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Bynum on notice Sumter High, SWEET 16 has superintendent in crosshairs BY BRADEN BUNCH The Sumter School District Board of Trustees have given Superintendent Randolph Bynum until their next board meeting in three weeks to come up with game plans on how to tackle several issues facing the school system, with the implication that his job

hangs in the balance of his response. After a special meeting that began Monday and concluded SCHULTZ early Tuesday morning, including a six-hour marathon executive session to discuss personnel, Chairman Keith Schultz read a

statement to the remaining crowd on hand expressing the concerns of the board regarding the direction of the disBYNUM trict. “In tonight’s executive session discussion, the board identified a number of problems that we believe must be

effectively ad- FOLLOW THE STORY ONLINE issues, comdressed by munity relaCheck online for further updates the superintions, numerto any decisions made by tendent and ous employee Sumter School District his staff,” issues, and Board of Trustees. Schultz read. morale “While we renot be realize that solved overthese matters including varinight, we believe they must ous issues at Sumter High be effectively addressed at the School, the SWEET 16 proSEE BOARD, PAGE A10 gram and related copyright


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• Ferdinand Burns, president of the local branch of National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, said the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on Tuesday to strike down a part of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 is “the first shot of the second Civil War.” The 5-4 decision rendered useless Section 4 of the law, which established a “coverage formula” to determine which states and local governments with a history of voting discrimination against blacks, Native Americans and Hispanics would have to get Washington’s approval before changing local election laws. • By a 4-3 vote, Sumter County Council on Friday approved a $44 million budget for 2013-14 that includes a 1.7-mill increase in ordinary county property taxes just days before the deadline. Council had previously deadlocked with Councilwoman Vivian Fleming-McGhaney abstaining, sending the budget back to the drawing board. Several residents at Friday’s meeting spoke mostly against the tax increase, citing reserve funds that could be used to cover the deficit and concerns about the cost to residents. The budget also includes a cost-of-living increase for sheriff’s deputies and emergency medical personnel. Council Chairman Larry Blanding, Eugene Baten, Vivian FlemingMcGhaney and Naomi Sanders voted to pass the measure. • Sumter School District Board of Trustees members discovered during their meeting June 24 that Chief of Schools Cassandra Dixon is the owner of the SWEET16 teacher evaluation system, not the school district itself. Superintendent Randolph Bynum said he asked Dixon to copyright the program and defended the decision, saying it was done in order to protect the district’s interests. Dixon said there are no attempts to profit financially from the copyright and said the district owns the data and what has been developed. However, she also said the system is hers to take with her if she chooses to leave the district. • Both sides have filed new motions in the ongoing legal battle between Tuomey Healthcare System and the federal government. Federal prosecutors entered a motion last week that Tuomey’s management team and board of directors are to blame for “permitting the damages and penalties to amount to the level ultimately found by the jury.” The motion supported the judge’s request that the hospital pay more than $237 million to the government after it was found guilty of violating Stark Law and the False Claims Act.

Ann Dennis owns this firework stand off Pinewood road where Debbie Mooneyham, who has worked it for 17 years, said she has watched children grow up and bring their own little ones back to shop.

Tri-county area preps for July 4th BY JADE ANDERSON AND KEN BELL; Special to The Item Members of the Sumter’s Elk Lodge didn’t want Sumter to go without a celebration this Fourth of July. “We do it every year, but it used to be free for memBY THE bers only,” NUMBERS said Jeanette Roveri, leading 9,600 — Number of knight. fireworks-related injuries “Everytreated in U.S. hospital body used emergency rooms in 2011. to go to 17,800 — Estimated Dillon number of reported fires Park, but since Shaw started by fireworks including canceled 1,200 structure fires, 400 theirs, we vehicle fires and 16,300 outside decided at and other fires that year. a board $32M — Estimated meeting value of property damaged in that we’d like to offer those fires with no reported something deaths. to the 26 — Percentage of injury communivictims under the age of 15 in ty in its 2011. The risk of fireworks place.” injury is highest for children Put on ages 5-19 and adults 25-44. by the 20th Fighter 61 — Percentage of 2010 Wing at emergency room fireworksShaw Air related injuries were to the Force Base extremities; 34 percent were in cooperato the head. tion with the City of Source: National Fire Protection Sumter and Association Sumter County since 2001, Jammin’ July 4th was canceled in May because of military SEE JULY 4th, PAGE A7

TOP: Tokyo Joe, a band from Columbia, plays an original song Friday night on Main Street as part of the Downtown Sumter Friday Nights concert series. ABOVE: Hundreds of Sumterites crowd Main Street as the band begins to play on Friday night. LEFT AND RIGHT: Children dance in the street as Tokyo Joe plays “You Give Love a Bad Name” by Bon Jovi at the event.

State Sen. Thomas McElveen, D-Sumter, serves up a cold one to Sid Singleton, second from left, as Harold Daigle listens in on Friday. PHOTOS BY ROB COTTINGHAM / THE ITEM

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Pinewood approves 2013-14 spending plan Pinewood Town Council members approved a 2013-14 fiscal year budget before a June 30 deadline with one councilwoman abstaining from voting. Councilwoman Frances Lester said she was unsure if the meeting was being legally held after noting a typo in the meeting’s agenda that listed 6:30 p.m. Saturday as the time of the meeting instead of the intended 10 a.m. “I don’t know that we can still hold the meeting if this agenda was posted like this,” Lester said. “Someone could

come back up here at 6:30 and expect a meeting.” Councilwoman Sarah Mathis suggested returning to Pinewood Town Hall at 6:30 p.m. to meet with any residents who came expecting a meeting. According to Lester, her fellow council members later decided to return to Town Hall just in case. Following a budget workshop held June 20 at Pinewood Town Hall, Lester also had several problems with the process, noting she thinks council needs to hold its public hearing again. Council members held a nominal public hearing in June. Lester thinks, however,




the hearing is invalid because Mayor Al Pridgen did not technically open the floor for public input on the budget. Municipal bodies must have two readings and a public hearing in order to pass their budgets for the coming fiscal year. “I just want to make sure that everything is done the right way,” Lester said. Lester said Saturday that she was doing the exact same by abstaining from voting, but Councilman Leonard Houser disagreed. He cited an advertisement that ran in Friday’s Item noting the correct time of the meeting. “According to what we printed in The Item, our

meeting was called at 10 a.m.,” he said. “In accordance with that posting, we have convened a meeting, and we have approved the budget.” That budget calls for $170,595 for the town’s general fund and $140,500 for the water-wastewater account for the coming year. The numbers are not far from ones first approved in May, but differ greatly from those set during a June 20 workshop that saw the general fund sit at about $180,295. “(At the workshop), we talked about how it would need to be tweaked,” Mayor Al Pridgen said Monday. “Holt and Holt (an account-

ing firm out of Florence that handles Pinewood’s financial statements and accounting) tweaked it. There were a few line items that didn’t need to be in there.” One was the building fund, Pridgen said. “We just had all that building renovation last year,” he said. Pinewood remodeled part of town hall after a rainstorm caused significant storm and mold damage last summer, spending less than $5,000. “We now have a balanced budget,” Pridgen said. Reach Robert J. Baker at (803) 774-1211.

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Sumterite will serve on NRECA youth council Winfield “Scott” Harvin Jr. of Sumter has been chosen to represent South Carolina on the Youth Leadership Council of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. Harvin will attend the YLC Conference from July 20-24 in Washington, D.C. The event includes leadership and team building exercises, meeting with congressional staffers who are “alumni” of NRECA’s Electric Cooperative Youth Tour and a competition to select the NRECA’s National Youth spokesperson. “For years, it has been my dream to make a difference to the youth of this country,” said Harvin, a member of Black River Electric Coop. in Sumter. “I am inspired to better my fellow man and desire to be the one to bring about that change.”


First responders are seen at the scene of a wreck Saturday. A car traveling south on Deschamps Road about 12:35 p.m. left the roadway and struck a fence, ending up on its roof in the yard of a home on Trillium Lane. The driver was able to exit the vehicle but was airlifted to Palmetto Health Richland for treatment of a head injury. Separately, another vehicle partly overturned on Bethel Church Road near Furman Road about 2 p.m., causing responders to close the road while the driver was airlifted by helicopter from Furman Middle School.

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Candidates file papers for Ford’s former seat CHARLESTON — Nearly a dozen people are seeking to replace a former South Carolina state senator who resigned two months ago amid ethics allegations. Billy Shuman is the only GOP candidate to file for state Sen. Robert Ford’s seat. Seven Democrats are running, including Emmanuel Ferguson, Margaret Rush, Herbert Fielding, Maurice Washington, John Edwards, Robert Thompson and Marlon Kimpson. The Democratic primary is being held Aug. 13. If necessary, a primary runoff would be two weeks later. The special election will be Oct. 1. Two Libertarian candidates are filing, with the candidate being picked at party’s Aug. 10 convention. Ford resigned in May during a Senate Ethics Committee probe.

The Lee County Historical Society focuses on bringing to residents interesting speakers and sharing programs that focus on historical persons and events. As with all community activities, however, the historical society could not exist without the full support of its membership base. The July 9 meeting of the historical society is the most important meeting for members and prospective members to attend this year. There will be nominations

and elections of officers for 2013-14 and planning sessions that will direct the society’s activities for the new membership year. Current members are especially encouraged to attend. Refreshments will be available, and an opportunity will be provided to share time with citizens who are concerned with and involved in the progress of Bishopville and Lee County. The Lee County Historical Society is a nonprofit organization that encourages individuals to become interested in local, state and national history. It serves the people of Lee County and surrounding

areas without regard to race, religion or creed. There is no charge for attending the meetings, and all are welcome to attend whether or not they are members of the society. No reservations are needed. Meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. and are hosted by the South Carolina Cotton Museum, 121 W. Cedar Lane, Bishopville. From Sumter take U.S. 15 north to Bishopville, turn left at the third traffic light; the museum is the second building on the left. For more information, call (803) 4283646.

Police seek 3 in Friday carjacking FROM STAFF REPORTS Three men are being sought after a carjacking was reported Friday night at West Liberty Street branch of Bank of America. At approximately 10:20 p.m., officers from the Sumter Police Department responded to the scene where the 59-year-old victim said three black males presented a semiautomatic handgun and demanded he get out of his vehicle, empty his pockets and give them the cash he had removed from the ATM. After

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Big Medicaid gap looms in Obama health care law WASHINGTON — Nearly 2 in 3 uninsured low-income people who would qualify for subsidized coverage under President Obama’s health care law may be out of luck next year because their states have not expanded Medicaid. An Associated Press analysis of figures from the Urban Institute finds a big coverage gap developing, with 9.7 million out of 15 million potentially eligible adults living in states that are refusing the expansion or are still undecided with time running short. That a majority of the neediest people who could be helped by the law may instead remain uninsured is a predicament unforeseen by Obama and congressional Democrats who designed a sweeping extension of the social safety net. The law’s historic promise of health insurance for nearly all U.S. residents would not be fulfilled as envisioned. It’s the direct consequence of last summer’s Supreme Court decision that gave states the right to opt out of the Medicaid expansion, combined with unyielding resistance to the law from many Republican state lawmakers. Expanding Medicaid is essential to Obama’s two-part strategy for covering the uninsured. Starting next year, middle-class people without job-based coverage will be able to get tax credits to help them buy private insurance. But the law calls for lowincome people to enroll in Medicaid, expanded to accommodate a largely excluded group: adults with no children at home. Expanded Medicaid would cover about half the 25 million to 30 million people who could be helped by the law. Twenty-three states and the District of Columbia have decided to accept the expansion, which is fully financed by Washington for the first three years and phases down gradually to a 90 percent federal share. Among those are six states led by Republican governors. But the majority of low-income Americans newly eligible for Medicaid under the law live in states such as Texas, Florida and Georgia, where po-

litical opposition remains formidable. “Because of the Supreme Court’s decision making Medicaid expansion optional with the states, we’re going to see some pretty significant differences in this country from one place to another in terms of access to health care and access to health insurance,� said Gary Cohen, the Health and Human Services official overseeing the rollout of the law. Speaking this past week at the Brookings Institution, Cohen added: “We are going to have an opportunity ... to take a look at that in a year and see what difference it made, the choices that were made at the political level to do one thing rather than another. “And that’s going to be a pretty profound difference and a pretty profound choice that we get to make every couple of years about what kind of country we want to be,� Cohen continued. Elections for state offices and Congress will be held next year. Republican state lawmakers continue to oppose the expansion for several reasons. Many think Medicaid has too many problems already. Others worry that Washington will renege on financing, and some think health care is an individual responsibility, not a government obligation. “It’s an ideological principle piece to us on the conservative side,� David Gowan, Arizona’s Republican House majority leader said recently.


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DHEC asks court to rule on hospitals swered because the law requiring DHEC to review and approve new nursing homes, hospital expansions, new medical facilities and new equipment that costs more than $600,000 still remains on the book, even if there is no money to pay for it. Several groups that represent hospitals and other medical businesses predicted a court fight. “In an effort to avoid a multitude of costly, duplicative legal actions, DHEC petitioned the S.C. Supreme Court this morning to resolve the legal questions presented by these events,� DHEC spokesman Mark Plowden said in a statement. The Supreme Court will have to decide whether it wants to take up the case. Haley has said she vetoed the money for the program because she thinks it’s an impediment to the free market and is no longer needed. Before she became governor, Lexington Medical Center, where she

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Portable shelters couldn’t save 19 Arizona firefighters PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) — Trapped by a wildfire that exploded tenfold in a matter of hours, a crack team of firefighting “Hotshots� broke out their portable emergency shelters and rushed to climb into the foil-lined, heat-resistant bags before the flames swept over them. By the time the blaze had passed, 19 men lay dead in the nation’s biggest loss of firefighters in a wildfire in 80 years. The tragedy Sunday evening all but wiped out the 20-member Granite Mountain Hotshots, a unit based at Prescott, authorities said Monday as the last of the bodies were retrieved from the mountain in the town of Yarnell. Only one member survived, and that was because he was moving the unit’s truck at the time. The deaths plunged the two small towns into mourning as the wildfire continued to threaten one of them, Yarnell. Arizona’s governor called it “as dark a day as I can remember� and ordered flags flown at half-staff. In a heartbreaking sight, a line of white vans carried the bodies to Phoenix for autopsies. “I know that it is unbearable for many of you, but it also is unbearable for me. I know the pain that everyone is trying to overcome and deal with today,� said Gov. Jan Brewer, her voice catching several times as she addressed reporters and residents at Prescott High School in the town of 40,000. The lightningsparked fire — which spread to 13 square miles by Monday morning — destroyed about 50 homes and threatened 250 others in and around Yarnell, a town of 700 people in the mountains about 85 miles northwest of Phoenix, the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Department said. About 200 more firefighters joined the battle Monday, bringing the total to 400. Among them were several other Hotshot teams, elite groups of firefighters sent in from across the country to battle the nation’s fiercest wildfires. Residents huddled in shelters and restaurants, watching their homes burn on TV as flames lit up the night sky in the forest above the town. It was unclear exactly how the firefighters became trapped, and state officials were investigating. Brewer said the blaze “exploded into a firestorm� that overran the crew. Brian Klimowski, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Flagstaff, said there was a sudden increase and shift in wind around the time of the tragedy. The blaze grew from 200 acres to about 2,000 in a matter of hours. Southwest incident team leader Clay Templin said the crew and its commanders were following safety protocols, and it appears the


Dean Smith watches as a fire encroaches on his home in Glenn Ilah on Sunday near Yarnell, Ariz. The blaze started Friday and picked up momentum as the area experienced high temperatures, low humidity and windy conditions.

fire’s erratic nature simply overwhelmed them. The Hotshot team had spent recent weeks fighting fires in New Mexico and Prescott before being called to Yarnell, entering the smoky wilderness over the weekend with backpacks, chainsaws and other heavy gear to remove brush and trees as a heat wave across the Southwest sent temperatures into the triple digits. Arizona Forestry Division spokesman Mike Reichling said all 19 victims had deployed their emergency shelters as they were trained to do. When there is no way out, firefighters are supposed to step into them, lie face down on the ground and pull the fire-resistant fabric completely over themselves. “It’ll protect you, but only for a short amount



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ABOVE: Sumter County Sheriff Anthony Dennis congratulates Rashaud Urquhart on winning the YouthBuild SWAG (Students Walking After Greatness) presentation competition on Thursday at South Sumter Resource Center. Participants of the program made presentations in the form of speeches on character traits, such as courage, integrity and initiative, that are vital to growth as a individual and professional person. LEFT: Participants of the SWAG program listen to one of their fellow classmates give his speech on Thursday.

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Jonathan Toney, 32, and Kaseem Muhammau Elam, 32, were arrested June 23 and charged with being felons in possession of a firearm. Toney was also charged with open container in a vehicle. At 3:22 p.m., a woman reported that after a dispute with Toney, Toney and “his boys� had come to her home in the 4000 block of Pantego Drive with guns. Deputies stopped Toney, Elam and two other men in a van on Pantego and detained them. A loaded, black 9 mm Ruger handgun was reportedly found in the center console, as well as an open container of beer. Both Toney and Elam are prohibited from possessing a firearm. Perry Moore, 48, of 230 S.C. 261, Apt. 12, Wedgefield, was arrested Wednesday and charged with being a fugitive and failure to register as a sex offender. At 9:38 a.m., Moore was taken into custody by U.S. Marshals on three counts of failure to register in New Haven, Conn. Ray Mayo, 50, of Ocala, Fla., was arrested June 23 and charged with possession of heroin. Mayo was reportedly pulled over for speeding near the 135 mile marker on Interstate 95. A bag on the rear seat reportedly contained 300 “hits� of suspected heroin. David Everett Green, 24, was arrested June 23 and charged with firstdegree burglary. At 3:59 p.m., Green reportedly

broke into a home in the 4800 block of Huckabee Road by prying open the back door. He then reportedly stole $200 in cash and an unknown number of chips, crackers, PopTarts and honey buns. A witness reported seeing Green behind the house eating something, and when the victim called Green’s cellphone, his voice could reportedly be heard coming from the corn field behind the house. An investigator photographed a chip bag in the yard and followed boot tracks into the corn field, where packaging for other snacks were located and placed into evidence. Celestino Anthony Gonzalez Jr., 20, of 2806 Wise Drive, was charged Wednesday with indecent exposure. Gonzalez was reportedly being booked into Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center on a charge of public disorderly conduct about 10:26 p.m. on June 25. While being fingerprinted by a female officer, Gonzalez reportedly exposed himself to her. Shanese M. Davis, 25, of 1199 N. Lafayette Drive, Apt. 4, was arrested Thursday and charged with burglary. On May 28, Davis reportedly entered a home on Acres Circle, attempted to steal a TV and struck a 14-yearold boy at the home. The victim later identified Davis in a photo lineup. Virginia Lynn Hendrix, 49, of 4095 Furman Field Road, Rembert, was arrested Fri-

day and charged with misuse of 911. At 4:20 a.m., Hendrix reportedly called 911 to report a shooting. She reportedly hung up and called back four times while giving “very little information� while using profanity. When officers arrived, Hendrix claimed her son had been shot next door, but officers spoke to the son and he was uninjured. Daniel Joseph Washington, 28, of 23 Grace Lane, was arrested Thursday and charged with driving under suspension, second offense, and simple possession of marijuana. At 9:19 p.m., Washington was reportedly stopped for speeding in the 1600 block of U.S. 15 South. He reportedly admitted he did not have a driver’s license, and approximately 1 gram of marijuana was recovered from his pants pocket. ARSON:

A blue 1997 Ford Mustang on the 200 block of Manhattan Avenue was reportedly set on fire at 2:16 a.m. Tuesday, causing damage to the vehicle estimated at $2,500. POINTING AND PRESENTING:

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At 12:58 p.m. Tuesday, a man reportedly sold two firearms, a handgun and an AR-15, to two men in the parking lot of a grocery store in the 1300 block of Cherryvale Drive for $1,900 in 19 $100 bills. The man later discovered the bills were counterfeit. DRUGS RECOVERED:

During a dispute with a neighbor Saturday, a man in the 4700 block of Huckabee Road was reportedly threatened with the police being called on the “marijuana plants in his backyard.� The man then discovered a flower pot with an apparent marijuana plant in it behind his house. The marijuana was turned over to the sheriff’s office. CAR CHASE:

At 2 a.m. Tuesday, a car carrying three people was reportedly seen speeding on North Main Street near Calhoun Street. The car led law enforcement on a chase northbound on Main Street, then turned onto Vining Street, striking a fire hydrant on the corner, then came to a stop

on Pinson Street when the front rear tire came off the axle. A male driver and female passenger then fled on foot. Another passenger told law enforcement he only knew the driver as “Black.� A .25-caliber handgun was recovered from the car’s floorboard. ASSAULT:

At 1:40 a.m. Thursday, a woman reportedly dropped off a 40-year-old man at his home in the 5400 block of Mayrant Road in Rembert, where the man reportedly punched the woman in the jaw and pointed a gun in her face. STOLEN PROPERTY:

A silver 2013 Chevrolet was reportedly stolen from the first block of Copeland Drive at 9 a.m. Tuesday. A woman reportedly placed her 9-month-old child then went back inside to get the child’s bag. When she came back, the child had been placed on the ground and a 19-year-old woman was driving away in the car. The car was later recovered. It is valued at $20,355. A jukebox, a 47-inch flat-screen TV and $50 in cash were reported stolen from the 7900 block of Camden Highway in Rembert at 9:18 a.m. Wednesday. The



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Lincoln High School Class of 1964 will hold a class reunion meeting at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 9, at South Sumter Resource Center, 337 Manning Ave. Election of new officers will be held. Call Frances Woods at (803) 7733804, Lillie R. Wilson at (803) 775-9088 or Bertha Willis at (803) 775-9660.

The Ashwood Central High School Classes of 1976 and 1977 will meet at 5 p.m. Sunday, July 14, at McDonald’s in Bishopville. Plans are being made for the class reunion scheduled for Aug. 2-4. Reunion costs: $30 per person or $60 per couple. Contact Debra Martin Mickens at (803) 229-2445 or Barbara Mathis Wactor at (803) 660-6706.


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A Youth Athletics of Sumter (YAS) flapjack fundraiser will be held 7-10 a.m. Saturday, July 6, at Applebee’s, 2497 Broad St. All proceeds raised will help the organization purchase equipment, pay for officiating and securing fees and provide insurance for the youth. Tickets are $7 and can be purchased at the door or by calling (813) 7869265.

The National Federation of the Blind (Sumter Chapter) will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 9, at Shiloh-Randolph Manor, 125 W. Bartlette St. Mary Howell, representative of Melaleuca Wellness Co., will speak. Transportation provided within the mileage radius. Contact Debra Canty at (803) 775-5792 or via email at Call the 24-hour recorded message line at (206) 376-5992 to place ads for the “Commemorative Album.”



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got him fired from the job. Happily for Borglum, Sen. Peter Norbeck of South Dakota noticed the increased Georgia tourism generated by publicity for Stone Mountain. It was his idea to carve into his state’s Black Hills, but Borglum suggested the presidential panorama. “Rushmore” chronicles the massive undertaking to complete Mt. Rushmore over the course of decades and at the then astounding cost of $1 million. To put its scale in some perspective, Egypt’s ancient Sphinx would fit between the end of George Washington’s nose and his eyebrow. Despite the vast scale and difficulty, no workers would die during the massive project. Borglum would die of an embolism in 1941, leaving his son Lincoln to complete the project — though not

on the scale that his father envisioned. Sen. Norbeck’s dream was certainly fulfilled. Mt. Rushmore remains South Dakota’s most popular tourist attraction.

Tonight’s Other Highlights • “So You Think You Can Dance” (8 p.m., Fox, TV-14). • The third degree on “Pretty Little Liars” (8 p.m., ABC Family, TV14). • “Nine for IX” presents “Venus vs.” (9 p.m., ESPN), a profile of Venus Williams. • An unhappy reunion on “Rizzoli & Isles” (9 p.m., TNT, TV-14). • Robin Givens gueststars on “Twisted” (9 p.m., ABC Family, TV14). • One fiasco follows another on “Deadliest Catch” (9 p.m., Discovery, TV-14).

• Alien abductions on “Perception” (10 p.m., TNT, TV-14).

Series Notes Murder on “NCIS” (8 p.m., CBS, r, TV-PG) * Holiday stress on “Hart of Dixie” (8 p.m., CW, r, TV-PG) * “Big Brother” (9 p.m., CBS) * “America’s Got Talent” (9 p.m., NBC, TV-PG) * “America’s Next Top Model” (9 p.m., CW, r, TV-14) * A hotel maid becomes a “Person of Interest” (10 p.m., CBS, r, TV-14) * Megan stays mum on “Body of Proof” (10 p.m., ABC, r, TV-14).

Late Night Charlie Sheen, Tony Hale and Dropkick Murphys appear on “Conan” (11 p.m., TBS, r) * Ciara, Dan Levy, Heather McDonald and Kurt Braunohler are booked on “Chelsea Lately” (11

p.m., E!) * Mark Harmon, Amy Schumer and Luke Bryan are on “Late Show With David Letterman” (11:35 p.m., CBS, r) * Bradley Cooper, Heidi Klum and TheDream & Kelly Rowland on “The Tonight Show” (11:35 p.m., NBC, r) * Armie Hammer, Arden Hayes and Ciara appear on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (11:35 p.m., ABC) * Julia Louis-Dreyfus and He’s My Brother She’s My Sister on “The Late Late Show” (12:35 a.m., CBS, r).

Cult Choice A country estate becomes crime scene in the 2001 mystery “Gosford Park” (8 p.m., Sundance), directed by Robert Altman and written by Julian Fellowes (“Downton Abbey”). © 2013, United Feature Syndicate





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Time caught up with the Voting Rights Act “But history did not end in 1965.” — Chief Justice John Roberts on Tuesday


ASHINGTON — Progressives resent progress when it renders anachronistic once-valid reasons for enlarging the federal government’s supervisory and coercive powers. Hence they regret Tuesday’s Supreme Court ruling that progress has rendered Section 4 of the 1965 Voting Rights Act unconstitutional. This section stipulates the formula by which nine states and some jurisdictions in others are brought under Section 5, which requires them to get federal permission — “preclearance” — for even the most minor changes in voting procedures. The 15th AmendGeorge ment empowers Con- WILL gress to enforce with “appropriate legislation” the right to vote. Sections 4 and 5 were appropriate 48 years ago, when the preclearance provisions were enacted for five years. They have been extended four times, most recently in 2006 for 25 years. The VRA is the noblest legislation in American history, more transformative than the 1862 Homestead Act, the 1862 Morrill Act (land-grant colleges) or the 1944 GI Bill of Rights. But extraordinary laws that once were constitutional, in spite of being discordant with the nation’s constitutional architecture, can become unconstitutional when facts that made the law appropriate change. The most recent data, such as registration and voting rates, on which Section 4 is based, are from 1972. The data would have been 59 years old when the most recent extension would have expired in 2031. Tuesday’s decision prevents this absurdity that Congress embraced. In 2009, in a case in which the court chose not to rule on the continuing constitutionality of the VRA’s formula, the court — Chief Justice Roberts writing for the majority — clearly challenged Congress to update the VRA because it “imposes current burdens and must be justified by current needs.” On Tuesday, Roberts tersely said Section 4 is “based on decades-old data and eradicated practices.” The 2006 extension was passed by votes of 390-33 and 98-0 in the House and Senate, respectively. Justice Antonin Scalia suggested during February’s oral argument that these numbers indicated not conviction based on reflection about continuing necessities but rather the reluctance of risk-averse legislators to vote against something with the “wonderful” name Voting Rights Act. Scalia should have cited the actual name of the 2006 extension: the “Fannie Lou

Hamer, Rosa Parks, and Coretta Scott King Voting Rights Act Reauthorization and Amendments Act.” It is anti-constitutional to argue that it would have been admirable “restraint” for the court to respect Congress’ decision to extend all of the VRA — whether from conviction, cowardice or sloth — regardless of what the court has called the act’s “substantial federalism costs.” Tuesday’s decision came nine years after a presidential election in which most of the states where higher portions of whites than blacks were registered were in states (e.g., Massachusetts) not covered by Section 5. The decision came eight months after a presidential election in which AfricanAmericans voted at a higher rate than whites. It came when in a majority of the nine states covered by the preclearance requirements, blacks are registered at a higher rate than whites. It came when Mississippi has more black elected officials — not more per capita; more — than any other state. The Supreme Court’s 1896 Plessy v. Ferguson decision affirming the constitutionality of racial segregation in separate but supposedly equal public accommodations rejected the idea that such segregation imposed a “badge of inferiority.” But of course it did, as the court acknowledged in its 1954 school desegregation ruling. And during oral argument in February, Justice Stephen Breyer suggested the VRA remains constitutional because it acknowledges the South’s continuing moral inferiority. He likened Southern racism to a dormant but still dangerous disease: “Imagine a state has a plant disease, and in 1965 you can recognize the presence of that disease. ... Now, it’s evolved. ... But we know one thing: The disease is still there in the state.” Breyer’s insinuation was that we “know” the covered jurisdictions remain uniquely diseased, or potentially so. Tuesday, Roberts’ response was that (in words from a prior court ruling) “the constitutional equality of the states is essential to the harmonious operation of the scheme upon which the Republic was organized.” Section 5 is now a nullity because it lacks force absent a Section 4 formula for identifying covered jurisdictions, and today’s Congress will properly refuse to enact another stigmatizing formula. On Tuesday, however, the court paid the VRA the highest possible tribute by saying the act’s key provision is no longer constitutional because the act has changed pertinent facts that once made it so. George Will’s email address is © 2013, Washington Post Writers Group

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Item uses Deen as excuse to bash Democrats Once again, we have been shown how The Item’s editorial staff can start with a couple of apples and whip them into a bushel of fruit salad. I refer to “Deen falls victim to left’s hypocrisy” (June 28), which points out that Ms. Deen’s reputation, business dealings and public perception have been attacked — destroyed, possibly — by scandalizing, self-gratifying media sources of the type that pounce on anything or anyone who might provide the slightest reason for sensational exposure. The Sun, National Enquirer and Nancy Grace come to mind. Do you ever see one of their covers that doesn’t have the word “shocking” on it somewhere? It seems, though, that The Item feels it necessary to demonstrate from time to time that its scatological skills are the equal of its bigcity brethren. Ms. Deen’s predicament is an example of how simple, everyday occurrences can be whipped into a frenzy of disapproval by those looking for something to scourge; actual fact-finding or rational reporting are optional. It is not my intent to criticize or chastise her; actually, I sympathize with her defenselessness. What I don’t understand is how The Item starts there and launches into a diatribe against Democrats. It is no news to say that there are Democrats with faults and checkered histories. But I am frankly astonished at The Item’s suggestion that all Democrats, and them only, are the red-handed cause of all the world’s ills, as opposed to Republicans who alone must be the blessed, righteous and worthy of reciting the Boy Scout oath, while their undeserving Dafter-their-name brethren should be cast into the outer darkness where they can gnash their teeth and be deservedly ignored. Come on now people — really? For that matter, has anyone even investigated the possibility that Ms. Deen could perhaps herself be — hush you, chile — a Democrat? LEONARD D. GARNEAU Manning

Bynum at center of school district’s problems Has anyone checked with Atlanta’s public school district to determine if they knew that Cassandra Dixon was working on SWEET 16

while employed with them? Doesn’t she know if it was developed while working as an employee of that district that they will be entitled to the copyright? How many times are these people going to be allowed to lie to the board? She stated that she has no intention to profit from SWEET 16, however, she has made presentations at two conferences. Did the school district pay for her to present her privately owned program? This smells of unethical behavior and conflict of interest. In the same board meeting, she admitted that she can charge the district a fee for SWEET 16 — not that the district should ever consider purchasing it. Principals have to make her program a success or at least look like a success so that she ultimately gains from it. Wow. Is this not a serious ethics violation? Who is at the center of all of Sumter School District problems? Mr. Randolph Bynum instructed Dr. Cassandra Dixon to perform this unethical act. Mr. Bynum placed Mr. Harris (Sumter High principal) in a position he is not prepared to manage, and as a result we are under a SLED investigation. Mr. Bynum moved all these teachers, some for political payback, and as a result, we are losing some great teachers. Mr. Bynum has not performed half as well as Dr. Jefferson or Dr. Baker. We need change now. DAMIEN SCARBOROUGH Sumter

Millage increase will be just another hardship While I understand the need to fund the infrastructure of the county, I must strenuously object to the proposed 1.7-mill increase. Just last year, property was appraised and many of us received tax increases. My property was appraised at $132,000; because of the sale of foreclosed homes in my neighborhood, I would be lucky to get $100,00 for my house at this time. I am on a limited income. After my house payment increased $85 a month due to my tax “readjustment” from the appraisal, another increase so soon, no matter how small, would be just another hardship. If the county wants to increase property taxes, then we homeowners should have another opportunity to have our appraisal readjusted. Why should I pay property taxes based on a number

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Court never said voting act no longer needed After reading Mr. Holmes’ letter of June 27 I felt compelled to respond. The Supreme Court “did not” say that the 1965 Voting Rights Act is no longer needed and racial bigotry and practices of racism and Jim Crow Jr. does not exist. The court said that the voting record shows that rules for deciding which areas are trying to suppress the vote are outdated and need to be changed by Congress. The court upheld that after such changes are made by Congress to better identify areas that suppress the vote then those areas identified should have to seek the government’s permission before changing voting laws in their areas. Mr. Holmes asked, “How can the Supreme Court state that the 1965 Voting Rights Act is irrelevant?” Well, they never said it was irrelevant. They said it was being applied unfairly by a set of outdated rules. They left it up to Congress to create a new set of rules to determine which states are suppressing the vote. The writer goes on to make some wild accusations that are not direct but are rather conveyed to sway the emotional opinion of the readers. He even references an ongoing legal case in Florida that has not been proven either way except in the minds of people who were not present who are not looking at all the facts. So now I will make similar arguments for the sake of arguing which is what I love to do. In 2008 and later again in 2012 it has been proven and people have gone to jail for voting multiple times. One clear example is in Ohio where a single woman voted twice for each member of her family including herself. Her votes alone negated all the votes that my family members who live in Ohio could have placed. Their right to vote was stolen by someone who voted based on race. Where is their voice? Why didn’t they have the chance to have their votes count? JOHN GAYDOS Wedgefield Editor’s note: Because this letter exceeded the 350-word length as stated in our Editorial Page Policies which appears regularly on this page, it can be read in its entirety under Opinion on The Item’s website,




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Variable clouds, a couple of t-storms

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24 hrs ending 4 p.m. yest. ............ 1.38" Month to date .............................. 0.91" Normal month to date .................. 0.16" Year to date ............................... 25.05" Normal year to date .................. 22.95"

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Gaffney 82/69 Spartanburg 80/68


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made the same brief speech. The large attendance can most likely be attributed to a series of issues facing the district’s administration and trustees in recent months, including the South Carolina Department of Education announcing last month they have requested the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division launch a criminal investigation into the testing practices at Sumter High School. The request for the SLED investigation came after the education department conducted its own audit of the local school in April during annual High School Assessment Program – or HSAP – testing. Auditors with the department described the testing conditions and practices at Sumter High as some of the worst they had ever seen. Last week, a spokesman with SLED said the agency was looking into the matter, but had yet to determine whether to launch a full investigation. Shortly after the SLED request, year-long complaints of low teacher morale at the school apparently came to fruition, as district records indicated nearly 40 teachers at the district’s largest school would not be returning in the coming school year. According to the district’s own records, a vast majority of those teachers leaving the school chose on their own accord to leave the district entirely. A few others retired or were not offered new contracts, and about 10 teachers from Sumter High were transferred to other schools within the local public school system.


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next Board meeting, July 22, 2013.” The chairman went on to say the superintendent, who was inside the executive session with the board, has been made aware of the situation, and that the board will “afford Mr. Bynum a reasonable time to formulate a response to our concerns. At this time, the Board will by necessity reserve judgment on the quality and promise of his response.” Otherwise, the board remained tight lipped afterward to the specifics that were discussed. “We continue to be in deliberations,” Schultz said, coming out of the executive session around 10:45 p.m. to update the crowd, adding he could not provide a timeframe for the meeting to finish. This was the third time on the night Schultz had briefly spoken with the crowd. With discussions of a personnel report the only item on the special meeting’s agenda, trustees went into executive session shortly after opening the meeting at 6 p.m. Despite the single-issue executive session agenda, more than 60 people filled the meeting room of the district headquarters on Wilson Hall Road, most of whom awaited the return and actions, if any, by the board. After nearly two hours of executive session, Chairman Keith Schultz came out and addressed the crowd, informing them that the closed-door session was expected to continue “at least another hour, at a minimum.” Many of the audience members left at this time, only to return shortly later and begin waiting again. An hour later, however, Schultz returned and


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Columbia 84/71 Today: Clouds and sun with a couple of showers and a thunderstorm. Wednesday: A couple of showers and a t-storm, mainly later.

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Student loan rates double without Congress’ action WASHINGTON (AP) — College students taking out new loans for the fall term will see interest rates twice what they were in the spring — unless Congress fulfills its pledge to restore lower rates when it returns after the July 4 holiday. Subsidized Stafford loans, which account for roughly a quarter of all di-

rect federal borrowing, went from 3.4 percent interest to 6.8 percent interest on Monday. Congress’ Joint Economic Committee estimated the cost passed to students would be about $2,600. “It’s kind of surprising; that’s a big jump,” said Rebecca Ehlers, an Iowa State University senior majoring in math.


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Williams loses to Lisicki in stunner BY MATTIAS KAREN The Associated Press LONDON — Serena Williams joined a growing list of marquee names eliminated early at this wild and unpredictable Wimbledon. The defending champion and five-time Wimbledon winner failed to close out a see-saw third set Monday, dropping the last four games to SaLISICKI bine Lisicki of Germany and losing 6-2, 1-6, 6-4 in the fourth round. The result ended Williams’ career-best 34match winning streak. It was the latest in a string of improbable exits to jolt the tour-

nament, with defending champion Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal knocked out in the first three days along with Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka. “I probably couldn’t be more disappointed,” Williams said. “I think I may have backed off of a success. I was playing something successful. I didn’t continue that path. The result didn’t go the way it could have gone had I continued to play the way I did in the second set.” Her loss left top-ranked Novak Djokovic and No. 2 Andy Murray as the only pre-tournament favorites still standing. Those two stayed on course for a meeting in the final by winning in straight sets on Centre Court.

Djokovic ousted German veteran Tommy Haas after Murray beat Mikhail Youzhny of Russia. Neither player has dropped a set en route to the quarters. Williams hadn’t either before this match. But after dropping the first against Lisicki, she won nine straight games to lead 3-0 in the third. The players then traded breaks to give Williams a 4-2 lead, but the American couldn’t win another game despite having four break points at 4-3. Lisicki converted her second match point with a forehand winner. “I’m still shaking,” Lisicki said in a post-match interview, covering her face with her hands to wipe away tears. “I’m just so happy.”


Serena Williams reacts during her 6-2, 1-6, 6-4 loss to SaSEE SERENA, PAGE B4 bine Lisicki in the Round of 16 at Wimbledon on Monday.

P-15’s leading Greenwood BY DENNIS BRUNSON It was a throwback night at Riley Park on Monday with wood bats and ON THE stirNET rup socks Read the in the full story Amerof Monday’s conican test online at Legion www.theitem. basecom ball game between Sumter and Greenwod Post 20. And the P-15’s had a throwback to their game last month at Greenwood when they beat the Braves 7-2 using the same wooden bats. Sumter had 11 hits as it led Greenwood 9-0 through seven innings in a game that had its start delayed for an hour due to rain. The P-15’s brought a 17-5 record into the contest, while Greenwood was 17-7 entering the game. Andrew Reardon started on the mound for the P-15’s, his second appearance after not pitching for a year due to a torn labrum in his left throwing

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Greenwood’s Matthew Bridges stretches for second base after avoiding the tag of Sumter shortstop Phillip Watcher after getting caught in a rundown during Monday’s game at Riley Park. The P-15’s led 9-0 after seven innings.

shoulder. After throwing 3 1/3 scoreless innings on a 35-pitch count in a 10-0 win over Camden last week, Reardon was on a 50-pitch count against Greenwood. He ended up throwing 61 pitches, again in 3 1/3 innings. He didn’t allow a hit or any runs while striking out seven and walking three. Phillip Watcher came on in relief of

Kenseth takes win in rescheduled race BY GARY GRAVES The Associated Press SPARTA, Ky. — Matt Kenseth has raced long enough to know that rough starts can still have good outcomes. EspeKENSETH cially when his crew chief takes chances. Case in point was Kenseth’s fuel-only pit stop gamble that helped him beat Jimmie Johnson late to win the rescheduled 400-mile NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race Sunday at Kentucky Speedway. A race that was Johnson’s to lose ulti-

Forfeit wins put Jets in driver’s seat

mately became Kenseth’s series-high fourth victory of the season — and third on a 1.5-mile track — after crew chief Jason Ratcliff passed on putting new tires on the No. 20 Toyota following the race’s ninth caution. “I thought he was slightly crazy when that happened,” said Kenseth, who widened his lead when the field went fourwide after the restart on lap 246 and saw Johnson’s No. 48 Chevy spin from second place on a day he led three times for 182 of 267 laps. “I didn’t think there was any way that we were going to SEE KENSETH, PAGE B5

Reardon and was very effective as well. The right-hander retired the first seven batters he faced, the final six coming via strikeout. The Braves got their first hit of the game with two outs in the sixth when Matthew Bridges hit a slow roller between Phillip Watcher and Reardon. now at first base. Watcher dove to get SEE SUMTER, PAGE B2

AMERICAN LEGION STANDINGS LEAGUE III L Pct. GB Sumter 1 .929 Camden 6 .600 4 1/2 Cheraw 6 .500 6 Hartsville 11 .267 9 1/2 Manning 11 .214 10 Sunday Sumter 15, Potomac Valley, W.Va., 7 Monday Greenwood at Sumter Hartsville at Cheraw, late Today Cheraw at Manning-Santee (DH), 5 p.m. Camden at Sumter, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday Sumter at Cheraw, 5 p.m. Thursday Florence at Sumter, 7:30 p.m. W 13 9 6 4 3

QUAKER STATE 400 RESULTS The Associated Press Sunday At Kentucky Speedway Sparta, Ky. Lap length: 1.5 miles (Start position in parentheses) 1. (16) Matt Kenseth, Toyota, 267 laps, 131.6 rating, 47 points, $200,451. 2. (23) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 267, 104.1, 42, $153,915. 3. (15) Clint Bowyer, Toyota, 267, 117.4, 41, $146,078. 4. (11) Joey Logano, Ford, 267, 113.2, 40, $130,338. 5. (4) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 267, 109.5, 39, $139,743. 6. (27) Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, 267, 86.5, 38, $116,455. 7. (19) Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, 267, 94.7, 37, $121,810. 8. (12) Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 267, 95.9, 36, $130,871. 9. (3) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 267, 138.8, 37, $142,771. 10. (22) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 267, 95.3, 34, $131,571. 11. (21) Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, 267, 101.3, 33, $100,510. 12. (1) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 267, 81.5, 33, $105,885. 13. (5) Marcos Ambrose, Ford, 267, 82.8, 31, $112,699. 14. (7) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 267, 85.1, 30, $119,193. 15. (18) Aric Almirola, Ford, 267, 73, 29, $122,521. 16. (10) Juan Pablo Montoya, Chevrolet, 267, 75.7, 28, $110,974. 17. (13) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford, 267, 68.8, 27, $129,946. 18. (31) Casey Mears, Ford, 267, 63.5, 27, $109,393. 19. (14) Jeff Burton, Chevrolet, 267, 81.4, 25, $91,285. 20. (25) Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 267, 64.7, 24, $127,210.

21. (2) Carl Edwards, Ford, 267, 95, 24, $127,110. 22. (17) A J Allmendinger, Toyota, 267, 70.2, 22, $106,443. 23. (29) Danica Patrick, Chevrolet, 267, 57.2, 21, $82,060. 24. (26) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 267, 63, 0, $103,968. 25. (28) David Stremme, Toyota, 267, 58.4, 19, $93,768. 26. (38) David Ragan, Ford, 265, 41, 18, $98,882. 27. (36) David Reutimann, Toyota, 263, 45.7, 17, $81,185. 28. (34) David Gilliland, Ford, 262, 47.8, 17, $80,560. 29. (42) Ken Schrader, Ford, 262, 33.9, 15, $77,960. 30. (24) Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 259, 47.9, 14, $107,876. 31. (9) Brian Vickers, Toyota, accident, 240, 74.2, 0, $86,320. 32. (35) J.J. Yeley, Chevrolet, engine, 165, 35, 12, $78,710. 33. (8) Brad Keselowski, Ford, 153, 58.2, 11, $131,101. 34. (20) Greg Biffle, Ford, 151, 42.8, 10, $95,610. 35. (6) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, accident, 147, 84.2, 9, $97,360. 36. (30) Landon Cassill, Chevrolet, accident, 104, 36.6, 0, $77,510. 37. (41) Joe Nemechek, Toyota, vibration, 95, 29.4, 0, $77,456. 38. (33) Michael McDowell, Ford, electrical, 84, 41.7, 6, $72,700. 39. (37) Josh Wise, Ford, electrical, 77, 35.1, 0, $68,700. 40. (32) Dave Blaney, Chevrolet, accident, 62, 38.9, 4, $64,700. 41. (39) Mike Bliss, Toyota, vibration, 57, 31.5, 0, $60,700. 42. (40) Travis Kvapil, Toyota, accident, 47, 39.5, 2, $64,700. 43. (43) Scott Riggs, Ford, transmission, 6, 30.3, 1, $53,200.

LEAGUE VIII W L Pct. GB Irmo 12 2 .857 -W. Columbia 11 3 .786 1 Orangeburg 8 6 .571 4 Lexington 3 9 .250 8 Columbia NE 3 10 .231 8 1/2 Dalzell 2 9 .182 8 1/2 Sunday Irmo-Chapin 7, West Columbia 4 Monday Columbia NE at Dalzell-Shaw (DH); Columbia NE forfeits West Columbia at Irmo-Chapin, 7 p.m. Today Orangeburg at Lexington, 7 p.m. Irmo at West Columbia, 7 p.m. Wednesday Dalzell-Shaw at Lexington (DH), 6 p.m.

DALZELL—DalzellShaw Post 175 headed into American Legion baseball doubleheader with Columba Northeast on Monday tied with Northeast for fifth place in League VIII, one-half CAMPBELL game behind Lexington for the league’s fourth and final spot in the state playoffs. The Jets ended the night one-half of a game ahead of Lexington and with Northeast out of the playoff hunt without ever throwing a pitch. Columbia NE showed up at Thomas Sumter Academy’s General Field with only eight players on its roster, so it had to forfeit the two games. That improved Dalzell to 4-9 on the season, allowing it to slip past Lexington, which is 3-9. Northeast ends it season with a 3-12 record. Shaw-Dalzell Post 175 head coach Steve Campbell seemed surprised when he learned of the forfeit, but took it in stride. “Hey, I’ll take them any SEE DALZELL, PAGE B2

Disher gets Street Stock feature victory BY CODY TRUETT Special to The Item William Disher returned to Victory Lane at Sumter Speedway on Saturday, winning the Street Stock feature event. Disher started the feature from the front row and led the initials laps in a flawless manner. A caution flag bunched the field up for a restart, and the excitement would begin. On the restart, Disher and Heather Welch made contact with each other and Welch scraped the wall, stacking the field up behind her and bringing out a quick caution. On the restart, Jody Truett shot into the lead with Disher second and Welch third.

Truett led two laps before another caution would be displayed. On the restart, Disher got the advantage and recaptured the lead with Truett and Welch on his heels. Truett came to a stop on the back stretch with mechanical issues to bring out another caution and bunch the field up for a final greenwhite-checkered finish. Disher continued leading on the restart as Thomas Gales shot up to second and Welch fell back to third. Welch made her way around Gales to take over second and pressured Disher for the top spot. Disher took the white flag as the leader with SEE SPEEDWAY, PAGE B5




SCOREBOARD TV, RADIO TODAY 7 a.m. -- Professional Tennis: The Wimbledon Championships Women’s Quarterfinal Matches from London (ESPN2). 8 a.m. -- Professional Tennis: The Wimbledon Championships Women’s Quarterfinal Matches from London (ESPN). 9 a.m. -- International Cycling: Tour de France Stage Four from Nice, France (NBC SPORTS NETWORK). 10:45 a.m. -- International Soccer: U-20 World Cup Round-of-16 Match from Istanbul -- Spain vs. Mexico (ESPNU). 1:45 p.m. -- International Soccer: U-20 World Cup Round-of-16 Match from Gaziantep, Turkey -- France vs. Turkey (ESPNU). 6:05 p.m. -- Talk Show: Sports Talk (WDXYFM 105.9, WDXY-AM 1240). 6:30 p.m. -- International Soccer: U-20 World Cup Round-of-16 Match from Gaziantep, Turkey -- Greece vs. Uzbekistan (ESPNU). 7 p.m. -- Major League Baseball: San Francisco at Cincinnati (MLB NETWORK). 7 p.m. -- Major League Baseball: Miami at Atlanta (SPORTSOUTH). 7 p.m. -- American Legion Baseball: Camden at Sumter (WWHM-FM 92.3, WWHMFM 93.3, WWHM-AM 1290). 8 p.m. -- WNBA Basketball: Seattle at Chicago (ESPN2). 10:30 p.m. -- WNBA Basketball: Minnesota at Los Angeles (NBA TV).

MLB STANDINGS American League By The Associated Press East Division W L Pct GB Boston 50 34 .595 – Baltimore 47 36 .566 21/2 Tampa Bay 43 39 .524 6 New York 42 39 .519 61/2 Toronto 40 41 .494 81/2 Central Division W L Pct GB Detroit 43 37 .538 – Cleveland 44 38 .537 – Kansas City 38 41 .481 41/2 Minnesota 36 42 .462 6 Chicago 32 47 .405 101/2 West Division W L Pct GB Texas 48 34 .585 – Oakland 48 35 .578 1/2 Los Angeles 39 43 .476 9 Seattle 35 47 .427 13 Houston 30 52 .366 18 Sunday’s Games Boston 5, Toronto 4 Tampa Bay 3, Detroit 1 Cleveland 4, Chicago White Sox 0 Kansas City 9, Minnesota 8 L.A. Angels 3, Houston 1 Texas 3, Cincinnati 2 Oakland 7, St. Louis 5 Chicago Cubs 7, Seattle 6 Baltimore 4, N.Y. Yankees 2 Monday’s Games Toronto 8, Detroit 3 N.Y. Yankees at Minnesota, late Tampa Bay at Houston, late Today’s Games Detroit (Fister 6-5) at Toronto (Wang 1-1), 7:07 p.m. San Diego (Erlin 1-0) at Boston (Lackey 5-5), 7:10 p.m. Seattle (J.Saunders 5-8) at Texas (Grimm 7-5), 8:05 p.m. Baltimore (Hammel 7-4) at Chicago White Sox (Joh.Danks 1-5), 8:10 p.m. Cleveland (Kluber 6-5) at Kansas City (Mendoza 2-4), 8:10 p.m. N.Y. Yankees (P.Hughes 3-7) at Minnesota (Deduno 4-2), 8:10 p.m. Tampa Bay (Price 1-4) at Houston (Bedard 3-3), 8:10 p.m. Chicago Cubs (Feldman 7-6) at Oakland (Griffin 6-6), 10:05 p.m. St. Louis (Lynn 10-2) at L.A. Angels (Weaver 1-4), 10:05 p.m. Wednesday’s Games Detroit at Toronto, 7:07 p.m. Baltimore at Chicago White Sox, 7:10 p.m. San Diego at Boston, 7:10 p.m. Seattle at Texas, 8:05 p.m. Cleveland at Kansas City, 8:10 p.m. N.Y. Yankees at Minnesota, 8:10 p.m. Tampa Bay at Houston, 8:10 p.m. Chicago Cubs at Oakland, 10:05 p.m. St. Louis at L.A. Angels, 10:05 p.m. National League By The Associated Press East Division W L Pct GB Atlanta 48 34 .585 – Washington 41 40 .506 61/2 Philadelphia 39 44 .470 91/2 New York 33 45 .423 13 Miami 29 51 .363 18 Central Division W L Pct GB Pittsburgh 51 30 .630 – St. Louis 49 32 .605 2 Cincinnati 46 36 .561 51/2 Chicago 35 45 .438 151/2 Milwaukee 32 48 .400 181/2 West Division W L Pct GB Arizona 42 39 .519 – Colorado 41 42 .494 2 San Diego 40 42 .488 21/2 San Francisco 39 42 .481 3 Los Angeles 38 43 .469 4 Sunday’s Games Miami 6, San Diego 2 Washington 13, N.Y. Mets 2 Atlanta 6, Arizona 2 Pittsburgh 2, Milwaukee 1, 14 innings Texas 3, Cincinnati 2 Oakland 7, St. Louis 5 Chicago Cubs 7, Seattle 6 L.A. Dodgers 6, Philadelphia 1 San Francisco 5, Colorado 2 Monday’s Games Miami 4, San Diego 0 Washington 10, Milwaukee 5 Arizona at N.Y. Mets, 7:10 p.m. San Francisco at Cincinnati, 7:10 p.m. Today’s Games Milwaukee (W.Peralta 5-9) at Washington (Strasburg 4-6), 7:05 p.m. Philadelphia (Pettibone 3-3) at Pittsburgh (Locke 7-1), 7:05 p.m. Arizona (Corbin 9-0) at N.Y. Mets (Hefner 2-6), 7:10 p.m. Miami (Koehler 1-5) at Atlanta (Medlen 5-7), 7:10 p.m. San Diego (Erlin 1-0) at Boston (Lackey 5-5), 7:10 p.m. San Francisco (Lincecum 4-8) at Cincinnati (H.Bailey 4-6), 7:10 p.m. L.A. Dodgers (Kershaw 6-5) at Colorado (Oswalt 0-2), 8:40 p.m. Chicago Cubs (Feldman 7-6) at Oakland (Griffin 6-6), 10:05 p.m. St. Louis (Lynn 10-2) at L.A. Angels (Weaver 1-4), 10:05 p.m. Wednesday’s Games Milwaukee at Washington, 6:05 p.m. Philadelphia at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m. Arizona at N.Y. Mets, 7:10 p.m. Miami at Atlanta, 7:10 p.m. San Diego at Boston, 7:10 p.m. San Francisco at Cincinnati, 7:10 p.m. L.A. Dodgers at Colorado, 8:10 p.m. Chicago Cubs at Oakland, 10:05 p.m. St. Louis at L.A. Angels, 10:05 p.m.

NASCAR LEADERS The Associated Press Through June 30 Points 1, Jimmie Johnson, 610. 2, Carl Edwards, 572. 3, Clint Bowyer, 569. 4, Kevin Harvick, 544. 5, Matt Kenseth, 528. 6, Dale Earnhardt Jr., 512. 7, Kyle Busch, 500. 8, Martin Truex Jr., 490. 9, Greg Biffle, 489. 10, Joey Logano, 479. 11, Kasey Kahne, 478. 12,


| Jeff Gordon, 477. 13, Brad Keselowski, 465. 14, Kurt Busch, 463. 15, Paul Menard, 459. 16, Tony Stewart, 457. 17, Aric Almirola, 457. 18, Ryan Newman, 448. 19, Jamie McMurray, 437. 20, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 433. Money 1, Jimmie Johnson, $5,321,741. 2, Kyle Busch, $3,538,008. 3, Matt Kenseth, $3,512,047. 4, Kevin Harvick, $3,319,069. 5, Brad Keselowski, $3,296,561. 6, Dale Earnhardt Jr., $3,169,348. 7, Carl Edwards, $3,133,194. 8, Tony Stewart, $2,893,014. 9, Jeff Gordon, $2,891,125. 10, Martin Truex Jr., $2,886,584. 11, Clint Bowyer, $2,841,584. 12, Joey Logano, $2,835,590. 13, Ryan Newman, $2,756,984. 14, Kasey Kahne, $2,721,243. 15, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., $2,698,420. 16, Greg Biffle, $2,698,399. 17, Aric Almirola, $2,557,693. 18, Kurt Busch, $2,532,513. 19, Jamie McMurray, $2,458,928. 20, Juan Pablo Montoya, $2,432,672.

GOLF U.S. Women’s Open Par Scores The Associated Press Sunday At Sebonack Golf Club Southampton, N.Y. Purse: $3.25 million Yardage: 6,821; Par: 72 (a-amateur) Final Inbee Park, $585,000 67-68-71-74-280 -8 I.K. Kim, $350,000 68-69-73-74—284 -4 So Yeon Ryu, $217,958 73-69-73-72—287 -1 Paula Creamer, $127,972 72-73-72-72—289 +1 Angela Stanford, $127,972 73-68-74-74—289 +1 Jodi Ewart Shadoff, $127,972 70-69-74-76—289 +1 Brittany Lang, $94,357 76-69-73-72—290 +2 Jessica Korda, $94,357 70-71-76-73—290 +2 Shanshan Feng, $79,711 71-75-75-70—291 +3 Brittany Lincicome, $79,711 72-72-74-73—291 +3 AT&T National Par Scores The Associated Press Sunday At Congressional Country Club Bethesda, Md. Purse: $6.5 million Yardage: 7,569; Par: 71 Final FedEx Cup points in parentheses Bill Haas (500), $1,170,000 70-68-68-66—272 -12 Roberto Castro (300), $702,000 66-69-71-69—275 -9 Jason Kokrak (163), $377,000 71-66-70-69—276 -8 D.H. Lee (163), $377,000 71-66-75-64—276 -8 Stewart Cink (110), $260,000 70-69-71-67—277 -7 Jordan Spieth, $234,000 69-66-74-69—278 -6 Charlie Wi (90), $217,750 72-71-65-71—279 -5 Brian Davis (75), $175,500 70-72-71-67—280 -4 Graham DeLaet (75), $175,500 68-72-71-69—280 -4 James Driscoll (75), $175,500 69-69-68-74—280 -4 Constellation Senior Players Championship Par Scores The Associated Press Sunday At Fox Chapel Golf Club Pittsburgh Purse: $2.7 million Yardage: 6,696; Par: 70 Final Charles Schwab Cup points in parentheses Kenny Perry (810), $405,000 71-63-63-64—261 -19 Fred Couples (432), $216,000 66-62-67-68—263 -17 Duffy Waldorf (432), $216,000 66-67-66-64—263 -17 Michael Allen (288), $144,450 67-68-68-65—268 -12 John Huston (288), $144,450 65-67-68-68—268 -12 Jeff Hart (206), $102,600 68-65-70-67—270 -10 Morris Hatalsky (206), $102,600 70-67-66-67—270 -10 Bernhard Langer (172), $86,400 72-69-63-67—271 -9 Mark Calcavecchia (130), $64,800 68-68-66-70—272 -8 Bill Glasson (130), $64,800 69-67-70-66—272 -8

TENNIS Wimbledon Results The Associated Press Monday At The All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club London Purse: $34.9 million (Grand Slam) Surface: Grass-Outdoor Singles Men Fourth Round David Ferrer (4), Spain, def. Ivan Dodig, Croatia, 6-7 (3), 7-6 (6), 6-1, 6-1. Jerzy Janowicz (24), Poland, def. Jurgen Melzer, Austria, 3-6, 7-6 (1), 6-4, 4-6, 6-4. Lukasz Kubot, Poland, def. Adrian Mannarino, France, 4-6, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4. Fernando Verdasco, Spain, def. Kenny de Schepper, France, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4. Juan Martin del Potro (8), Argentina, def. Andreas Seppi (23), Italy, 6-4, 7-6 (2), 6-3. Andy Murray (2), Britain, def. Mikhail Youzhny (20), Russia, 6-4, 7-6 (5), 6-1. Novak Djokovic (1), Serbia, def. Tommy Haas (13), Germany, 6-1, 6-4, 7-6 (4). Tomas Berdych (7), Czech Republic, def. Bernard Tomic, Australia, 7-6 (4), 6-7 (5), 6-4, 6-4. Women Fourth Round Petra Kvitova (8), Czech Republic, def. Carla Suarez Navarro (19), Spain, 7-6 (5), 6-3. Kirsten Flipkens (20), Belgium, def. Flavia Pennetta, Italy, 7-6 (2), 6-3. Kaia Kanepi, Estonia, def. Laura Robson, Britain, 7-6 (6), 7-5. Sabine Lisicki (23), Germany, def. Serena Williams (1), United States, 6-2, 1-6, 6-4. Li Na (6), China, def. Roberta Vinci (11), Italy, 6-2, 6-0. Sloane Stephens (17), United States, def. Monica Puig, Puerto Rico, 4-6, 7-5, 6-1. Marion Bartoli (15), France, def. Karin Knapp, Italy, 6-2, 6-3. Agnieszka Radwanska (4), Poland, def. Tsvetana Pironkova, Bulgaria, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3. Doubles Men Second Round James Blake, United States, and Jurgen Melzer, Austria, def. Michael Llodra and Nicolas Mahut (13), France, 6-4, 6-0, 6-1. Third Round Rohan Bopanna, India, and Edouard Roger-Vasselin (14), France, def. Alexander Peya, Austria, and Bruno Soares (3), Brazil, 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-2. Robert Lindstedt, Sweden, and Daniel Nestor (6), Canada, def. Colin Fleming and Jonathan Marray (9), Britain, 7-6 (5), 7-5, 6-3. Julien Benneteau, France, and Nenad Zimonjic (11), Serbia, def. Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi, Pakistan, and Jean-Julien Rojer (5), Netherlands, 3-6, 4-6, 7-6 (1), 7-6 (4), 6-3.


ABOVE: Sumter’s Phillip Watcher chases Greenwood’s Matthew Bridges as the P-15’s Tee Dubose (26) moves in during Monday’s American Legion game at Riley Park. LEFT: The Sumter P-15’s are shown wearing the old stirrup style in Monday’s game in which both teams used wood bats. socks recently.

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the ball, but no one was covering first as Reardon was going after the ball as well. Phillip Watcher finished with nine strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings. The P-15’s got out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first against Post 20 starting pitcher Isiah Ferqueron. River Soles reached on a single with one out when second baseman Cody Adams had his feet slip as he tried to field the ball. Andrew Reardon doubled Soles to third before Taylor McFaddin was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Jacob Watcher drew a walk from the righthanded Ferqueron to force in the first run. The wet field played a part in the game again when Ferqueron couldn’t handle Will Smith’s grounder, allowing Reardon to score and make it 2-0. Sumter made it 3-0 in the third. Jacob Watcher singled with one out, stole second and scored when Post 20 third baseman Hamp Riley couldn’t handle Tee Dubose’s ground ball. The P-15’s pushed the lead to 5-0 with a 2-run fourth. Javon Martin led off with a single and scored on River Soles’ 1-out double to the gap in left-center field, his third hit of the game. Reardon followed with a double that hit off the base of the wall in right to score Soles. Sumter made it 6-0 in the sixth off of Greenwood reliever Chris Panapa. After the righthanded Panapa retired the first five batters he faced, including the first two in the sixth, he walked three straight to load the bases. Righty Josh Chaney relieved Panapa and gave up a run-scoring single to Smith. The P-15’s scored three runs in the seventh. McFaddin was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to force in a run and Jacob Watcher came through with a 2-run single to make it 9-0.

FROM STAFF REPORTS FLORENCE — The Sumter P-15’s used a 7-run third inning to roll to a 15-7 victory over Potomac Valley, W.Va., in their final American Legion baseball game in the Palmetto Legion Invitational Tournament on Sunday at Legion Field. Sumter went 2-2 in the tournament. The P-15’s led 11-2 after four innings and pushed the lead to 14-2 in the ffith when Tee Dubose hit a 3-run home run. Potomac was able to extend the game to seven innings with three runs in the bottom of the fifth. Dubose was 2-for-2, as was Andrew Reardon, who had a double and a walk and two runs batted in. Phillip Watcher was 3-for-5. Paul Joseph Krouse was the winning pitcher. In the other games in Florence on Sunday, Fort Pierce, Fla., beat Lancaster 12-3, Texarkana, Ark., topped Whiteville, N.C., 7-3 and Florence beat Potomac Valley 10-0.


American Legion Post 15 will hold Veterans Appreciation Day on Thursday prior to the Sumter P-15’s baseball game against Florence set for a 7:30 p.m. start at Riley Park. Veterans from each branch of the service will be honored during the festivities, which are scheduled to begin at 6:45. All those wanting to participate are asked to be at Riley Park prior to this time. There will also be giveaways during the game.

DALZELL from Page B1 way I can get them,” said Campbell, whose team has picked up three of its four victories by forfeit. Lexington plays host to Orangeburg today before playing host to the Jets on Wednesday in a doubleheader that will more than likely determine the fourth and final playoff spot. Campbell said his team has played hard and lost two games earlier this year to Lexington. “One of the games was 12 innings,” he said. Campbell said his players have worked hard all season.



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Braves sweep Diamondbacks over weekend BY GEORGE HENRY The Associated Press ATLANTA — Freddie Freeman loved watching Jason Heyward slide hard into second base to break up a double play in the third inning. Without Heyward’s hustle and Justin Upton’s beating the throw to first base, Freeman wouldn’t have had a chance to hit a three-run homer. “It’s a testament to what they do,’’ Freeman said. “They never give up. Even it’s an eight-run (lead), they’re running hard.’’ Freeman, Dan Uggla and Brian McCann homered, powering the Atlanta Braves past the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-2 Sunday for a three-game sweep in a matchup of division leaders. Paul Maholm (9-6) gave up two runs and eight hits in 6 2-3 innings for the Braves, who improved to a big leaguebest 28-11 at home. Trevor Cahill (3-10) allowed six runs and seven hits in 4 1-3 innings as the NL West-leading Dia-

mondbacks lost for the fifth time in six games. Cahill is 0-6 with a 7.91 ERA in eight starts since a May 17 win at Miami. “Trevor, he couldn’t even find half of the plate,’’ Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said. “He made 104 pitches in 4 1-3 innings. That’s more of the same. We’ve got to try to get him straightened around.’’ Arizona has gone 22 straight games without a win from its rotation, the longest streak in the majors since San Diego went 25 in a row from April 17May 14, 2009, according to STATS. “This whole series, we were way behind all these guys’’ Gibson said. “We didn’t really throw good, quality strike ones, and they pounded those. They got ahead in the counts and they did a much better job than we did. Again, they just outplayed us.’’ The first of Paul Goldschmidt’s two run-scoring, double-play grounders put Arizona ahead in the first, but McCann tied the score in the second


Atlanta’s Dan Uggla, right, high-fives teammate Brian McCann after the pair scored off Uggla’s 2-run home run in the fifth inning of the Braves’ 6-2 victory over Arizona on Sunday in Atlanta.

with an opposite-field homer that bounced off the top of the wall in leftcenter. Freeman’s three-run homer made it 4-1 in the third, and Uggla added a two-run drive in the fifth, his 14th home run of the season, for a 6-1 lead.

Atlanta scored 13 runs from the eighth inning of Saturday’s win through the fifth on Sunday. Uggla said the offense wanted even more. “You can’t ever pick and choose when you’re going to score runs,’’ Uggla said. “You’ve got to

grind out at-bats. You’ve got to battle and have some timely hitting, so you’ve got to ride the wave when it comes.’’ Maholm labored in the seventh, giving up consecutive singles to Cody Ross and Gerardo Parra and a one-out walk to

Cliff Pennington. Maholm struck out pinch-hitter Jason Kubel, and Anthony Varvaro relieved and retired A.J. Pollock on a flyout Kubel began the game with a .417 average in 12 career at-bats against Maholm.

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PITTSBURGH— As the owner of the locker just to the right of the main entrance to the common area of the Pittsburgh Pirates clubhouse, Garrett Jones arguably has the best panoramic view among his teammates as he sits at his stall. Since first establishing himself as a majorleague regular with Pittsburgh three years ago, the players he sees when he surveys the clubhouse has changed dramatically. So have the results. The Pirates are the toast of baseball, owners of the majors’ best record at their precise midpoint of their season (5130). Should they maintain that pace over the next three months, they would win 108 games just three seasons after the desultory 2010 Pirates lost 105. Jones says the faces he encounters aren’t the only thing that have changed over the course


A Pittsburgh fan waves a “Jolly Roger” flag at PNC Park during a game against the Brewers in Pittsburgh. After 20 seasons of losing, the first-place Pirates are just trying to enjoy the moment.

of that turnaround. More importantly, so has the attitude. “There’s absolutely been a huge difference in confidence,” Jones said before a 2-1 Pittsburgh victory over the Milwaukee Brewers extended its winning streak to nine games Sunday. “When you’re losing, you kind of get caught up in it and it gets ingrained in your head and sometimes it’s tough to get it out. Now, everything and everybody is positive. We just focus on, ‘We’re going to win, we can win,

we will win.’ We just had to change that mind-set around and be confident in ourselves. “And it’s shown on the field.” Has it ever. The Pirates hold a two-game lead over the St. Louis Cardinals not only in the National League Central, but also in the race for the best record in baseball. Saturday, they became the first team to reach 50 wins — doing it before July 1 for the first time in the 127-year history of the franchise.

TORONTO — R.A. Dickey threw a faster floater, and that meant trouble for the Detroit Tigers. The knuckleballer won again, Jose Reyes and Mark DeRosa homered and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the slumping Tigers 8-3 on Monday for their seventh straight home win. The Blue Jays delighted a sellout crowd of 45,766 on Canada Day with their 11th victory in 13 games at Rogers Centre. Coming off his twoDICKEY hit shutout against Tampa Bay, Dickey (8-8) was sharp and won for the third time in four starts. The knuckleballer allowed two runs and six hits in seven innings, striking out four and walking one. Plagued by back and neck soreness early in the season, Dickey has put those issues behind him and found increased velocity as a result. NATIONAL LEAGUE NATIONALS BREWERS

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WASHINGTON — Bryce Harper homered on his first swing since coming off the disabled list and his Washington Nationals teammates quickly joined in, beating the slumping Milwaukee Brewers 10-5 on Monday night. After missing 31 games with bursitis in his left knee — the most lingering fallout from his collision with

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MIAMI — Jose Fernandez struck out 10 and allowed only two hits in a career-high eight innings, and the Miami Marlins matched a season high with their third consecutive victory by beating the San Diego Padres 4-0 Monday night. Jeff Mathis delivered the big hit for the second game in a row, raising his batting average to .154. He hit a three-run double in the sixth, when the Marlins scored four unearned runs off Jason Marquis. Mathis’ ninth-inning grand slam beat the Padres on Sunday. The Marlins began the week with the worst record in the majors, but since June 1 they’re 16-10, and they’ve won six of their past seven games. They’ve allowed three runs in the past three games. From wire reports



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Inbee Park holds the championship trophy after winning the U.S. Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Open on Sunday at the Sebonack Golf Club on Sunday in Southampton, N.Y. Park won the U.S. Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Open to make history with titles in the yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first three majors.

with a laugh. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I know the pressure you can feel, the expectations,â&#x20AC;? Sorenstam added. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s handled it beautifully. Nothing seems to faze her.â&#x20AC;? Brad Beecher, Parkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s longtime caddie, said heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s never seen her angry or emotional on the course. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s because I feel the happiest when Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m at the golf course,â&#x20AC;? Park said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I feel calm when Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m on the golf course. I think Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m just a much better person when Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m on the

golf course. Yeah, outside the golf course, I feel the pressure and I feel what everybody else is feeling. But on the golf course, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just the golf ball and clubs. And when I have that, it just puts a lot of pressure off of me.â&#x20AC;? Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll head home to South Korea for a rare visit before the British. Park knows she wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get much time to herself there, but she wants to share her success with the fans who wake up in the middle of the night to watch her play.

COLLEGE STATION, Texas â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Two Texas A&M football players were suspended Monday from team activities after being charged with misdemeanor assault and criminal mischief. The school said Deshazor Everett and Floyd Raven will remain suspended pending further investigation, though they can continue their studies. HAAS KEEPS HIS WINNING STREAK ALIVE

BETHESDA, Md. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Bill Haas keeps winning the right tournaments to position himself on the periphery of the elite in golf. His three-shot victory Sunday in the AT&T National was his fourth straight season with at least one PGA Tour title, joining a short list with Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson and Justin Rose. He wound up with a 5-under 66 and a three-shot win over Robert Castro, who made Haas work hard in the sweltering heat Sunday. PERRY CAPTURES 1ST MAJOR TITLE AT SENIOR PLAYERS

PITTSBURGH â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Turns out, Kenny Perry had been going at this whole â&#x20AC;&#x153;trying to win a major thingâ&#x20AC;? all wrong. Perry fired a 6-under 64 in the final round to leapfrog Fred Couples on Sunday and win the Senior Players Championship by two shots over Couples and Duffy Waldorf at soggy and defenseless Fox Chapel.

SERENA from Page B1 Williams said her serve â&#x20AC;&#x201D; usually her main weapon â&#x20AC;&#x201D; let her down in the third set. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I felt that I was on the verge of winning,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;At that point I just was physically unable to hold serve. ... You have to be ready and willing to hold your serve. I wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t willing or able, probably didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even want to hold my serve today.â&#x20AC;? Lisicki reached the semifinals at the All England Club in 2011 but this will rank as her biggest victory at the grass-court Grand Slam. She has eliminated the reigning French Open champion the last four times she played Wimbledon, having missed the tournament in 2010. She ousted Sharapova in the fourth round last year. Djokovic reached his 17th straight Grand Slam quarterfinal by beating Haas 6-1, 6-4, 7-6 (4). He failed to serve out the match at 5-3 in the third and wasted a match point in the next game before


Chris Paulâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s answer was brief, just like his time on the free agent market. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;M IN!!!â&#x20AC;? he wrote Monday on Twitter. He will be staying with the Clippers, the longtime losers he helped turned into a division champion in just two seasons. Dwight Howard will need more time to think about if he is staying with the Lakers. PAUL Free agency opened Monday in the NBA with the focus on the pair of Los Angeles AllStars, though Paul took himself off the market only hours after shopping season started.

BY RACHEL COHEN The Associated Press SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Inbee Park hoped to win a Grand Slam. A career Grand Slam, that is. The single-season variety was just too outlandish. Yet sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll head to St. Andrews next month for the Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s British Open with a chance to become the first player to go 4 for 4 in majors â&#x20AC;&#x201D; whatever that may be called, now that there are five majors in a year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whether I do it or not, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m just a very lucky person,â&#x20AC;? Park said Sunday after winning the U.S. Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Open for the second time. Parkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s four-shot victory at windy Sebonack would seem to bode well for Scotland, though the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top-ranked player has won in pretty much every situation this season on the way to six titles, including all three majors and three straight tournaments overall. Park talked Sunday about how calm she felt, and Annika Sorenstam could only marvel. Sorenstam was the last player to try to win the yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first three majors, in 2005, and she didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t come close at the U.S. Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Open. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was NOT calm,â&#x20AC;? she said


closing out the tiebreaker with a forehand winner on his fourth match point. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m playing really, really good tennis at this moment,â&#x20AC;? Djokovic said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Maybe even better than back in 2011 when I won this tournament.â&#x20AC;? Djokovic moved on to No. 7 Tomas Berdych, who reached his first Wimbledon quarterfinal since he was the runner-up in 2010 by beating Bernard Tomic 7-6 (4), 6-7 (5), 6-4, 6-4. Berdych beat Djokovic in the semifinals that year. Djokovicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s quarterfinal streak is the third longest behind Roger Federerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 36 and Jimmy Connorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 27. Federerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s string ended with last weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s loss in the second round. Murray, facing the ever-increasing pressure to become the first British man since 1936 to win Wimbledon, was in trouble in the second set. He trailed 5-2 against Youzhny, who was a 2012 Wimbledon


Sabine Lisicki waves to the crowd after beating Serena Williams in their round-of-16 match at Wimbledon on Monday.

quarterfinalist, but broke back when the Russian served for the set at 5-4. Then, down 5-3 in the tiebreaker, Murray took the setâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s last four points. He broke immediately in the third, and cruised from there to set up a

match with Fernando Verdasco of Spain. Murray is the only British player left in the tournament, after Laura Robson lost. She couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t recover from her missed chances in the first set and fell 7-6 (5), 7-5 to Kaia Kanepi

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of Estonia, failing to become the first British woman in the quarters of any Grand Slam since 1984. Robson, the first British woman to reach the second week at Wimbledon since 1998, squandered a chance for a headline matchup with Williams. Instead, Kanepi will face Lisicki in the quarterfinals. Former champion Petra Kvitova, last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s runner-up Agnieszka Radwanska and No. 4 David Ferrer all avoided upsets to advance, as did sixth-seeded Li Na of China. Juan Martin del Potro, playing with his left knee heavily taped after a scary fall in the previous round, beat Andreas Seppi 6-4, 7-6 (2), 6-3. He said his knee was â&#x20AC;&#x153;really painfulâ&#x20AC;? and he hopes it will be better by the time he plays Ferrer on Wednesday. Ferrer overcame another slow start to beat Ivan Dodig of Croatia 6-7 (3), 7-6 (6), 6-1, 6-1. Despite Williamsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; loss, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still an American woman in the quarters after Sloane

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SPEEDWAY from Page B1 Welch on his heels. Welch couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t find a way around him and Disher cruised on to take the checkered flag and the win. Welch was initially scored second, but was disqualified after making hard contact with Disher after the race. Gales was second with Truett third, Brian Welch fourth and LJ Sohnemann fifth. Luke Wilson captured another exciting win in the Bomber-4 feature after getting around pole sitter Bruce Denman late in the race. Denman led nearly the whole feature, opening up nearly a straightaway lead over the rest of the field at one point. However, a late caution caused him to lose this ground and Wilson took advantage, jumping into the lead on the restart and holding Denman off to take the checkered flag. Denman settled for second with Brett Sie-

gel third, Bucky Deberry fourth and Jay Kyle fifth. Todd Touchberry was sixth, John Ledwell seventh and AJ Jackson eighth in his first career start. Anthony Hudson picked up the win in the Young Guns division, holding off a speedy Kristin Rhodes on his way to the victory. Gene Kinard jumped into the lead as the Crate Late Model feature began and never looked back, leading flag to flag and picking up another victory. Kale Green was second with Ron Clevenger third and Trey Shirey fourth. Terrell Holloway picked up a dominant win in the Ridge Runner feature, leading the entire event. Greg Anderson came home second with Joey Ayers third, Preston Padgett fourth and Daniel Morris fifth. Bubba Kolb led flag to flag in an action packed Stock-4

KENSETH from Page B1 hold on for that win. He made the right call at the right time and those guys got it done.â&#x20AC;? Kenseth led twice for 38 laps, including the final 23. Johnson, the five-time champion and series points leader, finished ninth and leads Carl Edwards by 38. The restart bothered Johnson, who accused Kenseth of breaking the pace car speed. But Johnson took solace in salvaging his 11th top-10 despite between sandwiched in the logjam that could have been worse. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were kind of in an awkward situation in that restart there,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were like three- and four-wide going in the corner, then something happened with the air and just kind of turned me around. Unfortunate, but at least we rallied back for a good finish.â&#x20AC;? Second was Jamie McMurray in a Chevy, followed by Clint Bowyer (Toyota), Joey Logano (Ford) and Kyle Busch (Toyota). Rain Saturday night forced NASCAR officials to postpone the race to a daytime start. The event was redflagged for 18 minutes following a seven-car wreck involving defending race and Sprint Cup winner Brad Keselowski, who returned to finish 33rd. It was the biggest incident of 10 cautions for 42 laps, but things were clean after Johnson brought out the final yellow flag. The checkered flag crowned Kentuckyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s third different champion in as many events though Kenseth, like Johnson, was due for a breakthrough on the 1.5-mile oval.

He finished seventh here last year and sixth in the 2011 inaugural race. However, victory didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seem likely for the 2003 Cup champion after qualifying 16th and running outside the top 20 during the first quarter of the event. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I thought our first run, we were all right and I guess probably after the second run, we were able to move forward pretty good,â&#x20AC;? Kenseth said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I felt pretty good about what we had. I thought we need to get it better.â&#x20AC;? From then on, the first-year Joe Gibbs Racing driver was a perennial top-five contender. Trouble was, he and other hopefuls seemed to need Johnson to suffer misfortune to have any shot of catching him. The way he was running, that appeared unlikely. Turns out, Kenseth needed to rely on the left-

feature. Kolb dominated the race with all of the action taking place behind him as several drivers battled for second. DJ Carraway had the spot for most of the feature before he and Jason Hodge made contact, resulting in Carraway spinning around. Carraway returned the favor and spun Hodge around a few laps later. Ashley McHenry and Taylor Geddings joined the battle with Hodge and Carraway and took over the secondand third-place positions. As Kolb took the checkered flag, Hodge, McHenry, Carraway and Geddings made a 4-car dash for second. McHenry held onto the spot with the three men in tow. Carraway again made contact with Hodge on the final lap and Hodge spun around. Carraway was disqualified from the feature after the incident. Kolb was the winner with McHenry second. Geddings was third and took home the Dannyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Trophy Shop Hard

side tires Ratcliff ordered the previous stop. Taking fuel only the final time allowed him to gain the lead coming off pit road, and the rubber held up on the rough, bumpy track, both on the restart and through the final laps. Ratcliff was shocked that more teams didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t follow suit with that strategy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I felt like more guys would make that call, and so I thought it was worth a shot to get out there,â&#x20AC;? the crew chief said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When we rolled off pit road and saw what everybody did, I looked to the guy beside me and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m like, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t believe we are the only ones that did that.â&#x20AC;? The decision led to a surprising late turn of events, and the tense finish in which McMurray and Bowyer took turns trying to chase down Kenseth provided a nice makeup after Saturday nightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s washout.




Charger award. Bubba Johnson was fourth and Hodge was scored fifth. Stacy Avins dominated the Stock Appearing Kart feature, leading the entire event. Billy Barrett was second with Johnny Barrett third and Mike Lighthill fourth. Tanner Rodonis picked up the win in the Clone Heavy division with Brian Avins second and Elston Strickland third. Jenny McKenzie and Rodonis put on an exciting show in the Clone Medium division, as the two battled it out for the top spot throughout the entire 10-lap feature. McKenzie held Rodonis off and picked up the win. Sumter Speedway will be closed for the next two weeks. Racing will resumed again on Saturday, July 20, with racing in all divisions. Grandstand passes are $10 for adults and pit passes are $20 for adults. Active duty military will be admitted to the grandstands free of charge with proper military identification.

JOSEPHUS BYAS Josephus Byas departed this life on Sunday, June 30, 2012, at Sumter Valley Health and Rehabilitation in Sumter. Born Aug. 22, 1940, in Beaufort, he was a son of the late Hackless Singleton and Marion Byas. The family is receiving relatives and friends at the home of his daughter and sonin-law, Lillian B. and Frank Boone of 5700 Wedgefield Road in Wedgefield. Funeral plans will be announced by Community Funeral Home of Sumter. WILLIAM R. SEAL Retired Lt. Col. William Raymond Seal, 82, beloved husband of Ann Floey Seal, died Sunday, June 30, 2013, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Bullock Funeral Home.


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A newsprint store flyer can fly up in the air and land on someoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s windshield, See a penny, pick it up, and all day long so they are wor th bending over for. youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have good luck. Some people say Receipts and napkins are going to this only holds if the penny is heads up; dissolve in water eventually so generally others say pick up any penny. I pick up pass them by. Today I considered it very, pennies because anytime you bend over very worthwhile to bend over for the itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s got to be good for your waistline. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve plastic that had been around a pack of added a verse to the end of that phrase: water bottles and also a plastic shopping See a penny, let it lie, and all day long bag. The store I was visiting had lots of big youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll want to cry. garbage cans that were emptied often so â&#x20AC;&#x153;putting litter in its proper placeâ&#x20AC;? wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a Palmetto Pride, the SC Chapter of problem. Keep America Beautiful, has a ditty that occasionally we recite at our meetings as Imprinted in my memor y is the there are lots of former girl and boy morning of a Chamber of Commerce scouts in our ranks. breakfast held at Central Carolina Technical College. The garbage can we I promise to never litter. I promise to passed as we entered had several fast always put litter in its proper place. I food breakfast containers strewn around promise to pick up at least one piece of it. Men in suits and women in heels litter every day. passed by. Although business people know that litter sends a horrible message Again, bending over may not be a lot about the values of a community, no one of exercise, but it sure is better than thought it was his or her â&#x20AC;&#x153;jobâ&#x20AC;? to put a waltzing right by something that you couple of Styrofoam boxes in that waiting could easily put in a handy trashcan. trash can. Recently when I stopped to get tomatoes to go along with our office luncheon of Cut Rate Drugsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; fabulous chicken salad, the store parking lot was in pretty good shape, which of course means there was still some litter on the ground. As I made my way to the entrance, I employed triage to figure out what three pieces to pick up. If you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t set a limit, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll never get to the door; three seems like a fair figure, and in some cases results in a noticeable improvement.

Keeping Sumter clean isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just the job of maintenance workers, janitors, or public ser vice employees. It isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just something for inmates to do. There is no shame in pitching in and helping our community have the best image possible. The shame is being too self-important to do what you know is right. Who knows, bending over three times a day might even help your waistline.


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DAVID MURRAY III David Murray III, 55, died Saturday, June 29, 2013, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center. Born in Sumter County, he was a son of David “Sonny” Murray Jr. and Annie Mae Jones Murray. David was educated in the public schools of Sumter County. At an early age, MURRAY he joined Bethel AME Church in Wedgefield. He later moved to Washington, D.C., where he resided and worked for 10 years. After returning to the Sumter community, he rejoined his church and served on the male chorus, the trustee board, and the Sunday school. David was preceded in death by his brother, Anthony Gary Murray. Surviving are his son, Dashon David Murray of Eastover; his parents, David and Annie Mae Murray of the home; three sisters, Vanessa (Lagarda) Abercrombie, Sylvia Murray and Valarie (Kenneth) Williams, all of Irmo; a godson, Alphonso Choice; a special friend, Cynthia Robinson; two special uncles, William Jones of Sumter and Raymond (Barbara) Murray of Glen Dale, Md.; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Bethel AME Church, 1605 S.C. 261 S., Wedgefield, with the Rev. Larry D. Clark officiating. Mr. Murray will be placed in the church at 10 a.m. for public viewing until the hour of service. Interment will follow in the Bethel AME Church cemetery. Palmer Memorial Chapel of Sumter is in charge of the arrangements. Online memorials may be made to www. palmermemorialchapel. com. OSCAR L. HODGE AYNOR — Oscar L. Hodge, age 85, of King Farm Road, died Saturday, June 29, 2013, at Grand Strand Regional Medical Center, following an illness. Mr. Hodge was born in Sumter, a son of the late Arthur Liston Hodge Sr. and Rebecca Bagnal Hodge. He was a U.S. Army veteran and member of North Conway Baptist Church. He was devoted to his family, church, and many special friends. He was an avid NASCAR fan and loved the Clemson Tigers, where he was a member of IPTAY for more than 40 years. Prior to retirement, he was employed by General Telephone for 22 years, where he worked in Sumter and Conway. He was owner and operator of Hodge Tree Service LLC. Mr. Hodge was a member of Conway Masonic Lodge No. 65 and a lifetime member of Conway York Rite Bodies. He was preceded in death by five brothers, Arthur Liston Hodge Jr., Harvey Leon Hodge and James “Pete” Bagnal Hodge, all of Sumter, Norman O. Hodge and J. Norwood Hodge of Lexington, Ky., and three sisters, Irene Hodge Montgomery and Bessie Hodge Mims, all of Sumter, and Elizabeth “Bootie” Hodge Spencer of Lexington, Ky.

Surviving are his wife, Doris K. Hodge of Aynor; two sons, Phil Hodge and Jeffrey Hodge and wife, Stephanie, both of Aynor; three daughters, Cynthia H. Singleton, Cheryl Hodge and Johanna Hodge, all of Aynor; five grandchildren, Michael Paul Singleton, Carrie Ann Singleton, Ethan Hodge, Emma Hodge and Ella Hodge; and one brother, Morgan Edwin Hodge of Sumter. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. today at North Conway Baptist Church with Dr. Jeff Gaskins officiating. Burial will follow in Bakers Chapel Baptist Church Cemetery, with Masonic Rites. Memorials may be sent to North Conway Baptist Church, 1608 Sessions St., Conway, SC 29526 or to IPTAY, P.O. Box 1529, Clemson, SC 29633. Sign an online guestbook at Goldfinch Funeral Home, Conway Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.

BESSIE MAE RANSOM Funeral services for Bessie Mae Ransom, 68, of 1506 Halley Road in Rembert, will be held at 11 a.m. today at Pine Grove AME Church, with burial in the Sandhill cemetery. Viewing will be held one hour prior to service today at the church. She died Friday, June 28, 2013. Collins Funeral Home of Camden is in charge of the arrangements. CLARENCE M. STRICKLAND NORTH MYRTLE BEACH — Clarence McNeil Strickland, 65, husband of Shirley Barrett Strickland, died Sunday, June 30, 2013, at a Florence hospital. Services will be announced by Stephens Funeral Home & Crematory, 304 N. Church St., Manning, (803) 4352179. JACK C. HOWARD CHARLESTON — Jack Calvert Howard, 70, died Saturday, June 29, 2013, at White Oak Manor in Charleston. Born in Jessup, Ga., he was a son of the late Therrell “T.C.” and Iris Davis Howard. Mr. Howard served as a Vietnam veteran with the U.S. Army. He was also a retired bridge tender with Seaboard Railroad. Surviving are two sisters, Carolyn Calhoun of Charleston and Juanita Kohl of Cross. Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. today at Evergreen Memorial Park cemetery. Memorials may be made to a charity of one’s choice. Online condolences may be sent to www. Elmore Hill McCreight Funeral Home & Crematory, 221 Broad St., Sumter, is in charge of the arrangements, (803) 7759386.

NATHAN DAVIS Nathan Davis, 57, was born Oct. 22, 1955, to Eartha Mae Holmes Davis and the late John Davis Sr. He worshipped during his childhood years at Jerusalem Stuckey Baptist Church and then attended various churches during his later life. He attended the public schools of Sumter County, graduating in 1973 from Sumter High School. He completed a tour in the United States Army, and then worked various jobs until his health declined. Nathan enjoyed spending time with family and friends until his death on Friday, June 28, 2013. He leaves to cherish his memories: a daughter, Keytoia Griffin of Sumter; his mother, Eartha Mae Holmes Davis of Sumter; four brothers, his twin, Nathaniel Davis and John Davis, both of Sumter, Alexander (Joann) Davis of Pinewood and Hope Davis of Lithonia, Ga.; three sisters, Yvonne (Lindsay) Hall of Eastover, and Karen Hagler and Vicky Hagler of Inkster, Mich.; eight grandchildren; and a host of aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, John Davis Sr.; a brother, Rodney Davis; and a son, Orlando Burns. Memorial services will be held at 3 p.m. today at the John Wesley Williams Sr. Memorial Chapel, Williams Funeral Home Inc., 821 N. Main St., Sumter, with Pastor Herbert L. Boone, eulogist, and the Rev. Mary R. Harvin presiding. The family will receive friends and relatives at the home of his mother, Eartha Mae Holmes Davis, 140 E. Brewington Road, Sumter. The procession will leave at 2:30 p.m. from the home of his mother. Online memorial messages may be sent to the family at Visit us on the web at Services directed by the staff and management of Williams Funeral Home Inc., 821 N. Main St., Sumter. ROSA LEE D. HAMPTON GABLE — Rosa Lee Davis Hampton, 78, widow of Gabriel Hampton, died Friday, June 28, 2013, at her residence,

6330 Skinner Road, Gable. She was born May 13, 1935, in Sumter County, a daughter of the late Eddie William and Cassie McFadden Davis. She received her formal education and graduated from Congruity High School Class of 1955. She studied early childhood education at South Carolina State (College) University. She was employed by Wateree Commuity Actions Inc. as a teacher’s assistant at Goodwill Community Head Start Center for 28 years. At an early age, she was a member of Mulberry Baptist Church, Sumter. After marriage, she joined Goodwill Presbyterian Church USA, Mayesville. She served as a Sunday school teacher, member of the senior choir, deacon board and hope circle. She was also a member of the Order of Eastern Star Chapter No. 355 and the Household of Ruth Chapter No. 377. Celebratory services for Mrs. Hampton will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Goodwill Presbyterian Church USA, North Brick Road, Dabbs Crossroad community, Mayesville, with the Rev. Dr. Ella F. Busby, pastor, officiating, and the Rev. Samuel Sparks, the Rev. Carnell Hampton, the Rev. Nate Brock and the Rev. Dr. Franklin D. Colclough Sr. assisting. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Mrs. Hampton will lie in repose one hour before the funeral time. The family is receiving friends at her residence. These services have been entrusted to Samuels Funeral Home LLC of Manning.

JOSEPHINE H. JOHNSON Josephine Hopkins Johnson, 72, wife of Wheeler Johnson, died Sunday, June 30, 2013, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center. She was born Sept. 16, 1940, in Brooklyn, N.Y., a daughter of the late Angeline Hopkins. The family is receiving friends at the home, 205 Trillium Lane, Sumter. Funeral plans are incomplete and will be announced later by Job’s Mortuary Inc. of Sumter. STEPHEN R. LOPP Stephen Ray Lopp, age 60, died on Friday, June 28, 2013, at his residence. Born in Sikeston, Mo., he was a son of Joann Johnson McIntosh and the late Lowell Ray Lopp. Mr. Lopp worked in construction project management and his hobbies included hunting, fishing, NASCAR, playing golf, and he enjoyed watching the Atlanta Braves baseball. But his true love was South Carolina football.


He is survived by many devoted friends and family. Surviving in addition to his mother are a daughter, Lauren Lopp Norris of Chattanooga, Tenn.; and one sister, Diane Ottinger of Sikeston, Mo. Mr. Lopp was preceded in death by a brother, David Irby. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Evergreen Memorial Park cemetery with Pastor Tommy McDonald officiating. Active pallbearers will be David Barry, Brad Dollar, Chris Eron, Paul Eron, Virgil Vickley and Bob Weatherly. The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. today at Bullock Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 2711 Middleburg Drive, Columbia, SC 29204. You may sign the family’s guest book at The family has chosen Bullock Funeral Home of Sumter for the arrangements.

BILLY SANDERS Retired U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Billy “Larry” Sanders, 56, answered God’s call on Wednesday, June 26, 2013, and returned home. Born Nov. 27, 1958, in Sumter County, he was a son of the late John “Bill” and Ethel McCoy Sanders. He was educated in the public schools of Sumter County and was a graduate of the Hillcrest High School Class of 1977. After graduation, Larry joined the U.S. Marine Corps. During his 21 years of service, Larry had many achievements, including six Good Conduct medals, two Sea Service Deployment ribbons, the National Defense Service Medal, the Navy Achievement Meal Meritorious Unit Commendation, the Navy and Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon and three Meritorious Mast. After he retired from dutifully serving his country, Larry then began his career as a correctional officer in the fall of 1998 for the SumterLee Regional Detention Center (SLRDC). During his 15 years spent at

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SLRDC, Larry became a sergeant and was awarded Officer of the Year. Left to carry on his prestigious legacy is his daughter, Ashley T. Sanders; seven siblings, Vivian Herriott, Linda Wilson, John Sanders, Alvenia (Master Gunnery Sgt. Al) Lowery, Carolyn Sanders, Gary Sanders and Sammie Alston; 13 nieces and nephews, Keshawna (Kelcay) Jones, Ricardo (Christina) Wilson, Carlos, Lolita (Walter) Thomas, Keshera (Cedric) Gist, Tavita, Allison, Dana, Chacon, Richaun, Adrianna, Olivia and Priscilla; aunts and uncles, Ella Osburne, Mary (Wilbur) Smith, Hattie (Harril) Sanders, Eva McCaw, Rosale Cousars, Mamie Ella Dinkins, Louise (Samuel) Graham, Alberta (Johnny) Williams, Steral (John) Sanders, Tom Sanders, Willie (Nancy) Sanders and Edgar (Emily) Sanders; and a host of other relatives and special friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, John “Bill” and Ethel Sanders. Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Wednesday at Mount Pisgah Missionary Baptist Church, 7355 Camden Highway, Rembert, with the Rev. Anthony L. Taylor, pastor, eulogist, assisted by Evangelist Glenda Miller, Pastor Eugene Dennis, and Minister Walter Robertson III. The family will receive friends and relatives at the home of his sister, Vivian L. Herriott, 6612 Camden Highway, Rembert. The casket will be placed in the church at noon. The funeral procession will leave from the home of his sister at 12:20 p.m. The Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center will serve as floral bearers and pallbearers. The U.S. Marine Corps will serve as active pallbearers. Burial will be in the Mount Pisgah Missionary Baptist churchyard cemetery. Online memorial messages may be left for the family at williamsfuneralhome@ Visit us on the web at www.williamsfuneralhomeinc. com. Services directed by the management and staff of Williams Funeral Home Inc., 821 N. Main St., Sumter.

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

John Luther Edens, JR. #2013ES4300329 Personal Representative Margaret W. Edens 3265 Oswego Highway Sumter, SC 29153


Wilma Garrinton Morel

#2013ES4300318 Personal Representative Reta M. Whitten 716 Kawana Road Columbia, SC 29205


Ellis Young, JR.

#2013ES4300319 Personal Representative Delores E. Jones-Young, JR. C/O Calvin K. Hastie, JR. Attorney At Law 7 East Hampton Avenue Sumter, SC 29150


Mary W. Romero

#2013ES4300049 Personal Representative Stephen M. Romero C/O Patrick Killen Attorney At Law 28 North Main Street Sumter, SC 29150


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

Julie Abney Bailey

#2013ES4300317 Personal Representative John E. Bailey C/O Marvin E. McMillan JR Attorney At Law PO Box 3690


William Palmer Martin

#2013ES4300324 Personal Representative Barbara G Martin C/O Ruben Gray Sr Attorney At Law PO Box 2636 Sumter, SC 29151


Helen S. Evans

#2013ES4300310 Personal Representative Kenneth B. Stanfield Sr 1010 Atwell Street Sumter, SC 29150

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