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NEIGHBORS NAME: Stephanie Moreno FAMILY: Three sons, Juan, Javier and Johnathan BORN: Bastrop, Texas RESIDES IN: Florence OCCUPATION: Insurance agent with Tindal Insurance HOBBIES OR SPECIAL INTERESTS: Camping, fishing and couponing. WHO OR WHAT HAS MOST INFLUENCED YOU? ‘My father who has been there through hard times.”

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Big Brothers Big Sisters honor Coach Edwards Members and friends of the Pee Dee Area Big Brothers Big Sisters Association gathered at St. John’s Episcopal Church Family Life Center on April 27 to celebrate the organization’s 64 years of service during its annual Appreciation Banquet. Highlighting the event was the presentation of the 2017 Eugene N. Zeigler’s Volunteer of the Year Award to Gary Edwards of Florence. He has served as a volunteer Big Brother to two Little Brothers over the years. His current Little Brother, Myson Borrillo of Florence, 14, presented the award. Edwards, associate athletic director for Internal Operations at Francis Marion University, was the guest speaker for the evening. Coach Edwards just completed his 10th season at the helm of the Patriot men’s basketball program and is in his 32nd year as a college head coach. He took the reins of FMU’s men’s basketball program in 2006 and became the sixth head coach in the program’s 45 year history. Coach Edwards has endeared himself to Florence and the Pee Dee Area, commented Joseph Edwards, executive director of the Big Brothers Big Sisters. He is also a dedicated volunteer Big Brother. Agency President Joey Tyner gave an overview of the past years services and thanked to community for making the work of the organization possible. Tyner noted the great demand for services from the community as nearly 55 per-

COACH GARY EDWARDS RECEIVES VOLUNTEER AWARD FROM LITTLE BROTHER cent of all families with children in South Carolina are now single parent families. “Numerous studies have clearly shown that boys, in particular, who lack a positive adult male role model often exhibit aggressive behaviors, frequently becoming discipline problems, do poorer in school and often tend to become

involved in crime,” said Tyner. One recent independent study showed that compared to their peers, children who participated in the program were 46 percent less likely to start using drugs and 27 percent less likely to start drinking; 52 percent less likely to skip a day of school, earned higher grands and felt better about their schoolwork;

one third less likely to hit someone and were generally more trusting of their parent or guardian. Big Brothers Big Sisters serves children fro primarily father-absent homes. The age ranges are boys 818 and girls 6-13. For further information, contact the Big Brother Big Sister Office at 843-662-7081.

United Way holds annual luncheon, awards celebration United Way of Florence County (UWFC) held their Annual Luncheon and Awards Celebration on Thursday, April 23 at First Presbyterian Church to celebrate the culmination of the year’s campaign. Companies and organizations were recognized during the event for their support of the United Way of Florence County and the total donations they raised though their company’s UWFC Campaign. This years campaign slogan

was “Giddy Up and Give.” The United Way of Florence County has been a cornerstone of the social service sector in Florence County for over 60 years. In a nutshell, the UWFC brings together citizens, community, leaders, business, the faith-based community, local government, non-profit organizations and many more to ensure measurable results on issues that require collective, not just individual, action are

delivered. Why? Because everyone deserves opportunities to have a good life: a complete education, access to basic human needs, personal and professional growth, a positive childhood and a moment to breathe a sigh of relief. The United Way of Florence County is helping to create opportunities for a better life for all. Quincy Kennedy, CCO of Signature Wealth Strategies, was recog-

nized for serving as UWFC Board of Chair for 2016-2017. Kennedy lso served as UWFC United Way Board Chair for 2015-2016. John Cariati, Operational Quality Manager of Assurant Specialty, was recognized for serving as UWFC Campaign Chair for 2016-2017. He will serve as UWFC Board Chair for 2017-2018. SEE




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The Pee Dee REALTOR® Association, in partnership with the House of Hope, is organizing and sponsoring the first annual “RUN FOR HOPE” 5k Run/Walk to benefit the Courtney McGinnis Graham Community Shelter on June 24. The race will begin at 9 a.m. This event is raising funds to provide emergency shelter and services for the local homeless men, women, and children in the Pee Dee Community. The race will be held Saturday, June 24, at 500 Second Loop Road, (Post Office/Margaritas parking lot). Registration will begin at 7:45 a.m. with the run/walk starting at 9 a.m. To register to run or walkhttps://runforhopesc.itsyour- Packet pick-up will be at the Realtor Association located at 1375 Celebration Blvd. on June 23 from 5-7 p.m. (Use doors on back side of building) Sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact the Pee Dee REALTOR® Association at 843-665-2242.

National Day of Prayer The CityWide Prayer Gathering for the National Day of Prayer will be held on May 4 at 7 p.m. at Savannah Grove Baptist Church, located at 2620 Alligator Rd, Effingham.



UNITED WAY AWARDS CELEBRATION FROM PAGE 1A Companies who raised between $5,000-$9,999 for their 2016-2017 UWFC campaign were recognized at the Bronze Level, companies who raised between $10,000$39,000 were recognized at the Silver Level, companies who raised between $40,000$69,000 were recognized at the Gold Level, and companies who raised $70,000 or more for their 2016-2017 UWFC campaign were recognized at the Platinum Level. PGBA, LLC received the Top Giver Award for being the company with the highest amount raised for their 20162017 UWFC campaign. The total raised was $194,633 PGBA, LLC WestRock, Mcleod Health, and Assurant were recognized at the Platinum Level. HONDA of South Carolina was recognized as the Top Giver in the Gold Level for raising $52,907. GE Healthcare was recognized as the Top Giver at the Silver Level for raising $36,299. First Reliance Bank was recognized as the Top Giver at the Bronze Level for raising $8,943. Florence County Disabilities and Special Needs Board won the Partner Agency Awards for demonstrating the true spirit of partnership in the 2016 “Giddy Up and Give” campaign.

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JOHN HANNA PRESENTS ASHPY P. LOWRIMORE AWARD TO ROGER HUX AND JULIA KREBS Otis Elevator won the Campaign Advancement Award in recognition of achieving the greatest percentage increase in total giving for the 2016 “Giddy Up and Give” Campaign. Johnson Controls Distribution Center won the Campaign All-Around Awards for outstanding planning, implementing and executing of a successful 2016” Giddy Up and Give” Campaign. PREIT Services, LLC (Magnolia Mall) won the Community Star Award, which is new this year and is given in recognition of their support to the United Way of Florence

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County and the Florence County community during the 2016 “Giddy Up and Give” campaign. Dandy Don won the Spirit Award for creating and performing the UWFC’s first ever campaign song, “Giddy Up and Give”. The Ashpy P. Lowrimore Award is given in recognition of Ashpy P. Lowrimore (a longtime supporter of the UWFC and a community leader in Florence County). The award is presented to an individual or individuals who not only support the Florence County community, but also have been long time supporters of the UWFC either though their donations, time volunteering, or both. This year’s winners were Roger Hux and Julia Krebs (husband and wife)’ Other noteable winners were:

Platinum level PGBA, LCC - $194,633 WestRock - $84,778 McLeod Health - $75,000 Assurant - $72,156 Gold level HONDA of South Carolina - $52,907 Johnson Controls Dist. Center - $52,337 Johnson Controls Battery Recycling Center $50,944 Silver level GE Healthcare - $36,299 Otis Elevator - $33,395 Duke Energy - $30,294 ACS Technologies Group, - $29,984 Pepsi-Cola Bottling Co. $27,420 Orr Company - $18,439 City of Florence - $17,568 Nucor-Vulcraft Group-Florence - $14,991 Carolinas Hospital System - $13,113 Enterprise Holdings $12,177 Florence School District One - $11,113 Florence-Darlington Tech $10,854 Bronze level First Reliance Bank $8,943 Florence County DSNB $8,832 UPS - $8,785 Wells Fargo - $7,360 Boys & Girls Clubs $6,535 American Specialty $5,652 Morning News - $5,510 SCE&G - $5,200 Circle Park - $5,049 Fedex - $5,011

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Retirement Planning With company pension plans becoming less prominent and uncertainty surrounding Social Security, planning for your retirement is now more important than ever. The fear of outliving one’s retirement savings is ever present as society is faced with longer life expectancies and a continuous rise in the cost of living. However, living the retirement you’ve always dreamed about can be a reality. All it takes is proper planning. When planning for your senior years, the first thing to do is to think about what kind of life you would like to have. Experts estimate that annual retirement needs could range anywhere from 70% to 100% of your current income. Once you have established the amount you’ll need to live on during your retirement years, you can review your current savings and retirement benefits, including funds from company retirement plans and Social Security. You’ll also want to review your assets and liabilities and determine how much debt you’ll still

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have at retirement. After you’ve estimated what it would cost you to retire today, factor in the cost of inflation in order to give you a better idea of how much retirement funds you’ll actually need. Planning for retirement as early as possible may be the key to accumulating the funds you’ll need to live out your future goals. An investment professional can help you determine a savings strategy that will help you pursue the retirement you’ve always wanted.

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CONFIRMANDS AND THEIR MENTORS – Back row from left: Cayce Granger, Connie Lee, Eaddy Hanna, Missy Brown, Emily King, Megan Jones, Abigail Cain, Nate McMurphy, Samuel Farnsworth, Hank Leeke, Matthew Kistner. Front row from left: Grace McLeod, Elizabeth Stokes, Lauren Stokes, Kimberly McMurphy, Lauren Olsen, Brice Elvington, John Coble, Ben King, Chapman White, Mary Falcone, Hailey Ward, Grace Page, and Cassie Swartz.

Confirmation Sunday at Central UMC Central United Methodist Church held its Confirmation Sunday on April 23. One ninth grader and 11 eighth graders were confirmed

before their Central church family during the 11:15 a.m. worship service. These confirmands participated in a nine-month prepa-

ration process that included two retreats, meetings with mentors and learning from gifted teachers sharing the foundational material from the Credo Confirmation curriculum. “This is an incredible group of young people. It has been a pleasure working with them during this important

part of their faith journey,” says Nate McMurphy, Minister of Youth Discipleship at Central. “Central is proud of these confirmands and grateful for the teachers and adult mentors who gave of their time and energy to lead the students.”

AARP meets Wednesday AARP Chapter 2401 meets on Wednesday, May 3, 9:45 a.m. at Leatherman Senior Center, 600 Senior Way. Speakers Sarah Partin and John Mazzochi will talk about exercises and activities for daily living.

Parkinson’s Support Group ALL SAINTS’ EPISCOPAL DAY SCHOOL STUDENTS – From left,Alden Okoh-Aduako,Ayden Jones, Jay Riddle, Megan Feltham, Will York, Lawson Macfall, and Jack Holt participated in the South Carolina Independent School Association’s Elementary School Quiz Bowl. SCISA photo

A meeting of the Florence area Parkinson’s Disease Support Group will be held Tuesday, May 9, between 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. at 121 E. Cedar Street. Dr. Amy Delambo, Movement Disorders Program, MUSC, will speak about Parkinson’s Disease sleep issues. Meetings are open to people with Parkinson's, caregivers, family, and friends. For more information call 843-673-0854 or haybrton@

All Saints’ team competes at Quiz Bowl ORANGEBURG – Larry Watt, executive director of the South Carolina Independent School Association, announced the four teams that participated in the SCISA Elementary School Quiz Bowl. A team from All Saints’ Episcopal Day School was one of the final four. The team consisted of Alden OkohAduako, Ayden Jones, Jay Riddle, Megan Feltham, Will York, Lawson Macfall, and Jack Holt. Beth Lewallen was the team sponsor. The team from St. Anne & St. Jude School in Sumter finished first, winning the most rounds played. Following regional competition, the

four teams vying for the state title gathered recently to determine the winner. The other teams were from Thomas Sumter Academy, Dalzell, and Pinewood Preparatory School, Summerville. “Each of the teams is to be congratulated for making it to the state finals,” Watt said. “It is quite an accomplishment to get this far.” The teams, consisting of four students and alternates, had to answer general-knowledge as well as math questions. The team captain could answer some of the questions after consultation among the team members while


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Plastic bags, SC’s home rule and dying oceans By Phil Noble Over the 40 years that I have known her, I have come to have great respect for my wife’s political antenna. When she says something about a politician or an issue, I have learned that it’s best to pay attention. My wife is not a political junkie in the traditional sense. And, just living with me all these years has forced her to hear a lot more about a lot of people and a lot of issues than any sane and reasonable person should ever have to endure. My apologies, dear. Like most normal people, she doesn’t follow this stuff on a daily basis. But, when she offers a strong and definitive opinion about someone or some issue, I’ve learned that she is usually right … even if it takes the rest of us a long time to see the wisdom of her judgement. Just one example: many years ago, I became friendly with an overly ambitious eager beaver that wanted to run for Congress. After just one shared dinner, my wife judged him as excessively selfish and the type of person that would cut corners to get where he wanted to go. Years later, this eager beaver had made his way up the slippery pole of politics and was running for President, and during a heated TV interview he revealed the corner cutting side of his personality. My wife just looked at me across the room and though she did not say a word, the message was loud and clear: “I told you so.” Recently, her antenna has gone up again. This time it’s plastic bags. As she said very succinctly the other day, “There is no good reason that they should not be banned. They are killing our oceans and it’s only the plastic bag industry that is keeping the ban from happening.” She is right. Plastic bags (and other plastics) are killing our oceans and the fish and wildlife that live there. Technically, they are called ‘single-use, high-density polyethylene (HDPE) plastic bags’ – and support for banning these bags is growing not just in South Carolina or the U.S. but also globally. More on the global part later. One fact (not an alternative fact): the average plastic bag is used only once for an average of 20 minutes, but if it ends up in a landfill, it can be around for 1,000 years. We have all seen the pictures of seals, fish and other sea life with the plastic beverage six pack rings stuck around their necks or strangling them at the gills. As bad as this is, this is really just a tiny part of a bigger problem – it’s really about the trillions of pieces of plastic bottles, bags, toys, fishing nets and other plastic junk that is killing our oceans. These plastics don’t break down very fast (if at all) and when they do, they degenerate into small particles that get into the food chain – what you and I eat. Currently, we are dumping about 8 million tons of plastic a year in the oceans and there is now 110 million tons of this stuff floating around in the world’s oceans – and most of this stuff came from North America. A quick check of your atlas will tell you that South Carolina is in North America and on the coast – which brings us to the nitty gritty issue of home rule and the nitty gritty of South Carolina politics. Two ocean front municipalities, Folly Beach (aka The Edge of America) and Sullivan’s Island have passed a local ordinance banning plastic bags. Those in the Statehouse that opposed the ban (supported by the plastic bag industry, the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce and others), introduced a bill that would prohibit other municipalities from passing such a ban. Now if you jump to the conclusion that this was a traditional business vs the environment, left vs right, Democrats vs Republicans issue – you would be wrong. Many coastal Republicans supported the ban and it was also partially about ‘home rule.’ If a local government does something that a special interest group doesn’t like, they can run to the Statehouse (already corrupted by special interest money, see the local papers for details) and get the legislature to overrule the home folks. In a House of Representatives vote last month, this time the good guys won – by a single vote, 50-49. But make no mistake about it, the bag boys (with their bags of cash) will be back. But, they are on the wrong side of history … and my wife. With a little research, I found out what my wife knew instinctively. This is an issue that is bigger than just two coastal South Carolina communities and issues of S.C. home rule. It’s bigger than the U.S. and even bigger than the oceans themselves. It’s an issue about what sort of world are we going to live in. What began in 2002 with a total ban on plastic bags enacted in Bangladesh (yes, Bangladesh) has grown into a global movement. A ban has now been enacted in many diverse countries such as Rwanda, China, Taiwan, Netherlands, Italy, Morocco, Uganda, Tanzania and Macedonia. Ironically, it seems to be the poorest countries of Africa and Asia that have been leading on this issue. Many other countries impose a fee per bag and in the U.S., dozens of cities in over 20 states have enacted either total bans, taxes or fees on the bags. So, back to my wife and her political antenna. She is right about how important this is and it’s good that the good guys have won in South Carolina (at least for now). For once, it’s good that South Carolina is on ‘the right side of history’… and we need to stay there. The ban needs to be extended to other coastal communities and then statewide. Remember this the next time someone asks you “paper or plastic?” Phil Noble has a technology firm in Charleston, is Co-founder of EnvisionSC and writes a weekly column for the S.C. Press Association. Contact him at and get his columns at




Do you ever wonder about. . . Do you ever wonder why they call it plastic surgery? “We had plastic before plastic had plastic,” says Dr. Basil Michaels, an assistant professor of Clinical Surgery at The University of Massachusetts. The term plastic means to mold, and is from the Greek word plastikos. It was first used to describe a specialty of surgery in 1837, he reported Dr. Michael’s Blog. Why do we call it a cold? The traditional theory, according to Goggle, is that a cold can be “caught” by prolonged exposure to cold weather, such as rain or winter conditions, which is how the disease got its name. Some of the viruses that cause the common colds are seasonal, occurring more frequently during cold or wet weather. Why do we call it a cup of Joe? In 1914, the secretary of the US Navy, Admiral Josephus “Joe” Daniels abolished the officers’ wine mess. From that time on the strongest (and apparently the drink of choice) on board navy ships was coffee. It was dubbed “a cup of Joe” after the secretary. A variation on this theme has it that Joe refers to the average Joe, thus making “a cup of Joe”the average drink of the average man. Source: Yahoo answers Why is porcelain often called china? The Chinese invented porcelain dur-

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ing the Song dynasty (9th century), and when examples of porcelain were brought to Europe by Marco Polo, it was considered so valuable and precious that it was worth its weight in gold. No one had ever seen something so thin, translucent and delicate. All that was known at the time was stoneware and earthenware – a heavy brown body type of ware. Porcelain continued to be imported and was presented as “ware from China” or “China Ware” and the name stuck. Source” Yahoo answers Why do we call them “French fries?’ The fries were called “Les frites” (which is French) by the Belgians and so the American soldiers took to calling them “French fries.” This theory is incorrect, because in the 1800s, Thomas Jefferson referred to fried potato strips as “frying potatoes in the French manner.” Ironically, French fries were later spread by American fast food chains. In many parts of the non-European world,

“French fries” are more often known as “American fries.” Source: Why do we call policemen cops? When the first NYC police force began to patrol in the summer of 1845, they only had badges on their civilian clothing. The badges were eight pointed stars with the seal of the city at the center and were made of stamped copper. The newspapers of the time referred to the new force as the Star Police, but people seeing the shiny copper shields began to call the new force “coppers” which was later shortened to “cops.” There is also a British police term; Constable On Patrol which may account for the term “cops” in England as well. Source: The New York City Police Department Museum Why is ketchup called ketchup? In the 1600s Dutch and British seamen brought back a salty pickled fish sauce called ‘ketsiap’ from China. In this version, it was more related to soy or oyster sauce than the sweet, vinegary substance we call ketchup today. Variations in both the name and the ingredients quickly developed. British alternatives included mushrooms (the favorite), anchovies, oysters, and walnuts. In 1690 the word ‘catchup’ appeared in print in reference to this sauce, and in 1711 ‘ketchup’. Source: www.funtrivia. com

What day 101 of the Trump administration should look like We’re several hours from the much vaunted Day 100 of the current administration, and I can’t help but think, “So what?” Yes, there are many symbolic interpretations to be taken from this time-honored tradition. But I challenge you: does it really matter? Is our republic so weak as to rely so heavily on what a man can do in an arbitrary set of days? Our Founders never envisioned this in the role of the Executive Branch. Their expectations for government more broadly were never so ambitious. They were going for progression, not perfection. And for that reason, I’m hopeful for our nation. So the better question the President, his allies and the Congress should be asking is: What does Day 101 look like? There are many challenges. The President must continue to shift and show the country that he is a leader who came to Washington to govern, and be president for all. That means taking care of the business of the nation – passing laws, paying bills, diplomacy abroad. These are the pillars of the republic, and ones we should be focusing on. I think Day 101 and the weeks beyond should be spent on three critical areas. If Trump can show progress there, he will send a strong message to the nation and the world that his is an administration that means business. Economic growth. There are so many directions this mandate can take, but it begins with shoring up our ability as a nation to meet and pay our debts, restrain spending, and keep our debt-togrowth ratio in check. Items such as a continuing resolution, raising the debt ceiling,

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etc. may not be attractive in the eyes of the masses, but they are necessary for a nation where one federal department’s budget is greater than the GDP of 100 foreign countries. And here the President can certainly lead. And more importantly, the summation of these successes leads to a major goal for Trump – fundamental tax reform. He should use the bully pulpit to make that a hallmark of his first four years. Think long-game. Don’t pledge another bumbled blitzkrieg to jam through a measure of that magnitude. Take your time; involve bipartisan partners; negotiate a deal and then well, write a book about it. Every major tax bill has needed support from broad constituencies. This will be no different. Trump has the mind for this sort of maneuver. He should employ it. Show wisdom abroad. The next few months are critical for the United States on the world stage. A North Korean threat should be taken seriously. Desperate men do desperate things. Additionally, the Middle East is never stable, Syria needs more than rhetoric, and the Taliban seems anxious to make a comeback as the world’s leader in terrorism given the mass soldier shooting in Iraq just days ago. The president was smart to dispatch military assets off of Japan. These times call for the proper mix of diplomacy and show of force. I also believe

Trump would be wise to employ his secretaries of state and defense. Use them – especially Secretary Tillerson and Nikki Haley – to be the interlocutors on behalf of the White House. They can serve as the proper channels to convey Trump’s doctrine without involving the president himself. That only makes sense given so much uncertainty and fluidity around the globe. Build out the team. This task seems insignificant for a new president, but the effect of its failure has reverberations felt throughout government. In his best-selling book Good to Great, business guru Jim Collins writes that a hallmark of successful organizations and leaders starts by getting “the right people on the bus.” The federal government is very large, with many executive slots that remain empty. I believe to my core that small, easy accomplishments can start occurring just by having like-minded personnel at the helm channeling Trump’s agenda day in, day out. That’s a task that Kushner and Priebus can take on collectively and show others in the White House complex that they can work together for a common good. It all goes back to governing. The American electorate is ready for this change, and because government permeates every facet of our lives, they will start to see the change even in their daily activities. Make America Great Again is more than a slogan. It’s a pursuit that can and must encompass even the smallest functions of government in order to live up to the weightiness of its words. Day 101 starts now. Mr. Williams is Manager /

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House of Hope joins ‘Play Me, I’m Yours’ Joy Gowan, a part-time staff member and a volunteer with the House of Hope of the Pee Dee, dreamed entering the “Play Me, I’m Yours” event here with the hope of winning the People’s Choice Award. “The reason we want to win is so that more people will become aware of our homeless ministry, the House Of Hope of the Pee Dee, and our thrift stores, Mission Marts, that help fund our ministry. Before entering the event, the Lord provided the Mission Mart an abundance of donated pianos at just the right time, so she had several to choose from. She came up with the idea of creating a house with the piano, but shortly after became very sick with mono. “I was sick almost six weeks we needed to prepare and paint this piano,” she said. “However, Samuel White, the director of the House of Hope Men’s Home, kept things moving on the project, even buying the paint with his own funds. He also pulled together my idea of windows and logo.” Meanwhile, Pastor Jimmy Lee of Elim Bible

Church, a friend of the ministry, asked about creating a roof for the piano. Then he gets sick and is recovering from hand surgery. Despite of all this, while Joy lay sick and almost oblivious to the world, she discovered he has began work on the roof anyway, using scrap lumber and his skilled –and healing hands – to create an amazing roof for the piano. “My husband Mitch (director of the House of Hope facilities) and I are so blessed to be surrounded by such caring friends, staff and volunteers,” she said, Twenty one street pianos, decorated by local artists, are located in parks, squares and other public spaces in and around Florence for anyone to play and enjoy. The House of Hope Piano is #12 Prizes will be awarded for the Most Creative and People’s Choice pianos, with the public being encouraged to vote for the People’s Choice by going to https://www. 9eb and be sure to hit “save my vote” at the bottom of the list. If you want to donate to the House of Hope, go to

KPI Fusion will be conducting an Everything DiSC Personality Assessment class on May 31 at the First Reliance Training Center. The purpose of the class is to help build more effective working relationships based on an understanding of different behavioral styles. The cost of the class is $250 per student and includes a customized report on the student’s personality, and lunch. DiSC helps participants: • Gain insights into their behavior and that of others. • Understand and appreciate the styles of the people you work with. • Learn how to communicate and persuade more effectively. • Create strategies for overcoming challenges when working with people of different DiSC styles. KPI Fusion stands for Knowledge, Power and Impact. The company was founded on the desire to improve the skills of workers in our area. “Because we believe when employees have the knowledge (skill) needed and are empowered by the company they work for to use that knowledge, we will see the highest impact in the companies. As the chairperson of the Pee Dee Workforce Development board I see how important it is to skill up the employees in the businesses. Development of your employees soft skills is essential in driving employee engagement in the companies which helps them to increase profits and success,” commented President Joyce Hill. Hill has over 25 years’ experience in training and

Final concert of Spring Chamber Music series set for May 7th The final concert of the Starr Ward Spring 2017 Chamber Music series will be held Sunday, May 7 at 5 p.m. in the Waters Gallery of the Florence Museum. Tickets are $10 at the door with a meet the artist reception to follow. The featured artist will be Sam Suggs, recently named New Artist of the Month by Musical America. Suggs received the Gary Karr Prize for 1st place at the 2015 International Society of Bassists Solo Competition, at which he performed many of his own compositions. An omnivorous musician, Sam was named Concert Artists Guild’s New Music/New Places Fellow at the 2016 CAG International Competition, making him first double bassist in thirty-six years to join the CAG roster: “What Suggs proceeded to play quite simply boggled the mind.” (Oregon Arts Watch). A scholar of his instrument, with a particular passion about music from the 17th and 18th centuries, Sam premiered his own construction of Haydn’s lost Violone Concerto, which was the centerpiece of his ISB competition-winning program. He has also served as principal bass of the inaugural Berwick Academy for Historical Performance at the Oregon Bach Festival, and has studied continuo and harpsichord with Robert

JULIA CARLSON, LEFT, AND JOYCE HILL OF KPI FUSION development and saw the opportunity to impact the community by sharing the knowledge she has acquired over those years. Assisting Hill is Julia Carlson, Talent Management Consultant. Julia is a graduate from Francis Marion University with almost 10 years’ experience in training development and delivering, and people management. The focus of the company is on soft skills, such as communication, leadership, teamwork, problem solving, conflict

management, etc. “Currently, we approach soft skills development through two avenues: we consult with businesses and design custom programs to address improvement opportunities specific to them, and we offer training classes open to anyone in the community, such as the Women in Business and Leadership, and the Everything DiSC Personality Assessment. This type of class has been only offered in larger cities and companies would have to spend travel costs, as

well as registration costs to send employees. This class is one of the many we plan to offer to help the small businesses or organizations be able to have this type of training.” The company is a member of the Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce. To find out more about the company, visit its website: where you can e-mail directly and sign up for upcoming classes.

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STARR WARD SPRING CHAMBER MUSIC SERIES TO FEATURE SAM SUGGS Gjerdingen and Arthur Haas. He is the only bassist ever to win the Beijing International Music Festival Competition, and has performed concertos at the Kennedy Center and at Northwestern University. Currently Assistant Professor of Jazz and Classical Bass at James Madison University, Sam Suggs received a Presser Foundation Award and Dean’s Prize for the highest level of excellence at the Yale School of Music during his doctoral studies. A native of Buffalo, NY, he earned honors studying music theory and cognition at Northwestern University while working as the youngest principal bassist of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, as well as a substi-

tute for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s MusicNOW contemporary ensemble, and in various outreach programs including coaching the Carlos Chavez Youth Orchestra (including performing alongside Yo-Yo Ma and Emanuel Ax). This project is made possible through funding from the Florence Regional Arts Alliance's Quarterly Grants Program, which is funded in part by a generous award from the South Carolina Arts Commission and the John and Susan Bennett Memorial Arts Fund of the Coastal Community Foundation of SC and due to the local support of Honda of South Carolina.

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CLASSIFIEDS SUBJECT TO FIRST MORTGAGE TO FIRST CITIZENS BANK. s\ Steven G. Mikell Special Referee for Florence County April 13, 2017 Ray Coit Yarborough, Jr. Attorney for Plaintiff (4/26, 5/3, 5/10/17)


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NOTICE OF APPLICATION Notice is hereby given that Dolce Enterprises, 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 and Wine at 160 S. Dargan St., Florence, SC 29506. To object to the issuance of this permit/license, written protest must be postmarked no later than May 5, 2017. 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.

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Box 125, Columbia, SC 29214-0907; or faxed to: (803) 898-5899 (4/19, 4/26, 5/3/17) NOTICE OF SALE BY VIRTUE of a decree heretofore granted in the case of Joel L. Beard and Brenda W. Beard vs. John Bert Beard a/k/a John B. Beard and Kathey A. Beard CA# 2017-CP-21-166, I, the undersigned, will sell on May 16, 2017 at11:00 a.m. or thereafter, at the Florence County Courthouse Judicial Center located at 180 North Irby Street, Florence, South Carolina, to the highest bidder the following property: All that certain piece, parcel or lot of land with improvements thereon, situate, lying and being on the Northwest side of Alice Drive, 478.8 feet Southwest of its intersection with S.C. Highway 341, just Northeast of the limits of the Town of Olanta in the County of Florence, State of South Carolina, bounded and described as follows to wit: On the Northeast by the land of Myers for a distance of 185 feet; on the Southwest by lands of Myers for a distance of 109 feet; on the Southwest by lands of Myers for a distance of 185 feet and oin the Northwest by lands of Myers for a distance of 109 feet. Said lot is particularly shown and delineated on a

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map thereof made by Ferrell J. Prosser, R.L.S., dated August 14, 1972, recorded in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County in Plat Book 13, Page 135, which map and the record thereof are, by reference, incorporated herein. This being the same property conveyed to John B. Beard by deed of S.A. Moore & Co., Inc. by its deed recorded April 26, 1999 in Deed Book A558, Page 2284, Florence County Records. TMS #00045-03-062 TERMS OF SALE: The successful bidder, other than the Plaintiff, will deposit, at the conclusion of the bidding, five percent (5%) 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 time of bid or comply with the other terms of the bid within twenty (20) days, then the property will be resold on the same terms and conditions on some subsequent Sales Day at the risk of the said highest bidder. Personal or deficiency judgment having been demanded, the bidding will remain open for a period of 30 days after the sale. Purchaser to pay for preparation of the deed, documentary stamps on the deed, recording fees and interest on the amount of the bid from date of sale to date of compliance with the bid at the rate of 7.75%. SUBJECT TO FLORENCE COUNTY TAXES AND ASSESSMENTS, EASEMENTS, RESTRICTIONS, ANY OTHER MATTERS OF RECORD. AND SUBJECT TO THE RIGHT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA TO REDEEM THE PROPERTY FOR A PERIOD OF 120 DAYS AFTER THE SALE AND

SUMMONS AND SUMMARY OF COMPLAINT STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA TWELFTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT COUNTY OF FLORENCE IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS C/A #: 2017-CP-21-839 Ethphine Hyman, Plaintiff, vs. Style Mart Homes, Inc., Defendant. TO THE DEFENDANT ABOVENAMED: 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 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 March 28, 2017, the object and prayer of which is to quiet title to the following property: That certain lot of land East of the Eastern limits of the town of Pamplico, Florence County, State of South Carolina, designed as Lot No. 2, Block B, of Sunset Subdivision by plat of Frank E. Hinson, Sur., dated April 8, 1068, in Plat Book 2 at page 109, Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County, whereon it is shown as bounded on Northwest eight three and three tenths (83.3’) feet by Highway to Pamplico on the Northeast one hundred eighty (180’) feet by Lot No. 6, Block B, of said plat; on the Southeast eighty three and three-tenths (83.3’) feet by Lot No. 3, Block B of said plat and other property of Kittrell L. Hyman and Nena H. Hyman and on the Southwest one hundred eight (180’) feet by Lot No. 1 of Winchester-Graham, being part of the property conveyed to Kittrell L. Hyman and Nena H. Hyman by B. H. Finklea. TMS # 37-02-022 April 18, 2017 Florence, South Carolina GARY I. FINKLEA Attorney for Plaintiff Finklea Law Firm Post Office Box 1317 Florence, SC 29503 (843) 317-4900 (843) 317-4910 (fax) (4/26, 5/3, 5/10/17) STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS COUNTY OF FLORENCE DOCKET NO. 2016-CP-21-2696 South State Bank, Plaintiff, v. Ashley Johnson a/k/a Ashley S. Johnson; Canal Development Corporation, successor by merger to Canal Industries of North Carolina, Inc.; The Caroline

Company a/k/a The Caroline Company, LLC; and Hodge Land Company, Inc. a/k/a Hodge Loan Co., Inc., Defendants. SUMMONS AND NOTICE OF FILING COMPLAINT TO THE DEFENDANTS ABOVE NAMED: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and required to appear and defend by answering the Complaint in this action, of which a copy is herewith served upon you, and to serve a copy of your Answer on the subscribers at their office, 40 Calhoun Street (29401), P.O. Box 22129, Charleston, SC 29413, within thirty (30) days after the service hereof, exclusive of the day of such service, except that the United States of America, if named, shall have sixty (60) days to answer after the service hereof, exclusive of the day of such service; and if you fail to do so, judgment by default will be rendered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint. YOU WILL PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Summons, Lis Pendens and Complaint, of which the foregoing is a copy of the Summons, were filed with the Clerk of Court for Florence County, South Carolina on November 1, 2016 and the Amended Summons, Lis Pendens and Complaint filed on February 23, 2017. LIS PENDENS (Mortgage Foreclosure) (Non-Jury) NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT an action has been or will be commenced in this Court upon complaint of the above-named Plaintiff against the abovenamed Defendants for the foreclosure of the following Mortgage of real estate: Ashley S. Johnson, to First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Charleston, dated June 29, 2006, and recorded in the Office of the ROD for Florence County on July 5, 2006, in Book B022 at Page 989. On or about April 5, 2012, First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Charleston changed its name to First Federal Bank. On or about July 26, 2013, First Federal Bank merged into and operated as part of SCBT. Thereafter, on or about June 30, 2014, SCBT changed its name to South State Bank, the current lien holder and Plaintiff herein.The property covered and affected by the said Mortgage and the foreclosure thereof is, at the time of the making thereof and at the time of the filing of this notice, described as follows: All that certain piece, parcel, or lot of land lying and being situate near the City of Florence, in the County of Florence, State of South Carolina, being known and designated as Lot No. 9, containing 0.63 acres (27,850 square feet) as shown on a map of Kirby Farms Subdivision, No. 2 by Engineering Consultants, dated May 12, 1988 and recorded in Plat Book 31 at Page 261 in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County, and reference is further made to a plat prepared for Peggy and Ashley S. Johnson by Lind, Hicks and Associates, Surveyors, Inc., dated June 26, 2006, and recorded in Plat Book 89 at Page 304 in


the Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County. Reference is made to said plats for a more complete description. This being the same property conveyed to Ashley S. Johnson by Deed of Jean A. McKenzie, dated June 29, 2006, and recorded in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County, simultaneously herewith TMS #: 00274-01161 Property Address: 241 Kirby Farm Drive, Florence, SC Turner Padget Graham & Laney P.A. Kristen N. Nichols, (SC Bar No. 74790) Post Office Box 22129 Charleston, South Carolina 29413 Direct: 843-576-2836 Fax: 843-577-1659 knichols@TurnerPadget.c om ATTORNEYS FOR PLAINTIFF Charleston, South Carolina 2017 Turner Padget Graham & Laney P.A., is a debt collector attempting to collect a debt, any information we obtain will be used for that purpose. It is our understanding that you are not currently in bankruptcy. If you are in bankruptcy, please disregard this summons in its entirety and have your attorney contact our office as soon as possible. (4/26, 5/3, 5/10/17) NOTICE OF APPLICATION Notice is hereby given that SEEKERS OF FLORENCE DBA KARMA, 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 1523 W. LUCAS ST. FLORENCE, SC 29501. To object to the issuance of this permit/license, written protest must be postmarked no later than MAY 19, 2017. 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) 8985899. (5/3, 5/10, 5/17/17)

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Gamecock Club plans ‘Final Four Fan Night’ The Florence County Gamecock Club presents its “Final Four Fan Night” on Thursday, May 18, at the SiMT Conference Center at Florence-Darlington Technical College, 2715 W. Lucas Street. The doors open at 5:30 p.m. and a meal will be provided by Rogers BBQ House with serving starting at 6 p.m. The program begins at 7 p.m. The cost for pre-paid tickets is $20 per person for ages 13 and older and $5 for ages 12 and under. It will be an additional $5 charge per person at the door.

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Florence Gymnastics participate in Relay For Life Wish it, believe it, cure it was the slogan for the City of Florence, Florence Gymnastics team as they participated in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life Event April 21-22. This was the team’s eighth year fundraising for this event. Each year participating gymnasts are asked to raise $100 each for the cause, and are required to take turns walking

the track at the event. Prior to the event, the team raises their money taking donations for luminary bags, cupcakes, pizza, etc. and asking their family and friends for donations. This year the team collected over $3,500 in donations. In the past eight years the team has raised over $30,000 for the American Cancer Society. This year’s Relay for Life

was not the same for these gymnasts and their families. Their beloved and courageous Coach Pam Mobley lost her 10year battle with cancer in September. She was the reason the team was started and she participated in the fundraising as well. Her husband, Bill Mobley was the torch bearer honoring her at the luminary ceremony.

The Florence County Sheriff’s Office held its 21st Annual Outback Steakhouse Golf Tournament on Friday, April 21, at the Country Club of South Carolina. 1st Place (57) was the Ryan Bell Team of Ryan Bell, Kevin Bell, Scott Pleasant and Adam Evans. The 10th Place (62) was the Ron Burley Team of Ron Burley, Fred Krump and Jessie Locke. The 20th Place (66) was Pee Dee Cardiology with Andy Flynn and Julie Flynn Closest to the PIG was Roger Allen in the morning and Steph Chancey in the afternoon. Both won $100. The Longest Drive was by Gray Watson in the morning and Scott Pleasant in the afternoon. Closest to the Pin was B.K Floyd, Ashley Wheeler and Garrett Taylor during the morning. Closest to the Pin in the afternoon was Julie Flynn and Billy Barnes. Approximately 194 golfers participated in

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the primary support system for the area. It provides education through a faith based private school with grades 1 to 12. The graduation rate exceeds public schools with a majority attending advanced education. There is a major emphasis on prenatal care, early childhood development and day care. A medical clinic and dental clinic provides care at a minimal cost. A craft store works with local crafters in marketing their crafts. All these services are aimed at breaking the cycle of poverty. A major area of the Red Bird Mission is the Work Camp. About 3,000 volunteers from all over the country come each year to rehab homes and serve the disadvantaged. Most of the work is aimed at making the home warmer or cooler, dryer, and safer. This year the St. Paul group was divided into five teams named Joshua, Noah, Nehemiah, Yael and

Zerubbabel – Old Testament characters. The teams worked on three homes. The work included a handicap bathroom addition for a lady that recently lost her leg due to illness, the installation of a functional kitchen for a young couple, a complete roof replacement, and a handicap ramp for an elderly lady. One team replaced the windows in the main gathering area, the Cardinal House, and another made major repairs to a dorm cabin that was recently damaged by fire. A team member led bible study at the school and Senior Center each day. A key part of the mission trip is the outreach ministry. Three families were identified by Red Bird's Community Outreach that needed special assistance. Teams composed of three individuals visited these families. Plans were developed and implemented to provide assistance that could not be

provided by the Red Bird Mission. Much needed clothing, beds and bedding, stoves, appliances, etc. were procured for these families. In addition financial assistance was provided to support the hearing aid program, the dental clinic, meals on wheels, the Senior Center and Home Health Care, as well as the Early Childhood Development program. The people in this area live very simple lives, doing the best that they can with what they have. They are very religious, humble and grateful. They are proud of their heritage and their historic tie to the land. It was a spirit-filled week as participants served the disadvantaged. It was a week filled with joy, emotion, praise and constant prayer. “We go there thinking that we are going to help the people of the Red Bird community, but we find in the end that God is working on us as well,” commented Mayo Collier. Those participating on this mission trip included: Worth Adams, Celeste Braddcock, Wayne Catoe, Martha Collier, Rosemary Ellis, Bill Edgeworth, Michael Grady, Coleman Grier, Chris Grier, John Hamer, Don Handley, Barry Hodges, Rick Howell, Glen Neil, Burk Parrott, Tim Sadler, John Saleeby, Patsy Slice, Jim Stewart, Gene Walsh, Larry Waring, Donald Worrell, Brandon Yonce, Jamie Guy, Steve Altman, Randy McDonald, Schmitty Schmidt, Beth Harris, Kim Judy, Mark Enos, Camille Dunlap, Laine Ardrey, Hugh McMahon and Wally Hutchinson. One can learn more about the Red Bird Mission by visiting web site, or contacting Mayo Collier at mecjr123@aol. com.

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American Legion hosts Civic Awards banquet The Fred H. Sexton American Legion Post 1 held its annual Civic Awards banquet on Tuesday evening, April 11. Post Commander Don Handley and Post Adjutant Ken Curran presented the awards to those public servants so deserving of public recognition. The recipients were as follows: School Teacher of the Year – Mary Lynn Woodward, North Vista Elementary School. Mary Lynn also won the state award from the Department of S.C. Fireman of the Year – Captain Wayne Joyner Traffic Safety Officer of the Year – Senior Police Officer Sam Ervin Sam also won the state award from the Department of SC The Outstanding Law Enforcement Officer of the Year – Heath Gregg Mary Lynn and Sam will receive their state awards at the American Legion Department of SC Convention in Columbia in June. Post 1 and the City of Florence are very proud and thankful to these outstanding public servants.

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McLaurin students take trip of a lifetime This year, McLaurin Elementary School embarked on a trip of a lifetime! Students, faculty, staff, and parents walked 18,000 miles, enough to visit 18 of the most unique wilderness areas in the United States. This year’s theme was Wilderness Adventures. The culmination of this year-long project occurred Friday, April 28, when school officials presented t-shirts to students for reaching the 18,000 mile mark. This year’s special guest was Pearl Moore, Florence native and member of the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame. “This project is exercise for both mind and body,” said Debbie Cribb, McLaurin

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