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D E AT H N OT I C E S William C. “Billy” Bateman Sr. 88, passed away Aug. 11. Layton Anderson Funeral Home. Mildred Parnell Bell, 93, passed away Aug. 10. Belk Funeral Home. Henry Lee Brown, 70, passed away Aug. 12. CainCalcutt Funeral Home. Jim Brown Sr., 76, passed away Aug. 13. Ideal Funeral Home. Adeline Joy Butler, infant, passed away Aug. 6. Stoudenmire-Dowling Funeral Home. Martha W. Carter, 78, passed away Aug 12. Stoudenmire-Dowling Funeral Home.

BIRD SUPPLY STORE and Shell Gas Stop on 301 South is pictured in this early 1950s photo. The general mercantile store was owned and operated by James Lewis Bird. He also was a dealer for Mercury Motors and Century boats and would drive to Florida to fine tune Mercury racing boats. The man seen on the right is Mr. Bird’s father, Leonard Bird. In later years, the store was leased and called McDonalds. The buildings are gone, but were located in the field in front of South Florence High. Do you have an old photo you would like to submit for The News Journal’s Do You Remember? You may do so by emailing a digital copy of the photo, including information about the photo, to editor@florencenewsjournal.com. You may also submit photos and information in person at our office, located at 312 Railroad Ave.

Businessman, civic leader Patterson dies at 97 Robert Weston Patterson of Florence passed away on Aug. 5. He was 97. Patterson was born on Oct. 30, 1923 in Columbia. He was the son of the late Weston Patterson and Allie Jones Patterson He was married to the late Emily Dixon Patterson for 72 years. With the outbreak of World War II, Patterson left his studies at Clemson College and served in the U.S. Army Air Corp, where he flew aboard a B-24 Liberator in the Pacific Theater. He continued to serve his country for 21 years in the U.S. Air Force Reserves, retiring with the rank of captain. Patterson resumed his studies after the war at the University of South Carolina. He graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1948 with a bache-

lor’s degree in business administration. The Pattersons moved to Florence in 1948 where he began a successful career spanning over 60 years as an insurance industry leader and real estate developer. During his time in Florence, Mr. Patterson demonstrated a strong commitment to his community. He served 16 years on the Florence City Council. He was also chairperson of the City-County Airport Commission, vice president of the Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Florence Housing Authority. Patterson founded the Florence Speech and Hearing Clinic and served as founding director of the Florence United Way, director of the South Carolina Easter Seal Society and Chair of the Florence Disabilities Founda-

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tion. He served on the board for C&S Bank, SCE&G, and Still Hopes Retirement Community in Columbia. He was active in the Florence Kiwanis Club and served as Director of the Francis Marion University Foundation. He received an honorary degree, Doctor of Humanities, from Francis Marion University in 2009. Lighthouse Ministries recognized Patterson for his efforts to procure a permanent address for their ministry in 2018 by renaming his former insurance office at 1416 West Evans “The Patterson Building.” That same year he also received the first Good Neighbor Award given by Lighthouse Ministry. Patterson was in the insurance and real estate business for over 60 years. He was president and owner of Cormell Streett & Patterson Insurance Agency for many years. He was active as state president of the Independent

Insurance Agents of South Carolina, State National Director and member of the Board of Directors for Independent Insurance Agents of America, and chairperson of the Southern Agents Conference. He was named a Hayne P. Glover Agent, the highest honor awarded by the Independent Insurance Agents of America. Patterson was a loyal congregant of St. John’s Church for many years, where he held numerous leadership roles, including several terms as Junior and Senior Warden. He was also a founding member of All Saints Episcopal Church. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, friends are invited to consider donations to St. John’s Church, 252 S. Dargan St., Florence, S.C. 29506; Florence County Disabilities Foundation, P.O. Box 400, Lake City, S.C. 29560; or Help 4 Kids Florence, 252 S. Dargan St., Florence, S.C. 29506.

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Ralph Dominick Castellucci, 67, passed away July 31. Stoudenmire-Dowling Funeral Home. Sarah Howle Brown Corbett, 76, passed away Aug. 13. Layton Anderson Funeral Home. Novelda Brown Driskill, 95, passed away Aug. 7. Stoudenmire-Dowling Funeral Home. Verda Gaskins Evans, 102, passed away Aug. 11. Stoudenmire-Dowling Funeral Home. Wanda Faye Owens Evans, passed away Aug. 9. Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home. Dorothy Rogers “Dottie” Green, 85, passed away Aug. 13. Waters-Powell Funeral Home. Ann Hanna McElveen, 76, passed away Aug. 11. Stoudenmire-Dowling Funeral Home. Helen S. Moody, 89, passed away Aug. 12. Belk Funeral Home. Grayson Luke Morrison, 8, passed away Aug. 10. Stoudenmire-Dowling Funeral Home. Angela Christine Nuss, 51, passed away Aug. 14. Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home. Urmilaben Shashikant Patel, 68, passed away Aug. 9. Stoudenmire-Dowling Funeral Home. Mildred Avato Peters, 92, passed away Aug. 9. Layton Anderson Funeral Home. Roberta Ann Sessoms, 59, passed away Aug. 9. Belk Funeral Home. David Stewart Taylor, 80, passed away Aug. 9. Cain-Calcutt Funeral Home. Paul Patches Teal, 47, passed away Aug. 7. KistlerHardee Funeral Home. Iker Santiago Tepole, infant, passed away Aug. 10. Layton Anderson Funeral Home. Mary Alice Tompkins, 79,passed away Aug. 14. Layton Anderson Funeral Home.

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Francis Marion to host COVID vaccination clinics University reiterates its commitment to COVID-19 safety for students, faculty. As reported cases of COVID-19 continue to rise across South Carolina, Francis Marion University remains committed to providing a safe campus environment for its students, faculty, staff, and visitors. “We remain concerned about the risks presented by the Delta variant of COVID19 and are tracking the DHEC data daily,” said FMU President Dr. Fred Carter. “Our COVID response team has been reactivated, and they will continue to review and enhance our campus’ protective procedures. Our trustees and administration are strongly encouraging masks and vaccinations. Vaccinations are essential for keeping this campus safe in the longterm, and we are doing everything we can to make them readily available throughout

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the semester.” FMU will host multiple oncampus vaccination clinics this fall, starting with residential move-in, during the first week of classes, and biweekly for the duration of fall semester. The university will also conduct vaccination participation drawings throughout the fall semester to further encourage students who have not already been vaccinated against COVID-19 to do so. Students who are already vaccinated are eligible to participate in the drawings as well. Beginning Aug. 19, students who voluntarily submit a photograph of their vaccination card will be entered in a weekly drawing to win one of three $1,000 cash prizes. Proof of vaccination must be uploaded by noon each Friday to www.fmarion.edu/vaccinationdrawing in order to qualify for the next week’s drawing. Once entered, students are eligible to win multiple drawings.

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Your freedom, your choice Yes, we believe in individuals’ freedoms and their right to make their own choices. We also believe in science, experts in the medical field and research that provides us the means to protect our health. Consider the many advances made in the field of health care thanks to research and science. Polio has very nearly been eradicated from the globe thanks to research and the development of a vaccine. Ponder the many surgical procedures and transplants that can be done today that could only be imagined not so many years ago. By all means, we need to uphold our individual freedoms above all else. At least, that seems to be a rallying cry among many who oppose face mask mandates and vaccinations in these COVID-19 days. Applying this line of thinking, let’s now look at other areas where our individual rights are quashed on a daily basis and include them in our stance for our liberties: • No medical professional ought to have to wash his or her hands and arms, wear scrubs and a face covering when performing surgery. Granted, this speaks to your overall health and the health of others, but ... • No restaurant should have to follow DHEC guidelines or be punished for not doing so. It’s their right to operate free and clear of annoying rules and regs. It’s your right to choose whether to eat at their establishments. Granted, this speaks to your overall health and the health of others, but ... • Government should not dictate what speed you should drive on the roads, highways and interstates. Granted, this speaks to your overall health and the health of others, but ... • Come to think of it, seat belts should be a personal choice, along with whether to text and drive. Granted, this speaks to your overall health and the health of others, but ... • Government ought not dictate that pharmaceutical companies spell out possible side effects of the drugs we choose to take, nor should food manufacturers be required to provide warnings of potential allergy risks. Granted, this speaks to your overall health and the health of others, but ... • There should be no warning labels on household cleaners, either. Granted, this speaks to your overall health and the health of others, but ... • There should be no penalty for a parent or guardian who leaves a loaded weapon within reach of a child and that child or someone else in the household dies or is seriously injured in an accidental shooting. Granted, this speaks to the child’s overall well-being and the well-being of others, but ... Sounds more than a tad ridiculous, right? But is it? Consider what Gov. Henry McMaster said during a recent press conference. He acknowledged that face coverings can prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus to others, but he doesn’t want to mandate the wearing of face masks in public schools - despite that more and more younger people and school-aged children are contracting the virus that, in turn, they might pass on to others. He acknowledged that the vaccine is a good thing, even noting that in the event a person does get the virus, the effects are far less serious for those who are vaccinated. All good, but all a matter of individual or parental choice. So a parent making the choice not to make a child wear a face mask at school is OK, even if it might mean the child unknowingly is spreading the virus to classmates and teachers, who in turn might spread it to others. And is that list any more ridiculous than, say, the overflowing line of cars with people wanting a COVID test versus the extremely short line — maybe four or five — of cars with people wanting to get vaccinated? Granted, a vaccinated person could wind up with the virus and need testing. Granted, some people have legitimate reasons beyond freedom of choice to bypass the vaccine. However, we’d be willing to bet that if more people got vaccinated when it was available, the line for testing would have been far shorter. But when did Americans’ individual freedoms and liberties negate the health and well-being of the rest of the citizenry? When did we come to the conclusion that even though masks do lower a health risk, we ought not mandate they be worn in public schools? Reprinted with permission from The (Greenwood) Index-Journal.

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Dream Flights to land in Darlington “Every day, memories of World War II - its sights and sounds, its terrors and triumphs - disappear. Yielding to the inalterable process of aging, the men and women who fought and won the great conflict are now in their late 80s and 90s. They are dying quickly—according to US Department of Veterans Affairs statistics, 325,574 of the 16 million Americans who served in World War II are alive in 2020.” Those are the words shared on the National World War II Museum web site on the passing of “The Greatest Generation.” That nickname for those men and women in uniform who sacrificed and served our nation with extraordinary valor from 1939 to 1945 is not hyperbole. It was earned and is very much deserved. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, an

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estimated 245 WWII veterans are lost every day. Considering the present COVID-19 pandemic, that number may be even higher. We need to do our very best to say thank you and honor, in whatever way we can, those WWII veterans who are still with us. The Dream Flights organization is doing just that. Each year the nonprofit group based out Carson City, Nev., makes its way around the country offering WWII vets a chance to fly in a Boeing Stearman biplane, the same aircraft used to train many military aviators in the late thirties and early for-

ties. Since it began in 2011, Dream Flights has flown over 4,000 vets in 42 states. Founder and president Darryl Fisher says the organization’s mission remains unchanged: to give back to those who have given. The Dream Flights team will be landing at Branham Airport in Darlington on Friday, Sept. 3. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., WWII vets from the Pee Dee region will be given the opportunity, free of charge, to soar into the wild blue yonder in a Stearman open cockpit biplane. The visit is part of “Operation September Freedom,” the organization’s annual effort that began Aug. 1 and will continue through the end of September. According to the Dream Flights web site, it is the largest barnstorming event in U.S. history. A team of 10 pilots, all of whom primarily fly for major

airlines and are active duty or retired military veterans themselves, volunteer their time. During the 20-minute flights, participating vets experience the freedom and exhilaration of flying through the clouds at roughly 1,000 feet in the air. This will be the sixth visit the Dream Flights team has made to Darlington. Any World War II veteran interested in taking a Dream Flight can register or find out more information at www.dreamflights.org. They can also call Mike Beckham of Darlington’s American Legion Post 13 at (843) 3931409 or (843) 319-2764. The public is invited to be part of the experience by attending the Dream Flight event and watching magic unfold. Contact Editor Bob Sloan at editor@florencenewsjournal.com.

Letting Momma take a little off the top I understand there is a silly new debate going on between ultra-liberals and no-nonsense conservatives: do we call them “birthing people,” or mothers? Frankly, where I come from the real debate is whether to let your Momma cut your hair, or not. I am 48 and not ashamed to admit that my birthing person still trims these luxurious bangs and that glorious comb-over that isn’t fooling a soul on God’s green Earth, but makes me feel better. (Those few, loyal and tenacious strands of hair up front there have hung on longer than some of my marriages, and I revere them.) In my lifetime, I’ve paid for more trips to Disney World than I have professional haircuts. I’m not cheap, that’s just how some of us are in the rural South, a land where people grow their own food, make their own wine, build their own homes and change their own motor oil if something goes to knocking. Letting Momma cut your hair is not without its perils, however. My personal birthing person has no formal cosmetology training whatsoever. Depending on her level of medication at the time, a haircut may vary from perfectly level to downright cattywampus. She will nip an ear occasionally. She gets distracted easily. She might stop to clean out your ears, despite your

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squirming. She might rub on some foul-smelling, anti-baldness ointment that she swears isn’t Castor Oil, but you know it is. Lord help you if she finds some acne bumps that need “mashing.” It’s a fact well known by Democrats and Republicans alike that mashing acne bumps on offspring people is a favorite hobby of birthing people. Then there is the wait time. When I can finally catch Momma in the mood to cut hair, she tries to get everyone in one fell swoop. By the time I get there, Daddy—the non-birthing person—is in the barber chair in his underwear, a sight that will burn your cataracts clean out. There are two dogs on the couch waiting their turn. An impatient pigmy pig looks in through the screen door, and a sheep is trying to climb up the porch. But the advantages far outweigh the perils. Momma always has a sack full of garden-fresh groceries, homemade canned goods, and other goodies waiting for me. “I made some of that pimento cheese you like. Get you some squash and cucumbers, and don’t forget

your eggs. Oh, here, take all this candy, these cookies and this bag of sugar. You know your Daddy can’t have that mess with his diabetes.” Yeah, my birthing gal looks out for me. But the sweetest thing about letting Momma cut your hair is the conversation. Now, before you go getting all judgmental and calling it gossip, I’ll have you know that if it comes from the righteous lips of birthing folks, it’s called “keeping up with family and friends.” “Did you hear about Dewayne?” she asks, while trimming behind my ears. “What’s that fool done now?” “Growing that dope right in his Momma’s greenhouse and garden!” “No!” “Yes sir. To make matters worse, them state police tore his Momma’s flower beds all up getting that evidence out of there!” “Well, that wasn’t very nice of ‘em.” “And did you hear about Susie? Pregnant again!” “Well, Momma, the girl is legally married now, you know.” “Yeah, but three times in two years? That’s one busy heifer! Even the Good Lord rested one day a week!” Finally, what seems like hours later, you stagger away, loaded down with food, gossipy news and a Mother’s love, bits of hair all over you, the tip of one ear

still bleeding, and your hairline so cattywampus you have to talk to people with your head tilted at a 45degree angle until it all grows back. There may be neater, easier, faster and less painful ways to get a haircut, but I’ll have none of that nonsense. That’s just not how we do things in my neck of the rural South, where we do our own taxes and defend our own court cases. I started to ask Momma once, why she had all this extra food laying around, and exactly why does she buy all that candy and sweets if Pop can’t have any, but that would be like looking a birthing gift-horse in the mouth, and my birthing person didn’t raise any fools.

Michael DeWitt, Jr. is the managing editor of The Hampton County Guardian, an award-winning journalist, columnist and outdoor writer who has been published in South Carolina Wildlife, Sporting Classics, and the author of two books.

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McLeod receives grant for art therapy The McLeod Health Foundation has received a grant of $7,500 from the Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation to support the establishment of the McLeod Children’s Hospital Art Therapy Program. McLeod Children’s Hospital cares for more than 56,000 children each year. In addition to superior health care, the hospital offers a child life program, which serves to support the emotional health of pediatric patients. Leading the program is the child life specialist, who helps children and their families process and cope with medical situations through

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.

age-appropriate strategies and tactics. This grant allows McLeod Children’s Hospital to expand this program to include art therapy. Providing children with the means to create art will not only distract them from treatments and their illness, but also help them gain confidence. “With the support of the Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation we are enhancing the care we provide to our pediatric patients and continuing to develop the outstanding health care that McLeod has been a leader in for more than a century,” said McLeod Health Foundation Executive Director Jill Bramblett.

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NOTICE OF SALE Deficiency Judgment Waived IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS CASE NO.: 2018-CP-21-01303 STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF FLORENCE East Coast Financial, LLC, Plaintiff, v. Linda Myers Thomas a/k/a Linda Cochran a/k/a Linda Mack; CFNA Receivables (SC), Inc., f/k/a CitiFinancial, Inc., a South Carolina corporation; Prime Rate Premium Finance Corporation, Inc.; Big A Auto Sales, Defendants. BY VIRTUE of the decree heretofore granted in the case of: East Coast Financial, LLC, vs. Linda Myers Thomas a/k/a Linda Cochran a/k/a Linda Mack; CFNA Receivables (SC), Inc., f/k/a CitiFinancial, Inc., a South Carolina corporation; Prime Rate Premium Finance Corporation, Inc.; Big A Auto Sales, the undersigned Master in Equity for Florence County,

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South Carolina, will sell on September 7, 2021 at 11:00 am at the Florence County Judicial Center, 181 N. Irby Street, Florence, SC 29501 to the highest bidder: That certain piece, parcel of land being shown on plat prepared for Linda Meyers Thomas dated September 23, 1998 and recorded September 9, 2004 and recorded in Book 84 at page 456, and having the following metes and bounds to wit: BEGINNING at an iron pin in the southwest corner and running N. 20° 45' 00" W. for a distance of 400.00 feet to an iron pin; thence turning and running N. 69° 15' 00" E. for a distance of 108.90 feet to an iron pin; thence turning and running S. 23° 45' 00" E. for a distance of 400.00 feet to an iron pin; thence turning and running S. 69° 15' 00" W. for a distance of 108.9 feet back to the point of commencing, be all measurements a little more or less, (being one acre more or less). This being a portion of the property conveyed to Cecil E. Humphries by

deed of Haigh Porter as Special Referee dated January 6, 1996, and recorded January 10, 1996, in the office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County in Deed Book A-482 at Page 1828. Subsequently Cecil E. Humphries conveyed the subject property to Linda Myers Thomas by deed dated February 6, 1997, and recorded February 11, 1997, in Book A484 at page 2576. Property Address: 6005 North Old Georgetown Road, Coward, SC 29530 TMS No.: 00188 03 066 TERMS OF SALE: The successful bidder, other than the Plaintiff, will deposit with the Master in Equity, 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 noncompliance. Should the last and highest bidder fail to comply with the other terms of the bid within thirty (30) days, then the Master in

Equity 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 bid from date of sale to date of compliance with the bid at the rate of 4.875% per annum. The sale shall be subject to taxes and assessments, existing easements and restrictions of record. Plaintiff may waive any of its rights, including its right to a deficiency judgment, prior to sale. 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 Master in Equity's Order and Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale or such terms as may be set forth in a supplemental order. This sale is subject to all title matters of record and any interested party should consider performing an independent title examination of the subject property as no warranty is given. Neither the Plaintiff nor its counsel make representations as to the integrity of

the title or the fair market value of the property offered for sale. Prior to bidding, you may wish to review the current state law or seek the advice of a licensed South Carolina attorney. McMichael Taylor Gray, LLC January N. Taylor, SC Bar No. 80069 J. Pamela Price, SC Bar No. 14336 3550 Engineering Drive, Suite 260 Peachtree Corners, GA 30092 Telephone: (404) 474-7149 Facsimile: (404) 745-8121 Attorneys for Plaintiff (8/18, 8/25, 9/1/2021) 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: JAMES BERNARD MATTENSON JR Date of Death: 1/23/2021 Case Number: 2021ES2100933 Personal Representative: CHERYL M MATTENSON Address: 1223 BERKELEY AVENUE FLORENCE, SC 29505 (8/18, 8/25, 9/1/2021) 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: BETH FOLK HUTTO

Date of Death: 7/28/2021 Case Number: 2021ES2100930 Personal Representative: JOANNA OSWALT Address: 414 S CALHOUN DRIVE FLORENCE, SC 29501 (8/18, 8/25, 9/1/2021) 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: CARRIE MAE JONES Date of Death: 6/12/2021 Case Number: 2021ES2100912 Personal Representative: LATONIA HARLEY Address: 4652 SARDIS HIGHWAY TIMMONSVILLE, SC 29161 (8/18, 8/25, 9/1/2021) NOTICE OF SALE Pursuant to the Amended Master’s Report and Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale in the Court of Common Pleas in the case of The Conway National Bank, Plaintiff v. Joseph R. Rush, Jr., Suzanne B. Rush, and United States of America, Defendants, Civil Action No. 2021-CP-21-

00685, the undersigned will sell at public auction at the Florence County Judicial Center, 181 North Irby Street, Courtroom 3-C, City of Florence, Florence County, South Carolina, towit: 11:00 a.m., on the 7th day of September, 2021, to the highest bidder the following described property: All that certain piece, parcel or lot of land lying, being and situate in the City and County of Florence, State of South Carolina, shown and designated as Lot 76 on a plat of Pine Forest Plantation Subdivision by Lid Surveying Co., dated October 15, 1971, and recorded in Plat Book 14 at Page 91, in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County, reference being had to said plat for a more complete description. This conveyance is subject to easements, conditions and restrictions of record. Reference is made to Deed Book A144, Page 534, in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County.

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MASTER IN EQUITY’S SALE CASE NO. 2021-CP-21-00837 BY VIRTUE of a decree heretofore granted in the case of South Carolina State Housing Finance and Development Authority against Kelly L. Oates a/k/a Kelly M. Lewis et al., I, the Master in Equity for Florence County, will sell on Tuesday, September 7, 2021, 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 lot of land situate, lying

and being near the City of Florence, in the County of Florence, State of South Carolina, being known and designated as Lot 60 as shown on a plat of Westchester, Section 2, made by W.R. Banks, R.S., dated April 22, 1965 and recorded in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County in Plat Book “V” at Page 27. This being the same property conveyed to Kelly L. Oates by deed of Seth Hinson, Jr. and Ellen E. Hinson dated May 2, 2003 and recorded May 5, 2003 in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County, South Carolina in Book A738 at Page 418. TMS#: 1012-01-170 Property Address: 1428 Hobart Drive Florence, South Carolina 29501 TERMS OF SALE: The successful bidder, other than the plaintiff, will deposit with the Master in Equity 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 Master in Equity 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 5.25% per annum. The sale shall be subject to assessments, Florence County taxes, easements, easements and restrictions of record, and other senior encumbrances. s/ Benjamin E. Grimsley S.C. Bar No. 70335 D’Alberto, Graham & Grimsley, LLC Attorney for the Plaintiff P.O. Box 11682 Columbia, S.C. 29211 (803) 233-1177 bgrimsley@dalbertograham.com (8/18, 8/25, 9/1/2021) AMENDED NOTICE OF SALE Deficiency Judgment Demanded Against Defendants Motley Builders LLC and Betty Motley IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS CASE NO.: 2020-CP-21-00251 STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF FLORENCE U.S. Bank National Association as indentured trustee for Angel Oak Mortgage Trust I, LLC 2018-PB1, Plaintiff, v. Motley Builders LLC; Betty Motley, Defendant. BY VIRTUE of the decree heretofore granted in the case of: U.S. Bank National Association as indentured trustee for Angel Oak Mortgage Trust I, LLC 2018PB1 vs. Motley Builders LLC, and Betty Motley the undersigned Master in Equity for Florence County, South Carolina, will sell on September 7, 2021 at 11:00 am at the Florence County Judicial Center, located at 181 N. Irby Street, City of Florence State of South Carolina, to the highest bidder: All that certain piece, parcel or tract of land lying, being and situate in the County of Florence, State of South Carolina, being shown and designated as Lot 81, containing 0.43 acres, more or less, as shown on a map prepared for Forest Lake Shores Phase III by Nesbitt Surveying Co., Inc. dated May 8, 2007 and recorded in the Office of

the Clerk of Court for Florence County in Plat Book 91 at Page 434. Reference being had to said map for a more complete and accurate description. Being the same property conveyed to Motley Builders, LLC by deed of Forest Lake Shores, LLC, executed April 3, 2018 and recorded April 9, 2018 in Book 740, Page 1632, in the Office of the Register of Deeds for Florence County. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 2301 Gadwell Point, Florence, SC 29501 TMS#: 00101-01-673 TERMS OF SALE: The successful bidder, other than the Plaintiff, will deposit with the Master in Equity, 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 noncompliance. Should the last and highest bidder fail to comply with the other terms of the bid within thirty (30) days, then the Master in Equity may re-sell the property on the same terms and conditions on some subsequent Sales Day (at the risk of the said highest bidder).There is a personal or deficiency judgment being demanded, the bidding shall remain open after the date of sale for a period of 30 days. Purchaser to pay for documentary stamps on 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 12.00% per annum. The sale shall be subject to taxes and assessments, existing easements and restrictions of record. Plaintiff may waive any of its rights, including its right to a deficiency judgment, prior to sale. 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 Master in Equity's Order and Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale or such terms as may be set forth in a supplemental order.

This sale is subject to all title matters of record and any interested party should consider performing an independent title examination of the subject property as no warranty is given. Neither the Plaintiff nor its counsel make representations as to the integrity of the title or the fair market value of the property offered for sale. Prior to bidding, you may wish to review the current state law or seek the advice of a licensed South Carolina attorney. McMichael Taylor Gray, LLC J. Pamela Price, SC Bar No. 14336 3550 Engineering Drive, Suite 260 Peachtree Corners, GA 30092 Telephone: (404) 474-7149 Facsimile: (404) 745-8121 Attorneys for Plaintiff AND IT IS SO ORDERED. (8/18, 8/25, 9/1/2021) NOTICE OF SALE IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS CASE NO. 2021-CP-21-00756 STATE OF SOUTH COUNTY COUNTY OF FLORENCE First-Citizens Bank & Trust Company Plaintiff, -vs- Barbara Alston aka Barbara A. Alston aka Barbara Ann Alston aka Barbara Anne Alston, LaQuoria Holmes aka LaQuoisa Holmes and Custom Finance, Defendant(s) BY VIRTUE of a judgment heretofore granted in the case of First-Citizens Bank & Trust Company vs. Barbara Alston aka Barbara A. Alston aka Barbara Ann Alston aka Barbara Anne Alston, LaQuoria Holmes aka LaQuoisa Holmes and Custom Finance, I, Haigh Porter Master in Equity for Florence County , will sell on September 7, 2021, at 11:00 am, at the Florence County Judicial Center, 181 N. Irby Street, Courtroom 3C, Florence, South Carolina 29501, to the highest bidder: All those certain lots or parcels of land lying, being and situate in the Timmonsville Section of Florence County, State of South Carolina, designated as Lots 18 and 21 as shown on a map thereof made by J.L. Wilkes dated October 1, 1918, recorded in Plat Book “B” at page

109, office of Clerk of Court for Florence county excepted from this deed is a lot of heretofore conveyed to Mayretha P. Benjamin as above set forth; referencing being had to said plat for a more complete and accurate description. This being the same property conveyed to mortgagors by Deed of Distribution from the Estate of Viola A. Garner dated November 4, 2014 and recorded in the office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County on November 6, 2014 in Book B547 at page 1349. TMS #: 00017-04-100 123 Fifth Street, Timmonsville, SC 29161 SUBJECT TO FLORENCE COUNTY TAXES TERMS OF SALE: The successful bidder, other than the Plaintiff, will deposit with the Master in Equity 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 Master in Equity may resell the property on the same terms and conditions on some subsequent Sales Day (at the risk of the former highest bidder). Should the Plaintiff, or one of its representatives, fail to be present at the time of sale, the property is automatically withdrawn from said sale and sold at the next available sales day upon the terms and conditions as set forth in the Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale or any Supplemental Order. 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. NOTICE: The foreclosure deed is not a warranty deed. Interested bidders should satisfy themselves as to the quality of title to be conveyed by obtaining an independent title search well before the foreclosure sale date. NOTICE: ANYONE THAT ATTENDS WILL BE EXPECTED TO SOCIALLY DISTANCE. 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 3.580% per annum. Haigh Porter Master in Equity for Florence County Theodore von Keller, Esquire B. Lindsay Crawford, III, Esquire B. Lindsay Crawford, IV, Esquire Christopher B. Lusk, Esquire Columbia, South Carolina Attorney for Plaintiff Email: court@crawfordvk.com (8/18, 8/25, 9/1/2021) NOTICE OF SALE BY VIRTUE of a decree heretofore granted in the case of: Reverse Mortgage Funding LLC vs. Lloyd George McLeod, Jr. a/k/a George McLeod; Lisa McLeod-Simmons; Karen Jones, Any Heirs-at-Law or Devisees of the Estate of Linda Mcleod, Deceased, his heirs or devisees, successors and assigns, and all other persons entitled to claim through him; 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; United States of America Acting through Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, C/A No. 2020CP2101408. The following property will be sold on September 7, 2021 at 11:00 am at the Florence County Courthouse to the highest bidder. All that certain parcel of land situated in the County of Florence, State of South Carolina, being known and designated as follows: All that piece, parcel or lot of land situated and being in the County of Florence, State of South Carolina, in a subdivision known as Sandhurst, and the instant lot is designated as Lot number 22, in Block "K", on a plat of

Sandhurst, said plat is made by Willard C. Byrd and Associates. Landscape Architects, and Ervin Engineering Company, Chem.'s, on November 3, 1960, and recorded in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County in Plat Book "G", at Page 38; and the said lot measures 100 feet front on the east side of Sandhurst Drive and is 150 feet in depth. This property is conveyed subject to an easement held by Florence Developers, Inc., said easement being 1O feet wide along the northern line of this lot, for storm drainage purposes, said easement being dated November 2, 1964, and recorded in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Florence County in Deed Book A-17, at Page 117 Being the same property as conveyed from the Estate of Lloyd G. Mcleod to Linda Spearman Mcleod, as described in Deed of Distribution, in Book A552 Page 1696, Dated 02/24/1999, Recorded 02/25/1999 in Florence County Records. Thereafter Linda Mcleod died on June 15, 2020 leaving the property to her heirs or devisees. Tax ID: 9005403-022 Property Address: 1844 E Sandhurst Drive Florence SC 29505 SUBJECT TO ASSESSMENTS, AD VALOREM TAXES, EASEMENTS AND/OR, RESTRICTIONS OF RECORD, AND OTHER SENIOR ENCUMBRANCES. TERMS OF SALE: A 5% deposit in certified funds is required. The deposit will be applied towards the purchase price unless the bidder defaults, in which case the deposit will be forfeited. If the successful bidder fails, or refuses, to make the required deposit, or comply with his bid within 30 days, then the property will be resold at his risk. No personal or deficiency judgment being demanded, 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 ELECTRONICALLY FILED - 2021 Jul 14 2:07 PM - FLORENCE - COMMON PLEAS CASE#2020CP2101408 amount of the bid from date of sale to date of compliance with the bid at the rate of 2.17%. For complete terms of sale, see Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale filed with the Florence County Clerk of Court at C/A 2020CP2101408. Notice: The foreclosure deed is not a warranty deed. Interested bidders should satisfy themselves as to the quality of title to be conveyed by obtaining and

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Wednesday, August 18, 2021 independent title search prior to the foreclosure sale date. William S. Koehler Attorney for Plaintiff 1201 Main Street, Suite 1450 Columbia, SC 29201 Phone: (803) 828-0880 Fax: (803) 828-0881 scfc@alaw.net W. Haigh Porter Master in Equity for Florence County A4733173 08/18/2021, 08/25/2021, 09/01/2021 SUMMONS (Non-Jury) IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS C.A. Number: 2021-CP-21-01262 STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF FLORENCE SPC Credit. Union, Plaintiff, vs. Teresa Renee Gainey, a/k/a Teresa Gainey, Defendant. TO THE ABOVE-NAMED DEFENDANT: You are hereby summoned and required to serve upon A. Todd Darwin, of Holcombe Bomar, P.A., Plaintiff’s attorney, whose address is 101 West Saint John Street, Suite 200, (29306), Post Office Drawer 1897, Spartanburg, South Carolina 29304, an Answer to the Complaint which is herewith served upon you, within thirty (30) days after service of the Summons upon you, exclusive of the day of service. If you fail to do so, judgment by default will be taken against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint. HOLCOMBE BOMAR, P.A. By: /s/ A. Todd Darwin A. Todd Darwin (SC Bar No. 7032) Attorneys for Plaintiff Post Office Drawer 1897 Spartanburg, SC 29304 Email: tdarwin@holcombebomar.com Phone: (864) 594-5300 June 7, 2021 Spartanburg, South Carolina (8/18, 8/25, 9/1/2021) NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE OF SALE CIVIL ACTION NO. 2019-CP-2102700 BY VIRTUE of the decree heretofore granted in the case of: U.S. Bank National Association, as successor in interest to Bank of America National Association, successor by merger to LaSalle Bank National Association, as Trustee for Ownit Mortgage Loan Trust, Mortgage Loan Asset-Backed Certificates, Series 2006-3 vs. Kevin Redden, as Co-Personal Representative for the Estate of Delores Redden; Leon McDaniel, Jr., as CoPersonal Representative for the Estate of Delores Redden; Kevin Redden; Leon McDaniel a/k/a Leon McDaniel, Jr.; Larry Redden; Antoine Redden; Elizabeth M. McDaniel; Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc.; Ownit Mortgage Solutions, Inc.; SC Housing Corp., the undersigned Master In Equity for Florence County, South Carolina, will sell on September 7, 2021 at 11:00 AM, or on another date, thereafter as approved by the Court, at the Judicial Center 181 North Irby Street, Florence, South Carolina, to the highest bidder: ALL THAT CERTAIN PIECE, PARCEL OR LOT OF LAND, WITH IMPROVEMENTS THEREON, LYING, BEING AND SITUATE IN THE COUNTY OF FLORENCE, STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA, BEING SHOWN AND DESIGNATED AS LOT 78 ON A PLAT OF WEST POINTE SUBDIVISION, PHASE I, AS SHOWN A PLAT BY NESBITT SURVEYING CO., INC. DATED SEPTEMBER 1, 2000 AND RECORDED IN THE OFFICE OF THE CLERK OF COURT FOR FLORENCE COUNTY IN PLAT BOOK 75 AT PAGE 174. REFERENCE IS HEREBY MADE TO SAID PLAT FOR TRUE METES AND BOUNDS AND A MORE COMPLETE AND ACCURATE DESCRIPTION. THIS BEING THE SAME PROPERTY CONVEYED TO DELORES REDDEN BY DEED OF CHRISTOPHER W. JOHNSON AND SOMMER N. JOHNSON

DATED JANUARY 24, 2006 AND RECORDED JANUARY 26, 2006 IN BOOK A984 AT PAGE 1452 IN THE OFFICE OF THE REGISTER OF DEEDS FOR FLORENCE COUNTY, SOUTH CAROLINA. CURRENT ADDRESS OF PROPERTY: 3798 Trotwood Drive, Florence, SC 29501 TMS: 07517-01-078 TERMS OF SALE: The successful bidder, other than the Plaintiff, will deposit with the Master In Equity, 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 in the case of non-compliance to be forfeited and first applied to the costs incurred by the Plaintiff related to the sale and the balance then applied to the Plaintiff’s debt in a manner suitable to the Plaintiff. Should the last and highest bidder fail to comply with the other terms of the bid within thirty (30) days, then the Master In Equity may re-sell the property on the same terms and conditions on some subsequent Sales Day. 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 2.32% 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. Haigh Porter Master In Equity for Florence County Brock & Scott, PLLC 3800 Fernandina Road, Suite 110 Columbia, SC 29210 Attorneys for Plaintiff Phone 803-454-3540 Fax 803-454-3541 File reference: 15-00477 (8/18, 8/25, 9/1/2021 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: WILLIAM RAYMOND MURRIE Date of Death: 6/30/2021 Case Number: 2021ES2100896 Personal Representative: JEFFERY D MURRIE Address: 308 WINSTON STREET FLORENCE, SC 29501 (8/11, 8/18, 8/25/2021)

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High schools unveil new stadiums This weekend’s high school football season openers at South Florence and Wilson will be nothing short of grand. The Bruins and Tigers will be playing in new stadiums that include some impressive state-of-the-art features. West Florence also has a new stadium to unveil, but the Knights play on the road and will have to wait one more week. This will be the first time each of the schools has had its own stadium. The schools previously shared Memorial Stadium. Ground was broken on the stadiums in September of last year. The total cost for the stadiums was $15 million, which was split nearly equally between the three schools. The stadiums will also serve as the home field for the soccer programs at each school. “We are thrilled for our students to finally have a true home stadium,” said Florence 1 Schools Superintendent Richard O’Malley. “I don’t think there is any way to put in to words what this means to our students, this district and the community.” The stadiums at South Florence and West Florence have a seating capacity of 5,000 (3,500 on home

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side, 1,500 on visitor’s side). Wilson, which has a larger fan base, has a seating capacity of 6,500 (5,000 home, 1,500 visitors). Each stadium also has reserve seating for 264. The South Florence and Wilson stadiums have a track surrounding the field as well as space for track and field events. “It’s incredibly exciting to see these stadiums become a reality,” said West Florence Head Coach Jody Jenerette. And not just for the coaches and players. These communities have waited a long, long time for this.” “This new facility is nothing short of amazing,” said an excited Wilson Head coach Rodney Mooney. The new stadiums have sparking new field houses that are adorned in schools colors and logos. The field houses include locker rooms, restrooms/showers, training room, and a

conference room with WiFi, a large screen television and a table emblazoned with the school logo. NFL linebacker and Wilson High alumnus Lawrence Timmons donated $500,000 to the construction of the field house that bears his name. Each stadium is also equipped with a state-of-the-art scoreboard and sound systems that are controlled from the press box, as are the game and play clocks. The game and play clocks can also be controlled by a referee on the field, if needed. Referees will also have the options of wearing mics and speaking over the public address system There are two features that will immediately catch the eyes of fans as they enter the stadium – the field and the lighting. Both are the first of their kind in the state. The fields feature a multi-layered artificial turf that is player friendly. The top layer is a synthetic grass that’s 2¼ inches tall. There’s an inch and a half of infill that is made of coconut husks and treated pine tree bark. One of the biggest advantages that come with the

Following are the Florence One schools rules and regulations for attending high school football games. Before and during the game; • All spectators must go through a security screening upon entry. Arrive early and prepare for long lines for entry. • Spectators will be screened by a metal detector/wand. • Masks are recommended but not required. • If you feel sick or have a fever, please stay home. • If you have tested positive for COVID-19 recently or are showing COVID-19 symptoms, please stay home. •F1S Clear Bag Policy is in effect.

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South Florence Bluffton at South Florence Friday, 7 p.m. South Florence: The Bruins finished at 2-6 overall, 1-5 in Region 6-4A in the shortened 2020 season. They will take the field Friday in their new stadium under the direction of first year head coach Drew Marlow. Bluffton: The Bobcats are coming off a 2020 season in which they were 3-7 overall and 0-6 in Region 7 4-A. They are on a six-game losing streak. The Bobcats are led by third year head coach John Houpt.

SCHEDULE Aug. 20

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Sept. 10

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Oct. 1

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Oct. 8

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Oct. 15

HARTSVILLE

Oct. 22

MYRTLE BEACH

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West Florence West Florence at Lexington Friday, 7 p.m. West Florence: The Knights finished 5-4 overall and 4-2 in region play in 2020. They lost to Bluffton in the first round of the state playoffs. Head coach Jody Jenerette begins his third season at the helm for the Knights. Lexington: The Wildcats are coming off a sub-par campaign in 2020 in which they finished 1-7 overall and 1-3 in region action. Lexington has lost its last seven ball games.

SCHEDULE Friday ...................... @ Lexington Aug. 27 ........................ CONWAY Sept. 3 ........ CAROLINA FOREST Sept. 10 .................... LAKE CITY Sept. 17 ........................ @ Wilson Sept. 24 .................... @ Hartsville Oct. 1................ MYRTLE BEACH Oct. 15 ........................... NORTH MYRTLE BEACH Oct. 22 ................... @ Darlington Oct. 29 ........ SOUTH FLORENCE

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turf is that its temperature will climb only seven degrees hotter than the surrounding air. Previous turfs made with a rubber infill get as much as 40 degrees hotter. All three coaches – Jenrette, Mooney and Drew Marlow at South Florence,

agreed that the new field should reduce injuries. Each stadium also features LED lighting that is the first of its kind in the state. Spectators will immediately notice fewer light towers but greater visibility. “These facilities are very

impressive and other programs will take notice when they visit,” said Marlowe. “I can’t say enough about Florence One leadership and their commitment to these students and the communities.”

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Wilson Hilton Head at Wilson Saturday, 7 p.m. Wilson: The Tigers will christen their new $5 million stadium and begin a new era under Head Coach Rodney Mooney. Wilson finished 3-5, 3-3 in Region 6-4A last season and missed the playoffs. The Tigers will honor members of Wilson’s 2007 state championship team during Saturday’s game. Hilton Head: The Seahawks finished the shortened 2020 season at 3-1 overall and 3-1 in region play. Coach B.J. Payne is in his 10th season at Hilton Head.

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Oct. 1........... @ N. Myrtle Beach Oct. 8 ......... SOUTH FLORENCE Oct. 15 ............ @ Myrtle Beach Oct. 22 .................. @ Hartsville

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• Spectators will not be allowed to re-enter the stadium after exiting. • Individuals will not be allowed to congregate in the parking lot, stadium entrance area, sidewalk areas, and stadium stairway areas. • Spectators are not allowed to jump any fencing. • No bookbags, drawstring bags, diaper bags, cooler bags, and similar bags • Weapons are forbidden. • No alcohol or outside food or drink permitted. • No tobacco vapes, e-cigarettes, drugs • No air horns or fireworks • Once the game is over, please depart the stadium.

• Spectators will not be allowed on the field. • Please place any trash in a nearby trash can. • Students should be picked up promptly. • Students and spectators are not permitted to congregate in the stadium, parking lot, or school campus after the conclusion of the game. Clear Bag Policy Approved Bags • Clear plastic or vinyl bags that do not exceed 12” x 6” x 12” • One-gallon clear plastic freezer bag • Small clutch bags no larger than 4.5” x 6.5” –

approximately the size of a hand, with or without a handle or strap • Medically necessary items (after proper inspection at the gate) •. Diaper bags (with an infant/toddler – after proper inspection) Prohibited bags • Purses larger than a clutch bag • Briefcases • Backpacks • Fanny packs • Cinch/drawstring bags • Luggage of any kind • Computer bags/camera bags • Coolers


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FDTC chooses Ford

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New president will assume duties Oct. 4.

New stadiums to be unveiled on Friday Florence One’s three high school football teams will play in new state-of-the-art stadiums this season. Two of those teams, South Florence and Wilson, are scheduled to play at home Friday. . . . . . Page 1B

New Florence-Darlington Technical College President Dr. Jermaine Ford brings with him a unique skill set based on his 26 years of experience between the private sector and higher education.

The Florence-Darlington Technical College Area Commission has selected Dr. Jermaine Ford to serve as the college’s fifth president. Ford will assume his new office on Oct. 4. The decision was made after a nationwide search to fill the position vacated by the Interim President Edward Bethea. “On behalf of our Area

Commissioners, we are very excited to welcome Dr. Jermaine Ford as our next President,” said FDTC Area Commission chairman Paul Seward. “Dr Ford has worked his way up the ranks through extensive education and work experience to prepare himself for this next chapter in his life. He brings a unique skill set based on his 26 years of experience between the private sector and higher education. Dr Ford brings a high energy and collaborative leadership style that was on full display during the interview process. We look forward to supporting

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FMU to host vaccination clinics Francis Marion University will host multiple vaccination clinics this fall, starting with residential move-in, during the first week of classes, and bi-weekly for the duration of fall semester. . . . . . Page 3A Deaths . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Opinion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Classifieds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pets of the Week . . . . . . . . .

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Roger Shrum, vice president of investor relations and corporate affairs at Sonoco, and, Sonoco Tax Director Roger Buckley, right, present a commemorative check for $18,195 to United Way of Florence County President Cameron Packett.

Sonoco donates $18,195 NAME: Zach Frazier HOMETOWN: Florence. FAMILY: Wife, Allison, and stepsons Josh, Zachy. OCCUPATION: Behavior Intervention Assistant at Greenwood Elementary School. OTHER INTERESTS: He also serves as the junior varsity offensive coordinator and varsity offensive line coach for the Trinity Collegiate School football teams. GROWING UP: He spent a large part of his youth living in Honolulu, Hawaii.

United Way of Florence County has received a donation of $18,195 from Sonoco Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Hartsvillebased Sonoco Products Co. Roger Shrum, vice president of investor relations and corporate affairs at Sonoco, said the company’s gift reflects both its ongoing commitment to improving the quality of life in the communities where it serves and its belief that United Way is an effective channel for those efforts.

“Sonoco is a longtime supporter of United Way because we understand the value that the organization brings to the community,” Shrum said. “We know that United Way works diligently to stay attuned to the community’s needs, so when we give, we know that resources will be supplied where they are needed most.” Cameron Packett, president of United Way of Florence County, said the company’s donation will provide important support for the organization’s 22 partner agen-

cies, which offer programs and services impacting health, education, financial stability, youth development, emergency support and special services across Florence County. “It has always been clear that Sonoco takes its corporate citizenship seriously, and we are grateful for its generous support of United Way’s work in Florence County,” said Packett. “This contribution and others like it help us change lives for the better in our community.” The Sonoco Founda-

tion donates millions each year to nonprofit organizations across the globe. The company’s employees also contribute time, funds and talents to a multitude of worthy causes, including volunteering, serving on boards, raising funds and participating in other civic-oriented projects. If you or your organization are interested in supporting United Way of Florence County, please reach out to Joe Craig at jcraig@uwflorence.org or (843) 6622407.

him as a board and moving forward with new strategic objectives that will allow FDTC to serve the Pee Dee Region. The commission would like to thank Mr. Ed Bethea for his service to FDTC during this period of transition." “I am honored to serve as the next President for Florence-Darlington Technical College,” said Dr. Ford. “As a first-generation college student and advocate of underserved populations, this is a dream come true. I have dedicated my career to transSee FDTC, Page 3A

McLeod expands COVID-19 antibody treatment In partnership with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, McLeod Health announced today that it has expanded access to COVID-19 monoclonal antibody treatment at multiple locations. For people who are at high risk for developing severe COVID-19 illness and have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, this promising treatment has been shown to help prevent progression of the disease that might otherwise require hospitalization. With the rapid spread of the Delta variant and only 45 percent of the population fully vaccinated for the coronavirus, the state of South Carolina is in the midst of a major surge in COVID-19 cases. As of Aug. 9, the state is averaging more than 2,500 cases per day over the past week, up from roughly 200 cases per day a month ago. In response to the growing need for medical care in the region, beginning today, McLeod Health will be offering expanded access to the infusion for eligible patients at four locations—McLeod Regional Medical Center, McLeod Health Clarendon, McLeod Health Seacoast, and McLeod Health Loris. To confirm eligibility for the treatment, receive a referral, and book an appointment, patients should go online at www.McLeodCovid.org or contact the McLeod Health COVID Call Center at (843) 777-2919 for more information. A copy of the patient’s positive test See MCLEOD, Page 3A

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