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A snow plow clears Alice Drive during Wednesday’s ice storm. Ice was forecast to continue building up in the tri-county area through Wednesday, adding to the hazardous conditions.

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Gov. Nikki Haley said this week’s winter storm is expected to be worse than the storm of 2004, when more than 200,000 power outages were reported and some portions of the state went without power for weeks. Speaking from the South Carolina State Emergency Operations Center on Wednesday, Haley said the state had 1,500 S. C. Department of Transportation maintenance workers on the road using some 4,400 tons of salt to treat the roads. At the same time, Haley strongly encouraged REPORT AN South Carolinians to OUTAGE stay off the roadways. “If you get on the In the event of a road, you’re not only enpower outage, dangering yourself, call Black River you’re endangering Electric Coop. at those first responders (803) 469-8060. that are dealing with wrecks,� Haley said. Call Duke Energy Not only were 125 Progress at 1 members of the S.C. Na(800) 419-6356. tional Guard called out to respond to the weather conditions as of Wednesday morning, but also Adjutant Gen. Robert Livingston said other guardsmen were on standby should they be needed. The governor said she had also requested a federal emergency declaration, as well. “That is really more precautionary

ing north on I-95 near the 128 mile marker about 8:25 a.m. when it spun out of control and went off the road, crashing into the back of a DNR 2007 Ford pickup which had stopped to assist a stranded motorist parked on the shoulder. According to S.C. Highway Patrol, the driver died at the scene of the crash. The victim’s identity was

Locals are weathering the storm as rain turned to ice which turned to snow through the day on Wednesday, with the threat of worsening conditions overnight. Kids enjoyed a snow day from school, but for those trying to keep the lights on and roadways clear, the icy conditions have been a seemingly never-ending challenge. Local crews with the S.C. Department of Transportation have been running 12-hour shifts since CLOSINGS AND Tuesday to get ice CANCELLATIONS and snow off the road for motorists Turn to page A10 and emergency to find out if your personnel. school or workplace “It’s really a conis open today. tinuous operation,� said Tammy Hodge, Sumter’s DOT maintenance engineer. “They’re only coming back to get additional equipment or fuel. It’s very demanding work.� About 68 DOT workers spread over two shifts got started by making sure law enforcement and medical personnel are able to respond to emergencies, salting fire station and hospital entrances as their first priority. From 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sumter Police Department responded to a total of 139 calls, which included nine

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Rough list of penny-tax projects takes shape BY BRISTOW MARCHANT bmarchant@theitem.com A rough outline of Sumter County’s priorities for new projects to be funded by a renewed penny tax was sketched out this week to county council at a special meeting. The list reviewed by Sumter County Council on Tuesday is still incomplete and doesn’t include all proposals submitted by the various “lead groups,” but included a mix of what council members called new and longstanding capital needs. County Administrator Gary Mixon grouped them into the broad categories of public safety, infrastructure and transportation, and quality of life. One of the pricier items on the list is a new telecommunications network (i.e., radios) for the county’s emergency responders. That would provide new communications equipment to police, sheriff’s

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government buildings) we’ve got in there,” Mixon said. Some other items on the list include a permanent EMS station in the Shiloh area at the Byrd fire station; a rural waterline extension; and renovations to the county administration building on East Canal Street. Roads have always been high on the list whenever the penny tax is discussed. Work on the interchange between Interstate 95 and U.S. 378 could cost about $800,000, while the county also wants to

add turn lanes near Wilson Hall School, and improve the intersection of Wilson Hall Road and Carter Road and the extension of Wesmark Boulevard into the 378 bypass. Under the quality of life category would be improvements to the Haynsworth Street gym, several rural baseball fields and a “rustic” camping property in Manchester State Forest the county leases from the S.C. Forestry Commission. Football facilities at Dillon Park could also see improve-

ments, along with the park’s walking trail. “If you don’t think anyone exercises out there, go out there in the morning or evening, and you’ll see a lot of people walking,” Mixon said. Mixon roughly estimated the total cost, not inclusive of all the proposals, at $40 million. Once finalized, the list of countywide projects must be approved along with the penny tax itself in a public referendum in November. It would then take effect in 2016. In other news, council approved a $316,323 amendment to a $2.6 million capital improvements bond passed last summer. With the cost of floating the bond included, the addition grows to $406,319. Council also approved second reading of a request to rezone the historic Ruins plantation house so the home can host visitors. Reach Bristow Marchant at (803) 774-1272.

Sumter commission takes over Pinewood special election BY TYLER SIMPSON tyler@theitem.com Although Pinewood Town Council elected two residents to fill the open seats on its election commission, the Sumter County Election Commission will have to run its special election set for March 11 because these individuals will have to undergo proper training. During its monthly council meeting Tuesday, town council elected Pinewood residents Elizabeth Hinson and Lavaron Johnson to help run the Pinewood Election Commission. The commission’s former chairman, Patrick Lester, resigned from his seat in May 2013, and Charlotte Smoak resigned last Thursday. However, the elected individuals have not received the proper training required to handle an election, so they will be unable to identify if the two candidates for the special election, Mayor Pro Tem Sarah Mathis and Pinewood resident Manley C. Dubose, are eligible to be placed on the ballot. Mathis said that she contacted Sumter County Election Director Patricia Jefferson, who said the county would be more than willing to run the special election if the council would allow it, to which the council voted yes during the meeting. “We are going to have to go that route because we don’t have anyone who is qualified,” Mathis said. “Nonetheless, there has to be an election, and we have to be prepared.” Mathis said that the newly elected commission members should be trained in time to handle the town’s next general election in November. “At your house, you can’t prepare for when your air conditioner will go out,” Mathis said. “We couldn’t prepare for when someone was going to resign ... What you

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Pinewood Town Council discusses its current situation involving its election commission and audit on Tuesday. Members elected two individuals to fill open election commission seats, but those individuals will have to undergo training and will not run the special election. don’t have, you have to accept what you have to deal with.” At Tuesday’s town council meeting, council had to decide on a new auditor because the two individuals who previously handled its audit were unavailable. According to Councilman Leonard Houser, the individual suggested comes from an accounting firm in Florence. Mathis made a motion during the meeting to vote on the individual to handle the audit. “We need to go ahead and get these people to get it done, because if not then we will be stuck for another two to three months waiting on a decision,” Mathis said. Because of the town’s audit

situation, the South Carolina Public Employee Benefit Authority announced in January that they will be unable to provide Pinewood with public insurance. Councilwoman Francis Lester spoke to The Sumter Item Friday saying a spokeswoman from PEBA told her that the town could be without public insurance for up to four years. Councilman Jack Spann also spoke up during the meeting about possibly forming a lead group for proposing projects to be funded by the Sumter County penny sales tax. Each town within Sumter County has formed lead groups that look at projects

suggested to improve their communities, but Pinewood currently does not have one. “What I would definitely like to do is not let anything that we can get to improve our town go by the wayside,” Spann said. “We need a committee to come up with ideas so when the Sumter County Council meets and they go through their lists from everyone else that we have some items in there.” Spann presented to the public attending the meeting some ideas he felt could help improve Pinewood, such as adding sidewalks, paving dirt roads and renovating the stadium. One of the bigger proj-

ects he suggested was tearing down dilapidated buildings and adding traffic safety signs along Highways 120 and 261 near Pinewood. “That’s what people look at when they’re coming through Pinewood,” Spann said. “I get a lot of comments when I tell people that I’m from Pinewood and they tell me ‘oh, I’ve been through there.’” Spann is hoping to have a lead group formed and items placed on the county council’s list of projects before the new penny sales tax is voted on in November. Reach Tyler Simpson at (803) 774-1295.

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CREWS FROM PAGE A1 vehicle assistances and one traffic incident. Police Chief Russell Roark said most of the calls received were related to property checks involving sporadic power outages throughout the city. “Our focus (Wednesday was) making sure that people are safe on the roadways, that the motorists are safe adhering to the fact that, considering the type of weather we are having, they drive accordingly,” Roark said. “Our primary concern is losing power not only for those individuals that have no other source of heat, but also for businesses.” Sumter Police Information Officer Tonyia McGirt said law enforcement has made a concerted effort to inform the public of road conditions, sagging trees along local roadways and power outage updates using social media. Government offices were also cleared, although most city, county and state personnel stayed home Wednesday. “They’re doing all they possibly can to keep everything open,” said Al Harris, Sumter’s assistant city manager for public services, who was trying to keep city services working through the storm. “We’re here at the utility department, so if anybody has any questions, they can give us a call at 436-2558.” Scattered power outages were reported throughout the day. At press time, Duke Energy Progress reported 19 separate outages in Sumter affecting 833 households. An additional 1,711 customers were reportedly without power along Pinewood Road going toward South St. Pauls Church Road. In Clarendon County, 771 Duke customers were reportedly without power. “We’ve got 3,400 line and vegetation crews on standby, repairing lines as they go down,” said Duke Energy Progress spokesman Theo

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Whit Whittaker and his dog, Wally, explore the terrain in Sumter during Wednesday’s ice storm. Lane, including 250 workers from Duke’s Florida service area who moved north to cover the I-95 corridor. Herb Leaird, CEO of Black River Electric Coop., said about 1,000 people were without power about midday in the Alcolu area and southern portions of Sumter County. Ironically, areas in Lee and Kershaw counties that received heavier snowfall avoided major problems because they received less ice.

“If we got just plain rain, we’d be OK,” Leaird said. “The worst is the freezing rain we’re seeing from Sumter eastward down to the coast.” With precipitation unlikely to let up overnight, more outages are expected today. The Samaritan House on West Oakland Avenue had 29 people staying overnight Wednesday, with two men sleeping on floor mats, but overflow housing did not have to be used. The shelter stayed open 24 hours

Wednesday and will be open for the same hours today. “The group scheduled to provide our meal (Wednesday) called and said they wouldn’t be able to make it, but we had somebody else step in,” said Lindley Hummel with United Ministries. “If somebody still hasn’t found shelter, we can take them in.” Reach Bristow Marchant at (803) 774-1272. Sumter Item staff writer Tyler Simpson contributed to this story.


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Earnings gap widest for grads in 48 years BY HOPE YEN Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON — The earnings gap between young adults with and without bachelor’s degrees has stretched to its widest level in nearly half a century. It’s a sign of the growing value of a college education despite rising tuition costs, according to an analysis of census data released Tuesday. Young adults with just a high-school diploma earned 62 percent of the typical salary of college graduates. That’s down from 81 percent in 1965, the earliest year for which comparable data are available. The analysis by the Pew Research Center shows the increasing economic difficulties for young adults who lack a bachelor’s degree in today’s economy that’s polarized between high- and low-wage work. As a whole, high-school graduates were more likely to live in poverty and be dissatisfied with their jobs, if not unemployed. In contrast, roughly nine in 10 college graduates ages 25 to 32 said that their bachelor’s degree had paid off or will pay off in the future, according to Pew’s separate polling conducted last year. Even among the two-thirds of young adults who borrowed money for college, about 86 percent said their degrees have been, or will be, worth it. “In today’s knowledge-based economy, the only thing more expensive than getting a college education is not getting one,� said Paul Taylor, Pew’s executive vice president and co-author of the report. “Young adults see significant economic gains from getting a college degree regardless of the level of student debt they have taken on.� The latest findings come amid rising college tuition costs, which have saddled young adults in the so-called Millennial generation with heavy debt amid high unemployment. Noting the increasing importance of a college education, President Barack Obama and Republicans such as Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida have pushed proposals to make higher education

more affordable as a way to promote upward mobility and bolster America’s shrinking middle class. The report found that not only does a college degree typically yield much more inflation-adjusted earnings than before, but a high-school diploma also is now worth less. That adds to a widening earnings gap that Pew researchers found mirrors the U.S. gap between rich and poor. For instance, college graduates ages 25 to 32 who were working full time now typically earn about $17,500 more annually than employed young adults with just a high school diploma ($45,500 vs. $28,000); those with a two-year degree or some college training earned $30,000. In 1965, before globalization and automation wiped out many middle-class jobs in areas such as manufacturing, the inflation-adjusted gap was just $7,449. Meanwhile, median earnings for high-school graduates have fallen more than $3,000, from $31,384 in 1965 to $28,000 last year. Young adults with just highschool diplomas now are also much more likely to live in poverty, at 22 percent compared to 7 percent for their counterparts in 1979. “Despite their higher levels of college completion, today’s young adults overall are doing no better — and on many key indicators of economic well-being, they’re doing worse — than older generations were doing when they were the same age that Millennials are now,� Taylor said. “This is mainly be-

cause the economic penalties for not getting a college degree are so much stiffer now than in the past.â€? Other findings: • Young employed college graduates are more likely than those with just a high school diploma or less to say their job is a career or stepping stone to a career. In contrast, those with just a high school diploma or less were three times more likely than college graduates to say their work is “just a jobâ€? to help them get by — 42 percent vs. 14 percent. • The field of study in college does seem to matter. Those who studied science or engineering were most likely to say that their current job is “very closelyâ€? related to their college or graduate field of study, at 60 percent, compared to 43 percent for both liberal arts and business majors. • About three-fourths of all college graduates say they regretted not doing more during school to better prepare themselves to find a job, such as getting more work experience, studying harder or looking for work sooner.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Big retail stores, hotels, restaurants and other firms with lots of low-wage and part-time workers are among the main beneficiaries of the Obama administration’s latest tweak to health care rules. Companies with 100 or more workers will be able to avoid the biggest of two potential employer penalties in the Affordable Care Act by offering coverage to 70 percent of their full-timers. That target is considerably easier to hit than the administration’s previous requirement of 95 percent, but the wiggle room is only good for next year. “It will be very helpful to employers,� said Bill O’Malley, a tax expert with McGladrey, a consulting firm focused on mediumsize businesses. “This gives them a bit of a transition period to begin expanding coverage on a gradual basis. There would be some cost savings to employers who otherwise were nowhere near meeting the standard for 2015.� It means that big companies, not only medium-sized firms, can benefit from the new employer coverage rules that the Treasury Department announced Monday. Under those rules, companies with 50 to 99 workers were given an extra year, until 2016, to comply with the health care law’s requirement to offer coverage. “I think it’s pretty significant because the vast ma-

jority of the workforce is in large firms,� said Larry Levitt, a health insurance expert with the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation. “It affects a much bigger swath of the economy.� President Barack Obama’s health care law requires companies with 50 or more employees working 30 or more hours a week to offer them suitable coverage or pay fines. The so-called employer mandate was written into the law as a guardrail to discourage employers from shifting workers into taxpayer-subsidized coverage. Small businesses with fewer than 50 workers are exempt. And more than 90 percent of the larger firms already offer health care. But even if it directly impacts a relatively small share of companies, the mandate still represents a major new government requirement on businesses. At a time when the economy remains weak, implementation has been fraught with political overtones. The requirement was originally supposed to take effect in 2014, but last summer the White House delayed it for a year. Then came this week’s additional delay for medium-size companies. Treasury officials say the lower coverage standard for bigger companies should help employers struggling with the health care law’s definition of a full-time worker as someone who averages 30 hours a week.

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Need to boost viewership? Air sports events BY KEVIN MCDONOUGH As expected, coverage of the XXII Olympic Winter Games (see Tonight’s Other Highlights below) has put NBC at the top of the heap. Some years back, one might have expected “American Idol� (see Tonight’s Other Highlights below) to be its strongest competitor, but last Thursday that role was played by “The Big Bang Theory.� According to the TVbytheNumbers website, “Big Bang� was watched by 17.5 million viewers, compared to the more than 20 million who tuned into the first night of the Sochi games. It’s telling that a scripted sitcom, a genre long rendered road kill by the reality TV juggernaut, would remain so dominant. “American Idol� held its own with more than 11 million viewers. Sometimes competition like the Olympics doesn’t rob viewers from other shows, but simply brings more people to the medium. It’s a matter of addition rather than division. Despite the success of its Thursday comedies, CBS will be turning to a more dependable brand of programming next fall. It was recently announced that the network has acquired the rights to air eight Thursday night NFL games next season. At the same time CBS was announcing its football plans — a move that will only make that network more dominant — Fox let it be known that Simon Cowell’s “The X Factor� would not be returning. As is often stated in this space, Fox’s decision to import this U.K. hit was ill-conceived. Rather than double the programming power of “American Idol,� it weakened and diluted the appeal of musical competitions. Between NBC’s “America’s Got Talent� in the summer and “The Voice� in the fall and spring, even the most ardent fans of undiscovered talent were suffering from too much

An intramural contest has alltoo real consequences on “The Crazy Ones� (9 p.m., CBS, r, TV14) * Barry feels flummoxed by a seemingly impossible robbery on “Arrow� (9 p.m., CW, r, TV-14) * Alan and Walden think the job has gotten to be too much for Berta on “Two and a Half Men� (9:30 p.m., CBS, r, TV-14).

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Erin Hamlin of the United States holds up the flag after finishing her final run to win the bronze medal during the women’s singles luge competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics. of a “good� thing. Will CBS’ Thursday night football have a similar impact on the ratings for the NFL? Viewers will now have upward of four nights a week (Sunday, Monday, Thursday and sometimes Saturday) to watch NFL games in prime time. Is that too much? I don’t think so. Football has emerged as the only event that draws huge numbers of people who need to watch it live. There are countless ways to watch, view, stream or skim the best clips from the Golden Globes, “American Idol� or the Oscars. You can still have a water-cooler conversation about something from last night’s “Colbert Report� if you catch it on the show’s website, or Hulu, or YouTube or myriad other sites that link to it. But nobody wants to stream football a day later — or even an hour later. For that reason, whatever CBS paid for NFL rights, they’re probably worth it.

TONIGHT’S OTHER HIGHLIGHTS • Olympics coverage (8 p.m., NBC) includes: figure skating, freestyle skiing, speedskating and skeleton. • Keegan assumes the legal

defense of an alleged cannibal on “Rakeâ€? (9 p.m. Fox, TV-14). • Contestants design a singer’s concert attire on “Project Runway: Under the Gunnâ€? (9 p.m., Lifetime, TV-PG). • An assassin’s remains are discovered on “Elementaryâ€? (10 p.m., CBS, r, TV-14). • The truth hurts on “Scandalâ€? (10 p.m., ABC, r, TV-14).

CULT CHOICE If you can imagine the folks on “Downton Abbey� getting strafed by the Luftwaffe, you’re getting close to the spirit of “Mrs. Miniver� (10 p.m., TCM), a 1942 weeper so effective in generating wartime sympathy for embattled England that it was singled out for praise by Winston Churchill.

Amy gets too close to Sheldon for comfort on “The Big Bang Theory� (8 p.m., CBS, r, TV-PG) * Contestants craft meals that go with beer on “The Taste� (8 p.m., ABC, TV-14) * Davina wants Klaus out of Cami’s head on “The Originals� (8 p.m., CW, r, TV-14) * The perfunctory Halloween episode of “The Millers� (8:30 p.m., CBS, r, TV-PG) *

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Fight for the love God has blessed us with

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armed child. tâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the season of love, so Romantic love is one of says the merchandise on Godâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s greatest gifts to manthe shelves, and despite kind, and marriage falls in the recent rash of inclemthe same vein. It is worth purent weather, you, like me, are suing; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s worth fighting for, in a vain pursuit to find the which is largely a perfect gift for that countercultural idea. special someone. At the risk of soundThe romantic holiing like a curmudday is supposedly geon way beyond my named after a couple years, our cultureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s of notable saints: Valvolunteered definition entine of Rome and of what it means to Valentine of Terni, love degrades it to both martyred in Faith Matters something largely visearly Church history JAMIE H. ceral and thus menial. for their religious beItâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no secret that liefs and actions. WILSON marriages among beSometime in the midlievers are failing. dle ages, the notion of romantic love was tacked onto Many of my church-attending the annual celebrations and, a friends are just rounding 30 and have already been while later, the Russell Stover Candy Co. started churning out heart-shaped boxes of chocolates. Somewhere along the way somebody chose the mascot: a fat, winged baby whose irresponsible caregivers thought it wise for an infant to practice archery. Actually cupid isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t an entirely inappropriate choice as a mascot given that most husbands and wives fight with the skill and maturity of an

problem does not make for marital bliss. God wants us to sacrifice our pride and fight for our marriage. While covering a city council election race one year, I met a lovely woman who served alongside her husband in the pulpit. After our interview, she began to ask me some personal questions. With my marriage just months away, I gushed about my husband-to-be and his upcoming career in ministry. This pastorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wife leaned forward, took my hand in hers and said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;You will have to be his armor-bearer.â&#x20AC;? The designation refers to the role of the kingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s righthand man in early Israelite history. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a powerful image

through divorce in a process that is too often repeated in the faith community. We have failed in equipping men and women for marriage. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s disappointing that more churches do not have a program specifically for married couples and the obstacles facing the average American marriage. According to Scripture, love is deep and captivating. I Corinthians 13 describes a love that holds no grudges; that perseveres; that isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t selfseeking. It is a type of love that endures both blessings and hardships. The same chapter describes love as something completely intentional. We have to work at it. Passivity isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the way to a better marriage. Ignoring the

of someone who is actively involved in the battle: a fellow warrior who stays alongside his or her partner when the war rages around them. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the exact description I would use when describing the fervor one should put into a marriage. The fights between a husband and wife are, in truth, rarely between the two parties but against those things around us that would steal the quality of our marriages. Take up arms against the real enemy, husbands and wives, and fight for the love God has so richly blessed us with. Email Jamie H. Wilson at faithmattersumter@gmail. com.

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BY MONIKA SCISLOWSKA Associated Press Writer WARSAW, Poland â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Poles are divided between praise and condemnation of John Paul IIâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s secretary for publishing the late popeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s personal notes â&#x20AC;&#x201D; against his last will and testament. John Paul ordered the notes burned after his death and put his trusted confidant, the Rev. Stanislaw Dziwisz, in charge of the task. To everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s surprise, Dziwisz, now a cardinal, said recently that he â&#x20AC;&#x153;did not have the courageâ&#x20AC;? to destroy the notes and is having them published as a precious insight into the inner life of the beloved pontiff, who will be declared a saint in April. The book â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Very Much in Godâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hands. Personal Notes 1962-2003â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; came out in Poland. Criticism so far has outpaced praise. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What kind of hyena would disregard the last will of a dead person?â&#x20AC;? wrote Maksymilian Przybylo in an Internet posting. The book contains religious meditations that Karol Wojtyla recorded between July 1962 and March 2003 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; spanning a period in which he went from being a bishop in Poland to a globe-trotting superstar pope. The decision to publish does not go against papal infallibility, which contrary to popular belief applies only to matters of church doctrine. Still some are expressing shock that a trusted aide would disobey the orders of the pope, especially on a matter as sacred as a will.

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‘Out of the Past and into the Future’

ABOVE: Davon Dyer, back, watches out for President Barack Obama, played by Avery Lockett, as he talks about black people going from being told what to do and where to go to holding the highest office in the U.S. These two were the final act in the “Out of the Past and into the Future” skit put on at Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church Sunday. RIGHT: Wa’Dar Webb talks about having to use the “Colored” water fountain and not being able to use the “Whites Only” restroom Sunday. He was the first child to come forward as part of the “Out of the Past and into the Future” skit celebrating black history.

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ABOVE: G’yniza Woods, left, and Ayanaa Pendergrass dance down the aisle to “I Need Just a Little More Jesus” Sunday at Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church. They were part of the dance ministry. LEFT: Members of the Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church watch as Ashley Hodge, playing Coretta Scott King, comes forward to talk about her husband, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Several youth participated in the drama chronicling black history Sunday.

CHURCH NEWS ALIVE Praise & Worship Center, 342 W. Liberty St., announces: * Each Saturday through Feb. 22 — Clothes giveaway 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Bethel AME Church, 1605 S.C. 261, Wedgefield, announces: * Sunday, Feb. 23 — Fill-aPew and Soul Food Sunday will be celebrated. Church school begins at 9 a.m. followed by 10:15 a.m. worship. Briggs Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, 7135 Wash Davis Road, Summerton, announces: * Sunday — Black history program during the 11 a.m. service. Chapel Hill Baptist Church, 8749 Old Highway Six, Santee, announces: * Sunday — The Lord’s Supper will be observed at 10 a.m. * Sunday, Feb. 23 — Annual black history observance at 10 a.m. * Sunday, March 2 — Pastor’s family seventh appreciation worship at 10 a.m. Dr. Eddie Gamble of Georgetown will speak. Mt. Olive Baptist Church choir will provide music. Dinner will follow in the fellowship hall. Clark United Methodist Church, 2980 U.S. 401 N., Oswego Highway, announces: * Sunday — 66 Books of the Bible at 11 a.m. * Sunday, Feb. 23 — Annual black history program at 11 a.m. Concord Baptist Church, 1885 Myrtle Beach Highway, announces: * Saturday, March 1 — Gospel singing at 6 p.m. featuring Believers Quartet and Beulahland Quartet. Corinth Missionary Baptist Church, 25 Community St., announces: * Sunday — Annual black history month observance at 10:30 a.m. Wear multi-cultural attire. * Sunday, Feb. 23 — 10th anniversary celebration at 4 p.m. Bishop S. Francis, pastor of both Crossroads and St. Peter churches, will speak. Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 421 S. Main St., announces: * Sunday — African American history service presented by the youth. Sunday school begins at 10 a.m. followed by 11:30 a.m. worship. Fellowship Outreach Ministries, 1981 Florence Highway, announces: * Sunday — Missionary service at 11 a.m. Missionary Laura Smith will speak.

* Sunday, Feb. 23 — Elder R. Johnson will speak at 4 p.m. Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, 182 S. Pike East, announces: * Sunday — Trustee union meeting at 3:30 p.m. High Hills Missionary Baptist Church, 6750 Meeting House Road, Dalzell, announces: * Sunday — YWA anniversary celebration during 10:15 a.m. worship. * Sunday, Feb. 23 — Black history observance day and male chorus anniversary celebration during 10:15 a.m. worship. Jehovah Missionary Baptist Church, 803 S. Harvin St., announces: * Today — Black history month worship “Civil Rights in Sumter” with corporate prayer at 6:30 p.m. followed by 7 p.m. worship. Dr. Ralph Canty Sr. will speak. * Thursday, Feb. 20 — Black history month worship “Civil Rights in South Carolina” at 7 p.m. Dr. McKinley Washington will speak. * Friday, Feb. 21 — Third Friday Praise Jam featuring Purpose. Joshua Baptist Church, 5200 Live Oak Road, Dalzell, announces: * Sunday — 19th pastoral anniversary celebration for the Rev. Eugene G. Dennis. Church school begins at 9 a.m. followed by 10 a.m. worship. The Rev. George P. Windley Jr., pastor of First Baptist Missionary Church, will speak. * Saturday, Feb. 22 — Youth choir anniversary program at 4 p.m. * Sunday, Feb. 23 — Black history program during morning worship. * Sunday, March 9 — Parade of youth program during morning worship. * Sunday, March 16 — YWA anniversary celebration during morning worship. * Sunday, March 30 — Youth service. Church school begins at 9 a.m. followed by 10 a.m. worship. Kingdom Life Worldwide Ministries, meets at Marvin Hodge Life Center, 609 Miller Road, announces: * Friday, Feb. 21 — Youth on Fire program at 7:30 p.m. Elder Jackie Bush will speak. * Wednesday, Feb. 26 — Forever Change revival at 7:30 p.m. Overseer Pastor Graham will speak. Land Flowing with Milk & Honey Ministry, 1335 Peach Orchard Road, announces: * Saturday, Feb. 22 — Icebreaker 2 for young men ages

13-25 will be held at 9 a.m. featuring various speakers. * Sunday, Feb. 23 — Pack-apew at 11 a.m. Dr. Alec Bradley will speak. Mount Pleasant UME Church, 1654 Fullerton Road, Pinewood, announces: * Sunday, Feb. 23 — Four Gospel program at 2 p.m. featuring Evangelist E. Walters, Evangelist Wanda Nelson, the Rev. Hilton and Janice ReedConey. Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 325 Fulton St., announces: * Sunday — Trustee ministry anniversary / black history month worship celebration at 10:45 a.m. S.C. Sen. Kevin Johnson, D-Manning, trustee ministry chairman of Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church, will speak. * Sunday, Feb. 23 — Golden Age fellowship ministry anniversary / black history month worship celebration at 10:45 a.m. Mulberry Missionary Baptist Church, 1400 Mulberry Church Road, announces: * Sunday — Morris College day at 10:45 a.m. Dr. Luns C. Richardson will speak. At 5 p.m., the male chorus will celebrate its 52nd anniversary. * Sunday, Feb. 23 — Family and friends day during 10:45 a.m. service. New Birth Holiness Church, 42 Larkin St., announces: * Sunday, Feb. 23 — Family and friends day at 4 p.m. New Israel Missionary Baptist Church, 5330 Old Camden Highway, Dalzell, announces: * Sunday — The Lord’s Supper will be observed at 1 p.m. * Sunday, Feb. 23 — An ethnic supper in the fellowship hall will follow the 1 p.m. worship. Orangehill AME Church, 3035 S. King Highway, Wedgefield, announces: * Sunday — Inspirational choir anniversary celebration at 10 a.m. * Sunday, Feb. 23 — Black history celebration at 10 a.m. Brother Marvis L. Stewart will speak. Pine Grove AME Church, 41 Pine Grove Road, Rembert, announces: * Sunday — Allen Christian League will celebrate black history during 11 a.m. worship. Wear African attire. * Sunday, Feb. 23 — Male chorus anniversary celebration at 2 p.m. Pinewood Baptist Church, S.C. 261, Pinewood, announces: * Sunday-Wednesday,

March 16-19 — Spring Revival services at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday and 7 nightly MondayWednesday. The Rev. Kirk Carlisle will speak. Dinner served at 5:45 p.m. in the fellowship hall Monday-Wednesday. Nursery provided for all services. Call (803) 452-5373 or visit www.pinewoodbaptist. org. Providence Baptist Church, 2445 Old Manning Road, announces: * Monday — Widow’s luncheon at 11 a.m. * Thursday, Feb. 20 — WMU soup and cornbread supper at 6:30 p.m. Reid Chapel AME Church, 1008 Dibert St., announces: * Sunday — Black history celebration at 4 p.m. The Morris College Gospel Choir will provide music. Sheppard Ministries, 8490 Two Mile Road, Lynchburg, announces: * Friday, Feb. 21 — Gospel singing at 7 p.m. at Freedom Worship PHC, 1490 Florence Highway, featuring Doug Hudson, the Singing Sheppards and more. Spring Hill AME Church, 4309 Bill Davis Road, Summerton, announces: * Sunday, Feb. 23 — Homecoming at 2 p.m. The Rev. Albert Thompson will speak. St. Jude Catholic Church, 611 W. Oakland Ave., announces: * Sunday, Feb. 23 — Black history program at 3 p.m. sponsored by the Knights and Ladies of St. Peter Claver. Joseph A. DeLaine Jr. will speak. On the program: Sumter County Sheriff’s Office Gospel Choir; Benevolence Choir; Frankie Smalls; St. Jude Choir; Desmond Mitchell; Mitchell Mime Ministry; and Stephen Carson. St. Mark AME Church, corner of First Street and Larry King Jr. Highway, Summerton, announces: * Sunday — Family and friends day at 3 p.m. Dinner will be served immediately after service. St. Matthias Episcopal Church, 9 N. Duke St., Summerton, announces: * Each Monday in February from 5:30 to 8 p.m., “Parenting Well,” helping good parents become great parents by Christine Donavan, will be presented. Donavan is a PCI certified parent coach from Charleston. Dinner and childcare will be provided. Cost is $125 per family. Call Sandy at (803) 485-2504 to register or for more information. * Thursday, Feb. 27 — Mon-

tessori open house 6-7 p.m. for interested families with children ages 3, 4 and 5 years old. Call Sandy at (803) 485-2504 for details. Taw Caw Missionary Baptist Church, 1130 Granby Lane, Summerton, announces: * Saturday — Women’s ministry will present “A Night Under the Stars Valentine Gala” 6-10 p.m. at the Taw Caw Community Center, 1126 Granby Lane, Summerton. Call Karen Johnson at (803) 840-3482 or Rosalind Huggins at (803) 410-9699. Trinity Missionary Baptist Church, 155 Wall St., announces: * Saturday, Feb. 22 — Stewardship workshop 8:30 a.m.noon with speakers as follows: Isaac Carr of Ameriprise Financial will speak on financial planning; Melissa Richardson of ERA Wilder Realty and Caleb McGowan of NBSC will speak on home ownership/financing; Attorney Larry C. Weston will speak on power of attorneys; and Judge Dale Atkinson will speak on probate matters. * Sunday, Feb. 23 — Black history worship service at 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. James Felder, Civil Rights activist, will speak. * Saturday, March 29 — God’s Girls Rock Cotillion will be held at 4 p.m. Call (803) 7754041 for information. Victory Full Gospel Interdenominational Church, 601 Pitts Road, announces: * Sunday — Pastor’s Aide fellowship tea at 5 p.m. at the M.H. Newton Family Life Center, 415 Manning Ave. Walker Avenue Church of God, 100 Walker Ave., announces: * Sunday, Feb. 23 — Annual youth program at 11 a.m. Brother Earl Alexander Wilson will speak. Willow Grove AME Church, 8105 A/B Sumter Landing Road, Horatio, announces: * Saturday — Male choir anniversary program at 4 p.m. * Sunday — Healthy heart awareness. Wear red. Church school begins at 8:30 a.m. followed by 10 a.m. worship. * Sunday, Feb. 23 — Black history observed with pot luck dinner. Wear African attire. Church school begins at 8:30 a.m. followed by 10 a.m. worship. World End Time Harvest Ministries, 10 N. Lafayette St., Mayesville, announces: * Today, Saturday and Sunday — Appreciation services as follows: 7 p.m. today; 5 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday. Speakers vary.


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Time running out on former sex slavesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; quest BY FOSTER KLUG Associated Press Writer TOECHON, South Korea â&#x20AC;&#x201D; A single picture captures the regret, shame and rage that Kim Gun-ja has harbored through most of her 89 years. Dressed in a long white wedding gown, she carries a bouquet of red flowers and stares at the camera, her deep wrinkles obscured by makeup and a diaphanous veil. A local company arranged wedding-style photo shoots as gifts for Kim and other elderly women at the House of Sharing, a museum and nursing home for South Koreans forced into brothels by Japan during World War II. Kim and many of the other women never married, giving the pictures a measure of bitterness. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That could have been my life: Meet a man, get married, have children, have grandchildren,â&#x20AC;? Kim said in her small, tidy room at the nursing home south of Seoul. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But it never happened. It could never be.â&#x20AC;? Japanese soldiers stole her youth, she says, and now, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Japanese are waiting for us to die.â&#x20AC;? There are only 55 women left who registered with the South Korean government as former sex slaves from the war â&#x20AC;&#x201D; down from a peak of more than 230. Their average age is 88. As their numbers dwindle and a rising Japanese nationalism provokes anger from war victims in South Korea and China, the 10 women who live at the House of Sharing know theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re running out of time to pressure Tokyo to make amends. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Once the victims are gone,â&#x20AC;? Kim said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;who will step in and fight for us?â&#x20AC;? At first glance, the women might seem an obstacle to soothing the decades-old war tensions between Seoul and Tokyo. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I want the Japanese (emperor) to come here, kneel before us, state everything that they did wrong to each one of us and apologize,â&#x20AC;? said Yi Okseon, 88, showing what she said were sword wounds from Japanese soldiers on her arms and feet. But the women may also be the last chance for Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s two most important Asian allies to settle a dispute that has boiled over in recent years, as more of the so-called â&#x20AC;&#x153;comfort womenâ&#x20AC;? die and Tokyo and Seoul trade increasingly bitter comments about their bloody history. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It will be much harder to

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Kim Gun-ja, 89, former comfort woman who was forced to serve for the Japanese troops as a sex slave during World War II, passes by her wedding picture, top center, at the House of Sharing, a nursing home and museum for 10 former sex slaves, in Toechon, South Korea. There are only 55 women left who registered with the South Korean government as former sex slaves from the war â&#x20AC;&#x201D; down from a peak of more than 230. solve, or more realistically mitigate, the issue after these women pass away,â&#x20AC;? Robert Dujarric, an Asia specialist at Temple Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tokyo campus, said in an email. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Now, there are people â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the former sex slaves â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to apologize to. Afterward, there will be no one left to receive the apology.â&#x20AC;? Some historians say that as many as 200,000 Asian women, mostly Korean but also Chinese and others, were forced into Japanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s military brothel system during the war. Japan has apologized many times over the years, including a landmark 1993 statement by then-Chief Cabinet Secretary Yohei Kono that acknowledges Japanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s responsibility over military brothels and says wartime documents, statements and other records were enough to assume many women were deceived or forced into them. Some past premiers have also written letters of apology to the women. But many South Koreans see the repeated apologies and past efforts at private compensation as insufficient. One big reason is because theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been consistently undermined by the incendiary comments of many Japanese politicians, officials and right-wing activists. The new head of Japanese public broadcaster NHK, for example, recently downplayed the issue by saying the use of women as military prostitutes was common worldwide during the war. Despite testimony from many of the women, Japanese nationalists have said

thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no clear evidence proving the military or government systematically used coercion to recruit them. Many average Japanese are sympathetic to the women, but some also see a steady politicization of the issue by South Korean lawmakers and activists stoking anti-Japanese anger. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In Japan, the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;comfort womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; issue is now seen as a larger part of a Korean moralphilosophical assault on Japanâ&#x20AC;? that includes a territorial dispute over islets in the sea between the countries and other issues that both sides have increasingly taken to international audiences, said Robert Kelly, a political scientist at Pusan National University in South Korea. The political leaders are also at loggerheads. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has previously questioned past apologies and expressed hope for revision, although he later promised to stick with them, following criticism. He also recently visited a shrine that honors Japanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s war dead, including convicted criminals. South Korean President Park Geun-hye, the daughter of a late dictator widely seen as pro-Japanese, has vowed a tough line until Abe does more to acknowledge his countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wartime past. A report released Wednesday from the Asan Institute, a Seoul think tank, found that after Abeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shrine visit his favorability rating among South Koreans dropped to one on a 10-point scale â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the same rating North Korean leader Kim

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he weather outside is frightful. ... So the song goes. And so it goes for Sumter and surrounding counties. We’ve been through blizzards and ice storms before and had to endure fallen trees, slippery roads and power outages. The warnings are already out for residents: Stay off the roads.

Meanwhile, power companies and emergency crews will be severely challenged to cope with the inevitable problems, but we expect them to respond diligently and as rapidly as conditions allow. Don’t forget to thank those crews that serve customers throughout the tricounty area — Black River

Electric Coop., Duke Energy Progress, S.C. Department of Transportation, city and county emergency units, and above all, neighbors helping neighbors. We’re in the middle of a bad winter storm, and the inconveniencies will be plentiful, based on our history with these events.

And let’s not forget The Sumter Item carriers who somehow find a way to make their appointed rounds and deliver their newspapers to homes, just like the U.S. Postal Service’s unofficial motto, through rain, sleet, snow and ice. Those folks are independent contractors, most of whom

brave the elements and serve their customers with great determination and dedication. Let them know they’re appreciated. We certainly appreciate them. In the meantime, let’s look forward to springtime when the arctic blasts become a history we can do without.

EDITORIAL ROUNDUP Recent editorials from South Carolina newspapers:

FEB. 10 DON’T STEAL STUDENTS’ CLASS TIME Senate President Pro Tem John Courson says he “cannot imagine anyone in the South Carolina Senate being opposed to” legislation the House passed last week forgiving up to five snow days this year. With all due respect to Mr. Courson, we can’t imagine the chairman of the Senate Education Committee — that’s his other job — not opposing legislation that reduces the amount of teaching time students receive by nearly 3 percent. We don’t mean to pick on Mr. Courson — whom we suspect is accurately representing the will of the Senate. It’s the whole Legislature that has this one wrong. And not just the Legislature. Some school boards are demanding it. And you can bet that parents would too — making up those days might interfere with their vacation plans, after all — if they didn’t take for granted that the Legislature would do this, as it always does. In 2006, legislators looked like they finally were going to take their 180-school-day mandate seriously, passing a law that required districts to build at least three snow days into their calendars. But they also allowed themselves to “waive the requirements of making up missed days.” Granted, there’s nothing sacrosanct about a 180day school year. What’s sacrosanct — what our state has a constitutional obligation to do — is providing students with the instruction they need to learn those things we have determined they need to learn each year. Online: The State, Columbia, http://www.thestate.com

FEB. 9 S.C. STATE CAN AND WILL SURVIVE South Carolina State and Orangeburg paused Saturday to remember their places in civil rights history. While the events of 46 years ago may be but chapters in books to generations that have come and gone from the university and the community, commemorating the tragedy of 1968 and the deaths of three students at the hands of state troopers is vital. Remembering the deaths of Henry Smith, Samuel Hammond Jr. and Delano Middleton, who were killed in the wake of days of protests over desegregation, is important because of the civil rights lessons still being learned — from the way things once were to the way they can be. Orangeburg and S.C. State have pledged to unite each year in a healing process that is unlike the animosity and dispute that surrounded the Feb. 8, 1968, anniversary for so many years. While the tragedy known as the “Orangeburg Massacre” today is a signature event in the history of the university, it is important in February 2014 that the university be recognized for the important role it has played as a land-grant, public historically black college. The same spirit of preserving and defending the institution that was stirred mightily in 1968 is needed today. S.C. State is in crisis. Less than two months into the new year, an institution that was looking to put behind troubles from public corruption to turmoil in governance and administration is on the front burner of controversy again. Trustee Bob Waldrep said Wednesday that the “fiscal chaos” is probably the greatest crisis the university has ever faced. No, it is not. The days, weeks and months after the tragedy of 1968 were unimaginably darker as the institution, the community and the state decided how to move forward. Just as leadership stood up then, leaders must stand up now. South Carolina State University has endured much over its 118-year history. As it remembers one of its saddest chapters this weekend, it looks ahead to difficult times again. But it can and will survive. It must. Online: Times & Democrat, Orangeburg, http:// thetandd.com

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Breaking: Woman charged as ruthless

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ASHINGTON — Groundhog Day isn’t just a movie. Here it is early 2014 — still almost three years away from a new presidency — but it’s high time to mention that Hillary Clinton was a “ruthless” first lady. This shocking revelation comes to us courtesy of the Washington Free Beacon — an online conservative commentary/news site — that published an article based on the papers of Hillary’s good friend, Diane Blair, a Kathleen University of Parker Arkansas political scientist. Blair’s papers were handed over to the university after her death in 2000. The headline: “The Hillary Papers: Archive of ‘closest friend’ paints portrait of ruthless First Lady.” Blair’s journal included not only her own contemporaneous observations during the Monica Lewinsky saga but also the notes she took while talking on the phone with the then-first lady. One mustn’t speak ill of the dead, they say, but they were Spartans in the 6th century B.C., so whatever. One might at least wonder whether Blair told Hillary she was taking notes that she would release posthumously. That’s certainly one form of life insurance. But wouldn’t it have been more close-friendish to wait until all parties concerned were enjoying the hereafter before publishing notes that could damage the living? Hillary has been memed. Effective immediately, she is ruthless. The Beacon headline was based on a private 1992 poll about Hillary Clinton during

her husband’s presidential campaign. Although respondents expressed general admiration for the Clintons, they also expressed fear that “only someone too politically ambitious, too strong, and too ruthless could survive such controversy so well.” The pollsters concluded: “What voters find slick in Bill Clinton, they find ruthless in Hillary.” Welcome to Double Standards 101. But we needn’t visit that lecture hall. Instead, let’s assume that Hillary Clinton is ambitious, strong and ruthless. Quick, the ink on my palm is fading. Please remind me who those two people are in Washington who don’t fit this description. But Hillary Clinton is sui generis, endlessly fascinating in that love-her-or-hate-her way. To some, she is an intelligent woman who has weathered a 20-year assault with relative grace. To others, she’s a pushy broad whose dagger gaze reminds them of a disapproving teacher, or worse. Guess which ones are women and which are men. What Blair’s papers mostly reveal is that Hillary Clinton is a human being who was deeply hurt and humiliated by the Lewinsky affair — and that she is sometimes profane in private. Men, we admit, are less secretive, often hurling their epithets in public — even sometimes on the Senate floor. We also learn that Hillary once referred to Lewinsky as a “narcissistic loony toon,” which by most books is a charitable observation. Perhaps the more apt metaphor for this week’s buzz isn’t a movie after all but double jeopardy. The case of Hillary, Bill and Monica has been prosecuted and then some. Thus all, especially Hillary, have been politically inoculat-

ed against further prosecution on this point. Besides, as some apparently need reminding, Hillary was the victim. She wasn’t the only casualty, however. Also wounded, tragically, was Lewinsky, now 40. Forevermore, her life is a stained blue dress. Though legally of age and consensually available when she began flirting with the president, she ultimately was a naive, misguided kid barely out of college. (Depending on what is revealed in a rumored $12 million tell-all book, I reserve the right to amend the foregoing.) Meanwhile, Hillary, who has said she forgave her husband years ago, might consider also forgiving Lewinsky. There’s nothing like compassion to ruin a ruthless meme. If I were her scriptwriter, she might say something like this: Everyone is familiar with the marital difficulties Bill and I worked so hard to get through. Yet, some have seen fit to resurrect the past. As I’ve said before, I forgave my husband a long time ago. Today I’d like to forgive someone else. Monica Lewinsky. As you’ve probably read, I once made a disparaging remark about Ms. Lewinsky in confidence to a dear friend. I’m sure you can understand why. I can’t apologize for my feelings, but I am sorry I said those things. In any case, that was also a long time ago. We’ve all matured, become wiser and moved on with our lives. It’s time to let the country move on as well. Thank you for your decency in allowing the past to rest. I’m Hillary Clinton, and I’m the one running for president. Kathleen Parker’s email address is kathleenparker@ washpost.com. © 2014, Washington Post Writers Group

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HALEY FROM PAGE A1 in nature, just in case we need generators, MREs, water, anything to supplement anything we already need,” Haley said, adding that the state had not asked for federal supplies as of Wednesday morning. Power outages throughout the state began to increase rapidly about midday Wednesday, with the governor reporting that by 11 a.m., about 87,000 customers were without power throughout South Carolina. As of 12:30 p.m., Duke Energy Progress was reporting approximately 250 customers in Sumter County were without electricity. “It’s incredibly important that if someone has an

outage, don’t assume that they know that you’re out. You need to call your utility company. You need to let them know. That is the only way that we can truly ensure that you’re getting back up online,” Haley said, adding increasing winds were causing additional damage by blowing frozen limbs and debris into power lines. Two weeks ago, the storm that hit South Carolina cost the state coffers approximately $2 million, but Haley said it would be difficult to place a price tag on the current storm until after the weather had passed. Reach Braden Bunch at (803) 774-1201.

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AccuWeather® five-day forecast for Sumter TODAY

TONIGHT

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A.M. flurries; clouds breaking

Clear and cold

Partly sunny and warmer

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39°

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51° / 35°

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61° / 43°

Chance of rain: 55%

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Winds: SW 7-14 mph

Winds: NW 6-12 mph

Winds: WNW 6-12 mph

Winds: S 4-8 mph

Winds: WNW 10-20 mph Winds: WSW 7-14 mph

TODAY’S SOUTH CAROLINA WEATHER

Gaffney 39/27 Spartanburg 39/27

Greenville 38/26

Columbia 38/28

Temperatures shown on map are today’s highs and tonight’s lows.

being withheld pending notification of her family as of Wednesday afternoon. South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley referenced the incident Wednesday morning during a press conference discussing the weather conditions throughout the state. “I would remind everyone to stay off the roads. If you get on the roads, your speed has to be slow,” Haley said. The Clarendon County crash was one of two referenced by the governor involving public officials but the only one that had resulted in a fatality.

Wintry weather conditions were being attributed to a rash of wrecks on area highways Wednesday morning, including several along U.S. 378 between Sumter and Columbia. Lee County Sheriff Danny Simon called conditions there terrible. “The upper part of the county around Turkey Creek got a lot more snow than anywhere else,” he said. “Toward Lynchburg, it is more freezing rain.” Despite the weather, Simon said there had been only one wreck in Lee County as of 11:30 a.m. Reach Jim Hilley at (803) 774-1211.

CLOSINGS AND CANCELLATIONS SCHOOLS: Sumter School District schools and offices are closed today. This includes Sumter Adult Education and Early Head Start. All campuses and locations of Central Carolina Technical College are closed today. Lee County School District is closed today. Clarendon School Districts 1, 2 and 3 are closed today. Laurence Manning Academy is closed today. Decisions regarding any closings or delays for Friday will be released by 7 p.m. today. St. Anne Catholic School is closed today. USC Sumter is closed today.

Wilson Hall School is closed today. BUSINESSES, GOVERNMENT: Santee-Lynches Council of Government has canceled its town hall meeting originally scheduled for today. The meeting will be held at 10 a.m. on March 13, weather permitting. Sumter Family Health Center and the Pinewood Health Center will have a delayed opening of 1 p.m. today. Lee County Special Needs and Disabilities is closed today. All non-essential City of Sumter offices are closed today. Sumter County offices are closed today.

Today: Snow tapering to flurries. Winds west-northwest 10-20 mph. Friday: Partly sunny and warmer. Winds west-southwest 6-12 mph.

SUMTER COUNTY VOTER REGISTRATION / ELECTION COMMISSION Today, 5:30 p.m., registration / election office, 141 N. Main St.

LOCAL ALMANAC

Fri. Hi/Lo/W 52/31/s 23/6/c 68/37/s 28/10/sf 71/45/pc 82/56/s 66/49/s 40/28/pc 68/51/pc 40/27/pc 83/56/s 61/51/c 40/29/sf

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Talk will get you what you want. Your charm, coupled with your confident way of expressing your ideas, will draw attention and should result in offers. CANCER (June 21-July 22): Expect to experience changes regarding how you earn your living. Don’t let anything or anyone upset you or cause you to falter when you should be focused on doing the best job possible. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Leave important decisions until you feel certain you’re making the right choice. A change of scenery will help you clear your mind, giving you a fresh look at old problems. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Don’t be afraid to express what you want and your plan for making your dreams come true. Include the people you care about in your plans and you’ll find a way to get things done faster. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Take note of how others are reacting. Listen

carefully, remain calm and look for reasonable solutions that will buy you the time and freedom to do the things that interest you. Use your intuitive intelligence. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Learn from past mistakes. Don’t let emotions interfere with decisions that can influence how much you earn. Be creative and handle domestic matters unconventionally. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Take care of medical, financial or legal problems before they escalate. It’s important to make necessary changes at home before they are forced on you. Helping others will bring you something good in return. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Do whatever needs to be done. Asking for help will lead to disappointment. Poor information regarding a financial matter is likely. Do your research before you spend on something that can influence your assets. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Serious talks will bring interesting results. You may not see the value in what’s being offered initially, but look closer and you will discover a multitude of options that will help you advance. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Don’t be confused by what others do or say. Rely on your own resources to find out exactly what you need to know in order to close a deal or invest in something of interest. Romance will improve your life.

Flood 7 a.m. stage yest. 12 7.98 19 4.80 14 5.92 14 3.90 80 76.98 24 6.70

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

0.54" 1.37" 1.42" 4.11" 3.93" 5.36"

NATIONAL CITIES Today Hi/Lo/W 43/29/pc 34/15/sf 63/42/s 29/22/pc 62/43/s 79/56/s 55/41/s 36/32/sn 65/42/pc 36/28/sn 81/55/s 62/51/c 34/29/sn

SUN AND MOON 7 a.m. yest. 356.56 74.46 74.26 96.29

24-hr chg -0.07 +0.03 none +0.68

Sunrise 7:09 a.m. Moonrise 5:12 p.m.

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City Atlanta Chicago Dallas Detroit Houston Los Angeles New Orleans New York Orlando Philadelphia Phoenix San Francisco Wash., DC

Full pool 360 76.8 75.5 100

Lake Murray Marion Moultrie Wateree

30° 27° 58° 34° 79° in 1965 4° in 1973

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AT MYRTLE BEACH

Today Fri.

High 7:58 a.m. 8:20 p.m. 8:36 a.m. 8:59 p.m.

Ht. 3.0 2.8 3.0 2.8

Low Ht. 2:18 a.m. -0.2 2:53 p.m. 0.0 2:59 a.m. -0.2 3:29 p.m. 0.0

REGIONAL CITIES City Asheville Athens Augusta Beaufort Cape Hatteras Charleston Charlotte Clemson Columbia Darlington Elizabeth City Elizabethtown Fayetteville

Today Hi/Lo/W 38/22/sn 42/25/pc 44/26/sf 49/34/pc 54/40/sh 48/33/pc 38/24/sn 39/29/pc 38/28/sf 38/27/sn 46/31/r 40/28/r 33/28/sn

Fri. Hi/Lo/W 47/27/sf 48/30/pc 53/32/s 61/45/s 53/41/pc 60/44/s 49/31/pc 50/33/pc 52/34/pc 48/35/pc 53/33/pc 52/36/pc 50/35/pc

Today City Hi/Lo/W Florence 35/27/i Gainesville 59/33/pc Gastonia 37/27/sn Goldsboro 40/28/r Goose Creek 47/33/pc Greensboro 38/26/sn Greenville 38/26/sn Hickory 36/26/sn Hilton Head 49/37/pc Jacksonville, FL 56/33/pc La Grange 47/28/pc Macon 48/29/pc Marietta 43/25/pc

Fri. Hi/Lo/W 55/35/pc 67/46/s 51/31/pc 53/34/pc 60/43/s 46/28/c 49/30/pc 49/28/c 58/43/s 65/45/s 57/32/s 58/37/s 50/29/pc

Today City Hi/Lo/W Marion 39/27/sn Mt. Pleasant 47/33/pc Myrtle Beach 43/30/pc Orangeburg 41/29/pc Port Royal 49/34/pc Raleigh 35/23/i Rock Hill 38/25/sn Rockingham 38/23/sn Savannah 51/33/pc Spartanburg 39/27/sn Summerville 49/34/pc Wilmington 45/32/pc Winston-Salem 38/26/sn

Fri. Hi/Lo/W 47/32/sh 60/44/s 55/41/s 53/37/s 60/45/s 47/32/pc 51/30/pc 52/31/pc 62/44/s 47/31/pc 59/42/s 59/39/pc 45/28/c

Weather(W): s–sunny, pc–partly cloudy, c–cloudy, sh–showers, t–thunderstorms, r–rain, sf–snow flurries, sn–snow, i–ice

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LOTTERY NUMBERS PICK 3 WEDNESDAY

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Avoid meddlers trying to find out about your business. Focus on things you want to do and people you enjoy spending time with most.

LAKE LEVELS

SUMTER THROUGH 4 P.M. YESTERDAY

Midday: 1-2-8

The last word ARIES (March 21-April 19): in astrology Complete EUGENIA LAST unfinished business, then take a little time to do the things you enjoy or to be with someone you love.

Charleston 48/33

Today: Breezy with clouds yielding to some sun. High 43 to 50. Friday: Mostly sunny and warmer. High 55 to 61.

Temperature High Low Normal high Normal low Record high Record low

Myrtle Beach 43/30

Aiken 43/27

ON THE COAST

MP OR D HEAT PU RUSTY OL ITIONER AIR COND

PUBLIC AGENDA

Sumter 39/26 Manning 39/28

IN THE MOUNTAINS

WRECKS FROM PAGE A1

Florence 35/27

Bishopville 39/26

PICK 4 WEDNESDAY Midday: 2-6-3-7

MEGAMILLIONS TUESDAY 43-64-67-71-73 Megaball: 4 Megaplier: 2

Evening Pick 3 and Pick 4 numbers, Palmetto Cash 5 and Powerball numbers were unavailable at press time.

PICTURES FROM THE PUBLIC SUBMITTED BY: Crystal Lester OCCASION: From left are Sydney Daniel, Broughton Lester, Jimmy Charles, Anna Charles Lester, Lindsay Daniel, Dawson McIntosh, Cortlan McIntosh and Walker McIntosh in front. Lester comments, “They had a fun-filled day in the snow!”

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B THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2014 Call: (803) 774-1241 | E-mail: sports@theitem.com

CLEMSON BASEBALL

PREP BASKETBALL

Weather alters schedule BY DENNIS BRUNSON dennisb@theitem.com

that Leggett’s words carry clout — he was one of the loudest voices in advancing the flat-seamed baseball, a change set for 2015 designed to increase offense. “I think if you’ve been around long enough people listen to what you have to say,” Leggett says. “They appreciate there may be some substance behind it.” But he’s dealt with bitter disappointments in his own backyard from rival South Carolina which has risen to national prominence with College World Series victories in 2010 and 2011. The 2010 title came through the Tigers as Leggett’s undefeated team was beaten twice on the game’s

The varsity basketball games for Sumter, Crestwood, Lakewood and Manning high schools scheduled for today as well as the Sumter Middle School Conference Tournament championship games were postponed due to the ice storm that hit the tri-county area on Wednesday. Each of the high school dates were games that had already been postponed due to winter weather. Sumter was to have played at West Florence on Tuesday, but the game was rescheduled for today. The Region VI-3A games — Marlboro County at Crestwood, Hartsville at Lakewood and Darlington at Manning — were games originally scheduled for Jan. 28 that were postponed due to the winter storm of two weeks ago. Each of the dates have been rescheduled for Monday with starting times of 6 p.m. The middle school championship games will be played on Saturday at the Alice Drive Middle School gymnasium beginning with the girls game at 1 p.m. The girls contest will feature undefeated Alice Drive taking on Furman and the boys contest will have Bates meeting Mayewood. Thomas Sumter Academy’s varsity games against Calhoun Academy rescheduled for today in St. Matthews at 4 p.m. were still on as of press time. TSA is scheduled to report to school at noon today. The weather has already affected the start of TSA’s region tournament. The SCISA Region II-2A tournament was scheduled to begin today at Dorchester Academy in St. George, but was moved to Friday because of Tuesday postponements. Sumter Christian School’s home game against Northside

SEE BASEBALL, PAGE B4

SEE SCHEDULE, PAGE B2

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Clemson head baseball coach Jack Leggett, left, and assistant coach Bradley LeCroy watch as the Tigers’ warm up at a recent practice. The Tigers host Eastern Michigan on Friday to open the 2014 season, Leggett’s 21st season at Clemson.

Back to baseball business Clemson’s Leggett preps for next championship try BY PETE IACOBELLI The Associated Press CLEMSON — Clemson head coach Jack Leggett is proud of the respect he gets from baseball colleagues after 20 years as the Tigers coach. And he’s not worried about the fans concerned that while their coach is among the country’s best, he’s fallen short in his own state. Leggett begins his 21st season at Clemson on Friday, starting a three-game home series with Eastern Michigan. He’s led one of the country’s winningest programs the past two decades, reaching the College World Series six times in that span. This past January, he was inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame and it’s obvious

CLEMSON BASKETBALL

COLLEGE SPORTS

USC-Vanderbilt contest postponed; to play today

Tigers fall to Irish in overtime

BY PETE IACOBELLLI The Associated Press

BY TOM COYNE The Associated Press SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Steve Vasturia made sure Notre Dame didn’t let Clemson rally back and force a third overtime. The Fighting Irish led most of the way against the Tigers on Tuesday night, going up by as many as nine points early in the second half, by seven points with just under 3 minutes remaining in regulation and by VASTURIA four with 24 seconds left in the first overtime before Vasturia hit two 3-pointers in the second overtime to help Notre Dame pull out the 68-64 victory. “We had it won a couple times, we handed it back a couple times, but found a way to win it,” Notre Dame head coach Mike Brey said. Clemson head coach Brad Brownell blamed his team’s offensive struggles. “We’re just not as talented offensively as we need to be. We’re very inconsistent shooting,” he said.

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Clemson forward K.J. McDaniels, right, puts up a shot as Notre Dame guard Pat Connaughton defends in the Irish’s 68-64 overtime victory on Tuesday in South Bend, Ind. Vasturia hit the first 3 to give the Irish a 63-62 lead early then added a second with 62 seconds left that gave Notre Dame a 66-64 lead. Pat Connaughton then added a pair of free throws to help the Irish overcome a career-high 30 points and 14 rebounds by Clemson’s K.J. McDaniels. Vasturia said he was open because the Tigers were focus-

ing on Eric Atkins, who hit a game-winning 3-pointer in overtime against Boston College 10 days earlier. “A lot of teams are going to key on Eric just by the way he scores and creates. If we have open looks, we’re expected to shoot them and we’re confident we can make them,” he

SEE TIGERS, PAGE B4

The winter storm and icy conditions moving through the South is causing teams to postpone games scheduled for this week. The men’s basketball game between Vanderbilt and South Carolina in Columbia that was scheduled for Wednesday night was MARTIN postponed until today. South Carolina officials announced the delay, citing the safety of the teams, staff and fans. South Carolina officials consulted with the Southeastern Conference about the postponement. No time has been set for today’s contest as of press time. Gamecocks head coach Frank Martin brought his family with him to practice Wednesday so they wouldn’t be in their home should his neighborhood lose power. “My son is shooting baskets right now,” he said of 6-year-old Christian. “I

might put him in at practice.” Vanderbilt arrived Tuesday and is staying at a nearby hotel until today’s game can be played. “I really feel bad for them because they have a game Saturday” at 1:30 p.m., Martin said. Martin said if it were up him and Vanderbilt head coach Kevin Stallings, the teams would’ve done anything possible to play. But Martin understood the hazards playing may have meant for fans and those working at South Carolina’s 18,000-seat arena. “We have to make sure everyone’s safe,” he said. The Atlantic Sun Conference men’s basketball game between Stetson and USC Upstate in Spartanburg scheduled for today was moved to Monday. Wednesday’s football practices for Friday’s College All Star Bowl for draft-eligible seniors at Furman University in Greenville were cancelled. The Virginia women’s basketball team had its game at Georgia Tech moved from today to Friday. Virginia officials say

SEE USC, PAGE B2


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SPORTS

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2014

SCOREBOARD TV, RADIO TODAY 9 a.m. -- Professional Golf: European PGA Tour Africa Open First Round from Johannesburg (GOLF). Noon -- NASCAR Racing: NASCAR Media Day Special from Daytona Beach, Fla. (ESPNEWS). 5 p.m. -- PGA Golf: Northern Trust Open First Round from Pacific Palisades, Calif. (GOLF). 6:05 p.m. -- Talk Show: Sports Talk (WPUB-FM 102.7, WDXY-FM 105.9, WDXY-AM 1240). 6:30 p.m. -- Women’s College Basketball: North Carolina State at Clemson (FOX SPORTSOUTH). 7 p.m. -- College Basketball: Creighton at Butler (CBS SPORTS NETWORK). 7 p.m. -- College Basketball: Louisville at Temple (ESPN). 7 p.m. -- College Basketball: Southern Methodist at Rutgers (ESPNEWS). 7 p.m. -- College Basketball: Arkansas at Missouri (ESPN2). 7 p.m. -- College Basketball: North Carolina-Asheville at Radford (ESPNU). 7 p.m. -- Women’s College Basketball: West Virginia at Oklahoma (FOX SPORTS 1). 7 p.m. -- College Basketball: Drexel at College of Charleston (NBC SPORTS NETWORK). 7 p.m. -- Women’s College Basketball: Mississippi at Kentucky (SPORTSOUTH). 8 p.m. -- NBA Basketball: Brooklyn at Chicago (TNT). 8:30 p.m. -- Women’s College Basketball: Virginia Tech at Wake Forest (FOX SPORTSOUTH). 9 p.m. -- Women’s College Basketball: Portland at Brigham Young (BYUTV). 9 p.m. -- College Basketball: Virginia Commonwealth at George Washington (CBS SPORTS NETWORK). 9 p.m. -- College Basketball: Minnesota at Wisconsin (ESPN). 9 p.m. -- College Basketball: Colorado at UCLA (ESPN2). 9 p.m. -- College Basketball: Tennessee State at Belmont (ESPNU). 9 p.m. -- College Basketball: St. John’s at Seton Hall (FOX SPORTS 1). 9 p.m. -- Women’s College Basketball: Charlotte at Louisiana Tech (SPORTSOUTH). 10:30 p.m. -- NBA Basketball: Oklahoma City at Los Angeles Lakers (TNT). 11 p.m. -- College Basketball: San Diego at St. Mary’s (Calif.) (ESPNU).

COLLEGE BASKETBALL By The Associated Press TODAY EAST Wagner at Fairleigh Dickinson, 7 p.m. Bryant at Mount St. Mary’s, 7 p.m. Manhattan at Rider, 7 p.m. SMU at Rutgers, 7 p.m. LIU Brooklyn at Sacred Heart, 7 p.m. CCSU at St. Francis (NY), 7 p.m. Robert Morris at St. Francis (Pa.), 7 p.m. Louisville at Temple, 7 p.m. Quinnipiac at Fairfield, 8:30 p.m. St. John’s at Seton Hall, 9 p.m. SOUTH Samford at Appalachian St., 7 p.m. W. Carolina at Chattanooga, 7 p.m. Drexel at Coll. of Charleston, 7 p.m. Florida Gulf Coast at ETSU, 7 p.m. Texas St. at Georgia St., 7 p.m. Charleston Southern at High Point, 7 p.m. N. Kentucky at Kennesaw St., 7 p.m. Lipscomb at Mercer, 7 p.m. UNC Asheville at Radford, 7 p.m. Stetson at SC-Upstate, 7 p.m. E. Illinois at Austin Peay, 8 p.m. Morehead St. at Jacksonville St., 8 p.m. Texas-Arlington at Louisiana-Monroe, 8 p.m. Tulane at Middle Tennessee, 8 p.m. SIU-Edwardsville at Murray St., 8 p.m. E. Kentucky at Tennessee Tech, 8 p.m. Troy at W. Kentucky, 8 p.m. UALR at Louisiana-Lafayette, 8:05 p.m. Arkansas St. at South Alabama, 8:05 p.m. McNeese St. at SE Louisiana, 8:30 p.m. Nicholls St. at New Orleans, 8:45 p.m. Tennessee St. at Belmont, 9 p.m. Southern Miss. at UAB, 9 p.m. MIDWEST Creighton at Butler, 7 p.m. South Dakota at IPFW, 7 p.m. Denver at IUPUI, 7 p.m. Northwestern at Michigan St., 7 p.m. Arkansas at Missouri, 7 p.m. Green Bay at Youngstown St., 7:05 p.m. Ill.-Chicago at Cleveland St., 7:30 p.m. Montana St. at North Dakota, 8 p.m. N. Dakota St. at W. Illinois, 8 p.m. S. Dakota St. at Nebraska-Omaha, 8:07 p.m. Minnesota at Wisconsin, 9 p.m. SOUTHWEST Old Dominion at North Texas, 8 p.m. Chicago St. at Texas-Pan American, 8 p.m. FIU at UTSA, 8 p.m. East Carolina at Tulsa, 8:05 p.m. Oral Roberts at Houston Baptist, 8:30 p.m. Stephen F. Austin at Lamar, 8:30 p.m. Cent. Arkansas at Texas A&M-CC, 8:30 p.m. Northwestern St. at Sam Houston St., 8:45 p.m. Abilene Christian at Incarnate Word, 9 p.m. FAU at UTEP, 9:05 p.m. FAR WEST Pepperdine at Gonzaga, 9 p.m. UMKC at New Mexico St., 9 p.m. Weber St. at S. Utah, 9 p.m. Colorado at UCLA, 9 p.m. Sacramento St. at E. Washington, 9:05 p.m. Montana at N. Colorado, 9:05 p.m. Seattle at Utah Valley, 9:05 p.m. Idaho at CS Bakersfield, 10 p.m. Cal Poly at CS Northridge, 10 p.m. UC Davis at Cal St.-Fullerton, 10 p.m. UC Santa Barbara at Long Beach St., 10 p.m. Loyola Marymount at Portland, 10 p.m. Hawaii at UC Riverside, 10 p.m. N. Arizona at Portland St., 10:05 p.m. Utah at Southern Cal, 10:30 p.m. BYU at Pacific, 11 p.m. San Diego at Saint Mary’s (Cal), 11 p.m.

FRIDAY EAST Princeton at Brown, 7 p.m. Harvard at Columbia, 7 p.m. Dartmouth at Cornell, 7 p.m. Monmouth (NJ) at Iona, 7 p.m. Penn at Yale, 7 p.m. Siena at Marist, 8 p.m. Canisius at Niagara, 9 p.m. SOUTH North Florida at Jacksonville, 7 p.m. MIDWEST Detroit at Oakland, 7 p.m. FAR WEST Arizona at Arizona St., 9 p.m.

SATURDAY EAST Saint Joseph’s at La Salle, 11 a.m. Duquesne at Rhode Island, Noon Memphis vs. UConn at the XL Center, Hartford, Conn., Noon Sacred Heart at CCSU, 1 p.m. Iowa at Penn St., 1 p.m. Maine at Albany (NY), 2 p.m. UMass at George Washington, 2 p.m. American U. at Lafayette, 2 p.m. Holy Cross at Lehigh, 2 p.m. DePaul at Providence, 2 p.m. UMBC at Vermont, 2 p.m. Ohio at Buffalo, 2:30 p.m. NC State at Syracuse, 3 p.m. Rider at Fairfield, 4 p.m. Stony Brook at Mass.-Lowell, 4 p.m.

Mount St. Mary’s at Robert Morris, 4 p.m. Penn at Brown, 6 p.m. Princeton at Yale, 6 p.m. Army at Bucknell, 7 p.m. Dartmouth at Columbia, 7 p.m. Harvard at Cornell, 7 p.m. St. Francis (Pa.) at Fairleigh Dickinson, 7 p.m. New Hampshire at Hartford, 7 p.m. Colgate at Navy, 7 p.m. Boston U. at Loyola (Md.), 8 p.m. SOUTH Virginia at Clemson, Noon UNC Wilmington at James Madison, Noon Lipscomb at Kennesaw St., Noon Pittsburgh at North Carolina, 1 p.m. Mississippi St. at Auburn, 1:30 p.m. UCF at South Florida, 1:30 p.m. Texas A&M at Vanderbilt, 1:30 p.m. Davidson at Georgia Southern, 2 p.m. Southern Miss. at Middle Tennessee, 2 p.m. Florida Gulf Coast at SC-Upstate, 2 p.m. UALR at Louisiana-Monroe, 3 p.m. N. Kentucky at Mercer, 3 p.m. Delaware St. at Bethune-Cookman, 4 p.m. Stetson at ETSU, 4 p.m. The Citadel at Furman, 4 p.m. Mississippi at Georgia, 4 p.m. Howard at Md.-Eastern Shore, 4 p.m. High Point at Radford, 4 p.m. Alabama at South Carolina, 4 p.m. Towson at William & Mary, 4 p.m. Wofford at Appalachian St., 4:30 p.m. Winthrop at Charleston Southern, 5:30 p.m. E. Kentucky at Jacksonville St., 5:30 p.m. Nicholls St. at SE Louisiana, 5:30 p.m. Alabama St. at Alabama A&M, 6 p.m. MVSU at Alcorn St., 6 p.m. Maryland at Duke, 6 p.m. Coppin St. at Florida A&M, 6 p.m. St. Bonaventure at George Mason, 6 p.m. Hampton at Norfolk St., 6 p.m. Fordham at Richmond, 6 p.m. NC Central at SC State, 6 p.m. NC A&T at Savannah St., 6 p.m. Ark.-Pine Bluff at Southern U., 6 p.m. Georgia St. at Troy, 6 p.m. Miami at Virginia Tech, 6 p.m. Longwood at Campbell, 7 p.m. Marshall at Charlotte, 7 p.m. Gardner-Webb at Coastal Carolina, 7 p.m. Northeastern at Coll. of Charleston, 7 p.m. Samford at Elon, 7 p.m. VMI at Liberty, 7 p.m. UNC Asheville at Presbyterian, 7:45 p.m. Rice at Louisiana Tech, 8 p.m. Tulane at UAB, 8 p.m. South Alabama at W. Kentucky, 8 p.m. Florida St. at Wake Forest, 8 p.m. Arkansas St. at Louisiana-Lafayette, 8:15 p.m. SIU-Edwardsville at Austin Peay, 8:30 p.m. E. Illinois at Murray St., 8:30 p.m. Morehead St. at Tennessee Tech, 8:30 p.m. Florida at Kentucky, 9 p.m.

NBA STANDINGS By The Associated Press EASTERN CONFERENCE ATLANTIC DIVISION Toronto Brooklyn New York Boston Philadelphia SOUTHEAST DIVISION Miami Atlanta Washington Charlotte Orlando CENTRAL DIVISION Indiana Chicago Detroit Cleveland Milwaukee

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Bates, Mayewood boys advance to final The boys basketball teams from Bates and Mayewood middle schools advanced to the championship game of the Sumter Middle School Conference Tournament with semifinal victories on Tuesday. Bates defeated Alice Drive 46-35 at the Bates gymnasium, while Mayewood topped Hillcrest 52-41. Ahkeem Lawson had a double-double of 18 points and 12 rebounds to lead Bates to the win. Zykiem Jackson had 11 points and eight rebounds. Jaron Richardson led Mayewood with 13 points while Tavarist Wilson had 12 and Jerrell Kelley 11. Antonio Anderson added nine while Dajon Howard had five points and seven assists and Rufus McCray had eight steals. The championship game has been rescheduled from today to Saturday with a 2:30 p.m. start at the Alice Drive gymnasium due to the winter storm. Alice Drive and Furman will meet in the girls title game at 1. LEE CENTRAL BOYS DEFEND TITLE

GREELEYVILLE -- The Lee Central Middle School boys basketball team won its second straight Upper Pee Dee Middle Conference tournament on Monday, beating Spaulding 64-23 at the C.E. Murray gymnasium. Torian Wilson-Bolden led Lee Central, which finished undefeated at 14-0, with 24 points. Amadric Mixon had 11 points and JJ McCloud had 10. Demarcus Smith had 12 rebounds and eight assists. In the girls championship game, Lee Central lost to CEM 40-32. Shawnta Ford had 12 points for Lee. Brynasia Wesley had nine and Lili Lewis had eight points and 12 rebounds. BASKETBALL PLAYOFF DATES CHANGED

The South Carolina High School League has pushed back the starting dates for some of its boys and girls basketball state playoffs due to the winter storm. The 1A girls and 3A girls playoffs, originally scheduled to begin on Monday, will now start on Wednesday. The second-round games will be played on Friday, Feb. 21. The playoffs for 4A girls, 2A girls, 3A boys and 1A boys were scheduled to begin on Tuesday, but will now start on Thursday, Feb. 20. The second-round games will start on Saturday, Feb. 22. The 4A boys and 2A boys playoffs will begin at regularly scheduled on Wednesday. CLEMSON SETS RECORD FOR ATTENDANCE

CLEMSON — Clemson averaged a school record 82,048 fans per football game in 2013. The NCAA recently released official at-

tendance statistics for the just completed season. Clemson’s average attendance this year surpassed the previous mark of 81,750 that was set in 1988. The team drew 574,333 fans for its seven home games at Memorial Stadium this past fall, the second highest total attendance in Clemson history. The Tigers played eight home games in 1987 and drew 602,526 people that season. The NCAA has Clemson’s attendance tops among Atlantic Coast Conference schools and 15th in the nation. The Tigers went 11-2 overall and 6-1 at home, the lone loss at Death Valley a 51-14 defeat to national champion Florida State. ROYALS, HOLLAND AGREE TO DEAL

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — All-Star closer Greg Holland agreed Wednesday with the Royals to a one-year contract worth $4,675,000, the final player to reach a deal among Kansas City’s players in arbitration. Holland had asked for $5.2 million in arbitration last month and the Royals had offered $4.1 million. They settled just over the midpoint rather than allow a three-person panel to pick one figure or the other, something that has never happened since general manager Dayton Moore took over the Royals’ baseball operations in 2006. Holland, who went 2-1 with a 1.21 ERA and a franchise-record 47 saves last season, will also earn a $50,000 bonus if he’s selected for his second All-Star game. BURNETT, PHILLIES AGREE TO DEAL

PHILADELPHIA — A person familiar with the deal says A.J. Burnett has agreed to a one-year contract with the Philadelphia Phillies. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Wednesday because the Phillies haven’t made an official announcement. The move comes on the day ace Cole Hamels says he won’t be ready opening day because of left biceps tendinitis. Burnett’s deal reportedly is worth $16 million. If Hamels is healthy, he gives the Phillies a formidable top three along with Cliff Lee. OSWALT RETIRING AFTER 13 SEASONS IN MAJORS

Roy Oswalt retired from baseball on Tuesday after winning 163 games and making three All-Star teams in 13 major league seasons. The pitcher’s agent, Bob Garber, confirmed the decision and said Oswalt would go to work for his agency, RMG Baseball. Oswalt will be vice president of baseball operations. From staff, wire reports

WESTERN CONFERENCE SOUTHWEST DIVISION W San Antonio 37 Houston 35 Dallas 31 Memphis 28 New Orleans 22 NORTHWEST DIVISION W Oklahoma City 42 Portland 36 Denver 24 Minnesota 24 Utah 18 PACIFIC DIVISION W L.A. Clippers 36 Golden State 31 Phoenix 30 L.A. Lakers 18 Sacramento 17

TUESDAY’S GAMES Cleveland 109, Sacramento 99 Charlotte 114, Dallas 89 Chicago 100, Atlanta 85 Memphis 92, Washington 89 Miami 103, Phoenix 97 Oklahoma City 98, Portland 95 Utah 96, L.A. Lakers 79

TODAY’S GAMES Brooklyn at Chicago, 8 p.m. Oklahoma City at L.A. Lakers, 10:30 p.m.

PREP SCHEDULE POSTPONEMENTS

FRIDAY

TODAY

Varsity Basketball

Darlington at Crestwood, 6 p.m. Marlboro County at Lakewood, 6 p.m. Manning at Hartsville, 6 p.m. Lee Central at Timberland, 6 p.m. East Clarendon at Scott’s Branch, 6:30 p.m.

Varsity Basketball

Sumter at West Florence Marlboro County at Crestwood Hartsville at Lakewood Darlington at Manning East Clarendon at Scott’s Branch

Varsity and JV Basketball

Sumter Middle School Conference Tournament

Wilson Hall at Laurence Manning, 4 p.m.

Girls Championship Game Boys Championship Game

Sumter Middle School Conference Tournament

Varsity and JV Basketball

at Alice Drive

Trinity-Byrnes at Robert E. Lee

Girls Championship Game -- Furman vs. Alice Drive, 1 p.m. Boys Championship Game -- Bates vs. Mayewood, 2:30 p.m.

SATURDAY

TODAY Varsity Basketball

MONDAY

Northside Christian at Sumter Christian (Boys Only), 5:30 p.m. Thomas Sumter at Calhoun Academy, 4 p.m.

Varsity Basketball

SCHEDULE

NHL STANDINGS By The Associated Press

Sumter at West Florence, 6 p.m. Marlboro County at Crestwood, 6 p.m. Hartsville at Lakewood, 6 p.m. Darlington at Manning, 6 p.m.

EASTERN CONFERENCE ATLANTIC DIVISION GP W L OT Boston 57 37 16 4 Tampa Bay 58 33 20 5 Montreal 59 32 21 6 Toronto 60 32 22 6 Detroit 58 26 20 12 Ottawa 59 26 22 11 Florida 58 22 29 7 Buffalo 57 15 34 8 Metropolitan Division GP W L OT Pittsburgh 58 40 15 3 N.Y. Rangers 59 32 24 3 Philadelphia 59 30 23 6 Columbus 58 29 24 5 Washington 59 27 23 9 Carolina 57 26 22 9 New Jersey 59 24 22 13 N.Y. Islanders 60 22 30 8

Pts GF GA 78 176 125 71 168 145 70 148 142 70 178 182 64 151 163 63 169 191 51 139 183 38 110 172 Pts GF GA 83 186 138 67 155 146 66 162 167 63 170 161 63 171 175 61 144 158 61 135 146 52 164 200

WESTERN CONFERENCE CENTRAL DIVISION St. Louis Chicago Colorado Minnesota Dallas Winnipeg Nashville PACIFIC DIVISION

GP 57 60 58 59 58 60 59

W L OT 39 12 6 35 11 14 37 16 5 31 21 7 27 21 10 28 26 6 25 24 10

Pts GF GA 84 196 135 84 207 163 79 174 153 69 145 147 64 164 164 62 168 175 60 146 180

GP W L OT Pts GF GA Anaheim 60 41 14 5 87 196 147 San Jose 59 37 16 6 80 175 142 Los Angeles 59 31 22 6 68 139 128 Phoenix 58 27 21 10 64 163 169 Vancouver 60 27 24 9 63 146 160 Calgary 58 22 29 7 51 137 179 Edmonton 60 20 33 7 47 153 199 NOTE: Two points for a win, one point for overtime loss.

TUESDAY’S GAMES No games scheduled

WEDNESDAY’S GAMES No games scheduled

TODAY’S GAMES No games scheduled

FRIDAY’S GAMES No games scheduled

SCHEDULE FROM PAGE B1 Christian of North Charleston in the quarterfinal round of the SCACS 2A boys state playoffs was still scheduled for a 5:30 p.m. start today as of press time. The game was originally scheduled for Tuesday. The varsity games between East Clarendon and Scott’s Branch scheduled for today in Summerton were postponed. They have been tentatively rescheduled for Friday. The start of the SCISA Region I-1A tournament at Clarendon Hall in Summerton was delayed once again when games scheduled for

Wednesday were postponed. The tournament was supposed to start on Tuesday. Clarendon Hall and St. Francis Xavier High School will be competing in the tourney. The varsity and junior varsity games between Wilson Hall and Florence Christian School scheduled for Tuesday in Sumter were not played. The games were to be played simultaneously in the two gymnasiums at Wilson Hall’s Nash Student Center, but were postponed at the last minute because of the weather. Wilson Hall athletic director Glen Rector isn’t sure

USC FROM PAGE B1 the game was postponed due to weather-related travel concerns. However, Wednesday’s men’s game in Atlanta between Boston College and Georgia Tech was to be played as scheduled. Atlantic Coast Conference policy states a game should be postponed or canceled only

when the games will be rescheduled or if they will be rescheduled. Florence Christian was scheduled to play Orangeburg Prep today, Wilson Hall is scheduled to play at Laurence Manning Academy on Friday and the SCISA Region II-3A junior varsity tournaments are scheduled to start on Saturday. Rector said if the varsity boys game matters in the region standings and has a bearing on the seeding for the region tournament based on Friday’s game against LMA, it could be played on Saturday. The varsity girls contest will have no bearing on the seeding, according to Rector.

if the conditions affect the safety of the teams or game officials. The Boston College team arrived in Atlanta on Tuesday afternoon Georgia Tech officials were advising fans to attend the contest only if they can walk to the game. The university issued a statement saying the university “strongly discourages” fans to come if they are not within safe walking distance of the arena.


OLYMPICS

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Slovenia’s Tina Maze, left, and Switzerland’s Dominique Gisinwere were co-gold medalists in the women’s downhill at the Winter Olympics on Wednesday in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. It was the first time in Olympic Alpine history a race finished in a tie.

Maze, Gisin share gold in women’s Olympic downhill BY FRED LIEF The Associated Press

OLYMPIC TV SCHEDULE 5 p.m. -- Men’s and Women’s Hockey WIS 10 3 a.m. -- Men’s Curling -- United States vs. 3 p.m. -- Men’s Biathlon Individual Final and Germany Luge Team Relay Final 8 p.m. -- Men’s Figure Skating Short Program, MSNBC Women’s Speedskating 1000m Finals, Men’s 7:30 a.m. -- Men’s Hockey -- Russia vs. Slovenia Freestyle Skiing Slopestyle and Women’s Skeleton 10 a.m. -- Men’s Curling -- Canada vs. Denmark 12:05 a.m. -- Short-Track Speedskating -Noon -- Women’s Hockey -- Sweden vs. Russia Women’s 500m Final and Men’s 5000m Relay 3 a.m. -- Men’s Hockey -- Czech Republic vs. Latvia NBC SPORTS NETWORK 5:30 a.m. -- Women’s Cross-Country Skiing 10km Final and Women’s Skeleton USA 5 a.m. -- Men’s Curling -- United States vs. Great 7:30 a.m. -- Men’s Hockey -- United States vs. Britain Slovakia 10 a.m. -- Men’s Figure Skating -- Short Program Noon -- Men’s Hockey -- Canada vs. Norway CNBC 11:45 a.m. -- Men’s Figure Skating -- Short Program 5 p.m. -- Women’s Curling -- United States vs. Japan 3 p.m. -- Men’s and Women’s Hockey TODAY

SOCHI, Russia — The gold market enjoyed big gains at the Sochi Olympics on Wednesday, getting an unexpected boost from the women’s downhill. Tina Maze of Slovenia and Dominique Gisin of Switzerland were declared co-gold medalists, the first time in Olympic Alpine history a race was won in a tie. On a day that had little to do with winter — temperatures hit 63 degrees (17 C) — the two friends covered the 1.69-mile (2.7-kilometer) Rosa Khutor course in 1 minute, 41.57 seconds. A tearful Lara Gut of Switzerland won the bronze, 0.10 seconds back. “I’m sure glad I’m going to share this gold with Tina,” Gisin said. The favorites, Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany and Julia Mancuso of the U.S., were afterthoughts. Hoefl-Riesch, eyeing a record-equaling fourth Olympic Alpine gold, finished 13th while Mancuso was eighth. “It’s actually crazy that it comes down to one-hundredths (of a second) and there is not one-thousandths as a tiebreaker,” Mancsuo said. Five other sports were awarding gold medals on Day 6 of the Olympics: figure skating pairs, luge, Nordic combined, snowboarding and speedskating. Among the other gold medalists were speedskater Stefan Groothuis, who added to the mighty haul of the Dutch at the oval; and Eric Frenzel of Germany, who has been the steadiest in Nordic combined the last two years. ALPINE SKIING

Gisin is becoming an old hand at these kinds of outcomes — two of her three downhill victories have been ties. She also is having a far better Olympics than the one in Vancouver, where she went tumbling and airborne in the downhill. This was Gisin’s first major medal. Maze won two silvers in Vancouver, and was hardly troubled about splitting the pot of gold. “It’s even more interesting because it’s not a usual thing,” said Maze, who started 30 minutes after

Gisin. “It’s something special.” There have been four ties in Olympic skiing — none of them for gold. The last was among silver medalists in the men’s super-G at the 1998 Nagano Olympics.

come the first man to win the same speedskating event at three straight Olympics.

FIGURE SKATING

Canada defeated the U.S. in women’s hockey 3-2 in a preview of the expected gold medal match. Meghan Agosta scored twice for Canada and assisted on Hayley Wickenheiser’s goal. This was the fifth time these teams have met in the Olympics, but the first since women’s hockey was added to the Winter Games in 1998 that they have played in the preliminary round. In the day’s other game, Finland beat Switzerland 4-3.

There’s a long Olympic tradition of champion Russian pairs — Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov could well add to it, and in their home country no less. They have a solid but not insurmountable lead going into the free skate over four-time world winners Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy of Germany. “We want to win the Olympics in Russia and we want to be the next gold medal winners in pairs for Russia,” Trankov said through a translator. “We have the strong history.” SPEEDSKATING

The Dutch ruled at the oval again, with Groothuis taking the gold in the 1,000 meters and upsetting two-time Olympic champion Shani Davis of the U.S. Groothuis won in 1 minute, 8.39 seconds and was followed by Denny Morrison of Canada and 500 champion Michel Mulder of the Netherlands. The Dutch have won 10 of 15 medals through the first five events. Davis was eighth, denied in his bid to be-

HOCKEY

NORDIC COMBINED

Frenzel, who served two years in the German army, won the individual normal hill. He led after ski jumping and powered home on the cross-country course. “I can’t describe this feeling, it’s so perfect,” he said. Frenzel, the runaway World Cup leader, was followed by Akito Watabe of Japan and Magnus Krog of Norway. Billy Demong of the U.S., the defending gold medalist on the large hill, finished 24th overall. CURLING

Norway and China remained un-

beaten and the U.S. finally won in men’s curling. The Norwegians, the fashionistas of curling, beat Germany 8-5 for a third consecutive victory. China defeated Switzerland 5-4. John Shuster’s U.S. team defeated Denmark 9-5, and the skip said a text from his wife provided a boost. “She just told me to remember to enjoy this and be a curler.” On the women’s side, undefeated Canada downed Britain 9-6 in a game that went down to the final stone and sent the U.S. to the edge of elimination. The Canadians joined Switzerland in first place at 3-0.

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biggest stage. That left some Clemson fans ruefully watching the Gamecocks victory parades and wondering if that was down the road for the Tigers. Leggett heard the criticism then and again the past two years when they lost NCAA regionals at South Carolina’s home field. “I don’t think it’s fair, but at the same time, they’re entitled to their opinion,” he said. “The fans I see and appreciate are the ones that are positive all the time and appreciate how hard these kids work.” Leggett, who’ll turn 60 in March, was a gritty infielder at Maine and was team captain when the Black Bears reached the 1976 College World Series. Leggett doesn’t appear to have gained an ounce since then, keeping trim with mountain hikes that have taken him to peaks in the Alps and throughout North America. When it’s time for baseball, it’s hard to find anyone more determined to win. He still sprints into the team’s pre-game huddle and out to his coaching box at third when the Tigers are up. A season-ending loss sends into what he calls his “post-season depression” for a couple of weeks. “That’s the thing about Jack,” said former South Carolina coach and current AD Ray Tanner. “He is passionate about the game.” Leggett was brought to Clemson by the late, school great Bill Wilhelm and took over in 1994. Leggett won the Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season and tournament titles his first season. The next two years behind a rotation that featured major leaguers Kris Benson and Billy Koch, Clemson brought Leggett the first two of his six trips to Omaha, Neb. The last appearance came in 2010, a drought Leggett looks to end this season. “He hasn’t changed at all,” Clemson catcher Garrett Boulware says. “He knows the game and he knows how to relate to players as well as ever.” Leggett also doesn’t see much change in his style when he became the nation’s youngest head coach at 24 at Vermont in 1978. He’s grateful that the ABCA adopted the new ball, but still thinks there’s farther to go to perk up the offense that fell off because of the dialedback bats that were put into play in 2011. Leggett would love to see the game adopt the ball in use in the minor leagues, which he believes would add more pop without eliminating pitching and defense. Tanner, a former North Carolina State coach, has known Leggett for decades and the two still discuss the state of the game and how to make it better. Tanner loves having Leggett on his side in such matters because of the pull he has among coaches. Leggett loves what he does and sees no end in sight. “I like where I’m at,” he said, “and I feel like I’m no top of my game.”

said. Atkins said Vasturia, who was 1-of-5 from the field and 0-of-3 from behind the arc heading into the second overtime, showed a lot of confidence. “He’s not scared of the moment and I love that about him,” he said. McDaniels said the baskets by Vasturia were key “He hit some big shots, and they were hard to cover. In the end, they came up with some clutch shots,” he said. The Fighting Irish (13-12, 4-8 Atlantic Coast Conference) avoided falling below .500 for the first time this late in the season since finishing 14-16 during the 1998-99 season in John MacLeod’s last year as coach. Brey said the victory was “huge” for the struggling Irish. “We would have been really struggling if we didn’t win this game,” he said. Clemson (15-8, 6-5) lost back-toback games for just the second time this season. McDaniels said the Tigers need to show the same intensity at the beginning of the game as they did at the end. “We’re going to learn from this,” he said. Both teams squandered chances to win the game earlier. Rod Hall could have given the Tigers, playing on only a day’s rest after losing at Syracuse on Sunday, a onepoint lead with 4.6 seconds left, but missed the first of two free throws, sending the game into overtime. The Irish opened a 60-56 lead in the first overtime on a three-point play by Connaughton, but couldn’t hang on. The Tigers scored two baskets in the final 10 seconds and Landry Nnoko then stole the inbounds pass. After being fouled by Connaughton with 8.4 seconds left, Nnoko, a 57 percent free-throw shooter, made both to tie the score at 60. After another turnover by Atkins, McDaniels missed a long jumper at the first overtime buzzer. “There were a few times when I looked up at the scoreboard and said, ‘We got this,’” Atkins said. “Then they made some plays and got a couple of turnovers and they tied it back up again.”

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Notre Dame guard Steve Vasturia, right, looks to pass around Clemson guard Rod Hall on Tuesday in South Bend, Ind. Notre Dame won 68-64 in double overtime with Vasturia scoring 11 points. McDaniels, who also had five blocked shots, was 13-of-24 from the field, while the rest of the Tigers were 11 of 46. The only other Clemson player in double figures was Hall with 12 points. Zach Auguste matched his career-high with 14 points and had a career-high 12 rebounds. Connaughton added 13 points and seven rebounds and Vasturia finished with 11 points. The Irish out-rebounded Clemson 43-40 and had a 30-26 edge in points in the paint. But Clemson

forced 12 turnovers and had 16 points off turnovers compared with just two for the Irish. Notre Dame freshman Demetrius Jackson, who has been struggling lately, was not at the game. Brey said he is taking some time off to focus on academics. Brey said Garrick Sherman, Notre Dame’s leading scorer, may have broken his finger in the first half, although he continued to play. The Irish have now won nine of their last 10 overtime games.

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THELMA R. DENTON Thelma R. Denton, 102, widow of Marvin W. Denton, died Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, at Covenant Place. Born in Leadwood, Mo., she was a daughter of the late A.C. and Stella McFarland Bradley. Mrs. Denton was a lifelong member of the United Methodist Church, in which she taught Sunday school until she was 98. She also served in many other capacities throughout her lifetime. She taught in the public schools of Missouri for 37 years. She lived in Missouri for 87 years before moving to South Carolina in 1998 to be near her son and family, where she was living at the time of her death. Survivors include a son, Ronald Denton (Mary) of Sumter; a grandson, Stephen Denton (Alicia); a granddaughter, Michelle Carter; three great-grandchildren,

Anna and Sarah Carter, and Miles Denton; a niece, Becky Strohm; and two nephews, Benny Bradley and Darrell Bradley. She was preceded in death by three brothers, Rolla Bradley, who was killed at Iwo Jima, Sylvan Bradley and Virgil Bradley. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Aldersgate United Methodist Church with Dr. Webb Belangia officiating. The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the church. Memorials may be made to Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 211 Alice Drive, Sumter, SC 29150 or to Amedisys Hospice, 2555 Lin Do Court, Suite B., Sumter, SC 29150. The family would like to express their appreciation to the nurses and staff of Amedisys Hospice and the skilled nursing facility at Covenant Place

for all of their care and support. Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home and Crematorium of Sumter is in charge of the arrangements.

LARRY MACK Larry Mack, 57, departed this life on Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, in Florence, Ky. Born Oct. 13, 1956, in Sumter, he was a son of Elizabeth Jones Mack and the late Eddie Mack Sr. The family will be receiving friends at 1025 Mayfield Drive, Sumter. Funeral plans are incomplete and will be announced later by Job’s Mortuary Inc. of Sumter.

JANIE P. DURANT Janie Louise Parker Durant, 82, widow of Robert Durant Jr., died Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, at her home. Born Aug. 18, 1931, in Sum-

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2014 ter County, she was a daughter of Edward and Lelia White Parker. The family will receive friends and relatives at the family home, 5260 Peach Orchard Road, Rembert. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Williams Funeral Home Inc. of Sumter.

MARY LEE SWINTON Mary Lee Swinton departed her earthly journey on Monday, Feb. 10, 2014. She was born May 19, 1944, in Sumter County. The family is receiving friends at the home, 622 S. Main St., Sumter, SC 29150. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Sumter Funeral Service Inc.

BUTCH GALLASHAW Butch Gallashaw, 55, died Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, at Palmetto Health Richland, Co-

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lumbia. Born Aug. 10, 1958, in Sumter County, he was a son of Henry Lewis and Ester Mae Dolford. The family will receive friends and relatives at the home of his sister, Essie Lewis, 18 Sims St., Sumter. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Williams Funeral Home Inc. of Sumter.

TERRY JOHNSON Terry Johnson entered eternal rest on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center. Born in Sumter, he was a son of Betty Johnson and the late Bobby Miller. The family is receiving relatives and friends at the home, 1815 West Ave. South, Pinewood. Funeral plans will be announced by Community Funeral Home of Sumter.

NASCAR

Bayne fit, gearing up for Daytona 500 BY JOHN ZENOR The Associated Press TALLADEGA, Ala.— Trevor Bayne sped around Talladega Superspeedway in his No. 21 Ford getting his car ready for the upcoming season, and then did the same thing in his running shoes. The 2011 Daytona 500 winner and part-time triathlete is fit, motivated and hungry to contend for another big win upon his return later this month to the scene of his greatest triumph and to challenge for a Nationwide Series championship. “This is a really big year for us,” Bayne said during a break from Thursday’s solitary testing session. He’s scheduled to run 12 Sprint Cup races, including all four on the superspeedways, with The Wood Brothers plus a full-time Nationwide schedule for Roush Fenway Racing. “Being here at Talladega by ourselves today, I think that shows that this team wants to do what it takes to be the best and to have a shot to win those 12 races that we show up at,” he said. The daily workouts, including those squeezed-in runs at racetracks, are also indicative of his thriving health. Bayne went public in November with the revelation that he has multiple sclerosis, but said he still has no symptoms and isn’t taking medication. An outspoken Christian who often shares his religious testimony in speeches, Bayne said that good health just reinforces his faith. Bayne also said he’s been training harder than ever, meeting three times a week with a personal trainer and going on 1.5-mile swims, three-mile runs and 25-plus mile bike rides. He ran around the 2.66-mile tri-oval Thursday afternoon in near-freezing temperature. But he’s got his next triathlon coming up in April in Charleston, S.C., so clearly multiple sclerosis isn’t slowing him down. “Fortunately for me at this point, it’s had no impact on me,” Bayne said. “That’s been a huge blessing, because

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NASCAR driver and 2011 Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne is fit, motivated and hungry to contend for another big win upon his return later this month to the scene of his greatest triumph and to challenge for a Nationwide Series championship. Bayne went public in November with the revelation that he has multiple sclerosis, but said he still has no symptoms and isn’t taking medication. there are people that have it worse. There are some that never even know they have it and live a perfectly normal life. To know that I have it is good to me because it creates a dependence for me daily on the Lord.” The 22-year-old, who also got married last year, hasn’t recaptured the winning formula since becoming the youngest winner of NASCAR’s biggest race at 20. In fact, he’s only had two Top 10 finishes in his other 45 starts, one of them coming at Talladega in 2012. Nowhere near old enough to be a has-been, he’s still in the early stages of a career that happened to start in stirring fashion. “He’s 22, he’s just getting started,” team co-owner Len Wood said. “Fortunately for him, he started with a bang. “It was only his second-ev-

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