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HopeHealth Medical Plaza opens Phase II Phase II of the HopeHealth Medical Plaza in Florence opened its doors to patients on July 17. HopeHealth offices on Palmetto Street moved to the new facilities on North Irby Street on July 13, 14, and 15. The second phase of construction adds an additional 40,000-plus square feet to the Medical Plaza including conference rooms and classroom areas for the HopeHealth Diabetes and Nutrition Center, as well as expanded spaces for pediatrics and women’s health services already at the plaza. Services relocating from the Palmetto Street offices include chiropractic services, pain management, infectious diseases, and dental. In addition, CARE House of the Pee Dee, a children’s advocacy center, will relocate from Patton Drive, to offices adjacent to pediatrics and a new meditation garden. HopeHealth is one of 21 nonprofit, federally-qualified health centers in South Carolina and provides quality and affordable health care services to individuals in Florence, Clarendon, and Williamsburg Counties.
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Goodbyes for FLT’s Grey Lady BY BRENDA HARRISON Editor of The News Journal Florence, S.C. Demolition began last week on the Florence Little Theatre’s former playhouse on Cashua Drive. The Grey Lady, a nickname for the nearly 50 year old grey building, was sold last year to a local real estate investor. Theatre supporters and volunteers have been sharing their memories and comments on Facebook since the wrecking ball was spotted on the property. “Goodbye Grey Lady of Cashua,” wrote Margaret Saverance “So sad, but I have so many wonder-
ful memories,” posted Cecilia Sprawls. “Wow, I enjoyed that place beginning in my late teens. I always loved the smell too. Just a cool place,” added Julian M. Young. “Definitely full of ghosts and laughter, good times and bad,” wrote Shannon Dunn. “Lots of wonderful memories were made there! I started there in 1970 with South Pacific and the rest is history,” Tippi Harwell remembered. “Gonna miss her,” posted Scarlett Collins Knight. The Florence Little Theatre intro-
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FLORENCE HIGH YELLOW JACKETS’ 1938 basketball squad included Captain Myers, Billy Jeffers, Clyde Jeffers, Junior Kitchens, Jack Schuyler, Alternate Captain Alvin Graham, James Blackwell, S.L. Cox, J.A. Grimsley and Myers Hicks. Inset, Peggy Hite, was sponsor. Keith Grimsley, assisted by Vernon Hensley, was manager. Photo is from the 1938 Florence High School yearbook.
Dollar General supports summer reading program at Florence County Library The Dollar General Literacy Foundation awarded the Children’s Services Department of the Florence County Library System a $2,000 grant to support summer literacy. This local grant award is part of more than $7.5 million in grants awarded to nearly 900 schools, libraries, non-profits, and organizations across the 44 states that Dollar General serves. Over 9,000 children and teens attend the summer programs in the Florence County Library System. The theme this summer is Build a Better World! Because of this generous donation, the library will continue to provide the educational programs to encourage children to visit the library and read throughout the summer months.
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Free shuttle from hotels to downtown The City of Florence, in partnership with the Pee Dee Regional Transit Authority, announced Monday that it is now offering an evening shuttle known as Downtown Connect. The shuttle provides free transportation from the downtown Historic District to eight hotels located on Hospitality Drive and Radio Drive. The hotels included in the route are Hampton Inn & Suites, Hilton Garden Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Fairfield Inn and Suites, Town Place Suites, Courtyard by Mar-
riott, Springhill Suites and Residence Inn. Downtown Connect began last Monday evening. It runs from 5:30 p.m. until 10:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and from 5:30 p.m. until 11:30 p.m. on Fridays. Pickup will be in specially designated areas convenient to the hotels and the downtown drop-off points will be in front of each of the restaurants in the Historic District. The shuttle will run nonstop every 30 minutes. The shuttle also will pro-
vide special service to the FMU Performing Arts Center and the Florence Little Theatre when performances are being held in those venues. The Downtown Connect will provide a convenient complimentary service to all visitors to enjoy the freedom to explore downtown and dine at over a dozen independently owned restaurants located in the downtown area without having to move their car. For additional information, go to www.florencedowntown.com.
this production, Thompson recalled. An FLT supporter rented a grand piano for the celebratory program which featured songs from musicals presented during the 40-year life of the playhouse. The evening ended with a champagne toast for all the wonderful years at that location. In the fall of 2008, the Florence Little Theatre opened in its new home at 417 South Dargan Street, thanks to the generosity of the Drs. Bruce & Lee Foundation which funded the new facility. Next year will mark the 10year anniversary of the current theatre, noted Thompson. Thompson, a long time volunteer, was involved in
more than 50 productions at the old theatre, either as the director or as musical director. “I spent 30 years at the Cashua theatre and almost 10 years now at the new theatre. I have lots and lots of fond memories of the Grey Lady. I started with productions there,” he noted, adding that a print of the Cashua theatre hangs in his bedroom – a gift for his 50th birthday. “My greatest memories are of the people I had the opportunity to work with,” Thompson continued. “They helped make me the theatre person I am today. Their memory and their legacy will live on. My heart is filled with fond memories of them.”
GREY LADY FROM PAGE 1A duced its brand new playhouse in November of 1968 with the musical, “The King and I,” directed by Jeff Corbin, said Robin Thompson, president of the FLT Board of Directors. The last production at the theatre was “Oklahoma,” which Thompson directed in the spring of 2008. The closing of the Cashua theatre building followed with a Farewell Curtain Call that summer. Anyone and everyone ever associated with the theatre was invited to participate in
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Deaths Brown, Harry Joe, died July 8, Peoples Funeral Service. Brown, Rufus Lee, died July 9, Cain Calcutt-Stephens Funeral Home. Clark, Mary “Happy” Louise Gandy, 74, Darlington, died July 13, Belk Funeral Home. Douglas, Aaron Jr., died July 18, Smith Funeral Home. Franks, Robert, died July 5, Ideal Funeral Parlor. Hardee, David Scott, 32, died July 15, Stoudenmire Dowling Funeral Home Hill, Haskill, died July 9, Smith Funeral Home. Hoffmeyer, Mary “Polly” DeWitt, died July 11, KistlerHardee Funeral Home. Keefe, Dorothy Mae, 98, died July 12, StoudenmireDowling Funeral Home. Lee, Dr. Margaret Eugenia, “Genie” 62, died July 13, Stoudenmire-Dowling Funeral Home Miller, Lucy Ola Hill, died July 3, Ideal Funeral Parlor. Nutter, Daniel Allen, died
July 13, Belk Funeral Home. O’Connor, Justin, 17, died July 12, Stoudenmire Dowling Funeral Home. Odom, Robert “Alvin,” Darlington, died July 15, Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home. Ott, The Rev. Robert Eugene, 40, died July 14, Waters-Powell Funeral Home. Pigatt, Nancy Ann Harrell, Effingham, died July 11, Ideal Funeral Parlor. Richardson, Ralph, died July 14, Belk Funeral Home. Scott, Lugene, died July 11, Ideal Funeral Parlor. Tyson, Mary Beth, 68, died July 14, Belk Funeral Home. Walters, Wade Hampton III, died July 14, Cain CalcuttStephens Funeral Home. Welch, Mary Isabella Forbes, 94, died July 13, Waters-Powell Funeral Home. Williamson, Margaret Beth, 87, died July 9, KistlerHardee Funeral Home. Williamson, Rev. Howard, 87, died July 8, Ideal Funeral Parlor.
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The coding movement is sweeping the world By Phil Noble All the way from the board rooms of tech executives in Silicon Valley to the kindergarten class at Voyager Charter School in Charleston, the coding movement is sweeping the country. So, who is behind the coding movement? Let’s begin with the National Science Foundation, MIT Media Labs, Newt Gingrich, National Governors Association, Amazon, Disney, Tim Cook, American Airlines, DonorsChoose.org, Facebook, Google, Barack Obama, Microsoft, Goldman Sachs, Skype, Mark Zuckerberg, YouTube, John Deere, Jeff Bezos, Discovery Channel, Junior Achievement, Jeb Bush, National Basketball Association, One Laptop Per Child, Marriott, Bill Gates, Expedia, Mark Cuban, Delta Airlines, General Motors, Best Buy, JP Morgan, LinkedIn, Intel, Wells Fargo, Target, Salesforce, Verizon, Walmart, Corey Booker, AT&T, Accenture, Bill Clinton … to name just a few. This is to say nothing of just about every national educational organization in the country, 27 Democratic and Republican governors… well you get the picture. OK, you say, but exactly what is the coding movement? In the narrowest sense, it’s about teaching young people to be able to write computer code. In the broadest sense, it’s about promoting computer education. Now, unless they have been living in a cave for the last 20 years of so, most people have figured out that computers are important and understand they are vital for our future. But, what most of us who have not been living in a cave generally don’t understand is how big a problem we have with the lack of skilled coders and computer education. A recent Washington Post article outlined the problem: “An estimated 500,000 unfilled U.S. jobs require some level of computer-science understanding, yet three-quarters of the nation’s public schools do not offer any computer science courses, often sending companies turning to foreign workers for specialized skills. The federal government isn’t doing much to help: Virtually no federal funding is dedicated to enhancing computer science offerings in K-12 schools…Computer science education has long been treated as an elective in K-12 schools, a nice-to-have option for the few students who are naturally inclined to seek it out.” The coding movement is not just a top down movement from businesses, politicians and other well-known folks. As the Washington Post article says: There is a growing movement to treat computer science instead as a core subject, such as algebra or biology, to which every student is exposed. 90% of parents want their children to have access to computer science education at school, and teachers agree. They know that technology opens doors. 100,000 teachers have taken matters into their own hands and already begun teaching computer science. Over 100 school districts are rolling out courses, from New York to Chicago to Los Angeles, from Miami to Las Vegas. 20 states have passed policies and are now looking to support professional training for new computer science teachers. Despite all this new momentum and support, we still have a huge problem in the United States (and South Carolina). 75% of U.S. schools do not offer meaningful computer science courses. The current 500,000 open computing jobs are in every sector, from manufacturing to banking, from agriculture to healthcare, but only 50,000 computer science students graduate a year. What is increasingly a basic skill is only available to the lucky few, leaving most students behind, particularly students of color and girls. Not only does computer science provide every student foundational knowledge, it also leads to the highest-paying, fastestgrowing jobs in the U.S. economy. Nationally and worldwide, the best-known organization that has spearheaded the coding movement is Code.org. It was founded in 2013 by twin brothers Hadi and Ali Partovi. Today, Code.org is a fast growing non-profit dedicated to expanding access to computer science and increasing participation by women and underrepresented minorities. Their big annual event is the Hour of Code promotion which encourages people to participate via a free one-hour online coding lesson that is available in 45 languages. Dozens of presidents, prime ministers and other world leaders have joined in and Code.org claims they have engaged 10% of all the students in the world. And what of South Carolina? I have been a keen observer of the coding movement since its early days but I never really realized its reach and impact until a few months ago when I visited Voyager Charter School in Charleston. There I saw a kindergarten class, yes kindergarten, with the students nearly jumping up and down in excitement as they played with a coding program called Scratch on their individual iPads. To the kids, they were just playing a game of connecting worms but what they were really doing was learning the concepts of combining digital elements (the worms) into links of code. I was stunned. On the statewide level, there is good news and bad news. The good news is there is beginning to be some (though not near enough) institutional and legislative support for coding and computer education. The Citadel is listed as a regional partner for Code.org. More significantly, a bill was passed by the House
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Instant services have made us expect more Our lives have become so fastpaced – even here in the South – that we are becoming more and more impatient when things don’t happen quickly. Watch people at stoplights. If someone doesn’t step on the gas as soon as the light changes, they will be honked at and possibly get a few finger signals. Same thing if a motorist, God forbid, follows the speed limit on the highway or interstate. It is no fun for anyone stuck in traffic, but some drivers are so impatient they will take crazy chances to break ahead in the lanes that are moving at a snail pace. We get irritated when we are forced to wait in line, whether it is the grocery store, Walmart, or a ticket booth. We gladly pay for passes to avoid lines at DisneyWorld and other amusement parks. We hate being on time for a doctor’s appointment and having to wait, sometimes hours, before seeing him or her. Most of us have come to accept that, but occasionally someone gets angry enough to leave. Technology is partly to blame, I think. We have microwaves that speed up our
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cooking time, machines to dry our clothes and remotes to change our TV channels, turn out our lights and many other services. Our smart phones not only allow us call almost anywhere in the world, but get information on everything, all at our finger tips. These phones, along with electronic tablets and computers give us worldwide news at an instant. Yet, computers cause me the most frustration when they are not quick enough. I become impatient, even when I have to wait 10 to 30 seconds for the information to download. It is upsetting to watching that tiny little black and white soccer ball, or the colorful wheel spinning for what seems like forever while waiting for something to pop up on my computer. A few seconds seem like minutes, and minutes
seem like hours, while waiting for computer programs to open or software to update. Finding cell phone service has become less of a problem, but it can be frustrating trying to get it in some areas, or having a phone call end while traveling through a dead zone. The most aggravating is to call a company with a problem and having to go through a long list of “hit 1 for this or hit 2 for that” as the commands go on and on, only to get disconnected and having to start over. This tips my annoyance tolerance off the charts. Delays with transportation can be frustrating as well. I recently experienced a five-hour flight delay at JFK Airport after a long journey back from the UK. Frustrating as that was, I was just too tired to do anything but accept the long wait. All these things are a part of our lives as the merry-go-round world we live in moves faster and faster. We can’t say stop world and get off, but we can look for ways to conquer our impatience and channel our frustration into something positive. Anyone have some suggestions?
Hat’s off to the City for downtown efforts I would like to compliment the City of Florence for your courageous undertaking in revitalizing your city center. We were traveling I-95 returning home to Florida after visiting family and decided to try something different from the box hotels that line our highways. We were pleasantly surprised by the Hotel Florence and the coordinated approach to reconstruction of the old
city. Walking the streets in the early evening with the light on the buildings. having a lovely dinner on the roof top of Town Hall (Dispensary) and meeting local folks who shared their pride and hope for the future all contributed to a true respite from a long day’s drive. Do not keep your charming center a secret (a sign on I-95?), and we wish
you well in attracting more businesses to relocate and contribute to long term success. This is a true legacy that is obviously the work of many dedicated individuals and groups in your community – hats off to you all. Dr Randy Herman New Smyrna Beach, Florida
I-73 would be great, but we can’t afford it I have decided that I must have a Bugatti Chiron. It is the most powerful, fastest, most luxurious, exclusive production car ever. Never mind that it costs $3-million, a new set of tires probably cost $10,000 or more, an oil change likely $1,000, or more and I would have to trailer it to Miami to get almost anything done or hire someone of the highest integrity to do it for me. I won’t worry about all that and the cost to insure a $3-million car that will reach a speed of 261 mph. I am kidding of course to
make a point about Interstate 73. The American interstate system is wonderful. The condition of the interstate system is not so wonderful, same for roads in general. Roads are very expensive to build and maintain. Unless I am mistaken interstate roads are mostly built with federal tax dollars, but mostly maintained with state dollars. The federal government (that’s us the taxpayers) is in an unfathomable amount of debt and it is not even slowing down. Most of the blame goes to the United States Congress not the Presi-
in the last legislative session to “create new standards for computer science education in grades 9-12, set up summer training for new teachers in the field and require that every high school in the state offer at least one computer science course.” The bad news is that the bill has only passed the House and it provided no significant funding to get the computer education courses that are needed actually implement in schools across the state. The coding movement demonstrates what everyone knows: computer literacy and education are essential to the success of our children and our state. What we don’t know is will our national and state political leaders do what is required to ensure our children have this knowledge required for success. We should all demand that they do. Phil Noble has a technology firm in Charleston, is founder of World Class Scholars and writes a weekly column for the S.C. Press Association. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org and get his columns at www.PhilNoble.com.
dent unless you count flying around in an airplane that costs about $190,000 an hour to fly and two of them plus several others tag along on ALL trips the President makes. What do trips to Hawaii cost? I-73 would be great if we could afford it, but we can not afford it, period. In fact there is a huge amount of tax dollars being spent on things we can’t afford any more than I can afford a Bugatti car. Local, state and federal government has got to start operating on and sticking to a budget or we as a country
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are doomed to destruction. But, there is talk of once again raising the debt ceiling. Doing that is criminal. Dave Hicklin, Florence
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Duke Energy awards $50,000 to FDTC’s ReBOOST program The Duke Energy Foundation presented Florence-Darlington Technical College (FDTC) with a $50,000 check on Friday, July 14, for its ReBOOST FastTrack program. The program is a certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) curriculum that allows students to earn stackable certificates after completing a one-semester foundational certificate. “Florence-Darlington Technical College truly values and appreciates the partnership of the Duke Energy Foundation in making the ReBOOST FastTrack program a success in the Pee Dee,” Executive Director of the FDTC Educational Foundation Jill Lewis said. “This investment not only benefits individual students but also entire families and communities.” Mindy Taylor, Government and Community Relations Manager for Duke Energy, presented the check to FDTC President Dr. Ben Dillard, Associate Vice President of Health Sciences Maureen Dever-Bumba and other leaders of the college. This grant from the Duke Energy Foundation will assist low-income students in the program who have exhausted all other forms of financial aid in paying for
DUKE ENERGY awards Florence-Darlington Technical College a $50,000 check for its ReBOOST FastTrack program. Pictured from left are Duke Energy Government and Community Relations Manager Mindy Taylor, FDTC President Dr. Ben Dillard, Executive Director of the FDTC Educational Foundation Jill Lewis, Vice President of Academic Affairs Suresh Tiwari and Associate Vice President of Health Sciences Maureen Dever-Bumba. textbooks, curricular aides, uniforms and other fees. ReBOOST FastTrack has three programs of study that are linked together by the foundational CNA certification. The programs include
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Florence Film Society changes date for showcase The Florence Film Society returns this summer with the Florence Short Film Showcase. This free event begins at 7 p.m. on Aug. 26, 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 Attendees are encouraged to spend time getting to know fellow film lovers and help build community around independent film screenings in Florence, as well as to support local institutions like Dolce Vita Cafe who help facilitate such events. The Florence Film Society has been striving to bring independent cinema culture to Florence and the surrounding area since 2013. Please direct all event and other inquires to Blake Gibbons and Tim Streit email@example.com. Twitter: @flofilmsociety Instagram: @florencefilmsociety
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Final weekend for ‘Music Man Jr.’ Traveling salesman Harold Hill brings his shenanigans to the Florence Little Theatre again this weekend in “The Music Man Jr.” This is a condensed 60minute family-friendly adaptation of the classic musical comedy which tells a story with wit, warmth, good oldfashioned romance, and bold songs. Follow fast-talking traveling salesman, Harold Hill, as he cons the people of River City into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys’ band he vows to organize. The musical is performed by actors, ages 6-18. Recommended minimum age for this show is 8 and up. The length is one hour. Curtain goes up Friday, July 21 and Saturday, July 22 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, July 23, at 3 p.m. Tickets are $15 adult and $12 for seniors (62+), $10 student/child under 18. This production is sponsored by McLeod Health.
HAROLD HILL brings band uniforms to River City in the Florence Little Theatre’s production of the musical ‘Music Man Jr.’ this weekend. This summer production features an all-youth cast. Photo courtesy of John Cameron
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McLeod anesthesiologist gets Outstanding Achievement Award Robert M. Savage, MD, FACC, an anesthesiologist with the McLeod Heart and Vascular Institute, recently received the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) 2017 Outstanding Achievement in Perioperative Echocardiography Award at their 28th Annual Scientific Sessions held in Baltimore, Md. Savage received the award for his significant clinical, research, and/or educational contributions to the field of perioperative echocardiography. Dr. Savage’s career has been dedicated to developing the field of perioperative
the major connecting vessels. He has a unique perspective on echocardiography from the specialties of both cardiology and anesthesiology. He also pioneered echo’s role in emergency ECMO and ventricular assist insertion, and he directed the emergency response teams throughout Cleveland Clinic for many years. Dr. Dan Fox, a McLeod Anesthesiologist, is honored to work alongside Dr. Savage. “He transformed the use of echocardiography in the operating room during cardiac surgery. This leap forward in Cardiac Anesthesia
DR. ROBERT SAVAGE echocardiography which enables physicians to visualize the chambers of the heart, its valves, and
was only a vision of Dr. Savage’s until he teamed up with highly regarded Cleveland Clinic Cardiologist Dr. Bill Stewart to learn this new discipline. “Dr. Savage and a handful of other physicians then established standards for National Board Certification in Perioperative Echocardiography, and spent 20 years teaching courses across the United States that ultimately improved cardiac surgery care delivered to patients. Thanks to him, this skill is now a recognized, required standard for cardiac anesthesiologists and just 25 years ago it didn’t exist.”
Dr. Fox added that Dr. Savage is very deserving of this lifetime achievement award from the American Society of Echocardiography. “He is the most recognized name in cardiac anesthesia. He actually edited the definitive textbook on perioperative echocardiography in cardiac surgery,” explained Dr. Fox. “When we were working to enhance our valve surgery program about 13 years ago, Dr. Savage and one of his colleagues came to McLeod and taught a valve conference for us,” said Dr. Fox. “When he retired from the Cleveland Clinic,
his wife Cheri wanted to move south and he remembered his friends at McLeod. After a little encouragement from one of our cardiothoracic surgeons, Dr. Mike Carmichael, Dr. Savage decided to join our team with the McLeod Heart and Vascular Institute in 2016.” Dr. Savage is an Emeritus Faculty of Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine and retired Vice-Chair of the Department of Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology. He is also a retired Captain of the US Navy, and he served in the Medical Corps from 1972 to 2001.
SPECIAL REFEREE’S NOTICE OF SALE CASE NO. 2016CP2102449 BY VIRTUE of a decree heretofore granted in the case of FREEDOM MORTGAGE CORPORATION against JUSTINA LESANE, et al., I, the Clerk of Court for FLORENCE County, will sell on August 7, 2017 at 12:00pm, at the FLORENCE County Courthouse, FLORENCE, South Carolina, to the highest bidder: ALL THAT CERTAIN PIECE, PARCEL, OR LOT OF LAND LYING, BEING SITUATE IN THE COUNTY OF FLORENCE, STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA, KNOWN AND DESIGNATED AS: LOT NO. 155, AS SHOWN ON A MAP OF OLDE MILL SUBDIVISION, PHASE III, PREPARED BY NESBITT SURVEYING COMPANY, DATED JULY 9, 2001, AND RECORDED IN THE OFFICE OF THE CLERK OF COURT FOR FLORENCE COUNTY IN PLAT BOOK 77 AT PAGE 108. REFERENCE IS BEING HAD TO THE ABOVE-MENTIONED MAP FOR A MORE AND COMPLETE ACCURATE DESCRIPTION. TO COVENANTS, CONDITIONS, EASEMENTS, AND RESTRICTIONS AS SHOWN RECORDED IN THE OFFICE OF THE CLERK OF COURT IN AND FOR FLORENCE COUNTY, SOUTH CAROLINA. BEING THE SAME PROPERTY AS DESCRIBED IN THAT CERTAIN WARRANTY DEED AS SHOWN RECORDED BOOK B-270 AT PAGE 0275, IN THE OFFICE OF THE CLERK OF COURT, IN AND FOR FLORENCE COUNTY, SOUTH CAROLINA. A/K/A: 1115 ROCK CREEK RD, FLORENCE, SC 29505 PARCEL ID#:18013 01 040 TERMS OF SALE: The successful bidder, other than the plaintiff, will deposit with the Clerk of Court at conclusion of the bidding, five percent (5%) of the 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 plaintiff's debt in the case of noncompliance. If the Plaintiff’s representative is not in attendance at the scheduled time of the sale, the sale shall be canceled and the property sold on some subsequent sales day after
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due advertisement. Should the last and highest bidder fail or refuse to make the required deposit at time of bid or comply with the other terms of the bid within twenty (20) days, then the Clerk of Court may re-sell the property on the same terms and conditions on some subsequent Sales Day (at the risk of the said highest bidder). As a deficiency judgment is being waived, the bidding will not remain open thirty (30) days after the date of sale. Purchaser to pay for preparation of deed, documentary stamps on the deed, and recording of the deed. The successful bidder will be required to pay interest on the amount of the bid from date of sale to date of compliance with the bid at the rate of 2.5% per annum. Subject to assessments, FLORENCE County taxes, easements, easements and restrictions of record, and other senior encumbrances. THE HONORABLE BENJAMIN D. MOORE SPECIAL REFEREE FOR FLORENCE COUNTY (7/19, 7/26, 8/2/17) NOTICE OF APPLICATION Notice is hereby given that 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 hearing (if one is requested by the applicant); (4) that the person protesting resides in the same county where the proposed place of business is located or within five miles of the business; and, (5) the name of the applicant and the address of the premises to be licensed. Protests must be mailed to: S.C. Department of Revenue, ATTN: ABL SECTION, P.O. Box 125, Columbia, SC 29214-0907; or faxed to: (803) 896-0110.
(7/5, 7/12, 7/19/17) NOTICE OF SALE CIVIL ACTION NO. 2017-CP-21-00313 BY VIRTUE of the decree heretofore granted in the case of: Wells Fargo Bank, NA vs. April C. Jackson, the undersigned Special Referee 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 MEASUREMENTS 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
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 RESIDE, IF ANY THERE BE: PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that a Motion for an order appointing Kelley Y. Woody, Esquire, as Guardian ad Litem Nisi, for all persons whomsoever herein collectively designated as Richard Roe or John Doe, defendants herein, names and addresses unknown, including any thereof who may be minors, imprisoned persons, incompetent persons, or under other legal disability, and as Attorney for said parties who may be in the military service, whether residents or nonresidents of South Carolina, was filed in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County. YOU WILL FURTHER TAKE NOTICE that unless the said minors or persons under other legal disability, if any, or someone in their behalf or in behalf of any of them, shall within thirty (30) days after service of notice of this order upon them by publication, exclusive of the day of such service, procure to be appointed for them, or
either of them, a Guardian ad Litem to represent them for the purposes of this action, the appointment of said Guardian ad Litem Nisi and Attorney shall be made absolute. June 15, 2017 SUMMONS AND NOTICE OF FILING COMPLAINT TO THE DEFENDANTS ABOVE NAMED: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and required to answer the Complaint in this action, a copy of which is herewith served upon you, and to serve a copy of your answer to the said Complaint upon the subscribers, at their office, 1703 Laurel Street, Post Office Box 11682, Columbia, South Carolina 29211, within thirty (30) days after the service hereof, exclusive of the day of such service; and if you fail to answer the Complaint in the time aforesaid, judgment by default will be rendered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the original Complaint in the above entitled action was filed in the office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County on June 5, 2017. June 15, 2017 LIS PENDENS TO THE DEFENDANTS ABOVE NAMED: NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that an action will be commenced in this Court upon the Complaint of the above-named Plaintiff against the abovenamed Defendants for the foreclosure of that certain Mortgage of Real Estate given by Farah Williams a/k/a Farah Fany Williams, now deceased, to First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Charleston, its successors and assigns, dated May 8, 2006, and recorded on May 19, 2006, in the office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County, South Carolina in Book B012 at Page 447 and rerecorded on July 28, 2006 in Book B028 at Page 597 (the "Mortgage”). By Mortgage Assignment (the “Assignment”), First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Charleston assigned the Mortgage to the Plaintiff, and the Assignment was recorded June 30, 2006, in Book B021 at Page 1481 in the office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County, South Carolina and re-recorded on February 7, 2007 in Book B075 at Page 951. At the time of the filing of this
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notice, the premises affected by the said action were situated in the County of Florence, State of South Carolina, and are described as follows: All those certain pieces, parcels, or lots of land lying, being and situate in the County of Florence, State of South Carolina, being shown and designated as portions of Lots 8 and 9, as shown on a map prepared for Paul S. and Cindy J. Brokaw by Lind, Hicks and Associates, Surveyors, dated June 16, 1999, and recorded in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County in Book 71 at Page 316. Reference is also made to a plat prepared for Donald J. Backer and Thelma F. Backer by Prosser Surveying Co., Inc., recorded in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County in Plat Book 79 at Page 307. Reference being had to the above mentioned maps for a more complete and accurate description. This being the same prop-
erty conveyed to Farah Williams by deed of Donald J. Backer and Thelma F. Backer dated May 8, 2006 and recorded May 19, 2006 in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County, South Carolina in Book B012 at Page 442. TMS#: 90123-07-023 For a complete description of the property encumbered by the Mortgage, the undersigned craves reference to the Mortgage, the terms of which are incorporated herein by reference. GRIMSLEY LAW FIRM, LLC P. O. Box 11682 Columbia, South Carolina 29211 803) 233-1177 By: Edward L. Grimsley Benjamin E. Grimsley Attorneys for the Plaintiff June 2, 2017 (7/12, 7/19, 7/26/17) NOTICE OF APPLICATION Notice is hereby given that LAX PROPERTIES LLC, intends to apply to the
South Carolina Department of Revenue for a license/permit that will allow the sale and OFF premises consumption of WINE AND LIQUOR at 902-C SOUTH CASHUA DRIVE. To object to the issuance of this permit/license, written protest must be postmarked no later than JULY 28, 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 hearing (if one is requested by the applicant); (4) that the person protesting resides in the same county where the proposed place of business is located or within five miles of the business; and, (5) the name of the applicant and the address of the premises to be licensed.
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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 conditions as set forth in the Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale or such terms as may be set forth in a supplemental order. The Honorable Robert E. Lee Special Referee for Florence County Brock & Scott, PLLC 3800 Fernandina Road, Suite 110 Columbia, SC 29210 Attorneys for Plaintiff (7/12, 7/19, 7/26/17)
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NOTICE OF SALE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF FLORENCE IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS CASE NO. 2016-CP-21-00019 MTGLQ Investors, L.P. Plaintiff, -vs- Jamie R. Pridgen and South Carolina Department of Revenue, Defendant(s) BY VIRTUE of a judgment heretofore granted in the case
of MTGLQ Investors, L.P. vs. Jamie R. Pridgen and South Carolina Department of Revenue, I, Doris O'Hara, as Clerk of Court for Florence County, will sell on August 7, 2017, at 12:00 Noon, at the Florence County Courthouse, 180 N. Irby Street, Florence, South Carolina 29501, to the highest bidder: All that certain piece, parcel or lot of land lying, being and situate in the County of Florence, State of South Carolina, known and designated as Lot No. 13 as shown on a map of Westchester made by Banks and Powers, Surveyors, dated July 10, 1963 and recorded in Plat Book S at page 112. Reference
being had to the above mentioned map for a more complete and accurate description. This being the same property conveyed to Jamie R. Pridgen by deed of James Edward Pridgen and Alma Evans Pridgen recorded simultaneously herewith, in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County. TMS #: 1012-01054 SUBJECT TO FLORENCE COUNTY TAXES TERMS OF SALE: The successful bidder, other than the Plaintiff, will deposit with the Clerk of Court at conclusion of the bidding, five (5%) of his bid, in cash or equivalent, as evidence of good faith, the same to be applied to purchase price in case of com-
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pliance, but to be forfeited and applied first to costs and then to Plaintiff's debt in the case of noncompliance. Should the last and highest bidder fail or refuse to make the required deposit at the time of the bid or comply with the other terms or the bid within twenty (20) days, then the Clerk of Court may resell the property on the same terms and conditions on some subsequent Sales Day (at the risk of the former highest bidder). A personal or deficiency judgment having been demanded by the Plaintiff, the sale of the subject property will remain open for thirty (30) days pursuant to Section 15-39-720, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976; provided, however, that the Court recognizes the option reserved by the Plaintiff to waive such deficiency judgment prior to the sale, and notice is given that the Plaintiff may waive in writing the deficiency judgment prior to the sale; and that should the Plaintiff elect to waive a deficiency judgment, without notice other than the announcement at the sale and notice in writing to the debtor defendant(s) that a deficiency judgment has been waived and that the sale will be final, the bidding will not remain open after the date of sale, but compliance with the bid may be made immediately. The successful bidder will be required to pay interest on the amount of the bid from the date of sale to date of compliance with the bid at the rate of 5.5% per annum. Doris O'Hara Clerk of Court for Florence County Theodore von Keller, Esquire B. Lindsay Crawford, III, Esquire Sara Hutchins Columbia, South Carolina Attorney for Plaintiff (7/19, 7/26, 8/2/17) NOTICE OF SALE CIVIL ACTION NO. 2013-CP-21-01194 BY VIRTUE of the decree heretofore granted in the case of: Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. vs. Theodore T. Lasure Jr.; Latin New Home Construction, LLC, the undersigned Special Referee for Florence County, South Carolina, will sell on August 7, 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 LAND LYING, BEING AND SITUATE IN THE COUNTY OF FLORENCE, STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA, KNOWN AND DESIGNATED AS LOT NO. 1 BLOCK "F", AS SHOWN ON A MAP OF ASHWOOD ESTATES BY EBERT E. FLOYD AND J.B. FLOYD, DATED MARCH 31, 1955 AND RECORDED IN THE OFFICE OF THE CLERK OF COURT FOR FLORENCE COUNTY IN PLAT
BOOK "P" AT PAGE 136. REFERENCE BEING HAD TO THE ABOVE MENTIONED MAP FOR A MORE COMPLETE AND ACCURATE DESCRIPTION. THIS BEING THE SAME PROPERTY CONVEYED TO THEODORE T. LASURE, JR. BY DEED OF LATIN NEW HOME CONSTRUCTION, LLC, SAID DEED HAVING BEEN DATED NOVEMBER 6, 2009 AND RECORDED ON NOVEMBER 9, 2009 IN DEED BOOK B275 AT PAGE 1264 IN THE OFFICE OF THE CLERK OF COURT FOR FLORENCE COUNTY. CURRENT ADDRESS OF PROPERTY: 115 East Thorncliff Road, Florence, SC 295055114 TMS: 01521-01-061 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 4.75% per annum. The sale shall be subject to taxes and assessments, existing easements and restrictions, easements and restrictions of record and any other senior encumbrances. In the event an agent of Plaintiff does not appear at the time of sale, the within property shall be withdrawn from sale and sold at the next available sales date upon the terms and conditions as set forth in the Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale or such terms as may be set forth in a supplemental order. The Honorable Robert E. Lee Special Referee for Florence County Brock & Scott, PLLC 3800 Fernandina Road, Suite 110 Columbia, SC 29210 Attorneys for Plaintiff (7/19, 7/26, 8/2/17) NOTICE OF SALE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA
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COUNTY OF FLORENCE IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS CASE NO. 2015-CP-21-01664 Wells Fargo Bank N.A., as trustee for Green Tree 2008-MH1 by Green Tree Servicing LLC Plaintiff, -vsAlfonzia McElveen, The Personal Representative, if any, whose name is unknown, of the Estate of Chessie Vivians, and any other Heir-ast-law or Devisees of Chessie Vivans, Deceased, their heirs, Personal Representatives, Administrators, Successors and Assigns, and all other persons entitled to claim through them; all unknown persons with any right, title or interest in the real estate described herein; also any persons who may be in the military service of the United States of America, being a class designated as John Doe; and any unknown minors or persons under a disability being a class designated as Richard Roe, Claudia McElveen and South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles, Defendant(s) BY VIRTUE of a judgment heretofore granted in the case of Wells Fargo Bank N.A., as trustee for Green Tree 2008-MH1 by Green Tree Servicing LLc vs. Alfonzia McElveen, The Personal Representative, if any, whose name is unknown, of the Estate of Chessie Vivians, and any other Heir-ast-law or Devisees of Chessie Vivans, Deceased, their heirs, Personal Representatives, Administrators, Successors and Assigns, and all other persons entitled to claim through them; all unknown persons with any right, title or interest in the real estate described herein; also any persons who may be in the military service of the United States of America, being a class designated as John Doe; and any unknown minors or persons under a disability being a class designated as Richard Roe, Claudia McElveen and South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles, I, Doris O'Hara, as Clerk of Court for Florence County, will sell on August 7, 2017, at 12:00 Noon, at the Florence County Courthouse, 180 N. Irby Street, Florence, South Carolina 29501, to the highest bidder: All that certain piece, parcel or lot of land lying, being and situate in the County of Florence, State of South Carolina, containing 0.35 of an acre shown on a plat prepared by Charles W. Bailey dated August 5, 2002 and recorded in Book 103 at Page 412 in the Florence County Records. For a more complete and accurate description reference said plat. This being the same property conveyed to Chessie Vivian by deed of Nathaniel W. Rosenfeld dated April 15, 1981 and recorded April 29, 1981 in book A173 at Page 611 in the Florence County Records. This being the same property conveyed to
Wednesday, July 19, 2017 Alfonzia McElveen and Chessie Vivians aka Chessie Vivian by deed of Chessie Vivians aka Chessie Vivian dated October 14, 2002 and recorded February 17, 2016 in Book B616 at Page 1293 in the Florence County Records. Together with that certain 2003 Fleetwood Manufactured Home (Vin# GAFL235A&B87695-EA12) TMS #: 90106-02-024 land 23000-38-792 mh SUBJECT TO FLORENCE COUNTY TAXES TERMS OF SALE: The successful bidder, other than the Plaintiff, will deposit with the Clerk of Court at conclusion of the bidding, five (5%) of his bid, in cash or equivalent, as evidence of good faith, the same to be applied to purchase price in case of compliance, but to be forfeited and applied first to costs and then to Plaintiff's debt in the case of noncompliance. Should the last and highest bidder fail or refuse to make the required deposit at the time of the bid or comply with the other terms or the bid within twenty (20) days, then the Clerk of Court may resell the property on the same terms and conditions on some subsequent Sales Day (at the risk of the former highest bidder). A personal or deficiency judgment having been demanded by the Plaintiff, the sale of the subject property will remain open for thirty (30) days pursuant to Section 15-39-720, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976; provided, however, that the Court recognizes the option reserved by the Plaintiff to waive such deficiency judgment prior to the sale, and notice is given that the Plaintiff may waive in writing the deficiency judgment prior to the sale; and that should the Plaintiff elect to waive a deficiency judgment, without notice other than the announcement at the sale and notice in writing to the debtor defendant(s) that a deficiency judgment has been waived and that the sale will be final, the bidding will not remain open after the date of sale, but compliance with the bid may be made immediately. The successful bidder will be required to pay interest on the amount of the bid from the date of sale to date of compliance with the bid at the rate of 9.25% per annum. Doris O'Hara Clerk of Court for Florence County Theodore von Keller, Esquire B. Lindsay Crawford, III, Esquire Sara Hutchins Columbia, South Carolina Attorney for Plaintiff (7/19, 7/26, 8/2/17) STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF FLORENCE IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS C/A NO.: 2016-CP-21-00824 U.S. Bank National Association as trustee for Holders of Structured Asset Securities Corporation Mortgage Loan Trust Mortgage PassThrough Certificates, Series 2007-RF1, Plaintiff, v. Ada O. Nwankudu; Any heirs-at-law or devisees of Sara W. Norwood, 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; Beth Sheppard Lee; Montessori School of Florence; Branch Banking and Trust Company s/b/m to Branch Banking and Trust Company of South Carolina; First
Reliance Bank; GMAC Mortgage LLC, AMENDED 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 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. AMENDED LIS PENDENS NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT an action has been or will be commenced in this Court upon complaint of the above-named Plaintiff against the abovenamed Defendant(s) for the foreclosure of a certain mortgage of real estate given by Ada O. Nwankudu to First Reliance Bank dated February 16, 2001 and recorded on February 26, 2001 in Book A621 at Page 1290, 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 situate, lying and being in the City of Florence, County of Florence, State of South Carolina, containing 0.17 acres, more or less and being bounded as follows: On the East by Warley Street for a distance of 50.06 feet; on the North
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South Carolina Junior Tennis Foundation (SCJTF) honored Florence tennis players Sanjana Beeraka, Patterson Kannon, and Rebecca Liu during The Volvo Car Open at Daniel Island last spring. The three SCJTF ambassadors participated at the Kids Day event and received recognition for their volunteer work in their local community. Founded in 2016, SCJTF has the vison of helping the community with the game of tennis. The selected student tennis ambassadors work closely with their local coach to plan and administer fundraising events. All funds raised benefit the local community. These three tennis ambassadors organized a food drive during the FTA Boys High School Tennis Tournament on March 3. The collected food items were delivered to Help 4 Kids, a charity to help children in need at local elementary schools. During the months of March and April, these tennis ambassadors coordinated and assisted in the multi-week Junior Team Tennis, where beginner tennis players, ages 5 to 16, participated in fun tennis drills and competitions.
TENNIS PLAYERS RECOGNIZED BY SCJTF – From left Rebecca Liu, Sanjana Beeraka, Patterson Kannon and Coach Robert Hill Beeraka will attend Furman University and Kannon will attend Presbyterian College in the fall. Liu is a rising
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Brad Seger, a physical therapist with McLeod Sports Medicine, recently received Board Certification as an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS). American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties certifies individuals who have demonstrated advanced clinical knowledge and skills in physical therapy specialty areas. Less than ten percent of American Physical Therapy Association members go on to attain an advanced certification. To earn the OCS credential, physical therapists must submit at least 2,000 hours of direct patient care in the orthopedic subspecialty and pass a 250 question exam on patient care situations. This certification recognizes therapists who provide focused clinical care for the orthopedic patient. Seger is a 2011 graduate of Morehead State University where he played football and a 2014 graduate of the University of Kentucky. In addition to being an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist, Seger is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). He has a special
BRAD SEGER interest in throwing athletes along with training power production in football and basketball players. He is also certified in Integrative Dry Needling (IDN). McLeod Sports Medicine is a team of physicians, physical therapists, certified athletic trainers, and other medical professionals dedicated to helping athletes prevent injury, improve performance and achieve personal goals. McLeod Sports Medicine currently provides athletic trainers to 23 facilities in Chesterfield, Darlington, Dillon, Florence, Horry, Marion, and Marlboro Counties.
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Boys & Girls Clubs add hot meals BY BRENDA HARRISON Editor of The News Journal Florence, S.C.
QINGYI TAN AND HER ART AT THE CAPITOL
Young artist’s work selected to represent SC Qingyi Tan was selected as the winner for the 36th Annual Congressional Art Competition in Washington, D.C. She is the only winner representing the seventh district of South Carolina. The award ceremony was held at the US Capitol on June 29. The winning artwork is on display at the Capitol for one year. While in Washington, Qingyi met Congressman Tom Rice who toured her around the Capitol where they viewed her painting, “The Swans,”on display. Qingyi and her family moved from Beijing, China to Florence, in the August of 2014. She is a rising sophomore in the IB program at Wilson High School. For the past two and an half years, she has been studying art with Lynda English. She was the People’s Choice winner of Lynda English Gallery and Studios’ Miniature Art Show for two consecutive years. “Creativity and imagination are the factors that kindled my interest in art,” Quingyi said. “Ever since I was able to hold a paintbrush or a pencil in my hand, I have always been inclined to drawing and painting. As I got older, I found that through art, I could express latent themes, messages or personal connections and communicate it with others visually. She participates in her school’s art club and was elected as secretary. This upcoming school year, she will serve as president. She has planned events, such as an art camp, in the Wilson High School gym, and an art competition conducted at her school. “My goal is to engage more in the art community, inspire more artists, and set a foundation to guide students,” she said. “Last summer, I was a camper at an art camp called Horizons Gifted and Talented Program. The chance to discover art with other campers and teachers was truly a fascinating learning experience.” During this summer, Qingyi volunteered at Horizons for a month and at The Florence Museum for two weeks. There, she shared her experiences and enthusiasm of art with young artists and taught them how to create art and expand their imaginations. “I could see the excitement sparking in their eyes. It astonishes me to see how art can influence a child at a young age. Working and spending time with the young artists was full of joy and laughter,” Qingyi said. Besides spending leisure time on art, Qingyi maintains excellent academics in school and plays the clarinet and piano. She attended All City and All Region 5 Band and placed top ten for her chairs in both bands. “It is just like art: practice makes improvement,” she commented. “I appreciate my supportive parents and teachers. Under their motivation and encouragement, I became an artist that I have always wanted to be,” she said. For more of her artwork, follow her Instagram accounts @artsandphotos and @artsxphotos.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Pee Dee implemented a change to its food program in Florence last week. They began serving hot meals in Florence and Hartsville a couple of times a week, complementing the usual sandwiches. Tuesday was the first day for hamburgers, grilled on site, and the kids were pretty excited. On Thursday, they got hot dogs. Also on Tuesday, July 11, representatives from the United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Services stopped by, along with local dignitaries, for the Second Annual Summer Food Service Program Tour. The purpose of the tour is to raise awareness about the Summer Food Service Program and cultivate local community advocates for the program that provides up to two free meals a day to youths and teens, ages 18 and younger, says Ashley Page, End Child Hunger SC community organizer. During the week-long tour, eight different sites in eight counties, along with sponsors were highlighted. Visitors had the opportunity to observe the meal service and participate in activities with youth. The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Pee Dee have provided over 14,000 lunches and over 12,500 breakfasts at its 12 sites during the month of June, said director Neal Zimmerman. During the school year it provides snacks and supper for youth in the after-school programs. Zimmerman said hot meals will also be served in the other 10 sites. Kids eat for free. The USDA reimburses the Boys & Girls Clubs for the food cost.
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Library and Chick-fil-A to celebrate reading Chick-fil-A and the Florence County Library System will celebrate reading on Tuesday, July 25, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Chick-fil-A at Southside Commons at 2016 S. Irby Street.
The celebration will include face painting, storytelling and balloon sculpting. The Chick-fil-A cow and Dewey D. Fox (library mascot) will be on hand to
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New administrator at McLeod-Clarendon McLeod Health announces the appointment of Rachel Turner Gainey to the position of Administrator and Vice President of McLeod Health Clarendon. Gainey’s service with the McLeod Health system dates back to her role as a teen volunteer. She officially joined the team in 2003 as a graduate administrative resident while she completed her advanced degree, Master of Health Administration, at the Medical University of South Carolina, graduating with honors. During Gainey’s 14-year tenure with McLeod Health, she has worked extensively in operations, strategic planning, as well as growth and development in
RACHEL GAINEY the markets which McLeod serves. For more than a decade, she has served as a member of the administrative leadership team at McLeod Health Dillon with oversight of both strategic
and clinical operations. Most recently, Gainey served as the Associate Vice President of Ancillary Patient Services overseeing eight clinical areas with responsibility of operations, financial management, and performance improvement. All service lines within the division have seen growth in both volume and scope of services. With previous experience in communications, community health, and as a physician liaison, Gainey has worked to strengthen the McLeod Health brand, improve the health of the community, and cultivate relationships with physicians and practices. Through this work, she has gained knowledge of a variety of service lines and their operations beyond those in which she has direct reporting relationships. Gainey has also learned the art of combining knowledge with market data to establish, sustain, and grow services. “Rachel has a strong skill set in developing and executing plans and has proven success in project management,” said Debbie Locklair, Senior Vice President and Regional Administrator for McLeod Health. “With her deep knowledge base of the McLeod Health organization, its priorities, and its endeavors, she understands the quality of work essential to the continued growth of services to support the care of the patients we serve.” In addition to serving in positions at McLeod Regional Medical Center and McLeod Health Dillon, Gainey has worked on special projects for McLeod Health such as the development of the McLeod Health Community Needs Assessment for the counties McLeod serves. This opportunity has helped her gain perspective on the unique needs facing communities in the McLeod Health service area.
Two locals capture titles The Pee Dee region is a hot bed for pageant winners and over the last month that has been no exception. Two girls from the region have won pageant titles, one on the national and one on the international level. TrinityByrnes Collegiate School rising freshman Chandler Jordan and Florence native and West Florence High School rising freshman Sullivan Blackwell represented the state of South Carolina and brought the crowns back to our area. Jordan, 14, the daughter of Jay and Sheila Jordan, owner of Sheila & Company A Luxury Salon and Day Spa of Florence, recently won the Jr. Miss Legacy US title in Orlando. She competed in interview, evening gown, daytime wear and onstage question to take top honors, while competing in six optional categories. “It really didn’t feel like a competition to me,” Jordan said. “Everyone was as equally talented and I just put everything in God’s hands.” Jordan has been competing in pageants since she was seven and has won numerous titles, including Young Miss Myrtle Beach, and was a South Carolina Princess at the Miss South Carolina Pageant for Caitlan Walzer, Miss S.C. Sweet Potato Festival in 2015, to name a few. Jordan recently signed a modeling contract. Jordan said when she won the state title last year in Charleston, she set the bar high and worked really hard in preparing for the national title.
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“I exercised a lot and worked on wardrobe and got lots of help from my coach Cy Frakes from Columbia,” Jordan said. “I also focused on my platform which is “Education and Awareness of Eating Disorders.” Jordan will use her title to travel all across the United States promoting her platform and the US Legacy organization. “This is a dream come true,” Jordan said. “I’ve worked so hard throughout the years and all the work I’ve done has paid off.” Jordan said that she wouldn’t have been able to do any of this without the support of her family, especially her mom, her meme (Diane Jordan) and state director Randall Dukes. She also thanks her sister queens, and Miss SC Legacy Cassie Crangle and Katie Larson, who also went on to capture the Mrs. Legacy US title in Orlando for their constant support. Florence native Sullivan Blackwell recently went to Nashville, Tenn. where she captured the title of IJM (International Junior Miss) Junior Teen, beating out 65 contestants from across the United States and abroad. The competition was held at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel. Blackwell said the experience was amazing and she had one goal in mind when traveling to the Nashville. “I wasn’t expecting to win,” Blackwell said. “I had a goal of making it to the top 15, but I’m so happy it turned out the way it did.” According to Blackwell she competed in three phases of competition which included interview, fun
fashion wear and evening gown. She also competed in two optional competitions that did not count towards the overall score for the title. Blackwell, 14, won the South Carolina IJM Junior Teen title in Rock Hill last September and said the preparation process was very intense. “I really worked hard on my interview and my modeling, and my coach Cy Frakes from Columbia helped me out a lot with both,” Blackwell said. “I also got to know about the organization and that helped me a lot as well” Blackwell has only been competing in pageants for three years and said her mother encouraged her to do them to help bring her out of her shell. “I was very shy, and we thought that by doing pageants it would bring me out of my comfort zone,” Blackwell said. Sure enough it did, as Blackwell is the first contestant from Florence to win an IJM title. For bringing home the crown she won a huge prize package which includes a trip to Italy and Greece. Blackwell said one of her fondest memories of competing in Nashville was all the friendships she made including a very special one from Japan’s representative in the Junior Princess divisions. “It was really a delight to be able to meet girls from over the world,” Blackwell said. “They will be long lasting friendships.” Blackwell said she has huge things to look forward to this year while representing the IJM title and said that she has aspirations of one day competing in the Miss USA pageant organization. Blackwell is the daughter of Craig and Beth Townsend Dalla Riva and Freddy Blackwell.
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Mercy Medicine announces fundraiser Magnify Mercy’s Mission Mercy Medicine “free” clinic is kicking off a fund-raising campaign, “Magnify Mercy’s Mission” this Friday. By John Elwood Owens, MD, JD Volunteer Physician Mercy Medicine Free Clinic (MMFC) has been a great asset to the greater Florence area for almost a quarter century, delivering free total health care (diagnostic, therapeutic, and pharmaceutical) to the poor, uninsured and needy citizens of our community, specifically in Florence and Williamsburg Counties. In doing so, “Mercy Med” or simply “Mercy” (as many former and current thankful patients have lovingly referred to the clinic) has always delivered such health care with a complementary dose of “good old fashioned” Christian love and compassion. In fact, the bylaws of Mercy (established by the founding physicians and nurses in 1994) require Judeo-Christian principles in the treatment of its poor and needy citizens of the area. As patients pass through the clinic, and are served by devoted, unselfish workers and professional health care providers, all of whom espouse Christian principles of love and caring, they are made aware of God’s holy work in providing free health care to the needy. Strong evidence of this fact is the following selected handwritten thank you notes which come
MERCY MEDICINE CLINIC AT 500 SOUTH COIT STREET to the clinic from grateful patients, and who, in many cases, have had significant lifestyle changes in becoming stronger Christians in their own faith. The entire staff of MMFC works hard to make this holy work of God accessible to an ever increasing patient load. Please take a moment and read some of these testimonials: Comment 1: “I can’t begin to explain what and how Mercy Medicine has helped me get back to a healthy lifestyle. ‘Mercy Med’ has a godly atmosphere; I know that God directs each and every one of the nurses, doc-
tors and volunteers here. God has saved me from a world of sin. ‘Mercy Med’ fixed my body, and Jesus Christ gave me direction, purpose and meaning.” E., November, 2016. Comment 2: “I was having a lot of fluid in my body. I went to the hospital with a weak heart, and they sent me to Mercy Clinic. Thanks to the doctors and people at Mercy...and God, I am doing good. And everybody there is so kind and helpful.” V., November, 2016. Comment 3: “I thank God for giving me the opportunity to have health care services through Mercy Medicine.
Their medical staff helps heal your body, and the spiritual staff helps heal the soul.” Anonymous, Nov. 2016. Comment 4: “Mercy Medicine is made up of (staffed by) loyal Christian people. Thank you, Jesus, for the loving loyal Christian people who serve at Mercy. They show a lot of love, compassion, and kindness . . . we don’t get elsewhere. God bless you all.” L., November, 2016. Many years ago, the delivery of medicine was considered an art, with much of the success or failure of medicine rooted not only in a bond between the physician and patient, but, moreover, their
faith in God. Much of that “art of medicine” has in modern times been replaced by the medical industry where availability, costs, results and liability often pushes the “God Factor” to a less important role. However, at MMFC, the delivery of excellent modern health care continues to be carried out in an all-encompassing atmosphere of Christian love, compassion, integrity and thoroughness. Moreover, modern research does show improved patient healing and recovery when faith is strong between the three principle participants in the delivery of health care: the patient, the physician and God. However, free health care does not mean without cost to someone. Because of the uncertainty of national health insurance, MMFC is met with ever increasing demands to treat more and more uninsured and needy patients. With the help of many wonderful collaborative partners such as McLeod Health, Carolinas Hospital System, United Way of Florence, Blue Cross/Blue Shield Foundation, Wel-Vista Pharmaceuticals in Columbia and many others...MMFC accomplishes this mutual community goal. It is noted that, as MMFC stays loyal to its Christian principles, it sadly “pays the price” by not being allowed to receive federal funding. Nonetheless, MMFC continues to fulfill its principled mission with the help of many
charitable corporations and contributors, some mentioned above. They are all a “true Godsend” to MMFC, as the clinic carries out God’s mission of healing the poor and sick, without cost to the patient. Set to kick off on July 21 and end on Aug. 4, MMFC announces its first annual fundraising campaign, entitled Magnify Mercy’s Mission, to hopefully receive generous donations to the clinic to continue its Godly mission. This campaign will be on line and on other social media. MMFC is there to deliver the art of quality medicine, at no cost to the needy patient, within an atmosphere of Christian charity and counseling. The old axiom stated: “One should practice what it preaches.” We at MMFC turn that axiom around to say, “One should preach what they practice.” We thank you for your help and contributions. And we thank you for sharing this information with your Facebook, family and friends, and other social media avenues. We need you to help make this fundraiser successful. May God bless your unselfish donations and gifts. Please send any and all tax deductible contributions to: Mercy Medicine Free Clinic, c/o Linda Spires, Executive Director, 500 South Coit Street, Florence, S.C., 29501. Phone: 843.667.9947
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