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City council: No millage increase BY KEN BELL Special to The Item There’s good news for city residents as Sumter City Council will not seek a property tax millage hike this year. “We haven’t raised taxes in five years,” said Mayor Joe McElveen, following a budget workshop on Tuesday. “That’s a tribute to our city manager, his staff and city employees who have helped us keep ex-

penses as low as possible.” Council has been working to reduce the deficit from its proposed budget before the fiscal year ends on June 30. A month ago, the deficit totaled more than $722,000. As McELVEEN of Tuesday night, the deficit stood at $288,000, with projected revenues of $56,599,524 and projected ex-

penditures of $56,887,524. “We are looking for other revenue sources,” McElveen said. “We will continue to work to find ways to reduce expenses to balance the budget.” McElveen said several options to balance the budget will be considered in the coming weeks. “We have discussed the possibility of a small increase

County budget stymied BY BRISTOW MARCHANT bmarchant@theitem.com Gary Mixon thought Sumter County was on course to balancing its budget before the start of the new fiscal year on July 1. Then, the county administrator received word about a proposed reduction in local government funding making its way through the state Legislature. Presenting the latest budget numbers to council

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District shuffles school leaders BY BRADEN BUNCH bbunch@theitem.com Sumter School District, as teachers and administrators finalize their contracts for the coming school year, has announced an additional round of school administrative changes, including a new elementary school principal and naming the current district teacher of the year to an administrative post. And while these transfers are taking place, some members of the local teacher community are also raising concerns over the way these decisions, and those affecting teacher positions, are being reached. The district announced Wednesday that Lashawnte Sarvis, currently an assistant principal in the Horry County School District, will be the new principal of Chestnut Oaks Elementary School next year. She replaces David Laws, who in March was named the principal for Mayewood Middle School for the coming school year. Meanwhile, Trevor Ivey, a teacher at Alice Drive Middle School and a finalist for this year’s state teacher of the year award, will become one of

ABOVE and BELOW: Children could hardly wait for the newly refurbished Swan Lake playground fire truck to be unveiled by Sister Wimberly, Rep. Murrell Smith and city employees. Friends of Swan Lake gave them each a toy fire chief’s hat as the young people clambered over the truck. Re-installed just in time for the Sumter Iris Festival, the truck was dedicated to the late Tom Garrity and the children of Sumter. LEFT: Horticulturist and host of SCETV’s “Making It Grow” Amanda McNulty was the speaker for Tuesday’s spring meeting of the Friends of Swan Lake. Members and guests also saw a video of Sumterite Mary Ann “Mac” Spencer’s first appearance on “The Price Is Right” in 1959 and celebrated the unveiling and dedication of the Swan Lake fire truck, now returned in its new, shiny and restored condition to the playground.

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Man leads police on early morning car chase A Sumter man was arrested early Wednesday morning after reportedly leading police on a car chase through town. Jarvis Antonio Wilson, 28, of 925 Franklin Lane, was arrested Wednesday and charged with driving under suspension, second offense; reckless driving; failure to stop for blue lights; possession of crack cocaine; open container in a vehicle; and simple possession of marijuana. WILSON At 12:45 a.m., a patrol car was behind Wilson on North Main Street when he reportedly made a sudden turn onto Charlotte Avenue and began speeding through stop signs in an apparent attempt to evade police. He reportedly turned northbound onto Lafayette Drive, then right on Crosswell Drive, reaching speeds estimated at 60 mph. He continued onto Mathis Street and eventually came to a dead end on Allen Street. He then reportedly attempted to flee on foot before he was Tased in the back by a pursuing officer. Officers reportedly found that Wilson’s license was suspended, and inside the vehicle they reportedly found an open container of alcohol, a cigar box containing 0.2 grams of suspected crack cocaine and 0.5 grams of marijuana in the ashtray.

Giveaway set for Saturday at high school gym Good Samaritans for All People, a nonprofit serving 11 counties including Sumter, Clarendon and Lee, is hosting a giveaway from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday at the Old Bishopville High School gym, 600 N. Main St., Bishopville. Items will include free food, clothing, furniture and other household items. For more information, contact the Rev. Eddie C. Thomas, president and founder, at (803) 428-4448 or (803) 4594989 or the Rev. Raymond Cook Jr., vice president, at (803) 469-6294.

Blood drive will be held in memory of Nesbitt Sumter law enforcement agencies are hosting their third annual Red Cross blood drive this Friday in honor of a fallen comrade. The Red Cross will collect donations at the Sumter County Library, 111 N. Harvin St., in memory of Cpl. Chuck Nesbitt Jr. Nesbitt, a 10-year veteran of the Sumter Police Department, died in the line of duty in January 2011. Nesbitt’s Ford Crown Victoria collided with another car on U.S. 521 near Rembert while he was returning from transporting a prisoner. Each year since, local law enforcement agencies have held a blood drive in Nesbitt’s honor during National Police Week, which honors law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty. The Chuck Nesbitt Blood Drive will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Anyone wishing to donate is asked to contact Cpl. Joey Duggan at (803) 436-2721 to schedule an appointment, or visit redcrossblood.org and enter the sponsor code SumterPolice. Donors will be entered in a drawing for the chance to win $1,000.

Lee school board to meet, conduct superintendent interviews The Lee County School District Board of Trustees will hold a called meeting at 6:30 p.m. today at the district annex, 310 Roland St., Bishopville. Trustees will enter executive session to conduct superintendent interviews.

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Allan Yu, left, senior transportation planner for the city of Sumter, answers a question, while Charles Howell, principal of The Landplan Group South, takes a look at current conditions of sections of South Main Street. The city’s planning department held an open house Tuesday to elicit public feedback on possible sidewalk improvements.

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Jeffrey Wilkes, left, and John Harden, center, talk to Julie Coker, commercial development coordinator for the city of Sumter, about possible upcoming sidewalk improvements to South Main Street. Both men are with S.C. Department of Transportation and said they were interested in how the changes would impact their work.

BY JADE ANDERSON janderson@theitem.com Fewer than a dozen people attended the City of Sumter’s Open House for a possible sidewalk improvement project on South Main Street. Soliciting public opinion is part of the application for the competitive federal grant that would help bring sidewalks on South Main Street, from Bartlette Street to Bee Street, up to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, said Allan Yu, senior transportation planner for the city of Sumter. “The conditions in these areas are deteriorating,” he said. “To use a wheelchair to cross the sidewalk is very inconvenient. Part of the application requires us to get feedback, particularly from people in the neighborhood.” The maximum amount that could be awarded is $400,000, and a match requirement would have the city contributing an additional $100,000 to the project, he said. But that total of $500,000 won’t be enough for even the first phase of a what’s really a three-phase project, said Charles Howell, principal of The Landplan Group South, the company working with city planners.

“This is really the first part of a master plan for South Main Street, and we’re really talking about three projects,” he said. “South Main is the first part from Bartlette to Oakland. The cost is $600,000 to $700,000 in the first phase, but we’ll do as much as we can if we get the money.” This would include fixing existing sidewalks, adding handicap ramps and “dressing it up” with brick edging, he said. Businesses should remain open as usual, but some driveways might be temporarily closed. No property should be taken either, he said. The second phase involves restriping the bridge for easier flow of traffic as South Main Street goes from two lanes to four lanes across the bridge as the road becomes Manning Avenue and then changes back to two lanes, Howell said. There would not be sidewalks added nor an official bike path, but a path would be created that could be used by cyclists, he said. It would also include improved lighting. Jay Stutz asked about the condition of the electrical conduits, and Howell said according to the last study, they were fine. “The good news is the bridge

won’t have to be torn down and rebuilt, which is the big dollars,” Howell said. Stutz’s wife, Mari Anne Stutz, has family that owns property in the area. “It was informational,” he said about the meeting. “We look forward to getting the money to implement it and continue the streetscape on South Main right down Manning Avenue. We just have to be patient.” The third phase would be from the end of the bridge to Bee Street, and plans have not been finalized for that section. It would most likely include safety features and possibly burying overhead power lines, Howell said. “The meeting was very enlightening,” said Amanda Dudley, who has lived in the area more than 50 years. “Things need to be done in South Sumter. I wish we could do it all at once, but it will be done piecemeal.” The review committee is scheduled to meet again in July, Yu said. For more information or to share thoughts on the project, contact Yu at ayu@sumter-sc.com. Reach Jade Anderson at (803) 7741250.

Doctor wins MUSC seat despite controversy BY ANDREW SHAIN The State The father of a state lawmaker won a seat on the Medical University of South Carolina board Wednesday but only after some S.C. senators threatened to walk out in protest. State Sen. Brad Hutto, D-Orangeburg, who threatened the protest, called Dr. Murrell Smith Sr., the candidate for MUSC’s board, a “tax evader’’ for applying for the lower tax rate available for primary residences for

an Isle of Palms home, rather than a home in Sumter, where Smith lives and practices obstetrics. Smith said the Isle of Palms home is owned by his wife. Smith’s wife also owns the Sumter home, which is taxed at the higher second-home rate, according to property records. A joint legislative screening committee voted 5-3 last month to qualify Smith, the father of state Rep. Murrell Smith Jr., R-Sumter, as the 5th District’s representative on

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the MUSC board. However, questions arose because, based on property taxes, Smith’s main residence is in the 1st District at the Isle of Palms. In the past, the screening committee has considered the home with the lower tax rate given primary residences to be a candidate’s main residence. But an Attorney General’s opinion suggested committee members could disregard that precedence and use their own discretion. When the Senate session started Wednesday,

Hutto called for senators to walk out of the House chamber during a noon joint session called to vote on the MUSC seat. Smith was the only candidate after a 25-year incumbent dropped out of the race when the Sumter doctor was found to qualify. During the joint session, Hutto said he decided against a walkout after receiving assurances from Smith that he would declare his Sumter home, in the 5th District, to be his primary residence.

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Quilt guild will be presenters at genealogical society meeting FROM STAFF REPORTS Three representatives of the Swan Lake Quilt Guild will be the presenters at Monday’s meeting of the Sumter County Genealogical Society. The 7:30 p.m. meeting at Swan Lake Presbyterian Church will be the last until September. Evelyn Buck, Barbara Brown and Kay Raffield, active members of the guild, will each bring quilts to anchor their talks. In her presentation, Raffield will cover the history of quilting and the changes in quilting through the years. Buck will show some quilts and talk about the patterns and construction of the quilts, and Brown will show the old quilts and tell some of the history of those quilts. Also, it is anticipated that each speaker will have a few words to say about their family genealogy.

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Rosa Taylor holds up a Star Wars-themed quilt at the Swan Lake Quilt Guild’s recent show at Patriot Hall.

Guests and members are invited to bring old family quilts to display. The guild sponsors quilt shows at Patriot Hall each spring and another during the Sumter Iris Festival. The Sumter County Genealogical Society meets monthly from September through May at Swan Lake Presbyteri-

an Church on the corner of Haynsworth Street and Bland Avenue. Visitors are welcome and encouraged to attend. Admission is free to the public, and refreshments will be served following the presentation. Call the Society’s research center for additional information at (803) 774-3901.

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COLUMBIA — South Carolina school districts may have a new option for fundraising next school year — selling advertisements on activity buses. Legislators’ budget plans for 2013-14 include a clause permitting ads on districtowned buses that transport students to athletic contests and other extracurricular activities. Ads would still be barred from stateowned yellow buses that take students to and from school. Sen. Paul Thurmond tried unsuccessfully Tuesday to delete the permission from the Senate’s budget proposal.

WASHINGTON — Republican Mark Sanford, the former South Carolina governor whose affair sank his political career in 2009, was sworn in

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UP FOR AUCTION A signed Lee Brice billboard is one of the many items up for auction to benefit the Sumter SPCA this Saturday. Other items include gift certificates to local restaurants and businesses, passes to various destinations, a stay at a beachfront property, furniture and an autographed book, ball and bat from Bobby Richardson. Doors to the Elaine D. Korn Memorial Center, next to the SPCA, 1100 S. Guignard Drive, open at 6 p.m., and both the silent and live auctions will begin at 6:30 p.m. All proceeds benefits the shelter, which houses between 85 to 100 pets 365 days a year. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call (803) 773-9292.

ABOVE: An autographed book, ball and bat from Bobby Richardson is a set of items up for bid at the Sumter SPCA live and silent auctions Saturday. LEFT: Western saddles and a signed Lee Brice billboard are seen waiting to be auctioned off Saturday.

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• blood pressure screenings; • ID fingerprinting by Sumter Police Department; • car seat safety check by SAFE Kids Sumter County, which is sponsored by The Tuomey Foundation; • hand massages; • Poison Control and “Mr. Yuckâ€?; and • Sickle Cell Foundation. Lawn chairs are recommended. “We hope the community will

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COUNTY from Page A1 members in a budget workshop Tuesday, Mixon said county staff was almost within $11,000 of balancing the 2013-14 budget as of April 23. But a proposed change to the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s local government fund recently approved by the Senate Finance Committee would, if approved by the General Assembly, leave Sumter County with less funding than originally expected, a loss of $386,916. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a shocking reduction,â&#x20AC;? Mixon told council. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve talked to my colleagues in other counties in the region, and they all see it as a difficult issue to manage.â&#x20AC;? The countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s deficit now stands at $450,057 just two weeks before council will have to take the first of three readings necessary to pass the budget in time for the new fiscal year. Projected rev-

enues were listed at $41,492,664 Tuesday, and expenditures were at $41,942,721. The funding previously approved by the House of Representatives for the 2014 fiscal year would give Sumter County $4,059,833 in local government funding, but the bill now before the Senate proposes to cut that number to $3,672,892. Mixon said any reductions in local government funding could have an even bigger impact on neighboring counties that depend even more on state funding to balance their books. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Smaller counties will have the biggest problem because they will have the most difficulty making adjustments,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People need to know the impact that decisions made in Columbia have.â&#x20AC;?

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Even before the latest reductions advanced in the Senate, Sumter Countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s administrator said numbers for the local government fund approved last year were â&#x20AC;&#x153;significantly below where they should have been.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re arguing over the crumbs instead of the whole loaf of bread,â&#x20AC;? Mixon said. Finance staff also updated council on staffing requests from county departments presented at the last budget workshop three weeks prior. In the largest request, Mixon said the county will be able to cover 18 new staff positions in Emergency Medical Services that will allow for a change from 24-hour shifts to 12 hours. The county wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t fill the new positions until January and expect the $389,294 cost to be covered by extra revenue generated by the calls the new staff will respond to.

Sumter County Sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office will pick up a new information technology person and two full-time clerks at a total cost of $107,025. Those positions wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t generate any new costs because of savings from the â&#x20AC;&#x153;joint shareâ&#x20AC;? funds with the city for operations at the Law Enforcement Center on East Hampton Street, which sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s personnel recently moved out of. The county wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t pay for four full-time deputies who would be placed in area schools. Mixon said he would ask the schools to cover the estimated cost of $174,797. Councilman Charles Edens asked that the sheriff also justify maintaining the drug secretary as a full-time position since the secretary will no longer handle city cases after the move from the Law Enforcement Center. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s she going to do with the other half of her time now, twiddle her thumbs?â&#x20AC;?

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he asked. Other departments will not be seeing any new personnel next year. Mixon said funding would not be available for 12 new firefighter positions, and four part-time and one fulltime position in the voter registration office also will not be filled, saving $48,000. Sumter County will pay for a part-time position at the new Salterstown Community Center (cost: $20,300), a facility manager and three janitorial positions at the new Judicial Center ($132,000), and a part-time janitor for the South Sumter Resource Center ($9,609). Finance Director Pamela Craven said staff would also like to increase the pay for about 10 county employees currently making less than $18,000 a year up to that amount. Reach Bristow Marchant at (803) 774-1272.

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Blaze McKenzie Brown, 20, of 5360 Ray Lane, Dalzell, was charged with possession of marijuana under 28 grams and possession of beer or wine by a minor; Roderick Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Neal Ford, 25, of 5 B County Squire Court, Dalzell, was charged with alcohol/ open container of beer or wine in a motor vehicle; Oliver Lamar Peterson, 22, of 3025 Joyce St., was charged with alcohol/open container of beer or wine in a motor vehicle; and Terrence Jamal Sims, 21, was charged with driving under suspension for DUI, third or subsequent offense; possession of marijua-

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filter torn apart and thrown into his field about 6:30 a.m. Saturday after securing the property at 6 p.m. Friday. The owner said his yellow DG3 Caterpillar bulldozer had been set on fire and the entire crew station was destroyed by the fire. Damage to the bulldozer was estimated at $40,000, while damage to the wheel loader was estimated at $100,000. Troy Lyndon Abraham, 32, of 255 Bethea Drive, Darlington, was charged about 10:47 a.m. Friday at the 136

mile marker on Interstate 95 with possession of 28 grams or less of marijuana, possession of cocaine and unlawful to advertise drugs for sale, manufacture or possession after a traffic stop. According to reports, deputies stopped Abrahamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2002 Toyota 4-Runner after spotting the vehicle swerve in and out of traffic and then slam on its brakes and nearly causing a collision. A search of the vehicle produced two grams of marijuana in the center console.

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A glass door was reportedly broken at the South Sumter Gym in the 600 block of South Sumter Street between 9:15 and 10 p.m. Tuesday. The damage is estimated at $2,000.

On Tuesday, Sumter County Emergency Medical Services responded to 57 calls. Forty-six were medical calls, eight were motor vehicle wrecks, and three were listed as â&#x20AC;&#x153;other trauma.â&#x20AC;?

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EMILY B. WRIGHT Emily Burns Wright, age 90, passed away at her residence and joined the Lord on Monday, May 13, 2013. Emily shared her love, care and gracious spirit so generously with her family and friends. She was a devoted wife WRIGHT of nearly 69 years, incredible mother and grandmother, and genuine friend. We celebrate the wonderful life she shared with each of us. Emily is survived by her husband, Edward E. Wright Jr. of Sumter; her daughters, Emily Johnson (Huey E.) and Leah Burton, both of Sumter; her grandchildren, William Burton of Sumter, David Durham (Stefanie) of Sumter, Lisa Phillips (Brian) of Colorado and Corey Johnson (Nora) of Florida; her great-grandchildren, Sarah Emily Durham of Sumter, Autumn Phillips, Hunter Phillips, Rainey Phillips, London Phillips and Skylar Phillips, all of Colorado; and a brother, Byron Eugene Burns of Laurens. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving brothers and sisters-in-law of Laurens, Russell and Thelma Burns; Leroy and Esther Burns; and Mary Burns. Emily brought so much joy to the people she encountered in her life. Born May 10, 1923, in Gray Court, she was a daughter of the late Sam and Hampie Burns. She attended Winthrop University, where she earned a bachelor of arts degree in education and a minor in French. She was a dedicated and outstanding teacher for more than 25 years in South Carolina, Georgia and Virginia. Many individuals are proud to have had her in their educational experience. Emily was a devoted member of First Baptist Church of Sumter, where she taught Sunday school, greeted on Sunday and enjoyed participation in her circle. Emily loved her family with a sincere devotion and was a wonderful friend to many. She was unselfish in her caring and giving of her time, energy and love. She was a rare individual that will be greatly missed. Her family wishes to thank the many individuals that so lovingly assisted with her care in these last few months. In particular, we thank Dr. Hugh Stoddard, the Rev. Charles Clanton, Evone, Jalessa, Mary Lou, Cecelia, Tempi, Glenda and Katie for the excellent care given to Emily. She appreciated this care and the kindness of her friends who called and visited her so faithfully. Emily will be honored in a service at 2 p.m. today at the Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. Charles Clanton, the Rev. Dan Barber and the Rev. Marion Zeigler officiating. Graveside services will follow for the family in Sumter Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1 to 1:45 p.m. today at El-

more-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 107 E. Liberty St., Sumter, SC 29150. Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home and Crematorium of Sumter is in charge of the arrangements.

ELOUISE P. WILSON Elouise Prince Wilson, widow of Sammie Wilson, entered eternal rest on Sunday, May 12, 2013. Born Sept. 2, 1943, in Clarendon County, she was a daughter of Minnie Davis Prince and the late Jasper Prince. She attended the public schools in Clarendon County. Early in life, she became a member of Green Hill Baptist Church. Survivors are four sons, Kevin Prince (Cynthia), Sam Wilson,

Johnnie Wilson (Thomasenia) and Richard Wilson (Tyenetka), all of Sumter; five daughters, Sandra Ross, Tina Wilson (Marcus), Aneitea Wilson (Eric), Tamika Wilson (Michael) and Lynn Cora Wilson (Brian), all of Sumter; one step-son, Thomas Prince (Deloris) of Sumter; stepdaughter, Virginia McGill (David) of Sumter; two brothers, Willie Prince (Brenda) of Sumter and Sammie Lee Prince of Foster, S.C.; one sister, Hattie Mae Vaughn of Sumter; thirty-two grandchildren; twenty-five great grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends. Viewing will be held from 1 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Berea Seventh Day

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Adventist Church, Sumter, with Pastor Marquis Jackson, assisted by Minister Eugene Winn. Burial will follow in Bradford Cemetery. The family is receiving visitors at the home, 15 Weatherly Road, Sumter. Online memorials can be sent to comfhltj@sc.rr.com. Community Funeral Home of Sumter is in charge of these arrangements.

REBECCA HIGGINS LYNCHBURG — Funeral service for Rebecca Ann Higgins will be held at noon Friday at St. John United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Chandler Cemetery, directed by Bacote-Eaddy Funeral Home of Timmonsville. She died Sunday, May 12, 2013. She was born in

Sumter County, a daughter of Deso Sr. and Rebecca Clavon Laws. She attended the public schools of Sumter County and Williamsburg Technical College. She was a member of St. John United Methodist Church. Survivors include her husband, Arthur Higgins; brothers and sisters, Juniors (Laureen) Laws, Annie White, Joseph (Beverly) Laws, Amery (Oralee) Laws, Leotis Laws, Howard Laws, Deso (Lucille) Laws and Vernetter (Talaat) Hussein; a friend, Clifton Smith; and a host of other relatives and friends. The family is receiving friends at 6810 Three Mile Branch Road, Lynchburg. SEE OBITUARIES, PAGE A8

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The Sumter Combat Veterans Group will meet at 10 a.m. Friday, May 17, at South HOPE Center, corner of South Lafayette Drive and East Red Bay Road. All area veterans are invited. A â&#x20AC;&#x153;Footsteps of Dr. Bethuneâ&#x20AC;? historical walk-a-thon will be held at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, May 18. This will be a 5K walk from Mayesville to Dr. Bethuneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s birth site. Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Memorial Park is located at 1175 Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Road, Mayesville. For entry information, contact Ruby at (803) 4844556 or rcdgw@aol. com or Minnye at (803) 428-3895.

A Clarendon County Health and Job Fair will be held 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at Manning High School, 2155 Paxville Highway, Manning. A baby shower for Clarendon Countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s expectant mothers will be held 10:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 18, at Manning High School, 2155 Paxville Highway, Manning. The 16th Annual Iris Festival Pageant will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 18, at the Sumter High School auditorium. The Lincoln High School Class of 1963 will meet at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at the American Legion Post 202, Palmetto Street. Call Ferdinand Burns at (803) 968-4464.

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The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hot Pursuitâ&#x20AC;? 5K to benefit Sumter Crime Stoppers will be held at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 18, at the Sumter Family YMCA. Entry fee: $30. Register at www.strictlyrunning. com, the Sumter Family YMCA, or by mail to â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hot Pursuit 5Kâ&#x20AC;? Registration, c/o Sumter Police Department, 107 E. Hampton Ave., Sumter, SC 29150. Include fee and completed registration. Palmetto Healthy Start will hold its family health festival 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at North Hope Park, 904 N. Main St. This event celebrates children and families through games, music, food and activities for all ages. Free health screenings provided. Participants are encouraged to bring blankets, chairs and tents. Free transportation for Healthy Start participants. Call (803) 2963780.

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ROVENA C. GRANT Rovena Capers Grant, 89, widow of Jimmy Grant, departed her earthly life and went on to take her new residence with the Lord on Friday, May 10, 2013. Rovena, affectionately known as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Roe,â&#x20AC;? was born Nov. 22, 1923, in Sumter County, a daughter of the late Charlie Martin and Carola Capers Johnson. Roe was educated in the Sumter County public school system and was a long-term employee at Cherryvale Elementary School, from which she retired. Roe had an unwavering faith in God, as she accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior at an early age. In her earlier years, she joined St. Luke AME Church, where she was actively involved and served dutifully on various committees. Roe loved singing with the gospel choir and will always be remembered for her profound Easter speech every Easter Sunday. Roe was a dedicated member of the Bible Scholar of Morris College radio. She was a member of Catchell Chapter OES No. 315 and the Twelve Tribes of Israel, Lodge No. 19. Her loving memories will be cherished by her children, James P. (Carolyn) Martin of Irvington, N.J., Bertha Durant, Willie (Elizabeth) Martin and Rebecca (Charlie) Myers, all of Sumter, Robert Grant of Dalzell, Luella (Robert) Magazine of Sumter and John Grant and Carolyn (Deacon Michael T.) Chatman, both of Dalzell; two brothers-inlaw, Leroy Grant of Rembert and James Grant Sr. of Newark, N.J.; 18 grandchildren and Kevin Magazine, reared in the home; 30 great-grandchildren; an adopted sister, Mamie English; a godson, Eric Colter of Philadelphia, Pa.; and a host of nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jimmy Grant; two brothers, Elijah and James Martin; two sisters, Alice Brown and Daisy Keith; a grandson, Timothy Martin; and one son-in-law, Essex Durant. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at St. Luke AME Church, 2355 St. Pauls Church Road, Sumter, with the Rev. E. Robert Thomas, pastor, the Rev. Clarence Hunter, eulogist, the Rev. Eliza Black, presiding, assisted by the Rev. Roger Mullins and the Rev. Henry J. Murray. The family will receive friends and relatives at the home, 2475 Elizabeth Drive, Dalzell. Wake service will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. today at the John Wesley Williams Sr. Memorial Chapel, Williams Funeral Home Inc., 821 N. Main St., Sumter. The remains will be placed in the church at noon. The funeral procession will leave at 12:30 p.m. from the home. Floral bearers will be St. Luke AME Church Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Missionary Society and Catchall Chapter OES No. 315. Pallbearers will be family and St. Luke AME Church Sons of Allen. Burial will be in St.

Luke AME Churchyard cemetery, Sumter. Online memorial messages may be sent to the family at williamsfuneralhome@ sc.rr.com. Visit us on the web at www.williamsfuneralhomeinc.com. Services directed by the management and staff of Williams Funeral Home Inc. of Sumter.

SARA H. MANNING Sara Louise Hearon â&#x20AC;&#x153;Slatsâ&#x20AC;? Manning, 96, died Friday, May 10, 2013, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center. Born in Sumter, she was a daughter of the late Dr. J.Z. and Marie Bristow Hearon. Mrs. Manning was an active member of the Church of the Holy Comforter, where she served on the vestry. She was a member of the Art Association, the Readers Club, the Book Club and the Sumter Garden Club. She was a charter member of the Sally Wilson Swim Team. She was a graduate of Converse College and taught third grade for many years in the Sumter school system. Surviving are her son, Meredith Manning of Sumter; a grandson, Richard James Buckman; and a great-granddaughter, Alexandria Buckman. She was preceded in death by her former husband, Lt. Col. Richard I. Manning; a daughter, Sarah Clabough; and a brother, Dr. J.Z. Hearon Jr. Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the Church of the Holy Comforter with the Rev. Dr. John Barr and the Rev. Marcus Kaiser officiating. Burial will be private at the Sumter Cemetery. Honorary pallbearers will be Ross McKenzie, Reid Beebe, Stan DuBose, Wilson MacEwen, Harry C. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Buntâ&#x20AC;? Wilson Jr. and Arthur Wilder. The family will receive friends at the Parish Hall. Memorials may be made to the Church of the Holy Comforter, P.O. Box 338, Sumter, SC 29151. Online condolences may be sent to www. sumterfunerals.com. Elmore Hill McCreight Funeral Home, 221 Broad St., Sumter, is in charge of the arrangements, (803) 7759386.

JOHN H. LEASURE IV GOOSE CREEK â&#x20AC;&#x201D; John Henry Leasure IV, 68, husband of Jill Anderson Leasure, died Monday, May 13, 2013, at his residence. Born May 23, 1944, he was a son of the late John Henry and Betty Lee Barrow Leasure. He was a U.S. Army veteran and a member of New Covenant Presbyterian Church, where he served as a past deacon. He is survived by his wife of Goose Creek; a son, John H. Leasure V (Patricia) of Sumter; two daughters, Wendi M. Leasure of Goose Creek and Heather L. Alsbrook (Johnny) of Manning; three grandsons, Wyatt Alsbrook, Alex Leasure and Brice Leasure; and two sisters, Pam L. Popik of Summerville and Mary Beth Roberts of Goose Creek. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in the chapel of Stephens Funeral Home with the Rev. Charles C. Tyler officiating. Burial will follow at 2 p.m. in Florence National Cemetery. Pallbearers will be David Anderson, Jeff McLendon, Bill Barrow, David Barrow, Scott Wagner, Randy Leasure and Alexander Leasure. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Stephens Funeral Home and other times at the home of his daughter and son-inlaw, Heather and Johnny Alsbrook, 1460 Little Star Road, Manning. Memorials may be made to Shriners Hopitals for Children, 950 W. Faris St., Greenville, SC 29605 or to American Diabetes Association, 7021 St. Andrews Road, Suite 100A, Columbia, SC 29212. Stephens Funeral Home & Crematory, 304 N. Church St., Manning, is in charge of arrangements, (803) 435-2179. www.stephensfuneralhome.org JEWEL GRIFFIN Jewel Griffin, 93, widow of Maxie Griffin, died Tuesday, May 14, 2013, at her home. Born in Sumter County, she was a daughter of the late Pharo and Maude McLeod Avins. Mrs. Griffin was a member of Calvary Church of the Nazarene and was retired from Cover Manufacturing Co. Surviving are three daughters, Lettie Mae Thompson of Pinewood, Sue Coker of Moncks Corner and

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Betty Ann Plenge of Sumter; one brother, Jimmy Avins of Sumter; one sister, June Morris of Sumter; and a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Evergreen Memorial Park cemetery with the Rev. Robert Hall officiating. The family will receive friends at the home, 3915 Gibbs Dairy Road. Online condolences may be sent to www. sumterfunerals.com. Elmore Hill McCreight Funeral Home & Crematory, 221 Broad St., Sumter, is in charge of the arrangements, (803) 775-9386.

MARIAN A. ATKINSON BISHOPVILLE â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Marian Amelia Atkinson, 94, died Tuesday, May 14, 2013, at McCoy Memorial Nursing Center in Bishopville. Born in Lee County, she was a daughter of the late Robert Jess and Addie Amerson Atkinson. She was a member of Elliott Baptist Church. Survivors include several nieces and nephews. Private services will be held at a later date. Hancock-Elmore-Hill Funeral Home of Bishopville is in charge of the arrangements. MARION JENKINS REMBERT â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Deacon Marion Jenkins, 68,

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of Rembert, entered into eternal rest on Sunday, May 12, 2013. Born in Washington, D.C., he was a son of the late Moses and Elease Griffin Jenkins and husband of Josephine Moore Jenkins. A Celebration of Life Services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Union Baptist Church, Rembert, with burial in the church cemetery. Deacon Jenkins will be placed in the church at 1 p.m. for viewing. Brownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Funeral Home, Camden, is serving the Jenkins family.

VERMELL M. TEMONEY Vermell McCauley Temoney, 92, widow of Robert Temoney Sr., died Wednesday, May 15, 2013, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center. Born in Sumter County, she was a daughter of the late Mack and Millie F. McCauley. The family will receive friends at the Temoney residence, 102 Johns St., Sumter, SC 29150. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Palmer Memorial Chapel Inc. of Sumter. ALVIN D. MERCER Alvin Dale Mercer, 65, husband of Rebecca Sanders Mercer, died Tuesday, May 14, 2013, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center. Born in Georgetown County, he was a son of the late F.D. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nickâ&#x20AC;? and Evelyn Florine Goodwin Mercer. He retired as a chief master ser-

geant from the U.S. Air Force, after 26 years of service. He was a Vietnam War and Operation Desert Storm veteran. He was a member of the AMMO Chiefs Association and the Shaw Air Force Base Chiefs Group. He was an alumni of St. Leo University. Survivors include his wife of 45 years; two daughters, Paige Haynes (Chris) of Honolulu, Hawaii, and Nickie McLaughlin (Ray) of Sumter; five grandchildren, Greyson Haynes, Kendall Haynes, Hannah Haynes, Madison McLaughlin and Cameron McLaughlin; three brothers, Donnie Mercer (Vivian) of Andrews, Dennis Mercer (Norma) of Pottsboro, Texas and Larry Mercer (Linda) of Summerville; a sister, Sandra Breitkreuz (Brad) of Houston, Texas; and a number of nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at the ElmoreCannon-Stephens Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. Al Sims officiating. The family will receive friends at the home. Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association, S.C. Chapter, 1817 Gadsden St., Columbia, SC 29201 or to the Tuomey Oncology Department, 129 N. Washington St., Sumter, SC 29150. Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home and Crematorium of Sumter is in charge of the arrangements.


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ASHINGTON — Breaking news: Conservative organizations suddenly have found common cause with one of their favorite objects of contempt — the benighted Mainstream Media. Or as the tea party queen and former Alaska governor likes to put it, the “lamestream media.” In a twist of irony, the two groups have coalesced around a common enemy: the U.S. government. Revelations the past few days that the Internal Revenue Service has been giving special attention to conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status have converged with Kathleen the news that the Jus- PARKER tice Department has been seizing phone records of The Associated Press. Reaction from both camps has been outrage seasoned with constitutional fervor. Not to overstate, but nothing less than free speech is at stake, about which no one should be confused. Briefly, the IRS singled out specific groups with words such as “tea party,” “patriot” or “9/12” in their names for special scrutiny, including asking for donor lists. Needless to say, this would have a chilling effect on donors who prefer anonymity, but it also smacks of intimidation. The implication: Criticize the government and you will pay. Literally. The targeting, moreover, was not a rogue operation by some random field agents in Cincinnati, as originally claimed, but, according to The Washington Post, involved IRS officials in Washington. “Outrageous” was the term President Obama used Monday during a joint news conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron. Obama promised to get to the bottom of it even though, as president, he can’t directly contact the IRS about a tax matter. This is owing to the legacy of Watergate, when then-President Richard Nixon used the IRS to intimidate his perceived enemies. The unavoidable comparison is, well, unavoidable. Obama can rattle some cages, though, given his administration’s almost daily scandal production, he’s going to be a busy zookeeper for the foreseeable future. No sooner had the Benghazi hearing concluded than the IRS story broke, followed by reports of the Justice Department probe. The latter’s investigation pertained to reporters’ phone records over a twomonth period affecting four bureaus, including the AP’s congressional office, and more than 20 lines potentially used by hundreds of reporters and, significantly, their sources. Americans accustomed

to hating the media — a popular pastime of selfproclaimed “new media,” often meaning someone with an iPhone and a laptop — should stop hitting “snooze” on their wakeup call right about now. When the choice is between distrusting reporters and distrusting the government, there’s no contest, especially when the aggrieved are groups of people (tea partyers and self-proclaimed patriots) whose chief organizing principle is distrust of government. Reporters, though they are merely human with all the attendant imperfections, are fundamentally on the patriot team. They’re sort of like cops: You hate them when their blue lights appear in the rear view, but you love them when something goes bump in the night. Though some journalists and even some institutions can be politically biased, a news organization exists for the purpose of reporting on organized power, especially the government. If tea party people worry that government is bearing down on them through its confiscatory powers via the IRS, then they have double reason for concern when the media are threatened. Who in the White House or the Congress will be willing to speak off the record if they fear being exposed to or by the Justice Department? This isn’t only outrageous; it is dangerous. The government can legitimately investigate journalists in the interest of national security, as has been claimed here. Officials say that an AP story last May about a failed al-Qaeda plot raised flags about potentially dangerous leaks. But there is a serious question whether the AP situation warranted such a massive and covert search. Out of fairness (or fear of punitive repercussions?), early reaction to these revelations has focused on the incompetence of the Obama administration rather than any sinister intent. Similarly, the administration’s incorrect reporting of events in Benghazi are claimed to have been the product of miscommunication and inter-agency turf squabbles rather than a deliberate attempt to mislead the public leading into the presidential election. Whatever. Pending a verdict from investigators investigating investigators, it is abundantly clear that something is awry at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, not least of which is an apparent failure to understand the basic principles of American governance. Incompetence may be an explanation, but it is hardly reassuring.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Taxpayers want to tour finished courthouse The courthouse on Harvin Street is nearly complete. I was wondering if there will be any tours of this facility. We the taxpayers of Sumter would like to see the finished project. MARLENE J. DENEMARK Sumter

Bynum pushing teachers out of school district With great sadness I listened to Gay Howard tell our school board she was leaving Sumter High for a new position elsewhere. Ms. Howard went on to tell the board how she and many other teachers, frustrated with the Bynum administration’s policies and hostile work environment, were not renewing their contracts. Ms. Howard who was born in South Carolina and raised in Chile by missionary parents later returned to Sumter where she’s taught Spanish for more than 21 years. Not only has she mastered the language, but she’s also an expert in the culture of the Spanish-speaking world, and she loves what she does, and she loves her students. Teachers such as Ms. Howard are an irreplaceable treasure. Superintendent Bynum followed by touting the district’s 90 percent teacher retention rate. Is 10 percent of our teachers leaving every year laudable? Ten percent annual attrition actually means by year six we’ve lost over half our teachers, and studies overwhelmingly show these are great teachers like Gay Howard who leave. Several published studies have addressed teacher attrition in South Carolina citing reasons why teachers leave. Leading reasons cited include a nonsupportive or hostile academic environment, lack of financial support, lack of mentoring and a lack of student behavioral management support.

Teachers want a collegial working environment where administrators listen to and take serious their concerns. Communications in academic institutions should be two-way open discussions, not militaristic topdown directives with threats of punitive actions. Deep in the trenches, our teachers know best what works and what doesn’t, and they want their inputs heard. Administration should focus not on test scores but rather on teaching children, building self-confidence and developing leaders. Our teachers deserve mentoring which is constructive, immediate and meaningful without fear of recrimination. They don’t need costly, punitive Sweet-16 evaluations that essentially duplicate the state’s ADEPT program and National Board Certification standards. Finally our teachers want discipline policies which reinforce zero tolerance and are consistently enforced across all groups of students. Mr. Bynum, please start listening to your teachers; our children’s future depends on it. BRYAN FUNKE, M.D. Sumter

People with CWP not your average troublemakers I fully understand Mr. Baten’s concerns over guns in bars. Guns in bars and restaurants (that serve alcohol) would be bad if the person carrying the gun did not have a concealed weapons permit. Those individuals that have taken the time to apply, complete the training and are awarded the certificate are not your typical troublemaker in a bar. They are mostly individuals that are interested in protecting themselves and/or their families. What he says about alcohol and guns is correct. They do not mix. But using his argument that they have no place in this environment is like saying that

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Sanford, Wilson, Graham needed in Washington I want to commend several of our South Carolinians that are or will be representing us in Washington, D.C. First of all, I am excited to see Mark Sanford is going back to the House. He will be an excellent addition to our great lineup of representatives. He has been a pioneer in the area of fiscal conservatism. I applaud Lindsey Graham for bringing pressure on the White House and the State Department in trying to get to the bottom of the Benghazi situation. I believe he will not rest until all the questions have been answered. If you will remember, Sen. Graham played a pivotal role during the impeachment of Bill Clinton. It was only because of a cowardly Senate that Bill Clinton remained in office. I feel and hope that after the Republicans take the Senate in 2014, Sen. Graham will again be able to participate in bringing Barack Obama to justice for crimes against the citizens of the United States. The man needs to pay dearly for his lies to the American people. Last, but certainly not least, I appreciate Joe Wilson, as he was one of the first to sound the alarm when Barack Obama made a completely false claim in a speech to Congress and he said the president lied. It is a hallmark of the Obama presidency, lie after lie. Continue on Reps. Mark Sanford and Joe Wilson and Sen. Lindsey Graham. We need your help. WARREN C. FORDHAM Manning

The Item would like to hear from readers their opinions, pro and con, on the recent U.S. Government vs. Tuomey verdict at federal court in Columbia. We only ask that letters include the name of the writer, plus address and telephone number for veriication purposes only. Letters should not exceed 350 words. Those that do will be published in their entirety in the Opinion section of our website, www.theitem.com. Letters should be emailed to letters@theitem.com; mailed to The Item, P.O. Box 1677, 20 N. Magnolia St., Sumter, S.C., 29151; or hand-delivered to the Magnolia Street address, directed to The Editor, Item.

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N.G. OSTEEN 1843-1936 The Watchman and Southron

we ought not allow parking lots in and around a bar either. I am more worried about drunken drivers killing me than a legal concealed weapons carrier. I’m just saying let’s focus on the real problem — drunks. PHILLIP D. JONES Sumter

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CITY from Page A1 in the garbage fee,” McElveen said. “The fee we’re charging now doesn’t cover the cost.” Council discussed raising the fee by about $2 monthly, but nothing was decided. Following the meeting, McElveen said the hike would provide funds to increase city worker salaries. “We’ve got employees who have been faithful to this city for many years,” he said. “What we’re trying to do is take care of those employees who have been loyal.” Councilman Calvin Hastie asked if it might be feasible to keep the three HOPE centers open later in the evenings. He asked City Manager Derron McCormick to explore the issue to see if it would increase costs. “What kind of financial impact would it be to maybe open later and then stay

open later in the evenings?” he asked. McCormick said he and his staff would research the request and would present its findings to the council soon. And the city wants comments from the public on any issues involving the city. City residents are invited to a public hearing at 6 p.m. Tuesday at City Centre on Main Street. This will give residents an opportunity to express their concerns or ask questions. “We hope to get a lot of feedback from the people of Sumter,” McElveen said. “We want to maintain the city as a great place to raise a family. And the only way we can do that is to hear from our residents.” Sumter City Council will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at City Centre prior to the public hearing.

TRANSFERS from Page A1 the assistant principals at his current school. He will be joined in the assistant principal role at Alice Drive Middle by Anita Hunter, currently an assistant principal at Crosswell Drive Elementary School. Ivey and Hunter are replacing Robert Hellams, who has been transferred to Ebenezer Middle School, and Jackie Thomas, who will serve as an assistant principal at Manchester Elementary School. Other assistant principal appointments made at the last school board meetings include Sean Glover, currently an assistant principal at Keenan High School in the Richland 1 School District in Columbia, to Sumter High School; Jennifer Howard, a curriculum coach at Oakland Primary School becomes an assistant principal at the same school; and Carol Przybyla, a curriculum coach at Ebenezer Middle School, will be an assistant principal at Crosswell Drive Elementary. Paul Riggs, currently an assistant principal at Sumter High, will hold the same position at Lakewood High School next year. The assignment report, approved Monday by a 5-2 vote by the school board, comes as the district continues with teacher contract signings and reassignments. Shelly Galloway, spokeswoman for the district, said official retention and transfer numbers would be available toward the end of the month, when employee contracts are finalized. However, at Monday’s meeting, Superintendent Randolph Bynum said preliminary figures from the district show 96 percent for the entire

employment staff will be returning next year, including 91 percent of certified personnel — which would include most teachers. Bynum said the previous year, certified personnel retention was 90 percent. While final reports are not available, one current Sumter High teacher, Gay Howard, told the school board Monday night she thinks many teachers, including herself, are leaving the district because they are dismayed over the changes occurring within the school system. “I’ve made this decision because I feel strongly that the direction we’re heading is not good for students and because I feel that teachers are not being respected,” Howard said, adding that according to her calculations, about 60 teachers will have left Sumter High School because of changes enacted by the current district administration. “I know this because these people are my friends, and they’ve told me this. It’s been heartbreaking to see what’s been happening in our schools,” Howard said. The 21-year veteran teacher also said she thinks many of her colleagues at the school are being transferred away from Sumter High because they challenged the current administrative practices. “Our best teachers, who have continued to serve at Sumter High, are being punished for speaking out and advocating on behalf of their students and their community,” Howard said. As is its established policy, the board did not respond to Howard’s comments during the meeting. Contact Braden Bunch at (803) 774-1201.

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ARIES (March 21-April 19): your talents and skills. the last word in astrology A friend or lover will help Fundraising, volunteer you make a difficult work or lending a helping eugenia LAST decision. Resolve hand will make you feel situations that are good as long as you don’t weighing heavily on your let anyone take advantage mind. Show compassion, you’ll get your way. of you. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Don’t let anyone SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Review the past to force you into an argument. Be a silent avoid making the same mistake twice. observer instead of a stubborn participant. Impulsive actions will be your downfall. Take Making an assumption will lead to a costly your time, even if someone is pressuring you. mistake. Don’t spend foolishly. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Use intelligence and SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Know what’s knowledge to clear up unfinished business. expected of you and tend to your Personal conversations will help to establish responsibilities first so you can focus on more what you can expect from the people you engaging pastimes. Honesty and integrity must share your life with. Don’t gossip. be maintained. CANCER (June 21-July 22): Push to do fulfilling CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Spend more time creative projects that highlight what you enjoy on projects that will enhance your doing most and utilize your skills. Put yourself surroundings or bring you in contact with first and embrace the changes you want to people who have something to offer you make. personally or professionally. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Face an emotional AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Weed out the situation head-on and avoid an encounter that people and indulgences in your life that are is a waste of time. Being overly generous won’t weighing you down. Focus on home, family solve a problem. Communicate honestly and and building a stable and secure future. Love is get your point across. in the stars. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Explore your options PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Ask pertinent and travel to places that offer knowledge, questions until you fully understand what’s experience and opportunity. Do your own factexpected of you. Someone will withhold finding and stick to your guidelines, principles information. A problem with a friend, neighbor and set plans. or relative will burden you with added responsibilities. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Impress everyone with

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SHS eyes new baseball coach by June 6 BY DENNIS BRUNSON dennisb@theitem.com Sumter High School athletic coordinator Reggie Kennedy hopes to have a replacement for Joe Norris as the school’s head baseball coach in place by the end of the school year, which is June 6. “We want to get someone

in place as soon as we can,” said Kennedy, who will handle the hiring process along with SHS principal Sterling Harris. “Of course, we have to have a teaching position for them as well.” Kennedy said the opening will be advertised on the South Carolina High School League website, and he ex-

pects Sumter School District to post it on the social media sites as well. The position came open when Norris resigned the post KENNEDY earlier this week after two years as head coach. Norris is going to remain at

Sumter though, going back into his role as assistant coach and pitching coach that he held for nine years under Shumake. Kennedy said he already had 10 resumes in his inbox early on Wednesday afternoon. Some of them are from inside the district. Kennedy stressed the im-

portance of making the right hire. “We’ve got to make sure we get the right fit for the program,” he said. “We’ve has so much success in the past, and we want it to be the same going forward.” Sumter is coming off a SEE SUMTER, PAGE B3

Edmondson signs with Fire Ants BY DENNIS BRUNSON dennisb@theitem.com

brating their championship; we’ve got to go push this to a third game.’ “Pitching was on, bats were hot. That’s the Dixie team.” Just as East Clarendon did in Game 1 on Monday, the Hornets jumped out to an early lead in the first inning

Jordain Edmondson, who helped lead Wilson Hall to the SCISA 3A softbll state title this week, will get a chance to take her career to the next level. Edmondson, who handled the catching chores for the Lady Barons the past two seasons, has signed to play with the University of South Carolina Sumter. EDMONDSON “I’m really excited about this,” Edmondson said of signing with the junior college program. “I think it’s a great opportunity for me, and being able to do this was one of my goals.” Edmondson was a member of the Wilson Hall softball team since her eighth-grade season. Not only did Edmondson play great defense for the Lady Barons this season, she also led the team in both batting average and onbase percentage entering the state tournament. Wilson Hall head coach Teresa Alexander has nothing but praise for Edmondson, who has been her starting catcher the past three seasons. “She went from first base to catcher her sophomore year because we’d

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East Clarendon’s Jessica Welch, bottom, slides safely into second base as Dixie’s Sara Beth Sears (9) reaches out for the throw in the fifth inning of Wednesday’s Game 2 of the 1A state championship series at the Dixie softball field in Due West. The Lady Hornets won 8-1 to force a deciding third game.

Still work to be done Dixie beats East Clarendon 8-1 to even series BY ANDREW MACKE Index Journal DUE WEST — Before his team’s second game with East Clarendon, Dixie High School head coath Gary Stone showed his team a picture of two trophies. One was the state championship trophy, a trophy that East Clarendon would earn

with a win against Dixie on Wednesday. The second was the smaller runnerup trophy that the Hornets would be forced to accept with a ARD loss. Dixie set its sights on the bigger one. The Lady Hornets explod-

ed for four runs in the first inning and cruised to an 8-1 win against the Lady Wolverines, forcing a winner-takeall third game on Friday at 6 p.m. at a to be determined site. “I told them, ‘East Clarendon was coming here today to play for their championship,’” Stone said. “’I don’t want East Clarendon cele-

3A title on line today for Barons BY JUSTIN DRIGGERS jdriggers@theitem.com The mark of a good team – a championship-caliber team – is often found in how well it bounces back from adversity. And if the Wilson Hall baseball team hopes to call itself 3A state champs, the Barons will have to find a way to pick themselves up after Tuesday’s potentially devastating loss. Up 11-4 and leading the best-of-3 series 1-0, Wilson Hall’s title hopes were put on hold after Hammond scored eight runs in the final two innings for a 12-11 victory to knot the series at 1-1. Game 3 is scheduled for 7 p.m. today at Carolina Stadium in Columbia. “We were obviously real, real disappointed,” Barons head coach Tommy Jones said. “We were sky high one moment and then got knocked in the face. Sometimes

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Andrew Kinney and the rest of the Wilson Hall baseball team will play Hammond today at 7 p.m. today at Carolina Stadium in Columbia in the decisive third game of the SCISA 3A state championship series.

it’s just the other team’s night, and I think you have to look at it that way. We’ll take a look at a few things we can correct, but I don’t think it does any good to replay the game over and over. “Our mettle is being tested and we’ll have to see how we respond.” As Jones put it, there is no standard

formula for how you approach building a team back up after a loss like Tuesday’s, but the major motivating factor will likely come from the within the team itself, he said. “I don’t really think with this particular team that it’s going to be something a coach says that motivates them,” Jones said. “I think it’s going to come from within the

team itself. We’ve got a great captain in Tyler Pannell, one of the best I’ve ever seen, and I think the positive effect will spin off of him. “I know he’ll have a positive attitude, and the other players will look to him and feed off of that.” Wilson Hall’s biggest hurdle in today’s SEE BARONS, PAGE B3

First-year South Carolina head baseball coach Chad Holbrook has seen his share of ups and downs this season with the Gamecocks. USC is still in the hunt to host an NCAA tournament regional.

Holbrook handling ups and downs with USC BY PETE IACOBELLI The Associated Press COLUMBIA — South Carolina baseball coach Chad Holbrook hasn’t been surprised by anything that’s happened during his debut season, not even the secondguessing from fans expecting more after two national championships and a runner-up finish last year.

Holbrook has worked to continue the program’s success after taking over for Ray Tanner, now the athletic director at South Carolina. The Gamecocks (38-10) are poised to win 40 games for a 14th straight season, a feat no other Southeastern Conference team can match. They’ll also likely to SEE HOLBROOK, PAGE B3


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MLB STANDINGS American League By The Associated Press East Division W L Pct GB New York 25 14 .641 – Baltimore 23 16 .590 2 Boston 22 17 .564 3 Tampa Bay 20 18 .526 41/2 Toronto 16 24 .400 91/2 Central Division W L Pct GB Detroit 22 15 .595 – Cleveland 21 17 .553 11/2 Kansas City 19 17 .528 21/2 Minnesota 18 18 .500 31/2 Chicago 16 21 .432 6 West Division W L Pct GB Texas 25 14 .641 – Oakland 20 21 .488 6 Seattle 18 21 .462 7 Los Angeles 15 24 .385 10 Houston 10 30 .250 151/2 Tuesday’s Games Philadelphia 6, Cleveland 2 San Diego 3, Baltimore 2 N.Y. Yankees 4, Seattle 3 Toronto 10, San Francisco 6 Detroit 6, Houston 2 Tampa Bay 5, Boston 3 Chicago White Sox 4, Minnesota 2 L.A. Angels 6, Kansas City 2 Texas 6, Oakland 5, 10 innings Wednesday’s Games San Diego 8, Baltimore 4 Cleveland 10, Philadelphia 4 Houston 7, Detroit 5 Chicago White Sox 9, Minnesota 4 Texas 6, Oakland 2 Seattle at N.Y. Yankees, 7:05 p.m. San Francisco at Toronto, 7:07 p.m. Boston at Tampa Bay, 7:10 p.m. Kansas City at L.A. Angels, late Today’s Games Seattle (Harang 1-4) at N.Y. Yankees (Pettitte 4-2), 7:05 p.m. Boston (Doubront 3-1) at Tampa Bay (Cobb 4-2), 7:10 p.m. Detroit (Verlander 4-3) at Texas (Darvish 6-1), 8:05 p.m. Chicago White Sox (Quintana 2-1) at L.A. Angels (Williams 2-1), 10:05 p.m. Friday’s Games Houston at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m. Seattle at Cleveland, 7:05 p.m. Tampa Bay at Baltimore, 7:05 p.m. Toronto at N.Y. Yankees, 7:05 p.m. Detroit at Texas, 8:05 p.m. Boston at Minnesota, 8:10 p.m. Chicago White Sox at L.A. Angels, 10:05 p.m. Kansas City at Oakland, 10:05 p.m. National League By The Associated Press East Division W L Pct GB Atlanta 22 17 .564 – Washington 21 18 .538 1 Philadelphia 19 21 .475 31/2 New York 14 22 .389 61/2 Miami 11 28 .282 11 Central Division W L Pct GB St. Louis 25 13 .658 – Cincinnati 23 16 .590 21/2 Pittsburgh 22 17 .564 31/2 Milwaukee 16 21 .432 81/2 Chicago 16 23 .410 91/2 West Division W L Pct GB San Francisco 23 16 .590 – Arizona 22 18 .550 11/2 Colorado 21 18 .538 2 San Diego 17 21 .447 51/2 Los Angeles 16 22 .421 61/2 Tuesday’s Games Philadelphia 6, Cleveland 2 Pittsburgh 4, Milwaukee 3, 12 innings San Diego 3, Baltimore 2 Toronto 10, San Francisco 6 Cincinnati 6, Miami 2 Colorado 9, Chicago Cubs 4 St. Louis 10, N.Y. Mets 4 Arizona 2, Atlanta 0 L.A. Dodgers 2, Washington 0 Wednesday’s Games San Diego 8, Baltimore 4 Cleveland 10, Philadelphia 4 Arizona 5, Atlanta 3 Milwaukee at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m. San Francisco at Toronto, 7:07 p.m. Cincinnati at Miami, 7:10 p.m. Colorado at Chicago Cubs, late N.Y. Mets at St. Louis, late Washington at L.A. Dodgers, late Today’s Games N.Y. Mets (Niese 2-4) at St. Louis (Wainwright 5-2), 1:45 p.m. Milwaukee (Burgos 1-1) at Pittsburgh (Liriano 1-0), 7:05 p.m. Cincinnati (Latos 4-0) at Miami (Fernandez 2-2), 7:10 p.m. San Francisco (M.Cain 2-2) at Colorado (Chacin 3-2), 8:40 p.m. Washington (Strasburg 1-5) at San Diego (Volquez 3-3), 10:10 p.m.

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NBA PLAYOFFS By The Associated Press (x-if necessary) (Best-of-7) CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS EASTERN CONFERENCE Miami 3, Chicago 1 Monday, May 6: Chicago 93, Miami 86 Wednesday, May 8: Miami 115, Chicago 78 Friday, May 10: Miami 104, Chicago 94 Monday, May 13: Miami 88, Chicago 65 Wednesday, May 15: Chicago at Miami, 7 p.m. x-Friday, May 17: Miami at Chicago, 8 or 9:30 p.m. x-Sunday, May 19: Chicago at Miami, TBA Indiana 3, New York 1 Sunday, May 5: Indiana 102, New York 95 Tuesday, May 7: New York 105, Indiana 79 Saturday, May 11: Indiana 82, New York 71 Tuesday, May 14: Indiana 93, New York 82 Thursday, May 16: Indiana at New York, 8 p.m. x-Saturday, May 18: New York at Indiana, 8 p.m. x-Monday, May 20: Indiana at New York, 8 p.m. WESTERN CONFERENCE San Antonio 3, Golden State 2 Monday, May 6: San Antonio 129, Golden State 127, 2OT Wednesday, May 8: Golden St. 100, San Antonio 91 Friday, May 10: San Antonio 102, Golden State 92 Sunday, May 12: Golden State 97, San Antonio 87, OT Tuesday, May 14: San Antonio 109, Golden State 91 Thursday, May 16: San Antonio at Golden State, 10:30 p.m. x-Sunday, May 19: Golden State at San Antonio, TBA Memphis 3, Oklahoma City 1 Sunday, May 5: Oklahoma City 93, Memphis 91 Tuesday, May 7: Memphis 99, Oklahoma City 93 Saturday, May 11: Memphis 87, Oklahoma City 81 Monday, May 13: Memphis 103, Oklahoma City 97, OT Wednesday, May 15: Memphis at Oklahoma City, 9:30 p.m. x-Friday, May 17: Oklahoma City at Memphis, 7 or 8 p.m. x-Sunday, May 19: Memphis at Oklahoma City, TBA

NHL PLAYOFFS By The Associated Press FIRST ROUND (Best-of-7) (x-if necessary) EASTERN CONFERENCE Pittsburgh 4, N.Y. Islanders 2 Wednesday, May 1: Pittsburgh 5, N.Y. Islanders 0 Friday, May 3: N.Y. Islanders 4, Pittsburgh 3 Sunday, May 5: Pittsburgh 5, N.Y. Islanders 4, OT Tuesday, May 7: N.Y. Islanders 6, Pittsburgh 4 Thursday, May 9: Pittsburgh 4, N.Y. Islanders 0 Saturday, May 11: Pittsburgh 4, N.Y. Islanders 3, OT Ottawa 4, Montreal 1 Thursday, May 2: Ottawa 4, Montreal 2 Friday, May 3: Montreal 3, Ottawa 1 Sunday, May 5: Ottawa 6, Montreal 1 Tuesday, May 7: Ottawa 3, Montreal 2, OT Thursday, May 9: Ottawa 6, Montreal 1 N.Y. Rangers 4, Washington 3 Thursday, May 2: Washington 3, N.Y. Rangers 1 Saturday, May 4: Washington 1, N.Y. Rangers 0, OT Monday, May 6: N.Y. Rangers 4, Washington 3 Wednesday, May 8: N.Y. Rangers 4, Washington 3 Friday, May 10: Washington 2, N.Y. Rangers 1, OT Sunday, May 12: N.Y. Rangers 1, Washington 0 Monday, May 13: N.Y. Rangers 5, Washington 0 Boston 4, Toronto 3 Wednesday, May 1: Boston 4, Toronto 1 Saturday, May 4: Toronto 4, Boston 2 Monday, May 6: Boston 5, Toronto 2 Wednesday, May 8: Boston 4, Toronto 3, OT Friday, May 10: Toronto 2, Boston 1 Sunday, May 12: Toronto 2, Boston 1 Monday, May 13: Boston 5, Toronto 4, OT WESTERN CONFERENCE Chicago 4, Minnesota 1 Tuesday, April 30: Chicago 2, Minnesota 1, OT Friday, May 3: Chicago 5, Minnesota 2 Sunday, May 5: Minnesota 3, Chicago 2, OT Tuesday, May 7 Chicago 3, Minnesota 0 Thursday, May 9: Chicago 5, Minnesota 1 Detroit 4, Anaheim 3 Tuesday, April 30: Anaheim 3, Detroit 1 Thursday, May 2: Detroit 5, Anaheim 4, OT Saturday, May 4: Anaheim 4, Detroit 0 Monday, May 6: Detroit 3, Anaheim 2, OT Wednesday, May 8: Anaheim 3, Detroit 2, OT Friday, May 10: Detroit 4, Anaheim 3, OT Sunday, May 12: Detroit 3, Anaheim 2 San Jose 4, Vancouver 0 Wednesday, May 1: San Jose 3, Vancouver 1 Friday, May 3: San Jose 3, Vancouver 2, OT Sunday, May 5: San Jose 5, Vancouver 2 Tuesday, May 7: San Jose 4, Vancouver 3, OT Los Angeles 4, St. Louis 2 Tuesday, April 30: St. Louis 2, Los Angeles 1, OT Thursday, May 2: St. Louis 2, Los Angeles 1 Saturday, May 4: Los Angeles 1, St. Louis 0 Monday, May 6: Los Angeles 4, St. Louis 3 Wednesday, May 8: Los Angeles 3, St. Louis 2, OT Friday, May 10: Los Angeles 2, St. Louis 1 CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS (Best-of-7) EASTERN CONFERENCE Pittsburgh 1, Ottawa 0 Tuesday, May 14: Pittsburgh 4, Ottawa 1 Friday, May 17: Ottawa at Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, May 19: Pittsburgh at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 22: Pittsburgh at Ottawa. 7:30 p.m. Boston vs. N.Y. Rangers Thursday, May 16: N.Y. Rangers at Boston, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, May 19: N.Y. Rangers at Boston, 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 21: Boston at N.Y. Rangers, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 23: Boston at N.Y. Rangers, 7 p.m. WESTERN CONFERENCE Chicago vs. Detroit Wednesday, May 15: Detroit at Chicago, 8 p.m. Saturday, May 18: Detroit at Chicago, 1 p.m. Monday, May 20: Chicago at Detroit, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 23: Chicago at Detroit, 8 p.m. Los Angeles 1, San Jose 0 Tuesday, May 14: Los Angeles 2, San Jose 0 Thursday, May 16: San Jose at Los Angeles, 10 p.m. Saturday, May 18: Los Angeles at San Jose, 9 p.m. Tuesday, May 21: Los Angeles at San Jose, 10 p.m.

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Heat rally past Bulls to advance BY TIM REYNOLDS The Associated Press MIAMI — A fast start and faster finish were enough to send the Miami Heat back to the Eastern Conference finals. LeBron James scored 23 points, Dwyane Wade added 18 and the Heat rallied from an 11-point second-half deficit to beat the Chicago Bulls 94-91 on Wednesday night and close out their second-round series in five games. Chris Bosh scored 12 points and Udonis Haslem added 10 for Miami, which ran out to a 22-4 lead, then was outscored by a whopping 29 points over the next 27 minutes before recovering. The Heat outscored the Bulls 25-14 in the fourth. Carlos Boozer finished with 26 points and 14 rebounds for the Bulls, who were without Derrick Rose for the 99th straight game. Nate Robinson and Jimmy Butler missed potential tying 3-pointers on the

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Miami’s Chris Bosh (1) drives to the basket in front of Chicago’s Jimmy Butler, right, and Carlos Boozer (5) during the Heat’s 94-91 victory in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals in Miami. The Heat won the series 4-1.

final possession of the season for Chicago, which dropped the last four games of the series. Robinson scored 21 points, Butler had 19, and Richard Hamilton 15 for the Bulls. And there was drama, all the way to the end. Robinson’s 3-pointer with 1:43 left got the Bulls to 94-91, and Butler knocked the ball away from Chris Bosh

for a turnover on the ensuing Miami possession. But Boozer missed an open 15-footer with about a minute remaining and, when Wade knocked the ball off Boozer’s leg after a Miami miss with 45 seconds left, the Heat retained possession — with a fresh shot clock to boot. But Miami didn’t score, and the Bulls had a final chance.

Robinson missed a 3, and Butler faked his way free for a good look that hit the rim, before bouncing away. Time expired, and the Heat lingered on the court in celebration. Wade held on to the game ball as he shook a few fans’ hands, and he, James and Bosh exchanged some highfives — the last three Miami players to leave the floor.

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Goldschmidt hits 3 doubles as Arizona beats Braves 5-3 PHOENIX — Paul Goldschmidt hit three doubles, Eric Chavez drove in three runs and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat Tim Hudson and the Atlanta Braves 5-3 on Wednesday. Cody Ross added an RBI double as the Diamondbacks won the final two games of the series after a 10-1 loss in the opener. Hudson (4-3) had been 7-0 in nine career starts against Arizona before he got tagged. He allowed five runs and eight hits in five innings — he’s given up 11 runs over 8 2-3 innings in his last two starts. PIRATES BREWERS

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PITTSBURGH — Wandy Rodriguez allowed one run over seven strong innings and Neil Walker hit a two-run single as the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Milwaukee Brewers 3-1 on Wednesday night. 7 5

DETROIT — Brandon Barnes caught Miguel Cabrera’s bases-loaded drive against the wall in right-center field for the final out, and the Houston Astros avoided a season sweep against the Detroit Tigers with a 7-5 victory Wednesday. WHITE SOX TWINS

Arizona’s Paul Goldschmidt (44) is greeted in the dugout after scoring on an RBI single by Eric Chavez during the first inning of Wednesday’s 5-3 victory against Atlanta in Phoenix.

the Chicago White Sox past the Minnesota Twins 9-4 on Wednesday. RANGERS ATHLETICS

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OAKLAND, Calif. — Nelson Cruz hit a three-run homer, Alexi Ogando earned his first career win against Oakland and the Texas Rangers took the rubber game with the Athletics 6-2 on Wednesday. MARINERS YANKEES

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NEW YORK— Raul Ibanez again treated Yankee Stadium as his personal playground, hitting a grand slam and two-run homer Wednesday night to help the Seattle Mariners rout New York 12-2. INTERLEAGUE PADRES ORIOLES

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BALTIMORE — Alexi Amarista had three extra-base hits and the San Diego Padres matched their season-high with 17 hits, beating the Baltimore Orioles 8-4 Wednesday for a two-game sweep.

MINNEAPOLIS — Adam Dunn homered twice, doubled and drove in five runs, powering

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Chargers’ Ingram tears ligament in knee SAN DIEGO— Chargers outside linebacker Melvin Ingram has torn the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, putting his season in jeopardy. The Chargers announced that Ingram was hurt Tuesday morning during an organized team activity practice. San Diego did not immediately release any other details. If the ligament is INGRAM completely torn and surgery is needed, it could sideline Ingram for the entire season. Ingram was the Chargers’ firstround pick — 18th overall — out of South Carolina in last year’s NFL draft. He started just one game and had one sack, 16 tackles and a forced fumble. He was expected to take on an increased role this season with outside linebackers Antwan Barnes (Jets) and Shaun Phillips (Broncos) signing elsewhere in the offseason. CLEMSON SIGNS 6-10 DJITTE FROM SENEGAL

CLEMSON — Clemson has

added 6-foot-10 Sidy Djitte (SIH’dee zhih-TAY’) of Senegal to its newest men’s basketball class. The school announced the signing Wednesday. Djitte averaged 17 points, 12 rebounds and three blocked shots last season playing for Northwood Temple Academy in Fayetteville, N.C. Clemson coach Brad Brownell says Djitte brings athleticism and strength to the Tigers frontcourt.

first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978.

ORB DRAWS RAIL AS FAVORITE IN PREAKNESS

JETS QB GARRARD PLANS TO RETIRE

BALTIMORE — The Preakness draw was over, and trainer Shug McGaughey listed a variety of reasons why he was OK with having Kentucky Derby winner Orb starting Saturday’s race from the rail. Then someone asked him, “If you had your choice, where would you want to be?” Without hesitation, McGaughey responded, “The outside.” Despite getting the inside post in Wednesday’s draw, Orb was made an even-money favorite to win the Preakness and keep alive his bid to become horse racing’s

NEW YORK — David Garrard is out of the New York Jets’ quarterback competition. A person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press on Wednesday that Garrard plans to retire because of lingering knee issues. The 35-year-old Garrard was signed in March to provide veteran competition for Mark Sanchez. But Garrard, who hadn’t played in a regular-season game in the NFL since 2010 because of injuries, is planning to step away because of knee troubles.

KANSAS LURES WIGGINS TO SIGN

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Clarification to rule may favor Patrick CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The rules surrounding Saturday night’s Sprint AllStar Race continue to change, and fans are concerned the latest tweak is meant to benefit Danica Patrick. Among a handful of changes announced Wednesday was a clarification that the winning driver of the Sprint Fan Vote must only have a car in raceable condition to advance into the All-Star Race. That counters earlier announcements that said the winner of the fan vote must finish on the PATRICK lead lap of the Sprint Showdown preliminary race. NASCAR spokesman Kerry Tharp says the earlier reference to finishing on the lead lap was simply miscommunication on NASCAR’s part. But fans pounced on the tweak, believing it was to benefit Patrick, who has struggled on intermediate tracks this year but is currently among the top-five vote getters. It’s unlikely that the change will affect the outcome. The last two years, all but one of the cars running at the conclusion of the Showdown was on the lead lap. And, barring an accident or a

mishap, the format of two 20-lap segments means it would be difficult for Patrick to be lapped based on performance. Patrick, who won the fan vote last year as the most popular driver in the Nationwide Series, is inside the top-five headed into Saturday along with Jeff Burton, Bobby Labonte, Martin Truex Jr. and Michael Waltrip. The top two finishers in the Showdown advance into the $1 million main event, as does the winner of the fan vote. Among other changes announced Wednesday, the qualifying order will be set by random draw because there’s no pit crew competition this year to determine the order. Time trials will include a total time for three laps, including a four-tire pit stop. New is that there will be no pit-road speed, and the pit crew cannot go over the wall until the car has come to a complete stop. The no speed limit was intriguing to at least one driver. “Wow!! Qual for (at)sprint all star race is going to b exciting!!” tweeted Kyle Busch. “NO pit road speed coming in or going out. Not what I had in mind but ok... ?”

WOLVERINES from Page B1 that changed the complexion of the game. Ashlee Brown worked her way out of a jam in the top of the first inning, striking out Grayson Smith with two runners on to end the inning. Then the Lady Hornets jumped all over EC starter Kaitlin Alexander. Samantha Ferguson and Kensley Carwile led off with singles before Anne Marie Ferguson cracked a single to left to bring home Samantha Ferguson. After a flyout, Brittney Brown stepped up and laced a base hit into left centerfield that rolled all the way to the fence. Carwile and Anne Marie Ferguson scored, while Brown motored all the way around to third. Alyssa Phillips then grounded out to first, allowing Brown to scamper home from third. Six batters in, Dixie led 4-0 – notching more runs against Alexander in one inning than previous teams had combined to score in seven postseason games (1). “We came out stiff, we came out lackadaisical, dragging,” said East Clarendon head coach Lisa Ard, whose team fell to 22-5 overall. “They made it pay off in the first inning, and we got further down as the game went on.” The Lady Hornets, who improved to 21-3, tacked on another run in the third inning on an RBI groundout by Sara Beth Sears, stretching the lead to 5-0. Leigha Snipes then led off the fourth inning with a triple and scored on Haleigh Phillips’ single. Samantha Ferguson singled and Anne Marie Ferguson walked to load the bases for Ashlee Brown, who brought home

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East Clarendon second baseman D’onna McFadden, right, leaps to make a catch as a Dixie player slides back into second base during Wednesday’s Game 2 of the 1A state championship series at the Dixie softball field in Due West. The Lady Hornets won 8-1 to force a deciding third game.

two more runs for an 8-0 lead. With that cushion, Stone took out Ashlee Brown to give his top pitcher some rest. He brought Delanie Laudenbacher, who continued to shut down the Lady Wolverines. In the final three innings, Laudenbacher gave up one hit and one unearned run. “I felt pretty comfortable with what we were doing, and I’ve got a great pitcher in Delanie,” Stone said. “We got those runs and I said let’s do it. And Ashlee said let me get out and rest for Friday. “It was a whole different ball club (Wednesday).”

have runners in scoring position, Jordain knows how to put the bat on the ball and hit it hard. I just loved having her at the plate in those situations.” Edmondson said going to USC Sumter was the right fit for her. Fire Ants head coach Adrienne Cataldo is a family friend, having been coached by Edmonson’s mother, Karen, during her days playing softball in the Sumter County Recreation Depatment program. “I just wanted to stay home for another couple years,” Jordain Edmondson said.

SUMTER from Page B1 19-11 season in which it finished second in Region VI-4A, but won the District VII tournament in the state playoffs. The Gamecocks advanced to the 4-team lower state tournament. Sumter was 39-16 under Norris, going 20-5

Wilson Hall players celebrate a run scored by Tripp Holstein (7) during Tuesday’s 12-11 loss to Hammond in Game 2 of the SCISA 3A state baseball championship series in Columbia. The Barons and Skyhawks play again today at Carolina Stadium in Columbia in the decisive third game.

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EDMONDSON from Page B1 lost a pretty good catcher, and we needed someone who would be able to handle the pitches of (former Wilson Hall pitcher and current University of South Carolina player) Ansley (Ard). “Jordain just worked and worked at it. It’s amazing where she is now from where she started. I’m just comfortable with her behind the plate. She knows what to do.” Alexander also loved the way Edmondson responded at the plate in RBI situations. “A clutch hitter is the best way to describe her,” Alexander said. “When you

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in in 2012. The Gamecocks won the region that year and finished second in its district tournament. To show the success of the SHS program, it went 269-134 in Shumake’s 14 seasons and won tate titles in both ‘06 and ‘11. The Gamecocks made

the playoffs in all but one of those 14 seasons and won six region titles. In last 13 years, aside from the two state championship seasons, the Gamecocks have played in the lower state tournament twice, played for the lower state title once and been within a game of playing for the lower state title six times.

contest will likely come from psychological standpoint rather than anything gameplan-wise. Offensively, the 23-8 Barons have scored 18 runs in two games and have collected at least two extra base hits in each game as well. The biggest key for WH will likely be its stellar pitching staff returning to form. The Barons allowed eight walks and hit seven batters in Tuesday’s loss – one if not the main reason why the now 24-8 Skyhawks were able to stick around and chip away at the lead. “I’ve never been on a team that threw seven hit by pitches,” Jones said. “Like I said, sometimes you just have to tip your cap to the other guys and say it’s not your night. But our pitching has been one of the strengths of this team all season and I think we’ll bounce back (today).” Who will be on the mound to start for the Barons was yet to be determined Wednesday afternoon. However, Wilson Hall’s top four of John Patrick Sears, Gordon Owens, Chase Belk and William Kinney all have significant innings left and are available, Jones said. “(Sears) threw over 100 pitches (in 5 1/3 innings) on Monday, so he’s probably not going to be able to go seven innings,” Jones said. “But we have pretty much the whole staff available for four or five innings, including Chase, so we

feel very comfortable with what we have.” The Skyhawks have been somewhat of a pitch-by-committee team since their No. 2 starter went down earlier in the year. Hammond head coach Ray Derrick also wasn’t sure who he would tab as tonight’s starter, but said everyone but Tuesday starter Jake Nidiffer will be available for multiple innings. “Jake through a lot of pitches, so I don’t know if he’ll be able to go for more than a batter or two,” Derrick said. “But we’ve had guys step up to fill roles and come through in big sports for us, so hopefully we can piece this thing together. “The main thing is we have to play defense and swing the bats better than we have been.” Hammond lost Game 1 on Monday 7-4 after a Kinney grand slam put the Barons up late and Belk came in to stop a Skyhawks’ rally in the top of the sixth. “I really feel like both games have been close,” Derrick said. “We made a couple of mistake that cost us in the first game and they made a couple that we took advantage of in the second game. We had our chances in the sixth and seventh innings Monday and couldn’t come through, but we did Tuesday. “I think it’s going to be close, and it wouldn’t surprise me if comes down to who can execute better in the late innings again.”


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Tigers leaning on pitching to get past Seminoles BY GENE SAPAKOFF Post and Courier CLEMSON – It was way back in early March that Clemson head coach Jack Leggett gushed for the first time about his “very exciting” freshman pitchers. Right-hander Clate Schmidt had just defeated mighty South Carolina in Greenville to even the 2013 series within one of college baseball’s best rivalries. That the No. 17 Tigers have roared into the NCAA tournament national seed conversation with recent starry contributions from young pitchers not including Schmidt goes beyond excitement. It shows sustainable depth likely to last well beyond a season-ending ACC series beginning tonight at No. 9 Florida State. Clemson’s earned run average is 2.88, the lowest since 1992 (2.86). The starting rotation is made up of sophomore right-hander Daniel Gossett (8-3, 2.36 earned run average), freshman lefthander Matthew Crownover (7-1, 1.90)

and freshman left-hander Zach Erwin (5-0, 2.88). Sophomore Patrick Andrews (2.25) and freshmen Jackson Campana (2.45) and Kyle Schnell (2.63) have ERAs below the team average. Schmidt is 3-3 with a 5.26 ERA. Crownover arrives in Tallahassee as the ACC Pitcher of the Week after 13 shutout innings last week in wins over Maryland and Georgia Southern. “You know they’re good coming in but you wonder how fast they can adapt,” Clemson pitching coach Dan Pepicelli said, “because this is a totally different style of pitching and some people adapt faster than others. We’re fortunate to have a good group with pretty good aptitude.”

inning performance against South Carolina in the 2012 Columbia Regional. The 6-0, 180pound Lyman resident (James F. Byrnes High School) gave up only two runs with eight strikeouts last June. He got a no-decision in a classic 12-inning Gamecocks victory. Pepicelli says the “jump off” game was a week earlier. TOM GLAVINE COMPARISON

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Clemson head coach Jack Leggett, center, makes a pitching change recently. The Tigers pitching staff has been stellar this season despite its youth and inexperience.

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The youth movement has allowed Clemson to bump senior co-captain Scott Firth and his lively fastball (89-95 mph) into the closer role. “They all have a good future,” Leggett said. “They’ve been playing a prominent role. We have

HOLBROOK from Page B1 make their 14th straight NCAA trip, also the longest streak among SEC members. Still, there was plenty of squirming from fans when South Carolina was swept at Florida last month, then dropped two straight at home

some good young players who can be really good players before it’s all over. But they all have to learn things along the way as well.” Leggett said he is not surprised by his impact freshmen, including out-

to Vanderbilt, who’s ranked No. 1 in both College Baseball and Baseball America’s top 25s. “Fans do get spoiled,” Holbrook says. Holbrook was angered by the losses, too, and then received a dose of perspective from his boss, Tanner, the man who hired him away from North Carolina in 2008. “He was sort of frustrated a

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fielders Maleeke Gibson and Steven Duggar and shortstop Tyler Krieger. “I thought this was going to happen,” he said. “This is a good class. We have some good kids coming in next year, too. It’s going to

make for some good competition. These older guys better keep their heads on a swivel and keep on playing because our goal is to get better. Hopefully, they will see that there is a lot of good competition around them and play at a different level.” Most Clemson observers see Gossett’s breakout game as the seven-

(12) SOUTH CAROLINA at (17) MISSISSIPPI STATE WHO: South Carolina (38-14, 16-10 SEC) at Mississippi State (38-15, 14-13 SEC)

little bit,” Tanner said. “I said to him, ‘You couldn’t do anything else. You guys did great’” in losses of 3-2 and 5-2. The third game of the Vanderbilt series was rained out and not made up.



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The Gamecocks end the SEC regular season with three games at Mississippi State starting Thursday. Then comes the SEC tournament. Bids to the NCAA tournament will be announced May

“Daniel pitched against Virginia in the ACC Tournament and he was really good (one run in 6.2 innings). He had been getting close and then that really gave him a lot of confidence. But, yeah, that game at South Carolina was as intense as he’s going to find.” It surely helped convince Perfect Game to name Gossett the No. 1 college prospect in South Carolina for the 2014 major league draft. Crownover doesn’t throw as hard, but has been as consistently effective in a crafty lefty sort of way. Only 14 months after Tommy John surgery, the Ringgold, Ga., native is just getting comfortable.

27. Holbrook hasn’t let the up and downs that come during the regular season alter his goals about advancing as far as possible in the postseason. Slumps and dips are part of every program when you play at this level, he said. “No team in this league is immune to a difficult stretch because of how difficult the league is,” Holbrook says.

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SUMMERTIME COOL DOWN WITH A DRINK We’ve got recipes for kids and adults on page C10

FRESH AND LOCAL Find out where to get homegrown vegetables this summer on page C8

BAIT A HOOK Local anglers say the fishing outlook is good on page C2

TAKE A WALK Check out some of the many places to exercise or stroll in Sumter on page C9

WHAT’S COOKING? Get the information you need to know when buying a new grill on page C7

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• ‘Dig into Reading’ Sumter County Library summer vacation reading program / C4 • Classes at the Sumter Aquatics Center / C5

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Boating safety starts before you launch BY SHARRON HALEY sharron@theitem-clarendonsun.com

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SCDNR’s mascot Zippit reminds boaters to Buy it. Wear it. Zip it.

ANNING — Whether you’re fishing, skiing or just out taking in the wildlife and scenery, boating is a great recreational sport PHOTO PROVIDED in the tri-county area, but boaters need to plan ahead before putting their boats in the water. Brett Witt with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources said their website, www.dnr.sc.gov/boating/safety, has a boater safety checklist to check before you leave the landing as well as when you’re on the water. “The checklist includes a float plan which is an important part of boater safety,” Witt said. “Know your boat, and make sure all the lifesaving devices are in good condition and are the correct size for those on the boat.”

HAVE A FLOAT PLAN A float plan is a simple document that lists the boat owner, operator, the color/ make of the boat, the boat’s registration number, motor type, horsepower, any distinguishing features of the boat, vehicle color/make and vehicle tag number. The plan also includes where the boater launches, the launch time, route to be taken on the waterway and the estimated time of arrival back at the launch site. The float plan includes the names of everyone on the boat, their contact numbers and any medical problems. There’s even a line verifying that the operator of the boat has checked the boat’s safety equipment. The boater should leave a copy of the float plan with individuals who will check on them if they don’t arrive back at the scheduled time.

“A lot of times a person going fishing will say something like, ‘Honey, I’m going fishing on Santee. I’ll be back in a little while,’” said SCDNR Capt. Harvin Brock. “We’ll get a call from someone and they’ll tell us ‘Well, he went fishing on Santee’, and we’ll ask them where and they’ll ask us ‘You don’t know where Santee is?’” There are two lakes in the Santee Cooper system, Lake Marion and the lower lake Moultrie, which are surrounded by five counties with dozens of landings, plus with 11,000-acre Sparkleberry Swamp and other rivers, DNR has a huge area to cover and without a starting point it’s almost like finding a needle in a haystack, Brock added. “Float plans are vital in targeting where we need to focus our search,” he said. MAINTAINING PROPER LOOKOUT Another priority when

boating is maintaining a proper lookout. “There is so much going on when you are on the lake in a boat,” said Lt. Billy Downer with SCDNR’s Law Enforcement Education division. “You may be pulling a skier or a child on a tube. People may be walking around the boat. Someone may block your vision. You could be coming up on another boat pulling a skier. What will you do if that skier falls? Which way will you go?” Downer said the captain or driver of the boat is the person responsible for what happens on the water. “Keep aware of the other boats as well as other hazards,” he added. “Maintaining a proper lookout is the biggest priority when on the water.” CHECK THE WEATHER Always check the weather forecast before launching your boat. It’s also important to keep abreast of the weather while on the water. Late afternoon thunderstorms can pop up without any notice causing high winds and choppy water. CHECK FUEL AND BATTERY How many times have you had to wait at a landing for the boater in front of you to reload their boat because of a dead battery or because the boat was out of fuel? Always check the fuel and the battery before leaving home. HAVE LIFESAVING DEVICE(S) South Carolina law requires that all boats have a lifesaving

device for everyone on the boat and that the sizes of the devices are correct for those individuals on the boat. “May sure that the life jackets fit properly,” Downer urged. “An adult jacket does not fit a child. If you’re on a boat less than 16 feet in length, all children under the age of 12 must be wearing a life jacket at all times.” Downer stressed buying a life jacket that the child will find comfortable and looks good. “No one wants to wear those old clunky jackets,” he said. “Get the jackets the children will find comfortable. They may cost a little more, but what’s the price of safety?” SCDNR has a mascot Zippit to remind boaters to have those lifesaving devices close at hand: “Buy it. Wear it. Zip it.” CHECK NAVIGATIONAL LIGHTS “Always check the boat’s navigational lights before leaving the landing,” Brock urged. “People don’t think about their lights during the daytime, but when they’re headed back to the landing and it’s late, they’ll need them.” HAVE WORKING FIRE EXTINGUISHER Make sure your boat has a readily accessible fire extinguisher in good working order. Put the plug in before launching the boat and carry a cell phone if possible. ACT RESPONSIBLY Once you’re on the water, act responsibly. Remember that the rules of the highway apply on the water.

“If you’re going to drink, have a designated boater to drive the boat,” Brock said. “We have adopted the Highway Patrol’s laws regarding drinking and driving.” Bright sunshine, the movement of the boat and the steady sound of the motor magnify the effects of alcohol when on the water, Downer said. “Alcohol has three times the effect on the water that it does on land,” he said. “That means it takes 1/3 the amount of alcohol on the water to see the same effects as on the land. That’s huge.” Remember that all boats approaching from the right have the right-of-way. Know the areas where you’ll be boating. Is the water low? Are there submerged trees or logs? NATIONAL SAFE BOATING WEEK. Brock said the week of May 20 is National Safe Boating Week. To remind individuals about boating safety, Brock said 43 DNR officers will be visiting middle schools within their regions to promote boating safety. Throughout the summer months, DNR officers will be conducting free boat inspections at various landings in the Santee Cooper region. “We want boaters to know we’re there to help,” Brock added. “We’ll go over their boats with them and give them pointers on what they need to do to make their boats safer on the water.”

Fishing outlook good, anglers urged to follow regulations cracker and crappie, he said. Tommy Shorter, owner Tri-county residents of Reel Discount Store at have plenty of options 1240 Alice Drive, said the when it comes to fishing. South Carolina DepartStill, Lake Marion is the ment of Natural Resourcfirst choice for many. es regulations on largeWhile success can be mouth bass have had a found from a pier or the positive impact on Lake bank, the serious angler Marion. will most likely turn to a “In the past couple of boat, said Andy Pack, years, you see more larger owner of Pack’s Landing fish,” he said. in Pinewood. Anglers cannot catch “People do pretty fair more than five largefrom a pier,” Pack said. mouth bass a day, and “It’s hard to fish from a each must be at least 14 bank in most places beinches long. cause of the weeds and The new largemouth snakes. If you want to rebass regulations went into ally catch the fish, you get effect in March 2010 and in a boat and hit the are specific to Lake Mariswamp.” on, Lake Moultrie and the Lake access is easy in Upper Santee River. Sumter and Clarendon Local fishermen often counties. make the short trip to Pack said fishing has Lake Murray and Lake been “fairly good” this Wateree, Shorter said. spring. Fishermen have “In Sumter, we’re kind brought in some decent of in the middle,” he said. numbers of bream, shell “Of course, we’re right BY RANDY BURNS Special to The Item

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Jason Staniec lives in Sumter County only 10 minutes away from Lake Ashwood. In the spring and summer, Staniec said he tries to fish the lake every day he can. An 8-pound bass Staniec caught in the lake hangs on the wall of his den.

next to Lake Marion, but we’re also a short drive to Wateree and Murray.” Lake Ashwood in Lee County, about halfway between Sumter and Bishopville, is a good place for fishing from the bank, according to Shorter. “I would say about 70 percent of the lake is accessible from the bank,”

he said. “And the fishing is pretty good.” Jason Staniec, who lives in Dalzell about 10 minutes away from the lake, said he tries to go fishing on Lake Ashwood “about every day” in the spring and summer. “I have an 8-pound bass hanging on my wall that I caught right here at

Ashwood,” he said. Lake Ashwood is a 750acre lake stocked with largemouth bass, bluegill, shellcracker and catfish. The SCDNR Freshwater Fisheries Section annually stocks from seven to 10 million fish in state waters. The lake has wooden and aluminum fishing piers. There is a concrete sidewalk to the wooden pier from a gravel parking area and a wooden ramp up to the aluminum pier. According to the SCDNR website (www. dnr.sc.gov/fishing.html), Lake Ashwood is one of 18 public fishing lakes operated by South Carolina. Ashwood is the only public lake listed in the tricounty area. Many locals choose to fish in a local pond. “The only thing about fishing from a pond is that you have to get permission from the owner,”

Shorter said. “Now, you will see people fish in Second Mill Pond off of Liberty Street.” The above average rainfall in April has also had a positive impact on fishing, Shorter said. “I’ve never heard of a fish complaining about too much water,” he said. On the SCDNR website, officials urge anglers to follow all fishing rules and regulations pertaining to freshwater and saltwater fishing. The latest changes to the freshwater fishing regulations were made in July 2012. No more than 40 game fish are allowed to be kept in any one day. In addition, there are restrictions based upon the type of fish caught. For example, the daily limit for crappie is 20. Other limits include redbreast, 15; white bass, 10; and striped bass, 10.

Area state parks popular attractions for tri-county residents BY RANDY BURNS Special to The Item The South Carolina Park system offers beautiful scenery, sandy beaches, historic sites, blackwater rivers and inland lakes in 47 state parks from the mountains to the coast. Four of the state parks are located in the tri-county area and are popular attractions for tri-county residents. “There are few places in the state that offer as much variety both nature and recreation than the Sumter area,” said South Carolina Parks and Recreation Communications Director Marion Edmonds. “Just think about it. You have the lake activities at Santee, and a short distance away you have Poinsett where it’s like being in the mountains. And then there’s Woods Bay, which is probably the most under

known treasure in the state.” And Lee State Park is right off the Interstate 20, and has hiking and camping.” Poinsett Park Manager Zebo McCants said Poinsett has been described “The Mountains of the Midlands.” “People come here, and they feel like they’re miles away from home,” he said. A one-mile walk on the Coquina Trail around Levi Mill Lake provides visitors with a taste of “mountain climbing.” A new five-mile multi-use trail designed for mountain bikes by the Midlands Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association (SORBA) was recently completed in February, McCants said. McCants said free camping is available for families the weekend of May 31-June 2, through a partnership with the Palmetto Conservation Foundation. Registration is re-

TRI-COUNTY AREA PARKS • Poinsett State Park, located in the High Hills of Santee, is about eight miles south of Wedgefield near S.C. 261 in Sumter County. The 1,000 acre park features fishing, boating, hiking and camping. • Lee State Park, located on Lee State Park Road about a mile from Exit 123 on Interstate 20, features camping and equestrian activities. • Woods Bay State Park is located in northeastern Sumter and Florence counties near Olanta. The park has 1,500 acres featuring a wide range of habitats including marsh, sandhills, oak-hickory forest and shrub bog. • Santee State Park is in Orangeburg County on the western edge of the 110,000 acre Lake Marion. Lake Marion is the focal point of Santee State Park, which features swimming, boating, fishing and camping including lakefront cabins located on a pier over the lake.

quired and can be accomplished by contacting the foundation at (803) 771-0870 or www.palmettoconservation. org. Lee State Park has become well known for its extensive equestrian facilities. Two loop trails between 5 and 6 miles long offer horseback riders numerous opportunities for exploring one of the best-preserved floodplain swamps in the state. There is a bridle trail, show ring, and stable within the park. Horses do

not have to be shod. There’s plenty of room at the 2,839-acre park for others to explore the vast hardware floodplain forest, numerous artesian springs, a millpond, a boardwalk and sandhills. Visitor amenities include a campground, nature trails and picnic area. Fishing is permitted in Lynches River, which winds along Loop Road. There is no swimming in the park. Hiking is a popular activity at Woods Bay as the Mill Pond

Nature Trail is an easy ¾-mile loop. One of the most popular features of Woods Bay is a 1,500-foot boardwalk, which provides views of alligators in the cypress tupelo swamp. Fishing is allowed off the boardwalk into the Carolina Bay. Picnic shelters and picnic tables are provided. There is no swimming or camping at the park. Reservations for camping and cabins can be made at www.SouthCarolinaParks.com or (866) 345-7275. Parks are also operated by the parks and recreation departments in Sumter, Clarendon and Lee counties. Many of the parks provide playgrounds and picnic areas. For specific information on the parks and services, contact the county parks and recreation departments.


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SUMTER COUNTY GALLERY OF ART SUMMER SCHEDULE The Gallery of Art, 200 Hasell St., has a complete lineup for its summer art camp.

JUNE 10-14 9 a.m.-noon: â&#x20AC;˘ Fun in the Mud (Ages 4-7) Young potters will be introduced to the different kinds of clay, the pottery wheel, hand building and glazing. Projects include textured slab name plaques, air dry beads and hand-built penguins. Taught by Tami Howell. â&#x20AC;˘ Painting Paradise (Ages 4-7) Students will develop basic painting skills along with concepts like the color wheel, line, texture and value in this foundational painting class. The class is designed to prepare students more fully for their future art classes and to give them hands-on experience with tools and media. Taught by Lauren Hughes. â&#x20AC;˘ Secrets From the Garden (Ages 8-13) Come on an exploration of the many secrets the garden can hold in this Earth-inspired workshop. Students will create garden journals, watercolor paintings and mini gardens of their own. Taught by Shirlee Bills. â&#x20AC;˘ Explorations in Sculpture (Ages 9 and up) Students will learn the use of many materials and techniques that sculptors have used for centuries, including carving, casting, plaster, wood, soft sculpture, found materials and more. This is a beginning class for any student. Taught by Jen Pepper. 1-4 p.m. â&#x20AC;˘ 2D Mixed Media (Ages 9 and up) Students explore working in pencil, charcoal, watercolor, ink and acrylic paints. Exciting techniques that artists have used will get students working from observation, to making their own still life setups and collages to more abstract forms. This is a beginning class for any student interested in learning about a variety of wet and dry media and a chance for intermediate students that want to advance in their creativity. Taught by Jen Pepper. â&#x20AC;˘ Youth Pottery (Ages 8 and up) Students will learn about the pottery wheel and how to make functional pottery as well as hand building and glazing techniques. Projects include a clay signature stamp, ceramic beads, animal whistles and pinched and pulled penguins. Taught by Tami Howell.

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and notes related to their masks and will apply acrylic paint, raffia, beads, feathers and other appropriate media in the creation of their compositions. â&#x20AC;˘ Intro to Scratchbook (Ages 9 and up) Terrance McDow will lead his students on an exploration of the fascinating and increasingly popular media of scratchboard, in which artistic images are made by using tools to scratch into a board coated with a thin layer of inkcoated clay. In the first half of the 20th century, it was a preferred technique for scientific and medical illustration, but has since made a comeback as an appealing medium for illustrators of magazines, ads, graphic novels and one-of-a-kind pieces of fine art.

dents will learn basic sewing techniques along with other media like block printing and immersion dying that will enable them to decorate and recreate clothing, wearable accessories and art for the wall. Taught by Jennifer Martin. â&#x20AC;˘ Drawing with Colored Pencils (Ages 10 and up) (see information above). Taught by Sylvester Hickman â&#x20AC;˘ Gourds-A-Go-Go! (Ages 8-13) Students will transform ordinary gourds into whimsical creatures and other creations. Taught by Jackie Jurecek.

9 a.m.-noon â&#x20AC;˘ Fun in the Mud (Ages 4-7) (see information JULY 15-19 above). Taught by Tami Howell. â&#x20AC;˘ Animal Explorers (Ages 4-7) Grab your binoc9 a.m.-noon ulars. It is time to learn about animals and â&#x20AC;˘ Mermaids and Neptunes (Ages 4-7) (see intheir environments and use your art skills to formation above). Taught by Jennifer Martin bring what you learn to life. Create an animal â&#x20AC;˘ Fun in the Mud (Ages 4-7) Students will be journal and an adventure kit to explore and introduced to different kinds of clay, the potlisten to stories about famous explorers. tery wheel, a variety of hand-building techTaught by Amylynn McDevitt. niques and colorful glazes, as well as explore â&#x20AC;˘ Birds of a Feather (Ages 8-13) Our feathered classic childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stories to gain inspiration for friends are some of natureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most beautiful creations. Taught by Amanda Cox. works of art and Ms. Jennifer is looking forward â&#x20AC;˘ Secrets from the Garden (Ages 8-13) (see into guiding students on this mixed-media exploformation above). Taught by Tara Schumacher. ration of their world. Through collage, sculpture 1-4 p.m. and basic printmaking, young birders will get a â&#x20AC;˘ Majolica and More! (Ages 8 and up) In this chance to draw inspiration from the creatures intermediate ceramics class, students will be of the air. Taught by Jennifer Martin. led on an exploration of a variety of surface 1-4 p.m. decoration techniques in addition to gaining â&#x20AC;˘ Youth Pottery (Ages 8 and up) A World of Ceexperience with various hand-building and ramics â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Students will learn to manipulate wheel-throwing techniques. Majolica glazing, clay using traditional hand-building and Sgraffito and various types of printmaking will wheel turning and explore a variety of glazing give the studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; work an added dimension. and texturing techniques with origins the Some basic prior experience handling clay world over, from Asia to Europe and the Amerand using pottery tools is recommended. icas. Taught by Tammi Howell. Taught by Amanda Cox. â&#x20AC;˘ Drawing with Colored Pencils (Ages 10 and â&#x20AC;˘ Animals of the World. (Ages 8-13) Different up) After taking this class, your childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s drawcultures around the world encounter a wide ings will glow with jewel-like, intense colors variety of animals and represent them artistiand delicate translucent effects. Students will cally in just as many ways, from African anilearn color-layering, blending, line impression mals masks to Native American totems. Come techniques and different methods of color lifton an art safari with â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mrs. Shoeâ&#x20AC;? and learn and ing, giving them a solid foundation to further learn how people celebrate the creatures with explore color pencil drawing on their own. whom they share the planet. Taught by Tara Taught by Sylvester Hickman. Shumacher. â&#x20AC;˘ Watermedia Painting (Ages 8-13) In this â&#x20AC;˘ Screen printing (Ages 10 and up) In this foundational painting class, Lauren will lead mixed-media workshop, students will explore students on an exploration of more advanced screen printing, photo transfers, monotypes aspects of the medium. Using watercolor and and assemblage on their way to creating exacrylics, students will gain a deeper underperimental works on paper and T-shirts. Stustanding of paint and using it to create movedents will also combine and experiment with ment, texture and light in their paintings. painting/drawing methods, textural effects and Taught by Lauren Hughes. collage techniques that encourage thinking â&#x20AC;&#x153;outside the box.â&#x20AC;? Taught by Frank McCauley.

9 a.m.-noon â&#x20AC;˘ Bug Out With Bugs! (Ages 4-7) Young â&#x20AC;&#x153;entomologistsâ&#x20AC;? will create a variety of insects using 2D and 3D forms, using materials found in nature and our own cabinets to create bug homes, their own imaginary bugs and a bug journal documenting all of their discoveries. Taught by Tara Schumacher. â&#x20AC;˘ Fun in the Mud (Ages 4-7) (see information above). Taught by Amanda Cox â&#x20AC;˘ Masks of the World (Ages 8-13) (see information above). Taught by Rosetta Spann-Davis 1-4 p.m. â&#x20AC;˘ Youth Pottery (Ages 8 and up) Taught by Ashley Lareau. Students will have the opportunity to learn the basics of making decorative and functional ceramic art using traditional hand-building techniques and throwing functional vessels on the pottery wheel. Students will also learn a variety of surface decoration and glazing methods. â&#x20AC;˘ Intro to Scratchbook (Ages 9 and up) (see information above). Taught by Terrance McDow â&#x20AC;˘ Animals of the World (Ages 8-13) (see information above) Tuition is $100 per class for Sumter Gallery of Art members, $110 for nonmembers and includes all materials. Each child receives a $10 discount per class after the first two. Payment is due by Monday one week prior to start of class. If a class does not meet enrollment, you will receive a full refund, or you may select another class. A 75 percent refund will be given after one class, but no refunds will be given after that. The gallery will call by the Friday of the week prior to inform students of class cancellations. A limited number of full and half scholarships are available for campers with a financial need. If you think your child may qualify for a scholarship, you may download a PDF copy of the application at sumtergallery.org or ask your childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s art teacher for a recommendation. There is a limit of one full or two half-scholarships per child. Taught by Tara Shumacher For additional information, call Sumter County Gallery of Art at (803) 775-0543, email education@sumtergallery.org, or visit www. sumtergallery.org

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Dig Into Reading! The Sumter County Library Summer Vacation Reading program â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dig Into Reading!â&#x20AC;? will be held June 5 through Aug. 2. The schedule is as follows: MONDAY â&#x20AC;˘ June 10 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Craft at South Sumter, 10 a.m., class size is limited. Call (803) 773-7273 to register. â&#x20AC;˘ June 17 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Read Rap Rhyme - Hip Hop Time! at South Sumter, 10 a.m. â&#x20AC;˘ June 24 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Craft at South Sumter, 10 a.m., class size is limited. Call (803) 773-7273 to register. â&#x20AC;˘ July 1 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Storytime with Tyeshia Fortune at South Sumter, 10 a.m. â&#x20AC;˘ July 8 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Craft at South Sumter, 10 a.m., class

size is limited. Call (803) 773-7273 to register. â&#x20AC;˘ July 15 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Craft at South Sumter, 10 a.m., class size is limited. Call (803) 773-7273 to register. â&#x20AC;˘ July 22 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Kimberly Davis: Dig into Fun Exercise at South Sumter, 10 a.m. â&#x20AC;˘ July 29 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Craft at South Sumter, 10 a.m., class size is limited. Call (803) 773-7273 to register.

WEDNESDAY â&#x20AC;˘ June 5 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Summer Reading Begins! at all branches for children ages 2-12. Read six or 12 books for prizes. â&#x20AC;˘ June 12 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Movie at Main Library, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. matinees. â&#x20AC;&#x153;First Dogâ&#x20AC;? rated G / 90 minutes â&#x20AC;˘ June 19 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Movie at Main Library, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. matinees. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Adventures of Greyfriarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bobbyâ&#x20AC;? rated G / 104 minutes â&#x20AC;˘ June 26 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Columbia Mario-

nette Theatre, 10 a.m., at Sumter Opera House, free â&#x20AC;˘ July 3 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Movie at Main Library, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. matinees. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Amazing Panda Adventureâ&#x20AC;? rated PG / 84 minutes â&#x20AC;˘ July 10 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Sarah Dippity Magic and Comedy at Main Library, 10 a.m., free â&#x20AC;˘ July 17 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Movie at Main Library, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. matinees, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Trial of Old Drumâ&#x20AC;? rated PG / 88 minutes â&#x20AC;˘ July 24 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Dig Into Healthy Snacks 4 Kids, 10 a.m. at Main Library, free. Call (803) 7737273 to register. â&#x20AC;˘ July 31 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Movie at Main Library, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. matinees, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Braveâ&#x20AC;? rated PG / 93 minutes

FRIDAY â&#x20AC;˘ June 7 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Craft at Wesmark, 10 a.m., class size is limited. Call (803) 469-8110 to register. â&#x20AC;˘ June 14 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Kit and Company Music and

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Movies and popcorn offered at The Opera House Grab the kids and head to the movies at The Opera House. Movies will be offered throughout the summer at 10 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m., at 21 N. Main St. Admission is $1, and popcorn and water will be sold for $1 each. 2013 Summer Kids Movie Schedule â&#x20AC;˘ June 6 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wreck-It Ralphâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; A video game villain wants to be a hero and sets out to fulfill his dream, but his quest wrecks havoc on the arcade where he lives. Rated PG â&#x20AC;˘ June 13 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;ParaNormanâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Trying to save his town from a curse, a young boy takes on ghosts, zombies and grown-ups. Rated PG â&#x20AC;˘ June 20 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Odd Life of Timothy Greenâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; A childless couple buries a box in their backyard containing all their wishes for a child. Soon, a child is born, though Timothy Green is not all that he appears. Rated PG

â&#x20AC;˘ June 27 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Madagascar 3: Europeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Most Wantedâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Alex, Marty, Gloria and Melman fight to get home to their beloved Big Apple. Their journey takes them through Europe where they find the perfect cover: a traveling circus, which they reinvent â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Madagascar style. Rated PG â&#x20AC;˘ July 11 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rise of the Guardiansâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; When the evil spirit Pitch launches an assault on Earth, the Immortal Guardians team up to protect the innocence of children around the world. Rated PG â&#x20AC;˘ July 18 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Loraxâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; A 12-year-old boy searches for the one thing that will enable him to win the affection of the girl of his

dreams. To find it he must discover the story of the Lorax, the creature who fights to protect his world. Rated PG â&#x20AC;˘ July 25 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hotel Transylvaniaâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Dracula, who operates a resort away from the human world, goes into overprotective mode when a boy discovers the resort and falls for the countâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s teen-aged daughter. Rated PG â&#x20AC;˘ Aug. 1 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Braveâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Determined to make her own path in life, Princess Merida defies a custom that brings chaos to her kingdom. Granted one wish, Merida must rely on her bravery and her archery skills to undo a beastly curse. Rated PG

â&#x20AC;˘ Aug. 8 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jack the Giant Slayerâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The ancient war between humans and a race of giants is reignited when Jack, a young farmhand fighting for a kingdom and the love of a princess, opens a gateway between the two worlds. Rated PG13 â&#x20AC;˘ Aug. 15 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Escape from Planet Earthâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Astronaut Scorch Supernova finds himself caught in a trap when he

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Learn to Swim Classes will be held 5-6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday from June 4 to Oct. 13. The parent/tot classes are 5-5:30 p.m. The center offers swim lessons for ages 3-5; 6-12; 13adult; and a parent/tot (6 months to 3 years old) class. Students will learn swim strokes and rescue techniques appropriate for their skill level, as well as general pool safety. All classes are taught by certified ARC instructors. Cost for one week: $25. Cost for two weeks: $40. Saturday classes are available upon request at $7 per class. Registration form is required. Lifeguard Classes will be held May 28-June 7 (fourth session); June 18-28 (fifth session); July 9-19 (sixth session); and Aug. 6-16 (seventh session). A swim test is required for this class. Learning the proper techniques for making water rescues, CPR for the Professional Rescuer, AED Training and First Aid are all a part of this class. After successful completion of this course you will be certified in American Red Cross Lifeguarding. Ages 15 and up, $100 per person. Registration form is required. Junior Lifeguard orientation will be held on June 4 at 6 p.m. Classes begin on June 11. Classes will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The class is for individuals 11 to 14 years of age. Students must have good swimming skills including knowledge of front crawl. Objectives will include prevention, fitness, response, leadership and professionalism. This program will provide a

foundation of aquatic and leadership knowledge, as well as skills for future successful completion of the Red Cross Lifeguard Training Course. A swim test is required. Cost: $35 per person. Registration form is required. Swim Camp will be held 9 a.m.-1 p.m. TuesdayFriday July 29-Aug. 2 (first session) and Aug. 5-9 (second session). Camp is for ages 6 to 12 and will feature swim lessons, fun and safety, innovative games, guest speakers, camp Tshirts and more. Limited space, sign-up early. Cost: one week/$35; two weeks/$60; and three weeks/$90. Registration form is required. Water Exercise Classes will be held 6-7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Enjoy aerobic water exercises using noodles and bar bells and other unique resistive equipment. $5 per person, per class. Registration form is required. Guard Start: A swim test is required for this class. Class objectives include prevention, fitness, response, leadership and professionalism. This program will provide a foundation of aquatic and leadership knowledge attitudes and skills for future successful completion of the Red Cross Lifeguard Training Course. Participants receive a T-shirt. Ages 11-14, $35 per person. Registration form is required. Swim Team: Swimmers will advance from developmental (beginners) to advanced levels of competition. The swim team uses a team concept that will emphasize safety, fun, fitness and friendship for the entire family. The team will be supervised by ARC certified lifeguards and USA-Swimming certified coaches. Ages 6-18, $5 per week or $20 per month

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SUMMER SCHEDULE BY DAY MONDAY Pool is closed TUESDAY-FRIDAY â&#x20AC;˘ 7-8 a.m., Lap Swim â&#x20AC;˘ 8-9 a.m., Swim Team Practice â&#x20AC;˘ 9 a.m.-noon, reserved for private schools and day cares â&#x20AC;˘ noon-5 p.m., open swim â&#x20AC;˘ 5-6 p.m., swim lessons TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY â&#x20AC;˘ 6-7 p.m., Aerobics/Lap Swim THURSDAY â&#x20AC;˘ 6-7 p.m., Lap Swim/Aquatic Zumba FRIDAY â&#x20AC;˘ 7-10 p.m., Family Swim SATURDAY NIGHTS â&#x20AC;˘ 6-10 pm Reserved for Private Pool Parties SATURDAY â&#x20AC;˘ 9-10 a.m., Lap Swim/Aquatic Zumba â&#x20AC;˘ 10-11 a.m., Swim Lessons â&#x20AC;˘ 11 a.m.-noon, Special Populations Swim â&#x20AC;˘ 11 a.m.-5 p.m., open swim SUNDAY â&#x20AC;˘ 2-6 p.m., open swim â&#x20AC;˘ 7-9 p.m., adult swim Fees and Pricing Prices are listed with general public cost first, followed by military (must show military I.D. card) Infant (0-2 yrs) free/free Youth (3-12 yrs) $2/$1 Adult (13 yrs & Up) $3/$2 Adult Non-Swimmer $1/$1 Swim Lessons One week $25/$20 Two weeks $40/$32 Swim Team One month $20/$16

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Protect skin from sun damage BY RANDY BURNS Special to The Item The American Academy of Dermatology urges everyone to guard against too much exposure to the sun this summer. The risk of skin cancer is greater for those people who spend a lot of time in the sun. Reduce the risk of skin damage and skin cancer by using sunscreen, limiting time spent in the sun, wearing protective clothing and finding shade under an umbrella, tree, or other shelter, said Sumter dermatologist Dr. Sylvia Parra. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The sun is the primary environmental factor in skin cancer,â&#x20AC;? Parra said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The position of the American Academy of Dermatology is that there is no safe tan. I tell my patients that in addition to causing skin cancer, the sun also makes you look older. If you want a tan, there are spray tans available on the market you could use.â&#x20AC;? Parra said dermatologists do not recommend tanning salons. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Some people go to tanning salons to make sure they get

the vitamin D they need,â&#x20AC;? Parra said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Where we live in the Southeast, 10 minutes of sun exposure three times a week will get you what you need. And you can always take a supplement and have a diet that includes vitamin D. You donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to go to a tanning salon.â&#x20AC;? Parra said sunscreens are effective in preventing excessive sun exposure. The risk of skin cancer and early skin aging can be reduced by a sunscreen that is broad spectrum, which protects against UVB and UVA rays and helps prevent skin cancer and sunburn, Parra said. The sun protection factor (SPF) should be 30 or higher, she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We recommend that you apply the sunscreen 20 to 30 minutes before you go into the sun,â&#x20AC;? Parra said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And you should re-apply it every two to three hours. And there are other things you can do to protect you from the sun. Wear a broad brim hat. Wear protective clothing. Avoid the

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peek hours of the sun from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.â&#x20AC;? Nancyhunter Blanding, director of Colonial Aesthetics in Sumter, said it is important to use a topical antioxidant as well as a broad-spectrum sunscreen. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Use a topical antioxidant daily to penetrate the skin and neutralize free radical damage from the inside plus a broadspectrum sunscreen daily to block and absorb UVA and UVB rays on the outside of the skin,â&#x20AC;? Blanding said. Daily application of the top-

ical antioxidant and broadscreen sunscreen will help prevent damage to the skin that leads to skin cancer; will diminish age spots; prevent and reduce wrinkles, reduce skin laxity and restore radiance and greatly improve the overall health of your skin, Blanding said. While they leave cancer removal to the medical field, skin care centers focus on removing the effects of sun damage to the skin, according to Courtney Freeman, the owner and spa director of Southeast-

YMCA offers numerous fun camps The YMCA of Sumter, 510 Miller Road, has a long and rich history of youth summer camp programs. With campers surrounded by positive role models, natural environment and Christian principles, the combination is perfect for enhancing lives and building positive character traits.

ming, hiking, sports and many other activities incorporating a weekly camp theme. Campers are challenged with a low ropes course and work together to perform skits and songs. Three overnight camps are also planned for June 20, July 18 and Aug. 8. TEEN SCENE

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Fun Factory is for ages 3-10 and is held at the Y. Each week of camp has a theme such as art, water, games, allstar sports or patriotic. Each week is highlighted with a field trip. Other weekly activities include swimming, karate, learning activities and more. CAMP MAC BOYKIN

Camp Mac Boykin is an outdoor day camp great for 7- to 12-yearolds. Located in Pinewood on 55 beautiful acres, Camp Mac Boykin provides funfilled days of swim-

Teen Scene exposes campers ages 11-13 to new experiences and challenges them to try adventures pushing them beyond their comfort zones. Each camper will have an active summer, develop relationships and become engaged through a variety of fun-themed weeks. Teen Scene helps teens see the world around them in a new light through field trips, service projects and so much more.

Through August 10 weekly sessions: June 10â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Aug. 16 Camp Rates: $25 one-time registration fee; members, $90/ week; potential members, $135/week COUNSELORS IN TRAINING

If your teen is looking for more than just a fun time this summer, C.I.T. (Counselors in Training) Camp may be just for them. C.I.T. is designed to give teens 14-16, who are interested in one day becoming a camp counselor or leaders in the community, a head start on that experience. C.I.T.s will work within YMCA camps assisting in leading activities and learning from counselors. All the while, we focus on treating these

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Sometimes it takes a little creativity to capture the imagination of a child. The Y is offering seven sessions of specialty camps for ages 7-12.

Cool off at splash parks The city of Sumter offers three spray parks for the entire family to enjoy. All three parks offer playgrounds and green space for picnicking. Spray parks will open on May 25. Crosswell Park is located on the corner of Lafayette Drive and Yeadon Street, North Hope Park is at 904 N. Main St., and South Sumter Park is at the corner of South Sumter Street and Atlantic Street.

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Kidz Klub Boot Camp set for June 17-July 11 Partners for Change of the Carolinas will hold Kidz Klub Boot Camp for ages 6-14, June 17-July 11, at South Sumter Resource Center, 337 Manning Ave. Camp will be held 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday. Cost is $25 per week (with fitness screening), and $7 camp shirt fee (required). Transportation is available. Camp days will be filled with STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics),

campers as professionals, giving them opportunities to discover their leadership potential and explore their strengths. Registration: You must apply and be accepted before fees are paid. Pick up an application at the YMCA Member Service Desk Location: Fun Factory or Camp Mac Boykin Camp Rates: $25 one-time registration fee; members, $30/session; potential members, $45/session

ern Laser Med Spa. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Skin cancers can be removed by physicians and nurse practitioners specifically trained in those arenas,â&#x20AC;? Freeman said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We treat pre-and post-skin cancer patients with anti-aging procedures and the removal of hyper-pigmented lesions, but also scarring and skin damage left behind after the removal of skin cancers through prescription-level topical agents, laser treatments and chemical peels.â&#x20AC;? Sun damage is â&#x20AC;&#x153;not something to be taken lightly,â&#x20AC;? Freeman added. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We treat the signs of aging and sun damage but also assist our clients in living a healthy lifestyle in order to fuel their bodies with the antioxidants needed to prevent future damage,â&#x20AC;? she said. The American Academy of Dermatology estimates that one in five Americans will be diagnosed with skin cancer in their lifetime. There are more new cases of skin cancer annually than breast, prostate, lung and colon cancers combined.

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Avoid injury when grilling BY KEN BELL Special to The Item Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s outdoor grilling time again. And people should use caution when grilling out to avoid burns or other injuries. According to the latest available statistics from the National Fire Protection Association, 18,600 people went to an emergency room due to an injury involving a grill in 2007. Roughly half of the injuries were thermal burns, and children under the age of 5 accounted for about a quarter of the total, mostly from contact with a grill. Capt. Joey Duggan of the Sumter Fire Department said that by remembering a few easy rules, grilling season can be a time of fun and joy instead of a summer of pain and disappointment. â&#x20AC;&#x153;One of the most important things is to remember to grill in an open area,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to grill close to any structure â&#x20AC;&#x201D; not a house and certainly not in your garage. During the winter, we tell people not to put space heaters too close to a wall or furniture. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the same concept.â&#x20AC;? Duggan said any time a grill is hot, heat is rising. So if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in a garage, there is a danger of the ceiling catching fire. But he said the smart griller will check the grill first before ever firing it up. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve gotten calls where hot grease dripped onto gas lines, rupturing them and causing a fire,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You always want to check the gas lines each time before you start to grill. And keep the valve where you can reach it quickly to shut it off in case of an emergency. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you have an issue, turn the gas off first if you can safely do that. Also

Grilling safety tips â&#x20AC;˘ Have a plan. Know where the gas shutoff valve is located and how to use it. If you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a fire extinguisher with you, have a plan in case the fire gets out of control. â&#x20AC;˘ Check the gas hose. Has hot grease dripped on it? If so, be sure the hose isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t damaged. Even a small hole can spell disaster. Also look for any obstruction that would hamper the gas flow. â&#x20AC;˘ Before you light the grill, look around to be sure you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have it too close to any structure or vehicle. Fire isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the only danger. Heat rises, and enough of it will cause a fire. Location is very important. â&#x20AC;˘ Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget food safety. Bacteria eats every kind of food you can think of, even brussel sprouts. Keep it covered, keep it cool, get it hot (at least 165 degrees), and use your head. â&#x20AC;˘ Charcoal grills are the cause of more fires than gas grills. Never add more lighter fluid after the fire has started. Let the coals burn until they are gray. A lot of people get impatient and think they have to add more lighter fluid. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s how many fires get out of control. Source: Capt. Joey Duggan, Sumter Fire Department

close the lid if you can,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;For fire to exist you need three things: heat, fuel and oxygen. If you take away any one of those things, a fire cannot survive.â&#x20AC;? Duggan said another common problem is when people try to use gasoline, kerosene or any fuel other than lighter fluid with charcoal grills. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gasoline doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t burn; it explodes,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You never want to start any fire using gasoline.â&#x20AC;? Even lighter fluid can be dangerous, Duggan said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Another common mistake is for people to think they need to add lighter fluid after a fire is burning. Fire can travel up the stream and burn you. People just need to be patient. If the fire is burning, just let it burn until the coals turn gray or white. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s when itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ready for you to put the meat on the grill.â&#x20AC;? And Duggan has another warning for people who cook out using charcoal: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Make sure itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s completely out before you dispose of it. Coals can appear to be cool, when they are actually still burning. Charcoal will pretty much turn to dust after it burns. We recommend that you put it in a metal container and put water on the charcoal before you dispose of it.â&#x20AC;? Loweâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sales Manager Clay Yomtob offered a few more safety tips. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Make sure the gas is

completely turned off when you arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t using the grill,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It not only costs money, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dangerous to have gas leaking out slowly.â&#x20AC;? Yomtob also warned people who grill with charcoal against making a common mistake. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t open the lid real fast,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You can create a draft that could re-ignite glowing embers. If the coals are starting to burn down, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s possible the draft could blow burning embers onto your lawn, onto you, or onto anyone standing nearby.â&#x20AC;? Sumter resident Brandi Price said she had never thought about that until it happened to her last year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were using charcoal and some of it blew out and caught the grass on fire,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Luckily, we saw it before it got too far out of hand. We used our garden hose to put the fire out. We were very lucky.â&#x20AC;? Duggan said having a garden hose nearby is a good idea, even when cooking with propane gas. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You might not extinguish a propane fire with it,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But if you, your pet, a friend or a loved one is getting burned â&#x20AC;&#x201D; or if your lawn catches fire â&#x20AC;&#x201D; you will be glad itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nearby. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s better to be prepared for an emergency than to be unprepared and have something happen.â&#x20AC;?

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Choose right grill for your needs Experts weigh in on numerous choices BY KEN BELL Special to The Item As the cold weather finally disappears, the smell of grilled delights will soon fill the air. And local retailers are excited about the numerous choices customers can make in grills this season. Ronnie Galloway at Simpson Hardware said Weber brand grills are one of the retailerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top sellers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A good thing about Weber is we stock most of the parts for them,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So if a customer ever needs a part, we probably have it.â&#x20AC;? He said parts could be ordered for any Weber grill if the part happened not to be in stock. Galloway said gas grills are still the top seller, although many people are opting to buy a second, smaller grill for tailgating or carrying on a picnic. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Portable grills where you screw in a propane cylinder are not only affordable, but they actually cook very well,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And there is an electric model for people who donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like propane.â&#x20AC;? For people who like to entertain often, Galloway said a Green Egg brand grill is popular. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a high-end grill that doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t use gas or regular charcoal,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Instead, it uses carbon coal. And a lot of people like the flavor of the food better than food that was cooked with either propane or regular charcoal. It makes quite a difference.â&#x20AC;? And Galloway said there are other choices available for those who like to smoke meats such as hams, roasts or turkeys. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s actually an oil-less turkey fryer,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Deep-fried turkeys are almost a thing of the past. And the good thing is, these are economical. After using it twice, it has paid for itself because you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to

buy any oil.â&#x20AC;? Another popular grill this season is an Orion Cooker, Galloway said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s different because you use charcoal at both the bottom and the top,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I can cook up to 30 pounds of meat at one time. You can cook a 20-pound turkey in two hours and 15 minutes.â&#x20AC;? Clay Yomtob, Loweâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sales manager, said people seem to be excited this year about grills with an infrared cooking system. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you go to a high-end restaurant, they sear the meat,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The infrared grill will do the same thing. A steak cooked medium rare truly will be medium rare. It wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be well done on the outside and rare inside. It also uses less gas and has the biggest temperature range because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s controlling the heat. There are no hot spots.â&#x20AC;? But thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not what most people talk about after cooking on an infrared grill. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everyone is amazed at the faster cooking time,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That gives you more time to spend relaxing with your family and friends instead of having to tend the grill while everyone else relaxes.â&#x20AC;? Yomtob suggests potential customers consider a higher-end grill when buying a new one. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They will usually last longer,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our high-end grills are made by Char-Broil. They are the most dependable.â&#x20AC;? He said Duo Grills are also popular. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People like the fact that you can buy a smoke set on one end, and you also have gas,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;These are some of our top sellers.â&#x20AC;? So if you need a new grill, now is the time to buy. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a fun, economical way to be the envy of the neighborhood.

Enrichment programs planned The Sumter County Recreation Department Summer Enrichment Program will be held June 11July 19. Cost is $10 per child per week. Activities include bowling, swimming, skating, movies and weekly educational presentations by Sumter County SAFE KIDS. Lunches will be provided. Site locations for ages 6-12 are: Birnie Hope Center, Cherryvale Community Center, Concord Community Center, DeLaine Community Center, Ebenezer Community Center, Kingsbury Elementary School, Manchester Elementary School, Mayesville Community Center, Millwood Elementary School, North Hope Center, Oakland Primary School, Pocalla Springs Elementary School, Rembert Rafting Creek Community Center, Salterstown Community Center, Shiloh Community Center, South Hope Center, South Sumter Park and Sumter County Recreation & Parks Site locations for ages 13-17 are Bates Middle

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Take advantage of fresh, local produce Fresh, homegrown vegetables will soon be harvested by farmers across the county, and the easiest way to find them is to visit local farmers markets. Following is a partial list: SUMTER FARMERS MARKET

Operated by American Legion Post 15, the Sumter Farmers Market at the fairgrounds, corner of Artillery Drive and West Liberty Street, is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Dottie Rinehart, who works with market manager Deborah Sparlin, said there are local berries on sale now, as well as some â&#x20AC;&#x153;great South Florida tomatoes. As it gets warmer, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have a wide variety of local produce.â&#x20AC;? Each summer, the market has a plethora of squash, tomatoes, beans, melons, onions and other produce, and this year, Rinehart said, there will be a flea market at the rear of the building. To find out how to participate in selling your produce or your flea market items, contact Rinehart at (803) 468-4942 or Sparlin at (803) 464-5189 or (803) 481-2673. MIDLANDS ORGANIC MOBILE MARKET (M.O.M.M.)

The Midlands Organic Mobile Market will be set up each Wednesday afternoon behind the Clarendon Memorial Hospital cafeteria to offer for sale fresh, locally grown, organic produce. The market is

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Nature takes starring role in stamping BY JENNIFER FORKER Associated Press

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I was chopping vegetables for dinner recently when my 14-year-old daughter, Grace, disappeared with the unusable end of the bok choy. She returned five minutes later with paper, a stamping ink pad and the pilfered vegetable. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Look, Mom,â&#x20AC;? she said, and held up a stunner: The bok choy head, refuse to me, had stamped a beautiful blooming rose onto the paper. I discovered what some crafters have long known â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the beauties of stamping with food. Part of the pleasure derives from the experimentation, and part from the element of surprise when an ordinary vegetable imparts a beautiful image. Kristen Sutcliffe of Oberlin, Ohio, came to love stamping while teaching preschool in Japan, where itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s popular, she says. Her favorite food tool? Okra. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s so pretty,â&#x20AC;? Sutcliffe says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It looks like a little flower.â&#x20AC;? Heads of bok choy and celery stamp pretty roses. Pull off a stalk of either to stamp U shapes. Peppers, sliced in half and deseeded, stamp wavy rounds for making flowers. Garlic is the favored stamp of Sarah Raven, program director for a group with the acronym GARLIC (Green Art Recreating Life in Communities) that encourages low-income residents of New Haven, Conn., to make art from recycled items. Garlic, too, can create a delicate

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flower image. The discovery was part of the thrill, Raven says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I tried to ink the entire garlic, and that didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t work,â&#x20AC;? she says. Then she pulled a single clove out of the bulb and realized it looked like a finger and a flower petal. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The individual clove becomes a stamping surface for individual flower petals,â&#x20AC;? THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Raven says. Kristin Sutcliffe shows a okra where the end of it was cut off and its immediate seeds scooped out to stamp She also has tried carved the image of a delicate flower. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the element of surprise â&#x20AC;&#x201D; when an ordinary vegetable imparts a beautipotatoes and star fruit cut in ful image â&#x20AC;&#x201D; that grabs folks who stamp with food. half. The latter is a little unwieldy and stinky, she says. Terri Ouellette of Phoenix into anything and turned into As with other stamping, C&T Publishing, prints mosthas a tip for that: Cut and air- a great stamp,â&#x20AC;? she says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You use a stamp pad or acrylic ly on paper gift tags and note dry citrus and other watery just have to carve in reverse.â&#x20AC;? paint for stamping on paper. cards, and small swatches of fruits and vegetables, someMarcie McGoldrick, edito- Use fabric-specific acrylic fabric. Sometimes her 6-yeartimes overnight, before work- rial director of holiday and paint for printing on textiles. old daughter joins her. ing with them, she says. Be crafts for Martha Stewart LivSutcliffe recommends While itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a great project watchful because they dry ing, has stamped with apple soaking a sponge with temfor kids, food stamping also out quickly. halves, carrots (the ends pera (poster) paint or pourcan provide attractive artâ&#x20AC;&#x153;Anything with a very high make polka dots) and radicing a thin layer of the paint work for the home. water content does not work chio. on a plate and using either as McGoldrick recommends very well,â&#x20AC;? says Ouellette, Radicchio? The cut end of an ink pad. stamping several images of who posts crafts videos to a head of radicchio, like celOnce your prints are dry, the same vegetables but in YouTube and her own webery and bok choy, makes a add embellishments, such as complementary colors, then site, Super Simple with Terri version of a rose print. stems or leaves, with colored framing the series. O. Martha Stewart Living on- markers or fabric markers, She also recommends this What works, she says: apline also recommends trying says Ouellette. She has for gardeners who want to ples, oranges and pears. What Brussels sprouts cut in half. stamped aprons, placemats document their harvest artisdoesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t: grapes, broccoli and The whole venture is trial and tote bags with food. Mctically. lettuce. and error, says McGoldrick. Goldrick has stamped note â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be beautiful to pull a Besides celery, Ouellette â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really just looking at cards and gift wrap. carrot up and cut it in half likes using mushrooms, caudifferent things when youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re Sutcliffe, whose book for and print with that,â&#x20AC;? McGoldliflower and potatoes. cooking,â&#x20AC;? she says, and then kids, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fabric, Paper, Thread,â&#x20AC;? rick says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a way of docuPotatoes â&#x20AC;&#x153;can be cut up having a printing day. will be published in June by menting what you did.â&#x20AC;?

Sumter offers many places to exercise or stroll Sumter offers numerous places to stroll or walk for exercise. Here are a few: â&#x20AC;˘ Cypress Trail â&#x20AC;&#x201D; You can access the Cypress Trail from North Wise Drive or from 1250 Clara Louise Kellogg Drive. The natural surface walking trail is open from dawn to dusk every day. The trail is about 6 miles long and goes through two parks. â&#x20AC;˘ Swan Lake Walk â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Enter the Swan Lake parking lot from the main gate on West Liberty Street. Across from the Visitors Center is a gate entrance to the lakeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shore. From this entrance, go left to follow the trail around the lake. The elevator leading up to the bridge that crosses Liberty Street will be on the left (for those who want to add more distance and scen-

ery to their walk), just past the elevator is a small wooden bridge that provides a great side for pictures. Continuing the walk, the â&#x20AC;&#x153;sensory gardenâ&#x20AC;? will be on the left. About halfway around the lake is another bridge crossing that leads to a picnic shelter and water facilities. From there, the path stays close to the waterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s edge, meanders through the large Japanese iris planting ground and returns the lakeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s visitor to the entrance gate. From this point there is access to restrooms, water, picnic tables, shelters with fans, a playground, trash receptacles and the Iris Market Restaurant. Portions of the trail around the lake are hard sand and gravel and are easily accessible by motorized wheel chair or strollers; how-

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ever, during periods of excess rain or long-term dry weather, parts of the trail may be difficult to traverse. â&#x20AC;˘ Memorial Park Walk â&#x20AC;&#x201D; In the historical area of Sumter, there is a shady sidewalk surrounding Memorial Park. Once inside the park, there is an abundance of open green space where visitors can walk, run or be lazy. Amenities at the park include playground equipment, bathroom, drinking water fountain, benches, trash cans, picnic tables and a tennis court. Walk the block around the park, and then go inside the park and walk the parkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s perimeter. The distance walked will be one mile. Parking is available on North Salem Avenue. â&#x20AC;˘ Palmetto Park Walk â&#x20AC;&#x201D;

The walk from Palmetto Park, along Wise Drive to Wilson Hall Road, starts at the parking area on Theatre Drive where there are tennis courts, a playground, and baseball and softball fields. When the walker exits Theatre Drive and starts the walk along Wise Drive, there is a good bit of traffic. However, along most of the walk, there is a buffer between the street and the sidewalk. After crossing the intersection of Alice Drive and Wise Drive, traffic is no longer a problem. Along this route are walkways canopied by pines, oaks and other native trees. At one point the sidewalk changes into a bridge that crosses a creek. The walk ends just after passing Wise Drive Baptist Church. At the park, there are bathrooms,

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Stay healthy and safe this summer BY STATEPOINT SUN SAFETY

Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s summer, and for kids that means itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time for sports, swimming, biking and picnics. And while active outdoor time is healthy and fun, experts say itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s crucial for parents and kids to brush up on some seasonal safety tips. According to the experts at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the summer poses its own set of risks. In order to help parents keep kids happy, healthy and safe all summer long, they are offering these timely tips:

Sunburns are not only unpleasant, they are damaging to skin health. Minimize your familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exposure to harmful ultraviolet radiation by dressing your children (and yourself for that matter) in cotton clothing with a tight weave, sunglasses and hats with a brim or bill. Stay in the shade whenever possible and use a sunscreen with an SPF 15 or greater, even on cloudy days, and reapply it every two hours, or after swimming or sweating. Always keep plenty of water

on hand when youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re playing or exercising outside. Unless kids are exercising vigorously for extended periods, plain water â&#x20AC;&#x201D; not sports drinks â&#x20AC;&#x201D; is the best way to rehydrate. WATER SAFETY

Drowning is a leading cause of death among children, including infants and toddlers, but parents can make swimming safer for kids with the right safety equipment, instruction and supervision. â&#x20AC;&#x153;While swimming lessons are helpful, they are not a foolproof plan. Parents should

never â&#x20AC;&#x201D; even for a moment â&#x20AC;&#x201D; leave children alone near open bodies of water,â&#x20AC;? says Dr. Thomas K. McInerny, the 2013 president of the AAP. Home swimming pools should be surrounded by a 4-foot-high, non-climbable, 4-sided fence with a self-closing, self-latching gate. Parents, caregivers and pool owners should learn CPR and keep equipment such as life preservers and life jackets at poolside. BIKE SAFETY

Children should wear a helmet on every bike ride. Acci-

dents can happen anywhere, anytime. Get your child a helmet specific for biking. Football helmets, for example, are made to protect the head from other types of injuries. Teach your children traffic and bike safety before allowing them to bike in the street. For example, they should always ride with traffic and use hand signals. If your child doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have the skills necessary to use hand signals without swerving, he or she shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be riding in the street. For more tips, visit the AAPâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website, www.HealthyChildren.

Refreshing drinks can be altered for all ages BY MELANIE SMITH mbyer@theitem.com

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Slushies. Ice-cold lemonade. Punch. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tough to imagine a summer without a cool drink at hand while lounging around the pool or out on the lake. The warmth of the sun coupled with refreshing breezes, lazy afternoons in a hammock, hours on the beach and boat rides down the river ... itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all so enticing. When I was growing up, my family would take road trips to visit my grandparents in Jamestown, N.Y., where weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d always have sherbet punch made by my grandmother. It was one of those quintessential components of summer trips, and I have fond memories of scooping glasses of it from the punch bowl while sharing dinner with everyone. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s refreshing and can be served to all ages. Even the kids can pitch in and

1 carton lime sherbet 1 carton real orange juice 1 2-liter bottle ginger ale If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re planning to serve this indoors, combine the juice and ale in a large punch bowl and drop large spoonfuls of sherbet on top. If it will be taken outdoors for a party or to the pool deck, you can freeze the orange juice in a bundt pan in advance and add it to the ale to keep everything cool as the juice melts. Then dollop the sherbet over everything. Add wedges of your favorite citrus fruit if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like. Here are a few more summer beverages guaranteed to add that extra touch to care-free moments without breaking the bank or destroying your kitchen.

gether ginger ale, a splash of grenadine, some orange juice and a scoop of orange sherbet into a glass. For adults: Skip the grenadine (or keep it) and add 2 ounces of a coconut rum. The citrus zest of the orange sherbet balances nicely with the mellow flavor of the coconut rum, and the carbonation of the ginger ale keeps it feeling light. CLASSIC LEMONADE

For the kids: In a onegallon container, mix 1 cup of hot water and 2 cups of sugar until blended, then add 2 cups of lemon juice and 1 gallon of cold water. For the adults: Lynchburg Lemonade. Add 1 to 2 ounces of Jack Danielâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sourmash whiskey to each glass. If you havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t had it before, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll become an instant favorite. ROBâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S SWEET TEA

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sweet tea in a half-gallon pot for 10 to 15 minutes, then pour it into a onegallon container. Add 3 cups of sugar and a half gallon of cold water and enjoy. For the adults: Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll find that a glass with a half-and-half blend of sweet tea and Firefly vodka (3 to 4 ounces) is more than tolerable; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s heaven. What more could a southerner want on a hot Sunday afternoon?

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For the kids: Bring a 3-ounce package of peach-flavored gelatin, 3 cups of water and 1½ cups of sugar to a boil in a sauce pan. Separately, pour a 29-ounce can of peaches into a blender and mix til smooth. Pour the gelatin-water-sugar mix into an extra large

bowl and add the blended beaches, then stir in an 11-ounce can of peach nectar and ½ cup of lemon juice. Freeze overnight or chill thoroughly. If only chilled, add mix to 1/3 to 1/4 glass of ginger ale or club soda. If frozen, let the mix sit at room temperature for 1 hour, then add to glass. For the adults: Add 1 ounce of Dekuyperâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s peach schnapps and 1 ounce of Absolut Citron or another lemon vodka to your glass. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very light and quite flavorful. SUMMERTIME ALCOHOL

â&#x20AC;˘ Alcohol is a diuretic and can contribute to dehydration and heat exhaustion. Keep hydrated with adequate amounts of water or sports drinks. â&#x20AC;˘ If you decide to

drink an alcoholic or caffeinated beverage, be sure to drink plenty of water before, during and after. â&#x20AC;˘ At summer outdoor parties, make every other drink a nonalcoholic one. â&#x20AC;˘ Never drink and drive any vehicle. Never allow alcohol onboard a boat. â&#x20AC;˘ It is a myth that caffeine will help sober you up. The body needs time to metabolize the alcohol, so only time will help. â&#x20AC;˘ It doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t matter what type of alcohol you consume â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a drink is a drink. Source: National Safety Council, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism Rob Cottingham contributed to this story.

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Riverbanks offers more than animals Riverbanks Zoo and Garden is home to more than 2,000 animals and one of the nation’s most beautiful and inspiring botanical gardens. The lush 170-acre site features natural habitat exhibits, scenic river views, valley overlooks and significant historic landmarks. Maximize your zoo visit with hands-on, interactive activities that the whole family can enjoy. Current schedules may be confirmed at any ticket booth. • Feed the Giraffes at Giraffe Overlook, 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; $2/scoop • Feed the Lorikeets at Koala Knockabout, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; $2/ cup of nectar • Mingle with Some Roos in the Kangaroo Walkabout, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free with admission • Take a Spin on the Endangered Species Carousel, 9 a.m.-5:45 p.m.; $2/ride • Ride the Ponies at Riverbanks Farm, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; $5/ride • Climb Aboard the Spots & Stripes Railroad (children’s train ride), 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; $2/ride • Scale the Wild Adventures Rock Wall, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; restrictions (minimum 40 pounds; maximum 250 pounds). Guests must sign a waiver in order to participate; $3 for one climb; $5 for two climbs • Conquer the SkyHigh Safari (a four-story vertical ropes challenge), 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; restrictions (minimum 48” tall without parental supervision and maximum 300 pounds; appropriate shoes required to climb; no flip-flops or open-heeled shoes). Guests must sign a waiver in order to participate; $7/climb general public; $5 individual & family level members; and $3 Explorer, Patron & Goldlevel members General admission: Adults, $11.75; children (3-12 years), $9.25; children (2 and under), free; military (with military ID), $10.75; senior citizens (ages 62 and up), $10.75; Unlimited Daily Rides and Attractions Wristband, $20. Admission and SkyHigh Safari are not included with wristband purchase. General admission rates include entry to both the Zoo and the Botanical Garden. Tickets for special after-hours events are separate from daytime admission. Pets, food, beverages and coolers are not allowed in the park. Riverbanks is a smoke-free facility. Daily park hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; extended spring/summer weekend hours are 9 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, March 29-Sept. 29. The main entrance of the zoo is located at 500 Wildlife Parkway in Columbia off Interstate 126 at Greystone Boulevard. The Botanical Garden entrance is at 1300 Botanical Parkway off S.C. 378 at I-20 and I-26. For additional information, call (803) 7798717 or visit www.riverbanks.org

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Use creative ways to keep children learning BY STATEPOINT For families, summertime is all about active fun — from vacations to ballgames, and fireworks to poolside picnics. But being on-the-go can mean lots of downtime in transit and waiting for activities to start. While research shows that students can lose up to two months’ worth of learning during the summer break, parents can seize the opportunity to turn downtime into a time for purposeful entertainment, and keep kids off the summer learning slide. “Parents can easily keep kids’ minds active and learning as part of existing summer activities,” says Jessica Hodges, director of School Marketing at ACCO Brands, maker of Mead school supplies. “Rather than relying on phones, tablets and DVD players to fill time while waiting for summer fun, try packing creative, age-appropriate learning activities instead.” When you’re loading up the car this season with sunscreen, bug spray and bathing suits, don’t forget to also pack portable entertainment that is both educational and fun. With a bit of creativity and a few extra items, you’ll keep kids learning, and they’ll think they’re playing — all summer long. • Make old games new. Fill the entertainment void while running errands with portable dry erase boards that make traditional games such as hangman, tictac-toe and bingo easy to play, erase, and play again. Encourage siblings to play together as they build words, form letters and solve logic puzzles. • Think convenience. In the car, opt for games and activities specifically designed for early learners on the go. For example, Mead Dry Erase Tangrams, stored in a convenient carrying case, are easy to pack and feature non-slip geometric shapes that can be arranged to create designs along a template. The non-slip material means that your kid’s design will survive even the bumpiest of wagon rides or road trips.

Keep kids interested with Kid Scoop on The Item’s website http://sumter.kids.kwnews.com/ Keep your children thinking this summer by utilizing Kid Scoop. Kid Scoop publishes activities in Wednesday’s paper of The Item and offers extensive activities on the website, http:// sumter.kids.kwnews.com/ If your child loves to write, Weekly Writing Corner offers a topic for them to respond to or they can write on a topic of their choosing. Timely teasers are available in Vocabulary University. Weird and wild true facts about animals, people and places in the world are shared, as well as puzzles, recipes, jokes, word games, songs and drawing guides. Featured in Kid Scoop during May: • Week of May 19 — Giraffe Join a trip to Africa to interview a giraffe! If you could ask a giraffe any questions you wanted, what would you ask? • Week of May 26 — Indy 500 The Indianapolis 500-Mile Race is billed as The Greatest Spectacle in Racing. Enjoy a wealth of math practice games and fun on the theme of the Indy 500. • Explore. Make a game of your surroundings, no matter where you are. Taking a trip? Ask kids to track car colors, license plate origins or types of trees. At the store, play a game of “I Spy.” The key is to turn everyday activities into learning games and exploration. • Unplug. Taking a break from “screentime” doesn’t have to mean sacrificing fun. Books, flashcards, puzzles and games not only make great alternatives, but they fit easily into day packs. Reinforce math concepts, the alphabet, or colors and shapes with teacherapproved, age-appropriate learning tools such as flashcards. Or help kids learn to

spell with Mead Puzzle Words, which give kids practice building words while playing with puzzles. • Capture memories. Designate a special notebook for the summer for artwork and writing. Journaling encourages children to express their thoughts and emotions while building essential writing skills. More tips for fun learning on-the-go can be found at www.MeadEarlyLearning.com. With some extra planning, parents can make good use of free time by incorporating easy-to-use activities that make early learning memorable and impactful.


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What’s new in kids’ helmets this season BY KIM COOK The Associated Press Kids who balk at the idea of wearing head protection for outdoor activities might find it harder these days to argue that helmets aren’t cool. From dry-erase helmets to ones shaped like animals and bugs to others in bright colors, many of today’s helmets are designed to make kids want to wear them long after the bike is parked or the snowboard stowed. “We’ll lay out 10 different character helmets at a skate park and let 20 kids try them on and play with them. We’re able to see immediately which designs resonate with them,” said Brad Blankinship, a spokesman at Los Angelesbased C-Preme, which makes helmets and other skate and bike gear. Here is some of what’s new: • C-Preme’s helmet line Raskullz has a wide range of styles shaped or painted like dinos, sharks and ladybugs complete with appendages such as fins, antennae and ears. There are lightning bolts, zebra stripes and a Mohawk trim. A new toddler Miniz version of the lineup was added this spring, and in May the Raskullz line adds additional 3-D animal attachments such as raccoon tails and feathers. Visit them online at www. raskullz.com. • Helmet Zoo makes colorful, elasticized fleece helmet covers on themes such as sea, farm and woodland creatures, and fantasy characters. Pandas, tigers, skunks, snakes, pink poodles, devils and a generic version of those popular ill-tempered birds are all avail-

able, as are multi-legged spiders and a pink fairy princess with tiara and veil. The covers will fit any style of helmet and are cleanable. Visit them at www.helmetzoo.com. • Low-key-cool Burton has the RED helmet line that includes kids’ Avid Grom, a cross-sport helmet for snow and pavement. There are no wild graphics, but there are hip colors such as green, white, red, black and orange branded with a logo. Visit them online at www.altrec.com. • Smith Optics makes the Gage snow helmet in matte black or white or more vivid hues such as cyan, bright green and violet. They’re embellished with an understated, stylized graphic on one side. Also from Smith comes a combo of Cosmos Jr. helmet with Galaxy goggles, a magnet and slide-release buckle keep the two pieces together. The Zoom Jr. has a soft, fuzzy lining and all have lots of head vents, since kids’ heads get sweaty quickly. Visit them online at www.smithoptics.com. • Swedish company POC makes a helmet named Pocito Light. In-mold technology means the outer hard shell is thinner, and there’s expanded polystyrene foam all through the inner layer to disperse impact. A fluorescent orange would stand out on a snowy hill, and there are options for different weather conditions, too: Neck and ear pads may be removed for warmer-weather skiing and snowboarding. Visit them online at www.xsportsprotective.com. • Biking and scootering kids might like the imaginative range of helmets from Scotts Valley, Calif.-based Giro, with names such as Ras-

Patterned duct tape make this ordinary bike helmet pop.

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A child is seen wearing a bike helmet with colored and patterned duct tape that Cincinnati-based author Anna Luther has applied to create a new look. Luther blogs about family life at www.mylifeandkids.com. “It was a quick and easy project,” she said.

cal, Rodeo, Flume and Slingshot. Graphics such as red flames and silver skulls might appeal to older children, while cartoon airplanes, pigs, firefighters and bunnies could attract younger — or goofier — kids. Visit them online at www.giro.com. • If your creative kid would just like to jazz up an existing helmet, check out the funky line of helmet accessories from Fauhaux, started by two former ToysRUs executives and moms, Jocelyn Fine and Kelly Dineen. The embellishments are made of lightweight foam and attach with Velcro. Dreadlox come in black, green, blue or multicolored; spiky Punkrox come in pink or red. Visit them online at www. fohawx.com. • Anna Luther of Cincinnati, who blogs about life as a mom of three at www.mylifeandkids.com, got out the colored duct tape when her daughter’s Barbie helmet lost its charm but still fit fine. Enlisting the help of both her daughter and son, “we had a ball designing the helmets,” she said. Her daughter opted for pink and purple hearts. For her son, they created a blue and green helmet cover.

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“With a project this simple and cheap, we can re-design them every summer,” Luther said. Also for the DIY crowd, Wipeout has helmet and dryerase marker kits. White, black, pink and green helmets can be decorated with kids’ own designs or the stencils provided. Those include rockets, peace signs, clouds and stars. Visit them online at www.iwipeout. com. Finally, some tips from safety experts: The Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute says the best way to get your child to wear a helmet is to wear one yourself. Start the helmet rule early, be consistent, point out sports pros wearing helmets, and teach kids that having a bike is really owning one’s first vehicle — and responsibility comes with the privilege. At www. safekids.org, find an easy test for fitting a helmet: Once it’s on, ask the child to

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look up. They should be able to see the bottom rim. Straps should form a “V’’ under the ears and be slightly tight. When a child opens her mouth wide, the helmet should hug her head. There should be no rocking of the helmet at any time. You don’t need to replace a helmet each year if your child’s helmet has thick and thin pads so you can adjust the fit. But do take your child with you when buying the first helmet, and buy from the right category — toddler, child or youth. All helmets made in the United States must carry the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s sticker. Replace the helmet if there’s been a crash. A Raskullz Classic Zebra Mohawk helmet and a Raskullz Classic T Chopz helmet, above left, are seen recently. Raskullz helmets for youngsters feature characters and animals with Mohawks, horns, cat ears and fins, blending imaginative play with safety.

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