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NEIGHBORS NAME: Sarah Sweeney FAMILY: Husband John, one year old daughter, and miniature Australian shepherd named Shakespeare BORN: Thibodaux, LA OCCUPATION: Director of Communications for Pee Dee Coalition HOBBIES OR SPECIAL INTERESTS: Giving back to the community is so important to me. WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT FLORENCE: This may sound cliché, but the people. They are wonderful and I felt like I was home as soon as I moved here. WHO OR WHAT HAS MOST INFLUENCED YOU? Both of my parents have been great influencers in my life.

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VOL. 37, NO. 30

BBQ Cookoff Festival coming this weekend The 9th Annual Youth Mentors of the Pee Dee (formerly Big Brothers Big Sisters) Barbecue Cookoff Festival will take place April 12 and 13 in the parking lot behind Palmetto Peddlers on the corner of Hoffmeyer Road and Darlington Street. Executive Director Joey Edwards expects 20 or more barbecue cookers from around the Southeast to compete for bragging rights, trophies and cash prizes up to $1000. The two-day event kicks off with an “Anything Butt” contest on Friday evening, April 12, from 6 until 8 p.m. There will be two divisions this year, Sweet and Savory. The cookers may prepare anything they wish, except barbecue, Edwards explained. Tickets are $10 per person and allow sampling of all dishes prepared. There is no charge for children under the age of 12 accompanied by a paying adult. The cookers favorite dishes could be anything from chicken bog to banana pudding. Local

judges will select the winners from each division. Some of the South’s best barbecue cookers will begin cooking late Friday evening and cook all night to have their barbecue ready for judging on Saturday morning, April 13th. Certified judges from the South Carolina Barbecue Association will be on hand to choose the best barbecue and who takes home the trophies and cash prizes. The public is invited to come sample fresh off the grill barbecue from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. or until it runs out. Tickets are $10

per person to sample the barbecue and children under the age of 12 are free when accompanied by a paying adult. Tickets are available at the gate or from Youth Mentors of the Pee Dee board members. Palmetto Peddlers is the presenting sponsor of the benefit. To date, other sponsors are: Lyles Data Systems, W Lee Flowers, Palmetto Glass, FBI Construction, First Bank, Parrott’s Furniture, Chase Oil Co., Whisenhunt Law Firm, Dilmar Oil Co., Stifel Nicholaus, Signature Wealth Strategies, Arbor One,

Sonoco, Dedicated Community Bank, Florence Concrete, Cain Calcutt Funeral Home, Hope Health, Edward Jones, Harris Pest Control, Mount Hope Cemetery, Wilcox, Buyck, and Williams PA, and Parham Law Firm. Proceeds from this event will help support Youth Mentors of the Pee Dee which fills a void for children from single parent and broken homes. “There is always a shortage of male volunteer mentors, so male volunteers are badly needed. To volunteer, applicants (male or female) must fill out an application and go through an extensive screening process before being assigned a child to work with. Volunteers typically spend two or three hours a week with the child they are matched with. To find out more or to volunteer call the Youth Mentors office at 843-662-7081.

Ladson Hardesty chicken bog benefit sponsored by Cooks for Christ Ladson (Laddy) Hardesty is a very happy little boy, full of laughter and joy. He loves to play cars and trucks with his five-year-old brother, Zander. His mother, Nikki Milligan, is a first-year veterinarian with Windsor Animal Hospital of Florence. His dad, James Hardesty, is a stay at home dad due to Ladson’s medical issues. Ladson is a couple of days shy of two years old. At birth he was diagnosed with Ebstein’s Anomaly, a heart condition where the tricuspid valve does not function properly. Since birth, he has been hospitalized numerous times at McLeod and MUSC. Recently Ladson was admitted to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota and a procedure was performed to repair the right ventricle, which did not move blood as it should. This


surgery was performed on January 18. While in Mayo, the procedure highlighted the fact that the left ventricle was as damaged as the right ventricle. Since his hospitalization in January, he has undergone eight surgeries.

Unfortunately, Laddy’s heart did not function without life support until March 18. He is now under sedation on a ventilator until his right lung functions at full capacity. His two-week stay has turned into two months with an unknown amount of time ahead. While there, Laddy’s mom fell on the ice, breaking her tibia and fibula and underwent immediate surgery. This of course added more financial strain to the family. Cooks for Christ is raising funds to help with medical bills and travel expenses. Ladson’s benefit will be held on Thursday, April 18th at the West Florence Fire Station on Pine Needles Road in Florence. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. and dinner will be served from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m.. Drive through lanes will be

open for your convenience and a bake sale will be held all day. Plates are $8 each. Lunch and dinner can be delivered for orders of seven (7) or more plates. To schedule a delivery, please complete a delivery form and fax or email according to instructions provided on the form. The menu consists of chicken bog, green beans, slaw and bread. We promise your meal will be delicious! To donate, please make checks payable to “Ladson Hardesty’s Heart Fund”. For additional information, please contact Laura Graham at 843621-1712, Sharon Milligan at 843-687-4658, or Beverly McKee at 843-229-0348.

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Anderson, Jeanette, age 92, passed away April 6, Layton-Anderson Funeral Home

Lyerly, Mary C. Edwards, age 91, passed away April 1, Stoudenmire Dowling Funeral Home

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No. 17 Limestone surges on final day PENSACOLA, FLA. – Senior Brett Krekorian (Andover, Mass.) fired a team-leading 68 (-4) to lead a final-round charge by the nationally 17th-ranked Limestone College men’s golf team as both collected a runner-up finish at the 2019 Argonaut Invitational hosted by the University of West Florida in Pensacola, FL on Tuesday, April 2. •The Saints surged on Tuesday with a team score of 281 (-7). Limestone tied for a runner-up finish with a

three-round 870 (+6) •Senior Brett Krekorian (Andover, Mass.) tallied a 68 in the final round to place runner-up. Krekorian posted a combined score of 208 (-8) over both days of action. •Senior Filip Sandberg (Orebro, Sweden) collected a top-10 placement with a day-two 70 (-2). He finished eighth on the individual leaderboard with a total score of 217 (+1). •Junior Zach Bishop (Travelers Rest, S.C.) also carded a 68 (-4) in Tuesday’s

final round. •Freshman Robin Stadheim (Lommedalen, Norway) combined for a 226 (+10). •Sophomore Max Kalfjall (Vasby, Sweden) registered a 3-over 75 on the final day. •Competing as an individual, freshman Jack Wilson (Simpsonville, S.C.) posted a combined 234 •Host West Florida captured the team championship on its home course with an 856 (-8). •The Saints registered the best round of the day by

going 7-under 281 •West Florida’s Christian Bosso was the individual medalist with a combined 206 (-10) •Krekorian finished two strokes back of the lead Limestone will look to reclaim the league title when it competes at the Conference Carolinas Championship starting with first-round action on Sunday, April 14.



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Youthful Patriots finish 13th at Wofford Invitational With a lineup featuring four freshmen and one sophomore, the Francis Marion University golf team finished in 13th place after the final round of the Wofford Invitational Men’s Golf Tournament on Tuesday (April 2). The 54-hole event was contested on the par-72, 6,648 yard Country Club of Spartanburg. Furman University com-

pleted its wire-to-wire victory in the team competition, posting a final-round team score of 278, for a 54hole total of 25-under-par 839. Austin Peay State University (866) finished second, Radford University (867) claimed third place, USC Upstate (871) came in fourth place, and GardnerWebb University and Belmont University (873) tied for fifth.

Freshman Grant Sellers’ final-round one-over-par 73 paced Francis Marion on Tuesday, giving him a total of 219 and a tie for 22nd in the players’ standings. The McBee native tied for the team-lead with three birdies for the day, giving him eight for the tournament. Fellow freshman Grainger Howle (74-7177=222) tied for 36th place. A Darlington native, Howle

registered a pair of birdies on Tuesday to bring his three-round total to nine, the most by a Patriot over the 54-hole event. Other Francis Marion golfers included freshman Pierre De Caevel (76-7975=230), who tied for 63rd, sophomore Michael Rials (76-83-75=234), who finished 78th, and redshirt freshman McClure Thompson (79-76-82=237), who

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The enduring legacy of the greatest generation By Richard Eckstrom, S.C. Comptroller At this time 75 years ago, our nation was preparing for one of the boldest military missions history has ever recorded. If successful, the invasion of German-occupied France by American, British and Canadian troops would turn the tide in World War II and ultimately save the world from Nazism. The stakes were high; so was the probability of failure. The French coast would be fiercely defended by the most formidable divisions of the Nazi machine supported by a vast system of fortifications, machine gun nests, mines, and boobytraps. A successful invasion by Allied forces would depend on more than military might. Success for the largest amphibian assault in history would rely on relentless planning and cooperation. Mobilizing the necessary 7,000 naval vessels and 11,500 aircraft – and more than 2 million troops -- would be a logistical feat the world had never seen before and hasn’t seen since. The crucial supply of munitions, food, and fuel would need to flow unabated. The mission would rely on cunning, ingenuity, innovation, and painstaking research. A shrewd deception campaign – including bogus radio traffic and an extensive “dummy” army of inflatable tanks – would fool the Germans into believing the attack would happen 150 miles northeast of the actual invasion site. American and British technological and engineering advances – from new amphibious vehicles to make-shift harbors and an underwater fuel pipeline spanning the English Channel – would help provide the Allies the upper hand. Code-breakers would successfully decrypt secret German communications to learn Hitler’s defense plans. Aerial reconnaissance units would take as many as a million photographs to pinpoint Nazi positions. In the spring of 1944, the Allies were in the final stage of their meticulous planning and preparation. Troops were pouring into staging areas in England, receiving briefings, and rehearsing their roles. During April and May, the Allies waged air strikes to knock out German defenses – with countless bombs dropped far from the planned landing site to mask the true invasion plan. Landing operations began on June 6th – DDay -- as the biggest invasion fleet in history

steamed from England toward the beaches of Normandy. Above all else, a successful invasion relied on thousands of individual acts of valor by young men who heroically charged headlong ashore toward fierce machine gun fire, or parachuted into unknown dangers behind enemy forces. They set a new standard for courage that day, choking back fear to defy what was then thought impossible, breaking through Hitler’s “impregnable” defense system within hours. Though months of bloody battle remained, the tide of battle had shifted for the Allies and the outcome of the war in Europe was no longer in question. Within a year, Hitler was dead, and Germany surrendered. But the cost was high: Of the 150,000 men who landed in France that day, 4,414 died -- including 2,499 Americans. In a couple of months, a grateful nation will observe the official anniversary of the Normandy landings. Unfortunately, reflections on World War II these days tend to be confined to occasional anniversaries or to history books. That’s a shame. For decades, the story of World War II – of D-Day, of Pearl Harbor, of the Doolittle Raiders, of the Battle of Midway – were passed along verbally from one generation to the next, sometimes from first-hand memories. And for decades, we looked in awe at that venerable generation. Young men fresh from high school who summoned the courage to storm beachheads, often losing their lives defending their nation. Our national identity was forged from their gallantry, grit, and sacrifice. But with each passing year, with fewer and fewer Americans of that generation still living, their contributions fade further from our national memory – and it becomes easier to take for granted their incredible sacrifices, what they stood for, and what they gave us. World War II shaped our nation. It’s a part of history our children and grandchildren need to know – a reminder of what’s possible, of a time when high ideals prevailed, and of the tremendous sacrifices of past generations so that future generations could live in relative peace. Times have changed, yet the legacy of America’s Greatest Generation is more important than ever. Richard Eckstrom is a CPA and the state’s Comptroller.




A month of hope Psychologists have purposed lots of different ‘vehicles’ over the years, words that we use as an engine to keep going, words like grit, optimism, passions, inspiration, etc. All of these are important, however, one in particular is undervalued and underappreciated in psychology and society. That is hope. Hope. It is a simple word and yet can mean so much to anyone going through a difficult time. It can mean the difference between hanging on and letting go. It is one word with no true definition; hope can mean anything you want it to. April is also known as the ‘ National Month of Hope’ where we lend a hand in lifting our spirits and those around us. There are several ways to help spread hope, not just within ourselves,

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but with our friends, family, and community. Here are some simple ways we can spread hope: •Be a helper. If you hear of disasters or troubles, especially near where you live, pray about the situation. Ask God for ideas for helping. Maybe you can collect food, water, or clothing for victims. Maybe you can help collect funds in your neighborhood or church. •Be an encourager. When you see someone who feels sad, lonely, or discouraged, look for ways to encourage.

Make a card or write a hopeful note, e-mail, or text. Offer kind words. Smile and say “hi.” •Be a volunteer. Take time out to volunteer with a local charity, at a school, or with your church. •Be aware. Always be ready to listen if someone needs to talk about feeling discouraged. Be ready to spend time with someone who needs hope. Find ways to help, but also be ready to suggest a trusted adult or a counselor who can offer help and hope. I want to leave you with a quote from Alfred Lord Tennyson, “Hope Smiles from the threshold of the year to come, Whispering ‘it will be happier’…”.


After the funeral Family funerals are different from other funerals. A family funeral makes me drift. I look at the flowers and listen to the ministers and music but my mind wanders. I avoid looking at the casket, choosing to summon up memorable moments, like scenes in an old cinema. I remember the person in full bloom. When things really hit me, however, is after the funeral, when life supposedly gets back to normal, whatever that is. I put away my suit and recall kicks into high gear. And so it was that I began to call up memories of Aunt Sister, she of two familial names, whom we buried March 19. She arrived August 11, 1923, as Sarah Evelyn Walker. I knew her as Aunt Sister. I didn’t know her name was Sarah until she was gone. She passed through times which many of us will never see. Born during Prohibition, she was six when the Great Depression arrived. Sixteen when World War II erupted. Eighteen when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor. Forty when JFK died in Dallas. Forty-six when Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon. And there were hundreds upon hundreds of personal events she collected. What we call “life.” Births. Deaths. Vacations. Meals. Heartbreak. Elation. Disappointment. Careers. Family. Beloved pets. The things she learned. That’s why losing a loved one is like having a museum or a great library burn to the ground. Aunt Sister was the oldest of my late Mom’s sisters and she outlived all the girls save one. She would have been 96 August 11. When you live that long, you acquire a treasure chest of knowledge and experience. My memories include her home on a street called Kings Way, family reunions and hearing her laughter. I remember, too, at Kings Way, watching her, Mom, and Dad listening to Fats Domino’s 1956 recording of

“Blueberry Hill.” “I found my thrill/On Blueberry Hill/On Blueberry Hill/When I found you.” I recall too when she told me about her job in an ammunition factory helping the war effort. The authorities arrested a co-worker, an operative, who was rendering ammunition defective. Not quite ten years ago in a bit of random recall Aunt Sister shared memories of her youth and the Great Depression with me. I hear her voice as I read what she recalled and I see people long gone: “Sundays Mama would fix something special. We’d go to church and in the evening we’d go for a stroll. Wild grapes grew at an old home place and we’d climb trees. Mama and Daddy taught us all about trees. We’d find muscadines, what we called fox grapes. We’d set out hooks for fish on Saturday nights. We’d fish on Sundays but we were scared the Devil would get us. Everybody had dresses made from bolts of cloth provided by the WPA so everybody looked alike.” Aunt Sister remembered making do ... “We didn’t eat eggs, we bartered them for things we didn’t have. Mama made her own snuff ... dry them (tobacco leaves) out and put them in a sack and pound them into a powder and add sugar ... we made homemade syrup ... we ate organic and didn’t know it ... soles of shoes would flap and Daddy would wire them together ... they would scratch others if they got too close ... in spring

Dad would borrow $65 to buy cotton seed, fertilizer. In fall he’d pay back the $65 when the crop came in; what was left was all we had to make it to the next year. “I remember wonderful meal soup with a hambone. Each family member could get a bite or two of meat and she’d mix meal and green onions from the garden. We entertained ourselves with seesaws, a flying jenny, and greased it with an old animal skin. Picking cotton and playing in pile of cotton: we had a good time.” She remembers dresses made from flour sacks. “They had to be washed a lot to get the numbers and printing out.” She remembers her daddy making persimmon beer. “It had baked sweet potatoes in it and clean broomstraw went in the bottom to strain it. When it was ready, we all got one glass; it was sharp and tickled your tongue. That night a mule wandered through the yard and pulled the stopper out and that was the end of the persimmon beer.” She recalled summer nights when “it was so hot we’d sleep on pallets on the grass beneath the stars. We shared a good garden with those whose garden failed. Daddy would kill a beef every year. Neighbors would do the same thing. He’d put it in a wagon and take it to the neighbors and share part of it. When they killed a beef they did the same thing. So everyone had some beef that way.” It’s said that those who lived through the Great

Depression never returned to who they were before it struck. I believe it. Here Aunt Sister recalls those hard days, but through it all, beneath it all, you detect hope and compassion. And sleeping on grass beneath the stars? What a beautiful way to deal with adversity. Well, the years they do go by. My family tree grows young supple limbs as old, brittle limbs break away. One day I added up all the elders I knew as my “growing-up” family when I was a boy. The list came to eighteen names. Today, only two remain. I like to think the other sixteen are together again and they’re busy catching up with Aunt Sister now, and I’ll tell you something you can take to the bank. She will have a lot to tell them. A lot. And you can bet there’ll be plenty of laughter. Visit my website at Email me at

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Limestone College releases 2019 football schedule GAFFNEY—With the spring game set for later this week, the Limestone College football team has released its 2019 schedule – an 11-game slate that will feature eight South Atlantic Conference games and five home contests that will be played at The Reservation at Gaffney High School. This year’s schedule will feature four NCAA Division II playoff teams from a season ago, including a pair of opponents from the ultracompetitive Gulf South Conference, while the Saints will also have to deal with an always challenging slate of SAC games, including conference newcomer UVAWise. Season tickets renewals will begin on Wednesday, July 10, before season and single game tickets go on sale to the general public on Wednesday, August 7. The Blue and Gold starts the season with a return trip to face the University of West Alabama on Saturday, September 7 at 6 p.m. in Livingston, Ala. The Saints open their home schedule with back-toback games at The Reservation when they host the University of West Georgia on Sept. 14 and Tusculum University on Sept. 21. Kick-

off times are scheduled for 7 p.m. against the Wolves while the conference opener against the Pioneers is set for 1 p.m. Limestone will play three of its next four games on the road, starting with a nonconference matchup with UNC Pembroke on Saturday, Sept. 28. The Saints and Braves will square off for the first time since the 2015 season before the Blue and Gold returns home to take on Catawba College on October 5 at 1 p.m. Following road games at Wingate University (Oct. 12) and Mars Hill University (Oct. 19), the Blue and Gold is back home to play host to defending SAC Champions Lenoir-Rhyne University on Oct. 26 at 4 p.m. Limestone then travels to take on new league member UVA-Wise for the first time on November 2. The Saints close out the 2019 home schedule against Carson-Newman University on November 9 at 4 p.m. before traveling to take on rival Newberry College to finish the year on November 16. The NCAA Division II Tournament begins the following week with seven Super Region II teams qualifying.



No. 14 Limestone places four in the Top-10 at Bearcat Invitational GREENWOOD – Finishing up its final tournament of the regular season, the nationally 14th-ranked Limestone College women’s golf team surged on the last day of the Bearcat Invitational at The Links at Stoney Point, with a combined 14-over 302 in the second round while a total of four Saints earned a top-10 finish on Tuesday, April 2. Final results: •The Blue and Gold posted the best round of the day with a 302 (+14). •Limestone missed tying for the team win by one stroke with an overall score of 615 (+39). •Sophomore Ebba Hellman (Ronninge, Sweden)

tallied a second-day 74 (+2). •Senior Reme Cortes (Madrid, Spain) also carded a 74 (+2) in Tuesday’s final round. •Hellman and Cortes both finished runner-up on the individual leaderboard with a 151 (+7). •Sophomore Hailey Cleary (Lexington, S.C.) placed in the top-5 with a second-round 75 (+3). She finished fourth overall on the leaderboard with a twoday score of 153 (+9). •Competing as an individual, sophomore Delanie Mortier (North Charleston, S.C.) collected a top-10 placement with a combined score of 155 (+11). •Junior Pilar Martinez

(Malaga, Spain) finished 16th overall with a 160 (+16). •Senior Eleonor Skoog (Molnlycke, Sweden) recorded a second-round 78 (+6) to place 24th overall. •Sophomore Lena Schilowsky (Gloggnitz, Austria) rounded out the tournament with a 166 (+22). Notables: •Savannah College of Art and Design edged the Saints by one stroke for the team championship.

•SCAD’s Paula Sofia Suarez was the individual medalist with a total score of 147 (+3). •Hellman and Cortes both ended four strokes behind Suarez on the leaderboard. •Limestone pulled away from third-place Young Harris by 16 strokes. Limestone looks to defend its league title when it competes at the Conference Carolinas Championship which started with first-round action on Sunday, April 7.





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“Out of Their Hands” effort targets alcohol access to anyone under 21 South Carolina’s Tenth Annual “Out of Their Hands” Spring Blitz began April 1st. Strict enforcement coupled with a strong media message will run until April 30. Coordinated by the S.C. Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services (DAODAS), the state’s Alcohol Enforcement Teams (AETs) and their enforcement and education partners will engage community residents, businesses, and others to deny alcohol access to youth who are under 21. The “Out of Their Hands” campaign is designed to coincide with Gov. Henry McMaster’s proclamation of

April 2019 as Alcohol Awareness Month in South Carolina. “(I) encourage all South Carolinians to support efforts that prevent alcohol abuse and underage drinking in our communities, particularly those that recognize and encourage youth who have made the decision to remain free of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs,” McMaster said in his proclamation. With spring break and prom season in full swing, April is prime time for many teens to “let loose,” have fun, and forget about the worries of school. While enjoying these springtime

festivities is a great way for teens to recharge their batteries, teens who choose to illegally drink alcohol need to beware. Local law enforcement will be out in full force during April to crack down on underage drinking – especially teens who drink and drive. Officers will conduct increased party patrols to stop underage drinking before it begins, and will step up other enforcement activities such as compliance checks and public safety checkpoints to deter underage drinking and driving. Staff from county alcohol and drug abuse authorities will lead presentations

informing the public of the danger and illegality of providing alcohol to individuals under 21 years old. “This stepped-up enforcement is not about arrests or tickets, but about saving lives,” said Sara Goldsby, Director of DAODAS. “Although we have made progress in reducing death and serious injuries due to underage drinking in South Carolina, there is still more work for us to do.” According to the S.C. Department of Public Safety, from 2007 to 2016 (the most recent data available), 4,446 drivers under 21 were involved in alcohol-related

traffic crashes in South Carolina – an average of about 440 drivers a year. Preliminary traffic crash numbers for 2017 reveal that approximately 360 drivers under 21 were involved in alcoholrelated traffic crashes. “Out of Their Hands” extends throughout the entire month of April to cover South Carolina proms and spring breaks that typically occur from late March until early May, with a majority of events held in April. Each year, the spring prom blitz has been a great success because local AETs set their own schedules based on

proms, spring breaks, and other end-of-year school activities. AET enforcement and education strategies will be posted on the campaign website at, and information will be available on the campaign’s Facebook page. The statewide effort involves 16 AETs that cover South Carolina’s 46 counties. DAODAS is the cabinet agency charged with ensuring the provision of quality services to prevent or reduce the negative consequences of substance use and addictions.

NAACP to hold Annual Freedom Fund Dinner The Florence Branch of the NAACP invites the community to support its Annual Freedom Fund Dinner. The

dinner will be held on Friday, April 12, at 7 p.m. The location is New Ebenezer Baptist Church (Strive Hard

Educational, Recreational and Enrichment Center) located 307 Ravenel St., Florence. This year’s theme

is “Defeat Hate: Vote”. The guest speaker for this year’s dinner is Mr. Leon W. Russell, Chairman, NAACP Board of Directors. He was elected chairman of the NAACP at its annual Board of Directors meeting on February 18, 2017. He has proudly served as a member of the NAACP

Board of Directors for over 27 years. Rev., Dr. Alphonso Porter, pastor of Majority Baptist Church is the Honorary Chairman for this year’s dinner. The musical entertainment will be provided by The Saxxy Keyz Band. Tickets are $50 per person, and may be purchased

from the NAACP office or from local members. The NAACP is the oldest, largest, and most effective civil rights organization in the nation. Its mission is to ensure the political, educational, social, economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race– based discrimination.

Drug support and education available Narconon New Life Retreat would like to remind families to stay educated on the signs and dangers of drug abuse. Methamphetamines and opioids are on the rise in both rural and city areas. Learn the signs and protect your loved ones

from drug abuse and addiction. The amount of deaths caused by methamphetamines has almost tripled since 2014. To learn more, visit: blog/the-other-drug-epi-

demic.html Narconon provides free drug education materials covering a wide range of topics. Please call today for your free drug education materials at 1 (800) 4311754.

2019 FLORENCE COUNTY REPUBLICAN CONVENTION Saturday, April 13 – Registration begins at 9:15 am – Meeting begins at 10:00 am Poynor Adult Education Auditorium – 301 S. Dargan St., Florence, SC 29506 Special guests include Lt. Gov. Pamela Evette, elected officials, and Party leaders EVERY REPUBLICAN SHOULD ATTEND THIS CONVENTION – Which will include: ➢ Election of officers for the Florence County GOP ➢ Election of Delegates to the SC Republican Party State Convention ➢ Participating in a Spirited Enrollment Campaign ➢ Door Prizes ➢ Lunch catered by Rogers BBQ Cost: Voting Delegates ­ $10 members/$20 non­members Visitors & Guests ­ $5 For more information, contact RAY KINGSBURY at 734­558­0768 or You may also visit our Facebook Page at Paid for by Florence County Republican Party







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

AMENDED SUMMONS AND AMENDED COPLAINT TO: DEFENDANT GEORGE WORTH ANDERSON: An action for personal injury has been filed against you in the Circuit Court for the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit in Horry County, South Carolina. If you wish to object to this action, you must respond in writing at the Circuit Court for the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit, P. O. Box 677, Conway, SC 29528-0677, within thirty (30) days of this Notice. You must also inform the Court of your current address and of any subsequent address changes. FAILURE TO RESPOND WITHIN THIRTY (30) DAYS OF RECEIVING THIS NOTICE SHALL CONSTITUTE CONSENT TO THE ABOVE-REFERENCED ACTION, AND THE PLAINTIFF MAY OBTAIN A DEFAULT JUDGMENT AGAINST YOU. STEVENS LAW FIRM, P.C. BY: NATALIE S. STEVENS-GRAZIANI – No. 74222 P. O. Drawer 127 Loris, SC 29569 843.756.7652 ; Fax: 843.756.3785 Attorneys for Plaintiff March 5, 2019. AMENDED SUMMONS [Jury Trial Requested] TO: THE DEFENDANTS ABOVE NAMED: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and required to answer the Complaint herein, a copy of which is herewith served upon you, and to serve a copy of your

Answer to the said Complaint on STEVENS LAW FIRM, P.C., at its office at P. O. Drawer 127, Loris, SC 29569-0127, within Thirty [30] days after the service hereof, exclusive of the day of such service; and if you fail to answer the Complaint within the time aforesaid, the Plaintiff will apply to the Court for the relief demanded in the Complaint and judgment by default will be rendered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint. DATED this 14th day of January, 2019. STEVENS LAW FIRM, P.C. S/. James P. Stevens, Jr. JAMES P. STEVENS, JR.—5340 NATALIE S. STEVENSGRAZIANI-07422 P. O. Drawer 127 Loris, S. C. 29569-0127 843.756.7652; 843.756.3785 – FAX Attorneys for Plaintiff (3/27,4/3,4/10/19) SUMMONS AND NOTICE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF FLORENCE IN THE FAMILY COURT OF THE TWELFTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT Docket Number: 2019-DR-21-279 South Carolina Department of Social Services Plaintiffs, versus Truly Franklin-Hunt Lawrence Seamon John Doe Defendants. In the Interests of: Levi Seamon DOB: 07/16/14) Lynnie Seamon DOB: 10/01/16) Minors under the age of 18 years TO DEFENDANTS: Truly Franklin-Hunt and

Lawrence Seamon: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and served with the complaint for termination of parental rights and notice of hearing in and to the minor children in this action, the original of which has been filed in the Office of the Clerk of Court for FLORENCE County Clerk of Court County, 181 N. Irby St., Room 903, Florence, SC 29501, a copy of which will be delivered to you upon request; and if you choose to answer the complaint, to serve a copy of your answer to the complaint upon the undersigned attorney for the plaintiff at G. Conrad Derrick, 2685 S. Irby Street, Box A, Florence, SC, 29505 within thirty (30) days following the date of service upon you, exclusive of the day of such service. YOU ARE FURTHER NOTIFIED that: the TPR hearing in this matter is scheduled for October 12, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. at the Florence County Family Court located at 180 N. Irby St., Florence, SC 29501. S. C. DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES G. Conrad Derrick Attorney for Plaintiff South Carolina Department of Social Services 2685 S. Irby Street, Box A Florence, SC 29505 (843) 669-3354/(843) 6739247 Bar No.: 1652 South Carolina (3/27,4/3,4/10/19) SUMMONS AND NOTICE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF FLORENCE

IN THE FAMILY COURT OF THE TWELFTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT Docket Number: 2019-DR-21-285 South Carolina Department of Social Services Plaintiffs, versus Shawna Larimer John Doe Defendants. In the Interests of: Alexander Barrett DOB: 07/16/14) Axavier Barrett DOB: 10/04/16) Minors under the age of 18 years TO DEFENDANT: Shawna Larimer: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and served with the complaint for termination of parental rights and notice of hearing in and to the minor children in this action, the original of which has been filed in the Office of the Clerk of Court for FLORENCE County Clerk of Court County, 181 N. Irby St., Room 903, Florence, SC 29501, a copy of which will be delivered to you upon request; and if you choose to answer the complaint, to serve a copy of your answer to the complaint upon the undersigned attorney for the plaintiff at G. Conrad Derrick, 2685 S. Irby Street, Box A, Florence, SC, 29505 within thirty (30) days following the date of service upon you, exclusive of the day of such service. YOU ARE FURTHER NOTIFIED that: the TPR hearing in this matter is scheduled for June 4, 2019, at 9:30 a.m. AND a pre-trial hearing on May 7, 2019 at 9:30AM. at the Florence County Family Court located at 181 N. Irby St., Florence, SC 29501. S. C. DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES

G. Conrad Derrick Attorney for Plaintiff South Carolina Department of Social Services 2685 S. Irby Street, Box A Florence, SC 29505 (843) 669-3354/(843) 6739247 Bar No.: 1652 South Carolina (3/27,4/3,4/10/19) NOTICES & SUMMONS STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF FLORENCE Alease B. Durant and Rockeyfellow Byrd, Plaintiffs, vs.Wenona Thompson Ham, 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 Complaint herein, any unknown adults being as a class Designated as “John Doe” and any unknown infants or persons under disability or persons in military service designated as a class as “Richard Roe,” Defendants. IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS FOR THE TWELFTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT DOCKET NO. 2018CP2102795 SUMMONS TO THE DEFENDANTS ABOVE-NAMED: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and required to appear and defend by answering the Complaint in this action, of which a copy is herewith served upon you, and to serve a copy of your Answer on the subscribers at their offices, 601 West Evans Street; Post Office Box 6139; Florence, SC 29502-6139, within thirty (30) days 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 should you fail to Answer the foregoing Summons, the Plaintiffs will move for a general Order of Reference of this cause to the Master in Equity for Florence County, which Order shall, pursuant to Rule 53 (e) of the South Carolina Rules of Civil Procedure, specifically provide that the said Special Master is authorized and empowered to enter a final judgment in this cause. TO MINOR(S) OVER FOURTEEN YEARS OF AGE AND/OR 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, Plaintiffs will apply for the appointment of a Guardian ad Litem Nisi. NOTICE TO THE DEFENDANTS: YOU WILL PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE AN ORDER APPOINTING GUARDIAN AD LITEM NISI has been entered appointing J. Greg Hendrick, Esq. as Guardian Ad Litem Nisi for any unknown minors, unknown adults and persons in military service or who may be under a disability, which ORDERED that, pursuant

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 to Rule 17, SCRCP, J. Greg Hendrick be and hereby is appointed Guardian Ad Litem Nisi on behalf of all unknown minors, adults, persons in military service and all unknown persons under a disability, all of whom may have or may claim to have some interest in or claim to the real property commonly known as 609 Brockington St. Timmonsville, SC Tax Map No. 70011-10-009; that J. Greg Hendrick is empowered and directed to appear on behalf of and represent said Defendants, unless the said Defendants, or someone on their behalf, shall within thirty (30) days after service of a copy hereof as directed, procure the appointment of a Guardian or Guardians Ad Litem for the said Defendants, and it is FURTHER ORDERED that a copy of this Order shall forthwith be served upon the said Defendants, and all other persons entitled to claim through them; all unknown persons with any right, title or interest in the real estate described herein; also any persons who may be in the military service of the United States of America, being a class designated as John Doe; and any unknown minors or persons under a disability being a class designated as Richard Roe, by publication thereof in the Morning News, a newspaper of general circulation in the County of Florence, State of South Carolina, once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks, together with the Summons in the above entitled action. Master-inEquity for Florence County Florence, South Carolina STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF FLORENCE Alease B. Durant and Rockeyfellow Byrd, Plaintiffs, vs.Wenona Thompson Ham, 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 Complaint herein, any unknown adults being as a class Designated as “John Doe” and any unknown infants or persons under disability or persons in military service designated as a class as “Richard Roe,” Defendants. IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS FOR THE TWELFTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT DOCKET NO. 2018CP2102795 LIS PENDENS NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that an action has been commenced and is now pending, or will be commenced in the Court of Common Pleas for Florence County, Twelfth Judicial Circuit, upon a Complaint of the above-named Plaintiffs against the above-named Defendants for the quieting of title and a partition of property. The subject property being, as of the date of filing of this Notice, situate in the County of Florence, State of South Carolina, and being described as follows: All that piece, parcel or lots of land in Timmonsville, County of Florence, State of South Carolina, designated as lots Nos. 59, 60, 61, 62 and 63, by Henry C. Duncan, Surveyor, September 3, 1938 and recorded in the office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County in Plat Book E at Page 39 and bounded as follows: on the North by Lots Nos. 58 and 39; on the East by a ditch same being the line; on the South by Lots Nos. 64 and 33; and on the West by Brockington Street. The said lots measuring 25 feet each on Brockington Street, making a total of 125 feet thereon. This being the same property conveyed to Florence Byrd by deed of E. C. Anderson, dated December 7, 1944 and recorded in Book 99 at Page 82 in the office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County. s/Karl A. Folkens Karl A. Folkens SC Bar 2066 Folkens Law Firm, P.A. P. O. Box 6139 Florence, SC 29502 (843) 6 6 5 - 0 1 0 0 Attor-

ney for Plaintiffs. (4/3,4/10,4/17/19) SUMMONS AND NOTICE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF FLORENCE IN THE FAMILY COURT OF THE TWELFTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT Docket Number: 2019-DR-21-92 South Carolina Department of Social Services Plaintiffs, versus Angel S Johnson Anthony DuRant Defendants. In the Interests of: Jahmere DuRant DOB: 03/07/14) Minors under the age of 18 years TO DEFENDANT: Anthony DuRant: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and served with the complaint for termination of parental rights and notice of hearing in and to the minor child in this action, the original of which has been filed in the Office of the Clerk of Court for FLORENCE County Clerk of Court County, 181 N. Irby St., Room 903, Florence, SC 29501, a copy of which will be delivered to you upon request; and if you choose to answer the complaint, to serve a copy of your answer to the complaint upon the undersigned attorney for the plaintiff at G. Conrad Derrick, 2685 S. Irby Street, Box A, Florence, SC, 29505 within thirty (30) days following the date of service upon you, exclusive of the day of such service. YOU ARE FURTHER NOTIFIED that: the TPR hearing in this matter is scheduled for March 19 2019, at 9:30 a.m. at the Florence County Family Court located at 181 N. Irby St., Florence, SC 29501. S. C. DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES G. Conrad Derrick Attorney for Plaintiff South Carolina Department of Social Services 2685 S. Irby Street, Box A Florence, SC 29505 (843) 669-3354/(843) 6739247 Bar No.: 1652 South Carolina (4/3,4/10,4/17/19) SUMMONS AND NOTICES (Non-Jury) FORECLOSURE OF MORTGAGE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF FLORENCE IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS CIVIL ACTION NO.: 2019-CP-21-00629 Lakeview Loan Servicing, LLC, Plaintiff, v. Mark D. Smith a/k/a Mark Douglas Smith, Defendant(s). 18-032660 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 1201 Main Street, Suite 1450, 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. TO MINORS OVER FOURTEEN YEARS OF AGE, AND/OR TO MINORS UNDER FOURTEEN YEARS OF AGE AND THE PERSON WITH WHOM THE MINOR 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 may be made by Attorney for Plaintiff. YOU WILL ALSO TAKE NOTICE that Plaintiff will move for an Order of Reference or the Court may issue a general Order of Reference of this action to a Master In Equity / Special Referee, pursuant to Rule 53 of the South Carolina Rules of Civil Procedure. YOU WILL FURTHER TAKE NOTICE that under the provisions of S.C. Code Ann. § 29-3-100, effective June 16, 1993, any collateral assignment of rents contained in the referenced Mortgage is perfected and Attorney for Plaintiff hereby gives notice that all rents shall be payable directly to it by delivery to its undersigned attorneys from the date of default. In the alternative, Plaintiff will move before a judge of this Circuit on the 10th day after service hereof, or as soon thereafter counsel may be heard, for an Order enforcing the assignment of rents, if any, and compelling payment of all rents covered by such assignment directly to the Plaintiff, which motion is to be based upon the original Note and Mortgage and the Complaint attached hereto. NOTICE TO THE DEFENDANTS ABOVE NAMED: YOU WILL PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Summons and Complaint, of which the foregoing is a copy of the Summons, were filed with the Clerk of Court for Florence County, South Carolina on March 5, 2019. /s/ William S. Koehler William S. Koehler Attorney, SC Bar No.: 74935 Albertelli Law 1201 Main St, Suite 1450 Columbia, SC 29201 Phone: (803) 828-0880 Fax: (803) 828-0881 Date: March 27, 2019 Columbia, South Carolina (4/3,4/10,4/17/19) STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF DARLINGTON IN THE FAMILY COURT OF THE FOURTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT DOCKET NO.: 2019-DR-16-159 PECOLA AND CLAYTON MCDANIEL, Plaintiffs, vs. LATISHA CLAYNETTA MCDANIEL, KEVIN NETTLES, KEVIN L. DUBOSE, and JOHN DOE 1, JOHN DOE 2, and JOHN DOE 3, Defendants. TO THE ABOVE NAMED DEFENDANTS: LATISHA CLAYNETTA MCDANIEL, KEVIN NETTLES, KEVIN L. DUBOSE, AND JOHN DOE 1, JOHN DOE 2, AND JOHN DOE 3: YOU ARE

HEREBY SUMMONED and NOTIFIED THAT AN ACTION HAS BEEN FILED AGAINST YOU IN THIS COURT. Within thirty (30) days of the day you receive this Summons, you must respond in writing to this Complaint by filing an Answer with this court. You must also serve a copy of your Answer to this Complaint upon the Plaintiff or the Plaintiff’s Attorney at the address shown below. If you fail to answer the Complaint, judgment by default could be rendered against you for the relief requested in the Complaint PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that a FINAL HEARING has been set in the above matter for the 17th day of June, 2019 at 2:00 PM, Family Court of the 4th Judicial Circuit, located at 1 Public Square, Darlington, SC before the Honorable Michael Holt. RESPECTFULLY SUBMITTED, Valerie S. Gardner Valerie S. Gardner, Attorney for the Plaintiffs SOUTH CAROLINA LEGAL SERVICES 320 South Coit Street; Florence, SC 29501 (843) 413-9500; (843) 413-1013 (fax) Date: April 5, 2019 Florence, South Carolina (4/10,4/17,4/24/19)

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Pony Club holds 2nd Annual Stick Horse Races at Carolina Cup REMBERT–The 2nd Annual Palmetto Pony Club Stick Horse Races were held at The Carolina Cup at Springdale Race Course on Saturday, March 30th. It was a beautiful day for fast horses, beautiful dresses and unique hats. The Palmetto Pony Club members and parents worked diligently to provide a fun, family activ-

ity for those attending The Cup. The stick horses available for purchase were one of a kind, hand crafted artistic creations and there was a tremendous selection of raffle items available. The post time for the races was 3 p.m. There were six races for children and adults. Ribbons were presented first through sixth place. Thanks to the

help of our pony club supporters, our event was a huge success! All proceeds benefit the Palmetto Pony Club equine educational programs. If you are interested in becoming a member of The United State Pony Clubs, Inc., you can contact Palmetto Pony Club at for

more information. The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. (Pony Club) was founded in 1954 as a nonprofit national organization to teach riding and horsemanship through a formal educational program. Many of the nation’s top equestrians,

including many of our Olympic team members and many business professionals, government leaders and career military officers, have roots in Pony Club. Youth members range in age from as young as four through age 25, and in the last decade,

Pony Club has strengthened programming to meet the needs of equestrians of all ages. There are approximately 10,000 members in 600 clubs and riding centers in 43 regions throughout the country

Front row left to right: Belle DeVault, Zalee Caulder, Demi Blackmon, Aubrey Blackmon, Murray Taylor, Gabby Strickland. Back row left to right: Darby Waund, Celeste Sullivan, Mary Elwyne Kennedy, Savannah Hutto, Abby Stevens, Alex McAllister. Not pictured: Coker Cutler, Jessi Gregory, Maggie Knotts, Savannah Palm, Riley Terrell. Palmetto Pony Club Tent

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Florence native honored at annual gala Dr. Anne Lamb Matthews, a Florence native, the first woman to be named Vice President of Rotary International, and the first woman to serve on both the Rotary Foundation Board of Trustees and the Rotary International Board of Directors, was named a 2019 Distinguished South Carolina Public School Graduate. The South Carolina Foundation for Educational Leadership, South Carolina Association of School Administrators’ (SCASA) non-profit arm, hosted its third annual gala to celebrate the impact of public education and how it contributed to the personal careers and achievements of the six honorees. •2019 Distinguished South Carolina Public School Graduates: Craig Melvin, Richland District One graduate and NBC TODAY anchor; Lou Kennedy, Lexington District One graduate and

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president and CEO of Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corporation; and Dr. Anne Lamb Matthews, Florence District Three graduate and international advocate for humanitarian issues. •2019 South Carolina Educator Hall of Fame Inductees: Dr. Cyril Busbee (presented posthumously), a three-time SC Superintendent of Education who oversaw the integration of South Carolina’s Public Schools; Joseph “Ken” East (presented posthumously), an educator who started the first public kindergarten program in the state, devel-

oped a statewide adult education program that was replicated nationally, and is largely responsible for the founding of Costal Carolina University and starting South Carolina ETV; and Dr. Karen Woodward, a district superintendent for over 31 years in Union County Schools, Anderson District Five, and Lexington District One who has been recognized nationally by the American Association of School Administrators (AASA) with the 2014 Women in School Leadership Award. You can support the SC Foundation for Educational Leadership by purchasing a heart at to celebrate, thank, or honor someone who has helped write your story. Funds raised from the gala and the sale of hearts support the Foundation’s school leadership development programs.

The Future Entrepreneurs Foundation would like to thank our community for attending the Benefit Concert on Friday, March 29th featuring national recording artist Zacardi Cortez and

special guests. Emcee was Kevin Jacobs, WPDE News meteorologist. The Future Entrepreneurs Foundation will be traveling to Washington, DC. to the National African American & Culture

Museum. For further details regarding the trip, contact the Future Entrepreneurs Foundation at office phone at (800) 913-82621 for more information.

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Gary Raines announced the promotion of two team members, Sparkle Cotton and Kelly Hicks. Sparkle Cotton has been named the General Manager of Comfort Inn & Suites Florence. Sparkle began her journey with Raines Hospitality in 2012. She started as a front desk agent at the Residence Inn and was super excited to rejoin the workforce after ten years of operating an in home daycare. While at the Residence Inn, she quickly discovered her passion not only for the guests but also being able to provide exceptional service to them. She never thought such passion would lead her to General Manager and for that she is truly grateful. Sparkle is a native of Flo-

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FMU ranked as one of 50 most affordable colleges in America Francis Marion University’s unparalleled combination of quality and affordability has been recognized once again. FMU is ranked in’s new list of the ‘50 Most Affordable Colleges and Universities in the United States’. The listing uses reliable data from the U.S. Department of Education and the National Center for Education Statistics. researchers say the ranking is based on a combination of “economic tuition costs and availability of financial aid and work-study, as well as it’s career and academic resources for students, gradation rates, and facilities and programs offered”. Schools from 23 different states are listed in the rankings. FMU is the only South Carolina college or university listed. Dr. Fred Carter, president of Francis Marion University, said the new ranking was


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Guest Preacher: Rev. Becky Shirley Wednesday, April 10 at 12:30 pm Join us for a midweek Lenten service led by Rev. Becky Shirley. Becky is a lifelong United Methodist from Columbia, SC who has a passion for sharing God’s love. She is a graduate of Columbia College, and earned an MBA from the University of South Carolina and a Master of Divinity Degree from Lutheran Southern Theological Seminary. Becky and her husband Richard enjoy running, hiking, watching movies and playing scrabble. In June of 2015, the Bishop appointed her to Philadelphia UMC to serve as the first female pastor of the congregation. The 30-minute service will begin at 12:30 pm. Lunch ($6) will be available beginning at 11:30 am and 1:00 pm. Corner of Irby & Cheves St 843-662-3218 Senior Pastor, The Reverend Will Malambri

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McLeod nurse receives March DAISY Nursing Award Natalie Prince, RN, a staff nurse on the Cardiovascular Surgery Floor, was recently named the March DAISY Award recipient for McLeod Regional Medical Center. Prince was nominated by a patient’s son for her extraordinary care and compassion. 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. On the nomination form, the patient’s son wrote, “My father had chest pain on a Thursday, and after going through the emergency room, he was transferred to the Cardiovascular floor on Friday. Natalie, his nurse during the daytime, continuously monitored him and asked about his conditions from time to time. She treated him with great respect and patience and answered all of our queries. He had a small scare on Saturday after his admission, but she gave him medicine, and he started feeling better. On Sunday evening, my father’s condition suddenly started deteriorating. His whole bed started trembling, and he had problems with his left arm and difficulty breathing. Natalie assembled the whole team of doctors and nurses

March DAISY Nursing Award wnner Natalie Prince Nurses may be nomiright away and told them to get him to the catheterization nated for their strong clinical lab. We were all panicking, skills and the compassionate but she kept her cool the care they provide. Nominaentire time, continuously tion forms are available on monitoring the situation and each nursing unit at McLeod communicating with the doc- Regional Medical Center or tors. Later we learned that can be found at www. he had a stroke, but due to Recipients of the DAISY prompt care and treatment, his heart was not damaged. Award are chosen by the Thank you to the whole team DAISY committee, led by of doctors and nurses, espe- nurses at McLeod Regional Medical Center. Awards are cially Natalie.” The not-for-profit DAISY given throughout the year at Foundation is based in Glen presentations in front of the Ellen, California, and was nurse’s colleagues, physiestablished by family mem- cians, patients, and visitors. bers in memory of J. Patrick Each honoree receives a cerBarnes. Patrick died at the tificate commending her or age of 33 in late 1999 from him for being an “Extraordicomplications of Idiopathic nary Nurse.” The certificate Thrombocytopenic Purpura reads: “In deep appreciation (ITP), a little known but not of all you do, who you are, uncommon auto-immune dis- and the incredibly meaningful ease. The care Patrick and difference you make in the his family received from lives of so many people.” nurses while he was ill The honoree is also given a inspired this unique way of beautiful and meaningful thanking nurses for making a sculpture called “A Healer’s profound difference in the Touch,” hand-carved by lives of their patients and artists of the Shona Tribe in Africa. patient families.

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Golf tourney sees beautiful weather, hole in one The cold, wet weather faded away for the Annual Darlington Downtown Revitalization Association (DDRA) Golf Tournament held on Wednesday, April 3, at Darlington Country Club. Thirteen teams played an afternoon of golf after a hearty buffet lunch. Highlights included a hole in one by Tyler Lofe on Hole #14. Grand sponsors included Carolina Bank, Darlington Raceway, Nationwide Insurance, and Fitness World Gyms. Thank you to everyone who participated. Teams included Carolina Bank, City of Darlington, Wilson Senior

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All Army soul R&B singer signs U.S. radio promotion deal Singer-songwriter Chris Legacy (aka SSG Chris Fairley for his performances as an All-Army entertainer) is on the rise. Blending soul and R&B in a way that touches the heart and backed by charismatic performances his combination of talent, positive energy and drive have carried him all the way to a #4 spot in UK indie charts and now the rising star is poised to explode on US radio in a big way. The Mississippi born Legacy made the announcement he has signed a radio

promotion deal with a California based company led by Joe Mason (Motown, WCERecords/Sony and Never Stop Ent) and Ken Wilson (Sony, J Records, Columbia Records, Warner Brothers, Arista and MCA Records) on March 31st after performing on stage in Florence at The Florence Center. Legacy performed with powerhouse artists Frankie Beverly & Maze, Lenny Williams and The Terrance Young Experience to a crowd that couldn’t get enough of him. The company

is also currently promoting music to radio stations for Charlie Wilson, Johnny Gill, India Arie, Fantasia, and #40 Billboard Mediabase Charts holder Diamonique Jackson. “This just lets me know that I’m doing something right when a well-respected radio promotion director approaches you,” commented Legacy. “I am looking forward to seeing my music reach more people and touch more lives.” Joe Mason, from the promotion team, was equally excited, “ I’m going to work hard for Chris and soon we’ll see the results.” Mason saw that something special in Legacy, going back to 2018, when he saw him perform at a Blues con-

cert in Greensboro, NC when Mason was traveling with classic R&B vocalist Lenny Williams, best-known for his hit song “I Love You”. “Even Lenny had great things to say about Chris’s personality, character and his vocal ability. He is truly a seasoned entertainer and recording artist,” remarked Mason about the experience that would get the ball rolling towards his current deal. Unusual for an Americanartist Legacy’s music has already taken off overseas on the U.K. indie charts with his new single “Hello” debuting at number #17 and making it all the way up to #4 on their highly-contested charts. “It’s one of those songs I

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put on repeat. It’s simply a hit,” said London-based Indie radio format, Breaking Artist Program Manager, Taxman with quite a bit of passion. Veterans, retirees and active duty personnel are among his most loyal fans knowing Legacy is an AllArmy Entertainer Army Vocalist by day performing in his military capacity as SSG Chris Fairley, the name he was born and joined the service with. Victory Pernell of Victory Promotions LLC, praised the rising star for his ability to draw in both a civilian and military fanbase. “Chris is a great person and a very talented singer and performer. Whenever I have an R&B show I call Chris cause I

know he’s going to do a great job and he draws a big crowd of military supporters so its always a win-win for us both.” Legacy can be found on social media @ ChrisLegacyMusic on Facebook and Instagram, and ChrisLegacy on YouTube. For more information on Chris Legacy and his latest release and shows be sure to visit www.chrislegacy. com. Chris Legacy is a soulrooted R&B songwriter and vocalist whose vocal ability recalls the Soul Stirrers Sam Cook, and The Temptations David Ruffin. He also performs as a very popular AllArmy Entertainer and vocalist.

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