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JULY 10, 2019

VOL. 37, NO. 43

SANKOFA African heritage festival draws large crowd BOB SLOAN Editor The sounds of drumbeats carried across Timrod Park and beyond Saturday as people of all races and backgrounds took in the sights and sounds of the 19th annual Sankofa African Heritage and Culture Festival. The festival featured musicians, dancers and other performers from across the state. Some even traveled from out of state to take part in the event held Independence Day weekend every year. As festivalgoers took shade under trees and fanned themselves to cool off from the 90degree temperatures, members of the LaRocque Bey School of

The 19th annual Sankofa African Heritage and Culture Festival was held Saturday at Timrod Park. Musicians and dancers performed while vendors sold traditional African clothing and jewelry.

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Friends of Revolutionary Rivers will host a guided excursion on Snow Island July 27. The excursion group will meet in Johnsonville at 9 a.m. Led by staff from Sonoco Products Co., the four-wheeldrive tour will provide insight into the site of Revolutionary War Gen. Francis Marion’s base camp. The cost is $50 per person. Attendance is limited and RSVP required by calling Jade Perkins at (843) 664-0330, or

by email at Participants should plan to arrive by way of a fourwheel drive vehicle. All proceeds will benefit the Friends of Revolutionary Rivers, a non-profit whose mission is to protect and promote through active conservation, education and responsible use, the natural, historic and recreational resources of the S.C. Rivers National Recreation Trail.

Deaths William “Bill” Adams, 86, passed away July 3. Kistler–Hardee Funeral Home. Frank Elliott Byrd, 88, passed away July 6. Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home. Christopher Collins, 38, passed away July 6. Waters-Powell Funeral Home. Keith Aburey Dabney, 84, passed away July 3. Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home. Louise Davis, 102, passed away June 27. Belk Funeral Home. COUNTRY SINGER TEX RITTER poses with Slim Mims, center, and his Dream Ranch Boys in the WJMX Radio Studio in the 1950s. Mims’ radio program, Dream Ranch Jamboree, was a popular show in Florence. He and his band were also on television on WBTW in Florence and WNCT-TV in Greenville. Photo by the late photographer Ethel Grantham, courtesy of her family.

Max Alton Gardner, 86, passed away July 5. Stoudenmire-Dowling Funeral Home. Barbara Gail Broach Gaymon, 62, passed away July 4. Layton-Anderson Funeral Home. Julie Marie Griggs, 54, passed away July 3. Ideal Funeral Parlor.

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GESTURE OF THANKS: The City of Florence was both surprised and thankful for the generosity of the congregations of First Presbyterian Church, Saint Luke Lutheran Church, and Central United Methodist Church for providing lunch to employees of the city’s Sanitation Department on Monday, June 24.

South Carolina Federal Credit Union is hosting a free document shredding event on Saturday, July 13, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at its David McLeod financial center, located at 2321 Trade Court, Florence. The credit union is working with Shred-It Document Management to aid members and the public in the fight against identity theft and fraud. Shredding personal documents prevents information leaks and security breaches, reduces storage costs and increases peace of mind. Document shredding is

one of the best ways to protect your identity when disposing of financial documents and paperwork with personal information. Participants are limited to four file boxes (or 100 pounds) of paper each. All attendees can enter to win a $100 gift card on site. At the credit union's last shred event in June, attendees shredded over 9,000 pounds of paper. As the paper is recycled, the shredded material helped save 31,581 gallons of water, 77 trees and 14 cubic yards of land fill.

Legal workshops to be held at Florence Library Florence Little Theatre A pair of legal workshops are scheduled to take place at the Doctor’s Bruce and Lee Foundation Library during the coming weeks. The library will partner with South Carolina Legal Services to present a program about paternity and child support on Thursday, July 18 at 6:30 p.m. The program will cover the rights of fathers, how to request visitation, ways to resolve back due child support, and when parents may

be eligible to request modification of child support due. The library will again partner with South Carolina Legal Services to present a workshop titled, “Special Education Law: Know Your Rights,” on Tuesday, Aug. 6 at 6:30 p.m. The library is located at 509 S. Dargan Street. For more information and to register for either of these programs, please call (843) 413-7074, or visit

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Joseph “Joe” John Hadfield, 80, passed away June 29. Cain-Calcutt Funeral Home. Walter “Paul” Heger Sr., 80, passed away July 1. Stoudenmire-Dowling Funeral Home. Mitchell Holloman, 54, passed away June 26. Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home. Rose Marie Leffingwell, 92, passed away July 6. Stoudenmire-Dowling Funeral Home. Bobby Joe Lewellyn, 45, passed away June 30.. Layton-Anderson Funeral Home. Carlton Eugene Lyerly, 82, passed away July 6. Stoudenmire-Dowling Funeral Home. Bobby M. O’Neal, 71, passed away July 5. Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home. Lois Parker Smith, 86, passed away July 1. CainCalcutt Funeral Home. Donald Edward St. Louis, 59, passed away June 25. Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home. Walton Stone, 69, passed away July 3. Belk Funeral Home.


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Florence Little Theatre will host “Act Up! Summer Camp” July 15-19, from 9 a.m. to noon each day. The camp is open to participants ages 5 through 10. There is a $100 registration fee. Acting Up! Summer Camp is geared toward theatre, fun and friendship. Participants will learn through age-appropriate lessons

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A member of the LaRocque Bey School of Dance entertains the crowd Saturday.



Dance in Harlem, New York, entertained the crowd with West African dance moves. They then called members of the crowd to come forward and join in a large dance circle. Not far from the stage were vendors selling traditional African clothing and jewelry. Colorful head wraps, kufis and kente sashes easily caught the attention of passersby. Artwork from Ghana, Nigeria and Senegal were on display at another vendor station. For the hungry, soul food and seafood plates were available for purchase. The word “sankofa” is from the Twi language spoken by the Akan tribe of Ghana. It means to “go back to the past and bring forward what is useful.” The festival serves as a way for all people to learn of the West African culture.

Darlington County Fire District has received seven thermal imaging cameras. The devices were approved by Darlington County Council in February and were received last month. Chief Ricky Flowers said the cameras will be installed on each first out fire engine to further serve the citizens of Darlington County. He said the cameras are a versatile piece of equipment that can be used to assist firefighters with finding victims in fires in homes or searching for a missing person in wooded areas or at night. They can also be used to look for fires between walls to reduce the fire spread. “We are very grateful to

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Above right, a man wearing a headwrap enjoys the music during the Sankofa Festival. At right, necklaces and prayer beads are displayed at one of the many vendor booths set up at Timrod Park.

Family Fun Day at Florence Museum From toddlers to grandparents, Family Days at the Florence County Museum are sure to offer something for everyone. Join us from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday. Family Days are held every second Saturday of the month. No registration is required and the event is free of charge. Events scheduled for this Saturday include: _ “Dye, Print, Weave Small Loom Weaving.” The event will take place in the museum lobby and is open to all ages.

The simple process of weaving can create beautiful fabrics! Participants will create a small weaving using a small cardboard loom. _ “Indigo Dyeing.” This event will be held in the courtyard and is also open to all ages. Add color to fiber using the magic of indigo. Participants will create a small sample by experimenting with different dyeing techniques. - “Simple String Printing.” This event will be held in the art studio and is open to all ages.

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Pension system debt a cause for concern A school in Colorado Springs, Colorado was shuttered. In Three Rivers, Oregon, the school board shortened the school year five days and laid off employees. Schools in Louisville, Kentucky, will no longer have police stationed in them under a city budget pending approval this week -- a plan which would also close two libraries and cut 88 jobs. The city of Harvey, Illinois laid off 40 police officers and firefighters. In the nearby village of Norridge, Illinois, property taxes shot up 35 percent. In San Francisco, they increased $298 annually. Officials in Central Falls, Rhode Island asked retired city employees to voluntarily Rickard take a 50 percent cut in their already-earned retirement Eckstrom benefits. The retirees refused S.C. Comptroller but the town cut them anyway – as part of a Chapter 9 bankruptcy plan. As I’ve been sounding the alarm for the past two decades about South Carolina’s worsening pension funding crisis, I’m sometimes asked what it all means – what are the real-world consequences to the average person? Each of the above is a direct, tangible consequence of neglecting growth in public pension debt until only drastic options are left: steep cuts in vital services, hefty tax hikes or, most unconscionable of all, defaulting on promises made to retired public employees. These are just some of the examples I’ve learned of. And aside from the Central Falls case, they don’t include those municipal governments which have either successfully or unsuccessfully sought bankruptcy protection from creditors – in states that allow it – such as Detroit, Michigan and Stockton, California. South Carolina’s retirement plans currently face a funding shortfall of at least $24 billion. That’s a lot of money – three times more than our current general fund budget. Making up such a shortfall will be painful all around, and the pain will increase annually as we ignore it and let it fester. In 2017, the Legislature passed what was framed as step one of a two-part fix. It addressed the issue the only way it seems to know how – by pumping more taxpayer dollars into the system. But while more money was certainly needed, truly fixing the problem would require major structural changes – reforms for which lawmakers lacked the political will. So, step two never happened. And when it came time to consider what to do with last year’s $177 million revenue surplus, applying money toward the pension shortfall – our state’s most serious long-term problem – simply didn’t make the Legislature’s list of “priorities.” Which brings me to a couple of questions I got last week from someone who’d heard me recently speak about this. Why don’t S.C. politicians seem to take the pension problem seriously? And what will it take to spur state leaders into action? To the first question, I’d offer that there are a couple of reasons — primary among them that, historically, politicians have always figured they’d be long gone from office by the time this financial time bomb detonates. The question “What will it take?” is a harder one, but I hope people will consider the examples I’ve cited about the high cost of inaction. Then, pick up the phone. Call your House and Senate representatives. Make sure they know what’s at stake, and that you’re paying attention. In government, change never comes easy. But it never comes at all unless people demand it. The time bomb is ticking away. It’s certainly time to be alarmed by the enormous debt facing our retiree pension fund. Richard Eckstrom serves as comptroller. for the state of South Carolina.

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Letters an indicater of a paper’s health A wise old newspaper scribe with ink running through his veins once told me if you want to check the pulse of a newspaper, look no further than its Opinion/Editorial page. If you find letters to the editor on a regular basis, it’s a sure sign of a vital, active publication. Letters to the editor mean the paper is being read. It means readers are connecting with the paper. It means they see it as a platform to share their view on things and to let their voice be heard. You’ll notice just below this column there are two letters printed in today’s edition. One is from an individual who is upset with what he sees as aggravating television commercials. The other is from an organization in support of a Korean War Wall of Remembrance in Washington D.C. These letters show that the individual and the organization both saw The News Journal as a viable and legitimate means to share what they had to say with others. We hope more people will take advantage of The News Journal’s Letters to the Editor section. Not only do we welcome them, we encourage

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them. We know that when you’re upset about something or a particular subject concerns you, it’s so very easy to press a few buttons and post something on Facebook. Get something off your chest. Blow off a little steam. Everybody does it. Sadly, in some ways social media platforms have taken the place of writing letters to the editor. I, for one, would contend, that a letter to the editor will garner more attention and be considered worthy of more merit and value than a social media post. I can offer several reasons. There are few ethical rules enforced on social media sites. Any upset yahoo can post libelous and slanderous stuff. Foul language is not a problem. In fact, it’s so common that if there are no four-letter words in a post it is somewhat shocking. There are some posts that sim-

ply make rational sense. With letters, there are certain guidelines and criteria that are enforced to ensure that a person’s opinion is expressed in a respectful manner, that it is readable, that it does not go on and on, and that it is not libelous or malicious. The Letter to the Editor policy published on this page is where you will find this paper’s criteria and guidelines. A quick glance at News Journal editorial pages from the last 18 months revealed some encouraging signs. There were 11 letters and seven guest columns published in our paper during 2018. Not great, but not too shabby either. Thus far in 2019, we have published 17 letters. That’s the good news. The bad news is there have been no guest columns written. Please, keep those letters coming and please consider writing a guest column. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions. Now I want to share a couple of letters to the editor memories that come to mind. It was sometime in the mid-80s that my name first appeared in print. It was a letter to the editor in The Daily-Press/Times-Herald of

Hampton, Va. I penned five paragraphs or so on the need for a bike path on Big Bethel Road near Thomas Nelson Community College. Seeing my name in the paper for the first time was quite exciting. It took a while, but the bike path was constructed. I like to think my letter may have had a little something to do with that. The best letter to the editor I have had the privilege to publish in my close to 30 years in the business was while serving as editor of The Cheraw Chronicle and Chesterfield Advertiser. A young girl of elementary school age wrote a letter that took the local car dealership to task for flying a torn and tattered American flag. I remember she used the word “disgraceful.” The letter caught the attention of many in the community and it wasn’t long before the dealership lowered its old Old Glory and raised a new one. That little girl and her letter proved to me once again that there is power in the pen. Her words made a difference. Yours can as well. Contact Editor Bob Sloan at


Reader urges support for wall of remembrance To the editor I along with millions of Americans will celebrate Independence Day on July 4th. I hope all will pause, reflect and give thanks to our Creator for bestowing to us this great country. But freedom is not free. I suggest readers research what happened to the signers of the Declaration of Independence. All lost their fortunes, some were executed, families persecuted and destroyed, and more. They gave their all to provide us with the freedoms we enjoy today. So did the hundreds of thousands that have lost their lives in all of America’s wars since the Revolutionary War, including those that are serving and protecting us in today’s wars. But I want to address the

Korean War. It was first dubbed a “police action” by President Truman, then “The Forgotten War”, I think in Life Magazine. And it was truly forgotten. Nothing much was written about it. It wasn’t taught in our schools. It was even forgotten by those who participated in it. But we must NOT forget any longer the 37k+ men and women who were Killed-in-Action (KIA) or were Prisoners-ofWar (POW) in that long ago and “Forgotten War.” The South Carolina General Assembly passed a Resolution designating July 27, the Korean War Veterans Day. A Wall of Remembrance has been approved by Congress that will be located at the site of the Korean War

Memorial in Washington, D.C. The Wall will have the names of these individuals engraved in it, thus ensuring their legacy. The Foothills Chapter No. 301 Fundraising Committee is raising funds for the S.C. 576 residents who lost their lives in the Korean War. Florence County had 19. Coward had 3, Florence had 10, Lake City had 5, and Scranton had 1. From now thru July 27 (Truce Day), we will be making a push to raise the $83,000 needed to complete our goal. Please open your hearts and pocketbooks and donate to this most worthy cause. Texas Roadhouse has also agreed to have a Korean War night on July 23 where we will share in the proceeds. Please go and have dinner at

Endless lawyer commercials a nuisance To the editor, The time has come to reduce the constant bombardment from the ambulance chasers. I think that regular evening television viewers have already memorized the nine-digit appeals to litigate fender benders. Although this may seem like it’s your

chance to get the vacation of your dreams, it is at the expense of the rest of us. Insurance companies merely increase rates on everyone eventually. Statistics will get you every time. I like to dine while watching the evening news and early programming, but the

constant mind-bending brainwashing ruins some fine cooking. Will you legal beagles please hit the pause button restart around 9 p.m. when we hard-working stiffs are going to bed? Five a.m. comes early. Kenneth M. Curran Florence

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munity and surrounding areas. All submissions should be sent to You may also mail them to The News Journal office at 312 Railroad Avenue, Florence S.C., 29506 Columns should be under 800 words, and letters should be limited to 500 words. In order to be consid-

ered for publication, all submissions require the name, address and phone number of the person writing the letter or column. Additionally, if you are writing as a member or representative of a certain club, please include the title and club. The News Journal reserves the right to not publish any letter it deems inappropriate or libelous.

Texas Roadhouse on July 23rd. The cost is $350 per name. The goal for S.C.’s 576 names is $200,000. We have raised $117,000 thus far. Tax deductible donations of any amount are appreciated. Make checks payable to: KWVA Foothills Chapter, No. 301. In the “For” area write “WOR” or “Wall of Remembrance.” Mail them to: KWVA Foothills Chapter No. 301, Fundraising Committee, P. O. Box 6903, Greenville, S.C. 29606-6903. Thank you. Lewis Vaughn, S.C. Sen., Ret. Greer

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Members of the McLeod Volunteer Auxiliary presented a check for $50,000 to HOPE Fund Advisory CommitteeChairperson Robin Aiken, Asa Godbold, husband of the late Marulyn Godbold, and her daughter, Emily Reinicker.

The Volunteer Auxiliary at McLeod Regional Medical Center in Florence recently presented a check for $50,000 to the HOPE Fund Advisory Committee. Accecpting on behalf of the committee was chairperson robin Aiken. The donation, in memory of Marilyn Godbold, is designated to the HOPE Fund Endowment. Godbold served as the Director of Volunteer Services at McLeod for 28 years. She was also one of the first members of the HOPE Fund Advisory Committee. In April of 2017, the volunteers donated $50,000 to jump start the endowment.

The goal of the HOPE Fund Advisory Committee was to establish a $1 million dollar endowment so that annual proceeds would ensure vital direct support is available to cancer patients at McLeod in perpetuity. When the volunteers learned that the McLeod Foundation was getting close to reaching the $1 million dollar goal, they challenged the team to reach $950,000 and they would donate the final $50,000 to ensure the endowment was fully funded. Aiken recently announced to the McLeod Health Board of Trustees, the McLeod Cancer Con-

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Jimenez named top DSS employee The South Carolina Department of Social Services’ Employee of the Month program recognizes staff whose work exemplifies our core principles: competence, courage and compassion. Reynaldo “Rey” Jimenez, Career Counselor with Project HOPE, was recently selected as one of four Employees of the Month. “As Gomer Pyle would enthusiastically reply: ‘Surprise! Surprise! Surprise!’ That was my first reaction,” he said. “Man oh man is Rita Brantley (my supervisor) really sneaky. She knows I don’t seek recognition or accolades. That was my second reaction. My third reaction was I surely respect and appreciate my Project HOPE team for this nomination/acknowledgment. I know they care about me; I just didn’t know how much.” Project HOPE is a federally funded Health Profession Opportunity Grant, and in his job, Jimenez plays three roles – transitional specialist, career counselor


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STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF FLORENCE IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS C/A NO.: 2019-CP-21-01037 Reverse Mortgage Solutions, Inc., Plaintiff, vs. The Estate of Mary Elizabeth Jones, and John Doe and Richard Roe, as Representatives of all heirs and devisees of Mary Elizabeth Jones, deceased, and all persons entitled to claim under or through them; also, all other persons, cor-

porations or entities unknown claiming any right, title, interest in or lien upon the subject real estate described herein, any unknown adults, whose true names are unknown, being a class designated as John Doe, and any unknown infants, persons under disability, or person in the Military Service of the United States of America, whose true names are unknown, being a class designated as Richard Roe, The United States of America acting by and through its agent the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Defendant(s). SUMMONS AND

NOTICES (Non-Jury) FORECLOSURE OF REAL ESTATE MORTGAGE 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 508 Hampton Street, Suite 301, Columbia, SC 29201, within thirty (30) days after the service hereof, exclusive of the day of such service; except that the United States of America, if

sent said Defendants, it is ORDERED that Laura A. Gregg, Esquire PO Box 601, Port Royal, SC 29935 phone (843) 505-6566, be and hereby is appointed Guardian ad Litem on behalf of all known and 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 112 Waterman Avenue, Florence, SC 29506; that she 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 Laura A. Gregg, Esquire of PO Box 601, Port Royal, SC 29935 phone (843) 505-6566, 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 Servicemembers’ Civil Relief Act a/k/a 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 week for three (3) consecutive weeks, together with the Summons and Notice of Filing of Complaint in the above entitled action. 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 17, 2019. J. Martin Page, SC Bar No.

100200 Michael C. Masciale SC Bar No. 103819 508 Hampton Street, Suite 301 Columbia, SC 29201 Phone (803) 509-5078 BCPG No. 19-41160 (6/26,7/3,7/10/19) SUMMONS and NOTICE (Termination of Parental Rights) STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF DARLINGTON IN THE FAMILY COURT FOURTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT Docket Number: 2019-DR-16-225 South Carolina Department of Social Services, Plaintiff, vs. Tamarah Ketorah Brown, Ahamad Williamson and Tony Mason, Jr., Defendants AND A.W., DOB: 06/10/2010 T.B., DOB: 06/04/2012 Minors under the age of 18. TO: Tamarah Ketorah Brown YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and required to answer the complaint for termination of your parental rights in and to the minor child in this action, the original of which has been filed in the Office of the Clerk of Court for DARLINGTON County, One Public Square, Darlington, South Carolina, 29540, a copy of which is hereby attached; and to serve a copy of your answer to the complaint upon the undersigned attorney for the plaintiff at 107 South Parsonage St. (Post Office Box 47), Bennettsville, South Carolina 29512, within thirty (30) days following the date of service upon you, exclusive of the day of such service; and if you fail to answer the complaint within the time stated, the plaintiff will apply for judgment by default against the defendant for the relief demanded in the c o m p l a i n t . PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that you have the right to be present and represented by an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, the court will appoint an attorney to represent you. It is your responsibility to contact the Clerk of Court’s Office, One Public Square, Darlington, South Carolina 29540, to apply for appointment of an attorney to represent you if you cannot afford an attorney (take all of these papers with you if you apply). This is a new action. If you had an attorney appointed in a previous action, that attorney is NOT your attorney for this action. YOU MUST APPLY FOR THE APPOINTMENT OF AN ATTORNEY IMMEDIATELY. IF YOU DO NOT APPLY FOR AN ATTOR-


and to the minor children in this action, the original of which has been filed in the Office of the Clerk of Court for FLORENCE County Clerk of Court County, 181 N. Irby St., Suite 2700, Florence, SC 29501, a copy of which will be delivered to you upon request; and if you choose to answer the complaint, to serve a copy of your answer to the complaint upon the undersigned attorney for the plaintiff , 2685 S. Irby Street, Box A, Florence, SC, 29505 within thirty (30) days following the date of service upon you, exclusive of the day of such service. YOU ARE FURTHER NOTIFIED that: the merits hearing in this matter is scheduled for August 20, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at the Florence County Judicial Center, 2nd floor, located at 181 N. Irby St., Florence, SC 29501. Laura J. Bardsley, SC Bar # 13484 G. Conrad Derrick, SC Bar # 1652 South Carolina Department of Social Services 2685 S. Irby Street, Box A Florence, SC 29505 (843) 669-3354/(843) 6739247 Florence, South Carolina 2019 (7/3,7/10,7/17/19)




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and County of Florence, State of South Carolina, being known and designated as Lot 72 on a plat of Fairfield Subdivision by Elbert E. Floyd, Surveyor, dated August 1963 and recorded in Plat Book “V” at Page 87 in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County and being generally bounded and described as follows to wit: on the North by Waterman Avenue on which it fronts and measures 75 feet; on the East by Lot 71 on which it measures 125 feet; on the South by Lot 78 on which it measures 75 feet; and on the West by Lot 73 on which it measures 125 feet, all as shown on Plat by W. O. Powers, Reg. Surveyor dated June 24, 1971. Being all that parcel & land conveyed to Mary Elizabeth Jones, her heirs and assigns from TCIF REO2, LLC by that deed dated April 8, 2004 and recorded April 13, 2004 in Deed Book A832 at Page 1028 of the Florence County, South Carolina Public Registry. Parcel No. 90099-11-004 Property Address: 112 Waterman Avenue Florence, SC 29506 ORDER APPOINTING GUARDIAN AD LITEM AND APPOINTMENT OF ATTORNEY FOR UNKNOWN DEFENDANTS IN MILITARY SERVICE It appearing to the satisfaction of the Court, upon reading the filed Petition for Appointment of Laura A. Gregg, Esquire as Guardian ad Litem for known and unknown minors, and for all persons who may be under a disability, and it appearing that Laura A. Gregg, Esquire has consented to said appointment, it is FURTHER upon reading the Petition filed by Plaintiff for the appointment of an attorney to represent 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 Servicemembers’ Civil Relief Act, and any amendments thereto, and it appearing that Laura A. Gregg, Esquire has consented to act for and repre-

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Pats add baseball, softball transfers to rosters

Spirit of Florence A collection of photos from the Spirit of Florence Independence Day event held July 3 at Sparrow Stadium. The Florence RedWolves wore patriotic uniforms for their game against the Wilson Tobs. Pregame festivities included a concert, a special ceremony led by members of the Rolling Thunder POW/MIA group, and a Missing Man Table. A nearly sold out crowd watched the RedWolves top the Tobs 9-3 and then hung around for a post-game fireworks display.

Patriots’ Driggers a Div. II Academic All-American

Francis Marion’s Emma Driggers recently became the university’s fourth female cross-country/track and field athlete to earn Academic AllAmerican honors.

Francis Marion University junior runner Emma Driggers has been selected to the prestigious 2019 Google Cloud Academic AllAmerica Women’s Track and Field/Cross Country Team for NCAA Division II. The Mauldin native was named to the 14-member second team. Members of the team must hold a composite 3.90 grade point average. Driggers holds a perfect 4.0 GPA. Driggers spent the 2019 spring semester studying overseas as part of an FMU cooperative program. On the cross country course last fall, she was the third Patriot

finisher in all seven meets. She posted a season-best 5,000meter time of 21:41 at the Peach Belt Conference Championship Meet. She was named to the PBC Cross Country All-Academic Team for the second consecutive year. Driggers is part of the FMU Honors Program. She is a McNair Scholar, a CHE Fellow, and a Patriot Mentor. At the 2019 Academic Awards Day ceremony, she received the Phi Kappa Phi Award. At the 2019 athletic gala, she received the Swamp Fox Academic Frankie Award. Driggers is a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, Phi Alpha Theta, and Chi Alpha Sigma honor

societies. She has been named to the Swamp Fox Athletic-Academic Honor Roll on five occasions and to the Peach Belt Conference Presidential Honor Roll twice. She is a member of Baptist Collegiate Ministries and a past Writing Center tutor at FMU. Driggers becomes the fourth Academic All-American for the FMU women’s cross country and track and field programs, joining Amanda Doyle (2009), Emily Reid (1999, 2000), and Elizabeth Pidgeon (1997). Driggers was a Wendy’s High School Heisman state finalist in 2015 at Mauldin High School.

Francis Marion’s athletics department recently announced the additions of several transfer players to the Patriots’ baseball and softball rosters for the 2019-20 seasons. Baseball coach Art Inabinet announced the signing of three junior college transfers – infielder Tyler Mangum of Durham, N.C., first baseman Darius Nobles of Greenville, N.C., and right-handed pitcher Bailey Wendel of Oviedo, Fla. – to national letters of intent to attend FMU this fall. Softball coach Stacey Vallee has announced her team has also added a pair of junior college transfers to its roster - middle infielders Brooke Ward of Manning and Bailey Perdue of Clayton, N.C. Mangum arrives at FMU from USC Sumter. He will join 2019 USC Sumter teammates Vince Hanna and Daniel Twitty as newcomers on the 2020 squad. Mangum hit .313 with a teamhigh 12 doubles for the 31-22 Fire Ants this past season. “Tyler is very athletic and can play any of the infield positions,” Inabinet said. “His versatility will allow him to challenge for any of a number of starting positions, and he could hit anywhere from third to sixth in our line-up.” Nobles, who played at Louisburg College last year, batted .292 with five doubles, eight home runs, and 30 RBIs in 2019. He served as team captain and recorded a .566 slugging percentage and a .400 on-base percentage, while fielding at a .980 clip over 203 chances. At Eastern Florida State, Wendel notched a 3-0 mark with one save and a 3.34 earned run average in 15 appearances this past spring. Opponents hit only .173 against him and he struck out 46 batters in only 35 innings for a nine-inning average of 11.83. He helped lead the Titans to a 31-20 record. All three will have two years of eligibility at Francis Marion. Ward comes to FMU from USC Sumter, where she played for the past two seasons. As a sophomore, she batted .325 with 25 runs scored, seven doubles, a triple, and 26 runs batted in, while also stealing eight bases in nine attempts. She made seven appearances in the pitching circle and recorded a 1-0 mark. Perdue played last season at Louisburg College and batted .402 with 41 runs scored in 48 contests and 11 doubles, four triples, and 19 RBIs. She registered a .474 on-base percentage and was a perfect 14-of-14 in stolen bases. Vallee previously announced the addition of nine players for 2019: catcher-outfielder Sarah Harkins of Waxhaw, N.C.; middle infielder/outfielder Jaiden Kiser of Maiden, N.C., catcher-third baseman Kyla Koch of Chapin; infielder Megan Matsil of Indian Trail, N.C.; outfielder and corner infielder Carson Shannon of Bishopville; outfielder/catcher Alexus Shreve of Moncks Corner; and righthanded pitchers Rachel Davis of Mechanicsville, Va., Madison Lamb of Cades, and Savana Rossen of Leesville.


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Deer antler records program results released by SCDNR Each spring, the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) Wildlife Section personnel make a concerted effort to measure deer racks throughout the state, with a major session during the Palmetto Sportsmen’s Classic in Columbia. Of the 483 sets of antlers measured this spring, 242 met the minimum score for entry on the state records list including 232 sets of typical and 10 non-typical racks, according to Charles Ruth, Big Game Program coordinator for SCDNR. This figure was up from the 232 records entered in the spring of 2018. Although all of the records were not taken during the 2018 season, 198 were taken during the 2017 or 2018 season. Racks must score a minimum of 125 points typical or 145 points non-typical to

qualify for the South Carolina state records list. Records are based on the Boone and Crockett Club scoring system, which measures the mass and symmetry of deer antlers in two categories— typical and non-typical. The top typical buck was a 160 2/8-inch buck taken by James Sims in Fairfield County in November. Sims’ buck qualifies for the Boone and Crockett Club’s Three Year Awards Period and is the new Fairfield County typical record. The second and third highest scoring typical deer in 2018 were a 154 6/8-inch McCormick County buck taken by Russell Porter in November and a 154 1/8 inch Aiken County buck taken by Mike Johnson in November. With both deer netting 162 7/8, there was a tie for the top non-typical buck between Daniel Barn-

A S.C. Department of Natural Resources photo of the record buck harvested by James Sims of Fairfield County. hill’s November 2018 Horry County buck and a buck taken in October of 2017 in Abbeville County by Joseph Hozey. The purpose of the Antler Records Program is two-fold. First, because of the great interest in deer hunting exhibited by sportsmen, it is


a way to recognize outstanding white-tailed deer taken in South Carolina. Second, it provides management information that allows DNR wildlife biologists to identify areas that produce quality deer. When particular areas stand out it is important to attempt to recognize the underlying characteristics that produce outstanding animals. South Carolina’s deer herd is in good condition and after many years of rapid population growth the herd stabilized in the mid-1990s followed by a decreasing trend since about 2002, according to Ruth. Statewide population estimates put the deer herd at about 730,000 animals with an estimated harvest of approximately 190,000 each of the last few years. Although the total deer harvest in South Carolina has trended down, indications from the antler records program are that deer quality remains good.

This would make sense because fewer deer in the population would benefit from increased nutrition. Once again, Aiken County was this years’ top producer of State Record entries with 21 followed by Horry and Laurens with 13 entries each, Anderson County with 12, and Orangeburg with 11 entries. Although some of the top counties have relatively high deer populations, some of these counties have more moderate numbers. It is important that hunters and land managers understand how the density of deer in an area affects the quality of the animals. Areas with fewer deer typically have better quality animals because natural food availability and nutritional quality is higher. Good nutrition is important in producing good antlers, but deer reproduction, recruitment and survival are also directly tied to nutrition. As far as all-time leaders

at the county level, although Orangeburg County (521 records) had topped the list for over 20 years, Aiken County took the lead in 2019 with a total of 529 records. Rounding out the top five counties are Fairfield 298, Anderson 288, and Williamsburg with 272. On the other hand, if you account for the size of the county the top counties per unit area of harvest are Anderson, Abbeville, Aiken, Orangeburg, and Allendale, said Ruth. South Carolina hunters should recognize that harvesting potential Boone and Crockett bucks is not a common occurrence anywhere in the country. This is particularly evident if you consider that there are only about 14,000 white-tailed deer records listed by Boone and Crockett, which includes entries dating to the 1800s. Similarly, the harvest of deer in the United States in recent years has been about 6 million per year. Essentially, the average hunter stands a better chance of being struck by lightning than harvesting one of these record deer. As for the South Carolina Antler Records List, about one in every 800 bucks harvested makes the State Book. Currently, 7,469 sets of antlers (7,167 typical and 302 non-typical) are included on the South Carolina antler records list. Results of SCDNR’s Antler Records Program for 2019 are available on the SCDNR website.

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Supercenter gets charging stations Owners of electric and hybrid vehicles will get a surprise the next time they arrive at the Walmart Supercenter on north Beltline Drive. Greeting them will be a new electric vehicle charging station. The station will allow busy families to charge their electric vehicles while they shop and is part of a broader plan by Walmart to develop

a coast-to-coast EV charging network. According to a press release, the Electrify America chargers are available to the public for use 24 hours a day and feature 150 kilowatt (kW) and 350kW DC fast chargers – currently among the most powerful EV chargers available on the market. Chargers at this power can charge capable vehicles at

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Four new electric vehicle charging stations greet customers as they arrive at the Walmart Supercenter on Beltline Drive.

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