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BY RAYTEVIA EVANS Shaw Air Force Base swiftly removed its Nativity scene from its base Friday after an undisclosed number of airmen were troubled with the scene and notified the Military Religious Freedom Foundation. The Nativity display was removed — only about an hour before the base hosted its tree lighting ceremony, said Lt. Keavy Rake, public affairs officer for Shaw Air Force Base. Rake explained that volunteers from Shaw Chapel erected the Nativity scene near Memorial Lake after first sending out emails asking others about putting up different religious representations. After receiving no offers on erecting other displays, the volunteers proceeded with putting up the Nativity scene. The base didn’t receive direct complaints about the Nativity scene display from its service members, Rake said. Officials on base first learned of concerns when they received a phone call from Mikey Weinstein, president and founder of MRFF. Rake said the display was a violation of Air Force legal policy, and the base was informed by their headquarters in Washington, D.C., that they had to take it down. SEE NATIVITY, PAGE A5

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Despite chilling temperatures, rain and wind, hundreds of Sumterites poured into downtown Sumter on Sunday to enjoy christmas parade presented by the Evening Optimist Club of Sumter. Though many of the participants backed out because of weather, visitors still had plenty to look at as dozens of floats rolled down Main Street during the parade. PHOTOS BY BRADEN BUNCH / THE ITEM

Massacre fresh in minds of local school district BY RAYTEVIA EVANS Although it only seems like yesterday, Dec. 14 will mark one year since 20 children and six adults were shot and killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. While our nation’s leaders revisited the debate about gun control, U.S. citizens were filled with shock, grief and concern. The Sandy Hook tragedy brought back to the forefront the issue of mass shootings, controversy over background checks and gun laws and the best practices to better protect our youth. For the safety of students, faculty and staff, Sumter School District annually assesses the safety procedures of the county’s schools, said spokeswoman Shelly Galloway. But the mass shooting at Sandy Hook last year definitely caused the county to take an even closer look at their safety procedures, Galloway explained. “Our security plans were developed in accordance with state and federal best practices SEE SANDY HOOK, PAGE A5

Sharp family donates $15K to Fireside BY JACK OSTEEN To say Glen Sharp was a generous man when it came to giving back to the Sumter community through the years would be an understatement. It seems his legacy has rubbed off on his imme-

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diate family as well. Last week, the family made a $15,000 donation to the Fireside Fund in honor of Sharp.

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“He had a capacity for helping others, so this is in his honor,� daughters Elise and Esther said in a statement to The Item.

This gift, along with another solid week of donations, will aid in helping many families in need. Salvation Army Social Worker Pamela Lassiter said she helped almost 100 families already this season and is booked SEE FIRESIDE, PAGE A10



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Gallery of Art will present talk by artist Thursday The Sumter County Gallery of Art, 200 Hasell St. in the Sumter County Cultural Center, will present a talk Thursday by artist Lori Larusso, whose exhibition Homefront is currently in the gallery. Light refreshments will be served at the 6 to 7:30 p.m. event. Admission is free. Call (803) 775-0543 for more information.

Genealogical society members to share research tips The next membership meeting of the Sumter County Genealogical Society will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Monday at Swan Lake Presbyterian Church, 912 Haynsworth St. It is the society’s tradition for members and visitors to share their genealogy stories and methods for conducting research. In addition, board members for 2014 will be installed. The Society meets monthly from September through May. Visitors are welcome and encouraged to attend. Admission is free to the public, and refreshments are served following each presentation. For more information, call the society’s research center at (803) 774-3901.

Get insurance discount with Refresher Driver Safety Course AARP will hold a four-hour Refresher Driver Safety Course from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 20, at The Shepherd’s Center, 24 Council St. After the class, participants will receive a certificate for a discount on auto insurance good for three years. The cost is $12 for AARP members and $14 for others. Class size is limited to 15. Call (803) 773-1944 to register.

USC economists say jobs, income will grow in 2014 COLUMBIA — South Carolina’s economy is expanding and will continue to grow in 2014, barring major changes in the U.S. Federal Reserve’s massive economic stimulus program, according to a report released Monday by University of South Carolina economists. Business school economists Douglas Woodward and Joseph Von Nessen expect job growth — the single-best economic indicator — to increase by 1.7 percent in South Carolina during 2014. “We’ve now recovered to the point that some areas of the state have achieved pre-recession employment levels,” Von Nessen said in a release. “Make no mistake, South Carolina’s economy is expanding.”



The name of R. Powell Black was inadvertently omitted in a Sunday, Dec. 8, editorial listing previous Sumter city managers. We regret the omission. A local brief in Saturday’s edition listed the wrong city of residence for a woman who died in a traffic collision early Friday in Clarendon County. Johanna Maria Hatter’s address is listed as in the 9300 block of Sumter Highway in Alcolu, according to records obtained by the Clarendon County Coroner’s Office.

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The Sumter County Sheriff’s Office is asking the community and surrounding areas to lend a helping hand this holiday season. The sheriff’s office is organizing donations for the Toys for Tots program to help bring a happy Christmas to underprivileged children in the county. According to Sheriff Anthony Dennis, the sheriff’s office is trying to give away 100 bicycles. Walmart Su-

percenter on Broad Street has partnered with the sheriff’s office, and they have offered to assist the law enforcement agency with their efforts this year. “To assist us with our goal, we are asking each of our friends in the Sumter community and surrounding areas to support our event and consider purchasing a bicycle from this Walmart Supercenter location,” Dennis wrote in a recent letter to the community. To prevent confusion,

Walmart is asking those interested in donating to first pick out the bicycle and then take it to the store’s photo center to make the payment. Then leave the bicycle at Walmart, and the sheriff’s office will arrange pick up for the bicycles. If interested in donating, bikes can be purchased at Walmart until Dec. 23. “Our ultimate goal is to bring a happy Christmas to underprivileged children, along with a message of hope to inspire them to ultimately grow to become re-

sponsible adult members of society who are both productive and patriotic.” The sheriff’s office will accept other forms of donations as well. To make a contribution, community members can deliver it to the sheriff’s office located at 1281 N. Main St. or give them a call and they’ll arrange a pick up time for the item(s). For more information on the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office’s Toys for Tots program, call (803) 436-2000 or visit

‘Our history is in their roots’ Historically significant trees at Memorial Park dedicated during event BY IVY MOORE The city of Sumter, the Azalea Garden Club and the Heart of Sumter Association on Friday joined to observe Arbor Day and a Historic Trees for Historic Places Special Tree Identification Ceremony. The celebration of trees comprised the dedication of five historically significant trees growing in Memorial Park 5 DEDICATED and the planting HISTORIC TREES of a young sapling oak by the Ginkgo — a male specicity. men on the Park Avenue Betty Reese, side, selected because Sumter is home to world’s president of the largest ginkgo-growing Azalea Garden operation in the world, Club, introduced and ginkgos are unique the program by and ancient emphasizing the Japanese maple — west side of gazebo, unimportance of usually large and beautiful trees and the Japanese evergreen purpose of Hisoak — beside the Japatoric Trees for nese maple, a stand of the Historic Places, rare species selected by Julia Lester Dillon “who the major project had a penchant for rare of The Garden trees” Club of South Post oak — several are Carolina Inc. The in the park; well over 100 club seeks to years old, likely pre-date Memorial Park unite club memCaucasian wingnut — bers and others southeast corner of the “to join hands park, native to the Caucaand resources to sus and the only known save our historic specimen of this tree in the Southeast, planted by properties, trees Dillon and heritage plantings.” “Our history is in their roots,” Reese declared before introducing Claudia Rainey, coordinator for the event and research specialist. Rainey gave a brief history of Julia Lester Dillon’s role in landscaping Memorial Park, which is dedicated to 22 of


City of Sumter arborist Brock McDaniel, center, and other city workers plant an oak sapling in Memorial Park during Arbor Day ceremonies at Memorial Park on Friday.

Sumter’s military members who died in World War I. A landscape architect at a time when few women pursued that career, Dillon was hired by the city in 1920, and she selected many of the trees still growing in the park. She was also the only female to hold the title of city landscape architect and soon became Superintendent of Parks and Trees, Rainey said, noting that “During her tenure, she planted hundreds of street trees. In addition, not a tree could be taken

down without her approval.” Rainey announced the five trees selected for dedication, each marked with a plaque provided by the Azalea Garden Club, and the reasons for their selection. Mayor Joseph T. McElveen officially proclaimed Dec. 6 Arbor Day in Sumter and spoke about the city’s ongoing “commitment to beautifying Sumter, building more parks and making Sumter more ‘bikeable,’ walkable and sustainable.”

Teacher Forum encourages blood donations BY RAYTEVIA EVANS The Sumter School District Teacher Forum is encouraging the community to save a life this holiday season. The organization will sponsor a blood drive at Alice Drive Middle School from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. The blood drive will be held in the school’s multi-purpose room. To schedule an appointment to give blood, call Assistant Principal Trevor Ivey at (803) 316-7849. Ivey said the organiza-

tion’s goal this year is to have 100 people donate blood. Superintendent Dr. Frank Baker has also challenged the Teacher of the Year at each school to find five people to donate on Sunday to help with the Teacher Forum’s efforts. Ivey said the organization prefers donors sign up and set an appointment in advance. However, they will be accepting walk-ins during the blood drive. The Teacher Forum is made up of current and immediate past Campus Teachers of the Year. The purpose

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of the organization is to recognize the district and Campus Teachers of the Year, develop teacher leadership among the group, to give teachers a voice in educational issues and to impact the professional development of other teachers across the district by encouraging its members to facilitate the development of leadership skills among their peers. This year, the Teacher Forum will focus on improving the professional environment through teacher leadership and administrative

collaboration, political action and community advocacy and developing professional learning communities. The areas of focus were selected by the Leadership Council of the Forum, explained Shelly Galloway, Teacher Forum member, in a recent email. In the past the members of the Teacher Forum have collected more than 1,300 coats for The Salvation Army and stuffed a bus full of stuffed bears and school supplies for the Hurricane Sandy victims.

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Big tech companies lash out at government snooping WASHINGTON (AP) — Silicon Valley is escalating pressure on President Obama to curb the U.S. government surveillance programs that vacuum personal information off the Internet and threaten the technology industry’s financial livelihood. A coalition that includes Google, Apple, Yahoo, Facebook and Microsoft lashed out in an open letter printed Monday in major newspapers and a new website, http://reformgovernmentsurveillance. com. The crusade united eight companies that often compete fiercely against each other but now find themselves banding together to limit the potential damage from revelations about the National Security Agency’s snooping on Web surfers. Twitter Inc., LinkedIn Corp.

and AOL Inc. joined Google Inc., Apple Inc., Yahoo Inc., Facebook Inc. and Microsoft Corp. in the push for tighter controls over electronic espionage. The group is immersed in the lives of just about everyone who uses the Internet or a computing device. As the companies’ services and products have become more deeply ingrained in society, they have become integral cogs in the economy. Their prosperity also provides them with the cash to pay for lobbyists and fund campaign contributions that sway public policy. Monday’s public relations offensive is a by-product of documents leaked over the past six months by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. The records reveal that the NSA has been obtaining emails and other personal

data from major tech companies under secret court orders for the past five years and scooping up other data through unauthorized hacking into data centers. Silicon Valley has been fighting back in the courts and in Congress as they seek reforms that would allow them to disclose more information about secret court orders. Several of the companies are also introducing more encryption technology to shield their users’ data from government spies and other prying eyes. Monday’s letter and the new anti-snooping website represent the technology industry’s latest salvo in an attempt to counter any perception that they voluntarily give the government access to users’ email and other sensitive information.


Hundreds of fans funnel hot air from the computer servers into a cooling unit to be recirculated at a Google data center in Mayes County, Okla. The green lights are the server status LEDs reflecting from the front of the servers. Eight major technology companies, including Google, Facebook and Twitter, have joined forces to call for tighter controls on government surveillance, issuing an open letter Monday to President Obama arguing for reforms in the way the U.S. snoops on people.


Omar Jonathan Savon, 27, of 1180 Warwick Drive, was charged with first-degree burglary following an incident that reportedly took place about 4:30 a.m. Saturday in the 1300 block of Warwick Drive. According to the report, a witness said the suspect broke into the home damaging door frames on both the outer and inner garage doors, causing about $1,500 in damage. Anthony Peterson, 61, of 1110 Lauren St., was charged with public disorderly conduct at 1:55 p.m. Friday in the first block of North Washington Street. When Peterson walked up to officers to ask di-


rections toward Broad Street, the officers noticed the odor of alcohol coming from Peterson, slurred speech and the inability to keep his balance. When asked if he had been drinking, Peterson replied “yes.� When officers told Peterson that he would need to call for a ride, he responded loudly and aggressively. Peterson was asked to calm down three times, and after refusing, he was arrested and sent to Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center. AGGRAVATED ASSAULT:

At 6:30 p.m. Friday, officers responded to the 200 block of East Charlotte Avenue to find that a 16-year-old as-

saulted his stepfather. According to the victim, the suspect went to his stepfather’s house to ask for money. While in the living room, the juvenile attempted to punch his stepfather in the face. As the victim turned away, the juvenile pulled a revolver from his trousers and hit his stepfather in the crown with the butt of the gun. The suspect then exited the house onto the front yard and fired a round into the air. When the officers arrived on the scene, the suspect had fled. The victim refused EMS treatment. At 9:46 p.m. Friday, officers responded to the 1000 block of North Lafayette Drive to find a woman laying on the

sidewalk with towels covering her head and a pool of blood next to her. The victim’s children reportedly witnessed the incident and told the officers that their mother and a 38-year-old man were arguing in the upstairs bathroom. The victim, who lives with suspect, told him that she was going to evict him, to which the suspect reportedly responded by pushing her to the ground. He then reportedly got on top of the victim and punched her in the face six times. When the children attempted to get between the victim and the suspect, he grabbed an unopened tin can from a nearby drawer and assaulted the victim with it, causing a cut on the right

side of her head. The suspect then fled the residence. EMS took the victim to Tuomey Regional Medical Center for medical treatment. Police searched the surrounding area for the suspect, but were unsuccessful in locating him.

snips, a pair of green snips, two Craftsman ratchets and one carpet steamer. About $1,035 worth of shingles were reported stolen from the 2000 block of McCrays Mill Road about 1:30 p.m. Friday.



The following items valued at a total of $6,500 were reported stolen from a vehicle parked in the 2000 block of South U.S. 15 about 4 p.m. Friday: a Ridgid Tie Down machine, a crimper, a Milwaukee saw, a Makita saw, seven Big Red 12ton bottle jacks, two DeWalt drills, an additional drill, an air-roofing gun, five hammers, a Kobalt socket set, a pair of red

A black 1996 Honda Accord sustained an estimated $3,000 in damage while parked in the second block of Murphy Street about 10:30 a.m. Saturday. The front door and the wall of a business in the 1000 block of West Avenue South, Pinewood, reportedly sustained $1,000 in damage from gunshots about 11 a.m. Friday.

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Lend someone a helping hand this holiday season. The following are just a few of the needs in our community. Sheriff Anthony Dennis and his administration are sponsoring the Elizabeth Foxworth Helping Hands Canned Food Drive. Nonperishable items will be delivered to the community by Sumter County Sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office deputies and by volunteers on Dec. 21. If you know of a family in need, contact the office no later than 5 p.m. on Dec. 13. The supply may become limited, so please respond as soon as possible with the familiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; information. If you want to donate canned foods to this cause, the items can be collected and/ or delivered to the Sumter County Sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office. The due date for the donations of these nonperishable items is Dec. 20. For submission of a family in need, donations or questions about the canned food drive, contact Lt. Petrina Wiley at (803) 436-2026. John K. Crosswell Home for Children, 11 Crosswell Drive, is licensed to provide care for up to 40 children. Children live in cottages based on their age and gender and are supervised at all times by

cottage parents. Cottages are in need of the following: â&#x20AC;˘ Cottage A (4- to 7-year-old boys): Six twin boy-themed comforter sets and sheets; 1 queen-size comforter set and sheets; a gingerbread house kit; a set of pots and pans; a set of oven mitts; a large crockpot; a set of adult cups and plates; a coffee maker; a heavy duty commercial vacuum cleaner; a large toy chest; educational flashcards and games; large toy trucks; a CD player; and CDs such as Kids Bop, contemporary Christian, etc. â&#x20AC;˘ Cottage B (infant to 6-year-old girls): restaurantstyle wooden high chairs; 10 twin boys- and girlsthemed comforter sets and sheets; childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dishware; a cordless phone; a heavy duty commercial vacuum cleaner; two play yard sets; two umbrella strollers; one

double umbrella stroller; a shaved ice/snow cone machine; a Diaper Genie; preschool furniture/sofa chairs; cushioned glider rockers; two 8x10 preschool rugs; a CD player; and CDs such as preschool songs. â&#x20AC;˘ Cottage C (8- to 16-year-old boys): 10 twinboy comforter sets and sheets, two queen-size comforter sets and sheets, a heavy duty commercial vacuum cleaner, a set of pots and pans, a set of oven mitts, a set of coffee cups, 10 alarm clocks with radio, a stereo system, 4 Wii remotes, Wii games for boys, two sets of foosballs for a foosball table, a large wall clock, a flag football set, 10 bedside lamps, sports-/hunting-themed framed posters for rooms and sports balls. â&#x20AC;˘ Cottage D (6- to 15-year-old girls): 10 twingirl comforter sets and sheets; a heavy duty commercial vacuum cleaner; a set of pots and pans; a duster with extension handle; 10 bedside lamps; girl/ pre-teen framed posters for rooms; 10 non-pushpin fabric picture boards for rooms; a smoothie juice maker; a stereo system; placemats and a dish/glass set for 10 plus; a DVD player; craft kits; CDs such as Kids Bop, contemporary


Christian, etc.; hair bows/ clips/ties; Wii remotes; 10 alarm clocks with radios; and a digital camera. â&#x20AC;˘ Campus general needs â&#x20AC;&#x201D; batteries: AA, AAA, C, D and 9 volt; Christmas wrapping paper, bows, bags and boxes; lifesize manger scene; Wii games; DVDs (G and PG movies); disposable cameras; four paper shredders; a carpet shampoo machine; a large umbrellas; flash drive/memory sticks; personal hygiene and cleaning supplies; duffel bags; bicycle helmets; brooms; and dustpans. â&#x20AC;˘ Gift Cards â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Activity gift cards/passes/financial sponsorship for activities for the children to do during Christmas break (such as movie passes, roller skating, bowling, McDonaldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Chick-fil-a, Chuck E. Cheese, Monkey Joeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Riverbanks Zoo Christmas Lights; EdVenture Kids Museum, etc.) â&#x20AC;˘ Clothing and toy purchasing gift cards such as Walmart, JCPenney, Kmart, TJ Maxx, Burkeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, etc. For more information, contact Suzy Allred at (803) 778-6441 or

Because of storage and staff constraints, Crosswell cannot accept unsolicited donations of used clothing, toys, etc.

Families needing assistance should call The Salvation Army at (803) 7759336. Donations can be mailed to The Item, PO Box 1677, Sumter, SC 29151 or dropped off at 20 N. Magnolia St. Names, including groups, should be spelled completely. When making a donation in someoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s honor or memory, please include the full name. Names will be printed as given.

Founded in 1969, Fireside Fund collects money for Sumterites who need help with heating costs, including past-due electric bills and vouchers for kerosene and wood. The Item collects the money and The Salvation Army interviews candidates, who must provide a valid form of picture identification, paycheck stubs and copies of late bills. This year, Fireside Fund is dedicated to the late Glen Sharp, one of Sumterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s greatest philanthropists and businessmen. Something new this year for clients to know is that The Salvation Army has teamed up with the Sumter Fire Department to make sure every home has a smoke detector in it. There is no charge for this service and someone from the fire department will come out and install the detector as well. Folks still need to come by the office to fill out an application for the smoke detectors.

Help the Boys & Girls Club by donating new or gently used books or art supplies (crayons, colored pencils, paints, paper, paint brushes, colored markers, etc.). Storage units and shelving are also needed to set up rooms for three age groups of children: 6-9, 10-14 and 15-18. Monetary donations are also being accepted to use for this purpose. Call Jean Ford, program director, at (803) 775-5006 for additional information. Nonprofit organizations providing assistance to others for the holidays can email their list of needs to for publication in The Itemâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Helping Hand list.

Keeping Sumter Beautiful By Karen Hyatt Asst. Public Works Director TIS THE SEASONâ&#x20AC;Ś.TO RECYCLE The holiday season has arrived and so has the abundance of trash that will be generated. Did you know that Americans throw away more trash between Thanksgiving and New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s than any other time of the year? Small changes in the way we generate our holiday trash can have a big impact on the environment. Here are some suggestions for the holidays: Christmas Cards: ͝ƾÇ&#x2021;Ć&#x152;Ä&#x17E;Ä?Ç&#x2021;Ä?ĹŻÄ&#x17E;Ä&#x161;ͲÄ?ŽŜĆ&#x161;Ä&#x17E;ĹśĆ&#x161;Ĺ&#x161;Ć&#x152;Ĺ?Ć?Ć&#x161;ĹľÄ&#x201A;Ć?Ä?Ä&#x201A;Ć&#x152;Ä&#x161;Ć?Í&#x2DC; ͝ůĹ?ĹľĹ?ĹśÄ&#x201A;Ć&#x161;Ä&#x17E;Ä&#x17E;ĹśÇ&#x20AC;Ä&#x17E;ĹŻĹ˝Ć&#x2030;Ä&#x17E;Ć?Í&#x2014;^Ć&#x161;Ä&#x201A;Ć&#x152;Ć&#x161;Ä&#x201A;ĨÄ&#x201A;ĹľĹ?ĹŻÇ&#x2021;Ĺ&#x161;ŽůĹ?Ä&#x161;Ä&#x201A;Ç&#x2021; newsletter. Fold letter in half or thirds and put the address and stamp on the back. ÍťÇ&#x20AC;Ĺ˝Ĺ?Ä&#x161;Ĺ&#x161;Ć&#x152;Ĺ?Ć?Ć&#x161;ĹľÄ&#x201A;Ć?Ä?Ä&#x201A;Ć&#x152;Ä&#x161;Ć?Ç Ĺ?Ć&#x161;Ĺ&#x161;ĨŽĹ?ĹŻÄ&#x161;Ä&#x17E;Ä?Ĺ˝Ć&#x152;Ä&#x201A;Ć&#x161;Ĺ?ŽŜĆ?Ĺ˝Ć&#x152; lining-they are not recyclable. ÍťhĆ?Ä&#x17E;Ć&#x161;Ĺ&#x161;Ĺ?Ć?Ç&#x2021;Ä&#x17E;Ä&#x201A;Ć&#x152;Í&#x203A;Ć?Ĺ&#x161;Ć&#x152;Ĺ?Ć?Ć&#x161;ĹľÄ&#x201A;Ć?Ä?Ä&#x201A;Ć&#x152;Ä&#x161;Ć?ĨŽĆ&#x152;ĹśÄ&#x201A;ĹľÄ&#x17E;Ć&#x161;Ä&#x201A;Ĺ?Ć? ŽŜĹśÄ&#x17E;Ç&#x2020;Ć&#x161;Ç&#x2021;Ä&#x17E;Ä&#x201A;Ć&#x152;Í&#x203A;Ć?Ĺ&#x161;Ć&#x152;Ĺ?Ć?Ć&#x161;ĹľÄ&#x201A;Ć?Ć&#x2030;Ć&#x152;Ä&#x17E;Ć?Ä&#x17E;ĹśĆ&#x161;Ć?Í&#x2DC; Íť/ĹśĆ?Ć&#x161;Ä&#x17E;Ä&#x201A;Ä&#x161;ŽĨĹľÄ&#x201A;Ĺ?ĹŻĹ?ĹśĹ?Ĺ&#x161;Ć&#x152;Ĺ?Ć?Ć&#x161;ĹľÄ&#x201A;Ć?Ä?Ä&#x201A;Ć&#x152;Ä&#x161;Ć?Ĺ˝Ć&#x152;ĹśÄ&#x17E;Ç Ć?ĹŻÄ&#x17E;Ć&#x161;ters, send holiday greetings by email. Ĺ?Ä&#x161;Ç&#x2021;ŽƾĹŹĹśĹ˝Ç Ć&#x161;Ĺ&#x161;Ä&#x201A;Ć&#x161;Ä&#x201A;ĹŻĹŻĆ&#x161;Ĺ&#x161;Ä&#x17E;Ĺ&#x161;Ć&#x152;Ĺ?Ć?Ć&#x161;ĹľÄ&#x201A;Ć?Ä?Ä&#x201A;Ć&#x152;Ä&#x161;Ć?Ć?ŽůÄ&#x161; Ä&#x17E;Ä&#x201A;Ä?Ĺ&#x161;Ç&#x2021;Ä&#x17E;Ä&#x201A;Ć&#x152;Ĺ?ĹśĆ&#x161;Ĺ&#x161;Ä&#x17E;hĹśĹ?Ć&#x161;Ä&#x17E;Ä&#x161;^Ć&#x161;Ä&#x201A;Ć&#x161;Ä&#x17E;Ć?Ä?ŽƾůÄ&#x161;ĨĹ?ĹŻĹŻÄ&#x201A;ĨŽŽĆ&#x161;Ä?Ä&#x201A;ĹŻĹŻ ĨĹ?Ä&#x17E;ĹŻÄ&#x161;Ď­ĎŹĆ?Ć&#x161;Ĺ˝Ć&#x152;Ĺ?Ä&#x17E;Ć?Ĺ&#x161;Ĺ?Ĺ?Ĺ&#x161;Í?/ĨÇ Ä&#x17E;Ä&#x17E;Ä&#x201A;Ä?Ĺ&#x161;Ć?Ä&#x17E;ĹśĆ&#x161;ŽŜÄ&#x17E;ĹŻÄ&#x17E;Ć?Ć? card, we would save 50,000 cubic yards of paper. Wrapping Presents: ÍťDÄ&#x201A;ĹŹÄ&#x17E;Ç&#x2021;ŽƾĆ&#x152;Ĺ˝Ç ĹśÄ?Ä&#x17E;Ä&#x201A;ĆľĆ&#x161;Ĺ?ĨƾůĆ&#x2030;Ä&#x201A;Ä?ĹŹÄ&#x201A;Ĺ?Ä&#x17E;Ć?Ä?Ç&#x2021;Ç Ć&#x152;Ä&#x201A;Ć&#x2030;Ć&#x2030;Ĺ?ĹśĹ? presents with paper from Sunday comics, old maps, magazines, cloth napkins or from decorated paper bags. Íť/ĹśĆ?Ć&#x161;Ä&#x17E;Ä&#x201A;Ä&#x161;ŽĨÇ Ć&#x152;Ä&#x201A;Ć&#x2030;Ć&#x2030;Ĺ?ĹśĹ?Ĺ?Ĺ?ĨĆ&#x161;Ć?ĨŽĆ&#x152;Ć&#x161;Ĺ&#x161;Ä&#x17E;ĹŹĹ?Ä&#x161;Ć?Í&#x2022;Ĺ&#x161;Ĺ?Ä&#x161;Ä&#x17E;Ć&#x161;Ĺ&#x161;Ä&#x17E; presents, and turn it into a treasure hunt. ÍťtĆ&#x152;Ä&#x201A;Ć&#x2030;Ć&#x161;Ĺ&#x161;Ä&#x17E;Ĺ?Ĺ?ĨĆ&#x161;Ĺ?ĹśÄ&#x201A;Ĺ?Ĺ?ĨĆ&#x161;Í&#x2DC;WĆľĆ&#x161;Ä?ŽŽŏĹ?Ä&#x17E;Ć?Ĺ?ĹśÄ&#x201A;Ä¨ĹŻĹ˝Ç Ä&#x17E;Ć&#x152; pot or hide jewelry in a new pair of gloves. ÍťtĹ&#x161;Ä&#x17E;ĹśĆ?Ĺ&#x161;Ĺ?Ć&#x2030;Ć&#x2030;Ĺ?ĹśĹ?Ĺ?Ĺ?ĨĆ&#x161;Ć?Í&#x2022;Ć&#x2030;Ä&#x201A;Ä?ĹŹÇ Ĺ?Ć&#x161;Ĺ&#x161;Ä&#x201A;Ĺ?Ć&#x152;ͲĆ&#x2030;Ĺ˝Ć&#x2030;Ć&#x2030;Ä&#x17E;Ä&#x161;Ć&#x2030;Ĺ˝Ć&#x2030;corn, shredded newspaper or scrap paper. ÍťhĆ?Ä&#x17E;Ć&#x152;Ä&#x17E;Ä?Ç&#x2021;Ä?ĹŻÄ&#x17E;Ä&#x161;ͲÄ?ŽŜĆ&#x161;Ä&#x17E;ĹśĆ&#x161;Ç Ć&#x152;Ä&#x201A;Ć&#x2030;Ć&#x2030;Ĺ?ĹśĹ?Ć&#x2030;Ä&#x201A;Ć&#x2030;Ä&#x17E;Ć&#x152;Í&#x2DC; Íť^Ä&#x201A;Ç&#x20AC;Ä&#x17E;Ç&#x2021;ŽƾĆ&#x152;Ć&#x152;Ĺ?Ä?Ä?ŽŜĆ?Ä&#x201A;ĹśÄ&#x161;Ä?Ĺ˝Ç Ć?Ć&#x161;Ĺ˝Ä?Ä&#x17E;ĆľĆ?Ä&#x17E;Ä&#x161;ĹśÄ&#x17E;Ç&#x2020;Ć&#x161; year. Did you know that if each family reused just two feet of holiday ribbon each year, 38,000 miles of ribbon would be saved? That is enough ribbon to tie a bow around the entire planet. Gifts:

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NATIVITY from Page A1 â&#x20AC;&#x153;The baseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s legal team received a call, and they basically said we couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a sole religious display and we had to take it down,â&#x20AC;? Rake said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The volunteers took down the Nativity scene and are deciding on a better place to put it.â&#x20AC;? According to MRFFâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website, some of the organizationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s clients informed Paul Loebe, special projects manager, about the decorations just before noon Friday, which led to Loebe noti-

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IN THE EVENT OF A SHOOTING Sumter County School District, Sumter Police Department, local private schools and colleges have an action plan to address incidents such as Sandy Hook. In the event of an active shooter incident, the Sumter Police Department recommends residents to always: â&#x20AC;˘ Pay attention to their surroundings and possible dangerous situations. â&#x20AC;˘ Look for the nearest exists. â&#x20AC;˘ In an emergency, seek shelter in a room that can be locked. â&#x20AC;˘ If thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s safe access to a phone, call 911 and give the dispatcher the location and the number of shooters and their locations.

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U.S. Constitution as well as a blatant violation of Air Force Instruction 1-1 Section 2.11.â&#x20AC;? After receiving notification of the display at Shaw Air Force Base, Weinstein reached out to senior Air Force leadership at Headquarters Air Force at the Pentagon about 3:30 p.m. Friday who informed him that the matter would be investigated, according to the MRFF website. Rake said about 5 p.m., they were asked to remove the display from the base. Pastor Webb Belangia


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at Sumterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Aldersgate United Methodist Church said the removal of the Nativity scene is sad. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a sad state of affairs when we have to remove everything because it may offend someone,â&#x20AC;? Belangia said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to believe in Christmas, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fine. But why is it offensive if I believe?â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have military service members who are of all different parts of the religious spectrum, but it may be hard for someone who has very strong beliefs to see that,â&#x20AC;? Rake said.

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The Sumter SPCA will hold a Santa Paws Dance featuring DJ Grady Brown 7-11 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, at the Elaine D. Korn Memorial Center, 1100 S. Guignard Drive (next to the SPCA). Cost is $15 per person and all proceeds benefit the Sumter SPCA. Hors dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;oeuvres will be served. Call (803) 7739292 for details.

Hillcrest High School Class of 1974 will hold a reunion meeting at 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at Golden Corral. Call James Lane at (803) 372-6225.

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A Make-A-Wish Foundation pancake breakfast fundraiser will be held 8-10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at Applebeeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s of Sumter. Santa will be there. A silent auction with items donated by local merchants will be held. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at Applebeeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 2497 Broad St.

Heartz 2 Soulz third annual Giving Back to the Community Christmas Dinner and Gift-Giving Event for the local destitute, homeless, addicts, prostitutes, battered women and runaway kids will be held 2-6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Marvin Hodge Enrichment Center, 609 Miller Road. Donations of hats, scarfs, gloves, clothing, coats, and shoes are being accepted for this event. Call (803) 773-5799 for information or on the day of the event, call (803) 565-5187.


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The NCNW-Sumter Section will meet at 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, at Morris College. Call Lucille Washington at (803) 773-1987.

The Civil Air Patrol â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Sumter Composite Squadronâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s seventh annual Wreaths Across America ceremony will be held at noon Saturday, Dec. 14, at Sumter Cemetery, 700 W. Oakland Ave. USARCENT Chaplain Kevin Mateer will speak. Following the ceremony, attendees are invited to help hang wreaths along the cemetery fence.

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â&#x20AC;˘ Coulson enlists Mike Peterson on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Marvelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.â&#x20AC;? (8 p.m., ABC, TV-PG). â&#x20AC;˘ Penton reunites with her twin on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bostonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Finestâ&#x20AC;? (9 p.m., TNT, TVPG). â&#x20AC;˘ Candid cameras capture ethical dilemmas on â&#x20AC;&#x153;What Would You Do?â&#x20AC;? (10 p.m., ABC).

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The pope and the president


ASHINGTON — We have reached a new level of political absurdity when the right is mad at the pope and the left wants to anoint his head with oil. Everyone seems to have his own special version of Pope Francis. Liberals have declared him a crusader for social justice, especially regarding his comments about global inequality. Conservatives fear he just might be a commie. To briefly recap, Pope Francis has hit two hot buttons: He has questioned the efficacy of “unfettered” free markets and has encouraged de-emphasizing the church’s positions on such divisive issues as gays and abortion. The latter mesKathleen sage, while lov- PARKER ing and refreshing, is more complex than an “I’m OK, You’re OK” platitude. He never proposes changing church teachings but merely suggests that the church should be open to all. You can’t minister to people if you won’t let them in the door. And no one follows a wagging finger. “Frequently we act as arbiters of grace rather than its facilitators,” Pope Francis writes. “But the church is not a tollhouse; it is ... a place for everyone, with all their problems.” He also makes frequent reference to the unborn, but in the context of a throwaway culture that acts as though certain people don’t exist or can be easily discarded, as in the unborn or the elderly. The message relating to the financial world similarly targeted the collateral human damage of “unfettered” markets. This is bythe-book Christianity, hardly the moorings of heresy. Yet, these Christian sentiments have sent some conservatives reeling to the fainting couch. Upon reading the pope’s words about greed and inequality, Rush Limbaugh threw down the word “Marxist” like an overcooked rib-eye. The pontiff’s words, said the man of many words, was “just pure Marxism coming out of the mouth of the pope.” Now seems a good time to step back and consider what so often eludes us in our rush to pontificate: Context, context, context. Both Karl Marx and Pope Francis may have critiqued our idolatry of money as creating an “economy of exclusion and inequality,” as Francis described the global economic system in his “Evangelii Gaudium” (The Joy of the Gospel). But Marx was making an economic statement and Francis was making a theological one.

Christianity is based on Christ, while Marxism advocates abolition of religion and acceptance of atheism. One receives grace and performs acts of charity; the other abjures grace and systematizes penury. Next comes Adam Shaw, news editor for FoxNews. com and a Catholic, who wrote that the pope is like Obama — the worst invective a good conservative can hurl this side of “You’re a tool of Satan!” “Just like President Obama loved apologizing for America, Pope Francis likes to apologize for the Catholic Church, thinking that the church is at its best when it is passive and not offending anyone’s sensibilities,” wrote Shaw. Both men, he implies, “pander to enemies,” and are “professional grievance mongers.” And so on. Pray, where does one see passivity in Pope Francis? The man is an activist, a street worker, a foot washer and evangelizer. There’s nothing passive or pandering about him. And it would appear that Francis is quite willing to offend sensibilities. It is useful to remember that Jesus wasn’t only a carpenter’s son but a radical who turned the tables on the status quo. Likewise Francis — a Christian right down to his sensible black leather shoes, the better to walk the walk and sneak out at night to minister to Rome’s homeless. What set off conservatives was the pope’s criticism of “trickle-down” economic theory that places absolute faith in markets to be humane and fair. Conservatives argue correctly that capitalism has done more to raise millions from poverty than any other system. And they well remember the fusion of Marxism and Christianity called “liberation theology” that seeks to redistribute wealth. But the pope never mentions redistribution. He is challenging our idolatry of money and obsession with things (I confess!), a cultural fascination that distracts us from the needy. What is the successor to St. Peter supposed to do when he sees so much suffering even in free-market societies? Quote Ayn Rand? In a final contextual note, Francis is the pope, not the president. Like Jiminy Cricket, he is urging people to let their conscience be their guide. No one, Christian or otherwise, can escape the mirror he holds up, his eyes doubtless twinkling in anticipation of his next moonlight adventure, searching for souls in need. Kathleen Parker’s email address is kathleenparker@ © 2013, Washington Post Writers Group

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Hundreds touched by First Baptist’s performance During the past weekend, hundreds of local people were encouraged and blessed by the ministry of performers and workers of First Baptist Church in their performance of the “Christmas Story.” I feel that at least one leper should express publicly our sense of gratitude to the following: First, to Jay Shealy, who led this super effort by committing his energy and abilities to the Lord. Secondly, to all the ones involved in this ministry who devoted their time, energy and gifts to bring the blessing about. Lastly, to the First Baptist Church body for their evangelistic vision, their resources and their commitment. Along with many others, I look forward to the 2014 edition. Jay, I know you have several more in your heart. Thank you, again. The Lord was glorified and the community was greatly blessed. DON BARBER Sumter

Grandma won’t get proper treatment under Medicare On Jan. 1, 2014, the major financing of Obamacare will manifest. The president has stated that over one-half of the ACA will be paid for by Medicare waste. This is not a secret. On Jan. 1, there will become two classes of Medicare patients. The First Class will be the elite, famous and rich. Names included will be the Koch Brothers, Dick Cheney, Bill Clinton, famous movie stars and big political donors and famous athletes. They will receive heart transplants, bone marrow transplants and all priority. The Second Class will be your grandmas. Grandma will get the crumbs. This is an example of how it will manifest: On Jan. 15, a famous movie star and grandma will come to the ER at Massachusetts Hospital. Each had a TIA and is admitted for two days. Both are sent home on proper treatment. Two weeks later, both return to the ER with the same symptoms plus a headache. The movie star’s family calls a head management man and is admitted.

Grandma is sent home with a follow-up appointment. The same night, the movie star has a worse headache and the neurosurgeons repair their vertebral artery. Grandma, on the same night at home, has rupture of the vertebral artery and dies. Grandma was not admitted because the hospital knew they would be fined for re-admitting within 15 days. Two days later, CNN announces the movie star is well. Two days later, grandma’s obituary is on page B5. Six weeks later, the movie star is on a talk show describing their wonderful care at Mass General. Six weeks later, a stone is placed on grandma’s grave at Brick Church. Medicare for the elite, Medicare for the famous, Medicare for the rich, Grandma is neglected. ACA proponents mention coverage of children up to age 26 and coverage of preexisting ailments. Certainly this is a plus. In reality, this is nothing but a veneer. America should be ashamed of electing so many deceitful people. Dr. PHIL BRANDT Sumter

Mandela exhibited forgiveness, compassion I am an Irish-American by heritage yet I lost an important compass this past day. Nelson Mandela’s death at his age is not a surprise, yet the depth of sorrow I feel now is so deep and significant and will stay as such with me. We will all hear and read a great deal about him this week, but I felt compelled to express my complete admiration for a singular man who chartered a peaceful course for his country and the uniting of races through forgiveness and compassion. We can have a sense of pride if we can do just succeed with a tiny portion of what he dreamed and accomplished in the last 50 years — in our own sphere of influence. Respect — is a way to say, thank you, Mr. Mandela. MARY ELLEN FULLER Alcolu

Examples needed with Burns’ recent letter This is in regards to the recent letter of the Sumter branch president of the

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NAACP on Dec. 8: Mr. Burns stated, “Recently, there has been a movement to turn the clock back in our political, educational, social and economic equality efforts.” I would like for Mr. Burns to highlight some examples of how attempts are being made to turn back the clock in these areas. In fact, I think some of the things that Mr. Burns has listed as NAACP goals are in fact an attempt to turn back the clock on progress by minorities and non-minorities, if not stop it all together. I agree with Mr. Burns that education is paramount to ending crime and violence. Furthermore, education also ends poverty. Legislation and teachers can only do so much to educate children. At some point, the parents must become a part of the process. I challenged my children every day to help them in school. I made sure that when a teacher told me they needed help in a specific area that they got it. Parents have to get the kids off video games and out of the streets and ensure they are doing their homework and getting their education; teachers and legislators will never be able to do this. I would like to direct those who may have missed it to Walter E. Williams’ Oct. 9, 2013, commentary titled “Racial Trade-offs.” Mr. Williams does an excellent job showing whose kids are in public versus private school. It makes me wonder why so many people are against school vouchers and private schools when most politicians, CEOs and even teachers are sending their own kids to private instead of sending them to public like the rest of us are encouraged to do. Mr. Burns’ second point, “the National Economic Department and Branch will work to advance diversity and inclusive practices in various industries and businesses,” I do not understand. Perhaps Mr. Burns can highlight which businesses and practices are not diverse. JOHN GAYDOS Wedgefield Editor’s note: Because this letter exceeded the 350-word length as stated in our Editorial Page Policies which appears regularly on this page, it can be read in its entirety under Opinion on The Item’s website,


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S.C. attorney general reviewing Harrell ethics probe BY MEG KINNARD The Associated Press COLUMBIA â&#x20AC;&#x201D; South Carolinaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chief prosecutor has begun reviewing a state police report on ethics allegations against Speaker Bobby Harrell, but officials Monday gave no timetable HARRELL for a decision on the top Republicanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s case. Attorney General Alan Wilson received a â&#x20AC;&#x153;voluminousâ&#x20AC;? report from the State Law Enforcement Division on Friday, Wilson spokesman Mark Powell told The Associated Press on Monday. At Wilsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s request, state police began looking at the case nearly 10 months ago, after South Carolina Policy Council President Ashley

Landess filed a complaint alleging Harrell used his office to boost his finances by using influence to get a permit for his pharmaceutical business. The Policy Council, a libertarian think tank, also took issue with Harrell appointing his brother to a committee that screens judicial candidates and picks the top three for each seat, from which the Legislature then chooses. At the time, Harrell called the complaint a baseless attack driven by a â&#x20AC;&#x153;personal and political vendetta.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m glad the report is over at the AGâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m looking forward to having all of this behind

us,â&#x20AC;? Harrell said Monday. Landess said she expected a thorough investigation, given the length of SLEDâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s inquiry. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s up to the AG to review that thing and make sure all of the questions are answered,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to be careful about reviewing it, and they should be.â&#x20AC;? Other allegations stemmed from a 2012 Post and Courier report that raised accusations that Harrell couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t account for money withdrawn from his campaign and had used his campaign account for personal expenses. The newspaperâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s report pointed to generic descriptions Harrell gave on quarterly campaign


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mission of an extramarital affair with a woman in Argentina. ThenSLED Chief Reggie Lloyd quickly cleared his boss, saying a preliminary review of five trips offered nothing on which to build a case. Months later, however, Sanford agreed to pay more than $70,000 in ethics fines â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the largest in state history â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to resolve dozens of charges by the state Ethics Commission, after AP investigations raised questions about his use of state, private and commercial aircraft.

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FIRESIDE from Page A1 weeks ahead. In addition to helping families, she will also be busy the next couple of weeks helping get toys packed for other needy families around the area. “So please bear with me during this time,” she said. Additionally, Lassiter wants residents to know the fund will help only with bills that have been used for heating beginning in November when the Fireside Fund began. Also, some oil companies may not accept vouchers so clients may need to be aware of this. Founded in 1969, the Fireside Fund collects money for those Sumterites who need help with heating costs, including past-due electric bills and vouchers for kerosene and wood. The Item collects the money, and The Salvation Army interviews candidates, who must provide a valid form of picture identification, paycheck stubs and copies of late bills. This year’s Fireside Fund is dedicated to the late Glen Sharp, one of Sumter’s greatest philanthropists and businessmen. Lassiter encourages anyone coming for assistance to make an appointment and to call for a list of documentation needed for the assistance. Lassiter insists she will work hard this year to get folks in and out as quickly as possible during this hectic time of year coming up. Families needing assistance should call The Salvation Army at (803) 7759336. Donations can be mailed to The Item, PO Box 1677, Sumter, SC 29151 or dropped off at 20 N. Magnolia St. Names, including groups, should be spelled completely. When making a donation in someone’s honor or memory, please include a full name. Names will be printed as given. Contributions received as of Monday are: In memory of Willis & Lillian Gardner by Ben and Deloris Gardner Griffith, $100; St. John United Methodist Church Friendship Circle, $50; in memory of Nancy Smith Fisette by Robet Fisette, $500; Engadine and Valerie Johnson, $25; in memory and honor of Robert Glenmore Sharp from his family, $15,000;

Judge and Mrs. Howard King, $50; in memory of R. Glen Sharp and W.E. Bynum Jr. by David and Barbara Mcinnis, $70; in memory of Annie Cutter Frierson from children and grandchildren, $100; Ronald and Patricia Wilson, $100; New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, Senior Missionary YWA and Adult Class No. 2, $170; in honor of Mrs. Rosa Hodge by John C Hodge, $250; in memory of J.C. Britton Jr. from Frances Britton, $20; in memory of Perry and Mary Register’s parents, $100; Robert & Jane Gibbs, $200; in memory of Majorie Kohli by Stanley Kohli, $100; The Fellowship Sunday School Class of Northside Memorial Baptist Church, $200; Gail Medley, $100; Church Women United in the Greater Sumter Area, $100; Church of the Ascension DCW Ellen Ellerbe Chapter, $50; in memory of W.P. Alston and Effie Robinson by Mrs. Eddie R. Alston, $50; in memory of Beth Foxworth by Alice Foxworth, $10; in memory of Harriet and George Jennings, $100; B.O. Wilder Jr., $100; in memory of Billy and Tony Barrineau by Carroll and Rose Price, $50; Vila and Michael Cipov, $25; in memory of all fallen firefighters by Bethel Volunteer Fire Department, $250; in memory of John M. Brabham Sr. and John M. Brabham III by Louise Brabham, $100; in memory of Glen Sharp by Horace Curtis, $100; in loving memory of Jimmy and Steve Britton by Mavis Britton, $50; The Fidelis Sunday School Class Alice Drive Baptist Church, $100; in memory of F.L. Johnson by Jewel B. Johnson, $100. Donations made directly to The Salvation Army for the Fireside Fund are: Dorothy Rockwood, $100; Faye Heape, $100; and Donald Morris, $1,000. Total Combined Anonymous, $150 Total This Week: $18,470 Total This Year: $31,757.19 Total Last Year: $41,221.57 Total Since 1969: $1,353,071.21



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Rain tapering off; fog this morning

Colder; a couple of showers this evening



Partly sunny and cooler

Cool with times of clouds and sun

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On-and-off rain and drizzle


Winds: W 8-16 mph

Winds: N 4-8 mph

Winds: NE 4-8 mph

Winds: NNE 8-16 mph

Winds: ENE 4-8 mph

Winds: SSW 7-14 mph

Chance of rain: 80%

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Chance of rain: 65%

Full Sumter through 4 p.m. yesterday

Temperature High ............................................... 55° Low ................................................ 37° Normal high ................................... 58° Normal low ..................................... 35° Record high ....................... 83° in 1998 Record low ......................... 16° in 2006

Greenville 55/29

Gaffney 54/27 Spartanburg 55/28

Bishopville 64/32

24 hrs ending 4 p.m. yest. ............ trace Month to date ............................... 1.24" Normal month to date ................. 0.91" Year to date ............................... 46.88" Normal year to date .................. 44.51"

Full 7 a.m. 24-hr pool yest. chg 360 350.08 +0.02 76.8 74.43 +0.06 75.5 74.00 -0.07 100 96.08 -0.18

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

Full pool 12 19 14 14 80 24

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

Today Hi/Lo/W 63/32/r 48/22/r 53/31/r 66/32/r 72/43/r 63/37/r 73/40/r 52/26/r 58/32/r 65/33/r

7 a.m. yest. 6.18 5.30 3.69 5.44 77.77 9.40

24-hr chg +0.22 +1.30 -0.03 none -0.27 none

Wed. Hi/Lo/W 56/31/pc 48/25/s 53/30/pc 58/30/pc 59/42/c 49/35/s 58/40/pc 50/29/s 52/32/s 54/30/pc

Columbia 65/33 Today: Rain ending this morning. Wednesday: Sunshine and patchy clouds.


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Lake Murray Marion Moultrie Wateree

Sunrise today .......................... 7:16 a.m. Sunset tonight ......................... 5:13 p.m. Moonrise today ..................... 12:58 p.m. Moonset today ...................... 12:48 a.m.

Jan. 7

Florence 66/33

Sumter 65/34

Myrtle Beach 70/37

Manning 68/35 Aiken 63/32

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

Charleston 73/40

Today: Rain. High 68 to 72. Wednesday: Cooler with clouds and sun; a passing shower. High 51 to 59.

The following tide table lists times for Myrtle Beach.


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

Today Hi/Lo/W 63/32/r 52/29/r 64/33/r 61/29/r 66/33/r 81/52/sh 54/27/r 60/31/r 73/40/r 46/25/r

Wed. Hi/Lo/W 51/29/pc 46/25/s 50/30/pc 49/27/pc 53/29/pc 70/54/pc 50/28/s 48/28/pc 57/38/pc 47/28/s


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

Today Hi/Lo/W 55/29/r 50/25/r 71/45/r 78/50/sh 56/29/r 62/33/r 52/28/r 51/24/r 72/41/r 70/37/r

Wed. Hi/Lo/W 51/32/s 47/27/s 57/46/c 65/50/c 55/29/pc 57/32/pc 52/28/pc 48/27/s 58/40/c 51/34/pc

High Ht. Low Ht. 2:57 a.m.....3.1 9:50 a.m.....0.3 3:26 p.m.....3.0 10:14 p.m....-0.1 3:59 a.m.....3.1 10:54 a.m.....0.3 4:24 p.m.....2.9 11:10 p.m....-0.1

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

Today Hi/Lo/W 68/36/r 72/44/r 48/26/r 56/27/r 60/26/r 73/44/r 55/28/r 72/44/r 69/32/r 49/27/r

Wed. Hi/Lo/W 55/35/pc 56/43/c 48/28/s 50/28/pc 52/25/pc 59/42/c 50/31/s 56/44/c 53/30/pc 46/28/s

Shown are today’s noon positions of weather systems and precipitation. Temperature bands are highs for the day.

-10s -0s 0s 10s 20s 30s 40s 50s 60s 70s 80s 90s 100s 110s Stationary front

Cold front Showers Rain T-storms Snow Flurries


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Today Wed. Today Wed. City Hi/Lo/W Hi/Lo/W City Hi/Lo/W Hi/Lo/W Albuquerque 34/20/s 37/22/s Las Vegas 45/31/s 51/36/pc Anchorage 30/17/pc 21/7/pc Los Angeles 65/43/s 71/47/pc Atlanta 52/31/r 53/32/pc Miami 83/73/s 84/72/pc Baltimore 32/21/sn 32/18/s Minneapolis 11/-6/c 2/0/s Boston 36/26/sn 34/20/pc New Orleans 53/41/r 58/40/pc Charleston, WV 34/16/sn 36/19/s New York 33/24/sn 32/21/s Charlotte 52/26/r 50/29/s Oklahoma City 37/20/s 38/18/s Chicago 20/13/pc 20/2/sn Omaha 27/10/pc 17/7/s Cincinnati 30/15/sn 34/10/s Philadelphia 32/21/sn 30/19/s Dallas 39/26/s 48/28/pc Phoenix 59/39/s 64/47/pc Denver 38/11/pc 34/17/s Pittsburgh 28/16/sn 27/14/pc Des Moines 27/12/pc 17/3/pc St. Louis 35/20/s 36/7/pc Detroit 26/14/sf 25/8/sf Salt Lake City 27/11/s 32/13/s Helena 24/9/sn 28/16/pc San Francisco 54/39/s 57/41/s Honolulu 83/71/s 83/66/s Seattle 37/34/c 45/34/c Indianapolis 28/12/pc 30/5/pc Topeka 34/15/s 28/8/s Kansas City 32/17/s 27/9/s Washington, DC 35/24/sn 36/22/s Weather(W): s-sunny, pc-partly cloudy, c-cloudy, sh-showers, t-thunderstorms, r-rain, sf-snow flurries, sn-snow, i-ice

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): ARIES (March 21-April 19): the last word in astrology Don’t fold under pressure. Say what’s on your mind Look for a solution to a and protect your eugenia LAST problem. Complete possessions, cash and unfinished projects before financial well-being. you move on to more Impulse will be your enjoyable activities. Keep your anger in check if downfall, so think twice before you make a someone tries your patience. move you might regret. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Make travel plans or TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Romance is check out educational pursuits. Increasing your highlighted. With a little thought, you can skills or finding a way to market your talents coax someone special to take part in a special will benefit you in the future. event. A trip or gathering will be enlightening. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): A promise made must be kept, regardless of how you feel. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Help others and Unavoidable changes at home or within your you’ll be repaid. Don’t lend or borrow; ease personal relationships will turn out to be to stress by clearing up debts or collecting what your benefit. you’re owed. Someone’s uncertainty may leave you feeling unsettled. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Be cautious while traveling. Letting emotions take over will lead CANCER (June 21-July 22): Work-related to an unexpected change that stems from a problems are likely to get to you. Don’t take feud you’ve been trying to avoid. Refrain from criticism too personally. Listen and reflect. Do being pushy. whatever helps boost your confidence. Focus on love. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Get as much work done as you possibly can. Your reputation will LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Listen carefully and depend on your ability to deliver what you’ve make sure you understand the risks involved promised. If you believe in yourself, others will before you decide to participate. Protect your too. assets and future. Joint ventures aren’t likely to turn out well. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Overload your plate and you’ll make an impression on someone VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Problems providing special. Romance and doing something nice what someone you love wants should be for someone you miss or want to work or handled with care. Opt for something that spend time with will bring good results. can help pave the way to reaching a set goal.

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LYNCHBURG TOWN COUNCIL Today, 6 p.m., Teen Center, Magnolia Street, Lynchburg SUMTER COUNTY COUNCIL Today, 6 p.m., County Council Chambers PINEWOOD TOWN COUNCIL Today, 6:30 p.m., town hall TURBEVILLE TOWN COUNCIL Today, 6:30 p.m., town hall MAYESVILLE TOWN COUNCIL Today, 7 p.m., town hall SUMTER COUNTY LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES Thursday, 5 p.m., library SUMTER COUNTY VOTER REGISTRATION / ELECTION COMMISSION Thursday, 5:30 p.m., registration / election office, 141 N. Main St.

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Two Gamecocks on All-SEC first team BY WILLIE T. SMITH III Greenville News


It was a frustrating night for Sumter High School on Saturday as demonstrated by senior defensive end Romero Rock (12) and safety Charlie Miranda and their reactions to a Dutch Fork play in the Silver Foxes’ 54-14 victory in the 4A Division I state championship game at Williams-Brice Stadium. Despite the lopsided loss, playing for a state title was a great way to cap Reggie Kennedy’s first year as head coach.

Better to be there SHS season positive despite lopsided loss T

he beatdown the Sumter High School Gamecocks took at the hands of Dutch Fork on Saturday in the 4A Division I state championship football game was unexpected. The fact the Silver Foxes won wasn’t a shock. Having played for the title last season and coming in with an 11-3 record, they were the favorites heading into the game. However, no one could have seen the way they dominated on both sides of the football to the tune of a 54-14 victory. There’s no way SHS head

coach Reggie Kennedy, his players and his staff could have envisioned such a thing happening. You hope for a better showing when you’re battling for a state title, knowing you had to play good football to get to Dennis that point. To BRUNSON not play well in that circumstance is disappointing, but it beats the alternative. And the alternative, of

course, is not being there at all. Even though Sumter didn’t win, there was only one other team in the 4A DI playoffs that achieved more than it did, that being Dutch Fork. Don’t you think Summerville, Hillcrest and Mauldin — the three teams the Gamecocks beat in the playoffs to reach the title game — would have loved to have been at Williams-Brice Stadium on Saturday, even if it meant losing by the same score? It can be rationalized to “I’d rather not make state if I’m going to SEE SHS, PAGE B4

COLUMBIA — The South Carolina defense got off to a slow start in 2013. But as the football season progressed, the team steadily improved. The Gamecocks and defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward received recognition of that Monday when four defenQUARLES sive players were selected to The Associated Press AllSoutheastern Conference team Defensive end Jadeveon Clowney and tackle Kelcy Quarles were voted to the first team, and cornerback Victor Hampton and spur

Clowney gets ticket COLUMBIA (AP) — Troopers say South Carolina star defensive end Jadeveon Clowney was ticketed for going 110 mph in a 70 mph CLOWNEY zone on a South Carolina interstate. Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. David Jones said Clowney was pulled over in a Chrysler 300 around 7:30 p.m. Saturday northbound on Interstate 77 in Fairfield County, about 25 miles north of Columbia. SEE CLOWNEY, PAGE B4


AP ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM The Associated Press The 2013 Associated Press All-Southeastern Conference football team released Monday, with player’s position, name, school, height, weight and class (u-unanimous selection to first team; ttied at a position): FIRST TEAM Offense WR — Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt, 6-3, 205, Sr. WR — Mike Evans, Texas A&M, 6-5, 225, So. L — Gabe Jackson, Mississippi State, 6-4, 340, Sr. L — Cyrus Kouandjio, Alabama, 6-6, 310, Jr. L — Jake Matthews, Texas A&M, 6-5, 305, Sr. L — t-Justin Britt, Missouri, 6-6, 315, Sr. L — t-Greg Robinson, Auburn, 6-5, 320, So. L — t-Anthony Steen, Alabama, 6-3, 309, Sr. C — Travis Swanson, Arkansas, 6-5, 315, Sr. TE — Arthur Lynch, Georgia, 6-5, 254, Sr.

QB — Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M, 6-1, 210, So. RB — u-Tre Mason, Auburn, 5-10, 205, Jr. RB — Jeremy Hill, LSU, 6-2, 235, So. K — Marshall Morgan, Georgia, 6-3, 200, So. All-Purpose — Odell Beckham Jr., LSU, 6-0, 193, Jr. Defense E — u-Michael Sam, Missouri, 6-2, 255, Sr. E — Dee Ford, Auburn, 6-2, 240, Sr. T — Kelcy Quarles, South Carolina, 6-4, 298, Jr. E — t-Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina, 6-6, 274, Jr. E — t-Kony Ealy, Missouri, 6-5, 275, Jr. LB — u-C.J. Mosley, Alabama, 6-2, 232, Sr. LB — Ramik Wilson, Georgia, 6-2, 232, Jr. LB — A.J. Johnson, Tennessee, 6-2, 243, Jr. CB — E.J. Gaines, Missouri, 5-11, 195, Sr. CB — Vernon Hargreaves III, Florida, 5-11, 192, Fr. S — Cody Prewitt, Mississippi, 6-2, 220, Jr. S — Kenny Ladler, Vanderbilt, 6-1, 205, Sr. P — Cody Mandell, Alabama, 6-3, 213, Sr.

Brees, Saints take control of NFC South with victory BY BRETT MARTEL The Associated Press


Carolina quarterback Cam Newton (1) is upended by New Orleans defensive back Malcolm Jenkins (27) during the Saints’ 31-13 victory in New Orleans on Sunday. The Panthers saw their 8-game win streak snapped and a chance to take control of the division lost.

NEW ORLEANS — It only took six days — and a return to the Superdome — for Drew Brees and the Saints to shake off their worst performance this season and look like legitimate contenders again. Brees passed for 313 yards and four touchdowns and New Orleans beat Carolina 31-13 on Sunday night to regain sole possession of first place in the NFC South and snap the Panthers’ winning streak at eight games. “Love this offense. Love what

South Carolina, Wisconsin to meet for first time in Capital One Bowl BY KYLE HIGHTOWER The Associated Press ORLANDO, Fla. — It would be easy for both No. 8 South Carolina and No. 19 Wisconsin to dwell on the missteps this SPURRIER season that cost them both spots in the BCS standings. Instead, Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier and the Badgers’ Gary Andersen are embracANDERSEN ing what they believe could be one of the better non-BCS pairings when they matchup for the Jan. 1 Capital One Bowl in Orlando.

“I think we all strived at beginning of the year to get to BCS game, (but) it’s very difficult to do and we won nine football games,” Andersen said. “It’s a tremendous matchup for both teams I think...This is a great bowl game for us for so many reasons.” The game will mark the first-ever meeting between the two programs. The Badgers (9-3) are playing in a non-BCS bowl for the first time in three seasons following three consecutive appearances in the Rose Bowl. Wisconsin lost those games, though, and will be looking for its first bowl win under Andersen. SEE GAMECOCKS, PAGE B3

Sean Payton’s put together,” Brees said. “I love the group of guys that I get a chance to play with.” The Panthers’ defense had not allowed more than two touchdowns in a game this season until the Saints scored three in the second quarter alone, when Brees completed 14 of 16 passes for 159 BREES yards. The Saints also became the only team this season to score more than 24 points against Carolina, which entered the game No. 1 in scoring defense, allowing

13.1 points per game. Brees’ first two scoring strikes went to Marques Colston, who made nine catches for 125 yards. Jimmy Graham added two TD catches, his second making it 31-6 in the fourth quarter. “We just had great balance and a lot of guys made plays,” Brees said. “Marques came up with some huge catches, as did Jimmy. The line did a great job. We mixed and matched the personnel groups and what we were doing and defense did a great job of getting us the ball and giving SEE SAINTS, PAGE B3

Buckeyes, Tigers to face off in Orange Bowl BY TIM REYNOLDS The Associated Press MIAMI LAKES, Fla. — The Bowl Championship Series came calling once again for Ohio State, albeit not the game SWINNEY the Buckeyes wanted. A day after seeing their nationalMEYER title hopes and 24-game winning streak end with a loss in the Big 10 champi-

onship game, the seventh-ranked Buckeyes were selected Sunday to play against No. 12 Clemson in the Orange Bowl on Jan. 3. It’s the 10th BCS berth for the Buckeyes, more than any other school, though one of those appearances was later vacated. “This team, a lot of these players have

been through a lot of stuff,” Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said. “Last year they went 12-0 and were unable to go play in a bowl game. Now, their first chance to go play in a bowl game, they’re in a BCS game against a great team. ... This group of kids wants to go win a bowl game and win their 13th game. That’s what we’re going to work awful hard to get done.” Since the start of 2012, both the Buckeyes (12-1) and Tigers (10-2) rank in the top 10 nationally in terms SEE TIGERS, PAGE B3




SCOREBOARD TV, RADIO TODAY Noon -- NHL Hockey: Carolina at Vancouver (FOX SPORTSOUTH). 2:30 p.m. -- International Soccer: UEFA Champions League Match -- Shakhtar Donetsk vs. Manchester United (FOX SPORTS 1). 2:30 p.m. -- International Soccer: UEFA Champions League Match -- Paris SaintGermain vs. Benfica (FOX SPORTSOUTH). 6:05 p.m. -- Talk Show: Sports Talk (WPUB-FM 102.7, WDXY-FM 105.9, WDXY-AM 1240). 7 p.m. -- College Basketball: Kansas at Florida (ESPN). 7 p.m. -- College Basketball: Oakland at Indiana (ESPN2). 7 p.m. -- College Basketball: Evansville at Xavier (FOX SPORTS 1). 7 p.m. -- NBA Basketball: Miami at Indiana (NBA TV). 7:30 p.m. -- NHL Hockey: Nashville at New York Rangers (NBC SPORTS NETWORK). 8 p.m. -- College Basketball: South Dakota at Kansas State (SPORTSOUTH). 9 p.m. -- College Basketball: Boise State at Kentucky (ESPN). 9 p.m. -- College Basketball: Gonzaga at West Virginia (ESPN2). 9 p.m. -- College Basketball: NJIT at Seton Hall (FOX SPORTS 1). 9:30 p.m. -- NHL Hockey: Carolina at Edmonton (FOX SPORTSOUTH).

COLLEGE FOOTBALL Bowl Glance By The Associated Press Saturday, Dec. 21 New Mexico Bowl At Albuquerque Washington State (6-6) vs. Colorado State (7-6), 2 p.m. (ESPN) Las Vegas Bowl Fresno State (11-1) vs. Southern Cal (94), 3:30 p.m. (ABC) Famous Idaho Potato Bowl At Boise, Idaho Buffalo (8-4) vs. San Diego State (7-5), 5:30 p.m. (ESPN) New Orleans Bowl Tulane (7-5) vs. Louisiana-Lafayette (84), 9 p.m. (ESPN) Monday, Dec. 23 Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl At St. Petersburg, Fla. Ohio (7-5) vs. East Carolina (9-3), 2 p.m. (ESPN) Tuesday, Dec. 24 Hawaii Bowl At Honolulu Oregon State (6-6) vs. Boise State (8-4), 8 p.m. (ESPN) Thursday, Dec. 26 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl At Detroit Bowling Green (10-3) vs. Pittsburgh (66), 6 p.m. (ESPN) Poinsettia Bowl At San Diego Northern Illinois (12-1) vs. Utah State (8-5), 9:30 p.m. (ESPN) Friday, Dec. 27 Military Bowl At Annapolis, Md. Marshall (9-4) vs. Maryland (7-5), 2:30 p.m. (ESPN) Texas Bowl At Houston Minnesota (8-4) vs. Syracuse (6-6), 6 p.m. (ESPN) Fight Hunger Bowl At San Francisco BYU (8-4) vs. Washington (8-4), 9:30 p.m. (ESPN) Saturday, Dec. 28 Pinstripe Bowl At New York Notre Dame (8-4) vs. Rutgers (6-6), Noon (ESPN) Belk Bowl At Charlotte, N.C. Cincinnati (9-3) vs. North Carolina (6-6), 3:20 p.m. (ESPN) Russell Athletic Bowl At Orlando, Fla. Miami (9-3) vs. Louisville (11-1), 6:45 p.m. (ESPN) Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl At Tempe, Ariz. Kansas State (7-5) vs. Michigan (7-5), 10:15 p.m. (ESPN) Monday, Dec. 30 Armed Forces Bowl At Fort Worth, Texas Middle Tennessee (8-4) vs. Navy (7-4), 11:45 a.m. (ESPN) Music City Bowl At Nashville, Tenn. Mississippi (7-5) vs. Georgia Tech (7-5), 3:15 p.m. (ESPN) Alamo Bowl At San Antonio Oregon (10-2) vs. Texas (8-4), 6:45 p.m. (ESPN) Holiday Bowl At San Diego Arizona State (10-3) vs. Texas Tech (7-5), 10:15 p.m. (ESPN) Tuesday, Dec. 31 AdvoCare V100 Bowl At Shreveport, La. Arizona (7-5) vs. Boston College (7-5), 12:30 p.m. (ESPN) Sun Bowl At El Paso, Texas Virginia Tech (8-4) vs. UCLA (9-3), 2 p.m. (CBS) Liberty Bowl At Memphis, Tenn. Rice (9-3) vs. Mississippi State (6-6), 4 p.m. (ESPN) Chick-fil-A Bowl At Atlanta Texas A&M (8-4) vs. Duke (10-3), 8 p.m. (ESPN) Wednesday, Jan. 1 Heart of Dallas Bowl At Dallas UNLV (7-5) vs. North Texas (8-4), Noon (ESPNU) Gator Bowl At Jacksonville, Fla. Nebraska (8-4) vs. Georgia (8-4), Noon (ESPN2) Capital One Bowl At Orlando, Fla. Wisconsin (9-3) vs. South Carolina (102), 1 p.m. (ABC) Outback Bowl At Tampa, Fla.

| Iowa (8-4) vs. LSU (9-3), 1 p.m. (ESPN) Rose Bowl At Pasadena, Calif. Stanford (11-2) vs. Michigan State (121), 5 p.m. (ESPN) Fiesta Bowl At Glendale, Ariz. Baylor (11-1) vs. UCF (11-1), 8:30 p.m. (ESPN) Thursday, Jan. 2 Sugar Bowl At New Orleans Alabama (11-1) vs. Oklahoma (10-2), 8:30 p.m. (ESPN) Friday, Jan. 3 Orange Bowl At Miami Ohio State (12-1) vs. Clemson (10-2), 8 p.m. (ESPN) Cotton Bowl At Arlington, Texas Missouri (11-2) vs. Oklahoma State (102), 7:30 p.m. (FOX) Saturday, Jan. 4 BBVA Compass Bowl At Birmingham, Ala. Vanderbilt (8-4) vs. Houston (8-4), 1 p.m. (ESPN) Sunday, Jan. 5 Bowl At Mobile, Ala. Arkansas State (7-5) vs. Ball State (102), 9 p.m. (ESPN) Monday, Jan. 6 BCS National Championship At Pasadena, Calif. Florida State (13-0) vs. Auburn (12-1), 8:30 p.m. (ESPN) Saturday, Jan. 18 East-West Shrine Classic At St. Petersburg, Fla. East vs. West, 4 p.m. (NFLN) Saturday, Jan. 25 Senior Bowl At Mobile, Ala. South vs. North, 4 p.m. (NFLN)

NBA STANDINGS By The Associated Press EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L Pct GB Boston 10 12 .455 – Toronto 7 12 .368 11/2 Philadelphia 7 14 .333 21/2 Brooklyn 6 14 .300 3 New York 5 14 .263 31/2 Southeast Division W L Pct GB Miami 16 5 .762 – Atlanta 11 10 .524 5 Washington 9 10 .474 6 Charlotte 9 11 .450 61/2 Orlando 6 14 .300 91/2 Central Division W L Pct GB Indiana 18 3 .857 – Detroit 10 11 .476 8 Chicago 8 10 .444 81/2 Cleveland 7 13 .350 101/2 Milwaukee 4 16 .200 131/2 WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division W L Pct GB San Antonio 15 4 .789 – Houston 15 7 .682 11/2 Dallas 13 8 .619 3 Memphis 9 10 .474 6 New Orleans 9 10 .474 6 Northwest Division W L Pct GB Portland 17 4 .810 – Oklahoma City 15 4 .789 1 Denver 12 8 .600 41/2 Minnesota 9 11 .450 71/2 Utah 4 18 .182 131/2 Pacific Division W L Pct GB L.A. Clippers 13 8 .619 – Golden State 12 9 .571 1 Phoenix 11 9 .550 11/2 L.A. Lakers 10 10 .500 21/2 Sacramento 5 13 .278 61/2 Sunday’s Games Boston 114, New York 73 Miami 110, Detroit 95 Houston 98, Orlando 88 Oklahoma City 118, Indiana 94 Toronto 106, L.A. Lakers 94 Monday’s Games L.A. Clippers 94, Philadelphia 83 Denver 75, Washington 74 Charlotte 115, Golden State 111 Memphis 94, Orlando 85 Portland at Utah, late Dallas at Sacramento, late Today’s Games Miami at Indiana, 7 p.m. New York at Cleveland, 7 p.m. San Antonio at Toronto, 7 p.m. Boston at Brooklyn, 7:30 p.m. Oklahoma City at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m. Minnesota at Detroit, 7:30 p.m. Milwaukee at Chicago, 8 p.m. Phoenix at L.A. Lakers, 10:30 p.m. Wednesday’s Games Orlando at Charlotte, 7 p.m. L.A. Clippers at Boston, 7:30 p.m. Philadelphia at Minnesota, 8 p.m. San Antonio at Milwaukee, 8 p.m. Oklahoma City at Memphis, 8 p.m. Detroit at New Orleans, 8 p.m. Chicago at New York, 8 p.m. Utah at Sacramento, 10 p.m. Dallas at Golden State, 10:30 p.m.

NFL STANDINGS By The Associated Press AMERICAN CONFERENCE East W L T Pct PF PA New England 10 3 0 .769 349 287 Miami 7 6 0 .538 286 276 N.Y. Jets 6 7 0 .462 226 337 Buffalo 4 9 0 .308 273 334 South W L T Pct PF PA y-Indianapolis 8 5 0 .615 313 316 Tennessee 5 8 0 .385 292 318 Jacksonville 4 9 0 .308 201 372 Houston 2 11 0 .154 250 350 North W L T Pct PF PA Cincinnati 9 4 0 .692 334 244 Baltimore 7 6 0 .538 278 261 Pittsburgh 5 8 0 .385 291 312 Cleveland 4 9 0 .308 257 324 West W L T Pct PF PA x-Denver 11 2 0 .846 515 345 Kansas City 10 3 0 .769 343 224 San Diego 6 7 0 .462 316 291 Oakland 4 9 0 .308 264 337

NATIONAL CONFERENCE East W L T Pct PF PA Philadelphia 8 5 0 .615 334 301 Dallas 7 5 0 .583 329 303 N.Y. Giants 5 8 0 .385 251 334 Washington 3 10 0 .231 279 407 South W L T Pct PF PA New Orleans 10 3 0 .769 343 243 Carolina 9 4 0 .692 298 188 Tampa Bay 4 9 0 .308 244 291 Atlanta 3 10 0 .231 282 362 North W L T Pct PF PA Detroit 7 6 0 .538 346 321 Chicago 6 6 0 .500 323 332 Green Bay 6 6 1 .500 316 326 Minnesota 3 9 1 .269 315 395 West W L T Pct PF PA x-Seattle 11 2 0 .846 357 205 San Francisco 9 4 0 .692 316 214 Arizona 8 5 0 .615 305 257 St. Louis 5 8 0 .385 289 308 x-clinched playoff spot y-clinched division Thursday’s Game Jacksonville 27, Houston 20 Sunday’s Games Green Bay 22, Atlanta 21 Baltimore 29, Minnesota 26 Kansas City 45, Washington 10 Tampa Bay 27, Buffalo 6 Miami 34, Pittsburgh 28 Philadelphia 34, Detroit 20 Cincinnati 42, Indianapolis 28 New England 27, Cleveland 26 N.Y. Jets 37, Oakland 27 Denver 51, Tennessee 28 San Francisco 19, Seattle 17 San Diego 37, N.Y. Giants 14 Arizona 30, St. Louis 10 New Orleans 31, Carolina 13 Monday’s Game Dallas at Chicago, late Thursday, Dec. 12 San Diego at Denver, 8:25 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15 Philadelphia at Minnesota, 1 p.m. Washington at Atlanta, 1 p.m. San Francisco at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. Seattle at N.Y. Giants, 1 p.m. Chicago at Cleveland, 1 p.m. Houston at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. Buffalo at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. New England at Miami, 1 p.m. Kansas City at Oakland, 4:05 p.m. N.Y. Jets at Carolina, 4:05 p.m. Arizona at Tennessee, 4:25 p.m. New Orleans at St. Louis, 4:25 p.m. Green Bay at Dallas, 4:25 p.m. Cincinnati at Pittsburgh, 8:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16 Baltimore at Detroit, 8:40 p.m.

NHL STANDINGS By The Associated Press EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Boston 30 20 8 2 42 84 61 Montreal 31 19 9 3 41 85 65 Detroit 31 15 9 7 37 85 82 Tampa Bay 29 17 10 2 36 80 70 Toronto 31 16 12 3 35 86 87 Ottawa 30 11 14 5 27 86 99 Florida 31 9 17 5 23 70 104 Buffalo 30 6 22 2 14 51 91 Metropolitan Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Pittsburgh 31 20 10 1 41 96 70 Washington 30 16 12 2 34 92 85 Carolina 30 13 12 5 31 71 84 N.Y. Rangers 31 15 15 1 31 69 80 New Jersey 31 12 13 6 30 69 77 Philadelphia 29 13 14 2 28 64 73 Columbus 29 12 14 3 27 72 80 N.Y. Islanders 30 8 17 5 21 75 104 WESTERN CONFERENCE Central Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Chicago 32 21 6 5 47 116 89 St. Louis 28 19 6 3 41 98 66 Minnesota 32 18 9 5 41 77 75 Colorado 28 20 8 0 40 82 65 Dallas 28 14 9 5 33 81 80 Winnipeg 31 14 13 4 32 82 88 Nashville 30 13 14 3 29 67 88 Pacific Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Anaheim 32 20 7 5 45 101 84 San Jose 30 19 6 5 43 101 75 Los Angeles 30 19 7 4 42 79 62 Vancouver 32 17 10 5 39 86 81 Phoenix 29 16 8 5 37 94 93 Calgary 29 11 14 4 26 78 98 Edmonton 31 10 18 3 23 84 105 NOTE: Two points for a win, one point for overtime loss. Sunday’s Games Minnesota 3, San Jose 1 Boston 5, Toronto 2 Washington 4, N.Y. Rangers 1 Chicago 6, Florida 2 Vancouver 3, Colorado 1 Monday’s Games Philadelphia at Ottawa, late Columbus at Pittsburgh, late Carolina at Vancouver, late N.Y. Islanders at Anaheim, late Today’s Games Ottawa at Buffalo, 7 p.m. Tampa Bay at Washington, 7 p.m. New Jersey at Columbus, 7 p.m. Los Angeles at Montreal, 7 p.m. Detroit at Florida, 7:30 p.m. Nashville at N.Y. Rangers, 7:30 p.m. St. Louis at Winnipeg, 8 p.m. Chicago at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. Phoenix at Colorado, 9 p.m. Boston at Calgary, 9:30 p.m. Carolina at Edmonton, 9:30 p.m. N.Y. Islanders at San Jose, 10:30 p.m. Wednesday’s Games Los Angeles at Toronto, 7:30 p.m. Philadelphia at Chicago, 8 p.m. Minnesota at Anaheim, 10 p.m.

TRANSACTIONS The Associated Press BASEBALL American League BALTIMORE ORIOLES — Assigned INF Cord Phelps outright to Norfolk (IL). CHICAGO WHITE SOX — Agreed to terms with RHP Felipe Paulino on a oneyear contract. CLEVELAND INDIANS — Agreed to terms with 1B David Cooper. TORONTO BLUE JAYS — Signed RHP Roy Halladay to a one-day contract and announced his retirement.

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Jordan leads WH past Calhoun 44-38 Hannah Jordan scored 18 points to lead Wilson Hall to a 44-38 varsity girls basketball victory over Calhoun Academy on Monday at Nash Student Center. Hayley Smoak added 10 points for the Lady Barons, who improved to 4-1 on the season. Mary Peyton Zilch had seven. Elizabeth Corger had 12 to lead Calhoun.


PREP SCHEDULE TODAY Varsity Basketball Lakewood at Eau Claire, 6 p.m. Manning at East Clarendon, 6:30 p.m. Andrew Jackson High at Lee Central, 6 p.m. Scott’s Branch at Kingstree, 6 p.m. Ben Lippen at Wilson Hall, 6 p.m. Varsity and JV Basketball Spring Valley at Sumter (No JV Boys), 5:30 p.m. Laurence Manning at Northwood, 4 p.m. Thomas Sumter at Orangeburg Prep, 4 p.m. Robert E. Lee at Dillon Christian, 4 p.m. South Aiken Christian at Clarendon Hall, 4 p.m. Emmanuel Christian at Sumter Christian, 4

CALHOUN Corger 12, Roland 6, Barker 8, Way 8, Miller 3, Carroll 1. WILSON HALL Jordan 18, Smoak 10, Zilch 7, Alderman 1, Goodson 2, Scanella 4, Scott 2.


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Crestwood High School improved to 2-1 on the season with a 44-40 victory over Lake City on Monday at CHS. Cawasha Ceasar and Keanua Williams both had 10 points to lead the Lady Knights. Tyana Saunders added nine.


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Chestnut Oaks Middle School improved to 2-1 on the season with a 47-46 victory over Ebenezer on Monday at the Chestnut gymnasium. Javonte Singletary led the Falcons with 11. MAYEWOOD BATES


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Mayewood Middle School beat Bates 46-35 on Monday at the Mayewood gymnasium. Ahkeem Lawson led the Bantams with 10 points.

Wilson Hall remained undefeated with a 32-16 victory over Calhoun Academy on Monday at Nash Student Center. Zan Beasley led the 5-0 Lady Barons with eight points. Courtney Clark and Mary Daniel Stokes each had six.


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Drew Talley scored 18 points to lead Wilson Hall to a 62-39 victory over Calhoun Academy on Monday at Nash Student Center. Brent Carraway added 12 points for the Barons, who improved to 4-1 on the season. Jackson Fleming led


Alice Drive Middle School’s boys basketball team defeated Furman 35-31 on Monday at the AD gymnasium. Terrell Houston led the

B Team Basketball Wilson Hall at Cardinal Newman, 4 p.m. Varsity Wrestling Sumter at Bluffton, 5 p.m. WEDNESDAY Varsity Basketball Camden at Lakewood, 6 p.m. Timberland at Manning, 6 p.m. St. Francis Xaver at East Clarendon (Boys Only), 7 p.m. B Team Basketball Crestwood at Lake City (Boys Only), 6 p.m. Hammond at Wilson Hall, 5 p.m. Varsity Bowling Wilson Hall, Robert E. Lee at Laurence Manning (at Gamecock Lanes), 5 p.m. CALHOUN Fleming 11, McGee 5, Creekshire 5, Ames 5, Spiers 4, Moore 3, Sandider 6. WILSON HALL Talley 18, Carraway 12, Spittle 9, Kinney 7, Ballard 5, Croft 2, Watford 4, Bochette 5.


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Crestwood High School lost to Lake City 51-34 on Monday at CHS. Kobe Thomas led the Knights with eight points. LAKEWOOD LEE CENTRAL

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Wilson Hall improved to 4-1 on the season with a 42-23 victory over Calhoun Academy on Monday at Nash Student Center. Jake Croft led the Barons with eight points, while Jay Barnes and Easton Ward both had seven.



Torre, La Russa, Cox elected to baseball HOF an ailing back and wanting to spend more time with his family, the twotime Cy Young Award winner retired Monday after 16 seasons in the major leagues with the Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies. Halladay signed a one-day contract to retire as a member of the Blue Jays, where he spent the first 12 years of his career. The 36-year-old right-hander choked up and held back tears while making the announcement at a news conference at the winter meetings in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Joe Torre, Tony La Russa and Bobby Cox spent decades trying to beat each other, no holds barred. On this day, however, they were a mutual admiration society. And why not? They were going to the Hall of Fame together. With a combined eight COX World Series titles and more than 7,500 wins, the managerial trio made it to Cooperstown in results announced Monday. Each was unanimously selected when the 16 voters on the expansion era committee met a day earlier. All three exceeded the magic benchmark of 2,000 wins — only Connie Mack and John McGraw have won more.




NEW YORK — Jameis Winston will have plenty of company at the Heisman Trophy ceremony — though he’s not expected to have much competition. The Florida State quarterback was among a record-tying six Heisman finalists revealed Monday, along with Northern Illinois’ Jordan Lynch, Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel, Alabama’s AJ McCarron, Auburn’s Tre Mason and Boston College’s Andre Williams. Six finalists invited to New York for the presentation are the most since 1994. The winner will be announced Saturday night.



FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The New England Patriots must get used to playing without Rob Gronkowski again. The star tight end who missed the first six games while recovering from surgeries is done for the season after being placed on injured reserve Monday with a damaged right knee.

That dang Rally Squirrel still haunts Roy Halladay. Citing a desire to avoid surgery for

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us opportunities.â&#x20AC;? New Orleans sacked Cam Newton five times and did not allow a touchdown until 5:15 remained. Junior Galette had three of New Orleans sacks and Cameron Jordan two. Last Monday night, New Orleans went to Seattle looking to lead the race for the top playoff seeding in the NFC, only to fall 34-7, a result that also dropped the Saints into a tie with Carolina atop the division. But the Saints looked sharp in their return home, where they are 7-0, and became the first team not to lose a turnover to the Panthers all season. Brees looked more like his usual self, completing 30 of 42 passes en route to becoming only the fifth QB in NFL history to eclipse 50,000 career yards passing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We knew the challenge, especially on a short week playing against a great divisional opponent in the Carolina Panthers,â&#x20AC;? Brees said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They had won eight in a row, so they were rolling.

The Badgers will be appearing in their 12th-consecutive bowl game, a streak that includes a 3-1 record in four Orlando bowl games. They climbed as high as No. 15 in the BCS standings, but had their season stunted by early-season losses to Arizona State and Ohio State and loss to Penn State in their regular-season finale. Andersen said though he doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know Spurrier personally, he is well aware of what kind of opponent to expect when they meet up with the Gamecocks. â&#x20AC;&#x153;From afar really, I understand what coach has done and the career heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s had. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meant a lot to college football for a number of years. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s had unbelievably successful teams and does again this season,â&#x20AC;? Andersen said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It will be special. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think anybody can tell you youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re gonna line up against coach Spurrier and it wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be a special experience for all of us who are involved.â&#x20AC;? South Carolina (10-2) won its final five games of the season, including double-overtime win over then unbeaten Missouri. It helped salvage a season that was beset by a loss to Georgia and loss to Tennessee in a game that saw quarterback Connor Shaw go down with an injury.

SEC from Page B1 Sharrod Golightly made the second squad. Also selected was one USC offensive player, tailback Mike Davis, to the second team. South Carolina finished at No. 3 in the SEC in total defense after spending the early season near the bottom of the 14team conference. The Gamecocks also are No. 3 in rushing defense and No. 3 in passing defense. Quarles, like many of his teammates, finished strong after the early struggles. One of four USC captains, he led the

Gamecocks in tackles for loss with 13.5 and sacks with 9.5. He had 36 tackles, a fumble recovery and a pass breakup and three hurries. Although he has not made an official announcement, the junior is expected to declare for the 2014 NFL draft. Clowney, a 2013 Rotary Award semifinalist, was selected to the team for the third consecutive season. He had 10.5 tackles for loss, three sacks, a forced fumble, two pass breakups and eight hurries.

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the final BCS rankings. Clemson finished 12th. Both teams have big-time quarterbacks, with Braxton Miller for the Buckeyes and Tajh Boyd for the Tigers. Combined, Miller and Boyd have accounted for 70 touchdowns this season. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Both quarterbacks are proven winners and have been for a long time,â&#x20AC;? Swinney said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I know Tajh is looking forward to the challenge in his final game in a Clemson uniform.â&#x20AC;? For Clemson, the Orange Bowl trip is a chance for some vindication. The Tigers were in the game two years ago after winning the ACC title, and were embarrassed 70-33 by West Virginia. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a little bit different team than when we went down there a couple years ago,â&#x20AC;? Swinney said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had 42 freshmen on that roster, first BCS experience and all that kind of stuff. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got a lot of guys that have been there. The biggest thing is, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have a great practice plan, great preparation.â&#x20AC;?

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TIGERS from Page B1 of points per game and winning percentage. Combined, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re 45-5 since the start of last season, and although both had bigger aspirations, they still figure to give the Orange Bowl the type of marquee matchup that bowl games covet. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I definitely want to congratulate Ohio State, another great year,â&#x20AC;? Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They were a couple plays away from playing for the national championship and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got all the respect in the world for coach Meyer. Looking forward to spending some time with him down in Miami.â&#x20AC;? Still, going to the Orange Bowl may seem like a bit of a consolation prize for both schools. Both entered the season among the presumed contenders for the national championship, which will be claimed by either Florida State or Auburn. Clemson had its chance against Florida


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BEVERLEY LITTLE Minister Beverley Little was born Feb. 18, 1945, in Jamaica, West Indies, to the late Clarence and Estella McPherson Little. She took her heavenly flight on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, and entered eternal rest at her residence. At an early age, she accepted Christ and joined High Lane Baptist Church in Jamaica, W.I. During her later years, she joined Hopewell Baptist Church under the leadership of the late Pastor Dr. L.W. Walker Sr., where she served in various capacities to include senior missionary, senior choir, Sunday school teacher, director of Vacation Bible School, and the YWA ministry. She was called into ministry in 2004. Minister Little attended the public schools in Jamaica and later

worked for more than 25 years as a police officer there. She then relocated to New York City and worked as a telephone operator for AT&T for 20 years, until retirement. She moved to Sumter and sought employment while volunteering with Tuomey Healthcare Systems as a chaplain, until her health failed. She was also employed at Hillcrest High School as a substitute teacher and a CNA in the nursing profession. Fond memories of Minister Beverley Little will be forever cherished by her loving children, Lorren Hall (Jonathan), Lenworth Livemore, Sharon Livemore and Garnett (Bruce) Livemore, all of New York City; and a loving goddaughter, Janet Gilbert of Sumter. She was also blessed with sisters, Eurith McGregor,

Delsoffe Barnes, Valerie Holmes, Marilyn Little, Yolanda Napier and Donna Williams; and her brothers, Leo Little and Everald Little; and a host of grandchildren, nieces and nephews. A special and devoted best friend, Francis Bradley, with many caring and supportive friends and family will miss her dearly. She was preceded in death by a son, Constantine Anthony Livemore. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Hopewell Baptist Church in Dalzell with Pastor Richard Addison officiating. Burial will follow in Hopewell Baptist Church cemetery. Sumter Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements and memorials can be sent via sumterfuneralsvs@sc.

JAMES T. DRIGGERS Jr. James Thomas Driggers Jr., 59, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, at Palmetto Health Richland in Columbia. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Thomas Memorial Baptist Church, officiated by the Rev. Larry Zaky and the Rev. Charles Owens. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Park. A visitation will be held from 1 until 2 p.m. Thursday prior to the service in the parlor at Thomas Memorial Baptist Church. Born July 19, 1954, in Bennettsville, he was a son of the late James Thomas Sr. and Edith Stevens Driggers. Mr. Driggers attended Erskine College with a major in business. He was a member of Crosswell Baptist Church in Sumter. He was a self-employed salesman,

owning a franchise of Tom’s Distributing, and later as a salesman at Jones Nissan in Sumter. He loved spending time with his family. He is survived by his son, Michael James-Robert Driggers of Columbia; a daughter, Melissa Driggers Lunsford of Spartanburg; an aunt, Delano Todd of Loris; and a granddaughter, Breanna Lunsford. Memorials may be made to Crosswell Baptist Church, 604 Mathis St., Sumter, SC 29150 or Thomas Memorial Baptist Church, 308 W. Main St., Bennettsville, SC 29512. Online condolences may be made at Burroughs-Cooper-Kiser Funeral Home of Bennettsville is assisting the Driggers family.

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an even 40 TDs and Olenchuk had passed for 37. No, the most surprising number was the 29 offensive plays SHS ran for 16 yards of total offense compared to 565 total yards for Dutch Fork. Kennedy had said prior to the game that Sumter needed to be able to control the football and run some clock to try and keep the DF offense in check. Amazingly, the Gamecocks somehow managed to control the football for over 15 minutes despite running less than 30 plays, but Dutch Fork had the football twice as long and ran 76 plays, almost three times as many. That was just bad math for SHS. Sumter went to the well

once too often in trying to rally from at least an early 2-touchdown deficit to win the game. The Gamecocks, who trailed Mauldin and Summerville 14-0 and Hillcrest 21-0 in the first quarter before rallying for victories, immediately fell behind 14-0 on Saturday. Any sports fan with a sense of humor would say, “OK, we have them just where we want them.” When SHS trailed just 17-14 at the end of the first quarter it appeared it might be in the offing again. That didn’t happen though, but what the Gamecocks experienced on the way to reaching the title game is something each of those players will remember for the re-

mainder of their lives. For the underclassmen on the team, they can look at Dutch Fork as an example of what can happen for them in 2014. Also, for those with a bit of knowledge of the history of the SHS program, they can look back on the 1985 team that entered the playoffs with a 5-5 record and won three games before falling to Gaffney in the title game. Two years later, Sumter, led by a senior class of Keith West, Dexter Davis, Stacy Robinson, Freddie Burns, Jimmy Noonan and Chris Cheagle, won the state title. Sumter returns all but offensive linemen Darius Chatman, Kyran Porter and Tee Dubose and wide receiver Justin Martin

on offense. They will have to fill more holes on defense as the entire line of Ramero Rock, Demarcus Harris, Nate O’Connor and Cavazio Wells, cornerbacks Erick Wright and Jayln Lewis and linebacker Devontaye Edwards graduate. While each of those seniors played a key role on the success of this team, there is a lot of talent coming back at the skill positions in wide receivers Ky’Jon Tyler and Xzavion Burson, quarterback James Barnes and running backs Quintein Anderson and Russell Jenkins. If Kennedy and his staff can fill in those spots on defense, the opportunity for a return to the title game is there. Tune in next season.

get beat like that,” but that wouldn’t be honest. You play all year for the chance to play in this game. That Dutch Fork scored so many points shouldn’t be looked upon with surprise. In running back Matt Colburn and quarterback Derek Olenchuk, the Foxes had one player who had rushed for 36 touchdowns another who had passed for 36 scores, respectively, going into the contest. When it was over, Colburn finished the season with

CLOWNEY from Page B1 Jones says Clowney was issued the ticket and allowed to drive away. It carries a $355 fine and six points, which are half the points needed to suspend a driver’s license.


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HAROLD M. MILLS Retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Harold Montgomery Mills, age 68, beloved husband of Shelby Lynn Bays Mills, died on Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, at his residence. He was a native of Wytheville, Va., and son of the late Harold K. and Margaret Cregger Mills. He retired from the U.S. Air Force as a lieutenant MILLS colonel after more than 30 years as a communications officer. He was an avid golfer, and a member of both the MRMA and MOAA. He will always be remembered as a very loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Surviving in addition to his wife are a son, Harold Gene â&#x20AC;&#x153;Montyâ&#x20AC;? Mills and fiancĂŠ, Robin King, of Wytheville; a daughter, Lorri Mills Huffard and her husband, John, of Crockett, Va.; a sister, Peggy Mills Hash and her husband, Vance, of Rural Retreat, Va.; three grandchildren, Haley Huffard, Berklee Huffard and Ashleigh Colborn; a great-grandchild, Harper Colborn; a wonderful mother-in-law, Carolyn G. Bays; two special brothers-in-law, Timothy Bays and Ronald Tankersley; two special sisters-in-law, Jennifer Tankersley and Marcia Bays; a special wife-inlaw, Norma Phillippi and her husband, Pete, of Wytheville; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Jerry Mills. A funeral service with full military honors will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Bullock Funeral Home Chapel. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service on Wednesday from 10 to 11 a.m. at Bullock Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to South Carolina Oncology Associates, 166 Stoneridge Drive, Columbia, SC 29210. You may sign the familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s guest book at The family has chosen Bullock Funeral Home of Sumter for the arrangements.

ANDREW J. LEWIS COLUMBIA â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Services for Andrew J. Lewis will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Emmanel AME Church with interment to follow in Greenlawn Memorial Park. The family will reLEWIS ceive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. today at Palmer Memorial Chapel. Mr. Lewis died Friday, Dec. 6, 2013. Born in Sumter, he was a son of the late Sam Sr. and Rosa Pringle Lewis. He received his early education in Sumter County schools. He received his formal education from Benedict College, graduating Cum Laude in 1941. He earned a master of science degree from South Carolina State University and did further study at New York University. He served his country honorably in the US ArmyAir Force. He was a member of Chappelle Memorial AME Church, serving on the steward board, working with the budget and finance committee, and chaired the menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s day programs for 10 years. He began his professional career at Celia Saxon Elementary School, Richland County School District One. He later became assistant principal at W.A. Perry Middle School. He was a principal of Greenview Elementary School and, after his retirement, Richland School District One changed the name of the school to A.J. Lewis Greenview Elementary School. He was a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity; Capital City Lodge No. 47 (Prince Hall F&A Masons); Benedict College National Alumni Association; Columbia Transportation and Advisory Committee; Columbia Municipal Elections Committee; Richland County and S.C. Retired Educators Associations; and numerous other organizations and affiliations. He was the recipient of countless awards, honors and commendations. Surviving are a daughter, Andrea L. (James) Jones; grandchildren, David S. Lewis (reared in the home) and Deborah E. Lewis; great-grandchildren; siblings, Helen Lewis, Sam Lewis Jr., Marie Wilson, James Lewis, Rosa (the Rev. George) Manigo, Charles (Eu-

nice) Lewis, the Rev. W.T. (Effie) Lewis and Robert Lewis; and a host of nieces, nephews, other loving relatives and friends. The family requests that condolences and memorials be made on their webpage at www. palmermemorialchapel. com.

MARY B. MORRIS NEW ZION â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Mary Esther Baird Morris, 85, wife of Hendley Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Donnell Morris Sr., died Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, at Trident Medical Center. Born July 8, 1928, in New Zion, she was a daughter of the late Joseph Howard and Mary Emma Osborne Baird. She was a homemaker and a member of New Zion United Methodist Church. She is survived by her husband of New Zion; a son, Hendley O. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bubbaâ&#x20AC;? Morris Jr. of New Zion; two daughters, Linda Morris Hodge and Mary Morris Huggins (Charlie), both of Olanta; two sisters, Melva Christmas of Florence and Lois Smith of Rock Hill; eight grandchildren, Susanne Hodge Pappas (Chris) of Timmonsville, Rachel Hodge Campbell (Rob) of Fort Mill, Candace Hodge Horton (Brock) of Olanta, James Andy Jordan (Cristina) of San Antonio, Mary Alison Jordan (Alex) of Florence, James Hendley Morris, Austin Tanner Morris and Samantha Caroline Morris, all of New Zion; seven greatgrandchildren, Daniel and Emily Pappas, Esther and Hendley Campbell, Jacqueline Anna Jordan, and Oliver and Emma Horton; and beloved friend, Thelma Campbell. She was preceded in death by a brother, Julian Howard Baird. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. today in the chapel of Stephens Funeral Home with the Rev. Bobby Morris, Maxie Knowlton and Walt Proctor officiating. Burial will follow in New Zion United Methodist Church Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at Stephens Funeral Home and other times at the residence. The family would like to thank Dr. Kate Smith and her staff for all of their care and attention. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 128 Stonemark, Columbia,


SC 29210. Stephens Funeral Home & Crematory, 304 N. Church St., Manning, is in charge of arrangements, (803) 435-2179.

son-in-law, Janet and Christopher McCoy, 13-B Dew Drive, Sumter. These services have been entrusted to Samuels Funeral Home LLC of Manning.

AVA F. IRICK Ava Fields Irick, 76, widow of Julious W. Irick, died Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center. Born in Lee County, she was a daughter of the late T. Howard and Annie Parnell Fields. She was a Baptist. Survivors include five children, Terri Simmons (Julian), Cindy Croft, Buddy Croft (Sherry) and Gene Croft, all of Sumter, and Robby Croft of Columbia; 11 grandchildren; 10 greatgrandchildren; three sisters, Mary Wadford of Sumter, Miriam Fields of Bessemer City, N.C., and Louise Kinlaw (John) of Bishopville; one brother, Theron Fields (Rachel) of Lynchburg; and a number of nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by one brother, H.A. Fields; and two sisters, Annie Hutson and Rebecca King. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. today in the ElmoreCannon-Stephens Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Ron Underwood and the Rev. Michael Bowman officiating. The family received friends Monday at Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home and other times at the home of her son, 533 Georgetown Ave. Memorials may be made to the National Kidney Foundation, 500 Taylor St., Columbia, SC 29201, or to the Shriners Hospital for ChildrenDonations, 950 W. Faris Road, Greenville, SC 29605. Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home and Crematorium of Sumter is in charge of the arrangements.

LEON KELLEY Leon Kelley, 64, husband of Charlotte McCleary Kelley, departed this life on Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, at his residence. Born June 26, 1949, in Wedgefield, he was a son of Leola Kelley and the late Joseph Mitchell. The family is receiving at the home, 2121 Greenville Circle, Sumter, SC 29154. Funeral plans are incomplete and will be announced later by Jobâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mortuary Inc. of Sumter.

BEULAH MILLER MANNING â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Beulah â&#x20AC;&#x153;Georgetownâ&#x20AC;? Miller, 80, died Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, at Windsor Manor Nursing Home, 5583 Summerton Highway, Manning. She was born June 2, 1933, in New Zion, a daughter of the late Joe and Annie Fleming Miller. The family is receiving friends at the home of her daughter and

DAVID K. MINTON COLUMBIA â&#x20AC;&#x201D; David Kenneth Minton, age 67, beloved husband of Vanessa Dale Anderson Minton, died on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, at Providence Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete at this time and will be announced by Bullock Funeral Home of Sumter.

RONALD S. RUSSELL Ronald â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ronnieâ&#x20AC;? Scott Russell, 65, husband of Nancy â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bunniâ&#x20AC;? Farr Russell, died Monday, Dec. 9, 2013, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center. Born in Sumter, he was a son of Shirley Frank Russell and the late Scott Ham Russell. Mr. Russell was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church and was employed by Merchant Iron Works. Surviving are his wife of Sumter; his mother of Sumter; two sons, Scott Russell and wife, Kristin, of Berlin, Md., and Shane Russell and wife, Lori, of Sumter; a brother, Arthur Russell; two sisters, Marilyn Bolser and Brenda Driggers, all of Sumter; and five grandchildren. A Memorial Celebration will be held at 6 p.m. Friday at the home of Melissa and Colin McLachlan, 3070 Longleaf Drive. Memorials may be made to Westminster Presbyterian Church Missions Funds, 230 Alice Drive, Sumter,


SC 29150. Online condolences may be sent to www. Elmore Hill McCreight Funeral Home & Crematory, 221 Broad St., Sumter, is in charge of the arrangements, (803) 775-9386.

CYNTHIA J. THIGPEN TURBEVILLE â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Cynthia Paulette Jones Thigpen, age 57, passed away Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, after a brief illness. A service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Turbeville Southern Methodist Church with burial in the church cemetery, directed by Floyd Funeral Home of Olanta. Visitation will be held at 12:30 p.m. prior to the service in the church fellowship hall. Born in Columbia, she was a daughter of the late Robert Franklin Jones and Doris Ruth Sturkie Jones. She was a retired accountant with the state of South Carolina; a member of Teige Cantey Chapter of Colonial Dames 17th Century; The 100th Anniversary Committee for the community of Turbeville; and a member of Turbeville Southern Methodist Church, the church choir and the WMS. She is survived by her husband, Edward Green Thigpen of Turbeville; two stepsons, Norris E. (Della) Thigpen of Silver Spring, Md., and Clark Thigpen of Waynesville, N.C.; two sisters, JoAnn J. Van Seters of Columbia and Dale J. Molina of Gettysburg, Pa.; three nieces; and one nephew. Memorials may be made to Turbeville Southern Methodist Church, P.O. Box 233,Turbeville, SC 29162. Online condolences may be accessed at CHERYL G. SABBAGHA Cheryl Gunter Sabbagha, age 67, died on Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center. The family has chosen Bullock Funeral Home of Sumter for the arrangements.

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“You can replace money. So many people have told me how they would’ve handled the situation, but they’re wrong. You don’t know how you’d handle it until it happens. But I’m glad it was me and no one else.”

Ruth Orsell

Local animal shelter fights for property, licensing

Rev. John Matthews, Pastor Cornerstone Fellowship Freewill Baptist Church

Pastor robbed at gunpoint on church grounds

but I’m not going to just put them down. I won’t do it.”

BY ROB COTTINGHAM “I’m really just thankful to be alive,” the Rev. John Matthews said. “It could’ve been much worse.” Normally, one wouldn’t imagine having to utter those words as he did recently. Then again, few would expect a pastor to be robbed at gunpoint. On Nov. 20, Matthews, pastor at Cornerstone Fellowship Freewill Baptist Church, had felt a bit off all day. When he left his church that night, he almost expected something else to come up. Sure enough, it did. “My wife called and said she’d forgotten to turn off the heat at the church,” Matthews said. “So I turned around and went to turn it off.” He pulled into the church’s lot on Greeleyville Highway outside of Manning, left the car running, walked inside and turned the heat off. All clear, so far. But as the pastor was locking the door to the church, a car pulled into the parking lot behind his truck. “I figured it was someone looking for directions,” Matthews said. “We’re right near I-95, so many people need help finding their way down this road.” SEE PASTOR, PAGE C2

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nce again I am making my list and checking it twice. Only this time it is my Christmas list! I heard recently that two of the most popular gifts this year were Barbie® dolls and Lego®. I think of my grandchildren, and these are two of the things they play with the most. And once again I am buying everything locally. Buying from our local merchants is so important to our community. The money you gail spend locally stays right here at home, which means you are helping MATHIS someone stay in business and others keep their jobs. Please try to support our friends and family. If you plan on making donations to charities, our United Ministry, Red Cross and Animal Shelter are in constant need of money and donations. I’m sure if you are a member of a local church, there is someone in need there, also. Our Manning mayor, Julia Nelson, made an announcement last week concerning her illness that will change her life. She and I have talked on a couple of occasions, and I want to say that I admire her courage and faith that she shows every day. Julia, I will keep you in my prayers. Kidney disease affects so many here in Clarendon County. As we go about our daily routines, we don’t see what others are really going through — the ones who have chronic illnesses or who are battling cancer. The tragic loss of young lives has been overwhelming in the last couple of months. On a brighter note, Weldon Auditorium and the Columbia Ballet are hosting The Nutcracker on SEE MATHIS, PAGE C2

Many of them will grow old and pass away here because of that,

“Some of these dogs will never be adopted.

Virginia Turcotte Forgotten Tails Animal Rescue


Virginia Turcotte holds a litter of puppies she recently found after their mother had been hit by a car on a nearby highway. Though the Turcottes know that not all of their dogs will be adopted, the couple has decided to rescue as many as they can, funding the shelter mostly out of their own pockets. Recently, however, a zoning issue has jeopardized the future of the shelter.



ome fights are worth carrying on to the bitter end. For Virginia Turcotte and her husband, Rick, owners of Forgotten Tails Animal Rescue in Manning, it’s a matter of offering a home to wayward hearts and beaten bodies, a warm bed and a pat on the head. “Some of these dogs will never be adopted,” Virginia said. “Many of them will grow old and pass away here because of that, but I’m not going to just put them down. I won’t do it.” “Local animal control euthanizes animals after just five days, two weeks if they have a collar,” Rick said. “We’re trying to save as many as possible here and find them new homes. We’ve had 77 adoptions so far this year.” In October, Virginia Turcotte was given notice by the Clarendon County Planning Commission that she would need to relocate her shelter

Virginia stands in front of one of her kennels at Forgotten Tails animal shelter on S.C. Highway 260 recently. The relocation and zoning issues pressing on the Turcottes has them wondering exactly how they’re going to handle a relocation.

from its long-established residency on S.C. 260 because of zoning issues. “They told me I couldn’t be within 100 feet of an industrial building,” she said. “The nearest industrial building is Gintek Inc. I own that business, so why is it an issue? We’ve had one complaint in four years.” As to why the commission was so adamant about her shelter’s relocation, Virginia has her own assertions. “It’s essentially common knowledge that they’re trying to build a Dollar General over there,” she said. “I still don’t know why it’s a problem. These dogs have nowhere else to go.” With several dozen sets of paws weighing on their minds,

the Turcottes began looking elsewhere. They bought a plot of land located on Alex Harvin Highway that was seemingly far enough away that it would cause no issues with zoning. They thought they’d found a solution. They were wrong. The planning commission denied their permit. “Based on the goals and objectives of the county’s development plan for that area, the commission felt placing a dog kennel there wasn’t in the best interests of the community,” said Clarendon County Administrator David Epperson, who spoke on behalf of the commission. “We sent out notices to the neighboring properties about the Forgotten Tails hearing, and two representatives came forward and voiced some concerns and objected to the permit request.” “When we presented the idea of moving out there at the extension hearing, the commission told us they thought it was doable,” Rick said. “They made it seem like it would be cleared. We only bought that land because they told us we had to move.” Although Turcotte owns the property bordering three sides of the target lot, the property that constitutes the fourth border is owned by W.D. Harrington. Harrington was unwilling to discuss the issue. “I voiced my opinion at the (planning commission) meeting,” he said. “Someone’s trying SEE SHELTER, PAGE C2

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Virginia Turcotte and her husband, Rick, coowners of Forgotten Tails animal shelter, have saved hundreds of dogs from being euthanized through the years. In 2013, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve helped 77 dogs find homes all over the U.S.





Blue is a real sweetheart who prefers adults to children. In fact, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll do best in a child and cat-free environment. Already neutered and up to date on his vaccines, Blue tested low-positive for heartworms, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not a problem. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be just fine and can possibly get rid of the heartworms, if heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kept on his monthly medication. Come spend some time with Blue in the play pen at the shelter and get to know him. Molly is a sweet and friendly, 4-year-old little Chi-Weenie girl, spayed and vaccinated, and is ready to go home to a family of her own. If your family would like to meet her, all you have to do ise come to A Second Chance Animal Shelter. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like a loyal companion, check out Blue and Molly at A Second Chance Animal Shelter, 5079 Alex Harvin Highway (U.S. 301), which has numerous pets available for adoption. Adoption hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. To drop off an animal, call (803) 473-7075 for an appointment. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve lost a pet, check and www.

SHELTER from Page C1 to make a big issue out of this, but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not going to discuss it any further. If people want to know what I said, they can read (the minutes) when they come out.â&#x20AC;? According to the Turcottes, he allegedly told the zoning officials that he or his heirs might develop his land in the future, and the presence of dog kennels might lower his property value. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a swamp,â&#x20AC;? Turcotte said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nothing there to develop. If you go out there, look around. There are maybe a couple of houses, a church and then us. The rest is all open land.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I own lots of property out there and have, in fact, sold some in the past year,â&#x20AC;? Rick said.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nothingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s changed out there in 20 years, and property values are already incredibly low. And we met all the requirements in terms of distance from other kinds of buildings.â&#x20AC;? The church the Turcottes mentioned is New Covenant Presbyterian Church, located about 0.2 miles from the intersection of Raccoon Road and U.S. 301. A representative of the church, according to Epperson, who spoke at the hearing for Forgotten Tails voiced similar concerns as Harrington, stating they were worried about the smell, the noise and other issues. The Turcottes said they were also informed that the representative told the commission that the church is worried about

PASTOR from Page C1 Matthews approached the car under this assumption, not feeling threatened by the black Dodge Charger with big, shiny rims idling in the lot. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t suspect a thing,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was just trying to help.â&#x20AC;? As is the case with many in his line of work, the ministry wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Matthewsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; first career. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a combat veteran, which means heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been through all kinds of situations that give him the experience to keep calm under dangerous circumstances. When the pastor approached the car, the window rolled down, and instead of a lost expression on a travelerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s face,

he was met by the shine of a chrome gun. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I blinked and there was a gun in my face,â&#x20AC;? Matthews said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was shocked.â&#x20AC;? The man demanded Matthews handed over his money, forcing the pastor to literally pull his pockets out and empty them. The gunman and his driver were lucky; Matthews had the monthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bill and Christmas funds in his pockets. Unfortunately for Matthews, it was all in cash. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They took it all and ran with it,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;About $1,600, in all.â&#x20AC;? Matthews remained calm and simply gave the robbers what they wanted.

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the dogs escaping and harming the children. Attempts to reach the church for direct comments were unsuccessful. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been here four years and have never had a dog get out,â&#x20AC;? Rick said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We pay close attention to what weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re doing here. Personally, I feel the county has overstepped its bounds by calling it a kennel. And I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think everyone in that church knows whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s being done; I know people there.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Why would they not want an animal rescue out there?â&#x20AC;? Virginia asked. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It just doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seem to make sense to us.â&#x20AC;? Under Article II of the 2011 Unified Development Code, a kennel is defined as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Any building or buildings, and/or land where animals are boarded for compensation longer than 24

â&#x20AC;&#x153;You canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t replace a human life,â&#x20AC;? Matthews said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You can replace money. So many people have told me how they wouldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve handled the situation, but theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re wrong. You donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know how youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d handle it until it happens. But Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m glad it was me and no one else.â&#x20AC;? While it is a shame that someone would rob a pastor on church grounds, Matthews displays the character and poise that should be expected of a preacher. He doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wish any harm to his assailants nor does he retain any hate from the incident. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It hurts you in your heart, but the only way to overcome evil is to not return it,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Lordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to take care of them in time. I just Christmas photos you would like to see in the paper. As we begin the last two weeks before Christmas, I hope that each and every one has a good week. Be good to yourselves and to each other.

hours, or where small animals are raised and/or bred as a business.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not making any money here,â&#x20AC;? Rick said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not selling the dogs or charging adoption fees for profit. We pay for this, ourselves.â&#x20AC;? And pay, they do. According to Rick, the couple spends about $50,000 a year of their own money to run the shelter. Despite the Turcottesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; objections, Epperson said the definition stands. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I still feel, under the given guidelines, the shelter still qualifies as a kennel,â&#x20AC;? he said. Epperson also said the Turcottes have the option to pursue the case in court. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They have the right to appeal the decision to circuit court,â&#x20AC;? Epperson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The judge could overturn the deci-

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sion or have the commission rehear the case. If it goes to court, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll argue the countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s position. Regardless, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll abide by the judgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s decision.â&#x20AC;? For right now, the Turcottes are regrouping and considering the many elements that hang in the balance. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mark their delay for doubt, though. The Turcottes said theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re pushing on. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have no choice but to move forward with this,â&#x20AC;? Rick said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;however we have to do so.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s so strange to think the county is fighting us so hard when most of these dogs are here because of the irresponsibility of some of the people in this county,â&#x20AC;? Virginia said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But we canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stop now.â&#x20AC;? Reach Rob Cottingham at (804) 774-1225.

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Rodger Marion Davis, 21, of 16 Lynam Road in Sumter was arrested at 9:25 p.m. Nov. 27 and charged with shoplifting and resisting arrest. According to reports, officers responded to a business in the 2000 block of Paxville Highway in Manning about 9:15 p.m. Nov. 27 in reference to a white male subject sticking items into his jeans. When officers arrived, they located the subject with the help of a customer who called in the suspected shoplifting and asked him to stop. The subject then ran out the front of the business. Officers pursued the subject, who was detained by a shopper in the parking lot while emptying his jacket. The subject, identified as Davis, wrestled with officers as they attempted to arrest him. Officers found two tool kits, fish locating equipment and other items on Davis. Running a check through dispatch, officers learned this was Davisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; fifth shoplifting offense. He was transported to Clarendon County Detention Center. POINTING AND PRESENTING:

According to reports, officers responded to the 2000 block of Coleman Road in Greeleyville about 6:15 p.m. Dec. 2 in reference to a subject pointing a shotgun at a 48-year-old man. When officers arrived, the victim stated he was hunting when he noticed two white subjects, one dressed with long pants and a camouflage shirt and the other wearing a white T-shirt and long pants, walking along the edge of a field he was hunting in. As the victim was watching to see

if the subjects were stealing a deer camera, the subject in the white shirt pointed a shotgun at him. The other subject then pushed the gun down and the two continued walking. Officers searched the area but found no one. DOG ATTACK:

According to reports, officers responded to the 2000 block of James Loop Road in Manning about 4:30 p.m. Nov. 29 in reference to a dog attack. When officers arrived, the victim stated a large white dog with a red collar attacked her yorkiepoo. She reportedly took the dog to a local veterinarian who found the dog suffered two broken ribs and two puncture wounds. She was advised to contact animal control if she saw the dog again. STOLEN PROPERTY:

An assortment of jewelry and electronics was reportedly stolen from a home in the 1300 block of Hector Walker Road in Manning between 7 p.m. Nov. 28 and 3:30 p.m. Nov. 29. The items are valued at $2,788. A stereo, a propane grill and a collection of Magic: The Gathering playing cards were reportedly stolen from a home in the 2100 block of Alex Harvin Highway in Manning between 2 and 2:40 p.m. Nov. 28. The items are valued at $620. A 34-inch flat-screen TV, a 42-inch Emerson flat-screen TV, a gold medical alert bracelet and other jewelry were reportedly stolen from a home in the 1900 block of Rickenbacker Road in Manning between 11:41 a.m. and 1:04 p.m. Nov. 29. The items are valued at $2,675. A 32-inch flat-screen Magnavox TV and an-

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stolen items are valued at $9,370. A 20-foot scaffold and a 16-foot scaffold were reportedly stolen from a home in the 1600 block of Delano Street in Manning between 1:50 and 2:25 p.m. Nov. 29. The items are valued at $1,000. Three flat-screen TVs, four watches and five purses were reportedly stolen from a building in the 5600 block of Bloomville Road in Manning between 7:30 a.m. and 3:15 p.m. on Dec. 4. The items are valued at $1,900. A purse containing $1,000 cash, a Visa card, a birth certificate and a driverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s license was reportedly stolen from a school property on Paxville Highway between 12:30 and 1:23 p.m. Nov. 26. VANDALISM:

A silver 2004 Mercedes parked at a business in the 2000 block of Paxville Highway reportedly sustained $1,500 in damage when an unknown subject struck the front driverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s side fender between 1 and 1:20 p.m. Nov. 29.

Around here, snow is about as rare as, well, snow. Regardless of how far the temperature drops during the winter, we hardly ever see any snow. Even when we do, it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t usually stick. While we canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make any reliable predictions about the weather, Manning City Hall has decided to give kids something to look forward to. On Saturday, Dec. 14, city hall employees will be hiding snowballs all over Gibbons Street Park. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s up to the children to find them. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We thought weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d do something fun for the kids this year,â&#x20AC;? said Carrie Trebil, director of tourism and community development. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be something Christmas related to help children welcome the holiday season.â&#x20AC;? Trebil said the Snow-



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