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Emanuel survivor shares her story BOB SLOAN Editor



12 military veterans were presented Quilts of Valor during the Spirit of Central Independence Day celebration held June 26 at Central United Methodist Church.

Spirit of Valor Veterans recognized, honored during annual Independence Day event BOB SLOAN Editor

NAME: Glenn Kirby HOMETOWN: Pamplico Family: Wife, Stacie, and two children, Christian and Ethan. OCCUPATION: Chief Deputy, Florence County Sheriff’s Department HOBBIES OR SPECIAL INTERESTS: Hunting, fishing WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT FLORENCE: Great people, small town feel WHO OR WHAT HAS MOST INFLUENCED YOU? Other law enforcement officers because of what they do.

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If you asked anyone other that the 12 gentlemen honored at the annual Spirit of Central Independence Day event at Central United Methodist Church June 26, it’s almost certain they would say there were both quilts of valor and men of valor on display. Just don’t ask any of the dozen military veterans. “They would humbly tell you they are not heroes,” said emcee Jim Peterson. “We know they are.” The veterans were each presented a Quilt of Valor crafted by the Myrtle Beach Shorebirds with the assistance of the Swamp Fox Quilters. During the presentation, each veteran, joined by family members, came forward and had their quilt wrapped around them during the ceremony. The Quilts of Valor Foundation is a national

non-profit organization founded in 2003. To date, they have provided more than 220,000 quilts to servicemen and servicewomen. Theresa Gouker, a member of the Shorebirds Quilters, said each quilt takes about a year to make. Along with the quilt presentations, guests were treated to a BBQ chicken dinner, a children’s All-American bike parade, and patriotic songs performed by Rebecca Thompson and Dr. Don Grice. Organizers of this year’s Spirit of Central made the decision to honor veterans who served in the 1950s. They also chose to hold the celebration in honor of church member Murray Jordan, who recently passed away. Jordan attained the rank of sergeant and served from 1963 to 1969. He was one of the organizers of the first Spirit of Central event in 2003. Please see VALOR, Page 3A

It has been just over four years ago since Polly Daniels Sheppard walked out of Mother Emanuel AME Church alive. Nine others, whom Sheppard was attending Bible study with the night of June 17, 2015, did not. The horrific event shocked the port city of Charleston as well as the nation. A then 21-year-old white gunman named Dylann Roof walked into the church and opened fire on those inside. Roof was later convicted on nine counts of murder and was sentenced to death. “Emanuel,” a documentary on the shootPlease see EMANUEL, Page 3A

Polly Daniels Sheppard lived to tell of horrifying details of the mass murder at Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston. Sheppard, a Florence native, spoke at the Waters Building on June 27.

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Clemson Extension hits road with new Explore Mobile Lab


Clemson University and Duke Energy are hitting the road this summer behind the wheel of the Explore Mobile Lab, an innovative approach to educating middle school students across the Palmetto State about the critical and growing field of engineering. The mobile lab will be managed by the university’s College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sci-

ences. Student-focused activities will be aligned with state standards in science and math and designed to show students how the math and science they learn in the classroom applies to real life. The mobile STEM lab is the first of its kind at the university and was made possible by a $400,000 gift from Duke Energy.

Deaths Marion Berry Jr., 62, passed away June 28. Layton-Anderson Funeral Home. Mary Helen Hemingway Brown, 96, passed away June 28. Cain Calcutt Funeral Home. Louise Odom Davis, 96, passed away June 27. Belk Funeral Home.

Florence High School, circa 1943. Shown at left are the officers of the graduating class of 1943: Dick Dusenbury, president; Bryant Hicks, vice-president; and Betty Lou Hickey, secretary.

Skeet event raises money for coalition More than 10 teams competed in a skeet-shooting tournament at Moree’s Sportsman’s Preserve in Society Hill on June 14. Clays for a Cause was a fundraiser in its inaugural year and raised more than $17,000 for the Pee Dee Coalition against Domestic and Sexual Assault. Pee Dee Coalition is a nonprofit volunteer organization dedicated to the reduction of sexual assault, family violence, and child abuse and to the needs of its victims. The fundraiser will help with the expansion of New Beginnings Transitional Shelter located in Wallace. As a transi-

tional shelter, New Beginnings gives domestic violence and sexual assault survivors the time and services needed to start a new life free of violence. Residents of NBTS receive vital tools such as counseling, financial education, transportation, and life skills training, case management, and support groups. They can remain residents of the shelter for up to 24 months, in comparison to the 30-90 days of an emergency shelter. Proceeds from the fundraiser will also benefit Pee Dee Coalition to reduce sexual assault, family violence, and child abuse and meet the needs of victims.

“We wanted a fundraiser geared towards men because they can help to change the conversation,” said Janice Rozier, chapter board president for Marlboro County. “They are fathers, uncles, grandfathers, sons, faith leaders, business men, and community leaders. Men can help bring an end to domestic violence and sexual assault just by sometimes starting with a conversation. It was wonderful to see all of these men join together today to bring an end to violence.” Neal Barber, who works at Lehigh Hanson, said “I’ve been fortunate, over the years, to participate in many fundraising

events, including sporting clays. The event on June 14 was very impressive, especially for a first time event. Everyone did an excellent job of planning and execution; from the silent auction and drawings, to the BBQ lunch and the sincerity showed for such a worthy cause. I am amazed at the amount of money raised for a first year event like this; seldom do the first years do so well. Congratulations to Pee Dee Coalition and those who sponsored and supported this cause.” The second annual Clays for a Cause is planned for June 19, 2020.

211 now available to county residents The United Way of Florence County is again offering the services of 211 to all Florence County residents. By contacting 211 by phone, through the app, or by going online, individuals in need of assistance can talk to a live specialist and be connected to a wealth of services and resources in our area. Every day, clients contact 211 to access free and confidential counseling services and assistance programs that

help with a wide-range of needs. 211 specialists can help connect individuals with: Housing and utilities payment assistance, health care and insurance assistance, disaster assistance, food assistance, financial education/ credit counseling, job training, employment services, veteran services, childcare and family services, mental health and substance abuse, senior services, volunteer opportunities, and other services.

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The specialists at 211 listen, identify underlying problems, and connect people in need with resources and services in their community that improve their lives. In 2018 alone, 211s in the US answered almost 11 million calls and almost 1 million texts, chats and emails, helping millions of people with lifechanging support. To contact 211 and use its services, you can call by either dialing 2-1-1, or calling

toll free at 866-892-9211. You can also research services and assistance programs through the website at, or by downloading the SC 2-1-1 app. 211 is free to contact and all inquiries are kept completely confidential. The phone lines and online access areas are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and are available in over 180 different languages.

Neal M. Deas, 81, passed away June 29. Ideal Funeral Parlor. Charles L. Dowdy, 86, passed away June 23. Stoudenmire-Dowling Funeral Home. Charles “Spider” Eaddy Jr., 63, passed away June 29. Ideal Funeral Parlor. Kenneth Robert Knight, 57, passed away June 24. Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home. Holly Mixon, 59, passed away June 29. LaytonAnderson Funeral Home. Helen Lynch Perkins, 82, passed away June 25. Stoudenmire-Dowling Funeral Home. Bennett Ray Poston, 65, passed away June 23. Stoudenmire-Dowling Funeral Home. . Diana McNair Powell, 75, passed away June 28. Cain Calcutt Funeral Home. Mary Bacot Prosser, 88, passed away June 26. Stoudenmire-Dowling Funeral Home. Donald T. “Don” Richardson, 85, passed away June 29. Stoudenmire-Dowling Funeral Home. Carolyn Smith Scott, 81, passed away June 22. Belk Funeral Home. Barbara Tedder, 75, passed away June 25. Layton-Anderson Funeral Home. Robert Lloyd Williamson , 73, passed away June 23. Layton-Anderson Funeral Home.



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ing, was shown in theatres across the nation on June 17, the fourth anniversary of the tragedy. Sheppard, a native of Florence and a graduate of Wilson High School, recounted her memories of the harrowing ordeal during a talk June 27 at the Waters Building on South Dargan Street. A pink chiffon shawl draped around her shoulders, Sheppard spoke softly and slowly as she addressed a standing-room only crowd “My story,” she began following an opening prayer, “is not just about what happened that night, but right now. I’ve finally found my voice to ensure that we never forget the largest race-based mass murder of African Americans in a church.” She said her mission is to “put racism and gun violence on trial.” “We can no longer hide these truths,” she said. “We must end gun violence and acquire racial reconciliation now. I will never allow myself to forget my commitment to



God and my fellow man.” One of the most riveting moments in Shepperd’s retelling of the night of the shooting is when Roof spoke to her while pointing his gun at her head. “He told me,” recalled Sheppard, “‘I’m not going to shoot you. I’m going to leave you to tell the story.’” And that is exactly what she has done for the past four years, traveling the country and retelling what occurred that night inside the sanctuary of Mother Emanuel. She also shares her faith and how gun violence and racism must be stopped. She said she does not credit Roof for her surviving that night and her determination to share her story with others. “He didn’t let me live,” said Sheppard with conviction in her voice. “God let me live. He will never get the credit from me. All the credit goes to God.“ It was not just the horrifying details of the shooting

that left many stunned and in disbelief. At Roof’s bond hearing, which took place less than 48 hours following the mass killing, family members told the then alleged murderer that they forgave him. “I was not so willing to forgive,” Sheppard said. “Then, I thought about Felicia Sanders and I thought if she could forgive, then why did it take me so long? Because the Bible says if you want forgiveness for yourself, you have to forgive others.” Sheppard, who is still a member at Mother Emanuel, will never forget the nine people who lost their lives that night, all of whom she said were dear friends, Sheppard closed her message by saying there is too much hate in the world and that we as communities and as a nation need to find a way to come together. “Together we can heal,“ she said “Together we can love. Together, we can fight for change. We can heal and we can forgive.”


Following are the 12 veterans honored during the Spirit of Central event: n O.S. “Sandy” Aiken Jr. – Rank: Lieutenant. Served in the Navy from 1958 to 1962. He served during the Cuban Missile Crisis. n Cal Camp Jr. – Rank: Captain. Served in Naval Intelligence for 32 years. He served on active duty from 1958 to 1960 and in the Naval Reserves from 1960 to 1991. n Earl Dawkins – Rank: Radioman, second class. Served in the Navy from 1953 to 1962. He received the Korean War Medal and the China Service Medal. n Fred Dubard Jr. – Rank: Captain. Served active duty in the Army from 1958 to 1960 and in the reserves from 1960 to 1966. He served in an administrative capacity testing preinductees and enlisted personnel from East Tennessee. n Charles Green – Rank:

Radioman, third class. Served in the Navy from 1951 to 1960. Charles served during the Korean Wart and afterwards. He was a ship radio operator. n William “Bill” H. Hester – Rank: Captain. Served in the Army Medical Corps. He served in Vietnam, helping build a hospital. He treated patients in a leper colony located near the hospital. n Roy Hudgens – Rank: Petty Officer, Third Class. Served in the Navy from 1951-54. He was on board a transport ship taking troops to Korea during the conflict. While going through the Suez Canal, the temperature on deck was 135 degrees. n John McGinnis – Rank: Corporal. He served in the Army from 1953-55. He arrived in Korea just after the truce was signed. n Laurence McIntosh – Rank: Captain. Served from January through June, 1957, and for six months in 1962

during the Berlin Crisis. n Harvey Senseney – Rank: Captain. Served as a pilot in the Air Force from 1958 to 1966. He was based in Japan and Germany. He flew transports worldwide, including those used in increasing missile tracking in the Atlantic. n Jerry Shealy. He served on The USCGC Bramble, the first ship to circle the Arctic. n Leon Wagnon - Rank Airman, Second Class. Served as an air-to-ground radar operator in the Air Force from 1959-1963. He served in Oak Ridge, Tn., and was stationed in North Carolina during the Bay of Pigs Invasion in Cuba. He also spent time in Morocco. The evening concluded with the playing of Taps by Wayne Jackson, U.S. Air Force Colonel, retired. Jackson is the commander of the Veterans Honor Guard of the Pee Dee.

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Pedestrian deaths down, but still a serious concern Some people think flying is dangerous. Others will tell you that flying is no less dangerous than driving a vehicle on the highway. Statistically speaking, it’s not even close. There were more than 5 million accidents on the nation’s highways in 2018 compared to 20 accidents in the air. The number of highway fatalities in 2018 far outnumbered airline passenger deaths. Recent studies have indicated that even walking is getting more and more risky - especially if you live in South Carolina, and even more especially if you live in Florence. According to the National Complete Streets Coalition’s biannual report on pedestrian safety, South Carolina is the 10th most dangerous state for pedestrians. Statistics from the S.C. Department of Public Safety show there were 150 pedestrian fatalities on state roads in 2018. The rankings are based on something called a pedestrian danger index, or PDI. PDI measures how deadly it is for people to walk based on the number of people struck and killed by drivers while walking in comparison to the number of people that live in that state or metro area. The NCSC’s report is based on traffic deaths that occurred between 2008 and 2017 from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), a national database of fatal traffic crashes. According to the report, Florence has a PDI of 310, which is nearly three times the state average and almost six times the national average. South Carolina, overall, has a PDI of 107, which is nearly double the national average of 55.3. Between 2008 and 2017, drivers struck and killed 1,144 people walking in South Carolina. Over the past decade, the number of people struck and killed by drivers while walking increased by 35.4 percent nationwide. In the same time period, South Carolina’s pedestrian deaths increased by 52.5 percent. Of the state’s metropolitan areas, Florence ranked first. A distant second was Myrtle Beach at 171, followed by Spartanburg at 165, Sumter at 156, and Greenville 153. The lowest reported index was Columbia at 50. Other recent studies, including one by the Governors Highway Safety Association, reveal the same concerning numbers. Kind of gets you a little nervous about taking that leisurely Sunday afternoon stroll, doesn’t it? Before you put your walking shoes away, look at the numbers thus far in 2019. The South Carolina Department of Public Safety reported 80 pedestrian deaths across the state as of June 23. There have been only two pedestrian deaths in Florence thus far in 2019. At this time last year, 10 pedestrians had been struck and killed. This is good news, but we still need to remain cautious. With this in mind we offer some safety tips from the S.S. Department of Public Safety for both pedestrians and drivers: For pedestrians: • Try to make any walking trips during the daytime when it is easier to be seen. • If walking or running at night, wear light-colored or reflective clothing to improve visibility. • Stay on the sidewalk if available. This is normally the safest place for a pedestrian. • Don’t use headphones. By eliminating your sense of hearing, you are less likely to be able to avoid an accident. For drivers: • Slow down in pedestrian areas. • Look for eye contact. Pedestrians want to know that you’ve seen them before they cross the street. • Take weather conditions into account • Don’t, under any circumstances, drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs. We know many of these sound like common sense, but it can’t hurt to be reminded. Please be safe.

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Marriage milestones and making it work A nationwide search is presently underway to find the longest married couple in America. Singer-songwriter Karen Javitch has written a catchy little tune titled, “The Anniversary Song.” She wants to promote it by finding the couple that tied the proverbial knot and have been able to keep it from unraveling over the longest period of time. “Everyone knows the ‘Happy Birthday’ song,” states her press release, “yet we all stumble when we try to sing a song for someone’s anniversary.” The release goes on to state that Ms. Javitch plans to serenade the lucky couple in person and then donate $1,000 to the charity of their choice. To register a marriage date for the search, visit All this got me to thinking and I decided to do a little research on lengthy marriages. Having been divorced twice, the first lasting 12 years and the second just seven, I would not be the one to talk to on the subject of what makes a successful marriage. This proves challenging, considering I serve as pastor and “counsel” couples before pronouncing them husband and wife. I offer them whatever wisdom I can muster up and then hope and pray they discover that happily ever after does exist. Now back to the research. Here’s what I found: The world record for the longest marriage is Karam and

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Kartari Chand of Bradford, England were married for 90 years. Karam passed away in 2016 at the age of 110. John and Ann Betar of Fairfield, Ct., celebrated their 85th anniversary in 2018. John passed away in September of last year. He was 107. Ann recently celebrated her 102nd birthday. Closer to home, Brooke and Milvee Godwin of Florence were recently honored for being the longest-married couple at a celebration dinner held at the Leatherman Senior Center. The Milvees, wed in 1948, have been married for 71 years. Not too shabby, huh? I had an aunt and uncle, Doc and Freda Conyers of Paris, Tn., who managed to make their marriage last more that three quarters of a century. They celebrated their 80th year together in 2010 with a big to-do at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville. It was a grand occasion, but the best part may have been the cake. The hotel’s chef was obviously thinking that no two people could possibly be married that long. When the cake arrived at the table, the inscription in blue icing read, ‘Happy 80th Birthday.” “Doc” and Freda just

chuckled. I’m sure they had laughed their way past far bigger goof-ups over the course of eight decades. And then there is my alltime favorite marriage story. I was working the late night shift at Atkinson’ s Texaco in Albemarle, N.C., in the fall of 1989. The reason I remember this is because I was working there one September night when Hurricane Hugo blew the roof off the joint while I was huddled behind the counter. Hurricanes and marriages – is there a connection? I’ll let you decide. Anyway, two beautiful and wise blue-haired ladies in their 70s would arrive most mornings at Atkinson’s around 3 a.m. to begin making biscuits from scratch. My, but those biscuits were tasty. I can’t remember these ladies’ names, so we will call them Greta and Gertrude. While taking a break in the early morning hours, the subject of marriage came up. I sat mesmerized as they shared their stories with me. Greta went first. She told me she met her hubby in Myrtle Beach on a Saturday night. They got married on Monday at the courthouse in Albemarle. She said that she and her husband were still married and still very much in love 50plus years later. Two days and stranger becomes life-long spouse. Go figure. Gertrude’s story was next. She and her beau grew up together. Their fondness for one another went all the way

back to middle school. They never got married, but had shared their lives together for nearly 25 years. She said it was good and that she was happy. And then, one day they decided to make it official. Gertrude said she could not remember the exact reason they decided to take the plunge into wedlock. And so they got married. It was a big church wedding with lots of friends, she said. Less than a year, later, they were separated. Not long afterwards the divorce papers were signed and the two went their separate ways. When I asked why, all she said was that things changed and they could no longer get along, let alone live together. Again, go figure. Those two marriage stories have stuck with me all these years and I’m still trying to understand what to take from them. So what is the secret to a long and lasting marriage? The celebrated couples mentioned earlier offered these bits of advice: Karam and Kartari Chand: “Keeping no secrets from each other. Trying very hard not to argue. Spending as many days as possible with family.” Ann Betar: “Listen to one another no matter what the situation is. We’re not arguing, we’re listening and we’ve always listened.” Milvee Goodwin: “Patience. See SLOAN, Page 5A

Founding Fathers knew freedom takes teamwork I spend my days traveling from one American community to another. Some of them are bustling larger cities. Others are quiet small towns. What they all have in common is the burning desire to revitalize themselves: to become more vibrant, prosperous, livable, and loveable than they are right now. And as I work with these diverse groups of Americans, I see a theme that we might all heed as Independence Day approaches: Those communities that work together, win together. In communities where people come together, put their self-interest on the back burner and work as a team, things get done. In communities that don’t, nothing gets done. It’s really that simple. While America is often proclaimed the land of rugged individualism, this is more myth than historical truth. After all, our ancestors settled down in small communities where they worked together, shared what they had, and leaned on each other when times were tough (which, let’s face it, was basically every day in a land of bear attacks, droughts, hurricanes, forest fires, and life-threatening epidemics). And on the larger stage, our nation’s founders had to work together in a similar fashion when they decided to bring America into being.They were working toward independence as a new nation,

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but they had to rely on interdependence to get there. And as leaders of communities of all shapes and sizes and demographics and political persuasions, we can all learn a lot from them. Here are four big lessons we should all heed as we seek to move our communities toward vibrancy: History Lesson No. 1: Our founders set aside their selfinterests and created something that worked for everyone. Lots of different professions, industries, and interests were present at the birth of America. Cabinet makers weren’t fixated only on the wood industry, nor silver smiths on the silver trade. Everyone was fired up to contribute to something bigger than themselves. They bought into the overarching mission, and weren’t bogged down by endless debate over the short-term costs of their plan of action. Takeaway For Today: Don’t be overly concerned with your own wellbeing. Setting aside your own short-term best interests may accomplish far more for everyone in the long run. Because a rising tide lifts

all boats, this includes you. History Lesson No. 2: They didn’t let ideological differences stop them from achieving something tangible. Despite bitter disputes and differences of opinion, a group of people with little in common other than their shared determination that change was needed were able to get mobilized and get something done. While there was much to be decided about the way things would function in the new nation, they all recognized that there wouldn’t even be a new nation if they didn’t set aside their disagreements and move the ball down the court. Takeaway For Today: Know what matters. Don’t get bogged down by petty disputes about how things should get done and let it sabotage the greater task at hand. History Lesson No. 3: They weren’t constantly trying to steal the spotlight from each other. Instead, they agreed to let someone else be “the one in charge.” No one complained that John Hancock’s signature was bigger than theirs, or that so-and-so got to sign the Declaration before they did. (Okay, it’s possible, but we can see by the document that resides in the National Archives that it got done anyway!) The founders kept their focus on the ambitious mission/vision of standing up to one of the most

powerful authorities in the world: the King of England. Takeaway for Today: Don’t always try to make it about yourself, or worry that your teammates are getting the spotlight. Keep the greater goal in mind and stay focused on that. History Lesson No. 4: The See STUDER, Page 5A

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Patience. Patience. Learn to communicate. That’s the hardest thing in the world to do.” Uncle Doc once told me, “Never, ever discuss anything important after 9 p.m. You’re both tired and nothing good will come of it.” That sounded pretty solid to me, and still does, but I tried and it still didn’t work. Go figure. Still not satisfied, I posed the question on Facebook to see what advice others had been given on a successful marriage. Here are a few: “Always put God first.” “It’s not 50-50 participation. It’s 100 percent participation.” “You were joined together as one. You can’t win an argument against yourself.” “It’s a triangle – God, wife and husband.” “Don’t have unreal expectations of each other. No one can change the other.” “Marry your best friend and grow with each other.” “Nancy’s grandmother said to ‘Just be nice to each other.’ That’s kept us going for 42 years.” “Mom’s advice was ‘Always make time for each


other. You want to still be together when the children are grown and gone.’ Well 53 years later, here we are!” “Never, ever go to bed mad.” “Always seek God first. Pray together. Never go to bed angry. Kiss in the morning and at night.” “Talk to each other and try to understand how the other person feels, and always say ‘I love you’ even if you are mad.” “Don’t be afraid to say you’re sorry first.” A successful marriage - is it a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma? Or is it simply common sense, like talking to one another, respecting one another, being kind to one another, and not going to bed angry? Marriage is not easy. It takes work and commitment, and, most importantly, unconditional love. And just so you know, I have officiated quite a few weddings and not a single one has ended in divorce. Yet. Contact Editor Bob Sloan at editor@florencenewsjournal. com


founders didn’t wait on the government to “fix it.” Instead, they joined together and took bold action at the local level. The changes desired by American colonists weren’t coming from Great Britain. And so, in the summer of 1776 delegates from each of the Thirteen Colonies took it upon themselves to challenge British authorities and make change happen—their way. Takeaway for Today: Remember that citizen-powered change is the most powerful change. If it’s to be, it’s up to you and me, not government agencies. (Local governments tend not to have the budget to drive fundamental change, and due to election cycles, officials come and go. Many won’t be around to see long term projects through.) Yes, early communities needed each other and that drove a lot of their interac-

tions. We went through a period of time where we started to believe we didn’t need each other and that clearly isn’t true. We now realize that working together is the only way we can make our cities and towns thrive. No one is saying America’s founders were perfect. They were far from it, as we are. But one thing they got right was the knowledge that they needed to work together for a common cause. Teamwork is a powerful force. We couldn’t have built a nation without it, and we can’t build a better community without it either. Quint Studer is author of Building a Vibrant Community and founder of Pensacola’s Studer Community Institute, a nonprofit organization focused on improving the community’s quality of life. Contact him at either or

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Freedom Schools Program holds finale performance Scholars of the Tiger Academy Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools Program at North Vista Elementary School participated in a finale performance June 27 to represent what they have learned through their experience with the CDF Freedom Schools Program. The performances included public speaking, African drumming, dance, visual arts, and audience participation through Harambee. The CDF Freedom Schools® Model empowers youth to excel and believe in their ability to make a difference in themselves, their families, communities, country and world with hope, education and action. The program is a summer literacy and cultural enrichment program designed to serve children and

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FDTC commission elects new officers Florence-Darlington Technical College’s governing body elected three new officers on Tu e s d a y, June 25, at its last meeting of the fiscal year. D r . L e r o y Robinson Sims o f Hartsville is the new Chairman of the Florence Darlington County Commission for Griffin Te c h n i c a l Education. Former Governor, Nikki Haley appointed Dr. Robinson to the Commission in the Robinson spring of 2016 to represent Darlington County. Dr. Robinson is

Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and practices at Women’s Care of Hartsville. Florence dentist, Dr. Joe Griffin was elected as the Commission’s Vice Chairman in the same meeting. He was appointed to the County Commission in the spring of 2014 and is the Principal Dentist of Advanced Dental Center. Dr. Griffin represents Florence County on the Commission. Dr. Ershela Sims was elected as the Commission’s Treasurer and was appointed to represent Darlington County last year. She’s a Senior Vice President at the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics (GSSM), where she heads up the Accelerate Virtual Engineering Program in Hartsville. All three commissioners will serve one-year terms as officers, but they have the option to succeed themselves for one additional consecutive term.

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Francis Marion University’s Dr. Deborah Hopla has been named a member of the American Academy of Nursing’s 2019 class of academy fellows. Hopla is one of 231 distinguished nurse leaders from across the nation selected for this year’s class. A A N fellows a r e selected by a committee of t h e i r peers. Selection HOPLA is based on their contributions to increase access, reduce costs, and improve quality through nursing theory, practice, and science. Induction into the Academy is a significant milestone in a nurse leader’s career. Hopla, the director of FMU’s MSN Family Nurse Practitioner program, is both an educator and a practitioner. Besides leaded the FNP program, she is an associate professor of nursing and a practicing FNP at Hope Health in Florence. She’s practiced in the Pee Dee area since 1993.


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INDEX 100 ...............................................LEGALS 150 .........................................STATEWIDE 200..........................................ADOPTION 210.............................ANNOUNCEMENTS 215...............................................EVENTS 216..................................................TRIPS 250 ..........................................AUCTIONS 300........................FINANCIAL SERVICES 310 ..........................INTERNET SERVICES 320.....................................INSTRUCTION 350..........................................PERSONAL 375 ........................HEALTH & NUTRITION 400...........................................ANTIQUES 405 ...BEAUTY SALONS/BARBER SHOPS 410..............BOATS/JET SKI & SUPPLIES . 420 .............GARDEN/FARM EQUIPMENT 425......................GUNS & ACCESSORIES 435..................................FARM ANIMALS 440 .............................LOST AND FOUND 450 ...................................MERCHANDISE 452............................................PRODUCE 455 ...................MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS 460 ...............................PETS & SUPPLIES 470................................WANTED TO BUY 480.......................................YARD SALES 500 ....................................EMPLOYMENT 510 .................BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY 515 ....................................HELP WANTED . 520 ...........................................SERVICES 525........................................CHILD CARE



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

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devisees of Mary Elizabeth Jones, deceased, and all persons entitled to claim under or through them; also, all other persons, corporations 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 named, shall have sixty (60) days to answer after the service hereof, exclusive of the day of such service; and if you fail to do so, judgment by default will be rendered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint. YOU WILL 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-inEquity/Special Referee, pursuant to Rule 53 of the South Carolina Rules of Civil Procedure. 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 the P l a i n t i f f . LIS PENDENS NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT an action has been or will be commenced in this Court upon complaint of the above-named Plaintiff against the abovenamed Defendants for the foreclosure of a certain mortgage of real estate

given by Mary Elizabeth Jones to World Alliance Financial Corp. dated January 23, 2008 and recorded on February 5, 2008 in Book B163 at Page 425, in the Florence County Registry (hereinafter, “Subject Mortgage”). Thereafter, the Mortgage was transferred to the Plaintiff herein by assignment. The premises covered and affected by the said Mortgage and by the foreclosure thereof were, at the time of the making thereof and at the time of the filing of this notice, more particularly described in the said Mortgage and are more commonly described as: All that certain piece, parcel or lot of land, situate, lying and being in the City 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 represent 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 Mili-

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tary 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) NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE Property of the following tenants will be sold for cash to satisfy rental liens in accordance with Title 39, Chapter 20, Section 10 through 50 of SC Code of Laws. All items will be sold or otherwise disposed of. Sale will be conducted on Wednesday, the 17th day of July 2019 at 1:00 PM or on a later date with bidding to take place online at All goods will be sold in AS IS condition, all items or spaces may not be available at the time of sale. Cash only and a $100.00 cleaning deposit will be taken. Property is located at Storage Rentals of America #34, 1309 E. Howe Springs Road, Florence, SC 29505, Florence County. F-09 Stephanie Alexandra Rivera-Household Items C-01 Tarris Lorenzo Rouse-Household Items E-14 Barbara TobyHousehold Items G-15 Maria Eaddy PeeHousehold Items (6/26,7/3/19) 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 attor-

ney 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 ATTORNEY WITHIN THIRTY (30) DAYS OF RECEIPT OF THE COMPLAINT, AN ATTORNEY WILL NOT BE APPOINTED FOR YOU. Refer any questions to the attorney for Plaintiff, (843) 479-6863. Delton W. Powers, Jr. Attorney for Plaintiff Post Office Box 47 Bennettsville, South Carolina 29512 Phone: 843-479-6863 Fax: 843-479-7222 SC Bar Number: 4549 (6/26,7/3,7/10/19) NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT HOWE SPRINGS SELF STORAGE WILL SELL THE FOLLOWING UNITS TO SATISFY THE LIEN PLACED UPON THESE UNITS FOR UNPAID RENT AND OTHER FEE’S. THE PUBLIC SALE WILL BE HELD ON SATURDAY JULY 13, AT 10:00 AM WITH COMPETITIVE BIDDING. THE SALE WILL BE HELD AT 825 HOWE SPRINGS RD, FLORENCE, SC 29505. HOWE SPRINGS RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SET A PRICE, REFUSE ANY OR ALL BIDS OR POSTPONE THE SALE OF ANY UNITS. JAMESY MORRISONX01- HOUSEHOLD SCHLEVIA TAYLOR-E87HOUSEHOLD MELETHIA GEATHERSE100-HOUSEHOLD KELVIA BACCUS-D72HOUSEHOLD JAMES MORGAN-C59BHOUSEHOLD ADAM EIRZMAN-B27HOUSEHOLD STEVE WEBSTER-A16HOUSEHOLD SHANEKA MCCALL-A02A15B-HOUSEHOLD (7/3,7/10/19) SUMMONS AND NOTICE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF FLORENCE IN THE FAMILY COURT OF THE TWELFTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT DOCKET NO.: 2019-DR-21-383 South Carolina Department of Social Services, Plaintiff, vs. Shequila A. Daniels Courtney Epps Anthony Frierson Defendants, IN THE INTEREST OF: Michelle Daniels (04/09/2010) Shamarion Epps (02/10/2014) Minors Under the Age of 18 TO

DEFENDANT: Courtney Epps YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and served with the complaint for nonemergency removal and notice of merits hearing in 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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A covered shelter with benches and a wooden cross will give residents of the Courtney McGinnis Graham Community Shelter and others a place for prayer and reflection.

Prayer garden dedicated to memory of Hannah Skipper BOB SLOAN Editor

“When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a bit of talent left, and I could say I used everything he gave me.”

Scenes from Friday’s Florence After Five on Dargan Street. Above, the ladies of Tru Sol perform for the crowd. At right, it’s never too soon to show your patriotic spirit. Below left, even dogs enjoyed an evening of fun. Below right, there were plenty of tasty options to consider for dinner.

Those are the words inscribed on the plaque dedicating the prayer garden and pavilion at the Courtney McGinnis Graham Community Shelter in honor and in memory of the Hannah Skipper. A dedication ceremony for the new garden and seating area was held June 25. Operating through SKIPPER the Hannah Skipper Foundation in her memory, volunteers built the shelter, created a walkway, and did all the landscaping.

Hannah Skipper died in a 2018 automobile accident at the age of 17. She was a senior at West Florence High School and played shortstop for the Lady Knights’ varsity softball team. Family members said Hannah was passionate about helping others, so dedicating the garden and pavilion in her memory seemed only fitting. The Courtney McGinnis Graham Community Shelter, operated by the House of Hope, is a place of refuge for men, women and children who find themselves in need of assistance. The shelter, which provides food, shelter and clothing, is located at 535 S. Church Street in Florence. The House of Hope is a Christ-centered ministry consisting of the shelter, which provides emergency food and lodging for men, women and families, and the Men’s Home, which offers transitional, long-term help for men only seeking a new start to their lives. For infirmation, visit

A plaque dedicating the new prayer garden at the Courtney McGinnis Graham Community Shelter in memory of Hannah Skipper.

Biblestore Outlet opens at Commons at Magnolia BOB SLOAN Editor Biblestore Outlet, a Christian bookstore that is part of the ministry of OM Ships International, officially opened its doors on June 27. The store is located at 2831 David H. McLeod Blvd., in the Commons at Magnolia. The store, which has an upstairs and downstairs, boasts an impressive range of more than 5,000 different titles on the shelves, from Bibles and Christian living books to novels and children’s books, all at reduced prices. Nearly all of the books are priced at $5 or less. With an office on Southborough Road in Florence, OM Ships International supplies an ocean-going ship with Bibles and Christian books to be carried all over the world. Missionaries from more than 60 nations staff the ship. Many international volunteers also serve on the Florence campus. John Satterly, OM Ships International’s

managing director for Literature, traveled from the organization’s headquarters in Germany to help set up the new Biblestore Outlet. “Since OM came to Florence in 2006, we have wanted to have a retail outlet — but we believed it was more important to esteem the bookstores that were already operating locally,” he said. “It’s very sad that they have closed, but now we are able to stand in the gap and provide Bibles and Christian living books, novels and children’s resources at highly competitive prices.” Literature Operations Director Andy Davies said he hopes area residents see the Biblestore Outlet as not just a bookstore, but a hub for the community. “We’ve always got free coffee on the go,” said Davies. “We have a small meeting room available for use — whether it’s for a pastors’ fellowship morning or a ladies’ Bible study. We’re looking forward to getting to know people from churches in the area better.”

Customers peruse the aisles of the new Biblestore Outlet during its grand opening on June 27.


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Temptations, Colvin headline PAC lineup Francis Marion University’s Performing Arts Center is offering some real temptations in its 2019-20 entertainment season. That includes the actual Temptations, who’ll bring their famous sound and style to the PAC on March 7. Also on the schedule recently announced by PAC Director Bud Simmons are Grammy winners Steve Earle and Shawn Colvin, fellow Grammy winner and songwriting legend Jimmy Webb, the red-hot Texas Tenors, and

The Temptations

Gin Blossoms. Simmons said additional shows may be added to the season at a later date. Tickets for all six shows went on sale July 1. Ticket prices range from $37 to $57 for mid-tier tickets. For a limited time, patrons can purchase a special “Tempting Trio” ticket for just $99. The Tempting Trio offer is available through July 15. The Temptations are an undeniable music icon. They are on Rolling Stone Maga-

zine’s list of the 100 Greatest Artists of all time, are the recipients of a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Their timeless music has produced platinum albums and chart-topping hits across the decades, and remains as relevant today as it’s ever been. The new jukebox musical “Ain’t Too Proud,” based on the Temptations’ story, opened on Broadway in March and was nominated for 11 Tony Awards. It won the Tony for Best Choreography. Singer Shawn Colvin,

who’ll be at the PAC on April 25, stands out as a singular and enduring talent. Her songs are slow-release works of craft and catharsis that become treasured, lifetime companions for their listeners. Colvin has won three Grammy Awards and been nominated for six others. The Texas Tenors, the most successful music group in the history of America's Got Talent!, will bring their inspiring three-part harmonies to the PAC on Feb. 15.


Retirement planning With company pension plans becoming less prominent and shortfalls in Social Security more likely, planning for your retirement is now more important than ever. The fear of outliving one’s retirement savings is ever present as society is faced with longer life expectancies and a continuous rise in the cost of living. However, living the retirement you’ve always dreamed about can be a reality. All it takes is proper planning. When planning for your senior years, the first thing to do is to think about what kind of life you would like to have. Some experts estimate that annual retirement needs could range anywhere from 70 to 100% of your current income.

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Once you have established the amount you’ll need to live on during your retirement years, you can review your current savings and retirement benefits, including funds from company retirement plans and Social Security. You’ll also want to review your assets and liabilities and determine how much debt you’ll still have at retirement. After you’ve estimated what it would cost you to retire today, factor in the cost of

inflation in order to give you a better idea of how much retirement funds you’ll actually need. Planning for retirement as early as possible may be the key to accumulating the funds you’ll need to live out your future goals. An investment professional can help you determine a savings strategy that will help you pursue the retirement you’ve always wanted. Article provided by Stephen Jones, CFP®, a Senior Vice President/ Investments with Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated, member SIPC and New York Stock Exchange, who can be contacted in the Florence office at (843) 6657599.


Recently recognized for their efforts were Francis Marion University employees George Gainey, left, Ann Williams, Karl McAllister and John Petrush.

FMU recognizes employees at luncheon Francis Marion University recently recognized outstanding contributions by four of its employees at its annual Staff Awards Luncheon. Ann Williams received the John J. Kispert Leadership Award, and Karl McAlister was the recipient of the Marvin Lynch Humanitarian Award. John Petrush and George Gainey were named winners of the University’s two Outstanding Staff Service awards. Williams, the recipient of the Kispert Award, is the University registrar. She has been with FMU for 24 years. The Kispert award, named after the University’s outgoing vice president for business affairs John “Jay” Kispert, recognizes staff members who inspire their colleagues with a higher standard of leadership than what is

called for by their position. McAlister, who received the Lynch Award, is a library specialist at the Rogers Library and has been an FMU employee for the past 25 years. McAlister has been instrumental in preserving and promoting the Hewn-Timber Cabins at the University. The Lynch Award recognizes a staff member who exhibits an unusual commitment to and care for his fellow man both on and off the job. John Petrush is the University’s director of instructional technology and has been at FMU for the past seven years. George Gainey is FMU’s estate groundskeeper and has been employed at FMU for 12 years. Other employees were recognized for long-time service at

the annual Staff Awards Luncheon. Recognized for 30 years of service were: Dean Blackburn, Benjamin Blanks, and Brenda Calcutt. Recognized for 20 years of service were: Marion Atkinson, Art Inabinet, Janet Pearson, Cheryl Tuttle, Howard Brown, Jane Madden, Janice Smith, and Ronnie Woodberry. Recognized for 10 years of service were: Lind Kelly, Brandon Turbeville, and Marquis Woodberry. Nine employees who recently retired or will soon be retired from FMU were also honored. They included: Christal Bazen, T. Lang Beaty, Angela Cantey, John Kispert, Karl McAlister, James McLeod, Ted Nettles, Mitchell Pressley, and David Robinson.

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Florence Rotary swears in Pate as president The Florence Rotary Club recently installed business owner Blake Pate as its president for 20192020. The swearing in ceremony took place during the club’s annual awards banquet at Victor’s Restaurant. Pate, owner/operator of the Chick–fil-A on David McLeod Boulevard, takes over for outgoing president Jonathan Edwards. Awards presented during the evening included: _ Club Treasurer David Wansley was presented the Rotarian of the Year Award, _ Club Secretary Derek

Hemmingsen was presented The President’s Award. _ The Four-Way Test Award was presented to Henry Brunson, Rotarian and founder of Cooks for Christ. _ Blake Branham was recognized as the Young Professional of the Year.

James Sheehy, left, was sworn in as the new president of the Florence West Rotary Club during the organization’s Change of Officers Banquet on June 27 at the Florence Country Club. Sheehy is shown presenting a plaque to outgoing club president Emery DeWitt.

The club also announced the recipients of $8,000 in grants. The Chrysalis Center, Mercy Medicine, Pee Dee Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Assault, House of Hope and the Boy Scouts each received a $1,500 grants from the club.

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Soccer registration at Florence YMCA Florence Family YMCA is holding youth soccer registration, The league is open to boys and girls, ages 3 to 13. Players will practice fundamental skills as well as specific soccer strategies with an emphasis on fun. Children will also meet

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Margaret Elizabeth (Meg) Ramey and Randal Daniel (Duke) Adams, both of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, were married May 18, 2019, at Saint Andrews Episcopal Church, St. Andrews, Scotland. Celebrants for the 6 p.m. ceremony were Reverend Dr. Trevor Hart and Reverend Julia Boothby. The bride, who was escorted by her father, is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. James Tompkins Ramey Jr., of Florence, South Carolina. Meg is the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. James Tompkins Ramey and the late Mr. and Mrs. Julian Frank Fields, all of Honea Path, South Carolina. She graduated from Furman University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish and from George W. Truett Seminary, Baylor University, with a Masters in Divinity. She received a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies from the University of St. Andrews, St. Andrews, Scotland. She is the Director of Education Abroad with Tutku Educational Travel.

The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Daniel Adams of Pottstown, Pennsylvania. Duke is the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. Daniel W. Adams of Mertztown, Pennsylvania, and the late Mr. and Mrs. Warren K. Lantz of Topton, Pennsylvania. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Lebanon Valley College and is employed by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection in the Bureau of Waterways, Engineering, and Wetlands as a Water Program Specialist. Additionally, he is the co-owner of Vagabond Bow Ties, LLC. The best woman was Dr. Hannah Tims, friend of the bride. Mr. Tim Dawson, friend of the groom, served as best man and as the soloist. The pianist was Mr. Richard Evans, and the bagpiper was Mr. Angus Kennovin. Miss Veronica Cruickshank was the flower girl. Interpreter for the ceremony was Mrs. Dana Page Martin, friend of the bride. Ushers included Mr.

John Boothby, Mr. Peter Dennis, Mr. Christopher Hanson, Mr. Rory Lamb, Mr. David Paul, and Mr. Samuel Serrano Ferraro, former members of the bride’s Youth Group at Saint Andrews Episcopal Church. Scripture readers were Mr. Ernie Adams and Mrs. Nancy Adams, parents of the groom; Dr. Tommy Ramey and Mrs. Betty Ramey, parents of the bride; Dr. Stephen Ramey and Mrs. Brandy Ramey, brother and sister-in-law of the bride; Dr. Anna Lang Cass, Mrs. Melanie Lewis, Dr. Kathleen Burt, and Mr. Alisdair McLeod, friends of the bride. A reception and a ceilidh were held in the church social hall following the ceremony. The couple now resides in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

First Baptist Church is hosting a music camp for children, ages 8-12. Jammin’ Island Music Camp will begin Monday, July 22, and continue through Thursday, July 25, from 1:30 until 5 p.m. each day. The registration fee is $85 and includes t-shirts, snacks and instrument rental. The camp is limited to 24 students. A closing program will be presented to the parents and the community at 4 p.m. on Thursday. Call the church office at 843-662-9451 for more information or to register.

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