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Crunch time: More register for health care BY JADE ANDERSON janderson@theitem.com Sonya Del Rio and Sondra Richardson have been busy helping people apply for insurance the last two months. With the change to the Affordable Care Act deadline from Dec. 15 to Dec. 23 to

start insurance coverage on Jan. 1, 2014 — the date by which everyone must have insurance or face a penalty on their taxes, according to the new law — the two certified application counselors expect that trend to continue, if not increase, in the next couple of weeks.

“We had nine do it online in November,� Del Rio said. “Our clients prefer paper applications. Some for security purposes, and some don’t have access to computers or don’t use email regularly.� While housed at the Sumter Family Health Center, Del Rio and Richardson’s assistance is

not limited to center patients. “Our goal is to get as many covered as we can,� said Holly Chase, director of community development at Sumter Family Health Center. In November, they educated or assisted 405 people either over the phone at one of the Sumter Family Health

Center sites — Sumter or Pinewood — or at a community or church event. Of the 405 they assisted, Chase said 21 were found to qualify for Medicaid. “Some people have never gotten government help, and SEE INSURANCE, PAGE A8

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Santa has his beard tested by a student at the Thomas Sumter Academy Annual Christmas Shop. The money raised by the school is used to buy gifts for children in Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program.

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Veterans worry about future of commissaries veterans rely on the commissary, and the community relies on it from a job standpoint. Me and my wife just love going there shopping and meeting friends. We see it as part of our life now.� The recipient of two Bronze Stars said he shops at both Shaw Air Force Base and Fort Jackson commissaries. The Defense Commissary Agency operates 245 of these grocery

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BY TYLER SIMPSON tyler@theitem.com Pinewood Town Council held an emergency meeting Friday after it was reported that the mayor of Pinewood, Al Pridgen, had resigned from office. Shortly after opening the meeting, Mayor Pro Tempore Sarah Mathis confirmed Pridgen’s resignation. The council then immediately went into executive session, although without explaining their rationale. About 20 minutes later, the council returned from executive session, but neither voted nor commented on what was discussed. When town citizens began asking questions about why the council had not announced Pridgen’s resignation until after it was reported in

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Mayor Pro Tempore Sarah Mathis is seen during a recent Pinewood Town Council meeting. Mathis confirmed former mayor Al Pridgen’s resignation during Friday’s emergency meeting of council.

The Item, the council abruptly ended the meeting without providing a clear explanation. Some outraged citizens approached council members, demanding explanations for why the elected officials had failed to notify the town after receiving a letter of resignation.

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Sumter man faces kidnapping, assault charges BY BRISTOW MARCHANT bmarchant@theitem.com A Sumter man is facing charges of kidnapping and second-degree assault after police broke down an apartment door to find him straddling a woman in only a pair of shorts. Daniel Evers Brunson, 39, of 585 E. Calhoun St., was arrested inside an apartment in the 500 block of East Calhoun Street after officers reportedly heard the woman’s cries for help from outside.

Sumter police officers were reportedly at Friendship Apartments on an unrelated matter about 9:43 p.m. BRUNSON Thursday when a woman approached them and said she could hear a woman yelling from a neighboring apartment. The officers, along with a Sumter County sheriff’s deputy working at the complex, knocked on the door without getting a reply and re-

portedly heard cries for help coming from an upstairs window. They kicked in the front door and then forced entry to an upstairs bedroom where they found Brunson holding the 30-year-old woman down on the bed. They ordered him on the floor and handcuffed him. The woman told officers she invited Brunson over, but they began arguing. When she tried to leave the apartment, Brunson reportedly grabbed

her, tearing the collar of her shirt, and began choking her. He then reportedly dragged her to the upstairs bedroom, locked the door and pinned her down on the bed. The woman screamed for help, and Brunson reportedly threatened to stab her. He also reportedly began to pull the woman’s pants off and threatened to sexually assault her. It was at that point that police entered the room and took Brunson into custody. The woman reportedly suffered

minor injuries and was treated at Tuomey Regional Medical Center. State Law Enforcement Division records show that Brunson was convicted in 1992 of criminal sexual assault, kidnapping and assault-and-battery charges involving a case in Forest Acres. His most recent conviction was in 2012 on a resisting arrest charge filed in Sumter County. He is being held at SumterLee Regional Detention Center pending bond.

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St. Matthews woman dies in single-car morning wreck MANNING — A 26-year-old St. Matthews woman is dead after a wreck early Friday morning. Johanna Maria Hatter was pronounced dead from multiple injuries sustained in the wreck, said Clarendon County Deputy Coroner Charles Jackson. She was driving east on Liberty Church Road when her 2004 Chevrolet Impala went off the right side of the road about 12:30 a.m., said Sgt. Bob Beres with the S.C. Highway Patrol. The driver overcorrected, went off the right side of the road and hit a tree. She was not wearing a seatbelt, Beres said, but she was not ejected from the vehicle, Jackson said. This incident remains under investigation by the S.C. Highway Patrol.

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Nicole Brockway, member of Aldersgate United Methodist Church, volunteers to stuff backpacks with kid-friendly food meant for weekends for Willow Drive Elementary School students. The church teamed up with Harvest Hope Food Bank to provide the meals.

Food bank, church help feed students Weekend meals for Willow Drive children will be given through June receive meals during the weekends. Buffalo spoke to Rachel Johnston, a teacher at Willow Drive and a The Parent Teacher Organization member of Aldersgate, and Johnston talked to the church about beat Willow Drive Elementary School coming the school’s faith-based can now feed 29 students every partner in the project. Buffalo also weekend through June, thanks to attended a contemporary service at Harvest Hope Food Bank and a Aldersgate and made connections $1,500 donation from Aldersgate with some of the church members. United Methodist Church. “She (Johnston) came to us and The school is involved in a proexplained how the students are in gram that provides children with need of assistance on the weekbackpacks full of kid-friendly foods ends,” said Pastor every weekend. AsWebb Belangia. sistant Principal ‘... Children are “People in the Karen Buffalo said teachers and staff going hungry here church have heard about what we’re members identify students who may be too. We have to find doing, and they also want to help.” in need. “We’re a Title I some way to do The project is a joint effort between school, and so we do have a great supply something about it.’ PTO and the church. Belangia said the of reduced and free donation came out lunches here,” Buffaof the church’s mislo said. “As the assistant principal, I do a Pastor Webb Belangia, sion budget. Because of the donalot with discipline at times. I used to be a Aldersgate United tion, the school can continue to assist guidance counselor, so I try to talk to Methodist students and their families through the them and find out end of the 2013-14 school year. more about the cause of their beBelangia and youth pastor Wes havioral issues. Some students have Conner delivered the food to the mentioned not having breakfast or school Thursday, and local volunbeing hungry as reasons they may teers and members of the church be misbehaving.” As vice president of PTO, Buffalo visited the school Friday to pack the backpacks and hand them out said she proposed coming up with to students. After hearing about the a way to make sure students and donation from the church, Belangia their families who need assistance BY RAYTEVIA EVANS revans@theitem.com

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The Sumter Little Theatre will host auditions at 7 p.m. Dec. 9 for the production of ‘The Old Settler.’ Written by John Henry Redwood and directed by Eric Bultman, ‘The Old Settler’ is set in 1943 in Harlem where sisters’ lives are changed when a new man arrives. The action of the play takes place during the spring of 1943, in the apartment belonging to Elizabeth Borny in Harlem, N.Y. Parts are available for adult actors to play Elizabeth (Bess) Borny, a black woman, 55 years old; Quilly McGrath, Elizabeth’s sister, a black woman, 53 years old; Husband Witherspoon, Elizabeth’s roomer, a 29-year-old black man; and Lou Bessie Preston (Charmaine), 29, Husband’s love interest. Bultman said, “The ages of the characters should not prevent actors from auditioning.” Scripts will be available during auditions at SLT, 14 Mood Ave., in the Sumter County Cultural Center. Performances are scheduled for Feb. 6 to Feb. 9 and Feb. 13 to Feb. 16. For more information, call Bultman at (803) 775-2150.

Governor’s School accepting sophomores’ applications The South Carolina Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics is currently accepting applications from high school sophomores through Feb. 15, 2014. The two-year, public high school specializes in the advanced study of science, technology, engineering and math. According to a recent news release, GSSM applicants have to meet the following requirements: be current high-school sophomores and South Carolina residents, have a PSAT score of 110 or higher (math and verbal only), have an unweighted GPA of 3.5 or higher and complete geometry, algebra I and II, English II and one lab science by the end of sophomore year. Online applications are available at www.scgssm.org/apply-now. For more information, visit www.scgssm.org.

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BY IVY MOORE ivym@theitem.com Two of Sumter’s bravest are featured on a 2014 calendar, just in time for Christmas giving. In fact, your purchase of the “South Carolina is on Fire for the Southeastern Firefighters Burn Foundation� is two gifts in one — for the person who receives the calendar and for burn patients. Sumter’s calendar models are Engineer Selena Ruth Smith with the Sumter Fire Department and a volunteer with Mayesville 5; and Fire Fighter 1 Kendall Painter with Cherryvale Station 1. Painter represents July, while photos and information on Smith appear on the September page. Smith said she and Painter are “glad (to be) a part of this. The proceeds from the calendar will benefit the Joseph M. Still Burn Center, better known as the Augusta Burn Center in Augusta, Ga.� The Southeastern Firefighters Burn Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides assistance to families of burn patients being treated at the center. Funds from the calendar will be used to continue that mission, which includes lodging, daily meals and transportation at no cost to the families. Following their discharge, the foundation also assists patients in making a smooth transition to independent living, providing medication, anti-scarring garments and medical transportation for followup appointments.

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Fire Fighter I Kendall Painter serves at Cherryvale Station 1. She has been a firefighter for two years. Her photographs and a short biography can be found on the July page of the calendar.

Columbia’s Teresa Spires was the photographer for the calendar project. See the calendar and more of Spires’ work at www.photosbyteresa.net. The Joseph M. Still Burn Center is the largest burn unit in the U.S., treating more than 2,000 patients each year, about 90 percent of whom are residents of South Carolina and Georgia. According to the foundation, “Each and every firefighter that has participated in this calendar fundraiser has found it close to their hearts to be able to give back to their communities in this manner.� You can view and order

the calendar on the website, http://photosbyteresa.net/ SFBF20Calendar-LR.pdf. Once at the website, order your calendar(s) by simply clicking on the quantity, and then on the “Buy It Now� button to be taken directly to PayPal. You do not have to have a PayPal account to order, and you may pay via checking account or credit card through the PayPal link. The cost is $15. For more information, call (803) 386-1224. For more information about the Joseph M. Still Burn Center, visit the facilities at 3614 J. Dewey Gray Circle, Building C, Augusta, GA 30909, or call them at 1-800-650-BURN.

s the weather gets colder and the days get shorter, statistics show that many people become less active, resulting in weight gain and seasonal depression. Running is a great way to prevent this, and I have asked Heather Hunt, Olympic trials marathoner and Sumter Y Running Group CORRIGAN coach, to share a few tips and strategies for making running during the winter months more enjoyable. 1. Running is a healthy way to increase wellness during the winter/holiday season. The holidays become a time of excess: excess consumption of holiday treats and activities, increased financial strain and mounting stress as these factors multiply. Carving out 30 minutes to run a few days a week may help alleviate overall feelings of stress and may make the colder, darker days of winter more enjoyable. For one, running can keep weight gain at bay. Many times, people who run find that eating healthier is easier when coupled with exercise. Rather than rewarding ourselves with food, we can think of using it as fuel for our exercise sessions. Suddenly, egg nog or fruit cake may not seem as appealing. Exercise is also an excellent way to combat stress. Going out for a run can be a time to enjoy natural surroundings, think deeply without interruption or simply burn off anxious energy. 2. South Carolina winters are perfect for running. The climate during the winter months is ideal for running outdoors. Temperatures remain mild for most of the sea-

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Isiah Jerome Williams, 26, of 211 Murphy St., was arrested Wednesday and charged with driving under suspension, third offense. Williams was reportedly stopped at 10:16 a.m. after making an unsignaled turn from Vaughn Street onto Brent Street. Samantha Diamette Colclough, 28, of 3330 Potts Lane, was arrested Wednesday and charged with driving under suspension, second offense. At 9:48 a.m., Colclough was reportedly stopped in the 500 block

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Four 30-inch rims and tires were reported stolen from the 200 block of Pioneer Drive at 12:57 p.m. Wednesday. The items are valued at $5,000. An 8-by-6-foot halfround window was reportedly stolen from the 600 block of South Guignard Drive between 4:30 p.m. Nov. 12 and noon Nov. 13. The window is valued at $865.

A 12-gauge Winchester shotgun was reportedly stolen from the 200 block of Cedar Avenue between 2:10 and 2:18 p.m. Wednesday. It is valued at $250. FIRE:

Firefighters were called to the scene of a fire in a vacant mobile home on Loring Mill Road at 1:14 a.m. Wednesday. The blaze

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Wonderful imagination in ‘The Little Prince’ BY JANE G. COLLINS Special to The Item

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In an Item interview about “The Little Prince,� the current Sumter Little Theatre play, director Heather Turner observed, “I think on one level it is for children, but on many others it is for adults.� The two small children who sat in front of me opening night were riveted by the show, appreciating the special effects and the unusual characters. The adult audience laughed at the humor and reacted to the story line and special effects. Although the play relies heavily on some in-depth observations about life, innocence and “finding what you are looking for� with the “heart,� there is a wonderful sense of imagination and visual creativity that adds dimension to the play’s contents. Sarah Louise McInnis, who plays The Little Prince, gave an amazing performance opening night. She delivered her many lines with clarity and believability. Her reaction to the cameo characters, especially the snake and the fox, added poignancy and underscored a delicate awareness of innocence and discovery. Gregory A. White, the aviator,

seemed natural, adding gradual frustration to his situation and a charmingly challenging relationship with the little prince. His final scene with the prince was touching and thought provoking. Brianna Butler, the rose; Jody Osborne, the king; and Sumer Jarvis, the lamplighter, all presented their characters with sincerity and strength. Kyle T. Austin, who played the conceited man; Eric Reisenauer, the geographer; and Drake Shadwell, the businessman, added a wonderful measure of humor as well to the story’s levels of searching and discovery. Christy Smith, the snake, must have left her bones in the dressing room. She was flawless in her undulating portrayal of the temptress, her red spotlight adding even more depth to her role. Tristan Pack was especially captivating as the fox; he moved with grace and agility, creating a creature both feral and inquisitive. His scenes with the little prince were delightful in the chemistry between the two and in the fox’s ultimate “taming.� Special effects played an enormous role in the play as well. Kendall

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Jones Van Sickle’s artwork gave the story clarity and added personality, especially her rendition of the sheep the little prince wants the aviator to draw. The set design by Randy Abbott, Carmela Bryan and Michael Duffy gave major impact to the desert setting and the intrinsic nature of the play’s creativity. Special lighting by Taylor Mitchum enticed the audience into the scene and through major events such as the plane crash, the sunset, the nature of the snake and the search for water. Ultimately, the stars clearly symbolized reaching for life’s gifts and rediscovering the wonders of childhood imagination. Director Heather Turner presented the play with a grand awareness of the fine line between reality and imagination, allowing the audience to escape into the atmosphere of the play. “The Little Prince� runs at Sumter Little Theatre, 14 Mood Ave., Dec. 5 to 8 and Dec. 12 to 15. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. except for the Sunday matinees, which begin at 3 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults; $8 for students, seniors and military; and $6 for children under 6. For ticket information, call (803) 7752150.

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Sarah Louise McInnis as The Little Prince and Gregory White as the aviator consider the skies above the Sahara Desert as their friendship grows. They are appearing in Sumter Little Theatre’s holiday presentation of the play based on Antoine de St. Exupery’s book, “The Little Prince.�

Icy storm slams Southwest, shuts down North Texas DALLAS (AP) — Freezing rain and stinging winds slammed the Southwest on Friday and made a strangely blank landscape out of normally sun-drenched North Texas: mostly empty highways covered in a sometimes impassable frost, closed schools and businesses and millions of residents hunkered down for icy conditions expected to last through the weekend. Earlier this week, many in Texas were basking in springlike temperatures that hit the 80s. But by Thursday, Texas was facing the same wintry blast that has slammed much of the U.S., bringing frigid temperatures, ice and snow. The weather forced the cancellation of Sunday’s Dallas Marathon, which was expected to draw 25,000 runners, some of whom had trained for months. A quarter of a million customers in

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Icy conditions make for light traffic on the highways in Dallas on Friday. As snow and freezing rain blanketed normally sun-swept North Texas, residents accustomed to warmer temperatures appeared to heed warnings on what one hardware store manager called “Ice Friday,� staying off nearly impassable roadways and out of a skin-stinging cold.

North Texas were left without power, and many businesses told employees to stay home to avoid the slick roads. Rob Yates, 44, of the Dallas suburb of Rowlett, had trained for four months to participate in the half-mara-

thon Sunday — his first time competing at that distance. His wife and three children were going to attend the race to volunteer and cheer him on, he said. Now, “I’ll probably be catching up on some work,�

Yates said, laughing. Yates spent Friday at home with his children, who were outside pulling off icicles and wishing more snow had fallen. But Yates, originally from near Manchester, England, said he stayed inside with his wife. “It’s kind of unusual weather for Dallas, so they’re just having fun with it,� Yates said. “Me and my wife — adults are not particularly impressed with it.� Friday’s storm stretched from South Texas, where anxious residents bagged outdoor plants to protect them from the cold, through the Midwest and Ohio Valley and up into northern New England and the Canadian Maritimes. In North Texas, agencies and residents haven’t forgotten the disastrous week before the Super Bowl two years ago, when an inadequate re-

sponse to a snowstorm crippled the region and left visitors stranded on impassable highways. People in the Dallas area raided grocery shelves and home-improvement stores Thursday in advance of what one store manager joked was the Black Friday of bad weather — “Ice Friday.� Most people appeared to heed warnings Friday to stay inside. Bundled up against the elements, Matthew Johnson was one of the few people braving the cold Friday. “We’re going to walk the dog and have fun outside, I guess,� said Johnson, standing near his home in the Dallas suburb of Richardson. The weather led to more than 1,000 cancelations at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, one of the nation’s busiest airports and a key hub for Fort Worth-based American Airlines.

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Nelson Mandela: 1918-2013 July 18, 1918: Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela is born in the Umtata district of Transkei, the son of a tribal chief

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1940-44: Expelled from University for role in student strike; receives law degree; joins African National Congress; helps form the ANC Youth League with Walter Sisulu and Oliver Tambo; marries Evelyn Mase, Sisulu’s cousin

1985: In response to President P.W. Botha’s offer to release Mandela if he will renounce 1961: Helps establish violence, says in ANC’s guerrilla wing statement read by his daughter at a rally that the burden 1962: Charged with is on the governillegally leaving the ment to dismantle country and apartheid and grant incitement to strike; full political rights to sentenced to five blacks years’ hard labor 1930s

1952: Leads Defiance Campaign; convicted under Suppression of Communism Act (left); banned from attending gatherings or leaving Johannesburg; forms country’s first black law partnership with Tambo

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Feb. 11, 1990: Released after spending 27 years in prison (above with wife Winnie)

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1963: Accused of sabotage and conspiracy to overthrow the government after police seize ANC documents outlining a planned guerrilla campaign

June 12, 1964: Found guilty of sabotage and sentenced to life imprisonment with 1956: Charged with treason with 155 seven others; Sent to others for supporting the Freedom Charter, Robben Island Prison off which calls for a non-racial democracy Cape Town, where he and a socialist-based economy; all are spends the next 18 years acquitted after four-year trial

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The inspirational former South African President who spent 27 years in prison and negotiated an end to white minority rule in South Africa, has died. He was 95.

1958: Marries social worker Winnie Nomzamo Madikizela after divorcing his first wife

1948: The policy of racial segregation and discrimination known as apartheid is implemented in South Africa 1920s

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1988: Hospitalized for tuberculosis; transferred to Victor Verster prison farm in Paarl, north of Cape Town 1989: F.W. De Klerk becomes president of South Africa and launches a series of reforms

1993: Receives Nobel Peace Prize with De Klerk for negotiating an end to apartheid

2004: Announces retirement from public life

May 10, 1994: Inaugurated as South Africa’s first black president

July 18, 2007: Launches a “council of elders,” notable experts dedicated to finding new ways to foster peace and resolve global crises

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Aug. 6, 1990: The ANC renounces violence in return for a government agreement to free political prisoners

2005: Says publicly that his son died of AIDS, a potent show of openness in a country where the disease is largely kept a shameful secret

1990s June 24, 1995: Appears wearing South African colors at the Rugby World Cup final in Johannesburg to congratulate the victorious home team, bringing the overwhelmingly white crowd of 63,000 to its feet chanting “Nelson! Nelson!” (left)

1991: Elected president of the ANC; last major apartheid laws are repealed 1992: Separates from Winnie; divorce becomes final in 1996

2000s July 18, 1998: Marries Graca Machel, the widowed former first lady of Mozambique June 16, 1999: Retires after one term as president; turns attention to peacemaking and fighting AIDS

2010s July 11, 2010: Makes his last public appearance at the World Cup final in Johannesburg Dec. 5, 2013: Mandela dies at 95 years old. AP

Song, dance, tears, prayer for Mandela in South Africa JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africans erupted in song, dance and tears Friday in public and emotional celebrations of the life of Nelson Mandela, the anti-apartheid leader who bridged this country’s black-white divide and helped avert a race war. People of all colors hugged and shared emotional moments as anti-apartheid leaders such as retired archbishop Desmond Tutu called for the 51 million South Africans to adhere to the values of unity and democracy that Mandela embodied. The tributes to Mandela that came from people across the spectrum showed that he had affected people deeply. “What I liked most about Mandela was his forgiveness, his passion, his diversity, the pact of what he did,” said Ariel Sobel, a white man who was born in 1993, a year before Mandela was elected president. “I am not worried about what will happen next. We will continue as a nation. We knew this was coming. We are prepared.” Sobel was with a crowd of people who had gathered at Mandela’s home in the leafy Johannesburg neighborhood of Houghton where Mandela spent his last sickly months. A dozen doves were released into the skies, and people sang tribal songs, the national anthem, God Bless Africa — the anthem of the anti-apartheid struggle — and Christian hymns. Many wore traditional garb of Zulu, Xhosa and South Africa’s other ethnic groups. One carried a sign saying: “He will rule the universe with God.” In Soweto, the roughand-tumble black township where Mandela used to live, pockets of dancers and singers shuffled through the street, celebrating Mandela’s life. Dozens of children held oversized pictures of the antiapartheid icon. “I’m sorry, I’m too emotional. The tears come too easily,” Themba Radebe, a 60-year-

Leader will be buried Dec. 15 JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Here is the schedule of arrangements for the laying to rest of Nelson Mandela, as announced by South African President Jacob Zuma and the government communications office Friday: Sunday, Dec. 8: National day of prayer and reflection. “We call upon all our people to gather in halls, churches, mosques, temples, synagogues and in their homes for prayer services and meditation, reflecting on the life of Madiba and his contribution to our country and the world,” Zuma said, using Mandela’s clan name.

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Schoolchildren hold candles near a giant portrait of former South African President Nelson Mandela in Chennai, India, on Friday. Mandela, who died Thursday at age 95, was considered a master of forgiveness. He became South Africa’s first black president after spending nearly a third of his life as a prisoner of apartheid.

old who was filming the street celebration with his phone, told a reporter. He later decided to share his thoughts. “This is a celebration of the death, because we knew he was an old man,” said Radebe, whose eyes sparkled with shallow tears. “He brought a lot of changes to our community, because I grew up in apartheid. It was a very bad situation.” President Jacob Zuma announced that Mandela is to be buried during a state funeral in his rural home town of Qunu on Sunday, Dec. 15. Zuma had announced late Thursday that Mandela, who had been in and out of the hospital four times since February 2011, was dead. He was last admitted in June with a recurring lung infection from which he never recovered, though he was released in September

to convalesce at home. After midnight, a black SUV-type vehicle containing Mandela’s coffin, draped in South Africa’s flag, pulled away from Mandela’s home, escorted by military motorcycle outriders, to take the body to a military morgue in Pretoria. In a church service in Cape Town, Tutu, who like Mandela was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, said Man-

dela would want South Africans themselves to be his “memorial” by adhering to the values of unity and democracy that he embodied. He recalled the early 1990s when South Africa teetered on the brink of a race war. “All of us here in many ways amazed the world, a world that was expecting us to be devastated by a racial conflagration,” Tutu said.

He recalled how Mandela helped unite South Africa as it dismantled apartheid, the cruel system of white minority rule, and prepared for all-race elections in 1994. In those elections, Mandela, who spent 27 years in prison, became South Africa’s first black president. “God, thank you for the gift of Madiba,” said Tutu in his closing his prayer.

Tuesday, Dec. 10: Official memorial service at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg. Mandela’s last public appearance was at the same stadium in 2010 for the closing ceremony of the soccer World Cup. Wednesday, Dec. 11, to Friday, Dec. 13: Mandela’s body will lie in state at the Union Buildings in Pretoria. During these days, official memorial services will also be held in all provinces and regions. Sunday, Dec. 15: State funeral and burial at Qunu, Eastern Cape Province.

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Solid U.S. job growth cuts unemployment BY CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON — The U.S. job market is proving sturdier than many thought. Solid job growth in November cut the U.S. unemployment rate in November to 7 percent, a five-year low. The surprisingly robust gain suggested that the economy may have begun to accelerate. As more employers gain the confidence to step up hiring, more people have money to spend to drive the economy. Employers added 203,000 jobs last month after adding 200,000 in October, the Labor Department said Friday. November’s job gain helped lower the unemployment rate from 7.3 percent in Oc-

tober. The economy has now added a fourmonth average of 204,000 jobs from August through November, up from 159,000 a month from April through July. “It’s hinting very, very strongly that the economy is starting to ramp up, that growth is getting better, that businesses are hiring,� said Joel Naroff, president of Naroff Economic Advisors. The job growth has also fueled speculation that the Federal Reserve will scale back its economic stimulus when it meets later this month. It “gives the Fed all the evidence it needs to begin tapering its asset purchases at the next ... meeting,� said Paul Ashworth, an economist at Capital

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SUSANNA J. ISAAC Susanna Jones Isaac, 90, widow of Moise Isaac, departed this life on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013, at Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg, Va. She was born May 29, 1923, in Sumter, a daughter of the late George W. and Anna Keith Jones. The family is receiving friends at the home of her son, Reno (Brenda) Isaac, 2609 W. Brewington Road, Sumter. Funeral plans are incomplete and will be announced later by Job’s Mortuary Inc. of Sumter. VERMELL SINGLETON Vermell Way Johnson Singleton, 84, widow of Moultrie Singleton, entered eternal rest on Monday, Dec. 2, 2013. Born March 13, 1926, in Clarendon County, she was a daughter of the late

John Henry and Bertha Coley Way. She received her education in the public schools of Clarendon County. She was a member of Antioch UME Church, where she served on the senior choir, senior missionary, and president of the ministerial wives ministry. She was also a member of the Summerton Senior Citizen Choir. Survivors are two sons, Roger (Ida) Johnson and Wallace (Jean) Johnson; two stepchildren, Michael (Pamela) Singleton and Sarah Elizabeth Briggs; four brothers, Deacon John E. Way, Willis (Sara) Way, Frank Way and Charles (Mary) Way; three sisters, Leah Bannister, Valeria Shumate and Mattie Lee Khan; 12 grandchildren; 16 greatgrandchildren; a host of other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by a son, Leroy

Johnson Jr.; daughter, Merlian Johnson; a brother, Joe Way; and a sister, Christine Brunson. Viewing for Mrs. Singleton will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today. Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Antioch UME Church, Rimini, with the Rev. Barry Gadsden, pastor, assisted by Pastor E.L. Sanders, the Rev. C.J. Way, the Rev. Jonathan Smith and the Rev. Rambert A. Johnson. Burial will follow in Calvary Baptist Church cemetery. The family is receiving visitors at the home, 6145 Sammy Swamp Road, Pinewood. Online memorials can be sent to comfhltj@sc.rr.com. Community Funeral Home of Sumter is in charge of these arrangements.

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Oates, 59, departed this life on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center. She was born Sept. 24, 1954, in Washington, D.C., a daughter of Bernard Upshur and Blanche Fauntleroy. Funeral plans are incomplete and will be announced later by Job’s Mortuary Inc. of Sumter. Online condolences may be sent to www. sumterfunerals.com. Elmore Hill McCreight Funeral Home & Crematory, 221 Broad St., Sumter, is in charge of the arrangements, (803) 775-9386.

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Dec. 4, 1992, died Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center. Born in Manning, she was a daughter of the late Tommy Lester and Ethel Nettles Jones. Virginia was a member of VFW Post No. 3034 Ladies Auxiliary, where she had an essential role in many fundraisers and loved cooking for their events. She was chosen the American Legion Sweetheart of 2003 in Crowton, Mich. She was instilled with Christian values that she passed along to everyone she met. Surviving are her husband of Pinewood; two sons, Robbie Lee and Gene Hooks; one daughter, Sherry Yow, all of Sumter; one brother, Frankie Jones of Manning; two sisters, Wilma Cook and Jackie Welch of Alcolu; four grandchildren, Jasmin Steele, Tiffany Yow, Brandi Nicole Lee

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and Staff Sgt. Keith Lowry; four greatgrandchildren; and many others that called her “Grandmother.” A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the VFW Post No. 3034, 1925 Gion St., Sumter. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in the Chapel of Elmore Hill McCreight Funeral Home with the Rev. Aaron Reed officiating. The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday at Elmore Hill McCreight Funeral Home. Interment will be in Olive Grove Cemetery in Turbeville. Memorials may be made to VFW Post No. 3034 Ladies Auxiliary, 1925 Gion St., Sumter, SC 29150.

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A suspicious fire reportedly burned through the roof of a vacant two-story home at 1007 Dibert St. on Friday. Firefighters from three stations responded to the blaze about 12:47 p.m. and arrived to find flames and smoke coming through the roof of the structure and had to use an “aerial” attack to combat the fire before firefighters could move inside. Investigators determined the fire started in an upstairs bedroom and spread through the upstairs and the roof before it was contained, causing damage estimated at $100,000. The fire is under investigation by Sumter police and the fire department as a suspected arson.

PINEWOOD from Page A1 “I’m angry,” said Pinewood resident Johnnie Morse. “The ethics laws are breaking. There’s a lot of problems here. I don’t know where to begin.” “They’re basically doing whatever they want to,” said former council member Jennifer Johnson. “They don’t abide by any ordinances or policies; they amend the budget without actually amending it and just change things.” Mathis responded to questions by saying that while she did receive a package addressed to the

council, she has yet to open her package. Mathis stated that on Dec. 3, the day that the letter arrived, she was in the office signing checks. She was told by Felicia Benbow, the town clerk, that a package had come for her, but it was placed in a safe at Town Hall without Mathis opening it. Mathis also said that Pridgen instructed her to not open the package until Dec. 17. “He told me that as mayor pro tem, I have that right,” Mathis said. According to Johnson, town policy states that council members are required to open any mail they receive and make it available to the public. “Our ordinances declare that clerk is to open every piece of mail addressed to the town of Pine-

wood,” Johnson said. “She is to stamp it so she could date it received. Upon doing that, it is public information.” According to state law, and Pinewood ordinances, the council is required to hold a special election 13 Tuesdays after the mayor’s resignation, but Mathis said she will not know when the election will be held until after she reads the letter. A resignation date of Dec. 3, the day the letter was received, would force the town to hold a special election on March 4. Pridgen has moved back to North Carolina, so he was not present at the meeting to announce his resignation. Reach Tyler Simpson at (803) 774-1295.

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Gov. Haley worried about SRS waste AIKEN — Gov. Nikki Haley has told the U.S. energy secretary she wants something done with 37 million gallons of waste at the Savannah River Site near Aiken.

Haley talked with the Aiken Standard about a discussion with Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz in Washington, D.C., earlier this week. Haley said Moniz is committed to try to improve funding for the old nuclear weapons complex

to deal with the waste. “He made it very clear that in this next budget, he’s working to push SRS waste cleanup and will do what it will take to get things back to their proper place at SRS,” Haley said. The governor said Moniz said it will be hard-

er to find funding for an operation to turn old weapons-grade plutonium into fuel for commercial nuclear reactors. The mixed-oxide fuel plant is part of an international effort to dispose of weapons-grade plutonium.

CHARLESTON — Getting South Carolinians to spend just $5 more a week on local farm products would generate an additional $1.2 billion for the state’s small farms, according to a new report commissioned by the state Agriculture Department. The 164-page report released Thursday, “Making Small Farms Into Big Business,” provides suggestions for expanding the role small farms play in providing food for instate markets. It noted that while South Carolinians spend $11 billion on food each year, more than 90 percent of that money goes for food products produced outside the state. The report was compiled by the Crossroads Resource Center — which has done similar analyses of food production in other states — working with farm, conservation and business groups from across South Carolina. One suggestion was that the state should undertake a marketing campaign similar to one in Colorado in which people would be urged to eat five fruits and vegetables a day, as well as purchase $5 a week in products produced by South Carolina farmers. “The potential impact if every South Carolina resident purchased $5 of food each week directly from a farmer in the state would be about $1.2 billion,” the study concluded. Another recommendation was that farmers collaborate by sharing production infrastructure such as buildings where products can be washed and sorted for sale or where products can be stored. The report suggested establishing 15 to 20 such associations across the state. It also suggested that the state establish three food hubs — businesses that handle the gathering, distribution and marketing of locally grown products. Currently, GrowFood Carolina, based in Charleston, is the only such hub. “We can expand market opportunities for farmers across the state by developing a strategic plan based on the recommendations found in this report,” Agriculture Commissioner Hugh Weathers said in a statement released with the report. “As more consumers buy local, we need to not only meet that demand, but we must also capitalize on it.” More than 150 farmers, business people and political leaders were interviewed for the report. The steering committee working on the report will now take the recommendations and incorporate them into a strategic plan to be released sometime next spring.


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INSURANCE from Page A1 now they need insurinsurance, you don’t ance,” Chase said. know those terms,” she “About 170,000 people said. “You might not in South Carolina are know what a specialist eligible for Medicaid is, so if it’s $75 to see a that have never apspecialist, they can explied, (and) Medicaid plain that. You may is an insurance opnot know what pre-aution.” The center also thorization is or that has an the plan on-site you pick REMINDERS Medicaid determines counselwhich docDec. 18: or, said tors you ACA workshop, 1 to 4 p.m. Kristen can see.” at Sumter Family Health Varner, Through Center, 1278 N. Lafayette director their comDrive, Sumter. of human munity resources health cenDec. 23: at Sumter ter associaLast day to enroll for coverFamily tion, Sumage to begin Jan. 1, 2014. Health ter Family This means being registered Center. Health and premium paid. Somestaff, as times, well as Del March 31, 2014: people Rio and Open enrollment ends. Only start the Richardqualifying life events allow process son, can you to register before the on their also offer next open enrollment. own and referrals to then counties For local assistance, call speak to outside of (803) 774-4632 or (803) Del Rio Sumter 774-4633 or email enroll@ or Richand get ansumterfhc.com. For more ardson to information, visit healthcare. swers to better questions gov. You can also call 1-800underthey might 318-2596. stand the not have plans for not come which across yet, they qualify. Varner said. South Carolina has “‘I live here, but my 32 plans ranging from mom lives in Greenbronze to gold with ville. Who does she three insurance comtalk to?’” Varner said. panies. None of the “It’s important to decompanies offer plativelop those relationnum-level insurance, ships. We serve as a reand the rates vary from source for where they county to county, can get that informaChase said. tion.” “This person qualiBut the most imporfied for nine bronze, tant thing is to be edufour gold and 12 silver cated on the choices plans,” Richardson by reliable sources, said. “(The individual) Varner said, and to said, ‘I don’t go to the apply. doctor but once a year, “We continue to be so I’d rather have a co- educated through pay than a premium.’” seminars and webiThese terms are an- nars,” Chase said. other area where the “Come in and apply. counselors can offer You never know until education, Chase said. you go through the “If you’ve never had process.”

STORES from Page A1 stores on bases in America as well as overseas. They provide products to military personnel, retirees, disabled veterans and their families at cost plus a 5 percent surcharge to cover the costs of modernizing existing commissaries and building new ones, said Rick Brink, Defense Commissary Agency spokesman. “Shoppers save an average of more than 30 percent on their purchases compared to commercial prices — savings amounting to thousands of dollars annually,” he said. “A core military family support element and a valued part of military pay and benefits, commissaries contribute to family readiness, enhance the quality of life for America’s military and their families and help recruit and retain the best and brightest men and women to serve their country.” Valerie Brunson, director of the Sumter County Veterans’ Affairs Office, said shutting down the commissaries could have a dramatic impact on veterans. “With the economy being the way it is, they definitely utilize the commissary,” she said. “Every weekend

I’ve been there, it’s crowded, especially on Sundays. Veterans as well as active-duty military use it all the time, especially the personnel that are currently posted on base. That is what it was originally designed for. When we (her husband and she) were active duty, we used it all the time.” Brunson also pointed out the commissaries often provide employment to military personnel family members. “I worked there myself, and I saw other spouses that did,” Brunson said. “It was added income.” She hopes the Department of Defense will reconsider. “The Secretary of Defense has made it clear on numerous occasions that all costcutting efforts need to be on the table in order for the Department of Defense to meet the spending caps associated with the 2011 Budget Control Act,” Brink said. “At this time, no final decisions have been made on the Department of Defense’s fiscal year 2015 budget submission.” Reach Jade Anderson at (803) 774-1250.

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Bishopville 68/42

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Bucky Tallman shares a picture of Second Mill Pond on West Liberty Street. Tallman comments, “The colors are magnificent.”


SPORTS SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2013

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Former EC teammates on opposing sides today BY JUSTIN DRIGGERS jdriggers@theitem.com

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Xzavion Burson (1) and the Sumter High Gamecocks look to capture the 4A Division I state crown today when they face Dutch Fork at 6:30 p.m. at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia.

Championship spotlight Sumter, Dutch Fork set to kickoff at Williams-Brice for 4A Division I state crown BY DENNIS BRUNSON dennisb@theitem.com The Sumter High School football team had the opportunity to practice at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia on Thursday in preparation for today’s 4A Division I state championship game against Dutch Fork. And, of course, it was a bit awe-inspiring for a team of high school athletes. “Everything went well, but it is a bit of culture shock,” said Gamecocks head coach Reggie Kenne-

SUMTER STATE CHAMPIONSHIP SEND-OFF Sumter High School will be having a send-off for the football team at the school today prior to its departure for the 4A Division I state championship game against Dutch Fork at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia. Fans are asked to gather in the back of the school no later than 2:35 p.m. to form a tunnel as the team leaves the building to load the buses for the trip. The team will leave at 3 p.m. for the 6:30 game. Fans are asked to enter school grounds through Gate 5 located on Stadium Road. dy. “That is such a big stadium, different from anything else we’ve played in. It was good to get that walkthrough and get a feel for it.” While there may be an

adjustment period on getting used to the field, Kennedy believes his team is as ready as it can be in all other areas. Even with the extra day of practice and all

English’s SHS debut ends with victory over Knights

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SEE TEAMMATES, PAGE B3

4A DIVISION I STATE TITLE GAME WHO: Sumter (9-5) vs. Dutch Fork (11-3) WHERE: Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia WHEN: 6:30 p.m. TV: Time Warner Cable 520 RADIO: WIBZ-FM 95.5 WEB: www.sportsjuice.com

Big 2nd quarter powers Lady Gamecocks past CHS BY EDDIE LITAKER Special to the Item For one quarter in Friday’s varsity girls basketball game between Crestwood and Sumter, offense was scarce. Crestwood’s Ladazha Cole popped a long-range jumper from the right side with 5:40 left in the opening quarter for the game’s first points, and that 2-0 lead stood up until Sumter’s Christian Hithe hit a 3-pointer at the 2:10 mark. Keanua Williams quickly answered with a trey of her own, but Hithe drained a second three with 14 seconds left to put the Lady Gamecocks up 6-5 after a quarter of play.

BY EDDIE LITAKER Special to the Item The Jo Jo English era of Sumter High School varsity boys basketball got off to a successful start Friday as the Gamecocks used an 18-6 third quarter advantage to pull away and hold on for a 58-36 victory over Crestwood at The Castle. Sumter led by as many as 11 in the first half before Crestwood’s Jonah Williams scored ENGLISH his only bucket of the night with 14 seconds left before halftime to pull the Knights within nine, 29-20. Quentin Kershaw scored two quick baskets and added a block before Brandon Parker scored on the low post to push the Gamecock lead to 35-20 at the 6:27 mark of the third quarter. Sumter’s lead swelled to 21 (47-26) after three quarters and peaked at 25 (5732) before a 4-1 Crestwood run to close out the game. English said the 12 turnovers Crestwood forced in

of the hoopla surrounding a title game, he and his staff have tried to keep things as close to normal as possible. “I think we’ve done a pretty good job of coaching in that regard,” said Kennedy, the first-year coach who has led seventh-seeded SHS to three comeback wins in the playoffs. “With the extra day, we just had two Wednesday practices. I believe we’re focused and ready for the game.” Sumter will be facing a formidable foe in fifth-

Ever since he first got into coaching, first-year Sumter High head football coach Reggie Kennedy begins each work day the same way – by placing a call to Dutch Fork assistant coach J.W. Montgomery during his morning drive. The ritual started not long after the two left South Carolina State and each began their coaching careers. KENNEDY Kennedy and Montgomery were teammates and roommates with the Bulldogs after both earning football scholarships. MONTGOMERY The connection goes farther back than that, though, as both were integral members of East Clarendon High School’s undefeated state championship football team of 1985. Kennedy was a standout linebacker while Montgomery was a star wide receiver under EC head coach Mickey Moss, who also gave the duo jobs on his staff when he took over at Lake City High School. Mickey’s son Mike is a member of Kennedy’s staff at SHS. “We were raised together in the same hometown and pretty

PREP SCHEDULE TODAY Varsity Basketball Lee Central at Lakewood, 6 p.m. Laurence Manning at Hilton Hread Prep, TBA Manning at Scott’s Branch, 6:30 p.m. Thomas Sumter in Garden City Classic (in Augusta, Ga.), TBA Varsity and JV Basketball Clarendon Hall at Covenant Christian, 2 p.m. Sumter Christian at North Myrtle Beach Christian (No JV Girls), 1 p.m. Varsity Wrestling Sumter in Southern Slam (at Eastside High), TBA

A 14-1 second-quarter Sumter advantage gave the Lady Gamecocks enough of a cushion to where they could hold off a fourth-quarter Crestwood rally for a 40-28 win at The Castle. SEE LADY GAMECOCKS, PAGE B2

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Sumter’s Sonny Butler (2) is defended by Crestwood’s Tyler Brown, left and Darnell Robateu during the Gamecocks’ 58-36 victory over the Knights on Friday at The Castle. It was the first win under new head coach and former South Carolina standout Jo Jo English.

the opening half slowed the Gamecocks’ up-tempo attack, keeping the game close. “That was a major problem,” the the former University of South Carolina

standout said. “We gave them 12 more opportunities to come back and score against us, so we had to fix that and we started SEE ENGLISH, PAGE B2

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Sumter High’s Anna McBride (12) fights for control of the ball against Crestwood’s Ladazha Cole (5) and others on Friday at The Castle during the Lady Gamecocks’ 40-28 victory.


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CH trio to play in North-South game Seniors Kee Evans, Wes Keller and Dalton Hughes will represent Clarendon Hall today in the 8-man NorthSouth All-star football game that will be held at 10:30 a.m. at Orangeburg Prep’s stadium. Evans had 66 tackles on defense and four rushing scores offensively. Keller had 15 receptions for 193 yards and five touchdowns while rushing for 238 yards and a score. Defensively he accounted for 59 tackles. Hughes is expected to see time on both the offensive and defensive lines as well as a holder on special teams. He led the way at guard for the Saints and helped pave the way for two 1,000-yard rushers.

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LADY GATORS GET 1ST WIN UNDER FIELDS Lakewood High School picked up a 55-38 victory over Eau Claire on Friday at The Swamp, the first under new head coach and former Sumter High standout Frances Fields. Sonora Dengokl led the Lady Gators with 20 points and Kamryn Lemon FIELDS added 10 points. Jasmine Grooms led the Shamrocks with 14 points. Lakewood improves to 1-1 on the season and will host Lee Central today at 6 p.m.

BATESBURG-LEESVILLE WIN 2A DIVISION II STATE TITLE

COLUMBIA — Quarterback Jaquiel Chandler rushed for three touchdowns, including one with less than four minutes left to give Batesburg-Leesville a 28-24 win over Silver Bluff in the South Carolina Class 2A Division II championship game Friday at Charles W. Johnson Stadium. The Panthers (12-2) won their first state crown since 2005. B-L head coach Jerry Brown became just third in state prep history to win titles at three schools. He won at Spring Valley in 1988 and at Berkeley in 1994, 1996 and 2009. Chandler’s 3-yard TD run with 3:25 left put the Panthers up 26-24. Terrance Wilson added a two-point conversion for the final score. Silver Bluff (12-2) drove to the Batesburg-Leesville 13 on its final drive, but quarterback Jaylen Larwrence was picked off in the end zone by Dontavious Morris on the game’s last play. VARSITY BASKETBALL LAKEWOOD EAU CLAIRE

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Jarvis Johnson led the Lakewood Gators with 25 points to their fourth win of the season with a 52-32 victory over Eau Claire on Friday at The Swamp. The Shamrocks were led by Terrence

Goodwin’s 14 points and Wallace Green added 10. Lakewood, now 4-1 on the year, will host Lee Central today at 6 p.m. LAKEWOOD Johnson 25, Grant 7, Wactor 6, White 3, Epps 3, Wilson 2, Lang 2, Johnson 2, Davis 2.

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Crestwood’s junior varsity team improved to 2-0 on the season with a 56-51 overtime victory on Thursday against Sumter. Tyquan Logan led the JV Knights with 23 points and Jamil Morant added 12. B TEAM BASKETBALL WILSON HALL CARDINAL NEWMAN

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Wilson Hall’s B team improved to 2-1 on the season with a 25-12 victory over Cardinal Newman at the Nash Student Center on Friday. Walker Jones led WH with 10 points. Charleton Commander added four points and five rebounds. Andrew McCaffrey and Jacob Cotton each contributed seven rebounds. Cardinal Newman was led by Ford Pugh’s five points. WH will host Hammond 6 p.m. on Tuesday.

ENGLISH from Page B1 playing from inside out. Once we start getting the basketball inside, then the game becomes simple. Guys started focusing on getting the ball inside and then when the ball came from outside is when they started shooting the jump shots — That’s what we predicate on; we try to play from inside-out both offensively and defensively.” Once the Gamecocks started to pull away, Crestwood head coach Dwayne Edwards said his team got away from its original game plan and maybe lost some of its spirit. “The kids weren’t focused and acted like they kind of gave up a little bit,” said the Knights coach, whose team fell to 0-2. “That’s kind of sad to say because I always tell them to fight through the third quarter. We just didn’t play well at all tonight and a lot of that was his team playing aggressive, especially in the second half; we just didn’t get it done tonight, on both ends.” Kershaw, one of the Gamecocks’ main cogs in-

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Crestwood’s Jonah Williams, bottom, battles Sumter’s Erick White (15) for the ball during Friday’s game at The Castle.

side all night, finished with nine points. Brandon Parker and Micah McBride provided a strong 1-2 offensive punch with 18 and 16 points, respectively. English was pleased with what he saw in his team’s first regular season game. “(They had some) first game jitters and stuff like that, and we understand that, but the guys picked it up in the second half and figured out a way to get the win,” English said. “We made some mistakes and we’ve been playing against each other for so long;

LADY GAMECOCKS from Page B1 “This was our first game, and I thought in the first quarter we got some good shot opportunities but we couldn’t hit anything,” Sumter head coach Chris Vandevander said of the victory. “In the second quarter our press started working a little bit and that got us freed up for some shots, and we started to relax a little bit and play within ourselves a little more.” Crestwood head coach Tony Wilson agreed that the second quarter was the key to the game. “They out-rebounded us and they just outhustled us,” the Lady Knights coach said, whose team fell to 1-1 on the season. “That

We’ve got a lot of guys that don’t have a lot of varsity experience, so we can understand the mistakes. But they played hard, and that’s the most important thing that we ask . If they play hard, then we can correct the mistakes as coaches.” Devin Nelson was the only Knight to score in double figures finishing with 12. Sumter hosts Spring Valley on Tuesday while Crestwood hosts Lake City on Monday. Sumter and Crestwood meet again next Friday at the SHS gymnasium.

was the difference in the game. We only scored one point in the second quarter. I tip my hat to them because they played hard. I told my girls before the game that this was (Sumter’s) first game, and you tend to play hard and want to do good in your first game. They just came out and beat us and they were a step faster than us tonight.” Sumter led 20-6 at the half and 30-12 after three quarters before Crestwood rallied in the fourth. The lead was eight, 30-22, before a Jessica Harris 3-pointer pushed it back to 11. The Lady Knights pulled within eight once again, at 33-25, before the Lady Gamecocks closed with a 7-3 rally. Hithe finished with 14 points, three rebounds and two steals while Cy Cooper had nine points, 12 rebounds and three steals to lead SHS. Williams led the Lady Knights with 12 points.

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TV, RADIO TODAY 7:40 a.m. -- International Soccer: Barclays Premier League Match -- Newcastle vs. Manchester United (NBC SPORTS NETWORK). 9:30 a.m. -- Women’s Professional Golf: Ladies European Tour Dubai Ladies Masters Final Round from Dubai, United Arab Emirates (GOLF). 9:55 a.m. -- International Soccer: Barclays Premier League Match -- Manchester City vs. Southampton (NBC SPORTS NETWORK). 11 a.m. -- College Basketball:Garden Holiday Festival from New York -- La Salle vs. Stony Brook (SPORTSOUTH). Noon -- College Football: Oklahoma at Oklahoma State (WOLO 25). Noon -- College Football: Central Florida at Southern Methodist (ESPN). Noon -- College Football: Conference USA Championship Game from Houston -- Marshall vs. Rice (ESPN2). Noon -- College Basktball: Texas at Temple (ESPNU). Noon -- College Basketball: Colgate at Georgetown (FOX SPORTS 1). Noon -- College Basketball: Tennessee Tech at Tennessee (FOX SPORTSOUTH). Noon -- High School Football: 4A Division II State Championship Game from Columbia – Stratford vs. Northwestern (TIME WARNER 520, WIBZ-FM 95.5). 12:25 p.m. -- International Soccer: Barclays Premier League Match -- Tottenham vs. Sunderland (NBC SPORTS NETWORK). 12:30 p.m. -- College Basketball: UCLA at Missouri (WLTX 19). 1 p.m. -- PGA Golf: World Challenge Third Round from Thousand Oaks, Calif. (GOLF). 1:30 p.m. -- College Basketball: Brigham Young at Massachusetts (CBS SPORTS NETWORK). 1:30 p.m. -- College Basketball: Fordham at St. John’s (SPORTSOUTH). 2 p.m. -- College Football: Southwestern Athletic Conference Championship Game from Houston -- Jackson State vs. Southern (ESPNU). 2 p.m. -- College Basketball: Long Beach State t North Carolina State (FOX SPORTSOUTH). 2 p.m. -- College Basketball: Clemson at Arkansas (WPUB-FM 102.7). 3 p.m. -- PGA Golf: World Challenge Third Round from Thousand Oaks, Calif. (WIS 10). 3 p.m. -- High School Football: 3A State Championship Game from Columbia – Myrtle Beach vs. Daniel (TIME WARNER 520, WIBZ-FM 95.5). 3:15 p.m. -- College Basketball: Kansas at Colorado (ESPNU). 3:30 p.m. -- College Football: Texas at Baylor (WACH 57). 4 p.m. -- College Football: Southeastern Conference Championship Game from Atlanta -- Missouri vs. Auburn (WLTX 19, WNKT-FM 107.5). 4 p.m. -- College Basketball: Cincinnati at New Mexico (CBS SPORTS NETWORK). 4 p.m. -- Major League Soccer: MLS Cup from Kansas City,Mo. -- Salt Lake vs. Kansas City (ESPN). 4 p.m. -- College Basketball: Florida Gulf Coast at Florida International (FOX SPORTS 1). 4 p.m. -- College Basketball: Delaware at Notre Dame (FOX SPORTSOUTH). 5:15 p.m. -- College Basketball: Nevada-Las Vegas at Arizona (ESPN2). 6 p.m. -- College Basketball: Villanova at St. Joseph’s (CBS SPORTS NETWORK). 6 p.m. -- College Basketball: North Dakota at Butler (FOX SPORTS 1). 6:30 p.m. -- NHL Hockey: Massachusetts at Notre Dame (NBC SPORTS NETWORK). 6:30 p.m. -- High School Football: 4A Division I State Championship Game from Columbia -- Sumter vs. Dutch Fork (TIME WARNER 520, WIBZ-FM 95.5). 7 p.m. -- College Basketball: North Carolina-Greensboro at North Carolina (ESPNU). 7:30 p.m. -- College Football: South Florida at Rutgers (ESPN2). 7:30 p.m. -- NBA Basketball: Los Angeles Clippers at Cleveland (NBA TV). 7:45 p.m. -- College Football: Pacific-12 Conference Championship Game – Arizona State vs. Standford (ESPN). 8 p.m. -- College Football: Atlantic Coast Conference Championship Game from Charlotte -- Duke vs. Florida State (WOLO 25). 8 p.m. -- College Football: Big Ten Conference Championship Game from Indianapolis -- Ohio State vs. Michigan State (WACH 57). 8 p.m. -- NBA Basketball: Detroit at Chicago (WGN). 8 p.m. -- Professional Boxing: Zab Judah vs. Paulie Malignaggi in a Welterweight Bout, Sakio Bika vs. Anthony Dirrell for the WBC Super Middleweight Title; Erislandy Lara vs. Austin Trout for the WBA Interim Super Welterweight Title and Devon Alexander vs. Shawn Porter for the IBF Welterweight Title from Brooklyn, N.Y. (SHOWTIME). 9 p.m. -- Exhibition Arena Football: Arizona vs. Philadelphia from Beijing (CBS SPORTS NETWORK). 9:30 p.m. -- Professional Golf: European PGA Tour/Sunshine Tour Nedbank Challenge Third Round from Sun City, South Africa (GOLF). 9:45 p.m. -- Professional Boxing: Guillermo Rigondeaux vs. Joseph Agbeko in a Super Bantamweight Bout from Atlantic City, N.J. (HBO). 10 p.m. -- College Football: Mountain West Conference Championship Game from Fresno, Calif. -- Utah State vs. Fresno State (WLTX 19). 10 p.m. -- NBA Basketball: Dalla at Portland (NBA TV). Midnight -- Professional Golf: European PGA Tour/Asian Tour Hong Kong Open Final Round from Fanling, China (GOLF). 4 a.m. -- Professional Golf: European PGA Tour/Sunshine Tour Nedbank Challenge Final Round from Sun City, South Africa (GOLF).

NBA STANDINGS By The Associated Press EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L Pct Boston 8 12 .400 Toronto 6 11 .353 Philadelphia 7 13 .350 New York 5 13 .278 Brooklyn 5 14 .263 Southeast Division W L Pct Miami 14 5 .737 Atlanta 11 10 .524 Washington 9 10 .474 Charlotte 9 11 .450 Orlando 6 13 .316 Central Division W L Pct Indiana 17 2 .895 Detroit 9 10 .474 Chicago 8 9 .471 Cleveland 6 13 .316 Milwaukee 4 15 .211 WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division W L Pct San Antonio 15 3 .833 Houston 13 7 .650 Dallas 12 8 .600 New Orleans 9 9 .500 Memphis 9 9 .500 Northwest Division W L Pct Portland 16 3 .842 Oklahoma City 13 4 .765 Denver 11 7 .611 Minnesota 9 10 .474 Utah 4 16 .200 Pacific Division W L Pct L.A. Clippers 13 7 .650 Golden State 11 8 .579 Phoenix 10 9 .526 L.A. Lakers 9 9 .500 Sacramento 4 12 .250 Thursday’s Games New York 113, Brooklyn 83 L.A. Clippers 101, Memphis 81 Chicago 107, Miami 87 Friday’s Games Milwaukee 109, Washington 105, OT Charlotte 105, Philadelphia 88 Atlanta 108, Cleveland 89 New York 121, Orlando 83 Denver at Boston, 7:30 p.m. Golden State at Houston, 8 p.m. Oklahoma City at New Orleans, 8 p.m. Toronto at Phoenix, 9 p.m. Utah at Portland, 10 p.m. L.A. Lakers at Sacramento, 10 p.m. Saturday’s Games Denver at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. L.A. Clippers at Cleveland, 7:30 p.m.

GB – 1/2 1 2 21/2 GB – 4 5 51/2 8 GB – 8 8 11 13 GB – 3 4 6 6 GB – 2 41/2 7 121/2 GB – 11/2 21/2 3 7

Detroit at Chicago, 8 p.m. Miami at Minnesota, 8 p.m. Golden State at Memphis, 8 p.m. Brooklyn at Milwaukee, 8:30 p.m. Indiana at San Antonio, 8:30 p.m. Sacramento at Utah, 9 p.m. Dallas at Portland, 10 p.m. Sunday’s Games Boston at New York, 12 p.m. Miami at Detroit, 6 p.m. Orlando at Houston, 7 p.m. Indiana at Oklahoma City, 7 p.m. Toronto at L.A. Lakers, 9:30 p.m.

NFL STANDINGS By The Associated Press AMERICAN CONFERENCE East W L T Pct PF New England 9 3 0 .750 322 Miami 6 6 0 .500 252 N.Y. Jets 5 7 0 .417 189 Buffalo 4 8 0 .333 267 South W L T Pct PF Indianapolis 8 4 0 .667 285 Tennessee 5 7 0 .417 264 Jacksonville 4 9 0 .308 201 Houston 2 11 0 .154 250 North W L T Pct PF Cincinnati 8 4 0 .667 292 Baltimore 6 6 0 .500 249 Pittsburgh 5 7 0 .417 263 Cleveland 4 8 0 .333 231 West W L T Pct PF Denver 10 2 0 .833 464 Kansas City 9 3 0 .750 298 San Diego 5 7 0 .417 279 Oakland 4 8 0 .333 237 NATIONAL CONFERENCE East W L T Pct PF Dallas 7 5 0 .583 329 Philadelphia 7 5 0 .583 300 N.Y. Giants 5 7 0 .417 237 Washington 3 9 0 .250 269 South W L T Pct PF New Orleans 9 3 0 .750 312 Carolina 9 3 0 .750 285 Tampa Bay 3 9 0 .250 217 Atlanta 3 9 0 .250 261 North W L T Pct PF Detroit 7 5 0 .583 326 Chicago 6 6 0 .500 323 Green Bay 5 6 1 .458 294 Minnesota 3 8 1 .292 289 West W L T Pct PF x-Seattle 11 1 0 .917 340 San Francisco 8 4 0 .667 297 Arizona 7 5 0 .583 275 St. Louis 5 7 0 .417 279 x-clinched playoff spot Thursday’s Game Jacksonville 27, Houston 20 Sunday’s Games Atlanta at Green Bay, 1 p.m. Minnesota at Baltimore, 1 p.m. Kansas City at Washington, 1 p.m. Buffalo at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. Miami at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. Detroit at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. Indianapolis at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. Cleveland at New England, 1 p.m. Oakland at N.Y. Jets, 1 p.m. Tennessee at Denver, 4:05 p.m. Seattle at San Francisco, 4:25 p.m. N.Y. Giants at San Diego, 4:25 p.m. St. Louis at Arizona, 4:25 p.m. Carolina at New Orleans, 8:30 p.m. Monday’s Game Dallas at Chicago, 8:40 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12 San Diego at Denver, 8:25 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15 Philadelphia at Minnesota, 1 p.m. Washington at Atlanta, 1 p.m. San Francisco at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. Seattle at N.Y. Giants, 1 p.m. Chicago at Cleveland, 1 p.m. Houston at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. Buffalo at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. New England at Miami, 1 p.m. Kansas City at Oakland, 4:05 p.m. N.Y. Jets at Carolina, 4:05 p.m. Arizona at Tennessee, 4:25 p.m. New Orleans at St. Louis, 4:25 p.m. Green Bay at Dallas, 4:25 p.m. Cincinnati at Pittsburgh, 8:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16 Baltimore at Detroit, 8:40 p.m.

PA 261 248 310 307 PA 274 267 372 350 PA 216 235 278 297 PA 317 214 277 300 PA 303 281 297 362 PA 230 157 285 340 PA 287 332 305 366 PA 186 197 247 278

NHL SCHEDULE Thursday’s Games N.Y. Rangers 3, Buffalo 1 Toronto 3, Dallas 2, OT Pittsburgh 5, San Jose 1 Montreal 2, Boston 1 Tampa Bay 3, Ottawa 1 Florida 5, Winnipeg 2 St. Louis 5, N.Y. Islanders 1 Carolina 5, Nashville 2 Minnesota 4, Chicago 3 Edmonton 8, Colorado 2 Friday’s Games Detroit 3, New Jersey 1 Carolina 5, San Jose 3 Columbus 4, Minnesota 0 Anaheim at Chicago, 8 p.m. Colorado at Calgary, 9 p.m. Phoenix at Vancouver, 10 p.m. Today’s Games Philadelphia at Dallas, 2 p.m. Pittsburgh at Boston, 7 p.m. Buffalo at Montreal, 7 p.m. Toronto at Ottawa, 7 p.m. Florida at Detroit, 7 p.m. Winnipeg at Tampa Bay, 7 p.m. Nashville at Washington, 7 p.m. New Jersey at N.Y. Rangers, 7:30 p.m. Anaheim at St. Louis, 8 p.m. Calgary at Edmonton, 10 p.m. N.Y. Islanders at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m. Sunday’s Games San Jose at Minnesota, 6 p.m. Boston at Toronto, 7 p.m. Washington at N.Y. Rangers, 7 p.m. Florida at Chicago, 7 p.m. Colorado at Vancouver, 8 p.m.

GOLF Northwestern Mutual World Challenge Par Scores The Associated Press Friday At Sherwood Country Club Thousand Oaks, Calif. Purse: $3.5 million Yardage: 7,023; Par 72 Second Round Tiger Woods 71-62—133 -11 Zach Johnson 67-68—135 -9 Matt Kuchar 68-68—136 -8 Graeme McDowell 72-67—139 -5 Bubba Watson 70-70—140 -4 Bill Haas 73-68—141 -3 Jim Furyk 72-69—141 -3 Keegan Bradley 75-68—143 -1 Ian Poulter 76-67—143 -1 Jason Day 76-68—144 E Webb Simpson 73-71—144 E Jason Dufner 74-71—145 +1 Jordan Spieth 77-72—149 +5 Steve Stricker 75-74—149 +5


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TEAMMATES from Page B1 much had the same classes together all through middle and high school,” Kennedy said. “We played and worked under coach Moss, and it was really just like a brotherhood and a family. We’ve stayed in touch ever since. “We’re really more like brothers than friends. We can’t really seem to go too long without bumping into each other.” The two former teammates and lifelong friends will meet again today, although this time as adversaries when the Gamecocks and Silver Foxes meet for the 4A Division I state at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia at 6:30 p.m. “A little bit different feel this week,” Montgomery said. “We were blessed that we were able to win a state championship as teammates in high school and go on to college together. We were always talking about maybe winning a state championship together again (as

First-year Sumter High head coach Reggie Kennedy, center, hopes to lead his 9-5 Gamecocks to the 4A Division I state championship today against 11-3 Dutch Fork at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia. Opposing Kennedy on the Silver Fox sideline will be longtime friend and former S.C. State and East Clarendon High teammate J.W. Montgomery, who coaches wide receivers for Dutch Fork.

Fairfield Central and Montgomery was head coach at Lower Richland when the two teams played. They met again last year while Kennedy was coaching Blythewood and Montgomery was in his third year as an assistant at Dutch

SUMTER from Page B1 SUMTER GAMECOCKS SCHEDULE Date Opponent Score Record Aug. 26 at Crestwood 24-35 (L) 0-1 Sept. 6 vs. Stratford 28-42 (L) 0-2 Sept. 13 vs. Lakewood (W) 45-0 1-2 Sept. 20 vs. North Augusta 14-42 (L) 1-3 Sept. 27 at Blythewood 19-34 (L) 1-4 Oct. 4 at Richland NE (W) 30-17 2-4 Oct. 11 at South Florence 21-28 (L) 2-5 Oct. 18 at West Florence (W) 16-0 3-5 Oct. 25 vs. Carolina Florence (W) 51-12 4-5 Nov. 4 vs. Conway (W) 31-6 5-5 Nov. 8 Wando (W) 24-12 6-5 Playoffs Nov. 19 Mauldin (W) 41-27 7-5 Nov. 22 Hillcrest (W) 31-28 8-5 Nov. 30 Summerville (W) 28-27 9-5 OFFENSIVE STATS PASSING Comp. Att. Yds. TDs INTs James Barnes 163 307 2,258 25 9 RUSHING Att. Yds. Avg. TDs Russell Jenkins 167 657 3.9 7 Quintein Anderson 95 537 5.7 2 Chris Crawford 35 101 2.9 0 RECEIVING Rec. Yds. Avg. TDs Ky’Jon Tyler 75 1,249 16.7 18 Xzavion Burson 43 494 11.5 3 Justin Martin 18 270 15.0 2 Marquise Moore 13 138 10.6 2 DEFENSIVE STATS TACKLES No. Devontaye Edwards 167 Johnnie Brunson 107 Charlie Miranda 99 Romero Rock 92 Cavazio Wells 91 SACKS No. Yds. Cavazio Wells 9.5 40 Romero Rock 9 58 Johnnie Brunson 3.5 15 TACKLES FOR LOSS No. Ramero Rock 15 Cavazio Wells 9.5 Johnnie Brunson 9 INTERCEPTIONS No. Yds. Erick Wright 11 85 Devontaye Edwards 1 12 Jayln Lewis 1 0 Xzavion Burson 1 0 Zack Pierson 1 0

we’re going to go at it,” Montgomery added. “We’re both very competitive and we both want to win, but afterwards we’re going to go back to talking and being brothers.” The daily conversions aren’t always about football. Both family men, the talks sometime center around household issues or life in general, but they do get to X’s and O’s occasionally. “We did talk a little bit early on about what each of us was doing on the field,” Kennedy said. “But we realized we might be facing each other in the state championship as the playoffs went on, so we knew we had to stay away from football after that. “I don’t think we’ll do that again next year,” Kennedy added laughing. But that doesn’t mean either side is going to change how they approach today’s game. “We’re both going to be ourselves,” Montgomery said. “We’re not going to try and change. We’re both going to approach it the same way we have all year and get our kids ready to play for a championship.”

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coaches), but we never thought in a million years we’d go to the state championship against each other.” This will actually be the third time the duo has faced off on opposite sidelines. In 2008 Kennedy was head coach at

seeded Dutch Fork, which brings an 11-3 record into the game. The Silver Foxes upset No. 1 seed Byrnes 31-21 in the semifinal to reach the title game for the second straight year. Dutch Fork has a high-powered offense, which does a good job of balancing the run and the pass while using a 2-tight end set on a regular basis. Running back Matt Colburn has rushed for 2,289 yards and 36 touchdowns on 294 carries while quarterback Derek Olenchuk has completed 239 of 338 passes for 3,218 yards and 36 touchdowns against just two interceptions. “The running back is really what makes them go,” said Kennedy, whose team brings a 9-5 record into the game on the strength of a 7-game winning streak. “He runs hard, he’s quick and he’s fast. He’s one of the best we’ve seen.” That’s why Kennedy hopes his defense can make the Foxes 1-dimensional on offense. “We’d like to be able to take away the run and make them throw the ball a little more than they normally would,” he said. The Gamecock defense is led in tackles by linebacker Devontaye Edwards with 167 total tackles, 92 of them unassisted Defensive ends Romero Rock and Cavazio Wells lead the pass rush. Wells has 91 total tackles and 9 1/2 sacks. He also has three other tackles for loss and three fumble recoveries. Rock has 92 tackles, nine sacks and 15 tackles for loss. Cornerback Erick Wright is a ballhawk in the secondary with 10 interceptions and 17 passes broken up. Kennedy hopes his offense can help out the defense by putting together sustained drives. “One of the best things we can do is try

Fork. “I’ll see him after the game and give him a handshake and a hug, but during the game I really try to block all that out and just focus on Dutch Fork,” Kennedy said. “For those two hours,

and keep their offense off the field,” he said.”If we can put together some of those 8-, 10-, 12-play drives that would really help us out a lot. We don’t even have to score each time, just take some time off the clock.” Dutch Fork works out of a 4-3 base defense even though it went to some extremes in defeating Byrnes. The Foxes blitzed on a regular basis to pressure Byrnes into making quick decisions in its passing attack. Kennedy doesn’t expect to see that this week. “Byrnes throws the ball an awful lot, like 85 percent of the time,” Kennedy said. “We’re more of 60-40 (run to pass), 70-30 type of team. If they do that, I think we’ve got some things we can do to offset that and make them run more out of their base defense.” The Gamecocks are averaging 155.1 rushing yards a game while passing for an average of 165.3. Quarterback James Barnes has completed 163 of 307 passes for 2,258 yards and 25 touchdowns against nine interceptions while running for 416 yards and eight scores on 117 carries. Running back Russell Jenkins leads the team in rushing with 657 yards and seven TDs on 167 carries while Quintein Anderson has 537 yards and two scores on 95 attempts. Barnes’ favorite target is dynamic wide receiver Ky’Jon Tyler. He has a school record 75 receptions for 1,249 yards and 18 touchdowns and has also returned three kickoffs for scores. Tyler caught three touchdown passes in Sumter’s 28-27 victory over Summerville in the semifinal last week. The man who caught the winning TD pass against Summerville, Xzavion Burson, has 43 catches for 494 yards and three scores. Justin Martin has 18 receptions for 270 yards and two scores.

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DUTCH FORK SILVER FOXES SCHEDULE Opponent Score Record vs. SE Raleigh (W) 41-6 1-0 at Fort Mill (W) 48-13 2-0 vs. Rock Hill (W) 63-28 3-0 vs. Dorman (W) 42-39 4-0 at Goose Creek 21-35 (L) 4-1 at Irmo 41-42 (L) 4-2 vs. South Aiken (W) 59-28 5-2 at Aiken (W) 43-13 6-2 vs. White Knoll (W) 62-14 7-2 vs. Lexington (W) 31-20 8-2 at North Augusta 24-33 (L) 8-3 Playoffs Nov. 15 vs. Fort Dorchester (W) 56-28 9-3 Nov. 22 at Spring Valley (W) 31-28 10-3 Nov. 29 at Byrnes (W) 31-21 11-3 OFFENSIVE STATS PASSING Comp. Att. Yds. TDs INTs Derek Olenchuk 239 338 3,218 36 6 RUSHING Att. Yds. Avg. TDs Matt Colburn 294 2,289 7.8 36 Walter Robinson 46 244 5.3 4 RECEIVING Rec. Yds. Avg. TDs Dein Frasier 80 1,025 12.8 11 Austin Ruger 43 706 16.4 8 Julian Heyward 32 427 13.3 6 KJ Williams 26 311 12 4 DEFENSIVE STATS TACKLES No. Lane Ecton 129 Mick Lusk 110 Stephen Davis 87 Dominique Scott 71 DaVon Capers 63 SACKS No. Dominique Scott 9 Omar Staley 9 DaVon Capers 6 TACKLES FOR LOSS No. Dominique Scott 26.5 DaVon Capers 17 Omar Staley 17 INTERCEPTIONS No. Braylin Williams 3 Stephen Davis 2 Devlen Bridges 2 Walter Roberson 2 DJ Smalls 2 Date Aug. 31 Sept. 6 Sept. 13 Sept. 20 Sept. 27 Oct. 4 Oct. 11 Oct. 18 Oct. 25 Nov. 1 Nov. 8

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Yankees lose offensive pair as Cano, Granderson sign deals elsewhere NEW YORK — The New York Yankees likely lost a pair of their top offensive stars on Thursday, with one signing a huge mega-deal to move to the Pacific Northwest and another moving crosstown to Citi Field. ESPN reported that All-Star second baseman Robinson Cano agreed to a 10-year, $240 millon deal with Seattle, pending a physcial while a source also said that outCANO fielder Curtis Grandosn agreed to a 4-year, $60 millon contract with the New York Mets. Cano was a 5-time AllStar second baseman for the Yankees. Last season, GRANDERSON he played in 160 games, hitting .314 with 27 homers and 107 RBI, while posting a .899 on-base plus slugging percentage. Granderson, who turns 33 in March, batted .229 with seven homers and 15 RBI this year, when wrist and hand injuries limited him to 61 games. But he surpassed 40 homers in each of his previous two seasons in pinstripes.

It was not all bad news for the Yankees on Thursday, though, as starting pitcher Hiroki Kuroda agreed to stay. Kuroda finished 11-13 last year with a 3.31 ERA in 32 starts covering 201 1/3 innings. TEXANS FIRE HEAD COACH KUBIAK

HOUSTON — With the Houston Texans mired in an 11-game skid, the team fired head coach Gary Kubiak on Friday, one day after the Texans lost 27-20 at Jacksonville. The 52-year-old Kubiak was hired in 2006 and led the team to AFC South titles in 2011-2012, the highlights of his 8-year tenure. WOODS TAKES 2-SHOT LEAD AT WORLD CHALLENGE

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — Tiger Woods had a birdie putt on every hole and made 10 of them Friday to tie his own course record at Sherwood and take a three-shot lead in the World Challenge. Woods had a 10-under 62, matching the score he shot in the second round at Sherwood six years ago. That gave him a two-shot lead over Zach Johnson, who birdied the last hole for a 68. Matt Kuchar also had a 68 and was another shot behind.

AP SOURCE: MCLOUTH, NATIONALS REACH DEAL

A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that free-agent outfielder Nate McLouth and the Washington Nationals have reached a deal. The 32-year-old McLouth hit .258 with 12 home runs and 36 RBI in 146 games for Baltimore last season. He’s played nine seasons in the majors with Pittsburgh, Atlanta and the Orioles, and was an All-Star and Gold Glove winner in 2008. ASTROS SIGN RHP FELDMAN TO 3-YEAR CONTRACT

HOUSTON — Right-hander Scott Feldman has signed a 3-year contract to provide a veteran presence in the Houston Astros rotation. Feldman was 12-12 with a 3.86 ERA in 30 combined starts for the Chicago Cubs and Baltimore last season.

Bryant hasn’t played this season while recovering a torn Achilles tendon. He had surgery in April. Los Angeles signed the fourth-leading scoring in NBA history to a 2-year contract extension last week for reportedly $48.5 million and takes him into his 20th season with the Lakers. BOBCATS 76ERS

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CHARLOTTE — Jeffery Taylor matched a career high with 20 points, leading six Charlotte scorers in double figures, and the Bobcats beat the Philadelphia 76ers 105-88 on Friday night. Al Jefferson had 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Bobcats. Ramon Sessions added 13 points and rookie Cody Zeller chipped in with 10. COLLEGE

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EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — The Los Angeles Lakers expect to have Kobe Bryant back in their lineup when they face the Toronto Raptors on Sunday. The team posted a dramatic video on its Facebook page Friday indicating Bryant will be back for the game.

HARTFORD, Conn. — Ryan Boatright scored 17 points to lead a balanced UConn attack and the 12thranked Huskies routed Maine 95-68 on Friday night to stay undefeated. From staff, wire reports


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Chants brace for Montana cold in FCS playoffs BY JEFF HARTSELL Post and Courier Chicken soup is good for the soul, they say. It might also be good for the core body temperature of Coastal Carolina football players this weekend. Serving soup in the locker room during today’s FCS playoff game at Montana is just one of the steps Chanticleers coach Joe Moglia is contemplating to combat the cold expected at Washington-Grizzly Stadium. Forecasts for the 2 p.m. quarterfinal playoff game call for a high of 6 degrees (and a low of -4) with a 10 percent chance of snow. What’s it like to play football in that kind of cold? Montana running back Jordan Canada explained to reporters this week. “Your hands and arms get numb, so you have to focus a little bit more on it,” said Canada. “You can’t feel the ball in your arms if it’s really cold. One play, your hand or arm goes numb, and the next play you might not necessarily be aware of the ball.” Moglia, whose Chanticleers departed from Myrtle Beach on a charter flight Thursday — when temperatures on the Grand Strand reached a balmy 77 degrees — is well aware of the challenge. “We’re kidding ourselves if we make believe we’re going to acclimate to the cold weather in 48 hours,” he said this week. “It takes weeks to do it

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Coastal Carolina wide receiver Matt Hazel, front, and the rest of the Chanticleers are bracing for the freezing temperatures they will face tonight in their FCS playoff game in Montana.

right. Hopefully, we’re going to have a good heating system on the sideline.” The 11-2 Chants are doing what they can to get ready. Moglia will have his strength coach give the players a clinic on preventing heat loss, and the

team is using cold footballs in practice. The school has purchased extra cold-weather gear, and the team is leaving early enough to hold a couple of practices in Missoula. “Any piece of fabric we have in the

Auburn, Mizzou guard against SEC letdowns Mason. Auburn’s hurry-up spread formation incorporates elements of oldschool offenses such as the wishbone, but can strike suddenly with its lesserused passing attack.

BY PAUL NEWBERRY The Associated Press ATLANTA — Auburn and Missouri are competing for the Southeastern Conference title today, and possibly a chance to play for the national championship. Yet both teams have to guard against a letdown. As ludicrous as that might sound, Auburn and Missouri are coming off emotionally charged victories last week that gave each coach a reason to fret just a bit. No. 3 Auburn (11-1, 7-1 SEC) used one of the greatest finishing plays in college football history — a 109-yard return of a missed field goal with no time on the clock — to beat two-time defending national champion Alabama in the Iron Bowl for the West Division title. No. 5 Missouri (11-1, 7-1) won the East with a thrilling victory of its own, knocking off Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel and Texas A&M 28-21. “The challenge of any coach, the leadership of the team, the coaching staff, everybody, is can you stay focused to do what you do

equipment room, we’re bringing it with us,” said sports information director Mike Cawood. Montana will provide two sideline heaters, but Coastal Carolina is bringing some extra firepower. Moglia’s even talked about having chicken soup in the locker room at halftime. “At the end of the day, it’s about understanding that you don’t want to lose your body heat,” he said. “If we’re able do that … I mean, it’s going to be cold, we know that, but we have to be able to handle it.” The Montana Grizzlies are 10-2 with a proud history in the FCS playoffs — championship game appearances in 2004, 2008 and 2009 and national titles in 1995 and 2001. And Montana players love the idea that the weather gives them a hometundra advantage. “We look forward to it,” defensive end Zach Wagenmann told reporters. “I know some of the guys on defense don’t mind it when the running backs get a really cold, hard ball and have to run into any one of our three linebackers. Bring on the cold — fine by us.” Montana has won seven straight home playoff games and nine of its last 11. Dating back to 1989, the Grizzlies have won 19 of 20 home playoff games against a team from the South. But the Chanticleers don’t have to look too far to find inspiration. Wofford, from sunny Spartanburg, went to Montana in 2007 and came away with a 23-22 victory. It was 13 degrees that day.

Unpredictable Furman takes on N. Dakota St. BY SCOTT KEELER Greenville News

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Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn, left, poses with Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel behind the Southeastern Conference championship trophy earlier this week in Atlanta. Both sets of Tigers are hoping to avoid letdowns in today’s SEC title game after emotionally-charged victories last week.

day-to-day to play your best?’’ Missouri coach Gary Pinkel said Friday at the Georgia Dome, where each team held its final workout. “I would like to think we’re doing all the right things. We’ve done it all year long.’’ Auburn must get past one of the most improbable victories ever, beating its biggest rival in a game that likely eliminated the Crimson Tide from its quest for an unprecedented third straight national title. Auburn coach Gus

Two years ago, Missouri running back Henry Josey tore up his left knee in a game against Texas. Fully recovered this season, the 5-foot-9 back is averaging 6.2 yards per carry and has broken off four 50-yardplus gains — including a 57-yard scoring run that gave Mizzou its victory over Texas A&M. OVERLOOKED D

Malzahn watched the frenzied crowd storm the field at Jordan-Hare Stadium, then urged his team to get right back to work. The winner could get a shot to play for the SEC’s eighth straight national title, but that will depend on what happens in Charlotte and Indianapolis.

Auburn’s defense plays in the shadow of the team’s explosive offense but has come up with huge stops in the red zone. It stopped Georgia’s Aaron Murray at its own 20 to preserve a 43-38 victory, and kept Alabama from converting on fourth-and-1 in the fourth quarter, which made it possible for the Tigers to pull off the amazing finish.

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Malzahn’s team has one of the nation’s most prolific running games, centered on quarterback Nick Marshall and junior back Tre

Missouri’s defense is led by end Michael Sam, who leads the SEC in both sacks (10.5) and tackles behind the line of scrimmage (18).

With Winston cleared, FSU eyes ACC title BY STEVE REED The Associated Press CHARLOTTE — Duke cornerback Ross Cockrell is not offended the No. 20 Blue Devils are a 29-point underdog to Jameis Winston and topranked Florida State for Saturday night’s ACC championship game. “Florida State has been blowing everybody out,’’ he said. The Seminoles (12-0, 8-0) have beaten opponents on average 54-11 this season behind Winston, who set ACC freshman records by throwing for 3,490 yards and 35 touchdowns. They have defeated all but one of their opponents by at least 27 points. Now all that stands in the way of the Seminoles reaching the BCS national championship game is an inexperienced Duke (10-2, 6-2) team appearing in its first ACC title game. “I’ve had the good fortune through the years to play some No. 1 teams in this profession, some of them looked like No. 1 teams, some of them didn’t,’’ Duke coach David Cutcliffe said. “Flor-

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woman had alleged Winston had sexually assaulted her at an off-campus apartment last December. He will play Saturday night. The Blue Devils (10-2, 6-2) are in many respects the ultimate underdog. They emerged from the weaker side of the ACC conference. They’re 0-12 all-time facing No. 1-ranked teams and 0-18 against the Seminoles. And they’re facing a Florida State team that annihilated three then-ranked opponents by a combined score of 155-28. For Fisher, the biggest challenge may be keeping his team focused, not allowing his players to look ahead to a potential national championship showdown with unbeaten Ohio State. Fisher doesn’t seem worried, saying if his team can’t get up for a conference championship game then “we have an issue.’’ “What we’re thinking about is running through the finish line,’’ Fisher said. “When you run the 100meter dash, being No. 1 at the 90meter mark doesn’t mean anything.’’

When Furman plays North Dakota State today at Fargo, N.D., in the second round of the FCS playoffs, the Paladins will become the fourth Southern Conference team the Bison have faced in the past three postseasons. But for the first time, North Dakota State’s defense won’t be so sure of the opposition’s game plan. The Bison (11-0) defeated Wofford last season and topped Georgia Southern in the 2011 and 2012 semifinals on their way to back-toback national championships. While Wofford and Georgia Southern each are run-heavy, triple-option offenses, Furman (8-5) rallied to the SoCon championship and FCS playoffs with an offense that has featured variety. Nowhere was that more evident than in the past two weeks. A week after quarterback Reese Hannon passed for 326 yards in the Paladins’ 27-14 win over Wofford, the sophomore from Greer completed just three passes as Furman rushed for over 200 yards against the No. 1-ranked run defense in the country in a 30-20 win at South Carolina State to open the playoffs. “Our guys are doing a tremendous job of executing plans,” Furman coach Bruce Fowler said. “They understand our philosophy is doing whatever it takes to win.” No. 1-ranked North Dakota State leads the nation in scoring defense (11.5 points per game) and is second in total defense (243 yards allowed per game).

COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE By The Associated Press Today EAST Memphis (3-8) at UConn (2-9), 1 p.m. South Florida (2-9) at Rutgers (5-6), 7:30 p.m. Conference USA championship, Marshall at Rice, Noon Southern U. (8-4) vs. Jackson St. (7-3) at Houston, 2 p.m. SEC championship, Missouri (11-1) vs. Auburn (11-1), at Atlanta, 4 p.m. Louisiana-Lafayette (8-3) at South Alabama (5-6), 8 p.m. ACC championship, Duke (10-2) vs. Florida St. (12-0), Charlotte, 8 p.m. Big Ten championship, Ohio St. (12-0) at Michigan St. (11-1), at Indianapolis, 8 p.m. Oklahoma (9-2) at Oklahoma St. (10-1), Noon UCF (10-1) at SMU (5-6), Noon Texas (8-3) at Baylor (10-1), 3:30 p.m. SWAC championship, Jackson St. (8-3) vs. Southern U. (8-4), at Houston, 2 p.m. Pac-12 championship, Stanford (10-2) at Arizona St. (10-2), 8 p.m. Mountain West championship, Utah St. (8-4) at Fresno St. (101), 10 p.m. FCS PLAYOFFS Second Round Fordham (12-1) at Towson (10-2), 1 p.m. Coastal Carolina (11-2) at Montana (10-2), 2 p.m. New Hampshire (8-4) at Maine (10-2), 2 p.m. Tennessee State (10-3) at Eastern Illinois (11-1), 2 p.m. Furman (8-5) at North Dakota State (11-0), 3:30 p.m. South Dakota State (9-4) at Eastern Washington (10-2), 4 p.m. Jacksonville State (10-3) at McNeese State (10-2), 7 p.m. Sam Houston State (9-4) at Southeastern Louisiana (10-2), 8 p.m.


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Who knew ‘Bonnie and Clyde’ could be boring? BY KEVIN MCDONOUGH “Bonnie and Clyde” (9 p.m. Sunday and Monday, A&E, Lifetime and History, TV-14) is a very big deal. Too bad it’s merely a pretty — and seriously flawed — miniseries. The third major broadcast (after “Mob City” and “The Sound of Music Live!”) to debut during an eventful week of television, “Bonnie and Clyde” is unique in that it’s airing on three affiliated networks at the same time. As with the two other shows, this seems to be as much about when you watch and how you watch as what you watch. Of course, “Bonnie and Clyde” operates under the burden of bearing the title of one of the most iconic and important movies of the 20th century. There simply is no comparison. Most everything about the 1967 original was blunt and to the point. The film’s most memorable quote, “We rob banks,” consists of three words. The film was marketed with a shocking rat-a-tat-tat tag line: “They’re young. They’re in love. And they kill people.” In contrast to that declarative assault, this miniseries is long on meditation, exposition and atmosphere. We dwell at painful lengths on the backstory of two legendary outlaws (played by Emile Hirsch, “Speed Racer,” and Holliday Grainger, “The Borgias”). Who knew Clyde had been to prison and even got raped in the shower? We linger on the motivations of reporter P.J. Lane (Elizabeth Reaser), who helped keep their story in print. We endure Bonnie’s first marriage and her dreams of Hollywood. We’re even shown a gauzy fantasy dance number in which she becomes the ballerina figurine on her nightstand. In a famous quote, cited here before, Alfred Hitchcock once described movies as being just like real life, but “with the boring bits cut out.” The makers of this miniseries went out of their way to stuff the boring bits back in — and present them in slow motion. Much is made of young

Clyde Barrow’s penchant for prophecy, a gift encouraged by his grandmother. At the same time, the film begins with Bonnie and Clyde’s bloody downfall and is narrated by Clyde, apparently from the beyond. So its story consists of flash forwards within an extended flashback. Not unlike TNT’s “Mob City,” this is a very good-looking production and features some fine performances, particularly from Holly Hunter as Bonnie’s mother and William Hurt as retired Texas Ranger Frank Hamer, the man who would hunt them down. But you knew that. And so does Clyde — because he’s looking forward and backward at the same time! It’s interesting to note that we’ve seen remakes of “The Sound of Music” and “Bonnie and Clyde” within days of each other. The original movies were major milestones during a convulsive period of film history. “The Sound of Music” was the last blockbuster musical hit of the old studio system. “Bonnie and Clyde” helped destroy that system, altering the ways films were produced and audaciously challenging the old Hollywood code.

Saturday’s Christmas Programming • Tim Allen stars in “The Santa Clause” (7 p.m., ABC Family) and “The Santa Clause 3” (9 p.m.). • A lonely man (Ethan Erickson) assumes the big man’s duties in “The Santa Switch” (8 p.m., Hallmark, TV-PG). • On two episodes of “Mike & Molly” (CBS, r, TV-14): first Christmas (8 p.m.), overspent (8:30 p.m.). • An executive returns Christmas spirit to her department store in “Christmas in the City” (8 p.m., Lifetime, TV-PG). • The “Today Show” team hosts “Christmas in Rockefeller Center” (8 p.m., NBC, r). • A soldier’s widow (Lisa Arrindell Anderson) bonds with a recently divorced man (Omari Hardwick) in the 2013 drama “A Christmas Blessing” (8 p.m., TV One).

• Love scuttles a businesswoman’s dreams of cashing in on a beloved lodge in the 2013 romance “Let it Snow” (10 p.m., Hallmark, TV-G). • Mira Sorvino stars in the 2012 romance “Finding Mrs. Claus” (10 p.m., Lifetime, TVPG).

Saturday’s Highlights • Feats of strength on “Atlantis” (9 p.m., BBC America, TVPG). • Jeremy learns ostrich wrangling on “Jobs That Bite” (9 p.m., Nat Geo Wild, TV-PG). • “Super Comet ISON 2013” (10 p.m., Science, TV-PG) profiles an interstellar visitor fresh from a close encounter with the sun. • Colin Farrell, Jeremy Clarkson, Jo Brand, Sharon Osbourne and Arcade Fire appear on “The Graham Norton Show” (10 p.m., BBC America, TV-14).

Sunday’s Christmas Programming • Drew Lachey stars in the holiday romance “Guess Who’s Coming to Christmas” (7 p.m., UP). • Jennie Garth and Cameron Mathison star in the comedy “Holidaze” (8 p.m., ABC Family, TV-14). • Andy Garcia and Mary-Louise Parker star in the 2013 weeper “Christmas in Conway” (8 p.m. and 10 p.m., Hallmark, TVPG). • John Leguizamo, Freddy Rodriguez, Elizabeth Pena, Alfred Molina and Debra Messing star in the 2008 comedy “Nothing Like the Holidays” (8 p.m. and 10 p.m., TBS, TV-PG). • Haylie Duff, Nicholas Gonzalez and C. Thomas Howell star in the 2013 romance “Christmas Belle” (9 p.m., ION).

Sunday’s Highlights • Scheduled on “60 Minutes” (7 p.m., CBS): Navy SEALs endure a deadly day in Afghanistan; how drugs affect men and women differently. • A bowling tournament in Tokyo brings another season of

“The Amazing Race” (8 p.m., CBS, TV-PG) to a conclusion. • Daniel Craig narrates the 2011 documentary “One Life” (8 p.m. and 10 p.m., Nat Geo Wild, TV-PG), celebrating wildlife diversity. • The New Orleans Saints host the Carolina Panthers on “Sunday Night Football” (8:20 p.m., NBC). • “Masterpiece Classic” (9 p.m., PBS, check local listings, TV-PG) will rerun season three of “Downton Abbey” through December in anticipation of season four’s arrival on Jan. 5. • Lambreaux receives a grim diagnosis on “Treme” (9 p.m., HBO, TV-MA). • Ensconced in Tehran on “Homeland” (9 p.m., Showtime, TV-MA). • A Navy SEAL is stranded near a volcano on the new survival reality series “Dude, You’re Screwed” (10 p.m., Discovery, TV-PG). • Patsy resents DiDi’s sense of humor on “Getting On” (10 p.m., HBO, TV-MA).

Cult Choice A high-tech security company uses human telepathy as a weapon in the 1981 sci-fi shocker “Scanners” (10:35 p.m., TMC), starring Jennifer O’Neill.

Sunday Series “Football Night in America” (7 p.m., NBC, TV-14) * Peter Pan threatens the community on “Once Upon a Time” (8 p.m., ABC, TV-PG) * Krusty suffers a financial reversal on “The Simpsons” (8 p.m., Fox, TV-PG) * Bob fills in as a sub on “Bob’s Burgers” (8:30 p.m., Fox, TV-14) * Peter writes songs on “Family Guy” (9 p.m., Fox, TV-14) * Emily schemes on “Revenge” (9 p.m., ABC, TV-PG) * Fake identities on “American Dad” (9:30 p.m., Fox, TV-14) * Karsten serves up revenge on “Betrayal” (10 p.m., ABC, TV-PG) * Jane fights for Lisbon’s inclusion on “The Mentalist” (10 p.m., CBS, TV-14). Copyright 2013, United Feature Syndicate


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The Tree Doctor Any size tree removal & stump grinding. Trimming & clearing. No job too big or small. Call 775-8560 or 468-1946. We accept credit cards and offer senior discounts Ricky's Tree Service Tree removal, stump grinding, Lic & ins, free quote, 803-435-2223 or cell 803-460-8747. STATE TREE SERVICE Worker's Comp & General liability insurance. Top quality service, lowest prices. 803-494-5175 or 803-491-5154 www.statetree.net

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Found gray female kitten on Garrison St. Owner call 228-313-8695 to identify.

Farm Products Lakeside Market 2100 Wedgefield Rd Now taking orders for Fruit Baskets & Boxes of fruit for Christmas

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

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CKC Peek-a-poo pups. 7wks, S/D health guaranteed. (F) $350, (M) $325. Alice 803-428-3803

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Multi-Family 255 Muscovy Trail, (Idlewild), Sat 7-1 Barbie dollhouse, brass chandelier, encyclopedias, christmas lights & decor, ladies/teen clothes/boots/shoes & more CLEAN OUT SALE! Cleaning out house, attic & storage bldg. Everything must go. CHEAP CHEAP CHEAP. 2 Curtiswood Dr. Sat. 8 - 12. 2 Fredrick Ct. (Wise-HendersonMcKay), Sat. 8AM-3PM. Corningware, sm kit appl, hshld items, exer equip, hand/elec tools, decor, jewelry, 78/45s, comp. access. golf wear, much more. All prices range. 724 White Pine Way Sat. Dec. 7th, 7 am - 11 am. Multi-family, Christmas & home decor, furn., dining set, toys, baby items, household, misc.

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Assistant Manager needed at People's Finance Company. Valid drivers license and auto required. A career opportunity that offers excellent salary and a complete fringe benefit package. Promotion to manager possible within 15 months. No experience necessary. Apply in person at: 730B Broad St . EOE, M/F. Ask for Donnie Collins Customer Service Rep needed by Bishopville Branch of World Acceptance Corporation. Valid drivers license and auto required. A career opportunity that offers excellent salary and a complete fringe benefit package. No experience necessary. Apply in person at: World Finance, 135 N. Main St. EOE, M//F. Call Kelly Smith at 803-484-6261 Experienced FT Salesperson. Dependable transportation and good work references required. Apply in person at 873 Broad St. Seeking motivated, enthusiastic and competent service plumber. Must have at least 5 yrs experience, excellent communication skills and a valid driver license. Apply today at Hill Plumbing 438 N main St Sumter SC. 803-773-6689 SHAMROCK BINGO Runners & Callers needed. 803-905-5545 Sparrow and Kennedy Tractor Co. in Manning is looking to hire an Ag technician with experience in the following areas: Diesel engine repair, hydraulics and electrical diagnostics. Must have valid SCDL. Applications can be picked up at 305 E. Boyce St., Manning, SC 29102. Submit applications to Service Writer. STC Now Hiring Diesel Mechanic

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

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Estate Sale: 2003 Silver Buick Lesabre Limited 4dr sedan. 3.86 cyl. less than 77k mi. Complete option pkg. $3,200. Call 803-316-6464 for appt. '00 3500 Chevrolet Dually Ext Cab. 140k mi. Runs great. New tires. $7,500. '04 Ford Taurus. Newly replaced motor, (90 day warranty motor), 77k mi. $3,500. 236-1527

Hampton Pk Hist. Dist Clean,attractive 3Rm (1Bdrm) Range, Refrig.,Washer & Dryer Ceiling fans, No pets. Off Street parking $390 Mo. +Sec Dep w/Yr Lease Credit report & Refs Req. Call 773-2451

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M.H. Burgess Glen Park. For more info call 803-775-4391 or 803-464-5960

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Manufactured Housing 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. 3 SW Mobile Home Rental Properties for sale. Asking $72,500. At 475,485,495 Pioneer Dr, Sumter. 803-651-8198

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