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NEIGHBORS NAME: Phyllis Wedgeworth FAMILY: Husband Donald, two children, 9 grands and 1 great grand BORN: Dallas, Texas, lived in Florence over 30 years OCCUPATION: Retired HOBBIES OR SPECIAL INTERESTS: Reading, genealogy WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT FLORENCE: Friendly people, good neighbors WHO OR WHAT HAS MOST INFLUENCED YOU? “My parents who set a good Christian example.”

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Marker recognizes African American Business District Contributions made by the African American business owners of North Dargan Street were recognized on Saturday, April 14, with the unveiling of a commemorative marker on the lawn of Ideal Funeral Home, 106 E. Darlington Street. The 200-300 blocks of North Dargan Street were dedicated as the Historic Downtown African American Business District. This historic designation was initiated by the North Florence Community History and Heritage Initiative and authenticated through the South Carolina Department of Archives and History. The marker was provided by the City of Florence and acknowledges the importance and success of the African American owned businesses of the 200 and 300 blocks of N. Dargan Street which served as the center of a thriving African American Business District. These businesses included restaurants, barber shops, funeral parlors and pharmacies that provided services to African American customers who at the time were often denied access to whiteowned businesses. By the first decades of the 20th Century, North Dargan Street had become the principal African Amer-

HISTORICAL MARKER DESIGNATES 200 AND 300 BLOCKS OF NORTH DARGAN STREET AS AFRICAN AMERICAN BUSINESS DISTRICT ican residential district as patterns of racial segregation became more

fixed. The businesses of N. Dargan Street served the predominantly

African American residents who lived and worked here.

Positions filled at West Florence High The Florence One Board of Trustees approved the hiring of an administrator and two staff members at West Florence High School, including Matthew Dowdell, principal; Greg Johnson, athletic director; and Jody Jenerette, head football coach, at its April 12 meeting. According to his resumé Matthew Dowdell’s goal has been to become a principal for a progressive school district where emphasis is placed on student success and faculty support through SEE





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GATHERING - The husbands of the members of the Ladies Literary Lantern Club are pictured at the Florence Country Club in May of 1954. Seated, third from left, is J. Boone Aiken Sr. The others are not identified.

Historical Commission seeks to save Sulzbacher House Jewish watchmaker Isaac Sulzbacher was one of Florence’s founding citizens. He was a German immigrant and was acquainted with the city’s early prominent ethnic minority families, including the Kukers, Cohens, Bultmans, and Jacobs. In 1887, Sulzbacher joined fellow German shop owner David Sternberger as a member the Committee of Fifty, and campaigned together for the charter to incorporate Florence County. For 40 years the Sulzbachers were a pillar of the civic, social, and economic life of the city. Now, their historic home is under direct threat of demolition. But the City-County Historical Commission hopes to change that. The City of Florence, who owns the property, has applied for a permit to remove the house to make way for a new affordable housing project in its larger effort to improve the area. The Sulzbacher House was recently placed on the state’s 2018 At Risk Places registry, a proactive advocacy initiative managed by Preservation SC. “The old model of demolishing historic properties to make way for new homes is outdated. It hasn’t been accepted in 40 to 50 years,” says Mike Bedenbaugh. Bedenbaugh is a preservationist and current Executive Director of Preservation SC, who were instrumental in saving Florence’s Red Doe Plantation. He says the Sulzbacher House could be incorporated into existing plans to redevelop the neighborhood. “Other cities the size of Florence have successfully incorporated buildings like this into their redevelopment plans. This prop-

erty is an excellent example of the type of historic asset that has anchored a lot of recently redeveloped neighborhoods in the South. It is not only a unique building, but its story is unique to Florence.” The demolition permit application request was received last Thursday by the Historical Commission, who reviewed it Monday evening and rendered their opinion of the home’s historical significance to Florence city officials. “The Florence City-County Historical Commission, a public body, unanimously passed a motion on Monday declaring the Sulzbacher House as historically significant,” stated Commission Secretary, Mark W. Buyck III. “The import of that action is to give the Commission an opportunity to arrange with the owner, the City, the possibility of purchase, rehabilitation or renovation of the home.” In his role as a watchmaker, Isaac Sulzbacher became the keeper of the clock in the bell tower of City Hall. He was also the official watch inspector for the Atlantic Coast Line Rail Road Company in Florence, an indispensably significant position for an enterprise whose success was so dependent on time. From 1884 to 1920, the store on East Evans Street operated under several names; Sulzbacher Jewelry Company, Sulzbacher and Peck. When his son Samuel became old enough, the name was changed to Sulzbacher and Son. The store sold fine silver service, stationer supplies, women and men’s jewelry, and pocket watches. “The success of the railroad contributed to a burgeoning local

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middle class, and the Sulzbachers’ prosperity afforded them a seat the table of Florence’s upand-coming residential district,” said Florence County Museum curator, Stephen W. Motte. “Many people are completely unaware of East Pine’s vibrant history, mainly because of the removal of so many of its significant landmarks.” Since 2016, Motte has been lecturing about the East Pine neighborhood and advocating for its preservation, with particular emphasis on the importance of the Sulzbacher House. “One of the most interesting things about the Sulzbacher House is that its construction materials are echoed throughout the city in other examples of turn of the century architecture, all of which are directly connected to Florence’s founding German immigrant community,” said Motte. Artifacts relating to the Sulzbachers, including a pocket watch made in Florence, are exhibited in the Florence County Museum’s Pee Dee History Gallery. Sulzbacher is recognized in the Encyclopedia of Southern Jewish Communities for his contribution to the founding and economic strength of the county and the city. The Sulzbacher House has also recently come to the attention of Barnett Greenberg, local realtor and real estate broker in charge with Greenberg Real Estate, LLC. He is also head of the Brotherhood at Beth Israel Temple in Florence. “The Sulzbacher House serves as a reminder of the ongoing influence of Florence’s Jewish citizens as a whole. Despite the smaller numbers of our people, we have played and continue to play a positive role in Florence and the Pee Dee,” stated Greenberg. Agnes Willcox, past chairman of the Historical Commis-

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sion, is very familiar with the Sulzbacher property. Thirty-five years ago, she received a grant to survey historic properties in Florence. The survey was conducted by Charles Williams, currently a real estate developer in Charleston. “The house was identified as significant in a historical survey conducted and published by the Commission in the early 1980s. It was historically important then, and it is historically important now. It should be preserved,” Willcox said. A preliminary information form has been sent to the South Carolina Department of Archives and History to evaluate the Sulzbacher House’s eligibility to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Ashcraft, Lenora Mathews, 98, died April 13, Waters-Powell Funeral Home. Brantley, Monroe (George Jr.), died April 1, Ideal Funeral Parlor. Broach, Larry, died April 15, Stoudenmire-Dowling Funeral Home. Chandler, R.D. III, 60. died April 13, Belk Funeral Home. Davis, Alice Carver died April 9, Waters-Powell Funeral Home. Hanna, Willa Snow Powell, 83, died April 7 Waters-Powell Funeral Home. Godwin, Betty Jo Flowers, 81, died April 11, Stoudenmire-Dowling Funeral Home. Haselden, Martha Bennett Tilley, 83, died April 15, Cain Calcutt-Stephens Funeral Home. Humphries, Ernestine Ard, 67, Darlington, died April 14, Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home. Ivey, Quinton Storm (Jacobs) 16, Effingham, died April 9, StoudenmireDowling Funeral Home. Lambert, Harry

Nathaniel, died April 12, Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home. Mincey, Nancy Gail, died April 10, StoudenmireDowling Funeral Home. Munn, Harry Frank Jr., 69, died April 13, LaytonAnderson Funeral Home. Oates, William Legrand “Bill” Sr., 75, Timmonsville, died March 30, WatersPowell Funeral Home. Perine, Martha Scott, died April 11, Ideal Funeral Parlor. Pohlman, Susan Lynne, died April 10, Cain CalcuttStephens Funeral Home. Prosser, Patty Lagay, 47, Myrtle Beach, died April 12, StoudenmireDowling Funeral Home. Toby, Eugene, died April 13, Smith Funeral Home. Tucker, Jimmy Hewitt Jr., 64, died April 13, Belk Funeral Home. Tunstall, Margaret McMillan Cummings, 91, died April 10, StoudenmireDowling Funeral Home. Wright, Emily Pauline White, 85, died April 13, Stoudenmire-Dowling Funeral Home.

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WEST FLORENCE FILLS POSITIONS FROM PAGE 1A strong communication, critical thinking, and creative problem solving skills. Since July of 2017 Dowdell has served as an assistant principal at West Florence where he created the master schedule for the students, enrolled new and withdrew transferring students; worked with the SC Department of Education on the accreditation of West Florence; assisted in developing a safety plan to implement the use of metal detectors at the school; and created professional learning communities for staff development. Prior to his service at West Florence, Dowdell was an assistant principal at Sumter High School (June 2016-17). From 2012-16 he was a resource teacher at Dreher High School in Columbia. He also taught a stint abroad in Chile, South America. Dowdell holds a bachelor of arts in psychology degree from Seton Hill University, Greenburg, PA, and master’s degree in educational leadership from the Uni-

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versity of South Carolina. Greg Johnson has been named Athletic Director at West Florence. He began his career as a substitute teacher and coach (assistant football, basketball) in Horry County School District. From 2009-11 he was a teacher/ coach (assistant football, head track and field) at West Florence High. He later served as teacher/ coach (assistant football, baseball) at Sumter High where he also taught health and physical education. Since June of 2016, he has been an assistant principal at Darlington High School. Johnson holds a bachelor of science degree in physical education from Coastal Carolina University and a master of education in secondary educational leadership from the University of South Carolina. Jody Jenerette has been named the Head Football Coach at West Florence. He most recently served as head varsity football coach at Aynor High School where 13 of the players he

coached placed to play college football and one player made it to the National Football League. Prior to that, Jenerette was a physical education teacher and assistant coach at Conway High (varsity football offensive line 1999-2005). Conway won upper and lower state championships during three of those years. Jenerette also served as an assistant varsity football coach and PE teacher at Manning High School (1997-99). While attending Coastal Carolina, he worked as an assistant coach at Aynor High (1994-96). Jenerette received certification in K-12 physical education from Coastal Carolina University in Conway and a master’s degree in sports administration from the U.S. Sports Academy. He served as an assistant coach of the Shrine Bowl in 2013 and 2011; was named South Carolina Fellowship of Christian Athletes 2A Coach of the Year and Region 7-AA Coach of the Year in 2012.

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Friends of Library will host book signing with Peter Golden Friends of Florence County Library will host author Peter Golden who will present his new book “Nothing Is Forgotten,” on Thursday, April 26, at 6 p.m. The book is a thriller about the connection between the Holocaust and the Cold War. “Nothing Is Forgotten” is based on real events through the use of primary and secondary sources, and extensive interviews conducted by the author. The story begins in 1965, when a young man, whose grandmother is murdered in the family candy store in New Jersey, goes on a quest across Europe, the Soviet Union, and the United States to find her murderer. In the process, he falls in love with the Russian intelligence agent who accompanies him on his journey, and together they uncover his grandmother’s connection to Soviet partisans in World War II, to Dachau and Auschwitz, and the battle conducted by the CIA and KGB over prosecuting Nazi war criminals. Peter Golden is an award-winning journalist, historian, and novelist who has written nine books and interviewed Presidents Nixon, Ford, Reagan, and Bush (41); Secretaries of State Kissinger, Haig, Shultz, and Eagleburger; Israeli Prime Ministers Rabin, Peres, and Shamir; and Soviet President Gorbachev. His first novel, “Comeback Love,” was praised by the novelist and reviewer Caroline Leavitt as an “extraordinary debut.” “Wherever There Is Light,” his second novel, was featured in New York Magazine’s Fall Preview issue, widely reviewed, and selected by the New Jersey Star-Ledger as one of the best books of 2016. The Doctors Bruce and Lee Foundation Library is located at 509 S. Dargan St.

A ribbon cutting ceremony for Howe Springs Fire Rescue Station 5 will be held on Saturday, April 28, starting at 10:30 a.m. A meal will be provided after the ceremony. The new station is located at 4395 S. Irby St. It serves the Effingham community, but has apparatus that supports the entire Howe Springs Fire Rescue coverage area. The station also houses the department’s rescue boats and technical rescue equipment. The completion of this station replaced a smaller building located just north of the new location. Personnel are very thankful to our citizens and County Council who voted to approve the CPSTII that allowed for them to build such a great facility. The land was property of Howe Springs and the rest of the project was completed for $3.7 million. This facility allows room to grow and conduct day to day operations in a healthier environment.

NEW HEADQUARTERS FOR HOWE SPRINGS FIRE, RESCUE STATION Howe Springs Fire Rescue is part of Florence County’s Unified Fire District and covers over 150 square miles with seven stations. HSFR is a combination department protecting citizens with eight paid and 62 volunteer personnel.

FSO, Youth Orchestra auditions The Florence Symphony Orchestra and Florence Symphony Youth Orchestra will hold auditions for the 2018/19 season next month at the FMU Performing Arts Center. Auditions for the FSO are Monday, May 7, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. To schedule an audition, contact Mark Jackson, FSO Personnel Manager, at Youth Orchestra auditions are May 15 for strings and May 22 for winds/brass/percussion.


WILSON HIGH sophomores, from left, Salomon Campos-Rice, Rebecca Liu, Blaise Nettles, and Ethan King, organized a town hall discussion on school safety.

Students host town hall meeting on school safety Wilson High School students conducted what they have coined the inaugural Florence One Schools Community Town Hall Meeting on April 13. This project was organized in Laura Anne Hofler’s English class. The students invited 50 participants, including students and administrators from all three high schools; Florence One school board members; interim superintendent Dr. Dan Strickland; city/county council members; and other city leaders. During the meeting at the Town Hall Restaurant, the group discussed school safety issues. The Wilson

Alumni Association and the Wilson IB Program sponsored the luncheon.

Book sale Friends of the Florence County Library are sponsoring a spring book sale featuring thousands of gently used books on May 5, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Drs Bruce and Lee Foundation Library in Florence. A wide variety of popular fiction, non-fiction, and children’s books will be available, along with DVD’s, recorded books, music CDs and multi-volume bound periodicals. Some rare and esoteric books from the 1800s and early 1900s will also be available.

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GOD’S WORD Sing to the Lord, all the earth; proclaim his salvation day after day. Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples. For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; He is to be feared above all gods. For all the gods of the nations are idols, but the Lord made the heavens. Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and joy are in his dwelling place. Chronicles 16:23-26


Gas and oil re-invest tax windfall By David Williams President Trump’s recent tax overhaul has American CEOs feeling generous. Walmart and American Airlines are among the big companies giving employees bonuses of up to $1,000 each; Lockheed Martin is putting an additional $5 million toward employee pensions, and Cigna is upping its hourly minimum wage to $16. Some pundits are accusing the energy industry of failure to follow suit. People are asking where the bonus announcements from big oil and gas companies are. That’s an easy question to answer. The fact is that for energy firms, job creation and above average salaries are already the norm. Under the new tax law, oil and gas firms have drawn up plans to use new revenue from the tax bill to invest in projects that will spur new employment and keep energy bills low. Even before the tax overhaul, energy firms were providing their employees with above average wages. The average worker in the oil and gas industry currently earns more than $96,000 annually -nearly $50,000 more than the overall U.S. average. Oil and gas employers have also been creating American job opportunities. According to a study from IHS, a leading research firm, the industry will support 1.9 million new nationwide jobs by 2035. African Americans and Hispanic Americans will fill nearly 40 percent of those jobs. Millennials, a group that too often gets stuck in the “gig economy,” will fill these jobs too. Already, one in three positions in the oil and natural gas sector is filled by a millennial. Thanks in part to tax reform, the oil and gas industry is poised to invest as much as $1.34 trillion in infrastructure through 2035. These investments will be on pipelines, refineries, equipment, and processing and storage facilities. Such an investment would contribute $1.89 trillion to America’s gross domestic product and support more than 1 million new jobs every year. Additional investments in pipelines alone could support more than 830,000 jobs through 2025. For many of the tough years of the financial crisis and Great Recession, American jobs basically flatlined. From 2007 through 2013, the truly bright sector of the economy for job creation was in extraction of oil and gas, growing nearly 40 percent. While industry employment took a tumble with the sharp decline in oil prices in 2014-15, by 2017 employment was bouncing back. The economic benefits of energy investments extend to the whole nation. In an economic chain reaction, manufacturing states like Ohio, New York and Illinois ramp up the assembly of steel, cement and other commodities necessary for energy development. As energy production ramps up, an abundance of natural gas and oil across the country means lower home energy bills and cheaper prices at the pump. Natural gas is the least expensive means for Americans to heat their homes. In 2015, lower home energy rates due to increased lifted average U.S. disposable income by $1,337 per household. By 2025, that figure could reach $3,500. Those claiming the gas and oil companies are selfishly hoarding the perks of a favorable new tax law are the same voices that have consistently opposed more exploration and ramped-up domestic production through such technological advances as fracking. More than ever, as the United States becomes the world’s No. 1 producer of oil and gas, energy is the backbone of a thriving U.S. economy. Tax reform will be the catalyst to allow the United States keep its position as global leader.

David Williams is president of the Taxpayers Protection Alliance.




Spring break in Washington Taking my teen-age granddaughters to Washington, D.C., during their spring break seemed like a great idea. I wanted them to experience our nation’s Capitol and get a visual of this beautiful city and a better understanding what it is about. So, on April 3, I drove to Angier, N.C. to pick up Caroline, Madison and their mom Allison. Then we headed up I-95 to Arlington, Va. where we stayed. On Wednesday morning, Sen. Tim Scott’s office staff provided a tour of the Capitol building on our first day in the city. We met at his office in the Hart Senate Building where we were greeted by a friendly staff who went out of their way to accommodate us, as well as several upstate visitors. During a brief tour of the senator’s office, I learned that the week of spring break is the busiest time in D.C. Staffer Ethan escorted us via the tunnel to the Capitol Building. It was crowded with many other tour groups, but we managed to see a lot and learn a little about the building’s history. After a nice lunch in the Senate Dining Room in the basement of the office building, we headed over to the Smithsonian to visit the American History Museum and the Natural History Museum. The lines were long, especially due to security. It was crowded inside, but we managed to see the First Ladies’

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Inaugural Gowns, White House state china displays, the exhibit of the tattered flag that hung over Ft. McHenry during a Revolutionary battle and a few other displays before going next door to the Natural History Museum to see its oceanic display and the “Hope Diamond.” We found snacks outdoors along the Smithsonian Mall, but it was chilly and windy, so we didn’t linger long. The next morning we went to the North Portico of the White House for photos and then over to the White House Visitors Center where we found excellent displays of items from the mansion, videos of its main rooms and a movie with comments from former inhabitants. I’ve toured the White House in the past, but today it is much harder to get in. You must apply three weeks ahead and then your name is entered in a lottery system. For those who did get a pass, there were long lines winding up to the South Portico waiting to enter. For those who don’t like standing in line for hours, The White

House Visitor’s Center might be the best option. After lunch and a little shopping in Chinatown, we headed over to the new Museum of the Bible which we all enjoyed. We only had three hours before closing, so we didn’t see everything, but what we saw was great. I would highly recommend this new state-of-the-art museum. We ended our second day in the city by touring most of the monuments. The cherry blossoms were in full bloom around the Tidal Basin and Jefferson Memorial. We got to the Lincoln Memorial at dusk and it was beautiful looking down on its Reflection Pool at sunset with the Washington monument and dome of the Capitol building reflected in the water. Friday morning we headed over to the National Zoo where we saw the resident panda bears, red pandas, elephants, buffalo, gorillas, orangutans, and many others exotic animals. After nearly a full day, we headed home. What do you suppose two 13 yearold girls enjoyed most about this trip? If you guessed the zoo, it was at the top of their list, but tied with riding the Metro trains. They may not realize it, but I think they learned a lot on this short little visit. I hope they will want to go back one day, because there is so much more to see.


Wilson High IB students speak out about gun violence By Bethany Williams Wilson High student On March 14, a nationwide school walkout was held to protest gun violence in schools. This protest, coming in response to the school shooting in Parkland, Florida on Feb. 14, aimed to shed light on an issue that is so often forgotten a few weeks after these tragic events: our schools are not safe. The protest on March 14 was significant because it was student-led. That significance was taken away when the school administrations of Florence School District One decided to take over the protests. Students at Wilson were not asked for their opinion on how the protest should be conducted. Instead, the administration took hold of this so-called student-led protest until it was no longer about what the students wanted. This protest was meant to be students’ opportunity to speak out, to help make schools a place where students do not have to question if they will come home at the end of the day. Because they were robbed of that opportunity that Wednesday, some Wilson High School IB students have decided to speak out now. These students have

put together a collection of statements expressing concern about safety in our schools. These statements, among other things, discuss what they hoped would happen through the walkout, the emotional effects that the fear of violence can have, and security protocols that we believe must be taken to protect us. Following are two student statements Amelia, IB Junior On Wednesday, March 14, I decided to “walk out” to protest school shootings. This walk out was meant to send a message, to lawmakers, district staff, and frankly to all Americans how important this issue is to me. School shootings are a serious problem in America that has gone unanswered for almost 20 years. Through this walk out I was trying to ask when change would come, when automatic weapons would be banned to the public, when background checks will be mandatory, and ulti-

mately when I can feel safe in my own school again. When Florence School District 1 decided they would steal my time to protest, I was frustrated. They announced they were scheduling a memorial for the Parkland victims at the same time as our walk out on the opposite lawn. I valued the lives lost at Parkland, so I decided I would participate in the memorial. I believe there is a time to mourn and honor the victims and a time to stand up for your rights in protest. This was the latter. The nation was calling for reform while we had taken the idea but lost the meaning. However, this memorial wasn’t a memorial to me at all. The balloons were of good intention, but the purple and gold display didn’t seem to honor Parkland at all. My voice had been replaced by the robotic “we’re so sorry for your loss” message every politician sends out, after every shooting. The district used

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.

this crass memorial as a way to mute my voice. A voice which calls out for change. So since they wouldn’t listen then let them listen now. Students safety should be of utmost importance. Help me feel safe at school again. More student statements can be found on Facebook or Twitter for the hashtag #whsyoungvoices.

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Fund page established for local athletic photographer A YouCaring fundraiser page has been set up to purchase photography equipment for Daisy Bostick, known as The Picture Lady. Daisy provides free photographic services to area student athletes and schools in the Pee Dee area, as well as little league to semi-pro. She takes pictures, sometimes three to seven days a week, using her own equipment and spends countless hours on the road, at games and in front of a computer uploading the photos and clips. Mrs. Daisy sacrifices time away from her family, her gas and talents. During football season, she tries to arrive an hour before the game starts to get warmup pictures so whether a player has played or not, she has a photo of him or her. She refuses to accept anything for her service. The only thing she asks of parents, players, and coaches is respect, thank you and photo credit. Recently, Daisy rented a professional camera lens to make the best memories of a state championship game. The photos were beautiful and she fell in love with the lens. Hearing about this and recognizing Daisy’s sacrifices, this fundraiser was started by a friend in late March with a goal of $10,000. This will allow Daisy to purchase two high-powered lenses (one for basketball and another for football) for her camera to improve her ability to capture memories of student athletes. “All of what I do and have ever done was done for fun, free of charge, as my form of relaxation,” Daisy said. If you would like to donate, here is the link: h t t p s : / / w w w. y o u c a r i n g . c o m / d a i s y b o s t i c k 1146408?fb_action


Ride for children of fallen heroes The American Legion Riders of South Carolina (ALRSC) will host the 8th annual statewide American Legion Legacy Scholarship Fund Benefit Run during April 21-22. This statewide ride will involve ALR chapters throughout the state and will raise money for the scholarship fund through pledges made for every mile each rider completes or donations made. The run will start in North Augusta at American Legion Post #71, on Saturday morning and will head east towards Newberry and Whitmire, stopping in Chester then to Lancaster for lunch at American Legion Post 31. Afterwards, the ride will proceed to Florence and stop at American Legion Post #1. After an overnight stay in Florence, the riders will proceed to Orangeburg, Pelion and finally arrive at Chapin where they will all gather for lunch, a short break and the final leg of the ride to the

State House where the ride will conclude on Sunday afternoon. The American Legion Legacy Scholarship provides scholarships to children who have had a parent die while on active military service since September 11, 2001 or have served since 9/11 and have a 50% or more disability rating from the Veterans Administration. South Carolina has had 95 heroes’ die while serving in the war on terror. During the past 7 years, the ALRSC has raised over $300,000 through the generosity of supporters throughout our great state.

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“This event will be a great ride and for a great cause. The American Legion Legacy Scholarship helps ensure that the children of our fallen heroes have a chance to go to college. As a nation we must step forward and support these young people,” said Darrell Hodges, the State Director of the American Legion Riders of South Carolina. “One hundred percent of the money raised will be carried by representatives of the ALR of South Carolina and proudly donated on behalf of South Carolina during the National Legacy Run.” There are no adminis-

trative costs associated with this event stated L.Z. Harrison, Jr., State Vice Director, ALRSC. American Legion Riders of South Carolina is a program of the American Legion Department of South Carolina. The American Legion is a 501(c) 19 tax-exempt non-profit veterans service organization that provides support and assistance to veterans and their families in the community. For more information about the mission of ALRSC, please contact L.Z. Harrison Jr. 803-360-3830 or lzharrison@

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AME Church convocation The Seventh Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church will host its second annual God First Holy Convocation 2018 at the Florence Civic Center Wednesday, April 18, through Saturday, April 21. Under the leadership of Bishop Samuel L. Green Sr., Presiding Prelate of the Seventh Episcopal District that includes all of South Carolina’s AME churches, this annual church gathering has become more than a typical church meeting where the state’s 400-plus AME churches assemble for business and workshops. This year’s theme is “The Well.” It will feature gospel artists Smokie Norful and Vashawn Mitchell, concluding with a free “Night of Joy” concert by Mitchell. The convocation will also boast a free health and wellness expo hosted by The Balm in Gilead. The group’s

mission is to “prevent diseases and to improve the health status of people of the African Diaspora.” Bishop Green said this year’s convocation is vastly different from the AME church’s past gatherings. “The God First Holy Convocation is not your standard church meeting,” Green said. “It’s a convocation gathered together to empower laity and clergy to be able to do more effective ministry.”

“As I look back over the 40 years that I have served in ministry, I recognized as a pastor, that oft times I went to meetings, and I left the meetings empty. I wanted more. I sought more. I began to seek other conferences and other convocations to be able to find that fulfilling that I needed to be able to be more effective in ministry.” For a schedule go to www://

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SUMMONS FOR DIVORCE (ONE YEAR CONTINUOUS SEPARATION) IN THE FAMILY COURT 12TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF FLORENCE DOCKET NO. 2017-DR-21-1447 Shwanda Curtis Plaintiff, vs. Micheal Curtis Defendant. To the DEFENDANT Above-Named: Micheal Curtis YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that you have been sued by the Plaintiff for DIVORCE in the Court indicated above. You must

respond in writing to the attached Complaint for Divorce and serve a copy of your Answer on the Plaintiff at the address below within thirty (30) days after the service of this Summons upon you, not counting the day of service, or thirty-five (35) days if you were served by certified mail, restricted delivery, return receipt requested. If you wish to retain an attorney to represent you in this matter, it is advisable to do so before submitting your Answer to the Plaintiff. If you do not answer the Complaint within the required thirty (30) days, the court may grant a DIVORCE and grant the Plaintiff the relief requested

in the complaint. NOTICE OF FINAL HEARING Shwanda Curtis, Plaintiff, v. Micheal Curtis, Defendant. TO THE ABOVE NAMED DEFENDANT: The final divorce hearing is scheduled for April 30th, 2018 at 10:15 a.m. It will be held in the Family Court located at 181 N. Irby St., Florence, South Carolina. Date: March, 2018 Florence, S.C. Shwanda Curtis Pro Se Plaintiff Address: 341 Delta Mill Rd. Pamplico, SC 29583 (4/4,4/11,4/18/18)

NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE OF SALE CIVIL ACTION NO. 2017-CP-21-03384 BY VIRTUE of the decree heretofore granted in the case of: The Bank of New York Mellon Trust Company, N.A., as successorin-interest to all permitted successors and assigns of JPMorgan Chase Bank as Trustee for Nomura Asset Acceptance Corporation Mortgage Pass-Through Certificates, Series 2004AP2 vs. Beverly B. Toth; OneMain Financial of South Carolina, Inc. s/b/m to American General Financial Services, Inc., the undersigned Special Referee for Florence County, South Carolina, will sell on

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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


RENCE COUNTY, SOUTH CAROLINA. CURRENT ADDRESS OF PROPERTY: 2709 Kingston Drive, Florence, SC 29505 TMS: 01802-05-005 TERMS OF SALE: The successful bidder, other than the Plaintiff, will deposit with the Special Referee, at conclusion of the bidding, five percent (5%) of his bid, in cash or equivalent, as evidence of good faith, same to be applied to the purchase price in case of compliance, but to be forfeited and applied first to costs and then to the Plaintiff's debt in the case of non-compliance. Should the last and highest bidder fail to comply with the other terms of the bid within thirty (30) days, then the Special Referee may re-sell the property on the same terms and conditions on some subsequent Sales Day (at the risk of the said highest bidder). No personal or deficiency judgment being demanded, the bidding shall not remain open after the date of sale and shall be final on that date, and compliance with the bid may be made immediately. Purchaser to pay for documentary stamps on the Deed. The successful bidder will be required to pay interest on the amount of the balance of the bid from date of sale to date of compliance with the bid at

the rate of 4.5% per annum. The sale shall be subject to taxes and assessments, existing easements and restrictions, easements and restrictions of record and any other senior encumbrances. In the event an agent of Plaintiff does not appear at the time of sale, the within property shall be withdrawn from sale and sold at the next available sales date upon the terms and conditions as set forth in the Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale or such terms as may be set forth in a supplemental order. The Honorable Robert E. Lee Special Referee for Florence County Brock & Scott, PLLC 3800 Fernandina Road, Suite 110 Columbia, SC 29210 Attorneys for Plaintiff Phone 803-454-3540 Fax 803-454-3541 (4/11,4/18,4/25/18) NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE OF SALE CIVIL ACTION NO. 2017-CP-21-02673 BY VIRTUE of the decree heretofore granted in the case of: Deutsche Bank National Trust Company, as trustee for Morgan Stanley ABS Capital I Inc. Trust 2007-HE2 Mortgage Passthrough Certificates, Series 2007-HE2 vs. Devonya


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RENCE COUNTY, SOUTH CAROLINA. CURRENT ADDRESS OF PROPERTY: 442 A & B West Evans Street, Florence, SC 29501 TMS: 9007404020 TERMS OF SALE: The successful bidder, other than the Plaintiff, will deposit with the Special Referee, at conclusion of the bidding, five percent (5%) of his bid, in cash or equivalent, as evidence of good faith, same to be applied to the purchase price in case of compliance, but to be forfeited and applied first to costs and then to the Plaintiff's debt in the case of non-compliance. Should the last and highest bidder fail to comply with the other terms of the bid within thirty (30) days, then the Special Referee may re-sell the property on the same terms and conditions on some subsequent Sales Day (at the risk of the said highest bidder). No personal or deficiency judgment being demanded, the bidding shall not remain open after the date of sale and shall be final on that date, and compliance with the bid may be made immediately. Purchaser to pay for documentary stamps on the Deed. The successful bidder will be required to pay interest on the amount of the balance of the bid from date of sale to date of compliance with the bid at the rate of 8.5% per annum. The sale shall be subject to taxes and assessments, existing easements and restrictions, easements and restrictions of record and any other senior encumbrances. In the event an agent of Plaintiff does not appear at the time of sale, the within property shall be withdrawn from sale and sold at the next available sales date upon the terms and conditions as set forth in the Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale or such terms as may be set forth in a supplemental order. The Honorable Robert E. Lee Special Referee for Florence County Brock & Scott, PLLC 3800 Fernandina Road, Suite 110 Columbia, SC 29210 Attorneys for Plaintiff Phone 803-454-3540 Fax 803-454-3541 (4/11,4/18,4/25/18) MASTER IN EQUITY'S SALE 2016-CP-21-03052 BY VIRTUE of a decree heretofore granted in the case of: Reverse Mortgage Solutions, Inc. against Mary E. Hill, et al., I, the undersigned Master in Equity for Florence County, will sell on May 1, 2018 at 11:00 AM, Florence County Judicial Center, 180 North Irby Street, MSC-E, Florence, SC 29501, to the highest bidder: All that certain piece, parcel or lot of land lying, being and situate in the County of Florence, State of South Carolina, being known and designated as Lot 19 Block Q on a Plat of Glendale Acres, Subdivision, Section 3 by Banks & Powers Surveyors, dated December 10, 1954 and recorded in Plat Book U Page 78 in the office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County and being generally bounded and described as follows, to-wit: On the North by Winlark Drive which it fronts and measures 100 feet, on the east by Lot 20, Block Q on which is measures 150 feet on the south by Lot 9

Block Q of which is measures 100 feet and on the west by lot 18 Block Q on which it measures 150 feet as shown on plat by W.R. Reg. Surveyor, dated June 22, 1965. This being the same property conveyed unto Joan P. Kelly by Deed of Mary E. Hill by dated December 9, 2010 and recorded December 10, 2010 in Book B331 at Page 1469, in the office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County, South Carolina. CURRENT ADDRESS OF PROPERTY: 3608 Winlark Dr., Florence, SC 29506 Parcel No. 90163-02-012 TERMS OF SALE: The successful bidder, other than the plaintiff, will deposit with the Master in Equity, at conclusion of the bidding, five percent (5%) of his bid, in cash or equivalent, as evidence of good faith, same be applied to purchase price in case of compliance, but to be forfeited and applied first to costs and then to plaintiff's debt in the case of noncompliance. Should the last and highest bidder fail or refuse to make the required deposit at the time of bid or comply with the other terms of the bid within twenty (20) days, then the Master in Equity may re-sell the property on the same terms and conditions on some subsequent Sales Day (at risk of the said highest bidder Purchaser to pay for documentary stamps on Master in Equity’s Deed. Deficiency is waived and the sale will close on the Sales Day. The successful bidder will be required to pay interest on the amount of the balance of the bid from date of sale to date of compliance with the bid at the rate of 5.060% per annum. SAVE AND EXCEPT ANY RELEASES, DEEDS OF RELEASE, OR PRIOR CONVEYANCES OF RECORD. SUBJECT TO ASSESSMENTS, Florence COUNTY TAXES, EXISTING EASEMENTS, EASEMENTS AND RESTRICTIONS OF RECORD, AND OTHER SENIOR ENCUMBRANCES. In the event an agent of Plaintiff does not appear at the time of sale, the within property shall be withdrawn from sale and sold at the next available sales date upon the terms and conditions as set forth in the Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale or such terms as may be set forth in a supplemental order. The Honorable Robert E. Lee As Master in Equity for Florence County Bell Carrington & Price, LLC Attorney for Plaintiff (4/11,4/18,4/25/18) SPECIAL REFEREE'S SALE BY VIRTUE of a decree heretofore granted in the case of: MEADOW GREENS HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC. vs. KORAL P. NORTHERN, C/A No. 2017-CP-2100232, The following property will be sold on 05/07/2018 at 12:00PM, Florence Courthouse, to the highest bidder: All that certain piece, parcel or lot of land lying, being and situate in the city of Florence, State of South Carolina, shown anfd designated as Lot No. 4 on plat of Meadow Greens prepared by Heller & Associates, Inc., C.EJL.S. dated February 1983 and recorded in the Office of the Clerk of Court

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for Florence County In Plat Book 21 at Page 156 and more particularly shown on a plat for James V. Warren Jr. and Sandra G. Warren by Lind, Hicks & Associates, Surveyors dated October 11, 1995, and recorded in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County in Plat Book 58 at Page 306. Reference being had to said maps for a more complete and accurate description. This being the same property conveyed to Koral P. Northern by deed of Steve Tortorice dated August 17, 2007 and recorded August 21, 2007 in Book B 126, Page 0795 in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County, South Carolina. Property Address: 1 8 0 4 Meadow Green Place TMS# 90023-03016 TERMS OF SALE: The successful bidder, other than the Plaintiff, will deposit with the court, at conclusion of the bidding, five per cent (5%) of his bid, in certified funds, as evidence of good faith, same to be applied to purchase price if compliance is made, but in the event compliance is not made, the deposit shall be forfeited and applied first to costs of the action and then to plaintiff's debt. Should the successful bidder at the regularly conducted sale fail or refuse to make the required deposit at time of bid or comply with the other terms of the bid within twenty (20) days, then the Master may re-sell the property on the same terms and conditions on some subsequent Sales Day, but at the risk of the defaulting bidder(s) NOTICE: The foreclosure deed is not a warranty deed. Interested bidders should satisfy themselves as to the quality of title to be conveyed by obtaining an independent title search prior to the foreclosure sale date. No personal or deficiency judgment being demanded, the bidding will not remain open after the date of sale, but compliance with the bid may be made immediately. Purchaser to pay for documentary stamps on Special Referee's Deed. The successful bidder will be required to pay interest on the balance of the bid from date of sale to date of compliance with the bid at the rate of 10.00 % per annum. SUBJECT TO ASSESSMENTS, FLORENCE COUNTY TAXES, EXISTING EASEMENTS, EASEMENTS AND RESTRICTIONS OF RECORD, AND OTHER SENIOR ENCUMBRANCES. SPECIFICALLY, THIS SALE IS SUBJECT TO A SENIOR MORTGAGE HELD BY FIFTH THIRD MORTGAGE COMPANY RECORDED IN BOOK B 126 AT PAGE 0799. The Honorable James W. Peterson, Jr. Special Referee for Florence County Attorney for Plaintiff Stephanie C. Trotter P.O. Box 212069 Columbia, SC 29221 (803)724-5002 (4/18, 4/25, 5/2/18) STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF FLORENCE IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS TWELFTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT C/A NO: 2016-CP-21-02530 Lenzie Echols, Sr. Plaintiff,

vs. Johnnie Bess, as Personal Representative of the Estate of Alice Mae Muldrow Bess, and individually as the intestate heir of Alice Mae Muldrow Bess, Johnny Muldrow, Nina McKever, Janie Bess, any and all beneficiaries of the Estate, and all persons claiming any right, title, estate, interest in or lien upon the real estate described; any unknown adults and those persons who may be in the military service of the United States of America, all of them being a class designated as John Doe, whose true name is unknown; any unborn infants or persons under disability being a class designated as Richard Roe, whose true name is unknown, and the South Carolina Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services, Defendants. SUMMONS AND SUMMARY OF COMPLAINT TO THE ABOVE-NAMED DEFENDANTS: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and required to answer the Complaint in this action, a copy of which is herewith served upon you, and to serve a copy of your Answer to said Complaint on the subscriber at 814 West Evans Street, Post Office Box 1317, Florence, South Carolina, 29503 within thirty (30) days from the service hereof, exclusive of the date of such service; and in case of the failure to do so, judgment by default will be rendered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint. YOU WILL PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the original Amended Summons and Complaint were filed with the Clerk of Court for Florence County on October 17, at 4:38 p.m., for purposes of partition by sale, as described in the Complaint. SUMMARY OF AMENDED COMPLAINT On or about November 28, 2011, for value received, the Defendant, Alice Mae Muldrow, a/k/a Alice Mae Muldrow Bess, executed and delivered in this matter to Plaintiff a certain promissory note in the sum of Eighteen Thousand Five Hundred Fifty and No/100 Dollars ($18,550.00), together with interest thereon the rate of fiver percent (5%) per annum. In order to secure the payment of the Notes, the Defendant, Alice May Muldrow Bess, delivered to Plaintiff a mortgage covering the following property: All that certain piece, parcel or lot of land with improvements thereon, lying and being situate on the South side of Dixie Street, formerly known as Marlboro Street, in the City and County of Florence, State of South Carolina, front 43 feet more or less, on Dixie Street and being in depth 160 feet, more or less, bounded as follows: North by Dixie Street; East by Lot #20 on the map hereinafter referred to; on the South by lands now or formerly of Gasque; and on the West by Lot #22. Said lot shown and designated as Lot #21 on a map of lots made by Adams & Ervin, C.E.’s, dated September, 1911, recorded in Book “A” at page 235, office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County This being the same property conveyed to Alice Mae Muldrow by Deed of Lenzie Echols

dated November 21, 2011, and recorded simultaneously herewith in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County. TMS# 90072-11-016 Thereafter the Mortgage was recorded in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County, in Book B379 at Page 1708 on December 2, 2011. Subsequently, on August 21, 2012, the Defendant, Alice Mae Muldrow a/k/a Alice Mae Muldrow Bess, executed and delivered to Plaintiff a Mortgage Modification Agreement to add the following property: All that certain lot or parcel of land situate on the south side of Marlboro or Sanders Street, measuring FortyThree (43) feet thereon and running back in depth one hundred sixty (160) feet and designated as Lot No. 20 on a plat made by Adams & Ervin, C.E. recorded in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County in Plat Book "A" at page 235; commencing at a point One Hundred Fifty (150) feet from the southwest corner of McQueen and Marlboro or Sanders Street and running thence South One Hundred Sixty (160) feet, more or less, to a point; thence West Fortythree (43) feet, more or less, to a point; thence North One Hundred Sixty (160) feet, more or less to a point; and thence East along Marlboro or Sanders Street Forty-Three (43) feet, more or less to the point of beginning. This being the same property conveyed to Alice Mae Muldrow by Deed of Lenzie Echols dated August 21, 2012, and recorded simultaneously herewith in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County. TMS# 90072-11-015 Thereafter the Mortgage Modification Agreement was recorded in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County, in Book B421 at Page 1149 on August 24, 2012, and rerecorded in Book B424 at Page 1377 on September 14, 2012 Although demands for payments have been made, the Plaintiff elects to and do declares the entire balance of said indebtedness due and payable. There was due on said Note, as of October 16, 2017, the sum of $11,012.11, together with interest, costs, reasonable attorney’s fees and other disbursements relating to this action. A complete copy of the Complaint may be obtained by contacting the undersigned or searching the public records. February 28, 2018 Florence, South Carolina ORDER APPOINTING GUARDIAN AD LITEM NISI It appearing unto the satisfaction of this Court upon reading Plaintiff’s Petition to Appoint Guardian ad Litem Nisi, and Jesse S. Cartrette, Esquire, 201 W Evans Street Room T, Florence, SC 29501, having consented to act as Guardian ad Litem Nisi and to represent the Defendants including all unknown persons with any right, title or interest in and to the real property located in Florence County, South Carolina, and designated as Tax Map Numbers 9007211-015 and 90072-11-016, any unknown adults and those persons who may be in the military service of the United States of America, all of them being classes designated under the fictitious names of John Doe

and Richard Roe, hereinafter referred to as “Defendants,” and that the said Jesse S. Cartrette, Esquire is a suitable and competent person to understand and protect the rights and interests of such Defendants and has no interest herein adverse to the interest of said Defendants and is not connected in business with the Plaintiff in this action or with their counsel. IT IS THEREFORE, ORDERED that the said Jesse S. Cartrette, Esquire, 201 W Evans Street Room T, Florence, SC 29501, be and he is hereby designated and appointed Guardian ad Litem Nisi for said Defendants and he is hereby authorized to appear in and defend such action on behalf of said Defendants and to protect their interests, unless said Defendants, or any of them, shall within thirty (30) days of the service of a copy of this Order upon them, exclusive of the day of service as herein provided, apply to this Court for the appointment of another competent and discreet individual of their choice to serve as Guardian ad Litem for them, for the purposes of this action. Upon the failure of such application, within the specified time, this Order shall automatically become final and absolute. D. Craig Brown CIRCUIT COURT JUDGE IT IS SO ORDERED. Florence, South Carolina February 15, 2018 Patrick B. Ford, Esquire Attorney for Plaintiff Finklea Law Firm P.O. Box 1317 Florence, SC 29503 (4/18, 4/25, 5/2/18) 40504

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2018 Bone-E-Fit dedicated to Marilyn Godbold Follow the paw prints to the 2018 Bone-E-Fit, a fundraiser to benefit the animals of the Florence Area Humane Society. What began 12 years ago as a way to raise funds for a new shelter has become a yearly event after its continued success. This year’s Bone-E-Fit has a special meaning to both the people and animals of the Florence community. “We are lovingly dedicating Bone-E-Fit 2018 to Marilyn Godbold,” said Jayne Boswell, president of the humane society. “Marilyn was a kind, caring person who exemplified compassion in all that she did. She not only loved her dogs, she loved the homeless animals of our community.” The event, to be held Thursday, May 3, in downtown Florence features food from various local restau-


rants, beverages from Mickey Finn’s, and music from The Root Doctors. The party space will stretch from the Victor’s courtyard to the Waters Building where pawty goers can meander through the area for an attention-grabbing collection of silent auction items. For a “sneak peek” at the auction items, visit The Florence Area Humane Society’s Facebook page. Each year, the Bone-E-Fit draws about 700 supporters and sponsors who gather to enjoy great food, good beverages and live music – all in support of the humane society. Individual tickets are $75 and can be purchased at B Nance, First Reliance Bank (Palmetto St.), Fisher Jewelers, Woofer’s or online. The admission price includes cocktails, a large array of foods and live music. Sponsors at the $350 level and up also receive passes to the “Top Dog” area at Victor’s courtyard, where special

drinks and food are served. The popular Bone-E-Fit continues to raise funds for the Florence Area Humane Society. Funds from this year’s event will open new rescue opportunities for the humane society. “There is a huge need for an equine rescue and rehabilitation facility in our area. There are horses in abusive conditions in Florence and surrounding counties, literally starving to death. We cannot turn away from the animals that need our help,” Boswell said. The goal is to secure the land, fencing, and shelter needed to provide an area where equines in need can be rescued, rehabbed and cared for. “Our mission is: Every animal. Every life. Every day. The Bone-E-Fit helps us continue our efforts to save every one. We are thankful our community supports our animals and the work we do to save them.”


Charleston’s Great Fire of 1938 remembered From the South Carolina Historical Society: Around 9 p.m. on April 27, 1838, fire bells rang out in Charleston. A spark had ignited a shed at the corner of King and Beresford Streets, and within minutes four more houses were engulfed. “The fire then commenced roaring and leaping from different points . . . with a virulence which was truly appalling,” reported the Charleston Daily Courier. Disorganization and drought conditions made the fire difficult to extinguish. The volunteer fire department and 15 fire engines quickly expended all of the water in the nearempty city cisterns. Firemen then turned to demolishing buildings with fire hooks and gunpowder, hoping to smother the fire or at least stop its spread. Fires and their destruction were well known to Charlestonians. Founded in 1680, Charles Town experienced its first blaze in 1698, when 50 buildings – about one-third of the settlement – were engulfed. In 1740, flames fueled by turpentine, tar, and rum raged through warehouses on the Charleston waterfront. In 1778, 1788, 1796, 1799, 1810, 1819, and 1826, flames destroyed various buildings in the city. And in 1835, a fire began in a sailors’ boarding house (also called “a brothel of the very lowest and degraded character”) and went on to consume St. Philip’s

Map of the City of Charleston, including the whole extent of its corporate limits. The black ground represents that portion of the city that was destroyed.”

Church, the city’s oldest place of worship whose destruction was seen as “a sort of National Calamity.” Despite the frequency of fire in Charleston – indeed, perhaps because of it—citizens developed a pattern of anxious reform soon followed by complacency. After the 1698 fire, for example, the city quickly

developed building standards that included brick chimneys and levied a tax on residents that would be used for ladders and buckets. A few years later, Charles Town elected a board of fire masters to supervise firefighting efforts and to enforce the new building codes. But soon, night watchmen grew neg-

lectful; laws and building codes were left unenforced; and fires continued to rage. Jacob Schirmer, a German-descended merchant living in the city in the 1830s, recorded at least 69 Charleston fires, but the Great Fire of 1838 was surely the worst. When the dust settled on April 28, Charlestonians turned out to view the devastation. Frederick Schnierle, one of the city engineers, and Colonel Charles J. Steedman, a naval officer, died in demolition blasts, and the Courier recounted the details of numerous other horrific injuries and deaths. A ship captain near Savannah, nearly 80 miles away, claimed to have seen the light of the fire during the night, and planters 15 miles distant found cinders from Charleston on their property. The fire destroyed 150 acres, at least a quarter of the city, and a substantial part of the commercial district. The new Charleston Hotel, built in the “burnt district” of an 1835 fire and considered “the pride of the citizens,” went up in flames, as did Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim Synagogue built in the 1790s. In all, over 1,100 buildings were lost, leaving families, church congregations, and businesses without shelter. Even the day after the fire, accounts estimated losses at over three million dollars, more than 80 million dollars today. As the Courier predicted, though, Charleston

would “surely rise, Phoenixlike from its ashes.” Local newspapers filled their pages with readers’ letters, proposing additional green space and wider avenues made of fireproof materials that would not only make Charleston safer but more prosperous. Donations arrived from as far away as New York, Boston, and New Orleans “for the relief of the Sufferers.” “However deeply we are called upon to lament this sad catastrophe,” said Reverend Thomas Smyth in a sermon at Second Presbyterian Church, “the liberality manifested on this occasion . . . together with the universal sympathy exhibited throughout our entire country, are most truly delightful.” The Charleston City Council passed a number of codes to limit the construction of wooden buildings and created new laws for

managing the fire department. The South Carolina General Assembly even ratified An Act for Rebuilding the City of Charleston, establishing a fund at the Bank of South Carolina to provide construction loans for brick or stone buildings. Although most of those laws would soon go unenforced again, the fire did stimulate a wave of construction. Most of Charleston’s Ansonborough neighborhood was redeveloped by 1852, and even today contains many homes that date to the aftermath of the 1838 fire. In the 1960s, the Historic Charleston Foundation restored many of those homes that had fallen into disrepair, helping the neighborhood to “rise from the ashes” once again to become the heart of Charleston’s historic district.

Y to host Kids Day block party The Healthy Kids Day Block Party is a free event for all ages. Come join us Saturday, April 21, from 9 a.m. until noon. “Chase Brent Fun Run” at 9:30 a.m. and family field games throughout the morning. We’ll also have an inflatable obstacle course, healthy food choices, a jump house, giveaways, local businesses with giveaways and important, healthy information and much more! Healthy Kids Day is a YMCA nationwide initiative to improve the health and wellbeing of kids and families. To get involved contact Dorothy at 843-665-1234. The Y: We’re for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.


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Blue Star Mother shares story with DAR Sharon Russell was the guest speaker at the April 12 meeting of the Samuel Bacot Chapter, NSDAR, held at Florence Country Club. A member of Blue Star Mothers of Coastal Carolina, Russell shared with members about the non-profit organization which has over 6,000 members throughout the nation. The Blue Star Mothers are mothers, stepmothers, grandmothers, foster mothers and female legal guardians who have children serving in the military, guard or reserves, or children who are veterans. Their mission is to support each other and children while promoting patriotism and focusing daily to support the troops, veterans or the families of fallen heroes. Among the many services of the Blue Star Mothers of Coastal Carolina is the annual Wreaths Across America, in which the chap-

SHARON RUSSELL, center, pictured with Ruth Barnett, left Vice-Regent, and Anne Jenkins, on right, Regent, NSDAR, Samuel Bacot Chapter. ter sponsors nearly 3,800 wreaths at Florence National Cemetery in December.

Their mission is to remember the sacrifices of the men and women in uniform, honor

their service, and teach younger generations that “Freedom is Not Free.”

In addition, the Blue Star Mothers of Coastal Carolina send Hero Boxes to the military containing useful items while deployed. To find out how to participate and support the Blue Star Mothers of Coastal Carolina, visit home. Known as the largest women’s patriotic organization in the world, DAR has over 170,000 members with approximately 3,000 chapters in all 50 states and 11 foreign countries. The DAR has long promoted patriotism through commemorative celebrations, memorials, scholarships and activities for children and programs for new immigrants. For more information about DAR and the local Samuel Bacot Chapter, visit or el_Bacot.htm.

DECA assists church with food distribution Florence Career Center's Distributive Education Club of America (DECA) recently helped with a community service project at Majority Missionary Baptist Church. The church conducts a monthly food bank distributions to the citizens of Florence County, serving some 175 families. The DECA Club prepares emerging leaders in high schools to participate in community service projects. Participants were Josalyn

Fulmore, Shaliek Samuel, Jayda Sheppard, Savonte’ Williams and Dylan Creel. Mrs. Frances DanielsRichardson is advisor.

Prayer Gathering May 3 The next CityWide Prayer Gathering will be held on the The National Day of Prayer, Thursday, May 3, at 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 300 S. Irby St., along with New Life Church.

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ESOL Family Night to be held Thursday FSD1’s ESOL (English Speakers of Other Languages) will host an English Learner Family Night: A Celebration of Culture and Language to celebrate diversity and promote bilingual literacy. ESOL teachers will welcome the parents

and students they teach on April 19, 5:30-7:30 p.m, at Poynor, 301 South Dargan Street, Room 2A. Cultural presentations, international foods, prizes, music, bilingual presentations are planned.


Administrator named for Career Center The Florence One Board of Trustees approved the hiring of Kimberly Mack as Director of the Florence Career Center. Mack has been serving as interim director at the Center since this past January. She was assistant principal at South Florence High School (July 2007-December 2017). Prior to her service in FSD1, Mack served in the Darlington County School District as Coordinator of Secondary Education (2005-2007); Evaluation/Recruitment Coordinator (2001-2005); and English teacher at Mayo High School for Math, Science and Technology (1999-2001). Mack received a bachelor of arts in English from the University of Maryland, a master of arts degree in human resources management from Webster University; and a master of education degree in educational leadership from Winthrop University. As assistant principal at South Florence High School, Mack also shared her expertise with educators throughout the state at conferences sponsored by the South Carolina Association of School Administrators (Summer Leadership Institute, Innovative Ideas Institute), and the S.C. Department of Education where she presented workshops on over 12 educationallyrelevant topics. Mack is completer of Florence One’s Administrators’ Leadership Academy, and she has most recently received training as a South Carolina Career and Technology Administrator.

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A READ TO RIDE winner takes a bicycle following a Friends of the Florence Library presentation.

Readers win bikes Nineteen lucky young readers rode off with a new bicycle on April 11 following the Florence County Library System’s presentation of children’s entertainer Gerry the Great. At the end of his program, the library presented its Read to Ride winners with bikes. The event celebrated National Library Week and was sponsored by the Friends of Florence County Library. The bicycles were donated by the local Toys for Tots organization. For more information about children’s programs, contact the Greenberg Children’s Library at 843-292-7382, email, or visit

Brunch with FSO musicians Local Motive Brewing is featuring Florence Symphony Orchestra musicians to entertain brunch goers. Percussionist, Shane Reeves, will bring a bit of the Caribbean to Local Motive, entertaining the Sunday crowd on April 22 with the steel pan. Brunch at Local Motive is on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The diversity of these musicians will offer a taste of what the FSO season’s final concert will bring. The FSO’S “Symphonic Rock” concert on April 30 will feature local performers, Brandon Goff, Stephanie Fagan and Todd Norris. The concert will feature original rock compositions from the guest artists, as well as classic hits from Steely Dan, Amos Lee and the Beatles. Doors will open at 6 p.m. with a social hour starting at 6:30 p.m. featuring local craft beer from Local Motive Brewing and wine. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for Symphonic Rock are available at the FMU Performing Art Center box office, 843-661-4444. Season tickets for 2018/19 FSO season will be available to purchase that evening.

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Mary Amanda Eloise Campbell and Charles Stokes Shumpert, both of Florence, were married on April 14, at 6 p.m. at Central United Methodist Church. The Reverend William Malambri officiated at the ceremony. The bride, escorted by her father, is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Gerald Campbell Jr. of Florence. She is the granddaughter of Mrs. Carl Gerald Campbell, Sr. and the late Mr. Campbell and the late Dr. and Mrs. Eugene Daniel Guyton Sr. The bride is a graduate of the University of South Carolina with a bachelor of science in nursing. She is employed by McLeod Regional Medical Center as a registered nurse. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Austin Shumpert Jr. of Florence. He is the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. Luke Hutchinson Stokes Jr. and Mr. and Mrs. Charles Austin Shumpert Sr. He is a graduate of Florence-Darlington Technical College with an associate degree in welding. He is employed by L. H. Stokes and Son in Florence. Music for the ceremony was provided by Beverly Hazelwood, organist, and Kelly Jokisch, trumpeter. The bride’s friend, Mary Rachel Connelly served as Matron of Honor, and the bride’s niece, Susan Hope Campbell, served as Maid of Honor.

Benton Jr., Nicholas Quaid Chapman, Alan Michael Coats, Charles Brooks DuBose III, John Weber Mimms, and Hunter Drew Weaver. Greeters were Alexandra Adele Lee, Emily Ann Twyman, and McCall Guyton Campbell, nephew of the bride. Scripture was read by Frances Mills Brown and Anna Lynn Seaborn. A memory candle was lit by Ellis Guyton Isaacs, cousin of the bride. A reception hosted by the bride’s parents followed the ceremony at the Florence Country Club. After a wedding trip to Antigua, the couple will reside in Florence.


Bridesmaids were Helen Jordan Campbell, Carnes Eiserhardt Campbell, and Elizabeth Brigham Campbell, sister-in-laws of the bride, Martha Ellen Bruce, Jacqueline Eden Ellis, Brittany Way Mimms, Julia Elizabeth Shealor, Mary Margaret Skarupa, and Elise Hope Williamson. Flower girls were

Josephine Grace Campbell and Elizabeth Grace Campbell, both nieces of the bride. The groom’s father served as best man. Groomsmen were Austin O’Neal Shumpert, brother of the groom, Carl Pierce Campbell, Wesley Benton Campbell and Eugene Guyton Campbell, brothers of the bride, James Samuel

The House of Hope will host “BBQ For A Cause” on Thursday, May 10, 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Block and Vino parking lot. For $8, you get a plate with barbecue, rice and red gravy, slaw, green beans and bread. For 10 or more orders plates may be delivered to your office, home, school, etc. Please bring the e-mail you get as your ticket with a photo ID. Corporate sponsorships are available. For more information, please e-mail All profits will support the House of Hope.


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McLeod nurses receive 2018 Palmetto Gold awards McLeod Health is honored to announce that 15 McLeod Registered Nurses (RN) were selected to receive the 2018 Palmetto Gold Award. These nurses represent McLeod Regional Medical Center, McLeod Health Darlington, McLeod Health Dillon, McLeod Health Loris and McLeod Health Seacoast. They join the ranks of the 167 previous McLeod nurses who have received this outstanding award. The 15 nurses from McLeod Health who received the 2018 Palmetto Gold recognition include: Andrea Atkins, Renee Barry, Ashley Bell, Teresa Bell, Bridget Bryant, Rocky Cagle, Regina Floyd, Charity Gerald, Pamela Harris, Kris Howell, Peggy Manning, Patricia Milligan, Lionel Rajotte, Jeanette Tindal, and Dana Tyree. The Palmetto Gold Award was created by various nursing organizations throughout South Carolina as a platform to recognize nursing and support nursing education with scholarship funds. Each year, employers from a wide variety of South Carolina health care settings nominate outstanding nurses from their organizations to be considered as one of the 100 nurses honored with this prestigious award. The nominators are asked to provide evidence of how the nominee demonstrated excellence to the profession by addressing the following criteria: promoting and advancing the profession of nursing; displaying caring and commitment to patients, families, and colleagues and demonstrating leadership by assisting others to grow and develop. This is a competitive process, and usually several hundred nominations are submitted with only 100 nurses being selected. Each

PALMETTO GOLD NURSES – First row from left, Andrea Atkins, Patricia Milligan, Jeanette Tindal, Renee Barry, Ashley Bell, Pamela Harris, Bridget Bryant, Regina Floyd, Peggy Manning; second row, Kris Howell, Charity Gerald, Rocky Cagle, Lionel Rajotte, Teresa Bell and Dana Tyree. year the competition for the Pal- very proud of our 2018 Palmetto Gala are used to provide scholar- their high level of skill. The Palmetto Gold Nurse Recognition Gold Award Winners: Ashley Bell, ships to each of the 23 approved metto Gold recipients are leaders Program is more stringent. To Teresa Bell, Patricia Milligan, and registered nursing programs in in the field representing a philososelect the recipients, a team of six Dana Tyree,” said Amanda Mills, South Carolina. In 2008, the phy of commitment to caring for nurses from across the state par- Chief Nursing Officer, McLeod Renatta Loquist Graduate Nursing the individual patient that underticipate in a blind review process. Loris Seacoast. “This is the 17th Scholarship was created to honor lies the profession of nursing and The nominees are not referred to year for the Palmetto Gold Recog- Mrs. Loquist, a member of the the mission of the McLeod organby name or place of employment nition Program honoring the top original Palmetto Gold committee ization.” on the nomination sections seen 100 nurses in South Carolina who and a leader in nursing in our “McLeod Nurses strive daily by the judges. demonstrate excellence in the state. This $2,000 scholarship has to deliver quality patient care, and “Palmetto Gold Nurses exem- practice of nursing and commit- been awarded each year, and we are pleased that they have plify excellence for and in nurs- ment to the profession. We com- since its inception, Palmetto Gold been honored by Palmetto Gold ing,” said Tony Derrick, Chief mend our nurses for their daily has awarded over $232,000 in for work they do,” said Lisa Page, Nursing Officer, McLeod Regional commitment and dedication to the nursing scholarships. Chief Nursing Officer, McLeod Medical Center. “They are the patients and community in which “Our nurses are to be com- Health Darlington. “Peggy Manbest of the best. They promote we serve.” mended for devoting their consid- ning consistently goes above and nursing as a profession through The recipients of the 2018 Pal- erable skills and talents to the beyond the call of duty, and setting examples and teaching metto Gold Award will be recog- selfless service of others,” said Renee Barry is a leader who others. We are very proud of our nized at the Palmetto Gold Gala Marcia Wilds, Chief Nursing Offi- makes a difference in the lives of recipients and honored they on April 21 in Columbia. To sup- cer, McLeod Dillon. “Being hon- so many. Both Peggy and Renee choose to practice with us.” port the future of nursing, the pro- ored as part of this elite group of are dedicated nurses and an asset “McLeod Loris Seacoast is ceeds from the Palmetto Gold South Carolina nurses speaks to to our team.”

League of Women Voters meets April 23 The public is invited to join the Florence League for a presentation by Will Mitchell, Conservation Voters of SC Political and Outreach Director, who will talk about how the public can make a difference concerning conservation. Among the topics will be recent legislation passed involving conservation and legislation that still needs to be addressed. The meeting will be held on Monday, April 23, at Central United Methodist Church – enter under the alcove. Networking is at 5:30 p.m. and the program begins at 6 p.m. The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy. org/index.html

Library plans poetry program The Florence County Library will host a Teen Writer’s Café on Monday, April 23, from 6 to 7 p.m. Teens may celebrate National Poetry Month by sharing their works or those of authors/writers important to them. The program is free.

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