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Deaths Shirley A. Bishop, 79, of Timmonsville, passed away June 2. Cain Funeral Home. Nicole Elizabeth Blackmon, 28, passed away June 2. Hardee-Kistler Funeral Home. Eloise Broach Carraway, 89, passed away June 2. Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home. Mary Ellen Miller Deas, 91, passed away June 2. Cain Funeral Home Donna Elizabeth Greer, 68, passed away June 3, Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home.. Hazel Alan Hudson, 86, passed away June 6. Belk Funeral Home. Judith Wicker Johnson, 79, passed away June 5. Stoudenmire-Dowling Funeral Home. Henrietta Griffin Meggs, 78, passed away June 5. Stoudenmire-Dowling Funeral Home. Billy E. Miles, 90, passed away June 3. Layton Anderson Funeral Home. Lt. Col. USAF (Ret.) Harold C. Perkins, 86, passed away June 8. Stoudenmire-Dowling Funeral Home. David Jeffery Powell, 51, passed away June 4. Belk Funeral Home. Theresa A. Reeves, 50, passed away June 2. Stoudenmire-Dowling Funeral Home. Beverly Irene Rivell, 65, passed away June 4. Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home. Gilbert Eugene Rogers, 82, passed away June 2. Stoudenmire-Dowling Funeral Home.

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Legion Post 1 reelects officers, honors cadets The Fred H. Sexton American Legion Post 1 was joined by the Jr. ROTC (Navy) Cadets from South Florence High School on May 17. Post Commander Ken Curran awarded Cadet Toya Canteen the American Legion Military Excellence Medal for her outstanding accomplishments in the program. Cadet Logan Sanders was awarded the American Legion Scholastic Excellence Medal for his outstanding scholastic achievements. The program recognized all the Jr. ROTC cadets.

Chief Warrant Officer Billy Jones Weeks, US Army Ret., 91, passed away June 4. Cain Funeral Home. George Tillman Wilkes, 57, passed away June 7. Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home. Emily R. Williams, 99, passed away June 9. Stoudenmire-Dowling Funeral Home. Tracey Lynn Williams, 48, passed away June 3. Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home. SANDERS

McCall Farms partners with elementary school McCall Farms has become a School-Business Partner with Dewey L. Carter Elementary School. “This gives the faculty and staff at Dewey Carter a neighbor to call when needs arise, said Darryl Davids, vice president of Human Resources at McCall. “We have already been able to provide man-

agers to participate in the Read to Succeed Literacy Program, give support of $2,000 for the Gardening for Educators, and last week provide a meal for the teachers and staff during Teacher Appreciation week.” The Swink family, owners of McCall Farms, continues to show great support through

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The Fred H. Sexton American Legion Post 1 held its annual elections on May 14. The existing officer corps was reelected to their positions and will continue to serve. Re-elected were Post Commander Kenneth Curran, Post Adjunct Michael Richey, Treasurer Charles Bethea, Judge Advocate William Cheney, Sargeant-atArms Carroll Boomer, and Chaplain/Historian Victor Phillips. Phillips was recognized as the Post 1 Legionnaire of the Year.

MaryNell M. Turner, 76, passed away June 5. Stoudenmire-Dowling Funeral Home.

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South Florence High teachers chosen for fellowship program It may be the end of the school year but several teachers from South Florence High School will soon be headed back into the classroom: Lennette Diggs, Clare Smith, and Hope Moyo applied for and were accepted into the Hollyhock Fellowship Program at Stanford University. Around 80 teachers from across the United States will be housed on the Stanford campus as they gather for all expenses paid professional development. “When I looked at the program information and I saw that it was something that would deepen my understanding of what I was doing as a teacher and would help me reach more students than what I’m reaching, I was interested,” Smith said. “I talked to our principal Kim Mack and she said that Hope Moyo had also expressed an interest. We needed a team to apply so I talked to Ms. Diggs, my partner in crime, and she came on board too; she and I are on the same teaching team.” Diggs said that the application for the fellows program was interesting because it was more than just paperwork. “We had a lot of fun putting together our application because we had to submit a video to get their attention,” Diggs said. “We submitted a

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video on our enthusiasm about being in this program and how excited we are about learning more and providing equity for our students.” The application was submitted in January and they found out in March that they’d been accepted. “They told us we were the only team from South Carolina to ever apply,” Smith said. “And we were accepted. That was very exciting for us.” Diggs said she is interested to connect with samesubject teachers from other states. Smith and Diggs, who have been teaching for 29.5 years and 34 years respectively, said that the program is geared more toward younger teachers but that they are excited to learn new things and share it with the teachers at their school. “They were looking for new teachers but we told them that it takes a foundation to keep teachers,”

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Smith said. “We have been in it so we can encourage teachers to stay and help build that camaraderie in teachers who are just coming in. Sometimes it gets rough but don’t give up because it is worth it. We understand so we can mentor them.” Diggs said that having another teacher to bounce ideas off of helps “There might be rough periods and it is always great to be able to go to someone else and say, I need you to listen to me. How would you handle this,” Diggs said. Smith said that they will take a lesson from their classrooms to the fellowship program and work on ways to improve them. “We have to record a 15minute lesson and bring it with us when we go out to California this summer,” Smith said. “What they will do is help us develop that conversation, that back and forth, between our students. We want to increase equity among all students, not just those top students. We want to learn ways to reach that student who is not self-motivated and can’t see past ninth grade. Diggs said that the fellowship program is a two-year commitment and the conversations between participants will continue via conference calls even after the two onsite portions end.

Representatives from Florence non-profit organizations recently accepted a $1,000 mini-grant from the Duke Energy Foundation. The Foundation provided a $25,000 grant to Francis Marion University’s Fred R. Sheheen Non-Profit Leadership Institute as part of its focus to help strengthen non-profits in the communities they serve. The grant included scholarships to the University’s Fred R. Sheheen Non-Profit Leadership Institute, funding for a grant writing workshop in Lake City, and nine mini-grants awarded to select Pee Dee non-profits. Each $1,000 mini-grant was provided to a non-profit to assist them in better serving the communities where they administer their programs. Recipients of the grants were the United Way of Florence County, Sea Haven Inc., the Boys and Girls Club of the Pee Dee Area, Circle Park Behavioral Health Services, House of Hope of the Pee Dee, Tenacious Grace, Lake City Community Outreach, Eastern Carolina Homeless Organization, and Anderson Interfaith Ministries. The nine organizations operate across an array of fields in the non-profit world, including decreasing poverty, eliminating child illiteracy, assisting underserved youth or workforce development.

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ServeFlo offers an opportunity to give back “Everybody can be great, because anybody can serve.” - The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Those might not be the most famous words spoken by Dr. King, but they are both profound and so very true. Beginning Saturday, Florentines of all ages, races and ethnicities, all genders and faiths, will have ample opportunity to roll up their sleeves and volunteer time and talent to make their neighborhoods and their community a better place to live. This will be the fourth year that ServeFlo, a community-wide initiative sponsored the nonprofit Helping Florence Flourish (HFF), will rally members of the community to come together for a two-week period to complete close to two dozen service projects, from painting and landscaping to picking up trash or repairing a roof. There’s also a blood drive and a host of other ways to give back. You can read more about the ServeFlo initiative, especially how to sign up to volunteer, on Page 1B of today’s edition. At its core, ServeFlo is about neighbor helping neighbor. It’s about helping each other. It’s about using our talents and skills in a way that makes a positive impact on the lives of others. We can’t think of a better opportunity to suggest our readers volunteer. There are so many positives to be gained from volunteering. Here are ten: 1. Make an impact: Looking to make a real, lasting difference in this world? Unlike other aspects of life you may not be able to control, volunteering allows you to choose where and how to make a difference. It’s easy to get inspired with a cause you truly care about—and it’s rewarding to see your direct impact. 2. Strengthen communities: From cleaning up a street to reading to kids at the local library, you can enhance your own life by improving the areas where you work, live and play. A strong community with a high quality of life means safer, healthier lives for you and those around you. 3. Meet others: Looking to broaden your network or find others with similar interests? Volunteering is a great outlet for meeting others. A local club or organization can put you face-to-face with people right in your community—plus, it’s easy to bond over a shared passion. You can create lasting friendships with those you may not have otherwise met in your day-to-day grind. 4. Improve your health: Yes! Volunteering is actually good for you. Studies have shown that volunteering makes people feel physically healthier, manage chronic health conditions and lower stress! 5. Take the lead: Often what a great effort needs most is a great leader. If you see a cause that needs a push or a group that needs a head—take the lead! Many find leadership rewarding in itself because of the opportunity to share their passion, value and inspiration with others. When you take a leadership role, you also have the ability to shape the world around you in the ways you choose. 6. Share expertise: Everyone has a skill or experience from which someone else can benefit. If you aren’t putting your talents to their best use in your everyday life (or even if you are!), volunteering can be a prime way to share. Get out in your community and put your skills - from teaching to sewing - toward helping others. 7. Improve skills, or learn new ones: Want to learn basic carpentry, improve your cooking or discover how something works? Classes and courses can come at a cost—but volunteering is free! 8. Up your resume ante: Considering a career shift? A volunteering gig can be a perfect way to fill a knowledge or employment gap. It can also be a valuable addition to a resume if you’re applying to a new job or graduate school program. 9. Find new opportunities: Doors open when you volunteer. You can widen your social network, discover an organization in your community or finally talk to the person you always see on the bus! Who knows: You may even stumble across your dream job by meeting your future colleague or next job reference. 10. Because it just feels good: We thought it was worth a mention. We applaud the efforts of ServeFlo organizers and all volunteers. We hope this fortnight of service projects will have the best turnout ever. Let’s roll up our sleeves and get busy.

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“Real” dads are truly special “I’m just doing what I’m supposed to do.” For years, that was my automatic response to people who commended me for being a single father of two beautiful daughters. To me, raising Tracy and Amanda on my own was never a question. They were my girls and my responsibility. What else was I supposed to do? Their mom chose not to stay and raise them, so that left it to me. Leaving was not an option. My girls are the greatest blessings of my life, by far. Fathers’ Day was always special when they were young because I would reverse the gifting process. Rather than them getting or making me a present, which they did anyway, I would buy them a gift or treat them to something special. It was my way of saying thank you for letting me be your dad. As if they had a choice. So in my eyes, being a single dad was nothing special. You do what you have to do. A few years have given me time to reflect on this and here’s where it has led me: What makes being a single dad – be it to one child or many, to boys or to girls or to both – special is that there are far too many dads who are not “just doing what I’m supposed to do.” That makes the ones who do appear special. You follow me? This Sunday is Father’s Day. It’s a day to simply say, “Thanks, pop.” We thank our fathers for their love and support and wisdom, for the hugs when we needed them, and, yes, even for the whoopins that taught us right from wrong. We needed them, too. According to fatherhood.gov, there are approximately 70 million fathers in the United States. Not all of them, at least from my perspective, have earned the

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honorable title father. The truth is any fool can be a father, at least as far as biology and genetics are concerned. You have to look no further than the daily glut of daytime talk shows to find evidence of that. “In the case of (insert name and age of child here), (insert man’s name here), ‘You are the father!’ or ‘You are not the father!’ Being a dad is not about helping bring a new life into the world. It’s about responsibility and offering love and guidance over the course of 18 years and beyond. Pope John XXIII was a wise fellow. The pontiff shared this sad, but truthful, thought: “It is easier for a father to have children than for children to have a real father.” Real fathers, whether related to their children by blood or not, are the ones worthy of celebrating. Biology is not determinative here. Love is. There are fathers who have adopted their children, and fathers who have become dads through marriage. There are fathers who are widowed and fathers whose families have two dads (or more) because of remarriage. There are grandfathers and uncles and brothers who serve as dads. As long as their love is authentic and deep, no one can deny that they are “real fathers.” It’s not easy being a good dad. Fathers have a lot to contend with these

days. They have to care for and protect their children from dangers as old as time and from modern perils as well. They have to teach their sons and daughters ethics and morals and character in a world that at times seems confused about the difference between right and wrong (see previous comment on “whoopins’). As a Guardian ad Litem who works with young people caught up in the foster care system due to neglect and/or abuse, I have come across way too many “Deadbeat Dads” and “Faux Fathers.” It makes you angry seeing their lack of responsibility and refusal to love and care for their own children. It also makes you appreciate your own father all the more. And then there are the foster dads and adoptive dads. Under no obligation to love and raise a child, they still choose to do so. To Chris and Michael and Fred, know that you have my utmost respect. A true father never quits being a father. It’s a title with tenure. But at some point, all dads must bear heartbreak and joy simultaneously as their son or daughter finds his or her way in the world. When fathers have raised their kids and see them turn into fine, upstanding, independent adults, they know that they have done their job. So, to all the “regular” dads out there, the single dads, the adoptive dads, the stepdads, the grandpa and uncle dads, the foster dads and all those who are “just doing what I’m supposed to do, “ enjoy your special day. You are special. To my own dad, “Happy Father’s Day, Pop.” And to Amanda and Tracy (I know you can hear me), thanks for the best gift a guy could ever ask for – being a dad. Contact Editor Bob Sloan at editor@florencenews journal.com

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What is America’s future after 2020 elections? To the editor, The race for the 2020 elections has become so polarized that both parties are trampling the core principles of the Constitution just to achieve their own political goals. These revered American values have become mere weapons of convenience in the battle of power for control of the government. Have politicians become so obsessed over defeating President Trump that they are ignoring the more immediate needs of our citizens? It is understandable that my Democrat friends question why so many people can vote for Donald Trump, whose erratic personality disorder results in self-absorbed tweets and knee-jerk decisions. Trump’s demeaning of national and international leaders has resulted in irreconcilable relationships with the very people he needs to obtain any meaningful progress. However, could it be possible that Trump has retained support because of his successful economic policies that have improved the GDP and gotten record high employment of middle class Americans? Or could it be that people have had to support him because of the dearth of choices among the 24 radical candidates running in the Democratic primary? That field makes it harder to understand why my Democrat friends can realistically

support the socialist platforms of these candidates, such as : •Increased government control of the banks and Wall Street that will destroy our free market economic system. •Medicare For All – Dismantling the insurance companies and citizens’ choice of doctors. •Rewriting the Constitution that has sustained the most open and diverse nation in the world. •Open borders for illegal immigrants and criminals who claim $21 billion of free medical care, free education and voting rights. •Green New Deal. Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez even advocates boycotting cauliflower because it was a colonial vegetable. Hand it to the Democrats for being more effective with their messaging. Of course, they have the advantage through their mainstream media minions who have an admitted bias against Trump and any traditional policies. The media has shamelessly overblown identity politics by claiming that race and gender relationships are the worst in recent memory. Our younger generation, with minimal education in American history and civics, believes these anecdotal social media comments about the divisiveness in the country. It is thus interesting to note that the 2019 West Point graduating class

included a record 34 black females, 110 African Americans, and 223 total women from a once heavily male dominated institution. The number of women and black chief executives in the corporate world is at an all time high. Is honest journalism fast becoming a relic of the past? The 645,000 American military heroes whom we recently honored, and who gave their lives to ensure our freedom would be disappointed in our country’s uncompromising partisan politics. Elected leaders now compromise and work out solutions on illegal immigration and health care. Carroll Player Florence

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Five promoted to Eagle Scout during court of honor The scouting ministry of Florence First Presbyterian Church promoted five young men to the rank of Eagle Scout, scouting's highest award, during a court of honor on May 20. Recognized as Eagle Scouts were Jack Banner, Taylor Stokes, RJ Mack, Ethan McCown and Mac Malambri. Scoutmaster Mike Morgan charged the scouts to always live by the scout oath and law. Scout Executive Michael Hesbach offered congratulations from the national scout office. American flags that had been flown over the state capital were presented as congratulations from Rep. Jay Jordan. Jack Banner, Jr. Jack Banner, 16 is the son of Meredith and David Banner. He has two younger sisters, Morgan and Ellison. He is the grandson of Carol and Dave Banner and Pam and Mike Morgan, all of Florence. Jack will be a rising junior at Trinity-Byrnes Collegiate School in the fall. He is the third member of his family to earn Scouting’s highest honor. Jack’s grandfather, Dave Banner, earned his Eagle in 1955 and his uncle, Michael Morgan, earned his in 1991. He is a member of the varsity cross-country, basketball and track & field teams at Trinity-Byrnes. Banner’s favorite Scouting experiences have been the backpacking and rock scrambling trips. He has backpacked the Appalachian Trail, Joyce Kilmer National Forest, Grayson Highlands National Forest and stood atop Mount Rogers. Banner was also elected into the Order of the Arrow and completed his ordeal in 2018. For his Eagle project, Banner recognized the opportunity to partner with Trinity-Byrnes to enhance school safety. He organized and obtained supplies through donations from local businesses to create Lockdown Kits for each classroom. Taylor Stokes Taylor Stokes, 16, is the son of Brantley and Stephanie

Shown standing, left to right, are R.J. Mack, Ethan McCown, Taylor Stokes, Jack Banner and Mac Malambri. Kneeling is scoutmaster Tim Fisher. Stokes. He is a sophomore at South Florence High School, where he served as this year's captain of the swim team. Stokes began scouting at the age of three, attending meetings and participating in Cub Scout activities with his older brother. He was able to officially join Pack 477 in the first grade, where he completed the Tiger and Wolf ranks. He transferred to Pack 476 to complete the Bear and Webelos ranks. Stokes joined Troop 477 in the 6th grade. He has held several leadership positions. He was elected into the Order of the Arrow. For his Eagle Scout Project, Stokes, with the help of a great crew of volunteers, refinished the floor of his church's youth building. This required removing two previous layers of flooring, resurfacing, staining, and sealing the original concrete floor. His project totaled more than 385 service hours.

McCown is a freshman at West Florence High School where he plans to graduate, move on to a four-year college and major in Pre-Med. He is in the Beta Club and plays junior varsity soccer. McCown is very active in his church and family life. He participates in a variety of projects with Central United Methodist Church. He joined Troop 477 and became an active scout. While scouting, he has been fortunate enough to travel to various destinations. He has skied in North Carolina, hiked at Shoshone National Forest in Wyoming, hiked in the Appalachian Mountains, and camped at

Camp Coker. He will also be attending the trip to the National Boy Scout Ranch in Philmont, New Mexico with troop 477 this summer. While scouting, McCown has been the senior patrol leader, the assistant senior patrol leader, a member of the Order of the Arrow, and has earned many merit badges. For his Eagle Scout project, McCown re-landscaped the front of the Florence County Humane Society. William “Mac” Malambri William McIntyre “Mac” Malambri , 14, is the son of Sally and Will Malambri and

the older brother to Annagray. His devoted dog is Duke. He is an eighth-grader at Williams Middle School, learning in the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme. His scouting career began in first grade with Cub Scout Pack 28 at St. James UMC, Spartanburg. He then moved to Pack 475 at Central Methodist Church, Florence in the second grade, ultimately being awarded the Arrow of Light in that pack. He has thrived in Scouting with BSA Troop 477, enjoying the troop’s camaraderie. He has appreciated the encouragement to achieve rank advancement and particularly enjoyed the camping trips and weeks at Camp Coker. Malambri was elected into the Order of the Arrow in 2018. On his way toward the rank of Eagle Scout, he accumulated 34 merit badges and took in deeply the virtues that scouting aims to impart. For his Eagle Project, Malambri designed, led, and brought to completion an outdoor classroom as part of the Farm-to-School program at Briggs Elementary School. This classroom includes eight benches and three sunshades. Robert James “R.J.” Mack R.J. Mack, 16, is the son of Rogers Mack and Kinda McInnis. He is currently a sophomore at South Florence High School where he is a member

of the National Honor Society, the Beta Club, and the varsity soccer team. He is also a member of New Spring Church. Mack joined the Cub Scouts as a nine-year old with Pack 476 at St. Paul Methodist Church and later joined Troop 477 at First Presbyterian Church. One particular honor that Mack holds in high regard is the Wreath’s Service Project each December. It was during this project that he got the opportunity to place a wreath on the grave of his great uncle at the National Cemetery. In January of 2015, Mack received the BSA Lifesaving Action Award at the council annual recognition dinner for his quick action and calmness in saving a life. In November of 2014, he was playing at recess when one of his classmates started to choke on some candy. All of the teachers were on the other side of the playground, so Mack dislodged the candy by giving back thrusts, something that he had learned how to do at boy scouts. For his Eagle Scout Project, Mack painted the doors of the new wing at Theodore Lester Elementary School. The doors were never painted to match the other doors in the building. He stripped, sanded, and painted twelve doors, so that they would match.

Ethan McCown Ethan McCown, 14, is the son of Doctors Sam and Heather McCown. He is the brother of Samuel, Sarah, and Aidan McCown. McCown joins his uncle Chad McCown (1977), his father Sam McCown (1982), and his brother Samuel McCown (2015) as Eagle Scouts from troop 477.

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INDEX 100 ...............................................LEGALS 200..........................................ADOPTION 210.............................ANNOUNCEMENTS 215...............................................EVENTS 216..................................................TRIPS 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

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SUMMONS AND NOTICES (Non-Jury) FORECLOSURE OF REAL ESTATE MORTGAGE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF FLORENCE IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS C/A NO.: 2019-CP-21-01168 CW # 19-06331 Bank of America, N.A., Plaintiff, v. Any heirs-at-law or devisees of James Dowdy, deceased, their heirs, Personal Representatives, Administrators, Successors and Assigns, and all other persons or entities entitled to claim through them; all unknown persons or entities with any right, title, estate, interest in or lien upon the real estate described in the complaint herein; also any persons who may be in the military service of the United States of America, being a class designated as Richard Roe; and any unknown minors, incompetent or imprisoned person, or persons under a disability being a class designated as John Doe, Defendant(s). TO THE

DEFENDANT(S) ABOVE NAMED: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and required to appear and defend by answering the Complaint in this action, a copy of which is hereby served upon you, and to serve a copy of your Answer on the subscribers at their offices at 3800 Fernandina Road, Suite 110, Columbia, SC 29210, within thirty (30) days after the service hereof, exclusive of the day of such service; except that the United States of America, if named, shall have sixty (60) days to answer after the service hereof, exclusive of the day of such service; and if you fail to do so, judgment by default will be rendered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint. TO MINOR(S) OVER FOURTEEN YEARS OF AGE, AND/OR TO MINOR(S) UNDER FOURTEEN YEARS OF AGE AND THE PERSON WITH WHOM THE MINOR(S) RESIDES, AND/OR TO PERSONS UNDER SOME LEGAL DISABILITY: YOU ARE FURTHER SUMMONED AND NOTIFIED to apply for the appointment of a guardian ad litem within thirty (30) days after the service of this Sum-

mons and Notice upon you. If you fail to do so, application for such appointment will be made by Attorney for Plaintiff. CW # 19-06331 YOU WILL ALSO TAKE NOTICE that Plaintiff will move for an Order of Reference or the Court may issue a general Order of Reference of this action to a Master-in-Equity/Special Referee, pursuant to Rule 53 of the South Carolina Rules of Civil Procedure. YOU WILL ALSO TAKE NOTICE that under the provisions of S.C. Code Ann. § 29-3-100, effective June 16, 1993, any collateral assignment of rents contained in the referenced Mortgage is perfected and Attorney for Plaintiff hereby gives notice that all rents shall be payable directly to it by delivery to its undersigned attorneys from the date of default. In the alternative, Plaintiff will move before a judge of this Circuit on the 10th day after service hereof, or as soon thereafter as counsel may be heard, for an Order enforcing the assignment of rents, if any, and compelling payment of all rents covered by such assignment directly to the Plaintiff, which motion is to be based upon the original Note and Mortgage herein and the

Complaint attached hereto. LIS PENDENS 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 Defendant(s) for the foreclosure of a certain mortgage of real estate given by James Dowdy to Nationsbanc Mortgage Corportation dated February 8, 1996 and recorded on February 8, 1996 in Book A458 at Page 431, in the Florence County Registry (hereinafter, “Mortgage”). Thereafter, the Mortgage was transferred to the Plaintiff herein by assignment and/or corporate merger. The premises covered and affected by the said Mortgage and by the foreclosure thereof were, at the time of the making thereof and at the time of the filing of this notice, more particularly described in the said Mortgage and are more commonly described as: All that certain piece, parcel or lot of land lying, being and situate in the County of Florence, State of South Carolina, being known and designated as Lot #21, Block T, shown on a plat of Glendale Acres Subdivision, Section Three made by Banks & Powers,

Reg. Sur., dated December 10, 1960, and recorded in Plat Book U at page 78, in the office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County and being generally bounded and described as follows, to wit: On the East by Fenwick Circle on which it fronts and measures 80 feet; on the South by Lots 6 and 7, Block T, on which it measures 159.2 feet; on the West by Lots 8, 9 and 10, Block T on which it measures 130 feet; and on the North by Lot 22, Block T on which it measures 148.5 feet, all as shown on a plat made by M. E. Lind, Jr., Reg. Sur. dated August 21, 1968. This being the same property conveyed to James Dowdy by deed of Judy M. Harper and Donald Frederick Harper dated February 8, 1996 and recorded February 8, 1996 in Book A457 at Page 2508 in the Office of the Register of Deeds of Florence County, South Carolina. TMS No. 90163 03 008 Property Address: 307 North Fenwick Circle, Florence, SC 29501 CW # 1906331 NOTICE OF FILING COMPLAINT TO THE DEFENDANTS ABOVE NAMED: YOU WILL PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the original

Complaint, Cover Sheet for Civil Actions and Certificate of Exemption from ADR in the above entitled action was filed in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County on April 29, 2019. ORDER APPOINTING GUARDIAN AD LITEM AND APPOINTMENT OF ATTORNEY It appearing to the satisfaction of the Court, upon reading the filed Petition for Appointment of Kelley Woody, Esquire as Guardian ad Litem for unknown minors, and persons who may be under a disability, and it appearing that Kelley Woody, Esquire has consented to said appointment. FURTHER upon reading the filed Petition for Appointment of Kelley Woody, Esquire as Attorney for any unknown Defendants who may be in the Military Service of the United States of America, and may be, as such, entitled to the benefits of the Servicemember’s Civil Relief Act, and any amendments thereto, and it appearing that Kelley Woody, Esquire has consented to act for and represent said Defendants, it is ORDERED that Kelley Woody, P.O. Box 6432, Columbia, SC 29260 phone (803) 787-9678, be and


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6A hereby is appointed Guardian ad Litem on behalf of all unknown minors and all unknown persons who may be under a disability, all of whom may have or claim to have some interest or claim to the real property commonly known as 307 North Fenwick Circle, Florence, SC 29501; that he is empowered and directed to appear on behalf of and represent said Defendants, unless said Defendants, or someone on their behalf, shall within thirty (30) days after service of a copy hereof as directed, procure the appointment of Guardian or Guardians ad Litem for said Defendants. AND IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Kelley Woody, P.O. Box 6432, Columbia, SC 29260 phone (803) 787-9678, be and hereby is appointed Attorney for any unknown Defendants who are, or may be, in the Military Service of the United States of America and as such are entitled to the benefits of the Servicemember’s Civil Relief Act aka Soldiers' and Sailors' Civil Relief Act of 1940, and any amendments thereto, to represent and protect the interest of said Defendants, AND IT IS FURTHER ORDERED That a copy of this Order shall be forth with served upon said Defendants by publication in The News Journal, a newspaper of general circulation published in the County of Florence, State of South Carolina, once a CW # 1906331 week for three (3) consecutive weeks, together with the Summons and Notice of Filing of Complaint in the above entitled action. Brock & Scott, PLLC 3800 Fernandina Road, Suite 110 Columbia, SC 29210 Phone 844-856-664 Fax 803-454-3451 Attorneys for Plaintiff (5/29,6/5,6/12/19) MASTER IN EQUITY'S SALE 2018-CP-21-03267 BY VIRTUE of a decree heretofore granted in the case of: Bank of America, N.A. against Maggie Mae Daniels, et al., I, the under-

signed Master in Equity for FLORENCE County, will sell on Tuesday, July 2, 2019 at 11:00 AM, FLORENCE County Courthouse, 181 N Irby Street, Florence, SC 29501, to the highest bidder: ALL THAT CERTAIN PIECE, PARCEL, OR LOT OF LAND SITUATE, LYING AND BEING IN THE COUNTY OF FLORENCE, STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA, SHOWN AND DESIGNATED AS LOT 9 IN BLOCK J AS SHOWN ON A PLAT OF NORTH BROOKGREEN SUBDIVISION BY ERVIN ENGINEERING COMPANY DATED JULY 1965 AND RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK V AT PAGE 185 IN THE OFFICE OF THE CLERK OF COURT FOR FLORENCE COUNTY, REFERENCE BEING HAD TO SAID PLAT FOR A MORE COMPLETE DESCRIPTION. THIS BEING THE SAME PROPERTY CONVEYED TO MAGGIE MAE DANIELS BY DEED OF THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, FARMERS HOME ADMINISTRATION RECORDED JULY 7, 1989 IN THE OFFICE OF THE CLERK OF COURT FOR FLORENCE COUNTY IN DEED BOOK A306 AT PAGE 401. CURRENT ADDRESS OF PROPERTY: 1203 W. Brookgreen Drive, Florence, SC 29501 Parcel No. 9005507009 TERMS OF SALE: The successful bidder, other than the plaintiff, will deposit with the Master in Equity, at conclusion of the bidding, five percent (5%) of his bid, in cash or equivalent, as evidence of good faith, same be applied to purchase price in case of compliance, but to be forfeited and applied first to costs and then to plaintiff's debt in the case of noncompliance. Should the last and highest bidder fail or refuse to make the required deposit at the time of bid or comply with the other terms of the bid within twenty (20) days, then the Master in Equity may re-sell the property on the same terms and conditions on some subsequent Sales Day (at risk of the said high-

est bidder). A personal or deficiency judgment being expressly waived by the Plaintiff, the bidding shall close on the date of sale. Purchaser to pay for documentary stamps on Master in Equity’s Deed. The successful bidder will be required to pay interest on the amount of the balance of the bid from date of sale to date of compliance with the bid at the rate of 5.73% per annum. SAVE AND EXCEPT ANY RELEASES, DEEDS OF RELEASE, OR PRIOR CONVEYANCES OF RECORD. SUBJECT TO ASSESSMENTS, FLORENCE COUNTY TAXES, EXISTING EASEMENTS, EASEMENTS AND RESTRICTIONS OF RECORD, AND OTHER SENIOR ENCUMBRANCES. In the event an agent of Plaintiff does not appear at the time of sale, the within property shall be withdrawn from sale and sold at the next available sales date upon the terms and conditions as set forth in the Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale or such terms as may be set forth in a supplemental order. The Honorable W. Haigh Porter As Master in Equity for FLORENCE County Bell Carrington Price & Gregg, LLC 508 Hampton Street, Suite 301 Columbia, SC 29201 803-509-5078 / File # 1842773 Attorney for Plaintiff (6/12,6/19,6/26/19) DECREE OF FORECLOSURE AND ORDER FOR SALE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF FLORENCE IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS TWELFTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT 2019-CP-21-211 Sarious Nelson Lyerly and Emma Jean Lyerly, Plaintiffs, vs. Joseph A. Greene and Carmen M. Greene, Defendants. A hearing was held in the above captioned matter on May 9, 2019, at 3:00 o'clock p.m. at the Florence County Judicial Center, 181 N. Irby Street, Florence, South Carolina 29501 before the under-

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signed, as Master-InEquity, to enter final judgment and any appeal to be to the Supreme Court of the State of South Carolina, pursuant to Order of The Honorable Michael G. Nettles dated April 4, 2019. The plaintiff was represented by Elbert K. Turbeville. The Defendants were not present. The attorney for the Plaintiff introduced a Notice of Hearing that had been sent to the Defendants. The Defendants Joseph A. Greene and Carmen M. Greene, did not answer, and upon motion of the Plaintiff’s attorney I find that they are in default. From the testimony at the Hearing and the evidence introduced, I find and conclude as follows: FINDINGS OF FACT That on January 24, 2019, a Summons and Complaint and Lis Pendens were filed in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County, and that the Defendants were served as is shown by the Affidavits of Service. That Defendants, Joseph A, Greene and Carmen M. Greene, are in Default. All Defendants were notified of the date, time and place of the hearing by Notice filed with the Court. That on May 6, 2016, the Defendants, Joseph A. Greene and Carmen M. Greene, for value received gave to the Plaintiff a Note in the Principal sum of $48, 500.00, with interest at the rate of Five (5%) per cent per annum, said Note is of record. To better secure payment of the Note the Plaintiff was given a Purchase Money Mortgage dated May 6, 2016, by the Defendants Joseph A. Greene and Carmen M. Greene, said mortgage being filed in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County in Mortgage Book B-629 at Page 1231 said mortgage being introduced at the hearing. This mortgage constitutes a first lien on the subject property. The property which is the subject of this action is attached hereto as Exhibit “A”, and incorporated herein and made a part of this Decree. Payments due on the Note has not been made as provided for therein, and the Plaintiff, as the holder thereof, has elected to accelerate payment of the entire indebtedness and has placed the Note and Mortgages in the hands of its attorney of record herein for collection. The Plaintiff was requested, as provided in the Note, that the Court award attorney's fees and costs in connection with this matter. I find that attorney's fees of One Thousand Seven Hundred Fifty and No/100 ($1,750.00) Dollars are most reasonable fees as submitted by Plaintiff’s attorney, and should be approved. The property, which is the subject of this foreclosure action, is located in the County of Florence, State of South Carolina. That the Plaintiff is entitled to judgement in the amount of $ 43,498.33 as of May 9, 2014, plus interest thereafter at the daily rate of $5.65 per day

per the Note. In addition the Plaintiff is entitled to attorney fees in the amount of $1,750.00, and costs in the amount of $405.00, and other costs associated with the action. That the plaintiff is seeking foreclosure of its mortgage and has in his complaint waived the right to a personal deficiency. CONCLUSIONS OF LAW I, THEREFORE, CONCLUDE that the Plaintiff should have Judgment of Foreclosure of his mortgage; and that the mortgaged property should be ordered sold at public auction after due advertisement. NOW, THEREFORE, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED, ADJUDGED, AND DECREED as follows: 1. That there is now due and owing to the Plaintiff by the Defendants, the sum of Forty-Three Thousand Four Hundred Ninety-Eight and 33/100 ($43,498.33) Dollars as of May 9, 2019, with interest at the daily rate of Five and 65/100 ($5.65) Dollars per day after May 9, 2019 , plus attorney's fees in the amount of One Thousand Seven Hundred Fifty and No/100 ($1,750.00) Dollars and costs to date of $405.00, as well as publication costs; Master-inEquity's fees, costs, and commission; and other expenses of sale with any real property taxes due and owing to be paid from the sale. 2. The undersigned, as Master-In-Equity for Florence County, after duly advertising the above described mortgaged premises for sale according to law and the customs of this Court and the terms and prior service of the decree, shall sell the mortgaged real estate, as described hereinabove and said sale will be a public auction for cash at the front of the Florence Judicial Center, Florence, South Carolina, to the highest bidder on the sales day of Tuesday, July 2, 2019, at 11:00 o'clock A. M., or at some subsequent sales day. 3. That the proceeds of the sale(s) shall be applied as follows: a. To the payment of all costs, disbursements of this action including expenses of sale, attorney's fees, Master-in-Equity’s fee, the payment of any real property taxes then due and constituting a lien on the said property (or paid to prevent a tax sale); b. Towards the principal and interest due to the Plaintiff; c. Any remaining funds shall be held pending further Order of this Court. 4. The Master in Equity shall give three (3) weeks due public notice of the time, place and terms of such sale in a newspaper published in the County where the property is situate. 5. That since deficiency is being waived, the bidding shall be closed the day of sale; that upon compliance by the purchaser or purchasers with the terms of the sale, the undersigned as Master-in-Equity will execute to the purchaser or purchasers a deed of the premises so sold; that out of the proceeds derived from such sale, after deducting the costs and

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expenses in this action, the amount for any taxes constituting a lien on the mortgaged property and then pay the mortgage lien of the Plaintiff as provided in this decree; that the undersigned will then hold a balance pending further Order of this Court as to its proper disposition; that the appropriate report of such sale will be made and filed with all convenience speed that the purchaser or purchasers of the sale be let into premises upon production of deed from the undersigned. 6. The undersigned will give the usual legal notices of time, place, terms of sale, and in conducting said sale, shall require the highest bidder at sale, other than the Plaintiff, to make deposit of cash or cashier's check or certified funds immediately after the sale, an amount equal to five (5%) percent of the bid as earnest money or in evidence as good faith in the bidding, such deposit to be applied upon the bid should there be compliance with the same. 7. If the purchaser or purchasers fail to comply with the terms of the said sale within twenty (20) days, said premises shall be resold on some subsequent day without further Order of the Court on the same terms and conditions and at the risk of the former successive bidder or bidders and be sold from time to time thereafter until compliance shall be secured; and any deposit made previously directed shall be retained by the undersigned, after deducting the expenses, shall be forwarded to the Plaintiff as liquidated damages. 8. The Defendants and all persons claiming by, under or through them, shall be and the same are hereby forever barred and foreclosed of any right, title, and interest, estate or equity of redemption of, in and to the mortgaged premises and each and every part thereof. 9. That in the event the successful bidder or bidders are other than the Defendants in possession herein, the Sheriff of Florence County is ordered and directed to eject and remove from the premises the occupant(s) of the property sold, and put the successful bidder or bidders, or their assigns, in full, quiet and peaceable possession of the premises without delay, and to keep the successful bidder or bidders, or their assigns, in such peaceable possession. AND IT IS SO ORDERED W. HAIGH PORTER, MASTER-IN-EQUITY May 2019 Florence, S.C. (6/12,6/19,6/26/19) NOTICE OF SALE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF FLORENCE IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS CASE NO. 2019-CP-21-00686 First-Citizens Bank & Trust Company Plaintiff, -vs- Gerald K. Baker and Gloria S. Muldrow, Defendant(s) BY VIRTUE of a judgment heretofore granted in the

case of First-Citizens Bank & Trust Company vs. Gerald K. Baker and Gloria S. Muldrow, I, Haigh Porter Master in Equity for Florence County, will sell on July 2, 2019, at 11:00 am, at the Florence County Judicial Center, 181 N. Irby Street, Florence, South Carolina 29501, to the highest bidder: All that certain piece, parcel or lot of land lying, being and situate in the County of Florence, State of South Carolina, shown and designated as Lot No. 5 on a plat of Enchanted Meadows Subdivision by Banks & Powers, R.S., dated December 17, 1963, and recorded in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County in Plat Book T at Page 49B, reference being had to said plat for a more complete and accurate description. This being the same property conveyed to Gerald K. Baker and Joyce M. Baker by Deed of Gerald K. Baker recorded May 1, 2002 in the office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County in Deed Book A679 at Page 1874. TMS #: 90032-01-005 2711 S. Converse Drive, Florence, SC 29505 SUBJECT TO FLORENCE COUNTY TAXES TERMS OF SALE: The successful bidder, other than the Plaintiff, will deposit with the Master in Equity at conclusion of the bidding, five (5%) of his bid, in cash or equivalent, as evidence of good faith, the same to be applied to purchase price in case of compliance, but to be forfeited and applied first to costs and then to Plaintiff's debt in the case of noncompliance. Should the last and highest bidder fail or refuse to make the required deposit at the time of the bid or comply with the other terms or the bid within twenty (20) days, then the Master in Equity may resell the property on the same terms and conditions on some subsequent Sales Day (at the risk of the former highest bidder). Should the Plaintiff, or one of its representatives, fail to be present at the time of sale, the property is automatically withdrawn from said sale and sold at the next available sales day upon the terms and conditions as set forth in the Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale or any Supplemental Order. SUBJECT THAT CERTAIN MORTGAGE FROM GERALD K. BAKER AND JOYCE BAKER AKA JOYCE M. BAKER TO FIRST-CITIZENS BANK & TRUST COMPANY IN THE AMOUNT OF $120,000.00 DATED NOVEMBER 25, 2015 AND RECORDED DECEMBER 3, 2015 IN BOOK B605 AT PAGE 1222. A personal or deficiency judgment having been demanded by the Plaintiff, the sale of the subject property will remain open for thirty (30) days pursuant to Section 15-39720, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976; provided, however, that the Court recognizes the option reserved by the Plaintiff to waive such deficiency judgment prior to the sale, and notice is given that the Plaintiff may waive in writing the deficiency judgment prior to the sale; and that should the Plaintiff elect to waive a deficiency judgment, without notice other than the announcement at the sale and notice in writing to the debtor defendant(s) that a deficiency judgment has been waived and that the sale will be final, the bidding will not remain open after the date of sale, but compliance with the bid may be made immediately. NOTICE: The foreclosure deed is not a warranty deed. Interested bidders should satisfy themselves as to the quality of title to be conveyed by obtaining an independent title search well before the foreclosure sale date. The successful bidder will be required to pay interest on the amount of the bid from the date of sale to date of compliance with the bid at the rate of 3.80% per annum.

Haigh Porter Master in Equity for Florence County Theodore von Keller, Esquire B. Lindsay Crawford, III, Esquire Sara Hutchins Columbia, South Carolina Attorney for Plaintiff Email: court@crawfordvk.com (6/12,6/19,6/26/19) SUMMONS STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF FLORENCE IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS FOR THE TWELFTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT CASE NO.: 2018-CP-21-03201 Moonlight Investment Properties, LLC, Plaintiff, Vs. John H. Johnson, Internal Revenue Service, First Citizens Bank and Trust Company, John Doe and Richard Roe, as representatives of personas unknown claiming any right, title, estate, interest in or a lien above the real property described in the Complain herein, including, but not limited to any unknown owners, unknown heirs, or unknown devisees of John H. Johnson, or any other person any unknown adult in any class designated as John Doe and any unknown infants or persons under disability or persons in the military service designated in a class as Richard Roe as the property located at known as Keels Farms TRK J, Florence, South Carolina and designated as Florence County Tax Map Number 00208-01-034 Defendants. LIS PENDENS NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, an action is being commenced by the Plaintiff, NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, an action is being commenced by the Plaintiff, above-named against the above-named Defendants, to Quiet Title to certain real property obtained pursuant to a tax sale, Deed dated and recorded March 2, 2016 in Deed Book B618 at Page 1696 in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County. The description of the premises as contained in said Deed is as follows: All that certain piece, parcel or tract of land situated in Florence County, State of South Carolina, known and designated as Tract “J”, containing 5.85 acres, more or less, according to a survey by Weston C. Snipes, R.L.S., dated May 17, 1989, which is recorded in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County in Plat Book 34 at Page 402. This being the identical property conveyed to Moonlight Investment Properties, LLC by Deed of Dean Fowler, Jr., Treasurer of Florence County, dated and recorded March 2, 2016 in Deed Book B618 at Page 1696 in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County. TMS No.: 00208-01-034 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 or other responsive pleading to said Complaint on the subscriber at 504 South Coit Street, Post Office Box 2527, Florence, South Carolina 29503, within thirty (30) days from the service hereof, exclusive of the date of such service; and if you fail to answer to the Complaint within the time aforesaid, Plaintiff will seek an Order of the of the Court granting the relief demanded in the Complaint. Gena Phillips Ervin Attorney for Plaintiff NOTICE OF FILING PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Complaint in the above entitled action, together with a Summons, of which the foregoing is a copy and the Notice of Lis Pendens, of which the foregoing is a copy, were filed in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County on December 13, 2018. Gena Phillips Ervin

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Attorney for Plaintiff ORDER IT IS THEREFORE, ORDERED, that the said Eugene P. Warr, Jr., Esquire be and is hereby designated and appointed as Guardian Ad Litem NISI for said unnamed minor Defendants and for those other Defendants under legal disability, if any, herein and collectively designated as John Doe and Richard Roe and that Eugene P. Warr, Jr., Esquire is hereby authorized to appear and defend such action on behalf of said Defendants, unless the said minor Defendants, or other Defendants under legal disability, if any, or either of them shall within thirty (30) days after the service of this Order upon them, exclusive of the date of service, as herein provided, procured to be appointed a Guardian Ad Litem NISI for said minor Defendants or other Defendants under legal disability if any, for the purposes of this action. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED, that service in this matter will be made on the Defendants by publishing copies of the Summons, Lis Pendens, Notice of Filing Complaint and Order of Publication and Appointment of Guardian Ad Litem NISI, in the News Journal, a newspaper published in Florence County, South Carolina, once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks. Gena Phillips Ervin Attorney for Plaintiff (6/12,6/19,6/26/19)

NOTICE OF SALE BY VIRTUE of a decree heretofore granted in the case of First Reliance Bank vs. Joann G. Talbott, Discover Bank, and Troy Capital, LLC, Defendants, CA# 2019-CP-21-00751, I, the undersigned, will sell on July 2, 2019 at 11:00 a.m., at the Florence County Judicial Center, 181 North Irby Street, Florence, South Carolina, to the highest bidder the following property: All that certain piece, parcel or lot of land lying, being and situate in the County of Florence, State of South Carolina, known and designated as Lot No. 212, as shown on a certain map of Hampton Pointe Subdivision, Phase IV, by Lind, Hicks & Associates, Surveyors, dated November 30, 1994 and recorded in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County in Plat Book 55 at page 450. Reference is also made to a map made for Peter Coultas and Winifred Coultas by Lind, Hicks & Associates, Surveyors, dated January 31, 1997 and recorded in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County in Plat Book 63 at page 291. Reference being had to the above mentioned maps for a more complete and accurate description. This being the same property conveyed to JoAnn G. Talbott by deed of David A. Beldyk and Karen W. Beldyk recorded September 4, 2001 in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County in Deed Book A646 at Page 2559. Property address: 208 Amesbury Point, Florence, SC 29501 TMS # 07411-01034 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 thirty (30) 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 waived, the bidding will not remain open but compliance with the bid


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Wednesday, June 12, 2019 may be made immediately. Purchaser to pay for preparation of the deed, documentary stamps on the deed, and recording fees. SUBJECT TO FLORENCE COUNTY TAXES AND ASSESSMENTS, EASEMENTS, RESTRICTIONS, ANY OTHER MATTERS OF RECORD. s/William H. Porter Master in Equity for Florence County May 30, 2019 Ray Coit Yarborough, Jr. Attorney for Plaintiff (6/12,6/19,6/26/19) NOTICE OF SALE BY VIRTUE of a decree heretofore granted in the case of The Citizens Bank vs. Carolyn Wilson a/k/a Elizabeth Wilson, Andre Wilson, Stephon Wilson, and any other person claiming any right, title or interest in the real estate, and John Doe and Sally Roe,also any persons who may be in the military service of the United States of America,being a class designated as John Doe, and any unknown minors or person under a disability being a class designated as Richard Roe representing any unknown heirs of Elmoris Wilson, or claimants against the property described in the Complaint, Defendants, CA# 2019-CP-21-00280, I, the undersigned, will sell on July 2, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at the Florence County Judicial Center, 181 North Irby Street, Florence, South Carolina, to the highest bidder the following property: All that certain piece, parcel or tract of land lying, being and situate in the County of Florence, State of South Carolina containing 25.61 acres and being more particularly shown and delineated by that certain map or plat of David A. Nesbitt, RLS, dated May 16, 2017 and recorded in Plat Book 106 at page 226 in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County. Said plat being incorporated herein and made a part of this description by reference. Said tract being bounded as follows, to-wit: on the North by property now or formerly of C. Dorn Smith, III, land now or formerly of Kralf Dale Floyd, et al, and lands now or formerly of Franklin Gordon, et al, and Locklair Road, a County Maintained Dirt Road; on the East lands now or formerly of Elaine A. Collins; on the South by lands now or formerly of Olin McFadden; and on the West by lands now or formerly of Otis Wilson, et al, all as is more particularly shown on the above referenced plat. This being the same property conveyed to Elmoris Wilson by deed of Rose G. Easler and Martin I. Easler, dated July 13, 2017 and recorded on July 13, 2017 in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County in Book B700 at page 1715. Address: Off St. Hwy 485 TMS#00094-31007 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 thirty (30) 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 waived, the bidding will not remain open but compliance with the bid may be made immediately. Purchaser to pay for preparation of the deed, documentary stamps on the deed, and recording fees. SUBJECT TO FLORENCE COUNTY TAXES AND ASSESSMENTS, EASEMENTS, RESTRICTIONS, ANY OTHER MATTERS OF RECORD. s/W. Haigh Porter Master in Equity for Florence County June 5, 2019 Ray Coit Yarborough, Jr. Attorney for Plaintiff (6/12,6/19,6/26/19) STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF FLORENCE IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS CASE NO: 2019-CP-21-00657 DANNY MCROBIE, BY AND THROUGH PHILIP MCROBIE, AS ATTORNEY IN FACT, PLAINTIFF VS. BOBBY LAMAR AND VICTORIAN ENTERPRISE LLC, D/B/A VICTORIAN HOME, DEFENDANTS, YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and required to Answer the Complaint in the above action, a copy which is herewith served upon you, and to serve a copy of your Answers upon the undersigned at his office, 614 W. Palmetto Street, Florence, SC 29501, with thirty (30) days after service upon you, exclusive of the day of such service, and, if you fail to answer the Complaint within the time aforesaid, judgment by default will be rendered against you for relief demanded in the Complaint. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that this action was filed in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County on March 8, 2019. (6/12,6/19,6/26/19) NOTICE OF SALE BY VIRTUE of a decree heretofore granted in the case of The Citizens Bank vs. Kevin D. Poston a/k/a Kevin Don Poston, Amy M. Poston, and the United States of America, through its agency, Farm Service Agency, Defendants, CA# 2019-CP-21-00364, I, the undersigned, will sell on July 2, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at the Florence County Judicial Center, 181 North Irby Street, Florence, South Carolina, to the highest bidder the following property: All that certain piece, parcel or tract of land situate, lying and being in the County of Florence and State of South Carolina containing 4.946 acres and being more particularly shown and delineated on a part of property prepared by Ferrell J. Prosser, PLS, dated May 28, 2008 and recorded in Plat Book 96 at Page 316, in the Office of tl1e Clerk of Court tor Florence County, and being bounded as follows, to wit: On the North by Tax Map # 406-02050 & 051 and Tax Map # 406-02-048; On the East by lands of Roger Don Poston and a 50 foot private easement; On the South by land of Roger Don Poston; and on the West by land of

Roger Don Poston. All as is shown on said plat, which is specifically incorporated herein as part of this description. The MORTGAGORS, for the consideration as set forth herein, also grants, bargains and sells, to the MORTGAGEE, its successors and assigns, a non-exclusive right-ofway and easement over and across the fifty (50) foot ingress/egress easement as set forth on the abovereferenced plat by Ferrel] J. Prosser, PLS, dated May 28, 2008 a means of ingress and egress from the above described property on Poston Corner Road (Road S-21-19) and for the purpose of obtaining utility service for the use of the above described property as a single family residence. This easement and right-of-way is appurternant to, for the benefit of and shall run with the above described property. The above described property was conveyed to Kevin Don Poston and Amy M. Poston by deed from Roger Don Poston, dated January 25, 2010 and recorded January 26, 2010 in Deed Book B286 at Page 40, in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County. Also see Corrective Deed from Roger Don Poston to Kevin Don Poston and Amy M. Poston dated February 15, 2011 and recorded February 16, 2011 in Deed Book B340 at Page 1704, in the office of' Clerk of Court for Florence County. Florence County TMS # 407-02-123 All that certain piece, parcel or tract of land situate, lying and being in the Salem Community of Florence County, South Carolina, and being designated as Tracts Eight (8) and Nine (9) of the Henry Poston Properties by E. L. Eisenhower, Surveyor (unrecorded). Said property is more particularly shown and depicted as 37.11 acres, more or less, as shown on that certain plat prepared by Charles W. Bailey, Jr., Professional Land Surveyor, dated November 5, 2009, and recorded Dece1nber 14, 2009, in Plat Book 96 at Page 251, records of the Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County. The above described property was received by Dan W. Taylor as devisee of Mary Lee P. Taylor, Date of Death - October 2, 2008, Florence County Probate Roll No. 2010-ES-21-62; See also Deed of Distribution dated March 18, 2010 and recorded March 23, 2010 in Book B293 at Page 1370 in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County. LESS AND EXCEPT: 22.93 ACRES AS SHOWN ON MAP RECORDED IN THE OFFICE OF THE CLERK OF COURT FOR FLORENCE COUNTY IN PLAT BOOK 106 AT PAGE 420. Florence County TMS # 406-02-051 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 thirty (30) 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 waived, the bidding will not remain open but compliance with the bid may be made immediately. Purchaser to pay for preparation of the deed, documentary stamps on the deed, and recording fees. SUBJECT TO FLORENCE COUNTY TAXES AND ASSESSMENTS, EASEMENTS, RESTRICTIONS, ANY OTHER MATTERS OF RECORD. ALSO SUBJECT TO THE RIGHT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA TO REDEEM THE PROPERTY FOR A PERIOD OF ONE YEAR FROM THE DATE OF SALE. s/ William H. Porter Master in Equity for Florence County June 7, 2019 Ray Coit Yarborough, Jr. Attorney for Plaintiff (6/12,6/19,2/26/19)

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FMU grad hikes trail to raise money for Pee Dee Coalition BOB SLOAN Editor When Noah Stanley decided to take on the challenge of hiking the 2,200-mile Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine, he decided to put others to a challenge as well. Stanley, who is from Hartsville, is using his journey as a means to raise money and awareness for the Pee Dee Coalition Against Domestic Assault. The Pee Dee Coalition is a nonprofit volunteer organization dedicated to the reduction of rape, family violence, and child abuse and to the needs of its victims. The coalition serves seven Pee Dee counties Florence, Darlington, Marion, Chesterfield, Marlboro, Dillon, and Williamsburg. “I thought, if I’m going to do this then why not make it purposeful,” said Stanley, who became familiar with the organization after participating in one of its fundraisers, the 2018 STANLEY Darlington County Dancing with the Stars. “We are so very appreciative and grateful for Noah’s willingness to do this and bring awareness to our organization and to women and children we serve,” said Sarah Sweeney, director of communications for the coalition. “It’s a long hike and very challenging. What he is doing is phenomenal and to involve us makes it even more special.” Stanley, 28, has set up a facebook page, 2000 Miles for the Pee Dee Coalition Against Domestic Assault, where people can keep up with his journey and make donations and pledges to the coalition. He is quick to point out that 100 percent of the money raised will go to the organization.

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Best Foot FORWARD Above, Noah Stanley begins his quest to hike the 2,200-mile Appalachian Trail, from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Mt. Katahdin in Maine. He is using the journey to raise money and awareness for the Pee Dee Coalition Against Domestic Assault. At left, he takes a break last week near Iron Mountain Gap along the North Carolina-Tennessee state line. You can follow Stanley’s hiking adventures on Facebook at 2000 Miles for the Pee Dee Coalition Against Domestic Assault.

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Ceremony highlights progress on new ER facility BOB SLOAN Editor A steel beam bearing the names of dozens of McLeod Regional Medical Center employees was hoisted by a crane and placed at the highest point of a steel frame structure during a ceremony at the medical center on Thursday morning. With the work of contractor Balfour-Beatty, the steel structure will soon be transformed into new building that w i l l house a s , among other things, the center’s new emergency department. T h e SALEEBY four-floor building will consist of 68 exam rooms, five trauma rooms, an Obstetrics Emergency Triage, labs, support and transitional rooms, secure suites for behavioral health patients, an expanded Neonatal Intensive Care Unit on the third floor that includes a children’s activity room, and a 31,000-square foot postpartum department. The facility will have five ambulance bays and a new helipad. “This is going to be something,” said Marie Saleeby, Senior Vice President and Administrator of See ER, Page 4B

Two-week long Helping Florence Flourish volunteer clean-up effort kicks off Saturday BOB SLOAN Editor Beginning Saturday, residents of Florence will have a multiple opportunities to give back to their communities as part of the two-week community service initiative ServeFlo. In its fourth year, the program brings churches, businesses, non-profits and individuals together to serve areas of need in Florence. Numerous projects will take place during the two-week period of June 15-27. ServeFlo is sponsored by the Christian-

based non-profit organization, Helping Florence Flourish. ServeFlo was established in 2016 after a realization by organizers that many Florence area churches were doing great acts of service in the community already, but could have larger impact by simultaneously working to bless Florence. “We are excited to have 20-plus projects to bless our community,” said team leader Rev. Chris Handley, associate pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Florence. “It’s the most single moment of living into the Helping Florence Flourish vision, and we’d love to have the com-

munity join us for any or several projects.” ServeFlo will kick off Saturday with the Downtown Cycle and Roll Festival at 10 a.m. Several projects are planned during the first week of ServeFlo. A Law Enforcement Luncheon will be held June 19 at First Presbyterian Church of Florence. On June 20, there will be a Red Cross Blood drive held from 1 to 6 p.m. at First Presbyterian. Other events planned for June 20 are a “Taking the City For Christ” prayer event at numerous locations, and community cookouts at the Boys and Girls Club and Northwest Park.

ServeFlo’s big day will be Saturday, June 22 when 12 work projects are scheduled. Among them are landscaping at the Courtney McGinnis Shelter, property clearing for the city at several locations, clean-ups in the North Jefferson Street and Tara Village neighborhoods, and work projects at Carver Elementary, Greenwood Elementary, and Williams Middle School. There will also be a work project at Savannah Grove Park. Volunteers are sought to assist with all of these projects. To sign up or learn more about the initiative, visit www.serveflo.org.


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Getting married? Be sure to talk about your finances before tying the knot Planning a wedding can be overwhelming, with dozens of important decisions to be made before the big day. During such a hectic time, most couples spend more time on things like picking out a China pattern than they do talking about their finances. However, if you’re about to tie the knot, it’s a good idea to have a frank and honest discussion about money with your future spouse so you can start your marriage off on the right foot. According to a recent survey from the American Institute of CPAs, financial matters are the most common source of conflict among American couples. Unexpected expenses, mounting debt, problems stemming from inadequate savings, and inability to prioritize needs versus wants are just a few of the financial issues that can put stress on a relationship. Do you know how your philosophy on saving and spending differs from that of your partner? Do you know if he or she has good or bad financial habits? Answering these questions now can help prevent stressful moments down the road. As you begin your life together, an important first step is to establish a budget. Taking a complete inventory of

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your combined monthly income and expenses will give you a clear idea of your total financial picture. Be sure to be up front about the amount of debt you’ll each be bringing to the marriage, including student loans, credit cards, car loans, etc., since they will soon be your joint responsibility. You may even want to consider ordering credit reports for yourselves in order to avoid any surprises. Once you have a handle on your cash flow, determine who will pay the bills, and establish ground rules for purchasing big-ticket items. You’ll also need to decide whether to combine your checking accounts or keep them separate. You may even find it best to develop a hybrid solution, maintaining a joint account to pay for rent, utilities, groceries, and other monthly expenses,

and individual accounts for personal, discretionary spending. Every couple is different, so choose the option that works best for you. With your budget in place, it’s time to talk about your financial future together. Where do you see yourselves in 10, 20, or 30 years? Are children in your future? Do you have an emergency fund in place? Is it time to start saving for a down payment on a house? Have you already set up retirement accounts? Make plans to revisit your finances on a monthly – or even weekly – basis. Regularly setting aside time to talk about your financial situation can help strengthen your relationship and keep you focused on your goals. Finally, don’t be afraid to ask for assistance. A professional financial advisor can provide clear, objective advice and help you work toward your goals. Article provided by Frank J. “John” Brand III, a Financial Advisor with Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated, member SIPC and New York Stock Exchange, who can be contacted in the Florence office at (843) 679-4096 or toll-free at (866) 850-6995.

FDTC adult, dual enrollment students qualify for funding Florence-Darlington Technical College (FDTC) has received funding through the SC Workforce and Industrial Needs Scholarship (SC WINS), which allows many of its students, including those

enrolled in dual enrollment courses, to earn college credit at little to no cost. SC WINS is a S.C. Technical College System scholarship program designed to fill the workforce shortages in the

state. SC WINS will cover the tuition cost of courses at FDTC after the student receives all other scholarship funding. Recipients who qualify will receive $50 per credit hour (up to $600). The SC WINS funding will be in addition to $100 per credit hour of lottery funding. A book allowance of up to $300 ($150 per semester) will also be in effect annually. There are two ways a student can qualify for SC WINS: A student can qualify by income if they are receiving Lottery Tuition Assistance Program (LTAP) and meet United States Department of

Agriculture (USDA) income eligibility guidelines. A student can also qualify for the scholarship funding by major. Students at FDTC, who are pursuing a higher education in a critical workforce program and are receiving funding through LTAP, can receive SC WINS funding for the 2019 fall semester. A student qualifying by program must be enrolled in at least six credit hours and making passing grades in classes. Students must maintain at least a 2.0 GPA after attempting 24 credit hours to continue receiving the scholarship

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Patriots’ Mackinson named Academic All-American Francis Marion University shortstop C.J. Mackinson has been named to the 2019 Google Cloud Academic All-America Division II Baseball Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). The Sykesville, Md., native was a secondteam selection. Mackinson, a senior, becomes the fifth Academic All-American for the Patriot baseball program, joining designated hitter Dalton Gress (2014), outfielder Buddy Sosnoskie (2012), outfielder Alex Lee (2010), MACKINSON and right-handed pitcher Sammy Ward (1980). On the diamond, he started all 49 contests and batted .262 with seven doubles, three home runs, and 27 runs batted in. He registered 15 multi-hit games and six multi-RBI

games, ranked seventh in the Peach Belt Conference with 136 fielding assists, and took part in turning 34 double plays – fourthbest in the PBC. He was named to the PBC Baseball All-Academic Team for 2019. At this spring’s FMU Academic Awards Day ceremony, Mackinson received the Management Award (from the School of Business). He is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma business honor society and Chi Alpha Sigma national college athlete honor society. He has been named to the PBC Presidential and FMU Swamp Fox Athletic-Academic honor roll on every possible occasion, and served on the University’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee this past year. As a junior in 2018, he was a second-team All-Conference selection and earned Patriot Team MVP honors.

Pats add high-scoring guard Francis Marion University men’s basketball coach Gary Edwards has announced the

signing of two players to national letters of intent. Kainan Pouncy of New Brockton, Ala., will join the Patriots. A 6-2, 195-pound guard, Pouncy comes to FMU from Enterprise State Community College, where he played the past two seasons. This past year, he averaged 20.3 points, 8.1 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 2.0 steals per game. Also signing to play at FMU was 6-3 guard Quinton Thomas of Charlotte, N.C. Thomas is a senior at West Charlotte High School, where he played under the direction of coach Jacoby Davis. As a senior, he averaged 13.5 points, 4.9 rebounds, 1.5 assists, and 1.2 steals per game.

Baseball inks four newcomers Francis Marion University baseball coach Art Inabinet has announced the signing of three junior college transfers – second baseman and outfielder Vince Hanna of Lake City, right-handed pitcher Daniel Twitty of Sumter,

and third baseman Todd Mattox of Winnsboro – and a high school senior – righthanded pitcher Dylan Kuehne of Surfside Beach – to national letters of intent. Hanna and Twitty come to the Patriots from USC Sumter, while Mattox recently played at USC Lancaster. All three will have two years of eligibility at Francis Marion.

Tennis inks South African

Francis Marion University men’s tennis coach Garth Thomson has announced the signing of Liam Day of Edenvale, South Africa, to a national letter of intent. Day, 5-6, is a graduate of St. Benedicts College, where he played for coach Earl Grainger. He served as captain in 2018 and played first-team from 2015 to 2018. He earned full colours in 2016, 2017, and 2018, and participated in the South African Inter-Provincial Tournament from 2013 through 2018.

Host of youth summer camps offered at Francis Marion Francis Marion University will sponsor or host a number of camps this summer. Baseball Camp: Francis Marion University has announced two sessions of its Baseball Camp 2019, an opportunity for young athletes to develop and polish their diamond skills. The annual camp, for children ages 7-12, will be held June 24-28 and July 8-12 from 9 a.m. until noon each day. Conducted by Francis Marion head baseball coach Art Inabinet and members of the Patriot baseball team, the camps will stress learning basic game strategy and making the most of individual skills. The camps will cost $90 per session, if paid in advance, or $100 on the first day of camp. Each camper will receive a T-shirt.

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Tennis Camp: Francis Marion University has scheduled two sessions of its annual Tennis Camp 2019,

July 8-11 and July 29-August 1, for boys and girls ages 8 to 18. The camp will be held Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. until noon on the Kassab Courts on the FMU campus. The cost will be $60 per camper per session or $100 for both sessions. Each camper will receive a T-shirt. FMU men’s and women’s tennis coach Garth Thomson is the camp coordinator and instructor. Volleyball Day Camp: The Francis Marion University women's volleyball program will hold a Youth Day Camp on June 22-23. The camp is for players (girls and boys) in the eighth grade and younger, and the cost is $160. The camp will run from

9 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days in the Smith University Center. The camp is under the direction of FMU head coach Lauren Baufield and her staff. Volleyball Elite Camp: The Francis Marion University women's volleyball program will hold an Individual Elite Camp, July 9-11. The camp is for players entering the ninth through 12th grades. Campers may choose to either commute to camp daily ($280 per camper), or reside on campus in the FMU residence halls ($315 per camper). NOTE: Prices increase to $305 and $335 respectively after June 21. The camp is under the direction of head coach Lauren Baufield and her staff.

has also announced a Summer Kids Soccer Camp for boys and girls ages 7 to 15 to be held June 24-27. This camp runs from 9 a.m. to noon each day. The cost of the camp is $100. The camp is under the direction of new Patriot men's soccer head coach Luis Rincon.

girls ages 14-18 on June 1516. The camp will run from 10 a.m. to noon and 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 15, and then on Sunday, June 16, from 9 a.m. to noon. The cost of the camp is $165 per camper. First-year FMU head coach Luis Rincon will direct the camp.

Soccer Striker & Goalkeeper Camp: The Francis Marion University men's soccer program has scheduled a Striker & Goalkeeper Camp for boys and

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“I am self-funding this hike, using my own money to pay for all the expenses,” said Stanley. “If anyone donates, they can be sure that the money is going to the coalition.” He plans to present the money to the organization when he will again take part in its Darlington County Dancing with the Stars in December. Along with making direct donations, Stanley came up with unique ways for people to make pledges. Pledges can be made for every snake he sees or animal larger than he is while hiking the trail. Surprisingly, Stanley said he has come across only a few small snakes. He has seen five bears. “I thought it was a fun to way to get people involved,” he said. “I have to give credit to my sister for that, though.” Pledges can also be made for miles hiked per state, completion of the hike, and early completion of the hike. Stanley said his sister, Hannah, has been a huge help and that he could not have done this without her. While her brother treks northward on the trail, Hannah looks after his dog, keeps up with the donations and pledges, and generally serves as his connection to the world. As of May 31, $5,933 in donations or pledges had been promised. Stanley said he has already collected $650. “The response has been

Noah Stanley, left, and his sister, Hannah McCain. phenomenal,” said Stanley. “I’m shocked at the number of people supporting me and at the same time helping the Pee Dee Coalition.” Through Friday, Stanley had hiked just over 400 miles. He said he hopes to cover the finial 1,800 miles and make his final ascent, Mount Katahdin, Maine, by midOctober. “That’s a long way off,” said Stanley. “Right now it’s just one day at a time.” Stanley began his journey on May 7, four days after graduating from the School of business at Francis Marion University. As the sunrise peaked over Springer Mountain in northern Georgia, he took his first step. On June 3, Stanley was not far from the town of Erwin,

near the Tennessee-North Carolina state line. He was nearing the end of a day in which he logged in just over 21 miles of hiking. He averages around 20 miles per day. His longest day thus far has been 25 miles. An Eagle Scout, Stanley had previously hiked small sections of the trail. He said the only time he has questioned whether he might be able to finish the hike was on the first day. “It whooped me,” Stanley admitted. “After that, though, it has never crossed my mind.” His father, Billy Stanley of Hartsville,” has no doubt that his son will finish the hike. “I am extremely proud of Noah,” said the senior Stanley. “He has done many commendable things. He’s a very goal-oriented person. I have no doubt he will accomplish this hike.” Stanley said the extreme heat of late May has been the most difficult part of the hike. “The miles are a lot easier in the morning,” he said.’’ He is making the journey unaccompanied, but says he often meets other groups of hikers and travels with them. “This trip has been amazing,” said Stanley, the passion he has for the journey evident in his voice. “I have met so many people. The age range is unbelievable, from 18 to 65. I’ve met people from every nationality, ethnicity and background. The diversity in backgrounds is amazing and the people have been so friendly.” Hannah shared this journal

entry on Facebook: “Yesterday while waiting out the rain, two women met Noah as they set out for a day hike. When they returned to the spot where he rested they gave him a cookie the size of a plate and two inches thick. She said they had just gotten it from the best local bakery before they set out to hike. Noah said she was right - it was delicious. A few moments later after also determining Noah was a thru hiker, a father and young son duo also provided Noah with a snack. People are good. The kindness alone lifted his morale.” Stanley said one of the most memorable parts of his trip thus far took place on Max Patch, a bald mountain on the North Carolina-Tennessee border in Madison, N.C. While cowboy camping – sleeping under the stars with no tent - with a group, he met fellow hiker from Charlottesville, Va. The hiker had an unusual item attached to his backpack – a trombone. Encouraged by others, the hiker played his trombone for the group at sunrise the following morning. “I had a smile on my face a mile wide,” said Stanley, who is also a musician. “A great memory.” By the time he’s finished, chances are he will have logged in as many great memories as he has miles. To donate or make a pledge, visit the Facebook page, 2000 Miles for the Pee Dee Coalition Against Domestic Assault.

A steel beam signed by McLeod Regional Medical Center employees was on display duing Thursday’s ceremony before being hoisted to the top of the structure that will serve as the medical center’s future emergency department.

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McLeod Regional Medical Center. “Our emergency department is overcrowded and can’t fulfill its mission of serving the people of Florence and the Pee Dee. This will allow us to serve the community at a much higher level,” Thomas Lewis, the medical director of emergency services at McLeod, said the new facility has very special meaning for him. “This is personal for me,” said Lewis. “I was born in this hospital. I met my met wife here. Two of our three daughters were born here. To me, this is home.” Hs said that watching the building slowly take shape is

“like being a kid at Christmas again.” Lewis said current emergency department treats around 80,000 patients per year in a space designed for just 60,000. He said the department is designed to serve 109,500 patients a year. “It improves access care for emergency services, “said Lewis. “It improves efficiency for the people of our community and our Pee Dee Region” Dale Locklair, Senior Vice President of Planning and Facilities Management, said the $89.5 million expansion project is scheduled for completion in December 2020.

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