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Eleven years after it was announced as one of the largest economic investments in Sumter County history, the long-stalled Biopure project is one step away from being put to rest. Sumter County Council approved second reading Tuesday of an ordinance that restructures its multi-county industrial parks, including removing all incentives previously approved for the $100 million facility that was never built. “We’ve known for years that wasn’t going to happen,” said Councilman Charles Edens, who along with Naomi Sanders is one of the only council members remaining on council from the time the Biopure deal was approved. “Our attorney just found this and decided we should do some house-cleaning.” Back in 2002, Sumter County approved a multi-county park along with Clarendon and Lee counties to house the Biopure facility, which would have been used to develop a source of artificial blood suitable for transfusions. At the time, the plant represented the largest economic development deal in the county’s history, with an investment between $110 million and $120 million and the creation of 185 jobs. Land owned by Black River Electric Cooperative near Sumter Airport was selected to host the building. But as time went on, the company never came up with the funding to go forward with

Timothy D. Dingle will spend the rest of his life with the state Department of Corrections. A jury convicted the 53-year-old Sumter man on Wednesday for two

counts each of murder and first-degree arson for the March 2012 apartment fire that ultimately killed 10-year-old Aalyiah Jackson and her 11-year-old brother, Robert. Third Circuit DINGLE Judge George C. “Buck” James gave Dingle two concurrent life sentences to be followed by two concurrent 30-year sentences. “I can’t imagine the pain (their) parents have went through, and will con-

tinue to go through,” James told Dingle during sentencing. “I know this decision won’t come close to making them or the family feel better, but maybe it will provide some closure.” Third Circuit Solicitor Ernest A. “Chip” Finney and Assistant Solicitor John P. Meadors presented more than 10 witnesses across three days at the Sumter County Judicial Center to show Dingle had deliberately set a fire in SEE DINGLE, PAGE A6

Praying for our schools


Margaret White, Pat Hobbs and Rosemary Moses join hands with Wilson Hall Headmaster Fred Moulton and two new teachers Wednesday morning during the annual prayer walk hosted by Alice Drive Baptist Church.

Participants in annual event pray for teachers, students, faculty BY JAMIE H. WILSON Special to The Item When three women asked Wilson Hall administrative assistant Becky Haley where they could begin praying for the upcoming school year, Haley responded excitedly


and pointed at the counter in front of her. “You can start right here,” she said. The three — Rosemary Moses, Pat Hobbs and Margaret White — spent the better part of their morning Wednesday walking the halls

of the private school and praying for the school’s students, teachers and faculty. The three were a part of about 40 who participated in the annual prayer walk coordinated by Alice Drive Baptist Church. The prayer walk has been

held in Sumter County schools for more than a decade, with participants praying over desks, hallways and even school supplies that lay in wait for area students. Prayer walkers gathered at SEE WALK, PAGE A8

Ruling could affect damages awarded in Lee landfill lawsuit BY RANDY BURNS Special to The Item A ruling handed down Wednesday by the South Carolina Supreme Court could impact a $2.3 million order of

damages awarded by a federal jury in March 2012 against the Lee County Landfill on behalf of six Bishopville area residents. U.S. District Judge Joseph Anderson, who is hearing the

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2 men escape empty handed after attempted robbery of jewelry store BY BRISTOW MARCHANT George Rogers has had attempted break-ins at his jewelry store before but none as brazen as the would-be robbers who entered the store Tuesday. It was 11:20 a.m., during the store’s regular business hours, when two masked men entered the store and smashed a glass display case with a brick. “One guy opened the door, and the other came in with a brick in his hand and threw it as hard as he could,” Rogers said. The crime occurred at Rogers Jewelry on Bultman Drive. Rogers’ wife, Eunice, was in a back office at the time of the attempted rob-

bery and dropped to the floor when she heard the commotion up front. “All I know is I heard a big crash,” she said. “It sounded like a gun.” George Rogers concurred. “My wife thought I got shot,” he said. Rogers was able to chase the two men, who wore bandannas over their faces, out of the store by threatening to get a gun himself. “I told them, ‘Come on. Come on, and I’ll blow your brains out’,” he said. Nothing was stolen, although a police report estimates the value of the smashed case, which contained various gold items, at $500. Rogers was at another end of the store at the time speaking with

a man he and his wife have seen in the store before and who they now think may have been working with the robbers. “He was just asking strange questions,” Eunice Rogers said. “He was acting like he knew us, and we don’t know him like that.” George Rogers described the suspicious customer as a man in his 30s with “a tattoo like lion’s whiskers on his face.” Rogers’ store already has an alarm system and cameras installed, but he said he’s now considering adding a door lock that can only be opened for the customer from the inside of the store. “Young people got no feeling today,” he said. “They’ll jump on you anytime, day or night.”


Man refuses to leave detention center, arrested for trespassing One man who reports say went to the county detention center determined to get locked up got his wish. Rodney Dwayne Fulton, 27, of 2505 Yarborough Road, Olanta, reportedly entered Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center about 3:57 a.m. Tuesday while wearing an ankle monitor and carrying the device’s control box. He told employees he had violated the terms of his house arrest FULTON for contempt of magistrate’s court and wanted to be in jail. He was told no one could admit him to the jail at that hour and he would have to come back in the morning. But Fulton reportedly wouldn’t take no for an answer and refused to leave until he was placed in a cell. Sheriff’s deputies were called to the scene and placed Fulton under arrest for trespassing. He was then transported from the front entrance of the jail to the rear, where he got his wish.

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Brandon Jamal Butler, 21, right, was found not guilty on Wednesday at the Sumter Judicial Center of charges of attempted murder, first-degree burglary and kidnapping.

Jury: Man not guilty of attempted murder BY ROBERT J. BAKER Brandon Jamal Butler left the Sumter County Judicial Center on Wednesday a free man. Butler, 21, had remained at Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center since his arrest in August 2012 in Birmingham, Ala. He had been on the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office’s Top 10 Most Wanted list since an April break-in sent a man to the hospital with a gunshot wound to his leg. A jury found Butler not guilty of attempted murder, kidnapping and firstdegree burglary Wednesday after a little more than 20 minutes of deliberation. Sumter Assistant Public Defender Tiffany Butler, no relation, argued that her client never left a Cherryvale home on April 14, 2012, the day a 27-year-old man and his 19-year-old girlfriend were held at gunpoint in their Eagle Road home. According to reports, a man forced his way into the home, held the victims at gunpoint and demanded money from them. In the course of the robbery attempt, the male victim struggled with the

Sumter Assistant Public Defender Tiffany Butler argued before a jury on Wednesday that her client could not be responsible for an attempted murder, kidnapping and first-degree burglary that occurred to a 27-year-old man and his 19-year-old girlfriend in April 2012. Jurors agreed, acquitting Butler after less than 20 minutes of discussion on Wednesday.

man and attempted to flee into the front yard, at which point he was shot in the leg. Butler attacked the victims’ statements to police on Wednesday during closing arguments, saying they were inconsistent with the actual physical evidence.

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terviewed again, his story changed to a home invasion.” Butler’s mother, Jocelyn Butler, testified Tuesday that her son could not possibly be responsible for the crime. She said the man was with her at a Cherryvale home on April 14. She also said he had not “fled the state” as alleged by 3rd Circuit Assistant Solicitor R. Kirk Griffin. “We traveled to Alabama for my brother’s parole hearing,” she said. “It had been planned long before we even left.” Griffin said during closing arguments that the trip was “convenient, because it was contrived.” “I submit to you that he left eight days after this incident because he knew what was coming,” Griffin said. “He knew he was going to be arrested and charged.” Butler disagreed, however. “I don’t know what happened at that residence that day,” she said. “We may never know what happened or who is responsible. But I do know that my client was not involved.” Reach Robert J. Baker at (803) 774-1211.

Sumter County’s special projects director, Bill Noonan, has been recognized by the S.C. Association of Counties with the president’s cup. Noonan, whose tenure as county administrator surpassed that of anyone else in Sumter County history, was recognized at the group’s annual conference last week, according to a Tuesday news release. “Mr. Noonan’s leadership in education, business and public service lends a unique perspective to his current position of special projects director and his 21-year career as county administrator,” said Charles Edens, a member of Sumter County Council and president of the S.C. Association of Counties.

Man pleads guilty to killing teen, gets 30 years in prison COLUMBIA — A man accused of kidnapping a missing Columbia teen last year has pleaded guilty in her death. A judge on Wednesday accepted a plea deal concerning 53-year-old Freddie Grant before sentencing him to 30 years in prison. As part of the deal, prosecutors agreed to drop charges accusing Grant’s daughter of helping him hide the missing teen’s cellphone. Last week, Grant led officers to the body of 15-year-old Gabbiee Swainson. He has been serving a 17-year federal sentence for possession of ammunition he wasn’t allowed to have. Gabbiee’s mother last saw her daughter at their home a year ago.

Group launching same-sex marriage effort COLUMBIA — A group in South Carolina is teaming up with the American Civil Liberties Union to explore legal options for same-sex couples. SC Equality said Wednesday it was launching a “Post-DOMA Litigation Task Force.” Organizers said the all-volunteer effort will take a look at what options are available to same-sex couples who live in South Carolina and have a legal marriage from another state.



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Manning City Council takes no action on possible city administrator candidates BY KEN BELL Special to The Item MANNING — Manning City Council spent three hours in executive session Tuesday night in a special called meeting reviewing rÊsumÊs of possible city administrator candidates but came out and did not take any action. No votes can be taken during an executive session; only discussion is allowed. Any votes must be made during open session, according to South Carolina law. State law also requires municipalities to release the names of candidates once a list of finalists has been selected. There is no set number of finalists required, although state law requires it to be no fewer than three when the names must be released. Manning Mayor Julia Nelson said

A Sanyo TV, a Sony Blu-Ray player, one .45-caliber auto “Les Beare� hand gun, one “H&R� .22-caliber revolver handgun and one Smith & Wesson model 30 .32-caliber revolver, valued at a total of $3,038, were reportedly taken from a home in the 3000 block of Gibbs Dairy Road about 1:49 a.m. Saturday. An undisclosed amount of pills valued at $500 was reportedly taken from a home in the 2000 block of Bethel Church Road about 10:58 a.m. Saturday. A 22-inch gold crucifix and chain, a 32inch crucifix and chain and three watches valued at a total of $760 were reportedly taken from a home in the 6000 block of Black River Road, Rembert, about 12:25 p.m. Sunday. A 1996 Jeep Cherokee valued at $2,000 was reportedly taken from outside a business in the 2000 block of South U.S. 15 about 9:55 a.m. Sunday.

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after the meeting that she is hopeful a decision — or at least a list of finalists — can be reached at its meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday. She said reviewing and verifying rÊsumÊs is a slow process, but it is a necessary process to assure a good hire. This is actually the second round of applicants council is considering. Council rejected all of the applicants — reported to number more than 20 — received during its initial search. The mayor said council has made it clear that it will not narrow the list to a group of finalists until it is satisfied it has the right candidates for the job. The post has been open since February when Pat Goodwin resigned. Goodwin, a former Turbeville administrator, was named Manning administrator in 2011.




A 20-gauge pump shotgun, a .22-caliber rifle, a .38-caliber revolver, a 22-inch Emerson TV, a 42-inch Samsung TV and a Verizon Droid tablet valued at a total of $1,355 were reportedly taken from a home in the 6000 block of Black River Road, Rembert, about 3:41 p.m. Sunday. A 1979 Cadillac Fleetwood was reportedly stolen from the 200 block of Praylou Road between 9 a.m. and 8:08 p.m. Monday. The car is valued at $2,000. Several dishes, crystal glassware and prescription drugs were reported stolen from the 4200 block of Hickory Road at 5:18 p.m. Monday. The items are valued at $650. Two air-conditioning units were reportedly stolen from a home in the first block of Cypress Street between 8 p.m. and 10:10

p.m. Monday. The items are valued at $550. One unit was recovered from a vacant lot near the home. A 52-inch flat-screen TV and $180 in cash were reportedly stolen from the 300 block of Timmons Street between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. Monday. The items are valued at $500. A black and tan Doberman Pinscher was reportedly stolen from the yard of a home in the 4900 block of U.S. 15 South at 12:30 p.m. Monday. The dog is valued at $250.


Sumter County K-9 officer Ewok, a German shepherd from Czechoslovakia, takes his favorite toy from Sheriff’s Deputy Jason Tassone at the Wesmark Branch of the Sumter County Library during the wrap-party for summer readers recently. Participating children were very curious about Ewok, asking many questions. Sassone said his appearance was Ewok’s last day on duty, as he is being retired because of hip problems. Ewok will continue to live with Tassone. Tassone said Ewok was a very good officer, having recovered more than $2 million in five years, as well as “a lot more in drugs.�


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The Sumter Combat Veterans Group will meet at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 16, at South HOPE Center, 1125 S. Lafayette Drive. All area veterans are invited. The Lincoln High School Alumni Association will hold a fish dinner fundraiser 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16, at 24 Council St. Dinners include red rice, cole slaw, bread and drink. Call J.L. Green at (803) 964-4173 or Essie Richardson at (803) 775-2999. Lee County Male Involvement Inc. will sponsor a back-toschool program at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16, at Dennis Development Center, 410 Cedar Lane, Bishopville. Event will feature health awareness as well as crime prevention and awareness training in an effort to help families become healthy, self-sufficient and prevent crimes and criminal behavior. A giving back to the community, barbecue, customer appreciation and backto-school bash will be held 2-7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at VWF Sumter Post 10813, 610 Manning Ave. Sponsored by Heartz2Soulz and Soul Vybe Cafeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, event will feature free school supplies, coupons for shampoo and style for girls, free haircuts for boys, free food, games and more. The Carolina Coin Club will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20, at the Parks & Recreation Department, 155 Haynsworth St. The club meets on the third Tuesday each month. Visitors welcome. Call (803) 7758840. The Dalzell COPâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (Community Oriented Police) will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20, at Ebenezer Community Center, 4580 Queen Chapel Road and the corner of Ebenezer Road, Dalzell SC 29040. A fire department representative will be the featured speaker. We are striving to improve the communities and schools in our area. Hospice Care of Tri-County will hold its annual memorial service at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25, at Wise Drive Baptist Church, corner of Wise Drive and Wilson Hall Road. Reception will follow service. This event is intended for anyone who has experienced a loss. Many attendees bring a photo or memento of their loved one to place on the memorial table. Call (803) 905-7720.

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Manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s refusal to read instructions is series basis BY KEVIN MCDONOUGH Guys. According to accepted wisdom, there are two things men wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do: Ask directions and read the instructions. The silly new reality series â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ownerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Manualâ&#x20AC;? (10 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., AMC) hopes to separate the reading men from the impetuous boys as it follows a group of guys undertaking some seriously dangerous work (flying stunt planes, using blasting caps, etc.) with and without the benefit of a cursory glance at the little book that came with all of the lethal equipment. Between â&#x20AC;&#x153;Breaking Badâ&#x20AC;? and its Western-rich Saturday lineup, including the original series â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hell on Wheels,â&#x20AC;? AMC has carved out a niche for masculine-skewing programming. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Manualâ&#x20AC;? may appeal to the audience for shows like â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ax Menâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Deadliest Catch.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;˘ Don Wildman hosts the season five premiere of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mysteries at the Museumâ&#x20AC;? (9 p.m., Travel, TV-PG). One of his treks this season will include a visit to the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum in Grand Rapids, Mich. Among the artifacts on display is the

Colt .45 handgun that would-be assassin Lynette â&#x20AC;&#x153;Squeakyâ&#x20AC;? Fromme pointed at the president in 1975. That same year, Sara Jane Moore also attempted to shoot President Ford with a handgun. Fromme had been a follower of Charles Manson. Moore had been a figure on the outer fringes of the Patty Hearst kidnapping case and was reported to have been an FBI informant. â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pop Innovatorsâ&#x20AC;? (10 p.m., E!) debuts with a profile of Apple cofounder Steve Jobs. The series will examine personalities who have become leaders in their field and who have changed the cultural landscape.

Cult Choice A 24-hour marathon of Gregory Peckâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s movies includes Alfred Hitchcockâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1945 Freudian mystery â&#x20AC;&#x153;Spellboundâ&#x20AC;? (11:15 a.m., TCM), featuring surreal set design by painter Salvador Dali.

Tonightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Other Highlights â&#x20AC;˘ The group members perform their guilty pleasures on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gleeâ&#x20AC;? (8 p.m.,

Fox, r, TV-14). â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;&#x153;Soviet War Scare 1983â&#x20AC;? (8 p.m., Military) recalls a moment when the U.S. and U.S.S.R. came perilously close to conflict. â&#x20AC;˘ The Chicago Bears host the San Diego Chargers in NFL Preseason Football (8 p.m., ESPN). â&#x20AC;˘ A radical priest is found murdered on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Motiveâ&#x20AC;? (9 p.m., ABC, TVPG). â&#x20AC;˘ Four different retailers provide the product placements on tonightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Project Runwayâ&#x20AC;? (9 p.m., Lifetime, TV-PG). â&#x20AC;˘ Michael fears his cover may be blown on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Burn Noticeâ&#x20AC;? (9 p.m., USA, TV-PG). â&#x20AC;˘ Behind bars on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Anger Managementâ&#x20AC;? (9:30 p.m., FX, TV-14). â&#x20AC;˘ A plane crash victim may have died before landing on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Elementaryâ&#x20AC;? (10 p.m., CBS, r, TV14). â&#x20AC;˘ Kidnappers grab Chrisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; son on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rookie Blueâ&#x20AC;? (10 p.m., ABC, TVPG). â&#x20AC;˘ Dangers abound on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Panic 9-1-1â&#x20AC;? (10 p.m., A&E, TV-14) when a customer tries to break into a sporting goods storeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gun rack; when an ice cave collapses; and when an evil client

checks into a tanning salon. â&#x20AC;˘ The gang brokers a peace treaty on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gracelandâ&#x20AC;? (10 p.m., USA, TV14).

Series Notes Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day on â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Big Bang Theoryâ&#x20AC;? (8 p.m., CBS, r, TV-14) * Elenaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s behavior worries Caroline on â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Vampire Diariesâ&#x20AC;? (8 p.m., CW, r, TV-14) * Alan moves on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Two and a Half Menâ&#x20AC;? (8:30 p.m., CBS, r, TV-14) * An eviction on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Big Brotherâ&#x20AC;? (9 p.m., CBS, TV-PG) * New neighbors and first impressions on â&#x20AC;&#x153;New Girlâ&#x20AC;? (9 p.m., Fox, r, TV-14) * Mindy meets a pro on â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Mindy Projectâ&#x20AC;? (9:30 p.m., Fox, r, TV-14).

Late Night Simon Pegg is booked on â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Daily Show With Jon Stewartâ&#x20AC;? (11 p.m., Comedy Central) * Harrison Ford, Donald

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Faison and Kurt Braunohler are on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Conanâ&#x20AC;? (11 p.m., TBS) * Diane Kruger, Dov Davidoff, Fortune Feimster and Thomas Dale are booked on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Chelsea Latelyâ&#x20AC;? (11 p.m., E!) * Richard Brodhead is on â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Colbert Reportâ&#x20AC;? (11:30 p.m., Comedy Central) * Jim Parsons, Barry Sanders and Snoop Lion are on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Late Show with David Lettermanâ&#x20AC;? (11:35 p.m., CBS, r) * Sandra Bullock, Bob Saget and Il Volo on â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Tonight Showâ&#x20AC;? (11:35 p.m., NBC, r) * Ashton Kutcher, Melanie Griffith and Big Sean appear on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jimmy Kimmel Liveâ&#x20AC;? (11:35 p.m., ABC) * Katie Couric, Freddie Highmore and Justin Timberlake visit â&#x20AC;&#x153;Late Night With Jimmy Fallonâ&#x20AC;? (12:35 a.m., NBC) * Craig Ferguson hosts Stephen Fry on â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Late Late Showâ&#x20AC;? (12:35 a.m., CBS, r). Š 2013, United Feature Syndicate




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DINGLE from Page A1 three separate places in the upstairs of Elizabeth Youngâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unit at Lantana Apartments on Carolina Avenue on March 27, 2012. Multiple witnesses â&#x20AC;&#x201D; including Youngâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s oldest children, Anastasia and Trymaine Young â&#x20AC;&#x201D; said Dingle had repeatedly threatened Young throughout the day before the fire was set. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to burn this b---down,â&#x20AC;? Dingle reportedly said as Young left to visit her goddaughter late that evening. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get your a-- back here, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to burn this s--- up.â&#x20AC;? Dingle, witnesses said, had a penchant for drinking early in the day and getting angry when he didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get his way. He had reportedly asked Young to move in with him with her youngest children. Young had resisted, according to Trymaine Young. About 30 to 45 minutes after Elizabeth Young and her eldest children left the apartment to visit the womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s goddaughter down the street, they heard sirens and then saw fire trucks barreling down the road. Firefighters rescued Aalyiah and Robert from an upstairs bedroom that the two shared, but they died four days later at separate hospitals. State Law Enforcement Division Special Agent Sterling Seals testified Tuesday that the childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s room likely exceeded 500 degrees during the fire. He ruled out any accidental cause

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EDITORIAL ROUNDUP Recent editorials from South Carolina newspapers: AUG. 9

The Herald of Rock Hill on reform education funding: Gov. Nikki Haley’s focus on reforming the way South Carolina funds its public schools should at a minimum spawn a vital discussion about the state’s future. South Carolina’s education funding system has been a mess for years. Schools get money from so many different sources that it’s hard for anyone to keep track. Attempts to fix the problem on a piecemeal basis have only added to the confusion. What we do know is that students in poorer areas have access to far fewer learning opportunities than those in other parts of the state. Poorer schools offer fewer courses and use less sophisticated technology. In more affluent areas, however, students choose from a wide array of college prep or technology options. They also have access to the latest computers or tablets. It’s also shameful that we allow students in Dillon and Marion counties to learn in ancient, dilapidated buildings while high school athletes in Spartanburg and York counties play on the most advanced athletic turf in stateof-the art stadiums. We don’t fault the more affluent school districts and their supporters for wanting the best for their students. But nobody should accept an education funding system that creates the wide disparity we have in South Carolina. In her State of the State address in January, Haley promised to study the problem this year. ... When Haley releases her plan later this year, we encourage everyone to study it. We hope it sparks a serious discussion about how to fix one of the state’s most serious problems. AUG. 6

The Post and Courier of Charleston on McCain’s fair warning to Egypt President Barack Obama’s latest emissaries to Egypt, Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz. and Lindsay Graham, R-S.C., returned to Washington this week with little to show for their efforts. They tried, and evidently failed, to arrange an end to the nearly two-month standoff between the military government and the recently ousted Muslim Brotherhood. That impasse has brought parts of Cairo to a near standstill. The senators gave the military leaders a powerful incentive — the potential loss of U.S. aid — to refrain from further violence. Whether this will cause the generals to hold off on their threat to disperse the two Muslim Brotherhood encampments in Cairo by force remains to be seen. All of the president’s emissaries to the two sides in Egypt’s deepening confrontation, including the two Republican senators, Deputy Secretary of State William Burns and, by phone, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, have stressed the need for dialogue. They have asked the military government to free deposed President Mohammed


Morsi and other Muslim Brotherhood leaders from jail so that they can participate in the discussions about ending the constitutional crisis. ... America’s national interest in Egypt remains clear: It has long served as a source of relative stability in the Middle East. And while Morsi’s forced exit was necessary, the military must eventually keep its promise to move Egypt toward a self-governing democracy. But U.S. law requires the suspension of aid to a government that takes office by force. So the White House and State Department have pointedly refrained from calling the Egyptian military ouster of President Morsi a coup in order to avoid triggering this stipulation. Find a peaceful way out of this mess or risk the loss of U.S. aid. The future of Egypt — and the Mideast — could depend on whether they listened. AUG. 12

The Aiken Standard on ride to honor officers an admirable effort: It’s a sad, yet humbling realization that Carolina Brotherhood will never have a reason not to ride. Since last year, the group has been biking across North Carolina and South Carolina in honor of fallen law enforcements officers in both states. As part of this year’s 700mile bicycle journey, 30 officers from both states will be coming to Aiken to commemorate the lives of those who served their community. Their trek began in Rocky Mount, N.C., on Saturday and will end on Aug. 17 in Boone, N.C., with a 6,000 elevation-foot climb on the last day. The cyclists will be riding this year in honor of six fallen officers, including Master Cpl. Sandy Rogers, a 27-year veteran of the Aiken Department of Public Safety, who was shot and killed last year responding to a resident’s concerns in Eustis Park. The officers will be making their way through Aiken County specifically in Rogers’ honor since the route is dictated by where each officer killed in the line of duty worked. In addition to the bike ride, the Carolina Brotherhood has other fundraisers throughout the year, and it also sells T-shirts bearing the names of officers they are riding in honor of. Offering financial support to the families of those who have served as well as helping to preserve the memories of fallen officers is a laudable aspiration and one that we hope will continue to grow locally with continued community support. Our police officers and firefighters are the folks who are there when we’re perhaps the most vulnerable. They are by our sides, checking the safety of our neighborhoods and responding bravely whenever there’s an incident such as a traffic accident, burning building or even a natural disaster. If you see the contingent of officers riding locally today, be sure to give them a friendly wave, a pat on the back or any kind of special “thank you” for their service to communities across the region.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Dixie Boys All-Stars represented Sumter well While in my hometown of Seneca, S.C., for the Blassingame Family Reunion on Aug. 2-4, I had the opportunity to attend the opening game for the Dixie Boys World Series at the Shaver sports complex. The 14-year-old Dixie Boys All-Stars played against McNairy County, Tenn. Sumter won a victory of 16-3 against them. I am very proud of the superb sportsmanship and performance demonstrated by the players. Coach Danny Price deserves congratulations for the extraordinary representation that he and his team provided Sumter. Although they did not win the championship, they are still champions and represented Sumter well. We in Sumter are very proud of you and congratulations on a job well done. REV. JAMES BLASSINGAME Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church Sumter

National Night Out a great success Thank you to the attendees of our 9th Annual National Night Out celebration. A special thank you to the following organizations for your dedication and willingness to participate: Sen. Kevin Johnson, District 36; Mayor Joseph McElveen, City of Sumter; Mr. L.C. Frederick, Brown-Lawson Housing Development Corp., vice-chairman; Pastor George P. Windley Jr., First Baptist Missionary Church; Chief Russell F. Roark III and Senior Cpl. Joey Duggan, City of Sumter Police Department; Battalion Chief Johnnie Rose, Sumter Fire Department; Deacon Robert Tomlin, Mulberry Baptist Church; Mrs. Pam Hunter, ShilohRandolph Manor, property manager; Ms. Beulah Reeves, Shiloh-Randolph Manor resident; and Shiloh-Randolph Manor residents and friends. Thank you, Sen. Kevin Johnson, District 36, for bringing greetings and for challenging each of us to perform our civic duties. Also, thank you to Mayor McElveen for presenting the proclamation proclaiming Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013, National Night Out in Sumter. In addition, thank you for presenting a City of Sumter flag to The Manor. The coordinators of this event were the Shiloh-Randolph Manor Resident Services Coordinator, Mrs. Randolph, and the Brown-Lawson Housing Development Board Chairman and Shiloh-Randolph Manor visionary, the Rev. William S. Randolph. I would like to give a special thank you to the following: Manager Hunter; Ms. Isabell Shannon, assistant resident services coordinator; Mr. James McClary, resident; the maintenance technicians; and volunteers for their dedicated assistance during the National Night Out celebration. Again, thank you to the participants, attendees and the Sumter community for your support and commitment which allowed the Shiloh-Randolph Manor 2013 National Night Out to be a great success. We look forward to future fellowships with you. DORIS A. RANDOLPH Sumter

Blacks haven’t moved forward into modern society Mr. or Ms. Taylor, in The Item of Wednesday, Aug. 14, if you are going to include me

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in your rant in the stated subject, then do it correctly. I did talk about my upbringing in Indiana in the 1950s. Nowhere in my comments did I bemoan anything, which I take to bemoan a wish to return to Indiana in the ‘50s, nor did I say or imply the return to my upbringing in Indiana. I did mention my culture in growing up in Indiana, as your upbringing being taught that, as a black you were/are owed anything based on past days. I have moved from my upbringing to the modern world (past the ‘60s.) I feel that black citizens have not moved forward to the modern society, thus you are left out and continue to look to the past when there was racism by whites and blacks. Until you (blacks) move on to the modern society, you will not have the life that those of us have (blacks, whites, Latinos) who have moved forward. As much as you rattle around and expect something free by modern society, you will not enjoy the life of modern society and the life that God wants for his children. DAVID LePAGE Sumter

‘Equality’ could make lies seem like something they aren’t This is in reference to Dale J. Taylor’s letter to the editor on Aug. 14 titled “Item editors should fight for racial parity.” I am assuming that “parity” means “the state or condition of being equal.” Is there a rule that one has to have “equality” when that would perhaps harm the truth just to make lies appear to be something they aren’t? I am glad that that you wrote to our editorial page. That says something about you. It also gives insight on your “ideological” thoughts. I am going to define “ideological” as the ideas and manner of thinking characteristic of a group, social class or individual, also the study of their origin and nature. Let’s get to the point. “Racist” is a person who believes that a particular race is superior to another. “Racism” is a person who believes that all members of each race possess characteristics or abilities specific to that race, especially so as to distinguish it as inferior or superior to another race or races. Also, prejudice, discrimination or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on such a belief. Trace your beliefs back to who told them to you or where you read them. Question the truthfulness and what the other person gains from you believing them. Do you believe something just because they are black or heard it in church? God gave you a brain to think for yourself, eyes so you could see the truth and ears so you could hear what is going on around you. Do you ever question your beliefs? If someone is pushing “hate for other people” do you ask why? Do you question if what he is saying is the truth? If someone pushes “hate for other people” it will come back to them. It also means that is what they see. Do you ever question why there is so much crime in the black neighborhoods? Hate equates to crime. Hate produces resentment, disrespect, greed, rebelliousness, the list goes on. Just because one can’t accept the truth doesn’t mean that others have to believe their lies. JACQUELINE K. HUGHES Sumter


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BIOPURE from Page A1 the project, and on July 23, council moved ahead with the proposal to end the agreement once and for all. “It’s been six or seven years since I’ve heard anything about (Biopure),” Sanders said. “We were hoping it could come, but it’s just been sitting there, and nothing’s happened.” Along with ending the proposed multicounty park, the repeal ordinance ends a proposed county bond to help fund the project that was never issued. The proposed ordinance also repeals portions of ordinances affecting at least four other industries operating in Sumter as part of multi-county parks. The

change complies with a portion of the county budget passed at the end of June, which sets aside 20 percent of funds generated by such parks into the county’s infrastructure fund. Previously, the infrastructure fund was filled by money from expanded operations while the initial industry continued to operate under a separate fee-in-lieu-of-tax agreement. The new budget simplifies the formula by using a percentage of fees from the total operation. Final reading of the ordinance will follow a public hearing at council’s Aug. 27 meeting. Reach Bristow Marchant at (803) 774-1272.

WALK from Page A1 Alice Drive Baptist Church at 9 a.m. to pick up their assignments along with suggestions on how to pray for the schools. Outreach Pastor Condy Richardson told those gathered that what they were doing was beneficial for them as well. “You are a blessing, and you are going to be blessed,” he said. The prayer walkers went out in groups of at least two and often asked teachers and students to join them in their petition. “We want to feel Your presence in our classrooms,” prayed Hobbs, as she joined hands with the other two women as well as Wilson Hall Principal Fred Moulton. At Sumter High School, Linda Coughtry prayed over the threshold of many classrooms. Coughtry’s son is a junior at the high school.

“For me it’s about praying for God to give the teachers and students the guidance that they will need,” she said. Myra Yeatts said it was her first year participating in the event. It was doubly important, she said, given the recent turmoil in the local education system. “I’m not terribly accustomed to praying out loud,” she said. “I’m praying for peace and harmony in our schools.” Jaline Dupree said she has been participating in the prayer walk since its inception and has been praying for the schools all year long. “I think they appreciate what we are doing, and many of the teachers say that they need it,” she said. “It also helps me connect with the teachers and students in a way that I wouldn’t normally.”

LANDFILL from Page A1 court also clarified the definition of trespass, stating that a “trespass exists only when an intrusion is made by a physical, tangible invasion.” Citing the ongoing litigation, Jamey Amick, president of Republic Services S.C., declined to comment on the Supreme Court findings. In March 2012, a federal jury ruled in favor of six Bishopville-area residents against the landfill for causing a stench they say has made life miserable for them. The verdict followed two weeks of testimony and two days of jury deliberations. The 10-member jury, comprising six women and four men not from Lee County, awarded the residents $532,500 in actual damages and $1.8 million in punitive damages. The latter award is based on the jury’s finding that the landfill’s operators were reckless and willful in allowing odors to escape the site, which attorneys for the plaintiffs argued made the landfill responsible

for damages. The jury award against a division of waste giant Republic Services is rare because it requires a company to pay damages based on nuisance landfill odors that affect people’s enjoyment of their property, attorneys for the residents said. At the time of the initial verdict, Gary Poliakoff and Bill Hopkins, lawyers for the Lee County residents, called the decision historic and a victory for citizens who suffer damages from landfill companies. Calls to Poliakoff and Hopkins were not returned Wednesday. The landfill’s attorneys are asking Anderson to throw out the award. Republic Services is a Fortune 500 company worth more than $1 billion. Headquartered in Arizona, Republic has about 200 landfills nationally. Lee County Landfill SC LLC, an arm of Republic, has a net worth of $15.78 million, the judge was told Friday.

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


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Some sun with a shower or thunderstorm

Winds: NE 7-14 mph

Winds: NE 4-8 mph

Winds: ENE 6-12 mph

Winds: NNE 7-14 mph

Winds: SSE 6-12 mph

Winds: WSW 4-8 mph

Chance of rain: 60%

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Chance of rain: 55%

Full Sumter through 4 p.m. yesterday

Temperature High ............................................... 82° Low ................................................ 75° Normal high ................................... 89° Normal low ..................................... 69° Record high ..................... 100° in 1995 Record low ......................... 58° in 1964

Greenville 76/63

Gaffney 76/63 Spartanburg 77/64

Bishopville 76/64

24 hrs ending 4 p.m. yest. ........... 0.28" Month to date ............................... 0.76" Normal month to date ................. 2.58" Year to date ............................... 35.63" Normal year to date .................. 30.92"

Full pool 360 76.8 75.5 100

7 a.m. yest. 357.46 75.87 75.09 97.14

24-hr chg -0.01 -0.04 +0.07 +0.16

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

Full pool 12 19 14 14 80 24

7 a.m. yest. 6.26 6.23 6.55 7.40 79.53 7.75

24-hr chg -0.59 +0.06 +0.49 +0.01 -0.20 -0.04

City Aiken Asheville Athens Augusta Beaufort Cape Hatteras Charleston Charlotte Clemson Columbia

Today Hi/Lo/W 76/65/t 72/59/c 77/65/t 78/66/t 80/72/t 78/71/t 80/71/t 78/61/pc 80/65/t 76/65/t

Fri. Hi/Lo/W 78/69/t 68/61/r 75/65/t 78/68/t 85/73/t 82/73/t 84/72/t 72/63/r 77/65/r 78/69/t

Columbia 76/65 Today: Mostly cloudy with a shower or thunderstorm in spots. Friday: Periods of rain.

Myrtle Beach 80/69

Manning 78/66 Aiken 76/65

Fri. Hi/Lo/W 72/68/r 77/69/t 76/70/t 76/67/r 79/68/t 89/72/t 72/65/r 77/68/r 84/72/t 70/63/r

Shown is today’s weather. Temperatures are today’s highs and tonight’s lows.

Charleston 80/71 The following tide table lists times for Myrtle Beach.


Forecasts and graphics provided by AccuWeather, Inc. ©2013 Today Hi/Lo/W 76/64/t 80/64/pc 80/64/pc 80/64/pc 78/65/t 91/72/t 80/62/pc 80/62/pc 80/71/t 78/60/pc

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Florence 78/65

Sumter 78/65

Today: A couple of showers and a thunderstorm. High 78 to 82. Friday: A couple of showers and a thunderstorm. High 82 to 86.

City Darlington Elizabeth City Elizabethtown Fayetteville Florence Gainesville Gastonia Goldsboro Goose Creek Greensboro


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Lake Murray Marion Moultrie Wateree

Sunrise today .......................... 6:43 a.m. Sunset tonight ......................... 8:08 p.m. Moonrise today ....................... 3:17 p.m. Moonset today ...................... 12:54 a.m.


City Greenville Hickory Hilton Head Jacksonville, FL La Grange Macon Marietta Marion Mount Pleasant Myrtle Beach

Today Hi/Lo/W 76/63/c 76/60/pc 80/78/t 89/74/t 80/68/t 80/69/t 77/66/t 77/61/pc 80/72/t 80/69/t

Fri. Hi/Lo/W 75/63/r 71/60/r 83/79/t 87/72/t 79/68/t 79/69/t 77/66/t 70/63/r 84/73/t 82/72/t

High Ht. Low Ht. 3:30 a.m.....2.9 10:35 a.m.....0.1 4:31 p.m.....3.3 11:36 p.m.....0.5 4:36 a.m.....2.9 11:41 a.m.....0.0 5:38 p.m.....3.4 ---..... ---

City Orangeburg Port Royal Raleigh Rock Hill Rockingham Savannah Spartanburg Summerville Wilmington Winston-Salem

Today Hi/Lo/W 78/66/t 81/73/t 81/61/pc 76/62/pc 77/62/pc 82/72/t 77/64/c 80/76/t 78/67/t 78/61/pc

Fri. Hi/Lo/W 79/69/t 84/73/t 72/65/r 72/64/r 75/67/r 85/71/t 71/64/r 84/77/t 82/70/t 70/62/r

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Today Fri. Today Fri. City Hi/Lo/W Hi/Lo/W City Hi/Lo/W Hi/Lo/W Albuquerque 91/66/t 92/67/s Las Vegas 105/84/s 103/86/s Anchorage 66/56/s 64/55/sh Los Angeles 85/65/pc 84/64/s Atlanta 78/66/t 77/66/t Miami 89/79/t 90/81/t Baltimore 79/57/s 81/60/pc Minneapolis 78/59/pc 79/63/s Boston 78/62/s 80/63/s New Orleans 90/74/t 89/72/t Charleston, WV 78/57/s 80/61/pc New York 78/62/s 80/66/s Charlotte 78/61/pc 72/63/r Oklahoma City 86/66/pc 87/66/t Chicago 76/57/s 78/59/s Omaha 78/61/pc 81/63/s Cincinnati 78/58/s 80/62/s Philadelphia 79/60/s 82/62/pc Dallas 92/70/pc 93/69/t Phoenix 108/88/s 109/89/s Denver 89/56/pc 91/61/pc Pittsburgh 75/54/pc 79/59/pc Des Moines 76/59/pc 80/61/pc St. Louis 79/59/s 81/63/s Detroit 76/57/s 78/58/s Salt Lake City 96/67/s 97/72/s Helena 88/59/pc 97/59/s San Francisco 71/59/pc 70/59/pc Honolulu 89/75/pc 88/76/pc Seattle 74/60/pc 79/58/pc Indianapolis 78/58/s 78/62/s Topeka 80/61/pc 82/61/pc Kansas City 80/58/s 81/61/pc Washington, DC 79/63/s 81/66/pc Weather(W): s-sunny, pc-partly cloudy, c-cloudy, sh-showers, t-thunderstorms, r-rain, sf-snow flurries, sn-snow, i-ice

ARIES (March 21-April 19): family, position and the last word in astrology Make travel plans or get reputation. Do what you involved in an event you can to make eugenia LAST can enjoy with a friend, improvements instead of lover or family. Speak up becoming part of the and share your concerns, problem. Be passionate and you can make a difference. about your concerns. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Avoid SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Concentrate on your disagreements. Put energy into picking up future and the knowledge and skills you will valuable information or visiting a place that need to reach financial goals. You should be brings you peace and joy. Play by the rules and able to parlay what you’re good at doing into stick to what you know best. something that can bring you monetary rewards. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Emotional deception is apparent when it comes to professional SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Share your matters or protecting your reputation. Choose experience, thoughts and future plans, and your words wisely and don’t mislead anyone. you will be able to better collaborate with those closest to you. Express your emotions CANCER (June 21-July 22): Improve your openly. surroundings or deal with an issue that is bothering you. It’s important to be up-front CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Inspect what’s and fix whatever needs to be dealt with to being offered carefully before deciding to help find a compromise with someone who make a change that affects those around you. may be bothering you. Look at how you can get the most out of any situation by using your talent and connections. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Listen carefully and do what’s expected of you. Avoid any trouble that AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Consider your can eat up your fun time or stand between options and strike up a conversation with you and something you want to pursue. someone you respect and feel can give you an honest assessment of the situation you face. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Be open to suggestions, and it will be easier to adapt to PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Get ready to make a what’s going on around you. Don’t let an move or an investment. A partnership appears emotional situation throw you off guard or to be the deciding factor in the choices you create a personal problem that deters your face and can help you cover more ground productivity. than what you would be able to do on your own. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Protect your home,


pictures from the public Roy Tallman Jr. comments on his photo submission, “This is a luna moth, i.e. Actias Luna (Linnaeus). It is arguably our most beautiful moth. Adults have a wingspan that measures 75 to 105 mm. I took this shot of this guy in my backyard recently.”

Have you visited someplace interesting, exciting, beautiful or historical that you’ve taken some pictures of? Would you like to share those images with your fellow Item readers? E-mail your hi-resolution jpegs to sandrah@, or mail to Sandra Holbert c/o The Item, P.O. Box 1677, Sumter, SC 29150. Include clearly printed or typed name of photographer and photo details. Include self-addressed, stamped envelope for return of your photo. Amateur photographers only.




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Panthers’ coach not feeling any added pressure BY STEVE REED The Associated Press


Jason McDaniel (35) and the rest of the Crestwood High School football team look for a strong showing against Camden on Friday in the Camden Shrine Club Jamboree. The Knights and 10 other area teams will compete in jamborees on Friday.

SPARTANBURG — Panthers coach Ron Rivera isn’t feeling any additional pressure this season to win. That’s somewhat surprising since he has a losing record and his team has been awful in close games during his first two seasons in Carolina. But Rivera told The Associated Press he isn’t worrying about something that’s out of his control — pointing out that Lovie Smith was fired by the Chicago Bears despite his team finishing 10-6 last year. “It doesn’t matter where you finish, there’s a chance you are going to get let go,” Rivera said. “So every season you coach there’s pressure. This is a production-based business. This business is about now. I get that. I understand that. “All I can control is making sure our guys go out and play hard, play strong and win games.”

Jam-packed jamborees


Eleven local teams set for football Friday across the lower state BY DENNIS BRUNSON


Eleven of the 12 local high school football teams will be getting dress rehearsals for the upcoming season at jamborees around the state on Friday. Sumter and Lakewood will both play in the Fairfield County Jamboree in Winnsboro, Crestwood will play in the 38th Annual Camden Shrine Club Jamboree, Manning will play in the Dennis Miller Jamboree of Champions in Bennettsville, Wilson Hall and Laurence Manning Academy will both play in the Orangeburg Prep Jamboree, Thomas Sumter Academy will play in the Calhoun Academy Jamboree in St. Mat-

Fairfield County Jamboree (Winnsboro) Sumter vs. Ridge View, 8 p.m. Lakewood vs. Fairfield Central, 9 p.m. Camden Shrine Club Jamboree Crestwood vs. Camden, 8 p.m. Dennis Miller Jamboree of Champions (Bennettsville) Manning vs. Carvers Bay, 5 p.m. Orangeburg Prep Jamboree Laurence Manning vs. Branchville, 5 p.m. Wilson Hall vs. Northwood, 6:45 p.m. Calhoun Academy Jamboree (St. Matthews) Thomas Sumter vs. Holly Hill, 7:30 p.m. Lake City Jamboree Lee Central vs. C.E. Murray, 6 p.m. Willie Jeffries Classic (Orangeburg) Scott’s Branch vs. Hunter-Kinard-Tyler, 6:05 p.m. Scott’s Branch vs. Bethune-Bowman, 6:35 p.m. Dillon Christian School Jamboree Robert E. Lee vs. Dillon Christian, 8:30 p.m. Jefferson Davis Academy Jamboree (Blackviille) Clarendon Hall vs. Patrick Henry, 6 p.m. Clarendon Hall vs. Andrew Jackson Academy 6:45 p.m.

thews, Lee Central will be in the Lake City Jamboree, Scott’s Branch will play in the Willie Jeffries Classic

in Orangeburg, Robert E. Lee Academy will play in the Dillon Christian School Jamboree and Clarendon Hall will play in the Jefferson Davis Academy Jamboree in Blackville. New Sumter head coach Reggie Kennedy will be returning to his old stomping grounds of Fairfield Central High for the 8-team Fairfield County Jamboree. Sumter will take on Ridge View for one half beginning around 8 p.m. Lakewood will play the final half of the jamboree against host Fairfield Central at approximately 9. Crestwood will make the drive up U.S. Highway 521 to Zemp Stadum for the 6-team Camden Shrine Club SEE JAMBOREES, PAGE B2


Carolina head coach Ron Rivera said he isn’t feeling any added pressure to win this season despite a 13-19 overall record with the Panthers in two years.

Gordon running out of time to make Chase BY NOAH TRISTER The Associated Press


Jeff Gordon, left, is in 13th place for the Chase for the Sprint Cup standings and time is running out to grab one of the last few spots.

Tigers doing well in player development BY AARON BRENNER Post and Courier CLEMSON — How much does Clemson value its player development? Out of 11 offensive linemen on the postspring depth chart, only SWINNEY one had never taken a redshirt — and head coach Dabo Swinney even admits Isaiah Battle would have benefited from a whole

year on the sideline. In all, 33 of Clemson’s 52 returning players in the mix for a starting job — 63 percent — redshirted at some point, stockpiling talent for the future in exchange for immediate returns. The breakdown is 18 out of 26 on offense, 15 out of 26 on defense. “The preference is to play your best players, whoever it is, regardless. If a guy’s ready to play and he can help you, SEE TIGERS, PAGE B2

Jeff Gordon’s visit to Michigan International Speedway in June was marred by an early accident — he was out of contention almost immediately when he hit a spinning Bobby Labonte less than 10 laps into the race. Gordon figures that whole mess could have been avoided if he hadn’t started so far back in the pack. “Qualifying as poorly as we did put us in the position to

SITE: Brooklyn, Mich. SCHEDULE: Friday, practice (Speed, noon-1:30 p.m.), qualifying (Speed, 3:30-5:30 p.m.); Saturday, practice (Fox Sports 1, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.); Sunday, race, 1 p.m. (ESPN, noon-4:30 p.m.). TRACK: Michigan International Speedway (oval, 2.0 miles). RACE DISTANCE: 400 miles, 200 laps.

get caught up in that wreck,” Gordon said. “We shouldn’t have been in that position to begin with. We have to improve our qualifying effort here.”

Gordon started from the 29th position in June, and he finished 39th. Heading into another race in Michigan this weekend, Gordon is running out of time if he wants to qualify for the Chase. Gordon is in 13th place in the Cup standings, and he has no wins this year, which puts him at a disadvantage in the race for the two wild cards. “A win would certainly help our chances, but I don’t think it’s necessary,” Gordon said. SEE GORDON, PAGE B3

USC special teams positions ‘wide open’ BY DAVID CLONINGER The State COLUMBIA — Special teams coordinator Joe Robinson was as blunt as a pointless needle. How’s the battle for placekicker and long snapper? “Wide-open,” South Carolina’s second-year assistant said on Wednesday. “Wide-open.” Following a scrimmage where projected starting kicker Landon Ard didn’t participate (he had a minor groin pull but is back at practice) and the other candidates went a combined 0-for-6 in postscrimmage field goal tries, coach Steve Spurrier mentioned that the Gamecocks were looking for consistent


South Carolina place kicker Landon Ard (19) is one of five players who are vying for the starting role with the Gamecocks.

kickers and long snappers. Robinson didn’t veer from that statement. Asked for a top candidate

at kicker, Robinson listed all his kickers — Ard, Nick St. SEE USC, PAGE B3




Earley joins Lakewood staff Former Lexington, Chapin and Myrtle Beach high school head football Scott Earley has found a new home. After a whirlwind offseason, Earley will join the Lakewood varsity football staff. Second-year Gators head coach Perry Parks said Earley will help him coach quarterbacks and be his eyes from the top of the press box at games. Earley who has a career coaching record of 103-45, EARLEY resigned from the head post at Lexington earlier this year. He accepted the post as defensive coordinator at Blackville-Hilda before he was named the head coach at Seminole High in Florida. That didn’t pan out because after one week and one official practice on the job, contractual issues involving insurance concerns. BRADY LIMPS OFF AT PATRIOTS PRACTICE

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady limped off the practice field Wednesday after appearing to hurt his left knee when he was hit after throwing a pass. Club president Jonathan Kraft told WBZ-FM that he made a call to check on Brady’s condition and it “hopefully did not appear to be that bad.’’



Brady had left tackle Nate Solder pushed into him by Tampa Bay defensive end Adrian Clayborn during a joint practice with the Buccaneers. The contact came after Brady threw a long incompletion down the right sideline toward rookie Aaron Dobson about midway through the session. TOP SEEDS SERENA WILLIAMS, DJOKOVIC ADVANCE

MASON, Ohio — Serena Williams overcame what she described as one of her worst sets before beating qualifier Eugenie Bouchard of Canada 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 on Wednesday in her opening match at the Western & Southern Open. Older sister Venus Williams lost her second match of the tournament, falling to Russia’s Elena Vesnina 6-2, 5-7, 6-2. The 33-year-old Williams is slowly working back into shape after missing most of the summer because of a lower back injury. The top seeds advanced on a windy and cooler-than-usual afternoon. No. 1 Novak Djokovic had a ragged first set while beating Juan Monaco 7-5, 6-2, leaving him 8-0 career against the Argentine. From staff, wire reports




SCOREBOARD TV, RADIO TODAY Noon -- Amateur Golf: U.S. Amateur Second-Round Matches from Brookline, Mass. (GOLF). 1 p.m. -- Youth Baseball: Little League World Series International Pool Play Game from Williamsport, Pa. -Aguadulce, Panama, vs. San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico (ESPN). 1 p.m. -- Professional Tennis: Western & Southern Open Men’s and Women’s Round-of-16 Matches from Cincinnati (ESPN2). 1:30 p.m. -- Major League Baseball: Pittsburgh at St. Louis or Los Angeles Angels at New York Yankees (MLB NETWORK). 2 p.m. -- PGA Golf: Wyndham Championship First Round from Greensboro, N.C. (GOLF). 3 p.m. -- Youth Baseball: Little League World Series U.S. Pool Play Game from Williamsport, Pa. -- Corpus Christi, Texas, vs. Sammamish, Wash. (ESPN). 5 p.m. -- Youth Baseball: Little League World Series International Pool Play Game from Williamsport, Pa. -Perth, Australia, vs. Tijuana, Mexico (ESPN2). 6:05 p.m. -- Talk Show: Sports Talk (WDXY-FM 105.9 WDXY-AM 1240). 7 p.m. -- Youth Baseball: Little League World Series U.S. Pool Play Game from Williamsport, Pa. -- Nashville, Tenn., vs. Westport, Conn. (ESPN2). 7 p.m. -- Women’s International Golf: Solheim Cup Opening Ceremony from Parker, Colo. (GOLF). 7 p.m. -- Major League Baseball: Kansas City at Detroit or Boston or Toronto (MLB NETWORK). 7:30 p.m. -- NFL Preseason Football: Carolina at Philadelphia (WACH 57). 7:30 p.m. -- NFL Preseason Football: Whiparound Coverage (NFL NETWORK). 8 p.m. -- NFL Preseason Football: San Diego at Chicago (ESPN). 8 p.m. -- International Gymnastics: U.S. Championships from Hartford, Conn. -- Women’s Competition (NBC SPORTS NETWORK). 9 p.m. -- Professional Tennis: Western & Southern Open Women’s Round-of-16 Match from Cincinnati (ESPN2). 11 p.m. -- Professional Tennis: Western & Southern Open Men’s Round-of-16 Match from Cincinnati (ESPN2). 11 p.m. -- Auto Racing: ARCA Series Primera Plastics 200 from Marne, Mich. (NBC SPORTS NETWORK). Midnight -- NFL Preseason Football: Atlanta at Baltimore (NFL NETWORK).



New York Yankees outfielder Alfonso Soriano watches his first-inning grand slam on Wednesday in New York. Soriano homered twice and drove in a career-high seven as the Yankees beat the Los Angeles Angels 11-3.

Soriano powers Yanks past Angels NEW YORK — Alfonso Soriano homered twice for the second straight night and drove in a career-high seven runs, giving him a staggering 13 RBI in two games while powering the suddenly potent New York Yankees to an 11-3 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday. Robinson Cano went 4-for-4 to pass Hall of Famer Phil Rizzuto for 15th place on the franchise hits list. TIGERS WHITE SOX

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CHICAGO — Miguel Cabrera hit a majestic 3-run homer in the third inning to spark the Detroit Tigers to a 6-4 victory over the Chicago White Sox. INDIANS TWINS

MINNEAPOLIS — Michael Brantley hit a sacri-

fice fly in the 12th inning and the Cleveland Indians came back to beat the Minnesota Twins 9-8.

Rose pitched seven solid innings and the Colorado Rockies hung on to beat the San Diego Padres 4-2.



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WASHINGTON — Denard Span made a diving catch in deep center field with two runners on base for the final out, and the Washington Nationals held off the San Francisco Giants 6-5.

PHOENIX — Aaron Hill had a game-ending single with one out in the 14th inning to give the Arizona Diamondbacks their third straight walk-off win over the Baltimore Orioles, 5-4.



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CHICAGO — Bronson Arroyo seven crisp innings, Todd Frazier homered and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Chicago Cubs 5-0. ROCKIES PADRES

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DENVER — Yorvit Torrealba completed a remarkable double play by tagging out two runners, Jorge De La

JAMBOREES from Page B1 Jamboree. The Knights will take on Camden for a half beginning at 8. Manning will play in the opening game of the Dennis Miller Jamboree of Champions hosted by Marlboro County High at McAlpine Stadium. The Monarchs will play a half against Carvers Bay beginning at 5. Wilson Hall and LMA will play in the first two scrimmages of the 8-team OP Jamboree. LMA will take on Branchville High at 5:30 while the Barons will meet Northwood at 6:45. TSA will face Holly Hill Acad-

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Justin Ruggiano snapped a franchise-worst 0-for-42 slump by hitting a first-inning single against Kansas City, and then added two more hits and drove in a run as the Miami Marlins beat the Royals 5-2.

emy for one half beginning at 7:30 in the 4-team Calhoun Academy Jamboree while Lee Central will meet C.E. Murray for one half starting at 6 in the Lake City Jamboree. The Willie Jeffries Classic will be played at OrangeburgWilkinson High School. Scott’s Branch will face Hunter-Kinard-Tyler for a quarter beginning at 6:05 and will take on Bethune-Bowman for a quarter starting at 6:35. REL will meet Dillon Christian at approximately 8:30 in its scrimmage. Clarendon Hall will play a half against Patrick Henry Academy beginning at 6 in the JDA Jamboree and will then play Andrew Jackson Academy for two quarters immediately following the first scrimmage.

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American League By The Associated Press East Division W L Pct GB Boston 72 49 .595 – Tampa Bay 66 51 .564 4 Baltimore 65 55 .542 6 1/2 New York 62 57 .521 9 Toronto 54 65 .454 17 Central Division W L Pct GB Detroit 70 49 .588 – Cleveland 65 56 .537 6 Kansas City 62 56 .525 71/2 Minnesota 53 65 .449 161/2 Chicago 46 73 .387 24 West Division W L Pct GB Texas 69 51 .575 – Oakland 67 51 .568 1 Seattle 55 63 .466 13 Los Angeles 53 66 .445 15 1/2 Houston 38 80 .322 30 Tuesday’s Games N.Y. Yankees 14, L.A. Angels 7 Boston 4, Toronto 2, 11 innings Seattle 5, Tampa Bay 4 Milwaukee 5, Texas 1 Cleveland 5, Minnesota 2 Chicago White Sox 4, Detroit 3, 11 innings Miami 1, Kansas City 0, 10 innings Arizona 4, Baltimore 3, 11 innings Houston 5, Oakland 4 Wednesday’s Games Cleveland 9, Minnesota 8, 12 innings Detroit 6, Chicago White Sox 4 Miami 5, Kansas City 2 Arizona 5, Baltimore 4, 14 innings N.Y. Yankees 11, L.A. Angels 3 Boston at Toronto, 7:07 p.m. Seattle at Tampa Bay, 7:10 p.m. Milwaukee at Texas, 8:05 p.m. Houston at Oakland, 10:05 p.m. Thursday’s Games L.A. Angels (C.Wilson 12-6) at N.Y. Yankees (P.Hughes 4-11), 1:05 p.m. Houston (Bedard 3-8) at Oakland (Gray 0-1), 3:35 p.m. Boston (Peavy 9-4) at Toronto (Buehrle 8-7), 7:07 p.m. Kansas City (Guthrie 12-8) at Detroit (Ani.Sanchez 107), 7:08 p.m. Seattle (J.Saunders 10-11) at Tampa Bay (Cobb 6-2), 7:10 p.m. Chicago White Sox (Rienzo 0-0) at Minnesota (Pelfrey 4-10), 8:10 p.m. Friday’s Games Kansas City at Detroit, 1:08 p.m., 1st game Colorado at Baltimore, 7:05 p.m. Kansas City at Detroit, 7:08 p.m., 2nd game N.Y. Yankees at Boston, 7:10 p.m. Toronto at Tampa Bay, 7:10 p.m. Seattle at Texas, 8:05 p.m. Chicago White Sox at Minnesota, 8:10 p.m. Cleveland at Oakland, 10:05 p.m. Houston at L.A. Angels, 10:05 p.m. National League By The Associated Press East Division W L Pct GB Atlanta 73 47 .608 – Washington 59 60 .496 13 1/2 New York 54 63 .462 17 1/2 Philadelphia 53 66 .445 19 1/2 Miami 46 73 .387 26 1/2 Central Division W L Pct GB Pittsburgh 70 48 .593 – St. Louis 68 50 .576 2 Cincinnati 68 52 .567 3 Milwaukee 52 67 .437 18 1/2 Chicago 52 68 .433 19 West Division W L Pct GB Los Angeles 69 50 .580 – Arizona 62 57 .521 7

TIGERS from Page B1 then play him,” Swinney said. “But I don’t like to waste guys’ years.” An appreciable amount of freshmen were given a chance last fall — seven lettered, including nickel back Travis Blanks, tailback Zac Brooks and punter Bradley Pinion. But the other nine signees were told to have a seat, and watch on gamedays. Decisions loom on Clemson’s large class of 23 true freshmen in camp. Some will almost certainly play and letter: cornerback Mackensie Alexander, safety/nick-

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57 65 .467 13 1/2 54 65 .454 15 52 67 .437 17 Tuesday’s Games Washington 4, San Francisco 2 Atlanta 3, Philadelphia 1 Cincinnati 6, Chicago Cubs 4, 11 innings Milwaukee 5, Texas 1 Miami 1, Kansas City 0, 10 innings St. Louis 4, Pittsburgh 3, 14 innings San Diego 7, Colorado 5 Arizona 4, Baltimore 3, 11 innings L.A. Dodgers 4, N.Y. Mets 2 Wednesday’s Games Miami 5, Kansas City 2 Cincinnati 5, Chicago Cubs 0 Colorado 4, San Diego 2 Arizona 5, Baltimore 4, 14 innings Washington 6, San Francisco 5 Philadelphia at Atlanta, 7:10 p.m. Milwaukee at Texas, 8:05 p.m. Pittsburgh at St. Louis, 8:15 p.m. N.Y. Mets at L.A. Dodgers, 10:10 p.m. Today’s Games Pittsburgh (A.J.Burnett 5-8) at St. Louis (Lynn 13-6), 1:45 p.m. San Francisco (Vogelsong 2-4) at Washington (Haren 7-11), 4:05 p.m. Cincinnati (Cingrani 5-2) at Milwaukee (Lohse 8-7), 8:10 p.m. N.Y. Mets (Z.Wheeler 5-2) at San Diego (T.Ross 3-5), 10:10 p.m. Friday’s Games St. Louis at Chicago Cubs, 4:05 p.m. Arizona at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m. Colorado at Baltimore, 7:05 p.m. L.A. Dodgers at Philadelphia, 7:05 p.m. San Francisco at Miami, 7:10 p.m. Washington at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m. Cincinnati at Milwaukee, 8:10 p.m. N.Y. Mets at San Diego, 10:10 p.m.

NFL PRESEASON By The Associated Press AMERICAN CONFERENCE East W L T Pct Buffalo 1 0 0 1.000 New England 1 0 0 1.000 Miami 1 1 0 .500 N.Y. Jets 0 1 0 .000 South W L T Pct Houston 1 0 0 1.000 Indianapolis 0 1 0 .000 Jacksonville 0 1 0 .000 Tennessee 0 1 0 .000 North W L T Pct Baltimore 1 0 0 1.000 Cincinnati 1 0 0 1.000 Cleveland 1 0 0 1.000 Pittsburgh 0 1 0 .000 West W L T Pct Denver 1 0 0 1.000 Oakland 1 0 0 1.000 Kansas City 0 1 0 .000 San Diego 0 1 0 .000 NATIONAL CONFERENCE East W L T Pct N.Y. Giants 1 0 0 1.000 Washington 1 0 0 1.000 Dallas 1 1 0 .500 Philadelphia 0 1 0 .000 South W L T Pct Carolina 1 0 0 1.000 New Orleans 1 0 0 1.000 Atlanta 0 1 0 .000 Tampa Bay 0 1 0 .000 North W L T Pct Detroit 1 0 0 1.000 Chicago 0 1 0 .000 Green Bay 0 1 0 .000 Minnesota 0 1 0 .000 West W L T Pct Arizona 1 0 0 1.000 Seattle 1 0 0 1.000 San Francisco 0 1 0 .000 St. Louis 0 1 0 .000 Today’s Games Detroit at Cleveland, 7:30 p.m. Atlanta at Baltimore, 7:30 p.m. Carolina at Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m. San Diego at Chicago, 8 p.m. Friday’s Games Minnesota at Buffalo, 7 p.m. Oakland at New Orleans, 8 p.m. San Francisco at Kansas City, 8 p.m. Tampa Bay at New England, 8 p.m. Saturday’s Games Dallas at Arizona, 4:30 p.m. Tennessee at Cincinnati, 7 p.m. Jacksonville at N.Y. Jets, 7:30 p.m. Green Bay at St. Louis, 8 p.m. Miami at Houston, 8 p.m. Denver at Seattle, 10 p.m. Sunday’s Game Indianapolis at N.Y. Giants, 7 p.m. Monday’s Game Pittsburgh at Washington, 8 p.m.

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WNBA STANDINGS By The Associated Press EASTERN CONFERENCE W L Pct GB Chicago 15 8 .652 – Atlanta 11 8 .579 2 Indiana 11 11 .500 31/2 Washington 11 13 .458 41/2 New York 10 13 .435 5 Connecticut 6 15 .286 8 WESTERN CONFERENCE W L Pct GB Minnesota 17 5 .773 – Los Angeles 17 7 .708 1 Phoenix 12 11 .522 51/2 Seattle 10 12 .455 7 San Antonio 8 15 .348 91/2 Tulsa 7 17 .292 11 Tuesday’s Game Los Angeles 80, Chicago 76 Wednesday’s Games Atlanta at Connecticut, 7 p.m. Indiana at Phoenix, 10 p.m. Today’s Game Chicago at Seattle, 10 p.m.

el back Jayron Kearse, defensive end Shaq Lawson, wide receiver Mike Williams and tight end Jordan Leggett (if his Wednesday knee injury isn’t serious) should be prepared in 2013. Everyone else is either sweating it out, or already know their fate and will wait. “Some guys, we probably have a pretty good feel for right now. We’ve got a few guys we know are going to play, and we got several guys we know we need to redshirt,” Swinney said. “Then we’ve got some bubble guys. Probably this weekend, we’ll get through one more big scrimmage, and Sunday really narrow it down from a staff standpoint with two

weeks to get ready.” Those whose only field time in 2013 will be on scout team shouldn’t be discouraged. Just look to quarterback Tajh Boyd, who had to be counseled by the coaches in 2009 when he was told to wait his turn, and is thankful he did in hindsight. Sometimes, positions of need force players into action; Alexander and Leggett have been in the plans by default all along due to glaring needs at cornerback and tight end. “I’m always conscious of that, but at the end of the day, we’ve got to do what’s best for the team right now,” Swinney said. “If it’s playing a freshman, we’ll play him.”



soccer league through today. The league is open to children ages 4-17 as of Sept. 1, 2013. The fee to register is $30 for 4-year-olds, $35 for 5- to 6-year-olds and $45 for 7- to 17-year-olds. No late registration will be taken. For more information, call the recreation department at (803) 436-2248 or visit www.

The club will meet every Friday at the Quality Inn on Broad Street beginning at 7:15 a.m. There will be a catered breakfast, players of the week, guest speakers, a devotional and a coaches corner. The meeting will conclude by 8:30 a.m. Sponsorship and membership opportunities are available. For more information, contact Lee Glaze at (803) 9680773 or send an email to



The Sumter Pop Warner Football & Cheer Association and Youth Athletics of Sumter is still taking registration for the upcoming season. The football and cheer teams are open to children ages 5-13 years old. The fee is $80 for both football and cheereleading. Registration will run through July 31. The fee for football will cover insurance, ID Badge, use of shoulder pads, use of helmet, use of practice clothes and a mouthpiece. Parents will be responsible for buying game jersey, game pants, cleats, cup, and socks. The fee for cheer will cover insurance, ID badge, use of uniform, use of pom-poms, socks and undergarment. Parents will be responsible for buying shoes. The practice season will run from Aug. 1-30 with the season starting on Aug. 31. For more Information, call (803) 464-8453, (803) 201-4531 (803) 720-6242 or (813) 7869265 or send an email to youthathleticsofsumteryas@

The Sumter County Recreation Department is currently taking registration for its fall soccer league through Aug. 21. The league is open to girls ages 7-13 as of Dec. 31, 2013. The fee to register is $45. No late registration will be taken. A coaches meeting for anyone interested in coaching will be held on Thursday at 6 p.m. at the recreation department located at 155 Haynsworth St. For more information, call the recreation department at (803) 436-2248 or visit www.



The Free Spirit Church League is accepting registration for its fall basketball league through Aug. 30. The league is open to both boys and girls ages 5-12. The registration fee is $10 per player. The season begins on Sept. 7. Space is still available for churches to sponsor teams. The entry fee for teams is $100 and the deadline is Aug. 24. To register a player or enter a team, contact David Glover at (803) 983-1309.

prizes as well as the player closest to the pin and the one with the longest drive. There will also be a $10,000 prize for a hole-in-one. The player’s church will receive $10,000 and the player who makes the hole-in-one will receive $1,000. Tax-deductible sponsorships will be available as well. The level of sponsorships are Presenting Sponsor, $1,500; Friday Evening Dinner Sponsor, $700; Hole-In-One Sponsor, $500; Eagle Sponsor, $400; Birdie Sponsor $300; and Tee Box Sponsor, $100. For more information, call the CGA office at (803) 7732171.


Registration is now open for the Charlie Kubala Memorial Golf Tournament, which is set for Oct. 14 at Beech Creek Golf Club. For more information or to register, go to where online registration and payments are available or call Lt. Lee Monahan (803) 436-2161. CHURCHES CHALLENGE

The Churches Challenge will be held on Saturday, Aug. 24, at Sunset Country Club. The morning flight will have sign-in beginning at 7 a.m. and with tee time at 8. The afternoon flight will have an 11:30 a.m. sign-in with a tee time of 1 p.m. The format will be 4-man Captain’s Choice and teams must have a minimum handicap of 50. Only one player per team may have a handicap of 8 or less. The registration deadline is Friday and the entry fee is $45 per player. The winning team will receive the Christian Golfers’ Association Traveling Trophy to display in its church for the upcoming year. The second- and third-place teams will receive

GORDON from Page B1 “I think a string of top fives and top 10s could get us a top-10 spot in the standings.” That string better start soon. Gordon felt like he had a good car at MIS in June, but his starting position made it harder to avoid trouble. KAHNE STILL ANNOYED

Kasey Kahne was none too pleased after being involved in a wreck at Watkins Glen last weekend. Matt Kenseth, the man who caused it, has apparently reached KAHNE out to Kahne to express his regret. “He texted me, I don’t know, five to eight times apologizing, trying to explain what happened, how he felt really bad about how it happened


The 2nd Annual Par 4 Pets Golf Tournament will be held on Saturday, Sept. 21, at Crystal Lakes Golf Course. The format is 4-man Captain’s Choice with an entry fee of $160 per team or $40 per player. Entry is limited to the first 20 teams. Registration is at 8 a.m. with a shotgun start at 8:30. There will be $5 per mulligan available at registration with a maximum of two per player. The event is a fundraiser for KAT’s Special Kneads small animal shelter. For more information, call Kathy Stafford at (803) 4693906, Julie Wilkins at (803) 9685176, Melissa Brunson at (803) 983-0038, Gail McLeod at (803) 840-4519 or Crystal Lakes manager Mike Ardis at (803) 775-1902. The Sumter County Recreation Department is currently taking registration for its fall

RIVERA from Page B1 Rivera’s Panthers teams are 13-19, including 2-12 in games decided by seven points or less. Still, Rivera said team owner Jerry Richardson is in his corner. The coach said Richardson didn’t issue a playoff ultimatum or tell him he had win a certain number of games to keep his job when the two met after the 2012 season ended. “I don’t feel the pressure, I really don’t, and part of that is because of the support I’ve got from Mr. Richardson and the honesty he showed me,” Rivera said before the team wrapped up training camp at Wofford College. Richardson declined to comment for this story and has never publicly discussed his decision to retain Rivera, whose teams have finished 6-10 and 7-9 in their first two seasons. Those are the same records Bill Belichick complied in his first two years as an NFL coach with the Cleveland Browns.




and all that stuff. I understand and I appreciate the texts,” Kahne said. “At the same time, we’re trying to get in the Chase. It hurts when you get wiped out when you’re minding your own business. It’s happened enough this year that I don’t know what I can do about it, but I definitely am not pleased. It’s really annoying and upsetting.” Emotions are high right now, with only four races remaining before the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. Kahne is in 12th place in the Cup standings, although with two victories he’s in good shape for a wild card if he doesn’t make the top 10. His 34th-place showing at Watkins Glen didn’t help matters, of course. It was the fourth time this season he was taken out by a Joe Gibbs Racing driver, including three times by Kyle Busch, who won Sunday’s race. “Well, just looking at


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the incidents with (Kenseth) and Kyle, we’ve always had conversations after the fact. They’ve explained and felt bad about it. Truthfully, Kyle races me really good all the time. It’s not really on my mind when I’m racing with Kyle,” Kahne said. “Matt has been pretty tough on me a lot this year. He got me there. That’s definitely on my mind. I just kind of see things the way I see it.” KENSETH’S KID

Ross Kenseth, the 20-year-old son of Matt Kenseth, is hoping to make his first start on the ARCA Racing Series on Aug. 25 at Madison (Wis.) International Speedway. That’s just 100 miles from his hometown of Little Chute. “Making my first ARCA start at Madison means a lot to me,” Kenseth said. “It’s a great opportunity to get in a Ken Schrader Racing car. They always have good stuff, especially at short tracks.”

Rivera admits the transition from NFL defensive coordinator to a head coach was much more difficult than he thought it would be. “Sometimes, honestly, it’s a slap in the face,” Rivera said. “It wakes you up. All of sudden, no matter what books you have read or what manuals you may follow, you aren’t prepared for it. At least for me, I don’t believe I was completely prepared to be a head coach as I thought I was.” He said getting to know the players’ strengths and putting together a cohesive coaching staff were two of his toughest challenges. Learning to make game-time decisions on the fly has been another adjustment. However, Rivera may have figured that one out. After the Panthers got off to a rocky 1-6 start last year, Rivera went through a period of self-evaluation looking for areas to improve on as a coach. The one thing he learned during that process — and implemented over the final nine games when the Panthers went 6-3 — was to trust his instincts.


The Sumter County Recreation Department is currently taking registration for its fall baseball league through Aug. 21. The league is open to boys ages 7-14 as of April 30, 2014. The fee to register is $45. No late registration will be taken. A coaches meeting for anyone interested in coaching will be held on Thursday at 6 p.m. at the recreation department located at 155 Haynsworth St. For more information, call the recreation department at (803) 436-2248 or visit www.




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Players who did not practice or wore yellow jerseys: Sutton (sprained foot), James King (foot), Gerald Turner (ankle), Kyle Morini (dislocated elbow), Bruce Ellington (hamstring), Cedrick Cooper (dislocated left elbow), Rory “Busta” Anderson (hamstring), Mike Matulis (shoulder) and Cody Gibson (sprained right knee).


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GARY G. CRUMMELL SUMMERTON — Gary Gudon Crummell, 59, husband of Deloris Harvin Crummell, died Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, at Clarendon Memorial Hospital, Manning, as a result of injuries sustained in a residential CRUMMELL fire. He was born Feb. 15, 1954, in Fayetteville, N.C., a son of the late Albert Rudolph Crummell and Arnetta Phillips Crummell Sanders. He was a graduate of Miami Jackson Senior High School in Miami, Fla., and received an associate degree at Miami Dade College. Gary was employed as a correctional officer for the State of Florida and American Airlines as a crew chief supervisor. He was a member of Mt. Zion AME, where he sang with the men’s choir. Survivors are three daughters, Carmenita (Eric Sr.) Burch of Ocala, Fla., Kimberly Crummell of Miami and Bridgette Sands of Savannah, Ga.; four sons, Antwain (Angie) Stanley of Miramar, Gary (Keisha) Crummell Jr. of Timeberwalk, Fla., and Rodderick Gudon Crummell and Byron Crummell, both of Summerton; three brothers, Alvin (Faye) Crummell Sr., Stephan Sanders Sr. and Christopher Sanders; four sisters, Stacey (Leroy) Williams, Ericka (Reginald Sr.) Hopkins, Carrie (Terrell Sr.) Bush and Juana Muhammed; a cousin like a brother, Andrew (A.J.) Rawls; and 14 grandchildren. The celebratory services for Mr. Crummell will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Historic Mt. Zion AME Church, Summerton, with the Rev. Edward Roberts, pastor, presiding, Dr. Willie J. Higgins, eulogist, the Rev. Mary Hamilton and Minister Carlton Thompson assisting. Burial will follow in the churchyard cemetery. Mr. Crummell will lie in repose one hour prior to service. The family is receiving friends at the home of the late Baby Ray Harvin, 1185 Muldon Circle, Summerton. These services have been entrusted to Samuels Funeral Home LLC of Manning. DELORIS H. CRUMMELL SUMMERTON — Deloris Harvin Crummell, 56, widow of Gary Gudon Crummell, died Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013, at Palmetto Health Richland hospital, Columbia. She was born Dec. 12, 1956, in Summerton, a daughter of the late WilCRUMMELL lie Sr. and Mary “Baby Ray” Oliver Harvin. Deloris attended the public schools of Clarendon County and graduated from Miami Carol City Senior High and received her associate degree at Miami Dade College. She was a member of Mt. Zion AME Church, where she served as chairperson for the communion steward. Survivors are three daughters, Carmenita (Eric Sr.) Burch of Ocala, Fla., Kimberly Crummell of Miami, Fla., and Bridgette Sands of Savannah, Ga.; four sons, Antwain (Angie) Stanley of Miramar, Gary (Keisha) Crummell Jr. of Time-

berwalk, Fla., and Rodderick Crummell and Byron Crummell, both of Summerton; her siblings, Charlie (Nasie Rine) Dukes, Doraetha Mellerson, Rigby (Karen) Dukes Jr., Sammie Dukes, Dorothy Garrett, Genesis (Frank) Richburg, Darlene Richardson, Gwendolyn Jablonski Fraizer and Doris (Robert) Walters; an additional sister-inlaw, Lady Dukes; and 14 grandchildren. The celebratory services for Mrs. Crummell will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Historic Mt. Zion AME Church, Summerton, with the Rev. Edward Roberts, pastor, presiding, Dr. Willie J. Heggins, eulogist, the Rev. Mary Hamilton and Minister Carlton Thompson assisting. Burial will follow in the churchyard cemetery. Mrs. Crummell will lie in repose one hour prior to service. The family is receiving friends at the homestead, 1185 Muldon Circle, Summerton. These services have been entrusted to Samuels Funeral Home LLC of Manning.

LEE ROY JUSTICE Lee Roy Justice, age 82, beloved husband of 60 years to Auguste Klein Justice, died on Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013, at his residence. Born in Gaffney, he was a son of the late Charles Cherry JusJUSTICE tice and Viviann Mathews Justice. Mr. Justice served more than 23 years in the United States Air Force and retired as a senior master sergeant. He was a graduate of the University of South Carolina and earned his MBA with honors. Mr. Justice later worked as a carrier with the Sumter Daily Item for 17 years and served the public as a tax accountant for more than 30 years. He was a member of the Sumter Coin Club, DAV, NCOA and the AFSA. He will be missed by all that knew him and will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend. Surviving in addition to his wife are one son, Mike Justice and his wife, Malinda, of Lexington; one daughter, Sandra A. Strain and her husband, Clyde, of Dalzell; one special sister-in-law, Hildegard Reisgies of Germany; nine grandchildren, Casey, Lindy and Amanda Justice, Brandon Lucia and his wife, Michelle, Shawn Lucia, Christina Alexander, Paul Strain and his wife, Melissa, Julia Kasick and Rochelle Wisseher and her husband, Brian; and eight great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, Mr. Justice was preceded in death by a brother, A.C. Justice. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Bullock Fu-

neral Home Chapel. Interment will follow in Evergreen Memorial Park cemetery with full military honors. Pallbearers will be Ron Fernandez, Chris Lawrence, Mike Lawrence, Brandon Lucia, Shawn Lucia and Tee Shelly. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Bullock Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 128 Stonemark Lane, Columbia, SC 29210 or to Hospice Care of TriCounty, 2560 Tahoe Drive, Sumter, SC 29150. You may sign the family’s guest book at The family has chosen Bullock Funeral Home of Sumter for the arrangements.

CHANDON T. DENNIS Chandon Terrell Dennis, 21, departed this earthly life on Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013, at KershawHealth Medical Center at Camden. Born April 14, 1992, in Sumter County, he was a son of Herbert Jr. and ChristiDENNIS na Williams Dennis. At an early age, Terrell was baptized at Mt. Pisgah Missionary Baptist Church, where he served as an usher and sang with the youth choir. Terrell’s educational journey started in the public schools of Sumter County School District 2 and Richland County School District 2. He was a graduate of Crestwood High School Class of 2010. Terrell was employed at Pilgrim’s Pride as a debone associate. Terrell was a natural comedian and a very down-to-earth person. He enjoyed playing football and received many trophies for baseball and basketball. Terrell leaves to cherish his memories: his loving parents; two brothers, Laquincy and Herbert III; two sisters, Gloria and her husband, Delmar Carter, and Latroya Sadler; grandmother, Gertrude Dennis; one uncle, James and his wife, Patricia Williams; godfather, Sam Belin; godparents, Daniel and Dorothy Baldwin; grandaunts, Angie Gathers, Rose Lee Cousar and Pearl Dennis; granduncles, Eddie Dennis and Leroy Dennis and his wife, Beulah; five nephews, Markell, Laquincy Jr., Daquan, Shamari and Dervin; two nieces, Tierra and Azchenae; a grandniece, Kyra; godbrothers, Dr. Eric Belin and Chris Belin; godsisters, Kiera Choice, Tavonna Imani Robinson and Ollaysia Williams; his Chester, Pa., family; a host of other family, friends, co-workers and

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special brothers. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Charles (Coon) and Sarah (Meter) Williams; his paternal grandparents, Deacon Herbert Sr. and Eliza Dennis; his brother, Charles Markell Dennis; three grandaunts, Louise Herrington, Alberta Dennis and Susie Sanders; one granduncle, Frank Dennis Sr.; and his godmother, Inez S. Belin. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Mt. Pisgah Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. Anthony Taylor Sr., pastor, eulogist, Minister Glenda Miller, presiding, assisted by the Rev. Lorenzo Dinkins, the Rev. Willie Dennis, the Rev. Sharon Boyd and Minister Richard Boone. The family will receive friends and relatives at the home, 3305 Spencer Road, Rembert. The remains will be placed in the church at 1 p.m. The funeral procession will leave from the home at 1:30 p.m. Floral bearers will be cousins, godsisters and friends. Pallbearers will be special brothers and coworkers. Burial will be in Mt. Pisgah Missionary Baptist Churchyard cemetery, Rembert. Online memorial messages may be sent to the family at williamsfuneralhome@ Visit us on the web at Services directed by the management and staff of Williams Funeral Home Inc. of Sumter.

EVELINA J. MONROE BISHOPVILLE — Evelina Jenkins Monroe entered eternal rest on Aug. 6, 2013, in Englewood, N.J. Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. today at the Church of Christ, Bishopville, with Brother Ricky Barr officiating. Burial will follow in the Church of Christ Cemetery, Bishopville. Wilson Funeral Home, 403 S. Main St., Bishopville, is in charge of arrangements. ROBERT T. CLARK Robert T. Clark was born Feb. 14, 1955, in Florence, to Benjamin Clark Sr. and the late Julia Clark. He was the husband of Reatha M. Clark. He departed this life on Aug. 9, 2013, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center. Robert served his country with the United States Marines from 1973 to 1978 and was honorably discharged, ranking as lance corporal. He was employed by Frazier Tires and enjoyed yard work and gardening. He is survived by his wife, Reatha M. Clark; his father, Benjamin Clark Sr.; a stepdaughter, Kenyatta N. McBride; a stepson, Carlton T. McBride; seven sisters, Mary Frances Clark of Brooklyn, N.Y.,

Janette C. Goodman of Dalzell, Barbara C. (Randy) Nash of Birmingham, Ala., Vivian C. (Terry) Clarkson of Marietta, Ga., and Juliette C. Hill, Jackie (Gregg) Vaughn and Shirley Dwyer, all of Sumter; one brother, Benjamin Clark Jr. of Sumter; three grandchildren; two aunts, Louise Davis and Nora Davis of Washington, D.C.; one uncle, Paul Davis of Washington, D.C.; 11 sisters-in-law; two brothers-in-law; father-in-law, George D. Wilder; and a host of other relatives and friends. Public viewing will be held from 2 to 7 p.m. today at Job’s Mortuary. The body will be placed in the church at 2 p.m. Friday for viewing until the hour of service. Funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. Friday at Salem Chapel and Heritage Center, 101 S. Salem Ave., Sumter, with the Rev. James H. Murray officiating. Interment will follow in Mayesville Community Cemetery, Mayesville. The family is receiving friends at 855 Webb St., Sumter. Job’s Mortuary Inc., 312 S. Main St., Sumter, is in charge of arrangements. Online memorials may be sent to the family at jobsmortuary@sc. or visit us on the web at

DAISY ANN VAZ Daisy Ann Green Vaz was born April 4, 1943, in Sumter, to the late Samuel and Rosa Howard Green. She departed this life on Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center. She was educated at St. Jude Catholic School and graduated from Lincoln High School with the Class of 1961. Daisy was a warm, loving, and caring person. She was baptized and confirmed into a strong Christian at St. Jude Catholic Church. Daisy was a devoted employee at Campbell Soup Co. in Sumter. Precious memories will be cherished by her companion, Bobby Pringle; two daughters, Charlotte St. Amant and Cassandra St. Amant; two grandchildren of California; three sisters, Annette Cook of Sumter, Susan (Robert) Carter of Columbia and Lorrine (Daniel) Lawson of Fayetteville, N.C.; two brothers, George Green of Sumter and Bennie Green of Florida; and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. Public viewing will be held from 2 to 7 p.m. today at Job’s Mortuary. The body will be placed in the church at 11 a.m. Friday for viewing until the hour of service. Funeral service will be held at noon Friday at St. Jude Catholic Church, 611 W. Oakland Ave., Sumter. Interment will follow in Walker Cemetery.


The family is receiving friends at 614 W. Oakland Ave., Sumter. Job’s Mortuary Inc., 312 S. Main St., Sumter, is in charge of arrangements. Online memorials may be sent to the family at jobsmortuary@sc. or visit us on the web at

MARY W. WILLIS MANNING — Mary W. Willis, 82, widow of Walter Willis, died Aug. 14, 2013, at her residence, 532 Woodlawn Drive, Manning. She was born June 27, 1921, in Waverly Hall, Ga., a daughter of the late Charlie and Susie Walton Willis. Final funeral arrangements will be made by Sconiers Funeral Home, 836 5th Ave., Columbus, GA 31901. Local arrangements have been entrusted to Samuels Funeral Home LLC of Manning. SEDA REINHARDT GABLE — Seda Harrison Reardon Reinhardt, 90, widow of Ernest Reardon and wife of Roy Reinhardt, died Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, at her residence, 12519 U.S. 301, Gable. She was born Oct. 19, 1922, in Turbeville, a daughter of the late Hobe Harrison and Elizabeth “Lizzie” Player Harrison Oliver. The family is receiving friends at the Reardon homestead, 1439 Turtle Lane, New Zion. These services have been entrusted to Samuels Funeral Home LLC of Manning. KAREN B. WOOD AUGUSTA, Ga. — Karen Bailey Wood, 59, died Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013, at her home. Born in Barnwell, she was a daughter of the late Willie Myers Beard and Bessie Beard. She was a graduate of the USC Aiken Nursing School. Survivors include three children, Brandy Docherty and her husband, Al Dochety Jr., of Sumter, Bridgett Andersch and her husband, Schoen, of Billings, Mont., and John Henry Wood III of Aiken; grandchildren, Brandon Lee Docherty, Landon Shay Docherty, Alex Mills Docherty, Jimmy Osteen, David Osteen and Harly Osteen; five sisters, Jewel Beard Grissin, Cora Beard Ison, Nancy Crumpton, Ruth Holcombe and Cathy Covany; a brother, Wayne Beard; and nieces, Trina Johnston, Jessica Harrison and Natasha Cook. She was preceded in death by a sister, Jeanette Beard Black. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Friday in the ElmoreCannon-Stephens Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. Ron Taylor officiating. Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home and Crematorium of Sumter is in charge of the arrangements.

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Summons & Notice

Summons & Notice


The original Lis Pendens, Summons, Complaint and Order for Appointment of Guardian ad litem nisi were filed in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Sumter County on May 30, 2012.

IN THE PROBATE COURT THIRD JUDICAL CIRCUIT Docket No.: 2013-ES-43-311 Estate of Thomas Sanders


Frank D. Sanders, Petitioner, TO: HEIRS OF THE DECEDENT: You are hereby summoned and required to Answer the Petition in this action, a copy of which is herewith served upon you, and to serve a copy of your Answer to the said petition on the Petitioner, or his attorney, Kenneth R. Young, Jr., within thirty (30) days after the service thereof, exclusive of the day of such service; and if you fail to answer to the said Petition within the time aforesaid, the Petitioner will apply to the Court for a default judgment granting the relief demanded in the said Petition. TO: HEIRS OF THE DECEDENT:

Bid Notices BID SOLICITATION LEE COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT is interested in receiving sealed bids on carpeting at Lower Lee Elementary School. The price per unit for this project must be good for 1 year to use for other carpet projects in the district. There will be a Pre-Bid meeting at Lower Lee Elementary at 5142 St. Charles Road in Lee County at 9:00 a.m. on August 20, 2013. Sealed bids will be opened at 9:00 a.m. August 30, 2013 at the Lee County School District Office at 521 Park Street in Bishopville, SC. All questions concerning this bid should be directed to Dennis Bolen at 803-316-1969.

Summons & Notice SUMMONS AND NOTICE OF FILING OF COMPLAINT AND NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE INTERVENTION (NON-JURY MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE) DEFICIENCY WAIVED IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS C/A NO: 2013-CP-43-01002 STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF SUMTER United States of America acting through the Rural Housing Service f/k/a Farmers Home Administration or successor agency, United States Department of Agriculture, PLAINTIFF, vs. Melvin J. Bennett, and Guardian Builders, Inc., DEFENDANT(S). F13-01126 TO THE DEFENDANTS, ABOVE NAMED: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and required to answer the Complaint in the above entitled action, a copy of which is herewith served upon you, and to serve a copy of your answer upon the undersigned at their office, 1300 Pickens Street, Columbia, South Carolina, within thirty (30) days after service hereof upon you, exclusive of the day of such service, and if you fail to answer the Complaint within the time aforesaid or otherwise appear and defend, the Plaintiff, in this action will apply to the Court for the relief demanded in the Complaint, and judgment by default will be rendered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the original Complaint in the above entitled action was filed in the office of the Clerk of Court for Sumter County on June 11, 2013.

NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE INTERVENTION PLEASE TAKE NOTICE THAT pursuant to the South Carolina Supreme Court Administrative Order 2011-05-02-01, (hereinafter "Order"), you may have a right to Foreclosure Intervention. To be considered for any available Foreclosure Intervention, you may communicate with and otherwise deal with the Plaintiff through its law firm, KORN LAW FIRM, P.A., P. O. Box 11264, 1300 Pickens Street, Columbia, SC 29201 or call (803) 252-5817. KORN LAW FIRM, P.A., represents the Plaintiff in this action and does not represent you. Under our ethical rules, we are prohibited from giving you any legal advice. You must submit any requests for Foreclosure Intervention consideration within 30 days from the date of this Notice. IF YOU FAIL, REFUSE, OR VOLUNTARILY ELECT NOT TO PARTICIPATE IN FORECLOSURE INTERVENTION, Y O U R M O R T G A G E COMPANY/AGENT MAY PROCEED WITH A FORECLOSURE ACTION. If you have already pursued loss mitigation with the Plaintiff, this Notice does not guarantee the availability of loss mitigation options or further review of your qualifications. THIS IS AN ATTEMPT TO COLLECT A DEBT AND ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. THIS COMMUNICATION IS FROM A DEBT COLLECTOR. KORN LAW FIRM, P.A. P.O. Box 11264 1300 Pickens Street Columbia, South Carolina 29211-1264 MICHAL KALWAJTYS Attorneys for Plaintiff

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the original Petition to Establish Heirs and the Order for Publication in the above captioned matter were filed in the Probate Court for Sumter County, South Carolina, the object and prayer of which is an action to establish heirs of the decedent and other related relief as set forth in the Complaint Kenneth R. Young, Jr. Attorney for Petitioner 23 West Calhoun Street Sumter, SC 29150 803 773-4371


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that an action has been commenced and is pending or is about to be commenced in the Court of Common Pleas by the above-named Plaintiff, against the above-named Defendants, to quiet title and partition on the following described real property: Two tracts of land, a ten (10) acre tract bearing tax parcel number 101-00-04-010 and old tax parcel # XO6-A-12 located in Middleton Township and depicted in the tax map attached hereto as Exhibit A, AND a 22.86 acre tract bearing tax parcel number 101-00-04-011 and old tax parcel #XO6-A-14 located in Middleton Township and depicted in tax map attached hereto as Exhibit A. Reference is made to that 15 acre tract conveyed to John Bracey on January 27, 1882 in deed XX-598.

Richard C. Jones Attorney for Plaintiff Post Office Box 1268 - 5 Law Range Sumter, South Carolina 29151 803-773-8676 February 12, 2013






YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and required to answer the Second Amended Complaint herein, a copy of which is herewith served upon you, or otherwise appear and defend, and to serve a copy of your Answer to said Amended Complaint upon the subscriber at his office, 5 Law Range, Post Office Box 1268, Sumter, South Carolina, 29151-1268, within thirty (30) days after service hereof, exclusive of the day of such service, and if you fail to answer the Second Amended Complaint within the time aforesaid, or otherwise appear and defend, the Plaintiff in this action will apply to the Court for the relief demanded therein, and judgment by default will be rendered against you for the relief demanded in the Second Amended Complaint. If you fail to answer the Complaint within the time aforesaid, not less than ten (10) days after the time for answering has elapsed, Plaintiff will apply for a hearing before the Master for Sumter County, which hearing shall be held to obtain a final order and judgment of all issues in this action, whether a matter of fact or law, or both; and said hearing shall be held before The Honorable Richard L. Booth, Master-in-Equity for Sumter County, or any successor Master-in-Equity for Sumter County, who shall enter final judgment. TO ALL OF TE ABOVE NAMED DEFENDANTS, INCLUSIVE OF ALL PERSONS UNKNOWN CLAIMING ANY RIGHT, TITLE, ESTATE, INTEREST IN OR LIEN UPON THE REAL ESTATE DESCRIBED IN THE COMPLAINT, INCLUSIVE OF SUCH PERSONS WHETHER INFANTS OR UNDER OTHER LEGAL DISABILITY, AND IN THE CASE OF INFANTS UNDER THE AGE OF FOURTEEN (14) YEARS OR PERSONS MENTALLY INCOMPETENT, TO THEIR PARENTS OR THE PERSONS WITH WHOM THEY RESIDE, OR THEIR CONSERVATOR, IF THEY HAVE ONE,

TAKE NOTICE That unless you apply for the appointment of a Guardian ad litem within thirty (30) days after the service of this notice upon you, exclusive of the date of service, application will be made in your behalf by the Plaintiff in this action for the appointment of a Guardian ad litem to represent your interest in said action. That Michael M. Jordan, Esquire, 10 Law Range, Sumter, South Carolina 29150, has been appointed as Guardian ad litem nisi for all Defendants impleaded herein who may be infants or others under legal disability.


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


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Flat bed driver needed to make sod deliveries. 1 yr driving exp & clean driving record. Drug test and background check required. Applicant must have good communication and customer service skills. Benefits include medical insurance, dental, paid vacation, and holidays. Apply in person at 6756 Paxville Hwy, Manning, SC or email resume to bhornsby Experienced Pet Groomer needed. Must have own tools. Call Tim at (803)473-0549 or (803)435-0199 for appointment. Small Construction Company seeks office manager, Must be experienced in AR/AP, Payroll. Excellent computer skills a must. Benefits package. Send resume to Box 332 c//o The Item, PO Box 1677 Sumter SC 29151 Local Dealership is seeking a Car Washer/Lot clean-up person. Must at least 18 years of age & Valid Driver's license. Please send all responses to P-Box 327 c/o The Item, PO Box 1677 Sumter SC 29151 Exp. Auto Tech needed IMMEDIATELY. Must have tools, driver's license & work experience. Apply in person 601 Broad St. The SC Army National Guard wants High School Juniors, Seniors, Grads and GED holders, and Prior Service! Ask about college tuition. Receive paid technical training and more while serving your Country and Community on a part-time basis. Call now for this great opportunity! SFC Jeffrey Hudson 803-427-3104 SSG Lorraine Lordy 803-360-1979 Salon Owner is seeking License Stylists or Barbers. 803-316-8031, 803-883-4639.

CT Scan Tech needed Part/Full time. Fax resume to 803 403-8483.

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Statewide Employment COLONIAL LIFE is seeking business to business sales representatives and managers to market insurance products and services. Commissions average $56K +/yr. Training & leads. Call Elisabeth at 803-391-5536. Experienced OTR Flatbed Drivers earn 50 up to 55 cpm loaded. $1000 sign on to Qualified drivers. Home most weekends. Call: 843-266-3731 / www.bulldoghiwa EOE Solo & Teams. Priority Dispatch. Consistent Miles. Established Routes. No Touch Freight/Hazmat CDL A w/ 1 yr. OTR exp. Food Grade Tanker 855-IRT-TANK ww SUPERIOR TRANSPORTATION OTR Drivers needed 2 yrs Flatbed or Stepdeck & Class-A CDL GUARANTEED SALARY + EXTRA PAY FOR WEEKENDS! Good benefits. All Equipment provided. Call Craig 800-736-9486 Ext. 266 ATTENTION REGIONAL & DEDICATED DRIVERS! Averitt offers Excellent Benefits & Hometime. CDL-A req. 888-362-8608, Recent Grads w/a CDL-A 1-5/wks Paid Training. Apply online at Equal Opportunity Employer WE NEED DRIVERS!! Immediate openings. OTR drivers, minimum 1 yr. OTR experience. Late model conventional tractors/48' flatbed trailers. Top pay, insurance. Home most weekends. Senn Freight 1-800-477-0792. Experienced Drivers - Excellent Regional Runs! Great Home Time & Benefits! Competitive Weekly Pay & Late Model Equipment. Arnold Transportation www.drivea 888-742-8056 Drivers - HIRING EXPERIENCED / INEXPERIENCED TANKER DRIVERS! Earn up to $.51 per Mile! New Fleet Volvo Tractors! 1 Year OTR Exp. Req. - Tanker Training Available. Call Today: 877-882-6537 www.OakleyTransp





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AIRLINE CAREERS begin here Get trained as FAA certified Aviation Technician. Housing and Financial aid for qualified students. Job placement assistance. Call Aviation Institute of Maintenance 866-367-2513. CDL-A Drivers & Teams: Up to $5,000 Sign-on Bonus. Southeast Dedicated Lanes! Home Weekends. Great Pay. BCBS Benefits. Join Super Service! 888-662-8732 CDL-A Drivers: Hiring experienced company drivers and owner operators. Solo and teams. Competitive pay package. Sign-on incentives. Call 888-705-3217 or apply online at www.drivenctrans. com

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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

Manning, FSBO 3BR, 2 1/5BA, 2900+ sq ft, In town. Updated kitchen. Open floor plan. Lg Bedrooms $210,000 Call (803)460-7161

Manufactured Housing 4 Bedroom starting at $39,900. Call 803-796-5356 3 - 2 Br MH's rented out in Windsor MHP. $18,000 OBO. Profit $600 mo. Call 469-6978.

2BR 2.5BA Townhouse with bonus room, garage washer/dryer hook up, kit appliances incl. on Dartmouth Dr $850 Mo/Dep. Call 803 934-0434 Sumter: Houses for rent $550/$575 Call 239-293-5124

Unfurnished Homes 2 & 3 Br apartments and houses available in Sumter Area. $350 per month with $25 key deposit only. Call 773-8402 for info. Church Branch area Lake View Home for Rent 3 Bed, 2 Bath, garage, fenced yard. Quiet neighborhood with boat landing. No Smoking / no indoor pets. $725/mo + $725 deposit. Call for appt. 843-549-0133 598 Dicks 2BR 1BA C/H/A $400 MO/Dep Please call for appt. 803 481-4013

Mobile Home Rentals For Sale, 4Bed/2Bath, Land, $325/mo. 803-494-5090 2 & 3 BR units avail. Water, sewer, stove/frig., C/H/A, Rent Starts $475/mo. 803-773-2588 No Sec. 8 & No pets

Must Sell! 310 Enter St. off Hwy 521 S. & Mooneyham Rd. 3 Br, 2 Ba, with great room & brick underpinning. Excellent condition. Drastically reduced to $39,900! Please call 468-6029. Abandoned Doublewide Call 803-796-5356 LOW CREDIT SCORE? Been turned down for bad credit? Come try us, we do our own financing. We have 2-3-4-5 bedroom homes on our lot. Layaway program available. For more information, call 843-389-4215.

Land & Lots for Sale Minutes from Walmart/Shaw, 1 acre, utilities, $5,500. 888-774-5720.


American MHP, 2 & 3/BRs, lot rentals, water/sewer/garbage pkup inc'd. Sec. 8 ok. 803-494-4300.

Oaklawn MHP: 2 BR M.H.'s, water/sewer/garbage pk-up incl'd. RV parking avail. Call 494-8350

STATEBURG COURTYARD 2 & 3 BRs 803-494-4015

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Boats / Motors Like New 2 Man Sneak Boat & Trailer with Fish Finder and Boat Cover. $2,700. Call 803-495-4904 after 6PM.

Campers / RV's/ Motorhomes 2011 Ultra-lite 32' camper. Elec slideout, AC, heat, sleeps 8. Exc cond. $17,900. 803-481-8301


Mopeds / ATVs / Motorcycles 2003 Honda VTX 1800, Red. King-Queen Mustang Seat. New Battery & Tires, Low Millage, $4,200.00 Call. 803-236-3797. 2003 Yamaha V Star 1100 8500 miles looks & runs new. Black/chrome. $3500 Call (803)478-3939

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Beach Forest 1785 Titanic Ct. Custom Built Quality Home.

Property overlooks pond & community clubhouse/pool. 4BR w/maple hardwood floors, 3 full BA w/ceramic tile. Solid maple 42" kitchen cabinetry w/Charleston Style concrete countertops. Oversize 2 car garage. Reduced $219,000. Call 803-968-1187. Brokers accepted at 3%. Details & photos @ /23945649 & www.militarybyowner .com/MBO 264616

FOR SALE: 2 bd, house 1 reg ba, 1 new ba suite. Quite neighborhood near 2nd mill pond, Sumter $67,000 Call: (803)236-9445 or, (803)983-2966, or (803)460-3035 10 Heather Court, 4BR/2BA, 1894 sq ft. $139,900. Walking distance to Memorial Stadium & Sunset Country Club. Updated kitchen, Stainless steel appliances (All appliances stay). Many more upgrades. Must see to appreciate. Call Dana @ 803-983-1174. Also listed on Investment Properties 1250 Coffey St. 3 br, 1 ba brick home. $45,900. 131 A-B Highland Ave. Duplex, $40,000. 202-206 Montreat St. Brick Triplex, $40,000. 206-208 Dixie Duplex, $35,000. With tenants. Quick sale! 316-8105.

Autos For Sale

2007 Explorer Eddie Bauer Fully loaded, Black w/tan leather int. V8 6CD changer, DVD, pwr 3rd row seats, towing pckg., rear AC, chrome wheels, running boards, heated seats, pwr front seats, memory seats, aux. jack, rear parking aide, pwr sun roof, 89k mi. $14,800 Call 803 968-6098 2009 Toyota Camry, Silver Exc condition, stereo, cd, pwr windows & locks, 63k Miles Must See $14,495 803 494-4409 or 803 840-6707 1983 Oldsmobile Delta 88 2DR. Runs good, needs minor repairs. Good condition. $900 OBRO. Call 803-847-9589

Autos For Sale

R& R Motors 3277 Broad Street Sumter, 803-494-2886 2005 PT Cruiser Convert $6995 2006 Chevy Malibu $ 5995 2003 Honda Element $7900 2008 Mazda 6 $8900 2006 Toyota Camry $8900 2005 Chrysler 300 $11,900 2007 Nissan Murano $12,900

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August 15, 2013