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Government seeks $237M in fines, penalties BY BRADEN BUNCH bbunch@theitem.com Tuomey Healthcare System will have to pay more than $237 million in fines and penalties if the judge overseeing its recent federal trial upholds the government’s motion filed Wednesday

against the local hospital. Earlier this month, after a four-week trial, Tuomey was found guilty of violating both Stark Law and the False Claims Act, collecting more than $39.3 million in fraudulent Medicare claims between 2005

and 2009. As a result, the U.S. Department of Justice is seeking $237,454,195. And while the fine officially sought is substantial, the federal government points out in its four-page brief that under the False Claims Act, the amount

is actually the minimum Tuomey can be charged. The total was

calculated by tripling the $39.3 million in Medicare claims the hospital was found to have received unlawfully between 2005 and 2009, as well as a $5,500 penalty for each of those 21,730 false claims. The law calls for a penalty between

$5,500 and $11,000 for each count of fraud. At the same time, the government says in its motion that it is willing to discuss a settlement with Tuomey. “We recognize that the defendant’s resources SEE TUOMEY, PAGE A6

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ABOVE: Bikers escorting the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall to Sumter’s Swan Lake-Iris Gardens pass through Exit 122 off Interstate 95 near Alcolu on Wednesday.

Schedule of Events Today 5:15 p.m. – Ribbon/Crowning of King & Queen Iris, Heath Pavilion 6 to 9 p.m. – Taste at the Gardens with Chief Complaint, Garden Street stage Friday 9 to 11 a.m. – Tuomey Community Health Initiatives, Swan Lake Visitors Center Free health screening, displays 5:30 p.m. – Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall opening ceremony

LEFT: Sumter residents stand in the middle of Liberty Street to greet the Wall as it arrives in Sumter.

ENTERTAINMENT SCHEDULE 1 p.m. — Casey Schultz 2 p.m. — Gene Ray & Co. 3 p.m. — Torn Allegiance 4 p.m. — Johnny Watts 5 p.m. — Eddie Rogers 6 p.m. — Blaine Alan Saturday 9 a.m. — Shrine Day (Iris) Parade 10:45 a.m. — Introduction of festival queens, Main Stage 11 a.m. — Diaper Derby & Parade, Main Stage 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Quick Start Tennis Clinic 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. — SAFE Kids Adventureland, playground, with: Kiwanis Kids Fingerprinting Bike Rodeo 2 to 5 p.m. — Iris Festival Flower Show, Alice Boyle Garden Center 11:30 a.m. — Children’s Pet Show, Heath Pavilion ENTERTAINMENT Noon — Jeremy & Jazz 1 p.m. — Prettier than Matt 2 p.m. — Farpoint 3 p.m. — Robert Gibbs & Mark Sobus 4 p.m. — Lemira Percussion Ensemble 5 p.m. — SEACO Music Guitar Student Showcase 6 p.m. — Unbroken Circle Sunday 3 p.m. – Sumter Civic Chorale, Patriot Hall Featuring live entertainment at the Heath Gardens Main Stage, the Garden Street Stage and the Bland Garden Gazebo. Ongoing Events 10 a.m. — 7 p.m. Friday & Saturday 10 a.m. — 5 p.m. Sunday • Art in the Gardens • Gateway to Gardening • Arts and Crafts/Food Court/Marketplace • Just Kidding Around Children’s Area • Quilts of Valor, closes at 5 p.m. • Head Turners Classic Car Show (Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) • Military Veterans’ Display, closes at 5 p.m. • Sumter Cruisers Show & Shine (Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.) • Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall (until 7 p.m., also open Monday)

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Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall arrives in Sumter BY ROBERT J. BAKER bbaker@theitem.com Sumter resident Jimmy Shuping remembers a time when military veterans weren’t as celebrated as they are today. “When them boys came home from Vietnam, it was ugly,” he said Wednesday. “Just ugly. They weren’t treated with any respect.” Shuping said an escort from Santee to Sumter by more than 300 bikers for the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall, and the greeting from locals along the way, was “the homecoming

these boys listed on this Wall never got.” “I really was crying the whole way,” said Shuping, chaplain for the Christian Riders biker ministry. “It was the perfect welcome home to these guys on the Wall. To just see the people out on the street waving like they were, with the flags and all of that, I’m thankful that I got to be here for that moment.” Barbara Smith Shumpert, who lives on U.S. 521 between Sumter and Manning, decked her yard in Army Strong, Blue Star and American flags. She was inviting friends to her home

as early as four hours before the wall passed by her. “I was humbled to have a small part,” she said. “Humbled by the police who sounded their sirens when they saw us by the road with our flags, (and) humbled by the riders who waved and saluted when they saw (the flags) that we were waving in our driveway.” Shumpert was not alone. People crowded overpasses, driveways and sidewalks from Santee’s rest stop near Exit 98 on Interstate 95 all the SEE WALL, PAGE A8

Crowning, Chief Complaint kick off festival BY JADE ANDERSON janderson@theitem.com The weekend starts early for those interested in attending the 2013 Sumter Iris Festival. The crowning of King and Queen Iris is set for 5:15 p.m. today at the

Heath Pavilion, which is off Garden Street next to Swan Lake. “It’s a real big deal,” said Lynn Kennedy, Iris Festival chairwoman. “It’s the kick off. All six high schools participating will be present. The king and queen receive $500 scholarships while the

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rest of the court receives $100 each.” Students are judged based on their interviews, academics, community activities, school participation and appearance, she said. The ribbon-cutting ceremony follows the crowning. Tickets are required for

the next part, Taste at the Gardens, which will take place at the Garden Street Stage and feature 10 vendors this year, Kennedy said. The cost is $5 to enter and $1 for each food sampling. “It is cash only, please,” SEE FESTIVAL, PAGE A6

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Advanta will bring 30 jobs, $3.5M investment BY SHARRON HALEY sharron@theitem-clarendonsun.com RAM BAY — The economic climate in Clarendon County is heating up with the third new industry announcement since January. Advanta Southeast announced Wednesday that it would be locating in the old LBT Stainless building on Frontage Road off Interstate 95, Exit 115. Advanta’s $3.5 million investment will generate a minimum of 30 semi-skilled and skilled jobs. The three new industries — Swift Green Filters, which announced 60 jobs and a $3.6 million investment; Spirit Pharmaceuticals, which announced nearly 286 jobs and an investment of $11.6 million, and now Advanta — represent more than 375 jobs and an investment of more than $18.5 million for improvements and renovations to three existing facilities. “The county’s unemploy-

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Advanta Southeast, a maker of reusable packaging, announced Wednesday that it will be opening in the former LBT Stainless building on Frontage Road in Ram Bay, less than a mile from the entrance to the Clarendon County Industrial Park. It will bring with it at least 30 jobs and a $3.5 million investment.

ment rate is probably 2.5 points better,” said John Truluck, executive director of the Clarendon County Development Board. “Our March numbers were at 11 percent unemployment. We were 10th highest in the state. I hope that one year from now we’ll be in singledigit figures and located in the middle of the pack statewide.”

When including the 125 new jobs that were added at Georgia-Pacific in the fourth quarter of last year with the three new industries, Clarendon County is definitely on the upswing economically, Truluck added. “I am so excited to add another great company to our list of existing industries in Clarendon County,”

said Truluck. “Advanta is a great company with a unique product, and they will bring back jobs that we lost in the welding and fabricating sector. It will also be great to have activity at a high-profile location again.” Truluck said the company is a “perfect fit” for the old LBT Stainless facility. According to the state Department of Commerce,

the company designs and produces reusable packing solutions for a number of clients, including General Motors, Ford, BMW, Lear and Yamaha, among others. Advanta already has a presence in South Carolina in Duncan and expects the Clarendon facility to begin operations within the next month. “The beauty of this is that Advanta is a great replacement for what was there,” Truluck said of its planned location. “The jobs will be similar including welding and fabricating.” And Advanta will be able to use some of the more than 600 employees who lost their jobs when Federal Mogul and Yanagawa closed their facilities in Clarendon County, he said. Truluck said that while the new industry announcements have come “faster than expected,” he’s certainly happy to welcome them to Clarendon County. “We need the jobs,” he said.

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Lee trustees will select 3 superintendent finalists

Sumter Mayor Joe McElveen signs a proclamation Tuesday declaring May as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. McElveen signed the proclamation surrounded by local “spirits” of the Leather and Lace Motorcycle Club. From left are club members Jan “Polly” Strohecker, Colleen BrownHatton and Sarah Lumley. Leather and Lace is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the international, all-women motorcycle club this year.

The Lee County School District Board of Trustees will hold a called meeting at 6:30 p.m. today at the district annex, 310 Roland St., Bishopville. Trustees will enter executive session to discuss superintendent interviews. They will return to open session to select three superintendent finalists.

Man suspected in 2 killings found dead COLUMBIA — An 86-year-old man suspected of killing two women found in a Westminster home has been found dead at a state mental facility in Columbia. Oconee County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Jimmy Watt on Wednesday confirmed Nicholas Bonelli’s death to the Independent Mail of Anderson.

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Highway Patrol will start annual summer blitz Friday BY BRISTOW MARCHANT bmarchant@theitem.com Drivers this weekend can expect to see the annual increase in traffic on the highways as travelers and their vehicles fill up roadways en route to Memorial Day activities. Also starting Friday, more of those cars will have lights on their roofs. That day, South Carolina Highway Patrol will start its annual summer enforcement blitz, dubbed “100 Deadly Days of Summer.” Drivers will see local law enforcement agencies increasing the numbers of officers on the road for the holiday weekend as well. Highway Patrol’s steppedup enforcement period will run from 6 p.m. Friday to 6 p.m. Monday, with checkpoints set up to search for drinking and driving, seatbelt violations, speeding and reckless driving, identified as the leading causes of fatalities on the state’s roadways.

“It’s not only in Sumter,” agencies will also be out in said Highway Patrol Lance force for the weekend. Cpl. Brent Kelly. “On a lot of Sumter County sheriff’s our major highways, we’re deputies will be set up both going to have saturation enday and nighttime driver’s liforcement. That means extra cense checkpoints across the troopers, radar saturation and county during the weekend, stepped-up DUI enforceaccording to Sheriff Anthony ment.” Dennis. The 100 Deadly Days run “DUI enforcement is the from Memorial Day to Labor main thing we’ll be working Day, usually one of on,” Dennis said, and READ MORE the busiest travel his office also intends times because to increase patrols AAA: 31.2M drivers schools are closed over the weekend. to take Memorial Day and drivers head off “We’ll probably be road trip this year. A4 on vacations or holimost visible on the day getaways. main highways like In 2012, South (U.S.) 378 and 521.” Carolina had 217 fatalities In Lee County, officers from during the 100 Deadly Days, the sheriff’s office and the down from 233 in 2011. In Bishopville and Lynchburg both of the past two years, Me- police departments will be comorial Day weekend has seen ordinating enforcement on the eight fatalities statewide each county’s highways, said Sheriff of those years. Of those 16 Daniel Simon. deaths, eight were not wearing “The main thing we’re a seatbelt, and five out of six going to be focusing on is riding motorcycles were not making sure people are buckwearing a helmet. Two other led up,” Simon said, “and we fatalities were pedestrians. will be enforcing all the traffic Local law enforcement laws as well as drug laws. We

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will schedule highway stops at various locales. We want people to know we will be out patrolling the roads of Lee County.” Likewise, the Clarendon County Traffic Team will also be out alongside Highway Patrol. In Sumter, police will set up checkpoints Thursday, Friday and Saturday at various traffic points across town and also intend to increase patrols in areas with high criminal activity. “You’ll see the most enforcement on primary roadways,” said Staff Sgt. Tony Rivers with Sumter Police Department’s Traffic Division. “Broad Street, Lafayette and Guignard Drive probably have the most collisions just because they have the most traffic. Broad is not only the longest street in the city, but it’s the most heavily trafficked, so the law of averages says that’s where you would see the most wrecks.” While law enforcement offi-

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The winners of the 2013 Iris Festival Pageant are: front row, Tiny Miss Iris, Bella Grey Mosier; middle row, from left, Miss Swan Lake, Chloe Grace Scott; Petite Miss Iris, Keely Millhouse; King Iris, Eli Barrera; Wee Miss Iris, Brynli Moss; back row, from left, Teen Miss Iris, Jordyn Kieffer; Miss Iris, Claudia Watts; Young Miss Iris, Emery Brooks; and Little Miss Iris, Ema Rogers. Winners were selected in the competition on May 18. They will ride in the Shrine Day Parade that begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, after which they will be introduced on the Iris Festival Main Stage.

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City council approves bid for street repaving BY BRISTOW MARCHANT bmarchant@theitem.com A contractor has been selected for repaving work on six city streets. Sumter City Council on Tuesday approved the low bid from Palmetto Corp. of Conway of $236,919.50. Palmetto Corp. will start work on sections of Brown Street, Cherry Street, Farmers Telephone Road, Gulf Avenue, Poinsett Drive and Wall Street using state maintenance funds, called CFunds, which are distributed through the state Department of Transportation. The longest and most expensive of the streets scheduled for repaving is Wall Street, a 2,700foot stretch between Miller Road and South Pike West, which will cost an estimated $70,704.18. The next most expensive paving on the list will cover 1,520 feet of Poinsett Drive between North Main Street and Lafayette Drive, clocking in at $44,395.21. Brown Street will be repaved between Dubose and Stark streets near Morris College, and Farmers Telephone Road will see work from North Pike West to North Wise Drive. Cherry Street between Liberty and Hampton streets will be repaired, and Gulf Avenue will have construction from South Main Street to the city limit. Council also approved a bid from TCO

Construction of Sumter to complete a $116,589 sewer rehabilitation project on Shirer and White streets off North Lafayette Drive. TCO beat out three other bids from locally based construction firms for the city contract. In other business, City Community Development Director Clarence Gaines gave council an update on spending a $310,000 federal block grant. In the past year, Gaines said, funds have paid for the demolition of nine derelict homes and rehabilitation work on nine others. Two low-income families also received home support, and 47 young people got summer jobs through his office’s youth employment program. “Most of them worked in fast food or restaurants,� Gaines told council. “We also had an insurance firm and a law office.� Council members also approved second and final reading of a Planning Department proposal to replace the current way the department collects traffic data so it aligns with the standards used by state transportation officials. Members also approved a lease-purchase agreement to finance the purchase of a fire truck, a knuckle boom truck and a recycling truck at a cost not to exceed $733,000, as well as the annexation into the city of a 2.83-acre parcel of land at 545 Lewis Road.

AAA: 31.2M drivers to take Memorial Day road trip this year BY SCOTT MAYEROWITZ AP Business Writer It’s going to be another busy Memorial Day weekend on the nation’s highways. From Thursday through Monday, 31.2 million Americans will drive 50 miles or more to a beach, campground or other getaway, according to car lobbying group AAA. That’s a small increase from last year but still well short of the record 37.3 million people who drove during the holiday in 2005. Gas will cost slightly more this year. The national average price for a gallon of gasoline has risen 7 cents in the past week to $3.66 and could increase during the weekend. Gas averaged $3.64 last Memorial Day. Still, the price isn’t expected to reach the 2011 Memorial Day average of $3.79. The total number of holiday travelers should decline almost 1 percent to 34.8 million, AAA says, because fewer will choose to fly. AAA estimates that 2.3 million travelers will take to the skies, down 8 percent from last year. “American travelers are experiencing fee fa-

tigue and frustration with everything from higher fares to airport security. As a result, many are choosing road travel,� Robert L. Darbelnet, CEO of AAA, said in a statement. The airline industry’s lobbying group — Airlines for America — said it expects a typical Memorial Day weekend and sees overall summer traffic increasing by 1 percent. The average domestic roundtrip airfare for June, July and August is $421, down $6 or 1.4 percent from last summer, according to the Airlines Reporting Corp., which processes almost half of all airline tickets sold in the U.S. The travel forecast done by IHS Global Insight for AAA — one of the nation’s largest leisure travel agencies — is based on interviews with 306 Americans and factors in estimates about the overall health of the economy. In 2012, AAA underestimated the number of people driving on Memorial Day by 400,000. Part of the reason is that its report is prepared more than a month prior to the holiday.

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Lee Central High School Choir Director Terry Slater leads members of the choir through one of the songs to be performed at the May 30 R&B concert at the school.

Lee Central annual R&B concert this month is also a fun time for the students. “I like to show my kids how BISHOPVILLE — Music is almusic has evolved over the ways in the air at Lee Central years,� Slater said. “My kids learn High School with Choir Director songs that they are not familiar Terry Slater at the helm. with. My alumni come in and The next concert for the Lee help coach them on the songs. Central High School Choir will It’s a lot of fun for the students, feature R&B (rhythm and blues) and it’s great exposure for them.� and will take place at 7 p.m. May Slater said the concert playlist 30 at Lee Central High Auditoriwill include hit songs by Aretha um. Franklin, James Brown, Otis Slater has been Redding, Jackson filling Lee County Five and Michael schools with music WANT TO GO? Jackson. since 1986. His There will be a choirs and bands WHAT: 5th Annual Lee Central special tribute to the have won numerous Rhythm and Blues Concert music of Whitney awards and have WHEN: 7 p.m. May 30 Houston, Slater said. performed on stages COST: $6 Junior Kenya Wilfrom Florida to New WHERE: Lee Central High liams said she will York. School auditorium sing a solo of a 1995 Alumni of Mount PHONE: (803) 413-9945 hit by the group XsPleasant High School cape. and Lee Central High “The name of the join the school choir several song is ‘Understanding,’� she times throughout the year for a said. “I didn’t know the song beconcert. fore, but I love it. It’s been a lot of Slater said these concerts are fun getting ready for this conlearning experiences for his stucert.� dents. The concert will feature Tickets for the concert are $6 hit music from the ’60s to the and will be available at the door. present day. Proceeds will go to the opera“The R&B concert has been tions of the choir. an annual event since 2009,� “We are raising money to go Slater said. “And it’s really grown to New York next year,� Slater in popularity. I expect several said. “We will be going in March hundred people to attend this of 2014 with the University of concert.� South Carolina choir.� Rehearsal for the R&B concert Slater hopes to send 20 of his BY RANDY BURNS Special to The Item

seniors on the New York tour. Williams plans to be one of those seniors. “I can’t wait to go to New York,� she said. Money for field trips is not in the budget, Slater said, and requires fundraisers. “The concerts are learning opportunities for our students,� he said. “And parents and the community love to come to the concerts. And they’re also an opportunity to raise money for our program.� Slater, 48, graduated from Mount Pleasant High School in 1980 and studied music at South Carolina State University. He is also certified as an administrator and counselor but said he has chosen to remain in the classroom. Slater was named in 2012 to the Lee County Arts Council’s Wall of Fame. “I just love music,� he said. “I am doing what I want to be doing. I love playing music, and I love teaching music.� Slater taught chorus and band at Mount Pleasant High School from 1986 until 1999-2000 when the school closed and consolidated with Bishopville High to create Lee Central High. When Lee Central High opened in August 2000, Slater was the school’s music and chorus teacher. He was also the school’s band director for three years, beginning in 2001.

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The Sumter Branch NAACP will meet at 5 p.m. Sunday, May 26, at Orangehill AME Church, 3035 S. Kings Highway, Wedgefield.

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The Sumter Unit of the National Association of Parliamentarians (NAP) will meet at 6:30 p.m. today at the Sumter County Historical Commission, 155 Haynsworth St. Meetings and workshops are designed to assist clubs and businesses conduct orderly, productive meetings through the correct use of parliamentary procedure. Meetings are open to the public and visitors are welcome. Contact Laura LeGrand at (803) 775-0830 or lauralegrand@sc.rr.com.

A St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital trail ride and cookout will be held 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, May 25, at 6850 Pisgah Road, Rembert. Call (803) 432-6212.

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The Shepherd’s Center will offer public information classes 11-11:50 a.m. on Thursdays at 24 Council St. as follows: today, Jennie Geddings, American Red Cross, preparing for a disaster; and May 30, Lt. Don Florence, protecting yourself from scams and scammers.

A Sumter Masonic Temple Fundraiser will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 25, at 215 Alice Drive. There will be hot dogs, french fries, cold drinks and free parking. Call (803) 7209488 for details.

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;At this time we are not prepared to comment on settlement discussions, which by their nature are supposed to be confidential,â&#x20AC;? Chase said. During the recent four-week trial, the Sumter hospital was accused of signing 19 local doctors to lucrative part-time contracts in 2005 in order to ensure they would continue to receive the referral fees associated with those physiciansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; procedures. Paying doctors with a portion of the referral fees a hospital receives creates an illegal kickback under Medicare law, and the government was seeking to recover all of the Medicare claims Tuomey had filed between 2005 and 2009 for procedures performed by

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR More questions arise about health care costs Re: Health care changes needed In response to Dr. Phillip Brandt’s letter to the editor dated May 1, I found it interesting that Dr. Brandt would complain about the bundling aspect of ObamaCare. I am sure someone in government has researched this aspect of the health care and determined there should be some savings. I do not claim to be an authority on health care and can only speak of my own experiences. While I consider myself neither Democrat nor Republican, I believe something must be done to change health care in our country. It is well known that citizens of many other countries receive great health care for a fraction of what we pay in the United States. I applaud the Democrats for trying to make these necessary changes even though as a small business owner it will certainly add to my overhead and cost of doing business. In closing, I would like to ask a series of questions of Dr. Brandt or anyone else in the medical profession who might like to respond. Why would a hospital in Columbia charge my uninsured adult son $3,800 for a CT scan that he could get at In Med for $300? Why would a hospital charge $30,000 for an ER visit when the insurance will only pay a small fraction of that amount? Why do the poorest of our citizens, uninsured or middle class families like my own with high deductible insurance typically pay more than people with great insurance which pays most if not all of their bills? Why if I am paying in cash should I pay 8, 10 or even 20 times more than an insurance company is willing to pay for the same procedure? MIKE COMPTON Sumter

Education is necessary for a great community As high school graduation ceremonies are held, parents and students contemplate the next step. For a community our size we are blessed to have so many options for private and public education, including Morris College, Central Carolina Technical College and University of South Carolina Sumter. The diversity of choices allows wonderful options for our populace. People are the best resource we have. Investing in the education of our people is the best investment we can make to enhance the value of this resource. I call upon the city and county councils to increase support for our two public colleges, Central Carolina Technical College and the University of South Carolina Sumter, in proportion to their enrollment numbers. Education is the foundation of a great

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community, and everyone benefits by having a better educated community. Keeping our high school graduates in local colleges makes sense. Mature students can “learn to earn” while continuing to take care of their families. While colleges with great football teams sound glamorous, many recent grads are not quite ready for that step to complete independence. Sadly, many parents have wasted money on college freshmen who majored in beer and minored in weed at large universities out of town. Students who complete the first years locally are much better prepared to transfer credits for the last two years. They also tend to have less student debt. In addition, many programs lead directly to excellent paying jobs in well-respected occupations, such as nursing, welding, automotive technology, accounting and management, machine tool, computer technology, environmental occupations, air conditioning and heating, engineering graphics and many others. I encourage community groups and individuals to consider scholarships in keeping with their mission statements. Scholarships can change lives forever. Education is a panacea for our community — a permanent remedy for many societal ills. SUSAN M. McMASTER, D.M. Dalzell

Taxpayers won’t accept shoddy road work Oh Mr. Roads Inspector, I sincerely hope you are living in the eastern part of Sumter County and having to use Highway 378. The area being resurfaced between Alligator and Eastern School Road is one of the shoddiest operations I have ever seen. The workmanship has not quite surpassed the work done on Leonard Brown Road but is getting closer. The lanes are uneven, high and low spots everywhere which actually makes the road rougher than it was before the resurfacing. I know this is contracted with SCDOT, I see the business name on the trucks, but I am sure someone in that organization has to inspect the work and then DOT inspects to approve it. I further realize that the lowest bid is accepted to perform the job. However, I also am sure we do not have to and will not accept substandard work. Mr. State Inspector, take a ride at the posted speed limit to the eastern limit and then return to the city on the west bound side and you can easily see it is not acceptable work for the taxpayers’ dollar. I use the roadway often as I do live on the east side of the county so please make the contractor get it right. JIM AUSTIN Sumter

EDITORIAL ROUNDUP Recent editorials from South Carolina newspapers: MAY 19

The Herald of Rock Hill on upgrading state school bus system: The priorities of our state lawmakers are hard to fathom in many aspects of the budgeting process. But it is especially alarming that they don’t care enough about the welfare of our children to provide them with safe school buses. South Carolina’s school bus fleet is the oldest in the nation. Two thirds of its buses are at least 15 years old, and that’s despite the addition of 342 new school buses this school year that replaced models up to 28 years old. In past years, the state has resorted to buying used school buses from other states, including some from Kentucky that were, on average, already 17 years old. In other words, South Carolina bought buses that the people of Kentucky thought were too old for their children to ride in. A bill passed in 2007 required the state to buy enough new school buses — about 480 a year — to replace the entire fleet every 15 years. But with the economic downturn, lawmakers have simply ignored the law every year since it was passed. The state Senate’s 2013-14 budget includes a proposal to buy $15 million worth of new school buses. About $2.75 million of that would come from higher-than-expected state lottery sales. But this barely scratches the surface of the need. Officials with the office of Republican state Superintendent Mick Zais estimate that at least $34 million would be needed to begin a legitimate replacement cycle, and Zais has asked legislators for $46 million in 2013-14. Old buses have fewer safety features than new ones and tend to break down more frequently. Many of them have no operable heating systems. School district maintenance crews often have to scavenge for spare parts for the oldest buses. And because of wear and old age, the buses are less efficient and cost more to run. Granted, maintaining the replacement schedule for buses during the recent recession would have been diffi-

cult. But with higher revenues than expected and the state’s economy on the mend, lawmakers have a responsibility to re-address this serious problem and begin to tackle it in a meaningful way. Allocating a mere $15 million for new buses is well below what is needed to upgrade the bus system. Our children deserve safe, efficient, comfortable buses that will get them to school on time. What could be more important to the state’s future than that? MAY 17

The Morning News of Florence on Graham playing politics: South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham is hard to figure. He’s known as something of a maverick, which is beltway code for not a true blue (or red) partisan, but there he has been the last few months, hammering away at “Benghazi” like a Fox News star. Posturing for his upcoming election, which could very well feature a primary bout against a far right foe? Or, actually standing up for what he believes in? When pondering this topic, we came to a near draw. It certainly makes sense that Graham might be trying to make some political hay in a right-hand field where his harvest is usually fairly weak, but the longer he stays at this the better he looks. The main reason for that, of course, is that the longer the Benghazi thing goes on, the more obvious it becomes that President Obama and company really do have some explaining to do. This isn’t some sinister plot, but there is plenty of evidence of some blatant ... maneuvering that leaves the administration and state department looking foolish and venal. In the face of a horrible crisis, was their first concern really something other than the safety and well-being of American personnel overseas? Graham’s rhetoric once sounded shrill. Now he’s beginning to come across the tough-minded voice of reason. His latest pronouncement, which came in the face of a question about what should be done to shore embassy security overseas, was that first somebody should be held accountable — i.e., fired

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— for what happened in Benghazi. Sounds about right to us. We still think Graham is playing a political card here. Nothing really wrong with that. That’s what politicians do. And in this case he has shown some admirable perseverance that might serve him — and the state he represents — well in the years to come. MAY 21

The Post and Courier of Charleston on celebrating state’s jobless drop as moving in the right direction: Ask someone holding one of the 2,935 new jobs South Carolina added between March and April, and he’ll tell you things are looking up. Ask one of the 174,352 who are still unemployed and he’ll likely have a tale of woe. More work is needed before the economy can be pronounced healthy, but conditions are happily trending that way all across the state. This is the 10th consecutive monthly increase in jobs for South Carolina, and the largest month-to-month drop in the unemployment rate since May 1987. Even those who are still searching for jobs can take heart from the state’s progress. And the Lowcountry’s: Charleston County has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the state at 5.8 percent, Dorchester’s rate is 6.1 percent and Berkeley County’s is 6.3 percent — all better than the state’s 8 percent jobless rate. Gov. Nikki Haley is justifiably enthusiastic. ... In other good news, construction jobs were up 3,000 from a year ago — a welcome sign that consumer confidence is building in the new housing market. Curiously, South Carolina, with its small-government leadership, gained 5,900 government jobs in the past year. South Carolina, with higher unemployment than all but 18 states, still has distance to go to catch up with the nation’s jobless rate of 7.5 percent, which is also decreasing. ... The economic recovery has been painfully slow in the nation and the state, and every month that sees better conditions is a month to celebrate.

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WALL from Page A1 way to West Liberty Street in Sumter to get a glimpse of the trailer carrying the wall and the dedicated bikers and police who escorted it. “It was unbelievable,” said Tech. Sgt. Caleb Nicholas, a member of Chapter 58 of the Green Knights Military Motorcycle Club of Shaw Air Force Base that organized the motorcycles for the event. “I don’t have a final number, but I know we had more than 300 bikes.” Greg Welsh, who transported the Wall from its home in Cocoa, Fla., said it is one of five that travel independently throughout the nation. “I think the turnout was great,” Welsh said. “This one here was built in 2005 and first shown in 2006. I expect we’ve racked up more than 120,000 miles in six to seven years of traveling heavy.” The Wall will be on display from Friday after an opening ceremony at 5:30 p.m. through Monday as one of the centerpieces of the Iris Festival. Welsh said it is a scaleddown version of the Vietnam Memorial Wall from Washington, D.C., and that it will stretch from the Iris Market toward West Liberty Street. He said the 10,000pound Wall is made from aluminum, not stone like its original. “This is our first time in South Carolina, so we’re excited to be here,” he said. Patriot Guard Riders of Charleston’s Gary Sweeny said it was an honor for him to be one of the lead bikes in Wednesday’s procession. Bikers met at Santee’s rest stop about 12:30 p.m. and set off an hour later. They arrived at Swan Lake about 2:45 p.m. “You know, we got this freedom that we have, the one to ride our motorcycles here today, because of those guys on that Wall and all the men who gave their lives in other wars,” said Sweeny, who served in the military from 197173, though not in Vietnam. “It means a lot to me, because not everyone on that Wall has ever returned. We’re here to pay homage to them and let the country know we care about them, and they’re never forgotten.” Staff Sgt. Scott Shinn

is stationed at Shaw Air Force Base and “rode down to Santee” with other military friends. “I’ve never heard of (the Wall) coming through Sumter before, so I thought of the opportunity,” he said. “It’s probably not going to happen but once, so I figure I’d take a ride with it.” Staff Sgt. Kenneth Fearon of the 79th Fighter Squadron at Shaw said “it was good to see the community support what we do in the military and what has been done before.” “I serve in the military now, and I came out today because I want to honor those who came before me,” he said. “It’s pretty amazing to see how everyone came out to support the Wall escort. And it was great to see the vets on the road saluting us and the families waving as well.” Adrienne Kansiewicz was one of those waving supporters. She stood outside Swan Lake with neighbor Beverly LeBlanc as the bikes pulled into the park and back out toward the Sumter County Civic Center. “We came out this morning, and we knew the motorcycles were coming through but not when,” said Kansiewicz, whose husband is stationed at Shaw. “It was really awesome to be able to see it. I’m looking forward to seeing the whole thing this weekend.” So is retired Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Gene Meadows of Sumter. “You get chill bumps just seeing it (the procession and Wall),” he said. “I’m definitely going to come back this weekend.” Retired Air Force Tech. Sgt. Paul Siegel, however, said he will attend both the opening ceremony on Friday and the Memorial Day services on Monday, but he will not look at the Wall. “I knew enough (Vietnam veterans), let’s put it that way, so I don’t go to the Wall,” Siegel said, tearing up. “You cannot explain the raw emotion and feeling when them bikers are coming down the street like that. You cannot explain it. It’s awesome.” Reach Robert J. Baker at (803) 774-1211.

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ARIES (March 21-April is likely to have ulterior the last word in astrology 19): A change in the motives. way you view life and LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): eugenia LAST the type of people you Live in the moment. want to hang out with Have some fun, and will result in personal enjoy the people you’re experimentation, not to mention a life with. Love is highlighted, and doing things lesson. that boost your confidence should be on TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Don’t react your agenda. quickly if someone asks you for something. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Put a little force Take care of your own interests first. Gather behind what you want and you’ll gain all the information you can and offer respect from friends and colleagues. Look solutions that won’t stand in the way of at your costs and budget regarding a work your plans. or domestic project you face. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Lead with your SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Size up your ideas and present what you want to do. situation at home and reevaluate your Your insight, charm and vision will attract relationships with the people you deal with the attention of someone you least expect. daily. Discuss your plans and you’ll find out CANCER (June 21-July 22): Try something quickly who wants to take part and who different or get involved in an event or doesn’t. activity that is unique or will bring you in CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Change the contact with people from different way you do things. Updating your methods backgrounds. Let intuition guide you. and skills will help you stay ahead of any LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Give and take will help competition. A change in location will result you change your life. Don’t let the demands in prospects that are more interesting. someone tries to put on you stand in your AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Don’t get angry; way. A change of location that suits your get busy. You can accomplish a lot if you skills or personality better should be your make personal changes to your image or goal. surroundings. Compliments will follow. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Commence doing PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Plan your day what you plan to do instead of just talking carefully. Putting too much time and effort about it. Don’t allow anyone to stand into a partnership that isn’t built on equality between you and your goals. A love interest should probably be reconsidered.

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MEMORIAL DAY SCHEDULE BANKS — All area banks and credit unions will be closed Monday. GOVERNMENT — The following will be closed Monday: federal government offices; U.S. Postal Service; state government offices; City of Sumter offices; County of Sumter offices; Clarendon County offices; and Lee County Courthouse. SCHOOLS — The following will be closed Monday: Sumter School District; Clarendon School Districts 1, 2 and 3; Lee County Public Schools; Robert E. Lee Academy; Thomas Sumter Academy; Laurence Manning Academy; Sumter Christian School; St. Anne Catholic School; St. Francis Xavier High School; Clarendon Hall; and William Thomas Academy. UTILITIES — Black River Electric Coop. and Farmers Telephone Coop. will be closed Monday. OTHER — The following will be closed Monday: Sumter County Library; Harvin Clarendon County Library; Clemson Extension Services; and the Greater Sumter Chamber of Commerce. All offices of The Item will be closed Monday.

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SPORTS THURSDAY, MAY 23, 2013

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

Wolfpack top Clemson 6-3 in ACC tourney

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Palmetto Pro Open top seed Sally Peers returns a shot to 15-year-old Emerald Able in Peers’ 6-1, 7-5 first-round victory on Wednesday at Palmetto Tennis Center.

Peers fends off Able ‘Lucky loser’ pushes PPO top seed before falling BY DENNIS BRUNSON dennisb@theitem.com No. 1 seed Sally Peers arrived at Palmetto Tennis Center on Wednesday morning expecting to face Kaitlyn McCarthy in her first-round match in the Palmetto Pro Open. Emerald Able arrived at PTC not expecting to play at all. Peers and Able ended up playing each other, finding out that would be the case just a few minutes before the scheduled match after McCarthy pulled out due to an injury. Peers dominated the first set against the 15-year-old Able, but had to work to win the second set, winning the final four

TSA’s Holloman signs with Indians BY MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER mchristopher@theitem.com Thomas Sumter Academy head baseball coach Bill DeLavan jokes that when he first met Matthew Holloman, the word was Hollomon couldn’t hit, but was solid defensively. DeLavan is eating his words now as HOLLOMAN the TSA standout has signed to play basebll at the junior college level for the University of South Carolina Salkehatchie. Holloman, who played multiple positions including catcher, outfield and pitcher, saw the Indians as a good fit for him. “(Salkehatchie head) Coach (Bubba) Dorman is kind-of old-school like Coach DeLavan; he lets you prove yourself down at Salkehatchie,” Holloman said. “He’s going to put you in the lineup, and you’re going to get equal at-bats in the spring and the fall.” Holloman was a constant threat in the middle of the Generals lineup, leading the team with a .571 batting average this season and batted SEE HOLLOMAN, PAGE B5

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games to win the set and the match 6-1, 7-5. “I don’t think it really affected me that much,” Peers said of the switch to Able from McCarthy, who decided to pull out after injuring her back in a doubles match on Tuesday. “I had never played (Able) before, but my focus was on playing my game and doing what I do.” Able, who is from Memphis, Tenn., lost in one of the eight

qualifying matches on Tuesday that determined the final eight spots in the 32-player main draw of the USTA $10,000 women’s pro circuit event. She got her chance in the main draw as what is known as a “lucky loser.” Those are qualifying players who don’t advavnce to the main draw, but stick around until the first round is started in case someone goes down to injury and a player is needed to fill that slot. That’s what happened on Wednesday, and Able was actually twice lucky. Her name wasn’t even the first one drawn, but that player had not SEE PPO, PAGE B3

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DURHAM, N.C. — North Carolina State scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to break a 2-2 as it went on to beat Clemson 6-3 in the Atlantic Coast Conference LEGGETT Baseball Championship on Wednesday at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. The loss dropped No. 14 Clemson to 39-18 on the season, while No. 9 N.C. State improved to 43-13. “They just did a better job hitting with men on base,” said Clemson head coach Jack Leggett said after watching his team manage just one run in a bases-loaded, no-out situation in the sixth, one inning before the Wolfpack got four runs out of a basesloaded situation. Former Thomas Sumter Academy standout Maleeke Gibson had two of Clemson’s eight hits and also scored a run. Garrett Boulware

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had three hits for the Tigers, including a home run. N.C. State is off today, but will be back in action at 11 a.m. on Friday against Miami. Clemson returns to action on Friday as well against North Carolina. Clemson starting pitcher Daniel Gossett, who fell to 9-4 on the season, limited N.C. State to just three hits over the first six innings, but he got himself in trouble with a couple of miscues in the seventh. After left fielder Bryan Adametz opened the inning with a single, Gossett added another base runner when he hit designated hitter Jake Armstrong. “I just lost my command,” Gossett said. “I started leaving balls up, walking people and I hit a guy.”

ACC TOURNAMENT Wednesday (7) Georgia Tech 4, (2) Florida State 3 (6) Virginia Tech 10 (3) Virginia 1 (4) N.C. State 6, (5) Clemson 3 TODAY 11 a.m. -- (3) Virginia vs. (7) Georgia Tech 3 p.m. -- (1) North Carolina vs. (8) Miami 7 p.m. -- (2) Florida State vs. (6) Virginia Tech Friday 11 a.m. -- (4) N.C. State vs. (8) Miami

3 p.m. -- (6) Virginia Tech vs. (7) Georgia Tech 7 p.m. -- (1) North Carolina vs. (5) Clemson Saturday 11 a.m. -- (2) Florida State vs. (3) Virginia 3 p.m. -- (5) Clemson vs. (8) Miami 7 p.m. -- (1) North Carolina vs. (4) N.C. State Sunday 1 p.m. -- ACC Championship

Jarrett, Petty enter NASCAR Hall of Fame BY PETE IACOBELLI The Associated Press CHARLOTTE — NASCAR honored members of its royal families with inductions into the Hall of Fame on Wednes- JARRETT day. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Past champion Maurice Petty, right, is congratulated by brother Richard Dale Jarrett joined faPetty after being named to the next class of inductees to ther Ned in the hall the NASCAR Hall of Fame on Wednesday. and master mechanic

Maurice “Chief” Petty became the fourth member of one of NASCAR’s most successful families to be honored. Maurice joins older brother, “King” Richard Petty; their father, championship driver Lee Petty; and cousin Dale Inman, Richard’s longtime crew chief in the hall. Tim Flock, a twotime premier series champion, also was selected along with

Jack Ingram, who drove to success on what became NASCAR’s Nationwide Series; and Fireball Roberts, the flashy showman from the 1950s who raced to 33 victories before his death in 1964. The group will be inducted into the hall during ceremonies here next January. Ned Jarrett jumped out of his seat and SEE NASCAR, PAGE B2

Woods: Garcia comment hurtful; time to move on BY DOUG FERGUSON The Associated Press Sergio Garcia apologized to Tiger Woods for saying he would serve fried chicken if they were to have dinner at the U.S. Open, an ugly addition to nearly two weeks of verbal sparring. What had been a celebration of European golf at an awards dinner south of London shifted suddenly to a racially sensitive moment in-

volving Woods, the No. 1 golfer in the world and the only player of African-American heritage on the PGA Tour. Garcia said he meant to give a funny answer to a playful question, and it turned out to be “totally stupid and out of place.” “I feel sick about it and I feel truly, truly sorry,” he THE ASSOCIATED PRESS said Wednesday from the BMW PGA ChampionTiger Woods, right, and Sergio Garcia have had a recent war of words. Garcia ship at Wentworth, site of apologized to Woods on Wednesday for saying he would have “fried chicken” at dinner with his rival, a comment that Woods described as hurtful and inapproSEE COMMENT, PAGE B3 priate.


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SCOREBOARD TV, RADIO TODAY 5 a.m. -- Professional Golf: European PGA Tour BMW PGA Championship First Round from Surrey, England (GOLF). 8 a.m. -- Formula One Racing: Monaco Grand Prix Practice from Monaco (GOLF). 10:30 a.m. -- College Baseball: Southeastern Conference Tournament Game from Hoover, Ala. – Alabama vs. Mississippi (SPORTSOUTH). 11 a.m. -- College Baseball: Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament Game from Durham, N.C. – Virgiinia vs. Georgia Tech (FOX SPORTSOUTH). Noon -- Senior PGA Golf: Champions Tour Senior PGA Championship First Round from St. Louis (GOLF). 1 p.m. -- NASCAR Racing: Nationwide Series History 300 Practice from Concord, N.C. (SPEED). 2 p.m. -- College Baseball: Southeastern Conference Tournament Game from Hoover, Ala. (SPORTSOUTH). 3 p.m. -- College Baseball: Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament Game from Durham, N.C. – Miami vs. North Carolina (FOX SPORTSOUTH). 3 p.m. -- PGA Golf: Crowne Plaza Invivtational at Colonial First Round from Fort Worth, Texas (GOLF). 3:30 p.m. -- NASCAR Racing: Sprint Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 Practice from Concord, N.C. (SPEED). 5 p.m. -- NASCAR Racing: Nationwide Series History 300 Practice from Concord, N.C. (SPEED). 5:30 p.m. -- College Baseball: Southeastern Conference Tournament Game from Hoover, Ala. – Arkansas vs. Louisiana State (SPORTSOUTH). 6:05 p.m. – Talk Show: Sports Talk (WPUBFM 102.7, WDXY-FM 105.9, WDXY-AM 1240). 6:30 p.m. -- LPGA Golf: Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic First Round from Paradise Island, Bahamas (GOLF). 7 p.m. -- NHL Hockey: Eastern Conference Playoffs Semifinal Series Game Four -- Boston at New York Rangers (CNBC). 7 p.m. -- College Softball: NCAA Tournament Super Regional Game – Texas A&M at Oklahoma (ESPN). 7 p.m. -- College Baseball: Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament Game from Durham, N.C. – Florida State vs. Virginia Tech (FOX SPORTSOUTH). 7 p.m. -- Major League Baseball: Cleveland at Boston or Baltimore at Toronto (MLB NETWORK). 7 p.m. -- NASCAR Racing: Sprint Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 Pole Qualifying from Concord, N.C. (SPEED). 8 p.m. -- NHL Hockey: Western Conference Playoffs Semifinal Series Game Four -- Chicago at Detroit (NBC SPORTS NETWORK). 8:30 p.m. -- International Soccer: Chelsea vs. Manchester City from St. Louis (ESPN2). 9 p.m. -- College Softball: NCAA Tournament Super Regional Game – Washington at Missouri (ESPN). 9 p.m. -- College Baseball: Southeastern Conference Tournament Game from Hoover, Ala. (SPORTSOUTH). 10:30 p.m. -- NHL Hockey: Western Conference Playoffs Semifinal Series Game Five -St. Louis at Los Angeles (NBC SPORTS NETWORK). 2 p.m. or 9 p.m. – College Baseball: Southeastern Conference Tournament Game from Hoover, Ala. – South Carolina vs. Vanderbilt or Texas A&M (WNKT-FM 107.5).

MLB STANDINGS American League By The Associated Press East Division W L Pct GB New York 28 17 .622 – Boston 27 19 .587 11/2 Baltimore 24 21 .533 4 Tampa Bay 24 21 .533 4 Toronto 18 27 .400 10 Central Division W L Pct GB Cleveland 26 18 .591 – Detroit 24 19 .558 11/2 Kansas City 21 21 .500 4 Chicago 21 23 .477 5 Minnesota 18 25 .419 71/2 West Division W L Pct GB Texas 29 17 .630 – Oakland 25 22 .532 41/2 Seattle 20 26 .435 9 Los Angeles 18 27 .400 101/2 Houston 13 33 .283 16 Tuesday’s Games Detroit 5, Cleveland 1 Baltimore 3, N.Y. Yankees 2, 10 innings Tampa Bay 4, Toronto 3 Atlanta 5, Minnesota 4, 10 innings Oakland 1, Texas 0 Chicago White Sox 3, Boston 1 Kansas City 7, Houston 3 L.A. Angels 12, Seattle 0 Wednesday’s Games Atlanta 8, Minnesota 3 Texas 3, Oakland 1 Tampa Bay at Toronto, 4:37 p.m. Detroit at Cleveland, 7:05 p.m. N.Y. Yankees at Baltimore, 7:05 p.m. Seattle at L.A. Angels, 7:05 p.m. Boston at Chicago White Sox, 8:10 p.m. Kansas City at Houston, 8:10 p.m. Today’s Games Baltimore (Gausman 0-0) at Toronto (Morrow 1-3), 7:07 p.m. Minnesota (Diamond 3-4) at Detroit (Porcello 2-2), 7:08 p.m. Cleveland (McAllister 3-3) at Boston (Dempster 2-4), 7:10 p.m. L.A. Angels (Blanton 0-7) at Kansas City (E.Santana 3-3), 8:10 p.m. Friday’s Games Baltimore at Toronto, 7:07 p.m. Minnesota at Detroit, 7:08 p.m. Cleveland at Boston, 7:10 p.m. N.Y. Yankees at Tampa Bay, 7:10 p.m. L.A. Angels at Kansas City, 8:10 p.m. Miami at Chicago White Sox, 8:10 p.m.

| Oakland at Houston, 8:10 p.m. Texas at Seattle, 10:10 p.m. National League By The Associated Press East Division W L Pct GB Atlanta 28 18 .609 – Washington 23 23 .500 5 Philadelphia 22 24 .478 6 New York 17 26 .395 91/2 Miami 13 33 .283 15 Central Division W L Pct GB St. Louis 29 16 .644 – Cincinnati 28 18 .609 11/2 Pittsburgh 27 18 .600 2 Chicago 18 26 .409 101/2 Milwaukee 18 26 .409 101/2 West Division W L Pct GB Arizona 26 20 .565 – San Francisco 26 20 .565 – Colorado 25 21 .543 1 San Diego 21 24 .467 41/2 Los Angeles 18 26 .409 7 Tuesday’s Games Pittsburgh 5, Chicago Cubs 4 Cincinnati 4, N.Y. Mets 0 Atlanta 5, Minnesota 4, 10 innings Philadelphia 7, Miami 3 Milwaukee 5, L.A. Dodgers 2 Colorado 5, Arizona 4, 10 innings St. Louis 10, San Diego 2 San Francisco 4, Washington 2, 10 innings Wednesday’s Games Atlanta 8, Minnesota 3 Cincinnati 7, N.Y. Mets 4 L.A. Dodgers 9, Milwaukee 2 Colorado 4, Arizona 1 Washington at San Francisco, 3:45 p.m. Chicago Cubs at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m. Philadelphia at Miami, 7:10 p.m. St. Louis at San Diego, 10:10 p.m. Today’s Games Chicago Cubs (E.Jackson 1-6) at Pittsburgh (J.Gomez 2-0), 12:35 p.m. Friday’s Games Philadelphia at Washington, 7:05 p.m. Atlanta at N.Y. Mets, 7:10 p.m. Chicago Cubs at Cincinnati, 7:10 p.m. Miami at Chicago White Sox, 8:10 p.m. Pittsburgh at Milwaukee, 8:10 p.m. San Diego at Arizona, 9:40 p.m. St. Louis at L.A. Dodgers, 10:10 p.m. Colorado at San Francisco, 10:15 p.m.

NBA PLAYOFFS By The Associated Press CONFERENCE FINALS (Best-of-7; x-if necessary) EASTERN CONFERENCE Miami vs. Indiana Wednesday, May 22: Indiana at Miami, 8:30 p.m. Friday, May 24: Indiana at Miami, 8:30 p.m. Sunday, May 26: Miami at Indiana, 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 28: Miami at Indiana, 8:30 p.m. x-Thursday, May 30: Indiana at Miami, 8:30 p.m. x-Saturday, June 1: Miami at Indiana, 8:30 p.m. x-Monday, June 3: Indiana at Miami, 8:30 p.m. WESTERN CONFERENCE San Antonio 2, Memphis 0 Sunday, May 19: San Antonio 105, Memphis 83 Tuesday, May 21: San Antonio 93, Memphis 89, OT 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.

NHL PLAYOFFS By The Associated Press CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS (Best-of-7; x-if necessary) EASTERN CONFERENCE Pittsburgh 2, Ottawa 1 Tuesday, May 14: Pittsburgh 4, Ottawa 1 Friday, May 17: Pittsburgh 4, Ottawa 3 Sunday, May 19: Ottawa 2, Pittsburgh 1, 2OT Wednesday, May 22: Pittsburgh at Ottawa. 7:30 p.m. 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 3, N.Y. Rangers 0 Thursday, May 16: Boston 3, N.Y. Rangers 2, OT Sunday, May 19: Boston 5, N.Y. Rangers 2 Tuesday, May 21: Boston 2, N.Y. Rangers 1 Thursday, May 23: Boston at N.Y. Rangers, 7 p.m. x-Saturday, May 25: N.Y. Rangers at Boston, 5:30 p.m. x-Monday, May 27: Boston at N.Y. Rangers, TBD x-Wednesday, May 29: N.Y. Rangers at Boston, TBD WESTERN CONFERENCE Detroit 2, Chicago 1 Wednesday, May 15: Chicago 4, Detroit 1 Saturday, May 18: Detroit 4, Chicago 1 Monday, May 20: Detroit 3, Chicago 1 Thursday, May 23: Chicago at Detroit, 8 p.m. Saturday, May 25: Detroit at Chicago, 8 p.m. x-Monday, May 27: Chicago at Detroit, TBD x-Wednesday, May 29: Detroit at Chicago, TBD Los Angeles 2, San Jose 2 Tuesday, May 14: Los Angeles 2, San Jose 0 Thursday, May 16: Los Angeles 4, San Jose 3 Saturday, May 18: San Jose 2, Los Angeles 1, OT Tuesday, May 21: San Jose 2, Los Angeles 1 Thursday, May 23: San Jose at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m. Sunday, May 26: Los Angeles at San Jose, TBD x-Tuesday, May 28: San Jose at Los Angeles, TBD

Gattis’ slam leads Braves past Twins ATLANTA — Evan Gattis kept up an amazing rookie season with his first grand slam, B.J. Upton and Ramiro Pena also homered, and the Atlanta Braves finished off a sweep of the woeful Minnesota Twins with a 8-3 rout on Wednesday. The Braves stretched their winning streak to six games with their second straight series sweep, making things easy for starter Paul Maholm (6-4). The left-hander held the Twins to an unearned run in 7 1-3 innings. With the Braves already leading 4-0, Gattis struck again less than 24 hours after his two-out, pinch-homer in the ninth allowed the Braves to pull out a 5-4 win over the Twins in extra innings. DODGERS BREWERS

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MILWAUKEE — Dodgers manager Don Mattingly criticized his team and benched All-Star right fielder Andre Ethier, then watched Los Angeles beat the Milwaukee Brewers 9-2 Wednesday. REDS METS

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NEW YORK — Brandon Phillips bounced a bizarre double over first base to snap a ninth-inning tie, and the Cincinnati Reds completed a three-game sweep of the struggling New York Mets with a 7-4 victory Wednesday. ROCKIES D-BACKS

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DENVER — Carlos Gonzalez homered and drove in two runs, Jorge De La Rosa pitched effectively into the sixth and the Colorado Rockies beat Arizona 4-1 on Wednesday to take two of three from the Diamondbacks.

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SAN FRANCISCO — Ian Desmond singled in Bryce Harper in the 10th inning, and the Washington Nationals beat the San Francisco Giants 2-1 on Wednesday to avoid a three-game series sweep. AMERICAN LEAGUE RANGERS ATHLETICS

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ARLINGTON, Texas — David Murphy and Adrian Beltre homered in a three-run first inning, Ross Wolf was strong in his first major league start and the Texas Rangers avoided a sweep with a 3-1 victory against the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday. BLUE JAYS RAYS

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Bears LB Urlacher to retire CHICAGO — Brian Urlacher wasn’t sure how dominant he could be any longer, so he’s calling it a career after 13 seasons with the Chicago Bears. And what a career it was: Eight Pro Bowl seasons; Defensive Player of the Year in 2005 A trip to the Super Bowl as 2006 NFC champion. And now, it’s over. The eight-time Pro Bowler announced his retirement through social media accounts Wednesday. Urlacher was the face of the Bears, and he ranks among the best middle linebackers to suit up for a franchise with an impressive list that includes Hall of Famers Bill George, Dick Butkus and Mike Singletary. SUN BELT DELAYS EXPANDING

NEW ORLEANS — The Sun Belt Conference is putting plans to expand to 12 teams on hold, probably until after the 2014 football season, league Commissioner Karl

NASCAR from Page B1 hugged Dale when his name was announced. Dale Jarrett said he was dressed for his son’s graduation party and expected to bolt out once the announcements were made. He was humbled to join the hall. “I’ve always felt like it was an honor and a privilege to drive for NASCAR, and this sport has been such a huge part of the Jarrett life,” Dale said. “Now to be part of something that my father is a part of, it just means the world to me.” Dale, the 1999 Sprint Cup champion, was a three-time winner of the Daytona 500 and is 21st on the career list with 32 victories. He and Ned become

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the third father-son combo in the hall, following Bill France Sr. and Bill France Jr. and Lee and Richard Petty. Ned was part of the 54-person voting panel and told the group earlier Wednesday that his son’s talents should be why he’s elected and not because of his father’s backing. Brian France, NASCAR chairman and CEO, followed that Dale Jarrett’s on-track success made him worthy of inclusion. Maurice Petty was the chief engine builder at Petty Enterprises and supplied the horsepower that led to most of his brother’s record 200 NASCAR wins and seven series championships.

to lead the Americans to a third straight gold medal, a person with knowledge of the decision said Wednesday. Originally expected to step down, Krzyzewski will hold a news conference to confirm his return Thursday at Duke, the person told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because no official announcement has been made. SMITH PICKS JAY-Z’S AGENCY

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Chicago linebacker Brian Urlacher has said he’s retiring after spending 13 seasons with the Bears.

Benson said. Speaking after Wednesday’s conclusion of conference meetings in Destin, Fla., Benson said Sun Belt members are comfortable with having 11 teams in 2014, and do not want to rush to add another

He also made the Petty family four-for-five in NASCAR Hall of Fame votes. Richard was part of the inaugural class enshrined in 2010, Lee went in the following year and Inman in 2012. “It makes me happy because that means all of us are in. So I’m tickled to death with it,” Maurice said. Richard Petty said his younger brother earned his own way into the hall. “He won just as many races as anyone and probably more. He did it in an era where he did all the innovation himself,” Richard said. “He didn’t have a computer or anything else. He just did everything himself. It’s good to see him join Dale and myself.” Flock is 18th on NASCAR’s career victory list with 39. He won series titles in 1952 and

school simply so the conference can hold a championship game for football. COACH K WILL RETURN

Mike Krzyzewski had decided to remain coach of the U.S. men’s Olympic basketball team. Krzyzewski will try

1955. Flock put on a dominant display on the way to his second championship, winning 18 of 39 races that season. Flock died in 1998. Flock received 76 percent of the vote, the highest total of this year’s class. Ingram is considered one of the career greats on what’s become the Nationwide Series. He won three straight series titles from 1972-74 when it was called the Late Model Sportsman Division. When the circuit became the NASCAR Busch Series in 1982, Ingram won the first race and series championship. Ingram added another Busch Series crown in 1985. Roberts was nearly elected last season, losing out on a second, tiebreaking ballot to

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Geno Smith has joined Jay-Z for one big sports and hip-hop collaboration. The New York Jets rookie quarterback has chosen the rap artist’s new Roc Nation Sports to represent him. TEBOW IN AFL?

PHILADELPHIA — Could it be Tebow Time in the Arena Football League? Philadelphia Soul part owner Ron Jaworski said on Wednesday he was serious about his offer to former New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow to join the AFL team. From wire reports

Baker. His nickname came from his pitching arm, but is considered one of the first fan favorites because of his go-forbroke style. The five selected came from a group of 25 nominees. The Hall of Fame said the next three highest vote getters were smalltrack champion Jerry Cook; Joe Weatherly, who won two premier series championships in the early 1960s; and Wendell Scott, the first African-American driver to win on NASCAR’s top series. “All of the nominees will, in my view, one day be in the Hall of Fame,” Brian France said before announcing the five selections. Richard Petty said the entire group of honorees are worthy members of the hall.


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Fifteen-year-old Emerald Able of Memphis, Tenn., hits a serve in her first-round match in the Palmetto Pro Open against Sally Peers on Wednesday at Palmetto Tennis Center. No. 1 seed Peers won 6-1, 7-5.

PPO from Page B1 signed up. She was next on the list and she had an opportunity to play in her first main draw match. “I was practicing when I heard my name called and that I would play,” Able said. “I had just a few minutes to prepare for it. I just tried to tell myself that I can play with these girls.” The first set went the way one might expect as Peers, who is from Australia and ranked No. 408 in the world, rolled to an easy 6-1 victory. The second set wasn’t nearly as easy. Able broke Peers’ serve early and held hers through the first eight games. Able was leading 5-3 and was within three points of winning the set. “I think she was probably a little off finding out so late that she was going to be playing,” Peers said of Able’s performance in the first set. “She played pretty well in the second set.” However, Peers stepped up and took any vivsions of grandeur away from Able. Peers held serve to make it 5-4 and finally broke Able back to make it 5-5;. Peers won her serve again and broke Able won more time to take the set and match. “I was hoping I would be able to get it to the third set,” Able said. “But she (Peers) really stepped up down the stretch and took control.” Peers will face fellow Australian

Maddison Inglis today in the second round. Inglis beat Yukako Noi 6-4, 6-3 on Wednesday. They will play in the second group of matches following the completion of the 10 a.m. matches. The other five seeds who played on Wednesday were victorious as well. No. 3 seed Alexandra Mueller survived a grueling match with 2010 PPO runner-up and ‘11 champion Alexis King 6-7, 7-5, 6-3. Fifth-seeded and 2-time PPO semifinalist Piia Suomalainen took on qualifier Denise Muresan and battled to a 6-2, 7-6(4) victory, No. 6 seed and ‘11 PPO runner-up Brooke Austin defeated Isabella Robbiani 6-0, 6-3, and eighth-seeded Elisabeth Fournier defeated qualifier Jacqueline Wu 6-1, 6-4. The other singles matches saw qualifier Alexandra Starkova get past wild-card Marie Norris 3-6, 6-4, 6-3, qualifier Alexandra Morozova defeat Martina Frantova 6-4, 6-3, qualifier Magdalena Ekert take down Jessica Lawrence 6-3, 6-3 and qualifier Michelle Sammons take care of wildcard Zina Graves 6-0, 6-1. There were only two main draw doubles played on Wednesday. The top-seeded team of Jamie Loeb and Sanaz Marand beat Robbiani and Jainy Scheepens 6-3, 6-3 and Csilla Borsanyi and Katerina Stewart defeated the No. 3 seed team of Fournier and Hiroko Kuwata 6-2, 4-6, 10-7.

GREENVILLE – After being stunned by a two-out, two-run homer by Hector Crespo that tied the game in the top of the ninth, The Citadel headed to the bottom of the inning looking for a hero. They found one in Joe Jackson. The native of nearby Mauldin produced the biggest hit of the seaJACKSON son to date for The Citadel (33-24) when he launched an 0-1 pitch from Taylor Thurber over the wall in left center to give the Bulldogs a 6-5 win over Appalachian State in the opening round of the Southern Conference tournament at Fluor Field in Greenville. The junior catcher continued his remarkable season and sent the Bulldogs into a winner’s bracket game on Friday against the winner of the contest between SoCon regular season champion Western Carolina and Samford. The time of to-

morrow’s game will be determined later today. The home run was Jackson’s 13th of the season and increased his team-leading RBI total to 63. It was also the first time he got a good pitch to see after walking his previous three trips to the plate following a double in the first that gave him 17 in that category. He reached base all five trips to the plate and raised his batting average to .369. Jackson has hit 12 of his 13 home runs and has 43 RBI against SoCon opposition. Earlier in the day, the first team all-conference performer was named as one of 46 semifinalists for the Gregg Olson Award as the “breakout player of the year” in Division I baseball. For several innings it appeared that the Bulldogs would not need late heroics. SoCon Pitcher of the Year Austin Pritcher was lifted with a 4-3 lead and two outs in the fifth after throwing 117 pitches, but The Citadel bullpen which has struggled recently was unhittable over the next 3 2/3 innings.

COMMENT from Page B1 the European Tour’s flagship event. The two golfers have exchanged barbs the last 11 days, dating to the third round of The Players Championship when Garcia implied that Woods purposely stirred up the gallery as the Spaniard was playing a shot. Woods said it was not surprising that Garcia was complaining. Garcia and his Ryder Cup teammates were at a dinner Tuesday night when the emcee, Golf Channel’s Steve Sands, jokingly asked Garcia if he would have Woods over for dinner during the U.S. Open. “We’ll have him round every night,” Garcia replied. “We will serve fried chicken.” The remark was reminiscent of Fuzzy Zoeller’s similar comment about Woods during his record-setting victory in the 1997 Masters,

where Woods became the first player of black heritage to win a major. Garcia issued a statement through the European Tour after the dinner that did not mention Woods by name. He apologized “for any offense that may have been caused” by answering the question with a “silly remark.” “But in no way was the comment meant in a racist manner,” the statement said. Woods responded Wednesday morning with a series of tweets that said: “The comment that was made wasn’t silly. It was wrong, hurtful and clearly inappropriate. I’m confident that there is real regret the remark was made. The Players ended nearly two weeks ago and it’s long past time to move on and talk about golf.”

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Gasping for Air? He saw evidence that older brains were ‘gasping for additional oxygen,’ a condition caused by poor blood circulation. “Insufficient circulation,” says Steiner, “reduces oxygen to the brain, a sign of premature mental decline. This also restricts the supply of critical brain-specific antioxidants and nutrients.” Reduced blood flow has another brainnumbing effect: it slashes the number of neurotransmitters in the brain, the messenger molecules used by the brain to help form thoughts, retrieve memories, and help its owner stay focused and on-task. Fewer neurotransmitters circulating in the brain translates to concentration and memory woes. So, Reynolds and a team of scientists developed a natural, drug-free compound shown in research to prompt aging brains to begin to ‘think and react,’ younger.

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HOOVER, Ala. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Ray Parker pitched eight-plus innings to lead Texas A&M to a 5-0 victory over top-seeded Vanderbilt on Wednesday in the second round of the Southeastern Conference baseball tournament. The Aggies (32-25) produced three solo PARKER homers and Parker made sure it was plenty in the double-elimination tournament. Making his fifth start of the season, Parker (1-1) allowed three hits and walked three while throwing 110 pitches. He left after walking the leadoff batter in the ninth.

pi in the second round of the Southeastern Conference tournament on Wednesday. Jalen Beeks (6-1) pitched two scoreless innings of relief to earn the win for Arkansas. Aaron Greenwood (3-5) took the loss for the Rebels (37-21), who fall into the loserâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bracket.

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HOOVER, Ala. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Cody Glenn pitched seven scoreless innings as LSU beat Alabama 3-0 in the second round of the Southeastern Conference tournament on Wednesday. Glenn (7-2) scattered five hits, walked none and struck out two. Nick Rumbelow and Chris Cotton each worked a scoreless inning of relief to complete the shutout. From wire reports

SEC BASEBALL TOURNAMENT Single Elimination Tuesday Game 1 -- (6) Mississippi 4, (11) Kentucky 1 Game 2 -- (7) Alabama 6, (10) Auburn 3 Game 3 -- (9) Texas A&M 6, (8) Florida 3 Game 4 -- (5) Mississippi State 2, (12) Missouri 1 Double Elimination Wednesday Game 5 -- (3) Arkanasas 2, (6) Mississippi 1 Game 6 -- (2) LSU 3, (7) Alabama 0 Game 7 -- (9) Texas A&M 5, (1) Vanderbilt 0 Game 8 -- (4) South Carolina vs. (5) Mississippi State TODAY Game 9 -- Mississippi vs. Alabama, 10:30 a.m.

Game 10 -- (1) Vanderbilt vs. Loser Game 8, 2 p.m. Game 11 -- (3) Arkansas vs. (2) LSU, 5:30 p.m. Game 12 -- (9) Texas A&M vs. Winner Game 8, 9 p.m. Friday Game 13 -- Winner Game 9 vs. Loser Game 11, 4 p.m. Game 14 -- Winner Game 10 vs. Loser Game 12, 7:30 p.m. Single Elimination Saturday Game 15 -- Winner Game 13 vs. Winner Game 11, 1 p.m. Game 16 -- Winner Game 14 vs. Winner Game 12, 4:30 p.m. Sunday Game 17 -- Winner Game 15 vs. Winner Game 16, 4:30 p.m.

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COLLEGE BASEBALL TOURNAMENTS SOUTHERN CONFERENCE at Fluor Field in Greenville Wednesday Game 1 -- (4) The Citadel 6 (5) Appalachian State 5 Game 2 -- (1) Western Carolina 13, (8) Samford 7 Game 3 -- (6) Furman 10, (3) Elon 1 Game 4 -- (2) College of Charleston vs. (7) Georgia Southern, late Today Game 5 -- Appalachian State vs. Samford, 10 a.m. Game 6 -- Elon vs. Loser Game 4, 1:30 p.m. Game 7 -- (4) The Citadel vs. (1) Western Carolina, 8:30 p.m. Game 8 -- Furman vs. Winner Game 4, 5 p.m. Friday Game 9 -- Loser Game 7 vs. Winner Game 5, 3 p.m. Game 10 -- Loser Game 8 vs. Winner Game 6, 7 p.m. Saturday Game 11 -- Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 9, 10 a.m. Game 12 -- Winner Game 8 vs. Winner Game 10, 1:30 p.m. *Game 13 -- Loser Game 11 vs. Winner Game 11, 5 p.m. *Game 14 -- Loser Game 12 vs. Winner Game 12, 8:30 p.m. Sunday Game 15 -- Championship game, 2 p.m. *If necessary. If Game 13 is not necessary, Game 14 will

begin approximately 40 minutes after the conclusion of Game 12. BIG SOUTH TOURNAMENT at Liberty Baseball Stadium in Lynchburg, Va. Tuesday Game 1 -- (2) Coastal Carolina 6, (7) Longwood 1 Game 2 -- (6) Gardner-Webb 8, (3) High Point 2 Game 3 -- (1) Campbell 4, (8) Charleston Southern 0 Game 4 -- (4) Radford 6, (5) Liberty 3 Wednesday Game 5 -- (7) Longwood 11, High Point 3 Game 6 -- (5) Liberty 2, (8) Charleston Southern 1 Game 7 -- (2) Coastal Carolina 3, (6) Gardner-Webb 2 Game 8 -- (1) Campbell vs. (4) Radford, late Today Game 9 -- Longwood vs. Gardner-Webb, 3 p.m. Game 10 -- Liberty vs. Loser Game 8, 6:30 p.m. Friday Game 11 -- Winner Game 8 vs. Winner Game 9, 10 a.m. Game 12 -- Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 10, 1:30 p.m. Game 13 -- if necessary, 5 p.m. Game 14 -- if necessary, 8:30 p.m. Saturday Championship Game, 4 p.m. ATLANTIC SUN CONFERENCE at Conrad Park in DeLand, Fla.

Wednesday Game 1 -- (4) East Tennessee State 4, (5) Stetson 3 Game 2 -- (1) Mercer 12, (8) USC Upstate 6 Game 3 -- (2) Florida Gulf Coast vs. (7) Kennesaw State, late Game 4 -- (3) North Florida vs. (7) Lipscomb, late Today Game 5 -- Stetson vs. USC Upstate, 10 a.m. Game 6 -- Loser Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4, 1:15 p.m. Game 7 -- East Tennessee State vs. Mercer, 5 p.m. Game 8 -- Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4, 8:15 p.m. Friday Game 9 -- Loser Game 7 vs. Winner Game 5, 3 p.m. Game 10 -- Loser Game 8 vs. Winner Game 6, 7 p.m. Saturday Game 11 -- Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 9, 10 a.m. Game 12 -- Winner Game 8 vs. Winner Game 10, 1:15 p.m. *Game 13 -- Loser Game 11 vs. Winner Game 11, 5 p.m. *Game 14 -- Loser Game 12 vs. Winner Game 12, 8:15 p.m. Sunday Game 15 -- Championship game, 1 p.m. Game 16 -- if necessary, 4:30 p.m. *If necessary. If Game 13 is not necessary, Game 14 will begin approximately 40 minutes after the conclusion of Game 12.

Georgia Tech tops Florida State 4-3 DURHAM, N.C. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; A.J. Murray and Mott Hyde hit back-to-back homers in the top of the ninth inning to help reigning champion Georgia Tech beat Florida State 4-3 on Wednesday in pool play at the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament. The seventh-seeded Yellow Jackets (34-23) led off the ninth with a HYDE pair of groundouts before Murray hit a solo shot to left against reliever Robby Coles to tie the game. Then Hyde followed with another shot to left to stun the second-seeded Seminoles (44-13). Giovanny Alfonzo flied out to left in the bottom of the ninth to end the game for Florida State, with Coles (4-2) taking the loss.

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JOSEPH W. BEAVER Jr. Joseph William Beaver Jr., 78, died Sunday, May 19, 2013, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center. Born May 16, 1935, in Statesville, N.C., he was a son of the late Joseph William Beaver Sr. and Trena BEAVER Warren Beaver Brown. He was a retired auctioneer. Joe Beaver was the essence of a virtuous man. He was always thoughtful and selfless. Joe lived for his children and was always there for his family and friends. He was loved by all and will be missed dearly! We love you Daddy! He is survived by three daughters, Tara Lynn Corbett (Curtis Clark) of Sumter, Tosha Beaver McGrew of Manning and Melanie Jolene Kardis of Matthews, N.C.; two sons, Gary Lee Beaver of Gatlinburg, Tenn., and Lloyd Brett Beaver of BatesburgLeesville; a grandson, Jacob Lane McGrew; a sister; and three brothers. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Wise Drive Nazarene Church with the Rev. Sammy E. Geddings officiating. Memorials may be made to the Joe Beaver Memorial Fund, checks made payable to Lisa T. Beaver, c/o Bank of Clarendon, P.O. Box 520, Manning, SC 29102. Stephens Funeral Home & Crematory, 304 N. Church St., Manning, is in charge of arrangements, (803) 435-2179. www.stephensfuneralhome.org RICHARD E. SUGGS COLUMBIA â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Richard Earl Suggs, 59, died Tuesday, May 21, 2013, surrounded by his loving family. A native of Columbia, he was a son of the late Arthur Mason and Thelma Elliott Suggs. Richard was SUGGS a graduate of A.C. Flora High School and attended Midlands Tech. He worked with his father for many years at Suggs Sales and Service. Upon the passing of his beloved father-in-love, Richard

took over the management and operation of his businesses, Evergreen, Hillside, and Devotion Memorial Gardens. Richard was a wonderful son, brother, husband, father, grandfather and friend. Isle of Palms and Edisto provided the backdrop for many wonderful family gatherings and great times. In addition, he loved swimming, grilling, boating and fishing at the family lake house on Lake Marion in Manning. Most recently, he enjoyed â&#x20AC;&#x153;making memoriesâ&#x20AC;? on a trip to Disney World with his children, grandchildren and his son-in-loveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wonderful family. He had an amazing ability to â&#x20AC;&#x153;fixâ&#x20AC;? just about anything on the face of the Earth. He was an avid supporter of Gamecock football and was a member of Silver Spur Gamecock Club for many years. He was a big man with a big loving heart and gentle soul. He is survived by his devoted wife of 39 years, Gayle Connolly Suggs; his daughter and sonin-love, Margie â&#x20AC;&#x153;Maggieâ&#x20AC;? S. and Christopher E. Santino; and his son and daughter-in-love, Richard Vincent â&#x20AC;&#x153;Vinceâ&#x20AC;? and Kelly Williamson Suggs, all of Columbia. He was â&#x20AC;&#x153;Papaâ&#x20AC;? to his precious grandchildren, Landon and Cole Santino and Abigayle Suggs. Additionally surviving are his stepmother, Lois Culler Suggs of Columbia; four brothers and their families, Arthur Suggs (Laurel) of Columbia, George Suggs of Central, John Suggs (Patti) of Surf City, N.C., and Steve Suggs (Debbie) of Isle of Palms; sister-in-love, Nancy White (Britt) of Columbia and their daughter, Brie. He was a proud uncle to all of his nieces, nephews, great-nieces and greatnephew. He will be greatly missed by his many loving friends and employees. The family wishes to express our heartfelt thanks for the caring touch of his doctors and nurses at S.C. Oncology and especially Palmetto Health Richland MICU during his illness. Special thanks to Dr. Franklin McGuire and his assistants. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m.

Friday at Greenlawn Memorial Park, followed by a celebration of life service at 3 p.m. at Forest Lake Presbyterian Church. The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. today at Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel. Memorials may be made to Forest Lake Presbyterian Church, 6500 N. Trenholm Road, Columbia, SC 29206; Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, 810 Dutch Square Blvd., Suite 114, Columbia, SC 29210; or the American Cancer Society, 128 Stone Mark Lane, Columbia, SC 29210. Please sign the online guestbook at www.dunbarfunerals.com.

OWEN B. FLOYD CONWAY â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Owen B. Floyd, age 51, died on Tuesday, May 21, 2013, at Conway Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete at this time and will be announced by Bullock Funeral Home of Sumter.

MARY C. AVIN CARSON Mary Camilla Avin Carson, 95, widow of James Woodrow Carson Sr., died Wednesday, May 22, 2013, at Sumter East Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born Jan. 18, 1918, in Pinewood, she was a daughter of the late Lucius Edward and Rosa Anna Griffin Avin. She was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church. She was a former member of the Red Cross Volunteers and the Sumter Chapter of the South Carolina Genealogy Society. Survivors include a son, James â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jimmyâ&#x20AC;? Woodrow Carson Jr. of Sumter; and one sister, Anna Louise Ward of Sumter. She was preceded in death by five brothers, Perry, Ralph, Edward â&#x20AC;&#x153;Eddie,â&#x20AC;? Oregon â&#x20AC;&#x153;Orrie,â&#x20AC;? and Olin â&#x20AC;&#x153;Olieâ&#x20AC;? Avin; and one sister, Myrtle Broach. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Chapel of Elmore Hill McCreight Funeral Home with the Rev. Stuart Mizelle officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Memorial

Park cemetery. Nephews will serve as pallbearers. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Elmore Hill McCreight Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Westminster Presbyterian Church, 230 Alice Drive, Sumter, SC 29150 or to the American Red Cross, 1155 N. Guignard Drive, Sumter, SC 29150. Online condolences may be sent to www. sumterfunerals.com. Elmore Hill McCreight Funeral Home & Crematory, 221 Broad St., Sumter, is in charge of the arrangements, (803) 775-9386.

JULIA W. McDONALD Julia Bernice Wilder McDonald passed away on the evening of May 19, 2013, at the age of 98 years. She was born Aug. 5, 1914, in Sumter, to the late Julian Diggs Wilder and Winifred Atkinson Wilder. She died of natural causes and was surrounded by people who loved and cared for her. She was a loving homemaker; worked as a civilian employee at Shaw Air Force Base; and later was part owner and manager of Schwartz Dress Shop in downtown Sumter with her sister for many years. She is survived by her grandson, Alva Daniel McDonald of Melbourne, Fla.; granddaughter, Julie Anne Switzer (Kevin) and great-grandson Nathaniel, of Tallahassee, Fla.; nephew, Robert W. Wilder (Dea) of Sumter; and grandnieces, Wayne Marie Wilder Lynch (Albert), Julie Wilder Marshall (Patrick) and DeDe Wilder Ethridge (Robbie). She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Alva Dixon McDonald; son, Alva Julian McDonald; three brothers, James Wilder, Marion Wilder and Francis Wilder; and a sister, Kathryn W. Tate. A graveside funeral service and burial will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Sumter Cemetery. The family will re-

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MATTIE M. JENKINS Mattie M. Jenkins, 92, widow of George P. Jenkins, died Tuesday, May 21, 2013, at Sumter Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born in Sumter County, she was a daughter of Esaw and Evelyn English Pollard. The family will receive friends and relatives at the home of her daughter, Mattie Jenkins, 4520 Dawson Road, Rembert. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Williams Funeral Home Inc. of Sumter.

MARGARET M. GRIMSBY FLORENCE â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Margaret McLamb Grimsby, 84, of Florence, died Tuesday, May 21, 2013, at Carolinas Hospital System in Florence. She was born in Clinton, N.C., a daughter of the late Handy Minson and Johnnie Mae Lee McLamb Joslyn. She attended Edmunds High School in Sumter. She was a longtime resident of Sumter, the Greenville area and Florence. She was retired from the S.C. Department of Social Services. Margaret was a member of the Red Hat Society of Florence, the Senior Circle at Carolinas Hospital, a supporter of the Florence Little Theatre, and was active in other civic and social organizations. Mrs. Grimbsy was predeceased by her parents and a brother, Nathan W. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Samâ&#x20AC;? McLamb. She is survived by two nieces, Patty Sue M. (Tim) Jemison of Myrtle Beach and Peggy M. (Joey) Baroody of Columbia; and one nephew, Jerry S. (Betty) McLamb of Simpsonville. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday in the mausoleum chapel of Mt. Hope Cemetery, directed by Cain Funeral Home. The family will receive friends immediately following the service. A private entombment will follow in the cemetery. Memorials may be made to a charity of oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s choice. Cain Funeral Home of Florence is in charge of arrangements. An online condolences page can be found at www.cainfuneralhome.com.

ROSE MARIE D. SINKLER Rose Marie Davis Sinkler, wife of Corey Sinkler, entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, May 21, 2013, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center. She was born July 8, 1962, in Sumter, a daughter of Rosa Lee Walters Davis and the late James Lee Davis. The family is receiving visitors at the home, 245 Kingsbury Drive, Sumter. Funeral services will be announced by Community Funeral Home of Sumter.

GEORGE R. ABRAM George Randolph Abram, 56, departed this life on May 22, 2013, at Carolinas Hospital System-Marion. He was born Sept. 19, 1956, in Sumter County, a son of the late Rebecca Abram. Funeral plans are incomplete and will be announced later by Jobâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mortuary Inc. of Sumter. The family is receiving friends at the home of his sister, Annette Glover, 4880 Cotton Acres Road, Sumter, SC 29153.

HENRY CROOM Henry Croom, 89, husband of Inez Gayle Croom, departed this life on Tuesday, May 21, 2013, at his residence. Born July 27, 1923, in Sumter, he was a son of the late Frank and Emmaline Howard Croom. The family is receiving friends at the home, 7065 Garners Ferry Road, Sumter, SC 29154. Funeral plans are incomplete and will be announced later by Jobâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mortuary Inc., 312 S. Main St., Sumter.

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Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pretty much a complete hitter, but there are things heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have to clean up.â&#x20AC;? Perhaps what held Holloman back to some degree was the fact he had to bounce around from position to position.

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TW Painting, carpentry & all household needs. Call 803-460-7629. Concrete Driveways, Patios, Sidewalks & more. 803-934-6692 WWW.LGDIRTBUSTERS.COM Hodge Roofing Solutions, LLC, Lic.& Bonded. Free Estimates. Also do Vinyl Siding & Seamless Gutters. 803-840-4542 Professional Remodelers Home maintenance,ceramic tile, roofing, siding & windows doors, etc. Lic. & Ins. (Office) 803-692-4084 or (Cell) 803-459-4773

Pets 10 Pom Pups, 5 1/2 week old. $100. Call 803-481-2379, 803-968-6679

MERCHANDISE Auctions

Lawn Service Daniel's Lawn Care •Tree removal/trim •Clean-up jobs •Mowing •Pinestraw Mulch 803-968-4185

ESTATE AUCTION 1465 Morris Way Drive Sumter, SC Furniture, Computers, Stereos, Camo, Much, Much More! Preview times: 5/19/13 from 3-5pm 5/21/13 from 4-7pm

Newman's Lawn & Tree Service Mowing, hedge trimming, Spring clean-up, pinestraw, mulch bedding, tree removal. 803-316-0128

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DIVORCE WITH OR WITHOUT CHILDREN $125. Includes name change and property settlement agreement. SAVE hundreds. Fast and easy. Call 1-888-7165, 24/7.

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Painting Int/Ext Painting, Pressure washing. 30 yrs exp. Ref. Quality work/free est. Call Bennie 468-7592

Absolute Auction - Nice brick house, Richlard County, SC, Saturday, June 1, 11 am - 744 Rosedale Arch, Columbia, SC, 3 br, 2 ba, 2,006 +/- sq. ft. Damon Shortt Real Estate & Auction Group. 877-669-4005 SCAL 2346 www.damonshorttproperties.com

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Lawn / Garden / Nursery Privacy tree 50% OFF FREE shipping & planting, 6 ft Leyland Cypress 79.99, 6 ft Green Giant $99.99. 404-725-7693.

Medical Supplies Wheelchair/removable foot rest/oxygen caddie/inflatable seat cush - new cond. $95. 494-3173

For Sale or Trade Washers, Dryers, Refrigerators, Stoves. Also new Gas stoves. Guaranteed. 803-464-5439 SAVE on Cable TV-internet-digital phone-satellite. you've got a choice! Options from ALL major service providers. Callus to learn more! CALL Today. 866-396-9751. Washer/Dryer pedestal, fits most machines, silver, like new $60 Call 803 775-6473

DISH Network. Starting at $19.99/month (for 12 mos.) & high speed internet starting at $14.95/month (where available). SAVE! Ask about SAME DAY installation! CALL Now! 1-877-617-0765. Like new Heavy cubicle divider. Both sides covered in fabric. (Will deliver), $10. Call 803-773-1078 Expert Tech, New & used heat pumps & A/C. Will install/repair, warranty; Compressor & labor $600. Call 803-968-9549 or 843-992-2364 (5) Borrodrock Rosters, $4.50 each. Call 803-494-2361

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NO TITLE NEEDED Call Gene 934-6734 Utility Buildings Assorted Steel Buildings Value discounts as much as 30% Erection info available. Source#18X 800-964-8335

Help Wanted Full-Time Experienced Nail Tech needed for local manning business, send resume to: 41 N Mill St., Manning SC 29102 Carolina Healthcare Hospice is seeking an Office Manager, RN's and Social Worker. Forward resumes to PO Box 464, Sumter SC 29151 or call 774-4377. 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. Professional Electrical Power Engineer needed to support switchboard design and manufacturing. Please contact Malcolm Brown at 803-773-2409 or send resume to mbrown@carolinapowersystems.com EXPERIENCED Server and Hostess. Reliable, Enthusiastic Outgoing , Positive attitude, Responsible & able to work weekends and holidays. Apply at Simply Southern Bistro 469-8502 Medical Assistant Needed for busy Orthopaedic Office. Experience preferred, computer & typing skills required. Please visit our website at www.DrWoodbury.com Apply by mail or fax: Lakeside Orthopaedic Center 50 E. Hospital St., Manning, SC 29102 Fax, (803)433-5637

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In Memory

Kenneth W. Oliver Oct 10, 1955 - May 23, 2012 One year ago today God took you to heaven. Our life together will not be forgotten. I love you then, I love you now and I will always love you now that you're in heaven. Love Always, Your Loving Wife (Carol), Children & Grand children

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

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Medical Help Wanted COMFORT KEEPERS is looking for an Energetic LPN to perform multiple job duties including home visits for our clients in the community,supervising CNA's in the field, training, performing Assessments and Evals to meet the needs of our clients and to ensure compliance, documentation and regulations are followed as well. Also, this position will be responsible for maintaining a positive and professional image of Comfort Keepers in the Community. Benefits package includes Company car, cell phone, PTO and on call pay to the right candidate. Please email resume to: ck766m@comfortkeepers.com

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