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NEIGHBORS NAME: Willa Burdette FAMILY: Husband Ken, two children, four granddaughters BORN: Anniston, Ala. RESIDES IN: Florence OCCUPATION: Retired from FSD1, parttime teacher at Poynor HOBBIES OR SPECIAL INTERESTS: Reading and loving on my granddaughers WHO OR WHAT HAS MOST INFLUENCED YOU? “My mom who was ferociously loyal to her children and funny as the day is long.”

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Volunteer referee honored by mayor BY BRENDA HARRISON Editor of The News Journal Florence, S.C. Many years ago, a local minister began hosting basketball games for area youth in the gymnasium at First Baptist Church. Now, 23 years later, he continues to faithfully referee these games on Friday and Saturday evenings. Mayor Stephen Wukela honored the Rev. Henry Burch Jr. for his volunteerism by presenting him with a Resolution during the July 17 meeting of Florence City Council. He was recognized for positively impacting the lives of thousands of youth in the City and County of Florence and honored for his outstanding and dedicated service. The Reverend, assisted by Tony Gerald of Marion, and his wife who helps keep the clock, is at the gymnasium almost every weekend, year round, from 7 to 11 p.m. “It keeps kids out of trouble,” Burch explained. Burch allows all kids, ages 1218, the chance to play basketball. The number of players range from 20 to 60, he said. His method is to divide players into teams of five and choose captains for each team. His goal is form teams equal in talent and foster Godly traits. Teams play for five to six minutes and then rotate. Before the evening is over, they have playoffs and end with a championship game. “The play gets intense. It is just like the Lakers and the Celtics,” Burch said with a chuckle. However, “the Lord and my little

PLAYERS AMONTE ASKINS, LEFT, DAVID BURCH WITH REFEREE HENRY BURCH JR. whistle keeps it all orderly,” the Reverend said, adding, “God is good!” “In 23 years at First Baptist Church I have never had to call the police,” he noted, adding he does remind the youth that he has a cell phone and can dial the law, if necessary. Long ago, the Reverend saw the need for a place to work with youth in a Christian environment. Referee-

ing is his way of giving back and serving the Lord. “If I can help somebody as I go along the way then my living is not in vain,” he explained. The majority of the players are boys, but sometimes girls will come asking to play. Everyone is welcome, he said. Before play begins, the players gather in a circle and pray. Sometimes the Reverend throws in a

mini-sermon, but it has to be short, he stressed. Occasionally, professionals come talk to the young men. Most recently, Eddie Williams from Florence – now a Marine who helped protect Secretary of State Hilliary Clinton – visited and spoke to the players.

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Community Forum set to discuss school building needs There will be a community forum for the citizens of Florence to discuss building needs which have been identified on all school campuses in Florence School District One. The forum will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 8, at 7 p.m. in the Poynor Auditorium, located at 301 South Dargan Street.

For the past several months, the Florence One Board of Trustees has been discussing the Facilities Needs Assessment Plan. At the community forum, school board members will share information about this plan with the public. The plan includes school campus conditions, proposed building

projects, as well as proposed financial strategies to meet school building needs. Parents and community members will be able to discuss the plan and provide feedback with board members and administrators. The community forum will begin

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Boys & Girls Clubs of the Pee Dee Area has named Rob Colones, President and Chief Executive Officer of McLeod Health, as their 2017 Champion For Youth. The 14th Annual Champions For Youth Tribute will be held Thursday, Aug. 31 at The Waters Building, 135 S. Dargan St. It begins at 6 p.m., with the award presentation at 7 p.m. Aramark at McLeod will provide refreshments. Sponsorships range from the $10,000 Hall of Fame sponsorship to a $250 Booster sponsorship for two attendees. Individual tickets are also available for $75. The evening also includes a raffle. Colones has been with McLeod for 36 years, serving in a variety of executive roles before beginning in his present position in 2002. He earned his undergraduate degrees in business administration finance from the University of SC and Hospital Administration from Park College; he holds an MBA from Duke University Fuqua School of Business. He has served on the faculty and provided leadership for numerous academies, committees, and advisory boards for health care quality and improvement. He has chaired the American Heart Association’s Pee Dee Heart Walk and served on the Leadership Advisory Panel to the Board of the United Way of Florence County. Also, he has served as a member of the Florence-Darlington Technical College Foundation Board and the Board for the Church at Sandhurst, where he also serves as an elder. He received the Milliken Medal of Quality Award in 2002 and the Ashby P. Lowrimore Award in 2013. He resides in Florence with his wife, Deborah. They have three sons: John Thomas, Wil, and Stephen. For more information: Susan Goldstein, (843) 662-1142

Deaths THE GIRL RESERVES members at Florence High School in 1925. The club was organized in 1922 by Miss Ruth Greene. The purpose was to promote a higher standard of Christian girlhood in the school and community.Two annual features were a Christmas tree for poor children and a mid-winter conference. Photo is from the 1925 school yearbook,The Florentine.The high school was later renamed McClenaghan.

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strategies, you can determine which style or combination of styles best suits your needs. Regardless of which style you choose, it is important to keep diversification a top priority in portfolio allocation. While diversification and asset allocation do not ensure a profit or protect against loss, they can play a key role in establishing a sound investment strategy and reducing risk. Frank J. “Buddy” Brand II is a Senior Vice President/ Investments with Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated, Member SIPC and New York Stock Exchange, and can be contacted in the Florence office at 1325 Cherokee Road, or by phone at (843) 665-7599 or toll-free at (866) 850-6995.

Anderson, Ruth, 80, Timmonsville, died July 26, Waters-Powell Funeral Home. Boardwine, Jane Evans, 63, died July 29, LaytonAnderson Funeral Home. Braswell, Maggie Mae, died July 23, Ideal Funeral Parlor. Cade, Pandora L, died July 18, Smith Funeral Home Coe, James Edward, died July 18, Ideal Funeral Parlor. Everett, Kristina “Tina,” Staves, 46, died July 29, Layton-Anderson Funeral Home. Freeman, Jill, Darlington, 54, died July 22, KistlerHardee Funeral Home. Graham, Patricia Ann Rollins, died July 23, KistlerHardee Funeral Home. Hammond, Merita Benton, 92, died July 26, LaytonAnderson Funeral Home. Jackson, Patricia Alice Sullivan, died July 28, Belk Funeral Home. James, Leroy, “Nute Boy” Sr, died July 17, Smith Funeral Home. Jordan, Jesse Joseph, died June 30, Waters-Powell Funeral Home. Kilian, John, 75, died July 24, Stoudenmire-Dowling Funeral Home. Kinsaul, Sarah Ruth Robinson, died July 22, Belk Funeral

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Is the American dream alive or dead in South Carolina? By Phil Noble If you stop and really think about it, this is the most fundamental question one could ask about our state and nation. And the answer says a lot about the kind of people we are as a state and a nation. The American Dream is both very simple and very profound. It has been the driving force behind our country since its earliest days. We all have our own slightly different definitions of the American Dream. This is mine: if you work hard and play by the rules, your children will be better off than you are. The French writer Alexis de Tocqueville traveling America in the 1830s described it simply as “the charm of anticipated success.” The actual phrase ‘The American Dream’ was coined in 1931 by James Truslow Adams in his book “The Epic of America.” He defined it as “that dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement… It is not a dream of motor cars and high wages merely, but a dream of social order in which each man and each woman shall be able to attain to the fullest stature of which they are innately capable, and be recognized by others for what they are, regardless of the fortuitous circumstances of birth or position.” This simple dream has motivated countless millions from all corners of the world to come to America. They were/are of all colors, creeds, religions and cultures but they all shared one thing – a belief in the Dream. They were/are willing to uproot themselves from their extended families, a place and culture that had nourished their people for generations – and risk it all, their very lives, to come to America. The obvious exception is African Americans who were brought here as slaves. For about 50% of those brought to North America, Charleston was their point of entry. And, one of the great ironies of our history is that the descendants of these slaves have, by and large, become among the most dedicated, loyal and hopeful of all Americans. They believe in the American Dream despite their historic and present pains. Recently, I was talking with one of the Freedom Riders – those brave young people (most in their 20s or younger) who in 1961 were willing to suffer horrible beatings and even death for the simple right to ride in the front of a bus and eat at a restaurant in the deep South. He said, “Because we were denied the full benefits of the American Dream for so long, we were willing to fight the hardest and risk even death to get it … and now we appreciate it the most.” The American Dream’s power is still here today. If you need evidence, pick up a newspaper and read about what immigrants, legal and illegal, are willing to endure today to get to American soil. So, what is the state of the American Dream today? As reported by the CNBC Network in a recent poll, “Rumors of the American dream being dead have been greatly exaggerated. To that point, 63 percent of Americans believe they are living the American dream, up from 59 percent in 2011.” And what of South Carolina? Forbes Magazine has recently developed an American Dream Index as a way to “look at how America’s middle class is faring economically under President Trump.” They combine seven different economic indexes and rank each state. You may be surprised that South Carolina ranked #6. This ranking is great news – but if we examine the scope of the study, we find that their focus is limited to the middle class. For those of us in South Carolina who are on the middle rungs of the ladder to the American Dream, the Dream is alive and well… doing very well indeed, as in 6th in the country. But, another recent authoritative study of the 50 states shows a very different picture for low income South Carolina’s striving to climb to the middle class and higher. The Equality of Opportunity Project at Harvard did an in-depth analysis of economic conditions in every part of the U.S. and tracked how often people were able to move up the economic ladder over time. The project created a map of the geography of upward mobility in America. The “map shows rates of upward mobility for children born in the 1980s for 741 metro and rural areas in the U.S. Upward mobility is measured by the fraction of children who reach the top fifth of the national income distribution, conditional on having parents in the bottom fifth.” Their color-coded map goes from deep red for least mobile to light beige for most mobile. (Google Equality of Opportunity Project to see the map and study.) What they found for South Carolina was depressing. South Carolina was the only state on the map where the entire state was deep red – i.e. less than 4.8% of our children have climbed the ladder to success. This is not about the racial division between black and white South Carolinians. It is about the economic division between black and white South Carolinians and other black and white South Carolinians. CONTINUED ON RIGHT

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Farewell to the old Delmae It was sad for me to watch the demolition of Delmae Heights Elementary School. Good old Delmae was my alma mater. I started first grade there in 1957 – the year it opened. Back then we didn’t have public kindergarten. The school offered grades 1 through 6 and there were only two classes for each grade. As I watched workers tearing down the old school last week, I thought back 60 years ago when I watched other workers building the school. Growing up right across the street, it was easy to view the school construction on a daily basis. I must have been five when they started because I was six years old when the school opened. I remember my mom telling me that I would be going to the new school in the fall. I loved books, so I was anxious to learn to read. Mom said they would teach me to read. Finally, the school was completed and it was time to go to school. I was so excited, knowing I would learn how to read. Well, I was a sad and disappointed child when I returned home after that first day. I didn’t learn to read. In fact, I

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don’t think I learned anything that first day. Mom had neglected to tell me that learning to read was a process and it would take a while before I could read a book. Eventually, we tackled the Dick and Jane readers and began to learn to recognize words and sentences, such as See Dick run, and See Jane jump. I was learning to read. After school and on weekends, the neighborhood kids and I gathered at the school playground where we slid down the metal sliding board, pushed or rode the merry-go-round and enjoyed trying to reach the sky on the swings. I don’t suppose we’d be allowed to do that today, but the school yard was not fenced in and there were no signs asking us to stay away.

As a child I thought Delmae was a huge school, but as I grew up it shrunk. The original cafeteria/auditorium was half the size of the one torn down. Also, when the school was built, there were just two wings of classrooms. It was enlarged over the years, and grew two or three times larger than it was 60 years ago, and that’s not counting mobile units. I have lots of memories of my teachers, classmates, and activities. I remember dancing around the stage in a second-grade production of the “Shoemaker and His Elves.” I also remember buying pencils and paper from the small school store located in a room beside the school stage. I recall bringing nickels and dimes to school to buy ice cream after lunch. And, I remember the sixth grade dance in the cafeteria. All the girls stood on one side while the boys stood on the opposite side of the room. The funny thing is no one was brave enough to step on the dance floor until about 15 minutes before the dance ended. Farewell, my beloved school!

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Credibility of Pulitzer Prize takes a hit By Drew Johnson After busting the New York Police Department for abusing a decades-old eviction law, nonprofit news organization ProPublica received a public service Pulitzer Prize. A powerful story of journalism in pursuit of justice, right? Not so fast. ProPublica professes to offer a new reporting model, one unswayed by the demands of readers and advertisers. It circulates stories for free, partnering with mainstream media outlets. Its website purports to deliver news “in an entirely non-partisan and non-ideological manner, adhering to the strictest standards of journalistic impartiality. We won’t lobby. We won’t ally with politicians or advocacy groups.” Nonsense. ProPublica’s journalistic model is dependent on millions of dollars in annual support from its stable of left-leaning donors. Catering to these donors’ political sensibilities is an existential necessity for ProPublica. Would the Pulitzer commit-

tee consider a prize for a “news” organization bankrolled by the conservative Koch brothers? Of course not. By recognizing ProPublica, the committee rewards the left side of the political spectrum. ProPublica’s main backers are billionaires Herbert and Marion Sandler. The couple has pledged $10 million a year to the organization. Such a big-ticket annual contribution fits right in with the Sandlers’ extensive support for Democratic candidates, left-wing advocacy campaigns, and PACs such as Moveon.org, which raises money for progressive office-seekers. The Sandlers are in good company on ProPublica’s list of top left-liberal donors. The Open Society Foundation, concocted by liberal investor George Soros, is known for promoting exclusively progressive causes. Other donors include Atlantic Philanthropies, which gifted Obamacare proponents the largest advocacy grant in history, and JEHT Foundation, which shut down abruptly after authorities exposed fun-

CONTINUED FROM LEFT COLUMN For those of us in South Carolina who are struggling to even reach up and get a hand on the lowest rung of the ladder to the American Dream, the Dream is more like a nightmare – worse than in any of the other 50 states. There truly are two South Carolinas. And the reality is that these two South Carolinas are not separate, they are one – we are one South Carolina. We as a state cannot succeed until we all succeed. It’s not possible to wall off our suburbs, separate our cities into pockets of affluence and poverty or put a fence at the boundaries between urban and rural. In many different ways in our history (and today), we have tried this. It led to greater divisions, more poverty, increased racism, further isolation, more hostility and greater violence and bloodshed. It did not work in our history and it will not work now. It is both impractical and immoral. We are all better off when we are all better off. The American Dream, the South Carolina Dream, must be a shared dream for all of South Carolina – or it will be no dream at all. 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 phil@philnoble.com and get his columns at www.PhilNoble.com.

der Bernard Madoff as a swindler running a Ponzi scheme. For all the hard-hitting investigations ProPublica reporters do, none of them has looked into the questionable financial history of Herbert and Marion Sandler. The couple made their fortune through Golden West Financial, the first bank to offer adjustable rate mortgages. The limited-time “teaser” rates these mortgages offered lured people into buying homes they couldn’t afford. Wachovia, which bought Golden West Financial, underwent investigations for fraud several years later – but not before the Sandlers pocketed $2.4 billion for the acquisition. ProPublica says it “shines a light on exploitation of the weak by the strong,” but apparently not the people lured in at Golden West Financial. Better to stick with investigations of fracking, Republican politicians, and other popular liberal targets than to ruffle the feathers of its powerful funders. The self-proclaimed “independent newsroom” professes to restore investigative reporting to its stature as the highest type of journalism.” But as Harry Browne of the Dublin Institute of Technology points out, non-profit publications are driving out the very forces in traditional journalism that deliver hard-hitting and accurate news. Non-profits are edging out traditional news outlets – operating with the advantage of donor subsidies. Enabling ProPublica – let alone rewarding them with a Pulitzer – gives them credibility they haven’t earned. Consider the students and teachers at Sunshine High School, a charter school in Orlando, Florida. A ProPublica reporter interviewed some of the stu-

dents for a story on charter schools, a perennial annoyance of progressives. Unsurprisingly, the ProPublica report was scathing. Administrators called out the reporter for missing the school’s mission, as well as including quotes from minors without parental consent. It’s a sad day when leftwing advocacy bankrolled by liberal billionaires passes for disinterested journalism. Shame on the Pulitzer committee for rewarding ProPublica’s bias.

Drew Johnson is an investigative reporter, national columnist and former opinion page editor who serves as a senior scholar at the Taxpayers Protection Alliance.

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HENRY BURCH JR. FROM PAGE 1A Other speakers have included George Bradley, PhD, and Robert Long, who has served as a policeman and as a coach for a women’s college. Many former players, such as Michael Cooper, an engineer, continue to keep in touch. Rev. Burch is so proud of their successes. “It is a privilege to look back and see what they have accomplished,” he said. Burch has noticed that most of the players grow in stature as they get older. The younger ones don’t always appreciate his program and what he does, he said, adding some tend to think he owes them something. However, as they age they come to realize he doesn’t have to volunteer his time to be there. “The kids need somebody over them to keep things standing right,” he said. Sometimes he stops by a local park to call games. “Growing up I’ve seen a lot of bullies. I can feel them when they come into the gym,” Burch noted. “I remind the players that everybody has feelings and that everybody wants to play the game. We need to respect each other. Remember this is God’s house.” He has heartfelt gratitude and praises First Baptist Church for allowing the use of their gym at no charge. “This has been a blessing for thousands of young people,” he noted. Jeff Gandy, 20, has been playing basketball at the gym since he was in seventh grade. “The thing is you don’t need a membership to play,” Gandy commented. “He does it for free. It is a safe environment and he makes us feel safe. It is hard to find a place to play without a membership or program fee,” he added. Burch says the FBC gym has shaped some of the players into athletes who have gone on to do well in sports, including his own children. His son, David Burch, 19, played for Wilson High, and his 6 foot 5 grandson, Jordan Burch, 15, is now playing for Wilson. Burch doesn’t know how long he will continue to referee, but he believes God is looking for someone to take the baton. “Until then, I am doing what God called me to do,” he said. Henry Burch developed a similar basketball program for adult men in 1984. He ran this in the Williams Junior High School gym for seven years. The purpose was to allow young men a place to exercise and vent after work. He stopped after a fight broke out. Henry Burch attended McClenaghan High and graduated from Wilson High School in 1972. He retired from the Social Security Administration with 40 years service. He was also employed at Electro Motors, KFC and the Thunderbird Hotel. Growing up in Greenville, he worked at Howard Johnson, The Whirlwind Restaurant and for District Judge J. Robert Martin on his farm, starting at age 15. He is the pastor at Spreading the Word Outreach Ministries. He has served as a youth department leader for True Faith Fellowship, a youth basketball coach at both the YMCA and the Boys & Girls Club, a boy scout troop leader for Troop 447 and a minister with Jailhouse Ministry. The Reverend has been honored with the JC Penney Golden Rule Award in 1991; the Volunteer Community Service Award by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Region IV of the Social Security Administration in 1991; Outstanding Volunteer by the Boys & Girls Club of Florence in 1992; and WBTW’s Giving Your Best Award in 1992. Also, he was recognized by True Faith Church for his service to the youth in 1993 and in 1994 and by the Housing Authority of Florence Resident Services in 2000. He received a Social Security’s Deputy Commissioner’s Citation recognizing his exemplary dedication to public service and outstanding assistance to the employees of the Florence office in 2009. The participants of the FBC gym, “God’s Young Men,” honored him for 19 years of service to the gym ministry in 2011. In 2013, Burch received the Robert R. Hinrichs Humanitarian Award which honors government employees dedicated to helping others. Also, he was recognized by the Men’s Gym Ministry at Williams Junior High for his Volunteer Community Service from 1984 to 1991. He is married to Wandell Baker Burch whom he says, “supports me all the way.” Together they have three sons, two daughters and three grandsons.

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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

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

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 compliance, but to be forfeited and applied first to costs and then to Plaintiff's debt in the case of noncompliance. Should the last and highest bidder fail or refuse to make the required deposit at the time of the bid or comply with the other terms or the bid within twenty (20) days, then the Clerk of Court may resell the property on the same terms and conditions on some subsequent Sales Day (at the risk of the former highest bidder). A personal or deficiency judgment having been demanded by the Plaintiff, the sale of the subject property will remain open for thirty (30) days pursuant to Section 15-39-720, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976; provided, however, that the Court recognizes the option reserved by the Plaintiff to waive such deficiency judgment prior to the sale, and notice is given that the Plaintiff may waive in writing the deficiency judgment prior to the sale; and that should the Plaintiff elect to waive a deficiency judgment, without notice other than the announcement at the sale and notice in writing to the debtor defendant(s) that a deficiency judgment has been waived and that the sale will be final, the bidding will not remain open after the date of sale, but compliance with the bid may be made immediately. The successful bidder will be

required to pay interest on the amount of the bid from the date of sale to date of compliance with the bid at the rate of 5.5% per annum. Doris O'Hara Clerk of Court for Florence County Theodore von Keller, Esquire B. Lindsay Crawford, III, Esquire Sara Hutchins Columbia, South Carolina Attorney for Plaintiff (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 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 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


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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 Refer-

ence 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 by property now or formerly of Montessori School of Florence for a distance of 150.02 feet; on the West by property now or formerly of Montessori School of Florence for a distance of 50.00 feet; and on the South by property now or formerly of Beth Sheppard Lee for distance of 150.00 feet. All as further and more specifically shown on that plat of survey recorded November 2, 2016 in Book 105 at Page 270 in the Office of the Register of Deeds for Florence County, South Carolina. This is the same property conveyed to Ada O. Nwankudu by deed of Walter Ritter and Linda Ritter, dated February 16, 2001, and recorded February 26, 2001, in Deed Book A621 at Page 1553, in the Office of the Register of Deeds for Florence County. TMS No. 90074-09-019 Property Address: 313 Warley Street, Florence, SC 29501 NOTICE OF FILING AMENDED COMPLAINT TO THE DEFENDANTS ABOVE NAMED: YOU WILL PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Amended 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 January 27, 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. 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) 787-9678, 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 313 Warley Street, Florence, South Carolina 29501; 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 (7/19, 7/26, 8/2/17) 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 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) SPECIAL REFEREE’S SALE CASE NO. 2017-CP-21-739 BY VIRTUE of a decree heretofore granted in the case of Branch Banking and Trust Company against Jeff Tracewell a/k/a Jeffery B. Tracewell, et al., I, the Special Referee for Florence County, will sell on Tuesday, August 15, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. o'clock a.m., at the Florence County Courthouse, Florence, South Carolina, to the highest bidder: All that certain piece, parcel or lot of land lying, situate and being in the City of Florence, County of Florence, State of South Carolina, known and designated as Lot No. 16, Block "B", as shown on a map of Brigadoone Subdivision, Phase II, by Heller and Associates, Engineers, dated May 27, 1993, and recorded in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County in Plat Book 49 at Page 374. Reference is also made to a more recent plat prepared for Jeffery B. Tracewell and Amanda W. Tracewell by Prosser Surveying Co., Inc., dated March 8, 2011 and recorded in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County in Plat Book 98 at Page 98. Said property being bounded as follows, to-wit: on the North by Lot 17, Block "B" for a distance of 150.49 feet; on the East by the right of way of Brigadoone Lane for a total distance of 107.29 feet; on the South by Lot 15, Block "B" for a distance of 143.32 feet; and on the West by Brigadoone, Phase I for a total distance of 125.22 feet. Reference being had to the aforementioned plats for a more complete and accurate description. This

being the same property conveyed to Jeffery B. Tracewell by deed of Frances Lee Roberts, dated April 8, 2011 and recorded in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County on April 8, 2011 in Deed Book B347 at Page 1577. TMS#: 01508-02016 1876 Brigadoone Lane Florence, South Carolina 29505 TERMS OF SALE: The successful bidder, other than the plaintiff, will deposit with the Special Referee for Florence County 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 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 thirty (30) days, the deposit shall be forfeited and the Special Referee for Florence County 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 days after the date of sale. Purchaser shall 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 4.75% per annum. The sale shall be subject to assessments, Florence County taxes, easements, easements and restrictions of record, and other senior encumbrances. GRIMSLEY LAW FIRM, LLC 1703 Laurel Street P. O Box 11682 Columbia, SC 29211 (803) 233-1177 Edward L. Grimsley Benjamin E. Grimsley Attorneys for the Plaintiff W. Haigh Porter Special Referee for Florence County (7/26, 8/2, 8/8/17) SPECIAL REFEREE’S SALE CASE NO. 2017-CP-21-00733 BY VIRTUE of a decree heretofore granted in the case of Branch Banking and Trust Company against Patricia Plummer Smith and South Carolina Department of Revenue, I, the Special Referee for Florence County, will sell on Tuesday, August 15, 2017, at 11:00 o'clock a.m., at the Florence County Courthouse, Florence, South Carolina, to the highest bidder: All that certain piece, parcel or tract of land situate, lying and being in the County of Florence and State of South Carolina containing 4.96 acres and being more particularly shown and delineated on a plat of property prepared by William F. Cox, Jr., PLS, dated October 16, 2007 and recorded in Plat Book 92 at Page 457 in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County, and being bounded as follows: to wit: ON the North by lands of Melanie Floyd and Charles E. and Jeanne C. Lee; On the East by Charles E. and Jeanne C. Lee; On the South by lands of Billy K. Floyd and on the West by lands of Billy K. Floyd and Central Road. All as is shown in said plat, which is specifically incorporated herein as part of this description. This being the same property conveyed to Patricia Plummer Smith by deed of Jeanette Mims dated October 25, 2007 and recorded on October 25, 2007 in the office of the

Clerk of Court for Florence County in Book B142 at Page 756. Together with a 1990 Horton Classic Mobile Home, VIN# H77301GL&R 1622 Central Rd, Lake City, SC 29560 TMS # 069-03053 TERMS OF SALE: The successful bidder, other than the plaintiff, will deposit with the Special Referee for Florence County 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 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 thirty (30) days, the deposit shall be forfeited and the Special Referee for Florence County 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 days after the date of sale. Purchaser shall 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 6.5% per annum. The sale shall be subject to assessments, Florence County taxes, easements, easements and restrictions of record, and other senior encumbrances. GRIMSLEY LAW FIRM, LLC 1703 Laurel Street P. O Box 11682 Columbia, SC 29211 (803) 233-1177 Edward L. Grimsley Benjamin E. Grimsley Attorneys for the Plaintiff W. Haigh Porter Special Referee for Florence County (7/26, 8/2, 8/9/17) STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF FLORENCE IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS C/A NO.: 2017-CP-21-01281 SunTrust Mortgage, Inc., Plaintiff, v. Any heirs-at-law or devisees of Arthur D. Reinovsky a/k/a Arthur Reinovsky, 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; Anastasia Faith Smith; Kathryn Ann Perley, Defendant(s). SUMMONS AND NOTICES (Non-Jury) FORECLOSURE OF REAL ESTATE MORTGAGE TO THE DEFENDANT(S) ABOVE NAMED: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and required to appear and defend by answering the Complaint in this action, a copy of which is hereby served upon you, and to serve a copy of your Answer on the subscribers at their offices at 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

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 (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 above-named Plaintiff against the abovenamed Defendant(s) for the foreclosure of a certain mortgage of real estate given by Arthur D. Reinovsky a/k/a Arthur Reinovsky to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. as nominee for SunTrust Mortgage, Inc. dated December 30, 2014 and recorded on December 31, 2014 in Book B555 at Page 218, 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 land situate, lying and being located on S.C. Hwy. 403 approximately 3 miles South of the Town of Timmonsville, in the County of Florence, State of South Carolina, and containing 1.00 acre as shown on a map of Lind, Hicks & Associates, Surveyors, dated July 17, 1986, and recorded in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County in Plat Book 25 at page 770. Reference is also made to a map made for Betsy P. Langston by William E. Smothers, Jr., PLS dated April 2, 1996, and recorded in Plat Book 60 at page 240. Said lot being bounded, now or formerly, as follows, to-wit: On the East by S.C. Highway 403, for a distance of 130 feet, On the South by Henry J. Lockhart, for a distance of 335 10 feet, On the West by Henry J Lockhart, for a distance of 130 feet, and On the North by Henry J. Lockhart and TimmonsvilleSardis Rural Fire Depart-

ment, Inc. for a distance of 335.10 feet Reference being had to the above mentioned maps for a more complete and accurate description. This being the same property conveyed to Arthur Reinovsky by Deed of Betty P. Langston dated December 30, 2014 and recorded December 31, 2014 in Book B555 at Page 214 in the records for Florence County, South Carolina. TMS No. 00020-04-070 Property Address: 1519 Cale Yarborough Highway, 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 May 16, 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. 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) 787-9678, 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 1519 Cale Yarborough Highway, Timmonsville, South Carolina 29161; that he 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 (7/26, 8/2, 8/9/17)

NOTICE IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS OF CUMBERLAND COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA ORPHANS' COURT DIVISION NO. ____ ADOPTIONS 2017 (available upon request) TO: George Miller, DOB: 09/04/1985 IN RE: ADOPTION OF O.D. DOB: 02/11/2016 A petition has been filed asking the Court to put an end to all rights you have to your child, O.D. The Court has set a hearing to consider ending your rights to your child. The hearing will be held in Courtroom 5, 4th Floor, Cumberland County Courthouse, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, on August 18, 2017, at 11:00 A.M. If you do not appear at the hearing, the Court may decide that you are not interested in retaining your rights to your child and your failure to appear may affect the Court’s decision on whether to end your rights to your child. You are warned that even if you fail to appear at the scheduled hearing, the hearing will go on without you and your rights to your child may be ended by the Court without your being present. You have a right to be represented at the hearing by a lawyer. You should take this paper to your lawyer at once. Please note, that Sheri Coover, Esquire, has been court appointed to represent your interests in the juvenile court matter. You may contact Ms. Coover at 10 Courthouse Avenue, Suite 101, Carlisle, Pennsylvania 17013 or by telephone at (717) 243-3518. Prepared by: Lindsay D. Baird, Esquire Solicitor, Cumberland County Children & Youth Services Ph. (717) 240-6579 (7/26, 8/2, 8/9/17)

SUMMONS AND SUMMARY OF COMPLAINT STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF FLORENCE IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS TWELFTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT C/A #: 2017-CP-21-1346 Irene Reed Singletary, Plaintiff, vs. Express America Mortgage Corporation and First Bank National Association, Defendant. TO THE DEFENDANTS ABOVE-NAMED: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and required to answer the Complaint in this action, a copy of which is herewith served upon you, and to serve a copy of your Answer to said Complaint on the subscriber at 814 West Evans Street, Post Office Box 1317, Florence, South Carolina, 29503 within thirty (30) days from the service hereof, exclusive of the date of such service; and in case of the failure to do so, judgment by default will be rendered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint. YOU WILL PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the original Summons and Complaint were filed with the Clerk of Court for FLORENCE County on May 19, 2017 the object and prayer of which is to quiet title to the following property: All that certain piece parcel or lot of land lying and being situate near the City of Florence, in the County of Florence, State of South Carolina, being known and designated as Lot 8, as shown on a map of Forest Lake South, No. 4, by Ervin Engineering Company, Inc., dated April 11, 1989, recorded in Plat Book 34 at Page 113 in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County, and reference is further made to plat prepared for Irene Reed Singletary by Ling, Hick and Associates, Surveyors, dated June 15, 1994, and recorded in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County,. Said lot is shown to be bounded as follows: On the North by Lot 9 for a distance of

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017 200.17 feet; on the East by Lot 13 for a distance of 115.6 feet; on the South by Lot 7 for a distance of 199.52 feet; and on the West by Yeargin Cove for a distance of 90.0 feet. For a more complete description, reference is made to said plats. This being the same property conveyed to Michael A. Conway by Deed of Fred W. McKenzie, dated November 30, 1989 in Deed Book A-313 at Page 1401 in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County. Tax Map: 1013-01-070 A complete copy of the Complaint may be obtained by contacting the undersigned or searching the public records. July 20, 2017 Florence, South Carolina CHARLIE J. BLAKE, JR. Attorney for Plaintiff Firm Finklea Law 814 West Evans Street Post Office Box 1317 Florence, SC 29503 (843) 317-4900 (843) 317-4910 (fax) cblake@finklealaw.com (8/2, 8/9, 8/16/17)

SUMMONS AND NOTICE OF FILING OF COMPLAINT (NON-JURY DECLARATORY JUDGMENT/QUIET TITLE ACTION) STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS COUNTY OF MARION C/A NO: 2017-CP-33-00446 The Bank of New York Mellon Trust Company, National Association fka The Bank of New York Trust Company, N.A. as successor to JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. as Trustee for Residential Asset Mortgage Products, Inc., Mortgage Asset-Backed PassThrough Certificates Series 2005-RP3, PLAINTIFF, vs. The Allegiance Mortgage Group, Inc.; Bank of America, N.A, DEFENDANTS. TO THE DEFENDANT ABOVE NAMED: THE ALLEGIANCE MORTGAGE GROUP, INC. YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and required to answer the Complaint herein, a copy of which is herewith served upon you, or otherwise appear and defend, and to serve a copy of your Answer to said Complaint upon the subscriber at his office, Hutchens Law Firm; P.O. Box 8237; Columbia, SC 29202, within thirty (30) days after service hereof, except as to the United States of America, which shall have sixty (60) days, exclusive of the day of such service, and if you fail to answer the Complaint within the time aforesaid, or otherwise appear and defend, the Plaintiff in this action will apply to the Court for the relief demanded therein, and judgment by default will be rendered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint. YOU WILL ALSO TAKE NOTICE that should you fail to Answer the foregoing Summons, the Plaintiff will move for an Order of Reference of this case to a Special Referee which Order shall, pursuant to Rule 53 of the South Carolina Rules of Civil Procedure, specifically provide that the said Special Referee is authorized and empowered to enter a final judgment in this case with appeal only to the South Carolina Court of Appeals pursuant to Rule 203(d)(1) of the SCAR, effective June 1, 1999. 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 the Plaintiff immediately and separately and such application will be deemed absolute and total in the absence of your application for such an appointment within thirty (30) days after the service of the Summons and Complaint upon you. YOU WILL ALSO TAKE NOTICE that should you fail to Answer the foregoing Summons, the Plaintiff will move for an Order of Reference of this case to a Special Referee in this County, which Order shall, pursuant to Rule 53 of the South Carolina Rules of Civil Procedure, specifically provide that the said Special Referee is authorized and empowered to enter a final judgment in this case with appeal only to the South Carolina Court of Appeals pursuant to Rule

203(d)(1) of the SCAR, effective June 1, 1999. NOTICE OF FILING OF SUMMONS AND COMPLAINT TO THE DEFENDANT ABOVE NAMED: THE ALLEGIANCE MORTGAGE GROUP, INC. YOU WILL PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the foregoing Summons, along with the Complaint, was filed with the Clerk of Court for Marion County, South Carolina, on June 20, 2017. John B. Kelchner S.C. Bar #13589 Hutchens Law Firm P.O. Box 8237 Columbia, SC 29202 803-726-2700 Attorney s for Plaintiff (8/2, 8/9, 8/16/17) SUMMONS AND NOTICE OF FILING COMPLAINT STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF FLORENCE IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS Case No. 2017-CP-21-01484 The Loan Source, Inc., Plaintiff, v. S & S Market NY Corp, S Suhad LLC, S & S Place, LLC, Norman Gibbs, Carrie A. McKenney, Rachel McKenney, Leroy Muldrow, and Diane Summers, Defendants. TO THE DEFENDANTS S & S MARKET NY CORP, S SUHAD LLC, S & S PLACE, LLC: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and required to answer the Complaint in the above entitled action, a copy of which is herewith served upon you, and to serve a copy of your Answer upon the undersigned at their offices, , P.O. Box 11449, Columbia, SC 29211, within thirty (30) days after service thereof upon you, exclusive of the day of such service, and if you fail to answer the Complaint within the time aforesaid, judgment by default will be rendered against you for the relief demanded in said Complaint. YOU WILL ALSO TAKE NOTICE that the undersigned attorney on behalf of the Plaintiff herein, will seek the agreement and stipulation of all parties not in default for an Order of Reference to the Special Referee for Florence County stipulating that said Special Referee may enter a final judgment in this case. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the original Complaint in the above entitled action were filed in the office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County on June 6, 2017. s/J. Kershaw Spong July ____, 2017 LIS PENDENS NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that an action has been commenced by the Plaintiff above named against the Defendants above named for the foreclosure of a certain mortgages given by: S SUHAD LLC to The Loan Source, Inc. dated the 28th day of July, 2011 and recorded the 8th day of August, 2011 in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County, in Book B363 at Page 411. S & S Place, LLC to The Loan Source, Inc. dated the 28th day of July, 2011 and recorded the 8th day of August, 2011 in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County, in Book B363 at Page 420. The description of the premises as contained in said mortgages is as set out in Exhibit "A" attached hereto and made a part hereof. June 2, 2017 Exhibit A Lot 41 - 608 Lawson Street All that certain lot of land situate in the northern part of the City of Florence, County of Florence, State of South Carolina, measuring 50 feet front on Lawson Street, and being in depth 140 feet, said lot being designated as Lot No. 41 on a map made by R.N. Whelchel, C.E. dated November 9, 1937 for Bynum-Ingram Lumber Company and J.E. Pettigrew and recorded in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County in Plat Book H at Page 17, and is bounded on the North by Lot No. 42; East by Lot No. 43; South by Lot No. 40; and West by Lawson Street. The said lot is located 77 feet South of the Southeast corner of Lawson Street and Ingram Avenue. Being the same property conveyed to S Suhad, LLC by deed of Tariq Koarti dated May 26, 2011 and recorded in the ROD for Florence County in Book B353 at Page 1655. TMS No. 90072-02-011 Lot 42 - 610 Lawson Street All that certain lot of land together with improvements thereon, situate, lying and being in the City of Florence, State of South Carolina, at the Southeast corner of Lawson Street and Ingram Street, fronting and measuring 77 feet on Lawson Street being known as Lot 42 on a plat made by

R.N. Whelchel, C.E. for J.E. Pettigrew and BynumIngram Lumber Co. dated November 9, 1937, and recorded in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County in Plat Book H at Page 17. Said lot being bounded as follows: on the North by Ingram Street; on the East by Lot 43; on the South by Lot 40; and on the West by Lawson Street. Reference being made to the aforementioned plat for a more complete and accurate description of said property. Being the same property conveyed to S & S Place, LLC by deed of Tariq Koarti dated May 16, 2011 and recorded in the ROD for Florence County in Book B352 at Page 0957. TMS No. 90072-02-010 J. Kershaw Spong [SC Bar # 5289] SOWELL GRAY ROBINSON STEPP & LAFFITTE, LLC P.O. Box 11449 Columbia, SC 29211 (803) 929-1400 Email: kspong@sowellgray.com Attorneys for Plaintiff (8/2, 8/9, 8/16/17) STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF FLORENCE IN THE PROBATE COURT Case No.: 2017-CS-21-54 IN THE MATTER OF AMM BY HER GUARDIAN AD LITEM BRENDAN P. BARTH, JOHN S. TURNER, CPA, PC Petitioner, vs. WHITNEY E. CAMPBELL AND JACQUELYN C. CAMPBELL Respondents. SUMMONS TO THE RESPONDENTS ABOVE-NAMED: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED AND REQUIRED to answer the Petition herein, a copy of which is herewith served upon you, and to serve a copy of your Answer toi this Petition upon the subscriber, at the address shown below, within (30) days after service hereof, exclusive of the day of service, and if you fail to answer the Petition, judgement by default will be rendered against you for relief demanded in the Petition. Florence, South Carolina June 2, 2017 PETITION FOR MINOR APPOINTMENT OF CONSERVATOR Petitioner: JOHN S. TURNER, CPA, PC 1. Give me your relationship to the alleged incapacitated person, if any, and your interest in this proceeding. SEEKING APPOINTMENT AS CONSERVATOR OF THE MINOR TO ASSIST WITH THE SETTLEMENT REACHED IN HER CIVIL CASE OF $90,000.00. 2. Information Minor/Allegedly incapacitated person Name: AMM Age: 6 Date Of Birth: 02/04/2011 Last Four Digits of Social Security Number: XXXXXX-3725 Address: 701 S. DARGAN STREET City/State/Zip: FLORENCE, SC 29506 Telephone (Home): 843260-7798 (CELL) To my knowledge, the above-named DOES NOT have a Will To my knowledge, the above-named DOES NOT have a Power of Attorney 3. Jurisdiction and venue: South Carolina has jurisdiction over the allegedly incapacitated adult because: A. South Carolina is the “Home State” because the allegedly incapacitated person has been physically present in South Carolina for the six month period immediately preceding the filing of this petition or for at least six consecutive months ending within the six month period immediately preceding the filing of this petition; B. Venue for this prededing is proper in this county because the above minor/alleged incapacitated person: resides in this county 4. The name and address of the above person’s guardian, if any, is: BRENDAN P. BARTH, PO BOX 107, FLORENCE, SC 29503 5. Information- Family (list nearest relative first) of minor/alleged incapacitated person, including dates of birth of minors: Name: EUGENIA MORALES SILVA Date of Birth: 10/11/87 Address: 701 S. DARGAN STREET FLORENCE, SC 29506 Relationship: MOTHER Name: JUAN MARTINEZ Address: UNKNOWN/LAST KNOWN LOCATION MEXICO Relationship: FATHER 6. The following is a general statement of the property, assets, and income of the

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above person, together with an estimate of the vale thereof: ( A full inventory, Form #550pc, shall be completed and filed with the Court within thirty days of appointment.) Description - INSURANCE PROCEEDS FROM A SETTLEMENT ARISING OUT OF A DOG BITE CASE VALUE: $90,000.00 7. The appointment of a conservator for the above person is necessary because (state reasons justifying appointment) THE MINOR WAS INVOLVED IN A CIVIL LITIGATION CASE WHICH HAS NOW BEEN SETTLED FO $90,000.00. 8. I request the appointment of: Name: JOHN S. TURNER, CPA, PC Address: POST OFFICE BOX 6405 FLORENCE, SC 295026405 Telephone: (843) 6625581 Email: JOHN@JOHNSTURNERCPAPC.COM whose priority for appointment as conserver for the above person is as follows: nominated by one with priority to serve in his/her stead ( specify): ASHLEY B. NANCE, ATTORNEY FOR MINOR 9. The following persons are required by statute to be given notice of the time and place of hearing on this Petition: Name: EUGENIA MORALES SILVA Address: 701 S. DARGAN STREET, FLORENCE, SC 29506 (HAS CUSTODY OF CHILD) Relationship: MOTHER 10. I request that the Court set a time and place of hearing on this Petition; that the Court determine that the above person is a person for whom appointment of a conservator is proper; that the Court appoint JOHN S. TURNER, CPA, PC as the conservator of the above minor/incapacitated person; and, that Letters of Conservatorship be issued to the conservator. Executed this __ day of May, 2017 NOTICE OF HEARING TO ALL PARTIES OF RECORD: PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that a Hearing on a Petition to Appoint Consevator in the above-referenced matter is scheduled for September 5, 2017 at 10:00 a.m before the Honorable J. Munford Scott, Florence County Probate Judge. The hearing will take place at The County Complex, Florence County Probate Court, 180 North Irby Street, Florence, SC 29501 at the time listed above. Florence, South CarolinaJuly 18, 2017 KING, LOVE AND HUPFER, LLC Ashley B. Nance 135 South Dargan Street, Suite 201. Post Office Box 1764 (29503) Florence, South Carolina 29506 (843) 407.5525 Petitioner/Attorney for the Petitioner Florence, South Carolina (8/2, 8/9, 8/16/17)

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USTA SC junior teams headed to USTA Southern event Over 260 of South Carolina’s top Junior Team Tennis players from across the state competed at the 2017 South Carolina JTT State Championships in Florence during the July 20 weekend. Thirty-four teams advanced to the state championships through local play in one of the 13 Junior Team Tennis leagues in South Carolina. These teams competed for the chance to advance to the 2017 USTA Southern Junior Team Tennis Sectional Championships in Rome, Ga. From there, 14U and 18U teams will play for the chance to go to the USTA JTT National Championships at the USTA National Campus in Orlando, Fla. The Florence team, Florence CC Stars were runner-up in the 12U Advanced category, The winners and runners are: 10U Intermediate Winner – Camden Country Club, Columbia/

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Acers, St. George 18U Boys Winner – Brookstone HS Boys, Anderson Runner-up – Rock Hill Skittles, Rock Hill Junior Team Tennis brings together boys and girls, ages 6 to 18, to play singles, doubles and mixed doubles against other coed teams. JTT is a competitive, level-based environment that promotes individual growth, social growth and life skills. For more information on the state championships, visitsctennis.com/jttchamp s. USTA South Carolina is the state branch of the United States Tennis Association and is one of nine states that comprise the USTA Southern Section. A not-for-profit organization with more than 22,000 members, USTA South Carolina offers a variety of tennis programs and services for all ages and abilities to “promote and develop the growth of tennis” across South Carolina. For more information, go to sctennis.com, visit the Facebook page, facebook. com/sctennis, follow them on Twitter, @ustasc, or follow us on Instagram, ustasouthcarolina.

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PD League will offer Tri Level League for fall 2017 play The PD League announces two Tri Level Leagues for the fall of 2017. One will serve the Sumter/Manning area and the other will serve the Florence/Darlington/ Hartsville area. What is a Tri Level League? A Tri Level League is made up of same sex doubles teams using three levels, one level per court for a team match. The emphasis of the Tri Level Leagues is fun-socialcompetition. In that order. There currently is no state championship for Tri Level. This league will be a little different from the Spring, Mixed, and Combo seasons in several respects. The goal: To create a league that promotes the fun/social aspects of tennis allowing players/friends of different levels to participate on the same team. Leagues offered: Florence/Darlington/Hartsville area Matches to be played at Florence Tennis Center Sumter/Manning area - Matches to be played at Palmetto Tennis Center NOTE: Make sure to create your teams and players sign up in the correct league. Levels of Play: - 2.5-3.0-3.5 Men - NTRP Range 2.0-3.5 - 3.0-3.5-4.0 Men - NTRP Range 2.5-4.0 - 2.5-3.0-3.5 Women - NTRP Range 2.03.5 - 3.0-3.5-4.0 Women - NTRP Range 2.54.0 NOTE - Players can only play on one team for this first season. Since all levels will be playing on the same night there are a limited number of teams you can play on for this first season to help gauge interest. Team size and makeup: To be a legal team you must have at least one pair of each of the three NTRP levels for that division. Team size is limited to 12 players. This will be a 6 to 8 week season with five to six matches played. The reason is to see more teams with everyone getting a

chance to play than large teams where players will not be able to play many matches. Remember there is no state to play for...this is for fun. Age Divisions: This first year will only offer 18 and over. Everyone will play at the same age group. Depending on participation and input this may be adjusted in year two. Match Format: Each match will consist of one court of doubles for each NTRP level that division. Matches will be two of three sets with a 10 point match tiebreak instead of a third set. So a 2.5-3.0-3.5 match would consist of one court of 2.5 doubles, one court of 3.0 doubles, and one court of 3.5 doubles. Players are allowed to play up. Day of Play: Matches will be scheduled for Tuesday evenings at 7 p m. The organizers wanted to stay away from weekends based on what they learned from other leagues. Also this is during football and hunting seasons. Sumter area matches will be played at Palmetto Tennis Center and Florence/Darlington/Hartsville matches will be played at Florence Tennis Center. This is for the first season to promote the social aspect of the league and may be adjusted in year two. The cost is $10 and includes the $3 TennisLink fee Key Dates: Team creation and registration opened Aug. 1. • Legal team deadline - Sept. 10 (Must have at least one doubles pair for each level) • Season starts - Tuesday, Sept. 26 (Two weeks after Combo Season Ends) • Last day to add a player - Oct.24 • Season end date - Nov. 14 If you have any questions contact Ed Sprenger, PD League Coordinator, at tournament@thefta.com.

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The Rotary Club of Florence is sponsoring the Forget Me Not 5K Family Fun Color Run/Walk to Beat Alzheimer’s on Aug 12 at 8 a.m. at the SiMT building of the Florence-Darlington Technical College campus. Registration is $30 in advance and $35 the day of the race. Race participants can register for the event at www.simplytiming.com/ events. All proceeds from the event will be donated to the local Alzheimer’s Association providing scholarships for those who care for patients with Alzheimer’s. Caregivers in Florence will

be able to pay someone to come to their home and care for the patient so they can run errands, etc. “Last year our club wanted to honor one of our members by having an activity that we could sustain throughout the years and have a lasting impact, so the inaugural ‘color run’ was created and carried out with tremendous community support.” said Ben Dillard, President of the Rotary Club of Florence. A color run/walk 5K is different than an ordinary 5K. Each participant is given a t-shirt and sunglasses before the race. As participants of

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DEMOLITION – Pictured is the former Delmae Heights Elementary School on South Cashua Drive which is being torn down.The school opened in 1957 and has had several additions in the past 60 years. A new Delmae has been built behind it and will open with the start of the new school year.

THE NEW DELMAE HEIGHTS ELEMENTARY is nearing completion. A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new state-of-the art school is being planned for Aug. 15 at 5:30 p.m.The school will open on Aug. 17 when FSD1 students head back to school.

Registration underway for NAMI Family to Family session Are you one of the millions of Americans who has a close relative with a serious mental illness? If so, you may have many question, such as: How can I get a clear diagnosis for my relative? What are the best treatments now available for my relative? What are all these medications for? How can my relative and I communicate better? What do I do if my relative has a crisis? How do I take care of myself in all of this? The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has developed its Family-to-Family Education Program to answer questions such as these. NAMI of the Pee Dee will offer this course in Florence, beginning Aug. 27. NAMI Family-to-Family is a free, 12-session education program for family, partners, and friends of adults living with mental illness. Participants learn about illnesses such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression and other mental health conditions. The course is designed to help all family members better understand mental illness and support

their loved one who suffers from it, while maintaining their own well being. Family-to-Family was designed and written by mental health professionals who have direct experience caring for a relative with mental illness. The program is taught by trained teachers who also have a loved one living with mental illness. Class size is limited to facilitate group discussion – typically between 12 and 20 people attend. “A variety of presentation modes are employed in the sessions,” said Lou Hanna, NAMI of the Pee Dee president. “There’s a mix of lecture and group discussion, with some role-playing type activities which give participants a chance to practice techniques to handle situations they may actually face.”

Materials for the course include class handouts to supplement the lectures and additional readings which students can refer to between sessions. These materials and a binder to put them in are provided free. Family-to-Family covers the symptoms of the major mental illnesses as well as the medications commonly used to treat these illnesses and the side effects of these medications. Coping skills, handling crisis and relapse, listening and communication techniques, problem solving and limit setting are also taught. An important aspect of the course is how to provide emotional support by understanding the actual experience of people suffering from mental illness as well as how to recog-

nize and deal with the normal emotional reactions families have to the chronic worry and stress they face. In addition, the course covers how to connect with appropriate community services and community supports. It also stresses the importance of advocating to bring about better mental health services and fight the stigma and discrimination mentally ill persons often face. Classes will be held Sunday, August 27, Tuesday, September 5, and Sundays, September 10 through November 12. Sunday classes will run from 2:30 to 5 p.m. and the Tuesday class will run from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. All classes will be held at Central United Methodist Church in Florence. Advanced registration by Aug. 11 is required. For more information or to register, call Lou Hanna at 843-413-1500 or Carol Hill at 843-615-2915. Email inquiries can be sent to Hanna at lbhanna3@joimail.com or Hill at CCHill@fsd1.org.

South Carolina offering sales tax exemptions this weekend South Carolina’s Annual Sales Tax Holiday will be held Friday, Aug. 4, through Sunday, Aug.6. During the annual Sales Tax Holiday, a variety of approved school

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weekend. Shoppers will pay no sales tax on items ranging from clothing and shoes to book bags and computers.

Items such as jewelry, cosmetics, eyewear, furniture, and layaway purchases are not exempt. For more information about this year’s Sales Tax Holiday and for a

detailed list of exempt items, visit the South Carolina Department of Revenue’s website at dor.sc.gov/ TaxFreeWeekend.

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OB/GYN Dr. Eric Coughlin joins McLeod McLeod Health and McLeod Physician Associates welcomes Eric C. Coughlin to the medical staff. Dr. Coughlin provides obstetric and gynecological care at McLeod Regional Medical Center. Dr. Coughlin joins Dr. Paul Chandler, Dr. Lynn Clary, Dr. Michael Davidson, Dr. Patricia Litts, Dr. Dale Lusk, and Dr. Kelly Rainwater in the practice of McLeod Women’s Care. Dr. Coughlin comes to McLeod from West Virginia following the completion of his residency training at the Charleston Area Medical Center of West Virginia University where he was Chief Resident. Dr. Coughlin earned his Doctor of Medicine

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2012. Dr. Coughlin enjoys creating relationships with patients, and the combination of surgery and direct patient care that obstetrics and gynecology provide. “There is no greater experience than delivering babies,” said Dr. Coughlin. “It is an honor and privilege to share that moment with mothers, and to guide and accompany them in their journey to bringing new life into the world.” Dr. Coughlin and the physicians of McLeod Women’s Care welcome new patients, and same or next day appointments are available. The practice is located in McLeod Medical Park East, 101 Johns Street, Suite 200, Florence. To schedule an appointment, please call (843) 777-7500.

Upcoming sites for McLeod Mobile Mammography visits The McLeod Mobile Mammography Unit will be at the following: • First Reliance Bank, 2170 West Palmetto Street, Florence, Tuesday, Aug. 22; 9 a.m.–4 p.m. • Trendz Salon, 2061 Sprout Road, Darlington, Thursday, Aug. 31; 9 a.m.–4 p.m. • Methodist Manor of the Pee Dee, 2100 Twin Church Road, Florence, Friday, Sep.15; 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Schedule a mammogram on the mobile unit by calling McLeod Reservations and Scheduling at (843) 777-2095.

CAMP HAPPY DAYS OFFERS A RETREAT FOR KIDS BATTLING CANCER

Peanut Gang celebrates 25 year at Camp Happy Days CHARLESTON–Earlier this month, “The Peanut Gang”, a group of South Carolina Electric & Gas (SCE&G) employees and retirees celebrated 25 years at Camp Happy Days’ annual summer camp in Summerton, by serving over 275 children their signature peanuts. From July 2-8, South Carolina children battling cancer and their siblings attended Camp Happy Days’ summer camp at Camp Bob Cooper. The entire week was filled with adventures that allowed campers to escape the trials of battling cancer for a week and simply be a kid. On July 5, campers and

counselors got a special visit from SCE&G’s very own “The Peanut Gang.” The group served five bushels of boiled peanuts and cold soft drinks to more than 275 children. “Camp wouldn’t be the same without a visit from The Peanut Gang,” explains Cindy Johnson, director of Camp Happy Days. “They add something a little extra special for the kids during the week, and we couldn’t be more grateful for their continued support.” The group has also raised over $31,000 for Camp Happy Days this year. The group of SCE&G

employees and retirees first brought their peanuts to Camp Happy Days’ summer camp in 1994. “Seeing how much good camp does for these kids and the smiles on their faces is what keeps us coming back,” explains Bill Ellis, member of The Peanut Gang. “They have an absolute blast, and it makes us all feel good to be able to do something for these kids and Camp Happy Days.” For more information about Camp Happy Days, please visit CampHappyDays.com or find them on Facebook at Facebook.com/ CampHappyDays.

SCDCA releases scam report COLUMBIA–The South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs (SCDCA) released its latest scam report, highlighting the top reported scams in South

Carolina during the first and second quarters of 2017. SCDCA’s Identity Theft Unit fielded over 750 scam report calls between Jan. 1, 2017 and

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Scam reporting is an important step in helping SCDCA empower consumers to recognize and avoid scams. To report a scam, obtain a copy of “Ditch the Pitch: A Guide Guarding Against Scams,” or view the scam report in its entirety, call 844-835-5322 or visit www.consumer.sc.gov, then click Report a Scam.

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Clemson faculty offer advice about bullying, cyberbullying By Michael Staton, College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences CLEMSON – The perception of bullying has shifted from being a normal part of growing up to a pressing social and public health issue. This is a welcome paradigm shift for many school administrators and higher education faculty involved in the field, but the reality of how to deal with bullying behavior can still perplex even the most devoted parent, teacher or principal. Bullying is not on the rise –numbers suggest it is decreasing in some areas – but the complete elimination of it may be wishful thinking, according to Sue Limber, a professor in Clemson University’s youth, family and community studies department, Limber said prevention efforts can reduce the harmful effects of bullying and the rate of bullying, so equipping parents and teachers with effective strategies for identifying and addressing negative behavior is a more realistic approach. “Parents, teachers and administrators should listen to their kids and students first and foremost,” Limber said. “Asking questions and getting a sense of the social climate of the classroom and school can help

prevent bullying behavior or at least clue you in to a possible problem before it gets out of hand.” Limber and Jane Riese, director of training for the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program in the U.S., which is based at Clemson, weighed in on the topic of bullying behavior and described what parents should do to handle it in an effective and healthy manner. Bullying & the parent-child relationship Bullying behavior involves aggressive behavior, an imbalance of power and is usually repeated over time. It’s important to not label children as “bullies,” especially considering many children exhibit this behavior on occasion. Bullying behaviors begin early and the likelihood of being bullied decreases steadily from third to 12th grade. This is why it is crucial to address the behavior early and prevent its cumulative effects. Warning signs for victims of bullying behavior include changes in mood, dietary or sleep fluctuations and a sudden loss of interest in favorite hobbies or activities. Children will often try to resolve the issue themselves before bringing it to a teacher or parent. Parents should take all reports of bullying seriously and keep in

mind that hearing about bullying for the first time doesn’t mean it is a new problem. Parents should check in regularly, inquire about a child’s friends, get a sense of the entire group and ask children how they might include a child who is being bullied or left out. Robin Kowalski, a professor in Clemson’s psychology department, has done extensive research on the subject of cyberbullying. She offers advice for parents and educators faced with this very modern form of bullying behavior. Cyberbullying There is usually an overlap between cyberbullying and traditional bullying behavior, with some researchers saying only 10 percent of children are involved in cyberbullying independent from traditional bullying behavior. Online gaming is the primary vehicle for cyberbullying for elementary school-aged children, but social media accounts for most cyberbullying in later life. Cyberbullying should be taken seriously because its potential is 24/7; children often feel they can’t escape it like they can traditional bullying. Schools now provide more technology for students, so schools should take steps

to caution students and prevent cyberbullying. One class or informational session is not enough. Schools should also assess cyberbullying behavior so they can educate broadly and better focus interventions. Removing gaming or social media to prevent cyberbullying essentially victimizes the victim. The answer is open discussion and monitoring. “Supervision is better than snoopervision.” Parents should make children aware of the dangers of cyberbullying and monitor behavior, but not to excess. Jan Urbanski is the director of Safe and Humane Schools in Clemson’s Institute on Family and Neighborhood Life. She offers insight into what parents should expect from schools and how schools can address bullying behavior. Education’s role in prevention, intervention Parents should view schools as partners in the process, check their own emotions before contacting schools and not assume a teacher has fallen short with their child. Most educators take bullying seriously and parents will usually find a very receptive audience. Many state laws require schools to develop a policy on bullying and most

include bullying in their codes of conduct. Educators should inform parents about prevention strategies and how they address known or suspected bullying. Educators should also be able to inform parents of the school’s safety plan, timeline for intervention and steps to prevent retaliation. Parents should document the situation in the event a parent must take the issue to a school board or higher official. Educators should place just as much importance on witnesses to bullying behavior. Nearly 85 percent of kids are witnesses to bullying, so if parents and educators advise them to report it, they can help lessen the incidence of the behavior by changing the school climate. All of the Clemson experts agreed that parents and teachers should not just expect kids to “figure it out” themselves. Bullying behavior is not something that “makes a child tougher,” and telling a child to ignore it or “just laugh it off” is a missed opportunity to address the behavior. Parents, teachers and school administrators should talk about their own expectations of how people should be treated in order to set precedents and establish a welcoming environment that is open and honest for children.

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