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budget has nearly $1M gap City’s plan must be balanced by July 1 BY BRISTOW MARCHANT (803) 774-1272


Lee County Animal Shelter administrator Doris Winstead, left, and Judy Ingle show off a reusable bag created from a deer corn feed bag. Winstead said it would be great for a man to take to a gun show or to the beach. Winstead’s and Ingle’s Repurposed items will be on sale during Earth Day celebrations starting at 7 a.m. April 12 at Swan Lake-Iris Gardens.

Re-purposed bags, leashes, toys benefit Lee shelter BY JADE REYNOLDS (803) 774-1250 BISHOPVILLE — Judy Ingle hates waste. But she loves quilting and animals. So after seeing an animal shelter in Montana turn woven plastic feed bags into reusable bags, she shared the idea with her good friend and Lee County Animal Shelter administrator, Doris Winstead. “We like junk,” Winstead said. “We are all into re-purposing.” That was three years ago, and their collection of re-purposed items has grown to include leashes, bed pads, cat cubbies, cat toys and wind chimes. They will be selling their items at the Earth Day celebrations starting at 7 a.m. April 12 at Swan Lake-Iris Gardens, 822 W. Liberty St. The fundraiser originally provided for the spaying and neutering of cats. Now, the goal is to raise money for a transport van for the shelter. The shelter holds between 75 and 80 animals at any given time, and often they must be taken to vet appointments, groomers

or to meet up with transportation to a rescue, Winstead said. The bags are great for carrying all sorts of stuff, the women said. “You can go to the beach and throw your wet clothes and towels in there afterward,” Winstead said. “They’ll hold up to 50 pounds and won’t leak.” When possible, they even take requests. Ingle turned the last feed bag from her friend’s horse into a reusable bag after the animal died. “It has a sentimental meaning,” she said. They make leashes, bed pads and cat toys from leftover quilting scraps and old clothes. “They are so much easier to work with than big blankets,” Ingle said referring to the bed pads. “They are stiff and don’t wad up in the corner.” She also uses old key chains on the leashes. When people adopt a dog from the shelter, they get one of these transporting leashes that Winstead said are great for dogs. In November, she was taking some to Lexington to fly out to Missouri.

Ingle uses old key chains and fabric scraps to make leashes. The quilter also uses leftover material to make bed pads for animals. PURRFECTLY PRICED Reusable bags (special requests honored when possible) — one for $7 or two for $10 Leashes — $3 apiece or two for $5 Wind chimes — $10 Bed pads — $10 Cat toys — $1 apiece

Members of Sumter City Council got their first look at the proposed 2014-15 city budget Tuesday, as well as an idea of how much work they have to do during the next three months. The initial budget presented at council’s first meeting of April shows a nearly $1 million gap between the projected revenue for next year and the city’s proposed general fund expenditures. It’s not unusual for the first budget of the year to be imbalanced, as the council has to balance — and McCORMICK trim — competing requests for funding from different departments during its budget-writing process. “As always, we have more needs than we have revenue,” City Manager Deron McCormick told council in presenting the budget. City personnel project Sumter’s general fund will take in $32,602,126 to spend during fiscal year 2015. But expenditures in the draft budget total $33,574,716, which would leave the city with a deficit of $972,590. By state law, the city’s budget must be balanced by the start of the new budget year on July 1. The draft budget presented Tuesday is already the result of a lengthy behind-thescenes discussion of the city’s budget priorities. McCormick met with all city departments in preparing the document, and the deficit council now has to work with was reduced from an initial $2.6 million imbalance. “I’m really proud of our finance team,” the city manager said. “We’ve spent quite a bit of time with the finance team and the department heads, and this new budget serves us well.” The total city budget, which includes several smaller specific funds besides the general fund, is $56,648,726. The other funds, set aside for things such as water and sewer money and hospitality fees, are already balanced.



Power cut to 1,000 after truck snags line BY BRISTOW MARCHANT (803) 774-1272 More than 1,000 Sumter residents lost power early Wednesday morning after a tractortrailer took down a power line. Duke Energy Progress customers in more than 1,000 households were left in the dark about 9 a.m., while police and firefighters closed off a




section of Harvin Street where a power pole was down in the roadway. The trouble started when an 18-wheeler on South Harvin Street near Oakland Avenue reportedly snagged a low-hanging power line, pulling down several wires and breaking the adjacent pole in two, according to the incident report from the Sumter Fire Department, which responded to the scene.

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Emergency responders closed about a block of Harvin Street north of the railroad track for an hour while power crews temporarily shut down power in the area while cleaning up the mess. The driver was uninjured in the incident, and Sumter Police said he would not face any traffic violation charges.


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A member of a Duke Energy Progress power crew examines damage done by a tractor-trailer that snagged a power line and pulled down a pole on South Harvin Street early Wednesday. More than 1,000 energy customers briefly lost power after the incident.




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Officers seek 5 more in drug ring BY ROB COTTINGHAM (803) 774-1225 Seven agencies and one year later, 11 Sumter County residents have been taken into custody. With five more suspects at large, Sumter area law enforcement announced in a news release Wednesday that 11 people have been arrested after a year-long heroin investigation. The joint investigation, headed by Sumter Police Department, Sumter County Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration, was initiated by local law enforcement after they received a growing number of complaints concerning heroin use in the county between April and May 2013. In the process of arresting the suspects, officers also seized various drugs, including 11 grams of crack cocaine, 27 grams of cocaine, 7 grams of heroin and 15 grams of marijuana. Additionally, $9,877 in cash has been confiscated. Heroin use has been on the rise both locally and nationally, according to the city’s Organized Crime and Vice Control Unit. The effort also involved several other agencies, including Orangeburg Police Department; S.C. Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services; Immigration Services; and Homeland Security. Law enforcement are still looking for five more suspects in connection with the investigation: ∙ Tony Bell, 30, is described

as a 5-foot-9-inch black male, weighing 165 pounds with brown eyes and black hair. ∙ Sherman Desmond Coleman, 32, is described as a 6-foot black male, weighing 135 pounds with brown eyes and black hair. BELL ∙ Travies Auntwan Isaac Gray, 23, is described as a 5-feet-10-inch black male, weighing 150 pounds with brown eyes and COLEMAN black hair. ∙ Stanley Jerome Pinckney, 24, is described as a 5-foot-7-inch black male, weighing 160 pounds with GRAY brown eyes and black hair. ∙ Jeffery Dewayne Sanders, 28, is described as a 6-foot-1-inch black male, weighing 220 PINCKNEY pounds with brown eyes and black hair. Anyone with information about these suspects is asked to contact Sumter Police DeSANDERS partment at (803) 436-2700, Sumter County Sheriff’s Office at (803) 436-2000 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-CRIMESC. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward for information leading to an arrest.



DRUG RING ARRESTS Arrested Tuesday: Lyndon Obrian Allen, 31, of 16 Lynam Road, is being charged with two counts of distribution of heroin, possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, trafficking cocaine, possession of marijuana, possession of a Schedule 3 controlled substance, possession with intent to distribute heroin, manufacturing of crack cocaine, violation of S.C. gun law and felon in possession of a weapon during a violent crime. Officers said $3,877 was confiscated during his arrest. Frederick Benjamin, 34, of 4810 Chanson Lane, is being charged with two counts of conspiracy to distribute heroin, distribution of heroin, possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine and possession of cocaine. Latonya Benjamin, 30, of 4810 Chanson Lane, is being charged with conspiracy to distribute heroin, possession of cocaine and possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine. Bennie Haynesworth, 33, of 130 Curtiswood St., is being charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine and possession


of marijuana, second offense. Jennifer Teresa McCauley, 29, of 2691 Truefield Road, is charged with distribution of heroin and violation of S.C. gun law. Bernard Leon Witherspoon, 21, of 5755 Cane Savannah Road, Wedgefield, is being charged with distribution of heroin, trafficking heroin and two counts of conspiracy to distribute heroin. Reports indicate $6,020 and rounds of ammunition also were found during his arrest. Arrested between October and November 2013: Keishawn Brown, 34, of 994 Huddersfield Drive, is being charged with two counts of trafficking heroin and four counts of distribution of heroin. Julia Garrison, 28, of 1090 N. Guignard Drive, Apt. 2, is charged with conspiracy to distribute heroin. Quentin Hardy, 31, of 305 High St., is being charged with two counts of distribution of heroin. Maurice Lowery, 40, of 35 Highland Ave., faces two counts of distribution of heroin, possession of heroin and trafficking heroin. Joseph Vipperman, 29, of 2290 Waterwheel Drive, was charged with possession of heroin.

COLUMBIA — The South Carolina House passed a bill Wednesday allowing people suffering from severe epilepsy to legally use oil derived from marijuana to control their seizures. The overwhelming 90-24 vote brought tears from supporters who have spent weeks educating conservative legislators on the bill. The measure allows people certified by a doctor as suffering from severe epilepsy, or their parents, to legally possess nonpsychoactive cannabidiol, known as CBD oil.

Ex-Georgetown County economic director charged COLUMBIA — Georgetown County’s former economic development director has been charged with embezzlement of public funds. The sheriff’s office said 36-year-old Wayne Gregory took more than $100,000 from the county for his own use. Gregory was Georgetown County’s economic development director from 2005 to 2013. He was fired by Columbia City Manager Teresa Wilson on Tuesday.

2 die in crash with Darlington deputy HARTSVILLE — Authorities said two people trying to speed away from a Darlington County sheriff’s deputy have died after their car struck a bridge and flipped and was then hit by the pursuing cruiser. Sheriff Wayne Byrd said his deputy clocked a car going 77 mph in a 45 mph zone about 2:30 a.m. Wednesday near Hartsville but lost sight of it as he turned to pursue it. Byrd said Deputy Richie Stevens rounded a curve and found the car flipped on its roof after hitting a bridge. Stevens could not stop in time and hit the car.

Model aircraft take flight in Dalzell to fight cancer BY JADE REYNOLDS (803) 774-1250 It’s a chance to see something cool and help fight cancer. For the third year in a row, the Lexington Aircraft Radio Kontrol Society is hosting its Spring Remote Control Fly-in and Cancer Benefit. This year’s event will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Modern Turf Sod Farm, 5925 Peach Orchard Road, Dalzell. While it is free to attend the event, raffles are conducted to raise money for the S.C. Oncology Association Cares Foundation. “Cancer touches everyone,” said Steve Livingston, contest director for the event. “If you don’t know someone that has or has had cancer, you will.” The foundation provides money for cancer treatments to the uninsured and the underinsured. In the past two years, the

LARKS group has raised more than $16,000. While the majority of the prizes are remote-controlled airplanes and helicopters, Livingston said, other items such as watches, Tag Heuer sunglasses and a complete computer system are offered. Normally, LARKS gives the money in honor of the Ta-tinis, a group of five women ranging from 26 to 34 who were all diagnosed with breast cancer within 20 months of each other. They all had double mastectomies, lost their hair to chemotherapy and became friends. They now promote awareness and raise money for SCOA. “We make the donation honoring them for the work they do,” Livingston said. “My wife is also a breast cancer survivor, so this came back close.” In November, Jessica Landford McCain, 33 and the youngest Tatini, lost her second battle with

the disease, so this year’s donation will be in memory of her. The other Ta-tinis will be at the show to help with the raffle, Livingston said. Food and drinks will also be available for purchase. Attendees are encouraged to bring folding chairs, Livingston said. Last year, 368 spectators came to see more than 100 pilots fly their radio-controlled helicopters, multi-rotors, airplanes and jets. “We do a spring fly-in anyway, so why not do it to benefit someone?” Livingston said. “It’s been a lot of fun. If we keep giving between $5,000 to $8,000, certainly it will help someone.” For additional information on the event, contact Steve Livingston at (803) 315-6975 or visit For more on the SCOA Cares Foundation, visit For more on Ta-tinis, visit


Model airplanes, helicopters and jets will fill a Dalzell field this weekend during the Spring Remote Control Fly-in and Cancer Benefit. Some of the aircraft can have up to 10-foot wingspans, said contest director Steve Livingston.

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Steelers player tours Shaw


Pittsburgh Steelers’ Lawrence Timmons, No. 94, left, visits Shaw Air Force Base on Friday to tour the base. He met airmen and learned the mission of the 20th Fighter Wing and also conducted an autograph signing. He received the commander’s coin from U.S. Air Force Col. Clay Hall, 20th Fighter Wing commander.

POLICE BLOTTER CHARGES Jennifer Teresa McCauley, 29, of 2691 Trufield Drive in Dalzell, was arrested at 5:54 p.m. Tuesday and charged with drug conspiracy and unlawful carrying of a pistol. According to reports, McCauley arrived at her residence shortly before 6 p.m. Tuesday and was served a warrant on a drug conspiracy charge. During the inventory of her vehicle, officers reportedly found a 9 mm HiPoint Model 9 handgun in a pouch behind the front passenger seat. The gun was placed into evidence, and an additional charge of unlawful carrying of a pistol was levied against McCauley, who was taken to SumterLee Regional Detention Center. Deborah Jean Cole, 48, of 1875 Mallory Drive, was arrested at 2:45 p.m. Tuesday and charged with trespassing. According to reports, officers responded to a home in the 1800 block of Mallory Drive at about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday in reference to an argument in progress. When they arrived, the victim told officers that she had left her front door open and was sitting in her residence when Cole came inside, sat down and starting shouting obscenities at her. The victim said she asked Cole to leave the residence numerous times, but Cole reportedly refused. As officers arrived, Cole was seen leaving the residence, stating she was going home. An officer informed Cole that she was going to jail for trespassing, at which point Cole reportedly began resisting, stating she wasn’t going back to jail as the officer placed one handcuff on her. The officer then placed the second handcuff, and as he proceeded to walk Cole to the patrol vehicle, she fell twice, continuing to resist. The officer then told Cole she would be Tased or sprayed if she continued to resist. Once she was in the back of the police vehicle, Cole began kicking the vehicle’s window. The officer warned Cole a second time that if she continued her behavior, she would be sprayed. The officer returned to his conversation with the victim, and Cole again reportedly began kicking the window. The officer then opened the

door and sprayed Cole with pepper spray before taking her to Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center. Bennie Travis Haynesworth, 33, of 130 Curtiswood Ave., was arrested at 3:28 p.m. Tuesday and charged with possession of 28 grams or less of marijuana, second offense, and possession with the intent to distribute/manufacture LSD, cocaine or heroin. According to reports, officers on patrol were requested to investigate a black Dodge Avenger parked at a gas station in the 900 block of North Main Street on Tuesday at about 3:30 p.m. in reference to suspected drug activity. When officers arrived, officers found a black Dodge Avenger with two males and a young female child inside. The driver, identified as Haynesworth, was asked to exit his vehicle along with his passenger. During a search, officers reportedly noticed a bulge in one of Haynesworth’s pockets. When the officer asked about it, Haynesworth reportedly told the officer to remove it. The officer then

pulled from the pocket a bag with a white powder substance in it. In addition, officers reportedly found a clear plastic container with a green leafy substance in it from beneath the driver’s seat. Haynesworth was then arrested and taken to Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center. STOLEN PROPERTY A 32-inch Samsung flatscreen TV, a PlayStation 4, an Xbox 360, two HP laptop computers, a 42-inch Panasonic flat-screen TV and an Xbox Kinect were reportedly stolen from a home in the 1300 block of Nature Trail in Wedgefield between 8:50 and 11:20 a.m. on Tuesday. The items are valued at $4,040. EMS CALLS Sumter County EMS responded to 61 calls on Tuesday, including 51 medical calls, four motor-vehicle wrecks, three fire standby calls and three calls listed as other trauma.









Morris College president touts school’s programs

Panel advances bill intended to improve DSS transparency

BY RAYTEVIA EVANS (803) 774-1214

BY CYNTHIA ROLDAN The Post and Courier

After 40 years at Morris College, President Dr. Luns Richardson said he has every intention of staying for a few more years. Richardson joked about retirement while also informing a small group of Vision in Progress members at a meeting Wednesday morning at the James E. Clyburn Intermodal Transportation Center. Continuing the theme of education and community from last month’s talk with Sumter School District Superintendent Dr. Frank Baker, VIP invited Richardson to speak to the members about Morris College and what the school offers to students and the community. During his speech, Richardson talked to members and a small group of Youth Build students about Morris College’s popular programs, its progress through the years and its efforts to connect and work with the Sumter community. During his introduction of Richardson, the Rev. Marion Newton mentioned the efforts of the school’s ninth president to improve education at Morris and the school’s contribution to the community. He also pointed out the use of a $10 million donation from a few years ago from Morris College graduate the Rev. Solomon Jackson Jr. of Columbia. Richardson said the donation went toward new dormitories on campus and a physical plant building, and it also helped fund the school’s wellness building and enlarge the science building. Money from the donation also went toward a new bus and several scholarships. Richardson emphasized the school’s contribution to the economic development in Sumter, stating that many students studying education at Morris become teachers in Sumter School District. He also highlighted the school’s annual operating budget of about $21 million, which includes salaries for more than 200 faculty and staff members but doesn’t include the costs for the school’s buildings. Richardson said the


Dr. Luns Richardson speaks about programs at Morris College and connecting with the community at Wednesday’s Vision in Progress meeting. school’s top-enrolled program is business administration with about 127 students enrolled, followed by criminal justice with 111 students. He pointed out that teacher education was once the top program at Morris; however, the program now ranks fourth with 82 students enrolled. He inquired about the popularity in criminal justice and received an interesting answer. “I asked why they were interested in criminal justice, and they said so many of us are going to jail, but we are guaranteed jobs when we study criminal justice,” he said. “Our young people have to do better.” Through the years, Richardson said a lot of people have come to think that Morris doesn’t offer a lot of diverse programs. However, the institution offers about 60 different programs to its students. “A lot of people think Morris College only offers liberal arts and a bunch of preaching,” Richardson said during the meeting. “But we offer much more, and we have to for our young people today.”

COLUMBIA — A bill making its way through Senate committees will allow for the Department of Social Services to be more transparent, and it would ensure coroners report the deaths of children to law enforcement. The bill was drafted by Sen. Tom Young, R-Aiken, while working with the governor’s office and DSS officials. It was done in response to the testimony a Senate DSS Oversight Committee has been receiving during its meetings. “The things we talked about today are things that we strongly believe as a subcommittee in our DSS Oversight Committee that need to be done now,” said Young after the meeting. “To the credit of the department and the governor’s office, they said we

can’t provide certain info that you want stemming from these hearings, especially the January hearings, because of the way the law currently exists.” Young said the bill aims to change that by making DSS more transparent. He stressed the bill will receive modifications as it moves through committees but that it was important it be introduced and passed along as soon as possible so that it becomes law this year. If it became law, the bill would allow for DSS to discuss unfounded cases. Currently, if a family makes a claim against DSS in public, the agency can’t respond to clarify or dispute the claim. DSS, however, won’t be allowed to volunteer information of an unfounded case to the media. But it would be able to address allegations made against the agency, officials told The Post and Courier during a March interview, while the bill was being drafted.



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Country superstar Paisley guest stars on ‘Crazy Ones’ BY KEVIN MCDONOUGH Viewers won’t hop down just any old rabbit hole. Tonight marks the series finale of “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland” (8 p.m., ABC, TV-PG), an ambitious and expensivelooking adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s tale of weird doings on the other side of the looking glass. The network’s oldreliable time-filler “Shark Tank” will air in its place next week. ABC is hardly the only network to take its lumps on Thursday nights this year. Viewers never warmed to “Sean Saves the World” or “The Michael J. Fox Show” on NBC. Most comedies on CBS find a large audience, but “The Crazy Ones” hasn’t. • Horik returns and makes Ragnar an interesting offer on “Vikings” (10 p.m., History, TV14). History has renewed this epic series for a third season. • Zach pitches a jingle job to Brad Paisley on “The Crazy Ones” (9:30 p.m., CBS, TV-14). Gee, that’s just like the series pilot, when the agency pursued Kelly Clarkson. Paisley is married to actress Kimberly Williams, seen recently on ABC’s “Nashville.”

makes an inviting offer on “Two and a Half Men” (9 p.m., CBS, TV-14) * An infected hospital faces inspection on “Grey’s Anatomy” (9 p.m., ABC, TV-14).



When Zach goes overboard on a pitch to a client, he has to convince Brad Paisley to sing a jingle to make good on the deal on “The Crazy Ones” airing at 9:30 p.m. on CBS. • A killer sinks his teeth into the techniques of a deceased predator on “Elementary” (10 p.m., CBS, TV-14). • Zeek and Camille come to terms on “Parenthood” (10 p.m., NBC, TV-14). • Abby steps in for Olivia on “Scandal” (10 p.m., ABC, TV14). • Fred pitches a documentary idea on “Portlandia” (10 p.m., IFC, TV-PG).

CULT CHOICE TONIGHT’S OTHER HIGHLIGHTS • Raj can’t handle the pressure of dating two women on “The Big Bang Theory” (8 p.m., CBS, TV-14). • Leslie micromanages a senior prom on “Parks & Recreation” (8:30 p.m., NBC, TV-PG). • Comic-book characters inspire the designers on “Project Runway: Under the Gunn” (9 p.m., Lifetime, TV-PG). • Kopus finds himself on the brink of disaster on “The Red Road” (9 p.m., Sundance, TV14). • Timing is everything on “Suits” (9 p.m., USA, TV-PG). • Jack becomes a stern baseball mentor on “Surviving Jack” (9:30 p.m., Fox, TV-14).

TCM commemorates Doris Day’s 90th birthday with 12 of her movies from the 1950s and ‘60s, including two with Rock Hudson, “Lover Come Back” (8 a.m.) and “Send Me No Flowers” (midnight), and two with James Garner, “The Thrill of it

All” (8 p.m.) and “Move Over, Darling” (10 p.m.).

SERIES NOTES Slipping into two-dimensional roles on “Community” (8 p.m., NBC, TV-14) * Nathan examines his distorted worldview on “The Millers” (8:30 p.m., CBS, TV-PG) * Walden’s ex

Pele is scheduled on “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” (11 p.m., Comedy Central) * Charles Barkley appears on “Conan” (11 p.m., TBS) * Don Cheadle, Greg Fitzsimmons, Betsy Sodaro and Josh Wolf are booked on “Chelsea Lately” (11 p.m., E!) * Mark Mazzetti is on “The Colbert Report” (11:30 p.m., Comedy Central) * John-

ny Depp and Kevin Drew appear on “Late Show With David Letterman” (11:35 p.m., CBS) * Daniel Radcliffe and Cedric the Entertainer appear on “The Tonight Show” (11:35 p.m., NBC) * Emma Stone, Jeff Perry and Schoolboy Q appear on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (11:35 p.m., ABC) * Whoopi Goldberg, Judd Apatow and John Mulaney visit “Late Night With Seth Meyers” (12:35 a.m., NBC) * Ashton Kutcher and Roddy Hart & The Lonesome Fire are on “The Late Late Show” (12:35 a.m., CBS, r). Copyright 2014, United Feature Syndicate






Nitpicking parishioners are part of loving congregations, too


had two options when I saw her coming toward me down the church hallway: duck and hide in a nearby Sunday School classroom or risk a dialogue with her. Any conversation with this lady feels like a shootout in a spaghetti western. I squared my shoulders to face her, bracing for her preferred brand of ammunition: complaints. She didn’t disappoint. Her list was long and shared several common denominators that pepper the conversation of many constant complainers who are also regular churchgoers: The music was too loud, the fellowship hall was too cold, and no one on staff bothered to ask her about her aunt’s nephew’s stepson who had broken his pinky finger. Also someone should really make a list, she said, so that last week’s potluck debacle wouldn’t be repeated: eight green bean casseroles and nary a macaroni and cheese casserole in the bunch. The horror! The shame! It seems that each church,


Archbishop apologizes about $2.2M mansion ATLANTA — The Roman Catholic Archbishop of Atlanta has apologized for building a $2.2 million mansion for himself. Archbishop Wilton Gregory said in a column published Monday that he will sell the new residence and move elsewhere if that’s what the people of his diocese want. Gregory said that he failed to project the cost in terms of his “integrity and pastoral credibility.” The nearly 6,400-square-foot home sits in one of Atlanta’s most exclusive neighborhoods. A group of Catholics met with Gregory in January to ask that he sell the residence and move back to his original home.

Crowe meets Anglican leader after premiere LONDON — The pope said no, but the leader of the world’s Anglicans was happy to meet Russell Crowe, star of the Biblical epic “Noah.” Crowe was denied a private audience with Pope Francis when he was promoting the movie in Rome last month. But Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby met the actor at the cleric’s Lambeth Palace home Tuesday, the day after the movie’s British premiere, to discuss faith and spirituality. Director Darren Aronofsky’s film is a box-office hit in the U.S., but some Christian conservatives have complained it takes liberties with the Biblical account of the flood.

parish or congregation has at least one resident nitpicker. It’s a self-appointed title and otherwise a comFaith Matters pletely unJAMIE H. needed posiWILSON tion in the life of a religious organization. There are plenty of people outside of our church walls who stand ready to tear down people of faith. We certainly don’t need people from within the church body taking aim at each other. We need no friendly fire. Ask almost any church staff member about the administrative aspect of the job,

and you’ll hear firsthand the concern and care that goes into any event or program at a church. At the risk of painting too broad a stroke, I would say that most take the job very seriously. They want the event to be successful and effective. Months and even years combined with a tremendous effort and loads of money can go into a particular event. The event itself can be a tremendous success in the eyes of many, with the exception of the nitpicker, who, despite all the benefit from the activity, can spot the first flaw with little effort: “Well the women’s restroom ran out of toilet paper. Someone had to go get some out of the men’s bathroom.” Perhaps it would be easier to dismiss these people en-

tirely rather than love them. When I’m talking to the lady I mentioned above, I’ll admit that sometimes I fantasize she would simply leave our church, which is both a horrible and attractive prospect. Her absence means one less conversation about what is wrong with our fellowship. Eventually, I remember the flaws I possess and how they may be an undesirable characteristic to someone else. I could list those flaws here, but I’m afraid I would run short on space. The point here is two-fold. The nitpickers in our midst should practice extreme caution when they criticize something in the church. There will be legitimate needs and concerns that need to be addressed but not in the

form of constant complaints about the general congregation. Secondly, as hard as it is, those on the receiving end of such complaints should realize they can lovingly dismiss themselves from the debate. I watched in awe as a fellow church member graciously steered the conversation toward the positive when a nitpicker tried to engage her in a chorus of dissent. “Aren’t you glad God loves imperfect people?” she asked in response to the accusations of the faultfinder. Imperfect people — that is what we are, so we might as well love those in our church family, even the nitpickers. Email Jamie H. Wilson at faithmatterssumter@gmail. com.






Pastor hopes to better serve multi-generational congregation BY JADE REYNOLDS (803) 774-1250 Larry Mobley is settling into his role at St. Andrew Church of God in Lee County. “It’s kind of a ready-made welcome,” said the 69-year-old pastor. “The congregation creates its own community. I have nothing but positive (things) to say about every church I’ve been at, (and) I’m very blessed to have this opportunity.” MOBLEY He became the pastor in November. His wife, Che-Che, agreed and is espe-

cially enjoying the country setting. “I love the quiet,” she said. “It’s been fantastic. The church has received us warmly and graciously.” After serving his first senior pastor job at First Church of God in Sumter from 1976 to 1988, it was like coming home in a lot of ways. “We had a little connection,” Che-Che Mobley said. “It was wonderful knowing the culture. South Carolina has the best cooks and the nicest people.” But that doesn’t mean they are complacent. “As we move forward, changes are needed, but there are some very good things that we don’t want to change,” Larry Mobley said. “There is a lot of goodwill, a lot of sacrificing for the min-

istry. You can’t replace that. You can’t improve that. But there will be some changes on a slow scale. Nothing shocking. Evolution is better than revolution.” To this end, 19 youth and adults from the church will travel to an upcoming convention in Nashville. “We hope it will bring new energy,” Larry Mobley said. “We’ve got to tap what is happening there and carry it forward. We’re hoping it will be a foundation, a beginning.” Another challenge is how to serve the needs of a multi-generational congregation that usually sees between 80 and 110 people on Sundays. “We’re adapting to the new schedule of young families,” Larry Mobley said.

“The new ones coming up are so busy. That’s going to be difficult, (but) the younger families are our future. At the same time, we don’t want to ignore the older generations. We can’t turn our backs on the strong lay leaders of the past.” Having served in several states and countries during their 46 years of marriage and ministry, the two are definitely up for it. “The Lord brought us here, and He’ll tell us when to leave,” Larry Mobley said. “We don’t have any plans to leave.” His wife agreed. “We’re just about loving God and serving Him by loving them,” Che-Che Mobley said, referring to the members of the congregation.

Evening of fun will help Sumter Rescue Team, World Orphans groups BY JADE REYNOLDS (803) 774-1250


A good meal, a show and a chance to help children. That’s what the Sumter Rescue Team has lined up for April 11 with the 2nd Annual Benefit Dinner & Silent Auction. Tickets must be purchased by Tuesday. “We can take up to 100 more people,” said Nate Livesay, director of advocacy, Wednesday. “There are plenty of tickets left.” The cost is $25 per person and includes child care. Delores Green from Serendipity is catering. The menu features chicken quarters, baked potato casserole, green beans, rolls and peach cobbler. Music will be provided by Chief Complaint. The silent auction includes gift baskets from Mary Kay, Scentsy, Pampered Chef and more. Local businesses such as Beacon Theatres, DreamWorks Dance, Salon de Sol and others have also donated. Passes to activities in Columbia, Charleston, Myrtle Beach and more will also be up for bid. “We are still taking donations this week,” Livesay said. “If someone would like to make a financial dona-

WHAT: 2nd annual Benefit Dinner & Silent Auction WHEN: 6:45 to 9 p.m., April 11 WHERE: Alice Drive Baptist Church, 1305 Loring Mill Road COST: $25; must be purchased by Tuesday INCLUDES: Meal catered by Delores Green from Serendipity featuring chicken quarters, baked potato casserole, green beans, rolls and peach cobbler. Entertainment by Chief Complaint. Child care included. BENEFITS: The Sumter Rescue Team project and World Orphans FYI: Contact Nate Livesay at (803) 983-2076 or

tion, they can donate online at or send a check made out to World Orphans to my attention c/o Alice Drive Baptist Church with Sumter Rescue Team Benefit in the memo line.” The church’s address is 1305 Loring Mill Road, Sumter, SC 29150. “The Sumter Rescue Team has partnered with the Ratinikiri Church in Cambodia,” Livesay said. “The

CHURCH NEWS Briggs Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, 7135 Wash Davis Road, Summerton, announces: * Sunday, April 13 — Gospel Explosion at 3 p.m. Calvary Baptist Church, 459 Calvary Church Road, Bishopville, announces: * Saturday — Mid-Carolina singing at 6 p.m. featuring the Heritage Quartet and Cedar Creek Quartet. Chapel Hill Baptist Church, 8749 Old Highway Six, Santee, announces: * Sunday, April 13 — Youth Sunday at 10 a.m. The 33rd anniversary of the male chorus will be celebrated at 3 p.m. * Sunday, April 20 — Resurrection Sunday worship and the Lord’s Supper at 7 a.m. The youth of the church will hold a resurrection program at 8 a.m. followed by a fellowship breakfast. No Sunday school or 10 a.m. worship. Church of Christ, 313 Mooneyham Road, announces: * Sunday, April 27 — Pastor’s anniversary celebration for the Rev. James and Sister Ann Clark at 4 p.m. The Rev. Leroy Blanding, of New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, will speak. Clarendon Baptist Church, 1780 Main St., Alcolu, announces: * Sunday-Wednesday, April 9 — 20/20 Vision Conference as follows: 8:45 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sunday, the Rev. Kirk Carlisle will speak; 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Dr. Jim Palmer will speak; 7 p.m. Monday, Dr. Dale Roach will speak; 7 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, the Rev. Aidan McKenzie will speak. Jonathan Jones will serve as worship leader Sunday-Monday. Martha Jenkinson will serve as worship leader TuesdayWednesday. Community Church of Praise, 562 S. Pike Road, announces: * Friday, April 18 — Good Friday service. Pastor Dorothy P. Maple will speak. Corinth Missionary Baptist Church, 25 Community St., announces: * Sunday — Holy Communion

Nate Livesay, back left, advocacy director with the Sumter Rescue Team, smiles with orphans in Haiti in October. The April 11 2nd Annual Benefit Dinner & Silent Auction will benefit such children.

first $3,600 we raise will cover the cost of that partnership for the next 12 months. Any funds raised over that amount will go for Wholistic Care projects that will benefit all 14 churches World Orphans works with in Haiti by providing things like medical clinics and caregiver training.” The event is being held at Alice Drive Baptist Church, but it is not an Alice Drive event.

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worship at 11 a.m. Wear white and/or black attire. * Sunday, April 20 — Easter Sunday worship at 10:30 a.m. Dalzell United Methodist Church, 3330 Black River Road, Dalzell, announces: * Friday-Saturday, April 25-26 — The play “A Night in the Theatre” will be presented at 7 nightly Friday and Saturday in the fellowship hall. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person or $18 per couple. Call (803) 499-5190. Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 421 S. Main St., announces: * Sunday — Communion worship. Sunday school begins at 10 a.m. followed by 11:30 a.m. worship. Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, 182 S. Pike East, announces: * Sunday, April 13 — Jesus Is Lord Ministries of Easley worship service at 11:30 a.m. * Wednesday, April 16 — Lent worship service noon-1 p.m. * Friday, April 18 — Good Friday worship service at 7 p.m. * Sunday, April 27 — Ninth pastoral anniversary celebration of Pastor and Deacon Hill at 5 p.m. Full Proof Deliverance Ministry, 2758 S.C. 341 S., Olanta, announces: * Friday — “A night with the king” worship at 7 p.m. Grace Christian Fellowship Church, 2938 Raccoon Road, Manning, announces: * Friday, April 11 — Schoolhouse BBQ-Scranton dinner fundraiser. Dinners are $8 each. Purchase tickets 9 a.m.-noon on Tuesdays and Thursday at the church office. Dinners will need to be picked up 11 a.m.-1 p.m. April 11 at the church fellowship hall. Green Hill Missionary Baptist Church, 1260 Green Hill Church Road, Alcolu, announces: * Monday-Wednesday, April 7-9 — Spring Revival at 7 nightly. The Rev. Willie Wright, pastor of New Bethel Baptist Church,

High Hills Missionary Baptist Church, 6750 Meeting House Road, Dalzell, announces: * Sunday — Holy Communion will follow morning worship service.

“They have graciously allowed us to use their facility and have been tremendously supportive of me and World Orphans including becoming partners with a church in Haiti,” Livesay said. “But this event and the Sumter Rescue Team are open to anyone from the community, and we would love to encourage other churches in the Sumter community to participate in the ministry of World Orphans.”

choir will provide music. Easter celebration will be held at 10:45 a.m. with a presentation by the church school and youth ministry. * Sunday, April 27 — Women’s Day / women’s ministry anniversary worship celebration at 10:45 a.m. The Rev. Dr. Johnnie B. McCray will speak.

House of Judah Worship Center, 3890 White Oak Drive, Davis Station, announces: * Sunday — One Accord of Manning’s 14th anniversary celebration at 4 p.m. On the program: Prayer House Mission; Sisters of Faith; House of Judah praise team; and many more.

New Fellowship Covenant Ministries, 316 W. Liberty St., announces: * Saturday, April 12 — Clothes giveaway 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free snacks also.

Knitting Hearts Ministry, meets at Bethesda Church of God, 2730 Broad St., announces: * Saturday, April 12 — International Bible teacher Dr. Peter Wyns and his wife, Joy, will speak. The Wyns travel around the world and have ministered healing, deliverance, and freedom in more than 30 nations. Visit

New Israel Missionary Baptist Church, 5330 Old Camden Highway, Dalzell, announces: * Sunday — Tina Wilson will be installed as a deaconess at 1 p.m. Church rally will also be held during this worship. * Sunday, April 13 — The initial sermon of Louis Anderson at 1 p.m. * Sunday, April 20 — The Lord’s Supper and the Easter / Resurrection worship will be held at 1 p.m.

LaGree AME Church, 2920 Kolb Road, announces: * Sunday — Holy communion. Church school begins at 10 a.m. with worship at 11 a.m. Land Flowing with Milk & Honey Ministry, 1335 Peach Orchard Road, announces: * Friday, April 11 — Prophetic Encounter “A Now Move of God” at 7 p.m. Prophet Jeremiah Merritt, of Darlington, will speak. Liberty Hill AME Church, 2310 Liberty Hill Road, Summerton, announces: * Saturday — Pre-Easter banquet at 6 p.m. Admission is $10. Sister Debbie Cook will speak. Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 325 Fulton St., announces: * Saturday — Free financial planning seminar 9:30-11:30 a.m. * Sunday — The Rev. Lee Dingle will speak at 6 p.m. * Sunday, April 20 — Joint sunrise worship celebration with Salem Missionary Baptist Church at 6 a.m. at Mount Zion. Pastor Lei F. Washington, of Salem Missionary Baptist Church, will speak. Salem MBC

New Testament Lighthouse Church, 1114 Boulevard Road, announces: * Saturday, April 12 — Outdoor gospel concert at 4:30 p.m. Abide Ministries and the Rev. Scott Eadie will provide music. Food will be provided. Bring a comfortable chair. Olden Chapel UME, 189 Hoyt St., announces: * Sunday — 19th anniversary celebration of Sister Cynthia Boykin at 5 p.m. On the program: Deacon Robert Burgess and the Soul Searchers; Palmetto Gospel Singers; and the Holyaires of Florence. Orangehill AME Church, 3035 S. King Highway, Wedgefield, announces: * Saturday — 50 states march at 6 p.m. featuring Sumter’s Justified. Pinewood Baptist Church, S.C. 261, Pinewood, announces: * Sunday, April 20 — Easter services as follows: 7:15 a.m. sunrise service; 7:45 a.m. breakfast; 9 a.m. Sunday school; and 10 a.m. worship service. Nursery provided. Call (803) 452-5373 or

visit Providence Baptist Church, 2445 Old Manning Road, announces: * Saturday — Russell Elmore prayer breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Travis Geddings will speak. Refreshing Springs Kingdom Outreach, meets at Econo Lodge, 226 N. Washington St., announces: * Sunday — Holy Communion will be served. Bishop Willie Houston, of Reap Joy Ministries of Marion, will speak. St. Matthias Episcopal Church, 9 N. Duke St., Summerton, announces: * Wednesday, April 9 — Messiah in the Passover, showing how Jesus fulfilled the ancient feast of Passover, will be held at 6 p.m. The Rev. Dennis Karp, of Chosen People Ministries, will speak. A love offering will be received. Tickets are $10. Call Sandy Plance at (803) 485-2504 and leave a message. Sumter Free Will Pentecostal Church, 971 Boulevard Road, announces: * Today-Saturday — Yard sale at 7 a.m. daily. Hot dogs, drinks and sweets will also be available. Truly Committed Missionary Baptist Church, 7 E. Oakland Ave., announces: * Sunday, April 13 — Sisters of Faith program at 4 p.m. On the program: New Hope; Blessed; Shatavia and the Praising Angels; Newboyz; and many more. Walker’s Chapel Freewill Baptist Church, 99 Walter Ave., announces: * Sunday — Homecoming celebrating 40 years. Worship begins at 10 a.m. followed by 11 a.m. singing. Royal Heirs Singers will present the music. Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church, 2225 Conyers Road, Paxville community, Manning, announces: * Sunday, April 13 — 13th pastoral anniversary celebration of Pastor Clifford Gaymon and family during 11 a.m. service. Cedric Capps, pastor of Union Grove Missionary Baptist Church, Wesson, Miss., will speak.






Officials: 4 dead in Fort Hood shooting FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — A gunman opened fire Wednesday at the Fort Hood military base in an attack that left four people dead, including the shooter, at the same post where more than a dozen people were killed in a 2009 mass shooting, law enforcement officials said. One of the officials, citing internal U.S. Justice Department updates, said 14 others were hurt. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release information by name. A U.S. law enforcement official said the shooter died of what appeared to be a self-inflicted wound. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing. The injured were taken to Darnall Army Community Hospital at Fort Hood and other local hospitals. Dr. Glen Couchman, chief medical officer at Scott and White Hos-

pital in Temple, said the first four people admitted there had gunshots to their chest, abdomen, neck and extremities and that their conditions range from stable to “quite critical.” Thirteen people were killed and more than 30 wounded in the 2009 assault, which was the deadliest attack on a domestic military installation in U.S. history. The military offered few details. After the shooting began, the Army’s official Twitter feed said the post had been locked down. Hours later, all-clear sirens sounded. On Wednesday evening, a fatigue-clad soldier and a military police officer stood about a quarter-mile from the main gate waving away traffic. Other lanes were blocked by a police car and van. Meanwhile, relatives of soldiers waited for news about their loved ones.

S.C. House passes legislation aimed at reducing DUI deaths BY SEANNA ADCOX The Associated Press COLUMBIA — The South Carolina House on Wednesday approved a bill requiring more people convicted of drunken driving to install a locking device that prevents their vehicle from starting if it detects alcohol. The House voted 112-0 on the measure named for a 6-year-old Lexington girl who died on New Year’s Day 2012 when a repeat-offender drunken driver struck her family’s minivan as they drove to church. Another perfunctory vote will return the amended bill to the Senate. David Longstreet, Emma’s father, said the bill’s passage will help ease the pain as his daughter’s birthday approaches next month, as Emma’s Law could save other lives. “It’s a huge victory. Obviously, I wish it could have taken place three years ago. What Satan meant for evil God can use for good,” said a teary-eyed Karen Longstreet said, adding, “I would’ve rather had her here.” In Emma’s case, the driver is serving 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to assault and felony DUI. Authorities have said Billy Patrick Hutto Jr.’s blood-alcohol content registered nearly three times the legal limit for driving, even hours after he said he last drank alcohol. “Let’s turn one of the greatest tragedies I have personally witnessed into a good thing

for the state and save some lives,” said Rep. Rick Quinn, R-Lexington. To start a vehicle with the device, the driver must blow into it. The vehicle won’t start if the test registers a 0.02 percent or greater.

CITY BUDGET FROM PAGE A1 The largest funding request in the general fund comes from the police department, which requested $8,660,274, almost $140,000 more than its 2014 budget. The fire department is the next largest item in the budget at $6,108,507, followed by sanitation’s $3,652,963 and $3,100,528 for “other expenditures.” Council will schedule a series of special “budget meetings” later to finalize the city’s finances for next year. “There’s a lot on there that we agree are

REUSED FROM PAGE A1 She lost control of the vehicle. “The leashes popped and saved the dogs’ lives,” Winstead said. “I thank God every day it did. I could have had five dead dogs. Instead, we got to hunt five dogs through the woods.” The animal adoption fee is $50. The cat cubbies are created from large, plastic litter containers. Winstead said the shelter goes through five to six a week.

POWER FROM PAGE A1 The loss of power affected a morning meeting of the committee considering proposals for a renewed penny tax. Members of the steering committee were meeting in county council chambers when the incident plunged Canal Street’s county administration building

needed but that we’re just going to have to cut,” said Mayor Joe McElveen. Council members took no action on the budget this week but did approve a motion to accept the Optimist Gym beside Riley Park on Pine Street, which is being donated to the city by the Optimist Club along with $10,000. City attorney Eric Shytle recommended the city pass final approval only if the city can lease the building to a tenant for an appropriate use. “The lease will require the entity to maintain and operate the building at its own cost,” Shytle said. “The lease must be approved at the same time (as the donation), because they’re cross-conditional.”

A group of Girl Scout Cadettes at Robert E. Lee Academy are helping decorate some for next Saturday’s craft fair. It’s part of the troop’s Silver Award project, she said. What Winstead jokingly calls “redneck wind chimes” are made from old drink cans. “We use everything,” Ingle said. “Otherwise, this would all be taken to the landfill. We’re saving all this waste. It’s our world, and we want it to last.” For more information, contact Doris Winstead at (803) 428-2077 or (803) 428-7536.

into darkness, and the meeting had to be canceled without action being taken. The meeting will resume at 8 a.m. today. Ironically, the pole came down on the same day the mayor’s office announced Linemen Appreciation Week in the city of Sumter, in recognition of power crews’ response to the February ice storm and the power outages that followed.

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ASHINGTON — H.L. Mencken gets a workout in election years when voters are reminded by pundits of the curmudgeon’s observation that no one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public. Mean. But true? If you’re a Democratic strategist, this seems to be the motto operandi. If you’re a Republican strategist, you’re thinking: Better dumb that down. There now, if everyone is equally offended, we can proceed. First, let’s dispense with Democrats, as voters are likely to do this November for countless reasons. Chief among them is the recent debut of the Democratic Kathleen “strategy” Parker of hurling “pocketbook” legislation at Republicans that has no chance of passing. This is not exactly a paradigm-shifting strategy. Minimum-wage debates are sort of like funeral suits. You keep them handy for those glum times when respect for dying ideas must be paid. Giving strategists their due, the bills are catchy, using as they do the poll-tested word “fairness” in their titles. (For some reason, I have an irresistible urge to enlist “Modern Family’s” Phil Dunphy to say: “Geniuses.”) The minimum wage campaign is obviously an effort to bestir the Democratic base to turn out at the polls, where Republicans tend to show up in greater numbers during midterm elections. But Democrats can’t force votes in the Republican-controlled House so this “strategy” is mainly something to talk about. At best, Democrats get to reiterate the familiar trope that the GOP is the heartless, greedy, obstructionist Party of No. Even if House Speaker John Boehner ignores the minimum wage, which he will, the consequences of inaction fall at his feet, not at any individual congressman’s. Thus, it may not hurt the generic GOP brand as much as Democrats hope. Also, even if a minimum wage bill is passed by the Senate in the next few days, who cares? Republicans really only have one vulnerable incumbent senator, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, so, theoretically, the political benefit is more a positive for Democrats who get to vote for it than it is a negative for Republicans. In the meantime, Republicans benefit from a time of record distrust of government, even though, irony observed, they have earned

their own share. But being viewed as obstructionist on more government spending and economic tinkering may not be such a bad thing. As for seeming uncaring, this is harder to shed if only because supporting a wage increase seems like such a decent idea. Which it is — in times of economic stability. It is not such a great idea when viewed in the context of broader economic implications and the probability that raising wages will do more harm than good. For sure, raising wages won’t create jobs and more likely will cost jobs for the very population we all want to help. Low-wage earners usually lack job skills, which won’t be acquired in the unemployment line. It also makes little sense to apply one national wage when costs of living are so diverse across states. Again, none of this matters. The wage increase won’t go through. Democrats know it. Republicans know it. The only people who may not know it are the dead and busy. Thus, this is much ado about nothing ... for everything. If Democrats can make Republicans look nasty enough, maybe a few more single women, low income workers and minorities will turn out in November. That’s not nothing. If Republicans prevail, after all, the Obama administration is finished. That’s everything. So the stakes are high even if the strategy seems not so lofty. Mostly the Democratic campaign agenda reflects desperation: If all you can do is attack your opponent, chances are you have nothing much to sell. Poll after poll shows Americans aren’t buying what the Democratic Party is selling. Strategy, meanwhile, cuts both ways. Boehner also can force votes on vulnerable House Democrats — jobs votes such as the Keystone XL pipeline that squeeze Democrats between their union base and environmentalists. And then there’s the gift that keeps on giving, Obamacare, not to mention the economy, record debt, higher taxes and dubious leadership in foreign affairs. Now where was I? Oh, yes, fairness. To wit: It is highly probable that Mencken, who referred to the South as the “Sahara of the Bozart” and pilloried rural Christians as “ignoramuses” during the 1925 Scopes trial, would have little good to say about today’s GOP, for which the South is Ground Zero. Then again, he rarely said anything nice about anyone. Kathleen Parker’s email address is kathleenparker@ © 2014, Washington Post Writers Group

EDITORIAL ROUNDUP Recent editorials from South Carolina newspapers:

The Post and Courier

the alleged mass surveillance of emails.

ers who far exceed legal limits as well as repeat offenders.

The Herald of Rock Hill

The Aiken Standard

March 29

April 1

Emma’s Law needed to fight DUI in S.C.

Student-athlete decision opens flood of questions

To move Emma’s Law, a bill that would require many firsttime DUI offenders to install ignition interlock devices in their cars, through the powerful S.C. House Judiciary Committee, proponents had to compromise on the blood-alcohol level. If that is enough to gain the support of a majority of House members, it was worth it. Emma’s Law, named after Emma Longstreet, a 6-year-old killed in 2012 by a repeat DUI offender, is designed to get tough on drunken drivers and reduce the carnage they cause on South Carolina highways. In 2012, the last year for which records are available, 358 South Carolinians died in DUIrelated accidents. South Carolina ranked seventh among the 50 states in sheer number of DUI deaths — not just the rate based on the percentage of the population. Clearly, the state needs to find new ways to clamp down on drunken driving. The interlock device, which requires drivers to blow into a miniature Breathalyzer before they are able to start their cars, is used in 21 states, including South Carolina, for repeat offenders. But Emma’s Law would require the devices to be used by many first-time offenders as well. Those with a blood-alcohol level of .08 percent are considered legally intoxicated. Safety activists pushed to require first-time offenders who have a level of .12 percent or higher to install ignition interlock devices on their cars. In the end, though, the committee agreed on a level of .15, meaning that fewer convicted drunken drivers would have to use the devices. Critics accused lawyers in the Legislature, many of whom make money defending those charged with drunken driving, of raising the threshold too high. But the standard clearly delineates those who might just have had one too many from those who are well above the legal limit. Lawmakers who supported the .15 threshold also noted that it is not simply an arbitrary number like .12, but one that already is a standard that applies in state law to license suspension. This technology works. It effectively prevents people from driving their cars when intoxicated. There’s no good reason not to use it for first-time offend-

A recent ruling involving Northwestern University’s football team will likely be the first domino to fall in a series of legal battles against the NCAA, the organization that oversees most college athletics in the U.S. The decision — rendered by the regional National Labor Relations Board in Chicago — opens the door for players at the school to become a part of the first college sports union, a decision that could completely change top-level university athletics. Northwestern officials have said they will appeal to the full National Labor Relations Board in Washington, D.C., but this is clearly only the opening act in the pay to play debate. The current system of compensating student athletes isn’t perfect, and year after year the idea of true amateurism in college sports becomes more disingenuous as college athletics make millions of dollars. The television revenue alone generated by the March Madness basketball tournament, for instance, reaches nearly $700 million, none of which goes into the pockets of the players. But as the discussion goes on, the possible solutions will get more muddled. For example, how much should a school give a star quarterback on the football team compared to a second string guard on the men’s basketball team? Also, it’s not like student athletes aren’t already paid. No, they don’t get a paycheck from week to week, but free tuition, books and room and board are almost always on the table for those who attend college on scholarship. That’s a clear advantage compared to the students who have to scrimp and save to make their way through college. Providing extra money for students also undoubtedly blurs the line between college and the pros. However, is it fair to restrict someone’s earning ability if they’re qualified for the job? The days of intercollegiate athletics wouldn’t necessarily be over, but they would diminish in viewership and profit. As the NCAA looks for the best path forward and society becomes more concerned with the ever-increasing bottom line, it’s going to require more than the Band-Aid solution of an extra stipend. It will require a sweeping change that’s rooted in equality and integrity.

April 1

Curbing NSA overreach The White House and a bipartisan Congress finally appear to be moving in the right direction with plans to end mass telephone data collection by the National Security Agency. If implemented properly, the plans will answer the main criticisms of the NSA program by ending the mass capture of all U.S. telephone “metadata” on a daily basis, the retention of this data by the government for five years and its availability to intelligence analysts without a specific judge’s order. Telephone companies would be required to keep the metadata they collect on every call for billing and other company purposes for the 18 months already prescribed by the Federal Communications Commission, but with the added requirement that they keep it in a specific form required by the federal government to facilitate accountability. Under the president’s proposal, intelligence agencies would have to get a judge’s order for a specific search before they could access any of the metadata. This is clearly preferable to the House proposal that a judge grant broad access and only review a query once it had been answered by a telephone company. The government, in searching the databases, would be limited to two “hops,” meaning it could look for information on the initial suspect’s number, numbers it connected with, and numbers that the first “hop” batch of numbers connected with. While that is better than previous practice, it is still a pretty large universe of numbers, representing the phone records of many American citizens. The role of the federal Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court in overseeing such searches will remain a critical safeguard. The approach, while still sketchy, has won conditional approval from privacy advocates including the Electronic Privacy Information Center and the American Civil Liberties Union. The proposals still have to be enacted into law this year before existing authority, known as section 215 of the Patriot Act, expires. In the process, Congress needs to review other NSA programs that have taken an expansive view of the reach of Section 215, such as

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AROUND TOWN The Shepherd’s Center will offer free public information sessions 11-11:50 a.m. each Thursday through May 29 at 24 Council St. Scheduled topics / speakers are as follows: April 10, Chip Chase of Farmers Telephone Coop. will provide an overview on smart phones; April 17, Lester Clark of Capital Insurance will discuss long term care insurance; April 24, Catherine Blumberg of S.C. Active Lifestyles will discuss walking for your health; May 1, David O’Brien will discuss social media and staying connected; May 8, Ford Simmons of the Sumter County Library will provide tips and tricks on using your personal computer or iPad; May 15, Cpl. Eddie Hobbes of the Sumter County Sheriff’s Department will discuss self defense awareness; May 22, Cpl. Eddie Hobbes will discuss home security; and May 29, Carol Boyd will discuss gardening with herbs. Free income tax filing services and FAFSA applications will be provided through April 15 as follows: 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Fridays, 3-8 p.m. Saturdays, appointments only on Sundays, Goodwill Job-Link Center, 1028 Broad St., (803) 7745006; and 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays, Lee County Adult Education, 123 E. College St., Bishopville, (803) 484-4040. For more information or appointments, call Ms. Samuels at (803) 240-8355. The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Program will offer free income tax assistance and electronic filing for taxpayers with low to middle incomes. All ages are welcome and you do not have to be an AARP member. You will need: picture ID; Social Security card for each dependent; all W-2’s, 1099s and 1098s; and supporting documents if you plan to itemize. Bring a canceled check if you wish to have your refund direct deposited. Assistance will be available 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays through April 9 at the Shepherd’s Center, 24 Council St. For details, call Lynda at (803) 4698322. The Clarendon County Democratic Party will meet today at the Manning Restaurant, 476 N. Brooks St., Manning. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. followed by the meeting at 7 p.m. The Transatlantic Brides and Parents Association (British Wives) will meet at 11 a.m. Friday, April 4, at The Spectrum, Pinewood Road. All British ex pats are welcome to join. Bring your Easter bonnets and enjoy a spring lunch. Call Josie at (803) 7758052. The 4th Annual Daffodil Arts & Crafts Show will be held 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, April 5, and 1-4 p.m. Sunday, April 6, at American Legion Post 15, 30 Artillery Drive. Vendors will include: Amy with Scentsy; Lisa’s Pillow Case Dresses; Origami Owl with Pam; Just Kil n’ Time; Bows and More; Natural Handmade Soaps; and many more. Please bring a nonperishable food item.

Lincoln High School Class of 1960 will hold a class reunion planning meeting at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 5, at the Alumni Building, Council Street. All classmates are invited to attend. Call Lucile Davis at (803) 775-6253. Federal Contracting 101, a free seminar for small businesses, will be held 9-11 a.m. Tuesday, April 8, at the Sumter Chamber of Commerce, 32 E. Calhoun St. This seminar will cover the SBA’s Federal Contracting Programs: 8(a) Program for socially and economically disadvantaged small businesses; Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB); Woman Owned Small Business (WOSB); and Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone). To register, contact Michael Corp at or (803) 765-5961 or contact Jim Giffin at or (803) 938-3833. See for additional information on SBA programs. The Sumter Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, at Shiloh-Randolph Manor, 125 W. Bartlette St. Charles E. Black, president of the Kershaw Area Chapter of the NFB, will speak. Transportation provided within the coverage area. Contact Debra Canty, chapter president, at or (803) 775-5792. For more information, call the 24/7 recorded message line at (206) 376-5992. The Col. Matthew Singleton Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, at the S.C. National Guard Armory, 395 N. Pike Road West. Visitors welcome. Tuomey Healthcare System will hold its annual Shred Day 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, April 11. Individuals (no businesses) can take their paper items that need shredding to the Calhoun Street entrance of the hospital by the cafeteria patio. This event is sponsored by the Tuomey Green Team in recognition of Earth Day. The Rembert Area Community Coalition (RACC) 2nd Annual Spring Parade will be held 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, April 12. The parade will begin and end at Dennis Convenience Store, 7570 Pisgah Road, Rembert. Musical entertainment will be provided from noon to 3 p.m. Visit www. for details. Kids Fest 2014 will be held 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, April 15-16, at Sumter County Civic Center, 700 W. Liberty St. This free event is designed to educate parents, caregivers and children about preventing injuries and staying safe. Call (803) 774-8822. The YWCA of the Upper Lowlands Inc. will hold a Tribute to Women in Industry (TWIN) Reunion in conjunction with the annual banquet 6-10 p.m. Friday, April 25, at the Imperial restaurant, 451 Broad St. Contact Yolanda Debra Wilson at (803) 773-7158 or

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Do whatever EUGENIA LAST it takes to stabilize your position and enhance your reputation at work. Refrain from making impulsive decisions that can jeopardize your domestic scene or relationship with someone special.

make a promise or commitment.

The last word in astrology

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Discussions that are meant to help someone in need will make a difference to the outcome of a situation that has been ignored in the past. Getting together with an old friend will be eye-opening. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Make changes if you feel it is necessary. Taking action and following through with a promise will help you avoid complaints. Don’t be led astray by someone withholding information. CANCER (June 21-July 22): Make plans to do something unusual or get involved in something that allows you to learn about different beliefs or cultures. A challenge that entails physical strength can lead to injury. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Do your best to bring about changes that will benefit friends, relatives or neighbors. Attending community events will allow you to take a leadership position. Express your thoughts and intentions. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): A good idea coupled with a detailed presentation will help you attract interest in something you want to pursue. Double-check all the information you gather before you

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Sign up for an activity, event or something entertaining. You can improve your relationship with special people if you do things together. Having fun with the youngsters in your life is favored. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Finding financial solutions may not be easy. An investment that’s suggested isn’t likely to be as lucrative as you’ve been told. Stick to proven means and methods when it comes to money, health and legal matters. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Keep your thoughts to yourself. Someone will misinterpret what you’re trying to say. Focus on home, family and fixing up your digs. Add to your entertainment center, but don’t overspend in the process. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Say little, especially if you’re dealing with a friend, neighbor or relative. Give others the benefit of the doubt and go about your business. Don’t let someone’s uncertainty confuse you.




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AccuWeather® five-day forecast for Sumter TODAY






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Gaffney 82/56 Spartanburg 83/57

Greenville 82/57

Columbia 88/56

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


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Aiken 85/53


Charleston 84/60

Today: Mostly sunny and nice. High 76 to 83. Friday: Partial sunshine; pleasant in southern parts. High 76 to 83.




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Today: Pleasant with sun and clouds. Winds southwest 7-14 mph. Friday: Breezy with a thunderstorm. Winds southwest 10-20 mph.

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

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2-13-25-31-36 PowerUp: 3

10-23-68-74-75 Megaball: 9 Megaplier: 5



6-1-9 and 7-6-2

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PICTURES FROM THE PUBLIC SUBMITTED BY: Hal Tuttle COMMENT: “I took this picture of an RV campground on Pullen Creek in Skagway, Alaska, in the summer of 2010.”

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Make positive changes regarding how you earn money, and you’ll raise your standard of living. Put love and romance at the top of your list, and you’ll improve your personal life and future. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Resurrect an old plan and revise it to fit your current situation. Use your skills in a unique way in order to raise your income. Discuss your plans and you will get the help you need to move forward.

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Former local standouts get minor league assignments BY JUSTIN DRIGGERS While the Major League Baseball season is already underway, today marks the beginning of another year for those trying to earn their way into “The Show.” Most of the Minor League Baseball leagues and classifications will celebrate their own opening days today, and that includes a number of former Sumter High School and Sumter P-15’s standouts as well as one from Crestwood High. Most of the players with local ties find themselves in familiar surround-




ings this season, with one main exception. Outfielder Travis Witherspoon, who starred for SHS and the P-15’s, will be in first season with his new club, the Seattle Mariners. Seattle claimed Witherspoon off waivers from the Los Angeles Angels on Oct. 8, 2013. The Angels drafted the then Spartanburg Methodist College



outfielder in the 12th round of the 2009 amateur draft. Witherspoon spent all of 2013 with the Angels’ Double-A affiliate in Arkansas where he batted .214 with 11 home runs, 38 runs batted in and had 30 stolen bases in 129 games. He has 140 steals in 173 attempts during his minor league career, including 110


Swamp shutout

over the past three seasons. After initially outrighting him to their Double-A squad in Jackson, Tenn., the Mariners will have Witherspoon begin his first season with the club with their Single-A advanced team in Adelanto, Calif. – the High Desert Mavericks. The last time Witherspoon was in A-ball, he hit .319 with 25 stolen bases and was named a California League Player of the Week and was selected to the all-star game. Former Gamecock, P-15’s and University of South Carolina Sumter Fire Ant standout pitcher Tyler


Gamecocks rout Panthers 12-2 for series victory BY EDDIE LITAKER Special to The Item

drops to 11-4 overall and 2-2 in the region. “(He) wasn’t the whole story, but he was a lot of it,” Jones said. “They made him (work) in a few innings, but he responded like good pitchers do. He HATFIELD didn’t give in when he was behind in the count.” Sears allowed singles in the first, fifth and sixth innings. A walk and a hit batter were his only other blemishes on the night. “I was able to locate my fastball and throw my curveball for a strike a lot,” Sears said. “My defense played really well behind me and made all the plays. “My arm felt good. It was a good night.”

Sumter High School’s varsity baseball team ran its Region VI-4A record to 3-2 with a 12-2 victory in five innings over Carolina Forest on Wednesday at Gamecock Field. With the win, the Gamecocks clinched the 3-game series and will go for the sweep on Friday at the Panthers’ home field. Sumter took game one, 2-0, on Monday behind the 3-hit pitching of Charlie Barnes. The decisive inning in Wednesday’s game was the third as Sumter sent 14 men to the plate, scoring 10 runs to break a 2-2 tie. Starting pitcher Phillip Watcher got the inning started by drawing the first of five walks off three Carolina Forest pitchers. Tee DuBose laced an RBI single, then James Barnes and Jordan Holladay forced in runs with bases-loaded walks. Jacob Watcher and Phillip Watch- SHUMAKE er both knocked home single runs with singles, then Ian McCaffrey drew another base on balls with the sacks full. Chris Crawford cleared the bases with a single and a two-base error before DuBose doubled to drive home the inning’s final run. After working through some recent offensive struggles, Sumter head coach Brooks Shumake was happy to see his team come away with a mercy-rule win. “It’s always good to get a game like that, because we’ve been struggling to score runs, and tonight we were able to plate some runs when we had runners in scoring position,” said Shumake, whose team improved to 9-2-1 overall. “So we were real excited about that. We’re working hard on our offense, and hopefully it will pay some dividends for us. We were really proud of the guys to be able to get some runs in, and, of course, Carolina Forest helped us a little bit, too.” The teams traded runs through the first two innings. The Panthers struck first as Ryan Flynn drew a 2-out walk, then scored as Cameron Cauble reached on a two-base infield error. The Gamecocks pushed across a tying run in the bottom of the first after Charlie Barnes reached on a leadoff double. Jacob Watcher laid down a sacrifice bunt to move Barnes to third, then Barnes crossed the plate on a passed ball. Carolina Forest followed Sumter’s first-inning scoring blueprint with a second-inning leadoff double from Jakob Frishmuth, who stole third and came home on Aaron Ray’s groundout to first. Sumter’s answer in the bottom of the frame was assisted by another




Wilson Hall senior John Patrick Sears tossed a 3-hit shutout on Wednesday in a 4-0 victory over rival Laurence Manning Academy at Tucker Belangia Diamond. The Barons improved to 13-0 overall and 3-0 in SCISA Region II-3A play.

Barons top rival LMA to stay perfect on year BY JUSTIN DRIGGERS MANNING – As a senior, John Patrick Sears isn’t afraid of a 100-pitch count, Wilson Hall head coach Tommy JONES Jones said. “He’s strong and he’s competitive,” Jones said of Sears. “He wants and expects to go seven (innings).” Sears did indeed go seven strong on Wednesday against Laurence Manning Academy, wrapping up his 100th pitch with his 10th strikeout in a 3-hit shutout as Wilson Hall blanked the Swampcats 4-0 at Tucker Belangia Diamond. The win keeps the Barons perfect at 13-0 overall and 3-0 in SCISA Region II-3A. With the loss, LMA


Clowney believes he should be NFL’s top pick BY PETE IACOBELLI The Associated Press COLUMBIA— Jadeveon Clowney believes he’s the NFL’s No. 1 draft pick and says he took a big step toward that goal during South Carolina’s pro day workouts Wednesday. The 6-foot-5, 266-pound defensive end did position drills in front of dozens of NFL personnel, including Houston head coach Bill O’Brien and Jacksonville head coach Gus Bradley. And Clowney thinks he elevated his already elite status during the 40 minutes or so of running THE ASSOCIATED PRESS through cones, jumping over hurFormer South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon dles and catching tennis balls in Clowney competes in a drill at South Carolina’s pro workouts he passed on at the NFL day on Wednesday in Columbia. Clowney hopes to combine in February. become the top pick in the upcoming NFL draft. “Yes, I do feel like I should be the

first pick,” Clowney said after the session. Clowney did not lift weights or run the 40-yard dash, standing on his combine showings when he did 21 reps at 225 pounds and clocked a 4.53-second time. He also felt he eased anyone’s concerns about his work ethic. He was considered by many the No. 1 pick after his sophomore season in 2012, when he had 13 sacks and closed it with his helmet-jarring hit on Michigan’s Vincent Smith in the Outback Bowl. The footage of the hit was seemingly shown daily on highlight shows and Clowney immediately became a Heisman Trophy favorite, analysts projecting record-setting sack numbers.

But Clowney couldn’t live up to the expectations as injuries and opponent’s schemed him out of plays. He finished with a disappointing three sacks. A midseason tiff with coach Steve Spurrier — Clowney pulled himself out of the Kentucky game with a rib muscle strain without following proper protocol — intensified questions about Clowney’s work habits and going hard every play. “I think my work ethic is pretty good. I think I proved that today, but I’ve still got a lot of proving to do,” he said. There were 30 of 32 NFL teams represented with Tennessee and Cleveland opting to pass on South










10 a.m. -- International Soccer: CONCACAF Champions League Match -Alajuelense vs. Toluca (FOX SPORTS 1). Noon -- High School Basketball: Dick’s Sporting Goods National Tournament Boys Quarterfinal Game from Queens, N.Y. -- LA Luminere (Ind.) vs. Huntington, W.Va. (ESPNU). Noon -- LPGA Golf: Kraft Nabisco Championship First Round from Rancho Mirage, Calif. (GOLF). 12:30 p.m. -- Major League Baseball: St. Louis at Cincinnati or Colorado at Miami (MLB NETWORK). 1 p.m. -- Women’s Professional Tennis: Family Circle Cup Round-of-16 Matches from Charleston (ESPN2). 2 p.m. -- High School Basketball: Dick’s Sporting Goods National Tournament Boys Quarterfinal Game from Queens, N.Y. -- Oak Hill Academy (Va.) vs. Northside Christian Academy (N.C.) (ESPNU). 2 p.m. -- Major League Baseball: Minnesota at Chicago White Sox (WGN). 3 p.m. -- International Soccer: Europa League Quarterfinal First Leg Match -- Lyon vs. Juventus (FOX SPORTS 1). 3 p.m. -- PGA Golf: Houston Open First Round from Humble, Texas (GOLF). 4 p.m. -- High School Basketball: Dick’s Sporting Goods National Tournament Boys Quarterfinal Game from Queens, N.Y. -- Findlay Prep (Nev.) vs. Rainer Beach (Wash.) (ESPNU). 6 p.m. -- High School Basketball: Dick’s Sporting Goods National Tournament Boys Quarterfinal Game from Queens, N.Y. -- Sagemont (Fla.) vs. Monteverde (Fla.) (ESPNU). 6 p.m. -- LPGA Golf: Kraft Nabisco Championship First Round from Rancho Mirage, Calif. (GOLF). 6:05 p.m. -- Talk Show: Sports Talk (WPUB-FM 102.7, WDXY-FM 105.9, WDXY-AM 1240). 7 p.m. -- College Basketball: National Invitation Tournament Championship Game from New York -- Southern Methodist vs. Minnesota (ESPN). 7 p.m. -- NHL Hockey: Dallas at Carolina (FOX SPORTSOUTH). 7 p.m. -- Major League Baseball: Boston at Baltimore or Toronto at Tampa Bay (MLB NETWORK). 8 p.m. -- College Baseball: Pacific at Brigham Young (BYUTV). 8 p.m. -- High School Basketball: Power Jam Fest and 3-Point Contest from Chicago (ESPN2). 8 p.m. -- College Baseball: South Carolina at Arkansas (ESPNU, WNKT-FM 107.5). 8 p.m. -- NHL Hockey: Minnesota at Chicago (NBC SPORTS NETWORK). 8 p.m. -- NBA Basketball: San Antonio at Oklahoma City (TNT). 9 p.m. -- Professional Basketball: NBA Development League Game -- Canton at Austin (CBS SPORTS NETWORK). 9 p.m. -- College Basketball: Slam Dunk and 3-Point Championships from Dallas (ESPN). 10 p.m. -- Professional Boxing: Luis Ortiz vs. Monte Barrett in a Heavyweight Bout, Gerald Washington vs. Skip Scott in a Heavyweight Bout and Dominic Breazeale vs. Nagy Aguilera in a Heavyweight Bout from Indio, Calif. (FOX SPORTS 1). 10:30 p.m. -- NHL Hockey: Los Angeles at San Jose (NBC SPORTS NETWORK). 10:30 p.m. -- NBA Basketball: Dallas at Los Angeles Clippers (TNT).


Varsity Baseball Crestwood at Dreher, 6:30 p.m. Cardinal Newman at Wilson Hall, 7 p.m. Holly Hill at Thomas Sumter, 7 p.m. Providence Athletic Club at Robert E. Lee, 6:30 p.m. Junior Varsity Baseball Lakewood at Crestwood, 6:30 p.m. Cardinal Newman at Wilson Hall, 4:30 p.m. Williamsburg at Laurence Manning, 5 p.m. Holly Hill at Thomas Sumter, 4 p.m. Providence Athletic Club at Robert E. Lee, 4 p.m. B Team Baseball Colleton Prep at Wilson Hall, 4 p.m. Varsity Boys Golf Lee Central, East Clarendon, Andrew at Lake City (at Lake City Country Club). TBA Wilson Hall, Laurence Manning in SCISA Region II-3A Match (at Orangeburg Country Club), 3:30 p.m. Thomas Sumter at Robert E. Lee (at Bishopville Country Club), 3:30 p.m. Varsity Boys Soccer Wilson Hall at Laurence Manning, 5 p.m. Thomas Sumter in Airport High Tournament, TBA Junior Varsity Boys Soccer Hartsville at Lakewood, 6:30 p.m. Wilson Hall at The King’s Academy, 4 p.m. Varsity Girls Soccer River Bluff at Sumter, 7:15 p.m. Crestwood at Ridge View, 6 p.m. Junior Varsity Girls Soccer River Bluff at Sumter, 5:45 p.m. Varsity Softball West Florence at Sumter, 6 p.m. Lamar at Crestwood, 5:30 p.m. Orangeburg-Wilkinson at Lakewood, 5:30 p.m. Wilson Hall at Robert E. Lee, 6 p.m. Orangeburg Prep at Laurence Manning, 5 p.m. Holly Hill at Thomas Sumter, 6 p.m. Clarendon Hall at Patrick Henry, 5:30 p.m. Junior Varsity Softball West Florence at Sumter, 6 p.m. Robert E. Lee at Wilson Hall, 4 p.m. Orangeburg Prep at Laurence Manning, 3:30 p.m. Holly Hill at Thomas Sumter, 4 p.m. Varsity Boys Tennis Manning at North Central, 4:30 p.m. Pinewood Prep at Wilson Hall, 4 p.m. Varsity Track and Field Lakewood at Crestwood, 5 p.m. Hartsville at Manning, 4:30 p.m.

MLB STANDINGS By The Associated Press AMERICAN LEAGUE EAST DIVISION W Baltimore 1 Tampa Bay 1 Toronto 1 Boston 0 New York 0 CENTRAL DIVISION W Chicago 1 Cleveland 1 Detroit 1 Kansas City 0 Minnesota 0 WEST DIVISION W Seattle 2 Houston 1 Texas 1 Oakland 0 Los Angeles 0

0-0), 10:05 p.m.

L Pct GB 0 1.000 – 1 .500 1/2 1 .500 1/2 1 .000 1 1 .000 1 L Pct GB 0 1.000 – 0 1.000 – 0 1.000 – 1 .000 1 1 .000 1 L Pct GB 0 1.000 – 0 1.000 1/2 1 .500 1 1 .000 11/2 2 .000 2


Houston 6, N.Y. Yankees 2 Toronto 4, Tampa Bay 2 Texas 3, Philadelphia 2 Seattle 8, L.A. Angels 3 Cleveland at Oakland, ppd., rain


Kansas City (Ventura 0-0) at Detroit (Sanchez 0-0), 1:08 p.m. Minnesota (Hughes 0-0) at Chicago White Sox (Quintana 0-0), 2:10 p.m. Boston (Doubront 0-0) at Baltimore (Chen 0-0), 7:05 p.m.Toronto (Morrow 0-0) at Tampa Bay (Archer 0-0), 7:10 p.m. N.Y. Yankees (Nova 0-0) at Houston (Oberholtzer 0-0), 8:10 p.m. Seattle (Elias 0-0) at Oakland (Chavez

Miami Washington Atlanta Philadelphia New York CENTRAL DIVISION Pittsburgh St. Louis Milwaukee Chicago Cincinnati WEST DIVISION Los Angeles San Diego San Francisco Arizona Colorado


W 2 1 2 1 0

L 0 0 1 1 1

Pct GB 1.000 – 1.000 1/2 .667 1/2 .500 1 .000 11/2

W 1 1 1 0 0

L 0 0 2 1 1

Pct 1.000 1.000 .333 .000 .000

W 3 1 1 1 0

L 1 1 1 3 2

Pct GB .750 – .500 1 .500 1 .250 2 .000 2

GB – – 1 1 1


L.A. Dodgers 3, San Diego 2 Miami 4, Colorado 3 Texas 3, Philadelphia 2 Atlanta 5, Milwaukee 2 Arizona 5, San Francisco 4


Chicago Cubs (Hammel 0-0) at Pittsburgh (W.Rodriguez 0-0), 12:35 p.m. St. Louis (Lynn 0-0) at Cincinnati (Bailey 0-0), 12:35 p.m. Colorado (Morales 0-0) at Miami (Turner 0-0), 12:40 p.m. Washington (Zimmermann 0-0) at N.Y. Mets (Wheeler 0-0), 1:10 p.m. San Francisco (Lincecum 0-0) at Arizona (Arroyo 0-0), 3:40 p.m.

NBA STANDINGS By The Associated Press EASTERN CONFERENCE ATLANTIC DIVISION x-Toronto x-Brooklyn New York Boston Philadelphia SOUTHEAST DIVISION y-Miami Washington Charlotte Atlanta Orlando CENTRAL DIVISION y-Indiana x-Chicago Cleveland Detroit Milwaukee

W 42 40 32 23 16

L 32 33 43 51 58

Pct GB .568 – .548 11/2 .427 101/2 .311 19 .216 26

W 51 38 36 32 21

L 22 36 38 41 53

Pct GB .699 – .514 131/2 .486 151/2 .438 19 .284 301/2

W 52 42 30 27 14

L 23 32 45 47 60

Pct GB .693 – .568 91/2 .400 22 .365 241/2 .189 371/2


L 16 24 30 31 42

Pct GB .784 – .671 81/2 .595 14 .587 141/2 .432 26

W 54 49 36 32 23

L 19 27 37 42 52

Pct GB .740 – .645 61/2 .493 18 .432 221/2 .307 32

W L x-L.A. Clippers 53 22 Golden State 46 28 Phoenix 44 30 Sacramento 26 48 L.A. Lakers 25 49 x-clinched playoff spot y-clinched division

Pct GB .707 – .622 61/2 .595 81/2 .351 261/2 .338 271/2

x-San Antonio Houston Memphis Dallas New Orleans NORTHWEST DIVISION x-Oklahoma City Portland Minnesota Denver Utah PACIFIC DIVISION


Brooklyn 105, Houston 96 Golden State 122, Dallas 120, OT Portland 124, L.A. Lakers 112


San Antonio at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m. Dallas at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m.

NHL STANDINGS By The Associated Press EASTERN CONFERENCE ATLANTIC DIVISION GP W L OT Pts GF GA y-Boston 75 52 17 6 110 241 158 x-Tampa Bay 76 42 25 9 93 226 202 x-Montreal 77 43 27 7 93 200 192 Detroit 75 35 26 14 84 202 213 Toronto 77 37 32 8 82 223 241 Ottawa 75 32 29 14 78 218 250 Florida 77 27 42 8 62 184 254 Buffalo 75 21 45 9 51 145 224 METROPOLITAN DIVISION GP W L OT Pts GF GA x-Pittsburgh 76 48 23 5 101 233 189 N.Y. Rangers 77 43 30 4 90 208 184 Philadelphia 75 39 27 9 87 213 211 Columbus 75 38 30 7 83 210 203 Washington 76 34 29 13 81 217 231 New Jersey 76 32 28 16 80 186 198 Carolina 76 33 32 11 77 191 211 N.Y. Islanders 7530 35 10 70 210 249

Johnson’s HR lifts Braves MILWAUKEE — Atlanta pitcher Aaron Harang and the Milwaukee Brewers’ Matt Garza had no-hit bids until Chris Johnson homered with two outs in the seventh inning, sending the Braves to a 1-0 victory Wednesday. Harang (1-0) didn’t allow a hit until Logan Schafer grounded a single leading off the bottom of the seventh. Making his Braves’ debut, Harang gave up two hits in 6 2-3 innings, struck out three and walked one, throwing 63 of 97 pitches for strikes. He had spent most of spring training with Cleveland on a minor league contract, then signed with the Braves on March 24 after a series of injuries to Atlanta pitchers. Relievers Luis Avilan, David Carpenter and Craig Kimbrel were hitless, with Kimbrel getting three outs for his second save. Garza (0-1) made his Milwaukee debut after signing a $50 million, four-year contract as a free agent. He allowed one run and two hits in eight innings, struck out seven and walked none, throwing 65 of 90 pitches for strikes. Garza had struggled during spring training, going 1-3 with an 8.80 ERA in five outings. But he was sharp against the Brewers, retiring 11 in a row before walking Freddie Freeman. This marked the first time both starting pitchers in a big league game had not allowed a hit through six innings since June 13, 2010, when Ted Lilly of the Cubs and Gavin Floyd of the White Sox accomplished the feat, according to STATS. Alfonso Soriano doubled with two outs in the bottom of the seventh and scored on Chad Tracy’s single, and Lilly didn’t allow a hit until pinch-hitter Juan Pierre’s leadoff single in the ninth. The Cubs won 1-0. Harang retired his first seven batters before walking Lyle Overbay, then retired 10 in a row before Schafer’s single. Garza hit a dribbler in front of the plate in the sixth that Harang fielded cleanly and threw to first for the out. Gomez followed with a drive down the leftfield line that hooked foul, then struck out.


Atlanta’s Chris Johnson (23) gestures to the crowd as he runs the bases after hitting a home run off Milwaukee’s Matt Garza during the seventh inning of the Braves’ 1-0 victory on Wednesday in Milwaukee. Jason Heyward’s diving catch of a Ryan Braun liner to right in the fourth kept Harang’s no-hit bid intact.



OAKLAND, Calif.— Scott Kazmir shut out his former team into the eighth inning in his Oakland debut, and the Athletics beat the Cleveland Indians 6-1 in the first game of a day-night doubleheader on Wednesday.


NEW YORK — Gio Gonzalez homered in his first start for the second straight season and pitched three-hit ball to lead the Washington Nationals over the New York Mets 5-1 Wednesday night.

AMERICAN LEAGUE TIGERS 2 ROYALS 1 DETROIT — Ian Kinsler homered and drove in the winning run with a single in the 10th inning to lift the Detroit Tigers over the Kansas City Royals 2-1 on Wednesday. WHITE SOX 7 TWINS 6

CHICAGO— Leury Garcia reached on a bunt single in the 11th inning and came home on a balk and a pair of wild pitches by Samuel Deduno, giving Chicago White Sox a 7-6 win over the Minnesota Twins on



BALTIMORE — Mike Napoli homered and drove in four runs, John Lackey allowed three hits in six innings and the Boston Red Sox spoiled the Baltimore debut of Ubaldo Jimenez by beating the Orioles 6-2 Wednesday night. JAYS 3 RAYS 0

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Mark Buehrle allowed four hits over 8 2- innings, Jose Bautista homered twice, and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-0 on Wednesday night. Buehrle (1-0) struck out 11 and walked one. From wire reports


Jefferson leads Bobcats past 76ers 123-93

WESTERN CONFERENCE CENTRAL DIVISION GP W L OT Pts GF GA x-St. Louis 75 51 17 7 109 241 168 x-Colorado 75 48 21 6 102 230 204 x-Chicago 76 42 19 15 99 248 200 Minnesota 76 39 26 11 89 189 191 Dallas 75 37 27 11 85 219 212 Winnipeg 77 34 33 10 78 214 226 Nashville 76 33 32 11 77 190 229 PACIFIC DIVISION GP W L OT Pts GF GA x-Anaheim 75 49 18 8 106 244 191 x-San Jose 77 48 20 9 105 237 188 Los Angeles 76 44 26 6 94 191 162 Phoenix 76 36 27 13 85 207 214 Vancouver 77 34 32 11 79 185 209 Calgary 76 31 38 7 69 194 226 Edmonton 76 26 41 9 61 188 254 NOTE: Two points for a win, one point for overtime loss. x-clinched playoff spot y-clinched division


Buffalo 3, New Jersey 2, SO St. Louis 1, Philadelphia 0, SO Winnipeg 2, Phoenix 1, SO Toronto 3, Calgary 2 N.Y. Islanders 4, Florida 2 Carolina 4, Pittsburgh 1 Dallas 5, Washington 0 Colorado 3, Columbus 2, OT Tampa Bay 3, Montreal 1 N.Y. Rangers 3, Vancouver 1 San Jose 5, Edmonton 4


Columbus at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. Dallas at Carolina, 7 p.m. Boston at Toronto, 7:30 p.m. Calgary at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m. Minnesota at Chicago, 8 p.m. Buffalo at St. Louis, 8 p.m. Pittsburgh at Winnipeg, 8 p.m. N.Y. Rangers at Colorado, 9 p.m. Los Angeles at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.

TENNIS The Associated Press

WTA Family Circle Cup Results Wednesday At The Family Circle Tennis Center Charleston, S.C. Purse: $710,000 (Premier) Surface: Green Clay-Outdoor Singles Second Round Elina Svitolina, Ukraine, def. Sloane Stephens (5), United States, 6-4, 6-4. Daniela Hantuchova (12), Slovakia, def. Grace Min, United States, 6-2, 6-3. Elena Vesnina (13), Russia, def. Petra Cetkovska, Czech Republic, 3-6, 6-2, 6-4. Sabine Lisicki (4), Germany, def. Vania King, United States, 7-5, 4-6, 6-3. Peng Shuai, China, def. Madison Keys (15), United States, 6-1, 6-7 (3), 7-6 (4). Belinda Bencic, Switzerland, def. Marina Erakovic, New Zealand, 6-2, 6-1.

PHILADELPHIA— Al Jefferson had 25 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Charlotte Bobcats to a 123-93 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night. Gary Neal scored 15 points to help the Bobcats inch closer to a playoff berth. The Bobcats (37-38) have the seventh-best record in the Eastern Conference. They entered 4½ games ahead of the ninth-place New York Knicks and needed four wins in the final eight games to clinch their first playoff berth since 2010. . One down, three to go. The Bobcats raced to a 13-point lead in the first quarter, stretched it to 35 and never once let the Sixers threaten. Michael Carter-Williams scored 22 points on 10-of-18 shooting for the Sixers. They have lost two straight since snapping an NBA-record tying 26-game losing streak on Saturday. The Bobcats continued doing the big things that have them within striking distance of Washington for sixth place. They had only nine turnovers (average a leaguelow 12.3), outrebounded the Sixers 47-32 and had three bench players score double digits.


Charlotte’s Al Jefferson (25) goes up for a shot against Philadelphia’s Henry Sims (35) during the Bobcats’ 123-93 victory on Wednesday in Philadelphia.


eight rebounds and six assists, Carmelo Anthony added 23 points and 10 rebounds, and the New York Knicks beat the city rival Brooklyn Nets 110-81 Wednesday night to extend a late-season playoff push.



WASHINGTON — The Washington Wizards are in the playoffs for the first time since 2008, clinching an Eastern Conference berth Wednesday night with a 118-92 win over the Boston Celtics.



INDIANAPOLIS — Paul George had 27 points and 13 rebounds, David West scored 15 points and the Indiana Pacers snapped a three-game skid with a 101-94 win over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night. KNICKS 110 NETS 81

NEW YORK — J.R. Smith had 24 points,

TORONTO — DeMar DeRozan scored 29 points, Jonas Valanciunas and Greivis Vasquez each had 15 and the Toronto Raptors won their seventh straight home meeting with Houston, beating the Rockets 107103 on Wednesday night. CAVS 119 MAGIC 98

ORLANDO, Fla.— Dion Waiters scored 26 points, Spencer Hawes and Tristan Thompson had 20 each, and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Orlando Magic 119-98 on Wednesday night. From wire reports




Frye fans 11 in Gators’ 6-3 victory over MHS MANNING – Dustin Frye struck out 11 batters and allowed just earned run to lead Lakewood High School’s baseball team to a 6-3 victory over Manning on Wednesday at the Manning field. The Gators improved to 2-6 overall and 1-5 in Region VI-3A. Frye allowed five hits and just one walk. He also had a hit offensively. Josh Whitley had two hits and Kafari Buffalo scored two runs and had two hits. On Tuesday in Kelleytown, Lakewood lost to Hartsville 11-1. Courtland Howard had a hit and drove in the Gators’ run. Tabien Butler pitched four innings for Lakewood and gave no earned runs. MANNING 16 CRESTWOOD 5

Crestwood High School remained winless on the season with a 16-5 loss to Manning on Tuesday at the CHS field. The Knights fell to 0-9 overall and 0-5 in Region VI-3A. Ryan Miller had a double, a run batted in and a run scored for Crestwood. Cole Benenhaley had a hit and a run and Collin Kremer scored two runs. COLLETON PREP 6 CLARENDON HALL 5

SUMMERTON – Clarendon Hall fell to 1-3 in SCISA Region I-1A with a 6-5 loss to Colleton Prep on Tuesday at the CH field. Dustin Way led the Saints, who are 3-8 overall, at the plat, going 2-for-2 with a run batted in and two runs scored. Daniel Pappas had a hit and a run scored. Kee Evans took the loss, pitching a complete game. He struck out 10 batters, while allowing six hits and four walks. Only one of the runs was earned.

VARSITY GOLF THOMAS SUMTER 153 FLORENCE CHRISTIAN 178 Thomas Sumter Academy picked up a 25-stroke victory over Florence Christian School on Wednesday at Crystal Lakes Golf Course. The Generals shot a 153 while FCS shot a 178. James Bracewell shot a 37

SHS FROM PAGE B1 Panther error that put River Soles on base. James Barnes followed with an RBI single that plated Soles. Phillip Watcher went the distance on the mound, allowing just that one Frishmuth hit and one base on balls while striking out seven in his five innings of work. “He threw a pretty good game tonight. He came out and did what he had to do,” Shumake said. “Early on we gave up a couple of runs that were runs that we shouldn’t have given up. There were a couple of funny plays there that happened, throwing the ball away and then that little swinging bunt to first base and the guy just goes home. “As far as Phillip goes, he threw the ball OK tonight. I didn’t think he had his best stuff, but he had enough to hold them off. He threw the ball pretty well.” After his RBI single in the second and base-loaded walk for another RBI in the third, James Barnes doubled to open the Sumter fourth, but was left stranded as Flynn, Carolina Forest’s third pitcher of the night, retired the next three batters. Phillip Watcher set the Panthers down in order in the top of the fifth, with strikeouts of Logan White and Dylan Roberts before Robert Jolly grounded out to first to close out the game. It’s your world. Read all about it.

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to lead TSA. Walter Brooks shot a 38 while Drake McCormick and Tyler Gray both shot a 39.

VARSITY SOCCER WILSON HALL 9 FIRST BAPTIST 0 Wilson Hall improved to 2-5 on the season with a 9-0 victory over First Baptist on Wednesday at Patriot Park SportsPlex. The Barons, 2-3 in region play, got three goals from Drake Shadwell. Jake Croft added two goals while Adam Jennings, Sean McAllister, Fudj Whaley and Dalton Miller each scored a goal. Christian Alberston, Ken Ballard and Adam Jennings combined in goal to get the shutout.


MINORS FROM PAGE B1 Smith begins his second full season in the minors with the team he spent most of last year with in Single-A Hickory, N.C. Drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 19th round of the 2012 draft, Smith had an upand-down season in 2013. He went 4-5 with a 5.49 earned run average in 78 2/3 innings with Hickory while striking out 67 and walking 40. He started out strong, earning a South Atlantic League Pitcher of the Week honor in April. But after a rough stretch in the middle of the year, Smith regained his form in time for a call-up to Myrtle Beach near season’s end. Smith pitched in four games and had a 1.08 ERA with nine strikeouts and one walk in 8 1/3 innings as a reliever. Also returning to his main team from a year ago is former University of South Carolina and College World Series standout pitcher Matt Price. Price was selected by the Baltimore Orioles in the seventh round of the 2012 draft and spent his first season in the minors between low Single-A Delmarva and high Single-A Frederick in Maryland. Price went 1-1 with a 2.70 ERA in 20 innings for Delmarva with 21 strikeouts and eight walks. He was then called up to Frederick where he went 2-2 with a 5.40 ERA in 26 2/3 innings with 24 strikeouts and 13



walks. But after a rough start in Frederick, Price rebounded to allow just one earned run over his last 10 2/3 innings with the Keys. Former Crestwood High and Charleston Southern standout Ali Williams is entering his fourth year in the minors and will be in high Single-A as well. Williams, a pitcher drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 34th round in 2011, earned his way into their high Single-A squad in Wilmington, Del., last season. The right-hander went 6-4 with a 4.22 ERA in 53 1/3 innings with 69 strikeouts and 25 walks for low Single-A Lexington. At Wilmington in ’13, Williams appeared in seven games and had a 5.21 ERA with 15 strikeouts and 11 walks in 19 innings. The only local player still waiting on his destination is former Sumter High and Sumter P-15’s standout Bruce Caldwell. Caldwell spent most of spring training playing with the St. Louis Cardinals’ Palm Beach Double-A affiliate, but as of now is still in extended spring training in Florida. Caldwell was a 15th-round selection by St. Louis in the ‘12 draft and spent the ’13 season between short-season State College and low Single-A Peoria. Caldwell batted .321 with 15 RBI, a homer and nine doubles for the Spikes before moving on to low-A Peoria. Caldwell hit .179 with five RBI, a homer and two doubles in 24 games for the Chiefs.

GIRLS Wilson Hall’s McLendon Sears, right, dives back into first base on a pickoff play during the Barons’ 4-0 victory on Wednesday at Tucker Belangia Diamond.


Dixie Jones pitched a nohitter as Sumter Christian School’s softball team won its first game of the season on Tuesday, topping North Walterboro Christian 11-1 in six innings at the SCS field. Jones struck out seven while walking three for the lady Bears, who are 1-6 on the season. She was also 2-for-3 at the plate with an inside-thepark home run and two runs batted in. Hannah Glass was 3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI, while Ashlyn Floyd had two hits and two runs and Demi Synoski had two hits.

JUNIOR VARSITY SOFTBALL WILSON HALL 16 THOMAS SUMTER 8 Wilson Hall defeated Thomas Sumter Academy 16-8 on Tuesday at Patriot Park SportsPlex. Kinsley Waynick led the Lady Barons, going 4-for-4 with three runs batted in. Addy Carraway, Mary Daniel Stokes each had a double and an RBI. Liza Lowder, Madison Elmore, Madison Reaves, Caroline Campbell and Madison Sliwonik each had two hits.


BARONS FROM PAGE B1 It was a rough night for the Swampcats, who fell two games down in the region with just two remaining. “We just didn’t adjust well at the plate,” said LMA head coach Barry Hatfield. “(Sears) is a good pitcher and we knew that coming in. We knew opportunities were going to be limited. He threw well.” LMA’s only offensive threats came in the fifth and final innings. Trailing 2-0, a 1-out infield single and a 4-pitch walk gave the Swampcats runners on first and second with one down. A sacrifice bunt moved the runners over, but a grounder to short ended the inning. A leadoff single in the seventh coupled with a wild

pitch helped get a runner to third, but Sears struck out the final batter to end the game and the threat. LMA starter Mark Pipkin tossed seven solid innings as well, striking out six and allowing five hits, with the game turning on a pair of at-bats in the first and sixth innings. After Pipkin started the game striking out the first two batters, a walk and a single opened the door for Wilson Hall’s Brandon Spittle. Spittle lined a shot over the right fielder’s head that scored both runs and put him on third. After going hitless for the next four frames, the Barons’ fortunes again turned. A leadoff walk in the sixth was followed by two bunt infield singles. After a strikeout, No. 9 hitter Robert James battled a 1-2 count

for a 2-run single that gave WH some more breathing room. “Early runs and adding out late always makes you feel better on the mound,” Sears said. “I was able to relax after (the fifth) and come back and bear down the rest of the way.” “We didn’t give up offensively,” Jones said. “We were able to come through with two outs and two strikes and punch the ball through. The bunting was a big element tonight.” Spittle was on base three times for the Barons along with Parker McDuffie. Robbie Paige, Davis Martin and Pipkin had the hits for LMA. Wilson Hall hosts Cardinal Newman today while LMA travels to Orangeburg Prep on Friday.








Shaw, Gamecocks showcase talents at Carolina Pro Day BY WILLIE T. SMITH III Greenville News


Venus Williams returns a shot to Chanelle Scheepers during her 7-5, 7-5 victory in the Family Circle Cup on Wednesday in Charleston.

Venus advances; Stephens upset at Family Circle BY BRUCE SMITH The Associated Press CHARLESTON— Venus Williams advanced in the tournament where her top-ranked sister could not, battling from behind at the Family Circle Cup to defeat Chanelle Scheepers 7-5, 7-5 on Wednesday. It was another long day for Williams, ranked No. 28 in the world, who needed 1 hour, 50 minutes to finish the straight-set victory over the South African. Williams fell behind 3-1 in the first set and trailed 4-1 in the second. “She was playing so well, but the good thing is that when I get behind, I give even more STEPHENS effort and get even more focused. And I’ve been playing well from behind lately, which is something you really have to be able to do to win big matches,” Williams said. The seven-time S. WILLIAMS Grand Slam champion has battled injuries and Sjogren’s syndrome, a fatigue-causing autoimmune disease, during the past two years. She was on the green clay in Charleston for 2 hours, 15 minutes on Tuesday in a three-set victory and said she has been ill this week. “I’m still dealing with the bug, but my goal is just to hang in there until it hopefully goes away and then I can just continue to play my way into the tournament and play stronger,” she

said. “But it’s definitely a challenge.” On Tuesday night her sister, topranked Serena Williams, was stunned 6-4, 6-4 by Jana Cepelova of Slovakia, ranked No. 78 in the world, in the second round. Serena Williams said later she was tired and needed time off to regroup. “I definitely can see where she is tired and her body is taxed,” Venus Williams said of her sister. “She gave an amazing effort yesterday, and she’s going to get some well-deserved time off from winning.” Venus Williams, who won the Family Circle a decade ago, now faces No. 20 Eugenie Bouchard. Second-seeded Jelena Jankovic was to play the Wednesday night match against American Lauren Davis. Earlier Wednesday, American Sloane Stephens was upset 6-4, 6-4 by 19-year-old Elina Svitolina of the Ukraine, who has a career-high No. 35 ranking and who notched her fourth career victory over a top 20 player, the third coming last week at the Sony Open. “She played pretty well, and it’s just unfortunate that I lost, but I mean, you can just learn from the mistakes and things like that and build on it,” Stephens said. “I started to believe more in myself that I can compete with players like this, top level, top 20 and top 10,” said Svitolina, who is making her first appearance on the green clay in Charleston. “I think this is the key, that I believe more in myself and I play more solid from the baseline and trying to go forward to finish the point earlier.”

COLUMBIA— South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw appeared to help his prospects Wednesday during South Carolina’s Pro Timing Day. Throwing in front of representatives of almost every NFL team at Williams-Brice Stadium, Shaw effortlessly negotiated the numerous passing routes he was put through, missing only two targets. “They got to see how I would react under center,” Shaw said. “For most of my career, I was a shotgun quarterback. I thought I did a pretty good job of that today. I also had a little bit more velocity, which I felt pretty good about.” ESPN analyst Todd McShay said he believes Shaw would be selected in next month’s draft and go on to a productive career. “I think he is going to be a good backup,” McShay said. “I would love to have him in my locker room. I would feel so safe and happy about being able to draft him in the last rounds and knowing that he is going to compete hard. ... He’s tough, he’s aggressive, he’s a leader. Cornerback Victor Hampton wanted to improve on his 4.69-second time in the 40-yard dash during the NFL Combine in February, and while he ESPN timed him between 4.60-4.69, the remainder of his workout appeared solid. Hampton said former NFL standout Deion Sanders encouraged him at the Combine, which has motivat-

ed him. “With all the things I have been through and not running the fastest 40 that day, for one of the greatest to recognize your talent is an honor,” Hampton said. “I had a conversation with him. He told me, ‘Keep your head up. I see a lot of potential in you, just don’t let them down.’ ” Some draft analysts recently slipped defensive tackle Kelcy Quarles out of the second round on their boards, though others said Wednesday his stock has not dropped. “I think I proved I am a tough player,” Quarles said. “I tweaked my groin a little bit, but I showed I don’t quit at whatever I do. ... I am going to keep on fighting no matter how hurt I am.” Wide receiver Bruce Ellington continued what he started at the Combine, as he impressed those in attendance with his route-running and pass-catching. “I think Ellington is probably a later day two pick,” said McShay, referring to the second and third rounds. “That means you probably talking about three (USC) guys going in the first three rounds.” Steve Spurrier began making the national television and radio interview rounds early Wednesday morning. He took pride in having an opportunity to promote his program. “It was good we had the national media here to get the message out,” Spurrier said. “We have wonderful players, outstanding players. We can send them to the NFL. We can graduate our players and we can win.”


Middle School Conference track & field championship today at Memorial Stadium The Sumter Middle School Conference track and field championship meet will be held today at Sumter Memorial Stadium beginning at 5 p.m. The field events will start at 5 with the running events beginning at 5:30. The meet will include the teams from Alice Drive, Bates, Chestnut Oaks, Ebenezer, Furman, Hillcrest and Mayewood. Admission is $5 for anyone 5 years old and older. USC DONOR WINS SUIT

COLUMBIA — A University of South Carolina donor who became entitled to preferred seating at sporting events when he agreed to support USC cannot be forced to pay a seat license fee that was established years later, the state’s highest court ruled Wednesday. The case involves a member of the university’s Gamecock Club, a booster group that provides millions of dollars in scholarships and support to hundreds of Gamecock athletes. The university declined to comment on the ruling, which could have implications for more of the organization’s 16,800 members. In 1990, Gamecock fan George M. Lee III upped his Gamecock Club participation to

the Lifetime Full Scholarship Level, which, according to court papers, ensured him of preferred seating assignments at basketball and football games. As part of that membership, Lee named the university as beneficiary of a $100,000 life insurance policy. Along with the Gamecock Club, he also signed a memorandum of agreement requiring him to pay annual premiums on the policy. Lee also later agreed to pay $500 annually to maintain his membership level and associated benefits. In 2008, the university opted not to raise ticket prices but instead instituted the “Yearly Equitable Seating” program, requiring Gamecock Club members to purchase a seat license before being able to buy tickets. Under that new construct, the court noted, the Club told Lee he had to pay $325 for each of his eight season football tickets — in addition to each ticket’s purchase price — to keep the seats. Lee paid the fee under protest but sued the school, saying that his 1990 agreement allowed him the opportunity to buy basketball and football tickets and that he shouldn’t be subject to licensing fees that came into effect after that date.

A trial court ruled that Lee’s agreement with the school was “unambiguous on its face” and still gave Lee the “opportunity to purchase tickets,” saying he was still required to pay the seat license fees. But the Supreme Court found that the university breached its deal with Lee when it required him to pay the licensing fees to retain his opportunity to buy tickets. The agreement with Lee, the court noted, would even permit the university to raise ticket prices, just not impose additional fees before he could buy those tickets. In a dissenting opinion, Associate Justice Costa Pleicones said he felt the agreement still allowed Lee to buy tickets but did nothing to exclude him from being subject to the seat licensing fees. JACKSON SIGNS WITH ‘SKINS

WASHINGTON — DeSean Jackson says joining the Washington Redskins was about finding a place where he can be happy and be himself. Jackson signed with the Redskins on Wednesday, less than a week after he was cut by the Philadelphia Eagles. From staff, wire reports


South Carolina quarterback Conner Shaw competes in a drill for NFL representatives during Carolina’s football pro day in Columbia on Wednesday.

CLOWNEY FROM PAGE B1 Carolina’s pro day. Clowney spent Tuesday night at dinner with the Texans, including O’Brien, defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel and general manager Rick Smith. Clowney thought the visit went well and he answered their questions about what he’d bring to the Texans if they took him with the top selection in May’s draft. Houston’s leaders liked what they saw of Clowney on the field. “I thought he had a good day. He worked hard and did a bunch of different drills, which was good to see,” said O’Brien, the Texans’ first-year coach. Smith was happy to see Clowney move easily in space should the Texans draft him and use him at outside linebacker spot. Clowney’s got a quick first step that lets him fly past offensive lineman, but he’s also got sustained speed that allows him to chase down opponents other defensive lineman can’t. “He could absolutely play outside linebacker for us,” Smith said. Clowney wasn’t the only former Gamecock player working out. Leading receiver Bruce Ellington, offensive lineman Ronald Patrick and quarterback Connor Shaw — all projected to go in the draft — also worked out for NFL scouts and leaders. But the show, as it’s been since he

packed a high-school auditorium on Valentine’s Day 2011 for his college selection, was the easygoing, hardcharging Clowney. Several hundred fans that turned out cheered his every move and gave him a loud farewell when the defensive linemen wrapped up their portion of drills. “I just wish I had pads on and could hit somebody,” Clowney said with a smile. Clowney has individual workouts scheduled with the St. Louis Rams and Atlanta Falcons. Houston’s Smith says Clowney will also visit the Texans complex before next month’s draft. While O’Brien said his team’s draft plans were still wide open — the Texans traded starting quarterback Matt Schaub this offseason — Clowney hopes he’s made himself a bit harder to pass up. Clowney thought a defensive line that included himself and All-Pro end J.J. Watt would be unstoppable. “I’d be great, a great fit for them,” Clowney said. Clowney acknowledged it was a point of pride for him that he arrived at South Carolina as the No. 1 high school prospect and leaves as the NFL’s top choice. “I’m just going to keep on pushing,” he said, “all the way to the draft.”



TRAINNIE McCLAIN Trainnie McClain, 91, died Tuesday, April 1, 2014, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center. Born in Darlington, she was a daughter of the late Willie and Scotty Dickson Slater. The family will receive friends at the Pressley residence, 1445 Salterstown Road. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Palmer Memorial Chapel Inc. of Sumter.

RUBY N. BRADLEY Ruby Nesbitt Bradley, 88, died Wednesday, April 2, 2014, at Palmetto Health Baptist in Columbia. Born in Lee County, she was a daughter of the late Willie and Fannie Hill Nesbitt. Mrs. Bradley was a member of Faith Baptist Church. She retired from Korn Industries after 21 years of service and was an Avon representative. Survivors include three sons, Arthur Bradley (Linda) of Sumter, and Gene Bradley and Joe Bradley (Sherry), both of Irmo; a daughter, Faye Bryant (Eddie) of Sumter; 16 grandchildren; and a number of great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by four brothers, Hallie Nesbitt, Martin Nesbitt, David Nesbitt and Harry Nesbitt; and three sisters, Maggie Floyd, Ruth Bradley and Lula Watkins. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Friday in the Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. Vic VanRas and the Rev. Freddie Gaymon officiating. Burial will be in the Sumter Cemetery. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Elmore-CannonStephens Funeral Home and other times at the home of her daughter, 1425 Pinewood Road. Memorials may be made to Faith Baptist Church, 1600 S. Pike East, Sumter, SC 29153 or to the Greenville Shriners Hospital, 950 W. Faris Road, Greenville, SC 29605. Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home and Crematorium of Sumter is in charge of the arrangements.

WILLIE J. JOHNSON Willie James Johnson, 91, widower of Jessie Brown Johnson, died Tuesday, April 1, 2014, at Tuomey Regional

AREA SCOREBOARD SOCCER PLAYERS OF THE WEEK The Danny’s Trophy Shop/ Sumter Soccer Club Players of the Week winners for the first two weeks have been announced. Lakewood High School’s Jir’Bre Brown was the boys winner for the week of March 10-15, while Sumter’s Briittney Lee was the girls winner. Brown was the most valuable player in Gator Classic IIXX, while Lee played several positions because of injured players. Sumter’s Garrett Conner and Mary Ann Koty were the boys and girls winners, respectively for the week of March 17-22. Connor had two stops in goal on penalty kicks to lead the Gamecocks to a win over Lancaster. Koty scored two goals. ROAD RACING RECOVERY ROAD RACE

The Recovery Road Race will be held on Saturday, April 12, at Swan Lake Iris Gardens. The 5K run/walk is USATF certified and is part of the 2014 Palmetto Grand Prix. The cost is $20 for those who register by Saturday and $25 thereafter, including the day of the race. The 10K run/walk fee is $25 by Saturday and $30 after that. Registration is being taken online at www.strictlyrunning. com or by dropping off a registration form and check at Sumter Family YMCA, to Bronwyn McElveen at the Sumter County Courthouse or any staff member at the Swan

Medical Center. Born in Lee County, he was a son of the late Leonard Vance and Juanita Hancock Johnson. Mr. Johnson was a member of Bible Fellowship Church and he was a retired supervisor with Korn Industries with 44 years of service. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. Mr. Johnson was wounded in Belgium in 1944 and received the Purple Heart and the Combat Infantry Badge for his gallant service. Surviving are his only child, Gloria Williams and husband, Norman “Butch” Williams, of Sumter; two sisters, Alberta Ivey of Greenville and Marie Hicks of Sumter; two grandchildren, Melonie (Evans) Tindal and Jess (Melanie) Williams III; and four great-grandchildren, Jesse Tindal, Hannah Williams, Claire Williams and Isabella Williams. He was preceded in death by five brothers and two sisters. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Friday in the Chapel of Elmore Hill McCreight Funeral Home with the Rev. Jim Ketchum officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Memorial Park cemetery with military honors. Pallbearers will be Charles Welch, Robbie Vance Johnson, Mike Brown, Calbert Johnson, Danny Frye and Donnie Fletcher. The family will receive friends from 2 to 3 p.m. Friday at Elmore Hill McCreight Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Bible Fellowship Church, 227 Broad St., Sumter, SC 29150. Online condolences may be sent to www.sumterfunerals. com. Elmore Hill McCreight Funeral Home & Crematory, 221 Broad St., Sumter, is in charge of the arrangements, (803) 775-9386.

BAE H. MITCHELL Bae “Sharon” Hodge Mitchell, wife of George Mitchell, entered eternal rest on Tuesday, April 1, 2014, at her home. Born Feb. 18, 1953, she was a daughter of the late Willie B. Sr. and Lila Mae Holliday Hodge. The family is receiving relatives and friends at the

Lake Visitors Center. Checks can be made out or to Recovery Road Race. Drop-off deadline is Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. GOLF FESTIVAL ON THE AVENUE TOURNEY

The Third Annual Festival On The Avenue Golf Tournament will be held on Friday, April 11, at Crystal Lakes Golf Course. The format will be 4-man Captain’s Choice, and the registration fee is $200 per team. For more information, call Perry Tiller at (803) 983-5868, Patty Wilson at (803) 491-4910, David Sanders at (803) 9837233, Lewis Watkins at (347) 831-1243, Fred Ballard at (803) 469-7778, Joe Jefferson at (803) 469-5558, Edwin McDonald at (803) 316-5964 or Dwight Brooks at (803) 436-0758. SFX GOLF CLASSIC

The 19th Annual St. Francis Xavier Golf Classic will be held on Friday, May 9, at Sunset Country Club. The tournament format will be a 4-man Captain’s Choice and there will be a shotgun start at 1 p.m. The cost is $65 per person and the minimum team handicap is 60. The cost includes dinner as well. The cost for dinner for guests is $15. For more information or to register, call St. Francis Xavier High School at (803) 773-0210, Steve Capinis at (803) 775-2676, Chan Floyd at (803) 774-8555 or Rick Lavergne at (803) 481-3048. GOLFERS BIBLE STUDY

The Sumter chapter of the Christian Golfer’s Association holds a golfers Bible study each Tuesday at its offices at Crystal Lakes Golf Course.

home of her sister, Willie Mae Hodge Harry, 608 S. Harvin St., Sumter. Funeral plans will be announced by Community Funeral Home of Sumter.

NEIL H. SCOGGINS Neil Sale Harrison Scoggins, age 74, died on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at Tuomey Regional Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete at this time and will be announced by Bullock Funeral Home of Sumter.

JAKE SINKLER Jake Sinkler, of Brooklyn, N.Y., entered eternal rest on Sunday, March 30, 2014, at Brooksdale Hospital. Born July 5, 1942, in Sumter, he was a son of the late John Henry and Lucille Pringle Sinkler. The family is receiving relatives and friends at the home of Lucinda Sinkler, 449 Apartment D, Coachman Drive, Sumter. Funeral plans will be announced by Community Funeral Home of Sumter.

HERBERT McCALL Herbert McCall, 65, departed this life on Tuesday, April 1, 2014, at his home. Born June 9, 1948, in Sumter County, he was a son of the late William and Bertha Mack McCall. He was educated in the public schools of Sumter County and was a graduate of Ebenezer High School Class of 1967. He accepted Christ into his life many years ago and joined Grant Hill Missionary Baptist Church of Rembert, where he would be seen on Sundays, standing and giving God the praise. Herbert was employed with Frasier Tire business for many years. He leaves to cherish his memories: three brothers, Elder Clarence (Alethia) McCall and Elder Jerry (Elizabeth) McCall, both of Rembert, and Olin (Elaine) McCall of Springfield, Va.; four sisters, Bertha Alston, Annie and Azalie McCall, all of Rembert, and Mary (Earl) Singleton of Sumter; one uncle, Clifton (Nancy) Mack of Philadelphia; one aunt, Azalie (James) Williams of Newark, N.J.; a niece of the

The study begins at 8 a.m. and is followed by a round of golf. FISHING BASS FISHING TOURNAMENT

A bass fishing tournament hosted by the Sumter chapter of Delta Waterfowl will be held on Saturday, May 3, at Pack’s Landing in Rimini. The entry fee for the 2-man team tournament is $50 per boat and the fee to compete for the big fish is $10 per boat. Those who register by April 18 will receive a free barbecue chicken plate. Plates will be sold for $5 each on the day of the event. Registration will be taken at Williams Sporting Goods on Broad Street, Dubose Bait & Tackle on U.S. Highway 15 South or online at Facebook/ SumterChapterDeltaWaterfowl. Registration will also be taken beginning at 4:30 a.m. on the day of the event with blast off set for safe light in the order of registration. Weigh-in will be at 3 p.m. For more information, call (803) 464-9741 or (803) 720-4269. BOWLING GAMECOCK LANES SCORES

Weekly High Scores: Industrial Mixed: Leo Mickens 290-679; Otha Johnson 243-588; Thomas Jackson 265-700; Lee Taylor 232-572. Friday Night Mixed: Anthony Wilson 231-579; Tracy Herrington 257; Tyrone Bailey 269-712; Norris Kendrick 238583; Kenneth Smith 256; Norvell Jackson Sr. 221-565; Curtis Anderson 279; Phillip June 258-715; James Canty 257699; Leon Williams 257-660; Jim Caywood 268-718; Romero Davis 236-619; Bobby Holladay 258; Moses Jackson 759; Jerry Simon 601; Wardell Stevenson 643; EJ Wells 608; Marc Harton 692; Dandrel Dukes 619; Mike Hodge 659; Myron Conyers 667; Lewis Washington 640; Marie Davis 240-567; Lois Riles 498. Kings & Queens: Henry Watkins 224571; Leroy Pringle Jr. 513. Sunday Night Mixed: Tom Teigue 202518; Don Brown 620; Ron Poole 610; Brian Arens 372; Jimmy Harglerode 619; Mike Mitchell 560; Sharon Kolb

THURSDAY, APRIL 3, 2014 home, Latoya McCall; one son; two stepsons, Jeffery Abrams and Orlando Mickens; four grandchildren: and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by three sisters, two brothers, three brothers-in-law and two sisters-in-law, Elease (Ray) Grant, Linda McCall, Harvin (Laura) Grant Sr., Willie (Emma) McCall, Wilhelmenia (Frank) Lee and James Alston. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Grant Hill Missionary Baptist Church, 5401 Black River Road, Dalzell, with the Rev. Clifton Witherspoon, pastor, and the Rev. Roosevelt Williams, eulogist, assisted by the Rev. Jake Sanders, the Rev. Durant Jenkins and the Rev. R. Mickens. The family is receiving friends and relatives at the home, 6520 Dinkins Mill Road, Rembert. The remains will be placed in the church at 1 p.m. The funeral procession will leave at 1:25 p.m. from the home. Floral bearers will be nieces and Grant Hill Missionary Baptist Church Ushers. Pallbearers will be nephews. Burial will be in Grant Hill Missionary Baptist Churchyard cemetery. Online memorial messages may be sent to the family at williamsfuneralhome@sc.rr. com. Visit us on the web. Services directed by the management and staff of Williams Funeral Home Inc., 821 N. Main St., Sumter.

ROGER K. HATFIELD Retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Roger Kent Hatfield went home to be with God on Tuesday, April 1, 2014. He was born Oct. 3, 1922, in Florence, a son of the late Herbert Hatfield and Dora Denton. He was also the stepson of the late Ruth McPherson. He was married to the love of his life, Fay Cagle Hatfield, for 69 years. Mr. Hatfield was a member of Northside Memorial Baptist Church. He was a P51 pilot during World War II and also served in Japan during the occupation. He served in the South Carolina National Guard with the rank of lieutenant colonel with 25 years of service. He later worked for Avery Lumber Co. and retired from Sharp Construction Co. In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters,

410; Debbie Ardis 485. Hot Shots: Eulinda Pinckney 478. Tri-Parish: Fred Kubala 195-501; Sherry Black 192; Sandy Claeys 398. Tuesday Night Mixed: Tucker Tumblin 225-569; Bobby Holladay 700; Tim Hudnall 258-698; Mike Wallace 653; Terence Williams 267-697; Doug Oliver 579; Allen Sine 223; Norris Kendrick 599; Rowland Yates 279-721; John Garrett 242-682; Jay Gillion 648; Billy Prioleau 234-590; Richard Allen 266; Harold Allan 258; Worth Geddings 228603; Russ Ratcliff 276-722; Phillip June 249-649; Wendell Rogers 246-679; Ken Rainwater 25-/676; Richard Whisnant 565; Jerry Beasley 610; Pat Reed 638; Steve Shirley 645; Thomas Price 591; Joann Goins 651; Ethel Faragi 552.



Phyllis Faircloth and husband, Fred, of Rock Hill and Cindy Hatfield of Sumter; his son-in-law, William Hamrick of Cartersville, Ga.; two grandsons, Ben Hamrick and wife, Teresa, of Cartersville and Freddy Faircloth and wife, Catherine, of Rock Hill; two granddaughters, Virginia Faircloth of Hickory, N.C., and Elizabeth Galland and husband, Brad, of Cartersville; seven great-grandchildren, Luke and Jane Hamrick of Cartersville, Rose, Libba and Ann Lowry Faithcloth of Rock Hill, and Will and Brogen Galland of Cartersville; one brother, Mac Hatfield of Sumter; and two sisters, Katherine Godwin and Sylvia Richburg and husband, Pat, of Sumter. He was preceded in death by five brothers, Herbert, Sidney, Dexter, Jimmy and Jerry Hatfield; and five sisters, Faye Wilson, Bill Poulos, Fannie Hatfield, Barbara Jean Hatfield and Eleanor Nesbitt. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Northside Memorial Baptist Church with the Rev. Michael Ellis Hatfield, nephew, and the Rev. Jimmy Holley officiating. Burial will be in Sumter Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Elmore Hill McCreight Funeral Home and other times at the home of Cindy Hatfield. Memorials may be made to Northside Memorial Baptist Church Building Fund, 1004 N. Main St., Sumter, SC 29153 or to a charity of one’s choice. Online condolences may be sent to www.sumterfunerals. com. Elmore Hill McCreight Funeral Home & Crematory, 221 Broad St., Sumter, is in charge of the arrangements, (803) 775-9386.

CHARLES ROGERS Charles Rogers entered eternal rest on April 2, 2014, at McLeod Regional Medical Center, Florence. The family is receiving friends at 140 Sunset Lane, Bishopville. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Wilson Funeral Home, 403 S. Main St., Bishopville.

Close Encounters: Mike Barnes 187-449; Pat Mills 191; Mike Bocchicchia 529; Johnny Evans 483. Extravaganza: Edward Lagayan 522. Afternoon Delight: Calvin McMillan 622; Sammy Siegel 460; Les Delahunt 467; Chuck Scott 625; Bill Cockerill 491; Pam Scott 464; Deb Knezevich 188481. Thursday Night Open: Gregg Anderson 288-715; Floyd Christy 268-660; David Outlaw 279-693; Joe Spangler 296-743; Von Carraway 256-628; Bing Davis 247-618; Chuck Kropog 290-803; Scott Keisling 247-618; Tyrone Bailey 268703; Thomas Jackson 253-640; Don Infelise 261-685; Kenneth Smith 245-639; Mike Hodge 654; Dustin Hodge 644; Jim Caywood 649.








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2002 Chevy Cavalier 87K mi. Exc. Cond, gas saver. Asking $2,700 OBO. Call 803-447-5453

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2000 Silver Mazda 626 LS. 169k well maintained miles. V6, auto, very clean, runs great. $4,300 OBO. 803-495-2335

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Crosswell- Newly remodeled brick home. Apprx 1,500 sq ft. 3BR/1BA, hdwd floors. $600/mo + dep. Owner fin.803-464-5757

Safe, Affordable 2BR home. Appl's, water, dumspter, sec. lights inc'd. Conv. Shaw. No H/A or PETS! $485/mo + $350/dep. 803-983-0043

We will arrange financing even if you have been turned down before. Loans available for no credit, bad credit, 1st Time Buyers & Bankruptcy buyers. No co-signers needed. Call Mr. Ashley Brown at 803-926-3235

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Reconditioned batteries $35. We buy OLD battery cores. Golf cart chargers for sale. Auto Electric Co 803-773-4381

















Readers weigh in on pros, cons of only childhood DEAR ABBY — “Maybe Only One in Georgia” (Jan. 7), who asked whether she should have a second Dear Abby child, needs to underABIGAIL stand there VAN BUREN are no guarantees. Her 5-year-old could end up hating her younger sibling, or adoring her. Parents create a child because they want to share their union with a new life. Each child is unique and represents a life commitment, not just 18 years of hard work. I am the youngest of four,


the “surprise” baby boy when my parents were in their 40s. I loved them and they never made me feel unwanted. I adore my older sister. We were always close despite the eight-year age difference. My two brothers are very different than I am, and we don’t have much to do with one another. “Maybe” should not produce another child to be a playmate to the one they have. It should be done only if they’re financially, emotionally and spiritually willing and capable of rearing another person. If not, they should enjoy the extra time, money and energy they’ll have, and perhaps give a needy dog or cat a home. Youngest child in Savannah


DEAR YOUNGEST CHILD — I told “Maybe” I couldn’t decide this for her, but would open up the question to my readers. And they sure had some comments! Here is one: DEAR ABBY — My advice is DON’T! I have two sons, 27 and 31. They hardly know each other and have no interest in what the other is doing. It breaks my heart, as they are the only close blood relatives they have. I didn’t have the younger one so the older would have company. I wanted another baby. I was 29, but wouldn’t consider it at “Maybe’s” age (38). How long does she think she can run that fast? Mitzi in Dayton



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.

By Don Gagliardo and C.C. Burnikel ACROSS 1 Lab has lots of them 7 Many a chalet 13 Nielsen of “Airplane!” 14 Purple Label designer 15 Open, as a fern frond 16 Relieving 17 Olfactory detection 18 Rumor starter 22 Spanish pronoun 23 Vintage auto 24 Ballerina’s asset 26 Dress nattily, with “up” 27 Wrinkle-resistant synthetic 29 Alternative to gravel, perhaps 30 Humiliate 32 With 37-Across, what the circled words (shown in the appropriate direction) are capable of doing 35 Poker variety 36 Golfer Isao 37 See 32-Across 39 Part of a process 42 “Bartender, make __ double!”

43 Tie the knot on the sly 47 LBJ’s antipoverty agcy. 48 Sierra __ 51 “Papa-__Mow-Mow”: 1962 novelty hit 52 Suffix with school 54 Former “The View” cohost 55 Conglomeration 56 ‘30s-’50s British Labour Party leader 58 25-Down div. 60 One on a ladder, to a kitten up a tree 61 Property recipient, in law 62 Join up 63 Garden sides DOWN 1 Prefix with scope 2 Shark, maybe 3 Comparable to a cucumber 4 Hurtful remark 5 Cocktail with cassis 6 Baseball commissioner under whom interleague play became a reality 7 Wake-up call, say 8 Pilot-licensing org.


9 Red herring 10 __ Nashville: country record label 11 “Stay Fresh” candy 12 Mesh, as gears 19 Tee off 20 Joie de vivre 21 Carrier with a Maple Leaf Lounge 24 “Here’s what happened next ...” 25 Ones getting lots of Bronx cheers 28 Hops driers 31 Speakeasy employee 33 Saturn SUV 34 Physics class topic 38 Bryce Canyon state 39 Cider press

leftovers 40 Patricia of “Everybody Loves Raymond” 41 Of a blood line 44 “Va-vavoom!” 45 Self-assured 46 Gushes on a set 49 His last blog post ended, “I’ll see you at the movies” 50 Most Iraqis 53 Mid-11th century year 55 Eye, at the Louvre 57 Some RPI alums 59 Mike Trout’s team, on scoreboards

Wednesday’s Puzzle Solved

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