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Clarendon jailer jailed Former detention officer accused of card info theft BY BRISTOW MARCHANT (803) 774-1272


Adam Lee Welch, right, faces the possibility of being institutionalized in a mental health facility if a jury sees him as a sexually violent predator. Welch was charged with 12 counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor in 1991. Welch’s attorney, Dickie Jones, is seen at left during testimony at the Sumter County Judicial Center on Monday.

Court to decide if convicted child molester is public threat BY TYLER SIMPSON tyler@theitem (803) 774-1295 A 51-year-old man who pleaded guilty to 12 counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor in Sumter County back in February 1991 could be institutionalized into a mental health facility if a jury sees him as a sexually violent predator under the state’s Sexually Violent Predator Act. Adam Lee Welch appeared in court Monday as the South Carolina Attorney General’s Office worked toward having him committed into the state’s program. Welch was initially sentenced to 30 years in prison after pleading guilty to having sexual intercourse with a 9-year-old girl at least a dozen times. During his incarceration, Welch was treated at Gilliam Psy-

chiatric Hospital, a hospital within the Department of Corrections, where he was diagnosed with pedophilia. Testifying on the state’s behalf on Monday was Dr. Susan Knight, a clinical assistant professor at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, who conducted a series of psychiatric evaluations to determine if Welch would likely or not commit the same criminal acts again. She also reviewed the history of Welch’s sexually criminal acts to reach her conclusion. “The best predictor of future behavior is past behavior,” Knight said. “If somebody has a history of sexual offenses, then they are more likely to engage in sexually offending behavior in the future. So it’s important to know their past.” Welch’s attorney, Dickie Jones, addressed in his opening statement

how the Attorney General’s Office brought in Dr. Knight to conduct the evaluation after the first specialist, Dr. Kimberly Harrison with the Department of Mental Health, determined that Welch did not need to be committed. During his cross examination of Knight’s testimony, Jones questioned the relevance of a psychiatric evaluation made years ago while Welch was incarcerated, on which Knight had based part of her evaluation. He also questioned how Knight could state that Welch is most likely to engage again in a criminal sexual act when she stated that he would only be 15 percent likely, which is not a high percentage. “This is about the difference between a scalpel and a meat axe,”


A Clarendon County detention officer now finds the jail shoe is on the other foot. Terrance Lavon Watson, a former officer with Clarendon County Detention Center, is now locked up in the detention center himself, accused of stealing an inmate’s credit card information to pay his personal bills. Watson, 33, of 3832 St. Paul Road, Summerton, is accused of credit card theft and financial transaction card fraud. The case began Nov. 5, when a Manning man was booked into the detention center. Later the man, now out of jail, noticed a strange charge to his wife’s credit WATSON card. Manning police were alerted Feb. 14 to the potential fraud. Credit card records show on Nov. 25, some three weeks after the man was in detention, a GEICO insurance bill in Watson’s name was paid using the number of a credit card the former inmate had in his possession when he was booked. “It turns out one of the jailers got access to his credit cards and apparently copied the credit card information,” said Manning Police Chief Blair Shaffer. Armed with Watson’s name and address — which were listed on the victim’s credit card statement — investigators quickly confirmed he was a detention officer at the county jail. He was taken into custody on Thursday and booked into his former workplace. The total cost of the insurance bill charged to the victim’s card is $360.54. Jail administrator Col. Shelton L. Hughes Jr. confirmed Monday that Watson is no longer employed with the detention center, although he declined to comment further on the case or any internal investigation the detention center is conducting into the incident. Shaffer thinks other inmates may also have been victims of theft. “If you’ve been arrested in Clarendon County, you need to check your bank account or your credit card statement,” the police chief said. “It might have been some time after (someone’s arrest). This happened three weeks later, so you might not make the connection that it happened at the jail.” In the meantime, at least one inmate at the detention center won’t have to worry about who’s handling his credit cards.

Despite springlike weather, heat appreciated by those in need BY JACK OSTEEN Now that the ice storm of 2014 is behind us and warmer weather seems to be here, Sumter residents will hopefully be finding some relief from the cold nights. With a much better week of donations than the week prior, more folks can get some relief from the icy wallop delivered by Old Man Winter to Sumter County and the surround-




ing area recently. However, Salvation Army Social Worker Pamela Lassiter is still booked up with nearly 200 appointments along with getting daily calls asking for help and assistance. “Lately we have really had some folks who just can’t thank us enough,” she said. “I often remind those who do complain and fuss that this money comes from the kindness of people who just want to do something nice and

help those in need.” Lassiter said she recently helped a family that had to move because of the father’s health, and the mother had to take a leave of absence in order to help. The family had recently exhausted all its money on rent, so the Fire-

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side Fund was their last chance for help. The woman was overwhelmed with appreciation and said she didn’t know what she would have done without this assistance. Lassiter also wants to remind residents that they are still taking applications for the free smoke detectors which include delivery and installation by the Sumter Fire Department. Come by the local office to fill out an application. Founded in 1969, the Fire-

side Fund collects money for those Sumterites who need help with heating costs, including past-due electric bills and vouchers for kerosene and wood. The Sumter Item collects the money, and The Salvation Army interviews candidates, who must provide a valid form of picture identification, paycheck stubs and copies of late bills. This year’s Fireside Fund is dedicated to the late Glen





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Mayesville Mayor Randolph Anderson, left, and Bill Rhodes, town clerk and treasurer, look at fabric swatches for chairs for the new Mary McLeod Bethune Learning Center. PHOTOS BY JADE REYNOLDS / THE SUMTER ITEM

The Mary McLeod Bethune Learning Center looks much improved over its appearance last August when vandals busted out the windows. The education and community center is located in Mayesville.

While renovating the old J.F. Bland office building, Mayesville officials decided to keep the historic look of the support beams.

Mayesville community center moves forward BY JADE REYNOLDS (803) 774-1250

Mayesville Mayor Randolph Anderson likes to show visitors the adjoining stables to give them a full sense of how far the J.F. Bland office building has come.


Decorations, furniture and equipment. That might not sound like a lot, but the J.F. Bland office building and adjoining stables have come a long way in a little more than a year. “I’m really impressed by and excited about the community learning center and multipurpose room for social events,” said Mayesville Mayor Randolph Anderson. “I’m excited for people to use it. A lot of people have already inquired about it.” While the stables were only addressed cosmetically from the outside to give a more uniform appearance, said Bill Rhodes, Mayesville’s clerk and treasurer, the office building has been thoroughly updated to serve as the Mary McLeod Bethune Learning Center.

Named for one of Mayesville’s most famous natives, the center will serve as an after-school hub complete with computers and homework assistance as well as a setting for personal functions, such as family reunions or receptions, in the multi-purpose room, Rhodes said. “Mary McLeod Bethune grew up here in Mayesville,” Anderson said. “She taught school right up the road.” Considered a pioneer in education, civil rights and government, Bethune founded the National Council of Negro Women as well as the Daytona Normal and Industrial Institute for Negro Girls, now the Bethune-Cookman College in Florida. She was an adviser to presidents, a consultant to the U.S. Secretary of War and a consultant at the charter conference of the United Nations, among other points of notoriety.

The search is on now for a grant to purchase computers for the center, Rhodes said. “A lot of family in this area probably doesn’t have access to a computer,” Anderson said. “We’ll have someone here to help them with homework. We want to help kids in the community. If you help kids, you help the community.” A $349,000 grant from the Mayesville Educational and Industrial Institute, a private organization, is what funded the renovations to the downtown buildings. The work was delayed but not derailed by acts of vandalism in August of last year. Despite the offer of a $1,000 award leading to an arrest, the criminals were never caught. Both Anderson and Rhodes think the culprits were from out of town, and Anderson said he rides by frequently now just to keep an eye on the place.

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Teen carries pellet gun to school, arrested A 13-year-old boy is facing charges of possessing a gun on school grounds and assaulting a police officer after his arrest Monday. Shortly after the start of the school day, the school resource officer at Manning Junior High School was told the boy was carrying a handgun in class. The officer, a Clarendon County sheriff’s deputy, removed the child from class and took him to the principal’s office. Once there, the boy reportedly became uncooperative and began “wrestling” with the officer until he was pinned to the floor and handcuffed. Officials then reportedly found a pellet gun in the boy’s pants leg. Officers from the sheriff’s office and Manning Police Department also responded to the school because a firearm was involved.

BY JADE REYNOLDS (803) 774-1250 It’s just about time to start cooking outdoors. That means it’s nearly time for the Third Annual Benefit BBQ for Boy Scouts. So far, 70 applications are out, said Emil Wodicka, program director for the Henry Shelor District. He hopes at least 30 teams participate this year, Wodicka said. The deadline is March 15, and the cost is $250 per team. The Henry Shelor District serves boys in scouting programs in Sumter, Clarendon and Lee counties. Scouting groups with this district partner with the S.C. Barbeque Association to bring this event to Sumter. “The S.C. Barbeque Association is the judging organization,” Wodicka said. “All the people compete for points,

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and their points count toward the S.C. Barbeque Championship. Several teams are not associated with them that are competing, and several belong to other barbecue organizations or just want to support scouting. Or they just love barbecue. It’s a local event for them all.” The trained judges score the barbecue on a number of factors during a blind taste test, and the results are calculated using a computer. Last year, 16 teams compet-

ed, and the year before, six groups participated, Wodicka said. Boy Scouts will be on scene to help set up, punch tickets and clean up afterward, he said. Tickets are now available at six Sumter locations as well as the district’s headquarters in Florence. Interested parties may purchase an $8 pass for the Wing Ding on March 21. This ticket will get them 10 wings and a chance to listen to the live band from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

that evening. They may purchase a $10 pass for the March 22 pulledpork competition. This ticket will get them four barbecue sliders between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Or, for $15, people may get a weekend pass covering both days of the event. While the individual passes will be on sale at the gate the days of the event, the weekend pass is only available until March 20, Wodicka said. Both events will be held at the American Legion Post 15 Fairgrounds off Artillery Drive. For more information on the S.C. Barbeque Association, visit For more information on the Third Annual Benefit BBQ for Boy Scouts, including an application to compete, contact Emil Wodicka at (803) 406-8025 or ewodicka@sc.

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Army soldier’s training kicks in at wreck site BY MAJ. HEATHER M.J. HALL Special to The Item A U.S. Army Central soldier helped save the lives of two teenagers involved in a onecar wreck in Sumter on Feb. 15. Master Sgt. Chris Pair, 33, a telecommunication systems noncommissioned officer in charge and Camden resident, had just left from taking his dog to the veterinarian and was heading south on S.C. 261 when he noticed a crowd of people and a wrecked truck. The truck, a full-sized Chevrolet pickup, had flipped over and was upside down in a ditch. “I remember seeing the truck was flipped and just mangled,� Pair said. “I was thinking to myself, I don’t know if anyone could survive this.� Pair, a 14-year Army veteran, served in several combat operations and is a qualified special operations first responder and combat lifesaver. Pair instinctively grabbed his first aid bag and ran to the overturned truck. First responder training gives military personnel the ability to aid a comrade who is injured until medical personnel arrive. The training not only covers war-related injuries, but other mishaps, such as auto wrecks, as well. According to a Sumter County Sheriff’s Patrol Division officer, Cpl. Steve Pizzino, “Pair’s quick response helped calm the situation down and reassure the patient and the bystanders that everything was under control, which was a huge help because in those types of circumstances, people look for someone to take control, to take action.� The young men were still in the truck, and Pair’s first concern, after noticing oil, gas and water in the culvert, was to get the victims away from the overturned truck. Pair, through the brokenout windshield, pulled the victims one at a time away from the vehicle. Once Pair had the two men far enough away, he immediately began assessing their injuries. “I noticed the first guy bit completely through his lip and was bleeding from his mouth and eye,� Pair said. “I immediately grabbed my gloves and began treating his injuries.�



The crowd of people that had been standing around the wreck began approaching Pair, asking if they could help. Pair asked a woman to help him keep one of the victims awake and asked another person to get him fresh water to help clean the wounds. “As I evaluated the second victim, I could see what looked like a compound fracture on his right arm, so I made a makeshift sling to immobilize the fracture,� Pair said. “Then I noticed a very dark bruise forming on the bridge of his nose and blood coming out of his eye; as I cleaned his eye, I could see he was displaying symptoms of shock.� Pair grabbed his flashlight, shined it into his eyes to ensure his pupils were dilating and continued to talk to him about day-to-day things to keep him calm and awake until the paramedics arrived. The paramedics, Cpl. Steve Pizzino, and a South Carolina Highway Patrol trooper, arrived about 15 minutes after the crash. “Pair’s quick actions definitely helped determine a positive outcome,� Pizzino said. “He did what he was trained to do. He stopped, saw what needed to be done and he did it without hesitation.� Pizzino, a Danville, Va., native and Sumter resident, is a retired Air Force master sergeant and has been with the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office for a little more than two years. “It made me proud to be a veteran when I saw Pair tend-

ing to that young man. He is a shining example of what our military men and women are today, well-trained, dedicated and selfless,� Pizzino said. The paramedics and the officers not only thanked Pair for stabilizing the victims, but also mentioned he is a true professional and an asset to the Sumter community. “I am just glad I was in the right place at the right time with the medical knowledge and leadership skills that the Army has taught me,� Pair said. “It feels good to be able to help out, and know that I was able to make a difference in those young men’s lives that day. I wish them all the best.�

Air Force Airman Devon L. Nealey, Airman Tykema K. Hickson, Reserve Airman 1st Class James E. Prince and Airman Collin J. Etling have each graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

and weapons defenses available to the infantry crewman.

Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

The Advanced Individual Training course is designed to train infantry soldiers to perform reconnaissance operations; employ, fire and recover antipersonnel and anti-tank mines; locate and neutralize land mines and operate target and sight equipment; operate and maintain communications equipment and radio networks; construct field firing aids for infantry weapons; and perform infantry combat exercises and dismounted battle drills, which includes survival procedures in a nuclear, biological or chemical contaminated area.

Nealey, a 2012 graduate of Crestwood High School, is a grandson of Diane Brockett of Richmond, Mich.

Merritt, a 2011 graduate of Sumter High School, is a son of Shana Cross and Christopher Merritt, both of Sumter.

Hickson, a 2012 graduate of Lee Central High School, Bishopville, is a daughter of Lakema Hickson of Sumter and granddaughter of Neola McLeod of Bishopville.

Navy Seaman Recruit Bradyn K. Haticofowler recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, IL.

Prince, a 2010 graduate of Sumter High School, is a son of Eddie Prince of Sumter. Etling, a 2011 graduate of Thomas Sumter Academy, Dalzell, is a son of William Etling of Sumter. Army Pfc. Clayton W. Merritt has graduated from the Infantryman One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga. The training consists of Basic Infantry Training and Advanced Individual Training. During the nine weeks of basic combat training, the soldier received training in drill and ceremonies, weapons employment, map reading, tactics, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid skills and Army history, core values and traditions. Additional training included development of basic combat skills and battlefield operations and tactics, and experienced use of various weapons

During the eight-week program, Haticofowler completed a variety of training which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness. The capstone event of boot camp is “Battle Stations.� This exercise gives recruits the skills and confidence they need to succeed in the fleet. “Battle Stations� is designed to galvanize the basic warrior attributes of sacrifice, dedication, teamwork and endurance in each recruit through the practical application of basic Navy skills and the core values of honor, courage and commitment. Its distinctly ‘’Navy’’ flavor was designed to take into account what it means to be a sailor. Haticofowler is a son of Brian D. Fowler of Honolulu, Hawaii, and Dawn F. Hatico of Sumter.





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‘Through Their Eyes’ will open Sumter County Cultural Commission Director Carmela Bryan and Sumter County Gallery of Art Curator Frank McCauley discuss placement of photos as they prepare to hang the exhibit “Through Their Eyes — Team SHAW� in Gallery135/ Patriot Hall. The exhibit by military photojournalists from the 9th Air Force and Third Army at Shaw Air Force Base opens Friday with a reception and program from 6 to 9 p.m. Admission is free. IVY MOORE / THE SUMTER ITEM

Hagel proposes big cuts in Army in 2015 budget WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Monday proposed shrinking the Army to its smallest size in 74 years, closing military bases and making other military-wide savings as part of a broad reshaping after more than a decade of war. Hagel outlined his vision in a speech at the Pentagon, a week before President Obama is to submit his 2015 budget plan to Congress. Hagel said that U.S. forces must adjust to the reality of smaller budgets, even as he asserted that the United States faces a more volatile, more unpredictable world that requires a more nimble military. “We are repositioning to focus on the strategic challenges and opportunities that will define our future: new technologies, new centers of power and a world that is growing more volatile, more unpredictable and in some instances more threatening to the United States,� he said. Under the Hagel plan, which Congress could change, the active-duty Army would shrink

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top of the $496 billion it is due to receive in 2015 under terms of the budget deal passed by the Congress two months ago. Among the bolder moves in Hagel’s proposal is the elimination of the Air Force’s fleet of A-10 aircraft as well as its venerable U-2 spy planes, as well as reductions in the size of the Army National Guard.

Those moves are expected to draw some opposition in Congress. Hagel said the administration will propose a new round of domestic military base closings in 2017, while noting that Congress has rejected such requests in recent years. Army leaders have been saying for months that they expect their service to shrink as the nation prepares to end its combat role in Afghanistan this year. Gen. Ray Odierno, the Army chief of staff, said recently that whatever the future size of the Army, it must adapt to conditions that are different from what many soldiers have become accustomed to during more than a decade of war. He said many have the misperception that the Army is no longer busy. “People tend to think that the Army is out of Iraq and Afghanistan, and there is not much going on,� he said Jan. 23 at an Army forum. “The Army is not standing still. The Army is doing many, many, many things in order for us to

shape the future environment and prevent conflict around the world.� The last time the active-duty Army was below 500,000 was in 2005, when it stood at 492,000. Its post-World War II low was 480,000 in 2001, according to historical tables provided by the Army on Monday. In 1940, the Army had 267,000 active-duty members, and it surged to 1.46 million the following year as the U.S. approached entry into World War II. Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary, said Monday that Hagel consulted closely with the military service chiefs on how to balance defense and budgetsaving requirements. “He has worked hard with the services to ensure that we continue to stand for the defense of our national interests — that whatever budget priorities we establish, we do so in keeping with our defense strategy and with a strong commitment to the men and women in uniform and to their families,� Kirby said.

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Oldest-known Holocaust survivor dies at 110 BY ROBERT BARR & SYLVIA HUI Associated Press Writers LONDON — Alice HerzSommer, thought to be the oldest Holocaust survivor, died at age 110 on Sunday, a family member said. The accomplished pianist’s death came just a week before her extraordinary story of surviving two years in a Nazi prison camp through devotion to music and her son is up for an Oscar. Herz-Sommer died in a hospital after being admitted Friday with health problems, daughter-in-law Genevieve Sommer said. “We all came to believe that she would just never die,� said Frederic Bohbot, a producer of the documentary “The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life.� “There was no question in my mind, ‘would she ever see the Oscars.’� The film, directed by Oscarwinning filmmaker Malcolm Clarke, has been nominated for best short documentary at the Academy Awards next Sunday. Another producer on the film, Nick Reed, said telling her story was a “life-changing experience.� “Even as her energy slowly diminished, her bright spirit never faltered,� she said. “Her life force was so strong we could never imagine her not being around.� Herz-Sommer, her husband and her son were sent from Prague in 1943 to a concentration camp in the Czech city of Terezin — Theresienstadt in German — where inmates were allowed to stage concerts in which she frequently starred. An estimated 140,000 Jews were sent to Terezin, and 33,430 died there. About 88,000 were moved on to Auschwitz and other death camps, where most of them were killed. Herz-Sommer and her son, Stephan, were among fewer than 20,000 who were freed when the notorious camp was liberated by the Soviet army in May 1945. Yet she remembered herself as “always laughing� during her time in Terezin, where the joy of making music kept them going. “These concerts, the people are sitting there, old people, desolated and ill, and they came to the concerts, and this music was for them our food. Music was our food. Through making music we were kept alive,� she once recalled. “When we can play it cannot be so terrible.� Though she never learned where her mother died after being rounded up, and her husband died of typhus at Dachau, in her old age she expressed little bitterness. “We are all the same,� she said. “Good, and bad.� Caroline Stoessinger, a New York concert pianist who wrote a book about Herz-Sommer, said she interviewed numerous people who were at the concerts who said “for that hour they were transported back to their homes, and they could have hope.� “Many people espouse certain credos, but they don’t live them. She did,� said Stoessinger, author of “A Century of Wisdom: Lessons from the Life of Alice Herz-Sommer, the World’s Oldest Living Holocaust Survivor.� “She understood truly that music is a language and she understood how to communi-


Alice Herz-Sommer, the oldest-known survivor of the Holocaust, died Sunday at the age of 110. Herz-Sommer’s devotion to the piano and to her son sustained her through two years in a Nazi prison camp. cate through this language of music.� Herz-Sommer was born on Nov. 26, 1903, in Prague, and started learning the piano from her sister at age 5. As a girl, she met the author Franz Kafka, a friend of her brother-in-law, and delighted in the stories that he told. She also remembered Kafka saying, “In this world to bring up children: in this world?� Alice married Leopold Sommer in 1931. Their son was born in 1937, two years before the Nazi invasion of Czechoslovakia. “This was especially for Jews a very, very hard time. I didn’t mind, because I enjoyed to be a

mother and I was full of enthusiasm about being a mother, so I didn’t mind so much,� she said. Jews were allowed to shop for only half an hour in the afternoon, by which time the shops were empty. Most Jewish families were forced to leave their family apartments and were crammed into one apartment with other families, but her family was allowed to keep its home. “We were poor, and we knew that they will send us away, and we knew already in this time that it was our end,� she said. In 1942, her 73-year-old mother was transported to Terezin,

then a few months later to Treblinka, an extermination camp. “And I went with her of course till the last moment. This was the lowest point in my life. She was sent away. Till now I don’t know where she was, till now I don’t know when she died, nothing. “When I went home from bringing her to this place I remember I had to stop in the middle of the street and I listened to a voice, an inner voice: ‘Now, nobody can help you, not your husband, not your little child, not the doctor.’� From then on, she took refuge in the 24 Etudes of Frederic Chopin, a dauntingly difficult monument of the repertoire. She labored at them for up to eight hours a day. She recalled an awkward conversation on the night before her departure to the concentration camp with a Nazi who lived upstairs and called to say that he would miss her playing. She remembered him saying: “‘I hope you will come back. What I want to tell you is that I admire you, your playing, hours and hours, the patience and the beauty of the music.’� Other neighbors, she said, stopped by only to take whatever the family wasn’t able to bring to the camp. “So the Nazi was a human, the only human. The Nazi, he thanked me,� she said. The camp’s artistic side was a blessing; young Stephan, then 6, was recruited to play a sparrow in an opera. “My boy was full of enthusiasm,� she recalled. “I was so happy because I knew my little boy was happy there.� The opera was “Brundibar,�

a 40-minute piece for children composed by Hans Krasa, a Czech who was also imprisoned in the camp. It was first performed in Prague but got only one other performance before he was interned. “Brundibar� became a showpiece for the camp, performed at least 55 times including once when Terezin, which had been extensively spruced up for the occasion, was inspected by a Red Cross delegation in June 1944. The opera featured in a 1944 propaganda film which shows more than 40 young performers filling the small stage during the finale. In 1949, she left Czechoslovakia to join her twin sister, Mizzi, in Jerusalem. She taught at the Jerusalem Conservatory until 1986, when she moved to London. Her son, who changed his first name to Raphael after the war, made a career as a concert cellist. He died in 2001. Anita Lasker-Wallfish, a friend and fellow concentration camp survivor, said HerzSommer was still lively during a visit last week. “She was a real optimist,� she said, adding that the pair used to play Scrabble together frequently until Herz-Sommer’s eyes failed her. “She was feeling very unwell, and she went to the hospital last Friday. I think she had enough.� She added that Herz-Sommer lived a modest life, and would probably balk at the media attention directed at her death. “She didn’t think of herself as anybody very special,� she said. “She would hate any fuss to be made.�

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Museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new observatory to have fake night sky BY JOEY HOLLEMAN The (Columbia) State COLUMBIA â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The first exhibit installed for the South Carolina State Museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new observatory doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t look out into the night sky â&#x20AC;&#x201D; or does it? Exhibit builder Russell Lowery created an image of a sliver of the cosmos designed to make visitors wonder. The slice of sky will be a big player in the observatory experience when the exhibit opens this summer and everything else is in place â&#x20AC;&#x201D; including a massive 1926 Alvan Clark refracting telescope. But the detail that went into the first exhibit that visitors will see says a lot about what the observatory will be like. When visitors enter the fourth-floor room, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll walk straight to a replica of the small observatory dome built at Erskine College in 1895 to house what is now one of the oldest-surviving U.S.made telescopes. That device, built in 1849 for Erskine by lens master Henry Fitz, was rescued from long-term storage at the school and lovingly restored by Columbia telescope enthusiast Robert Ariail, who donated it to the museum. The 5.6-inch lens and 7-footlong scope of the Fitz device will be dwarfed by the 3/8inch lens and 15-foot long scope of the Alvan Clark device that will be the working centerpiece of the observatory. And the replica of the ErsTHE ASSOCIATED PRESS kine dome is tiny compared to Museum exhibit builder Russell Lowery created a night sky with Plexi- the window to the sky that glas, frosted paint and an ice pick. will be built for the Clark. In

â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Every time I created a star, I had to consider magnitude. They all had to be different sizes.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; RUSSELL LOWERY, S.C. State Museum exhibit builder

fact, the observatory setup made it impossible for the Erskine dome to open to the sky. But, for now, Lowery and the other museum exhibit builders decided to create a nightscape in the section of the replica of the Erskine dome where the telescope would have looked out if it could. Lowery, an amateur astronomer with five telescopes at home, took the lead role and aimed for authenticity. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My idea was to think about putting stars in that window that you could see from here,â&#x20AC;? Lowery said. He checked sky charts and settled on a night in March when, if you actually could see the stars through that window in the dome, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d see Orion setting. Also in that sliver of the sky would be the M94 cluster, Betelgeuse and several other notable stars or constellations. Lowery created the darkness of space by painting flat black paint on one side of 1/8th-inch Plexiglas and frosted paint on the other side. He used an opaque projector and

that specific nightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sky chart to map the stars. Then he scratched out each speck of light in the black paint using an ice pick. The light comes from a series of white LED lights enclosed in a specially built cap on the replica dome. And because each star has a different sort of twinkle, Lowery said he didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just poke a hole in the paint. Instead, he gave the ice pick just enough wiggle to create spiky holes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Every time I created a star, I had to consider magnitude,â&#x20AC;? Lowery said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They all had to be different sizes.â&#x20AC;? The replica dome had been created for a temporary exhibit of the Fitz telescope downstairs. Moving it to the fourth floor and altering it for the new exhibit took a couple of months. Poking the stars in the night sky took a day. Lowery said he originally wanted to put the Big Dipper in the fake sky because people would recognize its outline, but that wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have been accurate. Tom Falvey, curator of science and technology at the museum, is thrilled with the way the Fitz telescope exhibit has come together. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to make an opening statement when you walk in,â&#x20AC;? Falvey said. The observatory is slated to open this summer, and Falvey already is thinking about a programming opportunity the following March. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t it be great to point the (Clark) telescope at the same spot in the skyâ&#x20AC;? as the faux stars in the Fitz-Erskine exhibit, he said.

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Bills seek to tackle backlog of untested rape kits 12,000 untested rape kits in Memphis, Tenn., alone BY LUCAS L. JOHNSON II Associated Press Writer NASHVILLE, Tenn. — With possibly hundreds of thousands of rape kits untested across the country, a number of states are proposing legislation to address backlogs that in at least one case dates back nearly three decades. In Memphis, Tenn., alone, there are more than 12,000 untested rape kits going back to the 1980s, according to the New York-based Rape Kit Action Project, which has been tracking the backlogs nationwide. In the entire state of Texas, there are about 16,000 untested kits collecting dust in police evidence rooms. Tennessee is among at least 17 states with proposals that range from requiring law enforcement agencies to inventory their rape kits to analyzing them in a certain amount of time. Three states — Colorado, Illinois and Texas — have passed laws that mandate a statewide accounting of untested rape kits. Most of the other states’ proposals favor the inventory measure that would require all law enforcement agencies that store rape kits to count the number of untested kits. Rape Project spokeswoman Natasha Alexenko estimates there are about 400,000 nationwide that fall into that category. “Until we enact this kind of legislation where we’re counting them, we really have no idea,” said Alexenko, a rape victim whose rape kit was finally tested after nearly 10 years, and her attacker arrested after a match was found. Rape victim Meaghan Ybos of Memphis has been crusading for legislation to address the backlogs for several years. The 27-year-old was 16 when she was sexually assaulted in her suburban home in 2003. She underwent a forensic rape exam, but never heard anything else about her kit. In 2012, she was watching the local news and learned police had arrested a suspected serial rapist in the same neighborhood where she lived. “I just knew it was the same person,” recalled Ybos, who called police, told them about her assault and persuaded them to reopen her case. Her rape kit was eventually examined, and the suspect’s DNA and that in her kit matched. The suspect pleaded guilty in her case and is incarcerated. But Ybos, who is also supporting a proposal to lift Tennessee’s eight-year statute of limitation on rapes, said it shouldn’t have taken her that long to get justice. “They never tried to process it until I called ... and asked them,” Ybos said of her rape kit. A spokeswoman for the Memphis Police Department recently told The Associated Press that she couldn’t comment about the backlog because the department is in the middle of litigation concerning a class action lawsuit filed on behalf of women whose rape kits haven’t been tested. But when asked about the situation at an event earlier this month, Memphis Mayor A C Wharton didn’t mince words. “We had a systemic failure here,” he said of the backlog. Last year, Congress officially recognized the backlog of untested rape kits as a national problem in passing the Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence Registry Act, or SAFER, which seeks to provide data on the number of unsolved rape cases awaiting testing and establish better standards for the tracking, storage and use of DNA evidence in sexual assault cases. The federal government is also providing funding to help cover the costs for testing the kits, which usually contain swabs, evidence envelopes

and information sheets detailing the examination. They cost at least $500 to test, a process that involves several steps, including determining whether there’s sufficient material from which a subsequent DNA test may derive a reliable sample. In 2003, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation received a grant for more than $3 million to test rape kits. TBI spokeswoman Illana Tate said the agency solicited kits from all law enforcement agencies in Tennessee, but she doesn’t know exactly how many were submitted. Wharton has asked the Memphis City Council for a million dollars to help with the backlog. He said a little more than 2,000 of the kits have been sent to laboratories, and that it could take up to five years for all the kits to be tested. Memphis, like other cities, is operating on a tight budget. Its police and fire officials haven’t been able to get new training classes because of the city’s strapped finances. But Wharton said he’s determined to get the money needed to address the city’s backlog, even if it means reaching out to philanthropic groups for donations. “Every day that a sexual assault kit sits untested represents justice delayed,” he said. Senate Majority Leader


Meaghan Ybos, a victim of rape, discusses Memphis’ backlog of untested rape kits. Ybos has been crusading for legislation to address the backlog for several years. Mark Norris, a Collierville Republican and chairman of the Council of State Governments, is the sponsor of the inventory measure in Tennessee. He thought there are other municipalities within the state experiencing backlogs. “We’ve got to quantify the magnitude of this problem,” Norris said. “We know that Memphis has somewhere in excess of 12,000 untested forensic evidence kits, but we need to know how many other local law enforcement authorities may have similar backlogs.” Another Tennessee proposal would require law enforce-


ment agencies to submit rape kits to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation within 10 days of receipt and that they be analyzed within six months. However, that measure could be costly and is unlikely to pass. “If the proposal is passed where TBI has to return kits in six months, we would need to double our manpower and require new buildings to accommodate new hires and equipment,” Tate said. Rep. Antonio Parkinson, a co-sponsor of the TBI proposal, said some type of legislation needs to be passed to address the backlogs because besides rape victims, there are individuals who have been

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The Cold War’s final episode? W ASHINGTON — One hundred years ago this coming Aug. 4, the day Britain declared war on Germany, socialists in the German Reichstag voted for credits to finance the war. Marxists — including Lenin, who that day was in what now is Poland — were scandalized. Marx had preached that the proletariat has no fatherland, only a transnational class loyalty to proletarians everywhere. “In 1918,” wrote Louis Fischer, Lenin’s best biographer, “patriotism and naGeorge tionalism, born of Will the ‘subjectivism’ Lenin so disliked, were ideological crimes in Soviet Russia.” These are history-shaping virtues in Ukraine today. Because the nation-state is the necessary framework for durable political liberty, nationalism is a necessary, although insufficient, impulse sustaining liberty. Marx, whose prophesies were perversely predictive because they were almost invariably wrong, predicted the end of nationalism. Economic forces, he said, determine politi-

cal, cultural and psychological realities. So capitalism, with its borders-leaping cosmopolitanism, would dilute to the point of disappearance all emotional attachments to nations. Ukraine’s ferment is an emphatic, albeit redundant, refutation of Marxism. The political elites who cobbled together the European Union hoped that the pooling of national sovereignties would extinguish the nationalism that, they think, ruined Europe’s 20th century. They considered the resulting “democracy deficit” — the transfer of national parliaments’ prerogatives to Brussels bureaucrats — a price well worth paying for tranquility. Now comes turbulent Ukraine, incandescent with nationalism and eager to preserve its sovereignty by a closer relation with the EU. Ukraine’s president, Viktor Yanukovych, is resisting the popular desire for constitutionally limited government, and for a national existence more independent of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s presence. Yanukovych wants to trade Ukraine’s aspira-

tions for Putin’s billions. Russia is ruled by a little, strutting Mussolini — the Duce, like Putin, enjoyed being photographed with his chest bare and his biceps flexed. Putin is unreconciled to the “tragedy,” as he calls it, of the Soviet Union’s demise. It was within the Soviet apparatus of oppression that he honed the skills by which he governs — censorship, corruption, brutality, oppression, assassination. Remember when President George W. Bush peered into Putin’s eyes and got “a sense of his soul” as someone “very straightforward and trustworthy”? Remember when Putin fed the world the fable about rushing naked from his burning dacha — the fire started when Putin was in a sauna — before the rescue of his cherished crucifix that had belonged to his sainted mother? Ukrainians, whose hard history has immunized them against the folly of wishful thinking, see in Putin’s ferret face the cold eyes of a prison warden. Ukraine, whose population (46 million) and size are approximately those of Spain, is a potential economic power. Russia remains what the Soviet Union was, a

third-world country with first-world military technologies. Its hunter-gatherer economy — name a Russian consumer good other than vodka and caviar you might want — is based on extraction industries (oil, gas, minerals). Putin’s contempt for Barack Obama is palpable. Russia’s robust support of Bashar al-Assad is one reason Assad has, according to the Obama administration’s director of intelligence, “strengthened” his position in the period since Obama said Assad should “step aside.” Russia has been less than helpful regarding U.S. attempts to halt Iran’s nuclear weapons program. Where, exactly, has Obama’s much advertised but never defined “reset” of relations with Russia been fruitful? Yet Obama seems so fixated on it that he will not risk annoying Putin by voicing full-throated support for the Ukrainian protesters. Obama participated in waging seven months of war against Libya, a nation not threatening or otherwise important to the United States. Yet Joe Biden’s Tuesday phone call to Yanukovych is, as of this writing, Obama’s strongest response

to the Ukraine crisis, which matters to the political trajectory of the European continent. Europe, which for many centuries was a cockpit for many fighting faiths, is now politically vanilla. And as a military or diplomatic power, “Europe” remains more a geographical than a political term. Still, the pull of European political culture has not lost its power. And if Europe’s historical amnesia is not complete, it should hear echoes of 1848 and 1989 in the voices of Ukrainians today. The Soviet Union — “one of modern history’s pivotal experiments,” in the weasel words of NBC’s Olympics coverage — existed for seven miserable decades. Ukraine’s agony is a reverberation of the protracted process of cleaning up after the “experiment.” So, this is perhaps the final episode of the Cold War. Does America’s unusually loquacious 44th president remember how the words of the 40th — “Tear down this wall!” — helped to win it? George Will’s email address is © 2014, Washington Post Writers Group

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Health care act’s solvency goals questionable In order for the ACA to actually work, it is dependent on enrollment of lots of young adults. Mrs. Obama is touting how affordable health care is for young people thanks to the ACA, but she seems to be forgetting something about the enrollment goals. The enrollment numbers are an indicator of the revenue from those young adults. We need the revenue, not some number of enrollees. She seems to be forgetting that the $50 per month figure she quoted on late-night TV includes a $12,000-a-year subsidy. How can a system work when you have to pay your customers to buy your product? Just how is Affordable Care Act going to make its solvency goals when it loses $12,000 per person on the very people who were needed to make the system work? WES JOHNSTON Dalzell

NOTABLE & QUOTABLE WE’RE ALL ABOUT CONVENIENCE TODAY In “Dave Barry’s Manliness Manifesto,” the author says, “It’s time to reclaim the rites of manhood.” From his upcoming book, “You Can Date Boys When You’re Forty: Dave Barry on Parenting and Other Topics He Knows Very Little About.” We live in ridiculously convenient times. Think about it: Whenever you need any kind of information, about anything, day or night, no matter where you are, you can just tap your finger on your smartphone and within seconds an answer will appear, as if by magic, on the screen. Granted, this answer will be wrong because it comes from the Internet, which is infested with teenagers, lunatics and Anthony Weiner. But it’s convenient. Today everything is convenient. You cook your meals by pushing a microwave button. Your car shifts itself, and your GPS tells you where to go. If you go to a men’s public restroom, you don’t even have to flush the urinal! This tedious chore is a thing of the past because the urinal now has a small electronic “eye” connected to the Central Restroom Com-

mand Post, located deep underground somewhere near Omaha, Neb., where highly trained workers watch you on high-definition TV screens and make the flush decision for you. (“I say we push the button.” “Wait, not yet!”)

RETHINKING A.D.H.D DIAGNOSES, TREATMENT FOR YOUNGSTERS In “Expand Pre-K, Not A.D.H.D.,” authors Stephen Hinshaw and Richard Scheffler say we should “fundamentally rethink how we diagnose and treat A.D.H.D., especially for our youngest citizens.” Read it online at The writing is on the chalkboard. Over the next few years, America can count on a major expansion of early childhood education. We embrace this trend, but as health policy researchers, we want to raise a major caveat: Unless we’re careful, today’s preschool bandwagon could lead straight to an epidemic of 4- and 5-year-olds wrongfully being told that they have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. The problem is that millions of

American children have been labeled with A.D.H.D. when they don’t truly have it. Our research has revealed a worrisome parallel between our nation’s increasing push for academic achievement and increased school accountability — and skyrocketing A.D.H.D. diagnoses, particularly for the nation’s poorest children. For example, we found that in public schools, A.D.H.D. diagnoses of kids within 200 percent of the federal poverty level jumped 59 percent after accountability legislation passed, compared with under 10 percent for middle- and high-income children. There was no such trend in private schools, which are not subject to legislation like this.

EUROPE’S HISTORY AS TOLD BY CANADIAN STUDENTS From “A History of the Past: Life Reeked With Joy,” by Andres Henriksson for the Wilson Quarterly, reprinted in the Winter 2014 issue; he compiled the essay in 1983 as a brief history of Europe, gleaned from papers written by freshman students he had taught in Canada: History, as we know, is always

bias, because human beings have to be studied by other human beings, not by independent observers of another species. During the Middle Ages, everybody was middle aged. Church and state were co-operatic. Middle Evil society was made up of monks, lords, and surfs. It is unfortunate that we do not have a medivel European laid out on a table before us, ready for dissection. After a revival of infantile commerce slowly creeped into Europe, merchants appeared. Some were sitters and some were drifters. They roamed from town to town exposing themselves and organized big fairies in the countryside. Mideval people were violent. Murder during this period was nothing. Everybody killed someone. England fought numerously for land in France and ended up wining and losing. The Crusades were a series of military expaditions made by Christians seeking to free the holy land (the “Home Town” of Christ) from the Islams. The Sumter Item’s “Notable & Quotable” column is compiled by Graham Osteen. Send comments or ideas to

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The Shepherdâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Center, 24 Council St., will offer free public information sessions 11-11:50 a.m. each Thursday through March 13 as follows: Feb. 27, emergency preparedness; March 6, spring gardening tips; and March 13, you are what you eat.

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Free income tax filing services and FAFSA applications will be provided through April 15 as follows: 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Fridays, 3-8 p.m. Saturdays, appointments only on Sundays, Goodwill Job-Link Center, 1028 Broad St., (803) 774-5006; and 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays, Lee County Adult Education, 123 E. College St., Bishopville, (803) 484-4040. For more information and appointments, call Ms. Samuels at (803) 2408355.

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The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Program will offer free income tax assistance and electronic filing for taxpayers with low to middle incomes. All ages are welcome and you do not have to be an AARP member. You will need: picture ID; Social Security card for each dependent; all W-2â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 1099s and 1098s; and supporting documents if you plan to itemize. Bring a canceled check if you wish to have your refund direct deposited. Assistance will be available 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays through April 15 at the Shepherdâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Center, 24 Council St. For details, call Lynda at (803) 469-8322. The Sumter County Educators Association â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Retired will meet at noon Wednesday, Feb. 26, at the North HOPE Center, 904 N. Main St. Virginia Sanders will speak on the Affordable Care Act. For more information, call Brenda Bethune at (803) 4696588. The Sumter County Veterans Association will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, at VFW Post 3034, Gion Street. The Sumter Benedict Alumni Club will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, March 3, at the North HOPE Center. Call Shirley Blassingame at (803) 506-4019.

NBC launches 2 new, worthwhile sitcoms BY KEVIN MCDONOUGH â&#x20AC;&#x153;About a Boyâ&#x20AC;? (9 p.m., NBC, TV-PG) may be one of those rare sitcoms based on a movie that immediately surpasses its source material. At its weakest, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Boyâ&#x20AC;? threatens to become â&#x20AC;&#x153;One and a Half Men.â&#x20AC;? Fortunately, the show, its writing and its cast are rarely off their game. Assuming the role played by Hugh Grant in the 2002 adaptation of Nick Hornbyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s novel, David Walton stars as Will, a commitment-phobic ladiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; man whose youthful stint as a songwriter and pop star affords him a comfortable, if idle and increasingly empty, life. Benjamin Stockham makes a memorable appearance as Marcus, the lonely son of Fiona (Minnie Driver), the strident vegan who moves in next door. Fionaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s heart is in the right place, but she has no idea that in turning her son into her â&#x20AC;&#x153;best friendâ&#x20AC;? and festooning him in hippie sweaters, she has made him a sissified object of ridicule and a punching bag for bullies. Marcus needs a male role model, and the hapless Will happens to be handy and available. Both immature men share a breezy chemistry. Marcus is smart and wise beyond his years without the overbearing precocity of many sitcom kids. At times, he sounds like the voice of Linus in â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Charlie Brown Christmasâ&#x20AC;? and other specials. Look for comic Al Madrigal as Willâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s friend Andy, a former bandmate now knee-deep in fatherhood and family responsibilities. In lesser comedies, Andy might be seen as henpecked, pathetic and jealous of Willâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life of serial promiscuity. But here Andy is the slightly geeky voice of reason. Along with â&#x20AC;&#x153;Growing Up Fisherâ&#x20AC;? (9:30 p.m., NBC, TV-PG) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; an unabashed love story about a son and his father â&#x20AC;&#x201D; NBC offers two sitcoms that donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t merely dare to be â&#x20AC;&#x153;nice,â&#x20AC;? but tackle the difficult and profound theme of male identity and insecurity. â&#x20AC;˘ You know a show is in trouble when Christian Slater plays the voice of reason. On â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mind Gamesâ&#x20AC;? (10 p.m., ABC, TV-PG), Slater plays Ross Edwards, who, together with his brother, Clark (Steve Zahn), uses psychological manipulation to help clients achieve business and/or personal triumphs. The normally affable Zahn

has to play Clark as an emotionally unstable genius whose flights of inspiration and insight are frequently unbearable to watch. Similar to Pierce (Eric McCormack) on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Perceptionâ&#x20AC;? (10 p.m., TNT, TV-14), heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a deeply disturbed character whose â&#x20AC;&#x153;talentâ&#x20AC;? emerges when heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s off his meds. â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;&#x153;Game of Armsâ&#x20AC;? (10 p.m., AMC) documents competitive arm wrestling.

â&#x20AC;˘ Rachelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s understudy on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gleeâ&#x20AC;? (8 p.m., Fox, TV-14). â&#x20AC;˘ A clown criminal returns on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rizzoli & Islesâ&#x20AC;? (9 p.m., TNT, TV-14). â&#x20AC;˘ Danger at the call center on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Person of Interestâ&#x20AC;? (10 p.m., CBS, TV-14). â&#x20AC;˘ Severide leaves Lindsay in good hands on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Chicago Fireâ&#x20AC;? (10 p.m., NBC, TV-14). â&#x20AC;˘ A petty grifter has big problems on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Justifiedâ&#x20AC;? (10 p.m., FX, TV-MA). â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;&#x153;Real Sports With Bryant Gumbelâ&#x20AC;? (10 p.m., HBO) explores the relationship between hunting and the gun lobby and recalls

The Shepherdâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Center will hold a â&#x20AC;&#x153;One Pot Cook-Offâ&#x20AC;? 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, March 7, at 24 Council St. Cost is $10 per person for all you can sample and eat. Take outs will be available. Call (803) 773-1944 for details.

Girlâ&#x20AC;? (9 p.m., Fox, TV-14) * A haunted bunker on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Supernaturalâ&#x20AC;? (9 p.m., CW, TV-14) * Jakeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s debt canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be ignored on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Brooklyn Nine-Nineâ&#x20AC;? (9:30 p.m., Fox, TV-14).

The Sumter County Active Lifestyles (SCAL) will hold its next community walk at noon Saturday, March 8, at Patriot Park, 200 General Drive. Walks are $1 per adult and free for children under 18, SCAL and SCOTM! members. Mary Nevins, water resources agent with Carolina Clear, will discuss rain gardens.




The NBC sitcom â&#x20AC;&#x153;About a Boy,â&#x20AC;? starring Benjamin Stockham, Minnie Driver and David Walton, premieres at 9 p.m. today. the 2011 plane crash that wiped out a Russian hockey team.

SERIES NOTES Less than bullet-proof on â&#x20AC;&#x153;NCISâ&#x20AC;? (8 p.m., CBS, TV-PG) * Rebekah rubs a witch the wrong way on â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Originalsâ&#x20AC;? (8 p.m., CW, TV-14) * A mothballed professional killer becomes a suspect on â&#x20AC;&#x153;NCIS: Los Angelesâ&#x20AC;? (9 p.m., CBS, TV-14) * Abby stakes a claim on â&#x20AC;&#x153;New



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Michelle Dockery, DJ Qualls and Schoolboy Q are on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Conanâ&#x20AC;? (11 p.m., TBS) * John Caparulo, Morgan Murphy and April Richardson are booked on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Chelsea Latelyâ&#x20AC;? (11 p.m., E!) * Jack Hanna and Kat Dennings appear on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Late Show With David Lettermanâ&#x20AC;? (11:35 p.m., CBS) * Paul Rudd, Shaquille Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Neal and Hannibal Buress are on â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Tonight Showâ&#x20AC;? (11:35 p.m., NBC) * Kevin Spacey and Ansel Elgort appear on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jimmy Kimmel Liveâ&#x20AC;? (11:35 p.m., ABC) * Kanye West, Russell Wilson and Robyn Doolittle visit â&#x20AC;&#x153;Late Night With Seth Meyersâ&#x20AC;? (12:35 a.m., NBC) * Ashton Kutcher on â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Late Late Showâ&#x20AC;? (12:35 a.m., CBS).

The Sumter Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 11, at Shiloh-Randolph Manor, 125 W. Bartlette St. Bertha W. McCants, Ed.D., will speak. The spotlight will shine on Janice Samuel and the associate member is Cassandra F. Truesdale. Transportation provided within the coverage area. Contact Debra Canty at (803) 775-5792 or at Call the 24-hour recorded message line at (206) 3765992 for information about tickets for the April 19 barbecue.

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FIRESIDE FROM PAGE A1 Sharp, one of Sumter’s greatest philanthropists and businessmen. Recently, his immediate family gave a gift of $15,000 to the fund. If you need assistance, please try to make an appointment and call for a list of documentation needed. Families needing assistance should call The Salvation Army at (803) 7759336. Donations can be mailed to The Sumter Item, P.O. Box 1677, Sumter, SC 29151 or dropped off at 20 N. Magnolia St. Names, including groups, should be spelled completely. When making a donation in someone’s honor or memory, please include a full name. Names will be printed as given. Contributions received as of Monday include: In memory of Ingrid Louise Newman and Roy Neal Newman Carraway, $20; Louise N. Smith, $20; Shaw Heights

Baptist Church, $100; Friendship Bible Class of Dalzell United Methodist Church, $50; Philip Edwards, $100; Dora Brogdon Sunday School Class of Graham Baptist Church, $50; Paul and Monica Gober, $100; Mr. and Mrs. James Price, $20; In loving memory of Wane Johnston by Bobby Sigley, $5; FAHOLO Class of Trinity United Methodist Church, $100; Shirley and Sidney Kolb, $150; Current Mission Group Crosswell Baptist Church, $20; Jackie Jurecek, $100; Women’s Literary Club, $50; Antioch United Methodist Women, $75; In honor of Anna M. Baker and in memory of Claude F Baker Sr. by William and Vicki Baker, $250; In memory of L. W. and Elizabeth Deas by William and Vicki Baker, $250. Total Combined Anonymous, $1,210 Total This Week: $2,670 Total This Year: $59,839.17 Total Last Year: $41,221.57 Total Since 1969: $1,381,153.19




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AccuWeather® five-day forecast for Sumter TODAY






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IN THE MOUNTAINS Today: Mostly cloudy. Winds west 4-8 mph. Wednesday: Cooler with clouds breaking. Winds north-northwest 6-12 mph.

Aiken 67/46

ON THE COAST Charleston 70/52

Today: Intervals of clouds and sunshine. High 60 to 71. Wednesday: Cooler; a couple of showers in the morning. High 52 to 59.


Couple charged with murder of S.C. woman COLUMBIA (AP) — A Myrtle Beach couple has been charged with murder and kidnapping in the case of a missing 20-year-old woman whose body has not been found, authorities said Monday. During a news conference, Horry County Police Chief Saundra Rhodes said Tammy Moorer, 41, and her 38-year-old husband, Sidney, face those charges in the death of Heather Elvis. Elvis’ family said she was last heard from about 3 a.m. on Dec. 18, after she went on a date. Her cellphone gave out its last signal about that time, and her car was found abandoned at a boat landing Dec. 19. The Moorers were initially arrested Friday and charged with indecent exposure and obstruction of justice in the case, but au-

thorities released no other details about the charges or the investigation that led to them. On Monday, Rhodes also declined to release much information, saying only that that additional evidence found at their home led investigators to bring the kidnapping and murder charges against the couple. “We were searching the property for any evidence that would lead us to probable cause in this case, a body included,” Rhodes said. “Obviously the investigation is still ongoing. The evidence that we located there led to the charge of murder.” Attorneys said to be representing the couple did not immediately return messages Monday. Rhodes said they would be in court next during the week of March 17.




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The last word ARIES (March 21-April 19): in astrology Proceed with EUGENIA LAST caution when dealing with institutions, business associates or unpredictable individuals. Don’t give someone looking for an excuse to make you look bad an opportunity to twist your words. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Don’t be afraid to be a freethinker. Be trendy and innovative. Present what you have to offer with pizzazz. Take charge and do the initial work before you count on anyone to live up to your standards. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Scale down ideas to ensure they’re realistic. If you start small and build slowly, you’ll have a better chance of reaching goals and making an impression on someone you need on your team. CANCER (June 21-July 22): Nurture an important relationship. Talk about your plans and discuss complaints you have. Fine-tuning a situation will help you reach objectives and set the stage for future endeavors. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): The spotlight should be on learning, engaging in talks and setting up the groundwork for a partnership with someone you find innovative and tech-savvy. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Offer a visual picture for those less imaginative and you’ll interest the people best suited to help you turn your plans into a reality. What you do to help others will result in

SUMTER CITY-COUNTY PLANNING COMMISSION Wednesday, 3 p.m., Planning Department, 12 W. Liberty St. SUMTER COUNTY DEVELOPMENT BOARD Thursday, 7:30 a.m., Greater Sumter Chamber of Commerce boardroom, 32 E. Calhoun St.








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LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Do whatever needs to be done. If you rely on others, you’ll be disappointed. Spread your interests to include people from different backgrounds or who have unusual skills to offer.

2-3-13-14-54 Powerball: 4 Powerplay: 5

23-29-32-45-46 Megaball: 15 Megaplier: 5

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SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Talk is cheap and will give you a pretty good idea where everyone you’re dealing with stands. Your unique approach to life and the way you live will attract attention. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Consider your past and how best to use what you’ve accomplished to help you get ahead. Change will be required at home if you want to avoid an unsavory situation due to meddlers seeking to damage your position.


PICK 4 MONDAY 8-4-1-3 and 7-3-8-2

PICTURES FROM THE PUBLIC Donna Green shares a picture she took of a recent sunrise.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): You have plenty to offer. Don’t hold back, even if it means taking a stance and disagreeing with someone. A passionate display, coupled with facts and expertise, will help you come out on top. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Put money matters, health issues and taking care of personal business at the top of your list. Offer suggestions to those asking for a handout, but don’t give money or time you don’t have. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Offer help. Your kindness and generosity will be acknowledged and can lead to influential connections. Someone from your past is likely to cause you grief if you’re guilty of leaving business unfinished.

HAVE YOU TAKEN PICTURES OF INTERESTING, EXCITING, BEAUTIFUL OR HISTORICAL PLACES? Would you like to share those images with your fellow Item readers? E-mail your hi-resolution jpegs to, or mail to Sandra Holbert c/o The Item, P.O. Box 1677, Sumter, SC 29150. Include clearly printed or typed name of photographer and photo details. Include a self-addressed, stamped envelope for return of your photo. Amateur photographers only please.


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SHS boys, Lady Knights at home today

Clowney impresses with combine 40


BY RYAN WOOD Post and Courier

If the Sumter High School boys basketball team is going to get back to the lower state ENGLISH championship game in the 4A state playoffs, it is going to have to beat the team that ended its season at that point last season. The Gamecocks will be playing host to defending lower state cham-


pion Goose Creek today at 7 p.m. at the SHS gymnasium. Also trying to get back to a lower state title game is the Crestwood girls team. The Lady Knights will play host to Hilton Head Island today at The Castle beginning at 6 p.m. in the third round of the 3A state playoffs. In the SCISA state playoffs today, Laurence Manning Academy will take on Hilton Head Christian at 3:30


Jadeveon Clowney ran a 4.53-second, 40yard dash Monday CLOWNEY morning at the NFL Combine. That’s fast. Enough speed to forget about Clowney’s lessthan-impressive 21 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press Sunday. The former South Carolina defensive end burned more speed than two-

thirds of the running backs at the NFL Combine. His time was easily the best among this year’s defensive linemen; according to SAPP ESPN Stats and Information, Robert Griffin III is the only quarterback to run faster than 4.53 at the Combine since 2006. NFL Network analyst Warren



Junior back in Victory Lane after Daytona 500 win BY JENNA FRYER The Associated Press DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Dale Earnhardt Jr. cruised down pit road, stopping just long enough for Rick Hendrick to climb halfway inside his window for the short lift to Victory Lane. Once there, Junior slipped from the beloved No. 88 Chevrolet, bounded past TV cameras and hugged every single crew member he could find to thank them for getting him his second Daytona 500 victory. This was a celebration 10 years in the making. It probably won’t be the last this season. And maybe not the biggest. “We’re going for the jugular this year,” Earnhardt said after Sunday night’s win in the season-opening Daytona 500. NASCAR’s most popular driver had to wait out a rain delay of more than EARNHARDT six hours, then a chaotic close to end a 55-race drought dating back to 2012. His breakthrough win came at Daytona International Speedway, where he’d finished second in three of the previous four 500s and won “The Great American Race” a decade ago. His emotions were clearly mixed in the moments after the finish. He screamed the win was better than the first as he took the checkered flag, then did an about-face in Victory Lane. “I’m grateful to have one it twice now. I was grateful to have won it once,” he said. “In about six months, I’ll be as urgent to try to do it a third time as I was after the first.” When he finally arrived for his post-race news conference, soaked in beer and champagne nearly two hours after the win and a little over 11 hours after the race first began, he practically sprinted into the room. Arms raised, he yelled “Woo!” “I bet someone hasn’t come in here and screamed in 30 years,”



Thomas Sumter’s Sydney Long (12) grabs a rebound between two Spartanburg Day players during Monday’s SCISA 2A state quarterfinal game at Sumter County Civic Center. The Lady Generals advance to the semifinal round against Trinity-Brynes 3:30 p.m. Thursday.

Grounding the Griffins Thomas Sumter tops Spartanburg Day 44-37 to advance to 2A semifinals BY DENNIS BRUNSON Just as it got off to a slow start in its opening game of the SCISA 2A state playoffs, the Thomas Sumter Academy girls basketball REED team did the same thing on Monday in its quarterfinal game against Spartanburg Day. However, unlike in their 44-37 victory over Robert E. Lee Academy on Friday, the Lady Generals didn’t wait around until the fourth quarter to put the game away. After leading 5-4 after one quarter, TSA opened a 25-12 at halftime and never saw its lead fall under 10 points in the second half as it defeated the Lady Griffins 45-33 at Sumter County Civic Center.

Thomas Sumter, which improved to 19-9 on the season, will take on Trinity-Byrnes in the semifinals on Thursday at 3:30 p.m. at the civic center. T-B defeated Thomas Heyward 27-19 on Monday. “I’m just so proud of these girls,” said Lady Generals head coach B.J. Reed. “I’m glad they get to see they are one of four teams that in the semifinals.” Julia Law is a big reason TSA is in the semifinals. After scoring seven points in the fourth quarter against REL to lead Thomas Sumter back from a 5-point deficit, Law had 14 in the first half against Spartanburg and finished the game with 19. “I’m just really focused and trying to do my job in the


Poor shooting dooms Lady Saints

in loss to Newberry Academy BY EDDIE LITAKER Special to The Item Facing the upper No. 1 seed in Newberry Academy in its quarterfinal matchup of the SCISA 1A girls basketball state tournament on Monday at Wilson Hall’s Nash Student Center, Clarendon Hall picked a bad time to have likely its worst shooting effort of the season. Yet even with their struggles putting the ball in the hoop, the second of consecuKEITH GEDAMKE / SPECIAL TO THE SUMTER ITEM tive Shannon Corbett 3-point Clarendon Hall’s Delaney Peeler (13) puts up a shot against Newberry baskets had the Lady Saints Academy’s Andie Getz (20) in the Lady Eagles’ 34-24 victory on Monwithin seven, 27-20, with 3:20 day at Nash Student Center in a SCISA 1A state quarterfinal game. left in the game.

That would prove to be as close as Clarendon Hall would get as the Lady Eagles held on down the stretch for a 34-24 victory that ended the Lady Saints’ season at 11-13. “If we could have shot the ball the way we’re capable of and the way we shot it the other night (in a 28-42 firstround victory over Faith Christian on Friday), we’d have had a much better chance of winning that game,” said Lady Saints head coach Rick Atkinson. “Taking nothing away from Newberry, they’ve got a good team and they might win state, but we were right there with them

the whole time except for our inability to (make our shots). We missed layups, 4-footers, so that was a big deal.” The game was also quite physical, as sophomore starter Delaney Peeler and her backup Emily Brunson both suffered ankle injuries. Peeler re-entered the game late to sink two free throws on behalf of senior starter Kaela Phillips, who came out of the game briefly after hitting the floor hard. “The effort was there, and it messed us up with Delaney’s ankle, and then I had Emily in







9 a.m. – NFL Football: NFL Scouting Combine from Indianapolis (NFL NETWORK). Noon – International Soccer: UEFA Champions League Match – Borussia Dortmund vs. Zenit St. Petersburg (FOX SPORTSOUTH). 2 p.m. – International Soccer: UEFA Champions League Match – Manchester United vs. Olympiakos FC (FOX SPORTSOUTH). 6:05 p.m. – Talk Show: Sports Talk (WDXY-FM 105.9, WDXY-AM 1240). 7 p.m. – College Basketball: Dayton at St. Joseph’s (CBS SPORTS NETWORK). 7 p.m. – College Basketball: Florida at Vanderbilt (ESPN). 7 p.m. – College Basketball: Kansas State at Texas Tech (ESPN2). 7 p.m. – College Basketball: Virginia Tech at Duke (ESPNU). 7 p.m. – College Basketball: Xavier at St. John’s (FOX SPORTS 1). 7 p.m. – College Basketball: Clemson at Wake Forest (FOX SPORTSOUTH). 7 p.m. – NBA Basketball: Los Angeles Lakers at Indiana (NBA TV). 7 p.m. – NHL Hockey: Carolina at Buffalo (SPORTSOUTH). 7:30 p.m. – NBA Basketball: Chicago at Atlanta (WGN). 9 p.m. – College Basketball: Utah State at New Mexico (CBS SPORTS NETWORK). 9 p.m. – College Basketball: Indiana at Wisconsin (ESPN). 9 p.m. – College Basketball: Wichita State at Bradley (ESPN2). 9 p.m. – College Basketball: Missouri at Georgia (ESPN). 9 p.m. – College Basketball: Seton Hall at DePaul (FOX SPORTS 1). 11 p.m. – College Basketball: San Jose State at San Diego State (CBS SPORTS NETWORK).

COLLEGE BASEBALL Baseball America Top 25

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — The top 25 teams in the Baseball America poll with records through Feb. 23 and previous ranking (voting by the staff of Baseball America): Record Pvs 1. Virginia 6-1 1 2. Florida State 6-0 4 3. South Carolina 7-0 5 4. Oregon State 5-2 2 5. Cal State Fullerton 4-3 3 6. N.C. State 5-1 6 7. LSU 7-0 8 8. Vanderbilt 7-0 9 9. Oregon 7-0 11 10. Louisiana-Lafayette 7-1 14 11. Clemson 5-1 13 12. Rice 6-2 15 13. Cal Poly 6-1 22 14. Miami 4-3 16 15. Texas 5-3 18 16. TCU 6-1 19 17. Indiana 2-5 10 18. Mississippi State 4-4 7 19. UCLA 4-3 12 20. Louisville 5-2 20 21. Alabama 4-2 21 22. North Carolina 3-3 17 23. Texas A&M 6-1 24 24. Arkansas 6-0 25 25. Florida 3-2 23


The Top Twenty Five The top 25 teams in The Associated Press’ college basketball poll, with firstplace votes in parentheses, records through Feb. 23, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and last week’s ranking: Record Pts Prv 1. Florida (47) 25-2 1,606 2 2. Wichita St. (14) 29-0 1,549 3 3. Arizona (4) 25-2 1,494 4 4. Syracuse 25-2 1,410 1 5. Kansas 21-6 1,310 8 6. Duke 22-6 1,286 5 7. Louisville 23-4 1,152 11 8. Villanova 24-3 1,113 9 9. Creighton 23-4 1,103 11 10. Saint Louis 25-2 1,047 10 11. Cincinnati 24-4 921 7 12. Virginia 23-5 909 14 13. San Diego St. 23-3 886 6 14. Wisconsin 22-5 818 16 15. Iowa St. 21-5 709 17 16. Michigan 19-7 653 20 17. Kentucky 21-6 629 18 18. Michigan St. 22-6 552 13 19. North Carolina 20-7 440 — 20. Iowa 19-7 418 15 21. Memphis 21-6 288 22 22. Ohio St. 22-6 253 24 23. SMU 22-6 155 — 24. Texas 20-7 129 19 25. New Mexico 21-5 113 — Others receiving votes: UConn 81, UCLA 41, Oklahoma 35, Stephen F. Austin 11, UMass 9, Gonzaga 2, Green Bay 2, NC Central 1. The Women’s Top Twenty Five The Associated Press The top 25 teams in The Associated

Press’ women’s college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Feb. 23, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and last week’s ranking: Record Pts Prv 1. UConn (36) 28-0 900 1 2. Notre Dame 27-0 864 2 3. Louisville 27-2 804 3 4. South Carolina 25-2 775 4 5. Stanford 25-2 764 5 6. Baylor 24-3 737 6 7. Duke 24-4 680 7 8. Penn St. 21-5 615 9 9. Maryland 22-5 605 8 10. Tennessee 22-5 585 10 11. West Virginia 24-3 555 13 12. Kentucky 20-7 444 15 13. NC State 23-5 423 14 14. North Carolina 21-7 412 11 15. Oklahoma St. 21-5 408 12 16. Nebraska 20-5 367 17 17. Texas A&M 21-7 354 16 18. California 20-7 306 18 19. Purdue 20-7 233 21 20. Arizona St. 22-6 230 20 21. Michigan St. 18-8 165 23 22. Gonzaga 24-4 124 24 23. Middle Tennessee 23-4 96 — 24. Rutgers 20-6 59 25 25. Iowa 21-7 46 — Others receiving votes: LSU 35 Dayton 23, Chattanooga 16, Bowling Green 14, DePaul 13, James Madison 12, St. John’s 10, Oregon St. 8, BYU 6, Vanderbilt 5, Syracuse 4, UTEP 2, Georgia Tech 1.

Day wins Match Play event MARANA, Ariz. — One shot came out of bottom of a cactus, the other from the base of a desert bush with rocks scattered around it. Both times, Jason Day felt the Match Play Championship was his to win Sunday. And both times, he watched Victor Dubuisson turn the impossible into pars in the wildest conclusion ever to a tournament that is unpredictable even in normal circumstances. Dubuisson finally ran out of magic. Day ended the madness at Dove Mountain on the fifth extra hole when he pitched over a mound to 4 feet and made birdie, a sigh of relief as much as it was cause for celebration at capturing his first World Golf Championship. It was remarkable enough when the 23-yearold Frenchman stood in a fairway bunker on the 17th hole, 174 yards away and needing to win the last two holes to force overtime. He did just that with a 15-foot birdie and a par save from the bunker.


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CHONBURI, Thailand — Anna Nordqvist won the LPGA Thailand on Sunday to end a five-year victory drought, holding off topranked Inbee Park at Siam County Club. Nordqvist, the LPGA Championship and LPGA Tour Championship winner in 2009, led wire-to-wire. The 26-year-old Swede closed with a 4-under 68 to beat defending champion Park by two strokes.

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CHARLOTTE — The Atlantic Coast Conference football championship game is staying in Charlotte. ACC commissioner John Swofford announced that the conference and the Charlotte Sports Foundation have reached an agreement on a six-year contract extension that will keep the football championship game in Charlotte through 2019. The game has been played in Charlotte since 2010. Swofford made the announcement at a news conference Monday at Bank of America Stadium, home of the NFL’s Carolina Panthers.

L.A. Clippers 125, Oklahoma City 117 Miami 93, Chicago 79 Washington 96, Cleveland 83 Toronto 105, Orlando 90 Sacramento 109, Denver 95 Brooklyn 108, L.A. Lakers 102 Portland 108, Minnesota 97 Houston 115, Phoenix 112


L.A. Lakers at Indiana, 7 p.m. Orlando at Washington, 7 p.m. Toronto at Cleveland, 7 p.m. Chicago at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m. Minnesota at Phoenix, 9 p.m. Portland at Denver, 9 p.m. Houston at Sacramento, 10 p.m.

GOLF The Associated Press

Accenture Match Play Championship Results Sunday At Dove Mountain, The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club Marana, Ariz. Purse: $9 million Yardage: 7,791; Par: 72 (Seedings in parentheses) Championship Jason Day (8), Australia, $1.53 million, def. Victor Dubuisson (27), France, $906,000, 23 holes. Third Place Rickie Fowler (53), United States, $630,000, def. Ernie Els (31), South Africa, $510,000, 19 holes.

CLOWNEY FROM PAGE B1 Sapp, a Hall of Fame defensive tackle with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, couldn’t believe Clowney’s raw athleticism. “It’s frightening to see a man that big, that fast, coming up and down this football field. He is a freak,” Sapp said on NFL Network immediately after Clowney ran his second of two 40-yard dashes. “I don’t care what he runs either. The thing that I want to do is see


NBA STANDINGS By The Associated Press W Toronto 31 Brooklyn 26 New York 21 Boston 19 Philadelphia 15 SOUTHEAST DIVISION W Miami 40 Washington 28 Charlotte 27 Atlanta 26 Orlando 17 CENTRAL DIVISION W Indiana 42 Chicago 29 Detroit 23 Cleveland 22 Milwaukee 10

him put his feet in the ground and come with a hunger and love for this game. Because that’s the one thing, when you turn his tape on, you don’t see that love for the game. That love of the hunt that you want to see from a defensive lineman, but the kid is a freak. And, oh, is he athletic.” Sapp didn’t only have glowing things to say about Clowney. The former Gamecocks All-American wasn’t



COLUMBIA– Fifthranked South Carolina

the only thing Sapp couldn’t believe. Sapp raised the same red flag that has followed Clowney through most of last season, hammering him on his work ethic and desire to play the game. He also criticized Clowney’s technique. Naturally, the always-affable Sapp didn’t mince words. “On film, it’s a shame,” Sapp said. “I’m ashamed to look at it. I have to push pause, get up and walk around the room and calm myself down, because

pounded out 12 hits and six pitchers combined for a seven hit shutout as the Gamecocks defeated Eastern Kentucky 6-0, sweeping the series on Sunday afternoon at Carolina Stadium. The Gamecocks have now held opponents scoreless for 51 consecutive innings and recorded their fifth consecutive shutout, which is a program record. South Carolina improves to 7-0 on the year while the loss drops Eastern Kentucky to 1-6. Junior outfielder Connor Bright went 3-for-4 with a pair of RBI and a run scored. Bright has now safely hit in all seven games this season. Junior infielder Joey Pankake went 1-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored. (13) CLEMSON 10 MAINE 2

CLEMSON-- Garrett Boulware went 3-for-4 with three RBIs to lead 13thranked Clemson to a 10-2 win over Maine at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Sunday afternoon to complete a three-game sweep. The Tigers (5-1) scored four runs in the first inning and added four runs in the third inning to build a 9-1 lead and never looked back against Maine, Tiger Head Coach Jack Leggett’s alma mater. Boulware paced Clemson’s 12-hit attack, while 10 Tigers in all had at least one hit. Steven Duggar extended his hitting streak to 15 games as well. Junior righthander Jake Long (1-0) earned his first win as a Tiger by allowing six hits, two runs, and no walks with three strikeouts in 6.0 innings pitched. Starter Scott Heath (1-1) suffered the loss for Maine (1-5). The Tigers host Presbyterian College at Doug Kingsmore Stadium 4 p.m. today.

snap the skid when they return to Riley Park to take on Rhode Island on Tuesday at 5 p.m. (4) SOUTH CAROLINA 69 FLORIDA 55

COLUMBIA — South Carolina coach Dawn Staley was pleased with her team’s 69-55 victory over Florida on Sunday. She and the fourthranked Gamecocks were much happier about an hour later when they clinched a tie for their firstever Southeastern Conference title. South Carolina earned its share when No. 15 Kentucky defeated 16th-ranked Texas A&M 83-74. The Gamecocks watched in their locker room and celebrated Kentucky’s 83-74 win over Texas A&M. South Carolina can win the crown outright with a victory at home over Georgia on Thursday night. Staley and the Gamecocks (25-2, 13-1 SEC) have done that much of the season, including against the pesky Gators (17-10, 7-7) in front of the second largest crowd (10,547) ever to watch women’s basketball at 11-year-old Colonial Life Arena. Tiffany Mitchell scored 20 points, Alaina Coates had 16 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Gamecocks. ORIOLES SIGN NELSON CRUZ


SARASOTA, Fla. — Outfielder Nelson Cruz and the Baltimore Orioles have finalized an $8 million, oneyear contract, a deal that puts him on track to become the team’s regular designated hitter. The 33-year-old, who served a 50-game suspension last year for violating baseball’s drug agreement, can earn an additional $750,000 in bonuses based on days on the active 25man roster: $150,000 each for 60, 90, 120, 150 and180.



Orlando, Fla. – Central Florida built a seven-run lead in the fourth and then sweated out an adventurous ninth on the mound to take a 9-7 victory over The Citadel in the final game of the UCF Tournament. The Bulldogs (2-5) have lost five in a row, including games against Oklahoma, Ohio State and the host Knights by a combined total of five runs over the weekend. They will look to

TAMPA, Fla. — Outfielder Brett Gardner and the New York Yankees have agreed to a contract that adds $52 million in guaranteed money from 2015-18. The deal announced Sunday includes a team option for for 2019 that if exercised would make the new money $62.5 million over five seasons.

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Clowney’s 37.5-inch vertical leap and 124-inch broad jump each rated second among defensive linemen. He completed a 3-cone drill in a pedestrian 7.27 seconds. Clowney’s Gamecocks teammate, defensive lineman Kelcy Quarles, recorded a 23.5-inch vertical leap and 102-inch broad jump, among the worst jumps at the position. His 40 time was 5.03 seconds, and on Saturday he benched 27 reps, both middleof-the-pack figures.

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Syracuse tops Terps to end skid COLLEGE PARK, Md. — No. 4 Syracuse blew most of a 12-point lead in the last 8 minutes and used one final defensive stop to squeeze past Maryland 57-55 on Monday night and end a two-game losing streak. It was another close call for the Orange (26-2, 13-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), whose previous four games were decided by a total of 12 points. Syracuse led 49-37 with 7:54 left but allowed Maryland to close to 56-55 with 47 seconds remaining. After C.J. Fair missed a jumper for the Orange, Baye ENNIS Moussa Keita blocked a driving layup by Nick Faust to keep Syracuse in front. Trevor Cooney was fouled and made one of two free throws with 4 seconds to go before Maryland’s Seth Allen’s game-ending jumper bounded off the back of the rim. Tyler Ennis scored 20 points and Fair had 17 to help Orange coach Jim Boeheim secure his 946th career victory. WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

(16) NEBRASKA 94 (8) PENN STATE 74 LINCOLN, Neb. — Tear’a Laudermill scored 22 of her career-high 27 points and made six of her seven 3-pointers in the first half, and No. 16 Nebraska defeated eighth-ranked Penn State 94-74 to stay alive in the Big Ten race on Monday night. (21) MICHIGAN STATE 75 MINNESOTA 61

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Tori Jankoska scored 16 of her 21 points in the first half, including four 3-pointers, as No. 21 Michigan State beat Minnesota 75-61 on Monday. NBA BUCKS 130 76ERS 110 PHILADELPHIA — O.J. Mayo made seven 3-pointers and scored 25 points, Ersan Ilyasova added 20, and the Milwaukee Bucks placed seven players in double figures in a 130-110 rout of the Philadelphia 76ers, who lost their 11th straight game on Monday night.

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OKLAHOMA 89 WACO, Texas — Odyssey Sims scored 38 points and Nina Davis added 28 points and 14 rebounds to help No. 6 Baylor beat Oklahoma 96-89 on Monday night. Makenzie Robertson added 11 points for the Lady Bears (25-3, 15-1 Big 12).

AUBURN HILLS, Mich.— Stephen Curry had 19 points, nine assists and eight rebounds, and the Golden State Warriors clamped down on the Detroit Pistons in the second half of a 104-96 victory Monday.

for Delaney, and her ankle,” Atkinson said. “We hadn’t had injuries all year, we’ve been real blessed, and all of a sudden I’m trying to play without two of my players that I’ve had in the regular rotation.” Both teams struggled early as Newberry got to the free-throw line but hit just four of eight attempts to help build an 8-0 lead. Clarendon Hall’s first points came on an Abigail Jenkinson bucket with 50 seconds left in the period. Holly Carlisle added the front end of a 2-shot foul with 10 seconds left but the Lady Saints trailed 12-3 heading to the second. The Lady Eagles’ lead was 19-6 before a Brunson basket and a 3-point play by

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TSA FROM PAGE B1 post,” Law said. “I want us to (win a state championship) and if I do my job, I think my teammates will get the ball to me.” Reed is happy to be getting the play from Law she’s receiving right now. “We’ve been wanting this from her all year,” Reed said of the senior post player, who was averaging around five points a contest entering the tournament. “She is doing a really good job for us in the post. The key for us has been our post play and our free throw shooting.” TSA had a strong defensive performance as well. The Lady Generals forced 14 turnovers and made it very difficult for the Lady Griffins, who finished the year at 15-7, to get open looks. “We wanted to be very aggressive on defense,” Reed said. “We felt like we had a better chance of scoring if we force turnovers and get out in transition. We also wanted to make sure that 1 (Ansley Devore) and 22 (Zella Richardson) didn’t get going because they are great players. We didn’t want them to get hot early.” While Devore finished with 15 and Richardson with 10, Spartanburg only had 12 points at halftime. While Thomas Sumter never built its lead to anymore than 14 points in the second half, the Lady Griffins were unable to put anything together and make a run. After Law’s 19 points, Sydney Long added eight, Hannah Jenkins seven and Taylor Knudson six. TSA split its two regularseason games with Trinity, which is 21-4 on the year. The Lady Trojans won the opener 41-21 before Thomas Sumter won the second game 33-19. “It’s going to be a battle,” Reed said.

Jenkinson cut the lead to eight, 19-11, at the break. Carlisle hit another free throw to open the secondhalf scoring, cutting the lead to seven, but Newberry was back up by 11, 25-14, to close the quarter. Jenkinson scored seven to top the Lady Saints while Corbett ended with six points, 12 rebounds, five steals, an assist and no turnovers. The loss brought an end to the Clarendon Hall basketball careers of Phillips and Addison Allan, who served as co-captains for this year’s squad. Allan is a second-generation player for Atkinson, who also coached her mother, current Lady Saints assistant coach Shannon Allan.



SCHSL BASKETBALL PLAYOFFS THIRD ROUND Tuesday 4A BOYS UPPER STATE (1) T.L. Hanna at (1) Irmo (4) Byrnes at (2) Hillcrest LOWER STATE (2) Goose Creek at (1) Sumter (2) Dutch Fork at (1) Wando 4A GIRLS UPPER STATE (1) Irmo at (1) Greenwood (2) Spring Valley at (1) Dorman LOWER STATE (1) West Florence at (1) Dutch Fork (1) Summeville at (1) Goose Creek 3A BOYS UPPER STATE (2) AC Flora at (1) Emerald (3) Greenville at (1) Dreher LOWER STATE (2) Midland Valley at (1) Myrtle Beach (1) Airport at (1) Darlington 3A GIRLS UPPER STATE (2) Dreher at (1) Daniel (4) AC Flora at (1) Lower Richland LOWER STATE (1) Orangeburg-Wilkinson at (1) Myrtle Beach (2) Hilton Head Island at (1) Crestwood

2A BOYS UPPER STATE (2) Abbeville at (1) Newberry (1) Keenan at (1) Indian Land LOWER STATE (1) Ridgeland-Hardeeville at (1) Calhoun County (1) Mullins at (1) Lake Marion 2A GIRLS UPPER STATE (1) Pendleton at (1) Newberry (1) Andrew Jackson at (3) Keenan LOWER STATE (2) Battery Creek at (1) Bishop England (1) Kingstree at (1) Dillon 1A BOYS UPPER STATE (1) Hunter-Kinard-Tyler at (1) St. Joseph’s (3) Southside Christian at (1) CA Johnson LOWER STATE (2) Timmonsville at (1) Whale Branch (1) Hemingway at (1) Johnsonville 1A GIRLS UPPER STATE (1) McCormick at (1) St. Joseph’s (1) Lamar at (1) Ridge SpringMonetta LOWER STATE (3) Hemingway at (1) Baptist Hill (1) Latta at (1) Timmonsville





“Addison didn’t get as much playing time as some of the other girls, but she’s the best captain that I’ve ever had. She has got the gift of encouragement for all of these other girls,” Atkinson said. “Kaela plays hard the whole time. We put her at the front of our press, I put her at the front of our 1-2-2 defense and backed up into a 2-3 and she did a really good job on defense. She played so hard that it pushed the other girls to play hard with her.” The Lady Eagles, who were led by Emily Senn and Andie Getz with 15 and 12 points, respectively, take a 25-4 record into a Thursday semifinal match at Wilson Hall against James Island Christian. JIC beat Andrew Jackson 37-30 on Monday.

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WEDNESDAY BOYS 3A at Sumter Civic Center Heathwood Hall (Lower 3) vs. Cardinal Newman (Lower 2), 3:30 p.m. Ben Lippen (Upper 6) vs. Northwood (Upper 2), 6:30 p.m. Laurence Manning (Lower 4) vs. Porter-Gaud (Lower 1), 5 p.m. Augusta Christian (Upper 4) vs. Hammond (Upper 1), 8 p.m. GIRLS 3A TODAY at Sumter Civic Center Laurence Manning (Upper 3) vs. Hilton Head Christian (Upper 2), 3:30 p.m. Hammond (Lower 5) vs. Northwood (Lower 1) 5 p.m. First Baptist (Lower 6) vs. Orangeburg Prep (Lower 2) 6:30 p.m. Porter-Gaud (Upper 4) vs. Heathwood Hall (Upper 1), 8 p.m. 2A GIRLS MONDAY (1) Richard Winn 57, (5) Palmetto Christian 54 (3) Beaufort Academy 45, (2) Holly Hill 36 (1)Thomas Sumter Academy 45, (4) Spartanburg Day 38 (2) Trinity-Byrnes 27, (3) Thomas Heyward 19

2A BOYS TODAY at Wilson Hall ‘A’ gymnasium (1) Oakbrook Prep vs. The King’s Acadamey (4), 5:30 p.m. (2) Palmetto Christian vs. (3) Bible Baptist, 7 p.m. at Wilson Hall ‘B’ gymnasium (1) Charleston Collegiate vs. (5) Spartanburg Day, 5:30 p.m. (7) Thomas Sumter vs. (6) Dillon Christian, 7 p.m. 1A GIRLS MONDAY Newberry Academy 34, Clarendon Hall 24 James Island Christian 37, Andrew Jackson 30 Colleton Prep 38, Patrick Henry 17 W.W. King 45, Anderson Christian 28 TODAY BOYS 1A at Orangeburg Prep St. John’s Christian (Upper 3) vs. Faith Christian (Upper 2), 3:30 p.m. Coastal Christian (Upper 4) vs. Laurens Academy (Upper 1), 5 p.m. Cathedral Academy (Lower 5) vs. Christian Academy (Lower 1), 6:30 p.m. Anderson Christian (Lower 3) vs. Newberry Academy (Lower 2), 8 p.m.

SHS FROM PAGE B1 p.m. at Sumter County Civic Center in a quarterfinal game in the 3A playoffs. In the 2A boys playoff, Thomas Sumter Academy will meet Dillon Christian at 7 p.m. at Wilson Hall’s Nash Student Center in the practice gymnasium. Sumter brings an 18-5 record into the contest after beating Bluffton 54-25 in the second round on Saturday. Goose Creek, which lost to Irmo for the state title last year, is 24-2. The Region VII champion beat North Augusta 56-51 on Saturday. Crestwood comes into today’s contest with a 23-3 mark after beating Wilson 77-49 on Saturday. The Lady Seahawks are 18-8 after topping Darlington 50-29 on Saturday. Crestwood won the Region VI title for the third straight year, while HHI finished second in Region VIII. LMA’s girls are the upper No. 3 seed in the 3A playoffs. The Lady Swampcats are 15-14 after beating Cardinal Newman in the opening round on Friday. HHC received a first-round bye as the No. 2 seed. It is 19-4. The TSA boys rallied from a 9-point deficit in the fourth quarter to upset Trinity-Byrnes 55-54 on Saturday. The Generals, the lower No. 7 seed, are 12-14 while Dillon Christian is 12-7. DC is the No. 6 seed and upset No. 3 seed Spartanburg Christian 75-73 on Saturday.






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ANNIE CAROLINE T. CODY Annie Caroline Thames Cody, 81, widow of Joe R. Cody, went home to be with her Savior on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014. Born in Cortland, N.Y., she was a daughter of the late Allison and Edna Johnson Thames. Mrs. Cody was a member of Providence Baptist Church, where she served as a Sunday school and training union teachCODY er, and was a member of the WMU. She was a former member of the Order of the Eastern Star and retired from Korn Industries. She enjoyed seek-a-word puzzles and fishing, but her main hobby was spoiling her great-grandchildren. Survivors include a son, Paul R. Cody (Pam) of Sumter; three granddaughters, Jessica Cody Pomichalek (Craig), Crystal Cody Stokes (Warren) and Cami Cody Atkinson (Cory); a step-grandson, Stephen Springs; greatgrandchildren, Kaylie Pomichalek, Leann Pomichalek, Melody Stokes, Mary Pomichalek, Jack Atkinson and

JUNIOR FROM PAGE B1 he said early Monday morning. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They used to!â&#x20AC;? They were screaming as he crossed the finish line â&#x20AC;&#x201D; those who stayed in the grandstands through the rain delay, and his die-hard fans all across the country. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The world is right right now â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Dale Junior just won the Daytona 500,â&#x20AC;? teammate Jeff Gordon said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a sign itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to be a great season.â&#x20AC;? Rain stopped the race about 45 minutes after it began for a delay of more than six hours. When it resumed, Earnhardt dominated at the track where his father was killed in an accident on the last lap of the 2001 race. He led six times for a racehigh 54 laps â&#x20AC;&#x201D; all after the rain delay â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and seemed to have it under control until things got chaotic near the end. There were 42 lead changes and four multi-car accidents as the field closed in on the checkered flag. An accident with seven laps to go triggered by pole-sitter Austin Dillon, driving the No.

Joe Atkinson; three brothers, Frank Thames (Athlene) and Pete Thames (Betty), both of Sumter, and Randy Thames (Debbie) of Florence; three sisters, Betty Ann Hatchell of Mt. Pleasant, and Gladys Timmons (Tim) and Jennifer Kolb, both of Sumter; and her beloved cat, Bobbi. She was preceded in death by a brother, Harold Thames; and two sisters, Dorothy Cockerill and Preto Thames. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Providence Baptist Church with the Rev. Graham Bochman and the Rev. Mark Bishop officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Pallbearers will be Hamilton Carlin, George Carlin, Chris Geddings, Tommy Brewer, Daniel Kolb and Aaron Calcutt. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home and other times at the home. Memorials may be made to Providence Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, 2445 Old Manning Road, Sumter, SC 29150. Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home and Crematori-

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RHONDA P. BURR ELGIN â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Rhonda Jean Posey Burr, 57, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014. A celebration of life service will be held at 11 a.m. today at St. Timothyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lutheran Church, Camden, with burial to follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Park. The Rev. Angela Jennings will officiate. Born in New Jersey, she was a daughter of the late Ronald Eugene and Marion Cline Posey. Rhonda was a member of St. Timothyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lutheran Church, where she was a member and past president of Anna Circle, the Altar Guild, a Sunday school teacher, and was also active in the hand bells, Vacation Bible School and the nursery. She worked with children at the Pupil Enrichment Program (PEP) at Wateree Elementary School and previously worked at the Chronicle-Independent. Rhonda was a loving grandmother, whose goal in life was to care for her two precious grandchildren, Collen and Caleb. Rhonda was a wonderful and loving wife,


mother and Nana. Rhonda touched the lives of everyone around her daily. We were all blessed by knowing her and feeling her love. We have peace in knowing that we will see her again in heaven and that God is taking care of her now. Surviving are her husband of 37 years, Michael Carol Burr; daughter, Amanda Ashley (Nick) of Lugoff; grandchildren, Collen Michelle and Caleb Whitner Ashley; brothers, Ronald Posey, Glenn Posey (Rachael) and Patrick Posey (Kim); parents-in-law, Carol and Loretta Burr; brother-in-law, Robbie Burr (Fonn); sister-in-law, Kathy Sydow (Mike); numerous aunts, uncles, and all of her precious nephews, nieces, cousins, and great-nieces. She was predeceased by a sister, Kimberly Posey. The family received friends Monday at Powers Funeral Home, Lugoff. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. Sign the online register at

Mae Toney Shaw, 64, died Feb. 19, 2014. Funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. today at Saint Mark Missionary Baptist Church, Bishopville, with the Rev. Darren P. Dixon, pastor. Burial will follow in St. Mark Memorial Garden, directed by Jefferson Funeral Home of Lynchburg. She was a daughter of the late Robert and Hattie Shaw and widow of Alfred Shaw Jr. She was educated in Lee County schools and employed with Sav-Way, until she became ill. Dorothy was a member of St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church and later joined Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church. Survivors include eight children, Terrika, Hattie, Lacinda, Jannie, Albert, Carrie, Jamie (Audrey) Shaw and Darlene (Henry) Dickey; 16 grandchildren; 13 siblings; and numerous other relatives. The family is receiving friends at 85-A Fleming St. Jefferson Funeral Home of Lynchburg is in charge of arrangements.



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THE REV. ANNIE L. ALFORD The Rev. Annie L. Alford, a minister of the gospel of Jesus for more than 70 years, went to her rest at 9 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, at her home with family. She was 92 years of age, and a resident of Pelahatchie, Miss. Visitation will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. today at Wolf Funeral Services in Morton, Miss. Visitation will be held from 9 to 9:50 a.m. Wednesday at the First Apostolic Church of Pelahatchie in Pelahatchie. Funeral services will follow at 10 a.m. at the church. Burial will be at 1 p.m. in the Floral Hills Memory Gardens in Pearl, Miss. Wolf Funeral Services of Morton is handling arrangements. Her life consisted of serving as co-pastor for the four churches her husband served as pastor for. She is a wellknown author of nine religious books that she self-published. Sister Alford, as she was known, is survived by four sons and daughters-in-law, Ovead and Charlotte Alford of Sumter, Fred and Liz Alford of Byram, Miss., Garry and Cynthia Alford of Boliver, Tenn., and David and Denise Alford of Galvez, La.; six daughters and five sons-inlaw, Gwendolyn and A.J. Nickens of Galvez, Marita and Arthur Phillips of Thaxton, Miss., Deborah Alford of Pelahatchie, Rhoda and the Rev. Alan Spence of Opelousas, La., Angela and Randy May of Wichita, Kan., and Joyce and David Neal of Pelahatchie; 27 grandchildren; 42 great-grandchildren; 12 greatgreat-grandchildren; two great-great-great-grandchildren, an innumerable amount of children of the gospel of Jesus Christ; and a host of friends. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, the Rev. H.O. Alford Sr. They had been married for 57 years at the time of his death in 1996. Together they provided a wonderful heritage for their 11 children. She was also preceded in death by a son, the Rev. Sidney Alford; a granddaughter, Adina Alford; her parents, Issac and Angie Whatley; a brother, Issac Whatley Jr.; and three sisters, Aletha Tarver, Pearl Ganey and Bernice Whatley. Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies. Proverbs 31:10 You may leave an online condolence or light a memory candle by visiting our website at www.wolffuneralservices. com. Obituary courtesy of Bullock Funeral Home of Sumter.

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ELIAS GREENE Jr. Elias Greene Jr., 66, departed this life on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, at his residence. Born April 17, 1947, in Mayesville, he was a son of the late Elias Sr. and Jannie Smith Greene. The family will be receiving friends at the home, 142 S. Main St., Mayesville. Funeral plans are incomplete and will be announced later by Jobâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mortuary Inc., 312 S. Main St., Sumter.

ALBERT TOMLIN MANNING â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Albert Tomlin, 65, companion of Mary Brock McKinney, died Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, at Sumter Health and Rehab Center. He was born March 1, 1948, in Manning, a son of the late Thomas and Annie Wilson Tomlin. He received his formal education in the public schools of Clarendon County and graduated from Manning Training School in 1967. He was a self-employed lawn mower mechanic and landscaper. He also worked at Georgia Pacific for many years. He was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church (USA) and served faithfully on the trustee board. Survivors are his companion of the home; his children, Jerry Wilson of Sumter, Lillian (Michael) Jonas of Manning, Sgt. Maj. Phillip (Latoya) Tomlin of Fort Knox, Ky., Derrick (Linda) Hilton of Jacksonville, Fla., and Brent Tomlin of Manning; three stepchildren, Michael (Daneshia) McKinney of Sumter, Brian McKinney of Manning and Nicole McKinney of Sumter; one sister, Annie Harvin of Davis Station; one brother, Robert Tomlin of Baltimore, Md.; one sister-in-law; four uncles; four aunts; 10 grandchildren; and two greatgrandchildren. Celebratory services for Mr. Tomlin will be held at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at Westminster Presbyterian Church (USA), 9124 Plowden Mill Road, Alcolu, with the Rev. Dr. Gloria J. Williams, pastor, officiating, the Rev. Samuel Sparks, presiding, the Rev. Cheryl Graham and the Rev. Henry McCray assisting. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Mr. Tomlin will lie in repose one hour prior to funeral time. The family is receiving friends at the residence, 740 Barnwell Road, Bellwood section of Manning. These services have been entrusted to Samuels Funeral Home LLC of Manning.


EMMA G. McFADDEN Emma Jane Garland McFadden, 100, departed this life on Feb. 23, 2014, at the family residence. Born July 27, 1913, in Turbeville, she was a daughter of the late Fred Sr. and Martha Jane Sowers Garland. The family will receive friends at the home of her daughter, Pinky (Dewitt) Walker, 60 W. Patricia Drive, Sumter. Funeral plans are incom-

Hillard Stanley Dura, 91, husband of Mary Williams Hodges Dura, died Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center. Surviving are his wife of Covenant Place; a son, James Dura and wife, Peggy, of Sumter; and numerous other family members located throughout the country. Funeral services will be held at a later date in Marion, under the direction of Richardson Funeral Home. The family would like to extend special thanks to the concierge care of Covenant

Place and palliative care of Tuomey. Online condolences may be sent to www.sumterfunerals. com. Elmore Hill McCreight Funeral Home & Crematory, 221 Broad St., Sumter, is in charge of the arrangements, (803) 775-9386.

DORA JANE LEE Dora Jane Lee, 71, fell asleep in death on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, at her residence in Mayesville. Born Dec. 12, 1942, in Sumter County, she was a daughter of Geneva Lee and the late Luther Lee Sr. She attended the public schools of Sumter County and was a graduate of Eastern High School. She was employed for many years, until retirement from Madison Industry. On Oct. 5, 1963, she dedicated her life as one of Jehovahâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Witnesses. She spent countless hours in the ministry, teaching others about Jehovahâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Kingdom as a regular pioneer. She loved people, especially her family. She enjoyed experimenting in the kitchen. She could always be heard singing her favorite opera tunes. She is survived by her mother, Geneva Lee; four sisters, Betty Commanders and Annie Gore, both of Sumter, Jessie (Marvin) Harrell of Anderson and Ozeta Herriott of the home; two brothers, Kelton (Carrie) Lee and Arthur (Azalee) Lee, both of Mayesville; a special adopted brother and sister, Frank and Margaret Bruce of Sumter; a host of nieces, nephews, and special friends. Dora was preceded in death by her father, Luther Lee Sr.; her brothers, Luther Jr., Willie James, Bobby James and Harby Lee; and a special nephew, Darrell Herriott. Memorial services will be held at noon today at Kingdom Hall of Jehovahâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Witnesses, 99 Oswego Road, Sumter. The family is receiving friends and relatives at the home, 324 E. Sumter St., Mayesville. The procession will leave at 11:30 a.m. from the home. Online memorial messages may be sent to the family at williamsfuneralhome@sc.rr. com. Visit us on the web at Services directed by the management and staff of Williams Funeral Home Inc., 821 N. Main St., Sumter.

LINDA W. FRANKLIN BISHOPVILLE â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Linda Wilson Franklin, daughter of the late Levi and Creole Wilson, passed on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, at McLeod Regional Medical Center, Florence. Funeral services will be held at noon Wednesday at the New Hope Baptist Church, 228 New Hope Road, Bishopville, with Pastor Wilson officiating and the Rev. Richard Addison, eulogist. Burial will be in the Barnettsville Church cemetery, 106 Manville-St. Charles Road, Bishopville. Online condolences may be sent to esquaredealfun@sc.rr. com.


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VELMA B. GLOVER Velma Baker Glover, 78, wife of Deacon Herbert Glover, died Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, at KershawHealth Medical Center at Camden. Born May 31, 1935, in Randolph County, Ga., she was a daughter of Monroe and Ola Horton Baker. The family will receive friends and relatives at the home, 4395 Herrington Road, Rembert. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Williams Funeral Home Inc. of Sumter.

FRED F. McMILLON Fred Fadellia McMillon, 60, departed this earthly life quietly and peacefully on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, at his home. Born Sept. 1, 1953, in Philadelphia, he was the youngest child of the late Ted and Stella McLaughlin McMillon. Freddie was raised in Philadelphia and joined St. Thomas AME Church of the Frankford community of Philadelphia at an early age. Freddie enjoyed sports and, in his youth, he played the position of defensive linebacker for the Frankford Chargers, associated with the Frankford Community Football League. After graduation from Frankford High School in 1971, Freddie was employed with the Philadelphia National Bank as a display artist. In 1976, he relocated to Sumter to be near his parents. Freddie was quiet and kind with a joyful spirit. He was a homebody and enjoyed spending time watching movies and listening to music, especially the soulful sounds of Bill Withers. He loved riding around Sumter on his moped and was known in his community as â&#x20AC;&#x153;the man on the moped.â&#x20AC;? Freddie loved his family and especially enjoyed hanging out at home with his older brother, Joseph. Freddie leaves to cherish his precious memories: one sister, Shirley McMillan of the home; his brother, Joseph of the home; one uncle, Hampton McMillian (Maggie) of Oswego; two aunts, Mary Cato of Bronx, N.Y., and Mary Dawson McLaughlin of Linden, N.J.; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers, Leroy â&#x20AC;&#x153;Royâ&#x20AC;? McLaughlin, Bernard â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bernie,â&#x20AC;? Ted â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lil Tedâ&#x20AC;? and James â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jimmyâ&#x20AC;? McMillon. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at New Covenant Presbyterian Church USA, 907 Legare St., Sumter, with the Rev. Dr. Gloria J. Williams, moderator, the Rev. Maxine Johnson, pastor of St. Paul AME Church, Harrington, Del., eulogist, assisted by the Rev. Dr. Ernest Jackson, Elder Joyce A. McGee and Elder



Cornell Shaw. The family is receiving friends and relatives at the home, 107 Cherokee Drive, Sumter. The remains will be placed in the church at 10 a.m. The funeral possession will leave at 10:30 a.m. from the home. Floral bearers will be nieces and cousins. Pallbearers will be nephews and cousins. Burial will be in New Covenant Presbyterian Church cemetery, Sumter. Online memorial messages may be sent to the family at williamsfuneralhome@sc.rr. com. Visit us on the web at www. Services directed by the management and staff of Williams Funeral Home Inc. of Sumter.

PATRICIA ANN BURROUGHS Patricia Ann Burroughs, 53, was called to rest on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center. Born Aug. 29, 1960, in Sumter, she was a daughter of the late Martin V. and Jessie Mae Anthony Burroughs. She attended the public schools of Sumter County and was last employed by Gold Kist Co. of Sumter. Trisha, as she was affectionately known, became a member of Goodwill Presbyterian Church at an early age. She leaves to cherish memories: one daughter, Tonya Antoinette Dickson of Greensboro, N.C.; one son-inlaw, Timothy Dickson Sr.; four grandchildren; three brothers, James Anthony of Sumter, and Franklyn (Barbara) Burroughs and Nathaniel (Rebecca) Burroughs of Lynchburg; three sisters, Castine (Jimmy Sr.) Lowery of Sumter, and Mary Jane Burroughs and Rose Marie Burroughs of Florence; five aunts; an uncle; a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, four nieces and one nephew. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Goodwill Presbyterian Church USA, 295 N. Brick Church Road, Mayesville, with Elder Ella Busby officiating, eulogist. The family is receiving friends and relatives at the home of her sister, Catherine Lowery, 1 Andrena Drive, Sumter. The remains will be placed in the church at noon. The funeral procession will leave at 12:20 p.m. from the home of her sister. Floral bearers and pallbearers will be friends and family. Online memorial messages may be sent to the family at williamsfuneralhome@sc.rr. com. Visit us on the web. Services directed by the management and staff of Williams Funeral Home Inc., 821 N. Main St., Sumter.

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NOTICE TO CREDITORS OF ESTATES Persons having claim against the following estates are required to deliver or mail their claims to the indicated Personal Representatives, appointed to administer these estates, and to file their claims on Form #371PC with the Probate Court of Sumter County Courthouse, N. Main Street, Sumter, SC, 29150, on or before the date that is eight months after the date of the first publication of this Notice to Creditors, (unless previously barred by operation of Section 62-3-803), or such persons shall be forever barred as to heir claims. All claims are required to be presented in written statements, indicating the name and the address of the claimant, the basis of the claim, the amount claimed, the date when the claim will become due, the nature of any uncertainty as to the amount claimed and the date when due, and a description of any security as to the claim. Estate:

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Personal Representative Lori Ash C/O Garryl L. Deas Attorney At Law PO Box 1211 Sumter, SC 29151


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Estate Notice Sumter County


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Personal Representative

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Pebel Sue Maggard #2014ES4300078

Personal Representative

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Personal Representative Lenworth Livermore 3880 Sargent Road Dalzell, SC 29040


James G. Hudson #2014ES4300071

Personal Representative Margaret T. Scales 2447 Pipkin Road Sumter, SC 29154


Wade H. Oxendine #2014ES4300080

Personal Representative

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David Taliaferro Wells #2014ES4300095

Personal Representative Alexander G. Wells 3803 Keswick Road Baltimore, MD 21211

Estate: Manie Anderson Griffin #2014ES4300088 Personal Representative Ruthell Muldrow C/O Kenneth Hamilton Attorney At Law PO Box 52359 Sumter, SC 29152


Danny Jobe McLeod #2014ES4300102

Personal Representative Janice Louise McLeod 4550 Pond Loop Road Sumter, SC 29154


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Personal Representative William R. McGoldrick 204 Village Green Circle Summerville, SC 29483


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Personal Representative

Linda G. Thompson 3288 B Hwy 15 South Sumter, SC 29150 Estate:

Jeffie Blackwell McDonald #2014ES4300105

Personal Representative

Laura A. Declue C/O Garryl Deas Attorney At Law 201 N. Main Street Sumter, SC 29150

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Harry Glover #2014ES4300081

Personal Representative

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Personal Representative

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Juanita Boykin #2014ES4300091 Linda B. Faulk 24 Lindley Avenue Sumter, SC 29150

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Velisa J. Ward C/O John D. Clark Attorney At Law PO Drawer 880 Sumter, SC 29151


Becky Purvis Humphries #2014ES4300101


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Clinton Junior Humphries C/O Willie H. Brunson Attorney At Law PO Box 370 Sumter, SC 29151 Estate:

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Plaintiff, v. Waranabi Sharper, Justin Rhodes, Leon Rose, Louis Griffin and LaRas Sharper, Defendants. NOTICE that the Amended Complaint, Declaratory Judgment, Non-Jury in the above captioned matter was filed in the office of the Clerk of Court for Sumter County on the 8th day of November, 2013.

NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT TO ANY HEIRS, DEVISEES, CLAIMANTS, REPRESENTATIVES, OR PERSONS IN INTEREST OF SAID ESTATE WHO MAY BE UNKOWN, HAVING A LIEN UPON ANY REAL ESTATE IN SAID ESTATE, INFANTS, PERSONS UNDER LEGAL DISABILITY, MENTALLY INCOMPETENT take notice that the Probate court for Sumter County has appointed Deborah V. Dawson, Attorney, 2880 Clarkson Road, Dalzell, SC 29040, (803-499-3956), as Guardian-ad-Litem. You may contact this attorney and advise as to any right, claims or interests you may wish to assert.


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BOA-14-01, 1370 Holiday Dr. (County) The applicant is requesting a variance of 95 feet from the 100 foot setback requirement for animal shelters from the nearest residential property line as required per Article 3, Section X, 3.x.1.2 Farming in order to allow a horse shelter to remain in its current location. The property is located at 1370 Holiday Dr. and is represented by Tax Map #247-05-03-005 and zoned Residential-15.

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YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and required to answer the Complaint in this action, of which a copy is herewith served upon you, and to serve a copy of your Answer to the said Complaint on the undersigned attorneys at their offices, 935 Broad Street, P.0. Drawer 39, Camden, SC 29020, within thirty (30) days after the service hereof, exclusive of the day of such service, and if you fail to answer the Complaint within the time aforesaid, judgment will be rendered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint.


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IN THE PROBATE COURT Case No. 2013-ES-43-284


Estate of McKinley Bailey, AKA M.C. Bailey, McKinley Littlejohn, Petitioner vs To: Any Heirs, Devisees, Claimants, Representatives, or Persons in interest of the Estate of McKinley Bailey aka M.C. Bailey YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and required to Answer the Petition in this action, a copy of which is herewith served upon you, and to serve a copy of your Answer to said Petition on the Petitioner, or his attorney, Ruben L. Gray within thirty days after the service thereof, exclusive of the day of such service, and if you fail to answer the said Petition within the time aforesaid the Petitioner will apply to the Court for a default judgment granting the relief demanded in said Petition.

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

LARGE GARAGE SALE 1st & 3rd Weekend Tables $1 & Up

Documents pertaining to the proposed request(s) are on file in the Office of the Sumter City-County Planning Department and are available to be inspected and studied by interested citizens.



Garage, Yard & Estate Sales

Public Hearing

The Sumter City-County Board of Zoning Appeals will hold a regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. in the Planning Department's Conference Room located at 12 W. Liberty Street (Liberty Center), Sumter, South Carolina. The following request is scheduled for public hearing:

NEWMAN'S TREE SERVICE Tree removal , trimming & stump grinding. Lic & Ins.



Public Storage/ PS Orangeco, Inc.

111 - Harper, Lewis 123 - Butler Jr, Otis 214 - Washington, Tijuanna 218 - Samuel, James 237 - Lowery, Tamieka 241 - Shaw, Billy 314 - Billie, Patty 337 - Hill, Jada 341 - Bryan, Trey 412 - McCray, Torrey 414 - Hoskins, Trameka 441 - Fulwood, Malcolm 455 -Williams, Reginald463 Swinton, Dale 471 - Shaw, Billy 472 - Shaw, Billy 477 - Hart, Jeffrey 504 - Vaugn III, Marion 507 - Brunson, Donna 528 - Dubose, Randal 532 - York, Timothy 704 - Choice, Ernest 708 - Williams, Tameika 736 - Maola, Crystal

State Farm Fire and Casualty Company

Summons & Notice

The Johnson Family would like to offer the public a very heartfelt Thank You for all the love and support during the death of our hero, George Andrew "Andy" Johnson. His devoted wife, children, & grandchildren wish to express our deepest gratitude and appreciation for your kind words, visits, donations, flowers, cards / letters, and every other form of support the community, family, and friends have shown to us. A special Thank You to the Sumter Fire Department, Tuomey staff and EMS workers, Pastor Willie Wright, our New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church Family, Community Funeral Home and all our family and friends. The out pour of love we have felt over the weeks made this time of grieving a little easier with the love of God bringing us strength. We miss Andy very much but find comfort and peace in knowing we will see him again one day. "Weeping may endure for the night, but joy comes in the morning" Psalms 30:5 Our Warmest Thank You, His wife Carolyn, Children Andrea & Kendra and Grandchild Kaylen

GODBOLD ENTERPRISES Residential, Sporting Complexes, Cemeteries, Horse Pastures, Schools $85 For 1 Acre or less O: 843-407-7608 C: 843-687-4401

Home Improvements Ventu-Lite 773-9545 Awings Patio Covers Screens Windows REPAIRS /NEW 75+ YEARS H.L. Boone, Contractor additions, painting, roofing, gutters, sheetrock, blown ceilings, decks. 773-9904

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

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EMPLOYMENT Help Wanted Full-Time Finance Trainees No experience needed. Applicants must have a sales personality and enjoy working with our customers auto required. Good starting salary and good benefits. We will train you on the job. Apply in person Lenders Loans, 304 Broad St. Sumter SC EXP CONCRETE FINSHER/ Working Foreman, valid Driver license, background/drug test, leadership skills. Submit resumes to Box 349 c//o The Item, PO Box 1677 Sumter SC 29151 Seeking motivated, enthusiastic and competent Service Plumber. Must have at least 5 yrs experience, excellent communication skills and a valid driver license. Apply today at Hill Plumbing 438 N. Main St. Sumter SC. 803-773-6689 Exp. Auto Tech needed IMMEDIATELY. Must have tools, driver's license & work experience. Apply in person 601 Broad St. Residential Plumber needed. Exp. req. & must have tools & transportation. Call 491-4616 Exp. Bartenders, Servers & Kitchen help. Apply in person at Sunset Country Club 1005 Golfcrest Rd. Mon - Fri 9 -3



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29 Progress St. - Sumter 775-8366 Ext. 37 Store Hours 0RQ6DW‡9:30 - 5:00 Closed Sunday


Help Wanted Full-Time

Trucking Opportunities

Roper Staffing is now accepting application(s) for the following position(s):

Driver Trainees Needed Now! Learn to drive for US Xpress! Earn $800+ per week! No experience needed! CDL -Trained and Job-Ready in 15 days! 1-888-263-7364

•Manual machine operators (vertical/horizontal/lathes) •Welder (experienced in aluminum welding) •Assistant Office Manager (2-3 years office experience required) •Front Desk Dental Receptionist (experience required 1 year+) •Front Office Receptionist (dealership/auto body/repair shop experience required) •Medical Assistant •Electro Mechanical Maintenance Technician •Production Technician (1st shift; overtime) •Quality Associates (experience inspectors) •Maintenance Technician (2nd shift) •Shipping/Packing Clerk (1st shift) •Diesel Mechanic (experienced w/tools preferred; 1st shift) •Roll Form Operator (manual machine/press operator experience) •Painters (industrial; wet & powder coatings)

Work Wanted I'm Available to clean your home. Affordable, reliable 15 yrs exp ref's. Melissa 803-938-5204 Make Extra $$$ Selling Home/Body Fragrances Kits are $45, $100 or $135 You Buy & We Supply Call 775-7823

RENTALS Unfurnished Apartments

Applications accepted Mon.-Wed. at either 8:30a.m. or 1:00 p.m. Please call the office to inquire about what you need to bring with you when registering! (Sumter) 803-938-8100. Thank you for voting us BEST OF THE BEST in employment Agencies!!!!

Senior Living Apartments for those 62+ (Rent based on income) Shiloh-Randolph Manor 125 W. Bartlette. 775-0575 Studio/1 Bedroom apartments available EHO

Personal Care Aide Driver: Care for elderly/disabled & special needs individuals in a local day program. Clean drivers record & SLED check. Must have current CPR/First Aid certificate and willing to obtain DOT physical, Defensive Driving Certificate, PPD & Drug Test prior to hire. Absolutely No phone calls. Please send resume to

Unfurnished Homes Brick 3BR 1BA Recently renovated. Mayesville Area $450 Mo. +Dep Call 843-374-3555 Nicely Updated 2BR home. New carpet, appl's, water, dumspter, sec. lights inc'd. Conv. Shaw. No H/A or PETS! $485/mo + $350/dep. 803-983-0043

Help Wanted Part-Time

Mobile Home Rentals

Christian School seeking Kindergarten teacher for 2014/15. Must hold SC Teaching Certificate. Call 803-934-8727 for application.

14x70 2BR 1.5 BA Fenced Lot, Very clean, Fully furn. Shaw Area . $450 Mo + Dep Call 840-3371 or 494-3573

$$$ AVON $$$ FREE TRAINING! 803-422-5555

4BR/2BA in Paxville, Living Rm, Dinning Rm, Family Rm, eat in kitchen, central A-C, 452-5544 or 704-615-5622

Mobile Home Rentals

Manufactured Housing

STATEBURG COURTYARD 2 & 3 BRs 803-494-4015

Five Br, two Ba DW. Located on Hwy 15 South, Sumter. First month's rent and deposit required. No Section 8. Call 803-225-0389. American MHP, 2 & 3/BRs, lot rentals, water/sewer/garbage pkup inc'd. Sec. 8 ok. 803-494-4300.


MEMORY FOAM RUGS $6 ea. up to $8 ea.


Tax Time is Here... Low Credit Score? Been turned down for bad credit? Come try us, we do our own financing. We have 3-4-5 bedroom homes. Layaway program available. For more information, call 843-389-4215. 4 BR DW in Dalzell Pay approx $550 a mo. in Whispering Meadows Call 494-5010 2007 Singlewide. Owner financing with $5,000 down. Call 803-236-5953

Autos For Sale

OPEN Ernest Baker Auto Sales & Equip. Located 3349 N. Main St 5.5 miles from 378 overpass at N. Main., on Hwy 15 N. next to Baker Mini Warehouse. Remember Cars are like Eggs, Cheaper in the Country!!! 803-469-9294

Autos For Sale Hair's Auto Sales 4835 Pinewood Rd. 803-452-6020 On The Lot Financing No Credit Check, Free Warranty. 2002 Expedition XLT Great Condition, high miles $3,900 OBO Call 803-340-0077.

Mobile Home with Lots

Oaklawn MHP: 2 BR M.H.'s, water/sewer/garbage pk-up incl'd. RV parking avail. Call 494-8350

REAL ESTATE Homes for Sale Sumter W Sherwood Dr- Brick 3BR 1BA 1016 sq ft. attached garage. Lease or Cash Call for details 877-499-8065

5 Coulter Dr. Wedgefield, Fleetwood 3br 2ba, den w/ fireplace, all appliances, completely remodeled. like new, on 0.45 ac lot in cozy neighborhood. Drastically reduced to $44,900. Please call (803) 468-6029.

Manufactured Housing 4BR DW on 5 acres. Fin. available for good credit, Payments approx. $550/mo. Call 803-236-5953

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

1995 Dodge Ram 1500 Pickup with leer cap, 170,000 miles. Redone, clean, new interior, new tires, stereo. Good buy. Widow MUST SALE $3500. Manning, 803/435-8075 A Guaranteed Credit Approval AUTO LOANS We will arrange financing even if you have been turned down before. Loans available for no credit, bad credit, 1st Time Buyers & Bankruptcy buyers. No co-signers needed. Call Mr. Ashley Brown at 803-926-3235

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Norman Williams and Associates, Inc. 344 West Liberty Street No Fees To Applicants.

he Perfect Housewarming Gift The Sumter Item is locally owned and run. We’re part of this community and we believe in Sumter.

20 N. Magnolia St. | Sumter, SC 803.774.1200

February 25, 2014