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Boeing workers vote ‘no’ Union bid fails in South; facility set to host Trump COLUMBIA (AP) — Boeing workers’ overwhelming anti-union vote at the aviation giant’s 787 Dreamliner plant in South Carolina is a big victory for Southern politicians and business leaders who have lured manufacturing jobs to the region on the promise of keeping unions out. It’s also a win for the company that will host President Trump at its North Charleston facilities Friday. Nearly 3,000 workers were eligible to vote THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Wednesday on representation by the InternaAn engine and part of a wing from the 100th 787 Dreamliner that’s tional Association of Machinists and Aerobeing built at Boeing of South Carolina’s North Charleston facility space workers. According to Boeing, nearly 74 are shown Tuesday outside the plant. percent of the more than 2,800 votes cast were

against representation. It was a massive victory for union opponents, in line with longstanding Southern aversion to collective bargaining. At 1.6 percent, South Carolina maintains the lowest percentage of unionized workers in the country, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. In a statement on the union election, Boeing vice president and general manager Joan Robinson-Berry looked past the decisive vote to Trump’s visit. “It is great to have this vote behind us as we come together to celebrate that event,” she said.

Letting their voices be heard African-American pastors speaking out against school district officials BY BRUCE MILLS bruce@theitem.com Several African-American pastors in the community are speaking out against Sumter School District’s superintendent, and some are extending blame to the school board for the district’s current budget crisis. At least 10 members of the Concerned Clergy of Sumter County were in attendance Monday at the Sumter School Board of Trustees’ meeting at Wilder Elementary School, according to the clergy’s immediate past presi-

dent, and a few spoke during public participation. Several members were contacted this week by The Sumter Item seeking additional comments on who they believe is responsible for the district’s financial crisis. Two months ago when the district’s audit for last fiscal year was presented to the board, it revealed the district overspent by $6.2 million last school year and had a general fund balance

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Spokesperson: All 7 board members have personal ties to superintendent BY BRUCE MILLS bruce@theitem.com All seven board members on the Sumter School Board of Trustees have either worked under the current district superintendent or have a spouse currently employed in the district,

according to a district office spokesperson who was contacted this week. The Sumter Item contacted Shelly Galloway, district public information and strategic partnerships coordinator, after an area pastor referenced that five school board members’ personal

allegiance to Superintendent Frank Baker affects their actions and decisions as board members. The Rev. Marion Newton, senior pastor of Jehovah Missionary Baptist Church in Sumter, said

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The Rev. Willie Wright, pastor of New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, was one of at least three pastors who spoke out Monday night during the Sumter School District SEE TIES, PAGE A6 Board of Trustees meeting at Wilder Elementary School.

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Chad Connelly stumps at Bubba’s Diner BY JIM HILLEY jim@theitem.com Hours before South Carolina Congressional District 5 Rep. Mick Mulvaney was approved as President Trump’s new budget director, Chad Connelly campaigned for the District 5 seat he will vacate at Bubba’s Diner in Sumter. The conservative Christian candidate for the Republican nomination to fill Mulvaney’s seat received a warm welcome from the similar-minded crowd at the eatery. As waitresses squeezed between campaign staffers and local supporters to bring people their breakfasts, Connelly said he was campaigning on a platform of term limits, free enterprise and public involvement. “We are losing the country,” he said, “and it nobody’s fault but our own.” He urged other Christian

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District 5 congressional candidate Chad Connelly, left, works the crowd at Bubba’s Diner Thursday morning. Connelly said he is running for the Republican nomination on a platform of term limits, free enterprise and engaging more people in the political process. He said that outreach has taken him to 21 states in the past year. “All of the traveling has shown me people are frustrated,” he said. A Clemson graduate who helped pay his way through college by working at McDonald’s and in the engineering

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Thursday confirmed President Trump’s pick to run the White House budget office, giving the Republicans’ tea party wing a voice in the Cabinet. Rep. Mick Mulvaney, R-S.C., MULVANEY squeaked through on a 51-49 vote in the Republican-controlled Senate. Mulvaney’s confirmation promises to accelerate work on Trump’s upcoming budget plan, which is overdue. That’s typical at the beginning of an administration.

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Rotary club honors law enforcement community BY ADRIENNE SARVIS adrienne@theitem.com Rotary Club of Sumter-Palmetto recognized Sumter’s law enforcement officers for their service during a luncheon in celebration of Law Enforcement Day on Thursday. Thursday’s guest speaker was Dr. Steve Shugart, clinical chaplain for South Carolina Law Enforcement Assistant program and a licensed professional counselor. Under the assistance program, Shugart serves officers with South Carolina Law Enforcement Division; S.C. Department of Public Safety; S.C. Department of Corrections; S.C. Department of Natural Resources; S.C. Department of Probation, Pardon and Parole; S.C. National Guard; and the office of the S.C. Adjutant General. Shugart talked about questions and the different ways to answer them. Sometimes the wrong question will be asked or you’ll have the wrong answer, he said. Shugart said he sat through most of the trial of Dylann Roof, convicted of shooting nine people to death during Bible study at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church on June 17, 2015.

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Dr. Steve Shugart, clinical chaplain for the South Carolina Law Enforcement Assistance Program, talks about the important role of law enforcement in our communities Thursday at the Rotary Club of Sumter Palmetto. Thursday was the club’s annual Law Enforcement Day where the officers of the year were honored, representing the Sumter Police Department, the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office, the S.C. State Patrol and the Sumter Lee Regional Detention Center. During a part of the trial, when a recording of the scene was played after the shooting, Shugart said a woman sitting

next to him asked, “Why would he do that?” Shugart said he told the woman, “Because he is in-

sane.” He said the woman said she was talking about the officer who responded to the scene, not Roof.

He said while he was focused on the crime that was committed he failed to realize the brave actions of the officer who responded to the scene. Today, officers are aware of a more lethal public, Shugart said. The average officer responds to serious calls about every other day knowing that there could be an aggressor on scene who is equally or better armed, he said. Your life is so important because you protect the community, Shugart said. The things you do have a tremendous effect, maybe even more than you intended, on the people you serve, he said. Also, the Rotary club recognized Sgt. Wesley Floyd of Sumter County Sheriff’s Office; Lt. Cynthia Kelly of Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center; Officer 1st Class Chad Temples of Sumter Police Department; and Lance Cpl. Orlando McCray of South Carolina Highway Patrol who were nominated by their respective agencies as officers of the year for their hard work and accomplishments in 2016. Floyd and Kelly were named the 2016 American Legion Law and Order recipients for their respective agencies.

Annual Sumter Chamber of Commerce retreat starts tonight BY BRUCE MILLS bruce@theitem.com Greater Sumter Chamber of Commerce’s annual retreat kicks off tonight in Wilmington, North Carolina, with a new focus on developing a three- to five-year strategic plan around four key Chamber divisions, a vice president of the agency said Thursday. Nicole Bailey, the Chamber’s vice president of operations, said those critical divisions include small business and community growth, education and workforce development, legislative priorities and military affairs. Bailey said legislative priorities and

military affairs will be combined into one session, and participants will choose between two of three subject areas for breakout sessions facilitated by University of North CarolinaWilmington staff. “We are focusing in these breakout sessions on the Chamber’s role in these issues and what the Chamber’s role should be and can be to impact these issues,” Bailey said. “We are not economic development or the school district, but we have relationships with these entities. We want feedback from our members on what they believe our role should be in these areas.” Bailey said one program already under the Chamber’s umbrella is a

county industrial association of Sumter manufacturers that conducts outreach to middle school students and other students to promote local technical careers in manufacturing offering competitive wages to improve the workforce pipeline. Under legislative priorities, that breakout session will focus on educating members on current legislation in the Statehouse on transportation and infrastructure and uniform business licenses, according to Bailey. All discussion topics will roll into a three- to five-year strategic plan or both for the Chamber, Bailey said. “Some outcomes we may anticipate we can complete in three years; others

may be in a five-year plan,” Bailey said. “We are mainly focusing on gathering feedback to draft where the Chamber is going to be headed.” A total of 140 people have registered to attend, according to Bailey. The retreat begins at 6:30 p.m. with a reception. Breakout sessions Saturday will last until noon with a banquet Saturday beginning at 7:30 p.m. While most of the retreat focuses on Sumter’s future, Sunday’s meetings will include updates from Shaw Air Force Base, the city of Sumter, Sumter County and the economic development board. Also Sunday a recap of Saturday’s breakout sessions and ideas moving forward will be provided.

First readings approved to purchase fire rescue truck, used irrigation system BY ADRIENNE SARVIS adrienne@theitem.com Sumter County Council approved first reading of two ordinances to purchase a preowned fire rescue truck from the city of Sumter and a used irrigation system from Myrtle Beach during its meeting on Tuesday. The purchase was discussed during the Fiscal, Tax and Property Committee meeting that was held prior to council’s regular meeting on Tuesday afternoon. Sumter County Administrator Gary Mixon said a new fire rescue truck would cost about $200,000, but the county could

purchase the used truck from the city for $25,000. The truck has 36,000 miles on it, he said. Council also voted to approve first reading of an ordinance to purchase a used electric irrigation system that will be installed at Crystal Lakes Golf Course. Mixon said the current irrigation system, a hydraulic system, is out of date. The back nine holes of the golf course are already on an electric system, he said. Mixon said the county will receive a system for about $88,000 that was previously used in Myrtle Beach. The cost includes installation, he said. Both purchase will have two

more readings. Also, council voted to transfer $10,000 each from the county administrator’s and county council’s contingency funds to assist two local projects. Mixon said $10,000 will be provided to the local Fatherhood Coalition office to assist the organization in purchasing a new building in order to expand its operations. The Fatherhood Coalition is a nonprofit organization that assists fathers who may need help connecting with their children. The other $10,000 will be used to assist with the personnel operations at the county animal control shelter. During the Fiscal, Tax and

Property Committee meeting, Mixon said the county is working on a contract to have a nonprofit organization handle the animal shelter portion of county animal control. He said county personnel would still pick up stray animals but a nonprofit organization would operate the animal shelter and adoptions. He said that arrangement would take some of the burden off of animal control to operate both aspects of the agency. Councilman Charles Edens said the nonprofit organization would also be able to reach out to private sector organizations for donations. In other news, the County

Liaison Committee — Edens, Chairman James McCain and Councilwoman Vivian Fleming-McGhaney — voted to deny a request to create a policy to handle complaints from county citizens about issues under another jurisdiction. Councilman Gene Baten submitted the request after two county residents made complaints about the condition of the water they are receiving from the city. The committee members said council already has a policy to handle those situations by notifying an official of the other jurisdiction about the issue and following up with the resident.

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Poinsett ranger wins national award for 2016 McCants will accept award Feb. 23 at park and a commitment to safety and protection of park and visitors by smart thinking ServiceWear Apparel reand intentional action. cently announced the manBrad Lane, himself a park ager of Poinsett State Park manager for Lee and Woods will receive the national Bay state parks, nominated 2016 Park Ranger of the McCants for the award. He Year award. wrote a litany of accomThomas “Zabo” McCants plishments that matched or won the award that includsurpassed that criteria. ed more than 60 nominees And he took it a step furand 5,500 online votes. ther. According to information “While Zabo has worked announcing hard to imthe award prove Poinon its websett and to site, www. care for its servicewearvisitors,” apparel.com, Lane wrote, McCants “a focus of won because his has he helped been the transform rangers Poinsett that work State Park under him. from a quiet He knows Civilian that his job Conservaas a managtion Corps er is to prepark into a pare the THOMAS ‘ZABO’ McCANTS “booming next wave destination of rangers Poinsett State Park ranger park with so that they are ready to modern actake over when their time commodations.” It also comes.” cited how through his leadLane worked for McCants ership, he led his team at Santee State Park and through a historic flood in said he counts him as a 2015 and a hurricane in “great mentor.” 2016. And the park doubled Since arriving to take its annual income from a over management of Poinfew years ago. sett State Park a decade Criteria for nominees inago, McCants has raised the cluded a ranger’s dedicapark’s self-sufficiency from tion to preservation of a 46 percent to 82 percent. Bepark and its natural envicoming 100 percent self-sufronment, leadership ficient means the park genthrough obstacles to create erates enough revenue to the best possible park expeoffset its expenses and rience for visitors and staff

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Thomas “Zabo” McCants will be honored as National Ranger of the Year on Feb. 23 at Poinsett State Park.

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March 5. In October 2015, a flood devastated the park area with more than 16 inches of rain in three days. With forecasters predicting the heavy rains, McCants drained Old Levi Mill Pond by two feet and kept flood gates open in preparation. That quick action helped save the pond and property around it. A year later, when Hurricane Matthew hit the area, many people from the coastal areas of South Carolina had moved into a campground area at the park. By the time soaking rains and high winds started felling trees in the park including in the campgrounds, McCants had moved campers to the middle of a field, far enough from trees to protect them. McCants said the credit for the award goes to coworkers and volunteers who helped build the park into what it is today. “We don’t get to where we are without good people around us,” he said. “You’re only as good as the people you surround yourself with.” ServiceWear Apparel sells uniforms worn by rangers, law enforcement and other lines of work. McCants receives the award at 3 p.m. on Feb. 23 at the park. The public is invited. The National Intergovernmental Purchasing Alliance, a cooperative that pools governmental and nonprofit resources to get low bids on supplies, recognizes ServiceWear Apparel as its uniform and accessories contractor.

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doesn’t require a subsidy from the state. When he arrived, the park had about 4 miles of trails. It now boasts more than 22 miles of trails used for hiking and mountain biking, and volunteer crews from the Midlands Southern Off Road Biking Association and Sumter Chain Gang recently constructed a 3-mile trail called Swamp Fox Trail. McCants credits Midlands SORBA members Steve Tip-

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BY IVY MOORE ivy@theitem.com Sumter Senior Services Activity Center at 119 S. Sumter St. has been open a little more than a decade, yet many people don’t know exactly what goes on there, said Dana Strock, executive director of Sumter Senior Services. The organization is taking steps to remedy that situation. “It’s been awhile since we’ve had an open house,” she said, “so we’ve planned one for Friday, Feb. 24.” From 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. that day, visitors can walk in, take a look around the facility and talk with staff and members. “The purpose is to let those living in the community see what Sumter Senior Services is all about,” Strock said. “A lot of people think we’re a part of Holladay Manor (senior housing complex next door) or a (day care) or long-term care facility, which is not the case at all. We’re an activity center, and the seniors are very active.” On Valentine’s Day, for example, the members decided to have a party, and almost everyone came dressed in red or pink. “It was actually a surprise party, and they were going to have karaoke (a favorite activity),” Strock said, “but they chose bingo instead.”

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Ed Venticinque, crisis relief coordinator for Sumter United Ministries, transports a pallet of rakes and cleaning material from the SUM warehouse to a trailer Wednesday. SUM collected 17 pallets of disaster relief materials that were delivered Thursday to Albany, Georgia, to help that community after damage from a tornado. The Albany community sent a trailer full of relief supplies to Sumter after the October 2015 flood. Sumterites are returning the favor.

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4 to be charged in store robbery investigation Clarendon County Sheriff’s Office will charge four men in connection to the Feb. 1 robbery of the Dollar General on South Church Street in Summerton. According to a news release from the sheriff’s office, Summerton Police Department requested that the sheriff’s office assist in the investigation. During the investigation, officers apprehended Malik J. Gadist, 20; Paul A. Walker, 20; D’angelo A. Coakley, 27; and Julius H. Washington, 26. All four men are expected to be charged with armed robbery, kidnapping and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime. According to the release, the robbery in Summerton is similar to incidents that have occurred in other jurisdictions in the state, and local investigators have been working closely with other agencies to solve those crimes. Sheriff Tim Baxley said the men will also face charges from other jurisdictions. He said officers in Clarendon discovered the suspects were already in custody during their investigation.

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Sumter County Sheriff’s Office has interviewed the family of Barbara Nave, 80, who was last seen on Feb. 9. Ken Bell, public information officer with the sheriff’s office, said the interviews are standard procedure. Family members have been cooperative, and so far, all have passed polygraph tests, inferring they are not involved in Nave’s disappearance. Results will be released Friday, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office. If anyone has information on the whereabouts of Nave, please call Sumter County Sheriff’s Office at (803) 436-2000 or CrimeStoppers at (803) 436-2718.

COLUMBIA (AP) — A white supremacist with felony convictions in South Carolina bought a gun from an undercover FBI agent, telling the agent he planned an attack in “the spirit of Dylann Roof,” authorities said Thursday. Benjamin McDowell, 28, was arrested in Myrtle Beach shortly after buying the MCDOWELL .40-caliber Glock and ammunition for $109 from the agent who picked him up at his mother’s house, then took him to his grandfather’s house to get the money, FBI agent Grant Lowe wrote in an affidavit. McDowell didn’t have a specific target in mind, once telling the undercover agent he might just shoot at a party of black people, Lowe wrote. “I got the heart to do that s---, but I don’t have the good training,” McDowell said, according to the undercover agent.

Rep. Neal services have been announced Services for Rep. Joe Neal, 66, who passed away suddenly Tuesday, Feb. 14, will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Calvary Baptist Church in Chester, where Neal served as pastor, and at 1 p.m. Monday at First Nazareth Baptist Church, 2351 Gervais St., in Columbia. Public viewing will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at First Nazareth Baptist Church. Burial will be at St. John Baptist Church in Hopkins, after the service in Columbia.

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Several men were having a very competitive game of billiards Tuesday afternoon in the game room next to the well-used exercise room equipped with treadmills and other fitness machines. Strock said the center “is always open to the community, and those 60 and older can sign up to use the exercise room when it’s available. They must be members to eat the hot lunch, though.” Many of the members come to the center every day, she said, and stay until the center closes at 4 p.m. Several enduring friendships have been formed there over the years, as well. The center is also the headquarters for SSS’ administrative staff, she added. “There are 10 paid staff members and ‘tons’ of volunteers, aged 18 and up,” Strock said, noting that RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) is housed at the center, with Janice Williams as executive director. Strock said light refreshments will be served during the open house, and the public is invited to come by at any time after 11 a.m. Friday. For more information about Sumter Senior Services, call Strock at (803) 773-5508, or stop by the activity center at 119 S. Sumter St.

McDowell is charged as a felon in possession of a firearm. The gun he was sold had its firing pin filed down so it could not be used, Lowe wrote. McDowell is being held in the Horry County jail. Court records did not list an attorney, and no one responded to a message left at the phone number listed for his mother’s address. Authorities began investigating McDowell in December after he threatened a synagogue on Facebook. Horry County Police had kept track of McDowell since his release from prison on felony burglary charges a few years ago because he made connections with white supremacists while behind bars, according to the affidavit. Several days after the threat, McDowell posted on Facebook again, saying fellow white supremacists were all talk and no action. “All they wanne (sic) do is stay loaded on drugs the Jews put here to destroy white man and they feast on the drugs. they should be

Feasting on the enemy that stole their Heritage and their bloodline and trying to run us off of this Earth,” McDowell wrote. “if you ain’t got the heart to fight for Yahweh like dylann roof did, you need to shut the f--up.” Roof was sentenced to death in January on federal hate-crime charges for killing nine black worshippers at Emanuel AME church in Charleston in 2015. McDowell also wrote he would like to buy a gun, which got the undercover agent involved, Lowe wrote. McDowell wanted to commit the attack outside of Horry County and get away without being caught, but didn’t give a specific time or place, Lowe wrote. Court records show that since 2008, McDowell has several convictions for burglary and a conviction for assault. “Screaming ‘white power’ was not getting the job done,” the undercover agent told Lowe after talking to McDowell. “He indicated he desired a deeper response.”

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Gene editing possibly could help avoid disease BY LAURAN NEERGAARD AP Medical Writer WASHINGTON — Don’t expect designer babies any time soon — but a major new ethics report leaves open the possibility of one day altering human heredity to fight genetic diseases, with stringent oversight, using new tools that precisely edit genes inside living cells. What’s called genome editing already is transforming biological research and being used to develop treatments for patients struggling with a range of diseases. The science is nowhere near ready for a huge next step that raises ethical questions — altering sperm, eggs or embryos so that babies don’t inherit a disease that runs in the family, says a report Tuesday from the National Academy of Sciences and National Academy of Medicine. But if scientists learn how to safely pass alterations of the genetic code to future generations, the panel said “germline� editing could be attempted under strict criteria, including that it targets a serious disease with no reasonable alternative and is conducted under rigorous oversight. “Caution is absolutely needed, but being cautious does

not mean prohibition,� said bioethicist R. Alta Charo of the University of WisconsinMadison. “This committee is not saying we will or should do germline — heritable — editing. What we are saying is that we can identify a set of strict conditions under which it would be permissible to do it,� Charo added. “But we are far, far away from being ready to try.� Genome editing should not go beyond healing the sick and enhance traits, such as physical strength, what’s com-

monly called “designer babies,� the panel stressed. But the public should get involved in these debates now, to say what might one day be acceptable. The long-awaited report offers advice — the prestigious academies cannot set policy. But it is considered a step toward creating international norms for responsible development of this powerful technology. The U.S. National Academies and its counterparts in Britain and China have been holding interna-

tional meetings with the hope of doing just that. Genome editing is essentially a biological version of cutand-paste software, allowing scientists to turn genes on or off, repair or modify them inside living cells. There are a few older methods but one with the wonky name CRISPR-Cas9 is so much faster, cheaper and simpler to use that it has spurred an explosion of research. Under development are ways to treat a range of diseases from sickle cell and hemophilia to cancer. In lab experiments using human cells or animals engineered with humanlike disorders, scientists are unraveling how gene defects fuel disease — and are even trying to grow transplantable human organs inside pigs. That kind of research is very promising, is adequately

regulated today and should continue at full speed, the National Academies panel concluded. When it comes to the more sci fi-sounding uses, it’s quite possible scientists will learn how to perform germline editing in five to 10 years, said panel co-chair Richard Hynes of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Safety is one reason for caution, he said, as scientists will have to learn whether editing one gene has unwanted downstream effects. In the U.S., scientists can perform laboratory embryo research only with private, not government, funding. Any attempt at pregnancy would require permission from the Food and Drug Administration, which is currently prohibited from using federal funds to review any such request.

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Wednesday that it’s difficult for several board members — including Chairman the Rev. Daryl McGhaney, Linda Alston, Barbara Jackson, Lucille McQuilla and Karen Michalik — to side against Baker “who has done favors for them, naturally.” According to district information, every board member has a connection to the superintendent either through former employment or a spouse’s current employment. Board Chairman McGhaney’s wife, Vivian, holds a district staff-level position as special education curriculum coach. Board members Alston, Jackson and McQuilla all worked under Baker in the former Sumter School District 2. According to Galloway, Alston was a social worker at Rafting Creek Elementary School, Jackson was a math coordinator in the District 2 administration’s office for Baker, and McQuilla was a principal at Pocalla Springs Elementary School. Board member Johnny Hilton was a longtime principal in the former Sumter School District 17 prior to consolidation. After the two districts consolidated, he did serve one year under Baker as principal at Millwood Elementary School before retiring. In addition to McGhaney, two other board members have spouses who currently are employed in the district under Baker. Karen Michalik’s husband, John, is the current principal at Lakewood High School. According to district information, the Rev. Ralph Canty’s wife, Toye, is a career and technology education teacher at Furman Middle School.

of $106,499 as of June 30, 2016, according to auditor Robin Poston. Due to the improper budgeting, which passed through to this year’s budget, the board approved an emergency financial plan proposed by Superintendent Frank Baker on Jan. 12 to try to preserve more than $6 million in cash for the remainder of this fiscal year. Those measures included eliminating 47 jobs, reducing stipends and freezing various budget line items, including substitute teacher budgets and supply budgets by 50 percent. The concerned clergy’s official stance in the financial crisis is to ensure the children in the district, or students, don’t suffer educationally in the various cost-saving measures that are now being implemented, according to several members who spoke to The Item. “The concerned clergy is not against the superintendent; we are for our children,” the Rev. Marion Newton told the school board Monday night during public participation. Newton is senior pastor at Jehovah Missionary Baptist Church. Also, at Monday’s meeting, the board heard outside financial consultant Scott Allan’s official report on what caused the district to overspend by $6.2 million last fiscal year. An overflow crowd of more than 300 residents were in attendance at the meeting. Allan said 37 unbudgeted new hires and drastically underbudgeted expenditures for other existing personnel were the major contributors to the district’s overspending last year. According to Allan, a

HOPEFUL FROM PAGE A1 “Our life has been one of restoration,” he said. He said he is not wanting to be another “Brady Bunch,” however, joking about the television series. “Four is a busy household,” he said. Connelly, who said he is still a member of the National Guard, promised he would not be a stranger to Sumter if elected. “I am a military guy,” he said. “Shaw Air Force Base matters. Since the Third Army moved here, it is even more important to our mission.” Sumter Republican Party Chairwoman Shery Smith introduced Connelly to the morning crowd and said he is one of the foremost candidates for the District 5 seat. “He’s a military guy, a small business guy and he has a good message,” she said. Connelly said he has many “arrows in his back” for the positions he has staked out. “You can’t please everybody, but you can at least let people know what you believe,” he said.

CABINET FROM PAGE A1 Mulvaney brings strong conservative credentials to the job, and he’s likely to seek big cuts to longtime GOP targets, such as the EPA and other domestic programs whose budgets are set each year by Congress. Trump has indicated, however, that he not interested in tackling highly popular benefit programs, such as Social Security and Medicare, and wants a major investment in highways and other public works. The House Freedom Caucus, a group of the most conservative lawmakers on Capitol Hill, issued a statement saying that the president’s pick of Mulvaney “sends a strong message that the Trump administration is serious about tackling our national debt.” Democrats opposed Mulvaney over his support for curbing the growth of Medicare and Social Security and other issues. Mulvaney has managed to survive questions about his failure to pay more than $15,000 in payroll taxes for a nanny more than decade ago. He has since paid the taxes.

total of 49 new positions were added last year that were not approved in any way by the district’s finance department. Allan’s analysis showed 23 of the 49 new jobs not authorized by finance were actually approved by Baker, but appropriate funding only covered 12 of them. The other 26 new hires were not approved by Baker. Baker has said he discovered the budget deficit in October when the auditor began her work on the annual audit. Board members have said they didn’t know of the deficit until the auditor’s presentation Dec. 12. “I’m not saying Baker is a bad man, or he hasn’t done good in the community,” Newton said Wednesday in an interview. “But, what I am saying is, after hearing this report from the consultant, I don’t see how the board can say, ‘Let him stay.’” Newton said the various cost-saving measures, including a lack of substitute teachers and overcrowded classrooms, are jeopardizing the children’s education. Newton also said several board members worked under Baker when he was superintendent of the former Sumter School District 2 before consolida-

tion, or have spouses that currently work in the district for Baker, and that the board is focused on personalities and not their communities. Newton said three board members formerly worked for Baker in District 2, and two have spouses that formerly worked in District 2 and currently work in the one consolidated Sumter district. That information was confirmed by a district spokesperson Thursday, and actually the other two remaining board members also have similar connections to Baker. “The board is not doing their job,” Newton said. “They are not thinking about the children, but saving the administration. ... Under those circumstances, it’s hard for them to vote for Dr. Baker to be dismissed. “How can we have a consolidated district when the board is stacked with District 2, and their allegiance is to Dr. Baker who has done favors for them, naturally.” Newton said board members who have this attitude should resign and not continue with the board. He believes the majority of the board is not doing a good job because they haven’t been asking questions. “We don’t have a functional board,” Newton said. “The board is governed by the administration, instead of the

administration being governed by the board.” The Rev. George Windley Jr., pastor of First Baptist Missionary Church and immediate past president of the Concerned Clergy of Sumter County, says the association wants accountability for whoever caused the district’s financial crisis. “The clergy wants the board to represent the people and your area,” Windley said. “Do what’s right and represent your area, or are you doing what’s best for yourself or because this is my buddy? It boils down to accountability.” In regards to board members acting based on their allegiances to Baker, Windley said it appears that way, but he hopes it’s not. “You have a feeling that’s going on,” Windley said. “I just hope that’s not what’s going on, and we as the concerned clergy hope it’s not.” Similar to Newton, the Rev. Willie Wright, pastor of New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, believes the board and Baker are to blame. “I would give all of them a ‘D-’ to ‘F,’” Wright said. “And, that is based on the idea that not only did they fail to live up to the trust of the community, but they were not forthcoming with a lot of the information that the public was asking.”

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into Sunday’s second-season premiere of “Billions,” starring Damian Lewis and Paul Giamatti. Viewers can also catch up on “Homeland” and other series on the premium network using Showtime On Demand during the course of the weekend. • The lukewarm reception to CBS’ sadistic new series “Training Day” only confirms a TV trend. Shows based on movies rarely thrive on the small screen. CBS has had three duds in the last two seasons, with “Limitless,” “Rush Hour” and now “Training Day.” Although TV adaptations of movies rarely succeed, the list of movies based on TV shows is rather lengthy. The inspirations can come from the most dated and obscure series. Bill Paxton (“Training Day”) starred in a 2004 live-action adaptation of “Thunderbirds” (8:30 p.m., HBO Family) that had fans of the original 1965 “Supermarionation” series scratching their heads.

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Weekend programming offers a mixed bag of choices BY KEVIN MCDONOUGH Saturday night belongs to the documentary epic “Planet Earth II” (9 p.m., BBC America, TVPG). Presented a full decade after “Planet Earth,” this new incarnation reflects changes in camera technology that bring viewers even closer to the action, as well as changes to the natural world that are having a dramatic impact on natural habitats. Narrated by David Attenborough, this stunning production is divided by locations. Tonight’s installment studies islands and their unique ecosystems. Further adventures will explore mountains, jungles, deserts, grasslands and cities — new, entirely man-made environments where animals have learned to adapt with surprising efficiency. Every installment has its share of “stars.” Island critters you won’t soon forget include three-toed sloths, Komodo dragons, marine iguanas and chinstrap penguins. • On a similar note, the new series “The Zoo” (10 p.m. Saturday, Animal Planet, TV-PG) explores the Bronx Zoo, the 265acre home to more than 6,000 animals and 500 employees and a leading conservation institution located in the heart of America’s biggest city. • A seven-part murder mystery told in a series of flashbacks, “Big Little Lies” (9 p.m. Sunday, HBO, TV-MA) offers a comeback of sorts for Reese Witherspoon. A dynamic young actress who electrified audiences in offbeat films including “Freeway,” “Election” and “American Psycho,” Witherspoon became a bankable star in the “Legally Blonde” franchise and a respectable Oscar winner in “Walk the Line.” But along the way her movies and her roles became too safe and a little boring. Here, Witherspoon returns to “Election” mode as Madeline Mackenzie, a type-A control freak in the posh community of Monterey, California. In this tale, based on a best-selling novel by Liane Moriarty, Madeline rages at her lot in life, that of a stay-at-home mother whose children are slipping from her grasp. She can’t abide living in a community defined by overachievers, personified by Rena-

ta Klein (Laura Dern), who takes time away from her many jobs to drop her child off on the first day of first grade. An altercation between Renata’s daughter and the son of newcomer Jane (Shailene Woodley) sets off a series of squabbles that lead to the murder at the heart of this series. Madeline had just befriended Jane at the time of the crisis and introduced her to Celeste (Nicole Kidman), an enigmatic beauty who appears to be all too fond of public displays of affection with her much younger husband, Perry (Alexander Skarsgard), a “perfect” man with secrets of his own. “Lies” was written by David E. Kelley (“Ally McBeal,” “The Practice” and “Boston Legal”). A lawyer by training, Kelley is best in the legal milieu, a place where highly articulate sharks trade arguments. While “Lies” is very good at evoking the tensions arising from small social infractions, its characters are entirely too likely to discuss their feelings in complete sentences, if not whole paragraphs. And “Lies” is about the gazillionth show premised on the notion that we can only be interested in murder, mothers and characters if they live in million dollar mansions set against spectacular California scenery. • Also debuting on HBO, “Crashing” (10:30 p.m. Sunday,

TV-MA) stars Pete Holmes as Pete, a would-be stand-up comedy star whose life is upended when he finds his wife and childhood sweetheart, Jessica (Lauren Lapkus), in bed with another man. Tired of supporting Pete and his fantasies, Jessica takes up with a hilariously hirsute fellow teacher who appears here in his birthday suit. “Crashing” may share producer Judd Apatow with “Girls” (and a taste for full-frontal nudity), but Holmes sports a charmingly goofy modesty nowhere to be found on Lena Dunham’s comedy of narcissism. After leaving Jessica, Pete’s odyssey takes him couch-surfing in the homes of other comics, including Artie Lange (as himself), who show him that the limelight is not all glamour. Pete’s backstory as a youth pastor is hinted at in the first episode and is sure to emerge as he continues to vagabond between unpaid gigs. • CBS premieres the first episode of “The Good Fight” (8 p.m. Sunday, TV-14), a spinoff of “The Good Wife,” starring Christine Baranski as Diane Lockhart. After this sneak peak, viewers will only be able to follow “The Good Fight” on the CBS All Access subscription streaming service. Look for Rose Leslie (“Downton Abbey” and “Game of Thrones”) as Diane’s goddaughter and fledgling lawyer.

• Viceland imports “Trapped” (10 p.m. Sunday, TV-14) from Iceland as its first scripted series. This 10-part “Nordic noir” murder mystery begins with the discovery of a body floating alongside a Danish freighter.

SATURDAY’S HIGHLIGHTS • The voices of Hugh Jackman and Kate Winslet animate the 2006 comedy “Flushed Away” (8 p.m., ABC). • Natasha Bassett stars in the 2017 biopic “Britney Ever After” (8 p.m., Lifetime).

SUNDAY’S HIGHLIGHTS • Scheduled on “60 Minutes” (7 p.m., CBS): allegations of abuse against the doctor for the U.S. gymnastics team; a dangerous defect in America’s most popular hunting rifle; an interview with a North Korean defector. • Kelsey Grammer hosts “The Paley Center Salutes NBC’s 90th Anniversary” (8 p.m., NBC). • The voice of Mandy Moore animates “Tangled” (8 p.m., ABC), a 2010 variation on Rapunzel. • The Websters are unprepared for Alice’s homecoming on “The Missing” (8 p.m., Starz, TV-MA). Arguably the most compelling series airing at this moment. • A peculiar new group is discovered on “The Walking Dead” (9 p.m., AMC, TV-MA). • Carrie’s home is no refuge

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ASHINGTON — It’s a Watergate-era cliche that the cover-up is always worse than the crime. In the Mike Flynn affair, we have the first recorded instance of a cover-up in the absence of a crime. Being covered up were the Dec. 29 phone calls between Flynn and the Russian ambassador to Washington. The presumed violation was Flynn negotiating with a foreign adversary while the Obama administration was still in office and, even worse, discussing with Sergey Kislyak the sanctions then being imposed upon Russia (for meddling in the 2016 elections). What’s wrong with that? It is risible to invoke the Logan Act, passed during the John Adams administration, under which not a single American has been prosecuted in the intervening 218 years. It prohibits private citizens from negotiating with foreign powers. Flynn was hardly a private citizen. As Donald Trump’s publicly designated incoming national security adviser, it was perfectly reasonable for him to be talking to foreign actors in preparation for assuming office within the month. Worst case: He was telling Kislyak that the Trump administration might

COMMENTARY lift sanctions and therefore, comrade, no need for a spiral of retaliations. How different is this from Barack Obama telling Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, on an inadvertently open mic, during his 2012 re-election campaign, “This is my last election. After my election, I have more flexibility.” Flynn would have been giving the Russians useful informaCharles Krauthammer tion that might well have contributed to Russia’s decision not to retaliate. I’m no Russophile. But again: What’s wrong with that? Turns out, the Trump administration has not lifted those sanctions. It’s all a tempest in an empty teapot. The harm was not the calls but Flynn’s lying about them. And most especially lying to the vice president who then went out and told the world Flynn had never discussed sanctions. You can’t leave your vice president undercut and exposed. Flynn had to go. Up to this point, the story makes

sense. Except for one thing: Why the cover-up if there is no crime? Why lie about talking about sanctions? It’s inexplicable. Did Flynn want to head off lines of inquiry about other contacts with Russians that might not have been so innocent? Massive new leaks suggest numerous contacts during the campaign between Trump associates and Russian officials, some of whom were intelligence agents. Up till now, however, reports The New York Times, there is “no evidence” of any Trump campaign collusion or cooperation with Russian hacking and other interference in the U.S. election. Thus far. Which is why there will be investigations. Speculation ranges from the wildly malevolent to the rather loopily innocent. At one end of the spectrum is the scenario wherein these campaign officials — including perhaps Flynn, perhaps even Trump — are compromised because of tainted business or political activities known to the Russians, to whom they are now captive. A fevered conspiracy in my view, but there are non-certifiable people who consider it possible. At the benign end of the spectrum is that the easily flattered Trump imag-

ines himself the great dealmaker who overnight becomes a great statesman by charming Vladimir Putin into a Nixon-to-China grand bargain — we jointly call off the new Cold War, join forces to destroy the Islamic State and reach a new accommodation for Europe that relieves us of some of the burden of parasitic allies. To me, the idea is nuts, a narcissistic fantasy grounded in neither strategy nor history. But that doesn’t mean Trump might not imagine it — after all, he maintains that if we had only stayed in Iraq to steal its oil, we wouldn’t have the Islamic State. And if this has indeed been his thinking about Russia, it would make sense to surround himself with advisers who had extensive dealings there. I believe neither of these scenarios, but I’m hard put to come up with alternatives. The puzzle remains. Why did Flynn lie? Until we answer that, the case of the cover-up in search of a crime remains unsolved. Charles Krauthammer’s email address is letters@charleskrauthammer.com. © 2017, The Washington Post Writers Group

LETTER TO THE EDITOR EVERYTHING NOW BEING BLAMED ON TRUMP IS CRAP I have been living for just about 78 years. Let me say all that is being blamed on President Trump is a load of crap. It just shows that a lot of people are really uninformed. To go out and destroy one’s hometown and neighborhood just shows a complete disrespect for the hard work of generations of people, some long gone from this planet. In my younger years, had we ever broken windows in stores, our butts would have been sore for a week. People are now saying that President Trump’s popularity is low. Hogwash. Take a look at what happened when he came out telling hardworking people what we wanted to hear. He became our president. Another U.S. president, George Bush, took us to war. That man was between a rock and a hard place. He was damned if he did and damned if he didn’t. Now put yourself in this situation. You and family are in church and someone from another country blows up the church. Who would Americans blame? All the president is trying to do is undo what has been done for the last few years. That is to placate all other countries. Why in the name of all that is holy, do we pay for friendship from other countries? I think our president is trying really hard to get us back to where we were with President Reagan in the 80s. We were living in Stuttgart, Germany, then and everything was just wonderful. I often went to downtown Stuttgart shopping by myself. Friends would say aren’t you scared. I would answer, why should I be? The shop keepers and workers always smiled and thanked me for shopping with them. In a lot of places here in Sumter, the smile is missing. Just ask yourself, where would your paycheck come from if we did not visit your place of business. We ate lunch at O’Charleys in Columbia. The young black girl who waited on us had a warm smile and was the best and sweetest waitress we have had since moving here. Let me tell you that my husband left her a very healthy tip. LILLI J. KALIE Sumter

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Roommate wanted: But not if you voted for …

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id you hear about those young snooty Republicans in Washington, D.C., who are looking for roommates to share expenses — and are placing ads that shamelessly say things like, “no smokers, no alcohol, no pets, no racists, no gay-haters … and no one who supported Hillary Clinton for president?” They’re popping up all over the place — angry, closed-minded, intolerant conservatives ridiculously comparing liberals who Bernard voted for Hillary to Goldberg bigots. How dumb is that? Okay, I made it up. Well, “made it up” is a bit of a stretch. The ads are real except it isn’t Hillary-hating conservatives who are placing them. It’s Trump-hating liberals who are showing how much they still detest the new president and anyone who supported him, by proudly putting “No Trump clauses” in their ads. It’s not exactly a bulletin that more than a few liberals are still in a state of shock and still fuming that Donald Trump actually beat Hillary Clinton. And so, a lot of libs — especially the younger ones — have launched a campaign to wage their war of resistance: ads with the not-too-subtle message: Trump supporters need not apply. The New York Times — a newspaper whose reporters are on top of whatever it is on any particular day that irks progressives who think Mr. Trump is crude, vulgar and unfit to be president

— reports that these young Washington libs are using social media to wage their resistance, posting their ads on Craigslist, Reddit and Twitter and putting messages up on Facebook. And even though rents are pretty high in Washington, The Times reports that, “for some, it’s becoming more important to make sure that political views align before they split the cost with a stranger.” A 23-year old woman posted an ad that said: “Alcohol, pets and meat products are not allowed in the house. Neither are Trump supporters.” Two women in their 20s posted this: “We’re open to any age/gender identity/non-identity, so long as you didn’t vote for Trump.” Another woman ran this ad: “Trump supporters this is not the house for you (no, seriously).” The Times also reports that, “In one recent ad, a couple in the area who identified themselves as ‘open-minded’ and liberal advertised a $500 room in their home: ‘If you’re racist, sexist, homophobic or a Trump supporter please don’t respond. We won’t get along.’” I’m always amused by how liberals who brag about being open-minded don’t have a clue about how closeminded they actually are. How do we think liberals would respond if conservatives, say in a deep red state like Utah or North Dakota, were attaching “No Hillary clauses” to their ads. “I’m looking for a roommate, but if you voted for Hillary, get lost, creep. You’re not welcome around here (no seriously).” I think we know how those “openminded” liberals would respond. They’d be screaming about the hateful,

intolerant idiots who voted for Donald Trump. And there’s a good chance the word “Nazi” or “Hitler” would be thrown in for good measure. Whether this kind of discrimination is legal in Washington isn’t clear. The city has laws that go beyond the usual bans on discrimination. In Washington they have laws that make it illegal to discriminate based on political affiliation. But one lawyer in the Times story says it’s unclear if a person’s support of President Trump falls into that category. A lawsuit would clear things up, but a Trump supporter taking the matter to court in a city where just about everybody voted for Hillary would be like rolling a boulder up a very steep hill. In any case, we can all understand why a raging Hillary lefty wouldn’t want to live in the same zip code — let alone the same apartment — as a rabid hard-right Trump supporter. Fair enough. So let’s not make more of this liberal act of defiance than it deserves. But let’s acknowledge what it is: one more warning sign, the newest tidbit that tells us something is very wrong in America. I’m becoming more and more convinced that the two opposing sides not only don’t want to share the same apartment. I don’t think they want to share the same country. Bernie Goldberg is an opinion writer and a news and media analyst for Fox News’ O’Reilly Factor. He is a graduate of Rutgers University and a member of the school’s Hall of Distinguished Alumni.

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PRESIDENTS DAY SCHEDULE BANKS — Wells Fargo will be open on Monday. All otherPresidents’ area banksDay andSchedule: credit unions be closed on Feb.will 17, 2017 Monday. GOVERNMENT — The following will be closed on Monday: federal government offices; U.S. Postal Service; state government offices; City of Sumter offices; Sumter County offices; City of Manning offices; Clarendon County offices; Lee County offices; and City of Bishopville offices. SCHOOLS — The following will be closed on Monday: Clarendon School District 2; Thomas Sumter Academy; St. Anne and St. Jude Catholic School; St. Francis Xavier High School; Laurence Manning Academy; Clarendon Hall; Sumter Christian School; and Robert E. Lee Academy. UTILITIES — Black River Electric Coop. and Farmers Telephone Coop. will be open on Monday. OTHER — The following will be closed on Monday: the Greater Sumter Chamber of Commerce; Harvin Clarendon County Library; and The Sumter County Library. The Sumter Item will be open on Monday.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): A creative approach to life, learning and self-awareness will help you make adjustments to the way you do business. You don’t have to agree with everything others say, do or offer. Just strive for personal perfection. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Be generous with others, and forge ahead with optimism. Set your sights high and pry open doors that can help you launch into something new and exciting. Intelligence and charm will lead to victory. CANCER (June 21-July 22): Education and searching for information that can help you revitalize your life, goals and current position are favored. Refuse to let what others are doing throw you off guard or push you in a costly direction. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Partnership problems will surface if you let emotions interfere with what needs to be done. Travel if necessary. A face-to-face conversation will allow you to send a positive message. Personal improvements are favored. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): When it comes to business and dealing with clients, peers or superiors, don’t let emotions take over. It’s best to be frank but also willing to compromise if necessary. Don’t

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posite Squadron meets from 7 The Palmetto Singles Club 9 p.m. each Monday at the meetsAre from 7 tosingle 10 p.m. onlike totodance? you and Sumter Airport. Contact Jared the first and third Friday of Buniel at (803) 481-7915 or Jareach month at the VFW on Gion Street. Come dance with edLotR@juno.com. Visit www. scwg.cap.gov/sumter/. us. Call (803) 468-6874. The Westside Neighborhood AsMayewood High School Class of 1977 will hold its 40th class re- sociation meets at 5:30 p.m. on the third Monday of each union during Memorial Day month at Birnie HOPE Center, weekend, May 26-28. There 210 S. Purdy St. will be a meet and greet reception on Friday, an “EveThe DAV will have trained volunning of Elegance” on Saturteers to assist all veterans in filday and worship service on ing VA claims from 9 a.m. to Sunday. All events are sched- noon on Wednesdays and Friuled to be held at the former days at the Chapter 5 GameMayewood High School, curcock home building, 18 Hard rently Mayewood Middle Pack Road, off of Peach OrSchool. Call Lois Dantzler-Duchard Road (S.C. 441). Call rant at (703) 307-6342 for deElizabeth West at (803) 499tails. 1003 if needed. The Christian Golfers’ AssociaThe Rembert Area Community tion (CGA) meets at 8 a.m. Coalition (RACC) offers a senior each Tuesday for Bible study. citizens program 10 a.m.-noon The group meets at the CGA each Monday and Wednesoffice in Dillon Park. Refreshday at 6785 Bradley St. (bements provided and golf after hind community car wash), Bible study. Call (803) 773Rembert, SC 29128. Transpor2171. tation is available. Call (803) 432-2001. The Civil Air Patrol Sumter Com-

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Emotional EUGENIA LAST issues will surface if you’re dealing with outside influences or people who don’t see things the same way you do. Work independently to avoid interference. Stability will result from knowing what you are doing.

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SUMTER SPCA PETS OF THE WEEK Cleopatra, left, is a housebroken 3-yearold white domestic medium hair. She has Cleopatra has personality. a loving, Cleopatra a loving and sweet sweetlots personality enjoys of hands-on attention. She does great with other cats and children loves to run, andBear wouldBear make a great lap cat. Cleopaplay tra would make a super addition to any family. Bear Bear, right, is a 9-month-old hound / shepherd mix. She is an active and affectionate girl who would be great for a family with children. Bear Bear loves to run and play and would make the perfect buddy for a home with other dogs. The Sumter SPCA is located at 1140 S. Guignard Drive, (803) 773-9292, and is open 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. every day except Wednesday and Sunday. Visit www. sumterscspca.com.

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


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PREP BASKETBALL

Saving their best for last Lady Wolverines use strong second-half surge for 72-47 playoff victory over Scott’s Branch BY JUSTIN DRIGGERS justin@theitem.com TURBEVILLE – Like his team, East Clarendon High School girls basketball head coach Mike Lowder was frustrated for much of the first half of Thursday’s 1A state playoff secondround game against Scott’s Branch. “We’re so impatient sometimes because we do like to run,” Lowder said. “We never could get into our offense, which is something we’re going to have to be able to do as early as Monday. “…But the second half is usually our half anyway.” Was it ever. The Lady Wolverines outscored Scott’s Branch 43-17 over the final 16 minutes to pull away for a decisive 72-47 victory at the ECHS gymnasium. East Clarendon, which was coming off a bye after earning the program’s first region title since 1971, improved to 14-7 overall and captured its first playoff victory since 2011. The Lady Wolverines will host Charleston Charter, a 46-44 winner over Lake View, on Monday at 7 p.m. for a spot in the lower state finals. Scott’s Branch finished the year

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Mary Wimberly (2) of Scott’s Branch and East Clarendon’s Valencia Garris (25) fight for a rebound during the Lady Wolverines’ 72-47 victory on Thursday in Turbeville in the second round of the 1A state playoffs. East Clarendon trailed at halftime. with a 9-9 overall mark, although the Lady Eagles were in control for most of the first half. Behind Cambria

Parker, Teja Madison and Mary Wimberly, SBHS built a 15-12 lead after one quarter and led 30-29 at the break.

A pair of buckets by Wimberly and

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CLEMSON BASEBALL

USC BASEBALL

SHS’ Barnes gets 2nd opening day start Clemson junior left-hander more comfortable in role

Stokes finally makes move to shortstop for USC

BY JUSTIN DRIGGERS justin@theitem.com

BY MATT CONNOLLY The State

CLEMSON — For Charlie Barnes, the excitement is still the same, but the nerves are much different this time around. The former Sumter High School standout is entering his third year with Clemson University, and the college baseball season is set to get underway today at 4 p.m. with a 3-game series against Wright State at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. However, today will also mark the junior left-handed pitcher’s second go-round as the Tigers’ opening day starter — and Barnes said he’ll likely feel a lot more comfortable this time when he steps on the mound. “It’s extremely cool and I’m grateful that my coaches believe in me and they gave me that opportunity,” Barnes said of his opening day start via TigerNet. com on Tuesday. “This is actually my second opportunity — I had it last year. I think there were some more nerves last year in it not only being opening day, but it was also my first weekend start.

Madison Stokes arrived at South Carolina out of A.C. Flora High in the summer of 2014 and planned on playing shortstop for the Gamecocks through his college career. After spending time at first base, second base and third base during his first two seasons at USC, Stokes will finally get a chance to play his natural position, shortstop, in 2017. Stokes played well enough throughout the fall and into preseason workouts to earn the opportunity to replace Marcus Mooney as the leader of USC’s infield. “He’s always had it in the back of his mind that he was going to be the shortstop here,” Gamecocks head coach Chad Holbrook said on Thursday. “And I’ll be honest with you, I wondered if that was going to be the case. But he’s proven to me that he’s awfully dang good out there. He’s played at a high level and he’s worked extremely hard. I’m thrilled for him.” Stokes believes that the time he spent at other infield positions helped make him a better shortstop. While he would have loved to play shortstop all along, he is thankful that the process worked out the way it did. “I think that was part of the plan,” he said. “I’ve always wanted to play there, and I think playing those different positions got me to this point.”

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Former Sumter High School standout Charlie Barnes will get his second career opening day start for the Clemson University baseball team today when the Tigers open the season against Wright State at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.

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AUTO RACING

NASCAR hopes spicing things up gives a boost BY JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — NASCAR has a new sponsor, a new format and welcomes back its most popular driver, all providing optimism for a series eager to halt a steady decline in attendance, ratings and sponsorship. Money is down across the board and everyone is doing more with less to try to save a buck. The on-track product for the stock car series officially reports for work Friday at Daytona International Speedway, which hosts the Feb. 26 season-opening “Great American Race.” It will kick off a

season of hold-your-breath, wereally-hope-this-works efforts by NASCAR, the networks, tracks, teams and drivers to turn things around. This season begins with Monster Energy roaring into its debut year as title sponsor amid promised marketing to millennials and the opportunity to lure new eyeballs to a sport with an aging audience. Part of the new razzle-dazzle approach is a wholesale redesign of the definition of a NASCAR race. Remember how NASCAR just ran in circles for 500 miles nearly every Sunday for hours on end? Well, this year it’s about “en-

hanced competition” in segments broken up over three periods. Think of it like innings in baseball or quarters in football or basketball. More accurately, the quick first two segments are now the appetizer to the longer main event. In the meantime, you get to go grab a beer as the television networks promise to use the breaks between segments to dump all the commercials. Even better, you won’t have to wait for Nationwide’s beloved “Water Cooler Dale” commercial to see NASCAR’s most popular driver. Dale Earnhardt Jr. is

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. is back behind the wheel after missing the last half of the 2016 season due to concussion symptoms. Earnhardt’s return comes as NASCAR has a new sponsor and a new format as its bid to rebound from declining ratings and attendance.


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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2017

THE SUMTER ITEM

SCOREBOARD TV SPORTS TODAY 6 a.m. — Professional Golf: European PGA Tour World Super Perth 6 Second Round from Perth, Australia (GOLF). 6:30 a.m. — Professional Tennis: ABN AMRO World Tournament Quarterfinal Matches from Rotterdam, Netherlands (TENNIS). 10:30 a.m. — NBA Basketball: Rising Stars Challenge Practice from New Orleans (NBA TV). 11:30 a.m. — Senior PGA Golf: Champions Tour Chubb Classic First Round from Naples, Fla. (GOLF). Noon — International Figure Skating: Four Continents Championships from Gangneung, South Korea — Free Dance and Men’s Short Programs (NBC SPORTS NETWORK). Noon — NBA Basketball: NBA All-Star Media Day from New Orleans (NBA TV). Noon — Professional Tennis: ABN AMRO World Tournament Quarterfinal Matches from Rotterdam, Netherlands (TENNIS). 2 p.m. — PGA Golf: Genesis Open Second Round from Pacific Palisades, Calif. (GOLF). 2:30 p.m. — International Soccer: Bundesliga League Match — Bayer Leverkusen vs. Augsburg (FOX SPORTS 1). 3:25 p.m. — International Soccer: Portuguese League Match — Tondela vs. Porto (UNIVISION). 4 p.m. — College Baseball: North CarolinaGreensboro at South Carolina (WNKT-FM 107.5). 5 p.m. — Women’s College Basketball: Iona at Quinnipiac (ESPNU). 5 p.m. — NASCAR Racing: Monster Energy Series Daytona 500 Practice from Daytona Beach, Fla. (FOX SPORTS 1). 5:30 p.m. — Professional Tennis: Memphis Open Quarterfinal Match from Memphis, Tenn. (TENNIS). 6 p.m. — College Hockey: New Hampshire at Boston University (TIME WARNER 1250). 6:05 p.m. — Talk Show: Sports Talk (WDXYFM 105.9, WDXY-AM 1240). 6:30 p.m. — NASCAR Racing: Monster Energy Series Daytona 500 Practice from Daytona Beach, Fla. (FOX SPORTS 1). 6:30 p.m. — International Soccer: CONCACAF Sub-20 Match — Canada vs. Honduras (UNIVISION). 7 p.m. — College Hockey: North Dakota at Western Michigan (CBS SPORTS NETWORK). 7 p.m. — NBA Basketball: NBA All-Star Celebrity Game from New Orleans (ESPN). 7 p.m. — College Basketball: Kent State at Akron (ESPN). 7 p.m. — College Basketball: Valparaiso at Oakland (ESPN2). 7 p.m. — Women’s College Gymnastics: Florida at Arkansas (SEC NETWORK). 7:30 p.m. — Women’s College Basketball: Xavier at Villanova (FOX SPORTS 1). 7:30 p.m. — NHL Hockey: Colorado at Carolina (FOX SPORTSOUTH). 7:30 p.m. — College Hockey: Notre Dame at Providence (NBC SPORTS NETWORK). 8:30 p.m. — Women’s College Gymnastics: Auburn at Alabama (SEC NETWORK). 8:30 p.m. — Professional Tennis: Memphis Open Quarterfinal Match from Memphis, Tenn. (TENNIS). 8:30 p.m. — College Hockey: Colgate at Clarkson (TIME WARNER 1250). 9 p.m. — Women’s College Volleyball: California (San Diego) at Brigham Young (BYUTV). 9 p.m. — College Basketball: Virginia Commonwealth at Richmond (ESPN2). 9 p.m. — College Basketball: Fairfield at Quinnipiac (ESPNU). 9 p.m. — NBA Basketball: Rising Stars Challenge from New Orleans (TNT). 9 p.m. — International Soccer: CONCACAF Sub-20 Match — Antigua vs. Mexico (UNIVISION). 9:30 p.m. — College Hockey: MinnesotaDuluth at Colorado College (CBS SPORTS NETWORK). 10 p.m. — College Basketball: California at Stanford (FOX SPORTS 1). 10:30 p.m. — Professional Tennis: Memphis Open Quarterfinal Match from Memphis, Tenn. (TENNIS). 11 p.m. — LPGA Golf: Women’s Australian Open Third Round from Adelaide, Australia (GOLF).

SATURDAY 6 a.m. — Professional Golf: European PGA Tour World Super Perth 6 Third Round from Perth, Australia (GOLF). 7:25 a.m. — International Soccer: FAC Cup Match — Lincoln City vs. Burnley (FOX SPORTS 1). 8 a.m. — International Figure Skating: Four Continents Championships from Taipei City, Chinese Taipei — Pairs Free Competition (NBC SPORTS NETWORK). 9 a.m. — Professional Tennis: ABN AMRO World Tournament Semifinal Matches from Rotterdam, Netherlands (TENNIS). 9:30 a.m. — International Soccer: Bundesliga League Match — Bayern Munich vs. Hertha Berlin (FOX SPORTS 2). 10 a.m. — International Soccer: FA Cup Match — Manchester City vs. Huddersfiled (FOX SPORTS 1). 11 a.m. — Women’s College Basketball: Army at Navy (CBS SPORTS NETWORK). Noon — College Basketball: Notre Dame at North Carolina State (ESPN). Noon — College Basketball: Northern Iowa at Wichita State (ESPN2). Noon — College Basketball: Tulsa at Cincinnati (ESPNU). Noon — NASCAR Racing: Monster Energy Series Daytona 500 Practice from Daytona Beach, Fla. (FOX SPORTS 1). Noon — College Basketball: Clemson at Miami (FOX SPORTSOUTH, WWBD-FM 94.7, WPUB-FM 102.7). Noon — NBA Basketball: NBA All-Star Practice from New Orleans (NBA TV). Noon — College Basketball: Davidson at Massachusetts (NBC SPORTS NETWORK). Noon — College Basketball: TennesseeMartin at Southeast Missouri State (TIME WARNER 1250). 12:25 p.m. — International Soccer: FA Cup Match — Chelsea vs. Wolves (FOX SPORTS 1). 12:30 p.m. — College Basketball: Villanova at Seton Hall (WACH 57). 1 p.m. — College Basketball: Kansas at Baylor (WLTX 19). 1 p.m. — NASCAR Racing: Monster Energy Series Daytona 500 Practice from Daytona Beach, Fla. (FOX SPORTS 1). 1 p.m. — PGA Golf: Genesis Open Third Round from Pacific Palisades, Calif. (GOLF). 1 p.m. — College Basketball: Missouri at Tennessee (SEC NETWORK). 1:30 p.m. — College Basketball: Army at Navy (CBS SPORTS NETWORK). 2 p.m. — College Basketball: Florida at Mississippi State (ESPN). 2 p.m. — College Basketball: South Florida at Tulane (ESPNEWS). 2 p.m. — College Basketball: Texas Tech at West Virginia (ESPN2). 2 p.m. — College Lacrosse: Notre Dame at Georgetown (ESPNU). 2 p.m. — Women’s College Basketball: Texas at Oklahoma (FOX SPORTSOUTH). 2 p.m. — College Basketball: St. Bonaventure at Dayton (NBC SPORTS NETWORK). 2 p.m. — College Basketball: Liberty at Winthrop (TIME WARNER 1250). 2 p.m. — College Baseball: North CarolinaGreensboro at South Carolina (WNKT-FM 107.5). 2:30 p.m. — International Figure Skating: Four Continents Championships from Gangneung, South Korea — Women’s Free Competition (WIS 10). 2:30 p.m. — Professional Basketball: NBA Developmental League All-Star Game from New Orleans (NBA TV). 3 p.m. — PGA Golf: Genesis Open Third Round from Pacific Palisades, Calif. (WLTX 19). 3 p.m. — College Basketball: Colorado at Oregon (WACH 57). 3 p.m. — Women’s College Basketball: Kansas at Texas Tech (FOX SPORTS SOUTHEAST). 3 p.m. — Senior PGA Golf: Champions Tour Chubb Classic Second Round from Naples, Fla. (GOLF). 3 p.m. — College Baseball: Urban Invitational from New Orleans — Alcorn State vs. Prairie View A&M (MLB NETWORK). 3:30 p.m. — College Basketball: Louisiana State at Alabama (SEC NETWORK). 3:30 p.m. — International Soccer: CONCACAF Sub-20 Match — Panama vs. United States (UNIVISION). 4 p.m. — College Basketball: St. Joseph’s at

PREP BASKETBALL La Salle (CBS SPORTS NETWORK). 4 p.m. — College Basketball: Michigan State at Purdue (ESPN). 4 p.m. — College Basketball: Central Florida at East Carolina (ESPNEWS). 4 p.m. — College Basketball: Florida State at Pittsburgh (ESPN2). 4 p.m. — College Basketball: Auburn at Texas A&M (ESPNU). 4 p.m. — Auto Racing: ARCA Series Lucas Oil Complete Engine Treatment 200 from Daytona Beach, Fla. (FOX SPORTS 1). 4 p.m. — Women’s College Basketball: Kansas State at Texas Christian (FOX SPORTSOUTH). 4 p.m. — College Basketball: Rhode Island at George Washington (NBC SPORTS NETWORK). 4 p.m. — College Basketball: North Carolina-Wilmington at Hofstra (TIME WARNER 1250). 5 p.m. — Professional Tennis: Memphis Open Semifinal Match from Memphis, Tenn. (TENNIS). 5:50 p.m. — International Soccer: Mexican League Match — Atlas vs. Cruz Azul (UNIVISION). 6 p.m. — College Basketball: New Mexico at Fresno State (CBS SPORTS NETWORK). 6 p.m. — College Basketball: Kentucky at Georgia (ESPN). 6 p.m. — College Basketball: Texas Christian at Iowa State (ESPNEWS). 6 p.m. — College Basketball: Southern Methodist at Houston (ESPN2). 6 p.m. — College Basketball: Rutgers at Northwestern (ESPNU). 6 p.m. — Women’s College Basketball: Oklahoma State at Baylor (FOX SPORTS SOUTHEAST). 6 p.m. — College Basketball: Mississippi at Arkansas (SEC NETWORK). 6 p.m. — College Basketball: Middle Tennessee State at Marshall (TIME WARNER 1250). 7 p.m. — College Baseball: Urban Invitational from New Orleans — Grambling State vs. Southern (MLB NETWORK). 7 p.m. — College Hockey: Notre Dame at Providence (NBC SPORTS NETWORK). 7:55 p.m. — International Soccer: Mexican League Match — Pachuca vs. Monterrey (UNIVISION). 8 p.m. — Women’s College Volleyball: California (San Diego at Brigham Young (BYUTV). 8 p.m. — College Basketball: Xavier at Marquette (CBS SPORTS NETWORK). 8 p.m. — College Basketball: Arizona at Washington (ESPN). 8 p.m. — College Basketball: Oklahoma at Oklahoma State (ESPNU). 8 p.m. — NASCAR Racing: Monster Energy Series Advance Auto Parts Clash from Daytona Beach, Fla. (FOX SPORTS 1, WEGXFM 92.9). 8 p.m. — NBA Basketball: NBA All-Star Saturday Night from New Orleans (TNT). 8 p.m. — College Hockey: Denver at Miami (Ohio) (TIME WARNER 1250). 8:15 p.m. — College Basketball: Virginia at North Carolina (ESPN). 8:30 p.m. — College Basketball: South Carolina at Vanderbilt (SEC NETWORK, WDXY-FM 105.9, WNKT-FM 107.5, WDXY-AM 1240). 8:30 p.m. — Professional Tennis: Memphis Open Semifinal Match from Memphis, Tenn. (TENNIS). 9 p.m. — LPGA Golf: Women’s Australian Open Final Round from Adelaide, Australia (GOLF). 9 p.m. — Professional Boxing: Adrien Broner vs. Adrian Granados in a Super Lightweight Bout from Cincinnati (SHOWTIME). 9:55 p.m. — International Soccer: Mexican League Match — America vs. Guadalajara (UNIVISION). 10 p.m. — College Basketball: St. Mary’s (Calif.) at Brigham Young (ESPN2). 10 p.m. — Women’s College Gymnastics: UCLA at Utah (ESPNU). 11 p.m. — International Figure Skating: Four Continents Championships from Gangneung, South Korea — Men’s Free Skate (NBC SPORTS NETWORK). Midnight — College Basketball: CaliforniaRiverside at California-Irvine (ESPNU).

NHL STANDINGS By The Associated Press

NBA STANDINGS By The Associated Press

By The Associated Press Thursday At Royal Adelaide GC Grange, Australia Purse: $1.3 million Yardage: 6,681; Par: 73 (37-36) First Round (a-amateur)

EASTERN CONFERENCE W 37 33 23 21 9

L 19 24 34 35 47

Pct .661 .579 .404 .375 .161

GB — 4½ 14½ 16 28

W 33 32 25 24 21

L 21 24 32 32 37

Pct .611 .571 .439 .429 .362

GB — 2 9½ 10 14

W 39 29 27 27 25

L 16 27 29 30 30

Pct .709 .518 .482 .474 .455

GB — 10½ 12½ 13 14

SOUTHEAST DIVISION Washington Atlanta Miami Charlotte Orlando

CENTRAL DIVISION Cleveland Indiana Chicago Detroit Milwaukee

WESTERN CONFERENCE SOUTHWEST DIVISION San Antonio Houston Memphis New Orleans Dallas

W 43 40 34 23 22

L 13 18 24 34 34

Pct .768 .690 .586 .404 .393

GB — 4 10 20½ 21

W 35 32 25 23 22

L 22 25 31 33 35

Pct .614 .561 .446 .411 .386

GB — 3 9½ 11½ 13

W 47 35 24 19 18

L 9 21 33 39 39

Pct .839 .625 .421 .328 .316

GB — 12 23½ 29 29½

NORTHWEST DIVISION Utah Oklahoma City Denver Portland Minnesota

PACIFIC DIVISION Golden State L.A. Clippers Sacramento L.A. Lakers Phoenix

ATLANTIC DIVISION Montreal Ottawa Boston Toronto Florida Buffalo Tampa Bay Detroit

GP 58 54 58 56 55 57 56 57

W 31 29 29 26 25 24 25 22

L 19 19 23 19 20 23 24 25

OT 8 6 6 11 10 10 7 10

Pts 70 64 64 63 60 58 57 54

GF 165 145 157 174 140 141 154 141

GA 150 146 155 167 158 161 160 171

OT 6 7 5 1 7 10 10 7

Pts 84 77 77 75 61 60 58 55

GF 192 197 182 192 148 162 131 140

GA 121 155 138 147 171 165 159 156

Pts 80 75 65 62 56 54 32

GF 187 166 163 158 171 160 109

GA 130 147 165 151 187 187 184

WEDNESDAY’S GAMES Cleveland 113, Indiana 104 San Antonio 107, Orlando 79 Boston 116, Philadelphia 108 Detroit 98, Dallas 91 Milwaukee 129, Brooklyn 125 Toronto 90, Charlotte 85 Miami 117, Houston 109 New Orleans 95, Memphis 91 Minnesota 112, Denver 99 Phoenix 137, L.A. Lakers 101 Utah 111, Portland 88 Oklahoma City 116, New York 105 Golden State 109, Sacramento 86 L.A. Clippers 99, Atlanta 84

THURSDAY’S GAMES Washington at Indiana, 7 p.m. Boston at Chicago, 8 p.m.

TODAY’S GAMES No games scheduled. Saturday’s Games No games scheduled.

SUNDAY’S GAMES Eastern Conference vs. Western Conference at New Orleans, LA, 8:30 p.m.

MONDAY’S GAMES No games scheduled.

TUESDAY’S GAMES No games scheduled.

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 22 No games scheduled.

THURSDAY, FEB. 23 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.

FRIDAY, FEB. 24 Memphis at Indiana, 7 p.m. Washington at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. Boston at Toronto, 8 p.m. Dallas at Minnesota, 8 p.m. L.A. Lakers at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m. Miami at Atlanta, 8 p.m. Phoenix at Chicago, 8 p.m. Utah at Milwaukee, 8 p.m. Brooklyn at Denver, 9 p.m. San Antonio at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m.

Lady Monarchs top unbeaten Swansea BY LOU BEZJAK THE STATE

METROPOLITAN DIVISION GP Washington 56 Pittsburgh 55 Columbus 56 N.Y. Rangers 56 Philadelphia 57 N.Y. Islanders 55 New Jersey 56 Carolina 53

W 39 35 36 37 27 25 24 24

L 11 13 15 18 23 20 22 22

WESTERN CONFERENCE CENTRAL DIVISION Minnesota Chicago St. Louis Nashville Winnipeg Dallas Colorado

GP 56 57 57 56 59 58 54

W 37 35 30 27 26 22 15

L 13 17 22 21 29 26 37

OT 6 5 5 8 4 10 2

PACIFIC DIVISION San Jose Anaheim Edmonton Calgary Los Angeles Vancouver Arizona

GP W L

OT

PTS GF

GA

58 58 57 58 55 57 55

6 10 8 3 4 6 7

74 70 68 61 60 56 45

141 147 148 165 136 164 174

34 30 30 29 28 25 19

18 18 19 26 23 26 29

161 152 162 152 138 135 131

NOTE: Two points for a win, one point for overtime loss.

WEDNESDAY’S GAMES Columbus 5, Toronto 2 St. Louis 2, Detroit 0 Calgary 3, Philadelphia 1 Florida 6, San Jose 5, OT

THURSDAY’S GAMES Ottawa at New Jersey, 7 p.m. N.Y. Rangers at N.Y. Islanders, 7 p.m. Winnipeg at Pittsburgh, 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.

TODAY’S GAMES Pittsburgh at Columbus, 7 p.m. Colorado at Carolina, 7:30 p.m. Florida at Anaheim, 10 p.m.

SATURDAY’S GAMES 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.

SUNDAY’S GAMES Washington at N.Y. Rangers, 12:30 p.m. Detroit at Pittsburgh, 3 p.m. Winnipeg at Ottawa, 5 p.m. New Jersey at N.Y. Islanders, 6 p.m. Nashville at Columbus, 6 p.m. Chicago at Buffalo, 6 p.m. Toronto at Carolina, 7 p.m. Tampa Bay at Colorado, 8 p.m. Boston at San Jose, 8:30 p.m. Los Angeles at Anaheim, 9 p.m. Philadelphia at Vancouver, 10 p.m.

LPGA TOUR

Katherine Kirk Min Lee Chella Choi Jane Park Marissa L Steen Lizette Salas Pornanong Phatlum Michele Thomson Lindy Duncan Laetitia Beck Caroline Hedwall Ally McDonald Hannah Green Gaby Lopez Marina Alex Brooke M. Henderson Jodi Ewart Shadoff Su Oh Peiyun Chien Michelle Wie Simin Feng Xi Yu Lin Sarah Jane Smith Ha Na Jang Maude-Aimee Leblanc a-Hye Jin Choi Moriya Jutanugarn Rebecca Artis Karine Icher Alena Sharp Beth Allen Amy Anderson Carlota Ciganda Azahara Munoz Mo Martin Jacqui Concolino Lydia Ko Katherine Perry S. Santiwiwatthanaphong Kelly Tan

33-32—65 33-34—67 34-33—67 34-33—67 34-33—67 34-34—68 33-35—68 33-35—68 34-35—69 34-35—69 36-33—69 35-34—69 36-33—69 35-34—69 36-33—69 36-33—69 36-34—70 34-36—70 37-33—70 36-34—70 36-34—70 37-33—70 34-36—70 35-35—70 35-36—71 36-35—71 36-35—71 38-33—71 36-35—71 39-32—71 37-34—71 34-37—71 38-33—71 36-35—71 36-35—71 37-34—71 36-35—71 35-36—71 34-37—71 34-37—71

SWANSEA — Manning girls basketball head coach Darren Mazyck didn’t panic when he watched his team’s lead slip away in the fourth quarter against Swansea and neither did his players. Led by Keyshaunna Walker and Mahogany Green, the Lady Monarchs erased a 7-point deficit over the final five minutes to knock off the top-ranked Tigers, 58-54, on Thursday in the second round of the 3A playoffs. Manning (21-5) will travel to Ridgeland-Hardeeville, 68-38 winners over Loris, on Monday in the lower state semifinals. Swansea’s season ends at 21-1. “I always teach them in big games teams are going to make runs, but you got to be able to handle the spurt when the team makes there,” said Mazyck who is in his third season after coming over from C.E. Murray. “We’ve been in some big games before and the kids play hard. We weren’t going to give up until the last second ran off the clock. We had a

game plan that we worked to perfection. I couldn’t ask for more from them.” After trailing much of the game, 3A Player of the Year Danae McNeal took over for Swansea. The sophomore scored six points during a 13-3 run to give the Tigers a 45-38 lead with 5:20 left. But Walker answered with a pair of 3-point shots before fouling out and then Green took over from there. The junior scored 10 of Manning’s final 12 points, including a basket to give the Lady Monarchs a 52-50 lead with 2:26 left. Green also hit four free throws over the final 1:16 to seal the upset victory. “She is a clutch player and probably our best free throw shooter so we know down the stretch we wanted to keep the ball in her hands,” Mazyck said. McNeal led all scorers with 30 points, and Lauryn Robinson added 11. The Tigers were hurt by foul trouble late in the game. Post players Alexis James and Myshalik Davis each fouled out in the fourth quarter. “That hurt us pretty bad,” Swansea head coach Tamara Perdue said.

SPORTS ITEMS

WOMEN’S AUSTRALIAN OPEN

ATLANTIC DIVISION Boston Toronto New York Philadelphia Brooklyn

EASTERN CONFERENCE

-8 -6 -6 -6 -6 -5 -5 -5 -4 -4 -4 -4 -4 -4 -4 -4 -3 -3 -3 -3 -3 -3 -3 -3 -2 -2 -2 -2 -2 -2 -2 -2 -2 -2 -2 -2 -2 -2 -2 -2

TRANSACTIONS THURSDAY By The Associated Press

BASEBALL KANSAS CITY ROYALS — Agreed to terms with P Scott Alexander, Brian Flynn, Jake Junis, Kevin McCarthy and Kyle Zimmer; INFs Cheslor Cuthbert, Hunter Dozier, Whit Merrifield and Ramon Torres and OFs Billy Burns, Terrance Gore and Bubba Starling on one-year contracts. NEW YORK YANKEES —Agreed to terms with 1B Chris Carter on a one-year contract. TEXAS RANGERS — Agreed to terms with 1B-DH Mike Napoli on a one-year contract. TORONTO BLUE JAYS — Agreed to terms with RHP Mat Latos on a minor league contract. Assigned LHP Chad Girodo outright to Buffalo (IL).

BASKETBALL NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION MIAMI HEAT — Named Shane Battier director of basketball development and analytics.

FOOTBALL NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE BUFFALO BILLS — Agreed to terms with LB Ramon Humber. CLEVELAND BROWNS — Re-signed LS Charley Hughlett. MIAMI DOLPHINS — Released OT Branden Albert, DE Mario Williams, DT Earl Mitchell and CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu.

HOCKEY NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE CALGARY FLAMES — Signed D Matt Bartkowski to a two-year contract through the end of the 2017-18 season. CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS — Recalled Fs Tanner Kero and Nick Schmaltz from Rockford (AHL). NEW JERSEY DEVILS — Activated F Beau Bennett off injured reserve. Placed D Kyle Quincey on injured reserve, retroactive to Feb. 4. American Hockey League AHL — Suspended Lehigh Valley D Samuel Morin two games for a cross-checking incident in a Feb. 14 game at Wilkes-Barre/ Scranton.

Crestwood baseball alumni game Saturday The Crestwood Baseball Second Annual Alumni Game will be held on Saturday beginning at 2 p.m. at the Crestwood baseball field. All former players are invited to participate in the game, which is a fundraiser for the baseball program. The cost is $10 per player to play in the game and participate in a home run derby. The home run derby will be held first followed by the game. Temporary fencing will be used for the derby. For more information, contact Knights head coach Michael Kremer at (803) 316-2144 or Michael.kremer@sumterschools.net.

CRESTWOOD-FLORA GAME TIME CHANGED The starting time for Crestwood High’s game against A.C. Flora in the second round of the 4A boys basketball state playoffs on Saturday in Columbia will be 6 p.m. The game was originally scheduled to begin at 7.

MICHIGAN 64 (11) WISCONSIN 58 ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Michigan had a senior play well again to extend its winning streak. It was Zak Irvin, not Derrick Walton, for a change. Irvin broke out of a slump with 18 points and Moe Wagner scored 21 points, helping the Wolverines beat Wisconsin. After scoring a total of 13 points in the previous four games, Irvin opened the game against the Badgers by sailing a 3-pointer over the basket. The Wolverines (17-9, 7-6 Big Ten) have won three straight to boost their chances at making the NCAA Tournament, giving them the opportunity of possibly improving their seeding and chances of advancing. The Badgers (21-5, 10-3) have lost consecutive games for the first time this season, dropping them into a three-way tie atop the Big Ten standings with No. 16 Purdue and No. 23 Maryland with five games remaining in the regular season.

WIZARDS 111 PACERS 98 INDIANAPOLIS — Otto Porter Jr. made six 3-pointers, finished with 25 points and eight rebounds, and the Washington Wizards won their fourth straight, a 111-98 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Thursday night. The Wizards made nine 3-pointers and led by as many as 19 points in the first half. The Pacers turned the ball over eight times in the first half, resulting in 15 points for the Wizards. Washington led the entire game.

SAUNDERS PGA LEADER LOS ANGELES — Sam Saunders, the grandson of Arnold Palmer who so famously kept his composure during a heartfelt eulogy of The King, rolled in birdie putts and kept a clean card at Riviera on Thursday for a 7-under 64 and an early 2-shot lead in the Genesis Open. Saunders called it his best round on the PGA Tour, and it was merely a coincidence that it came on the 50-year anniversary of Palmer defending his title at the Los Angeles Open at Rancho Municipal. Dustin Johnson, who has a chance to go to No. 1 with a win this week, was at 66 along with Daniel Summerhays, Cameron Percy, J.T. Poston and Brett Stegmaier, while Phil Mickelson was among those at 67.

KIRK LPGA LEADER ADELAIDE, Australia — Katherine Kirk shot an 8-under 65 at Royal Adelaide to take a 2-stroke lead after the first round of the Women’s Australian Open. The 34-year-old Australian player birdied four of the first five holes on the front nine and three of four in the middle of the back nine. She won the last of her two LPGA Tour titles in 2010. Americans Marissa Steen and Jane Park, South Korea’s Chella Choi and Taiwan’s Min Lee shot 67.


SPORTS

THE SUMTER ITEM

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2017

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SCHSL STATE TOURNAMENTS

BOYS 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 Second Round Saturday Upper State (3) Spartanburg at (1) T.L. Hanna (2) Gaffney at (1) Wade Hampton (2) Hillcrest at (1) Dorman (3) Riverside at (1) Fort Mill Lower State (3) Dutch Fork at (1) Goose Creek (2) West Florence at (2) Irmo (4) Lexington at (1) Sumter (3) Summerville at (1) Blythewood

4A

RICK CARPENTER / THE SUMTER ITEM

Cambria Parker (4) of Scott’s Branch drives in for a shot as East Clarendon’s Tylashia Cooper (10) goes for the block In the Lady Wolverines’ 72-47 win on Thursday in Turbeville in the second round of the 1A state playoffs.

BEST FROM PAGE B1 a 3-pointer from Tonia Lawson near the end of the second quarter gave the Lady Eagles the largest lead of the game, 30-23, for either team at that point. However, in perhaps a season-saving stretch, East Clarendon got six straight points from Valencia Garris to close out the half. Garris finished with 12 points, including 10 in the second frame, as she helped pick up the offensive slack when All-State selection Tylashia Cooper was relegated to the bench after picking up three fouls. “She’s so young – seventhgrader – and she tries so hard until she pushes herself into fouls sometimes,” Lowder said of Cooper. “Credit to their coach because they put a little more pressure on us. Credit to my other two guards and captains Caitlin Timmons and Gracen Watts, who did an outstanding job of taking care of the ball. “And Valencia…that was a life-saver, that little stretch.” Cooper and the EC offense came back with a vengeance in the second half, though. Cooper, Timmons and Watts each scored seven points in the third quarter as the Lady Wolverines built a 50-43 lead. That momentum carried over into the fourth when EC quickly put the game away, outscoring Scott’s Branch 9-0

to start the stanza and outscoring them 22-4 overall. It was a frustrating finish for Lady Eagles head coach Steve Nelson in more ways than one. “We kind of played to their tempo in the second half,” Nelson said. “We were taking outside jump shots instead of doing what we did in the first half and that was attacking the basket. “The girls felt like they had to take 3-pointers.” Part of the reason for that was the way the game was called, Nelson said. Fifty-two total fouls were assessed, including 30 against Scott’s Branch. “The girls got a little tentative on the defensive end, and you can’t play good defense when you’re tentative,” he said. Cooper wound up with a game-high 19 points for the Lady Wolverines to go along with 14 rebounds. Watts followed with 18 points and Timmons added 14 points and 13 rebounds. Garris also had a monster night under the boards for ECHS, finishing with 16 rebounds. Parker and Lawson led SBHS with 12 points each followed by Wimberly with 10. Parker also had seven rebounds while Chaniya Monroe led the team with nine.

First Round Wednesday Upper State (1) Wren 75, (4) Richland Northeast 66 (3) South Aiken 72, (2) Travelers Rest 59 (1) Ridge View 63, (4) Daniel 49 (2) North Augusta 67, (3) Greer 51 (1) Eastside 51, (4) Midland Valley 43 (3) South Pointe 66, (2) Greenville 56 (1) Aiken 75, (4) Union County 54 (2) Westwood 53, (3) Belton-Honea Path 35 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 67, (2) Colleton County 60 (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 Second Round Saturday Upper State (3) South Aiken at (1) Wren (2) North Augusta at (1) Ridge View (3) South Pointe at (1) Eastside (2) Westwood at (1) Aiken Lower State (2) Crestwood at (1) A.C. Flora (3) Hartsville at (1) Wilson (2) Lower Richland at (1) Lakewood (3) Dreher at (1) Berkeley

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Second Round Today 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

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First Round Wednesday Upper State (4) Saluda 51, (1) St. Joseph’s 49 (2) Southside Christian 71, (3) Pageland Central 70 (1) Gray Collegiate 114, (4) Chesnee 33 (2) Andrew Jackson 61, (3) Abbeville 36 (1) Greenville Tech 60, (4) North Central 46 (2) Landrum 63, (3) Fox Creek 56 (1) Lee Central 75, (4) Liberty 52 (2) Keenan 89, (3) Blacksburg 31 Lower State (1) Marion 76, (5) Cheraw 60 (2) Whale Branch, 66, (4) Andrews 36 (1) Burke 67, (5) Latta 61 (4) Garrett 64, (2) Silver Bluff 59 (1) Calhoun County 77, (5) Academic Magnet 72 (3) Kingstree 67. (3) Batesburg-Leesville 44

(2) Carvers Bay 96, (5) Bamberg-Ehrhardt 54 (3) Woodland 57, (4) Allendale -Fairfax 27 Second Round Saturday Upper State (4) Saluda at (2) Southside Christian (2) Andrew Jackson at (1) Gray Collegiate (2) Landrum at (1) Greenville Tech (2) Keenan at (1) Lee Central Lower State Whale Branch at (1) Marion (4) Garrett at (1) Burke (3) Kingstree at (1) Calhoun County (3) Woodland at (2) Carvers Bay

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Second round Friday Upper State (3) McBee at (1) Calhoun Falls (2) McCormick at (2) Hunter-Kinard-Tyler (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

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Second Round Today 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

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Second Round Today 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

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Second Round Thursday 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 58, (1) Swansea 54 (2) Battery Creek at (1) Dillon (2) Strom Thurmond at (1) Bishop England

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Second Round Today 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)

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Russ and KD: Another weekend, another subplot awaits BY TIM REYNOLDS AP Basketball Writer The next time Russell Westbrook walks into a locker room to get dressed for a game, Kevin Durant will be there and donning the same uniform. Get ready for perhaps the best subplot of All-Star Weekend. Russ and KD, together again. The former Oklahoma City teammates are going to be Western Conference teammates on Sunday night when the league holds its annual All-Star Game in New Orleans. And after the Thunder went into the break by beating the New York Knicks on Wednesday night, the inevitable question was posed to Westbrook: Are you ready for this? “I’m excited about All-Star weekend,” said Westbrook, the two-time reigning All-Star MVP. “I think in general, just being able to be there and enjoy the opportunity ... humbled by the opportunity to be there.” So the question was sidestepped. It’ll get asked to both Westbrook and Durant again — likely many, many times — over the coming days. They’ve been on the same court together three times this season, Durant and his new Golden State Warriors teammates beating Westbrook and the Thunder all three times — most recently last weekend in Oklahoma City, when Durant and Westbrook went 1-on-1 at times and even jawed at each other a bit during the game. This will be different. Probably awkward, too. “I don’t know,” Westbrook said. “We’re going to find out.” It was the breakup that shook the NBA last summer: Durant left Oklahoma City as a free agent and chose to sign with Golden State, a team that won the NBA title in 2015, went to The Finals again last season and has the league’s best record this season. The Warriors already were a superteam, and then they landed another superstar. Durant insists he tries to ignore anyone who criticized his decision. “I define my career, at the end of the day,” Durant said. “And it’s pretty damn good so far.” Durant and Westbrook had great seasons with the Thunder, even getting to the 2012 NBA Finals where they lost to Miami in five games, but never were able to hoist a championship banner together.

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Oklahoma City guard Russell Westbrook (0) will be teammates with Kevin Durant once again on Sunday when they play for the Western Conference in the NBA All-Star Game. Durant left Oklahoma City in the offseason, signing with Golden State. So Durant moved on, and their relationship — whatever it was — essentially ended. “He plays for his team. I play for my team,” Westbrook said. “Let him do his thing. I do my thing. And that’s it, plain and simple.” What might make this even more daunting for Westbrook is that Durant is coming with his newest friends. Golden State has four All-Stars in Durant, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, not to mention West coach Steve Kerr. Durant and Curry will start; Thompson and Green are reserves, like Westbrook. The Thunder and the Warriors have both completed their pre-All-Star Game schedules, so that means the first interactions between Durant and Westbrook in New Orleans might come as early as Thursday. All-Stars all get rooms at the same hotel, though that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re at risk for an awkward elevator ride together. It’s common for players to make their own arrangements for the weekend. They’ll see plenty of each

other, no matter where they stay. At minimum, this is what’s expected on the interaction front: Durant and Westbrook will be together for media-day interviews on Friday, the West team practice on Saturday, team photos pregame Sunday, and then the actual game. There’s also some time with NBA Entertainment — photos, videos, social media — awaiting both teams, though players aren’t always together in those moments. Teams also usually have some sort of meeting, if for no other reason than to go over less-than-elaborate game plans for Sunday night. This much about the West game plan is known: Kerr will use all four Warriors together at least in one stretch. “That’ll be really cool,” Thompson said last month. “I wonder who the fifth player will be.” Maybe Durant and Westbrook really will be teammates again. AP Sports Writer Cliff Brunt in Oklahoma City contributed to this story.

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Davis, Coates lead No. 6 South Carolina past Vandy BY JEFFREY COLLINS The Associated Press COLUMBIA -- No. 6 South Carolina shook off any possible Connecticut hangover with a 82-51 victory over Vanderbilt on Thursday. The game looked just like it did on paper — the Southeastern Conference’s best team playing its worst, which was just what the Gamecocks (22-3, 12-1) needed after a 66-55 loss that marked the No. 1 Huskies 100th straight victory. South Carolina outscored Vanderbilt 50-10 in the paint. The Commodores (12-14, 2-11) had 20 turnovers and made 12 shots from the field — the second time in SEC play a team has had fewer field goals than turnovers against South Carolina. The Gamecocks also saw a marked improvement in guard play, which sank them in the loss against the Huskies. Davis was 1 for 10 with five turnovers at UConn on Monday night, but went 6 for 14 with no turnovers against Vanderbilt. “I’m finding a way to get easier shots and not put so much pressure on making 3s,” Davis said.

The Gamecocks never trailed, opening the game on a 20-3 run. South Carolina led 23-6 at the end of the first quarter, as the Commodores had 10 turnovers and attempted just 10 shots in the first 10 minutes. Coates also had seven rebounds. A’ja Wilson added 10 points and eight rebounds for the Gamecocks. Christa Reed led Vanderbilt with 11 points. South Carolina clinched a double bye in next month’s SEC tournament with the win.

THE BIG PICTURE Vanderbilt: After losing their first seven SEC games under new coach Stephanie White, the Commodores had won two of their last five before running into the South Carolina buzz saw. Vanderbilt will have to win at least two of its final three games to avoid playing on the opening day of the 14-team SEC tournament for the third straight season. South Carolina: The Gamecocks can still win at least a share of their fourth SEC regular season title in a row by simply winning their final

three SEC games. But that’s not an easy task. South Carolina finishes the season at Missouri, at Texas A&M and hosting Kentucky — three of the SEC’s five best teams. Former Vanderbilt coach Melanie Balcomb, who resigned after 14 years with the Commodores at the end of last season, was in her familiar seat behind the Gamecocks bench. She is South Carolina’s director of coaching offensive analytics.

SOUTH CAROLINA STANDARD The standard in SEC women’s basketball used to be Tennessee. Now it is South Carolina. White said she is using the South Carolina blueprint to improve Vanderbilt and plans to talk to Staley extensively during the offseason. Staley’s first South Carolina team in 2008-09 went 2-12 in the SEC. And White, who left the WNBA’s Indiana Fever to come to the Commodores, said she also wants Vanderbilt to emulate South Carolina’s atmosphere. The Gamecocks averaged less than 3,000 fans in Staley’s first season and are drawing more than 13,000 people to games this season.

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NASCAR FROM PAGE B1 cleared for competition after missing the second half of last season with a concussion. Earnhardt’s sidelining absolutely cut into the audience, and had to send shivers down NASCAR’s spine over its dwindling cast of superstars. Jeff Gordon is in the TV booth now, Tony Stewart is retired. They had seven championships between them and NASCAR is counting on Earnhardt to bring his fan base back to the track with him. How important is Earnhardt? Chicagoland Speedway, site of the Sept. 17 opening playoff race, has promised a full refund to anyone who buys a single-day ticket to that event between now and the Daytona 500 if Earnhardt wins for a third time. But be prepared, Dale is different! He’s married, head-over-heels in love and you can doubleclick his Instagram account if you like photos of a man who has finally, in his 18th season, settled into his skin and found a peace that he is sharing with the entire world. “Getting married has been incredible. I wish I would have figured this all out sooner,” he said. “I’m frustrated with myself that I took so long to grow up because I have an amazing wife and she’s changed my life. She’s really helped me as a person to become better on all fronts — personally, and all my friendships with people and how I react to people and treat people. And, obviously, in my professional life, she’s helped me as a driver.” He wants a family, wants to be himself and wants to be in that race car. “I got real close to not being able to compete and it being someone else’s decision whether I competed or not,” Earnhardt said of the long medical process to restore his health. “I don’t know when I’m going to stop racing, but I want to able to make that choice and not have it made for me.”

NASCAR, though, must prepare for life after Junior, because Jimmie Johnson — who just won his record-tying seventh championship then had Snoop Dogg play at his party — and champions Matt Kenseth, Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch aren’t getting any younger. NASCAR hopes it’s off to a good start with Daniel Suarez, the only nonAmerican in the Monster Energy Cup Series who has become a sensation in his native Mexico. Only he didn’t get a promotion for becoming the first foreign-born series champion with an Xfinity Series title last November. No, the 25-year-old Suarez was promoted when Carl Edwards abruptly walked away. That’s right, the guy who came 10 laps away from winning his first championship last November gave up his seat at Joe Gibbs Racing. The 37-year-old Edwards gave no clear explanation on what he plans to do now, but his refusal to use the word “retire” seemingly left open a return in some form. But none of this matters unless the racing is good, the characters come out and somebody provides drama. There was some Thursday, the day the garage opened to Cup teams, as the nasty fight between Danica Patrick’s old sponsor and her race team. StewartHaas Racing has sued Nature’s Bakery for $31 million for dumping the final two years of its three-year contract. Nature’s Bakery said Thursday it will fight and won’t allow the team to “bully us.” NASCAR, meanwhile, introduced a new penalty structure and the rules for the upcoming season — on Thursday. That’s right, the details surrounding the 36 championship races were locked down the day before the buildup officially begins to NASCAR’s version of the “Super Bowl.” So we wait to see what this season brings, while NASCAR holds its breath.

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Notre Dame struggles to beat Clemson 84-80 BY PETE IACOBELLI AP Sports Writer CLEMSON — Marina Mabrey scored 24 of her career-high 29 points in the second half to help No. 7 Notre Dame hold off Clemson for its eighth straight victory, 84-80 on Thursday. The Fighting Irish (24-3, 12-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) came in tied with No. 4 Florida State for the league lead and the Tigers figured to be little more than a speed bump for the Top 10 team. But when Nelly Perry rattled in a jumper with 11.5 seconds left, Notre Dame had let a 17-point lead slip to 82-80. That’s when Mabrey saved the Irish with two clinching foul shots with eight seconds remaining. She surpassed her previous career best of 27, set in a win over LouisianaLafayette in November. Arike Ogunbowale had 15 points and Lindsay Allen 11 for the Fighting Irish. They left with first place in the ACC despite the closer-than- expected win. Florida State, tied with Notre Dame coming in, lost at Virginia 60-51. Perry had a career best 24 points to lead Clemson. Kobi Thornton added 20 points, also a career best. Notre Dame’s Brianna Turner finished with just

nine points, only the third time this season she was held under double digits.

THE BIG PICTURE Notre Dame: The Irish are heading into a major closing stretch where they’ll face No. 21 Syracuse on Sunday, then playing Boston College next Thursday before closing with No. 4 Florida State on Feb. 26 — a game most likely that will decide the ACC title. Notre Dame pushed the pace at Clemson, hitting nearly 60 percent of its shots in the first two quarters. The Irish defense, though, gave up too many inside buckets to undersized Clemson. The Tigers scored 16 points in the paint despite not having a player in the lineup taller than 6-foot-2. Clemson: The Tigers have make a late-season turnaround to a season that looked lost. Clemson had lost 41 straight to ACC competition and was blown out, 86-27, by Florida State at home on Jan. 15. But the Tigers have won three of their past five games since ending their winless string with 62-61 victory over Georgia Tech on Jan. 29.

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Fear the Frog: TCU pegged as college baseball’s team to beat BY ERIC OLSON AP Sports Writer OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — TCU has made it to the College World Series three straight years, and the Horned Frogs have brought back eight everyday players, their top two starting pitchers and the closer. No surprise, they’ll open the season No. 1 in every major national poll. “When you return the majority of a team out of a club that finished in the final four of the country, you’re probably going to end up ranked highly,” coach Jim Schlossnagle said. “You can not talk about it and run away from it. Or, as the Cubs did this past year, you can kind of embrace it.” The Horned Frogs have done everything but reach the CWS finals since making their first appearance in Omaha in 2010. Last year, they beat Texas Tech and Coastal Carolina in the CWS and needed one more win to go the best-of-three championship round. They then lost two straight to Coastal Carolina , which went on to win the national title. TCU, 49-18 overall and third in the Big 12 last season, opens at home with a three-game series against Penn State and will play 21 of its first 25 games in Texas. Luken Baker is back after leading an offense that batted .302 and averaged seven runs a game. Like Schlossnagle, Baker shrugs at the Frogs’ No. 1 ranking. “It doesn’t really mean anything,” he said. “It’s just a bigger target that we have to embrace and take on. We’re excited to come out and get after it. As long as we stick to the process and stick to the plan, we can have an even better season than we did last year.” As a freshman, the 6-foot-4, 265-

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Teammates celebrate with TCU’s Luken Baker (19) after he hit a 3-run home run against Texas Tech in the College World Series last year. TCU has made it to the College World Series three straight years, and the Horned Frogs have brought back eight everyday players, their top two starting pitchers and the closer and are No. 1 in every major national poll. pound Baker hit .379, drove in 62 runs and slugged 11 homers to share the team lead with Josh Watson. Baker pitched until he injured his arm in April, and he doesn’t plan to be on the mound at all this season. He’ll play first base or be the designated hitter. The Frogs’ only loss from the everyday lineup was outfielder Dane Steinhagen, but they get back Nolan Brown, a .302 hitter in 2015 who took a medical redshirt because of a hand injury. Brown will play center field, and Austen Wade will move to right. Jared Janczak (7-4, 2.61 ERA) and Brian Howard (10-2, 3.19) are the top returning starting pitchers. Much is ex-

pected from freshman left-hander Nick Lodolo. He was the top unsigned draft pick after being taken No. 41 overall by Pittsburgh. Closer Durbin Feltman (3-0, 1.56) is coming off a strong freshman season. He went 9 for 9 in save situations and struck out 49 in 34⅔ innings. Ten other teams to watch: • EAST CAROLINA: Pirates came within one win of advancing to the CWS for the first time and are American Athletic Conference preseason favorites. OF Dwanya Williams-Sutton’s .360 batting average led conference. P Evan Kruczynski (8-1, 2.01) had 95 Ks in 116 2/3 innings. • CAL STATE FULLERTON: Titans have back three all-conference pitchers and

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‘Ironman’ looking to spark No. 10 Tigers BY SCOTT KEEPFER The Greenville News CLEMSON - A lot of adjectives and nicknames have been used to describe Clemson baseball standout Seth Beer, but his latest moniker may be the most applicable. “Some people have been joking and calling me ‘Ironman,’ ” Beer said. How he earned his latest nickname is no laughing matter, however. Beer took a pitch to the face in his last at-bat in the final scrimmage game of the fall last October. The pitch struck him high on the cheek just below his right eye, collapsing his sinus cavity and requiring surgeons to insert three plates in his face. And “Ironman” was born. “The ball is four ounces, but I’ll tell you, those things can do some damage,” said Beer, whose team will open the 2017 season Friday with the first game of a three-game series against Wright State at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. “Thankfully my vision is OK and there were no effects from it.” Beer’s rapid recovery and upbeat attitude aren’t to imply that there weren’t some concerns in the incident’s aftermath. The reigning National Player of the Year pondered the possibilities – good and bad – as he lie in the Tigers’ training room with an ice pack on his face. “Right after I got hit I had some moments where everything in your head is kind of swirling and you’re like, ‘What if this is my last time?’ ” Beer said. “You’ve got ice on your face and it’s just quiet and you’re

BARNES FROM PAGE B1 “So this year, I’m a lot more comfortable and I’m really excited and just ready to get going.” Unlike last year, too, Barnes brings a lot more experience into the role as the top weekend starter. He appeared in just 24 innings for CU in 2015, mostly out of the bullpen, before being named to the starting rotation in 2016. Barnes responded by being one of the Tigers’ most reliable arms. He led the team with 94 2/3 innings pitched and 84 strikeouts to go along with a 4.66 earned run average in 16 starts. He didn’t suffer a single loss after April 16 to finish with a 6-4 record that included a victory in the opening game of the Clemson regional against Western Carolina. “I think I’m going to be a lot more consistent,” Barnes

staring at the ceiling and you’re just there with your thoughts. That’s when it crept in. “You hear about that kind of stuff all the time when baseball players get hit in the eye and lose an eye or part of their vision. There’s a lot of scariness in that.” When he heard that his vision wouldn’t be impacted, he was overcome with relief. “Being able to get that news was a great feeling and just kind of rejuvenated my love for the game,” Beer said. “You only get to play so long, you only get to put on a jersey so long, so you need to cherish every moment. You can’t take this game for granted because it can be taken away so quick.” Beer will wear a protective extension on his helmet this season – “and probably for the rest of my college career,” Beer said. Junior pitcher Alex Schnell, who delivered the pitch that turned Beer into “Ironman,” felt worse about the incident than Beer, who has shrugged it off as “part of the game.” “He came in there (to the locker room) and apologized so many times,” Beer said. “I’m never going to blame a player for something like that. Stuff like that happens, but it took him a while to accept it. He felt awful, but I didn’t want him to.” Beer, who made the transition from right field to first base during the offseason, is focused on living up to lofty expectations after a freshman season that saw him hit .369 with 18 home runs and 70 RBIs.

said of what he believes he’s improved on the most since last season. “I think you’re going to see someone who, week in and week out, you’re going to get the same thing no matter what. “..Talking with (Pat) Krall, me and him kind of had to step up and take over that leadership role in the locker room. That would be where I think I’ve made the biggest strides off the field.” And second-year Clemson head coach Monte Lee is expecting a lot from Barnes and his veteran starting staff, who combined to pitch more than 200 innings last season as the Tigers finished the year 44-20 and earned an Atlantic Coast Conference championship. “We like our starting pitching,” Lee said. “Between Barnes, Krall and (Alex) Eubanks, that will be our rotation. We feel very good about those guys because of the experience that they bring.”

are favored to win seventh Big West title in eight years. • FLORIDA: Gators were overwhelming pick to win first national title last year but went 0-2 in Omaha with a pair of one-run losses. They lost eight players to the draft, but there’s plenty of returning players and incoming talent to make another run at a championship. • FLORIDA STATE: All three weekend starters and most of the everyday lineup are back, and infielder Drew Mendoza is one of the top freshmen in the country. • LSU: Eight everyday players return along with top starting pitchers Alex Lange and Jared Poche’ and bullpen ace Hunter Newman. Tigers looking to atone for getting swept by Coastal Carolina in home super regional. • MARYLAND: Terrapins are favored to win the Big Ten after slipping to seventh place last year. SS Kevin Smith is pegged to have a big year after being named D1Baseball.com’s Breakout Summer Prospect. • OREGON STATE: Beavers have almost everybody back, and they’re extremely motivated after last year’s 35win team was left out of the NCAA Tournament field. • SOUTH CAROLINA: Defending SEC East champ Gamecocks return seven position players, and P Wil Crowe is back from Tommy John surgery. • UC SANTA BARBARA: Gauchos knocked off No. 2 and No. 3 national seeds on their way to CWS last year, and they bring in one of nation’s top recruiting classes. • VANDERBILT: OF Jeren Kendall and P Kyle Wright are among best in nation. Commodores had to cope with death of freshman pitcher Donny Everett on eve of regional and failed to reach super regionals for first time since 2012.

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Clemson’s Seth Beer, middle, hopes to be able to celebrate this season like he did after hitting a grand slam during the Tigers’ NCAA Regional tournament win against Western Carolina last year. But he still finds time to joke with Schnell about the wayward pitch of last October. “I do push his buttons from time to time,” Beer said. “We beat his team in high school in the state championship, so I asked him, ‘Hey, did you do that on purpose because, you know, hard feelings?’ “But he knows I’m kidding. I would never be mad at a teammate for something like that, ever.” Spoken like a true Ironman.

Barnes will have a new battery mate, however, as it was announced earlier this week that last year’s starting catcher Chris Williams is dealing with an injury and will miss between four and six weeks. But whether it’s junior Robert Jolly or freshman Kyle Wilkie behind the dish, Barnes doesn’t foresee an issue. “I worked with Chris a ton, obviously, but I worked with Jolly and Wilkie as well,” he said. “So we have a good bond. (The coaching staff) does a good job of making sure every catcher catches every pitcher, even if it’s not in a game. They’ve caught bullpens and they’ve done it all. “They know what I’m going to bring and I know what they’re going to bring. I’ve talked to both of them about what to expect and I think they’re ready to step up and make a jump and help this team out a lot.”

Even though Stokes was not playing games at shortstop as a freshman and sophomore, he continued to work there behind the scenes, whether it be at practice or during the summer. Because of that, the transition was easy. “I still took reps during practice just to keep my range and arm strength up and my footwork,” Stokes said. “I just tried to stay over there as much as I could just so I could get ready if I was to move over there.” Stokes was sidelined for the first half of last season with a foot injury before hitting .304 in 31 games with 29 starts the second half of the year. Now entering the season healthy, the 6-foot-2, 200-pounder is as confident as he has been going into a year after a strong offseason. “I spent more hours in the weight room and in the cages. I tried to have more dedication to the game,” Stokes said. “I tried to sharpen my baseball IQ, just do anything that I could to improve from last year.” Offensively, he worked on his plate discipline. At one time, Stokes struggled with chasing pitches out of the strike zone but feels he has improved greatly in that area. “Just seeing more pitches, pitch selection, just being more patient at the plate,” he said of his focus this offseason. “Especially last year I swung at off-speed pitches in the dirt. Just wasn’t swinging at strikes. My strike zone knowledge wasn’t there.”

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Former Sumter High School standout Charlie Barnes was one of Clemson’s most reliable weekend starters last year, posting a team-high 94 2/3 innings and 84 strikeouts over 16 starts. He’ll get his second opening day start today when the Tigers host Wright State at 4 p.m. at Doug Kingsmore Stadium to open the season.


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BY NOAH TRISTER AP Baseball Writer KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — The Atlanta Braves were ready to add some more experience to their starting rotation — and boy, did they succeed. Bartolo Colon, the 43-year-old right-hander whose longevity and jovial disposition have turned him into one of the game’s fan favorites, joined Atlanta in November. Around the same time, the Braves acquired R.A. Dickey, the 42-year-old knuckleballer who is one of baseball’s elder statesmen — but whose big league debut back in 2001 came four years after Colon’s. After three straight losing seasons, the Braves are hoping for a bright future led by young pitching as they move into a new ballpark. In Colon and Dickey, they’ve certainly acquired knowledgeable mentors. “It’s not bad to have that experienced guy like that to lean on a little bit. There were times last year when I thought ... some of our young guys, that we lacked that, that veteran presence,” manager Brian Snitker said Wednesday. “You can learn a lot just by watching.” Dickey returns to the National League for the first time since 2012, when the right-hander won 20 games and the Cy Young Award for the New York Mets. He spent the past four seasons with Toronto.

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Atlanta knuckleballer R.A. Dickey loosens up during a spring training workout. Along with the 42-year-old Dickey, the Braves have 43-year-old Bartolo Colon in camp as well. Colon has a Cy Young to his credit as well, from back in 2005 when he was with the Los Angeles Angels. He’s the active leader in wins with 233, a total that ranks third among pitchers born in Latin America behind fellow Dominican Republic native Juan Marichal (243) and Nicaragua native Dennis Martinez (245). Colon says he’d like to be able to provide about 30 starts and 180 in-

OBITUARIES CHERYL M. SIMS BISHOPVILLE — Cheryl Mott Sims, 53, of 312 Munnerlyn St., Bishopville, entered eternal rest on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017. Cheryl was a South Carolina State University graduate, where she received a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in counselor education. She was a SIMS retired school guidance counselor for the Lee County School District. Cheryl was a daughter of the late John and Estelle Brown Mott of Bishopville. She was the beloved mother of Ashleigh Nicole and Helen Matice. She also leaves stepchildren, Marvin T. Sims, Latasha Sims and Julius Miller; former husband and friend, Marvin Sims; a brother, Tyron (Denise) Mott of Awendaw; a mother-in-law, Carrie Sims; sisters-in-law, Ruth (Harry) Anderson, Diane Sims and Lois (Leon) Woods; brother-in-law, Bobby Sims, all of Mayesville; and aunts, Louise Sutton of Awendaw and Annabelle Moore of Miami. The family is receiving friends at the residence, 312 Munnerlyn St., Bishopville. Visitation will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. today at the funeral home. Wake and Delta Sigma Theta Omega-Omega Service will follow from 6 to 8 p.m. at New Bethel AME Church, 400 Munnerlyn St., Bishopville. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday at the Lee Central High School auditorium, 1800 Wisacky Highway, Bishopville, with the New Bethel AME Church pastor, the Rev. Emanuel Davis, officiating, assisted by the Rev. Jerome McCray and the Rev. Iris J. Brown. Interment will follow in Thomastown Cemetery in the Browntown community of Lee County. Wilson Funeral Home, 403 S. Main St., Bishopville, is in charge of arrangements.

GLORIA M. RAGIN CHARLOTTE — Gloria Maxine Ragin was born on Sept. 12, 1943, in Sumter, and died on Friday, Feb. 10, 2017, at Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center in Charlotte. She is survived by her daughter, Hope Alford Summerhill (William Summerhill Jr.); her RAGIN three grandchildren, Grant, Grayson and Paige, all of Charlotte; her sister, Shirley Ragin Levy (attorney Thomas B. Levy) of Columbia; her brother, Ira “Tex” Ragin of

Charlotte; and her sister-inlaw, Mildred Jones Ragin. A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held at noon on Friday at Rolling Hills Country Club in Monroe, North Carolina. R.O. Levy Home for Funerals, Batesburg-Leesville, is in charge of arrangements.

WILLIAM JONES Funeral services for William “Bill” Jones will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday at Salem Missionary Baptist Church, 417 S. Fulton St., with the Rev. Cartrell Wood officiating. Interment will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday at Fort Jackson National Cemetery, Percival Road, JONES Columbia. Mr. Jones transitioned on Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, at the Carriage House of Sumter. He was born in Charleston to the late Willie and Lizzie James Jones. He attended the public schools of Sumter County and Lincoln High School. Bill served in the United States Army during the Korean War. After the military, he was employed by Tuomey hospital for many years. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his former wife, Rosa Stewart Jones. Surviving are his sons, William Stewart Jones of Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Kevin Keith Jones of Santa Cruz, California; a sister, Annie (David) Murray of Sumter; and a host of other relatives and friends. Condolences may be made on his tribute page found at wwwPalmerMemorialChapel. com. Professional services rendered by Palmer Memorial Chapel Inc.

THURSTON WALDON Funeral services for Thurston Waldon will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday at Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 401 S. Main St., with the Rev. Alexander Baker officiating. Interment will follow at Hillside Memorial Park. Mr. Waldon will be placed in the church for WALDON viewing at noon on Saturday until the hour of service. Mr. Waldon, 79, husband of Amelia Crosby Waldon, transitioned on Feb. 7, 2017. Born in Sumter County, he was a son to the late Herald R. Waldon and Lottie Evans Waldon. He attended Lincoln High School from 1952 to 1956. In June 2002, he retired from the Los Angeles

nings, marks he’s reached each of the last four seasons. The home run he hit for the Mets last year at San Diego was one of the highlights of the season, and on the mound, there’s no telling how much longer he can keep this up. “I always used to tell my mother, God rest her soul, that I always wanted to play until I was 45 years old,” Colon said through a translator.

County Sheriff ’s Department. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Amelia; five children, Cynthia Waldon of Kennesaw, Georgia, Herald (Anita) Waldon of Gardena, California, Irwin Waldon and Natina Waldon, both of Douglasville, Georgia, and Darvina Waldon of Los Angeles; four grandchildren; one greatgrandchild; two sisters, Barbara Wilson-Duffin of Temple Hills, Maryland, and Beverly (John) Dicks of Columbia; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Condolences may be made on his tribute page found at www.PalmerMemorialChapel. com. Professional services rendered by Palmer Memorial Chapel Inc.

JAMES WATSON James Watson was born on Nov. 5, 1934, to the late Oder and Lurethia Blair Watson. He departed this life on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, at his residence. James served in the U.S. Navy for 22 years in the Republic of Vietnam and throughout the United States. When he retired, he worked for Sumter School District 17. He leaves to mourn and cherish his memories: his wife, Ruth Watson; one daughter, Jacquelyn R. Watson of Atlanta; one son, James (Clarissa) Watson of Upper Marlboro, Maryland; two sisters, Mary Ann Taylor and Kathy Atkins Taylor of Sumter; four grandchildren; two sisters-inlaw; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Public viewing will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. today at Job’s Mortuary. Mr. Watson will be placed in the church at 11 a.m. on Saturday for viewing until the hour of service. Funeral service will be held at noon on Saturday at Jeho-

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Andrew McCutchen’s spot in center field was the fulcrum around which the Pittsburgh Pirates swung from laughingstock to contenders. Now it belongs to Starling Marte after McCutchen gracefully opted to pass the torch MCCUTCHEN at his favorite position to pick up the torch at another: right field. The five-time All-Star and 2013 NL MVP will arrive in Bradenton, Florida for spring training as the starting right fielder as part of a shuffling that saw Marte — a two-time Gold Glove winner — slide over to center and Gregory Polanco flip from right to left. That means McCutchen will patrol right for the first time in the majors, working in front of the 21-foot high Clemente Wall at PNC Park named for arguably the greatest player in franchise history. McCutchen certainly seems at peace with the decision, sharing a picture of Clemente on his Twitter feed shortly after manager Clint Hurdle made the decision official.

vah Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. Marion H. Newton officiating. Interment will follow at Hillside Memorial Park. The family is receiving friends at the home, 5 Van Buren St., Sumter, SC 29150. Job’s Mortuary Inc., 312 S. Main St., Sumter, is in charge of arrangements.

BOBBY ANN G. MAHONEY BISHOPVILLE — Bobby Ann Gregg Mahoney, 63, passed on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, at her residence in Newark, New Jersey. Born in Lee County, she was a daughter of Alvin and Hannah Mack Gregg. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday at Mt. Lisbon Presbyterian Church, 205 Mt. Lisbon Road, Bishopville, with Minister Othan Franklin, pastor / eulogist. Interment will follow in McCutchen Cemetery, Bishopville. Visitation will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. today at Square Deal Funeral Home Chapel. Online condolences can be sent to the family at esquaredealfun@sc.rr.com. These services have been entrusted to Square Deal Funeral Home, 106 McIntosh St., Bishopville.

RAYMOND LEE HIGH Raymond Lee “Ray” High, 52, husband of Andrea Brown High, died on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017, at his home. Born in Spartanburg, he was a son of the late James Olin High Sr. and Alice “Midge” Nabors High. He was a member of Alice Drive Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon, Life Group leader, organizer of the New York mission trip, and any other way he could serve others. Mr. High was a member of Mountain Movers Ministry team and an integral part of the “Over the Top” youth event. He was a business development executive with

IMA Consulting. He was a very active member of the HFMA professional organization. He loved the outdoors and cooking, and Camp Legacy where he could spend time with special friends enjoying both. Survivors include his wife of 25 years; two sons, Matthew W. High of Columbia and Michael F. High of Charleston; one daughter, Ann Elizabeth High of Sumter; two brothers, James O. High Jr. (Jennifer) of Columbia and Kenneth High (Kim) of Sumter; his stepmother, Judith High of Sumter; one stepbrother, Carl Jensen (Tammy) of Sumter; and a number of nephews. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday at Alice Drive Baptist Church with the Rev. Dr. Clay Smith officiating. Pallbearers will be Britton Moseley, Trey Howell, Joe Disher, John Jekel, Dan Tindal, David Magnin, Jay McElveen and Terry Stein. Honorary pallbearers will be members of Camp Legacy, Eric Kolb, Buddy Noonan, Kurt Moore, Monte McLeod, David Patrick, David Van Patten, David Cotton, Andy Reynolds, Bert Parker, Travis McIntosh, Tim Garrity and Sonny Jones; as well as members of Mountain Movers, Dave Lovice, Chad Dowling, Greg Stone and James Goodson. The family will receive friends from 2 to 3 p.m. on Sunday at Alice Drive Baptist Church. A private family burial will be held in the cemetery of the Presbyterian Church on Edisto Island. Memorials may be made to Alice Drive Baptist Church — Open Door Ministry Program, 1305 Loring Mill Road, Sumter, SC 29150. Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home and Crematorium of Sumter is in charge of the arrangements.

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Walter Simon individually and as Trustee, Plaintiff, vs. Mary J. Simon, John Simon, Katherine S. Harvin, Mary S. Cooper, Freddy Simon, Lorene S. James, Willie Simon, Amos Simon Robert L. Green, April D. Green and Robert Lee Simon, and any other children and heirs at law, distributes and devisees, and if any be deceased, then any persons entitled to claim under or through them; also all other Persons unknown claiming any right, title, estate, interest in or lien upon the real estate described in the complaint herein, designated as John Doe, and any minors or incompetent persons or persons in the military designated as Richard Roe, Defendants. YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and required to answer the complaint herein, a copy of which is herewith served upon you, and to serve a copy of your answer to this complaint upon the subscriber, at the address shown below, within thirty (30) days after service hereof, exclusive of day of such service, and if you fail to answer the complaint, judgment by default will be rendered against you for the relief demanded in the complaint.

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ORDER APPOINTING GUARDIAN AD LITEM STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF SUMTER IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS C/A NO. 2016-CP-43-00335 DiTech Financial LLC F/K/A Green Tree Servicing LLC, Plaintiff vs. The Personal Representative, if any, whose name is unknown, of the Estate of James Phillips; Betty Phillips aka Betty J. Phillips, Tammie Huggins, Tabitha Amos, Faith Ladson, and any other Heirs-at-Law or Devisees of James Phillips, Deceased, their heirs, Personal Representatives, Administrators, Successors and Assigns, and all other persons entitled to claim through them; all unknown persons with any right, title or interest in the real estate described herein; also any persons

Summons & Notice who may be in the military service of the United States of America, being a class designated as John Doe; and any unknown minors or persons under a disability being a class designated as Richard Roe and ISPC, Defendants. It appearing to the satisfaction of the Court, upon reading the Motion for the Appointment of Kelley Y. Woody, Esq. 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, Esq. 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 20 Ashley Street, Sumter, SC 29150, that Kelley Y. Woody, Esq. 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". IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that a copy of this Order shall be served upon the unknown Defendants by publication in the The Item, a newspaper of general circulation in the County of Sumter, State of South Carolina, once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks, together with the Summons in the above entitled action. SUMMONS AND NOTICE TO THE DEFENDANT(S) ALL UNKNOWN PERSONS WITH ANY RIGHT, TITLE OR INTEREST IN THE REAL ESTATE DESCRIBED HEREIN; ALSO ANY PERSONS WHO MAY BE IN THE MILITARY SERVICE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, BEING A CLASS DESIGNATED AS JOHN DOE; AND ANY UNKNOWN MINORS OR PERSONS UNDER A DISABILITY BEING A CLASS DESIGNATED AS RICHARD ROE AND FAITH LADSON; YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and required to answer the Complaint in the above action, a copy which is herewith served upon you, and to serve a copy of your Answer upon the undersigned at their offices, 2838 Devine Street, Columbia, South Carolina 29205, 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 February 22, 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 James Phillips to DiTech Financial LLC F/K/A Green Tree Servicing LLC bearing date of October 31, 2003 and recorded November 12, 2003 in Mortgage Book 915 at Page 1992 in the Register of Mesne Conveyances/Register of Deeds/Clerk of Court for Sumter County, in the original principal sum of Fifty Seven Thousand and 00/100 Dollars ($57,000.00). Thereafter, by assignment recorded on May 14, 2015 in Book 1211 at Page 1784, the mortgage was assigned to CitiMortgage, Inc.; thereafter, by assignment recorded on June 2, 2016 in Book 1222 at Page 1327, the mortgage was assigned to the Plaintiff., 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, situate, in the City and County of Sumter, and State of South Carolina, designated as Lot #28 on a plat of Burr Dale Subdivision by Palmer & Malone, C.Es, dated July 17, 1950, and of record in the Office of the C.C.C.P. for Sumter County in Plat Book Z-9 at page 118, being bounded as follows: North by Ashley Avenue, measuring thereon 90 feet; East by Lot #26 on said plat measuring thereon 166.6 feet; South by Lot #29 on said plat, measuring thereon 83.9 feet; and West by Lot #30 on said plat, and measuring thereon 165.95 feet. TMS No. 2051302054 Property Address: 20 Ashley Street, Sumter, SC 29150 Riley Pope & Laney, LLC Post Office Box 11412 Columbia, South Carolina 29211 Telephone (803) 799-9993 Attorneys for Plaintiff

Notice of Sale NOTICE OF SALE BY VIRTUE of a decree heretofore granted in the case of: Federal National Mortgage Association ("Fannie Mae"), a corporation organized and existing under the laws of the United States of America vs. Miriam A. Evans;, C/A No. 2016CP4301604, The following

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Surveyors, Inc., dated February 3, 1993 and recorded in the Recorder's Office for the above named county in Plat Book 93, Page 196.

TERMS OF SALE: The successful bidder, other than the plaintiff, will deposit with the Master in Equity for Sumter County at conclusion of the bidding, five percent (5%) of the bid, in cash or equivalent, as evidence of good faith, same to be applied to the purchase price in case of compliance, but to be forfeited and applied first to costs and then to plaintiff's debt in the case of non-compliance. If the Plaintiff's representative is not in attendance at the scheduled time of the sale, the sale shall be canceled and the property sold on some subsequent sales day after due advertisement. Should the last and highest bidder fail or refuse to make the required deposit at time of bid or comply with the other terms of the bid within thirty (30) days, the deposit shall be forfeited and the Master in Equity for Sumter County may re-sell the property on the same terms and conditions on some subsequent Sales Day (at the risk of the said highest bidder). As a deficiency judgment is being Waived, the bidding will not remain open thirty days after the date of sale. Purchaser shall pay for preparation of deed, documentary stamps on the deed, and recording of the deed. The successful bidder will be required to pay interest on the amount of the bid from date of sale to date of compliance with the bid at the rate of 6.25% per annum. The sale shall be subject to assessments, Sumter County taxes, easements, easements and restrictions of record, and other senior encumbrances.

conditions as set forth in the Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale or any Supplemental Order. The successful bidder will be required to pay for documentary stamps on the Deed and interest on the balance of the bid from the date of sale to the date of compliance with the bid at the rate of 7.1250%. THIS SALE IS SUBJECT TO ASSESSMENTS, COUNTY TAXES, EXISTING EASEMENTS, EASEMENTS AND RESTRICTIONS OF RECORD, AND OTHER SENIOR ENCUMBRANCES. 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. NOTICE: The foreclosure deed is not a warranty deed. Interested bidders should satisfy themselves as to the quality of title to be conveyed by obtaining an independent title search well before the foreclosure sale date. The Honorable Richard L. Booth Master in Equity Sumter County Riley Pope & Laney, LLC Post Office Box 11412 Columbia, SC 29211 (803) 799-9993 Attorneys for Plaintiff

Equity for Sumter County, South Carolina, will sell on March 6, 2017 at 12:00PM, at the Sumter County Courthouse, City of Sumter, State of South Carolina, to the highest bidder:

ALL that certain piece, parcel or LOT of land, containing 0.14 ACRE(S), more or less, together with any and all improvements thereon, lying, being and situate in the City and County of Sumter, State of South Carolina, being shown and delineated as LOT NO. 14 and the northernmost 1.00 foot of Lot 15 on that certain plat by Edmunds Land Surveyors, Inc., dated March 25, 2004, and recorded in the Office of the Register of Deeds for Sumter County in PLAT BOOK 2004 at page 149. Pursuant to Section 30-5-250 of the Code of Laws of South Carolina (1976), reference to said plat(s) is hereby craved for particulars of the boundaries, metes, courses, and/or distances of the property delineated thereon. Derivation: Book 1197 at Page 3378.

6 Warren Ct, Sumter, SC 29150 228-05-03-018 SUBJECT TO ASSESSMENTS, SUMTER COUNTY AD VALOREM TAXES, EASEMENTS AND/OR, RESTRICTIONS OF RECORD, AND OTHER SENIOR ENCUMBRANCES. TERMS OF SALE: A 5% deposit in certified funds is required. The deposit will be applied towards the purchase price unless the bidder defaults, in which case the deposit will be forfeited. If the successful bidder fails, or refuses, to make the required deposit, or comply with his bid within 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 4% per annum. For complete terms of sale, see Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale filed with the Sumter County Clerk of Court at C/A #2016CP4301604. 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. Richard L. Booth Master In Equity for Sumter County John J. Hearn Attorney for Plaintiff P.O. Box 100200 Columbia, SC 29202-3200 (803) 744-4444 016477-01615 FN Website: www.rtt-law.com (see link to Resources/Foreclosure Sales)

NOTICE OF MASTER IN EQUITY SALE CIVIL ACTION NO. 2016CP4301551 BY VIRTUE OF A DECREE of the Court of Common Pleas for Sumter County, South Carolina, heretofore issued in the case of Deutsche Bank National Trust Company, as Trustee for Soundview Home Loan Trust 2006-3, Asset-Backed Certificates, Series 2006-3, against Barry L. Artis, Sr., et al., the Master in Equity for Sumter County, or his/her agent, will sell on March 6, 2017, at 12:00 P.M., at Sumter Judicial Center, 215 North Harvin Street, Sumter, SC 29150, to the highest bidder: All that certain piece, parcel or lot of land, with improvements thereon, situate, lying and being in the Township of Stateburg, near the Town of Sumter, County of Sumter, State of South Carolina, fronting on Monterey Drive, and being more particularly shown and delineated as Lot 3, of Horton Field Subdivision (f/k/a Mayfield Subdivision), on a plat prepared for Barry L. Artis, Sr. and Janice M. Artis by Cox and Dinkins, Inc., dated April 14, 2006, and recorded in Book 2006, page 236, and also by plat prepared by Edmunds Land Surveyors, Inc. dated December 17, 2003 and recorded in Book 2004, page 48; in the Office of the Register of Deeds for Sumter County, and having such boundaries and measurements as will more fully appear by reference to said plat.

TMS Number: 155-08-03-004 PROPERTY ADDRESS: 1390 Monterey Dr., Sumter, SC 29154 This being the same property conveyed to Barry L. Artis, Sr. and Janice M. Artis by deed of D. R. Horton, Inc., dated April 20, 2006, and recorded in the Office of the Register of Deeds for Sumter County on May 12, 2006, in Deed Book 1027 at Page 1897. TERMS OF SALE: FOR CASH. The Master in Equity will require a deposit of 5% of the bid amount in cash or certified funds, which is to be applied on the purchase price upon compliance with the bid. Interest on the balance of the bid at 4.50% shall be paid to the day of compliance. In case of noncompliance within 20 days, after the sale, the deposit of 5% is to be forfeited and applied to Plaintiff's judgment debt and the property re-advertised for sale upon the same terms at the risk of the former highest bidder. Purchaser to pay for deed recording fees and deed stamps. Deficiency judgment not being demanded, the bidding will not remain open after the date of sale, but compliance with the bid may be made immediately. Should Plaintiff, Plaintiff's attorney, or Plaintiff's agent fail to appear on the day of sale, the property shall not be sold, but shall be re-advertised and sold at some convenient sales day thereafter when Plaintiff, Plaintiff's attorney, or Plaintiff's agent, is present. The sale shall be subject to taxes and assessments, existing easements and easements and restrictions of record, and to the right of the United States of America to redeem the property within one (1) year from the

Plaintiff does not warrant its title search to purchasers at foreclosure sale or other third parties, who should have their own title search performed on the subject property. Richard L. Booth Master in Equity for Sumter County Sumter, South Carolina FINKEL LAW FIRM LLC Post Office Box 71727 North Charleston, S.C. 29415 (843) 577-5460 Attorneys for Plaintiff

NOTICE OF SALE BY VIRTUE of a decree heretofore granted in the case of: FRANKLIN AMERICAN MORTGAGE CO vs. Daryl R. Jackson; Williean J. Jenkins;, C/A No. 2016CP4301873, The following property will be sold on March 6, 2017, at 12:00 Noon at the Sumter County Courthouse to the highest bidder All that certain piece, parcel or lot of land with the improvements thereon, if any, situate, lying and being in the Township of Sumter, County of Sumter, State of South Carolina, being shown and delineated as Lot No. 343 of "Meadowcroft" Subdivision, Section No. 9A, as shown on that certain plat of Louis W. Tisdale, R.L.S. dated February 4, 2004 and recorded in the Office of the Register of Deeds for Sumter County in Plat Book PB2004 at Page 98. This said lot has such metes, boundaries, courses and distances as are shown on said plat, which are incorporated herein in accordance with the provisions of Section 30-5-250 of the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976.. This property is known as 1180 Malone Drive, Sumter, SC. Sumter County Tax Parcel No. 182-13-08-006. Derivation: Book 1195 at Page 4077.

1180 Malone Drive, Sumter, SC 29154 182-13-08-006 SUBJECT TO ASSESSMENTS, SUMTER COUNTY AD VALOREM TAXES, EASEMENTS AND/OR, RESTRICTIONS OF RECORD, AND OTHER SENIOR ENCUMBRANCES. TERMS OF SALE: A 5% deposit in certified funds is required. The deposit will be applied towards the purchase price unless the bidder defaults, in which case the deposit will be forfeited. If the successful bidder fails, or refuses, to make the required deposit, or comply with his bid within 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 4.375% per annum. For complete terms of sale, see Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale filed with the Sumter County Clerk of Court at C/A #2016CP4301873. 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. Richard L. Booth Master In Equity for Sumter County John J. Hearn Attorney for Plaintiff P.O. Box 100200 Columbia, SC 29202-3200 (803) 744-4444 006951-01071 Website: www.rtt-law.com (see link to Resources/Foreclosure Sales)

NOTICE OF SALE BY VIRTUE of a decree heretofore granted in the case of: Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. vs. Phyllis Carmon a/k/a Phyllis Smith Carmon a/k/a Phyllis Gayle Smith, Individually; Phyllis Gayle Smith, as Personal Representative of The Estate of Robert W. Carmon a/k/a Robert Wayne Carmon; , C/A No. 15-CP-43-02596, The following property will be sold on March 6, 2017, at 12:00 Noon at the Sumter County Courthouse to the highest bidder All that certain piece, parcel or lot of land, with improvements thereon, situate lying and being in the County of Sumter, State of South Carolina and being more particularly shown as Lot 65 on a plat of Hunting Hills Subdivision by Edmunds Land

Derivation: Book 667 at Page 1138.

2885 Ithica Rd, Sumter, SC 29154-8978 This includes a 1987, Champion mobile home with VIN# VIN# 337172N6211AB. The property herein described includes the right, title and interest of the defendant(s) n/a in, of and to any mobile home, currently situated thereon. The interest(s), if any, of said defendant(s) in the mobile home will be transferred to the successful purchaser "AS IS" WITH NO WARRANTIES OF TITLE, MERCHANTABILITY, OR FITNESS FOR ANY PARTICULAR PURPOSE or otherwise by a non-warranty deed (AND NOT BY A CERTIFICATE OF TITLE). 179-05-03-003 (land), 400-00-20-686(mobile home) SUBJECT TO ASSESSMENTS, SUMTER COUNTY AD VALOREM TAXES, EASEMENTS AND/OR, RESTRICTIONS OF RECORD, AND OTHER SENIOR ENCUMBRANCES. TERMS OF SALE: A 5% deposit in certified funds is required. The deposit will be applied towards the purchase price unless the bidder defaults, in which case the deposit will be forfeited. If the successful bidder fails, or refuses, to make the required deposit, or comply with his bid within 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 9.35% per annum. For complete terms of sale, see Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale filed with the Sumter County Clerk of Court at C/A #15-CP-43-02596. 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. Richard L. Booth Master In Equity for Sumter County John J. Hearn Attorney for Plaintiff P.O. Box 100200 Columbia, SC 29202-3200 (803) 744-4444 013263-07728 Website: www.rtt-law.com (see link to Resources/Foreclosure Sales)

MASTER IN EQUITY'S SALE CASE NO. 2016-CP-43-01848 BY VIRTUE of a decree heretofore granted in the case of South Carolina State Housing Finance and Development Authority against Linda W. Bradley, I, the Master in Equity for Sumter County, will sell on Monday, March 6, 2017, at 12:00 o'clock p.m., at the Sumter County Courthouse, Sumter, South Carolina, to the highest bidder: All that certain piece, parcel and lot of land, with improvements thereon, situate, lying and being in the City and County of Sumter, State of South Carolina, designated as Lot No. 32, Block F, as shown on a plat of Joseph R. Edwards, R.L.S., dated December 29, 1998, recorded in PB 98 at Page 1419, records of Sumter County. Said Lot No. 32 being bounded and measuring as follows: on the North by East Charlotte Avenue, said plat, and fronting thereon 70.19 feet; on the East by Lot No. 34, said plat, and measuring thereon 209.78 feet; on the South by Lot No. 31, said plat, and measuring thereon 69.91 feet; and on the West by Lot No. 30, said plat, and measuring thereon 209.72 feet. Be all dimensions a little more or a little less and according to said plat. This being the property known as 506 East Charlotte Avenue. This being the same property conveyed to Linda W. Bradley by deed of Wilma G. Morel dated December 31, 1998 and recorded December 31, 1998 in the Office of the Register of Deeds for Sumter County, South Carolina in Book 728 at Page 308.

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GRIMSLEY LAW FIRM, LLC 1703 Laurel Street P. O Box 11682 Columbia, SC 29211 (803) 233-1177 Edward L. Grimsley Benjamin E. Grimsley Attorneys for the Plaintiff NOTICE OF SALE 2015-CP-43-02646 BY VIRTUE of a decree heretofore granted in the case of: Nationstar Mortgage LLC against The Personal Representative, if any, whose name is unknown, of the Estate of Isabella Golden; Nichelle Youngblood, Tyrone Lowery, Maurice Lowery and any other Heirs-at-Law or Devisees of Isabella Golden, Deceased, their heirs, Personal Representatives, Administrators, Successors and Assigns, and all other persons entitled to claim through them; all unknown persons with any right, title or interest in the real estate described herein; also any persons who may be in the military service of the United States of America, being a class designated as John Doe; and any unknown minors or persons under a disability being a class designated as Richard Roe and Sumter County Clerk of Court, I, the undersigned Master in Equity for Sumter County, will sell on March 6, 2017, at 12:00 p.m. at County Courthouse in Sumter, South Carolina, to the highest bidder, the following described property, to-wit: All that certain piece, parcel or lot of land with the improvements thereon, if any, situate, lying and being in the Sumter Township, County of Sumter, State of South Carolina, designated as Lot 37 on that certain plat recorded in the Office of the Register of Deeds for Sumter County in Plat Book 2000 at Page 355. Pursuant to Section 30-5-250 of the Code of Laws for South Carolina, (1976, as amended) reference to said plat is hereby made for the metes, bounds, courses and/or distances of the property delineated thereon. Being the same property conveyed to Isabella Golden by deed of Minnie R. Hammet and Lawrence Hammett, dated April 26, 2000 and recorded May 8, 2000 in Deed Book 771 at Page 631. Thereafter, Isabella Golden died on or around December 8, 2014, leaving the subject property to her heirs at law or devisees, namely, Nichelle Youngblood, Tyrone Lowery and Maurice Lowery. TMS No. 229-15-03-014 Property Address: 35 Highland Avenue, Sumter, SC 29150 TERMS OF SALE: The successful bidder, other than the plaintiff, will deposit with the Master in Equity at conclusion of the bidding, five per cent (5%) of said bid, 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 noncompliance. Should the successful bidder fail or refuse to make the required deposit at time of bid or comply with the other terms of the bid within twenty (20) days, then the Master in Equity may resell the property on the same terms and conditions (at the risk of the said defaulting bidder). Should the Plaintiff, or one of its representatives, fail to be present at the time of sale, the property is automatically withdrawn from said sale and sold at the next available sales day upon the terms and

NOTICE OF SALE BY VIRTUE of a decree heretofore granted in the case of: Wells Fargo Bank, NA vs. William C. Fritter, III; , C/A No. 2016CP4301943, The following property will be sold on March 6, 2017, at 12:00 Noon at the Sumter County Courthouse to the highest bidder All that certain piece, parcel or lot of land with the improvements thereon, if any, situate, lying and being in the county of Sumter, State of South Carolina, being shown and delineated as Lot No. 14, as shown on that certain Plat of Louis White Tisdale, R.L.S., dated June 12, 2007 and recorded in the Office of the Register of Deeds for Sumter County I Plat Book 2008 at Page 16, and having such boundaries, metes, courses and distances as are shown on said plat, reference to which is hereby made pursuant to authority contained in 30-5-520 of the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, as amended. This property is known as 3245 Valencia Drive, Dalzell, SC. Tax Map No. 151-10-01-003 Derivation: Book 1129 at Page 1028

3245 Valencia Drive, Dalzell, SC 29040 151-10-01-003 SUBJECT TO ASSESSMENTS, SUMTER AD VALOREM TAXES, EASEMENTS AND/OR, RESTRICTIONS OF RECORD, AND OTHER SENIOR ENCUMBRANCES. TERMS OF SALE: A 5% deposit in certified funds is required. The deposit will be applied towards the purchase price unless the bidder defaults, in which case the deposit will be forfeited. If the successful bidder fails, or refuses, to make the required deposit, or comply with his bid within 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 3.75% per annum. For complete terms of sale, see Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale filed with the Sumter County Clerk of Court at C/A #2016CP4301943. 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. Richard L. Booth Master In Equity for Sumter County John J. Hearn Attorney for Plaintiff P.O. Box 100200 Columbia, SC 29202-3200 (803) 744-4444 013263-09185 Website: www.rtt-law.com (see link to Resources/Foreclosure Sales)

NOTICE OF SALE CIVIL ACTION NO. 2014-CP-43-01883 BY VIRTUE of the decree heretofore granted in the case of: U.S. Bank Trust, N.A., as Trustee for LSF8 Master Participation Trust vs. Michael Thomas Kelly Sr.; Belinda Kay Kelly; LVNV Funding LLC; South Carolina Department of Revenue, the undersigned Master In

All that certain piece, parcel and lot of land, with the dwelling and improvements thereon, situate, lying and being in Privateer Township, County of Sumter, State of South Carolina, designated as Lot No. 47 of Anburn, Section No. 2, as shown in Plat Book Z-40 at Page 353, and more recently and particularly shown on a plat by Joseph R. Edwards, R.L.S., dated August 13, 1987, recorded in Plat Book 87 at Page 1303, records of Sumter County. Said lot No. 47 being bounded and measuring as follows: On the North by Lot No. 46, said plat, and measuring thereon 235.97 feet; on the East by Lot No. 9 of Section 1 of Anburn, said plat, and measuring thereon 99.93 feet; on the South by Lot No. 48, said plat, and measuring thereon 236.06 feet; and on the West by Anburn Drive, said plat, and fronting thereon 100.05 feet. Be all dimensions a little more or a little less and according to said most recent plat. This being the property known as 1775 Anburn Drive. Being the same property conveyed to Michael T. Kelly and Belinda K. Kelly by deed from Jeffrey A. Swann and Nancy C. Swann, dated November 30, 1990 and recorded December 13, 1990 in the Office of the ROD for Sumter County, South Carolina in Deed Book 517 Page 1726.

CURRENT ADDRESS OF PROPERTY: 1775 Anburn Drive, Sumter, SC 29154 TMS: 2080903009 TERMS OF SALE: The successful bidder, other than the Plaintiff, will deposit with the Master In Equity, at conclusion of the bidding, five percent (5%) of his bid, in cash or equivalent, as evidence of good faith, same to be applied to the purchase price in case of compliance, but to be forfeited and applied first to costs and then to the Plaintiff's debt in the case of non-compliance. Should the last and highest bidder fail to comply with the other terms of the bid within thirty (30) days, then the Master In Equity may re-sell the property on the same terms and conditions on some subsequent Sales Day (at the risk of the said highest bidder). No personal or deficiency judgment being demanded, the bidding shall not remain open after the date of sale and shall be final on that date, and compliance with the bid may be made immediately. Purchaser to pay for documentary stamps on the Deed. The successful bidder will be required to pay interest on the amount of the balance of the bid from date of sale to date of compliance with the bid at the rate of 9.64% per annum. The sale shall be subject to taxes and assessments, existing easements and restrictions, easements and restrictions of record and any other senior encumbrances. In the event an agent of Plaintiff does not appear at the time of sale, the within property shall be withdrawn from sale and sold at the next available sales date upon the terms and conditions as set forth in the Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale or such terms as may be set forth in a supplemental order. The Honorable Richard L. Booth Master In Equity for Sumter County Brock & Scott, PLLC 3800 Fernandina Road, Suite 110 Columbia, SC 29210 Attorneys for Plaintiff

NOTICE OF SALE CIVIL ACTION NO. 2015-CP-43-01918 BY VIRTUE of the decree heretofore granted in the case of: The Bank of New York Mellon f/k/a The Bank of New York successor in interest to JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association, as Trustee for GSAMP Trust 2004-SEA2, Mortgage Pass-Through Certificates, Series 2004-SEA2 vs. W. Charles Hatfield Jr.; Kelli H. Geddings, the undersigned Master In Equity for Sumter County, South Carolina, will sell on March 6, 2017 at 12:00PM, at the Sumter County Courthouse, City of Sumter, State of South Carolina, to the highest bidder: All that certain piece, parcel or tract of land, and any improvements situate thereon, lying and being in the County of Sumter, State of South Carolina, Concord Township, containing 1.23 acres, more or less, as shown on a plat by Joseph R.

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Edwards, R.L.S., dated March 2, 1995, and recorded in the Register of Deeds Office for Sumter County, South Carolina on August 20, 1999 in Volume PB99 at Page 771. Said lot has boundaries, metes, courses and distances as are shown on said plat which is incorporated herein in accordance with the provision of 30-5-250 of the Code of Laws for South Carolina, (1976, as amended).

America, whose true names are unknown, being as a class designated as Richard Roe; Eric Billie; Dorleen Billie a/k/a Darlene Billie; Meltony Billie; Darrell Leon Billie; Vanderbilt Mortgage & Finance, Inc.; South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles; The United States of America, acting by and through its agency, The Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, the undersigned Master In Equity for Sumter County, South Carolina, will sell on March 6, 2017 at 12:00PM, at the Sumter County Courthouse, City of Sumter, State of South Carolina, to the highest bidder:

3095 Explorer Drive Dalzell, S.C. 29040

a class designated as John Doe; and any unknown minors or persons under a disability being a class designated as Richard Roe; The United States of America acting by and through its agency The Department of Housing and Urban Development; , C/A No. 2016CP4301098, The following property will be sold on March 6, 2017, at 12:00 Noon at the Sumter County Courthouse to the highest bidder

being shown and designated as Lot No.46 containing 0.414 acres, more or less, as shown on that certain plat prepared for Kimberly J. Huebner by Michael C. Turbeville, III, RLS, dated June 25, 1991, and recorded in the Office of the Register of Deeds for Sumterร‚ County in Plat Book 91, page 839. This said lot has such metes, boundaries, courses and distances as are shown on said plat, which are incorporated herein in accordance with the provisions of section 30-5-250 of the code of laws of South Carolina, 1976.

description of the metes, bounds, courses and distances of the property concerned herein. This description is in lieu of the metes and bounds, as permitted by law under Section 30-5-250 of the 1976 Code of Laws of South Carolina, as amended. This being the property known as 3435 Green View Parkway.

This being the same property conveyed to W. Charles Hatfield and Kelli H. Geddings by deed of Samuel S. Avins and Shelly Anne Avins, dated December 22, 1999, and recorded January 4, 2000, in Deed Book 761 at Page 1418, in the Office of the Register of Deeds for Sumter County.

CURRENT ADDRESS OF PROPERTY: 680 Switchback Road, Sumter, SC 29153 TMS: 2530002015 TERMS OF SALE: The successful bidder, other than the Plaintiff, will deposit with the Master In Equity, at conclusion of the bidding, five percent (5%) of his bid, in cash or equivalent, as evidence of good faith, same to be applied to the purchase price in case of compliance, but to be forfeited and applied first to costs and then to the Plaintiff's debt in the case of non-compliance. Should the last and highest bidder fail to comply with the other terms of the bid within thirty (30) days, then the Master In Equity may re-sell the property on the same terms and conditions on some subsequent Sales Day (at the risk of the said highest bidder). No personal or deficiency judgment being demanded, the bidding shall not remain open after the date of sale and shall be final on that date, and compliance with the bid may be made immediately. Purchaser to pay for documentary stamps on the Deed. The successful bidder will be required to pay interest on the amount of the balance of the bid from date of sale to date of compliance with the bid at the rate of 10.08% per annum. The sale shall be subject to taxes and assessments, existing easements and restrictions, easements and restrictions of record and any other senior encumbrances. In the event an agent of Plaintiff does not appear at the time of sale, the within property shall be withdrawn from sale and sold at the next available sales date upon the terms and conditions as set forth in the Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale or such terms as may be set forth in a supplemental order. The Honorable Richard L. Booth Master In Equity for Sumter County Brock & Scott, PLLC 3800 Fernandina Road, Suite 110 Columbia, SC 29210 Attorneys for Plaintiff

NOTICE OF SALE BY VIRTUE of a decree heretofore granted in the case of: Wells Fargo Bank, NA vs. John Kinard;, C/A No. 15-CP-43-02595, The following property will be sold on March 6, 2017, at 12:00 Noon at the Sumter County Courthouse to the highest bidder All that certain piece, parcel or lot of land, together with the dwelling and improvements thereon, lying and being situate in the City and County of Sumter, State of South Carolina, being shown and delineated as Lot No. 6 of the Third Addition of a Subdivision for Wen-Le Corporation on that certain plat prepared by Joseph P. Edwards, PLS dated April 10, 2001 and recorded in Plat Book 2001 at page 244 in the Office of the RMC for Sumter County. Said Lot No. 6 consists of 0.29 acres, more or less, being bounded and measuring as follows: on the North by Robney Drive, a fifty foot (50') right of way and fronting thereon 64.71 feet; on the East by Lot No. 7 and measuring thereon 149.72 feet; on the South by Lot No. 5 and measuring thereon 83.04 feet; on the West by Bagnal Drive and measuring thereon 130.54 feet; and on the Northwest by the intersection of Bagnal Drive and Robney Drive and measuring thereon in an arc 31.49 feet. Be all of said measurements a little more or a little less and according to aforesaid plat. This being the property known as 502 Robney Drive. Derivation: Book 1166 at Page 141

502 Robney Dr, Sumter, SC 29150 249-02-05-047 SUBJECT TO ASSESSMENTS, SUMTER COUNTY AD VALOREM TAXES, EASEMENTS AND/OR, RESTRICTIONS OF RECORD, AND OTHER SENIOR ENCUMBRANCES. TERMS OF SALE: A 5% deposit in certified funds is required. The deposit will be applied towards the purchase price unless the bidder defaults, in which case the deposit will be forfeited. If the successful bidder fails, or refuses, to make the required deposit, or comply with his bid within 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 3.875% per annum. For complete terms of sale, see Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale filed with the Sumter County Clerk of Court at C/A #15-CP-43-02595. 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. Richard L. Booth Master In Equity for Sumter County John J. Hearn Attorney for Plaintiff P.O. Box 100200 Columbia, SC 29202-3200 (803) 744-4444 013263-07803 Website: www.rtt-law.com (see link to Resources/Foreclosure Sales)

NOTICE OF SALE CIVIL ACTION NO. 2016-CP-43-00394 BY VIRTUE of the decree heretofore granted in the case of: Reverse Mortgage Solutions, Inc. vs. The Estates of Teresa Billie and Melvin Lee Billie, John Doe and Richard Roe, as Representatives of all Heirs and Devisees of Teresa Billie and Melvin Lee Billie, and all persons entitled to claim under or through them; also, all other persons or corporations unknown claiming any right, title, interest in or lien upon the real estate described herein, any unknown adults, whose true names are unknown, being as a class designated as John Doe, and any unknown infants, persons under disability, or persons in the Military Service of the United States of

ALL THAT PARCEL OF LAND IN CITY OF SUMTER, SUMTER COUNTY, STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA, BEING KNOWN AND DESIGNATED AS LOT 3, SECTION 5, BIRDSONG, FILED IN PLAT BOOK PB86, PAGE 904, RECORDED 07/07/1986 (See also that revised Plat in Book PB86 at Page 1294). TERESA BILLIE BY FEE SIMPLE DEED FROM PATRICIA L. BARNETT AS SET FORTH IN BOOK 777 PAGE 1090 DATED 03/01/1999 AND RECORDED 07/19/2000, SUMTER COUNTY RECORDS, STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA. Also included herewith is that certain 1995 Oakwood Manufactured Home bearing serial number NC14828CK3128619A&B. This being the same property conveyed to Teresa Billie by Deed of Patricia L. Barnett dated March 1, 1999 and recorded July 19, 2000 in Book 777 at Page 1090 in the Office of the Register of Deeds for Sumter County, South Carolina.

CURRENT ADDRESS OF PROPERTY: 2330 Killdee Drive, Sumter, SC 29154 TMS: 212-10-02-003 TERMS OF SALE: The successful bidder, other than the Plaintiff, will deposit with the Master In Equity, at conclusion of the bidding, five percent (5%) of his bid, in cash or equivalent, as evidence of good faith, same to be applied to the purchase price in case of compliance, but to be forfeited and applied first to costs and then to the Plaintiff's debt in the case of non-compliance. Should the last and highest bidder fail to comply with the other terms of the bid within thirty (30) days, then the Master In Equity may re-sell the property on the same terms and conditions on some subsequent Sales Day (at the risk of the said highest bidder). No personal or deficiency judgment being demanded, the bidding shall not remain open after the date of sale and shall be final on that date, and compliance with the bid may be made immediately. Purchaser to pay for documentary stamps on the Deed. The successful bidder will be required to pay interest on the amount of the balance of the bid from date of sale to date of compliance with the bid at the rate of 5.06% per annum. The sale shall be subject to taxes and assessments, existing easements and restrictions, easements and restrictions of record and any other senior encumbrances. If the United States is named as a Defendant, The sale shall be subject to the United States (non-IRS) 1 (one) year right of redemption pursuant to 28 U.S.C.ยง 2410(c). In the event an agent of Plaintiff does not appear at the time of sale, the within property shall be withdrawn from sale and sold at the next available sales date upon the terms and conditions as set forth in the Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale or such terms as may be set forth in a supplemental order. The Honorable Richard L. Booth Master In Equity for Sumter County Brock & Scott, PLLC 3800 Fernandina Road, Suite 110 Columbia, SC 29210 Attorneys for Plaintiff

MASTER IN EQUITY'S SALE CASE NO. 2016-CP-43-01661 BY VIRTUE of a decree heretofore granted in the case of Trustmark National Bank against Jay A. Stoker, I, the Master in Equity for Sumter County, will sell on Monday, March 6, 2017, at 12:00 o'clock p.m., at the Sumter County Courthouse, Sumter, South Carolina, to the highest bidder: All that certain piece, parcel or lot of land with the improvements thereon, if any, situate, lying and being in the Township of Providence, County of Sumter, State of South Carolina, being shown and delineated as Lot 274 on that certain plat of Linwood Plantation, Phase 3A, prepared by Michael C. Turbeville, III RLS, dated October 17, 2007 and recorded in the Office of the Register of Deeds for Sumter County in Plat Book PB2007 at Page 523. This said lot has such metes, boundaries, courses and distances as are shown on said plat, which are incorporated herein in accordance with the provisions of Section 30-5-250 of the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976. This is the same property known as 3095 Explorer Drive, Dalzell, SC. Represented by Tax Map No. 152-01-02-005. This being the same property conveyed to Jay A. Stoker and Chelsie J. Stoker by deed of Elbert E. Altman d/b/a Elbert A. Altman Construction dated March 1, 2011 and recorded March 1, 2011 in the Office of the Register of Deeds for Sumter County, South Carolina in Book 1151 at Page 1627. Thereafter, Chelsie J. Stoker conveyed her undivided interest in the subject property to Jay A. Stoker by deed dated June 27, 2013 and recorded July 8, 2013 in the Office of the Register of Deeds for Sumter County, South Carolina in Book 1190 at Page 466.

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TERMS OF SALE: The successful bidder, other than the plaintiff, will deposit with the Master in Equity for Sumter County at conclusion of the bidding, five percent (5%) of the bid, in cash or equivalent, as evidence of good faith, same to be applied to the purchase price in case of compliance, but to be forfeited and applied first to costs and then to plaintiff's debt in the case of non-compliance. If the Plaintiff's representative is not in attendance at the scheduled time of the sale, the sale shall be canceled and the property sold on some subsequent sales day after due advertisement. Should the last and highest bidder fail or refuse to make the required deposit at time of bid or comply with the other terms of the bid within thirty (30) days, the deposit shall be forfeited and the Master in Equity for Sumter County may re-sell the property on the same terms and conditions on some subsequent Sales Day (at the risk of the said highest bidder). As a deficiency judgment is being Waived, the bidding will not remain open thirty days after the date of sale. Purchaser shall pay for preparation of deed, documentary stamps on the deed, and recording of the deed. The successful bidder will be required to pay interest on the amount of the bid from date of sale to date of compliance with the bid at the rate of 3.750% per annum. The sale shall be subject to assessments, Sumter County taxes, easements, easements and restrictions of record, and other senior encumbrances. GRIMSLEY LAW FIRM, LLC 1703 Laurel Street P. O Box 11682 Columbia, SC 29211 (803) 233-1177 S.C. Bar No. 70335 Attorney for the Plaintiff P.O. Box 11682 Columbia, S.C. 29211 (803) 233-1177 bgrimsley@grimsleylaw.com

NOTICE OF SALE CIVIL ACTION NO. 2016-CP-43-00246 BY VIRTUE of the decree heretofore granted in the case of: Wells Fargo Financial South Carolina, Inc. vs. Danny N. Lapalme; Cynthia K. Lapalme; Geico as subrogee of Paulie Archie, the undersigned Master In Equity for Sumter County, South Carolina, will sell on March 6, 2017 at 12:00PM, at the Sumter County Courthouse, City of Sumter, State of South Carolina, to the highest bidder: THAT PROPERTY WITH ANY IMPROVEMENTS THEREON SITUATE IN THAT CITY AND COUNTY OF SUMTER, SCHOOL DISTRICT 17, SOUTH CAROLINA, REPRESENTED AS LOT 2 ON PLAT OF JOSEPH R. EDWARDS, DATED MARCH 16, 1990, RECORDED IN THE SUMTER COUNTY RMC OFFICE IN PLAT BOOK 90 AT PAGE 358. This being the same property conveyed to Danny N. Lapalme and Cynthia K. Lapalme by Deed of Mark E. Galloway dated November 10, 1998 and recorded November 12, 1998 in Book 723 at Page 436 in the Office of the Register of Deeds for Sumter County, South Carolina.

CURRENT ADDRESS OF PROPERTY: 20 Wesley Hall Court, Sumter, SC 29154-5115 TMS: 206-07-02-002 TERMS OF SALE: The successful bidder, other than the Plaintiff, will deposit with the Master In Equity, at conclusion of the bidding, five percent (5%) of his bid, in cash or equivalent, as evidence of good faith, same to be applied to the purchase price in case of compliance, but to be forfeited and applied first to costs and then to the Plaintiff's debt in the case of non-compliance. Should the last and highest bidder fail to comply with the other terms of the bid within thirty (30) days, then the Master In Equity may re-sell the property on the same terms and conditions on some subsequent Sales Day (at the risk of the said highest bidder). Deficiency judgment being demanded, the bidding will not be closed on the day of sale but will remain open for a period of thirty (30) days as provided by law. Plaintiff is demanding a deficiency, the Plaintiff may waive any of its rights, including its right to a deficiency judgment, prior to sale. Purchaser to pay for documentary stamps on the Deed. The successful bidder will be required to pay interest on the amount of the balance of the bid from date of sale to date of compliance with the bid at the rate of 8.25% per annum. The sale shall be subject to taxes and assessments, existing easements and restrictions, easements and restrictions of record and any other senior encumbrances. In the event an agent of Plaintiff does not appear at the time of sale, the within property shall be withdrawn from sale and sold at the next available sales date upon the terms and conditions as set forth in the Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale or such terms as may be set forth in a supplemental order.

ALL THAT CERTAIN PROPERTY SITUATED IN THE COUNTY OF SUMTER, AND STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA, BEING DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: THAT CERTAIN PIECE, PARCEL OR LOT OF LAND, SITUATE, LYING AND BEING IN THE COUNTY OF SUMTER, STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA, THE SAME BEING SHOWN AS LOT 44 ON THAT CERTAIN PLAT OF PINEDALE SUBDIVISION PREPARED BY H. S. WILLSON, RLS AND RECORDED IN THE OFFICE OF THE RMC FOR SUMTER COUNTY IN PLAT BOOK Z-18 AT PAGE 138, AND HAVING THE FOLLOWING BOUNDARIES AND MEASUREMENTS: ON THE EAST BY LOT 5, SAID PLAT, WHEREON IT MEASURES 122 FEET; ON THE SOUTHEAST BY ALBERT SPEARS DRIVE, WHEREON IT MEASURES 20 FEET; ON THE SOUTH BY ALBERT SPEARS DRIVE, WHEREON IT MEASURES 70 FEET; ON THE SOUTHWEST BY ALBERT SPEARS DRIVE AND MEASURING ON A CURVE 31.4 FEET; ON THE WEST BY ALBERT SPEARS DRIVE, WHEREON IT MEASURES 76.5 FEET; AND ON THE NORTHWEST BY LOT 43, SAID PLAT, WHEREON IT MEASURES 158 FEET; BE ALL MEASUREMENTS A LITTLE MORE OR LESS. Derivation: Book 601 at Page 710

5 Albert Spears Dr, Sumter, SC 29150 226-04-03-022 SUBJECT TO ASSESSMENTS, SUMTER COUNTY AD VALOREM TAXES, EASEMENTS AND/OR, RESTRICTIONS OF RECORD, AND OTHER SENIOR ENCUMBRANCES. TERMS OF SALE: A 5% deposit in certified funds is required. The deposit will be applied towards the purchase price unless the bidder defaults, in which case the deposit will be forfeited. If the successful bidder fails, or refuses, to make the required deposit, or comply with his bid within 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 3.85% per annum. For complete terms of sale, see Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale filed with the Sumter County Clerk of Court at C/A #2016CP4301098. 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. Richard L. Booth Master In Equity for Sumter County John J. Hearn Attorney for Plaintiff P.O. Box 100200 Columbia, SC 29202-3200 (803) 744-4444 013263-08531 Website: www.rtt-law.com (see link to Resources/Foreclosure Sales)

NOTICE OF SALE CIVIL ACTION NO. 2016-CP-43-01042 BY VIRTUE of the decree heretofore granted in the case of: Ocwen Loan Servicing, LLC vs. James Walter Cassata; Jessika Danielle Mauricio, the undersigned Master In Equity for Sumter County, South Carolina, will sell on March 6, 2017 at 12:00PM, at the Sumter County Courthouse, City of Sumter, State of South Carolina, to the highest bidder: All that certain piece, parcel or lot of land with the improvements thereon, if any, situate, lying and being in the township of Stateburg, County of Sumter, State of South Carolina

This Conveyance is made Subject to any Restrictions, Reservations, zoning ordinances or easements that may appear of record on the recorded plats or on the premises. This is the same property conveyed to James Walter Cassata and Jessika Danielle Mauricio by deed of Kimberly J. Huebner, dated September 29, 2008, and recorded October 1, 2008, in Deed Book 1113 at page 00348, in the Office of the Register of Deeds for Sumter County, South Carolina.

CURRENT ADDRESS OF PROPERTY: 5705 Lost Creek Drive, Sumter, SC 29154 TMS: 132-09-01-025 TERMS OF SALE: The successful bidder, other than the Plaintiff, will deposit with the Master In Equity, at conclusion of the bidding, five percent (5%) of his bid, in cash or equivalent, as evidence of good faith, same to be applied to the purchase price in case of compliance, but to be forfeited and applied first to costs and then to the Plaintiff's debt in the case of non-compliance. Should the last and highest bidder fail to comply with the other terms of the bid within thirty (30) days, then the Master In Equity may re-sell the property on the same terms and conditions on some subsequent Sales Day (at the risk of the said highest bidder). Deficiency judgment being demanded, the bidding will not be closed on the day of sale but will remain open for a period of thirty (30) days as provided by law. Plaintiff is demanding a deficiency, the Plaintiff may waive any of its rights, including its right to a deficiency judgment, prior to sale. Purchaser to pay for documentary stamps on the Deed. The successful bidder will be required to pay interest on the amount of the balance of the bid from date of sale to date of compliance with the bid at the rate of 4.25% per annum. The sale shall be subject to taxes and assessments, existing easements and restrictions, easements and restrictions of record and any other senior encumbrances. In the event an agent of Plaintiff does not appear at the time of sale, the within property shall be withdrawn from sale and sold at the next available sales date upon the terms and conditions as set forth in the Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale or such terms as may be set forth in a supplemental order. The Honorable Richard L. Booth Master In Equity for Sumter County Brock & Scott, PLLC 3800 Fernandina Road, Suite 110 Columbia, SC 29210 Attorneys for Plaintiff

NOTICE OF SALE CIVIL ACTION NO. 2016-CP-43-00773 BY VIRTUE of the decree heretofore granted in the case of: Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, As Trustee Under Pooling And Servicing Agreement Dated As Of October 1, 2006 Securitized Asset Backed Receivables Llc Trust 2006-Wm2 Mortgage Pass-Through Certificates, Series 2006-Wm2 vs. Virnetta Bennett; Eric Parker; Lakewood Links Property Owners Association, Inc., the undersigned Master In Equity for Sumter County, South Carolina, will sell on March 6, 2017 at 12:00PM, at the Sumter County Courthouse, City of Sumter, State of South Carolina, to the highest bidder:

ALSO: All that certain piece, parcel or lot of land with improvements thereon, if any, situate, lying and being in the Privateer Township, County of Sumter, State of South Carolina and being shown as Lot No. 212B, consisting .16 acres as shown on a plat prepared by Black River Surveying Co., dated January 25, 2005 and recorded In Plat Book 2005 at page 117 in the Office of the RMC for Sumter County. Aforesaid plat is specifically incorporated herein and reference is craved thereto for a more complete and accurate description of the metes, bounds, courses and distances of the property concerned herein. This description is in lieu of the metes and bounds, as permitted by law under Section 30-5-250 of the 1976 Code of Laws of South Carolina, as amended. This being the same property conveyed to Virnetta Bennett by Deed of Eric Parker dated May 19, 2006 and recorded May 24, 2006 in Book 1029 at Page 970 in the records for Sumter County, South Carolina.

CURRENT ADDRESS OF PROPERTY: 3435 Green View Parkway, Sumter, SC 29150 TMS: 222-07-01-003 TERMS OF SALE: The successful bidder, other than the Plaintiff, will deposit with the Master In Equity, at conclusion of the bidding, five percent (5%) of his bid, in cash or equivalent, as evidence of good faith, same to be applied to the purchase price in case of compliance, but to be forfeited and applied first to costs and then to the Plaintiff's debt in the case of non-compliance. Should the last and highest bidder fail to comply with the other terms of the bid within thirty (30) days, then the Master In Equity may re-sell the property on the same terms and conditions on some subsequent Sales Day (at the risk of the said highest bidder). No personal or deficiency judgment being demanded, the bidding shall not remain open after the date of sale and shall be final on that date, and compliance with the bid may be made immediately. Purchaser to pay for documentary stamps on the Deed. The successful bidder will be required to pay interest on the amount of the balance of the bid from date of sale to date of compliance with the bid at the rate of 2.13% per annum. The sale shall be subject to taxes and assessments, existing easements and restrictions, easements and restrictions of record and any other senior encumbrances. In the event an agent of Plaintiff does not appear at the time of sale, the within property shall be withdrawn from sale and sold at the next available sales date upon the terms and conditions as set forth in the Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale or such terms as may be set forth in a supplemental order. The Honorable Richard L. Booth Master In Equity for Sumter County Brock & Scott, PLLC 3800 Fernandina Road, Suite 110 Columbia, SC 29210 Attorneys for Plaintiff

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