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Firefighters rescue man from burning residence BY ROB COTTINGHAM rcottingham@theitem.com (803) 774-1225

Early Monday morning, that bravery may have saved a man’s life. Shortly after 5 a.m., firefighters with Sumter Fire Department were already busy with an industrial complex fire when another call came in — a residential structure fire on Webb Street with as many as three people possibly trapped inside. An engine rushed to the scene and efforts to fight the blaze began immediately.

In some lines of work, risks simply come with the territory, and those dangers typically weed out those incapable of doing what the job calls for. It’s the brave men and women who can do the job that exemplify the courage and selflessness others should strive to exhibit.

The home was 35 percent involved when they arrived, but before a single drop of water hit a flame, Master Fireman Will Glover and Engineer Roy Hancock moved to start a search of the home. Emergency workers on scene attempted to direct the two men to the rear of the home, where people were thought to be trapped. But as Glover and Hancock neared the

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Master Firefighter Will Glover, left, and Engineer Roy Hancock, both of Sumter Fire Department, rushed to the rescue of a fire victim who was SEE FIREFIGHTERS, PAGE A8 trapped in his home early Monday morning.

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Mammoth legislation must wait another day BY BRADEN BUNCH bbunch@theitem.com (803) 774-1201

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Archeologists say the animal first entered the area more than a million years ago. Others, citing Biblical references, believe it could not have been more than a few short millennia. Either way, the Columbian Mammoth will have to wait at least a lit- RIDGEWAY tle longer before it becomes a symbol of South Carolina. By a vote of 72-30, the state House of Representatives decided Wednesday not to concur with the amendments made by the state Senate to the legislation that would have named the Columbian Mammoth the official state fossil. The Senate will be notified of the non-concurrence, and a conference committee consisting of three House members — including state Rep. Bobby Ridgeway, D-Manning — and three senators will be tasked to come up with a compromise. Originally proposed in the House by Ridgeway on behalf of 8-year-old New Zion resident Olivia McConnell, the initially simple bill was amended by the state Senate to require the Columbian Mammoth be

On the Junior ROTC wings at Sumter and Crestwood high schools, students are learning discipline, leadership and responsibility. While some students enroll in the class only to gain confidence and leadership skills, some of them are preparing for future military careers. “The Junior ROTC program is a citizenship and character-building program,” said Lt. Col. Rick Moxley, who teaches JROTC at Sumter High. “It’s not a recruitment program, but it instills in them a sense of responsibility and patriotism.” Moxley teaches a class that started with 28 students, and he now has 12 of 17 students planning to enlist or commit MATT WALSH / THE SUMTER ITEM to ROTC at a college level. These students all came to Neven Webster helps Teresa Taylor fix her uniform in Sumter High School’s JROTC classroom Tuesday the decision to dedicate their morning. lives to the military for difperception of JROTC and interested in traveling and stuck on whether he wants ferent reasons. military life. Humphreys to go into the Army or Navy, becoming a better leader,” Senior Justin Martin’s has been involved with Martin said. “This is a huge but either military branch mother is retired Army and JROTC since ninth grade, will give him the opportunity responsibility, and I’m lookhas had a great influence on ing forward to the leadership although he wasn’t originalto travel and serve his counhis decision to be a part of ly interested in taking the try, which is what he aspires and the experience.” ROTC while studying comclass. Humphreys said he According to SHS senior to do. puter science and informaMichael Humphreys, some “I’m driven to do this betion at Methodist University cause of my mother. I’m also people may have the wrong in North Carolina. He’s still SEE JROTC, PAGE A8

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Army vet, Sumter Marine owner ‘never missed a day of work’ “I’ll see you later.” It may normally sound like a simple way of saying “until I see you again,” but to Suzie Meyers, they will forever be the final four words that her father, Joseph Ervin Barwick, said to her before he died Monday. Meyers remembers her father being a strong and stoic man since his days in the United States Army. Barwick joined the Army at the age of 15 by

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But there were other reasons behind the decision. According to Meyers, times were tough for Barwick and his family as they became victims of the Great Depression. By working in the Army, Barwick was able to provide for his family by sending a weekly check to his mother to feed his two brothers and sister. In the Army, Barwick was a member

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County approves $2.5M bond issue from June Money will help buy heavy equipment BY BRISTOW MARCHANT bmarchant@theitem.com (803) 774-1272 When it comes to bonding, it’s better late than never. Sumter County Council approved issuing a $2.5 million bond while crafting its annual budget last June to meet various capital needs. But it wasn’t until Tuesday that council approved final reading of the bond. The county regularly bonds

out capital expenses when crafting its annual budget, and the 2013-14 budget included plans for a general obligation bond to pay for several pieces of heavy equipment, including vehicles for the sheriff’s office and other items for the fire department and EMS, as well as repair work on public buildings. But even after council approved the bond figures with the rest of the annual budget, the county waited until it completed an audit of its finances to accompany the issue. The county only received the completed audit

statement from the firm of Webster Rogers at its March 11 meeting, and council approved first reading of the bond issue that same night. On Tuesday, the bond got final approval after the county’s bond attorney Frannie Heizer recommended a change that could allow Sumter County to sell the bond more quickly. “Now, you go to a rating agency, get a preliminary statement, and then you can sell it on the Internet,” Heizer said. Heizer got council members to add a paragraph allowing

the county to sell the bond directly to banks. “For banks, you don’t need to have the statement or the rating, so it reduces the cost,” she said. “This does not change anything substantive. It just gives the administration more flexibility.” Council members also approved another kind of sale on Tuesday: six lots in the Leawood subdivision off Mooneyham Road will be put up for sale after they were donated to the county by the estate of their former owner. Once the sale receives final reading, the lots will be put

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up for sale on GovDeals.com. Meeting separately as the Forfeited Land Commission, council members dealt with some other land issues as well. The commission voted not to accept two mobile homes in the first block of Edgehill Road that were found to be contaminated with mold and instead will require the landowner to remove them. They also approved a request from the sheriff’s office to demolish an abandoned mobile home in the 600 block of Bernice Court after receiving complaints of criminal activity around the property.

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Pentagon says shooting at N.C. base likely accidental CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — A Pentagon spokesman said Wednesday the fatal shooting of a Marine on guard duty by a colleague at a North Carolina base appears to have been an accident. Indications point to a “negligent discharge” as the cause of Tuesday’s death in a guard shack at the main gate to Camp Lejeune, Department of Defense spokesman Army Col. Steven Warren told reporters. But it will take several weeks of examination to confirm that the shooting was accidental, base spokesman Nat Fahy said in a statement. The Marine who fired the single shot from his M4 rifle about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday remains in custody while the Naval Criminal Investigative Service reviews the incident.

CORRECTIONS In the April 3 story “11 nabbed in heroin bust,” a news release provided by Sumter Police Department listed the address of suspect Keishawn Brown as 994 Huddersfield Drive. Police officials have amended Brown’s known address to 24 Walker Ave. MATT WALSH / THE SUMTER ITEM

The YWCA and local participants took to Dillon Park for the Stand Against Racism and the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event Saturday. Yolanda Debra Wilson, executive director of the Sumter YWCA, said the walk is meant to raise “awareness about domestic violence and what we can personally do to take a stand against racism.” Money raised from the event benefited the Domestic Violence Program of the YWCA of the Upper Lowlands Inc.

The rabies clinic that will be conducted by Dr. Wayne Morris, DVM, from 9:30 to 10 a.m. Saturday will be held at Old Town Hall in Turbeville.

5 Sumter schools receive Palmetto Gold, Silver Awards BY RAYTEVIA EVANS revans@theitem.com (803) 774-1214 State Superintendent of Education Dr. Mick Zais has recognized five Sumter School District schools for winning Palmetto Gold and Silver Awards. Chestnut Oaks Middle School, R.E. Davis Elementary School, Rafting Creek Elementary School, Sumter County Career & Technology Center and Willow Drive Elementary School were all recognized with the annual awards. According to the school district, this is the first win for R.E. Davis, which was awarded gold for general performance and silver for closing the achievement gap.

Current R.E. Davis Principal Cheryl Triplett said previous principal Anne McFadden and her faculty and staff have worked really hard the last school year, creating strategies and programs to help students improve in the classroom. Triplett has continued those efforts by having Saturday school for lower-achieving students, morning tutoring sessions and using math and reading interventionists. “We’re looking at where our students are and what we can do to help them grow,” Triplett said. “All students can learn, and all students will learn.” Faculty and staff at R.E. Davis continue to work on improving students’ knowledge in reading and math and professional develop-

ment, Triplett said. They also receive assistance from AmeriCorp, which focuses on literacy with a small group of R.E. Davis students. The Palmetto Gold and Silver Awards program was founded in 1998 and recognizes schools for general performance and closing the achievement gap. In those two categories, a school can be awarded either the gold or silver designation, according to the State Department of Education. “Congratulations are in order for these Palmetto Gold and Silver Award winners that were selected by South Carolina’s Education Oversight Committee,” said Zais. “At the same time, I’m concerned about an award system that identifies 53 percent of our schools as the

top performers. That is why I support a single accountability system recognizing student growth and performance that is clear and transparent to parents, teachers and the public.” Chestnut Oaks received a silver designation for general performance and closing the achievement gap, and Rafting Creek, the Sumter County Career & Technology Center and Willow Drive received silver designations for general performance. The South Carolina Department of Education recognized 592 schools and career centers throughout the state for general performance, closing the achievement gap or qualifying in both categories.

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Vigil for victims of sexual abuse Community members, left, attend a candlelight vigil in Manning for victims of sexual abuse. Michael and Lee Brunson, below, participate in the Tuesday vigil.

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21 injured in stabbing spree at Pennsylvania high school MURRYSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — Flailing away with two kitchen knives, a 16-year-old boy with a “blank expression” stabbed and slashed 21 students and a security guard in the crowded halls of his suburban Pittsburgh high school Wednesday before an assistant principal tackled him. At least five students were critically wounded, including a boy who was on a ventilator after a knife pierced his liver, missing his heart and aorta by only millimeters, doctors said. The rampage — which came after decades in which U.S. schools geared much of their emergency planning toward mass shootings, not stabbings — set off a screaming stampede, left blood on the floor and walls, and brought teachers rushing to help the victims. The motive was under investigation. The suspect, whose name was not immediately released by police, was taken into custody and treated for a minor hand wound. Late in the afternoon, he was brought into court in shackles and a hospital gown to face charges. The attack unfolded in the morning just minutes before the start of classes at 1,200-student Franklin Regional High School, in an uppermiddle-class area 15 miles east of Pittsburgh. It was over in about five minutes, during which the boy ran wildly down about 200 feet of hallway, slashing away with knives about 8 to 10 inches long, police said. Nate Moore, 15, said he saw the boy tackle and stab a freshman. He said he going to try to break it up when the boy got up and slashed his face, opening a wound that required 11 stitches.

“It was really fast. It felt like he hit me with a wet rag because I felt the blood splash on my face. It spurted up on my forehead,” he said. The attacker “had the same expression on his face that he has every day, which was the freakiest part,” Moore said. “He wasn’t saying anything. He didn’t have any anger on his face. It was just a blank expression.” Assistant Principal Sam King finally tackled the boy and disarmed him, and a Murrysville police officer who is regularly assigned to the school handcuffed him, police said. Doctors said they expect all the victims to survive, despite large and deep abdominal puncture wounds in some cases. King’s son said that his father was treated at a hospital, though authorities have said he did not suffer any knife wounds. “He says he’s OK. He’s a tough cookie and sometimes hides things, but I believe he’s OK,” Zack King said. He added: “I’m proud of him.” As for what set off the attack, Murrysville Police Chief Thomas Seefeld said investigators were looking into reports of a threatening phone call between the suspect and another student the night before. Seefeld didn’t specify whether the suspect received or made the call. “There are a number of heroes in this day. Many of them are students,” Gov. Tom Corbett said in a visit to the stricken town. “Students who stayed with their friends and didn’t leave their friends.” He also commended cafeteria workers, teachers and teacher’s aides who put themselves at risk to help during the attack.


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POLICE BLOTTER CHARGES Raquon Centell Green, 18, of 765 George Washington Blvd., Wedgefield, was arrested at 1 a.m. Monday and charged with possession of a controlled substance. According to reports, an officer responded to a local high school in reference to a student reportedly selling prescription pills to another student Monday. When the officer arrived, an assistant principal said he walked into a restroom in the school and saw a student attempt to hand money to Green. Both students were taken to the employee’s office where a second assistant principal joined as a witness to the search of the two students, which yielded 20 amphetamine pills. The second student reportedly told the responding deputy that he was attempting to get change for a $10 bill from Green and that he didn’t know Green had any drugs on him. Green, however, reportedly admitted that he was discussing the sales of marijuana and pills with the second student. Green also reportedly admitted to his intentions to sell the pills. Green was arrested and taken to Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center. Curtis Trevel Miller, 23, of 2425 Elizabeth Drive, Dalzell, was arrested at 1:34 p.m. Saturday and charged with disregarding a traffic sign, possession with the intent to distribute marijuana and unlawful possession of a firearm. According to reports, an officer on patrol Saturday observed a white Chevrolet Tahoe pull out of the driveway of a vacant residence on Claremont Road, followed by a left turn onto Claremont Lane. The vehicle then reportedly stopped at an intersection, well past the white stop line. The officer then conducted a traffic stop. During the stop, the officer detected the strong odor of marijuana and noticed the driver, later identified as Miller, was quite nervous. Miller reportedly told the officer that he had just left his aunt’s house but could not supply an address when asked where his aunt lived. Once backup arrived, Miller was asked to step out of his vehicle. He reportedly told officers there was a handgun in the glove compartment of the car. Miller was then detained for officer safety as he was advised of the officers’ suspicion of there being marijuana in the vehicle. A search of the car yielded a black .40-caliber HiPoint pistol and two mason jars containing approximately 150 grams of suspected marijuana. Officers also searched Miller and reportedly found $1,086 in cash. An NCIC check revealed that Miller was previously convicted of a drug

LOCAL | STATE charge in 2008, which meant his possession of a firearm was prohibited. He was taken to Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center. Akeem Demond Logan, 24, of 920 Utah Circle, was arrested at 11:34 p.m. Monday and charged with public disorderly conduct and malicious injury to property. According to reports, officers responded to a home in the 300 block of Harmony Court about 11 p.m. Monday night in reference to a civil disturbance. When they arrived, a 27-yearold female told officers that Logan arrived at her home, grossly intoxicated, demanding she let him in the home. The victim said she refused, then Logan began screaming and cursing outside the home. Logan then reportedly picked up a lawn chair and struck her bedroom window, shattering the double-paned glass. The victim then let Logan in her home to keep him from causing further damage. Once in the home, Logan allegedly began screaming at the victim and her two kids, neither of which are his. She then managed to lock herself in her bathroom with her kids while she called 911. When officers arrived, they could still hear Logan screaming in the home. He was arrested and taken to Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center. ARMED ROBBERY According to reports, officers responded to a home in Tumbleweed Court about 1 a.m. Monday night in reference to an armed robbery. When officers arrived, witnesses said three black males kicked in the door of the home and came in wearing masks and carrying shotguns. The robbers, who told the victims to stay still or else they would be shot, reportedly took $423 in cash from one of the victims before leaving the residence. A witness thought he recognized one of the assailants, telling officers the man frequents a nearby gas station. In addition to a detailed physical description of the gunman, the victim told officers he thought all three men lived on or near Pack Road. The door of the home reportedly sustained $250 in damage. BREACH OF TRUST According to reports, an officer responded to the 3700 block of S.C. 261 in reference to a breach of trust regarding a motor vehicle about noon Monday. When officers arrived, the victim said he met with a 35-year-old who expressed interest in buying his green 1997 Ford Mustang. The 35-year-old reportedly asked to test drive the vehicle. The victim agreed, accepting a $500 deposit as collateral, but the potential buyer reportedly never returned the vehicle. The victim

said he has been in contact with the party involved, but the car has not been returned. STOLEN PROPERTY A 16-inch chainsaw, a Makita Sawzall, a 3-horsepower air compressor with a 2.5 gallon tank, a nail gun, a Troy-Bilt pressure washer, other tools and a silver Ruger 9 mm pistol were reported stolen at 7:23 p.m. Friday from a home in the 1800 block of Georgianna Drive. The items are valued at $3,000. A black 17-inch Toshiba laptop computer, a 62-inch Samsung LCD flat-screen TV and a black Nikon D7100 camera were reportedly stolen between 7 p.m. Sunday and 9:40 a.m. Monday from a home in the 2200 block of Preot Street. The items are valued at $3,000. A black 42-inch Toshiba flatscreen TV, a black Apple iPad and a pewter HP laptop computer were reported stolen at 5:23 p.m. Tuesday from a residence in the 6700 block of Fish Road in Dalzell. The items are valued at $1,300. A black 19-inch Samsung flatscreen TV, a 42-inch Samsung flat-screen TV, a silver necklace with a diamond cross pendant, a gold necklace and a pair of Beats headphones were reported stolen at 3 p.m. Tuesday from a home in the 100 block of Westwood Drive. The items are valued at $3,850. A 55-inch Sony TV, 42-inch RCA TV, a 22-inch TV, a 32-inch TV, a Zeki tablet, an Xbox 360 console and a box of cash were reported stolen at 12:45 p.m. Tuesday from a home in the 3100 Queen Chapel Road. The items are valued at $3,860. Two car batteries, a Stihl chainsaw, a toolbox and a car stereo were reported stolen at 1 p.m. Tuesday from a home in the 6600 block of James Street in Rembert. The items are valued at $850. VANDALISM Transformers and telephone poles in the 3100 block of Oswego Highway reportedly sustained $20,000 in damage sometime before 5 p.m. Saturday when an unknown suspect apparently attempted to retrieve the copper from inside. A blue 2004 Dodge Ram truck parked at a home in the 100 block of Plowden Mill Road reportedly sustained $1,000 in damage when an unknown suspect scratched both sides and the tailgate of the vehicle between 11 p.m. Sunday and 6:45 a.m. Monday. EMS CALLS Sumter County Emergency Medical Services responded to 46 calls Monday, including 41 medical calls, one motor-vehicle wreck and four calls listed as “other trauma.”

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‘Emma’s Law’ heads to governor’s desk COLUMBIA — A bill aimed at preventing more drunken driving deaths in South Carolina is heading to the governor’s desk. The Senate voted 40-0 on Wednesday to agree to the House’s amendments, representing final legislative approval. The measure requires more people convicted of drunken driving to install a locking device that prevents their vehicle from starting if it detects alcohol. It is named for 6-year-old Emma Longstreet, who died on New Year’s Day 2012 when a repeatoffender drunken driver struck her family’s minivan as they drove to church. Under the bill, the first conviction for driving with a blood-alcohol content of 0.15 percent or greater would put an ignition interlock on a vehicle for six months. A second conviction at 0.08 percent would keep it on for two years.

Senate passes ‘Read to Succeed’ bill COLUMBIA — The Senate has passed a bill aimed at boosting students’ chances of success through an expansion of 4-year-old kindergarten and early intervention in reading. Senators voted 36-6 on Wednesday on a bi-partisan compromise of the so-called Read to Succeed bill. It combined Democrats’ push to make 4-yearold kindergarten available to all at-risk students with Republicans’ bill aimed at ensuring students can read by fourth grade. It calls for a coordinated focus on reading that includes reading coaches, summer reading camps and teacher training. Beginning with the 2017-18 school year, students still struggling to read by the end of third grade would be held back for intensive help.

Democratic June ballot to ask about marijuana COLUMBIA — The South Carolina Democratic primary ballot in June will ask voters whether they support legalizing medical marijuana to treat severe illnesses. House Minority Leader Todd Rutherford said Wednesday he wanted it on the ballot so the Legislature’s Republican leaders could see what voters think of the issue. The Columbia Democrat proposes allowing patients certified by a doctor as suffering a debilitating illness to use marijuana.

Former guard sentenced in inmate beating WASHINGTON — A former South Carolina prison guard has been sentenced to 24 months in prison for the beating of a handcuffed homeless man. A statement from the U.S. Department of Justice said 38-year-old Robin Smith was also sentenced on Wednesday to three years of supervised release after serving his prison time. Smith was a Richland County jail guard when Robert Sweeper III was arrested in February 2012 on trespassing charges. Authorities said Sweeper was incoherent and was placed in a suicide watch cell. Prosecutors said during a search of the cell, Smith twisted the victim’s wrist and arm and kicked him in the upper body. During the assault, the victim was lying on the floor of the cell with one hand cuffed, was not combative and posed no threat to Smith.


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‘Challenge’ will make ‘Survivor’ look like child’s play BY KEVIN MCDONOUGH Who would suspect that “The Challenge” (10 p.m., MTV, TV-14) was entering its 25th season? Technically, it’s “The Challenge: Free Agents” this season. It changes its enigmatic subtitle with every outing. In fact, “The Challenge” wasn’t always “The Challenge;” it started out in June 1998 as “Road Rules: All Stars” before turning into “Real World/Road Rules Challenge” and eventually abbreviating itself into “The Challenge.” This season, 28 players — let’s call them “Free Agents” — fly down to Uruguay to compete for $350,000 in prizes. Has a game show/reality series ever kicked off in Uruguay before? When you last for 25 seasons, there’s always a chance for a first. In keeping with the “Free Agents” theme, everybody is out for him or herself. The rules have been rigged this season to make the Darwinian struggles of “Survivor” look like coddled-kid stuff. After every round, the winners choose a pair of losers who go on to an elimination round and face off against two others chosen by the flip of a card. Strategizing and alliances mean nothing in a game where pure chance is given so much sway. While vicarious and silly, reality shows offer a funhouse mirror of everyday life. Many “Survivor” fans are reminded of office politics and the trials of fending off rivals and “frenemies” on the job. “Free Agents” evokes a less-forgiving employment climate, where attachments are pointless and sudden termination looms right around every corner. Things have changed since 1998. • Though it hasn’t been around as long as “The Challenge,” “Shark Tank” (9 p.m., ABC, TV-PG) has proven durable for ABC — and certainly more popular (and cheaper) than the just-canceled “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland.” “Shark” will also air on Friday nights in its usual spot. Tonight, would-be entrepreneurs and “Sharks” divide into gender-defined teams.

TONIGHT’S OTHER HIGHLIGHTS • Sheldon wants to untangle himself from string theo-

ry on “The Big Bang Theory” (8 p.m., CBS, TV-PG). • A wedding reception breakfast becomes a testing ground on “Hell’s Kitchen” (8 p.m. Fox, TV-14). • Flu strikes Pawnee on “Parks & Recreation” (8:30 p.m., NBC, TV-PG). • Results are read on “American Idol” (9 p.m., Fox, TVPG). • Winners emerge on the season finale of “Project Runway: Under the Gunn” (9 p.m., Lifetime, TV-PG). • Frankie frets about a date to the big dance on “Surviving Jack” (9:30 p.m., Fox, TV-14). • An anthrax fatality presents a deadly ticking clock on “Elementary” (10 p.m., CBS, TV-14). • Crosby leans on Joel on “Parenthood” (10 p.m., NBC, TV-14). • A security lapse sparks a sudden move on “Scandal” (10 p.m., ABC, TV-14). • Ragnar and Horik weigh Borg’s fate on “Vikings” (10 p.m., History, TV-14). • Fundraising at a film festival on “Portlandia” (10 p.m., IFC, TV-14). • A principal fears a renewed gang war on “Chicagoland” (10 p.m., CNN).

SERIES NOTES For-profit colleges on “Community” (8 p.m., NBC, TV-PG) * Damon goes on a rampage on “The Vampire Diaries” (8 p.m., CW, r, TV-14) * Nathan secretly dates his mother’s dentist on “The Millers” (8:30

p.m., CBS, TV-PG) * Walden settles for Kate, momentarily, on “Two and a Half Men” (9 p.m., CBS, TV-14) * Jane Lynch hosts “Hollywood Game Night” (9 p.m., NBC, r, TV-14) * Christina receives professional recognition on “Grey’s Anatomy” (9 p.m., ABC, TV14) * Mary reads the fine print in her wedding contract on “Reign” (9 p.m., CW, TV-14) * Gordon’s breakup makes Simon depressed on “The Crazy Ones” (9:30 p.m., CBS, TV-14).

CULT CHOICE A self-destructive jazz musician (Sammy Davis Jr.) finds a good woman (Cicely Tyson) in the 1966 drama “A Man Called Adam” (10:15 p.m., TCM), co-starring Louis Armstrong and Ossie Davis.

LATE NIGHT Jennifer Garner is scheduled on “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” (11 p.m., Comedy Central) * Cobie Smulders, Terry Crews and Wild Cub appear on “Conan” (11 p.m., TBS) * Nikolaj CosterWaldau, Jo Koy, Claire Titelman and Ryan Stout are booked on “Chelsea Lately” (11 p.m., E!) * Sting and Trudie Styler sit down on “The Colbert Report” (11:30 p.m., Comedy Central) * Anthony Mackie, Shane West and SoMo are booked on “The Arsenio Hall Show” (syndicated, check local listings) * Zach Braff, Brendan Marrocco and

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walked into a store the other day where a sign boldly bragged that its wares and materials were purchased fair trade, meaning distributors pay fair wages to producers of products. It’s particularly popular among exported items made by artisans in less-developed countries. Good for them, I thought. Admittedly, I hadn’t given the notion much thought, but I was glad the store had made an effort to do right by its suppliers. Scripture tells us that a worker is worthy of pay (Luke 10:7 and I Timothy 5:18). The consumer world has become more socially conscious to the point where the integrity of a company’s position on various socioeconomic and political issues is tantamount to the integrity of its products. Now, we care much more about how a particular company feels about global warming than the effectiveness of its wares. Inevitably, the case has come before the faith community, which is now faced with a conundrum of purchasing a product at the risk of throwing its support behind that company’s litany of beliefs and causes.

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Former broadcaster joins Family Research Council WASHINGTON — Former college football broadcaster Craig James has joined the conservative Family Research Council, where he says he’ll fight the kind of “religious bigotry” he blames for his firing by Fox Sports after expressing opposition to gay marriage. James, who will serve as an assistant to council President Tony Perkins, was a longtime color commentator for ESPN. He quit to run for the U.S. Senate two years ago in Texas, where he grew up and starred at SMU. James finished fourth in the Republican primary. During a campaign debate, James said he opposed gay marriage and that gay people would one day “have to answer to the Lord for their actions.” Fox Sports let him go, saying he was a “polarizing figure” who had “abused a previous on-air position to further a personal agenda.”

Pastor who tried to burn Qurans takes plea BARTOW, Fla. — A Florida pastor who was arrested this past Sept. 11 while attempting to burn 2,998 Qurans at a Polk County park has accepted a plea agreement that will prohibit him from returning to the county for six months. As part of Tuesday’s plea deal, prosecutors have agreed to drop a felony charge of unlawful conveyance of fuel against Terry Jones. On Sept. 11, Jones and members of his congregation in the Dove World Outreach Ministries in Manatee County entered the Mulberry area to burn Qurans in memory of those who died in the 2001 terrorist attacks. The Lakeland Ledger reported that Jones was in a truck pulling a cooker laden with kerosene-soaked Qurans when he was arrested.

Churches continue to fight Hawaii schools suit HONOLULU — Attorneys representing churches being sued regarding renting Hawaii public school buildings for services said there’s nothing new in an amended lawsuit. A judge previously dismissed a lawsuit claiming the churches owe more than $5.6 million in rental fees, saying it didn’t contain the required level of detail for a case alleging fraud. Hawaii Citizens for the Separation of Church and State founder Mitchell Kahle and public advocate Holly Huber later filed an amended suit.

Ah, for the carefree days of using a toothpaste without thought of how the manufacturFaith Matters er feels JAMIE H. about the U.S. involve- WILSON ment in the Middle East! Of course, this statement is now considered ignorant. So where is the line? Does my part of consumer play a part in my spiritual life? Further to the point, does my monetary support of a consumable mean I support the causes supported by the manufacturer?

While I know that I wouldn’t be able to cover the spectrum of personally held beliefs held in the faith community, I think the issue definitely requires personal spiritual reflection. I know that in the Judeo-Christian faith, the Bible tells us to be “as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves” (Matthew 10:16). It means that we shouldn’t be gullible but sensible, considering people. It means we can’t play the fool when it comes to something we really want. It also means we have to realize we can’t control the actions of a person or group with causes contrary to our spiritual convictions. In the practical, this can result in

difficult questions. Does buying a box of cookies from an organization that purportedly supports a pro-choice agenda mean that you support that same set of beliefs? If you eat at a restaurant whose CEO has publicly opposed same-sex marriage, are you then a soldier in that fight? If you give a couple of singles to a homeless person who might buy alcohol with it, are you then an enabler? I was faced with that last question a couple of months ago. I don’t normally give monetarily in such situations, but I felt God whispering to my heart. But what if this person just buys booze? I kept reiterating to myself. The pull was too

great, and I surrendered the money. I found peace in prayer later that night after I realized my only responsibility was responding to that urge. What that individual did with the money was between him and the Almighty. It’s a sticky area, no question. I can’t speak to your specific beliefs, but I can only encourage you to be vigilant in your convictions. The least helpful thing would be for you, as a person of faith, to dismiss the issue. Find out where you stand, and then stand resolute. Email Jamie H. Wilson at faithmatterssumter@gmail. com.


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New pastor aims to guide growing congregation to ‘abundant life’ BY JADE REYNOLDS jade@theitem.com (803) 774-1250 A longtime preacher is bringing new energy to a Sumter church. Since Pastor Kevin Massey started at New Salem Baptist Church at 2500 W. Oakland Ave. in January, worship attendance has grown 40 percent, and Sunday school attendance has doubled, he said. “People have been coming back and reconnecting with church,” said the 42-year-old. “I’ve been blessed to work in small congregations and to work in some that have 2,500 on Sunday and a 20-person staff. Hands down, I can say this is the most loving congregation I’ve been in. We’re not perfect. We have hiccups. We’re really a church in transition. We’re embracing tradition and

also moving into the 21st century. We’re advancing the ministry of Christ.” Originally from Hartsville, he has been in ministry 20 years with nine churches in South Caroli- MASSEY na and Florida. About 10 years ago, Massey traveled with well-known Christian author Rick Warren and others of Saddleback Church “studying and learning on the cutting edge,” he said. “I’ve noticed over the last few years that there seems to be almost a cultural war between the traditional and the contemporary,” Massey said. “Southern Baptist has the older membership base, and people want something new. I think the next trend is instead of churches meeting in schools and the-

atres, young, smart guys will be helping to replant existing churches.” Before moving to New Salem, he and another started a church they copastored for four years. “They were what we call first-generation Christians,” Massey said. “They were not brought up in church.” He graduated from Charleston Southern University in 1993 and earned his masters in pastoral leadership from Liberty University. Massey plans to bring all his experience and skills to this new position. “My passion is to help people grow in Christ,” he said. “That’s what discipleship is all about. My goals are one, to reach the lost, and two, within the church members, to help people grow and mature in Christ. John 10:10 is my favorite verse, and I like how the New Living Translation has it:

‘The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give life in all its fullness.’ “When we are thinking about our life, we all dream big. God is bigger than our dreams and even bigger than we can wrap our minds around. I want people who know Christ to experience happy, abundant life and those that don’t know Him (to) begin to experience life.” He also plans to be here for awhile. “I’d love to be here until I retire, but I’ve said that at every church,” Massey said. “As long as they keep me and as long as we keep growing, I plan to stay.” His wife, Nickie Massey, is a second-grade teacher at Polo Road Elementary School in Columbia. The couple have been married 13 years and have a 2-year-old son, Jedidiah, which means “friend of God.”

Man opens Rediscover Church focused on giving back BY JADE REYNOLDS jade@theitem.com (803) 774-1250 Detric Porter’s heart is in Sumter. So it’s no surprise that when the 37-year-old decided to start a church, it would be in his hometown. “We prayed about it a few months and talked to our pastor,” said Keonna Porter, his wife. “I felt peace in my spirit. I knew it was really God talking to him. We really love people and want to see people prosper. We want to have an impact on the community and make a difference.” While his day job, so to speak, is lead software engineer with the U.S. Air Force Central Network Operation Se-

curity Center, Porter has traveled the world working in ministry for 14 years. He’s been a youth leader, evangelist, assistant PORTER pastor and has led revivals. “Everybody deserves a chance,” said Pastor Detric Porter. “In most churches, there are requirements to serve or be a part of the church. That’s not the model Jesus used. He met them where they were at. That’s why we named it Rediscover Church.” Their motto is “Rediscover Faith, Rediscover Hope, Rediscover Love, Rediscover Church.” Located at 73 Wesmark

Blvd., he hopes to make it a multicultural congregation. “I have a burden for the community of Sumter,” Porter said. “I grew up here, and I’ve seen a lot of changes. I’m raising my children now here in Sumter. I want to give back through ministry to ensure as my kids get older, they have a great community. “The focus and purpose of the church should be to impact the community. It should be a church without walls. Some are more of segregated clubs. Everyone looks alike. Everyone thinks alike. Churches must have diversity.” His daughter, Kayla, 13, plays keyboard on the praise team, and Kaleb, 11, is the drummer. They attend Wilson Hall.

* Friday, April 18 — Good Friday service. Pastor Dorothy P. Maple will speak.

1 p.m. Friday at the fellowship hall. Jehovah Missionary Baptist Church, 803 S. Harvin St., announces: * Friday, April 18 — Good Friday worship at noon. Speakers as follows: Dr. Cartrell Woods, Minister Quentina Gregg, Minister Leroy Blanding, Minister Jonnie Mae Gist, Minister Aaron Vaughn, Minister Angela Edwards and Minister Walter Robertson. Third Friday Praise Jam will be held at 8 p.m.

REDISCOVER CHURCH WHERE: 73 W. Wesmark Blvd. WHEN: Sunday, 11 a.m. Wednesday, 7 p.m. CONTACT: (803) 795-4118 For more information, visit rediscoverchurch.org, email info@ rediscoverchurch.org or call (803) 795-4118.

Keonna Porter also sings on the praise team. A retired Air Force veteran from Ohio, she is now a stay-at-home mom. Opened about two months, the number of those in attendance Sunday mornings has ranged between 20 and 40. The Porters plan to hold a big kickoff service May 4.

“Rediscover Church isn’t just about coming on Sunday and Wednesday and giving your tithes and offerings,” Detric Porter said. “It’s not just about programs that benefit the church. Sure, we’ll take finances and give back, but first we must give back of ourselves. We could sit back and complain, and nothing would change. We could criticize and turn a blind eye. The driving factors for me are my two kids, (but) I not only want to teach my kids, but also go out and influence folks to make better decisions that will make a positive community change. We want to get involved and make a difference. If you want to alter the course of where things are headed, you have to interact with the world.”

CHURCH NEWS Andrews Chapel United Methodist Church, H.T. Everett Road, Pinewood, announces: * Sunday, April 27 — Homecoming service at 11 a.m. The Rev. John Hipp will speak. Covered dish lunch will follow worship. Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, 2571 Joseph Lemon-Dingle Road, Jordan community, Manning, announces: * Saturday — Community egg hunt at noon featuring food, games, horseback riding and live music. * Sunday, April 20 — Easter services as follows: 6 a.m. sunrise service followed by breakfast; 9 a.m. church school; and 10 a.m. Easter program sponsored by the youth department. Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church, 4319 Rowe Drive, Summerton, announces: * Wednesday-Friday, April 16-18 — Revival at 7 nightly. The Rev. Jonathan Mouzon, pastor of Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church, Manning, will speak. Briggs Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, 7135 Wash Davis Road, Summerton, announces: * Sunday — Gospel Explosion at 3 p.m. Canaan Missionary Baptist Church, 774 Douglas Ave., announces: * Saturday, April 19 — Community Easter egg hunt 1-3 p.m. * Sunday, April 20 — Easter sunrise service at 6:30 a.m. Chapel Hill Baptist Church, 8749 Old Highway Six, Santee, announces: * Sunday — Youth Sunday at 10 a.m. The 33rd anniversary of the male chorus will be celebrated at 3 p.m. * Sunday, April 20 — Resurrection Sunday worship and administering of the Lord’s Supper will be held at 7 a.m. The youth of the church will hold a resurrection program at 8 a.m. followed by a fellowship breakfast. No Sunday school or 10 a.m. worship. Church of Christ, 313 Mooneyham Road, announces: * Sunday, April 27 — Pastor’s anniversary celebration for the Rev. James and Sister Ann Clark at 4 p.m. The Rev. Leroy Blanding, of New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, will speak. Clark United Methodist Church, 2980 U.S. 401 N., Oswego Highway, announces: * Sunday, April 20 — Easter worship and program at 11 a.m. Community Church of Praise, 562 S. Pike Road, announces:

Concord Baptist Church, 1885 Myrtle Beach Highway, announces: * Sunday — Easter cantata “The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power” at 11 a.m. Presented by the sanctuary choir. “An Easter Medley” will be presented by the children’s choir at 6 p.m. * Sunday, April 20 — Easter services: 7 a.m. sunrise service; 8:45 a.m. Sunday school; and 10 a.m. worship. Corinth Missionary Baptist Church, 25 Community St., announces: * Sunday, April 20 — Easter worship at 10:30 a.m. Dalzell United Methodist Church, 3330 Black River Road, Dalzell, announces: * Friday-Saturday, April 25-26 — The play “A Night in the Theatre” will be presented at 7 p.m. both days in the fellowship hall. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person or $18 per couple. Call (803) 4995190. Fellowship Outreach Ministries, 1981 Florence Highway, announces: * Friday, April 18, and Sunday, April 20 — Soul revival at 7:30 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. Sunday. Prophetess Debbie Bennett will speak. * Sunday, April 27 — Pastor France Washington will speak at 3 p.m. Freedom Worship Pentecostal Holiness Church, 1490 Florence Highway, announces: * Friday, April 18 — Sheppard Ministries will present a gospel singing at 7 p.m. featuring the Sims Family, the Singing Sheppard’s and others. Doors open at 6 p.m. Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, 182 S. Pike East, announces: * Sunday — Jesus Is Lord Ministries of Easley worship service at 11:30 a.m. * Wednesday, April 16 — Lent worship service noon-1 p.m. * Friday, April 18 — Good Friday worship service at 7 p.m. * Sunday, April 27 — Ninth pastoral anniversary celebration of Pastor and Deacon Hill at 5 p.m. Grace Christian Fellowship Church, 2938 Raccoon Road, Manning, announces: * Friday — Schoolhouse BBQScranton dinner fundraiser. Dinners are $8 each. Purchase tickets 9 a.m.-noon today at the church office. Dinners need to be picked up from 11 a.m. until

Joshua Baptist Church, 5200 Live Oak Road, Dalzell, announces: * Sunday, April 20 — Easter services as follows: 6:30 a.m. sunrise service; 9 a.m. church school; and 10 a.m. Easter program with worship to follow. * Sunday, April 27 — Praise dance ministry’s anniversary celebration during morning worship. * Sunday, May 4 — 38th Annual Homecoming celebration with church school at 9 a.m. followed by 10 a.m. worship. Knitting Hearts Ministry, meets at Bethesda Church of God, 2730 Broad St., announces: * Saturday — International Bible teacher Dr. Peter Wyns and his wife, Joy, will speak. The Wyns travel around the world and have ministered healing, deliverance and freedom in more than 30 nations. Visit www.knittingheartsministry.org. Land Flowing with Milk & Honey Ministry, 1335 Peach Orchard Road, announces: * Friday — Prophetic Encounter “A Now Move of God” at 7 p.m. Prophet Jeremiah Merritt, of Darlington, will speak. Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 325 Fulton St., announces: * Sunday, April 20 — Joint sunrise worship celebration with Salem Missionary Baptist Church at 6 a.m. at Mount Zion. Pastor Lei F. Washington, of Salem Missionary Baptist Church, will speak. Salem MBC choir will provide music. Easter celebration at 10:45 a.m. with a presentation by the church school and youth ministry. * Sunday, April 27 — Women’s Day / women’s ministry anniversary worship celebration at 10:45 a.m. The Rev. Dr. Johnnie B. McCray will speak. Mount Zion United Methodist Church, 130 Loring Mill Road, announces: * Saturday — United Methodist Men’s prayer breakfast at 8 a.m. Col. Robert S. “Bobby” Blue will speak. * Sunday — Family and friends day at 4 p.m. The Rev. Robin Dease, Hartsville District superintendent, SCUM Conference,

will speak. New Fellowship Covenant Ministries, 316 W. Liberty St., announces: * Saturday — Clothes giveaway 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free snacks also. New Israel Missionary Baptist Church, 5330 Old Camden Highway, Dalzell, announces: * Sunday — The initial sermon of Louis Anderson at 1 p.m. * Sunday, April 20 — The Lord’s Supper and the Easter / Resurrection worship will be held at 1 p.m. Newlight Baptist Church, 4390 Moses Dingle Road, Summerton, announces: * Sunday, April 20 — Family and friends day at 3:30 p.m. The Rev. David Lawson, pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church, will speak. New Testament Lighthouse Church, 1114 Boulevard Road, announces: * Saturday — Outdoor gospel concert at 4:30 p.m. Abide Ministries and the Rev. Scott Eadie will provide music. Food will be provided. Bring a comfortable chair. Pinewood Baptist Church, S.C. 261, Pinewood, announces: * Sunday, April 20 — Easter services as follows: 7:15 a.m. sunrise service; 7:45 a.m. breakfast; 9 a.m. Sunday school; and 10 a.m. worship service. Nursery provided. Call (803) 452-5373 or visit www.pinewoodbaptist.org. Providence Baptist Church, 2445 Old Manning Road, announces: * Sunday — Sunday school teacher’s meeting at 4:30 p.m. * Tuesday, April 15 — Ladies prayer walk at 6:30 p.m. * Wednesday, April 16 — WMU meeting at 10 a.m. at Joyce Hodge’s home. Reid Chapel AME Church, 1008 Dibert St., announces: * Sunday-Friday, April 18 — Holy Week services at 7 nightly. St. John United Methodist Church, 136 Poinsett Drive, announces: * Sunday-Sunday, April 13-20 — Holy Week services as follows: Palm Sunday morning, waving of the palm branches to celebrate the arrival of Jesus into the city of Jerusalem; Palm Sunday evening, Lenten services at Trinity United Methodist Church; 7 p.m. Wednesday, Pastor Bob will show pictures from his trip to the Holy Land; 7 p.m. Holy Thursday, scripture reading, Holy Communion, service of Tenebrae or “Darkness” and closing with stripping of the altar; 6 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, 12 hour prayer vigil, prayer books and soft music in the sanctu-

ary; 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Easter egg hunt at Crosswell Park for children from toddlers to fifth grade (must all be accompanied by adult); 6:30 a.m. Sunday, April 20, sunrise service in front of the church (weather permitting) followed by breakfast (sign up to attend breakfast), and at 10:50 a.m. traditional Easter service with “He Is Risen!” Easter cantata. St. Mary — Our Lady of Hope Catholic Parish announces: * Monday-Sunday, April 14-20 — Holy Week and Easter Mass Schedule for Catholic churches in Manning, Summerton and Santee as follows: 7 p.m. Monday, Easter confession at St. Ann’s Church, 2205 State Park Road, Santee; 7 p.m. Tuesday, Easter confession at Our Lady of Hope Church, 2529 Raccoon Road, Manning; 7 p.m. Holy Thursday, mass of the Lord’s Supper at Our Lady of Hope Church; 3 p.m. Good Friday, Celebration of the Lord’s Passion at St. Ann’s Church; 8 p.m. Saturday, Easter Vigil at Our Lady of Hope Church; 7 a.m. Easter Sunday service at St. Mary’s Church, 12 N. Canty St., Summerton; 9 a.m. Easter Sunday service at Our Lady of Hope Church; and 11 a.m. Easter Sunday service at St. Ann’s Church. St. Matthews Missionary Baptist Church, 1126 St. Matthew Lane, Manning, announces: * Sunday — “Gospel Speak Out” program at 3 p.m. featuring various speakers. Trinity Missionary Baptist Church, 155 Wall St., announces: * Saturday — The Singing Sensations Youth Choir from Baltimore, Md., will provide music at 5 p.m. * Saturday, April 19 — Easter egg hunt 10 a.m.-1 p.m. * Sunday, April 20 — Easter services as follows: 6:30 a.m. sunrise service; 7:30 a.m. breakfast; 8:30 a.m. youth Easter presentations; and 10 a.m. Easter worship. Truly Committed Missionary Baptist Church, 7 E. Oakland Ave., announces: * Sunday — Sisters of Faith program at 4 p.m. On the program: New Hope; Blessed; Shatavia and the Praising Angels; NewBoyz; and many more. Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church, 2225 Conyers Road, Paxville community, Manning, announces: * Sunday — 13th pastoral anniversary celebration of Pastor Clifford Gaymon and family during 11 a.m. service. Cedric Capps, pastor of Union Grove Missionary Baptist Church, Wesson, Miss., will speak.


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eventually enrolled in JROTC after some encouragement from his father, who is a member of the U.S. Air Force. Humphreys plans to get involved in ROTC at the college level while attending school at The Citadel. “Coming into it in ninth grade, I wasn’t really into it, but I noticed the opportunities they offered and became more interested in it. It teaches you to be a better leader, how to work with others and have a better life,” Humphreys said about his experience in JROTC. “There are people who question ROTC, and they think it’s all about marching and being yelled at, but that’s not what it is. It makes you into a leader and instills in you a better quality.” Like Humphreys, Thomas Hatton’s father was also in the Air Force, and four of his uncles served in different branches of the military. Hatton, 18, has already signed his contract to serve in the U.S. Army, and his family couldn’t be more proud. “This is really about the brotherhood of the military, and I want to serve my community and my country,” Hatton said of making such a dedicated decision for his future. “My family is proud of me and happy I’m going to have the chance to get out and see the world.” At Crestwood High School, some JROTC students are just as dedicated to continuing their experience by attending The Citadel or going straight into the military after graduation. Kaitlynn Kearnes has been in JROTC for four years, although she wasn’t that interested in it when she first started her freshman year. Kearnes is planning to attend The Citadel and study computer engineering. “I didn’t really want to go into it because I didn’t think I’d like it. But I didn’t want to take P.E.,” she said. “That first week, we learned about commands and the operations of life in the Air Force, and I realized I liked it. After being in ROTC, I decided I like the Air Force way of life.” Travis Blakely and Luke Bennet, also seniors at Crestwood High, plan to go straight into the military after graduation this year. Bennet is prepared to go into the Air Force but is willing to go into another branch of military if that doesn’t work. Besides the history, working with machines and the military order, Bennet explained that he enjoys JROTC and wants to pursue a military career because JROTC is a life class and the military builds character. For Blakely, 19, Master Sgt. Eric Avery suggested he join JROTC to gain some direction and leadership when Blakely real-

home, they heard something that made their hearts stop. “We could hear faint cries coming from inside the house,” Hancock said. “And we were moving in before anything could register.” Hancock and Glover then ran into the home through the front door, hoping they could save the soul whose voice could barely be heard. “We couldn’t see anything,” Glover said. “There was zero visibility.” At this point, the cries had stopped, leaving the firefighters little time for a successful rescue. The two men searched quickly but thoroughly and eventually found the unconscious man. “We found him in the hallway, face down between two rooms that were heavily involved,” Glover said. “It’s fortunate we found him as quickly as we did.” Though flames were quickly spreading through the house, the firemen did what only came natural, working together to rescue the fire victim. “I grabbed his feet, and (Hancock) grabbed his upper body,” Glover said. “And we got out as quickly as we could.” “We were so worried about getting him out,” Hancock said. “He was a sturdy guy, and even 125 pounds of dead weight can be hard to lift, but you’re moving so hard and fast, none of that mattered.” Once outside, the victim was handed over to their lieutenant, and the two men ran right back in. “We were told there were two others trapped inside, so we weren’t done,” Glover said. Capt. Steven Dara was on the truck that arrived after Hancock and Glover. He explained that the two men were part of a primary search, which entails rescuing entrapped victims. Then there’s a change in personnel for the second search. “We change out the teams to get a fresh set of eyes and muscles in there,” Dara said. “They’re fresh and might search somewhere the other

team might have overlooked.” Fortunately, the man rescued by Glover and Hancock was the only person inside the home. He suffered severe burns to his back and feet and was rushed to Tuomey Regional Medical Center where he was airlifted to Joseph M. Still Burn Center in Augusta, Ga. He was last listed as being in critical condition. Emergency workers were unable to receive a status update of the victim from the burn center as of Wednesday afternoon. According to Battalion Chief David White, the fire seems to be accidental, so far, and the cause of the blaze is thought to be an electrical issue. There are very few accomplishments that rival saving a human life, an experience both men take pride in. “You can work this career your entire life and never manage to save anyone,” Glover said. “It’s rewarding. It’s why we do this.” “It’s a great feeling,” Hancock said, smiling from ear to ear. Both White and Dara said what the two men did shouldn’t be down played at all. “They were working with a shorthanded crew and did what matters most,” Dara said. “They put a lot of hard, long hours in training for moments like these. It feels good to see it pay off.” “These boys went above and beyond the call of duty,” White said. “They’re good men, and this just proves it more.” Despite all the accolades from their peers and superiors, both the rescuers remain modest about their efforts. “Anyone in our department would have done the same,” Glover said. “It’s a group effort,” Hancock said. “If we don’t work as a team, nothing gets done right.” And in their modesty, they can focus on what truly mattered. “It feels good knowing you’ve saved a loved one for someone to see tomorrow,” Hancock said.

the bill, filled with frivolity, House Speaker Bobby Harrell reassured Ridgeway the legislation was not yet dead. “We will send the Senate a

notice that we do not concur,” Harrell said, “but the clerk said we should not send that notice on the seventh day, because we should be resting.”

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BARWICK FROM PAGE A1 when he received a draft notice to serve in the Korean War for two years. Barwick never really talked about his time in the Army, according to Meyers, as it was difficult for him to express the horrors of what he witnessed while serving. It wasn’t until a few years ago when his health began to weaken that he was more open about his experiences. He was even willing to tell his life story to Sumter ETV in 2002 for a documentary film about him for a Memorial Day special, though it apparently wasn’t easy for him. “As he talked to ETV about it, he cried some in the film,” Meyers said. Meyers said her mother, Marguerite, who celebrated 60 years of marriage with Barwick last year, keeps a copy of the documentary. Barwick also owned Sumter Marine Supply Co. off U.S. 15 for more than 50 years, where he served three generations of customers. “He never missed a day of work in his life,” Meyers said. Suzie, his son Robbie, Marguerite and the rest of the family will lay Barwick to rest at Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery after a funeral service in the Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home chapel at 3 p.m. today. Tyler Simpson

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Crestwood High School students Kaitlynn Kearnes, center, Travis Blakely, left, and Luke Bennet all have military aspirations after being active in the school’s JROTC program. ized he wasn’t sure what he wanted to do after high school. Blakely said he also wants to follow in the footsteps of his father and other family members who are members of local law enforcement and different military branches. “This is a citizenship program, and I tell people that I have one of the greatest jobs in the world teaching these students to be great citizens,” Avery said. Making this kind of decision, Moxley said, is a commitment. It doesn’t have to be a lifetime commitment, but it’s a huge life decision that takes a lot of confidence, dedication and discipline. Col. Lane T. Rogers agrees that this is not just a decision people make on a whim. While leading his students at CHS Rogers said he makes the effort to present the students with different options. They encourage them to be successful whether they’re interested in college or other endeavors. “JROTC helps students get a vision for what their skills are and how those skills can help them and provide for them as a job source,” Rogers explained. “This program is about exposing students to a variety of options.” Nationally, less than 10 percent of students who participate in JROTC in high school actually enlist in the military in the future, Moxley said. So if they decide to enlist after their JROTC experience in high school or move on with other career plans, Moxley said it’s still important they get something out of the class they can use in all aspects of their lives. “A lot of people think they want to go into the military, and there is a lot of discipline and ethics. Joining is a commitment, and you have to be all in,” Moxley said. “If they don’t decide to enlist, that’s fine, but we hope they take away a sense of responsibility, a sense of patriotism and overall honor and integrity.”

Gov. Nikki Haley signs the bill. His fellow House colleagues, however, balked at the changes. “We would be following someone down a road of Tomfoolery in the eyes of the public if we were to concur with these Senate amendments,” said state Rep. Kris Crawford, RFlorence, shortly before the vote to reject the amendments. Crawford specifically raised

questions about the moratorium amendment, calling it an attempt to bind future legislative bodies. Columbian Mammoth fossils were first discovered in South Carolina in 1725, and those remains are considered to be the first time there was a scientific identification of a vertebrate fossil in North America. After the short discussion of


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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR It’s God’s role to judge, not yours In Tuesday’s paper (April 8) Mr. William Heise shares with us his “disgust” for those who break the Sabbath because it disrespects God, but of whose Sabbath does he speak? The Jewish Sabbath begins Friday evening and goes until Saturday evening. Saturday is the Muslim Sabbath and the Buddhist Sabbath, dictated by the phases of the moon, changes nearly weekly. It may be that many of those shopping, laundering their clothes, washing their cars and cutting grass (all examples given by Mr. Heise as to how people violate the Sabbath) aren’t of his faith and feel no more need to honor his Sabbath than he does to honor theirs. If God is unhappy with Sabbath violators, we might all be well served in letting God address the matter when and how he or she deems best and not pass religious judgment on our fellow beings, which is God’s role, not ours. Mr. Heise is free to worship as he wishes and should consider allowing others the same freedom without condemnation. Our founding fathers did not create a Christian nation, Hindu nation, Jewish nation or Muslim nation. What they intended to create, and indeed did create, was a country where all religions are welcomed, where no one is condemned, persecuted, nor discriminated against because of their religious beliefs. We are free to believe and worship any god and embrace any religion, or no religion at all, as citizens of this great country. Hopefully, most of us do so without feeling “disgust” for those who worship or believe differently. Our religious freedoms make us the envy of many around the world, and it is a treasured freedom that many have died to protect. I would suggest that exercising that freedom by allowing diversity without “disgust” is what we should strive to achieve for it is a precious gift, handed down to us through the generations, and entrusted to us to exercise with compassion and acceptance by those who founded the United States of America. JOHN FORD Sumter

It’s easier to see sin than to admit sin This is in response to the letter from April 8 titled “By breaking the Sabbath you’re disrespecting God.” I would like to remind Mr. Heise and all others who practice Christianity of another Bible verse, Matthew 7:1 “Judge not, that ye be not judged.” While it is easy to look around us and see others committing what we have been taught is sin, it is often much more difficult to see the sin in our own lives. Each of us sins, and the most sinful of us are those who have the sin of pride and who believe they do not sin themselves. Proverbs 16:18 says “Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.” As followers in the word of Christ, I would like to remind Christians that even as we look upon others they are also looking upon us. I have met many good-hearted people who avoid the church simply because of the condemnation and judgmental idolatry that sometimes goes on there. Just as many Christians would not wish to break the Sabbath and go shopping, many of these good people do not want to associate with those who would pass judgment on others. When I see people at the stores, I too realize they are breaking the beliefs in which I was instilled. But as a Christian and a man living on this little pebble we call Earth, I understand that many of those people are not of my faith. There are numerous faiths in our community and some of those have no such restrictions on shopping on the Sabbath. Even if they are Christians, who am I to sit in judgment of them? I am not their Lord and Savior. In the Christian religion we are taught that we all sin and that we should seek forgiveness for our failings. I would like to remind our faithful and to let those who wish to learn about our faith know and find comfort in the fact that there is only one unforgivable sin: blaspheme against our Lord. JOHN GAYDOS Wedgefield Editor’s note: Because this letter exceeded the 350-word length as stated in our Editorial Page Policies which appears regularly on this page, it can be read in its entirety under Opinion on The Item’s website, www.theitem.com.

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HOENIX — From the Goldwater Institute, the fertile frontal lobe of the conservative movement’s brain, comes an innovative idea that is gaining traction in Alaska, Arizona and Georgia, and its advocates may bring it to at least 35 other states’ legislatures. It would use the Constitution’s Article V to move the nation back toward the limited government the Constitution’s Framers thought their document guaranteed. The Compact for America is the innovation of the Goldwater Institute’s Nick Dranias, who proposes a constitutional convention carefully called under Article V to enact a balanced-budget amendment written precisely enough to preclude evasion by the political class. This class has powerful and permanent incentives for deficit spending, which delivers immediate benefits to constituents while deferring a significant portion of the benefits’ costs. Here’s what the compact’s amendment would stipulate: Total federal government outlays shall not exceed receipts unless the excess of outlays is financed exclusively by debt which initially shall be authorized to be 105 percent of outstanding debt on the date the amendment is ratified. Congress may increase the authorized debt only if a majority of state legislatures approve an unconditional, single-subject measure proposing the amount of such increase. Whenever outstanding debt exceeds 98 percent of the set limit, the president shall designate for impoundment specific expenditures sufficient to keep debt below the authorized level. The impoundment shall occur in 30 days unless Congress designates an alternative impoundment of the same or greater amount. Any bill for a new or increased general revenue tax shall require a two-thirds vote of both

houses of Congress — except for a bill that reduces or eliminates an existing tax exemption, deduction or credit, or that “provides for a new end user sales tax which would completely replace every existing income tax levied by” the U.S. government. Now, leave aside questions about this tax policy, or about the wisdom of constitutionalizing any tax policy. Do you believe a balanced-budget amendment is a required response to the nature of today’s politics and governance, now that courts neglect George to do their duty in Will enforcing Congress’ adherence to the Constitution’s enumeration of its powers? If so, the compact’s amendment is remarkably resistant to evasion. Congress, which relishes deficit spending, would not, unilaterally and unpressured, send this amendment to the states for ratification. Hence the Goldwater Institute’s recourse to Article V. It provides, in the same sentence, two amendment procedures, one of which has never been used — the calling of a convention by twothirds of the state legislatures. Many prudent people — remembering that the 1787 Constitutional Convention’s original purpose was merely to “remedy defects” of the Articles of Confederation — recoil from the possibility of a runaway convention and the certainty that James Madison would not be there to make it turn out well. The compact, however, would closely confine a convention: State legislatures can form a compact — a cooperative agreement — to call a convention for the codified, one-item agenda of ratifying the balanced-budget

amendment precisely stipulated in advance. The Constitution’s Article I, Section 10 says: “No state shall, without the consent of Congress ... enter into any agreement or compact with another state.” But court precedent makes clear that states do not need congressional consent for compacts that exercise state power without displacing federal power, such as the constitutionally stipulated power to apply for an Article V convention. States can join the Goldwater Institute’s compact without waiting for Congress’ approval. Article V says Congress has no discretion — it “shall” call a convention “on the application of the legislatures of two thirds of the several states.” A convention called in accordance with the institute’s compact would adopt its limited agenda with the force of federal and state law, any deviation from which would render the convention — which is limited to a 24-hour session — void. The compact designates as the sole delegates to the convention the governors of participating states, officials who will not run the political risk of wrecking the convention by ignoring the law. In the 85th and final of the Federalist Papers written to persuade Americans wary of centralized power to ratify the Constitution, Alexander Hamilton said: “We may safely rely on the disposition of the state legislatures to erect barriers against the encroachments of the national authority.” States would be the prime movers of, and would be substantially empowered by, the institute’s amendment-by-compact plan. Members of this nascent movement to use Article V have a name: Fivers.

release details about suspected child abuse and neglect cases that the agency didn’t investigate. It would also allow the agency to publicly report when abuse results in a child dying or nearly dying. This change would help ensure that the state’s law enforcement division can adequately and effectively investigate child fatalities. Young told the Aiken Standard that after chairing four hearings on issues related to child abuse, he heard testimony that in certain cases, the state failed to have consistency in coroners reporting suspicious child deaths. It’s commendable to see the senator from Aiken step up and try to make a change in

how the system operates. Too often our lawmakers in Columbia are satisfied with the status quo. By strengthening the laws pertaining to child fatalities, we can certainly have a more thorough system across South Carolina. Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton said his office obeys the law and fully reports such deaths to state law enforcement. Coroners are supposed to fill out a report within 24 hours of a child’s death, and while Carlton says his office follows those procedures, it’s not done by all coroners across the state. He estimates that 90 percent of coroners report those, but that should undoubtedly be 100 percent in the future.

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Coroner reporting law needs to be bolstered Strengthening the law that pertains to reporting suspicious child deaths would be a sensible step for the state legislature. S.C. Sen. Tom Young, R-Aiken, recently introduced a measure that would accomplish that goal by allowing the state Department of Social Services to

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AROUND TOWN The Shepherd’s Center will offer free public information sessions 11-11:50 a.m. each Thursday through May 29 at 24 Council St. Scheduled topics / speakers are as follows: today, Chip Chase of Farmers Telephone Coop. will provide an overview on smart phones; April 17, Lester Clark of Capital Insurance will discuss long term care insurance; April 24, Catherine Blumberg of S.C. Active Lifestyles will discuss walking for your health; May 1, David O’Brien will discuss social media and staying connected; May 8, Ford Simmons of the Sumter County Library will provide tips and tricks on using your personal computer or iPad; May 15, Cpl. Eddie Hobbes of the Sumter County Sheriff’s Department will discuss self defense awareness; May 22, Cpl. Eddie Hobbes will discuss home security; and May 29, Carol Boyd will discuss gardening with herbs. Free income tax filing services and FAFSA applications will be provided through April 15 as follows: 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Fridays, 3-8 p.m. Saturdays, appointments only on Sundays, Goodwill Job-Link Center, 1028 Broad St., (803) 774-5006; and 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays, Lee County Adult Education, 123 E. College St., Bishopville, (803) 484-4040. For details or appointments, call Ms. Samuels at (803) 240-8355. The Sumter Chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) will meet at 5:30 p.m. today in the Bultman Conference Room at USC Sumter. Administrative professionals are encouraged to attend. Call Mary Sutton at (803)938-3760. Sacred Heart Temple No. 835 will sponsor a baked spaghetti dinner sale 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, April 11, at Birnie Elks Lodge No. 1195, U.S. 15 South. Cost: $7 per dinner. Will deliver for three or more dinners. Call (803) 481-4432 or (803) 565-4471. Tuomey Healthcare System will hold its annual Shred Day 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, April 11. Individuals (no businesses) can take their paper items that need shredding to the Calhoun Street entrance of the hospital by the cafeteria patio. This event is sponsored by the Tuomey Green Team in recognition of Earth Day. Good Samaritans for All People will host an Easter giveaway 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, April 12, at the old Bishopville High School gymnasium, 600 N. Main St., Bishopville. A holiday bag will be provided for each child. Food, clothing and household items will also be available for free. Call the Rev. Eddie Thomas, founder, at (803) 428-4448 or (803) 459-4989 or the Rev. Raymond Cook Jr., vice president, at (803) 469-6294.

The Rembert Area Community Coalition (RACC) 2nd Annual Spring Parade will be held 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, April 12. The parade will begin and end at Dennis Convenience Store, 7570 Pisgah Road, Rembert. Musical entertainment will be provided from noon to 3 p.m. Visit www.raccinc.org for details. Kids Fest 2014 will be held 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, April 15-16, at Sumter County Civic Center, 700 W. Liberty St. This free event is designed to educate parents, caregivers and children about preventing injuries and staying safe. Call (803) 7748822. The Carolina Coin Club will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, at the Parks & Recreation Department, 155 Haynsworth St. The club meets on the third Tuesday of each month. Visitors welcome. Call (803) 775-8840. The American Red Cross, Sandhills Chapter, will offer a New Volunteer Orientation and Disaster Services Overview class at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, at 1155 N. Guignard Drive, Suite 2. Call (803) 775-2363 to register. The Pinedale Neighborhood Association will meet at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 17, at South HOPE Center, 1125 S. Lafayette Drive. Call Ferdinand Burns at (803) 968-4464. Lincoln High School Class of 1963 will meet at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 19, at American Legion Post 202, 310 Palmetto St. Plans will be made for the 2015 class reunion, which will be celebrated as the 1960s class reunion of the Civil Rights era. Call Ferdinand Burns at (803) 968-4464. The Sumter Combat Veterans Group will meet at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 23, at South HOPE Center, 1125 S. Lafayette Drive. All area veterans are invited. The YWCA of the Upper Lowlands Inc. will hold a Tribute to Women in Industry (TWIN) Reunion in conjunction with the annual banquet 6-10 p.m. Friday, April 25, at the Imperial restaurant, 451 Broad St. Contact Yolanda Debra Wilson at (803) 773-7158 or ydwilson@ywcasumter.org. The Sumter Branch NAACP will meet at 5 p.m. Sunday, April 27, at Bethel AME Church, 1605 S.C. 261 South, Wedgefield. The Sumter Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 13, at Shiloh-Randolph Manor, 125 W. Bartlette St. Suzie Kearney, management development officer, will speak. Transportation provided within the coverage area. Contact Debra Canty at DebraCanC2@frontier.com or (803) 775-5792 to reserve your gala tables. Call the 24/7 recorded message line at (206) 376-5992.

The last word in astrology

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Tread carefully when dealing with friends, family or partners. Put time and effort into getting your chores out of the way and living up to any promises you made. You may feel like making a personal or physical change, but be wary of a sales pitch that promises the impossible.

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Do your best EUGENIA LAST to achieve your goals. Show how competitive you can be. Attract attention and make new friends who are just as enthusiastic as you are. Socializing with progressive people will lead to long-term alliances. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Keep a low profile and work diligently toward your own goal. Avoid telling others how to do things or you will end up with an enemy, not an ally. Concentrate on selfimprovement and doing a good job. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Take part in things you enjoy and you’ll bypass some troubles that can develop with someone at work. A lack of honesty is apparent and can lead to poor choices. Make positive changes at home as well as personal improvements.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Take it upon yourself to delve into unusual pastimes or to research something that will help you build a unique home environment or workspace. Dress to impress by sporting a look that will grab attention. Love is on the rise. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Do what you can to improve your surroundings. Social activities will bring you in touch with someone you find appealing. Get physical and improve your health and overall appearance. An emotional problem will surface if you haven’t been upfront.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Build your resume and add to your skills and knowledge, and it will be easier to deal with the changes occurring at work and within your industry. Stability should be your concern and moderation your safety net.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Keep your communication to a minimum. Go over personal papers, contracts, settlements or any research you require to make a decision. Avoid arguing with someone unwilling to budge. Look for innovative ways to get your way. Incentive and compliments will help.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Strive for perfection. Your ability to see situations from all sides will help you mediate any disagreement or debate that arises. A change in position will help you build a strong portfolio and improve your standard of living.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Use what you know to advance. Express your interests and set up interviews or talks with those in a position to help you reach your goals. Aggressive action will bring results and position you to do well on upcoming projects.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Go over what’s happening in your life. Don’t let your finances get you down when a strict budget and greater control over family or domestic spending will get you back on track. A business partnership must delegate responsibilities before you move forward.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Make your moves with precision. The research you do will make a difference to the way you view what’s going on around you. A partnership will stabilize your position and encourage you to expand your interests. Romance is highlighted.

DAILY PLANNER

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IN THE MOUNTAINS Aiken 76/44

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Today: Sunny much of the time. High 70 to 75. Friday: Partly sunny and beautiful. High 72 to 77.

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LOTTERY NUMBERS PALMETTO CASH 5 WEDNESDAY

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PREP TENNIS

Barons’ Stover, Davis fall in SCISA State Open doubles championship BY DENNIS BRUNSON dennisb@theitem.com The Wilson Hall doubles team of Tradd Stover and Tray Davis almost got themselves out of a hole they had dug for themselves in the boys doubles championship match of the SCISA State Open tennis tournament on Wednesday at Palmetto Tennis Center. Almost, but not quite. Stover and Davis rallied from a 4-1 deficit in the first set, winning three straight games against the Porter-Gaud team of Cross Tolliver and Foster Moe. However, Tolliver and Moe won the next two games to win the first set and rolled to a 6-2 victory in the second set to win the championship on PTC’s Hodgin Court.

“We just didn’t play very well today,” said Stover, who teamed with Davis to win a pair of matches on Tuesday to advance to the championship. “Neither one of us played our best today, and it was causing us to become frustrated, not with each other, but with ourselves.” After falling behind 4-1 in the opening set, Davis held serve and then teamed with Stover to break the serve of Moe in a grand fashion. After losing the first three points, the Barons duo rolled off five straight points to win the DENNIS BRUNSON / THE SUMTER ITEM game. Stover held serve, tying the set at 4-4. Howev- Wilson Hall’s Tradd Stover prepares to serve the ball while his doubles partner, Trey Davis, waits during their championship match in the SCISA er, the hard-hitting Tolliver had two aces in

State Open tournament on Wednesday at Palmetto Tennis Center. PorterSEE BARONS, PAGE B2 Gaud’s Cross Tolliver and Foster Moe defeated Stover and Davis 6-4, 6-2.

PREP SOFTBALL

PRO GOLF

Within its grasp

Tiger-less Masters still full of mystery and wonder BY DOUG FERGUSON The Associated Press

to be getting right back in the rhythm of that too, and that really makes her a dynamite player,” Alexander said. “She’s the first person that’s going to say she appreciates her defense and all they do for her. On the flip side, she appreciates the offense and knows every run that we can score takes a little bit of pressure off of her. Holly is a good pitcher under pressure, and I think that she’s shown that throughout region play.”

AUGUSTA, Ga. — A quick stroll across the manicured landscape of Augusta National afforded a glimpse of why this Masters is so hard to figure out. On the putting green in a quiet moment of practice was 20-year-old Jordan Spieth, one of a record 24 newcomers who has every reason to believe he can win. On the golf course for the final day of practice was Webb Simpson, a forJIMENEZ mer U.S. Open champion and one of 21 players who have captured the last 24 majors. And under the oak tree outside the clubhouse was Miguel Angel Jimenez, the 50-year-old Spaniard trying to make sense of it all. He recalled his first Masters in 1995, when Seve Ballesteros and Jose Maria Olazabal shared secrets to Augusta National, such as keeping the ball in the right spots on the green and “to realize here that the target is not the hole.’’ “The more you play, the more you like, no?’’ Jimenez said as he leaned against his golf bag, looking relaxed as ever behind his aviator sunglasses. But as he considered the rookies — Spieth and Patrick Reed, Harris English and Jimmy Walker — he dismissed the notion that experience was required for a green jacket. “There are 24 guys here for the first time,’’ he said. “But there’s a reason they are here, no?’’

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SEE MASTERS, PAGE B4

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Wilson Hall’s Betsy Cunningham prepares to make a catch at second base during the Lady Barons’ 8-0 victory over Orangeburg Prep on Wednesday at Patriot Park SportsPlex.

Scott tosses 1-hitter as WH beats OP 8-0 to move step closer to region title BY MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER mchristopher@theitem.com The Wilson Hall softball team maintained its perfect record in SCISA Region II-3A and is one victory away from winning the title outright. Holly Scott threw a 1-hit shutout and had three hits and three runs batted in an 8-0 shutout of Orangeburg Prep at Patriot Park SportsPlex on Wednesday that gives the Lady Barons at least a share of the region title. The Lady Barons, who improved to

16-3 overall and 4-0 in league play, saw Scott strike out five while walking two and hitting a batter. “We came out hitting and our defense was there to back me up which was real important,” Scott said. “I think we did a great job of coming out and playing inning by inning.” Wilson Hall head coach Teresa Alexander had high praise for Scott. “I think Holly’s been phenomenal in the circle all season, but has been frustrated with her batting, so I would say in the last couple of games she seems

YOUTH SOCCER SUMTER ITEM FILE PHOTO

Haley Roone McCaffrey and the Sumter VooDoo Dolls will be playing in the U12 Girls Academy 7-team division of the Publix Palmetto Academy tournament at Patriot Park SportsPlex on Saturday and Sunday. There will be 164 boys and girls teams competing in the Publix tournament as well as the Kohl’s American Cup.

Publix, Kohl’s tourneys return to Patriot Park BY MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER mchristopher@theitem.com The Publix Palmetto Academy & Kohl’s American Cup return to Patriot Park SportsPlex Saturday and Sunday, playing host to 164 boys and girls youth soccer team. The two separate tournaments will be played on 21 fields in age groups ranging from under-8 through under-12. The Publix Palmetto Academy tournament features academy or higher skill level soccer teams while the Kohl’s American Cup features recreational teams. The tournaments begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday and will finish late Sunday afternoon. All teams are guaranteed to play

at least three games. “This has become a big partnership between the county (of Sumter) and the Sumter Soccer Club to be able to host an event of this size,” Sumter Soccer Club president Eddie Dukes said. “Though we as the local soccer club worked to be able to host this tournament, it takes the club and the Sumter County Recreation & Parks staff to pull

it all together.” This is the fourth year Sumter has hosted the event since 2010. The club will host next year’s event as well. There will be four Sumter teams, all competing as academy teams, playing. The Sumter VooDoo Dolls 01, the lone girls team, will play in the U12 Girls Academy 7-team division. The VooDoo Dolls won the U11 Girls Academy Blue bracket last year, going unbeaten. They didn’t allow a goal until the championship game and are the odds-on favorite to win again this year with 11 returning players. “It’s going to be competitive,

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LOCAL SPORTS

THURSDAY, APRIL 10, 2014

THE SUMTER ITEM

AREA ROUNDUP

Crestwood baseball picks up 1st win The Knights baseball team picked up its first victory of the season on Wednesday at the Knights field, , snapping a 12-game losing streak thanks to a Collin Kremer 3-hit complete-game effort. Offensively for the Knights, Christian Buford was 2-for-2 with a run scored and a run batted in. Ryan Miller contributed two hits. Chris Tention was 1-for-2 with two RBI. Kremer, Brendan Miller and Jesse Lucas each scored runs in the victory. On Tuesday the Knights fell 15-1 to Marlboro County at home. Trequan Joe had a double, stole base and scored the lone run for the Knights. Cole Benenhaley also contributed a hit. The Knights, now 1-13 overall and 0-7 in Region VI-3A, will travel to Lamar today for a 6 p.m. contest. SUMTER 5 CONWAY 3

CONWAY — Chris Crawford pitched six shutout innings of relief to lift Sumter High School to a 5-3, 8-inning victory over Conway on Wednesday at the Conway field. Crawford allowed two hits and one walk while striking out two to get the victory for the Gamecocks, who improved to 12-2-1 overall and 6-2 in Region VI-4A. Ian McCaffrey went 2-for-4 and drove in a run to lead the SHS offense. Javon Martin had a hit and a RBI and Jacob Watcher had a hit and a sacrifice. The teams play the final game of the 3-game series today in Sumter beginning at 6:30 p.m. CLARENDON HALL 6 ANDREW JACKSON 4

EARHARDT — Clarendon Hall scored six runs in its last three at-bats to overcome a 4-0 deficit and beat Andrew Jackson Academy 6-4 on Tuesday at the AJA field. Wes Keller pitched four scoreless innings in relief to get the win. Dustin Way picked up the save. The Saints, who improved to 5-8 overall and 2-3 in SCISA Region I-1A, were led at the plate by Gary Ellenbark. He was 2-for-3 with two runs batted in and two runs scored. Raj Patel was also 2-for-3 with

an RBI. On Friday in Mt. Pleasant, CH beat Coastal Christian 17-9. Tilton Mcrae went 4-for6 with two doubles, three runs scored and three RBI. Way was 2-for-4 with two RBI and two runs and Trey Thomas was 3-for-4.

JUNIOR VARSITY BASEBALL WILSON HALL 12 ORANGEBURG PREP 0

ORANGEBURG — Dawson Price and Charlton Commander combined to pitch a no-hitter in Wilson Hall’s 12-0, 5-inning victory over Orangeburg Prep on Wednesday at the OP field. Price pitched four perfect innings, striking out seven. Commander struck out two but walked one batter. John Ballard led the offense, going 4-for-4 with two runs. Drew Talley had two hits, while Commander and Jett Wheeler both scored two runs.

VARSITY GOLF WILSON HALL 149 HAMMOND 165 Wilson Hall won a non-region match by beating Hammond 149-165 at Sunset Country Club on Wednesday. Christian Salzer shot a match low of 33 for the Barons. Coker Lowder shot a 38 while Grier Schwartz and Easton Ward each had a 39. The Barons will host their final SCISA Region II-3A match today at Sunset Country Club. TSA WINS REGION MATCH

HOLLY HILL — Thomas Sumter Academy shot a 1-under par 143 to win the SCISA Region I-2A match on Tuesday at Holly Hill Country Club. Palmetto Christian was next at 160 followed by Calhoun Academy at 161 and Holly Hill at 198. Drake McCormick led TSA, which is 14-3 on the season, with a 33. Tyler Gray shot a 35, James Bracewell a 36 and Walker Brooks a 39. On Tuesday in Bishopville, TSA shot a 160 to beat Robert E. Lee Academy, which shot 196. Brooks led the way with a 37 followed by McCormick

with 40, Bracewell with 41 and Ryan Dixon shot a 42.

GIRLS

SUMTER FALLS IN PLAYOFF

VARSITY SOCCER

EASLEY — Sumter High School lost to Wren in a playoff in the Hurricane Invitational at Southern Oaks Golf Club on Tuesday. Both teams shot a 312 in the tournament, which was shortened to one round due to rain. On the playoff hole, Wren shot 1 under par while the Gamecocks shot 2 over. Charlie Dallery led SHS with a 71, which left him tied for first individually with two other players. He finished second after the individual playoff hole. John Keffer and Austin Baker both shot a 77 while Dixon Flowers shot an 87.

CRESTWOOD 2 MARLBORO COUNTY 1 BENNETTSVILLE — Crestwood High School evened its Region VI-3A record at 2-2 with a 2-1, double-overtime victory over Marlboro County on Tuesday at the Marlboro field. The game was tied 1-1 at the end of regulation. Sabrina Terry scored the regulation goal for the Lady Knights, who are 3-6 overall, on an assist from Dyasha Booker. Alexus Padar scored the winning goal with about four minutes remaining in the second overtime with an assist from Ashley Griffin.

JUNIOR VARSITY GOLF

JUNIOR VARSITY SOFTBALL

SUMTER WINS TRI-MATCH

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Sumter High School shot a 181 to win a tri-match against Lugoff-Elgin and Camden on Tuesday. Bradley Coulter, Andrew Griffin and Dave Rygalski each shot a 45 for the Gamecocks. Michael Spurling shot a 46, Jenkins Dwight a 47 and Brandon Griffin a 50.

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VARSITY SOCCER WILSON HALL 6 THOMAS SUMTER 0 The Barons won their fourth consecutive match and improved to 5-5 on the season with a 6-0 shutout against Thomas Sumter Academy at the Generals Field. J. D. Croft led the Barons with two goals and an assist. Drake Shadwell, Jake Croft, Adam Jennings and Danny Dilts each scored one goal. Jennings and Dalton Miller had a pair of assists. Christian Albertson and Marvin Ballard combined in goal for the shutout. The Barons host Ben Lippen 7 p.m. today at Patriot Park.

ORANGEBURG — Wilson Hall swept Orangeburg Prep in a doubleheader on Wednesday at the Indians field. The Barons won the first game 9-4 and the second 13-1. Offensively Caroline Campbell, Madison Elmore and Liza Lowder each had two hits and RBI. Mary Daniel Stokes, Addy Carraway, Madison Reaves, Kinsley Waynick and Peyton Geddings also contributed hits in Game 1. Madison Sliwonik pitched 4 1/2 innings to pick up the victory. In Game 2, Liza Lowder led the team offensively with four hits including two doubles and two RBI. Madison Elmore had a single and three RBI. Other hits and RBI came from Addy Carrawy, Madison Sliwonik, Kathryn Sistare and Kinsley Waynick. Lowder pitched four innings to pick up the victory. The JV Lady Barons will travel to Manning on Monday to face Laurence Manning Academy. WILSON HALL 17

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Wilson Hall defeated Heathwood Hall 17-1 in three innings on Tuesday at Bobby Richardson Sports Complex at Palmetto Park. Caroline Campbell led the Lady Barons with three hits and four runs batted in. Carly Allred had two hits and two RBI.

BENNETTSVILLE — Crestwood High School defeated Marlboro County 3-2 on Tuesday at the Marlboro field. Jonathan Ray scored a goal and had an assist for the Knights. Tyler Harrington and CJ Becker also scored goals.

GRASP FROM PAGE B1 Hayley Hawkins and Bailey Conner each had doubles. Drake Ives had two RBI while Connor and Hawkins each had an RBI. “I think we’ll do well in the state tournament this year if we keep it up,” said Ives, an eighth-grader. “Holly is excelling on the mound and we’re bonding as a team as well.” The Lady Indians fell to 13-5 overall and 2-3 in region play, which means Monday’s 4 p.m. game against Laurence Manning Academy at Patriot Park could clinch the region title for the Lady Barons. The Lady Swampcats have two losses in league play. Taking things inning by inning has been the Lady Barons’ approach all season and despite their current position, Alexander is still cautious about her team with plenty of softball to be played. “We’re careful not to be overly confident because we know that anybody can beat us,” she explained. “And we know it, at any given time any of these teams can beat each other.” Ali Stephens had the lone hit for the Lady Indians with two outs in the top of the sixth. The Lady Indians’ best offensive threat came in the third with runners on the corners with two outs. Ashlie Brickle reached on an error with one out, advanced to second on a groundout and reached third on a wild pitch. Robin Mims walked with two outs but Holden Terry popped out to second to end the threat. Wilson Hall opened the first with a 3-0 lead thanks to a 1-out RBI double by Hawkins. Scott then added a 2-out, 2-run single. Connor led off the bottom of the fourth with a double and scored on a wild pitch. WH added three runs in the fifth to push the lead 7-0 thanks to a RBI single by Ives, an RBI groundout by Connor and an

BARONS FROM PAGE B1 four straight points to put him and Moe back on top. They then broke Davis’ serve to win the set 6-4. “We just didn’t make enough shots, get enough points when we needed to,” Davis said. Tolliver and Moe had the serve to start the second set and were never broken. Meanwhile, they broke Davis and Stover twice. “We weren’t as good as we were yesterday, and it was a step up in competition as well,” Stover said. Interestingly, the two teams in the championship beat teams from the opposing schools in the semifinals. Davis

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Wilson Hall pitcher Holly Scott throws during the Lady Barons’ 8-0 victory over Orangeburg Prep on Wednesday at Patriot Park SpotsPlex. Scott allowed just one hit in the complete-game effort. RBI single by Scott. Hannah Grace Calvert scored in the sixth on a bases-loaded walk to Connor.

and Stover beat Porter-Gaud’s Malone Vingi and Connor Craige 6-1, 7-6(7-5), while Tolliver and Moe beat Pierce Thompson and Chandler Stone 6-1, 6-0. Thompson and Stone won a pair of matches to reach the semifinals. Wilson Hall also had two players reach the boys singles semifinals in Thomas Brown and Cody King. Both lost to Porter-Gaud players, Brant Fenno beating Brown and Seth Pinosky topping King. Fenno, the Cyclones’ No. 2 player, beat No. 1 Pinosky 7-6(7-3), 6-2 on Wednesday to win the title. In the girls singles, Thomas Sumter Academy’s Becca Jenkins won a pair of matches before losing to Hilton Head Christian’s Meredith Inglis 6-4, 6-0 in the semifinals. Coastal Christian’s Lily

Conant defeated Inglis 6-1, 6-0 in the championship match. In girls doubles, TSA’s Sydney Townsend and Hannah Jenkins reached the semifinals with a pair of victories, including one over the Wilson Hall team of MacKenzie Lecher and Anna Louise Segars. However, they lost to Carolina’s Haven Brown and Jamie Yarborough in the semis. Trinity-Byrnes’ Magan Head and Kris Scharstein defeated Yarborough and Brown 6-3, 6-2 in the championship match. In the mixed doubles championship, the Porter-Gaud team of Ann Martin Skelly and Jack Kammerer defeated Hammond’s Caroline MacGillivary and Ayan Dasgupta 2-6, 7-5, 10-7.

TOURNEYS FROM PAGE B1 but I think we should pretty much have the same results,” head coach Mike McCaffrey said. “I expect (to dominate the tournament). I don’t know if the girls do, but I sense they’re the team to beat. We’re the ones with the target on our backs, and we’re the team that (others) don’t want to face, but want to beat.” The Voo Doo Dolls open the tournament beginning at 11:40 a.m. vs. Liverpool FCA 01 McMahon. They will play again Saturday at 6:20 p.m. vs. CRSA Maroon 01. The youngest Sumter team is the Sumter 04 Aardvarks, who will play in the third division of the U9 boys tournament. The Sumter Aardvarks will face the SCUFC Toros U9 Boys beginning at 12:30 p.m. and the SCUFC Panthers at 5:10 p.m. on Saturday. On Sunday, the Aardvarks will face FSA CAFC U8 YDPR at 12:30 p.m. Despite being a firstyear squad, Aardvarks head coach Patrick Enzor said his team has a lot of tournament experience. It hopes to become the first Sumter team to win the tournament in the U9 age group. “I expect to be playing four games,” Enzor said. “I don’t know anything about these other teams, but if we play to our ability there’s no reason we shouldn’t play four games this weekend. That’s not to take away anything from the other teams, but they don’t have the game experience we have.” The Sumter 03 Destroyers will play in the U10 Boys Academy Blue-EPL division. “I think the biggest difference in the team this year is we’re trying to integrate new players so the leadership and the growth in the young people returning is key,” head coach Jason Bartlett said. “That’s going to be the key to our success, keeping our composure and staying focused on what we’re capable of and playing within ourselves. When we try to chase the game too much and play to other people’s strengths, we’re not going to play as well.” The Destroyers will open the tournament vs. SCUFC 03 Boys Bronze at 10:10 a.m. on Saturday then face SCUFC 03 Boys Silver at 2:50 p.m.. They will then play at 9 a.m. on Sunday versus DSC 03 White. Th Sumter 02 Phantoms will be competing in the U12 Boys Academy Blue-MLS division. The Phantoms will open against CRSA Sky01 at 10:20 a.m. on Saturday and then face CASA U12 Blue at 2:20 p.m. On Sunday, they will face Liverpool FCA 01 HUNT at 10:20 a.m. Phantoms head coach Devin McDonald said the team has overcome a slow start and is beginning to gel. He feels his team is “We’re starting to work together and come together as a team,” he explained. “Everyone kind of wants to be the hero, but they’re starting to see if you play together the game is actually a lot easier. “From the very first day, we started working on defense because if you don’t have a good defense it doesn’t matter how good your offense is,” McDonald said. “We started working from the back and moving our way forward and it’s all starting to come together for us.” Kohl’s will have an area set up called the Kohl’s Fun-zone ,which will include a number of soccerrelated activities.


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8 a.m. -- PGA Golf: Live From The Masters from Augusta, Ga. (GOLF). 10 a.m. -- International Soccer: UEFA Champions League Match -- Atletico Madrid vs. Barcelona (FOX SPORTS 1). 1 p.m. -- Major League Baseball: Oakland at Minnesota or Pittsburgh at Chicago Cubs (MLB NETWORK). 2:15 p.m. -- Major League Baseball: Pittsburgh at Chicago Cubs (WGN). 3 p.m. -- PGA Golf: The Masters First Round from Augusta, Ga. (ESPN). 3 p.m. -- International Soccer: Europa League Match -- Juventus vs. Lyon (FOX SOCCER 1). 5 p.m. -- College Hockey: NCAA Tournament Frozen Four Semifinal Match from Philadelphia -- Union (N.Y.) vs. Boston College (ESPN2). 6:05 p.m. -- Talk Show: Sports Talk (WDXY-FM 105.9, WDXY-AM 1240). 7 p.m. -- NHL Hockey: Washington at Carolina (FOX SPORTSOUTH). 7 p.m. -- Major League Baseball: Boston at New York Yankees (MLB NETWORK). 7 p.m. -- Major League Baseball: New York Mets at Atlanta (SPORTSOUTH, WPUB-FM 102.7). 7:30 p.m. -- College Baseball: Tennessee at Georgia (ESPNU). 7:30 p.m. -- PGA Golf: Live From The Masters from Augusta, Ga. (GOLF). 8 p.m. -- PGA Golf: The Masters First Round from Augusta, Ga. (ESPN). 8 p.m. -- NHL Hockey: St. Louis at Minnesota (NBC SPORTS NETWORK). 8 p.m. -- NBA Basketball: San Antonio at Dallas (TNT). 8:30 p.m. -- College Hockey: NCAA Tournament Frozen Four Semifinal Match from Philadelphia -- North Dakota vs. Minnesota (ESPN2). 9:30 p.m. -- Professional Basketball: NBA Development League Playoffs First-Round Series Game One -- Los Angeles at Santa Cruz (CBS SPORTS NETWORK). 10:30 p.m. -- NBA Basketball: Denver at Golden State (TNT). 11 p.m. -- College Softball: Washington at Stanford (ESPNU). 11 p.m. -- Women’s International Soccer: United States vs. China from San Diego (NBC SPORTS NETWORK). 11:35 p.m. -- PGA Golf: The Masters First-Round Highlights from Augusta, Ga. (WLTX 19). 2 a.m. -- NHL Hockey: Phoenix at Nashville (FOX SPORTSOUTH).

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Varsity Baseball Conway at Sumter, 6:30 p.m. Crestwood at Lamar, 6 p.m. Laurence Manning at Pinewood Prep, 7:30 p.m. Thomas Sumter at Dorchester, 6:30 p.m. Carolina at Robert E. Lee, 6:30 p.m. Junior Varsity Baseball Darlington at Crestwood, 6:30 p.m. Lakewood at Manning, 5:30 p.m. Laurence Manning at Pinewood Prep, 4:30 p.m. Thomas Sumter at Dorchester, 4 p.m. Carolina at Robert E. Lee, 6:30 p.m. Varsity Boys Golf Heathwood Hall at Sumter (at Beech Creek Golf Club), TBA East Clarendon at Hannah-Pamplico (at The Crossings Golf Club), TBA Wilson Hall, Laurence Manning, Florence Christian, Orangeburg Prep in SCISA Region II-3A Match (at Sunset Country Club), 3:30 p.m. Calhoun Academy at Robert E. Lee (at Bishopville Country Club), 3:30 p.m. Junior Varsity Boys Golf Camden Military at Sumter (at Beech Creek Golf Club), 4 p.m. Varsity Boys Soccer Conway at Sumter, 7:30 p.m. Crestwood at Governor’s School for Science and Math, 7:30 p.m. Ben Lippen at Wilson Hall, 6 p.m. Florence Christian at Laurence Manning, 5 p.m. Junior Varsity Boys Soccer Sumter at Camden, 5 p.m. Lakewood at Hartsville, 6:30 p.m. Ben Lippen at Wilson Hall, 4 p.m. Varsity Girls Soccer Conway at Sumter, 6 p.m. Crestwood at Governor’s School for Science and Math, 6 p.m. Varsity Softball East Clarendon at Sumter, 6 p.m. Crestwood at Darlington, 6:30 p.m. Lakewood at Manning, 7:30 p.m. Thomas Sumter at Dorchester, 7 p.m. Carolina at Robert E. Lee, 6 p.m. Junior Varsity Softball East Clarendon at Sumter, 6 p.m. Lakewood at Manning, 5:30 p.m. Thomas Sumter at Dorchester, 5 p.m. Carolina at Robert E. Lee, 4 p.m. Varsity Boys Tennis North Central at Manning, 4 p.m. Varsity Track and Field Crestwood, Marlboro County at Lakewood, 5:30 p.m. Manning at Hartsville, 5 p.m.

MLB STANDINGS By The Associated Press AMERICAN LEAGUE EAST DIVISION Tampa Bay New York Toronto Boston Baltimore CENTRAL DIVISION Detroit Cleveland Kansas City Chicago Minnesota WEST DIVISION Seattle Oakland Texas Houston Los Angeles

W 5 4 4 4 3

L 5 4 4 5 5

Pct .500 .500 .500 .444 .375

GB – – – ½ 1

W 4 5 4 4 3

L 2 4 4 5 5

Pct .667 .556 .500 .444 .375

GB – ½ 1 1½ 2

W 5 5 4 3 3

L 2 3 5 5 5

Pct .714 .625 .444 .375 .375

GB – ½ 2 2½ 2½

TUESDAY’S GAMES

Baltimore 14, N.Y. Yankees 5 Texas 10, Boston 7 Cleveland 8, San Diego 6 Toronto 5, Houston 2 Tampa Bay 1, Kansas City 0 Chicago White Sox 15, Colorado 3 L.A. Dodgers 3, Detroit 2, 10 innings Seattle 5, L.A. Angels 3

WEDNESDAY’S GAMES

Cleveland 2, San Diego 0, 1st game Oakland 7, Minnesota 4, 11 innings Kansas City 7, Tampa Bay 3 Colorado 10, Chicago White Sox 4 San Diego 2, Cleveland 1, 2nd game Boston 4, Texas 2 Baltimore at N.Y. Yankees (late) Houston at Toronto (late) Detroit at L.A. Dodgers (late) L.A. Angels at Seattle (late)

TODAY’S GAMES

Oakland (Straily 0-1) at Minnesota (Pelfrey 0-1), 1:10 p.m. Boston (Buchholz 0-0) at N.Y. Yankees (Pineda 0-1), 7:05 p.m. Houston (Keuchel 0-1) at Toronto (Dickey 1-1), 7:07 p.m. Cleveland (Salazar 0-0) at Chicago White Sox (Danks 0-0), 8:10 p.m.

NATIONAL LEAGUE EAST DIVISION Washington Miami Atlanta New York Philadelphia CENTRAL DIVISION Milwaukee Pittsburgh St. Louis Cincinnati Chicago

W 5 5 4 3 3

L 2 3 3 4 4

Pct .714 .625 .571 .429 .429

GB – ½ 1 2 2

W 5 5 5 3 2

L 2 2 4 6 5

Pct .714 .714 .556 .333 .286

GB – – 1 3 3

W 6 6 5 3 2

L 2 3 5 6 8

Pct .750 .667 .500 .333 .200

GB – ½ 2 3½ 5

TUESDAY’S GAMES

Milwaukee 10, Philadelphia 4 San Francisco 7, Arizona 3 Washington 5, Miami 0 Cleveland 8, San Diego 6 N.Y. Mets 4, Atlanta 0 Pittsburgh 7, Chicago Cubs 6 St. Louis 7, Cincinnati 5 Chicago White Sox 15, Colorado 3 L.A. Dodgers 3, Detroit 2, 10 innings

WEDNESDAY’S GAMES

Cleveland 2, San Diego 0, 1st game Cincinnati 4, St. Louis 0 Colorado 10, Chicago White Sox 4 San Diego 2, Cleveland 1, 2nd game Miami at Washington (late) Milwaukee at Philadelphia (late) N.Y. Mets at Atlanta (late) Pittsburgh at Chicago Cubs (late) Detroit at L.A. Dodgers (late) Arizona at San Francisco (late)

TODAY’S GAMES

Pittsburgh (Cole 1-0) at Chicago Cubs (T.Wood 0-1), 2:20 p.m. Miami (Koehler 1-0) at Washington (Strasburg 0-1), 4:05 p.m. Milwaukee (Estrada 0-0) at Philadelphia (Lee 2-0), 7:05 p.m. N.Y. Mets (Mejia 1-0) at Atlanta (Hale 0-0), 7:10 p.m. Arizona (Delgado 0-1) at San Francisco (Vogelsong 0-0), 10:15 p.m.

NBA STANDINGS By The Associated Press EASTERN CONFERENCE ATLANTIC DIVISION W x-Toronto 45 x-Brooklyn 43 New York 33 Boston 23 Philadelphia 17 SOUTHEAST DIVISION W y-Miami 53 x-Washington 40 x-Charlotte 39 Atlanta 34 Orlando 22 CENTRAL DIVISION W y-Indiana 53 x-Chicago 45 Cleveland 31 Detroit 29 Milwaukee 14

L 32 34 45 54 60

Pct .584 .558 .423 .299 .221

GB – 2 12½ 22 28

L 24 37 38 43 55

Pct .688 .519 .506 .442 .286

GB – 13 14 19 31

L 25 32 47 49 63

Pct .679 .584 .397 .372 .182

GB – 7½ 22 24 38½

WESTERN CONFERENCE SOUTHWEST DIVISION W L y-San Antonio 60 18 x-Houston 52 25 Dallas 48 31 Memphis 45 32 New Orleans 32 45 NORTHWEST DIVISION W L y-Oklahoma City 56 21 x-Portland 50 28 Minnesota 39 38 Denver 33 44 Utah 24 54 PACIFIC DIVISION W L y-L.A. Clippers 55 23 Golden State 48 29 Phoenix 46 31 Sacramento 27 51 L.A. Lakers 25 53 x-clinched playoff spot y-clinched division

Pct .769 .675 .608 .584 .416

GB – 7½ 12½ 14½ 27½

Pct .727 .641 .506 .429 .308

GB – 6½ 17 23 32½

Pct .705 .623 .597 .346 .321

GB – 6½ 8½ 28 30

TUESDAY’S GAMES

Detroit 102, Atlanta 95 Minnesota 110, San Antonio 91 Brooklyn 88, Miami 87 Dallas 95, Utah 83 Oklahoma City 107, Sacramento 92 Houston 145, L.A. Lakers 130

WEDNESDAY’S GAMES

Brooklyn at Orlando, 7 p.m. Charlotte at Washington, 7 p.m. Detroit at Cleveland, 7 p.m. Philadelphia at Toronto, 7 p.m. Boston at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m. Chicago at Minnesota, 8 p.m. Indiana at Milwaukee, 8 p.m. Miami at Memphis, 8 p.m. Phoenix at New Orleans, 8 p.m. Houston at Denver, 9 p.m. Sacramento at Portland, 10 p.m. Oklahoma City at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m.

TODAY’S GAMES

San Antonio at Dallas, 8 p.m. Denver at Golden State, 10:30 p.m.

NHL STANDINGS By The Associated Press

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Santana shines, Braves win 4-3 ATLANTA — Ervin Santana allowed only three hits over eight scoreless innings in his Atlanta debut, Jason Heyward homered and drove in two runs and the Braves held off the New York Mets 4-3 on Wednesday night. The Braves led 4-0, but the Mets rallied in the ninth after Santana was removed. Jordan Walden walked Eric Young Jr. and gave up a one-out single to David Wright. Craig Kimbrel walked Curtis Granderson to load the bases before striking out Lucas Duda. Juan Lagares drove in two runs with a single, and Travis d’Arnaud added a runscoring single before Kimbrel fanned Ruben Tejada for his fourth save. Santana (1-0) was sharp from the start, throwing 28 strikes in his first 29 pitches through three innings. He finished with six strikeouts and no walks and retired the last seven batters. Georgia native Zack Wheeler (0-2) allowed four runs on eight hits in five innings for the Mets. Heyward took a 0-for-22 slump into the game and was hitting only .107, with three hits in 28 at-bats. He doubled his hits total with the homer and two singles in his first three at-bats. REDS 4 CARDINALS 0

ST. LOUIS — Billy Hamilton had three hits and his first two steals, and scored easily after tagging up on a shallow outfield pop fly to support a strong outing from Mike Leake in the Cincinnati Reds’ 4-0 victory over St. Louis. Leake (1-1) allowed four hits and a walk in eight scoreless innings and Devin Mesoraco hit a 2-run home run for the Reds, who avoided a 3-game sweep after dropping their ninth series in their last 10 in St. Louis. INTERLEAGUE INDIANS 2-1 PADRES 0-2 CLEVELAND — Robbie Erlin allowed one run in six innings and Chase Headley’s single in the sixth drove in the go-ahead run, leading San Diego to a 2-1 win over Cleveland and a split of a doubleheader. Cleveland’s pitching dominated a 2-0 victory in the first game. Zach McAllister pitched 7 2/3 scoreless in-

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Atlanta starting pitcher Ervin Santana delivers during the first inning of Wednesday’s 4-3 win over the New York Mets at Turner Field in Atlanta. nings and Jason Kipnis hit a 2-run homer in the sixth. ROCKIES 10 WHITE SOX 4

DENVER — D.J. LeMahieu’s 2-run single broke a tie in a six-run eighth inning, sending Colorado to a 10-4 win over the Chicago White Sox. LeMahieu finished with three hits, including an RBI double in the sixth that tied the game at 4. AMERICAN LEAGUE

the 11th inning, and Oakland bounced back from another blown save by new closer Jim Johnson to beat Minnesota Twins 7-4. Jared Burton (0-1) gave up the 1-out drive by Norris, who went deep on Tuesday night, too. Dan Otero (1-0) got the last eight outs for the victory in relief of Johnson, who has given up seven runs, nine hits and six walks in five appearances with the A’s. RED SOX 4

ROYALS 7

RANGERS 2

RAYS 3 KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Alex Gordon hit a 3-run homer and matched a career high with four RBI, leading Kansas City to a 7-3 rout of Tampa Bay. Nori Aoki, Johnny Giavotella and Billy Butler also drove in runs for the Royals. TWINS 4

BOSTON — David Ortiz hit a three-run homer high over the Pesky Pole in the eighth inning, helping Boston rally for a 4-2 victory over Texas. Andrew Miller (1-0) earned the victory despite allowing the Rangers to score the go-ahead run in the top of the eighth. Koji Uehara pitched the ninth for his second save.

MINNEAPOLIS — Derek Norris hit a 3-run homer in

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ATHLETICS 7

EASTERN CONFERENCE ATLANTIC DIVISION GP W L z-Boston 79 53 18 x-Montreal 79 45 27 x-Tampa Bay 79 43 27 Detroit 79 38 27 Toronto 80 38 34 Ottawa 79 34 31 Florida 80 28 44 Buffalo 79 21 49 METROPOLITAN DIVISION GP W L y-Pittsburgh 79 50 24 x-N.Y. Rangers 80 44 31 x-Philadelphia 79 41 29 Columbus 79 41 31 Washington 79 36 30 New Jersey 79 34 29 Carolina 79 34 34 N.Y. Islanders 79 31 37

OT Pts GF 8 114 254 7 97 212 9 95 232 14 90 215 8 84 229 14 82 230 8 64 190 9 51 152

GA 171 199 211 224 251 262 263 238

OT Pts GF 5 105 240 5 93 216 9 91 225 7 89 223 13 85 226 16 84 191 11 79 197 11 73 216

GA 197 191 222 210 237 201 219 262

WESTERN CONFERENCE CENTRAL DIVISION GP W L OT Pts GF GA x-St. Louis 79 52 20 7 111 246 181 x-Colorado 79 51 21 7 109 243 210 x-Chicago 79 45 19 15 105 259 207 x-Minnesota 80 42 26 12 96 200 197 Dallas 79 39 29 11 89 230 223 Nashville 79 35 32 12 82 200 234 Winnipeg 80 35 35 10 80 220 233 PACIFIC DIVISION GP W L OT Pts GF GA x-Anaheim 79 51 20 8 110 254 202 x-San Jose 79 49 21 9 107 239 192 x-Los Angeles 79 45 28 6 96 197 166 Phoenix 79 36 28 15 87 212 225 Vancouver 79 35 33 11 81 187 213 Calgary 79 34 38 7 75 201 228 Edmonton 80 28 43 9 65 198 265 NOTE: Two points for a win, one point for overtime loss. x-clinched playoff spot y-clinched division z-clinched conference

TUESDAY’S GAMES

Minnesota 4, Boston 3, SO Dallas 3, Nashville 2, SO Detroit 4, Buffalo 2 Ottawa 4, N.Y. Islanders 1 N.Y. Rangers 4, Carolina 1 Columbus 4, Phoenix 3, OT Tampa Bay 3, Toronto 0 Philadelphia 5, Florida 2 Washington 4, St. Louis 1 Colorado 4, Edmonton 1

WEDNESDAY’S GAMES

Montreal at Chicago, 7:30 p.m. Detroit at Pittsburgh, 8 p.m. Columbus at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. Los Angeles at Calgary, 10 p.m. San Jose at Anaheim, 10:30 p.m.

TODAY’S GAMES

Buffalo at N.Y. Rangers, 7 p.m. Washington at Carolina, 7 p.m. N.Y. Islanders at Montreal, 7:30 p.m. New Jersey at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m. Philadelphia at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m. Toronto at Florida, 7:30 p.m. Phoenix at Nashville, 8 p.m. St. Louis at Minnesota, 8 p.m. Boston at Winnipeg, 8 p.m. Los Angeles at Edmonton, 9:30 p.m. Colorado at Vancouver, 10 p.m.

NBA ROUNDUP

Bobcats beat Wizards to climb closer to 6th seed WASHINGTON — Kemba Walker made the only field goal for either team in overtime, and the Charlotte Bobcats won their fifth straight Wednesday night and moved into position for the No. 6 seed in the Eastern Conference with a 94-88 victory over Washington. CAVALIERS 122 PISTONS 100

CLEVELAND — Dion Waiters scored 22 points as the Cleveland Cavaliers, their playoff hopes hanging by a thread, routed the Detroit Pistons 122-100.

Raptors to a 125-114 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers. HAWKS 105 CELTICS 97

ATLANTA — Jeff Teague scored 19 points, Kyle Korver added 17 and the Atlanta Hawks helped their playoff chances with a 105-97 victory over the Boston Celtics. MAGIC 115 NETS 111

76ERS 114

ORLANDO, Fla. — Arron Afflalo scored 25 points, E’Twaun Moore added 17 and the Orlando Magic held off a late rally to beat the Brooklyn Nets 115-111.

TORONTO — Jonas Valanciunas had 26 points and 12 rebounds to lift the Toronto

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Team Penske can look toward Chase after Logano win BY JENNA FRYER The Associated Press As he chased Joey Logano around Texas Motor Speedway, more than a few people wondered if Brad Keselowski was letting off the gas just a little bit to help his teammate to a win. A flurry of late activity cleared Keselowski of any potential wrongdoing. As Logano closed in on the white flag that would have wrapped up the win, a late caution sent the field to pit road. Keselowski was penalized for speeding — he was 0.8 mph over in one of the zones on pit road — and it proved he was doing LOGANO everything in his power to win Monday’s race. “I definitely wasn’t (laying back),’’ Keselowski said. “I was 105 percent, so that’s why got I a speeding penalty. I broke the rule the other way.’’ NASCAR last September demanded drivers give 100 percent at all times in a mandate to prevent them from aiding teammates. The penalty Keselowski had to serve contributed to his 15thplace finish, and Logano went on to win his first race of the season. “We’re in it for wins. We’re not in it for finishing second. Second or 15th is the same to us,’’ Keselowski said. “I sped and ended up 15th. It had to be

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really close. If it would have worked out, I might have been able to win the race from it. It’s just part of racing.’’ Now no one can accuse Team Penske of playing unfairly, and both drivers have a clear conscious as they prepare for the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. Keselowski got his win at Las Vegas in March, and under NASCAR’s new win-and-you’re-in format, Team Penske should be assured of two spots in the 16-driver Chase field. “It’s absolutely huge,’’ Keselowski said. “We haven’t burned any of our

team tests, and now that we’ve got both cars in the Chase, we can just burn through those on the Chase tracks. That’s a pretty healthy advantage.’’ Penske management had been plotting testing strategy prior to Monday’s race, and wondered if the organization needed to go somewhere where Logano runs well in order to give him a strong chance at a victory. Now that he’s got a win, they can test only at tracks that are in the 10-race Chase. “Now that we’re in the Chase we can use these tests a little differently than what we were thinking,’’ Logano said.

NO VIP Chase Elliott became the second youngest winner in Nationwide Series history at Texas Motor Speedway, then had to return home to Georgia to go back to school. There was no special treatment for Elliott, who is wrapping up his senior year of high school at Kings Ridge Christian School in Atlanta. “It was a typical Monday morning,’’ Elliott said. “Nobody likes Mondays, whether you’re in school or having to go to work.’’ Ellliott, who won Friday night in his sixth career start, is roughly four months older than Joey Logano was when he won his first career Nation-

wide race in 2008 at 18 years and 21 days.

ANDRETTI ADDITION Roger Griffiths, who recently left his position as technical director for Honda Performance Development, has joined Andretti Autosport as the new director of motorsport development. Griffiths will work with all areas of Andretti racing competition, including the IndyCar Series, its ladder system, Formula E and Rallycross. “I’m very excited to have Roger join the team,’’ said Andretti. “A man with his knowledge, talent and experience will be a huge addition for not just Andretti Autosport, but also for (Rallycross) and Andretti Formula E.’’

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BY PAUL NEWBERRY The Associated Press AUGUSTA, Ga. — The green jacket is one of the most revered symbols in all of sports, right up there with an Olympic gold medal and the Stanley Cup. Yet, even with the strict sense of decorum that is afforded the prized garment awarded every Masters champion, it occasionally winds up in spots no one would ever expect. Like underneath a garbage bag. Or in Ohio. Yep, an authentic green jacket is on display at a country club in suburban Cleveland — a long, long way from Augusta National. “Believe me, when we’re showing off the club to a prospective member,’’ Michael Kernicki, the head golf professional at Canterbury Golf Club, said by phone Wednesday, “and we take them into the Henry Picard Lounge, they’re like, ‘Did I see that right? You’ve got a green jacket?’” Indeed they do, thanks for the descendants of the 1938 Masters champion. Picard’s family donated it to the club when it was designing a room to honor the Hall of Famer who also served as its longtime pro. Rest assured, the folks at Canterbury recognize what a special item they have. “It’s pretty cool stuff,’’ Kernicki said. Each Masters champion gets to keep his jacket for a year, but Augusta National expects it to be treated with an ample level of respect during its 365 days away from the club. Just ask 2007 winner Zach Johnson, who committed a couple of faux pas during his tenure as champion. First, not realizing until after his victory that he could take the jacket with him, he wasn’t prepared to transport it. “I have no garment bag,’’ Johnson recalled. “I’m going to New York at 6 a.m., so I covered it up with a trash bag. I didn’t want to say, `Hey, look at the green jacket, me, Mr. Cocky Man.’” Uh, not good. Then, during media appearances in Times Square, Johnson slipped on the green jacket while wearing a pair of jeans. Apparently, that didn’t go over well back in Augusta, either.

MASTERS FROM PAGE B1 Nowhere to be found, of course, was Tiger Woods. Out of golf until the summer because of back surgery, out of the Masters for the first time in his career, the show goes on. “Well, we miss Tiger, as does the entire golf world,’’ Masters chairman Billy Payne said. “He is always a threat to make a run and do well and win here at Augusta National. ... Nevertheless, this is the Masters. This is what we hope is the best tournament in the world, one of the greatest sporting events. And I think we will have a very impressive audience and have another great champion to crown this year.’’ The course closed for practice Wednesday afternoon, and a stream of fans made their way over to the Par 3 Tournament, where occasional cheers broke the silence. It was a precursor of what was sure to follow over the next four days at a major that rarely fails to deliver drama. Even without Woods. “It’s probably the most anticipated week of the year,’’ Rory McIlroy said. “It’s been eight months since we’ve had a major. It’s Augusta. ... There’s a lot of guys that seem like once they drive up Magnolia Lane here, something lights up inside them.’’ That could be Phil Mickelson, who last year won the British Open at age 42 and

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Zach Johnson, left, receives the green jacket after winning the 2007 Masters at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga. The green jacket is one of the most revered symbols in all of sports, right up there with an Olympic gold medal and the Stanley Cup. “That’s a no-no on the bag, a no-no on the jeans,’’ Johnson said, noting that when Trevor Immelman won the Masters the following year, he received “this nice, embroidered garment bag’’ — and, no doubt, a not-so-gentle nudge from the powers-that-be to wear the jacket with a proper pair of trousers. The green jacket accompanied Immelman during appearances in China and Japan, where he was amazed by the excitement it generated. In hindsight, he wishes he had taken it to more places, shown it to more people. “It’s a cherished part of our sport, like an Olympic gold medal or the Stanley Cup or the World Cup in soccer,’’ the South African said. “Not many people get to see it.’’ But, in keeping with the stuffy traditions of Augusta, the green jacket does not take part in the sort of giddy revelry we’ve come to expect from Lord Stanley’s chalice or even the claret jug, the historic trophy that goes to the winner of the British Open. Both those awards have turned up at some pretty wild parties, even at the bottom of a swimming pool.

MASTERS TEE TIMES Today-Friday 7:45 a.m.-10:52 a.m. -- Stewart Cink, Tim Clark 7:56 a.m.-11:03 a.m. -- Ian Woosnam, John Huh, Kevin Stadler 8:07 a.m.-11:14 a.m. -- Ben Crenshaw, Y.E. Yang, Jonas Blixt 8:18 a.m.-11:25 a.m. -- Mark O’Meara, Steven Bowditch, a-Jordan Niebrugge 8:29 a.m.-11:36 a.m. -- John Senden, Boo Weekley, David Lynn 8:40 a.m.-11:47 a.m. -- Craig Stadler, Scott Stallings, Martin Kaymer 8:51 a.m.-12:09 p.m. -- Tom Watson, Billy Horschel, Brendon de Jonge 9:02 a.m.-12:20 p.m. -- Mike Weir, Matt Every, Robert Castro 9:13 a.m.-12:31 p.m. -- Angel Cabrera, Gary Woodland, Ian Poulter 9:24 a.m.-12:42 p.m. -- Fred Couples, Webb Simpson, a-Chang-woo Lee 9:35 a.m.-12:53 p.m. -- Graeme McDowell, Rickie Fowler, Jimmy Walker 9:57 a.m.-1:04 p.m. -- Zach Johnson, K.J. Choi, Steve Stricker 10:08 a.m.-1:15 p.m. -- Miguel Angel Jimenez, Bill Haas, Matteo Manassero 10:19 a.m.-1:26 p.m. -- Hideki Matsuyama, Brandt Snedeker, Jamie Donaldson 10:30 a.m.-1:37 p.m. -- Charl Schwartzel, Jim Furyk, Thorbjorn Olesen 10:41 a.m.-1:48 p.m. -- Adam Scott, Jason Dufner, a-Matthew Fitzpatrick 10:52 a.m.-1:59 p.m. -- Jordan Spieth, Patrick Reed,

now has a chance to join Woods and Arnold Palmer with a fourth green jacket. It could be Adam Scott, trying to join Woods, Nick Faldo and Jack Nicklaus as the only back-to-back winners. Considering how this year has gone, it could be anybody. Jason Day, Sergio Garcia and former Masters champion Zach Johnson are the only players from the top 10 who have won anywhere in the world. Only one of the last seven winners on the PGA Tour was ranked in the top 75.

Rory McIlroy 11:03 a.m.-7:45 a.m. -- Kevin Streelman, D.A. Points 11:14 a.m.-7:56 a.m. -- Larry Mize, Branden Grace, a-Michael McCoy 11:25 a.m.-8:07 a.m. -- Sandy Lyle, Matt Jones, Ken Duke 11:36 a.m.-8:18 a.m. -- Jose Maria Olazabal, Lucas Glover, a-Garrick Porteous 11:47 a.m.-8:29 a.m. -- Nick Watney, Stephen Gallacher, Darren Clarke 12:09 p.m.-8:40 a.m. -- Vijay Singh, Thomas Bjorn, Ryan Moore 12:20 p.m.-8:51 a.m. -- Matt Kuchar, Louis Oosthuizen, Thongchai Jaidee 12:31 p.m.-9:02 a.m. -- Trevor Immelman, Graham DeLaet, a-Oliver Goss 12:42 p.m.-9:13 a.m. -- Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, Derek Ernst, Sang-Moon Bae 12:53 p.m.-9:24 a.m. -- Bernhard Langer, Francesco Molinari, Chris Kirk 1:04 p.m.-9:35 a.m. -- Jason Day, Dustin Johnson, Henrik Stenson 1:15 p.m.-9:57 a.m. -- Bubba Watson, Luke Donald, Sergio Garcia 1:26 p.m.-10:08 a.m. -- Joost Luiten, Marc Leishman, Hunter Mahan 1:37 p.m.-10:19 a.m. -- Keegan Bradley, Victor Dubuisson, Peter Hanson 1:48 p.m.-10:30 a.m. -- Phil Mickelson, Ernie Els, Justin Rose 1:59 p.m.-10:41 a.m. -- Harris English, Lee Westwood, Russell Henley

“I think if you’re outside the top 50 in the world this week, you’ve got a great chance,’’ U.S. Open champion Justin Rose said with a laugh. Rose, however, falls on the side of experience — knowing where to miss, knowing where you can’t afford to miss, where the hole locations tend to be on the contoured greens and using the slope to get the ball close. “Always you can have the unknowns,’’ he said. “But I would say 15 guys are pretty strong favorites.’’


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KEITH C. OSBORNE Sr. TIFTON, Ga. — Keith Christopher Osborne Sr., 72, died Monday, April 7, 2014, at his residence. Born June 9, 1941, in New Zion, he was a son of the late Herbert and Eva Evans Osborne. He was a plant superintendent with Georgia Pacific and a member of Mount Zion Baptist OSBORNE Church in Axon. He is survived by his loving companion, Lynn Smith Osborne of Tifton; three sons, Todd S. Osborne of Sarasota, Fla., Keith C. “Buddy” Osborne Jr. of Sumter and Stephen Causey of McRae, Ga.; two daughters, Chris Osborne Feutral of Grovetown, Ga., and Stephanie Causey of Douglas, Ga.; a brother, Clyde Osborne of Manning; a sister, Faye Osborne of Manning; 12 grandchildren, Skyler Osborne, K.C. Osborne, Dillon Osborne, Emily Osborne, Laura Osborne, Jake Causey, Hartley Causey, Lee Barnes, Holly Walden, Randi Harrell, Shelby Friend and Lily Causey; and 12 great-grandchildren, Lane Osborne, Kylee Osborne, Gracen Walden, Kate Walden, Miles Barnes, Wyatt Barnes, Sierra Feutral, Gage Feutral, River Feutral, Dylan Harward, Chase Harward and Chloe Harrell. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Barney Osborne and Flynn Osborne. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at New Zion United Methodist Church Cemetery with Todd S. Osborne officiating. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Stephens Funeral Home and other times at the home of his sister, Faye Osborne, 119 Lawrence St., Manning. Stephens Funeral Home & Crematory, 304 N. Church St., Manning, is in charge of arrangements, (803) 435-2179. www.stephensfuneralhome.org

CRYSTAL SINGLETON Crystal Elaine Myers Gousby Singleton was born on May 22, 1987, to Dwayne Gousby and Nichelle N. Smith. She departed this life on April 5, 2014, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center. She was educated in the public schools of Sumter County and was a 2005 graduate of Lakewood High SINGLETON School. She gave her life to Christ at an early age at St. Matthew Missionary Baptist Church.

She leaves to cherish precious memories: her husband, Ryan K. Singleton; her son, Ke’mauri Singleton; her mother and stepfather, Nichelle N. and Ulysses Smith; her father, Dwayne Gousby; mother-in-law, Doreatha Singleton; father-inlaw, Eugene Fullard; sisters, Deanna Myers (James Woods), Jacquetta Myers and Breanna Mickens; sisters-inlaw, Monique Singleton (Falenceio Scott) and Tasha June, both of Sumter, Cherise Gousby of Lynn, Mass., and Kirstina Gousby, Christina Martins and Trinity Martins, all of Lancaster, N.H.; brothers, Devonne Myers and Raheem Myers, both of Sumter, and Dwayne Gousby Jr., Kyle Martins and Eligh Gousby, all of Lynn; brothers-in-law, Eugene Singleton and Kenneth Singleton, both of Sumter; two special cousins who were raised like a brother and sister, Lee Amos (Quinn) Wilson and Kerry L. (Famaya) Myers; one aunt, Deborah Wilson of Sumter; six uncles, Purdy L. (Helen) Myers, Prentice Myers, Christopher (Michelle) Myers, Morris Myers, Sean Myers and Andre Thames, all of Boston, Mass.; a host of foster sisters and brothers; foster mother, Annie Mae Wells; and a special cousin, Marva McDaniel. Public viewing will be held from 2 to 7 p.m. today at Job’s Mortuary. The body will be placed in the church at 2 p.m. Friday for viewing until the hour of service. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Friday at Salem Chapel and Heritage Center, 101 S. Salem Ave., Sumter, with Dr. Ralph W. Canty Sr. officiating. Interment will follow at Walker Cemetery. The family is receiving friends at 407 Loring Drive, Sumter. Job’s Mortuary Inc., 312 S. Main St., Sumter, is in charge of arrangements. Online memorials may be sent to the family at jobsmortuary@sc.rr.com or visit us on the web at www.jobsmortuary. net.

RONNIE M. JUNE Jr. Ronnie Markice June Jr. died April 7, 2014, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center. He was born Feb. 18, 2014, a son of Ronnie Markice June Sr. and Erica Bell. Survivors are his parents, Erica Sharice Bell and Ronnie Markice June Sr.; one sister, MiKiyha Chatman; two brothers, MiKel Chatman and Lsaiha June of Sumter; maternal grandparents; paternal grand-

parents; maternal great-grandparents; maternal great-greatgrandmother; three aunts; and four uncles. JUNE Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at Congruity Presbyterian Church, 3750 Congruity Road, Gable, with Dr. Gloria Willliams officiating. The family is receiving friends at the residence, 3-B Somerset Drive, Sumter. These services have been entrusted to Samuels Funeral Home LLC of Manning.

JAMES D. CLAWSON Sr. DALZELL — James Daniel Clawson Sr., 71, of Dalzell, passed away Sunday, April 6, 2014, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center. Born May 9, 1942, in Newark, N.J., he was a son of the late Russell and Virginia (Smith) Stevens. He served in the U.S. Air Force for 26 years and retired from Shaw Air Force Base in December of 1986. Following his retirement from the military, James worked for Fowler Hospitality in Sumter, Camden and Columbia. In addition to his parents, James was preceded in death by his wife of 38 years, Sara Roberta (Layton) Clawson. He is survived by one daughter, Alicia K. Clawson; two sons, James D. Clawson Jr. (Staci) and Thomas M. Clawson (Nicole); sisters, Jeanne Degatano, Jackie Ibero, Michelle York, Mary Borello, Cecilia Scaler and Cathy Joslin; brothers, Russell, Robert, Mark and Patrick Stevens; eight grandchildren, Sara Katherine Scoggins, Caroline Elizabeth Scoggins, Ian Michael Clawson, Andrew Phoenix Clawson, Eleanora Sage Clawson, Daniel Layton Clawson, Samuel Kieran Clawson and Kathryn Lee Clawson; as well as many nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in the chapel of Thompson Funeral Home at Greenlawn Memorial Park, 845 Leesburg Road, Columbia, SC 29209. Inurnment will immediately follow in Fort Jackson National Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. prior to the service at the funeral home. Those desiring are invited to send memorial contributions to the National Kidney Foundation, 508 Hampton St., Columbia, SC 29201. Friends and relatives are in-

THURSDAY, APRIL 10, 2014 vited to view this obituary at www.thompsonsfuneral.com.

JESSIE MAE MITCHELL Jessie Mae Mitchell, 82, died Monday, April 7, 2014, at High Point Regional Hospital in High Point, N.C. Born Dec. 25, 1931, in Cumberland, N.C., she was a daughter of the late Malachi and Susan Johnson Hampton and stepdaughter of the late Lou Hampton. The family will receive friends at the home of her son and daughter-in-law, Allen and Gwendolyn Mitchell, 6552 Silver Road, Manning. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time and will be announced by Summerton Funeral Home LLC.

KNOWLEDGE S. SCIENTIFIC Knowledge Supreme Scientific, aka Michael Antiono McCray, departed this life on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center. Born April 11, 1968, in Sumter, he was a son of the late Robert Lee Coleman and Katie McBride McCray. The family will receive friends at the home, 265 Sandy Run, Sumter, SC 29153. Funeral plans are incomplete and will be announced later by Job’s Mortuary Inc. of Sumter.

Rosa Lee Harvin Hill, 92, widow of Robert “Bum” Hill Sr., departed this life on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center. She was born Dec. 22, 1921, in Sumter County, a daughter of the late Henry Arthur and Ida Singleton Harvin. The family will receive friends at the home, 4645 Bum Hill Lane, Sumter, SC 29154. Funeral plans are incomplete and will be announced later by Job’s Mortuary Inc. of Sumter.

BETTY WELCH Betty Brown Newman Welch, 85, wife of Daniel Welch, died Tuesday, April 8, 2014, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center. Born in Sumter, she was a daughter of the late Robert Meyer Brown and Ruth McLeod Brown. Mrs. Welch was previously married to the late Clyde Frederick Newman. Surviving are her husband, Daniel Welch of Sumter; one son, William Karl Newman of Sumter; two daughters, Meta Elizabeth

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Newman Quetti of Sumter and Nancy Newman Buenting of Charleston; one sister, Jeanette Newman of Sumter; four stepsons, Larry Welch of Sumter, Tommy Welch of Manning, Terry Welch of Texas and Calvin Welch of Bishopville; one stepdaughter, Teresa Elmore of Bishopville; nine grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; 10 step-grandchildren; and eight step-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, Clyde F. Newman Jr.; a stepdaughter; seven brothers; and five sisters. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Concord Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Jim Braswell and the Rev. Patrick Belkin officiating. Burial will be in the Concord Presbyterian Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Elmore Hill McCreight Funeral Home. Online condolences may be sent to www.sumterfunerals. com. Elmore Hill McCreight Funeral Home & Crematory, 221 Broad St., Sumter, is in charge of the arrangements, (803) 775-9386.

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SEATTLE — Los Angeles Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton will be sidelined for six-toeight weeks because of a torn ligament in his left thumb that needs surgery. The 2010 AL MVP was injured during Tuesday night’s game against Seattle during a headfirst slide into first base in the seventh inning. Los Angeles said an MRI Wednesday revealed a complete tear of the thumb’s ulnar collateral ligament, and Dr. Steven Shin will operate at KerlanJobe Orthopedics in Los Angeles. The date of the surgery has not been scheduled.

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MAE JONES Mae Ola Anderson Jones, 81, widow of Jimmy Jones, died Tuesday, April 8, 2014, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center. Born Feb. 1, 1933, in Fuquay-Varina, N.C., she was a daughter of Lester and Leola W. Anderson. The family will receive friends and relatives at the home of her son, 1245 Ronda St., Sumter. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Williams Funeral Home Inc. of Sumter.

HALLIE WHEELER Hallie Wheeler, 81, died Wednesday, April 9, 2014, at his home in Sumter. Born April 24, 1932, in Lee County, he was a son of Louise Wheeler. The family will receive friends and relatives at the home, 3266 Darlington Highway, Sumter. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Williams Funeral Home Inc. of Sumter.


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BORN LOSER

BLONDIE

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MOTHER GOOSE

DOG EAT DOUG

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Man is patient as woman struggles with intimacy DEAR ABBY — I’m a 27-year-old woman who has never had a boyfriend or been kissed. I was never Dear Abby interested in romance or ABIGAIL having a sigVAN BUREN nificant other. I felt strong being independent and taking care of myself. Now that I have a degree, a career and a house, I feel ready to try to let a man into my life. I met a really nice guy a month ago. “Brian” and I have gone out several times and have a lot in common. He’s a gentleman, and he says he’s willing to wait for

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me. I have been having a difficult time letting myself be physical with him. Even hugging is uncomfortable for me. I know it’s because I have been a shy loner my whole life and I’m unaccustomed to being close to people. Even though Brian says he’ll be patient, I can sense his frustration. Physical closeness should come easily if you like and are attracted to someone. I feel abnormal. I don’t know if I’ll be this way forever or get more comfortable the more I know him. I’m afraid Brian -- and most men -- won’t be willing to wait that long. I’m afraid if I don’t move faster I’ll lose a great guy and never get another chance. What do you think?

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Blocked in Boise DEAR BLOCKED — Being intimate with someone because you’re afraid you’ll lose him or it will be your last chance is the wrong reason. I think that the sooner you talk with a licensed therapist about your lifelong shyness and discomfort, the quicker you can understand the reasons for it and overcome it. Your doctor should be able to refer you to someone. If Brian is the right man for you, he will stand by you. But if he doesn’t, you’ll be able to more easily relate to someone else. Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Write Dear Abby at www.DearAbby. com or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069.

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THAT SCRAMBLED WORD GAME By David L. Hoyt and Jeff Knurek

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

ACROSS 1 “Find your own road” automaker 5 Bitter disagreement 11 26-Across download 14 Minuscule lake plant 15 Wee hr. 16 Dude 17 RASPBERRY 20 Vampire’s bane 21 T-man, e.g. 22 Courageous 23 Hermey of TV’s “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” e.g. 25 Take out 26 BLACKBERRY 32 Newtonian elements? 33 Is ready for business 34 Big runners 35 Bustle 36 Natural resource 37 Educational org. 38 ChloŽ fragrance maker 40 Good-sized chamber ensemble 42 Baseball family name 43 HUCKLEBERRY 46 Goal line play 47 Kitchen tool

48 Like wasted milk in Westminster 49 Its HQ is named for George Bush 52 Schisms and chasms 56 STRAWBERRY 59 __ kwon do 60 Sherlock Holmes’ instrument 61 Small case 62 Wantedposter letters 63 Use 64 Percolate DOWN 1 Fresh answers, say 2 Oodles 3 Lago contents 4 Ones showing varying amounts of interest? 5 Facility about 350 miles NW of LAX 6 Beau Brummel, for one 7 Brusque 8 Steamed 9 Word with cry or out 10 Future citizen, perhaps 11 Not particularly challenging 12 “Law & Order” fig-

ure 13 County fair mount 18 Mark of rejection 19 Like James Bond 24 Ubiquitous insurance spokeswoman 25 To whom reporters report: Abbr. 26 Dracula feature 27 Brainstorming cry 28 Historical segment 29 Simmons competitor 30 Show contempt 31 Son of Isaac 32 Fundamental of science 39 Harvest out-

put 40 Spider-Man nemesis Doc __ 41 Select 42 Occasionally 44 From around here 45 Podiatrist’s concern 48 Mlle., in Monterrey 49 Recipe verb 50 Cruise destination 51 Related 53 You’ve got it coming 54 “No argument here” 55 Ignore 57 Pack quantity 58 Senator Sanders of Vt., on ballots


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