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Sunday alcohol sales measure receives 1st reading approval BY BRISTOW MARCHANT (803) 774-1272




The glass isn’t on the bar yet, but it might be under the tap. Sumter took the first step toward allowing the sale of alcoholic drinks on Sundays after city council took action Tuesday. Council voted 5-1 to put the question on the ballot for November’s election, allowing voters to decide

whether to allow drinks to be served on the day of rest inside the city limits. All members present voted in favor of the referendum, except councilman Calvin Hastie, who voted against. Councilman Bob Galiano was absent. The measure must pass a second reading expected at council’s next meeting May 6. The measure is supported by the Greater Sumter Chamber of Commerce, which asked city council for

a referendum to let voters decide whether alcohol can be served on Sundays. Mayor Joe McElveen said the vote isn’t an endorsement of Sunday sales but is instead a necessary legal step to let the public vote. “I want to stress that all we’re doing is giving our constituents a chance to decide. We can’t spend one dime of taxpayer money either



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Deputy Solicitor John Meadors, right, looks on as witness Tajuana Davis points to a map on Tuesday at the Sumter County Judicial Center while explaining events that preceded the shooting death of Mario Scott.


Jurors heard several points of view concerning the events that preceded and followed the shooting death of Mario Carrbarus Scott as several witnesses took the stand at Sumter County Judicial Center on Tuesday. In total, Deputy Solicitor John Meadors called five female witnesses to testify, each of whom were present at a party at which Scott was last seen before he was shot to death at a nearby intersection following an argument with Shonta Larissa Helton, 31, who faces a charge of accessory before the fact of murder for Scott’s death. The alleged gunman is Helton’s boyfriend at the time, 33-yearold Gary R. Dargan, represented by attorney Tim Murphy. The first of those witnesses

called to the stand, Tajuana Davis, said she and several friends gathered at the home of Betty Welch on Dec. 8, 2012, for a girls’ night to celebrate Welch’s new job. According to Davis, everything was going well until there was a discussion concerning what does and doesn’t designate a “lady,” at which point Helton reportedly became irate. As tensions rose, Davis said the argument was moved outside, where Scott and Helton got into an argument themselves. The group attempted to calm the two down, but the witness said Helton refused to lay off, pushing Scott. The two were then separated. Helton continued to make comments at Scott, however, who then ran over and struck the top of Helton’s head, aiming to jar her wig, according to Davis. “(Helton) then got really upset,” Davis said. “(Welch) then told Mario (Scott) that he needed to

leave. And he left.” According to Davis, Helton then reportedly got on her cellphone and called her boyfriend, Dargan, and said, “Gary, this (expletive) put his hands on me. Come over here and kill this (expletive). I’m at Betty’s house.” Several other witnesses also testified that Helton indeed called someone, allegedly Dargan, and asked that person to kill Scott. “(Helton) flipped out,” Welch said. “She started cussing. ... She jumps on the phone and called Gary.” The defense objected, citing speculation, but when asked if she was sure, Welch said, “She said Gary. “(Helton) said, ‘You need to come get this (expletive),’” Welch recalled. “’He just put his (expletive) hands on me.’” Including Welch, three witnesses


Tuomey ‘cuddlers’ soothe infants, help them get stronger Cuddlers are volunteers that come on a regular basis to cuddle and read to babies in the Intermediate Care Nursery at Tuomey Regional Medical Center. They typically come once a week and spend an average of one to four hours with the babies. Tuomey currently has four cuddlers.

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Many Sundays, you’ll find Pam Eaker volunteering with babies in the Tuomey Regional Medical Center nursery. “I love it,” she said. “It’s so fun. We’re called ‘cuddlers’ and basically we feed them, love on them, burp them, hold them and rock them.” She has been with the EAKER program about 16 years and is one of the longest-serving ones, according to Barbara Kenawy, registered nurse and clinical nursery manager.

Started in the early 1990s, the cuddler program has included men and women ranging in age from 18 to 80. Volunteers go through a class or are placed one on one with a nurse to learn about the equipment they will be working around, feeding cues, signs of when the baby needs to go back to bed and more. “The benefits for the babies are endless,” Kenawy said. “We are a Level II Nursery. This means we deliver anyone 32 weeks’ gestation and up. Our babies can be in the Intermediate Care Nursery or Continuing Care Nursery for a few days, weeks or months. ... As many of these babies






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Board discusses superintendent evaluation options BY RAYTEVIA EVANS (803) 774-1214 The Sumter School District Board of Trustees remain undecided on how to evaluate Superintendent Frank Baker. During Monday’s regular board meeting, the board members moved to discuss further the options of what evaluation instrument to use in the evaluation process in an upcoming board of trustees workshop. Baker briefly discussed three options for the evaluation instrument during a regular meeting in March during which the board members were also provided a sample for one of the methods. As part of his contract, it is the superintendent’s responsibility to

submit recommended evaluation formats to the board. The three instruments Baker presented to the board were the checklist, goals evaluation and legal team evaluation. Baker made it clear during the meeting in March and in Monday’s meeting that he is comfortable with any of the evaluation instruments. After the meeting in early March, the board members familiarized themselves with each evaluation process. Karen Michalik made it clear to the board she is comfortable with either the goals-based evaluation or the checklist process. “In my opinion, the use of an attorney is an unnecessary expense,” Michalik explained on Monday.

Previously, chairman Keith Schultz said the board would have to figure out how it’s going to evaluate Baker and come up with a decision in about 30 to 60 days from the initial meeting in March. Schultz said on Monday the board is still on schedule for Baker’s evaluation. In the past, the annual superintendent’s evaluation was conducted during the fall semester. However, the board has the right to conduct an interim evaluation during the winter semester, according to Baker’s contract. The board will have its next workshop in two weeks when it will continue discussing the evaluation instrument options before making a decision in the next regular board meeting at the end of the month.

EVALUATION INSTRUMENT OPTIONS • The checklist option is divided into seven categories for which the board would have to rate the superintendent’s overall performance including his responsibilities, communication with the community and his relationship with board members. • With the goals-based evaluation process, the board would determine if established goals have been reached. • For the legal team option, the school district legal team would come up with the questions for the evaluation and speak with each board member.


Education agency pulls out of testing program

Former airman still serves others as life coach

COLUMBIA — South Carolina Education Superintendent Mick Zais has withdrawn the state from testing for new standards next year. Zais wrote to the chairman of the South Carolina Board of Education on Monday saying Zais has learned he has the authority to withdraw South Carolina from a consortium that would test Common Core standards. Zais said he decided to pull out of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium so South Carolina can consider alternatives to the tests. “I am not wed to any particular test,” wrote Zais. “I want to have a high-quality assessment that meets the specific needs of South Carolina at a competitive price.” The Common Core standards and the tests to measure their effectiveness have been criticized as an attempt to nationalize education.

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Feud lands grandpa in hospital, grandson in jail


Lefford Fate, left, sits down with Ryan Wilson. Fate recently became certified as a life coach and started his own practice, It’s Your Fate LifeCoaching, at 125 Broad St. “Therapy deals with what’s broken, while life coaching is working toward somebody’s strengths,” he said.

As a chief master sergeant in the United States Air Force, Lefford Fate spent many of his 30 years in the service developing leaders and helping his soldiers grow. During this time, soldiers have come to him for advice on different issues such as their marital status, education choices, struggling to pass physical tests and deciding whether they should stay in the military. “I always found myself in a coaching, mentoring, teaching, leading mode, and I enjoy helping people,” Fate said. “I really enjoy adding value to people’s lives.” Even after leaving the Air Force to work with senior citizens and run the Senior Life Improvement Center, he had many people coming to him for advice. It was during a Ph.D. program through Capella University that an instructor asked Fate if he had ever considered entering the life-coaching practice. Fate eventually decided to do his research and entered the life-coaching business, becoming certified through the Life Coach Institute of Orange County. During this time, he was introduced to the John Maxwell program, a life-coaching training pro-

gram that teaches participants how to approach and help somebody reach his or her dreams and goals. “I am a big fan of John Maxwell,” Fate said. “I read lots of his leadership books while I was in the military to help me grow and develop and to help other people grow and develop.” After finishing the program recently, Fate became a fully certified life coach, mentor and speaker with his own life-coaching business, It’s Your Fate Life-Coaching, at 125 Broad St. To this day, he still sees plenty of airmen that come to him for advice and expects to see many other military personnel further down the road. “A hundred thousand military members, in the next 18 to 24 months, will be out of the military because of budget cuts and sequestration,” Fate said. “What I’m trying to do is to help transport them from the military sector to the civilian sector.” Since then, Sumter residents have come to him for advice on issues related to education, finance, romance and other problems. While he said he isn’t an expert in most of these fields, he clarified that life-coaching doesn’t tell the clients what they should do but pushes them to make their own decisions. “A life coach doesn’t tell them any-

thing,” Fate said. “It’s not like a high school coach. It’s walking up to somebody and asking them ‘what can we do to get there?’ What we are pulling out of (is) what that person wants and desires.” This is a factor that differentiates life coaching from therapy, according to Fate. “Therapy deals with what’s broken, while life coaching is working toward somebody’s strengths,” he said. Fate didn’t count himself out as a person with goals and dreams, as he has plenty of ideas and goals to improve quality of life in Sumter. One idea he shared was a program that gathers 300 Sumter residents to meet and discuss ways to make Sumter a better place. “Everybody has within them what they really want and what they need to do. They just need to dream big,” Fate said. “Most of our lives, we are told what we can’t do versus what we can do. So, I like to coach and help people get to where they want to be, (to reach) their ultimate desires and their ultimate goals.” Fate likened the practice of life coaching to the way a GPS navigates a car while on the road: The life coach is the GPS, the client is the car, and the road is the client’s life. To learn more about Fate’s practice, visit

The Sumter County Sheriff’s Office thought it might have had a homicide on its hands Tuesday morning when a man called 911 and reportedly said, “I think I killed my grandfather.” A bystander at the scene, who said he was a relative of the occupants of the mobile home in the 3000 block of Beulah Cuttino Road, reported there was an argument and a “fistfight” between the 24-yearold grandson and his 84-yearold grandfather. Lt. Robert Burnish of the sheriff’s office said when officers arrived at the scene, “There was no death. Apparently he assaulted his grandfather.” Benjamin Isaac Caughman, 24, was transported to Sumter County Detention Center and charged with second-degree assault. There was no further information available on the condition of the grandfather at press time.

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A mother duck and her ducklings cross near the finish line of the Recovery Road Race at Swan Lake-Iris Gardens on Saturday morning.

Festival celebrates Midlands flora, fauna BY JIM HILLEY (803) 774-1211 Registration is open for the seventh-annual Santee Birding and Nature Festival, set for April 25-27. The festival celebrates the natural beauty of South Carolina by providing wildlife watching and natural history opportunities and features a variety of wildlife-oriented field trips and workshops throughout the Midlands. From the black-


Color 5K will benefit Fire Ants softball The Sumter 360 Color 5K to benefit the Fire Ants softball program will be held at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 3, at the University of South Carolina Sumter. The event allows participants to get “showered” with color along the route. The color is simply cornstarch and washes easily out of clothes, skin and hair. The race is not timed and is meant to be fun for the whole family. It begins and ends at USC Sumter in the Nettles Building Parking lot. Racers will be covered with color at the end of the race for an allout color party. Race prices are $40 for an individual and $35 for a team of four or more. Participants can sign up at www.sumter360. com. Packet pickup for those who have registered will be Friday, May 2, at the USC Sumter Nettles Gymnasium. Registration will also be available the day of the race. Participants will receive a race T-shirt, a packet of color, a tattoo, goodies from sponsors and light refreshments after the race.

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water swamps and Carolina Bays of the Midlands to the inlets and estuaries of the coast, participants can explore and experience a variety of habitats. The festival is sponsored by a variety of nonprofit groups, community groups and state and federal agencies, as well as individual sponsors. Richard Porcher will be featured speaker at 6 p.m. Friday, April 25, at the Keynote Dinner at Santee Cultural Arts Center, 176

Brooks Blvd., in Santee. Porcher is professor emeritus of biology at The Citadel and adjunct full professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Clemson University. Porcher founded The Citadel Herbarium, published “Wildflowers of the Carolina Lowcountry and Lower Pee Dee” and is senior author of “Wildflowers of South Carolina.” Winners of the second-annual Santee Refuge Birding and Nature Photography Contest will be announced

in conjunction with festival activities. Winners will be announced in the following categories: landscape, wildlife, flowers and plants and Santee National Wildlife Refuge. Cash prizes will be awarded to winning photographers. Registration for festival closes at noon Wednesday, April 23. For more information, call Jennifer Koches at (843) 7274707, extension 214, or visit www.santeebirdingfestival. com.

The Sumter County Cultural Commission announces a call for First Quarter Grant Applications for Sumter County artists, arts organizations and arts programming. These grant funds are for activities and projects that start during the months of July, August and September. Funded projects must be completed by June 30, 2015. Grant applications can be picked up at the business office of Patriot Hall Performing Arts Center. Interested artists and organizations can also request a grant application by email. Send requests to cbryan@ An application (PDF) will be sent by return email. Deadline for submitting applications is 4 p.m. May 16. Hand deliver or mail completed grant applications to: Patriot Hall Performing Arts Center, Attention: Carmela Bryan, 135 Haynsworth St., Sumter, SC 29150. There are no application fees. The Sumter County Cultural Commission with matching funds from the South Carolina Arts Commission is offering a small grant program to support artists and arts programming in Sumter County. The 2013-14 Sumter County grant program will provide up to $18,000 in matching (1:1) grant funds to support professional and/or amateur artists, arts organizations and other organizations engaged in arts programming in Sumter County. Priority will be given to organizations and individual artists and all grant applications are competitive and judged on their artistic and/or cultural merit. Grant awards will range from $150 to $1,000. The grants funds are distributed as a reimbursement upon receipt of a completed final report and necessary receipts. Organizations and individuals can submit grant applicants for each of the four quarters and can receive up to a total of $2,000 during each annual grant period. Contact Executive Director Carmela Bryan at (803) 4362261 or






First women move into Army platoon artillery jobs BY LOLITA C. BALDOR The Associated Press FORT BRAGG — Under a canopy of trees on the edge of a large field, soldiers from Bravo Battery are lying in a circle as they pore over targeting charts. Nearby, others are preparing the howitzer cannons as helicopters swoop overhead. At the edge of the circle, the platoon leader watches as the field artillerymen go through their training exercise. No one seems to notice the small knot of hair at the base of the lieutenant’s helmet, or that 1st Lt. Kelly Requa is the only woman on the field at Campbell’s Crossroads on the sprawling grounds of Fort Bragg. By January 2016, the U.S. military must open all combat jobs to women or explain why any must remain closed. The Army in November officially began assigning female officers to lead the cannon platoons and plans to open other jobs, including those of crew members within the field artillery units. The integration comes as the military struggles with an increase in reports of sexual harassment and assault and as Congress battles with the Pentagon about how those cases are prosecuted. Some of those concerns were reflected in how senior commanders are preparing the men as women arrive — and what the men say concerns them, from whether women can keep up to whether the men’s salty language will be too offensive. At the base near Fayetteville, Requa is one of at least eight female lieutenants who were brought into the 3rd Battalion of the 321st Field Artillery Regiment beginning late last year to lead the field artillery units. For now, she’s the only woman in her platoon. Later this spring, women will begin serving as crew members — soldiers who actually position the 4,000-pound cannons, zero in on targets and fire the rounds. For the women, the integration means more pressure and scrutiny. For the men, it means more training in sexual-assault awareness and prevention and more lectures on respect, team building and moral character. “From a leadership perspective, the biggest concern that we discussed was possible misconduct,” said Lt. Col. Christopher Valeriano, the 3rd Battalion’s commander. “Introducing females into an all-male unit, at least for the initial piece of it, could lead to a spike in misconduct.” Commanders, he said, were worried about sexual harassment and assault incidents as well as inappropriate consensual relationships as they moved women into the small artillery units. He said platoon members on deployment can be on duty for 24 hours straight, crowded together in the cab of a rocket launcher the size of a large truck cab. So far, he hasn’t seen any problems. It’s been “pretty impressive to see the women coming in and running circles around the men,” he said. “Most of my female lieutenants outrun my male lieutenants. On overall strength, the males are stronger. But the females — endurance-wise and running — really made these guys take their game up a notch.” Valeriano and other commanders met with the platoons before the women arrived to talk about team building and good moral character and let the men air any concerns. “We had to sit them down as a pre-emptive strike to make sure they were prepared for this,” Valeriano said. “They knew it was coming. It was just new to the overall artillery community. Some hadn’t had women in their units ... so at the tactical level where these guys are operating and conducting fire missions, they don’t see women normally. Now they’re being led by a bunch of women.” Col. Trevor Bredenkamp, commander of the 82nd Airborne Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team, said he had lunch to discuss the situation


1st Lt. Kelly Requa speaks with Spc. Michael Cantrell of Bravo Battery, 321st Field Artillery, at a fires direction center during certification at Fort Bragg, N.C., on Feb. 18. Requa is one of a small number of female lieutenants brought in to lead a cannon platoon at the North Carolina base. with his battalion commanders and talked to other officers across the 4,400-member brigade. He met with all the unit’s female soldiers to make sure they heard directly from him that he will not tolerate sexual harassment. And he said he routinely gets together with new soldiers in the brigade to talk about the importance of being a team and treating others with dignity and respect. “When I jump out of an airplane in the middle of the night and I land next to somebody else, I’ve got to trust them,” he said. “It doesn’t matter what gender they are.” While men largely said they were unconcerned about the integration of women into their unit, commanders said some initially weren’t too thrilled. So Army leaders are watching to see whether Requa and the other women can fit in, keep up and lead. Capt. Fred Janoe is in charge of Bravo Battery, roughly 100 people including two platoons — Requa’s and one other — and some support personnel. Before Requa joined the unit, there was a lot of talk about “is she going to be able to keep up? She doesn’t know anything

about cannons. But when she got there, she was very impressive. So none of that was really talked about anymore,” Janoe said. Men also worried about job standards being lowered to allow women to qualify. They wondered about favoritism and whether the men would automatically help the women, who might be smaller. And they fretted about swearing in front of the women. “For us it’s been a pretty OK transition. A lot of combat soldiers use a lot of foul language, especially with young soldiers. And that’s changed, for now,” Sgt. Antuan Campbell said with a laugh. “I wouldn’t say ‘don’t swear,’ just ‘watch what you say.’” Commanders also said younger soldiers, particularly those who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan, are more accustomed to working with women. The greater adjustment may be among older enlisted and noncommissioned officers who have long served in men-only artillery, infantry and armor units. Requa, who just returned from Afghanistan, says there haven’t been any problems so far.

“They’re bigger than me,” she said of the men. “My main goal is just keeping up — meeting the standards. So, in PT (physical training), I keep up with the guys no problem. It seems to work out.” She started out working with bigger rocket launcher systems, where jobs had already opened for women, but was

eager to move to the cannon platoon. “When people think of artillery, the first thing they think of is the cannons,” said Requa of Edmonds, Wash. “The crews have to work seamlessly together. There’s a lot of moving — move location, shoot, move location, shoot. It’s fast-paced, and you get to shoot and blow things up.”






Moment of silence marks 1 year since bombings Unattended backpacks detonated as precaution BOSTON (AP) — Survivors, first responders and relatives of those killed in the Boston Marathon bombing marked the anniversary Tuesday with tributes that combined sorrow over the loss of innocent victims with pride over the city’s resilience in the face of a terror attack. “This day will always be hard, but this place will always be strong,” former Mayor Thomas Menino told an invitation-only audience of about 2,500 people at the Hynes Convention Center, not far from the finish line where three people died and more than 260 others were injured a year ago. Vice President Joe Biden, who attended the ceremony, said the courage shown by survivors and those who lost loved ones is an inspiration for other Americans dealing with loss and tragedy. “You have become the face of America’s resolve,” he said. Biden also praised the 36,000 runners who plan to run the marathon next week, saying they will send a message to terrorists. “America will never, ever, ever stand down,” he said, to loud applause. He added, “We own the finish line.” In the evening, after the tributes were over and most people had left, police evacuated the area around the finish line to investigate two unattended backpacks and took a man into custody. They said the bomb squad detonated the backpacks as a precaution, but there was no immediate word on what as in them. In Washington, President Obama


The Richard family along with Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick participate in a wreath-laying ceremony to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings Tuesday in Boston. Martin Richard was killed in the bombing. About 2,500 people gathered near the marathon finish line where three people died and more than 260 were hurt. observed the anniversary of last year’s deadly marathon attack with a private moment of silence at the White House. “Today, we recognize the incredible courage and leadership of so many Bostonians in the wake of unspeakable tragedy,” Obama said in a statement. “And we offer our deep-

est gratitude to the courageous firefighters, police officers, medical professionals, runners and spectators who, in an instant, displayed the spirit Boston was built on — perseverance, freedom and love.” Obama said this year’s race, on April 21, will “show the world the meaning of Boston Strong as a city

chooses to run again.” Authorities say two ethnic Chechen brothers who lived in the former Soviet republic of Kyrgyzstan and the Dagestan region of Russia planned and orchestrated the attack with two bombs in backpacks near the marathon finish line on April 15, 2013.




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FROM PAGE A1 supporting or opposing it,” McElveen said. “There are good economic reasons to be for it, and there are religious and other reasons to be against it.” Chamber officials frame it as an economic issue; state law allows local governments to permit Sunday alcohol sales and overturning the state’s Sunday “blue laws,” if voters approve the measure. Several of Sumter’s neighbors, including all 19 of South Carolina’s largest municipalities except Sumter, already allow alcohol sales on Sunday. Supporters of Sunday alcohol sales in the Gamecock City argue that it draws business away from local restaurants when customers can travel a little longer to get a drink. At the council meeting two weeks ago, several members of the Chamber board spoke about potential businesses that are deterred from locating in Sumter because of the revenue they expect to lose from not being able to offer drinks every day of the week. The referendum is expected to be controversial, however, and Tuesday’s vote did draw opposition. “My constituents, at least the ones I’ve talked to, are firmly against it,” Hastie said. Councilwoman Ione Dwyer asked if council could add language limit-

TRIAL FROM PAGE A1 said Helton went back into Welch’s house and grabbed a kitchen knife as Scott began to leave the property. According to Tamar Lawson, who was present at the party, Helton was quite intoxicated when she grabbed the knife and stumbled going down the steps of the home. Davis and the other witnesses said Scott then began walking down Green Swamp Road toward Guignard Drive with Helton following closely behind, the knife in one hand and her phone in the other. Several of the women then said the group decided to go out and headed to Club Miami for more drinks. Shortly after midnight, Kenyarda Bolden, who was among the group at the club, said she received a phone call in which Dargan allegedly told them Scott had


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Ord. 2486: An ordinance to accept a donation to the city of the Optimist Gym on April 1: Approved unanimously Pine Street and $10,000 from the Sumter Optimist Club. An Ordinance calling a referendum to determine whether bars and restaurants can serve alcohol on Sunday


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April 15: Approved 51 (Hastie voted against)



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April 15: Approved unanimously

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ing what hours establishments could serve alcohol. “If we say they could not serve until 1 p.m., because by then the churches will be out,” she said. But McElveen said state law specified the terms of the referendum, which would allow the Department of Revenue “temporary” 24-hour permits for Sunday sales. City Manager Deron McCormick said state law currently limits alcohol sales to between 10 a.m. and 2 a.m. Council approved the ordinance unamended, but McElveen said council could pass a separate ordinance regulating hours. Ferdinand Burns, head of the Sumter NAACP, said he would also oppose a referendum, noting that while alcohol will be available on Sundays, the city doesn’t open the HOPE centers for young people to use for positive purposes on Saturdays. “Let’s not open the floodgates,” Burns said. “If you want to do some-

thing on the Sabbath, do something positive for the community. ... Do something for the many, and not something for the few to benefit financially.” The proposal voted on by city council is tailored to limit where drinks can be had on Sundays. It would only permit on-premise consumption, meaning alcohol served and consumed in bars and restaurants. Supermarkets and convenience stores would still be required to close their beer aisles on Sundays, as drinkers won’t be able to take alcoholic beverages home with them. “The Chamber had requested all forms” of sale, McElveen said, “but council felt they did not want to allow more than on-premises sales.” If the idea is ultimately approved by the voters, it will only apply to bars and restaurants inside Sumter city limits. Businesses in the unincorporated portions of Sumter County will still be restricted by the “blue laws.”

been “shot up” and that they needed to check on him. Welch said she felt certain Scott had made it home already and was dismissive of the phone call and its alleged message. A little while later, Helton reportedly showed up at Club Miami, and according to Davis and Welch, she appeared as if nothing had happened. “She come up like nothing had happened. She was like, ‘What’s up, (expletive)?’” Welch said. The group continued its stay at the nightclub. When it was time to leave, Davis and Welch said they saw Dargan and Helton sitting together as they exited the building but didn’t exchange any words. Davis and Welch then reportedly left together, and when they neared Welch’s home, they saw blue lights near Green Swamp Road. Welch said she didn’t want any more trouble that night, so she

asked Davis to keep driving. The two ended up at Davis’ house before Welch was taken to another friend’s house. The next morning, the women all woke up to phone calls and Facebook posts about Scott’s death. Danielle Govan, one of the witnesses, said she had three missed phone calls that morning, two from Helton and one from Dargan, but did not expand on what those calls were about or if any messages were left by the two defendants. Both Murphy and Helton’s attorney, Shaun Kent, made note of the consumption of alcohol by the witnesses during their cross examination and had several of the women specify times at which certain incidences occurred. Each of the witnesses said there was no known tension between Dargan and Scott before the events of Dec. 8, 2012. The trial continues at 9:30 a.m. today.

are here for extended periods of time, it makes it difficult for their parents to be here for all feedings. The cuddlers help with those stable babies who are being fed by bottle. They rock them, read to them, give them their undivided loving attention. Studies have shown that this kind of interaction helps the babies gain weight, get well and go home sooner.” The average length of a normal, healthy pregnancy is 40 weeks. Each individual has his or her own reason for volunteering. “Some come to see what the hospital environment is like, deciding on their life plans,” Kenawy said. “Others are retired with time on their hands and do not want to sit at home.” Eaker began volunteering when her husband, Bill Eaker, worked weekends. “I always wanted to be a hospital volunteer, (and) I always wanted to volunteer in the nursery,” she said. “I asked if they had Sundays available, and they said ‘yes.’ It was lucky circumstances.” When she isn’t feeding babies, she helps restock the linen cabinets. “Some Sundays there is one baby, and sometimes there are 10,” Eaker said. “You can’t predict. I come every Sunday I’m available and do any little thing to help. There’s a real satisfaction in doing something important to help others.” Cuddler volunteers also have the opportunity to help with hearing screenings and interact with the parents of the babies, Kenawy said. Eaker has grown close to the nursery staff. “I just love these nurses,” she said. “I have so much respect for what they do every single day.” Kenawy said this is a common reaction. “Over time they become a part of our nursery family, treating us — the nurses — like their children and grandchildren, sharing life stories and bringing us goodies to eat,” she said. “They are an invaluable asset to our team.” Once she retires, Eaker said she hopes to volunteer more than once a week. She has served as a teacher assistant at St. Anne Catholic School for 26 years. Until retirement, she’d like to see more people take advantage of the opportunity. “They can always use more help,” Eaker said. “It’s rewarding (and) a fun way to give back to the community. I feel like the lucky one so many times.”






People with old Social Security debts get reprieve BY STEPHEN OHLEMACHER The Associated Press WASHINGTON — People with old Social Security debts are getting a reprieve — for now. The Social Security Administration had been participating in a program in which thousands of people were having their tax refunds seized to recoup overpayments that happened more than a decade ago. On Monday, acting Social Security Commissioner Carolyn W. Colvin said she was suspending the program while the agency conducts a review. Social Security recipients and members of Congress complained that people were being forced to repay overpayments that were sometimes paid to their parents or guardians when they were children. The Social Security Administration said it has identified about 400,000 people with

old debts. They owe a total of $714 million. So far, the agency said it has collected $55 million, mainly by having the Treasury Department seize tax refunds. Colvin said she was suspending the program “pending a thorough review of our responsibility and discretion under the current law to refer debt to the Treasury Department.” “If any Social Security or Supplemental Security Income beneficiary believes they have been incorrectly assessed with an overpayment under this program, I encourage them to request an explanation or seek options to resolve the overpayment,” Colvin said. The program was authorized by a 2008 change in the law that allows Social Security and other federal agencies, through the Treasury, to seize federal payments to recoup debts that are more than 10 years old. Previously, there was a 10-year limit on using the program.

Highway fund nearly broke; jobs, projects in jeopardy BY JOAN LOWY The Associated Press DAYTON, Ohio — On the road in a tour bus this week, the U.S. transportation secretary is spreading some bad news: The government’s Highway Trust Fund is nearly broke. If allowed to run dry, that could set back or shut down projects across the country, force widespread layoffs of construction workers and delay needed repairs and improvements. Anthony Foxx kicked off an eight-state bus trip in Ohio to whip up public support for congressional approval of legislation to keep federal transportation aid flowing to states for another four years and possibly longer. But Congress will have to act fast. The trust fund — the source of much of the aid — is forecast to essentially run dry sometime before the end of the federal fiscal year Sept. 30 and possibly as early as late August. If that happens, the government will have to slow down or even halt payments to states, which rely on federal aid for most major highway projects. Uncertainty about whether there will be enough money in the coming months is already causing officials in states such as Arkansas, California and Colorado to consider delaying planned projects. Foxx’s warnings this week echo ones by President Obama, who cautioned in February that unless Congress finished a bill by summer’s end, then “we could see construction projects stop in their tracks.” But there is little interest among politicians in an election year to consider raising gasoline taxes. Many transportation insiders, including Foxx’s predecessor, Ray LaHood, predict

Congress will wind up doing what it has done repeatedly during the past five years — dip into the general treasury for enough money to keep programs going for a few weeks or a few months, at which point the exercise will have to be repeated all over again. But keeping highway and transit aid constantly teetering on the edge of insolvency discourages state and local officials from moving ahead with bigger and more important projects that take many years to build. In 2012, Congress finally pieced together a series of one-time tax changes and spending cuts to programs unrelated to transportation in order to keep the trust fund solvent for about two years. Now, the money is nearly gone. “Tell Congress we can’t slap a Band-Aid on our transportation system any longer,” Foxx urged state and local officials at a stop Monday to view one of Ohio’s biggest construction projects. Other states on the tour are Kentucky, Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Foxx is promoting Obama’s four-year, $302 billion plan to shore up the trust fund with savings from proposed changes to corporate tax laws. The White House has said as much as $150 billion could come from its proposal to close corporate loopholes, such as ones that encourage U.S. companies to invest overseas. “I feel it’s clearly a crisis,” Foxx said in an interview, “but we have a responsibility to put a proposal out there that casts a longer-term vision, that helps Congress and the country quite frankly think past our noses, and that’s what we’re doing.”

Acting Social Security Commissioner Carolyn W. Colvin talks about Social Security and Medicare in Washington on May 31 during a news conference. Colvin said Monday that the Social Security Administration is suspending a program in which thousands of people were having their tax refunds seized to recoup overpayments that happened more than a decade ago. AP FILE PHOTO

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Equality in discipline G

eorge Leef, director of research for the North Carolina-based John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy, authored a Forbes op-ed article titled “Obama Administration Takes Groupthink To Absurd Lengths.” The subtitle is “School Discipline Rates Must Be ‘Proportionate.’” (http://tinyurl. com/mxnlg9h). Let’s examine some of the absurdity of the Obama administration’s take on student discipline. Last January, the departments of justice and education published a “guidance” letter describing how schools can meet their obligations under federal law to administer student discipline without discriminating on the basis of race, color or national origin. Its underlying threat is that if federal bureaucrats learn of racial disproportionality in the punishments meted out for misbehavior, they will descend upon a school’s administrators. If schools cannot justify differentials in rates of punishment by race or ethnic group, they will face the loss of federal funds and be forced to undertake costly diversity training. The nation’s educators can avoid sanctions by adopting a racial quota system for student discipline. So as Roger Clegg, president and general counsel of the Center for Equal OpporWalter tunity, predicts, “school offiWilliams cials will either start disciplining students who shouldn’t be, or, more likely, will not discipline some students who ought to be.” I can imagine school administrators reasoning this way: “Blacks are 20 percent of our student body, and 20 percent of suspensions this year have been of black students. In order to discipline another black student while maintaining our suspension quota, we will have to suspend some white students, whether they’re guilty or not.” Some administrators might see some injustice in that approach and simply ignore the misbehavior of black students. Leef cites Manhattan Institute’s Heather Mac Donald, who wrote in City Journal ( that “the Departments of Education and Justice have launched a campaign against disproportionate minority discipline rates, which show up in virtually every school district with significant numbers of black and Hispanic students. The possibility that students’ behavior, not educators’ racism, drives those rates lies outside the Obama administration’s conceptual universe.” She quoted Aaron Benner, a black teacher in a St. Paul, Minn., school who abhors the idea that school officials should go easy on black students who act up because (as a “facilitator” said) that’s what black culture is. “They’re trying to pull one over on us. Black folks are drinking the Kool-Aid; this ‘let-them-clown’ philosophy could have been devised by the KKK.” Benner is right. I can’t think of a more racist argument than one that holds that disruptive, rude behavior and foul language are a part of black culture. If Barack Obama’s Department of Justice thinks that disproportionality in school punishments is probative of racial discrimination, what about our criminal justice system, in which a disproportionate number of blacks are imprisoned, on parole or probation, and executed? According to the NAACP’s criminal justice fact sheet, blacks now constitute nearly 1 million of the total 2.3 million people who are incarcerated. Blacks are incarcerated at nearly six times the rate of whites. The NAACP goes on to report that if blacks and Hispanics were incarcerated at the same rate as whites, today’s prison and jail populations would decline by approximately 50 percent ( So what to do? For example, blacks are 13 percent of the population but over 50 percent of homicide victims and about 46 percent of convicted murderers. Seeing as the Obama administration is concerned about punishment disproportionality, should black convicts be released so that only 13 percent of incarcerated murderers are black? Or should the Department of Justice order the conviction of whites, whether they’re guilty or not, so that the number of people convicted of murder by race is equal to their number in the general population? You say, “Williams, that not only is a stupid suggestion but violates all concepts of justice!” You’re absolutely right, but isn’t it just as stupid and unjust for the Obama administration to seek punishment equality in schools? Walter E. Williams is a professor of economics at George Mason University. © 2014

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Put down your ‘swords’ and take action instead I have been watching the swordplay of pens, and I am appealing to all emailers/letter writers of bitter pros and cons to put down your swords and prefer to take action. You each have a talent that can encourage our young adults and create benefits for the entire community, and we hate to see it go to waste. Can you use your gift and join our Boys & Girls Club Council so that each kid will learn to contribute of themselves also? If you are a clever volunteer, idea person, fundraiser, have organizational skills or website expertise, please put your good heart to work and join us. We need to build a strong team and hope you will contact us this week. Take that passion for comment and stand with us. All existing clubs will need a focus for the good as well. Do help us. Do call Jean Ford or Ben Bailey at The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club at (803) 775-5006. MARY ELLEN FULLER Alcolu

Community must address problem of domestic violence It is with great sadness and also embarrassment that we read about South Carolina being No. 1 in domestic violence. More women are killed by men in this state than any other state in the

nation. We have been in the top 10 for a decade — we double the national average for this statistic. We must begin to address this “hidden problem” for the sake of our families. This is an outgrowth of our culture — our silence and indifference indicates our approval. The Forum, an organization of women, has pledged to focus on making a difference, in our community and our state, to change this trend that causes pain and sorrow in so many families. Many people think of domestic violence as a problem for women, but it is not just women that are abused. Sometimes men and almost always children are also caught up in either the physical harm or the emotional trauma that comes from violence in the home. We have formed a task force called Families Against Domestic Violence. We want to work toward helping provide meaningful resources and teaching our children how to have healthy relationships. We plan to work through educational avenues to break the cycle of abuse for our future generations. We also want to educate adults on resources that are available to help those in an abusive relationship. We want to promote awareness for the general population and encourage a commitment that we will no longer tolerate this kind of behavior from our family, our friends

and our neighbors. We ask everyone to help us in finding real solutions that will improve the safety and lives of women, men, and children that live in our beautiful state. COLLEEN YATES BEVERLY GAGNE Sumter

Smaller ‘wheels’ have right to be on the highway, too On behalf of all the people who ride motorcycles, mopeds, bicycles or any “wheels” smaller than cars or trucks, this is a request for the latter (cars and trucks) to have a greater respect for the above-mentioned small vehicle-riders. Please don’t ride too closely to them. I’ve watched motorcycles, mopeds and bicycles have to swerve, almost causing danger to themselves, when larger vehicles ran right toward them. These smaller “wheels” have rights to be on the highway. Plus, they are our brothers and sisters and fellow travelers. Please watch out for them as they travel small roads as well as multi-lane highways with us. Leave them room to glide around and to stop at stoplights without fear that someone will hit them from behind. For the safety of all, just practice patience and God-like driving. MARY MEADOWS Sumter

WHO REPRESENTS YOU SUMTER COUNTY COUNCIL DISTRICT 1 Naomi Sanders 5605 Borden Road Rembert, SC 29128 (803) 499-3947 (home) DISTRICT 2 Artie Baker 3680 Bakersfield Lane Dalzell, SC 29040 803-469-3638 (home) DISTRICT 3 Jimmy R. Byrd Jr. 1084 Broad St. Sumter, SC 29150 (803) 778-0796 (office) (803) 775-2726 (Fax) DISTRICT 4 Charles T. Edens 760 Henderson St. Sumter, SC 29150 (803) 775-0044 (home) DISTRICT 5 Vivian Fleming-McGhaney 9770 Lynches River Road Lynchburg, SC 29080 (803) 437-2797 (home) (803) 495-3247 (office) DISTRICT 6 Larry Blanding Chairman P.O. Box 1446 Sumter, SC 29151 (803) 775-8518 (home) DISTRICT 7 Eugene Baten Vice chairman P.O. Box 3193 Sumter, SC 29151 (803) 773-0815 (home)



MAYOR Joseph T. McElveen Jr. 20 Buford St. Sumter, SC 29150 803-773-0382 WARD 1 Thomas J. Lowery 829 Legare St. Sumter, SC 29150 (803) 773-9298 WARD 2 Ione Dwyer P.O. Box 1492 Sumter, SC 29151 (803) 481-4284 WARD 3 Calvin K. Hastie Sr. 810 S. Main St. Sumter, SC 29150 (803) 774-7776 WARD 4 Charlie Burns 422 W. Calhoun St. Sumter, SC 29150 (803) 773-8859 WARD 5 Robert Galiano 608 Antlers Drive Sumter, SC 29150 (803) 469-0005 WARD 6 David Merchant 26 Paisley Park Sumter, SC 29150 (803) 773-1086

Rep. Grady Brown, D-Bishopville District 50 420 S. Main St. Bishopville, SC 29010 (803) 484-6832 Columbia: (803) 734-2934

Rep. J. David Weeks, D-Sumter District 51 2 Marlborough Court Sumter, SC 29154 (803) 775-5856 Columbia: (803) 734-3102

Rep. Joe Neal, D-Hopkins District 70 P.O. Box 5 Hopkins, SC 29061 (803) 776-0353 Fax: (803) 734-9142 Columbia: (803) 734-2804

Sen. Gerald Malloy, D-Darlington District 29 1216 Salem Road Hartsville, SC 29550 (843) 339-3000 Columbia: (803) 212-6148

Rep. Dr. Robert L. Ridgeway III, D-Clarendon District 64 117 N. Brooks St. Manning, SC 29102 (803) 938-3087 Columbia: (803) 212-6929 Rep. Ronnie A. Sabb, D-Greeleyville District 101 P.O. Box 311, Greeleyville, 29056 (843) 355-5349 Columbia: (803) 212-6926 Rep. Murrell Smith Jr., R-Sumter District 67 P.O. Box 580 Sumter, SC 29151 (803) 778-2471 Fax: (803) 778-1643 Columbia: (803) 734-3042


Sen. Kevin L. Johnson, D-Manning District 36 P.O. Box 156, Manning, 29102 (803) 435-8117 Columbia: (803) 212-6108 Sen. J. Thomas McElveen III, D-Sumter District 35 P. O. Box 57, Sumter, 29151 (803) 775-1263 Columbia: (803) 212-6132

Rep. Mick Mulvaney — 5th District 1207 Longworth HOB Washington, D.C. 20515 (202) 225-5501 531-A Oxford Drive Sumter, SC 29150 (803) 327-1114 Rep. Jim Clyburn — 6th District 319 Cannon House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 (202) 225-3315 1703 Gervais St. Columbia, SC 29201 (803) 799-1100 Sen. Lindsey Graham 290 Russell Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510 (202) 224-5972 Midlands Regional Office 508 Hampton Street, Suite 202 Columbia, SC 29201 Main: (803) 933-0112 Sen. Tim Scott 167 Russell Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510 (202) 224-6121 (202) 228-5143 (fax) 1301 Gervais St., Suite 825 Columbia, SC 29201 (803) 771-6112 (803) 771-6455 (fax)

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FYI The City of Sumter is accepting applications for the Summer Youth Employment Programs through May 2. Students ages 14-15 will work in city government and students age 16 through high school will work in the Co-Op Program for local businesses. Students must live in the city limits and meet income requirements set by HUD. Students should see their school guidance counselors for applications and income guidelines or pick up an application from the Liberty Center, 12 W. Liberty St., Office H, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday. Call Carolet Thomas at (803) 774-1652 or Clarence Gaines at (803) 774-1649. Hillcrest High School Class of 1984 is planning a class reunion for Aug. 8-10. If you are a member of this class or know someone who is, contact Dianna Adams (Miller) at (301) 471-7250, or visit http://hhs1984wildcats. com. The YWCA of the Upper Lowlands Inc. is planning a Tribute to Women in Industry (TWIN) reunion in conjunction with the banquet schedule for April 25. If you were a TWIN from 1980 to 2010, contact Yolanda Debra Wilson at (803) 773-7158 or The University of South Carolina Prevention Research Center and Sumter County Active Lifestyles are sponsoring a free walking program. If you are interested in becoming more active, form a walking group of 4-8 members and join Sumter County On The Move! This program allows you to walk at your own convenience or with a group. Free workshops and physical activity information available. Call (803) 774-3860 or register at Are you a breast cancer survivor? Maggie L. Richardson is seeking other survivors to form a music group and give back to the community. If you are interested in joining, contact her at or (803) 236-9086. Belly dancing classes are held at 6 p.m. every Monday at the Parks and Recreation Department, 155 Haynsworth St. Only $20 per month. The Rembert Area Community Coalition offers an after school program for students from kindergarten to sixth grade at the youth center in Rembert. Children receive assistance with homework, school projects, etc. A nutritious snack is served daily. There is a small monthly fee. Registrations are accepted noon-2 p.m. at 8455 Cam-

den Highway, U.S. 521, Rembert, in front of the car wash. Call Dr. Juanita Britton at (803) 432-2001. The Second (Indianhead) Division Association is searching for anyone/everyone who served in the 2nd Infantry Division. Visit or contact Mike Davino at MDavino@ or (919) 498-1910. Zumba classes will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at the Parks and Recreation building, Haynsworth Street. Classes are $5 each. No registration required. Contact Deanne Lewis at The Palmetto Singles Club holds a dance from 7 to 10 p.m. on the first and third Fridays of each month at the VFW on Gion Street. Call Nancy McLeod, club president, at (803) 4693433. Sumter Area Toastmasters meets at 7 p.m. each Tuesday at the Sumter Mall community room, 1057 Broad St. The group helps in developing speaking and leadership skills. Call Douglas Wilson at (803) 778-0197 or Rebecca Gonzalez at (803) 5659271. The Sumter Chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) meets at 5:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month in the Bultman Conference Room at USC Sumter. Administrative professionals, assistants and secretaries are encouraged to attend. Call Mary Sutton at (803) 938-3760. Having cancer is hard. Finding help shouldn’t be. Free help for cancer patients from the American Cancer Society. Transportation to treatment, help for appearance related side effects of treatment, nutrition help, one-on-one breast cancer support, free housing away from home during treatment, help finding clinical trials, someone to talk to — all free. Call (800) 227-2345. The South Carolina Association of Community Action Partnerships Inc., a non-profit organization, announces the S.C. Weatherization Assistance Program. This program helps provide weatherization assistance to low-income South Carolinians. Services include, but are not limited to, insulating attics, walls, floors, water heaters and exposed pipes; stripping and caulking around doors and windows; and replacing broken glass panes. Call the Weatherization office of Wateree Community Action Agency Inc. at (803) 773-9716 or the state information line at (888) 771-9404.




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PUBLIC AGENDA CLARENDON SCHOOL DISTRICT 3 Thursday, 7 p.m., district office, Turbeville

The last word in astrology

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Take care of EUGENIA LAST any pending personal problems that affect your home or personal finances. A rash decision based on unsolicited information will make matters worse. Listen carefully, but don’t make a move just yet. Focus on home improvement, not domestic disaster. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): You won’t have enough information to make a good decision. Do what you can to help others and to make the most of the relationships you have. Draw on the good qualities friends and peers have to secure joint ventures. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Don’t trust a sales pitch that promises personal perfection. Find ways to make improvements without getting into a costly expense that is likely to disappoint you. Helping others will bring satisfaction, but don’t try to buy favors or love. CANCER (June 21-July 22): Use your imagination and creativity and you’ll find an outlet that can also bring you extra cash. Friendships may be questioned if someone puts demands on you. Networking with people who share your concerns will lead to better friendships. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Stand up and face opposition head-on. You won’t make everyone happy, but you will get things done. Change is overdue and setting your sights on your goals will ensure that you reach your destination successfully. Actions will bring good results. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Changing your mind or dealing with someone who is inconsistent will lead to loss. Do your part to keep the momentum flowing and your goals in sight. A change in the

way you treat someone will lead to a unique relationship. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Stay calm. The best way to handle anyone or a situation that arises is to be observant. Learn from past experience and anticipate how others will react by the performance displayed under similar circumstances and act accordingly. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Expand your mind and your awareness. A philosophic approach to what others do and say will give you an edge and help you take control of a situation that can influence your professional position. A unique lifestyle change will satisfy your needs. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Don’t let your curiosity lead you astray. Follow the path that allows you to use your talent and abilities skillfully. Have some fun, but don’t try to be something or someone you are not. Money will come from an unexpected source. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Stick close to home and avoid taking risks of any kind. Problems surrounding your relationship with a peer, friend or lover will escalate if you aren’t willing to listen to the complaints being made. Be fair and willing to forgive. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Rely on where you come from and how you were raised to guide you in the right direction. A gift or financial gain is apparent, but will come at an emotional cost. Stick to a plan and a reasonable budget. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Refuse to let someone take over or push you in a direction not suited to getting the results you want. Put your signature on whatever you do. Follow through with your ideas and plans regardless of opposition. Love is on the rise.




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Hendrick up front, even without wins BY PETE IACOBELLI The Associated Press DARLINGTON — One thing’s crystal clear as NASCAR’s Sprint Cup series heads into its annual Easter break — Hendrick Motorsports looks as strong as ever. Don’t pay attention to the lack of wins with just Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s season-opening Daytona 500 victory in the ledger. Instead, see three of the Hendrick superstars are in the top five in points with Jeff Gordon leading THE ASSOCIATED PRESS way, Earnhardt in fourth and 6-time series champ Jimmie Johnson fifth. Jeff Gordon, right, talks with a crew member during Friday’s Southern 500 practice at All four team drivers including Darlington Speedway in Darlington. Despite only one victory this season, Hendrick MoKasey Kahne took a turn leading the torsports has three of the top five drivers in the points standings.

Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway this Saturday night. Earnhardt and Johnson each led during two greenwhite-checkered runs at the “Lady in Black’’ before Kevin Harvick’s swept past Dale Jr. on the next-to-last lap to take the race. “I think this is as good as this team has ever been,’’ said Earnhardt, still seeking his first series title since joining up with Hendrick. No one’s running as consistently well as Gordon right now. His seventhplace finish at Darlington was his sixth race in the top 10 this season. Those two where he missed? A 13th at




Repeat performance

MHS’ Cobb inks with Converse BY DENNIS BRUNSON

selves recognized what they needed to do, and I didn’t have to explain it to them. Whereas last year I explained what I needed them to do and this year, I guess from experience, they knew what they had to do themselves (to win). The VooDoo Dolls opened the 7-team pool play on Saturday with a 3-1 victory over Liverpool FCA 01 of Lexington. Later in the afternoon, they defeated Congaree Rapids Soccer Association Maroon 01 5-1. With its two wins and

Sarah Cobb grew up in a running family. She ran a 5-kilometer race with her mother, Cathy, for the first time when she was in the sixth grade. And she was hooked. “My mom was a distance runner, so that’s what I started to do,” Sarah said. “I’m not much of a sprinter.” COBB Cobb has been running track and field distance events and cross country for Manning High School since she was in the eighth grade. Now, she’s going to have the opportunity to do the same for Converse College in Spartanburg for the next four years. Cobb recently signed with Converse, an all-women’s school that is a member of Conference Carolinas, an NCAA Division II school. “It feels really good to get this opportunity,” Cobb said. “The coach (at Converse, Kevin Licht), contacted my coach. I really like it.” Cobb runs in the 800-, 1,600, 3,200-meter runs and a leg on the 4x800 relay team for Manning. That’s a total of three miles she runs in each track meet, assuming she runs all of the events. Cobb has qualified for the state cross country meet each of the past three years — the 2A meet in 2011 and the 3A meet in ‘12 and ‘13. Cobb




Sumter VooDoo Dolls’ Savannah Tayim, left, tries to dribble around a Liverpool FCA 01 McMahon player on Saturday during the Publix Academy tournament at Patriot Park SportsPlex. The U12 VooDoo Dolls captured their second straight title after winning the U11 crown last year.

Sumter VooDoo Dolls capture 2nd straight Publix Academy title BY MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER The Sumter Soccer Club under-12 girls VooDoo Dolls conjured up another title this past weekend at the Patriot Park SportsPlex, winning the Publix Academy tournament. Last year, the Sumter 01 VooDoo Dolls won the U11 Girls Academy Blue bracket going unbeaten and not allowing a goal until the championship game. They weren’t as dominant this year, but won the U12 Girls Academy championship

nonetheless. “We did what we needed to do,” VooDoo Dolls head coach Mike McCaffrey said. “We didn’t win in quite the same fashion as we did last year, and I think that’s due to the competition. I think last year wasn’t quite as competitive as this year. I expected this year to be similar to last year, but I was wrong.” McCaffrey said his team showed its maturity over the weekend though. “Our ability to recognize what we needed to do on the field as players was better,” McCaffrey said. “They them-


Tigers tab Stoudt as next starting QB BY AARON BRENNER Post and Courier CLEMSON — Cole Stoudt’s The Man. Head coach Dabo Swinney made it official Tuesday when he told Fox Sports that Stoudt would be the starting quarterback for Clemson in the near future. It’s been a tumultuous 24hour period marred by a messy breakup with just-released sophomore quarterback Chad Kelly, but Swinney

sounds ready to focus on the immediate future with the senior Stoudt at the helm replacing All-American Tajh Boyd. “It should be pretty obvious that he won the job,” Swinney told Fox. “He’s a SWINNEY great leader who is highly respected by his teammates. He never once complained. He was always ready when we needed him. He’s earned it and he will

be named the starter.” The 6-4, 210-pound Stoudt certainly was the best quarterback on the field Saturday at Clemson’s spring game, completing 15 of 23 passes for 158 yards and two touchdowns, leading three touchdown drives. “Coach always emphasizes, completions, completions, completions,” Stoudt said Saturday. “Just get your team down the field, even if it’s just



Clemson quarterback Cole Stoudt, center, was named the Tigers’ starter on Tuesday by head coach Dabo Swinney.






Barons JV baseball finishes 13-2 The Wilson Hall junior varsity baseball team finished the year 13-2 with a 6-0, 5-inning victory over Palmetto Athletic Club from Columbia on Tuesday at the Barons field. Dawson Price threw four innings allowing no runs on two hits and striking out five. Luke Stokes pitched to three batters and struck out one. Offensively John Ballard went 2-for-3 with three runs scored. Sam Watford also went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and a double.

VARSITY SOCCER WILSON HALL 3 LAURENCE MANNING 0 Wilson Hall won its sixth consecutive match without giving up a goal in a 3-0 victory on Tuesday over Laurence Manning at the Barons field. Christian Albertson picked up the shutout in goal with the help of defenders Nathan Dilts, Dalton Miller, Fudj Whaley and J. D. Croft. Drake Shadwell scored a pair of goals while Jake Croft netted one. Justin Schaare had two assists. The Barons, who improved to 8-5 overall and 5-3 in SCISA Region II-3A play, will travel to face Pinewood Prep today at 6 p.m. SUMTER 2 LAKEWOOD 1

Sumter High School defeated Lakewood 2-1 on Monday at the SHS field. Richie Cotton and Jacob Strimpfel scored goals for the Gamecocks, who outshot Lakewood 34-2. Sam Prater had an assist.

JUNIOR VARSITY SOCCER SUMTER 2 LAKEWOOD 0 Sumter moved to 9-3 on the season with a 2-0 victory over Lakewood at the SHS field that was ended after a half of play due to heavy rains and thunder. Chris Reyes scored two goals with an assist coming from Blake Drown. Sumter has two makeup games remaining ,but no arrangements have been made as of yet. WILSON HALL 1 COVENANT CENTRAL 0

Wilson Hall defeated Covenant Central 1-0 at Patriot Park on Tuesday.

Patrick Bell scored the lone goal for the JV Barons. James Munford had four saves in goal. The JV Barons moved to 7-5 on the year and will face Hammond at 5 p.m. on April 28.


The Wilson Hall Barons track and field team was hosting Hammond on Tuesday at the Barons field and leading the Skyhawks 43 to 24 after seven events were scored. The meet was called off after the seven events due to rain. FIRST-PLACE FINISHERS Walker Ard discus; Evans Boyle triple jump; Michael Lowery high jump. SECOND-PLACE FINISHERS Tanner Carraway shot put; Ken Ballard discus; Brent Carraway triple jump; Devin Singleton long jump; Hayes Goodson 110 meter hurdles; Layton Creech 3200. THIRD-PLACE FINISHERS Ken Ballard shot put; Evan Boyle long jump; Brad Russell 110 meter hurdles; Bryce Lyles 3200.


The Wilson Hall Lady Barons track and field team was hosting Hammond on Tuesday at the Barons field and leading the Skyhawks 41 to 22 after seven events were scored. The meet was called off after the seven events due to rain. FIRST-PLACE FINISHERS Claire Estep discus; McKenzie Smith high jump; Hayley Smoak 100 meter hurdles; Jessica Tetterton 3200. SECOND-PLACE FINISHERS McKenzie Smith discus, triple jump; Nicolette Fisher long jump; Amy Banghart 100 meter hurdles. THIRD-PLACE FINISHERS Kate Whaley discus; Nicolette Fisher triple jump; Katherine Grace Single high jump; Chandler Patrick 100 meter hurdles.


MANNING — Laurence Manning Academy defeated rival Wilson Hall 8-1 at the Swampcats field on Monday. Caroline Campbell had two hits including a triple to lead the JV Barons offensively. Addy Carraway had one hit and one run batted in.



(Cashner 1-1), 10:10 p.m. L.A. Dodgers (Maholm 0-1) at San Francisco (Vogelsong 0-0), 10:15 p.m.



10 a.m. -- International Soccer: CONCACAF Champions League Final First Leg Match — Cruz Azul vs. Toluca (FOX SPORTS 1). 12:30 p.m. -- Major League Baseball: Pittsburgh at Cincinnati or St. Louis at Milwaukee (MLB NETWORK). 2:40 p.m. -- International Soccer: Barclays Premier League Match — Manchester City vs. Sunderland (NBC SPORTS NETWORK). 3 p.m. -- College Athletics: Signing Day Special from Charlotte (ESPNU). 3:25 p.m. -- International Soccer: Primera Division Copa del Rey Final Match from Valencia, Spain — Real Madrid vs. Barcelona (ESPN). 6:05 p.m. -- Talk Show: Sports Talk (WDXY-FM 105.9, WDXY-AM 1240). 6:30 p.m. -- LPGA Golf: LPGA LOTTE Championship First Round from Oahu or Kapolei, Hawaii (GOLF). 7 p.m. -- NHL Hockey: Eastern Conference Playoffs Quarterfinal Series Game One — Montreal at Tampa Bay (CNBC). 7 p.m. -- College Softball: Long Beach State at Cal State Fullerton (ESPNU). 7 p.m. -- Major League Baseball: Atlanta at Philadelphia (FOX SPORTSOUTH). 7 p.m. -- Major League Baseball: Cleveland at Detroit or Chicago Cubs at New York Yankees (MLB NETWORK). 7 p.m. -- NBA Basketball: Chicago at Charlotte (SPORTSOUTH). 7 p.m. -- Major League Baseball: Chicago Cubs at New York Yankees (WGN). 7 p.m. -- College Baseball: The Citadel at South Carolina (WNKT-FM 107.5). 7:15 p.m. -- High School Baseball: Lugoff-Elgin at Camden (WPUB-FM 102.7). 7:30 p.m. -- NHL Hockey: Eastern Conference Playoffs Quarterfinal Series Game One — Columbus at Pittsburgh (NBC SPORTS NETWORK). 8 p.m. -- NBA Basketball: Dallas at Memphis (ESPN). 10 p.m. -- NHL Hockey: Western Conference Playoffs Quarterfinal Series Game One — Dallas at Anaheim (NBC SPORTS NETWORK). 10:30 p.m. -- NBA Basketball: Los Angeles Clippers at Portland (ESPN).


Varsity Baseball Sumter vs. Airport in Forest Acres Classic (at A.C. Flora in Columbia), 5 p.m. East Clarendon at Johnsonville, 6 p.m. Wilson Hall at Calhoun Academy, 7 p.m. Robert E. Lee in Spring Break Tournament (in Myrtle Beach), TBA Varsity Softball Lakewood at Crestwood, 6:30 p.m. East Clarendon at Johnsonville, 6:30 p.m. Laurence Manning at Williamsburg, 5 p.m. Junior Varsity Softball East Clarendon at Johnsonville, 5 p.m. Williamsburg at Laurence Manning, 5 p.m.

MLB STANDINGS By The Associated Press

Oakland Seattle Los Angeles Texas Houston

W 7 7 7 6 5

L 6 6 7 7 8

Pct .538 .538 .500 .462 .385

GB – – ½ 1 2

W 6 7 6 6 4

L 4 6 6 7 7

Pct .600 .538 .500 .462 .364

GB – ½ 1 1½ 2½

W 9 7 6 6 5

L 4 5 7 7 8

Pct .692 .583 .462 .462 .385

GB – 1½ 3 3 4


Baltimore 7, Tampa Bay 1 Seattle 7, Texas 1 Oakland 3, L.A. Angels 2


Clemson baseball tops Coastal 9-6 CLEMSON — Garrett Boulware and Tyler Krieger tied their career highs with four hits apiece to lead No. 20 Clemson to a 9-6 win over Coastal Carolina at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Tuesday. It was the first meeting between the Tigers (21-14) and Chanticleers (17-21) since 2012. Boulware belted a solo homer and Chris Okey had a 2-run double. Steven Duggar’s 2-out, run-scoring single in the bottom of the sixth inning gave Clemson the lead for good. Freshman right-hander Drew Moyer (2-0) earned the win by tossing 1 1/3 hitless and

scoreless innings in relief. CHARLESTON SOUTHERN 4 (6) SOUTH CAROLINA 1

COLUMBIA — Charleston Southern raced out to a 4-run lead in the first five innings and held off a late Gamecock rally to defeat sixth-ranked South Carolina 4-1 on Tuesday evening in non-conference action at Carolina Stadium. Charleston Southern improved to 19-20 with the Gamecocks dropping to 28-8 in league play. Denis Buckley earned the win in relief for Charleston Southern. Buckley allowed just

STOUDT FROM PAGE B1 a little 3-yard throw, anything to get your team going.” Kelly, meanwhile, struggled — 10 of 18, 113 yards, two interceptions — and was benched for the second half after arguing with the coaching staff. Kelly was kicked off the team Monday afternoon by head coach Dabo Swinney for off-field “conduct detrimental” to the football program. “There’s no question Cole Stoudt had the better day, was the better leader, was more poised, handled the situation that was in front of him better,” Swinney told reporters Saturday. “Everybody can see that today.” Stoudt was also clearly the Tigers’ most accomplished returning quarterback on the roster even before Kelly’s departure. Stoudt currently ranks second in career passing efficiency in school history, completing 86 of 119 passes (72.3 percent) for 742 yards and eight touchdowns with one interception from 2011-13. “The thing I like about Cole is that he’s very disciplined,” Swinney told Fox. “He lives by the motto that, ‘You don’t ever go broke by making a prof-

one run on six hits in 6 2/3 innings. South Carolina starter Evan Beal (0-1) suffered the loss after working 2 1/3 innings and giving up three runs on five hits. South Carolina had six hits with Elliott Caldwell 2-for-4 at the plate. TIGERS GOLFER TO TURN PRO

CLEMSON — Clemson freshman golfer Ashlan Ramsey is turning pro after the school year. Coach J.T. Horton announced Ramsey’s plans Tuesday. Ramsey is No. 7 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking for women. From staff, wire reports

it.’ If it’s just a simple check down that the defense will give him, he will take it. He doesn’t force anything, he’ll just keep moving the chains.” With Kelly gone, Stoudt’s backup will be freshman Deshaun Watson, who enrolled in courses in January so he could go through spring practices. Watson fractured his collarbone April 7 and is expected to be out a few more weeks, but coaches have raved about the precocious passer and 5-star recruit. “We come back May 15, and he’ll be rockin’ and rollin.’ He’s not going to miss anything,” Swinney said after Watson’s injury. “It’s not like he’s out of the competition; he’ll pick right back up where he was and go through summer skills and drills.” Stoudt and Watson are the only scholarship quarterbacks on Clemson’s roster. Offensive coordinator Chad Morris uttered back on March 5 that “even if we name (a starter), there’s no lifetime contract” — which means Stoudt still has to perform starting with the 2014 season opener Aug. 30 at Georgia. “The competition isn’t going to end; it’s only going to intensify,” Swinney said, “because everybody loves the backup quarterback.”

Chicago Cubs at New York, ppd., rain Tampa Bay at Baltimore, ppd., rain Cleveland at Detroit, ppd., raid Seattle at Texas, 8:05 p.m. Boston at Chicago White Sox, 8:10 p.m. Kansas City at Houston, 8:10 p.m. Toronto at Minnesota, 8:10 p.m. Oakland at L.A. Angels, 10:05 p.m.


Tampa Bay (Price 2-0) at Baltimore (Tillman 1-1), 12:35 p.m. Chicago Cubs (Hammel 2-0) at N.Y. Yankees (Tanaka 1-0), 1:05 p.m., 1st game Chicago Cubs (T.Wood 0-1) at N.Y. Yankees (Pineda 1-1), 7:05 p.m., 2nd game Cleveland (McAllister 1-0) at Detroit (A.Sanchez 0-0), 7:08 p.m. Seattle (F.Hernandez 3-0) at Texas (Darvish 1-0), 8:05 p.m. Boston (Buchholz 0-1) at Chicago White Sox (Joh.Danks 1-0), 8:10 p.m. Kansas City (Guthrie 2-0) at Houston (Keuchel 1-1), 8:10 p.m. Toronto (Dickey 1-2) at Minnesota (Pelfrey 0-2), 8:10 p.m. Oakland (Milone 0-1) at L.A. Angels (Skaggs 1-0), 10:05 p.m.



Los Angeles San Francisco San Diego Colorado Arizona

W 9 8 6 6 5

L 4 5 7 7 9

Pct .692 .615 .462 .462 .357

GB – 1 3 3 4½

W 10 8 6 4 4

L 3 5 6 8 8

Pct .769 .615 .500 .333 .333

GB – 2 3½ 5½ 5½

W 9 8 6 6 4

L 4 5 7 8 12

Pct .692 .615 .462 .429 .250

GB – 1 3 3½ 6½


Atlanta 9, Philadelphia 6 Washington 9, Miami 2 Cincinnati 7, Pittsburgh 7, tie, 6 innings, susp., rain St. Louis 4, Milwaukee 0 N.Y. Mets 7, Arizona 3 San Diego 5, Colorado 4


Cincinnati 7, Pittsburgh 7, tie, 6 innings, comp. of susp. game, 5:30 p.m. Atlanta at Philadelphia, ppd., rain Chicago Cubs at New York, ppd., rain Pittsburgh at Cincinnati, 7:10 p.m. Washington at Miami, 7:10 p.m. St. Louis at Milwaukee, 8:10 p.m. N.Y. Mets at Arizona, 9:40 p.m. Colorado at San Diego, 10:10 p.m. L.A. Dodgers at San Francisco, 10:15 p.m.


y-Miami x-Washington x-Charlotte x-Atlanta Orlando CENTRAL DIVISION z-Indiana x-Chicago Cleveland Detroit Milwaukee

W 48 44 35 25 18

L 33 36 45 56 63

Pct .593 .550 .438 .309 .222

GB – 3½ 12½ 23 30

W 54 43 42 37 23

L 27 38 39 44 58

Pct .667 .531 .519 .457 .284

GB – 11 12 17 31

W 55 48 32 29 15

L 26 33 49 52 66

Pct .679 .593 .395 .358 .185

GB – 7 23 26 40

W 62 54 49 49 33

L 19 27 32 32 48

Pct .765 .667 .605 .605 .407

GB – 8 13 13 29

W 58 53 40 36 24

L 23 28 41 44 57

Pct .716 .654 .494 .450 .296

GB – 5 18 21½ 34

L 24 31 34 53 55

Pct .700 .617 .580 .346 .321

GB – 6½ 9½ 28½ 30½

WESTERN CONFERENCE SOUTHWEST DIVISION z-San Antonio x-Houston x-Dallas x-Memphis New Orleans NORTHWEST DIVISION y-Oklahoma City x-Portland Minnesota Denver Utah PACIFIC DIVISION

W y-L.A. Clippers 56 x-Golden State 50 Phoenix 47 Sacramento 28 L.A. Lakers 26 x-clinched playoff spot y-clinched division z-clinched conference


Washington 114, Miami 93 Philadelphia 113, Boston 108 Toronto 110, Milwaukee 100 Charlotte 95, Atlanta 93 Chicago 108, Orlando 95 Houston 104, San Antonio 98 New Orleans 101, Oklahoma City 89 L.A. Lakers 119, Utah 104 Memphis 97, Phoenix 91 Golden State 130, Minnesota 120


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

NHL PLAYOFFS By The Associated Press FIRST ROUND (Best-of-7) (x-if necessary)

Detroit vs. Boston Friday: Detroit at Boston, 7:30 p.m. Sunday: Detroit at Boston, 3 p.m. April 22: Boston at Detroit, 7:30 p.m. April 24: Boston at Detroit, 8 p.m. x-April 26: Detroit at Boston, 3 p.m. x-April 28: Boston at Detroit, TBD x-April 30: Detroit at Boston, TBD Montreal vs. Tampa Bay Today: Montreal at Tampa Bay, 7 p.m. Friday: Montreal at Tampa Bay, 7 p.m. Sunday: Tampa Bay at Montreal, 7 p.m. April 22: Tampa Bay at Montreal, 7 p.m. x-April 24: Montreal at Tampa Bay, 7 p.m. x-April 27: Tampa Bay at Montreal, TBD x-April 29: Montreal at Tampa Bay, TBD Columbus vs. Pittsburgh Today: Columbus at Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m. Saturday: Columbus at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m. April 21: Pittsburgh at Columbus, 7 p.m. April 23: Pittsburgh at Columbus, 7 p.m. x-April 26: Columbus at Pittsburgh, TBD x-April 28: Pittsburgh at Columbus, TBD x-April 30: Columbus at Pittsburgh, TBD Philadelphia at N.Y. Rangers Thursday: Philadelphia at N.Y. Rangers, 7 p.m. Sunday: Philadelphia at N.Y. Rangers, Noon April 22: N.Y. Rangers at Philadelphia, 8 p.m. April 25: N.Y. Rangers at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. x-April 27: Philadelphia at N.Y. Rangers, Noon x-April 29: N.Y. Rangers at Philadelphia, TBD x-April 30: Philadelphia at N.Y. Rangers, TBD


Cleveland at Detroit, 1:08 p.m. Toronto at Minnesota, 1:10 p.m. Seattle at Texas, 2:05 p.m. N.Y. Yankees at Tampa Bay, 7:10 p.m. Boston at Chicago White Sox, 8:10 p.m. Kansas City at Houston, 8:10 p.m.

Milwaukee St. Louis Pittsburgh Chicago Cincinnati WEST DIVISION

y-Toronto x-Brooklyn New York Boston Philadelphia SOUTHEAST DIVISION



Atlanta Washington New York Philadelphia Miami CENTRAL DIVISION


New York at Brooklyn, 8 p.m. Denver at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m.


Detroit Chicago Minnesota Cleveland Kansas City WEST DIVISION

NBA STANDINGS By The Associated Press


AMERICAN LEAGUE New York Toronto Tampa Bay Baltimore Boston CENTRAL DIVISION

Atlanta at Philadelphia, 1:05 p.m. L.A. Dodgers at San Francisco, 3:45 p.m. Colorado at San Diego, 6:40 p.m. Milwaukee at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m. St. Louis at Washington, 7:05 p.m.

Pittsburgh (Liriano 0-2) at Cincinnati (Cueto 0-2), 12:35 p.m. Chicago Cubs (Hammel 2-0) at N.Y. Yankees (Tanaka 1-0), 1:05 p.m., 1st game St. Louis (J.Kelly 1-0) at Milwaukee (W.Peralta 1-0), 1:10 p.m. N.Y. Mets (Gee 0-0) at Arizona (McCarthy 0-2), 3:40 p.m. Atlanta (Teheran 1-1) at Philadelphia (Burnett 0-1), 7:05 p.m. Chicago Cubs (T.Wood 0-1) at N.Y. Yankees (Pineda 1-1), 7:05 p.m., 2nd game Washington (Roark 1-0) at Miami (Fernandez 2-1), 7:10 p.m. Colorado (J.De La Rosa 0-2) at San Diego

Minnesota vs. Colorado Thursday: Minnesota at Colorado, 9:30 p.m. Saturday: Minnesota at Colorado, 9:30 p.m. April 21: Colorado at Minnesota, 7 p.m. April 24: Colorado at Minnesota, 9:30 p.m. x-April 26: Minnesota at Colorado, TBD x-April 28: Colorado at Minnesota, TBD x-April 30: Minnesota at Colorado, TBD Chicago vs. St. Louis Thursday: Chicago at St. Louis, 8 p.m. Saturday: Chicago at St. Louis, 3 p.m. April 21: St. Louis at Chicago, 8:30 p.m. April 23: St. Louis at Chicago, 9:30 p.m. x-April 25: Chicago at St. Louis, 8 p.m. x-April 27: St. Louis at Chicago, 3 p.m. x-April 29: Chicago at St. Louis, TBD Dallas vs. Anaheim Today: Dallas at Anaheim, 10 p.m. Friday: Dallas at Anaheim, 10 p.m. April 21: Anaheim at Dallas, 9:30 p.m. April 23: Anaheim at Dallas, 8 p.m. x-April 25: Dallas at Anaheim, 10:30 p.m. x-April 27: Anaheim at Dallas, TBD x-April 29: Dallas at Anaheim, TBD Los Angeles vs. San Jose Thursday: Los Angeles at San Jose, 10:30 p.m. Sunday: Los Angeles at San Jose, 10 p.m. April 22: San Jose at Los Angeles, 10 p.m. April 24: San Jose at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m. x-April 26: Los Angeles at San Jose, TBD x-April 28: San Jose at Los Angeles, TBD x-April 30: Los Angeles at San Jose, TBD


By The Associated Press


Through April 12 Points 1, Jeff Gordon, 297. 2, Matt Kenseth, 296. 3, Carl Edwards, 278. 4, Dale Earnhardt Jr., 271. 5, Jimmie Johnson, 270. 6, Kyle Busch, 269. 7, Brad Keselowski, 246. 8, Joey Logano, 245. 9, Ryan Newman, 236. 10, Austin Dillon, 235. 11, Greg Biffle, 227. 12, Tony Stewart, 224. 13, Brian Vickers, 224. 14, Kyle Larson, 223. 15, Denny Hamlin, 223. 16, Clint Bowyer, 219. 17, Marcos Ambrose, 216. 18, Paul Menard, 206. 19, A J Allmendinger, 202. 20, Jamie McMurray, 195. Money 1, Dale Earnhardt Jr., $2,591,578. 2, Brad Keselowski, $2,285,537. 3, Jeff Gordon, $2,034,276. 4, Denny Hamlin, $2,008,995. 5, Joey Logano, $1,887,936. 6, Jimmie Johnson, $1,828,846. 7, Kyle Busch, $1,769,026. 8, Matt Kenseth, $1,729,759. 9, Kevin Harvick, $1,616,597. 10, Paul Menard, $1,525,660. 11, Austin Dillon, $1,435,411. 12, Greg Biffle, $1,423,133. 13, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., $1,389,563. 14, Tony Stewart, $1,389,052. 15, Carl Edwards, $1,386,673. 16, Brian Vickers, $1,359,013. 17, Kyle Larson, $1,356,858. 18, Jamie McMurray, $1,330,840. 19, Marcos Ambrose, $1,292,318. 20, Clint Bowyer, $1,268,831.




The Sumter VooDoo Dolls captured the U12 Girls Academy championship in the Publix Academy tournament held at Patriot Park SportsPlex this past weekend. It was the second straight title for the VooDoo Dolls after capturing the U11 championship last year. Team members are first row, left to right: Carly Allred, Kassandra Martin, Brooke Michaels, Penelope Moore, Adrianna Martin and Madison Elmore. Second row: assistant coach Ashley Cotton, Katherine Burns, Elise Osteen, Haley Roone McCaffrey, Savannah Tayim, Jasiah Pack and head coach Mike McCaffrey.

VOODOO DOLLS FROM PAGE B1 scoring differential Sumter was the No. 2 seed and was paired against Lexington County Girls Soccer Association Cobras in Sunday’s semifinal matchup. Sumter had a tough battle with the third-seeded Cobras. Despite continuous offensive pressure and countless shots on goal by Sumter, the game was scoreless until midway in the second half. Haley Roone McCaffrey gave Sumter the only goal of the game. Sumter faced CRSA Sky 01 of West Columbia in the title game. CRSA hadn’t given up a goal all tournament. McCaffrey scored the lone goal in the first half, and the VooDoo Dolls defense clamped down to the 1-0 win. Offensively, Sumter was led by McCaffrey with nine goals on the weekend with Kassandra Martin scoring the other. Also contributing offensively in the tournament were Madison Elmore, Elise Osteen, Jasiah Pack, Brooke Michaels and Savannah Tayim. Goalie Penelope Moore allowed just a single goal on the weekend. Providing support defensively for Moore were Katherine Burns, Carly Allred and Adrianna Martin. “I think we rose above and beyond,” McCaffrey said of his team’s accomplishments. “We’re competing against clubs that as far as academy teams at the U11 and U12 level — they have two sometimes three teams at that level whereas we only have one — They get to choose they’re A-, B- and sometimes C-teams. If you think about it in terms against the teams we competed against and the size of the club we are, we did exceptionally well.” The VooDoo Dolls came into the tournament playing well as it finished its U12 fall

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Sandlapper league with a perfect 8-0 record and winning the 2013 South Carolina Youth Soccer Fall Festival in Lexington with a 4-0 mark. Sumter was 5-0 in the spring season, having outscored its competitors 21-4. “I had a really good team,” McCaffrey said of his squad. “I had a group of girls that feed off of each other and they all wanted to get better. They want to get better and that’s what you need.” Three Sumter soccer club boys teams also competed in the Publix Academy tournament this past weekend. The Sumter 02 Phantoms, who competed in the U12 Boys Academy Blue MLS division, went 1-2-1. The Sumter 03 Destroyers competed in the U10 Boys Academy Blue EPL division and went 1-1-1. In the U8/9 Boys Recreation division, the Sumter Aardvarks went 2-1. The Aardvarks beat SCUFC Toros 4-0 in its opening game. Karson Zimmerman scored two games while Camden Brooks and Dylan Gilder each had one goal. Brooks had two assists, while Alexander Krivejko, Gilder and Zimmerman combined for the shutout in goal. Sumter lost the second game 4-3 to the SCUFC Panthers. Camden Brooks had two goals and Zimmerman one, while Jimmy Krivejko and Cassidy Brooks both had an assist. The Aardvarks beat FSA CAFC U8 YDPR 8-0 in their final game. Zimmerman and Gilder both scored two goals while Cassidy Brooks, Camden Brooks, Gabe Odom and Jimmy Krivejko each had one goal. Gilder and Camden Brooks both had two assists, while Morgan Simmons, Odom, Cassidy Brooks and Gerard Gibbons each had one.

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Brooklyn’s Jackie Robinson, right, steals home as Boston Braves’ catcher Bill Salkeld is thrown off-balance on the throw during a 1948 game at Ebbets Field in New York. Baseball held tributes across the country on Tuesday to mark Jackie Robinson Day and the 67th anniversary of the end of the game’s racial barrier.

MLB marks anniversary of Robinson’s historic debut BY RONALD BLUM The Associated Press NEW YORK — Marking the 67th anniversary of the day Jackie Robinson broke baseball’s color barrier, the Rev. Jesse Jackson praised Commissioner Bud Selig for the strides the sport has taken in minority opportunities over the past two decades. Jackson traveled to baseball’s 1992 winter meetings to criticize its lack of minorities in management, and he pushed for change. Selig retired Robinson’s No. 42 in 1997 on the 50th anniversary of the big league debut of the Brooklyn Dodgers first baseman. Selig established a Diverse Business Partners program the following year and in 1999 started requiring clubs to consider at least one minority for each manager and major executive opening. MLB also sponsors 35 Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholars. Jackson said Jackie Robinson Day had become “a national holiday for all practical purposes.’’ “To honor Jackie in this way honors the best in America,’’ Jackson told Selig on Tuesday at MLB’s third Diversity Business Summit.

“In many ways, had Jackie not succeeded you could not have Atlanta Falcons or the Braves or the Carolina Panthers. You could not have these southern teams if Jackie had failed.’’ Robinson’s daughter, Sharon, presented Selig with a large plaque. Jackson spoke from the audience after Selig’s speech and told him “you took to heart that challenge.’’ “I guess if you’re commissioner long enough, things can turn around,’’ Selig said later. For the first time since Robinson’s number was retired, no players in the major leagues were wearing No. 42. Players using the number were grandfathered at the time of Selig’s announcement, and the last to use No. 42 was Yankees reliever Mariano Rivera, who retired at the end of last season. “Today all of our players leaguewide will wear No. 42 to celebrate the man who helped change the future course of our game and more importantly our country,’’ Selig said. A ceremony had been scheduled for Yankee Stadium to unveil a plaque commemorating Nelson Mandela’s visit to the old Bronx

HENDRICK FROM PAGE B1 Auto Club Speedway in California and a 12th at Martinsville. Gordon thought he had a strong enough car, but like the rest of his teammates got caught on two new tires at the end and didn’t have the grip to challenge Harvick’s strong machine equipped with four fresh tires. “Good to be leading the points, but I feel like (it’s) a missed opportunity,’’ Gordon said. “But another great race car and I’m happy about that.’’ Kahne’s program has struggled so far at 23rd in points and has had finishes of 31st, 22nd and 11th before an accident knocked him from among the leaders at Darlington. He faded to 37th. Hendrick’s consistency up top could be its way into the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship. When NASCAR changed its format to emphasize victories, teams and drivers loved the “win and you’re in’’ nature of qualifying for the expanded, 16-car playoffs. But the Sprint Cup series opened with seven different drivers winning its first seven races, a quirk that ended Saturday night with Harvick added to his victory at Phoenix with one at Darlington for his first-year Stewart-Haas Racing program. Should that trend continue — and remember stellar drivers like Gordon, Johnson, Greg Biffle, Tony Stewart and Denny Hamlin are all winless so far — once the series re-

sumes at Richmond International Raceway in two weeks, it’ll be on points performance to break ties between one-win racers hoping to make the field. Biffle felt as if the importance of points won’t go away and expected to have several programs tied at one or two victories each needing that edge in points to slip in. “That focus isn’t going away,’’ he said. Johnson has come close to victory several times this season, but will continue to hang his helmet on top finishes. “Our goal since I’ve started, has been if we can run in the top five all day, we’ll have a shot to win the race,’’ he said. “And it’s led to a lot of victories.’’ A season ago, it led to Johnson’s sixth Sprint Cup title moving him one away from the record shared by Richard Petty and the late Dale Earnhardt. Johnson’s teammate Gordon has won four of those so those working at the Hendrick race shops know how to achieve those goals. “We’re confident we’re going to have a car, if not all four cars, in the chase,’’ Johnson said. Earnhardt looked prepared for a monster season with his victory at Daytona last February and followed that up with runner-up showings in Phoenix and Las Vegas. His second-place at Darlington was his best career finish at a track where his father won nine times.

ballpark in 1990. The Yankees’ game against the Chicago Cubs was rained out, and the ceremony, which includes Zondwa Mandela, a grandson of the late South African president, was pushed back until Wednesday evening. Selig frequently points out that Robinson’s first game occurred more than a year before President Harry Truman desegregated the U.S. military and seven years before the Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Education decision that ruled state laws requiring segregated public schools were unconstitutional. “Baseball must continue to be more than just a game on the field,’’ Selig said. “The game’s remarkable ability to serve as a common bond should be used to create opportunities for all people regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation or gender.’’ Selig became acting commissioner in 1992 and got the job permanently in 1998. He plans to retire in January. He said the Diverse Business Partners program had led to purchases of more than $1 billion in goods and services from minority- and women-owned businesses.

MIAMI — Giancarlo Stanton tied a career high with five RBI, including a 3-run homer off Stephen Strasburg, and the Miami Marlins broke an eight-game losing streak by beating the Washington Nationals 11-2 Tuesday night. Strasburg (1-2) endured another rough outing in Miami, allowing six runs and eight hits in four innings. He fell to 2-3 at Marlins Park with an STANTON ERA of 8.61. Tom Koehler (2-1) allowed one hit and five walks in seven scoreless innings to lower his ERA to 1.89. The performance was a welcome change for a team that had an ERA of 6.12 during the losing streak. Both benches and bullpens cleared briefly in the fourth inning when the Nationals’ Ian Desmond and Marlins catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia engaged in a heated, nose-to-nose conversation at home plate. Desmond became annoyed when he barely avoided being hit by an inside pitch from Koehler. PIRATES, REDS SPLIT

CINCINNATI — Mike Leake doubled and hit a 2-run homer, ending Gerrit Cole’s winning streak and leading the Cincinnati Reds to a 7-5 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates that completed two days full of homers and delays. First, the NL Central rivals completed a game that was suspended in the sixth inning because of rain the previous night. Andrew McCutchen doubled and came around on Russell Martin’s single in the seventh inning, giving the Pirates an 8-7 win. Leake (2-1) gave up three runs and five hits in 6 2/3 innings for a split. The righthander has won his last four starts against the Pirates. Jonathan Broxton escaped a two-on threat in the ninth while getting his first save. Leake doubled and scored in the third. He hit his third career homer in the sixth off Cole (2-1), who had won his last six starts. Joey Votto had four hits. Andrew McCutchen doubled and came around on Russell Martin’s single in the seventh inning, giving Pittsburgh an 8-7 victory over Cincinnati in the completion of a game that spanned two days and 10 home runs. The NL Central rivals put on a record-setting show Monday night before the game was suspended in a 7-all tie after six innings because of rain. They combined for 10 homers in those six innings, the most for a game in Great American Ball Park’s 12 seasons. RAYS’ MOORE TO HAVE TOMMY JOHN SURGERY

BALTIMORE — Tampa Bay left-hander Matt Moore will miss the remainder of the season after opting to have elbow-ligament replacement surgery. Dr. James Andrews is to operate next week on the 24-year-old pitcher, who made the AL All-Star team last year. Moore will be the first Rays pitcher to undergo Tommy John surgery since Jason Isringhausen in June 2009. From wire reports








10 things to watch for in Stanley Cup playoffs BY LARRY LAGE The Associated Press Here’s a look at 10 things to watch when the NHL playoffs begin today with a new format, some stars returning from injuries and renewed rivalries:

NEW LOOK: Forget what you knew about how teams matched up in the playoffs. When the league went from having six divisions to four this season as part of its realignment, the plan for postseason was also altered. Two wild cards were added in each conference and at least half the first-round series were guaranteed to have teams face division opponents.



Charlotte center Bismack Biyombo (0) scores against Atlanta during the Bobcats’ 95-93 victory on Monday in Atlanta.

Bobcats top Hawks, keep pace in race for 6th seed BY CHARLES ODUM The Associated Press ATLANTA — One team was motivated by the goal of dodging the Miami Heat in the first round of the playoffs. The other team’s goal was resting its starters. The result was predictable. Chris Douglas-Roberts dribbled into the lane and sank a short jumper as time expired, and the Charlotte Bobcats overcame a 15-point deficit in the final period to beat the Atlanta Hawks 95-93 on Monday night. Al Jefferson had 27 points and 15 rebounds for Charlotte, which remained one game behind Washington in the race for the sixth spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs. Gary Neal had 17. Charlotte still had much to play for entering the game. The reward for sixth is avoiding Miami in the

first round. Washington beat Miami 114-93 on Monday to protect its lead over Charlotte in the race for sixth and secure first in the conference for Indiana. The Hawks will face the Pacers in the first round. “Great shot,” said Jefferson of Douglas-Robert’s game-winner. “Great play. Great finish. Great win.” Added Jefferson, referring to his role in the play: “Great pick!” Jefferson’s turnaround jumper gave the Bobcats a 93-91 lead before Lou Williams answered with a tying jumper for Atlanta with 2.6 seconds remaining. Following a timeout, Douglas-Roberts penetrated and lobbed the soft jumper as the buzzer sounded. Bobcats coach Steve Clifford said Douglas-Roberts “made a great shot.” Even so, the coach wasn’t satisfied, especially with his team’s defense. Charlotte has won seven

COBB FROM PAGE B1 has yet to advance to a state track and field event, but qualified for the 2A lower state meet from ‘1012 and the 3A state qualifier last year. She qualified in all four events in ‘12 and the 800 and 1,600 last year. Cobb’s personal best in the 1,600 is 6 minutes, 12.45 seconds. 20:52.21 in the 5k. Licht likes the potential Cobb possesses. “Sarah is going to be a great addition to our program as she is an athlete with a lot of potential for big improvements,” Licht said in a press release from the school. “Once she gets into the right competitive environment she’ll show significant progress. I’m looking forward to having Sarah be a part of our team here at Converse.” Manning athletic director and track coach Brian Joyner said Cobb is deserving of the opportunity. “She’s a great athlete, a great student and an even better person,” Joyner said.

of eight, but Clifford isn’t satisfied his team is playing at the level he wants for the playoffs. “We didn’t get the defense we needed out of the starters,” Clifford said. “The big thing is to be playing well, which we’re not.” Washington is 43-38 while the Bobcats are 4239. Each team closes out its regular season today, Charlotte playing host to Chicago with the Wizards on the road at Boston. If the teams finish tied, Charlotte would get the No. 6 seed. Douglas-Roberts had five points as part of the Bobcats’ productive bench. “We have a job to do,” Douglas-Roberts said. “We did a great job of getting back into this game. Gary Neal and Luke Ridnour basically carried us up until that point. ... I feel like that’s the least I can do to help these guys, the way they carried us the whole quarter.”

The Atlantic Division-winning and defending Eastern Conference champion Boston Bruins will face the wild card Detroit Red Wings in the opening round. The team that advances will face the division’s second place Tampa Bay Lightning or third place Montreal Canadiens. The Metropolitan Division-champion Pittsburgh Penguins will play the wild card Columbus Blue Jackets and the winner moves on to face the division’s second or third-place teams, the New York Rangers or Philadelphia Flyers.

OUT WEST The Pacific Division-champion Anaheim Ducks are set to match up with the wild card Dallas Stars, the fifth team in from the Central, in the only interdivision series. The winner will play the Pacific’s second place San Jose Sharks or Los Angeles Kings. The Central champion Colorado Avalanche face the wild card Minnesota Wild and the team that advances will match up with the division’s second- or third-place teams, the St. Louis Blues or defending Stanley Cup-champion Chicago Blackhawks.

ON THE MEND The Blackhawks expect to have Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane in the lineup when they play at St. Louis on Thursday after each had long layoffs to heal injuries. Kane has been out since hurting his left knee March 19 — against the hardhitting Blues. Tampa Bay might have to get to the second round to have goaltender Ben Bishop on the ice. Bishop has been out since last week with an upper-body injury and isn’t going to be re-evaluated until early next week.

BUCKLE UP One of the many intriguing matchups in the opening round has the 2012 Stanley Cup champion Kings against the Sharks for the third time in four postseasons. The Kings eliminated

the Sharks in Game 7 of the second round last year after being eliminated by them in Game 6 of an opening-round series in 2011. Los Angeles and San Jose have played 22 times the last three years, including the playoffs, and each has won 11 of those games.

PRESIDENTIAL PRIVILEGE Boston had the best record in the regular season, giving the franchise its first Presidents’ Trophy since 1990. The Bruins can be pardoned for not being too cocky about their chances because they lost three of four matchups this season against the Red Wings, who are in a 23rd straight postseason.

CROSBY’S CHANCE Penguins superstar Sidney Crosby won the Art Ross Trophy for the first time since he really was a kid, scoring a league-high 120 points during the 2006-07 season as a 19-yearold, second year pro. Crosby crushed the competition in scoring, reaching the 100-point mark for the fifth time in his career to finish 17 points ahead of Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf.

WELCOME BACK The Stars are in the playoffs for the first time since 2008. Columbus is still playing for just the second time in its 13-season history and first since 2009. The Avalanche are playing among the league’s best after three years of missing the postseason. The Lightning are back in the 16-team tournament for the first time since 2011.

SELANNE’S SWAN SONG Ducks star Teemu Selanne plans to retire after this season, ending a 21-season run that includes a Stanley Cup in 2006. The 43-year-old “Finnish Flash” averaged less than half a point per game for the first time in a decade. Selanne has become a supporting player on a talented team that should advance for the first time since 2009.

WOE CANADA The hockey-crazed country north of the U.S. border is represented by only one team — Montreal — in the playoffs. It has been 41 years since that was true and back then, the Scotty Bowman-led Canadiens won one of their NHL-record 23 championships.





ROBERT E. JONES SANTEE — A celebration of life service for Robert Edward “Bobby” Jones, 73, will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Powers Funeral Home, Lugoff. The Rev. Sammy Geddings will officiate and the Rev. Willie Davis will accompany. The family will receive friends prior to the serJONES vice from 1 to 2 p.m. at the funeral home. Mr. Jones passed away on Wednesday, April 9, 2014. Born in Gainesville, Fla., he was a son of the late Francis Semmes Jones Sr. and Aline Dent Stalzer. Mr. Jones graduated from Eau Claire High School and went on to serve in the United States Navy and Coast Guard. He graduated from Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Va., with a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in physics and electrical engineering. He formerly taught at Tidewater Community College. He was the CEO and owner of Carolina Power Systems of Sumter Inc. Mr. Jones enjoyed fishing, shrimping, hunting and watching college football. He was a barbecue connoisseur who especially enjoyed mustardbased barbecue. Surviving are his wife, Margie Donovan Jones; stepchildren, Roger Lee Anthony (April), Jamie Young (Mary), Tosha Young (Mark), Samantha Maynard (Mike), Carrie Plant and Laura Maynard; brother, John C. Stalzer Jr. (Lynn); sisters, Margo Stalzer Dimmery and Jolene A. Stalzer; 11 grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, greatnieces; great-nephews; and his loving and faithful pets, Sugar and Brady. He was predeceased by a brother, Francis Semmes Jones Jr.; and his favorite companion, his dog, Dinky. A special thanks to his family, a good friend, Bob Stemba, nephew, Johnny Stalzer III, and Dr. Tamera E. Wolfman for their loving care. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or MUSC Cardiothoracic Surgery or MUSC Internal Medicine. Sign the online register at

GUSSIE THAMES Sr. ALCOLU — Deacon Gussie Thames Sr., 78, husband of Evangelist Dorothy Gray Stukes Thames, died on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, at his residence, 6636 Sumter Highway, Alcolu. He was born May 1, 1935, in

Manning, a son of the late Daniel K. “DK” and Ruth Pearson Thames. He received his formal education in the public THAMES schools of Clarendon County. He was a member of Elizabeth Missionary Baptist Church, Manning, and was an ordained deacon and a member of the Six Gospellets of Summerton. He was employed for more than 30 years with the South Carolina Department of Transportation before he retired. Survivors are his wife, Dorothy Gray Thames of the home; five sons, Richard Thames of Jacksonville, Fla., Gussie (Tomeka) Thames Jr., William (Shirley) Thames, James Edward “Tony” Thames and McArthur (Rochelle) Thames, all of Manning; two brothers, Willis (Naomi) Thames and Daniel (Gloria) Thames, both of Manning; three sisters, Annie Mae Graham of Greenville, Francina (John) Wright of Irmo and Mamie Ruth (Richard) Dinkins of Rochester, N.Y.; sister-in-law, Helen Thames of Boston, Mass.; four additional sisters-in-law; mother-in-law, Martha Stukes of Brooklyn, N.Y.; a granddaughter reared as his own, Shrock Thames; eight additional grandchildren; and six greatgrandchildren. Wake services for Deacon Thames will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Hayes F. & LaNelle J. Samuel Sr. Memorial Chapel, 11 N. Church St., Manning. Celebratory services for Deacon Thames will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Elizabeth Missionary Baptist Church, 4829 Alex Harvin Highway, Manning, with the Rev. Terry Johnson, pastor, officiating, and the Rev. William T. Johnson, the Rev. Ashley Vaughn and the Rev. Eugene Thomas assisting. Burial will follow in the churchyard cemetery. Deacon Thames will lie in repose one hour prior to funeral time. The family is receiving friends at the residence. These services have been entrusted to Samuels Funeral Home LLC of Manning.

NATHANIEL WELLS HYATTSVILLE, Md. — Nathaniel Wells, 81, of Cheverly, Md., was born in Sumter, a son of the late Rev. Matthew and Ella Billups Wells. He departed his life on April 7, 2014. He leaves to cherish his memories: his loving wife of 59 years, Julia; children, Theresa Brown, Tyrone Wells (Tracy), Tonia McSwain (Kenneth) and

Timothy Wells; two sisters, Dr. Bernice W. Stukes-Mose and Willie Mae McKnight; and one brother, Nehemiah Wells II (Vera). He is also survived by sisters-in-law, Rebecca Holland, Susie Miller, Minnie Donaldson and Mary Davis; seven grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Viewing will be held at 12:30 p.m. Thursday. Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at J.B. Jenkins Funeral Home Inc., 7474 Landover Road, Hyattsville, MD 20785. Interment will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at Maryland Veterans Cemetery.

ERNESTINE D. PAIGE WASHINGTON, D.C. — Ernestine Dixon Paige, widow of Walter Paige, died on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, in Washington, D.C. She was born Sept. 3, 1922, in the Davis Station section of Clarendon County, a daughter of the late Frazier and Alma Dixon Stukes. She received her education in the public schools of Clarendon County. In her youth, she joined Laurel Hill AME Church, Davis Station, and was a member of the WWCA. She later moved to New York and Baltimore, Md. In the early 1950s, she finally settled in Washington, D.C., where she joined John Wesley AME Church and served faithfully. She was employed in private industry, until she retired. Survivors are her daughter, Yvonne Moody of the home; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Celebratory services for Mrs. Paige will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Hayes F. & Lanelle J. Samuels Sr. Memorial Chapel, 114 N. Church St., Manning, with the Rev. Jerome McCray officiating and the Rev. O’Donald Dingle assisting. Burial will follow in Hopkins Cemetery, Summerton. These services have been entrusted to Samuels Funeral Home LLC of Manning.

VERNELL RAGINS On April 13, 2014, Vernell Ragins returned to his heavenly father’s arms from Tuomey Regional Medical Center. Born on Nov. 22, 1934, in Sumter County, he was the youngest of 10 children born to the late Eula Lee Harvin Ragins and Elijah Ragins. Until his health began to fail, Vernell was a faithful member of Mount Zero Missionary Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, six children, many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the chapel of Fleming and DeLaine Funeral Home. A service of remembrance will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Mount Zero Missionary Baptist Church, 7827 Paxville Highway (S.C. 261), Manning. Words of comfort will be delivered by Dr. Lucious Dixon, senior pastor. Service of committal, benediction and interment will follow in the Ragins family plot of Mount Zero Missionary Baptist Church cemetery. Fleming and DeLaine Funeral Home and Chapel of Manning is in charge of services. Online condolences may be sent to Flemingdelaine@aol. com.

DAVID A. TINSLEY David Arnold Tinsley, 88, widower of Catherine Dubose Tinsley, died on Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center. Born in Toledo, Ohio, he was a son of the late William and Doris Williams Tinsley. The family will receive friends at the home, 102 W. Oakland Ave. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Palmer Memorial Chapel Inc. of Sumter.

WARREN PLOWDEN Jr. COLUMBIA — Warren “Bobby” Plowden Jr., husband of Willamena Pringle Plowden, departed this life on Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at Palmetto Health Richland. Born on Feb. 13, 1939, in Manning, he was a son of the late Warren Sr. and Lula Johnson Plowden. The family is receiving relatives and friends at the residence, 1483 Herod Drive, Manning. Services are incomplete and will be announced by Fleming & Delaine Funeral Home and Chapel.

BEULAH M. BRANHAM BISHOPVILLE — Beulah Marsh Branham, 92, widow of William D. Branham, died on Monday, April 14, 2014, at McCoy Nursing Home. Born in Kershaw County, she was a daughter of the late Hopson and Nellie DeBruhl Marsh. Mrs. Branham was a member of Beulah United Methodist Church in Camden. She was an avid Clemson fan and loved watching her Tigers play. Survivors include two daughters, Shirley Branham Price (Olin) of Bishopville and Mary Branham Medlin (Mitchell) of Camden; one son, Gary

Branham (Shirley) of Camden; eight grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, Billy Branham; and three sisters, Margaret Reeder, Thelma Hall and Lucille Elsbree. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday at Beulah United Methodist Church with Pastor Pat Amick officiating. Burial will be in Wateree Baptist Church cemetery in Camden. Pallbearers will be Danny Price, Gee Branham, Cody Daniels, Chase Daniels, Dawson Price, Rand Reeder, Russell Reeder and Ray Robinson. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Hancock-Elmore-Hill Funeral Home and other times at 714 Pearl St., Bishopville. The family would like to thank the staff of McCoy Nursing Home for their compassionate care over the past four years. Hancock-Elmore-Hill Funeral Home of Bishopville is in charge of the arrangements.

JAMES P. NESBITT Jr. James P. Nesbitt Jr., 76, husband of Sharon Hopkins Nesbitt, died on Monday, April 14, 2014, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center. Born in Lynchburg, he was a son of the late James P. Sr. and Ida Logan Nesbitt. Mr. Nesbitt was a member of Harmony Church. He retired from the S.C. Department of Transportation. He loved his family dearly. Survivors include his wife of 39 years; three sons, Brian O’Neal (Lisa) of Effingham, Ben Bellamy (Lisa) of Sumter and James T. Nesbitt (Vicki) of Timmonsville; two grandchildren, Dalton Bellamy and Dori Bellamy; one brother, Charles Nesbitt (Carol) of Sumter; and one sister, Betty Shriver of Sumter. He was preceded in death by one brother, Brainerd Nesbitt. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday at Harmony Church with the Rev. Drew Choate officiating. Burial will be in Wells Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Billy Joe Hopkins, Jordan Hopkins, Mendel Coward, Tommy Stack, Dickie Shriver and Jimmy Shriver. The family will receive friends from 1 to 2:45 p.m. Thursday at Harmony Church and other times at the home. Memorials may be made to Harmony Church, 1021 Sterling St., Sumter, SC 29153. Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home and Crematorium of Sumter is in charge of the arrangements.

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Va. State player pleads guilty in QB assault WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — A Virginia State football player pleaded guilty Tuesday to assaulting Winston-Salem State’s starting quarterback during a November luncheon, the day before the teams were going to play for the league championship. Forsyth County Chief Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Martin said Lamont Britt pleaded guilty to a charge of simple as-


sault. Britt had been charged with misdemeanor assault inflicting serious injury. Judge Denise Hartsfield sentenced Britt to 45 days in jail, suspended for one year, probation for a year, and imposed the condition that he complete or be in the process of completing his education. Hartsfield also ordered Britt to cooperate with any continued investigations.

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An arrest warrant said Britt hitting Rudy Johnson in the face and head in a restroom on Nov. 15 during the during the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association awards luncheon. It came one day before the two schools were to meet for the league championship. CIAA officials canceled the game after the fight, and later declared Virginia State ineligible for postseason play.

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CLASSIFIEDS LEGAL NOTICES Legal Notice NOTICE To All Customers of FARMERS TELEPHONE COOPERATIVE, INC. On November 24, 1997, the South Carolina Public Service Commission designated Farmers Telephone Cooperative, Inc. (FTC) an "Eligible Telecommunications Carrier" for its service area for universal service purposes. The goal of universal service is to provide all citizens access to essential telecommunications services. FTC provides single party residence (with unlimited local usage) and business service for rates which range from $15.62 for residential customers and $28.70 per month for business customers. This includes access to: •Long distance carriers •Emergency services •Operator services •Directory assistance •Telecommunications Relay Services •Other services designed to persons with disabilities •Toll blocking Use of these services may result in added charges. In addition, FTC provides one copy of its annual local directory without charge. Touch Tone service is available at no additional charge. FTC would be pleased to provide you with specific rates for any of these services within your area upon request. If you are a low-income consumer and need help paying for phone service, you may be eligible to participate in the Lifeline program. Lifeline, a government assistance program, provides discounts off monthly phone service (wireline or wireless) for eligible consumers. You may be eligible if you participate in a government assistance program or have income at or below the poverty level. Lifeline is non-transferable and available to one qualifying consumer per household. Please call FTC at one of the local numbers appearing on your monthly telephone statement, or 1-888-218-5050 if you have any questions.

Public Storage/ PS Orangeco, Inc. LEGAL NOTICE NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE OF PERSONAL PROPERTY Notice is hereby given that the undersigned will sell to satisfy the lien of owner at public sale by competitive bidding on April 24th, 2014 personal and/or business property including but not limited to furniture, clothing, tools and other household/business items located at the properties listed. The sale will begin at 1:00 pm at 1277 Camden Hwy, Sumter, SC 29153. The personal goods stored therein by below named occupant(s); 1143 N.Guignard Dr, Sumter, SC 29150 None 1277 Camden Hwy, Sumter, SC 29153 C015 - Tisdale, Bernard C051 - Holmes, Latimore D037 - Jones, Richard F026 - Newman, Tameka I017 - Millette, Tamika K016 - Singleton, Peggy 3785 Broad St, Sumter, SC 29154 0841 - Greenlee, William Purchase must be made with cash only and paid for at the time of sale. All goods are sold as is and must be removed at the time of the sale. Sale is subject to adjournment.

NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the County Council (the "County Council") of Sumter County, South Carolina (the "County"), on April 8, 2014 enacted Ordinance No. 14-807 entitled "AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE ISSUANCE AND SALE OF GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS, SERIES 2014, OR SUCH OTHER APPROPRIATE SERIES DESIGNATION, IN THE PRINCIPAL AMOUNT OF NOT TO EXCEED $2,500,000; FIXING THE FORM AND DETAILS OF THE BONDS; AUTHORIZING THE COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR TO PRESCRIBE CERTAIN DETAILS RELATING TO THE BONDS; PROVIDING FOR THE PAYMENT OF THE BONDS AND THE DISPOSITION OF THE PROCEEDS THEREOF; ADOPTING WRITTEN PROCEDURES RELATED TO TAX-EXEMPT DEBT AND OTHER MATTERS RELATING THERETO" (the "Ordinance"). The Ordinance authorized the issuance and sale of not exceeding $2,500,000 General Obligation Bonds, Series 2014 (the "Bonds") of the County. The proceeds of the Bonds will be used for any one or more of the following purposes: (i) funding

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Legal Notice capital projects and equipment acquisition; (ii) paying costs of issuance of the Bonds (hereinafter defined); and (iii) such other lawful purposes as the Council shall determine. Pursuant to Section 11-27-40(8) of the South Carolina Code of Laws, 1976, as amended, unless a notice, signed by not less than five (5) qualified electors of the County, of the intention to seek a referendum is filed both in the office of the Clerk of Court of the County and with the Clerk of the County Council, the initiative and referendum provisions of South Carolina law, Sections 4-9-1210 to 4-9-1230, South Carolina Code of Laws 1976, as amended, shall not be applicable to the Ordinance. The notice of intention to seek a referendum must be filed within twenty (20) days following the publication of this notice of the adoption of the aforesaid Ordinance in a newspaper of general circulation in Sumter County. COUNTY COUNCIL OF SUMTER COUNTY, SOUTH CAROLINA

Public Notice This is to inform the public of the opportunity to attend a public hearing on the proposed SFY 2014-2015 Section 5310, Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program Applications (Rural and Small Urban) to be submitted to the South Carolina Department of Transportation, no later than April 17, 2014. Those interested in attending a public hearing on these applications should contact Robin Hickman, Director of Finance, Sumter County Disabilities and Special Needs Board (SCDSNB), in writing on or before May 1, 2014. The contact address is 750 Electric Drive, Sumter, SC 29153. These grants provide capital and operational assistance for transportation options and services for the communities operating in Sumter County in Santee Lynches region. These services are currently provided using SCDSNB's vehicles, as well as contracting with the Santee Wateree Regional Transportation Authority. The total estimated amounts requested for the period July 1, 2014, through June 30, 2015, are: Total Amount Rural $65,000 (Purchase of Service) $10,397 (Operations) Minimum Local Match Rural $13,000 (20%) (Purchase of Service) $5,298 (50%) Operations Total Amount Small Urban $240,000 (Vehicle Purchase) $179,640 (Operations) Minimum Local Match Small Urban $36,000 (15%) (Vehicle Purchase) $89,820 (50%) (Operations) Grand Total $495,036.52 (Total Federal Request) $144,118 (Total Local Share) The applications may be inspected at SCDSNB from April 21, 2014, to April 30, 2014, from Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM. Written comments should be directed to Robin Hickman, Director of Finance, at 750 Electric Drive, Sumter, SC 29153, on or before May 1, 2014.

Summons & Notice SUMMONS AND NOTICE OF FILING IN THE PROBATE COURT CASE NUMBER 2014-ES-43-186 STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF SUMTER Mary Arnold Petitioner, vs. Randy H. Workman, Jr., Livevee R. Workman, Roger T. Workman, Robert L Workman, Reynney K. Workman, John Doe and Richard Roe, as Representatives of all unknown Heirs of Hodge Workman, Deceased, and all persons entitled to claim under or through them; any unknown adults being, as a class, designated as John Doe, and any unknown infants or persons under disability or persons in Military Service designated, as a class, as Richard Roe, Respondents, IN RE: Hodge Workman,

having been filed on the 25th day of March 2014, and to serve a copy of your Answer to the said Petition upon the subscriber at his office at 26 North Main Street, Sumter, South Carolina 29150, within thirty (30) days after the service hereof, exclusive of the day of such service, and if you fail to answer the Petition within the time aforesaid, judgment by default will be rendered against you for the relief demanded in the Petition. TO MINOR(S) OVER FOURTEEN YEARS OF AGE, AND/OR TO MINOR(S) UNDER FOURTEEN YEARS OF AGE AND THE PERSON(S) WITH WHOM SUCH MINOR(S) RESIDE(S), AND/OR TO PERSONS UNDER SOME LEGAL DISABILITY: YOU ARE FURTHER SUMMONED AND NOTIFIED to apply for the appointment of a Guardian Ad Litem and/or to retain legal counsel, as appropriate, within thirty (30) days after the service of this Summons and Notice upon you. If you fail to so do, application for such appointments will be made by the Attorney for the Petitioner. O R D E R APPOINTING GUARDIAN AD LITEM, APPOINTING ATTORNEY TO REPRESENT RESPONDENTS UNDER LEGAL DISABILITY AND IN MILITARY SERVICE, AND FOR SERVICE BY PUBLICATION FOR GOOD CAUSE SHOWN and upon consideration of the filed Petition of the Petitioner for Appointment of Garryl L. Deas, Esquire, as Guardian Ad Litem to protect the interest of the above-named Respondents in this action, excepting Respondents Randy H. Workman, Jr., Livevee R. Workman, Roger T. Workman, Robert L. Workman, and Reynney K. Workman, and as Attorney to represent Respondents who may be in Military Service, and it appearing that Garryl L. Deas, Esquire, has consented to said appointments, it is hereby ORDERED That Garry L. Deas, Esquire, of the Sumter Bar, whose address is The Deas Law Firm, 201 North Main Street, Sumter, South Carolina 29150, Telephone Number (803) 775-7004, be and he hereby is appointed Guardian Ad Litem to protect the interest of the following Respondents in this action; namely, John Doe and Richard Roe, as Representatives of all unknown Heirs of Hodge Workman, Deceased, and all persons entitled to claim under or through them; any unknown adults being, as a class, designated as John Doe, and any unknown infants or persons under disability or persons in Military Service designated, as a class, as Richard Roe who may be in the Military Service of the United States of America and may be, as such, entitled to the benefits of the Servicemember's Civil Relief Act, formerly called the Soldiers' and Sailors' Civil Relief Act of 1940, and any amendments thereto, excepting, however, the Respondents identified above by name, any and/or all of whom may have or claim to have some interest in the proceedings as heir(s) of the Decedent; and it is ORDERED that Garryl L. Deas is authorized, empowered and directed to appear on behalf of and to represent said Respondents, unless said Respondents, or someone on their behalf shall within thirty (30) days after service of a copy hereof as directed, procure the appointment of Guardian(s), Guardian(s) Ad Litem and/or Attorney(s) for said Respondents. It is further ORDERED that a copy of this Order shall be forthwith served upon said unknown Respondents by publication in The Item, a newspaper of general circulation published in the County of Sumter, State of South Carolina, once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks, together with the Summons and Notice of Filing of Petition To Determine Heirs in the above-entitled action. AND IT IS SO ORDERED! Theresa A. Duggan Deputy Judge Sumter County Probate Court Sumter, South Carolina MOORE LAW FIRM, L.L.C. Dwight C. Moore, S.C. Bar No. 63008 26 North Main Street Sumter, South Carolina 29150 Sumter, South Carolina Telephone (803) 778-6520 Fax (803) 775-6365 Attorney for Petitioner


Deceased. TO THE RESPONDENTS ABOVE-NAMED: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED And required to appear and defend by answering the Petition To Establish Heirs of Hodge Workman, Deceased, the original of which is on file in the Probate Court of Sumter County, Sumter Judicial Center, 215 North Harvin Street, Room 111, Sumter, South Carolina 29150,


Summons & Notice

Summons & Notice

In Memory

vs. Jason Henley, DEFENDANT. TO THE NAMED:



YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and required to answer the Complaint herein, a copy of which is herewith served upon you, or to otherwise appear and defend, and to serve a copy of your Answer to said Complaint upon the subscribers at their office, 4000 Faber Place, Suite 450, P.O. Box 71727, North Charleston, South Carolina, 29415, or to otherwise appear and defend the action pursuant to applicable court rules, within thirty (30) days after service hereof, exclusive of the day of such service; except that the United States of America, if named, shall have sixty (60) days to answer after the service hereof, exclusive of such service; and if you fail to answer the Complaint or otherwise appear and defend within the time aforesaid, the Plaintiff in this action will apply to the Court for relief demanded therein, and judgment by default will be rendered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint. TO MINOR(S) OVER FOURTEEN YEARS OF AGE, AND/OR TO MINOR(S) UNDER FOURTEEN YEARS OF AGE AND THE PERSON WITH WHOM THE MINOR(S) RESIDE(S) AND/OR TO PERSONS UNDER SOME LEGAL DISABILITY: YOU ARE FURTHER SUMMONED AND NOTIFIED to apply for the appointment of a guardian ad litem within thirty (30) days after the service of this Summons and Notice upon you. If you fail to do so, application for such appointment will be made by the Plaintiff. YOU WILL ALSO TAKE NOTICE that pursuant to Rule 53(b) SCRCP, as amended effective September 1, 2002, the Plaintiff will move for a general Order of Reference to the Master in Equity for Sumter County, which Order shall, pursuant to Rule 53(b) of the South Carolina Rules of Civil Procedure, specifically provide that the said Master in Equity is authorized and empowered to enter a final judgment in this action. If there are counterclaims requiring a jury trial, any party may file a demand under rule 38, SCRCP and the case will be returned to the Circuit Court.

authorized to provide you any legal advice. IF YOU FAIL, REFUSE, OR VOLUNTARILY ELECT NOT TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS FORECLOSURE INTERVENTION PROCESS, THE FORECLOSURE MAY PROCEED. NOTICE PURSUANT TO THE FAIR DEBT COLLECTION PRACTICES ACT (15 U.S.C. § 1692 et seq.): This is an attempt to collect a debt and any information you provide will be used for that purpose. However, if you have previously received a discharge from bankruptcy, this message is not and should be construed as an attempt to collect a debt, but only as a requirement pursuant to the administrative order. FINKEL LAW FIRM LLC THOMAS A. SHOOK Post Office Box 71727 North Charleston, South Carolina 29415 (843) 577-5460 Attorney for Plaintiff

In Loving Memory of Frank J. Ladson 04/16/39 - 01/01/99 Happy Birthday! It's been 15 years since you've been gone. There's not a day that goes by that you're not thought of especially on this day, Your Birthday! Missing you everyday. Love Always Your Wife, Children, Grandchildren, Family & Friends

ANNOUNCEMENTS Lost & Found Found keychain w/ number of keys, corner of Nash & Covington. Call 968-4555 to identify. Lost at Quality Inn Sumter: lg male mix dog, med length gold / lt brown fur. No collar. If found call 803-317-7566. REWARD

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In Loving Memory Of Kevin W. Bethea Alpha: 11-22-80 Omega 04-15-10 I love him no matter the form. Lord I hand his soul onto your capable ways. I pray for forgiveness. I am my brothers keeper. Love Michael

NOTICE OF FILING COMPLAINT NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the original Complaint in the above entitled action, together with the Summons, was filed in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Sumter County on March 4, 2014 at 2:21 p.m. PLEASE TAKE NOTICE THAT pursuant to the Supreme Court of South Carolina Administrative Order 2011-05-02-01, you may be eligible for foreclosure intervention programs for the purpose of resolving the above-referenced foreclosure action. If you wish to be considered for a foreclosure intervention program, you must contact Finkel Law Firm LLC, 4000 Faber Place Drive, Suite 450 (29405), P.O. Box 71727 (29415), North Charleston, SC 29405, or call (843) 577-5460 within thirty (30) days from the date of this notice. Finkel Law Firm LLC represents the Plaintiff in this action. Our law firm does not represent you and is not

Aaron Green 06/29/57 - 04/16/00 It has been 14 years since you've been gone, but not forgotten. Sadly missed by your family.

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Cash For Junk Cars, used Cars, junk Batteries & unwanted gift cards. Call Gene 803-934-6734 Evergreen Cemetery, 4 plots, side by side, Irish Section. Call 803-840-5879. Used Old 1 row, Cultivator, distrbulator, planter, 2 planter plates & 3. hitch. $150.Phone after April 14th, 803-494-3531

In Loving Memory Of Kelvin W. Bethea Alpha 11-22-80 Omega 04-15-2010 My first born, miss you so much. It hurts alot I know you in a better place. It's been 4 yrs God brought you home. We all love you and miss you. Mom, Dad, Michael, Antione & Grandmom.

Expert Tech, New & used heat pumps & A/C. Will install/repair, warranty; Compressor & labor $600. Call 803-968-9549 or 843-992-2364

Antiques / Collectibles 1955 Vendo V-110 coke machine for sale. Asking price is $400. Call 481-0933 after 5 pm.

EMPLOYMENT Help Wanted Full-Time Maintenance Technician Electrical, Painting, Plumbing & HVAC certified a plus. Must be able to work on call weekends and holidays if needed. Send resume to: Maintenance Box 356 c//o The Item, PO Box 1677 Sumter SC 29151. EOE

Kenyatta & Jy'Karie Nelson Bambam & Jay 5/13/03 4/18/06 RIP April 16, 2007 You are my angels, my darlings, my star and my love will find you wherever you are. Mommie and big sis loves you dearly. Rest on my babies until we meet again. Sadly missed, Mom, Sister, Aunties, Granny, Cousins

BUSINESS SERVICES Business Services Land clearing on site mulching, tree and brush grinding, Free estimates. David 803-972-1090

Home Improvements H.L. Boone, Contractor additions, painting, roofing, gutters, sheetrock, blown ceilings, decks. 773-9904

Custom Flooring and Paint Specializing in Laminate flooring. And professional painting of all type. Call Ryan @ 803-468-3350

Lawn Service Taylor's Lawn Care Dependable and Affordable Call 803-651-0125 Four Seasons Lawn Care Serving Sumter for almost 20 yrs! Free est. 494-9169/468-4008

Full Time Mechanic Needed ASAP @ car dealership. Reliable Hardworking mechanic to fix cars quick and multitask. Professional mechanic exp. required. Car dealership exp., body shop exp. & certifications a plus. Dom & Imp. work. Work hours: 8a-7p M-F and 9a-6p Sat. Must have drvs. lic. & your own tools. Immediate hire. Call Denis at 866-384-9849. Auto Mechanic needed ASAP. Apply in person B & C Automotive, 601 Broad St. New Papa John's near Shaw AFB is looking for Driver and Inside Workers. Interviews will be conducted 4/11/2014. Please call or email for further information and to schedule your interview. 803-629-8405 or Insurance Office seeks CSR /Agent. P & C license, experience helpful but not required. Fax resume to 855-246-9598. New Papa John's near Shaw AFB is seeking Delivery Drivers. Please call 803-629-8405 or email

Help Wanted Part-Time Part-time Assistant needed for a busy office in Manning. Please send all response to P-Box 336 c/o The Item, PO Box 1677 Sumter SC 29151 Elderly man seeking Part time housekeeper. Mon-Thur. morning hours, 4 days a week, 4 hours a day. Light cleaning, cooking and laundry. Pay is $100 weekly. Email responses to

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JT's Lawn Care: All your lawn needs, Tree cutting & pressure washing, Senior disc. 840-0322

Experienced Bar Tender Needed Manning area, call between 8 am 5 pm for an interview (803)413-2503

Oxendine & Son Lawn Care All your lawn care needs & pressure washing. Call Jonathan 803-565-2160 or Kerry 316-8726.

Waitresses/bartender needed nights & weekends. Apply at Shuckers of Sumter, 401 Rast St. between 11 am - 7 pm Mon - Fri. No phone calls please.

GrassBusters, Lawn Maintenance, Pest & Termite Control. Insured and Lic. 803-983-4539,

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Rawls Lawncare: Clean up, Trim Shubery, Cut Grass, Pressure Wash & more. Free Estimates. Lic/Insured. 803-425-4845

Long Haul flatbed drivers wanted. CDL Class A. 3 years experience and 25 yrs old required with a clean 10 year MVR. Well maintained equipment. Excellent commission based pay. Steady freight. Call 843-906-7833

Roofing All Types of Roofing & Repairs All work guaranteed. 30 yrs exp. SC lic. Virgil Bickley 803-316-4734.

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Company Drivers Needed Immediate opening for CDL Class A Drivers. Eastern dedicated runs. No NE runs. Must have 3 yrs OTR Exp. No preventable accidents. Call for more info. 843-383-6953. Wanted Switch Truck Driver. Need 2nd shift (4pm-1am). Must have CDL Class A driver License. Must have 2 yrs of verifiable commercial Driving experience. Call for more info 843-383-6953


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1997 3 Br, 2 Ba D/W in Dalzell, all appliances, Section 8 accepted. 469-6978.

Church Facility located at 16 Kendrick Street. Move in Ready. 10,195 sq ft on 2.35 acres with 1,040 sq ft picnic shelter. Chapel, Fellowship Hall, Sunday School Rooms, Office Complex and Full Working Kitchen. Contact Talmadge Tobias at Re/Max Summit 803-491-4573.

Ernest Baker Auto Sales & Equip. Located 3349 N. Main St 5.5 miles from 378 overpass at N. Main., on Hwy 15 N. next to Baker Mini Warehouse. Remember Cars are like Eggs, Cheaper in the Country!!! 803-469-9294

OTR Drivers needed for family run trucking operation. Must possess CDL with tanker endorsement as well as TWIC card. Must be willing to stay out two weeks at a time. Great pay and working environment and well-kept equipment. Call for more information at 803-488-0100. Casual CDL Drivers needed with tanker endorsement and TWIC cards. Have plenty of weekend work available as well as some through the week. This is an opportunity to earn extra money besides your full-time job. Call for more information at 803-488-0100.

Medical Help Wanted Live-in health assistant needed. Hrs: 9 am Fri - 9 am Sun. Non-smokers, must be strong & able to do stand/pivot transfers. Call 803-478-7434.

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Resort Rentals Ocean Lakes 2BR/2BA C/H/A Sleeps 8, near ocean, Call 803-773-2438


Commercial Rentals Church Building in Mayesville located on Willow St. for rent. Contact 803-453-5187 or 803-775-3975 Building for rent could use for Church or Other. Near Manning on Silver Rd. 803-473-3301


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2004 Chevy Malibu, Excellent condition. $3,200 OBO or willing neg. Call 803-447-5453

2011 Ultra-lite 32' camper. Elec slideout, AC, heat, sleeps 8. Exc cond. $16,998. 803-481-8301



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Land & Lots for Sale Hwy 441 Dalzell, ac, cleared, water, septic, elec $3K dn $225 mo 60 mo $13K. 713-870-0216

Room for rent (18 or older female). Call for more info 803-469-6705

Unfurnished Apartments Senior Living Apartments for those 62+ (Rent based on income) Shiloh-Randolph Manor 125 W. Bartlette. 775-0575 Studio/1 Bedroom apartments available EHO Waterfront @ Lake Marion 3BR 2BA DW $750 Mo. +Dep 2BR 1BA SW $525 Mo. +Dep Call 803 983-9035 or 773-6655

Unfurnished Homes 3Br 1BA near Manning on 301 N. Rd $600/mo + $600/Dep. Call 803-473-3301 3BR/2BA DW out of Manning on Goodwill Church Rd. $650/dep + $650/mo. Call 473-3301 3 or 4BR house (Alcolu). $700/dep +$700/mo. 473-3301

Mobile Home Rentals Rent to own 2BR/1BA all appl. incl. C/H/A, water & sewer incl. $385/mo. Call 803-464-5757 Oaklawn MHP: 2 BR M.H.'s, water/sewer/garbage pk-up incl'd. RV parking avail. Call 494-8350 E. Brewington Rd. near Mayewood School, 3BR/2BA DWMH. $550/mo + $550/SD. NO Section 8. Call 803-934-6845 or 803-938-3174 1 Bdrm Mobile Homes- All appliances, heat pump, water, sewer and trash pick up included. Rent $300+Sec dep Call 803-464-3437 Btwn 12-8pm

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16, 2014 Call Ivy Moore at: (803) 774-1221 | E-mail:

Celebrate Shakespeare’s birth

Jordan Barton, Dasean Jefferson, John Olsen, Tacia Womack, Taylor Kellner and Lainey Sneider rehearse the Bergomask dance at the end of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

USC Sumter presents scenes from bard’s plays BY IVY MOORE

Jordan Barton and Dasean Jefferson play Juliet and Romeo in the balcony scene from Shakespeare’s tragedy, “Romeo and Juliet.”


pril is not only National Poetry Month, it also is the month of William Shakespeare’s birth, a month-long, national celebration of poetry established by the Academy of American Poets. To celebrate poetry, and especially Shakespeare, known for his sonnets and for writing his plays in blank verse, Dr. Park Bucker’s Shakespeare in Performance class will present a program of scenes from the bard’s plays, “Romeo and Juliet,” “As You Like It” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” The UniverSHAKESPEARE IN sity of South PERFORMANCE Carolina Sumter students Noon, April 23 will perform USC-Sumter “’The Most 200 Miller Road Lamentable Lecture Hall Room 116 Comedy (and Arts and Letters Building Most Cruel Death) of Open to the public Pyramus and Admission is free. Thisby’ and Other Scenes by William Shakespeare” at noon on what is generally considered William Shakespeare’s birthday, April 23. Bucker said there is “no record of the actual date, but on April 25, there is a record of his having been born, so his birthday is generally set at two days earlier.” The actors/students are Lainey Sneider, Dasean Jefferson, Taylor Kellner, John Olsen, Tacia Womack and Jordan Barton. The selection of the scenes was a collaboration, Bucker said: “I presented several different scenes to the class and they chose these. They very much wanted to do comic scenes.” Doomed lovers Romeo and Juliet, played by Jefferson and Barton, will perform the famous “balcony scene,” in which they declare their love for each other and agree to get married,

What’s in a name? That which we call a rose By any other word would smell as sweet.


In this scene from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Demetrius, played by John Olsen, has dumped Helena, Tacia Womack, but she refuses to let him leave. He runs off to the forest in pursuit of Hermia. The male is Demetrius and the female Helena. despite the fact that their families, the Montagues and Capulets, are involved in a horrific feud. The young

couple believe their love will overcome the enmity between their families. As Juliet says,

All six actors perform the monologue from Act II of “As You Like It.” The often quoted speech is a metaphor equating the world to a stage and its inhabitants to actors, their roles being “the seven ages of man” — infancy to old age. Keller, Womack and Sneider portray the three characters in the tale of Pyramus and Thisby, also doomed lovers whose families prevent them from meeting. In “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” the scene is performed by the “rustics” as an entertainment in honor of the wedding of Theseus and Hippolyta, the Duke of Athens and the queen of the Amazons. Womack plays the wall that has a small chink through which the lovers declare their love. Kellner is Thisby, and Sneider plays Pyramus. In another scene from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Womack plays Helena, who is desperate to keep her erstwhile lover Demetrius from leaving her for another woman, Hermia. Olsen plays Demetrius. “The performance concludes as Shakespeare’s original productions did, with a traditional Bergomask dance,” Bucker said. Jefferson did the choreography for the dance, described as a “rustic, clownish dance.” The public is invited to attend the noon, April 23 performance in Lecture Hall Room 116 in the Arts and Letters Building at the University of South Carolina Sumter, 200 Miller Road. Admission is free.

In spring, our hearts turn to festivals, music, plays and art A

pril seems to be a really busy month. Just last weekend, we had Earth Day, the citywide Easter Egg Hunt, the Recovery Road Race and the annual Festival on the Avenue. Add to that the Sumter Out & About Shaw ComA guide to munity Con- arts & leisure cert AssociIVY MOORE ation’s season finale, Hal Linden at Patriot Hall, jazz by the Brad Mehldau Trio at the Sumter Opera House and Monday’s nature walk led by USC Sumter naturalist Austin Jenkins. There’s more to come that you’ll want to mark on your calendars.

See the story above for information on the free Shakespeare performance at the University of South Carolina Sumter, happening April 23. The Sumter County Gallery of Art will open a new exhibition by the celebrated artist Tarleton Blackwell of Manning on Thursday, April 24. Blackwell’s work has been in close to 400 exhibitions and can be seen in the permanent collection of the Mint Museum of Art in Charlotte, the Greenville County Museum of Art, Columbus (Ga.) Museum of Art and the Columbia Museum of Art, and many others. There are only three more days to see the unique exhibition now at the gallery. You won’t want to miss the

multimedia “The Paternal Suit: Heirlooms from the F. Scott Hess Family Foundation.” Call the gallery at (803) 775-0543. Sumter native Rob Crosby, an accomplished singer and songwriter, will bring some of his colleagues to the Sumter Opera House on Saturday, April 26, for a concert of their music. Now a resident of Nashville, Rob is the son of the late John and Julia Hoar, also a fine musician. If you want a good seat for this one, call the opera house at (803) 436-2616. The Sumter County Museum staff is preparing for their annual Shrimp Feast. It will be held in the museum gardens on April 19. There will be three hours to eat all

the shrimp you can — boiled, fried, with grits and in Frogmore stew — as well as barbecue. Beverages are included in the $30 ticket price. Call the museum at (803) 7750908 or visit the website at www.sumtercountymuseum. org. For some hilarity, prizes and good food, don’t forget the annual Cow Patty Bingo sponsored by Rotary Club of Sumter Sunrise. It’ll be held on Saturday, April 26, at the Sumter Civic Center adjacent to the American Legion Fairgrounds on West Liberty Street. Rotary members will be there all day serving food and beverages and assisting host Derek Burgess, who’ll be the brave one in the ring (livestock arena) marked off

in numbered squares waiting for a designated cow to cover a space. Many door prizes will be awarded. Call 4362270 for more information on this popular event that raises funds for Rotary charities. May is shaping up to be a month that “ain’t got no room for boring,” too, what with the Black Cowboy Festival, the opening of the Downtown Farmers Market and the Sumter Farmers Market at the fairgrounds, Sumter Senior Services’ Microbrew Festival, Sumter Little Theatre’s production of “The 39 Steps,” Carolina Backcountry Springtime at the museum, the Sumter Iris Festival and more. Watch Panorama for more information as the dates approach for these events.






Eggs break out, crack the haute cuisine scene BY MICHELLE LOCKE Associated Press Writer Don’t tell James Beard Award-winning food writer Michael Ruhlman that eggs are trending. True, he’s got a new book out this spring, “Egg,” that’s all about the sunny little kitchen staples. And he’s certainly aware that more people are catching on to the fact that the egg is “just this really fabulous, versatile ingredient.” But the problem with eggs being trendy is that it implies they could — or maybe even did — fall out of fashion, which is not something he’ll entertain. The egg, after all, can be “the height of refinement or the quintessential simple peasant dish. It can be fourstar cooking or it can be a last-minute on-the-run lunch,” he says. “What can’t it do?” Eggs, of course, are a basic ingredient and not likely to become tomorrow’s shrimp aspic. But their popularity is definitely on the rise. According to the American Egg Board, consumption is at a seven-year high with Americans adding three eggs person for each of the last three years, bringing the 2013 per capita total to just over 250 eggs. Kevin Burkum, senior vice president of marketing for the egg marketing group, sees the increase as being partly about the shift toward protein-based breakfasts as well as the fine dining trend that has turned eggs into the same type of dish-finishing flourish as bacon. Need convincing? Try typing #putaneggonit in Pinterest. “The fact is there is nothing that isn’t improved when you put a well-cooked egg on top of it,” says Ruhlman. Andrea Slonecker, who also has a new book out, “Eggs on Top: Recipes Elevated by an Egg,” would agree. “People are finding the value in a beautiful egg as a source of protein, as the main attraction in their meal,” she says. At its simplest, eggs come with a built-in sauce that can add taste and interest to a salad, a plate of steamed vegetables or a bowl of rice. And THE ASSOCIATED PRESS at the higher strata of kitchen The Egyptian seasoning, Dukkah, used in Oven Eggs with Olive Oil and Dukkah, can be made from ground spices and nuts. techniques, it’s the key to perfectly-executed souffles and fancy desserts. three people), use a 12-inch skillet or baking 1 tablespoon dukkah seasoning OVEN EGGS WITH OLIVE OIL AND For the home cook, Sloneckdish. Toasted bread or pita, for dipping DUKKAH er advises not overcooking Dukkah is an Egyptian seasoning blend Heat the oven to 325 F. eggs, which can get tough made from ground spices and nuts. It is inPour the oil into an 8-inch oven-safe skillet Think of this recipe from Andrea Slonecker’s fast. Instead, stop just before creasingly available at gourmet shops and or shallow baking dish. Crack the eggs into the “Eggs on Top” as an eggy take on the practhey’re done because there’ll some grocers (and is easily found online), skillet or baking dish (without breaking the tice of dunking bread in seasoned olive oil. be carry-over cooking after but also is simple to make. Slonecker’s reciyolks). Sprinkle the dukkah over the eggs, The eggs are essentially oven-poached in you take them off the heat. pe for dukkah is included below. It can be then bake to desired doneness, 10 minutes for olive oil. Serve with hunks of pita or other And think outside the egg carrefrigerated in an airtight container for sevloose yolks and 15 minutes for partially or fully bread for scooping up the soft eggs, oil and ton; not every egg must be eral weeks. set yolks. Serve with bread for scooping and all. scrambled. Slonecker someStart to finish: 15 to 20 minutes dunking into the eggs and oil. This recipe is intended to serve one, but is times poaches eggs in milk or Servings: 1 easily multiplied for more. To do so, increase Nutrition information per serving: 430 calories; 340 calobrowns butter, perhaps with a ries from fat (79 percent of total calories); 38 g fat (6 g satthe size of the skillet or baking dish by 2 little sage, and then cracks urated; 0 g trans fats); 360 mg cholesterol; 5 g carbohy2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil inches for every 2 eggs you add. For examthe egg into the pan. drate; 1 g fiber; 3 g sugar; 14 g protein; 200 mg sodium. 2 eggs, room temperature ple, if tripling the recipe to 6 eggs (to serve Ruhlman’s book began when he started pondering all the many, many ways eggs can be cooked while he was DUKKAH EGGS IN PUTTANESCA WITH ANGEL HAIR PASTA writing “Ruhlman’s Twenty,” Start to finish: 15 minutes a book about cooking techWe put eggs on top of pizza, so why not pasta? Michael Ruhlman gives it a go in this recipe for eggMakes 1/2 cup niques. He called in his wife topped puttanesca with angel hair pasta from his book, “Egg.” 1 tablespoon coriander seeds Donna, who in addition to Start to finish: 1 hour 15 minutes (15 minutes active) being his photographer has 1/2 teaspoon black peppercorns Servings: 4 better handwriting, and asked 1 tablespoon fennel seeds 1 Spanish onion, finely diced her to start writing the meth1/2 tablespoon cumin seeds 4 cloves garlic, smashed with the flat side of a knife and roughly chopped ods — in shell, out of shell, 3 tablespoons roasted, unsalted 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil boiled, fried, blended, etc. — pistachios or hazelnuts 1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more to taste on a piece of rolled parch1 tablespoon sesame seeds 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes ment. The resulting egg flow 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 cup dry red wine chart was what he ended up Heat a small, dry skillet over 28-ounce can whole peeled tomatoes, pureed (or 10 fresh Roma tomatoes, broiled for 15 minutes and showing publishers. medium. Add the coriander and pureed) “That was my book propospeppercorns and toast, stirring 1 bay leaf or 2 teaspoons dried oregano (or both) al, this 5-foot-long piece of constantly, until aromatic, about 1/2 tablespoon fish sauce or 4 anchovies, roughly chopped parchment paper,” he says. 30 seconds. Add the fennel and 1/2 cup pitted and chopped Kalamata olives “And that’s how the book toast, stirring, for another 30 2 tablespoons capers came about. It came about seconds. Add the cumin and 4 eggs with my wanting to explore toast until pungent. Transfer to a 1 pound angel hair pasta or thin spaghetti, cooked al dente, then tossed with extra-virgin olive oil or something.” small bowl and let cool combutter and kept warm in a covered pot So this is one instance pletely. In a large saute pan or skillet over medium-high heat, saute the onion and garlic in the olive oil, adding where, without a doubt, the Once cool, transfer to a spice the salt as you do. Stir until the onion and garlic are tender and translucent, then add the red pepper egg came first.

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grinder or mortar and pestle. Grind until fine, but not reduced to a powder. Add the nuts and grind again; be careful not to reduce the mixture to a paste. The mixture should resemble breadcrumbs. Stir in the sesame seeds and salt. Refrigerate in an airtight container for several weeks. Nutrition information per tablespoon: 30 calories; 20 calories from fat (67 percent of total calories); 2 g fat (0 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 0 mg cholesterol; 2 g carbohydrate; 1 g fiber; 0 g sugar; 1 g protein; 65 mg sodium.

flakes and stir to cook them and coat them with the oil. Add the wine and bring it to a simmer. Add the pureed tomatoes, the bay leaf and/or oregano, then bring to a simmer. Reduce the heat to low and cook the sauce until it’s nice and thick, about 1 hour. The sauce can be prepared in advance up to this point, allowed to cool, and stored in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Remove and discard the bay leaf and add the fish sauce (or anchovies), olives and capers. If the sauce was refrigerated, bring it to a full simmer over medium heat, then turn the heat to low. One at a time, crack each egg into a ladle, then lower it into the sauce, making a small well in the sauce with the ladle to contain the egg. Cover the pan and cook until the egg whites are set, 3 to 6 minutes. Divide the warm pasta among 4 serving dishes. Spoon the sauce over the pasta, topping each portion with an egg and finishing each dish with more sauce as needed. Serve immediately. Nutrition information per serving: 730 calories; 140 calories from fat (19 percent of total calories); 16 g fat (3 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 185 mg cholesterol; 108 g carbohydrate; 8 g fiber; 6 g sugar; 27 g protein; 1,490 mg sodium.






A healthy take on the Scotch egg BY ALISON LADMAN Associated Press Writer Frankly, it’s hard to produce a healthy rendering of a Scotch egg. But we decided to give it a go, because these delicious little calorie bombs are just too tempting. For anyone not familiar with them, a Scotch egg is a hardboiled egg that is coated in in sausage, then deep-fried. They can be eaten cold or — to add a few more calories — hot with a side of gravy. However you eat them, the end result is a saltysavory-crunchy-tender-meaty ball of wonderful. As we looked at the recipe, we found really only one place to cut back — the frying. If you cut the egg or the sausage, it simply isn’t a Scotch egg. But the frying was a possibility, especially since eliminating that also would make Scotch eggs easier to make (few of us enjoy deep-frying at home). And it turned out that bak-

Sweet pairings for grown-up Easter treats BY MICHELLE LOCKE Associated Press Writer Easter candy is dandy. But Easter candy paired with booze? Now that’s something to put a spring in your step. So we asked wine and spirits connoisseurs to come up with something the adults can sip on while the youngsters hunt for sugary splendors in the grass. PEEPS Yes, the vividly hued marshmallow treats are a pairing challenge, but not an insurmountable one. Daniel Cubicciotti, brand ambassador for port producers The Fladgate Partnership, suggests making a “PINK blossom,” a cocktail made from mixing 3 ounces Croft PINK port and 1 ounce elderflower liqueur, then topping it with 2 ounces of a sparkling wine, such as Domaine Carneros Brut 2009. The bright berry flavors of the rose port add a spring freshness to the nostalgic sweetness of the chewy candies. For a different take, Taryne Dixon, director of food and beverages at the Circa 59 restaurant in Palm Springs, Calif., suggests adding some bourbon to your basket with the Little Bo(urbon) Peep cocktail. In a cocktail shaker, mix one egg white (use pasteurized if raw eggs are a concern) with 1/4 ounce Frangelico, shaking thoroughly to create a frothy mix. Add 1 1/4 ounces bourbon and 1 ounce amaretto, then top with ice, shake and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with the Peeps of your choice. The bourbon does a nice job of balancing out the sweetness of the Peep and the cordials, says Dixon. “Plus, nothing says Easter better than a cocktail with chicks and eggs,” he says. And Niccole Trzaska of The Liberty bar in New York City has this suggestion — mixing flavored vodka with chocolate liqueur for a candy-like concoction she calls the Peep-tini. Start by dipping the moistened rim of a chilled martini glass in sugar to coat. Combine 1 1/2 ounces Sobieski Lemon Meringue Vodka with 1/2 ounce white chocolate liqueur and 1 ounce heavy cream in an ice-filled shaker. Shake and strain into glass. Garnish with a Peep. HOLLOW CHOCOLATE EGGS Trzaska has come up with a Sriracha spiced cocktail, the hippity-hot, that she says is “oddly delicious” with those ubiquitous foil-wrapped hollow chocolate eggs (a bunny would work here, too). In a shaker, she mixes 1 1/2 ounces vodka, 1/4 ounce vanilla liqueur, 1/4 ounce lime juice, 1/4 ounce cranberry juice, a drizzle of Sriracha and a dash of simple syrup. Then she shakes and strains into a glass and garnishes with a lime wheel.

ing the eggs in a very hot oven worked nicely, producing a perfectly crisp outer coating without overcooking the tender egg inside.

BAKED SCOTCH EGGS Start to finish: 1 hour Servings: 6 7 eggs, divided 1 pound loose breakfast sausage meat 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour 2 cups panko breadcrumbs Place 6 eggs in a medium saucepan. Add enough cold water to cover the eggs by 1 inch. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then cover and remove the pan from the heat. Allow to sit for 8 minutes, then use a slotted spoon to transfer the eggs to a bowl of ice water until chilled. Divide the sausage into 6 equal

patties, using about 1/3 cup each, then set aside. In a small bowl, whisk the remaining egg with the flour until smooth. Place the panko in another small bowl. When the eggs are cool, heat the oven to 450 F. Carefully remove the egg shells and use paper towels to blot dry the eggs. One at a time, place each egg on one of the sausage patties. Use your hands to flatten and wrap the sausage around the egg until completely enclosed in sausage. Dip each sausage covered egg first in the beaten egg, then in the panko. Mist each egg with cooking spray and arranging them on a baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes, or until golden and the sausage is cooked through. Serve immediately. Nutrition information per serving: 340 calories; 170 calories from fat (50 percent of total calories); 19 g fat (5 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 265 mg cholesterol; 19 g carbohydrate; 0 g fiber; 2 g sugar; 21 g protein; 520 mg sodium.


Baking instead of frying Scotch eggs removes calories but not that irresistable savory crunch.

















Reader needs to lose guilt and cheating boyfriend DEAR ABBY — I have been in a longdistance relationship with “Victor” for several years. Recently I Dear Abby began to suspect he ABIGAIL was cheatVAN BUREN ing. What raised my suspicion was that I suddenly couldn’t reach him on the weekends. Usually we would Skype — Sunday night for me, Monday morning for him. Last February when I visited him, I snooped in his phone — spare me the condemnation. I found an email he had written to an old


girlfriend in which he suggested they plan their “next” rendezvous. I plan on dumping him, but I don’t know how to go about it. I’ve always been bad at dumping people. Should I write him a letter and confess that I snooped? My first inclination is to disconnect completely and say nothing. I’m afraid to confront him because he is obviously a good liar. I’m afraid if I do, he’ll make me doubt the evidence ... trust me, he’s that good! Cheated on in L.A. DEAR CHEATED ON — Why any woman would stay with someone who is a practiced liar (“that good”) is beyond me. My advice is to discon-


nect from him and say nothing. It should be interesting to see how long it takes him to notice your absence. When he does — which probably won’t be on a weekend — tell him the romance is over and reference the email he sent his former girlfriend. Expect him to go on the offensive and try to make you feel guilty for having checked his cellphone. Don’t buy it, and don’t relent. Just be glad you found out now. Abby shares more than 100 of her favorite recipes in two booklets: “Abby’s Favorite Recipes” and “More Favorite Recipes by Dear Abby.” Send your name and mailing address, plus check or money order for $14 (U.S. funds) to: Dear Abby, Cookbooklet Set, P.O. Box 447, Mount Morris, IL 61054-0447. (Shipping and handling are included in the price.)



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 Monarchy 6 Many a class reunion tune 11 “Captain Phillips” actor Hanks 14 __ ink 15 Fishing spots 16 Title heartbreaker in a Three Dog Night song 17 *Tyke’s dinnertime perch 19 “I’m not a crook” monogram 20 Rogue 21 Plowing measure 23 Ad Council ad, briefly 25 *Unfair deception 28 Energetic 31 Obvious joy 32 “Spider-Man” trilogy director Sam 33 Feel sorry about 34 Quipster 37 *Insignificant amount 42 Weekend TV fare for nearly 40 yrs. 43 Reading after resetting 44 “Roots” hero __ Kinte 45 Scandinavian port 47 Comeback 48 *Numero uno 53 Used to be 54 Lover of

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Naturalist lives among wild mule deer family for 7 years BY KEVIN MCDONOUGH Straddling the line between science and sentiment, naturalist Joe Hutto really gets close to his subjects. Fans of nature documentaries may recall the gorgeous and poetic “My Life as a Turkey.” That film offered a re-enactment of the years Hutto spent among a flock of wild turkeys that believed he was their “mother.” Tonight’s “Nature” (8 p.m., PBS, TV-PG, check local listings) presentation of “Touching the Wild” offers a stunning recreation of the seven years Hutto spent living among a wild mule deer family in Wyoming’s sagebrush country. Hutto slowly submerged himself into their company. He approached one mule deer that “returned an upward nod of the head,” an acknowledgement that he and the deer were meeting as individuals. “I was not seeing something, I was seeing someone.” It took several years of daily perseverance for Hutto to be accepted into the family and for him to get to know and name deer individually and for some to respond to his names for them. He discovered the matriarchal nature of the herd’s leadership and received the honor of being personally groomed by one of the deer. He witnessed the births of the young and the deaths of family members at the hands of predators. And even though the family accepted Hutto as one of them, the deer bolted instinctively at the sight of other humans. Hutto’s tales have the fascination of science, gilded with the appeal of fairy tale. They combine a contemporary concern for the understanding and preservation of endangered species with the appeal of fantasy novels set in the Victorian era, like the “Doctor Doolittle” or “Tarzan” series — tales of humans who could communi-

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keeper (Emma Thompson) in the 1993 adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel “The Remains of the Day” (8 p.m., TCM). “Downton Abbey” fans might enjoy this.

SERIES NOTES “Survivor” (8 p.m., CBS, TVPG) * The struggle continues on “Revolution” (8 p.m., NBC, r, TV-14) * Brick spoils Mike’s forced vacation on “The Middle” (8 p.m., ABC, r, TV-PG) * Tessa joins a band on “Suburgatory” (8:30 p.m., ABC, r, TV-PG) * A strangler’s pattern includes lurid moments on “Criminal Minds” (9 p.m., CBS, r, TV-14) * Coach Cameron puts the focus on winning on “Modern Family” (9 p.m., ABC, r, TV-PG) * Jessica regrets a shared photo on “Mixology” (9:30 p.m., ABC, TV14).


Joe Hutto strokes the neck of a mule deer he has named Rag Tag. The “Nature” presentation “Touching the Wild,” airing at 8 p.m. on PBS, offers a striking re-enactment of the seven years Hutto spent living among a wild mule deer family in Wyoming.

cate with wild animals and live among them and report back to “civilization.” Featuring stunning photography and a meditative pace, “Touching” approaches the spiritual with its celebration of letting go and slowing down and experiencing nature’s grace through a truly alternative reality — the eyes of another species. • “NOVA” (9 p.m., PBS, TV-PG, check local listings) offers the second installment of “Inside Animal Minds,” a look at the senses animals possess and use in ways that humans cannot imagine. These include a shark’s sensitivity to electrical currents and a canine’s use of smell to “tell time.” Some of these super-senses come in handy, particularly when

you’re part of a species not exactly endowed with a massive hard drive. A swallow’s brain may weigh only 1 gram, but it can still fly within inches of objects while traveling at speeds in excess of 40 mph.

TONIGHT’S OTHER HIGHLIGHTS • Slade lays a trap on “Arrow” (8 p.m., CW, TV-14). • A coach on a popular singing competition show faces accusations of abuse on “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (9 p.m., NBC, r, TV-14). • A secret comes between Clarke and Finn on “The 100” (9 p.m., CW, TV-14). • The 2013 documentary “Six By Sondheim” (9 p.m., HBO Family) profiles composer Stephen Sondheim while discuss-

ing six notable songs written over his more than half-century career. • Competitors on a TV cooking show ingest cannibal fare on “CSI” (10 p.m., CBS, r, TV-14). • Internal affairs gets too close for Voight’s comfort on “Chicago P.D.” (10 p.m., NBC, r, TV-14). • Scarlet’s rising star irks Juliette on “Nashville” (10 p.m., ABC, r, TV-PG). • Juggling multiple roles takes its toll on Philip and Elizabeth on “The Americans” (10 p.m., FX, TV-MA).

CULT CHOICE A buttoned-down butler (Anthony Hopkins), working for pro-Nazi British aristocrats, holds a torch for an ex-house-

Denis Leary is scheduled on “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” (11 p.m., Comedy Central, r) * Nick Thune and Bastille appear on “Conan” (11 p.m., TBS) * Ellie Goulding, Bobby Lee, Whitney Cummings and Julian McCullough are booked on “Chelsea Lately” (11 p.m., E!) * Mark Mazzetti sits down on “The Colbert Report” (11:30 p.m., Comedy Central, r) * Sylvester Stallone, Theo James and Ledisi appear on “Late Show With David Letterman” (11:35 p.m., CBS, r) * Jimmy Fallon welcomes Bradley Cooper and Tim McGraw on “The Tonight Show” (11:35 p.m., NBC, r) * Anderson Cooper, Alessandra Ambrosio, Behati Prinsloo and Iggy Azalea visit “Late Night With Seth Meyers” (12:35 a.m., NBC, r) * Craig Ferguson hosts Kunal Nayyar and Tom Segura on “The Late Late Show” (12:35 a.m., CBS). Copyright 2014, United Feature Syndicate





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You’ll find loaves of frozen bread dough in the grocer’s freezer section. Jars of lemon curd are alongside the jams and jellies. Start to finish: 1 1/2 hours (30 minutes active) Servings: 15

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aybe it’s the bright color. Maybe it’s the

1/4 cup granulated sugar Zest of 1 lemon Two 1-pound loaves frozen white bread dough, thawed and allowed to come to

fresh, vibrant taste. Whatever the reason, Easter has become inextricably linked to

lemon (and chocolate, of course). So we decided to do a

room temperature 1/2 cup lemon curd 2 tablespoons lemon juice 1 1/4 cups powdered sugar

Line a baking sheet with kitchen parchment. In a small bowl, stir together the granulated sugar and lemon zest. Sprinkle half of it on a clean counter. Place 1 loaf of the dough on the sprinkled counter, then roll it out to form an 8-by-16-inch rectangle (with one of the long sides facing you). Sprinkle the dough with the remaining sugar, then gently run the roller over the dough to ensure the sugar mixture sticks. Roll out the second loaf to the same size, then set it on top of the first. Spread the lemon curd over the dough, leaving a 1-inch strip bare along the long edge farther from you. Starting at the edge closest to you, roll the dough up into a log. Pinch the dough along the seam to seal it. Using a sharp knife, slice the roll into 1-inch-wide rounds. Arrange the rounds on the prepared baking sheet, then cover loosely with plastic wrap. Allow to rise for 30 minutes, or until puffy. After 15 minutes, heat the oven to 350 degrees. When the buns have risen, uncover and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until golden brown and cooked through. The internal temperature of the buns should read 185 degrees. Allow to cool slightly before icing. To make the icing, in a small bowl whisk together the lemon juice and powdered sugar. Drizzle over the tops of the buns. Serve warm or at room temperature.

refresh of the conventional breakfast cinnamon bun, infusing it with lemony goodness three different ways. We start by replacing the cinnamon sugar with sugar spiked with lemon zest. Then we fill the buns with purchased lemon curd (a decadent, tangy treat that also is good simply spread onto toast). Finally, we drizzle our finished buns with icing made from lemon juice and powdered sugar. The result is vibrantly lemony, but not mouth puckering. And to keep things fast and easy, we use purchased frozen bread dough as the base for the buns. All you need to do is thaw the dough, roll it out, fill it, then roll

Nutrition information per serving: 250 calories; 50 calories from fat (20 percent of total calories); 6 g fat (1.5 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 25 mg cholesterol; 44 g carbohydrate; 2 g fiber; 17 g sugar; 7 g protein; 370 mg sodium.

it back up before slicing and baking. These buns are the perfect way to start Easter — or any spring — morning.



t Thanksgiving, we stuff turkeys. At Easter we stuff...? Hams! It’s not as crazy as it sounds. And it’s much easier than you think. We created a delicious and beautiful baked ham that is stuffed with layer upon layer of sweet potato slices. The trick is to use a spiral-cut ham. All those slices are the perfect place to insert a bit of flavor and color to your ham. Simply start at one slice, use your fingers to gently peel apart the layers, then insert thin slices of sweet potato. And if sweet potatoes aren’t your thing, the same approach would work with butternut squash or Yukon Gold potatoes. Just be certain to slice the vegetables as thinly as possible. A mandoline is your best bet.

Start to finish: 3 hours (20 minutes active) Servings: 16 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled 7- to 9-pound spiral-cut ham 10-ounce jar apricot preserves 1 teaspoon ground black pepper Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Using a mandoline, slice the sweet potatoes thinly. Place the ham, cut side down, in a roasting pan. Carefully separating the layers of the ham, insert

slices of sweet potato into each layer. Repeat this until every layer of the ham has been filled. In a small bowl, stir together the apricot preserves and the black pepper, then spread the mixture all over the surface of the ham. Bake for 2 to 3 hours, or until the ham is heated to 160 at the center and the potatoes are tender. Allow the ham to rest for 15 minutes before slicing.

Nutrition information per serving: 400 calories; 200 calories from fat (50 percent of total calories); 23 g fat (7 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 110 mg cholesterol; 19 g carbohydrate; 1 g fiber; 11 g sugar; 31 g protein; 1860 mg sodium.


hocolate seems to reign supreme when it comes to Easter. And while it’s hard to deny the appeal of cocoa, this spring holiday also begs for something fresh and citrusy. So we created these dairy-free mini cakes that are rich with olive oil and

lemon juice — in fact, 1 cup of each. The tender cakes — which deliver a delicious punch of lemon — also are covered with strawberry jam, then with a layer of toasted and chopped pecans. Delicious, fresh and simple. But these cakes also are versatile. If

pecans aren’t your thing, coat the cakes in flaked coconut or chopped pistachios. If strawberry jam doesn’t do it for you, any variety of jam can be substituted. And if you don’t like lemon, any other citrus juice can be substituted.

LEMON-OLIVE OIL MINI CAKES WITH PECANS AND STRAWBERRIES Start to finish: 1 hour 15 minutes (45 minutes active) Servings: 10 2 cup sugar 4 eggs 1 cup olive oil 1 cup lemon juice 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 9 1/2-ounce jar strawberry jam 1 cup finely chopped toasted pecans Fresh strawberries, to garnish Heat the oven to 375 degrees. Coat a rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray, then line it with kitchen parchment.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the sugar and eggs on high for 2 minutes. While the eggs and sugar beat, in a measuring cup combine the olive oil and lemon juice. Into a small bowl, sift together the salt, baking powder and flour. Add half of the oil-juice mixture to the eggs, then half the flour mixture, beating just to combine. Repeat with the remaining oil-juice and flour mix-

tures. Scrape down the bowl with a rubber spatula and mix one more time. Spread the batter evenly in the prepared pan and bake for about 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted at the center comes out with just a few moist crumbs. Allow to cool in the pan. Using a food processor, puree the strawberry jam until smooth. When ready to assemble, use a 2 1/2-inch round cutter to cut 20 discs from the cake. Use care

to hold the cutter straight so that your cake rounds have straight sides. To assemble each mini cake, spread a small amount of the strawberry jam on 1 round of cake. Sandwich a second cake on top. Spread a thin layer of strawberry jam over the sides and top of the cake, then carefully roll the entire thing in the pecans. Garnish the top with a fresh strawberry. Repeat with remaining cake rounds to assemble a total of 10 mini cakes.

Nutrition information per serving: 580 calories; 300 calories from fat (52 percent of total calories); 33 g fat (4.5 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 70 mg cholesterol; 69 g carbohydrate; 4 g fiber; 40 g sugar; 7 g protein; 270 mg sodium.

April 16, 2014