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NEIGHBORS NAME: Matthew Jeffords FAMILY: Wife Cara, 6 children BORN: Jacksonville, FL. OCCUPATION: Pastor at Lutheran Church of Incarnate Word, and Peer Support Specialist at Circle Park HOBBIES OR SPECIAL INTERESTS: Florence Men’s Chorus, Masterworks Choir and spending time with family WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT FLORENCE: Watching the city and downtown coming back to its glory days WHO OR WHAT HAS MOST INFLUENCED YOU? “J.S. Bach because of his passion to fine church music and rich theology.”

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A dream for medically fragile children BY BRENDA HARRISON Editor of The News Journal Florence, S.C. Rachel Lee has a passion to see that medically fragile children have a home. Her dream began 22 years ago when she was a candy striper in a local hospital’s PICU where her mom worked. Rachel was inspired by a young boy who lived in this unit from 9 months until age three because he was too ill to live at home and there was no place in South Carolina for him to go. At three, he was moved to a children’s home in North Carolina where he thrived and eventually was able to live with his mother, go to public school and attend prom. “This is my heart for our children's home,” said Rachel, now a registered nurse in PICU and working on a bachelor’s degree so when the time comes she can serve as the director of the home. She, along with co-worker Amanda Braunwalder and five likeminded professionals, have established Heaven’s Hope. The group has obtained non-profit status.Now they are working to bring awareness and rally support for a loving children’s home for medically fragile children that meets their emotional, spiritual, medical, physical, social and educational needs. Their vision for Heaven's Hope is a facility for medically fragile children that doesn’t have the feeling of a hospital. Rachel says there are many

AMANDA BRAUNWALDER AND RACHEL LEE TALK ABOUT HEAVEN’S HOPE children in South Carolina who are classified as medically fragile, due to chronic physical conditions which require them to depend long term or permanently on ventilators, specialized feeding/nourishment methods, supplemental oxygen, or specialized medical support. These dependencies require daily nursing care and supportive therapies. The goal is to build a 10-bed

facility, Rachel said. South Carolina has a growing number of children with these conditions who live in the hospital Pediatric ICU units or in therapeutic foster homes, because their families are either unable to or are unwilling to care for them, she continued. “I’m told if we were to open a facility today it would be filled right

away,” she noted. Because there is no such facility in South Carolina, there are no rules and regulations in place. So, legal advice and assistance is needed as the Heaven’s Hope Board continues its planning process for a building and staff.



Dr. Wymbs assumes principal duties at West Florence Florence One Interim Superintendent Dr. Dan Strickland has announced that Dr. Kelvin Wymbs will serve as acting principal at West Florence for the remainder of this school year. He will replace Pam Quick who resigned her position as principal of the school recently. Dr. Wymbs brings a

wealth of knowledge of high school operations to West Florence High School. Prior to having been named Director of Secondary Education for Florence School District One in 2015, Dr. Wymbs served as principal of Richland School District Two’s Lower Richland High School

from 2011 to 2015. As the former acting principal of Lower Richland High School, Dr. Wymbs collaborated with all stakeholders to implement the largest School Improvement Grant (SIG) ($6 mil-




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Shamrock event ScienceSouth invites children, ages 5-12, to celebrate St. Patty’s Day with them. Discover the science of rainbows, explore the legend of the Leprechaun egg and more. If lucky, they may even locate a pot of gold. This Kids’ Night Out Experience will be held on Friday, March 16, from 68:30 p.m. The cost is $20 per child, which includes dinner. Looking forward to a night out sans kids? Forget the babysitter, bring them to the next Kids’ Night Out event.

For more information, contact Casey Coker at 843-679-5353 ext. 309 or by email at Space is limited. Register right away.

Prayer Gathering Next CityWide Prayer Gathering will be held on Tuesday, March 13, at 7 p.m. in St. John’s Church Fellowship Hall in back of church parking lot. The church is located at 252 S. Dargan St.


WOOLWORTH’S –This photo taken around 1963 shows Dorothy Holston who ran the pet department at the back of Woolworth’s Five and Dime when the store was located on the northwest corner of West Evans and Irby Streets. Photo courtesy of her son,Tom Holston.

Marine League elections The Marine Corps League Julian D. Dusenbury Detachment #410 will conduct elections of its 2018 officers at its general meeting on March 13 at 6:30 p.m. at the Elks Lodge 1020, located at 2220 W. Jody Road. Nominations may still be made up until voting. Members are asked to show support by attending this meeting. The league is always looking for new members. Marines from all eras of service including WWII, Korean War era, Vietnam, Gulf War, Desert Storm, Bosnian, Lebanon, Afghanistan and Iraqi War eras are welcome. Those Marines who are honorably discharged, or have a medical or general discharge under honorable conditions, active Marines or FMF Corpsman and FMF Chaplains who are interested in seeing what the league is about are invited to attend a meeting each second Tuesday of the month. If you have questions email mcleaguedusenburydet410@ or contact Don Jones, Detachment Commandant 843-453-7864.

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HEAVEN’S HOPE FROM PAGE 1A Of course, financial support plays an important part in this dream. A Heaven’s Hope bank account has been established at First Reliance Bank and donations may be made online at by clicking Donate on the bottom left of the home page. Also, the group is planning a fund raiser in the fall called the Swamp Fox Highland Games and Celtic Festival. It will be held Nov. 17 at the Columns Plantation. This will be a fun-filled day for the family, featuring highland game athletes, clans dressed in kilts and colors, Irish dancing, authentic food, vendors and a Kid’s Glenn with games and activities. Tickets are $15 at the event or they may be purchased online at “This will be our first major fund raiser,” said Amanda, media director for Heaven’s Hope. “It will be a total submersion of the Celtic culture and we are very excited to bring this event to the community for the first time.”

DR. WYMBS FROM PAGE 1A lion) in the state. As SIG coordinator, he implemented the state-of-the art STEM Initiative in collaboration with the Engenuity SC, TransformSC/New Carolina Pilot program. While at Lower Richland, Dr. Wymbs resolved a variety of issues hindering growth in classroom settings and school operations by remodeling school organization, teaching and learning to drive the success of improved test scores and work flow. For his work in Richland School District One, Dr. Wymbs was named the recipient of the 2015 Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) High Schools That Work (HSTW) Outstanding Principal Award, an award which recognized the growth of Lower Richland High School across many variables. As Director of Secondary Education, Dr. Wymbs has spearheaded successful high school programs at all Florence One middle and high schools. The programs include the Advance Education STEM programs at West Florence and Southside Middle, the Early College Program at Wilson, the AVID program at Sneed Middle, and the newly implemented iLead program at all Florence One high schools in collaboration with the University of South Carolina.

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Cale Yarborough car display unveiled at Florence Center An honorary tribute mural of local racing legend Cale Yarborough, along with his 1988 Oldsmobile NASCAR race car, was unveiled at the Florence Center on Feb. 28. Following the unveiling, Cale commented that he was so happy to have his race car on display in his hometown area instead of a far away place so guests can come see it up close. The 12-ft. tall by 28-ft. wide custom designed wall mural incorporates a collection of Darlington Raceway heritage artwork and Cale Yarborough commemorative photography. The unique piece has been illustrated and dedicated to honor Florence County native NASCAR hero Cale Yarborough. The No. 29 Hardee’s 1988 Oldsmobile NASCAR vehicle was the last car Cale raced during his career. It is now on display on the Florence Center concourse for all venue visitors to see and appreciate. The vehicle is on loan from the Florence County Museum who received it as a donation from Mr. Yarborough in 2016. The object remains in race-ready condition. Cale Yarborough is considered one of the best drivers in the history of NASCAR and a local legend. Yarborough posted 83 NASCAR Winston Cup victories, currently 5th on the all-time list. He won his first Daytona 500 in 1968, won three straight Winston Cup championships (‘76-’78) and his second Daytona 500 (‘77). He managed two straight Daytona 500 wins in ‘83 and ‘84 giving him a total of four Daytona 500’s, second only to Richard Petty’s seven Daytona 500 victories. He is very proud of the fact that he had five wins at the Southern 500 in Darlington. He is one of only two drivers in NASCAR history to win three consecutive championships and was the second NASCAR driver ever to appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated. His 83 wins tie him with Jimmie Johnson for sixth on the all-time NASCAR Cup Series winner's list. Sources: IMDb Mini Biography by Pat Campbell; Wikipedia

imperative that you first determine your personal tolerance for risk. Generally speaking, with greater risk comes greater volatility. When determining your tolerance for risk, you must consider your age, investment time horizon, present and future financial condition, and your long-term investment goals. Also, your emotional tolerance for risk can be an important factor in determining your tolerance for risk. Even though your financial situation may allow for a higher level of risk, your peace of mind may dictate a less risky investment plan. Investors are often summarized into three risk categories. Conservative investors could limit their exposure to risk by con-

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centrating on high-quality and high-rated fixed income investments. A moderate investor may opt to invest in growth stocks, mutual funds, and bonds. Taking greater risks, an aggressive investor may invest in vehicles that have greater price fluctuation. Most investors may find that they don’t necessarily fall into one of these exact categories, but could toggle between the three. There are ways to reduce risk in your investment strategy. Asset allocation, which is the process of deciding what percentage of your money

to put into three major asset classes: stocks, bonds, and cash, and extending your time horizon are two ways to reduce your exposure to risk. While asset allocation does not ensure a profit and may not protect against loss, it can play a key role in establishing a successful investment strategy and reducing risk. For assistance in developing strategies suited to your personal tolerance for risk, contact your investment professional today. Article provided by Michael P. “Perry” Grice, an Associate 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) 6657599.

McLeod Family Medicine Center Welcomes New Physicians We’re pleased to welcome Frank Moskos, MD, Louis Strauss, MD and Susan Robins, DO to the faculty of the McLeod Family Medicine Residency Program. As part of a distinguished residency and teaching program, this group of highly-skilled physicians will be instrumental in training new physicians as well as practicing family medicine. From minor illnesses to chronic conditions, the physicians of McLeod Family Medicine Center provide patients of all ages with the expert care they deserve. Dr. Moskos, Dr. Strauss and Dr. Robins are accepting new patients. For more information on becoming a new patient, please call 843-777-2800.

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Dr. Carroll Player appointed to MUSC Board of Visitors Carroll Player, DDS, has been appointed to the Medical University of South Carolina Board of Visitors. Members are nominated by the trustees of the university and serve as ambassadors in their respective regions. Player was nominated by Dr. Paul Davis. Player served on the American Dental Association’s Board of Trustees (2000-04), Council of Government Affairs (1995-99, Chairman 1998-99), Council on Dental Practice (1988-91, Chairman 1990-91) and its Strategic Planning Committee from 2000-04. He was President of the South Carolina Dental Association from 19981-82 and also served as speaker for the SCDA House of Delegates from 1997-2000. Player graduated from the Medical College of Vir-

ginia School of Dentistry in 1963. He earned a bachelor’s of science degree from Wofford College in 1960. Player and his wife Nancy have two children, Keith (1994 MUSC College of Medicine graduate) and Nell (1997 MUSC School of Occupational Health graduate). They also have three grandchildren.

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Three heads are Keeping up in our fast changing world of devices better than 535 by Richard D. Kocur Warren Buffett, Jeff Bezos, and Jamie Dimon vs. the entire United States Congress? My money is on Buffett, Bezos, and Dimon. These men, three of the wealthiest, most influential, and powerful business leaders in the world, recently announced an alliance that will attempt to address the tangled knot that is the U.S. healthcare system. Buffett, leader of Berkshire Hathaway, Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon, and Dimon, Chairman of JPMorgan Chase, have formed a new but yet un-named company in order to develop innovative solutions to the pressing problems facing healthcare in the United States. Each are placing the considerable resources at their disposal, including financing, technological expertise, and innovative thinking, behind an effort to reach that end. At first, the company will be focused only on a healthcare product for employees within the entities Buffett, Bezos, and Dimon oversee. If all goes well, however, the innovations and cost saving measures that come out of this effort will be applied more broadly. For the past few years, members of Congress have tried and failed to make strides in healthcare reform due to partisan gridlock and a too narrow view of what reform should actually mean. In fact, with the passage of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, legislators have actually made access to affordable healthcare more difficult for the people with the greatest need. Repealing Obamacare was a necessary step but enacting market-based reforms that empower consumers to make healthcare choices in their own best interests have been sorely lacking. It’s about time that alternative solutions to what ails the healthcare system are developed and implemented by someone outside of Washington. By moving the action on healthcare reform outside of the Beltway, these three men are sending a clear signal to the country’s legislators that a lack of progress in the face of such a serious need is not acceptable and that Washington shouldn’t hold a monopoly on reform. While few details have been released regarding the new company, its approach will likely rest on a few key pillars: First, the large employee base of the three organizations would make it a formidable bargaining entity in areas such as prescription drug prices. Next, the technological expertise and wide market presence of Amazon in particular could lead to innovative solutions in care delivery and information sharing. Finally, the financial resources of all three organizations should play a key role in supporting the creation and testing of new healthcare business models. Reform of the U.S. healthcare system will not be easy and it will take time. Over the past several years, our politicians in Washington have had their chance and have failed. It’s now time to let others have a shot. Given a choice between continuing with what the House and Senate call “reform” and a yet unknown, untested, and untried effort by Buffett, Bezos, and Dimon; three heads have to be better than 535.

Richard D. Kocur is an assistant professor of business at Grove City College. He specializes in marketing and business strategy and has over 25 years of experience in the healthcare industry.

Our world is quickly changing and it is doing so right before our eyes. Many electronic items and services that were once so necessary to us no longer exist. I am thinking of: Film cameras and camera shops that developed and printed our photos. Telephone booths and pay phones seem to have disappeared. In London, however, they have found a new use for their iconic red phone booths. Some have been painted black and converted into a WiFi and phone charging station. We no longer have to remember phone numbers because we store them in our phones and press the name to connect. Typewriters have also become obsolete. Instead of typing classes, we now have keyboarding classes. Music technology has moved from records, to 8-track cartridge tapes, to small cassettes to CDs. Recorded movies have progressed from Beta and VHS tapes to DVDs, and now they may be streamlined and downloaded on computers, iPads and even smart phones. Through this evolution we lost our record shops and video stores, and gained the ability to watch a movie any-

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where we want by just a click of our TV remote or other devices. Ironically, record albums seem to be making a comeback and we can once again find turntables to play them on. Remember, Walkmans and MP3 players? Gone. Now we have iPhones with ear buds. No need to tape songs on the radio, because we can hear whatever we desire from numerous apps. Short hand seems to have disappeared with speedwriting. Communicating by phone seems to be “old school,” especially with our youth. Talking on the phone is quickly being replaced by texting. Notice how every organization or agency is an acronym? Maybe it’s just me, but it seems people spout off initial letters as if everyone knows what they are talking about.

We now have ecards, and invitations and “thank you” notes are being emailed. Books, thank goodness, are still popular but they have to compete with ebooks which are cheaper and don’t require space to keep them. We can find them easily on our devices without leaving our home, download and read right away. Who uses encyclopedias today? We just go online or Google whatever information we need or want to know. We even find tutorials online on how to build, make, fix or repair things. In this 21st Century, we communicate by text, Facebook, Twitter, Messenger or a myriad of other apps. Even social media is constantly changing. In the 1990s, chat rooms were popular, but they were quickly replaced by Myspace, blogging and instant messaging, such as Yahoo Messenger. Then came Skype and Linkedin in 2003, FaceBook in 2004, YouTube in 2005, and Twitter in 2006 followed by Instagram and Snapchat. Whew, I can’t keep up! And, I can’t even begin to imagine what changes we will witness in the next 10 years.


Billy Graham: My personal reflections By Dr. Keehlwetter



As a child growing up in Maine during the 1950s, I was put to bed by my parents every Sunday evening after services at my dad’s small Baptist church. I can recall lying in bed with the radio tuned into “The Hour of Decision” and listening to the voice of Billy Graham. Every Sunday at the end of the program before falling asleep, I would once again ask Jesus to be my savior. At the age of 15, a group from my church traveled from southern Maine by bus to Boston where Billy Graham was conducting a rally in the old Boston Garden. It was old, even in 1964. I can still remember the choir, the song-leading of Cliff Barrows, and the power of the message. What I remember most was the throng of people. It was probably the largest crowd in which I had ever been a participant. Later

that year Billy Graham came to Portland, Maine for one evening in the city hall auditorium. It was much less impressive than the Boston event but it was still exciting to hear this great evangelist preach in person. I attended college with his daughter Ruth with whom I was a casual friend. During those years I never had the opportunity to meet him in person. I was aware, however, of his ministry and his many books. My favorites were The Jesus Generation (1971) and Till Armageddon (1981). After college I taught school for a few years but eventually returned to the academic world to study at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. In 1982, Billy Graham was the speaker at my commencement ceremony. I finally had the opportunity to meet him in person as he shook my hand after I had received my diploma. There was one more

occasion that I had an opportunity to attend a Billy Graham crusade—in Pittsburgh in 1993—and more than any other this experience confirmed the power of Graham’s message. On this occasion, I took a bus load of teenagers from a nearby community to Three Rivers Stadium. We attended on a Sunday afternoon and sat together in a mid-level section. I remember as Dr. Graham gave the invitation at the end of his message that I bowed my head in prayer. When I looked up, the entire section in which I was seated was empty. Every teen that I had brought was on the way down to the field embracing the opportunity to receive Christ as Savior. For the past 19 years I have had the privilege of serving as Dean of the Chapel at Grove City College in Grove City, Pa. One of our institutions most beloved and revered board chairmen was J. Howard


Think about this Sometime when you have a few minutes to spare imagine this. You are living in a country where the only people that have guns are law enforcement, military personnel (only when training or in another country fighting), and evil people who don’t abide by laws. Do you remember at the Ft. Hood massacre nobody had a gun except the

shooter because they are not allowed to have a gun on military installations?

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First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Pew, who had a personal friendship with Billy Graham. Dr. Graham’s influence in Pew’s life is evidenced today in Grove City’s commitment to biblical principles and Christ-centered values. As a life-long admirer of Billy Graham, I can only give thanks for the few opportunities that I have had to personally witness the Spirit-filled power and message of this great evangelist.

Dr. F. Stanley Keehlwetter is the dean of the chapel at Grove City College and a member of the public persuasion and media working group of The Center for Vision & Values.

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St. Anthony students perform at band clinic Two Saint Anthony Catholic School students performed in the two-day South Carolina Band Directors’ Association (SCBDA) Region 5 Junior Honor Band Clinic held at Cane Bay High School Feb. 23-24. After a rigorous audition in January, sixth graders Carly Tilton (first chair french horn) and Simon Felix (alternate trumpet) earned spots in the clinic comprised mostly of 7th and 8th graders from across the 12 county region. The audition required many months of hard work and dedication from both students and their band director. Carly and Simon were also among five St. Anthony students who auditioned and were selected to participate in the Junior Eastern District Honor Band Clinic held earlier this month at Hartsville Middle School. St. Anthony students that earned spots in the Eastern District Junior Honor Band Clinic included Godric Armstrong (5th grade - flute), Andrea Elya (5th grade - clarinet), Carly Tilton (6th grade - french horn), Bea Acaylar (6th grade - french horn), and Simon Felix (6th grade trumpet). The Saint Anthony Catholic School band, located at 2536 Hoffmeyer Road in Florence is under the direction of John Cipollina.

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Museum Family Day The March Family Day at the Florence County Museum will be on Saturday, March 10, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. From toddlers to grandparents, Family Days at the Florence County Museum are sure to offer something for everyone. Join us the second Saturday of each month from 1-3 p.m. for Family Day at the FCM. No registration required. Free of charge. Inspiration from female artists • Anni Albers: weaver in the Museum lobby, for all ages. Experiment with bold colors and learn basic weaving skills in this activity inspired by weaver and printmaker, Anni Albers. Each participant will create a small paper weaving. • Ruth Asawa: sculptor in the Multipurpose Room, for ages 4 and up Create a unique sculpture inspired by the work of Japanese American artist, Ruth Asawa. Participants will use colorful wire to create a simple sculpture. • Karen Karnes: ceramic artist in the Art Studio, for all ages. Explore basic ceramic forms while creating a small clay bowl inspired by well-known ceramic artist, Karen Karnes. Participants will use a basic pinch-pot technique to create a clay pot from air-dry clay. • Explore the new special exhibit: Women of Black Mountain College All visitors are invited to explore the Florence County Museum’s newest exhibit featuring artwork from female artists associated with Black Mountain College. Learn about this educational experiment that began in 1933 and produced some of the most famous names in 20th century art. Each Family Day activity was inspired by an artist whose work is featured in this exhibit


Georgetown plantation tours slated Georgetown, South Carolina, founded in 1729, is located in the heart of an area which was once the epitome of genteel southern society prior to the Civil War. The indigo and rice planters of the 18th and 19th centuries rose to a level of wealth that at one time made Georgetown County the wealthiest county in the entire United States. Dozens of elegant plantation homes and gardens left by these elite gentlemen surround the town along our five rivers, and many of the homes built by them along the city streets remain beautifully appointed. Old slave cabins can still be seen on several of the properties. Even the elegant furnishings often have a tale to tell, whether brought over the Atlantic on a colonial crossing or bundled to the piedmont for refuge during the Civil War. The antebellum plantation culture also produced a rich heritage among the slaves known as Gullah. Many elements of Gullah are still with us today. Every spring, the Women

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of Prince George, Winyah, Episcopal Church, host a Plantation and Town Home Tour. The dates of the 2018 event are Friday, March 23, and Saturday, March 24. Visitors are able to go inside most of these elegant dwellings and take a step back in time. The tour begins at the church parish hall, where visitors pick up maps, brochures and bag lunches. Beautiful artwork from the Georgetown Watercolor Society, homemade treats and national award winning Plantation Tours and Tastes cookbooks are all available for purchase, as well as publications from the Georgetown Historical Society. At day’s end, visitors are invited to the popular tea hosted by the ladies of Prince George Winyah at the historic Winyah Indigo Society Hall. All monies raised by the plantation tours are allocated to local mission work and to the preservation of our historic church buildings. Our success over the years has

truly made a difference in the lives of the poor, the friendless and the needy in our community, which is our prayerful aim in this endeavor. Tickets are available by mail, in advance. Single-day tickets are $45 each and two-day tickets are $80. Advance ticket sales are underway until March 9. A limited number of tickets are available at the door on both tour days. The complete list of plantations and homes sites that are featured on tour, and advance ticket and lunch requests, may be found on our plantation tour’s website at www. For more information call Lisa Collins at (843) 5458291. Forms and requests for tickets may be mailed to Plantation Tours Tickets, P.O. Box 1307, Georgetown, South Carolina, 29442. Follow them on FaceBook and Twitter for updates.

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Two Florence One teachers have earned National Board certification this year. The Florence One teachers are among more than 5,400 teachers who achieved National Board Certification this past fall. Newly National Board Certified Teachers are Laura Stephens of Lucy T. Davis Elementary and Kelly Clouse of Wilson High School. Stephens and Clouse are also among 91 new NBCTs added to the South Carolina roster. South Carolina is number two in the nation in terms of the percentage of teachers who are National Board Certified. The process of national board certification can take one to three years, which requires teachers to videotape themselves teaching. The teachers must also provide lesson plans along with student work samples. Writing a reflective essay is also a part of the certification process. During the two-part certification process, teachers reflect on their classroom practices and their preparation techniques. They also take tests that assess their knowledge and their ability to teach it. Teachers renew their National Board Certification through a rigorous, performance-based, peer-review process. Two Florence One teachers have renewed their National Board Certification. They are Rebecca Cooper of South Florence High and



Robin Voss of Southside Middle. Cooper and Voss are among 490 NBCT’s who successfully renewed their certification. About the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards ( The founding mission of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is to advance the quality of teaching and learning by: (1) maintaining high and rigorous standards for what accomplished teachers should know and be able to

do; (2) providing a national voluntary system certifying teachers who meet these standards; and (3) advocating related education reforms to integrate National Board Certification in American education and to capitalize on the expertise of National Board Certified Teachers. Recognized as the “gold standard” in teacher certification, the National Board believes higher standards for teachers means better learning for students.

Artists selected for Artfields ArtFields, the South’s biggest art competition, takes place April 20-28, in Lake City, where artists from 12 southeastern states will compete for more than $120,000 in total cash prizes. Florence artists Colleen Critcher, Robert Garey, Steven Gately, Donna Goodman, Elizabeth Graham, Douglas Gray, Paolo André Gualdi, Mary Judge, Valerie LaPolla, Emil Leum, Celeste Malin, Christopher Neal, Jena Sallenger, Walter Sallenger, and Jim Stratton's submitted work was chosen by the selection panel of visual arts professionals to move forward for competition.


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INDEX 100 ...............................................LEGALS 200 ..........................................ADOPTION 210.............................ANNOUNCEMENTS 215 ...............................................EVENTS 250 ..........................................AUCTIONS 300 ........................FINANCIAL SERVICES 310 ..........................INTERNET SERVICES 320.....................................INSTRUCTION 350..........................................PERSONAL 375 ........................HEALTH & NUTRITION 400...........................................ANTIQUES 405 ...BEAUTY SALONS/BARBER SHOPS 410..............BOATS/JET SKI & SUPPLIES . 420 .............GARDEN/FARM EQUIPMENT 425 ......................GUNS & ACCESSORIES 435..................................FARM ANIMALS 440..............................LOST AND FOUND 450 ...................................MERCHANDISE 452............................................PRODUCE 455 ...................MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS 460 ...............................PETS & SUPPLIES 470 ................................WANTED TO BUY 480.......................................YARD SALES 500.....................................EMPLOYMENT 510 .................BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY 515 ....................................HELP WANTED . 520............................................SERVICES 525........................................CHILD CARE 530 ..................................WORK WANTED

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

CLUES ACROSS 1. Chop or cut 4. Green veggie 7. Bar bill 10. Doctors’ group 11. One who buys and sells securities (slang) 12. Be in debt 13. Lively ballroom dance 15. Singer Charles 16. Polish city 19. Former 21. Dismissing from employment 23. Minerals 24. Plotted 25. Consult 26. After a prayer 27. Agents of one’s downfall 30. Leaseholders 34. Supervises flying 35. Voodoo god

36. Alfalfa 41. Apply another coat to 45. Witnesses 46. Jai __, sport 47. Ones who proof 50. Recant 54. Small group with shared interests 55. Part of warming headgear 56. Woolen cloth 57. Snag 59. Central American fruit tree 60. Woman (French) 61. The 22nd letter of the Greek alphabet 62. Type of bed 63. Soviet Socialist Republic 64. Consume 65. Japanese freight company (abbr.)

CLUES DOWN 1. Czech monetary unit 2. Able to arouse intense feeling 3. Elk 4. Muscular weaknesses 5. Geological time 6. Depths of the ocean 7. Burns to the ground 8. Becomes cognizant of 9. Cause to shade 13. US political party 14. Refers to some of a thing 17. Single 18. Type of beer 20. Ancient Iranian people 22. Grocery chain 27. Gridiron league 28. English river 29. __ and cheese 31. Peyton’s younger brother

32. Long time 33. High schoolers’ test 37. Respects 38. Organize anew 39. Filippo __, Saint 40. Intrinsic nature of something 41. Cheese dish 42. Ancient Greek City 43. Patron saint of Ireland 44. Produced by moving aircraft or vehicle 47. Shock treatment 48. __ Jones 49. Things 51. Having wings 52. Panthers’ QB Newton 53. Third-party access 58. Satisfaction Answers on Page 7A


SUMMONS STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF FLORENCE IN THE PROBATE COURT IN THE MATTER OF: CASE NO. 2016-ES-21-895 Cephus Jackson, Jr. (Decendent) Sonya Jackson, Petitioner vs. Kevin R. Jackson, Dwight Jackson, Dwayne Jackson, and Darius Miller, Respondents TO THE RESPONDENT(S) ABOVE-NAMED: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and required to answer the Petition for Formal Appointment herein, a copy of which is herewith served upon you, and to serve a copy of your Answer to this Petition upon the subscriber, at the address shown below, within thirty (30) days after service hereof, exclusive of the day of such service, and if you fail to answer the Petition, judgment by default will be rendered against you for the relief demanded in the Petition. Florence, South Carolina s/Frank C. Swaggard Petitioner/Attorney for Petitioner Dated: July 18, 2017 Wukela Law Firm Address: PO Box 13057, Florence, SC 29504 (2/21,2/28,3/7/18) SUMMONS C/A NO. 2017-CP-21-2828 In the Court of Common Pleas State of South Carolina County of Florence Richard A. Wise and Connie R. Wise, Plaintiffs, vs. RJTS Properties, LLC, The Bank of Clarendon, Laura W. Swann, John Doe and Mary Roe representing all unknown persons having or claiming to have any right, title, or interest in or to, or lien upon, the real estate described as 1900 Mechanicsville Road, Florence County, SC, their heirs and assigns, and all other persons, firms, or corporations entitled to claim under, by or through the above-named Defendant(s), and all other persons or entities unknown claiming any right, title, interest, estate in, or lien upon, the real estate described as 1900 Mechanicsville Road, Florence County, SC, Defendants. TO THE DEFENDANTS ABOVE NAMED: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and required to answer the Complaint herein, copy of which is herewith served upon you, and to serve a copy of your Answer to said Complaint upon the subscribers at their offices, 248 West Evans Street, Florence, SC, within thirty (30) days after service thereof, exclusive of the day of such service, and if you fail to answer the Complaint herein within the time aforesaid, the Plaintiffs in this action will apply to the Court for the relief demanded in said Complaint. WILLCOX, BUYCK &

WILLIAMS, P.A. Attorneys for Plaintiff Florence, SC February 22, 2018 TO THE DEFENDANTS ABOVE NAMED: YOU WILL PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the original Summons in the above entitled action, of which the foregoing is a copy, together with the Complaint, were filed in the office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County. WILLCOX, BUYCK & WILLIAMS, P.A. Attorneys for Plaintiff (2/28,3/7,3/14/18) STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF FLORENCE IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS C/A No.: 2017-CP-21-00322 Reverse Mortgage Solutions, Inc., Plaintiff, vs. The Estate of Alma Woodfork, John Doe and Richard Roe, as Representatives of all Heirs and Devisees of Alma Woodfork, Deceased, and all persons entitled to claim under or through them; also, all other persons or corporations unknown claiming any right, title, interest in or lien upon the real estate described herein, any unknown adults, whose true names are unknown, being as a class designated as John Doe, and any unknown infants, persons under disability, or persons in the Military Service of the United States of America, whose true names are unknown, being as a class designated as Richard Roe, The United States of America, acting by and through its agency, The Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Henry Woodfork II, Leroy Woodfork, Keith Woodfork, Lorell Woodfork, Claudia W. Duffins , Defendant(s). SUMMONS AND NOTICES (Non-Jury) FORECLOSURE OF REAL ESTATE MORTGAGE 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 508 Hampton Street, Suite 301, Columbia, SC 29201, within thirty (30) days after the service hereof, exclusive of the day of such service; except that the United States of America, if named, shall have sixty (60) days to answer after the service hereof, exclusive of the day of such service; and if you fail to do so, judgment by default will be rendered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint. YOU WILL 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-inEquity/Special Referee, pursuant to Rule 53 of the South Carolina Rules of Civil Procedure. 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 the Plaintiff. NOTICE OF FILING COMPLAINT TO THE DEFENDANTS ABOVED 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 February 3, 2017. Parcel No. 70006-03007 Property Address: 408 West Byrd Street, Timmonsville, SC 29161 J. Martin Page, SC Bar No. 100200 508 Hampton Street, Suite 301 Columbia, SC 29201 Phone (803) 509-5078 (2/28,3/7,3/14/18) Notice is hereby given that LIBERTY SPIRITS LIQUOR, intends to apply to the South Carolina Department of Revenue for a license/permit that will allow the sale and ON premises consumption of LIQUOR at 719 WEST DARLINGTON ST. FLORENCE, SC 29501. To object to the issuance of this permit/license, written protest must be postmarked no later than MARCH 16, 2018. For a protest to be valid, it must be in writing, and should include the following information: (1) the name, address, and telephone number of person filing the protest; (2) the specific reasons why the application should be denied; (3) that the person protesting is willing to attend a hearing (if one is requested by the applicant); (4) that the person protesting resides in the same county where the proposed place of business is located or within five miles of the business; and, (5) the name of the applicant and the address of the premises to be licensed. Protests must be mailed to: S.C. Department of Revenue, ATTN: ABL SECTION, P.O. Box 125, Columbia, SC 29214-0907; or faxed to: (803) 896-0110. (3/7,3/14,3/21/18)

STATEWIDE CLASSIFIEDS 150 ANNOUNCEMENTS Struggling with DRUGS or ALCOHOL? Addicted to PILLS? Talk to someone who cares. Call The Addiction Hope & Help Line for a free assessment. 866-604-6857

Lung Cancer? And Age 60+? You And Your Family May Be Entitled To Significant Cash Award. Call 855-664-5681 for information. No Risk. No money out-ofpocket. DENTAL INSURANCE. Call Physicians Mutual Insurance Company for details. NOT just a discount plan, REAL coverage for 350 procedures. 855397-7030 or http://www.dental50p Ad#6118 SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY BENEFITS. Unable to work? Denied benefits? We Can Help! WIN or Pay Nothing! Contact Bill Gordon & Associates at 1800-614-3945 to start your application today! S E R I O U S LY INJURED in an AUTO ACCIDENT? Let us fight for you! We have recovered millions for clients! Call today for a FREE consultation! 855-669-2515 Tuesday, March 13, 2018 is the last day to redeem winning tickets in the following South Carolina Education Lottery Instant Games: (SC946) RED HOT CASH, (SC941) $100 IN A FLASH, (SC943) $500 IN A FLASH, (SC953) CA$H BLA$T Unable to work due to injury or illness? Call Bill Gordon & Assoc., Social Security Disability Attorneys! FREE Evaluation.1-800614-3945! (Mail: 2420 N St NW, Washington DC; Office: Broward Co. FL; TX/NM Bar; local attorneys nationwide) AUCTIONS ADVERTISE YOUR AUCTION in 99 S.C. newspapers for only $375. Your 25-word classified ad will reach more than 2.1 million readers. Call Alanna Ritchie at the S.C. Newspaper Network, 1-888-7277377.

S P E C TA C U L A R AUCTION - Saturday, March 10, 9:30 A.M. Auction held at Orangeburg SC Fairgrounds. Contents of Bed and Breakfast! Nice Furniture, Antiques, Fancy Decor, Contents of Stainless Kitchen, Coins, Guns. Tools, Etc. Browse, (803) 5356334. EDUCATION A I R L I N E MECHANIC TRAINING - Get FAA certification to fix planes. Approved for military benefits. Financial Aid if qualified. Job placement assistance. Call Aviation Institute of Maintenance 866-367-2513 FOR SALE KILL BED BUGS! Buy Harris Bed Bug Killers/KIT Complete Treatment System. Available: Hardware Stores, The Home Depot, homedepot. com KILL ROACHES GUARANTEED! Buy Harris Roach Tablets. Odorless, Effective, Long Lasting, Available: Hardware Stores, The Home Depot, homedepot. com HELP WANTED SC Dept. of Corrections - Rewarding Careers, Great Benefits – Currently Hiring Statewide: Correctional Officers, RN's and LPN's, Mental Health Techs, Grounds Maintenance, Facilities Management, Teachers, Chaplains, Trades Specialists. Contact Us Today: 803-734-JOBS. HELP WANTED DRIVERS ADVERTISE YOUR DRIVER JOBS in 99 S.C. newspapers for only $375. Your 25word classified ad will reach more than 2.1 million readers. Call Alanna Ritchie at the S.C. Newspaper Network, 1-888727-7377.

HOME WEEKLY, BENEFITS, VACATION - OTR Drivers, CDL, Clean MVR, 2yrs exp. J & J Farms, 808 Byron Hicks Rd., Jefferson, SC. Call Glen or Ronnie: (843) 6725003. HELP WANTED SALES EARN $500 A DAY: Lincoln Heritage Life Insurance Wants Insurance Agents • Leads, No Cold Calls • Commissions Paid Daily • Agency Training • Life License Required. Call 1-888-713-6020

HELP WANTED – SKILLS & TRADES HIRING EXP. PIPE FITTERS and COMBO WELDERS with tig and stick experience. Company located in Georgetown. Looking to hire local dependable full time Fitters and welders. Welders must pass coupon test call 843546-2416 to schedule. Fitters can complete applications at 5968 Highmarket St, Georgetown, SC NO PER DIEM

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ANNOUNCEMENTS Beware of loan fraud. Please che ck with the Bet ter Business Bureau or Consumer Protection Agency before sending any money to any loan company. SAPA

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DONATE YOUR CAR TO CHARITY. Receive maximum value of write off for your taxes. Running or not! All Struggling with DRUGS or conditions accepted. Free ALCHOHOL? Addicted to pickup. Call for details. 855A PLACE FOR MOM. The PILLS? Talk to someone who 972-0354 nation’s largest senior living cares. Call The Addiction A-1 DONATE YOUR CAR referral service. Contact Hope & Help Line for a free F O R B R E A S T C A N C E R ! our trusted, local experts Help United Breast Foundation assessment. 800-511-6075 today! Our service is FREE. education, prevention, No obligation. CALL 844FDA-Registered Hearing Aids. & s u p p o r t 100% Risk-Free! 45-Day Home programs. FAST FREE PICKUP 432-3281 Trial. Comfort Fit. Crisp Clear - 24 HR RESPONSE - TAX NEW AUTHORS WANTED! Sound. If you decide to keep DEDUCTION 855-701-6346 Page Publishing will help you it, PAY ONLY $299 per aid. self-publish your own book. AUTO INSURANCE STARTING FREE Shipping. Call Hearing AT $49/ MONTH! Call for your FREE author submission kit! Help Express 1- 866-744fee rate comparison to see Limited offer! Why wait? Call 6150 how much you can save! Call: now: 844-660-6943 Bathe safely and stay in the home you love with the #1 selling Walk-in Tub in North America. For an in-home appointment, call: 844-2945707

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ADVERTISE YOUR VACATION PROPERTY FOR RENT OR SALE to more than 2.1 million S.C. newspaper readers. Your 25-word classified ad will appear in 99 S.C. newspapers for only $375. Call Alanna Ritchie at the South Carolina Newspaper Network, 1-888-7277377.

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CKC Chihuahua pups $250 withou papers $350 with papers. 843-4930177 or 843-4721395. (3/14)

WANTED TO BUY 470 Top prices in South East for Catalytic Converters, Batteries, Aluminum Rims. Must have South Carolina Permit to Transport Non-Ferrous Metals, and DL. Call 843-799-2394 for more information. Top price for complete scrap cars up $500. Please call 843-799-2394for more information.

EMPLOYMENT 500 Telephone sales rep needed. Please call 843-799-2394 for more details. (3/7)

Automotive Mechanic needed. $140 a day, $200 on Saturdays. Part-time, and Fulltime available. Call 843-799-2394 for more details. (3/7) Long-time established Insurance Agency seeking Full Time Personal Insurance Salesperson and Full Time Commercial Insurance Salesperson. Experience preferred. Competitive pay and Health Insurance offered. Send your resume to syoungsnhcsgroup. com. (3/28) EMPLOYMENT! Service adviser needed for GM dealership in Cheraw, SC. Apply in person at 697 Chesterfield Hwy., Cheraw, SC. No phone calls please. Benefits plus health insurance available. (3/7)

Employee Relations Coordinator $20.79/hour; 37.5 hours/week Closing Date: March 13, 2018 Apply online at

The City of Florence is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Provider.

Utility Maintenance Worker $13.19/hour; 40 hours/week

Automotive Mechanic I $14.54/hour; 40 hours/week

Gymnastics Coordinator $16.84/hour; 40 hours/week

Distribution Collection Operator $14.54/hour; 40 hours/week Closing Date: March 15, 2018

EXPERIENCED AUTOMOBILE SALESPERSON needed for growing GM dealership in Cheraw, SC. Apply in person at 697 Chesterfield Hwy., Cheraw, SC. No phone calls please. Benefits package available.(3/7)



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RESORT PROPERTY 660 ALL REAL estate advertising in this newspaper is subject to the Federal Fair Housing Act of 1968 which makes it illegal to advertise “any preference, limitation or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin, or an intention to make such preference, limitation or discrimination .” This newspaper will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate which is in violation of the law. Our readers are hereby informed that all dwellings advertised in this newspaper are available on an equal opportunity basis. • (TFN)


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We deliver to over 16,100 homes each week. Classified ads are only $8.00 for the first 15 words and 15¢ for each additional word. Buy 3 weeks and get the fourth week FREE. To place your ad, just fill out this form and mail it in along with your payment to the address listed below. Deadline is noon on Friday.

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Congratulations Realtor of the Week TELEAHA ROWELL You Make It Home I Make It Happen! 843-230-4149 CELL 843-667-1100 OFFICE 843-669-6965 FAX 800-577-4156 BUSINESS 419 South Coit Street Florence, SC 29501

TELEAHA ROWELL REALTOR® Each office is independently owned and operated.

Clay shoot benefit McLeod Sports Medicine to host Scholarship Run is planned for Good New Clubs The Child Evangelism Fellowship’s Heart of the Palmetto Chapter is hosting a Clay Shoot Benefit for Good News Clubs. It will be held on April 14 at Moree’s Sportsman Preserve, near Society Hill. This fund-gathering event is open to youth and adult shooters. Shooters under 18 must be accompanied by an adult or chaperone. Individual and team awards will be given based on the Lewis Class scoring system. Pre-registration is recommended; however, on-site registration will be available, space permitting. Registration fees are $100 for individuals and $300 for teams of three shooters. Registration includes one round of 100 sporting clays per shooter, lunch provided by Junebugs Care, and door prize opportunities. Shooters will provide their own gun and shells. Shooters are welcome to provide their own golf cart or ATV for transportation. Check-in and registration begins at 8 a.m. and shooting begins at 9 a.m. Lunch, along with a silent auction and door prize drawings, will be served at 11:30 a.m. Registration forms are available on the Heart of the Palmetto website, or by contacting John Collins (843) 687-5298 or Ron Pruitt (843) 495-3315. Good News Clubs are afterschool Bible clubs that usually meet in elementary schools. The mission of CEF Heart of the Palmetto Chapter is to share the hope of Jesus Christ with children throughout Florence, Darlington, Chesterfield, Marlboro, and Dillon counties. Currently, 30 Good News Clubs met in elementary schools enrolling nearly 1,500 children. Sponsorship opportunities are available to corporations, businesses, and individuals who would be interested in supporting the Clay Shoot Benefit for Good News Clubs.

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

The annual McLeod Sports Medicine Scholarship Run will be held Saturday, March 17. The race times are 9 a.m. for the 10K run, 9:05 a.m. for the 5K run/walk, and 9:10 a.m. for the one-mile fun run. Race day registration will be available from 7:30 a.m. until 8:30 a.m. The race will take place at a new location: McLeod Sports Medicine, 2439 Willwood Drive. Included in the McLeod Sports Medicine Scholarship Run are the following divisions: 5K run/walk, 10K run, and 1 mile fun run. The course is designed for competitive and recreational athletes. The race technical direction is managed by Simply Timing. Overall prizes val-

ued at $50, $35, and $20 will be awarded to the top three overall male and female winners. Medals will be awarded to the top three males and females in each age group. The cost to participate is $25 if pre-registering, $20 for McLeod employees, military personnel, track, cross country and Florence Track Club members. Registration cost on the day of the event is $30. The cost of the 5K and 10K includes a run/walk t-shirt. The fun run cost is $5 for an individual and $10 for a family. Participants are encouraged to wear green for St. Patrick’s Day. Following the `race, music, food, and activities will be available for the entire family to enjoy. For more information, call

Memorial golf tournament Plans are underway for the Florence County Gamecock Club’s 11th Annual “William Rhea Memorial” Golf Tournament on Monday, April 9 at the Florence Country Club. Sponsorship and entry forms are available and can be picked up at one of the following locations. Groucho’s Deli at 1725A W. Palmetto: Jernigan Law Firm at 602 Second Loop: Roger’s BBQ House at 2004 Second Loop Road; both Micky Finns locations at 194 S. Cashua and 550 Pamplico Hwy. Coaches, past players and administrative personnel from the University of South Carolina athletics will be on hand to participate in the tournament. Proceeds from the tournament will be donated to the University of South Carolina athletic programs. The tournament has raised over $150,000 in donations to Gamecock Athletics and for Florence community programs. The Florence County Gamecock Club was recognized for their continuous work and support of the University by winning the Garnet Division “Club of the Year” for 2016 and 2017. For more information, contact FCGC President Scat Scaturro at 843-621-8008.


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McLeod Sports Medicine at (843) 777-8167, or email Brian.Pettis@mcleodhealth. org. Online registration and printable registration form instructions can be found at Virtual running is available. History of the Scholarship Run During the early 1990’s, McLeod Sports Medicine established the McLeod Sports Medicine Heart Challenge. A Florence area, community-based, and USATF certified 5K and 10K run/walk for improving participants’ health. The Heart Challenge was also estab-

lished to raise money for the McLeod Athletic Excellence Award. The award was soon renamed the Geoffrey Kier Memorial Athletic Excellence Scholarship to honor the memory of a former McLeod Sports Medicine employee who died of meningitis in 1998. Today, this race continues the tradition of raising money for deserving student-athletes in our community. Geoffrey’s mother, Sally, continues to participate in the race each year and also donates to the scholarship fund in honor of her son.

Y offering t-ball, coach pitch The YMCA T-Ball and Coach-Pitch Baseball program teaches 3 to 9-year-olds the beginning of baseball skills with the use of a batting tee or pitches. Skills include running, batting, fielding, throwing and catching. While playing outdoors and having fun with others, this will give children the chance to share and play nice with others. All participants will enjoy equal playing time. Those teachings and interactions will allow them all to grow in accordance with the YMCA mission. Children need to bring their own glove. Parents are needed as volunteer coaches. Registration through March 25; $10 late fee will be added after March 25. Register at the Florence Family YMCA. For more information visit our website at or call Brent Freeman at 665-1234 ext 104.

FDTC Lady Stingers win 14th consecutive game The Florence-Darlington Technical College Lady Stingers softball team won four games over the weekend in the FP Dreams College Spring Tournament in North Myrtle Beach to increase their winning streak to 14 games in a row. On Friday, the Lady Stingers defeated Olney Central College 6-2. Marissa Tyndall was the winning pitcher as she only allowed eight hits, two runs and a walk. Kristina Lee was 2-3 with two runs batted in. Tori Alexander was 2-4 with three runs batted in. The Lady Stingers beat SUNY-Delhi on Friday afternoon 80 in six innings. Alexander was the winning pitcher. She allowed two hits, two walks and hit one player. Hanna Gainey was 2-3 at the plate with a run batted in. Riley Boyle was 3-3 with two runs batted in. The Lady Stingers kept the momentum rolling on Saturday as they defeated Garrett College 28-0 in just five innings. Tyndall pitched one inning and Alexander pitched four innings. Combined, the two pitchers only allowed three hits and two walks. Brittany Miller was the leading hitter on Saturday as she was 4-4 with three runs batted in. Shelby Cox was 3-4 with three runs batted in and a walk. Malan Wilson was 3-3 with two runs batted in. The Lady Stingers’ final game of the tournament was held on Saturday afternoon, and they won once again, beating Olney Central College 6-3. Tyndall won on the mound while allowing five hits, one walk, three runs and she hit a batter. Lee was the leading batter at the plate. She was 2-4 with a run batted in. Boyle had two runs batted in as she was 1-4. With the four wins over the weekend, the Lady Stingers improve to 16-4, and they are 6-0 in their region. The Lady Stingers are off this weekend, but they will return to action on Friday, March 16 as they travel to play Richard Bland in a doubleheader. The first game is scheduled for 1 p.m., followed by the second game at 3 p.m. On Saturday, the team will play Bryant & Stratton on the road. The first game will begin at noon, and the second game is set to get underway at 2 p.m.




‘You Can’t Take It With You’ opens Friday at FLT Florence Little Theatre continues its 2017-18 season with the classic comedy “You Can’t Take It With You,” March 9-17. Performances are at 7:30 p.m., except for a 3 p.m. matinee on Sunday, March 11. The play is directed by Brittany Miles, assisted by Jumana Swindler. Performers include Dawn Porter as Penelope “Penny” Sycamore; Cliff Jones as Martin “Grandpa” Vanderhof; Brittany Miles as Alice Sycamore; Joey Webster as Tony Kirby and Lloyd Wilcox as Mr. Kirby; Meggie Baker as Essie Carmichael; Ray Taylor as Boris Kolenkhov; Shannon Dunn as Paul Sycamore; Chase Miles as Ed Carmichael and Larry Chewning as Mr. De Pinna. Also, Daniel Knight is Donald; Lunden De’Leon is Rheba; John Bankson is Wilbur C Henderson; Heather Ward is Mrs. Kirby; Jessica Larrimore is The Grand Duchess Olga Katrina; and plays Gay Wellington. G-Man 1 “The Man”is played by Nathaniel Daniels; G-Man 2 “Jim” is played by John Bankson; G-Man 3 “Mac” is played by Dylan Hudson. The play centers around the Vanderhof family – a collection of cheerful and erratic, yet lovable incompetents. There’s Grandpa Martin Vanderhof, the salty and philosophical patriarch of this wacky family and a man who made his peace with the world, if not the IRS, long ago. Then there is his daughter, Penelope Sycamore, a cheerful and unpublished playwright, and her husband, Paul who happily manufactures fireworks in the cellar. The third generation consists of Penelope and Paul’s daughters and son-in-law: Essie Carmichael, the eternally optimistic, and


CAST FOR ‘YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU’ inept ballerina, her husband Ed who has a passion for printing presses and xylophones, and Alice, a Wall Street secretary who seems to be the only normal character in the household. Into this whirlwind of activity comes Tony Kirby, Alice’s boyfriend, the son of her boss, and the epitome of normality and success in the business world. Tony is amused by Alice’s family and loves her in spite of the craziness in the family home. Alice, on the other hand, is sometimes merely chagrined, sometimes mortified by what happens when she brings Tony to the house. Despite the differences between the two families, Alice and Tony are soon engaged, and (over Alice’s protests) a dinner party is planned for Tony’s parents – at the Vanderhof home. Alice, of course, has misgivings about bringing Tony’s strait-laced parents into this maelstrom of activity, as she explained when she introduced Tony to her family: “I want him to take you in easy

doses. I’ve tried to prepare him a little, but don’t make it any worse than you can help.” The family assures Alice that they will be on their best behavior, and the night is set. However, as with most things in the Vanderhof family, things don’t go exactly as planned. Tony arrives with his parents in tow – but mistakenly arrives the night before the planned dinner party. And the Vanderhof tribe, rather than being on their best behavior are at their unplanned and hilarious worst. The Kirbys, predictably, are appalled at the wild unorthodoxy of the Vanderhofs, which presently results in the arrest of the family – and of the Kirbys themselves. Alice, convinced that the two families will never get along, determines to leave hers; but Tony, seeing something deeper in the family that his parents or perhaps even Alice don’t see, tries in vain to dissuade her and explains that he brought his parents to the party a night early on purpose: “I wanted (my parents) to see

Photos by John Cameron Photography a real family – as they really were. A family that loved and understood each other.” The Kirbys are angry at their son and disturbed that he could love such a family, but he insists that he still wants to marry Alice. Everything, eventually, is brought back to the important center by Grandpa, as he talks to Mr. Kirby and to Tony about what is really important and teaches everyone some vital lessons about life: “You’ve got all the money you need. You can’t take it with you. . . And what’s it got you? Same kind of mail every morning, same kind of deals, same kind of meetings, same dinners at night, same indigestion. Where does the fun come in? Don’t you think there ought to be something more... We haven’t got too much time, you know – any of us.” The crew includes: Wes Howell, stage man-

MEGGIE BAKER AND CHASE MILES ager with Brook Brown, Caleb Howell and Dylan Hudson assisting as stage crew. Renee Miles, costume mistress, assisted by Deby Smith and Angel Saverance. Dressers are Angel Saverance, Olyvia Gregg, Mandy Howell, Leranda Saverance and Deby Smith. Set design and props include Arlene Boyd as set designer/props mistress; Laniee Stevens, Judie Pierce and Mandy Howell. Makeup and hair is coordinated by Brittany Miles, Jordan Taylor, Leranda Saverance, Emily Bochett and Rebecca Perkins. Shauna Lair is handling sound and Will Bynum is on

lights. Lobby art features works by Hal Campbell, Symon Gibson and Tiffany Thomas and the Florence County Museum. The recommended minimum age is 13. The show runs about two hours. It is sponsored by Raldex Hospitality and A Friend of FLT. Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors 62 and above, and $14 for a student or child. You may purchase tickets by phone at (843) 662-3731 Mon.-Fri. 12-5 p.m.; in person at the daytime box office, 417 South Dargan Street Mon.-Fri. 12-5 p.m.; or online at

Ken Baker, Mary Grace Colburn ready for competition BY BRENDA HARRISON Editor of The News Journal Florence, S.C. Ken Baker claims he and Mary Grace Colburn are “pumped and ready” to present their jive dance at the 2018 Dancing For Our Future Stars competition on March 22. The couple will perform to the upbeat song, “Hey Mickey,” dressed as a baseball player and cheerleader. Ken Baker is an account executive for WMBF TV. He has dance experience performing in musical theatre in his hometown of Cincinnati, but this is his first time competing. All proceeds from this major fund-raising event will go to The School Foundation. To date, the foundation has provided over $1,355,377 in grants to FSD1 educators. Ken, who has worked as an WMBF reporter, said he saw first hand how The School Foundation has benefitted the students. While delighted to support this great cause, Ken admits he was a little nervous until he started working with Mary Grace. “She is wonderful. She is giving me grace,” he said. Mary Grace, a student at Francis Marion University, teaches dance classes at Kelley Fine Arts. She has studied and danced with KFA for 16 years. She has competed in similar dance com-


petitions around this area, but this is her first time competing in DFOFS. ”Ken dances really well,” Mary Grace stated, adding he is her first dance partner who is close to her height. “He does well with the flip and I feel really good about our performance,” she said. “Honestly, I don’t have to take a lot of time repeating the steps. I forget he’s not a professional,” she said. The pair are working on a special trick that will shock the audience, they said. Ken and Mary Grace will square-off with the other celebrities and dance professionals at the SiMT on March 22 for a chance to win the coveted mirror ball trophy at this 8th annual dance competition. A reception will begin at 6 p.m. followed by the competition at 7 p.m. Guests will have an opportunity to win a custom-designed jewelry piece donated by Lisa and Lex Matthews of Southern Jewelry Design. The remaining dance couples for this year’s event are: • Dr. Lisa Bishara (McLeod Health) and Joseph Steen • Louie Callahan (Burch Oxner Seale Co., CPAs) and Alexis McDonald • Ron Glancy (Raines Hospitality) and Tiffany Welsh • David Hall (First Reliance Bank) and Erin Haynes • Dr. Ramzy Hourany (Carolinas Hospital

System) and Julia Thompson • Jammie McDonald (First Citizens Bank) and Cole Davis • Joey McMillan (Coldwell Banker McMillan and Associates) and Katelyn Rodgers • Dr. Calvin Robinson (Trinity Baptist Church) and Fallon Frierson • Chris Rogers (Carver Elementary School) and Morgan Truitt • Robbie Timms (BB&T) and Meggie Baker • Les Ward (Pepsi of Florence, LLC/Pee Dee Food Service) and Mallory Baxley Fans may vote online for their favorite couple(s) at for $10 per vote. The “People’s Choice” mirror ball trophies will be awarded to the three couples raising the most votes. A panel of judges will name one couple “Technical Skills Winner” based on the contestants’ overall skills. One couple will also be chosen as “Most Entertaining” by the judges. Dancers receiving the largest number of online votes will be awarded the “Social Stars” trophy. School Foundation board member Ed Love and local celebrity Audra Coble will serve as master and mistress of ceremonies. The 2017 celebrities will perform the opening act and the KFA Fierce Team will provide special entertainment throughout the evening. To learn more about The School Foundation, visit their website at


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McLeod nurse receives DAISY Nursing Award Registered Nurse Louise Gibbs was named the February DAISY Award Recipient for McLeod Regional Medical Center on Feb. 27. Gibbs, a staff nurse in the Coronary Care Unit, was nominated by a family member of a patient she cared for January of 2018. To recognize those Nurses at McLeod Regional Medical Center who are true examples of Nursing Excellence, patients, family members and co-workers may nominate nurses for the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation’s program to recognize the

super-human efforts nurses perform every day. In the nomination form, the family wrote, “We would like Louise recognized for the excellent work that she does. She takes her job very seriously and is the best nurse. She treats her patients like family. Louise even came into our room singing my Dad’s favorite music to make him feel better.” “I am honored to be recognized with this award,” said Gibbs. “Each morning when I come to McLeod, I pray for the Lord to put those who need me in my care. I feel blessed to be here every day to help my patients.”



Guest Vocalist: Voocalist: Alexanderr Elliott Wednesday, W ednesdayy, March h 7 at 12:30 ppm Join us for a midweek Lenten Len nten service featuring Baritonee Alexander Elliott, who launched his 2017-18 season seasson with a standout performance performan nce in his house and role debut debuut singing Sonora in Puccini’s Puccinii’s La West e with New New fanciulla del West Y oork Cityy Opera. p A nativee of Florence,, South York Carolina, Alexander was a member of South Florence Choraliers underr Linda LeMaster, LeMaster, and performed with Florence Little L Theater. He Theater. studied voice with Sharyn n Mapes and continued his training at Florida State State University where he studied with David Okerlund. Okkerlund. The son of Jack and Becky Elliott andd grandson of Lloyd and Jean Birch, he is a member meember of Central United Methodist Methodist Church. Church h. The 30-minute service will will begin at 12:30 pm. Lunch ($6) will be available availabble beginning at 11:30 am and 1:00 pm. Corner of Irby & Cheves St 843-662-3218 . Senior Pastor, Pastor, The Reverend Revverend Will Will Malambri

The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, California, and was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes. Patrick died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little known but not uncommon autoimmune disease. The care Patrick and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired this unique way of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patient families. Nurses may be nominated for their strong clinical skills and the compassionate care they provide. Nomination forms are available on each nursing unit at McLeod Regional Medical Center or can be found at www.McLeodNursing. org. Recipients of the DAISY Award are chosen by the DAISY committee led by nurses at McLeod Regional Medical Center. Awards are given throughout the year at presentations in front of the nurse’s colleagues, physicians, patients, and visitors. Each honoree receives a certificate commending her or him for being an “Extraordinary Nurse.” The certificate reads: “In deep appreciation of all you do, who you are, and the incredibly meaningful difference you make in the lives of so many people.” The honoree is also given sculpture called “A Healer’s Touch,” hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Africa.

Southside Middle School principal Robert Craig Washington has been nominated for the 2017-2018 National LifeChanger of the Year award. Sponsored by the National Life Group Foundation, LifeChanger of the Year recognizes and rewards the very best K-12 educators and school district employees across the United States who are making a difference in the lives of students by exemplifying excellence, positive influence and leadership. Washington was nominated by his spouse, Barbarette Washington. As principal of Southside Middle School, Washington has continuously worked to enhance the overall school curriculum and create successful opportunities for students. He has implemented many programs, including the “Summer Bridge” program for students who are struggling to advance to the next grade level. Southside Middle School has received numerous awards, accolades, and acknowledgments under Washington’s leadership. “Craig inspires and encourages others around him to think outside the box, envision the possibilities, strive for excellence, and to reach their fullest potential,”

Barbarette said. “He strives to positively touch the lives of students, teachers, staff, and parents each day through his actions and words.” Each school year, LifeChanger of the Year receives hundreds of nominations from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Seventeen individual LifeChanger of the Year awards will be given during the 2017-2018 school year. The grand prize winner will receive $10,000 to be shared with their school/district. Grand prize finalists will receive $5,000 to be shared with their school/district. Ten LifeChanger Award winners will receive $3,000 to be shared with their school/district. The Spirit Award winner is given to the nominee whose community demonstrates the most support for their nomination. The winner will receive $5,000 to be shared with their school/district. The Spotlight Award Winner is given to a nominee in a specific discipline each year. For 2017-2018, the award was given to Debra Santiago, who works as a secretary and bookkeeper in Orlando, FL. She received $5,000 to share with her school, Timber Lakes Elementary School.

Winners are announced via surprise award ceremonies held at their schools. The grand prize finalists will also be honored at a national awards ceremony in spring 2018 in Bermuda, where the grand prize winner will be revealed. Winners are chosen by a selection committee comprised of former winners and education professionals. Nominees must be K-12 teachers or school district employees. To be considered for an award, nominees must: • Make a positive impact in the lives of students • Enhance their school or district’s atmosphere, culture and pride • Demonstrate exemplary leadership at the school and/or district level • Possess a proven record of professional excellence • Show commitment to building a nurturing environment that supports learning • Adhere to the highest moral and ethical standards A resource page with ideas for how to celebrate nominees can be found at http://lifechangeroftheyear. com/showspirit/. To view Washington’s LifeChanger of the Year nominee profile, or to nominate someone from your school, visit

AT LAST YEAR’S EVENT – Chuck MacNeil of PDRTA, Cecilia Meggs of Lighthouse Ministries, Jay Lavrinc, Lighthouse Ministries Board Member, and Nicole Echols, American Red Cross.

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Wilson Mock Trial Team headed to state competition On March 9 and 10, the Wilson High School mock trial team is headed to the state mock trial competition. The team participated in the Conway Regional Mock Trial Competition at the Horry County Courthouse last Saturday, where they placed second and performed well enough to move on to the state competition. They are one of only 12 mock trial teams in the state to advance. This will be the Wilson team’s second trip to the state competition in two years. Wilson is led by teacher coaches Laura Anne Hofler and Jill Young, attorney coach Jack Hofler, and student captain Bethany Williams. The Wilson team spent about five months preparing for the regional mock trial competition, where a series of trials took place between a fictional plaintiff and defense. The mock trial program, sponsored by the SC Bar, releases a fictitious case in October of each year. The students who made it past auditions were split into witnesses and attorneys for either the plaintiff or defense. These students then spent months preparing and memorizing direct and cross examinations, opening statements, and closing arguments for trials against some of the best high school teams in the state. Wilson won all of the three trials in which it participated at the regional competition, defeating the Academy for Technology and Academics, Kingstree Senior High, and Carolina Forest High School. They were one of only two teams from the Conway regional competition to advance to the state competition, along with Socastee High School. The students on the team are freshmen Elena Morgan, Riana Patel, and Sophie Watson; sophomores Blaise Nettles, Salomon Rice, Houston Taylor, and Mary Watts; juniors Katelyn Franck, James Wesley Hanna, Grace Hinson, Annie Kate Watson, and Bethany Williams; and senior Lindsey Sherman. The team won every individual award for which they were eligible. Rice and Watson each earned one “Most Effective Attorney” award, with Williams taking four. Franck brought home three “Most Effective Witness” awards, as well as Nettles, Morgan, and Hinson earning one. The SC Bar High School Mock Trial state competition will be held at the Matthew J. Perry Federal Courthouse in Columbia on March 9 and 10.

McLeod presents family asthma education classes McLeod Children’s Hospital now provides family asthma education classes for children, ages five to 11. Taught by McLeod Certified Asthma Educators, these free classes are held on the first Thursday of each month in the McLeod Family Medicine Center, 144 North Ravenel Street, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Food will be provided, and space is limited. A parent or guardian must attend with the child. Upcoming classes will be held on April 5, May 3, June 7, and July 5. To register for a family asthma education class, call McLeod Reservations and Scheduling at (843) 7772095. For more details, call (843) 777-8506.

Children’s Hospital Week is March 5-11 To shine a light on the importance of children’s hospitals and how donations help kids get the best care when they need it, McLeod Children’s Hospital is participating in the second annual #ChildrensHospitalsWeek, scheduled for March 5-11. McLeod Children’s Hospital is one of 170 member Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMN Hospitals) across North America participating in the week-long initiative. The following activities encourage support for children’s hospitals, March 5-11: • Tune in to a Facebook Live-athon Wednesday, March 7, at 7:30 p.m. (EST): The exciting live event will feature appearances by various celebrities, inspiring kids who represent the 10 million kids treated annually at Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals throughout the U.S. and Canada. Catch the action at • Participate in the #ChildrensHospitalsWeek bandage campaign on social media: Sport a bandage and write on it the name of a child who has benefited from a children’s hospital, take a photo and share it with #ChildrensHospitalsWeek. • Join the Twitch stream for Extra Life United from Thursday, March 8 to Saturday, March 10: Charity gamers from all over the world join together at Extra Life United to learn how to make a big impact on children’s hospitals through gaming. Participants attend panels and workshops and game in a tournament to unlock donations for local CMN Hospitals. The event will be broadcast live on Twitch. The Extra Life program has raised more than $40 million for CMN Hospitals since 2008. Caydence Quesada, age 5, was selected to serve as

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