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U.S. Air Force Catholic Chaplain Lt. Col. Richard Fitzgerald, 20th Fighter Wing chaplain, sprinkles holy water over the Nativity scene set up at Palmetto Chapel on Shaw Air Force Base on Thursday. The scene was put up in front of the base chapel by a group of volunteers after previously being taken down last Friday from near Memorial Lake on the base.

Middle school crossing guard hit by car OK BY JADE ANDERSON janderson@theitem.com A 55-year-old crossing guard is recovering after being hit by a 2007 Jeep Commander on Thursday morning. A 31-year-old Sumter woman was turning off University Drive onto Miller Road about 8:07 a.m. when she struck

Paul White, said Lance Cpl. David Jones with the S.C. Highway Patrol. White was transported to Tuomey Regional Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. “Mr. White has served as a crossing guard for Alice Drive

After a week of controversy, Shaw Air Force Base has placed its Nativity scene back on display, this time on the grounds of Palmetto Chapel on base. The display was erected in its new location Thursday afternoon, where Catholic Chaplain Lt. Col. Richard Fitzgerald blessed the Nativity scene and sprinkled it with holy water. Shaw received backlash both locally and from national pundits after the Nativity scene was removed from its original location near Memorial Lake last Friday. Shaw officials initially removed the display after learning about complaints made to the Military Religious Freedom Foundation. At that time, the Air Force headquarters in Washington, D.C., informed Shaw’s legal team that the display had to be removed to avoid indicating that the Air Force endorsed a specific belief. After receiving clarification, Public Affairs Officer Lt. Keavy Rake said the decision was made to move the SEE NATIVITY, PAGE A10

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BY HOLLY BUNCH holly@theitem.com Local animal control officials are looking for ways to deal with more than 60 dogs discovered at the home of a Dalzell resident who apparently became overwhelmed in his attempts to care for former pets he said were abandoned on Shaw Air Force Base by deployed airmen. Authorities first became aware of the

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Helicopter takes wreck victim from fairgrounds

BY BRISTOW MARCHANT bmarchant@theitem.com

A medical helicopter touched down near the Sumter County Fairgrounds to transport a driver injured in a car wreck Wednesday evening. A woman driving a four-door Toyota Camry hit a pole on West Liberty Street near Garden Street about 6:48 p.m. Firefighters and emergency medical personnel had to extract the woman from the damaged vehicle, and a LifeNet helicopter was called to the scene. The chopper picked up the patient after touching down behind a shop on South Artillery Drive near the intersection and flew her to a hospital for treatment. The driver’s condition was unclear from responders’ reports.

Almost 70 years after a two-hour trial sent a teenaged boy to the death chamber, South Carolina courts will determine if George Stinney deserves a new chance at justice. Prosecutors and attorneys for Stinney have set a date for a hearing that could set aside the 14-year-old’s murder conviction. A hearing on a motion by Manning law firm Coffey, Chandler and McKenzie to win a new trial in the case will be heard Jan. 21. Because of expected public interest in the hearing, it will be moved to the Sumter County Judicial Center. “Because the (Clarendon County) courthouse is closed, we’ve been holding general sessions in magistrate’s court,” said Stinney family attorney Matt Burgess, “and we wanted to hold it where there could be more people.” The hearing comes several decades too late to help Stinney. The young son of a black mill worker was put to death in the electric chair in 1944 after being convicted of beating two young white girls to death in Alcolu. But Stinney’s living relatives, including his elderly brother and sister, have long fought to have the boy’s name cleared. Burgess has collected affidavits from both of Stinney’s siblings who swear their brother was home with the family the day 11-year-old Betty June Binnicker

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and her 8-year-old friend Mary Emma Thames disappeared on the black side of the railroad tracks while looking for wildflowers. A video deposition was even taken of Stinney’s 82-year-old brother, Charles, in his New York home. These statements, along with the loss of much of the evidence during the years, will form the basis of the case for a new trial. Stinney’s original trial was conducted in a heated atmosphere only a month STINNEY after the girls’ bodies were found in a ditch on March 24, 1944. The teen’s alleged confession, of which no written record could ever be found, was the main piece of evidence against him. His white, court-appointed attorney presented no defense, and it took an allwhite jury only 10 minutes to convict. Less than three months later, Stinney was executed. His family was run out of town after the boy was arrested and never allowed to testify in his defense. Ernest “Chip” Finney III, solicitor for the Third Judicial Circuit, confirmed he would represent the state in next month’s hearing but declined to discuss the particulars of the case when contacted Thursday. “I’ll participate and test the evidence they’re offering,” he said. “I’m not opposed to the motion. ... They have the right to bring the motion.”

The hearing is part of a push to revisit the Stinney case that included a rally held outside the Clarendon County Courthouse on Tuesday. Finney addressed the crowd, and at the time sounded sympathetic to the family’s plight. “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,” he told Stinney’s supporters at the rally, according to an Associated Press report. The lawyer for the defense thinks all the activity ahead of the hearing will work to their advantage. “All this publicity and attention has allowed a lot of new evidence to become available,” Burgess said, although he wouldn’t elaborate on what that evidence might be. “We’re very confident. Otherwise we wouldn’t have filed the motion.” Without strong opposition from the solicitor’s office, attorneys for the Stinney family think the matter could be settled quickly. “Hopefully, this will be resolved quickly,” Burgess said. “It’s up to the judge. He or she will make the determination, and we have to wait for the judge’s decision.” Reach Bristow Marchant at (803) 7741272.

Lights, Christmas film downtown tonight Downtown Sumter and Sumter Opera House Manager Kirk Jeffcoat invite motorists and pedestrians to view the new Dancing Lights display on the corner of Liberty and Main streets from 4:30 until 10 p.m. daily through Dec. 31. Jeffcoat said the lights “dance” to the tune of music, which can be heard at the site and by tuning your radio to 91.7FM. Outdoor seating is available to view the display. Jeffcoat also reminds residents that the Sumter Opera House will show the film “A Christmas Story” at 7 p.m. tonight. Admission of $2.50 benefits children’s programming at the Sumter County Library.

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Gov. Nikki Haley hugs her husband, Capt. Michael Haley, during the South Carolina Army National Guard 3/49 Agribusiness Development Team homecoming ceremony on Thursday in West Columbia. Haley’s unit, comprised of about 48 soldiers, left in January for a month of training in Indiana before being sent to train Afghan farmers in and around Helmand Province.

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COLUMBIA — The State Law Enforcement Division is asking lawmakers for money to hire 65 more agents. If lawmakers approve the request, it would give the state police agency slightly more than the 380 agents it had before the Great Recession, The State newspaper reported.

WEST COLUMBIA — Gov. Nikki Haley and family brushed aside tears Thursday as they embraced her husband upon his return from Afghanistan with some 40 fellow South Carolina Army National Guard soldiers. “Terrific,” Capt. Michael Haley said with a broad smile when queried how he felt as friends and reporters

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walked single file into the building and then stood at attention for the final ceremony of their 10-month tour. The soldiers had worked as part of an agricultural support team, helping Afghan famers turn from growing opium for the drug trade to growing crops profitable enough to sustain their communities. The soldiers left in January for a month of training in Indiana before they were deployed.

The deployment was Haley’s first overseas since he joined the Army National Guard as an officer in 2006. About 300 more South Carolina Army National Guard troops are expected to return home in the coming days, said Guard spokeswoman Maj. Cindi King. An engineering unit, an aviation unit and a signal corps unit are all expected back in the state before Christmas, King said.

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Chamber a ‘champion’ of public education lives they have touched. The Greater Sumter Chamber of Commerce Education Committee is truly a Champion for Public Education.� Grier Blackwelder, president of the Greater Sumter Chamber of Commerce, said the organization is proud of the CEC’s efforts in positively impacting education in Sumter County. “I am extremely proud of the work that the Chamber’s Education Committee has been involved with and especially the leadership of Dennis Turner. They are most deserving of this award,� Blackwelder said. “He and the entire committee have done a great job in keeping the Chamber involved with education and focusing on the good things that our schools are doing here in Sumter. We want to thank the S.C. School Board Association, our local educators and our school board and superintendent for their support of our efforts.� In the past, the CEC organized a Student Career Forum where community professionals identified qualities of

BY RAYTEVIA EVANS revans@theitem.com The Greater Sumter Chamber of Commerce Education Committee has been honored with the Champion of Public Education Award by the South Carolina School Board Association. Sumter County School District nominated the local commerce organization because of the organization’s different ventures and partnerships used to improve schools and education for students in Sumter County. “Sumter School District believes strongly in fostering community partnerships,� said Superintendent Frank Baker. “Recognizing that the quality of education is important to the wellbeing of the community it serves, the Chamber Education Committee continues to work in collaboration with our school district to ensure all students will be prepared to live, work and compete in tomorrow’s challenging workplace. The programs they have sponsored will leave lasting impressions on the

good employees, discussed educational institutions and good financial habits. The CEC also collaborated with the school district on the Partners in Education program in which local individuals, groups and businesses all help in the efforts to establish and maintain quality partnerships to make a difference in the education of Sumter’s youth. “The Sumter School District Board of Trustees is committed to career education, which is the development of the skills and knowledge through which individuals may fulfill their own unique needs with regard to their occupational role, citizen responsibility, leisure activity and family development,� said the local school district during the nomination process. The Champion of Public Education Award is presented to community members, businesses and organizations whose contributions have benefited public schools.

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Eckstrom faces ethics hearing COLUMBIA (AP) — South Carolina’s top accountant is accused of using campaign money to accompany his girlfriend to the Republican National Convention last year. The state Ethics Commission found probable cause last month that Comptroller General Richard Eckstrom violated state ethics law. He faces six charges of using campaign money for personal benefit, according to documents obtained Thursday by The Associated Press. Under state law, ethics complaints stay secret until probable cause is found. The 65-year-old Republican, first elected to the office in 2002, reported spending $1,642 in campaign money for gasoline, food and the hotel stay during the GOP convention in Florida in August 2012. Eckstrom’s girlfriend was an alternate delegate. His chief of staff, Eddie Gunn, points to a section of state law

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Pay gains for young women; inequality still seen BY HOPE YEN The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Young American women are increasingly likely to receive pay nearly equal to their male counterparts, with earnings at 93 percent of men, a new study finds. Still, those women remain as pessimistic as their mothers and grandmothers regarding gender equality. The recent report by the Pew Research Center paints a mixed picture. While women under 32 now have higher rates of college completion than men that age, the analysis of census and labor data shows their hourly earnings will slip further behind by the women’s mid-30s, if the experience of the past three decades is a guide. That widening gap is

because of, in part, the many women who take time off or reduce their hours to add to their families. Other factors cited in the report are gender stereotyping, discrimination, weaker professional networks and women’s hesitancy to aggressively push for raises and promotions, which together may account for 20 to 40 percent of the pay gap. In all, 75 percent of women ages 18-32 said the U.S. needs to do more to bring about equality in the workplace, a percentage similar to baby boomer women ages 49-67 and higher than other age groups. Some 57 percent of young men answered that way. Even so, just 15 percent of young women said they have been discriminated against because of their gender. “Today’s generation of young women is en-

tering the labor force near parity with men in terms of earnings and extremely well prepared in terms of their educational attainment,� said Kim Parker, associate director with the Pew Social & Demographic Trends Project. “They feel empowered in many ways, yet when they look at the workplace, they see it as a ‘man’s world’ with the deck stacked against them.� “They think that men earn more than women for doing the same job and that it’s easier for men to get top executive jobs than it is for women,� she said. Women are increasingly moving into higher career positions both in government and business. They make up nearly half the workforce, and the share of women in managerial and administrative occupations is nearly equal to that of men —

KEY FINDINGS The following are key findings on the gender pay gap and attitudes toward workplace equality, according to a new report from the Pew Research Center: • About 75 percent of women ages 18-32 said the U.S. needs to do more to bring about equality in the workplace, compared to 57 percent of young men. • Among workers ages 25 to 34, women’s hourly earnings were 93 percent those of men. That ratio is up from 67 percent in 1980 and at the highest in government records dating back to at least 1979. Across all age groups, the median hourly wage for women was 84 percent as much as men, up from 64 percent in 1980. • About 59 percent of young women said that being a working parent makes it harder to advance in a job or career compared to just 19 percent of young men. • Fewer younger women than young men aspire to become a boss or top manager — 34 percent said they’re not interested versus 24 percent of young men. • About 60 percent of young women said if a man and a woman are doing the same work, the man generally earns more; only 48 percent of young men agree. • Women with college degrees are far more likely to say it’s easier for men to get top executive jobs in business and government, 71 percent compared to 50 percent of their male counterparts. Among women who don’t have college degrees, only 47 percent thought men held an advantage. • Just 15 percent of young women said they have been discriminated against because of their gender. The Associated Press

15 percent compared to 17 percent. Another landmark came Tuesday, when General Motors picked Mary Barra, a 33-year company veteran, as the first female head of a major U.S. car company. Still, women currently hold just 4.5 percent of Fortune 1000 CEO positions, the Pew report said. Andrew Cherlin, a sociology professor at Johns Hopkins University, attributed young women’s negative assessments about gender equality to their rising career expectations. “More doors are now open to women, but they can now see how far they are from equality in high-level jobs,� he said. The near-equal pay for young women is being driven in large part by their educational gains. Some 38 percent of women ages 25-32 now hold bachelor’s degrees, compared to 31 percent of young men. As a result, 49 percent of employed workers with at least a bachelor’s degree last year were women, up from 36 percent in 1980. That means more women in higherskilled, higher-paying positions. The current ratio of hourly earnings for young women to young men, now at 93 percent, is up from 67 percent in 1980 and is the highest in government records dating back to at least 1979. Across all age groups, the median hourly wage for women

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JOHANNESBURG (AP) — As one world leader after another paid homage to Nelson Mandela at a memorial service, the man standing at arm’s length from them appeared to interpret their words in sign language. But advocates for the deaf say he was a faker. The incident, which outraged deaf people and sign-language interpreters watching the service broadcast around the globe, raised questions of how the unidentified man managed to crash a supposedly secure event attended by scores of heads of state, including President Obama. It also was another example of the problems plaguing Tuesday’s memorial, including public transportation breakdowns that hindered mourners going to the soccer stadium and a faulty audio system that made the speeches in-

ABOVE: Wilson Hall seniors Louisa Aldrich and Drake Shadwell perform a scene from “Wake-up Call.� The Wilson Hall Theatre Department recently presented an evening of one-act plays and monologues featuring the high-school drama team’s performance of the comedy-drama, which won the S.C. Independent School Association State Drama Competition. Drake won the Best Actor Award in the state drama competition. RIGHT: Wilson Hall seventh-grade students Katherine Grace Singleton and Dylan Dean perform “Kitty Steals a Dog.� The middle-school drama team placed second at the competition, and Katherine Grace won the Best Actress Award. Both drama teams are directed by Hannah Leirmoe. PHOTOS PROVIDED

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U.S. unemployment aid applications surge to 368,000 WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits rose 68,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 368,000, the largest increase in more than a year. The surge in firsttime applications could be a troubling sign if it

lasts. But it likely reflects the difficulty adjusting for delays after the Thanksgiving holiday. The Labor Department said Thursday that the less volatile fourweek average rose 6,000 to 328,750. That is close to pre-recession levels and generally a positive

sign for job gains. Applications had tumbled in recent weeks to nearly six-year lows, partly because of a late Thanksgiving holiday that may have distorted the government’s seasonal adjustments. Economists think this week’s jump in claims

was a dose of payback. “What the seasonals give in one month they have to take back the next, hence today’s number,” said Ian Shepherdson, chief economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics. Applications for unemployment aid are a

proxy for layoffs. A steady decline during the past year suggests that fewer Americans have lost their jobs. Economists will track the next few weeks closely to see if that trend is reversing or if the surge is a temporary blip caused by sea-

sonal adjustments. The recent drop in layoffs has coincided with a pickup in hiring. The economy has added an average of 204,000 jobs a month from August through November, up from an average of 146,000 in May through July.

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Exercise helps women in study tolerate breast cancer drugs SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Exercise might help women beat breast cancer. Researchers found it can ease the achy joints and muscle pain that lead many patients to quit taking medicines that treat the disease and lower the risk of a recurrence. The study is the first major test of an exercise program for women on aromatase inhibitors. These estrogen-blocking pills, sold as Femara, Aromasin and other brands, are recommended for five years after initial breast cancer treatment for hormone-driven tumors, the most common type. The pills also increasingly are being used to help prevent breast cancer in women at high risk of it because of family history, bad genes or other reasons. A separate study found that one of these medicines — anastrozole, sold as Arimidex and in generic form — cut this risk by 53 percent. It’s the second aromatase inhibitor shown to lower risk that much. Despite how effective the drugs are, many women shun them because they can cause aches and pains, hot

flashes and other side effects. About 15 percent of U.S. women have enough risk to merit considering the pills to prevent breast cancer, yet less than 5 percent take them, said Dr. Powel Brown, a prevention expert at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. The exercise study involved 121 postmenopausal women taking various aromatase inhibitors to treat breast cancer who complained of achy joints on a pain survey. About half were assigned to two supervised strength-training sessions a week plus at least 150 minutes of aerobic exercise per week. The rest got advice on the benefits of exercise and did their usual activities. After a year, joint pain scores fell 20 percent among exercisers and 3 percent among the oth-

ers. The severity of pain and how much it interfered with daily life also declined more in exercisers. The exercise group improved cardiorespiratory fitness and lost weight — nearly 8 pounds versus a slight gain in the others. Eighty percent stuck with the program, helped by free access to a gym and a personal trainer. The National Cancer Institute paid for the study, which was led by Melinda Irwin of the Yale Cancer Center and Dr. Jennifer Ligibel of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. Dr. Eric Winer, breast cancer chief at Dana-Farber, said the results may help more women stick with the drugs. “A lot of people will say, ‘if it’s going to have a lot of side effects, I’m not going to do it.’ The truth

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House OKs defense bill dealing with sexual assault BY DONNA CASSATA Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON — The House overwhelmingly approved a comprehensive defense policy bill Thursday that aims to stem the epidemic of sexual assaults in the military, cover the cost of combat pay for the nation’s war fighters and fund new aircraft and ships. The strong bipartisan vote was 350-69 and puts pressure on the Senate to act before it adjourns next week. Reflecting the drawdown in Afghanistan and reduced defense spending, the bill would authorize $552.1 billion for the regular budget plus $80.7 billion for conflicts overseas in the fiscal year that began Oct. 1. It represents a compromise worked out by the top Republicans and Democrats on the House and Senate Armed Services committees after a similar bill stalled in the Senate just before Thanksgiving. In appealing for support, Rep. Howard “Buck� McKeon, R-Calif., chairman of the

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House Armed Services panel, said the measure provides “badly needed reforms to help alleviate the crisis of sexual assault in the military.� The panel’s senior Democrat, Rep. Adam Smith of Washington state, said the legislation was critical. “To not pass this is to jeopardize our national security and not support our troops,� Smith said. Congress has passed the National Defense

Authorization Act every year since the Kennedy administration. However, more than a 51-year streak is at stake. The comprehensive bill would provide a 1 percent salary increase for military personnel, keep construction going on bases and an aircraft carrier in Virginia and pay for the destruction of chemical weapons in Syria. In the Senate, Republicans are furious

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NATIVITY from Page A1 Nativity scene to Palmetto Chapel on base. “An offer did go out for other displays, but because we only had a sole religious symbol, we had to take it down,� Rake explained. “We waited for recommendations and approval on where we can place it, and volunteers put up the display at noon (Thursday).� The controversy regarding the removal of the Nativity scene sparked many comments on social media from the community and statements from local political officials. Bill Connor, Republican candidate for U.S. senator, released a statement Wednesday calling on Sen. Lindsey Graham to restore the Nativity scene on Shaw Air Force Base — stating that Graham’s silence in the

matter was “puzzling.� On Thursday afternoon, Graham, Sen. Tim Scott and 5th District Congressman Mick Mulvaney released a joint statement saying that the local representatives were concerned about the incident and have been in contact with Shaw throughout the controversy. “We are pleased the Nativity scene has been restored at Shaw Air Force Base. From the start, our offices have been in touch with Shaw officials expressing our concerns about this matter,� they said in a prepared statement. “We appreciate the Air Force for listening to our complaint, keeping the Nativity scene on base, and moving it to the Chapel.� Reach Raytevia Evans at (803) 7741214.

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U.S. Air Force airmen and community members watch the Nativity scene being set up by volunteers outside the Palmetto Chapel on Thursday at Shaw Air Force Base. Complaints were made about the scene to the Military Religious Freedom Foundation after it was originally set up near Memorial Lake, prompting its removal last Friday.

DOGS from Page A1 issue the evening of Dec. 4, when Sumter County-City Animal Control received a call about a possible doghoarding case. According to Staff Sgt. Robert Reynolds, supervisor of Sumter County Animal Control, his office received a call that there were a number of dogs outside a home on Benenhaley Road running at large, killing other animals in the neighborhood. In addition, Reynolds said his department received complaints about the stench coming from the property. “I’d say about 10 of them were running at large, loose in the yard,� Reynolds said. “There were at least 20 corgis and other smaller-breed dogs in one kennel, at least 10 in another, and an amount housed in the other two kennels.� In total, officials found about 60 dogs living in only four kennels, Reynolds said.

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Kennels that Shelby and Christian Bird erected to house some of the 45 dogs they rescued on Saturday from an Air Force retiree who had been collecting them are seen Wednesday. “He really was trying to do a good thing,� Shelby Bird said.

The living conditions of the animals raised an immediate red flag; they were residing not only in cramped quarters, but also in kennels that apparently had not been cleaned in some time. When officers spoke with the homeowner, an Air Force retiree who had been collecting these dogs for more than 20 years, they learned he had rescued them from Shaw. All of the dogs had been abandoned, wandering the base, scrounging for scraps to eat, Reynolds said the homeowner told them. According to

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he himself would not eat, ensuring that his dogs could, he told Animal Control officers. When the man became unable to make his way to the kennels the dogs were housed in on a regular basis, he began to pay a few boys in the neighborhood to come out and feed them for him. To assist with the situation, Reynolds called Shelby Bird, owner and operator of For Belle’s Sake, a local dog rescue. This was not the first time that Bird has been

contacted by Sumter County Animal Control for assistance. In the past few years, she has taken in at least 100 dogs from them because of the limited capacity at the Animal Control location. She and her husband, Christian, own the only rescue in the Sumter County area that is

signed up with the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office. “He really was trying to do a good thing,� Bird said. “It just eventually got a little too much for him to bear, especially alone.� On Dec. 5 and 6, the dogs were assessed by Reynolds, Bird and her husband. From 2 p.m. until 11 p.m. Saturday, the Birds spent their day building makeshift shelters to accommodate the dogs at their home. Saturday evening, 45 of them were relocated to the Birds’ home and rescue center, where they already had roughly 25 in their care. The other 20 dogs rescued from the hoarding case are temporarily located at Sumter County Animal Control. Reach Holly Bunch at (803) 774-1211.

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of a president expressing surprise and disappointment in the federal government — as if he’s not the one running it. Hence the repeated no-one-is-moreupset-than-me posture upon deploring the nonfunctioning website, the IRS outrage, the AP intrusions and any number of scandals from which Obama tries to create safe distance by posing as an observer. He gives the impression of a man on a West Wing tour trying out the desk in the Oval Office, only to be told that he is president of the United States. The paradox of this presidency is that this most passive bystander president is at the same time the most ideological ambitious in decades. The sweep and scope of his health care legislation alone are unprecedented. He’s spent billions of tax money attempting to create, by fiat and ex nihilo, a new green economy. His (failed) cap-and-trade bill would have given him regulatory control of the energy economy. He wants universal preschool and has just announced his unwavering commitment to slaying the dragon of economic inequality, which, like the poor, has always been with us. Obama’s discovery that government bureaucracies don’t do things very well creates a breathtaking disconnect between his transformative ambitions and his detachment from the job itself. How does his Olympian vision coexist with the lassitude of his actual governance, a passivity that verges on absenteeism? What bridges that gap is rhetoric. Barack Obama is a master rhetorician. It’s allowed him to move crowds, rise inexorably and twice win the most glittering prize of all. Rhetoric has changed his reality. For Obama, it can change the country’s. Hope and change, after all, is a rhetorical device. Of the kind Obama has always imagined can move mountains. That’s why his reaction to Obamacare website’s crash-on-takeoff is so telling. His remedy? A crosscountry campaign-style speaking tour. As if rhetoric could repeal that reality. Managing, governing, negotiating, cajoling, crafting legislation, forging compromise. For these — this stuff of governance -Obama has shown little aptitude and even less interest. Perhaps, as Valerie Jarrett has suggested, he is simply too easily bored to invest his greatness in such mundanity. “I don’t write code,” said Obama in reaction to the website crash. Nor is he expected to. He is, however, expected to run an administration that can.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Flood MRFF’s mailboxes with Christmas cards Since Mr. Loebe and Mr. Weinstein don’t live in our area but worry about our base and local activities, I think they need to receive thousands of Christmas cards to show them that Christians love them even though they don’t care for us. This is the address: Military Religious Freedom Foundation 13170-B Central Avenue, SE Suite 255, Albuquerque, NM 87123 Peace, love and caring is the Christian way. DAVID MARCELLA Sumter

Flag park would show our love for military This is a follow-up of a previous letter concerning Sumter’s need of a flag park. Mayor “Bubba” McElveen and I talked about this need numerous times before his death. As Mayor Bubba pointed out — “My beloved Sumter seems very small when I go to cities like Florence and Columbia and see beautiful flag parks, and then come back to Sumter and see a large military base, a high population of active duty and retired military families living within our community, but no flag park to honor them, nor to reflect our patriotism.” When my wife and I recently visited Bishopville and saw the flag park in their smaller town, I thought even more about what Mayor Bubba and I had talked about. Sure, we demonstrate our love of the military with appropriate ceremonies on Veterans Day and Memorial Day, and the Sumter County Veterans Association places approximately 4,500 flags on Sumter County veterans’ graves each Memorial Day weekend. Sumter even supports our military with cookies drives, overseas letters, periodic dinners and various other functions such as “hands-on activities” that include numerous city, county and military representatives. Not everyone sees these

things, however; not the average military member, not the average civilian family and certainly not the visitors that come into our city (which sometimes include Washington, D.C., teams looking for military bases to close for various reasons). We need a flag park to demonstrate our love of the military on a daily basis. We need a flag park like the socalled “big boys” have. The location could be at the General Mabry Memorial on U.S. 378, in front of the old courthouse on Main Street or on a site unknown at this time. We have accomplished a lot with the Penny for Progress tax, but we have missed “the shiny spot on the hill.” The spot that could be filled with a flag park — a park that would further enhance our image, express our love of country and increase the morale and personal well-being of the active and retired military members of our community. HARRY I. BISHOP Past Chairman SCVA Sumter

Thanks for making parade a success We, the Proud of Pinewood steering committee, would like to thank everyone who made our recent Pinewood Christmas Parade such a success. On a day of rain showers, and with a damp chill in the air, there were concerns at daylight if our parade could go on. In the end, although the weather made an attempt “to rain on our parade,” those dedicated individuals who attended, those who participated, the team of parade coordinators and our sponsors were all were rewarded with a morning filled with the spirit of Christmas and lots of community camaraderie. We had some 75 entries for the parade including horses, wagons, vintage tractors, church groups, the Jamil Shriners, a U.S. Army Humvee, fire trucks, floats, golf carts and an assorted eclectic collection of others. These entries all made for a lively

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and festive parade. Proud of Pinewood sponsored several floats for the parade. One float recognized former and present school teachers and administrators. The participants on the float were presented “apple medallion” necklaces for their years of service to our community. Along the parade route, they handed out apples to the school aged children. Another sponsored entry, was the “Pearls of Pinewood.” The Leroy James family, provided a horse and carriage for the “Pearls” to ride in. They included Mrs. Elease Walker, Mrs. Marie Sweeney, Mrs. Eulie Fleming, Mrs. Cookie Jenkinson, Mrs. Elouise Gooden and Mrs. Polly McLoud. All of the ladies were presented with a bouquet of flowers and a pearl necklace. One of the many highlights of the event, was a visit from our friends at The Crosswell Home for Children. The town was delighted to have some 25 3- to 6-yearolds, along with a few teenagers, join us for our town’s parade. Pinewood United Methodist Church hosted our friends during the day with front-row seating along the route. Afterward, Pinewood Charge Youth Group served up barbecue sandwiches and home fries, along with beverages. Some of our local women joined forces to have a ready supply of brownies, cookies, cupcakes and Rice Krispies treats on hand for the enjoyment our guests. The attendance of The Crosswell Home for Children, brought beams of sunshine to Pinewood on what was not the best of weather days. Proud of Pinewood encourages and extends an invitation to all of the community’s citizens to become a part of our group. “Many hands make little work.” Proud of Pinewood is already preparing for an even bigger and better parade in 2014. Thank you to everyone who was a part of this wonderful Christmas celebration in our town. TOM MOORE and S. GARY GRAHAM Proud of Pinewood

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GUARD from Page A1 Middle for a number of years and is a valuable member of the school family,” said Shelly Galloway, spokeswoman for Sumter School District. “Our thoughts and prayers are with him as he recovers.” A school counselor was also available to speak with any student who may have needed assistance as a result of the incident, Galloway said. Later in the morning, officers who visited White said he appeared to be doing

fine, sitting up and talking, said Tonyia McGirt, spokeswoman for Sumter Police Department. While crossing guards serve at designated schools, they are employed by the department. White has been with the department seven years, McGirt said. No charges are being filed at this point, Jones said, and the incident remains under investigation by S.C. Highway Patrol. Reach Jade Anderson at (803) 774-1250.

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Boeing to shift research jobs to South, Midwest BY DAVID A. LIEB Associated Press Writer JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Boeing announced Thursday that it is shifting hundreds of jobs to Alabama, Missouri and South Carolina as part of a restructuring of its U.S. research operations during the next two years. The Chicago-based aerospace company said the reorganization will result in fewer research jobs in Washington state and California and is being undertaken to better meet the needs of its commercial airplane, military and space and security units. The announcement comes as those same states, and several others, are competing to assemble Boeing’s 777X passenger plane — a much-sought-after facility that could generate thousands of jobs. Boeing spokesman Daryl Stephenson said the restructuring of the company’s research operations has been in the works for several years and is unrelated to the new airplane or Boeing’s contract negotiations with a Seattle area machinists union. The research restructuring will add 300-400 employees each in the St. Louis area, Huntsville, Ala., and North Charleston. Research jobs will decline by 8001,200 in the Seattle area and by 200-300 in south-

ern California, the company said. The restructuring is to start early next year and be complete by 2015. After the changes, Boeing will still have about 4,000 employees in its research and technology operations, but they will no longer be concentrated predominantly on the West Coast. The Seattle and St. Louis sites will have the most employees, and each site will have specific research tasks. The Alabama site is to focus on simulation and decision analytics and metals and chemical technology. The southern California location is to focus on flight sciences, electronics and networked systems. The St. Louis site is to conduct research on systems technology, digital aviation and support technology, and metallic and fabrication development. The South Carolina location is to focus on manufacturing technology, and the Seattle site is to focus on the integration of manufacturing technology. Boeing plans to announce a decision by early next year on where it will assemble the 777X airplane. States are offering billions of dollars of tax breaks, property and customized employee training as part of the competition to land the assembly plant.

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we three cats of the spca Oreo, Lykia and Crouton are available for adoption at the Sumter SPCA. Oreo is a black and white male American shorthair who loves to play with toys and is very friendly. Lykia is a 4-month-old crème female domestic mediumhair / Siamese mix who is sweet, playful and loving. Crouton is a 10-week-old gray tabby female American shorthair who is active, playful and affectionate. All three featured cats love attention, cuddling and being held. The Sumter SPCA has many other cats, kittens, dogs and puppies available for adoption as well. The SPCA is located at 1140 S. Guignard Drive, (803) 7739292, and is open 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. every day except Wednesday and Sunday. Visit www.sumterscspca.com.

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) 773-9292 for details.


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17 locals chosen for SCISA N-S games BY DENNIS BRUNSON dennisb@theitem.com

“We don’t normally see them during the year and they’re all very good teams,” Talley said. “It just sort of gives

Seventeen football players from the five local SCISA football teams were selected to play in the 11-man and 8-man COX North-South All-Star games played last Saturday at the Orangeburg Prep field. In the 11man game, the W. KINNEY South squad beat the North 15-14. The South was coached by Robert E. Lee Academy head MCDUFFIE coach David Rankin. The only local player on the South squad was REL’s Jonah Cox. He SINGLETON had three tackles from his defensive end position. On the North squad CARRAWAY were eight players from Wilson Hall, the 3A state champion, four from Laurence Manning BALLARD Academy and one from Thomas Sumter Academy. The Barons on the team were quarterback William GOODSON Kinney, fullback Parker McDuffie, wide receiver Devin Singleton, defensive linemen Tanner SEARS Carraway and Ken Ballard, linebackers Jay Goodson and John Patrick Sears and defensive back A. KINNEY Andrew Kinney. The LMA players were running back Rashae Bey, linemen Blake Richardson BEY and Mark Pipkin and safety Roman Ferguson while Michal Hoge was the TSA representative. RICHARDSON William Kinney scored a touchdown for the North and Hoge had two catches for 21 yards. DefenPIPKIN sively, both Carraway and Sears recovered a fumble and Goodson was one of the squad’s leadFERGUSON ing tacklers. In the 8-man contest, Clarendon Hall’s Kee Evans, Dalton Hughes and HOGE Wes Keller played for the

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Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston (5) and Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) are each vying for the Heisman Trophy that will be presented on Saturday New York. Manziel is trying to become just the second player ever to win the award twice while Winston is trying to become the second freshman to be named the top player in college football.

History repeats itself? Winston looks to become 2nd Heisman freshman while Manziel eyes 2nd award KAREEM COPELAND The Associated Press TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Jameis Winston envisioned winning the Heisman Trophy well before he signed with Florida State. He’ll find out whether his dream becomes a reality on Saturday night. The redshirt freshman quarterback is one of six finalists up for the most prestigious individual award in college football. Winston and his high school coach Matt Scott

were in Tuscaloosa on a recruiting trip at Alabama when he took a picture with Mark Ingram’s 2009 trophy. He wanted to be the first at Alabama to win the award, at the time. “When Ingram won it I was just like, `Well, he won it. So, I’ve got to be the next person from Alabama to win it,’’ said Winston, who pointed out that Ingram is actually from Michigan. “Football is so important to Alabama, so any time SEE WINSTON, PAGE B4

BY KRISTIE RIEKEN The Associated Press HOUSTON — Johnny Manziel isn’t sure if he’ll declare for the NFL draft next month. But if he does he’s thought a lot about his legacy and how he wants to be remembered as one of the best to have ever played and someone who made a major impact for Texas A&M. He’s made a pretty compelling argument for both. He’s a finalist for the Heis-

man Trophy again, with a chance to join Archie Griffin as the second player to win the award twice. “To be a college football player in a skill position, that’s what you shoot for every year,’’ Manziel said. “So to get to New York and to be one of the best players in the country and then to be that person to win it, it’s a dream come true for anybody that’s grown up playing Pop Warner Football, that’s grown up playing SEE MANZIEL, PAGE B4

Deep bench leaves lineup unsettled for Scriven, LHS BY DENNIS BRUNSON dennisb@theitem.com Even though the Lakewood High School varsity boys basketball team already has eight games under its belt, head coach Terrence Scriven has yet to settle on a starting lineup. That’s not necessarily a bad thing though, especially with the Gators off to a 6-2 start. “We’re still trying to find that continuity,” said Scriven, whose team will play host to Sumter High SCRIVEN on Saturday. “For some reason, our overall team is a lot better than it’s been the last few years. “We have multiple people do good things on different nights. When that happens, I try to reward them the next game. We just haven’t had one good starting five that we’ve been able to settle on for the year.” On a 14-man roster, he has 11 players who are seeing significant time on the floor. Eight of those are in the frontcourt; Lakewood has a 3-man rotation in the backcourt in sophomores Jarvis Johnson, Robert Grant and freshman Jalen White. Each is in his first season of varsity experience. SEE GATORS, PAGE B2

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Beginning today, Wilson Hall will host the second annual Baron Classic basketball tournament at the WH gyms at Nash Student Center.

Baron Classic tips off today BY JUSTIN DRIGGERS jdriggers@theitem.com The Baron Classic isn’t a tradition yet, but it’s starting to head in that direction, Wilson Hall boys basketball head coach Eddie Talley said. “We hope (it will be),” Talley said of the secondannual tournament which tips off today. “It’s a great opportunity for us to bring in other teams throughout the state and compete and TALLEY see teams we normally wouldn’t see.” That means that region rivals Wilson Hall and Laurence Manning Academy will not see each other in this tournament, but rather the two will be matched up with at least one team from the Charleston area.

BARON CLASSIC SCHEDULE TODAY Main Gym JV Girls – Wilson Hall and First Baptist, 4 p.m. V Girls – Wilson Hall and First Baptist, 5:15 p.m. V Girls – Laurence Manning and Palmetto Christian, 6:45 p.m. V Boys – Wilson Hall and First Baptist, 8:15 p.m. Practice Gym JV Boys – Wilson Hall and First Baptist, 4 p.m. V Boys – Laurence Manning and Palmetto Christian, 5:15 p.m. V Boys – Pinewood Prep and Heathwood Hall, 6:45 p.m. V Girls – Pinewood Prep and Heathwood Hall, 8:15 p.m. SATURDAY Main Gym V Girls – Wilson Hall and Pinewood Prep, noon V Boys – Wilson Hall and Pinewood Prep, 1:30 p.m. V Girls – Heathwood Hall and Laurence Manning, 3 p.m. Practice Gym JV Boys – First Baptist and Laurence Manning, 10:30 a.m. V Boys – Heathwood Hall and Laurence Manning, noon V Girls – Palmetto Christian and First Baptist, 1:30 p.m. V Boys – Palmetto Christian and First Baptist, 3 p.m.


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Lee Central Middle rolls past Kingstree BISHOPVILLE — Lee Central Middle School’s boys basketball team improved to 4-0 on the season with a 75-25 victory over Kingstree on Thursday at the Lee Central gymnasium. Amadric Mixon led the Stallions with 15 points. Demarcus Smith and Tyrique Jones both had 10 points and Dayrice Austin pulled down 12 rebounds.

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Chestnut Oaks Middle School fell to 2-2 on the season with a 50-38 loss to Mayewood on Thursday at the Chestnut Oaks gymnasium.. Tyree Smalls led the Falcons with 12 points and Jordan Barrett had 11. EBENEZER HILLCREST

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DALZELL — Hillcrest Middle School fell to 0-3 on the season with a 39-36 loss to Ebenezer on Thursday at the Hillcrest gymnasium. Khadary Stephens led the Wildcats with 10 points. Jaquel Chatman had eight points and Sheddrick Ervin had seven. BATES FURMAN

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Dione Coleman scored 11 points to lead Bates Middle School to a 60-27 victory over Furman on Thursday at the Bates gymnasium. Ahkeem Lawson and Jordan Gregg both had nine points for the Bantams.

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Crestwood High School improved to 3-2 on the season with a 48-42 victory over Sumter on Thursday at The Castle. Tylas Green led the Knights with 16 points. Tiric Gadson had 13 and Cody Lambert had eight. VARSITY BASKETBALL SOUTH AIKEN BAPTIST CLARENDON HALL

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SUMMERTON — Clarendon Hall lost to South Aiken Baptist 50-27 on Tuesday. Collyn Bates led the Saints with 13 points and Dustin Way added 10.

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Latrice Lyons scored 21 points to lead Alice Drive Middle School to a 43-32 victory over Sneed on Thursday at the AD gymnasium. Malaysia Sorrells had nine points and Shea Whitfield

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us a measuring stick as to where we are in the season.” The round-robin tournament begins today in the Wilson Hall gymnasiums at Nash Student Center and lasts through Saturday. Including Wilson Hall’s squads, the tourney field features five JV teams, six varsity girls and six varsity boys squads. Wilson Hall’s JV girls tip things off today a 4 p.m. in the main gym against First Baptist with the Barons JV boys facing First Baptist at 4 p.m. as well in the practice gym. The other JV boys game will be Saturday at 10:30 a.m. and feature First Baptist against Laurence

“I’ll be honest with you; we’ve really struggled with our guard play the last few years, but this group gives us good play,” Scriven said. “Each of them has the ability to knock down the open shots and handling the ball.” Johnson leads the Gators in scoring, averaging 14.4 points a contest. White is averaging 8.3 points and Grant is next at 7.7. Also battling for playing time are senior returnees Carlton Johnson, Mackie Wilson and Montrell Epps, juniors Tyshawn Johnson, Jaylan Wactor, Raymond Lang, Raekwon Cuspert and Andre Washington. Of that group, Wactor is the leading scorer with a 6.3 average. The Gators are a deliber-

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on Tuesday at the Clarendon Hall gymnasium. Delaney Peeler led the Saints with a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds. Holly Carlisle added nine points and Shannon Corbett and Abigail Jenkinson each had eight. JUNIOR VARSITY BASKETBALL CLARENDON HALL SOUTH AIKEN BAPTIST

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SUMMERTON — Clarendon Hall evened its record at 2-2 on the season with an 11-9 victory over South Aiken Baptist on Tuesday at the Clarendon Hall gymnasium. The Saints were led by Sydney Wells with six points.

Manning Academy. On the varsity girls side, the Lady Barons and First Baptist will play today at 5:15 p.m. in the main gym followed by Laurence Manning and Palmetto Christian at 6:45 p.m. WH plays again on Saturday against Pinewood Prep at noon with LMA taking on Heathwood Hall at 3 p.m. The Wilson Hall varsity boys will have the 8:15 p.m. game tonight in the main gym against First Baptist while LMA’s boys will face Palmetto Christian at 5:15 p.m. in the practice gym. WH’s boys hit the court again on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. against Pinewood Prep on the main side while LMA will play Heathwood Hall at noon in the practice gym.

ate team offensively and try to dictate the flow of the game. “We try to stay away from the up and down type of ball game,” Scriven said. “We want to come down, set up our offense, run our plays and try to get a good shot. Defensively, we want to do the same thing; we don’t want to give up a lot of layups and easy shots. We want them to have to come down and run their offense, and we’ll play good defense.” Lakewood will go into Saturday’s game against the Gamecocks coming off a loss. The Gators lost to Camden 52-42 on Wednesday at The Swamp. The first half was very low scoring, with the Bulldogs holding a 15-13 advantage at the break. Camden, which Lakewood beat 47-41 last week in Camden, took control of the game early in the second half, pushing the lead

out to double digits. The Gators were unable to recover. “We’re not very big and they hurt us with the rebounding,” Scriven said. “We got caught up under the basket just standing around too much, and we’ve got to be able to rebound better than that. “They (Camden) also hit 20 of 27 free throws and that was a big difference. The first four minutes of the third quarter was the difference in the game. They made that run, and I probably should have called a timeout to stop the momentum. I wanted to see if we could stop it though.” There will be four games between Sumter and Lakewood on Saturday beginning with the junior varsity girls contest at 3 p.m. followed by the JV boys. The varsity girls contest will start no earlier than 6, followed by the boys contest. Go Online for Your

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Bolden’s big night powers Hillcrest past Ebenezer DALZELL — Jayla Bolden scored 34 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead Hillcrest Middle School to a 43-25 victory over Ebenezer on Thursday at the Hillcrest gymnasium. Chazen Regalado had 11 assists and scored four points for the Lady Wildcats. Destinee Jamison had 13 points to lead Ebenezer.

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TODAY 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 14 .417 Toronto 7 13 .350 Brooklyn 7 14 .333 Philadelphia 7 16 .304 New York 6 15 .286 Southeast Division W L Pct Miami 16 6 .727 Atlanta 11 11 .500 Charlotte 10 12 .455 Washington 9 11 .450 Orlando 7 15 .318 Central Division W L Pct Indiana 19 3 .864 Detroit 10 13 .435 Chicago 8 12 .400 Cleveland 8 13 .381 Milwaukee 5 17 .227 WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division W L Pct San Antonio 17 4 .810 Houston 15 7 .682 Dallas 13 10 .565 New Orleans 10 10 .500 Memphis 10 11 .476 Northwest Division W L Pct Portland 18 4 .818 Oklahoma City 17 4 .810 Denver 13 8 .619 Minnesota 11 11 .500 Utah 5 19 .208 Pacific Division W L Pct L.A. Clippers 15 8 .652 Phoenix 12 9 .571 Golden State 13 10 .565 L.A. Lakers 10 11 .476 Sacramento 6 14 .300 Wednesday’s Games Orlando 92, Charlotte 83 L.A. Clippers 96, Boston 88 Minnesota 106, Philadelphia 99 San Antonio 109, Milwaukee 77 Oklahoma City 116, Memphis 100 New Orleans 111, Detroit 106, OT New York 83, Chicago 78 Utah 122, Sacramento 101 Golden State 95, Dallas 93 Thursday’s Games L.A. Clippers at Brooklyn, 8 p.m. Houston at Portland, 10:30 p.m. Today’s Games Cleveland at Orlando, 7 p.m. Charlotte at Indiana, 7 p.m. Philadelphia at Toronto, 7 p.m. New York at Boston, 7:30 p.m. Washington at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m. Brooklyn at Detroit, 7:30 p.m. L.A. Lakers at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m. Memphis at New Orleans, 8 p.m. Chicago at Milwaukee, 8:30 p.m. Minnesota at San Antonio, 8:30 p.m. Sacramento at Phoenix, 9 p.m. Utah at Denver, 9 p.m. Houston at Golden State, 10:30 p.m. Saturday’s Games L.A. Clippers at Washington, 7 p.m. L.A. Lakers at Charlotte, 7 p.m. Cleveland at Miami, 7:30 p.m. Atlanta at New York, 7:30 p.m. Toronto at Chicago, 8 p.m. Portland at Philadelphia, 8 p.m. Milwaukee at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. San Antonio at Utah, 9 p.m.

NFL STANDINGS By The Associated Press AMERICAN CONFERENCE East

GB – 1 11/2 21/2 21/2 GB – 5 6 6 9 GB – 91/2 10 101/2 14 GB – 21/2 5 61/2 7 GB – 1/2 41/2 7 14 GB – 2 2 4 71/2

| L T Pct PF 3 0 .769 349 6 0 .538 286 7 0 .462 226 9 0 .308 273 South W L T Pct PF y-Indianapolis 8 5 0 .615 313 Tennessee 5 8 0 .385 292 Jacksonville 4 9 0 .308 201 Houston 2 11 0 .154 250 North W L T Pct PF Cincinnati 9 4 0 .692 334 Baltimore 7 6 0 .538 278 Pittsburgh 5 8 0 .385 291 Cleveland 4 9 0 .308 257 West W L T Pct PF x-Denver 11 2 0 .846 515 Kansas City 10 3 0 .769 343 San Diego 6 7 0 .462 316 Oakland 4 9 0 .308 264 NATIONAL CONFERENCE East W L T Pct PF Philadelphia 8 5 0 .615 334 Dallas 7 6 0 .538 357 N.Y. Giants 5 8 0 .385 251 Washington 3 10 0 .231 279 South W L T Pct PF New Orleans 10 3 0 .769 343 Carolina 9 4 0 .692 298 Tampa Bay 4 9 0 .308 244 Atlanta 3 10 0 .231 282 North W L T Pct PF Detroit 7 6 0 .538 346 Chicago 7 6 0 .538 368 Green Bay 6 6 1 .500 316 Minnesota 3 9 1 .269 315 West W L T Pct PF x-Seattle 11 2 0 .846 357 San Francisco 9 4 0 .692 316 Arizona 8 5 0 .615 305 St. Louis 5 8 0 .385 289 x-clinched playoff spot y-clinched division Thursday’s Game San Diego at Denver, 8:25 p.m. Sunday’s Games 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’s Game Baltimore at Detroit, 8:40 p.m. New England Miami N.Y. Jets Buffalo

W 10 7 6 4

PA 287 276 337 334 PA 316 318 372 350 PA 244 261 312 324 PA 345 224 291 337 PA 301 348 334 407 PA 243 188 291 362 PA 321 360 326 395 PA 205 214 257 308

NHL STANDINGS By The Associated Press EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Boston 31 21 8 2 44 86 62 Montreal 32 19 10 3 41 85 71 Detroit 32 15 9 8 38 87 85 Tampa Bay 30 17 10 3 37 85 76 Toronto 32 16 13 3 35 87 90 Ottawa 32 12 14 6 30 92 105 Florida 32 10 17 5 25 73 106 Buffalo 31 7 22 2 16 53 92 Metropolitan Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Pittsburgh 32 21 10 1 43 98 71 Washington 31 17 12 2 36 98 90 Carolina 32 13 13 6 32 75 91 N.Y. Rangers 32 15 16 1 31 70 84 New Jersey 32 12 14 6 30 73 82 Columbus 31 13 15 3 29 78 86 Philadelphia 31 13 15 3 29 70 85 N.Y. Islanders 32 9 18 5 23 80 111 WESTERN CONFERENCE Central Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Chicago 34 23 6 5 51 129 93 St. Louis 29 20 6 3 43 100 67 Minnesota 33 18 10 5 41 78 77 Colorado 29 20 9 0 40 83 68 Dallas 29 14 10 5 33 83 86 Winnipeg 32 14 14 4 32 83 90 Nashville 31 14 14 3 31 71 89 Pacific Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Anaheim 34 22 7 5 49 108 87 Los Angeles 32 21 7 4 46 88 63 San Jose 31 19 6 6 44 103 78 Vancouver 33 18 10 5 41 88 81 Phoenix 30 17 8 5 39 97 94 Calgary 30 11 15 4 26 79 100 Edmonton 32 11 18 3 25 89 109 NOTE: Two points for a win, one point for overtime loss. Wednesday’s Games Los Angeles 3, Toronto 1 Chicago 7, Philadelphia 2 Anaheim 2, Minnesota 1 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. Today’s Games New Jersey at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m. Washington at Florida, 7:30 p.m. Edmonton at Vancouver, 9 p.m. Saturday’s Games Calgary at Buffalo, 2 p.m. Los Angeles at Ottawa, 2 p.m. Dallas at Winnipeg, 3 p.m. Chicago at Toronto, 7 p.m. Pittsburgh at Detroit, 7 p.m. Tampa Bay at New Jersey, 7 p.m. Montreal at N.Y. Islanders, 7 p.m. St. Louis at Columbus, 7 p.m. San Jose at Nashville, 8 p.m. Carolina at Phoenix, 8 p.m. Minnesota at Colorado, 9 p.m. Boston at Vancouver, 10 p.m.

TRANSACTIONS By The Associated Press BASEBALL American League BOSTON RED SOX _ Agreed to terms with 1B Mike Napoli on a two-year contract. SEATTLE MARINERS _ Signed 2B Robinson Cano to a 10-year contract. National League ATLANTA BRAVES _ Agreed to terms with RHP Jordan Walden on a one-year contract. Named Brian Snitker manager and Garey Ingram hitting coach of Gwinnett (IL); Jamie Dismuke hitting coach of Mississippi (SL); Derrick Lewis pitching coach of Lynchburg (Carolina); Jonathan Schuerholz manager and Gabe Luckert pitching coach of Rome (SAL); Randy Ingle manager, Dan Meyer pitching coach and Carlos Mendez hitting coach of Danville (Appalachian); Rick Albert hitting coach of the GCL Braves; Derek Botelho minor league pitching rehabilitation instructor; Rich Dubee minor league pitching coordinator; Ronnie Ortegon minor league hitting coordinator and Bobby Mitchell minor league roving outfield/baserunning instructor. CHICAGO CUBS _ Acquired OF Justin Ruggiano from Miami for OF Brian Bogusevic. SAN DIEGO PADRES _ Acquired LHP Patrick Schuster from Houston for cash considerations, which completes an earlier trade. SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS _ Agreed to terms with OF Michael Morse on a one-year contract. WASHINGTON NATIONALS _ Signed OF Nate McLouth to a two-year contract.


FOOTBALL

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2013

THE ITEM

Texas’ Brown mum on coaching future BY PAUL J. WEBER The Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas — Texas coach Mack Brown declined to say Thursday whether the Alamo Bowl will be his final game, amid intense speculation following another disappointing season that began with the Longhorns talking about becoming national championship contenders again. “My situation has not changed,’’ Brown said. Speaking to reporters for the first time since multiple published reports this week indicated that he might step down, Brown said he has yet to talk with new Texas athletic director Steve Patterson and university President Bill Powers about the job he has held since 1998. Brown deflected several other questions about his future during a news conference in San Antonio about Texas’ bowl game against Oregon on Dec. 30. “I want to sit down with (Patterson) and Bill in the near future and talk about where we’re going and

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Texas head coach Mack Brown sidestepped questions about his future with the Longhorns on Thursday in San Antonio during a press conference for the Alamo Bowl.

where our program is going,’’ Brown said. In Austin, Powers reasserted his support for Brown and said they planned to speak in the coming days. Powers is among Brown’s top supporters, and received a cautious endorsement later Thursday from his frustrated chancellor to temporarily quiet speculation about his own future.

Powers has been locked in a two-year power struggle over academics on one of the nation’s biggest campuses. He called Brown one of the sport’s greatest coaches but declined to address the coach’s status after regents allowed Powers to continue the job he’s held since 2006. “I’m going to focus on this. We’ll discuss football

at the appropriate time,’’ Powers said. Brown acknowledged the Longhorns (8-4) didn’t finish how they wanted after starting the season talking about competing for a national championship. The Longhorns last played for a BCS title in 2009, but fan frustration has mounted after a string of seasons that failed to meet expectations.

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’Bama QB McCarron wins Maxwell Award LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron has won the Maxwell Award, given to college football’s player of the year. McCarron was presented with the award Thursday during the 23rd College Football Awards Show at Disney. The fifth-year senior led Alabama to an 11-1 season that left the Crimson Tide just short of a chance to play for its third straight national championship. He threw for 2,676 yards and 26 touchdowns with five interceptions. MCCARRON McCarron also is a finalist for the Heisman Trophy, which will be handed out Saturday night. He won the Maxwell Award over Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel and Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, both Heisman finalists as well. FLORIDA STATE QB WINSTON WINS DAVEY O’BRIEN, WALTER CAMP AWARDS

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Florida State star Jameis Winston has won the Davey O’Brien Award, given to the nation’s top quarterback. Winston, the Heisman Trophy favorite, hopes to join the past three Davey O’Brien winners, who all went on to take home the Heisman in the same year. He was also named the Walter Camp player of the year. He led top-ranked Florida State to a 13-0 record and a berth in the BCS national championship game against Auburn. Along the way, Winston completed 67.9 percent of his passes for 3,820 yards and 38 touchdowns with 10 interceptions.

the country, and the Lombardi Award given annually to the nation’s top college lineman. The senior finished the season with 54 tackles, 10 sacks, 26 tackles for loss and four forced fumbles. BC’S WILLIAMS WINS DOAK WALKER AWARD

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Boston College’s Andre Williams has won the Doak Walker Award, given to the nation’s top running back. A Heisman Trophy finalist as well, Williams became the first running back at the Football Bowl Subdivision level since 2008 to rush for 2,000 yards. He finished with 2,102 yards and 17 touchdowns to help the Eagles to seven wins and a bowl berth this season. MEMPHIS PUNTER HORNSEY WINS RAY GUY AWARD

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Memphis senior Tom Hornsey has been chosen the winner of the Ray Guy Award winner as the nation’s best punter. He averaged 45.2 yards on 62 punts this season, setting a career best with a 79-yarder in the season opener against Duke. He also had only 12 touchbacks. MICHIGAN ST. CB DENNARD WINS THORPE AWARD

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Michigan State cornerback Darqueze Dennard has won the Jim Thorpe Award, given to the nation’s best defensive back. The senior from Georgia finished the season with four interceptions and had two games with nine tackles, leading a dominant defense that carried the fourthranked Spartans to the Big Ten title. They will play No. 5 Stanford in the Rose Bowl.

PITTSBURGH DT DONALD WINS BEDNARIK AWARD, OUTLAND TROPHY

FLORIDA ST. K AGUAYO WINS LOU GROZA AWARD

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald has won the Chuck Bednarik Award as the defensive player of the year in college football. He also won the Outland Trophy, given to the nation’s top interior lineman, earlier Thursday. It capped a big week for Donald, who took home the Bronko Nagurski award this week as the best defensive player in

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Florida State freshman Roberto Aguayo has won the Lou Groza Award as the nation’s best place kicker. Aguayo went 19 of 20 on field goals for the topranked Seminoles this season, including a long of 52 yards. He also was perfect on 90 extra points.

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BOWL GLANCE Saturday, Dec. 21 New Mexico Bowl At Albuquerque Washington State (6-6) vs. Colorado State (7-6), 2 p.m. (ESPN) Las Vegas Bowl Fresno State (11-1) vs. Southern Cal (9-4), 3:30 p.m. (ABC) Famous Idaho Potato Bowl At Boise, Idaho Buffalo (8-4) vs. San Diego State (7-5), 5:30 p.m. (ESPN) New Orleans Bowl Tulane (7-5) vs. Louisiana-Lafayette (8-4), 9 p.m. (ESPN) Monday, Dec. 23 Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl At St. Petersburg, Fla. Ohio (7-5) vs. East Carolina (9-3), 2 p.m. (ESPN) Tuesday, Dec. 24 Hawaii Bowl At Honolulu Oregon State (6-6) vs. Boise State (8-4), 8 p.m. (ESPN) Thursday, Dec. 26 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl At Detroit Bowling Green (10-3) vs. Pittsburgh (6-6), 6 p.m. (ESPN) Poinsettia Bowl At San Diego Northern Illinois (12-1) vs. Utah State (8-5), 9:30 p.m. (ESPN) Friday, Dec. 27 Military Bowl At Annapolis, Md. Marshall (9-4) vs. Maryland (7-5), 2:30 p.m. (ESPN) Texas Bowl At Houston Minnesota (8-4) vs. Syracuse (6-6), 6 p.m. (ESPN) Fight Hunger Bowl At San Francisco BYU (8-4) vs. Washington (8-4), 9:30 p.m. (ESPN) Saturday, Dec. 28 Pinstripe Bowl At New York Notre Dame (8-4) vs. Rutgers (6-6), Noon (ESPN) Belk Bowl At Charlotte, N.C. Cincinnati (9-3) vs. North Carolina (6-6), 3:20 p.m. (ESPN) Russell Athletic Bowl At Orlando, Fla. Miami (9-3) vs. Louisville (11-1), 6:45 p.m. (ESPN) Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl At Tempe, Ariz. Kansas State (7-5) vs. Michigan (7-5), 10:15 p.m. (ESPN) Monday, Dec. 30 Armed Forces Bowl At Fort Worth, Texas Middle Tennessee (8-4) vs. Navy (7-4), 11:45 a.m. (ESPN) Music City Bowl At Nashville, Tenn. Mississippi (7-5) vs. Georgia Tech (7-5), 3:15 p.m. (ESPN) Alamo Bowl At San Antonio Oregon (10-2) vs. Texas (8-4), 6:45 p.m. (ESPN) Holiday Bowl At San Diego Arizona State (10-3) vs. Texas Tech (7-5), 10:15 p.m. (ESPN) Tuesday, Dec. 31 AdvoCare V100 Bowl At Shreveport, La. Arizona (7-5) vs. Boston College (7-5), 12:30 p.m. (ESPN) Sun Bowl At El Paso, Texas Virginia Tech (8-4) vs. UCLA (9-3), 2 p.m. (CBS) Liberty Bowl At Memphis, Tenn. Rice (9-3) vs. Mississippi State (6-6), 4 p.m. (ESPN) Chick-fil-A Bowl At Atlanta Texas A&M (8-4) vs. Duke (10-3), 8 p.m. (ESPN) Wednesday, Jan. 1 Heart of Dallas Bowl At Dallas UNLV (7-5) vs. North Texas (8-4), Noon (ESPNU) Gator Bowl At Jacksonville, Fla. Nebraska (8-4) vs. Georgia (8-4), Noon (ESPN2) Capital One Bowl At Orlando, Fla. Wisconsin (9-3) vs. South Carolina (10-2), 1 p.m. (ABC) Outback Bowl At Tampa, Fla. Iowa (8-4) vs. LSU (9-3), 1 p.m. (ESPN) Rose Bowl At Pasadena, Calif. Stanford (11-2) vs. Michigan State (12-1), 5 p.m. (ESPN) Fiesta Bowl At Glendale, Ariz. Baylor (11-1) vs. UCF (11-1), 8:30 p.m. (ESPN) Thursday, Jan. 2 Sugar Bowl At New Orleans Alabama (11-1) vs. Oklahoma (10-2), 8:30 p.m. (ESPN) Friday, Jan. 3 Orange Bowl At Miami Ohio State (12-1) vs. Clemson (10-2), 8 p.m. (ESPN) Cotton Bowl At Arlington, Texas Missouri (11-2) vs. Oklahoma State (10-2), 7:30 p.m. (FOX) Saturday, Jan. 4 BBVA Compass Bowl At Birmingham, Ala. Vanderbilt (8-4) vs. Houston (8-4), 1 p.m. (ESPN) Sunday, Jan. 5 GoDaddy.com Bowl At Mobile, Ala. Arkansas State (7-5) vs. Ball State (10-2), 9 p.m. (ESPN) Monday, Jan. 6 BCS National Championship At Pasadena, Calif. Florida State (13-0) vs. Auburn (12-1), 8:30 p.m. (ESPN) Saturday, Jan. 18 East-West Shrine Classic At St. Petersburg, Fla. East vs. West, 4 p.m. (NFLN) Saturday, Jan. 25 Senior Bowl At Mobile, Ala. South vs. North, 4 p.m. (NFLN)

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THE ITEM

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2013

Investment, liability prompt MLB collision ban BY RONALD BLUM The Associated Press LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Baseball officials are up front about this: They want to ban home-plate collisions to guard their investments. Minnesota’s Joe Mauer, a three-time batting champion, is less than halfway through a $184 million, eight-year contract. He was limited 75 games at catcher this year in a concussionshortened season. Buster Posey, another batting champ, has a $167 million, nine-year deal. San Francisco wants to ensure that he doesn’t have another horrific injury like the one that ended his 2011 season. That’s why Major League Baseball’s rules committee voted this week to prohibit runners from plowing into catchers. The rule will take effect next season if the players’ association agrees, and in 2015 if the union doesn’t. “It’s a great change, We protect our assets,’’ Los Angeles Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto said Thursday as the winter meetings ended. “Some of the things we’ve seen happen in the recent past — Buster Posey, concussions

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Home plate collisions like the one between Florida’s Scott Cousins, top, and San Francisco catcher Buster Posey, bottom, led New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson, chairman of the rules committee, to announce on Wednesday that Major League Baseball plans to eliminate them from the game. He said player health and increased awareness of concussions were behind the decision.

with Joe Mauer, Yadier Molina getting blown up, they are some of the best players in the game. They mean so much to their team — the financial investments involved. And more importantly, the health of the individual.’’ Boston’s David Ross, Detroit’s Alex Avila, Oakland’s John Jaso and Kansas City’s Salvador Perez all missed

time because of concussions this year. “Collisions at home plate can significantly alter your ability to win games,’’ said Andrew Friedman, Tampa Bay’s executive vice president of baseball operations. “I just think athletes today are bigger, faster, stronger, and the catchers are in significant danger of long-term injuries that we can avoid. I

think the heightened awareness to concussions influences it quite a bit.’’ Eleven players who were primarily catchers last season are signed to contracts running through 2016 and beyond, with a total of $565.45 million in remaining guaranteed salary, according to calculations by The Associated Press.

Return to Sunshine State brings out classic Spurrier BY RYAN WOOD Post and Courier ORLANDO, Fla. — Steve Spurrier doesn’t think it’s a big deal when he coaches in the state of Florida anymore. Which, of course, is true. Spurrier has led South Carolina into the Sunshine State eight times since becoming coach, including seven times in the past six seasons. The Gamecocks played a game at Central Florida in September. At this point, a trip to Florida SPURRIER should be routine. Yet, it’s not. The questions come every time Spurrier prepares for another game inside the state he once owned, at least in a football sense. The Head Ball Coach still puts on a show every time he returns, even calling local reporters by name. Spurrier held court Thursday at a news conference in Orlando promot-

ing South Carolina’s game Jan. 1 against Wisconsin in the Capital One Bowl. There were classic quips and funny one-liners, the type of material expected from a seasoned comedian. Asked about the speeding ticket issued to star defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, Spurrier said, “I didn’t know Jadeveon’s car could go that fast. He doesn’t have a pretty car like those FSU guys used to drive.” He even offered a jab at his former school. “Somebody told me the Gators are going to be home for the holidays,”

Spurrier said. “Maybe we can get a bunch of Gators to come to our ballgame and help fill up the stands.” Florida suffered its worst season since 1979, finishing 4-8. The Gators missed a bowl game for the first time since 1990. That was Spurrier’s first season as head coach in Gainesville, Fla. Spurrier was in Orlando with his counterpart, first-year Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen. He’s studied up on the Badgers since they became his team’s bowl opponent Sunday. “Wisconsin is an excellent team, 9-3 record, could have easily been a few wins better,” Spurrier said. “We all know they had that incident at Arizona State where the quarterback put the ball on the ground and they said game over.” The “incident” occurred when Pac-12 officials allowed the clock to run out without Wisconsin having a chance to kick a potential gamewinning field goal at Arizona State in September, costing the Badgers a 10win season.

Buckeyes, Tigers each have something to prove BY AARON BRENNER Post and Courier CLEMSON — Only three teams among the 10 BCS bowl participants lost their last game, and all three have to feel bitter about it. There’s No. 3 Alabama, settling for the Sugar Bowl against late-peaking Oklahoma instead of competing for its third consecutive national

championship. Then there’s No. 7 Ohio State, which coughed up its trip to Pasadena and the title matchup by losing to Michigan State. And, No. 12 Clemson, which lost to Florida State and South Carolina to spoil its own championship dreams. The Tide were No. 1, the Buckeyes were No. 2, and the Tigers were No. 3 at their

WINSTON from Page B1 you have a national achievement it means a lot to your state and your family,’’ Winston said. “You always dream. You’ve got to dream big because if you don’t dream big, there’s no use to dream at all.’’ He’ll be joined in New York by Texas A&M’s reigning Heisman winner Johnny Manziel, Alabama’s A.J. McCarron, Boston College’s Andre Williams, Northern Illi-

highest ranking points this season. “You have two teams that their season ended on a downer. Which coaching staff can do a better job of getting their

nois’ Jordan Lynch and Auburn’s Tre Mason. Winston set Atlantic Coast Conference freshman records for the most yards passing (3,820) and touchdown passes (38) while leading the No. 1-ranked Seminoles to a 13-0 record and berth in the BCS championship game. Florida State and Winston continued to excel despite a sexual assault investigation that became public last month. The State Attorney’s Office announced that it would not press charges against Winston last week. However, Winston’s legal

team ready to go?” ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit asked Sunday night, regarding the Tigers and Buckeyes in the Orange Bowl. “Because this is going to be a big stage, a big opportunity for both teams. Really, it’s about recruiting, getting that extra practice time, and building for the future for both Dabo (Swinney) and Urban

problems may not be over. The accuser, her lawyer and family have scheduled a press conference Friday. There is no doubt about Winston’s talent. He is already being talked about as a potential franchise quarterback in the NFL, even though he can’t be drafted until 2015. “The one thing that you don’t know about a lot of players is how well, how quickly they’re able to read defenses,’’ said Gil Brandt, NFL draft analyst. “Once you get into the NFL, reading defenses is paramount. Are you going to be able to do it as

(Meyer). So to me, there’s a lot at stake in that bowl game.” The Tigers will likely spend the month telling others they don’t pay attention to outside opinions. But the label slapped on Clemson is it parlayed an easy schedule into 10 victories, and perhaps only made the BCS by virtue of replacing the league champion Seminoles in the Orange Bowl.

quickly as you have at the college level?’’ Brandt helped build the Super Bowl-winning Dallas Cowboys as vice president of player personnel from 1960-89. He said Winston has steadily improved and his accuracy is one of his most valuable traits. His 67.9 completion percentage is tied for 10th best in the country. Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher has lauded Winston’s ability to take what the defense gives and throw to the open receiver. Brandt said the way Winston dealt with the accusation and the subsequent media

MANZIEL from Page B1 middle school, high school football.’’ Johnny Football is one of six players who will attend the presentation ceremony Saturday night in New York. Manziel isn’t expected to take home another Heisman after Florida State’s Jameis Winston burst onto the scene with a spectacular redshirt freshman season much the way Manziel did last year. Manziel became the first freshman to win the Heisman in 2012 after setting numerous school and Southeastern Conference records while leading Texas A&M to an 11-2 record and a victory over No. 1 Alabama in its first season in the SEC. The Aggies were supposed to contend for a national title in Manziel’s encore. But another standout season by the electric quarterback wasn’t enough to overcome a porous defense that was among the worst in the nation. The Aggies finished 8-4. “This year we definitely had our ups and downs,’’ Manziel said. “We didn’t have a final record like we wanted to at the beginning of the year. But just the whole season and how it’s been, it’s been a ride.’’ That ride for Manziel started when he was suspended for the first half of the Aggies’ season opener against Rice for what the school said was an “inadvertent’’ violation of NCAA rules involving signing autographs. The quarterback was investigated for allegedly accepting money for autographs from memorabilia brokers, a violation of NCAA rules that could have led to a much longer suspension. He shook off his early season drama to throw for 3,723 yards and 33 touchdowns and led the team in rushing with 686 yards and eight more scores. He threw more touchdown passes, had more yards passing, a better completion percentage and averaged more yards an attempt than he did in 2012. He’s third in the nation in total offense with 368.2 yards a game and fourth in pass efficiency. Manziel dealt with various nagging injuries this season and said this week that he’s getting better as the Aggies have some time off before facing Duke in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl on Dec. 31. His thumb injury is still bothering him the most, but he said it isn’t anything that would keep him out of the bowl game. Manziel continued to spend time with quarterback guru George Whitfield to work on becoming a more polished quarterback. “I wanted to come back and be a better quarterback, not just a guy who some people say is a good athlete,’’ he said. “I never wanted to be labeled as that. So to work hard with coach Whitfield multiple times this summer to put in the work I thought... to get where I needed to be.’’

coverage is a positive. “That speaks well from the standpoint of concentration,’’ Brandt said. “And I think the most important thing for success to a football player is concentration.’’ As well as Winston has played, there’s room to improve. Brandt pointed out mechanics of his throwing motion and the movement of his hips. Brandt wants to see incremental improvements across the board during Winston’s sophomore season _ completion percentage, the way he adjust plays at the line of scrimmage, game management.


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Gamecocks land Shrine Bowl WR Samuel and Penn State. Defensive end Dante Sawyer of Suwanee, Ga., plays for a state championship this weekend. The next week, he’ll make his college commitment with USC, Missouri and Auburn his three finalists. He will announce on his birthday on Tuesday. Sawyer visited USC for the Mississippi State game. Defensive back DJ Smith of Marietta, Ga., met last Monday with USC assistant coaches Grady Brown, Lorenzo Ward and GA Mangus, and he talked on the telephone with head coach Steve Spurrier. Mangus is his primary recruiter, and Smith said the two have developed a close relationship. “We talked a good bit,” Smith said. “It felt like family.” USC was the only one of his three finalists to get in to see him last week, and he set his official visit with the Gamecocks for Jan. 17. He also plans to set official visits with Clemson and Tennessee. Smith said he’s no longer considering Georgia. Smith said as of now he doesn’t have a favorite and will wait until National Signing Day in February before revealing his decision. DB Wesley Green of Lithonia, Ga., visited USC unofficially for the Clemson game. The following Monday morning, USC recruiters Ward and Brown visited with Green at his school. “They were the second ones in,” said Green’s head coach, Cortez Allen, pointing out that North Carolina State was first in line. “I think it went real well. Coach Ward and I sat down and had a good conversation. They’re getting an official visit set up for mid-January for their big weekend.” Green will also set official visits with UGA, Ole Miss and Tennessee. Allen said Green “loved the visit” to USC, but he’s not claiming a leader and probably will go to Signing Day or close to it before making his decision. OL Damian Prince (6-feet-7-inches, 310 pounds) of Forestville, Md., recently cut his list from 10 to five, and USC was one of the survivors and will get an official visit from him in January, though his head coach said the date has not been set. Also on the short list are Florida, FSU, Maryland and Miami. Prince has already taken official visits to Maryland, Florida and FSU. Prince’s head coach, Keith Goganious, said Mangus has worked Prince hard and he has the Gamecocks high up on his list. The coach said they are looking at a Signing Day announcement from Prince after discouraging him from waiting until his grandmother’s birthday on Feb. 14 to announce. Defensive lineman Dexter Wideman of Saluda High, an FSU commitment, was visited by Mangus and has set an official visit with the Gamecocks for Jan. 17. “He said it went real well,” Saluda head coach Doug Painter said. “Coach Mangus explained everything he needed to try to do. He was excited about the visit. He didn’t tell me he’s changed his mind or he’s doing something dif-

ferent. He has not said that.” Wideman will also take an official to Florida State, but no date has been set. Wideman visited USC for the Clemson game. The decision is difficult for Wideman, and the Gamecocks are giving him a lot to think about. “They told me that if I come in and work hard, I’ll get to make an impact as a freshman,” he said. “That’s really important to me. I want to play as a freshman.” According to the Ohio State recruiting site Bucknuts, Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer will make his in-home visit with linebacker Raekwon McMillan of Hinesville, Ga., on Sunday, the day before McMillan is scheduled to make his announcement. Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney visited McMillan last week and Alabama head coach Nick Saban was due in this week. McMillan also is considering Auburn and UGA. Saban made an inhome visit to LB Christian Miller of Spring Valley in Columbia last week. Miller has been committed to Alabama since August and has been holding firm to that pledge. Miller was picked for the Shrine Bowl, but will miss the game due to some offseason surgery. TigerIllustrated reported WR Trevion Thompson of Durham, N.C., has set an official visit with Clemson for Jan. 17. He has been to Ohio State and is going to NCSU this weekend. He’s a Shrine Bowler who had 57 catches for 987 yards and 14 TDs. USC is not finished flushing out prospects to offer for the ‘14 class. Brown visited DE Kevin Bronson (6-4, 233) of Delray Beach, Fla., last week and offered him. Bronson had 58 tackles with 20 tackles for loss and six quarterback sacks this season and said he was used at all the positions along the line. Bronson has set an official visit with the Gamecocks for Jan. 17. He was at Rutgers last weekend and is set to visit Virginia Tech on Jan. 24. He’s also looking at Arkansas for a visit and is also considering Nebraska, Central Florida and South Florida. Punter Corbin Daly (6-3, 185) of Charlotte decommitted from Texas and USC has contacted him. He likes the Gamecocks, Tennessee, UNC and Charlotte, but has not yet been offered. Daley was picked for the U.S. Army All American Game and averaged over 45 yards per punt this season. UGA and Clemson coaches were in last week to see DE Andrew Williams of McDonough, Ga. UGA is trying to get an official visit from Williams. He has said he will set official visits with Clemson, USC, Auburn and Missouri. He was at USC for the Clemson game and has also visited Clemson. Athlete Ra’Shaun Croney of Pahokee, Fla., is being recruited by USC as a safety, and once he gets a qualifying test score he’d like to commit to the Gamecocks. He’s expecting to get a score back by the end of December. “I’m confident I will get it,” Croney said. “I

would like to go to South Carolina. It’s not far from home and they have a good program.” USC has offered Croney along with Arkansas, Mississippi State, Florida Atlantic, Florida International and Bowling Green. Croney talked with Mangus and was expecting him to visit this week. He also talked with Arkansas. Croney said the schools are waiting to see that score before moving forward with him. LB Richard Yeargin III of Hollywood, Fla., has had no changes in his recruiting status over the past couple of weeks. He remains committed to Notre Dame, but Clemson remains high up on his list, according to his father. “We’re going to wait and see how the bowl games and coaching situations play out,” Richard Yeargin Jr. Phil said. “NoKORNBLUT body is putting pressure on him. Nothing has changed.” Yeargin III will play in the Army All American Game, and his father said a final decision will be made before then. WR Shaedon Meadors of Byrnes High in Duncan was scheduled for an official visit to Appalachian State last weekend. He had 72 catches for 1,597 yards and 27 TDs this season. He also has offers from Tulane, Toledo, Charlotte, Chattanooga, Marshall, Old Dominion, Hampton, Towson and others. The Citadel has landed a commitment from WR A’lencio Graham (6-0, 180) of Flowery Branch, Ga., according to SOCONRecruiting.com. Juniors: OL Zack Bailey of Summerville High attended the USC-Clemson game and liked what he saw. “They have a spectacular atmosphere,” Bailey said. “The people and the fans are crazy. USC played well. Their coaches are really nice and it’s in the middle of Columbia, so it’s big.” Bailey also has visited Clemson and FSU. “I liked the atmosphere at Clemson,” he said. “The people were really nice and it’s a classy school. FSU was awesome. I went to their spring game. I got to meet their coaches. It’s a peaceful town and they have a nice stadium.” His offers include USC, Clemson, Florida, FSU, UNC, Georgia Tech, Tennessee and The Citadel with interest from Auburn, UGA and Oregon. He plans to get to Auburn and UGA this offseason. He does not have favorites. DE Arden Key of Lithonia, Ga., committed to USC last summer before decommitting in September. “I still like South Carolina a lot,” he said. “Their coaches just make you want to go there. That’s why they have so many Georgia players on their team.” Key has not taken any visits since he visited the Gamecocks and does not have any planned. Other schools showing interest are Southern California, UGA, Oregon and Alabama. Key completed the season with over 100 total tackles and eight recruiting corner

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lemson has its Dabo. The University of South Carolina now has its Deebo. Wide receiver Tyshun “Deebo” Samuel of Chapman High School in Taylors committed to the Gamecocks last Thursday. The Shrine Bowl selection also considered North Carolina and Vanderbilt, but the Gamecocks moved to the top of his list once they offered him late last month. And that offer came shortly after he received a qualifying test score. “‘I’ve been waiting on this for a while,” Samuel said. “When they decided they wanted to take me as a receiver, they weren’t going to take another one.” Samuel made a couple of visits to USC this season and got a good feeling for the program. “I like the environment and the way they treat their players,” he said. “With the receivers we’ll have there, no one will stop us.” This season, Samuel had 61 catches for 1,184 yards and 15 touchdowns. He also scored 13 TDs rushing and two more on interceptions. He is the 15th commitment for USC’s 2014 class and the third WR. On Sunday, Clemson landed a commitment from one of the top junior prospects in North Carolina in defensive back Tanner Muse (6-feet-3-inches, 200 pounds) of Belmont. Muse is a safety and had 87 tackles and four interceptions this season. He also returned a pair of punts for touchdowns. Muse visited Clemson three times during the season and had learned enough from those trips to realize that’s where he needed to be. “It’s just a great atmosphere,” Muse said. “They have great crowds for the big games and then The Citadel game had a sellout crowd and that just showed me that they have great fan support. I feel like it’s just one of the best colleges in the country. I also have a great connection with the coaches and the players.” Muse also had offers from UNC, North Carolina State, Louisville, Mississippi, Duke, Virginia, Vanderbilt, Northwestern and Michigan. He is the fourth commitment for Clemson’s 2015 class. It was a choice of Clemson orange or Tennessee orange for WR Josh Malone of Gallatin, Tenn., and Malone announced he would stay in his home state and play for Volunteers head coach Butch Jones. “I felt like I had a better opportunity there,” he said. “The opportunity to come in early (and play) was better at Tennessee, and I felt comfortable with that situation.” Offensive lineman Kareem Are of Fort Scott junior College in Kansas made an official visit to Mississippi last weekend. Are had planned to make a decision on Monday, but coaches wanted to visit him this week so he decided to delay the decision. Are did admit to, for the first time, having a pretty good feeling about where he plans to go. Are talked with USC recruiter Deke Adams after he got back from his Ole Miss visit. Are is also considering Florida State

sacks. DB Rashard Causey of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., had planned to be in Columbia for the weekend of the Clemson game, but ended up staying home with his family for the holiday. Causey continues to favor USC and Miami at this point. He has talked on the phone with USC recruiter Brown and will visit USC unofficially the second week in January for a junior day. He also plans to visit Southern Cal and UCLA early next year. Causey also has offers from Florida, FSU, Arkansas, West Virginia, Tennessee, ND, NCSU, PSU, Pittsburgh and others. Causey plans to make his decision next summer. DE Chauncey Rivers of Stone Mountain, Ga., a USC commitment, visited for the Clemson game and said his commitment is very strong. It was his second trip to Columbia for a game and the visit solidified his commitment. However, Rivers is getting a strong push from Clemson and plans to visit over the summer. “They really want me to come play for them,” Rivers said. “They told me I could be a big-time player and they could help me get to the NFL.” He will visit Florida and Vanderbilt as well. His offers include USC, Clemson, Florida, Vandy, Missouri, Tennessee and GT with interest from UGA and Alabama. This season, he totaled 93 tackles, 29 TFLs and 15 sacks. DL Albert Huggins of Orangeburg-Wilkinson High visited USC for the Clemson game, his first visit of the season with the Gamecocks. “I saw some things I really liked,” Huggins said. “It was amazing. The fans, the atmosphere, the way they played. It was a good game. I like Clemson too.” Huggins will not attend any other games, but did say he plans to visit UNC this offseason. His list of offers includes USC, Clemson, FSU, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee, Louisville, UGA, NCSU, UNC, Auburn and South Carolina State. He does not have any favorites. QB Kelly Bryant of Wren High in Greenville was at USC for the Clemson game, his first visit this season with the Gamecocks. He has offers from both schools and both want him as a QB. Bryant has carried the dreaded label of “athlete” through his career,

but he emerged this season as a top-notch QB prospect, and he’s letting it be known he only wants to be a QB in college. All the schools which have offered him are treating him that way. “My main goal was to erase that label as an athlete,” he said. “I’m still working on things as a quarterback to improve on, just to get better each day, each opportunity I have.” This season, Bryant passed for 2,600 yards and 29 TDs and rushed for 1,000 yards and 15 TDs. Ole Miss recently offered, joining Clemson, USC, UNC, GT, NCSU and App State. This season he also went to games at Clemson, UNC, NCSU, Ohio State, Ole Miss, UGA and App State. He plans to visit Louisville and Tennessee for junior days along with Clemson and USC. Bryant said he does not have any favorites and he wants to visit more schools. Two-sport star WR JJ Arcega-Whiteside of Dorman High in Roebuck is hearing from Clemson, USC, UNC, ND, FSU, GT and S.C. State among others. App State and Elon have offered. Arcega-Whiteside is also hearing from Clemson and UGA in basketball, but does not have any offers to date. He visited Clemson, USC and UNC this season. USC, Clemson, UNC and ND are the schools he said are contacting him the most. This season, Arcega-Whiteside had 75 receptions for over 1,500 yards and 15 TDs. Basketball News: Danielle Edwards, a 5-7 player from Owings Mills, Md., committed to Clemson for the ‘15 class. Baseball News: Brad Debo (6-2, 190) of Durham, N.C., announced a commitment to USC for the ‘16 class last Saturday on his Twitter account. Debo is regarded as one of the top catchers in the country for his class. Last season, he batted .348 with one home run and 12 runs batted in. Debo is a left-handed hitter. Shortstop Cornelius Randolph (6-0 190) of Williamson, Ga., revealed a commitment to Clemson for the ‘15 class last Saturday on Twitter. Randolph also was being recruited by USC, GT and Miami. Randolph is a LH hitter and throws from the right side. He’s the fifth known commitment for the Tigers’ ‘15 class.

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PAMELA MASI BROWN LEXINGTON — Funeral service for Pamela Masi Brown, 57, of Lexington, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Thompson Funeral Home, Lexington Chapel, BROWN 4720 Augusta Road, Lexington. Father Gary Linsky will officiate. The family will receive friends following the service at the funeral home. Mrs. Brown passed away Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013. Born in Sumter, she was a daughter of Peter and Allie Dimos Masi. She was a graduate of Sumter High School and continued her education at University of South Carolina but was a Clemson enthusiast. She retired from Bell South after many years of loyal service. Following retirement, she volunteered her time at her daughters’ schools. Pamela was a loving wife and devoted mother of three girls. Her marriage of 25 years to Merdick Harmon Brown Jr. was an inspiration for their devotion they shared with one another and family. Surviving are her daughters, Melissa Nannette McCoy, Kimberly Rose Brown and Angela Christine Brown; sister, Christine Masi Blum (Norman) of Lexington; brothers, Nicolas John Masi, Michael Anthony Masi (Annette) and Vincent Edward Masi, all of Lexington; many loving nieces and nephews; and a large and loving extended family. She was a special sister and friend, she touched so many lives. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 128 Stonemark Lane, Columbia, SC 29210 or St. Peters Catholic Church General Fund, 1529 Assembly St., Columbia, SC 29201. Family and friends may sign the online guest book at www. thompsonsfuneral. com. HAZEL H. WILLIS Hazel Herbert Willis, 92, widower of Eulalie Angela Constantine, passed on Monday, Dec. 9, 2013, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center. Born in Sumter, he WILLIS was a son the late Johnnie Sr. and Vermell Singleton Willis. He was a graduate of Lincoln High School Class of 1939 and received a bachelor of arts degree from Morris College Class of 1943. After graduation, he served his country honorably in the United States Army and was selected for training as a Tuskegee Airman. After the end of his military tour of duty, he was

employed for more than 35 years with the District of Columbia Department of Corrections and retired in the position of major. Mr. Willis was a lifelong member of Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, where he served in many capacities including the trustee board, administrative council, finance committee, men’s choir and as president of the United Methodist Men. He served his community as a member of the Good Fellows Organization, the Birnie Elks Lodge No. 11695, Morris College Alumni Association, the Chamber of Commerce, the Elite Club and the NAACP. Mr. Hazel was one of the first volunteer participants of the Assisted Rides Program. In 2011, he was awarded for being the most active driver and rider of the Santee Lynches Regional Council of Government’s Assisted Ride Program. In addition to his parents and beloved wife, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Johnnie Willis Jr. and Joseph Singleton; and one sister, Corine Holland. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, 130 Loring Mill Road, Sumter, SC 29151, with the Rev. Doris Bright officiating. Interment will follow in Hillside Memorial Park. The public may view from 2 to 8 p.m. today at Palmer Memorial Chapel, 304 S. Main St., Sumter. Mr. Willis will be placed in the church at 1 p.m. until the hour of service. Palmer Memorial Chapel of Sumter is in charge of the arrangements. Please leave a condolence for the family on their memorial website found at palmermemorialchapel. com.

LEON KELLEY Leon Kelley was born on June 26, 1949, in Wedgefield, to Leola Kelley (aka “Kelly”) and the late Joseph Mitchell. He was affectionately called “Long” and sometimes KELLEY “Bunk” by his family and friends. He departed this earthly life on Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, at his residence in Sumter. Leon was married to his loving wife and best friend, Charlotte McCleary Kelley, for 15 years and enjoyed his two adoring stepchildren. He was formerly married to Martha Pearson and with this union was blessed with three handsome sons. Leon attended the public schools of Sumter County. He was a member of the 1967 graduating class of Lincoln High School in Sumter. After graduation, he served his

country as a member of the United States Army for three years. After leaving the military, he then continued his educational studies at Morris College in Sumter and Benedict College in Columbia, majoring in criminal justice. Leon utilized his military and college training as an employee of the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice System (DJJ) in Columbia, where he served faithfully for 23 years until his retirement. As a business entrepreneur, he was part owner of Lee’s Groceries in Sumter for several years. Leon was a quiet, soft-spoken gentleman. His hobbies were antique cars, fishing, playing tennis, bowling and gardening. He loved watching football and police stories such as CSI, but he most especially enjoyed watching the old cowboy and western shows — “Gunsmoke” and “Bonanza.” Leon grew up and attended his family church, Orangehill AMEC in Wedgefield, where he was active as a young man. After uniting in holy matrimony to the love of his life, the former Charlotte McCleary, he joined Beulah AME Church. While at Beulah, Leon was a member of the lay organization and the Sons of Allen. Leon leaves to cherish his precious memories: a loving and devoted wife, Charlotte McCleary Kelley; two sons, Shawn (Raynel) Kelley of Pinon, Ariz., and Bryon Kelley of Columbia; two stepchildren, Charlmane Whitley and Delmos (Monique) Whitley of Charlotte, N.C.; a loving mother, Leola Whitaker of Sumter two sisters, Joan Carter of Sumter and Melba (Wayne) Gilliard of Augusta, Ga.; special niece, Irene (Wilbur) Gibbons; nine grandchildren; two greatgrandchildren; seven sisters-in-law, Nellie (Matthew) Allen, Elizabeth McCleary, Lucy McClary, Bettye Hawkins; Annie D’Oliveira, Marie China and Patricia Mitchell; uncles, aunts, and a host of other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Joseph Mitchell; son, Troy Kelley; grandparents, Robert and Janie Kelley and Sarah and Hampton Mitchell; three brothers, Leonard, LeVon and Leodel Mitchell; and one brother-in-law, John Carter. Public viewing will be held from 2 to 7 p.m. today at Job’s Mortuary. The body will be placed in the church at 11 a.m. Saturday for viewing until the hour of service. Funeral service will be held at noon Saturday at Beulah AME Church, U.S. 76, Sumter, with the Rev. Dwayne Bruce officiating. Interment will follow in the Beulah AME Church Cemetery.

The family is receiving friends at the home, 2121 Greenville Circle, Sumter, SC 29150. Job’s Mortuary Inc., 312 S. Main St., Sumter, is in charge of arrangements. Online memorials may be sent to the family at jobsmortuary@sc.rr.com or visit us on the web at www. jobsmortuary.net.

BETTY BANKS PEYTON GREENWOOD — Betty Jean Banks Peyton, 79, died Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, at HospiceCare of the Piedmont in Greenwood, after a short illness. Born May 20, 1934, in McCormick County, she was a daughter of the late James P. and Maude Banks. She retired from Grendel Mill in Greenwood and Chiquola/Springs in Honea Path. She spent several years after retirement volunteering and working at the Hospice Thrift Store in Anderson. She was also a member of Friendship Baptist Church of Honea Path. She is survived by a son, Ray Duvall of Honea Path; a daughter, Brenda Peyton Chase and her husband, Chip Chase, of Sumter; two granddaughters, Mary Peyton Zilch and Abby Zilch, both of Sumter; two brothers, Jim (Linda) Banks and Larry (Millie) Banks, both of Greenwood; and her dear aunt, Elizabeth Graham of Greenwood. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Bobby Banks and Bill Banks. A memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Tuomey Hospice in c/o of The Tuomey Foundation, 102 N. Main St., Sumter, SC 29150 or at a hospice of your choice. DANIEL H. HILL Daniel Harry Hill, age 71, beloved husband of Corinne Edith “Dolly” Hill, died on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013, at his residence. He was born Dec. 7, 1942, a son of the late Joseph Harry and Dixie Lee Sticklen Hill. Mr. Hill was a Mason and Shriner. He served as a member of the Color Guard with the Shriners. He was an avid outdoorsman and a champion duck caller. He will be remembered as a great husband, father, brother and friend. Surviving in addition to his wife are two daughters, Ashleigh Phillips and her husband, Dave, of Midlothian, Va., and Trudi Malo and her husband, Jason, of Belmont, N.C.; one son, Mike Hill of Lake Mary, Fla.; one stepson, Tripper Lee and his wife, Laurin, of Sumter; one stepdaughter, Katie McLeod and her husband, Chad, of Sumter; one brother, Michael Richard Hill and

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his wife, Linda, of Blairsville, Ga.; one sister, Meredith Aileen Hill; and eight grandchildren. In addition to his parents, Mr. Hill was preceded in death by a grandson, Blaine Friedline. The services will be private. Honorary pallbearers will be the Monday Night Card Club and “D D” Edmunds. The family will receive friends from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Bullock Funeral Home. Memorials may made to the Shriners Hospital, 950 W. Faris Road, Greenville, SC 29605 or to the Sumter SPCA, 1140 S. Guignard Drive, Sumter, SC 29150. You may sign the family’s guest book at www.bullockfuneralhome.com. The family has chosen Bullock Funeral Home of Sumter for the arrangements.

ROSALIND HARPER BISHOPVILLE — Rosalind Harper, 51, passed on Dec. 8, 2013, at the Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston. She was a daughter of Priscilla Mack. Funeral service for Ms. Harper will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday in the chapel of Square Deal Funeral Home. The family will receive friends and relatives at the home of Julius and Priscilla Mack, 520 Baxley Circle, Bethune. These services are entrusted to Square Deal Funeral Home of Bishopville. Online memorials can be sent to the family at esquaredealfun@ sc.rr.com. MANNING S. MOORE Manning Samuel Moore, 89, widower of Sadie Marie Moore, was born on Oct. 24, 1924, to the late Oscar and Bella Moore. He departed this earthly life on Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, at Magnolia Manor in Columbia. He was educated in the public schools of Sumter and was a 1944 graduate of Lincoln High School. In his early childhood, he joined Trinity Missionary Baptist Church. After graduation, he moved to New York City, where he was a jeweler for 47 years. In 1991, after retirement from his respective careers in New York, he relocated to Sumter. He leaves to cherish his memory: his sister, Rena Johnson; devoted grandson, Milo Moore; granddaughter, Shawna Walters; six great-grandsons, Deyon, Marty, Manning, Brandon, Benjamin and Elijah; one great-granddaughter, Destinee; a loving daughter-in-law, Gloria Ragins McKnight; longtime devoted friend, Wilbert Buster Bracey; and a host of

nieces, nephews and friends. Public viewing will be held from 2 to 7 p.m. today at Job’s Mortuary. The body will be placed in the church at 1 p.m. Saturday for viewing until the hour of service. Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Trinity Missionary Baptist Church, 155 Wall St., Sumter, with the Rev. Larry Weston officiating. Interment will follow in Evergreen Memorial Park. The family is receiving friends at the home of his grandson, Milo Moore, 110 Fairforest Drive, Bracey Square No. 110, Sumter, SC 29150. Job’s Mortuary Inc., 312 S. Main St., Sumter, is in charge of arrangements. Online memorials may be sent to the family at jobsmortuary@sc.rr.com or visit us on the web at www. jobsmortuary.net.

MAUDE B. HODGE SUMMERTON — Maude Barrineau Hodge, 89, widow of Kenneth Winford Hodge Sr., died Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013, at her home. Born Aug. 17, 1924, in Greeleyville, she was a daughter of the late William Ard. She was a retired fire tower operator with the S.C. Forestry Commission. She is survived by two sons, Kenneth Winford Hodge Jr. (Jackie) of Summerton and Tommy Hodge (Reneé) of Moncks Corner; two daughters, Faye Dew and Betty Latty, both of Summerton; a brother, Wayne Ard of Tennessee; seven grandchildren; and 17 greatgrandchildren. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Edith Richbourg; and a grandson, Bill DuBose. A funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday in the chapel of Stephens Funeral Home with the Revs. Jason Wilson and Frank Sedgwick officiating. Burial will follow in Clarendon Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at Stephens Funeral Home and other times at the residence. Pallbearers will be Jim Smith, Joe Carter, Mac Bagnal, Ken Hodge, Jonathan Hodge and Robbie Richbourg. The family would like to thank Agapé Hospice, especially Brandy and Cindy; also a special sisterin-law, Ella Miles; and caretaker, Rhonda Thames. Memorials may be made to Summerton Southern Methodist Church, P.O. Box 771, Summerton, SC 29148 or to Agapé Hospice, 5 S. Mill St., Manning, SC 29102. Stephens Funeral Home & Crematory, 304 N. Church St., Manning, is in charge of arrangements, (803) 435-2179. www.stephensfuneralhome.org

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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. Sumter Civic Chorale will present its free Christmas concert, “Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow,” at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, at Patriot Hall, 135 Haynsworth St. The Westside Neighborhood Association will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16, at Birnie HOPE Center, 210 S. Purdy St. Sankofa Connection founder Natalie Williams will conduct a Kwanzaa presentation. Contact Jim McCain at (678) 429-8150 or jtmccain@ bellsouth.net. The South Sumter Resource Center’s Performing Arts for the Holidays will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16, at Patriot Hall, 135 Haynsworth St. Goody bags will be given out and there will be free pictures with Santa.

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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, clothing, coats, and shoes are being accepted for this event. Call (803) 773-5799 or on the day of the event, call (803) 565-5187.

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tions: When is it right to break the law for a “higher” purpose? And who gets to make that distinction? And it’s hard to watch “Whale Wars” without noticing just how much Hollywood has influenced, and bankrolled, this operation. We learn that a producer for “The Simpsons” has donated a new ship. Other Sea Shepherd vessels are named “The Bob Barker” and “The Brigitte Bardot.” Nonfiction trumps scripted fare when you enter into such strange territory, or, in this case, uncharted water. Who would believe a fictional show or movie about international fugitives manning large vessels, deemed pirate ships by some, named after a venerable game show host and 1950s French sex starlet? You just can’t make that up! • Netflix launches the second season of the mob comedy “Lilyhammer.” Steven Van Zandt (“The Sopranos”) stars in this funny series as a mobster who enters the witness protection program in Lillehammer, Norway, the home of the 1994 Winter Olympics. The result is a gentle satire of Scandinavian culture as seen through the prism of the American mobster genre. It’s “The Sopranos” meets “Fargo” in Norway. Addictive and fun.

Tonight’s HolidayThemed Episodes • Mandy celebrates the housekeeper on “Last Man Standing” (8 p.m., ABC, TV-PG). • Larry overdoes Christmas on “The Neighbors” (8:30 p.m., ABC, TV-PG). • An evil Santa —

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Krampus — becomes a crime suspect on a twohour “Grimm” (9 p.m., NBC, TV-14). • The whole town thinks Burt ruined Christmas on “Raising Hope” (9 p.m., Fox, TV14). • A “Shark Tank” (9 p.m., ABC, TV-PG) competitor has an attractive holiday proposal.

Tonight’s Other Highlights • Evidence points to a 1940s mystery on “Hawaii Five-0” (9 p.m., CBS, TV-PG). • An officer gets punched on “Blue Bloods” (10 p.m., CBS, TV-14). • Audrey fights her spiritual link to William on the season finale of “Haven” (10 p.m., Syfy, TV-14). • “Another Day/Another Time: Celebrating the Music of ‘Inside

Llewyn Davis’” (10 p.m., Showtime), anticipates the Coen brothers’ new movie, set in the Greenwich Village folk scene, circa 1961.

Series Notes An out-of-touch boss on “Undercover Boss” (8 p.m., CBS, TV-PG) * Brennan hallucinates on “Bones” (8 p.m., Fox, r, TV-14) * Malicious gossip on “The Carrie Diaries” (8 p.m., CW, TV-14) * Jones takes over on “Nikita” (9 p.m., CW, TV14).

Late Night Casey Affleck, Ian Karmel, Jamie Lee and Dov Davidoff appear on “Chelsea Lately” (11 p.m., E!, r) * Tyler Perry, Jonathan Kite and Sommore are booked on “The Arsenio Hall Show” (syndicated, check local listings) *

John Witherspoon and Seasick Steve appear on “Late Show With David Letterman” (11:35 p.m., CBS) * Jay Leno welcomes Carson Daly and Billy Ray Cyrus on “The Tonight Show” (11:35 p.m., NBC) * Benedict Cumberbatch and R. Kelly appear on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (11:35 p.m., ABC, r) * Ralph Fiennes and Juliette Lewis visit “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” (12:35 a.m., NBC) * Craig Ferguson hosts William Shatner, Michael Sheen and The Lone Bellow on “The Late Late Show” (12:35 a.m., CBS).

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IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS THIRD JUDICIAL CIRCUIT C/A # 2013-DR-43-575 STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF SUMTER

Sumter County Finance/Purchasing Administration Building 13 East Canal Street Sumter, South Carolina 29150

Jannette N. Jenkins, Plaintiff(s), vs. Larry C. Weston, Individually, and Larry C. Weston, as Personal Representative of the Estate of Alexander Nathaniel, John Doe, Mary Roe, and all other persons unknown claiming any right, title, estate, lien or interest in the real property described in the Complaint, or any other claim adverse to the Plaintiff's ownership of any cloud on title thereto Defendant(s). TO: THE DEFENDANTS ABOVE-NAMED:

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filed on October 18, 2013, in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Sumter County, South Carolina.

in the Sumter County Register of Deeds Office in Plat Book 86 at Page 1047, and having such boundaries, metes, courses and distances as are shown on said plat, reference to which is hereby made pursuant to authority contained in Section 30-50-250 of the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, as amended.

Crawford & von Keller, LLC. PO Box 4216 1640 St. Julian Place (29204) Columbia, SC 29204 Phone: 803-790-2626 Attorneys for Plaintiff

Being the same property conveyed to Nathan D. Wells and Shannon M. Wells by deed from Johnny T. Edwards, III and Kathy A. Edwards dated February 9, 2001 and recorded February 16, 2001 in Deed Book 794 at Page 1575 in the Sumter County Register of Deeds Office.

SUMMONS AND NOTICES (Non-Jury) FORECLOSURE OF REAL ESTATE MORTGAGE

IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS C/A NO.: 2013-CP-43-01132

SUMMONS FOR RELIEF IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS THIRD JUDICIAL CIRCUIT C/A # 2013-DR-43-____ STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF SUMTER Jannette N. Jenkins,

TMS No. 135-16-01-006 Property Address: 5567 Cold Stream Drive, Dalzell, SC 29040

STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF SUMTER Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., Plaintiff, vs. Nathan Daniel Wells; Shannon Marie Wells; Safe Federal Credit Union, Defendant(s).

Plaintiff(s), NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that an action has been commenced and is pending in Sumter Court of Common Pleas between the named parties bearing Case No.: 2013-CP-21-575 which will affect the below described properties. These properties are the subject of a said action and are located in Sumter County and are more particularly described as follows:

PROPERTY ONE 523 President Drive, Sumter, South Carolina Tap Map No.: 229-016-02-016 PROPERTY TWO 531 President Drive, Sumter, South Carolina Tax Map No.: 229-016-02-012 ROBERT D. MCKISSICK, Attorney for Plaintiff ABBOTT & MCKISSICK LAW FIRM, LLC 702 W. Evans Street Post Office Box 1478 Florence, SC 29503 Telephone No.: (843) 669-0089 Facsimile: (843) 669-0085

Public Sale Notice is hereby given that the undersigned will sell to satisfy the lien of owner at public sale, competitive bidding on December 18, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. at 3349 Main Street, Sumter SC 29153. The personal goods stated therein by the below occupant: Unit A-1: Michalyn Gardner Unit B-4: Aaron Giddens Baker Mini-Storage 3349 N. Main St. Sumter, SC 29153 803-469-9294

SUMTER EAST SELF STORAGE 800 MYRTLE BEACH HWY AUCTION LIST DECEMBER 28, 2013 10:00 A.M. UNITS FOR AUCTION A-50 CHRISTINE LUTZ A-60 DEANNA POLK C-29 ANGELA SIMMONS D-2 ASHLEY STUKES D-12 ALLEN TAYLOR D-13 FELICIA LEONARD E-10 SYLVIA ROGERS E-28 LUTISHA WILLIAMS F-25 ROYAL PRIESTHOOD G-9 LINDA MURRAY

Bid Notices INVITATION FOR BIDS The County of Sumter invites qualified General Contractors to offer Sealed Bids for a New Catchall-Shaw Area Community Center located at 2680 Peach Orchard Road, Sumter County, Sumter, South Carolina. The Base Project consists of 5,208 square feet. The roof system is wood framing with fiberglass shingles, brick veneer and siding. A complete set of Bid Documents may be obtained for $75.00 (non-refundable) per set from the Architect. Contact Jackson & Sims, Architects, 7-1/2 South Main Street, Sumter, SC, 29150, 803-773-4329 or email: jsarch@ftc-i.net by all interested Bidders. Sending documents electronically will not be offered. The Pre-Bid Conference will be held on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at the project site. The Owner will receive Sealed Bids on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at the Sumter County Administration Building, County Council Chambers, 3rd Floor, 13 East Canal Street, Sumter, South

vs. Larry C. Weston, Individually, and Larry C. Weston, as Personal Representative of the Estate of Alexander Nathaniel, John Doe, Mary Roe, and all other persons unknown claiming any right, title, estate, lien or interest in the real property described in the Complaint, or any other claim adverse to the Plaintiff's ownership of any cloud on title thereto Defendant(s).

TO: THE DEFENDANTS ABOVE-NAMED: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and required to answer the Complaint in this action, a copy of which is herewith served upon you, and to serve a copy of your Answer to said Complaint on the subscriber at 702 West Evans Street, Post Office Box 148, Florence, South Carolina, 29503 within thirty (30) days from the service hereof, exclusive of the date of such service, and in case of the failure to do so, judgment by default will be rendered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint. ROBERT D. MCKISSICK, Attorney for Plaintiff ABBOTT & MCKISSICK LAW FIRM, LLC 702 W. Evans Street Post Office Box 1478 Florence, SC 29503 Telephone No.: (843) 669-0089 Facsimile: (843) 669-0085

SUMMONS (Deficiency Judgment Waived) (Mortgage Foreclosure) Non-Jury IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS CASE NO. 13-CP-43-1885 STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF SUMTER Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance, Inc. Plaintiff, -vsLemonica D. Nero a/k/a Lemonica Duevell Nero and I.S.P.C., Defendant(s) TO THE DEFENDANT(S), Lemonica D. Nero a/k/a Lemonica Duevell Nero YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and required to answer the Complaint in this action, and to serve a copy of your Answer on the subscribers at their offices, 1640 St. Julian Place, Columbia, South Carolina 29202, within thirty (30) days after service hereof, exclusive of the day of such service; except that the United States of America, if named, shall have sixty (60) days to answer after the service hereof, exclusive of the day of such service; and if you fail to answer the Complaint within the time aforesaid, the Plaintiff in this action will apply to the Court for a judgment by default granting the relief demanded in the Complaint. TO MINOR(S) OVER FOURTEEN YEARS OF AGE, AND/OR TO MINOR(S) UNDER FOURTEEN YEARS OF AGE AND THE PERSON WITH WHOM THE MINOR(S) RESIDE(S), AND/OR TO PERSON UNDER SOME LEGAL DISABILITY, INCOMPETENTS AND PERSONS CONFINED: YOUR ARE FURTHER SUMMONED AND NOTIFIED to apply for the appointment of a Guardian ad Litem within thirty (30) days after service of this Summons and Notice upon you. If you fail to do so, application for such appointment will be made by the Plaintiff.

NOTICE OF FILING COMPLAINT YOU WILL PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Summons and Complaint in the above-captioned action were

TO THE DEFENDANT(S) ABOVE NAMED: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and required to appear and defend by answering the Complaint in this action, a copy of which is hereby served upon you, and to serve a copy of your Answer on the subscribers at their offices, 3800 Fernandina Road, Suite 110, Columbia, SC 29210, within thirty (30) days after the service hereof, exclusive of the day of such service; except that the United States of America, if named, shall have sixty (60) days to answer after the service hereof, exclusive of the day of such service; and if you fail to do so, judgment by default will be rendered against you for the relief demanded in the complaint. TO MINOR(S) OVER FOURTEEN YEARS OF AGE, AND/OR TO MINOR(S) UNDER FOURTEEN YEARS OF AGE AND THE PERSON WITH WHOM THE MINOR(S) RESIDES, AND/OR TO PERSONS UNDER SOME LEGAL DISABILITY: YOU ARE FURTHER SUMMONED AND NOTIFIED to apply for the appointment of a guardian ad litem within thirty (30) days after the service of this Summons and Notice upon you. If you fail to do so, application for such appointment will be made by Attorney for Plaintiff. YOU WILL ALSO TAKE NOTICE that Plaintiff will move for an Order of Reference or the Court may issue a general Order of Reference of this action to a Master-in-Equity/Special Referee, pursuant to Rule 53, of the South Carolina Rules of Civil Procedure. YOU WILL ALSO TAKE NOTICE that under the provisions of South Carolina Code 29-3-100, effective June 16, 1993, any collateral assignment of rents contained in the attached mortgage is perfected and Attorney for Plaintiff hereby gives notice that all rents shall be payable directly to it by delivery to its undersigned attorneys from the date of default. In the alternative, Plaintiff will move before a judge of this Circuit on the 10th day after service hereof, or as soon thereafter as counsel may be heard, for an Order enforcing the assignment of rents, if any, and compelling payment of all rents covered by such assignment directly to the Plaintiff, which motion is to be based upon the original note and mortgage and the Complaint attached hereto.

LIS PENDENS NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT an action has been or will be commenced in this Court upon complaint of the above-named Plaintiff against the above-named Defendant(s) for the foreclosure of a certain mortgage of real estate given by Nathan D. Wells (a/k/a Nathan Daniel Wells) and Shannon M. Wells (a/k/a Shannon Marie Wells) to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. as nominee for Amerigroup Mortgage Corporation, a Division of Mortgage Investors Corporation dated February 14, 2003 and recorded on February 27, 2003 in Book 877 at Page 1202, in the Sumter County Registry, hereinafter Mortgage. Thereafter the Mortgage was transferred to the Plaintiff herein by assignment and/or corporate merger. The premises covered and affected by the said Mortgage and by the foreclosure thereof were, at the time of the making thereof and at the time of the filing of this notice, more particularly described in the said Mortgage and are more commonly described as: All that certain piece, parcel or lot of land with the improvements thereon, if any, situate lying and being in the County of Sumter, State of South Carolina, represented as Lot No. 13 in Section No. 1, Oakland North Subdivision on a plat of H.S. Willson dated January 28, 1985 and recorded

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NOTICE OF FILING COMPLAINT TO THE NAMED:

DEFENDANTS

ABOVE

YOU WILL PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the original Complaint, Cover Sheet for Civil Actions and Certificate of Exemption from ADR in the above entitled action was filed in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Sumter County on July 3, 2013. J. Martin Page, SC Bar No. 100200 Brian L. Campbell, SC Bar No. 74521 Suzanne E. Brown, SC Bar No. 76440 Jason L. Branham, SC Bar No. 72902 Chad Burgess, SC Bar No. 72520 J. Marshall Swails, SC Bar No. 79067 Sarah O. Leonard, SC Bar No. 80165 J. Martin Page, SC Bar No. 100200 Brook Dangerfield, SC Bar No. 77912 Marc S. Asbill, SC Bar No. 100332 January N. Taylor, SC Bar No. 80069 Travis E. Menk, SC Bar No. 79144 Mark A. Pearson, SC Bar No.15926 Richard G. Duerinckx, SC Bar No. 70143 Brock & Scott, PLLC 3800 Fernandina Road, Suite 110 Columbia, SC 29210 Phone 888-726-9953 Fax 866-676-7658 Attorneys for Plaintiff

TO THE DEFENDANTS ABOVE NAMED: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and required to answer the Complaint in this action of which a copy is herewith served upon you, and to serve a copy of your Answer on the subscribers at their offices, 1704 Main Street, Post Office Box 58, Columbia, South Carolina 29202, within thirty (30) days after the service hereof. Your answer must be in writing and signed by you or by your attorney and must state your address or the address of your attorney, if signed by your attorney.

In Memory In Memory of Rico Wendell Abrams 10/30/1975- 12/13/2010

NOTICE TO THE DEFENDANT NATHANIEL KEITH CUTTER: Notice is hereby given that the Complaint in the foregoing action, together with the Summons, of which the foregoing is a copy, was filed in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Sumter County on the 22nd day of August, 2013. McDONALD, McKENZIE, RUBIN, MILLER AND LYBRAND, L.L.P. Post Office Box 58 Columbia, South Carolina 29202 (803) 252-0500 John F. McKenzie Attorney for the Plaintiff November 27, 2013

It's another year that you're not with us. We miss your smile. You will always remain in our hearts. Though you're gone, you're never forgotten. We all know that you and Frances are smiling down on us. If i had one wish, a simple kiss, a simple hug, because as we all know, Xmas just ain't Xmas without the one you love. Love your Mother, Bobby Fullard & Family

In Memory

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Card of Thanks Jonathan Prince "Lil Man" 02/09/85 - 12/13/08 I can't believe its been 3 years since God called you home my son, your job here is Done. You gave us much Love, Joy, laughter and so much memories to cherish. If Tears could build a Stairway and Memories a Lane. Id Walk right into Heaven and Bring you home again. We are bound in Love for Eternity. We love and Miss You so Much. Ernestine, Takitha, Mikel and Janaeja

SUMMONS AND NOTICE OF FILING IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS C/A # 2013-CP-43-1707 STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF SUMTER MH, Acceptance, Inc., Plaintiff, vs. Marshella D. Dicks, Defendant. TO THE DEFENDANT MARSHELLA D. DICKS: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and required to answer the Complaint in this action, a copy of which is hereby served upon you, and to serve a copy of your answer on the subscribers at their offices, 1400 Main Street, Post Office Box 394, Columbia, SC 29202, within thirty (30) days after the service hereof, exclusive of the day of service; and if you fail to answer the Complaint within the time aforesaid, the Plaintiff will apply to the Court for judgment by default for the relief demanded in the Complaint.

The family of Bertha Mae Singleton wishes to thank all those who sent words of comfort, cards, flowers, & visited during our time of sorrow. We love all of you. The Singleton Family

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NOTICE OF FILING COMPLAINT YOU WILL PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the original Summons and Complaint in the above-captioned action were filed in the Office for the Clerk of Court for Sumter County on September 23, 2013. Theodore von Keller B. Lindsay Crawford, III Sara C. Hutchins CRAWFORD & VON KELLER, LLC Post Office Box 4216 Columbia, South Carolina 29204 Telephone: (803) 790-2626 ATTORNEY FOR THE PLAINTIFF Columbia, South Carolina December 3, 2013

SUMMONS IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS DOCKET NO. 2013-CP-43-1509 STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF SUMTER Melody Monique Clea, Plaintiff vs. Nathaniel Keith Cutter, Defendant.

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Newman's Lawn & Tree Service Fall clean-up, leaf removal, pinestraw, mulch bedding, clean up jobs, Free estimate 803-316-0128

ADVERTISE YOUR AUCTION in 105 S.C. newspapers for only $375. Your 25-word classified ad will reach more than 2.6 million readers. Call Jimmie Haynes at the S.C. Newspaper Network, 1-888-727-7377.

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Solo & Team CDL-A Drivers! Excellent Home Time & Pay! $3,000 to $5,000 Sign-on Bonus! BCBS Benefits. Join Super Service! 866-501-0946 DriveForSuperService.com

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Legal Service DIVORCE WITH OR WITHOUT children $125.00. Includes name change and property settlement agreement. SAVE hundreds. Fast and easy. Call 1-888-733-7165, 24/7

Painting Int/Ext Painting, Pressure washing. 30 yrs exp. Ref. Quality work/free est. Bennie 468-7592

Roofing All Types of Roofing & Repairs All work guaranteed. 30 yrs exp. SC lic. Virgil Bickley 803-316-4734. C&B Roofing Superior work afford. prices. Free est., Sr. disc. Comm/Res 30 yr warr. 290-6152

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

Computers & Equipment My Computer Works. Computer problems? Viruses, spyware, email, printer issues, bad internet connections - FIX IT NOW! Professional, U.S.-based technicians. $25 off service. Call for immediate help. 1-888-269-7891

For Sale or Trade Samsung front load washer and dryer. 1yr old, exc cond. Asking $1400, but negotiable. Still under warranty. Call 803-753-7563 Christmas Special 2008 Golf Cart Beige with black pinstripes, fold down backseat, lights, fold down windshield, 2011 batteries, good tires, new charger $2400 OBRO 481-4972 or 464-9942 DISH TV Retailer - Starting at $19.99/month (for 12 mos.) & High Speed Internet starting at $14.95/month (where available.) SAVE! Ask About SAME DAY Installation! CALL Now! 1-800-635-0278 REDUCE YOUR CABLE BILL!* Get a whole-home Satellite system installed at NO COST and programming starting at $19.99/mo. FREE HD/DVR Upgrade to new callers, SO CALL NOW 1-866-981-7319

STATE TREE SERVICE Worker's Comp & General liability insurance. Top quality service, lowest prices. 803-494-5175 or 803-491-5154 www.statetree.net

Rocker $25, Love Seat $75 Call 481-4596

A Notch Above Tree Care Full quality service low rates, lic./ins., free est BBB accredited 983-9721

Electric log splitter, $125. Very nice store fixtures, glass display counters, jewelry counter, etc. Call 803-316-7407

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Hickory & Oak firewood. Seasoned/Green $65 Delivered. Notch Above Tree Service. 983-9721

Roller Coaster pinball machine $2,350. Ms. Pacman $950. Pool tables $900-$1500. Call 316-7006. Will deliver for Christmas.

Dogs

DirecTV - Over 140 channels only $29.99 a month. Call Now! Triple savings! $636.00 in Savings, Free upgrade to Genie & 2013 NFL Sunday ticket free!! Start saving today! 1-800-908-5974

CKC German Shephed pups! (M) $500 & (F) $450 available. Call 910-495-6679 or email jdriggs10@aol.com. Also check out www.watchdogkennels.net

POOL TABLES for CHRISTMAS $800 to $1200 includes balls, cue sticks, rack, and chalk. Free delivery within 25 miles of Manning. 803-433-5544 803-473-0939

Free to good home only. Dappled 6 yr old female long hair mini dachshund. Call 803-983-5530.

Firewood for Sale Will Deliver. Call 803 651-8672

CKC Peek-a-poo pups. 8wks, paper trained, S/D (F) $350, (M) $325 Cash. Alice 803-428-3803

MERCHANDISE 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. Friday 9-5, Saturday 9-1.

Nice, Side-by-side Frig w/Ice Maker, $300. Office Chair, $25. Store fixtures, Neg. 803-406-3694 Like new, Little four-wheeler with battery. Cost $175 asking $85. Like new Razor Go-cart, new batteries Cost $345 asking $150. Like new Little girls kitchen with foods and accessories. Cost $350 asking $200. Call 803-494-4220 Expert Tech, New & used heat pumps & A/C. Will install/repair, warranty; Compressor & labor $600. Call 803-968-9549 or 843-992-2364 INVESTORS CHRISTMAS SPECIAL. Buy 3 houses get one FREE! Call for details. All RENTED. 803-775-4391, 464-5960 For Sale: Round Walnut Coffee table, Victorian Walnut (Mrs) Chair, 6 Mahogany chairs, 30's China Cabinet, Metal Gliders, bug trunk, Piano stool, Andirons, East Lake Mirror, Roland McCollum painting and more. Phone 803-481-2995

EMPLOYMENT Help Wanted Full-Time SHAMROCK BINGO Runners & Callers needed. 803-905-5545 Plumber and plumber's helper needed at Rourk Plumbing. Must have exp. in comm/new construction and res. repair. Email (wdrourk@aol.com) or fax (773-9342) resume' and 10 yr. driving record. Golden Corral We are now hiring experienced kitchen managers for our Sumter SC, Charlotte NC, Wilmington NC locations. $35-53K depending on Experience. 5 Day week. Paid PTO every quarter. Health/Life/Vision/Dental Coverage. 401K. Candidates MUST have Restaurant Management Experience. Criminal background checks and drug test required. EEOC Send resume to : jlepper@platinumcorral.com 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

Help Wanted Part-Time Medical Receptionist needed Part-time. Ideal candidate must have medical office experience, excellent computer and telephone skills. Fax resume to 803-433-5637 or deliver in person to Lakeside Orthopaedic Center 50 E. Hospital St. Suite 6, Manning, SC 29102. $$$ AVON $$$ FREE TRAINING! 803-422-5555

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Work Wanted Will sit with sick & elderly, run errands, light housework, References available 803460-3168

Statewide Employment WE NEED DRIVERS!! Immediate openings. OTR drivers, minimum 1yr. OTR experience. Late model conventional tractors/48' flatbed trailers. Top pay, insurance. Home most weekends. Senn Freight 1-800-477-0792

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

LARGE GARAGE SALE 1st & 3rd Weekend Tables $1 & Up FLEA MARKET BY SHAW AFB

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Help support United Ministries / Samaritan House of Sumter. Donate used/new items for a sale to be held Spring of 2014. For more info or to arrange for pick-up or delivery to us, call Ed: 803464-7643 Would you donate items remaining from your yard sale?

Side Walk Sale! Sweet Repeats Children's Consignment store, 657 Bultman Dr. Saturday 7 am. Ton's of winter clothing & outerwear.

Rescheduled: Clean Out Sale! House, attic & storage bldg clean out! Everything must go. CHEAP CHEAP! 2 Curtiswood Dr. Fri 9 4; Sat 8 -12. (weather permitting) Rooms for rent. Boarding house for seniors & S.S. recipients. Cable & utilities all inclusive. Call 803-565-7924.

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STATEBURG COURTYARD 2 & 3 BRs 803-494-4015 Large DW, 4 br, 2 ba, rents $700 mo + $700 dep. Call Live Oak Realty 803-469-8147

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2806 Tindal Rd Sumter 3BR 2BA C/H/A Call 803 481-7903 Asking $51,000

LOW CREDIT SCORE? Been turned down for bad credit? Come try us, we do our own financing. We have 2-3-4-5 bedroom homes on our lot. Layaway program available. For more information, call 843-389-4215.

Farms & Acreage FSBO: Land, Small & Large acreage. Owner financing. 803-427-3888.

GOODWIN AUTOMALL #30"%45r46.5&3 4$

469-2595

Price Good Through 12-14-13

GOODWIN EXCLUSIVE 2008 Honda CRV

$14 995

GOODWIN AUTOMALL #30"%45r46.5&3 4$

469-2595

Price Good Through 12-14-13

Autos For Sale

C&C Recycling Parts & Wrecker Service Top price paid for junk cars! We buy scrap metal, alum cans, batteries, copper. 773-7702

GOODWIN AUTOMALL

GOODWIN AUTOMALL

#30"%45r46.5&3 4$

Miscellaneous

$5 995

2 lg bldgs, nice bldg for church or civic organization. 1 lg truck garage w/ lifts. 4000 sq. ft bldg. 1961 McCrays Mill Rd. good space for medical clinic or offices. Call Bobby Sisson 464-2730

$14 995

TRANSPORTATION

2004 Toyota SR-5 Four Runner. 1 owner, 98k miles. Asking $12,500. Call 803-905-6565

#30"%45r46.5&3 4$

2003 Yamaha 125 Dirt Bike $650. Can be seen at Hill Plumbing 438 N Main St Call Frank Hill 491-7226 2001 Honda ATV 4X4 $1500 OBO. Rob 406-9336

FOR SALE 2008 Yamaha TTR 125 EX and 2009 TTR 50 EY with helmets. Both in excellent shape with very low hours.

Package Price $2800

Call 803-468-2244

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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2013

GOODWIN EXCLUSIVE 2009 Ford Taurus

$9 995

GOODWIN AUTOMALL #30"%45r46.5&3 4$

469-2595

Price Good Through 12-14-13

DRIVERS WANTED â&#x20AC;&#x153;NO GIMMICKSâ&#x20AC;?

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CONTACT Pat Joyner at 803-775-1002 Ext. 107 OR visit our website to download a job application and fax to (954) 653-1195 www.sumtertransport.com 170 S. Lafayette Drive Sumter, SC 29150 EOE


December 13, 2013