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NEIGHBORS NAME: Mable Preston FAMILY: Two children, four grandchildren BORN: Richmond,VA, lives in Florence OCCUPATION: Retired from AT&T HOBBIES OR SPECIAL INTERESTS: Swimming, traveling WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT FLORENCE: Small town with big growth WHO OR WHAT HAS MOST INFLUENCED YOU? ‘My mother who loved people and God.’

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The News Journal editor retiring By Celeste Marshall Kahn “They say that printer’s ink gets in your blood, so I guess after 50 years my blood is probably black,” says Brenda Harrison, editor of The News Journal and veteran of the Pee Dee journalistic community. This spring, Brenda will retire after serving The News Journal for 30 years. Even though she never attended college or received any formal training in journalism, Brenda made a name for herself in Florence as a skilled reporter and editor. Brenda looks forward to having more time to travel and be with her grandchildren, but says she will miss the exciting interactions that come with writing for the weekly newspaper. “Every time I interview somebody I learn something,” she says. “I look back on all the great people I’ve met, and all the wonderful organizations, and it really makes me proud to live here in Florence.” Before taking her position at The News Journal, Brenda spent 20 years with the Florence Morning News (now called the Morning News), the Pee Dee’s daily newspaper. Her career began in 1967 when at age 16, she needed a job to earn gas money for her first car. “I had two cousins who worked at the Morning News. One was Tom English – he was city editor – and the other was Sonny Smith, a photographer. They told me the paper needed a librarian.” Brenda interviewed with thenmanaging editor Joe Rickenbacker, who hired her to work 15 hours a week archiving old stories in the newspaper’s library – or the “morgue” as it was called, because it housed all the “dead” news. “I had my little paycheck every week and I think it was only about fifteen dollars,” Brenda says, laughing. “But I had gas money and some to spare!” The reporters used to tease her, she said, because no one

BRENDA HARRISON RETIRING AFTER 30 YEARS WITH THE NEWS JOURNAL understood her library filing system but her. “If they needed to find something to refer back to for a followup story, they couldn’t find it. But I could go right to it. They used to joke that I made my own job security.” She recalls the energy and excitement of working at a daily paper, and says she enjoyed seeing reporters come and go at different hours of the day to meet deadlines. “It was so atmospheric when you went into that newsroom. All the desks were together. We had those old heavy Royal typewriters that you had to pound on. The telephones were black and bulky. And the staff included all sorts of characters and a few curmudgeons smoking, fussing and carrying on. “It was noisy and loud and there was typing everywhere, so

you just had to learn how to focus and tune it out,” she recalls. “You had to meet that deadline.” “But it was fun!” Brenda continues. “We would laugh and have a good time.” Against this seemingly chaotic backdrop, Brenda gradually took on more duties. The editor of the Florence Morning News at the time, James A. Rogers, was also chairman of the Board of Trustees during the founding and early years of Francis Marion College. Brenda typed all of his correspondence. She also began typing obituaries and rewriting stories, and then writing her own stories. Eventually, she became the paper’s lifestyle editor. News reporters came and went, but veteran newspaperman Thom Anderson was there helping and encouraging her all her years at the Morning News. “He was my mentor and friend,

and eventually became managing editor. He taught me the ropes, and was a great teacher. I owe so much to him for guidance and his belief in me,” she says. Brenda admits she might be a bit nostalgic for “the old days” of newspaper journalism. The advent of the Internet and other changes in technology have significantly changed the way newspapers are produced; gone are the days of bustling, noisy newsrooms full of loud typing and whirring wire machines. However, Brenda says she feels fortunate to have experienced the heydey of newspapers and seen so many changes in the span of her career. “When I got into this business it was a different world from

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College Park Neighborhood’s Crime Watch meeting will be held on Monday, May 7, at 7 p.m. (note time change). Speaker will be Shannon Hill from Codes Enforcement.

All Saints Choral Evensong All Saints Church will host Choral Evensong for Perscuted Christians on Sunday, April 29, at 5 p.m. Join in this service of the Anglican tradition as we pray for persecuted Christians in the Middle East and all around the world. The choir and clergy of Saint James Church in Charleston will participate in the service. All Saints Anglican Church is located at 1425 Cherokee Road.

CAPES for Kids this Saturday CARE House of the Pee Dee will host its 7th Annual CAPES For Kids 5k/10k/Kids Fun Run on Saturday, April 29. The 5K and 10K will start at 8 am at Briggs Elementary on Congaree Drive. The Kids Fun Run begins at 9:30 a.m. Superheroes will greet the kids. CAPES For Kids will include family-friendly activities, as well as a superhero costume contest; come dressed as your favorite hero. To find out more about CAPES For Kids Run, visit CAPESForKidsRun.itsyourrace.com, go on Facebook, or email Sarah at shill@thecarehouse.com. This run began in 2011 in memory of a Carver Elementary student who lost her life due to physical abuse and neglect. Her life is honored every April while raising awareness for Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Deaths CITY HALL SOON AFTER RENOVATION IN SEPTEMEBER OF 1954 Old clock tower has been replaced with a modern version

FSD1 high schools to use metal detectors In an effort to increase safety at all high school locations in Florence School District One, metal detectors are being installed, and all persons will be screened using these detectors when they enter the school building. The screening process will be effective beginning in May. “We are so grateful to the Florence One Board of Trustees for moving expeditiously in support of school safety and for unanimously deciding to allocate funds to increase safety measures in our schools,” said Florence One Interim Superintendent Dr. Dan Strickland. Last month, the Florence One Board of Trustees approved the funding of a comprehensive safety pack-

age that includes surveillance (camera) digital system replacement for all schools at a cost of $1.3 million. In the plan is the immediate cost of code blue and front door access at all three high schools: (South Florence, $107,416; West Florence, $106,462; and Wilson, $98,091.) The Florence Career Center and the Alfred Rush Academy will also be equipped with these safety features. The metal detectors will be used in at least three locations on the high school campuses. Using a Frequently Asked Questions Guide (F.A.Q.), each high school principal is providing information for parents that will address questions or concerns that parents may

have regarding how the detectors will be used. This guide will be found on high school websites as well as the Florence School District One website beginning Monday, April 23. Strickland noted that while funding has been allocated for metal detectors and camera upgrades, these strategies remain only a part of the total plan to ensure school safety. “Although these additional safety measures will be in place,” said Strickland, “we must continue to rely on everyone to immediately report to local authorities when there is even the slightest suspicion or fear that something out of the ordinary may happen. If you see something, say something. This is not just a cliche’, but it is a fact that could help save lives,” he added. School officials have echoed Strickland’s sentiments and maintain that par-

ent and student reporting are among the strongest ways to ensure school safety. South Florence High School Principal Carol Hill said, “Families communicating what they know and voicing concerns that they have often help the school to respond quickly and proactively to keep students and staff safe. When you know something or have a concern, please tell us,” she remarked. Hill and the other high school principals in Florence One will notify parents via Florence One’s telecommunication system regarding the specific dates and times of their parent informational meetings on this topic. Parents may also go to each high school website or to the Florence School District One website for more information regarding the use school metal detectors: www.fsd1.org.

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Walsh seeks auditor’s position Benjy Walsh has announced his candidacy for Florence County auditor. He is a Republican Party candidate running in the June 12 Primary Election. Walsh is a lifelong resident of Florence. A businessman, he is a regional manager for a corporation that owns five locations in the Southeast and employs 167 people. Also, he has owned his own business in Florence for 20 years. Walsh has been in service-oriented positions since 1994. He said customer service has been his main priority in all of his occupations over the last 25 years and he will champion positive changes to enhance convenience for the people of Florence County. As auditor, he said he will work to utilize available technology to offer online services to ease the burden on taxpayers traveling to the auditor's office in Florence or Lake City to receive the

vehicle high mileage discount they may be entitled to according to South Carolina laws. He will also constantly seek other ways to improve services. Walsh said he will work with other elected officials, the school districts, municipalities, and all of the other taxing entities to serve their needs. Walsh said the Florence County auditor's office belongs to the people of Florence County and as auditor he will be available to answer their questions and address their concerns.

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CityWide Prayer Gathering Next CityWide Prayer Gathering will be held on the The National Day of Prayer, Thursday, May 3, at 7 pm at First Baptist Church, 300 S. Irby St., along with with New Life Church. Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thes. 5:16-18

RETIRING FROM PAGE 1A it is now, and I feel really fortunate and blessed that I got to be a part of it.” In 1988, Brenda left the Morning News and took a job with The News Journal. Originally called The News and Shopper, this weekly paper was founded by Jim Harris, one of Brenda’s former colleagues at the Morning News. As a weekly paper, The News Journal had a different focus than the daily. It focused on community news rather than breaking headlines. With weekly deadlines instead of daily deadlines, Brenda had more flexibility to pick and choose what kinds of stories to feature. She focused on community events, arts and culture, and nonprofit organizations. “A weekly paper can’t compete with a daily paper in terms of breaking the news stories first, and we knew that, so community was really our niche,” Brenda says. In addition to writing community stories, Brenda took photos and oversaw the layout of the paper. She spent two or three days a week interviewing and writing stories, and the rest of the week arranging the paper’s layout. Just as Brenda saw changes in technology at the Morning News, she experienced dramatic changes during her career at The News Journal. Computers were still relatively new, but the “mouse” was introduced, as well as cell phones. Then came the Internet. All of these made a major impact – changing the ability to gather facts and news. She remembers having to readjust her typing style to suit the newer, more delicate computer keyboards. Brenda says she has enjoyed The News Journal’s positive, friendly focus. “People like us, because it’s all ‘good’ news. People don’t get mad at you the way they might with a daily paper. I’ve made so many friends over the years with people who appreciate what we do.” As a writer, Brenda’s goal

is good storytelling, but also emphasizing stories that highlight the good things happening in the community. Her favorite stories to write feature local heroes, people and organizations achieving amazing things in service of others. For example, she recently wrote a feature on Heaven’s Hope, an organization whose mission is to provide longterm housing and care to medically fragile children. She also recently wrote about two local men going homeless for a week in Augusta to raise awareness of homelessness. “I love doing stories that mean something,” she says. “As well as just talking to interesting people, and I’ve met a lot of those.” In the process of writing and learning about community events in the Pee Dee, Brenda has become familiar with many local nonprofit organizations that strive to make a difference. Not only has she raised awareness of these organizations through her stories, but she has also become personally involved with some of them. In 1989, she wrote an article about a local homeless shelter that opened at a time when homelessness was not a well-known issue in the Pee Dee. That organization eventually evolved into the House of Hope, a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit that helps homeless individuals and families. Brenda became a board member and has been actively involved with the House of Hope for 29 years. She also has served on the board of the Florence Little Theatre. She has taken photos and written countless stories about local productions and volunteered to help backstage. In the past she has served on the board of the Florence Area Literacy Council and worked on committees, including Art’s Alive, and Helping Florence Flourish, an initiative dedicated to promoting unity, education, and racial harmony in Florence. Writing stories about charitable and cultural organ-

izations has deepened Brenda’s appreciation of her hometown. “Florence is a caring community, that I know,” she says. “We have some weaknesses. We have some racial issues and educational needs that we’re working on. But I’m really encouraged. And, it’s been exciting to see what’s happening in our downtown area. The Drs. Bruce and Lee Foundation has certainly been a catalyst in downtown redevelopment.” For Brenda, retirement is bittersweet. While she looks forward to escaping the ever-looming deadlines – her least favorite part of news writing – she will miss the excitement of meeting new people and bringing their stories to life. She also says she will miss her coworkers. “I have had the pleasure to work with some really fine people at The News Journal, especially our longest employee Beth Streett who works quietly behind the scenes, but is the backbone of this company,” she says. “Also, I have been fortunate to work for a publisher, Don Swartz, who shares my conservative and Christian values and welcomes faith-based perspectives.” Brenda says she doesn’t plan to quit writing altogether, and has no plans to fade into the background. She hopes to spend time traveling, volunteering with her church, and staying involved with local organizations. Looking back on her 50year career, Brenda feels a strong sense of satisfaction and gratitude. “I just feel blessed that I was able to do this. I remember one day years ago, my Sunday school teacher asked us, ‘Are you doing what God wants you to do?’ I had never really thought about that. And it worried me. I started thinking, ‘Am I doing what I’m supposed to?’ But now that I look back on my life, I believe I was. I believe He put me in the position. And that’s about as good as it gets.”

S.C. American Legion Riders stop for rest at Post 1 last Saturday

Legacy riders make stop here The South Carolina American Legion Riders (SCALR) made a stop at Post #1 in Florence on Saturday, April 21. There were 93 motorcycles and 131 riders. They were taking part in a nationwide program to raise money for the Legacy Scholarship Fund. This fund provides scholarships for children of service members whom were killed in action since 9/11 or have a 50% or more disability. The American Legion Rider raised more than

$600,000 dollars last year and should exceed that total this year. Each state does their own run to their state capital and collect pledged donations per mile traveled. The SCALR stopped at Post 1 for some rest time in the late afternoon and enjoyed some refreshments. After a brief rest, they moved out in a staggered fashion to a local hotel to rest up for the trip on Sunday. District 7 Commander Charles Bethea and Post 1 Commander Don Handley

welcomed the riders and thanked them for their dedicated service to veterans and the children of the fallen. The Legacy Run is just one of the many American Legion programs that are performed annually to help veterans and children. The Legion conducts Boys/Girls State to help students learn about government, Oratorical competitions for Constitutional education and scholarships, Jr. ROTC support and Legion Baseball.

Carolinas names new CEO Carolinas Hospital System has named Vance Reynolds as the new Chief Executive Officer, effective April 30, 2018. Reynolds joins the hospital from Aiken Regional Medical Center, a 259-bed hospital in Aiken, South Carolina. “Carolinas Hospital System has a strong tradition of providing patients with compassionate, quality care,” said Reynolds. “I am excited to work with and support the medical staff, employees, volunteers and community to continue building upon and strengthening the quality care we provide patients.” In Aiken since 2015,

VANCE REYNOLDS Reynolds oversaw the operations of the hospital and a multispecialty group

employing over 20 providers. His strategic leadership has led to the success of the organization, both clinically and financially while meeting the needs of patients and the community. He earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from University of North Texas and master’s degree in business administration from University of Texas in Dallas. Reynolds and his wife, Paula, have been married for 27 years and have six children, two still live at home. They look forward to being a part of the community and calling Florence their home.

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Vendors invited to Spring Market Day Calling all growers, crafters and artisans: the Florence Tractor Supply store is inviting you to showcase your homemade and homegrown goods at its spring Market Day event Saturday, May 12. Vendors with expertise in everything from homemade crafts, candles and soaps to honey, eggs, produce, baked goods, gardening, furniture and more are encouraged to sign up. To register, vendors should visit TSCEventPartners.com or the Florence store. Nonprofit organizations and food trucks are also encouraged to register. Vendor registration closes Wednesday, May 9. During Market Day on Saturday, May 12, vendors

will be able showcase their goods free of charge in tented areas near the storefront. All vendors participating in this event will be responsible for complying with local and state ordinances. “Market Day is a way for us to bring neighbors together to spotlight the

diverse talent that makes the Florence community so unique,” said Mary Lawley, vice president of store administration at Tractor Supply Company. “From the hobbyist to the professional, not only do we want to celebrate locally produced goods, but also the people who make them.”

Bon-E-Fit is May 3 The annual Bone-E-Fit for the Florence Area Humane Society will be held on May 3 in downtown Florence. This year’s benefit is lovingly dedicated to the memory of Marilyn Godbold. Tickets are $75 and are available at First Reliance Bank, B Nance Fine Gilfts, Fisher Jewelers and Woofers. The Bone-E-Fit will be held from 7 to 10 p.m.


GOD’S WORD Be joyful always; pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16

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NAFTA needs strong Intellectual Property Protections for America’s creators and innovators By Brian Pomper As the United States pushes to finish negotiations to modernize and rebalance the North American Free Trade Agreement, the U.S. negotiating team ought to build on its successful conclusion of the KORUS talks and continue toughening up intellectual property protections for America's creators and innovators. Stronger IP rights abroad would encourage more lifesaving research and development, resulting in more and better treatments for patients around the world and more U.S. jobs in the dynamic life sciences sector. Effective patent enforcement and protection is associated with the faster introduction of new medicines in a market, giving patients access to the latest breakthrough therapies. IP protections such as patents, trademarks, and copyrights prevent people from ripping off creators and inventors' intangible works. Without such protections, the modern economy would grind to a halt. An enormous amount of time and money goes into developing the formula for a successful medicine, or writing a chart-topping song, or penning a best-selling novel. Without IP protections, it would be easy for rivals to sell knockoff copies at rock-bottom prices. Creators and inventors would never earn back their investments if competitors could immediately piggyback off their hard work. Companies would stop funding innovative products in the first place. IP-intensive industries like the biopharmaceutical manufacturing and creative content sectors drive the American economy. They support nearly 58 million jobs and pay their employees 45 percent more than those working in non-IP-intensive fields, according to a recent U.S. Department of Commerce report. The biopharmaceutical sector alone added more than $1.3 trillion to the economy in 2016. Bringing just one drug to market requires dozens of researchers, years of testing, and thousands of clinical trial participants. A recent study found that developing a new medication costs well over $2.5 billion dollars. One of the few things that ensures North American companies take on this risk is their legal right to market exclusivity for a limited period of time. That prevents a copycat drug developer from swooping in after an innovative company has done all the leg work and profiting from its years of research and investment. That's a real, tangible incentive to pursue risky research. And it works. Thanks to strong IP protections, the United States draws and retains top-tier talent from around the world. For the past ten years, the majority of the new medicines throughout the world were developed right here at home. To accelerate this pace of breakthrough discoveries, the world needs stronger IP protections for medical researchers and manufacturers overseas. Such protections would encourage more people around the world to engage in research and development, which is desperately needed to find cures for devastating diseases like cancer or Alzheimer's. It's also needed to cross the finish line on some promising breakthroughs, like personalized medicine and treatments that can repair damaged genes to heal us. Without serious intellectual property protections in trade agreements, we'll never see these advancements come to fruition. Instead, we'll see copycat medicines and experience a sharp decline in drug research and development as innovative drug makers shy away from pursuing risky endeavors. U.S. companies might even avoid selling their products in countries with weak IP protections. Fortunately, the American public rejects this approach. According to a poll conducted in January by Morning Consult, 73 percent of American voters think NAFTA "should better protect and value U.S. inventions and creativity." U.S. negotiators should hold firm for a new NAFTA that better protects intellectual property.

Brian Pomper is the executive director of ACTION for Trade.

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.

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Local businesses that we have lost Supply, Florence Office Supply, Pattillo Printing and Office Supply, all on West Evans St.; Herald Office Supply and Staples Office Supply.

I was recently thinking about some of the retail stores that once were in Florence and no longer exist. Following are some that come to mind:

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Automotive: Western Auto Book Stores: Newsy Hut, S & H Bookstore, Books-a-Million Booksellers. Department Stores: Sears and Roebuck, McCown-Smith Dime Stores: F.W. Woolworth Co., McLellan’s Five and Ten Cents Store. S.H. Kress Co. Discount Stores: Sky City, Treasure City, Larry’s Discount Store, K-Mart Furniture: Rainwater Furniture, Heilig-Myers Furniture Store, Colony Furniture, La-Z-Boy East Plant, Robey’s Wicker Furniture Electronics: Rex, Circuit City Gift stores: China Shop, Porter’s Gift Shop Grocery Stores: A&P, Winn Dixie, Kroger, Big Star, Red & White, Harvey’s

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Jewelry: Friedman’s Jewelers, Jones-Smith Jewelers, Travis Jewelers, Holbrooks’ Jewelry Ladies clothing stores: Shockley’s Village Shop, MiLady’s Shoppe, McCown-Smith, Gladstone’s Dress Shop, Fashion Center, Nettie-Elizabeth, Diana Shops. Men’s clothing stores: Dick Ames Men’s Shop, Rice’s Men’s Shop, Singleton’s Men’s Shop, Stein’s Men’s Shop, Robert Hall’s Men’s Store. Movies; Bright Leaf Drive-in, Palmetto Drive In, Circle Drive-in, Colonial Theater, Carolina Theater, State Theater, Lincoln Theater, Capri Theater and Crown Theater. Office Supply Stores: Taylor Office

Pharmacies: J&J Drugs Store, Dixon Drugs, Pharmore, Florence Pharmacy, Lake’s Drug Store. Restaurants: Howard Johnson’s Restaurant, Smiley’s on East Evans, Gangplank Seafood, Flamingo Restaurant, Oasis Restaurant, Eat More Restaurant, Roney’s Cafe, Boston Cafe, P&M Cafe, Morrison’s Cafeteria, Sky View Drive-in, John’s Drive-in, Beacon Drive-in, The Comet Drive-in, The Chicken Basket, Angelo’s Seafood, Poor Boys Restaurant, Cruise the View, Sagebrush Steak House, Ryan’s Steakhouse, Midway Diner, Doughnut Dinette, Cedric’s Fish and Chips, Boston Market and Michael’s Italian Restaurant. Shoe Stores: Florence Shoe Store, Rotan’s Shoe Store, Robert’s Shoe Store, Fram’s Shoe Store, Miller’s Bootery, Samra’s Shoe Store, Phil Nofal’s Shoe Store Soda Fountains and Coffee Shops: The Smoke Shop, The Soda Shop.

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Freedom is winning the encryption arms race by Thomas L. Knapp At tax time in the US, as Gaurav Sangwani of India's Financial Express reports, many American cryptocurrency users weren't interested in discussing that aspect of their lives with the Internal Revenue Service. In an early April TeamBlind survey of 2,600 people who earned money from crypto, 46% said they wouldn't be reporting those earnings to Uncle Sam. Meanwhile, per Investopedia's Nathan Reiff, fewer than 100 of Credit Karma Tax's 250,000 most recent filers had reported cryptocurrency transactions as of April 13. That's bad news for the IRS, but great news for America. People whose ancestors fought a revolution nearly 250 years ago on the slogan "no taxation without representation" are

finally acquiring the weapons to fight a new revolution on a new slogan: No taxation without consent. Taxation as we know it is really nothing more than the typical mob protection racket: "Nice livelihood you got there – be a shame if anything happened to it." And since the birth of employer "withholding" during World War Two, the mobsters have mostly had it easy. They rake what they want right off the top of your paycheck and encourage you to think of any partial refund as a gift. The racket has always had two weak points, though. One is that it's dependent on a model of employment – centralized workplace, lots of employees, one employer – that's increasingly giving way to a "gig economy" in which more and more people are becoming

de facto self-employers. The other is that it's dependent on an easy access to personal information that once favored the mobsters but that has likewise been breaking down since the dawn of widely available Internet access. Since the late 1980s, Americans have been engaged in an arms race with the federal government: Our strong encryption versus their attempts to compromise that encryption. Win some, lose some, but cryptocurrency is potentially our side's decisive super-weapon. If you thought the perpetual whining from law enforcement about encryption was about fighting terrorism, think again. It's mostly about the money. Like other mobsters, politicians and their accomplices hate the idea of their rackets coming to an end.

Giving farmers a helping hand By Cora Fox, Center for Rural Affairs Whether you are a beginning farmer or have been farming for 30 years, it is important to know resources are available to assist you in your farming venture – through education, technical assistance, mediation, or counseling. Maybe you’d like financial counseling, or support during land transition, but aren’t sure where to go? Are you concerned about your farming operation or do you need mediation services? The Center for Rural Affairs has compiled a list of wellestablished organizations to aid farmers in navigating these resources. While this list is not all-inclusive, it covers a wide array of services.

Center for Rural Affairs, 402.687.2100, www.cfra.org, operates a helpline with information on farm bill programs that can help farmers or ranchers get started or implement conservation programs. Staff make referrals to organizations that may better address questions or concerns. Farm Aid, 800.FARM.AID ( 8 0 0 . 3 2 7 . 6 2 4 3 ) , www.farmaid.org, connects farmers to resources with an online directory listing more than 750 organizations. Farm Aid also provides information on farm start-ups, sustainable agriculture, legal issues in farming, farm financing, and farm activism and organizing. Michigan State University Extension, 517.279.4311, msue.anr.msu.edu, has a free online program. “Weathering

the Storm: How to Manage Stress on the Farm,” addresses signs and symptoms of chronic stress and helps farmers cope with challenges. National Farmers Union, 202.554.1600, nfu.org, plays an active role in the farm bill and works on grassroots driven policy. They have connections with numerous farm organizations, and make referrals. Rural Response Hotline, 800.464.0258, imneb.org/imnprograms/farming/ruralresponse-hotline/, is available for farmers, ranchers, and rural residents to call. Staff make referrals to attorneys, financial counselors, clergy, other farmers, and mediation services, as needed. In addition, staff assists with stress, depression, or other mental health concerns.

Government will get much smaller and much less powerful once it has to ask nicely for a share of the wealth you produce, and justify the request, instead of just taking what it wants. That day draws closer as the percentage of people using cryptocurrency and declining to tell Uncle Sam about it grows.

Thomas L. Knapp (Twitter: @thomaslknapp) is director and senior news analyst at the William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism (thegarrisoncenter.org <http://thegarrisoncenter.org> ). He lives and works in north central Florida.

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Driver educator stresses attention, discipline effect on these kids,” he added. For more information about Accurate Driver Education Service you may go online to www.accuratedriver.blogspot.com or call 843-661-2114 or cell 843617-5879.

BY BRENDA HARRISON Editor of The News Journal Florence, S.C. With more than four decades of teaching experience and 23 years in Florence, Ken Humphries is more than a driver’s ed trainer – he is a traffic safety educator. His business, Accurate Driver Education Service seeks to improve driving skills that lower the probability of collisions and crashes in automobiles. “Driving is nothing but choices,” Ken says. “You choose what you are going to do. Anything that distracts you is a choice and you can get killed by your choice.” Humphries’ main emphasis is teaching young people who need the course to get their driver’s license to use the See & Search, Identify, Predict, Decide and Execute of traffic thought management. His course includes the state requirement of eight hours of classroom instruction and six hours of “oneon-one ” driving. The classroom instruction includes time, space and zone management, traffic laws, distractions, risk management, texting, alcohol and drugs, and visual search patterns, Interstate driving

Agape Hospice to sponsor speaker for Dementia Support Group

KEN HUMPHRIES OF ACCURATE DRIVER EDUCATION SERVICE teaching driver and traffic safety. As a certified Third Party (TPT) License Tester, he is allowed to test his students. Ken was elected to serve on SCDMV Driver Training Curriculum Development Committee 2015-17 where he helped develop a curriculum for all S.C. driving educators that adheres to the education principles in the state.

skills are also taught. The fee of $350 covers the 14 hours of instruction. A retired educator and coach, Ken has been teaching driver’s education for a long time. His school teaching career includes stints in both South and North Carolina, including a high school in his hometown, Rock Hill. He has an MA degree in education administration and had 40 plus years of experience

Ken feels called to teaching students not only how to drive, but to be attentive and disciplined behind the wheel. Let your mind drive the vehicle and let your eyes search for trouble, he tells them. “Driving is the only thing we do on a daily basis that has the ability to kill, injure or maim the public, self, family, or friends,” Ken stressed. “The Lord has blessed me with the ability to have an

Agape Hospice will sponsor speaker Marcia Jones at the Dementia Support Group for Families and Caregivers on May 1 at 6 p.m. at Elmcroft Assisted Living, 3006 Hoffmeyer Rd. Her topic is “Coping with Changes.” According to the Alzheimer’s Association, by the year 2020, there will be over 95,000 South Carolina residents aged 65+ struggling with the effects of this devasting disease. Experts agree that the first line of defense for caregivers and families is through proper education. For more information about Agapé Hospice, visit AgapeHospice.com or call 800-411-2427

Pee Dee International Parade planned We are less than five weeks out from the first ever Pee Dee International Parade in Florence on Saturday, May 19, at 10 a.m. MINGLE of the Pee Dee is partnering with Wilson High School and the Alliance for Youth to bring this parade to fruition. The goal of the is to bring people from all cultures together to promote unity in diversity. They are accepting floats, dance troupes and musicians from all cultures. The cost is $25 per unit to enter a float or team. Anything over four units (in one group) will be a flat fee of $100. Participants in this parade are encouraged to represent their respective culture and/or country with traditional garb, flags and floats. The parade theme will be “Unity in Diversity.” Everyone is invited to participate in the parade and show off their entry to a crowd on this special occasion. To register on line go to https://www.eventbrite.com /e/pee-dee-internationalparade-tickets44487455176

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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

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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 May 1, 2018 at 11:00AM, at the Florence County Courthouse, City of Florence, State of South Carolina, to the highest bidder: ALL THAT CERTAIN PIECE, PARCEL OR LOT OF LAND SITUATE, LYING AND BEING IN SCHOOL DISTRICT #10 IN THE COUNTY OF FLORENCE, STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA, ON THE SOUTHWEST SIDE OF KINGSTON DRIVE AND

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

KNOWN AND DESIGNATED AS LOT 5, BLOCK L ON A PLAT OF PARKWOOD SUBDIVISION #2 BY HARWOOD BEEBE COMPANY, C.E.'S, MADE IN JANUARY 1974. SAID LOT IS BOUNDED ON THE NORTHEAST BY KINGSTON DRIVE ON WHICH IT FACES 95 FEET; ON THE SOUTHEAST BY LOT 4,BLOCK L ON WHICH IT MEASURES 198 FEET; ON THE SOUTHWEST BY LOTS 12 AND 13, BLOCK L ON WHICH IT MEASURES 118 FEET; ON THE NORTHWEST BY LOT 6, BLOCK L ON WHICH IT FACES 195 FEET. THIS BEING THE SAME PROPERTY CONVEYED TO BEVERLY B. TOTH BY DEED OF KENNETH CHARLES CALCUTT AND ANN A. CALCUTT DATED JULY 14, 1978 AND RECORDED JULY 14, 1978 IN BOOK A160 AT PAGE 634 IN THE RECORDS FOR FLORENCE 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 Eaddy; Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc.; WMC Mortgage Corp., the undersigned Special Referee for Florence County, South Carolina, will sell on May 1, 2018 at 11:00AM, at the Florence County Courthouse, City of Florence, State of South Carolina, to the highest bidder: ALL THAT CERTAIN PIECE, PARCEL OR LOT OF LAND SITUATE IN THE CITY OF FLORENCE, COUNTY OF FLORENCE, STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA, MEASURING ONE HUNDRED (100') FEET FRONT, MORE OR LESS, ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF EVANS STREET AND RUNNING BACK THEREFROM TO A DEPTH OF TWO HUNDRED (200') FEET. SAID LOT IS BOUNDED, NOW OR FORMERLY, AS FOLLOWS: ON THE NORTH BY EVANS STREET; ON THE EAST BY PROPERTY OF C. A. MOODY; ON THE SOUTH BY PROPERTY OF J.E. COKER; AND ON THE WEST BY PROPERTY OF ALMA H. BOWEY. THIS BEING THE SAME PROPERTY CONVEYED TO DEVONYA EADDY BY DEED OF GLORIA K. LYLE DATED OCTOBER 31, 2006 AND RECORDED NOVEMBER 15, 2006 IN BOOK B55 AT PAGE 1444 IN THE RECORDS FOR FLO-

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 under-

signed 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 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


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6A 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) NOTICE OF SALE Case No.: 2017-CP-21-431 BY VIRTUE of that certain Decree of the Court of Common Pleas for Florence County, South Carolina, heretofore granted in the case of Anderson Brothers Bank vs. Byron A. Miller, FIA Card Services, N.A., SC Housing Corp. acting through SC State Housing and Development Authority’s SC Homeownership and Employment Lending Program and South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles, I, the undersigned Special Referee for Florence County,

South Carolina or my agent, will sell on May 15, 2018, at 11:00 a.m., at the Florence County Courthouse, Florence, South Carolina, to the highest bidder, the following described property: All that certain piece, parcel or lot of land lying, and being situate in the City of Johnsonville, County of Florence, State of South Carolina, containing 2.15 acres and being shown and delineated on a map thereof by Travis L. Carter, R.L.S., dated March 23, 1994, recorded in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County in Plat Book 52 at Page 513, being bounded and further described as follows, to wit: On the North by Tom S. Miller and Judy G. Miller; on the East by Tom S. Miller and Judy G. Miller; on the Southeast by Tom S. Miller and Judy G. Miller and by Lots 5,6,7,8,9,10 and 11 of Pine Oaks Subdivision as shown on the said map; and on the Southwest and West by Maple Avenue. Reference to said map is hereby made a part and parcel of this description. ALSO: Includes a 1994 Horton Mobile Home, 24x70, Serial #H66799GL&R. DERIVIATION: This the same property conveyed to Bryon A. Miller by Deed dated April 8, 1994, recorded April 8, 1994, in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County in Book A-414 at Page 2444, and by deed of Mary Lee Flowers Roper as Personal Representative of the Estate of Sophie F. Poston dated December 14, 1994, recorded December 19, 1994, in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County in Book A431 at Page 1758. TMS: 00433-05-248 ADDRESS: 444 Maple Avenue, Johnsonville, South Carolina TERMS OF SALE: The successful bidder, other than the Plaintiff, will deposit with the Special Referee or his agent, at the conclusion of the bidding, five (5%) percent of the bid, in cash or equivalent, as evidence of good faith, same to be applied to purchase price in case of compliance, but to be forfeited and applied first to costs and then to Plaintiff’s debt in the case of noncompliance. Should the last and highest bidder fail or refuse to make the required deposit at the time of the bid or comply with the other terms of the bid within twenty (20) days, then the Special Referee or his agent may resell the property on the same terms and conditions on some subsequent sales day at the risk of the said highest bidder. The sale shall be subject to Florence County taxes and assessments and to exist-

ing easements and restrictions of record. Purchaser to pay for the preparation of the Deed, documentary stamps on the Deed, recording of the Deed, and interest on the amount of the bid from date of sale to date of compliance with the bid at the contract rate of interest. Attention is drawn to the Court Order on file with the Clerk of Court for Florence County. The terms and conditions of the actual Court Order, to the extent of any inconsistencies, control over any terms or conditions contained in the Notice of Sale. As a deficiency judgment is being demanded, the bidding will remain open for thirty (30) days after the date of sale as provided by law. THE PLAINTIFF RESERVES THE RIGHT TO WAIVE THE DEFICIENCY UP TO AND INCLUDING THE DATE OF SALE. If the Plaintiff or its representative does not appear at the scheduled sale of the above-described property, then the sale of the property will be null, void and of no force and effect. In such event, the sale will be rescheduled for the next available sales day. The Honorable Haigh Porter Special Referee for Florence County April 11, 2018 Florence, South Carolina Suzanne Taylor Graham Grig NEXSEN PRUET, LLC Post Office Drawer 2426 Columbia, South Carolina 29202 (803) 771-8900 Attorneys for Plaintiff (4/25,5/2,5/9/18) NOTICE I Sammon Aashif Bey, Moor/ Americas Aboriginal/(Aborigine) national, name, race, and nationality has been changed from Sammon Tim Cusaac, African American U.S. citizen being duly sworn, hereby declare my intention to be a Moor/ Americas Aboriginal/(Aborigine) national “but not a citizen of the United States.”  Its in accord with my religious beliefs and having the same nationality as my ancestors  and shall be called by no other name or race nationality. (4/25) NOTICE OF APPLICATION Notice is hereby given that SILVER SPORK, LLC, intends to apply to the South Carolina Department of Revenue for a license/permit that will allow the sale and OFF premises consumption of BEER/WINE at 163 WEST EVANS STREET FLORENCE, SC 29501. To object to the issuance of

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018 this permit/license, written protest must be postmarked no later than MAY 10, 2018. For a protest to be valid, it must be in writing, and should include the following information: (1) the name, address, and telephone number of person filing the protest; (2) the specific reasons why the application should be denied; (3) that the person protesting is willing to attend a hearing (if one is requested by the applicant); (4) that the person protesting resides in the same county where the proposed place of business is located or within five miles of the business; and, (5) the name of the applicant and the address of the premises to be licensed. Protests must be mailed to: S.C. Department of Revenue, ATTN: ABL SECTION, P.O. Box 125, Columbia, SC 29214-0907; or faxed to: (803) 896-0110. (5/25,5/2,5/9/18) SUMMONS AND NOTICES (Non-Jury) FORECLOSURE OF REAL ESTATE MORTGAGE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF FLORENCE IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS C/A NO.: 2018-CP-21-00760 Bank of America, N.A., Plaintiff, v. Danny R. Springs, Defendant(s). TO THE DEFENDANT(S) ABOVE NAMED: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and required to appear and defend by answering the Complaint in this action, a copy of which is hereby served upon you, and to serve a copy of your Answer on the subscribers at their offices at 3800 Fernandina Road, Suite 110, Columbia, SC 29210, within thirty (30) days after the service hereof, exclusive of the day of such service; except that the United States of America, if named, shall have sixty (60) days to answer after the service hereof, exclusive of the day of such service; and if you fail to do so, judgment by default will be rendered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint. TO MINOR(S) OVER FOURTEEN YEARS OF AGE, AND/OR TO MINOR(S) UNDER FOURTEEN YEARS OF AGE AND THE PERSON WITH WHOM THE MINOR(S) RESIDES, AND/OR TO PERSONS UNDER SOME LEGAL DISABILITY: YOU ARE FURTHER SUMMONED AND NOTIFIED to apply for the appointment of a guardian ad litem within thirty (30) days after the service of this Summons and Notice upon you. If you fail to do so, application for such appointment will be made by Attorney for Plaintiff. YOU WILL ALSO TAKE NOTICE that Plaintiff will move for an Order of Reference or the Court may issue a general Order of Reference of this action to a Master-in-Equity/Special Referee, pursuant to Rule 53 of the South Carolina Rules of Civil Procedure. YOU WILL ALSO TAKE NOTICE that under the provisions of S.C. Code Ann. § 29-3-100, effective June 16, 1993, any collateral assignment of rents con-

tained in the referenced Mortgage is perfected and Attorney for Plaintiff hereby gives notice that all rents shall be payable directly to it by delivery to its undersigned attorneys from the date of default. In the alternative, Plaintiff will move before a judge of this Circuit on the 10th day after service hereof, or as soon thereafter as counsel may be heard, for an Order enforcing the assignment of rents, if any, and compelling payment of all rents covered by such assignment directly to the Plaintiff, which motion is to be based upon the original Note and Mortgage herein and the Complaint attached hereto. NOTICE OF FILING COMPLAINT TO THE DEFENDANTS ABOVE NAMED: YOU WILL PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the original Complaint, Cover Sheet for Civil Actions and Certificate of Exemption from ADR in the above entitled action was filed in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County on March 20, 2018. A Notice of Foreclosure Intervention was also filed in the Clerk of Court's Office. Brock & Scott, PLLC 3800 Fernandina Road, Suite 110 Columbia, SC 29210 Phone 844-856-6646 Fax 803-454-3451 Attorneys for Plaintiff (4/25,5/2,5/9/18) SUMMONS (Non-Jury) STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF FLORENCE IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS C.A. Number: 2017-CP-21-2910 SPC Credit Union, Plaintiff, vs. Clifton D. Fajardo, Defendant. TO THE ABOVE-NAMED DEFENDANT: You are hereby summoned and required to serve upon A. Todd Darwin, of Holcombe Bomar, P.A., Plaintiff’s attorney, whose address is 101 West Saint John Street, Suite 200, (29306), Post Office Drawer 1897, Spartanburg, South Carolina 29304, an Answer to the Complaint which is herewith served upon you, within thirty (30) days after service of the Summons upon you, exclusive of the day of service. If you fail to do so, judgment by default will be taken against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint. HOLCOMBE BOMAR, P.A. By: /s/ A. Todd Darwin A. Todd Darwin (SC Bar No. 7032) Attorneys for Plaintiff Post Office Drawer 1897 Spartanburg, SC 29304 (864) 594-5300 October 12, 2017 Spartanburg, South Carolina (4/25,5/2,5/9/18)

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Groundbreaking held for McLeod Occupational Health Commerce Park McLeod Health held a groundbreaking ceremony for McLeod Occupational Health Commerce Park on Tuesday, April 17. The ceremony was held at Pee Dee Touchstone Energy Commerce City Park in Florence. Committed to providing excellent quality care and improving the health care of those it serves from the Midlands to the Coast, McLeod Health continues to invest in services and technology in a continuing effort to meet the medical needs of the region. The addition of McLeod Occupational Health Commerce Park underscores this commitment by McLeod Health to provide treatment, services and health care to area businesses and industries. Frank J. “Buddy” Brand, II, Chairman of the Florence County Economic Development Partnership and a member of the McLeod Health Board of Trustees, said, “This day represents the body of work to fulfill our efforts in the provision of preventive and medical care to people who support businesses and industries through this service. Keeping our workforce healthy fosters economic growth and stability.” In his remarks, Brand also explained how the McLeod Occupational Health Commerce Park will benefit the existing industries located at the Pee Dee Touchstone Energy Commerce City Park as well as the recruitment of future industries to the Florence community. In addition to Brand, remarks

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bring healthcare directly to their worksite. Employers are experiencing the positive financial impact of having physicians and nurse practitioners onsite providing convenient, high quality care to team members and their families. Local employers often share with me how the convenience of onsite care has resulted in improved health outcomes, reduced health plan expenses, increased productivity and retention of their employees. We now provide more than 15 onsite clinics across the region in industries such as Honda, Otis Elevator,

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encouragement from several industry executives from the park, namely Jeff Stevens, the CEO of Pepsi and Jeff Vine who was with Johnson Controls at the time, she stated. “Because of their familiarity with the successes of our other industry clinics, they contacted McLeod to ask about bringing onsite care to each of their facilities. Thanks to their leadership, and the help of so many others, we stand here today at the start of our first near site Occupational Health Center,” added WilliamsBlake. Dr. Sandler detailed the full range of Occupational Medicine services that will be offered at McLeod Occupational Health Commerce Park. “The McLeod Occupational Health team is excited for this opportunity to care for the work-related injuries and illnesses of these businesses and industries’ employees and families. Our services will include onsite X-ray and EKG services, DOT certified exams and physicals, preemployment physicals, and comprehensive drug and alcohol testing programs. In addition, we will also offer

hearing/audiometry testing; spirometry testing, labs and lead blood testing, firefighter physicals, ergonomic and physical capacity testing, wellness programs including screenings, disease care management, flu shots and other immunizations and vaccinations, pharmacy courier services, treatment for minor illnesses, employee assistance program services and a range of programs to meet the needs of employers and the community.” The Pee Dee Touchstone Energy Commerce City Park is a Class-A commercial/industrial park at the forefront of the area’s economic development advances. Situated on 705 acres at the intersection of Interstate 95 and S.C. Highway 327, the park is home to FedEx, Ruiz Foods, Performance Foodservice, Johnson Controls, Monster.com, Pepsi Cola of Florence, Pee Dee Regional Water Treatment Plant and Windy Hill Volunteer Fire Department. McLeod Occupational Health Commerce Park is scheduled to open in early 2019.

Pee Dee Realtors to host Run for Hope The Pee Dee Realtor Association will host its 2nd Annual Run for Hope 5K and 10K Run/Walk on June 23. It will begin in the old Piggly Wiggly parking lot at 500 Second Loop Road. This event benefits the Courtney McGinnis Graham Community Homeless Shelter which provide semergency shelter and services for the local homeless men, women, and children in the Florence Community and surrounding areas. “The House of Hope has been an organization we have supported for several years now and we feel the race helps to bring realtors and affiliates, along with the community, together while supporting a great cause,” commented Andrea Butler. This event is a part of the Pee Dee Grand Prix Race Series and allows you to build points. Registration will begin at 6 am. The 10K runners will start at 7:25 and the 5K runners will start at 7:30. Finisher medals will be given to all participants. Overall finisher male /female will be given and age division awards will be given at the end of the race. Age divisions will be 9 and under, 10-14, 15-19, 20-24, 2529, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60 and older.

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have a place for them to call home. Her ministry to homeless men, women and children continues to be an inspiration to our community and her vision surpassed her life. In her memory, the Courtney McGinnis Graham Community Shelter was opened Oct. 17, 2016. Daily the shelter serves 30 men, women and children. Most citizens of the Pee Dee and surrounding areas do not realize that homelessness is an issue. Each day there are over 400 homeless men, women and children in the community. Of the homeless population over 100 are unsheltered. Many are women and children. The Community Shelter offers a safe shelter, food, clothing and case management services to those that come seeking a safe place to rest.

Sheriff’s Golf Tournament The 22nd Annual Sheriff’s Office Golf Tournament will be held on May 4 at The Country Club of South Carolina. The format is four-person teams, Captain;s Choice. Total team handicap minimum 40. Entry fee is $300 per team and included cart fees, green fees, mulligans, range balls, refreshments and meal. Prizes for first, tenth and 20th place teams. Longest drive and closest to the pin on par 3’s will also receive a gift. Hole sponsorships are $100. Morning tee time is 8:15 a.m. with lunch at noon; afternoon tee time is 1:30 p.m. Tournament staff is Captain Wayne Howard at 843687-9567 and James Allen at 843-245-2660. Proceeds from the tournament help sponsor the Florence County Sheriff’s Office summer camp program, Camp Pee Dee Pride for youth 8-12.


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THE CAST OF THE FLT MUSICAL PRESENTATION OF ‘JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT’ Photos by John Cameron

FLT closes season with uplifting family musical The Florence Little Theatre presents ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” as the final offering of its 2017-18 season. Presented April 27 through May 6, “Joseph…” is the Biblical saga of Joseph and his coat of many colors come to life in this vibrant family musical. Sold into slavery by his jealous brothers, Joseph perseveres and, using wit and faith, rises to become Pharaoh’s secondin-command. Featuring unforgettable songs, with lyrics by Tim Rice and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, such as “Any Dream Will Do,” “Jacob and Sons” and “Close Every Door,” this delightful musical parable is one of the most enduring shows of all time. The FLT production is directed by Shaw Thompson. Robin Thompson is musical director. The musical is underwritten by Quality Service Co.

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Carter as the narrator and Cole Davis at Joseph. Other cast members are Ken Kam-

mer, David Boyd, Matt Sims, Larry Falck, Frankie Sullivan, Michael Lindley, Joshua

Anderson, Landen Allen, Chase Miles, Dylan Hudson, Hamilton Sprawls, Tripp Taylor, Raymond Taylor, Devin Jennings, Mike Pickett, Alonzo Davis, Rufus Brown, Matthew Floyd and Tyler Russell. Also appearing in the musical are Olivia Wideman, Freeman Williams, Grace Avin, Rian Avin, Alyssa Bright, Teresa Brown, Max Falck, Genieice Johnson, Brooke Kern, Ashley O’Connor, Greg O’Connor, Leranda Saverance, Jordan Taylor, Angel Troupe, Lauren Thompson, Callie Brooks, Willow Carpenter, George Corn, Matthew Floyd, Kaydance Hatchell, Brooklyn King, Frawley Grace King, Carolyn Kahn, Mayci McEwan, Lori Ye, Cheryl Brown, Steve Mapes, Sharyn Mapes, and Tracy Sutphin. The plays opens Friday, April 27 at 7:30 p.m. and continues through May 6 with evening performances

at 7:30 p.m. There are matinees only on Sunday, April 29, and May 6 at 3 p.m. and no performance on Monday, April 30. Recommended age is 7 and up. The show runs about two hours. Musicals are often sold out in advance. Tickets are $25 for adult, $20 for senior 62+, $16 for student or under 18. The are four ways to get tickets: ONLINE www.florencelittletheatre.org IN-PERSON noon-5pm, Monday-Friday at the Daytime Box Office (located in the rear parking lot) PHONE (843) 662-3731 noon-5 p.m., Monday-Friday. AT THE DOOR – One hour before show time in the Lobby Box Office (near the corner of S Dargan & Pine Street.) Check the FB page for ticket availability updates or listen to the Box Office message (843) 662-3731.

2018 Artfields festival underway LAKE CITY – The nine-day 2018 ArtFields exhibit and competition opened Friday morning, April 20 and runs through Saturday, April 28. This year’s event will showcase the works of more than 400 artists. Visitors will be able to vote for their favorite artwork after registering at the Welcome Center. Artworks and art installations are exhited at The Rob, The Bean Market, Jones Carter Gallery, in the new TRAX Visual Arts Center Sculpture Garden, as well as downtown businesses marked with the orange Artfields logo. Artists from 12 southeastern states will compete for more than $120,000 in total cash prizes. Florence artists chosen chosen by the

selection panel of visual arts professionals are Colleen Critcher, Robert Garey, Steven Gately, Donna Goodman, Douglas Gray, Paolo André Gualdi, Mary Judge, Valerie LaPolla, Emil Leum, Celeste Malin, Christopher Neal, Elizabeth Odom,Jena Sallenger, Walter Sallenger, and Jim Stratton. Artworks are on view from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. Daily events include Its All About The Art from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Art of Gardening Tours from 10 a.m. until noon, at Moore Farms Botanical Garden. Also, Artfields Jr. Educational Artwalks will be held daily 10 to 11:45 and 12:15 to 2 p.m. in the Artfields District. On April 27, Pearl Fryar will demon-

strate the Art of Topiary from 10 am until 3:30 p.m. at the Moore Farms Botanical Garden. Also Lunchtime Crunchtime will be held at the Bean Market from 11 a.m. until 12:30 on Friday. And Music on the Green: Chelsey Green and the Green Project will take place from 7 to 10 p.m. Artfields Voter Registration ends at 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 28. The Artfields Jr. Awards Celebration will be 3:30 to 4:30 at the Village Green. Artsfields voting ends at 4 p.m. Entertainment in the Streets will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. followed by the Artsfields Finale from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Artfields is sponsored by Lake City Creative Alliance.

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Veterans receive Quilts of Valor Three veterans, all residents of the Bethea Retirement Community, were recognized recently for their service by the Quilts of Valor Foundation. The honorees were John Cribb, who served in the Army during the Korean War and Vietnam conflict; Edward “Ed” Middleton who served in the Air Force and Navy during Vietnam and as chaplain in the Naval Air Patrol and the Marines; and William “Billy” Anderson who served in the Air Force and National Guard. Each received quilts made by volunteers from the Quilts of Valor Foundation. The organization began in 2004 with the purpose to cover all service members and veterans touched by war with the comforting and healing Quilts of Valor.

VETERANS AT BETHEA HONORED WITH QUILTS OF VALOR Each veteran is the recipient of a personalized quilt to thank them for their service. The quilts are made by volunteers who donate their time

and materials. Originally awarding only service members who had been wounded in the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts, it soon grew to include veter-

ans from all conflicts. Over 183,929 quilts have been donated to date. For more information, contact the Quilts of Valor Foundation at www.QOVF

Cinco de Mayo celebration An annual Cinco de Mayo celebration in downtown Florence will take place this year on the day before the Cinco de Mayo official celebration day. This event takes place every year the first Friday in May. Greater Florence Habitat for Humanity, in partnership with Presenting Sponsors Ruiz Foods and Pepsi, will host the 4th Annual "Downtown Cinco De Mayo Fiesta" Friday, May 4, from 5:30 until 10 p.m. The festival will be held in the 100th block of South Dargan St. A VIP area is being sponsored by Raldex Hospitality, as an extra benefit to all of the sponsors. The VIP area will feature a silent auction, catered food and cultural drinks. Admission is free to the public and includes live music featuring the Fantasy Band. Bring your kids for a great time in the kid’s fun zone with inflatables, face painting and a balloon maker. There will be plenty of cultural food vendors and cold beverages. To add to the excitement, there will be a Chihuahua race and a Chihuahua costume contest with trophies and prizes. All pets must be on a leash at all times. Pet vaccination records must be current and presented at the time of registration on the day of the event, or beforehand. Registration forms are located on the website www.florencehabitat.com or go by the Habitat ReStore at 1354A Celebration Blvd. from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Mon.-Fri. to pick up. All proceeds benefit Greater Florence Habitat for Humanity's mission to build homes, community and hope here in Florence. A home is currently under construction for the Kyles’ family who will be present as they volunteer their time to help with the event. For more information, call 665-1624 or email us at info@florencehabitatcom.

In Absentia opens at Waters Gallery In Absentia, a new exhibition of works by Fayetteville Artist Austin Sheppard, opens at the Florence County Museum Waters Gallery Tuesday night. Sheppard’s exhibition is presented by the Florence Regional Arts Alliance in collaboration with the Florence County Museum, as the third annual ArtFields Solo Exhibition Award. His life-size figurative sculpture Indigo was exhibited at ArtFields 2017, where it caught the attention of Sandra Cook, executive director of of FRAA and Stephen Motte, curator of the Florence County Museum. Sheppard was selected from 20 other prospective artists under consideration by FRAA and FCM to receive the Solo Exhibition Award. “Installation art has made an appearance in past exhibi-

AUSTIN SHEPPARD SCULPTING INDIGO tions here, but In Absentia is the first exhibit at the Waters Gallery to exclusively feature contemporary sculpture,” said Motte. Sheppard received his

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Quilters Guild to meet The Swamp Fox Quilters Guild monthly meeting will be held on Thursday, May 3, at 9:30 a.m., at John Calvin Presbyterian Church, 2000 Marsh Ave The program will be “Round Robin demonstrations of Christmas crafts and decorations. Visitors and new members are welcome.ecorations.” Visitors and new members are welcome and encouraged to attend.

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Ten FSD1 students named SC Teaching Fellows Program Prepares South Carolina’s Future Teacher Leaders A total of 10 high school seniors from Florence One’s three high schools have been awarded the prestigious South Carolina Teaching Fellowship. The students will join the freshman cohort on six university campuses in the state of South Carolina this fall. The Teaching Fellows will be offered numerous professional development opportunities and involved with communities and businesses through various service projects and partnerships with local schools. Teaching Fellows at South Florence are Emily Reeder, Emily Thompson, Kamryn Windham, all who will enroll at Francis Marion University; and Sara Summerford who will attend Lander University. West Florence High School Teaching Fellow are Lauren Fitzee, Winthrop University; Jessica Matthews, Anderson University; Hagan Rollins, Charleston Southern University; and Macey Shelley, University of South Carolina, Columbia. Wilson High School’s Teaching Fellows are Cheyenne Jones, University of South Carolina and Jenerette Stratton, Winthrop University. The state’s Teaching Fellows Program, operated by the Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention, and Advancement (CERRA), was established in 1999 by the SC General Assembly to address the shortage of teachers in our state. The

WILSON’S Jenerette Stratton, left, and Cheyenne Jones mission of the program is to recruit talented high school seniors into the teaching profession and help them develop leadership qualities. Each year, the program provides Fellowships for up to 200 high school seniors who have exhibited high academic achievement, a history of service to their school and community, and a desire to teach in South Carolina. Applicants for the program undergo a rigorous selection process that includes an online application, an interview and presentation in front of a team of three educators, and a scored response. Following the rigorous selection process, applicants who are awarded a Fellowship receive up to $24,000 in yearly scholarships (up to $6000 a year for four years) to attend a Teaching Fellows Institution in South Carolina. Each Fellow agrees to teach in South Carolina one year

WEST FLORENCE TEACHING FELLOWS: From left, Macey Shelley, Lauren Fitzkee, Hagan Rollins, and Jessica Matthews

BBQ for a Cause House of Hope will host "BBQ For A Cause" on Thursday, May 10, from 10:30 am to 2 p.m. in the Block and Vino parking lot. For $8, you get a plate with the best barbecue around, rice and red gravy, slaw, green beans and bread. Orders of 10 or more may be delivered to your office, home, school, etc. You may purchase tickets online by email at events@hofh.org. Bring the e-mail you get as your ticket with a photo ID. Corporate sponsorships are available. 100% of the profits will go to support the House of Hope!

SOUTH FLORENCE TEACHING FELLOWS: From left, Emilee Reeder, Emily Thompson, Kamryn Windham, and Sara Summerfield for every year he or she receives the Fellowship. For more information

about the South Carolina Teaching Fellows Program, visit teachingfellowsc.com.

FSO to present Symphonic Rock concert The house will be rockin’ when the Florence Symphony Orchestra presents its final concert for the 2017/18 season, “Symphonic Rock” featuring local musicians Brandon Goff, Stephanie Fagan and Todd Norris. The concert will be on April 30 at 7:30 pm and with a social hour starting at 6:30. Craft beer and wine will be available. For this concert, FSO conductor, Dr. Terry Roberts, has joined forces with the Orchestras Feeding America 2018 campaign. Roberts is encouraging the community to bring canned goods that will be donated to Lighthouse Ministries Food Pantry. Donated items will be accepted at the FSO office starting on Monday, April 23 through the night of the concert on Monday,

April 30. The FSO office is located in the FMU PAC at 201 S. Dargan St. in Florence. Orchestras Feeding America was inspired by the film, “The Soloist,” a true story of Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez and Nathaniel Anthony Ayers, a gifted Juilliard-trained string player whose mental illness landed him among the homeless. “The story of The Soloist reminds us that classical music has the power to sustain spirits and change lives, even under the most difficult circumstances,” commented League President and CEO Jesse Rosen. “The most needed items are shelf-stable foods and canned goods, especially proteins like

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WALLACE-GREGG CLASSWORKS ALL STARS in their Classworks T-shirts with principal. From left, Jalen Boston, Aidan Johnson, Principal Debbie Donnelly, River Zigler and Meleak Duncan. Not pictured is Dallin Mason.

Wallace-Gregg students recognized Five Wallace Gregg Elementary School students received recognition for their achievement in the Classworks Program. Classworks is an online, academic support program that focuses on mathematics and English/language arts. Competing with students from

schools within South Carolina and at least 10 other states, the Wallace-Gregg honorees ranked in the top 500 with the highest time on task and 70% mastery. The Classworks program uses the current MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) data to design an

individualized learning plan for each student. The plan provides the students with assistance in helping to master standards not yet understood or mastered. For their achievement, the students received a specially designed Classworks All Star t-shirt.

STEELFAB OF SOUTH CAROLINA team wins the professional division of FDTC’s Welding Rodeo. Their winning entry was based on this year’s competition theme of the Olympics.

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Francis Marion University’s Arts International Festival Saturday, April 14, at Florence-Darlington Technical College’s 9th annual Welding Sculpture Rodeo. This year’s contest featured two new winners in the professional and student division. Florence’s SteelFab of South Carolina won for the pros, while the team from FDTC won the amateur rodeo. For five years now, the day-long festival has hosted FDTC’s welding sculpture competition. FDTC’s Educational Foundation and Lincoln Electric sponsored the free event on FMU’s campus. Both the professional and student teams had nine hours to create their work of art and this year’s theme was the Olympics. Competing in this year’s rodeo were teams from Dillon County Applied Technology Center, Duke Energy, FDTC, Frazier Industrial of Darlington County, GE

Healthcare, Darlington County Institute of Technology, Richland County’s Heyward Career and Technology Center, SteelFab and Williamsburg Technical College. The contest, which was behind the FMU’s Smith University Center, started at 7:30 that morning with teams running in a “scrap dive.” The competitors picked out scrap metal to mold into their Olympic sculptures. A three person panel of judges picked the best pieces and the artwork was auctioned afterwards to benefit scholarships for students at Tech. SteelFab’s creation was sold for a bid of $500. For more information about the ninth annual FDTC Welding Sculpture Competition, contact Lauren Dorton with the Foundation office via email at lauren.dorton@fdtc.edu or 661-8002.

Pet Fashion Show to be held at River Jamboree A Pet Fashion Show will be held Saturday, May 5, as part of River Jamboree 2018. Registration begins at 12:45 p.m. The contest will begin at 1:15 p.m. Bring any of your furry, or not so furry, friends to strut their stuff at this wild fashion-filled event. Pets of all shapes and sizes are encouraged to come out and compete for great prizes. Categories are: Best Outfit, Best Matching Outfits (Owner & Pet, Best Celebrity Look-Alike, Most Energetic, Most Fashion Forward and Best Model Walk, Costumes/embellishments are required for stage competition.

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