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Tigers get homecoming welcome 79th squadron returns from its Middle East deployment BY BRISTOW MARCHANT


ou haven’t seen your loved one in almost half a year, so what do a few more hours matter? Not much, if you asked the families of the 79th Fighter Squadron, who stayed up late Thursday into Friday morning to welcome their loved ones home from a long deployment to the Middle East. The lateness of their flight back to the States didn’t deter families from crowding behind a rope about 3 a.m. on the landing strip at Shaw Air Force Base. INSIDE Even small children weren’t bothered to stay Find more up well past their bed photos of the time, knowing daddy Tigers’ would soon be back from homecoming his trip. welcome on “She’s very excited,” page A6. said mom Stephanie Austria of her 5-year-old daughter, Reagan, who squirmed in a stroller inside the Shaw air hangar. “She’s talked about this for days and days.” Austria also brought her baby daughter, Alexandra, to meet her father, Eric. She was only a few weeks old when he deployed with about 200 other members of the “Tigers” squadron to an air base in Jordan. Five-year-old Danielle Sullivan got the day off school so she could meet dad, Matthew, on the tarmac, and stayed up all night so she could hold up her welcome sign as his transport plane touched down after a 15-hour flight. This was not the first time Danielle has waited on her father to come home. Matthew Sullivan had just come back from a seven-month deployment early last year when the squadron flew out again. His daughter was already brainstorming ideas for what she wanted to do once her dad got back. First she told her mother Beth she wanted to go to McDonald’s, then remembered she wanted to go to the EdVenture museum in Columbia, then came up with another idea on the spot. “I want to go bowling,” she declared. Beth Sullivan had less-grand plans after the early morning flight. “This early, I just want to go home and go to bed,” she said, “but later, they’ll



Senior Airman Cam Glowacki and his wife, Rikki, embrace early Friday morning after his 5-month deployment to Jordan with the 79th Fighter Squadron. “This is all I’ve been waiting for,” he said of hugging his wife. Family members line up on the tarmac of Shaw Air Force Base in pajamas and sweatshirts to greet the Tigers.

Alannah Oliver, at left, stands with her mom, Cassie, and brother, Brandon, as the 79th Fighter Squadron “Tigers” land on the tarmac of Shaw Air Force Base after a 5-month deployment.

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Dozens of people came out to walk Friday for the last day Sumter Mall would be open early. Many had come for more than 10 years. JADE REYNOLDS / THE SUMTER ITEM

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Mall changes hours for walkers Standardization upsets decade-long fellowship BY JADE REYNOLDS It’s standardization, and it’s breaking up a family. Starting Monday, Sumter Mall will open one hour before the opening of the shops. That is 9 a.m. during the week and 11 a.m. on




Sundays. It used to open at 7 a.m. Monday through Saturday for the Heart & Soles Mall Walkers. Between 30 and 50 people came in to walk and say goodbye Friday between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m. The corporate owners, Hull Storey Gibson Cos.,

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BY BRISTOW MARCHANT Maybe it’s because meetings for the last week of January were canceled because of the winter storm or because looming projects on the list for the new penny tax require approval, but members of Sumter County Council are scheduled to spend a lot of time early next week in a string of meetings. Six meetings are set for Monday and Tuesday, half involving the full council and half being meetings of select committees on one topic or another.

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In addition to council’s regularly scheduled meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, members will hold a special meeting an hour earlier to discuss potential projects for the new penny sales tax before a final list goes to the voters in November. The full council will likely consider proposals from the “lead groups” working on the penny tax project that were reviewed by council’s ad-hoc penny tax committee last Monday. The public may have to wait a little while for the full list to become public. The ad-hoc committee met in a closed executive session last week, and officials want to keep some





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I-95 toll proposal could create other changes BY BRISTOW MARCHANT A proposed toll booth on Interstate 95 may not come to fruition this year, but the idea supported by Manning’s senator could play into a larger debate about reforming the Department of Transportation. Sen. Kevin Johnson, (DManning), is co-sponsoring a proposal from Sen. Brad Hutto, (D-Orangeburg), to place a toll booth near the I-95 bridge going over Lake Marion. But the chairman of the Senate transportation committee, which must ultimately vote to approve the measure, thinks the bill faces an uphill challenge. “We’re in the second year (of the two-year legislative session),” said Sen. Larry Grooms, (R-Charleston), “and something as controversial as

this will normally take more than one year to pass.” Hutto has introduced a version of the toll proposal in previous sessions as a new way to raise revenue for infrastructure needs on the state’s highways and interstates, but the idea has yet to garner much support from his fellow senators. “I’m not saying it won’t have a hearing,” Grooms said, “but we’re GROOMS backed up on a number of issues from last year.” A toll booth is one proposal being floated, along with an increase in the state gas tax to increase funding for roads and bridges. Sen. Thomas McElveen, (D-Sumter), who also sits on the transportation committee, called his col-

league’s proposal an “innovative” way to deal with infrastructure problems that could be hampering the state’s ability to attract business and economic development unless it’s addressed. “I don’t see any way we can do that absent an increase in funding,” McElveen said, “but I would not support a rise in the gas tax unless we see a new way for that money to be spent.” Like many legislators from smaller counties, McElveen sees the current way DOT projects get funded as favoring more populated areas of the state over the transportation needs of rural areas. He wants to close the state’s Infrastructure Bank and change the way DOT commissioners are selected from one per congressional district to naming a commis-

sioner from each judicial circuit. “Right now, Sumter County is split halfway between the fifth and sixth congressional district,” he said, “so we’re represented by one commissioner in Gaffney and one in Columbia, and we kind of get lost in the wash.” More momentum is building for a change to highway funding. On the House side, Rep. Murrell Smith, (R-Sumter), has also argued for shifting the DOT commission’s power to select road projects to the Legislature, and Rep. Bakari Sellers, (D-Denmark), who is also running for lieutenant governor, announced this week he plans to push this session to “fix the system first – and then fund top priorities.” Grooms has his own proposal to increase highway

funding without a separate measure to increase the department’s revenue. “My plan would divert 5 percent of general fund revenue to roads, by phasing it in over time, with 20 percent of new revenue being diverted each year,” he said. The diversion would continue each year until the new road fund reached 5 percent, “and it would not take funding from any other program.” With the focus this year on DOT reform, even the toll booth proposal could still get a hearing in the state Senate. “We’re going to have a debate on highway funding this year,” Grooms said. “This is germane to funding, so the authors could propose it as an amendment on the floor.” Reach Bristow Marchant at (803) 774-1272.

Mary McLeod Bethune exhibit extended


The Sumter County Museum has extended its exhibit on the late Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune through February, which is Black History Month, and moved it into the main museum in the Williams-Brice House at 122 N. Washington St. The exhibit on the famed educator from Sumter County includes information and a large collection of photographs, such as those shown here of McLeod’s parents, her family tree and the cabin near Mayesville where she was born and raised. The museum is open Thursday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call (803) 775-0908 for information on this exhibit and other museum programs.

Weak U.S. jobs report also offers hints of optimism WASHINGTON (AP) — A second straight month of weak job growth renewed concerns Friday that the vigor displayed by the American economy late last year may be gone, at least for the moment. The Labor Department’s monthly employment report showing a tepid gain of 113,000 jobs in January followed December’s puny increase of 75,000 — far below last year’s average monthly gain of 194,000. Yet the report provided some cause for optimism. Solid hiring last month in manufacturTHE ASSOCIATED PRESS ing and construction point to Job seekers line up to meet prounderlying strength. spective employers during a caAnd in a healthy sign, more reer fair at a hotel in Dallas reAmericans began looking for cently. jobs, suggesting they were

more hopeful about their prospects. A sizable 115,000 formerly unemployed people also said they found jobs. Their hiring reduced the unemployment rate to a seasonally adjusted 6.6 percent, the lowest in more than five years. Most economists say they think hiring will strengthen during 2014 as the economy improves further. Job growth “clearly has downshifted over the past two months,” said Doug Handler, chief U.S. economist at IHS Global Insight. “But we still believe the economic fundamentals remain strong and ... forecast an acceleration of growth later in the year.” Janet Yellen will be pressed about jobs and the economy

when she testifies to Congress next week in her first public comments since becoming Federal Reserve chair on Feb. 1. Fed officials are scaling back their stimulus for the economy. They’ve also said they would consider raising their benchmark short-term interest rate at some point after the rate falls below 6.5 percent. But the Fed has not been clear about the timing. With the unemployment rate now close to that threshold, economists think the Fed may update its guidance after its next meeting in March. Most economists say two weak hiring months won’t lead the Fed to halt its pullback on the stimulus. Fed policymakers will have February’s job report

to consider when they next meet in March. Friday’s figures add to evidence that the economy is slowing in the first few months of the year after expanding at a robust 3.7 percent annual pace in the second half of 2013. The figures follow other signs of a possibly softening economy. A survey of manufacturing firms showed that factory expansion slowed last month. A measure of forthcoming home sales fell. The jobs report offered some hints that hiring could return to last year’s healthier levels in coming months. To begin with, the unemployment rate is at its lowest point since October 2008, when the financial crisis was erupting.

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Excellent cast, direction in ‘The Old Settler’ BY JANE G. COLLINS Special to The Item


If you are looking for a great Valentine’s Day present, consider getting tickets for the current Sumter Little Theatre production of The Old Settler. Without seeming too effusive, let’s just say that the production is better than just good. In spite of the program’s credit to John Henry Blackwood as the writer when in actuality it is the work of John Henry Redwood, the performance opening night had few faults. The few early moments of uncomfortable timing faded with meeting the two main characters — elder sister Elizabeth “Bess” Borny and her younger and caustic sister, Quilly McGrath. The evening’s success stems from an exceptionally wellwritten play, the excellent cast and Eric Bultman’s sensitive direction. Set in 1943 Harlem, Redwood’s play explores the importance of family relationships and the effects of an ev-

er-changing society as blacks move from the strong emphasis of the Harlem Renaissance through multiple tiers of migration from the South to the North and man’s desire to find happiness. One critic described the tension as a shared “wounded history” as the story evolves. The dialogue is full of humor, keen insight into sibling rivalry and its place in family unity, poignancy and emotional struggles. Redwood’s own philosophy resonates throughout the play: “I shall pass this way only once, therefore, whatever good I can do, let me do it now, for I shall not pass this way again.” His insight into human behavior allows the playgoer to understand the trauma of finding purpose and dignity, of holding closely to the bonds of family and of celebrating forgiveness. Carletha Addison (Elizabeth) and LaShonda McElveen (Quilly) clearly un-

derstand their characters. They achieve a believable sense of sisterly tension over a series of conflicts that become even more evident in the second half of the play. Addison develops Elizabeth as sensitive, moving from a calm, quietly confident individual to the giddy, hopefully anticipating soul responding to Husband’s attention and plans. Her reminiscence of her pilgrimage to church and her solo/duet with Husband display Addison’s singing voice and clear perception of Elizabeth and her loneliness. McElveen is outstanding as Quilly, often speaking out (almost as the voice of the playwright) about injustices, pyrrhic successes of people such as Paul Robeson (the wonderful singer of “Old Man River” and Civil Rights activist) and Elizabeth’s misdirected infatuation for Husband. McElveen delivers deliciously glaring looks to Elizabeth and Husband, accentuating her displeasure with a straightening of the back and impeccably timed ironic observations.

Hugh China portrays Husband Witherspoon, the young man who comes from South Carolina in search of his former love, Lou Bessie, after his mother dies, with a sustained sense of hesitant insecurity. He uses his hat effectively to emphasize his frustrations and confused personality. Tiffany Holmes brings an amusing and honest dimension to Lou Bessie Preston. Confidently, she knocks on the door, sashays into the lives of Elizabeth and Quilly, and, with her slinky dresses and hats, castigates the two older women with a vocabulary honed, possibly, from the military men she dates at the Savoy and Small’s Paradise. She has changed her name to Charmaine, developed a new persona and has no intention of returning to South Carolina. She even plans to change Husband’s name — to Andre — and open a beauty and barber shop using Husband’s inheritance. She is a woman with great ambition, strongly confident in her sexual abili-

ty to dominate Husband and put Elizabeth snidely “in her place” as an “old, old, settler.” Bultman’s direction reveals the intensity of his commitment to the themes and outlooks of the play. Each character moves with a seemingly effortless measure of believability. The final scene with Elizabeth and Quilly is heart rending but celebratory. Special kudos go to costumers Marge Cowles and Sylvia Pickell for interpreting Husband’s character and “Charmaine’s” influence in the second half. That costume alone is worth the price of admission. The Old Settler, directed by Eric Bultman, is presented at the Sumter Little Theatre, 14 Mood Ave., in the Sumter Cultural Center, today and Sunday and Feb. 13 through 16. The show begins nightly at 8 p.m., except for Sundays, when it starts at 3 p.m. Ticket prices are $15 for adults and $12 for the student/senior/ military rate. Call (803) 7752150 for more information.

Artist’s prints loaned to schools

Isaac McClinton, principal of Crestwood High School, stands in front of the exhibit of prints from Jacob Lawrence’s series of panels based on scenes from The Great Migration. Fifteen images of the panels Lawrence made were loaned to the school for display.

Jacob Lawrence’s The Migration Series (1940-41) Panel no. 57 is titled “The female workers were the last to arrive North.” When Sumter County was selected for a $75,000 Picturing America School Collaboration Project Grant from The National Endowment for the Humanities in 2010, its major component was The Great Migration as illustrated by the artist Jacob Lawrence in a series of 60 panels begun in 1940. The period of the Great Migration covers the time from about 1916 to 1930 but is extended into the 1970s by some historians. During these years, millions of blacks in the South moved North to escape racism and social and financial restraints. The Phillips Collection in Washington, LAWRENCE D.C., granted the Sumter County Cultural Commission permission to enlarge and display images of the panels. Thirty enlargements remain with the commission, which this week loaned 15 images each to Lakewood and Crestwood high schools, “joining other efforts to celebrate African American History Month,” Executive Director Carmela Bryan said.




Derrick Lee Daye, 26, of 401 E. 1st St., Erwin, N.C., was charged as a fugitive from justice at 1:48 p.m. Wednesday. According to the report, an officer observed a white Chevrolet Malibu speeding in the southbound lane of I-95. The officer attempted to initiate a traffic stop, but the vehicle continued speeding as it exited the highway onto U.S. 378. The driver, Daye, eventually lost control of the vehicle, driving into a ditch. Daye reportedly left the vehicle and fled into the woods, where a K-9 unit located him hiding in a ditch. Daye continued to resist arrest and was Tased by officers before being arrested without further incident. The passenger in the vehicle confirmed that Daye had several outstanding warrants out of North Carolina and had been on the run for a while. Police searched the vehicle to find one gram of suspected marijuana, a .45-caliber Rock Island Arms pistol with a full magazine and $1,163 in cash.

A beige 1997 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme valued at $3,000 was reportedly stolen from the 1000 block of Broad Street between 11:50 a.m. and 12:03 p.m. Wednesday. A Cobalt drill, impact drill, battery charger and a Sawzall were reported stolen at 12:22 p.m. Wednesday from the 3000 block of Broad Street. The estimated value of the stolen items is $700.

Smith & Wesson clip and a black charcoal grill were reported stolen at 8:39 p.m. Wednesday from a residence in the 2000 block of Tindal Road. The estimated value of the stolen items is $3,600. Three tires and rims from a red 2002 Chevrolet Impala and a pink girl’s bicycle were reportedly stolen from a residence in the 100 block of Boulevard Road between 8 a.m. Feb. 1 and 8 a.m. Thursday. The estimated value

of the stolen items is $675. A black Frigidaire stove and refrigerator were reportedly stolen from a residence in the 30 block of Center Street between 10 a.m. Oct. 10 and 1:55 p.m. Thursday. The estimated value of the stolen items is $1,800. An air-conditioning unit valued at $2,500 was reportedly stolen from a residence in the 10 block of Henrietta Street between 4 p.m. Jan. 15 and 4 p.m. Thursday.

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Obama signs farm bill that trims food stamps EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — President Obama on Friday signed into law an agriculture spending bill that will spread benefits to farmers in every region of the country, while trimming the food-stamp program that inspired a two-year battle over the legislation. As he penned his name on the five-year measure at Michigan State University, Obama said the wide-ranging bill “multitasks� by helping boost jobs, innovation, research and conservation. “It’s like a Swiss Army knife,� he joked. But not everyone is happy with the legislation, and

Obama acknowledged its passage was “a very challenging piece of business.� The bill expands federal crop insurance and ends direct government payments that go to farmers whether they produce anything or not. But the bulk of its nearly $100 billion-per-year cost is for the food-stamp program that aids 1 in 7 Americans. The bill finally passed with support from Democratic and Republican lawmakers from farming states, but the bipartisan spirit didn’t extend to the signing ceremony where Obama was flanked by farm

equipment, hay bales and Democratic lawmakers. White House press secretary Jay Carney said several Republicans were invited, but all declined to attend. Conservatives remain unhappy with the bill and its generous new subsidies for interests ranging from Southern peanut growers and Midwest corn farmers to the Northeast maple-syrup industry. They also wanted much larger cuts to food stamps than the $800 million Congress finally approved in a compromise. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told reporters

he did not expect the cut of about 1 percent of the food stamp budget to have a significant impact on recipients. Obama promised in his State of the Union address last week to make 2014 a year of action, using his presidential powers in addition to pushing a Congress that usually is reluctant to go along with his ideas. In that spirit, he’s coupling the signing of the farm bill with a new administration initiative called “Made in Rural America� to connect rural businesses with federal resources that can help sell their products and ser-

vices abroad. Obama’s trip was a reward for Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., who as chairwoman of the Senate Agriculture Committee helped broker the hard-fought farm bill compromise after years of setbacks. Michigan State, a leading agricultural research school, is Stabenow’s alma mater. Obama also squeezed into his three-hour visit to Michigan a lunch with Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan. Duggan took office last month as the city is going through the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history.

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David Bransfield, a state outreach coordinator for Young Invincibles, a group which supports President Obama’s health care law, talks with student Philippe Komongnan, 27, who is in the process of signing up for health care, at the University of the District of Columbia in Washington on Jan. 30. An army of workers and volunteers has fanned out across the country trying to enroll young and healthy people in health insurance now available through Obama’s signature law.

Race begins to enroll young, healthy for new insurance WASHINGTON (AP) — “Do you guys have health insurance?� David Bransfield asks each time a group of college students passes by. Some nod yes. A few promise to stop back after class. Others don’t bother removing their headphones. Nearly every day, Bransfield comes to a satellite campus of the University of the District of Columbia in the shadow of the Capitol, sitting for hours behind a table in the lobby of a classroom building. With an Apple laptop and lots of fliers, he’s part of the army of workers and volunteers trying to enroll young, and probably healthy, people in health insurance available through President Obama’s law. Run largely by groups with close ties to the White House, the recruiting effort is based in part on lessons learned from Obama’s presidential races, which revolutionized the way campaigns tracked and targeted voters. More than any other group, participation from among the “young invincibles� — those ages 18 to 34 — will be crucial to the law’s success. The Kaiser Family Foundation estimates that about 40 percent of those who enroll need to be young and healthy, to balance out the higher costs of insuring older, sicker people. But less than two months

before the March 31 sign-up deadline, the administration is lagging behind its goal. Young adults made up about one-fourth of the 2.2 million people who enrolled in the exchanges through December, the last time the administration released demographic data. Officials announced in midJanuary that 3 million people had enrolled in insurance plans, but officials didn’t update the demographic details. Critics of the law say young people were most likely to be turned off by the technical problems that marred the first two months of online sign-ups. They also say some young people will opt to pay the penalty for not enrolling — $95, or 1 percent of income, whichever is higher — rather than pay more for coverage. A December Gallup poll found that 26 percent of uninsured people under the age of 30 intended to pay the fine rather than enroll. White House officials have minimized the slow enrollment by young people, saying they always expected those in their 20s and 30s to enroll toward the end of the six-month sign-up period. Spokesman Jay Carney said young people are more likely to be deadline-driven and “late to the party when it comes to signing up.� Megan Chapman is among

the holdouts. The 23-year-old college student from High Point, N.C., has been without health insurance for several years. She’s been thinking about signing up through the new federal marketplace but said she’s heard conflicting information about the costs, prompting her to do more research. “It just depends on the price and how much financial aid I can get,� said Chapman, her laptop and spiral notebook spread out before her as she worked in the Guilford Technical Community College cafeteria in Jamestown, N.C. “I’m unemployed. I can’t pay a whole lot of money. So that will definitely be a major factor.� As Chapman studied, a volunteer from Enroll America was going from table to table in the cafeteria, encouraging uninsured students to sign up.

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Tucker, a 3-year-old Labradoodle, jumps on his owner Mike Pentz at their home in Columbus, Ohio, in 2011. name ‘Labradoodle,’� he said. “We told people we had a new dog, and all of a sudden, people wanted this wonder dog.� Over the years, demand grew for Conron and other breeders. Labradoodles became a hot dog — Jennifer Aniston, Tiger Woods and Christie Brinkley are among their owners — and President Obama’s family considered a Labradoodle before picking a Portuguese water dog as the First Pet. “When I heard he was thinking about a Labradoodle, I wrote to him and said to make sure he checked its pedigree,� Conron said. There’s the problem that troubles him. Conron said there are far too many unscrupulous people eager to make a buck at a dog’s expense. Rather than check the history and science, he said “horrific� puppy mills are springing up and producing unstable dogs that go unwanted and eventually are euthanized. “Instead of breeding out the problems, they’re breeding them in,� he said.

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NEW YORK (AP) — He’s deemed the man who unleashed the designer dog craze, this wave of Maltipoos, puggles and shorkies. A Doberhuahua? Not quite. But from that new Super Bowl ad to Hollywood boulevards and nearly to the White House, these pooches with cute names are pretty popular. Hardly what Wally Conron expected — or ever wanted — back in the late 1980s when he first bred a pair of prize canines and called the result a Labradoodle. “I’ve done a lot of damage,� Conron told The Associated Press this week by phone from his home in Australia. “I’ve created a lot of problems.� “Marvelous thing? My foot,� he said. “There are a lot of unhealthy and abandoned dogs out there.� Conron was working as the puppy-breeding manager at the Royal Guide Dog Association of Australia when he tried to fulfill a request from a couple in Hawaii. She had vision problems, her husband was allergic, and they wanted a dog that would satisfy their needs. After a lot of trial and error, Conron came up with a solution when he bred a standard poodle with a Labrador retriever. The mix was a personal triumph, yet not a success outside his lab. “I was very, very careful of what I used, but nobody wanted Labrador crosses. I had a three-to-six-month waiting list, but everyone wanted purebreds,� the 85-year-old Conron recalled. “So I had to come up with a gimmick.� “We came up with the

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CBS offers salute, celebration of the Beatles BY KEVIN MCDONOUGH It was 50 years ago today. “The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to the Beatles” (8 p.m. Sunday, CBS, TVPG) reminds us of the remarkable night the Fab Four first played on “The Ed Sullivan Show” on Feb. 9, 1964. Tonight’s glance back is hardly the first in a long and winding road of Beatles retrospectives. In fact, rehashing Beatles history is as old as the Beatles phenomenon itself. The band consciously cited their “old” 1964 images as wax figures on their 1967 “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” album cover. And even as they were shedding their mop top facade, it was being recycled on American television as “The Monkees” by 1966. After breaking up in 1970, the ex-Beatles would find inventive and occasionally angry ways to define themselves as un-Beatles. George Harrison would even appear in the 1978 TV mockumentary “The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash,” a Monty Pythonesque spoof of the band’s well-known story. Beatles impersonators would arrive and never go away. “Beatlemania” opened on Broadway in 1977 and is still probably playing in a mall or dinner theater near you. The Bee Gees would appear (along with everyone from Peter Frampton to Peter Allen and Alice Cooper to Steve Martin) in a 1978 movie musical called “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” — instantly condemned as one of the worst movies ever made. Emerging artists continually struggled under the burden of comparisons to the Beatles. Everyone from The Knack to Supertramp would be touted as the “next” Beatles, while others like The Clash would snarl about “phony Beatlemania” in their 1979 song “London Calling.” It would take John Lennon’s murder in 1980 to end speculation about a Beatles revival. But that hardly stopped a steady parade of imitations and homages. Retrospective clips within the 1984 spoof “This Is Spinal Tap” offered spot-on parodies of the British folk-skiffle scene from which the Beatles emerged. Nirvana would imitate early Beatles clips in its 1992 video for “In Bloom.”

The early ‘90s would bring the band Oasis, who flagrantly aped the Beatles’ attitude and sound. I once heard the band described as “the Rutles without a sense of humor.” The surviving Beatles would reunite for an “Anthology” special, shown on ABC in 1995. They would also appear, separately, on “The Simpsons,” the only scripted TV show to feature George, Paul and Ringo (as well as Linda Eastman McCartney). In 2001, an episode of “The Powerpuff Girls” entitled “Meet the Beat-Alls” consisted almost entirely of dialogue derived from Beatles lyrics. Like the 1993 “Baby on Board” “Simpsons” episode, “Meet the Beat-Alls” referenced the arc of the Beatles’ career. While “The Simpsons” was written, created by and often for baby boomers, Craig McCracken, creator of “The Powerpuff Girls,” hadn’t even been born when the Beatles broke up. And “The Powerpuff Girls” audience hadn’t been born during the heyday of Oasis. Movies about the Beatles, their music and influence — from “Backbeat” (1994), “Two of Us” (2000), “Across the Universe” (2007) and “Nowhere Boy” (2009) — continued to keep the memories and legend alive, as have any number of “American Idol” nights devoted to Beatles songs and even a 40th-anniversary salute to “Sgt. Pepper’s” in the show’s 2007 finale. And let’s not forget the fateful trip to India in the 2007 musical-comedy “Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story.” Or the Beatles-saturated episodes of “SpongeBob SquarePants” and “Wonder Pets!” • The fourth season of “The Walking Dead” (9 p.m. Sunday, AMC, TV-MA) finds survivors of the prison farm scattered to the winds, or rather, the abandoned suburbs. That means far more scenes of fighting off shuffling monsters and no more attempts at education and agriculture and other signs of civilization. Tonight’s episode alternates between scenes of nail-biting suspense in a haunted house and moments of machetewielding decapitation. • As if to throw down the gauntlet and challenge “The Walking Dead” viewers to choose between their two favorite cult shows, HBO offers “Game of Thrones: Ice and Fire: A



AROUND TOWN The American Red Cross, Sandhills Chapter, 1155 N. Guignard Drive, Suite 2, will offer the following classes: 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, Client Case Work; and 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24, New Volunteer Orientation and Disaster Services Overview. Call (803) 7752363 to register. The Shepherd’s Center, 24 Council St., will offer free public information sessions 11-11:50 a.m. each Thursday through March 13 as follows: Feb. 13, get active/be healthy; Feb. 20, investing in uncertain times; Feb. 27, emergency preparedness; March 6, spring gardening tips; and March 13, you are what you eat. 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) 7745006; 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. Call Ms. Samuels at (803) 240-8355. The AARP Foundation TaxAide Program will offer free income tax assistance and electronic filing for taxpayers with low to middle incomes. Assistance will be available 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays through April 15 at the Shepherd’s Center, 24 Council St. Call Lynda at (803) 469-8322. An indoor yard sale, sponsored by the Lincoln High School Preservation Alumni Association, will be held 7 a.m.-noon today in the Lincoln-Trinity gymnasium, 24 Council St. Call J.L. Green at (803) 968-4173 or Ronetta Moses at (803) 983-8161. Clarendon School District 2 will hold Saturday with the Superintendent today. Superintendent John Tindal will be available 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the district office, 15 Major Drive. Mayewood High School Class of 1976 will meet at 10 a.m. today at Mayewood Middle School. All classmates are invited to attend. Call Icybell at (803) 983-4157, Josephine at (803) 229-5695, Audrey at (803) 840-6680 or Melvin at (803) 983-5559. If you cannot attend this meeting, email name and contact information to


Paul McCartney, left, and Ringo Starr perform together on “The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to the Beatles,” airing tonight on CBS. Foreshadowing” (8:45 p.m. Sunday, TV-MA), a peek at the new season, arriving April 6.

sodes” (10:30 p.m., Showtime, TV-MA).

CULT CHOICE SATURDAY’S HIGHLIGHTS • Will Smith stars as a striving single father in the 2006 drama “The Pursuit of Happyness” (8 p.m., ABC, TV-PG). • An Internet star extends 15 minutes of feline fame on “Lil BUB’s Special Special” (9 p.m., Animal Planet, TV-PG). Amy Sedaris co-stars. • Matthew McConaughey, Julianne Moore and Sheryl Crow appear on “The Graham Norton Show” (10 p.m., BBC America, TV-14).

SUNDAY’S HIGHLIGHTS • Scheduled on “60 Minutes” (7 p.m., CBS): prescription drug dosages and gender; an update on the abuse of campaign funds; the economics of housing the homeless. • Olympics coverage (7 p.m., NBC) includes: figure skating, alpine skiing, snowboarding and ski jumping. • Andy’s departure for college puts the gang in peril in the 2010 sequel “Toy Story 3” (8 p.m., ABC, TV-G). • Pigs bring out a new side of Blake on the “Masterpiece Classic” presentation of “Downton Abbey” (9 p.m., PBS, TV-PG, check local listings). • A tip leads Hart and Cohle into a dangerous location on “True Detective” (9 p.m., HBO, TV-MA). • Hannah gets a paying job that fills her with self-involved angst on “Girls” (10 p.m., HBO, TV-MA). • Matt fumes when Merc robs his blind ex-wife on “Epi-

A plain miss (Olivia de Havilland) falls for the charms of a schemer (Montgomery Clift) in the 1949 drama “The Heiress” (8 p.m. Saturday, TCM), an adaptation of Henry James’ 1880 short novel “Washington Square.”

SATURDAY SERIES Accidents will happen on “Two and a Half Men” (8 p.m., CBS, r, TV-14) * Serial killers on “Rake” (8 p.m., Fox, r, TV14) * Nathan lays a parent trap on “The Millers” (8:30 p.m., CBS, r, TV-PG) * New clues about Red John on “The Mentalist” (9 p.m., CBS, r, TV-14) * Alarms go off at the FBI on “The Following” (9 p.m., Fox, r, TV-14) * Crime in the city on “48 Hours” (10 p.m., CBS) * A mood ruined on “The Middle” (10:30 p.m., ABC, r, TV-PG).

SUNDAY SERIES Cheerleaders recruit Lisa on “The Simpsons” (8 p.m., Fox, r, TV-PG) * Mother-daughter bonding on “Bob’s Burgers” (8:30 p.m., Fox, r, TV-PG) * Buried treasure on “Family Guy” (9 p.m., Fox, r, TV-14) * Shoplifting on “American Dad!” (9:30 p.m., Fox, r, TV-14) * A relationship guru is murdered on “Castle” (10 p.m., ABC, TV-PG) * Dear diary on “The Millers” (10:30 p.m., CBS, r, TV-PG). Copyright 2014, United Feature Syndicate

A St. Jude Children’s Hospital fundraiser will be held today at Piggly Wiggly, Pinewood Road. High Ridge Bluegrass Gospel Band will provide music. There will be hot dogs, drinks and chips for sale. Call Roy at (803) 464-4492. Hillcrest High School Class of 1974 will hold a reunion meeting at 4 p.m. today at American Legion Post 202, 310 Palmetto St. Call E.B. Brooks at (803) 481-5148 or (803) 316-7652 or Kevin Vannoy at (803) 968-3238. The Sumter Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, at the Shiloh-Randolph Manor, 125 W. Bartlette St. The 2014 king or queen will be crowned. Charles E. Black, president of the National Federation of the Blind, Kershaw County Area Chapter, will speak. Transportation provided within the coverage area. Contact Debra Canty at (803) 7755792 or Call the 24-hour message line at (206) 3765992 for information about tickets for the April 19 barbecue. The Sumter Chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, in the Bultman Conference Room of USC Sumter. Administrative professionals are encouraged to attend. The IAAP South Carolina Division president will be the speaker. Call Mary Sutton at (803) 938-3760. The General George L. Mabry Jr. Chapter 817, Military Order of the Purple Heart, will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, at the Elks Lodge, 1100 W. Liberty St. All Purple Heart recipients and those interested in associate membership are invited. Call (803) 506-3120. The Clarendon County Republican Party will meet Thursday, Feb. 13, at Cornerstone Free Will Baptist Church, 2116 Greeleyville Highway, Manning. Supper will be served at 6:30 p.m. with meeting beginning at 7 p.m. State Treasurer Curtis Loftis, SCGOP First Vice Chair Lin Bennett, Pee Dee Field Director for Team Graham Jacqueline Franz, and SCGOP Regional Field Director Martha Gravlee will speak.







Families and friends wait early Friday morning to catch a glimpse of loved ones for the first time in more than five months as the 79th Fighter Squadron made its way back to Shaw Air Force Base from a deployment to the Middle East. About 200 members of the “Tigers” squadron were deployed.

TIGERS FROM PAGE A1 probably have one of their daddy-daughter dates.” The excitement of the kids was matched by the airmen coming off the plane. Capt. Craig Baker hadn’t been able to watch his 15-month-old daughter, Halle, grow up over the last few months.

“We only got Wi-Fi around Thanksgiving,” the captain said, so families weren’t able to have videophone conversations for most of the airmen’s time in the region. Baker’s wife, Lindsey, used the chance to update him on their daughter’s development. “She was a little smaller than this,” she said. “Now she can crawl and say a few words.” “I’ve missed a lot,” he said.

“Now I’m just excited to be home.” Laurence Bohannon was overwhelmed by the emotion of the moment he hugged his daughter, Sarai. “Words cannot describe how it feels holding my daughter again,” he said. “I just wanted to see my family.” Rikki Glowacki was similarly speechless after running to kiss her returning husband, Senior

Airman Cam Glowacki. “I don’t think I can put it into words,” she said. “It feels great.” For a long time, Airman Glowacki was content to stand outside in the cold, cradling his wife in his arms for the first time in six months. “This is all I’ve been waiting for,” he said. Reach Bristow Marchant at (803) 774-1272.


Laurence Bohannon gets a kiss from his daughter, Sarai, after returning home from Jordan.


U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Christopher Cummins, 20th Equipment Maintenance Squadron munitions technician, holds his daughter Harper Cummins after returning home from deployment Friday. Cummins returned home from a fivemonth deployment to his wife and daughter. U.S. Air Force Capt. Craig Baker, 79th Fighter Squadron F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot, kisses his wife, Lindsey Baker, after returning to Shaw Air Force Base from a five-month deployment to U.S. Central Command’s Area of Responsibility on Friday. AIRMAN 1ST CLASS JONATHAN BASS / SPECIAL TO THE SUMTER ITEM


A U.S. Air Force senior airman assigned to the 20th Fighter Wing high-fives a fellow airman after returning to Shaw. The returning airmen were greeted by commanders, supervisors and first sergeants immediately after getting off the aircraft. U.S. Air Force Maj. Ryan Miller, left, 79th Fighter Squadron F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot, embraces his wife Jaime after being away from family and friends for more than five months. AIRMAN 1ST CLASS JENSEN STIDHAM / SPECIAL TO THE SUMTER ITEM



MILDRED T. ALLEN Mildred Tebrugge Allen, 88, of Morningside of Sumter, formerly of Bluffs, Ill., died on Feb. 6, 2014, at Covenant Place. She was born Aug. 4, 1925, in Petersburg, Ill., a daughter of William and Marie Becker Tebrugge. She married John W. Allen on Sept. 16, 1947; he preceded her in death. She is survived by a daughter, Mindy (David) ALLEN Popovich of Manning; and granddaughter, Elizabeth (Chad) Dietrich of Columbia. She is also survived by a sister, Elsie (Harold) Juhl of Tallula, Ill.; two brothers, William Tebrugge of Lincoln, Ill., and Lawrence Tebrugge of Springfield, Ill.; two sisters-in-law, Mary Ella Allen and Ann Blane of Petersburg, Ill.; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a sister, Marie Grosboll; and two brothers, James Tebrugge and Henry Tebrugge. Mrs. Allen and her husband owned and operated the Allen Lumber Co. and general contracting business in Bluffs for a number of years. She was active in the Girl Scouts; was president of the Bluffs Library Board; a member of the Naples United Methodist Church; and active in many civic affairs. She enjoyed playing bridge and reading, along with volunteering with the United Way. Graveside services will be held in Illinois in the spring. Memorials are suggested to the Naples Methodist Church, Bluffs Library, or the United Way of Sumter. Stephens Funeral Home & Crematory, 304 N. Church St., Manning, is in charge of arrangements, (803) 435-2179.

DALE W. PLAYER BISHOPVILLE — Dale William Player, 77, died Feb. 6, 2014, at McLeod Hospice House in Florence. Born Sept. 26, 1936, in Sumter, he was a son of the late William Weber Player and Nettie Osborn Player. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Bethlehem United Methodist PLAYER Church in Bishopville with Pastor Larry Watson officiating, followed by interment at St. Luke United Methodist Cemetery on S.C. 341, Elliott. Mr. Player graduated from Carlisle Military Academy Class of 1954 and attended Clemson College before serving three years in the United States Army, where he worked in the Army Security Agency. Eighteen months of his service was in Okinawa, Japan. A lifelong farmer, his primary crop was always cotton. He served on the S.C. Cotton Board, the National Cotton Board, the National Cotton Council, and was a director with Cotton Growers Association, a cotton marketing association located in Garner, N.C. Mr. Player was honored to have been recognized in 1997 by the S.C. Cooperative Council for distinguished agricultural service. Player served 31 years on farm credit boards, including Central Production Credit Association, Pee Dee Farm Credit Association, and Arbor One ACA. He was a director of Ag First Farm Credit Bank in Columbia for 17 years.

COUNTY FROM PAGE A1 projects quiet while the county administrator explores options on land for project sites. “We’ve got to be tight-lipped about these things for a while,� said committee member Charles Edens, who spoke generally about how the process will move forward. “We’ve got to whittle them down to what can do the most benefit, both individually and as a packet.� Councilman Eugene Baten, who doesn’t sit on the ad-hoc committee, said the final list must focus on improving coun-

He formerly served on the boards of Robert E. Lee Academy and Lee County Memorial Hospital. Mr. Player was an active member of Bethlehem United Methodist Church and had served in various capacities, including Sunday school class president, chairman of PPRC, member of the administrative council, and usher. He volunteered for many years with the Lee County Cooperative Ministries Care Center. An avid outdoorsman his entire life, Player enjoyed hunting, fishing, tennis, jogging, walking and hiking. He was never happier than when he was in the woods, on the farm, walking along a stream of water, or sitting and listening to the sounds of nature in the very early morning or at the close of day. He had a good sense of humor and could descriptively describe to others exactly what he heard and what he saw. For many years, he raised and sold Brittany Spaniels, his dog of choice for quail hunting. Dale taught his sons to love the outdoors, gun safety, how to catch the limit of big bass at the wading grounds, how to clean the wildlife harvested and, finally, how to cook great game dinners. He was beginning to do the same with his grandsons. Player’s daughter was a joy to him, and he always considered it a great privilege to be her escort during important events in her life. Times spent at their home on Lake Wateree with family and friends were so memorable. He planted a vegetable garden there each summer and winter, and enjoyed tending the grape vines and blueberry bushes, and feeding the birds. Dale and Gail spent many hours travelling together on long trips and on day trips discovering new sites of interest. Each Fourth of July they visited an American Revolutionary War memorial site to remind them of the sacrifices made for our freedom. Player is survived by his beloved wife of 51 years, Gail Kennedy Player; a daughter and son-in-law, Jennie Player Lambe and Scott; and three sons and daughters-in-law, John Whitworth Player and Beth, William Weber Player and Molly, and Thomas Kennedy Player and Ashley. He loved and enjoyed his 10 grandchildren, Kennedy and Elizabeth Lambe, JosephCaine, Worth, Wesley, Lylli, Avery, Wilson, Blain and Sarah Player. Also surviving are a sister and brother-inlaw, Maxine and Ed Blakely; and two nephews, Ward Blakely (Ansley) and Clark Blakely. Visitation will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at HancockElmore-Hill Funeral Home in Bishopville. Memorials may be made to Bethlehem United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 167, Bishopville, SC 29010 or Lee County Cooperative Ministries Care Center, P.O. Box 464, Bishopville, SC 29010. Hancock-Elmore-Hill Funeral Home of Bishopville is in charge of the arrangements.


move to Sumter. Her marriage of 62 years to her beloved Frank led the two of them to live in various southern states SMITH including North Carolina, Florida, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee and Georgia before their return home to Sumter in 1986. An active and faithful member of a number of churches over the years, Geneva served the Lord in many ways, most recently as a Sunday school teacher of second and third graders, until the age of 92. She loved children and led many to know Jesus as their personal savior. Her many church activities included the Cradle Roll, visiting new parents with an engraved Bible and rose; Sunbeams; Mission Friends; and the WMU, Women’s Missionary Union. As a Tuomey Volunteer, she delivered mail to patients and visited with the sick. Her rich long life served as an inspiration to all who knew her and enjoyed her warm smile. Surviving are a daughter, her only child, Anita Louise Smith Vaughn of Sumter; a granddaughter, Monica Charlene Revels and her husband, Chris, of Rock Hill; a grandson, Charles Eric Vaughn of Charleston; one great-granddaughter, Isabella Geneva Revels of Rock Hill; nieces, Brenda Broughton Gregory (Tom), Lila Broughton Payne (Al) and Nora Broughton Kurzenberger (George); and nephews, John Allen “Johnny� Watt Jr. (Martha), all of Sumter. Nieces from out of town are Kathleen Hudnall Ozberk (Engin) of Saskatchewan, Canada, Sandra Smith Greene of Greensboro, N.C., and Susan Smith Land (Lane) of Seneca; nephews, David Redden (Jan) of Texas, Curtis Redden of Mississippi and Charles Redden of Missouri. Mrs. Smith was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Whilden Smith; as well as her brother, Leon Redden of Hartsville; and her two sisters, Corrine Redden Watt and Dorothy Redden Broughton, both of Sumter. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday in the chapel of Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home with the Rev. Steve Shumake and Dr. Steve Williams officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Memorial Park cemetery. The family will receive friends from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home prior to the service and at other times at the home, 3065 Tara Drive. Memorials may be made to Grace Baptist Church / Operation Christmas Child Fund or to Hospice Care of TriCounty, 1236-B Wilson Hall Road, Sumter, SC 29150. Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home and Crematorium of Sumter is in charge of the arrangements.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2014 Manhattan. Born July 26, 1971, in Newark, N.J., he was a son of Robert and Susan Holiday. The family will receive friends at 517 Colonial Drive, Sumter. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Summerton Funeral Home LLC, (803) 4853755.

LAWRENCE E. GROSS WEDGEFIELD — Lawrence Eugene Gross, age 72, beloved husband of Sandra Judith “Judy� Gross, died on Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, at his residence. Arrangements are incomplete at this time and will be announced by Bullock Funeral Home of Sumter.

JASON T. GREEN SUMMERVILLE — Jason Thomas Green, age 31, formerly of Turbeville, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, at his home after a brief illness. A funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at Turbeville Southern Methodist Church with burial in Pine Grove United Methodist Church Cemetery, directed by Floyd Funeral Home of Olanta. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. He was a son of Herbert Vere Green and the late Laurette Parker Green. Mr. Green was a high school graduate of Hudgens Academy; graduated cum laude from Wofford College with a bachelor of arts in finance; received his juris doctor from the Charleston School of Law; was a member of the South Carolina Bar and the Charleston County Bar Association; and a member of the Turbeville Southern Methodist Church. Surviving besides his father are three brothers, Ty Green of Durham, N.C., Bryan Green of Spartanburg and Stephen Gibbons of Lincolnton, N.C.; three nieces; and four nephews. Memorials may be made to Dorchester County SPCA, P.O. Box 1116, Summerville, SC 29484 or Charleston County Animal Society, 2455 Remount Road, North Charleston, SC 29406. Online condolences may be accessed at www.floydfuneral. com.

W. MEREDITH MANNING W. Meredith Manning died Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, at his home. Services will be announced by Elmore Hill McCreight Funeral Home & Crematory, 221 Broad St., Sumter, (803) 7759386.

JEROME KING Jerome King departed his earthly journey on Feb. 6, 2014, after an illness. He was born July 13, 1964, in Sumter County, to Sarah Abernthy and Willie Manning Jr. The family is receiving friends at the home of his mother, 510 Knights Bridge Road, Sumter. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Sumter Funeral Service Inc.


She then became a member of Supernatural Mega Center of Sumter, where she served as the oldest mother on the mother board. She was married to the late John Smith. Mother Smith was a hard worker and raised her children and many others. Everyone loved her dearly and called her “Grandma.� Those who remain to cherish her loving memories are three daughters, Ella McCray of Charlotte, Coila (Helena) Smith of Scranton, and Johnnie Mae (Porter) Mattox of Elizabeth, N.J.; Lois Ann (Randy) McDowell of Lynchburg; a host of grandchildren, Randy McKnight, Lynn Burgess, Latora Hickson, Antonio Smith, Terrance Smith, Rebecca Witherspoon, Rakevia Nero, Shaniya McDowell, Jennifer Pressley, Dominique Wilson, many more grandchildren and great-grandchildren; two daughters-in-law, Shirley Ann Smith and Cynthia Witherspoon; and a host of nieces and nephews. Public viewing will be held from 2 to 7 p.m. today at Job’s Mortuary. The body will be placed in the church at 11 a.m. Sunday for viewing until the hour of service. Funeral service will be held at noon Sunday at Supernatural Mega Center, 410 S. Main St., Sumter, with Prophetess Deborah Thomas officiating and Apostle Phillip O. Coleman as eulogist. Interment will follow in the Jordan Chapel Baptist Church Cemetery in Olanta. The family is receiving friends at 1253 U.S. 76, Lynchburg. Job’s Mortuary Inc., 312 S. Main St., is in charge of arrangements. Online memorials may be sent to the family at or visit us on the web at

MARY E. SARGENT Mary Ellen Sargent, age 70, beloved wife of Amba Sargent, died on Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete at this time and will be announced by Bullock Funeral Home of Sumter.

JOHNTÉ S. HOLLIDAY JohntÊ Shaheed Holliday, 18, died Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, at Clarendon Memorial Hospital, Manning. He was born April 8, 1995, in Manning, a son of John Holliday and LaSharon Lawson Thomas. The family is receiving friends at the home of his grandparents, John and Sarah Holliday, 1255 Mahoney Road, Pinewood. These services have been entrusted to Samuels Funeral Home LLC of Manning.



Geneva Redden Smith, 94, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center, after a brief illness. Born April 22, 1919, in Atlanta, she was a daughter of the late Alonzo “Lonnie� and Julia “Lonie� Carpenter Redden. Mrs. Smith was a graduate of Spartanburg High School prior to her family’s

MANHATTAN, N.Y. — Jerome Holiday, 42, died Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, in

Mother Ella Mae Smith was born April 9, 1926, in Florence County, a daughter of the late Lillie Mae Fulton and Will Simmons. She departed this life on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, at McLeod Regional Medical Center, Florence. At an early age, Mother accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Lord and Savior and was a member of Jordan Chapel Baptist Church of Olanta.

ty residents’ lives — like road repair, rural waterline improvements and cultural activities — to attract support from voters. “If we need people to vote for this tax, they need to see something in it for them,� Baten said, adding that during the debate over the Penny for Progress in 2008, “I was able to tell people in Mayewood they were voting for a new community center in their community.� A day earlier, the council’s land use committee will meet at 5 p.m. Monday to review changes to the landscaping ordinance. The committee was considering changes to land-

scaping when the city of Sumter adopted its own version of the ordinance last month, and Edens, who chairs the committee, wants to review how city council handled the same issues. “It won’t mirror exactly what the city did,� he said, “but ... I’m sure the (Planning Department) staff would appreciate them being close to the same, so they don’t have to learn something completely different.� Baten said county standards could be written to match the city’s in areas close to the city limits, for visual consistency. “We should have at least a minimum standard,� he said.

“Now you have developers saying ‘you’re holding me to a higher standard than someone else,’ and that’s where some of the disagreement comes from.� Also on Monday, the internal affairs committee will consider board appointments at 4:30 p.m., followed by the fiscal, tax and property committee at 4 p.m. Tuesday and the land forfeiture commission will meet at 4:30 p.m. For all the activity the rest of the week, Tuesday’s regular meeting only has one action item listed; second reading of a proposal to rezone the historic Ruins property on Barnwell Drive to permit the owner to



Angel Lynn Rogers Demery, 52, wife of Wayne Demery, died Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, at Carolinas Hospital System, Florence. She was born June 29, 1961, a daughter of Thomas Ollie Rogers and Jeanette Albergotti Rogers. The family is receiving friends at the home of her mother-in-law, Ida Demery, 7091 Black River Road, New Zion. These services have been entrusted to Samuels Funeral Home LLC of Manning.

host visitors to the site. That proposal had seemed set to pass before the threat of snow canceled the last council meeting. Reach Bristow Marchant at (803) 774-1272.

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WALKERS FROM PAGE A1 Sundays,” said Coles Hull, marketing manager for Hull Storey Gibson. “Those are not changing. We are making changes to our mall-walker hours. We are a corporation that owns 21 malls across the Southeast. We established a policy across our portfolio that the mall should be fully operational and fully staffed when patrons are on the premises. The driving force for the new hours is safety, security and liability issues. The new times really reflects the time we are fully operational and staffed to accommodate patrons.” But those who have taken laps around the complex for years say the change is more than just an inconvenience. It’s taking away a social network. “I’ve come here 15 years to walk and to socialize with others,” Wash Howard said. “I mingle with friends. Everybody is pleasant and say ‘good morning’ to you. Every time something happens, they take up a donation and give you a card.” It’s where Shirley “Joe Joe” Casey mourned his first wife. Members of the group took care of the music. It’s where he met his second wife. “We met here, we got engaged here, and we got married at the church,” Onzilee Casey said. Fellow walkers came to the wedding and celebrated with the newlyweds. “That’s the beauty of walking,” Joe Joe Casey said. “I didn’t know her. (Then) she wouldn’t stop blinking her eyes at me.” She laughed. “You know it was the other way around,” Onzilee Casey said. It’s where Barbara Horne got support when her daughter was diagnosed with breast cancer. “After my daughter moved away, I started walking and wanted to meet one new person every

week,” she said. “You get to know people and what trials they are going through. I just don’t want to lose connections.” It’s where Ronald Spahr was missed. “Five years ago, I was diagnosed diabetic,” he said. “I come to the mall to exercise, and it’s like a family. They will call and see why you don’t make it.” And of course it is a safe, climate-controlled environment for people to walk before they go to work or get on with the rest of their day. “For the life of me, I don’t know why they decided to stop it,” said Kim Cotton, who comes in before work. “It’s safer in here than out there. I started walking when my youngest was in a stroller, and he’s 17 now.” And, of course, it’s about health. “My doctor told me to walk every day, and I’ve been walking the last 16 years. I guess that is why I’m still living,” said Don Walker, 80. “I’m not happy, (and) I don’t understand. It doesn’t make much sense. Big companies don’t care about anybody. It’s kind of sad. We’re all kind of sad.” Even out-of-towners come, such as Gus Chiasson from Connecticut, to stretch their legs. Some walkers plan to come in at the later time. “I’m not going to let one monkey stop the show,” said Mendell Coward, who has been walking about 20 years. “I’ve really enjoyed it, and I appreciate they’ve let us walk here as long as they have.” Others said they are still at a loss as to what to do and where to go now. “This change still allows 12 hours out of the day that we are open for people to come shop, eat or walk,” Hull said. “There may be changes to routines, but we believe walkers will still be able to find time to walk, shop and dine.” Reach Jade Reynolds at (803) 774-1250.



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Onzilee, left, and Shirley “Joe Joe” Casey laugh with friends at the mall Friday morning. The two met and got engaged at Sumter Mall and say they will miss the early morning get-togethers.


The last word ARIES (March 21-April 19): in astrology Your unique EUGENIA LAST way of handling situations and people will enable you to solve problems and complete jobs. Don’t feel rushed to make a professional change. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Emotional matters are likely to escalate and should be handled swiftly if you want to remain in control. A personal choice will lead to an interesting encounter. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Emotional escapism or not owning up to the way you really feel will leave you in an awkward position. You will have a problem with someone you’ve lent to or borrowed money or possessions from. CANCER (June 21-July 22): You’ll have an idea that has financial potential. Put together a prototype or a presentation for what you have to offer and someone will show interest in forming a partnership. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Take action at home or when exploring new interests. Follow through with plans and demonstrate your sincerity to finish what you start. Making alterations at home that are conducive to a project you want to pursue will pay off. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Get out and do things that will help motivate you. Picking up information or sharing thoughts and plans with others will help promote a healthier outlook.

Don’t let an emotional situation get you down. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Get out, be a participant. Plan a trip or sign up for a conference that will expand your mind and add to your expertise. Don’t let a domestic situation stand between you and your dreams. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Don’t hide from the truth. Face emotional matters head on. Domestic matters can be costly and must be handled with honesty and integrity if you wish to come out unscathed. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Spice up your life. Try something new. A change to the way you live will help you sort through emotional matters that have been causing uncertainty. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Make personal changes and update your image or attitude, and you will feel revitalized. Start a new relationship or rekindle the one you have. Romance will help you achieve personal goals.

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PICTURES FROM THE PUBLIC LOCATION: Sumter SPCA SUBMITTED BY: Shannan Dault OCCASION: From left, Olivia Bowden, Will Ernest, Peyton Puzewski and Anna Puzewski donate dog and cat food to the Sumter SPCA. To celebrate her birthday, Peyton Puzewski asked her friends to make donations to the SPCA.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Do whatever it takes to improve your personal life. Base the changes you make on what made you happy in the past. Getting together with an old friend will help you put your life in perspective. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Share your interests and thoughts, but don’t make promises you cannot keep. Sticking to the truth will help you avoid a misunderstanding. Don’t let an emotional incident cause a problem with a friend, relative or neighbor.

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Seeking more success Gamecocks hosting Ashley Ridge today in 2nd round of 4A wrestling playoffs BY DENNIS BRUNSON Sumter High School’s wrestling team won the Region VI-4A title for the first time since the 2012 season on Monday. Now the Gamecocks hope to take another step forward today in the 4A state playoffs. MATT WALSH / THE SUMTER ITEM SHS will play host to Ashley Ridge Sumter High’s Nate O’ Connor, top, is in control against Bluffotn’s Josh Darrell during in a second-round match today at 6 their 285-pound weight class match at the Gamecock Duals recently. The Gamecocks are p.m. Ashley Ridge was scheduled to hoping to build off their recent success of winning the Region VI-4A title as they host wrestle Irmo in a first-round match Ashley Ridge today in the second round of the 4A wrestling playoffs. today in Sumter, but Irmo forfeited the

match on Friday meaning Ashley Ridge gets a firstround bye like Sumter. “We found out about it this morning,” said Gamecocks head coach Cody SLAUGHTER Slaughter, whose team was to wrestle the winner between Irmo and Ashley Ridge immediately following the completion of their match. “Irmo had some injuries and sickness, and they weren’t going



Region relief Lady Knights win 3rd straight title; CHS boys top 1st-place Gators BY JUSTIN DRIGGERS The Crestwood High School varsity girls basketball team secured its third straight Region VI-3A championship on Friday. But the Lady Knights’ title was in danger of being ripped away – at least momentarily – at the last minute by a double-digit comeback from rival Lakewood. After Crestwood built a 16-point lead near midway through the third quarter, the Lady Gators got hot down the stretch, cutting the deficit to just three late in the fourth before the Lady Knights were able to fend off the upset with a 45-42 victory at The Swamp. The Crestwood boys also were victorious, pulling off a 52-50 win to tighten up the region race. “That’s the sign of a good ball WILSON club – on both sides,” Crestwood head girls coach Tony Wilson said. “I told the girls that Lakewood was going to keep coming and that we couldn’t let up. But we got a little careless with the ball toward the end and Lakewood made some shots and made a run.” The final quarter was not wanting for drama. Lakewood entered trailing 37-25 before Sonora Dengokl started an 8-2 LHS run moments later with a pair of free throws and a basket. Dengokl



Crestwood’s Crystal Bennett (23) shoots over Lakewood’s Sonora Dengkol (15) during the Lady Knights’ 45-42 victory on Friday at The Swamp. With the victory, Crestwood captured its third straight Region VI-3A title. In the boys game, CHS edged the first-place Gators 52-50.

Sumter teams take step closer to conference championships BY EDDIE LITAKER Special to The Sumter Item On a night where seniors were recognized before their respective games, Sumter High School’s varsity basketball teams came away with emphatic victories over Carolina Forest to inch ever closer to Region VI-4A regularseason championships. Sumter’s girls took advantage of nine Carolina Forest first-quarter turnovers and a technical foul to begin pulling away after the first, with Shiniyah Brown hitting a 3-point basket for an 18-3 lead. The lead increased each quarter as the Lady Gamecocks closed

with a 66-17 win. Sumter improved to 7-0 in region play and 15-5 overall, but head coach Chris Vandevander said there is still some work left for her squad before they can celebrate a fourth consecutive region title. “West (Florence) only has the one (region) loss against us, and we’ve still got to play them Tuesday VANDEVANDER night,” Vandevander said. “They played tonight and they have two games next week. We just have the one against them, but there’s a chance still that they (could win the

region). So Tuesday’s game is big for us. We could end up tied and have to go to a percentage breaker and all that mess. If we win that, we’re definitely first.” Brown was one of three seniors that broke into the scoring column for the Lady Gamecocks, topping all scorers with 19 points. Fellow seniors N’Dea Kennedy and Dariana Reed ended with four and two points, respectively, while Tasheana Chestnut was shut out offensively in her Senior Night. “It was a nice night, and we did celebrate,” Vandevander said of the senior recognition. “The seniors got to play a lot. We focused on having a good game

for them because this class has been with me the whole time and Shiniyah has been playing since her freshman year so we wanted them to have a big game tonight. I thought that everybody played well. (Chestnut) was posted and I was telling the wings to look for her, but they were just getting excited with the ball out there.” Cy Cooper also finished in double figures for Sumter with 10 points. Kayla Spring had five for the Lady Panthers, who fell to 3-17 and 0-6. Head coach Jo Jo English’s boys team led by three, 15-12, before an Erik



Soothing soda helps Pitts roll way to SCISA bowling title BY DENNIS BRUNSON When Kaylee Pitts takes to the bowling lanes for Wilson Hall, she normally has some sort of soft drink with her to help her relax as she plays. For some reason unbeknownst even to her, Pitts didn’t set herself up with a drink prior to the SCISA PHOTO PROVIDED girls individual state championship tournament on Tuesday at Royal Z Wilson Hall’s Kaylee Pitts, right, holds the plaque Lanes in Columbia. It didn’t matter she received for winning the SCISA girls individual in the first game as Pitts rolled a bowling state tournament on Tuesday at Royal Z 199 and had a 16-pin lead on the Lanes in Columbia.

nearest competition. It did matter after the second game though when Pitts had just a 115 and found herself tied for fourth, 23 pins off the lead. heading into the third and final game. That’s when some action was taken. Wilson Hall assistant coach Cynthia Hardee got Pitts a soft drink to sooth her nerves. “I think it was Mr. Pibb, something like it,” Pitts said. “The soda certainly helped me with my nerves. I knew everything would be OK.”

It certainly was as Pitts rolled a 186 in the final game for a final 3-game score of 500 that allowed her to win the state title by 11 pins over Thomas Sumter Academy’s Sydney Baity. Pitts, who helped the Lady Barons win the team state title a couple of weeks ago, didn’t expect to be holding a plaque for winning the individual title. “My only goal was to go there and play my best,” Pitts said. “I







RIVALS FROM PAGE B1 had nine of her game-high 22 points in the fourth quarter and finished with a doubledouble after pulling down 15 rebounds as well. She was aided by Kamryn Lemon, who scored once during the 8-2 run and again with less than one minute remaining. Lemon drove through the lane and put the ball up as she went down, cutting the score to 45-42. Lemon finished with five rebounds and four steals as well. “One thing I’ve always said about my team is that we improve every day,” Lakewood girls head coach Frances Fields said. “It was a much different game than the last one we played against Crestwood (a 53-25 loss). We just made some mistakes, missed some free throws and didn’t have a few calls go our way at the end, though. “The clock was not in our favor.” The Lady Gators failed to score again, with a couple turnovers mixed in along with Crestwood keeping the ball away in the last few seconds. Cawasha Ceasar’s final two of her team-high 14 points proved to be the pivotal basket as it gave the Lady Knights’ a 5-point advantage prior to Lemon’s final bucket and LHS’ last-ditch effort at the end. “I was really more focused on defense than I was offense,” Ceasar said. “But I had to step up in that situation and help us take control. But defense is what kept us in the game.” Both teams started roughly offensively as two free throws by Lakewood’s Shalexia Pack at the 2:27 mark of the first quarter accounted for the game’s first points. Crestwood led 5-3 entering the second before a 14-6 run to close


Lakewood’s Jalen White, center, tries to strip the ball from Crestwood’s Darnell Robateau (3) during the Knights’ 52-50 victory on Friday at The Swamp. out the half gave the Lady Knights’ a 10-point lead. Shaqunda Miller-McCray led the way in the second with six of her 10 points. She also finished with 14 rebounds. Keanua Williams had five of her 12 points in the third for Crestwood to go along with six steals, but Dengokl and Lakewood kept pace this time. Dengokl had 10 points

in the frame to help spark the late comeback. The victory improved Crestwood to 19-3 overall and 8-0 in the region – the 23rd straight region victory for CHS. There are two remaining home region games left next week as the Lady Knights host Darlington on Tuesday and a makeup game against Marlboro County on Thursday.

Lakewood fell to 13-6 and 6-2 with home games against Marlboro County and Hartsville remaining. Crestwood’s boys rallied from an early deficit to take the lead at the half and held off what would have been another last-second victory for Lakewood. Raymond Lang’s 3-pointer with 3.4 seconds left pulled Lakewood within 51-50. On

the ensuing inbounds play, the Gators were tagged with a foul, sending Darnell Robateau to the line for the 1-and-1. He hit the first, missed the second, but the Gators’ shot off the rebound from past half court fell short of the net, though just barely, to seal the Knights’ victory. With the win, Crestwood improved to 10-10 overall and, more importantly, 4-4 in the region. “We kind of needed this one,” Crestwood boys head coach Dwayne Edwards said. “We control our own destiny to a certain extent the rest of the way. But it was big to come over here and get a win. “I felt like the kids played hard, and we were able to slow their guards down a little bit tonight.” The Knights were led by Tyler Brown and Devin Nelson. Brown, who has been dealing with an injury, led the team with 16 points and Nelson followed with 11. Brown scored 13 points – including hitting a trio of 3-point baskets – in the second quarter when Crestwood took control. Nelson had seven points in the fourth quarter to keep Lakewood at bay. The Gators meanwhile fell to 14-9 and 6-2, but also control their own destiny with the two games remaining. “I felt like after we went up 16-7, those two turnovers really gave them momentum and turned it into a different game,” Lakewood boys head coach Terrence Scriven said. “But we knew they were going to play hard and come in here with a good game plan. We did things well in spurts, but we still have some things we need to work on.” Raymond Davis led Lakewood with a game-high 20 points that included five 3-pointers. Jarvis Johnson followed with 13.


Beatson’s double-double lifts LMA 59-31


FLORENCE – Courtney Beatson had a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds to lead Laurence Manning Academy to a 59-31 varsity girls basketball victory over Florence Christian School on Friday at the FCS gymnasium. Perrin Jackson led the Lady Swampcats with 18 points. Emily McElveen added 14.

to have enough wrestlers to even have a chance to win so they decided to forfeit.”| While that changes the format, Slaughter doesn’t think it will have a direct affect on his team. “We’ve been doing our scouting during the week; I’ve been calling every coach I can to find out about them, so that (not having the firstround match) doesn’t matter,” Slaughter said. “It won’t change much for us.” SHS is 15-14 on the season while Ashley Ridge comes in with a 20-4 record. It finished second in Region VIII. “I know they’re really

Kingstree 68 Lee Central 39

BISHOPVILLE – Lee Central High School lost to Kingstree 68-39 on Friday at the Lee Central gymnasium. The Lady Stallions fell to 5-3 in Region VII-2A.

JUNIOR VARSITY BASKETBALL Laurence Manning 33 Florence Christian 13

FLORENCE – Laurence Manning Academy defeated Florence Christian 33-13 on Friday at the FCS gymnasium. Taylor Jackson led LMA with 11 points.

strong in six classes,” Slaughter said of Ashley Ridge. “Their wrestling style is very similar to ours. I think they’re going to be a little stronger physically than us, but the stronger person doesn’t always win in wrestling.” Slaughter likes the way his team has developed throughout the season. He thinks it is at its strongest point in each weight class. That began to take place when Demarcus Harris was able to drop to the 220-pound weight class from heavyweight, allowing David Pringle, who is actually ranked sixth in the

state at 220 by www.scmat. com to go to 195. “I think we have a really good chance,” Slaughter said. “There are 10 classes where we can do really well; the other four (classes) have to stay off their backs and not get pinned. They have to realize how important it is not to give up those points if we’re to win. “We’ve got to keep working to make progress in order to do the things we need to do.” Mac Mota is ranked sixth at 145 while Nate O’Connor is ranked fourth at 285. O’Connor finished third at 285 in the individual state tournament last season.

Thomas Sumter 30 Palmetto Christian 15


MT. PLEASANT – Thomas Sumter Academy defeated Palmetto Christian 30-15 on Friday at the Palmetto Christian gymnasium. Emma Gaulke and Carmen Silvester both had eight points to lead TSA.

BOYS VARSITY BASKETBALL Palmetto Christian 56 Thomas Sumter 44

MT. PLEASANT – Thomas Sumter Academy fell to 4-4 in SCISA Region II-2A with a 56-44 loss to Thomas Sumter Academy on Friday at the Palmetto Christian gymnasium. Carlton Washington led the Generals, who are 10-11 overall, with nine points. Mitch Hogan led Palmetto Christian with 14 points. Joseph Siegwald had 12, J.T Waters 11 and Will Tuchfarber 10. THOMAS SUMTER Washington 9, Hudson 8, Brunson 8, Smith 7, White 2, Stengel 2. PALMETTO CHRISTIAN Hogan 14, Siegwald 12, Waters 11, Tuchfarber 10, DeMarco 3, Putnam 1,

SUMTER FROM PAGE B1 White basket put them up by five after one. The White basket would be the start of a 22-2 run as the Gamecocks led 38-17 at the break and cruised to a 75-34 triumph that has them on the cusp of a region title in the former University of South Carolina standout’s first season at the helm. The Gamecocks and Panthers entered the night among a logjam of teams with two region losses, so Carolina Forest is now likely on the outside looking in as far as the region title chase is concerned. “South Florence beat us, Carolina Forest beat South Florence and Conway beat Carolina Forest, so now Carolina Forest has three losses, but Carolina Forest and South Florence have to play a

definitely wasn’t planning on winning.” The thoughts changed after the first game score of 199, which is now a 1-game high state record in the five years SCISA has sponsored bowling. Cardinal Newman’s Jami Smith-McRae was the only bowler within 35 pins of Pitts with her first game of 183. As good as she was in the first game, Pitts was almost as bad in the second. Her 115 gave her a score of 314, which tied her with Lisa Bellini of Cardinal Newman for fourth. Smith-McRae rolled a 154 to take the lead at 337. Baity, who had rolled a pair of 162s, was second at 324. Pitts’ teammate, Kristen Miller, followed a first game 153 with a 165 to take third at 318. “My nerves just got to me,” Pitts said. “I couldn’t get anything to go right for me in the second game. The coaches were telling me not to worry, not to fret about it, just to

makeup game tomorrow,” English said. “We’re still tied with South Florence, but they have an extra game to play tomorrow, so if we win (Tuesday at West Florence) everything will take care of itself.” English said everything went as well as he could have hoped on Friday as he got to give his seniors extensive playing time and all made contributions of some type. “That’s one of the best team defensive efforts that we’ve had the entire season,” said English, whose team improved to 15-6 and 5-2. “The guys came out with a lot of intensity early on and we jumped on them, and then we were able to play 12 guys. I told the guys in the locker room we are capable of actually playing everybody on our team, but you have to earn your playing time. So we pride

relax. “I calmed down in the third game.” Along with her rolling the best third game, she saw Smith-McRae struggling. Smith-McRae had just a 92 to finish at 429 and in seventh. “I was in the lane right by her, and I began to think, ‘Hey, I have a chance to win this,’ “ the senior said. Pitts was able to surpass the others, beating Baity, who shot a 165 to finish at 489, by 11 strokes. Bellini shot 484 followed by Laurence Manning Academy’s Ashleigh Atkins at 453 and Miller at 445. “I didn’t know I had won until I was finished and was waiting on everyone else to finish and get the scores,” Pitts said. “I couldn’t believe it.” Pitts also is now the record holder in a 3-game series as well. “I would have never imagined that,” she said. “It makes me happy even though I’m a little embarrassed by it. Everyone was happy for me though.”

ourselves on competition and guys going out there and playing hard and earning their right to be on the floor. Tonight the seniors played a good portion of the third quarter and completed the game, and we maintained the lead and actually went up a little bit. That’s a total team effort, because they work just as hard in practice as the starters do.” All five Gamecock seniors who played on Friday made it into the scoring column. Sonny Butler and White both ended in double figures with 14 and 13 points, respectively, while Craige Sloan and Sterling Ta’Bon had seven apiece and Daniel Rhinesmith added a bucket for two points. Junior forward Brandon Parker topped the Gamecocks with 15 points. Ryan Yurachek led the way with nine points for the Panthers, who fell to 9-11 and 3-3.











A-Rod accepts season-long suspension NEW YORK — Alex Rodriguez accepted his seasonlong suspension from Major League Baseball on Friday, the longest penalty in the sport’s history related to performance-enhancing drugs. The decision came nearly four weeks after arbitrator Fredric Horowitz issued his decision largely upholding the penalty issued to the New York Yankees third baseman last summer by baseball Commissioner Bud Selig. Rodriguez had repeatedly proclaimed his innocence and sued MLB and the Major League Baseball Players Association in federal court to overturn the penalty. But 27 days after Horowitz’s decision, the three-time AL MVP withdrew the lawsuit and a previous action filed in October claiming MLB and Selig were engaged in a “witch hunt” against him. Rodriguez became the 14th and final player to accept a suspension following baseball’s investigation of the Biogenesis of America anti-aging clinic. Rodriguez will lose most of his $25 million salary — Horowitz ruled he is entitled to 21-183rds, $2,868,852.46. He will be 39 when he is eligible to return in a year, and he has incentive to play during the final three seasons of his contract. The Yankees owe him $21 million in 2015 and $20 million in each of the final two seasons of the record $275 million, 10-year deal.


New York Yankee third baseman dropped his lawsuit against Major League Baseball on Friday, accepting MLB’s 162-game suspension for use of performance-enhancing drugs. He will miss the entire 2014 regular and postseason. of their lives on the mountain slopes of the Caucasus and in the wet-paint-fresh arenas on the shores of the Black Sea. But watch out for those Russians on their home turf. A raucous group of Russian athletes had a message for their nearly 3,000 rivals in Sochi, marching through Fisht Stadium singing that they’re “not gonna get us!”


PEBBLE BEACH, Calif.— Jimmy Walker and Jordan Spieth have been nowhere close to each other in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am — except atop the leaderboard. Walker played bogey-free in the wind and rain at Spyglass Hill for a 3-under 69. Spieth was down the coast at Monterey Peninsula, where he made a birdie on his last that he described as the best of his young career. That gave him a 4-under 67. Bishopville native Tommy Gainey shot 1-under on Friday to end up 5-over par for the tournament. ALLEN SHOOTS 60

BOCA RATON, Fla.— Michael Allen matched the Champions Tour record with a 12-under 60 on Friday in the Allianz Championship, finishing the first round with an eagle and 10 birdies. The 55-year-old Allen became the ninth player in the history of the 50-and-over tour to shoot 60 and the first to accomplish the feat on a par-72 course. RUSSIA KICKS OFF SOCHI GAMES

SOCHI, Russia — A Russia in search of global vindication kicked off the Sochi



TODAY WIS 10 2:30 p.m. – Men’s Biathlon, Men’s Ski Jumping and Men’s Speedskating 8 p.m. – Team Figure Skating, Men’s Snowboarding and Women’s Freestyle Skiing Midnight – Team Figure Skating, Men’s Luge NBC SPORTS NETWORK 5:30 a.m. – Women’s Cross-Country Skiing and Men’s Speedskating 9:30 a.m. – Team Figure Skating: Ice Dancing Short Program 11 a.m. – Team Figure Skating: Women’s Short Program 6 p.m. – Women’s Hockey: United States vs. Finland MSNBC 8 a.m. – Women’s Hockey: Canada vs. Switzerland

Olympics looking more like a Russia that likes to party, with a pulse-raising opening ceremony about fun and sports instead of terrorism, gay rights and coddling despots. And that’s just the way Russian President Vladimir Putin wants these Winter Games to be. The world’s premier athletes on ice and snow have more to worry about than geopolitics as they plunge into the biggest challenges

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The Arizona Diamondbacks and Bronson Arroyo have agreed on a two-year contract with a club option for a third. The right-hander, who turns 37 in two weeks, has a 138-127 record with a 4.91 ERA. He pitched the last eight seasons with the Cincinnati Reds before becoming a free agent. CRISP GETS $22.75M WITH A’S

OAKLAND, Calif. — Center fielder Coco Crisp is staying with the Oakland Athletics for an additional two seasons, agreeing Friday to a new contract through 2016 that adds $22.75 million in guaranteed money. The deal includes a 2017 option that could become guaranteed, the A’s said Friday. Crisp was set to attend FanFest on Saturday with the two-time reigning AL West champions, a week ahead of the start of spring training in Phoenix. From wire reports


TODAY South Carolina at Tennessee, 3 p.m. (ESPNU) Wofford at Citadel, 7 p.m. Furman at Davidson, 7 p.m. Charleston Southern at VMI, 1 p.m. Radford at Presbyterian, 2 p.m. Longwood at Coastal Carolina, 2 p.m. Campbell at Winthrop, 4 p.m. College of Charleston at Towson, 2 p.m. South Carolina State at Delaware State, 4 p.m. USC Upstate at Northern Kentucky, 7 p.m. Sunday (1) Syracuse vs. Clemson, 6 p.m. (ESPNU) ACC

(5) San Diego State vs. Nevada, 10 p.m. (7) Cincinnati at SMU, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU) (8) Kansas vs. West Virginia, 4 p.m. (ESPN) (10) Michigan at (17) Iowa, 2 p.m. (ESPN) (13) Saint Louis at La Salle, 5 p.m. (ESPN2) (15) Texas at Kansas State, 1:30 p.m. (16) Iowa State vs. TCU, 4 p.m. (19) Oklahoma State at Texas Tech, 9:30 p.m. (ESPNU) (21) Oklahoma vs. Baylor, 7 p.m. (ESPN2) (23) Gonzaga at (24) Memphis, 9 p.m. (ESPN)

SUNDAY (2) Arizona vs. Oregon State, 7 p.m. (9) Michigan State at Wisconsin, 1 p.m. (WLTX 19) (12) Creighton vs. St. John’s, 7 p.m. (FOX SPORTS 1) (22) Connecticut at Central Florida, 6 p.m. (ESPN2) WOMEN Top 25

TODAY (11) Duke at Boston College, 6 p.m. (ESPN) (20) Virginia at Georgia Tech, noon (25) Pittsburgh vs. Virginia Tech, noon (FOX SPORTSOUTH) North Carolina at Notre Dame, noon (WKTC 63) North Carolina State at Miami, 2 p.m. (FOX SPORTSOUTH) Florida State at Maryland, 3 p.m. (ESPN2) SEC

TODAY (3) Florida vs. Alabama, noon (ESPN) (18) Kentucky at Mississippi State, 1:30 p.m. (WOLO 25) Arkansas at Vanderbilt, 4 p.m. (WOLO 25) Auburn at Louisiana State, 5 p.m. Missouri at Mississippi, 5 p.m. (FOX SPORTSOUTH) Texas A&M at Georgia, 8 p.m. TOP 25

FRIDAY (6) Villanova vs. Seton Hall (12) Creighton vs. DePaul (late)

TODAY (4) Wichita State at Northern Iowa, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)

FRIDAY (3) Stanford at Washington State (late) (23) California at Washington, 11 p.m.

TODAY (17) (20) (21) (22)

West Virginia vs. Kansas State, 2 p.m. Gonzaga vs. Loyola Marymount, 5 p.m. Middle Tennessee vs. Rice, 3 p.m. Nebraska vs. (24) Michigan State, 3 p.m.

SUNDAY (1) Connecticut vs. (4) Louisville, 1 p.m. (ESPN) (2) Notre Dame vs. Syracuse, 3 p.m. (FOX SPORTSOUTH) (3) Stanford at Washington, 3:30 p.m. (ESPNU) (6) South Carolina vs. Arkansas, 2 p.m. (7) Baylor vs. (12) Oklahoma State, 4 p.m. (ESPN2) (9) Penn State at Ohio State, 2 p.m. (ESPN2) (10) Maryland vs. Clemson, 2 p.m. (11) Arizona State at Arizona, 3 p.m. (14) N.C. State at Virginia Tech, 2 p.m. (15) Kentucky at Florida, noon (16) LSU at (19) Texas A&M, 2:30 p.m. (SPORTSOUTH) (23) California at Washington State, 5 p.m. (25) Purdue at Michigan, noon


SCOREBOARD TV, RADIO TODAY 5:30 p.m. – Professional Golf: European PGA Tour Joburg Open Third Round from Johannesburg (GOLF). 7 a.m. – International Soccer: Barclays Premier League Match – Liverpool vs. Arsenal (USA). 10 a.m. – International Soccer: Barclays Premier League Match – Chelsea vs. Newcastle (USA). 11 a.m. – College Basketball: Morehead State at Eastern Kentucky (ESPNU). 11:30 a.m. – College Basketball: Southern New Hampshire at St. Anselm (CBS SPORTS NETWORK). Noon – College Basketball: North Carolina at Notre Dame (WKTC 63). Noon – College Basketball: Alabama at Florida (ESPN). Noon – College Basketball: Virginia Tech at Pittsburgh (FOX SPORTSOUTH). 12:30 p.m. – International Soccer: Barclays Premier League Match – Swansea vs. Cardiff (WIS 10). 12:30 p.m. – Women’s College Basketball: Providence at St. John’s (FOX SPORTS 1). 1 p.m. – College Basketball: Butler at Georgetown (WLTX 19). 1 p.m. – College Basketball: Cleveland State at Wright State (ESPN2). 1 p.m. – College Basketball: Nebraska at Northwestern (ESPNU). 1 p.m. – PGA Golf: Pebble Beach National Pro-Am Third Round from Pebble Beach, Calif. (GOLF). 1 p.m. – Women’s College Basketball: Texas Tech at Texas Christian (SPORTSOUTH). 1:30 p.m. – College Basketball: Kentucky at Mississippi State (WOLO 25). 2 p.m. – Women’s College Basketball: Navy at Army (CBS SPORTS NETWORK). 2 p.m. – College Basketball: Michigan at Iowa (ESPN). 2 p.m. – College Basketball: North Carolina State at Miami (FOX SPORTSOUTH). 3 p.m. – PGA Golf: Pebble Beach National Pro-Am Third Round from Pebble Beach, Calif. (GOLF). 3 p.m. – College Basketball: Florida State at Maryland (ESPN2). 3 p.m. – College Basketball: South Carolina at Tennessee (ESPNU, WPUB-FM 102.7, WDXY-FM 105.9, WNKT-FM 107.5, WDXY-AM 1240). 3 p.m. – Senior PGA Golf: Champions Tour Allianz Championship Third Round from Boca Raton, Fla. (GOLF). 3 p.m. – College Basketball: Old Dominion at Northwester (SPORTSOUTH). 4 p.m. – College Basketball: Arkansas at Vanderbilt (WOLO 25). 4 p.m. – College Basketball: Lincoln at Bowie State (ASPIRE, WIS3). 4 p.m. – College Basketball: Navy at Army (CBS SPORTS NETWORK). 4 p.m. – College Basketball: West Virginia at Kansas (ESPN). 4:30 p.m. – Track and Field: New Balance Indoor Grand Prix from Boston (NBC SPORTS NETWORK). 5 p.m. – College Basketball: Saint Louis at La Salle (ESPN2). 5 p.m. – College Hockey: Michigan at Penn State (ESPNU). 5 p.m. – College Basketball: Oregon at Arizona State (FOX SPORTS 1). 5 p.m. – College Basketball: Missouri at Mississippi (FOX SPORTSOUTH). 6 p.m. – College Basketball: Boise State at Utah State (CBS SPORTS NETWORK). 6 p.m. – College Basketball: Duke at Boston College (ESPN). 7 p.m. – College Basketball: Baylor at Oklahoma (ESPN2)./ 7 p.m. – NBA Basketball: San Antonio at Charlotte (SPORTSOUTH). 7:30 p.m. – College Basketball: Cincinnati at Southern Methodist (ESPNU). 7:30 p.m. – NBA Basketball: Denver at Detroit (NBA TV). 8 p.m. – College Basketball: Virginia Commonwealth at St. Joseph’s (CBS SPORTS NETWORK). 8 p.m. – College Basketball: Rutgers at South Florida (ESPNEWS). 8 p.m. – College Hockey: Maine at Notre Dame (NBC SPORTS NETWORK). 9 p.m. – College Basketball: San Francisco at Brigham Young (BYUTV). 9 p.m. – College Basketball: Gonzaga at Memphis (ESPN). 9 p.m. – College Basketball: Wichita State at Northern Iowa (ESPN2). 9:30 p.m. – College Basketball: Oklahoma State at Texas Tech (ESPNU). Midnight – NHL Hockey: Montreal at Carolina (FOX SPORTSOUTH). 2 a.m. – NHL Hockey: Anaheim at Nashville (FOX SPORTSOUTH).


UTSA at East Carolina, 5 p.m. Southern U. at Grambling St., 5 p.m. ETSU at Lipscomb, 5 p.m. Missouri at Mississippi, 5 p.m. Howard at Hampton, 6 p.m. Alabama St. at MVSU, 6 p.m. Florida A&M at NC A&T, 6 p.m. Alcorn St. at Jackson St., 6:30 p.m. Furman at Davidson, 7 p.m. Georgia Southern at Elon, 7 p.m. UAB at FAU, 7 p.m. High Point at Gardner-Webb, 7 p.m. North Texas at Louisiana Tech, 7 p.m. SC-Upstate at N. Kentucky, 7 p.m. UTEP at Old Dominion, 7 p.m. Chattanooga at Samford, 7 p.m. North Florida at Florida Gulf Coast, 7:03 p.m. Wofford at The Citadel, 7:05 p.m. Texas A&M at Georgia, 8 p.m. Rutgers at South Florida, 8 p.m. Murray St. at Tennessee St., 8:30 p.m. Gonzaga at Memphis, 9 p.m.

NBA STANDINGS By The Associated Press EASTERN CONFERENCE ATLANTIC DIVISION W Toronto 26 Brooklyn 22 New York 19 Boston 17 Philadelphia 15 SOUTHEAST DIVISION W Miami 35 Atlanta 25 Washington 24 Charlotte 22 Orlando 14 CENTRAL DIVISION W Indiana 38 Chicago 24 Detroit 19 Cleveland 16 Milwaukee 9

L 23 25 30 33 35

Pct .531 .468 .388 .340 .300

GB – 3 7 9½ 11½

L 13 23 24 28 37

Pct .729 .521 .500 .440 .275

GB – 10 11 14 22½

L 10 25 29 33 40

Pct .792 .490 .396 .327 .184

GB – 14½ 19 22½ 29½

WESTERN CONFERENCE SOUTHWEST DIVISION W L Pct San Antonio 36 14 .720 Houston 33 17 .660 Dallas 29 21 .580 Memphis 26 22 .542 New Orleans 21 27 .438 NORTHWEST DIVISION W L Pct Oklahoma City 40 11 .784 Portland 35 14 .714 Denver 24 23 .511 Minnesota 24 25 .490 Utah 16 32 .333 PACIFIC DIVISION W L Pct L.A. Clippers 34 18 .654 Golden State 30 20 .600 Phoenix 29 20 .592 L.A. Lakers 17 32 .347 Sacramento 17 32 .347 Thursday’s Games Brooklyn 103, San Antonio 89 Golden State 102, Chicago 87

GB – 3 7 9 14 GB – 4 14 15 22½ GB – 3 3½ 15½ 15½

TODAY’S GAMES San Antonio at Charlotte, 7 p.m. Denver at Detroit, 7:30 p.m. Memphis at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m. Portland at Minnesota, 8 p.m. Houston at Milwaukee, 8:30 p.m. Golden State at Phoenix, 9 p.m. Miami at Utah, 9 p.m.

SUNDAY’S GAMES New York at Oklahoma City, 1 p.m. Chicago at L.A. Lakers, 3:30 p.m. Indiana at Orlando, 6 p.m. New Orleans at Brooklyn, 6 p.m. Dallas at Boston, 6 p.m. Sacramento at Washington, 6 p.m. Memphis at Cleveland, 6 p.m. Philadelphia at L.A. Clippers, 9:30 p.m.

NHL STANDINGS By The Associated Press EASTERN CONFERENCE ATLANTIC DIVISION GP W L OT Pts GF GA Boston 56 36 16 4 76 169 123 Tampa Bay 57 32 20 5 69 164 143 Montreal 58 31 21 6 68 144 141 Toronto 59 31 22 6 68 175 181 Detroit 57 26 19 12 64 149 159 Ottawa 58 26 21 11 63 167 184 Florida 57 22 28 7 51 138 178 Buffalo 57 15 34 8 38 110 172 METROPOLITAN DIVISION GP W L OT Pts GF GA Pittsburgh 57 40 15 2 82 183 134 N.Y. Rangers 58 31 24 3 65 151 143 Philadelphia 58 29 23 6 64 160 166 Columbus 57 29 23 5 63 168 158 Washington 58 26 23 9 61 168 175 Carolina 55 25 21 9 59 138 153 New Jersey 57 23 21 13 59 133 142 N.Y. Islanders 5922 29 8 52 162 195

WESTERN CONFERENCE TODAY Varsity Basketball Laurence Manning at Spartanburg Chrisitan, 2 p.m. B Team Basketball Laurence Manning at Calhoun, 10 a.m.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL By The Associated Press TODAY EAST Fairleigh Dickinson at CCSU, 11:30 a.m. Virginia Tech at Pittsburgh, Noon Lafayette at Boston U., 1 p.m. Butler at Georgetown, 1 p.m. Colgate at American U., 2 p.m. Maine at Binghamton, 2 p.m. James Madison at Drexel, 2 p.m. George Mason at Duquesne, 2 p.m. Loyola (Md.) at Lehigh, 2 p.m. Rider at Quinnipiac, 2 p.m. Wagner at Sacred Heart, 2 p.m. Robert Morris at St. Francis (NY), 2 p.m. New Hampshire at Stony Brook, 2 p.m. Coll. of Charleston at Towson, 2 p.m. Mass.-Lowell at UMBC, 2 p.m. Navy at Army, 4 p.m. Mount St. Mary’s at Bryant, 4 p.m. Fordham at George Washington, 4 p.m. Dayton at St. Bonaventure, 4 p.m. St. Francis (Pa.) at LIU Brooklyn, 4:30 p.m. Saint Louis at La Salle, 5 p.m. Duke at Boston College, 6 p.m. Cornell at Princeton, 6 p.m. Brown at Dartmouth, 7 p.m. Albany (NY) at Hartford, 7 p.m. Yale at Harvard, 7 p.m. UNC Wilmington at Hofstra, 7 p.m. William & Mary at Northeastern, 7 p.m. Columbia at Penn, 7 p.m. VCU at Saint Joseph’s, 8 p.m. SOUTH Morehead St. at E. Kentucky, 11 a.m. Alabama at Florida, Noon Virginia at Georgia Tech, Noon Tennessee Tech at Jacksonville St., Noon Jacksonville at Stetson, 1 p.m. Charleston Southern at VMI, 1 p.m. Kentucky at Mississippi St., 1:30 p.m. Longwood at Coastal Carolina, 2 p.m. Middle Tennessee at FIU, 2 p.m. NC State at Miami, 2 p.m. Radford at Presbyterian, 2 p.m. Liberty at UNC Asheville, 2 p.m. Appalachian St. at W. Carolina, 2 p.m. Florida St. at Maryland, 3 p.m. South Carolina at Tennessee, 3 p.m. SC State at Delaware St., 4 p.m. Auburn at LSU, 4 p.m. Coppin St. at Md.-Eastern Shore, 4 p.m. Norfolk St. at Morgan St., 4 p.m. Bethune-Cookman at NC Central, 4 p.m. Nicholls St. at Northwestern St., 4 p.m. Arkansas at Vanderbilt, 4 p.m. Campbell at Winthrop, 4 p.m. Austin Peay at Belmont, 5 p.m.

CENTRAL DIVISION GP W L OT Pts GF GA Chicago 59 35 10 14 84 207 161 St. Louis 56 38 12 6 82 192 132 Colorado 57 36 16 5 77 169 151 Minnesota 59 31 21 7 69 145 147 Dallas 57 26 21 10 62 162 163 Winnipeg 59 28 26 5 61 165 171 Nashville 58 25 23 10 60 144 175 PACIFIC DIVISION GP W L OT Pts GF GA Anaheim 59 40 14 5 85 191 145 San Jose 58 36 16 6 78 172 140 Los Angeles 59 31 22 6 68 139 128 Vancouver 59 27 23 9 63 145 157 Phoenix 56 26 20 10 62 160 167 Calgary 57 22 28 7 51 136 177 Edmonton 59 20 33 6 46 152 197 NOTE: Two points for a win, one point for overtime loss.

TODAY’S GAMES Calgary at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. Winnipeg at St. Louis, 2 p.m. Ottawa at Boston, 3 p.m. Vancouver at Toronto, 6 p.m. Montreal at Carolina, 6 p.m. Detroit at Tampa Bay, 7 p.m. Colorado at N.Y. Islanders, 7 p.m. New Jersey at Washington, 8 p.m. Anaheim at Nashville, 8 p.m. Phoenix at Dallas, 8 p.m.

GOLF The Associated Press

AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am Par Scores

FRIDAY At Pebble Beach, Calif. p-Pebble Beach: 6,816 yards, par-72 (3636) s-Spyglass Hill GC: 6,953 yards, par-72 (36-36) m-Monterey Peninsula: 6,867 yards, par71 (34-37) Purse: $6.6 million Completed First Round Andrew Loupe 31-32—63m -8 Stuart Appleby 31-34—65m -6 Jimmy Walker 33-33—66p -6 Jim Renner 31-34—65m -6 Scott Gardiner 31-34—65m -6 Richard H. Lee 32-33—65m -6 Robert Streb 32-35—67p -5 Jordan Spieth 34-33—67s -5 Rory Sabbatini 33-34—67s -5 Paul McGinley 33-34—67p -5 Brian Harman 31-35—66m -5 Phil Mickelson 31-35—66m -5 ALSO: Tommy Gainey 39-39—78s



FRIDAY At The Old Course at Broken Sound Boca Raton, Fla. Purse: $1.6 million Yardage: 6,807; Par: 72 (36-36) First Round Michael Allen 30-30—60 -12 Scott Dunlap 30-33—63 -9 Chien Soon Lu 30-35—65 -7 Wes Short, Jr. 32-33—65 -7 Tom Lehman 33-32—65 -7

















Girl who takes to stage leaves friend in wings DEAR ABBY — My best friend, “Kyra,” has joined the drama department at our school. She has made a lot Dear Abby of theater ABIGAIL friends now VAN BUREN and hangs out with them every day after school. She used to meet me occasionally at my locker after school, but no longer does so. The only time I see her, she’s with her theater friends, and I’m uncomfortable because I don’t know them and I’m shy. I’m trying to make friends


with Kyra’s friends, but when I’m with her, she kind of ignores me and doesn’t try to include me as much as she could. It’s depressing that my best friend would rather hang out with other people than me. I’m missing her. What do I do? Cast-off in California DEAR CAST-OFF — Kyra’s behavior is insensitive, but I don’t think you can change her. So the solution will be for you to become less emotionally dependent upon her. A way to do that would be to develop some outside interests of your own and start cultivating them. While Kyra might have a flair for drama, perhaps you might be more interested in


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THAT SCRAMBLED WORD GAME By David L. Hoyt and Jeff Knurek

HOW TO PLAY: Each row, column and set of 3-by-3 boxes must contain the numbers 1 through 9 without repetition.

ACROSS 1 They’re used in British puzzles 5 Peter Pan rival 8 “The X Factor” judge 14 Picked locks 15 Classified letters 16 God in a temple 17 Lesson __ 18 Double shot, say 20 Many an Urdu speaker 22 Appropriate 23 Rankled 24 Common desktop icon 27 QB’s stat 30 Math group 31 Women seen standing at tables 40 Walmart advantage 41 Attempts to best 42 Stretched, in a way 43 Italian article 44 MDCLIII Ö III 45 Stock problem 50 Georgia retreat 55 Ending suggesting wealth 56 State treasury 59 It’s used in dashes

62 51-Down resident 63 Old-fashioned “Neat!” 64 Starting to burn 65 Quail collection 66 Looked bored 67 Spinner 68 Drinks from a stand DOWN 1 Posthumous 1995 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee 2 Key of Shostakovich’s “First of May” 3 Pond swimmer 4 The duck in Disney’s “Peter and the Wolf” 5 Bon mot 6 Jot 7 Artful action 8 Stimulating substance, briefly 9 “That’s weird” 10 Net __ 11 Giant with 17,468 vacuum tubes 12 Sri __ 13 Make an analogy 19 From the horse’s mouth 21 Turned on

25 Skylight insulation material, perhaps 26 Words from one about to take over 28 Black and blue, say 29 Proven al spreads 31 JAMA readers 32 How some NBA games are resolved 33 Fictional captain 34 Hockey Hall of Fame nickname 35 Short retort 36 Rain in scattered drops 37 __-Indian War 38 Bay State motto starter

39 Friday et al.: Abbr. 45 Needing a lift, maybe 46 Papal headgear 47 Common keyboard symbol 48 Winter __ 49 Glorify 51 Jordanian city 52 Back to normal 53 Start of a nautical order 54 Chain with roast beef Mighty Minis 57 Muse of history 58 Start of many addresses 60 “__ had it!” 61 Dancer Charisse






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CLASSIFIEDS LEGAL NOTICES Beer & Wine License Notice Of Application Notice is hereby given that Gustavo Figueroa d/b/a El Amigo Mexican Restaurant, intends to apply to the South Carolina Department of Revenue for a license permit that will allow the sale ON premises consumption of Beer, Wine and Liquor at 1339 Peach Orchard Road, Sumter, SC 29154. To object to the issuance of this permit / license, written protest must be postmarked no later than February 10, 2014. For a protest to be valid, it must be in writing, and should include the following information: (1) the name, address and telephone number of the person filing the protest; (2) the specific reasons why the application should be denied; (3) that the person protesting is willing to attend a hearing (if one is requested by the applicant); (4) that the person protesting resides in the same county where the proposed place of business is located or within five miles of the business; and (5) the name of the applicant and the address of the premises to be licensed. Protests must be mailed to: S.C. Department of Revenue, ATTN: ABL, P.O. Box 125, Columbia, South Carolina 29214; or Faxed to: (803) 896-0110.

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Lost & Found

Tree Service

Garage, Yard & Estate Sales

Help Wanted Full-Time

Medical Help Wanted

Found: small dog on Pike Rd. near Farmer's Telephone. Owner call 499-4978/236-9007 to identify

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

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

Seeking FT class a CDL driver flatbed experience and knowledge of building materials preferred. Must have clean driving record. Apply in person at 1315 20th Century Lane Manning SC 29102

Family practice is looking for a FT medical biller. Mon-Fri. Hrs vary. Exp. req. & must supply references. Send resume to: Office Mangager, P-350 c/o The Item, PO Box 1677 Sumter SC 29151

Found male terrier mix near Apex on Hwy 15 S & Clipper Rd. Owner call 317-697-5108 to identify. Sumter County/City Animal Control 1240 Winkles Rd. 803-436-2066 or 436-2755. Mon - Fri, 8:30am - 4:30pm Found on Crowson chihuahua mix. Found Racetrack Rd. bulldog, white. Found Brewington Rd. spaniel mix, black/white.

In Memory


Ricky's Tree Service Tree removal, stump grinding, Lic & ins, free quote, 803-435-2223 or cell 803-460-8747. STATE TREE SERVICE Worker's Comp & General liability insurance. Top quality service, lowest prices. 803-494-5175 or 803-491-5154 A Notch Above Tree Care Full quality service low rates, lic./ins., free est BBB accredited 983-9721


Card of Thanks

Netha J. Conyers 10/14/1923 - 02/08/2011 If roses grow in Heaven, Lord please pick a bunch for me. Place them in my mother's arms And tell her they're from me. Tell her I love her and miss her, And when she turns to smile. Place a kiss upon her cheek And hold her for a while. Remembering her is easy, We do it every day, But there's an ache Within our hearts because We're missing her today.


Lost: female Siberian husky in Dalzell. Blk/white with blue eyes. Answers to Dakota. If found call 499-6612 or 803-760-0208. Found in front of Alice Dr. fire station a crate of ropes & other objects. Owner call 316-3825 to identify.

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Reg. (M) German shorthair. 16mths, broke to gun for quail hunting. $ 300, Randy Cubbage, 803-428-8101

Martin's Used Appliance Washers, Dryers, Refrigerators, Stoves. Guaranteed. 803-464-5439 or 469-7311

Pets AKC German Shorthair Pointers, 2 M, 1 yr old. 2 F 6 mo old. $250 ea 803-478-8348

Looking to buy 1957 Edmonds High yearbook Call 803-773-2416




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

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 H.L. Boone, Contractor additions, painting, roofing, gutters, sheetrock, blown ceilings, decks. 773-9904

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

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

Farm Products Lakeside Market 2100 Wedgefield Rd Fri & Sat 5 LB Sweet Potatoes $1.98


3 Cemetery Plots for sale at Evergreen. Call for info 843-858-2150

Massey Ferguson 35 Tractor Runs good, no smoke, no leaks, gas. Strong tractor $3,100 OBO Call 803 972-0900

Want to Buy

Lost & Found

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AKC Maltese Female puppy. Sweeter than chocolate, She'll steal your Valentine's Heart. $750 OBO Health Guarantee in writing 803 499-1360


Your daughter, Doris Grandchildren & Great-Grandchildren

The family of Oaka Lee Deas Gilliard is deeply appreciative for your prayers, telephone calls and kind expression of sympathy demonstrated during our bereavement.

Ladies Diamond Eng ring in 14k Wht Gold, Top is Platinum, 1.50 ct t.w. center dia is 1.00 ct sol. Written appraisal $6,000, asking $2,500. Call 803-464-8897

Split Oak Firewood, $65/dump, $70/stacked. Darrell Newman 803-316-0128. Tree Service also avail.




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Bid Notices

A mandatory Pre-Bid Conference will be held at Sumter School District in the Maintenance Department at 1345 Wilson Hall Road, Sumter on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. for Alice Drive Middle School Lighting Project. You will receive bid packets at the Pre-Bid Conference. Sealed bids will be opened on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 2:00 p.m.

922 Trailmore Cir. Sat. 8-11 Furn., tools, work benches, hshld , chest freezer & more

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Antique Oak Kit Cabinet $450 Old Pine Pie Safe $200 Call 494-9305 or 491-8187 Brand new Frigidaire Affinity Gas Dryer (Black) $425 Call 803-294-0925 REDUCE YOUR CABLE BILL!* Get a whole-home Satellite system installed at NO COST and programming starting at $19.99/mo. FREE HD/DVR Upgrade to new callers, SO CALL NOW 1-866-981-7319

Help Wanted Full-Time Experienced nail tech. & Hairdresser needed at Spa Serenity in Manning, SC. Call 803-433-spas (7727) to schedule an interview. 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 B-N-T is looking for EMT's. Competiti ve wages. Fax in resume to: 803-774-4452 or call 803-774-4450.

Parts Puller needed. Must have own tools. Apply in person at Tim's Auto Parts, 1310 Hubcap Lane, Sumter. No phone calls, please. Property Management company looking for experienced managers to oversee mobile home community. Must be WILLING TO RELOCATE within SOUTH CAROLINA and LIVE ON SITE in company provided home. Must be able to handle multiple projects and tasks with minimal supervision, enjoy working with the public and have excellent communication skills. Base salary plus bonus and commissions. Email resume to or fax to 574-389-7205. Car Stereo Plus is looking for positive, dependable (men or women) with automotive electronics experience. Applications can be picked up at 710 S. Pike West., Sumter (no phone calls please).

Help Wanted Part-Time $$$ AVON $$$ FREE TRAINING! 803-422-5555

Trucking Opportunities 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

Schools / Instructional HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA FROM HOME. 6-8 weeks. ACCREDITED. Get a diploma. Get a job! No computer needed. FREE brochure. 1-800-264-8330 Benjamin Franklin HS. www.diplomafromho AIRLINE CAREERS begin here Get trained as FAA certified Aviation Technician. Housing and Financial aid for qualified students. Job placement assistance. Call Aviation Institute of Maintenance 866-367-2513

Work Wanted I will sit with elderly or sick. Will provide ref/exp. Call 803-236-3603 for more info. Private Sitter Seeking employment. Call S Richardson 803 305-1161 Refer. upon request.

Statewide Employment OWNER OPERATORS average $3K/week! Be out up to 14 days, enjoy GUARANTEED home time! Weekly settlements. Pay loaded/unloaded. Class-A CDL & 1 yr driving. Fleet Owners Welcome. Operate under your own authority or ours! Call Matt 888-220-6032. WE NEED DRIVERS!! Immediate openings. OTR drivers, minimum 1yr. OTR experience. Late model conventional tractors/48' flatbed trailers. Top pay, insurance. Home most weekends. Senn Freight 1-800-477-0792

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Statewide Employment New Pay-For-Experience program pays up to $0.41/mile. Class A Professional Drivers Call 866-501-0946 for more details or visit ADVERTISE YOUR DRIVER JOBS in 105 S.C. newspapers for only $375. Your 25-word classified ad will reach more than 2.6 million readers. Call Jimmie Haynes at the S.C. Newspaper Network, 1-888-727-7377. ATTN: DRIVERS.... Top 1% pay Pet & rider progs exp pays - up to 50 cpm Full benefits + quality hometime CDL-A Req. 877-258-8782 m Train to be a PROFESSIONAL TRUCK DRIVER through Prime's Student Driver Program. Obtain your Commercial Driver's License, then get paid while training! 1-800-277-0212 HOME HEALTH Agape' Home Health is seeking the following positions: Director of Professional Services with HH and management/supervisory experience, RN with HH and medsurge experience, and QA/PI/LPN/RN with HH and coding experience. Apply online at and/or e-mail your resume to EOE Drivers: run FB with WTI. Be home every other weekend. Start up to 28% plus fuel bonus. New equipment. BCBS. Experience needed. Call 877-693-1305. Experienced OTR Flatbed Drivers earn 50 up to 55 cpm loaded. $1000 sign on to Qualified drivers. Home most weekends. Call: 843-266-3731 / www.bulldoghiwa EOE Superior Transportation OTR Drivers with Class A CDL. 2 yrs Exp. Flatbed. New 2014 Macks. Weekly Salary & Extra pay for weekends out! Call 800-736-9486 Ext 266.

RENTALS Rooms for Rent Roommate needed, access to whole house and utilities $250/mo. Alice Dr. 803-983-3193 Gary

Unfurnished Apartments

Nice clean DW 3 BR 2 BA Located on 27 acres, hunting and fishing privileges. Married Couple, No Pets. Conv to Shaw, Military discount, Ref. $600/mo + $500/dep. 905-5608 2BR 1BA 14x52 All Appliances, Sect. 8 Accepted Call 803-469-6978

Small 1BR country apt, A/C, all new appliances. $450/mo w/ all utilities. No Pets. Call 469-8377

Vacation Rentals

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

ADVERTISE YOUR VACATION PROPERTY FOR RENT OR SALE to more than 2.6 million South Carolina newspaper readers. Your 25-word classified ad will appear in 105 S.C. newspapers for only $375. Call Jimmie Haynes at the South Carolina Newspaper Network, 1-888-727-7377.

Unfurnished Homes 3BR 1BA newly renovated, C/H/A, stove & refrig. Near Lakewood High School $595 Mo+Dep 469-8328 / 983-9711 2BR Home on Patricia Dr. Completely remodeled. Like new! Den, DR, C/H/A $475/mo. + $475/dep. Call 803-316-7958 or 803-773-1838 Mon-Fri between 9-5pm. Section 8 welcome. 2 & 3BR Apt & houses available in Sumter. No Sec. Dep. required. Call 773-8402 for more info. 3BR 2BA, LR D/K Den fully furnished. See at 45 or 42 Burkett Dr. Call 773-8904 or 983-2119 Senior or Military disc. 2Br home Carolina Ave. & 2Br Apt Miller Rd. $395 mo. First mo. rent free! 774-8512 / 983-5691

Mobile Home Rentals

Commercial Rentals

Mobile Home with Lots

Use your Tax Money for a Down Payment Recently Foreclosed, Special Financing Available, Any Credit, Any Income. 3BR/1BA, 1290 Sq ft, located at, 3133 Pleasant Grove Rd, Lynchburg, $11,900. Visit\ABX, Drive by then call 800-292-1550

3.23 ac. for sale w/ 14'x70' MH & a 32'x38' open storage shed. Peach Orchard Rd., Rembert, SC 29128. Call 803-481-0572.

2007 Singlewide. Owner financing with $5,000 down. Call 803-236-5953 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.

Mobile Home with Lots

Hair's Auto Sales 4835 Pinewood Rd. 803-452-6020 On The Lot Financing No Credit Check, Free Warranty.

0.64 ac lot in Twin Lakes. 1355 Kentwood Dr. $10,000 or BO. Call 803-473-4639.


Autos For Sale 96 Blazer 4DR, A/C, new CD player, Great cond., 218k miles. $1,650 Neg. 803-847-7273 or 840-3510

1983 Pontiac Bonneville, 78,000 original miles. Excellent condition. Asking 3,900 OBO. 803-968-1004 or 803-983-9599 R & R Motors 803-494-2886 2004 Cadillac Escalade ESV. 2005 Chevy Equinox LT. 2008 Ford Explorer, 2001 Chevy Blazer 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


2BR 2BA Apt for Sale Handicapped Access. Located in Willow Run. call 803 494-2850 for inspections. No Info on phone.

Land & Lots for Sale

Autos For Sale

4 BR DW in Dalzell Pay approx $550 a mo. in Whispering Meadows Call 494-5010

B-N-T has commercial space for rent to a Licensed Mechanic with own tools. Call 803-774-4450

Homes for Sale

TWIN ............. $8 EACH FULL............. $10 EACH QUEEN........... $11 EACH KING............. $12 EACH ASST. SHOWER CURTAINS $10 EACH

Homes for Sale

Manufactured Housing

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.


Oaklawn MHP: 2 BR M.H.'s, water/sewer/garbage pk-up incl'd. RV parking avail. Call 494-8350 SW 3BR/1BA Neat, Clean. Manning area. $300 rent $300 Dep. 803-473-3297 Lv. Msg. Scenic Lake 2Br, 1Ba. No pets. Call between 9am - 5pm ONLY! (803) 499-1500.




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