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Baseball team gets new name The Florence RedWolves wrapped up their 2021 campaign Saturday following a 9-4 loss to the visiting Wilmington Sharks. Also wrapped up was the RedWolves era in Florence. Prior to the game, the team unveiled its new name and logo for the 2022 season – the Florence Flamingos . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . Page 6
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Florence-Darlington Technical College
President search narrowed to three Florence-Darlington Technical College has narrowed its search for a new president to three finalists. Irvin Clark is the vice president for economic development for Georgia Piedmont Technical College, a public two-year technical college outside of Atlanta, Ga. James Dire has served 16 years in college administration. Eight of those years were at private institutions in North Carolina and Illinois. He most recently was the chancellor at Methodist College, a health science college in Peoria, Illinois.
CLARK DIRE FORD Jermaine Ford is the vice president for workforce and economic development at South Louisiana Community College in Lafayette, La. The Florence-Darlington County Commis-
sion for Technical Education has called meetings that will be held this week in the executive board room of the Southeastern Institute of Manufacturing and Technology Center on the FDTC campus. The agenda calls for executive session/review of finalists for the presidency. Ed Bethea has served as Florence-Darlington Tech’s interim president since Ben Dillard retired in March 2018 after serving as president for five years. Bethea now is retiring. Clark has more than 20 years of
FLORENCE AFTER FIVE
FMU expands campus, programs
Garden honors former school staff member Lester Elementary School has created a garden program named in honor of former staff member Susie Bennett. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . Page 5 Deaths . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . Page 2 Opinion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . Page 4 Pets of the Week . . . . . .. . . . . Page 5 Sports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . Page 6 Classifieds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . Page 7
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Couples shag to the sounds of the Carolina Breakers during the Florence After Five event held Friday in Downtown Florence. The next Florence After Five, presented by the Florence Downtown Development Corporation, is scheduled for Aug. 27. Entertainment will be provided by the Cat 5 Band.
NAME: Deborah Garrison HOMETOWN: Florence OCCUPATION: Family nurse practitioner at HopeHealth Medical Plaza in Florence. ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Earned her associate degree in nursing from Florence-Darrington Technical College, her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the Medical University of South Carolina satellite program at Francis Marion University, and her master’s degree from Francis Marion University.
HopeHealth attains 75 percent COVID-19 vaccination rate HopeHealth has achieved a 75 percent COVID-19 vaccination rate across the organization. While HopeHealth does not currently require the COVID-19 vaccine, the 75 percent vaccination rate is an industry high. “We provide education and incentives to our staff regularly and continue working to increase that
percentage even more,” said Tiffany Straus, director of community relations. “As always, we are keeping close tabs on the situation and meeting regularly to discuss policy updates.” “This is a great achievement which will keep our teams and patients safe,” said Dr. Heather Leisy, director of preventive medicine at HopeHealth.
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“Vaccination is the best way of fighting against the virus.” HopeHealth leadership has encouraged employees to get vaccinated since the vaccines became available to staff. Many were able to receive the vaccine at initial drives for health care employees provided by McLeod Health Care and Medical UniverSee HOPEHEALTH, Page 2
With a new semester fast approaching, Francis Marion University is expanding in more ways than one. At the regular meeting of the Board of Trustees on Thursday, President Dr. Fred Carter reported the university had received $39 million in additional legislative funding for capital improvement projects and operating expenses for 2021-22. He also discussed new academic programs that will be added this fall. New capital improvement projects include two academic facilities: $23 million for an academic facility to accommodate the Schools of Business and Education and $21 million to reconstruct the Circle Park facility on Cheves Street in downtown Florence. Circle Park will house a medical education consortium comprised of FMU, the Medical University of South Carolina, and the University of South Carolina. By 2023, this partnership will host an expanding number of 3rd and 4th year medical students from USC’s School of Medicine and new 3rd and 4th year medical students from MUSC. Also included in the state appropriations was $8.9 million for infrastructure projects on FMU’s main campus and $1.6 million in recurring operating funding. On the academic front, Carter discussed five new programs that will be added to the university’s offerings for the 2021-2022 academic year. These programs include a Veterinary studies option in Biology, a Network Systems See FMU, Page 2
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experience in higher education. At Georgia Piedmont Technical College, he is responsible for working with business and industry people to ensure that their workforce needs are addressed through the various academic and workforce development programs offered at the college. A former vice president and chief executive officer at Harrisburg Area Community College in Pennsylvania, Clark has been successful in writing, managing and evaluating various state and local
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grant programs such as Title III, Student Support Services and Upward Bound. In addition, he coordinated efforts for grant programs to assist college and pre-college programs and strengthen outreach efforts to the local community. Dire previously served eight years at the University of Hawaii’s Kaua’i Community College, where he was the vice chancellor of academic affairs. A native of Anaheim, Ca., Dire earned his doctoral and master’s degrees from the
Johns Hopkins University in earth and planetary science and another master’s in physics and electrical engineering from the University of Central Florida. He received his undergraduate education at the University of Missouri in Kansas City. All of his degrees are in STEM fields. Ford has 14 years of experience in higher education and 12 in the private sector. Before assuming his current position, he served as the associate vice president for workforce and economic development for South
Louisiana Community College’s Corporate College. He started his career in 1994 at DePaul University in the access services department. From 1999 to 2012, Ford worked in private industry at Ready Computer, Global Ink and Accessories, and Sustain Technology Inc. He returned to higher education in 2012 at Moraine Valley Community College in Illinois as the WIA Youth worksite manager for one year. He then became a business services consultant at the same institution.
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management track and a Digital Marketing Degree in the School of Business, an Engineering Technology Program in Mechanical Engineering, and a new healthcare track in Sociology. Carter stressed the importance of these upcoming additions to the university. “The next few years will be extraordinary for FMU. We have additional funding. We’ll be constructing new facilities.
We’ll be offering several new programs, while teaching the exemplary curriculum that’s already in place – all with the finest faculty in the state. This university’s future has never been brighter.” Also at Thursday’s meeting, the Board of Trustees also approved new COVID19 protocols in response to recently released guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and the Department
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of Health and Environmental Control. Copies of those protocols and additional information can be found on the university’s website at www.fmarion.edu/covid19. All classrooms and campus facilities will provide for social distancing. In addition, student residences will have lower density, and residential students will be asked to adhere to an additional set of procedures, which will be sent to them by the Director of Housing and Residence Life. While it is understood that
vaccinations are voluntary, the protocols do emphasize their importance in keeping the campus safe. FMU will sponsor several on-campus clinics, beginning with residentialmove-in and continuing the first week of classes. Additional clinics will be scheduled twice monthly for the remainder of the semester. As university officials monitor the incidence of COVID cases on campus and in the surrounding community over the course of the semester, more stringent protocols may be required.
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sity of South Carolina Florence Medical Center, while others received the vaccine through employee health, their own providers, and other vaccination locations in their areas. In addition, staff, such as Tanya SoJourner, corporate compliance manager, shared their reflections on the vaccine internally. “When I first heard about a potential vaccine for COVID 19, I believed a waitand-see attitude was the best course of action,” said SoJourner, who added that she was petrified of taking it for fear of a severe local reaction. However, once she found out she had a grandbaby, Valor, the rest was history. “I had an appointment to
FROM PAGE 1 get my first dose in January and received my second dose in February. The only side effect I had with either shot was a sore arm.” Then tragedy struck. SoJourner’s brother-in-law, who had not been vaccinated, was hospitalized with COVID and passed away. His only high-risk factor was age. “I truly believe that if he had been vaccinated he would still be with us,” she said. With nearly 600 employees, achieving a 75 percent vaccination rate significantly helps keep our communities healthy. “We encourage everyone who has not yet been vaccinated to do so,” said Dr. Leisy.
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NEW JUDGE SWORN IN
Strait joins dental practice Dr. Laura J. Strait has joined the dental practice of Dr. Paul T. Davis. A Florence native, Strait graduated from the Medical University of South Carolina with a doctorate in medical dentistry. She earned her undergraduate degree at Clemson. She completed her general practice residency at Prisma Health Richland in Columbia. During her residency, she received advanced training in restorative, cosmetic and implant dentistry. Strait was drawn to the career of dentistry due to the mix of science and art, but specifically loves the STRAIT patient interaction. She is currently a member of the S.C. Dental Association, American Dental Association and Academy of General Dentistry. “We are all extremely happy to have Laura join our practice,” said Davis. “I have known Laura and her parents, Beth and Stewart Jones, for many years. With the combination of her background, dental skills, and kind nature, I am confident she will be a great asset to our practice, our patients and our community.” Strait and her husband, Grey, enjoy going to the beach, watching college football, and spending time with family and friends. She looks forward to the opportunity to treat members of the Florence community and form life-long relationships.
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Alesha E. Lewis, left, was sworn in as a Municipal Court judge July 26 during an investiture ceremony held at the City Center. She was sworn in by fellow Judge Linward Edwards. Lewis was appointed to the city bench by the Florence City Council on July 12 to replace the late Taft Guile Jr. She graduated from Latta High School and received her bachelor’s degree from Francis Marion University. She possesses a Juris Doctorate from North Carolina Central University School of Law.
Central to celebrate 151st birthday Central United Methodist Church will celebrate its anniversary with a “150+1 Birthday Celebration”on Aug. 15 in the Davis Christian Life Center. The festivities, which will include fun, fellowship, music, ice cream, and homemade goodies, will begin at 3 p.m. “This will be a relaxing, cool
afternoon for our entire church family and community to enjoy,” said Philip Maenza, Central’s director of communication. “We invite everyone to enjoy this event and sample many flavors of churned ice cream and wonderful desserts.” Entertainment will be provided by Johnny and Sharon Tanner and friends.
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Children will have the opportunity to paint Kindness Rocks that will be distributed in public areas throughout the community. The rocks will be labeled with inspiring words or messages to help brighten someone’s day. For additional information, contact Maenza at pmaenza@ centralmethodist.net.
A Homeless Connect event will be held Friday in the First Baptist Church gymnasium from 9 to 11 a.m. The first Homeless Connect event was held in 2012. It was established as the result of several agencies and organizations seeing a need to provide services to individuals who are homeless, struggling with maintaining their basic needs. Homeless individuals are offered access to services in one location. At this event, homeless, or near homeless, persons can receive help with such challenges as VA claims; assessments for alcohol, drug, or psychological problems; finding work; acquiring housing and shelter; filing Social Security Disability claims; getting IDs replaced; filing for food stamps and other benefits; and receiving referrals to other helpful and appropriate agencies. Participants may also receive clothing and are offered food and hygiene items. The Homeless Connect is held on the first Friday of every month and is intended to provide the homeless community with resources to improve themselves and their situation. This event is a partnership of numerous charitable and service organizations coming together to offer help. For more information on this event, visit www.lighthouseflorence.org.
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Show some love to our farmers markets When was the last time you visited the farmer’s market? There are tons of reasons to support our markets and take advantage of their many offerings. Fresh produce is usually the first thing that comes to mind when we think of farmers markets, but they are so much more. Flowers, plants, and arts and crafts are just some of the other offerings you will find. Florentines are blessed to have two farmer’s markets – Pee Dee State Farmer’s Market on West Lucas St. and the new City Center Farmers Market on Sanborn St. near downtown Florence. In honor of National Farmers Market week, which runs from Aug. 1-7, we thought it the perfect time to remind our readers to show some love to both of our markets. “By shopping at a farmers market,” said S.C. Commissioner of Agriculture Hugh Weathers, “you are supportPee Dee State ing your neighbors – and what Farmer’s Market better time than during the 2513 W. Lucas St. abundant summer months for Hours: Monday South Carolina produce. The through Saturday, COVID-19 pandemic showed 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. us that farmers markets are essential businesses, and I’m City Center grateful for the work they do Farmers Market to connect people to farmers 200 Sanborn St. and fresh food.” Hours: Saturdays, Farmers markets are an 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and ideal venue for smaller farms Tuesdays, 4-7 p.m. to sell food directly to the public, lowering the barrier for people to buy fresh local products. They offer a unique face-to-face experience where consumers can meet the individuals responsible for their food. Did you know American farmers only receive about 14.3 cents of every dollar Americans spend on food, with the rest going to off-farm costs like distribution, marketing and retail? Selling at farmers markets cuts out some of those other costs, allowing farmers to earn more money from what they grow. Farmers markets also continue to improve food access for underserved communities, helping more people obtain fresh fruits and vegetables. In 2020, $24.4 million in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits were redeemed at farmers markets across the nation, a 35% increase from five years earlier. From www.youmustgethealthy.com, here are eight good reason to support your local farmers market: 1. You’re Supporting Local Businesses: From a purely economic perspective, supporting businesses local to you means that money stays in the area where it can continue to benefit other local businesses and people. 2. Better Prices For Better Food: Because farmers markets are held at limited, predetermined times, farmers waste less time and money to produce and sell their bounties, savings that are often passed to you, the customer. 3. It’s Healthier Too: The food you buy at farmers markets is often less processed with fewer preservatives than the stuff you can get at the grocery. 4. Shorter Drives: Farmers have shorter distances to transport their food, and you get to save a trip into town. That saves you time to do other things like reading a book or watching a show. 6. You’re Building A Community: Your local farmers market is a place to come together, meet new people and socialize. 7. Discover New Things: Farmers can often teach you something new about both the foods that you are unfamiliar and those you’ve been eating your entire life. That sharing of knowledge and experience helps us all do better in life. 8. You Get To Be Outside! Feel the warmth of the sun as you breathe in fresh air while you are shopping. Be sure to put the farmers market are on your next shopping list.
In praise of ‘The Unexpected Visitor’ Resting on the coffee table in my living room is a most extraordinary book. I’ve looked at it countless times during the past decade and it never fails to leave me filled with wonderment and contemplation. “The Unexpected Visitor” was a gift from the daughter of the book’s creators, Dr. Naseeb Bashara Baroody and his wife, Margaret.” The inscription on the flyleaf at the front of the book reads, “I hope you enjoy this book and continue to discover in many ways the loving heart of The Unexpected Visitor.” Lisa, I most certainly have. It has brought me joy, given me much to think about, and it has opened my eyes to look for The Unexpected Visitor in the most ordinary of places. I have found Him more often than not. The book is a collection of black and white photos taken by the longtime Florence physician over a period of more than 50 years. Most of the photos were taken in South Carolina, from the Lowcountry to the Upstate. More than a dozen were taken right here in the Pee Dee. Some are from neighboring North Carolina and Georgia, while others from as far away as Canada, France, and Egypt. The Baroodys, members of Florence First
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Presbyterian Church, traveled the world doing medical mission work. In the book’s introduction, Margaret writes, “This book is a small collection of photographs and narratives sharing how we – a photographer and a writer, as mates or alone in those rare moments seemed to touch reality. The images and stories have been experienced through different seasons of our lives: the spring of youth, the summer of career, the autumn of middle age, and the winter of semi-retirement with medical
mission work to faraway places. No matter the context, at home or abroad, the opportunities for epiphany are always there.” Each and every one of the photos is nothing short of mesmerizing. They draw you in and take you on an imaginary journey. Each image is accompanied by a text written by Margaret or a quote or scripture reference that evokes even more discernment. Among my favorite photos is one of a bridge at Francis Marion University. Resting halfway beneath the shadowy canopy of tall trees and littered with autumn’s crinkled castaways, the wooden overpass arches from foreground to background. The image evokes time, movement and passage. Another is of the magnificent ancient Sapelo Oak on Sapelo Island in Georgia. Spanish moss hangs from each of its long, twisting branches. It speaks to me of God’s grandeur. My favorite is titled “Woman and Child.” It was taken in Shebin El-Kom, Egypt and is a portrait of an elderly woman and a child. Dr. Baroody describes her wrinkled face as “etched so full of history.” His intent was to take a photo of only the woman, but a smiling young
girl entered the frame at the very last minute. The resulting image is a fascinatingly stark contrast of the exuberance of youth and the solemness of aging. Not surprisingly, “The Unexpected Visitor, ” published by Joggleboard Press, earned much praise and garnered numerous honors, including a silver medal for best photography book of the year by ForeWord Reviews!, and a national bronze IPPY award from the Independent Publishers for best spiritual/inspirational book published by an independent publisher. Sadly, Dr. Baroody died in February of 2010, just prior to the release of his second book. “The Unexpected Visitor” is a testament to his remarkable life, his profound faith, and his exceptional skills with a camera. Margaret joined her beloved husband in the Kingdom Eternal in Feb. of 2019. I am thankful for these two good and faithful servants and the priceless treasure they left for me and others who continue to seek out “The Unexpected Visitor” during their journey through life.
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An inheritance that is for the birds This makes the second time I’ve used “For The Birds” as a title. The first was “Contacting the dead through a Ouija board? That’s for the birds.” No flippancy here. “For the birds” implies just what I mean. I suspect many of you, like me, do things for the birds. I’m zeroing in on bird feeders and not just feeders as you’ll see. Among my morning rituals are making coffee and checking the status of my bird feeders. As the feeder empties, guilt rises. I can’t let birds go without their Choice blend of Wild Bird Unlimited seeds. To get home from a trip and see an empty feeder is a minor disaster. Same goes for my hummingbird feeders, which squirrels delight in tipping over and drinking. I’d put moonshine in them if the hummers would stay away. I’d love to see a squirrel staggering around, playing chicken with a car. If nothing else, the hangover might teach the tree rats a lesson. I inherited my bird-feeding ways from my mom. She was all about birds and kept her feeders full. You’d hear birds singing outside her window and inside her home. She didn’t have an aviary but she had not one but two “singing bird clocks,” which tormented me twice a year with infernal daylight savings’ coming and going. Nothing galled her more than hearing the Carolina wren screech like a blue jay or a cardinal chittering like a chickadee. Twice a year Old Sol’s journey made time fly like Mom’s
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birds and I’d mark the calendar knowing a trip to Georgia was imminent. Resetting her clocks was no simple task. I’d take the old batteries out, whirl the hands around a few times then set the clock to 11:50. Next I’d put fresh batteries in and set the clock to the correct time. Now came the waiting. I had to wait and depending on the time, I’d pray that the mockingbird sang, well, like a mockingbird. If it didn’t I had to repeat the requisite steps. This ritual went on for many years but for six years now those clocks have been put away. That’s how long Mom’s been gone but I recall the ritual as if it were yesterday. It’s a warm spring day, 4:50 p.m. Outside the window birds flock to mom’s copper shelter of a feeder.
Her red hummingbird feeder, hanging just outside the den window, buzzes and squeaks with six or so of those multicolored, feathery darts from South America. Inside tension fills the air. Mom is sitting with me waiting for the tufted titmouse to whistle like some fellow calling in his dog. Five till five …. Three to five …. One minute to go. Studying my watch’s second hand, I count down like some NASA mission controller narrating a rocket launch to the moon. Three, two, one. I hear a click and praise the Lord the tufted titmouse whistles its sharp distinctive call. Success! My days of resetting bird clocks are over, but one more time sure would be nice. Meanwhile my feeder is getting dangerously low. It’ll soon be time to buy more seed. And the first time I used “For The Birds” as a title? In State of the Heart, Aida Rogers’s book. The subtitle explained that the book was sharing South Carolina writers’ favorite places. I wrote about Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge and nesting
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shorebirds where “its feathery alchemy transforms sand scrapes into the seashore’s grand aviary.” Mom fed birds once upon a time and her home sounded like some lesser aviary thanks to her timekeeping bird-singing clocks. Now one is mine. Mothballed, but maybe just maybe I’ll give it to someone who likes to do things for the birds.
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“We want this to be a great learning opportunity for all of our students, while also honoring a truly amazing woman who gave her heart and soul to the students in Florence 1 Schools,” said Jessica Crowson, event coordinator, STEM lab teacher, and coach at Lester Elementary.
Garden honors former staffer at Lester Elementary Lester Elementary School has created a garden program that honors former staff member Susie Bennett. The school held a ribbon cutting July 27 to celebrate the opening of the garden. Bennett worked as the autism coordinator and student advocate at Lester Elementary for several years. “Ms. Bennett holds a special place in our hearts and in the hearts of so many in our community,” said Jessica Crowson, event coordinator, STEM lab teacher, and coach at Lester Elementary. “Gardening and children were two of Susie’s passions.” Crowson said the garden program will be designed to fit the needs of all of Lester’s students, and that the program will have many different elements to allow the students to have hands-on gardening experiences. “The garden has several
raised beds where students will learn how to grow a variety of fruits and vegetables throughout the school year. It also features an herb garden where students will use their senses to learn about different types of herbs,” said Crowson. “There is also a succulent garden that teaches students about plants that have different needs than most plants. The garden also has a hydroponics lab where each of the grade levels will have their own part in growing plants using formulated, nutrient-rich water instead of soil, and fun sensory elements including fairy gardens, a butterfly hunt and a sensory pathway. “We want this to be a great learning opportunity for all of our students, while also honoring a truly amazing woman who gave her heart and soul to the students in Florence 1 Schools.”
April Sheppard, a staff nurse on the observation floor, was recently named McLeod Regional Medical Center’s DAISY Award winner for the month of May. Shepperd was nominated by a patient for her extraordinary care. To recognize those nurses at McLeod who are true examples of nursing excellence, patients, family members and co-workers may nominate nurses for the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation’s program to recognize the super-human
efforts nurses perform every day. On the nomination form, the patient wrote, “Being the primary caregiver for an immunocompromised child, I was terrified when COVID-19 arrived. Our family has SHEPPARD been through many trials and tribulations. I prayed COVID would not add to our list. When my cold-like symptoms began, I
was very concerned. Then I lost my sense of taste. I feared my worst nightmare was coming true. “The results came back positive for COVID. I was terrified that I had exposed my child. Frantic about what to do next, my physician said I met the criteria for the monoclonal antibody infusion treatment. Already, I had been given a gift. Then, when I arrived for the treatment, I saw that my blessing had just begun. “April cared for me, not a COVID patient. While caring for
me, she took the time to talk with me about my circumstances at home. She wasn’t rushed even though I could tell that she was busy. She didn’t make little of my concerns. She offered suggestions on how my family could help, and then she helped me understand how important it was to take care of myself. She prayed with me and was genuinely concerned.” Nomination forms are available on each nursing unit at McLeod Regional Medical Center or can be found at www. McLeodNursing.org.
Pets of the Week The Jayne H. Boswell animal shelter is a partnership with the Florence Area Humane Society and the City of Florence. The shelter is located at 1434 McCurdy Road and is open Tuesday through Saturday, from noon to 5 p.m. Contact them by phone at (843) 6295456. Adoption fees are $65 for cats and $85 for dogs. The fee includes first vaccines and spay/neuter. The shelter is always in need of volunteers, foster families, and donations.
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Team unveils new name, logo lettering. The primary logo features a Flamingo standing on one leg holding a bat under one wing with a ball in its beak and a cap with an “F” in the center. “Our organization is all about having fun at the ballpark and we are thrilled to have a name and logo that we can have a lot of fun with moving forward,” Kovach said. “We strive to provide family fun entertainment for the community, and our new identity adds to the excitement. We are looking forward to wearing the new identity proudly at our final game of the 2021 season tonight and into next year at our new stadium, Carolina Bank Field.” The city of Florence broke ground on the new sports complex which includes the Flamingos’ new home, Carolina Bank Field, on March 22. The Flamingos are expected to move into their new home in May 2022. The RedWolves, who finished out their final Coastal Plain League season at 11-30, have played at FMU’s Sparrow Stadium since 2012.
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Program off to great start The Ron James Youth Tennis Program recently completed its first summer sessions at the Dr. Eddie Floyd Florence Tennis Center. Over the last two weeks, groups of youngsters from the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Pee Dee and Girls University have completed tenweek sessions. A total of 64 youth participated. Many of them promised to come back after school starts and the RJYTP shifts to afterschool sessions. These first sessions, which included clinics on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, covered the basics of tennis strokes and the rules and etiquette of the game. When after-school sessions begin, the veterans will move on to match play while newcomers start with the basics. Over time, each participant will be encouraged to progress at his or her own pace. “The goal is to give these young people a healthy, enjoyable, socially-oriented sport that can last a lifetime, said Coach Mike Gee. Coach Fred Davis added that he hopes to see many
of them in a few years playing for or against his Wilson High School squads. The program is a member of the United States Tennis Association National Junior Tennis and Learning (NJTL) network. It is designed to bring the health, fitness, and sportsmanship benefits of tennis into the lives of children who would not normally have access to the sport. It works closely with its part-
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ous local donors and by grants from the South Carolina Tennis Patrons Foundation, the USTA Foundation, the USTA Southern Section, and the Florence Tennis Association, the program is currently managed by the FTA Board, which assures its sustainability and enables it to solicit donations as a non-profit organization. However, plans call for making the program a separate non-profit with its own community-based board of directors within two years. Former FTA and state tennis association presidents Ernie James and Paul Pittman stressed that bringing tennis into the lives of children is one of the best things anyone can do for the future of our community, and a program like this that grows out of the community is the best way to go about it. The program is named in honor of educator, coach, and tennis professional Ronald Avan James, who died unexpectedly in 2019. For more information, contact FTA President Kevin Light, at (843) 667-9804 or at email@example.com.
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INDEX 100 ...............................................LEGALS 150 .........................................STATEWIDE 200..........................................ADOPTION 210.............................ANNOUNCEMENTS 215...............................................EVENTS 216..................................................TRIPS 250 ..........................................AUCTIONS 300........................FINANCIAL SERVICES 310 ..........................INTERNET SERVICES 320.....................................INSTRUCTION 350..........................................PERSONAL 375 ........................HEALTH & NUTRITION 400...........................................ANTIQUES 405 ...BEAUTY SALONS/BARBER SHOPS 410..............BOATS/JET SKI & SUPPLIES . 420 .............GARDEN/FARM EQUIPMENT 425......................GUNS & ACCESSORIES 435..................................FARM ANIMALS 440 .............................LOST AND FOUND 450 ...................................MERCHANDISE 452............................................PRODUCE 455 ...................MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS 460 ...............................PETS & SUPPLIES 470................................WANTED TO BUY 480.......................................YARD SALES 500 ....................................EMPLOYMENT 510 .................BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY 515 ....................................HELP WANTED . 520 ...........................................SERVICES 525........................................CHILD CARE
NOTICE TO CREDITORS OF ESTATES All persons having claims against the following estates MUST file their claims on FORM #371PC with the Probate Court of FLORENCE County, JESSE S. CARTRETTE, JR., the address of which is 181 N IRBY ST, STE 1300 FLORENCE SC 29501, within eight (8) months after the date of the first publication of this Notice to Creditors or within one (1) year from date of death, whichever is earlier (SCPC 62-3-801, et seq.), or such persons shall be forever barred as to their claims. All claims are required to be presented in written statements on the prescribed form (FORM #371PC) indicating the name and address of the claimant, the basis of the claim, the amount claimed, the date when the claim will become due, the nature of any uncertainty as to the claim, and a description of any security as to the claim. Estate: JOSEPH KING JR Date of Death: 6/21/2021 Case Number: 2021ES2100873 Personal Representative: ANNIE SCOTT Address: 1314 EAST PINE STREET FLORENCE, SC 29506 Attorney, if applicable: J SCOTT KOZACKI Address: 248 WEST EVANS ST. FLORENCE, SC 29501 (8/4, 8/11, 8/18/2021) SUMMONS AND NOTICES (Non-Jury) FORECLOSURE OF REAL ESTATE MORTGAGE IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS C/A NO.: 2021-CP-21-01304 STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF FLORENCE Deutsche Bank National Trust Company, as Trustee for Equifirst Mortgage Loan Trust 2004-1 Asset-Backed Certificates, Series 2004-1, Plaintiff, v. Na’Lania L. Robinson, Defendant(s). TO THE DEFENDANT(S) ABOVE NAMED: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and required to appear and defend by answering the Complaint in this action, a copy of which is hereby served upon you, and to serve a copy of your Answer on the subscribers at their offices at 3800 Fernandina Road, Suite 110, Columbia, SC 29210, within thirty (30) days after the service hereof, exclusive of the day of such service; except that the United States of America, if named, shall have sixty (60) days to answer after the service hereof, exclusive of the day of such service; and if you fail to do so, judgment by default will be rendered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint. TO MINOR(S) OVER FOURTEEN YEARS OF AGE, AND/OR TO MINOR(S) UNDER FOURTEEN YEARS OF AGE AND THE PERSON WITH WHOM THE MINOR(S) RESIDES, AND/OR TO PERSONS UNDER SOME LEGAL DISABILITY: YOU ARE FURTHER SUMMONED AND NOTIFIED to apply for the appointment of a guardian ad litem within thirty (30) days after the service of this Summons and Notice upon you. If you fail to do so, application for such appointment will be made by Attorney for Plaintiff. YOU WILL ALSO TAKE NOTICE that Plaintiff will move for an Order of Refer-
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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. 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 June 15, 2021. Brock & Scott, PLLC 3800 Fernandina Road, Suite 110 Columbia, SC 29210 Phone 844-856-6646 Fax 803-454-3451 Attorneys for Plaintiff (7/28, 8/4, 8/11/2021) NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT HOWE SPRINGS SELF STORAGE WILL SELL THE FOLLOWING UNITS TO SATISFY THE LIEN PLACED UPON THESE UNITS FOR UNPAID RENT AND OTHER FEES. THE PUBLIC SALE WILL BE HELD ON SATURDAY AUGUST 7, 2021 AT 10:00 AM WITH COMPETITIVE BIDDING. THE SALE WILL BE HELD AT 825 HOWE SPRINGS RD, FLORENCE, SC 29505. HOWE SPRINGS RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SET A PRICE, REFUSE ANY OR ALL BIDS OR POSTPONE THE SALE OF ANY UNITS. RENEE HYDE - HOUSEHOLD BRANDON POULES HOUSEHOLD SHAKENA KENNEDY HOUSEHOLD MILLICENT GRANT HOUSEHOLD TABITHA O’NEAL HOUSEHOLD AMANDA JONES TOOMER - HOUSEHOLD MARY ROBINSON HOUSEHOLD KRISTINA EVANS. HOUSEHOLD KAREN FELTON HOUSEHOLD (7/28, 8/4/2021) SUMMONS AND NOTICE IN THE FAMILY COURT TWELFTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT DOCKET NO.: 2021-DR-21-0495 STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF FLORENCE South Carolina Department of Social Services, Plaintiff, vs. Morgan Collins, Defendant. IN THE INTEREST OF: A MINOR CHILD BORN IN 2005. TO THE DEFENDANT MORGAN COLLINS: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and required to answer the complaint for termination of your parental rights in and to the minor
children in this action, the original of which has been filed in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County on May 14, 2021, a copy of which will be delivered to you upon request; and to serve a copy of your answer to the complaint upon the undersigned attorney for the Plaintiff at Florence County DSS, 2685 S. Irby Street, Box A, Florence, SC 29505 within thirty (30) days following the date of service upon you, exclusive of the day of such service; and if you fail to answer the complaint within the time stated, the Plaintiff will apply for judgment by default against the Defendants for the relief demanded in the complaint. YOU ARE NOTIFIED that the Termination of Parental Rights hearing is scheduled on September 14, 2021 at 3:30 p.m. at the Florence County Judicial Center, 181 N. Irby Street, Florence, SC 29501. YOU ARE FURTHER NOTIFIED that: (1) the Guardian ad litem (GAL) who is appointed by the court in this action to represent the best interests of the children will provide the family court with a written report that includes an evaluation and assessment of the issues brought before the court along with recommendations; (2) the GAL's written report will be available for review twenty-four (24) hours in advance of the hearing; (3) you may review the report at the GAL Program county office. S. C. DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES Taylor J. Yarnal Attorney for Plaintiff South Carolina Department of Social Services 2685 S. Irby Street, Box A Florence, SC 29505 (843) 669-3354 S.C. Bar No.: 104299 July 15, 2021 Florence, SC (7/21, 7/28, 8/4/2021) SUMMONS AND SUMMARY OF COMPLAINT IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS TWELFTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OLD CASE NO. 2019-CP-21-01993 NEW CASE NO. 2021-CP-21-01153 STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF FLORENCE Curtis E. Skipper and Lisa R. Skipper, Plaintiffs, vs. Concentric Project Controllers, a/k/a Concentric Project Controllers, Inc., Rodney Cameron, Bunker Hill Sands Partnership, Defendants. TO THE DEFENDANT 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 July 19, 2019, for purposes of quieting title, as described in the Complaint. SUMMARY OF COMPLAINT This is an action for Breach of Contract, Unjust Enrichment, Unfair Trade Practices, Breach of Contract Accompanied by a Fraudulent Act, Fraud, Partnership
Dissolution, Breach of Fiduciary Duty, Accounting, and Foreclosure of Mechanics Lien for property located in Florence County (the “Property”). The Property is more particularly described in the aforementioned Complaint on file with the Clerk of Court for Florence County. A complete copy of the Complaint may be obtained by contacting the undersigned or searching the public records. July 19, 2019 Florence, South Carolina s/Patrick B. Ford PATRICK B. FORD S.C. Bar No.: 102521 FINKLEA LAW FIRM Post Office Box 1317 Florence, SC 29503 (843) 317-4900 firstname.lastname@example.org ATTORNEY FOR PLAINTIFF (7/21, 7/28, 8/4/2021) SUMMONS AND SUMMARY OF COMPLAINT IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS TWELFTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT C/A NO: 2020-CP-21-02840 STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF FLORENCE Town of Pamplico, Plaintiff, vs. County of Florence, Williams A. Coleman, III, Raleigh W. Powers, Jr., Pee Dee Land & Development Co., its shareholders, officers, directors, successors and assigns, and all persons claiming any right, title, estate interest in or lien upon the real estate described; any unknown adults and those persons who may be in the military services of the United State of America, all of them being a class designated as John Doe, whose true name is unknown; any unborn infants or persons under disability being a class designed as Richard Roe, whose true name is unknown ,Defendants. 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 December 9, 2020, for purposes of quieting title, as described in the Complaint. SUMMARY OF COMPLAINT This is an action to close an alleyway located int the Town of Pamplico, Florence County (the “Property”). The alleyway is more particularly described as follows: All that certain piece, parcel, or tract of land, lying and being situate in the Town of Pamplico, County of Florence, State of South Carolina, consisting of a fifteen by one hundred sixtyfoot (15’ x 160’) alleyway, more or less, running North West from East Third Avenue (S-21). A complete copy of the Complaint may be obtained by contacting the undersigned or searching the public records. December 9, 2020 Florence, South Carolina s/Patrick B. Ford S.C. Bar No.: 102521 Finklea, Hendrick & Blake, LLC Post Office Box 1317 Florence, SC 29503 (843) 317-4900 Attorney for Plaintiff ORDER APPOINTING GUARDIAN AD LITEM NISI It appearing unto the satisfaction of this Court upon reading Plaintiff’s Petition to Appoint Guardian ad Litem Nisi, and S. Wesley Snow, Jr., Esquire, 900 West Evans Street, Florence, South Carolina 29501, having consented to act as Guardian ad Litem Nisi and to represent the Defendants including all unknown persons with any right, title or interest in and to the alley way located in Florence County, South Carolina, and more particularly described in the Complaint, any unknown adults and those persons who may be in the military service of the United States of America, all of them being classes designated under the fictitious names of John Doe and Richard Roe, hereinafter referred to as “Defendants,” and that the said S. Wesley Snow, Jr., Esquire, is a suitable and competent person to understand and protect the rights and interests of such Defendants and has no interest herein adverse to the interest of said Defen-
dants and is not connected in business with the Plaintiff in this action or with their counsel. IT IS THEREFORE, ORDERED that the said S. Wesley Snow, Jr., Esquire, 900 West Evans Street, Florence, South Carolina 29501, be and he is hereby designated and appointed Guardian ad Litem Nisi for said Defendants and he is hereby authorized to appear in and defend such action on behalf of said Defendants and to protect their interests, unless said Defendants, or any of them, shall within thirty (30) days of the service of a copy of this Order upon them, exclusive of the day of service as herein provided, apply to this Court for the appointment of another competent and discreet individual of their choice to serve as Guardian ad Litem for them, for the purposes of this action. Upon the failure of such application, within the specified time, this Order shall automatically become final and absolute. IT IS SO ORDERED. Florence, South Carolina July 6, 2021 s/The Honorable Michael G. Nettles #2140 CIRCUIT COURT JUDGE (7/21, 7/28, 8/4/2021)
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