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NEIGHBORS NAME: Barbara Stinney FAMILY: Three children, 10 grandchildren BORN and resides in Florence OCCUPATION: Retired from AT&T HOBBIES OR SPECIAL INTERESTS: Travel, exercise WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT FLORENCE: The weather and the people WHO OR WHAT HAS MOST INFLUENCED YOU? “My mother who is kind, compassionate, caring and loves people.”

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Homeless for a week BY BRENDA HARRISON Editor of The News Journal Florence, S.C. A single phone call brought about a life-changing experience for two individuals who spent a week living on the streets of Augusta, Ga. The plan developed after Byon McCullough, also known as “Know Cash,” made a call to Bryan Braddock. Braddock is the executive director of the House of Hope of the Pee Dee and also chairs the City’s No One Unsheltered program. Byon had been reading about the homeless initiatives in Florence. “I was reaching out to someone who’s as passionate as I am about homelessness. I will do anything to bring awareness to this problem,” Byon said. Byon knows from past experience what it’s like to be on the streets. He has served time in prison for dealing drugs, but has changed his life. He currently resides with his mother, but technically he’s homeless. Normally, Bryan would have referred Byon’s call to Brock Spivey, director of the Courtney McGinnis Graham Community Center. Instead, he invited Byon to meet him for breakfast. The two of them built up a rapport and a friendship began. Byon’s new friend drove him to Atlanta to visit his daughter and meet his new grandchild. As executive director of the House of Hope, Bryan’s job is focused mostly on administration and fund-raising. He had been feeling he needed insight about what it is really like being homeless and living on the streets. Inspired by the TV show “Undercover Boss,” he wanted to go undercover as a homeless person. But, he knew he needed guidance and protection with someone who “knew the ropes.” Although Byon had no desire to get back on the streets, he agreed to do so with his new friend. They

BRYAN AND BYON DURING THEIR EXPERIMENT ON THE STREETS OF AUGUSTA, GA PHOTO BY CHRISTIAN BURNETTI began developing a plan. “The goal was to get a new perspective on homelessness and communicate what we learned to the general public,” Bryan said. “Also I wanted to help Byon. In good conscience I didn’t want to accept Byon’s help and support, without bringing resources to help him.” A speaker and singer, Byon is verified with YouTube and has over 100,000 followers. His talents have been exploited in the past, Bryan noted, explaining that he needs a good agent and manager to help him become self-sufficient. He has established a GoFundMe page to assist him with his goals. Bryan also wanted to have their experience documented in some way and Tucker Mitchell suggested filmmaker/actor Christian Burnetti, who had done some filming here. Burnetti agreed to take a film crew to document this experiment. The plan was to find a city where no one would recognize

them and to hit the streets for a week with no money and just the clothes on their backs. Bryan prepared by growing an untrimmed beard. They set benchmarks, such as sleeping on the streets, finding a homeless shelter, finding a soup kitchen, and attending a church service. On March 12 – a bitter cold and rainy Monday – they were dropped off near the interstate in Augusta, Ga. It was around noon as they began walking toward town, a six mile trek. Bryan was surprised that no one offered assistance, not even a poncho or umbrella. By the time they reached downtown Augusta, they were wet and freezing. “We didn’t have to get into character,” Bryan noted. “We were homeless.” In an alley they found a tarp and some metal to make a lean-to to stay out of the rain. The temperature dropped to 30 degrees and a kind man offered them shelter in an

abandoned warehouse. There they found old army cots and a dusty old blanket. Protected from the rain, they were still very cold. At the end of that day only two people had acknowledged them. One spoke to them and one laughed at them. They had no food or water on day one. Tuesday was dry, but still cold. They started out looking for food and through help from other homeless people were directed to a food bank for lunch. They were served baked chicken, rice and a salad. Byon, a vegan, swapped his chicken and rice for Bryan’s salad. This was their only meal that day. They heard that singer Chris Daughtry was performing that night, so Byon spent the day practicing one of Daughtry’s songs, “Life After You,” which he sang outside the concert arena for donations. He collected $16, along with



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Veterans Memorial Tribute A Veterans Memorial Tribute will be held on Saturday, April 7, at 10 a.m. in the Florence National Cemetery, South Site, Committal Shelter. It is sponsored by the Veterans Honor Guard and is a free event. Join the members of the Veterans Honor Guard in paying a final salute to veterans who did not receive military honors at the time of their interment. This ceremonial tribute of respect is the final demonstration from a grateful nation. It is the ultimate way to show the nation’s deep gratitude to those who, in times of war and peace, have faithfully defended our country. The Saturday ceremony will be

represented by four branches of the military and will include Taps, a three-volley gun salute, and the folding and presentation of the flag. All are welcome.

Parkinson’s support The Florence area Parkinson’s Disease Support Group meets Tuesday, April 10, between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. at 121 E. Cedar Street. Carly Yakin, Agape Hospice, will speak on “Four Levels of Hospice Care You Are Entitled to Receive.” For more information call 843-673-0854 or haybrton@


FLORENCE HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1941 poses for a photo during a reunion held at Oakdale Country Club in the 1960s.

Stephen Jones receives alumni award The Francis Marion University School of Business honored Stephen N. Jones with its 2018 Morgan B. Coker Outstanding Alumni award on March 27 at its annual Business Leadership Reception at the FMU Performing Arts Center. Jones, a 1988 graduate of Francis Marion, has more than 25 years of experience as a certified financial planner at various financial firms and is currently employed as the Senior Vice President of Investments at Stifel Nicolaus in Florence. The award is named for Morgan Coker, the first dean of FMU’s School of Business and is one of the top honors that can be bestowed upon a graduate of the school. Jones has been a member of the FMU Board of Trustees since 2011 and has worked with many civic and non-profit organizations throughout his career. He was recognized as the FMU Alumni Association Volun-

Alexander, Jessie Clifton Jr., 83, died March 31, Layton-Anderson Funeral Home. Anderson, Elsy Wislacky, 94, died March 28, Stoudenmire-Dowling Funeral Home. Brown, Marie Johnson, died March 29, Ideal Funeral Parlor. Cummings, Leroy, died March 25, Ideal Funeral Parlor. Conner, Annie Mae, died March 20, Smith Funeral Home. DeLung, John Thomas, 79, died April 1, LaytonAnderson Funeral Home. Foster, Danny Lee Jr. “Big Danny” died April 3, Smith Funeral Home. Gainey, Milas, Darlington, died March 26, KistlerHardee Funeral Home. Harley, Robert died March 17, Smith Funeral Home. Haseldon, Everette Barry, 70, died March 22, Cain Calcutt-Stephens Funeral Home. Johnson, Mary L, died March 25, Cain CalcuttStephens Funeral Home. McDonald, Claudia Ann, 58, died March 28, Waters-Powell Funeral Home. McHenry, Evelyn Reynolds, 87, died March

27, Layton-Anderson Funeral Home. McCaskill, Margaret, died March 28, KistlerHardee Funeral Home. McDuffie, Stacy, died March 28, Smith Funeral Home. McElveen, Carroll Frison, 71, died March 28, Stoudenmire-Dowling Funeral Home. Melvin, Gregory, died March 23, Smith Funeral Home. Oates, William Legrand, 75, Timmonsville, died March 30, Waters-Powell Funeral Home. Pigatte, Charles Randy, 76, Timmonsville, died March 25, StoudenmireDowling Funeral Home. Smith, Ethel Mae “Fibbie” died March 21, Ideal Funeral Parlor. Streett, Mary Long Barnhill, 98, Waters-Powell Funeral Home. Thompson, Peggy, died March 19, Smith Funeral Home. Tolson, Thomas Wayne, died March 22, Belk Funeral Home. Wilson, Earle Bratton, died March 30, KistlerHardee Funeral Home. Wilson, Jessie Jr., died March 23, Smith Funeral Home.

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HOMELESS EXPERIENCE FROM PAGE 1A a front row seat to the concert. They slept in the warehouse again that night. On Wednesday they went back to the food bank and were served spaghetti and salad. Again they swapped their food. The pair encountered a homeless man who had three bars of soap and offered a bar to each of them. Byon took the soap, but Bryan declined, not wanting to inconvenience the man. It was a mistake. By declining the soap he denied this man the opportunity to bless him. They learned there was a rescue mission just two blocks away. Thankfully, someone told them they needed an emergency shelter clearance from the police in order to stay at this mission. They got the clearance and checked into the shelter where they were able to take a shower. It felt so good, they said. At the shelter they ran into the homeless man who had offered to share his soap. Byon returned the favor by giving the man the brand new backpack given to him at the mission. Several times during the week they encountered this man. He always spoke to Byon, but ignored Bryan. Byon believes the man was offended because Bryan did not take the soap, and was probably skeptical of why Bryan was there. After breakfast and a chapel message, Bryan and Byon checked out feeling full and refreshed. The weather was better, so they began scouting for a shelter for the night. They found an abandoned metal canopy with construction materials underneath and began preparing a nesting place and searching for firewood. A homeless person told them about the Mead House where they could get a snack and bottled water. They found it and were thankful for the blessing. The rules allow snacks twice a week, but since this was their first time, they were invited to come back on Friday and Monday. They slept that night under the metal canopy, their new-found shelter. On Friday they walked around town. They were preparing for a second night in their makeshift home under the canopy, but at 5:45 p.m. a sheriff’s deputy evicted them for trespassing. It was too late to check in the homeless shelter, so they headed back to the empty warehouse where they bedded down for the night. On Saturday morning, they headed to the bridge church which they heard about from the homeless. Literally a church under a bridge, the service was led by Pastor Richard Gardner.

LAST DAY – Bryon Braddock and Byon McCullogh on Sunday before heading home. He preached on “Our Father,” and it was a wonderful message. Byon mentioned that Bryan had lost his mother on March 2 and Pastor Gardner shared that date was the anniversary of when he lost his mother. Then he had prayer with Bryan. There were about 100 people in attendance. All were fed, offered clothes, given a food package and a loaf of bread. An offering was taken during the worship service and Bryan was amazed that those who had so little gave unselfishly. After lunch they walked the two or three miles back to the warehouse. That night Byon sang a song for a manager at Wendy’s in return for a meal for both of them. Before retiring, Bryan took some cash out of an ATM to give out to those up and down the strip. “My heart was so pricked,” he said. Again, they slept in the warehouse. Sunday morning they attended the nearby Redemption Church where they had charged their phones at an outside outlet. They were received well and welcomed at the church. The people were engaging and nice, but didn’t make a big deal about their presence. Bryan and Byon were grateful for that. We were not there to test the congregation, Bryan noted, but to see how it felt going into a church as a homeless person. “I was sensitive that I smelled and stayed to myself, sitting close to the door,” he noted. After church, they were picked up and driven back home. The whole time in Augusta they were confined to about a four-mile radius, Bryan noted, explaining walking everywhere took most of their time and was tiring. The homeless people were engaging and welcomed them. As for the regular people, they didn’t know we existed, Bryan said. One thing he noticed and experienced is that home-

How can you help the homeless? Blessing bags Bryan and Byon suggest keeping a blessing bag in your car to hand out to homeless individuals you may encounter. • Water is hard to come by, so make sure you can offer water, especially when it’s hot. • A rain poncho would have been an amazing gift on their first rainy day. Perhaps you can keep a stock of inexpensive ponchos. • Snack foods, new socks, hygiene items such as toothbrush, soap, razor, a tract or small Bible, and directions to a homeless shelter and food bank. In Florence they recommend the Courtney McGinnis Graham Community Shelter for emergency housing, 535 S. Church Street. Check in begins at 4 p.m. Manna House for food, 450 Jarrott Street. Breakfast is served at 8:30 a.m. and lunch at 11 a.m., Monday-Friday, with a food pantry Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 9-10:30 a.m. Bryan and Byon struggled to get all of these things, but information was the most difficult. Make yourself aware of the resources in your town. Should I give out cash? Maybe...a couple of dollars isn’t enough to go buy drugs, but if you’re not comfortable with giving money, gift cards are a really good idea. A $5 or $10 gift card to the Mission Mart will buy them a new outfit, a coat or new shoes. A $5 gift card to McDonald’s or Chick-fil-A will buy an entire meal. Keep a couple gift cards on hand. Also, please donate to the House of Hope so they can continue to reach out to the homeless of Florence.



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less people look out for each other, especially women with children, the elderly and disabled. Whenever in line, if an elderly person or a woman with children walked up, they were immediately ushered to the front of the line. They ranked first. Bryan and Byon shared their journey daily on Facebook and YouTube and the response has been great. Byon’s YouTube address is

43. “God’s leading and moving from what I have seen,” Bryan said. Many people are asking what they can do. Following are five take-aways from Bryan and Byon. 1. Meet the homeless people wherever they are and whatever mental state they are in. 2. Ask them what they need. 3. Take the soap. Accepting their gift opens them for a blessing. 4. Ask yourself why? Why is this person homeless? There’s a reason. 5. Get in the game. “We as a society go to church where we worship Jesus, a homeless person. We are taught to love our neighbor, take care of the least of these, and do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Then, we leave church and drive past the first homeless person we see,” Bryan commented. “As God’s people we need to act upon our faith.”


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When ideology collides with good school governance By Dr. R.B.A. DiMuccio Should schools be focused on providing children with a good education in a safe environment or should they be laboratories of partisan political agitation? The answer, of course, should be obvious. The National School Boards Association states that “education is not a line item in your school board’s budget, it’s the only item.” The principles of “governance and leadership,” such as those articulated by the Pennsylvania School Boards Association, make no allowance for focusing on anything other than educating children. Most schools adopt policies protecting students from any attempts by faculty or staff to indoctrinate them toward any partisan or ideological positions. So when the needs of education and the drum beats of political ideology collide, the former should always prevail. As designed by Pennsylvania (where I’m a sitting school board president for a small rural district in the western part of the state) and many other states, local school governance must surely be close to an ideal concept. Residents are elected by other residents, and are given responsibility for a very narrow range of activity and held accountable not only at the ballot box but also in the grocery store aisles, concert seats, and game bleachers. In other words, school governance is designed to be a targeted, pragmatic, and highly accountable enterprise. Most of the time, that’s exactly what it is. The vast majority of items taken up by the vast majority of school boards are unaffected by the broader ideological or political considerations that often infect our national policy making. Of course, that’s not always the case. Local school boards do sometimes navigate ideologically charged national political debates. I and my fellow board directors have been in this position many times, involving such subjects as debt, taxes, church and state, health care, and more. I’ve written previously about our school district’s encounter with antifracking activists, who relentlessly maligned board members’ intelligence and integrity. It wasn’t the first time. It won’t be the last. But with the recent school shooting in Florida and the flurry of highprofile news and activities we’ve seen in its aftermath, we appear to have reached some kind of tipping point in the annals of ideology versus school governance. Let’s face it, there is high emotion built into the topics of gun control, gun violence, school safety, etc. Mass shootings exacerbate tribal divides and accentuate policy differences. That said, nowadays there appears to be something uniquely intractable about the gun-control debate. National Review writer, David French–not someone prone to hyperbole–even argues that of all issues, this could be the one that “breaks America.” So while there’s always a certain possibility of clashes between ideology and good school governance–especially given the expanding range of topics now heaped under the rubric of “education”–the potential today appears to be reaching unprecedented levels. This is certainly driven at least in part by school shootings and society’s attempt to grapple with them. Unfortunately, we’ve seen evidence that many school districts are wilting under the pressure to allow ideology to undermine their core missions. An object lesson in this is the “National School Walkout” that took place earlier this month. Advertised and obsequiously covered in much of the media as a grass roots, “student-led” movement, the whole event was orchestrated by Empower, the youth wing of the “Women’s March.” Yes, THAT “Women’s March,” an unapologetically progressive movement with an undeniably far-left platform and a penchant for outrageous and aggressive tactics. As for the “walkout” itself, consider what schools were being pressured to do: permit students to leave the school building en masse at the same exact time as hundreds of other schools in the country, thus allowing a massive disruption of the school day and (ironically) putting students in potential danger. In addition, schools were effectively expected to facilitate and enable the exploitation of the opportunity to promote aggressive gun control and convey a blanket demonization of the NRA, the GOP, and anyone who doesn’t sufficiently support every radical gun-control idea. And this brings me back to the basic principles of school governance. When an ideological or partisan political initiative collides with a school’s fundamental mission to maintain an atmosphere conducive to good education in a safe environment, erring to the side of the latter is not a “nice-to-do.” Schools do not have the luxury of spending their time, energy, or resources agitating for changes to the U.S. Constitution or federal or state HIPPA regulations, just to name a couple of examples. They must be much more narrowly focused on things they can do to maximize student safety and student educational outcomes. Needless to say, there was no mass walkout in our district. Students were allowed to gather briefly and quietly in the school gymnasium to pay tribute to the slain Florida students. But school wasn’t disrupted; children weren’t allowed to endanger themselves while under our watch; and there was no blatantly partisan posturing by anyone. It would have been easy enough to follow the crowd. Those who think we should have done just that ought to consider the unwieldy precedent that would have been set by allowing students to create anarchy in the school for any ideological reason they like. And they should remind themselves about the legal and moral requirements of good school governance. All these things considered, there should be ample common ground upon which to gather for the right reasons. Dr. R.B.A. DiMuccio is a guest commentator for The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College. A former assistant professor and chair of the international relations program in the Political Science Department at the University of Florida, he is now vice president of research and advisory services for a global business advisory firm. He received his Ph.D. in international relations from the University of Southern California.




Will Rogers’ sentiments still valid Although Will Rogers died in a plane crash in 1935, his witty comments and advice still seems appropriate 82 years later. Such as.... “Lord, the money we do spend on government! And it’s not one bit better than the government we got for onethird the money twenty years ago.” “Taxpayers are sending Congressmen on expensive trips abroad. It might be worth it except they keep coming back.” “There are men running governments who shouldnt be allowed to play with matches.” “I can remember way back when a liberal was generous with his own money.” “A man only learns in two ways, one by reading and the other by association with smarter people.” “Good judgment comes from experience and a lot to that comes from bad judgment.”

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“Alexander Hamilton started the US treasury with nothing, and that is the closest our country has been to being even.” “The only difference between death and taxes is that death doesn’t get worse every time Congress meets.” “The short memories of American voters is what keeps our politicians in office.” “I don’t make jokes. I just watch government and report the facts.” “The income tax has made liars out of more American than golf.” “Last year I said, “things can’t go like this, and they didn’t, they got worse.”

“Never miss a good chance to shut up.” “If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop digging.” “Everything is funny, as long as it is happening to someone else.” “People’s minds are changed through observation and not by argument.” “I’m not a member of an organized political party. I’m a Democrat.” “A difference of opinion is what makes horse racing and missionaries.” “Everything is changing. People are taking comedians seriously and the politicians as a joke.” “I bet after seeing us, George Washington would sue us for calling him ‘father’.” “Things ain’t what they used to be and never was.” “Never let yesterday take up too much of today.” “What the country needs now is dirtier fingernails and cleaner minds.”


Politicizing the FBI Now that pro-Hillary Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and Director James Comey have been fired, it’s a fresh start for the FBI. McCabe leaked information to the media and lied under oath. J. Edgar Hoover would fire an agent at the drop of a hat for lack of candor. Comey was fired by Trump and McCabe by AG Sessions after a recommendation by the Office of Responsibility (OPR). McCabe’s wife was a Democratic candidate for the Senate in Virginia and had received a $460,000 contribution from Clinton supporter VA Governor Terry McAuliffe. McCabe shut down the investigation of the Clinton Foundation in New York. Are you starting to see any politics here. Now when are Perter Strzok and his paramour, Lisa Page, going to be fired from

the FBI? Strzok is a Deputy Director and Page an FBI lawyer. They had suggested an illegal plan to utilize law enforcement to frame then candidate Donald Trump. In August 2016, Strzok wrote to Page, “I want to believe the plan you threw out for consideration in McCabe’s office that there’s no way Trump gets elected, but I’m afraid we can’t take that risk.” Strzok illustrated his commitment to Clinton’s victory. Strzok and Page are likely cooperating with the phony Mueller investigation and should be fired just like former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, while sitting on the toilet. Under President Obama, AG Loretta Lynch and Comey acted to exonerate Hillary of federal crimes. In on this plot were McCabe and Strzok. Thousands of emails subpoenaed by the

House had conveniently disappeared. Clinton had bleached and smashed her cell phones. Lynch and Comey refused to convene a grand jury to investigate Clinton. She was finally interviewed by the FBI, in the presence of her attorneys, in which she claimed 39 times that she did not remember. The case agent requested her medical records be subpoenaed but Comey refused. Clinton had deleted thousands of emails and claimed she had turned over all work related emails to the FBI. During this interview Clinton stated she thought the capital C on her emails meant the material was in alphabetical order rather than classified and she was a former US. Senator and Secretary of State. The lowest level federal government employee knows the classi-

Shouldn’t consumers be allowed to choose services they want? I feel sure you have noticed that some companies will spend enormous amounts of money advertising to get your business. The same companies will give you huge incentives to sign up or buy.....for a limited amount of time the discount will apply. But, they will do little or nothing to keep your business when the perks expire. One example is Spectrum. Since they took over my cable, internet and telephone bill (bundled service) has increased by more than 50% for the exact same services with zero pay-perview or anything else. Surely they know they are not the only game in town? Their advertisements

brag about all the things they offer, and it is impressive, but I don’t need all that stuff. The way cable TV companies tier most of their channels is beyond my comprehension. There are exceptions to that such as sports. I may not live long enough to see it, but we should be able to pick and choose the channels we want to have

access to. I feel sure the technology is in place so that is doable. Once again, they are not the only providers of their services. If you are like me and have exceeded an amount you can justify paying, let it be known and make your choices. Dave Hicklin, Florence

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.

fied markings on documents. Comey thought he had helped Clinton clinch the presidency and he ended the tradition of a non political FBI. A great disservice has been done to the dedicated men and women of the FBI by Comey and his henchmen. In a different light, if President Trump wants a parade to honor our military on Nov. 11, 2018 (Armistice Day) why in the world shouldn’t he have it. The old saying, “I love a parade,” is still true. We have a parade to celebrate most holidays, even St. Patrick’s Day. Why not have a parade to honor our military and veterans. Joe Younginer, Special Agent FBI, retired

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FIRST CASE – March 12 was a historic day in Florence County as the first Probate Court case was heard at the new $32 million Florence Judicial Center. Realtor John M. Jebaily, right, represented a home for an estate. Attorney Gary Crawford, left, represented the estate. He asked Jebaily to be a witness in the case as all parties would not agree to the terms. The Honorable Judge Mumford Scott, center, presided and the case was settled smoothly.

Debra Dennis runs for auditor Debra Dennis of Scranton has announced her candidacy for Florence County Auditor. She has worked for the Florence County Auditor’s office for the past 25 years, currently serving as deputy auditor. “During my tenure, I have developed the knowledge that it takes to serve the people of Florence County,” Dennis said. “I have established a positive working relationship with Department of Motor Vehicles, Department of Natural Resources, State Department of Revenue and Taxation, Florence County school districts, fire departments, other county departments, attorneys and the Florence County taxpayers. These departments provide information essential for the operation of the auditor’s office. Over the years, I have met many people, made friends, and built positive relationships.” “I am honored to have earned the endorsement of Wayne Joye, current auditor,” she said. “Under Mr. Joye’s leadership, I have learned about the taxation process over the past 20 years. As deputy auditor,

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I believe I am prepared to make the transition to auditor. With my 20 years of knowledge I anticipate that the transition will be smooth and not hinder the daily operations of the office. The citizens of Florence County will continue to receive the same service as in the past. Debra has been married to Timmy Dennis for 33 years. He was a member of the 1052nd transportation unit out of Kingstree for 16 years and was deployed during the Desert Storm. He is employed with FloCo Foods in Scranton. The couple has two grown children, Christopher Dennis and Erica Tyler, and two grandchildren.

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

600 ..................APARTMENTS FOR RENT 605 .................................BURIAL SPACES 610..................COMMERCIAL PROPERTY 612 .....................BUSINESSES FOR SALE 615 .............................................CONDOS 618.....................REAL ESTATE SERVICES 620 ..............................HOMES FOR RENT 625 ..............................HOMES FOR SALE 630 .................................LAND FOR RENT 632 ...............................LAND FOR LEASE 635 .................................LAND FOR SALE 636 ...................................LAND WANTED 637 .............ACREAGE/FARMS FOR SALE 640 ................MOBILE HOMES FOR RENT 645 ................MOBILE HOMES FOR SALE 650....................................OFFICE SPACE 660............................RESORT PROPERTY 665 ............................VACATION/TRAVEL 670..............................ROOMS FOR RENT 900 ...................................................ATVS 910 ...........................AUTO/BODY PARTS 920 ..................................................CARS 930 ..................................MOTORCYCLES 940 .................CAMPER SALES/RENTALS 950...................................................SUVS 960............................................TRAILERS 970 ........... ..................................TRUCKS 980...................................................VANS 990 .........................................STATEWIDE



STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF FLORENCE IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS TWELFTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT C/A NO: 2017-CP-21-2183 Garry Gardner, Plaintiff, vs. Millie Gardner a/k/a Mildred Kennedy Gardner, Audrey Lee a/k/a Audrey K. Nelson, Christine McDowell, Willard McDowell, Jr., Kim McDowell, Roe Williams a/k/a Ronesha Williams, Norris Sellers, Norris Sellers, Jr., Cody Sellers, The Estate of Raymond Gardner, and if any of the abovenamed are deceased then any unknown heirs-at-law distributees, devisees, and their spouses, if any, personal representatives, administrators, creditors, and all other persons with any right, title or interest in the real property described herein along with any unknown adults and those persons who may in the military service of the United States of America, all of them being a class being designated as John Doe, whose true name is unknown, and any unborn infants, minors or persons under disability being a class being designated as Richard Roe, whose true

name is unknown, and Republic Finance, Defendants. SUMMONS AND SUMMARY OF COMPLAINT TO: THE DEFENDANT ABOVE-NAMED: 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 Summons and Complaint were filed with the Clerk of Court for FLORENCE County on August 11, 2017 at 3:23 p.m., for purposes of partition by sale, as described in the Complaint. SUMMARY OF COMPLAINT Heretofore, on September 25, 1981, Robert Gardner conveyed a remainder interest in a tract of real property (the “Property”) to Sarah Gardner, a/k/a Sarah Sellers, Ray Gardner, a/k/a Raymond Gardner, Millie Gardner, a/k/a Mildred

Kennedy, Audrey Lee, a/k/a Audrey K. Nelson, the Plaintiff, Garry Gardner, Gladys McDowell and Roe Williams, a/k/a Ronesha Williams, while retaining a life estate for himself. Said deed was recorded in October 11, 1992, in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County in Deed Book A179 at Page 2. The Property is more particularly described as follows: All of that certain piece, parcel or lot of land situate in the City and County and Florence, State of South Carolina, and being designated as Lot 63 as shown on a plat of West End Park recorded in Plat Book C at Page 237. The said lot fronts on the South side of Sumter Street for a distance of 43 feet, is in depth 180 feet, and is bounded as follows: North by Sumter Street; East by Lot 64; South by Sunset Park; and West by Lot 62. This being the same property conveyed to Sarah Gardner, Ray Gardner, Millie Gardner, Audrey Lee, Garry Gardner, Gladys McDowell and Roe Williams, as remainderman, by deed of Robert Gardner, dated September 25, 1981 and recorded on October 11, 1992, in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County in Deed Book A179 at Page 275. The Plaintiff seeks a declaration as to the lawful owners of the property and

an order to partition the property. A complete copy of the Complaint may be obtained by contacting the undersigned or searching the public records. March 2, 2018 Florence, SC 29503 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, South Carolina 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# 90072-11015, 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 Defen-

dants 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, Room T, Florence, South Carolina 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. IT IS SO ORDERED. D. Craig Brown CIRCUIT COURT JUDGE Florence, South Carolina February 23, 2018 S/Patrick B. Ford Florence, South Carolina Attorney for Plaintiff Finklea Law Firm P.O. Box 1317 Florence, SC 29503 (3/21,3/28,4/4/18)

STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF FLORENCE IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS TWELFTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT C/A NO: 2017-CP-21-2186 Garry Gardner, Plaintiff, vs. Willie Muldrow, Jr., Willie Cummings, Jr., Louise Cummings, Charles McKithen, Tyrone McKithen, Rosette McKithen, Anthony McKithen, Tracey McKithen, Bertha Cummings, Christine McDowell, Willard McDowell, Jr., Kim McDowell, The Estate of Raymond Gardner, Norris Sellers, Norris Sellers, Jr., Cody Sellers, Mildred Kennedy Gardner, and if any of the above-named are deceased then any unknown heirs-at-law distributees, devisees, and their spouses, if any, personal representatives, administrators, creditors, and all other persons with any right, title or interest in the real property described herein along with any unknown adults and those persons who may in the military service of the United States of America, all of them being a class being designated as John Doe, whose true name is unknown, and any unborn infants, minors or persons under disability being a class being designated as Richard Roe, whose true


name is unknown, Defendants. SUMMONS AND SUMMARY OF COMPLAINT TO: THE DEFENDANTS ABOVE-NAMED: 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 Summons and Complaint were filed with the Clerk of Court for Florence County on August 11, 2017 at 3:44 p.m., for purposes of partition by sale, as described in the Complaint.

SUMMARY OF COMPLAINT Heretofore, on November 30, 1977, Rufus Muldrow died intestate, as may appear by reference to Probate Roll # 14,181. At his death, Rufus Muldrow was seized and possessed 8.88 acres in Florence County (the “Property”). Rufus Muldrow’s lawful heirs were his three children, Willie Muldrow, Albert Muldrow and Lizzie Cummings, and the children of his predeceased daughter, Pecola Gardner, Gladys McDowell, Ray Gardner, Sara Mae Gardner, Mildred Gardner and the Plaintiff, Garry Gardner. The Property was conveyed to the heirs of Rufus Muldrow when his estate was probated. The Plaintiff is informed and believes that Willie Muldrow, Albert Muldrow and Lizzie Cummings each receiving a one-quarter (1/4) interest, and the children of Pecola Gardner each received a one-twentieth interest (1/20). The Property is more particularly described as follows:

All that certain parcel or tract of land containing eight and eight-tenths (8.8) acres situate in the County of Florence, State of South Carolina, designated as Tract #2 on a map made by Ervin Engineering Co. March 20, 1958 of Lizzie Muldrow lands. The said land is bounded on the North by Tract #1 this day conveyed by me to Johnny Muldrow, on the South by tract #3 this day conveyed by me to Paul Muldrow, on the East by a road, and on the West by a branch line. This being the same property conveyed to Willie Muldrow, Albert Muldrow, Lizzie Cummings, Gladys McDowell, Ray Gardner, Sara Mae Gardner, Mildred Gardner and Gary Gardner recorded in the office of the Probate Judge of Florence County in Probate Roll #14,181. TMS# 00106-01045 The Plaintiff seeks a declaration as to the lawful owners of the property and an order to partition the property. A complete copy of the Complaint may be obtained by contacting the

undersigned or searching the public records. March 2, 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, South Carolina 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# 00106-01045, 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, Room T, Florence, South Carolina 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. IT IS SO ORDERED. Florence, South Carolina February 23, 2018 D. Craig Brown CIRCUIT COURT JUDGE S/Patrick B. Ford Florence, South Carolina Attorney for Plaintiff Finklea Law Firm P.O. Box 1317 Florence, SC 29503 (3/21,3/28,4/4/18) NOTICE OF APPLICATION Notice is hereby given that CITY GRILL & SPORTS BAR LLC, intends to apply to the South Carolina Department of Revenue for a license/permit that will allow the sale and ON premises consumption of BEER/WINE/LIQUOR at 137 N. DARGAN STREET FLORENCE, SC 29506. To object to the issuance of this permit/license, written protest must be postmarked no later than APRIL 6, 2018. For a protest to be valid, it must be in writing, and should include the following information: (1) the name, address, and telephone number of person filing the protest; (2) the specific reasons why the application should be denied; (3) that the person protesting is willing to attend a hearing (if one is requested by the applicant); (4) that the person protesting resides in the same county where the proposed place of business is located or within five miles of the business; and, (5) the name of the applicant and the address of the premises to be licensed. Protests must be mailed to: S.C. Department of Revenue, ATTN: ABL SECTION, P.O. Box 125, Columbia, SC 29214-0907; or faxed to: (803) 896-0110. (3/21,3/28,4/4/18)

Cellco Partnership and its controlled affiliates doing business as Verizon Wireless (Verizon Wireless) proposes to build a 144-foot Monopole Communications Tower at the approx. vicinity of 1650 E. Palmetto Street, Florence, Florence County, SC 29506. Public comments regarding potential effects from this site on historic properties may be submitted within 30 days from the date of this publication to: Trileaf Corp, Paul Ramsey, <mailto:p.ramsey@trileaf.c om> , 1051 Winderley Pl, Ste 201, Maitland, FL 32751 <x-apple-datadetectors://2/> ,407-6607840 (3/28/18) SPECIAL REFEREE’S SALE CASE NO. 2018-CP-21-34 BY VIRTUE of a decree heretofore granted in the case of Branch Banking and Trust Company Successor by Merger to Southern National Bank of South Carolina against Charles Godbolt, I, the Special Referee for Florence County, will sell on Tuesday, April 17, 2018, at 11:00 o'clock a.m., at the Florence County Courthouse, Florence, South Carolina, to the highest bidder: All that certain lot of land situate in the City and County of Florence, State of South Carolina, fronting on Gladstone Street and being designated and described as Lot # 49, in Carver Place on a plat of Carver Place made by A. L. Ervin, C. E., dated February 10, 1950 and recorded in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County in Plat Book L at Page 149. See also survey prepared by Lind, Hicks & Associates, Surveyors, for Leonard L. Young and Edna Young dated December 9, 1986, and recorded in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County in Plat Book 26 at Page 900. Reference being had thereto for a more complete description.This being the same property conveyed unto Charles Godbolt by

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

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

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FDTC Coach McDonald wins 300th Stingers game Florence-Darlington Technical College head baseball coach, Preston McDonald now has 302-career wins after the Tech Stingers swept Spartanburg Methodist over the weekend at Old Cormell Field. McDonald is a native of Sumter, South Carolina, and he joined the Tech Stingers as the Recruiting Coordinator and Infield coach in 2008, before becoming the team’s head coach in April of 2009. At the time, 24-year-old McDonald was the youngest college head baseball coach in the NJCAA. Since then, McDonald has helped the team grow, and last year, the Tech Stingers made their first appearance in the JUCO World Series in Grand Junction, Colorado. McDonald has coached more than 30 NCAA DI baseball signees and more than 90 former Tech Stingers who have gone on to play baseball at four-year institutions. “The number of wins I have in my coaching career is not something I focus on,” McDonald said. “However, reaching the milestone has allowed me to reflect on all of the players I've had the opportunity to coach here in the past and present. This is a testament to all of their hard work and dedication.” On Saturday, the Tech Stingers beat

Spartanburg Methodist 5-4 in the first game of the series after Michael Elijah hit a walk off two-run homerun in the bottom of the seventh inning. Dillon’s Josh Price won the game in relief. He pitched for an inning, striking out three batters and only allowing a hit. Cross Holfert and Adam Spurlin both had two hits, including a homerun. Harrison Hawkins also added two hits. In Game No. 2 on Saturday, the Tech Stingers won 12-5. Conner Campbell earned the win in relief. Campbell pitched for 3.2 innings as he struck out three batters and allowed three hits and two runs earned. Rafi Vazquez was 2-2 with a homerun and five runs batted in. Gabe Austin was 2-3 with a homerun and three runs batted in. Dante Blakeney and Spurlin added a homerun each as well. The Tech Stingers continued their winning ways on Sunday as they kicked off the day with a 14-5 victory over Spartanburg Methodist. Evan Odum threw a complete game on the mound to earn the victory. Odum struck out two batters, allowed seven hits and four runs earned. Bishopville’s Harrison Hawkins was 3-4 with three runs batted in. Vazquez and Josh Gregory had two hits each.

Vazquez had a homerun. Latta’s Jackson Williams also knocked the ball over the fence for a homerun. Elijah and Spurlin had two runs batted in. During the final game of the weekend on Sunday afternoon, the Tech Stingers won 5-4 as Williams hit a walk off single in the bottom of the 9th. Once again, it was Price on the mound winning in relief. Price pitched two innings. He struck out a batter and allowed a hit. Williams was 3-5 with a run batted in. Gregory had a triple that batted in three runs. Vazquez and Austin had two hits each. “We battled back from 4-0, 4-0, 40, and 3-0 deficits in our four games this weekend,” McDonald said. “Our guys didn't panic, battled back, and found ways to win in each game against a very talented team.” The Tech Stingers are now 29-10 overall. The team is sitting in first-place in Region 10 with a winning record of 10-2. On Wednesday, April 4, the Tech Stingers will travel to play USC Sumter at 3 p.m. The team will play Region 10 rival, USC Lancaster at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 7 and Sunday, April 8.

Lady Stingers defeat conference rivals The Florence-Darlington Technical College Lady Stingers dominated to beat Surry Community College 17-8 and 13-1 on Friday and Patrick Henry Community College 8-1 and 6-1 on Saturday while traveling on the road. On Friday, Marissa Tyndall won on the mound as the Lady Stingers took the 17-8 victory over Surry Community College in the first game of the doubleheader. Shelby Cox was the leading hitter at the plate as she was 3-4 with two homeruns and three runs batted in. Kristina Lee was 3-4 with a homerun and a run batted in. Tyndall was 3-4 with three runs batted in. Tyndall also won the second game on the mound as she pitched for five innings in a 13-1 Lady Stingers victory. Lee was 4-4 with seven runs batted in and two homeruns. Erin Bailey was 2-3 in the batter’s box. Once again, it was Tyndall winning the game on the mound as the Lady Stingers defeated Patrick Henry Community College 8-1 in

LADY STINGERS PLAYER AT BAT the first game on Saturday. Tori Alexander came in for relief. Combined, the two pitchers had seven strike outs and allowed three hits and a walk. Leading hitters included Bailey and Hanna Gainey. Both ladies were 2-4 with two runs batted in and a homerun. In the final game of the weekend, the Lady Stingers defeated Patrick Henry Community College 6-1. Tyndall swept the weekend on

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with three strike outs and four hits and a walk allowed. Riley Boyle led the way at the plate as she was 2-3 with a run batted in. Baylee Elms was 3-3 in the batter’s box. The Lady Stingers are now 27-5 overall and 17-1 in Region 10. The Lady Stingers will kick off April on Tuesday as they host USC Sumter in a doubleheader at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. On Friday, April 6, the Lady Stingers will host Wake Tech at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., and on Saturday, April 7, the team will host Pitt at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.

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Barbecue Cookoff offers two days to sample dishes The smoke rising from Hoffmeyer Road next weekend will be a signal this is the place for family fun and tasty southern barbecue. The 8th Annual Youth Mentors of the Pee Dee (formerly Big Brothers Big Sisters) Barbecue Cookoff Festival will take place April 13 and 14 in the parking lot behind Palmetto Peddlers on the corner of Hoffmeyer Rd. and Darlington St. Executive Director Joey Edwards expects 20 or more barbecue cookers from around the Southeast to compete for bragging rights, trophies and cash prizes up to $1000. The two-day event kicks off with an “Anything Butt” contest on Friday evening, April 13, from 5 until 7 p.m. There will be two divisions this year, Sweet and Savory. The cookers may prepare anything they wish, except barbecue, Edwards explained. Tickets are $10 per person and allow sampling of all dishes prepared. There is no charge for children under the

PARTICIPANTS SAMPLE FOOD AT A PREVIOUS BARBECUE COOKOFF age of 12 accompanied by a paying adult. The cookers favorite dishes could be anything from chicken bog to

banana pudding. Local judges will select the winners from each division. Some of the South’s best

barbecue cookers will begin cooking late Friday evening and cook all night to have their barbecue ready for

judging on Saturday morning, April 14th. Certified judges from the South Carolina Barbecue Association will be on hand to choose the best barbecue and who takes home the trophies and cash prizes. The public is invited to come sample fresh off the grill barbecue from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. or until it runs out. Tickets are $10 per person to sample the barbecue and children under the age of 12 are free when accompanied by a paying adult. Tickets are available at the gate or from Youth Mentors of the Pee Dee board members. There will be inflatables for children on both Friday and Saturday. Mud Flap and Palmer from Cat Country 99.3 will be on site Saturday with a live remote. Palmetto Peddlers is the presenting sponsor of the benefit. To date other sponsors are Piggly Wiggly, Parrotts Furniture, Parham Law Firm, Dilmar Oil Co., Chase Oil Co., Stifel Nicolaus, Tidal Wave Auto Spa, Pee Dee Federal Credit Union, Palmetto Glass, Harris Pest

Control, White Swan Cleaners, Cain Calcutt-Stephens Funeral Home, StoudenmireDowling Funeral Home, First Citizens Bank, Signature Wealth Strategies, Sonoco, and Florence Concrete. Proceeds from this event will help support Youth Mentors of the Pee Dee which fills a void for children from single parent and broken homes. “There is always a shortage of male volunteer mentors, so male volunteers are badly needed. To volunteer, applicants (male or female) must fill out an application and go through an extensive screening process before being assigned a child to work with. Volunteers typically spend two or three hours a week with the child they are matched with. To find out more or to volunteer call the Youth Mentors office at 843-662-7081. To find out more about the barbecue cook off, register as a participant or donate call Joey Edwards at 843601-3862.

50+ Senior Life Expo coming April 13-14 Carolinas Hospital System will present the 23rd Annual 50+ Senior Life Expo on Friday, April 13, and Saturday, April 14, at the Florence Center. This premier senior event focuses on entertaining and educating those approaching their retirement years or already retired. This year, HopeHealth joins Chad Buffkin, owner of Golden Life Magazine, as the managing partner for the event. HopeHealth is excited about its newest philanthropic opportunity as proceeds from the 50+ Senior Life Expo will benefit the HopeHealth compassionate care fund. “At times, our patients have needs that cannot be met directly by our providers,” said Scherrie Cogdill, associate director of development at HopeHealth. “The compassionate care fund is designed to help our patients with emergency assistance, routine procedures such as mammograms, colonoscopies, blood pressure screenings, specialty care, prescription drug assistance, and eye care services.” Held in the Florence Center’s 10,000-seat arena, the Expo is one of the largest shows in the state for seniors. The Expo will include bingo, food, fun and prizes as well as free entertainment, demonstrations, exhibits, and seminars. Hear from experts on topics such as banking, health care, investments and estate planning, long-term care, insurance, senior housing, assisted living, home security, home-health services, hospice, and elder law. Staff from Carolinas Hospital System will also offer free health screenings, medical advice, and Q&A sessions. Hours are Friday, April 13, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Saturday, April 14, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is $2 per person and covers both days. The 50+ Senior Life Expo is presented by Carolinas Hospital System and sponsored by Carolina Centers for Sight,

2 p.m. – Does Pain Come With Age? - Brian Hutcheson, DC, HopeHealth 2:45 p.m - Bingo + Day Ends Breakout Sessions: 10:30 a.m. Volunteering in the Golden Years - Sheree Meadows, Volunteer Coordinator, Carolinas Hospital System 1:30 p.m. Senior Safety - William Poole, Director of Security, and Joe Ard, Security Manager, HopeHealth

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Schedule of Events Friday, April 13 Stage events: 9:30 a.m. – Leatherman Line Dancers 10 a.m. – Arthritis Pain and Joint Replacement - Dr. Gregory R. Palutsis, Carolinas Hospital System 10:25 a.m.– Bingo/Trivia 10:35 a.m. – Leatherman Line Dancers 11 a.m. – How to Live to be 100 - Dr. Robert Richey, Carolinas Hospital System 11:30 a.m. – Bingo and Trivia 11:45 a.m.– Carolinas Centers For Sight 12:15 p.m. – Chuck Fisher Singing the Legends 1 p.m. – Incontinence - Dr. Timothy Moses, Carolinas Hospital System 1:30 p.m. – Clay Brown - Tribute to the Greats

Saturday, April 14 Stage events: 9:45 a.m. – Chuck Fisher - Singing the Legends 10:15 a.m. – Bingo and Trivia 10:30 a.m. – When to Call 911- Billy Hatchell, Public Information Officer, Florence County EMS 11 a.m. – Clay Brown - Tribute to the Greats 11:30 a.m. – Carolinas Centers For Sight Noon – Dandy Don 12:30 p.m. – Bingo and Trivia 1 p.m. – Chuck Fisher 1:30 p.m. – Clay Brown - Tribute to the Greats 2 p.m. – Senior Life Expo Ends Breakout Sessions: 9:45 a.m. – Senior Mix & Mingle Breakfast 10:15 a.m. – Dating for Seniors: Yes, You Can Date! - Dr. Farrah Hughes, HopeHealth 11 a.m.– Oral Health for Seniors: Dr. Gwengi-Anam, HopeHealth Noon – Oral Health Checks For questions or more information, email or call 843-245-2291.

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Wilson IB students excel on national German exams


Friends of Florence County Library to host Author Kristy Harvey on April 5 Friends of Florence County Library will host author Kristy Woodson Harvey presenting her new book “Slightly South of Simple” at the Doctors Bruce and Lee Foundation Library on Thursday, April 5, at 6 p.m. at the Doctors Bruce and Lee Foundation Library. The event is free and open to the public. “Slightly South of Simple” is the first in an all-new series chronicling the journeys of three sisters and their mother – and a secret from their past that has the potential to tear them apart and reshape their very definition of what it means to be a family. Exploring the powerful bonds between sisters and mothers and daughters, “Slightly South of Simple” is filled with Southern charm, emotional drama, and plenty of heart. Harvey is a Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s school of journalism and holds a master’s in English from East Carolina University, with a concentration in multicultural and transnational literature. Her writing has appeared in numerous publications and websites, including Southern Living, Domino, Houzz and Our State. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and fouryear-old son where she is working on her next novel. Book Description After finding out her military husband is missing in action, middle sister Sloane’s world crumbles as her worst nightmare comes true. She can barely climb out of bed, much less summon the strength to be the parent her children deserve. Her mother, Ansley, provides a much-needed respite as she puts her personal life on hold to help Sloane and her grandchildren wade through their new grief-stricken lives. But between caring for her own aging mother, her daughters, and her grandchildren, Ansley’s private worry is that secrets from her past will come to light. But when Sloane’s sisters, Caroline and Emerson, remind Sloane that no matter what, she promised her husband she would carry on for their young sons, Sloane finds the support and courage she needs to chase her biggest dreams—and face her deepest fears. Taking a cue from her middle daughter, Ansley takes her own leap of faith and realizes that, after all this time, she might finally be able to have it all.

Southside ‘68 class reunion The Southside High School Class of 1968 will celebrate its 50-year reunion with a dinner at the Florence Country Club on May 19. The event will be held from 6 p.m. until 11:30 p.m. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. The cost is $30 per person in advance. Cal Sandra Hewitt Powell for further information or details at 843-665-1965.

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Students in the International Baccalaureate Program (IB) at Wilson High School excelled on the 2018 National German Examination for High School Students. Three students received the Gold Medal (90th percentile or higher) and special recognition on the Presidential Honor Roll for outstanding performance. These students are now eligible to apply for AATG-PAD (the Pedagogical Exchange Service) Study Trip Award. Level 3 • Rebecca Liu (ranked No.1 in South Carolina, 99 percentile on the national level) • Carson Cawthon (ranked No. 2 in South Carolina) Level 4 • Annie Kate Watson (ranked No. 1 in South Carolina, 98 percentile on the national level) In addition, the following students are Level 4 Silver Award (80th to 89th percentile) winners: • Katelyn Franck • Isabel Townsend Students who reached the Achievement level (above national average): Benjamin Dela Pena, Joanna Nikolakakos, Ethan

WINNERS – Annie Kate Watson, left, Isabel Townsend, Katelyn Franck, Carson Cawthon and Rebecca Liu. Strickland, Carmen Lowery, Cairns Desai, Reed Bausmith They are students of Dr. Lucia Huang. The National German Examination is sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG). Nearly 20,500 students participated in the

exam this year. The National German Exam rewards students through an extensive prize program and provides a means of comparing students in all regions of the US. Founded in 1926, the AATG represents German teachers at all levels of instruction. The AATG is dedicated to the advance-

ment and improvement of the teaching of language, literature, and culture of the German‐speaking countries. For more information on Wilson High School’s IB Program, contact Mrs. Josie Stratton online at

Florence woman loses 82 pounds thru TOPS Following is an interview from the April/May 2018 TOPS News “It doesn’t matter how long it takes as long as you keep moving toward your goal.” The deciding factor for me came when my sister joined TOPS, Moore said. I was feeling absolutely terrible about myself and had lots of health issues by this time, so I thought: Why not give TOPS a try? After my first visit, I decided to keep going. Before TOPS, I had no resistance. I would mindlessly snack. Sweets were my weakness. It was a constant battle to escape “Little Debbie.” Along the way, I began making small changes by avoiding certain trigger foods and replacing sweets with a high-energy “treat.” It came down to whatever kept my body fueled and running. I

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CRYSTAL MOORE After weight loss stays in place. The benefits of exercise outweigh the excuses. It does my body so much good, and the perk of it all is when I look back at old photos and remember how I felt back then. I love how I feel now and appreciate the reflection I see in the mirror. It wasn’t always easy. My love for exercise came in stages. It was a constant push and pull of motivation to pursue onward toward my goal. But after 19 months of continuous exercise and dieting, I stepped onto the scale to reveal what I had long

awaited – my goal. With tearfilled eyes, I remember falling to my knees and telling my leader, Wanda Gainey, “I cannot believe it! I finally did it! It was all worth it!” It has always been a dream of mine to be able to run. Being overweight, it was a struggle for me to pursue any sports. With very little stamina, the old me could barely keep up a meager pace of walking. I’m so proud to say that I’m able to jog now. This summer, I want to try a local 5K or 10K race. I’d love to try hiking along a mountain trail to the waterfalls and feel the fresh gust of air. My advice: Take it slow and work up to a comfortable level of activity. Once you’re there, stay for a while until it’s safe to add an extra challenge. The safest exercise is walking, especially if a person is dealing with joint issues. Pounding cement is tough on the knees, so taking a soft path is the easier choice for walking or jogging. What drew me to TOPS was that there wasn’t any pressure to follow a certain plan or time frame. I had the liberty to take it at my own pace. Joining TOPS was the best decision I’ve ever made. I focused on me and gained my life back.

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Local ministry donates bags to female inmates Tenacious Grace, a local ministry dedicated to serving hurting women with truth, strength, and hope, recently delivered a second installment of release bags to the Florence County Detention Center. The bags are designed to put needed resources in the hands of female inmates upon their release. Each zippered pouch includes a personal note of encouragement, a water bottle, a granola bar, a fast food gift card, a small devotional, antibacterial wipes, a pack of gum, Chapstick, church information, a bookmark with contact information for appropriate community agencies, and feminine hygiene products. “We are aware that many incarcerated ladies are released back into very difficult circumstances, and through this bag of resources, we hope to communicate, ‘We care about what happens to you now,’” explained Tenacious Grace team member, Cookie Cawthon. The ministry also has a long-term goal of bringing free transitional housing for formerly incarcerated women to the Pee Dee area. Five Sparrows, the proposed home, will offer comprehensive assistance (i.e., counseling, job training, financial coaching, access to recovery programs, spiritual support) in a stable environment. A safe place to write a new story. “We want these ladies to know that there is still hope after serving jail time, and Tenacious Grace wants to be a link to that hope,” shares Melanie Turner, TG Volunteer Director. Tenacious Grace has received support from local organizations like SPC Credit Union in Hartsville, Chick-fil-A inside Magnolia Mall, Food Lion, Walmart, Piggly Wiggly and Southside Baptist Church in Florence to launch the new initiative. If you or your organization would like to donate bag items, you can email the ministry at You can also learn more about the work of the organization at

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The inaugural Florence Wine and Food Festival will be held in downtown Florence April 13-14. The event will begin with a Sip & Savor downtown from 6-8 p.m. Ticket holders will pick up a tasting glass, map, and wristband at the Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce office. At 7:30 that evening, a bourbon tasting and cigar pairing will be held in the penthouse of Hotel Florence. The Tim Clark Band will close out the night in the James Allen Plaza. A Full Life, Full Forward Feast will be held on the lawn of the FMU Performing Arts Center on April 14. Ticket holders will enjoy a four-course locally-sourced meal prepared by award winning chefs, perfectly paired with Tolosa wines. The inaugural Florence Wine and Food Festival is the brainchild of Frank Chisholm and Tim Norwood. Executive Director Helen Holland notes, “Our goal is to provide a fun, educational weekend utilizing all our city has to offer. Including award winning chefs, wine stewards, brew masters, fresh produce from our local farmers, artists and musicians. We would like to see this first-year festival grow and become something very similar to what you find in larger cities.” Two benefitting organizations have been chosen to receive a portion of the proceeds from the weekend: Florence’s very own Help4Kids and The James Beard Foundation Scholarship Program. Help4Kids mission is filling the weekend hunger gap for the children in Florence County elementary schools who are identified as being food insecure on the weekend. Book bags are filled with nutritious, non-perishable foods and given to the students as they leave their school for the weekend. “It is our honor to give back to such a worthy cause that reaches and effects so many in Florence,” Holland states. The James Beard Foundation is a New York City-based national non-profit culinary arts organization named in honor of James Beard. Beard was a creative food writer, teacher, and cookbook author. The Foundation not only creates programs that help educate people about American cuisine, but also supports and promotes the chefs and other industry professionals who are behind it. In 1991, a James Beard Foundation scholarship program was established. The purpose of this program is to assist aspiring and established culinary professionals who plan to further their education. The Festival’s focus will be on an SC recipient. “Florence is growing by leaps and bounds and is the perfect place to be for wine enthusiasts, foodies, craft beer lovers and those with a genuine desire to savor the very best of the South,” notes Tim Norwood, one of the event plan-

ners. Friday, April 13 – Downtown Sip & Savor 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Join us in downtown Florence along Dargan and Evans Streets for grand wine and beer tastings, hors d’oeuvres, and browsing the many boutiques. There will be 24 showcased wines from Rick Havekost’s Micky Finn’s. Test your “nez” and compare tasting notes with knowledgeable sommeliers. Stephen Thompson, owner of Local Motive, will also be on hand to discuss six of his many unique local brews. Option for purchase will be available at the James Allen Plaza. IN THE SPIRIT: Bourbon and Cigars 7:30 p,m,– 10 p.m. Bourbon tasting and cigar pairing on the penthouse rooftop of Hotel Florence with Eric Duncan from Bourbon in Columbia. 8 p.m.–10 p.m. The evening continues with additional small bites, desserts and live music by The Tim Clark Band in the James Allen Plaza. Come enjoy a spring evening sipping and savoring in downtown Florence. Saturday, April 14 – A Full life, Full Forward Feast 6 p.m. – FMU Performing Arts Center amphitheater and lawn An elegant evening of fine wines from Tolosa Winery in California’s Central Coast Region paired perfectly with a four course, locally sourced dinner prepared by award winning chefs will delight the palate. The feast will begin with a champagne and wine reception at the BB&T Amphitheater followed by dinner on the lawn featuring a string quartet and observations from local chefs, farmers and the Tolosa sommeliers. More information may be found at


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Moore team wins Battle of the Books Students at John W. Moore Intermediate won the 2018 Battle of the Books contest in which seven school teams competed by answering questions taken from books on school reading lists. The quiz-bowl type competition was held on March 10 at Royall Elementary School. The winning team included Christian Rice and Nadia James, team captain, Ashlyn Tessman, Joseph Galeano and Zoe Williams. Susan Lane, media specialist at John W. Moore is the team adviser. Carol Schweitz is the principal. Students from Briggs, Delmae, Dewey Carter, North Vista, Royall and Timrod Elementary Schools, and Moore Intermediate, competed for the championship.

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McLeod hosts support group for heart disease survivors Mended Hearts of the Pee Dee is a support group for patients and families living with heart disease. A meeting for Mended Hearts will be held Tuesday, April 10, at 6 p.m. with over 450 programs nationwide. Support from individuals and families of heart patients can be a very effective means for patients who are awaiting and/or recovering from cardiovascular surgery. Who better knows how to empathize with a patient and family than one who has been through a similar life-changing experience? For more information, or to register for the upcoming meeting, please contact McLeod Volunteer Services at 843777-2082. About Mended Hearts Mended Hearts is the largest heart patient support network in the world, with 20,000 members and 300 chapters. Recognized for its role in facilitating a positive patient-care experience, Mended Hearts partners with hospitals and cardiac rehab clinics to offer support through visiting programs, group meetings and educational forums. Mended Hearts inspires hope and improves quality of life for heart patients and their families through ongoing peer-to-peer support. For more information or to locate a chapter, visit, call 888-HEART-99 or email at

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