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Schools enforce mask mandates Florence One, FMU, FDTC all requiring face coverings to be worn

Festival gets new location, extended to all weekend This year’s Grateful Dog Festival , which begins Friday and runs through Sunday, has moved from its past location at Southern Hops Brewery to the fittingly named Sugar Magnolia Ranch in Timmonsville. It has also expanded from a one-day event to an allweekend event. . . . . . . . . . . Page 1B

The leadership of Florence One Schools, Florence-Darlington Technical College, and Francis Marion University all announced updated regulations in the wearing of face coverings last week. The decisions were made in response to rising cases of the COVID-19 Delta variant across the Pee Dee region. At its regular meeting on Thursday, the Florence One Schools

Board of Trustees voted unanimously to approve a 60-day indoor mask mandate. Florence One Schools Superintendent, Richard O'Malley said that the mandate is similar to the one enforced by the district last year. He explained the mandate would not apply to eating in the cafeteria or outdoor activities. He stated the board could revisit the mandate at its October meeting.

The measure passed by the board includes a provision that no state funds be used to enforce the mandate. On Wednesday, Florence-Darlington Technical College announced its mask mandate. “Effective immediately, Florence-Darlington Technical College will implement a mask mandate for all employees, students and visitors,” stated the announcement

DOWNTOWN RENOVATIONS PROGRESSING

Day of Caring set for Sept. 17 The United Way of Florence County has set the date of Friday, Sept.17 for its Day of Caring . . . . . Page 3A

Lighthouse Ministries will hold its annual Good Neighbor Gala Thursday, Sept. 9 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Florence Country Club. . . . Page 5A

Middle School gets new football program

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NAME: Amaninder Dhaliwal HOMETOWN: A native of India. FAMILY: He and his wife, Ragini, are parents of a daughter, Banee. OCCUPATION: Gastroenterologist and advanced endoscopist with McLeod Regional Medical Center.

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Transfer program receives approval Florence-Darlington Technical College now offers a transfer option for business, network systems management graduates to FMU.

Ministry plans Good Neighbor Gala

Adding to the excitement of the newly constructed stadiums at F1S high schools is a new middle school football program . . . . . . . . Page 4B

from Interim President Ed Bethea. “Regardless of Covid-19 vaccination status, masks will be required indoors, except in private offices or when eating and drinking.” Also on Wednesday, Francis Marion University officials announced on Aug. 18 that the university is requiring that masks coverings be worn by everyone

Renovations on the downtown Carolina Theater and Florence Pharmacy are taking shape with the completion of the final design. The design includes a multi-use venue in the Carolina Theater space accompanied by a restaurant in the Florence Pharmacy space. Construction is expected to begin towards the end of this year. It will take approximately 12-16 months to complete.

Hill Creek’s Rogers recognized as 2021 S.C. Cattleman of the Year

S.C. Cattleman’s Association President Roscoe Kyle, right, presents John Rogers with a plaque recognizing him as the 2021 Cattleman of the Year.

John Rogers, owner and operator of Hill Creek Farms in Hartsville was named the S.C. Cattleman’s Association Cattleman of the Year during the organization’s recent annual membership meeting in Clemson. Hill Creek Farms has been in operation since 2002, producing grass-fed and grass-finished beef. Its products are sold under the Hill Creek Farms Grass Fed Beef Brand. Its USDA-inspected beef has no added hormones and is antibiotic free. Although he has been raising grass-fed beef for 18 years, being a cattleman was not always Rogers’ plan. He grew up on a dairy farm, and his job was to take care of the calves. Even after his family quit the

dairy business when he was 12, they still had a family milk cow that was milked twice a day. “I said I didn’t even want to see a cow after that,” said Rogers. “I guess I couldn’t stay away from them forever.” In 1975, Rogers started farming row crops with his brother. They also raised conventional beef cows from 1991 to 1998. At the end of 2002, he got out of row crops and started with cows again in 2003. “I read an article in the Progressive Farmer magazine about a Georgia farmer raising grass-fed beef,” said Rogers. “I had been doing it the commercial way, but I liked what I saw about how the See ROGERS, Page 2A

The articulation agreement between Florence-Darlington Technical College (FDTC) and Francis Marion University (FMU) now includes FDTC’s Business and Network Systems Management (NSM) students. FDTC students who earn an Associate in Applied Sciences through the Marketing, Management and NSM programs will have an opportunity to transfer directly into the School of Business at FMU. “The Business and Computer Technologies Department is excited that our students will have the opportunity to further their education and increase their earning potential. They can apply their Associate’s degree toward a Bachelor’s degree at Francis Marion University,” said Pete Gioldasis, FDTC Department Chair of Business and Computer Technologies. “After graduation from FlorenceDarlington Technical College, not only will our students be employable, but they will be able to obtain their Bachelor’s degrees at Francis Marion University in only two years.” The students will enter the bridge program at FMU as juniors as they study to earn a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree. See TRANSFER, Page 2A


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Russell Barrett Anderson Sr., 63, passed away Aug. 20. Layton Anderson Funeral Home.

This opportunity will help FDTC students save money as they advance through their higher education journey. The two institutions have worked together for years, but this is the first time that there has been an articulation agreement for the Business and NSM programs. “We have always had a great relationship with Florence-Darlington Technical College and we look forward to working with them to fulfill our mission of providing more education opportunities for the men and women of South Carolina,” said Dr. Hari Rajagopalan, Dean of the School of Business at FMU. FMU’s Business School has a long tradition of placing their graduates in the workforce and is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). FDTC students participating in the bridge program must earn at least 25% of the required semester hours at FMU, and no more than 76 credit hours can transfer to FMU.

David Marvin Arnold, 75, passed away Aug. 18. Belk Funeral Home. Christopher “Chris” Ward Avin, 53,passed away Aug. 16. Cain-Calcutt Funeral Home. Philip John Baiers, 68, passed away Aug. 14. CainCalcutt Funeral Home. Rufus C. Boan, 84, passed away Aug. 12. KistlerHardee Funeral Home. Michael Cain, 61, passed away Aug. 5. Ideal Funeral Home. Christine Clark, 68, passed away Aug. 14. Ideal Funeral Home. Charles Sidney Dalrymple Jr., 61, passed away Aug. 18. Stoudenmire-Dowling Funeral Home. William Dimler. 37, passed away Aug. 18. Ideal Funeral Home. Richard Dana Doyle, 57, passed away Aug. 15. Cain-Calcutt Funeral Home. Helen Jane Knotts Gaymon, 79, passed away Aug. 17. Layton Anderson Funeral Home. Jerry Donald Hayes, 80, passed away Aug. 20. Cain-Calcutt Funeral Home. June M. Johnson, 80, passed away Aug. 18. Layton Anderson Funeral Home. Terry Sue Ledford, 66, passed away Aug. 17. CainCalcutt Funeral Home. Donald Leroy Mains Jr., 56, passed away Aug. 15. Cain-Calcutt Funeral Home. Briar Hudson McDuffie, infant, passed away Aug. 20. Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home.

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Angela Christine Nuss, 51, passed away Aug. 14. Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home.

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Carolyn Gainey Odom, 73, passed away Aug. 15. Belk Funeral Home.

– vaccinated and unvaccinated – in indoor, public areas. “This policy applies to all campus facilities and includes classrooms, hallways, laboratories, the library, and other communal spaces,” stated the announcement. “Masks are not required in private offices or work spaces, individual residence rooms, or while eating or drinking in the various dining venues across campus.” FMU President Fred Carter notified university faculty and staff of the revised procedures in an email following a decision from the South Carolina Supreme Court regarding masking and institutions of higher education. New and returning students were informed of the revision via an email from the Dean of Students.

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James Allen “Al” Powers, 78, passed away Aug. 20. Layton Anderson Funeral Home. Henry Thad White, 82, passed away Aug. 20. CainCalcutt Funeral Home. Henry Williams Jr., 76, passed away Aug. 17. Ideal Funeral Home.

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animals were raised and the meat they produced.” After selling his first grass-fed beef to a woman in Hartsville, Rogers started selling to restaurants and at farmers markets through Ovis Hill Farm in Timmonsville. Now he sells through Maypop Farm, which took over for Ovis Hill, Florence and Myrtle Beach. Rogers recently increased his focus on selling directly to consumers. He has increased his presence on Facebook and Instagram in order to reach more people.

“It’s been great to build relationships with customers and learn more about what kind of product they want,” said Rogers. “Most of our customers are health conscious and looking for something they can’t find in the grocery store. We get folks with allergies to things like corn who can’t eat conventional beef but can eat grassfed beef. Also, some people want the superior taste. It’s rewarding when the customers tell me it’s the best meat they’ve ever eaten.” Although he does a lot himself, Rogers has a team of hard workers

who help him. Rogers’ wife, Lynn, has done everything from baling hay to picking up parts and supplies. He said Rebecca Cantey has worked parttime for almost ten years helping with tasks, including bookkeeping and selling meat. Also, his daughter Laurie Truett, has helped at the farm since 2002. She started working full time in March. David Nichols also helps around the farm part time. “I used to try to do it by myself, but I realized I couldn’t, so they have been a big help,” said Rogers. “The hard work and long hours can take

their toll, but there are also rewards for the life of a farmer. It’s not easy. It’s seven days a week. I don’t get many vacations or days off. I’m not looking for sympathy, because it’s what I decided to do, but it’s good for folks to remember what it takes. It’s worth it, though, because I’m able to feel like I’m doing a good job and treating the cows like they’re supposed to be treated." For additional information, visit www.sccattlemen.wildapricot.org/ SC-Cattlemens-Foundation, or www. hillcreekgrassfedbeef.com.

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The McLeod Nursing Academy is a ten-day event, targeting 10th through 12th grade high school students from across the Pee Dee Region interested in a career in nursing.

25 graduate from McLeod Nursing Academy A graduation ceremony was recently held for the two-week 2021 McLeod Health Nursing Academy. “Every person you came in contact with during your time here at McLeod Health has taken a vested interest in your future,” said Matthew Peake, McLeod Health careers program coordinator and guest speaker. “They will be glad to serve as a resource for you on your journey into your career in health care.” Twenty-five students were selected from Chesterfield, Darlington, Florence, Horry, Sumter and Williamsburg Counties to participate in the 2021 McLeod Health Nursing Academy. The academy was a ten-day event, targeting 10th through 12th grade

high school students interested in a career in nursing. During the event, students learned about important nursing concepts and morals, how to perform clinical labs such as ventilation and manual vitals; and spent time observing nurses on the floor at McLeod Regional Medical Center. Time was also devoted to career and educational pathway planning, CPR and first aid certification, and the running of a mock code to put the skills they learned to a test. Lani and Lexi Lewis from Horry County are looking forward to participating in clinical rotations at McLeod Health Loris and McLeod Health Seacoast this Fall as part of their clinical studies in high school for their CNA

certification. Both Lani and Lexi saw the Nursing Academy as an opportunity to see real life experiences in health care. JoAnna Moran from Cheraw was encouraged by her teacher to participate in the academy. Moran has already achieved her Certified Nursing Assistant certification through her high school and plans on pursuing her nursing degree. Her favorite class was on intubation. Intubation requires pursuit of an advanced level degree in nursing which is certainly a possibility for this ambitious student. The McLeod Health Nursing Academy was funded by a grant through the McLeod Health Foundation with support by AHEC.

United Way Day of Caring scheduled for Sept. 17 The United Way of Florence County is set to host its 30th annual Day of Caring on Friday, Sept.17. The Day of Caring creates opportunities for individuals, companies, organizations, etc. to make a difference right here in our community by completing projects such as painting, yard work, construction, etc. for United Way partner agencies. Last year, more than 30 companies participated in works of volunteerism across our county to help complete more than 60 projects. This year, there are more than 85 projects ready to be completed. “This day gives us an

opportunity to have projects completed that we just don’t have the expertise or funds to complete,” said Cecilia Meggs, executive director of Lighthouse Ministries. “The United Way Day of Caring allows us to maximize direct help to those who need us most and affords us the opportunity to continue providing services to families who are struggling to meet their basic needs.” Day of Caring isn’t just a benefit for United Way partner agencies. Day of Caring offers a team building opportunity for groups who come together to volunteer. Studies show that volunteering as a group

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The McLeod Health Foundation has received two grants from The Duke Endowment totaling $545,252 to increase access to care for individuals experiencing long-term health effects from COVID-19 as well as COVID-19 vaccinations. These grants support the mission of McLeod Health, which is to improve the overall health and well-being of people living within South Carolina and eastern North Carolina by providing excellence in health care. The foundation received $170,252 from The Duke Endowment to increase access to care for individuals experiencing long-term health effects from COVID-19. The challenges COVID19 patients face are amplified in rural America, where access to care is historically inadequate, and economic and racial disparities are prevalent. These difficulties are especially apparent when COVID-19 patients suffer from chronic health conditions – which are more prevalent in rural areas and more apt to go undertreated because of limited access to healthcare. As a result, the McLeod Health Clarendon COVID-19 Post-Acute Clinic was established to enhance access and care for recently discharged patients. It provides the necessary link between hospitalization and eventual re-establishment into the primary care setting. The PAC serves as a critical link for patients who, due to their rural and economic status, have historically had limited access to any health care delivery system. It provides access to specialists needed to address the patient’s specific concerns via telehealth technology. Patients also have access to an array of testing crucial to monitoring the after-effects of COVID-19 (namely MRI, CT scans, blood gases and nuclear medicine). Once the patient’s condition is determined stable, patients will be reconnected to their family medicine physician. The foundation received $375,000 to increase access to COVID-19 vaccinations through a partnership with the Northeastern Rural Health Network. In order to loosen the pandemic’s grip on this region, McLeod Health remains ded-

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icated to a targeted outreach effort into priority communities to build trust in the vaccine as well as increase access and remove barriers to receiving the vaccine. McLeod Health will partner with NHRN to reach minority communities in Chesterfield, Marlboro and Dillon Counties by educating leaders and members of African American churches in their service area on the safety and benefits of the vaccine. McLeod Health will also partner with NRHN to establish vaccine distribution sites at these rural African American churches. Setting up vaccine sites at churches will be especially advantageous in this region’s remote, impoverished communities where residents may find traveling to McLeod Health hospitals difficult. In addition, McLeod Health will utilize data analysis and hyper-targeted

patient outreach to reach minority communities throughout the remainder of the Pee Dee region. To direct this vaccine outreach, a data scientist dedicated to this project will identify minority patients from the most vulnerable, hardest-to-reach communities. This funding will also provide travel vouchers to make trips to vaccine sites more feasible. Patients with incomes at or below 200 percent of the poverty level will be eligible for this assistance. “We are fortunate to have the support of The Duke Endowment to greatly enhance the care our COVID-19 patients receive,” said Jill Bramblett, Executive Director of the McLeod Health Foundation. “With their help, we will continue to make a significant difference in the lives of patients affected by this illness as well as increase access to the COVID-19 vaccine.

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A cute little pony tale I’d like to share with you, albeit a little belatedly, a cute little story about a runaway pony. It came to the office by way of a letter written by a young lady from Hartsville named Angeline Watford. She wrote the letter several weeks ago, but it somehow ended up in our Chesterfield office. I only received it last Wednesday. Angeline and I hope it gives you a chuckle. “On the afternoon of July 4, my son and I were headed to a cookout at my brother and sister-in-law’s home. As we were leaving our neighborhood we ran into an unusual sight. There was a beautiful pony running in the road ahead of us. We were afraid he’d make it to the main highway, so we called 911. We were told to remain in our car. “As we waited for the rescue team, my son sud-

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denly got out of the car. The pony began to run him around the car and up and down the road. I hate to admit it, but it was funny to watch. After all, the dispatcher had advised us to stay in our car. “About this time a lady and her husband drove up. They knew the owners of the pony. Now I don’t know a lot about horses, and I certainly didn’t know that ponies could be so aggressive and angry. I guess it’s a good thing my son Bobby can run faster than a pony. As for me, I can drive my car faster. “The lady who stopped got out of her car and

grabbed the pony by its harness. The pony tried to bite her several times and she kept slapping it in the head every time it tried to bite her. It then rose up on its hind legs and began to box her with its front hooves. Again, I hate to admit it, but this was a funny sight to behold. “When the police finally arrived, he let us know he was familiar with horses. What he did not know was that this was no sweet little pony. When he reached for the pony, it bit this big and strong officer. I looked the officer in the face and laughingly asked him if he had brought his handcuffs because he had just been assaulted. He began to laugh as well. “The pony was eventually tethered to a post away from the road until the owner could be located. This officer did a splendid job and we

Editor’s Note: Tammy Davis, her teenage daughter, Laura, and Laura’s best friend, Lyndsay, recently set out on a trip of a lifetime to Iceland. This is part one of a four part series on their Iceland adventure. In Kerry Egan’s new book, Fumbling, she says pilgrimages start the moment you pull the front door shut behind you. I’m the worst packer in the world, so it wasn’t easy getting out the door for our big adventure to Iceland, but we finally did it, with five minutes to spare. Thank goodness my daughter keeps me on track. For years, I wanted to be the representative for my school’s Country of Study Program. In December 2015, I won the trip to New Zealand, but that was not the best year for me to travel. The alternate was one of my best friends which made it easier to give up that opportunity. The next year, the country of study was Morocco. I really wanted to put my name in the hat for that trip. I wanted to plan an additional stop to Portugal to see Prince Henry’s School of Navigation, but my daughter had hesitations, so I passed. The next year’s country, Japan, didn’t appeal to me, but when Iceland came up, I wanted it. I really, really wanted it. According to my school’s Country of Study protocol, you get an “entry” for every year you’ve taught full time at Hammond, so I thought my odds were pretty good.

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I teach a tiny little bit about the Vikings as part of my Age of Exploration unit, but this trip to Iceland would take that lesson to a whole new level. All my fifth graders knew how much I wanted to win. One of the James girls (Lily, I think) had me rub her lucky necklace, and many of my sweet kiddos brought in their good luck charms on the day of the drawing. They crossed their fingers, and said their prayers, and when my name was called, they all cheered. The entire school was in the gym for the tree lighting ceremony when they made the announcement. I scanned the high school section, looking for my daughter. My Laura is not the emotional type, but we both teared up a little bit when we made eye contact. It seemed almost too good to be true. We were going to Iceland. The first decision we made was to accept the opportunity. The second was to invite her very best friend, Lyndsay. Much like the Arctic Circle, which part of Iceland sits in, we were all on top of the world. The drawing happened in December 2019. I got the funding in January 2020 and started planning the minute the check hit. About the time I

put the finishing touches on my itinerary, COVID-19 hit. I held out hope until the very end. Unplanning a trip is just not much fun at all. I held my breath about Iceland for 2021. Finally, I got the word. I had Hammond’s blessing for summer 2021. We were going to Iceland. My daughter, her best friend, and I were going on a very big adventure. The concept behind Country of Study is simple. Hammond School sends three teachers to that year’s country of study, one from the upper, middle and lower school. The job is simple learn as much as possible about that country and come home and share that knowledge. Lots of teachers let a travel agent handle all the details, but since Iceland is one of the most expensive places in the world, I decided to plan the trip myself. There were many, many times I regretted my decision, but the hours spent planning the trip meant I learned a lot about the island nation before I even set foot on the soil. Through all the planning and unplanning and planning again, I already feel like I have become a bit of an expert on Iceland. But now I get to experience it for myself. I know a pilgrimage is some type of spiritual or religious journey, but aren’t all the trips of our life some type of pilgrimage? I’m traveling with my daughter and her best friend who are about to be

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should all appreciate our great Darlington County Sheriff’s Office and Hartsville City Police. These deputies and police officers deserve a great deal of respect. “Hopefully all of us will learn to laugh a little more and learn to love and respect one another and not hate. We are all children of the Lord and we are all created equal. We have to work together to make our life better. Together we can again find happiness and not have to live in fear of one another. This will probably be our greatest way of survival during this time of turmoil in the USA.” Well stated, Angeline, and thanks for sharing.

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seniors in high school. While we are not traveling to the Holy Land or to see any famous cathedrals, I have a feeling this entire trip will be a pilgrimage of sorts for all three of us. We will be experiencing God’s grandeur. We will re-set and re-charge and reflect before their last year at Hammond begins. We will enjoy precious moments together before a senior year that will fly by. The inevitable departure to college will be here before we know it. It’s been a long time coming, but when the big day finally came, we said goodbye to the cat and I put my dog's ashes on my bedside table. We adjusted the thermostat. We set the security system. We closed the front door, and our pilgrimage began. I think it’s going to be a good one. Wish us gangi þér vel.

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Research Authority funds industrial, workforce research at Francis Marion Francis Marion University will be participating in a $3.3 million initiative funded by the South Carolina Research Authority to spur research projects that address key challenges facing the state’s industrial base. The SCRA funding is being matched by the academic institutions and industry partners, bringing the total amount of the projects to over $6.7 million. The SCRA-Academia Collaboration Team program, which connects industry with multi-institutional academic teams to foster engagement and advance technologies that will lead to the creation of South Carolina-based jobs, will facilitate the funding of the projects through the SCRA. Francis Marion University

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is the recipient of $305,000 that will fund research aimed at improving workforce readiness and capabilities throughout the state. The three-year grant will see FMU partner with The Citadel, and local industrial leaders such as G.E. Healthcare, Bicycle Corporation of America, IFA Rotorion and others. Dr. Rahul Renu, the coordinator of FMU’s Mechanical Engineering program and an associate professor of Mechanical Engineering, will oversee Francis Marion’s involvement with the program. Renu says the initiative presents not just a great opportunity for the students of Francis Marion University, but for the entire Pee Dee region as well.

The three-year grant will see FMU partner with The Citadel, and local industrial leaders such as G.E. Healthcare, Bicycle Corporation of America, IFA Rotorion and others. “The project’s goal is to enhance the employability and retention of manufacturing workers by using digital manufacturing technologies. This aligns perfectly with FMU’s mission of bettering the lives of the citizens of the Pee Dee. FMU engineering students will also gain valuable experiences that will poise them well for a career in industry and for graduate school. We are very thankful for the collaboration and funding from SCRA.” Other institutions partnering through the initiative include Clemson University,

Greenville Technical College, Midlands Technical College, the Medical University of South Carolina, the University of South Carolina and Trident Technical College. “We are fortunate to have high-quality research and development being conducted at our state’s colleges and universities. Many of the technologies on which they are working today will produce the new companies of tomorrow. It’s an honor for SCRA to support these collaborations,” said Bob Quinn, SCRA executive director.

Lighthouse Ministries will hold its annual Good Neighbor Gala Thursday, Sept. 9 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Florence Country Club. The Good Neighbor Gala is Lighthouse Ministries’ annual fundraiser where it brings awareness to the community about how Lighthouse Ministries impacts the lives of the families they FLOYD serve. It is also an opportunity to honor an individual who has supported Lighthouse Ministries and is active in the community by supporting the client base served by Lighthouse Ministries. This year, Lighthouse Ministries is excited to honor Matt Floyd as their Good Neighbor of the Year. Since 2016, Floyd has supported the Strengthening Families program, their basic needs assis-

tance, and, most recently, has provided the resources to improve their social media and marketing. Floyd founded Trinity Healthcare Staffing Group, which grew to become the 11th largest travel nurse staffing company in the U.S. In addition to his work in the healthcare industry, Floyd is involved in real estate development and business leadership consulting and mentoring programs. Lighthouse Ministries is centered around the prevention of homelessness, child abuse, and child neglect in Florence County. Through our financial assistance programs and educational opportunities, Lighthouse Ministries strives to both provide basic needs assistance for families, as well as develop healthier parent-child relationships within our community. To purchase tickets, or for more information on the gala, visit our website www. lighthouseflorence.org.

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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

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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: WILLIE MAE SIMS Date of Death: 5/13/2021 Case Number: 2021ES2100914 Personal Representative: HARLEY SIMS JR Address: 117 WEST ROUGHFORK STREET FLORENCE, SC 29506 (8/25, 9/1, 9/8/2021) NOTICE OF ABANDONED PROPERTY PROPERTY BELONGING TO THE FOLLOWING INDIVIDUALS IS DEEMED ABANDONED AND WILL

530 ..................................WORK WANTED 600 ..................APARTMENTS FOR RENT 605 .................................BURIAL SPACES 610..................COMMERCIAL PROPERTY 612 .....................BUSINESSES FOR SALE 615.............................................CONDOS 618 ....................REAL ESTATE SERVICES 620 ..............................HOMES FOR RENT 625 ..............................HOMES FOR SALE 630.................................LAND FOR RENT 632 ...............................LAND FOR LEASE 635 .................................LAND FOR SALE 636 ...................................LAND WANTED 637 .............ACREAGE/FARMS FOR SALE 640 ................MOBILE HOMES FOR RENT 645 ................MOBILE HOMES FOR SALE 650....................................OFFICE SPACE 660............................RESORT PROPERTY 665............................VACATION/TRAVEL 670 .............................ROOMS FOR RENT 900 ...................................................ATVS 910 ...........................AUTO/BODY PARTS 920 ..................................................CARS 930 ..................................MOTORCYCLES 940.................CAMPER SALES/RENTALS 950...................................................SUVS 960............................................TRAILERS 970 ........... ..................................TRUCKS 980 ..................................................VANS

BE DISPOSED OF IF NOT REDEEMED. STORAGE FEES WILL CONTINUE TO ACCUMULATE EACH DAY THAT THE PROPERTY REMAINS UNCLAIMED. INQUIRIES CAN BE MADE BY CALLING 843-773-9879. JODY PARKER BLAIR ANDERSON CYNTHIA SIMMONS (8/25, 9/1, 9/8/2021) SUMMONS IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS FOR THE TWELFTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT CASE NO. 2021-CP-21-01358 STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF FLORENCE Project: Florence County N. Dargan Street Sidewalk Improvements Project ID No: P306190033 Tract No: 9 TMS#: 90085-19-023 Florence County, Condemnor, vs. James C. Hurley and Thomas McElveen, as Elders and Representatives of the Florence Church of Lord Jesus Christ of the Apistolic Faith, Landowners. TO: THE LANDOWNERS ABOVE-NAMED: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and required to answer the Condemnation of Notice and Tender of Payment against the Landowners in this action, of which a copy was filed with the Florence County Clerk of Court’s office on June 21, 2021, herewith served upon you, and to serve a copy of your Answer to said Condemnation of Notice and Tender of Payment on the sub-

scribed, D. Malloy McEachin, Jr., 180 N. Irby Street, MSC-XX, Florence, South Carolina, 29501, within thirty (30) days after the service hereof, exclusive of the date of such service; and if you fail to file

an Answer to the Condemnation of Notice and Tender of Payment within the time aforesaid, judgment by default will be rendered against you for the relief demanded in the Condemnation of Notice and Tender of Payment. s/ D. Malloy McEachin, Jr. D. Malloy McEachin, Jr. D. Malloy McEachin, Jr., P.A. 180 N. Irby Street, MSC-XX Florence, SC 29501 (843) 665-0135 #3794 Attorney for Condemnor August 18, 2021 (8/25, 9/1, 9/8/2021) SUMMONS IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS FOR THE TWELFTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT CASE NO. 2021-CP-21-01373 STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF FLORENCE Project: Florence County N. Dargan Street Sidewalk Improvements Project ID No: P306190033 Tract No: 29 TMS#: 90100-13-007 Florence County, Condemnor, vs. Ida Mae Amos, Vanessa McLeod, Estate of Cheryl D. Reaves, Deceased, Stanley Gilbert, Midland Funding, Portfolio Recovery Associates, LLC and State Farm Bank, Landowners. TO: THE LANDOWNERS ABOVE-NAMED: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and required to

answer the Condemnation of Notice and Tender of Payment against the Landowners in this action, of which a copy is filed with the Florence County Clerk of Court’s office on June 22, 2021, herewith served upon you, and to serve a copy of your Answer to said Condemnation of Notice and Tender of Payment on the subscribed, D. Malloy McEachin, Jr., 180 N. Irby Street, MSC-XX, Florence, South Carolina, 29501, within thirty (30) days after the service hereof, exclusive of the date of such service; and if you fail to file an Answer to the Condemnation of Notice and Tender of Payment within the time aforesaid, judgment by default will be rendered against you for the relief demanded in the Condemnation of Notice and Tender of Payment. s/ D. Malloy McEachin, Jr. D. Malloy McEachin, Jr. D. Malloy McEachin, Jr., P.A. 180 N. Irby Street, MSC-XX Florence, SC 29501 (843) 665-0135 #3794 Attorney for Condemnor August 18, 2021 (8/25, 9/1, 9/8/2021) SUMMONS IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS FOR THE TWELFTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT CASE NO. 2021-CP-21-01376 STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF FLORENCE

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Project: Florence County N. Dargan Street Sidewalk Improvements Project ID No: P306190033 Tract No: 43 TMS#: 90099-04-010 Florence County, Condemnor, vs. Leonard Crews and Crystal Crews, Landowners. TO: THE LANDOWNERS ABOVE-NAMED: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and required to answer the Condemnation of Notice and Tender of Payment against the Landowners in this action, of which a copy was filed with the Florence County Clerk of Court’s office on June 22, 2021 is herewith served upon you, and to serve a copy of your Answer to said Condemnation of Notice and Tender of Payment on the subscribed, D. Malloy McEachin, Jr., 180 N. Irby Street, MSC-XX, Florence, South Carolina, 29501, within thirty (30) days after the service hereof, exclusive of the date of such service; and if you fail to file an Answer to the Condemnation of Notice and Tender of Payment within the time aforesaid, judgment by default will be rendered against you for the relief demanded in the Condemnation of Notice and Tender of Payment. s/ D. Malloy McEachin, Jr. D. Malloy McEachin, Jr. D. Malloy McEachin, Jr., P.A. 180 N. Irby Street, MSC-XX Florence, SC 29501

(843) 665-0135 #3794 Attorney for Condemnor August 18, 2021 (8/25, 9/1, 9/8/2021) SUMMONS IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS FOR THE TWELFTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT CASE NO. 2021-CP-21-01372 STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF FLORENCE Project: Florence County N. Dargan Street Sidewalk Improvements Project ID No: P306190033 Tract No: 28 TMS#: 90100-13-008 Florence County, Condemnor, vs. Marie Watts, David E. Watts, III, Mark Watts, Justin Truluck, and Florence County, Landowners. TO: THE LANDOWNERS ABOVE-NAMED: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and required to answer the Condemnation of Notice and Tender of Payment against the Landowners in this action, of which a copy was filed with the Florence County Clerk of Court’s office on June 22, 2021, is herewith served upon you, and to serve a copy of your Answer to said Condemnation of Notice and Tender of Payment on the subscribed, D. Malloy McEachin, Jr., 180 N. Irby Street, MSC-XX, Florence, South Carolina, 29501, within thirty (30) days after the service hereof, exclusive of the date of such

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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

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6A 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)

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)

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 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

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

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-2100685, 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. THIS BEING the identical property conveyed to Joseph R. Rush, Jr. and Suzanne B. Rush by Warranty Deed of Paul F. Kirton dated March 31, 1975, and recorded on April 1, 1975, in Deed Book A145 at Page 236. TMS NO. 01792-05-005 PROPERTY ADDRESS: 2212 Clareview Drive Florence, SC 29505 As deficiency judgment has been waived, the bidding will be closed on the date of the sale. Notice is further given that the successful bidder at the sale, other than the Plaintiff, shall be required to immediately, pursuant to the Court’s instructions at the sale, deposit with the undersigned as earnest money and as evidence of its good faith an amount equal to five (5%) per cent of its bid in cash, certified check or cashier’s check to be applied to the costs allowed and the debts found to be due with the balance to be remitted prior to the expiration of thirty (30) days from the date that the bidding is closed, which date is thirty (30) days from the date of sale. Interest on the bid shall be paid to the date of compliance at the rate of 6.65% per annum. The purchaser shall pay for the preparation of all papers and for all recording fees. The sale will be made subject to all outstanding property taxes, if any, and to a one hundred twenty (120) day right of redemption accorded to the United States of America in accordance with the provisions of the United States Code. Should the successful bidder fail to make such deposit at the time of the acceptance of the bid, with time being of the essence, or should a representative of the Plaintiff or Plaintiff’s attorney not be present at the sale, or should the property for any reason whatsoever not be sold on the sales date above, the undersigned shall sell said property at the next sales date, and this process shall continue until the property is sold, without the necessity of any further advertising. NOTICE: The foreclosure deed is not a warranty deed. Interested bidders

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should satisfy themselves as to the quality of title to be conveyed by obtaining an independent title search prior to the foreclosure sale date. In addition, the successful bidder shall take the property subject to any superior liens or interests. In addition, the location of the sale is subject to change; it is your responsibility to contact the Court to determine the exact location of the sale. s/W. Haigh Porter HONORABLE W. HAIGH PORTER MASTER-IN-EQUITY FOR FLORENCE COUNTY Florence, South Carolina Dated: July 28, 2021 s/Douglas M. Zayicek Douglas M. Zayicek, Esquire S.C. Bar No. 11304 Attorney for Plaintiff BELLAMY, RUTENBERG, COPELAND, EPPS, GRAVELY & BOWERS, P.A. 1000 29th Avenue North (29577) P.O. Box 357 Myrtle Beach, SC 295780357 (843) 448-2400 (843) 448-3022 (Facsimile) dzayicek@bellamylaw.com (8/18, 8/25, 9/1/2021) 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

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Wednesday, August 25, 2021 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 Supple-

mental 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 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


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Wednesday, August 25, 2021 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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Sculptures examine personal boundaries A recent transplant to the Palmetto State will have an exhibition and opening reception Thursday at the Florence County Museum Waters Gallery in Florence. The opening reception will be 5:307:30 p.m. at the museum’s Waters Gallery, for its new exhibition Chronic Rationalizations, featuring recent works by artist Roger Halligan. Roger Halligan’s sculptures and wall reliefs employ familiar symbols to examine the nature of psychological and physical boundaries. “We have personal boundaries that we may not even know exist until they are being threatened. We realize this when our brain sends warning signals to us,” Halligan says. “But what if those warnings are triggered by false information?” Halligan began his career as an artist after receiving his master’s of fine arts from the University of Georgia, working as an exhibit designer at the North Carolina Zoological Park and Gardens. From there, his art began to focus on the idea of objects as representations of psychological space. Now, Halligan’s abstract assemblages and sculptural works examine questions that arise in a digital culture of constantly shifting boundaries: How does uninterrupted engagement with news and social media, and exposure to misinformation, create barriers to development as we try to orient ourselves in the world? Halligan, who recently relocated to South Carolina from Tennessee, has been exhibited professionally since the 1990s. He and his wife, artist Jan Chenoweth, currently live and work from their studio in Lake City. Chronic Rationalizations will be on exhibit at the Waters Gallery from Aug. 23 to Dec. 3. The gallery is located at 135 South Dargan St.

WHAT: Grateful Dog Festival WHEN: Friday, Aug. 27 through Sunday, Aug. 29. WHERE: Sugar Magnolia Ranch - 889 Tara Drive, Timmonsville COST: One-Day Passes for Friday or Saturday are $25. Three-Day Camping Passes are $150 for a vehicle of no more than four. Children six and under are free.

Festival gets new location, extended to all weekend Borrowing the words from Sugar Magnolia, one of the Grateful Dead’s more popular songs, this year’s Grateful Dog Festival has got everything delightful and everything you need. In its 10th year, the festival, which is set to begin Friday and continues through Sunday, serves as a fundraiser for area humane societies. It is sponsored and organized by the non-profit Grateful Family. It has raised more than $75,000 to aid area animal shelters. This year’s festival has moved from its past location at Southern Hops Brewery to the fittingly named Sugar Magnolia Ranch in Timmonsville. It has also expanded from a one-day event to an all-weekend event that begins Friday at noon and lasts until 2 p.m. on Sunday. One day passes for Friday or Saturday are available for $25. Three-day camping passes are also available for $150 for a vehicle carrying no more than four people. The camping passes include a 20x20 primitive camping spot and Sunday brunch. Each day will offer what Grateful Dog Festivalgoers normally expect to find: A tye-dyed Grateful Dead theme along with live music on multiple

Ministry to hold Meet and Greet Fishers of Men Ministries is presently holding a Meet and Greet Fellowship Campaign for Unity in the Community, Higher Education, Violence and Drug Awareness in Florence, Darlington, and surrounding counties. A gathering is planned for Saturday Aug. 28 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the T.B. Thomas Center, located at 701 West Washington St. in Hartsville. This inspirational, informational fellowship gathering is one step in the challenge for change. “We truly believe that we can make an impact throughout the fore mentioned counties and surrounding areas if we join forces to make a difference,” said Rev. Harold L. Burnell of Fishers of Men Ministries. For additional information, call (843) 623-1140 or email udzine@ yahoo.com.

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Cat5 Band set to storm downtown stage The Cat5 Band will bring their high energy entertainment to the stage Aug. 27 for “Florence After 5,” the popular monthly concert series in Downtown Florence. “Florence After 5” is held the last Friday of each month on the 100 block of South Dargan Street between Evans and Cheves streets. Events run from 5:30 until 8:30 p.m. and the band takes the stage at 6 p.m. Food and beverages are

available at the event. All food and beverage sales are made via tickets, which can be purchased at our ticket booth located near the Florence County Museum. Tickets are $1 each. Both cash and cards are accepted. Parking for Florence After 5 is available in the City of Florence Parking Garage accessed via 150 South Irby Street or in any of the available on-street spaces on West Evans and North Dargan

streets, the S.C. DHEC parking lot, or the Business Technology Center parking lot. A band that can cover it all, Cat5 goes right to the heart of the party. The band features four lead vocalists and more instruments that you can shake a tail at. Cat5 covers all your favorites from today (Pink/ Bruno Mars/Meghan Trainor/ Eric Church) to classic rock and country (Heart/Charlie See FIVE, Page 3B


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Pony club members compete in national championships The Palmetto Pony Club had six members compete in the 2021 United States Pony Clubs National Championships held July 19-23 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky. Three of those members were from the Florence area. Each year the USPC offers championship competitions in seven disciplines: Dressage, eventing, show jumping, games, polocrosse, tetrathlon, and quiz (a non-riding, knowledge based competition). Members compete as part of a team and are judged on riding abilities as well as horse management skills. Palmetto Pony Club members from the Florence area competing in the championships were: • Mary Elwyne Kennedy, 16, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Kennedy of Florence qualified in the Modified Introductory Division of Show Jumping. She competed on her 16-year-old grey thoroughbred mare named Picturesque. She competed along side another Carolina region member on a scramble team with riders from the Great Lakes Region. Her team finished first overall and second in horse management. • Alex McAllister, 16, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kevin McAllister of Pamplico, qualified in the Standard Developing Horse and Rider Division of Show Jumping. She competed on her 16-year-old grey thoroughbred gelding named Certified Captain. She competed on a scramble team with riders from Carolina/Eastern Pennsylvania/Lake Shore/Tri State Regions. Her team placed first overall and third in horse management. She placed third in the individual equitation competition. • Belle Devault, 17, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Phillip DeVault of Florence, qualified in the Modified Beginner Novice Division of Eventing. She competed on Bubbly Fun, a 12-year-old black and white Tobiano Paint mare owned by Katie Truesdale of Camden. She served as captain of her Carolina Region team. Her team placed first overall and first in horse management. Belle also finished 11th in the individual standings. To be eligible to qualify in a mounted division of the 2021 USPC Festival Championships, Pony Club members must hold a D3 certification or above and be at least 12 years of age as of January 1, 2021. For information, contact the Palmetto Pony Club at palmettoponyclub@aol.com.

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New exhibit will showcase professor’s work Few artists and educators can boast a career as long or as influential as the one Steven Gately has had. For the last 48 years he has taught painting, drawing, and design at Francis Marion University where he has worked with nearly every visual art student who has attended the school in its history. Gately’s work will be on display at University Place Gallery when the gallery opens “Gately: A Retrospective” on Aug. 31. Along with teaching at FMU, Gately has also worked simultaneously in his modernist studio, mastering a variety of media and styles, while at the same time consistently experimenting with new processes. Gately was born in West Palm Beach, Fla. The proximity to the nearby Atlantic ocean shaped the artist’s early life and remains an influence for much of the work included in this exhibition. His images are sometimes literal, as in the realistic paintings he has made of automobiles, still-life arrangements, and sharks. Other series are meant to convey something else entirely, as he works in

an abstract mode. With these works, the artist sometimes aims to simply reflect the feeling of a luminous, rhythmical environment achieved through color. In some of the abstract works the brush strokes and hues may still refer to seascape; for example, yellow could allude to sunlight and blue areas could be perceived as sky or sea, but no recognizable features were intended. Gately is a lifelong painter and holds degrees from Florida Atlantic University – Boca Raton and Florida State University. His exhibit record details page after page of national, state, and regional competitions beginning in the 1960s and spanning into the present. To date, he has had more than 20 solo exhibitions. His artwork is included in private and public collections throughout the United States, including the Southeastern Center For Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, Columbia Museum of Art, the Gibbes Museum in Charleston, and the Mobile Museum of Art in Mobile, Ala.

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Durant Center announces new parent helpline As families prepare for the start of a new school year, Durant Children’s Center, in partnership with Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline, recently announced the launch of Pee Dee Parent Helpline. “Pee Dee Parent Helpline is a free 24/7 service that provides information, resources, and emotional support to individuals in the Pee Dee area and across the state,” said Gloria Johnson-McClary, Durant Children’s Center Program Director. In addition to the telephone line, (843) 618-2420, the Pee Dee Parent Helpline offers a text-based chat service for South Carolina residents at (843) 305-6755 and an online chat service at www. durantchildrencenter.org. Re-establishing the helpline was made possible with financial support from NewSpring Church, Rotary Club of Florence and the East-

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ern Carolina Community Foundation-Blackwell Ervin Family Fund. The Blackwell Ervin Family Fund is a donor-advised fund held at Eastern Carolina Community Foundation. Donor advisors for the fund are Dr. Dan and Mrs. Anne Ervin. The Ervins are long-time supporters and founding donors of the Foundation. Their fund has provided grants for deserving Pee Dee non-profit organizations for many years. Durant Children’s Center, a multidisciplinary assessment and treatment center, is a program of Pee Dee Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Assault and serves Florence, Darlington, Marion, Chesterfield Marlboro, Dillon, Sumter and Williamsburg Counties. For more information on child abuse and how to refer a child or adolescent for services, call the Durant Center at (843) 664-HELP, (843) 664-4357.

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Daniels/Journey/Johnny Cash). Cat5 can rock you like a hurricane and get you two-steppin’ to a Devil Went Down to Georgia fiddle-jam all in the same night. In 2020, Florence After Five was awarded “Best Community Festival,” “Best Place to Dance,” “Best Out-

door Event,” “Best Local Concert,” and “Best Place for Live Music.” Florence After Five has two more remaining dates Sept. 24, which will feature the music of The Embers, and Oct. 29 , when Chocolate Chip & Co. will provide the entertainment.

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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stages, plenty of food and merchandise vendors, and fun for the kiddos. And, of course, lots and lots of fur babies of every shape, size, color and breed. Bands scheduled to perform are Scott Smith, Woody & Sunshine, Wolfman String Band, Long Strange Deal (A tribute to the music of Jerry Garcia), Sean Mills & Friends, Cosmic Superheroes, Atlas Myers, Lance Hatchell, Campbell Bridgeman, Raw Cotton, RadioVibe, Green Grass Revival, Minivan Mark & Friends, DogHouse Kings, Big Sky Revival, GFATS,

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Gentle Jack, Drifter and The Jam Cooperative: A Grateful Dead Experience, Machine Funk, The Acosta Brothers, Red Shack Pickers, and 7 Feet of Soul. Festival-goers will be required to follow the these rules: • Primitive camping only onsite: RV spots available at Swamp Fox Campground (while supplies last). • Shuttle service available from the campground to the festival upon request (golf carts only) • No generators. • Dogs must be leashed at all times during entire stay

at Sugar Magnolia Ranch (even at night). • Please practice social distancing • No less than six feet between each campsite • No less than 15 feet between camping rows • No less than six feet between all vending spots (art and food) • Hand sanitizer stations throughout festival area and at restrooms • Cloth masks and disposable masks will be available. • Children under 13 must not be left unattended. • No outside cups in the

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Excitement surrounds Moore Middle football team Adding to the excitement of the newly constructed stadiums at each of the three Florence 1 high schools is a brand-new football program --the Moore Middle School Lions. The Moore Middle team joins in competition with the football programs at Williams Middle School, Sneed, and Southside. John W. Moore Middle School serves students in grades sixth through eighth. “John W. Moore Middle School has transitioned to a 6th-8th grade school, and we are excited for our first ever football team,” said Principal April Leroy. “The teamwork and leadership that our stu-

dents and coaches portray on and off the field set the bar high for positive character, academics and athletics. We would love for the community to support and play an active role in Moore’s athletic programs during the 2122 school year. Go Lions.” At the helm of the new team is Lamonte Curry, who recently held tryouts for seventh and eighth grade students. “We didn’t cut anyone because the guys have worked really hard from May and throughout the summer,” said Curry. “As the first Moore Middle football team, we wanted to establish the pride and culture with

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South Florence rolls in home opener It was an electrifying night as South Florence unveiled its new stadium on Friday. The Bruins were at full power against Bluffton, throttling the visitors by a score of 497 in front of a loud and boisterous crowd. Quarterback LaNorris

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Williams Middle. Curry, along with three assistant coaches, (Wilson Deas, Henry Phillips and Steven Thayer), will comprise the Moore Middle coaching staff. Wrakyia Pratt-Gregg will serve as the athletic trainer and the cheerleading coach is Michelle Ellerbe. “We have a group of student athletes who are very

receptive to physical and mental challenges,” said Curry. “I believe our job is to focus on fundamentals and safety of the athletes. We will use this platform to teach and groom the good habits and work ethic the high school team can use to ‘fine-tune’ them into varsity players.” With a weekly practice schedule of Monday through Friday, Curry said the team will incorporate an offensive scheme that is familiar, along with a basic defensive scheme that embraces the talents and abilities of the players. Last week Curry met with parents, where he outlined rules, a code of conduct, and expectations for the team. “The new team offers a great opportunity to get everyone involved: community, students and staff,” said said Aundre Perkins, whose son, JayAun Perkins, is a team member. “It will give the kids something positive to look forward to, and I hope that everyone involved will cherish these memories that will last forever!” Parent Logan McGill, said,

Pee Dee Thrift Store - 1524 S. Irby Street Phoenix Mart - 2698 David McLeod Blvd. Bazens Family Restaurant - 704 S. Irby Street Poynor Adult Education - 301 S. Dargan Street Boys & Girls Club - 310 W. Roughfork Street Presbyterian Home - 2350 W. Lucas Street B.P. - 4798 E. Palmetto Street Residence Inn - 2660 Hospitality Blvd B.P. - 400 Pamplico Hwy. Rogers BBQ - 2004 Second Loop Road BTC Building - 181 E. Evans Street Senior Center - 600 Senior Way Captain D’s - 201 Second Loop Road Shannon’s - 2554 W. Palmetto Street Carolina Bank - 1538 S. Irby Street South Florence Exxon - 3099 S. Irby Street Carolina Collectables - 1224A S. Irby Street South Florence Feed & Seed - 3901 S. Irby Street Carolinian - 718 S. Dargan Street Southland Healthcare - 722 S. Dargan Street Carriage House - 739 Parker Drive Springhill Suites by Marriott - 2670 Hospitality Blvd. Chris’s Diner - 1513 Pamplico Hwy. Stifel Nicolaus - 1325 Cherokee Road Convenience Corner Shell - 1315 Pamplico Hwy. The Manor - 2100 Twin Church Road Courtyard by Marriott - 2680 Hospitality Blvd. The Wash Tub Laundry - 910 E. Palmetto Street Dr. Welch - 1343 Second Loop Road Drs. Bruce and Lee Foundation Library - 509 S. Dargan Street The Wash Tub Laundry - 124 S. Cashua Drive The Wash Tub Laundry - 1350 James Jones Avenue Elmcroft - 3006 Hoffmeyer Road Towne Place - 2650 Hospitality Blvd. Fairfield Inn - 501 Woody Jones Blvd. Toyota Customer Service - 2300 W. Palmetto Street Finklea Law - 814 W. Evans Street Venus - 317 W. Palmetto Street Florence Chamber of Commerce - 100 W. Evans Street Wells Fargo Advisors - 1801 W. Evans Street Florence Center - 3300 W. Radio Drive (3 locations) White Swan Cleaners - 223 Cherokee Road Florence Little Theatre - 300 S. Dargan Street World Finance - 2015-H W. Evans Street Florence Pediatric Dentistry - 680 Senior Way YMCA - 1700 Rutherford Drive Golden Crown - 1988 W. Palmetto Street PAMPLICO Gregg Brothers Store - 3045 Francis Marion Road IGA- 624 S. Walnut Street Harris Teeter - 1930 W. Palmetto Street Longs Pharmacy - 616 S. Walnut Street Healthy Food Store - 2015 Elijah Ludd Road Munn Hardware - 185 E. Main Street Hotel Florence - 126 W. Evans Street Pearl’s Harbor Seafood & Grill - 137 E. Main Street IGA - 525 E. Ebenezer Road Pamplico Public Library - 100 E. Main Street IGA - 2300 Pamplico Hwy. Service Motor Co. - 160 E. Main Street INS Foods Exxon - 2351 Pamplico Hwy. QUINBY Janney - 1831 W. Evans Street, Suite 220 Carolina Convenience Store - 2099 N. Irby Street Jumpin J’s - 898 S. Irby Street IGA - 900 E. Ashby Road King Cadillac Buick GMC - 1700 W. Evans Street KP 76 Express - 3105 E. Palmetto Street TIMMONSVILLE Liquors of Florence - 1200 W. Evans Street Citizens Bank - 4700 W. Palmetto Street Fast Track - 721 E. Smith Street Manna House - 450 Jarrott Street Georges Restaurant - 405 E. Smith Street Markette #16 - 1419 S. Irby Street IGA - 310 E. Smith Street Mike Reichenbach Customer Service - 600 N. Coit Street MUSC Health - Florence Medical Center - 800 Pamplico Hwy. Library - 298 E. Smith Street Emergency/waiting, Jazzmans, elevator area, DARLINGTON Mall C entrance, Womans Center main entrance Bethea Home - 157 Home Avenue New Generations - 2111 W. Jody Road Cruizers - 1504 S. Main Street Palmetto Chop Shop - 1927 W. Palmetto Street IGA - 207 S. Main Street Paul Davis Dentistry - 220 A Cherokee Road Sav-Way - 102 Lamar Hwy. Pee Dee Thrift Store - 1650 E. Palmetto Street Wash Tub Laundry - 104 E. Broad Street

Sellers led the way, throwing for 168 yards on 11 of 18 attempts and adding 55 yards on the ground. The game was never in doubt as South Florence dominated the first half and led 28-0 at halftime. Running back Tyae McWhite had 109 yards and scored two touchdowns to lead the Bruin rushing attack. South Florence (1-0) will play at Mannng on Friday. West Florence 42 Lexington 33 With running back Terry McKithen leading the way, West Florence struck early and often on its way to a decisive 42-33 season-opening victory over Lexington Friday. McKithan scored four touchdowns on the night, three of then in the first half as the Knights bolted to a 35-20 lead into the locker room at halftime. Lexington rallied to open

the second half, scoring 13 unanswered points to get within two, 35-33. West Florence scored twice in the final quarter to seal the victory. West Florence (1-0) will play at home Friday against Conway. Florence Christian 41 Northwoods Academy 0 Florence Christian steamrolled Northwoods Academy Friday, posting a 41-0 shutout in its season opener. Running back Ethan Kelly led the Eagles with 162 yards rushing and three touchdowns. Juels Huntley added 69 yards and two touchdowns. Florence Christian (1-0) will host Dillon Christian at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Hilton Head Christian 54 The King’s Academy 23 King’s Academy fell to Hilton Head Christian 54-23 in its season opener on Fri-

day. Quarterback Garrison Fields rushed for two touchdowns and passed for another to lead the Lions on offense. Kings Academy (0-1) will travel to Thomas Sumter on Friday. Trinity Collegiate 28, Charlotte County Day 10 It wasn’t easy, but Trinity Collegiate overcame an early 10-point deficit and used a second half surge to come away with a 28-10 win over Charlotte Country Day in its season opener on Friday After falling behind 10-0, the Titans narrowed the lead to 10-8 at halftime with a touchdown and two-point conversion. Trinity’s defense stepped up in the second half and kept Charlotte County Day from scoring. Three touchdowns by the Titans put the game out of reach. The Titans (1-0) will play at Wilson Hall on Friday.

Photo by Steve Camlin

South Florence wide receiver Jaylon Turner (10) outraces his defender to make a reception.

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