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Florence Track Club break records at state meet MT. PLEASANT – It was a record-breaking weekend at the USATF Jr. Olympic State Track & Field Championships, the pinnacle of the track season, June 9-11. Florence athletes came with hopes high and they did not leave disappointed. Eighty-five athletes from the Florence Track Club, sponsored by the City of Florence Parks and Recreation division, competed to win a spot at the USATF Jr. Olympic Track & Field Regional Championships – going after the top 12 spots in their events. Four Florence Track Club athletes broke or tied state records – Kaylanna Burroughs (9-10 girls) in the 1500m run with a time of 5:43.69, Kamille Cunningham (1112 girls) in long jump with a distance of 4.76m, Cassandra Hitch (11-12 girls) in the 1500m race walk with a time of 8:38.89, and Kavan Reynolds (11-12 boys) in high jump at 1.45m. Florence Track Club also had 16 athletes who are state champions: Kaylanna Burroughs in 1500m run and long jump, Kaleb Burroughs (9-10 boys) in 1500m run and javelin, Kamille Cunningham in long jump and high jump, Cassandra Hitch in 1500m race walk, Savannah Jordan (13-14 girls) in javelin, Jalene Kennedy (13-14 girls) in 3000m race walk, Rileigh Lacy (13-14 girls) in pole vault, Kavan Reynolds in high jump,
Kaylanna Burroughs and Alexis Howle competing in the 1500m run, where Kaylanna set a new state record. Ketavious Rose (9-10 boys) in high jump, Thandi Stewart (13-14 girls) in discus, Ja’Marcus Williams (910 boys) in 100m, and Hahsaun Wilson (13-14 boys) in 100m and 200m. Other athletes who qualified for the regional championship include Cameron Aldridge (javelin), Conner
Bailey (3000m, 1500m, 800m), Brandon Bailey (javelin, high jump), Sarah Beth Bailey (high jump, 800m, 1500m), Luke Baker (pole vault), Ellison Banner (400m, javelin, long jump), Morgan Banner (javelin, 1500m, long jump), Jack Banner (3000m), Nicholas Boatwright (4x100m relay, 100m,
200m), Omaryion Boatwright (100m hurdles, javelin, high jump), Kaylanna Burroughs (800m), Kaleb Burroughs (800m), JT Carroll (4x100m relay), Darrian Cole (1500m, 800m), Edyn Cunningham (shot put), Kamille Cunningham SEE
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McLeod Foundation gets $1.4 million Duke grant The McLeod Health Foundation has received $1,428,478 from The Duke Endowment to expand a community network of care for low-income, uninsured patients in Darlington, Dillon, Florence and Marion counties; to establish a regional lactation education program; to prepare for the implementation of a medical/dental integration pilot program; and to establish a community paramedicine program in Clarendon County.
AccessHealth Pee Dee Approximately 21 percent of patients who visit the Emergency Departments in Florence, Dillon, Cheraw, and Clarendon are uninsured. These individuals usually lack a primary care physician, not to mention a means of transportation to visit one, which leads to poor management of their medical issues and overutilization of the Emergency Department. The AccessHealth program uses social
workers and community health workers to assist these patients in accessing primary care, traveling to doctor’s appointments, and navigating the health care system. Expansion of Lactation Consultation The goal of this program is to ensure that every mother giving birth in the Pee Dee Perinatal Region has access to quality lactation consulting. This grant funds Certified Lactation Counselor
(CLC) training for one nurse at every delivering hospital in the Pee Dee, ensuring that each hospital has at least one CLC on staff. It also funds telemedicine equipment to allow mothers at outlying McLeod hospitals to consult with an Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) at McLeod Regional Medical Center, a position that the grant also funds. SEE
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The Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce will host the 2017 PRISM Expo & Business After Hours on Thursday, July 20. This event will be located at Reflection Images at 157 West Evans Street from 5:30-7 p.m. Vendor tables for this event may be purchased on the website to showcase your business. Vendor space includes a 6’ table and a chair. Booth prices are as follows: Corporate: $125; Small Business: $75; Non-Profit: $50 Admission for this event is free to the public. Register online at flochamber.com/events or by calling the Chamber at (843) 665-0515. For more information, please contact Les Echols, Director of Community & Minority Enterprise, Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce. Contact at Lechols@flochamber.com or (843) 519-0934.
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TRACK CLUB FROM PAGE 1A (400m), Jackson Davis (400m, 800m, javelin), Julian Duncan (3000m, 1500m), Belicia Fraser (discus, javelin), Lyera Garguilo (200m, 4x100m relay, 100m, long jump), Sanaa Griffin (shot put), Caleb Hickmon (400m), Jordan Hilton (high jump), David Hitch (80m hurdles, discus), Elijah Hitch (long jump, shot put), Cassandra Hitch (high jump, discus), Alexis Howle (1500m, 800m), Dontavias Hughes (100m, 200m), Michael Jones (110m hurdles, pole vault, high jump), Savannah Jordan (high jump, pole vault, 200m), Myles Jordan (400m, 800m), Sam Jordan (high jump), Jalene Kennedy (javelin), Julia Kleine (100m hurdles, high jump, javelin, shot put), Mason Kleine (shot put, long jump), Rileigh Lacy (javelin, 4x100m relay), Shaleigh Lacy (3000m, 1500m, discus), Keishawn Lyde (100m), Jordan McFadden (high
jump), Samaria McFadden (shot put, javelin), Jaysean McWhite (100m, 200m), MyQuan McWhite (high jump), Tyae McWhite (100m, high jump, long jump, 100m hurdles), Andrew Miller (100m, 200m, long jump), Chase Milo (100m), MyKah Milo (80m hurdles), Patrick Morgan (1500m, 800m), Zane Morris (javelin), Armanii Myers (4x100m relay, high jump), Mary Powers (1500m race walk), Kavan Reynolds (long jump, 100m), Kendrick Reynolds (high jump), Ketaveious Rose (100m, 200m), Anthony SantiAnna (javelin, 4x100m relay, long jump), Brittany Sloan (1500m race walk, javelin), Caelin Sloan (1500m race walk, javelin), Aria Sloan (3000m), Sarah Beth Small (steeplechase, 800m), Winston Stewart (discus, javelin, 4x100m relay, 100m), Osei Stewart (shot put, discus, javelin), Omar Stewart (shot
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put), Thandi Stewart (discus, shot put, javelin), Jordyn Todd (javelin, 4x100m relay), Hidde Verkoeijen (1500m race walk), Sanne Verkoeijen (800m, 1500m, long jump), Hannah Wagner (discus, javelin, shot put), Janie Wag-
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MCLEOD FOUNDATION FROM PAGE 1A Research indicates that if 90 percent of mothers breastfed properly, $31 billion per year in healthcare costs would be saved due to reduced rates of illnesses such as respiratory infections, obesity, and diabetes in children as well as postpartum depression and breast and ovarian cancer in mothers. Despite the many health benefits of breastfeeding, South Carolina has one of the poorest rates of mothers who breastfeed properly in the United States. • Oral Health System-Level Integrated Delivery Model Medicaid and uninsured patients in our region often lack access to dental care, and oral health issues, if untreated, can result in visits to the Emergency Department. This is especially true in patients with diabetes, as systemic inflammation, which can originate in the gums, elevates A1C levels. This grant provides funding for the initial planning stage for the creation of a new model for addressing the oral health needs of diabetes patients. In particular, the program seeks to ensure that family medicine, pediatric, and other providers involved in caring for patients with uncontrolled diabetes become competent in 1) identifying oral health issues, 2) providing preventative oral health services (i.e., fluoride varnishing for children), and 3) collaborating with dentists. • Clarendon County Community Paramedicine Program Despite making up only four percent of the patient population, heavy-utilizers of the McLeod Health Clarendon Emergency Department – those who have visited the Emergency Department more than six times in the past two years – account for 20 percent of total Emergency Department visits. This is largely due to poor management of chronic illnesses. The goal of the Community Paramedicine Program is to help these heavy-utilizers better manage their illnesses. Patients who have been to the Emergency Department four times in a single year for conditions related to a chronic illness – such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), congestive heart failure, diabetes, and hypertension – will be visited at home by a paramedic. The first visit will occur within 72 hours of discharge, and regular home visits will continue for up to one year to ensure that the patient is following their discharge plan and properly managing his/her chronic condition. In addition, patients will be connected with a primary care physician if they do not have one, and have the opportunity to contact their community paramedic before utilizing 911.
Bird, William Gordon, 32, died July 4, StoudenmireDowling Funeral Home. Church, James “Jim” K. Sr, 81, died July 2, WatersPowell Funeral Home. Cockman, John Wesley, 75, died July 4, Cain CalcuttStephens Funeral Home. Coker, Col. Morgan B., PhD, 93, died July 6, Cain Calcutt-Stephens Funeral Home. Collins, Jimilynn, 51, died June 30, McMillan-Small Funeral Home in Myrtle Beach. Evariston, baby, died July 7, Smith Funeral Home. Floyd, Dorothy Mae Cranford, 96, died July 2, Belk Funeral Home. Goda, Scott Alan, 48, died July 3, Stoudenmire-Dowling Funeral Home. Godbold, Anne Warr, 76, died June 26, Belk’s Funeral Home. Gibson, John Jacob, 64, died July 1, Ideal Funeral Parlor Glenn, Mary Inez, died July 5, Jordan Funeral Home. Greene, Jerry Wayne, 66, died on July 6, Waters-Powell Funeral Home. Hill, Haskell, died July 9, Smith Funeral Home. Howle, Charles “Charlie” Wayne Jr., died July 1, Waters-Powell Funeral Home. Jeffords, Thomas LeRoy III died June 30, Waters-Powell
Funeral Home. Kennedy, Mary Alice “Pang”, died July 1, Ideal Funeral Parlor. Lawhon, Catherine Wentz, 61, died July 9, Cain CalcuttStephens Funeral Home. Lee, James “Jimmy” Martin, 68, died July 2, WatersPowell Funeral Home. Mills, Benjamin Jr. formerly of Florence, died July 8, Smith Funeral Home. Mixon, Darlene Mae, 79, died June 29, Layton-Anderson Funeral Home. Owens, Robert Austin Sr., 80, died June 30, WatersPowell Funeral Home. Segars, Minister Brindle Dianne, died July 6, Ideal Funeral Parlor. Shird, Mary Lee, Pamplico, died July 6, Smith Funeral Home. Spigner, Annie Lou Bryant, 91, died July 4, Stephens Funeral Home. Timmons, Shirley, 68, died July 4, Ideal Funeral Parlor. White, Pamela Denise 60, Timmonsville, died July 5, Layton-Anderson Funeral Home. White, James “Mike,” 57, Effingham, died July 4, Stoudenmire-Dowling Funeral Home. Wingate, Joseph “Skeesie” Jr., died June 29, Mitchell-Josey Funeral Home.
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Darlington native is new SC Highway Patrol commander COLUMBIA – The South Carolina Department of Public Safety announced last week that Director Leroy Smith has named a new Highway Patrol commander. Christopher Williamson, a 29-year Patrol veteran, was chosen to succeed Col. Michael Oliver who is retiring after 35 years with the Highway Patrol. Col. Williamson makes history as the first African-American commander to lead the South Carolina Highway Patrol. Oliver was promoted to lead the Highway Patrol in 2011, and Williamson was named as the deputy commander of the division where he has served since. Marc Wright, a 35-year veteran, has been named deputy commander of the South Carolina Highway Patrol. He has been serving in the role of major since 2012. He has extensive experience in administration, field operations and resource management. “This is both an exciting and bittersweet day,” said SCDPS Director Leroy Smith. “We welcome an enthusiastic and visionary leader in Col. Williamson. But we will miss Col. Oliver who has led the Highway Patrol with strength and integrity – often through difficult seasons for law enforcement in our state and nation,” Smith said. Williamson worked alongside Col. Oliver during critical times such as the 1,000 Year Flood, Hurricane Matthew and events following the Emanuel Nine shootings. He has been instrumental in important infrastructure and technological advances within the Highway Patrol. Col. Williamson, a Darlington native, joined the Highway Patrol in 1988. He was promoted to captain in Troop Seven/Orangeburg in 2003 and transferred to Troop Six/Charleston as captain in 2009. Williamson began his career in Berkeley County and
CHRISTOPHER WILLIAMSON, left, a native of Darlington County, was named Commander of the South Carolina Highway Patrol. Congratulating him is SCDPS director Leroy Smith. has spent his career with the Patrol in the Orangeburg/ Charleston region until joining headquarters in 2011. As lieutenant colonel, Williamson managed the dayto-day operations of the Highway Patrol, which has statewide jurisdiction. Williamson oversaw the administrative, operational and support functions of the Patrol associated with enforcement and public safety. He has also overseen traffic/specialized enforcement and safety outreach for 11 Troops. Williamson is married to Deloris Williamson and has two daughters, Krissy and Daysha, and two granddaughters, Kristina and Kailyn. “With this new role comes great responsibility to the citizens and visitors of this state and to the troopers and civilian personnel of the Highway Patrol,” Williamson said. “My primary goals are to continue creative enforcement and safety education efforts to
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SC’s impending $19 billion ‘robbery’ By Phil Noble “Some will rob you with a six-gun, and some with a fountain pen.” Woody Guthrie Full disclosure: I have nothing against the state’s utilities. Back in the 1980s and 90s when I was Director of the Palmetto Project, two of our board members were Virgil C. Summer, retired Chair of the Board of SCANNA (the parent company of SCE&G) and Al Ballard, head of the Electric Co-ops of South Carolina, the retail distributors of Santee Cooper’s power. Virgil was the founding Chairman on the Palmetto Project. Both of these men exemplified the highest values of corporate integrity, accountability and putting the people of our state first. A more recent full disclosure is that in the last few years I have solicited, without success, financial support from both SCE&G and Santee Cooper for non-profit projects. In 2008, South Carolina Electric and Gas and Santee Cooper applied to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission for a permit to build and operate two nuclear power reactors in Jenkinsville, 20 miles northwest of Columbia. The facilities were to be built next to the existing Virgil C. Summer Nuclear Generating Station that has successfully been in operation since 1984. The power companies also received permission from the S.C. Public Service Commission to raise their rates by $1.2 billion (2.5%) during the construction period to partially finance capital cost. The two facilities were to go on line in 2016 and 2019 and the original combined cost for both was $11 billion with SCE&G’s share at 55% and Santee Cooper at 45%. Since then, things have gone from bad to worse to disastrous. Today, both projects are still unfinished. They are not even close – 33 % competed. A Morgan Stanley analysis in March projected that the cost of completing the project could be $22.9 billion, if the project is competed at all. This $22.9 billion is double the original cost. By comparison, the entire budget for the state of South Carolina for this year is about $7.5 billion. At the root of this tangle of financial issues is an insidious little legal provision called the “base load rate.” In 2007, the power companies got the legislature to pass a law that said the rate payers will have to pay in advance for the construction cost of new power plants – plus the power companies would be guaranteed a profit of 10.25%. Think about this for a minute, the power companies are able to bill us in advance for their projects – and virtually no matter what the cost over runs or how bad the management screws up, they are guaranteed a 10.25% profit. How did this happen? See Woody Guthrie’s fountain pen above – abetted by the power companies’ campaign contributions to state politicians, high paid lobbyist, ‘retainer fees’ to lawyer legislators, etc. To make things even worse, the two companies responsible for the construction and financing are in deep, deep financial distress. Westinghouse, who is building the two reactors, has already gone bankrupt and their parent company, Toshiba, will probably declare bankruptcy soon. Plus, the federal tax credit that the utilities got from Congress that they say is vital to finishing the project, is due to expire soon – thus costing billions more. No one knows what will happen next. Perhaps they will continue with building both units. Perhaps they will abandon one unit and built the other. Or, perhaps they will abandon both units and essentially walk away from the whole thing. To add insult to injury, SCE&G officials have said that if they do walk away from these nuclear debacles, they will still get their 10.25% profit and they will have to build another power plant, most likely a natural gas plant, to meet the projected energy needs of the state that the nuclear plants were supposed to cover. And, rate payers will have to again pay for this plant in advance through rate increases and SCE&G will still be paid their 10.25% guaranteed profit. (Again, see Woody’s fountain pen.) One way or the other, someone is going to lose billions of dollars – the only question is who. In trying to understand this huge mess, I turned to several experts who have been involved with this project since its inception. Their analysis is both shocking and blunt. One expert said “… the big investment in nuclear is projected to account for 45% of SCE&G’s profit… We have a (state) regulatory system that incentivizes massive capital investment, even if other ‘soft path’ strategies are cheaper. Taking a huge risk with the ratepayer’s money is very financially rewarding and if the investment goes south (either big cost overruns or abandonment), the Base Load Review Act says the rate payers will pay anyway. Santee Cooper provides a further cushion/enticement for SCE&G to bet the farm because the state agency will shoulder 45% of the risk.” In both 2016 and 2017, Santee Copper increased its rates by 3.7% and SCE&G has had nine rate increases of nearly 20% since 2009. Today the average residential bill is $147.53 per month with about 20% going to pay for the cost of the new nuclear facilities. (This is already one of the highest average utility bills in the country.) But, this is just the beginning. As another energy expert said, “The power sales to pay off this (construction) debt are planned to be entirely on the backs of S.C. ratepayers… Somehow, some way, SCE&G and Santee Cooper plan for the people of South Carolina to pay $14+ billion and rising, or something like $2,333 for every man, woman and child. If you are a family of four, that is $9,000.”
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Cheers for our state snack – boiled peanuts While enjoying some salty boiled peanuts over the recent holiday, I wondered aloud who was the genius who decided that boiling a peanut might be tasty. “Probably happened during Civil War times,“ commented someone in my hearing. That certainly seemed like a plausible possibility. Not so, I discovered. Charleston-based food and drinks writer Robert Moss in his blog, “The Real Origins of the Boiled Peanut” on seriouseats.com, says that’s a common myth. Truth is African Americans had been boiling peanuts in the South for a long time. Boiled peanuts, like other iconic Southern foods, began with black Southerners, not whites, Ross reports. Peanuts arrived in the Lowcountry via a circuitous route, he continued. The plant originated in South America, and the Portuguese took it to Africa around 1500, just after they first came into contact with it in Brazil. It spread quickly across Africa, becoming so widely used that early botanists believed the plant must have originated there. The peanut was very similar to the indigenous African groundnut, a staple of the local diet, but due to its higher oil content and easier cultivation, it soon eclipsed its indigenous counterpart. Peanuts arrived in the South sometime in the 18th century on slave ships, which were frequently provisioned with them for the voyage. In his 1809 history of South Carolina, David Ramsay noted that peanuts were “planted in small patches chiefly by the negroes for market.” During this period, they
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were widely referred to as ground-nuts, ground peas and goobers, a term derived from the Angolan word ginguba. Peanuts had been eaten boiled for centuries in Africa, and it seems to have been a common way of preparing them in antebellum South Carolina when they were green and fresh out of the ground. A Union soldier, W.H. Shelton, who was captured in 1864, was given boiled peanuts by some of the AfricanAmericans he encountered after escaping prison in Columbia. During the second half of the 19th century, peanuts became one of the country's most popular snack foods – but in the roasted form. In Northern cities, roasted peanuts were eaten in theaters, at circuses, on trains, and at baseball games. But, eating them boiled seems to have been confined to just a limited part of the Carolinas, Ross says. Around the turn of the 20th century, boiled peanuts began popping up on the society pages of South Carolina newspapers. In 1903, when the Society of Civic Improvement in Manning held an old-fashioned corn shucking, the refreshments served included gingerbread, root beer, and boiled peanuts. They appear to have been quite the fashionable thing to serve at weddings and parties in the smaller towns that dotted the countryside – St. Matthews,
Olanta, Lynchburg and Cameron. From there, boiled peanuts spread southward. By 1913, they had arrived in Macon, Ga., and five years later they were being served at a range of social functions in Tampa, Fla. Curiously, one part of the South slow to adopt the boiled peanut was the largest peanut-producing state. In 1917, a writer for the Richmond Times Dispatch recalled that when he mentioned boiled peanuts at a meeting of peanut growers in Suffolk, Va., the farmers reacted with incredulity, having never heard of such a thing. “About all I could say in reply,” he wrote, “was that if these same farmers would go to Charleston, Savannah, Jacksonville, Tampa, or New Orleans at this season of the year they would probably find that at the fruit and peanut stands the most popular seller of all would be these same boiled peanuts.” By the 1920s, the popularity of the boiled peanut was such that they started getting attention from bemused Yankees. In September 1925, a Universal wire service report datelined Orangeburg, S.C., profiled “peanut boilings,” which surmised its readers had never heard of “unless you have visited the 'goober' sections of the Carolinas. South Carolinians have been lingering over and enjoying their boiled peanuts ever since, noted Ross. In 2006, the state legislature declared them South Carolina's official snack food. We native South Carolinians continue to enjoy what outsiders refer to as “wet peanuts.” For those who don’t appreciate our summer delicacy, well, that leaves more for those of us who do.
Trump’s messaging strategy needs repealing The American people voted for Donald Trump primarily because he became their only option to defeat Hillary and her socialist agenda, not because they were enamored with his personality and style of communicating. The Democrats were in total disarray after the November elections and with no immediate sense of direction. With a Republican Congress and a president’s bully pulpit, Trump could have easily moved the needle forward on his agenda with minimal opposition. However, even after being
elected, Trump continued his vindictive tweets demeaning any and all people who criticized him. His erratic behavior has gained him no additional public or Congressional support but has given the Democrats and the media a lifeline to rally their base with enough negative talking points to create distractions from the real issues in the country. With the lowest popularity rating in history for a president in his first six months, Trump has become the Democrats’ most valuable fund raiser and has energized a ground swell of grass roots polit-
Another South Carolina energy analyst explained: “This is the second monumental mistake Santee Cooper has made in the past five years. The first was wasting $200 million on construction parts for the ill-fated coal plant at Kingsburg, near Pamplico, before receiving permits, and then having their primary customer pull out. This was on top of the foolish arrogance of being the last utility in America to propose building a new coal fired power plant.” “The board and management (of Santee Cooper) are clearly over their heads and in need of adult supervision. Yet their status as a public agency shields them from the financial and political consequences of these types of mistakes. In this respect, they exhibit all of the drawbacks of a government run entity, but offer none of the public benefits. The solution is to sell Santee Cooper to a private buyer.” “SCANA may still be able to pull the wagon out of the ditch on the nuclear plant, but that should not be done at the expense of advancing energy efficiency and renewal power production, which constitute the energy future of the state and the nation.” “All of this calls for more accountability as energy technologies and markets evolve with lightning speed. We can’t afford to be caught behind the curve again in this arena.” In the months and years to come, this huge mess will grow bigger and bigger as the issues of who is going to pay for this mess will be fought out in the courts, the legislature, with the rate payers and the public. The irony is that those most responsible for the mess will most certainly suffer the least – senior management and the boards of SCE&G and Santee Cooper. And, those that have absolutely no responsibility for the mess will certainly suffer the most – the utilities’ rate payers and the taxpayers. For those whose primary concern is the first group and those of us whose primary concern is the second – this could well be all out war. The question for the state’s politicians, business community, media and citizens is simple. As Woody Guthrie asked in another song, “Which side are you on?” Phil Noble has a technology company in Charleston, is Founder of World Class Scholars and writes a weekly column for the S.C. Press Association. Contact him at email@example.com and get his columns at www.PhilNoble.com
ical activism against Republicans for the 2018 elections. His job in Washington could be much less burdensome without his provocative tweets. To use a sports metaphor, President Trump jumped out to a huge lead after the first inning, but by the sixth inning he lost his entire lead through multiple errors, wild pitches, and sloppy base running. It is inappropriate for any person, media included, to show such disrespect for the office of the President of the United States and a sitting president. Past Presidents Obama, Bush, and Clinton had also been personally denigrated during their tenures, but they had the political acumen to refrain from lowering their rhetoric down to the level of their critics. The President has to be held to a higher standard than his critics because he is the President, and they are not. President Trump’s unnecessary sexist response against a female CNBC commentator and his video parody of a wrestling takedown of a CNN logo were well beneath the dignity of an American president. This again played into the hands of the media who used these controversies for days as distractions from the positive issues of the week. Having to defend Trump’s daily blunders through his tweets and public comments must have Vice-President Pence, the White House communications staff, and Congressional members pulling their hair out trying to sort out what the President will say or do next. A few Republican Congress persons have had the courage to speak out against Trump’s responses, and a large silent majority within Congress agrees that he should discontinue his shallow tweeting so they can better facilitate legislation.
The only way for America to become great again is for the Democrats and the media to reduce their obsession to destroy this administration, and for President Trump to quit inciting the public with his invective tweets. The two parties will never be political friends, but what America needs right now is more civility in its public discourse and less personal animosity from both sides. Mr. President, please stop this inordinate fascination with yourself, and dedicate more attention on how to best govern our country. Carroll Player, DDS Litchfield Beach
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Carolina Caterpillar dealers award 10 students scholarships Caterpillar Inc. dealers in the Carolinas in conjunction with the Florence-Darlington Technical College (FDTC) Educational Foundation, presented 10 students with a $500 tool scholarship throughout May and June 2017. The scholarships are awarded based on grade point average (GPA), with the exception of one senior student who received the $500 scholarship based off of a Most Improved recognition. Students who received the scholarships are part of Caterpillar Inc.’s ThinkBIG
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program that is accredited by the Associated Equipment Distributers. Caterpillar Inc. dealers, Blanchard Machinery, Carolina CAT and Gregory Poole are the program’s current partners. “The program is designed to build a relationship early with future employees and is part of a global solution to put talented technicians to work in Caterpillar dealerships,” said Stephen Murphey, Director of the Caterpillar Dealer Academy at FDTC. “The internship based program allows for an eightweek paid work experience
each semester in addition to a full load of courses facilitated by FDTC.” FDTC’s Caterpillar Dealer Academy senior class of 2017 was awarded the $500 scholarships during graduation at the Country Club of South Carolina on May 10. Senior recipients included: Austin Connor, Carolina CAT Asheville; Seamus Minogue, Carolina CAT Charlotte; Austin Shealy, Blanchard Machinery Columbia;Ryan Shirer, Blanchard Machinery Columbia; and Brandon Suggs, Carolina CAT Charlotte.
The junior class received its scholarships at the Caterpillar Dealer Academy on June 7. Junior recipients included: Jacob Byrd, Blanchard Machinery Summerville; Travis Gaddis, Carolina CAT Asheville; Cannan Sullens, Carolina CAT Charlotte; Eric Shelton, Blanchard Machinery Summerville; and Matthew Wood, Gregory Poole Raleigh. Murphey says that the junior class is scheduled to join the full-time workforce after graduation in May of 2018.
100................................................LEGALS 200...........................................ADOPTION 210 .............................ANNOUNCEMENTS 215................................................EVENTS 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 .....................................WANT TO BUY 480 .......................................YARD SALES 500 .....................................EMPLOYMENT 510 ..................BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY 515.....................................HELP WANTED . 520 ............................................SERVICES 525 ........................................CHILD CARE 530 ...................................WORK WANTED
SUMMONS AND NOTICES (Non-Jury) FORECLOSURE OF REAL ESTATE MORTGAGESTATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF FLORENCE IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS C/A NO.: 2017-CP-2100666 Equity Financial, LLC, Plaintiff, vs. Any heirs-atlaw or devisees of Ivory L. Lowery and Richard Andrew Harrell a/k/a Richard A. Harrell, deceased, their heirs, Personal Representatives, Administrators, Successors and Assigns, and all other persons or entities entitled to claim through them; all unknown persons or entities with any right, title, estate, interest in or lien upon the real estate described in the complaint herein; also any persons who may be in the military service of the United States of America, being a class designated as Richard Roe; and any unknown minors, incompetent or imprisoned person, or persons under a disability being a class designated as John Doe; Priscilla Laviscount; Mark Lowery; Connie Chester; Jane T. Harrell a/k/a Jane Tedder Harrell; Elizabeth Hyman; Terri Permenter; South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles, Defendant(s). TO THE DEFENDANT(S) ABOVE NAMED: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and required to appear and defend by answering the Complaint in this action, a copy of which is
600...................APARTMENTS FOR RENT 605..................................BURIAL SPACES 610 ..................COMMERCIAL PROPERTY 612......................BUSINESSES FOR SALE 615..............................................CONDOS 618 .....................REAL ESTATE SERVICES 620...............................HOMES FOR RENT 625...............................HOMES FOR SALE 630..................................LAND FOR RENT 632................................LAND FOR LEASE 635..................................LAND FOR SALE 636....................................LAND WANTED 640.................MOBILE HOMES FOR RENT 645.................MOBILE HOMES FOR SALE 650 ....................................OFFICE SPACE 660 ............................RESORT PROPERTY 665.............................VACATION/TRAVEL 670 ..............................ROOMS FOR RENT 900....................................................ATVS 910............................AUTO/BODY PARTS 920 .................................. ................CARS 930...................................MOTORCYCLES 940 ...........................RV SALES/RENTALS 950.................................. .................SUVS 960 ............................................TRAILERS 970............ ..................................TRUCKS 980 ...................................................VANS 990 ..........................................STATEWIDE
hereby served upon you, and to serve a copy of your Answer on the subscribers at their offices at 3800 Fernandina Road, Suite 110, Columbia, SC 29210, within thirty (30) days after the service hereof, exclusive of the day of such service; except that the United States of America, if named, shall have sixty (60) days to answer after the service hereof, exclusive of the day of such service; and if you fail to do so, judgment by default will be rendered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint. TO MINOR(S) OVER FOURTEEN YEARS OF AGE, AND/OR TO MINOR(S) UNDER FOURTEEN YEARS OF AGE AND THE PERSON WITH WHOM THE MINOR(S) RESIDES, AND/OR TO PERSONS UNDER SOME LEGAL DISABILITY: YOU ARE FURTHER SUMMONED AND NOTIFIED to apply for the appointment of a guardian ad litem within thirty (30) days after the service of this Summons and Notice upon you. If you fail to do so, application for such appointment will be made by Attorney for Plaintiff. YOU WILL ALSO TAKE NOTICE that Plaintiff will move for an Order of Reference or the Court may issue a general Order of Reference of this action to a Master-in-Equity/Special Referee, pursuant to Rule 53 of the South Carolina Rules of Civil Procedure. YOU WILL ALSO TAKE NOTICE that under the provisions of S.C. Code Ann. § 29-3-100, effective June 16, 1993, any collat-
eral assignment of rents contained in the referenced Mortgage is perfected and Attorney for Plaintiff hereby gives notice that all rents shall be payable directly to it by delivery to its undersigned attorneys from the date of default. In the alternative, Plaintiff will move before a judge of this Circuit on the 10th day after service hereof, or as soon thereafter as counsel may be heard, for an Order enforcing the assignment of rents, if any, and compelling payment of all rents covered by such assignment directly to the Plaintiff, which motion is to be based upon the original Note and Mortgage herein and the Complaint attached hereto. LIS PENDENS NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT an action has been or will be commenced in this Court upon complaint of the abovenamed Plaintiff against the above-named Defendant(s) for the foreclosure of a certain mortgage of real estate given by Ivory L. Lowery and Conree Lowery to Homeowners Mortgage Enterprises, Inc. dated June 27, 2001 and recorded on July 10, 2001 in Book A639 at Page 1354, in the Florence County Registry (hereinafter, “Mortgage”). Thereafter, the Mortgage was transferred to the Plaintiff herein by assignment and/or corporate merger. The premises covered and affected by the said Mortgage and by the foreclosure thereof were, at the time of the making thereof and at the time of the filing of this notice, more particularly
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described in the said Mortgage and are more commonly described as: All that certain piece, parcel or lot of land, together with improvements thereon, lying, being and situate near Timmonsville, South Carolina, County of Florence, State of South Carolina, and containing 1.10 acres as shown on a map dated March, 1977 by Lind Surveying Company, Inc. and recorded in Plat Book 17 at Page 472, Florence County records. Reference being had to said plat for a more complete description; said property being bounded on the North by property of the McLaughlin Company, et al; on the East by property of the White Estate; on the South by property of the McLaughlin Company, et al; and on the West by a county road. Also included herewith is that certain 1996 Redman Manufactured Home bearing serial number 13904786A&B. This being that same property conveyed to Ivory Lynwood Lowery and Conree Lowery as tenants in common with a right of survivorship by deed from C. E. Floyd dated 11/23/1977 and recorded December 30, 1977 in Deed Book A157 at Page 936 in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County. Subsequently, Conree Lowery passed away, thereby vesting title in the surviving joint tenant, Ivory Lynwood Lowery. Subsequently, Ivory Lynwood Lowery purportedly conveyed the subject property to Priscilla Lowery Laviscount by deed dated November 4, 2004 and recorded November 6, 2009 in Book B275 at Page 1051. TMS No. 00009-04-041 Property Address: 312 Piney Grove Road, Timmonsville, SC 29161 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 March 15, 2017. ORDER APPOINTING GUARDIAN AD LITEM AND APPOINTMENT OF ATTORNEY It appearing to the satisfaction of the Court, upon reading the filed Petition for Appointment of Kelley Woody, Esquire as Guardian ad Litem for unknown minors, and persons who may be under a disability, and it appearing that Kelley Woody, Esquire has consented to said appointment. FUR-
THER upon reading the filed Petition for Appointment of Kelley Woody, Esquire as Attorney for any unknown Defendants who may be in the Military Service of the United States of America, and may be, as such, entitled to the benefits of the Servicemember’s Civil Relief Act, and any amendments thereto, and it appearing that Kelley Woody, Esquire has consented to act for and represent said Defendants, it is ORDERED that Kelley Woody, Esquire, P.O. Box 6432, Columbia, SC 29260 phone (803) 7879678, be and hereby is appointed Guardian ad Litem on behalf of all unknown minors and all unknown persons who may be under a disability, all of whom may have or claim to have some interest or claim to the real property commonly known as 312 Piney Grove Road, Timmonsville, South Carolina 29161; 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 Kelley Woody, Esquire, P.O. Box 6432, Columbia, SC 29260 phone (803) 787-9678, be and hereby is appointed Attorney for any unknown Defendants who are, or may be, in the Military Service of the United States of America and as such are entitled to the benefits of the Servicemember’s Civil Relief Act aka Soldiers' and Sailors' Civil Relief Act of 1940, and any amendments thereto, to represent and protect the interest of said Defendants, AND IT IS FURTHER ORDERED That a copy of this Order shall be forth with served upon said Defendants by publication in The News Journal, a newspaper of general circulation published in the County of Florence, State of South Carolina, once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks, together with the Summons and Notice of Filing of Complaint in the above entitled action. Bradford M. Stokes, SC Bar No. 78032 Brock & Scott, PLLC 3800 Fernandina Road, Suite 110 Columbia, SC 29210 Phone 844-856-6646 Fax 803-454-3451 Attorneys for Plaintiff (6/28, 7/5, 7/12/17)
SUMMONS AND NOTICES (Non-Jury) FORECLOSURE OF REAL ESTATE MORTGAGESTATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF FLORENCE IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS C/A NO.: 2017-CP-2100660 Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., Plaintiff, v. Fredrick T. Wheeler; Celia A. McLaughlin; Samuel Rowland McLaughlin Jr.; Stephanie M. Rawlinson; Any heirs-at-law or devisees of S. Rowland McLaughlin, deceased, their heirs, Personal Representatives, Administrators, Successors and Assigns, and all other persons or entities entitled to claim through them; all unknown persons or entities with any right, title, estate, interest in or lien upon the real estate described in the complaint herein; also any persons who may be in the military service of the United States of America, being a class designated as Richard Roe; and any unknown minors, incompetent or imprisoned person, or persons under a disability being a class designated as John Doe; Any heirs-at-law or devisees of Donna A. McLaughlin, deceased, their heirs, Personal Representatives, Administrators, Successors and Assigns, and all other persons or entities entitled to claim through them; all unknown persons or entities with any right, title, estate, interest in or lien upon the real estate described in the complaint herein; also any persons who may be in the military service of the United States of America, being a class designated as Richard Roe; and any unknown minors, incompetent or imprisoned person, or persons under a disability being a class designated as John Doe, Defendant(s). TO THE DEFENDANT(S) ABOVE NAMED: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and required to appear and defend by answering the Complaint in this action, a copy of which is hereby served upon you, and to serve a copy of your Answer on the subscribers at their offices at 3800 Fernandina Road, Suite 110, Columbia, SC 29210, within thirty (30) days after the service hereof, exclusive of the day of such service; except that the United States of America, if named, shall have sixty (60) days to answer after the service hereof, exclusive of the day of such service; and if you fail to do so, judgment by default
will be rendered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint.TO MINOR(S) OVER FOURTEEN YEARS OF AGE, AND/OR TO MINOR(S) UNDER FOURTEEN YEARS OF AGE AND THE PERSON WITH WHOM THE MINOR(S) RESIDES, AND/OR TO PERSONS UNDER SOME LEGAL DISABILITY: YOU ARE FURTHER SUMMONED AND NOTIFIED to apply for the appointment of a guardian ad litem within thirty (30) days after the service of this Summons and Notice upon you. If you fail to do so, application for such appointment will be made by Attorney for Plaintiff. YOU WILL ALSO TAKE NOTICE that Plaintiff will move for an Order of Reference or the Court may issue a general Order of Reference of this action to a Master-in-Equity/Special Referee, pursuant to Rule 53 of the South Carolina Rules of Civil Procedure. YOU WILL ALSO TAKE NOTICE that under the provisions of S.C. Code Ann. § 29-3-100, effective June 16, 1993, any collateral assignment of rents contained in the referenced Mortgage is perfected and Attorney for Plaintiff hereby gives notice that all rents shall be payable directly to it by delivery to its undersigned attorneys from the date of default. In the alternative, Plaintiff will move before a judge of this Circuit on the 10th day after service hereof, or as soon thereafter as counsel may be heard, for an Order enforcing the assignment of rents, if any, and compelling payment of all rents covered by such assignment directly to the Plaintiff, which motion is to be based upon the original Note and Mortgage herein and the Complaint attached hereto. LIS PENDENS NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT an action has been or will be commenced in this Court upon complaint of the abovenamed Plaintiff against the above-named Defendant(s) for the foreclosure of a certain mortgage of real estate given by Frederick T. Wheeler to Mortgage Electronic
Registration Systems, Inc., As Nominee For Homeowners Mortgage Enterprises, Inc. dated August 25, 2008 and recorded on August 26, 2008 in Book B204 at Page 0984, in the Florence County Registry (hereinafter, “Mortgage”). Thereafter, the Mortgage was transferred to the Plaintiff herein by assignment and/or corporate merger. The premises covered and affected by the said Mortgage and by the foreclosure thereof were, at the time of the making thereof and at the time of the filing of this notice, more particularly described in the said Mortgage and are more commonly described as: All that certain piece, parcel or lot of land, with improvements thereon, lying, being and situate in the County of Florence, State of South Carolina, being known and designated as Lot No. 3 of Millridge/Winterbrook Subdivision as shown on a plat prepared by Engineering Consultants, Inc. dated September 27, 1999 and revised October 5, 2000 and recorded in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County in Plat Book 75 at Page 200. Reference being had to said plat for true metes and bounds and for a more complete and accurate description. This being the same property conveyed to Frederick T. Wheeler by deed of Laquinas Woods by Deed dated August 25, 2008 and recorded August 26, 2008 in Deed Book B204 at Page 0979 in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County, South Carolina. TMS No. 1511401-055 Property Address: 2764 Millridge Drive, Florence, SC 29505 NOTICE OF FILING COMPLAINT 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 March 14, 2017. ORDER APPOINTING GUARDIAN AD LITEM AND APPOINTMENT OF ATTORNEY It appearing to the satis-
faction of the Court, upon reading the filed Petition for Appointment of Kelley Woody, Esquire as Guardian ad Litem for unknown minors, and persons who may be under a disability, and it appearing that Kelley Woody, Esquire has consented to said appointment. FURTHER upon reading the filed Petition for Appointment of Kelley Woody, Esquire as Attorney for any unknown Defendants who may be in the Military Service of the United States of America, and may be, as such, entitled to the benefits of the Servicemember’s Civil Relief Act, and any amendments thereto, and it appearing that Kelley Woody, Esquire has consented to act for and represent said Defendants, it is ORDERED that Kelley Woody, Esquire, P.O. Box 6432, Columbia, SC 29260 phone (803) 7879678, be and hereby is appointed Guardian ad Litem on behalf of all unknown minors and all unknown persons who may be under a disability, all of whom may have or claim to have some interest or claim to the real property commonly known as 2764 Millridge Drive, Florence, South Carolina 29505; 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 Kelley Woody, Esquire, P.O. Box 6432, Columbia, SC 29260 phone (803) 787-9678, be and hereby is appointed Attorney for any unknown Defendants who are, or may be, in the Military Service of the United States of America and as such are entitled to the benefits of the Servicemember’s Civil Relief Act aka Soldiers' and Sailors' Civil Relief Act of 1940, and any amendments thereto, to represent and protect the interest of said Defendants, AND IT IS FURTHER ORDERED That a copy of this Order
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ALPHONSO DANIELS DBA COUNTRY CLUB, intends to apply to the South Carolina Department of Revenue for a license/permit that will allow the sale and ON premises consumption of BEER AND WINE at 2510 HUGGINS ROAD, LAKE CITY, SC 29560. To object to the issuance of this permit/license, written protest must be postmarked no later than JULY 21, 2017. For a protest to be valid, it must be in writing, and should include the following information: (1) the name, address, and telephone number of person filing the protest; (2) the specific reasons why the application should be denied; (3) that the person protesting is willing to attend a
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eree for Florence County, South Carolina, will sell on August 1, 2017 at 11:00AM, at the Florence County Courthouse, City of Florence, State of South Carolina, to the highest bidder: ALL THAT CERTAIN PIECE, PARCEL OR LOT OF LAND, LYING AND BEING SITUATE APPROXIMATELY FIVE MILES SOUTH OF FLORENCE, IN THE COUNTY OF FLORENCE, STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA, BEING DESIGNATED AS LOT 5, BLOCK EE ON A PLAT OF TARA VILLAGE SUBDIVISION, SECTION 5 BY ENGINEERING CONSULTANTS DATED JANUARY 1973 AND RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 14 AT PAGE 92 AND BEING FURTHER SHOWN ON A PLAT OF TARA VILLAGE SUBDIVISION PREPARED FOR SOUTH CAROLINA NATIONAL BANK BY EDMUNDS LAND SURVEYORS, INC. DATED JUNE 5, 1992, LAST REVISED NOVEMBER 12, 1992 AND RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 46 AT PAGE 373, AND SAID LOTS HAVING THE MEASURE-
MENTS AND BOUNDARIES AS SET FORTH ON THE LATTER REFERRED TO PLAT WHICH IS INCORPORATED HEREIN BY REFERENCE. THIS BEING THE SAME PROPERTY CONVEYED TO APRIL C. JACKSON BY DEED OF CONG HUU TRAN DATED MAY 18, 2012 AND RECORDED NOVEMBER 12, 2012 IN BOOK B434 AT PAGE 1493 IN THE OFFICE OF THE REGISTER OF DEEDS FOR FLORENCE COUNTY, SOUTH CAROLINA. CURRENT ADDRESS OF PROPERTY: 802 East Bonnie Lane, Florence, SC 29505 TMS: 01812-01-277 TERMS OF SALE: The successful bidder, other than the Plaintiff, will deposit with the Special Referee, at conclusion of the bidding, five percent (5%) of his bid, in cash or equivalent, as evidence of good faith, same to be applied to the purchase price in case of compliance, but to be forfeited and applied first to costs and then to the Plaintiff's debt in the case of non-compliance. Should the last and
highest bidder fail to comply with the other terms of the bid within thirty (30) days, then the Special Referee may re-sell the property on the same terms and conditions on some subsequent Sales Day (at the risk of the said highest bidder). No personal or deficiency judgment being demanded, the bidding shall not remain open after the date of sale and shall be final on that date, and compliance with the bid may be made immediately. Purchaser to pay for documentary stamps on the Deed. The successful bidder will be required to pay interest on the amount of the balance of the bid from date of sale to date of compliance with the bid at the rate of 4.125% per annum. The sale shall be subject to taxes and assessments, existing easements and restrictions, easements and restrictions of record and any other senior encumbrances. In the event an agent of Plaintiff does not appear at the time of sale, the within property shall be withdrawn from sale and sold at the next available sales date upon the terms and condi-
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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. Bradford M. Stokes, SC Bar No. 78032 Brock & Scott, PLLC 3800 Fernandina Road, Suite 110 Columbia, SC 29210 Phone 844-856-6646 Fax 803-454-3451 Attorneys for Plaintiff (6/28, 7/5, 7/12/17)
Wednesday, July 12, 2017 tions as set forth in the Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale or such terms as may be set forth in a supplemental order. The Honorable Robert E. Lee Special Referee for Florence County Brock & Scott, PLLC 3800 Fernandina Road, Suite 110 Columbia, SC 29210 Attorneys for Plaintiff (7/12, 7/19, 7/26/17) STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF FLORENCE IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS TWELFTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT C/A #: 2017-CP-21-01471 SOUTH CAROLINA STATE HOUSING FINANCE AND D E V E L O P M E N T AUTHORITY, Plaintiff, vs. JANESSA REESE, JANAE WASHINGTON, and JORDON WASHINGTON, AS HEIRS AT LAW OF FARAH WILLIAMS A/K/A FARAH FANY WILLIAMS, DECEASED, AND ANY OTHER HEIRS-AT-LAW OR DISTRIBUTEES OR PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVES AND THEIR SPOUSES, IF ANY THEY HAVE, AND ALL OTHER PERSONS WITH ANY RIGHT, TITLE OR INTEREST IN AND TO THE REAL ESTATE DESCRIBED IN THE COMPLAINT HEREIN; ALSO ANY UNKNOWN ADULTS AND THOSE PERSONS WHO MAY BE IN THE MILITARY SERVICE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, ALL OF THEM BEING A CLASS DESIGNATED AS JOHN DOE; AND ANY UNKNOWN MINORS OR PERSONS UNDER A DISABILITY BEING A CLASS DESIGNATED AS RICHARD ROE; and MIDLAND FUNDING LLC, Defendants. NOTICE OF ORDER APPOINTING GUARDIAN AD LITEM NISI AND ATTORNEY TO: THE DEFENDANTS HEREIN, NAMES AND ADDRESSES UNKNOWN, INCLUDING ANY THEREOF WHO MAY BE MINORS, IMPRISONED PERSONS, INCOMPETENT PERSONS, UNDER OTHER LEGAL DISABILITY OR IN THE MILITARY SERVICE, IF ANY, WHETHER RESIDENTS OR NON-RESIDENTS OF SOUTH CAROLINA AND TO THE NATURAL, GENERAL, TESTAMENTARY GUARDIAN OR COMMITTEE, OR OTHERWISE, AND TO THE PERSON WITH WHOM THEY MAY
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Central UMC digs deeper in Florence community Central United Methodist Church has been encouraging its members to “dig deeper” in the Florence community. On Sunday, Feb. 5, the mission focus “Digging Deeper” was introduced in Central UMC’s casual service, The Well. The goal of “Digging Deeper” is to spark an interest among Central’s members and visitors to get involved in the Florence community, not just through monetary donations, but as the “hands and feet” of Jesus. Each month, a representative from a local non-profit agency (most in Central’s own neighborhood) is invited to The Well to share information about volunteer opportunities at that agency. Organizations represented so far include Help4Kids, the American Red Cross, All4Autism, the Pee Dee Coalition, and Lighthouse Ministries. A busy weekend for Central began on Friday, June 23, as members and volunteers from the community worked together with Helping Florence Flourish and Feeding Children Everywhere. A total of 51,840 meals were packaged as part of the Feeding Florence hunger project held at Central UMC. Approximately 300 people participated in
squirrel hole repaired. Representatives from local social service agencies will continue to visit The Well throughout the remainder of the year with the next “Digging Deeper” Community Workday planned for Janu-
ary 2018. For more information about “Digging Deeper,” The Well, or any of the service projects listed above, please contact Central United Methodist Church at 843-662-3218.
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DIGGING DEEPER WORKDAY – Central Youth members Camden Adams, Tyner Jiunnies, Nicholas Jacobs,Tyler Cattenhead, and Chase Cattenhead worked on repairing a hole in the roof at the Pee Dee Coalition during the Digging Deeper Workday. the event, including 80 children attending the annual Mission Camp sponsored by Central UMC, First Presbyterian Church, and St. Luke Lutheran Church in Florence. Community service moved to Briggs Elementary School on Saturday, June 24, led by Central UMC member Ed Love. As part of the community-wide ServeFlo week of service in Florence, a group of nearly 50
volunteers, including members of Central UMC and Good Shepherd Presbyterian, gathered at the school. The volunteers worked on landscaping, repainting the bus entry area, refurbishing the baseball field, and repairing the underpinning on a mobile classroom unit. The weekend concluded on Sunday, June 25, with an abbreviated service in The Well, followed by the first
“Digging Deeper” Community Workday. A total of 71 individuals of all ages participated in the workday, working at five different locations. There were 500 lunches packed for hungry children in the Florence area, several shelving units put together, three picnic tables and three benches constructed, lots of bushes trimmed and weeds pulled, 41 notes written to Central loved ones...and one
JOHNSONVILLE – The Friends of Revolutionary Rivers (FOREVR) group is holding a fundraiser paddle festival at Venters Landing in Johnsonville on Sunday, July 30, 1 to 6 p.m. There will be swamp exploration guided tours, opportunities for kids and adults to casually paddle around the landing, food on the grill and water games. Packages include: • $10 – Water games, such as water pong, water wars, dunking booth and pitcher pump racing. • $35 – Ticket includes 30 minutes casual paddle at Venters Landing, commemorative t-shirt, water games, and lunch from the grill, weather permitting. • $75 – Ticket includes two hour guided swamp exploration, commemorative t-shirt, and lunch from the grill. Tour leaves at 1:30 p.m. from the landing. Limited number. Must be at least 12 years old. Water level and weather permitting. To make reservations for guided swamp exploration contact Holly Beaumier at 843-664-0330. Recently, the organization was awarded $1,500 by The Rotary Club of Florence to purchase adaptive equipment for handicapped individuals to be able to paddle. With public support, FOREVR will be able to do even more to grow awareness and stewardship of the 60 miles of Lynches Scenic River from Lynches River County Park to the Great Pee Dee.
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Calvary plans free shopping day Aug. 5 Calvary Baptist Church is hosting another free shopping day at The Closet on Aug. 5, from 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. This is their “back to school” shopping day. The Closet offers free clothing to anyone facing economic crisis. There are more clothes than ever because of two huge donations. There are brand new clothes with tags still on them. Doors open for registration at 9:15 a.m. You must be registered by 11 a.m. to be guaranteed a shopping time. Calvary Baptist Church is located at 915 Cherokee Road in Florence. Upon arrival, shoppers will receive “Closet Dollars” for each family member to spend in their store. They also will be given a shopping time for their family. When it is time for your group to shop, you will be given 30 minutes to make your selections and then you will be asked to check out. While you check out, the racks will be restocked and other shoppers will be allowed to shop. Clothing and shoes are available for infants, children, women, and men on a first come, first serve basis
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The Florence Film Society returns this month with the Florence Short Film Showcase. This free event begins at 8 p.m. on July 29, at Dolce Vita Cafe in downtown Florence. Four short films will be screened, all created by Florence area filmmakers. Following the screenings, there will be a panel discussion and audience Q&A featuring each of the filmmakers. The four films to be screened and the filmmakers participating include: Glass by Christina Xan and Christian Brunetti, J. by Randy Branch, [Work Stories] by Daniel Scott McWilliams, MONA by Jacob Suggs.
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Under the theme, “Build a Better World,” which focuses on building, robotics, and social consciousness, programs promote reading and learning in various styles. The final program will be Thursday, July 13, from 3:30 -4:30 p.m. Teens will create art with withdrawn books. Blackout poetry and book folding will be done by teens in this arts program. This program is free and open to all rising 6th through 12th graders. Check out the library’s website, www.florencelibrary.org, to see all activities
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Day camps The Environmental Discovery Center Summer Camp at Lynches River County park next day camps will be Animal Caretakers. Camp runs Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The cost is $100. Flying Squirrels (K-second grade), is July 24-28. Opossums (third-fifth grade) will be held July 31-Aug. 4. Call 843-389-0550 or go to www.lynchesriverpark.com.
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Lee Carter named president of All 4 Autism board The 2017-18 Board of Directors for All 4 Autism were inducted July 1, with Lee Carter elected to serve as President. Carter, a native of Kingstree, is a partner and Client Wealth Manager at Armstrong Wealth Management in Florence. The 18-member board is the governing body of All 4 Autism, a local advocacy organization that provides support and resources to those with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and their families, in the area. Founded in 2009, the group began as a small support group for parents of children with ASD in the Florence area. On April 25, 2017, All 4 Autism celebrated the opening of the Autism Resource Center of the Pee Dee – the first and only in the region. The center
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Miss Pee Dee, Pee Dee Teen pageant set for the fall The Miss Pee Dee and Miss Pee Dee Teen Scholarship pageants, under the directorship of Nikki Player will be held on Oct. 14 at 6 p.m. The event will be held at the Pee Dee Electric Cooperative Auditorium at the SIMT building on the campus of Florence-Darlington Technical College. The pageant is an official preliminary to the Miss South Carolina, Miss South Carolina Teen, Miss America and Miss America’s Outstanding Teen pageants. Miss Pee Dee will compete in the 2018 Miss South Carolina Pageant, while Miss Pee Dee Teen will compete in the 2018 Miss South Carolina Teen pageant, both to be held next June in Columbia. “I want to thank SIMT and Vice President of Technology and Manufacturing Mark Roth and Director of Facilities Management Kathy Rogers for allowing us the opportunity to showcase their wonderful facility and bring an event of this magnitude to the college,” Player said. “The Miss South Carolina and Miss America pageants are huge traditions and for us to hold a local preliminary for these pageants here will make it more prestigious.”
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In order to compete for the Miss Pee Dee title, contestants must be 17 years old and entering their senior year in high school as of the upcoming school year and must not turn 25 by December 31, 2018. They must also be a permanent resident for at least six months or be a full time student for at least six months in the State of South Carolina, never been married or have given birth to a child. The winner will be under contract as a contestant with the Miss South Carolina Organization and is only allowed to compete in her high school or college pageant during her reign. Miss Pee Dee Teen contestants must be 13-17 (rising junior in high school for the upcoming school year) and be attending classes on a full-time basis in an accredited school or home school program and must be a resi-
dent of South Carolina for at least six months. Also the winner will be under contract with the Miss South Carolina Organization and is only allowed to compete in her high school pageant. “The Miss Pee Dee and Pee Dee Teen Scholarship Pageants encourage contestants to compete and vie for scholarship money that will allow them to further their education,” Player said. “I want to highly encourage all young women between the ages of 13 and 24 to enter because the winners will not only get to compete for Miss South Carolina and Miss South Carolina Teen, but they will learn valuable lessons that will last for a lifetime.” If interested in competing in the pageant, contact Local Executive Director Player at beautyrus2017@outlook. com.
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