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LOCAL: Plaza Church of Christ hosts free marriage seminar A2 THIS SUNDAY IN OPINION: S.C. education head shares statistics on school district during Sumter Legislative Day VOL. 118, NO. 119 WWW.THEITEM.COM




Parent sues principal Nutrients or calories? BY MISSY CORRIGAN Special to The Item


ow many calories do I need to eat to lose 20, 30 or 40 pounds? This is a question I get asked daily. And my answer is always the same. “I don’t know, because your body doesn’t function off calories.” The look of confusion is a typical one and thus begins a discussion in more detail. If all we needed CORRIGAN were calories to function then a doughnut would be equivalent to a chicken breast. It wouldn’t matter what kinds of foods we ate as long as we stayed within our calorie limit. But not all calories are created equally, which means not all foods are created equally. Many who are on a calorie-restricted diet will try to find ways to make their favorite pizza, ice cream or chips fit into their calorie allotment, TIPS FOR SUCCESS giving no • Read your food labels thought to • Know what you are putting the fact in your body that their • Focus on nutrient-dense foods body is • Stop counting calories • Feed your body what it needs starving • Eat until you are satisfied, for nutrinot until you’re full ents. But what about burning off the calories with exercise? Sure, calorie for calorie you are burning it off according to the numbers, but what still lingers in your body is the excess sodium, sugar, protein, carbohydrates and fats that your body can’t use at the time it was eaten. Anything consumed in excess, whether it is healthy or not, ends up being stored as fat. Trying to stuff 30 gallons of gas into a 20 gallon tank doesn’t work. So you can’t overfeed your body without negative consequences. If we continue to feed ourselves these low-nutrient foods, our bodies cannot use these foods and will store them as fat. Even low-calorie processed foods can be packed with unhealthy amounts of sodium and sugar and can contain chemicals that will hinder your progress. So don’t deprive your body of the nutrients it needs to function. Instead, feed your body the foods that it can use so there is no need to store any of it. If you are not sure how much you need of a specific nutrient, contact your local nutritionist for guidance. Missy Corrigan is director of healthy living for the Sumter Family YMCA. She can be reached at or (803) 773-1404.

Lawsuit about handling of dress code at Furman Middle BY ROBERT J. BAKER A local parent has mounted a legal challenge against a school’s administrators regarding the handling of a mandated uniform dress code policy and other matters. Charles Smith alleges in a com-

of students ... from the learning environment, ... causing them to suffer embarrassment, humiliation, stress and to fall behind in their studies.” Smith said in the lawsuit that his son was excessively targeted by school administrators, in part, because of a SEE LAWSUIT, PAGE A8

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Lt. Col. Juris Jansons greets airmen at Shaw Air Force Base on Friday at the end of the activation ceremony of the 495th Fighter Training Group. Jansons assumes command of the new Shaw-based group.

Reactivated 495th Fighter Training Group had disbanded in 1945 that number is slated to grow to about 825. Maj. Gen. Lawrence Wells, commander of the 9th Air Force at Shaw, hailed the new group as an example of the Air Force’s policy of “total force integration” at a formal activation ceremony Friday morning at the Carolina Skies Club on base. “This will allow our active-duty personnel to train with the National Guard and Reserves to take advantage of their experience,” Wells said. “History shows this will be a mutually beneficial relationship.” The ceremony was attended by airmen from both Shaw and McEntire

BY BRISTOW MARCHANT Shaw Air Force Base saw the return of a World War II veteran on Friday — not in the form of an individual, but in the form of the 495th Fighter Training Group. The group was disbanded at the end of the war in 1945 after training pilots to fly in the European war theater and was inactive until this week when it was reactivated at Shaw. The 495th will integrate activeduty airmen with members of the Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard, including the guardsmen at McEntire Joint National Guard Base near Eastover, for combined training.

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plaint filed March 1 in Sumter County common pleas court that the code’s enforcement by Furman Middle School Principal Maria NewtonTa’Bon, Eighth Grade Assistant Principal Jeffrey Barrineau and Assistant Principal and Site Administrator Gregory Jones has been “arbitrary and capricious, (resulting) in the removal

Jansons, right, assumes command of the 495th Fighter Training Group with the passing of the flag from 9th Air Force commander Maj. Gen. Lawrence Wells, left. The training group has been inactive since World War II.

Under the command of Lt. Col. Juris Jansons, the Shaw-based group will oversee nine other Air Combat Command units at



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Suspect: Moonshine clouds memory of home invasion BY ROBERT J. BAKER MANNING — Victor Latimer told a circuit court judge on Wednesday this week that drinking moonshine led him to remember little about his part in the home invasion of a Manning restaurant owner and the subsequent car chase during which the victim was shot in the shoulder. Latimer, 28, of Eastover, pleaded guilty Wednesday to second-degree burglary and

assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature before 3rd Circuit Judge George C. James during a hearing at the Clarendon County Courthouse. He was charged initially with armed robbery, assault and battery with intent to kill, first-degree burglary and possession of a firearm during a violent crime shortly after he and reportedly two other suspects robbed Guanguan Ren at the man’s Sumter Court home in Manning on April 16, 2006. Ren had closed his Mill

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pects in his Pontiac minivan on S.C. 261 toward Paxville. “When Mr. Latimer realized they were being followed, he opened fire,” said 3rd Circuit Assistant Solicitor LaRone Washington. “The victim was hit in the shoulder.” Latimer was injured after Ren’s vehicle rammed the Cavalier. He was found in the parking lot of the Walmart Supercenter, which was then under construction. “I didn’t really remember what happened,” Latimer said.

“Our vehicle ran off the road and I got injured ... I had been drinking moonshine.” Clarendon County Public Defender Scott Robinson told James that the state has little forensic evidence tying Latimer to the crime. However, one of the other suspects implicated him, and Ren identified Latimer as his assailant. Robinson said his client spent six months in jail before making bond. James agreed Latimer would receive credit for any time served.


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“The word we’re all afraid of is ‘commitment,’” Schnur said. Plaza Church of Christ “We’re afraid of failure. ‘I is hosting a free marriage might not keep it or they conference later this might not keep it, and I month. don’t need that hurt.’” “With the divorce rate The goal of the conthe way it is and a lot of ference will be to learn people choosing today to mature ways to solve live together instead of problems, and the focus making that commitwill be communication. ment, we thought it was “My marriage and a good idea,” said Stewevery marriage I’ve art Schnur. His nondeheard of, there are probnominational fellowship lems,” Schnur said. does not use titles such “That’s normal. We don’t as “pastor” or want them to “reverend.” fester. We “There will be WANT TO GO? want to prono collections. cess the isIt is a totally WHAT: Marriage seminar sues, (but) free seminar. with Terry E. Gunnells men and It’s our work WHEN: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. women think for Christ to March 23 differently. We provide this WHERE: Plaza Church of have to put for the church Christ, 1402 Camden Road/ forth effort, and commuU.S. 521, Sumter (and) you nity.” COST: Free can’t keep the The speakFOR MORE: (803) 905-3163 single minder will be set. It’s an adTerry E. Gunjustment benells, author and teacher cause it’s not uniquely at Amridge University in yours; now it’s ours.” Montgomery, Ala. Two Gunnells will also dissessions will be held in cuss money, sex and the morning and two in God. the afternoon. Lunch “When we (married will be provided, and couples) have problems, there will be time for a God is like a referee who question-and-answer wants no losers,” Schnur session. said. “He wants everyone In 2010, the latest sta- to be winners.” tistics available on www. While preregistration, there were is not required, a head 14,466 divorces in South count for the lunch is apCarolina, and Sumter preciated. To RSVP or for contributed 362 divorces more information, call to that figure. The folthe church at (803) 905lowing year, there was an 3163. average of 40 divorces Reach Jade Anderson per day in the state. at (803) 774-1250. BY JADE ANDERSON


Street restaurant about 11 p.m., arriving home to Latimer jumping out at him and demanding money. Ren ran into his home, where four family members, including a 5-yearold, were also present. According to reports, Latimer chased Ren into the home, robbing the residents of about $200. He got $10 in change from the child, according to reports. Latimer and the other suspects then reportedly fled in an older-model Chevrolet Cavalier, but Ren pursued the sus-



We’ve all had those jobs that seem to make time drag on ... and on ... and on. Minutes seem like hours, and the work day becomes an eternity. But for Dinelle Oliver, a waver for Liberty Tax Service, it’s no problem at all. Oliver, 24, spends hours at a time standing near the sidewalk outside the office on South Lafeyette Drive waving to those who drive or walk past the establishment. The Sumter native is in his second year in the trademark gown and crown of the Statue of Liberty, and he said he has quite a handle on the position. SO HOW DO YOU PASS THE TIME OUT HERE?

I listen to music, lots of music. I mostly listen to R&B music, like Usher or Trey Songz. DOES THAT REALLY HELP?

Yeah. You forget how long you’ve been out here when you listen to music you really like. It also helps me stay calm with all the traffic driving by. I’M GUESSING YOU ENJOY YOUR JOB, THOUGH?

Oh yes. You get to see all kinds of people. IS THERE ANY PARTICULAR PART ABOUT BEING OUT HERE YOU LIKE?

I like all of it; the sunshine, the exercise and the people honking horns and waving back to me. HAS ANYONE EVER REALLY MESSED WITH YOU WHILE YOU’RE OUT HERE?

No. Everyone’s pretty nice. They all smile and wave. HOW LONG ARE YOU OUT HERE EACH DAY?

We work in 4-hour shifts.

League will hold Monday meeting The Sumter County League of Women Voters will meet at 6 p.m. Monday in the Seminar Room of the Central Carolina Technical College Health Sciences Building on South Main Street. Guest speaker will be Major Ervin D. Smith, who is assigned to the Cyberspace and Information Operations Division, Third Army/U.S. Army Forces Central Command. Smith will share his expertise on cyber secu-

rity. The public is invited to attend. While Smith’s presentation will be of interest to everyone, it will be especially important to those who use social media such as Facebook and Twitter.


I don’t get a lot of chatter out here, but every once in a while, someone stops to talk. AND WHERE DO YOU TELL THEM TO GET THEIR TAXES DONE?

Oh, Liberty Tax Service, of course.

CORRECTION | In Friday’s police blotter report, 19-year-old Cody Dean Laux was incorrectly listed with a group of suspects arrested Tuesday for breaking and entering a pool house in the 200 block of Rast Street.

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Sumter historian to address Lee Historical Society FROM STAFF REPORTS BISHOPVILLE — Charles J. Broadwell of Sumter will be the guest speaker at Tuesday’s meeting of the Lee County Historical Society. Broadwell is a self-taught historian who has BROADWELL published two books on historical events of local interest and will be available to sign copies of his works, which are also available in the books section of the South Carolina Cotton Museum. His presenta-

tion will focus on Millford Plantation. Among his many activities in historical organizations in Sumter, Broadwell serves as a docent at Millford Plantation. This historic home is located near Pinewood and, quoting from its pamphlet: “Millford, originally home of Susan Hampton and John Laurence Manning, is one of the most majestic historic sites in the Southern United States. This Greek Revival masterpiece was built in 18391841 and still retains (much) of the original furniture, paintings and objects.�

Broadwell attended St. John’s High School in Darlington and then Clemson University, graduating in 1960. Beginning a career in banking, he worked for The National Bank of South Carolina for 42 years, retiring in Sumter. He married Belle Elaine Fishburne; they have two children and five grandchildren. Developing a love of places, people and events, Broadwell has immersed himself in his pursuit of history. He has remained active in the field by serving on many boards and holding many offices of organizations that focus on a

study of history. He is the vice chairman of the Sumter County Museum, a board member of the Sumter County Historical Society, archivist of the Sumter County Genealogical Society and a board member of the Confederation of S.C. Local History Societies. He is also on the boards of directors of Cowasee Basin Task Force, the Hamer-Scarborough Foundation (Kenningston Plantation of Richland County) and the Sumter Historical Commission. Currently, Broadwell serves as a docent at Millford Plantation, home of Gov. John Laurence Manning,

as well as being a caretaker of Bloom Hill and Singleton Cemeteries, two Revolutionary War era family burial sites. Broadwell brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to his presentations. His active involvement with the various organizations reveals his deep love of history. He will speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the S.C. Cotton Museum. 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. To get to the museum from Sumter, take U.S. 15 north to Bishopville and turn left at the third traffic light; the museum is the second building on the left. For more information call (803) 4283646.


ABOVE: From left, Loretta Logan and Maggie Hunter debate whether they can go back for dessert after having tasted several of the dishes at the event. RIGHT: Susie McMaster smiles after being announced as the top winner for her chicken and dumplings in the One Pot Cook-Off sponsored by the Shepherd’s Center of Sumter. Earl Whitbeck won second prize for his shrimp gumbo, and Jerry Domrese took third for his ribs.


Betty Langston, left, tastes manicotti prepared by Jerry Domrese, center, as Brenda Riley looks on. Domrese won third place for his ribs in the Shepherd’s Center’s One Pot Cook-Off on Friday. The event is a fundraiser for the center that serves older Sumter residents.


S.C. prints 1,100 new voter photo ID cards COLUMBIA (AP) — State election officials have printed over 1,100 photo identification cards for voters to use at the polls to comply with South Carolina’s new voter ID law. The cards are issued by counties but made at the State Election Commission’s headquarters because officials determined there wouldn’t be enough demand to send a printer to all 46 counties, commission spokesman Christ Whitmire said Friday. The actual number of voters who have requested the cards is lower, because the 1,100 printed include duplicates made to correct errors and test cards printed for counties to look at, Whitmire said. South Carolina’s law requiring voters to show a photo identification to cast a regular ballot gets its first big test later this month during primaries for the open 1st District U.S. House race in the Lowcountry. The law has been in effect for months and used in smaller contests such as a special election for a Greenville state House seat and several of municipal elections. Few problems have been reported. “I’d say a handful at most, and none were serious,� Whitmire said.


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Ann Oganesian, left, of Newton, Mass., pauses as she speaks with a State Department employee about job opportunities with the federal government during a job fair in Boston.

U.S. adds 236K jobs WASHINGTON (AP) — A burst of hiring last month added 236,000 U.S. jobs and reduced the unemployment rate to 7.7 percent from 7.9 percent in January. The robust gains suggested that the economy can strengthen further despite higher taxes and government spending cuts. The February jobs report issued Friday by the Labor Department provided encouraging details: The unemployment rate is at its lowest level in four years. Job growth has averaged more than 200,000 a month since November. Wages rose. And the job gains were broad-based, led by the most construction hiring in six years. Employers have been emboldened by a rebounding U.S. economy. The housing, auto and manufacturing sectors have improved. Corporate profits are strong. And the

Dow Jones industrial average is at a record high. The unemployment rate, which had been stuck at 7.8 percent or above since September, declined mostly because more people found work. Another factor was that 130,000 people without jobs stopped looking for work last month. The government doesn’t count them as unemployed. The unemployment rate is calculated from a survey of households. The job gains are derived from a separate survey of employers. The 236,000 jobs that were added in February is a historically solid total. And it would have been higher if governments were contributing to job growth, rather than subtracting from it as they have for nearly four years. Governments cut 10,000 jobs in February.

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Federal workers brace for furloughs WASHINGTON (AP) — First there was a two-year pay freeze. Now furloughs loom, as federal agencies make personnel costs a prime target for across-the-board budget cuts that went into effect last week. The result: anxiety and low morale in a workforce often envied for its job security. “It would certainly put a strain on things,” said Jonathan Schweizer, 61, an environmental engineer at the Environmental Protection Agency in Chicago who could be forced to take up to 13 days of unpaid leave this year. “I’d probably have to run up some credit card debt or defer maintenance on my home

that I’d otherwise consider important.” Government agencies vary widely in how they are dealing with the “sequester,” as the automatic cuts are called, according to labor unions that represent federal workers. Federal workers could face seven days of furloughs at the Housing and Urban Development Department, while Homeland Security personnel might see twice that number. More than half of the nation’s 2.1 million federal workers could be furloughed over the next six months. The federal government is the country’s single largest employer, with its employees making up

about 1.2 percent of the nation’s work force. “A lot of people think federal employees are fat-cat bureaucrats in Washington, but they don’t realize more than 85 percent of these workers live outside of D.C.,” said Tim Kauffman, spokesman for the American Federation of Government Employees. “A lot of them are not highly paid folks, like VA nurses and emergency response workers.” AFGE, which represents more than 600,000 federal workers, is trying to keep track of all the different furlough plans as their members face the prospect of lost wages during mandatory time off with-

out pay and growing frustration about getting work done. It seems the federal workforce is under constant attack these days, particularly from Republican lawmakers who want to shrink government and contend federal employees are overpaid with more generous benefits compared to the private sector. Even President Obama supported the pay freeze, though he has issued an executive order that will give workers a 0.5 percent cost-of-living raise set for April. Still, Congress could take action that prevents the raise from happening. The latest unemployment numbers offered even more

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Justin Ainsworth, Oregon DFW biologist, inspects a boat that washed up on Gleneden Beach, Ore. Scientists say the 30-foot boat that washed ashore on the central Oregon coast appears to be debris from the March 2011 Japan tsunami. BELOW: A sandal found in Hawaii by a beachcomber is seen. The film team behind a documentary project, aimed at telling the stories behind items that wash ashore from the 2011 tsunami in Japan, have not yet found the owner or linked it to the disaster.


Project focuses on stories behind debris BY BECKY BOHRER Associated Press Writer JUNEAU, Alaska — A ball. A boat. A little girl’s sandal. Filmmakers are working to find — and tell — the stories behind some of the items that have washed up on North American shores following the deadly 2011 tsunami in Japan. “Lost and Found” aims to reunite items discovered by beachcombers and others who feel compelled to return them to their rightful owners, codirector John Choi said. A trailer for the film, which is still being produced, features two men affected by the items they’ve found. John Anderson found a volleyball on a beach in Washington state and Marcus Eriksen, head of an expedition that sailed from Japan to Hawaii to look for tsunami debris last year, found part of a boat. Neither of the items has been linked to their original owners yet. “It was just like, Whoa, oh man! There’s one of them balls with all the writing on it,” Anderson says in the clip. “I’m more interested in the story behind it. You know, I would sure like to know what happened to these people. It would be nice to know that they survived or this was at home while they were away — just this got washed away.” Eriksen said when his team first saw the boat, there was initial excite-

bad news for government workers as federal employment, excluding the U.S. Postal Service, shrank by 4,200 jobs last month. That’s the fifth straight month of cuts, which may reflect a trend toward greater belt-tightening. Schweizer conceded that working for the federal government remains a lot more stable than other industries, but he said the comfort level has changed. “We’ve definitely been squeezed financially,” he said. “People have left and haven’t been replaced. That puts more pressure on us as far as getting the job done and it certainly hurts morale in my office.”

‘I’m more interested in the story behind it. You know, I would sure like to know what happened to these people.’ John Anderson ment, “because we had been watching the ocean for a few weeks, just wondering what’s out there. But when we approached this, it quickly went from fascination and excitement to, like, the sobering reality that this was someone’s property, and we were very quickly filled with compassion about, you know, who lost this boat.” “They didn’t lose it,” he said in the clip. “It was taken from them by natural disaster, so I feel compelled to find that individual.” Monday marks the two-year anniversary of the disaster, which devastated a long stretch of Japan’s northeastern coast and killed thousands of people. The Japanese government estimated that 1.5 million tons of debris was floating in the ocean in the immediate aftermath of the tsunami, but it’s not clear how

much is still floating. Tsunami debris is tough to monitor and distinguish from the everyday debris — much of it from Asia — that has long been a problem along the West Coast. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said just 21 items of the more than 1,500 reports of possible tsunami debris — including balls, a motorcycle and boats — have been firmly traced back to the tsunami. However, the agency lists scores of other items along the West Coast and across the Pacific Ocean as potentially linked. Choi first got the idea for the documentary about 1½ years ago, after hearing a news report discussing a tsunami debris field. He started thinking about what might wash ashore and how cool it would be if there was an effort to return found items. He connected with co-director Nicolina Lanni. At the time, he said, nothing had washed ashore. The effort took off after they met Seattle-based oceanographer Curtis Ebbesmeyer, who shared his thoughts on what might happen and encouraged them in their effort. The Canada-based filmmakers have been filming, on and off, for about a year. They established a network of contributors and at times

have been involved in trying to track down information on items found, such as the little pink-and-purple sandal. A woman they met at a recent beachcomber fair found the shoe in Hawaii. A picture of it was posted on the film’s Facebook page, asking for help translating the handwriting on it. So far, he said, the team is looking at six stories, three of which involve items already traced to their owners. “Our film is about 3 countries, 2 continents, separated by the great vastness of the Pacific Ocean coming together to share in the memories, mourn the losses and find great joy in the reuniting of something once thought to be lost forever but has now been found,” a description of the project, on the Facebook page, says.

WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Obama and lawmakers spar over huge federal deficits, they’re confronted by a classic contradiction: Most Americans want government austerity, a survey shows, but they also want increased spending on a host of popular programs: education, crime fighting, health care, Social Security, the environment and more. Less for defense, space and foreign aid. The newly released General Social Survey asked people whether they think spending in specific categories is “too much,” “too little” or “about right.” It covers the public’s shifting priorities from 1973, when Richard Nixon was president, through 2012 with Obama in the White House. “Despite a dislike of taxes, more people have always favored increases in spending than cuts,” wrote the survey’s director, Tom W. Smith, of the independent research organization NORC at the University of Chicago. While people’s priorities shift over the years, they’ve not changed on one category. Foreign aid has been stuck firmly in last place since the survey began. Last year, 65 percent of those surveyed thought there was “too much,” 25 percent checked “about right” and a slim 11 percent said “too little.” The numbers are not much changed from 1973 — when 73 percent said too much on foreign aid, 22 percent just right and 5 percent too little. Various polls have consistently shown the public thinks foreign aid is a far bigger slice of the spending pie than it actually is. Foreign aid amounts to loose change, hovering for years at 1 percent or less of the federal budget, compared with defense spending and “entitlement” programs like Social Security and Medicare. Those are among the biggest deficit drivers and a focal point in Washington’s recent budget debates. The survey shows the public is largely opposed to cuts in entitlement programs but tilts toward cuts in the defense budget. To reach all these conclusions, Smith devised an index that boils down his findings to a single number for each category. If everyone favored more spending for a given program area, the maximum score would be +100; and if everyone wanted less spending, the score would be a negative number, -100. On this scale, top-ranked “improving education” in 2012 scored +68.4 while bottomrated foreign aid scored a -60.4. Support for defense spending has swung back and forth between negative and positive over four decades. It posted a -28.4 in 1973 near the end of the politically divisive Vietnam War, turned positive in 1978 and peaked at +48.9 in 1980. It returned to negative territory from 1983 to 2000. But after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorism attacks and the start of the war in Afghanistan, support for more defense spending again went positive — through 2004.

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The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Program will offer free income tax assistance and electronic filing for taxpayers with low to middle incomes 9 a.m.3 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays through April 10 at the Shepherdâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Center, 24 Council St. Call Lynda at (803) 469-8322 or Sandra at (803) 469-2052. Goodwill of Sumter will offer free tax services 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays through April 20 in the Job-Link Center of Goodwill, 1028 Broad St. Call (803) 240-8355. The Sumter High School Class of 1973 will meet at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 10, at the home of Smiley Myers, 1125 Falling Waters Lane, to finalize plans for the 40year class reunion. Call (803) 316-0052. The Sumter Branch NAACP Women in the NAACP (WIN) Program will be held at 5 p.m. Sunday, March 10, at Mt. Pisgah AME Church, 217 W. Bartlette St. The Ashwood Central High School Classes of 1977 and 1976 will meet at 5 p.m. Sunday, March 10, at McDonaldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in Bishopville. Plans for the Aug. 2-4 reunion will be discussed. Call Debra Martin Mickens at (803) 229-2445 or Barbara Mathis Wactor at (803) 983-5132. The Cherryvale COPs will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, March 11, at Cherryvale Community Center, 4340 Confederate Road. Sheriff Anthony Dennis will speak. The agenda includes the monthly COP officer activity report. Call Marilyn Moore at (803) 494-8920. The DeLaine Community Coalition will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, at the DeLaine Center, Eagle and Cane Savannah Road. Col. Leroy Taylor, of the S.C. State Transport Police, and Officer Wade War, of the Sumter County Department of Transportation, will speak. The National Federation of the Blind (Sumter Chapter) will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, at Shiloh-Randolph Manor, 125 W. Bartlette St. Erik Hayes, director of Emergency Management, will speak. Transportation provided within the mileage radius. Contact Debra Canty at (803) 7755792 or at Call (206) 376-5992 to place an ad for the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Commemorative Album.â&#x20AC;?

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Syfyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s latest cheap knockoff: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Flying Monkeysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; BY KEVIN MCDONOUGH All hail cheap knockoffs! While others celebrate the release of Disneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new and expensive big-screen variation on â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Wizard of Oz,â&#x20AC;? let us praise â&#x20AC;&#x153;Flying Monkeysâ&#x20AC;? (9 p.m. Saturday, Syfy, TV-14). A young woman from Gale, Kan., receives a pet monkey that turns out to have special and malevolent powers. As the title implies, it can fly. But itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also an evil shape-shifter, and nobody likes that in a house pet. (OK, some cat owners may beg to differ.) This low-budget offering is not without cult movie connections. It stars Electra Avellan (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Grindhouseâ&#x20AC;?), who, according to, happens to be director Robert Rodriguezâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s niece-in-law. It pays to have connections. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Flying Monkeysâ&#x20AC;? is also director Robert Grasmereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first feature. â&#x20AC;˘ Speaking of TV movies steeped in cheap exploitation, Timothy Busfield (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thirtysomethingâ&#x20AC;?) stars in the 2013 potboiler â&#x20AC;&#x153;Restless Virginsâ&#x20AC;? (8 p.m. Saturday, Lifetime). Turmoil engulfs a posh prep school when the school newspaperâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s editor publishes an explicit video featuring five members of the school lacrosse team. Based on a book by Abi-

gail Jones and Marissa Miley. â&#x20AC;˘ More than 30 years in the public eye, Brooke Shields joins the cast of the cable drama â&#x20AC;&#x153;Army Wivesâ&#x20AC;? (9 p.m. Sunday, Lifetime, TVPG) as the popular series enters its seventh season. Over the years, sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s transformed from the precocious child model and actress (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pretty Babyâ&#x20AC;?) to television star (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Suddenly Susanâ&#x20AC;?), while maintaining a good deal of public affection. Shields, who has recently played a not-sonice neighbor on â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Middle,â&#x20AC;? joins â&#x20AC;&#x153;Army Wivesâ&#x20AC;? as Air Force Col. Katherine â&#x20AC;&#x153;Katâ&#x20AC;? Young, a strong-willed woman who flies C-17 transport planes and plays second fiddle to no man. Needless to say, she raises eyebrows the second she touches down on the base. â&#x20AC;˘ The miniseries â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Bibleâ&#x20AC;? (8 p.m. Sunday, History, TV-14) covers stories in the Old Testament, from Joshua and the battle of Jericho to the construction of Solomonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Temple. Not unexpectedly, this series attracted a very healthy audience last Sunday. History Channelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Vikingsâ&#x20AC;? (10 p.m. Sunday, TV-14) was also a success. Tonight, Ragnar (Travis Fimmel) and his ragtag gang venture into dark and mysterious waters and chance

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upon a land of deep faith and rich plunder. â&#x20AC;˘ In a tweet heard â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;round the world last week, actress Olivia Wilde (â&#x20AC;&#x153;House, M.D.,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;The O.C.â&#x20AC;?) advised Justin Bieber to â&#x20AC;&#x153;put your (expletive) shirt on.â&#x20AC;? She apparently thought that the 19-year-old pop star needed to look â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and act â&#x20AC;&#x201D; his age. I wish somebody would send 34-year-old actress Jennifer Love Hewitt a similar missive. She stars in â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Client Listâ&#x20AC;? (10 p.m. Sunday, Lifetime, TV-14), now entering its second season. For the uninitiated, Hewitt plays a recently dumped Texas wife and mother who takes a job at a massage parlor, only to be shocked that some clients want something â&#x20AC;&#x153;extra.â&#x20AC;? This allows Hewittâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s character to strut around in skimpy outfits and flimsy lingerie while engaging in heart-toheart conversations with really good-looking men who pay her for her â&#x20AC;&#x153;company.â&#x20AC;? The former â&#x20AC;&#x153;Party of Fiveâ&#x20AC;? star already had a reputation for showing off her obvious assets before this silly, sleazy show debuted. Now it just

seems sad. Lady, grow up. And put a shirt on. â&#x20AC;˘ The four-part special â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kingdom of the Oceansâ&#x20AC;? (8 p.m. and 9 p.m., National Geo Wild, TV-G, concludes next Sunday) kicks off with â&#x20AC;&#x153;fish out of waterâ&#x20AC;? stories. We meet marine iguanas that are the only lizards to dive, swim and feast on the bottom of the ocean. There are fish that return the favor, spending as much as a half-hour on â&#x20AC;&#x153;dryâ&#x20AC;? land. There are also cormorants that have adapted so well to swimming, diving and bottom feeding in the ocean that they have abandoned the ability to fly. Apparently, the algae are always greener on the other side.

Saturdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Highlights â&#x20AC;˘ An old secret distracts Reid on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ripper Streetâ&#x20AC;? (9 p.m., BBC America, TV-MA). â&#x20AC;˘ Jude Law, Mila Kunis, Dame Judi Dench and Olly Murs appear on â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Graham Norton Showâ&#x20AC;? (10:15 p.m., BBC America, TV-14). â&#x20AC;˘ Justin Timberlake hosts and performs on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Saturday Night Liveâ&#x20AC;?

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Sundayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Highlights â&#x20AC;˘ Scheduled on â&#x20AC;&#x153;60 Minutesâ&#x20AC;? (7 p.m., CBS): tainted injections linked to meningitis; Barcelonaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unfinished cathedral; Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg. â&#x20AC;˘ Flandersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; beatnik parents prefer Homer on â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Simpsonsâ&#x20AC;? (8 p.m., Fox, TV-PG). â&#x20AC;˘ Dark magic on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Once Upon a Timeâ&#x20AC;? (8 p.m., ABC, TV-PG). â&#x20AC;˘ The devil you know on â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Good Wifeâ&#x20AC;? (9 p.m., CBS, TV-14). â&#x20AC;˘ A business trip to Orlando on â&#x20AC;&#x153;All-Star Celebrity Apprenticeâ&#x20AC;? (9 p.m., NBC, TV-PG). â&#x20AC;˘ Hannah feels editorial pressure on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Girlsâ&#x20AC;? (9 p.m., HBO, TV-MA). â&#x20AC;˘ Details change at the last moment on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Red Widowâ&#x20AC;? (10 p.m., ABC, TV-PG).

Cult Choice An all-star cast (Greta Garbo, Joan Crawford, John Barrymore, Wallace Beery, Lionel Barrymore) checks into the 1932 melodrama â&#x20AC;&#x153;Grand Hotelâ&#x20AC;? (8 p.m. Saturday, TCM).

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Forest Service may let more fires burn BY JASON DEAREN The Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO â&#x20AC;&#x201D; After coming in $400 million over budget following last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s busy fire season, the Forest Service is altering its approach and may let more fires burn instead of attacking every one. The move, quietly made in a letter late last month by Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell, brings the agency more in line with the National Parks Service and back to what it had done until last year. It also answers critics who said the agency wasted money and endangered firefighters by battling fires in remote areas that posed little or no danger to property or critical habitat. Tidwell played down the change, saying itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s simply an â&#x20AC;&#x153;evolution of the science and the ex-

pertiseâ&#x20AC;? that has led to more emphasis on prefire planning and managed burns, which involve purposely setting fires to eliminate dead trees and other fuels that could help a wildfire quickly spread. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have to be able to structure (fire management) this way to help all of us,â&#x20AC;? Tidwell said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re thinking about the right things when we make these decisions.â&#x20AC;? The more aggressive approach instituted last year was prompted by fears that fires left unchecked would quickly devour large swaths of the droughtstricken West, Tidwell said. New Mexico and Colorado reported record fire seasons in 2012, and with dry conditions remaining in much of the region, 2013 could be another bad year in the West.


Smoke billows from the Little Bear fire in southeastern New Mexico near Ruidoso, N.M., on June 9, 2012. The Forest Service may let more fires burn instead of attacking each one after coming in $400 million over budget last year.

In all, the agency oversees about 193 million acres in 43 states. But the â&#x20AC;&#x153;kill all firesâ&#x20AC;? approach angered watchdog groups and environmentalists, who said it was expensive and ignored fireâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s natural ability

to rid the landscape of dangerous fuels and bolster forest ecology. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This new policy gives a lot more flexibility. It takes the blanket policy where every fire was treated the same and gives fire managers

more options,â&#x20AC;? said Timothy Ingalsbee, executive director of Firefighters United for Safety, Ethics and Ecology. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Chief Tidwellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s move should restore the confidence of the fire management community

Church Directory Losing to Win


Sumter Seventh-Day Adventist 103 N Pike West 775-4455 Pastor Samuel Bonham Sat. Sch: 9:15am, Worship: 11:00 am Tues Bible Study 7 pm

Baptist - Missionary

Salem Missionary Baptist Church 320 West Fulton Street 803-775-8054 Rev. Lei F. Washington Sun. Worship 10:00am Sun School 6:00pm Tue. Prayer Service 5:30pm Wed. Fellowship Dinner 6:00pm

Baptist - Southern Grace Baptist Church 219 W Calhoun St * 778-6417 Dr. Stephen Williams S.S. 9:45 am; Worship 11:00, 6:30 Wed. Meal-Choir-Missions: 5:30 pm Wed. Bible Study: 6:30 pm Hickory Road Baptist Church 1245 Cherryvale Dr 803-494-8281 Dr. Ron Taylor Pastor Sunday School 9:45am Worship 10:55am Long Branch Baptist Church 2535 Peach Orchard Rd. Dalzell 499-1838 James R. Allen Sun School 10:00am Worship 11:00am Sun Evening Worship 6:00pm Wed Mid Week Service 7:00 pm Midway Baptist Church 1210 Plowden Mill Rd 803-481-5064 Raymond Tobias, Pastor Mickey Lloyd Assoc. Pastor Sun. School 10am Worship 11am Tues. 6:30pm Pine Grove Baptist Church 433 Old Manning Road * 481-2041 Rev. Don Riner, Pastor Sunday School 10:00am Worship 10:50am Shaw Heights Baptist Church 2030 Peach Orchard Rd 499-4997 Rev. Walt Phillips Interim Pastor Sunday School 9:45am Sunday Worship 11:00am & 6:00pm

St John United Methodist Church 136 Poinsett Dr * 803-773-8185 Rev. J. Robert (Bob) Huggins Sunday School 9:30 am Worship 11:00 am Wed. Night Supper/Bible Study 6:30pm

City of Refuge Church $BSPMJOB"WFt Pastors Barbara and Johnny Davis 4VOEBZ4DIPPMBNt8PSTIJQBN Wednesday Bible Study: 7:00pm

Trinity United Methodist Church 226 W Liberty St * 773-9393 Rev. Kevin Gorry Contemporary Worship 8:45 Traditional Worship 11:00 Sunday school 9:45

Love Covenant Church 245 Oswego Hwy * 775-7605 Apostle Tommy Fredrick Prophet Angela Frederick Sunday Worship: 11:00 am Thursday Bible Study: 7:00 pm

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Jehovah Missionary Baptist Church 803 S Harvin St. * 775-4032 Marion H Newton, Pastor Sunday Worship: 7:45 & 10:45 am Sunday Youth Service: 10:45 am Wednesday Bible Study: 7:00 pm


Sometimes youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got to lose to win; how often we discover this in life. We endure some discomfort as our baby teeth come out and the â&#x20AC;&#x153;grown-upâ&#x20AC;? teeth begin to come in. In the same way, we might experience some pain in our lives as the Creator makes way for those traits that help us become spiritual â&#x20AC;&#x153;grown-upsâ&#x20AC;?. The path ahead may not always be clear to us, but we can have the courage to let God work His divine will. Visit your house of worship this week and get on the path to becoming a faithful and joyful spiritual being. Psalms 42

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Catholic - Roman

Plaza Church of Christ 1402 Camden Hwy. * 905-3163 Stewart Schnur cell 361-8449 Sunday School: 10 am Sunday Worship: 11 am & 6 pm Wed. Bible Class: 7 pm

The Catholic Community of Sumter/ St. Anne Site 216 E Liberty St * 803-773-3524 Fr. Thomas Burke, C.Ss.R. Weekend Masses: Sat Vigil 5pm Sun. 7:30, 9:00 and 11:30 am Mass


The Catholic Community of Sumter, St. Jude Site 611 W. Oakland Ave * 773-9244 Fr. Charles Michael Donovan, C.Ss.R. Saturday Vigil: 5:00 pm Sun. Euch.: 9:00, 11:30 am, 1 pm (Spanish)

Church of the Holy Cross 335 North Kings Hwy (Hwy 261 N) 803-494-8101 The Rev. Daniel Lee Clarke Jr Christian Education 9:00 am Holy Eucharist 10:00 am Morning Prayer Tues-Thurs 7:30am Holy Communion Wed. 12:00 pm


Lemira Presbyterian Church 514 Boulevard Rd * 473-5024 Pastor Dan Rowton Sunday School 10:00 am Worship 11:00 am Bible Study 6:00 pm

Bible Fellowship Church 227 Broad St *773-7101 Pastor Jim Ketchum Sunday Worship: 11 am Worship 6:00pm Sunday School: 9:45 am Wed. Prayer Meeting 7:00pm

Victory Full Gospel Interdenominational Church 601 Pitts Rd * 481-7003 Joann P. Murrill, Pastor Sunday Worship: 11:00 am Youth Bible Study/Respect Monday: 7pm

Lutheran - ELCA

Christ Community Church(CCC) 525 Oxford St, Sumter 803-934-9718 Pastor Toby Toburen Sun. Worship 10:00am (Patriot Hall)

St James Lutheran Church 1137 Alice Dr, Sumter 773-2260 / Pastor Keith Getz Sunday Worship: 10:00 am Sunday School: 9:00 am

First Church of God 1835 Camden Rd * 905-5234 Ron Bower, Pastor Sunday Worship: 10:30 am Sunday School: 9:30 am

Lutheran - NALC

Miracle Deliverance Temple COSC (Church Of A Second Chance) 1010 North Guignard Drive*934-1444 Apostle Larry DeRant, Bishop Sunday School 10:30am & worship 11:30am

Immanuel Lutheran Church 140 Poinsett Drive * 803-883-1049 Worship Service 9:00 am Sunday School 10:30 am Nursery provided Wed Bible Class: 6:30 pm

Swan Lake Presbyterian Church 912 Haynsworth St Sumter 803-775-3146 Pastor Chuck Staggs Sunday School 9:45 Worship 11:00

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The Salvation Army 16 Kendrick St * 775-9336 Major Robbie Robbins Sunday School: 9:45 am Worship Service: 11 am Wednesday Mid Week Lift: 7 pm Wednesday Men Fellowship & Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Home League: 7:30 pm

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Pentecostal-United First United Penecostal Church 14 Plowden Mill Rd * 775-9493 Pastor Theron Smith Sunday Service: 10:00 am & 6:30 pm Wednesday Bible Study: 7:30 pm

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Sumter First Pentecostal Holiness Church 2609 McCrays Mill Rd * 481-8887 S. Paul Howell, Pastor Sunday School: 10:00 am Sunday Worship: 10:45 am & 6:00 pm Wed. Worship/Youth Group: 7:00 pm

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DEBRA C. IVEY Debra Marie Carroll Ivey, age 54, beloved wife of Charles Thomas “Bud” Ivey, died on Thursday, March 7, 2013, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center. Born in Fayetteville, N.C., she was a daughter of the late Ralph and Jane Carroll. Mrs. Ivey was the first female firefighter for the city of Sumter and continued to serve as a volunteer firefighter with the Wedgefield station for IVEY many years. Mrs. Ivey later worked as a server for Ryan’s Steak House and Golden Corral, before her precious grandchildren entered the world. Mrs. Ivey was an amazing lady who always had a smile on her face and loved people. She had a zeal for life and treasured making memories with her family and friends. She was a member of Wedgefield Baptist Church, where she served on the building steering committee to lead the efforts to build a new sanctuary. Mrs. Ivey will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend to all. Surviving in addition to her husband are two sons, Trevor Ivey and Brandon Ivey and his wife, Nikki; two daughters, Amber Ivey and Cherish Ivey, all of Wedge-

field; one brother, Matt Carroll; three sisters, Brenda Hamilton, Angie Goodman and Kathy Stacey; and two grandchildren, Lillie and Kerrigan. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Laurie. A funeral service will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday at Wedgefield Baptist Church with the Rev. Darryl R. Davids officiating. Interment will follow in Wedgefield Baptist Church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Bullock Funeral Home. Active pallbearers will be David Ardis, Mike Ardis, Daniel Goodman, Davy Goodman, Doug Mathis and Justin Stacey. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Lillie and Kerrigan Ivey’s College Education Fund, C/O Safe Federal Credit Union, P.O. Box 2088, Sumter, SC 29151. You may sign the family’s guest book at The family has chosen Bullock Funeral Home of Sumter for the arrangements.

CHYLENE D. TROXEL Chylene Kay Dowden Troxel, 40, died Wednesday, March 6, 2013, at her home. Born in Lafayette, Ind., she was a daughter of Michael L. Dowden and Chrissy Kinderman Smoak.


Surviving are two sons, Jacob Isenhower and Trenton Troxel; one daughter, Alexis Troxel; her mother and stepfather, Jim Smoak of Sumter; her father and stepmother, Sarah Dowden of Frankfort, Ind.; maternal grandmother, Oma Kinderman of Sumter; one sister, Tiffany Lee Kidd of Pinewood; one brother, Michael Lee Dowden of Charlotte, N.C.; two stepbrothers, Jason Smoak and wife, Kayce, and Jimbo Smoak and wife, Ashley, all of Charleston; and her step-grandmother, Charlotte Smoak of Pinewood. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Wedgefield Baptist Church with the Rev. Paul Goff officiating. Burial will be in Pinewood Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent to Elmore Hill McCreight Funeral Home & Crematory, 221 Broad St., Sumter, is in charge of the arrangements, (803) 775-9386.

MARY R. SIGMON Mary Russell Sigmon, 85, wife of 53 years to the late James S. Sigmon Sr., died Thursday, March 7, 2013, at NHC Healthcare in Sumter. Born in Sumter, she was a daughter of the late John Tyler Russell Sr. and Ellen Hodge Russell. Mrs. Sigmon was a member of St. James

Lutheran Church. She retired from Ardis Realty and was co-owner of McDaniel-Sigmon Roofing Co. She was a member of the International Porcelain Artists and Teachers Inc. and taught china painting at the Shepherd’s Center. Survivors include a son, James S. “Jim” Sigmon Jr. (Janie) of Fort Mill; a grandson, Matthew James “Matt” Sigmon of Monroe, N.C.; two sisters, Doris Geddings and Annie Jo Dempsey (George), both of Sumter; a brother, Charles “Buck” Russell (Mary Lou) of Sumter; and a sisterin-law, Vendola “Dinky” Russell of Alcolu. She was preceded in death by a brother, J.T. Russell Jr. Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at St. James Lutheran Church with the Rev. Keith Getz officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Memorial Park cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday at St. James Lutheran Church. Memorials may be made to St. James Lutheran Church, 1137 Alice Drive, Sumter, SC 29150. Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home and Crematorium of Sumter is in charge of the arrangements.

CAROLYN E. STALVEY Carolyn Elizabeth Stalvey, 69, widow of Andrew Stalvey,



died Friday, March 8, 2013, at a local nursing center. Born in Sumter, she was a daughter of the late Sloan and Sara Cutter Jayroe. Mrs. Stalvey was a retired registered nurse. Surviving are her caretakers, Lillian Barwick and Paula Durham, both of Sumter. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at Evergreen Memorial Park cemetery with the Rev. Nathaniel “Nat” Brown officiating. The family will receive friends from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Elmore Hill McCreight Funeral Home & Crematory. Memorials may be made to the SPCA, 1140 S. Guignard Drive, Sumter, SC 29150. Online condolences may be sent to Elmore Hill McCreight Funeral Home & Crematory, 221 Broad St., Sumter, is in charge of the arrangements, (803) 775-9386.

GLADYS McLEOD Gladys McLeod, 77, died Friday, March 8, 2013, at Lake Marion Nursing Home, Summerton. Born Sept. 24, 1935, in Sumter County, she was a daughter of the late Murray and Annie Mae Deas McLeod. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Williams Funeral Home Inc. of Sumter.


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Maj. Gen. Lawrence Wells, commander of the 9th Air Force at Shaw Air Force Base, introduces Lt. Col. Juris Jansons, seated right, who assumed command Friday of the new 495th Fighter Training Group at a ceremony at the Carolina Skies ballroom.

GROUP REVIVED from Page A1 who will make up the new training group, including Col. Mike Hudson of the 169th Fighter Wing at McEntire. Hudson is the senior officer of the largest operational F-16 wing in the Air National Guard and will now have the responsibility of training Shaw’s airmen. When younger, activeduty airmen train alongside reserve officers, “they can take advantage of us older, more experienced folks,” Hudson said, pointing to his own graying hair to emphasize the point. “Our unit has more experience, so we can upgrade them a little faster,” he said. Wells placed overall administrative control of this new training group in Jansons’ hands when he formally unfurled the 495th’s new standard and handed it over to the commander. Jansons is a veteran of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan who comes to Shaw from the 388th Operations Group at Hill Air Force Base in Utah. “I know he’s prepared and excited to accept this

command,” the general said. “I look forward to his success.” Even though the training group didn’t officially come out of its 68-year slumber until Friday, Jansons said his staff is already well under way in getting the unit organized. “About a quarter of the people here are already doing jobs above and beyond their duties for the 495th,” he said. Jansons noted that many of the airmen now involved with the training group have flown a total of 300 sorties over Afghanistan, racking up more than 1,000 flying hours in the combat zone. That experience will be helpful for younger airmen in the training group. “By nature, (the Reserves and Guard) are a more experienced group because a lot of them move into the reserves after they finish with the regular Air Force,” Jansons said. During a time of budget cuts and reductions in military spending, the

new training group allows resource sharing among the different components of America’s air defenses. “We have the lowest number of aircraft and men since 1947,” when the modern Air Force was created, Wells said, making the 495th even more important for training. Both commanders made much of the historic group’s heritage. The 495th was based in Britain throughout World War II, training American pilots to fly alongside their allies. Today’s airmen face a similar challenge, flying as part of a coalition force in Afghanistan. “That’s very moving to me,” Jansons said. “Our mission echoes theirs.” Jansons also emphasized the country’s wartime challenges when addressing the training group as its commander for the first time. “Put yourselves 20 years into the future,” he said. “Recognize that you are making history now. People will read about what you did to support your nation in a time of war.” Reach Bristow Marchant at (803) 774-1272.

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — President Hugo Chavez was lauded as a modern-day reincarnation of Latin American liberator Simon Bolivar and a disciple of Cuba’s Fidel Castro at a fiery, foot-stomping state funeral Friday that at times smacked of a political rally as presidents, princes and leftwing glitterati looked on. Chavez’s hand-picked successor, Nicolas Maduro, emotionally eulogized the fallen leader at the military academy where the funeral was held, his voice booming over Chavez’s flag-draped casket as he pledged eternal loyalty. “Here we are, Comandante, your men, on their feet,” Maduro shouted, government officials rising behind him. “All your men and women ... loyal until beyond death.” “Chavez Lives!” he declared. “Mission Accomplished!” But all was not peace and harmony in a country deeply divided by Chavez’s 14 years in power. Venezuelan opposition leader Henrique Capriles called Maduro a bald-faced liar and accused him of using the funeral to campaign for president. The opposition said it would boycott Maduro’s swearing-in later Friday at the National Assembly, calling it unconstitutional, and Capriles spoke condescendingly of Maduro, calling him “boy.”

Capriles, who is likely to face Maduro in a special presidential election that is supposed to be called within 30 days of Chavez’s death, said the opposition had asked to attend Chavez’s funeral but was told “better that you don’t come.” The funeral began with Venezuela’s national youth orchestra singing the national anthem, led by famed conductor Gustavo Dudamel. A government-allied congressman later belted out cowboy songs from Chavez’s native Barinas state. The streets outside the military academy took on a carnival atmosphere, with military bands launching into marches and an expanse of supporters wearing the red of Chavez’s socialist party. Street vendors sold paper replicas of the presidential sash, which many people in the line slipped over their shoulder. Throngs watched the ceremony on huge monitors under the blazing sun, while a line to see Chavez’s body stretched 1½ miles but was halted as the funeral got under way. In the funeral hall, more than 30 political leaders including Cuba’s Raul Castro, Spanish Crown Prince Felipe de Borbon and Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad stood at attention before Chavez’s flagdraped coffin, which was closed for the ceremony.


A woman pays her respects at the casket containing the remains of Venezuela’s late President Hugo Chavez in Caracas, Venezuela, on Thursday. Chavez, 58, died Tuesday.




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LAWSUIT from Page A1 petition campaign he started, calling for the firing of Furman’s principal. Sumter School District spokeswoman Shelly Galloway declined to comment, saying the district cannot discuss pending legal actions. The district has 30 days from the time of the filing of Smith’s complaint to respond. “I’m just trying to do something to help the students and the parents,” Smith said Friday. “I want to stop this bullying of the kids, the trespass notices to the parents who can’t even come on school property to drop off or pick up their children. Everyone is just fed up with it.” At the center of Smith’s suit is his son, whom Smith said the defendants “unfairly” targeted for code violations in December and January. The boy, formerly a seventhgrader at the school, was given in-school suspension (ISS) before Christmas break for a fleece jacket that “(NewtonTa’Bon) said didn’t comply with the dress code policy.” “And the school is supposed to notify a parent when a child is disciplined, and they didn’t notify me at all,” Smith said. “And then they wouldn’t let my son call me after he asked more than four or five times.” The boy, who now attends a private school, was later threatened with ISS in early January for a pair of Nike sneakers, according to the lawsuit. In the meantime, Smith had been barred from the Furman campus through a letter signed by Superintendent Randolph Bynum and NewtonTa’Bon, which was served to him the same day he began handing out petitions for the principal’s removal while on school grounds as parents picked up their children. “This isn’t just me having this problem,” Smith said. “This is other parents, too. We had kids back at the beginning of the year having to wear (hospital-like foot coverings) on their feet because the school didn’t like their shoes.” After complaints from students and parents in October, the district later modified the dress code, originally adopted in


2009 and now mandated in all middle schools. But, Smith said his son continued to be targeted by the administration. “Things were OK for a few weeks, but then the principal was just back at it,” he said. Aside from the policy issues, Smith said the boy was withheld from his custody on the day before Christmas break. His complaint states that he was told several times to leave school property without his son, who “was visibly distressed.” He also claims the school endangered his son by forcing Smith to drop his son off across the street from the school. “(The child) would have to walk through school traffic and then cross a busy street to get to and from the school since his father was not allowed to drive onto school property to drop off or pick up his son,” according to the complaint filed for Smith by Sumter attorney A. Paul Weissenstein Jr. and Columbia attorney Stephanie Weissenstein. Altogether, Smith has alleged nine causes of action ranging from gross negligence, false imprisonment (of his son) and child endangerment to intentional infliction of emotional distress. Smith thinks, according to the suit, that his child was excessively targeted due to his own attempts to remove the principal and because he failed to meet with her after she canceled prior meetings with him. “(Newton-Ta’Bon) and her conspirators ... contemptuously disregarded the (child’s) present emotional suffering in effort to punish Mr. Smith for failure to comply with her personal wishes,” the complaint states. “(Their conduct) was so extreme and outrageous as to exceed all possible bounds of decency and must be regarded as atrocious and utterly intolerable in a civilized community, especially when these defendants were acting in the scope of their employment as agents of the public school district in Sumter County.” Reach Robert J. Baker at (803) 774-1211.


Candidates raise $3M in state’s 1st District CHARLESTON (AP) — The candidates vying for South Carolina’s open 1st District Congressional seat have raised more than $3 million and spent about $2 million with the primary less than two weeks away, Federal Election Commission filings showed Friday. Sixteen Republicans and two Democrats are running to fill the coastal district seat left vacant when Republican Tim Scott was appointed to the U.S. Senate by Gov. Nikki Haley. The Republican field for the March 19 primary includes former Gov. Mark Sanford, who is trying to mount a political comeback after his career

was derailed by his admission of an affair back in 2009, as well as Teddy Turner, the son of media mogul Ted Turner. Elizabeth Colbert Bush, the sister of comedian Steven Colbert, is seeking the Democratic nomination in a twoway race against perennial candidate Ben Frasier. The filings, which reflect fundraising and spending through the end of last month, show that Republican John Kuhn, a former state senator from Charleston, has raised $550,000, the most. But that includes a loan of $500,000 he made to his campaign. He has spent $418,000.


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37° 44°

Mostly sunny; pleasant this afternoon

Nice with sunshine and patchy clouds

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Some sun

Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain

42° Mostly sunny; pleasant in the afternoon

Winds: NE 4-8 mph

Winds: E 3-6 mph

Winds: S 4-8 mph

Winds: S 6-12 mph

Winds: NW 7-14 mph

Winds: E 4-8 mph

Chance of rain: 0%

Chance of rain: 5%

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Chance of rain: 25%

Chance of rain: 35%

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Sumter through 4 p.m. yesterday

Temperature High ............................................... 59° Low ................................................ 34° Normal high ................................... 64° Normal low ..................................... 39° Record high ....................... 88° in 1974 Record low ......................... 17° in 1960

Greenville 64/39

Gaffney 64/36 Spartanburg 65/39


Bishopville 64/37

24 hrs ending 4 p.m. yest. ............ trace Month to date .............................. 0.04" Normal month to date .................. 1.05" Year to date ................................. 5.97" Normal year to date .................... 8.47"

Lake Murray Marion Moultrie Wateree

Full 7 a.m. 24-hr pool yest. chg 360 358.27 +0.04 76.8 75.05 -0.17 75.5 74.58 -0.08 100 97.06 +0.08

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

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City Aiken Asheville Athens Augusta Beaufort Cape Hatteras Charleston Charlotte Clemson Columbia

Today Hi/Lo/W 66/36/s 62/35/s 66/40/s 66/36/s 63/43/s 51/42/s 64/41/s 64/36/s 64/39/s 64/38/s

7 a.m. yest. 8.74 4.20 8.83 4.72 77.80 11.28

24-hr chg -0.11 none -0.25 -0.49 -0.97 +2.87

Sun. Hi/Lo/W 70/45/s 61/43/pc 67/47/pc 72/43/s 69/52/s 57/46/s 69/49/s 65/45/pc 68/49/pc 70/45/s

Sunrise today .......................... 6:40 a.m. Sunset tonight ......................... 6:24 p.m. Moonrise today ....................... 4:58 a.m. Moonset today ........................ 4:29 p.m.

Columbia 64/38

Sumter 64/37

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Mar. 27

Apr. 2

Myrtle Beach 61/41

Shown is today’s weather. Temperatures are today’s highs and tonight’s lows.

Charleston 64/41 The following tide table lists times for Myrtle Beach.


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Mar. 11 Full

Aiken 66/36

Today: Mostly sunny; warmer in northern parts. High 60 to 64. Sunday: Mostly sunny and delightful. High 63 to 69.

City Darlington Elizabeth City Elizabethtown Fayetteville Florence Gainesville Gastonia Goldsboro Goose Creek Greensboro


Florence 63/37

Manning 64/37

Today: Mostly sunny; beautiful this afternoon. Sunday: Partly sunny and pleasant.


Sun. Hi/Lo/W 67/42/s 62/44/s 66/42/s 66/43/s 69/44/s 74/52/s 67/45/pc 67/43/s 70/48/s 65/45/pc


City Greenville Hickory Hilton Head Jacksonville, FL La Grange Macon Marietta Marion Mount Pleasant Myrtle Beach

Today Hi/Lo/W 64/39/s 62/37/s 64/47/s 68/46/s 66/44/pc 66/40/s 65/42/s 63/36/s 63/44/s 61/41/s

Sun. Hi/Lo/W 67/46/pc 64/42/pc 64/54/s 72/51/pc 71/50/pc 71/46/s 68/50/pc 63/44/pc 68/50/s 63/47/s

High Ht. 7:02 a.m.....3.3 7:16 p.m.....3.1 8:53 a.m.....3.4 9:07 p.m.....3.2

City Orangeburg Port Royal Raleigh Rock Hill Rockingham Savannah Spartanburg Summerville Wilmington Winston-Salem

Low Ht. 1:15 a.m....-0.4 1:48 p.m....-0.5 2:10 a.m....-0.6 3:37 p.m....-0.7

Today Hi/Lo/W 64/39/s 64/44/s 62/36/s 64/35/s 64/32/s 64/43/s 65/39/s 64/44/s 62/36/s 61/36/s

Sun. Hi/Lo/W 70/47/s 67/52/s 69/43/s 67/45/s 69/42/s 70/50/s 67/46/pc 66/53/s 66/43/s 64/45/pc

Shown are today’s noon positions of weather systems and precipitation. Temperature bands are highs for the day.

-10s -0s 0s 10s 20s 30s 40s 50s 60s 70s 80s 90s 100s 110s Stationary front

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Today Sun. Today Sun. City Hi/Lo/W Hi/Lo/W City Hi/Lo/W Hi/Lo/W Albuquerque 51/28/sh 51/32/pc Las Vegas 62/41/c 66/46/s Anchorage 38/27/sf 39/25/sn Los Angeles 64/48/pc 73/50/s Atlanta 64/44/s 69/51/pc Miami 77/64/s 78/67/pc Baltimore 57/32/s 59/38/s Minneapolis 38/26/r 28/12/sn Boston 43/31/s 46/35/s New Orleans 72/62/pc 73/62/c Charleston, WV 60/39/s 67/44/pc New York 50/36/s 50/41/s Charlotte 64/36/s 65/45/pc Oklahoma City 68/40/t 50/27/pc Chicago 44/39/sh 51/25/r Omaha 54/28/r 33/18/sn Cincinnati 56/43/pc 57/38/sh Philadelphia 56/35/s 57/40/s Dallas 72/49/t 56/36/sh Phoenix 63/48/pc 71/53/s Denver 32/15/sn 45/26/pc Pittsburgh 50/36/s 60/44/c Des Moines 48/31/r 34/18/sn St. Louis 62/51/c 56/29/r Detroit 46/37/pc 52/30/r Salt Lake City 46/28/sh 46/32/s Helena 40/21/pc 49/35/pc San Francisco 60/41/s 62/43/s Honolulu 81/67/sh 80/65/sh Seattle 53/39/s 51/45/sh Indianapolis 52/44/pc 56/33/sh Topeka 62/35/t 40/22/c Kansas City 62/34/t 40/21/c Washington, DC 58/36/s 61/45/s Weather(W): s-sunny, pc-partly cloudy, c-cloudy, sh-showers, t-thunderstorms, r-rain, sf-snow flurries, sn-snow, i-ice

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): ARIES (March 21-April 19): the last word in astrology Remember that peace and Observation is your prosperity is your goal. friend. Don’t divulge eugenia LAST Don’t push or be pushed. what you know or Follow the path in which meddle in business that you feel you can do the doesn’t concern you. most good. Protect your home, your family and your assets. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Show how much you care and go the extra mile to please. You’ll TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Keep your emotions be repaid for your kindness. Secure your in check and follow through with plans. You relationship in such a way that it allows you to have plenty to gain if you collaborate with expand other interests as well. people who want to reach the same goals. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Don’t make promises SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Hide your emotions. Respond with caution. You will end you cannot keep or believe someone up in a compromising position if you aren’t promising the impossible. Set your standards savvy about the way you deal with your peers high and do the work required without giving and partners. in to pressure put on you by peers. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): You’ll thrive on CANCER (June 21-July 22): You’ll know exactly challenge. Your experience will enable you to what to say and when. Let your creative rise to the top. Celebrate your victory with the imagination lead the way and you will build people you enjoy spending time with most. strong allies. Advancement and positive change will come from progressive action. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Listen, but don’t give in to pressure. Head in whatever LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Take care of paperwork, direction you are ready for. Recognizing your meetings that will secure and stabilize your limitations and your attributes will help you future and alternative options that allow you make the best choice. to diversify your skills. Call in help if necessary. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Remain calm. As VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Engage in activities long as you are able to maintain a position of that allow you to share your thoughts, authority, you will get what you want. Your wisdom and know-how. Take a critical look at ability to express what you want with clear your relationships and determine the pros vision will ensure positive support. and cons of the people in your life.



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Lady Fire Ants look for strong region run BY DENNIS BRUNSON


USC Sumter starting pitcher Marlin Morris throws during a recent game at Riley Park. Morris will be on the mound today when the Fire Ants open Region X play at Louisburg College in N.C.

Real test begins for USCS Fire Ants open Region X play with 4 games at Louisburg College BY JUSTIN DRIGGERS University of South Carolina Sumter head baseball coach Tom Fleenor has both high expectations and tempered ones. No matter how many new faces come through the door each year, Fleenor expects them to win. His young 2013 squad is a prime example. With barely any returning players, the Fire Ants have gotten off to an 11-3 start so far this season. Now comes the real test. USCS opens Region X play today

with a 4-game weekend series at Louisburg College in North Carolina. The Hurricanes are 8-2 overall and riding an 8-game winning streak. “It will be interesting to see how we come out and play against very good competition,” Fleenor said. “I hope that this is the type of team that will rise to the level of compeFLEENOR tition. I think we have done the opposite at times this year, but that’s part of being young and being immature.” For that reason, Fleenor has kept his

expectations “guarded,” he said. “I’m happy with the wins so far, but it’s a long season and a lot of things still have to unfold,” Fleenor said. “Even though we’re about a quarter of the way through the season, we still don’t know what kind of team we are and what kind of team we’ll be at the end of the year.” So far, the Fire Ants have relied on superb pitching, timely hitting from their starters as well as their bench and more than a few late-game heroics. USCS has played in nine 1-run SEE USCS, PAGE B2

‘Canes hope to clinch ACC outright against Clemson BY MANDRALLIUS ROBINSON Greenville News CLEMSON — Miami has a lot to flaunt. The Hurricanes are ranked No. 7 in the USA TODAY coaches poll and have earned a 14-3 record in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Miami can clinch its first outright regular-season conference championship today with a victory against Clemson. Additionally, Miami will honor its six seniors, who will play their final game in BankUnited Center. This class has led Miami to 23 wins this season, one victory shy of the school record.

CLEMSON — Clemson fired women’s basketball coach Itoro Coleman on Friday after the Tigers’ former point guard failed to return the team to the top of the Atlantic Coast Conference in her three-year tenure. Coleman was 25-63 and 10-38 in the ACC over three seasons, and the Tigers ended a ninth straight losing season Thursday with a

56-45 loss to North Carolina State in the opening round of the ACC tournament. “After an evaluation of the program, it is time to make a change. We will begin a national coaching search immediately,’’ athletics director Dan Radakovich said in a statement. Clemson was once a power in women’s basketball, making the NCAA



Clemson’s Milton Jennings, center, and the rest of the Tigers basketball team look to upset Miami today and keep the Hurricanes from clinching the ACC regularseason title.

“Here’s what you do know,” said Miami coach Jim Larranaga. “We have one game remaining and we have positioned ourselves to be the No. 1 seed in the ACC Tournament. If someone asked you before the conference race began, ‘Would you like to be a game up on Duke and two games up on (North) Carolina and sitting in first place with a home game to close out the regular season?’ “I think everybody would say, ‘Yes, that would be a fantastic year.’” That certainly would be Clemson coach Brad Brownell’s response. SEE CLEMSON, PAGE B3

Keselowski on pole after L.V. qualifying rained out

Lady Tigers part ways with Coleman THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

The University of South Carolina Sumter softball has had almost as many games canceled due to weather as it has played this season. The Fire Ants are 4-2 on the season, but have not been able to play five games. “We would have liked to play those games,” said USC Sumter head coach Adrienne Cataldo. USCS should get in its four games this weekend, and they are the start of a stretch of important games. Sumter opens NJCAA Region X CATALDO play by playing host to USC Lancaster in doubleheaders today and Sunday at Bobby Richardson Baseball Complex. The teams play a twinbill today beginning at 4 p.m. with the first of the two games on Sunday scheduled for a noon start. Cataldo is excited about her team and hopes today will be the start of a good run in region play. “We’ve been making steady progress from year to year in the region,” said Cataldo, who is beginning her sixth season as head coach. “We feel like we’ve got a great group of sophomores and a great group of freshmen. “We feel like the chemistry is there, the ability is there, the knowledge of the game is

BY GREG BEACHAM The Associated Press


Clemson fired head women’s basketball coach SEE COLEMAN, PAGE B2 Itoro Coleman, center, on Friday.

LAS VEGAS — Brad Keselowski will start on the pole after heavy rain forced NASCAR to cancel qualifying for Sunday’s race at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The track got steady rain all morning Friday and again in the KESELOWSKI early afternoon after a brief break, forcing NASCAR to scrap practice and qualifying in Las Vegas for the first time. The speedway urged fans to take cover from rain,

high wind and lightning when the afternoon storm broke over the desert north of the Strip. “I was just thinking when I walked in, with this being Vegas and all, what the odds would be of a rainout in Vegas,’’ Keselowski said. “I bet that was pretty high.’’ Sunday’s field will be set by points and the NASCAR rule book, giving the pole to last season’s Sprint Cup series champion. The top 36 spots are set by owners’ points from last year, with the rest filled out by points or SEE NASCAR, PAGE B3





Clemson knocks off N.C. State RALEIGH, N.C. — Sophomore catcher Garrett Boulware went 4-for-5 with two homers, five RBI and three runs to lead Clemson to a 10-5 win over No. 8 N.C. State on Friday. The Tigers improved to 8-4 overall and 1-0 in the ACC. The Wolfpack fell to 11-3 overall and 0-1 in ACC play. Tiger starter Daniel Gossett (2-1) pitched 6 2/3 strong innings to earn the win. He gave up five hits, four runs (two earned), and four walks with nine strikeouts. Kyle Schnell allowed just one hit and one run with three strikeouts in the final 2 1/3 innings to close out the victory.




haul of roughly $100 million. That group includes just one founding Big East member — Connecticut — and will have to find a name for what is essentially a new league. CGA TO HOST NIGHT GOLF EVENT MARCH 23 AT SCC

COLUMBIA — Sophomore right-hander Evan Beal retired 14 consecutive batters at one point and combined with three Gamecock relievers for a one-hit shutout as sixthranked South Carolina defeated Rider 2-0 on Friday. The Gamecocks improve to 11-2 with Rider now 6-2. Senior left-hander Tyler Webb posted his fourth save after pitching 2 1/3 perfect innings of relief with four strikeouts. South Carolina had seven hits in the contest. Graham Saiko and Vergason each went 2-for-4.

If you’ve ever wanted to play a golf course in the dark of night, then the Christian Golfers’ Association has the event just for you. The CGA will play host to the Shot In The Dark Scramble on Saturday, March 23 at Sunset Country Club. The first nine holes of the tournament will be played in the daylight with a 3 p.m. tee time. After dinner, which will be part of the entry fee, the final nine holes will be played in the moonlight, beginning approximately at 6:30. Golfers can bring flashlights if they would like. The field will be limited to 56 players with an entry fee of $55 per golfer. The team that has the lowest score during the daytime round will receive $200, while the team with the low score in the nighttime round will receive $200. Also, the winners of a putting contest and a closest to pin shoot-out will each receive $100. To register for the event, call Tom Winstead at (803) 773-2171 or (803) 983-3457 or Eddie Porter at (803) 506-6104.



NEW YORK — The Big East made its split official Friday, with seven basketball schools breaking away from the football-playing members in a deal that takes effect on July 1. Commissioner Mike Aresco told The Associated Press that the seven Catholic schools which are leaving to form a basketball-centric conference will get the Big East name, along with the opportunity to play their league tournament in Madison Square Garden. The football members, most of which are newcomers to a conference that has been ravaged by realignment, get a cash

DORAL, Fla. — Tiger Woods set a personal best with 17 birdies over two rounds on the Blue Monster. What mattered more to him was a 2-shot lead going into the weekend at the Cadillac Championship. On a leaderboard packed with golf’s biggest names, Woods seized control with six birdies in an eight-hole stretch around the turn. That carried him to a 7-under 65, two shots clear of former U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell (67).


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FIRE ANTS from Page B1 there and the experience is there.” The Fire Ants have scored 25 runs in their six games and are batting .288 as a team. “I’m really surprised with our hitting,” Cataldo said. “It’s been a lot better than I thought it would be. We’ve hit a couple of home runs, shown some power. We’ve been able to battle back and win games. I’ts not surprising, but it is nice to see so early in the sea-

son.” Freshman outfielder Sabrina McCray leads USCS in hitting with a .381 batting average. Freshman outfielder Kali Bishop and sophomore catcher Kathryn Windham are both batting .333 and freshmen Hailey Grimoskas and Danielle Reeves are both batting .312. Windham and Grimoskas have both homered and Windham leads the team in runs batted in with seven.

USCS from Page B1 games and won seven of them – five in the final at-bat. USC Sumter has a .297 team batting average led by Trevor Bradley’s .386 mark among the regular players. Joey Wilson and former Sumter High School and Sumter P-15’s standout Andrew Reardon are also above the .300 line. Bradley is among four Fire Ants that have knocked in six runs to tie for the team lead. USCS’ bench numbers might be more impressive. Among the players with less than 30 at-bats, five are batting .333 or better with Brad Johnson leading the way at .455. Those players have also combined to drive in 18 runs. “I think the guys are learning our hitting philosophy and learning to hit at this level,” Fleenor said. “It really comes down to having a consistent approach at the plate and they’re capable of doing it. Once it all comes together, I think this is going to be an exciting team.” Fleenor has gotten nothing but consistency from his pitching staff. USCS sports

a 1.75 earned run average through 14 games. Sunday starter Josh Bowers leads the staff with a 1.93 ERA and 30 strikeouts in 28 innings. Saturday starters Marlin Morris (2.16) and Matt Poole (2.77) are next. Chris Orlando will get his first start for the Fire Ants on Sunday. He has not allowed an earned run in 4 1/3 innings. USCS will face a similar team in Louisburg. The Hurricanes enter with a .318 team batting average through 10 games and a 2.89 staff ERA. Jeremy Coburn leads the ‘Canes with 16 innings pitched and 15 strikeouts. He has yet to allow an earned run this year. Joe McGillicuddy (4.15) and John McGillicuddy (0.75) follow. At the plate, Louisburg is led by Tyler Long’s .429 average, three homers and 17 RBI. Bradley Morton, Tucker Coward and Cedric Mullins are all hitting .333 or better and have combined to drive in 32 runs. “They’re a very good team, but like most games, we’re not concerned so much with what they are capable of,” Fleenor said. “We’re concerned about what we’re capable of and what we need to do to be successful.”

COLEMAN from Page B1 tournament in 14 of 15 seasons. But the run ended in 2002, and the Tigers haven’t been back since. Coleman recruited talent to Clemson, but struggled to keep players. Freshman Jonquel Jones and Danaejah Grant each played significant minutes for the Tigers to start this season, but both left the team asking for transfers before ACC play began. Sophomore Chelsea Lindsay, who started 33 of

Bishop leads with seven runs scored. Lancaster is off to a terrible start. The Lancers are 0-11 overall and 0-4 in region play. The region losses came to region stalwart Spartanburg Methodist. Lancaster is batting just .155 as a team and has a team earned run average of 11.21. Sloane Welsh, Katherine Sams and Grimoskas have handled the pitching for the Fire Ants. Cataldo said she wasn’t sure how she was going to use her pitching this weekend.

her 36 games with Clemson, also asked for a transfer in the middle of the season. The Tigers’ next coach will inherit a team that won three of its final five regular season games and had no seniors. Coleman was a star guard for the Tigers from 1995 to 1999. She was an assistant for her alma mater for five seasons, hired by Jim Davis, Clemson’s longtime coach who was moved to an ad-

ministrative job in 2005. Davis was 355-197 in 18 years with the Tigers, but had losing records in two of his final three seasons. Coleman was an assistant at Penn State for three years before getting her first head coaching job with Clemson. “I want to thank coach Coleman for her hard work and dedication as Clemson’s head coach,’’ Radakovich said. “She has represented Clemson University with dignity and class, dating to her days as a player.’’

TODAY 5 a.m. -- International Baseball: World Baseball Classic Second-Round Game from Tokyo -- Taiwan vs. Cuba (MLB NETWORK). 7:30 a.m. -- International Soccer: FA Cup Quarterfinal Match from Liverpool, England -- Everton vs. Wigan Athletic (FOX SOCCER). 9:30 a.m. -- International Soccer: English Premier League Match from Reading, England -- Reading vs. Aston Villa (FOX SOCCER). 11 a.m. -- College Swimming and Diving: Big 12 Conference Championships from Austin, Texas (FOX SPORTSOUTH). 11 a.m. -- International Baseball: World Baseball Classic First-Round Game from San Juan, Puerto Rico -- Dominican Republic vs. Spain (MLB NETWORK). Noon -- College Basketball: Florida at Kentucky (WBTW 13, WLTX 19). Noon -- College Basketball: Georgia Tech at Boston College (WKTC 63). Noon -- College Basketball: Syracuse at Georgetown (ESPN). Noon -- College Basketball: Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament Championship Game from Macon, Ga. (ESPN2). Noon -- College Basketball: Providence at Connecticut (ESPNU). Noon -- PGA Golf: WGC-Cadillac Championship Third Round from Miami (GOLF). Noon -- NASCAR Racing: Sprint Cup Series KOBALT Tools 400 Practice from Las Vegas (SPEED). Noon -- Women’s College Basketball: Big 12 Conference Tournament Quarterfinal Game from Kansas City, Mo. (SPORTSOUTH). 12:30 p.m. -- International Soccer: FA Cup Match from Manchester, England -- Manchester City vs. Barnsley (FOX SOCCER). 1 p.m. -- Women’s College Basketball: Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament Semifinal Game from Greensboro, N.C.(FOX SPORTSOUTH). 1 p.m. -- NASCAR Racing: Nationwide Series Sam’s Town 300 Pole Qualifying from Las Vegas (SPEED). 1:30 p.m. -- College Basketball: South Carolina at Vanderbilt (WOLO 25, WDXY-FM 105.9, WNKT-FM 107.5, WDXY-AM 1240). 1:30 p.m. -- College Basketball: La Salle at St. Louis (NBC SPORTS NETWORK). 2 p.m. -- PGA Golf: WGC-Cadillac Championship Third Round from Miami (WIS 10). 2 p.m. -- College Basketball: UCLA at Washington (WBTW 13, WLTX 19). 2 p.m. -- College Basketball: Marquette at St. John’s (ESPN). 2 p.m. -- College Basketball: North Carolina State at Florida State (ESPN2). 2 p.m. -- College Basketball: Texas A&M at Arkansas (ESPNU). 2:30 p.m. -- College Basketball: Clemson at Miami (WKTC 63, WWBD-FM 94.7, WPUB-FM 102.7). 2:30 p.m. -- International Baseball: World Baseball Classic First-Round Game from Phoenix -- Canada vs. Mexico (MLB NETWORK). 2:30 p.m. -- NASCAR Racing: Sprint Cup Series KOBALT Tools 400 Practice from Las Vegas (SPEED). 2:30 p.m. -- Women’s College Basketball: Big 12 Conference Tournament Quarterfinal Game from Kansas City, Mo. (SPORTSOUTH). 3 p.m. -- Women’s College Basketball: West Coast Conference Tournament Semifinal Game from Las Vegas (BYUTV). 3:30 p.m. -- Women’s College Basketball: Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament Semifinal Game from Greensboro, N.C.(FOX SPORTSOUTH). 3:30 p.m. -- College Basketball: San Diego State at Boise State (NBC SPORTS NETWORK). 4 p.m. -- College Basketball: Notre Dame at Louisville (WBTW 13, WLTX 19). 4 p.m. -- College Basketball: Georgia at Alabama (WOLO 25). 4 p.m. -- College Basketball: Missouri at Tennessee (ESPN). 4 p.m. -- Women’s College Basketball: Southeastern Conference Tournament Semifinal Game from Duluth, Ga. (ESPNU). 4 p.m. -- College Baseball: Rider at South Carolina (WNKT-FM 107.5). 4:15 p.m. -- NASCAR Racing: Nationwide Series Sam’s Town 300 from Las Vegas (SPEED, WEGXFM 92.9). 4:30 p.m. -- College Basketball: Arizona State at Arizona (SPORTSOUTH). 5 p.m. -- College Baseball: Clemson at North Carolina State (Joined In Progress) (WPUB-FM 102.7). 5:30 p.m. -- Women’s College Basketball: West Coast Conference Tournament Semifinal Game from Las Vegas (BYUTV). 5:30 p.m. -- College Basketball: Auburn at Mississippi State (FOX SPORTSOUTH). 5:30 p.m. -- International Baseball: World Baseball Classic First-Round Game from San Juan, Puerto Rico -- Puerto Rico vs. Venezuela (MLB NETWORK). 5:30 p.m. -- College Basketball: Cornell at Harvard (NBC SPORTS NETWORK). 5:55 p.m. -- International Soccer: Mexican League Match from Mexico City -- Cruz Azul vs. Jaguares (ESPNEWS). 6 p.m. -- College Basketball: Kansas at Baylor (ESPN). 6 p.m. -- Women’s College Basketball: Southeastern Conference Tournament Semifinal Game from Duluth, Ga. (ESPNU). 6:30 p.m. -- PGA Golf: Puerto Rico Open Third Round from Rio Grande, Mexico (GOLF). 7 p.m. -- College Basketball: Ohio Valley Conference Tournament Championship Game from Nashville, Tenn. (ESPN2). 7:30 p.m. -- NBA Basketball: Utah at New York (NBA TV). 7:30 p.m. -- Major League Soccer: New England at Chicago (NBC SPORTS NETWORK). 8 p.m. -- NBA Basketball: Charlotte at Washington (SPORTSOUTH). 8:30 p.m. -- College Basketball: Horizon League Tournament Semifinal Game from Valparaiso, Ind. (ESPNU). 9 p.m. -- College Basketball: Duke at North Carolina (ESPN). 9 p.m. -- College Basketball: West Coast Conference Tournament Semifinal Game from Las Vegas (ESPN2). 9 p.m. -- International Baseball: World Baseball Classic First-Round Game from Phoenix -- Italy vs. United States (MLB NETWORK). 9:30 p.m. -- Professional Boxing: Tavoris Cloud vs. Bernard Hopkins for the IBF Light Heavyweight Title and Jan Zaveck vs. Keith Thurman for the WBO Intercontinental Welterweight Title from Brooklyn, N.Y. (HBO). 11 p.m. -- College Basketball: West Coast Conference Tournament Semifinal Game from Las Vegas (ESPN2). Midnight -- NHL Hockey: New Jersey at Carolina (FOX SPORTSOUTH).

PREP SCHEDULE TODAY Varsity Baseball Wilson Hall at Hilton Head Prep (DH), 11:30 a.m. Junior Varsity Baseball Sumter at Spring Valley (DH), noon B Team Baseball Sumter at Spring Valley (DH), noon Varsity Golf Sumter in Panther Invitational (Quail Creek Country Club in Conway), 9 a.m. Varsity Softball Wilson Hall, Laurence Manning, Thomas Sumter, Robert E. Lee in SCISA Tournament (at Patriot Park SportsPlex), TBA Junior Varsity Softball Thomas Sumter, Robert E. Lee in SCISA Tournament (at Patriot Park SportsPlex), TBA Varsity Track and Field Sumter in LR Hornets Invitational (at Lower Richland), 10 a.m.

MLB SPRING TRAINING By The Associated Press AMERICAN LEAGUE W L Pct Kansas City 11 1 .917 Baltimore 8 2 .800 Seattle 11 3 .786 Tampa Bay 10 4 .714 Chicago 6 3 .667 Cleveland 10 5 .667 Detroit 8 6 .571

| Boston Minnesota Houston Oakland Toronto Texas Los Angeles New York

7 6 .538 7 6 .538 6 6 .500 6 6 .500 6 7 .462 4 7 .364 3 8 .273 3 10 .231 NATIONAL LEAGUE W L Pct St. Louis 7 5 .583 Colorado 6 5 .545 Miami 5 5 .500 Milwaukee 6 6 .500 San Diego 7 7 .500 Atlanta 7 8 .467 Philadelphia 6 7 .462 Washington 5 6 .455 Arizona 5 7 .417 Los Angeles 4 6 .400 San Francisco 4 6 .400 Chicago 5 9 .357 New York 3 6 .333 Pittsburgh 4 8 .333 Cincinnati 2 11 .154 NOTE: Split-squad games count in the standings; games against non-major league teams do not. Thursday’s Games Houston 4, Washington 2 Baltimore 11, Toronto 10 Tampa Bay 4, Pittsburgh 2 Boston 12, Minnesota (ss) 5 St. Louis 7, N.Y. Yankees 6 Minnesota (ss) 10, Philadelphia 6 N.Y. Mets 4, Miami 1 L.A. Dodgers 11, Texas 11, tie L.A. Angels 12, San Diego 3 Seattle (ss) 12, Kansas City 2 Oakland 7, Seattle (ss) 3 Chicago White Sox 8, Chicago Cubs 3 Milwaukee 4, Arizona 3 Cleveland 6, San Francisco 4 Detroit 9, Atlanta 2 Friday’s Games Tampa Bay 3, Philadelphia 2 Atlanta (ss) 14, Houston 9 Miami 6, N.Y. Yankees 1 St. Louis 16, Washington 10 Toronto 7, Atlanta (ss) 1 Detroit 3, N.Y. Mets 2 San Diego vs. Chicago White Sox, ccd., Rain Oakland vs. Seattle, ccd., Rain Texas vs. Milwaukee, ccd., Rain Arizona vs. L.A. Angels, ccd., Rain L.A. Dodgers (ss) vs. San Francisco, ccd., Rain Cleveland vs. Kansas City (ss), ccd., Rain Baltimore vs. Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m. Minnesota vs. Boston, 7:05 p.m. Chicago Cubs vs. Cincinnati (ss), 9:05 p.m. Cincinnati (ss) vs. L.A. Dodgers (ss), 9:05 p.m. Kansas City (ss) vs. Colorado, 9:10 p.m. Today’s Games Tampa Bay vs. Philadelphia at Clearwater, Fla., 1:05 p.m. St. Louis vs. Miami (ss) at Jupiter, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Minnesota vs. Pittsburgh at Bradenton, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Miami (ss) vs. Washington at Viera, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Atlanta vs. N.Y. Yankees at Tampa, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Detroit vs. Toronto at Dunedin, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Houston vs. N.Y. Mets at Port St. Lucie, Fla., 1:10 p.m. Seattle vs. L.A. Dodgers at Glendale, Ariz., 3:05 p.m. Colorado vs. L.A. Angels at Tempe, Ariz., 3:05 p.m. Oakland vs. Texas (ss) at Surprise, Ariz., 3:05 p.m. Cleveland vs. Chicago Cubs at Mesa, Ariz., 3:05 p.m. Milwaukee vs. Cincinnati at Goodyear, Ariz., 3:05 p.m. Texas (ss) vs. San Diego at Peoria, Ariz., 3:05 p.m. Kansas City vs. San Francisco at Scottsdale, Ariz., 3:05 p.m. Chicago White Sox vs. Arizona at Scottsdale, Ariz., 3:10 p.m. Baltimore vs. Boston at Fort Myers, Fla., 7:05 p.m.

NBA STANDINGS By The Associated Press EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L Pct New York 37 22 .627 Brooklyn 35 26 .574 Boston 33 27 .550 Toronto 24 38 .387 Philadelphia 23 37 .383 Southeast Division W L Pct Miami 45 14 .763 Atlanta 34 26 .567 Washington 19 40 .322 Orlando 17 45 .274 Charlotte 13 48 .213 Central Division W L Pct Indiana 38 23 .623 Chicago 34 27 .557 Milwaukee 30 29 .508 Detroit 23 40 .365 Cleveland 21 40 .344 WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division W L Pct San Antonio 48 14 .774 Memphis 40 19 .678 Houston 33 29 .532 Dallas 27 33 .450 New Orleans 21 41 .339 Northwest Division W L Pct Oklahoma City 45 16 .738 Denver 41 22 .651 Utah 32 29 .525 Portland 28 32 .467 Minnesota 21 37 .362 Pacific Division W L Pct L.A. Clippers 44 20 .688 Golden State 35 27 .565 L.A. Lakers 31 31 .500 Phoenix 21 40 .344 Sacramento 21 42 .333 Thursday’s Games Oklahoma City 95, New York 94 Denver 107, L.A. Clippers 92 Friday’s Games Oklahoma City at Charlotte, 7 p.m. Indiana at Orlando, 7 p.m. Memphis at Cleveland, 7:30 p.m. Washington at Brooklyn, 7:30 p.m. Dallas at Detroit, 7:30 p.m. Utah at Chicago, 8 p.m. Atlanta at Boston, 8 p.m. Philadelphia at Miami, 8 p.m. Portland at San Antonio, 8:30 p.m. Phoenix at Sacramento, 10 p.m. Houston at Golden State, 10:30 p.m. Toronto at L.A. Lakers, 10:30 p.m. Saturday’s Games Brooklyn at Atlanta, 7 p.m. Utah at New York, 7:30 p.m. New Orleans at Memphis, 8 p.m. Charlotte at Washington, 8 p.m. Minnesota at Denver, 9 p.m. Houston at Phoenix, 9 p.m. Milwaukee at Golden State, 10:30 p.m.

GB – 3 41/2 141/2 141/2 GB – 111/2 26 291/2 33 GB – 4 7 16 17 GB – 61/2 15 20 27 GB – 5 13 161/2 221/2 GB – 8 12 211/2 221/2

GOLF Cadillac Championship Par Scores The Associated Press Friday At Trump Doral Golf Club and Resort Doral, Fla. Purse: $8.75 million Yardage: 7,334; Par 72 Second Round Tiger Woods 66-65—131 -13 Graeme McDowell 66-67—133 -11 Phil Mickelson 67-67—134 -10 Steve Stricker 67-67—134 -10 Bubba Watson 66-69—135 -9 Freddie Jacobson 66-69—135 -9 Charl Schwartzel 71-65—136 -8 Keegan Bradley 68-68—136 -8




LHS soccer tops Fairfield Central 4-2 Lakewood High School’s varsity soccer team improved to 2-0 on the year with a 4-2 win over Fairfield Central on Friday at the Lakewood field. Christian McDonald scored two goals to lead the Gators while Greg McLoud and Forrest Benenhaley each had a goal. The Gators will travel to face Fairfield Central on Tuesday. JUNIOR VARSITY SOCCER WILSON HALL THE KING’S ACADEMY

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Wilson Hall’s junior varsity soccer team defeated The King’s Academy 6-2 on Friday led by Danny Dilts’ hat trick. Connor McAlister had two goals while Mary Kate Shaffer and Taylor Smith each contributed a goal. Layton Creech had two assists while McAlister also had an assist. VARSITY BASEBALL ROBERT E. LEE PROVIDENCE ATHLETIC

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BISHOPVILLE — Robert E. Lee Academy scored six runs in

BOYS AREA ROUNDUP the bottom of the sixth inning to secure a 12-5 victory over Providence Athletic Club on Thursday at the REL field. The Cavaliers, who improved to 4-1 on the season, led 6-5 entering the bottom of the sixth. Weston Green led the REL offense, going 2-for-4 with two doubles, two runs batted in and two runs scored. Tee Outlaw was 2-for-3 with two runs and two RBI, Harry Cook was 2-for-3 with a triple and three RBI, while Payton Bramlett had a double and two RBI. Zach Grantham scored three runs. Russell Watkins went the distance on the mound. He scattered four hits while striking out seven and walking two. He allowed three earned runs. CLARENDON HALL COASTAL CHRISTIAN

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SUMMERTON — Clarendon Hall rallied from a 5-0 deficit in


the second inning to defeat Coastal Christian 7-5 on Thursday at the Clarendon Hall field. The Saints, who improved to 2-1 on the season, scored three runs in the bottom of the second and added one in the third and three in the fifth to pick up the win. Dustin Way came on in the third inning and pitched four shutout innings to get the victory. He struck out nine batters. Kevin Bennett had a 1-2-3 seventh with two strikeouts to pick up the save. JUNIOR VARSITY BASEBALL LAKEWOOD EAST CLARENDON

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Josh Whitley’s RBI hit in the bottom of the eighth gave Lakewood’s junior varsity baseball team a 5-4 victory on Friday. Lakewood’s Dequan Ingram and Justin Frye each went 2-for-3 to lead the JV Gators. Frye was also the winning pitcher.



Sumter softball grabs 1st win of season MANNING — Sumter High School’s varsity softball team evened its record at 1-1 with an 11-2 victory over Manning on Thursday at the Manning field. Hannah Bettencourt picked up the victory for the Lady Gamecocks, allowing just three hits and no earned runs while striking out eight. Bettencourt was 3-for-5 with three runs batted in Madison Hodge was 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI while Rachel Vise was 2-for-4 with a RBI. Robbi Winfield was 2-for-4. VARSITY SOCCER CRESTWOOD LAKE CITY

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Zaira Reyes, Montana Marshall and Angelica Mando each scored a penalty kick goal as Crestwood’s varsity soccer team defeated Lake City 3-1 on penalty kicks at the Crestwood field on Friday. The Lady Knights improved to 1-1 on the year after opening the season with a 5-0 loss to Camden on Wednesday. JUNIOR VARSITY SOFTBALL WILSON HALL ROBERT E. LEE

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Wilson Hall’s junior varsity softball team defeated Robert E. Lee Academy 31-8 on Friday. Drake Ives led WH with three hits while Becca Noyes had two hits. Madison Reeves added a triple. Aubrie Yarbrough and Mary Catherine Garrity each had a hit and two runs apiece. WH will play in today’s SCISA’s JV softball tour-

NASCAR from Page B1 qualifying attempts. “That’s a really good deal,’’ said Keselowski, the first-time champ. “It’s one of the perks, I guess, of being the champion in the first few races. This is the first time I’ve had a decent starting position in a rainout.’’ Mike Bliss will miss the race because of the cancellation of qualifying. Keselowski will be on the front row alongside Clint Bowyer, last season’s second-place finisher. Daytona 500 champion Jimmie Johnson and teammate


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ST. GEORGE — Thomas Sumter Academy junior varsity softball team defeated Dorchester Academy 16-1 on Friday at the Dorchester field to improve to 1-1 on the season. TSA’s Lindley Hodge picked up the win on the mound striking out six in the victory. She also had two hits and a run batted in. Diamond Gibson led the team with 3 RBI and a triple while Carmen Sylvester had a double and 2 RBI. TSA will play in today’s SCISA’s JV softball tournament. ANDREWS LAURENCE MANNING

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ANDREWS — Laurence Manning Academy lost to Andrews High School 11-6 on Thursday at the Andrews field. Abbie Beard led LMA offensively with two hits, including a triple. Katelynn Edwards and Brooke Ward also had two hits apiece. MANNING SUMTER

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Kasey Kahne will be in the second row. Although the rain also forced the cancellation of Friday’s

CLEMSON from Page B1 Clemson has managed a 13-16 record. Unless Clemson wins today and then advances to the championship game of the ACC Tournament, Brownell will record his first losing season. However, Brownell is not interested in trading places with Larranaga, although the temperature is expected to be 10 degrees warmer in Coral Gables, Fla., than in Clemson today. Brownell simply wants his players to produce their best game and uncover some sliver of positive reinforcement. “We’re just trying to play good basketball and hopefully execute some things to follow a plan to win,” Brownell said. “As a coach, that’s one of the things you try to do is put your guys in a position to where the last five minutes of a game on the road they have a


24. (78) Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, Owner Points. 25. (42) Juan Pablo Montoya, Chevrolet, Owner Points. 26. (47) Bobby Labonte, Toyota, Owner Points. 27. (51) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, Owner Points. 28. (93) Travis Kvapil, Toyota, Owner Points. 29. (34) David Ragan, Ford, Owner Points. 30. (13) Casey Mears, Ford, Owner Points. 31. (38) David Gilliland, Ford, Owner Points. 32. (83) David Reutimann, Toyota, Owner Points. 33. (7) Dave Blaney, Chevrolet, Owner Points. 34. (32) Ken Schrader, Ford, Owner Points. 35. (36) J.J. Yeley, Chevrolet, Owner Points. 36. (21) Trevor Bayne, Ford, Owner Points. 37. (10) Danica Patrick, Chevrolet, Owner Points. 38. (30) David Stremme, Toyota, Owner Points. 39. (98) Michael McDowell, Ford, Owner Points. 40. (95) Scott Speed, Ford, Attempts. 41. (33) Landon Cassill, Chevrolet, Attempts. 42. (87) Joe Nemechek, Toyota, Attempts. 43. (35) Josh Wise, Ford, Attempts. Failed to Qualify 44. (19) Mike Bliss, Toyota.

practice, no drivers seemed particularly concerned after going through Thursday’s open test of the new Gen-6 car.

chance. Usually, it’s going to come down to some guys making some plays to win that game.” Clemson has won only one ACC road game this season — at Georgia Tech, the team that knocked off Miami on Wednesday. It was Miami’s first home loss of the season. “Certainly, I’m sure that got Miami’s attention even more with a lot on the line,” Brownell said. “I’m sure they’re going to be ready for Senior Night and a chance to win the league. It’s going to be a big game for them.” Clemson nearly knocked off the Hurricanes when they visited Littlejohn Coliseum on Feb. 17. Miami senior Kenny Kadji nailed a 3-pointer in the closing seconds and Miami escaped with a 45-43 win. “It was a great first game,” Brownell said. “We hope to go down there and play well and put ourselves in another position where we have a chance to win at the end.”


Carolina women fall to Texas A&M DULUTH, Ga. — Kristi Bellock scored 17 points, Karla Gilbert added 11 in a reserve role and No. 19 Texas A&M beat No. 17 South Carolina 61-52 in the Southeastern Conference tournament quarterfinals Friday. The Aggies (22-9) snapped a 3-game losing streak and will play No. 9 Tennessee today. Ashley Bruner finished with 19 points and Ieasia Walker added 15 for USC (24-7). Texas A&M survived a scare early in the second half when All-SEC center Kelsey Bone fell to the floor with a leg injury, but she later returned wearing a right knee brace after missing about 6 minutes. During Bone’s absence, South Carolina took its first lead 1 minute later when Bruner’s layup made it 30-29. But Texas A&M followed with an 11-1 run to go up 42-33. MEN FURMAN SAMFORD

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ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Bobby Austin scored 17 points as Furman ended its 10-game losing streak by defeating Samford 55-51 Friday in the first round of the Southern Conference tournament. GEORGIA SOUTHERN WOFFORD

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ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Eric Ferguson scored 17 points and Georgia Southern closed the first half with a 14-0 run to defeat Wofford 60-44 Friday in the opening game of the Southern Conference tournament. MERCER SOUTH CAROLINA UPSTATE

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MACON, Ga. — Bud Thomas scored 20 points and Langston Hall added 18 as Mercer defeated South Carolina Upstate 72-64 Friday in the semifinals of the Atlantic Sun Conference tournament. NBA THUNDER BOBCATS

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CHARLOTTE — Kevin Durant had 19 points and seven assists, and the Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Charlotte Bobcats 116-94 on Friday night for their fourth straight victory. PACERS MAGIC

MANNING — Sumter High School lost to Manning 8-7 on Thursday at the Manning field. Nikki Griffin led the Lady Gamecock offense with a double and two runs batted in. Aubrey Rickard and Summer Sims both had a hit and scored a run, while Shelley McCoy had a hit and a run batted in.

1. (2) Brad Keselowski, Ford, Owner Points. 2. (15) Clint Bowyer, Toyota, Owner Points. 3. (48) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, Owner Points. 4. (5) Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, Owner Points. 5. (16) Greg Biffle, Ford, Owner Points. 6. (11) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, Owner Points. 7. (17) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford, Owner Points. 8. (29) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, Owner Points. 9. (14) Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, Owner Points. 10. (24) Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, Owner Points. 11. (56) Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, Owner Points. 12. (88) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, Owner Points. 13. (18) Kyle Busch, Toyota, Owner Points. 14. (39) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, Owner Points. 15. (55) Mark Martin, Toyota, Owner Points. 16. (99) Carl Edwards, Ford, Owner Points. 17. (27) Paul Menard, Chevrolet, Owner Points. 18. (20) Matt Kenseth, Toyota, Owner Points. 19. (9) Marcos Ambrose, Ford, Owner Points. 20. (31) Jeff Burton, Chevrolet, Owner Points. 21. (22) Joey Logano, Ford, Owner Points. 22. (43) Aric Almirola, Ford, Owner Points. 23. (1) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, Owner Points.


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ORLANDO, Fla. — Paul George had 25 points and Tyler Hansbrough added 18 and the Indiana Pacers used a big first half to roll past the Orlando Magic 115-86. From wire reports

COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCHEDULE STATE Friday Mercer 72, USC Upstate 64 Georgia Southern 60, Wofford 44 Furman 55, Samford 51 Western Carolina vs. Citadel Today (6) Miami vs. Clemson, 2:30 p.m (WKTC 63) South Carolina at Vanderbilt, 1:30 p.m. (WOLO 25) Charleston Southern vs. VMI, noon College of Charleston vs. Western Carolina or Citadel, 8:30 p.m. ACC Today (3) Duke at North Carolina, 9 p.m. (ESPN) Georgia Tech at Boston College, noon (WKTC 63) North Carolina State at Florida State, 2 p.m. (ESPN2) Sunday Virginia Tech at Wake Forest, 2 p.m. Maryland at Virginia, 6 p.m. (ESPNU) SEC Today (11) Florida at Kentucky, noon (WBTW 13, WLTX 19) Mississippi at Louisiana State, 1:30 p.m. Texas A&M at Arkansas, 2 p.m. (ESPNU) Missouri at Tennessee, 4 p.m. (ESPN2) Georgia at Alabama, 4 p.m. (WOLO 25) Mississippi State at Auburn, 5:30 p.m. (FOX SPORTSOUTH) TOP 25 Today (1) Gonzaga in WCC semifinals, 9 p.m. (ESPN2) (4) Kansas at Baylor, 6 p.m. (ESPN) (5) Georgetown vs. (17) Syracuse, noon (ESPN) (8) Louisville vs. (24) Notre Dame, 4 p.m. (WBTW 13, WLTX 19) (9) Kansas State at (13) Oklahoma State, 1:30 p.m. (12) New Mexico at Air Force, 6 p.m. (15) Marquette at St. John’s, 2 p.m. (ESPN) (16) Saint Louis vs. La Salle, 1:30 p.m. (NBC SPORTS NETWORK) (18) Arizona vs. Arizona State, 4:30 p.m. (SPORTSOUTH) (19) Oregon at Utah, 2:30 p.m. (20) Pittsburgh at DePaul, 2 p.m. (23) UCLA at Washington, 2 p.m. (WBTW 13, WLTX 19) (25) Memphis vs. UAB, noon Sunday (2) Indiana at (7) Michigan, 4 p.m. (WBTW 13, WLTX 19) (10) Michigan State vs. Northwestern, 6 p.m. (14) Ohio State vs. Illinois, 12:30 p.m. (ESPN) (21) VCU at Temple, noon (WBTW 13, WLTX 19) (22) Wisconsin at Penn State, noon


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