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NEIGHBORS NAME: Ashley Chambers FAMILY: Engaged to Trevon Forney BORN: Lancaster RESIDES IN: Florence OCCUPATION: Works at Peddler’s Steakhouse HOBBIES OR SPECIAL INTERESTS: Competing in pageants, shopping, working out WHO OR WHAT HAS MOST INFLUENCED YOU? ‘My sister because she supports me in following my dreams.

Volunteers to come together for ServeFlo What would happen if our entire community came together to ServeFlo? That question, and request, comes from Helping Florence Flourish. A special week of service – ServeFLO 2017 – has been set for the week of June 1724. “Our vision is to ServeFlo so that our city will be unified and transformed,“ commented Chris Handley, team leader for Helping Florence Flourish. The strategy is city wide volunteerism with special projects that volunteers can sign up to help with during the week of June 17-24. Churches, businesses and individuals will unite to help with and lead projects to visibly unify and bless Florence. Following is a list of the current projects. Sign up to help by going to: www.helpingflorenceflourish.org. Florence Downtown Roll & Cycling Festival Project leader: Janet Brand and Liz Moore Project description: To teach safe cycling, promote newly renovated Florence downtown area and encourage family and community participation. Project location: First Presbyterian Church, 700 Park Ave. LifeChangers, week of June 18-23 (Please note: External volunteer registration and registration fee required.) Project leader: Louanne Stewart Project description: LifeChangers is a local mission week where youth who have completed 7th grade through adults work on homes of lower income families in our community. Students and adults are divided into crews who work together for the entire week. Project

starts Sunday night at 7 p.m. and ends Friday night by 8:30 p.m. Students work each day from 7 a.m.–3 p.m. Worship is held Monday, Tuesday and Thursday nights. “Fun Stuff” is Monday – bowling; Tuesday – YMCA; Wednesday – skating. Housing is provided at Calvary Baptist Church for the week. Volunteers needed:150 VBS in the Park, Mon,-Wed., June 1921 Project leader: Patricia Whaley Project description: Three consecutive evenings – June 19, 20 and 21, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. – of activities to encourage children and youth who live near the park. Small and large group activities including crafts, projects, music and sports will be used to encourage an appreciation for the gospel, as well as for the park and community. Some material from LifeWay’s Backyard Kids Club will be used with the 2017 theme of “Galactic Starveyors.” Not only will children be connected with each other, but also with ways to keep their park in great condition and how to join a local church. Project times: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Volunteers needed: 40 Red Cross Blood Drive, Thursday, June 22 Project leader: Catharine Shranko Project times: 1-6 p.m. Donors needed: 20-30 Feeding Florence, Friday, June 23 Project leader: Adriane Reynolds of Central United Methodist. Project description: Helping Florence Flourish and Feeding Children Everywhere are partnering together to package 50,000 healthy meals for hungry families in Florence. There will

be great music, good fun and a volunteer experience like no other. Project times: Noon-1 p.m. Volunteers needed:150 Prayer Walk/Drive Saturday, June 24 Project leader: Anne Chapman Project description: In our society, there are seven main battlefields. It is in these that the culture will be won or lost for Jesus Christ. They are: business, government, media, arts and entertainment, education, the family and religion. From the Amphitheater, we will prayer walk/drive through downtown Florence, stopping to pray at 7 buildings that represent the battlefields. Project times: 8:30 a,m,-10:30 p,m, Volunteers needed: unlimited Lighthouse Ministries, Saturday, June 24 Project leader: V. Brown Project description: General cleaning of parking lot around the office building. Clear parking lot in the back, on the side and in front of both buildings. Need to rake, cut grass, cut weeds and trim bushes, pick up trimmings and trash. Clean parking lot from leaves and trash. A truck is needed to haul off limbs. Project times: 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Volunteers needed: 6 Briggs Elementary, Saturday, June 24 Project leader: Ed Love Project description: Beautification of the Briggs Elementary School grounds, including, but not limited to: painting, yard work and landscaping. SEE

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Ard, James Clinton Jr., 80, died June 4, StoudenmireDowling Funeral Home. Bell, Virginia Spann, died May 30, Ideal Funeral Parlor. Boseman, Horace, died June 9, Belk Funeral Home. Castleberry, Patricia, died June 5, Ideal Funeral Parlor. Collins, Cory Ben, 45, died June 6, Layton-Anderson Funeral Home. Daniel, Dorothy, died May 31, Smith Funeral Home. Foxworth, Sarah died June 4, Smith Funeral Home. Galloway, Donald A. “Duck”, 68, died June 7, Layton-Anderson Funeral Home. Greer, Elizabeth Craft, died May 31, Kistler Hardee Funeral Home. Gregg, Mary Ann Gibbs, died June 1, Smith Funeral Home. Gregg, Lillie Hennighan died June 5, Ideal Funeral Parlor. Humphries, Deborah “Debbie” Weatherford, died June 3, Belk Funeral Home. Johnson, Billy Ray, Lynch-

burg, 59. died June 2, LaytonAnderson Funeral Home. Jordan, James Kevin, 49, died June 3, Layton-Anderson Funeral Home. Lyons, Jon, died June 6, Belk Funeral Home. Locklair, Dona Hargrove, 66, Lynchburg, died June 7, Layton-Anderson Funeral Home. Miles, Peggy Lee, 84, died June 6, Waters-Powell Funeral Home. Munn, Linda Lewis, 67, died June 3, Cain CalcuttStephens Funeral Home. Perkins, Tommy Christopher, 51, died June 6, Kistler Hardee Funeral Home. Theim, Kenneth E., 67, died June 4, Cain CalcuttStephens Funeral Home. Thomas, Carla Marie, died May 27, Ideal Funeral Parlor. Sanders, Bessie, 70. died June 4, Kistler Hardee Funeral Home. Watford, Yvonne Reynolds, 59, died June 7, Belk Funeral Home.

SOUTHSIDE HIGH SCHOOL FALCON FLYLEAF STAFF – From left Gayle Hutchinson, Gloria Keefe, Norma Leach, Jean Pitts and Libby Lee as pictured in the 1967 yearbook, El Falco. The Class of 1967 celebrates their 50th high school reunion this weekend with activities on June 16-17.

SERVEFLO FROM PAGE 1A Project times: 9 a.m.12:30 p.m. Volunteers needed: 20 Williams Middle School, Saturday, June 24 Project leader: Jimmie Deas Project description: Repair steps of mobile units. Put in place step pads between mobile unit in low areas where water stands when it rains. Project times: 9 a.m.11:30 a.m. Volunteers needed: 8 Community Shelter Prayer Garden – Saturday, June 24 Project leader: Bryan Braddock Project description: To create a prayer garden at the Courtney McGinnis Graham Community Shelter. This would include a cross, pathway, benches and landscaping. The purpose is to create a place of spiritual reflection for homeless men and women seeking guidance, faith, hope and love during the difficult time in their life. It would also serve as a venue for outdoor Bible studies, worship services and other events. Project times: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Volunteers needed: 12

Established in 1956 - Constantly innovating for the changing needs of the Florence community. Shelves at Sisters for the Future Saturday, June 24 Project leader: Bo Myers Project description: Build shelves in a room at Sisters for the Future to be used to store canned goods for families supported by this program. Project times: 9 a.m.noon Volunteers needed: 4 Run for Hope 5K Saturday, June 24 Project leader: Pee Dee Realtor Association and House of Hope Project description: A 5K run/walk to benefit The Courtney McGinnis Graham Community Shelter. Volunteers needed to help with the race. Runners/walkers needed to participate ($30 registration fee). Runners/ walkers register at http:// RunForHopeSC.itsyourrace.com. Project times: 7:45-10 a.m. Lunch With A Child (Boys & Girls Club) Saturday, June 24 Project leader: Ellen Pearson Project description: Tour our community’s Boys and Girls Club and have lunch with a child. You are wel-

come to bring your children as well. The club serves over 750 children a day in the Pee Dee and 300 in our Florence location. Project times: 9 a.m.1 p.m. Hygiene Bag Handout and Serve Breakfast. Sunday, June 25 Project leader: Bo Myers Project description: To bless the homeless and

needy community by providing practical hygiene products. This event will include breakfast and a church service. 7 a.m. serve hot breakfast; 8 a.m. worship and church service. Volunteers are needed to hand out hygiene bags and serve breakfast. Musicians are needed for worship Volunteers needed: 25

Emerging Leaders Summer Business Institute planned The Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce is now accepting applications for Emerging Leaders Summer Business Institute. This five-session summer program is designed to identify, develop and empower local “Emerging Leaders”. Specifically, this program can be helpful for small business owners and minority professionals poised to move on to the next level of community and business leadership. The Chamber is seeking individuals, or company representatives, who want to be more actively engaged in the Greater Florence community, through unique leadership practices. Attendees will engage in volunteering among diverse groups with sessions in government as well as current trend management projects and local manufacturing experiences. Program dates are June 20, June 21, July 12, July 19 and Aug. 9. The cost for a non-profit is $200 and small/minority business is $250. Corporate fee is $500. Cost includes lunch and material. A limited number of scholarships are available. For more information, contact Les Echols at 843-6650515.

HOMEOWNERSHIP CELEBRATION The City of Florence and the Housing Authority of Florence recognizes the month of June as “Homeownership Month”. We will commemorate this year’s occasion with a Homeownership Celebration, on June 20, 2017, from 6:00pm until 8:00pm, at the City Center, located at 324 West Evans Street in Downtown Florence. Pre and Post Homeownership Counseling will be available to guide you through the home buying process. Plus, information regarding the City’s Homeownership Assistance Program will be provided. For additional information contact Retha S. Brown at 843-665-3175.

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Moore Farms Botanical Garden offers days camps LAKE CITY – Moore Farms Botanical Garden offers the following day camps: Garden Explorers Summer Camp, June 12-16. Ignite your child’s passion for the outdoors by attending a youth day camp. Cost for this camp is $75. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, for ages 8 to 10. Garden Detectives Camp, June 19-23. Ignite your child’s passion for the outdoors by exploring the garden, making new friends and launching head first into new experiences. Cost is $75. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. For ages 5 to 7. Culinary Camp, June 26-30. Campers will learn and practice basic culinary skills while making their own creations in the

WORKSHOP FOR KIDS 6-8 Years 1:00 to 2:00 • 9-12 Years 2:15-3:30 July 10-13 • Christmas in July • $75 August 7-10 • Matisse-Bowl • $75 DRAWING 101 TAUGHT BY LAURIE KEETON 12 years of age up. Wednesday 4:00 to 5:00. A three week class June 7 thru 21 • $55.00 • Call for supply list

ADULT WORKSHOPS Clouds with Brushes taught by Jackie Wukela June 26 • 1:00-4:00 • $45 Watercolor Batik taught by Lynda English July 10 • 1:00-4:00 • $45 Two day Plein Aire taught by Dale Weatherford July 14 and 15 • 10:00 to 4:00 • $100 One hour lunch break. Will be painting at Timrod Park and Downtown. Dale has access to a few plein aire easels. Call for more info.

For more information about any of our classes call 843-673-9144.

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kitchen. Days will include handson activities such as fresh tastings, nutrition lessons and vegetable gardening. Chefs-intraining will take home many items all throughout camp. Cost is $75. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. For ages 11 to 14. Dig It! Garden Apprenticeship, every Tuesday and Thursday, July 11-Aug.10. Ten top applicants will be selected as a garden apprentice for a 5-week experience at Moore Farms Botanical Garden. Responsibilities include designing and caring for our vegetable garden while learning about our food system, land stewardship, agricultural history and nutrition. Attendees will participate in a variety of team building activities and learn many different skills. Apprentices who successfully complete 8 of the 10 sessions will earn a monetary award. For ages 11 to 14, 8 a.m. to noon. Call 843-210-7582 or visit w w w. m o o r e f a r m s b g . o r g / kmeeker@moorefarmsbg.org.

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The biggest pension loser By Hannah Hill for TheNerve.org

The State published a story with the headline “SC pension deal will hit cities, counties, schools hard.” It’s referring to the astronomical increase in employer contributions to the state pension fund. The bill, now signed into law, increases the employer contribution by 70 percent over the next six years. State agencies aren’t the only employers in the state pension system. Local governments, school districts, and even some private organizations and non-profits are part of the system and will have to cough up the dough to cover the mandated employer-contribution increase. That will be difficult for many of them, so lawmakers agreed to cover up to half of the first year’s increase for all non-state agency employers. However, the House budget sent the bailout directly to the pension system, and the Senate sent it to the local government fund. The difference? Some local governments would get more than others, depending on which plan you’re looking at. Lawmakers have evidently decided to go with the House plan and send the money straight to the pension system, according to The State’s story, which adds “That deal was reached after weeks of negotiations between S.C. House and Senate budget writers.” Here’s what everyone is missing: In the tugof-war between state government and local government, cities and counties and school districts, it’s the taxpayer that gets the shaft every single time. It doesn’t matter whether the money goes to the local government fund or the pension fund. It doesn’t matter if state government covers the whole increase for local governments or not. Because either way, the S.C. taxpayer is the one footing the bill. The real tension in this state is never between government entities. It’s between tax spenders and tax payers. Let’s say the state government decides to cover the entire mandated increase. Know who funds state government? You do. Let’s say that, as will likely be the case, local governments are on their own after this year and have to cover the rest of the increase themselves. Know who funds local government? You do. Know who the S.C. pension deal actually hits – and hits hard? That’s right — it’s you.

Hannah Hill is a policy analyst at the South Carolina Policy Council, The Nerve’s parent organization.

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We’re blessed by good fathers, step-fathers Below are comments and quotes reminding us of the value of our earthly fathers and step-fathers:

“Anyone can be a father but it takes someone special to be a stepdad.” Unknown

“A good father is one of the most unsung, unpraised, unnoticed, and yet one of the most valuable assets in our society.” Billy Graham “I believe that what we become depends on what our fathers teach us at odd moments, when they aren’t trying to teach us. We are formed by little scraps of wisdom.” – Umberto Eco, Foucault’s Pendulum “He didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.” – Clarence Budington Kelland “The father of one who is right with God will have much joy. He who has a wise son will be glad in him.” – Proverbs 23:24 “A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms when his hands are empty. – Unknown Author

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“My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person – he believed in me. – Jim Valvano “I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father’s protection.” Sigmund Freud “It was my father who taught me to value myself. He told me that I was uncommonly beautiful and that I was the most precious thing in his life. – Dawn French

“It takes a strong man to accept somebody else’s children and step up to the plate another man left on the table....” – Ray Johnson “A stepdad makes several hard choices over and over again. Even when he doesn’t know what to choose or how to choose, he never stops being willing to choose.” Unknown “Forget the step father, you are just a father.” Unknown

“It is a wise father that knows his own child. – William Shakespeare

“Children do not get the luxury of picking their parents; nor are parents afforded the opportunity to pick their children. Except, of course, for stepdads.” Unknown

“Hear, O sons, the instruction of a father, And give attention that you may gain understanding.” – Proverbs 4:1

Sources:www.wiseoldsayings.com www.latintimes.com/fathers-dayquotes; The Bible

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John is my heart This article is about a father who put several of his kids through expensive colleges but one son wanted to be a Marine. An interesting observation by this dad and commentary that says a lot about our failing and fallen society. By Frank Schaeffer The Washington Post “Before my son became a Marine, I never thought much about who was defending me. Now when I read of the war on terrorism or the coming conflict in Iraq, it cuts to my heart. When I see a picture of a member of our military who has been killed, I read his or her name very carefully. Sometimes I cry. In 1999, when the barrel-chested Marine recruiter showed up in dress blues and bedazzled my son John, I did not stand in the way. John was headstrong, and he seemed to understand these stern, clean men with straight backs and flawless uniforms. I did not. I live in the Volvo-driving, higher education-worshiping North Shore of Boston I write novels for a living. I have never served in the military. It had been hard enough sending my two older children off to Georgetown and New York University. John’s enlisting was unexpected, so deeply unsettling. I did not relish the prospect of answering the question, “So where is John going to college?” from the parents who were itching to tell me all about how their son or daughter was going to Harvard. At the private high school John attended, no other

students were going into the military. “But aren’t the Marines terribly Southern?” (Says a lot about open-mindedness in the Northeast) asked one perplexed mother while standing next to me at the brunch following graduation. “What a waste, he was such a good student,” said another parent. One parent (a professor at a nearby and rather famous university) spoke up at a school meeting and suggested that the school should “carefully evaluate what went wrong.” When John graduated from three months of boot camp on Parris Island, 3000 parents and friends were on the parade deck stands. We parents and our Marines not only were of many races but also were representative of many economic classes. Many were poor. Some arrived crammed in the backs of pickups, others by bus. John told me that a lot of parents could not afford the trip. We in the audience were white and Native American. We were Hispanic, Arab, and African American, and Asian. We were former Marines wearing the scars of battle, or at least baseball caps emblazoned with battles’ names. We were Southern whites from Nashville and skinheads from New Jersey, black kids from Cleveland wearing ghetto rags and white ex-cons with hamhock forearms defaced by jailhouse tattoos. We would not have been mistaken for the educated and well-heeled parents gathered on the lawns of John’s private school a half-year before.

After graduation one new Marine told John, “Before I was a Marine, if I had ever seen you on my block I would’ve probably killed you just because you were standing there.” This was a serious statement from one of John’s good friends, a black ex-gang member from Detroit who, as John said, “would die for me now, just like I’d die for him.” My son has connected me to my country in a way that I was too selfish and insular to experience before. I feel closer to the waitress at our local diner than to some of my oldest friends. She has two sons in the Corps. They are facing the same dangers as my boy. When the guy who fixes my car asks me how John is doing, I know he means it. His younger brother is in the Navy. Why were I and the other parents at my son’s private school so surprised by his choice? During World War II, the sons and daughters of the most powerful and educated families did their bit. If the idea of the immorality of the Vietnam War was the only reason those lucky enough to go to college dodged the draft, why did we not encourage our children to volunteer for military service once that war was done? Have we wealthy and educated Americans all become pacifists? Is the world a safe place? Or have we just gotten used to having somebody else defend us? What is the future of our democracy when the sons and daughters of the janitors at our elite universities are far more likely to be put in

harm’s way than are any of the students whose dorms their parents clean? I feel shame because it took my son’s joining the Marine Corps to make me take notice of who is defending me. I feel hope because perhaps my son is part of a future “greatest generation.” As the storm clouds of war gather, at least I know that I can look the men and women in uniform in the eye. My son is one of them. He is the best I have to offer. John is my heart. Faith is not about everything turning out OK; Faith is about being OK no matter how things turn out.”

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McLeod recognized for excellence McLeod Health physicians and hospitals were recently recognized for providing excellence in healthcare by national healthcare research leader Professional Research Consultants, Inc. (PRC). The awards were presented during PRC’s 2017 Excellence in Healthcare Conference on June 2. Dr. William A. Jackson, a McLeod Cardiologist, was recognized as a Top Performer for Overall Quality of Physician Care. He was ranked at or above the 100th percentile which equates to one of the highest scoring physicians in the nation. The following eight McLeod physicians were also honored for being ranked in the top ten percent in the nation as 5-Star recipients: Dr. C. Richard Alexander, Dr. Joslyn Angus Jr., Dr. Gary Emerson, Dr. Keith Harkins,

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for Inpatient Medical/Surgical Services project: “From Reds to Riches: Clean Work Makes the Dream Work� “McLeod Health hospitals and physicians are incredibly deserving of these National Excellence in Healthcare Awards,� said Joe M. Inguanzo, Ph.D., President and CEO of PRC. “McLeod Health is committed to driving improved scores and making their hospitals a better place to work, a better place to practice medicine and a better place for patients to be treated. It takes true dedication, determination and hard work to achieve this level of excellence in healthcare.� “It is exciting that our patient satisfaction survey results have earned our hospitals and physicians such prestigious recognition,� said Cathy Lee, Vice President of Service Excellence for McLeod Health. “However, scores are not the true reason we celebrate. What makes these awards meaningful is the fact that our doctors, nurses and staff make the needs of our patients, their number one priority. The survey scores simply reflect that patient-centered philosophy.�

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Library gets Duke Energy grant The Children’s Services Department of the Florence County Library System has received a $3,000 grant from Duke Energy Foundation for Children’s Summer Reading 2017. The grant will be used to provide educational and multicultural programming for children in Florence County during the summer months. Build a Better World! is the theme for this summer. Over 9,000 children and teens attend the summer programs in the Florence

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Summer reading is here at county library system Explore the world with the Florence County Library System during its summer reading program. This year’s theme, “Build a Better World!”, seeks to discover the world and other cultures through reading. The Summer Reading Program, open to young people from babies to young adults, features weekly programs, prize drawings, storytimes, a summer reading club, and more. Summer Reading and other programs will be held at each library branch. Make plans to join us at one of these locations: • Drs. Bruce and Lee Foundation Library, 509 S. Dargan St. Special summer programming will be held on Wednesdays at

3 p.m. in the Joseph Stukes Meeting Room at the Florence County Library. Programs are scheduled for the following dates: June 14 Porkchop Productions: Three Little Pigs 21 Wagsters: world class magic and illusion 28 Donna Washington: storyteller and author July 5 Movie 12 Orisirisi: African folklore and drumming The Florence County Library also offers storytimes for various ages. Registration is required. Storytimes groups: Toddler Storytime (age 2 only)

Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. Preschool Storytime (ages 3-5) Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. Bilingual Storytime (ages 2-5) Tuesdays at 6 p.m. Baby Storytimes (ages 0-23 months) Pre-Walkers: Thursdays at 10 a.m. Walkers: Thursdays at 11 a.m. Each week during summer, a theme is selected. Books, songs, crafts, and fingerplays are chosen according to the theme. Sunday Family Movies will continue throughout the summer. Movies will be shown Sundays at 2:30 p.m. in the Privette Children’s Program Room. Movies are scheduled for June 11-July 16. All movies

are free. The library will be offering Fine Arts Friday for children in grades 5K3rd , beginning June 16 –July 14 at 3:30 p.m. Children will be working with a variety of art forms. Registration is limited. The library will be offering Monday Library Lab for children and teens in grades 4th-8th, beginning June 12–July 10 at 3:30 p.m. Children and teens will be doing a variety of science activities including robotics, circuits, Legos, building, solar energy and eclipse. Registration is limited. For more information, contact the Greenberg Children’s Library at 843-292-7382. • Dozier M. Munn Public Library, 100 E Main St., Pamplico.

Special summer programming will be held Tuesdays at 3 p.m. Programs are: June 13 Porkchop Productions: Three Little Pigs 20 Wagsters: world class magic and illusion 27 Donna Washington: storyteller and author July 11 Orisirisi: African folklore and drumming For more information, call 843493-5441. • Baker Memorial Public Library, Timmonsville Special summer programming will be held on Mondays at 3 p.m. at the Timmonsville Public Library. For

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SUMMONS AND SUMMARY OF COMPLAINT STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF FLORENCE IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS TWELFTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT C/A #: 2017-CP-21-1098 James Wesley Potter, Sr., Plaintiff, vs. Marion Collins, Sephronia J. Collins, and all persons claiming any right, title, estate interest in or lien upon the real estate described; any unknown adults and those persons who may be in the military service of the United States of America, all of them being a class designated as John Doe, whose true name is unknown; any unborn infants or persons under disability being a class designated as Richard Roe, whose true name is unknown, Defendants. TO THE DEFENDANTS ABOVE-NAMED: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and required to answer the Complaint in this action, a copy of which is herewith served upon you, and to serve a copy of your Answer to said Complaint on the subscriber at 814 West Evans Street, Post Office Box 1317, Flo-

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 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 ...........................RV SALES/RENTALS 950.................................. .................SUVS 960 ............................................TRAILERS 970............ ..................................TRUCKS 980 ...................................................VANS 990 ..........................................STATEWIDE

rence, 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 April 25, 2017, the object and prayer of which is to quiet title to the following property: All that certain piece, parcel or lot of land situate, lying and being in the City of Florence, County of Florence, State of South Carolina, being shown and designed as Lot No. Seventy-Five (75), as shown on a map of The Cloister Subdivision, Phase III, by Heller & Associates, Inc., dated September, 1986. Reference is also made to a map made for Marion & Sephronia J. Collins by Heller & Associates, Inc., dated October 21, 1987, and recorded in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County in Plat Book 29 at Page 287. Said lot being bounded as follows, to-wit: On the South by Lancelot Drive for a distance of 152.50 feet; on the West by Chancery Court for a distance of 150.00 feet; on the North by Lot 74 for a dis-

tance of 152.50 feet; and on the East by Lot 76 & 77 for a distance of 150.0 feet. Reference being had to the above mentioned maps for a more complete and accurate description. Tax Map: TMS # 01506-01-075 A complete copy of the Complaint may be obtained by contacting the undersigned or searching the public records. May 26, 2017 Florence, South Carolina Jesse S. Cartrette, Jr. Guardian Ad Litem Nisi The Cartrette Law Firm Post Office Box 482 Florence, SC 29503 (843) 621-1169 (843) 669-4920 fax Charlie J. Blake, Jr. Attorney for Plaintiff Finklea Law Firm Post Office Box 1317 Florence, SC 29503 (843) 317-4900 (843) 317-4910 (fax) (6/7, 6/14, 6/21/17) SUMMONS STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF FLORENCE IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS CIVIL ACTION NO.: 2017-CP-21-00594 Rhonda Wray Hatcher, Plaintiff, vs. Antonia Renee Gregg, Defendant. TO: ANTONIA RENEE GREGG, THE DEFENDANT, ABOVE-NAMED: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and required to

answer the complaint herein, a copy of which is herewith served upon you, and to serve a copy of your answer to said complaint upon the subscriber, at his office at 2801 Devine Street, Suite 300, Columbia, South Carolina 29205, within thirty (30) days after the service thereof, 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 the relief demanded in the complaint. CHAPPELL, SMITH & ARDEN, P.A William G. Starnes Attorney for the Plaintiff Post Office Box 12330 Columbia, South Carolina 29211 (803) 929-3600 June 2, 2017 (6/7, 6/14, 6/21/17) NOTICE OF SALE By virtue of a Decree of the Court of Common Pleas for Florence County, South Carolina, heretofore granted in the case of Dedicated Community Bank, v. Rufus Beckett, et.al, C/A No. 2017-CP-21-193, I the undersigned Ray Coit Yarborough, jr., as Special Referee will sell on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at 11:00am at the County Courthouse in Florence County, South Carolina, to the highest bidder: All that piece, pareel or lot of land, situate, lying and being in the County of Florence, State of South Carolina, School District No. 4, said lot designated as No. 4 on a plat of Air Base Heights made by A.L. Ervin, CW on May 18, 1950 and which plat is recorded in Plat Book “L” at Page 37 in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County and said lot measures Ninety (90’) feet on the front and bounds on Mustang Drive and is one hundred thirty (130’) feet in depth. The said lot commences at a point on the Western margin of Mustang Drive Three Hundred Ninety (390’) feet North of the Northern Margin of US Highway 79-301. This being the same property conveyed to Howard Beckett, Jr. by deed of Sophia A. Costas dated August 19, 2013 and recorded simultaneously herewith in the Office of the Clerk of Court of Florence County. The sell shall be subject to taxes and assessments, existing easements and restrictions of record, and any senior encumbrances. No warranty of title is being given by the Plaintiff. TERMS OF SALE: FOR CASH: The undersigned will require a deposit of 5% of the amount of the bid (in cash

or equivalent), same to be applied on the purchase price only upon compliance with the bid. If the 5% deposit is not placed with the Court on the day of sale, the property will go to the second highest bidder. If the 5% deposit is placed with the Court, in case of noncompliance within 20 days, same to be forfeited and applied to the costs of the auction and the property re-advertised for sale upon the same terms (at the risk of the former highest bidder). Personal or deficiency judgment not being requested, the bidding will not remain open after the date sale, but compliance with the bid may be made immediately. Purchaser to pay for preparation of deed and deed stamps. Plaintiff reserves the right to cancel the sale up to and including the sell date for circumstances beyond the control of the Plaintiff which prevent the plaintiff or its representative from appearing at the sale. Ray Coit Yarborough, Jr. Special Referee for Florence County Steven G. Mikell Attorney for Plaintiff (6/7, 6/14, 6/21/17) NOTICE OF SALE CIVIL ACTION NO. 2016-CP-21-02256 BY VIRTUE of the decree heretofore granted in the case of: U.S. Bank Trust National Association, not in its individual capacity but solely as Delaware trustee and U.S. Bank National Association, not in its individual capacity but solely as Co-Trustee for Government Loan Securitization Trust 2011-FV1 vs. Larry D. Covington; William A. Moral; Palmetto State Growth Fund, Inc. f/k/a Business Carolina, Inc.; North Star Capital Acquisition LLC; SC Housing Corp.; The United States of America, acting by and through its agency, The Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, the undersigned Special Referee for Florence County, South Carolina, will sell on July 6, 2017 at 10:00AM, at the Florence County Courthouse, City of Florence, State of South Carolina, to the highest bidder: ALL THAT CERTAIN PIECE, PARCEL OR LOT OF LAND WITH IMPROVEMENTS THEREON, LYING AND BEING SITUATE IN THE COUNTY OF FLORENCE, STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA AND BEING DESIGNATED AS LOT #9, BLOCK "D" ON A PLAT ENTITLED "PLAT OF LOT SURVEYED FOR LARRY D. COVINGTON", MADE BY WILLIAM E. SMOTHERS, JR., PLS DATED MARCH 22, 2000

AND RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 73, PAGE 384 IN THE OFFICE OF THE CLERK OF COURT FOR FLORENCE COUNTY. FOR A MORE PARTICULAR DESCRIPTION AS TO METES AND BOUNDS, COURSES AND DISTANCES, REFERENCE IS CRAVED TO THE AFOREMENTIONED PLAT. THIS BEING THE SAME PROPERTY CONVEYED TO LARRY D. COVINGTON BY DEED OF MARGIE S. THOMAS AND LARRY H. THOMAS DATED MARCH 27, 2000 AND RECORDED APRIL 3, 2000 IN BOOK A591 AT PAGE 210 IN THE RECORDS FOR FLORENCE COUNTY, SOUTH CAROLINA. CURRENT ADDRESS OF PROPERTY: 408 East Suena Drive, Florence, SC 29505 TMS: 90108-03-015 TERMS OF SALE: The successful bidder, other than the Plaintiff, will deposit with the Special Referee, at conclusion of the bidding, five percent (5%) of his bid, in cash or equivalent, as evidence of good faith, same to be applied to the purchase price in case of compliance, but to be forfeited and applied first to costs and then to the Plaintiff's debt in the case of non-compliance. Should the last and highest bidder fail to comply with the other terms of the bid within thirty (30) days, then the Special Referee may re-sell the property on the same terms and conditions on some subsequent Sales Day (at the risk of the said highest bidder). No personal or deficiency judgment being demanded, the bidding shall not remain open after the date of sale and shall be final on that date, and compliance with the bid may be made immediately. Purchaser to pay for documentary stamps on the Deed. The successful bidder will be required to pay interest on the amount of the balance of the bid from date of sale to date of compliance with the bid at the rate of 4.625% per annum. The sale shall be subject to taxes and assessments, existing easements and restrictions, easements and restrictions of record and any other senior encumbrances. If the United States is named as a Defendant, The sale shall be subject to the United States (non-IRS) 1 (one) year right of redemption pursuant to 28 U.S.C.§ 2410(c). In the event an agent of Plaintiff does not appear at the time of sale, the within property shall be withdrawn from sale and sold at the next available sales date upon the terms and conditions as set forth

in the Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale or such terms as may be set forth in a supplemental order. The Honorable Robert E. Lee Special Referee for Florence County Brock & Scott, PLLC 3800 Fernandina Road, Suite 110 Columbia, SC 29210 Attorneys for Plaintiff (6/14, 6/21, 6/28/17) NOTICE OF SALE CIVIL ACTION NO. 2016-CP-21-00303 BY VIRTUE of the decree heretofore granted in the case of: Wilmington Savings Fund Society, FSB, d/b/a Christiana Trust, as indenture trustee, for the CSMC 2015-RPL1 Trust, Mortgage-Backed Notes, Series 2015-RPL1 vs. Marvin G. Purvis; Marvin G. Purvis, as Personal Representative of the Estate of Dorothy Little; Maurice Lewis; The Estate of Lois Little, John Doe and Richard Roe, as Representatives of all Heirs and Devisees of Lois Little, and all persons entitled to claim under or through them; also, all other persons or corporations unknown claiming any right, title, interest in or lien upon the real estate described herein, any unknown adults, whose true names are unknown, being as a class designated as John Doe, and any unknown infants, persons under disability, or persons in the Military Service of the United States of America, whose true names are unknown, being as a class designated as Richard Roe, the undersigned Special Referee for

Florence County, South Carolina, will sell on July 6, 2017 at 10:00AM, at the Florence County Courthouse, City of Florence, State of South Carolina, to the highest bidder: ALL THAT CERTAIN PIECE, PARCEL, OR LOT OF LAND LYING, BEING AND SITUATE NEAR TIMMONSVILLE IN THE COUNTY OF FLORENCE, STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA CONTAINING 1.00 ACRES AS SHOWN ON MAP OF THE LEO JACKSON LAND BY E.J. SMITH, SURVEYOR, DATED AUGUST 24, 1934 AND BEING GENERALLY BOUNDED AND DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS, TO WIT: ON THE WEST BY COUNTY ROAD ON WHICH IT FRONTS AND MEASURES 210.0 FEET; ON THE NORTH BY PROPERTY NOW OR FORMERLY OF BAYSHALL JACKSON B. WOODHAM ON WHICH IT MEASURES 210.0 FEET; ON THE EAST BY PROPERTY NOW OR FORMERLY OF BAYSHALL JACKSON B. WOODHAM ON WHICH IT MEASURES 210.0 FEET; AND ON THE SOUTH BY PROPERTY NOW OR FORMERLY OF EDWARD & ANNIE BOWMAN ON WHICH IT MEASURES 210.0 FEET, ALL AS SHOWN ON PLAT BY LIND SURVEYING COMPANY, INC., DATED DECEMBER 19, 1978. THIS BEING THE SAME PROPERTY CONVEYED TO DOROTHY LITTLE BY DEED OF DISTRIBUTION FOR THE ESTATE OF LORETTA SCOTT BENJAMIN DATED AUGUST 13, 1990 AND RECORDED

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AUGUST 17, 1990 IN BOOK A327, PAGE 393 IN THE RECORDS FOR FLORENCE COUNTY, SOUTH CAROLINA. CURRENT ADDRESS OF PROPERTY: 1056 Piney Grove Road, Timmonsville, SC 29161 TMS: 00019-04-034 TERMS OF SALE: The successful bidder, other than the Plaintiff, will deposit with the Special Referee, at conclusion of the bidding, five percent (5%) of his bid, in cash or equivalent, as evidence of good faith, same to be applied to the purchase price in case of compliance, but to be forfeited and applied first to costs and then to the Plaintiff's debt in the case of non-compliance. Should the last and highest bidder fail to comply with the other terms of the bid within thirty (30) days, then the Special Referee may re-sell the property on the same terms and conditions on some subsequent Sales Day (at the risk of the said highest bidder). No personal or deficiency judgment being demanded, the bidding shall not remain open after the date of sale and shall be final on that date, and compliance with the bid may be made immediately. Purchaser to pay for documentary stamps on the Deed. The successful bidder will be required to pay interest on the amount of the balance of the bid from date of sale to date of compliance with the bid at the rate of 7% per annum. The sale shall be subject to taxes and assessments, existing easements and restrictions, easements and restrictions of record and any other senior encum-


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6A brances. In the event an agent of Plaintiff does not appear at the time of sale, the within property shall be withdrawn from sale and sold at the next available sales date upon the terms and conditions as set forth in the Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale or such terms as may be set forth in a supplemental order. The Honorable Robert E. Lee Special Referee for Florence County Brock & Scott, PLLC 3800 Fernandina Road, Suite 110 Columbia, SC 29210 Attorneys for Plaintiff (6/14, 6/21, 6/28/17)

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NOTICES (Non-Jury) FORECLOSURE OF REAL ESTATE MORTGAGE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF FLORENCE IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS C/A NO.: 2017-CP-21-00986 SunTrust Mortgage, Inc., Plaintiff, vs. Rebecca D. Briggs; Philip Dowling Builders, Inc.; Southbrook Subdivision Homeowners Association, Inc.; The United States of America, acting by and through its agency, The Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Defendant(s). TO THE DEFENDANT(S) ABOVE NAMED: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and required to appear and defend by answering the Complaint in this action, a copy of which is hereby served upon you, and to serve a copy of your Answer on the subscribers at their offices at 3800 Fernandina Road, Suite 110, Columbia, SC 29210, within thirty (30) days after the service hereof, exclusive of the day of such service; except that the United States of America, if named, shall have sixty (60) days to answer after the service hereof, exclusive of the day of such service; and if you fail to do so, judgment by default will be rendered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint. TO MINOR(S) OVER FOURTEEN YEARS OF AGE, AND/OR TO MINOR(S) UNDER FOURTEEN YEARS OF AGE AND THE PERSON WITH WHOM THE MINOR(S) RESIDES, AND/OR TO PERSONS UNDER SOME LEGAL DISABILITY: YOU ARE FURTHER SUMMONED AND NOTIFIED to apply for the appointment of a guardian ad litem within thirty (30) days after the service of this Summons and Notice upon you. If you fail to do so, application for such appointment will be made by Attorney for Plaintiff. YOU WILL ALSO TAKE NOTICE that Plaintiff will move for an Order of Reference or the Court may issue a general Order of Reference of this action to a Master-in-Equity/Special Referee, pursuant to Rule 53 of the South Carolina

Rules of Civil Procedure. YOU WILL ALSO TAKE NOTICE that under the provisions of S.C. Code Ann. § 29-3-100, effective June 16, 1993, any collateral assignment of rents 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. 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 18, 2017. Bradford M. Stokes, SC Bar No. 78032 Brock & Scott, PLLC 3800 Fernandina Road, Suite 110 Columbia, SC 29210 Phone 844-856-6646 Fax 803-454-3451 Attorneys for Plaintiff (6/14, 6/21, 6/28/17) NOTICE OF SALE CIVIL ACTION NO. 2017-CP-21-00353 BY VIRTUE of the decree heretofore granted in the case of: Bank of America, N.A. vs. Michele H. King, the undersigned Special Referee for Florence County, South Carolina, will sell on July 6, 2017 at 10:00AM, at the Florence County Courthouse, City of Florence, State of South Carolina, to the highest bidder: ALL THAT CERTAIN PIECE, PARCEL OR LOT OF LAND LYING, BEING AND SITUATE IN THE COUNTY OF FLORENCE, STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA BEING SHOWN AND DESIGNATED AS LOT 2, BLOCK B OF WESTBROOK SUBDIVISION ON A MAP MADE BY ERVIN ENGINEERING DATED AUGUST 6, 1957, AND RECORDED IN THE OFFICE OF THE CLERK OF COURT FOR FLORENCE COUNTY IN PLAT BOOK O AT PAGE 132. REFERENCE IS ALSO MADE TO A PLAT PREPARED FOR MICHELE H. KING BY PROSSER SUR-

VEYING CO., INC. DATED SEPTEMBER 7, 2011, AND RECORDED IN THE OFFICE OF THE CLERK OF COURT FOR FLORENCE COUNTY IN PLAT BOOK 98 AT PAGE 408. SAID PROPERTY BEING BOUNDED AS FOLLOWS, TO-WIT: ON THE NORTH BY LOT 1, BLOCK B FOR A DISTANCE OF 189.07 FEET; ON THE EAST BY UNDESIGNATED PROPERTY FOR A DISTANCE OF 11.73 FEET AND BY TMS# 1011 01 109 FOR A DISTANCE OF 88.27 FEET; ON THE SOUTH BY LOT 3, BLOCK B FOR A DISTANCE OF 193.24 FEET; AND ON THE WEST BY HAZEL DRIVE FOR A DISTANCE OF 100.01 FEET. REFERENCE BEING MADE TO THE ABOVE REFERENCED MAPS FOR A MORE COMPLETE AND ACCURATE DESCRIPTION.nTHIS BEING THE SAME PROPERTY CONVEYED TO MICHELE H. KING BY DEED OF DOWD PROPERTIES, LLC DATED SEPTEMBER 27, 2011 AND RECORDED SEPTEMBER 30, 2011 IN BOOK B370 AT PAGE 1720, IN THE OFFICE OF THE REGISTER OF DEEDS FOR FLORENCE COUNTY, SOUTH CAROLINA. CURRENT ADDRESS OF PROPERTY: 1706 Hazel Drive, Florence, SC 29501 TMS: 01011-01-024 TERMS OF SALE: The successful bidder, other than the Plaintiff, will deposit with the Special Referee, at conclusion of the bidding, five percent (5%) of his bid, in cash or equivalent, as evidence of good faith, same to be applied to the purchase price in case of compliance, but to be forfeited and applied first to costs and then to the Plaintiff's debt in the case of non-compliance. Should the last and highest bidder fail to comply with the other terms of the bid within thirty (30) days, then the Special Referee may re-sell the property on the same terms and conditions on some subsequent Sales Day (at the risk of the said highest bidder). Deficiency judgment being demanded, the bidding will not be closed on the day of sale but will remain open for a period of thirty (30) days as provided by law. Plaintiff is demanding a deficiency, the Plaintiff may waive any of its rights, including its right to a deficiency judgment, prior to sale. Purchaser to pay for documentary stamps on the Deed. The successful bidder will be required to pay interest on the amount of the balance of the bid from date of sale to date of compliance with the bid at the rate of 4.25% per

annum. The sale shall be subject to taxes and assessments, existing easements and restrictions, easements and restrictions of record and any other senior encumbrances. In the event an agent of Plaintiff does not appear at the time of sale, the within property shall be withdrawn from sale and sold at the next available sales date upon the terms and conditions as set forth in the Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale or such terms as may be set forth in a supplemental order. The Honorable Robert E. Lee Special Referee for Florence County Brock & Scott, PLLC 3800 Fernandina Road, Suite 110 Columbia, SC 29210 Attorneys for Plaintiff (6/14, 6/21, 6/28/17) NOTICE OF SALE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF FLORENCE IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS CASE NO. 2016-CP-21-00019 MTGLQ Investors, L.P. Plaintiff, -vs- Jamie R. Pridgen and South Carolina Department of Revenue, Defendant(s) BY VIRTUE of a judgment heretofore granted in the case of MTGLQ Investors, L.P. vs. Jamie R. Pridgen and South Carolina Department of Revenue, I, Doris O'Hara, as Clerk of Court for Florence County, will sell on July 3, 2017, at 12:00 Noon, at the Florence County Courthouse, 180 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, known and designated as Lot No. 13 as shown on a map of Westchester made by Banks and Powers, Surveyors, dated July 10, 1963 and recorded in Plat Book S at page 112. Reference being had to the above mentioned map for a more complete and accurate description. This being the same property conveyed to Jamie R. Pridgen by deed of James Edward Pridgen and Alma Evans Pridgen recorded simultaneously herewith, in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County. TMS #: 1012-01054 SUBJECT TO FLORENCE COUNTY TAXES TERMS OF SALE: The successful bidder, other than the Plaintiff, will deposit with the Clerk of Court at conclusion of the bidding, five (5%) of his bid, in cash or equivalent, as evidence of good faith, the

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NOTICE OF SALE CIVIL ACTION NO. 2015-CP-21-00172 BY VIRTUE of the decree heretofore granted in the case of: U.S. Bank National Association, as trustee for Structured Asset Securities Corporation Mortgage Pass-Through Certificates, Series 2006BC5 vs. Keith A. Smalls; Misty M. Smalls, the undersigned Special Referee for Florence County, South Carolina, will sell on July 6, 2017 at 10:00AM, at the Florence County Courthouse, City of Florence, State of South Carolina, to the highest bidder: ALL THAT CERTAIN PIECE, PARCEL, OR LOT OF LAND LYING, BEING, AND SITUATE IN THE COUNTY OF FLORENCE, STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA, KNOWN AND DESIGNATED AS LOT NO. 131, AS SHOWN ON A MAP OF OLDE MILL SUBDIVISION, PHASE III PREPARED BY NESBITT SURVEYING COMPANY, INC., DATED JULY 9, 2001 AND RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 77, PAGE 108 IN THE RECORDS FOR FLORENCE COUNTY, SOUTH CAROLINA; REFERENCE BEING HAD TO THE ABOVE MENTIONED MAP FOR A MORE COMPLETE AND ACCURATE DESCRIPTION. THIS BEING THE SAME PROPERTY CONVEYED TO KEITH A. SMALLS AND MISTY M. SMALLS BY DEED OF LESLIE TANNER, SAID DEED HAVING BEEN RECORDED IN THE OFFICE OF THE CLERK OF COURT FOR FLORENCE COUNTY ON MARCH 31, 2006. CUR-

RENT ADDRESS OF PROPERTY: 1066 Rock Creek Drive, Florence, SC 29505 TMS: 18013-01-016 TERMS OF SALE: The successful bidder, other than the Plaintiff, will deposit with the Special Referee, at conclusion of the bidding, five percent (5%) of his bid, in cash or equivalent, as evidence of good faith, same to be applied to the purchase price in case of compliance, but to be forfeited and applied first to costs and then to the Plaintiff's debt in the case of non-compliance. Should the last and highest bidder fail to comply with the other terms of the bid within thirty (30) days, then the Special Referee may re-sell the property on the same terms and conditions on some subsequent Sales Day (at the risk of the said highest bidder). Deficiency judgment being demanded, the bidding will not be closed on the day of sale but will remain open for a period of thirty (30) days as provided by law. Plaintiff is demanding a deficiency, the Plaintiff may waive any of its rights, including its right to a deficiency judgment, prior to sale. Purchaser to pay for documentary stamps on the Deed. The successful bidder will be required to pay interest on the amount of the balance of the bid from date of sale to date of compliance with the bid at the rate of 2% per annum. The sale shall be subject to taxes and assessments, existing easements and restrictions, easements and restrictions of record and any other senior encumbrances. In the event an agent of Plaintiff does not appear at the time of sale, the within property shall be withdrawn from sale and sold at the next available sales date upon the terms and conditions as set forth in the Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale or such terms as may be set forth in a supplemental order. The Honorable Robert E. Lee Special Referee for Florence County Brock & Scott, PLLC 3800 Fernandina Road, Suite 110 Columbia, SC 29210 Attorneys for Plaintiff (6/14, 6/21, 6/28/17)

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017 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 Clerk of Court may resell the property on the same terms and conditions on some subsequent Sales Day (at the risk of the former highest bidder). 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 15-39-720, 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. 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 5.5% per annum. Doris O'Hara Clerk of Court for Florence County Theodore von Keller, Esquire B. Lindsay Crawford, III, Esquire Sara Hutchins Columbia, South Carolina Attorney for Plaintiff (6/14, 6/21, 6/28/17) NOTICE OF SALE Case No. 2016-CP-21-3034 BY VIRTUE of that certain Decree of the Court of Common Pleas for Florence County, South Carolina, heretofore granted in the case of Anderson Brothers Bank vs. Michael A. Dozier a/k/a Mike A. Dozier, Westlake Services, LLC d/b/a Westlake Financial Services, Mutual Savings Bank, First Reliance Bank, the United States of America by and through its agency the Internal Revenue Service, and South Carolina Department of Revenue, I, the undersigned Special Referee for Florence County, South Carolina or my agent, will sell on July 5, 2017, at 11:00 a.m., at the Florence County Courthouse, Florence, South Carolina, to the highest bidder, the following described property: All that certain piece, parcel or lot of land lying and being situate in the County of Florence, State of South Carolina, containing 1 acre more or less, fronting 112.5 feet, more or less, on the West side of South Cashua Road, and extending back in depth 388 feet, more or less and bounded North and West by property now or formerly of Mae R. West, East by property now or formerly of David S. Robinson and South by S Cashua

Road. DERIVATION: This being the same property conveyed to Mike A. Dozier and Cordie Marcus Dozier by deed of C R Dozier, Jr., recorded February 25, 1998, in Book A516 at Page 791, in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County. Thereafter, Cordie Marcus Dozier conveyed his interest to Mike A. Dozier by deed recorded June 3, 2014, in Book B524 at Page 1515, in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County. TMS No: A portion of 90013-01-014 ADDRESS: 1011 S. Cashua Drive, Florence, South Carolina TERMS OF SALE: The successful bidder, other than the Plaintiff, will deposit with the Special Referee or his agent, at the conclusion of the bidding, five (5%) percent of the bid, in cash or equivalent, as evidence of good faith, same to be applied to purchase price in case of compliance, but to be forfeited and applied first to costs and then to Plaintiff’s debt in the case of noncompliance. Should the last and highest bidder fail or refuse to make the required deposit at the time of the bid or comply with the other terms of the bid within twenty (20) days, then the Special Referee or his agent may resell the property on the same terms and conditions on some subsequent sales day at the risk of the said highest bidder. The sale shall be subject to Florence County taxes and assessments and to existing easements and restrictions of record. Furthermore, the property shall be sold subject to the 120 day right of redemption period which may be exercised by the United States of America, on behalf of its agency, the Internal Revenue Service, arising under 28 U.S.C. §2410(c). Purchaser to pay for the preparation of the Deed, documentary stamps on the Deed, recording of the Deed, and interest on the amount of the bid from date of sale to date of compliance with the bid at the contract rate of interest. Attention is drawn to the Court Order on file with the Clerk of Court for Florence County. The terms and conditions of the actual Court Order, to the extent of any inconsistencies, control over any terms or conditions contained in the Notice of Sale. As a deficiency judgment is being demanded, the bidding will remain open for thirty (30) days after the date of sale as provided by law. THE PLAINTIFF RESERVES THE RIGHT TO WAIVE THE DEFICIENCY UP TO AND INCLUDING THE DATE OF SALE. If the Plaintiff or its representative does not appear at the scheduled sale of the above-described property, then the sale of the property will be null, void and of no force and effect. In such event, the sale will be rescheduled for the next available sales day. The Honorable Haigh Porter Special Referee for Florence County Florence, South Carolina June ___, 2017 Suzanne Taylor Graham Grigg NEXSEN PRUET, LLC Post Office Drawer 2426 Columbia, South Carolina 29202 (803) 771-8900

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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. 2016-CP-21-03045 Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., Plaintiff, vs. Lionel Walker; Belinda Walker; South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles, Defendant(s). TO THE DEFENDANT(S) ABOVE NAMED: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and required to appear and defend by answering the Complaint in this action, a copy of which is hereby served upon you, and to serve a copy of your Answer on the subscribers at their offices at 3800 Fernandina Road, Suite 110, Columbia, SC 29210, within thirty (30) days after the service hereof, exclusive of the day of such service; except that the United States of America, if named, shall have sixty (60) days to answer after the service hereof, exclusive of the day of such service; and if you fail to do so, judgment by default will be rendered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint. TO MINOR(S) OVER FOURTEEN YEARS OF AGE, AND/OR TO MINOR(S) UNDER FOURTEEN YEARS OF AGE AND THE PERSON WITH WHOM THE MINOR(S) RESIDES, AND/OR TO PERSONS UNDER SOME LEGAL DISABILITY: YOU ARE FURTHER SUMMONED AND NOTIFIED to apply for the appointment of a guardian ad litem within thirty (30) days after the service of this Summons and Notice upon you. If you fail to do so, application for such appointment will be made by Attorney for Plaintiff. YOU WILL ALSO TAKE NOTICE that Plaintiff will move for an Order of Reference or the Court may issue a general Order of Reference of this action to a Master-in-Equity/Special Referee, pursuant to Rule 53 of the South Carolina Rules of Civil Procedure. YOU WILL ALSO TAKE NOTICE that under the provisions of S.C. Code Ann. § 29-3-100, effective June 16, 1993, any collateral assignment of rents 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. NOTICE OF FILING COMPLAINT TO THE DEFENDANTS ABOVE NAMED: YOU WILL PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the original Complaint, Cover Sheet for

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Trinity-Byrnes athlete gets SCISA award Trinity-Byrnes Collegiate School senior, Connor Francis, was presented with the Bill Simpson Award at the annual TBCS Athletics Banquet. The Bill Simpson Award is chosen annually and is the highest honor bestowed upon a studentathlete in the South Carolina Independent School Association. The award is presented to one outstanding graduating male and female student in the independent school system who best exemplifies the academic and athletic qualities that Mr. Simpson represented throughout his career as the SCISA Athletic Secretary. Criteria for selection includes the following: Headmaster’s recommendations, SAT score, class rank, student service record, academic and athletic achievements, coaches’ recommendations and community service. The award was presented to Connor by Mike Fanning of SCISA. “Connor Francis, who will

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FIRST PLACE TEAM from the 10th Annual Florence County Gamecock Club “William Rhea” Memorial Golf Tournament. Team members are Ericson Coker, Phillip Goodwin, Eric Coker and Carson Lee Coker.

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Wilson student assists Sisters 4 the Future BY BRENDA HARRISON Editor of The News Journal Florence, S.C. Sisters 4 the Future, a faith-based group with a mission to empower women, has been blessed by a young high school student. Samai Bhojwani, a rising junior at Wilson High School, chose this nonprofit for her English class assignment for a community service project. Wilson English teacher Laura Hofler, asked two of her classes to research local non-profits for a community resource guidebook. “The Navigator, a Guide to Philanthropy in the Pee Dee,” was published in May. It features 57 nonprofit organizations. The purpose is to have a resource for people who want to give of themselves by volunteering in community service, explained Samai. Sisters 4 the Future Director Terester McAllister is proud to be included in the guidebook (page 108). She had high praises for Samai, her classmates and teacher for providing this valuable resource. Upon interviewing Ms. McAllister, Samai recognized some of the organization’s needs and sought to help. She was able to get several tables donated and is working on getting chairs. Samai, who is from Belize, said she was inspired by what Sisters 4 the Future does to help women raising grandchil-

SAMAI BHOJWANI,TERESTER McALLISTER Pose with The Navigator Resource Book dren. “We have a lot of older adults in Belize also raising their grandchildren, but no one is addressing their problems,”she commented. Sisters 4 the Future serves mothers and grandmothers raising grandchildren in the attempt to make their lives easier. They work to help women find employment, housing and resources to flourish. Sisters provides group sessions weekly to help women overcome obstacles, such as poor selfworth, depression and hopelessness; and to ensure their grandchildren reach their potential.

“There are women in our community who still hide behind the mask of poor self-worth,” McAllister commented. “Our goal is to help decrease homelessness and help these women increase their employability rates through education and to lead them into becoming independent. She said the Sisters 4 the Future program provides a “tool kit” which includes spirituality, debt management, health and wellness, and motivational activities to help women move forward in their lives and to help them find a home. McAllister was inspired

GROUP – Seated, from left, Samai Bhojwani, Elsie McFadden, assistant director, Mary Beth Harllee, board chair, Estella Felder, Angelica Reyes, board member; standing, clients, Delorie Franks, Andrea Brockington and Patty McLamore.

to assist women in March of 2012. She is a counselor with the Department of Mental Health and volunteers her time off with this ministry. She also volunteers with The Manna House. Sisters 4 the Future board chairwoman is Mary Beth Harllee who has 45 years experience as a social worker. She taught Terester at Limestone College and currently works at Williamsburg Technical College. “This work is a passion shared by our board and the Sisters’ staff,“ she commented. “We are attempting to empower ladies who have struggled with a myr-

iad of problems, including abuse issues, lack of selfesteem and the lack of job skills. We want to encourage people to come together.” The ultimate goal, she said, is to provide transitional housing. McAllister is excited to be included in Helping Florence Flourish ServeFlo 2017. As part of this June event, Florence-Darlington Technical College is collecting non-perishable food for the Sisters’ pantry and the non-profit Junebugs Care (page 66 in the Navigator) will build shelves at the Sisters 4 the Future office. “This event makes a dif-

ference in our community,” commented McAllister. “Helping Florence Flourish is really working.” The Sisters 4 the Future office is located at 901 Santiago Drive, Unit 11-A, where women gather for group sessions on Mondays and Wednesdays, anytime from 5 until 7 p.m. They are always happy to receive donations, noted the chairman. Their biggest need right now is computers that the women may use in job searches, etc. McAllister may be contacted at 843-610-4549, or Elsie McFadden, assistant director at 843-245-5203.

Business Expo & Employment Fair brings job recruitment Considering that the millennial unemployment rate stands at 12.8% (compared to the national average of 4.9%) comprehensive training and access to companies seeking employees is a must for the future economic stability for our region. The Business Expo And Employment Fair hopes to address these needs through its Saturday, Aug. 5 event. The expo will last from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. and the Career Fair from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Both will take place at the Florence Civic Center, 3300 West Radio Drive. The event is free and open to the public.

Local and national corporations will be present and actively recruit potential candidates. The Business Expo And Employment Fair is a great way for employers to meet potential candidates looking for full-time professional, part-time and internship opportunities.

The vision for this event is to increase economic growth in our communities. This can be achieved by decreasing the unemployment rate. To echo the sentiments of Mayor Stephen J. Wukela, “Florence is in a renaissance. Our success is of our own making and we decide together to make it so. It can end as soon as we choose, or it can last as long as we like.” Keynote speakers addressing marketing, IT solutions, and networking for small businesses will also be highlighted. Participants will also enjoy music from a recording artist

with Clean Night Entertainment, Natasha Levy, fashion and shopping from various merchants. Organizations interested in participating in the Career Fair, may contact the Business Empowerment Team at 843-245-8048 or by email at businessempowermentexpo@gmail. com. This event is sponsored by AccuStaff, Diversity Magazine, Flori Roberts, It Works! Scentsy Independent Consultant, United Phosphorus Inc., Independent Distributors for SeneGence, Virginia College and the Morning News.

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Student competes at National Geographic Bee Williams Middle School’s Connor Fraley represented South Carolina in the National Geographic Bee held recently in Washington, D.C. In the spring of this past school year, more than 4,600 students competed across the United States and territories in National Geographic State Bees. Each State Bee champion received $100, National Geo-

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Below is Connor’s description of the process in his own words: The process began with a written multiple-choice test in the winter with 35 questions. Those with above 30 correct answers qualified to participate in the School Bee. Not to brag, but I was the only student to get 35 out of 35 right on this preliminary test. So, I competed in the School Bee after-school on a Wednesday in the late winter. I beat out five other students who had high scores and qualified for a test to see who could make it to the State Bee. All school winners must take this test. I scored high enough to make it to the State Bee. To be honest, I came in with low expectations since it was my first time going. However, I pleasantly surprised myself. In the initial state qualifiers, they took all the school winners into separate rooms and asked each of us eight questions. I got seven out of eight correct, and qualified for a tiebreaker round. Since two students got perfect scores and 10 students had seven out of eight, two students had to be dropped to whittle the field down to 10 for the final round. The odds were good, and I made it

into the final round. For the final, we sat at a long table in the front of an auditorium. You could only miss two questions, but I was able to only miss one until the final round. Now it was a best of three between this other person and me. I believe I got one right and he didn't get any, but that was enough to propel me into the National Bee. I won $100 and a free National Geographic Atlas. Now I had to fill out a questionnaire and a video for the National Bee. I did not qualify for the top 10 in the National Bee, but I did not do too shabby. There were two parts; the first was a test of reasoning, worth 6 points. I got five out of six right here. The second was a much harder one-by-one verbal questioning similar to the preliminary rounds in state. I only got four right here. I ended with a preliminary score of 9/16, which was not good enough to qualify but not bad compared to the rest of the field. I think my personal favorite part of the experience was walking around D.C. Being from a small town, I do not go to big cities that often and I had never been to D.C. It was so cool for me to see all the monuments I had seen in textbooks and on TV, but never up close and personal. I also rode on a metro for the first time, which was a fun experience. I even had a brief moment of TV stardom when they mentioned the state winners. It was entertaining to see the bee from a front-row seat. Katherine Hardee served as Connor’s Social Studies Teacher this past school year.

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FSD1 new administrators replace retirees The Florence One Board of Trustees recently approved the appointment of Nathaniel Marshall as Director of Teacher Effectiveness. Marshall will replace Debbie Watson who is retiring at the end of this month. Angela Jacobs has been named Florence One’s Director of Recruitment. She will replace Marlene Williams who is also retiring at the end of June. For the past two years, Marshall has served in Florence One’s Human Resources Department as Coordinator of Teacher Effectiveness and Innovative Projects. Previously, he served as Literacy Coach at McLaurin and Wallace-Gregg Elementary schools. Prior to that, he was a classroom teacher at John W. Moore where he was named Teacher of the Year. Marshall has also served as an adjunct instructor at USC Upstate and as a classroom teacher in Sumter School District. As Director of Teacher Effectiveness, Marshall will supervise the professional/classified staff evaluation process. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from USC Upstate, a Master of Education in Technology from Cambridge, and a Master of Education in Educational Leadership/Administration from Coastal Carolina University. Angela Kirkland Jacobs, who has over 25 years of experience in the field of education and public services, began her career as a teacher in Florence One at Dewey L. Carter Elementary School. She later worked in the Darlington County School District as a Curriculum Coordinator and Assistant Principal. In 2007, she began working in Florence School District Four as Principal of Brockington Elementary (2007-2009); Director of Human Resources and Development and Interim Principal (2009-2011). Most recently, she has served in Lee County School District as principal of Lower Lee and West Lee Elementary schools. As Director of Recruitment, she will provide oversight to the district’s application process and leadership of the targeted recruitment program. Jacobs received a bachelor of arts degree in child development/early childhood education from South Carolina State University; a master of arts in elementary education from Cambridge University; and an education specialist degree in K-12 administration from Cambridge College in Augusta, Ga.

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McLeod administrator to chair Pee Dee Heart Walk Marie Saleeby, Administrator of McLeod Regional Medical Center, will serve as chair for the American Heart Association’s 2017 Pee Dee Heart Walk. Saleeby, who is leading an Executive Leadership Team comprised of 18 Pee Dee professionals, has set an aggressive goal to raise over $300,000 dollars to help prevent, treat and defeat heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases. This year’s event will take place downtown Florence on October 21 and welcomes over 2,000 walkers from Pee Dee medical groups, businesses, and local communities to participate. “McLeod Health has been a long-time supporter of the American Heart Association and I am honored to serve as this year’s chair,” said Saleeby. “It is such a joy to work with an organization that is devoted to making the health of our community better. I look forward to doing my utmost to raise funds and awareness for the good

MARIE SALEEBY work of the American Heart Association.” The Pee Dee Heart Walk is an opportunity for people to initiate changes in their health while raising funds to help prevent the No. 1 and No. 5 killers in South Carolina, heart disease and stroke. The annual event is a non-competitive, 3-mile walk in which teams are created by local companies, organizations, and communities. “I want to challenge all of

Illusionists to appear for Summer Reading event The Florence County Library System will welcome the Wagsters for Summer Reading 2017. The Wagsters are not your typical magic act. With over 20 years of theatrical and illusionary training combined, Brandon and Hannah Lynne are taking classical magic and bringing it into this century. They are the new classic illusionists. This husband and wife team uses the classics of magic and are keeping them alive with fresh modern presentations. The shows will be at the following locations: Monday, June 19, 3 p.m., Baker Memorial Public Library, 298 W. Smith Street, Timmonsville 843-346-2941. Tuesday, June 20, 3 p.m., Dozier M. Munn Public Library, 100 Main Street, Pamplico 843-493-5441. Wednesday, June 21, 3 p.m. Doctors Bruce and Lee Foundation Library, 509 S. Dargan Street 843-292-7382. For more information, contact the Greenberg Children’s Library at 843-292-7382.

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Celebrating community with friends Pee Dee Gardens, a DePaul Senior Living Community in Florence, has been celebrating and giving back to their community along with help from Regency Hospice. The agency recently hosted a Memorial Day picnic for seniors at Pee Dee Gardens with assistance from Florence City Councilman Glynn S. Willis and his wife Sandra. Both are volunteers with Regency Hospice. Regency Hospice visited again in June to help residents create toys for the Florence Area Humane Society. There are a lot of assisted living communities in the area, but there are not a lot that offer memory care units in Florence, said Regency Hospice Community Relations Director Carmen Richardson. “To have that partnership with Pee Dee Gardens is great because we have patients all the time that decline and need to go into a memory care unit,” said Richardson. “We like to have those relationships built up so we know which facility works best for them, what’s suitable for them and their family, being in there constantly, we’re able to marry a patient to the right memory care unit.” Pee Dee Gardens also enjoys partnerships with several other area hospice providers, including Embrace Hospice, Agape Hospice, Homestead Hospice,

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Free swim lessons offered DARLINGTON – Free station-to-station swim lessons for children 5-18 (children under 12 must be accompanied) are being offered a the BP Gandy Pool. Come any day Monday, June 26, through Thursday, June 29, from 10:30-11:20 a.m. Completion is based on your ability to pass all six stations and can take from 1 to 4 days. The BP Gandy Pool is located at 115 Gary Street. Lessons are provided by the Darlington YMCA with the assistance of the Darlington City Police and the City of Darlington. For more Information call Lisa Rock at 843-398-4000 ext. 103, www.upperpdymca.org.

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