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‘’Mr. Racweay” takes a final lap around Darlington . . . . . . . . 1B City unveils bronze statue of artist W.H. Johnson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2B Florence One schools announce meal pick-up, Wi-Fi sites . . . . 5A

MARCH 25, 2020

VOL. 38, NO. 27


State of emergency declared Florence County Council declared a state of emergency at a special called meeting on March 19. The primary purpose of the proclamation is to allow county officials to speed up purchasing of necessary materials, limit access to the county and to implement a curfew if necessary, due to the spread of COVID-19. The proclamation gives Florence County Emergency Management Director Dusty Owens, Florence County Sheriff Billy Barnes and Florence County Administrator Rusty Smith authority to “control ingress and egress to areas of Florence See COVID-19, Page 3A

First Florence County death reported South Carolina officials on Sunday announced 22 new cases of the novel coronavirus. This brings the total number of cases in the state to 195 in 33 counties. On Friday, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control reported Florence

County’s first death related to COVID-19 novel coronavirus. The person was elderly and had an underlying health condition. Of the new cases reported Sunday, four of the cases were in Charleston County. There were also two cases each in Beaufort,

See DHEC, Page 3A

Law officials reach out to reassure residents

Deaths ...............................page 2A Opinion.............................page 4A Pet of the Week..................page 4B Classifieds .........................page 6A


In compliance with the executive order issued by S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster’s calling for hospitals to eliminate patient visitation, MUSC Health and McLeod Health have enacted new visitation guidelines related to the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to the screening and hand hygiene protocols that were already in place, the following restric-

City and county law enforcement officials are reaching out to the public. Florence County Sheriff William Barnes stated the following: “The Florence County Sheriff’s Office will continue to serve and protect the people of Florence County while mitigating the potential exposure and transmission of coronavirus. The purpose of this letter is to inform the public and our law enforcement partners of the common sense policing approach which we will observe as we monitor the public health crisis. “Our citizens should continue to call 911 for emergencies. To reduce the spread and exposure to our deputies, when appropriate, the deputy may ask you to simply step outside your home while providing information. In addition, we may attempt to respond to a non-emergency calls by telephone when possible. This will not apply to any emergency calls where immediate contact may be necessary. “To our local law enforcement partners, we request that you exer-


See LAW, Page 3A

Doctors Care urgent care, located at 2200 South Irby St., is presently being used as an MUSC Health Florence Medical Center’s drive-through respiratory specimen collection site.

NAME: Hannah Davis FAMILY: Parents, Jason and Nicole Davis, stepmother Michelle, and two brothers. HOMETOWN: Annapolis, Md. OCCUPATION: Student at FMU. HOBBIES OR SPECIAL INTERESTS: President of Zeta Tau Alpha. WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT FLORENCE: It makes visitors like myself feel at home. WHO OR WHAT HAS MOST INFLUENCED YOU? The Lord is my inspiration.

Greenville, Horry, Lancaster and York counties. Berkeley, Colleton, Darlington, Hampton and Kershaw counties each have one new case while Richland County has three new cases.

Drive through testing Urgent care facility on Irby St. being used by MUSC Health As an extension of MUSC Health Virtual Urgent Care online platform (musc.care), patients who need specimen collection for possible respiratory illness or “COVID-19-like” symptom screening now have access to the MUSC Health Florence Medical Center’s drive-through respiratory specimen collection site. The drivethrough site is located at Doctors Care urgent care, 2200 South Irby St. Due to pan-

demics requiring close coordination on a local level, Doctors Care closed one of its Florence centers for the purpose of offering the property to MUSC Health as a collection site, understanding the logistical challenge of erecting such a site in the region on short notice. The Doctors Care center located on Hoffmeyer Road remains open for its usual serv-

Hospital visitation policies tightened

See TESTING, Page 3A

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PDRTA takes steps to ensure passenger safety The Pee Dee Regional Transit authority has implemented several steps to combat the spread of COVID-19. The organization, in a press release, stated it has increased cleaning with disinfectants across all of our routes and facilities throughout the day and continues to clean after each service day. PDRTA officials are paying particular attention to seats, armrests, grab rails, handles and fare-boxes. Drivers are receiving updates as we receive them and they are also equipped with their own supplies on each bus. The administrative office, maintenance and call center are closed to the general public. As of last week the PDRTA has implemented the following strategies: 1. It will operate with all windows that will open in order to increase the natural ventilation throughout our fleet 2. All passengers that are able to will exit from the rear doors in an attempt to reduce traffic. 3. Passengers are encouraged to spread out to increase social distancing 4. Passengers are asked not to use public transit services if they are not feeling well 5. PDRTA is operating larger buses on commuter routes to allow passengers to spread out and distance themselves from others 6. Passengers are encouraged to have their exact fares ready when boarding to reduce the time at the fare-box with the operator 7. As always we encourage passengers to not bring food and beverages on board It is the goal of PDRTA to maintain our existing service levels and provide dependable public transportation to those that need it. For information, visit www.pdrta.org, or the PDRTA Facebook page. You may also utilize the PDRTA-Sync app for any service changes. Passengers may also (843) 6652227, ext. 2 with any questions or concerns.


Wednesday, March 25, 2020

FMU to continue online, graduation postponed Francis Marion University announced Sunday it will continue online for the remainder of the semester. At S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster’s news conference on Thursday, he conveyed his expectations that online instruction at the state's public universities will continue through the remainder of the semester.

Consequently, FMU, in conjunction with other public universities around the state, has decided to postpone graduation ceremonies. This will not affect the ability of graduating students to receive their degrees at the end of the semester. A decision on a new date for graduation will be made at the appropriate time.

D E AT H S Lester Benjamin, 60, passed away March 18. Ideal Funeral Parlor. Judy Carol Bird, 57, passed away March 17. Stoudenmire-Dowling Funeral Home. James Edward Clark, 73, passed away March 17. Stoudenmire-Dowling Funeral Home. C. Olin Collins Sr., 85, passed away March 20. Waters-Powell Funeral Home. Charles Marion Dennis Sr., 86, passed away March 15. Waters-Powell Funeral Home. Bobbie Lee R. Driggers, 53, passed away March 20. Layton-Anderson Funeral Home. Dennis Edward Eder, 76, passed away March 13. Cain-Calcutt Funeral Home. Franklin William “Bobo” Filyaw, 62, passed away March 18. Stoudenmire-Dowling Funeral Home. Alvin Graham, 86, passed away March 15. Ideal Funeral Parlor. Annie Mae Harrison, 86, passed away March 19. Ideal Funeral Parlor. James Douglas “Jimmy” Hewitt, 77, passed away March 21. Waters-Powell Funeral Home. Marian McNeill Hutto, 95, passed away March 18. Waters-Powell Funeral Home.

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NURSING GRADUATES - Dr. H.F. McLeod poses for a photograph with nursing class graduates on the steps of the McLeod Infirmary in 1940. Do you have an old photo you would like to submit for The News Journal’s Do You Remember? You may do so by emailing a digital copy of the photo, including information on the photo, to editor@florencenewsjournal.com. You may also submit photos and information in person at our office, located at 312 Railroad Ave.

Johnnie Richard Mattox, USN (Retired), 88, passed away March 19. Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home. Mary Louise Dudley Morse, 68, passed away March 21. Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home. Donal Lewis Parsons, 77, passed away March 19. Stoudenmire-Dowling Funeral Home. Doris Norton Blanton Poston, 95, passed away March 15. Waters-Powell Funeral Home. Vernon H. Rogers, 63, passed away March 19. Belk Funeral Home.

Curbside pickup for meals available Curbside pick-up for the restaurants located in Downtown Florence is now available. Customers can order online or call in an order from their favorite downtown eatery and then use one of the new curbside locations to pick-up their order. Locations for the curbside locations are as followed: • 100 block of North Dargan will use the loading zone in front of Local Motive; • 100 block of South Dargan will use the two parking spots in front of Flow Town Yoga and the Leaf Lounge; • 100 block of West Evans will use the loading zone in front of Hotel Florence; • 100 block of South Irby will use the sidewalk area to the right of King Jefe; • 200 block of West Evans will use the parking spots in front of Top Hat.

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Nina C. Vause, 82, passed away March 21. Layton-Anderson Funeral Home.


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specimens from only those patients who have testing orders to be screened as “high risk” for respiratory illness, including possible exposure to COVID-19. On March 7, MUSC Health launched access to free respiratory illness screenings using its virtual urgent care telehealth platform. Using the promo code (COVID19), patients can

to employees, on or off duty, as well as community members. • End-of-Life patients: A visitation exception can be made for the immediate family members to visit an end-of-life patient. A total of six visitors can be cleared for visitation. Only two may visit at a time. This exception must be cleared by the Patient Care Supervisor and McLeod Security. • Emergency Department: No visitors will be allowed in the emergency department. A visitor may assist the patient into the lobby. Staff will go to get the patient. The visitor will not remain in the building. The only exceptions are pediatric patient or a special needs decision maker. One visitor only, no one under 18 years of age • Surgical/Procedural Patients: Patient may have one visitor accompany them to the

MUSC-Florence No visitors in the building unless the physician feels a patient is at the end of life. At that time, hospital officials will contact a family member, friend or other caregiver to be at the bedside. Exceptions may be made by hospital administration based on ongoing patient safety needs. • Daily screening will continue to take place at designated hospital entrances. • For pediatric patients, only one parent, legal guardian or caregiver will be permitted with their child. • For pregnant mothers, one significant other will be permitted to enter the hospital or be at the mother’s bedside. McLeod Health • A no visitor policy applying


engage in a free online health care screening. There are no age restrictions on who can be screened, meaning both adult and pediatric patients can be screened through the online platform. Although online screening is free, it is important to note that specimen collection available at the drive-through site and subsequent laboratory processing

will be billed to patients’insurance providers or considered self-pay. As always, patients can access the MUSC Health financial assistance team if they encounter difficulties or barriers to payment. Patients will receive information about collection and testing procedures when they schedule their appointment, prior to their arrival at the collection site.

hospital. The visitor may remain during surgery, but leave upon completion. • Pediatric Patients: One designated visitor. Should be custodial parent. Designated visitor must be the same person for 24 hours. • NICU/PICU – same as pediatric patients. Exception to NICU/PICU – Custodial parent will be allowed to leave and return. • Women’s Services Labor and Delivery: Patients may have the father/significant other as a visitor and a birthing coach (during the birth only). • Cancer Center: Patient may have one visitor accompany them to the hospital. The visitor must exit the hospital. No visitors allowed in the waiting rooms.

the following in a press release dated March 19: “Hope Health is taking every effort to ensure the safety of our staff and patients. Our COVID-19 Strategy Team meets daily to respond to the changing status of disease spread and adjust HopeHealth guidelines as needed according to CDC recommendations. At this time, all HopeHealth facilities remain open for our patients to address their health needs, however, some appointments are being rescheduled as needed.” Patients visiting HopeHealth for appointments are asked to limit accompanying guests to one individual who is in general good health, not exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, and is preferably not a senior. For pediatric patients, please do not bring siblings to the appointment.


tions are now being enforced:

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County deemed necessary, to suspend or limit nonemergency activities and prohibit public assemblies as they deem necessary.” It also gives Smith and the county’s chief procurement officer power to “engage in emergency procurement of property, supplies and/or construction deemed necessary to protect and/or preserve life.” As of Monday, no curfew had been implemented in Florence County, but the resolution gives the county the ability to implement a curfew should it become necessary to do so. The state of emergency will remain in effect until Owens, Smith and Barnes

decide the threat from the virus has passed. The City of Florence also announced a modified operations schedule to protect its employees and citizens by minimizing opportunities to spread COVID-19 in our community. City officials are requesting that customers call (843-665-3113) prior to visiting city facilities to determine if you can prior to visiting city facilities to determine if they can be assisted by other means (phone, e-mail, etc.). To accommodate new scheduling of employees, the City Center at 324 W. Evans Street will have the following operating hours: 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 to 5

p.m. As a resource for the community, the City has created a page on the City website, www.cityofflorence.com related to the COVID-19 Response. Other announcements City Court: Under the direction of the SC Supreme Court, the City of Florence Municipal Court will NOT hold jury trials or morning court (traffic and criminal) until further notice. Water Billing: The Utility Finance Department will be open to the public; however, it is strongly encouraged to use alternative methods for payment. Public Works: At this time, services provided by the Pub-

lic Works department will operate on regular schedule, but service schedules may be modified if deemed necessary. Utilities: At this time, services provided by the Utilities department will operate on regular schedule, but service schedules may be modified if deemed necessary. Recreation: Effective immediately, all City of Florence Recreation Services Department community centers will be closed until further notice. Athletics: The City of Florence will cancel or postpone ALL Athletic programs to include games and practices through April 12.

spread, adding Sunday’s total to those noted Saturday: 46 new cases reported by DHEC. DHEC emphasizes the importance of practicing disease prevention measures and following recommendations for social distancing to protect the health and safety of all South Carolinians. This

includes: • Washing your hands often. • Covering your cough. • Staying home when you’re sick, and • Appropriately disposing of tissues and other items

that you’ve sneezed or coughed into. DHEC will alert the public on all COVID-19-related deaths. For the latest information about DHEC’s COVID-19 response efforts, please visit www.scdhec.gov/COVID-19.


As the number of South Carolina’s confirmed coronavirus cases rise, including three deaths announced on Saturday, government officials are urging residents to stay home in order to stop the spread of the virus. The weekend has hit the state especially hard as testing became more wide-

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cise judgment and discretion when considering the arrest of suspects. Unless a custodial arrest cannot be avoided, for the protection of detention center staff and inmates, we suggest and encourage the use of citations for most nonviolent offenses. “Inmates currently booked into our detention center are screened by our medical staff for symptoms of COVID-19 and the facility is following a disinfectant regime for inmates and staff which includes, among other things, routine hand sanitizing. All inmate visitation is by way of video teleconference with the exception of attorneys and their clients. “We will continue to stay in touch with our citizens as well as our state and federal partners as we work through this situation and will adjust our actions as necessary to protect our citizens and our staff. We appreciate your cooperation and support as we move forward to return to normalcy soon.” Barnes and his department also issued a press release March 19 assuring residents that no curfew is being

enforced at this moment. Chief Allen Heidler and the Florence Police Department issued the following statement: “The Florence Police Department will continue to provide high quality services to our citizens and business, while minimizing the risk of exposure and transmission of the virus, through the COVID19 crisis. “In this effort, we will be following the CDC guidelines of maintaining a distant of six feet, whenever possible, when interacting with the public. Officers may ask to meet outside of your residence, business or vehicle for non-emergency situations. “Non-emergency reports may be taken over the phone, however, our citizens should continue to use 911 for emergency calls for service. “We will monitor this situation, adjust our practices and provide informational updates when applicable to ensure the safety of our citizens, as well as our employees. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation during these challenging times.”

BIBLE VERSE OF THE WEEK “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.” – James 1:5

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Managing our COVID-19 fears, anxieties The COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak is impacting every aspect of our lives. It is a normal human response to develop increased fears, worries and anxieties in times of uncertainty. Anxiety may be related to the fear of getting the virus as well as how the virus will impact us financially and socially. The good news is there are evidenced-based things we can do to improve our emotional well-being: In an effort to remain physically and emotionally healthy we should all follow the CDC guidance regarding good hygiene habits to reduce the likelihood of spreading or getting an infection. How do we stay socially connected in a world of social distancing? Seek support from friends, clergy and neighbors by phone, text, email, video calls and even old-fashioned letter writing. Self-expression in the form of writing out our thoughts and feelings is a very healing form of communication. It is important to learn to cultivate a sense of calm. Here’s how: • If the news is stressing you, reduce your exposure to the news. This is especially important close to bedtime. Disconnect from your electronic devices 30 minutes prior to sleep. To relax yourself for sleep, try reading a book and using prayer and meditation to calm your emotions. It is important to get enough sleep as sleep deprivation can come on quickly and is a leading cause of anxiety. Adults require 7 to 9 hours of sleep and children require 10 to 12 hours. It will be challenging, but try to maintain a schedule for children during the time that school is canceled. • Speaking of children, their worlds have been turned upside down with school, activities and sports cancellations. They will miss their friends and may even act out a bit if they feel scared or bored. Answer their questions in honest, developmentally age-appropriate ways, but don’t wait until they ask you questions, children cannot always put thoughts and feelings into words. Talk to your children daily about how they feel, what they think. Reassure them that you will keep them safe and healthy and explain how. • Prepare but don’t panic. Avoid impulsive behaviors, such as hoarding or over-buying. It is important to be organized and thoughtful in your response to this pandemic by preparing adequately for your family, which usually means maintaining a 3 to 5 day supply of food, hygiene and other necessities. Be sure you are prepared with enough prescription medications and vitamins and other over the counter needs. • Improving your sense of control and ability to cope with life stressors will go a long way towards helping you to accept current circumstances that you cannot change. Shifting your focus to those aspects of your life that you can control -- such as changing your definition of a “good day” to match your current reality and problem solving to match the current circumstances. This is what is meant by “mindfulness”. • Don’t hesitate to ask your health care provider questions. There is no such thing as a “silly question.” Knowledge is power --- and knowledge reduces stress, anger and frustration. • Maintain a sense of hope and positive thinking. However, if you do begin to feel helpless, depressed, experience insomnia or loss of appetite or a stress level that you cannot control, or find that you are over using alcohol or other substances, do not hesitate to contact your medical or mental health provider or the National Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357). This hotline is free and confidential and open 24 hours a day. • Last but not least, be kind and caring to one another. Do not place blame. Be patient. I find it helpful to remind myself that everyone around me is going through something I have no idea about. Add to our normal life stressors, the COVID-19 fears and we need each other more than ever.

Liz Kershner serves as the Director of Behavioral Health at CareSouth Carolina.


Golf a grand way to avoid coronavirus? As if all the duffers and hackers out there need another reason to grab their clubs and make a b-line for the nearest links. It appears the game of golf may be just the thing to escape the coronavirus madness that has staked its claim to our sanity. According to a columnist from the United Kingdom and an infectious disease expert from deep in the heart of Texas, playing a round or to could prove quite beneficial in avoiding and warding off the dreaded COVID-19. Someone shared with me a column written by Martin Dempster that was recently published in The Scotsman, one of Scotland’s largest daily newspapers. In it, the veteran journalist offered some of the thoughts that had crossed his mind while meandering through 18 holes on one of Edinburgh’s fabled courses. “To me,” Dempster wrote, “golf has to be one of the safest places anyone could be at the moment and,

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by the sounds of things, the medical experts are of the same opinion.” A few paragraphs later he backed up this claim by sharing the views of Dr. Catherine Troisi, an infectious disease epidemiologist at the University of Texas Health Science Center. The game has “built-in social distancing,” Troisi pointed out in an interview with Golf Digest. “Rarely do you ever find yourself crowded or with someone in your face on the golf course. And, of course, the maximum number of players you can have in a group is four.” She went on to explain that since “sunlight and other environmental conditions can kill viruses like this, it is probable that that is true for this novel coron-

avirus, as well. So I would say in the actual playing of golf, you’re not at much risk.” Dempster closed out the column by stating that he thinks spending time in the fairways and on the greens may be the cure to what ails you. “At a time when an antidote is badly needed, golf can be just that,” wrote Dempster. So there you have it. I decided to give Florence Country Club Golf Pro Steve Behr a call and see what he thought about golf being a viable vacation from the virus option. Behr, who has been with FCC for 22 years, chuckled and said, “It does makes sense.” He said things were about normal in regards to the number of golfers teeing it up since the virus began wreaking havoc a few weeks back. I had thought maybe the numbers might be a little higher since more and more people are being told not to

go to work, but apparently that’s not the case. Behr did say FCC has taken some precautionary measures, such as additional hand sanitizing stations, removing rakes from all sand traps, requiring pins to be kept in place at all times, and installing raised holes so that no one has to reach in to remove their ball. I don’t know about you, but I would be far more affected by the missing rakes than the raised holes. Golfing is definitely not my game. I’ll take a Louisville Slugger over a Ping G400 Max driver any day. Oh, how I do miss baseball. But give me the option of scurrying around the rough looking for a dimpled Titlist on a sunny day or fighting the chaotic crowds and lamenting over the lonesome shelves at the local grocery store and see what happens. Fore!!!! Contact Editor Bob Sloan at editor@florencenewsjournal.com.

L E T T E R TO T H E E D I TO R ECCF advises: ‘look for helpers’ Mr. Rogers is quoted as saying, “When I was a boy, and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’” Yes, in times of crisis there are always people willing to help. I would argue that if you want to look for the helpers, look in the mirror. There is a picture of a helper. You have the ability to respond to this global crisis by helping your neighbors right here at home. Support local businesses. Support trusted and reputable nonprofits. Today, I would encourage you to give to The Pee Dee Disaster Relief Fund. The Pee Dee Disaster Fund was first established in 2010 at the Eastern Carolina Community Foundation through a partnership with the Darlington Raceway in response to tornados that hit Darlington. In 2015, donations helped to support organizations responding to the floods. Through more recent years, we as a community have faithfully responded to Hurricanes Matthew and Florence. Now, in 2020, we are experiencing a time of global pandemic,

which is both a health crisis and an economic challenge. Consider being a helper, and make an online donation to the Pee Dee Disaster Relief Fund at www.easterncarolinacf.org or mail a check to PO Box 1615, Florence, SC 29503. Mr. Rogers’ mother was a wise person. By helping her son, who has in turn, helped millions, she has made a difference that still ripples in our lives today. Maybe our goodwill will be just as infectious as this virus. May our children and grandchildren tell stories of our generosity and kindness during this time. Peace be with you. Rev. Mary M. Finklea Board Chairperson Eastern Carolina Community Foundation

Dealing with the fear factor Fear is an emotion that all of us have. It is a natural emotion that God has given us for our protection against the dangers of life. Fear causes us, along with common sense, to avoid things that could potentially harm us. I see fear as God’s grace given to all because he loves all. This is good! What God has meant for good, the devil uses to terrify. As we know in our world

today, we are in a “War on Terror” and this is not good. Terror is defined as a state of intense fear. Fear also causes worry. People are worried about if they will have enough money. Will they have enough to buy food, clothing, and shelter? What is the answer? The answer is that we must make the right choice. The choice is simple. Jesus says in Matthew 6:24, “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.” Choose God, for He has promised in Matthew 6:33; “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Hebrews 12:28-29 states, “Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear: For our God is a consuming fire.” America has chosen money over God, and will continue on a broad road to destruction if there is no repentance. In Exodus 20:3, God said, “Thou shalt have no other gods before Me.” Christians, we need to repent and be examples to

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those who don’t know God through Christ and do what His word tells us. “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do His commandments,” it states in Psalm 111:10. Fearing God is having reverential awe of God with respect and obedience to His word. In Luke 12:5, Jesus said, “But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear Him, which after He hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear Him.” It is foolish not to heed the advice of Jesus. Jesus has advised us on whom to fear. The choice is ours, the consequence is not. Carl Redding Florence

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Wednesday, March 25, 2020


Bus drivers earn awards at Roadeo

Florence 1 meal pick up sites Florence County school districts are continuing to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic situation on a daily basis. As of Monday, all schools were to remain closed through March 31 until further notice. The Florence One Schools District has set up the following “grab and go” feeding locations for students: • Breakfast bags (8-9:30 a.m.), Hot lunches with a snack ( 1:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.) , and Hot dinner boxes (4 to 5:30 p.m.) are available Monday through Friday for drive-thru or pick up at these school locations: Briggs Elementary, Carver Elementary, Delmae Elementary, Dewey Carter Elementary, Greenwood Elementary, Henry Timrod Elementary, Lucy T Davis Elementary, McLaurin Elementary, North Vista Elementary, RN Beck, Savannah Grove Elementary, Theodore Lester Elementary, Wallace Gregg Elementary, Woods Road

CDC, Sneed Middle, Southside Middle, West Florence High School, and Wilson High School. • Lunch and dinner bags are available at the following locations: Boys & Girls Club, Brandon Woods Community, Brittany Place, Brookgreen Community, Church Hill, Glendale Community, Iola Park, Levy Park, Maple Park, Mt. Zion Apartments, Northwest Community, Pine Forrest Community, Quinby Community, Right Direction Church, Sand-Pit Community, Savannah Grove Baptist Church, Sedgefield Apartments, Southern Pines, Terra Community, Waverly, West Point, Willow Trace, Clover Valley, Colonial Hotel, Suburban Lodge, Ramada Inn Hwy. 52. At these locations, bagged lunches and a snack will be available from 11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m. Dinner bags will be available from 4-5:30 p.m. at the locations listed below. Look for the yellow school bus.

Jack Pickett took first place in the recent South Carolina Association of Pupil Transportation Roadeo held in Greenville.

Three Florence 1 School District Transportation employees earned top honors in the South Carolina Association of Pupil Transportation Roadeo held in Greenville. Jack Pickett of Florence 1 placed first in the state in the regular education category, followed by bus drivers from Greenville County and Richland 2. Bus drivers in Greenville County placed first and second in the special needs category with Florence 1 Schools bus drivers Brenda Schaber and Vera Johnson winning third place. According to SCAPT, the bus transportation roadeo offers participants the opportunity to learn, practice, and finetune their abilities in a competitive and fun environment. The competition consists of skills events that include pre-trip, student pickup, wheelchair securement, emergency evacuation, managing challenging behavior, parallel parking, diminishing clearance, and a written skills test.

School district announces multiple locations for WiFi sites While schools remain closed, the Florence 1 School District has set up WiFi locations that will allow students to have access to the internet. This enhanced access is to provide our students the ability to pull into the school parking areas and complete their instructional assignments.

The external WiFi access point location will vary by school. Locations: • Carver Elementary - main building wall in the middle of the main parking lot, Delmae Elementary - kindergarten hall, media center wall facing main parking lot, kindergarten parking lot

• Greenwood Elementary close to the side entrance to the cafeteria covering the main parking lot at the Pamplico Highway side of the school • Lucy T Davis Elementary - middle of the kindergarten playground covering the main parking lot • Lester Elementary - new

wing entrance covering the main parking lot • North Vista Elementary corner of guidance area and kindergarten playground covering the main parking lot • Royall Elementary - corner of main office facing parking lot to the left of the front of the school. • Sneed Middle - next to

main entrance covering the main parking lot • South Florence High mobile unit on the end covering student parking lot • Timrod Elementary - near main office covering the main parking lot • Wallace Gregg - To the right of the main entrance covering the main parking lot

• West Florence High gym entrance from the parking lot covering the student parking lot rear of the building • Williams Middle - left side of the building at bus drop off and pick up • Wilson High - rear of the building covering the parking lot closest to the track and baseball field




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DISABILITY, INCOMPETENTS AND PERSONS CONFINED AND PERSON IN THE MILITARY: YOUR ARE FURTHER SUMMONED AND NOTIFIED to apply for the appointment of a Guardian ad Litem within thirty (30) days after service of this Summons and Notice upon you. If you fail to do so, application for such appointment will be made by the Plaintiff. NOTICE OF FILING COMPLAINT YOU WILL PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Summons and Complaint in the above-captioned action were filed on October 9,

2019, in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County, South Carolina. NOTICE OF ORDER APPOINTING GUARDIAN AD LITEM NISI AND NOTICE A GUARDIAN AD LITEM APPOINTED PLEASE TAKE NOTICE THAT an action involving real property known as 479 Aiken St., in which you may have an interest, has been commenced in the Court of Common Pleas for Florence County, South Carolina and that, by Order of the Clerk of Court filed therein on March 2, 2020, Kelley Yarborough Woody, Esquire has been

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appointed as the attorney to represent any unknown Defendants that may be in the military service represented by the class designated as John Doe and Guardian ad Litem Nisi for all minors and persons under legal disability as a class designated as Richard Roe, Defendants herein. PLEASE TAKE NOTICE THAT, unless you or someone on your behalf apply to the Court for appointment of a suitable person to act as Attorney or Guardian ad Litem herein, within thirty (30) days after service by publication of this Notice, the appointment of Kelley Yarborough Woody, Esquire as Guardian ad Litem shall be made absolute. LIS PENDENS NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that an action has been commenced and is now pending in this Court upon the Complaint of the above-named Plaintiff for the foreclosure of a certain mortgage of real estate given by Terry Davis and Beatrice Davis to The CIT Group/Consumer Finance, Inc. dated March 11, 2003, and recorded in the Office of the Register of Deeds for Florence County on March 25, 2003 at 11:03 am in

Book A728 at Page 427 The premises covered and affected by the said mortgage and the foreclosure thereof, were, at the time of making thereof and at the time of the filing of the Lis Pendens, as described on the attached Exhibit "A". EXHIBIT "A" All that certain piece, parcel, lot or tract of land, with the improvements thereon, if any, situate, lying and being in or near the City of Johnsonville in the County of Florence, State of South Carolina, being shown and delineated as 0.23 acres, more or less, on a plat prepared for Terry Davis and Beatrice Davis by Nesbitt Surveying Co., Inc., dated March 10, 2003, and to be recorded simultaneously herewith. This description is made in lieu of the metes and bounds description as permitted by law under Sec. 30-5-250 of the Code of Laws of South Carolina (1976) as amended. DERIVATION: This being the identical property conveyed unto the Terry Davis and Beatrice Davis herein by the House of God on March 11, 2003 and recorded on March 25, 2003 in the RMC Office for Florence County in Deed Book A728 at Page 339.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2020 individual as a Respondent. TO THE RESPONDENT(S) LISTED ABOVE: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and required to Answer the Petition in this action, a copy of which is herewith served upon you, and to serve a copy of your Answer upon the Petitioner(s) listed above at the following address(es): Please Type or Print. Gary I. Finklea (Name of Petitioner/Attorney for Petitioner) Finklea Law Firm, P.O. Box 1317 (Street Address or Mailing Address) Florence, SC 29503 (City, State, and Zip Code) Your Answer must be served on the Petitioner at the above address within thirty (30) days after the service of this Summons and Petition upon you, exclusive of the day of such service; and if you fail to answer the Petition within that time, judgment by default will be rendered against you for the relief demanded in the Petition. (3/11,3/18,3/25/20) STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF FLORENCE IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS TWELFTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT CASE NO.: 2020-CP21-00400 Willie Walker, Jr. Plaintiff, vs. Joann Backus Harless a/k/a Harkless, Roosevelt Backus, Douglas B. Backus, Kenneth Backus, Phylis D. Backus, Gloria A. Backus, Calvin B. Backus, Linda M. Backus, Joseph E. Backus, Jr., Republic Finance, and John Doe and Richard Roe, as Representatives of all persons unknown claiming any right, title, estate, interest in or lien upon the real estate described in the Complain herein, including, but not limited to any unknown owners, unknown heirs, or unknown devisees of Willie Walker, Sr., or any other person, any unknown adult being in a class designated as John Doe and any unknown infants or persons under disability or persons in the military service designated in a class as Richard Roe as to the property designated as Florence County Tax Map Number 0010201-369, Defendants. LIS PENDENS NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN: An action is being commenced by the Plaintiff, above-named, against the above-named Defendants, to Quiet Title to certain real property obtained pursuant to a tax sale, deed dated February 2, 2012 in Deed Book B389 at Page 209 in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County.

The description of the premise subject to this action is described as follows: All that certain piece, parcel or lot of land located in the State of South Carolina, County of Florence, in the Savannah Grove Community shown and designated as Tract 4 containing 5.09 acres, more or less, respectfully as shown on a Plat for Willie Walker prepared by Nesbitt Surveying Co., Inc., dated September 21, 2006, and recorded in Plat Book 92 at page 172 in the office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County, South Carolina. Reference is made to the aforesaid Plat for a more complete description. This being the same property conveyed to Willie Walker, Jr. by Deed of Dean Fowler, Jr., Treasurer of Florence County, dated and recorded February 2, 2012 in Deed Book B389 at Page 209 in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County. TMS No.: 00102-01-369 SUMMONS YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and required to answer the Complaint in this action, a copy of which is herewith served upon you, and to serve a copy of your Answer or other responsive pleading to said Complaint on the subscriber at 504 South Coit Street, Post Office Box 2527, Florence, South Carolina 29503, within thirty (30) days from the service hereof, exclusive of the date of such service; and if you fail to answer to the Complaint within the time aforesaid, Plaintiff will seek an Order of the of the Court granting the relief demanded in the Complaint. Gena Phillips Ervin Attorney for Plaintiff NOTICE OF FILING PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Complaint in the above entitled action, together with a Summons, of which the foregoing is a copy and the Notice of Lis Pendens, of which the foregoing is a copy, were filed in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County on February 6, 2020. Gena Phillips Ervin Attorney for Plaintiff ORDER IT IS THEREFORE, ORDERED, that the said Eugene P. Warr, Jr., Esquire be and is hereby designated and appointed as Guardian Ad Litem NISI for said unnamed minor Defendants and for those other Defendants under legal disability, if any, herein and collectively designated as John Doe and Richard Roe and that Eugene P. Warr, Jr., Esquire is hereby authorized to appear and defend such action on behalf of said Defendants,

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unless the said minor Defendants, or other Defendants under legal disability, if any, or either of them shall within thirty (30) days after the service of this Order upon them, exclusive of the date of service, as herein provided, procured to be appointed a Guardian Ad Litem NISI for said minor Defendants or other Defendants under legal disability if any, for the purposes of this action. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED, that service in this matter will be made on the Defendants by publishing copies of the Summons, Lis Pendens, Notice of Filing Complaint and Order of Publication and Appointment of Guardian Ad Litem NISI, in The News Journal, a newspaper published in Florence County, South Carolina, once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks. Gena Phillips Ervin Attorney for Plaintiff (3/18,3/25,4/1/20)

NOTICE OF SALE MASTER-IN-EQUITY STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF FLORENCE IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS TWELFTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT C/A NO: 2019-CP-21-03130 Cliff's Food Stores, Inc., Plaintiff, vs. NDN, LLC, Defendant. By virtue of the Order for Judgment and Decree of Foreclosure heretofore granted in the case of Cliff’s Food Stores, Inc., vs. NDN, LLC, the Mater-in-Equity for Florence County will sell on April 7, 2020, at 11:00 A.M. at the Florence County Courthouse, 180 North Irby Street, Florence, South Carolina 29501 to the highest bidder, the following described property: All that certain piece, parcel or lot of land with the improvements thereon, situate, lying and being partially within and partially outside the Olanta town limits, County of Florence, State of South Carolina, designated as 1.10 acres on a plat prepared by Nesbitt Surveying Company, dated August 30, 1993, and recorded with the Register of Deeds for Florence County in Plat Book 52 at page 104. Pursuant to Section 30-5-250 of the Code of Laws of South Carolina (1976, as amended), reference to said plat is hereby made for the metes, bounds, courses and/or distances of the property delineated thereon. This property is shown on the Auditor's tax Map of Florence County as Parcels 000-45-03-101 and 000-4503-102. This being the same property conveyed to NDN, LLC, by deed of Cliff’s Food Stores, Inc.; said deed having been recorded in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County on October 2, 2014, in Book B 542 at page 1787. TMS# 00045 03 101/102 Property Address: 326 West Hampton Street, Scranton, SC 29591 TERMS OF SALE The successful bidder, other than the Plaintiff, will deposit with the Master-In-Equity at the conclusion of the bidding, five (5%) percent of the bid in cash or equivalent as evidence of good faith, the same to be applied to the purchase price in case of compliance, but to be forfeited and applied 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 advertisement. Should the last and highest bidder fail or refuse to make the required deposit at the time of bid or comply with other terms of the bid within thirty (30) days, then the MasterIn-Equity may resell the property on the same terms and conditions on a subsequent sales day, at the risk of said highest bidder. This sale is made subject to the United States of America’s 120-day right-of-redemption. PURCHASER TO PAY FOR PREPARATION OF DEED, DOCUMENTARY STAMPS ON THE DEED AND RECORDING OF THE DEED. s/Haigh Porter, 3082 Master-In-Equity Dated:March 2, 2020 BY: /s/ J. O’Neill Edwards, Esq. Attorney for Plaintiff (3/18,3/25,4/1/20)

NOTICE OF SALE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF FLORENCE IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS CASE NO. 2018-CP-21-03301 The Bank of New York Mellon fka the Bank of New York, as trustee for the certificateholders of CWABS Inc., Asset-Backed Certificates, Series 2007-3 Plaintiff, -vs- Doris Cannon aka Doris D. Cannon and Bishop Livingston Cannon aka Bishop L. Cannon aka Livingston Cannon, Defendant(s) BY VIRTUE of a judgment heretofore granted in the case of The Bank of New York Mellon fka the Bank of New York, as trustee for the certificateholders of CWABS Inc., Asset-Backed Certificates, Series 2007-3 vs. Doris Cannon aka Doris D. Cannon and Bishop Livingston Cannon aka Bishop L. Cannon aka Livingston Cannon, I, Haigh Porter Master in Equity for Florence County , will sell on April 7,


Wednesday, March 25, 2020 2020, at 11:00 am, at the Florence County Judicial Center, 181 N. Irby Street, Florence, South Carolina 29501, to the highest bidder: All that certain piece, parcel or lot of land, situate, lying and being located West of the City of Florence, in the County of Florence, State of South Carolina, being shown and designated as Lot 8 on a plat of Hoffmeyer Crossing by Nesbitt Surveying Company, Inc. recorded in the office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County in Plat Book 86 at page 448. Reference is hereby made to said plat for true metes and bounds and a more complete and accurate description. Derivation: This being a portion of the property conveyed to Edwin E. Brunson II by deed of KC Development and Construction, LLC recorded September 19, 2005, in the office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County in Deed Book A956, Page 762. This being the same property conveyed to the grantor herein recorded in the office of the Clerk of Court for the County of Florence, South Carolina on February 8, 2007 in Book B075 at page 1547. TMS #: 09818-01-008 446 Sterling Drive, Florence, SC 29501 SUBJECT TO FLORENCE COUNTY TAXES TERMS OF SALE: The successful bidder, other than the Plaintiff, will deposit with the Master in Equity at conclusion of the bidding, five (5%) of his bid, in cash or equivalent, as evidence of good faith, the same to be applied to purchase price in case of compliance, but to be forfeited and applied first to costs and then to Plaintiff's debt in the case of noncompliance. Should the last and highest bidder fail or refuse to make the required deposit at the time of the bid or comply with the other terms or the bid within twenty (20) days, then the Master in Equity may resell the property on the same terms and conditions on some subsequent Sales Day (at the risk of the former highest bidder). Should the Plaintiff, or one of its representatives, fail to be present at the time of sale, the property is automatically withdrawn from said sale and sold at the next available sales day upon the terms and conditions as set forth in the Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale or any Supplemental Order. A personal or deficiency judgment having been demanded by the Plaintiff, the sale of the subject property will remain open for thirty (30) days pursuant to Section 15-39-720, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976; provided, however, that the Court recognizes the option reserved by the Plaintiff to waive such deficiency judgment prior to the sale, and notice is given that the Plaintiff may waive in writing the deficiency judgment prior to the sale; and that should the Plaintiff elect to waive a deficiency judgment, without notice other than the announcement at the sale and notice in writing to the debtor defendant(s) that a deficiency judgment has been waived and that the sale will be final, the bidding will not remain open after the date of sale, but compliance with the bid may be made immediately. 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. The successful bidder will be required to pay interest on the amount of the bid from the date of sale to date of compliance with the bid at the rate of 2.875% per annum. Haigh Porter

Master in Equity for Florence County Theodore von Keller, Esquire B. Lindsay Crawford, III, Esquire Columbia, South Carolina Attorney for Plaintiff Email: court@crawfordvk.com (3/18,3/25,4/1/20) TO THE ABSENT DEFENDANT Caitlin Stuart: STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA, COUNTY OF ABBEVILLE, IN THE FAMILY COURT FOR THE EIGHTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, Case Number 2019DR-01-132, SC Department of Social Services, Plaintiff, Vs. Caitlin Stuart, Defendant. FAMILY COURT COVERSHEET, SUMMONS AND NOTICE OF HEARING, and COMPLAINT FOR REMOVAL AND AFFIDAVIT: You are hereby Summoned and required to answer the Complaint for Removal in and to the minor child of this action. The original of which has been filed in the Office of the Clerk of Court for ABBEVILLE County as 2019-DR-01-132 on August 21, 2019, and is available for inspection, a copy of which will be delivered to you upon request; and to serve a copy of your Answer to the Petition upon the Plaintiff through their attorney at Post Office Box 1096, Greenwood, South Carolina 29648 within five (5) days following the date of service upon you, exclusive of the day of such service; and if you fail to answer the Complaint within the time stated, the Plaintiff will apply for judgment by default against you the Defendants for the relief demanded in the Complaint. COMPLAINT: that the action for Non-Emergency Removal entitled above has been commenced by the Plaintiff against you in the Family Court of Abbeville County in the Eighth Judicial Circuit Abbeville, South Carolina filed in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Abbeville County as 2019-DR-01-132 on August 21, 2019. NOTICE OF HEARING: A Merits hearing has been set in this matter for May 13, 2020 at 10:00AM before the Presiding Judge of the Family Court for the Eighth Judicial Circuit, at the Family Court in Abbeville, South Carolina at the Abbeville County Courthouse, 102 Court Square, Abbeville, South Carolina. PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that you have the right to be present and represented by an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, the court will appoint an attorney to represent you. It is your responsibility to contact the Abbeville County Clerk of Court’s office to apply for appointment of an attorney to represent you if you cannot afford an attorney. By: Sarah M. Coldiron Esquire, Attorney for Plaintiff, PO Box 1096, Greenwood, SC 29648, 864-229-5258 (3/18,3/25,4/1/20)

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A white hearse carrying the body of Harold ‘Mr. Raceway’ King crosses the finish line at Darlington Raceway on March 15. King, a presence at the track from its very first race in 1950, passed away on March 12 at the age of 95.

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Harold “Hal” King may not have the name recognition equal to that of other Darlington Raceway legends such as Harold Brasington, David Pearson or Cale Yarborough, but ask anyone familiar with the history of the Track Too Tough to Tame and they will assure you that he has more than earned legendary status.

For decades, Harold King has given the invocation prior to races at the ‘Track Too Tough To Tame.’

Known by many as “Mr. Raceway,” King, passed away March 12. He was 95. King worked for the track in some capacity since its very first race in 1950. For decades he gave the invocation prior to the start of each race at Darlington. Prior to his funeral on March 15, King’s family, Darlington Raceway officials, and Belk Funeral Home made arrangements for King to take one final lap around ‘The Lady in Black.’ Led by a pace car, a white hearse carrying King made its way around the famed 1.3-mile asphalt oval. With his family in a vehicle just behind him, King took the checkered flag as he crossed the finish line. His race finished, King‘s family and friends will tell you he is now celebrating in victory lane. According to Bridget Holloman, an executive assistant at the raceway, the honor of taking a posthumous lap around the track has been granted to only one other person – longtime track employee Clarice Lane, who passed away several years ago. “He was someone very special who we all loved,” said Holloman. A lifelong resident of Hartsville, King served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II and then returned to Darlington County where he began a 28-year career at the Dixie Cup plant. King was just 25 when he helped count ticket money collected in a bucket at the track’s very first race. “Mr. Raceway” has been in attendance at every race since. Ironically, King was never an “official” employee of the raceway. Still, he was a constant presence during race weeks for nearly 70 years. In a New York Times interview in 2008, King explained the

The track held a special place in Harold King’s heart and he was always one of its strongest supporters. In a 2008 interview a reporter from the New York Times asked King about the connection between the people of Darlington County and the track. He said, “There is a passion on the part of the people that the Southern 500 was as real to them as the courthouse is in the public square.” connection between the town of Darlington and the raceway. “When it was announced (in 2003) that Darlington was losing the Southern 500 race on Labor Day, it was a dark day in the history of our area,” He said. “There is a passion on the part of the people that the Southern 500 was as real to them as the courthouse is in the public square. That was something that belonged to us.” When the ‘big race” returns to the raceway in September, there will no doubt be a moment of silence or some remembrance held in honor of “Mr. Raceway.” As one long-time Darlington resident stated, “It just won’t be the same.”




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Shown, left to right, at the unveiling of the William H. Johnson statue in downtown Florence are City Council member Glynn Willis, Johnson’s nephew William Cooper, Johnson’s niece Isla Willette Myers, City Council member Teresa Myers-Ervin, sculptor Alex Palkovich, City Council member Pat Gibson Hye-Moore, and City Council member George Jebaily.

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Palkovich shared details of Johnson’s life and said it was an “enormous honor and privilege to work on a statue of such a tremendous artist.” He thanked Florentines for allowing him to make the city his home. “You did more than just welcome me, you adopted me,” he said. For that, you will always hold a dear place in my heart.” Palkovich is a native of the Ukraine who came to work in Florence as a CEO of General Electric. After he retired from General Electric, Palkovich transitioned into the life of a full-time artist. Many of his works can be seen throughout Florence including at the Veterans Park and on the campus of Francis Marion University. Palkovich said it took a little more than two years to create the seven-foot tall sculpture made of bronze. In his brief remarks Cooper pointed toward the statue and said that now everyone pass-

ing by would know about his uncle. “I’d like for everybody in Florence to be able to say that I know William H. Johnson,” Cooper said. He went on to encourage residents to visit the Florence County Library and Museum to look at Johnson’s works. Councilman Jebaily said that while he had grown up and lived many years in Florence it was not until a trip to New York City in 1995 that he became aware of Johnson and his work. He purchased the book, “Homecoming: the Art and Life of William H. Johnson,” and began reading about the artist from his hometown. Jebaily noted there is a mural of Johnson at the Bird’s Nest on South Dargan Street and a street named for him on the campus of McLeod Regional Medical Center. He said the statue was most deserving and he hope it will make more people aware of Johnson’s legacy.

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Past winners 2012: Kathy Baxley, executive director of the Darlington Free Medical Clinic and Henry Johnson and Hayward King, chief executives of W. Lee Flowers Company. 2013: Former Florence Police Chief Ralph Porter, executive director and founder of CHOiCES Charter School, and Bill and Olive Timberlake of Hartsville 2014: Florence pastors Henry Badie Jr. of Pentecostal Temple Church of God in Christ and Clyde Odom of King of Kings Church in Florence, and Henry Brunson of Latta, founder of Cooks for Christ. 2015: John and Vicki Kirby of Latta and the founders of Camp RAE, Paige Alexander and Deana Huggins Strickland of Florence. 2016: Carlos Washington of Florence and the Manna House of Florence 2017: Regi Armstrong of Armstrong Wealth Management, Carl Harmon of Sharing and Caring, and posthumously to Courtney McGinnis Graham. 2018: Wilbur Owens “Billy” Powers of HopeHealth, and Help4Kids 2019: Charles “Chuck” MacNeil of the Pee Dee Regional Transit Authority, and the Parking Lot Mission.

The medallion is named for General Francis Marion, the namesake of FMU, a revolutionary war leader who guided the guerrilla forces in the Pee Dee Region. The medallion award is an actual medallion. It is a goldplated bronze piece that weighs 2.5 pounds and is 6 inches in diameter. Francis Marion’s likeness is on one side. The recipient’s name is engraved on the reserve side.

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Americans during the 1930’s and 1940’s. His work is on display in numerous galleries and museums, including, the Smithsonian Museum and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City. According to information from the Florence County Museum, Johnson used a primitive style of painting in conjunction with what was considered a “folk” style, which consisted of the use of bright colors and two-dimensional figures. Born in 1901, Johnson left his home in Florence at the age of 17 and settled in Harlem, New York. He went on to study abroad in Paris, France. While in Paris, he was introduced to a greater variety of art and culture. After several years, he returned to the United States in 1930. Johnson produced hundreds of works during a virtuosic, and eclectic career that spanned several decades and several continents.

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Amidst the celebration going on around, sculptor Alex Palkovich leaned over and planted a soft kiss on the shoulder of his newly unveiled statue of renowned artist William H. Johnson. The seven-foot bronze statue was unveiled during a ceremony held March 18 in the West Evans Street Breezeway. On hand for the occasion were Johnson’s nephew and niece, William Cooper and Isla Willette Myers, Florence Mayor Stephen Wukela, Florence City Council members George Jebaily, Pat Gibson HyeMoore, Teresa Myers-Ervin and Glynn Willis. “First of all, let us all say happy birthday to William H. Johnson”, said Palkovich in his opening remarks. “Today is his birthday, which makes this day extra special.” Johnson, born and raised in Florence, is known for his portraits and landscapes depicting the life of African

Two well-known public officials from the Pee Dee region were recognized for their tireless service to the people of the area at the 2020 Marion Medallion awards ceremony on Feb. 27 at the FMU Performing Arts Center. Medallions were presented to Stephen Wukela, the outgoing mayor of the City of Florence, and Allen Floyd, the director of the City of Mullins Recreation Department. Wukela was first elected mayor of Florence in 2008. Since then, he’s become a key member of a coalition of community leaders that have sought to instigate growth at both an industrial level, and through an unprecedented downtown revitalization effort. He was reelected in 2012 and 2016 with wide margins. Wukela’s mayorship, and the policies and plans he initiated, have left an indelible mark on the city of Florence. Allen Floyd is a public servant of the highest degree. A native of Mullins, Floyd serves as the director of the Mullins Recreational Department where he works with and mentors children in his hometown. Floyd is a 1976 graduate of Francis Marion University, and a member of the University’s Francis Marion University Athletics Hall of Fame, where he’s lauded as one of the basketball program’s greatest players. Floyd’s first stint as fulltime recreation director lasted until 1987. In 2009 he took the reins as recreational director for a second time. He and his staff devote countless hours to providing recreational opportunities for area children. Floyd is also a member of the Marion County Council and a past member of the local school board. The Marion Medallion, in its eighth year, is sponsored and presented by Francis Marion University and the Morning News. Officials of the two organizations work in partnership to select recipients. The medallions are awarded on or about Feb. 27 — Francis Marion Day — each year.

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Area students were honored recently for their award-winning essays for the annual National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Samuel Bacot Chapter’s American History and Good Citizens Essay writing contests. Members of the chapter were joined by families and school officials as students read their essays during the monthly meeting held at Central United Methodist Church. “It is amazing to see the effort these young people put into their essays each year,” said Ruth Barnett, regent of the Samuel Bacot chapter. “Thank you to the teachers and counselors who encourage their students to participate in this important NSDAR competition. Brennan Gifford, a sixth grade student from Florence Christian, was named the state winner for his American History essay.

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The topic for the 2020 American History Essay Writing Contest addressed the 400th anniversary of the voyage of the Mayflower and the founding of the Plymouth Colony. The contest was open to Pee Dee Region students in grades 5th through 8th. Additional “American History Essay Contest” winners in each grade category were as follows: • 5th Grade: Lyla Branch (Chapter winner), Charlotte Granger, Ellison Wynn (Florence Christian School) • 6th Grade: Brennan Gifford, Ansley Granger, Anna Kathryn Huggins (Florence Christian School) • 7th Grade: Garner Sonfield (Chapter winner), Jack Hupfer, Michael Frost (Trinity-Byrnes)

• 8th Grade: Chapter winner Savannah Jordan (REACH Homeschool), Nicole Cook (REACH Homeschool) and Bethany Howell (Sneed Middle School) The chapter winner of the “Good Citizens Essay Contest,” was Jaxon Avant, a senior at Johnsonville High School. The runner-up was Grace Hoover of The King’s Academy. Students were given the topic,” Our American Heritage and our responsibility for Preserving it. How would you energize America’s youth to fully engage as effective citizens, and why is that important?” The award recognizes high school seniors who demonstrate dependability, service, leadership and patriotism in their homes, schools and communities.

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Animal shelter operations changed due to virus threat Taking into consideration recommendations released by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention on social distancing, and measures taken across the nation to include travel bans, school closures, quarantines and event cancellations, the City of Florence has modified its operations schedule for the Jayne H. Boswell Animal Shelter to include the following: • The shelter, located at 1434 S. McCurdy Road, was closed to the public on March 19 and will remain closed until a date to be determined. Please call regarding adoptions as these may be scheduled by

appointment on a case by case basis. • The city is requiring customers to call prior to visiting the shelter to determine if you can be assisted by phone (843-629-5456) or by e-mail (wwilton@cityofflorence.com). • For scheduled appointments, only two customers are allowed from the same party, and no more than 10 people total in the shelter at one time. City officials will continue to monitor the impact and need of such restrictions and will re-evaluate these actions as circumstances change.

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Junior Leadership The Junior Leadership class of the Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce recently visited the Florence County Sheriff’s Office as part of the program’s County Government Day. Prior to visiting the sheriff’s office, the class had the opportunity to experience a Florence County Council meeting.

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Sheriff’s Department warns of scammers Investigators with the Florence County Sheriff’s Office have received a number of complaints from new victims of financial scams in Florence County over the past several days. According to an FCSO press release, the scams take several forms but seem to have a common theme of a caller impersonating a law enforcement officer, even FCSO deputies, who threaten arrest on a bench warrant if immediate payment using a credit or gift card is not forthcoming. Recent victims report having been contacted by someone convincingly claiming to be an FCSO deputy calling about an outstanding arrest warrant, usually, but not always for failing to appear for jury duty. The deputy then indicates that arrest is imminent if the person does not immediately report to the Florence County Detention Center in Effingham and pay a fine of several hundred dollars by

way of credit card or gift card. The fake deputy will indicate that he just needs the PIN for the credit or gift card and it will be taken care of. “None of this is true,” states the press release, “but unfortunately far too many have fallen for the scam. The truth is that FCSO will not contact you by telephone or email if you have an outstanding arrest or bench warrant. They will just come get you, in person and bring you to jail. FCSO is not a collection agency for the courts, will not demand money from you and will never offer you a ‘get out of jail card’ in exchange for money, regardless of whether the payment method is cash, check, money order or gift card. The best way to protect against these scams, the release states, is not to be taken in by the caller/scammer and just hang up.

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