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Rusty Ballinger, son of Jessica and Brandon Wyss, gives Santa a big hug Saturday during Santa's annual visit to Florence. There was standing room only as children lined up to sit on Santa's lap. Refreshments were served to old and young alike. The event was sponsored by the Florence Chamber of Commerce.
This 2008 Dodge Caravan was demolished after Mitchell Unruh reportedly fell asleep at the wheel on Dec. 1 east of Durham near Tampa. Despite excessive damage to the van, Unruh emerged from the accident unharmed.
Adults and children gathered around Bennie Holtsclaw Saturday as he led singing at Florence City Hall. Caroling and refreshments were enjoyed by everyone prior to Santa's annual visit to Florence. The event is sponsored annually by the Florence Chamber of Commerce.
Marion Elementary Geography Bee champion Miles Olson, left, and runner up, Bryant Eden, slap a high-five so far off the map Tuesday that they nearly touch the school's ceiling. Miles, a fifth grader, was declared victorious Friday after seven hard-thought rounds of geography-based questions. In the final round, he answered "Canada" to a question regarding where the Yukon is located in Jack London's "The Call of the Wild." Principal Justin Wasmuth said Miles has to take an exam to see if he can move on to the National Geography Bee in Washington, D.C. Bryant, a fourth grader, made it to the championship round by breaking a five-way tie in the semi-finals.