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Jobless rate falls to 8.4 percent BY BRADEN BUNCH bbunch@theitem.com

Prevention is the key

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The Sumter area unemployment rate continued its recent trend of dramatic improvement, dropping in April to its lowest reported rate in nearly five years, the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce reported Friday. The half-percentage-point drop in April to 8.4 percent brings Sumter’s rate

BY MISSY CORRIGAN Special to The Item Every morning she wakes up checking her blood sugar levels to see if today is the day that her unhealthy lifestyle has caught up with her while her husband steps on the scale to make sure he hasn’t reached the number that will force him to change his unhealthy ways. For many, this is considered preventive health care. Most of us have set a limit that is a trigger for us CORRIGAN to do something about our health, whether it is a number on the scale or negative blood work results, while others do not. But prevention is actually taking measures to prevent diseases before they occur, not curing or treating them. It does not mean continuing with unhealthy behaviors until something happens that forces behavior and lifestyle change. We remain naïve in assuming “it will never happen to me” or that medicine can fix our health problems. There is a pill for everything, and more often than not the choice is to take it and maintain current behaviors rather than putting in the work to try to fix it just by changing our unhealthy ways. Since when did living an unhealthy lifestyle become the norm? It seems more acceptable and common to be “sick” than it is to be healthy, but who really wants to be unhealthy? And what is preventing you from adopting healthy behaviors? For many, it is change. Change, in any aspect of life, is unfamiliar and

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APRIL 8.4 percent 11.1 percent 9.6 percent

MARCH 8.9 percent 11.9 percent 10.2 percent

down nearly two full percentage points since reporting a 10.2 percent rate in January. And while past drops could be attributed almost completely to de-

creases in the local labor force rather than job gains, the recent improvement has had a much larger dependency on actual job creation. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, since November 2012 the Sumter area has gained more than 550 jobs, while the labor force has remained virtually unchanged. The good economic news included SEE JOBLESS RATE, PAGE A8

Students enhance downtown with mural

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Wilson Hall seniors Alex Wells, front, and Rebekah Russell work on filling in fruits and vegetables on the downtown mural on Thursday. Their art teacher, Mary Ann Reames, and Sumter High School art teacher Heidi Adler outlined the produce.

Produce painting promotes market BY JADE ANDERSON janderson@theitem.com

Russell is one of several students working on the downtown mural.

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It may be another week before the Sumter Downtown Market opens, but the area is already seeing some colorful fruits and vegetables. Art students from Wilson Hall and Sumter High School are painting a mural for the upcoming market. “I think it looks beautiful,” said Howie Owens, downtown development manager. “It’s going to create a nice atmosphere. We’re looking for ways for schools to be involved downtown and for young people to take ownership. This wall is the first step of hopefully many in that direction.”

Local businesswoman Danielle Thompson first brought the idea of turning the deteriorating wall into a place for student artwork to Owens, he said. When he agreed it was a great idea, she approached Mary Ann Reames, Wilson Hall art teacher. “She wanted to promote garden vegetables with a mural downtown, and she asked if I’d be interested in doing it with my students,” Reames said. “The only thing is that she called me near the very end of April and said she needed it by the end of May.” But she knew her seniors would get out in mid-May, so she took the SEE MURAL, PAGE A7

Mother drops lawsuit against Clarendon Sheriff ’s Office BY ROBERT J. BAKER bbaker@theitem.com The mother of a 17-year-old girl injured last year by a 47-yearold alleged drunken driver has dropped a

lawsuit she brought shortly after the wreck against the Clarendon County Sheriff’s Office, the sheriff and one of its deputies. Aimee McWhite of Manning filed suit

against the office, Sheriff Randy Garrett and Capt. Merke Baker on behalf of her daughter, Brittani Steen. The girl was driving a 1999 Toyota 4-Runner down S.C. 260 toward Lake Marion

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cording to reports. Baker had stopped Vaughn about 9:10 a.m. that morning near the intersection of Boundary and Boyce streets after Vaughn nearly hit his patrol car. Video

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given to The Item shows Baker speaking briefly with a nervous Vaughn during the stop. The man says little to Baker during the 15-minute SEE LAWSUIT, PAGE A7

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Sumter recognized in top 10 small towns BY JADE ANDERSON janderson@theitem.com Southern Business and Development magazine recently named Sumter as one of the “Ten Wonderful Small Town Central Business Districts in the South.” “We are very proud of these kinds of designations and do think they make a difference,” said Mayor Joe McElveen. “I hope folks in Sumter sit up and take notice.” This is just the latest in a series of accolades Sumter has garnered in the past few years, from a livability award given by the Conference of

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Mayors to the Palmetto Tennis Center being named one of the four best new tennis facilities in the country, he said. “We have much to be proud of in Sumter, but it’s not over until we try to get as much recognition in the state, region and nation,” McElveen said. “We’re constantly trying to improve. It’s one of the reasons we’ve worked so hard to restore our central business district or downtown.” A lot of the money for these projects, such as a new downtown judicial center, has come from what the article calls the “ongoing local option sales tax.” “The Penny for Progress

(tax) has enabled us to improve the community,” said Grier Blackwelder, president of the Greater Sumter Chamber of Commerce for the past 16 years. “While you never finish downtown revitalization, we’ve made great strides in the last 15 years. We think Sumter is on the move for great things.” He highlighted industries such as Continental Tire the Americas and the construction of Central Carolina Technical College’s Health Sciences Center, both of which the article also mentions. It also praises “the addition of new upper story housing in the Central Business District” and

“new retail and upscale dining opportunities.” But perhaps the main focus of the article was the ability of Sumter’s residents to work together, another facet Blackwelder touched on, and Howie Owens, downtown development manager, expanded upon. “I was absolutely ecstatic,” Owens said about being named to the top 10. “Anything that highlights our great community is a beautiful thing. Since I’m relatively new to this position, the testament goes to the folks in the community who came years before us. Our local government, public and private sec-

tors saw the importance of investing in ourselves years ago. Their time, effort and investments are starting to pay off.” He was named to the position in December 2011. The article also addresses Sumter’s pride at being “In the Middle of Everything.” “Geographically, we’re in the middle of the state,” Blackwelder said. “If it’s not here, you can get there real quick. It’s a short distance to the beach or the mountains. We’re not far from the capital and legislative area, Columbia, and we’re not too far from Charlotte or Atlanta.” Reach Jade Anderson at (803) 774-1250.

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Drugs, shrines found in man’s car during stop A sheriff’s deputy found an unusual sight while searching a vehicle for drugs Thursday. The Sumter County deputy pulled over a car on Interstate 95 about 9:50 a.m. for a traffic violation and, when he found the driver’s behavior suspicious, used a drug-sniffing dog to confirm the presence of drugs in the trunk. The officer reportedly found two plastic baggies containing approximately four grams of marijuana, but he also found what he described as a “shrine” around the drugs made up of handcuffs, keys and a piece of fencing, along with other apparent shrines. The 34-year-old driver told the officer he is a practicer of Santeria, a Caribbean-based religion similar to Voodoo, and that he had traveled to Florida from his home in New Jersey to train to become a Santeria priest. He said he set up the shrine to “ward off law enforcement or incarceration.” The man was issued a citation for simple possession of marijuana and released.

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Students from the Manchester Elementary School choir perform at the Sumter School District board meeting held in the school’s cafeteria in Pinewood on Monday.

SATURDAY SNAPSHOT

Katherine Brogdon, Miss Libby’s School of Dance

Gullah Geechee panel moves forward CONWAY — Now that a plan to preserve the culture of slave descendants along the Southeast coast has been approved, the Gullah Geechee Heritage Corridor Commission will be looking for an executive director and seeking partners for its work, commission Chairman Ron Daise said Friday. The 272-page management plan for the corridor that includes parts of the Carolinas, Georgia and Florida was more than a dozen years in the making and received final approval from the federal Department of the Interior last week. The corridor reaches along the coast from Jacksonville, N.C., to just south of Jacksonville, Fla. “Our plan reflects the voices and the consciousness of the Gullah Geechee community,” said Daise during a meeting of the corridor commission in which the invocation was The Lord’s Prayer read in Gullah.

If you grew up in a small town, the unappreciative and dream-filled mind of your youth probably pushed you to stay away if you ever leave. With big dreams in mind, many of us set our eyes on the horizon with no intention of looking behind us ... only to find ourselves right back there several years later. That happened to Katherine Brogdon, 23, a jack of all trades for Miss Libby’s School of Dance. When she graduated high school in Sumter, Brogdon set out for Clemson University to study psychology. When she finished there, the winding road of life brought her home, both to Sumter and Miss Libby’s. Unlike most of us Gamecock City natives in our younger days, she’s actually happy with it. SO YOU NEVER THOUGHT YOU’D BE BACK IN SUMTER, EH?

No. I never expected to be living here again, but I’m OK with it. It’s home.

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Yes. I’m studying nursing at Central Carolina Technical College.

I think back to when I was in high school, and I really loved the performances we did then. They’re still fresh in my mind.

HOW DID YOU PICK UP A JOB HERE AT MISS LIBBY’S?

I danced here for 16 years, so I’m familiar with most of the staff, and it’s a world with which I’m comfortable and very familiar. I stopped by to say “hello” one day, and they asked if I’d like to help. It wasn’t a hard sell. SIXTEEN YEARS? WHAT ALL ARE YOU TRAINED IN?

I did tap, jazz, ballet and lyrical contemporary, just to name a few. IS THERE A PARTICULAR STYLE YOU ENJOY MORE?

I love the Broadwaystyled dancing. That, musical theater and tap. ARE THERE ANY MEMORIES IN

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SO WHAT DO YOU DO HERE?

Well, I mainly work at the desk as a receptionist, but I also help out as much as I can with the classes here. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE ASPECT OF WORKING HERE?

Seeing all the girls come in all dressed and dolled up. They’re precious. IS THERE ANY NEGATIVE STIGMA TOWARD THE DANCE WORLD THAT YOU’D LIKE TO DISPEL?

Many people think we spend way too much time up here, but if you’re enjoying it, it’s not taxing at all. We all enjoy it up here, dancers and employees alike. — Rob Cottingham

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Katherine Brogdon smiles in front of her desk at Miss Libby’s School of Dance recently. Brogdon, now 23, never thought she’d move back to Sumter, but she’s happy to be home.

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Lt. Gen. Vincent K. Brooks cuts a ribbon to formally open the new Third Army Nursing Center, also known as “the TANC,” in Patton Hall on Shaw Air Force Base on Friday. Brooks was joined by, from left, Beverley Gagne with the Forum, Dianna Troyer and her two-month-old son David Troyer II, Kelly Kries with the Senior Leaders’ Spouses Group, and Sgt. Maj. Tessie Coe with the Sisters in Arms.

Third Army officially opens nursing center BRISTOW MARCHANT bmarchant@theitem.com Army women have to be tough, but many of them also need space in their lives to be caring mothers to young children. It can be a challenge to balance the two, but the job got a little easier for Third Army soldiers with the opening of a new nursing center at Patton Hall. New and expectant mothers were standing alongside commanding officers when the ribbon was cut Friday on the new Third Army Nursing Center, also known by the acronym “the TANC.” “We thought that was an appropriate name,” said Lt. Gen. Vincent K. Brooks, commanding general of the Third Army, just before cutting the pink-and-blue ribbon across the door to the new center. Located at the Third Army headquarters at Shaw Air Force Base, the martial-sounding TANC will provide space for pregnant soldiers to take a break, chat with other female officers or Army spouses, and especially give new moms a set area to breastfeed. “This will be a big uplift for mothers,” said Lt. Col. Stacie Hatten, a

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Warrick to step down from leading S.C. State ORANGEBURG — Cynthia Warrick will step down as interim president of South Carolina State University at the end of May after an 11month tenure beset by numerous challenges. Elected by a divided WARRICK board with a vote of 6-4, Warrick took office while the university was under the shadow of a federal investigation and an accrued operating deficit of $6.4 million. In spite of the challenges, Warrick put some projects in place that she feels will move the university forward. “I think the university is in a better place than it was when I got here,” she said.

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From left, Air Force Staff Sgt. Robbie D. Powell-Greenwood, AFCENT test measurement analyst, Equipment Dominant Maintenance Squadron; Airman 1st Class Diana M. Casto; and Senior Airman Jasmine D. Tucker, AFCENT supply liaison, Precision Measurement Equipment Laboratory, gather at Patton Hall to set up the first nursing center on a military base in South Carolina on Thursday, which provides a private area for nursing moms during their work days.

member of Sisters in Arms, a group of women soldiers who first proposed the need for a nursing center on base. “Until now they’ve had to nurse in locker rooms or restrooms, areas that are not locked. This will be a space for nursing mothers.” Hatten has two children of her own, “and I wish I’d had this room,” she said. Besides a comfortable seating area, TANC is equipped with a microwave, refrigerator and storage cabinets that give nursing moms

better ways to sanitize their funnels and bottles. Capt. Joy Byer is a month away from giving birth to her first child. She said having a nursing center at Patton Hall makes it easier to be an Army mom. “We need a facility like this,” she said. “The TANC can help us carry out our military duties and our duties as mothers and spouses.” Byer said she is currently the furthest along of any of the expectant mothers on base that she knows of and said

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appreciates the chance to take some weight off her tired feet at the end of the day. “When you’re pregnant as a soldier, the further along you are, your hours are shortened,” Byer said, but noted a shortened day for a soldier is still about eight hours. The Third Army currently has approximately 200 women soldiers based at Shaw and about 800 men. Eight soldiers and three civilians on base are currently pregnant, and another half-dozen moms have nursing children. Opening the center puts Shaw on the cutting edge of women’s services in the military. The TANC will be the first private nursing area on any military base in South Carolina, but that doesn’t bother Brooks. “We don’t mind being first,” he said, citing the Third Army’s motto, “Third Goes First.”

Jeremy Clayton Little, 20, of 12 Hagood St., Rembert, and Lewis Lorenzo Wright, 42, of 5420 John Leary Lane, Rembert, were both arrested Wednesday and charged with larceny. At 3:30 p.m., both men and an accomplice were reportedly found in the 6500 block of Harvest Road, Rembert, loading a tree planter valued at $2,000 onto a pickup truck. Little was detained at the scene by the property manager while the other two fled on foot. Wright was later stopped by law enforcement walking nearby. Little reportedly admitted the men wanted the planter to sell for scrap. James Daniel Nunn, 28, of 4200 Excursion Drive, Dalzell, was arrested Thursday and charged with larceny and breaking into a motor vehicle. At 4:17 a.m., law enforcement responded to reports of vehicle break-ins in the 3000 block of Explorer Drive, Dalzell, and reportedly found Nunn hiding behind a car with a backpack. Nunn reportedly had an iPod and a laptop computer he reportedly admitted to taking out of unlocked cars. Daniel Franklin Frye Jr., 46, and Daniel Taylor Frye, 19, of 3641 Susan St., were both arrested Thursday and charged with reckless driving. On March 4, the elder Frye reportedly drove around a vehicle on Starks Ferry Road near Cox Road and slammed on the brakes. The younger Frye reportedly

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drove his truck into the victim’s truck. STOLEN PROPERTY:

A 36-inch flatscreen TV, a Christmas ornament, a laptop and a box containing miscellaneous jewelry were reportedly stolen from the 100 block of Wise Drive between 3:30 and 5 p.m. Wednesday. The items are valued at $2,400. A couch and love seat, two end tables, a coffee table, TV stand, various pieces of cookware, plates, a coffee pot, an Xbox with 10 games and two mattresses were reportedly stolen from the first block of Burkett Drive between 10 a.m. May 10 and 10 a.m. May 18. The owner told police her friend was supposed to move the items into storage when she moved out of state but discovered she hadn’t done so. The items are valued at $1,865. Three cocker spaniels were reportedly stolen from a yard in the 200 block of Poulas Street between 11:45 p.m. Tuesday and 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. VANDALISM:

All four tires on a vehicle in the 300 block of Mooneyham Road were reportedly cut at 1:43 p.m. Wednesday. Damage to the tires is estimated at $800. EMS CALLS:

On Wednesday, Sumter County Emergency Medical Services responded to 35 calls. Twentyeight were medical calls, four were motor vehicle wrecks, and three were listed as “other trauma.”

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SUMTER SCHOOL DISTRICT Conference All Academic Teams Congratulations to these students who played on football, basketball, track and/or cheerleading teams while still maintaining above a “B” average.

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Let to Right: Kneeling: Ja’Tori Watson, KayDee Darlington

Seated let to right: Deborah Jamison, Jaeden Siegler, Kai Lewis, Tae Choice, Diamond Rhames

Second Row: Alicia Ramsey, Shamequa Moore, Katelyn Dixon, Ramere Roach, Grant Singleton, Jada hompson, Matthew Brayboy, Eliza Ackerman, Contessa Davis

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Fourth Row: Malaysia Scales, Cooper Mota, Anna Migliori, Ryan Missildine, Kiel, Bilton, Tyler Garvey, Andrew Twitty, Jayde Hufman, Austin McDuie. Not pictured: Woodley James

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Chestnut Oaks Middle School

Seated let to right: Faith Salter, Alexis Heath, Santanna hompson, Tashiba Lampkin, NeTaysia Zeigler, and Larissa Taylor Seated let to right: Imanne’ Summerlin, Darius Williams, and Kenya Davis

Second Row: De’Onte Dennis, Joel Daniels, Tyrese Felder, Carl Benjamin, and Treaquawn Tomlin

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First Row: Taysia Horne, Elizabeth Johnson, Jesse Lucas, Da’shaud Coaxum, Victoria Sellers, Brittany Milliner Second Row: Katelyn Myers, Angelica Perez, Khadary Stephens, Maya Webb, Alexandria Felder Allen, Brooke Quiroz, Arianna Wade

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Fourth Row: Clayten Ragan, Dajour Neal, Deonte’ Wilson, Jayla Bolden, Serron Spann, Sheddrick Ervin, Zachary Foxworth, Johnathan Clement *he following students are not included in the picture: Michael Bradley, Christian Clayborne, Deonta Lambert, Donald McElveen, Isacc Calderon, Shawna Ragan, Aaron Griin, Jaxon Huettmann, Brittany Robinson, Jaquira Wallace, Kiara Brandon

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The IRS feels heat from tea party groups WASHINGTON (AP) — The Internal Revenue Service is feeling the sort of heat that targeted taxpayers feel from the tax agency. It’s the sense that a powerful someone is breathing down your neck. Republicans in Congress are livid with the IRS over its systematic scrutiny of conservative groups during the 2010 and 2012 elections. Democrats agree that something must be done. President Obama also isn’t at all happy with the tax collectors. IN BRIEF

The central issue is whether IRS agents who determine whether nonprofit organizations must pay federal income taxes played political favorites or even broke the law when THE ASSOCIATED PRESS they subjected tea party Ousted IRS chief Steven Miller arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington on Friday to testify before the House groups and other conservative Ways and Means Committee on the Internal Revenue Service practice of targeting applicants for tax-exorganizations to special scruempt status based on political leanings. tiny. who took a much closer look would put the scandal in the charge of the agency tempoAlso foremost in the conat a group’s operations. That’s realm of Nixonian skulldugcerns of Congress: Why senior rarily. normal. gery. IRS actions in the period IRS officials, for many months, But in early 2010, IRS The public record as it is did not disclose what they had covering the 2010 congressioagents in the Determinations known does not show internal elections and the early learned about the actions of Unit began paying special atference. lower-level employees despite going of the 2012 presidential tention to tax-exempt applicaNo ties to anyone outside campaign have tatpersistent questions tered the perception the IRS have been discovered. tions from groups associated from Republican At the same time, early IRS as- with the tea party or with certhat the agency is lawmakers and READ MORE tain words or phrases in their surances that high-level peoclean of political howls from agmaterials, according to the IRS ple inside the agency did not leanings. grieved organizaRead this story in inspector general’s report. know what was going on have A report by the tions. its entirety online That’s not normal. been contradicted by eviTreasury Departat theitem.com. The red-flag keywords WHY IT MATTERS ment’s top investiga- dence that the head of the came to include “Patriots,� agency’s tax-exemption operThe IRS is expecttor for tax matters “Take Back the Country� and ation and later its deputy ed to be pesky, even found no evidence “We the People.� commissioner were briefed intimidating, to miscreants, that sheer partisanship drove That August, agents were about it and did not tell Conbut at all times politically neu- the targeting. But the watchgiven an explicit “be on the tral. Nonpartisanship is the dog disclosed Friday that he is gress. lookout� directive for “various coin of its realm, perhaps still investigating. His report RED-FLAG WORDS local organizations in the Tea more so than in any other part faulted lax management for To qualify for exemption Party movement� that are of government. not stopping it sooner. from federal income taxes, or- seeking tax-exempt status. On Thursday, on the eve of ganizations must show they Such organizations saw their WHAT WOULD MAKE IT House hearings at which the are not too political in nature applications languish except agency’s acting chief, Steven T. MATTER EVEN MORE when they were hit with lots Any effort from top levels of to meet the standard. In the Miller, has been called to testithe administration or political cases in question, applications of questions, some of which fy, the president named Danthat raised eyebrows were rethe IRS was not entitled to ask, operatives to manipulate the iel Werfel, a senior White ferred to a team of specialists such as the names of donors. IRS for campaign purposes House budget official, to take

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In June 2011, after the congressional elections, Lois G. Lerner, in charge of overseeing tax-exempt organizations, learned of the flagging and ordered the criteria to be changed right away, the inspector general said. The new guidance was more generic and stripped of any explicit partisan freight. But it did not last. In January 2012, the screening was modified again, this time to watch for references to the Constitution or Bill of Rights, and for “political action type organizations involved in limiting/expanding government.� Finally, that May, such flagging ended. Altogether, specialists reviewed a variety of potentially too-political applications, presumably covering the liberalconservative spectrum. But fully one-third of the cases were of the tea party-patriot variety. During the height of the flagging, the inspector general says, all applications fitting the conservative-focused criteria went to the specialists while others that should have stirred concern did not. In short, if you were with the tea party, you were guaranteed a close second look and almost certainly months more of delay. If you were leading a liberal activist group, maybe yes, maybe no. BY THE NUMBERS

The inspector general’s office reviewed 296 tax-exempt applications that had been flagged as potentially too political. Of them, 108 were ultimately approved, 28 were withdrawn by the applicant, none had been rejected and 160 were still open in December 2012, some languishing for more than three years.

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Record Powerball jackpot inspires office pools DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — In workplaces across the nation, Americans are inviting their colleagues to chip in $2 for a Powerball ticket and a shared daydream. The office lottery pool is a way to improve your odds and have a little fun with coworkers. And besides, who wants to be the only person at work the next day when everyone quits? With $600 million on the line, this is the time to play. It’s the largest-ever Powerball jackpot and the second-largest world jackpot of all time. And it could get even bigger before today’s drawing. The Multi-State Lottery Association recognizes the popularity of work pools, especially when the stakes are so high. In the last few years, lottery officials have offered tips for organizing pools. “The appeal is they can stretch the value of their $2,� said Norm Lingle, executive director of the South Dakota Lottery and chairman of the Powerball Executive Committee.

dianapolis, where a hairdresser became involved in a lawsuit with seven of her former co-workers. Christina Shaw claims the winning ticket wasn’t part of an office pool. The hairstylists say they had all verbally agreed to share any winnings from any tickets purchased at the same time as those for the pool.

But it’s important to be careful. Workplace pools that yield big jackpots sometimes result in lawsuits, broken friendships and delayed payouts. Follow these steps to make sure you’re ready to divide your winnings. KNOW THE RULES

Lottery officials encourage pools organizers to lay down rules, put them in writing and distribute the details to all participants before the winning numbers are drawn. Linda Golden, of Gettysburg, Pa., may set the bar for how to manage an office lottery pool. An employee for more than three decades at a printing company called Quad Graphics, Golden has organized a pool for years and requires everyone to sign in, showing they contributed. She had 14 co-workers on board when the jackpot pushed past $200 million in late March. They only won $4. But instead of distributing what would have amounted to about 27 cents a person,

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Eight co-workers in the Monongalia County Tax Office claim their $276 million Powerball prize in Charleston, W.Va., in 2008. Work pools for big jackpots are often fraught with controversy, resulting in lawsuits, broken friendships and worse: delayed payouts.

Golden bought more tickets for the $1 million Powerball drawing on March 27 without telling the others. She hit the jackpot and never gave a thought to keeping the winnings all for herself. One coworker was a woman who used a walker because of a foot problem. Another had just been to the emergency room because of a knee problem. “I say it over and over

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LAWSUIT from Page A1 video, only repeating several times that he doesn’t have the paperwork for the 2006 Ford pickup truck he was driving, the same truck in which Vaughn would hit Steen later. Whether Vaughn was intoxicated during the morning stop, and if the man admitted such to Baker, was at the core of McWhite’s lawsuit. In her initial complaint, McWhite said Steen would not have had the head-on collision that left her with two broken legs and severe internal injuries had Vaughn been arrested 11 hours earlier. Sheriff’s officials contend the video of the morning stop showed the suspect was not intoxicated at the time, nor admitted to being so. In paperwork filed in federal court Friday, McWhite’s attorney, J. Edward Bell III, noted the plaintiff is dismissing the case with prejuGARRETT dice, a legal term meaning she may not bring the issue against the defendants again. The paperwork gives no reason for the dismissal. McWhite could not be reached for comment. “I knew from the beginning (that) the Clarendon Sheriff’s Office, myself and the other officers in the agency had nothing to do with this,” Garrett told The Item on Friday. “And we have been cleared in this incident. This brings me some relief, but it won’t bring any relief to the victim.” A severely injured Steen said last year that she had to completely modify her life, and her outlook, because of the wreck. A dancer since she could walk, she said she most wanted to get back to the dance floor. She also wanted to see the man who caused her wreck be kept off the road. “It makes me angry,” she said in an Item file story. “But I don’t want him in jail because I’m angry at him. I want him in jail because I don’t want him to hurt anyone else.” Vaughn had been charged in December 2011 with DUI and possession of crack cocaine, just a month before he collided with Steen. He was given 90 days in jail for those charges in August 2012. His charges in the Steen incident — felony driving under the influence, driving under suspension, open container and operating an uninsured vehicle — remain pending in Clarendon County general sessions court. “The true victim in this case is the young lady, the Steen girl who was injured in this accident and nearly killed,” Garrett said Friday. “She has been the victim the whole time.” Reach Robert J. Baker at (803) 774-1211.

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Wilson Hall senior Alex Wells paints the first layer of a tomato Thursday. Art students from Sumter High School will also work on the downtown mural for the Sumter Downtown Market.

MURAL from Page A1 proposal to her students, who readily agreed. “They really wanted to do it,” Reames said. “We worked up a sketch right then. We wanted to do something manageable for the students. That’s why we chose a series of fruits and vegetables from our observations all year. It reinforced what we were already doing.” She drew a sketch of each piece of produce, photographed each one separately and trans-

ferred it to clear paper. She then solicited help from her friend and fellow art teacher, Heidi Adler from Sumter High School. “She met me up there Monday night, and we projected the drawings onto the wall,” Reames said. “We got up on ladders and drew them with colored chalk.” Later, Adler and Reames outlined everything in paint so students from both

schools could come fill in the drawings. “We’ll do two coats and then go over it for shadowing,” said Rebekah Russell, a Wilson Hall senior. “It’s different than our usual art projects.” Alex Wells agreed. “It’s more fun than I thought it would be,” said the Wilson Hall senior. Owens isn’t the only one who likes the mural. “We’re thrilled they are beautifying our downtown area,” said Darlene Hebert, execu-

tive director of Sumter Board of Realtors. “We’re all for it, and when you have nice, mannerly young people willing to give their time, it warms your heart.” Reames agreed. “The best part is the students are seeing they can do something for the community that might make a difference,” she said. “It’s a real positive thing for students and for the community.” Reach Jade Anderson at (803) 774-1250.

How Candice Glover won ‘American Idol’ BY DERRIK J. LANG AP Entertainment Writer

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Candice Glover reacts to winning “American Idol” at the Nokia Theatre at L.A. Live on Thursday in Los Angeles.

LOS ANGELES — With a flawless voice that recalled past “American Idol” finalist Jennifer Hudson and a sense of determination after not making it in previous seasons, Candice Glover did the one thing Hudson wasn’t able to do: She won the title of “American Idol.” “I always knew for some reason that it would happen if I kept going,” said Glover backstage Thursday after her coronation. The 23-year-old vocal powerhouse from St. Helena Island, S.C., auditioned for the ninth and 11th seasons of the

Fox singing competition but didn’t ascend to the finals until this season. Glover looked stunned when “Idol” host Ryan Seacrest announced amid a flurry of confetti that she had bested soulful 22-year-old country singer Kree Harrison from Woodville, Texas. “I don’t remember him saying my name,” Glover said. “I do remember confetti getting in my mouth.” After her crowning, an emotional Glover sobbed her way through her new single “I Am Beautiful.” It was fitting that Hudson, who went on to win a Grammy and an Oscar after being the sixth contestant eliminated during the third season, returned for Thursday’s 12th season

finale to duet with Glover on Natalie Cole’s “Inseparable.” “I look up to her and, honestly, she is so successful after this show, and I really admire her,” said Glover, who worked as an excursions coordinator renting scooters and golf carts back home. “I finally got a chance to not only meet her but sing with her.” Hudson was among the guest stars who helped fill out the two-hour finale show, including Psy, Frankie Valli, Emeli Sande, Jessie J, Aretha Franklin and former “Idol” judge Jennifer Lopez. Current “Idol” judges Keith Urban and Mariah Carey — along with Randy Jackson on bass — also performed.

OBITUARIES WANDA G. DuBOSE REDDING, Pa. — Wanda Gail DuBose, age 52, entered into eternal rest on Monday, May 13, 2013, at a local hospital in Redding. Born Feb. 17, 1962, in Fayetteville, N.C., she was a daughter of Bernie “Duke” Logan Jr. and the late Elease DuBose Logan. Survivors include her father, Bernie “Duke” Logan; two daughters, Shevri and Cosheia Williams; and a host of other close relatives and friends. Funeral services will be held Monday at P.J. Baker Funeral Home, Redding. Final resting place will be Charles Evans Cemetery, Redding. Professional services were handled by P.J. Baker Funeral Home of Redding. Courtesy announcement by Dyson’s Home for Funerals, 237 Main St., Summerton.

| ANNIE T. SMITH Annie Ruth Tindal Smith entered eternal rest on Wednesday, May 15, 2013, at Hahnemann University Hospital, Philadelphia, Pa. Born Jan. 9, 1953, in Sumter County, she was a daughter of Willie Mae Wortherly Tindal and the late Sam Tindal Jr. The family is receiving visitors at the home of her brother and sister-in-law, Kenneth and Linda Tindal, 2635 W. Oakland Ave., Sumter. Funeral services will be announced by Community Funeral Home of Sumter. THOMAS REMBERT BISHOPVILLE — Thomas Rembert entered eternal rest Friday, May 10, 2013, at his residence, 121 Academy Road, Bishopville. Funeral service will be held at 4 p.m. today at Gum Spring Baptist Church with Pastor Alexander Davis officiating. Internment will fol-

low in Gum Spring Church cemetery. Professional service provided by New Life Funeral Services LLC, (803) 588-9278. www. newlifefuneralservice. com

JAMES O. HALL DALZELL — James O. Hall, age 71, beloved husband of Phyllis Hall, died on Friday, May 17, 2013, at his residence. Arrangements are incomplete at this time and will be announced by Bullock Funeral Home of Sumter.

ERNEST R. JENKINSON Ernest Richard Jenkinson, age 96, passed away on May 16, 2013, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center. Born Nov. 15, 1916, in Sumter County, he was a son of the late William Richard “Dick” and Nora Ardis Jenkinson. He

served in the military in the Army Air Corps during World War II. He graduated from the Tennessee School of Broadcasting in Nashville, Tenn., and returned to Sumter in 1952. He was then employed as an engineer at WFIG Radio Station and later became the famous “EJ the DJ.” In 1982, he married Betty Briggs Josephs, his high school sweetheart. They had 12 glorious years together before she passed away. He received his bachelor of arts degree in elementary education from USC Sumter in 2004 as the oldest graduate ever from that college, and he enjoyed substitute teaching ever since then. He was a very active member of Trinity United Methodist Church and the Fellowship Sunday School Class. He was a member of American Legion P-15 and a member of Sumter Amateur Radio Association. Surviving are one step-

son, William V. Josephs Jr. (Drucilla) of Loris; three step-grandsons, William V. “Trey” Josephs III (Marie) of Loris, Mark J. Josephs (Shannon) of Loris,and E. Blake Josephs of Sumter; seven step-great-grandchildren; one brother, Benjamin Ryan Jenkinson of Charlotte, N.C.; one sister, Nell Swartz of Sumter; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, Betty; two sisters, Annie Mae Beall and Iva Sowell; and one brother, George Jenkinson. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at Trinity United Methodist Church with the Rev. Kevin Gorry officiating. Burial will follow in Sumter Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Monday at Trinity United Methodist Church prior to the funeral service, and other times at the home of his sister, Nell Swartz, 143

Garrett St., Sumter. Memorials may be sent to Trinity United Methodist Church, 226 W. Liberty St., Sumter, SC 29150. The family is very appreciative of the wonderful staff for their many kindnesses at Tuomey Regional Medical Center. Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home and Crematorium of Sumter is in charge of the arrangements.

REBECCA HARVIN Rebecca Harvin, 61, was born Oct. 17, 1951, in Sumter, a daughter of the late Henry Harvin and Lillie Huggins. She departed this life on Friday, May 17, 2013, at her residence. The family is receiving friends at the home of Robert and Jocarol Hastie, 4561 Oak Road, Sumter, SC 29154. Funeral plans are incomplete and will be announced later by Job’s Mortuary Inc. of Sumter.


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JOBLESS RATE from Page A1 Clarendon and Lee counties as well, as they experienced even larger declines in April. Clarendon’s rate fell 0.8 percentage points from 11.9 to 11.1 percent while Lee County’s fell 0.6 percentage points from 10.2 to 9.6 percent. These drops, however, were driven by people leaving the workforce, as both areas actually experienced slight declines in their job numbers. The local declines followed the statewide trend, as all 46 counties saw drops in their rates in April, according to the employment agency. As a result, South Carolina saw the statewide rate drop 0.4 percentage points to 8.0 percent. This gave the Palmetto State —along with California and New York — the largest unemployment rate declines in the nation in the month of April. The DEW touted the decline as the largest single-month drop the state has experienced in more than a quarter century, and while the current numbers sup-

HEALTHY LIVING from Page A1 unsafe. We get comfortable in our lifestyle and build up a fear of letting go, not knowing where our new path will take us. Will we lose our friends? Will we no longer be accepted? Will we be seen as self-absorbed or selfish? Will we have to change everything? This fear that lies within making change is enough to prevent someone from taking steps for the better. Even the thought of having to give up favorite foods or alter daily routines can seem more bothersome than helpful. Some don’t even want to hear about it because just the thought of changing can be too overwhelming. Being healthy takes work. There is nothing easy about it. You have to put in the effort yourself, and no one or nothing can do it for you. Taking the easy way out, whether it is surgery or pills, will not make you healthy. Your behaviors and lifestyle choices feed your health, and eventually those poor

port the claim, this also requires the preliminary numbers hold up throughout the coming year, which in the past they rarely have. Instead, recent history shows the Bureau of Labor Statistics often takes significant spikes and falls in statewide unemployment rates and ultimately mitigates them with revisions by smoothing them out over the course of the year. For example, BLS initially reported the February 2008 unemployment rate in South Carolina had fallen 0.6 percentage points from the previous month, from 6.1 to 5.5 percent, which at that time was considered the largest month improvement in the state since 1976. BLS, however, later revised, and then revised again, those calculations. Now, the BLS reports there actually was no change at all in the unemployment rate between January and February 2008.

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MONDAY 85°

83° 86°

67° A t-storm early; partly cloudy, humid

Periods of sun with a couple of t-storms

WEDNESDAY 89°

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Partly sunny, warm and humid

68° Warm with times of clouds and sun

Winds: SSW 6-12 mph

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Chance of rain: 55%

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Temperature High ............................................... 87° Low ................................................ 64° Normal high ................................... 82° Normal low ..................................... 57° Record high ....................... 96° in 1962 Record low ......................... 46° in 1981

Greenville 80/63

Precipitation

Bishopville 87/66

24 hrs ending 4 p.m. yest. ........... 0.00" Month to date .............................. 0.48" Normal month to date .................. 1.66" Year to date ................................ 15.40" Normal year to date ................... 16.01"

Lake Murray Marion Moultrie Wateree

Full 7 a.m. 24-hr pool yest. chg 360 358.15 +0.02 76.8 76.40 none 75.5 74.65 +0.16 100 97.29 -0.05

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

Full pool 12 19 14 14 80 24

Today Hi/Lo/W 85/65/t 75/58/t 82/64/t 87/65/t 84/69/t 78/66/t 86/68/t 80/64/t 80/65/t 88/67/t

7 a.m. yest. 5.39 5.16 3.37 4.56 79.95 15.25

24-hr chg -0.49 -0.77 -0.28 +0.35 -0.44 -1.35

Sun. Hi/Lo/W 83/65/t 76/59/t 81/65/t 83/65/t 83/69/t 76/68/t 84/69/t 79/64/t 81/65/t 83/68/t

Sunrise today .......................... 6:18 a.m. Sunset tonight ......................... 8:18 p.m. Moonrise today ....................... 1:39 p.m. Moonset today ........................ 1:50 a.m.

Gaffney 81/64 Spartanburg 81/64

Columbia 88/67 Today: A couple of showers and a thunderstorm, Aiken mainly later. 85/65 Sunday: Times of clouds and sun with a shower or thunderstorm.

Today Hi/Lo/W 87/65/t 78/65/t 86/66/t 86/66/t 87/66/t 88/64/pc 82/64/t 84/66/t 86/68/t 78/65/t

Sun. Hi/Lo/W 84/68/t 80/66/t 84/67/t 84/68/t 83/68/t 88/64/t 79/65/t 84/67/t 84/69/t 77/65/t

Myrtle Beach 81/68

Manning 87/65

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Charleston 86/68 The following tide table lists times for Myrtle Beach.

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Florence 87/66

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Today: A shower or thunderstorm around, mainly later. High 80 to 84. Sunday: Clouds and sun with a shower or thunderstorm around. High 79 to 83.

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

Today Hi/Lo/W 80/63/t 78/62/t 80/72/t 88/65/pc 83/63/t 86/65/t 81/66/t 77/61/t 84/69/t 81/68/t

Sun. Hi/Lo/W 79/64/t 77/64/t 79/73/t 86/65/t 83/65/t 85/66/t 82/66/t 80/62/t 83/70/t 80/69/t

High Ht. Low Ht. 3:09 a.m.....2.8 10:17 a.m.....0.5 4:01 p.m.....2.6 10:45 p.m.....0.8 4:04 a.m.....2.8 11:10 a.m.....0.3 4:57 p.m.....2.8 11:48 p.m.....0.6

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

Today Hi/Lo/W 86/65/t 83/69/t 80/63/t 84/64/t 85/66/t 86/67/pc 81/64/t 81/71/t 84/66/t 76/64/t

Sun. Hi/Lo/W 82/66/t 82/70/t 78/64/t 80/65/t 84/68/t 85/68/t 79/64/t 79/71/t 82/67/t 77/65/t

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

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choices will catch up to you. Making a conscious effort to be healthy every day, starting now, is better and easier than trying to fix it when it might be too late. Before making any changes and trying to implement new behaviors, it is important to know where you are now and identify those current behaviors that are harmful. Then learn and fully understand the purpose of healthy behaviors, how to successfully implement those behaviors and the benefits of them. When you change the way you think, it is easier for you to accept the behaviors that will need to take place to make the change for the better. Missy Corrigan is director of healthy living for the Sumter Family YMCA. She can be reached at mcorrigan@ ymcasumter.org or (803) 773-1404.

STATE BRIEF

TUESDAY 87°

66°

A shower or t-storm around, mainly later

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

Contact Braden Bunch at (803) 7741201.

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Ice

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Today Sun. Today Sun. City Hi/Lo/W Hi/Lo/W City Hi/Lo/W Hi/Lo/W Albuquerque 83/55/s 80/56/s Las Vegas 87/70/s 91/71/s Anchorage 41/24/sn 43/28/s Los Angeles 72/58/pc 75/57/pc Atlanta 81/67/t 82/67/t Miami 87/74/t 87/75/pc Baltimore 70/58/c 68/62/sh Minneapolis 82/65/pc 82/67/t Boston 68/52/s 64/54/c New Orleans 85/71/s 85/71/pc Charleston, WV 78/61/t 82/63/t New York 72/57/pc 68/59/c Charlotte 80/64/t 79/64/t Oklahoma City 96/71/pc 93/69/t Chicago 79/56/pc 82/65/pc Omaha 88/71/pc 85/63/t Cincinnati 77/63/t 81/64/t Philadelphia 72/58/pc 67/60/c Dallas 94/72/pc 91/72/t Phoenix 92/73/s 96/73/s Denver 78/48/pc 71/38/pc Pittsburgh 78/58/t 78/60/t Des Moines 85/69/pc 85/66/t St. Louis 85/69/pc 90/72/pc Detroit 74/55/c 80/59/pc Salt Lake City 67/49/t 61/44/t Helena 66/46/sh 62/43/t San Francisco 68/52/pc 71/53/pc Honolulu 87/70/sh 84/69/pc Seattle 61/49/sh 62/48/pc Indianapolis 83/62/c 84/66/pc Topeka 86/72/pc 89/66/t Kansas City 86/71/pc 87/67/t Washington, DC 72/60/t 72/64/sh Weather(W): s-sunny, pc-partly cloudy, c-cloudy, sh-showers, t-thunderstorms, r-rain, sf-snow flurries, sn-snow, i-ice

let someone control what ARIES (March 21-April 19): the last word in astrology you can or can’t do. Look Organization and detail for an adventure that will will be required if you eugenia LAST allow you to meet new expect to get satisfactory people, go to new places results. Communication and experience new must be straightforward. activities. Avoid argumentative individuals. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Express your TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Stick close to home emotions passionately and offer suggestions and avoid expensive entertainment or social that you feel will make your personal life events. Abrasive people will cost you sparkle. Send a signal to someone you want to emotionally or financially. spend more time with. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Don’t let a business or SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): An emotional personal partnership spin out of control. If one matter will spark your interest in making or both of you aren’t honest or loyal, you changes to improve your life. Uncertainty should talk about your future. Don’t let work regarding a partnership must not be ignored. suffer due to a discrepancy. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Revisit people CANCER (June 21-July 22): Assess your situation and activities you used to enjoy. Pleasure will and move swiftly in order to reserve the inspire you to make positive changes at home position you feel most comfortable as well as with the way you balance work and representing. You can outsmart anyone who is playtime. trying to outmaneuver you. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Put more care into LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Take a backseat and let home, family and expanding or renovating someone else handle the workload. You need your space. Make changes that allow you to a change of pace or scenery to rejuvenate you use your skills and services to suit current and get back in touch with your personal trends. goals. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Get involved in VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Personal concerns will community events that allow you to give back. disrupt your progress and productivity. Expect Be honest regarding your motives as well as emotional matters to spin out of control due to how you intend to help. Money matters will irresponsible behavior on the part of someone improve if you adapt to a lifestyle that suits you have to deal with. your budget. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Don’t live in the past or

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Richland County to pay $150k to couple’s estate COLUMBIA — Richland County has agreed to pay $150,000 to the estates of a couple killed in a 2008 train collision. The State newspaper reported the county did not admit fault but is paying the estates of Derald Hill Sr. and his wife, Nichole. The couple was killed in 2008 when a sport utility vehicle they were in was crushed by a Norfolk Southern train at a crossing near Bly-

thewood. The driver and another passenger were hospitalized. The settlement came amid a civil trial that also includes Norfolk Southern and The Mungo Co. as defendants. Lawyers for the Hill family said in court papers that the crossing was hazardous and in need of improvements. There was no word on the other defendants’ settlement. A county spokeswoman would not comment.

Don and Imogene Mathis share a photo of the 900-year-old olive trees in the Garden of Gethsemane in Israel.


SPORTS SATURDAY, MAY 18, 2013

THE ITEM To contact the Sports Department, call (803) 774-1241 or e-mail sports@theitem.com

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Fleenor leaves USCS for Lenoir-Rhyne BY DENNIS BRUNSON dennisb@theitem.com Tom Fleenor, the man hired six years ago to start the University of South Carolina Sumter baseball program from scratch and turned it into an immediate winner, has been hired as the new head coach at Lenior-Rhyne

University in Hickory, N.C. I am extremely honored to be given this opportunity”, Fleenor said in a press release sent out by Lenoir-Rhyne on Friday. “I want to thank Neill McGeachy (Lenoir-Rhyne’s Executive Director of Intercollegiate Athletics) for the confidence he has in my ability to raise this program to an

elite status.” McGeachy no doubt had to take a long look at Fleenor’s success with the Fire Ants. Fleenor had a 242-103 record with the Fire Ants and FLEENOR immediately turned the USC Sumter pro-

gram into one of the top ones in NJCAA Region X. USC Sumter athletic director Bruce Blumberg, the man who hired Fleenor, had nothing but praise for him. “He’s a great coach, and what he did is kind of what we do with our students,” Blumberg said. “We have them here a couple of years,

prepare them and help them move on. This was Tom’s first head coaching job. “What Tom did certainly exceeded our expectations,” Blumberg added. “We’ve been real happy with the results.” Fleenor led USC Sumter to SEE FLEENOR, PAGE B3

PPO tennis tourney kicks off today FROM STAFF REPORTS

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The East Clarendon softball team gathers together to celebrate winning the 1A softball title for the first time in school history. The Lady Wolverines defeated Dixie 8-5 on Friday at White Knoll High in Lexington, finishing with a 23-5 record on the year.

EC wins 1st softball title Lady Wolverines down Dixie 8-5 to take win 1A championship BY JUSTIN DRIGGERS jdriggers@theitem.com LEXINGTON – The 1A state championship t-shirt had barely left East Clarendon athletic director Dwayne Howell’s hands before head softball coach Lisa Ard gave it the first of many try-ons. “It’s been a long time coming,” Ard said. For her and the Lady Wolverines, who can now call themselves the best in the state for the first time ever. Big first and seventh innings and a gutsy pitching effort by Kaitlin Alexander in her final high school game propelled EC to an 8-5 victory over Dixie on Friday in Game 3 of the 1A state finals at White Knoll High School.

DID YOU CATCH THAT? Photos from this sports season and others are available for purchase. Go to www.theitem.com The win gives the Lady Wolverines, who finish at 23-5, their first softball title in school history and Ard her first title as a head coach after 25 years of waiting. “It’s hard to explain,” Ard ARD said. “I’m so happy and proud for the girls. They’re a great group. They picked each other up all year. I’m so happy for them … I’m just so happy

then click on the red tab at the top of the page that says PANORAMA then click PHOTO GALLERIES. right now.” EC persevered through every adversity, both on and off the field this postseason. Alexander’s ailing grandfather was always on the team’s mind as was assistant ALEXANDER coach Andy Baker. Baker’s mother passed away and he was unable to be by Ard’s side for the first time in seven years on Friday.

“We knew we had to do it for them,” Alexander said. “So we just came out and did our best and did it for them.” The Lady Wolverines also overcame a subpar performance in Game 2 in which they were trounced 8-1. “We basically just went out there and said it’s a new day and played like it,” catcher Jordan Evans said. “We had a lot of practice (on Thursday), preparing for two styles of pitching and we were ready for it today.” EC jumped to a 3-0 lead in the first. Jessica Welch walked to lead off the game, Gracen Watts followed with a single, one of three on the day, and after a flyout, Leslie

The Palmetto Pro Open kicks off today at Palmetto Tennis Center with the qualifying rounds as well as Super Saturday for the young tennis players. While the first round of the qualifying matches in the $10,000 USTA women’s tournament starts at 9 a.m., Super Saturday will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. A free junior racquet will be given to the first 50 children age 10 and under. There will be free hot dogs and beverages until they run out, and lessons will be offered by the professional players for players of all ages. As far as the competition itself, there are 93 players in the qualifying draw competing for 14 spots in the 32-player main draw set to begin on Tuesday. The top five seeds in the qualifying draw are Sherry Li, Ashley Murdock, Denise Muresan, Amanda Rogers and Jainy Scheepens. There are three matches scheduled for five courts today and seven more will have two matches. The 2012 PPO champion, Louisa Chirico, played her way through the qualifying to the main draw to win the title.

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Orb favored to take Preakness BY RICHARD ROSENBLATT The Associated Press

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First-year Sumter High head football coach Reggie Kennedy talks with his team following Friday’s spring game at Sumter Memorial Stadium. Kennedy saw some positives, but admits there is still work left to be done.

Kennedy gets early glance at SHS BY DENNIS BRUNSON dennisb@theitem.com Reggie Kennedy’s first spring practice as the head football coach at Sumter High School came to an end on Friday with its spring game at Sumter Memorial Stadium. And when all was said and done, Kennedy liked what he saw, but knew there was much more work ahead. “There were some things we did good, and there are some things we

need to work on,” said Kennedy, who was named SHS’ head coach in January. “There were some ups and downs. We’ve got work to do, but we made a lot of progress this spring. “The kids did a good job in learning the terminology that we put in as well,” Kennedy added. “It was good for them to get to work in front of a crowd.” The big emphasis in the scrimmage was a fast pace. The Gamecocks ran SEE KENNEDY, PAGE B3

BALTIMORE — Everything’s a go for Orb. The Kentucky Derby winner was in a playful mood the day before the Preakness, making faces for photographers between nibbles of grass outside his stall at Pimlico Race Course. “He’s really settled in well. He seems to be energetic about what he’s doing so I couldn’t be more pleased,” trainer Shug McGaughey said on a warm and sunny Friday morning. “We’re excited about giving him a whirl to see if we can get it done and go on to the next step.” Getting it done would mean defeating

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Exercise rider Jennifer Patterson gallops Preakness Stakes favorite and Kentucky Derby winner Orb at Pimlico Race Course on Friday. Orb hopes to win today’s Preakness in pursuit of horse racing’s Triple Crown.

eight rivals in the 1 3-16-mile Preakness to set up a Triple Crown try in the Belmont Stakes three weeks

from Saturday. Orb is the even-money favorite, and there’s a growSEE PREAKNESS, PAGE B2


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SCOREBOARD TV, RADIO TODAY 6 a.m. -- Professional Golf: European PGA Tour World Match Play Championship Last 16 and Quarterfinal Matches from Kavarna, Bulgaria (GOLF). 11 a.m. -- College Baseball: Central Florida at East Carolina (FOX SPORTSOUTH). 11 a.m. -- IRL Racing: IndyCar Series Indianapolis 500 Time Trials from Indianapolis (NBC SPORTS NETWORK). Noon -- College Baseball: Pittsburgh at Louisville (ESPNU). 12:30 p.m. -- College Lacrosse: NCAA Tournament Quarterfinal Match from College Park, Md. -- Ohio State vs. Cornell (ESPN2). 1 p.m. -- NHL Hockey: Western Conference Playoffs Semifinal Series Game Two -- Detroit at Chicago (WIS 10), 1 p.m. -- College Baseball: Kentucky at Missouri (FOX SPORTSOUTH). 1 p.m. -- PGA Golf: Byron Nelson Championship Third Round from Irving, Texas (GOLF). 1 p.m. -- College Baseball: Texas A&M at Tennessee (SPORTSOUTH). 2:30 p.m. -- Horse Racing: Maryland Sprint Handicap and James W. Murphy Handicap from Baltimore (NBC SPORTS NETWORK). 3 p.m. -- PGA Golf: Byron Nelson Championship Third Round from Irving, Texas (WBTW 13, WLTX 19). 3 p.m. -- College Baseball: St. Mary’s (Calif.) at Brigham Young (BYUTV). 3 p.m. -- College Softball: NCAA Tournament Regional Game Three from College Station, Texas (ESPN). 3 p.m. -- College Lacrosse: NCAA Tournament Quarterfinal Match from College Park, Md. -- Yale vs. Syracuse (ESPN2). 3 p.m. -- College Baseball: Clemson at Florida State (ESPNU). 3 p.m. -- Professional Golf: Web.com Tour BMW Charity Pro-Am Third Round from Greer, Greenville and Sunset (GOLF). 3 p.m. -- College Baseball: South Carolina at Mississippi State (WNKT-FM 107.5). 3:30 p.m. -- Major League Baseball: Cincinnati at Philadelphia (WACH 57). 4:30 p.m. -- Horse Racing: Preakness Stakes from Baltimore (WIS 10). 4:30 p.m. -- IRL Racing: IndyCar Series Indianapolis 500 Time Trials from Indianapolis (NBC SPORTS NETWORK). 4:30 p.m. -- College Baseball: Texas at Texas Christian (SPORTSOUTH). 5 p.m. -- LPGA Golf: LPGA Classic Third Round from Mobile, Ala. (GOLF). 5:30 p.m. -- College Softball: NCAA Tournament Regional Game Four from College Station, Texas (ESPN). 6 p.m. -- College Softball: NCAA Tournament Regional Game Three from Tempe, Ariz. (ESPNU). 7 p.m. -- Major League Baseball: Los Angeles Dodgers at Atlanta (FOX SPORTSOUTH, WPUB-FM 102.7). 7 p.m. -- NASCAR Racing: Sprint Cup Series Sprint Showdown and Sprint All-Star Race from Concord, N.C. (SPEED). 7 p.m. -- Professional Boxing: Matches from Brooklyn, N.Y. (SHOWTIME). 8 p.m. -- NBA Basketball: Eastern Conference Playoffs Semifinal Series Game Six -New York at Indiana (ESPN). 8 p.m. -- College Softball: NCAA Tournament Regional Game Five from College Station, Texas (ESPN). 8 p.m. -- Major League Baseball: Detroit at Texas or San Francisco at Colorado (MLB NETWORK). 8:30 p.m. -- College Softball: NCAA Tournament Regional Game Four from Tempe, Ariz. (ESPNU). 9 p.m. -- NHL Hockey: Western Conference Playoffs Semifinal Series Game Three -- Los Angeles at San Jose (NBC SPORTS NETWORK). 9:15 p.m.-- Professional Boxing: Devon Alexander vs. Lee Purdy for the IBF Welterweight Title and Lamont Peterson vs. Lucas Matthysse in a Welterweight Bout from Atlantic City, N.J. (SHOWTIME). 11 p.m. -- College Softball: NCAA Tournament Regional Game Five from Tempe, Ariz. (ESPNU).

MLB STANDINGS American League By The Associated Press East Division W L Pct GB New York 25 16 .610 – Boston 24 17 .585 1 Baltimore 23 17 .575 11/2 Tampa Bay 20 20 .500 41/2 Toronto 17 24 .415 8 Central Division W L Pct GB Cleveland 22 17 .564 – Detroit 22 17 .564 – Kansas City 20 17 .541 1 Minnesota 18 19 .486 3 Chicago 18 21 .462 4 West Division W L Pct GB Texas 27 14 .659 – Seattle 20 21 .488 7 Oakland 20 22 .476 71/2 Los Angeles 15 26 .366 12 Houston 11 30 .268 16 Thursday’s Games Seattle 3, N.Y. Yankees 2 Boston 4, Tampa Bay 3 Texas 10, Detroit 4 Chicago White Sox 5, L.A. Angels 4 Friday’s Games N.Y. Yankees 5, Toronto 0 Tampa Bay 12, Baltimore 0 Pittsburgh 5, Houston 4 Seattle at Cleveland, late Detroit at Texas, late Boston at Minnesota, late Chicago White Sox at L.A. Angels, late Kansas City at Oakland, late Today’s Games Seattle (J.Saunders 3-4) at Cleveland (McAllister 3-3), 1:05 p.m. Toronto (Morrow 1-2) at N.Y. Yankees (D. Phelps 1-2), 1:05 p.m. Chicago White Sox (H.Santiago 1-2) at L.A. Angels (Blanton 0-7), 4:05 p.m. Tampa Bay (Ro.Hernandez 2-4) at Baltimore (Jurrjens 0-0), 4:05 p.m. Houston (Bedard 0-2) at Pittsburgh (A.J.Burnett 3-4), 7:05 p.m. Boston (Dempster 2-4) at Minnesota (Diamond 3-3), 7:10 p.m. Detroit (Ani.Sanchez 4-3) at Texas (Grimm 2-3), 8:05 p.m. Kansas City (E.Santana 3-2) at Oakland (Milone 3-5), 9:05 p.m. Sunday’s Games Seattle at Cleveland, 1:05 p.m. Toronto at N.Y. Yankees, 1:05 p.m. Houston at Pittsburgh, 1:35 p.m. Tampa Bay at Baltimore, 1:35 p.m. Boston at Minnesota, 2:10 p.m. Chicago White Sox at L.A. Angels, 3:35 p.m. Kansas City at Oakland, 4:05 p.m. Detroit at Texas, 8:05 p.m. Monday’s Games Seattle at Cleveland, 12:05 p.m. Tampa Bay at Toronto, 1:07 p.m. N.Y. Yankees at Baltimore, 7:05 p.m. Minnesota at Atlanta, 7:10 p.m. Oakland at Texas, 8:05 p.m. Boston at Chicago White Sox, 8:10 p.m. Kansas City at Houston, 8:10 p.m. National League By The Associated Press East Division W L Pct GB Atlanta 22 18 .550 – Washington 22 19 .537 1/2 Philadelphia 19 22 .463 31/2 New York 15 23 .395 6 Miami 11 30 .268 111/2 Central Division W L Pct GB St. Louis 26 14 .650 – Cincinnati 25 16 .610 11/2

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24 17 .585 21/2 17 23 .425 9 16 23 .410 91/2 West Division W L Pct GB San Francisco 24 17 .585 – Arizona 23 18 .561 1 Colorado 21 20 .512 3 San Diego 18 22 .450 51/2 Los Angeles 17 22 .436 6 Thursday’s Games N.Y. Mets 5, St. Louis 2 Pittsburgh 7, Milwaukee 1 Cincinnati 5, Miami 3, 10 innings San Francisco 8, Colorado 6 Washington 6, San Diego 2 Friday’s Games N.Y. Mets 3, Chicago Cubs 2 Philadelphia 5, Cincinnati 3 Arizona 9, Miami 2 Pittsburgh 5, Houston 4 Atlanta 8, L.A. Dodgers 5 Milwaukee at St. Louis, late San Francisco at Colorado, late Washington at San Diego, late Today’s Games N.Y. Mets (Hefner 0-4) at Chicago Cubs (Feldman 3-3), 1:05 p.m. Cincinnati (Arroyo 3-4) at Philadelphia (K.Kendrick 4-1), 4:05 p.m. Houston (Bedard 0-2) at Pittsburgh (A.J.Burnett 3-4), 7:05 p.m. Arizona (McCarthy 0-3) at Miami (Koehler 0-1), 7:10 p.m. L.A. Dodgers (Capuano 1-2) at Atlanta (Medlen 1-5), 7:10 p.m. Milwaukee (Estrada 3-2) at St. Louis (Lynn 6-1), 7:15 p.m. San Francisco (Lincecum 3-2) at Colorado (Nicasio 3-1), 8:10 p.m. Washington (Zimmermann 7-1) at San Diego (Stults 3-3), 8:40 p.m. Sunday’s Games Arizona at Miami, 1:10 p.m. Cincinnati at Philadelphia, 1:35 p.m. Houston at Pittsburgh, 1:35 p.m. L.A. Dodgers at Atlanta, 1:35 p.m. Milwaukee at St. Louis, 2:15 p.m. N.Y. Mets at Chicago Cubs, 2:20 p.m. San Francisco at Colorado, 4:10 p.m. Washington at San Diego, 4:10 p.m. Monday’s Games Cincinnati at N.Y. Mets, 7:10 p.m. Minnesota at Atlanta, 7:10 p.m. Philadelphia at Miami, 7:10 p.m. L.A. Dodgers at Milwaukee, 8:10 p.m. Arizona at Colorado, 8:40 p.m. St. Louis at San Diego, 10:10 p.m. Washington at San Francisco, 10:15 p.m.

NHL PLAYOFFS By The Associated Press 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. x-Friday, May 24: Ottawa at Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m. x-Sunday, May 26: Pittsburgh at Ottawa, TBD x-Tuesday, May 28: Ottawa at Pittsburgh, TBD Boston 1, N.Y. Rangers 0 Thursday, May 16: Boston 3, N.Y. Rangers 2, OT 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. x-Saturday, May 25: N.Y. Rangers at Boston TBD x-Monday, May 27: Boston at N.Y. Rangers, TBD x-Wednesday, May 29: N.Y. Rangers at Boston, TBD WESTERN CONFERENCE Chicago 1 Detroit 0 Wednesday, May 15: Chicago 4, Detroit 1 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. x-Saturday, May 25: Detroit at Chicago, TBD x-Monday, May 27: Chicago at Detroit, TBD x-Wednesday, May 29: Detroit at Chicago, TBD Los Angeles 2, San Jose 0 Tuesday, May 14: Los Angeles 2, San Jose 0 Thursday, May 16: Los Angeles 4, San Jose 3 Saturday, May 18: Los Angeles at San Jose, 9 p.m. Tuesday, May 21: Los Angeles at San Jose, 10 p.m. x-Thursday, May 23: San Jose at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m. x-Sunday, May 26: Los Angeles at San Jose, TBD x-Tuesday, May 28: San Jose at Los Angeles, TBD

GOLF Byron Nelson Par Scores The Associated Press Friday At TPC Four Seasons Resort Irving, Texas Purse: $6.7 million Yardage: 7,166; Par: 70 Second Round (a-amateur) Keegan Bradley 60-69—129 -11 Tom Gillis 69-63—132 -8 Sang-Moon Bae 66-66—132 -8 John Huh 69-64—133 -7 Ryan Palmer 65-68—133 -7 Charl Schwartzel 63-70—133 -7 Graham DeLaet 67-67—134 -6 Angel Cabrera 65-69—134 -6 Ted Potter, Jr. 64-70—134 -6 Scott Piercy 66-68—134 -6 Gary Woodland 69-65—134 -6 Harris English 64-70—134 -6 Erik Compton 72-63—135 -5 Stephen Ames 67-68—135 -5 Nathan Green 67-68—135 -5 Martin Kaymer 68-67—135 -5 Camilo Villegas 65-70—135 -5 Martin Flores 67-68—135 -5 Duffy Waldorf 68-67—135 -5 Alexandre Rocha 67-68—135 -5 Charley Hoffman 68-68—136 -4 Ben Crane 67-69—136 -4 Marc Leishman 66-70—136 -4 Mike Weir 68-68—136 -4 Jimmy Walker 68-68—136 -4 Marcel Siem 68-68—136 -4 Chez Reavie 69-67—136 -4 Cameron Percy 68-68—136 -4 Charles Howell III 67-69—136 -4 Joe Ogilvie 68-69—137 -3 Brian Harman 68-69—137 -3 Failed to qualify Tommy Gainey 70-74—144 +4 Mobile Bay Classic Par Scores The Associated Press Friday At Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, Magnolia Grove, The Crossings Mobile, Ala. Purse: $1.2 million Yardage: 6,521; Par: 72 Second Round Jessica Korda 66-65—131 -13 Karrie Webb 69-63—132 -12 Chella Choi 67-66—133 -11 Sydnee Michaels 72-62—134 -10 Pornanong Phatlum 69-65—134 -10 Thidapa Suwannapura 67-67—134 -10 Azahara Munoz 71-64—135 -9 Ariya Jutanugarn 69-66—135 -9 Mina Harigae 67-68—135 -9 Lexi Thompson 65-70—135 -9

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Upton’s slam lifts Braves past Dodgers ATLANTA — Justin Upton gave Atlanta the lead with a sixth-inning grand slam and the Braves finally unveiled their fullstrength lineup, beating the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-5 on Friday night. Upton drove in five runs hitting behind Jason Heyward, who had two hits with a RBI in his JUSTIN UPTON first game back after having his appendix removed April 22. It was the first time this season the Braves had Heyward in the lineup along with catcher Brian McCann, who missed the first 30 games while recovering from offseason shoulder surgery. Scott Van Slyke hit two homers for the Dodgers, who led 4-2 before Upton’s third career grand slam. Paul Maholm (5-4) allowed eight hits and four runs — two earned — in six innings, and Craig Kimbrel pitched the ninth for his 12th save. METS CUBS

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Los Angeles Dodger Nick Punto is forced out at second base by Atlanta’s Dan Uggla (26) in the first inning of the Braves’ 8-5 victory in Atlanta.

straight decision, allowing five hits in 7 1-3 innings and singling in the go-ahead run in the seventh to lead the New York Mets over the Chicago Cubs 5-0 Friday. D-BACKS MARLINS

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MIAMI — Paul Goldschmidt homered twice, had four hits and drove in four runs to lead the Arizona Diamondbacks over the Miami Marlins 9-2 Friday.

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Bradley has 3-stroke lead at Nelson IRVING, Texas -- Keegan Bradley again bogeyed Nos. 1 and 18 in the second round of the Byron Nelson Championship. Unlike the first round, Bradley didn’t set a course record. But he still finished with a threestroke lead. Bradley started and ended his round Friday with those bogeys, part of a 1-under 69 that got him to 11-under 129, the lowest 36hole total at the Nelson since 2001. Tom Gillis, who shot 63 in the first group of the day off the No. 10 tee, and Sang-Moon Bae (66) were tied for second. A stroke further back were 2012 BRADLEY PGA Tour rookie of the year John Huh (64), Ryan Palmer (68) and 2011 Masters champion Charl Schwartzel (70). Schwartzel had an opening 63 and was the closest to Bradley after the first round. KORDA LEADS MOBILE BAY LPGA CLASSIC

MOBILE, Ala. — Jessica Korda shot a 7-under 65 on Friday to take a one-stroke lead over Hall of Famer Karrie Webb after the second round of the Mobile Bay LPGA Classic. Korda had seven birdies in her second straight bogey-free round to reach 13 under on The Crossings course at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail’s Magnolia Grove complex.

NASCAR COMMUNITY MOURNS DEATH OF DICK TRICKLE

CONCORD, N.C. — Mark Martin received a piece of advice very early in his career from Dick Trickle that he’s never forgotten. The NASCAR garage was full of Trickle stories on Friday, a day after the 71-year-old racer died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. An old-school driver with an odd name, and a guy who earned an almost cult-like following among fans, Trickle was mostly remembered Friday for his role as a mentor to many drivers who went on to have far greater success in NASCAR than Trickle ever achieved. SEAHAWKS DE BRUCE IRVIN SUSPENDED 4 GAMES

RENTON, Wash. — Seattle Seahawks defensive end Bruce Irvin was suspended for the first four games of the 2013 season on Friday after the league announced he violated the NFL policy on performance-enhancing substances. Irvin will be eligible to participate in all offseason activities and preseason practices and games, but will be suspended without pay for the opening four games at Carolina, home for San Francisco and Jacksonville and at Houston. Irvin will be eligible to return to Seattle’s active roster on Sept. 30 following the Seahawks’ Week 4 game against the Texans.

PREAKNESS from Page B1 feeling that this 3-year-old bay colt may be special enough to give thoroughbred racing its first Triple Crown champion since Affirmed in 1978. “We’d sure love to have that opportunity,” said McGaughey, seeming relaxed and confident. “Probably the racing world would love to see it, too. It brings a lot more attention to what we’re doing from all standpoints.” Orb extended his winning streak to five with a thrilling victory in the Derby two weeks ago, when jockey Joel Rosario patiently guided the colt from 17th to first in the final half mile over a sloppy track. In the Preakness, Orb will break from the No. 1 post, a spot that has seen only one winner — Tabasco Cat in 1994 — since 1961. “Who knows how this race is going to go, but I don’t think it will be a problem,” Rosario said of the inside post. “He’s a horse that comes from behind, so I really don’t think it will affect him. I’m just excited to go into

this with a horse who has a chance to win.” A chance? While rival trainers aren’t conceding the race, most agree Orb is the best of the bunch. “Orb, he’s a freak. Right now, everybody should be rooting for Orb, except for the connections of the other horses in the race,” trainer Bob Baffert said — and he’s got a horse in the race, 12-1 choice Govenor Charlie. “Anybody who’s not rooting for Orb, there’s something mentally wrong with them.” Baffert has been there before. Three of his five Preakness winners had also won the Derby, but were unable to complete the Triple Crown with a win in the Belmont. He says the Preakness is the least stressful of the three races. “There is absolutely no pressure, believe it or not because you’ve just won the Derby,” he said. “You’re flying high and everybody’s excited. You don’t think about it. The next one (the Belmont) is the pressure.”

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Getting to the next one may sound easy. It isn’t. Six of the past eight Derby winners did not win the Preakness, and McGaughey is well aware of the pitfalls. “There are a lot of ways you can lose. Freaky things can happen,” he said. “You hope he doesn’t get in any trouble, you hope he handles the track, you hope he handles the kickback of the dirt, you hope he handles the day. If he does all that, I would have to think it will take a pretty darn good horse to beat him.” Maybe it’s Goldencents, who did not take to the slop at Churchill Downs and finished 17th after winning the Santa Anita Derby in April. “Orb’s not like a one-race hit. All year long he’s been super impressive,” said Goldencents trainer Doug O’Neill, who won the Derby and Preakness last year with I’ll Have Another, only to scratch the colt the day before the Belmont because of a tendon injury. “But we’ve seen Goldencents do some brilliant things in the afternoon. If he does, I think he can beat him.”


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Edwards grabs poll for Sprint All-Star race BY STEVE REED The Associated Press CONCORD, N.C. — Carl Edwards captured the pole for the Sprint All-Star race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, paying tribute to the late Dick Trickle along the way. Edwards, the 2011 winner in the exhibition EDWARDS event, completed three laps and a four-tire pit stop Friday night in 1 minute, 51.297 seconds. Kurt Busch will start alongside Edwards on the front row Saturday night. Greg Biffle, Kyle Busch and Joe Logano round out the top five. Edwards had Trickle’s name written just above his window, a tribute to the 71-year-old former NASCAR driver who died Thursday of what authorities said was a self-inflicted gunshot wound in Boger City, N.C.

Edwards said many of his crew members are from Wisconsin, where Trickle grew up and became a famous shorttrack driver. “We felt like we needed to do something to honor him,” Edwards said. “I don’t know that I deserved to have his name above my window.” For the first time since 2000, NASCAR waived the pitroad speed limit, allowing drivers to enter and leave the pits at high rates of speed. “This was awesome,” Edwards said. “I vote that we do this at every race track.” Not all agreed. Judging the speed needed to stop in the pit stall threw off some drivers. Defending All-Star race champion Jimmie Johnson was among a handful of drivers who skidded past his pit stop when his breaks locked up. He was forced to back up, losing valuable time. “I didn’t have the car under control in the breaking zone,”

said Johnson, who’ll start 18th. Kevin Harvick’s pit stop was even worse. He overshot his pit stall and didn’t back up far enough before his crew jumped the wall and began working on a tire change with his car still slightly over the line. His time was disallowed and he’ll start at the back of the field Saturday night. Dale Earnhardt Jr. was in second place after 16 cars but a loose lug nut cost him a 5-second penalty and dropped him out of the top 10. Saturday night’s All-Star race encompasses 90 laps, including four 20-lap segments leading up to a final 10-lap shootout for $1 million. NASCAR has installed new rules to discourage drivers from sandbagging. Last year’s champion Jimmie Johnson won the first segment and hung back in the pack for the other three segments knowing he’d secured a top four starting spot in the

FLEENOR from Page B1 a 38-20 mark and a 12-15 region mark. USCS won 37 games in a season on three different occasions under his tutelage. In the other two seasons, Sumter had tremendous years. In 2009, the program’s second year of existence, the Fire Ants went 52-11 and won the Region X regularseason title with a 26-4 record. They were the runners-up in the region tournament and advanced to the Eastern District Tournament. USC Sumter won the regular-season title again in ‘11, going 41-11 overall and 20-4 in the region. The

Fire Ants never won a tournament title under Fleenor, but finished second on three different occasions. When asked if he was surprised that he was able to hold on to Fleenor for six years, Blumberg said, “Yes, yes I am.” Fleenor replaces Paul Knight, who was the head coach seven seasons for Lenior-Rhyne, an NCAA Division II school and a member of the South Atlantic Conference. The Bears were 114-179 under Knight and were 21-29 overall this past season and 12-15 in the SAC.

EC from Page B1 Altman doubled to drive in Welch. Watts scored on a wild pitch and Altman came home on Evan’s RBI single to give the Lady Wolverines a much-needed early cushion. “We weren’t ourselves (on Wednesday),” Altman said. “I was tense coming in to this game too, but I was confident at the same time. I knew we’d bounce back. I just wanted to go out there and get everybody up. I knew if I was down like I was in Game 2, everyone else would be. “So I just wanted to give it everything, no matter what.” EC added a run in the third and another in fourth for a 5-1 lead after 3 1/2 innings. Grayson Smith walked, took second on a wild pitch and scored on Kayleigh Hunter’s RBI single in the third. Smith crossed the plate just before D’onna McFadden was tagged out at third for the final out on a close play. In the fourth, Welch singled and made it all the way to third on Watts’ sacrifice bunt. Welch avoided the tag of Dixie catcher Anne Marie Ferguson, who scrambled up the line to get to the uncovered bag. Meanwhile Alexander kept the Lady Hornets at bay for the most part despite being in constant trouble. Samantha Ferguson singled and Kinsley Carwile doubled to lead off the Dixie half of the

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East Clarendon’s Leslie Altman had two doubles in the Lady Wolverines’ 8-5 victory over Dixie on Friday. EC won its first ever softball state title.

first. With none down, the Lady Hornets pushed a run across on an error, but Alexander cut the damage off at one run. In the second, two strikeouts and a popout to shortstop ended another Dixie threat, stranding runners at second and third. The fine line Alexander and the Lady Wolverines had been walking came back to haunt them in the fourth. With runners on second and third and one down, Samantha Ferguson took a 1-2 fastball and deposited it down the left field line for a home run to cut the EC lead to 5-4. “I was pitching her inside and it got a little too much of the plate,” Alexander said. “She put a good swing on it.” Unlike in Game 2, when the Lady Wolverines seem to fade after allowing a 4-run first inning, EC made sure the big blow did not prove to be the start of its downfall. “We called timeout and basically said, ‘Gotta flush it – it’s over, it’s done,’ ” Evans said. “Start fresh and don’t quit.” Ard pointed to that as the probable turning

point in the game. “We lost our composure the other night,” Ard said. “But after (the home run), the girls stayed together and they stayed behind each other. They supported each other and went back at it. That makes a big difference.” EC chased Dixie starter Ashlee Brown in the fifth and for 2 1/3 innings, managed just a pair of 2-out hits against reliever Delanie Laudenbacher. The final inning was a different matter. Altman led off with her second double of the game and came home on Evans’ second RBI single next batter. Pinch hitter Maggie Baird followed by doing what she does best – placing a perfect bunt down the third base line that plated another run. Baird was safe at first on the throw, and a couple of batters and a couple of Lady Hornet errors later, Baird scored to make it 8-4 EC. Dixie made it interesting again in the seventh. Ashlee Brown singled with one out, Brittney Brown doubled and pinch-hitter Alyssa Ashley singled home a run to cut the deficit to 8-5. Sara Beth Sears followed by reaching first on error, but the Lady Wolverines caught a break when Brittney Brown tried to score from third and was tagged out. Alexander, fittingly, then ended the game with a strikeout of Leigha Snipes to start the celebration. “It’s unbelievable,” said Altman, who was 2-for-4. “I’ve never felt anything like this.”

final 10-lap shootout. That strategy worked well for Johnson, who jumped out to a big lead on the 10-lap shootout and cruised to an easy — and uneventful — victory. This year’s segment winners aren’t guaranteed a top four spot, and drivers will enter a mandatory pit stop prior to the 10-lap final segment based on their average finish in the first four segments. Kyle Busch called last year’s rules “stupid” and said he encouraged NASCAR to change them. “I think the rules are right this year,” Busch said. “Last year, you’re exactly right, you win a segment and you roll in the back. We all knew that and that was the strategy you have to play. Jimmie (Johnson) played it the best obviously. For this year, that’s entirely out the window.” Track owner Bruton Smith also added some incentive by offering an additional $1 million incentive if a driver can

win all four segments and the 10-lap shootout, meaning it’s conceivable a driver could take home $2 million. Busch estimated the odds of a driver accomplishing that feat are about “300 to one.” The top two finishers in the Sprint Showdown and the winner of the fan vote will fill out the 22-car field. Danica Patrick is among those hoping to drive her way into the field. There have been some rumblings from fans that NASCAR clarified its rule so that the fan vote winner doesn’t have to finish on the lead lap of the Sprint Showdown to qualify for the All-Star race as a way to ensure Patrick gets in. “From my understanding that was a mistake on NASCAR’s part earlier in the week,” Patrick said. “So, outside of that I have absolutely no idea what the rules are from the past or what they’re going to be or what they’ve been. It’s all new to me.”

Andretti team is clear favorite for Indy 500 pole BY MICHAEL MAROT The Associated Press INDIANAPOLIS — Everything seems to be lining up for Michael Andretti this May. His five drivers have taken turns atop the practice speed charts all week and, when series officials gave the engines a boost Friday, E.J. Viso and Marco Andretti were still on top. The team owner has the defending series ANDRETTI champ, the only twotime IndyCar winner this season, a hotshot rookie who has been among the fastest drivers all week and his son, Marco, who is bursting with confidence now that he’s back on his favorite tracks, the ovals. All these guys have to do is hold onto their edge when Indianapolis 500

qualifying begins Saturday. “I think as a team, we’re quite comfortable with our speeds,’’ Marco Andretti said. “I think there are five of us in the running for the pole but as far as the favorite _ there’s going to be a lot of factors tomorrow.’’ The Andretti drivers haven’t had any trouble dealing with the normal obstacles on Indy’s 2.5-mile oval. When it was cool and windy Sunday, rookie Carlos Munoz of Colombia, posted the fastest lap of the day. As temperatures warmed up, Marco Andretti jumped to the top. Canadian James Hinchcliffe kept the Andretti streak going Tuesday. Viso posted the fast lap Friday in much warmer conditions. Ryan Hunter-Reay, the 2012 IndyCar champ and winner this year on a road course in Alabama, was the only Andretti driver not to hold the top spot at the end of a practice session this week.

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Keon Lewis (3) is brought down during the Sumter High School spring football scrimmage on Friday at Sumter Memorial Stadium.

KENNEDY from Page B1 out of the spread with a single running back most of the time, and when the play was over, the players were back to the line of scrimmage tryng to get the next play off as quick as possible. Kennedy, who came to Sumter from Blythewood, said the offense fans saw on Friday is what he ran at Blythewood, but just at a quicker pace. “We’re doing at a faster pace because we’re a little light up front on the offense line,” Kennedy said. “We want to take advantage of that in a

game. We feel like if we get back to the line and get the play off quickly, we’ll be able to wear down bigger teams.” Kennedy said he is happy with the progress Sumter made in special teams during the spring. Vincent Watkins made a 47yard field goal in the scrimmage, although there wasn’t a rush. “I thought our kicking game was really good today,” Kennedy said. “That is something we need to be good at at this level. It can help you win some games.

Kennedy thinks things have been put in place both on and off the field that will lead to success for the program. “I feel like we’ve got the right kind of kids in our program,” Kennedy said. “We not only want them to be good players on the field, but we want them to be good people off the field. We feel like we made a lot of progress in that area. Kennedy brings a 131-81 career record to Sumter, having previous head coaching stops at Kingstree, twice at Fairfield Central and at OrangeburgWilkinson.


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Spurs set to face Grizzlies BY RAUL DOMINGUEZ The Associated Press SAN ANTONIO — Danny Green failed to step up quickly enough on a pick, allowing Golden State’s Stephen Curry to hit an open 3-pointer. The roar of the Oracle Arena crowd Thursday night was nothing compared to Tony Parker’s tirade at Green over the defensive lapse. It was a moment that must have made San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich proud. “He’s just really matured to the point he takes things personally if we’re not playing well,” Popovich said earlier this season. Not since the days of the “Little General,” Avery Johnson, has San Antonio had such a vocal leader on the court. San Antonio will need Parker’s leadership when it hosts the rugged Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals. The French star scored 10 of his 13 points in the final quarter Thursday night, helping San Antonio beat Golden State 94-82 to close out the Western Conference semifinals in six games. “He was unbelievable down the stretch,” Tim Duncan said. “He’s our finisher, that’s what he does.” Parker has come a long way from his rookie season as a 19-year-old point guard who openly defied

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San Antonio’s Tony Parker (9) goes up against Golden State’s Jarrett Jack during the Spurs’ 94-82 victory in Game 6 of their Western Conference semifinal series in Oakland, Calif. on Thursday. The Spurs won the series will take on Memphis for the right to go to the NBA finals.

Popovich’s orders at times. The ultimate sign of his development is the trust Popovich now places in him. “I’ll call something, and he’ll call it off if he sees something different,” Popovich told the San Antonio Express-News last season. “I’ll let him go with it. He’s earned that.” That trust was earned the hard way after the Spurs drafted Parker with the 28th pick in 2001. Google “Popovich yelling at Parker” and there are about 1,020,000 results. His time in San Antonio got off to a rocky start, according to Yahoo! Sports’ Johnny Ludden, who covered the Spurs for the Express-News during

Parker’s rookie season. Ludden recalled how Parker once shook off a play Popovich called, leading the notoriously fiery coach to scream for a time out and lambaste the French guard before he even reached the bench. “You know I’m crazy!” Popovich yelled, according to Ludden. “Do that again, and I’ll play Steve Kerr 95 minutes a night if I have to!” Aside from the fact that NBA games are actually only 48 minutes during regulation, Popovich’s message was clear. And Parker has followed suit, leading the Spurs to three NBA titles while guiding them to the playoffs in each of his 12 seasons.

Johnson was clearly the Spurs’ leader when they won their first NBA title in 1999, and Parker has evolved to take over that role. As age and injuries have limited the production of Duncan and Manu Ginobili, Parker has stepped up to become San Antonio’s focal point offensively over the past few seasons. For his career, Parker is averaging 17.1 points, 6.0 assists and 33 minutes. “He’s our generator offensively,” Popovich said. Make no mistake, Popovich still yells at Parker, but the curmudgeonly coach is also as quick to praise him. “I’m really proud of him,” Popovich said after

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NBA PLAYOFFS By The Associated Press CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS (Best-of-7) (x-if necessary) EASTERN CONFERENCE Miami 4, 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: Miami 94, Chicago 91 Indiana 3, New York 2 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: New York 85, Indiana 75 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 4, 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 94, Golden State 82 Memphis 4, Oklahoma City 1 Sunday, May 5: Oklahoma City 93, Memphis 91 Tuesday, May 7: Memphis 99, Oklahoma City 93

Parker was selected to the All-NBA second team last season. “That’s a great accomplishment. He’s my first-team All-NBA selection, personally.” Popovich maintains that stance, saying Parker was the league’s best point guard this season. While much was made about Curry’s emergence as a stellar point guard during the playoffs, it was Parker who hit two key 3-pointers down the stretch Thursday to close out the series. “He made two huge 3s when the game was getting tight and the fans were getting involved,” Ginobili said. “Those were huge. Tony is that type of player. In the last few years he became a

Saturday, May 11: Memphis 87, Oklahoma City 81 Monday, May 13: Memphis 103, Oklahoma City 97, OT Wednesday, May 15: Memphis 88, Oklahoma City 84 CONFERENCE FINALS (Best-of-7) EASTERN CONFERENCE Miami vs. New York OR Indiana Wednesday, May 22: New York OR Indiana at Miami, 8:30 p.m. Friday, May 24: New York OR Indiana at Miami, 8:30 p.m. Sunday, May 26: Miami at New York OR Indiana, 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 28: Miami at New York OR Indiana, 8:30 p.m. x-Thursday, May 30: New York OR Indiana at Miami, 8:30 p.m. x-Saturday, June 1: Miami at New York OR Indiana, 8:30 p.m. x-Monday, June 3: New York OR Indiana at Miami, 8:30 p.m. WESTERN CONFERENCE San Antonio vs. Memphis Sunday, May 19: Memphis at San Antonio, 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 21: Memphis at San Antonio, 9 p.m. Saturday, May 25: San Antonio at Memphis, 9 p.m. Monday, May 27: San Antonio at Memphis, 9 p.m. x-Wednesday, May 29: Memphis at San Antonio, 9 p.m. x-Friday, May 31: San Antonio at Memphis, 9 p.m. x-Sunday, June 2: Memphis at San Antonio, 9 p.m.

player where he can just let things happen and pick things up when it counts.” Now Parker’s focus is earning the franchise’s fifth NBA title and his fourth. San Antonio was in a similar position last season, losing four straight to the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Western Conference finals after winning the first two at home. “We were disappointed last year being up 2 0, having home court, not being able to go to the finals,” Parker said. “It gives us a lot of fuel for this year.” And it could lead to another fiery outburst for Parker.

Pacers not talking about changes, Hill’s status BY MICHAEL MAROT The Associated Press INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Pacers head into Game 6 against the New York Knicks in unfamiliar territory. Point guard George Hill is out with a concussion, NBA rules requiring him to pass a concussion test before he can play again. The Pacers have no idea HILL whether that will come in time for Saturday night’s potential closeout game. Officially, the team says Hill is day-to-day. It’s a sensitive topic around Pacers headquarters, where coaches and players remain hopeful Hill will be back on the court but are preparing as if he won’t be around to help. “Learning about it at the last minute was not ideal,” coach Frank Vogel said. “But as a coach you prepare for those scenarios all the time. If someone gets hurt in the first minute of the game, it’s the same thing, right?” This is not the same thing, and that became evident late Friday afternoon when the NBA posted its concussion protocol on its own web site to clear up any potential discrepancies. Pacers spokesman David Benner instructed reporters to view the protocol because the

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team would not answer questions about it. The policy states that any player diagnosed with a concussion must be held out of all activities until he is symptomfree at rest and they see no “appreciable” difference between the players’ baseline test conducted before the season and the test after the injury. Then the player must prove he is symptomfree as the level of exertion increases. Team doctors can then determine whether the player passes, a decision that must be discussed with Dr. Jeffrey Kutcher, the NBA’s director of the concussion program. The league has not

established a timetable for how long players must sit out before returning because each injury is different. Sometimes, the recovery time is quick. Kobe Bryant, for instance, did not miss a game after breaking his nose and being diagnosed with a concussion in February 2012. Vogel and the Pacers would not provide details of the symptoms Hill felt Thursday, citing federal privacy laws. Vogel did say he was informed of the injury following Thursday’s morning shootaround and found out via text message at 4 p.m. that Hill had been ruled out of the game.

BY TERESA M. WALKER The Associated Press MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Miami Heat have LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. The Spurs have dominated for years with the trio of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili. Now the Memphis Grizzlies, who traded their leading scorer in January, have surged into their first Western Conference finals behind an unlikely Big Three of their own. Marc Gasol still is Pau’s little brother to some. Memphis thought about trading guard Mike Conley, the son of a track star, early in his career. And Memphis is Zach Randolph’s fourth NBA team. “Me, Marc and Zach, we all tried to take the team and put them on our back and say, ‘Hey, this is what we’re going to do. This is what we’ve got to do to be great and get to where we want to go,’” Conley said Friday. “We knew we had to step up, and we all did that.” That they have. The Grizzlies never won a playoff series with Gay on the court. When they beat the Spurs in the first round in 2011, it came with Gay sidelined by an

injury. Even though Memphis traded Gay on Jan. 30 to Toronto in salary-cutting move, he wound up as the Grizzlies’ leading scorer with 17.2 points in the regular season. But the shots Gay took largely have been split among Conley, Gasol and Randolph, and they have helped Memphis win eight of nine playoff games to finish off first the Clippers, then the Thunder. And Memphis is the only team in the NBA this postseason with three scorers in the top 20. Not the Spurs. Not the Heat. Now Conley and Randolph can agree that the trade wound up helping the Grizzlies. “At first, it was some different thoughts, even myself and some of my teammates,” Randolph said. “But after a while, it was, ‘OK, this is our identity. We got an identity. Guys are going to stay in their roles.’ ... It ended up being good.” The Grizzlies settled into their inside-out game with Randolph down low on the block and Gasol out near the free throw line throwing in hooks and his flat-footed jumpers. Conley darts in and around handing off the ball, picking off steals and scoring when needed.


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parody of manly derringdo. It’s not enough to prospect for gold. You have to do it in the Bering Sea. We entertain ourselves watching prospectors, miners, big rig drivers, unhinged exterminators, gun dealers, gun makers, gun-hoarding doomsday preppers, swamp-diving reptile wrestlers, hand-fishing, mud-dwelling catfishgrabbers and other extreme examples of “tough guys on steroids dialing it up to 11 in a death match to the max.” Now this programming virus of male-insecurity infects even the nature documentary genre. It’s hard to listen to the score for “North America” (9 p.m. Sunday, Discovery, TV-PG) and not think you’ve stumbled upon a beer commercial or a superpatriotic pitch for pickup trucks. “North America” is not merely our home continent, but a reflection of some national vitality: “Our spirit, forged in the land.” Whatever the heck that means. While the photography is stunning, the swooning, sweeping camera work is more than slightly bludgeoning and the narration (delivered with suitable gusto by Tom Selleck) often contains the soaring cliches and fake poetry found in an old NFL highlights film. The Rockies aren’t merely grand; they are “the mightiest — where

only the hardiest Americans dare to climb.” Selleck’s talking about mountain goats here. Later, when a baby goat is born, “There’s no time to be afraid.” Scampering and frolicking give way to a severe test. A cute little goat needs to cross a raging stream. Tentative steps give way to a moment where “courage overcomes fear.” If “North America” isn’t tough enough for you, don’t miss “Life Below Zero” (10 p.m. Sunday, National Geographic, TV-14), following a family’s frigid lifestyle in Noorvik, Alaska. It airs right after “Ultimate Survival Alaska” (9 p.m. Sunday, National Geographic, TV-PG), an episode called “River of No Return.” • Musical tributes continue on Sunday with Tracy Morgan hosting the 2013 Billboard Music Awards (9 p.m. Sunday, ABC, TV-14) and “ACM Presents: Tim McGraw’s Superstar Summer Night” (9 p.m. Sunday, CBS).

Saturday’s Highlights • A 14-hour “Warehouse 13” (9 a.m. to 10 p.m., Syfy) marathon. • The physician’s deepest secret revealed on the season finale of “Doctor Who” (8 p.m., BBC America, TV-PG). • Sarah tries to get the Orphans to turn on one another on “Orphan Black” (9 p.m., BBC

America, TV-MA). • Joe Manganiello, Morena Baccarin and Paul F. Tompkins are on “The Nerdist” (11 p.m., BBC America, TV-14).

Sunday’s Season Finales • Scheduled on two hours of “60 Minutes” (CBS): facial recognition software, born in a North Korean prison, Michael Jackson’s collections and artifacts (7 p.m.); thousands embark on a long and often fatal trek from Afghanistan to Sweden, a profile of Taylor Swift (8 p.m.). • Seth MacFarlane guest-voices on “The Simpsons” (8 p.m., Fox, TV-PG). • The shenanigans conclude on “All-Star Celebrity Apprentice” (9 p.m., NBC, TV-PG). • A trip to Vegas ends in a time warp on “Family Guy” (9 p.m., Fox, TV14).

Sunday’s Highlights • Radical theater sends tongues wagging on “Mr. Selfridge” on “Masterpiece Classic” (9 p.m., PBS, TV-PG, check local listings). • Families gather for a King’s Landing wedding on “Game of Thrones” (9 p.m., HBO, TV-MA).

• A budget battle overshadows a birthday party on “Veep” (10 p.m., HBO, TV-MA). • A visitor irks Don on “Mad Men” (10 p.m., AMC, TV-14). • Catherina sends Alexander a tainted gift on “The Borgias” (10 p.m., Showtime, TV-MA). • Tom travels to the coast in search of new secrets about his greatgrandfather on “Family Tree” (10:30 p.m., HBO, TV-MA).

Cult Choice Director Stanley Kubrick turns his clinically cold camera on the white heat of the Vietnam era in the 1987 drama “Full Metal Jacket” (9:45 p.m. Saturday, Encore).

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Home Improvements TW Painting, carpentry & all household needs. Call 803-460-7629. Hodge Roofing Solutions, LLC, Lic.& Bonded. Free Estimates. Also do Vinyl Siding & Seamless Gutters. 803-840-4542

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630 Brutsch Ave Sat & Sun 8-12 baby items, bose speaker system, deep freezer, tool box, desks, trampolene LARGE GARAGE SALE 1st & 3rd Weekend Tables $1 & Up FLEA MARKET BY SHAW AFB

Pets

Electrical Work New & Repair Work Call 803-499-4127

2810 Tindal Rd Fri 9-? Sat 8-? ladder, Misc sundresses, games

Tree Service

BUSINESS SERVICES Electrical Services

Garage, Yard & Estate Sales Youth Fund Raiser sale 910 Windrow Ct Sat 7:30-1 Furniture, Excercise Equip., clothes, TV's, Baked goods & more

Lawn Service

Notice is hereby given that Sokkary Convenience, Inc. intends to apply to the South Carolina Department of Revenue for a license/permit that will allow the sale and OFF premises consumption of Beer & Wine at 10295 Lynches River Rd, Lynchburg, SC. 29080. To object to the issuance of this permit/ license, written protest must be postmarked no later than May 27, 2013. For a protest to be valid, it must be in writing, and should include the following information: (1) the name, address and telephone number of the person filing the protest; (2) the specific reasons why the application should be denied; (3) that the person protesting is willing to attend a hearing (if one is requested by the applicant); (4) that the person protesting resides in the same county where the proposed place of business is located or within five miles of the business; and (5) the name of the applicant and the address of the premises to be licensed. Protests must be mailed to: S.C. Department of Revenue, ATTN: ABL, P.O. Box 125, Columbia, South Carolina 29214; or Faxed to: (803) 896-0110

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Strawberries Richburg Farms HWY 261, Manning, SC 8am-6:30pm M-Sat (803)473-4844

Garage, Yard & Estate Sales 3465 Greenview Pkwy Sat 7-12 Clothes, Handbags, Collectibles, Misc..

Open every wkend. 905-4242

Meadowcroft Subd. Semiannual Community Sale. Sat. May 18th 7am-1pm. 14 Yosemite Circle Sat. 7 am - ? Br & LR furn., TVs, computer desk, misc. 2545 Maidenhair Ln Sat 8-5 Sun 12-4 TV, toys, clothes, Misc items 1380 Britton Rd Sat 8-? Furniture, trampoline, fishing equip., TV's, clothes, Misc 7 Family 1890 Camden Hwy Sat 8-? Great Variety! Hotdogs & drinks for sale also.

Panda's Closet 1961 McCrays Mill Rd. Excluding furn everything in store 50% off. 803-968-6550 MULTI-FAMILY & MOVING 2 CURTISWOOD DR. Off Pinewood Rd. & W. Oakland. Sat 8-12. (NEW ITEMS ADDED TODAY) EVERYTHING MUST GO! Huge Sale 17 S. Sumter St. across from Youngs Mkt (Pinewood). Sat. 7am-? Boats, furn, SS sinks, U/R freezer, Pull BBQ grill, tow dolly, carpet, and much more.

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1745 Camden Road (appx 1 mi from Kmart) Fri 7-5, Sat 7-12, Air Filter System, wheelchair, treadmills, furn., books, jewelry, linens and clothes,

4 X 8 Utility Trailer $295, 18' Tempory saw service pole. $80. 4 X 5 Metal Schafolds $50. Table Saw $65. 847-1069 or 481-9093

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

Craftmans 2 Bin soft Bagger for a 42 in. lawn tractor $250 Call 803-607-9696

Large selection of items ! 30 Tucson Fri 12-7 Sat 7-1 dishes, giftware, Etc...

Vintage Steel Tonka Truck 16x10 1/2 $5.00 Call 469-2689

Established Heating and Air Conditioning Company looking for an experienced sheet metal fabricator and installer. Employer needs to be experienced in sizing and installation for residential and light commercial work. Employer has to have a valid driver's license and personal tools on hand. Great benefits offered and top pay! Apply in person at Hatfield Heating & Air, 1640 Suber St. Sumter

106 Lindley Ave. Furn. Stroller, Car Seats, Hshld itms., Clths & Toys. Fri. & Sat. 6 to 1. 826 Bay Blossom, Sat 7am 1pm. Toddler girl & womens clothes, twin bedding, HH items, current books, lots of misc. Everything must Go! 820 Bay Springs Dr. Sat 7:30 - 2:30. Something for everyone 135 Planters Dr. (Across from the Racetrack on Wedgefield Hwy. Sat 7-12. Desk, TV, home decor, linens, bath/kit misc, hardware, skis, elem. tchg aides, clothes, and much more. 2470 Drexel Dr. Dalzell. Furn., clothes, toys, misc. Fri. 8:30am-12pm. Sat. 7am-2pm 3420 Green View Parkway (Lakewood Links) Near Club House 3 families, Boy's, Womens, Mens clothes, toys, shoes, DVD's, boks, Hallmark ornaments, linens, hshsld misc etc. Sat. 7 am -1 pm.

For Sale or Trade Washers, Dryers, Refrigerators, Stoves. Also new Gas stoves. Guaranteed. 803-464-5439

Expert Tech, New & used heat pumps & A/C. Will install/repair, warranty; Compressor & labor $600. Call 803-968-9549 or 843-992-2364

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Drivers needed Local runs, home nightly. Must have CDL with tanker and hazmat endorsements, Twic card. Clean 10 yr MVR, 2 yrs driving experience and be 25 yrs of age. Call 803-473-6553.

JUNK CARS & BATTERIES, ETC

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ASE mechanic needed. Must know front-end alignments, scan diagnostics, brakes, AC & general repairs. Send resume to: P-317 c/o The Item, PO Box 1677 Sumter SC 29151.

Utility Buildings Assorted Steel Buildings Value discounts as much as 30% Erection info available. Source#18X 800-964-8335

EMPLOYMENT Help Wanted Full-Time Experienced Nail Tech needed for local manning business, send resume to: 41 N Mill St., Manning SC 29102

Sambinos Bistro, 1104 Alice Dr. Hiring FT/PT Exp. Servers, Cooks & dishwashers. Apply in person Mon. - Thurs, between 2-3 & 4:30-6pm or go online to print application at sambinosbistro.com. No phone calls please. The SC Army National Guard wants High School Juniors, Seniors, Grads and GED holders, and Prior Service! Ask about college tuition. Receive paid technical training and more while serving your Country and Community on a part-time basis. Call now for this great opportunity! SFC Jeffrey Hudson 803-427-3104 SSG Lorraine Lordy 803-360-1979

Multi-Family Church Garage Sale, Fortune Corner Store. 3546 S. Darlington Hwy, Mayesville. Corner Raccoon Rd & Hwy 401, Sat 8-1.

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Ortho Assistant needed for busy orthodontic practice. Please send resume to: Sumterorthoresume@yahoo.com.

2br,1ba dpx C/H/A, Stove, Frig, W/D. No Pets/Smoking $500/mo. & dep. req. Call after 10am. 983-8463.

RENTALS

Montreat St: off Miller Rd. 2BR /1BA, appliances, new flooring. No pets. $350/mo + dep. Call 803-316-8105 Accepting Applications Oakland Plantation Apts. 5501 Edgehill Rd 499-2157 2 Br apts. available. Applications accepted Monday, Wednesday & Friday 8am - 4:30pm.

Homes for Sale

Rent To Own: 1425 Morris Way Dr. 3BR/2BA, 1,900 sq ft. fenced yard. sprinkler system, new roof, new carpet. Very spacious. $1,000/mo. 803-236-6067

House For Sale: 2900 sq ft. 4 or 5 bdrms, 3 1//2 bth., 9.4 acres., 700 sq. ft. shop. 2850 N. Main St. 803-983-9179

Mobile Home Rentals

Very nice 4BR/2BA, MH in Dalzell, with fenced yard and furnished. Payments approx $300/mo. Call 803-236-5953

Unfurnished Apartments 2BR/1BA Duplex conv. to Shaw AFB, new appl & flooring. Available 6/1/13 Call 803-968-5627.

REAL ESTATE

For Sale, 4Bed/2Bath, Land, $325/mo. 803-494-5090 3 BR/2BA DW w/appl's, lrg yard. 4045 E. Brewington Rd. $500/mo + $500/sec. dep. Avail now. NO SECT 8, 803-934-6845 or 803-938-3174 16x80 MH, 3BR/2BA, $450mo. + $300 dep. Background check. Call 803-775-0492 lv. msg. Oaklawn MHP: 2 BR M.H.'s, water/sewer/garbage pk-up incl'd. RV parking avail. Call 494-8350

W. Calhoun 2BR/1.5BA, newly renovated, full kitchen, C//H//A. water & W/D incl, $525 month. Prudential 774-7368.

STATEBURG COURTYARD 2 & 3 BRs 803-494-4015

Unfurnished Homes 1056 Wellington Rd. 3BR/1BA all appl's, C/H/A, carport, $625 /mo. Call 803-469-8872.

Iris Winds MHP: 3BR/2BA MH No pets. Ref/dep req'd, $500/mo. Call 803-775-6816, 803-460-9444

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533 Presidential St, 4BR/2.5BA house. $550/mo + $550/dep, 803-840-3043

Resort Rentals

Pinewood Baptist Church has an immediate opening for an admin/ministry assistant. 15-20 hrs per week (flexible schedule). Applicants must have a strong financial background, pass a background check, and be proficient in Quickbooks, Word, Excel, Outlook, and Publisher. Good organization and communication skills required. Send cover letter, resume, and references to webmaster@pinewoodbaptist.org.

2BR/1.5BA, duplex Ceiling fans, carpet/tile flrs, wht kit, stove/fridge, laundry rm, carport, shed, big yard, $600/mo + dep. No Pets. 803-481-8286 lv msg.

Ocean Lakes 2BR/2BA C/H/A Sleeps 8, near ocean, Call 803-773-2438

Attractive & Affordable home in safe area. Min from Shaw. Many extras. No H/A or PETS! $465/mo + $350/dep. Call 803-983-0043

Office Rentals 120 Broad St Office space, Great location, Rent is $495-$695 Agent Owned Call 236-2425

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Lake Marion Nice 3br, 2ba, DW on 2nd row deeded lot near Goat Island Restaurant, large deck, new appl's. $84,900. 843-617-1892

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Manufactured Housing FOR SALE IN MANNING:1465 Herod $350/mo. 1356 Herod Dr. $350/mo. Owner Financing. 803-460-3787 BAD CREDIT OR NO CREDIT? Come try us, we do our own financing. We have 2-3-4-5 bedroom homes. Single and Double Wide homes available. We have a layaway program. For more information, call 843-389-4215. Iris Winds MHP,Sumter Immediate occupancy. 3BR MH. $25,900. Fin. avail. 803-460-9444, 800-996-9540, 803-775-6816

Mobile Home Lots MH Lot For rent $165Mo. Includes water & Sewage off Camden Rd Call 803-983-3121

Land & Lots for Sale Minutes from Walmart/Shaw, 1 acre, utilities, $6,000. 888-774-5720. One Waterfront lot in Forest Lakes S/D in Sumter. Serious inq. only. Call details 803-968-2459

1966 Ford Mustang , poor cdtn 910-215-0474 or 803 229-0503

08 33' BIG COUNTRY 5th wheel-3 slides. Top quality and luxury, thru/out Excellent condition. $10k under NADA. $20K OBO 803-486-1344 1988 JAYCO 35ft fifth wheeler. Excellent condition. Asking $3,200OBO. 803-481-8197

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