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NEIGHBORS NAME: Marie Bartelle FAMILY: Husband McDuffie, two daughters BORN: Gresham, lives in Florence OCCUPATION: Retired teacher HOBBIES OR SPECIAL INTERESTS: Traveling, meeting people WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT FLORENCE: The people WHO OR WHAT HAS MOST INFLUENCED YOU? ‘Jesus Christ. I was blessed to grow up with parents who believed in the Lord.’

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Three tenors to perform with Symphony From romantic Italian opera’s to smash Broadway hits, the Florence Symphony Orchestra presents The Three Tenors of Florence, Feb. 12 at the FMU Preforming Arts Center, downtown Florence, at 7:30 p.m. Local tenors Shaw Thompson, Nick Townsend and Paul Thompson will be featured. “The original three tenors are all heroes of mine, especially Pavarotti,” said Shaw Thompson. “To have the chance to sing things like “Nessun dorma” and “O sole mio” with a full orchestra – who wouldn’t want to do that! I feel blessed and extremely lucky to be part of it.” Thompson, a native of Florence, is a graduate of Coker College with a B.A. in vocal performance and received his masters degree from the University of South Carolina. A frequent performer in concert and theatre, Shaw has performed as tenor soloist with Masterworks Choir, Florence Symphony and numerous choral and orchestral organizations throughout the southeast. Thompson is currently directing his eleventh performance at the Florence Little Theatre, “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” which will run this spring. Local chef and FDTC culinary arts director Nick Townsend said, “I’m so excited to sing songs like “Be my Love”, “New York, New York” and “Impossible Dream.” All of these are fabulous pieces. It’s going to be a lot of fun to mimic the three great tenors that we grew up with and who inspired us. We have

SHAW THOMPSON AND NICK TOWNSEND LOOK OVER MUSIC FOR SYMPHONY Also performing with them is Paul Thompson a few fun surprises planned that even the conductor doesn’t know about.” Tenor Paul Thompson will return to Florence for this special performance. He is the former Director of Choral Activities and Voice Area Coordinator at Francis Marion University, and is currently an assistant professor and Director of

Choral Activities at the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho, where he resides with his wife, Susan. The Florence Symphony Orchestra is under the direction of FMU professor Dr. Terry Roberts. “These guys are world class tenors and we are thrilled to have them be a part of our “home-

grown” season. It will be a very entertaining evening with a nice variety of pieces,” said Roberts. Individual concert tickets for “The Three Tenors of Florence” start at $30 for adults. The FSO offers discounted ticket pricing for SEE

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FSD1 students to perform for Black History Month February is Black History Month, and in recognition, Florence School District One will hold three school-wide celebrations with a performing artist on Feb. 7 and 8. The programs will be held for eighth grade students at Sneed Middle, Southside Middle, and Williams Middle.

Featured performer for the programs is Jeremiah Dew, who will present a program known as One Voice. One Voice is a journey through the black American experience, by virtue of seven powerful and influential voices. Dew portrays six of the characters, spanning from the 1820s to present

day, all stand-out figures in this country’s history including Martin Luther King Jr., Muhammad Ali, and Barack Obama. “Jeremiah Dew does an incredible one-man show in One Voice. He educates, inspires, and challenges his audiences on the history of African Americans in this coun-

try. One Voice, starring Jeremiah Dew, is a must-see for all generations,” said Herb Johnson, the Chief Diversity Officer of Michelin North America. This show, divided into seven

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children, students and seniors. To purchase individual concert tickets, please contact the FMU PAC box office at 843-6614444, Monday through Friday from noon to 5 p.m. For more information regarding concerts and special events, please contact the FSO office at 843-661-2541.

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RIDING THE BOOSE – Young children enjoy a ride in the caboose at Choo Choo Kiddie Land owned and run by Pete Thornell. It was located on S. Irby Street, near the Auto Zone store. It included a midget go cart race track where races were held on Saturday nights. The photo, not dated (probably from the late 1940s or early 1950s) was taken by Pete Thornell and is courtesy of Mrs. Frank Key.

Forum set on putting prayer back in schools The Parent University Media will launch the first of several community forums on Monday, Feb. 12. This one will be held at the Savannah Grove Baptist Church at 6 p.m. The topic of Forum One will be “Put Prayer Back In School” Josiellia Williams of Parent University Media stated that during this forum, SC House Representative Robert Williams and the other legislators who are

sponsoring the bill will be present to explain the details of the proposed bill and answer questions that parents and the community may have. Also a panel of community leaders, behavior health counselors and pastors will openly discuss the pros and cons of putting prayer back into the public school system. An initiative began in this area, back in 2012 when

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then Florence District One school board member, now Florence City Councilwoman Pat Gibson Hye-Moore, continued to pray aloud in the school board meetings after it was voted to only pause for a moment of silence. It was then she along with other concerned citizens of the Pee Dee began meeting to organize the Put Prayer Back In School Initiative in the Pee Dee and held rallys periodically. “This is the first of more topics that will be addressed by Parent University Media this year,” Williams said. “Bullying and opioid addic-

tions are pressing topics plaguing our children and the community.” The forum will be held 6 p.m. at the Savannah Grove Baptist Church, 2620 Alligator Road, Effingham. Parents and the community are encouraged to attend and express their concerns about this issue and the proposed House Bill. Parent University Radio hosts Sam Fryer and Dr. Irene Reed Singletary will moderate this town meeting. This forum will be broadcast on WFRK 95.3 FM and WPDT 105.1 FM.

STUDENTS FROM PAGE 1A chapters, covers a variety of genres including poetry, essay, political activism, stand-up comedy, a campaign speech, and more. Interspersed in the show are powerful video pieces with interviews with prominent African Americans in the upstate of South Carolina, sharing their stories. Throughout the narrative, audiences will learn and experience a timeline that spans from struggle and heartache, to breakthrough and achievement of the black American voice. The programs will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 7 at 9 a.m. at Williams Middle and at 2 p.m. at Sneed Middle. On Thursday, Feb. 8 at 9 a.m. Southside will host its program.

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Andrews, Faye Yvette, died Jan. 17, Smith Funeral Home. Billingsley, John, 75, died Feb. 4, Stoudenmire-Dowling Funeral Home. Blalock, Carol David Sr., 85, died Jan. 31, Cain Calcutt-Stephens Funeral Home. Brewer, Raymond Louis, 76, died Feb. 3, Belk Funeral Home. Bridges, Saunders McKenzie, died Jan. 28, Waters-Powell Funeral Home. Britt, Ronald Blackmon, 88, died Feb. 2, Cain Calcutt-Stephens Funeral Home. Brown, Dora B., died Jan. 30, Ideal Funeral Parlor. Campbell, Tommy Garrett Sr., died Feb. 2, Belk Funeral Home. Christofferson, Walter, died Jan. 25. KistlerHardee Funeral Home. Crawford, Nathaniel R., died Jan. 27, Smith Funeral Home. Cusaac, Joel Wayne, 51, Timmonsville, died Feb. 1, StoudenmireDowling Funeral Home. Driggers, Annie Ruth, 75, died Jan. 30, Belk Funeral Home. Frierson, Johnny, died Jan. 29, Ideal Funeral Parlor. Gee. Geraldine Estes, died Jan. 26, Ideal Funeral Parlor.

Griffith, Shirley Harvey, 85, died Jan. 29, Belk Funeral Home. Light, Randall Gene “Bud,” 54, Timmonsville, died Jan. 27, KistlerHardee Funeral Home. Littles, Ella F., died Jan. 21, Smith Funeral Home. Lloyd, Jimmie Mitchell, “Mickey,” 69, died Jan. 31, LaytonAnderson Funeral Home. Mouzon, Marcia “Diane” Robinson, died Jan. 25, Smith Funeral Home. Nobles, Sherran Suggs, 63, died Jan. 31, Belk Funeral Home. Ordinola, Luciana Sierra, died Jan. 29, Stoudenmire-Dowling Funeral Home. Parker, Bernice Bell, 78, died Feb. 1, WatersPowell Funeral Home. Shipman, Rosa Lu Cinda “Cindy,’ Parnell, died Jan. 30, Belk Funeral Home. Stuckey, Frederick “Ibo” died Jan. 29, Smith Funeral Home. Thomas, James Edward, 76, Effingham, died Feb. 3, Stoudenmire-Dowling Funeral Home. Wallace, William E. “Bill” 71, died Jan. 29, Belk Funeral Home. Warr, Pauline W., 90, died Feb. 4, Stoudenmire-Dowling Funeral Home

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McLeod Health Foundation receives over $2 million in grants from Duke Endowment The McLeod Health Foundation has received two grants from The Duke Endowment totaling $2,521,000 to develop a Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) treatment and screening plan for the Pee Dee region as well as implement an oral health system integrated delivery model. These grants support the mission of McLeod Health, which is to improve the overall health and well-being of people living within South Carolina and eastern North Carolina by providing excellence in health care. Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Treatment and Screening Plan The McLeod Health Foundation received $500,000 to develop a Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) treatment and screening plan for the Pee Dee region. Rates of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, a condition caused by an infant’s exposure to drugs in the womb, are exploding throughout America. Incidences of the condition have quadrupled from 1999 to 2013. In rural areas, the increase was greater than six times. NAS rates in South Carolina have doubled from 2010 to 2015. As the Regional Perinatal Center, McLeod Regional Medical Center ensures that high-risk mothers and babies throughout the Pee Dee get proper care by both educating staff at the referring hospitals and serving as the region’s referral center.

Marine League meeting The Marine Corps League Julian D. Dusenbury Detachment 410 general meeting is Feb. 13. Nominations will be taken at the meeting for 2018 officers. Members will vote on all nominations at the March 13 general meeting. The Marine Corps League is always looking for new members. If you are an active marine, have been honorably discharged, have been given a general or medical discharge under honorable conditions from the United States Marine Corps or was an FMF Corpsman or FMF Chaplain you are invited to a meeting. The detachment meets every second Tuesday of the month at the Elks Club 2220 West Jody Road Florence at 6:30 p,m.

Two key goals of this program include creating a consistent NAS treatment and screening plan and distributing it to the referring hospitals as well as ensuring that each referring hospital, via telemedicine solutions, has access to a neonatologist at McLeod Regional Medical Center. The screening plan and telehealth connections will aid referring hospitals in identifying NAS babies quickly to facilitate a timely transfer to McLeod Regional Medical Center. Another component of this program will include provider education. In an effort to prevent NAS births, the program will educate local physicians and their staffs on how to identify and address substance abuse in these patients. Additionally, connections will be formed between these providers and local mental health facilities to cultivate effective communication and encourage referrals. Getting treatment for substance-abusing mothers before they give birth is the best way to address NAS in our region. Oral Health System-Level Integrated Delivery Model The McLeod Health Foundation received $2,021,000 to implement an oral health system integrated delivery model. Medicaid and uninsured patients in our region often lack access to dental care, and oral health issues, if untreated, can result in visits to the Emergency Department. It has been established for one patient population that addressing unmet dental needs not only improves oral health but chronic disease outcomes: uncontrolled diabetes. Systemic inflammation, which can originate in the gums, elevates A1C levels. By controlling the inflammation through routine cleaning that involves going below the gum line, the clinical team has a better chance of reducing A1C levels. This grant provides funding for the creation of a new model for addressing the oral health needs of diabetes patients by integrating oral health promotion, risk assessment and treatment completion both within the McLeod Health system as

well as community partners. In particular, the program seeks to ensure that family medicine, pediatric, and other providers involved in caring for patients with uncontrolled diabetes become competent in 1) identifying oral health issues, 2) providing preventative oral health services (i.e., fluoride varnishing for children), and 3) collaborating with dentists. HopeHealth, Inc., a principal partner with this program, recently received a federal oral health expansion grant which allows for a new dental program to serve the vulnerable residents of Florence. “We are fortunate to have the support of The Duke Endowment,” said Jill Bramblett, Executive Director of the McLeod Foundation. “With their help, we are striving to build healthier communities and continuing to develop the outstanding health care that McLeod has been a leader in for more than a century.”

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Different investments for different investors Have you ever talked to a co-worker or family member about their investments, only to find that you are on completely different paths? Before you jump to the conclusion that your financial advisor has steered you the wrong way, consider that there are many investments out there. Not all are right for everyone. Financial advisors must look at a number of factors to determine which investments are right for their clients. Not everyone has the same time horizon, for instance. If one couple’s goal is to come up with enough cash for the down payment on a house, they probably will choose a different investment vehicle than

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a couple whose goal is to fund their newborn child’s college education. Because the couple saving for a house will need their funds in a shorter time frame, they will likely need a stable, short-term investment, whereas the other couple may prefer a longer-term vehicle. Risk tolerance is another factor investment professionals must consider before advising their clients. Risk is the likelihood that an invest-

ment will lose value. Generally speaking, the riskier the investment, the more its price may fluctuate. Some investors are comfortable with risk; others aren’t. Every investor has unique goals and situations. What’s best for one investor might be inappropriate for another. Before initiating your investment plan, discuss your personal time horizon and tolerance for risk with a financial advisor. Article provided by Frank J. “Buddy” Brand II, a Senior Vice President/Investments with Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated, member SIPC and New York Stock Exchange, who can be contacted in the Florence office at (843) 665-7599.

McLeod Orthopedic Services Now Available in Hartsville. The McLeod Centers for Advanced Orthopedics is pleased to open a new location in Hartsville. Our goal is to provide high quality and comprehensive orthopedic care, from the first consultation to the last follow-up. This new location provides convenient access for patients in Hartsville and surrounding areas. Our highly skilled orthopedic surgeons Dr. Rodney Alan, Dr. Barry Clark, Dr. Patrick Denton, and Dr. Jason O’Dell will now be caring for patients in Hartsville in addition to Florence. Our physicians are accepting new patients. Physician and self-referrals are welcome. For appointments call: Orthopedic: 843-777-7900 Sports Medicine and Physical Therapy: 843-777-3199

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Memos, Trump and Trust By Dr. Caleb Verbois Perhaps we should not be surprised by the hysteria over the release of Congressman Devin Nunes’ memo. After all, “memogate” has filled Washington with hysteria for weeks. Former deputy assistant to President Trump, Sebastian Gorka, claimed it showed abuses “100 times” worse than the causes of the American Revolution, while former Republican congressman Joe Scarborough countered that the memo was a “sleazy political purge.” This, before either of them had actually read it. What should we make of this memo that Trump supporters claim proves FBI collusion, and Trump detractors deride as an attempt to derail Robert Mueller’s investigation? The truth, as happens all too frequently lately, lies somewhere far away from the rhetoric of our political elite and media commentators. First, what is the memo about? In October of 2016, the Obama administration’s Justice Department sought a FISA warrant for Carter Page, a volunteer campaign advisor for Trump. FISA is the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978, which theoretically governs all foreign intelligence where one party to a communication, like an e-mail, is on American soil. The FISA court is a secret court of review that considers warrant applications under FISA. The FISA court process is somewhat different than an ordinary attempt by the police to get a warrant because it is designed to act quickly. In addition, the Attorney General typically has to sign off on every warrant request, which means his or her credibility with the court is at stake. That is partly why the court approved 99.97 percent requests from 1979 to 2012, denying only 11 requests out of 33,900. The process only works, however, because the court depends and trusts that the Attorney General will give the court all relevant material when it requests a warrant. That is where the Nunes memo comes in. According the memo, which was written by the Republican staff on the Intelligence Committee, which is tasked with overseeing the Executive Branch’s efforts in intelligence matters such as FISA warrants, the Obama administration was only able to secure the approval of the FISA court by using information from the so-called Steele Dossier, which was actually opposition research paid for by Hillary Clinton’s campaign. The memo concludes that the Obama administration deliberately failed to tell the court that Steele worked for Hillary’s campaign, despite the fact that it was obviously relevant information, given that it was seeking a warrant to spy on a member of Trump’s campaign. Critically, the FBI deputy director admitted last fall that without the Steele dossier the FBI would not have even requested a FISA warrant. The memo goes on to claim that the wife of Obama’s Associate Deputy Attorney General, Bruce Ohr, also worked on the opposition research campaign against Trump, and that Ohr gave her research, paid for by Clinton, to the FBI which used the information to gain the warrant. Bundled together, the memo suggests that the Obama administration politicized the FBI and DOJ. What does this all mean? That depends. The FBI says the memo lacks key “contextualizing” facts. But of course, the FBI has an incentive to discount the memo, as it comes out of this looking rather terrible. The FISA court process only works if the president’s administration gives them trustworthy information. That is partly why it is important that Congress has an oversight role over the process. Someone needs to watch the chicken coop. But even if the FBI is lying that does not mean everything in the memo is accurate. We cannot know, because we do not have access to the underlying evidence. However, three things can be said: First, the Democrats have overstepped to suggest that the publication of this memo is a historic breach of national security. Nunes has followed exactly the process he ought to. He could have simply leaked the memo to the press: The New York Times or Buzzfeed would have printed it in full without hesitation. Instead, he went through the appropriate process in Congress and requested that the administration declassify the document in the interest of transparency. Second, even if everything in the memo is accurate, it does not disprove claims about Trump’s campaign and Russia. The mere fact that the FBI lacked sufficient evidence to get a warrant without misleading the court does not mean Page was innocent. Nothing in the memo proves Mueller’s special investigation should be shut down. Third, and perhaps most important, this memo crystalizes the continued breakdown of trust in American institutions. The public’s trust in our government is at an all-time low. According to Gallup, only 40% of the public trusts the Supreme Court most of the time, 12% trust Congress, 32% trust the presidency, and 27% trust newspapers. Gallup has not asked Americans if they trust the FBI. Perhaps Gallup should start. Caleb Verbois is an assistant professor of political science at Grove City College and an affiliated scholar at the John Jay Institute. He teaches American Politics and Political Theory and specializes in American constitutional thought.

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Remembering the 5-10-25 cents stores The now popular dollar stores – Dollar General, Family Dollar and Dollar Tree – seem to have replaced the “five and ten cents” stores that thrived during my childhood growing up in Florence. S.H. Kress, F.W. Woolworth and McLellan stores were all located on the same block of West Evans Street (between Irby and Dargan Streets) during my earliest memories of shopping in downtown Florence. I’m not sure when Kress and Woolworth’s opened here, but I have found a reference to Kress here in 1917. I have published photos showing Woolworth’s beside Zeigler’s Drug Store on the corner of Dargan as early as 1942. The two “five and dimes” were almost next door neighbors with only a bank between them. However, I can’t remember Woolworth’s on that corner because it was there before I was born. My memories of shopping in Woolworth’s are when it was located at the opposite end of the block, at the corner of Irby and West Evans in the Masonic Lodge Building. That building later housed BoSmith Furniture and most recently the Art Trail Gallery. Currently, the historic building is being renovated by Carolina Bank and will serve as their headquarters. I am delighted that the bank is restoring the third floor of the building which had been removed during a major renovation before Woolworth’s took over that

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building in 1951. I remember going into Woolworth’s from the side door entrance after crossing the street from Sears on N. Irby. At that time, pets, such as parakeets, fish and turtles, along with pet supplies, where on display in the back of the store. At the front there was a spinning rack of comic books and I found many happy moments choosing between, Archie, Beetle Bailey and Tweetie Bird and Sylvester comics. I also spent hours in the toy section trying to decide how to spend my weekly allowance. McLellan’s Five and Ten Cents store was located across the street in what is now part of The Hotel Florence. Wikipedia says William Walker McLellan founded McLellan Stores in 1917. The company merged with McCrory Stores in 1958. According to research by Agnes Willcox, McLellan’s opened here in 1955. Eagles Store preceded it, and in 1965, Rogers Brothers Fabrics occupied that space. I do recall shopping with my mom in McLellan’s but only remember the household and kitchen items. Samuel Henry Kress established the

chain of S. H. Kress & Company’s 5-1025 Cent Stores in 1896. During first half of the 20th Century, according to Wikipedia, there were Kress stores with ornamented architecture on the main street in hundreds of cities and towns. In 1964 Genesco Inc. acquired Kress. The company abandoned many of its center-city stores and moved to shopping malls, but the Florence store stayed downtown. Genesco began liquidating and closing down many of the Kress stores in 1980, but not the Florence store. The remaining stores were sold to McCrory Stores on Jan. 1, 1981 and most continued to operate under the Kress name until McCrory Stores went out of business in 2001. I think Kress was my favorite five and ten. I can almost smell the hot peanuts and popcorn it offered, along with a lunch counter featuring a soda fountain, ice cream and tall stools to climb up to before the store was renovated. The neat thing about Kress was you could enter on West Evans Street and exit around the corner on North Dargan Street. I did that quite often because my uncle, A.W. Smith, had a tiny photography studio next door to the Dargan Street side and it was always a fun place to visit. I suppose one day my granddaughters will reminisce about our current “dollar stores.”

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Small newspapers make a big difference Of the many factors that contribute to a community’s quality of life, one that’s often under-appreciated is the local newspaper. Small, weekly (or nondaily) publications are a form of public service. They bring us “good news” and recognize the efforts of hometown people who make a difference. On their pages you’re likely to find news about youth achievements, civic club projects, charity fundraisers and church events that larger media outlets don’t carry. They knit the community closer together and help instill a sense of local pride. Community newspapers boost the local economy. They offer low-cost advertising, which can be vital for smaller and independentlyowned businesses. They showcase local merchants; and with ecommerce giants

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such as Amazon grabbing more and more of the retail market, it’s important to remember all that our hometown shops and stores have to offer. Importantly, community newspapers help make local government more transparent. We’re bombarded daily with headlines out of DC, and there’s ample coverage as well of goings-on at the state capital. Yet the actions of your town council, county council and school board – which tend to more directly impact your daily life – usually receive far less attention from the large media outlets.

Be careful what you say The owner of New York City saloon recently announced a free speech policy change for patrons, says The Association of Mature American Citizens. The continental bar will no longer tolerate the word, “literally.” Owner Trigger Smith says he banned the term out of respect for the English language. Apparently too many millennials use it in their conversations and that annoys him. So, customers using the word will be given five minutes to finish their drinks and

then will have to leave. And, if you start a sentence with it, you will be asked to leave immediately, drink or no drink. Will Trigger enforce his rule? He told reporters that he means it in a tongue-incheek way. “We are not ‘literally’ throwing people out. Yet!”

Many community newspapers step in to fill the gap, covering meetings of local boards or councils or publishing columns from local officials. Some serve as “watchdogs” that hold public officials accountable… the “eyes and ears” that provide much-needed scrutiny and sound the alarm when something’s amiss. Many are forums for expression. By allowing residents to sound off on local issues, they help foster a civil exchange of ideas. They nurture their communities and help foster citizen involvement. Communities thrive when regular folks get involved in some way – volunteering for a nonprofit, serving on a local board or commission, or expressing a grievance at a local government meeting. A lot of times citizens only learn about these opportunities through the local newspaper. Small, community-based newspapers develop a level of trust with their readers that the national media lacks. The people who operate these newspapers live and work in your community. They’re your neighbors. They share your values. They understand the issues and challenges you face,

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because they face them too. The publication you’re reading strengthens your hometown in ways that are often overlooked. Readers who want to return the favor can do so by supporting the businesses that advertise on these pages. And however you get your news, make sure your community newspaper is always in the mix. Small newspapers make a big difference. Richard Eckstrom is a CPA and the state’s Comptroller.

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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

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SUMMONS AND NOTICES (Non-Jury) FORECLOSURE OF REAL ESTATE MORTGAGE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF FLORENCE IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS C/A NO.: 2017-CP-21-03330 LakeView Loan Servicing, LLC, Plaintiff, v. Ashley Danielle Blue; Old Ebenezer Homeowners Association, Inc. of Florence, S.C., Defendant(s). TO THE DEFENDANT(S) ABOVE NAMED: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and required to appear and defend by answering the Complaint in this action, a copy of which is hereby served upon you, and to serve a copy of your Answer on the subscribers at their offices at 3800 Fernandina Road, Suite 110, Columbia, SC 29210, within thirty (30) days after the service hereof, exclusive of the day of such service; except that the United States of America, if named, shall have sixty (60) days to answer after the service hereof, exclusive of the day of such serv-

ice; and if you fail to do so, judgment by default will be rendered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint. TO MINOR(S) OVER FOURTEEN YEARS OF AGE, AND/OR TO MINOR(S) UNDER FOURTEEN YEARS OF AGE AND THE PERSON WITH WHOM THE MINOR(S) RESIDES, AND/OR TO PERSONS UNDER SOME LEGAL DISABILITY: YOU ARE FURTHER SUMMONED AND NOTIFIED to apply for the appointment of a guardian ad litem within thirty (30) days after the service of this Summons and Notice upon you. If you fail to do so, application for such appointment will be made by Attorney for Plaintiff. YOU WILL ALSO TAKE NOTICE that Plaintiff will move for an Order of Reference or the Court may issue a general Order of Reference of this action to a Master-in-Equity/Special Referee, pursuant to Rule 53 of the South Carolina Rules of Civil Procedure. YOU WILL ALSO TAKE NOTICE that under the provisions of S.C. Code Ann. § 29-3-100, effective June 16, 1993, any collateral assignment of rents contained in the referenced Mortgage is perfected and

Attorney for Plaintiff hereby gives notice that all rents shall be payable directly to it by delivery to its undersigned attorneys from the date of default. In the alternative, Plaintiff will move before a judge of this Circuit on the 10th day after service hereof, or as soon thereafter as counsel may be heard, for an Order enforcing the assignment of rents, if any, and compelling payment of all rents covered by such assignment directly to the Plaintiff, which motion is to be based upon the original Note and Mortgage herein and the Complaint attached hereto. NOTICE OF FILING COMPLAINT TO THE DEFENDANTS ABOVE NAMED: YOU WILL PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the original Complaint, Cover Sheet for Civil Actions and Certificate of Exemption from ADR in the above entitled action was filed in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County on December 7, 2017. A Notice of Foreclosure Intervention was also filed in the Clerk of Court's Office. Brock & Scott, PLLC 3800 Fernandina Road, Suite 110 Columbia, SC 29210 Phone 844-856-6646

Fax 803-454-3451 Attorneys for Plaintiff (1/24, 1/31, 2/7/18) SUMMONS AND NOTICES (Non-Jury) FORECLOSURE OF REAL ESTATE MORTGAGE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF FLORENCE IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS C/A NO.: 2017-CP-21-03217 Wells Fargo Bank, NA, Plaintiff, v. Hector M. Hernandez a/k/a Hector Hernandez; Gillermina J. Perez, Defendant(s). TO THE DEFENDANT(S) ABOVE NAMED: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and required to appear and defend by answering the Complaint in this action, a copy of which is hereby served upon you, and to serve a copy of your Answer on the subscribers at their offices at 3800 Fernandina Road, Suite 110, Columbia, SC 29210, within thirty (30) days after the service hereof, exclusive of the day of such service; except that the United States of America, if named, shall have sixty (60) days to answer after the service hereof, exclusive of the day of such service; and if you fail to do so,

judgment by default will be rendered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint. TO MINOR(S) OVER FOURTEEN YEARS OF AGE, AND/OR TO MINOR(S) UNDER FOURTEEN YEARS OF AGE AND THE PERSON WITH WHOM THE MINOR(S) RESIDES, AND/OR TO PERSONS UNDER SOME LEGAL DISABILITY: YOU ARE FURTHER SUMMONED AND NOTIFIED to apply for the appointment of a guardian ad litem within thirty (30) days after the service of this Summons and Notice upon you. If you fail to do so, application for such appointment will be made by Attorney for Plaintiff. YOU WILL ALSO TAKE NOTICE that Plaintiff will move for an Order of Reference or the Court may issue a general Order of Reference of this action to a Master-in-Equity/Special Referee, pursuant to Rule 53 of the South Carolina Rules of Civil Procedure. YOU WILL ALSO TAKE NOTICE that under the provisions of S.C. Code Ann. § 29-3-100, effective June 16, 1993, any collateral assignment of rents contained in the referenced Mortgage is perfected and Attorney for Plaintiff hereby

gives notice that all rents shall be payable directly to it by delivery to its undersigned attorneys from the date of default. In the alternative, Plaintiff will move before a judge of this Circuit on the 10th day after service hereof, or as soon thereafter as counsel may be heard, for an Order enforcing the assignment of rents, if any, and compelling payment of all rents covered by such assignment directly to the Plaintiff, which motion is to be based upon the original Note and Mortgage herein and the Complaint attached hereto. NOTICE OF FILING COMPLAINT TO THE DEFENDANTS ABOVE NAMED: YOU WILL PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the original Complaint, Cover Sheet for Civil Actions and Certificate of Exemption from ADR in the above entitled action was filed in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County on November 27, 2017. A Notice of Foreclosure Intervention was also filed in the Clerk of Court's Office. Brock & Scott, PLLC 3800 Fernandina Road, Suite 110 Columbia, SC 29210 Phone 844-856-6646 Fax 803-454-3451


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SUMMONS AND NOTICE OF FILING COMPLAINT STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF FLORENCE IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS DOCKET NO. 2017-CP-21-1377 South State Bank, Plaintiff, v The Estate of Cora Lee W. Johnson a/k/a Cora Lee Johnson a/k/a Cora L. Johnson a/k/a Cora Johnson, and Victoria Patterson a/k/a Victoria C. Johnson, individually and as Personal Representative for the Estate of Cora Lee W. Johnson a/k/a Cora Lee Johnson a/k/a Cora L. Johnson a/k/a Cora Johnson; Gary Sanders; Michael Lesesne; BB&T Financial FSB f/k/a BB&T Bankcard Corporation; and CFNA Receivables (SC), Inc. f/k/a

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NOTICE, that should you fail to answer the foregoing Summons, the Plaintiff will move for a General Order of Reference of this cause to the Honorable Haigh Porter, Special Referee for Florence County, which Order shall, pursuant to SCRCP Rule 53, of the South Carolina Code of Law (1976), as amended, specifically provide that the said Special Referee is authorized and empowered to enter a final judgment in this case, which judgment shall be appealable to the Supreme Court of South Carolina. LIS PENDENS (Mortgage Foreclosure) (Non-Jury) NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT an action has been or will be commenced in this Court upon complaint of the above-named Plaintiff against the abovenamed Defendants for the foreclosure of the following Mortgage of real estate: Cora Lee Johnson, to First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Charleston, dated May 12, 2003, and recorded in the Office of the ROD for Florence County, on May 13, 2003, in Book

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Wednesday, February 7, 2018 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. LIS PENDENS NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT an action has been or will be commenced in this Court upon complaint of the above-named Plaintiff against the abovenamed Defendant(s) for the foreclosure of a certain mortgage of real estate given by Roberta Timmons to Indymac Bank, F.S.B. dated December 31, 2003 and recorded on January 6, 2004 in Book A 809 at Page 1575, in the Florence County Registry (hereinafter, “Mortgage”). Thereafter, the Mortgage was transferred to the Plaintiff herein by assignment and/or corporate merger. The premises covered and affected by the said Mortgage and by the foreclosure thereof were, at the time of the making thereof and at the time of the filing of this notice, more particularly described in the said Mortgage and are more commonly described as: All that certain lot of land lying, being and situate in the Town of Pamplico, County of Florence, State of South Carolina, designated as Lot No. 6, Block B, as shown on a map of Sunrise Subdivision dated June 1981, and being more fully described on a map made by Lind, Hicks & Associates, Surveyors, dated April 18, 1985 and recorded in Plat Book 23, Page 606, Florence County records. Reference being had to said plat for a more complete and accurate description of metes and bounds. This being that same property conveyed to Roberta Timmons by deed from Myers Floyd dated October 11, 2000 and recorded October 13, 2000 in Book A-608 at Page 2136 in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County, South Carolina. TMS No. 0037602-066 Property Address: 629 Mcelveen Street, Pamplico, SC 29583 NOTICE OF FILING COM-

PLAINT TO THE DEFENDANTS ABOVE NAMED: YOU WILL PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the original Complaint, Cover Sheet for Civil Actions and Certificate of Exemption from ADR in the above entitled action was filed in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County on December 29, 2017. A Notice of Foreclosure Intervention was also filed in the Clerk of Court's Office. ORDER APPOINTING GUARDIAN AD LITEM AND APPOINTMENT OF ATTORNEY It appearing to the satisfaction of the Court, upon reading the filed Petition for Appointment of Kelley Woody, Esquire as Guardian ad Litem for unknown minors, and persons who may be under a disability, and it appearing that Kelley Woody, Esquire has consented to said appointment. FURTHER upon reading the filed Petition for Appointment of Kelley Woody, Esquire as Attorney for any unknown Defendants who may be in the Military Service of the United States of America, and may be, as such, entitled to the benefits of the Servicemember’s Civil Relief Act, and any amendments thereto, and it appearing that Kelley Woody, Esquire has consented to act for and represent said Defendants, it is ORDERED that Kelley Woody, Esquire, P.O. Box 6432, Columbia, SC 29260 phone (803) 787-9678, be and hereby is appointed Guardian ad Litem on behalf of all unknown minors and all unknown persons who may be under a disability, all of whom may have or claim to have some interest or claim to the real property commonly known as 629 Mcelveen Street, Pamplico, South Carolina 29583; that he is empowered and directed to appear on behalf of and represent said Defendants, unless said Defendants, or someone on their behalf, shall within thirty (30) days after service of a copy hereof as directed, procure the appointment of Guardian or Guardians ad Litem for said Defendants. AND IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Kelley Woody, Esquire, P.O. Box 6432, Columbia, SC 29260 phone (803) 787-9678, be and hereby is appointed Attorney for any unknown Defendants who are, or may be, in the Military Service of the United States of America and as such are entitled to the benefits of the Servicemember’s Civil Relief Act aka Soldiers' and Sailors' Civil Relief Act of 1940, and any amendments thereto, to represent and protect the interest of said Defendants, AND IT IS FURTHER ORDERED That a copy of this Order shall be forth with served upon said Defendants by publication in The News Journal, a newspaper of general circulation published in the County of Florence, State of South Carolina, once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks, together with the Summons and Notice of Filing of Complaint in the above entitled action. Brock & Scott, PLLC 3800 Fernandina Road, Suite 110 Columbia, SC 29210 Phone 844-856-6646 Fax 803-454-3451 Attorneys for Plaintiff (2/7,2/14,2/24/18)

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Florence Track Club City baseball, softball league registration Track & Field program Registration for the P. A. L. Florence Track Club – Track & Field Program will start on February 1. A parent or guardian can sign the participant up online by visiting https://recreation.cityofflorence.com/ParksRec_Live/Home. Parents can also sign up the participant by coming by our administrative offices located at 513 Barnes Street. Each registrant needs to bring a birth certificate if they have never participated in any City of Florence program. The fee is $41 per participant. Ages 6–18 can participate (based on their age as of December 31, 2017). Track & Field Program is limited to the first 210 participants to sign up. The last day to register is Friday, March 31 (or when the first 210 sign up). Practice will be held on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday at West Florence High School. Team practice begins on Monday, April 3. Local meets will be held in April and May, and USATF state, regional and national meets in June and July. For more information, contact Tim Wilson or Tony Nesmith at the City of Florence Recreation Department at 665-3253. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Additional information can be found on the City of Florence Athletics Website at www.cityofflorenceathletics.com.

Y offering swim lessons YMCA swim lessons begin with the development of basic swimming skills as well as gaining confidence and ease in the water. From there, swimmers refine the strokes they have learned and progress their skills. The lessons also include character development, family involvement and safety education components. There are three phases, beginning with Swim Starters (children 6-36 months), then Swim Basics and Swim Strokes. Classes begin in Febru-

ary. Registration underway. For more information visit florenceymca.org or call 843-665-1234.

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. For more information, visit buildupdarlington.org, or call 843-398-4000 x 103.

Registration for the City of Florence Recreation Department’s baseball and softball leagues is underway. A parent or guardian can sign the participant up online at https://recreation.cityofflorence.com/ParksRec_Live/ Home. Parents also may sign up the participant by coming by our administrative offices located at 513 Barnes Street. Each registrant needs to bring a birth certificate if they have never participated in any City of Florence program. The cost for each baseball and softball program is $41 per participant. Baseball leagues are zoned based on where you live, and will govern what league you are eligible to participate. Information can be found below for each league: The Florence Youth Softball Association (FYSA) is a sanctioned Dixie Youth Soft-

ball Program and will include All-Star play. The FYSA is open to girls 5 through 18 years of age. Age groups are: 5-6, 7-8, 9-10, 11-12 and 13-18. Registration will run Feb. 1 through March 4. For softball, the birthday cutoff is the participant’s age as of Dec. 31, 2017. Registration for the Maple Park Dixie Youth Baseball program is for ages 5 through 12 year olds. Age groups are: 5-6, 7-8, 9-10, and 11-12 year olds. Registration will run Feb. 1 through Feb. 21. The birthday cutoff date for baseball is September 1, 2018 for 5 year olds, and for 6–12 year olds the age cutoff date will be May 1, 2018 (playing age as of April 30, 2018). Registration for the McLeod Park Dixie Youth and Dixie Boys Baseball program is for ages 5 through 14 year olds. Age groups are 5-6, 7-8, 9-10, 11-12, and

13-14 year olds. Registration will run Feb.1 through Feb. 23. The birthday cutoff date for baseball is Sept. 1, 2018 for 5 year olds, and for 6–14 year olds the age cutoff date will be May 1, 2018 (playing age as of April 30, 2018). Registration for the P.A.L. Little League and Junior League Baseball Programs of Northside Park and Northwest Park are for ages 5 through 15 year olds. Age groups are 5-6, 7-8, 9-10, 11-12, and 13-15. Registration will run Feb. 1 through March 2. The birthday cutoff date for the P.A.L. Little League is Aug, 31 (playing age as of Aug, 31, 2018). For more information please contact Tim Wilson or CJ Brown at the City of Florence Recreation Department at 665-3253. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Additional information can

YMCA lifeguard training The YMCA offers a lifeguard training course. Participants must be at least 16 years old and an excellent swimmer. A swim test is required and must be passed 100% before a participant can start the course. The course includes e-learning classes to be completed on your own before the course begins, as well as pool and class time at the Y. It also includes certifications in

YMCA Lifeguard, Basic Life Support (CPR), First Aid, AED and Oxygen Administration. The cost: $195 for YMCA members and $230 for others. One half of the fee is required for registration with balance to be paid the first day of class. You must register a week in advance to complete e-learning before class begins. Class details: Swim Test – Friday, Feb. 23 5-7 p.m.

Class and Pool – Saturday, Feb. 24, 8 a.m.- 6 p.m. (hour lunch break) Sunday, Feb. 25, 1:30-6 p.m. Friday, March 3, 6-9 p.m. Saturday, March 4, 8 a.m.6 p.m. (hour lunch break) Sunday, March 5, 1:30-6 p.m. Call Cindy Averitt at 843665-1234 for more details or go to florenceymca.org/aquatics.

be found on the City of Florence Athletics Website at www.cityofflorenceathletics.com.

Take the Y Plunge The Florence Family YMCA is hosting its Penguin Plunge at the outdoor pool slide on Saturday, Feb.10, at 10 a.m. Challenge friends and yourself to this chilly, charitable event. Plungers must give or raise at least $100 to participate. Pledge forms are available at the Florence Family YMCA or online at ww.florenceymca.org. All plungers receive a special event gift and bragging rights. Enjoy hot chocolate or hot spiced cider after your plunge and maybe take a dip in the hot tub. All proceeds benefit the Y Annual Campaign, which aids friends and neighbors here who need financial help with child care, membership or children’s programs. Contact Cindy at 843665-1234 or visit florenceymca.org.

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Jack & the Beanstalk comes to FLT on Saturday The Florence Little Theatre Schoolhouse Players will present “Jack and the Beanstalk” on Saturday, Feb. 10, at 11 a.m. In this fun, highly-interactive play, Jack sells the cow to a local peddler for five beans. Oh, no! Will everyone be happy in the end? Come find out! The play is best for ages 210 and families. It runs about 45 minutes. Marcia Snowden is director. Performers include Delsenia Murchison as Jack, Marcia Snowden as the giant, Polly Haselden as the Golden Goose/peddler, Tashawnie Hunter as Jack’s mom and Lynne Langston as the giant’s housekeeper/cow. The play is sponsored by Chick-fil-A. Tickets are $4 for all ages and may be purchased at the door.

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CAST FOR JACK & THE BEANSTALK – Tashawnie Hunter, from left, plays Jack’s mom, Polly Haselden is the Golden Goose/peddler, Marcia Snowden is the giant and Lynne Langston is the giant’s housekeeper/cow. Delsenia Murchison plays Jack, but is not pictured.

Mia Williams, a graduating senior at Wilson High School, has been invited to attend the 2018 Disney Dreamers Academy at the Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Florida, from March 8 -11. Williams is an official winner of the 2018 Disney Dreamers Academy essay contest. She will be a part of the Disney Dreamers Academy among 100 plus high school students and have the chance to engage in educational and hands-on learning opportunities. The program will feature guest speakers such as Steve Harvey. The Academy is a specific program that allows high school students the opportunity to be mentored by celebrities as well as community and industry leaders. The Academy also helps students to explore and learn ways to reach their career goals. Its sponsors are Steve Harvey, Essence

MIA WILLIAMS Magazine and Walt Disney World. Williams will attend Hampton University in Virginia in the Fall of 2018 on an academic and band scholarship. She will major in biology and minor in Spanish in pursuit of her dreams to become an obstetrician/ gynecologist (OB/GYN). To learn more about the Disney Dreamers Academy visit www.disneydreamersacademy.com.

Carver Principal Rogers dancing for the kids BY BRENDA HARRISON Editor of The News Journal Florence, S.C. Competing in the School Foundation’s 2018 Dancing For Our Future Stars competition is a big step for Chris Rogers, principal of Carver Elementary. With no dance experience, Chris is willing to step out of his comfort zone and step on the stage at the SiMT on March 22. “I want everybody to remember I’m doing this for the kids,” he said, joking that he will probably be hilarious. Not so, says his dance partner Morgan Truitt. She had high praises for Chris saying he is doing well and is a quick learner. The pair are rehearsing a hip hop routine to the “Apple Bottom Jeans” by Flo Rida. Chris said his 16 year-old daughter chose the music. Chris said he is happy to participate in this benefit for the School Foundation, especially since his school has benefitted from School Foundation grants. Carver has received a $75,000 grant, which was matched by the school district, to develop a $150,000 SMART STEM Lab. Not only is this lab the only one of its kind in South Carolina, but currently it is the only one on the east coast, Chris said. This lab allow students to learn robotics, engineering and coding at an early age, he said. Last week first graders were learning coding and designing computer games. Kindergarteners also are being introduced to the lab, he added. “Our students are learning skills to help them with jobs that don’t even exist yet,” he commented. Dance partner Morgan

more than makes up for Chris’ lack of dance experience – she has been studying dance since the age of two. She teaches dance to two and three year-olds weekly at the KFA dance school. She’s an excellent teacher, Chris said. Morgan is a senior at South Florence High School where she is president of the Beta Club and a member of student government. She plans to attend Columbia International College to major in International Cultural Studies. The remaining dance couples for this year’s DFOFS 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 • Robbie Timms (BB&T) and Meggie Baker • Les Ward (Pepsi of Florence, LLC/Pee Dee Food Service) and Mallory Baxley These local celebrities and their professional dance partners will square-off at

sen 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. For more information, visit www.theschoolfoundation.org.

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REHEARSAL – Chris Rogers tries a lift with dance partner Morgan Truitt SiMT for a chance to win the coveted mirror ball trophy at the 8th annual dancing competition on March 22. A reception will begin at 6 p.m. followed by the competition at 7 p.m. Guests will enjoy food, beverages, fellowship, and an opportunity to win a custom designed jewelry piece donated by Lisa and Lex Matthews of Southern Jewelry Design.

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 cho-

North Vista Elementary will host an informational meeting for parents interested in enrolling students in the International Baccalaureate Primary Years (IB PYP) Program. The parent meeting will be held on Thursday, Feb. 8, from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the school. Primary Years Program schools share a common philosophy: a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education. The program is open to any student in Florence School District One. As a Primary Years Program school, North Vista will receive onand-off site consultation from the International Baccalaureate Program. Teachers will have access to IB’s online curriculum center, which includes teaching materials and participation in online forums. Students will be encouraged to strengthen their knowledge and skills across and beyond subject areas. Studies in this program are guided by six themes of global significance. According to the Primary Years Program website, a global international study has proven that Primary Years Program students outperformed non-IB students in mathematics, reading and writing. The site also revealed that a national study found that students in the Primary Years Program perform better than the national average in nationwide science tests. North Vista’s PYP informational meeting will allow parents and students to see what the curriculum will look like for the 2018-2019 school year. Teachers and staff members will answer questions about the program. The Primary Years Program is the first of four International Baccalaureate (IB) programs of education. It gives students an excellent foundation for the IB’s other programs. To apply for the program, contact Primary Years Program Coordinator Anna Hasenkamp (ahasenkamp@fsd1.org) or Principal Sharon Dixon sdixon@fsd1.org at 843-664-8159.


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Dancers Against Distracted Driving The Kelley Fine Arts Dance Company held its annual Sneak Peek Charity Concert at Francis Marion University’s McNair Auditorium on Saturday, Jan. 27. The shows featured 123 dancers and gymnasts from KFA’s Dance Company and Gym Teams performing 95 routines throughout the day. The concert benefitted the Justin O’Connor Memorial Fund and raised $4,500. Justin was the brother of KFA Company member Ashley O’Connor. He lost his life last July tragically in a car accident, as a result of distracted driving right before his senior year of high school. The fund’s mission is to spread awareness and engage people to think of the serious consequences when driving distracted. This fund will offer two college schol-

arships yearly to seniors in the greater Pee Dee who support the mission to end distracted driving. It will also provide more educational resources to educate the youth on the life and death consequences of distracted driving. Kelley’s Fine Arts held its first Sneak Peek in 2000. The Lake City Library was being built and KFA owner Burnadene Kelley-Newman wanted to help. She produced a concert to show the community and dance parents the company’s competition routines. All the money raised was donated. The tradition has continued since for a cause directly related to the KFA family. The Sneak Peek has raised money for various charities and causes, including the American Heart Association, Florence County Disabilities, Trisomy

18 Foundation, American Cancer Society, Susan G. Komen Foundation, the Kidney Association, Leukemia Society, Pennies for Patients, March of Dimes, Lymphoma Foundation, St. Jude’s Children Hospital, Hospice House, and more. The competition season doesn’t start until the spring, so some of the dances are still incomplete and need a bit more work. This event is truly just a “Sneak Peek” of their routines. It has turned out to be a great practice for the upcoming competitions and a way to show dancers that they can truly make a difference. “Miss Burnadene” refers to Sneak Peek as practice with a purpose. It was just that raising over $4,500 for the Justin O’Connor Memorial Fund.

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Pee Dee Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Assault (PDC) is hosting the Level One Workshop for the Alternatives to Violence Project. The training will be held on Feb. 911 and participants must participate in all three sessions to receive their certificate. It will be held in the Spears Fellowship Hall of Central United Methodist Church. The Alternatives to Violence Project seeks to establish, by teaching practical skills, a peaceful community when citizens incarcerated or not, have the know-how, the idealism, and the expectation of positive, powerful resolutions to conflictive situations. We live in a violent society – distrust, violence and conflict come in many forms. Many are shocked by the increasing conflict on the streets, in our schools, and in the home. Fear knows no class, racial, economic or geographical boundaries. AVP was developed in New York State in 1974, after the Attica riots, through collaboration between the Quaker community and inmates of the New York State prison system. They developed the format, exercises, and methodology, which make the workshops such an effective process. AVP has a spiritual base but promotes no religious doctrine. We believe there is power for peace in everyone, which, if we are open to it, can transform violent situations. AVP workshops were first held in South Carolina in 2014 in cooperation with the Columbia Friends Meeting (Quakers). In February of 2015, an AVP-SC Chapter was formed and is now conducting workshops to promote non-violence skills throughout the state and train facilitators. AVP conducts workshops in the community, in prison settings, for law enforcement agencies, for educational institutions, and for community organizations. Level One introduces the concepts, principles, and tools of nonviolent conflict resolution and transforming power. The training is recommended for social workers, law enforcement workers, community volunteers, counselors, faith communities, students, teachers, and anyone interested in solving problems peacefully. Participants should park in the Irby Street parking lot. Sessions will be held on Friday, Feb. 9, from 6-9 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 10, from 9 a.m.–9 p.m.; and Sunday, Feb. 11, from 1-6 p.m. Registration is $35 and includes a continental breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday plus snacks throughout the weekend. Register at www.eventbrite.com/e/avpalternatives-to-violence-project-tickets-42292302415?aff=pe edeecoalition.

Family Day at Museum

The next Family Day at the Florence County Museum will be Saturday, Feb. 10, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Family Days at the Florence County Museum offer something for everyone. No registration is required and it is free. Activities are: Print Detectives, Geometric Eraser Prints in the Museum Lobby. Learn how a simple eraser can be an awesome printmaking tool. Each participant will create a repeating geometric artwork using a gum eraser and washable markers. Printing with Everyday Objects in the Multipurpose Room. Everyday objects can make amazing printed patterns. Participants will use household objects, fruits, vegetables and more to create a printed masterpiece. Styrofoam Relief Prints in the Art Studio. You don’t need expensive tools to make a relief print. Participants will design and create a relief print using styrofoam sheets.

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Pedee Chapter Colonial Dames 17th Century meeting The history of the founding of the Pedee Chapter of the Colonial Dames Seventeenth Century was discussed at its Jan. 27 meeting at the Florence Country Club. A new facsimile of the original charter, which had been lost, was presented by President Martha McGee. The Pedee Chapter, which uses the original 17th century spelling of the Pedee Native Americans, was founded in 1960 by a group of local ladies who descended from 17th century colonists. They had an interest in fulfilling the mandate of the National Society which was to perpetuate the memory of the colonists and their lasting legacy of virtue, courage and patriotism that are the foundation of the character of this unique nation. Martha McGee presented a list of the original founders, many of whom have descendants in the area. They are: Lois T. Alexander, McDonald, NC Belvidera H. Jones Barringer, Florence. Sara Jane McIntyre Currin, Dillon. Caroline Willis Fowler, Timmonsville. Belvidera H. Jenkinson Finklea, Latta. Marie McMillian Forrest, Myrtle Beach. Sarah Covington Rogers Gaddy, Dillon. Louise G Haynsworth Hamer, Hamer. Viola Haynsworth Barringer Harris, Darlington. Mary Elizabeth Murphy Harrison, Darlington.

COLONIAL DAMES MEMBERS ATTENDING THE JAN. 27 MEETING Flora Janie Hamer Hooker, Hamer. Julese McIntyre Johnson, Marion. Jo Ann Douglas Jones, Lake City. Helen Marjorie Lemmon, Latta. Virginia Willis Lovett, Lake City. Natalie Bettis Lucas, Florence. Floramay Holliday McLeod, Florence. Elizabeth Coker McNair, Hartsville. Virginia David Bransford Martin, Dillon. Sarah Lipiscomb Mason, Marion. Edith Snipes Moreck, Myrtle Beach. Caribel Stener Mueller, Marion. Nellie Byrd Murphy, Darlington.

Anna McLeod Parker, Lumberton, NC. Carolina McCallum Edmondson Ragsdale, Georgetown. Lulu Mowry Crosland Ricaud, Bennettsville. Evelyn Johnson Willis, Johnsonville. Virginia Magill Ayers Woody, Durham, NC. A memorial service was also held honoring the memory of Mollie Corrie, a faithful member of the Society. Her sisters, Anna C. James of Columbia and Leila C. Punger of Winston-Salem, were present for the service. The Pedee Chapter is open to receiving new members who are interested in joining and have documented proof of an ancestor’s service and residence in the colonies prior to 1701.

Wilson student wins oratorical competition Wilson High School student Iasia MortenGarner was the winner of this year’s Annual Oratorical Competition hosted by the Fred H. Sexton American Legion Post 1 and held on Jan. 13. The competition was conducted at St. Paul United Methodist Church, directed by Post Commander Don Handley. As winner, lasia moves on to a quadrant competition to be held on Feb. 17, also at St. Paul. The goal is to advance to the state and national competition which offers up to $18,000 in scholarship money. Second through fourth place contestants also receive scholarship money. Three students competed on Jan. 13, each delivering a brief speech he or she prepared about the U.S. Constitution. The contestants were Samuel Densmore of Florence Christian School who talked about the 4th Amendment; Jordan Snipes of Florence Christian School who talked about the purpose of the Constitution and Iasia who delivered a speech on her personal experience with racial issues. The competition helps educate the participants and the public on the significance of the U.S. Constitution. It also helps them develop speaking skills and self-confidence. Judges for the American Legion Post 1 contest were Dr. Eddie Harding, Dr. Patricia Handley and John Brasington.

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St. John’s to host Lenten Lunch Series St. John's Church, Florence will offer a Lenten Lunch Series, beginning Feb. 22, with guest speakers focused on Gospels 101: Finding Jesus through the Four Gospels. The parish will host Holy Eucharist at 11 a.m., lunch will begin at 11:45 a.m. and the teaching series will follow at 12:10 p.m. with blessing and dismissal at 12:50 p.m. The Very Rev. Peet Dickenson of Cathedral Church

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of St. Luke and St. Paul in Charleston will speak on Feb. 22 about Jesus in the Old Testament. The Rev. Tripp Jeffords of St. Paul’s Church in summerville, will speak on March 1 about Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew. The Rev. Marcus Kaiser of the Church of the Holy Comforter of Sumter will speak on March 8 about

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