR LOT 140, AS SHOWN RECORDED IN BOOK B193 AT PAGE 0567. BEING THE SAME PROPERTY DESCRIBED IN THAT CERTAIN WARRANTY DEED AS SHOWN RECORDED IN BOOK B193 AT PAGE 0570, IN THE OFFICE OF THE REGISTER OF DEEDS IN AND FOR FLORENCE COUNTY, SOUTH CAROLINA. TMS: 10119 01 143 Property Address: 2153 Pathway Court, Effingham, SC 29541 TERMS OF SALE: The successful bidder, other than the plaintiff, will deposit with the Clerk of Court 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 cancelled and the property sold on some subsequent sales day after due advertisement. Should

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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 Clerk of Court 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 no personal or deficiency judgment being demanded, the bidding will not remain open after the date of sale, but compliance with the bid may be made immediately. Purchaser to pay for 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 4.000% per annum. Subject to assessments, Florence County taxes, easements, easements and restrictions of record, and other senior encumbrances. NOTICE: The foreclosure deed is not a warranty deed. Interested bidders should satisfy themselves as to the quality of title to be conveyed by obtaining an independent title search well before the foreclosure sale date. Clerk of Court, Florence County South Carolina Florence, South Carolina 2018 (2/14,2/21,2/28/18)

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6A AND RECORDED JULY 19, 2007 IN THE OFFICE OF THE CLERK OF COURT FOR FLORENCE COUNTY IN PLAT BOOK 92 AT PAGE 131. REFERENCE BEING MADE TO SAID PLATS FOR TRUE METES AND BOUNDS AND A MORE COMPLETE AND ACCURATE DESCRIPTION. THIS BEING THE SAME PROPERTY CONVEYED TO BRENDAN CHARLES SEMIKLOSE BY DEED OF FEDERAL NATIONAL MORTGAGE ASSOCIATION ORGANIZED AND EXISTING UNDER THE LAWS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A/K/A FANNIE MAE DATED MAY 21, 2014 AND RECORDED MAY 27, 2014 IN BOOK B523 AT PAGE 1115 IN THE RECORDS FOR FLORENCE COUNTY, SOUTH CAROLINA. CURRENT ADDRESS OF PROPERTY: 805 East Montclair Way, Florence, SC 29505 TMS: 90111-01-004 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 4% 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 Foreclo-

sure 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 (2/14,2/21,2/28/18) NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE OF SALE CIVIL ACTION NO. 2017-CP-21-02379 BY VIRTUE of the decree heretofore granted in the case of: LakeView Loan Servicing, LLC vs. Heather D. Payne; Midland Funding LLC; SC Housing Corp., the undersigned Special Referee for Florence County, South Carolina, will sell on March 6, 2018 at 11:00AM, at the Florence County Courthouse, City of Florence, State of South Carolina, to the highest bidder: ALL OF THAT CERTAIN PIECE, PARCEL OR LOT OF LAND LYING, BEING AND SITUATE NORTH OF JOHNSONVILLE IN SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 5, COUNTY OF FLORENCE, STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA, CONTAINING 1.00 ACRE AND BEING

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SHOWN AND DELINEATED ON A MAP THEREOF MADE BY TRAVIS L. CARTER, R.L.S., DATED MAY 29, 1998, RECORDED IN THE OFFICE OF THE CLERK OF COURT FOR FLORENCE COUNTY IN PLAT BOOK 68 AT PAGE 4, BEING BOUNDED AND FURTHER DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS, TO-WIT: ON THE NORTH BY THE RIGHT-OF-WAY OF HONEYSUCKLE DRIVE, A PRIVATE ROAD NOT COUNTY MAINTAINED, FOR A DISTANCE OF 163.56 FEET; ON THE EAST BY LANDS NOW OR FORMERLY OF MARY B. MARSH FOR A DISTANCE OF 266.32 FEET; ON THE SOUTH BY LANDS NOW OR FORMERLY OF MARY B. MARSH FOR A DISTANCE OF 163.56 FEET; AND ON THE WEST BY LANDS NOW OR FORMERLY OF DONALD DENNIS AND VICKIE DENNIS FOR A DISTANCE OF 266.32 FEET. REFERENCE TO THE SAID MAP IS HEREBY MADE AS A PART AND PARCEL OF THIS DESCRIPTION. ALSO, A PERMANENT, NON-EXCLUSIVE, EASEMENT 50 FEET IN WIDTH DESIGNATED ON THE ABOVE REFERENCED MAP AS HONEYSUCKLE DRIVE (PRIVATE ROAD), EXTENDING FROM WHITE OAK DRIVE ALONG THE NORTHERN BOUNDARY OF THE ABOVE DESCRIBED LOT, TO BE USED AS A MEANS OF INGRESS, EGRESS, ACCESS OR REGRESS TO AND FROM THE SAID LOT. SAID EASEMENT SHALL RUN WITH THE LAND, BEING BINDING UPON THE GRANTOR AND INURE TO THE BENEFIT OF THE GRANTEE, HER HEIRS AND ASSIGNS. ALSO INCLUDED HEREWITH IS THAT CERTAIN 2001 FLEETWOOD MANUFACTURED HOME BEARING SERIAL NUMB E R GAFLY75A37557WT21 (SEE RETIREMENT AFFIDAVIT IN BOOK B414 AT PAGE 229). THIS IS THE SAME PROPERTY AND EASEMENT CONVEYED TO HEATHER D. PAYNE BY DEED OF LA LA LAND VENTURES, LLC DATED JUNE 7,2012, RECORDED JUNE 8, 2012, IN THE OFFICE OF THE CLERK OF COURT FOR FLORENCE COUNTY IN DEED BOOK B408 AT PAGE 920. CURRENT ADDRESS OF PROPERTY: 225 Honeysuckle Lane, Johnsonville, SC 29555 TMS: 00432 05 300 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 5.5% 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 (2/14,2/21,2/28/18) AMENDED NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE OF SALE CIVIL ACTION NO. 2017-CP-21-00660 BY VIRTUE of the decree heretofore granted in the case of: Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. vs. Fredrick T. Wheeler; Celia A. McLaughlin; Samuel Rowland McLaughlin Jr.; Stephanie M. Rawlinson; Any heirs-at-law or devisees of S. Rowland McLaughlin, 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; Any heirs-at-law or devisees of Donna A. McLaughlin, 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, the undersigned Special Referee for Florence County, South Carolina, will sell on March 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, WITH IMPROVEMENTS THEREON, LYING, BEING AND SITUATE IN THE COUNTY OF FLORENCE, STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA, BEING KNOWN AND DESIGNATED AS LOT NO. 3 OF MILLRIDGE/WINTERBROOK SUBDIVISION AS SHOWN ON A PLAT PREPARED BY ENGINEERING CONSULTANTS, INC. DATED SEPTEMBER 27, 1999 AND REVISED OCTOBER 5, 2000 AND RECORDED IN THE OFFICE OF THE CLERK OF COURT FOR FLORENCE COUNTY IN PLAT BOOK 75 AT PAGE

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AMENDED NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE OF SALE CIVIL ACTION NO. 2010-CP-2103204 BY VIRTUE of the decree heretofore granted in the case of: Deutsche Bank National Trust Company, as Trustee for Soundview Home Loan Trust Asset-Backed Certificates, Series 2006-2 vs. Rickie L. Burgess, Sheila G. Burgess, Accredited Home Lenders, Inc. s/b/m with Aames Funding Corporation DBA Aames Home Loans, South Carolina Department Pardon, Parole and Probation Services, Florence County Clerk of Court and World Financial Network National Bank, the undersigned Special Referee for Florence County, South Carolina, will sell on March 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 KNOWN AND DESIGNATED AS LOT NO. THIRTY-EIGHT (38), BLOCK "AA", AS SHOWN ON A MAP OF TARA VILLAGE SUBDIVISION, SECTION 5, BY ENGINEERING CONSULTANTS, DATED OCTOBER, 1974, AND RECORDED IN THE OFFICE OF THE CLERK OF COURT FOR FLORENCE COUNTY IN PLAT BOOK 15 AT PAGE 262. REFERENCE IS ALSO MADE TO A MAP MADE FOR JAMES E. WINDHAM BY LIND, HICKS & ASSOCIATES SURVEYORS, DATED AUGUST 9, 1984, AND RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 22 AT PAGE 752. SAID LOT FRONTS THE NORTH SIDE OF GABLE TERRACE FOR A DISTANCE OF 80.0 FEET AND EXTENDING BACK THEREFROM AT A UNIFORM WIDTH TO A DEPTH OF 150.0 FEET AND BEING BOUNDED AS FOLLOWS, TO-WIT: ON THE WEST BY LOT 37, BLOCK "AA"; ON THE NORTH BY A PORTION OF LOT 24, BLOCK "AA" AND LOT 23, BLOCK "AA"; ON THE EAST BY LOT 39, BLOCK "AA"; AND ON THE SOUTH BY GABLE TERRACE. REFERENCE BEING HAD TO SAID MAPS FOR A MORE COMPLETE AND ACCURATE D E S C R I P T I O N . TOGETHER WITH ALL AND SINGULAR THE RIGHTS, MEMBER, HEREDITAMENTS AND APPURTENANCES TO SAID PREMISES BELONGING OR IN ANY WISE INCIDENT OR APPERTAINING. THIS BEING THE SAME PROPERTY WAS CONVEYED TO RICKIE L. BURGESS BY DEED OF SAMMIE L. GOODMAN AND DEBRA A. GOODMAN RECORDED MARCH 28, 1995 IN THE OFFICE OF THE CLERK OF COURT FOR FLORENCE COUNTY IN DEED BOOK A437 AT PAGE 1100. THEREAFTER THE SAME PROPERTY WAS CONVEYED TO RICKIE L. BURGESS AND SHEILA G. BURGESS BY DEED OF RICKIE L. BURGESS RECORDED JANUARY 23, 1998 IN THE OFFICE OF THE CLERK OF COURT FOR FLORENCE COUNTY IN DEED BOOK A513 AT PAGE 1263. CURRENT ADDRESS OF PROPERTY: 3634 Gable Terrace, Florence, SC 29505 TMS: 01812-01-376 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 5.125% 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 (2/14,2/21,2/28/18) 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.: 2018-CP-21-00066 Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., Plaintiff, v. Reine S. Lantz; GianCo, Ltd.; Campo Anna Condominium Association, Inc., 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 January 9, 2018. 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 (2/14,2/21,2/28/18)

NOTICE OF SALE CIVIL ACTION NO. 2011-CP-21-02938 BY VIRTUE of the decree heretofore granted in the case of: The Bank of New York Mellon as Trustee for CWABS, Inc. Asset-Backed Certificates, Series 2007-2 vs. Jimmy Roberson; Sherry Roberson, the undersigned Clerk of Court for Florence County, South Carolina, will sell on March 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 SITUATE, LYING AND BEING IN THE COUNTY OF FLORENCE, STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA, AND BEING MORE PARTICULARLY SHOWN AND DELINEATED AS LOT 2 BLOCK D MARTHA LAW SUBDIVISION ON A PLAT PROPERTY BY WILLIAM F. COX JR., RLS, DATED APRIL 1, 1993, RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 48 AT PAGE89 IN THE OFFICE OF THE CLERK OF COURT FOR FLORENCE COUNTY AND BEING BOUNDED AS FOLLOWS; ON NORTH BY MARTHA LAW DRIVE ON A PLAT PROPERTY PREPARED BY WILLIAM F. COX JR., RLS DATED APRIL 1, 1993, RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 48 AT PAGE89 IN THE OFFICE OF THE CLERK OF COURT FOR FLORENCE COUNTY AND BEING BOUNDED AS FOLLOWS: ON NORTH BY MARTHA LAW DRIVE; ON THE EAST BY LOT 4-D AND 5-D; ON THE SOUTH BY LOT 3-D; AND ON WEST BY LOT 1-D ALL AS IS SHOWN ON SAID PLAT, WHICH IS SPECIFICALLY INCORPORATED HEREIN AS A PART OF THIS DESCRIPTION. THIS BEING THE SAME PROPERTY CONVEYED TO JIMMY ROBERSON AND SHERRY ROBERSON AS JOINT TENANTS WITH RIGHT OF SURVIVORSHIP BY DEED OF WILLIAM MIKE RIVERS AND GLENDA M. RIVERS DATED JANUARY 12, 2007 AND RECORDED JANUARY 26, 2007 IN BOOK B72 AT PAGE 682 IN THE OFFICE OF THE CLERK OF COURT FOR FLORENCE COUNTY, SOUTH CAROLINA. CUR-

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RENT ADDRESS OF PROPERTY: 402 Martha Law Drive, Lake City, SC 29560 TMS: 01981-031034 TERMS OF SALE: The successful bidder, other than the Plaintiff, will deposit with the Clerk of Court, 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 noncompliance. Should the last and highest bidder fail to comply with the other terms of the bid within thirty (30) days, then the Clerk of Court 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 8.25% 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. Florence County Clerk of Court Brock & Scott, PLLC 3800 Fernandina Road, Suite 110 Columbia, SC 29210 Attorneys for Plaintiff Phone 803-454-3540 Fax 803-454-3541 (2/14,2/21,2/28/18)

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DDRA ‘tees up’ for annual golf tourney DARLINGTON – The Darlington Downtown Revitalization Association is looking for teams to play in its Annual Golf Tournament on Wednesday, April 18, at Darlington Country Club. Enjoy a buffet lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. followed by a 1 p.m. shotgun start for this four-person, captain’s choice tournament. Presenting sponsors Carolina Bank, Darlington Raceway, and Fitness World Gyms make the event possible each year. “The business community feels this is a great way to connect and build relationships while having a good time,” says Ronnie Ward, co-chair of the tournament. A community favorite, the tournament has been a fixture for the DDRA for years, typically one week from the annual Taste of Darlington, which will be held on Thursday, April 12, at Darlington Raceway. Cost to play is $60 per person, $240 per team. Entry fee includes green fee, cart fee, lunch, beverages along the course, prizes, and two mulligans per player. Hole sponsorships are available as well. Also this year, the DDRA will bring back a special prize to the top team: Tickets to the Southern 500 race in September. “This is in addition to our other prizes, but it is one we felt we needed to bring back as the track has been so good to the DDRA and this community and working so hard to make Darlington a better place to work and live,” says Billy Hill, cochair of the tournament. For more information, visit buildupdarlington.org, call 843398-4000 x 103, or email info@buildupdarlington.org.

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Florence Elks Lodge hosts National Hoop Shoot contest The Florence Elks Lodge #1020 hosted its Annual Elks National Hoop Shoot contest at the Florence YMCA on Saturday, Feb. 10. The Hoop Shoot is a free throw contest for youth, ages 8 to 13. Beginning at a local Elks Lodge, winning contestants advance through district, state, regional and national

competitions. The program is free to all contestants. One boy and one girl from each of the three divisions will win a national title at the national finals and have their names inscribed in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. To see a list of past Hoop Shoot winners, visit www.elkshoopshoot. org.

Senior Sports Classic The Senior Sports Classic will be held at the Leatherman Senior Center on April 20, from 8 a.m to 3:30 p.m. This event is sponsored by Florence County Parks and Recreation, Senior Citizens Association and City of Florence Parks and Recreation. The classic is for ages 50 and over as of May 15. Preregister for $5 or register the day of for $7. Activities will include a fun walk, power walk, horseshoes, pickle ball, frisbee golf, golf driving, corn hole, bingo and more.

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Some of this year’s participants attend Wright’s Hoop School, an after school program held at the All Star Gym. The Florence winners for the girls 8-9 age group was Amari Gamble and for the boys, Malik Robinson. The winner in age group 10-11 for the boys was Jamarie Brown. The winner in age

group 12-13 for the boys was Justin Joe. They will compete at the district contest to be held in North Myrtle Beach. To learn more about the Elks, please visit their website at www.elks.org or contact the lodge at (843) 665-8810.

Gamecock Club to host William Rhea Memorial The Florence County Gamecock Club invites golfers to participate in the 11th Annual William Rhea Memorial Golf Tournament at the Florence Country Club on Monday, April 9. Registration will begin at 11 a.m., lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m., and there will be a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Format is Captain's Choice. Roger’s Bar-B-Que will be catering the lunch and beverages will be provided by Crown Beverages, Micky Finn’s, and Pepsi. The entry fee is $550 per team and includes lunch, a hat and entry to the closest to the pin and long drive contests. Mulligans are $50 and the hole-in-one contest is $20 per player. Proceeds will benefit Gamecock athletics. Prizes will be awarded for first, second, and third place teams, long drive, and closest to the pin. Richard Skipper State Farm will sponsor the $10,000 Hole-In-One Giveaway on Hole #16. The maximum is 28 teams. If you would like to play with a USC representative, please list three players only. Come join in a fun filled day featuring USC coaches, administrators, and former athletes. For additional information, you may call Scat Scaturro at 843-621-8008.

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Ward-Baxley dance partners are preparing for the win BY BRENDA HARRISON Editor of The News Journal Florence, S.C. Les Ward and Mallory Baxley plan to compete in Dancing For Our Future Stars with a jive dance routine to the music of “Greased Lightning.” Les, who works for Pepsi, admits dancing is out of his comfort zone, but he is “in it for the win.” “I’m ultra competitive,” he said. Learning the dance is hard, he said, but he is happy to be participating for this School Foundation event because it is a good cause and it’s for the kids. His wife Heather is very encouraging, he commented. She is a speech pathologist for special needs kids at FSD1. The couple have three children participating in the IB programs at Williams Middle School and Wilson High School. Their oldest is attending Clemson University. Les jokes that his boss “volun-told” him for this event. Mallory is a senior at South Florence High and is considering a career in the medical field. She is looking at Furman University and North Greenville University for the fall. She has been studying dance since age 2 and competing with Kelley Fine Arts for seven years. This will be her first DFOFS competition in Florence, but she has competed in similar events in Bishopville and Cheraw.

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ST. ANTHONY CATHOLIC SCHOOL finished second in the state at the SCISA Spelling Bee.Above, Sacha and Sophie Skaff are holding the Second Place Team trophy. Sacha and Rita Elya finished second individually in their grade levels. Sophie also competed in the state third grade competition.

their professional dance partners will square-off at the SiMT for a chance to win the coveted mirror ball trophy at

this 8th annual dance 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. The remaining dance couples for this year’s event are: • Dr. Lisa Bishara (McLeod Health) and Joseph Steen • Ken Baker (WMBF News) and Mary Grace Colburn • Louie Callahan (Burch Oxner Seale Co., CPAs) and Alexis McDonald • Ron Glancy (Raines Hospitality) and Tiffany Welsh • David Hall (First Reliance Bank) and Erin Haynes • 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 Fans can vote online for their favorite couple(s) at DancingForOurFutureStarsOfFlorence.com for $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. School Foundation 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.

Camp Pee Dee Pride gearing up for summer Camp Pee Dee Pride will begin its 22nd year this June at Francis Marion University. This year’s first two-week session camp will be held June 18-29. The second camp session will run July 16-27. The camp is co-ed and for ages 8-12 by June 1. Registration is required and the deadline for submitting registration forms is May 4. The first camp was held in 1997 with 45 campers. Over the years, it has grown tremendously hosting two sessions, each running two weeks long, with 100 campers attending each session. In the past, this free camp has been recognized by state agencies and local businesses as one of the top summer camp programs in the state of South Carolina. In fact, in 2015 Camp Pee Dee Pride was selected by the South Carolina Secretary of State as one of the top two organizations to exemplify charitable giving in the state. The camp’s leadership promises to strive in all ways to provide the catalyst for the vision of directing our future adults by providing a safe haven offering learning

LAST YEAR CAMPERS PET THE BOMB DOG DURING A DEMONSTRATION BY FLORENCE COUNTY DEPUTIES opportunities, development and training through interactive lectures and recreational activities. “These activities promote positive family valves, morals and judgment, and selfesteem, giving our youth the vehicles by which the camp can map their future,” says Captain Wayne Howard of the Florence County Sheriff’s Office.

Major fundraising events supporting the Camp Pee Dee Pride include the Outback Steakhouse Golf Tournament (May 4) the Annual 9/11 Benefit Ride, the Annual Clay Shoot at Backwoods Quail Club and the Black Jack Benefit Ride. These four events, along with funds from major sponsors, help fund this special camp.

“With their support, we can continue to grow and serve the youth of the Pee Dee area,” said Capt. Howard. For more information about Camp Pee Dee Pride, you can go to their website at www.fcsospecialprojects. com and click on events, or contact Captain Wayne A. Howard at 843-687-9567.


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An Evening of Hope will feature author Ron Hall The House of Hope of the Pee Dee will host “An Evening of Hope” featuring nationally known, New York Times bestselling author Ron Hall, on Monday, March 5, to allow those in Florence and the Pee Dee to hear his story and get a new perspective on homelessness. An Evening of Hope will feature Hall discussing his experiences and what led him to write the book, Same Kind of Different as Me. Hall will speak about his co-author, Denver Moore, and their different life journeys that eventually brought them together. Despite Hall’s career as an art dealer and Moore’s life as a dangerous homeless man, the two found a deep friendship that led them to co-author the book Same Kind of Different as Me. Hall says that you might think that he changed Denver’s life more, but in reality Hall’s life was more impacted. Hall and Moore’s book, “Same Kind of Different as Me,” was on the New York Times’ Best Sellers list from 2009-2012 and has printed more than one million copies. The book was eventually turned into a movie that was released on Oct. 20, 2017. The movie starred Greg Kinnear, Renee Zellweger, Djimon Hounsou and Jon Voight. The Ron Hall event will take place at the Florence Center. A dinner is being held for sponsors and their guests prior to Ron Hall’s message at 7:30 p.m. This event is free; however, registration is required in order to attend. For more information or to register, visit the website at www.hohf.org.

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All female Christian ensemble will perform here on March 4 HighRoad will present a Southern Gospel Concert on Sunday, March 4 at 6 p.m. at First Baptist Church. The concert is free but a love offering will be collected. HighRoad is an all-female Christian ensemble. The band includes Sarah Davidson (pianist and vocalist) Kristen Bearfield (mandolin, guitar, banjo, vocals), Kinsey Kapfhammer (guitar, vocals) and Lauren Conklin (fiddle). The group has garnered six SGM Scoops Diamond Award nominations and an Absolutely Gospel Music Female Group of the Year award. They regularly perform at leading Gospel music events, including the Gatlinburg Gathering, Myrtle Beach’s Singing In The Sun, and the National Quartet Convention. What began as small gigs at county fairs and country churches has quickly become

much more for Sarah and HighRoad. It’s not just about the songwriting or the recording, the secret to the group’s real-life harmony may well be found in their sisterhood. “A lot of people ask if we’re a family group,” Sarah says. “No, but honestly, when you're traveling that much with somebody, they become like family, so I would claim all of them as family.” HighRoad also considers their loyal fans – a rapidly growing base stretching clear across the country these days – as extended family. “I hope listeners really walk away and say, ‘I feel like I know these girls, and I can relate to these songs,’” Sarah says. “My prayer as a songwriter and as an artist is that I’m just a vessel He can pour through.” For more information about HighRoad got to http://www.highroadmusic.com.

Everyone is invited to Central United Methodist Church for a Lenten midweek service on Wednesday, Feb. 28, at 12:30 p.m. in the sanctuary. The guest speaker will be Rev. Brad Gray, Pastor of St. Andrews Parish United Methodist Church in Charleston. Rev. Gray’s undergraduate degree in religion is from Wofford, and he earned his Masters of Divinity from Duke Divinity School. There will be a $6 lunch served before (11:30 a.m.) and after (1 p.m.) the service. Central United Methodist Church is located in downtown Florence on the corner of Irby and Cheves streets. For more information or for a full listing of Lenten mid-week services, call the church office at 843-6623218 or visit centralmethodist.net.

Quilters The Swamp Fox Quilters Guild monthly meeting will be held on Thursday, March 1, at 9:30 a.m., at John Calvin Presbyterian Church, 2000 Marsh Ave, (corner of 3rd Loop Road and Marsh Ave. Karen Kendo will present the program and will also teach a binding class at 1 p.m., following lunch. Visitors and new members are welcome.

WIP to host 10th annual membership meeting Women in Philanthropy, a giving circle at Eastern Carolina Community Foundation, will hold its annual membership meeting at noon on Thursday, March 1, at the Drs. Bruce & Lee Foundation Library, Stukes Meeting Room, featuring guest speaker Brandolyn Thomas Pinkston. Brandolyn Pinkston’s message to Women in Philanthropy will be on the Joy of Giving – why it’s good to give, and give, and give. Join us to hear this Hartsville native bring it back to the Pee Dee with an inspiring message about the Joy of Giving. Mrs. Pinkston is a visionary, who by example, helps bring about change for the good of others. As the former administrator of the South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs, she boldly used her position to improve the quality of life for the good people of South Carolina.

SPEAKER BRANDOLYN PINKSTON Distinguishing herself as a people’s advocate, Mrs. Pinkston successfully implemented innovative consumer programs and championed legislation that protected the interest of consumers, specifically on predatory and mortgage lending. She directed an expansion of the Department’s outreach services by opening consumer locations across the state and advanced ongoing dialogue with businesses. She cur-

rently serves on the SC Ethics Commission. But really, Brandolyn Pinkston loves to give. She gives her time, talents and treasure to numerous boards including serving as president, Columbia (SC) Chapter, The Links, Inc.; past board chair, National Consumers League (Washington); past board chair, Center for Cancer Treatment and Research, Palmetto Richland Hospital; and past member, National Executive Board of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She was recently named as one of the 50 Most Influential Women in Columbia. Membership in Women in Philanthropy (WIP) is open to anyone who cares about the quality of life in the Pee Dee. The giving circle was founded by Eastern Carolina Community Foundation in 2009 to bring about change through the power of small grants made annually to programs and organ-

izations throughout the seven county region. Members of WIP believe that by combining both enthusiasm and financial resources, they can best address the Pee Dee’s high-priority issues collectively and strategically, and bring change through the power of small grants. Their annual grant program has awarded $400,000 over the last nine years, funding more than 40 nonprofit organizations throughout the Pee Dee. This past year, $50,000 in grants was given to All 4 Autism, CARE House of the Pee Dee, Hemingway’s Caring and Sharing, Lighthouse Ministries, Marion County Habitat for Humanity, Mercy Medicine Free Clinic, Resurrection Restoration Center, STARS of Florence, Wright Foundation for Southern Art, Darlington’s The Lord Cares Food Bank, Kingstree’s Felician Center, and Bennettsville’s Our Children – Their Future.


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Wilson High hosts HBCU Expo Wilson High School Counseling Department hosted first HBCU College Expo on Feb.15. Historically Black Colleges and Universities from across the region provided a day filled with honor and information for students, parents, and the local community. Student attendees included 91 Wilson seniors and juniors and 55 seniors from West Florence (12), South Florence (39) and Trinity-Byrnes (4) high schools. Over 350 applications were completed by seniors and hand delivered to the college representatives present. Over 200 on site college acceptances were granted by the universities in attendance. Roughly 10 full scholarship opportunities were offered.

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Farm Bureau Women donate to Guest House For the ninth year, members of the South Carolina Farm Bureau Women's Leadership Committee (Pee Dee area) donated food and paper products, as well as more than $1,000 to the Guest House at McLeod. A presentation was made on Thursday, Feb. 22 as part of the Our Food Link program. Our Food Link is a yearround program that county and state Farm Bureaus use to provide information about today’s agriculture to consumers of all ages and backgrounds. According to Joye Davis, Pee Dee District Vice Chair, “Supporting the McLeod Guest House is a good fit for us because they help families maintain the strength needed to care for their loved ones undergoing medical treatment by providing a ‘home away from home.’ The Guest House at McLeod is fully funded through charitable donations to the McLeod Foundation. The house provides families from outside the Florence

Cooks for Christ chicken bog benefit to be held on March 8 Cooks for Christ will sponsor a chicken bog benefit for Daniel Cole on March 8 at the West Florence Fire Station on Pine Needles Road. Daniel Cole is 25 years old and was born with muscular dystrophy. At the age of nine, he developed problems with his heart and was diagnosed with Cardio Myopathy. He did well over the years with the exception of the muscular dystrophy, which continued to weaken his body. In March 2017, he was admitted to McLeod ICU and a heart cath revealed that his heart was weak and his organs were full of fluid and were beginning to shut down. He was transferred to MUSC in Charleston and a LVAD (mechanical pump designed to assist the heart pump blood) was implanted. He remained in Charleston for three months so that he could be close to the hospital. In August 2017 he received a heart transplant. Sadly he experienced complications and was taken back to surgery the next day. He was put on a RVAD, which is a heart pump designed to function externally. He remained in Charleston for 10 weeks after surgery for medication changes and therapy. Cooks for Christ is raising funds to help with outstanding

DANIEL COLE bills and to help with construction costs to make his home handicap accessible. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. and dinner will be served from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. Drive through lanes will be open and a bake sale will be held all day. The menu consists of chicken bog, green beans, slaw and bread. Plates are $7 each and lunch and dinner can be delivered for orders of seven plates or more. To schedule a delivery, complete a delivery form and fax or email according to instructions provided on the form. To donate, make checks payable to Daniel Cole Medical Fund. For more information, contact Lisa Cole at 843-3195915, Lindsey Cole at 843-6167615 or Beverly McKee at 843229-0348.

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Compassionate advocates needed Did you know? Children are not the only vulnerable population needing guardians ad litem in cases of abuse, neglect, and exploitation. By 2060, the number of U.S. adults aged 65 and older will double, growing to over 98 million. With higher life expectancy rates and the Baby Boomer generation getting older, it is imperative for adults to get the resources, support, and representation they deserve. The South Carolina Vulnerable Adult Guardian ad Litem Program (SCVAGAL) trains volunteers to serve as guardians ad litem for vulnerable adults 18 years of age and older who are in legal custody of Adult Protective Services and who are involved in cases of abuse, neglect, and exploitation. Guardians ad litem are appointed by

the courts and make recommendations based on what is in the adult’s best interest within the South Carolina Family Court System, along with advocating for the adult’s safety, autonomy, individual rights, and dignity. Advocates interested in volunteering for the program can contact Debbie Parker dparker@aging.sc.gov or call 1-800-868-9095 to get started on becoming a guardian ad litem and making a difference in the lives of vulnerable adults in South Carolina. Training for new volunteers will be held on Friday, March 23, from 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Registration is at 9:30 a.m. Training will be held at the Lieutenant Governor’s Office on Aging, 1301 Gervais Street, Suite 350, Columbia.

ScienceSouth offers Spring break camps Don’t wait until summer to have some science camp fun. New for spring break at ScienceSouth are the following hands-on, minds-on day camps: • Exciting Engineering Students will discover how to plan, design, and create an assortment of engineering marvels. The camp is Tuesday, April 3 for grades first through third and Wednesday, April 4 for fourth through eighth grades • Crazy Chemistry Students will have fun down to a science as they explore the coolest concoctions around. This camp is Thursday, April 5 for grades first through third, and Friday, April 6 for grades fourth through eighth. Each camp is priced at $35 per student. All camps will run from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., with drop-off starting at 8:30 a.m. and pick-up no later than 2:30 p.m. ScienceSouth will provide a daily snack, but campers must bring their own lunch. Space is limited.

Register by Friday, March 16. Contact us by phone at 1-800-868-9095 or by e-mail at dparker@aging.sc.gov.

Sheriff’s Office hosts Business After Hours The Florence County Sheriff’s Office will host Business After Hours on Thursday, March 1, at the Hilton Garden Inn, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Come join friends and business colleagues, enjoy food and drinks. Business After Hours is associated with the Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce. For more details visit www.flochamber.com.

Piedmont Chamber Players to perform at Live@Central Live@Central will continues its 13th season on Wednesday, Feb.28, at 6:30 p.m. with the Piedmont Chamber Players. Featured musicians will be Amy Blackwood on the acclaimed Schimmel grand piano, violinist Catherine Culp Hazan, and cellist Dr. Richard Thomas. The program presented will be piano trios by Joseph Haydn, Frank Bridge and Johannes Brahms. The free public program will be held in the sanctuary of Central United Methodist Church on the corner of Cheves and Irby streets in downtown Florence. 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 843662-3218 if you plan to attend dinner.

Parkinson’s group A meeting of the Florence area Parkinson’s Disease Support Group will be held Tuesday, March 13, between 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. at 121 E. Cedar St. Kelly Luedtke Abbot, will speak about Deep Brain Stimulation. For more information call 843-673-0854 or haybrton@gmail.com.

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Knights of Pythias donate supplies to Florence Area Literacy Council The Grand Lodge of the Knights of Pythias donated school supplies to Florence Area Literacy Council on Feb. 8. “The Knights of Pythias are based on friendship, charity and benevolence. The Knights of Pythias are striving to elevate our area, state and world through the education of adults and our children,” commented Grand Chancellor Kevin N. Brown.

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