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Ground search for woman ends 80-year-old last seen 1 week ago BY ADRIENNE SARVIS Sumter County Sheriff’s Office has ended the ground search for Barbara Nave, a 20-year resident of Sumter County who was last seen on Feb. 9, but will continue its efforts to locate her. “We are going back to speak with neighbors, friends — anyone she

might have come into contact with,” Sheriff Anthony Dennis said in a news release. “Because of her age, this is a high priority for us,” he said. “We have searched pretty much every path she could have taken, if she went toward the woods, with no results.” Ken Bell, public information officer with the sheriff’s office, said all of Nave’s property, including a pond and swamp, as well as adjoining properties in the area have been searched. He said South Carolina Law Enforcement Division and sheriff’s office used helicopters to search the area on Tuesday. South Carolina Department of Natural Resources is also assisting

in the search, he said. As standard procedure, Barbara Nave’s son, Paul Nave, took a polygraph test at the sheriff’s office on Wednesday to make sure there is no foul play on his part, Bell said. Paul Nave has been very cooperative during the search, he said. NAVE Barbara Nave, who turned 80 on Jan. 30, is 5 feet 4 inches tall, weighs 140 pounds and has gray hair and hazel eyes. Nave is also deaf and wears a Cochlear implant. Nave said the last time his mother

made contact with another person was on Feb. 9 when she sent an email to a friend and talked to a contractor about her property. He said his mother was possibly seen checking the mail on Friday. Nave said the only times he has not had contact with his mother was when there was a power outage. He said his mother makes contact with people in person or through email because she is deaf. Nave said one of his mother’s friends went to her house on Tondaleia Drive after she had not heard


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saster action team member for the Red Cross, gave a presentation to 154 students Wednesday morning at Millwood Elementary School. He discussed using the pillowcase for quick reaction to grab items and leave a home in disasters, including hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, winter weather events and earthquakes. But he emphasized leaving the pillowcase

LEE COUNTY — A state corrections officer was arrested Tuesday for allegedly attempting to smuggle marijuana and liquor into one of the state’s maximum security prisons. Shatara Clinise Wilson, 28, of 177 Poinsett Drive, Sumter, is WILSON facing charges of misconduct in office, possession with intent to distribute marijuana and introducing contraband into a prison, according to arrest warrants of the S.C. Department of Corrections. Wilson is accused of attempting to introduce marijuana and liquor on Monday. The items were found when officers searched her belongings when she reported for duty at Lee Correctional Institution, the warrants said. During the search of Wilson’s belongings, officers found three 16-ounce bottles “containing clear liquor,” according to the arrest warrants. They also found marijuana “inside of her, packaged tightly with black electrical tape.” The amount of marijuana was “greater than 28 grams,” the warrant said.




Fifth-grade students at Millwood Elementary School raise their hands when Red Cross volunteer Steve Shumake asks a question Wednesday morning during the Pillowcase Project.

Fifth-grade students learning to prepare for many types of disasters BY RICK CARPENTER Three nonprofit and service organizations are combining resources to train fifth-grade students in Sumter how to prepare for disasters. Through an American Red Cross program called the Pillowcase Project, volunteers from Rotary Club of Sumter Palmetto and the Reading Success AmeriCorps Program assist the

Red Cross with the program that teaches students how to prepare for disasters. The concept originated in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. A teacher noticed that college students who were evacuating their premises on short notice threw their necessities into a pillowcase when they evacuated. That launched a concept to prepare students for a disaster by filling a pillowcase with supplies, such as a flashlight, batteries, a tooth-

brush and toothpaste, an emergency medical kit, a change of clothes, water and food, among other items. Through a national grant from Disney, the Red Cross has designed pillowcases with a checklist of supplies with room for adding other items. Red Cross volunteers go to the fifth-grade classes and teach them about the project and give them a pillowcase and a workbook. Steve Shumake, a lead di-

JOE NEAL — 1950-2017

State Rep. Neal ‘servant of the people’ dies at 66 South Carolina Rep. Joe Neal, who represented House District 70 in Richland and Sumter counties since 1993, has died. He was 66 years old. Rep. John King, D-York, whose funeral home Christopher King Funeral Home in Chester is handling the services, said Neal died Tuesday night at a hospital in Columbia. Former Rep. Grady Brown of Bishopville said Neal was a dear and true friend. “He was a true servant of people, not only in his church, but in the community and in the legislature, it reached far

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and wide,” Brown said. Members of the Sumter delegation to the General Assembly said Neal will be missed. Rep. David Weeks, D-Sumter, said Neal was one of the most eloquent members of the House and had a great command of public speaking. “He was an eloquent voice and a very passionate advocate for what I call ‘people power,’ especially those things that impact the poor,” Weeks said. “He was also passionate about economic development and equally passionate about pro-

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viding his constituents with social justice” Rep. G. Murrell Smith Jr., R-Sumter, said Neal’s death was sad and unexpected. “Joe and I served for 17 years together,” Smith said. “He was always on the Sumter delegation.” Smith said he served with Neal on the Ways and Means Committee and they worked together on a number of issues.





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Sumter man in custody after 2 shot in Manning BY JIM HILLEY Clarendon County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting incident early Tuesday at Quality Inn, 3130 Paxville Highway in Manning, that left a man and a juvenile female with gunshot wounds. Sheriff’s office Sgt. Linda Smith responded to a report of shots fired at Quality Inn shortly after 5 a.m. on Valentine’s Day and reportedly found a 19-year-old male victim bleeding from his head, leg and ankle areas. Smith said the male shooting victim, Raiquan Diquarius York, whom she described as hysterical and pleading for help, told her he had been shot. York said the suspect left in a gray Chevrolet Impala. York was then joined by a 17-year old male, Smith said. It is unclear from the report what the status of the juvenile female victim was at that time.

Smith called Emergency Medical Services and reported hearing a vehicle speed away from the area. She gave chase, but the vehicle she pulled over turned out not to be the suspect’s vehicle, she said. Smith returned to the scene and secured the area. EMS transported York to McLeod Health Clarendon. The juvenile male told Smith the incident started when he, York and the 16-year old female victim arrived at the room about 2 a.m. He said the room was paid for by his aunt, Smith reported. A few hours later, the 17-year-old said, his former girlfriend, Santana Brown, 19, arrived at the room and began banging on the door, demanding to come in. The juvenile said he suddenly heard a loud crash followed by about six shots. He told Smith the suspect, Rasaun Maliek Hastie, a 19year old man from Sumter, apparently smashed and entered through a window and the male victim began to yell

he had been shot. Hastie began to attack and pistol whip York, so the juvenile said he began to fight Hastie off York, reportedly causing Hastie to flee the room. Hastie reportedly left the scene with the female shooting victim and Brown, according to sheriff’s office Maj. RonHASTIE nie Drose. The female victim checked into Palmetto Health Tuomey in Sumter later Tuesday with a gunshot wound, Drose said. Deputy Joshua Carter McArthur later arrived at the scene with the male juvenile’s mother, according to the police report. Smith said in the report she kept the juvenile separated from his mother until investigators could question him further and McArthur further secured the scene. Six spent shell casings were located

by officers in the immediate area, Smith reported. A supplemental report said the 17year old male suffered from an apparent minor injury and the 16-year old female had possible internal injuries. Sheriff Tim Baxley said Wednesday the female victim received a gunshot wound to her lower pelvic area. He said both shooting victims were scheduled to have bullets removed Wednesday, and the injuries were not considered life threatening. Baxley said Hastie, 19, of Sumter, was taken into custody without incident Tuesday afternoon at Ritz Mobile Home Park in Sumter with the assistance of South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, Sumter Police Department and Sumter County Sheriff’s Office. He was charged with attempted murder, Baxley said. He is in custody at Clarendon County Detention Center. Drose said the case remains under investigation and further charges may be filed.

Rend Collective headlines Saturday’s Over The Top 2017 Youth Event


Contemporary Christian band Rend Collective, above right, and the Super Bowl LI champion New England Patriots’ team chaplain Jack Easterby, above left, will be the lineup for Saturday’s annual Over The Top youth event in Sumter. The event will be at Alice Drive Baptist Church, 1305 Loring Mill Road, and begin at 5:30 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. Organizers say some tickets are still available. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased at Olive Tree Christian Bookstore, 600 Bultman Drive, Suite 6; One Accord Market, 721 N. Bultman Drive, Suite A; and Badcock Furniture, 230 N. Bultman Drive. A limited number of tickets may still be available for purchase online at, according to event organizers.

Man honors deceased brother through fellowship of sports BY KASEY MEREDITH Mariel Cooper said he founded We Ball 4 Destin to “fulfill a brotherly promise.” A promise between him and his late younger brother, Destin Wise. Wise was a Sumter High School graduate who planned to join the U.S. Air Force and attend The Citadel, pursuing a football scholarship. Mere weeks after Wise graduated, on June 14, 2015, he died from injuries in a car wreck. We Ball 4 Destin will be hosting the Black History Dreams to Reality Event from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Grace Cathedral Ministries Gym, 60 Oswego Road. The event will have singing, dancing, raffles and guest speakers.

The event isn’t the foundation’s first. Cooper hosted Do it Big 7 on 7, a football tournament, last June, one year after Wise’s death. “We wanted Destin’s legacy to live on,” Cooper said. Soon after, Cooper decided to create the We Ball 4 Destin Foundation, a 501 (C)(3) nonprofit, which is as much about playing football as it is about giving back to the community. Honoring Wise, Cooper set out to do what he and Wise were eventually going to do — give children an opportunity that the brothers didn’t have. “We both shared the vision that sports was a catalyst to ignite a vision,” Cooper said. He was very involved with giving back to the community, Cooper said of

Wise, who became the first of his friends to go to youth group. Wise later became the youth group leader at his church. “We didn’t know what the sport would do at the time,” Cooper said. Cooper attributes playing football with unlocking many opportunities for him, such as receiving a full scholarship to South Carolina State University, a drive to graduate cum laude with a civil engineering degree and passion in achieving any goal. Cooper’s goal for the foundation is to have a facility, like the Boys & Girls Club, where students can come together through sports after school and participate in giving back to the community. Football can teach you a lot about life, and life can teach you a lot

about football, Cooper said. While Do it Big 7 on 7 is the foundation’s main event, Cooper’s goal is to keep the community engaged with monthly events and get the word out about the We Ball 4 Destin Foundation. This year Cooper and his foundation have created the Destin Wise Scholarship. Scholarship applicants must be graduates from a high school in Sumter, Lee or Clarendon county. They must also have a 3.0 or higher GPA and have completed 40 hours of community service. Cooper hopes the scholarship will be awarded in May. “When I give that scholarship, it’s going to be through my brother,” Cooper said.

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Volunteers host luncheon to feed the hungry FROM STAFF REPORTS

A Feed My Starving Children MobilePack event will be held Aug. 1 and 2 at Sumter County Civic Center. A ladies’ luncheon and silent auction to raise money for these life-saving meals will be held Saturday at Westminster Presbyterian Church.

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A ladies’ luncheon and silent auction will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Westminster Presbyterian Church annex, 230 Alice Drive, to benefit the Sumter Feeds My Starving Children MobilePack event. Through a partnership with the charity, Feed My Starving Children, Sumter volunteers will prepare 200,000 life-saving meals at a MobilePack event Aug. 1 and 2 at Sumter County Civic Center. “In order to hold the event and pack the meals, we need to raise a minimum of $44,000 to purchase the ingredients for 200,000 meals,” Sarah Bradham, coordinator of the packing event, said. “To help us reach this goal, our local FMSC committee is hosting the ladies’ luncheon and silent auction to benefit the MobilePack event.” Tickets are $15 and may be purchased in advance or at the door. “This is truly a community event. We want to encourage all women to attend the luncheon and become involved with FMSC,” Bradham said. In the past, the auction has featured jewelry, handmade items, artwork, furniture, gift certificates and many other items donated by local


A Christian nonprofit founded in 1987, Feed My Starving Children tackles world hunger by sending volunteer-packed nutritious meals to an estimated 70 countries, where they’re used to operate orphanages, schools, clinics and feeding programs to break the cycle of poverty. Last year, the charity welcomed 800,000 volunteers to pack 64 million meals in 35 states. FMSC spends 92 percent of total donations directly on feeding the hungry and has maintained the highest four-star rating from Charity Navigator for 11 consecutive years.


businesses and supporters. The 2017 event will be the fourth volunteer-coordinated effort in Sumter. In 2014, a small group of individuals led the Sumter community to exceed the annual goal of 500 volunteers and $22,000. In just two days, the 2014 and 2015 Sumter community event packed 111,024 meals, which fed 304 children one meal a day for an entire year. Specially formulated ingredients of vitamins, veggies, soy and rice were packed and sealed in bags and shipped to two nonprofit distribution partners in Haiti. “In 2016, we felt God calling us to take a leap of faith and double our goal

allegedly punching another person in the head and face multiple times causing swelling to the forehead and left eye while in the 2500 block of Equinox Avenue, Dalzell, on Oct. 20, 2016. The victim was treated at Palmetto Health Tuomey.


Aubri R. Morra, 26, of 1705 West Ave. S., Pinewood, was arrested Friday after her newborn infant tested positive for cocaine and opiates on Jan. 11. A warrant issued by Sumter County Sheriff’s Office also states that Morra, who had insufficient prenatal care during her pregnancy, also tested positive for cocaine.

Brian K. Maynor, 41, of 485 Allen Drive, was arrested Monday and charged with larceny for allegedly breaking into the victim’s vehicle

Henry L. Jennings, 39, of 44 Brunhill Road, was arrested Monday and charged with four counts of distribution of cocaine for allegedly selling cocaine to an informant who was working under the direction and supervision of the Sumter County Drug Unit on four occasions.

to 1,000 volunteers and 200,000 meals,” Bradham said. “Getting this effort started in Sumter was a monumental task, and we can only give credit to Him. Not only did we meet our goal, but we exceeded it.” “Volunteering for just two hours at a MobilePack is a great opportunity for families, co-workers and youth groups to take on a summer project and make a difference,” event volunteer Missy Reese said. “Children as young as 5 years old can volunteer with their par-

and taking two pairs of Costa sunglasses valued at $498 while parked in the 1500 block of Airport Road on Nov. 26, 2016.

Kendra M. Bennett, 26, of 4100 Broad St., Lot 71, was arrested Monday and charged with unlawful neglect of a child after she and her newborn infant allegedly tested positive for cocaine on March 24, 2015. STOLEN PROPERTY Approximately $350 in

ents, and there are jobs for all ages and physical abilities.” For more information about the MobilePack event, contact Bradham at or (803) 9681686. Online resources include www. and the event’s local Facebook page. Donations may be given immediately, and volunteer registration will be available online six weeks before the event. For tickets and information on Saturday’s luncheon, call (803) 773-7235.

er valued at $1,000 was reportedly stolen while it was parked at a residence in the 4400 block of Bush Branch Road between 10 p.m. Sunday and 4:45 a.m. Monday. A Samsung TV valued at $1,000; a Sanyo TV valued at $700; a PlayStation 3 valued at $350; and 15 PlayStation 3 games valued at $750 were reportedly stolen from a residence in the 100 block of Murphy Street between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday.

change and cash, and a jewelry box containing approximately $750 in jewelry, were reportedly stolen from a residence in the 6300 block of Cougar Way, Wedgefield, between 2:30 and 7 p.m. Sunday. A 5-by-10-foot metal trailer, unknown make, valued at $2,000 was reportedly stolen from a residence in the 700 block of Bay Springs Drive between 5:30 p.m. Sunday and 5:50 a.m. Monday. A black 2016 TaoTao Scoot-

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BY IVY MOORE The children of Providence Baptist Church have been working for several weeks on a project for National Children’s Ministry Day, which is Saturday. Cynthia Hardee of Providence said the Royal Ambassadors and Girls in Action groups, both comprising children in grades 1 through 5, decided to do something to help the Sumter area’s homeless community. One aspect of their project, Hardee said, was collecting funds and items toward their goal. They “spent three hours a few weeks back outside of Simpson Hardware on a very cold morning collecting donations and then five hours Saturday outside of Walmart in Sumter collecting again,” Hardee said. While they have collected more than $2,200 in cash and merchandise, the


Children in 1st through 5th grades collected money and items to help Sumter’s homeless on Feb. 12 at Walmart and three weeks ago at Simpson Hardware. They selected the project for National Children’s Ministry Day, which is Saturday. young people are still not finished. On Saturday, the actual Children’s Ministry Day, they will be packing 30 book bags with products for guests at Sumter United Ministries’ homeless shelter, formerly known as Samaritan House. Capacity for the shelter is 30, SUM staff said. In addition, on Wednesday, March 1, the children will provide and serve a homestyle meal to the residents, Hardee said. Hardee said the children will continue to accept donations. Call her at (803) 968-

4099, send your contribution to Providence Baptist Church, 2445 Old Manning Road, Sumter, SC, 29150, or go by the church after 8 a.m. Saturday, when the children will be packing the book bags. Saturday is the 10th anniversary of National Children’s Ministry, a project created by the Woman’s Missionary Union, an auxiliary of the Southern Baptist Convention. Its purpose is to motivate children to become engaged in mission action in their own communities.

CHURCH NEWS Allen Chapel AME Church, 471 Lynam Road, announces: * Sunday — Youth recognition and awards day as well as WMS red dress Sunday heart awareness will be held during 10 a.m. worship. * Sunday, Feb. 26 — WMS March of Dimes Sunday during 10 a.m. worship. Black history program will be held at 2 p.m. * Saturday, March 4 — Breakfast for everyone from 9 a.m. until noon with a donation of $7 per person. Cedar Grove Missionary Baptist Church, 1275 Oswego Highway, announces: * Saturday — Sunday school ministry’s annual music and talent service at 6 p.m. Cross Road Christian Fellowship / Nehemiah KBA, 845 Webb St., announces: * Thursday-Sunday, Feb. 23-26 — Founder’s celebration as follows: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Bishop Jeffrey Johnson will speak; 7:30 p.m. Friday, Pastor H. Tyrone Champagne will speak; 4 p.m. Saturday, banquet at 101 S. Salem Ave., Pastor Linda Speed will speak; 11 a.m. Sunday, Evangelist Samantha W. Francis will speak; and 4 p.m. Sunday, Pastor Larry W. Barnes will speak. Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church, 105 Dinkins St., Manning, announces: * Sunday, Feb. 26 — Black history program at 11 a.m. Dr. John Lesaine, assistant professor of sports profession of Newberry College, will speak. Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, 182 S. Pike East, announces: * Sunday — Black history worship service at 4 p.m. Pastor Napoleon Bradford, of Jehovah Missionary Baptist Church, will speak. High Hills AME Church, 6780 Meeting House Road, Dalzell,


announces: * Sunday — The annual “200 Men in Black” program will be held at 4:30 p.m. The theme is “Weathering the storm, men hold on just a little while longer.” The Rev. Anthony Taylor, of Mt. Pisgah Missionary Baptist Church of Rembert, will speak. High Hills Missionary Baptist Church, 6750 Meeting House Road, Dalzell, announces: * Sunday — The YWA anniversary will be celebrated during the 10:15 a.m. worship. * Sunday, Feb. 26 — Black history observance day and the male chorus anniversary celebration will be held during the 10:15 a.m. worship. Hopewell Baptist Church, 3285 Peach Orchard Road, Dalzell, announces: * Sunday — The YWA black history program will be held at 4 p.m. The Rev. Reginald Floyd, pastor of Jerusalem Baptist Church of Hartsville, will speak. Music will be provided by Jerusalem Baptist Church, Mt. Olive AME Church and Crestwood High School choirs. The youth department will present a black history fact skit. Joshua Baptist Church, 5200 Live Oak Road, Dalzell, announces: * Sunday — The 22nd pastoral anniversary for the Rev. Eugene G. Dennis will be celebrated at 10 a.m. The Rev. Sam Livingston will speak. Mount Pisgah Missionary Baptist Church, 7355 Camden Highway, Rembert, announces: * Sunday — Hospitality ministry program during morning services. Richaun T. Wilson, executive pastor of Dream Life Fellowship Church of Atlanta, will speak. Church school begins at 9:30 a.m., followed by 10:30 a.m. worship. * Sunday, Feb. 26 — Black history program during morning services. Sister Anita L. Hunter

wo days ago we celebrated Valentine’s Day. On Valentine’s Day, some may have taken their spouses or loved ones out for dinner or bought a card, some jewelry or maybe just fixed a candlelight dinner at home. Perhaps some performed an act of kindness for their special Valentine. The apostle Paul writing to the Corinthians stated, “Love is kind.” Today our focus will be on expressing love through acts of kindness. When we love someone it should be automatic to show kindness. We show kindness by letting people we love go through the door first, by being polite and using the manners we were taught as children. We show kindness by offering compliments often or by leaving a love note or a note of encouragement on the mirror or on the desk. We show kindness by taking on that chore we know they dislike. We show kindness to our special loved ones by using only words that encourage; if we have to correct, it is filled with love. What about our children? How can we show them kindness and, in turn, teach them to be kind? Perhaps we take them to breakfast, put down the cellphones and talk to them. We show kindness to our children by bringing them back a gift if we had to be away for a business trip or by

will speak. Church school begins at 9:30 a.m., followed by 10:30 a.m. worship. * Monday-Thursday, Feb. 27March 2 — Wateree Baptist Association L.D. Sunday School and Congress of Christian Education Department 6th Annual Session of Training 6-8:30 nightly. Cost is $25. Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 325 Fulton St., announces: * Sunday — Trustee ministry anniversary and black heritage worship celebration at 10:45 a.m. * Sunday, Feb. 26 — Golden Age ministry anniversary and black heritage worship celebration at 10:45 a.m. New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, 3249 U.S. 15 S., announces: * Saturday — Senior citizens ball at 3:30 p.m. * Saturday, Feb. 25 — Doris H. Fulwood Scholarship luncheon at noon. * Sunday, Feb. 26 — Senior citizens day will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Second Presbyterian Church, 1125 Old Pocalla Road, announces: * Saturday — Black history month program. Dr. Ella Busby will speak and the Morris College Gospel Singers will provide music. St. Anne - St. Jude Catholic Church, 611 W. Oakland Ave., announces: * Sunday, Feb. 26 — Annual St. Peter Claver Knights and Ladies black history program at 3 p.m. U.S. Rep. James Clyburn will speak. Music will be provided by the Benevolence Ensemble of High Hills AME Church. St. James United Methodist Church, 720 Broad St., announces: * Sunday-Tuesday, Feb. 21 — Black history revival as follows: 6 p.m. Sunday, Brother Troy Cato will speak; 7 p.m.


helping clean up a mess they made. We show kindness to our children by stopping what we are doing and listening to them. We show kindFamily ness to friends, coEncouragement workers and neighbors in the followRICHARD HOLMES ing ways: being respectful and polite, offering to bring them a snack when you get yourself one, being encouraging, trying to find the positive in things they do and by randomly doing acts of kindness for them. Today, make a commitment to show kindness every day to the ones you love, live by and work with. Next week we will review how love is not jealous. Family Encouragement Corner is a weekly inspirational thought from Richard Holmes. Holmes serves as a chaplain at Shaw Air Force Base. The opinions expressed in this article do not express the views of Shaw Air Force Base or the U.S. Air Force. For more information regarding Family Encouragement Corner or to offer your suggestions or comments, please feel free to email

Monday, the Rev. Raymond Cook will speak; and 7 p.m. Tuesday, the Rev. Lee M. Johnson will speak. Theme: “Crisis in black history.” St. John Baptist Church, 3944 Brewer Road, Manning, announces: * Sunday, March 5 — The pastor’s 10th anniversary will be celebrated. G.K. Carter, of Fourth Crossroad Church, Manning, will speak. St. Mark AME Church, corner of First Street and Larry King Jr. Highway, Summerton, announces: * Sunday, Feb. 26 — Family and friends day at 2 p.m. at Liberty Hill AME Church (due to damages to the St. Mark sanctuary). The Rev. Robert China, pastor of Historic Liberty Hill AME Church of Summerton, will speak. Dinner will follow. St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church, 7650 Summerton Highway, Silver community, Pinewood, announces: * Saturday — Brotherhood recruiting breakfast 9-11 a.m. The Rev. Lee Timmons, of Jerusalem Association, will speak. * Sunday — Black history program at 3 p.m. * Saturday, Feb. 25 — Boys to men conference at 2:30 p.m. The Rev. Stukes will speak.

Church, 155 Wall St. Pastor M.H. Newton, Pastor W.T. Johnson and Pastor Sammie Simmons will speak. For details, call Ella Mathis James at (803) 305-1165 or the Rev. Alphonsa Barker at (803) 983-8905. Triumph Ministries, 3632 Broad St. Ext., announces: * Friday and Sunday — Pastor appreciation, honoring Prophetess Stephanie Mathis, will be held as follows: 7 p.m. Friday, Bishop H. Bennett, of Fayetteville, North Carolina, will speak; and 5 p.m. Sunday, Prophetess Stephanie Genwright, of Fayetteville, will speak. * Friday, Feb. 24 — An ignite service (formerly known as one night of glory) will be held at 7 p.m. Evangelist Sherri Allgood, of North Carolina, will speak. * Sunday, March 5 — The second anniversary of the church will be celebrated at 5 p.m. Overseer Wanda Brooks, of Baltimore, Maryland, will speak. Truly Committed Missionary Baptist Church, 705 Oswego Road, announces: * Sunday — Mary Smiling will deliver her initial sermon at 5 p.m. at Greater Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church, 609 Miller Road.

St. Paul AME Church, 835 Plowden Mill Road, announces: * Sunday — Stewardess board program at 3:30 p.m. The Rev. Marie Deas Webb, pastor of Mt. Sinai AME Church, will speak.

Union Hall, 1171 Old Pocalla Road, announces: * Sunday — Celebration for the fourth anniversary of Resurrection at 4 p.m. Tickets: $5 for adults; $2 for children age 6-10; and free for children under age 6.

Sumter Baptist Missionary and Educational Association, 508 W. Liberty St, announces: * Monday-Friday, March 6-10 — Congress Spring Institute Classes will be held 7-9 nightly at Trinity Missionary Baptist

Walker Avenue Church of God, 100 Walker Ave., announces: * Sunday — Youth program at 11 a.m. Associate Minister Sandra Moss, who is a teacher at Mayewood Middle School, will speak.

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rayer is hardly our impulse when we are in a bad situation; but, as believers, Scripture says it should be. When

faced with seemingly insurmountable circumstances, our inclination is to fight or flee. But to pray amid the storm — that should be our knee-jerk reaction. It’s difficult to implement a routine of prayer when apparent injustices swirl around you. As I read the latest chapter in Sumter’s education administration issues these past weeks, I desperately wanted to read an adjacent headline where the local religious community held prayer services or prayer walks for our schools. For Sumter churches to come forward in a showing of prayer that rivals the decibel level of the outrage — wow, what a testimony of our faith in God’s ultimate providence. It would be wrong not to mention that several churches in the area regularly pray for our schools, especially at the beginning of the school year in the fall. Further, I’m sure there are congregations where this current issue has reached the top of that church’s prayer list. Thank you, if that includes your congregation. What can prayer do? It can give you peace and stability (Phil. 4:6-7, Ps. 121), a coveted state of mind when the people or institutions around you disappoint. Believers run the risk of looking like their

nonbeliever counterparts when they don’t pray. This is an observation I’ve had as I’ve seen many of my friends express displeasure with our current political climate. Like the headlines surrounding our school disFaith Matters trict, I’ve longed to hear them also express the idea JAMIE H. that they have been in WILSON prayer for our world. Instead, they are given completely over to anger and indignation. Very few approach their day having first bathed it in prayer. They fight or they flee. I don’t think these are our only options. Our first? To pray to the only One who holds ultimate sway over any situation. This is an incredibly powerful position: To stand firm, or kneel, while the world rocks with chaos. Believers, I’m not telling you anything you don’t already know, but I’m suggesting something you may have forgotten in the light of your frustration. Pray without ceasing and invite your religious community to join you. Stand in the gap for our county’s children in a way that will not only restore our school district but make it better. “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us (Eph. 3:20, NIV).



Protests mark cathedral’s return to Russian Orthodox control ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Thousands of people in Russia’s second-largest city held competing demonstrations Sunday for and against the return of the renowned St. Isaac’s Cathedral to the Russian Orthodox Church. The cathedral, one of St. Petersburg’s top tourist destinations, was seized by the state after the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution and became a museum. The city announced last month that it would be returned to church control. Opponents say they fear that under the church, tours will focus on the cathedral’s religious aspects and give short shrift to its architectural and cultural importance. “One of the city’s biggest museums is being ruined,” Anna Polovikina, an opponent of the handover, said. “I’m an Orthodox believer, and this situation won’t change my belief, but I know people who are really disappointed with the church.” The Russian Orthodox Church is the country’s predominant religion, and critics say it has become too closely allied with the Kremlin. But proponents of returning

St. Isaac’s to the church say secular control debases the cathedral, where occasional masses were said during its years of being city-run. As a museum, St. Isaac’s has become “a business that feeds itself ... the rare church services held in the cathedral are like theater for tourists,” demonstrator Vitaly Milonov, a Russian parliament member who supports putting the church back in charge, said. The demonstration supporting church control attracted 1,000 people, while the one in opposition was twice that size. The director of the city’s famed Hermitage Museum is among the critics of the cathedral’s conveyance.


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Sumter Seventh-Day Adventist 103 N Pike West 775-4455 Pastor Harry Robinson Sat. Sch: 9:15 am, Worship: 11:00 am Tues Bible Study 7 pm

First Assembly of God 1151 Alice Drive * 773-3817 Jason Banar, Pastor Sunday School 9:30 am Sunday Worship: 10:30 am

African Methodist - Missionary Episcopal Baptist Jehovah Missionary Baptist Church Wayman Chapel AME Church 160 N Kings Hwy • 803-494-3686 Reverend Dr. Dennis W. Broughton, Jr. Church School 9:00 am Worship 10:15 am Wed. Bible Study 12:00 pm & 6:30 pm

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Salem Missionary Baptist Church The Catholic Community of 320 West Fulton Street Sumter, St. Jude Site 611 W. Oakland Ave • 773-9244 803-775-8054 Reverend Dr. Cartrell Woods, Jr. Pastor Pastor Rev. Frank Palmieri, CRM Sun. School 9:00 am Parochial Vicar Rev. Noly Berjuega, CRM Praise Worship 9:55 am Saturday: 6:00 pm Worship 10:00 am Sun. 9:15 - 12:00 Noon, 5:00 pm (in Spanish) Confession: Sat. 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Baptist - Southern Grace Baptist Church 219 W Calhoun St * 778-6417 Dr. Stephen Williams S.S. 9:45 am; Worship 11:00 am Evening Worship/Bible Study 6:30 pm Wed. Prayer Meeting 6:30 pm Wed. Bible Study: 6:30 pm

803 S Harvin St. * 775-4032 Marion H Newton, Pastor Sunday Worship: 7:45 & 10:45 am Sunday Youth Service: 10:45 am Wednesday Bible Study: 7:00 pm

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ach February as we remember the great leaders in our history, these words from the Constitution come to mind… “in order to form a more perfect union”. Throughout history our leaders have understood the need for equality and civil rights and the role we as a nation play in forming a better world through upholding freedom. As you celebrate “Presidents’ Day”, exercise your freedom of religion and worship in your chosen house of worship. While you’re there, pray for our leaders and for “a more perfect union.” John 6:25-59

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Aldersgate United Methodist 211 Alice Dr • 775-1602 David W. Day, Pastor Sunday School 9:15 am Worship Service 10:30 am

Sumter Bible Church 420 South Pike West, Sumter 803-773-8339 • Pastor Ron Davis Sunday School 10:00 am Worship 11:00 am & 6:30 pm Wed. Bible Study & Prayer 7:00 pm

First Presbyterian Church of Sumter 9 W Calhoun St (at Main St.) (803) 773-3814 • Rev. Nick Cheek Sunday School (classes for all ages) 9:30 a.m. Hospitality & Fellowship (Fellowship Hall) 10:10 a.m. Worship (Sanctuary) 10:30 a.m.

Bethel United Methodist Church 5575 Lodebar Rd • 469-2452 Rev. Jeremy Howell Sunday Worship: 8:30 & 11 am Sunday School: 10 am Trinity United Methodist Church 226 W Liberty St • 773-9393 Rev. Steve Holler Sunday School 9:30 am Worship Service 10:30 am

Non-Denominational Calvary Bible Church 770 N. Wise Dr., Sumter 803-774-2341 Pastor Richard Harris Sunday School 9:45 am Worship 11:00 am & 6:00 PM Christ Community Church(CCC) 320 Loring Mill Rd., Sumter 803-905-7850 Sunday Worship 10:00 am First Church of God 1835 Camden Rd • 905-5234 Ron Bower, Pastor Sunday School: 9:30 am Sunday Worship: 10:30 am Greater St. Paul Church 200 Watkins Street • 803-778-1355 Founder Bishop W.T. English Sunday School - 10:30 am

Pentecostal First United Penecostal Church 14 Plowden Mill Rd • 775-9493 Pastor Theron Smith Sunday Service: 10:00 am & 6:30 pm Wednesday Bible Study: 7:30 pm Sumter First Pentecostal Holiness Church 2609 McCrays Mill Rd • 481-8887 S. Paul Howell, Pastor Sunday School: 10:00 am Sunday Worship: 10:45 am & 6:00 pm Wed. Bible Study/Youth Group: 7:00 pm

Presbyterian - ARP Lemira Presbyterian Church 514 Boulevard Rd • 473-5024 Pastor Dan Rowton Sunday School 10:00 am Worship 11:00 am

Presbyterian PCA Westminster Presbyterian Church 230 Alice Dr., Sumter • 803-773-7235 Pastor Stuart Mizelle Sunday School 9:15 am Worship Service 10:30 am

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County Council wary of law enforcement grant Money for more traffic patrols may not renew after 1st year BY JIM HILLEY Clarendon County Council decided to take a “wait-andsee” approach to taking an official position on accepting a public safety grant for the Clarendon County Sheriff’s Office at its regular meeting Monday in County Council Chambers. Grants Director Vickie Williams told council the grant, which may fund up to four officers and four vehicles for one year, is part of former Gov. Nikki Haley’s Target Zero public safety initiative and doesn’t require matching funds. Any officers or vehicles obtained through the grant must be used solely for traffic enforcement, she said. Williams said she wouldn’t be surprised if the grant comes through for two officers and two vehicles instead of the four applied for. Council was cautious about officially accepting the grant because there is no guarantee the officers could be funded for longer than a year. Chairman Dwight Stewart warned the grant could put the county in the position of hiring new officers only to be forced to lay them off in a year ,if the grant is not renewed. “If the grant is terminated, the county may not be able to come up with the funds,” he said. In the end, council decided to put off any official accep-

tance of the grant until the state responds with more specific information on the level of funding. “We will have the opportunity when it comes back,” Stewart said. Williams also briefed council on recovery efforts for victims of the 2015 flood and Hurricane Matthew last year. She said Clarendon County was not one of the seven counties designated as most affected by the disasters but was in the top 10 as far as responding to requests for aid. At least 25 homes in the county had been repaired “to some degree,” she said. “Recovery will require more money than anybody realized,” Williams added. People are starting to get help, she said, but it may take years. Many homes were in poor shape to begin with and, with storm damage, $15,000 or $20,000 in aid won’t make the homes inhabitable, she said. The recovery money provided by the federal government is being managed by the state, she said, which is targeting the money toward vulnerable or disabled adults. Stewart said helping the vulnerable is a good policy. “Some of the most vulnerable are hit the hardest because of the condition of their homes,” he said. Williams said many of the faith-based groups who


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ClarendonSun Sun CLASSIFIEDS LEGAL NOTICES Beer & Wine License Notice Of Application Notice is hereby given that C & C Sumter, LLC DBA Mill Street Grill intends to apply to the South Carolina Department of Revenue for a license permit that will allow the sale ON premises consumption of Beer, Wine and Liquor at 201 Mill St. Manning, SC 29120. To object to the issuance of this permit / license, written protest must be postmarked no later than March 3, 2017. For a protest to be valid, it must be in writing, and should include the following information: (1) the name, address and telephone number of the person filing the protest; (2) the specific reasons why the application should be denied; (3) that the person protesting is willing to attend a hearing (if one is requested by the applicant); (4) that the person protesting resides in the same county where the proposed place of business is located or within five miles of the business; and (5) the name of the applicant and the address of the premises to be licensed. Protests must be mailed to: S.C. Department of Revenue, ATTN: ABL, P.O. Box 125, Columbia, South Carolina 29214; or Faxed to: (803) 896-0110.

Bid Notices Clarendon School District One is accepting bids for the following vehicles: 2006 Ford Bus and 2000 Dodge Caravan. Sealed bids should be sent to Ms. Renee Jeffcoat, Director of Finance and Operations, Clarendon School District One, P.O. Box 38, 12 South Church Street, Summerton, SC 29148. Bids must be submitted by February 27, 2017, at 4:00 p.m. The bids will be opened on February 28, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. in the district office. The district has the right to refuse any or all bids.

Summons & Notice SUMMONS IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS CASE NO. 2016-CP-14-00433 STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF CLARENDON Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance Inc. Plaintiff, -vsLawrence W. Green, Jr. a/k/a Lawrence Green, Jr.; The Estate of Karen Burnette Green; and All Unknown persons with any right, title or interest in the real estate described herein, being a class designated as Jane Doe; also any Unknown persons who may be in the military service of the United States of America, being a class designated as John Doe; and Any Unknown minors, persons under a Disability or persons incarcerated, being a class designated as Richard Roe, Defendant(s) YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and required to answer the Complaint in this action, and to serve a copy of your Answer on the subscribers at their offices, 1640 St. Julian Place, Columbia, South Carolina 29202, within thirty (30) days after service hereof, exclusive of the day of such service; except that the United States of America, if named, shall have sixty (60) days to answer after the service hereof, exclusive of the day of such service; and if you fail to answer the Complaint within the time aforesaid, the Plaintiff in this action will apply to the Court for a judgment by default granting the relief demanded in the Complaint. TO MINOR(S) OVER FOURTEEN YEARS OF AGE, AND/OR TO MINOR(S) UNDER FOURTEEN YEARS OF AGE AND THE PERSON WITH WHOM THE MINOR(S) RESIDE(S), AND/OR TO PERSON UNDER SOME LEGAL DISABILITY, INCOMPETENTS AND PERSONS CONFINED: YOU ARE FURTHER SUMMONED AND NOTIFIED to apply for the appointment of a Guardian ad Litem within thirty (30) days after service of this Summons and Notice upon you. If you fail to do so, application for such appointment will be made by the Plaintiff.

NOTICE OF FILING COMPLAINT YOU WILL PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Summons and Complaint in the above-captioned action were filed on December 1, 2016, in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Clarendon County, South Carolina.

NOTICE OF ORDER APPOINTING GUARDIAN AD LITEM NISI AND NOTICE A GUARDIAN AD LITEM APPOINTED PLEASE TAKE NOTICE THAT an action involving real property known as 1377 Clark Road, in which you may have an interest, has been commenced in the Court of Common Pleas for Clarendon County, South Carolina and that, by Order of the Clerk of Court filed therein on , Kelley Yarborough Woody, Esquire has been appointed as the attorney to represent any unknown Defendants that may be in the military service represented by the class designated as John Doe and Guardian ad Litem Nisi for all minors and persons under legal disability as a class designated as Richard Roe, Defendants herein. PLEASE TAKE NOTICE THAT, unless you or someone on your behalf apply to the Court for appointment of a suitable person to act as Attorney or Guardian ad Litem herein, within thirty (30) days after service by publication of this Notice, the appointment of Kelley Yarborough Woody, Esquire as Guardian ad Litem shall be made absolute.

LIS PENDENS NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that an action has been commenced and is now pending in this Court upon the Complaint of the above-named Plaintiff for the foreclosure of a certain mortgage of real estate given by Lawrence Green, Jr. to Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance Inc. dated

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October 6, 2011, and recorded in the Office of the Register of Deeds for Clarendon County on October 13, 2011 at 11:55 am in Book 923 at Page 210 The premises covered and affected by the said mortgage and the foreclosure thereof, were, at the time of making thereof and at the time of the filing of the Lis Pendens, as described on the attached Exhibit "A". EXHIBIT "A" All that certain piece, parcel or lot of land, together with the improvements thereon, situate, lying and being located in the County of Clarendon, State of South Carolina, containing 2.00 acres, more or less, and being more particularly shown and delineated on a plat entitled, "A Tract of Land Being Conveyed by Woodrow Johnson, Et al. to Lawrence Green, Jr." prepared by Robert G. Mathis, P.L.S., dated August 2, 2011 and recorded September 7, 2011 in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Clarendon County in Plat Book S-53 at Page 450; said lot having such metes and bounds as reference to said plat will show, all measurements being a little more or less. This being the identical property conveyed to Lawrence Green, Jr. by deed of Woodrow Johnson, Gardenia Green, Evelyn Johnson, Sandra Walker, Clint Walker, Shawn Johnson, Everette Moore, Cleo Johnson and Emanual Robinson by deed recorded September 8, 2011 in Book 805, at Page 16. Crawford & von Keller, LLC. PO Box 4216 1640 St. Julian Place (29204) Columbia, SC 29240 Phone: 803-790-2626 Attorneys for Plaintiff

Notice of Sale NOTICE OF SALE BY VIRTUE of a decree heretofore granted in the case of: Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. vs. Brandi L. Morris; , C/A No. 15-CP-14-0194, The following property will be sold on March 6, 2017, at 11:00 AM at the Clarendon County Courthouse to the highest bidder All that piece, parcel or lot of land, lying, being and situate in School District Number 2 of the County of Clarendon, State of South Carolina, containing 0.69 acre, according to a plat made by Robert G. Mathis Land Surveying, dated 22 December 1998, recorded in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Clarendon County in Plat Book 53 at Page 691. Reference to said plat shall be had pursuant to §30-5-250 of the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, as amended. Derivation: Book A174 at Page 94

NOTICE: The foreclosure deed is not a warranty deed. Interested bidders should satisfy themselves as to the quality of title to be conveyed by obtaining an independent title search prior to the foreclosure sale date. Joseph King Coffey Master in Equity for Clarendon County John J. Hearn Attorney for Plaintiff P.O. Box 100200 Columbia, SC 29202-3200 (803) 744-4444 013263-06817 Website: (see link to Resources/Foreclosure Sales)

SPECIAL REFEREE NOTICE OF SALE 2014-CP-14-00322 BY VIRTUE of a decree heretofore granted in the case of: Branch Banking and Trust Company vs. Renardo Richardson;, I, the undersigned William T. Geddings, Special Referee for Clarendon County, will sell on Monday, March 6, 2017 at 11:00 AM, at the Courthouse, 3 West Kiett Street, Manning, SC 29102, to the highest bidder: All that piece, parcel or lot of land, being and situated in School District No. 2 of Clarendon County, South Carolina, containing 1.00 acre on a Plat prepared by Robert G. Mathis Land Surveying for Willie and Hester Richardson dated February 13, 2004 and recorded in the Office of the Register of Deeds for Clarendon County on April 16, 2004 In Book S51, at page 477. This said lot has such metes, boundaries, courses and distances as are shown on said plat as Follows: On the North by lands of Willie and Hester Richardson and measuring thereon 308.91 feet; on the East by Sullivan Drive and measuring thereon 198.91 feet; on the South by lands of Johnny Lee Hilton and Mary L. Robinson and measuring 235.03 feet; and on the West by lands of Genevine C. Palmer et. al. and measuring 166.38 feet. All said measurements a little more or less and all as will more fully appear by reference to the above mentioned revised plat. This is the same property conveyed to Renardo Richardson by Deed of Willie Richardson and Hester Richardson dated April16, 2004 and recorded in the Office of the Register of Deeds for Clarendon County on April 16, 2004 in Book A530, at page 281. TMS No. 195-00-00-066.00

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The Court in its Decree has further made its finding that this mortgage was intended to and specifically secures and collateralizes that certain Mobile Home permanently affixed to the above described real estate in the mortgage being foreclosed and is further provided under the laws of the State of South Carolina, the same being more particularly described as follows: 1997 HORTON SUMMIT Manufactured Home, Serial No. H138217GL&R, with any fixtures. TERMS OF SALE: The successful bidder, other than the Plaintiff, will deposit with the Special Referee, at conclusion of the bidding, five percent (5%) of said bid is due and payable immediately upon closing of the bidding, in cash or equivalent, as evidence of good faith, same to be applied to purchase price in case of compliance, but to be forfeited and applied first to costs and then to Plaintiff's debt in the case of non-compliance. In the event of a third party bidder and that any third party bidder fails to deliver the required deposit in certified (immediately collectible) funds with the Office of the Special Referee, said deposit being due and payable immediately upon closing of the bidding on the day of sale, the Special Referee will re-sell the subject property at the most convenient time thereafter (including the day of sale) upon notification to counsel for Plaintiff. Should the last and highest bidder fail or refuse to comply with the balance due of the bid within 20 days, then the Special Referee may re-sell the property on the same terms and conditions on some subsequent Sales Day (at the risk of the said highest bidder). Personal or deficiency judgment being demanded, the bidding will remain open for a period of thirty (30) days after the sale date. The Plaintiff may waive its right to a deficiency judgment prior to sale, in which case the bidding will not remain open after the date of sale, but compliance with the bid may be made immediately. Purchaser to pay for documentary stamps on Special Referee's Deed. The successful bidder will be required to pay interest on the balance of the bid from the date of sale to date of compliance with the bid at the rate of 5.000% per annum. The Plaintiff may waive any of its rights, including its right to a deficiency judgment, prior to sale. The sale shall be subject to taxes and assessments, existing easements and restrictions of record. This sale is subject to all title matters of record and any interested party should consider performing an independent title examination of the subject property as no warranty is given. Neither the Plaintiff nor its counsel make representations as to the integrity of the title or the fair market value of the property offered for sale. Prior to bidding you may

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TERMS OF SALE: A 5% deposit in certified funds is required. The deposit will be applied towards the purchase price unless the bidder defaults, in which case the deposit will be forfeited. If the successful bidder fails, or refuses, to make the required deposit, or comply with his bid within 20 days, then the property will be resold at his risk. No personal or deficiency judgment being demanded, the bidding will not remain open after the date of sale, but compliance with the bid may be made immediately. The successful bidder will be required to pay interest on the amount of the bid from date of sale to date of compliance with the bid at the rate of 10.25% per annum. For complete terms of sale, see Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale filed with the Clarendon County Clerk of Court at C/A #15-CP-14-0194.

William T. Geddings Special Referee for Clarendon County Scott and Corley, P.A. Attorney for Plaintiff

fail or refuse to comply with the balance due of the bid within 20 days, then the Master in Equity may re-sell the property on the same terms and conditions on some subsequent Sales Day (at the risk of the said highest bidder). No personal or deficiency judgment being demanded, the bidding will not remain open after the date of sale, but compliance with the bid may be made immediately.

MASTER IN EQUITY NOTICE OF SALE 2016-CP-14-00364 BY VIRTUE of a decree heretofore granted in the case of: Quicken Loans Inc. vs. Rosenia D. Bailey;, I, the undersigned Joseph K. Coffey, Master in Equity for Clarendon County, will sell on Monday, March 6, 2017 at 11:00 AM, at the Courthouse, 3 West Kiett Street, Manning, SC 29102, to the highest bidder: All that certain piece, parcel or lot of land, with improvements thereon, lying and being and situate in the County of Clarendon, State of South Carolina, containing 0.69 acre, according to a plat thereof made by H.F. Oliver, Surveyor, dated February 8, 1979 and recorded in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Clarendon County in Plat Book 31 at Page 128. Said plat shall be incorporated herein by reference pursuant to Section 30-5-250 of the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, as amended. This being the same property conveyed to Rosenia D. Bailey by Deed of Rosenia C. Bailey and Terry Norene Bailey dated September 1, 2006 and recorded September 25, 2006 in Book A0632 at Page 186 in the ROD Office for Clarendon County.

Purchaser to pay for documentary stamps on Master in Equity's Deed. The successful bidder will be required to pay interest on the balance of the bid from the date of sale to date of compliance with the bid at the rate of 5.125% per annum. The Plaintiff may waive any of its rights, including its right to a deficiency judgment, prior to sale. The sale shall be subject to taxes and assessments, existing easements and restrictions of record. This sale is subject to all title matters of record and any interested party should consider performing an independent title examination of the subject property as no warranty is given. Neither the Plaintiff nor its counsel make representations as to the integrity of the title or the fair market value of the property offered for sale. Prior to bidding you may wish to review the current state law or seek the advice of any attorney licensed in South Carolina. Joseph K. Coffey Master in Equity for Clarendon County

TMS No. Portion of 091-00-02-006-00 Scott and Corley, P.A. Attorney for Plaintiff

Property address: 9204 Paxville Hwy, Manning, SC 29102 TERMS OF SALE: The successful bidder, other than the Plaintiff, will deposit with the Master in Equity, at conclusion of the bidding, five percent (5%) of said bid is due and payable immediately upon closing of the bidding, in cash or equivalent, as evidence of good faith, same to be applied to purchase price in case of compliance, but to be forfeited and applied first to costs and then to Plaintiff's debt in the case of non-compliance. In the event of a third party bidder and that any third party bidder fails to deliver the required deposit in certified (immediately collectible) funds with the Office of the Master in Equity, said deposit being due and payable immediately upon closing of the bidding on the day of sale, the Master in Equity will re-sell the subject property at the most convenient time thereafter (including the day of sale) upon notification to counsel for Plaintiff. Should the last and highest bidder

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from her in four days. The friend found that the front door was open and her purse was inside the house, he said. Nave said money and cards were still inside his mother’s wallet, and the house did not seem to be disturbed. She would not leave the house without her purse, but she would not take her purse if she just went on a walk, he said. But she would have taken the dogs, if she went on a walk, he said. Nave said his mother would go on a walk on her property with her dogs twice a day. He said he did not suspect

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“He will be missed.” Smith said. “He was just a really fine person,” “Joe was a man of character and integrity,” Brown said. “He was someone who could get things done and who people listened to.” Sen. Thomas McElveen, D-Sumter, said he got to know Neal well while serving together in both the Sumter and Richland delegations. “I always considered him one of the champions of the underdog in Columbia,” McElveen said. “He was good friends with Sen. Clementa Pinckney (one of the nine victims of the church shooting in Charleston), and I think they were cut from the same cloth.” Brown said Neal did many things for Sumter County while on the House Ways and Means Committee in the years he served there. “He loved working for people, that was his hallmark,” Brown said. Weeks said there are some who were aware Neal had some health issues. “He did not let that keep him from coming to the House and that is just Joe Neal,” he said. Weeks described Neal as very nice, friendly and warm. “He was a pastor of a church so he had that special Christian love. He lived that Christian love every day,” he said. “It will be hard to replace a fellow like that,” Weeks said. “When the time comes and there is an election, we hope it will be a strong player for Sumter County.” In October 2016, Neal attended the Sum-

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Alligator hunting continues as ‘Swamp People’ returns BY KEVIN MCDONOUGH “Swamp People” (9 p.m., History, TV-PG) survives to see its eighth season. For the initiated, it follows folks in Louisiana’s Cajun Country as they make a living hunting and selling the alligators that populate their boggy locale. As in most business-based reality series, the drama and comedy arise from family dynamics. Hotheaded patriarchs, levelheaded wives and knuckleheaded offspring have been the staple of such shows as long as they have existed. Apparently, there is a glut of gators. People are raising them on farms, forcing the hunters of “free-range” reptiles to lower their prices. Fluctuations in the cost of alligators are not the only problems to roil the brackish waters of “Swamp People.” Many popular characters were let go before the production of season seven, thought to be the series’ last. But History apparently got the message from fans who used social media to make their feelings known. “Swamp People” is only one of dozens of reality and scripted series set in the Pelican State. At a time when mass culture can seem rather generic, Louisiana’s French and Cajun history offers color. Even if it is often watered down to cliches about beignets and Mardi Gras, like the dialogue on “NCIS: New Orleans.” Other Louisiana-based reality series include, but are hardly limited to, “Caged,” “Cajun Justice,” “Cajun Pawn Stars,” “Duck Dynasty”

and two helpings of “The Real World” set in New Orleans. Scripted shows set in New Orleans date back to the 1950s with “Bourbon Street Beat” to the recent “True Detective” and “True Blood” to the still-running “The Originals” and “NCIS” franchise. As reality series locations go, Louisiana may be equaled only by Alaska. After last year’s election results surprised some, a theory gained traction that a sizable audience felt ignored by a media and entertainment culture that catered only to coastal elites. But dozens of series set in Louisiana and Alaska don’t back up that argument. One could say that reality TV turns residents of these states into cartoon characters. But you can’t say that they aren’t represented on television.

TONIGHT’S OTHER HIGHLIGHTS • The top 20 step forward on “MasterChef” (8 p.m., Fox, TVPG). • Two cliques emerge on “Grey’s Anatomy” (8 p.m., ABC, TV-14). • Part one of the two-part season finale on “Project Runway Junior” (9 p.m., Lifetime, TV-PG). • Icy roads fill the hospital beds on “Chicago Med” (9 p.m., NBC, TV-14). • Leah Remini appears on “My Kitchen Rules” (9 p.m., Fox, TV-14). • Rayna takes precautions on “Nashville” (9 p.m., CMT, TV-PG). • Cyrus goes all out on “Scandal” (9 p.m., ABC).


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• A drive-in’s closure upsets Jughead on “Riverdale” (9 p.m., CW, TV-14). • Undercover as a hacker “The Blacklist” (10 p.m., NBC, TV-14). • Annalise fights back on “How to Get Away With Murder” (10 p.m., ABC). • A message to Katie on “Colony” (10 p.m., USA, TV14). • “The History of Comedy” (10 p.m., CNN) examines the rise of female comics. • Lauren Cohan and Sonequa Martin-Green appear on “Lip Sync Battle” (10 p.m., Spike). • Talk of secession on “Portlandia” (10 p.m., IFC, TV-PG). • Back in Bakersfield on “Baskets” (10 p.m., FX, TVMA).

CULT CHOICE A haughty Indiana family is overwhelmed by 50 years of rapid change in Orson Welles’ 1942 adaptation of Booth Tarkington’s novel “The Magnificent Ambersons” (10:30 a.m., TCM), starring Joseph Cotten.


From left, Chris Conner stars as Dr. Weismann, Victor Rasuk as BB and Sarah Wayne Callies as Katie Bowman in the “Fallout” episode of “Colony,” airing at 10 p.m. today on USA. younger girlfriend proves tiring on “The Great Indoors” (8:30 p.m., CBS, TV-14) * Van stumbles on “Powerless” (8:30 p.m., NBC, TV-PG) * Bonnie whines on “Mom” (9 p.m., CBS, TV-14) * Coveted tickets on “Life in Pieces” (9:30 p.m., CBS, TV-PG) * A hit man targets gangsters on “Training Day” (10 p.m., CBS, TV-14).

LATE NIGHT SERIES NOTES Awkward moments on “The Big Bang Theory” (8 p.m., CBS, TV-PG) * Mary assembles her team on “Supernatural” (8 p.m., CW, TV-14) * Boiler trouble on “Superstore” (8 p.m., NBC, TV-PG) * Jack’s

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ASHINGTON — By now a few million Americans have met “Rick,” the aide-de-camp who carries the nuclear “football” for President Trump, and Richard DeAgazio, a Mar-aLago club member who posted a selfie of the two on his Facebook page. The entire Saturday evening in Palm Beach, where Trump hosted Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on the Mar-a-Lago terrace among assorted high-dollar patrons, felt like touring comedy director Adam McKay’s imagination. World leaders huddling over documents, reading by the light of an aide’s cellphone; a Hugh Hefneresque character played by the president receiving news about a North Korean missile launch; and a Palm Beach fat cat snapping a picture of the nuclear satchel and posing with Rick. Love the trailer; when’s the movie? Kidding aside, we who worry, worry. Shouldn’t the football be sitting quietly in a discreet corner, minding its own business? Things have gotten so wacky in Week Four of the Reality Presidency, even Vladimir Putin must be wondering: Is anybody in charge over there? To calm my nerves, I called a former nuclear-football minder, now a happily anonymous civilian family man, about the photo and other concerns. “Jack,” I’ll call him, is beyond careful with his words. Ever faithful to mission, he’s a patriot who follows the rules and stays in his own lane. He’s so cautious, every other answer is “I can’t tell you that.” But he did tell me enough to ease my mind, so I thought I’d share. First, Jack says he wouldn’t have posed for the photograph, but doesn’t think it was a breach of any sort, nor did it pose a security risk. Jack still doesn’t have a Facebook account as it was a firing offense when he was “in.” Everything on the nonpolitical side of things in Washington is governed by rules, and there was zero tolerance for mistakes. The president may goof around, but the people in charge of keeping him alive and the continuity on course are deadly serious. The satchel also has strict rules. It must always be within a specified number of feet of the president. It is essentially a portable command center, not a nuclear launch pad per se. When the president activates the satchel, he is sending a message to the Pentagon rather than firing off missiles at his whim, as some would have you believe. The case, as others have described it, contains a book of retaliatory options, another of classified site locations, a manila folder containing procedures for the Emergen-

cy Alert System and, of course, the essential 3x5inch card with the authentication codes. Yes, it’s a little Kathleen chilling to Parker imagine Trump trying to read the codes with a flashlight app while the Palm Beach set posts videos to Instagram. One may find comfort, however, in being reminded that the military aide holding the bag, so to speak, isn’t the only one with eyes on the suitcase. “There are a million things going on behind the scenes that people don’t understand,” Jack says, reassuringly. Standing close by are at least two others locked, loaded and poised to act to protect the football if necessary. “The point always is continuity of the presidency,” says Jack. “The country should never be without the ability to use the nuclear arsenal for more than a minute.” Continuity was interrupted once when President Clinton misplaced his “biscuit,” his personal identifier code, as related in the autobiography of Gen. Hugh Shelton, chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during Clinton’s second term. The vice president has the same satchel and biscuit, by the way, but they’re inoperable until and unless the president is confirmed dead or is otherwise unable to perform his duties. This would include being under sedation during surgery. The transfer of power and the making operable of those alternate instruments are executed immediately. Those worried that Trump might get his nose out of joint and start Armageddon should probably relax. There’s no red “launch” button in the bag. Once the president sorts through his options, and decides on a course of action, he launches a process — have you ever loved that word more? — including discussions with key military and civilian advisers, who may talk him out of the attack. In the end, the president has sole authority and the Pentagon has to follow orders. But, “there are checks and balances everywhere and they’re extremely classified,” says Jack. “The most important thing is for you to make people feel safe and stop with the frickin’ … “ He stops himself and just says, “I’m not fretful.” If Jack’s not worried, I’m not worried. Sort of. Not. Worried. Kathleen Parker’s email address is kathleenparker@ © 2016, Washington Post Writers Group

LETTER TO THE EDITOR IDENTITY POLITICS COSTS DEMOCRATS ELECTIONS And Democrats wonder why they keep losing elections. … “You dont agree with our brilliance … we will boycott anything associated with Trump or what you believe in. We will demonize and vilify those that are not in lock step with us. Free thought? You better not! We know what

is best for YOUR life.” Identity politics … most Americans see what you are … truly a party of division, mob mentality, and arrogance. And this from a man that did not vote Trump. In fact, I have voted for Democrats in the past. Never again in its current leadership and state. JOHN SELLAR Sumter


Is the Left playing with fire again?


o those who lived through that era that tore us apart in the ’60s and ’70s, it is starting to look like “deja vu all over again.” And as Adlai Stevenson, Bobby Kennedy and Hubert Humphrey did then, Democrats today like Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi are pandering to the hell-raisers, hoping to ride their energy to victory. Democrats would do well to recall what happened the last time they rode the tiger of social revolution. As the riots began in Harlem in 1964 and Watts in 1965, liberals rushed to render moral sanction and to identify with the rioters. “In the great struggle to advance civil and human rights,” said Adlai at Colby College, “even a jail sentence is no longer a dishonor but a proud achievement. ... Perhaps we are destined to see in this lawloving land people running for office ... on their prison records.” “There is no point in telling Negroes to obey the law,” said Bobby; to the Negro, “the law is the enemy.” Hubert assured us that if he had to live in a slum, “I could lead a mighty good revolt myself.” Thus did liberals tie themselves and their party to what was coming. By 1967, Malcolm X had been assassinated, Stokely Carmichael with his call to “Black Power” had replaced John Lewis at SNCC, and H. Rap Brown had a new slogan: “By any means necessary.” Came then the days-long riots of Newark and Detroit in 1967 where the 82nd Airborne was sent in. A hundred cities were burned and pillaged following the assassination of Dr. King on April 4, 1968. And what happened in our politics? The Democratic coalition of FDR was shattered. Gov. George Wallace rampaged through the Democratic primaries of Wisconsin, Indiana and Maryland in 1964, then ran third party and carried five Southern states in 1968.

His presidency broken by Vietnam and the riots, LBJ decided not to run again. Vice Pat President Buchanan Humphrey’s chances were ruined by the violent protests at his Chicago convention, which were broken up by the clubwielding cops of Democratic Mayor Richard J. Daley. Race riots in the cities, student riots on campus, and that riot of radicals in Chicago helped deliver America to Richard Nixon. Came then the huge antiNixon, anti-war demonstrations of the fall of 1969, the protests in the spring of 1970 after the Cambodian invasion and the Kent State killings, and the Mayday siege by thousands of anarchists to shut down D.C. in 1971. Again and again, Nixon rallied the Silent Majority to stand with him — and against them. Middle America did. Hence, what did its association with protesters, radicals and Black Power militants do for the Democratic Party? Where LBJ swept 44 states in 1964 and 61 percent of the vote, in 1968 Humphrey won 13 states and 43 percent. In 1972, Nixon and Spiro Agnew swept 49 states, routing the champion of the countercultural left, George McGovern. And the table had been set for California Governor Ronald Reagan, who defied campus rioters threatening him with violence thusly: “If it takes a bloodbath, let’s get it over with.” Without the riots and bombings of the ’60s and ’70s, there might have been no Nixonian New Majority and no Reagan Revolution. Today, with the raucous protests against President Trump and his travel ban, the disruption of Congressional town meetings, the blocking of streets every time a cop is involved in a shooting with a black suspect, and the rising vitriol

in our politics, it is beginning to look like the 1960s again. There are differences. In bombings, killings, beatings, arrests, arson, injuries and destruction of property, we are nowhere near 1968. Still, the intolerant left seems to have melded more broadly and tightly with the Democratic Party of today than half a century ago. Where Barry Goldwater joked about sawing off the East Coast and “letting it drift out into the Atlantic,” Californians today talk of secession. And much of Middle America would be happy to see them gone. Where Nixon was credited with the “cooling of America” in 1972, and Reagan could credibly celebrate “Morning in America” in 1984, any such “return to normalcy” appears the remotest possibility now. As with the EU, the cracks in the USA seem far beyond hairline fractures. Many sense the country could come apart. It did once before. And could Southerners and Northerners have detested each other much more than Americans do today? Fifty years ago, the antiNixon demonstrators wanted out of Vietnam and an end to the draft. By 1972, they had gotten both. The long hot summers were over. The riots stopped. But other than despising Trump and his “deplorables,” what great cause unites the left today? Even Democrats confess to not knowing Hillary Clinton’s presidential agenda. From those days long ago, there returns to mind the couplet from James Baldwin’s famous book, from which he took his title: “God gave Noah the rainbow sign / No more water, the fire next time.” Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of the new book ‘’The Greatest Comeback: How Richard Nixon Rose From Defeat to Create the New Majority.’’ © 2017

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The Lincoln High School PresVolunteers from AARP will Chapter AARPervation to meetAlumni todayAssociation offer freeSumter tax preparation will meet at 4 p.m. on Sunfrom 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on day, Feb. 19, at the Lincoln Mondays and Wednesdays High School cafeteria. Call through April 12 at the (803) 968-4173. Shepherd’s Center, 24 Council St. Applicants are The VFW and VFW Auxiliary advised to bring the follow10813 will meet at 6 p.m. on ing with them: photo ID; SoTuesday, Feb. 21, at 610 cial Security cards for all Manning Ave. household members being The American Red Cross is in claimed; tax documents — urgent need of blood donaW-2 forms, 1099R, 1099SSA, tions and will hold blood interest income and all drives as follows: 2-7 p.m. other income statements; Thursday, Feb. 23, Grace 2015 tax returns and power Baptist Church, 219 W. Calof attorney forms if filing houn St.; 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Satfor someone other than urday, Feb. 25, High Hills yourself. Call Henry Dinkins AME Church, 6780 Meeting at (803) 499-4990 or Lula House Road, Dalzell; and 9 King at (803) 316-0772. a.m.-1:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. The Sumter County Chapter of 27, Thomas Sumter AcadeAARP will meet at 3 p.m. my, 5365 Camden Highway, today at Sumter Senior SerDalzell. Download the Red vices Center, 119 S. Sumter Cross Blood Donor App, St. All persons age 55 or visit www.redcrossblood. older are invited. Call Johnorg or call 1-800-RED CROSS ny Jones at (803) 773-9681. (1-800-733-2767). The General George L. Mabry The Sumter Branch NAACP’s Jr. Chapter 817, Military Order annual black history program of the Purple Heart will meet will be held at 5 p.m. on at 6 p.m. today at the SumSunday, Feb. 26, at Trinity ter Combat Veterans Group Missionary Baptist Church, building, 529 N. Wise Drive. 155 Wall St. The Rev. NapoAll Purple Heart recipients leon A. Bradford will speak. and those interested in asDAV Gamecock Chapter 5 will sociation membership are meet at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesinvited. Call (803) 773-0658. day, Feb. 28, at 18 Hardpack The Lincoln High School PresRoad (off of S.C. 441). ervation Alumni Association A liver cancer awareness meet will hold a dinner fundraiser and greet will be held from from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on 11 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. on SatFriday, Feb. 17, at the Linurday, March 4, at Golden coln High School cafeteria, Corral, 2385 Walmart Blvd. Council Street. Cost is $8 Held in memory of Jeffery per person and menu will Dellefield, the event will consist of baked or barbefeature free liver cancer incued chicken, peas and formation, free T-shirts and rice, lima beans, dessert, free Dunkin’ Donuts. Call roll and a drink. Call James (803) 905-4411. Look for the L. Green at (803) 968-4173. green balloons.

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Eight local players selected SCISA state tournaments begin to SCBCA All-State squads Friday with 8 area teams in field BY DENNIS BRUNSON Four boys and four girls basketball players from local high schools have been selected to their respective South Carolina Basketball Coaches Association All-State teams. Sumter’s Isiah Moore, Crestwood’s Ja Morant and Jah’Che Whitfield, Lakewood’s Grant Singleton, Manning’s Mahogany Green, Lee Central’s Kendrick Holloman and A’Yanah Lucas and East Clarendon’s Talaysia Cooper received the honors.

Sumter’s Moore was selected to the 5A boys team. He was averaging 12.0 points, 5.4 rebounds and two blocked shots per game entering the Gamecocks’ state playoff MORANT game against Spring Valley on Wednesday. Crestwood’s Morant and Lakewood’s Singleton were named to the 4A boys team, while the Lady Knights’ Whitfield was picked to the 4A girls team.



The boys and girls basketball teams from Wilson Hall, Laurence Manning Academy, Thomas Sumter Academy and Robert E. Lee Academy are all in their respective SCISA state tournaments and six of them will be playing their opening games in Sumter. The Wilson Hall boys will be playing in Columbia on Saturday, while the LMA girls will be traveling to Summerville. The others will

Playoff production SHS offense kicks in high gear to topple Spring Valley 77-58


Sumter’s Jaylenn Corbett (22) drives between Spring Valley’s Justing Strothers (21) and Rashaad Williams (23) for a basket during the Gamecocks’ 77-58 firstround playoff victory on Wednesday at the SHS gymnasium.

BY DENNIS BRUNSON If the Sumter High School boys basketball team is as productive offensively as it was on Wednesday in its first-round game in the 5A state playoffs against Spring Valley, then it is going to be a very tough out. The Gamecocks were getting the ball out in transition, able to work it inside and were draining shots with regularity from 3-point range in a 77-58 victory at the SHS gymnasium. SHS, which improved to 18-6 on the season, will play host to Lexington in the second round on Saturday at 7 p.m. Lexington topped West Ashley 71-66. “We played really well on offense tonight,” said Sumter head coach Shawn Jones. “We wanted to get it inside because of our height advantage, but we decided to push it after we had some success. “I think it was one of our better nights shooting the ball from the outside as well.” The Gamecocks connected on 31 of 54 shots, including going 17-for-21 in the second half. SHS was 9-for-17 from 3-point range. Four of the treys came from Isaih Moore, who was named to the South Carolina Basketball Coaches Association 5A All-State team on Wednesday. Moore finished with 22 points. Jaylenn Corbett had 13 and post players Raymond Johnson and 6-foot-8-inch Ryan Missildine had nine and eight points, respectively. Darius Williams also had eight points.



Lakewood’s Davonte Pack (11) goes up for shot while being fouled by Hilton Head Island’s Eric Foggo (13) during the Gators’ 90-56 firstround playoff victory on Wednesday at The Swamp.

either play at Wilson Hall’s Nash Student Center or Sumter County Civic Center. The Laurence Manning boys are the No. 3 seed in the lower bracket of the 3A state playoffs. They will take on No. 6 Augusta Christian on Saturday at 3 p.m. at the main gymnasium at Nash Student Center. The Wilson Hall boys are the No. 5 seed in the 3A upper bracket. They will meet No. 4 Ben Lippen at 4 p.m. on Saturday at Heathwood Hall’s main gymnasium.


Jennings’ big night powers Knights past Beaufort 68-43 BY PATRICK ENZOR Special To The Sumter Item Crestwood High School boys basketball head coach Dwayne Edwards told Dakota Jennings before Wednesday’s first-round 4A state playoff game against Beaufort that he could be the X-factor. Challenge accepted. Jennings had a double-double beEDWARDS fore halftime to help the Knights topple the Eagles 68-43 at The Castle. Crestwood will face A.C. Flora, a 75-58 winner over Marlboro County, in the second round on Saturday in Columbia. “It was probably one of his best games,” Edwards said of Jennings. “He’s usually pretty consistent at blocking shots, but tonight is what I was hoping for all season long. He really stepped up tonight. The Knights, who improved to 17-7 on the year, jumped out to an early lead in the first quarter behind Jennings’ eight points. Jennings, who finished with 18 points and 14 rebounds, was able to get to the rim consistently in the paint and finish as Crestwood led 19-5 after one quarter. “We always knew it was there,” Edwards said of Jennings’ effort. “But tonight he played like a D1 (NCAA Division I) player. Hopefully it will carry over into the next game.” The Knights also forced nine turnovers in the first stanza to help their cause. “I thought this week we had good practices,” said Edwards. “The kids had a positive attitude going into the playoffs. I think


Barrage of 3s helps Gators roll past Seahawks 90-56 BY EDDIE LITAKER Special To The Sumter Item As Wednesday’s 4A boys firstround state playoff game between Lakewood and Hilton Head Island went to the half, the Gators held a fairly comfortable 38-26 lead. Then Lakewood exploded for 28 points in the third quarter, including four 3s, to stretch the lead to 28, 66-38, heading into the final eight minutes. The Seahawks would get no closer than 21 the rest of the way as the Gators, who finished the game with 13 3-pointers, pulled away down the stretch for a dominating 90-56 victory at The Swamp. “Our guys, we’ve been focused

SCHSL STATE PLAYOFFS WEDNESDAY Boys Sumter 77, Spring Valley 58 Lakewood 90, Hilton Head 56 Crestwood 68, Beaufort 43 Lee Central 75, Liberty 51 TODAY Girls Manning at Swansea, 7 p.m. Scott’s Branch at East Clarendon, 7 p.m. FRIDAY Boys East Clarendon at Military Magnet, 7 p.m. Scott’s Branch at Baptist Hill, 7 p.m. Girls Orangeburg-Wilkinson at Crestwood, 7 p.m. Lakewood at Wilson, 7 p.m. Lee Central at Christ Church, 7 p.m.

since the region season started,” said LHS head coach Bryan Brown, whose team’s 18-6 record includes a perfect 8-0 Region VI mark. “I think what we got today

is what I expected. I think in our practices we’ve been focused and we did a really good job of executing everything that we worked on in practice. They did a tremendous job of executing what we did in practice.” The Gator lead was six, 18-12, after one quarter and quickly doubled with a 6-0 run to open the second quarter. A 7-0 run, capped by a fast-break layup from All-State selection Grant Singleton, made the score 33-16 before HH rallied to cut it to 12 at the break. “Once we get going offensively, I think we’re going to be a tough team to beat but I think, once





6 a.m. – Professional Golf: European PGA Tour World Super Perth 6 First Round from Perth, Australia (GOLF). 10:50 a.m. – International Soccer: UEFA Europa League Match – Fenerbahce vs. Krasnodar (FOX SPORTS 2). 11 a.m. – Professional Tennis: ABN AMRO World Tournament Early-Round Matches from Rotterdam, Netherlands (TENNIS). Noon – International Figure Skating: Four Continents Championships from Gangneung, South Korea – Short Dance, Pairs Short and Ladies Short Programs (NBC SPORTS NETWORK). 1 p.m. – International Soccer: UEFA Europa League Match – Tottenham vs. KAA Gent (FOX SPORTS 1). 1 p.m. – International Soccer: UEFA Europa League Match – Fiorentina vs. Borussia Monchengladbach (FOX SPORTS 2). 2 p.m. – PGA Golf: Genesis Open First Round from Pacific Palisades, Calif. (GOLF). 3 p.m. – International Soccer: UEFA Europa League Match – St. Etienne vs. Manchester United (FOX SPORTS 1). 3 p.m. – International Soccer: UEFA Europa League Match – Roma vs. Vaillarreal (FOX SPORTS 2). 6 p.m. – College Basketball: College of Charleston at Hofstra (TIME WARNER 1250). 6:05 p.m. – Talk Show: Sports Talk (WDXY-FM 105.9, WDXY-AM 1240). 7 p.m. – College Basketball: Alabama-Birmingham at Marshall (CBS SPORTS NETWORK). 7 p.m. – College Basketball: Wisconsin at Michigan (ESPN). 7 p.m. – College Basketball: Texas A&M at Vanderbilt (ESPN2). 7 p.m. – College Basketball: SIU-Edwardsville at Murray State (ESPNU). 7 p.m. – Women’s College Basketball: Florida State at Virginia (FOX SPORTSOUTH). 7 p.m. – Women’s College Basketball: Vanderbilt at South Carolina (SEC NETWORK, WNKT-FM 107.5). 7:30 p.m. – NHL Hockey: Colorado at Buffalo (NBC SPORTS NETWORK). 8 p.m. – NBA Basketball: Boston at Chicago (TNT). 8 p.m. – College Basketball: Southeastern Louisiana at Northwestern State (TIME WARNER 150). 9 p.m. – College Basketball: Middle Tennessee State at Western Kentucky (CBS SPORTS NETWORK). 9 p.m. – College Basketball: Utah at Oregon (ESPN). 9 p.m. – College Basketball: Memphis at Connecticut (ESPN2). 9 p.m. – College Basketball: Morehead State at Tennessee State (ESPNU). 9 p.m. – College Basketball: Arizona at Washington State (FOX SPORTS 1). 9 p.m. – Women’s College Basketball: Auburn at Mississippi (SEC NETWORK). 11 p.m. – College Basketball: San Diego at Brigham Young (ESPNU). 11 p.m. – College Basketball: Arizona State at Washington (FOX SPORTS 1). 11 p.m. – LPGA Golf: Women’s Australian Open Second Round from Adelaide, Australia (GOLF).

COLLEGE BASKETBALL By The Associated Press

4½ 13½ 15 27

L 21 23 31 32 36

Pct .611 .582 .436 .429 .368

GB — 1½ 9½ 10 13½

L 16 26 29 30 30

Pct .704 .527 .482 .464 .444

GB — 9½ 12 13 14

L 13 17 23 33 34

Pct .764 .702 .596 .400 .393

GB — 3 9 20 20½

L 22 25 30 32 35

Pct .607 .554 .455 .418 .375

GB — 3 8½ 10½ 13

L 9 21 32 38 39

Pct .836 .618 .429 .333 .304

GB — 12 22½ 28 29½



Indiana at Cleveland, 7 p.m. San Antonio at Orlando, 7 p.m. Charlotte at Toronto, 7:30 p.m. Dallas at Detroit, 7:30 p.m. Milwaukee at Brooklyn, 7:30 p.m. Philadelphia at Boston, 7:30 p.m. Miami at Houston, 8 p.m. New Orleans at Memphis, 8 p.m. L.A. Lakers at Phoenix, 9 p.m. Minnesota at Denver, 9 p.m. Portland at Utah, 9 p.m. New York at Oklahoma City, 9:30 p.m. Atlanta at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m. Sacramento at Golden State, 10:30 p.m.


Washington at Indiana, 7 p.m. Boston at Chicago, 8 p.m.


Eastern Conference vs. Western Conference at New Orleans, LA, 8:30 p.m.

L 19 19 23 18 20 23 24 24

OT Pts GF GA 8 70 165 150 6 64 145 146 6 64 157 155 11 63 172 162 10 58 134 153 10 58 141 161 7 57 154 160 10 54 141 169

L OT Pts GF GA 11 6 84 192 121 13 7 77 197 155 15 5 75 177 136 18 1 75 192 147 22 7 61 147 168 20 10 60 162 165 22 10 58 131 159 22 7 55 140 156

CENTRAL DIVISION GP Minnesota 56 Chicago 57 St. Louis 56 Nashville 56 Winnipeg 59 Dallas 58 Colorado 54 PACIFIC DIVISION GP San Jose 57 Anaheim 58 Edmonton 57 Los Angeles 55 Calgary 57 Vancouver 57 Arizona 55 NOTE: Two points overtime loss.

W 37 35 29 27 26 22 15

L OT Pts GF GA 13 6 80 187 130 17 5 75 166 147 22 5 63 161 165 21 8 62 158 151 29 4 56 171 187 26 10 54 160 187 37 2 32 109 184

W 34 30 30 28 28 25 19 for

L OT Pts GF GA 18 5 73 156 135 18 10 70 152 147 19 8 68 162 148 23 4 60 138 136 26 3 59 149 164 26 6 56 135 164 29 7 45 131 174 a win, one point for


Pittsburgh 4, Vancouver 0 New Jersey 3, Colorado 2 Toronto 7, N.Y. Islanders 1 Buffalo 3, Ottawa 2 Winnipeg 5, Dallas 2 Anaheim 1, Minnesota 0 Edmonton 5, Arizona 2


Toronto at Columbus, 7 p.m. St. Louis at Detroit, 8 p.m. Philadelphia at Calgary, 9:30 p.m. Florida at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.


Winnipeg at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m. Ottawa at New Jersey, 7 p.m. N.Y. Rangers at N.Y. Islanders, 7 p.m. Colorado at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m. Vancouver at St. Louis, 8 p.m. Dallas at Minnesota, 8 p.m. Philadelphia at Edmonton, 9 p.m. Arizona at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m.


Pittsburgh at Columbus, 7 p.m. Colorado at Carolina, 7:30 p.m. Florida at Anaheim, 10 p.m.


St. Louis at Buffalo, 1 p.m. Washington at Detroit, 2 p.m. Winnipeg at Montreal, 2 p.m. Ottawa at Toronto, 7 p.m. Edmonton at Chicago, 7 p.m. N.Y. Islanders at New Jersey, 7 p.m. Nashville at Minnesota, 8 p.m. Tampa Bay at Dallas, 8 p.m. San Jose at Arizona, 8 p.m. Calgary at Vancouver, 10 p.m. Florida at Los Angeles, 10 p.m.



National Football League CHICAGO BEARS — Signed OL Eric Kush to a two-year contract. CINCINNATI BENGALS — Signed CB Bene Benwikere.


National Hockey League LOS ANGELES KINGS — Recalled F Adrian Kempe and D Paul LaDue from Ontario (AHL). Assigned RW Devin Setoguchi to Ontario. WASHINGTON CAPITALS — Acquired D Tom Gilbert from Los Angeles for future considerations and assigned him to Hershey (AHL).





South Carolina guard Sindarius Thornwell (0) drives to the hoop against Arkansas forward Trey Thompson (1) and Manuale Watkins (21) during the Gamecocks’ 83-76 loss on Wednesday in Columbia.

Barford, Razorbacks upset Carolina 83-76


Portland at Orlando, 7 p.m. Charlotte at Detroit, 7:30 p.m. Houston at New Orleans, 8 p.m. New York at Cleveland, 8 p.m. Denver at Sacramento, 10:30 p.m. L.A. Clippers at Golden State, 10:30 p.m.

American League KANSAS CITY ROYALS — Agreed to terms with LHP Travis Wood to a two-year contract. Placed LHP Brian Flynn on the 60-day DL. National League NEW YORK METS — Agreed to terms with RHP Fernando Salas on a one-year contract.

EAST Iona at Marist, 7 p.m. Canisius at Rider, 7 p.m. Cornell at Dartmouth, 7 p.m. Columbia at Harvard, 7 p.m. Princeton at Yale, 8 p.m. Penn at Brown, 8 p.m. Fairfield at Quinnipiac, 9 p.m. SOUTH VCU at Richmond, 9 p.m. MIDWEST Ill.-Chicago at Detroit, 7 p.m. Valparaiso at Oakland, 7 p.m. Kent St. at Akron, 7 p.m. SOUTHWEST UALR at Arkansas St., 8:30 p.m. FAR WEST Idaho at E. Washington, 9:05 p.m. California at Stanford, 10 p.m.


Chicago 105, Toronto 94 Cleveland 116, Minnesota 108 Sacramento 97, L.A. Lakers 96



Pct .655

.571 .411 .382 .164



L 19

24 33 34 46


WESTERN CONFERENCE SOUTHWEST DIVISION W San Antonio 42 Houston 40 Memphis 34 Dallas 22 New Orleans 22 NORTHWEST DIVISION W Utah 34 Oklahoma City 31 Denver 25 Portland 23 Minnesota 21 PACIFIC DIVISION W Golden State 46 L.A. Clippers 34 Sacramento 24 L.A. Lakers 19 Phoenix 17

ATLANTIC DIVISION GP W Montreal 58 31 Ottawa 54 29 Boston 58 29 Toronto 55 26 Florida 54 24 Buffalo 57 24 Tampa Bay 56 25 Detroit 56 22 METROPOLITAN DIVISION GP W Washington 56 39 Pittsburgh 55 35 Columbus 55 35 N.Y. Rangers 56 37 Philadelphia 56 27 N.Y. Islanders 55 25 New Jersey 56 24 Carolina 53 24

EAST Robert Morris at Bryant, 7 p.m. Drexel at Delaware, 7 p.m. Florida Gulf Coast at NJIT, 7 p.m. St. Francis (Pa.) at CCSU, 7 p.m. Coll. of Charleston at Hofstra, 7 p.m. UNC-Wilmington at Northeastern, 7 p.m. Fairleigh Dickinson at Sacred Heart, 7 p.m. Mount St. Mary’s at Wagner, 7 p.m. Elon at Towson, 7 p.m. Manhattan at Siena, 7 p.m. Niagara at Monmouth (NJ), 8 p.m. Memphis at UConn, 9 p.m. SOUTH Jacksonville at Kennesaw St., 7 p.m. SIU-Edwardsville at Murray St., 7 p.m. Texas A&M at Vanderbilt, 7 p.m. Stetson at SC-Upstate, 7 p.m. William & Mary at James Madison, 7 p.m. UAB at Marshall, 7 p.m. Cent. Arkansas at Nicholls, 7:30 p.m. FAU at Louisiana Tech, 7:30 p.m. North Florida at Lipscomb, 7:30 p.m. Abilene Christian at McNeese St., 8 p.m. E. Illinois at Austin Peay, 8 p.m. FIU at Southern Miss., 8 p.m. E. Kentucky at Belmont, 8 p.m. SE Louisiana at Northwestern St., 9 p.m. Middle Tennessee at W. Kentucky, 9 p.m. Morehead St. at Tennessee St., 9 p.m. MIDWEST Wisconsin at Michigan, 7 p.m. N. Kentucky at Cleveland St., 7:45 p.m. Wright St. at Youngstown St., 7:45 p.m. Oral Roberts vs. Nebraska-Omaha at Lincoln, Neb., 8 p.m. SOUTHWEST UTEP at North Texas, 8 p.m. UTSA at Rice, 8 p.m. Sam Houston St. at Houston Baptist, 8 p.m. Lamar at Stephen F. Austin, 9 p.m. FAR WEST Colorado at Oregon St., 9 p.m. San Francisco at Gonzaga, 9 p.m. Utah at Oregon, 9 p.m. CS Bakersfield at Utah Valley, 9 p.m. Portland St. at Montana St., 9 p.m. Sacramento St. at Montana, 9 p.m. N. Colorado at Weber St., 9 p.m. Arizona at Washington St., 9 p.m. North Dakota at Idaho St., 9:05 p.m. Grand Canyon at Seattle, 10 p.m. Pepperdine at Santa Clara, 10 p.m. UC Davis at Long Beach St., 10 p.m. Pacific at Portland, 10 p.m. Hawaii at UC Santa Barbara, 10 p.m. Loyola Marymount at Saint Mary’s (Cal), 11 p.m. San Diego at BYU, 11 p.m. Cal St.-Fullerton at UC Riverside, 11 p.m. Arizona St. at Washington, 11 p.m.

W 36

Toronto 32 New York 23 Philadelphia 21 Brooklyn 9 SOUTHEAST DIVISION W Washington 33 Atlanta 32 Charlotte 24 Miami 24 Orlando 21 CENTRAL DIVISION W Cleveland 38 Indiana 29 Chicago 27 Detroit 26 Milwaukee 24

NHL STANDINGS By The Associated Press


EAST Canisius 89, Iona 83 Notre Dame 84, Boston College 76 St. Peter’s 71, Marist 46 Virginia Tech 66, Pittsburgh 63 SOUTH Clemson 95, Wake Forest 83 Florida 114, Auburn 95 George Mason 93, Richmond 70 Georgia 79, Mississippi St. 72 Kentucky 83, Tennessee 58 Liberty 55, High Point 52 Mississippi 96, LSU 76 UCF 71, Tulsa 53 VCU 91, Saint Joseph’s 81 MIDWEST Akron 71, Toledo 65 Ball St. 81, N. Illinois 72, OT Buffalo 99, Cent. Michigan 93 Dayton 85, Saint Louis 63 Denver 78, W. Illinois 72 Evansville 87, Drake 70 Kent St. 76, Miami (Ohio) 72 Michigan St. 74, Ohio St. 66 Nebraska 82, Penn St. 66 Ohio 79, E. Michigan 71 Purdue 74, Rutgers 55 W. Michigan 89, Bowling Green 79 SOUTHWEST Oklahoma 70, Texas 66 FAR WEST Colorado St. 78, Wyoming 73 New Mexico 78, Boise St. 73




HARVARD — Named Anthony Fucillo assistant defensive backs coach.

BY PETE IACOBELLI The Associated Press COLUMBIA — Arkansas made all the right plays down the stretch, perhaps none bigger than Manuele Watkins’ running bank shot that rattled home in the final minute with the shot clock set to run out. “He didn’t call bank, but it’s good,” smiled Razorbacks coach Mike Anderson. The Razorbacks will take it. Watkins’ wild shot with 29.3 seconds left killed off No. 21 South Carolina’s rally and led to Arkansas’ first road win over a ranked opponent in nearly three years, 83-76, on Wednesday night. The Gamecocks (20-6, 10-3 Southeastern Conference) had cut a 10point deficit to 77-76 before Watkins’ shot. His basket started a 6-0 run to the end for the Razorbacks (19-7, 8-5). “Anything I can do to help my team win,” Watkins said. “I love it.” Jaylen Barford matched his career best

with 23 points and Dusty Hannahs scored 20, including nine straight during the second half, after South Carolina got the double-digit lead to 55-54. “I’m an aggressive player and I just turned on the switch to get aggressive,” said Hannahs, who reached 20 points for the second time in three games. Sindarius Thornwell had another monster game for South Carolina with 27 points. But like his 44-point, 21-rebound effort last week in a four-overtime home loss to Alabama, it was not enough. The Gamecocks dropped a game behind SEC leaders No. 13 Kentucky and No. 15 Florida in the race for a league title. Thornwell said luck was on Watkins’ side during the final stretch. “You couldn’t ask for better defense” from Rakym Felder, Thornwell said. Kingsley had 16 points and Daryl Macon added 13 for Arkansas. Barford matched his career best set against Missouri two weeks ago.

NCAA CHANCES Count Arkansas on the rise with the Gamecocks’ hopes eroding. The Razorbacks are a victory away from their third 20-win season in the past four years as they look to jump off the bubble and into the 68team field. South Carolina seemed to have spot locked up, but two disheartening home losses — the Gamecocks had not lost two games in a row at the Colonial Life Arena since January 2015 — have opened the door for doubters.

SOUTH CAROLINA DEFENSE? The Gamecocks came into the game leading the SEC in scoring defense, field goal percentage defense and 3-point field goal defense. However, Arkansas went for 83 points, 20 more than South Carolina was allowing, and finished 53.6 percent from the field and 50 percent from behind the arc. “We’re not doing our job and it shows,” Thornwell said.


USC Sumter baseball, softball teams in action starting today The University of South Carolina Sumter baseball team will host the Anderson University junior varsity squad in a doubleheader today at Riley Park beginning at 3 p.m. The Fire Ants will also host a pair of doubleheaders this weekend as Harford Community College comes to town. Saturday’s twinbill will begin at 1 p.m. at Riley while Sunday’s first game is slated to start at 10 a.m. USCS is 3-5 overall on the year after dropping three of four games to Pitt Community College last weekend. The USC Sumter softball team will also be in action on Friday with a doubleheader against Florence-Darlington Technical College beginning at 2 p.m. at Patriot Park SportsPlex. Friday is also Military Appreciation Day as the Fire Ants will recognize military members prior to the first pitch. There is free entry for any military member and a guest with military ID. LEE CENTRAL 75 LIBERTY 51

BISHOPVILLE – Lee Central High School’s boys basketball team advanced to the second round of the SCHSL 2A state playoffs with a 75-51 victory over Liberty on Wednesday at the LCHS gymnasium. The Stallions, who improved to 19-3 on the season, will play host to Keenan on Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Lee Central Middle School gymnasium.

Keenan beat Blacksburg 89-31 on Wednesday. Kendrick Holloman led Lee Central with 20 points. Nassire Reddick added 18. (23) MARYLAND 74 NORTHWESTERN 64

EVANSTON, Ill. — Melo Trimble scored a career-high 32 points on 12for-17 shooting, and No. 23 Maryland strengthened its position in the Big Ten with a 74-64 victory over Northwestern on Wednesday night. Anthony Cowan added 13 points and Damonte Dodd had 12 as Maryland (224, 10-3) moved into a tie with Purdue for second in the conference, just a halfgame behind Wisconsin. The Terrapins visit the Badgers on Sunday. (18) CINCINNATI 68 SOUTH FLORIDA 54

TAMPA, Fla. — Kevin Johnson scored 14 points and Gary Clark had 13 points and 14 rebounds as No. 18 Cincinnati bounced back from its first loss in two months with a 68-54 victory over South Florida on Wednesday. The Bearcats (23-2, 12-1 American) surpassed their victory total for last season. Kyle Washington had 13 points and nine rebounds, while Jacob Evans overcame early foul trouble to finish with 10 points. From staff, wire reports








Sumter’s Raymond Johnson (32) tries to shoot over Spring Valley’s Quincey Hill (11) during the Gamecocks’ 77-58 first-round playoff victory on Wednesday at the SHS gymnasium.

PRODUCTION FROM PAGE B1 “I was surprised at how well Sumter shot the ball,” said Vikings head coach Perry Dozier, whose team finished with a 10-14 record. “We knew they were tough inside because they’re so long, but they were great from the outside.” Moore drained a 3 to start the scoring for Sumter, which led 36-25 at halftime. He banged home another

trey to start the second half. He added two more in the first four minutes, but the Gamecocks had a hard time pulling away from SV. Spring Valley trailed just 55-45 entering the final stanza. Any hopes of the Vikings making it exciting in the fourth quarter were quickly put to rest. Tylik Sibblies-Simon hit a 3 to start the quarter, Johnson followed

with a layup and Andrew Tiller hit a reverse layup in transition to make it 62-45 just 1 minute, 15 seconds, into the quarter. “It was about having nine seniors in the fourth quarter,” Jones said. “ We told them that we had to go out and put them away. I wanted to be practicing tomorrow (Thursday) and get ready to play on Saturday. Jamal Williams led Spring Valley with 12 and Quincy Hill had 10.


of the way. Crestwood’s Ja Morant filled up the stat sheet with 19 points, 10 assists, eight rebounds and five steals. Trevion Webber added 11 points for Crestwood. Beaufort made a run in the third quarter, cutting the lead to 47-34 with just under two minutes left after Jennings picked up his fourth foul. However, Beaufort leading scorer and rebounder Matt Garay picked up a technical foul after committing his fourth foul. The Knights went on a 9-0 run over the next 1 minute,

4 seconds, to all but put the game away. “We wanted to take the game to them,” said Edwards. “We wanted to make them play our style. I told them we’re going to turn you loose.” A.C. Flora is 15-10 and is led by 4A Player of the Year James Reese and consensus top 100 sophomore in the country Christian Brown. “They’re pretty good and have some pretty good players,” said Edwards. “I know we’re going up there and we’re going to have to play good ball.”

FROM PAGE B1 we went through a slump during the season, but thought we came out of it in the last regular season game against Darlington (a 58-52 road win). We had some good practices this week. “Told them to be ready to play because you’re either going to be playing next week or watching next week,” he added. The Eagles were not able to get closer than 13 the rest



FROM PAGE B1 again, our defense is what sets the tone,” Brown said. “They got a bunch of shots, and that’s a pretty good shooting team. They shot the ball a little bit better than we expected. They shot the ball well in the first half, and I think that’s why we kind of struggled. I think we played good offensively. It was just that they shot the ball well in the first half and kind of kept it close. In the second half we kind of picked it up on the defensive end and cut down on some of those open shots we gave them in the first half, and that’s why we were able to pull away.” A Trevor Wright three at the 5:29 mark of the final

Lakewood’s Grant Singleton (5) drives around Hilton Head’s Bryce Singleton for a bucket during the Gators’ 90-56 first-round playoff victory on Wednesday at The Swamp.


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5A First Round Wednesday Upper State (1) T.L. Hanna 86, (4) Greenwood 83 (3) Spartanburg 48, (2) Clover 45 (1) Wade Hampton 81, (4) Woodmont 53 (2) Gaffney 85, (3) Nation Ford 65 (1) Dorman 71, (4) Northwestern 37 (2) Hillcrest 56, (3) Easley 23 (1) Fort Mill 49, (4) Byrnes 45 (3) Riverside 66, (2) Westside 61 Lower State (1) Goose Creek 56, (4) Carolina Forest 41 (3) Dutch Fork 63, (3) Conway 57 (2) West Florence 82, (5) Fort Dorchester 80 (2) Irmo 52, (4) Wando 47 (1) Sumter 77, (5) Spring Valley 58 (4) Lexington 71, (2) West Ashley 66 (1) Blythewood 69, (6) Stratford 43 (3) Summerville 46, (4) Socastee 44 4A First Round Wednesday Upper State (4) Richland Northeast at (1) Wren (3) South Aiken 72, (2) Travelers Rest 59 (1) Ridge View 63, (4) Daniel 49 (2) North Augusta 67, (3) Greer 51 (4) Midland Valley at (1) Eastside (3) South Pointe 66, (2) Greenville 56 (1) Aiken 75, (4) Union County 54 (3) Belton-Honea Path at (2) Westwood Lower State (1) A.C. Flora 75, (4) Marlboro County 58 (2) Crestwood 68, (3) Beaufort 43 (1) Wilson 73, (4) Chapin 26 (3) Hartsville at (2) Colleton County (1) Lakewood 90, (4) Hilton Head Island 56 (2) Lower Richland 62, (3) North Myrtle Beach 52 (1) Berkeley 50, (4) Darlington 42 (3) Dreher 55, (2) Myrtle Beach 52 3A First Round Tuesday Upper State (1) Chester 75, (4) Broome 61 (2) Berea 81, (3) Walhalla 66 (1) Clinton 80, (4) Indian Land 70 (2) Pendleton 72, (3) Emerald 64 (1) Southside 87, (4) West-Oak 34 (2) Camden 75, (3) Newberry 73 (1) Seneca 65, Carolina 54 (2) Chapman 86, (3) Fairfield Central 75 Lower State (1) Ridgeland-Hardeeville 68, (4) Pelion 51 (2) Loris 71, (3) Manning 58 (1) Brookland-Cayce 80, (4) Bluffton 69 (2) Timberland 49, (3) Lake City 46 (1) Dillon 73, (4) Lake Marion 54 (2) Wade Hampton 55, (3) Swansea 43 (1) Bishop England 49, (4) Waccamaw 48 (2) Strom Thurmond 68, (3) May River 65 Second Round Friday Upper State (2) Berea at (1) Chester (2) Pendleton at (1) Clinton (2) Camden at (1) Southside (2) Chapman at (1) Seneca Lower State (2) Loris at (1) Ridgeland-Hardeeville (2) Timberland at (1) Brookland-Cayce (2) Wade Hampton at (1) Dillon (2) Strom Thurmond at (1) Bishop England 2A First Round Wednesday Upper State (4) Saluda at (1) St. Joseph’s (3) Pageland Central at (2) Southside Christian (4) Chesnee at (1) Gray Collegiate (2) Andrew Jackson 61, (3) Abbeville 36 (4) North Central at (1) Greenville Tech (3) Fox Creek at (2) Landrum (1) Lee Central 75, (4) Liberty 51 (3) Blacksburg at (2) Keenan Lower State (5) Cheraw at (1) Marion (4) Andrews at (2) Whale Branch (5) Latta at (1) Burke (4) Garrett at (2) Silver Bluff (5) Academic Magnet at (1) Calhoun County (3) Kingstree at (3) Batesburg-Leesville (5) Bamberg-Ehrhardt at (2) Carvers Bay (4) Allendale -Fairfax at (3) Woodland 1A First Round Tuesday Upper State (3) McBee 59, (3) Ridge SpringMonetta 49 (2) McCormick 52, (5) Wagener-Salley 44 (4) Estill 51, (3) Ware Shoals 41 (2) Timmonsville 69, (4) High Point 55 Lower State (3) Hannah-Pamplico 48, (3) Charleston Math & Science 46 (2) East Clarendon 55, (5) Lowcountry Leadership 43 (3) C.E. Murray 69, (4) St. John’s 59 (2) Scott’s Branch 57, (4) Creek Bridge 48 Second round Friday Upper State (3) McBee at (1) Calhoun Falls (2) McCormick at (2) Hunter-KinardTyler (4) Estill at (1) Lewisville (2) Timmonsville at Williston-Elko Lower State (3) Hannah-Pamplico at (1) Bethune-Bowman (2) East Clarendon at (2) Military Magnet (3) C.E. Murray at (1) Hemingway (2) Scott’s Branch at (1) Baptist Hill

quarter cut the Lakewood lead to 69-48 before the Gators went on a 13-3 run that padded the lead back up to 31, 82-51, with 1:59 to go. Singleton led the way for the Gators with 23 points, seven assists, two rebounds and one steal. All of Singleton’s points, including three treys and 6-for-6 shooting at the free throw line, came in the first three quarters. Singleton was one of four Gators to score in double figures. Davonte Pack tallied 14 points, six rebounds and four steals while Malik Wilson registered 12 points and Kareem Lawson scored all 11 of his points, including three shots from beyond the arc, in the second half. Juwon Perdue also put up double figures on the boards with 11 rebounds to accompany seven points,

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three steals and two assists. “Grant has been a dynamic player for us this season, and he gave us what we expected to get from him,” Brown said. “I think he struggled shooting early, but he found a way. I told him he needed to get to the line to get his rhythm in, and he did exactly that. He went and drew a couple of fouls, hit a couple of free throws and those 3-pointers started falling.” Brown also praised the play of Pack and Tyrell Still, who closed with five assists, two steals and two points. “I think everybody that went into the game was able to contribute offensively,” Brown said. “I think our whole team, as a collective whole, even the JV guys that got in at the end, I think all of them scored, if I’m not


5A First Round Tuesday Upper State (1) T.L. Hanna 56, (4) Mauldin 47 (2) Clover 63, (3) Byrnes 54 (1) Wade Hampton 67, (4) Easley 16 (3) Nation Ford 42, (2) Gaffney 40 (1) Dorman 51, (4) Fort Mill 41 (3) Westside 66, (2) Hillcrest 59 (1) Rock Hill 59, (4) Boiling Springs 24 (2) Woodmont 60, (3) Greenwood 43 Lower State (1) Goose Creek 64, (4) South Florence 21 (3) Lexington 70, (3) West Florence 58 (2) Carolina Forest 51, (5) Ashley Ridge 38 (2) Irmo 45, (4) West Ashley 25 (1) Conway 57, (5) Blythewood 47 (4) Dutch Fork 43, (2) Wando 42 (1) Spring Valley 81, (6) James Island 46 (4) Socastee 56, (3) Fort Dorchester 43 Second Round Friday Upper State (2) Clover at (1) T.L. Hanna (3) Nation Ford at (1) Wade Hampton (3) Westside at (1) Dorman (2) Woodmont at (1) Rock Hill Lower State (3) Lexington at (1) Goose Creek (2) Irmo at (2) Carolina Forest (4) Dutch Fork at (1) Conway (4) Socastee at (1) Spring Valley 4A First Round Tuesday Upper State (1) Greenville 63, (4) Lancaster 50 (2) Eastside 52, (3) South Aiken 39 (1) Ridge View 61, (4) Wren 37 (2) Midland Valley 37, (3) Travelers Rest 27 (1) Greer 55, (4) Aiken 34 (3) Richland Northeast 48, (2) Daniel 36 (1) North Augusta 95, (4) Union County 25 (2) Westwood 58, (3) Pickens 28 Lower State (1) Lower Richland 48, (4) St. James 22 (2) Hartsville 70, (3) Stall 31 (1) Myrtle Beach 33, (4) Dreher 20 (3) Darlington 37, (2) Berkeley 23 (1) Crestwood 57, (4) Colleton County 16 (2) Orangeburg-Wilkinson 46, (3) North Myrtle Beach 42 (4) Lakewood 40, (1) Hilton Head Island 38 (2) Wilson 56, (3) A.C. Flora 54 Second Round Friday Upper State (2) Eastside at (1) Greenville (2) Midland Valley at (1) Ridge View (3) Richland Northeast at (1) Greer (2) Westwood at (1) North Augusta Lower State (2) Hartsville at (1) Lower Richland (3) Darlington at (1) Myrtle Beach (2) Orangeburg-Wilkinson at (1) Crestwood (4) Lakewood at (1) Wilson 3A Second Round Today Upper State (2) Southside at (1) Fairfield Central (2) Pendleton at (1) Newberry (2) Indian Land at (1) Emerald (2) Woodruff at (1) Seneca Lower State (2) Loris at (1) Ridgeland-Hardeville (2) Manning at (1) Swansea (2) Battery Creek at (1) Dillon (2) Strom Thurmond at (1) Bishop England 2A First Round Tuesday Upper State (1) Christ Church 77, (4) Eau Claire 23 (3) Lee Central 3, (2) Southside Christian 25 (1) Keenan 52, (4) Blacksburg 37 (2) Cheraw 59, (3) Liberty 38 (4) Chesterfield 52, (1) Ninety Six 50 (2) Landrum 66, (3) Saluda 47 (1) Andrew Jackson 56, (4) Abbeville 29 (2) Gray Collegiate 66, (3) St. Joseph’s 36 Lower State (1) Mullins 85, (5) Buford 41 (4) Carvers Bay 48, (2) Acad. Magnet 33 (1) Burke 48, (5) Andrews 24 (2) Barnwell 38, (4) North Charleston 23 (1) Batesburg-Leesville 55, (5) Whale Branch 4 (3) Bamberg-Ehrhardt 45, (3) Latta 42 (2) Marion 60, (5) Calhoun County 29 (3) Woodland 31, (4) Allendale-Fairfax 29 Second Round Friday Upper State (3) Lee Central at (1) Christ Church (2) Cheraw at (1) Keenan (4) Chesterfield at (2) Landrum (2) Gray Collegiate at (1) Andrew Jackson Lower State (4) Carvers Bay at (1) Mullins (2) Barnwell at (1) Burke (3) Bamberg-Ehrhardt at (1) Batesburg-Leesville (3) Woodland vs. (2) Marion at (Creek Bridge) 1A Second Round Today Upper State (3) Estill at (1) McCormick (2) Calhoun Falls at (2) Denmark-Olar (4) Hunter-Kinard-Tyler at (1) Lamar (2) Timmonsville at (1) Ridge Spring-Monetta Lower State (3) Hannah-Pamplico at (1) Cross (2) Green Sea-Floyds at (2) Palmetto Scholars (3) Scott’s Branch at (1) East Clarendon (4) Lake View at (1) Charleston Math & Science

mistaken, so everybody was on tonight. I think the atmosphere of the playoffs is just (exciting). I think these guys are up for it, and I love the way they are excited about it. I think it’s causing them to play well.” JV call-ups Dimone McKnight, Leslie Stevens and Javonte Jones accounted for the Gators’ final eight points, with Stevens hitting a low-post bucket and McKnight and Jones both connecting from 3-point range. Bryce Singleton scored 15 while Wright added 12 and Davis Molley ended with 11, including three treys, for the Seahawks, who close their season with an 11-13 record. Lakewood will host a second-round game on Saturday against Lower Richland, a 62-52 winner over North Myrtle Beach.





SCISA FROM PAGE B1 The teams getting the first-round byes are Cardinal Newman, Pinewood Prep, Porter-Gaud and Heathwood Hall. The 3A girls start on Friday and the Lady Barons will be in Nash’s main gymnasium. WH is the lower No. 3 seed and will take on No. 6 Heathwood Hall at 8 p.m. The LMA girls are the lower No. 5 seed and will take on No. 4 Pinewood Prep at 8 p.m. on Friday at the PP gymnasium. First Baptist, Cardinal Newman, Northwood and Florence Christian all received first-round byes. In the 2A girls tournament, Thomas Sumter is one of four No. 1 seeds in the 16-team tournament. The Lady Generals will meet No. 4 seed Greenwood Christian at 6:30 p.m. on Friday at Sumter County Civic Center.

ALL-STATE FROM PAGE B1 Morant, a Murray State signee, has had a tremendous season for Crestwood. He was averaging 27 points, eight rebounds, 2.3 steals, seven assists and one block per game entering Wednesday’s state playoff game against Beaufort. Singleton was averaging 20 points entering Lakewood’s first-round playoff game against Hilton Head on Wednesday. He had 4.2 rebounds, 3.0 steals and 3.5 assists. Whitfield is averaging 14 points, eight rebounds and four steals per game. Manning’s Green was named to the 3A girls team. She is averaging 11.9 points, 7.8 rebounds, 1.8 assists,

In the game prior to the TSA-GC game, No. 4 seed REL will play No. 1 Pee Dee at 5 p.m. The 2A boys will start on Saturday and Thomas Sumter and Robert E. Lee will both be No. 4 seeds. TSA will meet Christian Academy at 5 p.m. at Sumter County Civic Center while REL will meet No. 1 Hilton Head Prep at 1:30 p.m. at Nash’s main gymnasium. Of course, the prime attraction for the 2A tournament will be Spartanburg Day’s Zion Williamson, rated the No. 1 junior in the country. Spartanburg Day is a No. 1 seed and will take on No. 4 Northside Christian at 2 p.m. on Saturday at the civic center. As long as it wins, Spartanburg Day will play at the civic center on Tuesday, Thursday and in Saturday’s championship game. The six championship games will be played on Saturday, Feb. 25, at Sumter County Civic Center.

3.7 steals and 2.8 blocks entering today’s second-round playoff game against undefeated Swansea. Lee Central’s Holloman made the 2A boys team and Lucas was picked to the 2A girls team. Holloman, a South Carolina State commitment, was averaging 17.1 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.6 assists entering Wednesday’s playoff game against Liberty. Lucas is averaging 15.1 points and 10.2 rebounds entering the Lady Stallions’ second-round playoff game against Christ Church on Friday. EC’s Cooper was selected to the 1A girls team. Cooper is averaging 16.2 points, 7.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 6.0 steals for the Lady Wolverines, who play host to Scott’s Branch in a second-round playoff game today.

OBITUARIES EDWARD SABB Edward Sabb, widower of Olivia Richburg Sabb, entered into eternal rest on Monday, Feb. 13, 2017, at McLeod Health Clarendon, Manning. He was a son of the late Nero and Eddie Thames Sabb. Funeral services for the late Edward Sabb will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday at Taw Caw Missionary Baptist Church, SumSABB merton, with the Rev. Dr. W.T. Johnson, pastor, officiating. Final resting place will be the church cemetery. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the chapel of Dyson’s Home for Funerals. The body will be placed in the church at noon, one hour prior to the service. Online condolences may be sent to The family is receiving friends at the home, 1414 House Road, Summerton. Professional services entrusted to Dyson’s Home for Funerals, 237 Main St., Summerton, (803) 485-4280.

RONALD E. DUBOSE CADES — Ronald Edgar DuBose, 86, died on Monday, Feb. 13, 2017, at Carolinas Hospital System, Florence. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday at New Zion United Methodist Church with burial to follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Carolina Funeral Home, Scranton. Mr. DuBose was born on Aug. 17, 1930, in Clarendon County, a son of the late John Edgar DuBose and Edna Buddin DuBose. He attended Salem High School and was a U.S. Army veteran, serving from 1951 to 1953 during the Korean conflict. Mr. DuBose was a member of New Zion United Methodist Church and retired from farming and construction. Surviving are his daughter, Leila (Billy) Baker of Cades; grandchildren, Michael (Brandi) Baker and Justin (Stacia) Baker, both of Cades; great-grandchildren, Colten, Larson, Braxton and Gibson; and a brother, William A. “Bill” (Cleo) DuBose of Sumter. Mr. DuBose was preceded in death by a daughter, Ronda Carol Dreher. Memorials may be made to New Zion United Methodist Church, 7169 Salem Road, New Zion, SC 29111.

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ELOUISE GAYLE Elouise Gayle, 92, died on Monday, Feb. 13, 2017, at the Carriage House Nursing Facility in Sumter. Born in Sumter County, she was a daughter of the late Edward and Pluma Jackson Gayle. The family will receive friends at the Carriage House, 431 N. Main St., Sumter. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Palmer Memorial Chapel Inc.

TOM HARRIS SR. BISHOPVILLE — Tom Harris Sr. entered eternal rest on Feb. 12, 2017, at his residence. The family is receiving friends at the residence. Visitation will be held from 1 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday at St. John African Methodist Episcopal Church, 520 S. Main St., Bishopville, with the pastor, the Rev. Don Robinson Sr., officiating. Interment will follow in St. John Cemetery, Pinchum Sly Road, Bishopville. Wilson Funeral Home, 403 S. Main St., Bishopville, is in charge of arrangements.

BETTY MCCAULEY Betty McCauley, 63, wife of Jerry McCauley, died on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, at her residence. Born on Jan. 24, 1954, in Lee County, she was a daughter of James McDuffie and Rebecca Stuckes. The family is receiving relatives and friends at the family home, 6040 Martinville Church Road. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Williams Funeral Home Inc.

MARIE C. EADDY Marie Cocklin Eaddy, 97, widow of the Rev. Nelson Eaddy, affectionately known as “Marie,” was born on May 10, 1919, in Manning, to her loving mother, Rebecca Wells Cocklin, and her devoted father, Ernest Cocklin. She entered into eternal rest on Feb. 10, 2017, at Providence Hospital in Columbia. Marie accepted Christ at an early age and became a faithful member of New Jerusalem Fire Baptized Holiness Church, where she served faithfully on the missionary ministry, pastor aide ministry and the choir. Marie, along with her mother, helped establish New Jerusalem Fire



Boys First Round Saturday Upper Bracket At Heathwood Hall “A” (Columbia) (5) Wilson Hall vs. (4) Ben Lippen, 4 p.m. At Porter-Gaud “A” (Charleston) (6) Orangeburg Prep vs. (3) Northwood, 3 p.m. Lower Bracket At Porter-Gaud “A” (Charleston) (5) Hammond vs. (4) First Baptist, 1:30 p.m. At Wilson Hall “A” (6) Augusta Christian vs. (3) Laurence Manning, 3 p.m. Girls First Round Friday Upper Bracket At Heathwood Hall “A” (Columbia) (5) Porter-Gaud vs. (4) Hammond, 8 p.m. At Heathwood Hall “A” (Columbia) (6) Orangeburg Prep vs. (3) Ben Lippen, 6:30 p.m. Lower Bracket At Pinewood Prep (Summerville) (5) Laurence Manning vs. (4) Pinewood Prep, 8 p.m. At Wilson Hall “A” (6) Heathwood Hall vs. (3) Wilson Hall, 8 p.m.


Boys First Round Saturday Upper Bracket At Sumter County Civic Center (4) Northside Christian vs. (1) Spartanburg Day, 2 p.m. At Wilson Hall “B” (3) Pee Dee vs. (2) St. Andrew’s, 3:30 p.m. At Sumter County Civic Center (4) Shannon Forest vs. (1) Trinity-Byrnes, 3:30 p.m. At Porter-Gaud “B” (Charleston) (3) Bethesda Academy vs. (2) Palmetto Christian, 3 p.m. Lower Bracket At Sumter County Civic Center (4) Thomas Sumter vs. (1) Christian Academy, 5 p.m. At Heathwood Hall “A” (Columbia) (3) The King’s Academy vs. (2) Oakbrook Prep, 2:30 p.m. At Wilson Hall “A” (4) Robert E. Lee vs. (1) Hilton Head Prep, 1:30 p.m. At Heathwood Hall “A” (Columbia) (3) Hilton Head Christian vs. (2) Spartanburg Christian, 1 p.m. Girls First Round Friday Upper Bracket At Sumter County Civic Center (4) Greenwood Christian vs. (1) Thomas Sumter, 6:30 p.m. At Wilson Hall “A” (3) Oakbrook Prep vs. (2) Thomas Heyward, 5 p.m.

Baptized Holiness Church. She was dedicated and loved her church. When her health began to decline, her son, Albertus, and daughter-in-law, Esther, became her primary caregivers, assisted by her other sons and daughters-inlaw. Together with Albertus and Esther, she became affiliated with Miracle Faith Christian Center under the leadership of Pastors Alonzo and Deloris Ward. Marie was educated in the public schools of Sumter County, Morris College and Sumter Area Technical College, where she received her certification to be a nursing assistant. Marie was a virtuous woman, a woman who loved and provided for her family. Above all else, she loved the Lord! She leaves to cherish her precious memories: three sons, Isaac (Patricia) Cocklin of Sumter, Albertus (Esther) Cocklin of Columbia and Allen (Willie Mae) Cocklin of Sumter; one brother, James (Willene) Cocklin of Sumter; one sister, Dorothy Webster of Sumter; 11 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; nieces; nephews; special nieces who assisted with her care, Sandra Cocklin, Windy Cocklin Holiday and her comrade, Maria Cocklin; and a host of relatives and friends. Marie was preceded in death by her parents, Ernest and Rebecca Cocklin; three brothers, Ernest Cocklin Jr., William Cocklin and Abraham Cocklin; and three sisters, Agnes Cocklin, Eva Cocklin McCoy and Ophelia Cocklin. Public viewing will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. today at Job’s Mortuary. Mrs. Eaddy will be placed in the church at 10 a.m. on Friday for viewing until the hour of service. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday at Miracle Faith Chrisitan Center with Pastor Alonzo Ward officiating and Pastor Deloris Ward, eulogist. Interment will follow in Walker Cemetery. The family is receiving

At Sumter County Civic Center (4) Robert E. Lee vs. (1) Pee Dee, 5 p.m. At Heathwood Hall “B” (Columbia) (3) Hilton Head Prep vs. (2) Spartanburg Christian, 8 p.m. Lower Bracket At Pinewood Prep (Summerville) (4) Williamsburg vs. (1) Hilton Head Christian, 6:30 p.m. At Wilson Hall “B” (3) Palmetto Christian vs. (2) Trinity-Byrnes, 8 p.m. At Heathwood Hall “B” (Columbia) (4) Colleton Prep vs. (1) Spartanburg Day, 6:30 p.m. At Sumter County Civic Center (3) Dillon Christian vs. (2) Calhoun Academy, 8 p.m.


Boys First Round Saturday Upper Bracket At Porter-Gaud “A” (Charleston) (4) St. John’s Christian vs. (1) Charleston Collegiate, noon At Wilson Hall “A” (3) Richard Winn vs. (2) Holly Hill, noon At Porter-Gaud “B” (Charleston) (4) Faith Christian vs. (1) Beaufort Academy, noon At Heathwood Hall “B” (Columbia) (3) Laurens Academy vs. (2) Covenant Christian, 1 p.m. Lower Bracket At Heathwood Hall “B” (Columbia) (4) Lowcountry Prep vs. (1) Anderson Christian, 2:30 p.m. At Porter-Gaud “B” (Charleston) (3) Andrew Jackson Academy vs. (2) North Myrtle Beach Christian, 1:30 p.m. At Wilson Hall “B” (4) Newberry Academy vs. (1) Dorchester, 12:30 p.m. At Wilson Hall “B” (3) Wardlaw vs. (2) Cathedral, 2 p.m. Girls First Round Friday Upper Bracket At Heathwood Hall “B” (Columbia) (4) Mead Hall vs. (1) Laurens Academy, 5 p.m. At Pinewood Prep (Summerville) (3) Beaufort Academy vs. (2) St. John’s Christian, 3:30 p.m. At Wilson Hall “B” (4) Coastal Christian vs. (1) Holly Hill, 5 p.m. at Pinewood Prep (Summerville) (3) Wardlaw vs. (2) Charleston Collegiate, 5 p.m. Lower Bracket At Wilson Hall “B” (4) W.W. King vs. (1) Dorchester, 7:30 p.m. At Wilson Hall “A” (3) Cathedral vs. (2) Patrick Henry, 6:30 p.m. At Heathwood Hall “A” (Columbia) (4) Andrew Jackson Academy vs. (1) Curtis Baptist, 5 p.m. At Sumter County Civic Center (3) Lowcountry Prep vs. (2) Richard Winn, 3:30 p.m.

friends at the home, 7322 Leitner Road, Columbia, SC 29209. Job’s Mortuary Inc., 312 S. Main St., Sumter, is in charge of arrangements. Online memorials may be sent to the family at or visit us on the web at www.jobsmortuary. net.

MOSES CANTY Moses Canty was born on Jan. 28, 1961, to the late Ed and Emily Hickmon Canty. He departed this life on Friday, Feb. 10, 2017, at Palmetto Health Tuomey. Moses attended the public schools of Sumter County. He worked for more than 20 years as a mechanic. He leaves to mourn and cherish his memories: two daughters, Sabrina (Jason) Taylor of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Ashley (Iva) Thigpen of Phenix, Alabama; one son, Desmond Canty of Phenix; two sisters, Carrie Canty Greene and Gladys Dubose of Sumter; one brother, John Canty of Sumter; six grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday in the parlor of Job’s Mortuary with Pastor Linda M. Speed officiating. The family will receive friends at the home of his sister, Carrie Canty Green, 442 Robney Drive, Sumter, SC 29150. Job’s Mortuary Inc., 312 S. Main St., Sumter, is in charge of arrangements. Online memorials may be sent to the family at or visit us on the web at www.jobsmortuary. net.

JAMES C. STUKES SR. REMBERT — Funeral service for James Clinton Stukes Sr., 72, will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday at Mt. Bethel Baptist Church with burial to follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Fri-

day at Powers Funeral Home, Lugoff. Memorials may be made to Heart Strings Hospice. Mr. Stukes passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, at home. Born in Sumter County, he was a son of the late Ronnie and Olcie Bernice Brown Stukes. He retired from Kershaw County Public Works. He was a member of Mt. Bethel Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon. He enjoyed fishing, mechanic work and, most of all, spending time with his family. Surviving are his wife of 50 years, Mary Elizabeth Grant Stukes; children, James C. Stukes Jr. (Eunice) of Rembert, Aretha A. Smith (Rubin) of Rembert, Kurtis L. Stukes (Crystal) of Cassatt and Frederick A. Stukes (JaWanda) of Rembert; sisters, Runette Williams and Frances Ann Stukes; brothers, Clarence McLeod Sr. (Clara) and Melvin Stukes (Laura); five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a sister, Oralee McLeod; brothers, Thomas Lee Stukes, David Stukes, Ernest Stukes and Ronnie Stukes; and four grandchildren. Sign the online register at

BETTY SIMMONS Betty Simmons, 89, widow of John Simmons, died on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017, at her residence. She was born on Aug. 2, 1927, in Lee County. The family is receiving relatives and friends at the family residence, 62 Carrol Drive. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Williams Funeral Home Inc.

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ACROSS 1 Truly wretched 7 E equivalent, on scores 12 Bygone space station 15 Reaction to a comeback 16 Contact 17 Long-necked bird 18 Fitness challenge 20 Metz moniker 21 Colo. setting 22 See-through 23 Even-odds situation 25 Scand. land 27 Not much 29 Nosebag fill 30 Male pal, in slang 32 Cold sore relief product 35 Cellist with multiple Grammys 38 Baseball collectibles 41 Pure 43 Stated as fact 45 Sits in a cell 48 Set up in a glade, say 49 Bike whose company 66-Across ends 26-Down

2/16/17 50 Name on a shuttle, whose company 66-Across ends 24-Down 51 Lamb sandwich 54 Pamplona kudos 56 Outrage 57 Mountain predator 60 Trojan War epic 62 Church based in SLC, Utah 65 Center 66 Market representative? 69 Foofaraw 70 “American Buffalo” playwright 71 Erie Canal city 72 Passel 73 More than amuses 74 Greenery DOWN 1 Splitting target 2 Short cuts 3 Reagan-era slogan 4 Outer: Pref. 5 Run after 6 __ support 7 Liberty 8 Auto with a prancing horse logo, whose company 66-Across ends 18-Across

9 Mike Trout’s team, on scoreboards 10 Check no. 11 “Sons of Anarchy” actor Rossi 12 Brainy bunch 13 Passing remark? 14 Beef cuts 19 Field 24 Alternative energy vehicle 26 Unreserved way to go 28 “Hulk” star Eric 30 Fly-__: air passes 31 Juicer’s juice? 33 Nonsense 34 “__ Holden”: Irving Bacheller novel 36 Cactus League spring training city 37 Neil deGrasse Tyson subj.

39 Blizzard restriction, perhaps 40 Final Four matchup 42 Rural storehouse 44 Plays usually involving the SS 46 “I’m a fan!” 47 Shoelace holders 51 IM option 52 “Seriously?” 53 Apply, as sunscreen 55 Respectful word 56 Pastoral piece 58 Stop-offs before big dates, maybe 59 Muscat money 61 Rush job letters 63 “Knock it off!” 64 Stallone and Stone 67 Nashville awards gp. 68 Mgmt. degree

Wednesday’s Puzzle Solved

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IT’S PROM TIME AT MAYOS “FABULOUS FEBRUARY SALE” Choose ONE suit at our REGULAR PRICE Get SECOND suit of equal or less value for ONLY $1.00! If your suits aren’t becoming to you, It’s a good time to be coming to Mayo’s!

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MERCHANDISE Garage, Yard & Estate Sales Will buy furniture by piece or bulk, tools, trailers, lawn mowers, 4 wheelers, or almost anything of value. Call 803-983-5364


Open every weekend. Call 803-494-5500 Huge Yard Sale: 8-11 Sat. 1020 Saltwood Rd. Furniture, hshld items, baby items, clothes & large variety of other items. Best sale ever! Sat. 8 am - 1 pm. 50 Chadwick Ct. Olde Town Landing off Purdy. Everthing you need/want. In Loving Memory of Mrs. Willie Mae Mack-Himes 2/1/1926-2/16/2016 t's been one year today since our Sweet Mother" passed away, we missed you so much, your beautiful smile, your laughter, your wisdom...You gave us the world and more, your beautiful spirit will live on n your children, we love you Momma, sleep in paradise. Sharon, Lorenza, Denise, Andre, Himes & Family

Lost & Found Found Male Chow-chow in Dalzell area. Call to prove ownership 803-481-5113 Lost Dachshund/chihuahua Mix Male black & Tan lost from Highview st area 803-305-9035 464-8770

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EJ'S Variety 741 Bultman Dr unit 16. Clothes, shoes, & misc. at thrift store prices. Open Wed.-Sat. 9-5.

BUSINESS SERVICES Business Opportunities Selling professional carpet cleanng and restoration company. Truck and all equipment included. Call for pricing 803-938-5441

Home Improvements H.L. Boone, Contractor: Remodel paint roofs gutters drywall blown ceilings ect. 773-9904

Lawn Service Pearson's Lawn Service & Landscaping Free Estimates Call 803-406-3514

Legal Service Attorney Timothy L. Griffith 803-607-9087, 360 W. Wesmark. Criminal, Family, Accident, Injury

Roofing Robert's Metal Roofing 35 Yrs exp. 45 yr warranty. Financing avail. Expert installation. Long list of satisfied customers. 803-837-1549.

Tree Service Ricky's Tree Service Tree removal, stump grinding, Lic & ins, free quote, 803-435-2223 or cell 803-460-8747.

NEWMAN'S TREE SERVICE Tree removal, trimming & stump grinding. Lic/Ins 803-316-0128

500 Buff Blvd. Summerton


Senior Living Apartments for those 62+ (Rent based on income) Shiloh-Randolph Manor 125 W. Bartlette. 775-0575 Studio/1 Bedroom apartments available EHO

4 almost new wooden chairs for sale. $25 each Call 803-587-0009 Two spaces for sale at Evergreen Cemetery. Both for $3000. Call 571-723-7363.

Near SHS, 3BR, 1BA brick home, carport, C/H/A $700/mo +$700/dep. Call 803-840-0207 1290 Kings Pointe 3BR/1.5BA , $700/mo + dep. No pets. Available March 1st 803-518-3316 3BR/2BA DW, large private lot, between Sumter and Manning. $600mo+$600dep Call 803-473-7577 Rent: 1425 Morris Way Dr. 3BR/2BA, 1,900 sq ft. fenced yard. sprinkler system, new roof, new carpet. Very spacious. $1,100/mo + $1,100/dep. 803-757-4010

Help Wanted Full-Time

Mobile Home Rentals

Delivery and install man needed, will require drug screening and back ground cheek, clean driving record. E-mail/mail resume to or 1152 Pocalla Rd. Sumter, SC 29150 No walk ins please!

16x80 SW, 3BR/2BA, C/H/A, no inside pets, max of five people. $500month + $500 deposit. Located on Shetland off Ramsey Rd. Call 803-481-8134

F/T HVAC Service Tech position available. Gene's Heating & Air, LLC, Requirements: • Valid SCDL with clean record • Reliable attendance & punctuality • Excellent customer service skills • Prefer 5 yr. with NATE certified Applications available Email resume to: geneshvacap Chef/CDM/Kitchen Manager Please apply in person at NHC HealthCare Sumter 1018 N. Guignard Dr. Sumter, SC (EOE) New Today Positions Available Bottled water plant seeking Exp. line leaders, operators, & electrical and mechanical maintenance, with Exp. on high speed automated production equipment. Also Exp. food QA manager and warehouse manager. All applicants must apply in person between the hrs. of 8am-5pm, Mon.-Fri. at Hickory Springs Bottle Inc. 347 Old River Rd. Elloree, S.C. 29047 Truck Driver Helena Chemical Co. has an opening for an experienced truck driver with a Class B CDL & a hazmat endorsement. This person would make deliveries, load & unload products, ability to use forklift, & perform various warehouse duties. Requires a high school diploma or GED equivalent. Offers excellent benefits package. Applications may be submitted in person at 5055 Florence Hwy, Mayesville, SC 29104 or Resumes can be emailed to hodgea of faxed to 803-453-5153. Pre-employment drug screen required Truck Shop Diesel mechanic needed. Local shop looking to grow. General knowledge of trucks/trailers a must. Welding skills desired. CDL pref. but not mandatory. Typical work wk is Tues.-Sat. Competitive hrly salary based on exp/knowledge. Call Michael 803-316-2113 Top pay for Roofers with flat roof experience TPO, Aspalt, mod bit, epdm, Only Experience roofers need apply. Call 803-968-9833. Btwn 8am-5pm only Wanted mature female, for maid service. Must be dependable, honest, hardworking individual with own transportation. Must pass drug test and back ground check. Call 803-968-6796 Thomas Sumter Academy in Rembert, SC is seeking applicants for a part-time school bus driver for our Eastover route. Requirements are: a CDL license, Department of Transportation Physical and a copy of your driving record for the last ten years. Please send this information along with a resume to

Help wanted, Pressers. Apply in person Tom & Mary's Cleaner's 1784 Peach Orchard Rd.

STATEBURG COURTYARD 2 & 3 Br, Sec. 8 803-494-4015 American MHP, 2 & 3/BR, lot rentals, water/sewer/garbage pkup inc'd. Sec. 8 ok. 803-494-4300. 3BR & 2BR, all appliances, Sumter area. Section 8 accepted. 469-6978 or 499-1500

REAL ESTATE Homes for Sale

6 Middle St. Price reduced. 3 or 4 Br. 2 Ba. C/H/A. New construction. Financing available. Call 803-464-5960 or 803-775-4391 2000sqft, 3BR/2BA, large family room, living room,dining room, fenced in yard, add on playroom & new heat pump. $99k Call 803-840-5201

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Real Estate Wanted

FOR SALE BY SEALED BID 131 Hauser St. 2.43 acres and buildings. (803) 217-9171

Summons & Notice that should you fail to Answer the foregoing Complaint, the Plaintiff will move for a general Order of Reference of this cause to the Master-in-Equity or Special Referee for this county, which Order shall, pursuant to Rule 53 of the South Carolina Rules of Civil Procedure, specifically provide that the said Master-in-Equity or Special Referee is authorized and empowered to enter a final judgment in this cause. This communication is an attempt to collect a debt, and any information obtained will be used for that purpose.

2- 3BR/1BA Apts for rent. Kitchen, den, LR $550 Mo.+ Dep. Call 775-6228 or 983-3401

Unfurnished Homes

rocker/recliner, burgundy/blue good condition $140 803-775-3252

2006 Toyota Sienna 108k, new tires, garage kept, excellent condition. $7000 OBO Call 803-469-6228


New & used Heat pumps & A/C. Will install/repair, Call 803-968-9549 or 843-992-2364 3 bar stools-dark 29" high w/backs, like new $100 each. 803-469-2958

Autos For Sale

Unfurnished Apartments

Avalon Tanning Bed ESB Model 2400 w/canopy Excellent shape, used very little. All bulbs working $1000 call 803-452-5469


In Loving Memory of Olando Jamell Jenkins Sunrise 1/19/88 Sunset 2/16/14 We wish that you were here to celebrate your 29th birthday. It seemed as if you were just here yesterday. At least just for a little while, so that we could see your beautiful smile. Rest in peace my dear "son" .We love you. Mom, Dad, daughter Aaliyah, brother, sister, grandparents, aunts, uncles and other relatives.

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Huntington Place Apartments Rents from $625 per month 1 Month free* *13 Month lease required Leasing office located at Ashton Mill Apartment Homes 595 Ashton Mill Drive 803-773-3600 Office Hours: Mon-Fri 9-5

For Sale or Trade


YOUNG & ASSOCIATES, PA KENNETH R. YOUNG, JR. Attorney for the Plaintiff 23 West Calhoun Street Sumter, South Carolina 29150


Refurbished batteries as low as $45. New batteries as low as $59.95. Auto Electric Co., 102 Blvd Rd. 803-773-4381

LEGAL NOTICES Liquor License Notice Of Application Notice is hereby given that Dill, LLC DBA S&D Package Store intends to apply to the South Carolina Department of Revenue for a license permit that will allow the sale Off premises consumption of Liquor at 256-South Pike West Sumter, SC 29150 To object to the issuance of this permit / license, written protest must be postmarked no later than February 18, 2017. For a protest to be valid, it must be in writing, and should include the following information: (1) the name, address and telephone number of the person filing the protest; (2) the specific reasons why the application should be denied; (3) that the person protesting is willing to attend a hearing (if one is requested by the applicant); (4) that the person protesting resides in the same county where the proposed place of business is located or within five miles of the business; and (5) the name of the applicant and the address of the premises to be licensed. Protests must be mailed to: S.C. Department of Revenue, ATTN: ABL, P.O. Box 125, Columbia, South Carolina 29214; or Faxed to: (803) 896-0110.

Summons & Notice SUMMONS AND NOTICE IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS THIRD JUDICIAL CIRCUIT 2016-CP-43-02250 STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF SUMTER Joeann T. Weston, Plaintiff, -vAudrianna L. Williams, Defendants. TO THE DEFENDANT: Audrianna L. Williams YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and required to answer the Complaint for damages in an automobile accident, the original of which has been filed in the office of the Clerk of Court for Sumter County, on the 9th day of December, 2016, a copy of which will be delivered to you upon request; and to serve a copy of your answer to the said complaint upon the undersigned attorney for the Plaintiff, John D. Clark at the Clark Law Firm L.L.C., at Post Office Drawer 880, 22 E. Liberty Street, Sumter, South Carolina 29151-0880, within thirty (30) days following the date of service upon you, exclusive of the day of such service, and if you fail to answer the complaint within the time stated, Plaintiff will move for an Order declaring you, the Defendant in default on the ground that Defendant failed to timely answer or otherwise submit responsive pleadings to the Complaint filed with this Court on December 9, 2016. In addition, the Plaintiff will seek the relief requested in the Complaint previously filed in this matter.

Ditech Financial LLC f/k/a Green Tree Servicing LLC, Plaintiff vs. The Personal Representative, whose name is unknown of the Estate of Curtis Smiling; all Unknown Heirs of Deceased Defendants, and all other persons entitled to claim under or through them being a class designated as Mary Roe; All Unknown persons with any right, title or interest in the real estate described herein, being a class designated as Jane Doe; also any Unknown persons who may be in the military service of the United States of America, being a class designated as John Doe; and Any Unknown minors, persons under a Disability or persons incarcerated, being a class designated as Richard Roe; Carroll E. and Nancy Wilson, Defendants. It appearing to the satisfaction of the Court, upon reading the Motion for the Appointment of Kelley Y. Woody as Guardian ad Litem for all unknown persons and persons who may be in the military service of the United States of America (which are constituted as a class designated as "John Doe") and any unknown minors and persons who may be under a disability (which are constituted as a class designated as "Richard Roe"), it is ORDERED that, pursuant to Rule 17, SCRCP, Kelley Y. Woody is appointed Guardian ad Litem on behalf of all unknown persons and persons who may be in the military service of the United States of America (constituted as a class and designated as "John Doe"), all unknown minors or persons under a disability (constituted as a class and designated as "Richard Roe"), all of which have or may claim to have some interest in the property that is the subject of this action, commonly known as 2370 Whites Mill Road, Sumter, that Kelley Y. Woody is empowered and directed to appear on behalf of and represent all unknown persons and persons who may be in the military service of the United States of America, constituted as a class and designated as "John Doe", all unknown minors and persons under a disability, constituted as a class and designated as "Richard Roe", unless the Defendants, or someone acting on their behalf, shall, within thirty (30) days after service of a copy of this Order as directed below, procure the appointment of a Guardian or Guardians ad Litem for the Defendants constituted as a class designated as "John Doe" or "Richard Roe".

you, and to serve a copy of your Answer upon the undersigned at their offices, PO Box 4216, Columbia, South Carolina 29240, within thirty (30) days after service upon you, exclusive of the day of such service, and, if you fail to answer the Complaint within the time aforesaid, judgment by default will be rendered against you for relief demanded in the Complaint.

NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the original Complaint in this action was filed in the office of the Clerk of Court for Sumter County on 12/09/2016, thereafter amended on January 19, 2016.

NOTICE OF PENDENCY OF ACTION NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT an action has been commenced and is now pending or is about to be commenced in the Circuit Court upon the complaint of the above named Plaintiff against the above named Defendant for the purpose of foreclosing a certain mortgage of real estate heretofore given by to Curtis Smiling bearing date of December 30, 2005 and recorded February 1, 2006 in Mortgage Book in Book 1014 at Page 1803 in the R e g i s t e r o f M e s n e Conveyances/Register of Deeds/Clerk of Court for Sumter County, in the original principal sum of $112500.00 that , and that the premises effected by said mortgage and by the foreclosure thereof are situated in the County of Sumter, State of South Carolina, and is described as follows: ALL THAT LOT OF LAND, WITH ANY IMPROVEMENTS THEREON, SITUATE IN SUMTER TOWNSHIP, SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 2, SUMTER COUNTY, STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA, REPRESENTED AS LOT 7, ON A PLAT OF M. K. MALLARD, DATED JANUARY 19, 1956, AND RECORDED IN THE OFFICE OF THE REGISTER OF DEEDS FOR SUMTER COUNTY IN PLAT BOOK Z-13, AT PAGE 75, AND SHOWN ON A MORE RECENT PLAT PREPARED BY BEN J. MAKELA, R.L.S., DATED JUNE 16, 1999, AND RECORDED IN THE OFFICE OF THE REGISTER OF DEEDS FOR SUMTER COUNTY IN PLAT BOOK 99, AT PAGE 636. THE SAID PARCEL OR LOT OF LAND HAVING SUCH METES AND BOUNDS AS ARE SHOWN ON SAID PLAT, THIS DESCRIPTION BEING IN LIEU OF METES AND BOUNDS, AS PERMITTED UNDER SECTION 30-5-250 OF THE 1976 CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA. BEING THE SAME PROPERTY CONVEYED TO CURTIS SMILING BY DEED FROM JEAN BOARDRAY, MICHAEL SMILING, CAROLYN D. TEAGLE, PHYLLIS L. SMILING; AND RODNEY SMILING RECORDED 09/13/2001 IN DEED BOOK 816 PAGE 215, IN THE R.M.C. OFFICE OF SUMTER COUNTY, SOUTH CAROLINA.. TMS # 245-10-02-010 Physical Address: 2370 Whites Mill Road, Sumter Crawford & von Keller, LLC. PO Box 4216 1640 St. Julian Place (29204) Columbia, SC 29204 Phone: 803-790-2626 Attorneys for Plaintiff

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that a copy of this Order shall be served upon the unknown Defendants by publication in the Item, a newspaper of general circulation in the County of Anderson, State of South Carolina, once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks, together with the Summons in the above entitled action.


John D. Clark, Esquire Attorney for Plaintiff 22 East Liberty Street P.O. Drawer 880 Sumter, SC 29151



Summons & Notice


Plaintiff vs. Sharon Evans a/k/a Sharon G. Moten, et al, Defendants YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and required to answer the Complaint herein, a copy of which is herewith served upon you, or otherwise appear and defend, and to serve a copy of your Answer to the said Complaint upon the subscriber at his offices, 23 West Calhoun Street, Sumter, South Carolina, 29150, within thirty (30) days after the service hereof (except as to the Defendant United States of America, if named, shall have sixty (60) days after the service hereof), exclusive of the day of such service; and if you fail to answer the Complaint within the time period aforesaid, or otherwise appear and defend, the Plaintiff in this action will apply to the Court for the relief demanded therein, and judgment by default will be rendered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint. YOU WILL ALSO TAKE NOTICE

CONTRACTORS WANTED! • BISHOPVILLE • • MAYESVILLE, ST. CHARLES, ELLIOTT & LYNCHBURG If you have good, dependable transportation, a phone in your home, and a desire to earn extra income

Call REDA at 774-1257 or Apply in Person at

36 W. Liberty St. Sumter, SC

February 16, 2017  
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