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South Carolina Lt. Gov. Henry McMaster is expected to take over the governor’s office if Nikki Haley is confirmed as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations early next year. That opens the question that is perplexing members of the South Carolina Senate: Who wishes to give up his or her four-year term in the Senate to fill a position that will last only two years?

According to the South Carolina Constitution, a vacancy in the lieutenant governor’s office is supposed to be filled by the president pro tem of the Senate. But the man in that position, Sen. Hugh Leatherman, has made it clear he doesn’t want the job. “I want my neighLEATHERMAN bors who elected me as well as my colleagues in the Senate and all the people of South Carolina to know that I will not leave my Senate seat to serve as lieutenant

governor,” Leatherman said in a written statement. “For me, there is no greater honor than serving in the South Carolina Senate.” The Senate will have an organizational session Tuesday in Columbia, and a vote will be taken then on who will be president pro tem. Some say it’s easy to understand why Leatherman, who is also chairman of the powerful Senate Finance Committee, would not want to take the lieutenant governor’s position.

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Wilson Hall’s middle-school team is seen after winning a share of the state championship, together with Five Oaks Academy of Simpsonville, at the 2017 South Carolina Independent School Association Battle of the Books state competition held at Thomas Sumter Academy on Wednesday.

Barons split championship with upstate’s Five Oaks Academy BY KONSTANTIN VENGEROWSKY konstantin@theitem.com Wilson Hall took the top prize in the two divisions at the 2017 South Carolina Independent School Association Battle of the Books state competition held at Thomas Sumter Academy on Wednesday. In a nail-biting final, Wilson Hall and Five Oaks Academy of Simpsonville tied for first place in the middle-school competition, while Wilson Hall also claimed the lower school title for the third year in a row. Six teams participated in each division of SCISA schools from throughout the state. The top six schools qualified for the event after several regional competitions held

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“We’ve been working hard for this competition from the beginning of the school year.” McDuffie served as co-adviser of the middle school team with Susan Chavey, the school’s academic dean. Each school that participates is given the same list of 20 books to read the summer before the regional and state competitions. Some students read all 20 books, while others divide the books to read among themselves. The students practiced on a daily basis during the past month by holding mock competitions in which McDuffie would ask them questions on details of the book. “We would come up with as

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in early November. Battle of the Books is an adaptation of the national reading incentive program, America’s Battle of the Books. Students read books and come together to demonstrate their abilities and test their knowledge of the material in a timed competition. Students are given specific questions relevant to the contents of the book. The questions come from America’s Battle of the Books program. In the middle-school division, Wilson Hall and Five Oaks each finished the competition with 56 points. The students were comprised of sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders. “We’re very excited with the results,” said Mollie McDuffie, Wilson Hall middle school adviser.

Two churches on Nazarene Church Road sustained damage when the buildings and a vehicle were spray painted the morning of Nov. 25. According to an incident report from Sumter County Sheriff’s Office, the front of Lakewood Baptist Church, 3140 Nazarene Church Road, was painted with the words “I am your God.” The reporting officer also stated in the report that other words were painted on the building, but he could not recognize them. The damage was estimated at $1,000. The Rev. Sammy Thompson of Lakewood

Baptist said everything had been taken care of since Nov. 25. A second church, Calvary Church of the Nazarene at 4265 Nazarene Church Road, was also damaged when profanity and symbols were spray painted on the church’s van and the rear of the building. Both the building and the van sustained about $1,000 in damage each, according to an incident report from the sheriff’s office. The Rev. Frank Sharpe, pastor of Calvary Church of the Nazarene, said he and the church members were

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A van and gym at Calvary Church of the Nazarene on Nazarene Church Road were spray painted with anti-Christian messages and symbols on Nov. 25. The Rev. Frank Sharpe, pastor of Calvary Church of the Nazarene, said youth members of the church have since cleaned the paint from the van and gym.

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County council holding tree lighting ceremony Sumter County Council will sponsor its annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at 4:30 p.m. today on the front lawn of Sumter County Courthouse. Col. Daniel Lasica, commander, 20th Fighter Wing, Shaw Air Force Base, will provide remarks during the ceremony. Performances will be given by R. E. Davis Elementary School, Wilder Elementary School, Cherryvale Elementary School, Kingsbury Elementary School, High Hills Elementary School, Pocalla Springs Elementary School, Millwood Elementary School and the Furman Middle School Show Choir. For more information, contact Mary W. Blanding, clerk to county council, at 436-2107. Immediately following the Christmas tree lighting ceremony, the Sumter County Recreation Department Annual Walk With St. Nick will take place. The walk will begin at the courthouse and proceed to the Sumter County Library at the corner of Harvin and Canal streets. For more information, call the recreation department at 436-2248.

Group invites public to Horatio holiday event The Horatio Citizens for Historic Preservation invite the public to share in the 15th Annual Christmas Lighting of Horatio on Sunday at 6 p.m. at the Horatio Post Office. The Horatio Post Office building is across the street from the Lenoir Store at 3240 Horatio-Hagood Road in Horatio. The event will including singing, praying, food and love, according to information provide to The Sumter Item. For more information, contact Janie Murray at (803) 4992127.

Jurors in Slager trial to resume deliberations CHARLESTON — Jurors deliberating in the murder trial of a white ex-patrolman charged with murder for shooting a black motorist asked Thursday for transcripts of key testimony and wondered about the difference between passion and fear. Michael Slager is charged in the death of 50-year-old Walter Scott, who was shot five times in the back in April 2015 as he fled a traffic stop for a broken taillight. A bystander’s cellphone video of the shooting shocked the nation. A jury of one black and 11 whites had deliberated more than nine hours in two days in the case of the 35-year-old Slager by the end of the day Thursday. Deliberations resume today.

Organization a shot in the arm SC Vocational Rehabilitation big benefit to area employers BY KONSTANTIN VENGEROWSKY konstantin@theitem.com Charles Vitt, general manager of Golden Corral in Sumter, was struggling to find additional employees when he took over the management of the restaurant about a year ago. He turned to South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation for help. He has since hired seven individuals through the organization. Vitt described those employees, who face either physical challenges or learning disabilities, as dedicated and hard working. “We’ve only seen positive outcomes as a result of hiring through the program,” Vitt said. “Our work environment is better now than it was before.” South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation is a government-funded entity that prepares and assists eligible South Carolina residents with disabilities in achieving and maintaining competitive employment, according to the organization’s website, www.scvrd.net. The organization includes 32 offices and 24 work training centers throughout the state. Sumter office leaders discussed the benefits the organization offers to clients and employers at the organization’s business luncheon held on Thursday at the Sumter office location. The organization’s initiative focuses on meeting the specific needs of its clients and business partners, said John T. Hornsby, Sumter area supervisor. The goal is to ensure that “quality happens one person at a time,” he said. Hornsby said about 340,000 people in South Carolina suffer from a disability, and of those about 27 percent are employed. About 28 percent are living below the poverty line, he said. The services the organization offers to clients includes assessment, disability management, training and job searches. Assessment is used to determine a client’s strengths and abilities, discover career options and an individualized plan for employment, he said. Disability management focuses on overcoming barriers to employment, including issues related to pain man-

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Cody Poston assembles electrical components as Mary Sutton, from USC Sumter, and Jorell Johnson, Center Manager for Vocataional Rehabilitation, lead a tour of the facility on Thursday afternoon. agement and brain injury, Hornsby said. Disability management may also include muscular development and rehabilitation technology. The organization also offers a fourweek substance abuse treatment program that is focused on career success as part of the recovery, he said. Hornsby said South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation works with local high schools in assisting students with disabilities to transition from high school to post-secondary education or work. It also offers job preparedness classes and job readiness training, he said. “We outsource resources to more than 400 businesses statewide,” Hornsby said. Some of the work the organization helps individuals train for include computer-related fields such as programming, networking, server support and

business application programs. The benefits to employers include the organization: • Matching clients with a field they would be successful in; • Training clients prior to employment and funding additional on-site training; • Providing individuals with physical accommodations they may need; • Providing post-employment services to help clients maintain or advance in their fields; • Providing job retention services to help businesses retain valuable employees, and; • Offering tax credits for hiring employees through the organization. The Sumter office serves Clarendon and Sumter counties and is located at 1760 North Main St. For more information, call (803) 469-2960 or visit the website at www.scvrd.net.

Feds: Law worsens ‘school-to-prison pipeline’ problem COLUMBIA (AP) — Federal authorities have weighed in on a lawsuit challenging South Carolina’s “disturbing schools” law, arguing that the vague statute ends up disproportionately landing minority students and those with disabilities in juvenile jails. The filing in federal court this week is connected to a controversial 2015 cellphone video of a South Carolina high school student being snatched from her desk by a sheriff’s deputy, flipped backward and tossed across a classroom. The images prompted the deputy’s firing, sparked national outrage over the use of force on students, and led to a debate on deputies’ roles in the classroom. Earlier this week, the U.S. Justice Department filed

what’s called a statement of interest in the American Civil Liberties Union’s challenge of the law. In a statement announcing the filing, Civil Rights Division chief Vanita Gupta wrote that the arbitrary enforcement of such vague statutes contributes to the “school-to-prison pipeline,” which unfairly affects minorities and students with disabilities. “The criminalization of everyday and ordinary childhood behavior under imprecise statutes can have disastrous and discriminatory consequences,” Gupta said. “Laws must provide officers with sufficient guidance to distinguish between innocent and delinquent conduct and ensure that all children receive the full protections of our Constitution.” The ACLU filed its lawsuit

in August on behalf of students including Niya Kenny, who in October 2015 videotaped Richland County Deputy Ben Fields flipping another Spring Valley High School student out of her chair and tossing her across a classroom after she refused to surrender her cellphone. Kenny told the deputy what he was doing was wrong, and she and the other student were arrested and charged with disturbing schools. Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott swiftly fired Fields, saying the deputy’s actions made him want to “throw up,” but that the officer shouldn’t have ever been called in the first place, saying it is up to educators to manage their classrooms. Local prosecutors ultimately found no probable cause to

charge Fields with a crime. As the ACLU filed its lawsuit, Lott’s department reached a settlement with the Justice Department to do its part in ending the “school-to-prison pipeline” by providing intensive annual training for deputies who work in more than 60 schools on how to de-escalate situations, avoid bias and interact properly with disabled students. The agreement also required the creation of an advisory group including students and parents and the hiring of outside consultants approved by the DOJ to assist with compliance. It settled a civil rights review that began five months before the cellphone video incident went viral. Efforts to reform the law failed this year.

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Does fat have a place in a healthy body? F

at is usually portrayed as a nutritional villain. A high fat diet has been linked in studies to heart disease, cancer and other health problems, including those linked to obesity. But on the other hand, fats are essential to the proper functioning of the human body, and we need to consume some fat to remain healthy. A few facts about fat: • It belongs to a class of substances called “lipids;” • Fats are insoluble in water; and • Fats in food are triglycerides, which consist of three fatty acids: 1. Prostaglandins, which help control blood pressure, blood clotting, inflammation and other bodily functions. 2. Fats also serve as the storage substance for excess calories. Extra calories from carbohydrates and proteins are stored as adipose tissue, or body fat. 3. Fats also helps maintain healthy skin and hair, and transport the fatsoluble vitamins (A, D, E and K) through the gastrointestinal tract and bloodstream, and regulate blood cholesterol levels.

DIFFERENT FATS, DIFFERENT EFFECTS All fats are combinations of saturated and unsaturated fatty acids, which is why fats are described with terms such as “highly saturated” or “highly unsaturated.” For instance, about half the fatty acids in beef are saturated, which is a high proportion. 1. Saturated fatty acids. These are the fats that are usually solid at room temperature. This is the fat that comes from animal sources — meat, poultry and whole milk dairy products. 2. Unsaturated fatty acids. These fatty acids are called either monounsaturated (olive, canola, peanut and avocado oils are largely monounsaturated), or polyunsaturated (corn, safflower and sesame oils are primarily polyunsaturated). These important fats come from plants and fish. They are liquid at room temperature. Keep in mind a diet high in saturated fat can raise blood cholesterol levels, which increases the risk of

heart disease. Unsaturated fats appear to have a beneficial effect on cholesterol levels — and some of the experts say that oils rich in monounsaturated fats, such as olive Nancy and canola, are probably more proHarrison tective than polyunRETIRED saturated fats. HowCLEMSON ever, the polyunsatEXTENSION urated oils known as AGENT Omega-3 fatty acids, found mainly in fish, may be especially protective against heart disease. Most experts recommend that you get no more than 30 percent of your daily calories from fat. It’s also important to be careful about the type of fat you consume. Cholesterol is a fatlike substance that is present in all tissues in humans and animals, and in all foods from animal sources. There is no cholesterol in plants. The cholesterol that we get from foods is not an essential nutrient. The human body can make all the cholesterol it needs from dietary fats. Too much cholesterol in the bloodstream increases the risk of developing atherosclerosis – clogged arteries that can lead to heart attack or stroke. Foods that help control cholesterol — you have heard of these negative approaches — cut back on this, eliminate that — there are some foods you can add to your diet that may help lower your cholesterol. Some of these foods are proven to be effective, but bear in mind: None of these foods, even the best, is a “magic bullet” against cholesterol. Eat these foods instead of animal products high in saturated fat. All of these foods have other potential health benefits as well. • Fruits and Vegetables — Some are rich in soluble fiber, pectin which helps lower total and LDL (bad) cholesterol. These include apples, citrus fruit, berries, carrots, apricots, prunes, cabbage, sweet potatoes and Brussels sprouts. If you eat a lot of these, at least five servings a day, you’ll see an extra drop in cholesterol beyond the effect of a

low-fat diet. • Beans (legumes) — Lima, kidney, black and other beans, as well as lentils and chick-peas, are some of the best sources of cholesterol-lowering soluble fiber. Studies have found that eating even 4 ounces of beans a day can significantly reduce total and LDL cholesterol. • Cholesterol-lowering margarines – Benecol brand margarine can lower total and LDL blood cholesterol by an average of 10 percent, when eaten in the recommended quantities, without lowering HDL (“good”) cholesterol. Benecol’s “medicinal” ingredients are patented stanol esters, which are forms of plant sterols derived from pine trees. There are also other similar products, such as Take Control margarine and dressings, which contain sterols derived from soybeans. These plant chemicals act to help prevent dietary cholesterol in your digestive system from being absorbed and passing into your bloodstream. There are also dietary supplements on the market that contain stanol esters and related compounds. However, the ingredients in the supplements are not identical to those in the margarines. Moreover, the doses are too small to have a significant cholesterol-lowering effect. • Nuts — The monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats in nuts help lower cholesterol, especially when substituted for sources of saturated fat, such as meat or cheese. Moreover, certain phytochemicals in nuts, such as sterols, may inhibit cholesterol absorption. Studies have found that eating 2 to 4 ounces of nuts a day has a significant effect; one found that a mere 8 to 11 walnuts a day reduced cholesterol levels by 4 percent. Just remember that nuts are calorie-dense. • Oats — Oats are one of the best sources (along with barley) of a type of soluble fiber called beta glucan, which helps lower total and LDL cholesterol. Oat products are allowed to bear a heart-healthy claim. But it takes a fair amount of oat fiber — the amount found in about 1½ cups of oatmeal or 3 cups of dry oat cereals — to have a significant effect. • Soyfoods — Recently the FDA al-

lowed soyfoods to carry a hearthealthy claim if they contain a fair amount of soy protein and are eaten as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol. But no one knows whether it’s the protein or other substances in soy (notably fiber, unsaturated fat, or compounds called isoflavones) that help lower cholesterol. As with oats, you have to eat a fair amount of soy — say, 2 cups of soymilk or 4 ounces of tofu – to get an effect. The benefit is usually modest, and may be significant only when soy protein replaces animal protein. • Flaxseed — This is the best source of lignans, which provide fiber. Flaxseed also contains alphalinolenic acid (a type of omega-3 fatty acid), as well as other compounds that may have heart-healthy effects. Some researchers and marketers claim that flaxseed and its oil have greater health effects than those of other seeds and oils, but other experts dispute this. Studies on flaxseed have had inconsistent results regarding the effects on cholesterol. (Whole seeds are useless in this respect, since they pass through the intestines undigested.) • Olive oil — This oil may help lower blood cholesterol, but it is not the only oil to do so. Some studies give the edge to such highly monounsaturated fats as olive oil, but other studies have found that highly polyunsaturated oils (such as corn or soybean) also lower total blood cholesterol impressively. One thing is clear: Any oil that replaces saturated fat is good. If your chief concern is lowering blood cholesterol, you have nothing to gain by choosing olive oil over other highly monounsaturated oils (such as canola or peanut) or over highly polyunsaturated oils. • Fish — If you substitute fish for meat or for other sources of saturated fat, you’ll lower your cholesterol. But the same would happen if you replaced the meat with beans or other foods low in saturated fat. When researchers control for saturated fat intake, the effect of fish on cholesterol often turns out to be minimal, at best. Fish can, however, lower triglycerides, the major type of fat that circulates in the blood. And there are other ways that fish helps keep your heart healthy.

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Hannity (N) (HD) The O’Reilly Factor (HD) The Kelly File 131 (:15) The Santa Clause (‘94, Holiday) aac Tim Allen. After accidentally (:20) The Polar Express (‘04, Holiday) aaa Tom Hanks. A boy who doubt’s Santa existence (:25) Charlie and the Chocolate killing Santa, a divorced father turns into St. Nick. (HD) is invited to take a train to the North Pole. (HD) Factory (‘05) Johnny Depp. (HD) 42 Driven (HD) Driven (HD) Driven: Ron Francis (HD) Championship Bull Riding PowerShares Tennis Series: Newport no} Wrld Poker Nine Lives of Christmas (‘14, Romance) aaa Brandon Routh. Stray cat Matchmaker Santa (‘12, Holiday) aac Lacey Chabert. A woman Royal Christmas 183 (6:00) A Christmas Detour (‘15) aac Candace Cameron Bure. (HD) draws man & lady close. (HD) becomes stranded in a small town with her fiancé’s assistant. 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(HD) (‘04) aa (HD) 92 Hardball with Chris (N) (HD) All in with Chris Hayes (HD) The Rachel Maddow Show (N) Lawrence O’Donnell (HD) All in with Chris Hayes (HD) Maddow (HD) 210 Paradise Legends of the Hidden Temple (‘16) Full House Full House Full House Full House Friends (HD) Friends (HD) Friends (HD) 153 Cops (HD) Cops (HD) Cops (HD) Cops (HD) Bellator MMA Live z{| (HD) (:15) Cops (HD) Cops (HD) Cops (HD) Z Nation: The Siege of Murphytown Van Helsing: He’s Coming (N) (HD) Z Nation: The Siege of Murphytown Incorporat: 152 (6:30) Galaxy Quest (‘99, Science Fiction) aaa Tim Allen. Washed-up actors assist a dying race of aliens in their war for survival. (N) (HD) (HD) Vertical Mobility Seinfeld: The Seinfeld: The The Big Bang The Big Bang The Big Bang The Big Bang ELEAGUE: Semi fi nals of Valve’s Coun ter-Strike: Global Of fen sive (N) (HD) 156 Friars Club (HD) Wigmaster (HD) Theory (HD) Theory (HD) Theory (HD) Theory (HD) 186 Myrna Loy: So Nice to Come Home The Devil to Pay! (‘30, Comedy) aac Ronald Colman. Arrowsmith (‘31, Drama) aaa Ronald Colman. A doctor visits the West Consolation Marriage (‘31, Drama) To (‘91) Nancy Reagan. A man returns home without any money. Indies, where he tests a cure for a dreaded disease. aac Irene Dunne. 157 A Haunting (HD) A Haunting: Back From (N) A Haunting (N) (HD) Kindred Spirits (N) (HD) (:01) A Haunting (HD) Kindred (HD) 158 Bones: The Girl in the Mask Head in The Hunger Games (‘12, Action) aaa Jennifer Lawrence. In a post-apocalyptic future, an annual event is held I Am Number Four (‘11, Science Fiction) aac Alex canal. (HD) in which 24 young people are pitted against each other in a bloody game of survival. (HD) Pettyfer. Eight teenage aliens live on Earth. (HD) 129 Comedy (HD) Comedy (HD) Jokers (HD) Jokers (HD) Jokers (HD) Jokers (HD) Jokers (HD) Jokers (HD) Jokers (HD) R. Dratch (N) Jokers (HD) 161 A Griffith (HD) A Griffith (HD) A Griffith (HD) Loves Ray. Loves Ray. Loves Ray. Loves Ray. Loves Ray. 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Is CBS suffering from a lack of Christmas spirit? BY KEVIN MCDONOUGH CBS reaches back 60 years for its “I Love Lucy Christmas Special” (8 p.m., TV-G). The special is actually a colorized version of a Christmas episode first broadcast in December 1956. It will be paired with a similarly enhanced episode, “Lucy Gets in Pictures,” from February 1955. Even if you enjoy this brand of network “re-gifting,” it would be easy to get the impression that CBS is rushing things, Christmas-wise. But for the annual “A Home for the Holidays” special on Dec. 23, this is the last CBS holiday special of the Christmas season. For the record, it’s only the second day of December. I’m not counting “The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show,” airing on Dec. 5, a salute to overexposure and underdressing that could air at any time of the year. CBS will also air its annual Kennedy Center Honors on Dec. 27. The dearth of holiday spirit on CBS may stem from a feeling that cable has the holiday department more than covered. Among the Christmas curiosities airing tonight: the 2014 romantic comedy “The Nine Lives of Christmas” (8 p.m., Hallmark), about a veterinary student who uses a stray cat to lure a fireman out of bachelorhood. A slightly scary vision of Tom Hanks dominates the 2004 adaptation of “The Polar Express” (9:20 p.m., Freeform), an awkward blend of animation and live action. • Speaking of animated adaptations, Amazon Prime begins streaming “Lost in Oz: Extended Adventure” today. In this CGI special, 12-year-old Dorothy Gale (Ashley Boettcher) discovers an enchanted travel journal, utters a few special words and finds herself, her dog Toto and her family’s mid-century split-level home ripped from its Kansas roots and flung into a futuristic, “Jetsons”-like land of Oz, where witches, Munchkins and mere civilians speak in wisecrack-laden dialogue. That is, when they can be heard over the loud, thundering sound effects and musical score. Also beginning today, Netflix streams the animated Aus-

dies, particularly around the holidays.

SERIES NOTES “Caught on Camera With Nick Cannon” (8 p.m., NBC, TV-PG) puts the accent on cute * Mike agonizes over his speech at Mandy’s graduation on “Last Man Standing” (8 p.m., ABC, TV-PG) * Caroline’s sacrifice on “The Vampire Diaries” (8 p.m., CW, TV-14) * A moving situation on “Dr. Ken” (8:30 p.m., ABC, TV-PG) * Danny’s mother becomes a person of interest on “Hawaii Five-0” (9 p.m., CBS, r, TV-14) * “Dateline” (9 p.m., NBC) * “20/20” (10 p.m., ABC).

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From left, Gabrielle Ruiz stars as Valencia, Rachel Bloom as Rebecca and Vella Lovell as Heather in the “Who Needs Josh When You Have a Girl Group?” episode of “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” airing at 9 p.m. today on CW. tralian cop comedy “Pacific Heat,” a deadpan, “Archer”like look at an anti-crime squad set on that nation’s posh Gold Coast. The comedy juxtaposes loud gunplay, thrillpacked action and buxom women with understated jokes, usually involving misheard or misinterpreted police jargon. A little goes a long way. • Blending the feel-good nature of animal rescue stories with the process-driven narrative of a real estate “makeover” series, “Pet Nation Renovation” (10 p.m., Animal Planet) travels the country documenting vets, experts and donated construction workers as they help pet shelters on tight budgets. Tonight’s installment chronicles the massive makeover of the Michigan Animal Rescue League (MARL) in Pontiac.

TONIGHT’S OTHER HIGHLIGHTS • An hour of “Fox College Football Pregame” (8 p.m.) analyzes and anticipates the weekend’s college football action. • Colorado and Washington meet in the college football Pac12 Championship game (9 p.m., Fox). • Skateboard experts, animal nutritionists and makers of edible caffeine join the fray on “Shark Tank” (9 p.m., ABC, TVPG). • Rebecca has a girls’ night out on “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” (9 p.m., CW, TV-14). • Linda’s acquaintance has a

dangerous ex-spouse on “Blue Bloods” (10 p.m., CBS, r, TV-14).

CULT CHOICE An overscheduled advertising executive falls for the cabbie assigned to drive her from Seattle to her Los Angeles wedding in the 1999 comedy “A Fare to Remember” (9 p.m., Bounce), starring MalcolmJamal Warner, Challen Cates, Stanley Kamel and Tracee Ellis Ross. A contemporary Variety review called this a “contrivance” and a “puffball,” perfect descriptions for most cable romantic come-

Chelsea Handler hosts Dale Earnhardt Jr., Gaby Hoffmann and Van Jones on “Chelsea” (streaming on Netflix) * Matthew Broderick, Ali Wentworth and Fergie are booked on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” (11:35 p.m., CBS) * Jimmy Fallon welcomes Chelsea Handler and John Legend on “The Tonight Show” (11:35 p.m., NBC) * Jamie Dornan, Khloe Kardashian and Kings of Leon appear on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (11:35 p.m., ABC, r) * Vince Vaughn, George Stephanopoulos and Liza Treyger visit “Late Night With Seth Meyers” (12:35 a.m., NBC, r) * Cher, Gal Gadot and Pet Shop Boys appear on “The Late Late Show With James Corden” (12:35 a.m., CBS, r). Copyright 2016 United Feature Syndicate

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Holiday sugar shock and Pearl Harbor specials BY KEVIN MCDONOUGH Fans of the saccharine, supernatural and sappy know no one season. But the Christmas holidays blow the lid off the genre. Christian Kane (“Angel”) stars in “Heaven Sent” (8 p.m. Saturday, Lifetime, TV-PG) as a grumpy, soon-to-be-divorced bookstore owner whose wife and partner (Marley Shelton) seeks greener pastures — or at least a more lucrative partner. Can this marriage be saved? A certain golden-haired imp (Mallory James Mahoney) thinks she’s just the ticket to help this squabbling couple renew their vows. Did I mention she was an angel? A runaway from heaven? Did I mention that this was produced and directed by Michael Landon Jr.? Did you even have to ask? • Comedian Pete Holmes gets his first standup special, “Faces and Sounds” (10 p.m. Saturday, HBO, TV-MA). He stars in an upcoming HBO comedy “Crashing,” from producer Judd Apatow. • The 75th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, inspires three weekend specials. “Pearl Harbor: 75 Years Later” (9 p.m. Saturday, History) looks at the surprise attack from the point of view of experts, academics, eyewitnesses and current and retired military figures. • “Pearl Harbor: The Truth” (10 p.m. Sunday, History) takes a more tightly focused look at the attack and examines the government’s efforts to scapegoat Admiral H.E. Kimmel for being unprepared for the surprise air and naval engagement. Over the course of an hour, it makes the case, spelled out in the book “A Matter of Honor: Betrayal, Blame and a Family’s Quest for Justice” by Anthony Summers and Robbyn Swan, that Kimmel was kept in the dark about broken Japanese codes and the fact that some in Washington were much more aware of an imminent attack than they let on. “Truth” pretty much dismisses larger, darker conspiracies that the White House allowed the attack to happen to draw America into the war. It makes the case that, not unlike the weeks and months

leading up to the 9/11 attacks, there was much intelligence gathered. But the way that intelligence was shared, or mothballed, proved to be both crucial and tragic. “Truth” unfolds with an ominous, tabloid tone. Promises of major “revelations” are teased out at each commercial break. It doesn’t help that “Truth” mangles history right off the bat. It opens by reminding us that there have been two major attacks on U.S. soil — Pearl Harbor and 9/11. This completely omits the British attack on Washington, D.C., during the War of 1812. You’d think the burning of the White House would register with history buffs. But then again, this is the History Channel. “The Lost Tapes: Pearl Harbor” (9 p.m., Sunday, Smithsonian) weaves together compelling history from vintage film footage and historical stills using contemporary radio and newsreel audiotapes. These tapes weren’t so much “lost” as stored away and not heard from in nearly 70 years. The resulting montage offers a much better perspective on history, showing us how events unfolded, rather than speculating on them from the vantage point of hindsight and conspiracy theory. They offer a glimpse of a nervous America, all too aware that a Japanese strike somewhere in the Pacific was imminent. As in many history specials recalling the Kennedy assassination, “Lost” is filled with clips of entertainment broadcasts cut short for breaking bulletins and the

desperate scramble of news agencies to contact a Pacific island thousands of miles away. At one point, a live, eyewitness account from an NBC reporter speaking over a telephone is cut off by an operator desperate to put through an emergency call. This is the first of a series of “Lost Tapes” specials to air contemporary audio and video coverage of major events, including the Los Angeles riots of 1992, the hunt for the “Son of Sam” killer in 1977 and the Patty Hearst saga of 1974-75. These later “Lost” segments will air in 2017, timed to their anniversaries.

SATURDAY’S HIGHLIGHTS • Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed star in the 1946 holiday favorite “It’s a Wonderful Life” (8 p.m. Saturday, NBC, TV-G), directed by Frank Capra. • Wisconsin and Penn State meet in the College Football Big Ten Championship game (8 p.m., Fox). • Clemson and Virginia Tech meet in the College Football ACC Championship Game (8 p.m., ABC). • Tom Hanks, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Mo Farah, Gemma Arterton and Olly Murs appear on “The Graham Norton Show” (10 p.m., BBC America, TV-14). • Emma Stone hosts “Saturday Night Live” (11:30 p.m., NBC, TV-14), featuring musical guest Shawn Mendes.

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(7 p.m., CBS): An interview with Speaker Paul Ryan; economic development in Mississippi; the Americans with Disabilities Act. • The Seahawks and Panthers tangle in NFL Football action (8:20 p.m., NBC). • An artifact’s retrieval proves difficult on “The Librarians” (8 p.m., TNT, TV-PG). • Eric comes clean about an aspect of his past on the season finale of “Secrets and Lies” (9 p.m., ABC, TV-14). • “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown” (9 p.m., CNN) ends its season in Rome. • Conservationists take on poachers and illegal fishing fleets in the new series “Ocean Warriors” (9 p.m., Animal Planet, TV-PG). • The Sanctuary gets a second look on “The Walking Dead” (9 p.m., AMC, TV-MA). • A chart-topping singer opens up her life to the indignity of reality television in the new series “Mariah’s World” (9 p.m., E!, TV-14). • Ford (Anthony Hopkins) unveils his new storyline on the season finale of “Westworld” (9 p.m., HBO, TV-MA).

CULT CHOICE Colorado teens mount an armed insurgency against a Soviet-Cuban occupation force in the 1984 cult action drama “Red Dawn” (8 p.m. Saturday, Esquire) starring Patrick Swayze, C. Thomas Howell, Lea Thompson, Charlie Sheen and Jennifer Grey.

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FROM PAGE A1 many potential questions as we could,” she said. “Some of the books were on the level that high school seniors would read, even though these are middle school students.” Teams of six students competed on the stage. The students could be switched out each round if there were more than six on a team. Students were asked a random question about the book and were given 30 seconds to discuss it. One team member responded with the title of the book and its author. Teams were given points based on their answer. They received three points for naming the title and the author correctly, two points for naming the title and no points for just naming the author. If a team missed the answer, the question went to the opposing team for a rebuttal. The team that answered the rebuttal correctly received two points. Colton Muszynski, an eighth-grade Wilson Hall student, said he was excited to co-win the state championship. “I feel that all of the hard work that we put in really paid off,” Muszynski said. “We faced many challenging questions and were able to answer most of them correctly.” Emily Gagne, Five Oaks Academy middle school adviser, said the students put in a lot of work in preparing for the competition. Gagne said her team’s stu-

Most senators see the lieutenant governor position as a dead-end job, former state Sen. Larry Martin said. “There is no tomorrow politically once you do it,” Martin said. “Your office ends in two years, and it is no more.” He has a lot more influence in his current position, said Sen. Thomas McElveen, DSumter. McElveen said Leatherman has indicated he will not give up his position as president pro tem. “I am not so sure these dominoes are going to fall as fast as people think,” he said. He said the president-elect’s administration does not begin until Jan. 20, and the timeline for Haley’s confirmation is not yet set. “I think Leatherman will run for pro tem on Tuesday,” McElveen said. “We will have to wait and see what happens in the Senate when it comes time for a vacancy in the lieutenant governor’s office.” Until he was defeated in the Republican primary this spring, Martin was chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and was highly involved in passing a constitutional amendment that will put the lieutenant governor and gubernatorial candidates on the same ticket. McElveen said some senators think the amendment in question will allow McMaster to appoint his own lieutenant governor once he takes the governor’s job. “I don’t see it that way,” McElveen said. Martin agrees, saying amendments passed in 2012 would not give McMaster

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Wilson Hall middle-school team members shake hands with Five Oaks Academy, of Simpsonville, team members after co-winning the state championship at the 2017 South Carolina Independent School Association Battle of the Books state competition held at Thomas Sumter Academy on Wednesday. dents each read at least five of the books and had to come up with 10 questions themselves to prepare. At least two people on the team read each book. “It’s a really awesome feeling to win at this level,” said Jefferson Summers, an eighth-grade student from Five Oaks Academy. “It’s really exciting to see just how far we’ve come to win the state championship,” said Grace Ireland, also an eighth-grade student at the school. In the lower school competition, Wilson Hall defeated Lowcountry Preparatory School of Charleston in the final round. Susie Herlong and Kathy Coker served as advisers for the team. Herlong said the students worked hard to prepare this year. The team took second in the regional competition, but shined in the state championship, defeating their opponent by about 20 points. The team, made up of

third-, fourth- and fifthgrade students, also read a set of 20 books during the summer, and practiced several times a week leading up to the competition. Herlong said each of the students would read multiple books, becoming well acquainted with them. Thomas Sumter Academy Head of School Debbie Nix, moderator of the event, said she was thrilled with the turnout. “This event gives students an opportunity to compete in something they love doing, which is reading,” Nix said. “This event also gives young people a wonderful public speaking skill to develop to be comfortable answering questions on stage.” Nix proposed the Battle of the Books competition to SCISA a few years ago. The first competition was held in 2013. In the fall of 2017, SCISA is planning on opening up the Battle of the Books competition to high school students, Nix said.

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Tennessee wildfires claim 3 more; death toll rises to 10 GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — Crews discovered three more bodies as they searched the rubble of wildfires that torched hundreds of homes and businesses near the Great Smoky Mountains, bringing the death toll to 10, officials said Thursday. Authorities set up a hotline for people to report missing friends and relatives, and after following up on dozens of leads, they said many of those people had been accounted for. They did not say whether they believe anyone else is still missing. Search-and-rescue missions continued until dark, but Gatlinburg Fire Chief Greg Miller said that since it had been three days since the fires, “we have to come to a realization that the potential is great that it could be more of a recovery than a rescue.” Nearly 24 hours of rain on Wednesday helped dampen the wildfires, but fire officials struck a cautious tone, saying people shouldn’t have a false sense of security because months of drought have left the ground bone dry and the wildfires can rekindle. A wildfire, likely started by a person, spread Monday from the Great Smoky Mountains

into the tourist city of Gatlinburg when hurricane-force winds toppled trees and power lines, blowing embers in all directions. More than 14,000 residents and visitors in Gatlinburg were forced to evacuate, and the city has been shuttered ever since. “We had trees going down everywhere, power lines, all those power lines were just like lighting a match because of the extreme drought conditions. So we went from nothing to over 20 plus structure fires in a matter of minutes. And that grew and that grew and that grew,” Miller said. At least 700 buildings in the county have been damaged. “Gatlinburg is the people, that’s what Gatlinburg is. It’s not the buildings, it’s not the stuff in the buildings,” Mayor Mike Werner said. “We’re gonna be back better than ever. Just be patient.” Werner has spent the better part of three days standing in front of TV cameras saying “everything is going to be OK,” all while he lost the home he built himself along with all seven buildings of the condominium business he owned. Great Smoky Mountains National Park Superintendent

VANDALISM FROM PAGE A1 saddened and heartbroken more than anything else when they discovered that church property had been vandalized. He said he wondered why someone would do that. “The people who did it do not know us,” Sharpe said. He said the church is filled with people who care about and love the community. “I hope they will understand that,” he said about the individuals who

committed the crime. Sharpe said the church is a place for everyone in the community. He mentioned several weekly activities offered at the church that are regularly attended by members as well as others in the area. Sharpe said he is proud of the young members of the church who did not hesitate to help clean up the paint when asked.

Cassius Cash has said the fires were “likely to be human-caused” but he has refused to elaborate, saying only that the investigation continues. About 10,000 acres, or 15 square miles, have burned inside the country’s most visited national park. Another 6,000 acres have been torched outside of the park. Sevier County Mayor Larry Waters said authorities have made “significant progress in the search and clearing” of the rubble. One of the victims was identified as Alice Hagler. Her son Lyle Wood said his mother and brother lived in a home at Chalet Village in Gatlinburg, and she frantically called his brother Monday night because the house had caught fire. The call dropped as Wood’s brother raced up the fiery mountain trying to get to his mother. He didn’t make it in time. “My mom was a very warm, loving, personable person. She never met a stranger. She would talk to anybody,” Wood said. The mayor said authorities are still working to identify the dead and did not release any details about how they were killed.

Thing are back to normal now, he said. Ken Bell, public information officer at the sheriff ’s office, said the agency did not have any suspects as of about 4:40 p.m. on Wednesday. Investigators think these were isolated incidents and crimes of opportunity because the crimes took place on a rural road, he said. Bell said information leading to an arrest could result in a $2,500 reward from Crime Stoppers, (803) 4362718.

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U.S. students lag East Asia peers in math and science WASHINGTON (AP) — American students have strides to make when it comes to math and science, where they lag behind a solid block of East Asian countries, according to results released Tuesday from an international exam. Eighth-graders in the United States improved their scores in math during the past four years, up nine points. Scores for science, however, were flat. In fourth grade, scores were unchanged in the math and science tests. “The results do suggest a leveling out in the most recent cycle,” said Ina Mullis, an executive director of the TIMSS & PIRLS International Study Center at Boston College, where researchers helped coordinate staff to administer the assessments. “One always prefers to see improvement, but holding one’s own is preferable to declining.” Singapore topped the rankings, taking first place in both grades for math and science on the tests, known as the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study, or TIMSS. The tests are administered every four years to a random sampling of students in dozens of countries. Hong Kong, South Korea, Taiwan and Japan also dominated the lists for each grade in both subjects. The United States placed 10th in fourth-grade science as well as in eighth-grade math. In eighth-grade science, the U.S. tied with Ireland for 10th place. It ranked 14th for fourth-grade math, just behind Portugal and Kazakhstan. While the short-term trend for American students overall wasn’t glowing, scores during the past 20 years have improved considerably. Math and science scores for eighthgraders had sharp gains, as

did scores for fourth-grade math. Science scores for fourth-graders showed no statistical change during the past two decades. Matt Larson, president of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, said the results show there’s work to be done, but that he’s encouraged overall by the growth since the mid-90s. “This may reflect an increased focus on mathematics in the early grades and could be a longer-term effect of standards reform and the implementation of research-informed instructional practices in more schools.” Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, said the steady progress by U.S. students “affirms that when there is an alignment between teachers and students, instruction and standards, and resources — giving teachers the flexibility to teach what students need to know and do — we see success.” Globally, results from the 2015 exams showed achievement trends were up — with more countries registering increases than decreases in math and science for both grades. Gender gaps were another highlight. They have narrowed during the past 20 years, especially in science at the eighth-grade level. “A lot of countries have been working hard to close that achievement gap, and have promoted girls’ interest and participation in science,” said Michael Martin, who runs the TIMSS & PIRLS International Study Center with Mullis. About 600,000 students around the world took part in the 2015 exams. The tests are sponsored by the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement in Amsterdam.

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f you were an inquisitive space alien who decided to drift down to visit America in 2016 — as a tour guide, I probably wouldn’t recommend this year in particular, as people are kind of crabby, and good-natured hijinks are at a general low, but that’s another story — you could be forgiven for thinking that women simply can’t do a thing for themselves. You could be forgiven, that Heather is, if your Wilhelm only human contacts were today’s leading “feminists.” Take Tuesday’s news regarding the nomination of Tom Price, a pro-life congressman from Georgia, as the incoming Trump administration’s secretary of health and human services. To hear feminists tell it, if Price gets confirmed, we lady folk might as well call it a day, don sackcloth and ashes, and wail while we wait for the fearsome and inevitable arrival of the tsunami of patriarchal oppression. “Trump Health Czar Tom Price is a Nightmare for Women,” declared Erin Gloria Ryan on Tuesday in the Daily Beast. “Price helming HHS is a nightmare scenario for advocates of reproductive choice,” she continued, “and a dream for those with a nostalgia for the time before Roe v. Wade, if not Griswold v. Connecticut.” Yikes. This Price guy sounds pretty retrograde! Did he announce an improbable plan to singlehandedly overturn Roe v. Wade, thereby banning abortion, even though he’s not on the Supreme Court? Has he unleashed a scheme to outlaw contraceptives, even though Griswold already declared that unconstitutional? Has he proposed a forced nationwide return to modest poodle skirts and drive-ins and people who exclaim things like “Gee, Linda, I sure don’t trust the punch at this sock hop!” in a completely un-ironic fashion? Well, no. Get ready, America, and prepare to be shocked: Tom Price doesn’t think you should be forced to pay for everyone else’s abortion and contraceptives. Price, as McClatchy news service reported on Wednesday, “would be able to repeal one of President Barack Obama’s most controversial initiatives: free birth control for women under the Affordable Care Act.” Because of this — and likely because her organization received a whopping $500 million in tax dollars last year, which would be a real bummer to lose — Planned Parenthood’s Cecile Richards served as one of the first to sound an alarm at the news. “Tom Price poses a grave threat to women’s health in this country,” she announced. “Price would take women back decades.” Actually, Price would likely take women back seven years, to the notorious hell-scape of 2009, when people actually had to shell out around $10 a month for birth control. Also, in 2009 — gird your loins, for

this way horror lurks — you couldn’t just waltz into your doctor’s office and demand a $500 IUD for “free.” (The IUD is never “free,” of course. Other people pay for it, or you pay for it in quieter, more indirect ways. Amazingly, for much of the political Left, this lesson never seems to sink in.) Let’s set aside, at least for now, the Left’s many fears about the socially moderate Trump’s supposedly incoming reign of hardcore social-conservative terror. Let’s look at the real subtext beneath the panic. It’s the sad truth that feminism, once a plucky movement with worthy elements dedicated to fighting structural inequities faced by women, has collapsed into an often-sulky shambles with one overarching, consistent demand: “I’m helpless! Pay for my stuff !” “Every little girl dreams of one day growing up and falling in love,” writes Ryan in the Daily Beast, “and one day, when a squeamish insurance executive decides it’s time to stop paying for healthcare that enables women to have non-procreative sex, getting accidentally pregnant.” Ryan’s being sarcastic, of course, but she reveals much more than intended. It’s strange: Her imaginary “little girl,” all grown up, seems to have no individual agency. Things — like, say, getting “accidentally pregnant” — just happen to her! How could she possibly have prevented this unfortunate, mysterious development without the money and approval of a squeamish insurance executive? If you read many such panicked feminist think pieces, in fact, it would seem fair to assume that women are essentially wandering, slightly confused uteruses with zero personal control. Doesn’t seem feminist or empowered at all, does it? Is there a chance that Planned Parenthood, that holy of holies for movement feminists, could lose federal funding under a President Trump? Perhaps. Personally, I’ll believe it when I see it. Here’s the real question: If Planned Parenthood did lose funding, and the nation disintegrated into a nightmarish dystopia straight out of The Handmaid’s Tale — this second part wouldn’t happen, of course, but let’s entertain the fantasy for now — what would feminists do? They’d impress me, for one, if they rolled up their sleeves, got to work, and raised the money themselves. If Planned Parenthood is the marvelous and necessary charitable organization they say it is, this shouldn’t be a problem, right? Last time I checked, alas, feminists weren’t making these plans. In outlets ranging from Time to the Daily Beast to New York magazine to Vogue, they were urging their sisters as a tip-top priority — wait for it, for I’m not making this up — to rush out and get a “free,” government-funded IUD while they still could. Apparently, that’s what modern empowerment is all about. Heather Wilhelm is a National Review columnist and a senior contributor to the Federalist.

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After a mere 25 years, the triumph of the West is over

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ASHINGTON — Twenty-five years ago — December 1991 — communism died, the Cold War ended and the Soviet Union disappeared. It was the largest breakup of an empire in modern history and not a shot was fired. It was an event of biblical proportions that my generation thought it would never live to see. As Wordsworth famously rhapsodized (about the French Revolution), “Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive/ But to be young was very heaven!” That dawn marked the ultimate triumph of the liberal democratic idea. It promised an era of Western dominance led by a pre-eminent America, the world’s last remaining superpower. And so it was for a decade as the community of democracies expanded, first into Eastern Europe and former Soviet colonies. The U.S. was so dominant that when, on Dec. 31, 1999, it gave up one of the most prized geostrategic assets on the globe — the Panama Canal — no one even noticed. That era is over. The autocracies are back and rising; democracy is on the defensive; the U.S. is in retreat. Look no further than Aleppo. A Western-backed resistance to a local tyrant — he backed by a resurgent Russia, an expanding Iran and an array of proxy Shiite militias — is on the brink of annihilation. Russia drops bombs; America issues statements. What better symbol for the end of that heady liberal-democratic historical moment. The West is turning inward and going home, leaving the field to the rising authoritarians — Russia, China and Iran. In France, the conservative party’s newly nominated presidential contender is fashionably conservative and populist and soft on Vladimir Putin. As are several of the newer

COMMENTARY Eastern Europe democracies — Hungary, Bulgaria, even Poland — themselves showing Charles Krauthammer authoritarian tendencies. And even as Europe tires of the sanctions imposed on Russia for its rape of Ukraine, President Obama’s much touted “isolation” of Russia has ignominiously dissolved, as our secretary of state repeatedly goes cap in hand to Russia to beg for mercy in Syria. The European Union, the largest democratic club on earth, could itself soon break up as Brexit-like movements spread through the continent. At the same time, its members dash with unseemly haste to reopen economic ties with a tyrannical and aggressive Iran. As for China, the other great challenger to the postCold War order, the administration’s “pivot” has turned into an abject failure. The Philippines has openly defected to the Chinese side. Malaysia then followed. And the rest of our Asian allies are beginning to hedge their bets. When the president of China addressed the Pacific Rim countries in Peru last month, he suggested that China was prepared to pick up the pieces of the TransPacific Partnership, now abandoned by both political parties in the United States. The West’s retreat began with Obama, who reacted to (perceived) post-9/11 overreach by abandoning Iraq, offering appeasement (“reset”) to Russia and accommodating Iran. In 2009, he refused even rhetorical support to the popular revolt against the rule of the ayatollahs.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR PTSD NOT MAJOR FACTOR IN SHOOTINGS According to a recent letter to the editor, “PTSD may play role in some police shootings.” So might criminal behavior of the suspect. According to the FBI Uniform Crime Report in 2015 (the latest complete figures) police arrested 10.5 million people, that number does not include those who were issued traffic tickets or with whom police had contact but no arrests were made. That same year there were 1210 people killed by police either directly or accidentally. Considering the number of violent offenders and the variety of crimes they commit each year I find the number of deaths

Donald Trump wants to continue the pull back, though for entirely different reasons. Obama ordered retreat because he’s always felt the U.S. was not good enough for the world, too flawed to have earned the moral right to be the world hegemon. Trump would follow suit, disdaining allies and avoiding conflict, because the world is not good enough for us — undeserving, ungrateful, parasitic foreigners living safely under our protection and off our sacrifices. Time to look after our own American interests. Trump’s is not a new argument. As the Cold War was ending in 1990, Jeane Kirkpatrick, the quintessential neoconservative, argued that we should now become “a normal country in a normal time.” It was time to give up the 20th-century burden of maintaining world order and of making superhuman exertions on behalf of universal values. Two generations of fighting fascism and communism were quite enough. Had we not earned a restful retirement? At the time, I argued that we had earned it indeed, but a cruel history would not allow us to enjoy it. Repose presupposes a fantasy world in which stability is self-sustaining without the United States. It is not. We would incur not respite but chaos. A quarter-century later, we face the same temptation, but this time under more challenging circumstances. Worldwide jihadism has been added to the fight, and we enjoy nothing like the dominance we exercised over conventional adversaries during our 1990s holiday from history. We may choose repose, but we won’t get it. Charles Krauthammer’s email address is letters@ charleskrauthammer.com. © 2016, The Washington Post Writers Group

of suspects to be astonishingly low. I think it shows how often the police are willing to put their life on the line to protect the public and take in violent offenders alive. While PTSD is a very real condition and might be a factor in a few cases per year I do not think it plays a major role. Police officers already must undergo psychiatric evaluation when hired and after violent incidents where they are forced to use their service weapon in the line of duty. I think the real question is what drives people to think they have a right to attack a police officer and force them to use deadly force to defend themselves? Put blame where it belongs, with the person who broke the law to start with. JOHN GAYDOS Wedgefield


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Man drains family savings to fund enterprise DEAR ABBY — My husband of 23 years, "Gerald," quit his job to start his own law firm. He told me about it Dear Abby only after he ABIGAIL had quit. I have tried to VAN BUREN be supportive, but seven months down the line, he has spent all our "rainy day" cash and earned only one paycheck. We have two teenagers, one who will be going to college in a year. I took a high-paying job a year ago to help pay down our mortgage and fund our son's college expenses. Gerald claimed the bonus money he

received when he quit his old job belonged to him to fund the new venture. He's now saying that seven months is too little time to make any huge decisions, but we are now going to start liquidating our 401(k)s. This is where I draw the line. He needs to get a job. I have worked every year of our marriage and never quit. I feel like I'm living with a selfish stranger who calls me a "money-hungry stereotypical female" when I ask when he'll get paid. Is it time for me to take off the rose-colored glasses and file for divorce? Stuck in his midlife crisis DEAR STUCK — Your husband should have discussed his career change with you before he quit the law firm. Do NOT allow him to push you into

taking money from your 401(k). Because your husband hasn't yet reached retirement age, when he liquidates his, there will be a penalty for early withdrawal. Consult an attorney -- other than your husband -- about what your next steps should be to protect yourself and your children because your spouse does not appear to be making rational decisions. Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Contact Dear Abby at www. DearAbby.com or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069. Abby shares more than 100 of her favorite recipes in two booklets "Abby's Favorite Recipes" and "More Favorite Recipes by Dear Abby." Send your name and mailing address, plus check or money order for $14 (U.S. funds) to: Dear Abby, Cookbooklet Set, P.O. Box 447, Mount Morris, IL 61054-0447. (Shipping and handling are included in the price.)

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

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

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ACROSS 1 Test 6 Law degs. 9 While-__: repair shop sign words 14 Art critic’s phrase, literally 15 Calendar pg. 16 NBA’s Jackson et al. 18 “10” co-star 19 Send out 20 Pamplona’s municipality 22 Big stain 24 Israeli border lake 28 “Doubt it” 29 Theme park near Dallas, literally 30 “Conan” channel 33 Dayan of Israel 35 Giants manager before Bochy 37 Like non-oyster months, traditionally 39 Ration (out) 40 Changes one’s ways, literally 42 “The Deep” director Peter 44 Bottom line

12/2/16 46 Closing sequence 48 They’re often numbered 49 Bench warmers? 53 Loss of speech 55 Drive-__ 56 Before, in Brest 59 Tumbles out of control, literally 61 “In the Bedroom” Oscar nominee 62 Passé 63 “Surprise Symphony” composer 64 Big tees 65 Matrix, e.g. DOWN 1 Some jennies 2 Baffle 3 Prophetess 4 Longtime Dodger manager 5 Still 6 Whale of a guy? 7 Half of MCDX 8 Most constant 9 Kite aid 10 Cajoled 11 Whistle blower?

12 Key for Fauré? 13 “For shame!” 17 Run at the end 21 “Toy Story” dinosaur 23 Highland lid 25 Ancient Germanic invader 26 Even, in Évian 27 Valuable team member 29 Field unit 30 Byes 31 Not sharp 32 More ticked 34 Cunning 36 Still breastfeeding 38 __ orientation 41 Ignored the alarm

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Alaska biologists studying decline of caribou herd JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The size of a large caribou herd in Alaska’s Arctic region has dropped by more than 50 percent during the past three years, and researchers who have tentatively ruled out hunting and predation as significant factors for the decline are trying to determine why. The state’s Central Arctic herd, which roams an area of north-central Alaska about the size of Ohio, hit a peak of about 70,000 caribou in 2010. It fell to 50,000 in 2013. That year, spring arrived late, meaning caribou had to trudge through snow later than usual at a time when their bodies are already stressed and not getting the grasses they need for nutrition. Surveys by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game suggest the herd dwindled to about 22,000 caribou this year. There has been a higher than normal rate of death among adult female caribou tracked with radio collars, but the reason for that is unclear, said state wildlife biologist Beth Lenart. The department does not believe hunting is a factor in the decline, saying caribou killed by hunters account for a small portion of overall deaths. The department doesn’t think predation by wolves and bears plays a large role in regulating Arctic caribou herds, and biologists so far have not detected diseases affecting the herd, Lenart said. Pregnancy rates for female caribou are down slightly since 2013, but not alarmingly so, she said. Fewer adult males are tracked by tracking collars, making it more difficult to spot trends in their numbers. Researchers con-

clude that caribou have likely died when the sensors on their collars indicate the animals have not moved for at least 12 hours. Lenart plans to review more closely weather data to see if there might have been changes that biologists hadn’t picked up on, such as effects to vegetation that could affect caribou nutrition. “But other than that, it’s pretty challenging” pinpointing a cause, she said. The caribou’s diet includes mushrooms, lichen, willow leaves, small shrubs and plants similar to grass called sedges. Some of the Central Arctic herd caribou may have joined other herds, though the extent to which that may have happened is unclear, Lenart said. The herd’s territory covers 44,400 square miles from the Arctic coast to the Prudhoe Bay oil fields to the southern side of the Brooks Range of mountains. It’s not unusual for there to be rises and falls in the numbers of caribou in herds, but Lenart described the change for the Central Arctic herd as “definitely a steep decline.” While there’s no evidence that climate change is affecting the herd yet, the Arctic is seeing the effects of a warming climate, with polar bears serving as a poster child of sorts for the change. The International Union for Conservation of Nature estimates the worldwide polar bear population at about 26,000 animals, but there are no comparable historical numbers. Polar Bears International, an advocacy group, says the bears are traditionally difficult to count because it’s expensive to survey the remote locations where they live. The

no clear changes, Adams said. Some Alaska hunters are critical of current hunting rules that allow non-residents to kill up to five caribou during the hunting season and allow the killing of females that might have calves depending on them. “Obviously hunting contributes to decline. Whether it’s a significant factor, we don’t know,” said Mark Richards, executive director of Resident Hunters of Alaska group. “But you can’t deny that hunting has an effect. Otherwise, they wouldn’t restrict hunting.” The fish and game department said it plans to recommend an overall reduction in the number of caribou that can be killed from the Central Artic herd because it now has fewer than the 28,000 to 32,000 animals considered its optimal management size. Adams said the Central Arctic and other herds in the region that have experienced recent declines all reached historic highs prior to their drops. Two other northern Alaska herds, the Western Arctic and Teshekpuk, have seen declines in recent years, though the Teshekpuk appears to have stabilized, said Lincoln Parrett, a research coordinator with the state department of fish and game.

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This undated photo shows caribou in the Western Arctic in Alaska. The size of an Arctic caribou herd in Alaska has been cut in half in just the past three years, and Alaska Department of Fish and Game researchers are trying to understand why.

U.S. government has protected polar bears and some seals, citing long-term threats posed to them by declining sea ice. The U.S. Geological Survey is trying to understand how future environmental change might affect caribou habitat, food and reproduction. Longer periods of abundant food could help animals put on more weight for the winter but if summers are very buggy, with insects harassing caribou so much that they can’t eat or must travel long distances to get away, that could have an effect, said Layne Adams, a research

wildlife biologist with U.S. Geological Survey. Work last summer evaluating caribou range quality compared to the 1970s found

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ARIES (March 21-April 19): Personal EUGENIA LAST problems will interfere with work if you don’t take better care of your emotional and physical well-being. Keep your life simple by attending to your basic needs. A partnership situation will be in your best interest.

The last word in astrology

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Do what comes naturally to you. If you try to push something you don’t agree with or believe in, you’ll fall short. Adapt whatever you do to fit your lifestyle and you will make an honest impression on someone. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Temptation can be daunting if you believe you will be left behind if you don’t sign up. Time is on your side, so reject any deals that are not in your best interest. Bide your time and something better will come along. CANCER (June 21-July 22): Let the talks begin. If you want to structure a change to the way you do things or how you choose to live, now is a great time to air your thoughts and consider the feedback offered from a reliable source. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Your desire to make a sudden move could lead to conflicts. Do your best to take a patient approach before you agree to take part in something volatile. Take care of your physical and emotional well-being. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Avoid getting involved in joint ventures or get-rich-quick schemes. Attend an event that will allow you to network and socialize at the same time. You’ll attract someone with your common sense and detailed plans. Romance is highlighted.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): You’ll face opposition at home if you are spending too much time taking care of outside business. Turn your focus toward what needs to be done to keep the peace before a small issue turns into major conflict. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Refrain from getting sucked into other people’s problems. Do your best to stick to your own plans and focus on getting ahead. Ulterior motives may be behind someone’s emotional manipulation. Don’t give in to bullying. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Consider all the angles before you get involved in a joint venture. Don’t let an emotional plea put you in a precarious position. Protect your home and family from any situation that is unpredictable. Don’t invest in someone else’s scheme.

DAILY PLANNER

WEATHER TODAY

TONIGHT

Mostly sunny

Mainly clear

Sunshine and some Cloudy with spotty clouds showers

MONDAY

TUESDAY

Periods of rain

Periods of sun, showers around

36°

60° / 41°

55° / 43°

57° / 49°

68° / 47°

Chance of rain: 0%

Chance of rain: 5%

Chance of rain: 75%

Chance of rain: 65%

Chance of rain: 60%

WNW 4-8 mph

NW 3-6 mph

NNE 4-8 mph

ENE 4-8 mph

NE 6-12 mph

N 7-14 mph

TODAY’S SOUTH CAROLINA WEATHER

Gaffney 59/31 Spartanburg 59/35

Greenville 59/35

Columbia 62/34

Sumter 60/36

IN THE MOUNTAINS Aiken 60/33

Charleston 65/39

Today: Plenty of sunshine. High 60 to 65. Saturday: Sunny to partly cloudy. High 58 to 64.

LOCAL ALMANAC

LAKE LEVELS

SUMTER THROUGH 4 P.M. YESTERDAY

66° 53° 61° 37° 79° in 1991 20° in 1964 0.31" 0.00" 0.10" 45.25" 57.36" 43.83"

NATIONAL CITIES City Atlanta Chicago Dallas Detroit Houston Los Angeles New Orleans New York Orlando Philadelphia Phoenix San Francisco Wash., DC

Today Hi/Lo/W 58/40/s 40/25/c 65/47/pc 42/31/c 69/55/sh 65/45/s 65/54/pc 51/40/s 74/54/pc 51/39/s 63/45/pc 60/46/s 54/38/s

Full pool 360 76.8 75.5 100

Lake Murray Marion Moultrie Wateree

SUN AND MOON 7 a.m. yest. 354.07 73.60 73.57 98.11

24-hr chg +0.08 -0.04 none -0.01

RIVER STAGES

Precipitation 24 hrs ending 4 p.m. yest. Month to date Normal month to date Year to date Last year to date Normal year to date

Sat. Hi/Lo/W 60/45/c 38/26/c 50/46/r 44/30/c 64/60/r 70/48/s 67/63/r 48/36/pc 77/60/pc 49/34/pc 70/46/s 61/47/s 51/36/s

Myrtle Beach 62/41

Manning 61/35

Today: Mostly sunny. Winds southwest 4-8 mph. Partly cloudy. Saturday: Times of sun and clouds. Winds southwest 4-8 mph.

Temperature High Low Normal high Normal low Record high Record low

Florence 61/35

Bishopville 60/34

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AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Hidden facts could impede your ability to make a good decision. Time is on your side, so sit back and work on projects that offer the highest return until you see concrete evidence that your interests are worthwhile.

CROSSWORD

SATURDAY

Chance of rain: 0%

Temperatures shown on map are today’s highs and tonight’s lows.

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CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Do something that will make you feel good. Getting into a workout routine or updating the way you look will give you the boost you need to take on new and exciting challenges. Don’t give in to emotional manipulation.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): You’ll be in a good position to call in a favor. Don’t lose out because you aren’t willing to ask for help. An emotional plea will demonstrate your courage, determination and desire to get things done.

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River Black River Congaree River Lynches River Saluda River Up. Santee River Wateree River

Flood 7 a.m. stage yest. 12 5.63 19 3.30 14 4.03 14 2.38 80 74.63 24 4.36

24-hr chg -0.05 +0.30 +0.05 +0.59 +0.14 -1.47

Sunrise 7:10 a.m. Moonrise 9:31 a.m.

Sunset Moonset

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Dec. 20

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Today Sat.

High 10:35 a.m. 10:41 p.m. 11:11 a.m. 11:20 p.m.

Ht. 3.2 2.7 3.2 2.7

Low 4:47 a.m. 5:35 p.m. 5:26 a.m. 6:15 p.m.

Ht. 0.3 0.4 0.3 0.4

REGIONAL CITIES City Asheville Athens Augusta Beaufort Cape Hatteras Charleston Charlotte Clemson Columbia Darlington Elizabeth City Elizabethtown Fayetteville

Today Hi/Lo/W 53/29/s 62/35/s 65/33/s 65/40/s 57/42/s 65/39/s 59/32/s 62/37/s 62/34/s 61/33/s 56/32/s 60/35/s 59/37/s

Sat. Hi/Lo/W 53/35/pc 61/41/pc 64/42/pc 63/45/pc 52/41/s 63/43/pc 57/37/s 60/46/c 62/41/pc 59/39/s 53/33/s 57/36/s 57/39/s

City Florence Gainesville Gastonia Goldsboro Goose Creek Greensboro Greenville Hickory Hilton Head Jacksonville, FL La Grange Macon Marietta

Today Hi/Lo/W 61/35/s 70/43/s 61/32/s 59/36/s 64/37/s 56/34/s 59/35/s 57/34/s 64/43/s 67/43/s 61/39/s 65/36/s 57/36/s

Sat. Hi/Lo/W 59/40/s 73/51/pc 59/41/s 56/37/s 62/43/pc 54/36/s 59/41/pc 57/38/s 62/47/pc 69/51/pc 60/48/c 64/44/pc 57/42/c

City Marion Mt. Pleasant Myrtle Beach Orangeburg Port Royal Raleigh Rock Hill Rockingham Savannah Spartanburg Summerville Wilmington Winston-Salem

Today Hi/Lo/W 56/32/s 64/41/s 62/41/s 61/35/s 65/43/s 58/33/s 60/32/s 59/32/s 66/40/s 59/35/s 63/37/s 61/36/s 55/34/s

Sat. Hi/Lo/W 56/37/s 62/45/pc 58/42/s 60/43/pc 63/48/pc 55/34/s 58/39/s 57/36/s 65/46/pc 58/41/s 61/43/pc 57/36/s 54/36/s

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Clemson’s Jalen Williams (30 and Ben Boulware (10) tackle South Carolina’s Hayden Hurst on Saturday in Clemson.

Foster, Venables bring top schemes to ACC title game

BY PETE IACOBELLI AP Sports Writer CLEMSON— When Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables learned the Tigers were facing Virginia Tech for the Atlantic Coast Conference title, he had a strong message for his players. No. 3 Clemson (11-1; No. 3 College Football Playoff) tries to penetrate the defense of No. 19 Virginia Tech (9-3; No. 23 CFP) on Saturday night in the ACC championship game. “We’re going to have to play our butts off on defense because I know our offense is going to have to play its butts off,” Venables said of Hokies’ counterpart, Bud Foster. “Nothing’s going to come easy.” It rarely does for opponents when facing the game plans of Venables or Foster, two of college football’s best at what they do. Clemson’s defense leads the ACC and is eight in the FBS with 307 yards allowed.

Virginia Tech is close behind, fourth in the league and 19th overall at 332 yards per game allowed, perhaps more remarkable in a year many figured would be a transition under first-year coach Justin Fuente. But one of Fuente’s earliest moves was holding onto Foster, who won the Broyles Award in 2006 as the college football’s top assistant. Foster is glad to maintain his role in Virginia Tech’s program . “I’ve been a part of this thing for 30 years now and I like that,” Foster said. If Foster wasn’t effective, though, he would not be the longest-tenured Bowl Subdivision defensive coordinator at 22 seasons and counting. Virginia Tech defensive end Ken Ekanem said keeping Foster meant the Hokies would not surrender their championship goals to a coaching change.

SEE CLEMSON, PAGE B3

Former Sumterite Bynum holds VT’s kicking game in his hands BY DENNIS BRUNSON dennis@theitem.com A former Sumter resident plays a small – but very important – role for the Virginia Tech football team. The Clemson Tigers hope he doesn’t step on the field when they face the HokBYNUM ies on Saturday in the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship game in Orlando, Fla. That will mean the Clemson de-

fense has spun a shutout. Wright Bynum, who lived in Sumter through 2008 before moving to Columbia, is a redshirt freshman and is the holder for field goals and extra points for Tech. It’s a job he had never done before this season. “I came as a tight end and long snapper,” said Bynum, the son of Sissy and the late Clarke Bynum, who was a high school All-American basketball player at Wilson Hall and went on to play at

SEE BYNUM, PAGE B3

PREP FOOTBALL

USC WOMEN

11 local athletes chosen for SCISA North-South squads

Wilson’s career game lifts USC

BY JUSTIN DRIGGERS justin@theitem.com There’s two more games on the SCISA football schedule this season -- and 11 area athletes will be participating in the All-Star showcases. The North-South games are slated for 11 a.m. on Saturday in the Charleston area, pitting the best of the best in the state against each other. The 11-man contest is being held at Northwood Academy’s stadium in Summerville while the 8-man game is being played at St. John’s Christian Academy’s field in Moncks Corner. On the 11-man side, 10 area athletes were chosen led by four from Laurence Manning Academy. The Swampcats went 7-4 this season and made it to the 3A semifinal round.

Defense was a big reason why and it’s no surprise three of the four LMA players selected had big impacts on a unit that allowed an average of just 15.9 points a game. The group was led by linebacker Maleke Davis who finished with 80 solo tackles and 42 assisted tackles. He also had 7 1/2 sacks and 28 tackles for a loss. Davis caused three fumbles, had 15 quarterback hurries and broke up one pass. Fellow linebacker Josh Edwards had 40 solo tackles and 12 assists. He finished with 6 1/2 sacks, 20 tackles for a loss, two caused fumbles and 10 QB hurries. Edwards will also have the distinction of playing against his teammates as he is the lone area representative

BY MARK ROSNER Associated Press

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Thomas Sumter Academy’s Devin Harwell (14) was one of 11 area players selected for this Saturday’s SCISA North-South games. The 11-man contest will be played at 11 a.m. at Northwood Academy in Summerville while the 8-man game will be held at St. John’s Christian Academy in Moncks Corner at 11 SEE SCISA, PAGE B2 a.m. as well.

AUSTIN, Texas — A’ja Wilson scored a career-best 31 points and had 12 rebounds to help No. 3 South Carolina beat No. 14 Texas 76-67 on Thursday night in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge. Wilson scored nine points in the fourth quarter. Kaela Davis added 12 points, and Tyasha Harris had 10 for the Gamecocks (6-0). Kelsey Lang had 15 points, 12 rebounds and six blocks for Texas (2-3), but spent much of the game in foul trouble. Ariel Atkins added 14 points, and Joyner Holmes had 11. Texas led by two points late in the third quarter. But South Carolina finished the period with a 10-2 run, helped along the way by five straight missed free throws by Texas. Wilson, a 6-foot-5 all-America forward,

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Tiger Woods hits from a bunker onto the 14th green during Thursday’s first round at the Hero World Challenge in Nassau,

Tiger returns with a mixed bag and a 73 NASSAU, Bahamas — Not only did Tiger Woods return to golf Thursday, he returned to being Tiger. Just not for long. Hardly looking like a player who had not competed in 466 days, Woods ran off three straight birdies with a variety of shots and was tied for the lead in the Hero World Challenge as he approached the turn. Three shots in the bushes, one shot in the water and a few fits of anger sent him toward the bottom of the pack. A pair of double bogeys over the final three holes ruined an otherwise impressive return, and Woods shot 40 on the back nine at Albany Golf Club and had to settle for a 1-over 73. He was in 17th place in the 18-man field. Only Justin Rose had a higher score. Even so, Woods has reason to be encouraged. After taking off 15 months to recover from two back surgeries, he felt no pain or limitations. His misses were not big, just costly. And he was playing again. “It could have been something really good,” Woods said. “I got off to a nice, solid start and made a few mistakes there. I didn’t play the par 5s very well in the middle part of the round and consequently, got it going the wrong way. ... But all in all, I feel pretty good. I’m looking forward to another three more days.” He was nine shots behind J.B. Holmes, who opened with an 8-under 64 and had

SCISA

FROM PAGE B1 on the South squad. All the others made the North squad as players were chosen by the coaches in a draft format. Austin Griffith had 25 tackles including eight for a loss and one blocked punt at defensive end for the Swampcats this season. He also starred on the offensive line and graded out at 80 percent with 31 knockdown blocks. Also making it from the LMA line was center Phillip Flores. He graded out at 82 percent with 31 knockdowns. Three players were selected from Robert E. Lee Academy, the 2A state runners-up. The Cavaliers went 11-3 and won the Region II title. They were looking to win back-toback state crowns after winning the 1A title last year, but fell to First Baptist 28-21. The Cavs averaged 35.7 points a game this year, and wide receiver William Corbett was a key weapon. Despite missing time with a broken hand, Corbett had 37 catches for 628 yards and four touchdowns prior to the championship game. He had eight receptions for 103 yards and two more scores against the Hurricanes. Kody McCutchen was a key cog on both offense and defense for REL. He switched offensive posi-

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a one-shot lead over Hideki Matsuyama, with U.S. Open champion Dustin Johnson at 66.

INDIANA COACH ABRUPTLY RESIGNS BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Indiana coach Kevin Wilson abruptly resigned Thursday, less than a week after the Hoosiers became bowl-eligible for the second straight season. Athletic director Fred Glass made the announcement during a hastily arranged news conference and cited “philosophical differences” with Wilson. There were reports that Wilson had pushed players to return from injury and Glass said the issue was looked into by a law firm hired by the university.

(24) FLORIDA 91 NORTH FLORIDA 60 JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Chris Chiozza had 16 points and nine assists, and Justin Leon added 13 points as Florida handled North Florida. It was the Gators’ first game as a ranked team during coach Mike White’s two seasons in Gainesville. Dallas Moore tried to wreck it. North Florida’s all-time leading scorer finished with 31 points on 12of-21 shooting. He kept the Ospreys (3-6) in the game early, but couldn’t keep pace with Florida’s insideout attack. From wire reports

tions to help the team and also was a solid run-stopper at linebacker on a defensive unit that allowed an average of 18.2 points a game. Parker Beasley was also a big factor at nose tackle. Thomas Sumter Academy had two players selected who started on both sides of the ball as well. Josh Barnett and Devin Harwell were two of the targets for quarterback Ryan Dixon this season. Barnett had 25 catches for 460 yards and three touchdowns while Harwell had 15 catches for 148 yards. Harwell also had a stellar season at outside linebacker while Barnett played in the secondary on a Generals squad that went 4-7 and earned a berth in the 2A playoffs. Wilson Hall also had a wide receiver/defensive back earn a selection in Greyson Young. He had 44 total tackles, one tackle for loss and two interceptions for the Barons, who went 5-5 and earned a 3A playoff berth. WH’s defense allowed an average of 21.3 points this year. Young also had 11 catches for 143 yards on offense and had 228 all-purpose yards that included kick returns. Clarendon Hall’s Jordan Self made the North squad for the 8-man game after a solid season at defensive end for the Saints, who earned a berth in the Division II playoffs. Self had 27 solo tackles, nine assists and 5 1/2 sacks.

7:30 a.m. – Professional Golf: European PGA Tour/Sunshine Tour Alfred Dunhill Championship Second Round from Malelane, South Africa (GOLF). 1:30 p.m. – PGA Golf: Hero World Challenge Second Round from Albany, Bahamas (GOLF). 2:30 p.m. – International Soccer: Bundesliga League Match – Bayern Munich vs. Mainz (FOX SPORTS 1). 3:25 p.m. – International Soccer: Portuguese League Match – Benfica vs. CS Maritimo (UNIVISION). 5 p.m. – Women’s College Soccer: NCAA College Cup Semifinal Match from San Jose, Calif. (ESPNU). 6:05 p.m. — Talk Show: Sports Talk (WDXY-FM 105.9, WDXY-AM 1240). 6:45 p.m. — High School Football: 4A State Playoffs Third-Round Game --Ridge View at South Aiken (WPUB-FM 102.7). 7 p.m. – College Football: Mid-American Conference Championship Game from Detroit – Western Michigan vs. Ohio (ESPN2). 7:30 p.m. – Women’s College Soccer: NCAA College Cup Semifinal Match from San Jose, Calif. (ESPNU). 8 p.m. – NBA Basketball: Cleveland at Chicago (ESPN). 8 p.m. – College Basketball: St. John’s at Tulane (ESPNEWS). 8 p.m. – Professional Golf: European PGA Tour/PGA Tour of Australasia Australian PGA Championship Third Round from Queensland, Australia (GOLF). 9 p.m. – College Football: Pacific-12 Conference Championship Game from Santa Clara, Calif. – Washington vs. Colorado (WACH 57). 9 p.m. – NASCAR Racing: Sprint Cup Series Awards from Las Vegas (NBC SPORTS NETWORK). 9:30 p.m. – College Basketball: Alabama at Texas (ESPNU). 10:30 p.m. – NBA Basketball: Houston at Denver (ESPN). 11 p.m. – Professional Boxing: Jesus Cuellar vs. Jonathan Oquendo in a Featherweight Bout from Brooklyn, N.Y. (SHOWTIME). Midnight – Amateur Swimming: Winter National Championships from Atlanta (NBC SPORTS NETWORK). 12:55 a.m. – International Soccer: FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Third-Place Match (FOX SPORTS 1). 4:25 a.m. – International Soccer: FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Championship Match (FOX SPORTS 1).

SATURDAY

5 a.m. – Professional Golf: European PGA Tour/Sunshine Tour Alfred Dunhill Championship Third Round from Malelane, South Africa (GOLF). 7:25 a.m. – International Soccer: English Premier League Match – Chelsea vs. Manchester City (NBC SPORTS NETWORK). 9:30 a.m. – International Soccer: Bundesliga League Match – Borussia Monchengladbach vs. Borussia Dortmund (FOX SPORTS 1). 9:30 a.m. – International Soccer: Bundesliga League Match – Freiburg vs. Bayer Leverkusen (FOX SPORTS 2). 9:55 a.m. – International Soccer: English Premier League Match – Teams To Be Announced (NBC SPORTS NETWORK). 10 a.m. – International Soccer: English Premier League Match – Southampton vs. Crystal Palace (CNBC). Noon – College Football: American Athletic Conference Championship Game (WOLO 25). Noon – College Football: Conference USA Championship Game – Louisiana Tech vs. Western Kentucky (ESPN). Noon – College Football: Troy at Georgia Southern (ESPN2). Noon – College Basketball: Wake Forest at Richmond (ESPNU). Noon – College Football: Kansas State at Texas Christian (FOX SPORTS 1). Noon – PGA Golf: Hero World Challenge Third Round from Albany, Bahamas (GOLF). 12:20 p.m. – International Soccer: Bundesliga League Match – Schalke 04 vs. Leipzig (FOX SPORTS 2). 12:30 p.m. – International Soccer: English Premier League Match – Arsenal vs. West Ham (WIS 10). 12:30 p.m. – College Basketball: UCLA at Kentucky (WLTX 19). 12:30 p.m. – College Football: Oklahoma State at Oklahoma (WACH 57). 1 p.m. – College Basketball: St. Joseph’s at Villanova (CBS SPORTS NETWORK) 1 p.m. – NHL Hockey: Carolina at New York Rangers (FOX SPORTSOUTH). 1 p.m. – International Soccer: Portuguese League Match – Vitoria de Setubal vs. Sporting (UNIVISION). 2 p.m. – College Basketball: West Virginia at Virginia (ESPNU). 2 p.m. – Women’s College Basketball: Kennesaw State at Mercer (TIME WARNER 1250). 2:30 p.m. – PGA Golf: Hero World Challenge Third Round from Albany, Bahamas (WIS 10). 2:30 p.m. – Women’s College Basketball: SEC/Big 12 Women’s Challenge – Mississippi State at Iowa State (FOX SPORTS SOUTHEAST). 2:30 p.m. – Professional Golf: Asian Tour Panasonic Open India Third Round from New Dehli, India (GOLF). 3 p.m. – College Basketball: Hoophall Miami Invitational – Virginia Commonwealth vs. Illinois (CBS SPORTS NETWORK). 3:15 p.m. – International Soccer: Portuguese League Match – Braga vs. Porto (UNIVISION). 3:30 p.m. – College Basketball: Stanford at Kansas (ESPN). 3:30 p.m. – College Basketball: Xavier at Baylor (ESPN2). 3:30 p.m. – College Football: Baylor at West Virginia (FOX SPORTS 1). 4 p.m. – College Football: Southeastern Conference Championship Game from Atlanta – Alabama at Florida (WLTX 19). 4 p.m. – College Football: Southwestern Athletic Conference Championship Game from Houston (ESPNU). 4 p.m. – College Basketball: Central Arkansas at Butler (FOX SPORTS 2). 4 p.m. – Women’s College Basketball: SEC/Big 12 Women’s Challenge – Texas Tech at Arkansas (SEC NETWORK). 4 p.m. – College Basketball: Pennsylvania at Temple (TIME WARNER 1250). 4:30 p.m. – College Basketball: Rhode Island at Providence (FOX SPORTS SOUTHEAST). 4:30 p.m. – College Basketball: Boston University at North Carolina State (FOX SPORTSOUTH). 5:30 p.m. – College Basketball: Hoophall Miami Invitational – Gonzaga vs. Arizona (ESPN). 5:30 p.m. – College Basketball: Maine at Duke (ESPN2). 5:30 p.m. – Amateur Swimming: Winter National Championships from Atlanta (NBC SPORTS NETWORK). 6 p.m. -- College Football: Football Championship Subdivision Playoffs Second-Round Game -- Wofford at The Citadel (WDXY-FM 105.9, WDXY-AM 1240). 7 p.m. – NBA Basketball: Minnesota at Charlotte (FOX SPORTS SOUTHEAST). 7 p.m. – College Basketball: Winthrop at Dayton (FOX SPORTSOUTH). 7:30 p.m. – College Hockey: North Dakota at Boston College (CBS SPORTS NETWORK). 7:30 p.m. – College Football: Arkansas State at Texas State (ESPN2). 7:30 p.m. – International Soccer: Mexican League Match – Leon vs. Victoriaville (UNIVISION). 7:45 p.m. – College Football: Mountain West Conference Championship Game – Wyoming vs. Dan Diego State (ESPN). 8 p.m. – College Football: Atlantic Coast Conference Championship Game from Orlando, Fla. – Clemson vs. Virginia Tech (WOLO 25, WWBD-FM 94.7, WPUBFM 102.7). 8 p.m. – College Football: Big Ten Conference Championship Game from Indianapolis – Wisconsin vs. Penn State (WACH 57). 8 p.m. – College Basketball: Hoophall

LA Invitational – Brigham Young vs. Southern California (ESPNU). 8 p.m. – College Basketball: Akron at Creighton (FOX SPORTS 2) 8 p.m. – Professional Golf: European PGA Tour/PGA Tour of Australasia Australian PGA Championship Final Round from Queensland, Australia (GOLF). 9 p.m. – NBA Basketball: Denver at Utah (NBA TV).

NFL STANDINGS

Buffalo

22 8 9 5 21 44 57

METROPOLITAN DIVISION GP W L OT Pts GF GA N.Y. Rangers 24 16 7 1 33 88 59 Pittsburgh 23 13 7 3 29 69 70 Washington 21 13 6 2 28 57 48 Columbus 21 12 5 4 28 67 48 New Jersey 22 10 7 5 25 55 58 Philadelphia 24 11 10 3 25 77 80 Carolina 22 9 9 4 22 54 59 N.Y. Islanders 22 8 10 4 20 56 67

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WESTERN CONFERENCE

AMERICAN CONFERENCE

CENTRAL DIVISION GP W L OT Pts GF GA Chicago 24 15 6 3 33 68 60 St. Louis 23 13 7 3 29 62 63 Nashville 22 11 8 3 25 65 57 Minnesota 22 11 8 3 25 62 47 Dallas 24 9 9 6 24 61 79 Winnipeg 25 11 12 2 24 66 72 Colorado 21 9 11 1 19 47 63

EAST New England Miami Buffalo N.Y. Jets SOUTH Houston Tennessee Indianapolis Jacksonville NORTH Baltimore Pittsburgh Cincinnati Cleveland WEST Oakland Kansas City Denver San Diego

W 9 7 6 3

L T Pct PF PA 2 0 .818 293 197 4 0 .636 249 240 5 0 .545 281 236 8 0 .273 196 266

W 6 6 5 2

L T Pct PF PA 5 0 .545 194 236 6 0 .500 308 296 6 0 .455 270 301 9 0 .182 214 293

W L T Pct PF PA 6 5 0 .545 218 201 6 5 0 .545 266 222 3 7 1 .318 213 245 0 12 0 .000 197 352 W 9 8 7 5

L T Pct PF PA 2 0 .818 307 275 3 0 .727 252 214 4 0 .636 266 219 6 0 .455 313 291

NATIONAL CONFERENCE EAST W L T Pct PF PA Dallas 10 1 0 .909 316 213 N.Y. Giants 8 3 0 .727 231 213 Washington 6 4 1 .591 280 264 Philadelphia 5 6 0 .455 254 213 SOUTH W L T Pct PF PA Atlanta 7 4 0 .636 358 302 Tampa Bay 6 5 0 .545 249 264 New Orleans 5 6 0 .455 334 307 Carolina 4 7 0 .364 276 281 NORTH W L T Pct PF PA Detroit 7 4 0 .636 247 238 Minnesota 6 5 0 .545 218 192 Green Bay 5 6 0 .455 274 289 Chicago 2 9 0 .182 178 264 WEST W L T Pct PF PA Seattle 7 3 1 .682 224 187 Arizona 4 6 1 .409 245 228 Los Angeles 4 7 0 .364 170 236 San Francisco 1 10 0 .091 228 344

THURSDAY’S GAME

Dallas at Minnesota, 8:25 p.m.

SUNDAY’S GAMES

Kansas City at Atlanta, 1 p.m. Los Angeles at New England, 1 p.m. Philadelphia at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. Miami at Baltimore, 1 p.m. Denver at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. Detroit at New Orleans, 1 p.m. San Francisco at Chicago, 1 p.m. Houston at Green Bay, 1 p.m. Buffalo at Oakland, 4:05 p.m. Washington at Arizona, 4:25 p.m. Tampa Bay at San Diego, 4:25 p.m. N.Y. Giants at Pittsburgh, 4:25 p.m. Carolina at Seattle, 8:30 p.m. Open: Tennessee, Cleveland

NBA STANDINGS By The Associated Press

EASTERN CONFERENCE ATLANTIC DIVISION Toronto Boston New York Brooklyn Philadelphia SOUTHEAST DIVISION Charlotte Atlanta Orlando Washington Miami CENTRAL DIVISION Cleveland Chicago Milwaukee Detroit Indiana

W L Pct GB 12 6 .667 — 10 8 .556 2 9 9 .500 3 5 12 .294 6½ 4 14 .222 8 W L Pct GB 10 8 .556 — 10 9 .526 ½ 7 11 .389 3 6 11 .353 3½ 6 12 .333 4 W L Pct GB 13 3 .813 — 10 7 .588 3½ 8 8 .500 5 10 10 .500 5 9 10 .474 5½

WESTERN CONFERENCE SOUTHWEST DIVISION San Antonio Houston Memphis New Orleans Dallas NORTHWEST DIVISION Oklahoma City Utah Portland Denver Minnesota PACIFIC DIVISION Golden State L.A. Clippers L.A. Lakers Sacramento Phoenix 10½

W L Pct GB 15 4 .789 — 11 7 .611 3½ 11 8 .579 4 7 12 .368 8 3 14 .176 11 W L Pct GB 12 8 .600 — 11 8 .579 ½ 10 10 .500 2 7 11 .389 4 5 13 .278 6 W L Pct GB 16 2 .889 — 14 5 .737 2½ 10 10 .500 7 7 11 .389 9 6 13 . 3 1 6

WEDNESDAY’S GAMES

Sacramento at Philadelphia, ppd. Detroit 121, Boston 114 Toronto 120, Memphis 105 L.A. Lakers 96, Chicago 90 New York 106, Minnesota 104 Okla. City 126, Washington 115, OT San Antonio 94, Dallas 87 Miami 106, Denver 98 Phoenix 109, Atlanta 107 Portland 131, Indiana 109

THURSDAY’S GAMES

Dallas at Charlotte, 7 p.m. Milwaukee at Brooklyn, 7:30 p.m. L.A. Clippers at Cleveland, 8 p.m. Orlando at Memphis, 8 p.m. Miami at Utah, 9 p.m. Houston at Golden State, 10:30 p.m.

FRIDAY’S GAMES

Orlando at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. L.A. Lakers at Toronto, 7:30 p.m. Minnesota at New York, 7:30 p.m. Sacramento at Boston, 7:30 p.m. Cleveland at Chicago, 8 p.m. Detroit at Atlanta, 8 p.m. L.A. Clippers at New Orleans, 8 p.m. Washington at San Antonio, 8:30 p.m. Houston at Denver, 10:30 p.m.

SATURDAY’S GAMES

Brooklyn at Milwaukee, 5 p.m. Minnesota at Charlotte, 7 p.m. Atlanta at Toronto, 7:30 p.m. Boston at Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m. L.A. Lakers at Memphis, 8 p.m. Chicago at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. Denver at Utah, 9 p.m. Miami at Portland, 10 p.m. Phoenix at Golden State, 10:30 p.m.

NHL STANDINGS By The Associated Press

EASTERN CONFERENCE ATLANTIC DIVISION GP W L OT Pts GF GA Montreal 23 16 5 2 34 68 50 Ottawa 23 14 8 1 29 55 56 Tampa Bay 24 13 10 1 27 71 65 Boston 23 12 10 1 25 55 53 Detroit 23 11 10 2 24 57 59 Florida 23 11 10 2 24 58 60 Toronto 23 10 9 4 24 70 74

PACIFIC DIVISION GP W L OT Pts GF GA San Jose 24 14 9 1 29 58 50 Anaheim 23 11 8 4 26 59 55 Edmonton 24 12 10 2 26 70 63 Los Angeles 23 12 10 1 25 58 58 Calgary 26 11 13 2 24 60 77 Vancouver 23 10 11 2 22 54 70 Arizona 21 8 10 3 19 51 65 NOTE: Two points for a win, one point for overtime loss.

WEDNESDAY’S GAMES

N.Y. Islanders 5, Pittsburgh 3 Calgary 3, Toronto 0 San Jose 4, Los Angeles 1

THURSDAY’S GAMES

Carolina at Boston, 7 p.m. N.Y. Rangers at Buffalo, 7 p.m. Dallas at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m. N.Y. Islanders at Washington, 7 p.m. Florida at Detroit, 7:30 p.m. Philadelphia at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m. Tampa Bay at St. Louis, 8 p.m. Edmonton at Winnipeg, 8 p.m. New Jersey at Chicago, 8:30 p.m. Columbus at Colorado, 9 p.m. Los Angeles at Arizona, 9 p.m. Anaheim at Vancouver, 10 p.m.

FRIDAY’S GAMES

Minnesota at Calgary, 9 p.m. Montreal at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.

SATURDAY’S GAMES

Chicago at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. Boston at Buffalo, 1 p.m. Carolina at N.Y. Rangers, 1 p.m. New Jersey at Nashville, 2 p.m. Washington at Tampa Bay, 7 p.m. Florida at Ottawa, 7 p.m. Detroit at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m. Toronto at Vancouver, 7 p.m. Winnipeg at St. Louis, 7 p.m. Columbus at Arizona, 8 p.m. Dallas at Colorado, 9 p.m. Anaheim at Edmonton, 10 p.m.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL WEDNESDAY’S SCORES

Men EAST Georgetown 96, Coppin St. 44 Loyola (Md.) 71, Stony Brook 70 Providence 76, New Hampshire 62 UConn 80, Boston U. 77 SOUTH Charlotte 65, James Madison 56 Clemson 60, Nebraska 58 Coastal Carolina 88, Methodist 59 Georgia 86, Morehouse 72 Louisville 71, Purdue 64 Memphis 84, Jackson St. 69 Miami 73, Rutgers 61 Middle Tennessee 77, Mississippi 62 S.C. State 90, Voorhees 85 Virginia 63, Ohio St. 61 Winthrop 58, Furman 57, OT MIDWEST Indiana 76, North Carolina 67 Kansas St. 80, Green Bay 61 Marquette 90, W. Carolina 44 UNC Wilmington 97, W. Michigan 92 Virginia Tech 73, Michigan 70 SOUTHWEST Baylor 79, Sam Houston St. 45 Oklahoma St. 101, Rogers St. 85 Rice 90, Houston Baptist 77 TCU 86, Washington 71 FAR WEST Arizona 85, Texas Southern 63 BYU 77, Utah St. 63 Boise St. 71, SMU 62 California 68, Louisiana Tech 59 Colorado St. 72, Colorado 58 Oregon 93, W. Oregon 54 Saint Mary’s (Cal) 66, Stanford 51 Southern Cal 76, San Diego 55 UCLA 98, UC Riverside 56 UNLV 89, S. Utah 81

GOLF WORLD CHALLENGE PAR SCORES

Thursday At Albany Golf Club Nassau, Bahamas Purse: $3.5 million Yardage: 7,267; Par: 72 (36-36) First Round J.B. Holmes 33-31—64 Hideki Matsuyama 35-30—65 Dustin Johnson 33-33—66 Henrik Stenson 34-33—67 Matt Kuchar 31-36—67 Louis Oosthuizen 31-36—67 Rickie Fowler 35-33—68 Jordan Spieth 35-33—68 Russell Knox 33-36—69 Jimmy Walker 34-36—70 Emiliano Grillo 34-36—70 Bubba Watson 35-37—72 Brandt Snedeker 37-35—72 Zach Johnson 35-37—72 Patrick Reed 36-36—72 Brooks Koepka 34-38—72 Tiger Woods 33-40—73 Justin Rose 36-38—74

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL FCS PLAYOFFS

Second Round Youngstown St. (9-3) at Jacksonville St. (10-1), 2 p.m. New Hampshire (8-4) at James Madison (10-1), 2 p.m. Villanova (9-3) at S. Dakota St. (8-3), 3 p.m. Chattanooga (9-3) at Sam Houston St. (11-0), 3 p.m. San Diego (10-1) at N. Dakota St. (101), 3:30 p.m. Cent. Arkansas (10-2) at E. Washington (10-1), 4 p.m. Richmond (9-3) at North Dakota (92), 6 p.m. Wofford (9-3) at The Citadel (10-1), 6 p.m.

DIV. II QUARTERFINALS

Saturday’s Games Shepherd (12-0) at California (Pa.) (11-0), 1 p.m. Ferris State (11-2) at Grand Valley State (12-0), 1 p.m. Harding (13-0) at Northwest Missouri State (12-0), 2 p.m. North Greenville (9-4) at North Alabama (9-1), 2 p.m.


SPORTS

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Bulldogs OL Pinson matures into leader BY JEFF HARTSELL jhartsell@postandcourier.com Standing in formation with an upperclassman six inches shorter and 100 pounds lighter in his face, Citadel knob Isaiah Pinson often had to resist temptation. “You’re thinking, ‘I could really knock you out right now,’ ” said Pinson. “‘But I know I shouldn’t.’ ” That lesson in self-control, taught by the Corps of Cadets, has paid off for Pinson on the football field. Now a 6-3, 267pound junior, Pinson won the Southern Conference’s Jacobs Blocking Award as the best offensive lineman in the league, helping the Bulldogs to a 10-1 record and a second straight SoCon championship. It’s a long way from his first college start in 2014, when Pinson made a memorable debut with two personal-foul penalties in the first half of a 34-14 loss to Coastal Carolina. That also was the first game at The Citadel for Brent Thompson, then the offensive coordinator and now the head coach. “We take some of the blame

for that,” Thompson said. “We wanted to play with an edge, but with a little bit more control. We wanted to play physical football, and Isaiah embraced that from the start. He’s really developed into a leader, but when he first started out, you couldn’t get guys behind him because he was getting 15-yard penalties and was a little edgy and chippy.” Pinson, who was a Shrine Bowl pick after one season as a starter at Byrnes High School in Spartanburg, admits to feeling a “blind rage” sometimes on the field. “Watching film now, it’s easy to tell when somebody would get under my skin in a game,” said Pinson, who has started 36 straight games heading into Saturday’s FCS playoff game against Wofford. “I would lose focus. I’ve had to learn to control my anger, that blind rage I used to get.” Pinson credits his experience in the Corps of Cadets for helping him make use of that excess of emotion. “The Citadel really helped me a lot with that,” he said. “I had to learn how to channel

NO. 3 CLEMSON (11-1; NO. 3 CFP) VS. NO. 19 VIRGINIA TECH (9-3; NO. 23 CFP) Where: Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Fla. When: Saturday, 8 p.m. TV: (ABC) Line: Clemson by 10½. Series Record: Clemson leads 20-12-1.

WHAT’S AT STAKE The Tigers need to win to ensure they will be one of the four teams in the College Football Playoff, and Tigers QB Deshaun Watson can improve his Heisman Trophy hopes with a big performance. The Hokies are not playoff contenders, but they could earn an Orange Bowl bid and their first conference title since 2010. Clemson is trying to make it back-to-back conference championships.

KEY MATCHUP Watson against the Virginia Tech defense. The junior quarterback has had another dazzling season with 34 touchdown passes and four rushing touchdowns, but he’s also thrown 14 interceptions. The Hokies tout themselves as Defensive Back U, and a few plays to live up to that moniker would greatly aid their chances.

PLAYERS TO WATCH Clemson: RB Wayne Gallman and WR Mike Williams. Gallman has run for 943 yards and 14 touchdowns and Williams has 79 receptions for 1,114 yards and 10 TDs. If the Hokies focus too much defensively on containing Watson, who has run for 441 yards, they risk allowing the Tigers’ other prolific performers to have big days. Virginia Tech: QB Jerod Evans. The first-year starter has set school single-season record for touchdown passes with 26 and total yards with 3,752 yards, and he’s thrown just five interceptions.

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Foster has kept the Hokies humming as they were while winning four ACC titles between 2004 and 2010. Among Power Five conference teams, only Michigan and Wisconsin have been better at stopping opponents on third down than Virginia Tech. “I don’t ever look forward to going against Bud Foster,” Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said. “The one thing that I know I’m going to see is a group that’s going to play incredibly disciplined. They’re going to play hard, with great effort. They’re going to play physical and tough. They’re going to tackle well, and they’re going to play with a relentless mindset, and that’s their DNA.” Clemson can be just as relentless under Venables, an unrestrained personality on the sidelines who often needs a staffer to pull him back off the field as he wildly runs his defense. Linebacker Ben Boulware calls him wired. Venables, under the alias “Jimmy Greenbeans ,” plays scout team quarterback in prepping his defenders to make sure things are right. “Coach V is intense,” defensive end Christian Wilkins said. Venables was hired from Oklahoma after the 2011

season and Clemson’s 70-33 Orange Bowl debacle against West Virginia. Since, he’s steadily built a group of fast, fiery defenders adept at stopping the run and the pass. They lead the ACC with 16 interceptions and are second with 42 sacks. The Tigers are tied for second nationally with 104 tackles for loss. And he did it this season after six of his starters, five who were underclassmen, were taken in the NFL draft. “I’m definitely proud of our guys,” Clemson senior linebacker Ben Boulware said. “We’ve been very focused the whole season, especially the latter part of the season.” The Tigers have picked things up on defense the past two weeks after giving up a season-high 43 points and 464 yards, their second highest total of the year, in a loss to Pitt on Nov. 12. Clemson has yielded only 20 points and 415 yards combined in easy wins over Wake Forest and South Carolina. Venables is up for the Broyles Award this season, his second straight year as a finalist. He’s honored to share the defensive spotlight this week with Foster. “He doesn’t chase money or (job) titles and has chosen to stay the course,” Venables said. “I have a lot of respect for him.”

COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE All Times EST (Subject to change)

TODAY

MAC Championship Ohio (8-4) vs. W. Michigan (12-0) at Detroit, 7 p.m. Pac-12 Championship Colorado (10-2) vs. Washington (11-1) at Santa Clara, Calif., 9 p.m.

SATURDAY AAC Championship Temple (9-3) at Navy (9-2), Noon EAST Baylor (6-5) at West Virginia (9-2), 3:30 p.m. Conference USA Championship Louisiana Tech (8-4) at W. Kentucky (9-3), Noon SOUTH Troy (9-2) at Georgia Southern (47), Noon New Mexico St. (3-8) at South Alabama (5-6), 1 p.m. Louisiana-Lafayette (5-6) at Louisiana-Monroe (4-7), 3 p.m. SEC Championship Florida (8-3) vs. Alabama (12-0) at Atlanta, 4 p.m. ACC Championship Virginia Tech (9-3) at Clemson (111) at Orlando, Fla., 8 p.m. Big Ten Championship Penn St. (10-2) vs. Wisconsin (10-2)

my anger and my out-of-control temper, and it’s paid off for me this year. Now, I feel like I play more composed and don’t lose my head as much. Everything is just clearer now, and I can make decisions faster because they are not

at Indianapolis, 8:17 p.m. SOUTHWEST Kansas St. (7-4) at TCU (6-5), Noon Oklahoma St. (9-2) at Oklahoma (9-2), 12:30 p.m. SWAC Championship Alcorn St. (5-5) at Grambling St. (10-1) at Houston, 4 p.m. Arkansas St. (6-5) at Texas St. (29), 7:30 p.m. FAR WEST Georgia St. (3-8) at Idaho (7-4), 5 p.m. MWC Championship San Diego St. (9-3), at Wyoming (84), 7:45 p.m.

FCS PLAYOFFS

Second Round Youngstown St. (9-3) at Jacksonville St. (10-1), 2 p.m. New Hampshire (8-4) at James Madison (10-1), 2 p.m. Villanova (9-3) at S. Dakota St. (83), 3 p.m. Chattanooga (9-3) at Sam Houston St. (11-0), 3 p.m. San Diego (10-1) at N. Dakota St. (10-1), 3:30 p.m. Cent. Arkansas (10-2) at E. Washington (10-1), 4 p.m. Richmond (9-3) at North Dakota (92), 6 p.m. Wofford (9-3) at The Citadel (10-1), 6 p.m.

made on emotion.” Harnessing that emotion has helped Pinson make use of all his athletic gifts at left tackle. He was named to the all-SoCon squad this season, along with left guard Kyle Weaver and right tackle Nick

Jeffreys, for an offense that leads the FCS in rushing yards per game. Remarkably, Pinson was not heavily recruited out of Byrnes, despite making all-state and the Shrine Bowl after one season as a starter under line coach Lance Hansen, a 1992 Citadel All-American. He had an offer from Newberry and no interest from his hometown team, Wofford. “I was interested in anybody who was interested in me,” Pinson says with a laugh. “I was a senior with zero offers going into that summer, so I was equally interested in everybody. But The Citadel was a school I was thinking about even if I couldn’t play college ball.” Pinson’s last two teams at Byrnes went 25-5 and won two state championships. “I transferred to Byrnes, so I came in as the new kid,” he said. “I didn’t start as a freshman or sophomore on junior varsity, I started as a junior on JV, and I started one year on varsity. So I think I got used to working hard for what I want.”

SEC FOOTBALL

Hurts brings more big plays than freshman mistakes to Alabama BY JOHN ZENOR AP Sports Writer TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Jim McElwain never had a quarterback at Alabama quite like Jalen Hurts. The freshman has emerged as the topranked Crimson Tide’s most prolific rushing quarterback, a departure in style from the drop-back passers running the show during McElwain’s days as offensive coordinator in Tuscaloosa. Now, his 15th-ranked Florida Gators have to figure out a way to contain Hurts and the Tide in Saturday’s Southeastern Conference championship game in Atlanta. “They’ve added a new dimension, obviously,” the Gators coach said. “This quarterback is something that’s real special, has created a lot of explosive plays not only for himself but obviously because you have to play that component, it loosens it up for some other guys. There isn’t really a weakness on that team.” Now, though, the 6-foot-2, 209-pound Hurts will be facing the best pass defense of his young career. The Gators rank third nationally in pass defense efficiency, behind only playoff contenders Ohio State and Michigan — among the potential Tide opponents down the road. It’s a challenge for a youngster who has been a dynamic playmaker but hardly immune to mistakes — no surprise for a freshman, even one leading the defending national champions. (Coach Nick Saban doesn’t allow freshmen to speak to the media during the regular season, so Hurts’ own take on his play will have to wait until at least after the game.) Hurts has passed for 2,454 yards and 21 touchdowns. He has also already set the singleseason rushing record for an Alabama quarterback with 840 yards while accounting for half of the team’s 24 touchdowns on the ground and 30 percent of the Tide’s runs. That’s been good enough to lead the Tide to a perfect regular season and secure Hurts a spot among the 10 finalists for the Manning Award as the nation’s top quarterback. There’s plenty for him to fix as a passer before a likely playoff game, and certainly in the next couple of years. Hurts threw his eighth and ninth intercep-

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Clemson. “We were looking for a new holder because last year’s holder was a senior. The new coaching staff (of head coach Justin Fuente) asked me if I’d be interested in the spring (practice). I started working with the placekicker and I ended up getting the job.” Bynum, who attended Wilson Hall before moving and graduating from Ben Lippen, has been almost perfect, getting the ball down properly for Joey Slye. Bynum said he has only mishap in 75 attempts this season. Getting a lot of work has made it easier on Bynum, but he admits there was a bit of nervousness the first time he took the snap in a college game. “The very first hold I had

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Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts (2) has had more success than failure as a freshman for the topranked Crimson Tide this year.

tions of the season in the first half against Auburn . That’s more than any Alabama quarterback since coach Saban’s first year, in 2007, when John Parker Wilson was picked off 12 times. Hurts has also fumbled nine times, losing five. He’s made more than enough plays to compensate for those mistakes, proving his resiliency along with his talent. Hurts is still learning on the job, after all, and Saban said he’s “very dedicated” to improving. “I don’t think anybody on the team wants to play better at his position than Jalen Hurts,” Saban said. “He wants to do well. You’re still talking about a guy that’s a freshman. You can’t really coach experience. There are some things that guys just have to learn by doing and sometimes the best way to learn it is when you make mistakes.”

was on a 45-yard field goal,” Bynum said. “I remember being nervous, but I said to myself that when you’re nervous that’s when you’ll mess up. So I just went out there and relaxed. “It’s really high pressure,” he added. “You never want the fans to know your name because that means you made a mistake. You’ve got to get the laces right, give it the right lean.”

Bynum obviously has deep Clemson ties in his family, but it won’t matter on Saturday. “I grew up a huge Clemson fan,” said Bynum, whose mother and father met at Clemson and graduated from the school. “I was planning to go there until I went to Virginia Tech. They seemed more interested in me. Now Clemson is just another team in the ACC.”

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Dozier’s 21 lead USC over Vermont BY PETE IACOBELLI AP Sports Writer COLUMBIA — PJ Dozier had a career-high 21 points and No. 20 South Carolina improved to 7-0 for a second straight season with a 68-50 victory over Vermont on Thursday night. Dozier, the 6-foot-6 sophomore, helped the Gamecocks to a 13-1 run at the start of the second half. Maik Kotsar had eight points in the charge while Dozier had a 3-pointer and a thunderous finish to an alley-oop pass that had the crowd on its feet as South Carolina took a 49-32 lead. The Catamounts (6-3) could not respond to taller, quicker South Carolina. Dozier had three of the Gamecocks’ four 3-pointers in besting his previous high of 17 points, set in the season opener against Louisiana Tech. Kotsar had 14 points on 7-of-10 shooting, mostly from close to the basket, while Chris Silva added 12 points for South Carolina.

Dozier had six rebounds, as did the 6-9 Silva, along with three steals. Anthony Lamb had 14 points, the only Vermont player in double figures.

THE BIG PICTURE Vermont: The Catamounts have won 20 or more games in coach John Becker’s five seasons and had a trip to the NCAA Tournament in 2012 and the NIT in 2014. They do it with a mix of strongshooting upperclassmen and enough young talent to compete in the American East Conference. But Vermont doesn’t have enough firepower to keep up with a top-20 team like South Carolina. The Gamecocks’ defense kept the Catamounts off balance most of the way as they fell behind by 14 points in the opening half. South Carolina: For their success last week in defeating ranked opponents Michigan and Syracuse, the Gamecocks are very much a work in progress. One starter, Kotsar, and four of

the five players off the bench are in their first years at South Carolina and several times an animated coach Frank Martin yanked players, loudly questioning their technique. He calmed in the second half with South Carolina’s quick start. VERMONT (6-3)

Lamb 6-10 1-3 14, Henson 1-4 2-2 4, Er.Duncan 2-9 0-0 6, Bell-Haynes 2-5 1-2 5, Steidl 1-7 0-0 3, Payen 0-1 0-0 0, Urquhart 1-3 1-2 3, Ward 2-5 0-0 5, Wills 2-4 4-5 8, Hearlihy 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 18-51 9-14 50.

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Kotsar 7-10 0-0 14, Silva 5-6 2-2 12, Thornwell 4-10 2-2 11, Dozier 9-15 0-1 21, Notice 1-6 0-0 2, Gueye 0-1 0-0 0, Holliman 0-0 0-0 0, Tut 0-1 0-0 0, Keita 1-4 2-2 4, Gravett 1-2 0-0 2, Corchiani 0-0 0-0 0, Felder 0-1 0-0 0, McKie 1-6 0-0 2, Schmitt 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 29-62 6-7 68. Halftime_South Carolina 43-32. 3-Point Goals_Vermont 5-20 (Er.Duncan 2-7, Ward 1-2, Lamb 1-3, Steidl 1-6, Hearlihy 0-1, Henson 0-1), South Carolina 4-13 (Dozier 3-5, Thornwell 1-2, McKie 0-2, Notice 0-4). Fouled Out_Lamb. Rebounds_Vermont 28 (Henson 7), South Carolina 34 (Dozier, Silva 6). Assists_ Vermont 5 (Ward 2), South Carolina 18 (Thornwell 9). Total Fouls_Vermont 14, South Carolina 15.

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Tigers hold off Nebraska in ACC/Big Ten Challenge BY PETE IACOBELLI AP Sports Writer CLEMSON — Clemson coach Brad Brownell was pleased his team finally did well in the ACC/ Big Ten Challenge. He was also happy to beef up the Tigers early season resume for when decisions are made in March. Jaron Blossomgame scored 15 points, Donte Grantham had a tiebreaking free throw and the Tigers held on despite a wild final stretch for a 60-58 win over Nebraska on Wednesday night. The Tigers (4-2) won a challenge game for the first time defeating Iowa in 2011, a season after they made their last appearance in the NCAA Tournament. “It’s good. It builds momentum. It helps in terms RPI against a team that’s going to have a good RPI in their league,” Brownell said. “It gets you going in a good direction. That’s important for us right now.” It looked for a while that Clemson would succumb to Nebraska’s deliberate pace designed to make the Tigers work extremely hard on defense and wear down at the end. Instead, Clemson dug in as it overcame a nine-point deficit and led 58-54 on Grantham’s 3-pointer with 3:16 to go. But the Cornhuskers (4-3) tied it up at 58-all on Glynn Watson Jr.’s 3 two minutes later. Grantham followed by making the front end of

a one-and-one that put the Tigers up for good. Nebraska, though, had several chances to pull this one out. Watson missed two jumpers and Anton Gill missed an open shot before turning the ball over. After Avry Holmes hit a foul shot for the final margin with 5 seconds left, Tai Webster failed on a runner in the lane that hit the rim and bounced away. “Tai got in there on a little bit of an awkward, tough two,” Nebraska coach Tim Miles said. “He sat it on the rim, it just didn’t go in.” Grantham finished with nine points and five rebounds for Clemson. Watson had a game-high 20 points and Webster scored 12. Ed Morrow had 10 points and 12 rebounds for Nebraska.

Clemson lost to Xavier and Oklahoma in an Orlando, Florida, tournament. The Tigers also went back to their shooting struggles, going 8 of 25 from the field in the first 20 minutes and making just two of their nine 3-pointers. Things picked up after halftime, as they hit 5-of-6 shots from behind the arc to hold off Nebraska.

GETTING DEFENSIVE Clemson guard Avry Holmes said the Tigers struggled to make shots and turned to their defense to pull the game out. It worked as Clemson held Nebraska to just five baskets in their last 24 attempts. “We tried to win defensively and stopped worrying about our offense,” he said. “It was good to see.”

THE BIG PICTURE Nebraska: The Cornhuskers showed speed, quick hands and a solid shooting touch in building a nine-point lead in the first half. What Nebraska did not display was a strong front-court game and it cost them in the second half. Its tallest players in 6-foot-11 Jordy Tshimanga and 6-8 Jack McVeigh had little impact early on with two shots combined. They ended 1 of 3 from the field for three points. Clemson: The Tigers pledged a stronger early season performance to help build an NCAA resume. So far, it hasn’t worked out that way.

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USC’s Bianca Cuevas-Moore, left, is pressured by Texas’ Lashann Higgs on Thursday during the Gamecocks’ 76-67 win on Thursday in Austin, Texas.

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scored 18 points in the first half, two fewer than her previous season best for an entire game. South Carolina shot 17 free throws in the half, 15 more than Texas. Six Longhorns picked up two fouls apiece in the half. Even so, they went to the locker room trailing by only 33-30 after a 3-point basket by McCarty late in the half. That basket represented one edge for the Longhorns during the half. They made three treys, while South Carolina missed its only two attempts.

BIG PICTURE South Carolina: The Gamecocks are 3-0 against teams ranked in the top 15. This game was more difficult than the other two, when they beat Ohio State by 12 before crushing Louisville by 24. South Carolina limited McCarty, the Longhorns’ leading scorer, to seven points, nine fewer than her average. In their previous game, the Gamecocks held Louisville star Asia Durr to seven points fewer than her average.

POLL IMPLICATIONS No. 1 Notre Dame and No. 2 Connecticut won this week and remain undefeated, so movement by South Carolina is unlikely unless it loses at Duke on Sunday.

Jacobson 5-9 0-0 11, Morrow 4-10 2-2 10, McVeigh 0-2 0-0 0, Webster 5-14 1-3 12, Watson 9-19 0-0 20, Roby 0-0 0-0 0, Tshimanga 1-1 1-2 3, Taylor 1-4 0-0 2, Gill 0-4 0-0 0. Totals 25-63 4-7 58.

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Grantham 3-7 1-2 9, Blossomgame 5-13 5-7 15, Djitte 2-7 2-2 6, Holmes 2-5 1-2 7, DeVoe 3-10 2-3 9, Robertin 0-0 0-0 0, Reed 1-1 4-4 7, Mitchell 2-6 2-2 7. Totals 18-49 17-22 60. Halftime_Nebraska 31-27. 3-Point Goals_ Nebraska 4-18 (Watson 2-5, Jacobson 1-3, Webster 1-5, Taylor 0-1, McVeigh 0-2, Gill 0-2), Clemson 7-15 (Grantham 2-3, Holmes 2-3, Reed 1-1, Mitchell 1-2, DeVoe 1-4, Blossomgame 0-2). Fouled Out_Djitte. Rebounds_Nebraska 38 (Morrow 12), Clemson 30 (Djitte 9). Assists_Nebraska 6 (Watson 4), Clemson 7 (Djitte 3). Total Fouls_Nebraska 20, Clemson 10. A_6,545 (10,000)

Wilson 12-18 7-11 31, Davis 3-6 4-4 12, Harris 2-6 6-8 10, Gray 2-7 4-4 8, Cuevas-Moore 2-9 3-4 7, Coates 0-2 6-8 6, Herbert Harrigan 1-4 0-1 2, Cliney 0-0 0-0 0, Totals 22-52 30-40 76. Lang 7-10 1-2 15, Atkins 5-14 2-2 14, Holmes 5-11 1-4 11, Higgs 2-7 3-4 7, McCarty 3-9 0-0 7, Hosey 3-5 0-0 6, Caron-Goudreau 2-4 0-2 5, Sutton 1-1 0-0 2, Aborowa 0-0 0-0 0, Foman 0-1 0-0 0, Taylor 0-6 0-0 0, Totals 28-68 7-14 67. South Carolina 14 19 22 21 —76 Texas 16 14 19 18 —67 3-Point Goals_South Carolina 2-10 (Davis 2-4, Cuevas-Moore 0-1, Gray 0-1, Harris 0-4), Texas 4-13 (Atkins 2-4, Caron-Goudreau 1-2, McCarty 1-4, Holmes 0-1, Hosey 0-1, Taylor 0-1). Assists_ South Carolina 5 (Cuevas-Moore 2), Texas 13 (Atkins 4). Fouled Out_Texas Caron-Goudreau. Rebounds_South Carolina 37 (Wilson 12), Texas 40 (Lang 12). Total Fouls_South Carolina 18, Texas 28. A_3,330.

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Laurence Manning girls rout The King’s Academy 57-14 FLORENCE -- Laurence Manning Academy had four players post double figures as the Lady Swampcats’ varsity girls basketball team easily defeated The King’s Academy 57-14 on Thursday at the Lions’ gymnasium. Lexi Bennett and Lexie Bryan led the way with 11 points each followed by Sara Knight Nalley and Olivia Coker who had 10 apiece. Brooke Bennett also added nine points for LMA.

LEE CENTRAL 41 LAMAR 30 LAMAR -- A’Yannah Lucas had 15 points and 12 rebounds to help Lee Central earn a 41-30 victory over Lamar on Thursday at the Silver Fox gymnasium. Jiah Ervin added 10 points, three assists and three steals for the Lady Stallions, who will travel to Crestwood on Saturday.

STATE HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS TODAY

Third Round 5A Upper State Dorman at Spartanburg Gaffney at Boiling Springs Lower State Conway at Fort Dorchester White Knoll at Dutch Fork 4A Upper State South Pointe at Belton-Honea Path Ridge View at South Aiken Lower State North Myrtle Beach at Chapin Orangeburg-Wilkinson at Hartsville 3A Upper State Palmetto at Newberry Chapman at Powdersville Lower State Brookland-Cayce at Bluffton Timberland at Dillon 2A Upper State Liberty at Saluda Cheraw at Abbeville Lower State Barnwell at Carvers Bay Batesburg-Leesville at BambergEhrhardt 1A Upper State Lewisville at McBee Williston-Elko at Lamar Lower State Hemingway at Hannah-Pamplico Lake View at C.E. Murray

JV BASKETBALL SUMTER 36 A.C. FLORA 8 COLUMBIA -- Layken Cox scored 16 points and had nine steals as the SHS JV team earned a 36-8 victory over A.C. Flora on Thursday in

Columbia. Margaret McMahon had 10 points and three rebounds while Imonie Cox-Smith finished with six points and 12 steals. Sumter will travel to Lakewood on Saturday.

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The Stallions will travel to Crestwood on Saturday.

CHESTNUT OAKS 34

CRESTWOOD 73

EBENEZER 24

C.E. MURRAY 47

A’Yonna Young scored 18 points to help lead Chestnut Oaks Middle School to a 34-24 victory over Ebenezer on Thursday at the EMS gymnasium. Antiyana Roach added seven points for the Lady Falcons, who will travel to Hillcrest on Monday.

Ja Morant had 17 points and five assists as Crestwood rolled past C.E. Murray 73-47 on Wednesday at The Castle. Trevion Webber had 12 points and four steals while Dakota Jennings finished with 10 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks. Tyrese Felder added eight points and five steals for the Knights, who improved to 5-0 and will host Lee Central on Saturday.

VARSITY BOYS BASKETBALL LAURENCE MANNING 68 OAKBROOK PREP 54 DARLINGTON -- Terrell Houston scored 16 points as Laurence Manning Academy defeated Oakbrook Prep 68-54 on Thursday at the Trinity-Byrnes Tournament in Darlington. Jerrell Kelly added 13 points for the Swampcats.

LEE CENTRAL 69 LAMAR 24 LAMAR -- Shykeem Cooper scored 12 points to help lift Lee Central to a 69-24 victory over Lamar on Thursday at the LHS gymnasium.

WILSON HALL 65 CALHOUN ACADEMY 39 Drew Talley’s double-double of 23 points and 15 rebounds helped power Wilson Hall to a 65-39 victory over Calhoun Academy on Wednesday at Nash Student Center. Greyson Sonntag added eight points while Jacob Cotten finished with seven. Daulton Dabbs also dished out six assists. The Barons will host Northside Christian today.

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A.C. FLORA 57 SUMTER 49 COLUMBIA -- Carldrelle Cooper had 22 points, seven assists and four rebounds, but A.C. Flora topped Sumter 57-49 on Thursday in Columbia. Vance Ragin added nine points and three assists while Justice Wells finished with seven points and four rebounds. Sumter will host Keenan on Monday.

MIDDLE SCHOOL BASKETBALL BATES 62 HILLCREST 10 Cameron Jenkins had 11 points as Bates rolled past Hillcrest 62-10 on Thursday at the BMS gymnasium. Jaymar Ludd and Umar Lawson added six points each for the Bantams while Justus Boone and Jabari Tiller had five each. Bates travels to Alice Drive on Monday.

EBENEZER 34 CHESTNUT OAKS 29 Ebenezer Middle School earned a 34-29 victory over Chestnut Oaks on Thursday at the EMS gymnasium.


OBITUARIES

THE SUMTER ITEM

LOMAN BROOKS JR. Loman “Bo” “Popcorn” Brooks Jr., husband of Annette Baker Brooks, departed this life early Monday morning, Nov. 28, 2016. He was born on April 6, 1943, in Sumter. He attended the public schools in Sumter County. Loman accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior at a young age when he BROOKS joined Rafting Creek Baptist Church in Dalzell. Loman was a dedicated worker for Linens of the Week in Washington, D.C. He also worked in several construction businesses. Loman had many hobbies. He was the number one catcher for the C&S Braves. He also enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening and singing. He was a member of the Brooks Family Singers. His favorite song was “Sending Up My Timber.” He leaves to cherish his loving memories: children, Henry “Butch” Brooks Sr., Jimmie Earl (Dorothy) Brooks, Kenneth Tyrone Brooks, Janice Lee Kirkland, Annie Lucille (Randy) Page, Irene Yvette (Frankie) Brunson and Dorothy Mae (Jerome) Ingram of Sumter; three brothers, Arthur (Darlene) Brooks of Clinton, Maryland, Derrick Fitzgerald (Jennifer) Brooks and adopted brother, William “Bun” (Daisy) Whittleton of Sumter; eight sisters, Clarissa (Jessie) Person of Washington, D.C., Betty Jean Blanding of Wedgefield, Dorothy Mae James, Patresse B. Grant and Deloris Ann Muldrow, all of Sumter, and Cheryl Eleanor (Henry Jr.) Champion of Dalzell; special cousins, Willie “Con-go” Brooks and Edward “Bo-Kootie” Brooks of Rembert; 10 sisters-in-law; six brothers-in-law; 21 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one son, Robert; two brothers, Tommy Kirkland and David Leroy Brooks; two sisters-inlaw; and one brother-in-law. Public viewing will be held from 3:30 to 7 p.m. today at Job’s Mortuary. Mr. Brooks will be placed in the church at 11 a.m. on Saturday for viewing until the hour of service. Funeral services will be held at noon on Saturday at Rafting Creek Baptist Church, Rembert, SC 29154, with the Rev. Melvin Mack officiating. Interment will follow in Rafting Creek Baptist Church cemetery. The family will be receiving friends at 185 Heartbeat Lane, Wedgefield. Online memorials may be sent to the family at jobsmortuary@sc.rr.com or visit us on the web at www.jobsmortuary. net. Job’s Mortuary Inc., 312 S. Main St., Sumter, is in charge of arrangements.

MARY B. JOHNSON Mary Burgess Johnson, 87, entered into eternal rest on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, at Palmetto Health Tuomey. Born on Dec. 1, 1928, in Williamsburg County, she was a daughter of Dais and Lydia Witherspoon Burgess. She attended the public schools of Clarendon County. She retired from Santee SeJOHNSON nior Services after years of services. Bertha accepted Christ as her personal savior at a young age. She was a member of Oak Grove AME Church, where she was a member of the senior choir and the Oak Grove Senior Group. She was a faithful church worker until her health failed. Bertha was married to the late Alex Johnson, and this union was blessed with five children. She leaves to cherish her memories: her children, Lydia D. (George Sr.) Mickens, Alexander Johnson, Wayne Johnson, Lillarweise J. (Joe) Seymore and Clarence Johnson, all of Sumter; 11 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Rosetta Cousar of Sumter; two brothers-in-

law, Henry and Wesley Johnson, both of Brooklyn, New York; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Homegoing services will be held at 1 p.m. today at Oak Grove AME Church, 1709 Burnt Branch Road, Turbeville, with the Rev. Shernard R. Barnes, pastor, and the Rev. Oliver Davis, eulogist. The family is receiving relatives and friends at her home, 2500 Brogdon Circle, Sumter. The remains will be placed in the church at noon. The procession will leave at 12:10 p.m. from the home. Floral bearers will be Oak Grove AME Church senior group. Pallbearers will be grandsons. Burial will be in Evergreen Memorial Park, 802 N. Guignard Drive, Sumter. Services directed by the management and staff of Williams Funeral Home Inc., 821 N. Main St., Sumter. Online memorial messages may be sent to the family at williamsfuneralhome@sc.rr. com. Visit us on the web at www.WilliamsFuneralHomeInc.com.

JAMES E. FULTON SR. BALTIMORE, Maryland — James Edward Fulton Sr., husband of Ethel Pendergrass Fulton, died on Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016. He was a son of Eugene Fulton and the late Ruth Conyers Fulton. Funeral services for Mr. Fulton will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday at Hayes F. & LaNelle J. Samuels Sr. Memorial FULTON Chapel, 114 N. Church St., Manning, with Eldress Joan Wilson presiding, District Elder Jerome Pendergrass, eulogist, and Bishop Frank H. Smith, Minister Louise Jones and Prophetess Jacqueline Goodwin assisting. Burial will follow in St. Matthews Cemetery, Manning. The family is receiving friends at the home of his sister-in-law, Bobbie Pendergrass, 2088 Mallett Road, Manning. These services are entrusted to Samuels Funeral Home LLC of Manning.

ANNIE J. SHANNON Funeral services for Annie J. Shannon will be held at 4 p.m. on Saturday at Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, 10075 Calvary Church Road, Pinewood, with the Rev. E.L. Sanders officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. The public may view from 2 to 8 p.m. today at Palmer Memorial Chapel, 304 S. Main St., Sumter. SHANNON Mrs. Shannon will be placed in the church at 3 p.m. for viewing until the hour of service. Annie Jean Shannon, 57, wife of William Shannon, transitioned on Monday, Nov. 28, 2016, at her home in Pinewood. Born in Jersey City, New Jersey, she was a daughter of the late Mary Bullard Jackson and Willie Frank Jackson. She was preceded in death by her parents, Mary Bullard Jackson and Willie Frank Jackson. Survivors include her loving husband, William Shannon of the home; two children; a daughter, Tyhesha Jackson of Newark, New Jersey; a son, Vaughn Jackson of Baltimore, Maryland; two stepchildren, Nicole Shannon of Sumter and Janice Shannon of Pinewood; and a host of other relatives and friends. Condolences may be made on their tribute page found at www.PalmerMemorialChapel. com. Palmer Memorial Chapel Inc. is in charge of the services.

three. Lubertha gave her life to Jesus Christ at an early age. She loved going to church and worshipping God. She was educated in Sumter County public schools and also H.D. Woodson High School in Washington D.C., where she received her high school diploma. She went on to further her education at Sumter Area Technical College. Lubertha became a certified phlebotomist and medical assistant, where she exercised her skills in assisting the elderly, until she became ill and could no longer work. Lubertha was a loving, kind, creative and devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She enjoyed interior decorating, long road trips and watching television, especially her favorite soap opera, “Days of Our Lives.” Lubertha thoroughly enjoyed being around people and making them smile and feel welcomed; however, there was nothing she loved more than being with family. If she could have had all of her children and grandchildren live with her, she would have been the happiest woman in the world. Lubertha leaves to cherish: four children, Talriena LaKeisha White, Christopher L. Barr, Trina N. Barr and Shawn L. Barr; three grandchildren, Raigan White, Jaiden Brunson and Laila Hayes; two brothers, Wilbert and Arthur Grant; four sisters, Delores Williams (Jessie), Elstenia Grant, Melveena Corbett and Marilyn Young (Joseph); a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Lubertha was preceded in death by her loving husband, John Wesley Barr; grandmothers, Dorcas Choice and Julia Grant; grandfathers, Benjamin Choice and Boyd Grant Sr.; parents, Louise and Boyd Grant Jr.; and brother, Cornelius Grant. Public viewing will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. today at Job’s Mortuary. Ms. Barr will be placed in the church at 9 a.m. on Saturday for viewing until the hour of service. Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday at Westend Community Church, 101

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2016 S. Salem Ave., with Pastor Joseph Young officiating. Interment will follow in Hopewell Baptist Church cemetery. Job’s Mortuary Inc., 312 S. Main St., Sumter, is in charge of arrangements.

GLADYS C. CLARK Gladys Carter Clark, widow of James Clark, departed this earthly life on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016, at her residence. She was born on March 25, 1936, in St. Charles, to the late Rubin and Maggie K. Carter. Mrs. Clark was educated in Lee County. At an early age, she accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Savior and became a member of Jehovah Missionary Baptist Church. Upon marriage, she relocated to Washington, D.C., and became a member of The Lord’s Church. She became a member of World End Time Harvest Church upon her return to Sumter. Mrs. Clark retired from Goodwin House West in Arlington, Virginia. Ms. Clark was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Corrine C. Ceasar and Hattie C. Butler; and five brothers, Oscar, James, Isaac, William and Joseph Carter. She leaves to cherish fond memories of her legacy: two sons, retired U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Robert Lee and Apostle Dr. Larry Carter of Sumter; a daughter, Shirley (Woody) Lipinski of Fairfax, Virginia; a daughter-in-law, Hyon Carter; two grandchildren, Austin Leon and Roberta Hyon Carter of Fort Washington, Maryland; four greatgrandsons; five sisters, Maggie Carter White, Dorothy Carter (Tommie) Turner, Earnestine Carter (William) Singleton of Sumter, Emma Carter Ragin of Arlington, Virginia, and Margie Carter McCoy of Jersey City, New Jersey; special nieces, Darcell Carter Mitchell of Tulsa, Oklahoma; Betty Ceasar (Willie) Conyers, a sister / niece of Wilmington, North Carolina; two sistersin-law; three brothers-in-law; three aunts; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Public viewing will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. on Saturday

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at Job’s Mortuary. Mother Clark will be placed in the church at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday for viewing until the hour of service. The homegoing celebration will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday at Westend Community Church, 101 S. Salem Ave., Sumter, with Bishop Willie Houston officiating and Pastor Clinton Ceasar Sr., eulogist. Interment will follow in Hillside Memorial Park. The family will be receiving friends at the home, 207 Adams Ave., Sumter. Job’s Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

LEROY STUCKEY Leroy Stuckey, 61, of 296 St. Philips Road, Dalzell, passed on Monday, Nov. 28, 2016. Funeral services will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday at Spring Hill United Methodist Church, Rembert. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Nelson-Haile Funeral Home of Camden is in charge of arrangements.

HANNAH G. BALLARD MANNING — Hannah Jane Graham Ballard, 67, died on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016, at her residence, 206 Harvin Ave., Manning. She was born on Nov. 24, 1949, in Manning, a daughter of the late Willie Sr. and Earline Burgess Graham. The family is receiving friends at the home of her sisters, Sadie and Rosa Graham, 5-F Cambridge Court, Manning. These services have been entrusted to Samuels Funeral Home LLC of Manning.

GLORIA GLISSON Gloria Glisson, 59, departed this life on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016, at her residence in Greensboro, North Carolina. She was born on Feb. 4, 1957, in Sumter, a daughter of the late Clifton and Mildred Wilder Glisson. The family will receive friends at the home of her sister, Linda Montgomery, 21C Althea Drive. Job’s Mortuary Inc., 312 S. Main St., Sumter, is in charge of arrangements.

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STEPHEN R. KALISH WAXHAW, North Carolina — Stephen Richard Kalish, 61, of Waxhaw, entered into eternal rest on Monday, Nov. 21, 2016. He suffered from cardiovascular and pulmonary complications. A memorial service to honor his life will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday at Elmore Hill McCreight, 221 Broad St., Sumter. Steve was born on Nov. 7, 1955, in Sumter, a son of the late Joseph John Kalish Sr. and Elizabeth Justice Kalish Housen. He graduated from Sumter High School and later attended University of South Carolina and Central Carolina Technical College. He became a master electrician, specializing in motor control. He is survived by his son, Stephen Louis Kalish Ficchi; grandson, Caleb Ficchi; granddaughter, Gianna Ficchi; four brothers, Frank (Kris), Joseph, James / DD (Ann) and Bernard; and two sisters, Betsy (Owen) Zuro and Dolly (Mike) Brown. Steve was preceded in death by two brothers, Mike and Ralph Kalish; nephew, John F. Kalish Jr.; and niece, Melanie Kalish Rivera. Steve had a passion for many things during his life, starting with him learning to play the guitar as a young teenager to emulate the great Jimi Hendrix. His love of all types of music lasted until the end. He was an incredible cook and really loved being outdoors, whether it involved horseback riding, scuba diving, hunting, hiking, spelunking or digging for old treasures, but he was happiest of all when he went fishing. Steve had a particular affinity for rescuing both people and animals. He really worried about anyone or anything that might be in harm’s way and would try to help them out. Steve deeply loved his family and friends and will be sorely missed by both. Elmore Hill McCreight Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of the arrangements, (803) 775-9386.

PEARL L. PARROTT A chapter completed, a page turned, a life well lived and a rest well earned. On Nov. 24, 2016, Deaconess Pearl Lucille Parrott, affectionately known as “Telephone Angel,” was called home to be with the Lord. Deaconess Pearl Lucille Parrott was born on Jan. 10, 1936, in Mayesville, to Louise Roberson. After the death of her mother when Pearl was 3 months old, she was adopted by Mike and Hattie Ellerby. Deaconess Pearl Parrott received her education at Mayesville Institute School. She was a lifelong member of Galilee Missionary Baptist Church. Deaconess Pearl Lucille Parrott served on many ministries, until her health declined. She served as the Sunday school secretary for more than 35 years at Galilee Missionary Baptist Church, where she earned her title of Sunday school secretary emeritus. She was also the secretary for the missionary society for more than 10 years. Deaconess Pearl Parrott also served as vice president of missionary ministry for many years. Her Christian motto can be described as “On Call for God 24/7.” Deaconess Parrott’s missionary works never ended. From the dawning of the morning to the setting of the sun, Deaconess Parrott worked tirelessly checking on the sick and shutin. Deaconess Parrott never met a stranger and had a divine ability to see the good in everyone. Her favorite saying

was “There is no big you and little me. I love people whether they are red, yellow, black or white. I just love people because God loves us all!” Through her years of serving, Sister Parrott earned the title of “Telephone Angel.” She earned that title because she had major limitations with walking and driving; she did most of her missionary work over the telephone. Deaconess Parrott called the sick and shut-in and shared the goodness of Jesus with them. She took advantage of every opportunity to share her trials and overcomings to inspire and encourage others to seek Christ. Deaconess Parrott constantly reminded people that God would never leave us nor forsake us, and will never put more on us than we can bear. She leaves to cherish her memories: two daughters, Trustee JoAnn Parrott and Henrietta Parrott of the home; one special granddaughter who was raised in the home, Finetra ParrottMack (Kevin) of Charlotte, North Carolina; and two special great-grandsons, Desmond and Justin Mack. She was affectionately known to them as grandma: a special daughter-in-law, Amy Ellerby of Peekskill, New York. She also has another daughter-inlaw, Olean Parrott of St. Charles; granddaughters, Shayna Felton of Brooklyn, New York, Telethia (Chris) Keith, Ramona Searight, Cassandra Welch and Linda Smith, all of Peekskill, Priscilla Brown of Sumter and Carolyn Wilson of St. Charles; grandson, Tyrone Welch; 17 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; a very special friend also known as her “bodyguard,” Mary Lou “Moony” Hannibal; a goddaughter, Deborah “Dell” Wilson Wheeler; and a host of very special nieces, nephews, other godchildren and god-grandchildren, along with other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by three sons, Rooservelt Ellerby (Amy), Johnny Lee Ellerby and David Lee (Olean) Parrott; and two sisters, Madell McGhee and Mary Lou Robinson. Public viewing will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. today at Galilee Missionary Baptist Church, 126 E. Sumter St., Mayesville. Wake service will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. Ms. Parrott will be placed in the church at 1 p.m. on Saturday for viewing until the hour of service. Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday at Westend Community Church, 101 S. Salem Ave., Sumter, with the Rev. Eugene Myers officiating. Interment will follow in Mayesville Community Cemetery, Mayesville. Job’s Mortuary Inc. is in charge of arrangements.

The family will be receiving friends at 4000 McCrays Mill Road, Sumter, SC 29154. Online memorials may be sent to the family at jobsmortuary@sc.rr.com or visit us on the web at www.jobsmortuary. net. Job’s Mortuary Inc., 312 S. Main St., Sumter, is in charge of arrangements.

FERDINAND BURNS JR. Ferdinand Burns Jr. was born on Oct. 2, 1945, in Sumter, a son of the late Ferdinand and Earline Dupree Burns. He died on Nov. 28, 2016, at his residence. He was educated in the public schools of Sumter County and graduated from Lincoln High School in 1963. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in social studies from Morris College and a Master in Education from the University of South Carolina. After graduating from high school, Mr. Burns joined the United States Air Force, where he served from 1963 to 1967, receiving an honorable discharge. Mr. Burns’ career in education spanned 37 years. He worked in Summerton School District 1, Lee County School District and Sumter County School District 2, where he served faithfully until his retirement. Mr. Burns did not limit his service to education alone. He served the Sumter County community in various ways, working with different organizations and holding different positions. He served as a member of the Sumter Congress of Racial Equality (CORE); the Sumter County Election Commission; commander of American Legion Post 202; the Sumter delegation to the National Black Political Convention; president of Sumter Branch of the NAACP; and president of Wateree Baptist Association Lower Division Trustee Ministry. At the time of his death, he was serving as chairman of Trustee Union Number One Education Committee; a commissioner for Sumter Housing Authority; president of Pinedale Neighborhood Association; member of Sumter County Education Association-Retired; a member of Sumter South Carolina Combat Veterans Group; and a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. Mr. Burns was a member of New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, where he served as a member of the trustee ministry and as past chairman; the veterans ministry; the mission committee; Sunday school adult class number

one; the brotherhood ministry; and as minister of education for the education ministry. Mr. Burns leaves to mourn his passing: his devoted wife of 50 years, the former Lula Mae Hastie; six children, Tonia (the Rev. Quintero) Burns-Taylor of Sumter, Ferdinand (Betty) Burns III of Alpharetta, Georgia, Martin (Kimberly) Burns of Sumter, Malcolm (Andrea) Burns, Marcus (Shammon) Burns and Malshaun (Amanda) Burns of Charlotte, North Carolina; 22 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one brother, the Rev. Harry L. Burns of Charlotte; four sisters-in-law, Ella Marian McBride, Rhonda Reynolds and Blanche Hastie, all of Sumter, and Geneva (Deacon James) Zeigler of Paxville; one uncle, Porter Gaymon of Sumter; a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday at New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, U.S. 15 South, with the Rev. Willie A. Wright Jr. officiating. Interment will follow in Bradford Cemetery. Public viewing will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. today in the chapel. The family will receive friends at the home, 20 Neal St., Sumter. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that contributions be made to New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church Education Ministry. The body will lie in repose from noon until the hour of service. The funeral cortege will leave at 12:15 p.m. from the residence. Sumter Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.

Ilean Lemon House died on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday at Spring Hill AME Church, Summerton, with the Rev. Emma Mellerson, pastor. These services have been entrusted to Samuels Funeral Home LLC of Manning.

JAMES A. THOMPSON MANNING — On Monday, Nov. 28, 2016, James Albert Thompson, husband of Dorothy Owens Thompson, heard his master’s call at his residence. Born on Nov. 12, 1934, in Manning, he was a son of the late Joe and Rebecca Wells Thompson. Service of remembrance will take place at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday at Words of Victory Outreach Ministries, 308 Dyson St., Manning, where the pastor, the Rev. Michael Abraham, will deliver words of consolation. The service of committal will follow in the Thompson family plot, located in Scarborough Cemetery. The family is receiving relatives and friends at the residence, 2109 Mallette Road, Sugar Hill community of Manning. Fleming & DeLaine Funeral Home & Chapel is in charge of these arrangements. Online condolences for the family may be sent to www. flemingdelaine.com or flemingdelaine@aol.com.

MARY R. TINDAL FLORENCE — On Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016, Mary Ruth Tindal departed this life at McLeod Regional Medical Center Florence. Born on March 27, 1974, in Manning, she was a daughter of Ruth Lee Davis Dingle “Honey” and John Elliott Dingle Sr. The family will receive relatives and friends from 4 to 8 p.m. daily with the exception of Saturday at Marion House, 1079 Capital Way, Manning. Services are incomplete and will be announced by Fleming & DeLaine Funeral & Chapel.

BERNARD MAGAZINE Bernard Magazine entered eternal rest on Nov. 26, 2016, at New England Sinai Hospital in Stoughton, Massachusetts. Viewing will be held on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the hour of service. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday at Jamestown Road Church of God, Camden, with Pastor Curtis Murph officiating. Interment will follow in the churchyard cemetery. The family is receiving friends at the home of his sister, Louise McCall, 1076 Browntown Road, Bishopville. Wilson Funeral Home, 403 S. Main St., Bishopville, is in charge of arrangements.

JAMES P. MALLARD JR. James Palmer Mallard Jr., age 91, beloved husband of the late Kathleen Smith Mallard, died on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016, at his residence. Arrangements are incomplete at this time and will be announced by Bullock Funeral Home.

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HENRY FURMAN JR. Henry Furman Jr., 70, died on Nov. 29, 2016, at Palmetto Health Richland hospital. He was born on Oct. 11, 1946, in Sumter, a son of the late Henry Sr. and Viola Choice Furman. Surviving are a devoted wife, Emma Furman; three children, Melissa (Dwayne) Russ, Audrey Furman and Tony Furman; and Alexis (Tawanda) Taylor White, a granddaughter they raised as their own. Public viewing will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. today at Job’s Mortuary. Masonic Rites will begin at 6:30 p.m. Mr. Furman will be placed in the church at 10 a.m. on Saturday for viewing until the hour of service. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday at St. Paul AME Church, 1495 N. St. Paul Church Road, Sumter, SC 29154, with the Rev. Eric Dent officiating. Interment will follow in Smith Cemetery.

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PUBLIC AUCTION SUMTER EAST SELF STORAGE 800 MYRTLE BEACH HWY. AUCTION December 17, 2016 10:00 A.M. UNITS FOR AUCTION A-7 Lashawna Jones A-35 Shaquida Singleton A-42 Aaron Rouse A-48 Kimberly A. Salley A-56 Mary Miller B-37 Chrishonda Samuel C-6 James Byrd C-8 James Byrd C-33 Della L. Guin D-13 Lavonna S. Pack E-27 Chris Muldrow F-8 James Byrd F-29 Nancy S. Rose G-8 Willie Lawson G-21 James Williams H-19 Michael M. Robinson

F46495. STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF SUMTER U.S. Bank Trust National Association as Trustee of the American Homeowner Preservation Trust Series 2015+, PLAINTIFF, vs. James T. Jackson; Barbara Reynolds; any other Heirs or Devisees of James Edward Jackson, deceased; including any Personal Representatives, Successors, Assigns, Spouses, Creditors, and all others claiming any right, title or interest in the real estate known as 3240 Mt. Sinai Church Road, Lynchburg, SC 29080; any adults or persons in the Military Service of the United States of America, being a class designated as John Doe; and any minors or persons under legal disability, being a class designated as Richard Roe; and South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce f/k/a South Carolina Employment Commission, DEFENDANT(S). TO THE DEFENDANTS ABOVE NAMED: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and required to answer the Complaint herein, a copy of which is herewith served upon you, or to otherwise appear and defend, and to serve a copy of your Answer to said Complaint upon the subscribers at their office, P.O. Box 71727, North Charleston, South Carolina, 29415, within thirty (30) days after service hereof, exclusive of the day of such service; except that the United States of America, if named, shall have sixty (60) days to answer after the service hereof, exclusive of the day of such service; and if you fail to answer the Complaint within the time aforesaid, or otherwise appear and defend, the Plaintiff in this action will apply to the Court for relief demanded therein, and judgment by default will be rendered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint. TO THE MINOR(S) OVER FOURTEEN YEARS OF AGE, AND/OR TO MINOR(S) UNDER FOURTEEN YEARS OF AGE AND THE PERSON WITH WHOM THE MINOR(S) RESIDES AND/OR TO PERSONS UNDER SOME LEGAL DISABILITY: YOU ARE FURTHER SUMMONED AND NOTIFIED to apply for the appointment of a guardian ad litem within thirty (30) days after the service of this Summons and Notice upon you. If you fail to do so, application for such appointment will be made by the Plaintiff. YOU WILL ALSO TAKE NOTICE that should you fail to answer the foregoing Summons, the Plaintiff will move for a general Order of Reference to the Master in Equity for Sumter, which Order shall, pursuant to Rule 53(b) of the South Carolina Rules of Civil Procedure, specifically provide that the said Master in Equity is authorized and empowered to enter a final judgment in this action.

NOTICE OF FILING COMPLAINT NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the original Complaint in the above entitled action, together with the Summons, was filed in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Sumter County on October 20, 2016 at 3:56 p.m.

ORDER APPOINTING GUARDIAN AD LITEM NISI It appearing to the satisfaction of the Court, upon reading and filing of the


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Petition of the Plaintiff for the appointment of Kelley Y Woody, attorney in Columbia, South Carolina, as Guardian ad Litem Nisi for all unknown minors, and for all persons who may be under a legal disability, it is ORDERED that Kelley Y Woody, Attorney at Law, be and she is hereby appointed Guardian ad Litem Nisi on behalf of unknown minors or persons under a legal disability, all of whom may have an interest in or claim to have some interest in the real property known as 3240 Mt. Sinai Church, Lynchburg, SC 29080; that she is empowered and directed to appear on behalf of and represent said Defendants, unless the said Defendants, or someone on their behalf, shall within thirty (30) days after service of a copy hereof as directed, procure the appointment of a Guardian ad Litem for the said Defendants; AND IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that a copy of this Order shall forthwith be served upon the said Defendants by publication thereof in The Item, a newspaper of general circulation published in the County of Sumter, State of South Carolina, once a week for three consecutive weeks, together with the Summons in the above entitled action. PLEASE TAKE NOTICE THAT pursuant to the Supreme Court of South Carolina Administrative Order 2011-05-02-01, you may be eligible for foreclosure intervention programs for the purpose of resolving the above-referenced foreclosure action. If you wish to be considered for a foreclosure intervention program, you must contact Finkel Law Firm LLC, 4000 Faber Place Drive, Suite 450 (29405), P.O. Box 71727 (29415), North Charleston, SC 29405, or call (843) 577-5460 within thirty (30) days from the date of this notice. Finkel Law Firm LLC represents the Plaintiff in this action. Our law firm does not represent you and is not authorized to provide you any legal advice.

Notice of Sale John J. Hearn Attorney for Plaintiff P.O. Box 100200 Columbia, SC 29202-3200 (803) 744-4444 013263-08698 Website: www.rtt-law.com (see link to Resources/Foreclosure Sales)

NOTICE OF SALE Docket No. 2016-CP-43-01179 By virtue of a decree heretofore granted in the case of U.S. Bank, N.A., as trustee for Mid-State Trust VIII against Debra Mack Smith a/k/a Debra Mack, I, the undersigned Master in Equity for Sumter County, will sell on Monday, December 5, 2016, at 12:00 P.M., at the Sumter County Judicial Center, 215 N. Harvin Street, Courtroom 1-A, Sumter, South Carolina, to the highest bidder: All that certain piece, parcel or lot of land, together 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 designated as Lot 1A containing 0.43 acre, as shown on that certain plat prepared for Debra Mack by H.S. Willlson, RLS, dated May 4, 1995, and recorded in the Office of the Register of Deeds for Sumter County in Plat Book 98 at page 792, and have such metes and bounds as are shown on said plat. This decription being in lieu of metes and bounds, as permitted under Section 30-5-250 of the Code of Laws of South Carolina. This being a portion of that property conveyed to Debra Mack Smith by deed of Rosa Lee Rembert Edens a/k/a Rosalie R. Edens by her AIF, Frances Edens McIntosh dated June 30, 1998 and recorded in the Office of the Register of Deeds for Sumter County on July 7, 1998 in Book 710 at page 1752.

TMS No. 192-00-01-064. Current address of property is 4770 Cannery Road, Dalzell, SC 29040

IF YOU FAIL, REFUSE, OR VOLUNTARILY ELECT NOT TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS FORECLOSURE INTERVENTION PROCESS, THE FORECLOSURE MAY PROCEED.

SUBJECT TO ASSESSMENTS, SUMTER COUNTY TAXES, EXISTING EASEMENTS, EASEMENTS AND RESTRICTIONS OF RECORD, AND OTHER SENIOR ENCUMBRANCES, IF ANY.

NOTICE PURSUANT TO THE FAIR DEBT COLLECTION PRACTICES ACT (15 U.S.C. § 1692 et seq.): This is an attempt to collect a debt and any information you provide will be used for that purpose. However, if you have previously received a discharge from bankruptcy, this message is not and should be construed as an attempt to collect a debt, but only as a requirement pursuant to the administrative order.

TERMS OF SALE: The successful bidder, other than the Plaintiff, will deposit with the Master in Equity, at the conclusion of the bidding, Five per cent (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. 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, then the Master in Equity may resell the property on the same terms and conditions on some subsequent Sales Day (at the risk of the said highest bidder.) No personal or deficiency judgment being demanded, the bidding will not remain open after the date of sale, but compliance with the bid may be made immediately. Purchaser to pay for preparation of the Master in Equity's deed, documentary stamps on the deed, recording of the deed, and interest on the amount of the bid from date of sale to date of compliance with the bid at the rate of 8.50% per annum.

James C. Campbell Clerk of Court for Sumter County Sumter, South Carolina November 10, 2016 FINKEL LAW FIRM LLC Thomas A. Shook P.O. Box 71727 North Charleston, SC 29415 (843) 577-5460 Attorney for Plaintiff

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NOTICE OF SALE BY VIRTUE of a decree heretofore granted in the case of: Wells Fargo Bank, NA vs. Stephen L. China; Wells Fargo Bank, NA (Charlotte, NC);, C/A No. 2016CP4301090, The following property will be sold on December 5, 2016, at 12:00 Noon at the Sumter County Courthouse to the highest bidder ALL THAT CERTAIN PIECE, PARCEL OR LOT OF LAND, TOGETHER WITH ANY IMPROVEMENTS THEREON, SITUATE, LYING AND BEING IN THE CITY AND COUNTY OF SUMTER, STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA, DESIGNATED AS LOT 36 IN THE MARINERS COVE SUBDIVISION, AS SHOWN ON THE CERTAIN PLAT BY MICHAEL C. TURBEVILLE, RLS, DATED 5/4/93 AND RECORDED IN THE OFFICE OF THE REGISTER OF DEEDS FOR SUMTER COUNTY IN PLAT BOOK 93 PAGE 690, PURSUANT TO SECTION 30-5-250 OF THE CODE OF LAWS OF 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. Derivation: BOOK 990 AT PAGE 1244

1790 Brigatine Dr, Sumter, SC 29154 208-04-03-001 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 7.07% per annum. For complete terms of sale, see Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale filed with the Sumter County Clerk of Court at C/A #2016CP4301090. 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

Richard L. Booth As Master in Equity for Sumter County Plaintiff's Attorney: J. Kershaw Spong [SC Bar # 5289] ROBINSON, MCFADDEN & MOORE, P.C. Post Office Box 944 Columbia, SC 29202 (803) 779-8900 Email: kspong@robinsonlaw.com

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 December 5, 2016, 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 Surveyors, Inc., dated February 3, 1993 and recorded in the Recorder's Office for the above named county in Plat Book 93, Page 196. Derivation: Book 667 at Page 1138

2885 Ithica Rd, Sumter, SC 29154-8978 This includes a 1987, Champion mobile home with 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 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

MAYO’S SUIT CITY If your suits aren’t becoming to you, It’s a good time to be coming to Mayo’s! Wesmark Plaza • 773-2262 • Mon-Sat 10-7 Notice of Sale 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)

AMENDED MASTER-IN-EQUITY'S SALE CASE NO. 2016CP3100037 BY VIRTUE of a decree heretofore granted in the case of CHAMPION MORTGAGE COMPANY against SHIRLEY W. MCLEOD, et al., I, the Master-in-Equity for LEE County, will sell on December 5, 2016 at 11: 00 o'clock a.m., at the LEE County Courthouse, LEE, South Carolina, to the highest bidder: ALL THAT CERTAIN PIECE, PARCEL OR TRACT OF LAND, LYING AND BEING IN THE COUNTY OF LEE, STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA, CONSISTING OF ONE ACRE MORE OR LESS, AS SHOWN ON A PLAT OF CLARK DATED AUGUST 17, 1972, AND RECORDED IN THE OFFICE OF THE CLERK OF COURT FOR LEE COUNTY IN PLAT BOOK "N" AT PAGE 8, AND BOUNDED AND BOUNDED AND DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: ON THE NORTH BY THE LANDS OF E.B. McCUTCHEN CONSISTING OF AN OLD FARM ROAD; ON THE SOUTH BY THE LANDS OF E.B. McCUTCHEN; AND ON THE WEST BY LANDS OF WILLIE LEE AND AGNES McLEOD; AND ON THE EAST BY LANDS OF GEORGE WILSON AND MARY B. WILSON. ALSO, RIGHTS OF INGRESS AND EGRESS OVER A FIFTY FOOT RIGHT OF WAY EXTENDING A DEPTH OF 1,693 FEET AS SHOWN ON A PLAT OF CLARK DATED APRIL 26, 1972, AND RECORDED IN THE OFFICE OF THE CLERK OF COURT FOR LEE COUNTY, SOUTH CAROLINA IN PLAT BOOK "M" AT PAGE 136. SUBJECT TO THAT CERTAIN RIGHT OF WAY EASEMENT EXECUTED BY SHIRLEY W. MCLEOD TO THE SOUTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF H I G H W A Y S A N D TRANSPORTATION DATED MARCH 5, 1990, AS SHOWN RECORDED IN THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF LEE COUNTY, SOUTH CAROLINA. BEING THE SAME DESCRIBED PROPERTY IN THAT CERTAIN WARRANTY DEED AS SHOWN RECORDED IN BOOK P-2 AT PAGE 41, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF LEE COUNTY, SOUTH CAROLINA. A/K/A: 1141 HERNDON ROAD; BISHOPVILLE, SOUTH CAROLINA 29010 PARCEL ID#: 043 00 00 125 000. 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 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 twenty (20) days, then the Master-in-Equity may re-sell the property on the same terms and conditions on some subsequent Sales Day (at the risk of the said highest bidder). As a deficiency judgment is being waived, the bidding will not remain open thirty (30) days after the date of sale. Purchaser to pay for preparation of deed, documentary stamps on the deed, and recording of the deed. The successful bidder will be required to pay interest on the amount of the bid from date of sale to date of compliance with the bid at the rate of 5.560% per annum. Subject to assessments, LEE County taxes, easements, easements and restrictions of record, and other senior encumbrances. The Geheren Firm, P.C. 4828 Ashford Dunwoody Road, 2nd Floor, Atlanta, GA 30338 November 14, 2016 Attorneys for the Plaintiff. NOTICE OF SALE BY VIRTUE of a decree heretofore granted in the case of: JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association vs. Alterio M. Robinson;, C/A No. 2016-CP-43-00437, The following property will be sold on December 5, 2016, at 12:00 Noon at the Sumter County Courthouse to the highest bidder That lot of land with the improvements thereon situate in the County of Sumter, Providence Township, State of South Carolina, represented as Lot 13 on a plat of Mayfair Village made by Ferrell J. Prosser, RLS, dated July 1, 1970, recorded in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Sumter County in Plat Book Z-32 at Page 120. Derivation: Book 1120 at Page 3937

Notice of Sale 3026 Prosser Ave, Sumter, SC 29150 233-81-01-008 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. Personal or deficiency judgment having been demanded or reserved, the sale will remain open for thirty (30) days pursuant to S.C. Code Ann. §15-39-720 (1976). The successful bidder will be required to pay interest on the amount of the bid from date of sale to date of compliance with the bid at the rate of 5.5% per annum. For complete terms of sale, see Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale filed with the Sumter County Clerk of Court at C/A #2016-CP-43-00437. 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 012507-02302 Website: www.rtt-law.com (see link to Resources/Foreclosure Sales) ORDER AND NOTICE OF SALE DEFICIENCY JUDGMENT WAIVED NOT ELIGIBLE FOR LOAN MODIFICATION UNDER THE H O M E A F F O R D A B L E MODIFICATION PROGRAM STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA SUMTER COUNTY IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS THIRD JUDICIAL CIRCUIT 2016-CP-43-00141 FIRST-CITIZENS BANK & TRUST COMPANY, AS SUCCESSOR IN INTEREST BY MERGER TO FIRST CITIZENS BANK AND TRUST COMPANY, INC., Plaintiff, vs. EDWARD C. HOLLADAY A/K/A EDWARD CLIFTON HOLLADAY, DECEASED, AND ANY CHILDREN AND HEIRS AT LAW, DISTRIBUTEES 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, INTEREST, OR LIEN UPON THE REAL PROPERTY DESCRIBED IN THE COMPLAINT HEREIN, ANY UNKNOWN ADULTS BEING A CLASS DESIGNATED AS JOHN DOE AND ANY UNKNOWN MINORS OR PERSONS UNDER DISABILITY OR IN THE MILITARY SERVICE BEING A CLASS DESIGNATED AS RICHARD ROE; DISCOVER BANK; GMAC, Defendant(s). BY VIRTUE of a decree heretofore granted in the case of First-Citizens Bank & Trust Company, as successor in interest by merger to First Citizens Bank and Trust Company, Inc. v. Edward C. Holladay a/k/a Edward Clifton Holladay, Deceased, and any children and heirs at law, distributees 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, interest, or lien upon the real property described in the Complaint herein, any unknown adults being a class designated as John Doe and any unknown minors or persons under disability or in the military service being a class designated as Richard Roe; Discover Bank; GMAC, case number 2016-CP-43-00141, I, the undersigned Richard L. Booth, Master In Equity for Sumter County, will hold a sale on December 5, 2016 at 12:00 PM at the Sumter County Courthouse, Room 211,141 N. Main Street, Sumter, SC 29150, and sell the following described property 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 Township and County of Sumter, State of South Carolina, being shown and delineated as Lot No. 39 on that plat of Fairview Subdivision prepared by Palmer & Malone, Civil Engineers, dated May 9, 1995, as amended, and recorded in Plat Book Z-13 at Page 26 in the records of the Register of Deeds Office 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 made in lieu of metes and bounds as permitted by law under § 30-5-250 of The Code of Laws of South Carolina (1976), as amended. This is the property known as 1990 Forest Drive, Sumter, SC. This being the identical property conveyed to Edward C. Holladay by that deed of The Estate of Carol C. Leach, f/k/a Carol C. Caines, Janet Putman, Daniel O. Caines, Jr. and Melody Gillstrap Caines dated October 15, 2004 and recorded October 26, 2004 in Deed Book 957 at Page 1149, aforesaid records. 1990 Forest Drive, Sumter, SC 29154 Tax ID 206-13-02-047 TERMS OF SALE: The successful bidder, other than Plaintiff, will deposit with the Sumter County Master In Equity at the conclusion of the bidding five percent (5%) of its bid, in cash or equivalent, as evidence of good faith, same to be applied to the purchase price in case of compliance, but to be forfeited and applied first to costs and then to Plaintiff's debt in the case of noncompliance. 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, then the Master In Equity may resell the property on the same terms and conditions at the risk of the said highest bidder. Purchaser to pay for documentary stamps on the conveying deed. The successful bidder will be required to pay interest on the amount of the bid from the date of sale to the date of compliance with the bid at the rate of 4.750% per annum. Should

Notice of Sale Plaintiff or one of its representatives fail to be present at the time of sale, the property shall be automatically withdrawn from said sale. THIS SALE IS ALSO MADE SUBJECT TO ALL SUMTER COUNTY TAXES AND EXISTING EASEMENTS, RESTRICTIONS, AND SENIOR LIENS AND/OR OTHER ENCUMBRANCES OF RECORD. Richard L. Booth, Master In Equity Sumter County Sumter, South Carolina 11/13/16 ATTORNEYS FOR PLAINTIFF: Samuel D. Fleder Smith Debnam Narron Drake Saintsing & Myers, LLP P.O. Box 26268 Raleigh, NC 27611 Attorneys for Plaintiff

NOTICE OF SALE Case No. 2016-CP-43-01534 BY VIRTUE of that certain Decree of the Court of Common Pleas for Sumter County, South Carolina, heretofore granted in the case of SAFE Federal Credit Union vs. William Michael Callen, SC Housing Corp. and South Carolina Department of Revenue, I, the undersigned Master-in-Equity for Sumter County, South Carolina or my agent, will sell on December 5, 2016, at 12:00 Noon, in Room 211 of the Sumter County Courthouse, Sumter, South Carolina, to the highest bidder, the following described property: All that certain piece, parcel, or lot of land, together with the improvements thereon, if any, situate, lying, and being in the Township and County of Sumter, State of South Carolina, being shown and designated as Lot #3, containing 0.668 acre, as shown on that certain plat prepared for William Michael Callen by Michael C. Turbeville, III, RLS, dated August 14, 2002, and recorded in the Office of the Register of Deeds for Sumter county in Plat Book 2002 at Page 492, and having such metes and bounds as are shown on said plat, this description being in lieu of metes and bounds, as permitted under Section 30-5-250 of the 1976 Code of Laws of South Carolina, as amended. This is the property known as 53 Callen Drive. DERIVATION: This being the same property conveyed to William Michael Callen by Deed of Sandra Callen Hodge Gower, et. al., recorded June 15, 2001, in Book 806 at Page 1304, in the Sumter County Register of Deeds Office. Thereafter, the same property conveyed to William Michael Callen and Lesa V. Callen by Deed of William Michael Callen, recorded August 20, 2002, in Book 853 at Page 1262, in the Sumter County Register of Deeds Office. Thereafter, Lesa V. Callen conveyed her interest in said property to William Michael Callen by Deed recorded March 26, 2007, in Book 1070 at Page 1581, recorded in the Sumter County Register of Deeds Office.

TMS No.: 252-01-01-003 ADDRESS: 53 Callen Drive, Sumter, South Carolina TERMS OF SALE: The successful bidder, other than Plaintiff, will deposit with the Master-in-Equity or his agent, at the conclusion of the bidding, five (5%) percent of the 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 last and highest bidder fail or refuse to make the required deposit at the time of the bid or comply with the other terms of the bid within twenty (20) days, then the Master-in-Equity or his agent may resell the property on the same terms and conditions on some subsequent sales day at the risk of the said highest bidder. The sale shall be subject to Sumter County taxes and assessments and to existing easements and restrictions of record. Purchaser to pay for the preparation of the Deed, documentary stamps on the Deed, recording of the Deed, and interest on the amount of the bid from date of sale to date of compliance with the bid at the contract rate of interest. Attention is drawn to the Court Order on file with the Clerk of Court for Sumter County. The terms and conditions of the actual Court Order, to the extent of any inconsistencies, control over any terms or conditions contained in the Notice of Sale. Plaintiff is not seeking a personal or deficiency judgment in this case, therefore the bidding will not remain open and the sale will close on the sale day. If Plaintiff or its representative does not appear at the scheduled sale of the above-described property, then the sale of the property will be null, void and of no force and effect. In such event, the sale will be rescheduled for the next available sales day. The Honorable Richard L. Booth Master-in-Equity for Sumter County Kyle A. Brannon NEXSEN PRUET, LLC Post Office Drawer 2426 Columbia, South Carolina 29202 (803) 771-8900 Attorneys for Plaintiff

NOTICE OF SALE BY VIRTUE of a decree heretofore granted in the case of: JP Morgan Chase Bank, National Association vs. John W. Hanes, Jr.; Erica Hanes;, C/A No. 16-CP-43-00139, The following property will be sold on December 5, 2016, at 12:00 Noon at the Sumter County Courthouse to the highest bidder All that certain piece, parcel or lot of land, together with any improvements thereon, situate, lying and being in Providence Township, County of Sumter, State of South Carolina being delineated as Lot 84 of Rolling Hill Subdivision, Phase III, on that certain plat of Louis White Tisdale, RLS dated September 8, 2006 and recorded in the Office of the Register of Deeds for Sumter County in Plat Book 2006, at page 485. 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

Notice of Sale Carolina, 1976. Derivation: Book 1079 at Page 291

3410 Valencia Dr, Dalzell, SC 29040 151-11-05-010 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 6.375% per annum. For complete terms of sale, see Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale filed with the Sumter County Clerk of Court at C/A #16-CP-43-00139. 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 012507-02266 Website: www.rtt-law.com (see link to Resources/Foreclosure Sales)

NOTICE OF SALE CIVIL ACTION NO. 2016-CP-43-00918 BY VIRTUE of the decree heretofore granted in the case of: Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. vs. The Estate of Martha J. Cureton, John Doe and Richard Roe, as Representatives of all Heirs and Devisees of Martha J. Cureton, 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 America, whose true names are unknown, being as a class designated as Richard Roe; Steven G. Cureton; Safe Federal Credit Union, the undersigned Master In Equity for Sumter County, South Carolina, will sell on December 5, 2016 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 improvements thereon, situate, lying and being in Statesburg Township, in the County of Sumter, State of South Carolina being shown and designated as Lot No. 58, Block O on a plat of Oakland Plantation, Blocks O and P, prepared by M. J. Belter & Company, dated February 11, 1970, revised October 9, 1970, and recorded in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Sumter County in Plat Book Z-29 at page 119; also, shown on a plat prepared for Bruce W. Parris by M. J. Belter & Company, April 28, 1971; said lot being bounded and measuring as follows: On the North by Lot No. 59, Block O, on said plat whereon it measures 153.1 feet; on the East by lands of Oakland Plantation on said plat whereon it measures 75 feet; on the South by Lot No. 57, of Oakland Plantation on said whereon it measures 168.4 feet; on the West fronting on Derwent Drive said plat and measuring thereon 70 feet, be all dimensions a little more or less and according to said plat. This being the same property conveyed to Jimmie R. Cureton and Martha J. Cureton, as joint tenants with right of survivorship, by Deed of Patsy K. Stevens and Joel W. Stephens dated August 7, 1974 and recorded August 7, 1974 in Book A-10 at Page 449 in the Office of Register of Deeds for Sumter County, South Carolina. Thereafter, Jimmie R. Cureton passed away and full title passed to Martha J. Cureton by operation of law.

CURRENT ADDRESS OF PROPERTY: 2437 Derwent Drive, Sumter, SC 29150 TMS: 134-09-02-071 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 3% 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,


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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.

being shown and delineated as Lot No. 51 of Heathley Wood Subdivision on that plat prepared by Joseph R. Edwards, RLS, dated March 5, 1990, re-surveyed March 13, 1992 and recorded in Plat Book 92 at Page 506 in the records of the Register of Deeds Office 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 made in lieu of metes and bounds as permitted by law under §30-5-250 of The Code of Laws of South Carolina (1976), as amended. This is the property known as 617 Henderson Street, Sumter, SC.

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 NOTICE OF SALE 2016-CP-43-01282 BY VIRTUE of a decree heretofore granted in the case of: U.S. Bank National Association vs. Todd S. Kachel, I, the undersigned Richard L. Booth, Master in Equity for Sumter County, will sell on Monday, December 5, 2016 at 12:00 PM, at the County Judicial Center, 215 Harvin Street, Sumter, SC 29150, 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 shown and designated as Lot 84 on that certain plat of James D. Willson, RLS, dated May 15, 2001 and recorded in the Office of the Register of Deeds for Sumter County in Plat Book 2001, page 396; and more recently shown on a plat of DeSaussure Davis Edmunds, RLS, dated June 19, 2002 and recorded in the Office of the Register of Deeds for Sumter County in Plat Book 2002, page 478. 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 being the same property known as 3001 Tara Drive, Sumter, SC. Represented by Sumter County Parcel Nos. 185-12-01-076 (0.28 acre) and 185-12-01-077 (0.30 acre). This being the same property conveyed to Todd S. Kachel by deed of Sandra W. Adams, dated September 26, 2014 and recorded September 30, 2014 in Book 1205 at Page 1911 in the Office of the Register of Deeds for Sumter County.

TMS No. 1851201076 and 1851201077 Property address: 3001 Tara Drive, 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 percent (5%) of said bid is due and payable immediately upon closing of the bidding, in cash or equivalent, as evidence of good faith, same to be applied to purchase price in case of compliance, but to be forfeited and applied first to costs and then to Plaintiff's debt in the case of non-compliance. In the event of a third party bidder and that any third party bidder fails to deliver the required deposit in certified (immediately collectible) funds with the Office of the Master in Equity, said deposit being due and payable immediately upon closing of the bidding on the day of sale, the Master in Equity will re-sell the subject property at the most convenient time thereafter (including the day of sale) upon notification to counsel for Plaintiff. Should the last and highest bidder fail or refuse to comply with the balance due of the bid within 20 days, then the Master in Equity may re-sell the property on the same terms and conditions on some subsequent Sales Day (at the risk of the said highest bidder). No personal or deficiency judgment being demanded, the bidding will not remain open after the date of sale, but compliance with the bid may be made immediately. Purchaser to pay for documentary stamps on Master in Equity's Deed. The successful bidder will be required to pay interest on the balance of the bid from the date of sale to date of compliance with the bid at the rate of 4.250% per annum. The Plaintiff may waive any of its rights, including its right to a deficiency judgment, prior to sale. The sale shall be subject to taxes and assessments, existing easements and restrictions of record. This sale is subject to all title matters of record and any interested party should consider performing an independent title examination of the subject property as no warranty is given. The sale will not be held unless either Plaintiff's attorney or Plaintiff's bidding agent is present at the sale and either Plaintiff's attorney or Plaintiff's bidding agent enters the authorized bid of Plaintiff for this captioned matter. In the alternative, Plaintiff's counsel, if permitted by the Court, may advise this Court directly of its authorized bidding instructions. In the event a sale is inadvertently held without Plaintiff's Counsel or Counsel's bidding agent entering the authorized bid of Plaintiff for this specifically captioned matter, the sale shall be null and void and the property shall be re-advertised for sale on the next available sale date. Neither the Plaintiff nor its counsel make representations as to the integrity of the title or the fair market value of the property offered for sale. Prior to bidding you may wish to review the current state law or seek the advice of any attorney licensed in South Carolina. Richard L. Booth Master in Equity for Sumter County Scott and Corley, P.A. Attorney for Plaintiff

NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that, pursuant to a Judgment granted in the case of Carolina Bank & Trust Company vs. William S. Welch a/k/a William Stanley Welch a/k/a Stanley Welch, Millie J Welch, Stanley Welch Clothiers, Stanley Welch Traditional Clothiers, South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce, United Sates of America, through its agency the Internal Revenue Service, Claude Eichelberger and First Citizens Bank as Successor in interest to Atlantic Bank and Trust, 2016-CP-43-01182, I will sell at public auction at the Sumter County Judicial Center, Sumter, South Carolina, on Monday, December 5, 2016 at 12:00 O'CLOCK NOON to the highest bidder for cash the following described property: (Sumter County Tax Parcel 205-03-02-026) 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,

This being the identical property conveyed to Stanley W. Welch by that deed of Sara C. Betchman, a/k/a Sara G. Commander, dated and recorded January 4, 1988 in Deed Book 426 at Page 1233, with the grantee name having been corrected by that deed to W. Stanley Welch from Stanley W. Welch dated August 25, 2005 and recorded August 31, 2005 in Deed Book 995 at Page 1004, aforesaid records.

Property Address: 617 Henderson Street Sumter, S.C. 29104 Tax Parcel #: 205-03-02-026 NOTICE is further given that the successful bidder, other than the Plaintiff, at said sale will be required to deposit immediately with the Master in Equity an amount equal to five (5%) percent of his bid in cash, and if such deposit is not made, the Master in Equity will resell said property on the sales day or some subsequent sales day as may appear advantageous. In case the successful bidder should fail to comply with his bid by payment of the balance of the purchase price within thirty (30) days after acceptance of his bid, his deposit shall be forfeited and the property resold on some subsequent sales day without further Order of the Court, at the risk of the purchaser. The purchaser will be required to pay for the deed, documentary stamps on the deed, recording of the deed, and interest on the amount of the bid from date of sale through date of compliance with the bid at the rate of 6.0%. Since a deficiency judgment is waived, the bidding shall be closed upon the date of sale. This property is sold subject to taxes and assessments, existing easements and restrictions of record. If the Plaintiff or the Plaintiff's representative does not appear at the above-described sale, then the sale of the property will be null, void, and of no force and effect. In such event, the sale will be rescheduled for the next available sales day. This sale is made subject to the United States of America's one hundred twenty (120) day right of redemption. Richard L. Booth, Master in Equity

NOTICE OF SALE BY VIRTUE of a decree heretofore granted in the case of: Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. vs. Emma Lou Thomas, as Trustee for Raymond Leon Jackson under the Will of Leon Jackson ; Ora Mae Spann, as Substitute Trustee for Raymond Leon Jackson under the Will of Leon Jackson; Raymond Leon Jackson; Brenda Young; Any Heirs-at-Law or Devisees of Leon Jackson, 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; , C/A No. 2015CP4302451, The following property will be sold on December 5, 2016, at 12:00 Noon at the Sumter County Courthouse to the highest bidder All and singular that certain tract of land in the County of Sumter, State of South Carolina, designated as Lot No. 1 on a plat made by Joseph Palmer, C.E. dated December 29, 1943 and bounded as follows: on the North by lands now or formerly owned by Eloise Webster and measuring thereon 151.25 feet; on the East by Lot No. 7 and measuring thereon 41 feet; on the South by Lot No.2 and measuring thereon 150 feet; and on the West by a narrow street separating property from Atlantic Coast Line Railroad and measuring thereon 61 feet.

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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.

John J. Hearn Attorney for Plaintiff P.O. Box 100200 Columbia, SC 29202-3200 (803) 744-4444 013263-07573 FN 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, NA vs. Logan R. Helle; Trishelle A. Helle; Hunters Crossing of Sumter Homeowners Association, Inc.;, C/A No. 16-CP-43-00514, The following property will be sold on December 5, 2016, 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, if any, situate, lying and being in the County of Sumter, State of South Carolina, being shown and delineated as Lot 203 on a plat of HUNTERS CROSSING SUBDIVISION PHASE II, SECTION I as more fully shown on a plat thereof prepared by Louis W. Tisdale, R.L.S. recorded on July 10, 2007 in the Office of the ROD for Sumter County in Plat Book 2007 at Page 335. Reference is being made to said plat for a more complete and accurate description as to metes, bounds, courses and distances, all measurements being a little more or less. Derivation: Book 1198 at Page 4184

1554 Ruger Dr., Sumter, SC 29150-7919 187-13-04-029 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 4.75% per annum. For complete terms of sale, see Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale filed with the Sumter County Clerk of Court at C/A #16-CP-43-00514. 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 013263-08319 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 Equity for Sumter County, South Carolina, will sell on December 5, 2016 at 12:00PM, at the Sumter County Courthouse, City of Sumter, State of South Carolina, to the

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

MASTER IN EQUITY NOTICE OF SALE 2015-CP-43-00436 BY VIRTUE of a decree heretofore granted in the case of: JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association vs. Rick S. Rogers, I, the undersigned Richard L. Booth, Master in Equity for Sumter County, will sell on Monday, December 5, 2016 at 12:00 PM, at the County Judicial Center, 215 Harvin Street, Sumter, SC 29150, to the highest bidder: All that certain piece, parcel or lot of land, together with the dwelling and any and all improvements thereon, lying and being and situate in Sumter Township, County of Sumter, State of South Carolina, being shown and delineated as Lot No. 19 of the Hill Dale Subdivision on that certain subdivision plat by Samuel M.

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Hunter, Jr., RLS, recorded in the Office of the Register of Deeds for Sumter County in Plat Book Z-17 at Page 15, and shown on a resurvey by HS Wilson, RLS, dated May 28, 1968, said lot together with improvements thereon being more particularly shown and delineated on more recent plat by Black River Land Surveying, dated June 14, 2005 and recorded in the Office of the Register of Deeds for Sumter County in Plat Book 2005 at Page 302. This being the same property conveyed to Rick S. Rogers by Deed of Mortgage Guaranty Insurance Corporation dated September 25, 2007 and recorded October 5, 2007 in Book 1093 at Page 1468 in the Sumter County.

TMS No. 207-08-05-020 Property address: 876 Griffin Street, Sumter, SC 29154 TERMS OF SALE: The successful bidder, other than the Plaintiff, will deposit with the Master in Equity, at conclusion of the bidding, five percent (5%) of said bid is due and payable immediately upon closing of the bidding, in cash or equivalent, as evidence of good faith, same to be applied to purchase price in case of compliance, but to be forfeited and applied first to costs and then to Plaintiff's debt in the case of non-compliance. In the event of a third party bidder and that any third party bidder fails to deliver the required deposit in certified (immediately collectible) funds with the Office of the Master in Equity, said deposit being due and payable immediately upon closing of the bidding on the day of sale, the Master in Equity will re-sell the subject property at the most convenient time thereafter (including the day of sale) upon notification to counsel for Plaintiff. Should the last and highest bidder fail or refuse to comply with the balance due of the bid within 20 days, then the Master in Equity may re-sell the property on the same terms and conditions on some subsequent Sales Day (at the risk of the said highest bidder). No personal or deficiency judgment being demanded, the bidding will not remain open after the date of sale, but compliance with the bid may be made immediately. Purchaser to pay for documentary stamps on Master in Equity's Deed. The successful bidder will be required to pay interest on the balance of the bid from the date of sale to date of compliance with the bid at the rate of 4.875% per annum. The Plaintiff may waive any of its rights, including its right to a deficiency judgment, prior to sale. The sale shall be subject to taxes and assessments, existing easements and restrictions of record. This sale is subject to all title matters of record and any interested party should consider performing an independent title examination of the subject property as no warranty is given. The sale will not be held unless either Plaintiff's attorney or Plaintiff's bidding agent is present at the sale and either Plaintiff's attorney or Plaintiff's bidding agent enters the authorized bid of Plaintiff for this captioned matter. In the alternative, Plaintiff's counsel, if permitted by the Court, may advise this Court directly of its authorized bidding instructions. In the event a sale is inadvertently held without Plaintiff's Counsel or Counsel's bidding agent entering the authorized bid of Plaintiff for this specifically captioned matter, the sale shall be null and void and the property shall be re-advertised for sale on the next available sale date. Neither the Plaintiff nor its counsel make representations as to the integrity of the title or the fair market value of the property offered for sale. Prior to bidding you may

Richard L. Booth Master in Equity for Sumter County Scott and Corley, P.A. Attorney for Plaintiff

NOTICE OF SALE BY VIRTUE of a decree heretofore granted in the case of: Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. vs. J'Kiah Cowell a/k/a Jakaiby Cowell; J'Kori Cowell a/k/a Ja'Karrie T. Cowell; Alijah Cowell; Glendell Baker, as Personal Representative of the Estate of Antonio Jermone Cowell a/k/a Antonio J. Cowell; Any Heir-at-law or Devisees of Antonio Jerome Cowell a/k/a Antonio J. Cowell, 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 including 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 RoeAntonio Cowell, Jr. Antonio C.DECEASED DEFENDANT, C/A No. 15-CP-43-00683, The following property will be sold on December 5, 2016, 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 improvements thereon, if any, situate, lying and being in the Privateer Township, County of Sumter, State of South Carolina, represented as Lot No. 25, Section II, of Woodlake Subdivision and being more particularly shown and designated as Lot No. 25 on a plat of Ben J. Makela, RLS, dated April 14, 1989 and recorded in the Office of the RMC for Sumter County in Plat Book 89 at Page 389, reference being made to the said plat for the metes, bounds, courses and distances of the said lot. This being the property known as 3105 Longleaf Drive, Sumter, SC. TMS No. 181-00-02-044. Derivation: Book 1198 at Page 781

3105 Longleaf Dr, Sumter, SC 29154 1810002044 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 4.5% 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-43-00683. 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. Paul Weissenstein for Sumter County John J. Hearn Attorney for Plaintiff P.O. Box 100200 Columbia, SC 29202-3200 (803) 744-4444 013263-06580 Website: www.rtt-law.com (see link to Resources/Foreclosure Sales)

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971 Industrial Blvd, Sumter, SC 29150-6703 250-14-01-001 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 7.78% per annum. For complete terms of sale, see Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale filed with the Sumter County Clerk of Court at C/A #2015CP4302451. 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

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Don’t forget Jesus in your Christmas preparations BY PASTOR RON TAYLOR Hickory Road Baptist Church

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he Christmas season is upon us, and we are scurrying about making prepa-

rations for the “most wonderful time of the year.” We attend parties, parades, musical presentations and shop till we drop picking out that just-right gift for family and friends. Many businesses are hoping the additional revenue will put them in the black column of the ledger before the year comes to an end. Getting ready for Christmas is a very busy and tiring experience. But in all of our busyness, have we forgotten something? Have we forgotten that Christmas is the “most wonderful time of the year” because of what took place nearly 2,000 years ago? It was on a cold, silent, starry night in Bethlehem that the greatest gift of all was given to the world. It’s the real reason we celebrate, or as we

Christians say, “it is the reason for the season.” Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world, was born. Our God made Himself known to humanity. As I read and re-read the Christmas story from the Bible, there is one event that is often overlooked that speaks volumes on how we can prepare for Christmas. It’s the story of two people: Simeon and Anna. The story is found in the Gospel of Luke, chapter 2, verses 21-38. While space doesn’t allow me to go into great detail about this event, there are some things we cannot help but see regarding our preparation for Christmas. As we observe the life of Simeon, Luke says he is “righteous and devout.” In other words, Simeon had a relationship with God. This relationship was not a casual relationship but a very close relationship, for Luke tells us God spoke to Simeon and revealed to him things about Jesus before his birth. Two things stand out in this relationship. First, God and Simeon’s relationship was such that He promised Simeon He would not die before he had seen the Messiah.

Second was that Simeon’s relationship with God was such that he would actually recognize the Messiah when He appeared. Such a relationship causes me pause and to think about my own personal relationship with God. While I am certain of my salvation relationship with God, I cannot help but ponder about the closeness of it. The encouragement I received from this story is to take inventory of my life and see if my relationship with God is a casual one or a close one, and what better time to take an inventory of our life than at Christmas? The second person in this story is a prophetess named Anna. Anna was a widow who in her old age committed her life to God’s service. Her level of commitment can be seen in her life of prayer and fasting. While we are not given as much detail about Anna as we are about Simeon, we can ascertain that like Simeon, her relationship with God was very close. When she saw Jesus, she recognized Him as the Messiah and celebrated His birth. She recognized that

the purpose of His coming was the salvation to all who would believe in Him. In her celebrating the coming of the Messiah, we should be encouraged to do the same thing. After all, we live in a broken world that seldom, if ever, experiences peace. As I prepare this article, our nation has citizens rioting in the streets about their disappointment in the election. We have terrorists attacking by stealth innocent people all around the world. We have fractured families and a multitude of other maladies. But at this season of the year and in the midst of so much unrest, one can find rest in the Savior whose birth the prophetess Anna took time to celebrate. As Christmas draws near, let us indeed attend parties, parades, musical presentations and shop till we drop. But let us not forget that in the midst of all these fun things, the reason for the season is the Savior of the world was born, and our preparation for Christmas will fall woefully short of its intended purpose if we forget Him. Merry Christmas to all.

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hristmas morning falls on a Sunday in 2016, leading some families with a decision: attend church that morning or celebrate Christmas morning the way they always have — opening presents with their loved ones. Seven-year-old Noah Lavigne, a second-grader at Kingsbury Elementary School, hopes to receive a new video game system for Christmas. He has JAMIE H. been waiting WILSON a whole year for Christmas, he said, but could wait a little longer if he had to go to church on Christmas morning. “We get to celebrate God’s birthday,” he said. “It’s OK if we get to be with God before we open presents.” Dalton Williams, an eightyear-old and a third-grader at Kingsbury, admits a church service on Sunday morning is less than ideal, especially if you have been waiting “for weeks and weeks” for Christmas morning. “You should have to go [to church] at some point,” he said. “I’d rather do it in the afternoon.” Williams added he hopes to receive a Nerf gun for Christmas. Kids aren’t the only ones with reservations about attending church on that Sunday morning. About 50 people responded to a survey issued by the writer of this article, asking whether they would attend a Christmas morning worship service. The responses ran the gamut from those who expressed excitement about celebrating Christmas in a worship service to those who preferred to celebrate the holiday without its religious foundations. Perhaps more telling were the reasons people gave for why they plan to attend or stay home from a Christmas morning worship service. Of those who responded, the answers were generally prochurch. “If we suggest that it’s all about Christ to our children, we need to prove it with our actions,” one participant said. “What better day is there to worship a risen Savior than on his birthday?” There were others who cited holiday church attendance as a way to reach out to those closest to her. “Christmas is my favorite holiday because of church — it is the celebration of the coming of Christ but also the only time every year that I could get my family to go to church with me,” the survey participant said.

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Angel Tree Ceremony honors lives of those lost during the year

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n empty seat at the table, a Christmas stocking without

an owner, the absence of a cherished member of the family around the fire. The holidays can be difficult for those experiencing the recent loss of a loved one, an occurance that staff at Bullock Funeral Home picked up on shortly after it opened its doors. “You’ve spent years developing traditions with someone,” said Todd Timmons, funeral director at Bullock Funeral Home. “Then, you realize they aren’t there and that tradition is going to change.” For the past 19 years, Bullock Funeral Home staff have witnessed the pain but also the comfort in celebrating the life of someone who has passed. At its annual Angel Tree Ceremony each December, they provide a service

that helps the families they’ve served in the previous year cope with the pain of that loss. The Angel Tree Ceremony is brief but still full of emotion, said Rob Ryland, also a funeral director. After signing a registration book with both their names and the name of the loved one who has passed away, they sit with other families in the funeral home’s onsite chapel. Each year, a couple of local religious leaders JAMIE H. deliver a WILSON brief sermon on grief and comfort. Several local vocalists sing. The highlight of the event, Timmons said, is a memorial video where a picture of each person is shown on the screen. “It’s just 15 seconds [when the picture is shown], but you can hear the laughter and the tears in the crowd,” Timmons said.

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Every year, Bullock Funeral Home holds an Angel Tree Ceremony to celebrate the lives of loved ones who have died throughout the year. Because the families of those who have passed provide the pictures, the images often bear testimony to the person’s life or personality when he or she was alive. “Sometimes they are dancing or on a horse,”

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vice, a family member is presented with a small glass angel that is holding a plaque with the name and years of life of their loved one. It’s a keepsake, Timmons said, that many place on their tree every year as a tribute to their loved ones. Afterward, the funeral home hosts a reception for participants where something touching happens every time, Timmons said. “These families start sitting together, and they are all in the same situation,” Timmons said. Stories are swapped, laughter exchanged, and those families experiencing the recent pain of grief and loss suddenly find comfort in one another. “It’s like an impromptu support group,” Ryland said. The service is a meaningful event not only for families, but for funeral home staff as well, Ryland said. “We treat people like they are our own family,” he said. “This is where caring makes the difference.” The preservation of the event, Timmons said, is a testimony to the generosity of funeral home owner Harvin Bullock. “Our services don’t stop after burial or cremation,” Timmons said. Timmons and Ryland estimate that, on average, roughly half of the families they serve during the year are represented at the Angel Tree service each year. Some families who’ve participated in previous years’ ceremonies return for the service the following years. “Without fail, every person who attends says it is a tremendous blessing to them,” Timmons said.

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Holy Spirit is what keeps followers on the right path FROM METRO Misconceptions abound concerning The Holy Spirit. Unlike the Father and Son, who are

visualized more easily thanks to the physical attributes ascribed to them by historians and writers, The Holy Spirit tends to be more difficult for even the most ardent faithful to understand. It’s easy to think of the Holy Spirit as a mythical force or something completely intangible. However, the Bible states quite simply that the

Holy Spirit is a divine person with a mind and emotions. The Holy Spirit is a person just in the essence of God the Father and Jesus Christ. John 15:26 says the Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity and is fully God. He is eternal, omniscient and omnipresent, has a will and can speak. He is alive. The Holy Spirit is equal in all

ways to God the Father and God the Son. When one prays, he or she also should speak to the Holy Spirit and ask for guidance. The Holy Spirit is instrumental in telling people’s hearts about the truth of Jesus and serves as a teacher and mentor. The Holy Spirit provides the spiritual hug and can keep followers on the right path.


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Applying Christian teachings to holiday symbols, activities BY RON DAVIS Pastor of Sumter Bible Church

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ftentimes we hear how Christmas has become too commercialized and secular. We as Christians can take some of the symbols and activities that surround Christmas and make Biblical applications to teach our children and others about the Christ of Christmas without abandoning certain customs and traditions. Let’s examine six aspects of secular Christmas and apply Christian teachings and values. Trees — The green Christmas tree is a sign of life and beauty. The cross upon which Christ died, obviously made from a tree, is a sign of death and shame

(Philippians 2:8). Christ took our shame of sin and died in our place. The new life He gives is a living, fruitful life. Lights — Christmas lights are used for beauty, decoration and to aid vision. Jesus, the Light of the World, comes to abide within us the moment we get saved, and He desires to shine through us (John 8:12). We are to bear light for Him by being ornamental lights of beauty that glow and give guidance — guidance on how to get to heaven and guidance on how to live in this life as a Christian. Snow — Songs such as “White Christmas” are written about snow. In the South, there is hope for it. Snow in the Bible is a sign of purity and cleanliness. We are washed in the blood of

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Mom hears her baby cry in the night. Though her body is exhausted, she rises from her slumber, lifts her baby, bounces him once or twice and then feeds him. Love responds. A Dad is tired from working two jobs to make some extra money for Christmas. His alarm goes off way too early; he knows he will need to make the coffee extra strong this morning. He can’t help but ask himself, “What am I doing?” He flips the light on in the kitchen and sees the picture of his little girl in her dance outfit on the fridge, held in place by a Disney Princess magnet. A smile rises, unbidden. He knows why he’s up so early. Love works. The teenager has passed beyond Barbie and entered the world of hot teen fashion. Her after-school job gives her just enough money to buy the right outfits. But lately she’s been thinking about how much her parents do for her. Her cellphone buzzes; she realizes they pay for it. After work, she gets in the car her parents bought; they also pay for the gas and the insurance. A new thought rises — maybe it’s time to give something back to them. She

decides to forgo buying a new outfit and instead heads to her Mom’s favorite store to get something really cool for her — and to pay for it with her own money. Love gives. He has scrimped and saved for more than a year, waiting for this moment. He was tempted to buy a new shotgun but

Christ and are made white as snow when we accept the Christ of Christmas as our personal Savior (Isaiah 1:18). Family — Christmas is a wonderful time to go home to gather with family and spend time sharing laughs and

told himself “no.” He needed every dime for this big purchase. He told his buddies that he was getting tired of Clay ramen noodle Smith soup every night and got a big laugh. But he also saw the envy in their eyes. All the self-

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making memories. For Jesus, Christmas meant leaving His heavenly home and His Father in order to come to earth only to be rejected by His own people (John 1:11). Feasting — There is a lot of food at Christmas as we fellowship together. In heaven, there will be a banquet meal like we have never seen (Revelation 19:9). It will not be food for sustaining life but for pleasure. Christ is our life. Gifts — Christmas gifts show love and bring joy to the receiver. God’s gift, His son Jesus, is a demonstration of His love, and it brings joy to all who know Him (Romans 6:23). For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast (Ephesians 2:8-9). Joseph and Mary named Him Jesus, which means Savior (Matthew 1:21). Is He your Savior? If not, ask Him to be your Savior now, and He will save you from your sins and give you the gift of eternal life.

denial, all the hope and all the future was riding on this moment. In a clearing in the woods, he got down on one knee and pulled out the sparkling diamond ring and asked the big question. Her tears flowed, but her head nodded “yes.” Love sacrifices. Where do you suppose we get this idea from — the idea that love responds, works, gives and sacrifices? God saw the world was bro-

ken. Though He didn’t break it, He was the only one who could fix it. So God responded. He sent His son Jesus to this earth, not to fix it with one magical spell but to work. Jesus became one of us, to teach us and encourage us. Then Jesus sacrificed himself for us — when He could have been self-centered and walked away. Jesus is the model for teaching us how to love. This is the story of Christmas. Love sacrifices.

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aiting. It’s a part of life. Did you know the average American spends about 48 hours on hold with automated customer service each year? That’s a long time. We are about to embark on a season of waiting that Christians call Advent. During this time, we acknowledge the many needs of our world while longing for hope. Let’s face it, this hasn’t been the best year for America. People are crying out. Some are crying out in anger, some in desperation, but most of all, for hope — hope for equality, for unity and a better tomorrow. We hope with expectation that God would hear our cries and heal what is broken in the world. The prophet Isaiah dreamed of this hope, saying, “He

shall judge between the nations, and shall arbitrate for many peoples; they shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore.” Don’t we all hope for a day like this? A day when all mouths will be fed, where war will be no more and our world will celebrate peace and unity? Two thousand years ago, the world was crying out for a savior. God heard their cry and gave them hope. But this hope came into the world in the most unexpected way. It did not come in power and might. It did not come in riches. It did not come in the form of a king or a general. This hope came in the form of a gurgling little baby.

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God answered their crying in the most extravagant way possible, by giving us God’s son. The waiting was finally over! God listened, and the world would never be The Rev. Nick the same. Jesus became a living hope, Cheek one that stepped off FIRST the throne and came PRESBYTERIAN down to be Emmanuel, God with us. Jesus CHURCH walked with us, cried with us, felt our pain and experienced our longing. He also showed us how to be a living hope to the world around us by feeding the hungry, loving the loveless and being a light in the darkness. This hope is still alive today. It is alive within you! So, if the waiting is finally over, then what are we waiting for?

THE STORY OF THE BIRTH OF JESUS

Christianity dominates as the world religion with the largest number of followers. Each year, millions of young people commit to the sacraments and profess to fulfill the tenets of the Christian faith. Each sacrament helps Christians strengthen the bonds they have with their faith. Christianity has a significant effect on local communities, as evidenced by the crowded parking lots outside Christian churches each Sunday morning. But Christianity is a global religion that influences life far beyond North America. According to Adherents. com, at the onset of the 21st century, Christianity had approximately 2.4 billion adherents. About one-third of

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During this time the Romans had control over many parts of the world, including where Joseph and Mary resided. Ruler Caesar Augustus decreed that every person living under Roman rule had to return to his town of origin to participate in a census so everyone could be taxed accordingly. Joseph, hailing from Bethlehem, had to return to this town with his very pregnant bride. They traveled for many days and, upon arriving in Bethlehem, found that the inns were full and there was no available lodging. Mary and Joseph took shelter in a stable and prepared to wel-

As we get ready for Christmas, we are invited to make room in our hearts for the living Christ. We are invited to stop waiting and start walking in hope. Where do you need to see hope in your life and in the world around you? Do you want to see the hungry fed? Then feed them. Do you want to see the afflicted healed? Then heal them. Do you want to see the lonely comforted? Then comfort them. Do you want to see the alienated accepted? Then accept them. This hope is a gift, but it is not meant to stay within our living rooms while we roast chestnuts on an open fire; it is meant to be shared. So share it, and rejoice. Rejoice that a Savior has been born. Rejoice that hope has come to live with us and to live inside of you. Stop waiting. The world needs hope, and the world needs you.

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Sharing the Christmas story is an integral part of holiday gatherings, reminding families that faith is foremost during this festive time of year.

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Mary was a woman living in the Galilee area of Nazareth. She was engaged to a Jewish carpenter named Joseph. An angel visited the Virgin Mary and told her that she would conceive a child — a son — by the power of the Holy Spirit. When the son was born, she would name him Jesus. Mary questioned the angel, who reassured her that anything was possible by God and that Jesus would be God’s own son. Joseph was troubled when he found out Mary was with child and even considered breaking their engagement, which was allowed under Jewish law. But God soon sent another angel, this time to Joseph, in a dream. The angel reassured Joseph that his marriage to Mary and the birth of this child were His will. Joseph awoke from his dream and took Mary as his wife soon after, ready and willing to raise the child despite the public humiliation he may experience.

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the world’s population identifies as Catholic, Protestant, Eastern Orthodox, Pentecostal, Evangelical or another denomination of Christianity. And the number of Christians continues to grow. For example, the Catholic Church alone has as many adherents as all of the people living in China. Christianity’s predominance in the world makes it a powerful influence. That influence is perhaps even more remarkable when considering Christianity originated with a modest following of 12 disciples just more than 2,000 years ago. In addition, the number of Christians in the world now greatly outnumbers the amount of subscribers to Judaism — the religion from which Christianity evolved.

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JESUS’ ARRIVAL According to the Gospel of Luke, Mary gave birth to her firstborn, a son, while in the stable. She wrapped him in cloth and placed him in a manger because there was no guest room available for them. And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his

favor rests.” When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. — Luke Chapter 2 Many people visited the baby Jesus, including three wise men from the East who traveled by following a guiding star to bestow gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh on the baby king. When Joseph and Mary had performed all the things necessary according to the law of the Lord, they returned to Nazareth with Jesus, who was growing strong in spirit and filled with wisdom and the grace of God.

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◆ SUNDAY, DECEMBER 18 WORSHIP 10:30

Theme: Love – Joseph prepares the way for love, humility and grace

◆ SATURDAY, DECEMBER 24 CHRISTMAS EVE 4:00PM AND 6:00PM

4:00pm – Family Service. Children of the church will present the Nativity story with Christmas hymns and readings. Communion will be served and the children’s choir will sing. 6:00pm Service - Traditional candlelight service with special music by the Chancel Choir and soloists. Communion will be served. All are welcome.

◆ SUNDAY, DECEMBER 25

Christmas Day Service 10:30am, Chapel

9 W. Calhoun Street • Sumter, SC 29150 • 803-773-3814 www.fpcsumter.org


December 2, 2016