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Former Y employee sentenced to 15 years for child sex crimes BY BRADEN BUNCH The former custodial worker for the Sumter Family YMCA accused in 2011 of inappropriately touching young children while at work has been sentenced to 15 years in jail as part of a plea agreement reached at the Sumter County Ju-

dicial Center on Monday. Darrell Jerome Josey, 57, received the maximum sentence on each of the four counts he faced of committing a lewd act on a minor. Those sentences will run concurrently, as well as the three-year sentence he received from 3rd Circuit Judge George James after pleading guilty to as-

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sault and battery, second degree as well. Because of his plea agreement, Josey did not have to face two additional, more severe, charges of criminal sexual conduct with a minor, second degree, for which he could have been sentenced up SEE JOSEY, PAGE A7

Darrell Josey, a former janitor at the Y, listens to a magistrate judge during a bond hearing in December 2011. ITEM FILE PHOTO


BY BRADEN BUNCH Three Sumter County residents face several drug trafficking charges, and more than $20,000 in narcotics and cash were seized after a Monday morning raid on a Dalzell-area home by the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office. Corey Prioleau, 36, of 2430 Hummingbird Lane in Dalzell; Tamara English, 21, of 4618 Easy St. PRIOLEAU in Rembert; and Harold Coleman, 29, of 605 Duffle Drive in Wedgefield were all taken into custody by deputies during the early morning raid. All three suspects face COLEMAN charges of trafficking cocaine, trafficking crack cocaine, possession of marijuana, possession of moonshine and possession of a firearm during a SEE BUST, PAGE A10 ENGLISH


The Sumter High School varsity football team, along with first-year head coach Reggie Kennedy, far left, is seen after being recognized at Monday’s school board meeting for their efforts in capturing the Division-I AAAA lower state championship last year.

School board recognizes SHS football team BY RAYTEVIA EVANS The Sumter School District Board of Trustees recognized the Sumter High School varsity football team during Monday’s board

meeting for its efforts in capturing the Division-I AAAA lower state championship last year. In the presence of parents, board members, administrators and community members, the varsity

team was applauded for its work on the field during the 2013-14 football season. Keith Schultz, board chairman, said the team’s success can be attributed to

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Fireside warms home of single mother with 2 children BY JACK OSTEEN Felicia has never been one to ask for help. Even as a single mom with no child support, she’s always worked hard to try to provide for her two children, ages 8 and 10.

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Attorney general sends Harrell ethics case to S.C. Grand Jury COLUMBIA (AP) — South Carolina’s chief prosecutor said Monday he had handed over his review to the State Grand Jury of a state police report on ethics allegations against Speaker Bobby Harrell, who called on authorities to release their findings to the public. The announcement comes a month after Attorney General Alan Wilson’s office received


what it called a “voluminous” report from the State Law Enforcement Division. At Wilson’s re- HARRELL quest, state police began looking at the case after South Carolina Policy Council President Ashley Landess alleged that the Charleston Re-

publican used his office to boost his finances by using influence to get a permit for his pharmaceutical business. The libertarian think tank also took issue with Harrell appointing his brother to a committee that screens judicial candidates and picks the top three for each seat, from which the Legislature then chooses. At the time, Harrell called

the complaint a baseless attack driven by a “personal and political vendetta.” On Monday, the speaker said in a statement that he was disappointed that Wilson had not contacted his attorneys prior to telling reporters about the decision. Harrell also called on the prosecutor to release SLED’s report to the public, saying the process had gone on long enough

already and noting that he had been cooperative. “At every stage of this investigation, it was reiterated to us that investigators have found no areas of concern. Given every indication we have received from SLED and the attorney general, I am disappointed and shocked by this sudden change of course,” Harrell said.



Children’s home given chance to win $20K Employees of Young’s convenience stores have nominated Crosswell Children’s Home to vie for a chance to win $20,000. Crosswell is among about 15 nonprofits in the markets served by Young’s parent company, GPM Investments LLC, that could win the $20,000 by accumulating the most votes online at www. There is no purchase necessary, and people can vote for their favorite nonprofit. Area Young’s convenience stores also are launching a promotion — Young’s MillionDollar Scratch Card Game — today that could make one shopper and one online contestant $1 million richer. Every game piece has the potential to be a winning card for various cash prizes ($1, $2, $5, $10, $50 and one $1 million card) in a game that includes $5 million in potential prizes. For contest rules, more information and to vote for your favorite charity, go to www.

Charges against state NAACP president dropped COLUMBIA — Disorderly conduct, trespassing and resisting arrest charges were dropped Monday against South Carolina NAACP President Lonnie Randolph on the same day his trial was set to begin. City of Columbia prosecutors said the owner of the dry cleaners where Randolph was arrested decided not to go forward with the case. They said they received the letter Friday. Randolph’s lawyer, Joe McCulloch, said the letter sent to the city was dated Dec. 6 and prosecutors should have never brought the case this far.

Kevin Owens, right, is seen at the Sumter County Judicial Center on Monday. Owens is facing charges of kidnapping, criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature and unlawful possession of a firearm. If found guilty, he could face a maximum of 45 years in prison.


Man’s trial for kidnapping charge begins BY TYLER SIMPSON The trial against a 33-year-old Sumter man, potentially facing 45 years in prison for allegedly kidnapping and beating his ex-girlfriend two years ago, began Monday at the Sumter County Judicial Center. Kevin Owens, 33, is charged with kidnapping, criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature and unlawful possession of a firearm in the alleged events in March 2012 in which prosecutors say he kidnapped his ex-girlfriend from her apartment and kept her captive in a trailer home in the 400 block of Silver Street, where he reportedly beat her and held a firearm inside her mouth at some point. “‘I got my pistol waiting, and whatever happens happens.’ That’s what the defendant, Mr. Kevin Owens, said in a voicemail that he left for the victim,” said Assistant Solicitor Larone Washington during his opening statement. According to Washington, the victim had returned home after hanging out with friends only to find Owens waiting for her outside, asking her about her current romantic relationship. The alleged victim testified Monday

that Owens grabbed her and forced her into a black Ford Taurus driven by an unknown accomplice. Owens then forced her into the Silver Street home, she said, where he continued to beat her and placed a gun in her mouth before forcing her to call her current boyfriend at the time, telling her to say that she was going back to dating Owens. “Any time that you take someone’s freedom to move wherever they want, to move however they want, then you have committed a kidnapping,” Washington said. Officers and investigators testified that dispatch received a 911 call from the victim’s boyfriend, who received the victim’s call from a blocked number, and called in a patrol unit to investigate the scene where the victim was abducted. Investigations led the officers to the trailer home on Silver Street, where they found the victim with injuries and bruising on her body, but there was no sign of Owens. “After the knock, (Owens) looked through the peephole and saw the police before he ran out the back,” the victim testified. Officers testified Monday that a search of the trailer home turned up both the gun Owens allegedly threat-

ened the victim with and the cellphone she was forced to use to make the call. According to Detective Robert Richburg of the Sumter Police Department, Owens turned himself in several days after the incident after a warrant for his arrest was issued. “After the warrant was issued, we basically went to all the known residences that (Owens) lived; his aunt’s, his mother’s and everywhere else we could possibly think of,” Richburg said. “Ultimately, it ended with him turning himself in to us.” Defense Attorney Tiffany Butler argued that the prosecution’s entire case is based a single statement on what happened from the victim. Her testimony revealed that there were no witnesses around the victim’s home and the trailer home during the time of the incident. “A single person, a single story, a single statement. That is why Kevin Owens was charged and arrested,” Butler said. “Other than what (the victim) has told the police, there is nothing that puts Kevin Owens in that house.” The trial is set to continue at 9:30 a.m. today. Reach Tyler Simpson at (803) 7741295.

Local flu season quiet but expected to pick up, experts say BY JADE REYNOLDS While the flu has reared its ugly head across the state and nation, the tri-county area has been fairly fortunate so far. But that might be about to change. “This is the time of year we see it start to ramp up,” said Dr. Scot Dilts, medical director of the emergency department and one of the ER physicians at Tuomey Regional Medical Center. “It usually peaks sometime in January or February.” According to the latest Flu Watch, a weekly report by the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control, Sumter’s first laboratory-confirmed test was during the week ending Jan. 4. Rapid flu tests have come back a little heavier with 37 cases in Sumter County, 21 cases in Clarendon Coun-

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vaccine usually protects against the three strains of influenza that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention thinks will be most prevalent during that flu season. “They have been doing it for years and years, and they’ve gotten really good at it,” Dilts said. “Anecdotally, we’ve seen a few who had the flu shot get a full-blown case of the flu. We’re thinking, and it probably is too early for sure and is not scientific, that there is a strain at least locally that is not included in the vaccine.” If you do get the flu, it can be treated with antiviral medication, but Dilts said it is most effective in the first 48 hours after the onset of symptoms. The manufacturer of Tamiflu Oral Suspension, primarily used for children under 13 and for people who have difficulty swallowing, recently told Reuters about a shortage in this

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Sumter High class prepares students for medical field BY RAYTEVIA EVANS Members of McLeod Health’s flight paramedics team visited students at Sumter High School on Monday for a presentation and hands-on experience about the work they do in the medical field on a daily basis. After a short discussion led by Flight Paramedic Joseph “JoJo” Turbeville, Pilot Jennifer Brannon landed the McLeod Air helicopter in the open field near SHS for health science and fire and emergency medicine students to get a closer look. “Many of the students want to be physicians, so this class prepares them to go to college, and when the class is over, they’ll receive certification in health science,” said Angela Morris, a health science teacher. The students also assist with vision and hearing screenings at the elementary schools in the county. Takeara Robinson, 16, said she wants to be a pediatrician, and the class is properly preparing her for a career in the medical field. “We’ve learned a lot including basic CPR, ethics and what to do in certain medical situations,” Robinson said. During his brief presentation, Turbeville stressed the importance of continuous training and class work to stay up to date in the medical field. He informed the students about quarterly training, practicing medical procedures on cadavers and mandatory clini-

ABOVE: Jasmine Coakley, 16, and Takeara Robinson, 16, climb aboard the McLeod Health helicopter while Flight Paramedic Joseph “JoJo” Turbeville discusses medical training and procedures at Sumter High School on Monday morning. LEFT: Sumter High and Sumter County Career and Technology Center students gather around the McLeod Air helicopter and talk with the flight paramedics team Monday. PHOTOS BY RAYTEVIA EVANS / THE ITEM

cal proficiency hours in the ER and different departments of the hospital. “Train as you fight. Fight as you train. It doesn’t matter what area of medicine you go into, you’re going to have to do some kind of training or classes,” Turbeville said. “If you stop going to classes, you’re falling behind. And that’s the difference between someone going home to their families and ending up in a pine box.” Turbeville also warned the students that you can do the best job you can as a medical professional, but people are going to die. “If you can’t handle that, don’t go into this field,” he said. The health science course is partnered with Allied Health to provide the students interested in

going into the medical field with hands-on experience and the right start to prepare them for college and careers. Students with the Sumter County Career and Technology Center also attended the demonstration Monday morning, led by instructor Hemby Smith with the Sumter Fire Department,

who also teaches a fire and emergency course at SHS. Students who participate in the allied health course at SHS become certified in health science and can work at Tuomey through a partnership. Reach Raytevia Evans at (803) 774-1214.

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Congratulations to Carole Carberry, Denise Greer, Sue Czerwinski and Rose Metz. All three local artistsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; works were selected as part of South Carolinaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Watermedia Societyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top 60 entries. Carberryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s watercolor â&#x20AC;&#x153;Boys on the Bed,â&#x20AC;? a watercolor on cold press paper featuring her two cats, was also selected as part of the 30 for the competitionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s traveling show. Juror Linda Baker chose paintings that offered her something extra in addition to skill â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;perhaps a pushing of color, or a unique vision, or (an unusual) vantage point.â&#x20AC;? The exhibit lives up to her expectations. The pieces represent a tremendous variety of viewpoint and technique. The show is as tasty and tempting as â&#x20AC;&#x153;York Street Kitchen,â&#x20AC;? a watercolor and gouache painting by Barbara Rohde. Located in the entry hall wall, it sets the tone for the many visual treats to come. Selected as Best in Show, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Taking a Break,â&#x20AC;? a watercolor by Audrey Montgomery, highlights the artistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exceptional use of the medium as well as provides an unusual topic, a worn pair of jeans stretched over the back of a ladder-back chair. Mary Ann Brockâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Chasing the Foamâ&#x20AC;? combines diluted shades of blue sky and waves with filtered light, especially on the red-haired woman, to create an atmosphere of a cold day at the shore. Carol HasBrouck in the colorful â&#x20AC;&#x153;Old Blue Eyesâ&#x20AC;? and Vickie Bailey Ebbers in the sepia-toned â&#x20AC;&#x153;Looking for Straight Endsâ&#x20AC;? employ contrasting palettes to emphasize character. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Friends of the Bride,â&#x20AC;? by Alexis Lavine, offers the viewer an unusual point of view â&#x20AC;&#x201D; legs of all sizes and shapes. Anne Hightower-Patterson combines light and shade, detail, depth and message in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hope for the Homeless.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Daybreak 1,â&#x20AC;?by Sandra Roper, exudes strong impact with the forceful shaft of light. The flower compositions also underscore Bakerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s desire to select pieces that push color or vision. Linda Beasley brings life and color to â&#x20AC;&#x153;Water Lily Nocturne.â&#x20AC;? Maura Kenny utilizes brazen orange, red and

yellow highlights to emphasize the poppies in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sun News.â&#x20AC;? In a playful title, Monique Wolfe adds texture and impact to the lavender and pink spiked flower surrounded by pointed leaves in her watercolor â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pointillism.â&#x20AC;? Randolph New Armstrongâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s style, vivid color and fascinating graphic designs give â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cheers and Chairsâ&#x20AC;? a whimsically delightful tone, as does Ellen Longâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Seagulls on Speed.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Birds for Sale â&#x20AC;&#x201C; bird seller series,â&#x20AC;? by Renee Kahn, exudes another very distinctive style. Carolyn Epperly in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nevermoreâ&#x20AC;? infuses light and shade on objects that appear to float in and around the central figure of the stuffed bird. Baker also includes effective abstracts in her choices. Lynne Hardwick in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Silhouettes in Copperâ&#x20AC;? produces an atmosphere of movement to contrast with the strong, white-backed insert. Georgia Mason leads the eye in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Being Thereâ&#x20AC;? from the intricate upper section to the flowing, falling sections of aqua, canary yellow, rose and red. Both â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kaleidoscope IIâ&#x20AC;? by Carrie Burns Brown and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Unlocking the Secretâ&#x20AC;? by Denise Athanas combine a profusion of color mass to establish energy and impact. This 36th Annual Exhibition is another example of the excellent quality of shows at the Sumter Gallery of Art.


The Sumter Artist Guild Winnersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Show affords an excellent look at the artists who won at the Guildâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual show. Along with their winning pieces, the artists are encouraged to include extra paintings that might add insight into their talent and artistic vision. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s entries reflect the high quality of the Guild entries. Although Rose Metz has provided several examples of her beautiful flower and watercolor pieces, her abstracts are wonderfully diverse. Her â&#x20AC;&#x153;Daybreakâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Koiâ&#x20AC;? with its flow of energy, hint of gold fish and movement of water-like shades of blue falling from the left-hand corner attest to her ability to create emotion and counterbalance focus. John Cotnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Red Bubbleâ&#x20AC;? on paper and â&#x20AC;&#x153;TUG,â&#x20AC;? with its definitive design and intricate graphic color blocks, offer a deeper look into the technique so successful in his â&#x20AC;&#x153;Aerial View.â&#x20AC;? Victoria Hagnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mosaics provide a cross section of her style and creativity, especially â&#x20AC;&#x153;Aquiferâ&#x20AC;? with its shades of blue mosaic water levels and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Four Moon Nightâ&#x20AC;? with nuts

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Proposed state budget focuses on education COLUMBIA (AP) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposed budget for 2014-15 focuses on education with a $177 million increase to public schools while also providing most taxpayers a savings of about $30. Haley released her $6.6 billion plan for state taxes Monday, one day before the legislative session starts. It comes a week after the Republican governor laid out her plans to improve education by focusing on poor, rural districts. Her three major education initiatives for the fiscal year starting July 1 would spend an additional $97 million on children living in poverty, $30 million on reading coaches in elementary schools and $29 million on technology improvements. Her proposal marks a major shift in her previous stance that education could be improved without any additional money. Her Democratic opponent, state Sen. Vincent Sheheen, has called it a convenient, electionyear change, following her previous proposed cuts and vetoes. Haleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s budget would also increase the socalled base student cost â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a main funding source for public schools â&#x20AC;&#x201D; by about $20, to $2,120 per child. It would cover projected population increases in charter schools, while also increasing what they get per student. It spends more on children whose primary language isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t English. And it would provide about $20 million for new school buses â&#x20AC;&#x201D; another change for Haley, who previously sought no money for buses, as she advocated privatizing the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fleet.

BUDGET BREAKDOWN (AP) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Gov. Nikki Haleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s $6.6 billion proposed budget for 2014-15 includes $177 million in additional money for K-12 education. Some highlights on her spending plan: THE ASSOCIATED PRESS â&#x20AC;˘ $97 million for children who qualify for free or reduced-price meals; â&#x20AC;˘ $29.5 million for reading coaches in elementary schools. The proposal fully funds coaches at 300 schools where more than 20 percent of students scored in the bottom tier of state reading tests. It funds half of the coachesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; cost at other schools; â&#x20AC;˘ $29.3 million for technology improvements, distributed based on districtsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; poverty ratings. The money can be used to bring Internet capabilities to schools, enable wireless access within schools or buy computer equipment; â&#x20AC;˘ $12 million for instructional materials on iPads and other digital devices; â&#x20AC;˘ $4 million in technology training for teachers; â&#x20AC;˘ $4 million for a revolving loan program for charter schools; â&#x20AC;˘ $11.7 million in matching money for infrastructure needs at technical colleges; â&#x20AC;˘ $29.3 million in matching money for infrastructure needs at public universities; â&#x20AC;˘ $57 million to cover state employeesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; projected premium increases; â&#x20AC;˘ $13.3 million to take 1,400 people with disabilities off waiting lists for services; â&#x20AC;˘ $9 million for the Department of Mental Health; and â&#x20AC;˘ $26.7 million revenue reduction by cutting personal income taxes.

U.S. Navy Commander Valerie Overstreet is seen in her office on the U.S. Naval Academy campus in Annapolis, Md., on Thursday. At left is a photograph of Overstreet as a child running to her father, Gil Rud, who spent his career as a Navy pilot. Overstreet took advantage of a fledgling Navy program that allowed her to take a year off to add to her family and return to duty without risking her career or future commands.

Sabbaticals could help military keep women in its ranks longer CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (AP) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Navy Cmdr. Valerie Overstreet wanted to add to her family. But her job as a Navy pilot and the fact that she and her husband, also a naval officer, were stationed in different parts of the country made it complicated. So she decided to take advantage of a fledgling Navy program that allowed her to take a year off and return to duty without risking her career or future commands. Now, three years later, sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s got a 2-year-old daughter and a 9-month-old son, sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s back at work at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., and her promotion to captain has been confirmed. For Overstreet, the year off gave her precious time to have her daughter and get started on her masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree. The Navy retains an officer it considers promising without requiring her to sacrifice her family life. Across the military services,

leaders are experimenting with programs that will give valued officers and enlisted troops, men and women, the incentive to stay. Also, as the Pentagon moves to bring women into more jobs closer to the combat zone, military officials think it is crucial to keep midcareer female officers in the services so they can mentor those on the front lines. At Camp Lejeune, the Bergstrom sisters are part of a Marine family tradition. Identical twins Katherine and Sarah watched their older sister, Rachel, join the Marine Corpsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; ROTC at their high school in Cumming, Ga. Rachel, now working as an administrative officer in the Pentagon, was intrigued when she saw ROTC members playing soccer at school, and she decided to join the program. The twins eventually followed their sister into the ROTC. Both went on to the Naval Academy

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Swedish womb transplants raise ethical concerns STOCKHOLM (AP) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Nine women in Sweden have successfully received transplanted wombs donated from relatives in an experimental procedure that has raised some ethical concerns. The women will soon try to become pregnant with their new wombs, the doctor in charge of the pioneering project has revealed. The women were born without a uterus or had it removed because of cervical cancer. Most are in their 30s and are part of the first major experiment to test whether itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s possible to transplant wombs into women so they can give birth to their own children. Life-saving transplants of organs such as hearts, livers and kidneys have been done for decades, and doctors are increasingly transplanting hands, faces and other body parts to improve patientsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; quality of life. Womb transplants â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the first ones intended to be temporary, just to allow childbearing â&#x20AC;&#x201D; push that frontier even further and raise some new concerns. There have been two previous attempts to transplant a womb â&#x20AC;&#x201D; in Turkey and Saudi Arabia â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but both failed to produce babies. Scientists in Britain, Hungary and elsewhere are also planning similar operations, but the efforts in Sweden are the most advanced. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is a new kind of surgery,â&#x20AC;? Dr. Mats Brannstrom told The Associated Press in an interview from Goteborg. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have no textbook to look at.â&#x20AC;? Brannstrom, chair of the obstetrics and gynecology department at the University of Gothenburg, is leading the initiative. Next month, he and colleagues will run the first-ever workshop on how to perform womb transplants, and they plan to publish a scientific report on their efforts soon. Some experts have raised concerns about whether itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ethical to use live donors for an experimental procedure that doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t save lives. But John Harris, a bioethics expert at the University of Manchester, didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see a problem with that as long as donors are fully informed. He said donating kidneys isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t necessarily life-saving, yet is widely promoted. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dialysis is available, but we have come to accept and to even encourage people to take risks to donate a kidney,â&#x20AC;? he said. Brannstrom said the nine womb recipients are doing well. Many already had their periods six weeks after the transplants, an early sign that the wombs are healthy and functioning. One woman had an infection in her newly received uterus, and others had some minor rejection episodes, but none of the recipients or donors needed intensive care after the surgery, Brannstrom said. All left the hospital within days. None of the women who donated or received wombs has been identified. The transplants began in September 2012, and the donors in-

A Swedish research team practices on April 4, 2012, before the operations to transplant wombs at the Sahlgrenska Hospital in Goteborg, Sweden. Nine women in Sweden have successfully received transplanted wombs donated from relatives. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

clude mothers and other relatives of the recipients. The team had initially planned to do 10

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spokesman Krister Svahn said. The transplant operations did not connect the womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s uteri to their fallopian tubes, so they are unable to get pregnant naturally. But all who received a womb have their own ovaries and can make eggs. Before the operation, they had some removed to

create embryos through in-vitro fertilization. The embryos were then frozen, and doctors plan to transfer them into the new wombs, allowing the women to carry their own biological children. The transplants have ignited hope among women unable to have children because they lost a uterus to cancer or were born without one. About one girl in 4,500 is

born with a syndrome, known as MRKH, where she doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a womb. Lise Gimre, 35, who was born without a womb, said she thought many women with MRKH would be interested if the operation proves to be safe and effective. Gimre runs an organization for women with the syndrome in Norway.

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TEAM from Page A1 first-year Sumter head coach Reggie Kennedy and the hard work the team showed during hard times throughout the season. While describing his excitement over the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s successful season, Schultz said he would â&#x20AC;&#x153;try not to get emotional.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am so impressed with this coach. Through adversity or horrible weather, these guys are tough,â&#x20AC;? Schultz said in the SHS auditorium. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Their coach taught them how to win. Their favorite number is 14, because when theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re 14 points behind, they bring the real game of football.â&#x20AC;? Some of the key players throughout the season Schultz said included seniors Ramero Rock, Erick Wright and Devontaye Edwards, who Schultz said made him think they would win the championship way before the season began. Principal Dana Fall said among many programs and classes provided at SHS, the athletic program earned the recognition it received during the first board meeting of the semester after an interesting season on the field. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As great a story as it is, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m waiting for Disney to make a movie about it,â&#x20AC;? Fall said jokingly. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am very proud and very


blessed to be principal of this school.â&#x20AC;? Kennedy and district Athletic Coordinator Rick Avins presented the board with medals and Tshirts marking the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2013-14 season success. The varsity team has already received medals and will also receive T-shirts for the hard work on the field. During Mondayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meeting, the board also voted to approve Superintendent Dr. Frank Bakerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s formal contract, which was the topic of the boardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s executive session, according to trustee the Rev. Daryl F. McGhaney, who made the motion. The board ultimately voted 4-0 to approve the contract, with three abstentions. The details of Bakerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s contract, including the salary amount, were not available during the meeting. Baker was initially named interim superintendent back in July, replacing outgoing district head Randolph Bynum. Despite an initial vote that would have prevented the trustees from offering Baker the position permanently, the board reversed its course and awarded the job to Baker in mid-November by a 4-to-3 vote. Reach Raytevia Evans at (803) 774-1214.

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The Colonel Matthew Singleton Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution will meet at 7 p.m. today at the S.C. National Guard Armory, 395 N. Pike Road West. Visitors welcome. The Sumter Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind will hold its 2014 membership meeting at 7 p.m. today at Shiloh-Randolph Manor, 125 W. Bartlette St. Associate member Judy L. Simon will accept annual membership dues. Martha Gaither, of Blind Awareness, will speak. Transportation provided within the mileage radius. Contact Debra Canty at (803) 775-5792 or DebraCanC2@frontier. com. Call the 24-hour recorded message line at (206) 376-5992. The National Association for Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA) will meet Thursday, Jan 16, at Sunset Country Club. Continuing Education course will be held 11 a.m.-noon. Lunch and the quarterly meeting will be held noon-12:45 p.m. followed by Continuing Education course 1-2 p.m. Call Tammy Kelly at (803) 773-8322. The Pinedale Neighborhood Association will meet at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, at the South HOPE Center, 1125 S. Lafayette Drive. Call Ferdinand Burns at (803) 968-4464. The Sumter Combat Veterans Group will meet at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 17, at the South HOPE Center, 1125 S. Lafayette Drive. All area veterans are invited. The Lincoln High School Preservation Alumni Association dinner / fundraiser will be held 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17, at the Lincoln High School gymnasium, 26 Council St. Cost is $6 per dinner and includes spaghetti, salad, garlic bread and tea. There will also be an indoor yard sale and the 2014 membership drive will begin. Lincoln High School Class of 1963 will meet at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, at American Legion Post 202, 310 Palmetto St. Plans will be discussed for the class reunion. Call Ferdinand Burns at (803) 968-4464. The Lincoln High School Preservation Alumni Association will meet at 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, at 26 Council St. The 14th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dream Walk will be held Monday, Jan. 20. This three mile walk will start and end at USC Sumter Nettles Building, 200 Miller Road. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. with walk beginning at 9:30 a.m. There will be a celebratory program at 11 a.m. Call Mary Sutton at (803) 938-3760 for details.

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â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;1964â&#x20AC;&#x2122; presents thoughtful look at tumultuous year BY KEVIN MCDONOUGH Fifty years can seem an eternity, or only yesterday. â&#x20AC;&#x153;American Experienceâ&#x20AC;? (8 p.m., PBS, check local listings) presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;1964,â&#x20AC;? a documentary look at a tumultuous year in American history. Fortunately, â&#x20AC;&#x153;1964â&#x20AC;? is not an exercise in baby boomer nostalgia. Rather, it makes the case that some societal shifts and divisions that linger to this day began to present themselves during that prosperous year. One could see the influence of The Beatles on American youth as either a passing fad or a troubling rebuke to parental authority born of the economic power of a huge generation just coming of age. Nineteensixty-four also saw Betty Friedanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Feminine Mystiqueâ&#x20AC;? hit the bestseller lists. The year saw the passage of the Civil Rights Act and the end of the Democratic Partyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tacit acceptance of Southern segregation, a decision that would completely revise the electoral map. The presidential election of 1964 offered a choice between Lyndon Johnsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Great Societyâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and its extension of Rooseveltâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s use of the government to alter the economy and society â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and the conservatism of Barry Goldwater, who presented himself as not only an alternative to Johnson, but also as a radical break from mainstream Republicans. â&#x20AC;&#x153;1964â&#x20AC;? includes interviews with historians, authors and scholars as well as political activists of the era, including conservatives Richard Viguerie and Phyllis Schlafly, whose

self-published pro-Goldwater booklet â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Choice Not an Echoâ&#x20AC;? would sell more than three million copies from her garage. Viguerie and Schlafly would prove instrumental in forming the coalitions that put Ronald Reagan in the White House in 1980. Author Rick Perlstein appears here as well. His book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nixonlandâ&#x20AC;? chronicles the transformation of American politics from Johnsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s landslide defeat of Goldwater in 1964 to Nixonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s overwhelming triumph over McGovern in 1972. He makes the case that many of the assumptions of 1964 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; an embrace of youth and education, a federal attack on discrimination and poverty and a celebration of the governmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ability to solve problems â&#x20AC;&#x201D; would give way to fears of civil unrest, crime and societal discord from the campus to

the living room. You donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to have lived through the time to appreciate â&#x20AC;&#x153;1964â&#x20AC;? and its thoughtful look at ideas that echo to this day. â&#x20AC;˘ A vigilante targets abusive husbands on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Killer Womenâ&#x20AC;? (10 p.m., ABC, TV-14). Largely unwatched last week, this series will probably be canceled soon.

Tonightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Other Highlights â&#x20AC;˘ Skyeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s past resurfaces on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Marvelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.â&#x20AC;? (8 p.m., ABC, TV-PG). â&#x20AC;˘ Aliâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s diary needs decoding on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pretty Little Liarsâ&#x20AC;? (8 p.m., ABC Family, TV-14). â&#x20AC;˘ A friendly wager on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Brooklyn Nine-Nineâ&#x20AC;? (8:30 p.m., Fox, TV-14). â&#x20AC;˘ Remyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dreams reverberate on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ravenswoodâ&#x20AC;? (9 p.m., ABC Family, TV-14).

â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;&#x153;Friday Night Tykesâ&#x20AC;? (9 p.m., Esquire, TV-PG) looks at youth football. â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;&#x153;Face Offâ&#x20AC;? (9 p.m., Syfy) enters a sixth season. â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;&#x153;Building Wildâ&#x20AC;? (9 p.m., National Geographic) offers tips on building cabins in remote areas. â&#x20AC;˘ Foresight on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Person of Interestâ&#x20AC;? (10 p.m., CBS, TV-14). â&#x20AC;˘ Casey says heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s healthy on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Chicago Fireâ&#x20AC;? (10 p.m., NBC, TV14). â&#x20AC;˘ Deweyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s violent cousin arrives on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Justifiedâ&#x20AC;? (10 p.m., FX, TVMA). â&#x20AC;˘ A comic impersonates a series of over-thetop showbiz characters on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kroll Showâ&#x20AC;? (10:30 p.m., Comedy Central, TV-14).

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Series Notes A drone raid yields evidence on â&#x20AC;&#x153;NCISâ&#x20AC;? (8 p.m., CBS, TV-PG) * â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Biggest Loserâ&#x20AC;? (8 p.m., NBC, TV-PG) * Eli becomes a caregiver on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dadsâ&#x20AC;? (8 p.m., Fox, TV14) * An alliance, a choice and a figure from the past on â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Originalsâ&#x20AC;? (8 p.m., CW, TV14) * A bank disaster on â&#x20AC;&#x153;NCIS: Los Angelesâ&#x20AC;? (9 p.m., CBS, TV-14) * Jess assures Coach on â&#x20AC;&#x153;New Girlâ&#x20AC;? (9 p.m., Fox, TV-14) * Beverlyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rival on â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Goldbergsâ&#x20AC;? (9 p.m., ABC, TV-PG) * Touched by an angel on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Supernaturalâ&#x20AC;? (9 p.m., CW, TV-14) * Peterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mission on â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Mindy Projectâ&#x20AC;? (9:30 p.m., Fox, TV-14) * Kate asserts herself on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Trophy Wifeâ&#x20AC;? (9:30 p.m., ABC, TV-PG).




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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Intent is not to offend, but sometimes truth hurts This is in reference to The Item’s editorial on Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014, titled “Don’t be shy, join in the discussion.” I want to thank The Item staff for publishing every letter I have submitted to them. The editorial states “Some letters, which we discard, are notable for their reckless disregard of the truth; others are filled with rumors, hearsay, gossip and outright slander.” It’s wonderful to know that my letters don’t fit into those categories. The editorial also says that The Item does not accept unsigned letters and they don’t accept letters that state “Name withheld” or “anonymous.” The Item staff feels that if you want to share your opinion with their readers you must take responsibility for it by giving your name, address and telephone number for verification purposes only. I agree with their policy. Conversely, I feel that The Item staff should practice what they preach. If an Item staff member writes an editorial, especially one that includes the names of other citizens, he or she should have the courage to give their name. The writer should not hide behind any media policy that allows them to remain anonymous. In Sumter, The Item has the reputation of being a right-wing conservative newspaper. Therefore, for them to define me and Mr. Burns, while overlooking the many letters with racially coded words and implications by other white writers, is no surprise. However, the public is not fooled. They know that racism exists in Sumter County. To not mention it, deal with it or try to eliminate it is what actually divides us as one community. Again, I want to thank The Item staff for publishing my letters. It’s not my intent to offend anyone, only to express the truth and sometimes the truth hurts. EUGENE R. BATEN Sumter

| one of the great differences between white and black families is the value placed on education, knowing right from wrong and that all actions have consequences both good and bad. Most white children do not spend hours practicing any type of sport to the detriment of their school work and learning. Asian families seem to do these things the best. However, all families, regardless of race or skin color, need to do these things to give their children the best start in life. There is just no substitute for positive parental involvement. If people do not want this commitment, then do not have children. I don’t give a hoot what Hillary Clinton believes and says — a village can not raise a child with the proper education and tools to be successful in life. That is just a cop-out for justifying absentee parents. The real kicker is and is always the truth: You have control over your life, stop blaming others, and if you are unhappy and are not where you want to be ... well, change something in your life! You are in control. DAVID LePAGE Sumter

‘Soap opera’ discourse in letters needs to stop Here it is not yet two weeks into the new year, and the mud, slander, race pundits are at it again. Guess who slung the first handful of prejudicial crap? Well all you have to do is read this column. I say stop it and get down to some supportive and constructive discourse. This whole “soap opera” can be discontinued easily. What you all need to do is find a nice shady spot and sit around and have a beer together and have a frank respectful discussion of your issues and feelings, and before you know it you are all friends, and the letters to the editor will have nothing to print except niceties and warm fuzzy feeling articles. Now wouldn’t that be a nice thing to have!

Education, parental involvement are key to children’s success

J. M. (MIKE) EDWARDS Clyde, N.C. Former Sumter resident

Re: comments for Mr. Burns: Good thought about education rather than jail. However, college will not and does not make anyone smart. That has to begin. Since you are the president of the local NAACP, I am guessing that you are referring to the blacks being put “off the street.” What needs to happen is for black families to step up to the plate and teach their children: 1) right from wrong; 2) their actions have consequences ... both good and bad; 3) that education is the key to get knowledge to help “stop making stupid decisions;” 4) to know where their children are at night; 5) to stop practicing sports as a way out and to start practicing education as the real way out. I agree that blacks are over represented as a percentage of our population in prisons and jails. The solution is very easy: Stop breaking the law. Again, being taught by their parents that their actions have consequences. These steps also apply to any parent. Seemingly,

Lengthy benefits give no incentive to find work As we enter the new year, many members of congress want to extend unemployment benefits yet again. I personally know a man who was on unemployment for 2 years and when it ran out, he found a job within a couple of weeks. There seems to be no incentive to find a job until the well runs dry, so to speak. What if we allowed people two years of unemployment with their first check being 50 percent of their last paycheck and tapered the amount off from there? By the end of one year, they’d be down to 25 percent, and their last unemployment check would be for about a nickel. Eventually they’d get hungry enough somewhere along the way instead of waiting until the end to find a job. WES JOHNSTON Dalzell

ASHINGTON — In tial feature of this controthe days since rev- versy is an emerging narraelations surfaced tive that, barring the unabout New Jersey Gov. Chris foreseen, could shift focus Christie’s office orchestratfrom Christie’s administraing the now-infamous tion to the greater villain — George Washington Bridge the media. Judging from my lane closings, I’ve had at overflowing inbox, there’s a least four different reactions. growing sense on the right Listed in chronological that Christie is being unorder, they were: He’s dead; fairly battered by a media maybe not so bad if he all too eager to help defrock didn’t know anything; OMG, the Republican front-runan elderly woman died! He’s ner. gone. Latest and hardly Needless to say, one bad least, Christie may emerge deed (Obama’s falsehoods) relatively unscathed as the does not excuse another media displace him as vil(misusing power to punish lains. a political foe). The bridge To stipulate, we recognize scandal is compelling prethat Florida Sen. Marco cisely because it fits the Rubio made the sanest obwell-documented bullying servation when asked image of Christie, notwithThursday to comment. “I standing his denials during think the right approach is the news conference. “I am to be a bit prudent not a bully,” he said, here and not jump to reminding us mostly conclusions,” Rubio of “I am not a said. “I don’t know witch.” Or “I am not anything about this. a crook.” So for me to comChristie’s style ment beyond that was always going to would just not be, be problematic for you know, appropri- Kathleen him in the primaPARKER ate.” ries, especially in the Ahem, well, fine. polite South. But There you have the differnow he also can be viewed ence between a senator in as a victim not only of maline to replace Christie as lignant, malicious and the leading Republican mind-bendingly stupid presidential candidate and staffers but also of a two— everybody else. faced, pro-Democratic On the train from New media. York to Washington on The media are not Thursday, two words conmonolithic, as we like to retinuously rose above the mind people. But we do din: Chris Christie. The best have a tendency to focus on summation of how the the latest scandal. And it scandal is playing political- does seem that we tend to ly came from two high-pro- treat Republican scandals file consultants who hapas more delicious than othpened to be on the same ers. This is owing less to the train — Republican Mary sins committed than to the Matalin and Democrat greater sin of hypocrisy. James Carville. The higher the bar, the “BFD,” said Matalin when harder they fall. I asked her thoughts. But Christie isn’t a strong “May I quote you?” exhibit in the mean-media “Yes.” argument. More than a ReCarville, somewhat less publican, he is a colorful, concise, said he gave Chris- larger-than-life character tie a C-minus on his twowho speaks loudly and carhour news conference, ries a big stick. Cameras down from an initial B-plus. will always find the most The lower grade followed interesting landscape, and further consideration that Christie has that turf covrevealed contradictions and ered. More to the salient fuzzy details that didn’t add point, as the leading Republican presidential canup, he said. As just one exdidate, he can hardly be igample, also notably mennored. Coverage of this fiastioned by Rush Limbaugh, Christie said he hadn’t slept co isn’t disproportionate to the man, even if it may be for a couple of days, but he to the event. had just found out about If, indeed, Christie had his staff’s involvement the no knowledge of the lane day before. closings and if, in fact, he Slip of the tongue, or was betrayed by idiots — vagueness in the service of even though he hired and subterfuge? Perhaps more trusted those idiots — then to the point of Christie’s fuhe could survive. ture, Carville noted that Those are big ifs. What is Limbaugh and other highcertain is that the only thing profile conservatives aren’t the Republican base hates defending the governor. more than a liar and a bully Even so, many Republiis a bullying media. Once cans in the Matalin camp that common enemy is essee this as much ado about tablished, the perceived viclittle, especially compared tim often becomes the victo, for instance, President tor. Obama’s repeated falsehoods about people keeping Kathleen Parker’s email the health insurance they address is kathleenparker@ like under the Affordable Care Act. Democrats see this as the inevitable ruin of © 2014, Washington Post a bully run amok. Writers Group But another consequen-


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Charleston 66/42 The following tide table lists times for Myrtle Beach.


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Today: Mainly cloudy with a touch of rain; mild. High 63 to 67. Wednesday: Partial sunshine; cooler in southern parts. High 54 to 58.

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BUST from Page A1 violent crime. In addition, Prioleau faces a charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Sumter County Sheriff Anthony Dennis said his office thinks it has removed a “major drug dealer” from the Dalzell area with the arrest of Prioleau. Deputies with the Sumter County Drug Unit raided Prioleau’s home Monday morning and said they seized approximately 50 grams of cocaine, 27 grams of crack cocaine, moonshine, marijuana, several firearms and more than $9,500 in cash. The raid came after investigators had conducted surveillance on the Hummingbird Lane home for some time, the sheriff said. “We had numerous complaints into that residence,” Dennis said.



Less than a year ago, Prioleau was arrested on additional drug charges and was out on bond for those pending charges when he was arrested Monday. According to reports back in February, Prioleau tried to run from the police after a traffic stop on U.S. 521 near Frierson Road but was taken into custody after a foot chase led to officers using their Taser guns on him. At that time, officers said Prioleau had about 692 grams of marijuana with him, and he was charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana, as well as resisting arrest. All three suspects in Monday’s raid are being held at Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center, awaiting bond hearings. Reach Braden Bunch at (803) 774-1201.


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USC wins; moves to No. 8 AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — When Tiffany Mitchell and the South Carolina Gamecocks found themselves down by double digits early in their road game at Auburn, they did not panic. The Gamecocks simply clawed their way back into the game on what has STALEY gotten them to the Top 10 this season— defense. “We’re the hunted at this point,” South Carolina head coach Dawn Staley said. “We knew Auburn would come out

and play extremely well at home. We just had to keep our heads, stay calm and know that throughout the course of the game, there are going to be runs. We just had to wait for our run.” Mitchell had 18 points and six steals Sunday afternoon to lead South Carolina to a 72-66 comeback victory at Auburn, which was held to just 11-of-31 shooting in the second half. The victory improved USC to 16-1 on the season and 4-0 in the Southeastern Conference. Also, the Gamecocks moved from No. 10 to No. 8 in The Associate Press


WOMEN’S TOP 25 The Associated Press The top 25 teams in The Associated Press’ women’s college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Jan. 12, total points based on 25 points for a firstplace vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and last week’s ranking: Rec. Pts Prv 1. UConn (36) 17-0 900 1 2. Notre Dame 15-0 841 2 3. Duke 16-1 828 3 4. Stanford 15-1 811 4 5. Louisville 16-1 736 5 6. Maryland 14-1 723 6 7. Baylor 14-1 696 7 8. South Carolina 16-1 647 10 9. North Carolina 14-3 571 13 10. Kentucky 14-3 540 9

poll released on Monday. “We just decided to use our length some more and buckle down on defense,” Mitchell said. “We’re known as a defensive team, so we just stuck to the mindset of getting stops to free up our offense.” Alaina Coates added 14 points for the Gamecocks in the victory. The 6-foot-4-inch freshman center scored all of her points in the first half and shot 4-for-5 from the field. Auburn (10-6, 1-2 SEC) led by

11. Oklahoma St. 14-1 539 15 12. Tennessee 13-3 522 8 13. Iowa St. 14-1 453 11 14. LSU 13-3 404 12 15. California 12-3 330 19 16. Penn St. 11-4 302 14 17. Florida St. 14-2 301 18 18. Nebraska 12-3 246 16 19. Arizona St. 14-2 230 23 20. NC State 15-2 183 20 21. Colorado 11-4 179 17 22. Purdue 11-4 172 21 23. Rutgers 13-2 101 — 24. Vanderbilt 14-3 96 — 25. Texas A&M 13-4 95 — Others receiving votes: West Virginia 83, Indiana 61, Gonzaga 39, Michigan St. 17, Middle Tennessee 15, Syracuse 10, Florida 9, Oklahoma 9, Iowa 8, Michigan 1, Saint Joseph’s 1, San Diego 1.


Sumter opens region with South Florence BY DENNIS BRUNSON Sumter High School’s varsity boys and varsity girls basketball teams both won Region VI-4A titles last season, and they begin defense of them today. And both may be facing the favorites to try VANDEVANDER and knock them off their thrones when they take to the road to face South Florence. ENGLISH The South Florence girls are 11-4 on the season and ranked No. 5 among 4A teams in the most recent South Carolina Basketball Coaches Association poll. The Bruins are 8-4 on the season and ride a wave of momentum into the contest after winning the Pepsi Classic tournament in Florence over the Christmas holiday. The Lady Gamecocks will take an 8-5 record into today’s game, while

the Sumter boys will enter with a 10-4 mark. “We feel pretty good about where we are right now,” said SHS boys head coach Jo Jo English, who is in his first season. “We’ve matured a lot in these last 14 games. We did a lot of maturing in these close games that we lost. It’s been a learning experience, and I think the guys are prepared for the region.” The Sumter girls have had a hard time developing any consistency because they have had several girls miss games due to injuries and personal issues. With the exception of starting post player Cy Cooper, Lady Gamecocks head coach Chris Vandevander hopes to have everyone available for today’s game. And with the exception of one game, Vandevander is happy with the way his team has performed. SEE SHS, PAGE B2

PREP SCHEDULE TODAY Varsity Basketball Sumter at South Florence, 6 p.m. Crestwood at Marlboro County, 6 p.m. Lakewood at Hartsville, 6 p.m. Manning at Darlington, 6 p.m. Lee Central at Andrews, 6 p.m. Hemingway at East Clarendon, 6 p.m. C.E. Murray at Scott’s Branch, 6:30 p.m. Varsity and JV Basketball Hammond at Laurence Manning, 4 p.m. South Aiken Baptist Christian at Thomas Sumter, 4 p.m. Robert E. Lee at Williamsburg, 4 p.m. Clarendon Hall at St. Francis Xavier (Boys Only) (at Birnie Hope Center, 6 p.m. Sumter Christian at Grace Christian, 4 p.m. B Team Basketball Laurence Manning at Hammond, 4 p.m.


ABOVE: Thomas Sumter Academy’s Taylor Rodel (22) reacts after battling with Wilson Hall’s John Ballard (14) for a rebound during the Barons’ 50-46 victory at Nash Student Center on Monday. BELOW: Wilson Hall’s Holly Scott (25) puts up a shot against Thomas Sumter Academy’s Julia Law (23) during the Lady Barons 49-31 victory.

Close encounters WH sweeps TSA as teams head for region play BY EDDIE LITAKER Special to The Item Monday’s varsity boys basketball contest between Wilson Hall and Thomas Sumter was a battle of wills that came right down to the wire. In the end, the Barons held on for a 50-46 victory to send the Nash Student Center home faithful away happy. The fourth quarter opened with the Barons clinging to a 34-32 lead after trailing

21-18 the half. A Tanner Brunson three put TSA up 37-36 with 5:10 left, but William Kinney answered with a trey of his own, followed by a traditional three-point play and then another basket in response to two from Carlton Washington, leaving the score at 44-39 with 2:57 left. Free throws would play a key role down the stretch as Blake Bochette hit two but then missed the front end of a one-and-one SEE RIVALS, PAGE B2

Steve Smith, do not fade away

Panthers turn attention to bright future


BY STEVE REED The Associated Press CHARLOTTE — One day after the getting bounced from the NFL playoffs the Carolina Panthers turned their attention to doing something no other team in franchise history has done: reach the playoffs in back-toRIVERA back seasons. The Panthers have been to the playoffs five times in 18 seasons, but SEE PANTHERS, PAGE B4


Carolina fullback Mike Tolbert (35) runs into San Francisco inside linebacker NaVorro Bowman (53) during the 49ers’ 23-10 divisional playoff victory on Sunday in Charlotte.

HARLOTTE — When General Douglas MacArthur proclaimed in a farewell address to Congress in 1951 that “old soldiers never die, they just fade away,” he could have just as Tom easily O’ Hare been talking about many professional athletes. Images of an aged Willie Mays dropping fly

balls for the New York Mets, of a near-crippled Joe Namath hanging on to his NFL career, or of a somewhat chubby Michael Jordan suiting up for the Washington Wizards mark a tarnished end to these legendary careers. Hopefully, Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith will not make the same mistake. The Panthers went down, and went down easy to the San Francisco 49ers in the divisional round of SEE O’ HARE, PAGE B4




SCOREBOARD TV, RADIO TODAY 3 p.m. -- Professional Tennis: Australian Open First-Round Matches from Melbourne, Australia (ESPN2). 6:05 p.m. -- Talk Show: Sports Talk (WPUBFM 102.7, WDXY-FM 105.9, WDXY-AM 1240). 7 p.m. -- College Basketball: Virginia Commonwealth at George Washington (CBS SPORTS NETWORK). 7 p.m. -- College Basketball: Wisconsin at Indiana (ESPN). 7 p.m. -- Oklahoma at Kansas State (ESPN2). 7 p.m. -- College Basketball: Georgia at Florida (ESPNU). 7 p.m. -- College Basketball: St. John’s at DePaul (FOX SPORTS 1). 7 p.m. -- NBA Basketball: Sacramento at Indiana (NBA TV). 7 p.m. -- NBA Basketball: New York at Charlotte (SPORTSOUTH). 7:30 p.m. -- NHL Hockey: Philadelphia at Buffalo (NBC SPORTS NETWORK). 9 p.m. -- College Basketball: Temple at Cincinnati (CBS SPORTS NETWORK). 9 p.m. -- College Basketball: Kentucky at Arkansas (ESPN). 9 p.m. -- Professional Tennis: Australian Open Second-Round Matches from Melbourne, Australia (ESPN2). 9 p.m. -- College Basketball: Pittsburgh at Georgia Tech (ESPNU). 9 p.m. -- College Basketball: Butler at Creighton (FOX SPORTS 1). 12:30 a.m. -- College Basketball: Chaminade at Brigham Young Hawaii (BYUTV). 3 a.m. -- Professional Tennis: Australian Open Second-Round Matches from Melbourne, Australia (ESPN2).

PREP SCHEDULE WEDNESDAY Varsity Basketball East Clarendon at Branchville, 6:30 p.m. Varsity and JV Basketball Wilson Hall at Hammond, 4 p.m. B Team Basketball Wilson Hall at Hammond, 5 p.m. Robert E. Lee at Dillon Christian, 4 p.m. Varsity Bowling Laurence Manning, Robert E. Lee at Wilson Hall (at Gamecock Lanes), 5 p.m. Varsity Wrestling Blythewood, Marion at Sumter, 6 p.m. THURSDAY Varsity and JV Basketball Robert E. Lee at Trinity-Byrnes, 4 p.m. Junior Varsity Basketball Sumter at Conway, 6 p.m. Crestwood at Lakewood, 6 p.m. Manning at Marlboro County, 6 p.m. Lee Central at Lake Marion, 6 p.m. B Team Basketball Marlboro County at Sumter (Boys Only), 5:30 p.m. Thomas Sumter at Orangeburg Prep, 5 p.m. Carolina at Robert E. Lee, 4 p.m. Clarendon Hall at Dillon Christian (Girls Only), 4 p.m. Middle School Basketball Alice Drive at Furman, 5 p.m. Mayewood at Bates, 5 p.m. Chestnut Oaks at Ebenezer, 5 p.m. Manning at Clark, 6 p.m. FRIDAY Varsity Basketball Conway at Sumter, 6 p.m. Lakewood at Crestwood, 6 p.m. Marlboro County at Manning, 6 p.m. Lake Marion at Lee Central, 6 p.m. East Clarendon at Carvers Bay, 6 p.m. Scott’s Branch at Timmonsville, 6:30 p.m. Governor’s School at Robert E. Lee, 6 p.m. Varsity and JV Basketball Orangeburg Prep at Wilson Hall, 4 p.m. Florence Christian at Laurence Manning, 4 p.m. Thomas Sumter at Holly Hill, 4 p.m. Clarendon Hall at Andrew Jackson Academy, 5 p.m. Sumter Christian at Calvary Christian (No JV Girls), 4 p.m. Varsity Wrestling Sumter in Coach Trapp Duals (at Battery Creek High in Beaufort), TBA SATURDAY Varsity and JV Basketball Palmetto Christian at Laurence Manning, 4 p.m. B Team Basketball Holly Hill at Thomas Sumter, 2 p.m. Robert E. Lee at Carolina, 10 a.m. Varsity Equestrian Wilson Hall vs. Riverbend Equestrian Center (in Greenville), TBA Varsity Wrestling Sumter in Coach Trapp Duals (at Battery Creek High in Beaufort), TBA

COLLEGE BASKETBALL By The Associated Press Monday EAST CCNY at NJIT, 7 p.m. Coll. of Charleston at Northeastern, 7 p.m. Texas at West Virginia, 7 p.m. Lafayette at Loyola (Md.), 7:30 p.m. Syracuse at Boston College, 9 p.m. SOUTH Virginia at Duke, 7 p.m. Texas St. at Louisiana-Lafayette, 7 p.m. NC Central at Bethune-Cookman, 7:30 p.m. SC State at Coppin St., 7:30 p.m. Norfolk St. at Delaware St., 7:30 p.m. NC A&T at Florida A&M, 7:30 p.m. Savannah St. at Howard, 7:30 p.m. MVSU at Alabama A&M, 8:30 p.m. Ark.-Pine Bluff at Alabama St., 8:30 p.m. Grambling St. at Alcorn St., 8:30 p.m. Jackson St. at Southern U., 8:30 p.m. Tennessee St. at UT-Martin, 8:30 p.m. MIDWEST Cleveland St. at Youngstown St., 7:05 p.m. Kansas at Iowa St., 9 p.m. FAR WEST N. Arizona at S. Utah, 9 p.m.

NBA STANDINGS By The Associated Press EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L Pct GB Toronto 18 17 .514 – Brooklyn 15 22 .405 4 New York 14 22 .389 41/2 Boston 13 25 .342 61/2 Philadelphia 12 25 .324 7 Southeast Division W L Pct GB Miami 27 10 .730 – Atlanta 20 18 .526 71/2

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16 19 .457 10 15 23 .395 121/2 10 27 .270 17 Central Division W L Pct GB Indiana 29 7 .806 – Chicago 17 18 .486 111/2 Detroit 16 22 .421 14 Cleveland 13 24 .351 161/2 Milwaukee 7 29 .194 22 WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division W L Pct GB San Antonio 29 8 .784 – Houston 24 14 .632 51/2 Dallas 22 16 .579 71/2 Memphis 17 19 .472 111/2 New Orleans 15 21 .417 131/2 Northwest Division W L Pct GB Oklahoma City 28 9 .757 – Portland 28 9 .757 – Denver 19 17 .528 81/2 Minnesota 18 19 .486 10 Utah 12 26 .316 161/2 Pacific Division W L Pct GB L.A. Clippers 26 13 .667 – Golden State 25 14 .641 1 Phoenix 21 15 .583 31/2 L.A. Lakers 14 23 .378 11 Sacramento 13 22 .371 11 Sunday’s Games Sacramento 124, Cleveland 80 Memphis 108, Atlanta 101 San Antonio 104, Minnesota 86 Monday’s Games Milwaukee at Toronto, 7 p.m. Houston at Boston, 7:30 p.m. Phoenix at New York, 7:30 p.m. Washington at Chicago, late San Antonio at New Orleans, late Orlando at Dallas, late Denver at Utah, late Today’s Games Sacramento at Indiana, 7 p.m. New York at Charlotte, 7 p.m. Oklahoma City at Memphis, 8 p.m. Cleveland at L.A. Lakers, 10:30 p.m. Wednesday’s Games Chicago at Orlando, 7 p.m. Charlotte at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. Miami at Washington, 7 p.m. Toronto at Boston, 7:30 p.m. Sacramento at Minnesota, 8 p.m. Memphis at Milwaukee, 8 p.m. Houston at New Orleans, 8 p.m. Utah at San Antonio, 8 p.m. L.A. Lakers at Phoenix, 9 p.m. Cleveland at Portland, 10 p.m. Denver at Golden State, 10:30 p.m. Dallas at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m.

NHL STANDINGS By The Associated Press EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Boston 45 29 14 2 60 129 98 Tampa Bay 45 27 14 4 58 132 109 Montreal 46 26 15 5 57 117 107 Detroit 46 20 16 10 50 118 127 Toronto 47 22 20 5 49 128 143 Ottawa 46 20 18 8 48 131 146 Florida 45 17 21 7 41 105 139 Buffalo 44 13 26 5 31 77 121 Metropolitan Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Pittsburgh 47 33 12 2 68 152 112 Washington 45 22 16 7 51 136 135 N.Y. Rangers 47 24 20 3 51 118 124 Philadelphia 46 23 19 4 50 121 129 New Jersey 47 19 18 10 48 108 117 Carolina 45 19 17 9 47 111 128 Columbus 45 21 20 4 46 126 129 N.Y. Islanders 47 18 22 7 43 130 152 WESTERN CONFERENCE Central Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Chicago 48 30 8 10 70 175 132 St. Louis 44 31 8 5 67 161 99 Colorado 45 28 12 5 61 132 115 Minnesota 48 25 18 5 55 118 119 Dallas 45 20 18 7 47 127 139 Nashville 47 19 21 7 45 109 141 Winnipeg 47 19 23 5 43 128 145 Pacific Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Anaheim 48 35 8 5 75 161 119 San Jose 46 28 12 6 62 148 116 Los Angeles 46 27 14 5 59 119 96 Vancouver 46 24 13 9 57 123 114 Phoenix 44 21 14 9 51 133 136 Calgary 45 15 24 6 36 101 144 Edmonton 48 15 28 5 35 126 169 NOTE: Two points for a win, one point for overtime loss. Sunday’s Games Buffalo 2, Washington 1, SO Toronto 3, New Jersey 2, SO N.Y. Islanders 4, Dallas 2 N.Y. Rangers 4, Philadelphia 1 Chicago 5, Edmonton 3 Minnesota 4, Nashville 0 Anaheim 1, Detroit 0 Monday’s Games Calgary at Carolina, late Tampa Bay at Columbus, late Phoenix at Winnipeg, late Vancouver at Los Angeles, late Today’s Games Toronto at Boston, 7 p.m. Tampa Bay at N.Y. Rangers, 7 p.m. San Jose at Washington, 7 p.m. Philadelphia at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m. New Jersey at Montreal, 7:30 p.m. N.Y. Islanders at Florida, 7:30 p.m. Colorado at Chicago, 8 p.m. Phoenix at St. Louis, 8 p.m. Calgary at Nashville, 8 p.m. Ottawa at Minnesota, 8 p.m. Edmonton at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. Wednesday’s Games Buffalo at Toronto, 7:30 p.m. Washington at Pittsburgh, 8 p.m. Vancouver at Anaheim, 10:30 p.m.

TRANSACTIONS The Associated Press BASEBALL American League CHICAGO WHITE SOX — Agreed to terms with OF Dayan Viciedo on a one-year contract. TORONTO BLUE JAYS — Named Gary Allenson manager and Randy St. Claire pitching coach for Buffalo (IL); Jeff Ware pitching coach for Vancouver (NWL); Willie Collazo pitching coach for GCL Blue Jays. National League ATLANTA BRAVES — Agreed to terms with RHP Lay Batista, RHP Yunesky Maya, LHP Atahualpa Severino, C Matt Kennelly, C Ste-

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Lady Hawks remain unbeaten DALZELL -- Alice Drive Middle School’s girls basketball team remained unbeaten on the season with a 54-28 victory over Hillcrest on Monday at the Hillcrest gymnasium. Latrice Lyons led the Lady Hawks, who are 9-0, with 23 points to go along with six steals and five assists. Jah’Che Whitfield had a doubledouble of 12 points and 14 rebounds, while Malaysia Sciales had 10 points and nine rebounds. Jayla Bolden led Hillcrest with 12 points and seven rebounds. Rene Talbert added seven points and five steals. LEE CENTRAL SPAULDING

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BISHOPVILLE — Lee Central Middle School defeated Spaulding 35-16 on Monday at the

GIRLS AREA ROUNDUP Lee Centrl gymnasium. Brynasia Wesley led Lee Central with 10 points. Shawntia Ford added nine. FURMAN CHESTNUT OAKS

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Furman Middle School improved to 6-2 on the season with a 35-12 victory over Chestnut Oaks on Monday at the Chestnut Oaks gymnasium. Kiari Cain led the Lady Indians with 13 points. Serena Choice added nine. JUNIOR VARSITY BASKETBALL WILSON HALL 28 THOMAS SUMTER 16

Wilson Hall improved to 9-0 on the season with a 28-16 victory over Thomas Sumter Academy on Monday at Nash Student Center.


Courtney Clark led the Lady Barons with six points. Danielle Young had five points for TSA, which fell to 4-4. Josie Reed had five steals. CRESTWOOD MARLBORO COUNTY

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Crestwood High School improved to 5-3 on the season with a 23-19 victory over Marlboro County on Monday at The Castle. Azariah Dixon led the Lady Knights with eight points. Felicity Sumpter had six. B TEAM BASKETBALL WILSON HALL THOMAS SUMTER

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Wilson Hall defeated Thomas Sumter Academy 26-12 on Monday at Nash Student Center. Becca Noyes led the Lady Barons with eight

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MANNING — Laurence Manning Acadmey defeated Orangeburg Prep 20-6 in its season opener on Monday at Bubba Davis Gymnasium. Olivia Coker led LMA with six points. VARSITY BASKETBALL THOMAS SUMTER 61 DORCHESTER 23

ST. GEORGE — Thomas Sumter Academy opened its SCISA Region II-2A schedule with a 61-23 vvictory over Dorchester Academy on Friday at the Dorchester gymnasium. Taylor Knudson led TSA with 19 points while Julia Law added nine.



Wildcats pick up first victory of season DALZELL — Hillcrest Middle School’s boys basketball team picked up its first victory of the season with a 40-36 win over Alice Drive on Monday at the Hillcrest gymnasium. Imari Hunt led the Wildcats, who improved to 1-7, with 12 points. Jaquel Chapman added eight points. LEE CENTRAL SPAULDING

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RIVALS from Page B1 to leave the door ajar for the Generals. Trailing 46-44 with 23 seconds left, TSA could not convert and was forced to send Bochette to the line once again. Bochette hit two but Jordan Smith was fouled and hit both shots to cut the lead back to two, 48-46. After forcing a turnover on a five-second violation, the Generals looked to tie or take the lead with 11.9 seconds left, but Brunson stepped out of bounds as he attempted to launch a three off the inbounds. Kinney, who topped the Barons with 14 points, would step to the line and hit two shots to seal the victory. Brent Carraway added 13 for Wilson Hall, which improved to 7-5. Washington scored 17, including nine consecutive General points in the third quarter, while Drew Stengel closed with 11 for Thomas Sumter, which slipped to 6-7. The girls game was a disappointing one for Thomas Sumter head coach B.J. Reed, who couldn’t fault her team’s effort in a 49-31 loss but lamented 32 turnovers and constant struggles in running the offensive set. The game was tied, 6-6, after one quarter before Wilson Hall began to pull away in the sec-

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Mayewood defeated Ebenezer 46-26 on Monday at the Ebenezer gymnasium. Rufus McCray had 12 steals and six points to lead the Vikings. Jerrel Kelley had 13 points and Antonio Anderson had 12.

ond quarter, building a 21-10 halftime lead. The Lady Barons built their advantage to 20, 35-15, with a combination of strong defense and clutch three-point shooting in the third quarter. Hannah Jordan hit two of her three second-half treys in the third while Holly Scott hit her second of the night and Hayley Smoak also connected from long range as Wilson Hall outscored TSA 14-5 in the frame. But it was his team’s defensive effort that most excited Wilson Hall head coach Glen Rector. “Our focus was on defense because I felt like our start to the game was predominantly defensively oriented,” said Rector, whose team advanced to 8-6. “I felt like in the third quarter particularly we were able to run our offense and the people were left open on the outside, and the girls hit the shots. We’ve been working on shooting an awful lot, especially with the guards on the outside shooting, and being able to hit the shot in the third quarter when you are a little bit tired is good, as hard as we’ve been playing.” Jordan and Scott both finished with 10 for Wilson Hall while Mary Peyton Zilch closed with nine and Smoak added eight. Taylor Knudson topped Thomas Sumter with 10 while Julia Law scored all six of her points in the fourth quarter as TSA rallied to within 13 on three occasions before Wilson Hall scored the game’s final five points.

The Sumter boys are coming off a 53-40 victory over Lower Richland on Saturday. The Diamond Hornets beat SHS in the earlier meeting. Brandon Parker had 14 points to lead Sumter, and he has developed into the Gamecocks’ most consistent scoring threat. English said the Gamecocks can be a very steady offensive team as long as it takes care of the basketball. “If we don’t turn the ball over we’ll be fine,” he said. “We’ve been focusing on protecting the ball and taking care of it in practice.” Micah McBride had 13 against LR while Erick White had 11.

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“I think we’ve got out there and played hard just about every game,” Vandevander said. “We’ve lost to (4A No. 2) Spring Valley (twice), (3A No. 2) Lower Richand (twice) and to (3A No. 7) Crestwood (once). We were in all of those games except for the one against Spring Valley (a 65-37 loss) where we just weren’t ready to play.” Christian Hithe, who hasn’t played in three of the last four games, leads the Lady Gamecocks in scoring with a 12.0 average. She is grabbing 5.0 rebounds a game and averages 3.4 steals.


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Tobacco Road schools stumble at start of ACC play better or scores more than Duke — but the Blue Devils simply haven’t been able to defend, ranking 13th in scoring defense and 14th in field goal percentage defense. “We’re a very young team and we get predicted to do something based on me being old,” the 67-year-old Krzyzewski said after the Clemson loss. “That’s the way it is. And we have to measure up to something we probably weren’t good enough to do to begin with.” North Carolina is the ACC’s top offensive rebounding team — but the Tar Heels, the league’s worst team from the freethrow line, are 14th in rebounding defense and have lost five games by six or fewer points. “We just need to get better in so many different areas,” Williams said. “You’re not going to just get your teeth cleaned. You’re going to go get some work done on every tooth.” N.C. State ranks 14th in 3-point shooting and 13th in rebounding margin. Wake Forest is 14th in free-throw shooting, 12th in defending the 3-point line and last in rebounding defense. And everything came together last Saturday in a decidedly imperfect storm. At the same time North Carolina lost by 12 at Syracuse, Wake Forest fell by 15 points at Pittsburgh. Clemson used a strong second half to beat Duke 72-59 and the Wolfpack made it 0-for-4 on Tobacco Road with its 76-45 loss to Virginia.

BY JOEDY MCCREARY The Associated Press RALEIGH, N.C. — Looks as if there’s a dead end on Tobacco Road. Duke, North Carolina, N.C. State and Wake Forest entered the week a combined 3-9 in Atlantic Coast Conference play after losing on the same day for perhaps the first time in the storied history of this hoops hotbed. The Tar Heels (10-6, 0-3) have last place all to themselves. The Blue Devils, Wolfpack and Demon Deacons (each 1-2 in the ACC) are part of an eight-team tie for nextto-last. North Carolina coach Roy Williams said Monday that his team and Duke in particular “really have been pretty doggone good and have stood the test of time.” He wonders if “this is a bad year or a bad month or a bad week or two bad games. Who knows?” Preseason favorite Duke tumbled from No. 7 to No. 23 in two weeks after its worst start to ACC play since 2006-07. A 13-point loss at Clemson last week prompted Hall of Fame coach Mike Krzyzewski to say “we’re not a good team right now.” N.C. State’s 31-point loss to Virginia marked its worst loss in the 15-year history of PNC Arena. Meanwhile, Wake Forest has dropped both of its conference road games by at least 15 points apiece and is 1-26 under fourth-year coach Jeff Bzdelik on the road in ACC play. N.C. State coach Mark Gottfried was talking spe-


LEFT: Virginia’s Justin Anderson (1) blocks the shot of North Carolina State’s Ralston Turner (22) during Virginia’s 76-45 victory in Raleigh, N.C., on Saturday. RIGHT: North Carolina head coach Roy Williams yells to his players in a 57-45 loss to ACC newcomer Syracuse on Saturday.

cifically about his team Monday, but he could have been discussing the rest of his instate rivals when he said “we had a difficult day. We’ve got to get ourselves back up.” Part of the problem for each school has been inexperience. The only Duke starter who was in the program as recently as 2011-12 is point guard Quinn Cook. N.C. State has only three players back from last season. And Wake Forest has been in perpetual rebuilding mode since Bzdelik took over in 2010, with only one fourth-year scholarship senior on the roster for the second straight year. “Even Duke — they’ve


MEN’S TOP 25 The Associated Press The top 25 teams in The Associated Press’ college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Jan. 12, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25thplace vote and last week’s ranking: Record Pts Prv 1. Arizona (61) 17-0 1,621 1 2. Syracuse (4) 16-0 1,560 2 3. Wisconsin 16-0 1,482 4 4. Michigan St. 15-1 1,442 5 5. Wichita St. 17-0 1,300 6 6. Villanova 15-1 1,289 8 7. Florida 13-2 1,205 10 8. Iowa St. 14-1 1,048 9 9. Oklahoma St. 14-2 1,046 11 10. San Diego St. 14-1 1,020 13 11. Ohio St. 15-2 979 3 12. Baylor 13-2 952 7

got young players,” Gottfried said. “People forget that (phenom Jabari) Parker’s a freshman and those type of things. I’m watching North Carolina and they’re playing young guys. We’re playing young guys. So sometimes you


COLUMBIA – The “Best Football Team in Carolina History” will be recognized at halftime of the South Carolina – Ole Miss men’s basketball game on Saturday, January 18. The game will tip at 4:30 p.m. at Colonial Life Arena in Columbia and will be televised on FSN.

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can be very high and very low.” No team has shown more inconsistency than North Carolina — which has wins over three top10-at-the-time teams in Kentucky, Louisville and Michigan State, and loss-


Whisenhunt hired as new Titans coach NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Titans have wrapped up their coaching search by hiring San Diego offensive coordinator Ken WhisenWHISENHUNT hunt as their new head coach and 17th in franchise history. Titans president and CEO Tommy Smith called the hiring a big day in announcing the hiring Monday.

13. Kentucky 14. Iowa 15. Kansas 16. UMass 17. Memphis 18. Louisville 19. Cincinnati 20. Creighton 21. Colorado 22. Pittsburgh 23. Duke 24. Saint Louis 25. Oklahoma 25. UCLA

es to Belmont, UAB and every ACC team they’ve played so far. The Tar Heels also have been dealing with NCAA distractions, announcing last month that they won’t pursue reinstatement for leading scorer P.J. Hairston after his rules violations included using rental vehicles tied to a felon and party promoter in Durham. Guard Leslie McDonald missed the first nine games for receiving improper benefits and North Carolina has lost four of its seven games since his return. The stat sheet points out obvious holes for each team. No ACC team shoots

over Chris Kirk. Bishopville native Tommy Gainey finished tied for 70th at 2 over par. He finished the tournmanent with a score of 282, earning $11,144. ALABAMA HIRES NEW DL COACH

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Southern California defensive line coach Bo Davis is leaving to work at Alabama six days after his hiring. USC announced Monday that Davis was leaving for a similar position with the Crimson Tide. Alabama does not announce such hires until coaches have signed contracts. MCGEE NEW CARDINALS OC

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Louisville coach Bobby Petrino has hired former UAB head coach Garrick McGee as the Cardinals’ offensive coordinator, citing similar philosophies and their long history together.



HONOLULU — Jimmy Walker, an astronomy fanatic and now a two-time winner on the PGA Tour, gazed through a glass window across the room to a television that showed his most recent photo of Orion’s Sword. In a wild final round, where four players were in the mix with an hour to go, Walker followed a clutch par save with three straight birdies to pull away from the pack. He closed with a 7-under 63 for a one-shot victory

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Johnny Manziel confirmed Monday that he has signed with LRMR and Maverick Carter, the longtime friend and associate of LeBron James, to handle some of the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner’s off-field projects. Manziel also said Erik Burkhardt will be his agent and Bradley Beckworth and Jeffrey Angelovich are overseeing his business-related matters. From wire reports

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as many as 12 points in the first half before a late rally from the visiting Gamecocks, who entered the game ranked No. 3 nationally in scoring defense. South Carolina took its first lead of the game within in the first minute of the second half on an Asia Dozier 3-point basket. The Gamecocks extended their lead to 11 points before Auburn’s guards pulled the Tigers to within five in the final minutes. South Carolina, which shot 23-for-34 from the free throw line, hit some clutch foul shots in the final minute to hold on for the comeback victory. After posting a season-low 7 points against Vanderbilt last Thursday, Auburn senior forward Tyrese Tanner led the Tigers offense with 16 points. “South Carolina is a very good team— you’ve got to beat them to get that win,” Auburn head coach Terri Williams-Flournoy said. “Although we had chances and very good opportunities, we didn’t do everything on every single possession to win the basketball game.”

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Brady embraces underdog role in AFC title contest BY HOWARD ULMAN The Associated Press FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — It’s been seven years since the Patriots were underdogs in a postseason game. So Tom Brady isn’t wasting a chance to embrace that role now. If that motivational tactic is good enough for the star quarterback, it’s good enough for his teammates. “If Tom’s going to embrace it, I’m going to embrace it,” New England running back LeGarrette Blount said with a smile on Monday. “That’s the leader of this team, and if that’s how he feels, I’m sure that’s how most of the guys out here feel.” For the first time in 12 postseason games, the Patriots are underdogs in Sunday’s AFC championship matchup with Peyton Manning and the Broncos in Denver. The last time the Patriots weren’t favored in the playoffs was in another conference title game against Manning when he was with Indianapolis in 2007. The Colts rallied at home for a 38-34 win after trailing 21-3 in the final minute of the first half. That also was the Patriots most recent playoff road game. Since then,


Broncos CB Harris out with torn ACL BY ARNIE STAPLETON The Associated Press


New England quarterback Tom Brady said he relishes the underdog role that he and the Patriots are in when they face Denver in the AFC championship game on Sunday.

NFL PLAYOFFS By The Associated Press Divisional Playoffs Saturday Seattle 23, New Orleans 15 New England 43, Indianapolis 22 Sunday San Francisco 23, Carolina 10 Denver 24, San Diego 17 Conference Championships Sunday, Jan. 19 New England at Denver, 3 p.m. (CBS) San Francisco at Seattle, 6:30 p.m. (FOX)

they’re 7-2 at home and 0-2 in Super Bowls. This season, they were underdogs at home against Denver on Nov. 24 but won 34-31 in overtime after trailing 24-0 at halftime.

O’HARE from Page B1 the NFL playoffs on Sunday in Charlotte, dropping a 23-10 decision. But as he has done throughout every moment of his 13-year career, all in Carolina, Smith brought his ‘A’ game to Bank of America Stadium, hauling in five passes for 74 yards, including a 31-yard touchdown reception. Not bad for a guy that had to spend the previous two weeks rehabilitating a sprained knee suffered in the Panthers’ regular-season finale against the Falcons. Speculation was Smith may not be ready to go against the 49ers, but there was no way he was going to miss out on a rare occasion he has only enjoyed two previous times in his career – a home playoff game. “I’m probably going to go home and sleep,” Smith told a large throng of reporters after Sunday’s game. “I have been up at 4 o’clock every morning getting rehab.” No one on either side of the ball on Sunday was surprised to see Smith ready to go. “We never doubted he would play,” said 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh. Neither did 49ers safety Donte Whitner. “ The thing about Steve Smith, he is a tough guy. To him, it’s all about being tough,” said Whitner. “We knew he was going to play.” But that did not mean the 49ers were ready for Smith. He made his first catch on the Panthers’ second play from scrimmage, a simple 6-yard completion that was designed to do more than simply gain yardage. “We wanted to get Steve (Smith) the ball early because we knew that would give him a jolt, give our team a jolt, and give the fans a jolt,” said Panthers head coach Ron Rivera. But the biggest jolt of all came early in the second quarter when Smith hauled in his 31-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Cam Newton, which put the Panthers ahead 7-6. “I’ve never heard this stadium that loud,” Panthers offensive tackle Jordan Gross said. “It felt like the place was shaking.” But in the second half, the 49ers took Smith away, and as a result, put the Panthers away as well. “They did some things, doubling with a safety and other things,” Smith said when asked to explain the secondhalf drought, being careful to avoid any

In their next to last regular-season game, the Patriots (13-4) were underdogs at Baltimore, which had won four straight games, but beat the Ravens 41-7. “I know when we played Baltimore nobody picked us to win,” Brady said during his weekly appearance on WEEI radio. “I’m sure no one’s going to pick us to win this week. We’ve had our backs against the wall for a while. Really, the whole season we’ve lost players, and teams have really counted us out.”

criticism of the play-calling or of Newton. By taking Smith out of the Panthers’ offense, the 49ers exposed what has been a major weakness in Carolina for many years now. They have never been able to find a serious second receiver that provides Smith with the type of playmaker that prevents opposing defenses from concentrating on Smith. The 49ers proved the important worth of having a legitimate No. 2receiver. They acquired Anquon Boldin from the Baltimore Ravens in the offseason to take some of the heat off of Michael Crabtree, and against the Panthers, Boldin hauled in 12 passes for 136 yards. Despite the loss, Smith vowed he would be returning next season. “We have a foundation here. What happened today was a bad ending to a good season,” Smith stated. When asked what needed to be added to the foundation to take the Panthers to the next step, Smith stated “I don’t know.” But Smith should be weary of believing that one winning season in the NFL guarantees a team another winning season the following year. Just ask the Atlanta Falcons, a team most expected to be a serious Super Bowl contender this season, but ended 2013 at 4-12. There is an extremely fine line between winning and losing in the NFL. The Panthers had been on the losing side of this line for a long time before turning things around this season. There is as much a chance that they will slip back in 2014 than move forward. One day — in the not too distant future — there will be a statue of Steve Smith outside of Bank of America Stadium. Smith’s career numbers will also give him a chance for the Hall of Fame. If the voters try to measure toughness, he is a first-ballot inductee. There is simply not more for Smith to accomplish, other than win a Super Bowl. Maybe holding onto the hope of a Super Bowl win will bring Smith back next season. But in the reality of the NFL, the chances of that for the Panthers are very slim. The other harsh reality of the NFL is that Smith’s career could end not on his terms, but on a hit across the middle that tears up a knee. The man has done enough for his franchise and its fans. It is not his fault he cannot go out as a winner. Don’t slowly fade away Steve Smith. That is not how Panthers fans should remember you. Let Sunday’s courageous efforts to get the Panthers to a Super Bowl be the final memory of your 13 years in Carolina.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Last week, Chris Harris marveled at how much Denver’s injury-riddled defense had changed and how not a single player who started against Baltimore in last year’s playoffs would start at the same position against San Diego on the anniversary of that crushing loss. HARRIS “We’ve lost so many guys,” he said, shaking his head. “We’ve gotten good at keeping that next-man-up mentality.” On Monday, it was his turn to get the bad news: He’ll miss the rest of the Broncos’ playoff run after an MRI showed he had a torn ACL in his left knee that will require surgery and at least six months of rehab. “There’s no doubt he’s one of our better performers on defense throughout this season, but ... we’ve lost some pretty good performers throughout the season and this team’s been resil-

PANTHERS from Page B1 never in consecutive years. All-Pro fullback Mike Tolbert says the Panthers are out to change that. “I think we’re on the verge of something special, so I’m excited about the future,” Tolbert said. The Panthers returned to the playoffs for the first time since 2008 going 12-4, winning the NFC South and captur-

ient,” coach John Fox said. Harris was injured in the third quarter of Denver’s 24-17 win over San Diego on Sunday. Fox wouldn’t say if Quentin Jammer will start in the AFC title game when the Broncos (14-3) host the Patriots (13-4) this weekend. “It’s a long list, a long cast,” Fox said. “If I knew right now, I wouldn’t say anyways.” Fox’s options include moving Champ Bailey, a 12-time Pro Bowler who’s been relegated to slot duty after returning from a nagging foot injury last month, back outside or inserting rookie Kayvon Webster into the starting lineup opposite Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. Webster is playing with a cast on his right thumb, which he broke in two places a month ago. Another option is dusting off Tony Carter, who was one of the goats in Denver’s 34-31 overtime loss at New England on Nov. 24 when a punt hit his leg, the Patriots recovered and Stephen Gostkowski kicked the gamewinning 31-yard field goal.

ing the No. 2 seed in the playoffs. It all came to an abrupt end Sunday with a 23-10 loss to the San Francisco 49ers, but coach Ron Rivera still called it a successful season. “We learned a lot about who we are as a football team, a lot about our football players,” said Rivera, who was 13-19 in his first two seasons as Panthers coach. “... I’m pretty fired up about that. I think going forward it means a lot of good things.” But Rivera cautioned that “if we don’t learn

from the games we played this year then we wasted this season. We are not going to do that.” Like every other NFL team, the Panthers have holes to fill and free agents to re-sign. The most pressing need is getting defensive end Greg Hardy under contract. The 25-year-old Hardy is due to become an unrestricted free agent and is expected to command a huge payday after collecting 15 sacks this season and 26 over the past two years.


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LOUISE JENKINS SATELLITE BEACH, Fla. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Louise Stafford Jenkins, 95, of Satellite Beach, widow of Bobbie Whitfield Jenkins, died Friday, Jan. 10, 2014, with her family by her side. Born Feb. 26, 1918, in Sumter, she was a daughter of the late William James and Lou Ethel Frierson Stafford. She was one of nine children and the proud identical JENKINS twin of Francis Stafford Fryfogle, who preceded her in death. Louise was a loving mother to Marshall Whitfield Jenkins and his wife, Catherine, of Melbourne, Fla. Louise is survived by her sister, Myrtle Stafford Sczesny of Anderson, Ind.; and several nieces and nephews. She was a Red Cross Grey Lady at Satellite High School in Satellite Beach in the early 1970s.

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TAMALA Y. TONEY COLUMBIA â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Tamala Yvette Toney, 52, died Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014, at Palmetto Health Richland hospital, Columbia. She was born June 14, 1961, in Sumter, a daughter of Dorothy Randolph Toney and the late Luke Toney II. She was a member of Goodwill Presbyterian Church, USA, Mayesville. She also attended services at Bible Way Church of Atlas Road, Co-

lumbia. She attended Sumter County schools and graduated from Sumter High School in 1979. She received a bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree in social work from Winthrop University and a masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree in social work from the University of South Carolina. She was a member of TONEY Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. She was an advocate for the well-being of children in South Carolina and it showed in her work as development coordinator for Wateree Community Actions Head Start Program, Sumter; social worker at Pendleton Place group home in Greenville; review board coordinator for the Governorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office, Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Foster Care Review Board, Columbia; program coordinator, South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Bureau of


Community Services in Columbia; and director of program monitoring and compliance for South Carolina First Steps to School Readiness, until her death. She is survived by her mother, Dorothy of Sumter; brother, Luke Toney III of Sumter; two sisters, Dorolita Toney of Decatur, Ga., and Linda Campbell of Washington, D.C.; nephew, Jamari Campbell of Washington, D.C.; and three aunts, Ethel Toney Gamble of Baltimore, Md., Corine Toney Brooks of Washington, D.C., and Lucy Randolph Singleton Lee of Baltimore. She also leaves behind a godson, Kyler Faust of Columbia; and a godsister, Tia Lawson (Joseph Lawson) of Sumter. The Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Ivy Beyond the Wall Ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. today at the Hayes F. & LaNelle J. Samuels Sr. Memorial Chapel, 114 N. Church St., Manning.


Celebratory services for Ms. Toney will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Goodwill Presbyterian Church (USA), 295 N. Brick Church Road, Mayesville, with the pastor, the Rev. Dr. Ella F. Busby, officiating, and the Rev. Dr. Franklin D. Colclough Sr. and the Rev. Carnell Hampton assisting. Burial will follow in Hillside Memorial Gardens, Sumter. Ms. Toney will lie in repose one hour prior to funeral time. The family is receiving friends at the home of her mother, 25 Phillips St., Sumter. In lieu of flowers, send memorial gifts to Goodwill Presbyterian Church, USA, Building Fund, 295 N. Brick Church Road, Mayesville, SC 29104 or Oncology Cares Foundation, 166 Stoneridge Drive, Columbia, SC 29210. These services have been entrusted to Samuels Funeral Home LLC of Manning. SEE OBITUARIES, PAGE B6



A-Rod sues MLB, union to overturn drug ban BY LARRY NEUMEISTER & RONALD BLUM The Associated Press NEW YORKâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; Alex Rodriguez sued Major League Baseball and its playersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; union Monday, seeking to overturn a season-long suspension imposed by an arbitrator who ruled there was â&#x20AC;&#x153;clear and convincing evidenceâ&#x20AC;? he used three banned substances and twice tried to obstruct the sportâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s drug investigation. As part of the lawsuit filed in federal court in Manhattan, the New York Yankees third baseman made public Saturdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 33-page decision by arbitrator Fredric Horowitz, who shortened a penalty originally set at 211 games last August by baseball Commissioner Bud Selig for violations of the sportâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s drug agreement and labor contract. Horowitz, who technically chaired a three-man panel that included a representative of MLB and the union, trimmed the penalty to 162 games, plus all postseason games in 2014. â&#x20AC;&#x153;While this length of suspension may be unprecedented for a MLB player, so is the misconduct he committed,â&#x20AC;? Horowitz wrote. Rodriguez in his suit claimed the Major League Baseball Players Association â&#x20AC;&#x153;completely abdicated its responsibility to Mr. Rodriguez to protect his rightsâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;this inaction by MLBPA created a climate in which MLB felt free to trampleâ&#x20AC;? on Rodriguezâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s confidentiality rights. Rodriguez asked for the court to find MLB violated its agreements with the union, that the union breached its duty to represent him and to throw out Horowitzâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s decision. The three-time AL MVP five years ago admitted using performanceenhancing drugs while with Texas from 2001-03 but has denied using them since. MLBâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s investi-

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New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez sued Major League Baseball and its playersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; union on Monday seeking to overturn a season-long suspension imposed by an arbitrator who ruled there was â&#x20AC;&#x153;clear and convincing evidenceâ&#x20AC;? he used three banned substances and twice tried to obstruct the sportâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s drug investigation.

gation of Biogenesis of America, a Florida antiaging clinic, was sparked after the publication of documents last January by Miami New Times. Anthony Bosch, the clinicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s head, agreed in June to cooperate with MLBâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s investigation, and Rodriguezâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lawyers attacked his credibility because of that agreement, which included reimbursement for the costs of lawyers and security. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The benefits accorded to Bosch under that arrangement did not involve inducements that the panel considers to be improper,â&#x20AC;? Horowitz wrote. Horowitz concluded Rodriguez used testosterone, human growth hormone and Insulin-like growth factor-1 in 2010, 2011 and 2012 in violation of baseballâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Joint Drug Agreement. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Direct evidence of those violations was supplied by the testimony of Anthony Bosch and corroborated with excerpts from Boschâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s personal composition notebooks, BBMs (Blackberry messages) exchanged between Bosch and Rodriguez, and reasonable inferences drawn from the entire record of evidence,â&#x20AC;? Horowitz wrote. Horowitz said Rodriguez was introduced to

Bosch by A-Rod cousin Yuri Sucart, who knew Bosch through Jorge â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oggiâ&#x20AC;? Velazquez. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Contrary to the claim of Rodriguez, the challenges lodged to the credibility of Boschâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s testimony do not effectively refute or undermine the findings of JDA violations,â&#x20AC;? the arbitrator wrote. Horowitz concluded MLB was justified in citing violations of the collective bargaining agreement because Rodriguez â&#x20AC;&#x153;played an active role in inducing Bosch to issue his own public denial on Jan. 29â&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;attempted to induce Bosch to sign a sworn statement on May 31â&#x20AC;? saying he never supplied the player. Rodriguez did not testify in the grievance, walking out after Horowitz refused to order Selig to testify. In determining the length of the penalty, Horowitz cited a 2008 decision in a grievance involving Neifi Perez in which arbitrator Shyam Das ruled â&#x20AC;&#x153;separate uses are subject to separate disciplines.â&#x20AC;? He said under the discipline system for positive tests, Rodriguez would be subject to at least 150 games for three violations of 50 games. But Horowitz thought Seligâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s initial penalty was too severe. Biogenesis founder Anthony Bosch, left, talks about providing banned substances to Alex Rodriguez during a interview in New York that aired Sunday on 60 Minutes. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

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JEFFREY A. SOLES Jr. Jeffrey â&#x20AC;&#x153;Coltâ&#x20AC;? Adam Soles Jr., age 25, beloved husband of six years to Aimee Dianne Baillie Soles, died on Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center. He was born in Birmingham, Ala., a son of Jeffrey Adam Soles Sr. and Susan Brown Humphries. Colt loved to write and was working on a SOLES novel. He loved to hunt, fish, read history books and dreamed of traveling the world with his family. He was a wonderful person who would always do anything for anyone who needed his help and will always be missed and remembered as a very loving husband, son, father, brother and friend. Surviving in addition to his wife and parents are a son, Robbie Endress Soles; a daughter, Lorolee Endress Soles; four brothers, Bobby Soles, River Soles, Hugh Humphries IV and Zane Mooneyhan, all of Sumter; two sisters, Tara Scout Soles and Zoe Mooneyhan, both of Sumter; and a stepmother, Tammi Soles of Sumter. A funeral service will be held at 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Bullock Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Al Sims officiating. Pallbearers will be his son, brothers and best friends. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service on Wednesday from 4 to 5 p.m. at Bullock Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, P.O. Box 78960, Phoenix, AZ 85062-8960. You may sign the familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s guest book at The family has chosen Bullock Funeral Home of Sumter for the arrangements.

MIKE BARKLEY Troy Michael â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mikeâ&#x20AC;? Barkley, 55, husband of Selina T. Barkley, died Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center. Born in Sumter, he was a son of the late Troy M. and Elise Brown Barkley. Mr. Barkley was

a member of Ashwood Nazarene Church. He was employed for many years by Eaton Corp. and later with Sanders Brothers. Survivors include his wife of Bishopville; two children, Brandon Barkley (Amanda) of Bishopville and Lauren Barkley Zeiler (Scott) of Sumter; five grandchildren, Troy, Dalton, Addison, Hunter and Grace; two sisters, Donna Griffin (Bruce) and Sarah Jackson (Tommy), both of Sumter; a special cousin, Linda Johnston; and a special friend, Bubba Greene. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Ashwood Nazarene Church with the Rev. T.W. Mitchell and the BARKLEY Rev. Harold Kirkland officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Pallbearers will be Bubba Greene, Scott Christmas, Clint Jackson, Chase Keller, Jason Curry and Delano Rogers. Honorary pallbearers will be David Curry and Daniel Cook. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at ElmoreCannon-Stephens Funeral Home and other times at the home. Memorials may be made to Ashwood Nazarene Church, 2145 Greene Lane, Bishopville, SC 29010. Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home and Crematorium of Sumter is in charge of the arrangements.

INEZ WHEELER LINDER COLUMBIA â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Inez Wheeler Linder, 92, of Columbia, widow of Virgil Finch Linder Sr., passed away Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014. Mrs. Linder was born May 1, 1921, in Andrews, a daughter of the late William Pharow Wheeler and Sarah Alice Powell Wheeler. She grew up in the Earls community of Williamsburg County and graduated from Williamsburg High School. Mrs. Linder was a longtime resident of Bishopville until she moved to Columbia to live with her son. She was a member of Bethlehem United Methodist Church in Bishopville. Surviving are her son, Virgil Finch Linder Jr. (Sherry) of Columbia; six grandchildren, Virgil Finch Linder III (Swati), Anderson Alley Linder





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(Sandy), Margaret Manning Wheeler Hearn (Keith), George Patrick Linder, Paige Hixon Sailors (Richard) and Allan â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jayâ&#x20AC;? Franchot Hixon Jr. (Laura); and five great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Linder was predeceased by her daughter, Jacqueline Linder Hixon of Athens, Ga.; five sisters; and a brother. Visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. today at Caughman Harman Funeral Home, Bush River Chapel, followed by a graveside service at 1 p.m. at Bethlehem Methodist Cemetery in Bishopville. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Bethlehem United Methodist Church, 115 W. Church St., Bishopville.

HARRISON MAYRANT Harrison Mayrant, 64, died Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, at his home in Sumter County. Born April 11, 1949, in Sumter County, he was a son of James E. and Elizabeth Miller Mayrant. The family will receive friends and relatives at the family home, 5490 Dais Road, Rembert. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Williams Funeral Home Inc. of Sumter. SUSAN B. BENNETT Susan B. Bennett, 67, entered into eternal rest on Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, at her home after a brief illness. Born Dec. 6, 1946, in Sumter County, she was a daughter of the late George Edward and Maybell Bracey. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time. Arrangements have been entrusted to Sumter Funeral Service Inc. JOHN HAZEL LOWERY Jr. NEW YORK, N.Y. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; John Hazel Lowery Jr., 63, husband of Lorri Kline Lowery, died Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, at Hospice Care, New York. He was born Sept. 28, 1950, in New Zion, a son of Pearline Epps Lowery and the late Joh Hazel Lowery Sr. The family is receiving friends at the home of his mother, 1162 Subdivision Road, New Zion. These services have been entrusted to Samuels Funeral Home LLC of Manning.

VIOLA C. FURMAN Viola Choice Furman, 86, widow of Henry Furman Sr., entered eternal rest on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center. Born June 5, 1929, in Sumter, she was a daughter of the late Raffield Choice and Martha Singleton. She received her education in Sumter. She joined St. Paul AME Church-Shaw at an early age and served as a member of the outreach, stewardess and senior missionary ministries. Survivors are her children, three sons, Henry (Emma) Furman Jr., Frankie Lee (Bessie) Furman and Terry (Barbara) Furman, all of Sumter, and three daughters, Shirley Green, Mary Washington and Deloris (Walter) Vaughn, all of Sumter; two brothers, Edward (Louise) Choice of Sumter and Daniel (Nancy) Choice of Washington, D.C.; one sisterin-law, Lillian Choice; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Viewing will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. today. Funeral services will be held at noon Wednesday at St. Paul AME Church-Shaw with Pastor Eric Dent assisted by the Rev. Lou Conyers. Burial will be in the church cemetery. The family is receiving visitors at the home, 4040 McCrays Road, Sumter. Online memorials can be sent to comfhltj@sc. Community Funeral Home of Sumter is in charge of the arrangements. MAXIE ROCK Jr. Maxie â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dukeâ&#x20AC;? Rock Jr., 71, husband of Mary Stephens Rock, departed this life on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, at his home in Sumter County. Born March 10, 1942, in Sumter County, he was one of eight children born to Loutelia Dwyer Rock and the late Maxie Rock Sr. He attended the public schools of Sumter County. Maxie was a member of Cedar Grove Missionary Baptist Church. until the time of his passing. He leaves to cherish his precious memories: his wife, Mary Stephen Rock; his mother, Loutelia Dwyer Rock; three children, Larry (Marie) Rock and Darry Rock, both of Sumter, and Ernie (Tonya) Rock of Florida; one stepson, Tarus (Denice) Stephens of Sumter; two brothers, James (Veronica) Rock and Landa Rock; two sisters, Learline Session

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and Loutelia Parham; one special aunt, Willie Mae Gary of Norford, Va.; 20 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; one sister-in-law, Ruby (Jerome) Goodwine of Charleston; two special nephews, Erick (April) Session of Columbia and James L. Session of Sumter; two special cousins, Norman (Deloris) Dwyer of Sumter and Ethel Mae McGhaney of Trenton, N.J.; a host of other relatives and friends. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Herman, Herbert Lee and Jimmie Lee Rock; two children, Elaine and Barbara Jean Holmes; one niece, Abrianna Leola Session; one nephew, Tyrone Thompson; his mother-in-law, Maggie Prince; and his father-in-law, Howard Thomas. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Cedar Grove Missionary Baptist Church, U.S. 401 North, Sumter, with the Rev. Daniel Bennett, pastor, eulogist, assisted by the Rev. Charles Joe, the Rev. Roosevelt McFaddin and the Rev. Dr. D.L. Grant. The family is receiving friends and relatives at his home, 235 Brooklyn St., Sumter, and at the home of his mother, Loutelia Dwyer Rock, 956 Oswego Road, Sumter. The remains will be placed in the church at 12:30 p.m. The funeral possession will leave from his home at 12:50 p.m. Floral bearers and pallbearers will be family and friends. Burial will be in Cedar Grove Missionary Baptist Churchyard cemetery, Sumter. Online memorial messages may be sent to the family at Visit us on the web at Services directed by the management and staff of Williams Funeral Home Inc. of Sumter.

RITA C. LeTEMPT Rita Lina Cranford LeTempt, age 65, beloved wife of Stephen Francis LeTempt, died on Friday, Jan. 10, 2014, at Providence Hospital in Columbia. Born July 6, 1948, in Germany, she was a daughter of the late Al and Margaret Cranford. She will be remembered as a very giving and hardworking woman. She loved all animals and would take in any and all strays. She was

very involved in the SPCA and all her pets were animal rescues. She owned and operated Wholesale Auto Parts Store in Sumter for more than 40 years. She loved her family, especially her grandson Paul. She will be missed by all that knew her and will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend. In addition to her husband, she is survived by one son, Christopher LeTempt and his wife, Toni, of Bentonville, Alaska; one brother, Bill Cranford of Florida; two sisters, Shirley Booher and her husband, David, of Kansas and Donna Mack of Oklahoma; and one grandson, Paul LeTempt. Services will be private. Memorials may be made to the Sumter SPCA, 1140 S. Guignard Drive, Sumter, SC 29150. You may sign the familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s guest book at The family has chosen Bullock Funeral Home of Sumter for the arrangements.

BOSSIE BROWN Jr. Bossie Brown Jr., 66, departed this life on Monday, Jan. 13, 2014, at Solari Hospice Care in Las Vegas, Nev. He was born April 8, 1947, in Ossining, N.Y., a son of the late Bossie Sr. and Helen Dye Brown. The family is receiving friends at the home of his daughter, Melissa (John) Stinnett, 2900 Lower Lake Drive, Sumter, SC 29154. Funeral plans are incomplete and will be announced later by Jobâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mortuary Inc. of Sumter.

WILLIS N. CONYERS COLUMBIA â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Willis Nehemiah Conyers, husband of Doreen Toebermann Conyers, peacefully exchanged time for eternity on Monday, Jan. 13, 2014, at his residence. Born May 30, 1958, in Clarendon County, he was a son of the late Eugene â&#x20AC;&#x153;Soxâ&#x20AC;? and Ethel Mack Conyers. The family is receiving relatives and friends at the residence, 309 Longwood Road, Columbia, SC 29209. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Fleming & Delaine Funeral Home and Chapel.

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LEGAL NOTICES Estate Notice Sumter County

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

Gwendolyn C. Dubose #2013ES4300001

Personal Representative Randolph A Dubose 2636 Hilldale Drive Sumter, SC 29154


Legal Notice Mayor This is a Nonpartisan election, and no party affiliation shall be placed on the ballot The polls shall open at 7:00 A. M. on Election Day and closed at 7:00 P. M. At 10:00 A. M. on Election Day, the poll managers will begin examining the absentee ballot return envelopes. This examination will be held in the Sumter County Election Commission office in the Sumter County Courthouse, Sumter, SC. On Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 9:30 A. M. at the Sumter County Registration/Election Commission Office 141 N. Main Street Room 114, the Pinewood Municipal Election Commission will hold a hearing to determine the validity of any ballots challenged in this election, canvass votes cast in the Election and Certify the results of the election.


Leon Kelley #2013ES4300612

Personal Representative Charlotte Kelley 2121 Greenville Circle Sumter, SC 29154

Estate: Raymond J. Mathis, Jr. #2013ES4300614 Personal Representative

Margaret L. Gowder 116 Richmond Farms Circle Lexington, SC 29072

Hamilton Burgess Brogdon, III #2013ES4300008

Personal Representative

James Gregory Lewis 2965 Tidewater Drive Sumter, SC 29150


Estate: Herbert Edward Wright #2013ES4300003

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Personal Representative Diane M. Gillis C/O Kenneth R. Young, Jr. Attorney At Law 23 West Calhoun Street Sumter, SC 29150

Found at the Kangaroo gas station on Oswego Hwy. female hound. Contact SPCA 773-9292.


Shirley M. Ditmer #2013ES4300012

Personal Representative Peggy Sue Ditmer Cotterman C/O Kenneth Hamilton Attorney At Law PO Box 52359 Sumter, SC 29152


Esther Winter Schlemmer #2013ES4300006

Personal Representative

David A. Schlemmer and Marc W. Schlemmer C/O John E. James Attorney At Law Po Box 329 Winnsboro, SC 29180 Estate:

Alice L. Lancaster #2013ES4300002

Personal Representative Donald Brooks 921 Anchor Street Philadelphia, PA 19124


Dennis L. Jackson #2013ES4300011

BUSINESS SERVICES Business Services Got door dings on your car?? Call me at Humdinger Dent Repair 803-840-2008


Philip Ray Fidler #2013ES4300009

Personal Representative

Eleanor Fidler 570 Pringle Street Sumter, SC 29150 Estate:

Mary L. Lowery #2013ES4300004

Personal Representative

Paula Jefferson PO Box 271 Mayesville, SC 29104

Legal Notice Estate:

Ethel M. Colclough #2013ES4300617

Personal Representative Glenda Colclough Fulwood 13 Buttercup Street Sumter, SC 29150


Naomi Stewart Amos #2013ES4300613

Personal Representative Mary Amos Duerod 13714 Weatherstone Circle Charlotte, NC 28278

TOWN OF PINEWOOD The Municipal Election Commission of the Town of Pinewood announces a Special Election for the Town of Pinewood will be Tuesday March 11, 2014. Any persons wishing to register to vote in this election must do so no later than February 8, 2014. The Sumter County Voter Registration office will be open on February 8th 2014 from 10:00 - 12:00 noon for those wishing to register to vote in this election. There is no filing fee. The

following office shall included in this election:

Pets Old English/Blue Pitbull Pups. 8 wks old. 1st shots & de-wormed. Text/call for pics. $75. 803-847-0138.

MERCHANDISE Firewood 1 /4 Coard $20 Fill your trunk for $20 Call 666-8078 or 883-1750

Garage, Yard & Estate Sales LARGE GARAGE SALE 1st & 3rd Weekend Tables $1 & Up FLEA MARKET BY SHAW AFB

Open every weekend. 905-4242

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

For Sale or Trade Steel Building Allocated Bargains. 40x60 on up. We do deals. www.gosteelbuildin Source #18X 803-335-2030 Wheelchair for sale. Like new condition. $125.00. Call 803-481-8227 or 491-5255 Washers, Dryers, Refrigerators, Stoves. Also new Gas stoves. Guaranteed. 803-464-5439 Firewood for Sale Will Deliver. Call 803 651-8672

Help Wanted Full-Time

Mobile Home Rentals

The #1 Furniture Retail Company in the U.S. is seeking highly motivated individuals with outgoing personalities to join our Sales Team. Candidates must have a working knowledge of computers. They will be required to build sales volume by providing superior customer service and knowledge of product and finance options. This full time position is based on a flexible work schedule that includes evenings, Saturdays & some holidays. Offering unlimited income potential based on commission and bonuses. Guaranteed salary during training process. Send resume to 2850 Broad St., Sumter, SC 29150.

Scenic Lake 2Br, 1Ba. No pets. Call between 9am - 5pm ONLY! (803) 499-1500.

Help Wanted Part-Time Thomas Sumter Academy in Rembert, SC, is seeking an applicant for a part-time General Ledger Bookkeeper. Some of the requirements are: preparing balance sheet and income statements on a monthly basis, reconciling bank accounts, creating and maintaining budget figures, maintaining the financial aid account, and being responsible for all accounts receivable collections and other related duties. Please contact/send resume to Susan Hux, Administrative Assistant, at or call 803.499.3378.

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

Electrical work. New & Repair Call 803-499-4127

Work Wanted

Home Improvements

I will sit with elderly or sick. Will provide ref/exp. Call 803-236-3603 for more info.

WINTER-SPECIAL - 20% Awnings, Patio Covers, Screen Rooms Ventu-Lite Inc 773-9545

Personal Representative

Eleanor S. McDowell 111 Dorian Drive Simpsonville, SC 29680



Roofing All Types of Roofing & Repairs All work guaranteed. 30 yrs exp. SC lic. Virgil Bickley 803-316-4734. Robert's Metal Roofing, 35 Yrs Exp. 18 colors & 45 yr warranty. Financing avail, 803-837-1549.

Tree Service A Notch Above Tree Care Full quality service low rates, lic./ins., free est BBB accredited 983-9721 The Tree Doctor Any size tree removal & stump grinding. Trimming & clearing. No job too big or small. Call 775-8560 or 468-1946. We accept credit cards and offer senior discounts Ricky's Tree Service Tree removal, stump grinding, Lic & ins, free quote, 803-435-2223 or cell 803-460-8747. STATE TREE SERVICE Worker's Comp & General liability insurance. Top quality service, lowest prices. 803-494-5175 or 803-491-5154


Sofa/Buffet table $200, Bar stools wood pr $50, Crystal Lamps $50, Wood dining chairs $15, Photo emailed 435-8075 Manning. Vinyl Bay-Window already framed. Ready to install $900. Call 803-469-3925 Split Oak Firewood, $60/dump, $70/stacked. Darrell Newman 803-316-0128. Tree Service also available. Expert Tech, New & used heat pumps & A/C. Will install/repair, warranty; Compressor & labor $600. Call 803-968-9549 or 843-992-2364 Hickory & Oak firewood. Seasoned/Green $65 Delivered. Notch Above Tree Service. 983-9721

RENTALS Unfurnished Apartments 2BR/2BA very nice large Apt. located in town. Call 803-236-5953 Senior Living Apartments for those 62+ (Rent based on income) Shiloh-Randolph Manor 125 W. Bartlette. 775-0575 Studio/1 Bedroom apartments available EHO

Unfurnished Homes

EMPLOYMENT Help Wanted Full-Time Established Heating and Air Conditioning Company looking for an experienced HVAC service technician. Must have experience, a valid driver's license, people skills, good personality. Great benefits offered and top pay! Send responses to PO Box 2378 Sumter SC 29151 Upscale salon seeking Cosmetologists, Braiders for 2014. Increase your revenue. 803-847-4776

Lease with option to buy. 200 Crestwood: 4 br, 2 ba, LR, DR, kitchen, utility room, & den. $900 mo. Owner financing for qualified renter. h- 775-8840 or c- 491-4026 Available Feb. 1st. 1001 Arnaud St. 2 br, 2 ba, townhouse. Stove, refrig, $750 mo. + dep. 773-5436 In Town Manning 3BR 2BA Brick house $800 Mo/Dep Call 803-473-7577 121 Haynesworth St - 2BR/1BA, LR, DR, Utility room, HW floors, fenced in back yard, $595/mo + $1000/dep. Agent Owned Call 803-468-1612.


4BR/2BA in Paxville, Living Rm, Dinning Rm, Family Rm, eat in kitchen, central A-C, 452-5544 or 704-615-5622 2, 3 & 4/BR's Trailers for rent, Cherryvale & Dogwood Area $250 & up. (803) 651-9926 American MHP, 2 & 3/BRs, lot rentals, water/sewer/garbage pkup inc'd. Sec. 8 ok. 803-494-4300.


Boats / Motors 1994 Grumman 174 Side console alum. boat with trailer. 1994 50HP Johnson $2900 Contact 803 428-7890


Vans / Trucks / Buses

2 & 3 BRs 803-494-4015

Auction 2009 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab, 4WD 1997 Chevy S-10 Ext. Cab, OS Tires Details and Bidding at Rafe Dixon, SCAL 4059 (803) 774-6967

Resort Rentals Vacation Rentals Santee, Garden City Beach Michelle Hodge, 803-491-4914

Commercial Rentals Autos For Sale Guignard Storage: 57 Neal St. Personal storage units. No deposits. Call 803-491-4914 862 E Liberty St Storage/Retail/ Office 1550 Sq Ft. $250 Mo. Agent Owned Call 803-236-2425

REAL ESTATE Homes for Sale 7 room house, over 1.25 ac. Part. Furnished Asking $38,000 Call 803-406-5582. FSBO: 2 Br $45,000, 3 Br, $65,000. Good starter home or rental. Call 803-983-9671.

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

Holiday Special 150 cars $5,000 or less $$$ CASH $$$ Price is Right Auto Sales 3210 Broad St 803-494-4275

OPEN Ernest Baker Auto Sales & Equip. Located 3349 N. Main St 5.5 miles from 378 overpass at N. Main., on Hwy 15 N. next to Baker Mini Warehouse. Remember Cars are like Eggs, Cheaper in the Country!!! 803-469-9294 93' Olds Achieva, Like new 105K Mi $3,000 Call 469-3014 2008 Chevy Impala LS (2 to choose from), 2008 Mazda 6, 2006 Volkswagen Jetta (2 to choose from) 2008 Honda Accord EXL. Call R & R Motors 803-494-2886

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

3 & 4BR Doublewides in Dalzell. Owner Financing with large down payments. 803-983-8084

Land & Lots for Sale Multiple lots for sale: 803-236-8495 ask for Bruce.


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