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The day finally arrives BY JACK BARNES Special to The Sumter Item The Sumter Item asked Sumter attorney Jack Barnes to give us a daily account of his experience of the National Championship game on Monday. Jack’s son, James Barnes, is a sophomore backup quarterback at Clemson. He was the quarterback for Sumter High School for three years and led the Gamecocks to the state runner-up in class 4A. The Sumter Item will have each column online through Wednesday, and each will also publish in the print edition.


Clemson’s Deshaun Watson and Shaq JOHN BAZEMORE / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Smith (5) celebrate a last second touchdown playoff championship game against during the second half of the NCAA Alabama on Tuesday in Tampa, Florida. college football

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REPORTS winning back-to-back titles. positive yard as the Tigers managed Watson finished 36 of 56 for 420 TAMPA, Fla. — Another Clemson just 50 yards on the ground. — yards and three scores — none bigger Alabama College Football Playoff That was not the case for the Tide, Nathan the last one to Renfrow. The tional Championship game, another lastwho struck early thanks to Bo second score came on the heels Scarwild finish. of a brough. With 9:23 left in the opening late Alabama touchdown run by Only y quarquar y this time, it was the Tigers who quarter, he found a seam for 25 terback Jalen Hurts that gave the yards pulled off the late-game magic. Tide and a score to put Alabama up 7-0. the lead after just relinq 7-0 The relinquishing i hi it to T Trailing ili by three with 2:01 remaint TD came on the heels of Clemson the Tigers the series before. ing, Clemson quarterback Deshaun turning the ball over on downs Hurts threw for 131 yards, but at the Watson drove his team 68 yards the UA 41. and Tide offense was negated for most found Hunter Renfrow from 2 yards of He added another big run early the second half. in out with six seconds to go as the the second, this time from 37 yards TiThe first out half was a defensive struggers earned a 35-31 victory on Monday as the Tide took a 14-0 lead. Scargle as neither offense found any at Raymond James Stadium — kind brough had 76 of ’Bama’s 143 rushing earning of consistency. The Tide had to punt a measure of redemption for last yards in the first half. five times and the passing attack year’s championship loss while was The CU offense finally found its footalso near non-existent as quarterback giving Clemson its second national ing midway through the second Hurts threw for just 40 yards. quartitle in school history. ter. A 43-yard strike to Deon Cain Watson and the Tigers had a rough CU finishes the year 14-1 while breathed new life into the Tigers the half as well. The CU quarterback as Tide fall to 14-1 after missing out was on sacked twice and only rushed for one SEE CHAMPS, PAGE A5

ame day. Time for redemption for the Tigers. Sunday the Clemson football team was all business. Meetings in the morning, some free time midday to visit with family and friends, and after 1:30 p.m. Sunday, the players were off limits. Even with my inside connections, I couldn’t get any real information. The Tigers are here to win. I do know the quarterbacks met early because Deshaun Watson had to leave to accept the 2016 Bobby Bowden Award, BARNES given to the player who epitomizes the player athlete. That’s a well-deserved honor. Deshaun has been good to my son, James, the last two years. He is a real leader and a heck of a football player. No. 18 will miss him next year. Fan Fest was g great eat fun for the travel team. The Tampa Convention Center w was th the llocation i with games and fun for all including dance parties for kids, a real football field to pass and play and Fiesta and Peach Bowl trophies for picture taking. Most importantly “the big numbers” were there, and the travel team, or part of it, got to take some photos. The travel team got a little fractured yesterday. Forty-eight hours of bonding time is a lot. Sarah and I took time away to have a quiet dinner only to be seated next to 20

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School district board axes 47 jobs Trustees: ‘Cuts are large and painful, cannot be avoided, and must begin immediately’ BY BRUCE MILLS Sumter School District’s Board of Trustees voted to cut 47 district positions among various cost-saving and cash-reduction measures at its special called meeting on Thursday

night at the district office. The total amount for future cash-flow reductions and budget items frozen through June 30 of this year will save the district an estimated $6.8 million this fiscal year, according to a board statement. The approved amendments to the budget were part

of recommendations made by Superintendent Frank Baker. The board voted 5-2 to support the superintendent’s recommendation. Board members who voted against the budget amendments were the Rev. Ralph Canty and Johnny Hilton. Canty declined to comment but said he would likely release a minority report of why he voted against the superintendent’s recommendation. The board released a public statement on its actions.

“The cuts are large and painful, cannot be avoided, and must begin immediately,” the statement read. The cuts affect many aspects of school operations, but are designed to have as little impact as possible on academic instruction.” The board’s action comes after the release last month of the 2015-16 audit report, which showed the district had gone over budget by $6.2 million in the fiscal year ending June 30, 2016.

17th Dream Walk set for Monday BY IVY MOORE Monday marks the 17th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Dream Walk, a collaborative project of University of South Carolina Sumter, Morris College and Central Carolina Technical College. The 3-mile walk began in 2000, shortly after the King holiday became official in all 50 states. The walk honors the legacy of the civil rights leader, assassinated in 1968, who articulated his dream for the U.S. most eloquently in 1963 in a speech that includes the words, “I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident,

that all men are created equal.’’’ Dream Walk coordinator Mary Sutton of USC Sumter said the annual observance was the brainchild of Lynwood Watts, who recently retired after 16 years as the university’s associate dean of student affairs. “He brought together a committee from the three colleges and the community,” Sutton said, and the format was a collaborative decision. Now, as then, she said, the committee meets to decide on a theme, which is always derived from King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech, delivered on Aug. 28, 1963, during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. “The committee … tries to


Sumter community members begin a past Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dream Walk at USC Sumter. This year’s 3-mile walk will take place on Monday. It is traditionally sponsored by Central Carolina Technical College, Morris College and USC Sumter. figure out what is most important for the times we live in,” said Sutton, who has been involved with the Dream Walk since its inception, “and the

Watchdog to probe Comey’s, FBI’s actions WASHINGTON (AP) — In yet another aftershock from the chaotic presidential campaign, the Justice Department inspector general opened an investigation Thursday into department and FBI actions before the election, including whether FBI Director James Comey followed established policies in the email investigation of Hillary Clinton. Democrats have blamed Comey’s handling of the inquiry into Clinton’s use of a private email server, and his late-October public letter about the case, as one reason for her loss to Republican Donald Trump. Workers are now putting final

things that are going on now in our country.” This year’s theme is “We Cannot Turn Back.” Sutton quoted King: “’We

FBI Director James Comey testifies Jan. 10 on Capitol Hill in Washington. Justice Department’s Inspector General Michael Horowitz says he will launch an investigation into the Justice Department and FBI’s actions in the months leading up to the 2016 election, including whether department policies were followed by FBI Director James Comey. Read the full story at

Sumter County Sheriff’s Office placed into custody the 25-year-old man who was shot in the foot during a home invasion on Dec. 28, charging him with allegedly running a gambling operation inside his home. William Michael Cox Jr., of 179 Brentwood Drive, turned himself in to authorities after he was released from




the hospital on Tuesday. According to a news release from the sheriff ’s office, the investigation started after Cox reported a robbery attempt in late December. He told officers that two COX black males wearing masks kicked in the front door of his residence and

tried to force him to show them where money was hidden. Cox told the men there was no money. He said one of the men struck him in the face with a weapon before putting the weapon to his foot and pulling the trigger, states the release. The men then reportedly forced Cox to remove his pants, which contained an undisclosed amount of money, and took them

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when they left the area. He called for help after making his way to a neighbor’s house and was flown to Palmetto Health Richland for treatment. While executing a search warrant at Cox’s house on Dec. 28, investigators found and later seized five standing poker machines; two table top video poker machines; five bill counting



Congress and the public. Comey said he was pleased about the review and the FBI would cooperate fully with the inspector general. “I hope very much he is able to share his conclusions and observations with the public because everyone will benefit from thoughtful evaluation and transparency regarding this matter,” he said in a statement.

Man shot in foot charged with gambling operation BY ADRIENNE SARVIS


State Epidemiologist Dr. Teresa Foo says it is not too late to get a flu shot as South Carolina and the nation enter the height of the flu season. According to a weekly report from the South Carolina Department of Health & Environmental Control covering Jan. 1-7, the state had 21 cases of lab-confirmed flu cases this week after tallying 46 last week. Locally, the rate of labconfirmed and rapid-test cases in Sumter County was 34 per 100,000 population. The rate per 100,000 was 13 in Clarendon County and three in Lee County. “It’s pretty much what we expected,” Foo said. “As the flu season begins we expect an increase of flu cases.” Flu shots can still provide protection against the virus, she said. The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses, according to DHEC. It is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. Symptoms may include a sudden onset of fever, cough, headache or muscle aches, tiredness, sore throat and nasal congestion or stuffiness.


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Children at Crosswell Park Early Childhood Center learned a bit about where their food comes from by planting and maintaining different herbs on Friday. Brooke Brittain, South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program edcoordinator, led a garden project for 1- and 3-year-old students at the school. The project consisted of planting herbs indoors, such as basil, cilantro, mint and parsley. “The goal is to provide our infants and toddlers, along with their families, the earliest possible exposure to establishing a healthy lifestyle through providing opportunities to grow and maintain their own food,” Brittain said. “The goal is to educate the whole child.” Children in each classroom filled two small containers with a blend of soil and cow manure. Once the containers were full, they would place some seeds of one herb on one side of the container and another handful of seeds of a different herb on the other side of the container. Ice pop sticks with the name of the herb were placed in the soil so the children and teachers knew what was growing where. Once all of the seeds were planted between the two containers, they would have four different herbs. The children were then able to cover the seeds with soil

Sumter recorded its second and third deaths caused by house fires in 2017 after two elderly women died during a house fire on 2nd Avenue on Thursday afternoon. Sumter Fire Department Division Chief Brian Christmas said the victims, who were in their 80s, were found deceased at the scene. He said the call came in about 1:25 p.m., and firefighters arrived shortly after. There was heavy smoke at the front and top of the residence, and fire was coming out of one of the side windows when firefighters arrived, he said. Christmas said it took about 45 minutes to get the fire under control. The cause of the fire is still under investigation and a finished fire report was not complete about 6 p.m. on Thursday. More information will be released as it becomes available.


Caregiver charged with stealing from client Sumter County Sheriff’s Office arrested a caretaker on Thursday for allegedly taking more than $30,000 from a 94-year-old client between February and August of 2016. According to a news release from the sheriff’s office, Annie McLeod, 63, of MCLEOD 1800 Jaguar Run, Wedgefield, used a debit card belonging to the victim to obtain cash or merchandise amounting to $11,100 while at various locations in the city and county of Sumter. Also, McLeod allegedly took $20,000 from the victim’s personal lock box, states the release. McLeod is charged with exploitation of a vulnerable adult and was transported to Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center.

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Gayle Young, education coordinator at Crosswell Park Early Childhood Center, assists students with digging up soil as part of an indoor garden project on Jan. 6 at the school. and water them. The plants will be kept inside in the classrooms so the children can help take care of them and watch them grow, she said. Brittain said she and Gayle Young, education coordinator at Crosswell Park Early Childhood Center, decided to do several gardening activities with the classes this school year. “Due to the weather, we thought herbs would be a great place to start,” Brittain said. “They do not take up much space and can be kept inside during these cold months.” Brittain said she wanted the children to be able to see something grow from the be-

ginning. The hope, she said, is that the children will be able to take care of the plants and watch them grow. “In the end, we are going to use the herbs for various recipes they can taste, such as using the cilantro in salsa and the mint in a cucumber watermelon salad,” she said. “We wanted them to see how food is grown.” Brittain said there were many benefits to doing the project. “We have found that children are more likely to try foods when they have had a hand in growing and preparing them,” she said. Brittain said she goes to the school once per month

and conducts the “Tiny Taste” program. Each month she introduces the children to a new fruit or vegetable, she said. “They use their senses to learn all about it,” she said. “We talk about how it grows, on a tree, bush, vine, plant, on the ground and under the ground. They get to learn a song about the fruit or veggie, and then they get to taste it.” She also provides nutrition and cooking classes to the staff and parents when requested. “The children learned that soil planting is fun,” Young said. “They had an enjoyable experience that focused on developing healthy food habits.”

Local artists selected to exhibit works for ArtFields BY IVY MOORE Six area artists have been selected to exhibit their works in the prestigious ArtFields festival in Lake City, coming up in April. The nine-day festival will display more than 400 artworks by artists from 12 Southern states. Begun in 2013, the event was conceived to “honor the artists of the Southeast with a week’s worth of celebration and competition in the heart of a traditional Southern small town,” according to Lake City is an agricultural town, known formerly for its tobacco warehouses. From April 21 through 29, the website states, the town “now becomes a living art gallery as we continue to demonstrate the best of the Southeast and recognize the incredible talent we have to offer.” Local artists whose work will be displayed in venues throughout the town are Connie Brennan, Victoria Hagner, Bryan DuRant and Grayson Russell of Sumter, Mitchell Arrants of Bishopville and Jake McElveen of New Zion.” Brennan works primarily in mixed media. Last year, her 2-D mixed-media work titled “Vascular Awakening” was selected for ArtFields. For April’s event, her large piece, “Tattered Angel,” will be on display. “I do these mixed-media sculptures and paintings,” Brennan said from her


Sumter’s Connie Brennan, who works in mixed media and also paints, has had her piece titled “Tattered Angel” selected for the fifth annual ArtFields festival. studio Thursday, adding that “Tattered Angel” can be seen in the window of Naomi and Warner gift shop on Sumter’s Main Street until ArtFields begins. Vicki Hagner works in mosaic tiles. She used black porcelain tiles in the work se-

lected for ArtFields, and it also incorporates colorful fused glass. It’s her first time in Lake City’s five-year-old festival. Bryan DuRant and Grayson Russell collaborated on a wood-and-copper sculpture that honors the nine victims of the Mother Emanuel church killings. DuRant said the piece is “made from old gun barrels and gun stocks. Grayson made a cross, and I made nine copper doves flying. You could say they are flying up to heaven.” Woodworker Mitchell Arrants’ bench will be displayed at ArtFields in Lake City. “I generally make a kind of slab-type bench furniture,” the Bishopville-area artist said. “This one is a polished lineedge black walnut bench with a spray lacquer.” New Zion’s Jake McElveen returns to ArtFields with his photographic work, after having his 20-photograph interpretation of singer-songwriter Halsey’s album “Badlands” selected for the 2016 festival. ArtFields offers more than $100,000 in prizes for selected artists. Awards are based on input from festival visitors and a panel of acclaimed artists and art educators. Venues for the artworks include Lake City restaurants, retail settings and galleries. Details of the April 21-29 ArtFields will be released in early April, when it can be found on the official website,

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Members of Sumter Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority Eta Zeta Omega chapter pose at Beacon Stadium Cinemas on Saturday before a private viewing of the film “Hidden Figures,” which features three black female mathematicians, also AKA sorority members, who work for NASA during its first space missions. A news release from the local chapter’s president, Sandra Brailsford, says that careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, predominately filled by white males, were heavily influenced by black Americans, particularly women of color. The sorority has always placed emphasis on scholastic achievements and hoped the movie inspires others to take an interest in math, science, health and technology, she wrote.

COLUMBIA (AP) — The governing board of South Carolina’s Confederate Relic Room isn’t giving up on a $3.6 million proposal to expand the state’s military history museum and display the battle flag removed from Statehouse grounds in summer 2015. The board voted unanimously Thursday to “vigorously advocate” for the proposal legislators shot down early last year, when a House subcommittee chairman emphatically refused to use taxpayers’ money to fund any of it. Commissioners say they believe legislators didn’t understand the project’s breakdown and will stress as they try again that the rebel flag display represents $550,000 of the total price tag — a cost that includes electronic screens scrolling the names of 22,000 South Carolina soldiers killed in the Civil War. The unanimous vote came after the museum’s director suggested displaying the flag in existing office space at an estimated cost of $200,000. “We’re mandated to exhibit it. We need to move forward and not let it sit,” Allen Roberson said. His suggestion involved combining two offices, raising the ceiling and installing glass doors to separate the space from the main gallery. While the flag furled in July 2015 is historically significant as the last Confederate flag to fly on Statehouse grounds, it is not a military history artifact and therefore should not be displayed next to regimental flags that bear the bullet holes, gunpowder residue and bloodstains of battle, Roberson said. Commissioner Leland Summers said that display would be a temporary solution. “I have no qualms about having available to us other contingency plans, but we need to aggressively pursue the plan we already submitted,” said Summers, commander of South Carolina’s Sons of Confederate Veterans. “We don’t need to sell ourselves short.” Legislators approved bringing down the rebel flag following the massacre of nine black parishioners at a historic Charleston church. The law specifically sent the flag to the Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum, which has artifacts from every war South Carolinians have fought in. A separate measure directed the museum’s director to estimate costs for the flag’s “appropriate, permanent, and public display.” But House leaders balked at the $3.6 million price tag of the board’s December 2015 proposal. Instead of spending any money on the flag, the Legislature approved studying the pos-

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STOLEN PROPERTY A black smart TV valued at $1,200; a black Samsung flat-screen TV valued at $400; and an Apple cellphone valued at $600 were stolen from a residence in the 500 block of Lucas Court between 6:40 a.m. and 9:20 p.m. on Tuesday. A loaded .45-caliber Glock ACP valued at $600 was reportedly stolen from the center console of a vehicle while parked at a residence in the 500 block of Start Street between 8 and 11:30 a.m. on Dec. 27. A light green 2005 Ford Escape with dark gray fenders and trim valued at $5,000 was reportedly stolen while parked at a hotel in the 2600 block of Broad Street about 11:30 p.m. on Sunday. According to an incident report from Sumter Police Department, the victim said the vehicle was stolen when he went into the lobby of the hotel and the car was left warming up. The victim also reported that his Realtree camouflage wallet valued at $10 and Canon T5i-SLR camera valued at $600 were inside the vehicle. A 2005 Yamaha YFS Blaster fourwheeler valued at $4,000 was reportedly stolen from a business in the 400 block of East Liberty Street between 5:30 p.m. on Friday and 8:45 a.m. on Saturday. The business owner also reported $40 in damage to a window at the rear of the business and $60 in damage to two locks, according to an incident report from Sumter Police Department.

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Committee rejects Rembert incorporation BY JIM HILLEY Efforts by a group of residents of Rembert to incorporate the community on U.S. Highway 521 north of Sumter were rebuffed by the Joint Legislative Committee on Municipal Incorporation at a meeting Thursday morning in Columbia. South Carolina Municipal Association Field Services Manager Bill Taylor, who provided assistance to the group seeking incorporation, said the committee voted unanimously not to move forward with an incorporation election. Taylor said committee members were concerned with the level of services residents would receive from a municipality.

FLU FROM PAGE A1 “We urge everyone, as the flu numbers go up, to get their flu vaccine,” Foo said. “It’s not too late.” She said it takes about two weeks to develop protection to the flu virus after receiving a vaccination but it will protect recipients for the rest of the season. She said every flu season is different, making it difficult to tell when the season will peak. “We may see a peak earlier or later in some years,” she said. Foo said it is important for at-risk populations to protect themselves from the virus. Definitely, people over the age of 65 have a higher risk of complications from the flu,” she said. “Those are the people in which we unfortunately we see a higher percentage of hospitalization and deaths from the flu.” Also, people who have chronic medical problems such as asthma, heart disease or diabetes, pregnant



WALK FROM PAGE A1 march ahead. We cannot turn back.’” The late Coretta Scott King, who died Jan. 30, 2006, in speaking about the meaning of the King holiday said at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Center in Atlanta, “We commemorate … the timeless values he taught us through his example — the values of courage, truth, justice, compassion, dignity, humility and service that so radiantly defined Dr. King’s character and empowered his leadership. On this holiday, we commemorate the universal, unconditional love, forgiveness and nonviolence that empowered his revolutionary spirit.” Sutton said those desiring to participate in Dream Walk 2017 can register Monday beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the Nettles Building on the USC Sumter campus. The 3-mile walk itself starts at 9:30 a.m., proceeding from the Nettles Building east on Miller

Committee members noted the community would continue to receive police protection from the Sumter County Sheriff ’s Office, fire protection from volunteer fire departments and water from private companies. Taylor said Sen. Rick Hembree, R-Horry, who chaired the committee meeting, said many municipalities already in existence in South Carolina are struggling to survive and questioned whether creating another one was not a recipe for failure. Chairwoman of the Rembert Area Community Coalition Juanita Britton said she was disappointed by the vote. “We’ll go back to the drawing board,” she said. “We will look at some things and resubmit.”

Road to Broad Street, turning left, then left again at Central Carolina Technical College’s Advanced Manufacturing Technology Training Center onto Bultman Drive, back to the Nettles Building. A celebratory program will begin at 11 a.m. in Nettles Building, with F.J. DeLaine Elementary School Principal Maria Newton-TaBon as keynote speaker. The Morris College Gospel Choir will sing, TABON and USC Sumter students will present a short skit. You need not be a Dream Walk participant to attend, and there is no charge for admission. Refreshments will be served, and commemorative T-shirts will be sold at cost, $13, and $15 for larger sizes. Sutton expects as many as 750 community members to participate. For more information, call her at (803) 938-3760.

Sumter County Sheriff’s Office seized gambling machines, money counting machines and other items associated with gambling from a Brentwood Drive residence. PHOTO PROVIDED

SHOT FROM PAGE A1 machines; a book with tally sheets; multiple locks and keys; and marijuana, with an approximate value of $3,710.

Ken Bell, public information officer with the sheriff’s office, said Cox was not charged for the marijuana because the amount was too small to be tested. Cox is charged with operating a gambling house and was taken to Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center.

way to prevent the flu,” she said. Additional preventive practices include staying home when sick, covering the mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, getting plenty of rest and washing hands frequently, Foo said.

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Scientists say moon over the hill at a ripe 4.51 billion years old CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — It turns out the moon is older than many scientists suspected: a ripe 4.51 billion years old. That’s the newest estimate, thanks to rocks and soil collected by the Apollo 14 moonwalkers in 1971. A research team reported Wednesday that the moon formed within 60 million years of the birth of the solar system. Previous estimates ranged within 100 million years, all the way up to 200 million years after the solar system’s creation, not quite 4.51 billion years ago. The scientists conducted uranium-lead dating on fragments of the mineral zircon extracted from Apollo 14 lunar samples. The pieces of zircon were minuscule — no bigger than a grain of sand. “Size doesn’t matter, they record amazing information nonetheless!� lead author Melanie Barboni of the University of California, Los Angeles, said in an email. She noted that the moon holds “so much magic ... the key to understand how our beautiful Earth formed and evolved.� The moon was created from debris knocked off from Earth, which itself is thought to be roughly 4.54 billion years old. Some of the eight zircon samples were used in a previous study, also conducted at UCLA, that utilized more limited techniques. Barboni said she is studying more zircons from Apollo 14 samples, but doesn’t expect it to change her


A full moon rises behind the ruins of the ancient marble Temple of Poseidon, southeast of Athens, on the eve of the summer solstice in June 2016. estimate of 4.51 billion years for the moon’s age, possibly 4.52 billion years at the most. “It would be more a double-checking than anything else,� she explained. She and her colleagues — whose work appeared Wednesday in the journal Science Advances — are eager to learn more about the moon’s history and, in turn, the evolution of early Earth and the entire solar system. Apollo 14’s Alan Shepard and Edgar Mitchell collected 92 pounds of rocks and used tubes to dig up soil while exploring the moon’s Fra Mauro highlands in February 1971. They conducted two spacewalks, spending nine hours altogether out on the lunar surface. It’s the second major moon study this week. On Monday, Israeli scientists suggested our Earth’s constant companion may actually be a melting pot of many mini-moons. Rather than one giant impact that shaved off a chunk of Earth and formed the moon, a series of smaller collisions may have created multiple moonlets that eventually merged into one, according to the researchers.

NEW YORK (AP) — It can almost certainly ease chronic pain and might help some people sleep, but it’s also likely to raise the risk of getting schizophrenia and might trigger heart attacks. Those are among the conclusions about marijuana reached by a federal advisory panel in a report released Thursday. The experts also called for a national effort to learn more about marijuana and its chemical cousins, including similarly acting compounds called cannabinoids. The current lack of scientific information “poses a public health risk,� said the report, released by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. Patients, health care professionals and policy makers need more evidence to make sound decisions, it said. Several factors have limited research. While the federal government has ap-

proved some medicines containing ingredients found in marijuana, it still classifies marijuana as illegal and imposes restrictions on research. So scientists have to jump through bureaucratic hoops that some find daunting, the report said. A federal focus on paying for studies of potential harms has also impeded research into possible health benefits, the report said. The range of marijuana products available for study has also been restricted, although the government is expanding the number of approved suppliers. Twenty-eight states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana for a variety of medical uses, and eight of those states, plus the district, have also legalized it for recreational use. The report lists nearly 100 conclusions about marijuana and its similarly acting chemical cousins, drawing on studies published since 1999.


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Netflix begins streaming ‘Lemony Snicket’ series BY KEVIN MCDONOUGH Well into the 21st century, we appear reluctant to leave the spirit of the 19th. This week has already seen the debut of the very Dickensian “Taboo.” On Sunday, “Masterpiece” launches a miniseries about the young Queen Victoria, and today, Netflix begins streaming the eightpart fantasy “Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events” (TV-PG), based on books written for young people by Daniel Handler featuring cheeky, anachronistic send-ups of gothic, gloomy tales. For the uninitiated, the “Lemony Snicket” books involve the Baudelaire children, orphaned after the death of their parents in a fire and left to the custody of their nearest relative, the scheming Count Olaf, played here by Neil Patrick Harris. Stories generally involve Olaf changing identities and costumes in his efforts to steal his wards’ inheritance, and the kids trying to get to the bottom of their parents’ untimely demise. This is a perfect role for Harris, an actor who is accustomed to only one direction, over-thetop. From the snippets made available for review, “Lemony Snicket,” directed by Barry Sonnenfeld (“The Addams Family,” “Men in Black”), has the self-conscious cleverness of a Wes Anderson production mixed with sets and special effects reminiscent of a Tim Burton movie. Patrick Warburton plays the narrator and title character. This is not the first attempt to adapt the popular books for the screen. Jim Carrey starred in a 2004 film version that Sonnenfeld was originally supposed to direct. So consider this his second chance to get things right. Books this popular and so beloved sometimes have a hard time delighting their original readers, who have already “produced” the story in the theater of their imagination. • Weeks after NBC launched “The Wall,” Discovery brings us “The Wheel” (10 p.m., TV14). Six survivalists face the punishing wilds of South America. Their location, and challenge, is determined by

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CULT CHOICE TCM offers three versions of the Queen of the Nile: The 1934 epic “Cleopatra” (8 p.m.), directed by Cecil B. DeMille and starring Claudette Colbert; the 1963 big-budget “Cleopatra” (10 p.m.), starring Elizabeth Taylor; and the 1945 adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Caesar and Cleopatra” (4:15 a.m.), starring Vivien Leigh and Claude Rains.



Louis Hynes, left, and Neil Patrick Harris star in “Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events,” which begins streaming today on Netflix. the turn of “The Wheel.” When, how and why it turns is a big unknown, adding a gameshow touch to this umpteenth variation on “Survivor.” • “20/20” (10 p.m., ABC) departs from its usual focus on true crime stories or fluffy features on Britain’s royal family to explore the difficulties of many American families faced with scarce jobs, income inequality and the feeling that the middle-class dream is beyond their grasp.

TONIGHT’S OTHER HIGHLIGHTS • “Scientology: A Student’s Descent” (8 p.m., ID, TV-14) profiles a former spy for the organization who helped wage war on its critics. • Patti LuPone guest-stars on “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” (9 p.m., CW, TV-14). • While moonlighting as a bodyguard, Danny hopes to clear his new boss’s name on “Blue Bloods” (10 p.m., CBS, TV-14). • “Dateline” (10 p.m., NBC) features a conversation with President Barack Obama.

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ly’s new beau shocks Ken on “Dr. Ken” (8:30 p.m., ABC, TVPG) * Police conventions can be murder on “Hawaii Five-0” (9 p.m., CBS, TV-14) * Dorothy discovers the Wizard’s grim intentions on “Emerald City” (9 p.m., NBC, TV-14) * Evidence points to witchcraft on “Sleepy Hollow” (9 p.m., Fox, TV-14) * Grease disposal looms large on “Shark Tank” (9

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HBO’s ‘Young Pope’ is as exciting as watching paint dry BY KEVIN MCDONOUGH Are HBO viewers ready for “The Young Pope” (9 p.m. Sunday, TV-MA)? This 10-part limited series stars Jude Law in the title role. He’s Pope Pius XIII, both young and American to boot, a mystery to the College of Cardinals who just elected him and to just about everybody else. Diane Keaton stars as American nun Sister Mary, the woman who raised the new pope and his brother, now a cardinal, from childhood. Their mysterious parents left them with Mary and her order after leaving a hippie commune for Venice. “The Young Pope” is directed by Paolo Sorrentino, whose 2013 film “The Great Beauty” was highly anticipated, rapturously reviewed and won the Oscar for best foreign film. I found it beautiful, but more like a painting than a film — easier to look at than watch and frequently dull. Not unlike “The Young Pope.” The series ekes some humor out of the confusion and consternation of the international College of Cardinals, who don’t know what to make of the mysterious and increasingly arrogant American. But its sly subtlety may be lost on those seeking entertainment. Law makes the most of his difficult character. But that doesn’t make him any easier to endure. Things move rather slowly in Vatican City and on “The Young Pope.” We see Pius giving his inaugural address in the opening moments. But then, we are assured, that this is only a fantasy. Not to give too much away, but he doesn’t give the real speech until the end of the second episode (seen Monday night). I’m not sure many will stick around to hear it. The makers of “The Young Pope” have forgotten that watching paint dry does not make for compelling television — even when that paint is on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. • Will “Downton Abbey” fans flock to a teen queen? Without a doubt. Will they stick around? That’s less certain. Jenna Coleman (“Doctor Who”) stars in the title role in the eight-part “Victoria” on

“Masterpiece” (9 p.m. Sunday, PBS, TV-PG, check local listings), taking over the former time slot of “Downton.” She’s the diminutive (4 feet, 11 inches) and overprotected young lady who overnight became queen and the unifying face of an empire at its zenith. Over the course of the series she advances from an uncertain teen, mentored by Lord Melbourne (Rufus Sewell), to find happiness with Prince Albert (Tom Hughes), raise many children and become England’s longreigning monarch. Even the most fairy-taleprincess-besotted viewer may find Coleman a tad too spunky for the role. Watching her, I felt guilty for writing so harshly about the CW period piece “Reign.” “Downton” taught us that making a costume drama is much like real estate. It’s all about locations, locations, locations. Even when the going got slow or predictable on “Downton,” you could gawk at the furniture and drapery. “Victoria” has entirely too many locations to concoct and, as a result, many of them look a little cheap. An early digital evocation of the London skyline recalls the animation of “Mary Poppins.” It’s unfair to compare “Victoria” to “The Crown,” a Netflix series with a reported budget exceeding $100 million.

That’s because there’s simply no comparison. With “The Crown,” and more recently FX’s “Taboo,” other outlets have begun to out-”Masterpiece” PBS at its own game. It doesn’t help that PBS has countered with series like “Poldark” and now “Victoria,” gussied-up romancenovel fluff more insipid than thought-provoking. • Every network except CBS has gone into Saturday night hibernation. That’s because of an AFC Divisional Round playoff game between the New England Patriots and the Houston Texans (8 p.m.). These events attract huge ratings, particularly for a night normally devoted to repeats. The numbers may not be Super Bowl-huge, but on par with “American Idol” finales in that show’s heyday. A 2015 playoff game between the Carolina Panthers and the Seattle Seahawks drew an audience of 31 million, making it the most-watched Saturday night broadcast in the history of the Fox Network. And you thought that honor would have gone to “COPS.” • “MythBusters: The Search” (9 p.m. Saturday, Science, TVPG) takes on two questions that Adam and Jamie never fully answered: Can you paint with explosives? And does drinking alcohol make you more creative? I hope they don’t try both of those experi-

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ments at once. • After a couple declares their openness to an “Open Marriage” (8 p.m. Saturday, Lifetime), their friends and family begin to feel confused and betrayed. Tilky Jones, Nikki Leigh, Kelly Dowdle and Jason Tobias star in this 2017 shocker.

SATURDAY’S HIGHLIGHTS • “The Guardians” (10 p.m., Animal Planet) investigate a dog fighting ring. • Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, James McAvoy, Frank Skinner, Gary and Paul O’Donovan, Pete Tong and the Heritage Orchestra appear on “The Graham Norton Show” (10 p.m., BBC America, TV-14). • Felicity Jones hosts “Saturday Night Live” (11:30 p.m., NBC, TV-14), featuring musical guest Sturgill Simpson.

SUNDAY’S HIGHLIGHTS • Scheduled on “60 Minutes” (7 p.m., CBS): an hourlong retrospective on the Obama administration. • Secrets emerge on the season finale of “Sherlock” on “Masterpiece” (7 p.m., PBS, TV14, check local listings). • Mr. Burns takes on a musical mogul on the first onehour episode of “The Simpsons” (8 p.m., Fox, TV-PG). • “The Real Mad Men of Advertising” (9 p.m., Smithsonian)

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recalls the 1960s. • “The Rolling Stones — Ole, Ole, Ole! A Trip Across Latin America” (9 p.m., Starz) captures the band playing a 2016 concert in Havana, Cuba. • Africa becomes the center of competing Chinese-American diplomacy on “Madam Secretary” (9 p.m., CBS, TV-14). • President Obama looks back on his two terms on “The 44th President: In His Own Words” (9 p.m., History). • “First Family of Hip Hop” (9 p.m., Bravo, TV-14) recalls the founders of Sugarhill Records. • The president-elect is debriefed as Carrie returns to the United States on the sixth season premiere of “Homeland” (9 p.m., Showtime, TVMA). • A clown’s time is over on “Elementary” (10 p.m., CBS, TV-14). • Hayes wonders what she’s doing with Wallace on “Conviction” (10 p.m., ABC).


















Former friend turned enemy continues her attacks DEAR ABBY: I need your help in dealing with an old “frenemy.” “Jenny” and I were friends in high school, Dear Abby but she constantly beratABIGAIL ed me and VAN BUREN accused me of taking advantage of her. She would make herself feel better by putting me down. After she went away to college, she got pregnant by a non-boyfriend. When she had an abortion, she swore me to secrecy because she didn’t tell the father. Shortly thereafter, he came to me and tricked me into telling him. To this day, Jenny still blames me and says I was out to get her and ruin

her life. Jenny spread rumors about me around our group of friends, on the internet, and told my mom horrible lies about me. She even threatened a lawsuit. Ten years later, she still pops up out of the blue to attack me. A year ago, she sent me a message saying she wished I had died in a tornado that struck my area. She sends taunts about an old boyfriend of mine who got married and had a kid. I never respond because that’s what she wants. She pops up at the worst times and makes me feel worse. How should I deal with her? At a boiling point in Tennessee DEAR BOILING: Continue to ignore this troubled woman. Block her anywhere you can, and delete any messages that

leak through so you won’t have to see them. If you have mutual friends who don’t know the whole story, you should have enlightened them years ago — and the same goes for your mother. Jenny appears to have serious issues. She isn’t a “frenemy.” She is strictly bad news, so recognize it and move on. Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Contact Dear Abby at www. or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069. For an excellent guide to becoming a better conversationalist and a more sociable person, order “How to Be Popular.” Send your name and mailing address, plus check or money order for $7 (U.S. funds) to: Dear Abby, Popularity Booklet, P.O. Box 447, Mount Morris, IL 610540447. (Shipping and handling are included in the price.)



THAT SCRAMBLED WORD GAME By David L Hoyt and Jeff Knurek

HOW TO PLAY: Each row, column and set of 3-by-3 boxes must contain the numbers 1 through 9 without repetition.

The answers to today’s puzzles can be found on today’s Daily Planner page.


By Bart Beisner

ACROSS 1 Cabo’s peninsula 5 Stupefy 10 Earthy shade 14 “Don’t have __, man!” 15 Jennifer Saunders’ “Ab Fab” role 16 Room service challenge 17 Simba’s mate 18 Pack animal? 19 Shrewd 20 Port 23 Heavy weight 24 It may need a boost 25 Port 34 “Mean Girls” actress 35 Instrument heard in the Doobie Brothers’ “Black Water” 36 Lived and breathed 37 Uncompromising 38 __ nus: barefoot, in Bordeaux 39 Hilarious one 40 Scotch datum 41 Construct 42 Friend of Jerry and George 43 Port

1/13/17 46 Org. with a square-rigger on its seal 47 Jungle swinger 48 Port 57 Ointment additive 58 De Valera of Ireland 59 “Dies __” 60 Array of options 61 Urban air problem 62 Reposed 63 Rear deck 64 Blush-inducing H.S. class 65 House meas. DOWN 1 Judicial seat 2 Smoothie fruit 3 Cola named for its intended effect 4 Football squad in white jerseys, typically 5 Lagging 6 Time change? 7 Turbaned Punjabi 8 Selective Service classification 9 Blue Devils’ rival

10 Homeowner’s account, perhaps 11 Kind of sandwich or soda 12 Tiller opening? 13 Taxi alternative 21 Unlike new clothes 22 Indian tourist mecca 25 Like some pond growth 26 Blacksmith’s need 27 Copper? 28 Like Wrigley Field’s walls 29 Many a flower girl 30 Acknowledge, in a way 31 “It’d be a dream come true”

32 Judd matriarch 33 Legally prohibit 38 One of Disney’s official eleven 39 Perfume staples 41 Forum infinitive 42 Yokum cartoonist 44 Garage service 45 Agitated 48 Where much tie-dyeing takes place 49 Kitchen bar 50 Prohibition 51 Tone down 52 Camera that uses 70mm film 53 Move like honey 54 Modern-day Mesopotamia 55 Newbie 56 Commonly anchored shelter

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NOTABLE & QUOTABLE The Charleston Post and Courier discusses “Haley’s fondest farewell.” During her seventh and final State of the State address Wednesday, S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley reflected on some of the most significant achievements made during her tenure — new jobs, new industry, fiscal caution, ethics reform and a heightened focus on public education. Certainly she deserves credit for those accomplishments and for dealing effectively with several crises that could have been much worse without her able leadership, including the shooting deaths at Emanuel AME Church, floods and winter storms, a hurricane and a state divided over the Confederate flag. And she did so with grace and strength. Gov. Haley, who is expected to become the U.S. ambassador to the U.N. as selected by President-elect Donald Trump, will step down should that happen and Lt. Gov. Henry McMaster will become governor. He will have a lot to do to continue her initiatives and fill in some gaps. The main theme of her goodbye speech was that she loves South Carolina and its people and that they are the real reason for the state’s successes. It seems that South Carolina residents appreciate her, too, and with good reason. She has made a real difference in South Carolina and in doing so, she has made her state proud. ••• Sen. Thomas McElveen of Sumter did a superb job Wednesday night in the Democratic response to Gov. Haley’s State of the State address. Here are some excerpts: We know all too well what needs to be done in South Carolina to ensure future prosperity and competitiveness in a global economy. We know what our responsibilities are to the working men and women of this state, to their families, and to the next generation of South Carolinians. For too long we have failed to summon the will and the courage to work together to turn our challenges into opportunities by fixing what’s broken in our state. The people of our state deserve branches of government that are committed to working together to make every day challenges easier for every day South Carolinians. It’s time for all of us to put those folks first - before partisan rhetoric, before partisan politics, before partisan bickering, and before self-preservation. It’s time for us to do what’s right, and to do it with a sense of urgency that our leaders have failed to execute for well over a decade. First and foremost, the people of South Carolina demand honesty and integrity from the public officials who have been given the public’s trust to solve our biggest challenges and to move this state in the right direction. What they don’t deserve is a cloud of corruption charges and far too many instances where public trust has been violated in exchange for personal gain among the people who are charged with running this state. It’s a cloud that we must shake in order to re-

store the people’s trust in our state government. In what has too often been a vitriolic political climate in our country – and even in our state at times – we have proven that we are capable of setting a different tone in South Carolina, and now we must continue in that same vein. We have achieved our greatest successes when we have worked together, and our greatest successes have come when we’ve had leadership focused on good results for our state combined with the will to collaborate. I believe that’s what our fellow South Carolinians want, and it’s what they deserve from us. ••• In “The Trump Russia Files,” Dan Henninger of The Wall Street Journal writes, “The president-elect’s interregnum turns into a media circus damaging everyone.” A standard journalistic defense for publishing, or reporting on, the sort of thing BuzzFeed put on the web Tuesday night about Donald Trump’s alleged compromise by the Russians is that “the people” ultimately will sort it all out. You could say the same thing about tornadoes. Conventional wisdom after the election held that the media had been chastened by its coverage of the campaign, that it had learned to be more careful about separating facts from the media bubble. The past week’s news, if one still can call it that, was bookended by two Trump files. The first was the intelligence community report that Russia’s hack of the presidential election favored Mr. Trump. The second was a salacious opposition-research file on Mr. Trump published by BuzzFeed, which says it is about “trending buzz.” Below the site’s Trump-in-Russia stories Wednesday sat, “Lauren Conrad Just Posted The Most Adorable Photo Of Her Baby Bump.” No one has learned anything. When people played on real pinball machines, everyone knew that if you banged on the machine too hard, it would lock up. It would “tilt.” Because so many once-respected institutions are behaving so badly, the American system is getting close to tilt. The interregnum between the election result and next week’s inauguration has become a wild, destructive circus, damaging the reputation and public standing of everyone performing in it, including Donald Trump. Trumpians will resist that thought, but they should be concerned at their diminishing numbers. Quinnipiac’s poll this week puts Mr. Trump’s approval rating at 37%. Building in even an expansive margin for error, this is an astonishing low for a president-elect. Mr. Trump routinely mocks the “dishonest media.” He has a point, but dishonesty isn’t the problem. The internet, media’s addictive drug, is the problem. Whatever publication standards existed before the web are eroding. Notable & Quotable is compiled by Graham Osteen. Contact him at graham@theitem. com.

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What happened to the honeymoon?


ASHINGTON — The shortest honeymoon on record is officially over. Normally, newly elected presidents enjoy a wave of goodwill that allows them to fly high at least through their first 100 days. Donald Trump has not yet been sworn in and the honeymoon has already come and gone. Presidents-elect usually lie low during the interregnum. Trump never lies low. He seized the actual presidency from Barack Obama within weeks of his election — cutting ostentatious deals with U.S. manufacturers to keep jobs at home, challenging 40-year-old China policy, getting into a very public fight with the intelligence agencies. By now he has taken over the presidential stage. It is true that we have only one president at a time, and for over a month it’s been Donald Trump. The result is quantifiable. A Quinnipiac poll from Nov. 17-20 — the quiet, hope-andchange phase — showed a decided bump in Trump’s popularity and in general national optimism. It didn’t last long. In the latest Quinnipiac poll, the numbers have essentially returned to Trump’s (historically dismal) pre-election levels. For several reasons. First, the refusal of an unbending left to accept the legitimacy of Trump’s victory. It’s not just the demonstrators chanting “not my president.” It is leading Democrats pushing one line after another to delegitimize the election, as in: he lost the popular vote, it’s James Comey’s fault, the Russians did it. Second, Trump’s own instincts and inclinations, a thirst for attention that leads to hyperactivity. His need to dominate every news cycle feeds an almost compulsive tweet habit. It has placed him just about continuously

at the center of the national conversation and not always to his benefit. Trump simply Charles Krauthammer can’t resist playground pushback. His tweets gave Meryl Streep’s Golden Globes screed priceless publicity. His mocking Arnold Schwarzenegger for bad “Apprentice” ratings -- compared with “the ratings machine, DJT” — made Trump look small and Arnold (almost) sympathetic. Nor is this behavior likely to change after the inauguration. It’s part of Trump’s character. Nothing negative goes unanswered because, for Trump, an unanswered slight has the air of concession or surrender. Finally, it’s his chronic indiscipline, his jumping randomly from one subject to another without rhyme, reason or larger strategy. In a week packed with confirmation hearings and Russian hacking allegations, what was he doing meeting with Robert Kennedy Jr., an antivaccine activist pushing the thoroughly discredited idea that vaccines cause autism? We know from way back during the Republican debates that Trump himself has dabbled in this dubious territory. One could, however, write it off as one of many campaign oddities that would surely fade away. Not so, apparently. This is not good. The idea that vaccines cause autism originally arose in a 1998 paper in the medical journal The Lancet that was later found to be fraudulent and had to be retracted. Indeed, the lead researcher acted so egregiously that he was stripped of his medical license.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR TRANSPLANT TO SUMTER FINDS ROADS, POTHOLES ESPECIALLY TREACHEROUS I moved here in 2012. Weather here in Sumter is just about perfect. But its streets could really use a lot of work. Broad Street is a prime example. The same pile of trash is still lying in the turning lane off Broad Street onto Wilson Hall Road. What is that? Could someone have taken a broom and dust pan and sweep it up and please put it in a trash can? I’m sure a large group of people who travel that road really get disgusted with the pot holes and some really big and long areas on Broad Street that should be paved or black topped all the way from town center to Columbia. Where do our tax dollars go?

Kennedy says that Trump asked him to chair a commission about vaccine safety. While denying that, the transition team does say that the commission idea remains open. Either way, the damage is done. The anti-vaccine fanatics seek any validation. This indirect endorsement from Trump is immensely harmful. Vaccination has prevented more childhood suffering and death than any other measure in history. With so many issues pressing, why even go there? The vaccination issue was merely an exclamation point on the scatter-brained randomness of the Trump transition. All of which contributes to the harried, almost wearying feeling that we are already well into the Trump presidency. Compare this to eight years ago and the near euphoria — overblown but nonetheless palpable — at the swearing-in of Barack Obama. Not since JFK had any new president enjoyed such genuine goodwill upon accession to office. And yet it turns out that such auspicious beginnings are not at all predictive. We could see it this same week. Tuesday night, there stood Obama giving a farewell address that only underscored the failure of a presidency so bathed in optimism at its start. The final speech, amazingly, could have been given, nearly unedited, in 2008. Why it even ended with “yes we can.” Is there more powerful evidence of the emptiness of the intervening two terms? When your final statement is a reprise of your first, you have unwittingly confessed to being nothing more than a historical parenthesis. Charles Krauthammer’s email address is letters@ © 2017, The Washington Post Writers Group

The mayor here tells us about the parks getting worked on. What about the ride getting to the parks? Could someone who is in the know actually write out just one report showing us taxpayers what our taxes are REALLY used for? The roads are in disrepair, the school system is messed up, and no one knows where that money went. I have no clue who owns the new car wash that went in on the corner of Broad Street and Wilson Hall but a big thanks to the folks who own it. I use it quite frequently. At least now we don’t have to skirt that big hole anymore and try to not get mud and cinders on our cars. I read a sticker on a car that said, “I’m not drunk. I’m just skirting the potholes.” I wish I had such a sticker. LILLI KALIE Sumter




MLK JR. DAY SCHEDULE BANKS — All area banks and credit unions will be Luther King Jr. Day Schedule: Jan. closed onMartin Monday. 13, 2017 — The following will be closed on MonGOVERNMENT day: federal government offices; U.S. Postal Service; state government offices; City of Sumter offices; Sumter County offices; City of Manning offices; Clarendon County offices; and City of Bishopville offices. SCHOOLS — The following will be closed on Monday: Sumter School District; Clarendon School Districts 1, 2 and 3; Lee County Public Schools; Thomas Sumter Academy; Wilson Hall; St. Anne and St. Jude Catholic School; St. Francis Xavier High School; Laurence Manning Academy; Clarendon Hall; Sumter Christian School; USC Sumter; and Central Carolina Technical College. UTILITIES — Black River Electric Coop. will be closed on Monday. OTHER — The following will be closed on Monday: Clemson Extension Service; the Greater Sumter Chamber of Commerce; Harvin Clarendon County Library; and The Sumter County Library. The Sumter Item will be closed on Monday.




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ARIES (March 21-April 19): Consider what EUGENIA LAST will bring you the highest return. Networking with your peers or holding a meeting that allows you to present what you have to offer will lead to greater options, but not necessarily the deal you want. Time is on your side.

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TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Emotional issues will surface at home if you neglect an important relationship. It’s fine to help others, but make sure you take care of your personal interests first. A meeting, interview or investment will lead to financial gain. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Make special plans with the youngsters or elders in your family. The gratitude gained will be well worth any inconvenience. You’ll gain insights from the observations of those looking at your current personal or professional situation from a distance. CANCER (June 21-July 22): Share your interests with someone who enjoys the same things as you. Forming a partnership or working toward a common goal will bring you one step closer to getting what you want. A simple idea or plan will turn into something special. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Emotions related to sensitive issues will flare up. Listen to advice, but do what you feel will defuse matters diplomatically. Change can be good if you go about it the right way. Patience and paying attention to detail will pay off. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): A change in the way or where you live will encourage you to lower your overhead. Living within your means will ease your stress and encourage personal alterations to your lifestyle. A creative idea will

encourage a joint venture. Love is highlighted.


LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Put more time into important relationships. Make plans to engage in functions that can make a positive difference to your community or environment. Make choices based on what you want to see happen, not what someone else wants.

Today: Pleasant; variable clouds, sun. Winds southwest 4-8 mph. Saturday: Cooler with a shower. Winds east-southeast 4-8 mph.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Keep an open mind when dealing with emotional matters that have the potential to ruin your day. Stay focused on creative endeavors and improvements at home or work that will make your life easier. Selfreflection is favored. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): A personal investment will pay off. Purchasing a home or something with the potential to grow in value is favored. Relying on secondhand information will be costly. Do your own research and you will get the best deal. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Don’t be afraid to do things differently. You’ll surprise someone with your insight. Pay close attention to your relationships. A thoughtful gesture will bring a favorable response and an offer that will help you excel. Personal improvements will lead to compliments. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Put in a full day and you will accomplish what you set out to do. The personal changes you make will have an impact on the way others perceive you. Put your own unique spin on whatever you pursue. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Don’t let an emotional incident set you back. Stay focused on what and who is important to you, and you will avoid getting into a no-win situation that will ruin your mood as well as any plans you have.

AROUND TOWN at the Sumter Elks Lodge on The Lincoln High School PresPinewood Road at Second ervation Alumni Association Mill Pond. Open to all area will meet at 4 p.m. on Sunhams and those interested day, Jan. 15, at the Lincoln High School cafeteria, Coun- in amateur radio. Visit http://www.sumterhamracil Street. Call James L. or find the group Green at (803) 968-4173. Lincoln High Alumni Association on The Sumter Branch NAACP’s annual Martin Luther King pro- The Carolina Coin Club will meet at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, gram will be held at 3 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 16, at Jeho- Jan. 17, at the Parks & Recreation Department buildvah Missionary Baptist ing, 155 Haynsworth St. The Church, 805 S. Harvin St. club meets on the third Rep. Joe Neal will serve as Tuesday of each month. Viskeynote speaker. itors are always welcome. “Chemo with Style” Support Call (803) 775-8840. Group will hold its first The Sumter County Chapter of meeting from 5:30 to 7 p.m. AARP will meet at 3 p.m. on on Tuesday, Jan. 17, at Hospice Care of Tri-County, 2560 Thursday, Jan. 19, at Sumter Tahoe Drive, and will contin- Senior Services Center, 119 ue to meet every other third S. Sumter St. Doris Gleason, South Carolina AARP outTuesday of every other reach director, will speak. month thereafter. The Sumter Amateur Radio As- Open to anyone 55 years or older. Call Johnny Jones at sociation (SARA) will meet at (803) 773-9681. 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 17,

Sumter 75/49

Aiken 74/52

Charleston 77/52

Today: Variable clouds in the morning followed by sunshine. High 68 to 76. Saturday: Times of sun and clouds; cooler in northern parts. High 57 to 71.


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Flood 7 a.m. 24-hr stage yest. chg 12 11.22 -0.02 19 3.90 -0.04 14 11.39 +0.08 14 3.89 +0.33 80 77.74 -0.30 24 5.96 -0.12

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SUMTER SPCA PETS OF THE WEEK Sophie, left, is a housebroken and spayed 8-month-old American short Sophie has a sweet, playful perhair. She is great with other cats. She sonality has a sweet and playful personality and Genie is sweet, and loving loves to play with catshy toys. Sophie has been at the SPCA since the age of 7 weeks and is our longest resident. She would love to find her forever home. Genie, right, is a 1-year-old dachshund / beagle mix. She is a sweet, shy and loving girl who is friendly and active. Genie loves attention and is great with other dogs. She would make a great family dog. The Sumter SPCA is located at 1140 S. Guignard Drive, (803) 773-9292, and is open 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. every day except Wednesday and Sunday. Visit the website at

The SPCA relies heavily on community support and donations. Currently, the biggest needs are for dry puppy and kitten food; wet cat food; cat litter; and cleaning supplies. The following are also appreciated: Newspapers; stuffed animals; heavy duty trash bags (30 gallon or larger); dishwashing liquid; laundry detergent; bleach; paper towels; sheets and comforters; baby blankets; canned dog and cat food; dry dog food; treats; leashes and collars; disinfectant spray; all-purpose cleaner; air freshener; no scratch scrubbers; two-sided sponges for dishes; litter freshener; and, of course, monetary donations are also gratefully accepted.



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Clutch performance Jackson hits game-winning trey with 4 seconds left to lift Sumter past Panthers 53-52 BY EDDIE LITAKER Special To The Sumter Item Sumter High’s Zykiem Jackson proved to be Mr. Clutch on Thursday, draining a 3-pointer with four seconds left to lift the Gamecocks to a 53-52 victory over Carolina Forest in Region VI-5A varsity boys basketball at the SHS gymnasium. Sumter had led by as many as nine in the first half before falling behind by four with under four minutes left. The Gamecocks closed on an 8-3 run that included a Tylik Sibblies-Simon trey and an Ahmad Peoples low-post bucket before Jackson’s game-winning heroics. “Zykiem, we were running great and they’re kind of sagging man (defense), so he took a good shot -- a great shot -and that’s what we were kind of looking for,” said Sumter head coach Shawn Jones. “We wanted to hit the post and then kick it back out, kind of make them collapse a little bit more, but they were playing that sagging man.” Damon McDowell finished strong for the Panthers, scoring nine of his 14 points in the final quarter. But it was a driving, low-post miss with less than two minutes left and CF clinging to a 49-48 lead that opened the door for the Gamecocks. Sumter took advantage with the Peoples basket at 1:23 before a Tariq Timmons bucket and a front-end of a 2-shot foul connection by Ismael Garcia gave the Panthers a 52-50 lead. “I was thinking they were going to try to run the clock out, because they were up one, and then try to get a foul,” said Jones, whose team improved to 11-5 and 3-0 while dropping CF to 7-9 and 1-2. “But luckily he did take the shot. So that opened the door for us — another opportunity, another possession — and it worked out well.” The Gamecocks’ pathway to victory didn’t come without a fork in the road as a turnover on a traveling violation with 23 seconds to go forced the foul on Garcia. It seemed that no lead was RICK CARPENTER/THE SUMTER ITEM safe for either team throughSumter’s Raymond Johnson (32) powers his way inside for a short jumper as Carolina Forest’s TJay out the game, which saw six


Brunson (12) and Tang Timmons (33) defend during the Gamecocks’ 53-52 victory on Thursday at the Sumter gymnasium.

LMA boys look for right pieces to lineup puzzle BY JUSTIN DRIGGERS The Laurence Manning Academy varsity boys basketball team had a number of familiar faces returning this season. And not just from last year, either. The Swampcats returned five players from a squad than went 18-10 a season ago and finished in the quarterfinals of the SCISA 3A state tournament. As it turned out, LMA also returned four more players who had previously suited up for them as well. Nazir Andino, Taylor Lee, Shakeel Robinson, Grayson Dennis and Jerrell Kelly were all on the floor for head coach Will Epps last year. They were joined this season by Terrell Houston, Jalil Robinson, Malik Cokley and Seth Green, who all returned to the court

after at least one year’s hiatus. It gives the ‘Cats a lot of depth, Epps said, but the biggest hurdle so far this season has been deciding on who plays when. “We have a lot of players that can contribute,” he said. “Trying to figure out what situation works the best with which guys on court together at the same time has actually been a challenge. We’re just trying to figure out the best scenario for them and the team. “We’ve made steps, but we’re still not where we need to be.” The Swampcats were 13-5 heading into Thursday’s matchup with Trinity-Byrnes Collegiate. They have another game today at Camden MiliSUMTER ITEM FILE PHOTO tary and don’t begin Region Taylor Lee (5) is one of the returning starters for the Laurence II-3A play until next week.

Manning Academy Swampcats this season as they look for an SEE LMA, PAGE B4 experienced roster to guide them to a deep playoff run.


USC edges Georgia as Wilson sidelined BY PETE IACOBELLI The Associated Press COLUMBIA — When Bianca Cuevas-Moore hit a couple of early shots and smiled on her way down court. She knew she was headed for a good game. Cuevas-Moore scored a career-high 25 points off the bench and lifted No. 5 South Carolina to a 66-63 victory over Georgia without injured AllAmerican A’ja Wilson. Alaina Coates added her 52nd career double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Gamecocks (14-1, 4-0 Southeastern Conference). No doubt South Carolina missed Wilson, the 6-foot-5 scoring leader who sprained her right ankle at Florida on Sunday and wore a pink cast as she walked on crutches to the sideline. But it was the 5-6 CuevasMoore, part of the same recruiting class as Wilson, who came off the bench to power the Gamecocks to their 26th straight win against SEC competition. She made 10 of 17 shots, including two 3-pointers. “When I start hitting shots, I think I’m going to have a pretty good game, so I continue to do it,” Cuevas-Moore said. She began the season as starting point guard, but her pesty defense, high-speed aggressiveness and penchant to hoist up shots landed her on the bench behind freshman Tyasha Harris. Coach Dawn Staley got Cuevas-Moore to embrace the sparkplug, sixthman role, knowing her team of double-digit starters — Wilson leads four starters who average 10 points or more — needed a floor leader who passed first and shot later.



Georgia Tech powers past Clemson 75-63 BY GEORGE HENRY The Associated Press ATLANTA — Ben Lammers had 23 points and 10 rebounds, Quinton Stephens added 16 points and Georgia Tech beat Clemson 75-63 on Thursday night. The inexperienced Yellow Jackets, who upset North Carolina and played Louisville tough, pulled off another surprising performance at home under first-year coach Josh Pastner. Josh Okogie finished with 13 points, and Tadric Jackson scored 10 for the Yellow Jackets (10-6, 2-2 Atlantic Coast Conference). Georgia Tech was projected to be among the league’s worst teams this season. Jaron Blossomgame scored 20 points, and Avry Holmes added 14 for Clemson (11-5, 1-3). The Tigers have lost three straight. Clemson cut the lead to five on Gabe DeVoe’s 3 with 3:15 remaining, and Stephens missed







Lane, Hawks top Bates 32-22 Marcus Lane had 12 points, three rebounds, three steals and three assists as the Alice Drive Middle School boys basketball team earned a 32-22 victory over Bates on Thursday at the Bantams gymnasium. Trevonte Brunson added eight points and had 10 rebounds for the Hawks followed by Nykeem Isaac with three points, two rebounds and two steals. ADMS improved to 9-1 and will host Furman on Wednesday. LEE CENTRAL 72 SPAULDING 8

BISHOPVILLE – Lee Central remained improved to 8-0 with a 72-8 victory over Spaulding on Thursday at the LC gymnasium. Daveon Thomas had a double-double of 21 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Stallions. Daurrion Kelly had 13 points and passed out eight assists, while Omari Martin had 10 points. Miguel Watters and Lebron Thomas both had eight points, while Javontae Price had six points and 12 rebounds. MANNING 59 FURMAN 27

Manning Junior High School improved to 9-1 with a 59-27 victory over Furman on Thursday at the FMS gymnasium. Corey Graham led the Monarchs with 16 points. Isaiah Washington added 11. CHESTNUT OAKS 52 HILLCREST 20

DALZELL -- Hillcrest Middle School fell to 2-11 with a 52-20 loss to Chestnut Oaks on Thursday at the HMS gymnasium. Christion Bowser led the Wildcats with 10 points.

JV BASKETBALL LAURENCE MANNING 58 TRINITY-BYRNES 42 MANNING -- Chase Lee had 17 points and Wyatt Rowland added 10 as Laurence Manning Academy defeated Trinity-Byrnes 58-42 on Thursday at Bubba Davis Gymnasium. LMA will travel to Camden Military today. SUMTER 36 CAROLINA FOREST 28

Sumter High School improved to 8-1 with a 36-28 victory over Carolina Forest on Thursday at the SHS gymnasium. Jaylen Johnson led the Gamecocks with 12 points. Kwaleek Jones added nine points.

B TEAM BASKETBALL WILSON HALL 45 ORANGEBURG PREP 36 ORANGEBURG -Heath Watson had 14 points and five rebounds as Wilson Hall earned a 45-36 victory over Orangeburg Prep on Thursday at the OP gymnasium. Doc Walker added 11 points and five rebounds for the Barons. Wade Payne had six rebounds while Caleb Porter finished with six points. WH improved to 4-4 and will host Thomas Sumter Academy today. HEATHWOOD HALL 36 LAURENCE MANNING 35

COLUMBIA – Laurence Manning Academy lost to Heathwood Hall 36-35 on Thursday at the HH gymnasium. Bryce Accord led the Lady Swampcats with 12 points. Jackson Campbell had six and Davis Campbell had five.

GIRLS VARSITY BASKETBALL TRINITY-BYRNES 43 LAURENCE MANNING 41 MANNING – Brooke Bennett had 12 points, but Trinity-Byrnes edged Laurence Manning Academy 43-41 on Thursday at Bubba Davis Gymnasium. Brooke Ward added eight points for the Lady Swampcats while Sara Knight Nalley and Olivia Coker each finished with six.

JV BASKETBALL LAURENCE MANNING 24 TRINITY-BYRNES 16 MANNING – Laurence Manning Academy improved to 6-3 with a 24-16 victory over Trinity-Byrnes on Thursday at Bubba Davis Gymnasium. Audrey Bennett led LMA with seven points. Katherine Burns and Breanna Boykin both had five points. ANDREW JACKSON 25 LEE CENTRAL 20

KERSHAW – Lee Central High School lost to Andrew Jackson High 25-20 on Thursday at the AJ gymnasium. Robionne Myers had nine points, three steals and four assists to pace the Lady Stallions. Nae Wesley led in scoring with 10 points.


Jada Sawyer had a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds to lead Alice Drive Middle School to a 50-13 victory over Bates on Thursday at the Bates gymnasium. Stevye Sinkler led the Lady Hawks with 17 points and five steals. Tajanique Johnson had eight points and Emily Watson had six. Sawyer had four steals and Jalyn Matthews had eight rebounds. LEE CENTRAL 34 SPAULDING 12

BISHOPVILLE – La’Tarya Brisbon scored 18 points to lead Lee Central to a 34-12 victory over Spaulding on Thursday at the LC gymnasium. Reginae Reddick added seven points and 10 rebounds for the Lady Stallions. FURMAN 27 MANNING 20

India Dowling scored nine points to lead Furman Middle School to a 27-20 victory over Manning Junior High School on Thursday at the FMS gymnasium. Tiandra Follin added seven points for the Lady Indians and Selena Hopkins had six.

B TEAM BASKETBALL WILSON HALL 22 ORANGEBURG PREP 18 Wilson Hall improved to 8-1 with a 22-18 victory over Orangeburg Prep on Thursday at the OP gymnasium. Lucy Matthews led WH with seven points, while Camryn Bateman and Heather Stone both had six points. HEATHWOOD HALL 42 LAURENCE MANNING 15

COLUMBIA -- Laurence Manning Academy lost to Heathwood Hall 42-15 on Thursday at the HH gymnasium. Callie Thompson led LMA with six points.



5 a.m. – Professional Golf: European PGA Tour South African Open Second Round from Gauteng, South Africa (GOLF). 1 p.m. – Professional Tennis: Apia International Sydney Semifinal Matches from Sydney (TENNIS). 1:30 p.m. – Amateur Golf: Diamond Resorts Invitational Day One from Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (GOLF). 3 p.m. – Amateur Golf: Latin America Amateur Championship Second Round from Panama City, Panama (ESPN2). 4 p.m. – International Soccer: Copa Centroamericana Match -- Honduras vs. Nicaragua (UNIVISON). 6 p.m. – Men’s Professional Tennis: ASB Classic Early-Round Matches and Australian Open Qualifying Matches (TENNIS). 6:30 p.m. – College Hockey: Denver at Western Michigan (TIME WARNER 1250). 6:30 p.m. – International Soccer: Copa Centroamericana Match – Costa Rica vs. El Salvador (UNIVISON). 7 p.m. – College Basketball: Toledo at Central Michigan (CBS SPORTS NETWORK). 7 p.m. – College Basketball: Detroit at Oakland (ESPNU). 7 p.m. – Women’s College Basketball: St. John’s at Georgetown (SEC NETWORK). 7 p.m. – NBA Basketball: Charlotte at Philadelphia (FOX SPORTS SOUTHEAST). 7 p.m. – PGA Golf: Sony Open Second Round from Honolulu (GOLF). 7 p.m. – Professional Swimming: Arena Pro Swim Series from Austin, Texas (NBC SPORTS NETWORK). 7 p.m. – Women’s College Gymnastics: Georgia at Auburn (SEC NETWORK). 7:30 p.m. – NHL Hockey: Buffalo at Carolina (FOX SPORTSOUTH). 8 p.m. – NBA Basketball: Boston at Atlanta (ESPN). 8:30 p.m. – Women’s College Gymnastics: Louisiana State at Alabama (SEC NETWORK). 8:30 p.m. – College Hockey: Nebraska (Omaha) at Colorado College (TIME WARNER 1250). 9 p.m. – Women’s College Gymnastics: Utah at Brigham Young (BYUTV). 9 p.m. – High School Basketball: Bass Pro Shops Tournament of Champions Semifinal Games (CBS SPORTS NETWORK). 9 p.m. – College Basketball: Rider at Manhattan (ESPNU). 9 p.m. – Professional Boxing: Erislandy Lara vs. Yuri Foreman in a Super Welterweight Bout from Hialeah, Fla. (SPIKE). 9 p.m. – International Soccer: Copa Centroamericana Match – Panama vs. Belice (UNIVISON). 10:30 p.m. – NBA Basketball: Detroit at Utah (ESPN).


5 a.m. – Professional Golf: European PGA Tour South African Open Third Round from Gauteng, South Africa (GOLF). 7:25 a.m. – International Soccer: English Premier League Matchh – West Brom vs. Tottenham (NBC SPORTS NETWORK). 9:55 a.m. – International Soccer: English Premier League Matchh – Arsenal vs. Swansea (NBC SPORTS NETWORK). 10 a.m. – International Soccer: English Premier League Matchh – West Ham vs. Crsytal Palace (CNBC). Noon – College Basketball: Connecticut at Georgetown (WACH 57). Noon – College Basketball: Virginia at Clemson (WKTC 63, WWBD-FM 94.7, WPUB-FM 102.7). Noon – College Basketball: Dayton at Duquesne (CBS SPORTS NETWORK). Noon – College Basketball: Duke at Louisville (ESPN). Noon – College Basketball: Georgia at Florida (ESPN2). Noon – College Basketball: Minnesota at Penn State (ESPNU). Noon – College Basketball: St. John’s at Villanova (FOX SPORTS 1). Noon – College Basketball: Seton Hall at Providence (FOX SPORTS SOUTHEAST). Noon – College Basketball: Miami at Pittsburgh (FOX SPORTSOUTH). Noon – College Basketball: Austin Peay at Eastern Illinois (TIME WARNER 1250). 12:30 p.m. – International Soccer: English Premier League Match – Chelsea vs. Leicester (WIS 10). 12:30 p.m. – College Basketball: Richmond at St. Joseph’s (NBC SPORTS NETWORK). 1 p.m. – College Basketball: Texas A&M at Mississippi State (WLTX 19). 1 p.m. – Amateur Golf: Latin America Amateur Championship Third Round from Panama City, Panama (ESPNEWS). 1 p.m. – College Basketball: Truman State at Creighton (FOX SPORTS 2). 1 p.m. – Internationbal Soccer: Portuguese League Match – Sporting vs. GD Chaves (UNIVISION). 1:30 p.m. – Amateur Golf: Diamond Resorts Invitational Day Two from Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (GOLF). 2 p.m.—College Basketball: Notre Dame at Virginia Tech (WKTC 63). 2 p.m. – Women’s College Basketball: San Diego at Brigham Young (BYUTV). 2 p.m.—College Basketball: Virginia Commonwealth at Davidson (CBS SPORTS NETWORK). 2 p.m.—College Basketball: Florida State at North Carolina (ESPN). 2 p.m.—College Basketball: Oklahoma State at Kansas (ESPN2). 2 p.m. – College Hockey: Arizona State at Ohio State (ESPNU). 2 p.m.—College Basketball: Xavier at Butler (FOX SPORTS 1). 2 p.m.—College Basketball: DePaul at Marquette (FOX SPORTS SOUTHEAST). 2 p.m.—College Basketball: Chattanooga at Mercer (TIME WARNER 1250). 2:30 p.m. – College Basketball: St. Louis at George Mason (NBC SPORTS NETWORK). 3 p.m. – Professional Tennis: Apia International Sydney Final Match from Sydney (TENNIS). 4 p.m. – College Basketball: Houston at Central Florida (CBS SPORTS NETWORK). 4 p.m. – College Basketball: Auburn at Kentucky (ESPN). 4 p.m. – College Basketball: Tulsa at Temple (ESPNEWS). 4 p.m. – College Basketball: West Virginia at Texas (ESPN2). 4 p.m. – College Basketball: Boston College at Syracuse (FOX SPORTSOUTH). 4 p.m. – College Basketball: Louisiana Tech at Old Dominion (TIME WARNER 1250). 4:30 p.m. – NFL Football: National Football Conference Divisional Playoff Game – Seattle at Atlanta (WACH 57, WWFN-FM 100.1). 4:30 p.m. – College Basketball: Baylor at Kansas State (ESPNU). 4:30 p.m. – College Basketball: Fordham at St. Bonaventure (NBC SPORTS NETWORK). 4:30 p.m. – College Basketball: Alabama at Louisiana State (SEC NETWORK). 5:30 p.m. – College Basketball: Iowa State at Texas Christian (FOX SPORTS SOUTHEAST). 5:50 p.m. – International Soccer: Mexican League Match – Monarcas vs. Querataro (UNIVISION). 6 p.m. – College Basketball: South Florida at Memphis (CBS SPORTS NETWORK). 6 p.m. – College Basketball: Maryland at Illinois (ESPN2). 6 p.m. – NBA Basketball: San Antonio vs. Phoenix from Mexico City (NBA TV). 6 p.m. – College Basketball: Western

Kentucky at Middle Tennessee State (TIME WARNER 1250). 6:30 p.m. – College Basketball: Mississippi at South Carolina (ESPNU, WDXY-FM 105.9, WNKT-FM 107.5, WDXY-AM 1240). 6:30 p.m. – College Basketball: Missouri at Arkansas (SEC NETWORK). 7 p.m. – NHL Hockey: New York Islanders at Carolina (FOX SPORTSOUTH). 7 p.m. – PGA Golf: Sony Open Third Round from Honolulu (GOLF). 7 p.m. – Professional Swimming: Arena Pro Swim Series from Austin, Texas (NBC SPORTS NETWORK). 7:55 p.m. – International Soccer: Mexican League Match – Guadalajara vs. Monterrey (UNIVISION). 8 p.m. – NFL Football: American Football Conference Divisional Playoff Game – Houston at New England (WLTX 19, WWFN-FM 100.1). 8 p.m. – High School Basketball: High School Basketball Showcase from Springfield, Mass. – Hillcrest Prep (Ariz.) vs. Westtown (Pa.). 8 p.m. – College Basketball: Wichita State at Illinois State (ESPN2). 8 p.m. – College Basketball: Grand Canyon at Texas (Rio Grande Valley) (TIME WARNER 1250). 8:30 p.m. – College Basketball: Texas Tech at Oklahoma (ESPNU). 8:30 p.m. – College Basketball: Tennessee at Vanderbilt (SEC NETWORK). 9 p.m. – Men’s College Volleyball: McKendree at Brigham Young (BYUTV). 9:30 p.m. – Professional Boxing: Badou Jack vs. James DeGale for the World Super Middleweight Title from Brooklyn, N.Y. (SHOWTIME). 9:55 p.m. – International Soccer: Mexican League Match – Necaxa vs. Leon (UNIVISION). 10 p.m. – High School Basketball: Bass Pro Shops Tournament of Champions Championship Game (CBS SPORTS NETWORK). 10 p.m. – College Basketball: St. Mary’s (Calif.) at Gonzaga (ESPN). 10:30 p.m. – College Basketball: California (Davis) at Cal State (Northridge) (ESPNU). 12:30 a.m. – College Basketball: Hawaii (Hilo) at Brigham Young (Hawaii) (BYUTV).

NFL PLAYOFF SCHEDULE By The Associated Press

WILD-CARD PLAYOFFS JAN. 7 Houston 27, Oakland 14 Seattle 26, Detroit 6 JAN. 8 Pittsburgh 30, Miami 12 Green Bay 38, N.Y. Giants 13

DIVISIONAL PLAYOFFS SATURDAY’S GAMES Seattle at Atlanta, 4:35 p.m. (FOX) Houston at N. England, 8:15 p.m. (CBS) SUNDAY’S GAMES Pittsburgh at Kan. City, 1:05 p.m. (NBC) Green Bay at Dallas, 4:40 p.m. (FOX)


SUPER BOWL SUNDAY, FEB. 5 At Houston TBD, 6:30 p.m. (FOX)

NBA STANDINGS By The Associated Press

EASTERN CONFERENCE ATLANTIC DIVISION W L Pct GB Toronto 25 13 .658 — Boston 24 15 .615 1½ New York 17 22 .436 8½ Philadelphia 11 25 .306 13 Brooklyn 8 29 .216 16½ SOUTHEAST DIVISION W L Pct GB Atlanta 22 16 .579 — Charlotte 20 19 .513 2½ Washington 19 19 .500 3 Orlando 16 24 .400 7 Miami 11 29 .275 12 CENTRAL DIVISION W L Pct GB Cleveland 28 10 .737 — Milwaukee 19 18 .514 8½ Indiana 20 19 .513 8½ Chicago 19 20 .487 9½ Detroit 18 22 .450 11

WESTERN CONFERENCE SOUTHWEST DIVISION W L Pct GB San Antonio 30 8 .789 — Houston 31 10 .756 ½ Memphis 24 17 .585 7½ New Orleans 15 24 .385 15½ Dallas 11 27 .289 19 NORTHWEST DIVISION W L Pct GB Utah 24 16 .600 — Oklahoma City 24 16 .600 — Portland 18 23 .439 6½ Denver 15 23 .395 8 Minnesota 13 26 .333 10½ PACIFIC DIVISION W L Pct GB Golden State 33 6 .846 — L.A. Clippers 27 14 .659 7 Sacramento 16 22 .421 16½ L.A. Lakers 15 27 .357 19½ Phoenix 12 26 .316 20½


Philadelphia 98, New York 97 Boston 117, Washington 108 Minnesota 119, Houston 105 Oklahoma City 103, Memphis 95 L.A. Clippers 105, Orlando 96 Portland 102, Cleveland 86


Denver 140, Indiana 112 New Orleans at Brooklyn, 7:30 p.m. Chicago at New York, 8 p.m. L.A. Lakers at San Antonio, 8:30 p.m. Dallas vs. Phoenix at Mex. City, 10 p.m. Detroit at Golden State, 10:30 p.m.


Charlotte at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. Brooklyn at Toronto, 7:30 p.m. Boston at Atlanta, 8 p.m. Memphis at Houston, 8 p.m. Miami at Milwaukee, 8 p.m. Oklahoma City at Minnesota, 8 p.m. Orlando at Portland, 10 p.m. Cleveland at Sacramento, 10:30 p.m. Detroit at Utah, 10:30 p.m.


L.A. Lakers at L.A. Clippers, 3:30 p.m. New Orleans at Chicago, 5 p.m. San Antonio vs. Phoenix at Mexico City, 6 p.m. Philadelphia at Washington, 8 p.m. Orlando at Utah, 9 p.m.


METROPOLITAN DIVISION GP W L OT Pts GF GA Columbus 40 28 8 4 60 135 90 Washington 41 27 9 5 59 120 86 Pittsburgh 40 26 9 5 57 141 114 N.Y. Rangers 42 28 13 1 57 146 107 Philadelphia 43 21 16 6 48 124 133 Carolina 41 19 15 7 45 109 111 New Jersey 42 16 18 8 40 95 124 N.Y. Islanders 39 15 16 8 38 107 119

WESTERN CONFERENCE CENTRAL DIVISION GP W L OT Pts GF GA Chicago 44 27 12 5 59 124 107 Minnesota 39 25 9 5 55 123 85 St. Louis 41 21 15 5 47 117 123 Nashville 41 18 16 7 43 114 111 Winnipeg 44 20 21 3 43 122 133 Dallas 42 17 17 8 42 109 127 Colorado 39 13 25 1 27 79 130 PACIFIC DIVISION GP W L OT Pts GF GA San Jose 42 25 15 2 52 112 96 Anaheim 43 22 13 8 52 115 113 Edmonton 43 21 15 7 49 123 118 Calgary 44 23 19 2 48 117 121 Los Angeles 41 20 17 4 44 102 105 Vancouver 43 20 19 4 44 106 123 Arizona 40 12 22 6 30 86 128 NOTE: Two points for a win, one point for overtime loss.


Florida 2, N.Y. Islanders 1 Montreal 7, Winnipeg 4 Washington 5, Pittsburgh 2 Calgary 3, San Jose 2


Vancouver at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. Pittsburgh at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m. Buffalo at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m. Montreal at Minnesota, 8 p.m. Boston at Nashville, 8 p.m. Detroit at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. Anaheim at Colorado, 9 p.m. New Jersey at Edmonton, 9 p.m. St. Louis at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m.


Toronto at N.Y. Rangers, 7 p.m. Chicago at Washington, 7 p.m. N.Y. Islanders at Florida, 7:30 p.m. Buffalo at Carolina, 7:30 p.m. Columbus at Tampa Bay, 8 p.m. New Jersey at Calgary, 9 p.m. Winnipeg at Arizona, 9 p.m.


Philadelphia at Boston, 1 p.m. Nashville at Colorado, 3 p.m. N.Y. Islanders at Carolina, 7 p.m. Toronto at Ottawa, 7 p.m. Pittsburgh at Detroit, 7 p.m. N.Y. Rangers at Montreal, 7 p.m. Columbus at Florida, 7 p.m. Minnesota at Dallas, 8 p.m. Anaheim at Arizona, 8 p.m. Calgary at Edmonton, 10 p.m. Winnipeg at Los Angeles, 10 p.m. St. Louis at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.


Philadelphia at Washington, 12:30 p.m. Minnesota at Chicago, 7 p.m. New Jersey at Vancouver, 7 p.m. St. Louis at Anaheim, 9 p.m.

WEDNESDAY’S MEN’S SCORES By The Associated Press EAST Baruch 76, Brooklyn 61 Boston College 74, NC State 66 Boston U. 76, American U. 66 Colgate 79, Army 76 Duquesne 73, Saint Louis 66 Holy Cross 71, Lafayette 54 Lehigh 82, Bucknell 71 Maine 73, Mass.-Lowell 71 Navy 75, Loyola (Md.) 62 New Hampshire 75, Albany (NY) 67 Roger Williams 81, W. New England 69 Stockton 70, NJ City 65 UConn 73, Temple 59 UMBC 84, Hartford 68 UMass 67, Dayton 55 Vermont 67, Binghamton 50 Wentworth 81, Curry 54 SOUTH Alcorn St. 63, Jackson St. 50 Allen 86, Bryan 77 Campbell 76, Gardner-Webb 60 Charleston Southern 70, Radford 64 Chattanooga 83, The Citadel 73 Fontbonne 64, Spalding 61 Fordham 60, Davidson 54 Georgia 69, Mississippi 47 Houston 74, East Carolina 58 Liberty 62, High Point 58 Louisville 85, Pittsburgh 80 Mercer 68, Samford 65 NC Central 69, Md.-Eastern Shore 52 Norfolk St. 80, Savannah St. 76 North Carolina 93, Wake Forest 87 Richmond 78, St. Bonaventure 61 South Carolina 70, Tennessee 60 Thomas More 69, Waynesburg 68 Transylvania 87, Franklin 71 Tulane 82, South Florida 67 UNC Asheville 89, Longwood 68 Union (Ky.) 87, Truett McConnell 65 VCU 85, George Washington 55 Winthrop 75, Presbyterian 52 MIDWEST Albion 67, Kalamazoo 66 Augsburg 111, St. Mary’s 106, OT Bethel (Minn.) 93, Gustavus 82 Bradley 72, N. Iowa 61 Calvin 87, Olivet 69 Carroll (Wis.) 72, North Central (Ill.) 65 Concordia (Moor.) 63, Carleton 55 Creighton 75, Butler 64 Hope 88, Alma 77 Illinois 85, Michigan 69 Illinois St. 60, S. Illinois 53 Indiana Tech 85, Davenport 66 Lawrence Tech 77, Marygrove 75 Madonna 70, Concordia (Mich.) 62 Marquette 89, Seton Hall 86 Michigan St. 65, Minnesota 47 Michigan-Dearborn 63, Aquinas 56 Missouri St. 55, Evansville 51 Mount Vernon Nazarene 83, Goshen 69 N. Dakota St. 70, South Dakota 69 Omaha 79, IUPUI 71 Srake 87, Indiana St. 70 St. John’s (Minn.) 78, Macalester 55 St. Olaf 64, St. Thomas (Minn.) 56 Trine 68, Adrian 54 Wichita St. 87, Loyola of Chicago 75 Wis.-Eau Claire 62, Wis.-La Crosse 58 Wis.-Oshkosh 71, Wis.-Platteville 60 Wis.-River Falls 90, Wis.-Whitewater 74 Wis.-Stevens Pt. 71, Wis.-Stout 68 SOUTHWEST Iowa St. 96, Oklahoma St. 86 Lamar 87, Incarnate Word 72 Stephen F. Austin 79, Texas A&M-CC 46 TCU 64, Texas 61 Texas A&M 92, LSU 62 Tulsa 81, Memphis 71 FAR WEST Air Force 81, Fresno St. 72 CS Northridge 89, Long Beach St. 82 Denver 84, W. Illinois 70 Wyoming 95, Utah St. 87

TRANSACTIONS By The Associated Press


Minnesota at Dallas, 2 p.m. Milwaukee at Atlanta, 3 p.m. New York at Toronto, 3 p.m. Houston at Brooklyn, 6 p.m. Chicago at Memphis, 9 p.m. Oklahoma City at Sacramento, 9 p.m. Detroit at L.A. Lakers, 9:30 p.m.

NATIONAL LEAGUE SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS — Agreed to terms with 3B Conor Gillaspie to a one-year contract.


NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE DETROIT LIONS — Signed LB Brandon Chubb to a reserve/future contract.

By The Associated Press

EASTERN CONFERENCE ATLANTIC DIVISION GP W L OT Pts GF GA Montreal 42 26 10 6 58 132 101 Boston 44 22 17 5 49 110 108 Ottawa 39 21 14 4 46 99 102 Florida 43 19 16 8 46 100 114 Toronto 39 18 13 8 44 120 116 Tampa Bay 42 19 19 4 42 118 127 Buffalo 40 16 15 9 41 93 110 Detroit 41 17 18 6 40 103 119


HOCKEY NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE ARIZONA COYOTES — Recalled F Laurent Dauphin and Brendan Perlini from Tucson (AHL). NASHVILLE PREDATORS — Recalled D Alexandre Carrier from Milwaukee (AHL). NEW YORK ISLANDERS — Recalled D Scott Mayfield from Bridgeport (AHL). Placed D Travis Hamonic on the injured reserve list.




Clowney helps get Texans to playoffs HOUSTON — After missing last year’s playoff game with an injury, Jadeveon Clowney turned Houston’s wild-card win over the Raiders into his NFL coming-out party. Clowney’s first career interception underlined why he was drafted first overall in 2014. The play itself was spectacular. The 6-foot-5, 270-pound defensive end batted the ball with one hand before tipping it with the other and making the acrobatic grab . But as impressive as it was, what it did for the team was even better. The interception and a penalty the Raiders drew on the play left Houston at the 4-yard line, set up a touchdown on the next play that made it 10-0 in the first quarter, and helped the Texans cruise to the 27-14 victory. “That interception that was a really instinctive play ... the back came at him. He understood what was coming at him,” coach Bill O’Brien said. “He saw the quarterback through the back. He basically backpedaled to get in the throwing lane, tipped the ball to himself. He did several things on that play to really change the game at that point.” The Texans look to win a divisional game for the first time in franchise history on

Saturday when they travel to New England. It certainly won’t be easy as the Patriots are 15 1/2 -point favorites, according to But Clowney isn’t daunted. In fact, he kind of likes it. “That kind of boosts us up a little (like), OK we gonna show them,” he said. “One of the mentalities this week going into this game is we’re the underdogs, always been underdogs all season — let’s go out there and prove to them why we’re here in this second round now.” Clowney had been felled by injuries in his first two seasons after Houston made him the top pick in the 2014 draft. He played just four games as a rookie before appearing in 14 games last season. While he played most of the games in the 2015 season, he was slowed by a variety of injuries and was angry when he had to sit out Houston’s wild-card game with a foot injury. So when Clowney finally got to play his first career playoff game on Saturday, he was determined to make an impact. He joined J.J. Watt as the only defensive linemen in franchise history to have an interception in the postseason. “I was happy. I was very excited about what I (did),” he said. “Put us in great field position to score a touchdown. That was the best thing about it. “And we won,” he said before flashing a huge smile.

FROM PAGE B1 “She’s embraced that role, if she hadn’t, she wouldn’t have done what she did tonight,” Staley said. And the Gamecocks needed every point to hold off Georgia (10-7, 2-2). The Lady Bulldogs had a chance to tie it in the final seconds, but Haley Clark missed the second of two free throws. Allisha Gray got the rebound for South Carolina, was fouled and made both shots for the final margin. Stephanie Paul tried a desperation 3-pointer from the left corner that was off the mark as time ran out. Pachis Roberts led Georgia with 17 points.



Sumter’s Tylik Sibblies-Simon, center, drives inside for a layup against three Carolina Forest players during the Gamecocks’ 53-52 victory on Thursday at the SHS gymnasium.



ties and 10 lead changes. The score was tied, 14-14, after one quarter, with another Jackson trey closing the period to end a 7-0 Panther run. Sumter led 28-19 with 2:13 to go in the first half before CF closed on a 6-0 run to cut the lead to three at the break. Two Gamecock buckets to open the second half pushed the lead back to seven before a 9-0 Panther run gave CF a 34-32 lead. A 6-0 Sumter run put the Gamecocks back up by four, with the lead standing at three, 40-37, heading to the fourth. The final quarter saw six lead changes, including three in the final 1:23. “They’re a well-coached team, and we seem to have problems with smaller teams who’ve got a lot of




Houston defensive end and former South Carolina standout Jadeveon Clowney (90) has been one of the key reasons why the Texans are in the Divisional playoffs.


Hot-shooting Badgers blitz Ohio State 89-66 MADISON, Wis. — Bronson Koenig scored 21 points as No. 18 Wisconsin recovered from a poor shooting performance four days earlier to blitz Ohio State 89-66 on Thursday night. Wisconsin (14-3, 3-1 Big Ten) shot 39 percent from the field on Sunday, including just 2 of 14 from 3-point range, as Purdue snapped the Badgers’ nine-game winning streak. Wisconsin had no such troubles with the Buckeyes (10-7, 0-4). The Badgers shot 49 percent from the field, including a season-best 55 percent from the 3-point line. (20) NOTRE DAME 67 MIAMI 62

CORAL GABLES, Fla. — The Fighting Irish were at their best down the stretch once again, which is why they’re still unbeaten in the Atlantic Coast Conference. V.J. Beachem sank the goahead basket and made the clinching steal as No. 20 Notre Dame rallied from a four-point deficit in the final 2 1/2 minutes to beat Miami 67-62 on Thursday night. The Fighting Irish (15-2, 4-0) outscored Miami 10-1 down the stretch to earn their sixth straight victory. Their four league wins have been by a total of 18 points. NUGGETS 140 PACERS 112

LONDON — Italian star Danilo Gallinari and the Denver Nuggets made themselves right at home at O2 Arena.

Gallinari scored 18 points and had what coach Mike Malone said was easily his best game of the season to help Denver beat the Indiana Pacers 140-112 on Thursday night in the NBA’s Global Games series. The Nuggets snapped a fivegame losing streak and ended the Pacers’ five-game winning streak.

SAN DIEGO CHARGERS ARE OFFICIALLY NO MORE SAN DIEGO — The San Diego Chargers ceased to exist after 56 seasons Thursday. They’re now the Los Angeles Chargers, set to join the recently relocated Rams to give the nation’s second-largest media market two NFL teams for the first time since 1994. Team chairman Dean Spanos, who tried to move to LA a year earlier, announced the move to his employees at a morning meeting at Chargers Park. At the same time, the team posted a letter on its Twitter account, which was rebranded as the Los Angeles Chargers. The Chargers’ decision to move comes less than three months after San Diego voters resoundingly rejected teamsponsored Measure C asking for $1.15 billion in increased hotel occupancy taxes to help fund a $1.8 billion downtown stadium and convention center annex. From wire reports




BY KRISTIE RIEKEN The Associated Press


a 3 at the shot-clock buzzer on the ensuing possession, but Okogie grabbed a rebound and fed Stephens for a dunk that made it 63-55. Lammers has blossomed under Pastner, ranking third in the ACC in rebounding average and field-goal percentage. The Jackets outrebounded Clemson 40-29. Both teams were coming off consecutive losses to ranked ACC teams, Clemson to North Carolina and Notre Dame, Georgia Tech to Duke and Louisville.

BIG PICTURE Clemson: Coach Brad Brownell was 10-1 in the series before losing the last two

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movement, who are disciplined,” said Jones of Sumter’s struggles against the Panthers, who came away with a region win on Sumter’s home floor last year. “It’s almost like the analogy that nobody wants to play Harvard in the first round (of the NCAA Tournament). The good thing I can say is we played horrible but we came out with a win, so you’re going to have some of those type games.” Jaylenn Corbett was the lone Gamecock in double figures with 12 points. SibbliesSimon closed with nine, including two fourth-quarter 3s, while Peoples had seven, including a long-range bomb in the opening quarter. Jackson, Raymond Johnson and Isaih Moore had six apiece for Sumter. Richmond Collier tied McDowell for CF scoring honors with 14 points while Timmons finished with 11 for the Panthers. games. Georgia Tech won in the ACC tournament last year with a veteran team of transfers, but this group of Jackets is the nation’s least experienced team. The Tigers have plenty of experience with two graduates, a senior and a junior in its starting lineup, and the matchup looked favorable. But Clemson missed 16 of its first 21 field-goal attempts and had just two leads, both early in the second half by one point. Georgia Tech: Pastner was visibly furious at Jackson’s effort on defense midway through the first half. The emotional display seemed to pay off. Just as a media timeout started after Sidy Djitte’s tip-in cut the lead to four, Pastner stormed on the floor

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WILSON WATCH Gamecocks coach Dawn Staley said Wilson would have her cast cut off on Friday and would gradually test the ankle to see if she could go against LSU on Sunday. “I know that A’ja doesn’t want to miss any more games,” Staley said. Wilson is averaging 16.9 points and 7.6 rebounds a game. on Georgia Tech’s end, flailed his arms and yelled at Jackson. The coach barked at him a few seconds later near the bench before calming down and bringing the team together to discuss strategy. Jackson, the team’s thirdleading scorer this season, returned midway through the second half and quickly hit a 3 in front of the Tech bench to put the Jackets up 43-40. He scored eight of points and had four rebounds in the second half.

MAKING A SPLASH Okogie began the night with 211 points, the most by a Jacket freshman since 200607 when Thaddeus Young, in his only season before heading to the NBA, scored 211 in 14 games.



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Georgia: The Lady Bulldogs came in after two straight SEC wins and took a strong South Carolina punch in the first quarter to trail 20-7. But Georgia rallied in the second quarter behind Pachis Roberts and Mackenzie Engram for a 18-4 run to take the lead. Roberts and Engram were relentless in dragging the Lady Bulldogs back in it. South Carolina: The Gamecocks appeared like they were ready to make up for Wilson’s absence with a strong opening period where Coates had eight points and eight rebounds. But South Carolina scuffled for much of the second quarter, scoring just 10 points.

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Swinney wins second straight Bear Bryant award BY JOSHUA KOCH The Associated Press HOUSTON — Dabo Swinney won his second straight Paul “Bear” Bryant Coach of the Year award Wednesday night, two days after leading Clemson to its first national championship in 35 years. Swinney is only the second coach to win the award twice, joining Chris Petersen — the


FROM PAGE B1 LMA’s lineup is still a work in progress, however, as Robinson has been injured most of the season and is only now working his way back to playing form, Epps said. “He’s not where he was last year, but he’s working on getting himself back to where we need him to be,” he said. “We’re looking forward to that happening in the next couple of weeks.”

winner in 2006 and 2009 at Boise State — and the first to win it in back-to-back seasons. “Both just inSWINNEY credibly special,” Swinney said. “Fresh off a national championship win against Alabama and to be chosen and honored this way again is just some-

thing I never ever would have dreamed of ever.” Swinney led Clemson to back-to-back appearances in the national championship game, avenging last year’s loss to Alabama on Monday night with a 35-31 victory over the Crimson Tide. The Tigers are 89-28 in eight seasons under Swinney, going 28-2 the last two seasons. “It’s been really beautiful to

Along with newcomers Cam Singleton and Desmond Sigler, Epps has plenty of options to go to, especially at guard, which has been one area of strength so far this season. “We don’t have a lot of size other than Jerrell, but we have some pretty good guard play,” Epps said. “We hope to shoot the ball well. We’ve shot it pretty good most games, but if you don’t shoot well, you’d better defend well. We’re trying to become more multiple in what we can do

defensively. Last year we played zone on pretty much every possession. “So it helps to be able to change things up sometimes.” Epps is also hoping for the defensive intensity to pick up as well as the overall pace of their games. “We’re trying to speed things up since we have so many players and make other teams uncomfortable,” he said. “Hopefully, that will help us out tremendously over the course of four quarters.”

OBITUARIES MARTHA W. WRIGHT Funeral services for Martha Ellen Wade Wright will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday at Mt. Pisgah Missionary Baptist Church, 7355 Camden Highway, Rembert, with the Rev. Anthony L. Taylor Sr. officiating. Interment will follow in Hillside Memorial Park, WRIGHT Sumter. The public may view from 1 to 8 p.m. today at Palmer Memorial Chapel, 304 S. Main St., Sumter. The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. with a Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. service beginning at 6 p.m. Mrs. Wright will be placed in the church at 10 a.m. Saturday for viewing until the hour of service. Martha Ellen Wade Wright transitioned on Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, at Palmetto Health in Columbia. Born in Sumter County to the late Rev. Marion L. Wade and Meta Wade Jones, she was educated in the public schools of Sumter County. Mrs. Wright was a graduate of Morris College of Sumter and Atlanta University in Georgia. She made history in the following capacities: first licensed education guidance counselor; first minority female education service officer (ESO) in the Air Combat Command at Shaw Air Force Base. She continued to make history as the first female in South Carolina to receive the Silver Beaver Scouting Award for Cub Scout Pack 202. She was an educator in Sumter School Districts 2 and 17 and Lee County Public School Systems. Martha’s Christian experience began at Mt. Pisgah Missionary Baptist Church in Rembert, where she served faithfully in many capacities to include: missionary president; program committee; YWA; pastor’s aide, The Wateree Baptist Association Lower Division; and many other church ministries. She was a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. She was married to the late William C. Wright. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a son, William S. Wright; sisters, Meta W. George and Carolyn Wade; brothers, Marion Martin and Wade Martin; brothers-in-law, Albert George, the Rev. Brookward Bush, Ernest King and James Williams; and sisters-in-law, Elizabeth Wade, Edna Wade and Rosa Lee Wade. Survivors are a daughter, Debbie W. Singletary; son, Wayne (Jeanette) Wright; daughter-in-law, Tanya Wright; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; sisters, Mary (Jacob) Moore, Florence Bush, Myrteen King

and Annie Mae Williams; brothers, Simon R. Wade and Horace (Albertha) Wade; and a host of other relatives and friends. Condolences may be made on her tribute page found at www.PalmerMemorialChapel. com. Palmer Memorial Chapel Inc. is in charge of the services.

ALETHIA S. RAGIN Alethia Samuels Ragin entered into eternal rest on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017. She was a daughter of the late Henry and Rosa Robinson Samuels and the wife of George W. Ragin. She leaves to mourn her passing: her loving husband, George W. Ragin; two daughters, Cheryl and Lisa; two RAGIN sons, George Franklin and Alphonso; 15 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews and close friends. Funeral services will be held at noon on Saturday at Historic Liberty Hill AME Church, Summerton, with the Rev. Robert China, pastor, officiating. Final resting place will be the church cemetery. Visitation will be held from 1 to 7 p.m. today at Dyson’s Home for Funerals Chapel. The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to the service (11 a.m.). Online condolences may be sent to Professional services entrusted to Dyson’s Home for Funerals, 237 Main St., Summerton, (803) 485-4280.

SHIRLEY ANN P. WHEELER Shirley Ann Perry Wheeler, wife of Willie James Wheeler, departed this life on Monday, Jan. 9, 2017, at Palmetto Health Tuomey after a brief illness. She was born on Sept. 22, 1969, in Rembert, a daughter of the late Amanda Perry. Shirley was educated in WHEELER the public schools of Sumter County. She graduated with the Class of 1987 from Hillcrest High School, Dalzell, and later attended Central Carolina Technical College, where she remained on the dean’s list for three consecutive years. Shirley found love and after a brief courtship married the man who became her husband, Willie James Wheeler, and to this union they were blessed with one son, Warren B. Wactor of the home. She leaves to cherish her precious memories: four brothers, Randolph R. (Crystal) Perry Sr. of Sumter, Joseph D. Perry of Horatio, Rob-

ert H. Dinkins of New Jersey and John E. Perry of Sumter; two sisters, Angela (James) Kershaw of Rembert and Ronica Dinkins of New Jersey; father-in-law, James Wheeler Sr.; sisters-in-law, Maggie (Robert) Wheeler and Bessie (Chris) Williams; brothers-inlaw, James Wheeler Jr., Elizah Wheeler and Robert (Deborah) Wheeler; uncle, Deacon Walter Perry of Henderson, North Carolina; two aunts, Emma F. Jenkins of Brooklyn, New York, and Thomasina P. Cooper of Sumter; special friends, Dianne Pauley, Hersyl Bell, Natra Jenkins, Samantha Reynolds and Hebert and Patricia Stukes-Burgess; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Public viewing will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. on Saturday at Job’s Mortuary. Mrs. Wheeler will be placed in the church at 1 p.m. on Sunday for viewing until the hour of service. Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday at Salem Chapel & Heritage Center, 101 S. Salem Ave., Sumter, with the Rev. Robert Fault officiating. Interment will follow in Rafting Creek Baptist Church cemetery. The family will be receiving friends at the home, 1430 Salterstown Road, Sumter. Job’s Mortuary Inc., 312 S. Main St., is in charge of arrangements. Online memorials may be sent to the family at or visit us on the web at:

WILLIAM B. HARVIN MANNING — William Burgess “Will” Harvin, 92, husband of Patricia Mack Pinkerton Harvin, died on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017, at McLeod Health Clarendon. Born on June 16, 1924, in Manning, he was a son of the late Stewart Ingram Harvin and Leila HARVIN Burgess Harvin. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, serving aboard the USS Oberrender, which was sunk by a Japanese kamikaze. Will was a graduate of the University of South Carolina, where he lettered in football and baseball. He returned to Manning, started a family and founded Harvin Oil Co. He was an avid tennis player and coach and the city courts are named in his honor. He was a member

watch and really beautiful to be a part of,” Swinney said. “The best thing is I know we’ve changed a lot of people’s lives. The best accomplishment we have is not the national championship, not the bowl wins. It’s we’ve had 135 seniors and 129 graduates and we have 21 more getting ready to be added to that this year.” Swinney played wide receiver at Alabama, helping the

Crimson Tide win the 1992 national championship. He’s the second man to win an Associated Press national championship as a player and a coach, joining former Minnesota player and Oklahoma coach Bud Wilkinson. Barry Alvarez, the longtime Wisconsin coach and current athletic director, received the Paul “Bear” Bryant Lifetime Achievement award.

LOCAL PREP SCHEDULE TODAY VARSITY BASKETBALL Darlington at Crestwood, 6 p.m. Lakewood at Lugoff-Elgin, 6 p.m. Andrew Jackson at Lee Central, 6 p.m. Creek Bridge at East Clarendon, 6 p.m. VARSITY AND JV BASKETBALL Carolina Forest at Sumter (Girls Only), 6 p.m. Manning at Lake Marion, 4 p.m. Branchville at Scott’s Branch, 4 p.m. Thomas Sumter at Wilson Hall, 4 p.m. Laurence Manning at Camden Military (Boys Only), 5 p.m. Palmetto Christian at Robert E. Lee, 4 p.m. Clarendon Hall at Jefferson Davis, 4 p.m. Sumter Christian at Emmanuel

of the Presbyterian Church at Manning, where he served as a Sunday school teacher and elder. The fellowship hall of the church is named in his honor. Will served as mayor of Manning from 1966 to 1970; he was a Rotarian for 67 years, where he served as sergeant-at-arms; and he was a faithful member of the Mullet Club. He was inducted in the first class of the Clarendon County Athletic Hall of Fame and was named a Goodwill Ambassador for the Clarendon County Chamber of Commerce. “Mr. Will” adored his family, church and community. He is survived by his wife of Manning; children, Jean Lumpkin Harvin of Columbia, William Burgess Harvin Jr. of Woodland Hills, California, Bryan LeGrande Harvin of Dothan, Alabama, Nancy Ingram Harvin (Arnie Lerner) of Corrales, New Mexico, and Sgt. 1st Class Samuel Oliver Harvin (Jan) of Bel Air, Maryland; a sister, Cecilia Harvin Eadon of Manning; six grandchildren, Will, Stephanie, Caroline, Ben, Alex and Riley; five greatgrandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 55 years, Jean Lumpkin Harvin. A funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday at Presbyterian Church at Manning with the Rev. Dr. George Wilkes officiating. Burial will follow in Manning Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Stewart Harvin, Harry “Doc” Harvin, Jule Eadon, Cam Harvin, Lee Harvin, Plowden Nelson and Sam Edmunds. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Mullet Club and the Manning Rotary Club. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturday at Stephens Funeral Home and other times at the residence, 526 Sunset Drive, Manning. Memorials may be made to the Presbyterian Church at Manning, P.O. Box 207, Manning, SC 29102 or to a charity of one’s choice. Stephens Funeral Home & Crematory, 304 N. Church St., Manning, is in charge of arrangements, (803) 435-2179.

BEULAH T. HOLLIS A memorial service for Beulah Tindal Hollis will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday at Palmer Memorial Chapel Inc., 304 S. Main St., Sumter. Ms. Hollis transitioned on Jan. 1, 2017, at Palmetto

Christian (No JV Girls), 4 p.m. B TEAM BASKETBALL Thomas Sumter at Wilson Hall, 4 p.m. VARSITY WRESTLING Sumter in Coach Trapp Duels (at Battery Creek High in Beaufort), 6 p.m.

SATURDAY VARSITY AND JV BASKETBALL Northwood at Thomas Sumter (Girls Only), 4 p.m. VARSITY SPORTING CLAYS Wilson Hall in SCYSF Tournament (at Palmetto Shooting Complex in Edgefield), TBA VARSITY WRESTLING Sumter in Coach Trapp Duels (at Battery Creek High in Beaufort), TBA

Health Tuomey. Born in Paxville, she was a daughter of the late James Samuel Tindal and Henrietta Hankins Tindal. Condolences may be made on her tribute page found at Palmer Memorial Chapel Inc. is in charge of the service.

ROBERT A. REAGAN Robert Allen “Bob” Reagan, age 79, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017, after battling cancer at his home in Sumter, surrounded by his family. He was born on Nov. 5, 1937, in Haynesville, Louisiana, to the late William and Crystal Green Reagan. On Aug. REAGAN 21, 1955, he married the love of his life, Lilly Joyce Riniker. Together, they had two daughters and one son. Bob retired from the United States Air Force, where he and his family traveled the world to include Japan and Germany. He was founder (1977) and co-owner of Reagan’s Green Acres (Western wear retail). Bob was an active member of Alice Drive Baptist Church, where he served as Sunday school teacher, deacon and chairman of the deacons. He also served for more than 10 years on the Sumter District 2 school board to include board chairman. He served as the chaplain of the Sumter County Jail for the last 16 years. Bob especially enjoyed spending time with family and friends and occasionally talking politics and religion. He is survived by his beloved wife of 61 years, Joyce; brothers, Willie Ray and Dewayne; daughters, Teresa and Sheila; son, Randy; seven grandchildren; 10 greatgrandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held on Monday at Alice Drive Baptist Church with the Rev. Dr. Clay Smith and the Rev. Jock Hendricks officiating. The family will greet friends from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday at Alice Drive Baptist Church and other times at the home. Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home and Crematorium of Sumter is in charge of the arrangements.


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TONY JACKSON Tony Jackson, the fourth eldest child of the late Brother Robert and Sister Lola M. Jackson, departed this life on Saturday morning, Jan. 7, 2017, at his home in Concord, North Carolina, as a result of a brief illness. He was born on Nov. 13, 1962, in Sumter. His formal education took place in the Sumter County public schools. He graduated from Mayewood High School in 1981. As a child, he was raised in The Church In the Lord Jesus Christ and was baptized at an early age. Later in his adult life, he moved to Charlotte, North Carolina, where he met and married Bettina Faggart. To this union, three children were born. Tony was a very friendly, fun loving, and humorous person who captured many hearts during his lifetime. He loved to cook, fish, watch / play sports, laugh, and enjoy life. There was never a dull moment when Tony was around, for he kept everyone in stitches. His employment as a butcher at The Stock Market was one of which he prided himself. His boss, co-workers and admirers were extremely fond of him because of his loyalty, dedication, and fierce work ethics. Tony was a family man who loved his kids and strived to be a great dad to them. He loved spending time with his family, particularly his brothers of which he formed a powerful bond over the years. Tony will always be remembered. To mourn his loss are his survivors, Bettina (wife); Antonio (son); Jayla and Janiah (daughters); a firstborn daughter, Dr. Ameche Cameron (Michael); two grandchildren, Olivia and Carter; and his siblings, Joseph Jackson of Sumter, Juanita (Sam) Arthur of Hartsville, Linda (Weldon) HInson of Pleasant Gardens, North Carolina, Donald (Camilla) Jackson of Sumter, Sandra (James) Gregg of Hartsville, Melvin (Wanda) Jackson of Sumter, Ervin Jackson of Charlotte, Larry (Valerie) Jackson of Sumter, Cassandra Jackson of Hartsville and Laura Wilks of Florence. He also leaves his aunts, Susan, Bertha and Carrie Jackson, all of Sumter, Sister Mary Ann Green of Hartsville, Hazel Jackson of Baltimore, Maryland, Sister Modestine Newby of Hartsville, Sister Alma Parker of Woodbridge, Virginia, and Esther Charles of Norwalk, Connecticut; one uncle, Arthur (Dorothy) Jackson of Sumter; two step-uncles, Brother James Parker and Baxter Newby; his special nieces, Quandalin (Keith) Alexander, Kimberly Jackson, Ziemethia Jackson, Michelle Jackson, Shanekia Jackson, Keisha Stevens, Breanna Jackson, Kelsey Jackson, Bethanie Lott and Shayla Wilks; his special nephews, Reginald (Tangie) Jackson, Maurice (Clara) Jackson, Cedric Jackson, Deon Jackson, Justin Stevens, Deondre Jackson and Larry Jackson Jr.; several grandnieces and grandnephews; and a host of other close relatives and

dear friends. Tony was the first of his eight siblings to be deceased. Public viewing will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. today at Job’s Mortuary. Funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday at Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ, 2449 Calvary Road, Hartsville, SC 29550, with Pastor Bishop J.C. Tisdale officiating. Interment will follow in Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ Church cemetery. The family is receiving friends at the home of his bother and sister-in-law, Melvin and Wanda Jackson, 40 Lemmon St., Sumter. Job’s Mortuary Inc., 312 S. Main St., is in charge of arrangements. Online memorials may be sent to the family at or visit us on the web at www.jobsmortuary. net.

SUSIE M. WHITE Susie M. White departed this life at 10:05 p.m. on Jan. 9, 2017, at Palmetto Health Richland hospital, Columbia. She was born in Sumter, to the late George White and Alean Potts White. She attended the public schools of Sumter. In her youth, she attended Mulberry Missionary Baptist Church and joined Jehovah Missionary Baptist Church, where she served faithfully as a member of the usher board until her passing. Precious memories of her will be cherished by her son, George L. Davis of Sumter; two daughters, Frances R. Davis of Sumter and Lorie D. (Trevin) Pressley of Charleston; six grandchildren, Carlton, Ricky, Deon, Shahim, Trevin T.J. and Jada; longtime companion, Leroy Leneau; a sister, Bertha Lee Singleton of Sumter; two sisters-in-law, Maggie White and Minnie Britton of Sumter; and a host of other nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by three brothers, Joshua White, Isiah White and Douglas Britton; and three sisters, Georgia Mae Barno, Rachel Butler and Maggie Lewis. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday at the chapel of Sumter Funeral Service Inc. with the Rev. James Jackson officiating, assisted by Dr. Lewis Walker Jr. The funeral cortege will leave at 10:30 a.m. from the residence, 2626 Hilldale Drive, Sumter. Sumter Funeral Service Inc. is in charge of arrangements.

ROSE MARIE DAVIS Rose Marie Davis was born on May 19, 1953, the fifth child born to the proud parents of Naham and Vashti McBride. She was affectionately called “Re” by her family and friends who loved her dearly. She grew up in the Church of God by Faith. Rose departed this life on Jan. 8, 2017, at Palmetto Health Tuomey. Rose Marie was a graduate of Furman High School in Sumter. She attended Voorhees College in Denmark and continued her education at


the University of South Carolina, where she studied nursing. Rose Marie was later employed at White Oak Manor in Columbia. She continued her employment at Lexington Hospital, working in the human resource management division. Rose Marie was married to Richard M. Davis. To this union two children were born, Katasha L. Davis and Richard M. Davis II. Rose traveled as an airman’s wife extensively throughout many countries such as Germany, Turkey, and others abroad. Rose, while in high school, was involved in numerous activities. She was a basketball player, majorette and a cheerleader for the Furman Indians. During Rose Marie’s high school years, she often demonstrated her passion for civil rights and equality, especially for African-Americans. Rose Marie was an honor graduate and excelled in all her academics. She was an active participant of many clubs and student government. Rose Marie enjoyed cooking and trying new recipes. She was an avid seamstress, with the talent of making clothes for the next school day. Rose Marie, later in life, led a very private life. She gave of herself unselfishly. She enjoyed giving advice to anyone who received it. She was adamant about those things that she valued and believed in. Rose Marie loved her children and family. To cherish her memories are Katasha L. Davis, daughter of Lexington; Richard M. (Lashana) Davis II, son of Lexington; seven grandchildren, Dominque M. Nathaniel, Army Spec. Jade S. Nathaniel, Deandre M. Nathaniel, Richard M. Davis III, Madison and Emerie Davis, and Malcolm I. Davis; father, Naham McBride Sr.; siblings, Dorothy McBride, Moses (Willene) McBride and Gloria Scriven of Sumter, Isaiah (Lola) McBride of Connecticut, Faith (Griffin) Kemp of Hopkins, Minister Deloris Y. McBride, Ph.D. of Sumter, Okema (Victor) Livingston of Virginia, retired Lt. Col. Angelo (Lillian) McBride of Columbia and Naham (Marcia) McBride Jr. of Columbia; aunts and uncles, Estelle James, Dorothy Ford, Ada Wright, Dorothy C. McBride, John Johnson, Larry (Jane) Burns, Rufus (Norma) Burns, Ezekiel Burns and Lester (Belize) Burns; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Public viewing will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. today at Job’s Mortuary. Ms. Davis will be placed in the church at 1 p.m. on Satur-

day for viewing until the hour of service. Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday at Salem Chapel & Heritage Center, 101 S. Salem Ave., with Elder Victor Livingston, worship leader, and Dr. Ella Busby, eulogist. Interment will follow in Bethel Cemetery. The family is receiving friends at the home, 3273 U.S. 15 South, Sumter. Job’s Mortuary Inc., 312 S. Main St., is in charge of arrangements. Online memorials may be sent to the family at or visit us on the web at

LEROY WOODS JR. Leroy Woods Jr. was born on Jan. 27, 1955, in Sumter County, a son of Mary Woods and the late Leroy Woods Sr. God called one of his angels home on Jan. 11, 2017, at Palmetto Health Tuomey, Sumter. He graduated from Mayewood High School in 1973. At a young age, he joined Antioch Methodist Church. He was a dedicated member and trustee officer of the church. Leroy’s employment history included enlistment in the United States Army, Bendix, BD, and Union Camp. He had two basic philosophies regarding work: “your work is a reflection of worth” and “family first.” Although a less than average life span, Leroy did not live an average life. He traveled where he wanted to travel, laughed inappropriately at every chance, learned what he wanted to learn, fixed what he wanted to fix, and loved cars. Mark Twain once said, “The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.” He is survived by his high school sweetheart, his wife of 41 years, the overly devoted Helen; his proudest accomplishments, five sons, Tejon (Debbie), Ralph (Lorraine), Travis (Anna), Letroy and Bryant; his only daughter, Angela; three sisters, Francenia (Herman) Vaughn of Sumter, Carrie (Reggie) Taylor of Columbia and Evelyn (Newton) Loo of Poughkeepsie, New York; three brothers, Wayne Woods, James (Cynthia) Woods and Olin Woods, all of Sumter; mother-in-law, Dorieta T. Porter; four sisters-inlaw; a special sister-in-law, Nevetta McKnight; five brothers-in-law; 13 grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his father-in-law, John Porter; two brothers-in-law, Solomon Porter and Arthur Porter; and

GENERAL LEE RAGIN JR. General “Ricky” Lee Ragin Jr., 48, died on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017, at McLeod Health Clarendon, Manning. He was born on April 29, 1969, in Clarendon County, to the late General Lee Sr. and Mittie B. Ragin. Funeral services are incomplete and will be announced at a later date by King-Fields Mortuary, Summerton, (803) 485-5039. The family is receiving friends at 1095 Armour Hill Drive, Pinewood, SC 29125.

JASON CHRISTIAN CLARK SR. MANNING — On Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, Jason Christian Clark Sr., devoted husband of 71 years to Sarah Jane Anderson Clark, heard his Master’s call at McLeod Health Clarendon. Born on Sept. 1, 1925, in Manning, he was a son of the late Rev. James C. and Elizabeth Middleton Clark. Service of remembrance will take place at 11 a.m. on Saturday at Mt. Chapel Baptist Church, 5918 S.C. 260 Manning, where the pastor, the Rev. Carnell Witherspoon, will bring words of consolation. The service of committal will follow in the Clark family plot located in the Mt. Chapel Missionary Baptist Church cemetery. The family is receiving relatives and friends at the residence, 1199 Endeavor Drive, Wyboo community of Manning. Fleming & Delaine Funeral Home & Chapel of Manning is in charge of these services. Online condolences for the family may be sent to www. or

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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that an action will be commenced in this Court upon the Cross-Claim of the above-named Cross-Plaintiff against the above-named Cross-Defendants for the foreclosure of that certain Mortgage of Real Estate given by Azalee Richardson to Home Equity of America, Inc., its successors and assigns, dated March 27, 2006, and recorded on April 4, 2006, in the office of the Register of Deeds for Sumter County, South Carolina in Book 1023 at Page 242 (the "Mortgage").


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At the time of the filing of this notice, the premises affected by the said action were situated in the County of Sumter, State of South Carolina, and are described as follows: All that piece, parcel or lot of land, situate, lying and being in the County of Sumter, State of South Carolina, and designated as Lot No. 9 on Plat of F.H. Murray, CE dated June 3, 1961 and recorded in the Office of the ROD for Sumter County in Plat Book Z-18 at Page 26. Reference to said plat is craved for a more complete and accurate description of said lot.

For a complete description of the property encumbered by the Mortgage, the undersigned craves reference to the Mortgage, the terms of which are incorporated herein by reference. GRIMSLEY LAW FIRM, LLC P. O. Box 11682 Columbia, South Carolina 29211 (803) 233-1177 Edward L. Grimsley S.C. Bar No. 2326 Benjamin E. Grimsley S.C. Bar No. 70335 Attorneys for the Cross-Plaintiff

This being the same property conveyed to Curtis Richardson and Azalee Richardson for and during their joint lives, and upon the death of either of them, then to the survivor of them, his or her heirs or assigns by deed of Curtis Richardson dated August 8, 2003 and recorded on August 20, 2003 in the office of the Register of Deeds for Sumter County in Book 904 at Page 361. Thereafter, Curtis Richardson died on September 7, 2005 thereby vesting title to the property in Azalee Richardson.



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19 S. Cantey Street

Over 20 years experience Cell: 803-397-6278

Summerton, SC

Historic Building for Lease

Timothy L. Griffith

$100 per month Good location with operating 3RVW2IĂ&#x20AC;FH*UHDWRSSRUWXQLW\IRU DVPDOOEXVLQHVVRZQHU For more information contact Steve /HQRLU  %XLOGLQJLV ORFDWHGDW+RUDWLR+DJRRG5G

Attorney at Law

803.607.9087 Your Local Authorized Xerox Sales Agency

18 E. Liberty St. Sumter, SC 29150 (803) 778-2330 XeroxÂŽ is a Trademark of Xerox Corporation

Family Law â&#x20AC;˘ Divorce Visitation & Custody Criminal Defense â&#x20AC;˘ DUI â&#x20AC;˘ Federal and State Court

Senior Citizen Discount Lawn Care Ernie Baker

FOR RENT - Alice Boyle Garden Center

McLean Marechal Insurance Associate Agent

842 W. Liberty Street - Sumter, SC 29150

712 Bultman Drive | Sumter, SC 29150 Sumter: 803-774-0118 | Florence: 843-669-5858 Cell: 803-491-4417 |


(Next to Swan Lake Iris Gardens)

Weddings â&#x20AC;˘ Receptions â&#x20AC;˘ Family Reunions â&#x20AC;˘ Birthdays â&#x20AC;˘ Club Meetings Fully equipped to serve, seat & entertain 100 guests. Linens available for nominal fee.

Call Eileen Gardner 803-469-6261

William Bode 803-847-3324


Includes: Grass cut, Edge walkway, Trim & Weed, Blow Driveway clear. Call Roland Evans (803) 869-0138 or (803) 979-8838

715.966. LISA (5472) Cell 803.607.9836 Office

LAWN CARE Yard Work of all Types Dethatching/Aeration Shrub/Tree Work Fall & Spring Clean Up Straw/Mulch Pressure Washing

Small to Medium size yards. $ 00 per visit.

Fully Insured Licensed, Bonded & Certified!

2900 Jereco Road Sumter, SC 29153

H.L. Boone


Owner / Notary Public


H.L. Boone, Contractor All Types of Improvements

1 Monte Carlo Court Sumter, SC 29150 (803) 773-9904

Remodeling, Painting, Carports, Decks, Blow Ceilings, Ect.

Carolina Caregivers â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Helping Hand for Those You Love.â&#x20AC;?

803-236-3603 Wendy Felder Owner

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JONATHAN E. GOFF 803-968-4802 RANDY BONNER Store Manager

Jamie Singleton Owner


310 E. Liberty Street Sumter, SC 29150 (803) 773-1423 - Fax (803) 778-1512

*Free Estimates *Moving (Home & OfďŹ ce)


IESHA TINDAL Balancing life issues

MORE INFO. 803-236-2685


â&#x20AC;˘ Meal Planning & Preparation â&#x20AC;˘ Bathing & Dressing Assistance â&#x20AC;˘ Medicine Reminders â&#x20AC;˘ Errands & Transportation



Rent for your â&#x20AC;&#x153;Special Occasionsâ&#x20AC;? Craft Shows â&#x20AC;˘ Weddings â&#x20AC;˘ Banquets â&#x20AC;˘ Retirement Partiesâ&#x20AC;˘ Family Reunions Call 983-1376


OPEN YEAR ROUND 61 W. Wesmark Blvd. Sumter, SC 29150

Tel: (803) 469-8899 Fax: (803) 469-8890




January 13, 2017