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Special election date still unclear BY TYLER SIMPSON tyler@theitem.com Despite Pinewood Town Council receiving a resignation letter from former Mayor

Al Pridgen last week, council is still unclear when it will hold a special election. According to state law, council would have to hold a special election 13 Tuesdays

after the mayor announces his resignation, meaning the election should be held on March 4. But according to Mayor Pro Tempore Sarah Mathis, the election may be

held at a later date because Pridgen told her not to read the letter until Dec. 17. According to a letter council received from Field Services Manager Bill Taylor

of the Municipal Association of South Carolina, the countdown to the election should begin on the date that the SEE ELECTION, PAGE A10

Roads 1st on list of uses for possible tax

COMMUNITY GATHERS FOR COURTHOUSE CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING

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ABOVE: Spectators fill the yard of the Sumter County Courthouse on North Main Street during Friday’s annual tree-lighting ceremony. Choirs from Willow Drive, Millwood, Cherryvale, Wilder and Lemira elementary schools and Furman Middle School performed at the event. LEFT: Community members take photos of the Christmas tree in front of the courthouse on Friday after the ceremony. Children and their families also were able to take a stroll with Santa to the Sumter County Public Library for stories and treats during the Sumter County Recreation Department’s annual Walk with St. Nick after the lighting.

Hearing will ask to exonerate 14-year-old executed in 1944

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MANNING (AP) — A hearing that supporters say could exonerate a 14-year-old boy executed in 1944 for the killings of two girls will likely take place in the next month, a prosecutor said Tuesday. Solicitor Ernest A. “Chip” Finney III came to a rally by civil

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George Frierson, center, tells a crowd at a rally calling for justice on Tuesday in Manning that he won’t stop fighting to exonerate George Stinney. Stinney was 14 in 1944 when South Carolina executed him after a jury said he was guilty of killing two white girls.

rights groups who want to keep pressure on officials to clear George Stinney of all charges in the deaths of two girls in Clarendon County. Finney told the crowd he has no evidence to argue against a

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Roads will be one of the main focuses of a new penny sales tax, if discussions by Sumter County Council on Tuesday are any indication. Council members reviewed proposals for paving or resurfacing several roadways throughout the county at a specially called meeting, with total cost estimates reaching into the millions. “We estimate resurfacing will cost $200,000 a mile, and paving will cost $500,000 a mile,” said County Administrator Gary Mixon. “And that’s just for construction. It doesn’t cover right-of-way acquisition.” A list of potential sites in need of paving prepared by county staff identified portions of 67 roadways, averaging .32 miles each, serving more than 700 homes. An additional 18.9 miles of roadway could be resurfaced, at a cost of $3,780,000. Paving could cost an estimated $11,950,000. Members agreed roads are a main concern for constituents and could be a main selling point when the

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Pawn shops see busy season BY JADE ANDERSON janderson@theitem.com Jewelry, electronics and guns. Those are the three most popular items bought and borrowed against at a number of local pawn shops during this time of year. “Some need Christmas money, and some want to get inexpensive gifts,” said Danny Burkett, owner of Shaw Gate Pawn & Loan Shop. Even new items usually cost 25 to 50 percent less than they would be in a retail store, according to local owners. “People are bargain conscious,” said John Nesbitt with Reliable Pawn Shop. “With half price and a guarantee, why not? A lot of people like to negotiate. The price is a place to start a conversation.” As it gets closer to Christmas, Sherry Whyde, owner of Top Dollar Pawn, usually sees more items go out the door. “With the economy the

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way it is, people are using pawn shops to save money,” she said. “We sell a lot of guns, electronics such as TVs and jewelry. Those are the popular items we receive, too.” Another reason to visit these stores is the unique finds. “It’s like Christmas every day,” Nesbitt said. “We get a variety of stuff for treasure seekers. People often pawn different and unusual stuff.” Burkett agreed. “It’s different than retail,” he said. “With retail, you know what you are going to find — the same stuff. With a pawn shop, you never know what you’re going to get.” Molly Ross, whose husband and brother founded Reliable Pawn Shop in 1946, said they have fantastic jewelry. “What we have is unique, beautiful jewelry,” she said. “We have a machine that cleans it up, and you’d never know it was

from a pawn shop.” Not that it’s a problem to know the jewelry is from such a store. “There is no such things as used diamonds,” Ross said. “Diamonds are diamonds.” All three owners said they check electronics to make sure they are in good working condition. “We do a big business in computers,” Nesbitt said. “Matthew (Berger) and Michael (Gill) stay up on computers. They check them for bugs and passwords. We guarantee everything we sell. I prefer to trade product for product, but if we can’t replace a product, I’ll give them their money back. “We want customers to be happy. I can have 100 happy customers, but if you make one unhappy, that is what he’ll tell all his friends. Word of mouth is quite important to us.” Berger has been with Reliable Pawn for eight years, and

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John Nesbitt shows off one of Reliable Pawn Shop’s most popular items, TVs. Other big sellers include jewelry, guns and musical equipment.

Gill has been with the store for nine years. “Handguns are also very popular Christmas presents,” Berger said. Since those guns require federal background checks, Nesbitt recommends shopping for those sooner rather than later. “We see quite a bit of guns,” Whyde said. “We also receive a lot. It’s something of

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value that a lot of people have more than one of, so they can spare one of that.” But of course, pawn shops have a range of other items such as car stereo equipment and amplifiers, tools, leather jackets, commemorative items and musical instruments. Reach Jade Anderson at (803) 774-1250.

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Good Samaritans will hold 2 giveaways

Sarah Bracey White speaks to students at Bates Middle School on Dec. 2 about her memoir, “Primary Lessons,” which chronicles her experience of moving from Philadelphia to Sumter and growing up in the segregated South in the ’50s and early ’60s. She now lives in Westchester, N.Y., where she is the Greensburgh Director of Arts and Culture.

The Good Samaritans for All People organization will hold two Christmas giveaways this year. The first one will be held from 8 a.m. to noon on Dec. 21 at Lee Central High School, 1800 Wisacky Highway, Bishopville. The second will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 23 at the old Bishopville High School, 600 N. Main St., Bishopville. The nonprofit is still collecting items for the events. New toys may be dropped off at First Citizens Bank, 144 S. Main St., Bishopville. For more information, call (803) 459-4989.

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Christmas spirit alive and well throughout Sumter City Music Hall in New York City. Show times are 7 p.m. Friday and 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday at Patriot Hall. Tickets cost $12 at the door.

BY IVY MOORE ivym@theitem.com The Christmas spirit is less elusive around Sumter than in most areas, as various groups and organizations continue their seasonal activities almost up until Dec. 25.

A CHRISTMAS STORY

SUMTER COMMUNITY CONCERT BAND

The band presents its Christmas program at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Grace Baptist Church on West Calhoun Street. Admission is free to the festive concert that promises to douse the Bah Humbugs in less than 90 minutes. Ample parking is available. See the full story on page A4. ITEM FILE PHOTO

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Planes, trains and automobiles, as well as mules, tractors, helicopters and boats, have all borne Santa Claus along the route of the Boykin Christmas Parade. See how he joins the parade at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Read about this Broadwaystyle show on today’s page C1. The Sumter Civic Dance Company presents three perfor-

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They’ll perform both sacred and secular music in Patriot Hall at 3 p.m. Sunday. See the full story on page A4.

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See the popular movie about Ralphie, who wants a Red Ryder BB Gun for Christmas so bad he can hardly stand it, at the Sumter Opera House, 21 N. Main St. This movie will be nostalgic for baby boomers and hilarious to all generations, including children, and especially anyone who’s ever gotten his or her tongue stuck to a frozen pipe. Admission is $2.50, which benefits children’s programs at the Sumter County Library. Popcorn will be available. THE LIVING CHRISTMAS STORY

Also popularly known as the “drive-thru nativity,” Trinity United Methodist Church’s program can be viewed from your car. The story is a recreation of the biblical Christmas story, as it depicts a 1st-centu-

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ry Bethlehem on the night of Jesus’ birth. The free event takes place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 13 and 14. Enter by turning off Oakland Avenue onto Council Street. BOYKIN CHRISTMAS PARADE

The closest thing to Pasadena’s Doo Dah Parade, the procession known as the Boykin Christmas Parade has everything regular Christmas parades have, but with a twist — a big twist. Don’t miss the Fat Back Queen and her — or his? — cohorts, dancers, bands, Santa’s surprise “float,” and more. And have some roadkill barbecue and enjoy a tailgate with your friends. Take U.S. 521 North and watch for the signs between Rembert and Camden. It all starts at 2 p.m. Sunday. FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS

Millions of lights, Santa in his village and entertainment by local school choirs can be seen at Swan Lake on Friday and Saturday from 6:30 to 8

p.m. Drive through Swan Lake on any other night through New Year’s Eve just to view the fabulous lights. CAROLINA BACKCOUNTRY CHRISTMAS

Chestnuts and a variety of other foods eaten by our late 18th-century ancestors can be enjoyed at the Sumter County Museum from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Museum staff, docents and volunteers will dress in period costume and demonstrate how Sumter’s early settlers celebrated Christmas. Admission is free. POLAR EXPRESS PAJAMA PARTY

Don your favorite pjs and watch the popular movie about a doubting boy who learns all about Christmas, Santa and the North Pole during a magical train ride. Hot chocolate and cookies will be served. The film can be seen at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17, and 4 and 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, at the Sumter Opera House, 21 N. Main St. Admission is $3.

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Chorale will sing musical snow wishes BY IVY MOORE ivym@theitem.com “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!” is wishful thinking for many people, but if music can make it happen, Sunday’s concert by the Sumter Civic Chorale just might conjure up some of the cold, white flakes. The 3 p.m. program at Patriot Hall has many songs that feature snow, from Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas” in a medley with his “Happy Holiday” and “Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep” to Leroy Anderson’s “Sleigh Ride,” which includes the lyric, “We’re riding in a wonderland of snow.” Chorale director James “Jay” Johnson has selected a program of both secular songs and sacred carols, many of them traditional, others less familiar. A Howley Ades arrangement of “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” opens the concert and is followed by the contemporary Jay

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Director Jay Johnson takes the Sumter Civic Chorale through a rehearsal of “Sleigh Ride” recently in preparation for their 3 p.m. Sunday free Christmas concert at Patriot Hall. The concert will feature holiday classics, both secular songs and sacred carols.

Althouse composition titled “Christmas Fanfare.” “Let It Snow!” appears in Michele Weir’s “A Holiday Jazz Trio,” in a medley with “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” and “Jingle Bell Rock.” Among the sacred carols are “Glory to God in the Highest,” “Do You Hear What I Hear?” and “The Coventry Carol.” The latter is a traditional English melody with

words written in the 16th century by Robert Croo. The chorale will sing the arrangement by John Leavitt. Soprano Liz Case will have the solo on Gilbert Martin’s “The Jesus Gift,” which has the singer pondering what gift is appropriate for baby Jesus. Handel’s Hallelujah chorus from his oratorio “Messiah” will

be followed by Peter C. Lutkin’s “The Lord Bless You and Keep You” to close the concert. Susan Hutson accompanies the chorale on piano. The Sumter Civic Chorale comprises accomplished volunteer singers from around the area. Many are school or church choir directors, and several sing in their church choirs.

‘LET IT SNOW! LET IT SNOW! LET IT SNOW!’ WHAT: Sumter Civic Chorale Christmas Concert WHEN: 3 p.m. Sunday WHERE: Patriot Hall, 135 Haynsworth St. COST: Free

‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas’ with annual concert A medley of traditional carols such as “Greensleeves” and “I Saw Three Ships” will be heard, as well as some newer songs that are becoming classics, such as The Carpenters’ “Merry Christmas, Darling” and “A Marshmallow World.” Many other familiar songs will also be on the program, which should last a little more than an hour, Mitchum said. “This is a concert everyone will enjoy,” he said, “one that families can attend together.” Hear the Sumter Community Concert Band playing the songs of Christmas at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Grace Baptist Church, 219 W. Calhoun St. Admission is free, and there is ample parking available.

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James H. “Jimmy” Mills is the director of the Sumter Community Concert Band, which presents its final concert of 2013 on Thursday night. A program of Christmas music will show off the band’s talents.

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Families take in the sights of the Fantasy of Lights at Swan Lake-Iris Gardens on Dec. 1. More than one million lights make this event one of the largest Christmas light displays in the state. The exhibit is open nightly for the public to drive or walk through; however, on Friday and Saturday nights through Dec. 21, special entertainment will be presented. In addition, Santa’s Village in the Heath Pavilion on the Garden Street side of the lake will be open from 6 to 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Children can get assistance writing and mailing their letters to the North Pole and even have a special talk with Santa Claus.

Trees from the Fantasy of Lights event glow in all directions at Swan LakeIris Gardens on Dec. 1.

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sons, so the homeowner called the police. An officer arrived to find Brown standing on the front porch with no shirt on, his pants were wet, and he appeared to be highly intoxicated. Brown was placed under arrest and sent to Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center. Tykeem Billups, 17, was charged with two counts of first-degree assault and battery after reportedly beating one victim in the head and body and a second victim in the face while in the roadway in the 1000 block of Yankee Drive. A warrant was issued for Billups’ arrest on Nov. 26. The suspect was arrested Dec. 9. John H. Singleton, 27, of Dalzell, was charged with possession of narcotics about 9:39 a.m. Monday after being stopped for a traffic violation. The officer pulled Singleton over on Manning Avenue near Hoyt Street after he observed a tan 1999 Toyota make several turns without using a signal. Singleton reportedly admitted to having about a half a gram of marijuana, which was found in the center console of the vehicle. The substance was taken into evidence at the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office.

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Lloyd Andre Hunter, 45, of 4710 McQuiller St., Wedgefield, was charged with criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature after an incident that reportedly occurred about 1:14 p.m. Friday. According to the report, law enforcement responded to Tuomey Regional Medical Center’s emergency room to speak with a 36-year-old woman who told them that the suspect grabbed her by the right arm and hit her on the right shoulder blade with a hammer. She said the suspect also punched and kicked her, and the 36-year-old reportedly had bruises on her entire body. Danna Richardson, 24, of 208 Fairview Ave., #A8, Bishopville, was arrested Monday and charged with shoplifting. At 4:21 p.m., Richardson and another woman were reportedly stopped in a business in the 1200 block of Broad Street when they attempted to leave with several boxes of condoms and personal lubricants concealed in their purses. The items are valued at $228. Latisha Salters, 26, of 17 Courtenay Road, Hampstead, N.Y., was arrested Monday and charged with shoplifting. At 4:21 p.m., Salters and another woman were reportedly stopped in a business in the 1200 block of Broad Street when they attempted to leave with several boxes of condoms and personal lubricants concealed in their purses. The items are valued at $228. Roscoe Wade Brown, 20, of Sumter, was arrested for public disorderly conduct and trespassing in the 2000 block of Tindal Road at 2:27 a.m. Tuesday. According to the report, Brown was walking down the road when he started trespassing. The homeowner asked Brown what he was doing on his property, which turned into an argument. The homeowner went inside the house and grabbed his shotgun, so Brown left the yard. A short time later, Brown was hanging around another house for unknown rea-

STOLEN PROPERTY:

Three automatic tank gauges in aluminum pipes that run underground into a gas station in the 4000 block of Broad Street were reported stolen at 4:49 p.m. Monday. The gauges are valued between $1,500 and $1,800 each. A horse statue and an iron placard valued at a total of $1,000 were reported stolen from the 2000 block of West Brewington Road about 3:36 p.m. Friday. A firearm and some change valued at a total of $800 were reported stolen from the 3000 block of Barkley Road about 10:40 a.m. Monday. The gun is valued at $500. An unidentified firearm and $300 in change were reported stolen from the 3700 block of Barkley Road at 10:49 a.m. Monday.

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A 40-year-old man reportedly told law enforcement that a 43-year-old man tried to grab him by the shirt, causing him to fall off a stool about 10 p.m. Friday at a business in the 500 block of South Guignard Drive. The 43-year-old then reportedly put the 40-year-old in a choke hold before the younger man was able to escape to the locked door. According to the report, the 43-year-old threatened to kill the 40-year-old as he unlocked the door to let him out. A 12-year-old boy reportedly tried to sodomize a 10-year-old boy about 12:51 a.m. Sunday in the 1000 block of Bradd Street. According to the report, when the mother of the victim opened the door to put clothes up in her son’s room, she saw the 12-year-old with his pants down and behind her son. She pulled her son out of the bed, and his rear was reportedly covered in semen. The 10-yearold reportedly told the mother that the 12-year-old said “he would be his brother forever if he did not tell, and if he did tell, he would kill him.� Law enforcement responded. The suspect was returned to the custody of his parent, and the 10-year-old was taken to the hospital for further evaluation.

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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2013

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Health care debate has trust, political themes, too WASHINGTON (AP) — For months, the talk was all about computer code. About response times. About glitches and bugs. People who didn’t know a URL from an http were blithely expounding on software snags and web design, thanks to the clunky launch of healthcare.gov, the insurance marketplace for the government’s big health care overhaul. With the website improving and tech chatter settling down, the conversation about the Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare,� is turning in other directions. It’s about trust. It’s about big government. It’s about politics. And, oh yeah, it’s about your health care, too. WOULD YOU BUY A USED CAR FROM THIS MAN? Or an agenda? The debate over President Obama’s health care law has gradually morphed into a broader discussion about whether he is to be trusted. It’s a critical question for Obama, who could always rely on strong ratings on his leadership and personal qualities, even if people did not agree with his policies. It turned out that the confidence he exuded before the disastrous launch of the health care exchanges was misplaced. Then came revelations that, despite Obama’s assurances that people could keep their plans if they liked them, millions of Americans faced insurance policy cancellations. Now Republicans are highlighting questions about whether people will be able to keep their doctors. Obama has tried to head off the cancellations by giving insurance companies more flexibility. But Republicans have been only too happy to pound him for broken promises, and to insist that he knew all along what would happen. The debate has taken a toll on the president’s credibility. A Quinnipiac University survey of registered voters last month found the share of Americans who thought Obama was honest and trustworthy had fallen 10 percentage points during the fall, to just 44 percent. The health care launch “turned out to have moral dimensions as well as policy dimensions,� said Robert Blendon, a Harvard professor of health policy and political analysis. Obama “really has to restore confidence in himself. He’s got an agenda for the rest of his term here.� FULL-THROTTLE POLITICS

The law is more than three years old, but there’s nothing past tense about the politics. Both parties are expecting an epic dust-up over the law in next year’s congressional elections and are already gearing up for it. “Obamacare is the center of the universe as it relates to 2014 because so many Republicans believe it is the perfect vehicle to argue a whole host of issues,� said GOP strategist Kevin Madden. Matters of trust, competence, big government and more will be framed by that one topic.

Whether Democratic candidates want to talk about the health care law or not, party strategists are preparing a full-throated case supporting it. They’re talking up the benefits that Americans seem to like, or will, once they know them, and assembling examples of people helped by the changes to counter the tales of horror coming from the GOP. It’s a necessarily defensive posture, but an aggressive one, and no doubt meant to buck up the courage of Democratic lawmakers who rallied behind the legislation when it passed only to feel burned by the administration’s fumbles now. “This is going to be a sustained conversation,� said Mo Elleithee, the Democratic National Committee’s communications director. “This is going to be a good time to highlight the differences between the two sides.� And, he dares to hope, “the politics of this will work out as people begin to understand and see the benefits up close and personally.� Should that happen, Democrats may have some success painting Republicans as obstructionists who never wanted the law to work and were willing to shut the government down to advance their anti-Obamacare campaign. WHAT MATTERS IS THE HEALTH CARE For years, the debate about the health care law was largely theoretical, with many provisions not taking effect until 2014. Now, reality is setting in on a matter that is intensely personal for every American. Wendell Potter, a former insurance company executive-turned-critic of the industry, said Republicans got a head start in the debate by generating fear about what might occur under the law. Once the new health plans are in place next year, “the world changes,� Potter said. “Some of those scare tactics don’t work anymore.� Each side is aggressively pushing out reallife stories to bolster its arguments about the benefits or perils of the new law: the cancer patient whose surgery was canceled after her plan was canceled; the diabetic who was fi-

nally able to find coverage after being laid off last summer. The dueling anecdotes could be important in shaping public opinion about the law since not everyone has a personal story to tell about it. “Most Americans are not directly affected a lot by this law, and yet they’re going to have very strong opinions about whether it’s a good thing or a bad thing for the country,� said Blendon. “That’s where the spin gets to be very important.� THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

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PENNY TAX from Page A1 penny-tax proposal is presented to voters. “In my area, people say the only thing they’ll vote for is to put roads on it,� said Councilwoman Naomi Sanders. “We’ve got to do something for the people paying the tax.� Other projects also got a hearing. County Parks and Recreation has asked Mixon for improvements to Dillon Park, including resurfacing of the walking trail and improved facilities for its youth football program, among other projects. “By far the No. 1 need is a gymnasium,� Mixon said. “We’ve built a lot of soccer

fields and baseball fields, but we need to have a gym.� Penny funding could be used to renovate the old Haynsworth gym originally built in the 1950s for Edmunds High School as a “leisure center.� Councilwoman Vivian Fleming-McGhaney said she would like to improve EMS facilities at the Byrd Fire Station, where emergency medical staff are currently housed in a trailer on site. “It’s very valuable to have them there. There are so many testimonies of heartattack victims being saved, and they can get to I-95 quicker,� McGhaney said. “I would put that over my other concerns, because that concerns life.� Councilman Eugene Baten also suggested improvements to the county museum

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2013

Sumter County Council Ordinance Status Ordinance

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13-803: An Ordinance To Place The Property Of EMS-Chemie (North America) Inc. In A Multi-County Industrial Park.

Nov. 12: Approved unanimously

13-804: Amendment to the fee-in-lieu-oftaxes agreement with Continental Tire.

Nov. 12: Approved unanimously

13-805: An Ordinance Authorizing A Permanent Easement To Black River Electric Cooperative. RZ-13-16: An ordinance to rezone 1257 Barnwell Drive from Residential-15 to Agricultural Conservation.

and baseball fields at rural community centers. Mixon and several council members noted they have received several suggestions from members of the public about potential penny-tax projects, and Mixon called for ideas to be submitted in writing to the county so they

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can be forwarded to the appropriate lead group discussing ideas. County council is one of nine separate community groups reviewing proposals for projects to be funded by the new penny sales tax. The final list of projects will be presented to voters for ap-

proval, if a sales tax is passed to fund them, at the November 2014 election. Council did not approve a set list of proposals either during the meeting or its regularly scheduled meeting later in the evening. Reach Bristow Marchant at (803) 774-1272.

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Haley: Defeat won’t affect fight for bill COLUMBIA — Gov. Nikki Haley said the capital city’s rejection of a strong mayor referendum that she publicly

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Haley was among lawmakers of both parties to support the change.

Despite the local defeat, Haley said people want state government changed.

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et’s examine a few statements reflecting a vision thought to be beyond question. “The world that we live in is beautiful but fragile.” “The 3rd rock from the sun is a fragile oasis.” Here are a couple of Earth Day quotes: “Remember that Earth needs to be saved every single day.” “Remember the importance of taking care of our planet. It’s the only home we have!” Such statements, along with apocalyptic predictions, are stock in trade for environmental extremists and nonextremists alike. Worse yet is the fact Walter that this WILLIAMS fragileearth indoctrination is fed to our youth from kindergarten through college. Let’s examine just how fragile the earth is. The 1883 eruption of the Krakatoa volcano, in present-day Indonesia, had the force of 200 megatons of TNT. That’s the equivalent of 13,300 15-kiloton atomic bombs, the kind that destroyed Hiroshima in 1945. Preceding that eruption was the 1815 Tambora eruption, also in present-day Indonesia, which holds the record as the largest known volcanic eruption. It spewed so much debris into the atmosphere, blocking sunlight, that 1816 became known as the “Year Without a Summer” or “Summer That Never Was.” It led to crop failures and livestock death in much of the Northern Hemisphere and caused the worst famine of the 19th century. The A.D. 535 Krakatoa eruption had such force that it blotted out much of the light and heat of the sun for 18 months and is said to have led to the Dark Ages. Geophysicists estimate that just three volcanic eruptions, Indonesia (1883), Alaska (1912) and Iceland (1947), spewed more carbon dioxide and sulfur dioxide into the atmosphere than all of mankind’s activities in our entire history. How has our fragile earth handled floods? China is probably the world capital of gigantic floods. The 1887 Yellow River flood cost between 900,000 and 2 million lives. China’s 1931 flood was worse, yielding an estimated death toll between 1 million and 4 million. But China doesn’t have a monopoly on floods. Between 1219 and 1530, the Netherlands experienced floods costing about 250,000 lives. What about the im-

pact of earthquakes on our fragile earth? There’s Chile’s 1960 Valdivia earthquake, coming in at 9.5 on the Richter scale, a force equivalent to 1,000 atomic bombs going off at the same time. The deadly 1556 earthquake in China’s Shaanxi province devastated an area of 520 miles. There’s the more recent December 2004 magnitude-9.1 earthquake in the Indian Ocean that caused the deadly Boxing Day tsunami, and a deadly March 2011 magnitude-9.0 earthquake struck eastern Japan. Our fragile earth faces outer space terror. Two billion years ago, an asteroid hit earth, creating the Vredefort crater in South Africa. It has a radius of 118 miles, making it the world’s largest impact crater. In Ontario, there’s the Sudbury Basin, resulting from a meteor strike 1.8 billion years ago, which has an 81-mile diameter, making it the second-largest impact structure on earth. Virginia’s Chesapeake Bay crater is a bit smaller, about 53 miles wide. Then there’s the famous but puny Meteor Crater in Arizona, which is not even a mile wide. I’ve pointed out only a tiny portion of the cataclysmic events that have struck the earth — ignoring whole categories, such as tornadoes, hurricanes, lightning strikes, fires, blizzards, landslides and avalanches. Despite these cataclysmic events, the earth survived. My question is: Which of these powers of nature can be matched by mankind? For example, can mankind duplicate the polluting effects of the 1815 Tambora volcanic eruption or the asteroid impact that wiped out dinosaurs? It is the height of arrogance to think that mankind can make significant parametric changes in the earth or can match nature’s destructive forces. Occasionally, environmentalists spill the beans and reveal their true agenda. Barry Commoner said, “Capitalism is the earth’s number one enemy.” Amherst College professor Leo Marx said, “On ecological grounds, the case for world government is beyond argument.” With the decline of the USSR, communism has lost considerable respectability and is now repackaged as environmentalism and progressivism. Walter E. Williams is a professor of economics at George Mason University. © 2013 creators.com

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Objection to Nativity scene shows lack of respect After reading the article titled “Shaw removes Nativity scene after protests,” I looked up Air Force Instruction 1-1 in order to better understand the supposed violation. I found nothing in the AFI that would prohibit a Nativity display anywhere on a government installation. The AFI simply reads that AF leaders “at all levels … must avoid the actual or apparent use of their position to promote their personal religious beliefs to their subordinates or to extend preferential treatment for any religion.” Given what I read in The Item, it doesn’t appear that anyone on base was trying to “promote” a “personal” belief (v. celebrating a communal belief) or prefer one religion above another (as all religious groups apparently have the opportunity to display similar scenes on base if they choose). The AF Instruction goes on to say all airmen “are able to … confidently practice your own beliefs while respecting others whose viewpoints differ from your own,” and that “Airmen, especially commanders and supervisors, must ensure that in exercising their right of religious free expression, they do not degrade morale, good order, and discipline in the Air Force or degrade the trust and confidence that the public has in the United States Air Force.” In my opinion, it seems that those who objected to the Nativity scene were showing a huge lack of respect for those of differing (i.e., Christian) viewpoints and that the AF leaders who ordered the removal of the Nativity scene have done more to degrade the public trust than those who erected it. It also crosses my mind that those airmen who were “troubled” by the Nativity scene will soon receive a paid day off, as the federal government recognizes Christmas Day as a holiday. I wonder if those airmen might be so offended by Christmas that they will volunteer to earn their pay by working Dec. 25? Of course, work or not, they will be paid by the federal government with money bearing the inscription “In God We Trust.” I’m absolutely certain they won’t be so “troubled” by

that inscription that they will refuse their pay. Troubled indeed. DAVE LANGER Sumter

‘Penny tax’ tricks people who don’t do the math We have yet another tax proposal marketed as a “penny tax” so it sounds innocent. A lie told with numbers is still a lie. Anyone confusing “one percent” with a “penny” is cordially invited to gift me one percent of the total they spend each year that is subject to sales tax. Such taxes make local businesses less competitive and help no one but empire-building bureaucrats who get to spend more of other people’s money they didn’t earn. This time the politicians have decided they want more of your money and can’t even be bothered to declare how it will be spent. The term “penny tax” is a trick to fool people who don’t do the math. If you spend $10,000 a year on items subject to sales tax, 1 percent of that is a hundred bucks, not a penny. Do the math for your situation, especially if you have a family. MARK LaSALLE Sumter

Hackers will be busy with health care site I have discovered how to obtain “Identity Theft Insurance” without spending a dime. All I need to do is stay far away from the administration’s HealthCare.gov website. The little hackers and thieves will be so busy for the next two years stealing all the personal information from the sheep that attempt to sign up for the bogus insurance that they will never have time nor need to hack my computer and accumulate the data. It sorta makes me feel selfish, sacrificing my fellow Americans to the cyber thieves, but what’s a man gonna do? JIM ST. CLAIR Dalzell

Thanks for info about NAACP mandated mission This is in regards to Ferdinand Burns letter on Dec. 8: I am so glad that he informed us, we the people of

N.G. OSTEEN 1843-1936 The Watchman and Southron

H.G. OSTEEN 1870-1955 Founder, The Item

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Sumter, S.C., about the NAACP mandated mission. I am looking forward to the elimination of racial hatred and racial discrimination within the NAACP community. I wish they would have required this years ago. Our community will be much improved when this happens. Remember, love thy neighbor. There are seven bullets he told us about. 1. Criminal Justice and education. That sounds good to me. Does that mean that we can count on less crime and violence in our neighborhoods? Won’t that be great? Remember, love thy neighbor. 2. National Economic Department. I am looking forward to more industries and businesses. When will this be accomplished? 3. In regards to education. I thought this was supposed to have happened since segregation ended and integration came into being in about 1963. Remember Little Rock, Ark., and our own Clarendon County? Will parents be held responsible if their children don’t meet the standards? 4. I wouldn’t expect the NAACP to do anything else but to support Obamacare, excuse me, Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act. Go for it, brother. 5. I wonder how much the minimum wage would have to be increased to get everyone off of all the giveaway programs. You know, welfare, food stamps, free food in school, Obama phones, toys for children at Christmas, free book bags when school starts, Medicaid, etc. Please check first to see if some people really want to work. How much will the wage have to be to get all the homeless people off the homeless roles? Will the college educated and doctors make more than the new minimum wage? 6. I will support your gun safety rules after you get all the guns out of the hands of criminals. 7. I’m not sure if I understand this one. Is the national NAACP saying that felons should have the right to vote even if they are convicted and incarcerated? Their votes must be real necessary. Wouldn’t it be better if they just don’t commit the crimes? JACQUELINE K. HUGHES Sumter

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ELECTION from Page A1 letter arrived in town. But Mathis said Taylor told her that the election will be looked at differently if the resignation date in the letter is Dec. 17. “That was the original date that he said that the package would come,” Mathis said. “To this day, I still have not looked at the package.” While the letter has yet to be made public, Pridgen told The Item last week when he confirmed his resignation from office that his letter does not include an effective resignation date. Council member Frances Lester said during Tuesday’s meeting that she contacted the State Election Committee on what should happen but has yet to receive an official word from the committee. While town council received Pridgen’s letter on Dec. 3, Mathis, along with council members Jack Spann and Leonard Houser, held a specially called meeting Friday. During Tuesday’s meeting, Mathis first stated

that their previous meeting was “illegal and invalid” because it did not notify the Town of Pinewood 24 hours in advance. Mathis, however, would later state the situation called for an emergency meeting. “I did not attempt to withhold any information from the town of Pinewood,” Mathis said. “Everything I do is for Pinewood. I would never want to hurt the citizens of Pinewood.” Mathis said she would check with Taylor on how to handle emergency situations. “You can’t wait to call a meeting for something that needs to be done now,” Mathis said. Copies of Pridgen’s resignation letter, as well as Taylor’s letter to the council, are expected to be made available to the public sometime today, but Mathis said she would still not read her letter until the date Pridgen had asked her out of respect for him. Reach Tyler Simpson at (803) 774-1295.

STINNEY from Page A1 new trial for Stinney. The trial has been requested by a law firm working on behalf of Stinney’s supporters. If a judge agrees, Finney said his office will have to review whatever evidence they can find in the 69-year-old case. It may not be much. The confession authorities used at the time has disappeared. Supporters have suggested it was coerced through threats or an offer of ice cream. Any transcript or other information from the trial is gone. All that is left at the ClarenFINNEY don County courthouse is a few pages of cryptic, handwritten notes, according to the motion seeking a new trial. Finney said South Carolina has never seen a case like this. “I have to operate my office by the rules and regulations of the court system, even though I might have a heart that says this young man was not treated fairly, and I want to give him a second chance,” Finney said. The rally was organized by George Frierson, a local school board member who grew up in Stinney’s hometown hearing stories about the case. He decided six years ago to start studying it and pushing for exoneration. He carried with him a 2-inch-thick binder full of stories, autopsy results, pictures and other evidence. “I don’t see anything that is right. That’s why we are demanding justice,” Frierson said from the front of the sanctuary at Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church in Man-

ning, where 60 years ago groups gathered to discuss their plans for the case that would eventually become Brown v. Board of Education. Frierson said he isn’t happy that Stinney’s exoneration may come down to a single judge elected by the state Legislature. He will begrudgingly seek a pardon if the judge rules against a new trial. “The word pardon is to be forgiven for what you have done. He didn’t do anything,” Frierson said. At 14, Stinney was the youngest person executed in this country in the past 100 years, according to statistics gathered by the Death Penalty Information Center. The black teenager was executed just 84 days after the two white girls were killed in the tiny mill town of Alcolu, according to newspaper accounts. The electrodes from the electric chair were too small to fit on his leg, according to the articles. The request for a new trial points out that at 95 pounds, Stinney likely couldn’t have killed the girls, ages 11 and 7, and dragged them to a ditch where they were found, dead from being beaten in the head, likely with a railroad spike. The girls were headed to the poor side of Alcolu to pick flowers that day, and deputies received a tip Stinney had been seen talking to them. Authorities never spoke to Stinney’s family. His sister would say later that she was with them the whole time. She said the girls asked her brother where to find flowers, and Stinney told them he didn’t know and walked away.

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Managerial rivals enter Hall together BY HOWIE RUMBERG The Associated Press

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Retired managers and rivals, from left to right, Tony La Russa, Joe Torre and Bobby Cox display their Hall of Fame gear on Monday after it was announced that they were unanimously elected to the baseball Hall of Fame.

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 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

INDUCTION CEREMONY WHEN: Sunday, July 27, 2014 WHERE: Cooperstown, N.Y.

16 voters on the expansion era committee met a day earlier. “They’re not the easiest guys

to manage against, that’s for sure. But it was fun. It was always a battle,’’ Cox said Monday at the winter meetings. “And I consider them enemies on the field, but friends off the field.’’ All three exceeded the magic benchmark of 2,000 wins — only Connie Mack and John McGraw have won more. “Managing against them, you certainly learned things,’’ said Torre, now an executive vice president for Major League Baseball. “I am honored to go into the Hall with these two guys.’’ SEE HALL OF FAME, PAGE B4

3 USC players make coaches All-SEC team FROM STAFF REPORTS

things necessary to be qualified to be part of the selection process. Simply put, South Carolina hasn’t and that’s the price that is paid for playing in the Southeastern Conference. The BCS allows a conference to have only two teams in its bowls so that leaves a lot of very good SEC teams on the BCS sidelines. That’s the price you pay for playing in such a powerful conference.

COLUMBIA — Three South Carolina Gamecocks were named to the 2013 Coaches AllSoutheastern Conference football team released on Tuesday afternoon. Junior defensive end Jadeveon Clowney and junior defensive tackle Kelcy Quarles earned first-team CLOWNEY accolades with sophomore tailback Mike Davis earning second-team honors. All three players also earned All-SEC DAVIS by the Associated Press on Monday as well. Clowney, a 2013 Rotary Lombardi Award semifinalist, earned All-SEC acQUARLES colades for a third straight season. He finished the regular season with 10.5 tackles for loss and had 35 tackles on the year to go along with a forced fumble, a pair of pass breakups, three sacks and eight quarterback hurries. Quarles, one of four captains, was the team leader in tackles for loss with 13.5 as well as a teamhigh 9.5 sacks. Quarles enters the 2014 Capital One Bowl with 36 tackles, a pass breakup, a fumble

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The rules for the Bowl Championship Series selection process have rewarded one Palmetto State school while seemingly hurting another. South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier, left, and his 10-2 Gamecocks are headed to the Capital One Bowl while Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney, right, and the 10-2 Tigers are off the Orange Bowl for the second time in the last three years.

Hard BCS pill to swallow Selection rules leave USC on outside looking in, send Clemson back to Miami

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s Steve Spurrier is known for saying, “It is what it is.� That would be the Bowl Championship Series, thank you, and its selection process, one that has Spurrier’s South Carolina team again on the outside looking in despite a third straight regular season record of 10-2. On the other hand, Clemson, which the Gamecocks have beaten five straight years, is taking its talents to South Beach for the second time in

three years to face Ohio State in the BCS Orange Bowl. And for good measure, Central Florida, which suffered its only loss at the hands of USC, is headed for a BCS bowl as well. To Carolina fans, it Dennis just doesn’t seem fair. BRUNSON However, the rules are the rules, and the Tigers and UCF have both done the

Huge game gets Mason Heisman seat Bears rout Cowboys 45-28 BY JOHN ZENOR The Associated Press

BY ANDREW SELIGMAN The Associated Press

AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn coaches kept checking on the sidelines: How is Tre? Carry after carry, touchdown after touchdown, Tre Mason tirelessly demonstrated in the Southeastern Conference championship game against Missouri that he could handle the load for the second-ranked Tigers. “Tre had that look on his face,’’ Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said. “In between series, I’d go ask him, `You OK?’ He said, `Coach, keep giving it to me. We’re going to win the SEC championship.’ He had that look in his eyes. We weren’t going to take him out unless he took

to a national title shot against Florida State with 46

CHICAGO — Neither the brutal cold nor the league’s worst defense could stop Josh McCown and the Bears. Instead, Chicago jumped right back into the playoff race. McCown threw for a career-high four touchdowns, and the Bears scored on their first eight possessions to grab a share of the NFC North lead with a 45-28 victory over the Dallas Cowboys on a frigid Monday night. The Bears (7-6) retired Hall of Famer Mike Ditka’s number at halftime and pulled even with Detroit in

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SEE BEARS, PAGE B4

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Auburn running back Tre Mason (21) is one of six finalists for the Heisman Trophy, which will be presented on Saturday in New York.

himself out.’’ Mason delivered as promised. The junior tailback carried Auburn (12-1)

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Chicago wide receiver and former South Carolina standout Alshon Jeffery (17) makes a 25yard touchdown reception during the Bears’ 45-28 victory over Dallas on Monday in Chicago.


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Sumter rolls past Spring Valley Sumter High School had five players score in double figures to pick up an 80-66 varsity boys basketball victory over Spring Valley on Tuesday at the SHS gymnasium. The Gamecocks, who improved to 2-0 on the season, led just 44-40 at halftime. However, they outscored the Vikings 19-8 in the third quarter to open a 63-48 advantage. Micah Butler led Sumter with 16 points. Erick White and Brandon Parker both had 15 points while Quentin Kershaw had 12 and James Caldwell 10. SUMTER Butler 8, McBride 16, Rembert 3, Ta’Bon 2, White 15, Rhinesmith 2, Parker 15, Caldwell 10, Kershaw 12.

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COLUMBIA — Lakewood High School improved to 6-1 on the season with a 50-42 victory over Eau Claire. Jalen White led the Gators with 16 points while Jaylan Wactor had 12 and Jarvis Johnson 10. BEN LIPPEN WILSON HALL

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Wilson Hall fell to 1-2 on the season with a 53-49 loss to Ben Lippen at Nash Student Center.

BOYS AREA ROUNDUP The Barons were led by Brent Carraway’s 17 points while Blake Bochette added 11. William Kinney had six assists and seven steals in the loss. WILSON HALL Carraway 17, Bochette 11, Spittle 4, Kinney 3, Ballard 6, Talley 8.

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HOLLY HILL — Clarendon Hall lost to Holly Hill 47-17 on Monday. Ethan Hughes led the Saints with six points while Dustin Way added five. JUNIOR VARSITY BASKETBALL NORTHWOOD 49 LAURENCE MANNING 38

NORTH CHARLESTON — Laurence Manning Academy dropped a 49-38 decision to Northwood Academy. LMA fell to 0-3 on the season. CLARENDON HALL HOLLY HILL

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HOLLY HILL — Clarendon Hall evened its record at 1-1 on the season with a 20-17 victory over Holly Hill on Monday. Matthew Corbett led the Saints with a doubledouble of 10 points and 12 rebounds.

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Daquan Tindal scored 12 points to lead Lakewood High School to a 37-29 victory over Eau Claire on Monday. Latheron Anderson added nine points for the Gators. B TEAM BASKETBALL WILSON HALL CARDINAL NEWMAN

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COLUMBIA — Wilson Hall improved to 3-1 on the season with a 31-29 double-overtime victory over Cardinal Newman. Charlton Commander led WH with 11 points. Brandon Carraway and Walker Jones each had six points. Andrew McCaffrey added eight rebounds. MIDDLE SCHOOL BASKETBALL LEE CENTRAL 50 C.E. MURRAY 39

GREELEYVILLE — Demarcus Smith had a double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds to lead Lee Central Middle School to a 50-39 victory over C.E. Murray on Monday. Dayrice Austin had 20 rebounds and eight steals for Lee, now 3-0 on the year. Amadric Mixon added nine points.

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Dengokl, Lady Gators top Eau Claire Saints with six points while Delaney Peeler had four points and seven rebounds.

Lakewood High School’s Sonora Dengokl scored 20 points to help the Lady Gators improve to 3-1 on the season in a 56-34 victory over Eau Claire on Tuesday at The Swamp. Deidra Davis-Johnson led the Lady Shamrocks with 16. NORTHWOOD LAURENCE MANNING

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NORTH CHARLESTON — Laurence Manning Academy fell to 0-3 on the season with a 94-43 loss to Northwood. Emily McElveen and Madie Reyes each had 13 points to lead LMA in the loss. ANDREW JACKSON LEE CENTRAL

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BISHOPVILLE — Lee Central High School fell to 0-3 on the season with a 63-60 loss to Andrew Jackson High. Asia Wright led the Lady Stallions with 37 points. Alexis McMillian added nine points while Shy Davis had four points and 13 rebounds in the loss. Sumter High School suffered its first loss of the season in a 43-42 loss to Spring Valley. Christian Hithe had 14 points and nine rebounds for the Lady Gamecocks, who fell to 1-1 on the season. Cy Cooper had a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds in the losing effort. 34 31

Wilson Hall fell to 4-2 on the season with a 34-31 loss to Ben Lippen at Nash Student Center. The Lady Barons were led by Hayley Smoak’s nine points.

NORTH CHARLESTON — Laurence Manning Academy’s Brooke Bennett had a double-double in a 43-32 loss to Northwood. Bennett had 11 points and 15 rebounds while Sara Herbert added 11 points. 24 21

HOLLY HILL — Clarendon Hall fell to 1-2 on the season with a 24-21 loss to Holly Hill on Monday. Christine Elenbark led the Lady Saints with 10 points. Sydney Wells had three points and seven rebounds. EAU CLAIRE LAKEWOOD

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COLUMBIA — Lakewood High School lost to Eau Claire 16-15 on Monday. The Lady Gators fell to 1-2 on the season. MIDDLE SCHOOL BASKETBALL LEE CENTRAL C.E. MURRAY

WILSON HALL Smoak 9, Jordan 5, Goodson 2, Fisher 3, Belk 5, Hawkins 1, Scannella 4, Scott 2.

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HOLLY HILL — Clarendon Hall fell to 1-2 on the season with a 58-17 loss to Holly Hill on Monday. Shannon Corbett led the Lady

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Bates Middle School defeated Mayewood 34-15 on Monday. Kiara Jones led the Lady Bantams with 12 points.

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Trumbo to Diamondbacks in 3-team trade LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — The Los Angeles Angels traded outfielder-first baseman Mark Trumbo to Arizona on Tuesday as part of a three-team deal that also includes the Chicago TRUMBO White Sox. Pitcher Hector Santiago moved from the White Sox to the Angels, outfielder Adam Eaton from Diamondbacks to Chicago, and left-hander Tyler Skaggs from Arizona to Los Angeles.

MEN’S TOP 25 (19) FLORIDA (13) KANSAS

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Scottie Wilbekin scored a career-high 18 points, Dorian Finney-Smith added 15 and No. 19 Florida held on to beat No. 13 Kansas 67-61. NBA PACERS HEAT

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INDIANAPOLIS — Roy Hibbert scored 24 points and Paul George had 15 of his 17 points during a second-half rally to lead the Pacers past Miami 90-84.

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CLEVELAND — Kyrie Irving scored 37 points and Jarrett Jack added 17 points, leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 109-94 win over the New York Knicks. SPURS RAPTORS

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TORONTO — Manu Ginobili scored 16 points, Tony Parker had 15 and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Toronto Raptors 116-103 on Tuesday night. Tim Duncan scored 14 points for the Spurs. From wire reports

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TV, RADIO TODAY 7:30 a.m. -- Professional Golf: European PGA Tour/Sunshine Tour Nelson Mandela Championship First Round from Durban, South Africa (GOLF). 2:30 p.m. -- International Soccer: UEFA Champions League Match -- Arsenal vs. Napoli (FOX SPORTS 1). 2:30 p.m. -- International Soccer: UEFA Champions League Match -- Celtic vs. Barcelona (FOX SPORTSOUTH). 5:45 p.m. -- Girls and Boys High School Basketball: North Central at Lugoff-Elgin (WPUB-FM 102.7). 6:05 p.m. -- Talk Show: Sports Talk (WDXY-FM 105.9, WDXY-AM 1240). 7 p.m. -- College Basketball: North Dakota State at Notre Dame (ESPNU). 7 p.m. -- NBA Basketball: Orlando at Charlotte (SPORTSOUTH). 8 p.m. -- NBA Basketball: Chicago at New York (ESPN). 8 p.m. -- NHL Hockey: Philadelphia at Chicago (NBC SPORTS NETWORK). 9 p.m. -- College Basketball: Prairie View A&M at Brigham Young (BYUTV). 9 p.m. -- College Football: Lombardi Awards from Houston (CBS SPORTS NETWORK). 10:30 p.m. -- NBA Basketball: Dallas at Golden State (ESPN). 11:30 p.m. -- Professional Golf: Asian Tour Thailand Championship First Round from Bangkok (GOLF).

PREP SCHEDULE TODAY 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. THURSDAY Varsity and JV Basketball Thomas Sumter at Trinity-Byrnes, 4 p.m. Carolina at Robert E. Lee, 4 p.m. Clarendon Hall at Dillon Christian, 4 p.m. Sumter Christian at Marion Christian (No Varsity Girls), 4 p.m. Junior Varsity Basketball Lee Central at Timmonsville JV and B Team Basketball Sumter at Crestwood (No Team Girls), 5 p.m. FRIDAY Varsity Basketball Crestwood at Sumter, 6 p.m. Timmonsville at Lee Central, 6 p.m. East Clarendon at Lake City, 6 p.m. Varsity Boys Basketball First Baptist at Wilson Hall, 8:15 p.m. Laurence Manning vs. Palmetto Christian (at Wilson Hall), 5:15 p.m. Varsity Girls Basketball First Baptist at Wilson Hall, 5:15 p.m. Laurence Manning vs. Palmetto Christian (at Wilson Hall), 6:45 p.m. Varsity and JV Basketball Robert E. Lee at The King’s Academy, 4 p.m. South Pointe Christian at Sumter Christian, 4 p.m. JV Boys Basketball First Baptist at Wilson Hall, 4 p.m. JV Girls Basketball First Baptist at Wilson Hall, 4 p.m. Varsity Wrestling Sumter in Demon Holiday Classic (at Lugoff-Elgin High), TBA SATURDAY Varsity Basketball C.E. Murray at Manning, 6:30 p.m. Varsity Boys Basketball Pinewood Prep at Wilson Hall, 1:30 p.m. Heathwood Hall vs. Laurence Manning (at Wilson Hall), noon Varsity Girls Basketball Pinewood Prep at Wilson Hall, noon Heathwood Hall vs. Laurence Manning (at Wilson Hall, 3 p.m. Varsity and JV Basketball Sumter at Lakewood, 3 p.m. JV Boys Basketball First Baptist vs. Laurence Manning (at Wilson Hall), 10:30 a.m. JV Girls Basketball First Baptist vs. Laurence Manning (at Wilson Hall), noon Varsity Wrestling Sumter in Demon Holiday Classic (at Lugoff-Elgin High), TBA

NBA STANDINGS By The Associated Press EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L Pct Boston 10 12 .455 Toronto 7 12 .368 Philadelphia 7 15 .318 Brooklyn 6 14 .300 New York 5 14 .263 Southeast Division W L Pct Miami 16 5 .762 Atlanta 11 10 .524 Charlotte 10 11 .476 Washington 9 11 .450 Orlando 6 15 .286 Central Division W L Pct Indiana 18 3 .857 Detroit 10 11 .476 Chicago 8 10 .444 Cleveland 7 13 .350 Milwaukee 4 16 .200 WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division W L Pct San Antonio 15 4 .789 Houston 15 7 .682 Dallas 13 9 .591 Memphis 10 10 .500 New Orleans 9 10 .474 Northwest Division W L Pct Portland 18 4 .818 Oklahoma City 15 4 .789 Denver 13 8 .619 Minnesota 9 11 .450 Utah 4 19 .174 Pacific Division W L Pct L.A. Clippers 14 8 .636 Phoenix 11 9 .550 Golden State 12 10 .545 L.A. Lakers 10 10 .500 Sacramento 6 13 .316 Monday’s Games L.A. Clippers 94, Philadelphia 83 Denver 75, Washington 74 Charlotte 115, Golden State 111 Memphis 94, Orlando 85 Portland 105, Utah 94 Sacramento 112, Dallas 97 Tuesday’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. Today’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.

GB – 11/2 3 3 31/2 GB – 5 6 61/2 10 GB – 8 81/2 101/2 131/2 GB – 11/2 31/2 51/2 6 GB – 11/2 41/2 8 141/2 GB – 2 2 3 61/2

USC from Page B1 recovery and three quarterback hurries. Davis, a 2013 Doak Walker Award semifinalist, averaged 134.2 all-purpose yards a game, fourth highest in the league. Davis carried 194 times for

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. Thursday’s Games L.A. Clippers at Brooklyn, 8 p.m. Houston at Portland, 10:30 p.m.

NFL STANDINGS By The Associated Press AMERICAN CONFERENCE East W L T Pct New England 10 3 0 .769 Miami 7 6 0 .538 N.Y. Jets 6 7 0 .462 Buffalo 4 9 0 .308 South W L T Pct y-Indianapolis 8 5 0 .615 Tennessee 5 8 0 .385 Jacksonville 4 9 0 .308 Houston 2 11 0 .154 North W L T Pct Cincinnati 9 4 0 .692 Baltimore 7 6 0 .538 Pittsburgh 5 8 0 .385 Cleveland 4 9 0 .308 West W L T Pct x-Denver 11 2 0 .846 Kansas City 10 3 0 .769 San Diego 6 7 0 .462 Oakland 4 9 0 .308 NATIONAL CONFERENCE East W L T Pct Philadelphia 8 5 0 .615 Dallas 7 6 0 .538 N.Y. Giants 5 8 0 .385 Washington 3 10 0 .231 South W L T Pct New Orleans 10 3 0 .769 Carolina 9 4 0 .692 Tampa Bay 4 9 0 .308 Atlanta 3 10 0 .231 North W L T Pct Detroit 7 6 0 .538 Chicago 7 6 0 .538 Green Bay 6 6 1 .500 Minnesota 3 9 1 .269 West W L T Pct x-Seattle 11 2 0 .846 San Francisco 9 4 0 .692 Arizona 8 5 0 .615 St. Louis 5 8 0 .385 x-clinched playoff spot y-clinched division Monday’s Game Chicago 45, Dallas 28 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.

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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 31 12 14 5 29 91 103 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 32 21 10 1 43 98 71 Washington 30 16 12 2 34 92 85 N.Y. Rangers 31 15 15 1 31 69 80 Carolina 31 13 13 5 31 71 86 New Jersey 31 12 13 6 30 69 77 Philadelphia 30 13 14 3 29 68 78 Columbus 30 12 15 3 27 73 82 N.Y. Islanders 31 8 18 5 21 77 109 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 33 21 7 5 47 106 86 San Jose 30 19 6 5 43 101 75 Los Angeles 30 19 7 4 42 79 62 Vancouver 33 18 10 5 41 88 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. Monday’s Games Ottawa 5, Philadelphia 4, SO Pittsburgh 2, Columbus 1 Vancouver 2, Carolina 0 Anaheim 5, N.Y. Islanders 2 Tuesday’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. Today’s Games Los Angeles at Toronto, 7:30 p.m. Philadelphia at Chicago, 8 p.m. Minnesota at Anaheim, 10:30 p.m. Thursday’s Games Columbus at N.Y. Rangers, 7 p.m. Montreal at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. Buffalo at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m. Detroit at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m. Toronto at St. Louis, 8 p.m. Dallas at Nashville, 8 p.m. Colorado at Winnipeg, 8 p.m. Carolina at Calgary, 9 p.m. N.Y. Islanders at Phoenix, 9 p.m. Boston at Edmonton, 9:30 p.m. Minnesota at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.

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BRUNSON from Page B1 Everyone points to the loss to Tennessee as the reason the Gamecocks are in this state again. While it is valid, they still could have been out of the BCS mix even with a victory over the Volunteers. A win would have gotten USC into the SEC championship game as the Eastern Division champion, but a loss to Auburn in the championship game would have left it off the BCS list just like Missouri. Alabama was going to get that other BCS spot from the SEC no matter who else played in or won the SEC title game. So Carolina is left going back to Florida to play in the Capital One Bowl against Wisconsin. No Cotton Bowl like many South Carolina fans wanted. Just as they can thank Auburn for killing the Gamecocks’ BCS hopes with the unbelievable victory over Alabama, the fans too can thank Auburn for wiping out a trip to Dallas and Jerry World with its win over Mizzou last weekend. All things being equal though, a trip to Orlando provides a better overall opportunity for USC and its fan base. A trip to Disney World is much easier to navigate than a 13hour ride on Interstate 20 — and that’s with your ears pinned out going as fast as the law will allow — and perhaps a little more. People can talk a brave game about going deep in the heart of Texas, but when it comes time for the rubber to hit the road, it’s a different matter. No, Carolina fans should be happy they get to drive down I-95 a few hours and see their team play a very good team in Wisconsin. A victory over the Badgers and some well-placed losses in front of them could leave the Gamecocks finishing the season with their highest ranking ever at the end of the season. Which brings us to Clemson. As much as it might pain some South Carolina fans, they should be rooting for the Tigers to defeat the Buckeyes. Against most teams, that would be an impossibility, but since it’s THE Ohio State coached by Urban (Myth or Legend; I’m not sure which) Meyer, Gamecock fans might be able to grit their teeth, hold their noses and take a deep gulp and pull for “that� Upstate school. Like last year, with no Atlantic Coast Conference championship and a loss to USC in their last regular-season game, the Tigers see the Orange Bowl as a chance to keep their season as being deemed a disappointment. A victory over the Buckeyes, who at this time last week were expected to play in the BCS championship game, would surely vault Clemson back into the top 10 in the final polls and be a good send-off for the likes or Tajh Boyd and Sammy Watkins. The first few days in January should be quite interesting.

MASON from Page B1 rushes, 304 yards, four touchdowns and two Heisman poses. He also earned himself a trip to New York as one of six Heisman Trophy finalists, joining tailback Andre Williams (Boston College) and quarterbacks Jameis Winston (Florida State), AJ McCarron (Alabama, Jordan Lynch (Northern Illinois) and Johnny Manziel (Texas A&M). That marathon performance in the Georgia Dome came a week after the 5-foot-10, 205-pound Mason ran 29 times for 164 yards against Alabama’s normally unyielding defense. Delivering on those huge stages carried into the national spotlight a tailback often overshadowed in the SEC by players like Georgia’s Todd Gurley and Alabama’s T.J. Yeldon. “He’s one of the best players in college football, there’s no doubt,’’ Malzahn said. But Mason had largely floated under the national radar, and was only a preseason second-team All-SEC pick. A week earlier, Malzahn said quarterback Nick Marshall “should be in the mix’’ for the Heisman. Mason vaulted past his teammate. Twice a 1,000-yard rusher, he became an overnight sensation. Bo Jackson, Auburn’s 1985 Heisman winner, gave him high praise after the

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performance. “He was like, `You’re probably one of the best players to ever put on an Auburn helmet,’’’ Mason said. “He just was thanking me for being here. I was thanking him for being a mentor to me.’’ Mason is chasing down Jackson’s records. His 1,621 rushing yards, sixth-best nationally, are 165 yards behind Jackson’s record set during the Heisman season. Mason’s 22 rushing touchdowns are one behind the SEC record set by Florida’s Tim Tebow en route to the 2007 Heisman. Mason, who also returns kicks, has already set the school mark with 2,137 allpurpose yards for the nation’s top rushing team. “I don’t want to say I expected it, but I’ve worked toward it,’’ said Mason, who is considering skipping his senior season to enter the NFL draft. “There’s a lot of goals and dreams that I have. I remember saying my goal at the beginning of the season was 1,500 yards. And people said, Oh, that’s too much. Whatever you put your mind to, you can do it. I’ve surpassed that and I’m looking forward to keep doing.’’ He learned the mind-set of aiming high from his parents, Tina and Vincent Mason. Vincent Mason is a member of the hip hop group De La Soul, but Mason remembers living in New York with his grandmother before his father’s

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ANN R. CHADEAYNE BROWN SPARTANBURG — Ann Revell Chadeayne Brown, 92, of Spartanburg, died Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, at Summit Hills-Spartanburg. Born July 24, 1921, in Cornwall, BROWN N.Y., she was a daughter of the late Henry Frost Chadeayne and Mildred Revell Brady Chadeayne. She was the widow of John Lingard Tindale II (Navy lieutenant, World War II) and Walter J. Brown (WSPA-Spartanburg Radiocasting, now Spartan Communications). Mrs. Brown attended St. Louis schools, including Visitation Academy, and was a graduate of Georgetown Visitation Junior College, Washington, D.C., and the University of Maryland. She was a member of Kappa Gamma and an honorary member of Omicron Nu. She was also a member of the Battle of Cowpens Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution; the Cherokee Chapter of the Daughters of American Colonists; Literary Guild Book Club; Home and Garden Club; and Book Review Club. In 1979, she helped organize the monthly Bridge Compe-

tition, which continues, and the proceeds from which benefit the Tamassee DAR School for Children. She was a member of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church. Survivors include her son, John Lingard Tindale III of Pawley’s Island; daughters, Deborah Frost Tindale of San Carlos, Calif., Nancy Revell Tindale Barnhart and husband, Kenneth, of Williamsburg, Va., and Elizabeth Chadeayne Tindale Duffy and husband, John, of Sumter; grandsons, John Tindale Bartfield, Kenneth Barnhart IV, Thomas Tindale Barnhart and Jack Tindale Duffy; great-grandchildren, Christopher P. Knight, Bryce Tindale Barnhart, Abigail Chadeayne Bartfield and Brooke Elizabeth Bartfield; sisters, Gabrielle Chadeayne Noonan of St. Louis, Mo., and Deborah Chadeayne Oliver of Rolla, Mo.; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her sister, Marilee Chadeayne Martin of Philadelphia, Pa.; and her beloved kitties, Molly, Penny and Pippin. Visitation was held Tuesday at Floyd’s Greenlawn Chapel, 2075 E. Main St., Spartanburg, SC 29307. A Mass of Christian

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McKENZIE LEIGH DUKE IRMO — McKenzie Leigh Duke was born on and became an angel in God’s care on Dec. 7, 2013. She is survived by her parents, Jody and Christie Duke, and big sister, Madison Duke, all of Irmo; grandparents, Wayne and Marilyn Smith of North Carolina, and David and Angela Duke of Sandy Run; along with many aunts, uncles and cousins who loved her. Visitation was held Tuesday at Dunbar Funeral Home in Irmo. Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Dunbar Funeral Home in Irmo with interment at 2 p.m. at Clarendon Me-

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morial Gardens in Manning. Though her time was short, it was purposeful. She was loved beyond words and will always be a part of our lives and heart. Even in death, she is perfect. May you now rest, our angel, in God’s unfailing eternal care. You will forever be in our hearts; we love you and will see you again one day. Please sign the online guestbook at www.dunbarfunerals.com.

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KAREN HILL COLUMBIA — Karen Hill, 54, died Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, at Palmetto Health Richland hospital, Columbia. She was born June 1, 1959, in New York, N.Y., a daughter of the late Edward and Florence Hill. The family is receiving friends at the home of her daughter, Kamica Hill, 1122 Westwood, Apartment 38-A, Manning. These services have been entrusted to Samuels Funeral Home LLC of Manning. BEULAH MILLER MANNING — Beulah “Georgetown” 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 Wesly and Annie Fleming Miller. She attended the public schools of Clarendon County School District 3. She

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BEARS from Page B1 the division race on a night when the game-time temperature was in single digits and the wind chill factor was below zero. The loss left Dallas (7-6) a game behind Philadelphia in the NFC East and owner Jerry Jones calling for more aggressive playcalling on defense. The bone-chilling conditions didn’t stop McCown from throwing for 348 yards or keep the Bears from running away with a lopsided victory. It was one they desperately needed after consecutive losses, and although Detroit holds the head-tohead sweep, the Bears are back in the thick of the playoff race. “All we could do is try to beat the Dallas Cowboys,’’ coach Marc Trestman said. “We kept it as simple as that. We didn’t get into all the hypotheticals and all the things that go into winning or losing a game.’’ Former South Carolina standout Alshon Jeffery’s leaping catch between two defenders in the corner of the end zone in the closing seconds of the second quarter gave the Bears a 24-14 lead, and they continued to pour it on in the second half after a gutwrenching overtime loss at Minnesota last week. Jeffery had five catches for 84 yards and the one score. McCown, making his fourth straight start with Jay Cutler sidelined by a high left ankle sprain, became the first Bears quarterback to throw for 300 or more yards in three straight games. And for that, DeMarcus Ware

was employed for many years as a caregiver for Curtis Gibbons and was also employed as a cafeteria worker at WalkerGamble High School for many years. She was a member of Howard Chapel AME Church in New Zion. Survivors are a daughter, Janet (Christopher) McCoy of Sumter; a grandson, Ernest (Stephanie) Miller; a granddaughter, Roitoria Billlie and Raheim McCoy of Sumter; one sister, Majorie (John) Bugress of Kingstree; one brother, Bobby J. Miller of Sumter; and five great-grandchildren. Public viewing will be held from noon to 7 p.m. today. Celebratory services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at Howard Chapel AME Church, New Zion, with Pastor Marlin Clemons presiding and the Rev. Oliver Davis officiating. Burial will follow in Ebenezer Cemetery, Gable. Beulah “Georgetown” Miller will lie in repose one hour prior to funeral time. The family is receiving friends at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Janet and Christopher McCoy, 13-B Dew Drive, Sumter. These services have been entrusted to Samuels Funeral Home LLC of Manning.

blamed Dallas’ defense. “If you were back there quarterbacking and we played the way we played you probably would have five touchdowns,’’ he said. McCown, meanwhile, insisted he’s still the backup. And Trestman said the plan with Cutler hasn’t changed. “We’ll see where Jay is this week,’’ he said. “He’ll have to be released by the doctors and when Jay is ready to play, he’ll be playing.’’ Brandon Marshall caught six passes for 100 yards, and Jeffery added 84 yards receiving after breaking his own team record the previous week with 249. Matt Forte chipped in with 102 yards rushing and 73 receiving, and the Bears racked up 490 yards in all. “Basically, we will have to make some adjustments in what we are doing defensively,’’ Jones said. “What that usually means is taking more risks on defense. But if you’re going to have the kind of match like we had tonight or certainly in New Orleans you have to take some risks. We have to double up and I’m sure that will be part of the plan on defense; more risks.’’ Tony Romo threw for three touchdowns but completed just 11 of 20 passes for 104 yards for Dallas. DeMarco Murray ran for 146 yards against the league’s worst run defense, but the Cowboys were overmatched after winning two straight. They also lost lineback-

er Sean Lee to another injury — this time a neck issue after making a tackle in the third quarter. He missed the previous two games with a hamstring problem. “Certainly, it was a disappointing loss and the loss stings,’’ coach Jason Garrett said. “The worst thing we can do is have a hangover after this loss.’’ The game-time temperature was 8 degrees with the wind chill at minus 9, but the freezing conditions did nothing to slow either team in the early going. Garrett said both teams handled it well. Murray burned Chicago for 52 yards on six carries on the game’s opening possession to set up a 2-yard scoring pass from Romo to Dez Bryant, but the Bears scored just about every time they got the ball. After Bryant’s TD, McCown tied it with a 4-yard pass to Earl Bennett and put Chicago ahead 14-7 early in the second quarter with a 7-yard scramble, leaping at the goal line and getting spun in midair. Jason Witten tied it at 14 when he dragged Major Wright across the goal line on a 10-yard touchdown catch, but the Bears grabbed a three-point lead on Robbie Gould’s 27-yard field goal with 1:33 remaining in the half. Jeffery added to it with that neat catch after Dallas was forced to punt. “I’m just trying to give him a chance to go up and make the play but not really put the ball in jeopardy, so to speak,’’ McCown said. “My part was relative easy to the catch.’’

HALL OF FAME from Page B1 Induction ceremonies will be held July 27 in Cooperstown, N.Y. Candidates needed 12 votes for election. No one else on the 12-person ballot that included former players’ union head Marvin Miller and late New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner got more than six votes. Torre became the fifth manager to win four World Series championships, leading the Yankees to titles in 1996 and from 1998-00 — beating Cox’s Braves twice. After making only one trip to the playoffs in 14 seasons with the New York Mets, St. Louis and Atlanta, Torre guided the Yankees to the postseason in all 12 of his years in New York with a cool, patient demeanor. His popularity rankled Steinbrenner. “George Steinbrenner changed my life giving me that opportunity at the end of `95,’’ said Torre, the seventh Yankees manager to be elected to the Hall. “He just wanted to win. He felt he owed it to the city. Maybe, the fact I was a New Yorker, it really struck a nerve with me.’’ Torre finished his career by leading the Los Angeles Dodgers to two NL West titles in three seasons, retiring after 2010 with a record of 2,326-1,997. He’s the only manager to have more than 2,000 hits as a player — he was the 1971 NL MVP — and 2,000 wins in the dugout. “Joe taught a lot of us about how to win the right way and lose the right way,’’ La Russa said. The savvy La Russa won World Series titles with Oakland in 1989 and with St. Louis in 2006 and ‘11, retiring days after beating the Texas Rangers in a seven-game thriller. Of the nine managers with three or more World Series titles, the other seven all have been inducted. La Russa finished with the third-most wins by a manager in a career that began with the Chicago White Sox in 1979 and ended with a record of 2,728-

2,365. “I miss the winning and losing,’’ La Russa said. “Someday I’ll be with a team, I think. I’d like to be part of the competition again.’’ Cox’s managerial career began in 1978 with Atlanta, but he was fired after four seasons — only one above .500. A fouryear run in Toronto ended in 1985 with an AL East title, and Ted Turner lured him back to the Braves as their GM. Cox returned to the dugout in 1990, and following one losing season he went on one of the most successful regular-season runs by any skipper, leading the Braves to 14 straight division titles and a World Series championship in 1995. He retired in 2010 fourth behind La Russa in career wins with a record of 2,5042,001. Cigar-chomping and fiercely loyal to his players, Cox was ejected a major league record 159 times. Two of his pitchers during the remarkable stretch during the ‘90s, 300-game winners Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine, head the newcomers on this year’s players’ ballot. Results of voting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America is scheduled for Jan. 8. “I just hope Glav and Mad Dog can be on the stage with me,’’ Cox said. “That would be the final finishing touch, going in with those two.’’ Miller, the pioneering head of the players’ association from 1966-81, was rejected for admission to the Hall for the sixth time he appeared on a committee ballot. He fell one vote short of induction in 2010 and received no more than six votes this year. “Words cannot adequately describe the level of disappointment and disbelief I felt when learning that once again the Hall of Fame has chosen to ignore Marvin Miller and his unparalleled contributions to the growth and prosperity of Major League Baseball,’’ players’ association head Tony Clark said in a statement. “Over the past 50 years, no individual has come close to matching Marvin’s impact on the sport.’’


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Want to Buy Golden Kernel Pecan Company 1214 S. Guignard Dr. Sumter, SC 803-968-9432 We buy pecans, We sell Pecan halves & Pieces, Chocolate, Sugarfree Chocolate, Butter Roasted, Sugar & Spiced, Prailine, Honey Glazed, English Toffee Gift Packages available, Fruit Cake mix

Help Wanted Full-Time SHAMROCK BINGO Runners & Callers needed. 803-905-5545

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The Tree Doctor Any size tree removal & stump grinding. Trimming & clearing. No job too big or small. Call 775-8560 or 468-1946. We accept credit cards and offer senior discounts

Sumter County Flea Mkt Hwy 378 E. 803-495-2281 500 tables. Sat. $8 free return Sun.

Ricky's Tree Service Tree removal, stump grinding, Lic & ins, free quote, 803-435-2223 or cell 803-460-8747.

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Assistant Manager needed at People's Finance Company. Valid drivers license and auto required. A career opportunity that offers excellent salary and a complete fringe benefit package. Promotion to manager possible within 15 months. No experience necessary. Apply in person at: 730B Broad St . EOE, M/F. Ask for Donnie Collins Full time body shop person with professional experience needed at Sumter used car dealership. $400/week. Call Denis @ 803-454-6815. Customer Service Rep needed by Bishopville Branch of World Acceptance Corporation. Valid drivers license and auto required. A career opportunity that offers excellent salary and a complete fringe benefit package. No experience necessary. Apply in person at: World Finance, 135 N. Main St. EOE, M//F. Call Kelly Smith at 803-484-6261 Experienced FT Salesperson. Dependable transportation and good work references required. Apply in person at 873 Broad St.

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Unfurnished Apartments Senior Living Apartments for those 62+ (Rent based on income) Shiloh-Randolph Manor 125 W. Bartlette. 775-0575 Studio/1 Bedroom apartments available EHO 2BR/2BA very nice large Apt. located in town. $600/mo. No credit check. Call 803-236-5953

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Got Christmas spirit? Get lots and Jingle with the Arts BY IVY MOORE ivym@theitem.com

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You will be Friday night after seeing Jingle with the Arts, promises Andrea Freed-Levenson, director of the annual Christmas extravaganza presented by the Sumter Civic Dance Company. She’s been right for the past 18 years, and Jingle No. 19 will follow the same general format and feature several special guests. Yes, Santa himself will be there, but so will several talented local groups and individual performers. Freed-Levenson, who’s also the director of the company and its chief choreographer, came up with the idea for Jingle several years ago after seeing the Rockettes’ Christmas program at Radio City Music Hall in New York. The format for Jingle with the Arts remains the same each year, but with different song and dance numbers, costumes, set pieces, props and more. The show opens with a “big Broadway-style number,” according to stage manager Sondra Tidwell, with high energy dancing that won’t let up until after the finale. Scene I is titled “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year.” In addition to the highkicking members of the Sumter Civic Dance Company, who are the hosts and sponsors of Jingle, Scene I introduces several other performers who will be seen throughout the show’s five scenes. The Bethesda Church of God Voices of Praise will sing “Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” the Sumter Civic Dance Apprentice Company will dance to “Boogie Woogie Choo Choo Train,” the Freed School Youth Theatre will perform “Go, Go Christmas,” and the Sumter High School Show Choir will sing “We Need a Little Christmas” and “Christmas Was Meant for Children” in this opening scene. Scene II, “A Wintry Night,” slows things down a bit when it snows on stage, prompting a delicate dance number by the company, “Christmas Waltz” by the SHS Show Choir and “O Little Town of

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Sumter Civic Dance Company members rehearse their opening number, a Rockettes-style dance that will get Jingle with the Arts off to a rousing start. With five scenes and several special guest performers, three performances of Jingle can be seen at Patriot Hall on Friday and Saturday. BELOW: The reindeer join the Sumter High School Show Choir in Santa’s Man Cave during Scene IV of Jingle with the Arts.

Jingle with the Arts Patriot Hall, 135 Haynsworth St. 7 p.m. Friday, 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday Tickets $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Get tickets at SEACO Music, 140 N. Main St., (803) 775-9213; Freed School of Performing Arts, 527 N. Guignard Drive, (803) 773-2847; or from the cast.

Bethlehem” sung by the Voices of Praise. The Freed School Gymnastics Team performs in Scene III, set in Santa’s Toy Shop, where they’ll be Elves on the Shelf, and a variety of toys — Lalaloopsy Dolls, Laffy Taffy, Mechanical Toys and Raggedy Anns will dance. The Grinch has a little wassail with St. Nick in Santa’s Man Cave and proclaims “I Really Don’t Hate Christmas,” and the Four Bridges St. Marks Gospel Choir sings “Every Praise.” Erin Levenson and Cedric Hobbs perform a swing number in the scene. Jingle with the Arts has always provided a variety of genres of dance and song, all related to the Christmas season, and the addition of other talented performers from the community enriches the show each year. As always, Freed-Levenson ends the show with Scene V, “Reason for the Season,” with Sumter Civic Dance Company performing and the choirs from Bethesda

Church of God and Four Bridges St. Marks Missionary Baptist Church and the entire cast joining in song. Freed-Levenson is artistic director for Jingle with the Arts, with David Shoemaker as technical director, Tidwell as stage manager and special choreography by Andrea Govier and Erin Levenson. Denise Lynch is the director of the Sumter High School Show Choir, and Fran Glaze is choreographer. Directors of the Four Bridges St. Marks Baptist Church Gospel Choir are Detrick Simmons and Minister R.D. China-Jennette, and the Rev. Julia A. Sims-Owens directs the Bethesda Church of God Voices of Praise.

State recognition granted to Sumter Tribe FROM STAFF REPORTS COLUMBIA – The South Carolina Commission for Minority Affairs Board of Commissioners officially granted State Recognition to the Sumter Tribe of Cheraw Indians making them South Carolina’s 8th State Recognized Tribe on Nov. 22, 2013. The tribe submitted its approximately 1,500-page petition in September 2012 to the SC Commission for Minority Affairs after several attempts over the last few years. The petition was reviewed by the State Recognition Committee and was given a favorable report by the Committee in December 2012. The report was reviewed by the Board of Commissioners of the SC Commission for Minority Affairs and accepted in August 2013. The SC Commission for Minority Affairs Native American Affairs staff conducted a site visit and verification of

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FROM LEFT: Tribal Council Officer Ansley T. Ray, Vice-Chief George C. Truesdale, Native American Affairs Coordinator at the Commission for Minority Affairs Marcy Hayden, Chief Ralph J. Oxendine and Chairwoman Claudia B. Gainey celebrate the State of South Carolina’s having officially granted State Recognition to the Sumter Tribe of Cheraw Indians on Nov. 22, during Native American Indian Awareness Month.

enrolled members culminating in a second report to the Board of Commissioners. Based upon the two favorable reports, the Board voted to grant “Tribal” status to the Sumter Tribe of Cheraw Indians on behalf of the State of

South Carolina. According to the commission, the Sumter Tribe of Cheraw Indians drew upon its documented history dating back to first contact with colonial settlers sharing history with well known tribes such

as the Catawba Indian Nation and Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina. The Sumter Tribe of Cheraw Indians has been documented as “Turk” over the years, but in the 1970s began to identify themselves as Native American Indian. Their history has been hidden for many years to outsiders, but has been well documented as Native American Indian starting in the 1700s when they were forced to live with the Catawba Indian Nation during colonial rule. Throughout the centuries, they have remained a core community, hiding traditions and customs within daily community life and hiding their identities as Indian by identifying themselves as “Turks.” In their petition, they document their Native American ancestors through historical records like the census and outline the history in their community for more than 100 continuous years until modern day.

Since 2005, the State of South Carolina has officially recognized Native American entities through the SC Commission for Minority Affairs. There are currently one Federally Recognized tribe, eight State Recognized tribes, five State Recognized groups, and two State Recognized special interest organizations. There are large numbers of urban Indian and non-recognized Indian people in South Carolina as well. There are approximately 43,000-plus Native American Indian people living in S.C., according to the 2010 Census Data. The South Carolina Commission for Minority AffairsNative American Affairs Initiative serves as the state’s official Native American Affairs agency working with Native American Indians to address issues of poverty and socioeconomic deprivation through collaboration with government and private partners.


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Give a book on chocolate, drinks and more J.M. HIRSCH AP Food Editor Let’s all stop being coy and fess up, shall we? The truth is, even those of us who work with cookbooks, write about cookbooks, collect cookbooks — heck, even write cookbooks ourselves — don’t actually cook from cookbooks. At least not nearly as frequently as we’d like to/promise ourselves we will/tell others we do. As food has morphed ever more into a pop culture fixture, cookbooks — with their lush photos, their provocative prose, their tempting, come hither recipes — have become the porn of the food set. Which sounds flip, but actually is significant. For if we still love cookbooks — and by all accounts we certainly seem to — but no longer see them primarily as a source of dinner inspiration, our selection criteria also must change. A good cookbook back in the day was defined mostly by quality of the recipes alone. That remains vital, of course, but hardly critical. Today, story often trumps recipes. A good many books in this category may not even have recipes, or at least none a home cook is expected to follow (I’m talking to you Heston Blumenthal and Ferran Adria). Not too many years ago, that would have been comical. Today? There’s an audience for that. So it is with this mindset that I made my picks for the best food books of 2013, the ones I would hope to get or gift this holiday season. “Notes From the Larder” by Nigel Slater (Ten Speed Press, $40) Nigel Slater is a master of the journal-cum-cookbook format. He has an elegant simplicity of language that transports you to his garden, his kitchen, his table. “Notes From the Larder” is only the latest journal-style import from this Englishman, and it will leave you ready to dive into his previous volumes. Slater probably is best known in the U.S. for his memoirturned-movie “Toast,” which recounts a childhood spent finding himself via food. Books like “Notes From the Larder” make you glad he did. His recipes are simple, yet deftly draw you in. It doesn’t hurt that the photography is splendid. “Smoke & Pickles” by Edward Lee (Artisan, $29.95) Edward Lee earned his fame on Season 9 of Bravo’s “Top Chef,” but he earned his credibility for his brash, yet respectful reimagining of Southern cuisine. A Korean-American who grew up in New York, Lee’s only connection to the South was a road trip. But he fell in love with the culture and its food, and it shows in his cooking. Like his Louisville, Ky., restaurant 610 Magnolia, his first cookbook, “Smoke & Pickles,” is a delicious amalgam of his cultures. Pulled pork gets sauced with bourbon and black bean paste. A T-bone gets marinated with lemon grass, Asian sesame oil and peanut oil. Anyone who loves Southern cooking — or anyone who claims to “know” what Southern cooking is — will want this book. “The Taste of America” by Colman Andrews (Phaidon, $29.95) Colman Andrews has succeeded at something that shouldn’t have been successful. He has written a reference book that reads like a storybook. His anthology of 250 classic American foods — some ingredients, some products — is a fascinating way to taste our nation’s collective menu. From Goo Goo Clusters to boiled peanuts, he tells the story of America through its food. “Mast Brothers Chocolate” by Rick Mast and Michael Mast (Little, Brown and Co., $40) Gratuitous, over-the-top odes to all things chocolate have become annoyingly common on the cookbook scene. It’s a tired format usually built on precious, fussy recipes that rarely inspire, no matter who the author. This book is different. The Mast brothers — known best to Brooklyn hipsters as the men behind local chocolate company Mast Brothers Chocolate — have

written a book of delicious simplicity, filled with recipes so evocatively photographed and so clearly written, you will cook from it. Start slow. Try the chocolate soda. Then the chocolate crunch. No need to thank me. “Reasons Mommy Drinks” by Lyranda Martin Evans and Fiona Stevenson (Three Rivers Press, $12.99) If foul language and parenting-by-alcohol are things likely to offend you, give this book a pass. But if you have embraced your potty mouth and understand that a good drink can make far more tolerable the terrible twos right on through those horrible teens, then you will love this tiny book of cocktail recipes (and the parenting horrors that inspired them). It’s a wonderfully funny romp through everything we know to be true about parenting. My only complaint? Daddies drink, too. “Eat Drink Vote,” by Marion Nestle (Rodale, $18.99) The politics of food and diet can be a dense slog for all but the most committed of foodies. But Marion Nestle, one of the nation’s leading thinkers on food policy, has written a book that doesn’t just inform, it entertains. Sure, there are plenty of stats and history and discouraging tales of food systems gone bad. But Nestle has paired all that with hundreds of comics and cartoons that bring those issues humorously home. It’s odd to say, but readers will laugh hard as learn the sad truth about all that is wrong — and some of what’s right — about the way America eats. “Kitchen Things” by Richard Snodgrass (Skyhorse Publishing, $29.95) Don’t be fooled by this book’s cover, which sells itself as “an album of vintage utensils and farm-kitchen recipes.” That sounds kind of boring, and the recipes are amusing, but secondary. This book’s appeal is in its gorgeous black-and-white photos of old-school kitchen gadgets. Richard Snodgrass actually makes things like measuring spoons and meat tenderizers look sensual. The text is a pleasant blend of history and humorous backand-forth between Snodgrass, his wife and his mother-in-law, from whose kitchen many of the gizmos come. “The Art of Simple Food II” by Alice Waters (Clarkson Potter, $35) Alice Waters makes the simplest of foods seem revelatory, even celebratory. This book, a follow to her 2007 “The Art of Simple Food,” does what so few true cookbooks seem able to these days — it inspires and makes you want to cook, to explore ingredients. Not because of whiz-bang sci-fi gastronomy or because of celebrity or any other trendiness. It’s because Waters embraces food as a beautiful thing unto itself. “L.A. Son” by Roy Choi (Ecco, $29.99) This is the man who gave us the Kogi food truck, the Los Angelesbased Korean taco mashup credited with taking the food truck movement respectable. His beautiful book (published under Anthony Bourdain’s imprint) is two parts story (Choi’s coming up), one part recipe (his OMG crazy good creations, like ketchup fried rice). You may never cook from this book (though the recipes are eminently doable), but it won’t matter. It’s a fun flip even if all you do is drool. “The America’s Test Kitchen Cooking School Cookbook,” (America’s Test Kitchen, $45) Do-it-all cookbooks — the sort that try to cover all the culinary bases — are pretty been there, done that. Mostly because smart consumers know quality often is best in niche experts. The folks behind America’s Test Kitchen (the television shows and magazines) are the happy exception. So is their new book, a comprehensive introduction to the art of cooking simply and well. Some 2,500 photos walk readers through 600 painstakingly tested recipes, leaving little room for error whether you’re baking a chocolate chip cookie or trying to master beef Burgundy.


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Hate to bake? No excuse with easy drop cookie BY J.M. HIRSCH AP Food Editor The trouble with the holiday season is the baking guilt. The issue is that I don’t like baking. It’s too precise a practice for me to enjoy. I prefer the little-of-thislittle-of-that approach to cooking, which works fine for pasta dinners, but generally is a disagreeable way to bake. But at this time of year, we are constantly reminded that happy families are supposed to have special bonding moments while baking luscious holiday treats. If we really loved our children, we’d be delighted by the mess they make while dumping flour on the floor and spilling raw eggs down the side of the stove. And so begins the guilt. Not only are we supposed to be baking, we’re also supposed to be enjoying it. To attempt to assuage my guilt, every year I search for something I can handle. A recipe that

is fast and easy. A recipe that is forgiving enough to accommodate my freewheeling approach to the kitchen. A recipe that requires minimal mess, minimal fuss, that is child-friendly and that will satisfy that peculiar holiday carb-driven urge. This year I decided to do away with the trouble of a search and simply create my own. I wanted a cookie that is versatile and simple. A drop cookie was ideal; no bothersome shaping or chilling or decorating. If it could be made in one bowl, all the better. And flexibility was a must. These cherry-chocolate drop cookies are the easy and delicious result. If you don’t like dried cherries, substitute another dried fruit (Raisins? Cranberries? Apricots? Dates? Whatever.). Prefer semi-sweet chocolate or no chocolate or nuts? Have at it. However you make these cookies, they’ll come together fast and easy so you can ditch the holiday baking guilt

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1 egg 1 teaspoon almond extract 1/4 cup milk 3 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 cup dried cherries 1/2 cup dried cranberries 1 cup white chocolate chips Heat the oven to 375 F. Line 2 baking sheets with kitchen parchment. In a large bowl, use an

electric mixer to beat the butter and both sugars until fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the egg, almond extract and milk, then mix well. Add the flour and baking soda, then mix just until the dry ingredients are well mixed in. Mix in the cherries, cranberries and chocolate chips. Drop the dough in 2-tablespoon mounds on the prepared baking sheets, leaving 2 inches between them. Bake, in batches if necessary, for

12 to 14 minutes, or until just lightly browned at the edges and still slightly soft at the center. Leave on the baking sheet for 2 minutes, then use a spatula to transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Nutrition information per serving: 210 calories; 90 calories from fat (43 percent of total calories); 10 g fat (6 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 30 mg cholesterol; 28 g carbohydrate; 1 g fiber; 15 g sugar; 3 g protein; 40 mg sodium.

Double the oats for a satisfying Christmas treat But during the holidays, I love making them with dark chocolate chips and walnuts. The addition of the rich chocolate makes them more decadent and takes them from a breakfast cookie to a special occasion cookie.

BY ELIZABETH KARMEL Associated Press Writer Many people would balk at the idea of eating holiday cookies for breakfast, but this recipe might make you reconsider. These double-the-oats oatmeal cookies are so jammed with oats — making them tender and wonderfully chewy and rich — that I’ve been known to take them on vacation just so I can enjoy a familiar breakfast. Because if you could enjoy your morning bowl of oatmeal in the form of a cookie, why not? The inspiration for this cookie actually began with my dislike of raisins. Most oatmeal cookies are packed with raisins, which usually turns me off. So I wanted to create my own take on this classic cookie. I started with a basic cookie dough made with creamed butter, then added twice as many oats as a traditional cookie. I also substituted dried cherries for the raisins. The result was a good cookie, but it wasn’t a great cookie. I wanted to be able to taste the individual ingredients, and I wanted a crispier texture. I was at loss until a trip to

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These Double-the-Oats Oatmeal Cookies are tender, wonderfully chewy and rich.

Houston unexpectedly gave me the answer. I was visiting a friend whose mom recently had sent him a tin of her oatmeal cookies. I tried one and wanted to eat the entire batch. I loved the texture and the light, clean taste. They were crisp and toothsome, everything I was looking for. The secret? She used vegetable oil instead of butter. At first, I thought this was odd, but then I realized that a lot of my favorite cakes were made with oil, not butter. As

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soon as I got home, I tested my recipe with oil and I could not believe the difference. My cookies had gone from good to great and I started baking them weekly. Because I like to eat these cookies for breakfast with a cup of coffee, I bake them and keep them in the freezer so I have them on hand most of the time. I generally bake the cookies with dried cherries and pecans, which makes me equate them with eating a bowl of granola.

Feel free to substitute 1 1/2 cups of dark chocolate chips and 1 cup of chopped walnuts for the dried cherries and pecans. Either version is delicious and perfect for a holiday — or any day — treat. Start to finish: 30 minutes Makes 3 dozen cookies 2 eggs 1 tablespoon vanilla extract 1 cup packed dark brown sugar 1/2 cup granulated sugar 1 cup vegetable oil 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted 1 teaspoon baking soda 2 teaspoons cinnamon 1 teaspoon ground cardamom 1/2 teaspoon salt 3 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats (not quick-cooking), divided 1 1/3 cups dried cherries

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1 generous cup pecan halves, coarsely chopped Heat the oven to 350 F. Line a baking sheet with kitchen parchment. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs and vanilla until frothy. Add both sugars and the oil. Mix until well blended and creamy in appearance. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, cardamom and salt. Add to sugar and egg mixture and mix until completely combined. Mix in 2 cups of the oats, then the cherries and pecans. Add the remaining 1 1/2 cups of oats and mix well. The batter will be stiff. Working in batches, use a teaspoon to drop cookie dough on the prepared cookie, leaving about 2 inches between cookies. Bake for 14 to 15 minutes, or until golden brown and still soft at the center. Cool for 2 minutes on the baking sheet, then use a spatula to transfer to a rack to cool completely. Nutrition information per cookie: 180 calories; 80 calories from fat (44 percent of total calories); 9 g fat (1 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 10 mg cholesterol; 22 g carbohydrate; 2 g fiber; 11 g sugar; 2 g protein; 70 mg sodium.


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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 d’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 (803) 372-6225. The Sumter Civic Chorale will present its Christmas concert, “Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow,� at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, at Patriot Hall, 135 Haynsworth St. The Sumter County Education Association-Retired will hold its Christmas program and luncheon at noon Wednesday, Dec. 18, at North HOPE Center, 904 N. Main St. Call (803) 469-6588.

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

Heartz 2 Soulz third annual Giving Back to the Community Christmas Dinner and Gift-Giving Event for 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, coats, clothing, and shoes are being accepted. Call (803) 7735799 for details 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 (803) 773-1987.

The Civil Air Patrol — Sumter Composite Squadron’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. Attendees are invited to help hang wreaths along the cemetery fence after the ceremony.

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The casting certainly looks promising. In addition to country stars Blake Shelton, Reba McEntire and Trisha Yearwood, expect an assortment of network TV stars, perennial hangerson and cable curiosities. After all, nothing says “Christmasâ€? like a visit from William Shatner! Look for Jay Leno, Matt Lauer, Robin Williams, Whoopi Goldberg, Danica Patrick, Heidi Klum, Ken Jeong (“Communityâ€?) and Jai Rodriguez (“Queer Eye for the Straight Guyâ€?). • Few competitions lend themselves to television, or live spectacle, quite like the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (10 p.m., GAC), featuring the seventh round of the finals.

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“The Middleâ€? (8 p.m., ABC, TV-PG). • Meredith receives a Christmas prison furlough on “Melissa & Joeyâ€? (8 p.m., ABC Family, TV-14). • The Cannon goes AWOL for the holidays on “Back in the Gameâ€? (8:30 p.m., ABC, TVPG). • Ben goes all out for Emma’s first Christmas on “Baby Daddyâ€? (8:30 p.m., ABC Family, TVPG). • Christmas complications compound on “Modern Familyâ€? (9 p.m., ABC, TV-PG). • A tree-cutting adventure unravels on “Super Fun Nightâ€? (9:30 p.m., ABC, TV-PG). • Murder crashes a Christmas party on “CSIâ€? (10 p.m., CBS, TV14). • The Robertsons perform in a live nativity scene on the “Duck Dynastyâ€? (10 p.m., A&E, TV-PG) holiday special.

• “The Art of: Holidaysâ€? (10 p.m., Ovation) showcases decorations from around the globe.

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TROPICAL ALMOND MACAROONS Start to finish: 40 minutes Makes 60 cookies Two 8-ounce cans almond paste 3/4 cup sugar 4 egg whites 1 tablespoon dark rum 1 cup finely diced dried pineapple Maraschino cherries (patted dry and halved) or flake coconut, to garnish Heat the oven to 325 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with kitchen parchment. In the bowl of a stand mixer, break up the almond paste into pieces. Add the sugar and beat until smooth. Add the egg whites and beat again until smooth. Stir in the rum and pineapple. Drop the dough by the teaspoonful onto the prepared baking sheets. Garnish each cookie with a well-dried cherry half or a piece of coconut. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until lightly golden brown and dry to the touch. Store in an airtight container at room temperature. Nutrition information per cookie: 50 calories; 20 calories from fat (40 percent of total calories); 2 g fat (0 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 0 mg cholesterol; 7 g carbohydrate; 0 g fiber; 6 g sugar; 1 g protein; 5 mg sodium.

BROWN BUTTER FIG THUMBPRINT COOKIES Start to finish: 2 hours (1 hour active) Makes 2 dozen cookies 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter 1/4 cup powdered milk 6 ounces dried figs, chopped 1/3 cup orange juice 1/3 cup water 1/2 cup sugar 1/4 teaspoon salt 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 tablespoon vanilla sugar (or regular granulated sugar) In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, combine the butter and powdered milk. Cook, stirring frequently, until lightly browned and nutty in fragrance. Remove from the heat and allow to cool and solidify. Meanwhile, make the filling. In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the figs, orange juice and water. Cook, stirring regularly, until the figs are broken down and very soft, about 15 minutes. Transfer to a food processor and processor until smooth. Transfer to a bowl and allow to cool completely. When the butter mixture is ready, in a medium bowl combine it with the sugar and salt. Use an electric mixer to beat until creamy and well combined. Stir in the flour until a thick dough comes together. Heat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with kitchen parchment. To shape and fill the cookies, pinch off a tablespoon of dough. Roll the dough into a ball, then press your thumb into the center to make an indentation. Fill the center with 2 teaspoons of the fig mixture, then arrange on the prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle the tops of the cookies with vanilla sugar. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until golden brown. Transfer the cookies to a rack and allow to cool completely. Store in an airtight container at room temperature. Nutrition information per cookie: 150 calories; 70 calories from fat (47 percent of total calories); 8 g fat (5 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 20 mg cholesterol; 19 g carbohydrate; 1 g fiber; 7 g sugar; 2 g protein; 25 mg sodium. SWEET-AND-SALTY KITCHEN SINK COOKIES Start to finish: 30 minutes Makes 4 1/2 dozen cookies 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature 1 cup packed brown sugar 1/2 cup granulated sugar 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon kosher salt 1 egg 1 egg yolk 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 2 tablespoons previously brewed coffee grounds 2 cups all-purpose flour 3/4 cup rolled oats 3/4 cup chopped prunes 1 cup crushed wavy potato chips 1 cup salted peanuts 1 cup chopped bittersweet chocolate Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with kitchen parchment. In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to beat together the butter, both sugars, baking soda, baking powder and salt until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg, egg yolk, vanilla and coffee grounds. Stir in the flour, then stir in the oats, prunes, potato chips, peanuts and chocolate. Working in batches, scoop 1 tablespoon-sized balls of dough onto the prepared baking sheet, leaving 2 inches between the cookies. Bake for 11 to 13 minutes, or until light golden brown. Allow the cookies to cool for 5 minutes on the baking sheet before transferring to a rack to cool completely. Allow the baking sheet to cool between batches. Store in an airtight container at room temperature. Nutrition information per cookie: 120 calories; 60 calories from fat (50 percent of total calories); 6 g fat (3 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 15 mg cholesterol; 14 g carbohydrate; 1 g fiber; 8 g sugar; 2 g protein; 75 mg sodium.

APPLE ORANGE SPICE DROPS

OATMEAL BLUES DROPS ICE CREAM CONE CARAMEL DATE BARS Start to finish: 45 minutes Makes 2 dozen cookies 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature 1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1 egg 1 1/3 cup all-purpose flour 1 cup crushed toasted pecans, divided 1 cup crushed sugar ice cream cones (about 6 cones), divided 8-ounce package pitted dates, finely chopped 3/4 cup half-and-half 8 ounces soft caramel candies Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 9-by-13-inch baking pan with baking spray. In a medium bowl, use an electric mixer to beat together the butter, brown sugar, vanilla, salt and baking powder. Beat in the egg. Stir in the flour, then 3/4 cup of the pecans and 3/4 cup of the crushed sugar cones. Press the mixture in an even layer into the prepared pan and bake for 15 to 18 minutes, or until golden brown. While the crust bakes, make the filling. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine the dates and half-and-half. Cook until the dates soften and begin to break down, about 10 minutes. Add the caramels and cook until melted, stirring constantly, about another 10 minutes. When the crust is baked and the filling is made, pour the filling over the crust and spread evenly. Sprinkle the reserved toasted pecans and crushed sugar cone over the top, then let set up until firm. Cut into 24 bars. Nutrition information per cookie: 230 calories; 80 calories from fat (35 percent of total calories); 8 g fat (3 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 20 mg cholesterol; 37 g carbohydrate; 1 g fiber; 27 g sugar; 3 g protein; 95 mg sodium. PEANUT BUTTER AND JELLY COOKIES Start to finish: 30 minutes

Makes 3 dozen cookies 1/2 cup granulated sugar 1 cup golden raisins 1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar 15-ounce jar natural peanut butter 2 eggs 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with kitchen parchment. In a food processor, combine the granulated sugar and golden raisins, then pulse until chopped to small pieces, but not a puree. In a medium bowl, beat together the brown sugar, peanut butter, eggs, vanilla and salt until thoroughly mixed. Mix in the sugar and raisins until evenly distributed. Working in batches, scoop 1 tablespoon-sized balls of dough onto the prepared baking sheet, leaving 2 inches between cookies. Use a fork to make crosshatch design on the top of each cookie, slightly flattening them in the process. Bake for 11 to 13 minutes, or until light golden brown. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a rack to cool completely. Allow the baking sheet to cool between batches. Store in an airtight container at room temperature. Nutrition information per cookie: 130 calories; 60 calories from fat (46 percent of total calories); 6 g fat (1 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 10 mg cholesterol; 17 g carbohydrate; 1 g fiber; 14 g sugar; 3 g protein; 35 mg sodium. APPLE-ORANGE SPICE DROPS Start to finish: 30 minutes Makes 4 dozen cookies 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature 3/4 cup packed brown sugar 1/2 teaspoon almond extract 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon ground cloves 1 teaspoon ground allspice 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1 egg Zest of 1 orange 2 tablespoons orange juice 2 cups all-purpose flour 2 cups chopped dried apple 3/4 cup toasted slivered almonds (optional) For the glaze: 1 tablespoon orange juice 2/3 cup powdered sugar Heat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with kitchen parchment. In a medium bowl, use an electric mixer to beat together the butter, brown sugar, almond extract, vanilla extract, baking powder, salt, cloves, allspice and nutmeg until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg. Stir in the orange zest and orange juice, then the flour. Stir in the apples and the almonds, if using. Working in batches, scoop tablespoon-sized balls of dough onto the prepared baking sheet, leaving 1 inch between cookies. Bake for 10 minutes, or until just pale golden brown on the bottoms. Allow to cool for 5 minutes on the baking sheet before moving to a rack to cool completely. Allow the baking sheet to cool slightly between batches. To make the glaze, whisk together the orange juice and powdered sugar. Use a spoon to drizzle the glaze over each cookie. Once the glaze sets, store the cookies in an airtight container at room temperature. Nutrition information per cookie: 70 calories; 20 calories from fat (29 percent of total calories); 2 g fat (1.5 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 10 mg cholesterol; 12 g carbohydrate; 0 g fiber; 7 g sugar; 1 g protein; 40 mg sodium.

CRANBERRY COCONUT BITES

HONEY APRICOT TASSIES

MANGO MARSHMALLOW BARS Start to finish: 3 hours (1 hour active) Makes 24 bars 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs 3 tablespoons packed brown sugar 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour 6 tablespoons butter, melted 2 cups chopped dried mango, chopped 1 cup plus 6 tablespoons water, divided 3/4 cup heavy cream 1 1/2-ounce bag milk chocolate chips 1/4-ounce envelope gelatin 1/2 cup granulated sugar 1/3 cup corn syrup Pinch salt 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Colored sugar or sprinkles Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 9-by-13-inch baking pan with baking spray. In a medium bowl, stir together the graham cracker crumbs, brown sugar and flour. Stir in the melted butter until thoroughly combined. Transfer the mixture to the prepared baking pan and press to form an even layer. Bake 10 to 15 minutes, or until toasty and browned. Set aside to cool. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan over medium-high, combine the chopped mango and 1 cup of the water. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Cook for 10 minutes, then set aside to cool. Once the crust and mango have cooled, pour off and discard any excess liquid from the mango. Transfer the mango to a bowl, then wipe the saucepan clean. Return the pan to medium heat. Add the heavy cream and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to very low, then add the chocolate. Stir until melted and smooth. Stir in half of the mango, then pour the mixture over the crust and spread in an even layer. Refrigerate until completely cooled. Meanwhile, make the marshmallow layer. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the gelatin with 3 tablespoons of the remaining water. Set aside. In a small saucepan over medium-high, combine the remaining 3 tablespoons water with the granulated sugar, corn syrup and salt. Cook without stirring until the mixture reaches 240 degrees on a candy thermometer. Pour the mixture into the mixer with the gelatin. Using the whisk attachment, beat on high (be careful not to splash the hot syrup) until cool, 7 to 9 minutes. Stir in the vanilla and the remaining half of the mango. Spread the marshmallow mixture evenly over the cooled chocolate layer, then sprinkle with colored sugar or sprinkles. Allow to fully set up, about 2 hours, before cutting into 24 bars. Store in an airtight container at room temperature. Nutrition information per bar: 220 calories; 90 calories from fat (41 percent of total calories); 10 g fat (6 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 20 mg cholesterol; 30 g carbohydrate; 1 g fiber; 22 g sugar; 2 g protein; 55 mg sodium. NO-BAKE CRANBERRY COCONUT BITES Start to finish: 1 hour (20 minutes active) Makes 3 1/2 dozen cookies 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk 4 cups shredded coconut, preferably unsweetened 1/2 cup water 1/2 cup packed brown sugar 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves Pinch salt 1 cup chopped dried cranberries 1 cup toasted shredded coconut, finely chopped nuts or colored sugar In a large skillet over medium heat, combine the sweetened condensed milk, 4 cups of shredded coconut, the water, brown sugar, cinnamon, cloves and salt. Cook, stirring constantly, until it forms a thick paste, about 8 to 10 minutes. Stir in the cranberries, then set aside off the heat and allow to cool completely. Once the mixture has cooled, set out a bowl of toasted coconut, finely chopped nuts or colored sugar. Form the mixture into 1-inch balls, then roll each ball in the coating of your choice. The cookies should be stored in an airtight container between layers of kitchen parchment or waxed paper. Nutrition information per cookie: 110 calories; 60 calories from fat (55 percent of total calories); 6 g fat (6 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 0 mg cholesterol; 13 g carbohydrate; 2 g fiber; 11 g sugar; 1 g protein; 15 mg sodium. STRAWBERRY PISTACHIO ICEBOX COOKIES Start to finish: 3 hours 45 minutes (30 minutes active) Makes 5 dozen cookies 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature 1 cup sugar 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 2 egg yolks 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 cup crushed freeze-dried strawberries 1 cup chopped shelled pistachios Sanding (coarse decorating) sugar In a medium bowl, use an electric mixer to beat together the butter, sugar, vanilla, baking powder and salt. Add the egg yolks and beat to combine. Stir in the flour until a dough just comes together. Stir in the strawberries and pistachios until evenly distributed. Divide the dough in half. Using a sheet of waxed paper to help you work with the dough, shape each half into a log 1 1/2 inches around and 12 inches long. Wrap tightly and refrigerate for at least 3 hours. When ready to bake, heat the oven to 375 degrees. Place the sanding sugar in a dinner plate. Unwrap one of the logs and roll it in the sugar to coat the sides.

Using a paring knife, slice the log into about 30 rounds. To prevent the log from losing its shape, turn the log a little with each slice. Working in batches, arrange the slices on a baking sheet, leaving 1 inch between them. Bake for 15 to 17 minutes, or until golden brown around the edges. Transfer to a rack to cool completely. Repeat with the remaining log. Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature. Nutrition information per cookie: 70 calories; 35 calories from fat (50 percent of total calories); 4 g fat (2 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 15 mg cholesterol; 7 g carbohydrate; 0 g fiber; 4 g sugar; 1 g protein; 15 mg sodium. OATMEAL BLUES DROP COOKIES Start to finish: 45 minutes Makes 3 dozen cookies 14 tablespoons butter, softened 1 1/4 cups packed brown sugar 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg 1 teaspoon salt, divided Zest of 1/2 lemon 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 2 eggs 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 3 cups rolled oats 1 1/2 cups dried blueberries 1/2 cup granulated sugar Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with kitchen parchment. In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to beat together the butter, brown sugar, baking soda, nutmeg, 1/2 teaspoon of the salt, the lemon zest and the vanilla until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, scraping down the bowl between additions. Stir in the flour, then the oats, followed by the blueberries. In a small bowl, combine the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and the granulated sugar. Working in batches, drop the dough by the tablespoonful into the salt-sugar to dunk their tops. Place the dough, sugar side up, on the prepared baking sheet, leaving 2 inches between cookies for spreading. Bake for 11 to 13 minutes, or until golden brown at the edges and no longer shiny on top. Allow to cool 5 minutes before transferring to a rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container at room temperature. Nutrition information per cookie: 150 calories; 50 calories from fat (33 percent of total calories); 5 g fat (3 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 25 mg cholesterol; 22 g carbohydrate; 2 g fiber; 12 g sugar; 2 g protein; 95 mg sodium. CHERRY LIME BROWNIES Start to finish: 40 minutes, plus cooling (10 minutes active) Servings: 24 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, melted 2 cups packed brown sugar 1 teaspoon salt Zest of 1 lime 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 3 eggs 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour 3/4 cup Dutch processed cocoa powder, sifted 1 cup dried cherries 1 cup bittersweet chocolate chunks 1/3 cup lime marmalade 1/3 cup cherry jam Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 9-by-13-inch baking pan with baking spray. In a medium bowl, combine the melted butter, brown sugar, lime zest and vanilla. Beat in the eggs, one at a time. Stir in the flour and cocoa powder, then stir in the cherries and chocolate chunks. Spread the mixture evenly into the prepared pan. Dollop lime curd and cherry jam over the top of the brownie batter. Gently drag the back of a spoon through the top of the batter and the marmalade and jam to swirl them into the surface. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted at the center yields just moist crumbs. Allow to cool in the pan. Cut into 24 bars. Nutrition information per brownie: 250 calories; 90 calories from fat (36 percent of total calories); 11 g fat (5 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 40 mg cholesterol; 40 g carbohydrate; 2 g fiber; 29 g sugar; 3 g protein; 100 mg sodium. HONEYED APRICOT TASSIES The only special equipment needed for this recipe is a mini muffin pan. And to make your holiday baking easier, both the filling and dough can be prepped ahead of time. Start to finish: 1 hour (30 minutes active) Makes 18 tassies 1 cup dried apricots, chopped 1/2 cup water 1/2 cup honey 2 tablespoons amaretto liqueur 4 ounces cream cheese, softened 6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon salt In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the apricots, water and honey. Cook, stirring frequently, until thick and jammy, about 30 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the amaretto. Allow to cool completely. If desired, the filling can be prepared up to a week in advance, then covered and refrigerated. While the apricots cook, make the pastry. In a food processor, combine the cream cheese, butter, flour and salt. Pulse just until the dough comes together. Divide the dough in 2 pieces and pat each into a round about 1/2 inch thick. Cover each round tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerator for 30 minutes, or up to 2 days in advance. When ready to make the tassies, heat the oven to 400 degrees. Lightly dust a counter and rolling pin with flour. Working with one round of dough at a time, roll each until 1/8 inch thick. Using a 3-inch round cookie or biscuit cutter, cut 9 rounds of dough from each piece of dough. Fit each piece into a mini muffin cup. Depending on the number of cups in your mini muffin pan, you may need to work in batches. Fill each cup with 1 tablespoon of the apricot filling. Cut miniature shapes out of the scraps of dough and top the filling in each cup as garnish. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the dough is light golden brown. Allow to cool 10 minutes in the pan, then transfer to a rack to cool completely. Nutrition information per cookie: 150 calories; 60 calories from fat (40 percent of total calories); 6 g fat (4 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 15 mg cholesterol; 21 g carbohydrate; 1 g fiber; 12 g sugar; 2 g protein; 75 mg sodium.


December 11, 2013