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Mammoth bill heading to conference committee BY BRISTOW MARCHANT bmarchant@theitem.com (803) 774-1272 The bill making a South Carolina mammoth the official state fossil has one month before it faces extinction. A simple proposal originally made by a

New Zion elementary school student has been bogged down in a political fight between the Senate and the House of Representatives since it was introduced earlier this year. Senators refused last week to rescind controversial amendments to the bill that earlier failed to pass the House, and a conference committee is now tasked with

working out a compromise version. “I never thought it would take all this,” said Rep. Robert Ridgeway, D-Manning, who introduced the bill in the House after receiving a request from an 8-year-old girl in

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Will Anderson, a Sumter artist, paints the exterior of Tommy’s Cat House to look like a home. The feline enclosure now takes up part of the gift shop area at the Sumter SPCA. Also, check out our coverage from the SPCA’s “Woofstock 2014: A Music Festival Going to the Dogs!” on page A3.

Cats at the Sumter SPCA now have a new space to stretch out, thanks to a donation in memory of a loved one. Tommy Hawkins, one of the co-founders of Hawkins and Kolb Construction, died in a car wreck in June 2011. “He was well liked and loved,” said Linda Hawkins, his wife of nearly of 30 years. “One of those reasons was he was so kind and generous with charities. His No. 1 favorite charity was the SPCA. He loved animals.” She wanted to do something in his honor. So she went to the Sumter SPCA and asked what was needed. Manager Cindy Cook told her about this idea for a cat

room, and Linda Hawkins readily agreed. Part of the gift shop was converted into a place to showcase the cats, and the outside was painted to look like a home. “You can’t really get to know them when they’re in a cage,” Hawkins said. At any given time, the local SPCA has 30 to 45 cats and kittens, Cook said. She usually puts eight to 14 adult cats in the room at a time or 12 to 14 kittens. “This way they can get more sunshine and fresh air,” Cook said. “They can move around more so it’s healthier for them. They can look out the window (and) chase lizards. The cats in there have a ball, (and) it helps the cats. You can see their personalities better. Clients and customers love to watch them play and interact.” The felines are rotated out on a regular basis except for two that have learned to use the exercise wheel and seem

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Help local letter carriers Stamp Out Hunger BY IVY MOORE ivym@theitem.com (803) 774-1221 Every day on their rounds, many letter carriers deliver mail to homes where there are hungry people, both

young and old. And every year, on the day before Mother’s Day, they take steps to get nourishing food to them. On Saturday, with the help of their postal customers and other concerned citizens in the community, rural carriers

and members of The National Association of Letter Carriers Local Branch 904 will collect food from homes on their regular rounds to be donated to local people who need it most. Statistics about hunger in America are staggering, retired

letter carrier and food drive coordinator David Floyd pointed out. According to the AARP, United Way and the NACL: • 49 million, or 1 in 6, Americans are food insecure;

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Attempted murder suspect accused of providing pot, Xanax to daughter BY BRADEN BUNCH bbunch@theitem.com (803) 774-1201 A 33-year-old Sumter woman already facing an attempted murder charge for her alleged attack on a 23-year-old man last week now faces additional charges of child neglect after investigators accused the suspect of providing marijuana and Xanax to her teenaged daughter for the past seven years. Laura A. Klavon was arrested Friday by the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office and charged with attempted

murder after allegedly attempting to stab a man in the neck with his own knife. According to the sheriff’s office, investigators into the incident now think Klavon established a pattern since 2007 of giving her daughter marijuana and drugs, now 14 years old, to smoke and use while leaving the child either “in the care of irresponsible adults or by herself.” “It’s very frustrating. This is coming from a parent, allowing this and providing this to their own child,” said Lt. Robert Burnish with the sheriff’s office. “What kind of an example are you setting?”

The child, has been removed from the home and, according to reports, placed by the Department of Social Services into the custody of other family members. Investigators also said there are reports the suspect would be verbally abusive and used both drugs and alcohol in front of the child. Burnish said the case is still under investigation, and more charges are possible. Authorities first began investigating Klavon after responding to a domestic dispute Thursday, who allegedly began hitting a man at her home and

then followed him to another location after he tried to flee the scene. Once at the second location, Klavon allegedly hit the man with a metal candlestick, then took a knife from the man and attempted multiple times to stab him in the neck with the weapon. Klavon was released from SumterLee Regional Detention Center on a total of $30,000 bond after a judge set bond for the attempted murder charge at $20,000 and for the criminal neglect charge at $10,000. As a condition of her bond, Klavon was ordered not to have any contact with the victim or the victim’s family.

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BY TYLER SIMPSON tyler@theitem.com (803) 774-1295 A 41-year old Dalzell man faces an attempted murder charge after injuring another man with a knife. Kevin John Floyd, of 7070 Acton Road, was arrested at 5:06 p.m. Sunday after allegedly cutting a man on the right arm FLOYD with a knife at a residence in the 500 block of East Brewington Road. According to the initial report, deputies responded to the residence where they found the victim lying on the ground with a black tourniquet on his right arm and a woman applying pressure to his wound. Witnesses told police Floyd had initially come to the home to get a pickup truck when he got into a fight with the victim. The witness said that Floyd got out of his vehicle, threw a beer at the victim and then pulled out the knife. Reports indicate Floyd chased the victim, who at one point was holding a baseball bat, around the front yard of the residence while saying he was going to kill him. Deputies later located Floyd at his home and detained him. He, along with one of the witnesses, was transported to the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office to be questioned by an investigator. EMS responded to the scene and transported the victim to Tuomey Regional Medical Center. Floyd was arrested at the Sheriff’s Office and transported to Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center to await bond.

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Shari Lynch, computer lab instructor at Alice Drive Elementary School, assists a student using math and reading games to prepare for PASS testing. Lynch recently received the S.C. Parent Teacher Association’s Outstanding Support Staff Member of the Year award.

Computer lab instructor receives state recognition BY RAYTEVIA EVANS revans@theitem.com (803) 774-1214

labels for PTA funding, helped with organizing Halloween events and assisted with technology throughTeachers and administra- out the school. “I was just a volunteer, tors play a huge part in the educational development of and I was the type of parent where I’d be here alyouth, but parents, volunmost every day,” Lynch teers and other school emsaid. So now I support ployees also make a huge teachers in whatever they contribution to students’ need with core curriculum, day-to-day school routine. Shari Lynch, the technol- but if they need something ogy assistant and computer cleaned up, I don’t mind doing that, too.” lab instructor at Alice Lynch spent seven years Drive Elementary School, started as a volunteer when as a volunteer and has been with Alice Drive Elementaher son Jessie attended Alice Drive, and since then ry for 16 years. In that time, her son has graduated and she has worn a lot of hats. runs JT Automotive, and She dedicated her time to her granddaughter is now a being an instrumental student at the elementary member of the Parent school. Lynch’s work inTeacher Association and eventually became a teach- cludes helping students in preparation for PASS tester’s aide for kindergarten before working in the com- ing this week. She consults with teachers to discuss puter lab. curriculum and informaBesides assisting teachtion students need to know ers’ core curriculum with for testing and assist them math and reading games, Lynch has worked with Box using computer programs and games. Tops and Campbell’s Soup

Recently, Lynch received the S.C. Parent Teacher Association’s Outstanding Support Staff Member of the Year award for the district. Alice Drive PTA president Jodi Robbins said Lynch has shown her dedication to the students and to the school over many years and they didn’t have a reason not to nominate her for her outstanding work. Lynch even starts her day with students in mind, often arriving at the school at 6:30 a.m. to assist with the breakfast program. “She’s just an amazing person. It seems like anything PTA needs, she’s there. I never have to ask twice and she doesn’t ask for anything in return,” Robbins said. “She does the same for the school that she does for PTA. She doesn’t do it to gain the fame but because she enjoys the students and being a part of the Alice Drive team.”

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Sumter resident Perez Antwon Brooks, 29, has been arrested and charged with felony DUI resulting in death in connection with a fatal wreck that occurred about 7 a.m. Friday near the 69-mile marker on westbound Interstate 20 in Richland County. A 52-year old Columbia man was reported dead at the scene. Police said the victim was not wearing a seatbelt and was trapped in his 2004 Chrylser SUV. Brooks, who was driving a 2004 Chrysler 4-door sedan, was wearing a seatbelt and sustained minor injuries.

Flow tests set for Wednesday, Thursday The City of Sumter will perform fire hydrant flow tests between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday on Stadium Road, Orvis Street, Stanley Road, Garrison Street, Pinewood Drive, Vintage Court, Warwick Drive, Avalon Drive, Kingsbury Drive and Tanglewood Road. Water customers in the surrounding area may experience temporary discolored water. Direct any questions or concerns to the City of Sumter Public Services Department at (803) 4362558.

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Woofstock raises $10,000 for SPCA BY JIM HILLEY (803) 774-1211 jim@theitem.com Providing an opportunity to listen to several bands, dance on the lawn, bask in the sun or just relax in the shade with their furry friends, the Sumter SPCA hosted “Woofstock 2014: A Music Festival Going to the Dogs!” on Saturday afternoon at the Elaine D. Korn Memorial Center. Gloria Domrese, along with many others, volunteered for the event, selling T-shirts for the 45-year-old organization which works to provide quality care for abandoned, abused and stray animals. “It is going really well,” she said. “It’s a nice day, and everybody is enjoying it. Every year, it gets better and better.” Most people brought along PHOTOS BY JIM HILLEY / THE SUMTER ITEM one or more of their canine pals. Lyndsi Lynch, 9, gives a hug to Mike, as Shari Lynch and Ruth Heater look on at Woofstock 2014 held Sat“This is a nice little festiurday at the Elaine D. Korn Memorial Center.

val,” said Army Capt. Dan Robinson, who attended the festival with his wife, Maj. Erin Robinson, and their two dogs. “It’s for a good cause. The music is good, too.” Jim Fairy, along with several member of the Sumter Enduro Riders Club, was cooking food donated by Piggly Wiggly for the charity event and said so many people were eating, they had to send for more. “It’s great because all the money goes back the Sumter SPCA,” he said. When all was said and done, Cindy Cook with the SPCA said about 350 to 400 people attended the event, which raised an estimated $10,000 to continue the SPCA. Cook said the credit for the enjoyable Saturday should go to the sponsors, bands and volunteers who worked the event. “Without all of them, it wouldn’t have been possible,” Cook said.

4 Way Stop was among the bands who entertained the crowd at Saturday’s music festival.

Boyd Newman and Donna Burress dance to the music of 4 Way Stop at the annual fundraiser for the Sumter SPCA.


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Michele Kelly, above, purchases produce on Saturday from Mike Dellinger of The Farm Store, one of the numerous vendors at the Downtown Sumter Farmer’s Market. Penelope Carter, right, sells baskets woven from pine needles. She said the small pine baskets take about 15 hours to make.

Market offers ‘perfect scenario’ BY JIM HILLEY (803) 774-1211 jim@theitem.com Visitors and vendors at the first Downtown Sumter Farmer’s Market of the season were treated to perfect weather Saturday at the Rotary Centennial Plaza in downtown Sumter. Arts and crafts booths, strawberries, plants, produce and more were all available as shoppers strolled in the morning sunshine. Entertainment and do-it-yourself sessions were also planned at the weekly display of Sumter’s home grown and homemade food, arts and crafts. Michele Kelly said she and her family love coming to the market. “It’s very family friendly, it’s the perfect scenario,” she said after loading up on produce at the Farm Store booth. The market will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each Saturday through at least September.

Organizers said they are expanding the market’s offerings this year. Anyone interested in being a part of the Downtown Sumter Farmers Market can call Leigh Newman, growth and development coordinator for the City of Sumter, at (803) 436-2653.

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High court ruling favors prayer at council meetings BY MARK SHERMAN Associated Press Writer

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A truck drives through an intersection in Clarksburg, West Virginia, on Saturday. In March of 2013, a truck carrying drilling water overturned near the same intersection onto a car driven by Lucretia Mazzei, killing her two sons, 7-year-old Nicholas Mazzei-Saum and his 8-year-old brother Alexander Mazzei-Saum. An analysis of traffic fatalities in the busiest new oil and gas-producing counties in the U.S. shows a sharp rise in deaths that experts say is related to the drilling boom.

Fracking boom has deadly side effect BY JONATHAN FAHEY AND KEVIN BEGOS Associated Press Writers

‘We buried them in the same casket.’

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — Booming production of oil and natural gas has exacted a little-known price on some of the nation’s roads, contributing to a spike in traffic fatalities in states where many streets and highways are choked with large trucks and heavy drilling equipment. An Associated Press analysis of traffic deaths and U.S. census data in six drilling states shows that in some places, fatalities have more than quadrupled since 2004 — a period when most American roads have become much safer even as the population has grown. “We are just so swamped,” said Sheriff Dwayne Villanueva of Karnes County, Texas, where authorities have been overwhelmed by the surge in serious wrecks. The industry acknowledges the problem, and traffic agencies and oil companies say they are taking steps to improve safety. But no one imagines that the risks will be eliminated quickly or easily. “I don’t see it slowing down anytime soon,” Villanueva said. The energy boom, fueled largely by new drilling technology, has created badly needed jobs, lifted local economies and drawn global manufacturers back to the United States. But the traffic wrecks have devastated families: two young boys crushed to death last year by a tanker truck in West Virginia; a Pennsylvania father killed by another tanker in 2011; a 19-year old Texas man fatally injured in 2012

Father of Nicholas Mazzei-Saum and Alexander Mazzei-

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Saum, who were killed when a truck carrying drilling water overturned onto a car driven by their mother. after colliding with a drilling truck on his way to work. A month later, on the same road, three retired teachers died in another collision with a truck. Not all of the crashes involved trucks from drilling projects, and the wrecks have been blamed on both ordinary motorists and heavy equipment drivers. But the frenzy of drilling activity contributes heavily to the flood of traffic of all kinds that has overwhelmed many communities. Crashes often increase when the volume of traffic goes up, whether because of an improving economy, a new shopping mall or more people moving into the area. Still, the number of traffic fatalities in some regions has climbed far faster than the population or the number of miles driven. In North Dakota drilling counties, the population has soared 43 percent during the last decade, while traffic fatalities increased 350 percent. Roads in those counties were nearly twice as deadly per mile driven than the rest of the state. In one Texas drilling district, drivers were 2.5 times more likely to die in a fatal crash per mile driven compared with the statewide average. This boom is different from those of the past because of the hydraulic-fracturing process, which extracts oil and gas by injecting high-pressure

mixtures of water, sand or gravel and chemicals. It requires 2,300 to 4,000 truck trips per well to deliver those fluids. Older drilling techniques needed one-third to one-half as many trips. Another factor is the speed of development. Drilling activity often ramps up too fast for communities to build better roads, install more traffic signals or hire extra police officers to help direct traffic flow. Last year, a truck carrying drilling water in Clarksburg, W.Va., overturned onto a car carrying a mother and her two boys. Both children, 7-year-old Nicholas MazzeiSaum and 8-year-old Alexander, were killed. “We buried them in the same casket,” recalled their father, William Saum. He said his wife, Lucretia Mazzei, has been hospitalized four times during the last year for depression.

WASHINGTON — Prayers that open town council meetings do not violate the Constitution even if they routinely stress Christianity, a divided Supreme Court ruled Monday. The court said in 5-4 decision that the content of the prayers is not significant as long as they do not denigrate non-Christians or proselytize. The ruling by the court’s conservative majority was a victory for the town of Greece, N.Y., outside of Rochester. The Obama administration sided with the town. In 1983, the court upheld an opening prayer in the Nebraska legislature and said that prayer is part of the nation’s fabric, not a violation of the First Amendment. Monday’s ruling was consistent with the earlier one. Justice Anthony Kennedy, writing for the majority, said the prayers are ceremonial and in keeping with the nation’s traditions. “The inclusion of a brief, ceremonial prayer as part of a larger exercise in civic recognition suggests that its purpose and effect are to acknowledge religious leaders and the institutions they represent, rather than to exclude or coerce nonbelievers,” Kennedy said. Justice Elena Kagan, writing for the court’s four liberal justices, said, “I respectfully dissent from the Court’s opinion because I think the Town of Greece’s prayer practices violate that norm of religious equality — the breathtakingly generous constitutional idea that our public institutions belong no less to the Buddhist or Hindu than to the Methodist or Episcopalian.” Kagan said the case differs significantly from the 1983 decision because “Greece’s town meetings involve participation by ordinary citizens, and the invocations given — directly to those citizens — were predominantly sectarian in content.” A federal appeals court in

New York ruled that Greece violated the Constitution by opening nearly every meeting over an 11-year span with prayers that stressed Christianity. From 1999 through 2007, and again from January 2009 through June 2010, every meeting was opened with a Christian-oriented invocation. In 2008, after residents Susan Galloway and Linda Stephens complained, four of 12 meetings were opened by non-Christians, including a Jewish layman, a Wiccan priestess and the chairman of the local Baha’i congregation. A town employee each month selected clerics or lay people by using a local published guide of churches. The guide did not include non-Christian denominations, however. The appeals court found that religious institutions in the town of just under 100,000 people are primarily Christian, and even Galloway and Stephens testified they knew of no non-Christian places of worship there. The two residents filed suit and a trial court ruled in the town’s favor, finding that the town did not intentionally exclude non-Christians. It also said that the content of the prayer was not an issue because there was no desire to proselytize or demean other faiths. But a three-judge panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said that even with the high court’s 1983 ruling, the practice of having one Christian prayer after another amounted to the town’s endorsement of Christianity. Kennedy, however, said judges should not be involved in evaluating the content of prayer because it could lead to legislatures requiring “chaplains to redact the religious content from their message in order to make it acceptable for the public sphere.” He added, “Government may not mandate a civic religion that stifles any but the most generic reference to the sacred any more than it may prescribe a religious orthodoxy.”


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Black Cowboy Festival Children, left, watch cowboys perform during Saturday’s Black Cowboy Festival in Rembert at Greenfield Farms. A cowboy, below, weaves through the poles during a pole racing event. Check out our video about the festival online at http://bit.ly/1ok2RyO. PHOTOS BY MATT WALSH / THE SUMTER ITEM

Cowgirls, above, take a break. The festival was the 18th consecutive year Sandra and Mark Myers hosted the four-day event, turning their working farm into a Western homestead. Mark Meyers, below, cleans up the ring after a show.

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AMC’s ‘Freakshow’ returns with new acts, performers BY KEVIN MCDONOUGH The notion that the lion’s share of television and popular culture belongs in a sideshow has been around for some time. In “Those Were the Days,” the theme song to the iconic 1970s sitcom “All in the Family,” arch-reactionary Archie Bunker longs for a past when, “Freaks were in a circus tent.” Instead, we presume, of sitting in his living room and married to his daughter. Today’s TV viewer may feel the same way about the presence of “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” or the “Real Housewives” of any number of states and cities invading their living rooms. Of course, some do gravitate toward shock-value. And for them, there’s “Freakshow” (10 p.m., AMC, TV-14), now entering its second season. Todd Ray has established quite a family of eccentrics and performers at his Venice Beach establishment. “Freakshow” follows the outlandish nature of their acts and their audiences’ predictable awe. It also wallows in the humdrum, the day-today life of the sword-swallowers, pierced, tattooed, vertically challenged and those who sleep on beds of razor blades. In one scene, Ray describes his business’s explosive growth and wonders just where they’ll all end up next. The next shot features the exterior of a Las Vegas casino. • “Secrets of the Dead” (9 p.m., PBS, TV-PG, check local listings) examines one of the great mysteries of antiquity: The Hanging Gardens of Babylon. Considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the gardens apparently vanished without a trace, leaving no clues or rubble for archaeologists to ponder. Scholars interviewed on tonight’s “Dead” speculate that the long-missing wonder may have left evidence behind, if we know where to look. In fact, some think they may not have been in Babylon at all, and that King Nebuchadnezzar had nothing to do with their construction. More recent digs, some conducted with the aid of satellite technology, relocate the gardens, and the elaborate canal system required to nourish them, to another site in modern Iraq, and date it to nearly

a century before Nebuchadnezzar.

TONIGHT’S SEASON FINALES • Jess and Nick honor a pre-breakup commitment on “New Girl” (9 p.m., Fox, TV-14). • Mindy thinks her life finally resembles a romantic comedy on “The Mindy Project” (9:30 p.m., Fox, TV-14).

TONIGHT’S OTHER HIGHLIGHTS • Will helps plan Marcus’ birthday party “About a Boy” (9 p.m., NBC, TV-PG). • Bubble baths on the sly on “Growing Up Fisher” (9:30 p.m., NBC, TV-PG). • A house divided on “Person of Interest” (10 p.m., CBS, TV14). • Dawson’s plans unravel on “Chicago Fire” (10 p.m., NBC, TV-14). • Molly uncovers some interesting evidence on “Fargo” (10 p.m., FX, TV-MA).

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“Freakshow” begins its second season at 10 p.m. today on AMC. “NCIS” (8 p.m., CBS, TV-14) * Rachel goes into damage-control mode on “Glee” (8 p.m., Fox, TV-14) * Undercover action on “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” (8 p.m., ABC, TVPG) * Tensions mount on “The Originals” (8 p.m., CW, TV-PG) * A military charity event becomes a target on “NCIS: Los Angeles” (9 p.m., CBS, TV-14) * Adam has Jedi knight fever on “The Goldbergs” (9 p.m., ABC, TV-PG) * Castiel has a

job for the boys on “Supernatural” (9 p.m., CW, TV-14) * The high school reunion episode of “Trophy Wife” (9:30 p.m., ABC, TV-PG).

LATE NIGHT Peter Schuck is booked on “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” (11 p.m., Comedy Central) * Dave Franco and Hamilton Leithauser appear on “Conan” (11 p.m., TBS) * Jane Lynch,

Chris Franjola, Heather McDonald and Gary Valentine are booked on “Chelsea Lately” (11 p.m., E!) * Bette Midler is on “The Colbert Report” (11:30 p.m., Comedy Central) * Jon Cryer, Elizabeth Olsen and Foster the People appear on “Late Show With David Letterman” (11:35 p.m., CBS) * Jimmy Fallon welcomes Seth Rogen, Matt Bomer and Coldplay on “The Tonight Show” (11:35 p.m., NBC) * Jon Hamm and Emma Roberts appear on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (11:35 p.m., ABC) * Ellen Page, Lewis Black and Black Label Society visit “Late Night With Seth Meyers” (12:35 a.m., NBC) * Richard Ayoade is on “The Late Late Show” (12:35 a.m., CBS).

CULT CHOICE A student’s accusation spells trouble for her boarding school teachers (Shirley MacLaine and Audrey Hepburn) in the 1961 drama “The Children’s Hour” (8 p.m., TCM), co-starring James Garner. Copyright 2014, United Feature Syndicate


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COMMENTARY

Ennui and self-loathing in This Town

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ASHINGTON — This is the time when Americans renew their hatred of Washington and Washington wallows in a bittersweet cocktail of self-love and self-loathing. Which is to say, this is White House Correspondents’ Association weekend, with the dinner Saturday night amid a galaxy of pre- and after-parties. Attendant to these events is the also-annual handwringing about the dinner’s value. Those questioning, of course, are the media, who create the problem, then examine the problem, then suggest ways to solve the problem (that we don’t really believe is a problem) and then go on to repeat the problem. The rest of the world couldn’t care less about the dinner except perhaps to note that Washington is out of touch with regular Americans and that journalists are too schmoozy with officialdom. Most journalists would agree, but who would want to miss the scholarship awards? Oh, you didn’t know about those? What we all hate most is the attendance of so many celebrities, who undermine the noble purpose of this convocation. Moreover, they tend to make journalists, who have spent considerable time looking their red-carpet best, feel like last week’s tulips. Hence, the popular description Kathleen of Washington as “Hollywood for Parker Ugly People,” and the dinner as the “Nerd Prom.” Not that anyone in the media really feels this way, but it makes everyone feel better to say so, especially in light of the seething wall of protesters gathered each year outside the Washington Hilton. The buzz-killer crowd, however, is quickly forgotten once inside, where an avenue of cameras and lights awaits stars passing along the red carpet. Note to future newbies: Your entrance is upstairs. Otherwise, you risk a probable humiliation that the lights will suddenly go dark and your grand entrance becomes a soul-killing walk of shame past a gantlet of fish-eyed fans of other people. This experience can be helpful, on the other hand, as you summon the requisite pose of perpetual self-awareness. Your thinking should follow this vein: It’s not that you want to go to the dinner. It’s your job to go. Whither goes the president, so go the media. And of course, the media did invite him, as well as all those celebrities we find so disruptive. There’s a circularity to all of this that suggests an apt metaphor. Another handy prompt to self-awareness is being gridlocked among 2,800 overheated people in long gowns and tuxedos as one tries to funnel one’s way toward the escalator to the pre-party area. Standing shoulder to shoulder with Cabinet members and screen stars reminds us that no matter one’s station in life, we all perspire the same. Almost no one present will fail to note his or her ambiguity toward the dinner and the parties that most are dying to attend. There are exceptions to this club-think, notably The New York Times and Tom Brokaw. The Times stopped sending its staffers several years ago, saying the media shouldn’t be partying with people it covers. Brokaw made headlines when he protested the celebrity-driven nature of the evening, specifically following Lindsay Lohan’s overshadowing presence the year before last. He lamented that the purpose of the evening — to allow journalists and politicians to mingle in a lighthearted, relaxed environment — had been hijacked. He was right about the Lohan spectacle. I was standing nearby visiting with Lohan’s hostess, Greta Van Susteren, when none other than Rick Santorum brought his daughters for a snapshot with the starlet. Brokaw is also right about the superficiality and misplaced emphasis of the evening. For this reason, many of us, including Van Susteren, swear we’ll never go again. But since most of us do attend again, I hoped Brokaw might relent and asked him to be my date this year. With his usual blunt charm, he described in delicious detail why he would never again darken the door of the correspondents’ dinner. Feeling shallow and contrite before such superior standards, I feebly offered that I agreed completely, but, you see, I had this dress. “Well,” he said, “If you’d let me wear the dress, I might reconsider.” Oh, how I loathe myself, my lack of will, my willingness to laugh at great jokes, greet friends and eat free food — the real lure for journalists who remember when they were always hungry. Thus, as you are my witness, I vow never again. At least until next time — or Brokaw wears a dress. Kathleen Parker’s email address is kathleenparker@ washpost.com. © 2014, Washington Post Writers Group

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Lawmakers need to speak out on dangers of armed citizens There seems to be a popularly held belief that because CWP (concealed weapon permit) holders are law-abiding citizens, there should be little concern with their being allowed to carry weapons into crowded public venues. For those of us who have confronted armed assailants many times, and who have years of training and experience handling violent situations, the concern isn’t that the CWP holders will initiate the crisis; the concern is that once they are confronted with it, they may well make it worse. There is a reason SWAT teams train continuously and are manned by the very best law enforcement has to offer. Acting coolly and effectively in a chaotic situation, full of terrified people, in a confined space, often at night, is why they train as they do. Those who are licensed to carry a concealed weapon receive only the most basic of training. Because one has the right to stand his or her ground and fight is not to say it is the wise thing to do, and simply because one has the right to carry a weapon does not mean he or she should necessarily use it. The decision as to when one should use deadly force, and the execution of that decision, leaves no room for error, especially when it takes place in a crowd. Being a law-abiding citizen isn’t enough to guarantee the making of a sound decision, and to expect people to react well when thrust into a situation they have never seen before, not trained for, is expecting too much. It is a recipe for bad things to happen. Good intentions don’t guarantee good results, and the more crowded the space, and the more chaotic the situation, the more difficult it becomes to respond effectively. There are certainly scenarios when an armed citizen can prevent injury and death, but there are even more when they won’t. The more crowded the space, and the more violent the scene, the less likely it is they will react appropriately, and therein lies the concern when it comes

to allowing untrained, armed citizens into schools, churches, day care centers, hospitals and restaurants. Regrettably, our state lawmakers understand all of this but lack the political courage to speak out. Apparently their reelection is more important than “standing their ground.” JOHN FORD Sumter

Wages, operation expenses are paid for by consumers I would like to respond to the letter from Jeff Potter from planet Lynchburg concerning the minimum wage law. First of all, all wages and all expenses to operate a business are paid for by the consumer. By the same token, the commercials we watch on TV or read in the newspaper are paid for directly or indirectly by the consumer. Now, if we use Jeff Potter’s logic, if we cut the employee’s wages we can hire more people. Using the same logic, if we don’t pay people at all we could have full employment. The state of South Carolina could be a leader in this country in employee pay and all other things but insists on being at the back of the line and being dragged kicking and screaming into the future. I wouldn’t know where Mr. Potter’s head is at. I would suggest he pull it out and learn about reality. Now that I think about it Mr. Potter, just who do you think pays your wages? Would you venture a guess? Then too, let’s eliminate wages starting with Jeff Potter. LEE INGLE Sumter

Front-page story dooms young man’s candidacy It was most ironic and revealing that on the May 2 edition of The Sumter Item, a story that was meant to portray the dangers and evils of bigotry was accompanied by a story that reminded us all that prejudice and bigotry remain, at minimum, a subtle part of life in the Sumter area. Under a sobering account of a Holocaust memorial at Shaw Air Force Base, readers were presented with another front-page story about a candidate for local political office that has taken pro-gay positions in

his young life. The article on the Holocaust was about victims. The other article, about a young man running for local public office, creates a victim. Splashing the front page with articles that portray this young man, Brian Alston, with a headline that associates him with cross-dressing and gay rights has doomed his candidacy. In the social atmosphere and political climate of South Carolina, any association with gay rights or homosexuality is a kiss of death. Thanks in part to The Sumter Item, any possibility that relevant issues and genuine political discourse would decide this campaign have been minimized. Professional journalists who fill The Sumter Item managerial positions clearly understand that aside from simply reporting the news in a fair and objective manner, the media can have significant impact on public opinion by choosing what stories to report. This “gatekeeper” role, as political scientists like to label it, provides the media with an important and powerful tool. The Sumter Item could have done an endless number of stories on Mr. Alston’s life, but it chose to tell Sumter Item readers about his past associations with groups who advocate gay rights. In fact, the story claims that race is “about to get a lot more attention.” It sure is, thanks to The Sumter Item making this the primary focus of Mr. Alston’s candidacy. I am sure that the frequent and predictable conservative contributors to this page have already begun to prepare an assault upon my comments. But before you quote from Scripture and speak from your sanctimonious pulpits, let me remind you that other remnants of human intolerance, such as white supremacy, slavery, segregation and misogyny, have all been defended under the pretense of faith. TOM O’ HARE Sumter Editor’s note: Because this letter exceeded the 350-word length as stated in our Editorial Page Policies which appears regularly on this page, it can be read in its entirety under Opinion on The Item’s website, www.theitem.com.

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• 16 million, or 1 in 5, children live in food insecure households; • 1 in 7 Americans live below the poverty level; • 9 million adults age 50 and older face the threat of hunger every day; • 4.8 millions senior citizens must choose between paying rent, utilities, medication costs or food each month; and • 1 in 7 Americans rely on SNAP (formerly known as food stamps). Last year, the drive collected 74 million pounds of food nationwide. Of those, more than 43,000 pounds were donated by residents of Sumter County, Bishopville, Manning and Summerton. The letter carriers “make it easy to donate,” Floyd said. “Just put some nonperish- FLOYD able foods in a bag and place it by your mailbox. We’ll pick it up and take it back to the post office.” He advises, “Just pick up a little extra, nourishing food when you do your grocery shopping, or grab some items from your pantry to donate.” Volunteers at the post office will load a trailer provided by Charles Hodge, and on Monday, Hodge will send a truck cab and a volunteer to deliver the food to United Ministries. “United Ministries will share the food with Salvation Army, Emmanuel Soup Kitchen and Christian Charities,” Floyd said. “Bishopville, Rembert, Summerton and Manning all have food closets that will receive food, too.” Foods suggested for donation on Saturday include: • Canned soup; • Canned meats and fish; • Canned vegetables, fruits and juices; • Boxed or bagged goods such as cereal, crackers; • Pasta and rice; and • Pet foods. No expired foods, please, Floyd said. Floyd, who has been coordinating the drive for 20 of its 22 years, will do so for the final time this Saturday. Even though he’s been retired for several years, Floyd has not had the heart to stop before now. “My wife asks me why I’ve kept doing it,” he said. “I tell her it gives you a special feeling to know you’re helping people. It’s amazing how good people in our communities are when it comes to something like this. Moms especially are for anything that’ll help someone in need. That’s why we always have it on the day before Mother’s Day. “I hope we set a new record for the amount of food collected. I’d love to go out with a bang.”

his district. “I thought this would be a cut and dry, up-ordown vote, and then we’d spend this time on what I would think are more important issues.” The controversy over a seemingly straightforward idea, Ridgeway said, “has been a learning experience for me as a freshman legislator.” Clarendon County’s Olivia McConnell got the ball rolling by writing a letter to her state legislators asking the Columbian mammoth, an ancient beast whose remains were first discovered in South Carolina in 1725, be officially named the state fossil. Similar proposals by schoolchildren regularly pass the Legislature without controversy, but Ridgeway’s bill attracted national attention when Sen. Kevin Bryant, R-Anderson, attached religiously inspired language declaring the mammoth “was created on the Sixth Day with the other beasts of the field.” “It went viral,” said Sen. Kevin Johnson, D-Manning, who sponsored the bill in the Senate. “I’ve done interviews with CBS News, the Huffington Post, Reuters. This bill should have gone through easily, then we attached what I think are frivolous amendments.” House members initially passed the bill unanimously, but voted down the Senate version. As much controversy as Bryant’s amendment drew, representatives also objected to a proposal by Sen. Harvey Peeler, R-Gaffney, that would stop the Legislature from naming any new state symbols. “That was controversial because the policy is a legislature can’t do anything to bind a fu-

SPCA FROM PAGE A1 to teach the others how to, she said. But this is not the first Tommy’s Cat House, so to speak. About 10 years ago, it was a cold winter, and Tommy felt bad for the outdoor cats, Linda Hawkins said. So he built a two-story shelter with two rooms on each floor and a light bulb that served as a heater. They called it a “cat motel.” She has been pleased with the new Tommy’s Cat House. “I think it’s beautiful,” Hawkins said. “Tommy would be so happy with it. Tommy blessed my life in so many ways, and I wanted to pass it along. He was a true animal lover. I was inspired by him.” The only difference, she said, is he would have built the home himself. As the local SPCA does not receive funds from the national organization, federal or state funds, this sort of gift is especially appreciated, Cook said. “She wanted to do something in memory of Tommy,” she said. “We really feel special that she thought of us. She could have given to anything. “Tommy was a great guy. He was a big Teddy bear, (and) he loved animals. He would come in and drop $200 on the counter saying, ‘Here. This is for the animals.’” Though SPCA may have been his favorite, and Tommy Hawkins may have been known for giving money, he was also known in certain circles for donating his skill and time. “Among other things, he worked with hospice,” Linda Hawkins said. “He went by and would tell them, ‘if you know somebody that needs something, let me know.’ This one elderly couple were both terminal, and they had a serious leak in their roof. He took a crew and fixed it, and he never told them who he was. As he was leaving, the woman asked to know his name. ‘People just call me Tommy,’ he said.”

TUESDAY, MAY 6, 2014 ture legislature,” Ridgeway said. On Wednesday, Johnson moved that the Senate remove its amendments from the bill and pass it unamended, but senators insisted on the changes and instead a conference committee of both houses has been appointed to hammer out a compromise. That committee could meet as early as this week. Johnson and Ridgeway will both serve on the committee, as will Bryant and Sen. Ross Turner, R-Greenville. The House component is filled out by Bill Hixon, R-Aiken, and Phil Owens, R-Pickens. Ridgeway said he’s spoken with both his colleagues about the mammoth bill but is unsure how they might vote. Johnson expressed confidence in a compromise bill’s chances of passing. “I’m a bit optimistic it will pass out of committee,” he said.

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“I’m thinking it will flow through the House. We just need to get two people from each house to agree.” Both local legislators said they want to see the bill passed to reward the hard work of their young constituent who came up with the idea. “The main thing is that it’s not about mammoths or fossils, it’s about supporting children in their interests,” Ridgeway said. “I hope we can pass a plain bill for the young lady that did all the research,” Johnson said. “My goal is to get it passed and invite Olivia to the signing.” Even if the mammoth bill doesn’t make it through both chambers before the end of the legislative session in June, Ridgeway promises to reintroduce the bill next year. “I’m going to keep fighting for Olivia,” he said.


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AROUND TOWN The Shepherd’s Center will offer free public information sessions 11-11:50 a.m. each Thursday through May 29 at 24 Council St. Scheduled topics / speakers are as follows: May 8, Ford Simmons of the Sumter County Library will provide tips and tricks on using your personal computer or iPad; May 15, Cpl. Eddie Hobbes of the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office will discuss self defense awareness; May 22, Cpl. Eddie Hobbes will discuss home security; and May 29, Carol Boyd will discuss gardening with herbs. Free computer classes will be offered from 4 to 6 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday, May 13-June 5, at S.C. Works, 31 E. Calhoun St. Attendees will learn computer skills, basic emailing, Internet searching and keyboarding skills. Registration is required and space is limited. Call (803) 774-1300. Lincoln High School Class of 1964 will meet at 12:30 p.m. today at South Sumter Resource Center, 337 Manning Ave. Call Frances Woods at (803) 773-3804, Lillie RogersWilson at (803) 775-9088 or Bertha Willis at (803) 7759660. The Lee County Adult Education 2014 Community Involvement Day Fair will be held from 1 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 7, at Lee County Parks & Recreation, 121 E. College St., Bishopville. The Regional Transit Council will meet from 10 to 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 8, at 36 W. Liberty St. The Northside Neighborhood Association will meet from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 8, at the North HOPE Center. The One More Effort Federated Club will meet from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 8, at the Birnie HOPE Center. The Sumter Chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) will meet at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 8, in the Bultman Conference Room at USC Sumter. Administrative professionals are encouraged to attend this meeting. Call Mary Sutton at (803) 938-3760 for information. The Clarendon County Republican Party will meet on Thursday, May 8, at Cornerstone Free Will Baptist Church, 2116 Greeleyville Highway,

Manning. Supper will be served at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Guest speakers will include: South Carolina Treasurer Curtis Loftis; South Carolina Comptroller General Richard Eckstrom; Pat McKinney, candidate for lieutenant governor of South Carolina; Sally Atwater, candidate for superintendent of education of South Carolina; and Republican National Committee representative Hope Walker. The Downtown Sumter Microbrew Festival will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. on Friday, May 9, at Rotary Centennial Plaza. Visit www.sumtermicrobrewfestival.org for further information. The Mary McLeod Bethune Section of the Council of Negro Women will meet at 5 p.m. on Friday, May 9, at Morris College. The Sumter Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 13, at Shiloh-Randolph Manor, 125 W. Bartlette St. Suzie Kearney, management development officer, will speak. Transportation provided within the coverage area. Contact Debra Canty at DebraCanC2@frontier.com or (803) 775-5792 to reserve your gala tables. Call the 24/7 recorded message line at (206) 376-5992. The Pinedale Neighborhood Association will meet at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 15, at the South HOPE Center, 1125 S. Lafayette Drive. T-shirts for the association will be disbursed. Call Ferdinand Burns at (803) 968-4464. The Sumter Combat Veterans Group will meet at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 16, at the South HOPE Center, 1125 S. Lafayette Drive. Lincoln High School Class of 1963 will meet at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 17, at American Legion Post 202, 310 Palmetto St. Plans will be made for the 2015 class reunion, which will be celebrated as the 1960s class reunion of the civil rights era. Call Ferdinand Burns at (803) 968-4464. The Sumter County Veterans Association will hold its annual Memorial Day program at 11 a.m. Monday, May 26, at Mabry Memorial Park, located on U.S. 378 / U.S. 76 just east of Shaw Air Force Base. Retired Maj. Gen. William “Dutch” Holland will speak.

PUBLIC AGENDA SUMTER CITY COUNCIL Today, 5:30 p.m., Sumter Opera House, 21 N. Main St., fourth floor BISHOPVILLE CITY COUNCIL Today, 6:30 p.m., Colclough Building, Council Street

DAILY PLANNER

THE SUMTER ITEM

WEATHER

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AccuWeather® five-day forecast for Sumter TODAY

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TODAY’S SOUTH CAROLINA WEATHER

Gaffney 89/58 Spartanburg 89/58

Greenville 88/58

Columbia 92/59

Temperatures shown on map are today’s highs and tonight’s lows.

IN THE MOUNTAINS

Sumter 91/60

Aiken 91/55

ON THE COAST

Charleston 92/62

Today: Partly sunny, except sunnier in southern parts. High 84 to 92. Wednesday: Mostly sunny; humid in northern parts. High 81 to 90.

LOCAL ALMANAC

LAKE LEVELS

SUMTER THROUGH 4 P.M. YESTERDAY

Today Hi/Lo/W 86/60/s 65/51/pc 91/67/s 62/44/pc 85/67/pc 69/55/pc 81/66/pc 70/48/pc 90/65/s 70/46/pc 86/63/s 64/51/pc 71/54/pc

SUN AND MOON 7 a.m. yest. 357.93 75.55 74.68 97.06

24-hr chg -0.02 -0.17 -0.06 -0.04

Sunrise 6:28 a.m. Moonrise 12:40 p.m.

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

0.00" 0.01" 0.49" 12.58" 15.35" 14.84"

NATIONAL CITIES City Atlanta Chicago Dallas Detroit Houston Los Angeles New Orleans New York Orlando Philadelphia Phoenix San Francisco Wash., DC

Full pool 360 76.8 75.5 100

Lake Murray Marion Moultrie Wateree

94° 61° 79° 54° 94° in 2014 42° in 1957

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Wed. Hi/Lo/W 86/62/s 79/59/t 91/69/pc 69/55/pc 85/71/pc 71/56/pc 82/70/pc 68/51/s 90/66/s 69/53/s 78/64/s 65/51/pc 69/59/pc

Myrtle Beach 85/63

Manning 91/59

Today: Partly sunny and very warm. Winds southwest 6-12 mph. Clear. Wednesday: Partly sunny. Winds southwest 4-8 mph.

Temperature High Low Normal high Normal low Record high Record low

Florence 90/60

Bishopville 92/60

Flood 7 a.m. stage yest. 12 8.45 19 4.05 14 5.27 14 3.49 80 78.39 24 6.57

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AT MYRTLE BEACH

Today Wed.

High 2:37 a.m. 3:24 p.m. 3:28 a.m. 4:18 p.m.

Ht. 2.8 2.5 2.8 2.6

Low 9:46 a.m. 9:56 p.m. 10:35 a.m. 10:54 p.m.

Ht. 0.7 0.9 0.7 0.9

REGIONAL CITIES City Asheville Athens Augusta Beaufort Cape Hatteras Charleston Charlotte Clemson Columbia Darlington Elizabeth City Elizabethtown Fayetteville

Today Hi/Lo/W 83/49/pc 89/58/s 91/55/s 92/64/s 70/58/c 92/62/pc 88/57/pc 88/59/pc 92/59/pc 90/59/pc 68/54/c 88/61/c 89/61/c

Wed. Hi/Lo/W 81/49/pc 89/58/s 91/54/s 90/65/s 71/64/pc 91/64/s 84/57/pc 88/60/s 91/58/s 89/60/pc 71/61/pc 85/63/pc 84/64/pc

Today City Hi/Lo/W Florence 90/60/pc Gainesville 90/60/s Gastonia 88/60/pc Goldsboro 85/60/c Goose Creek 91/62/pc Greensboro 85/59/c Greenville 88/58/pc Hickory 87/57/pc Hilton Head 84/68/s Jacksonville, FL 91/61/s La Grange 86/50/s Macon 89/53/s Marietta 87/59/s

Wed. Hi/Lo/W 89/62/pc 90/63/s 84/59/pc 80/63/pc 90/63/s 80/61/pc 86/59/pc 83/58/pc 82/67/s 91/61/s 86/53/s 88/57/s 86/58/s

Today City Hi/Lo/W Marion 85/55/pc Mt. Pleasant 90/62/pc Myrtle Beach 85/63/pc Orangeburg 91/58/pc Port Royal 89/64/s Raleigh 85/59/c Rock Hill 88/56/pc Rockingham 89/60/c Savannah 92/61/s Spartanburg 89/58/pc Summerville 86/65/s Wilmington 88/63/c Winston-Salem 85/59/c

Wed. Hi/Lo/W 84/56/pc 89/64/s 83/65/pc 89/58/s 88/65/s 78/63/pc 85/57/pc 86/59/pc 91/62/s 86/59/pc 85/66/s 83/64/pc 81/61/pc

Weather(W): s–sunny, pc–partly cloudy, c–cloudy, sh–showers, t–thunderstorms, r–rain, sf–snow flurries, sn–snow, i–ice SUMTER COUNTY VOTER REGISTRATION / ELECTION COMMISSION Thursday, 5:30 p.m., registration / election office, 141 N. Main St.

TOWN OF LYNCHBURG PLANNING COMMISSION Wednesday, 4 p.m., town hall

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Your EUGENIA LAST competitive nature will help you succeed at whatever you decide to take on. You will thrive on being busy and accomplishing as much as possible. Romance will improve your love life and bring you greater happiness. Network and socialize.

The last word in astrology

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Compromise and go with the flow when dealing with partners or family matters. Don’t draw attention to the things you are doing until you have gone over all the fine details and are confident with what you have to present.

and you will reach your destination. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Do your best to keep the peace, but don’t let anyone push you around or make poor choices for you. Change may be necessary if you aren’t being treated with respect. Size up your situation and do what needs to be done. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Find a quiet space that will inspire a creative idea you want to develop. Don’t let someone’s criticism deter you from doing what will make you happy. You will learn a lot about someone if you listen and observe. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): You may thrive on excitement, but to avoid trouble, you are best to be realistic. Don’t take risks when you should concentrate on protecting what you have. Romance can provide the adventure you need.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Concentrate on what you can do to improve your personal life. Favors will be granted, and changes to the way you live can be made. Love is CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): apparent, and making a Getting all worked up over commitment or doing something something you cannot change isn’t romantic will improve an important worth it. Give your attention to relationship. individuals who have always CANCER (June 21-July 22): Be offered you friendship, loyalty and reluctant to believe everything you respect. Problems can be expected hear or to follow what someone while traveling or if you get into a else decides to do. Protect your debate. reputation, your assets and AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): You important relationships. Put more can accomplish a lot if you redirect emphasis on your skills and doing your energy into new ways to earn the best job possible. a living. Your original, experimental LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Stand up personality will help you come up and do your thing. Don’t be afraid with a sideline to help bolster your to take action or to step into the spotlight. What you do will make a income. Be sure to set aside some time for romance. difference, but what you say may cause you grief. Remember, actions will speak louder than words.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): You can secure your position and expand your interests if you take part in VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Stick to community events. Taking on a what has worked for you in the responsibility may seem daunting past. Don’t hesitate to take a at first, but in the end you will gain conservative route, and don’t let what others do sidetrack you. Trust experience as well as be rewarded in your judgment and your abilities, for your effort.

LOTTERY NUMBERS PALMETTO CASH 5 MONDAY

POWERBALL SATURDAY

MEGAMILLIONS FRIDAY

2-10-21-24-34 PowerUp: 4

5-15-16-46-49 Powerball: 28 Powerplay: 4

1-18-26-35-40 Megaball: 13 Megaplier: 5

PICK 3 MONDAY

PICK 4 MONDAY

2-4-5 and 4-9-0

4-7-4-6 and 0-9-0-3

PICTURES FROM THE PUBLIC OCCASION: Jeffery Allen Hansen shares this photo of his three sons, who currently attend The Citadel. From left are: Jeffery Britton Hansen, who is scheduled to graduate May 10; Brandon Cory Hansen,a junior; and Bradley Austin Hansen, a sophomore. Mr. Hansen comments, “This picture was taken March 15 during Corps Day Weekend 2014, The Citadel’s 171st birthday. Corps Day is one of the most highly attended weekends at The Citadel. Attractions include dress parades, awards presentations, special cadet performances and athletic events.”


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Call: (803) 774-1241 | E-mail: sports@theitem.com

PREP BASEBALL

Trending upward

Cavs set to face 2-time defending 2A champs BY DENNIS BRUNSON dennisb@theitem.com

SUMTER ITEM FILE PHOTO

John Patrick Sears and the rest of the Wilson Hall baseball team have one more step before a return trip to the SCISA 3A state championship series in the form of a semifinal matchup with Pinewood Prep, which begins today at Baron Field.

Barons hope for another solid series as they host Panthers in 3A semis BY DENNIS BRUNSON dennisb@theitem.com The Wilson Hall baseball team came out and took care of its business against Orangeburg Prep on Friday, sweeping a doubleheader in its bestof-3 SCISA 3A quarterfinal series at Baron Field. WH hopes to do the same in its semifinal series against Pinewood Prep, which begins today at 6:30 p.m., again in Sumter. The second game will be played in

Summerville on Wednesday, also at 6:30 p.m. If a third game is needed, it will be played at a neutral site on Friday. “I think you could say it was a couple of workmanlike games for us,” Wilson Hall head coach Tommy Jones said of the sweep of the Indians. “I think the games were a little closer than the scores might indicate, but we did the things we needed to do to win.” The Barons, who are 24-1 on the season, led 3-0 through three innings of the opener before putting up three

runs in the fourth on the way to a 9-0 victory. In the second game, they only led 2-0 through five innings before scoring four times in the sixth for a final 6-0 score. While OP may have kept the scores close, Wilson Hall’s pitching left little doubt as to who would win either game. John Patrick Sears and McLendon Sears combined on a 1-hitter in the opener followed by William Kinney and Chase Belk doing the same in the

SEE WH, PAGE B3

‘Cats look to upset another high seed BY DENNIS BRUNSON dennisb@theitem.com After an up-and-down regular season that saw it lose five games due to rainouts, the Laurence Manning Academy baseball team appears to be hitting its HATFIELD stride at just the right time. The Swampcats went 4-0 last week in the SCISA 3A state playoffs, including sweeping No. 1 seed and defending state champion Hammond on Friday. Fifth-seeded LMA

now gets to face No. 2 seed Hilton Head Prep in a best-of-3 semifinal series which begins today. Laurence Manning, which is 14-6 on the season, travels to Hilton Head Prep today for a 4:30 p.m. game. The Dolphins, who are 18-2, come to Manning on Wednesday for a 6 p.m. contest. If a third game is needed, it will be played at a neutral site on Friday. “I feel like we’re starting to peak right now,” said Swampcats head coach Barry HatSUMTER ITEM FILE PHOTO field, whose team beat Tripp Mason and the Laurence Manning Academy baseball team face HilHammond 4-3 and 5-2

ton Head Prep today in the opening game of a SCISA 3A semifinal series SEE LMA, PAGE B3 at Hilton Head Island.

Robert E. Lee Academy has advanced to the semifinal round of the SCISA 2A baseball state playoffs. Now the Cavaliers get a shot at the 2-time defending state champion in Holly Hill Academy. The teams begin the bestof-3 series today with REL visiting Holly Hill for a 6 p.m. contest. The teams play in Bishopville on Wednesday, also at 6 p.m. If a RANKIN third game is needed, it will be played Friday at a neutral site. Lee advanced with a home sweep of Thomas Heyward on Friday in the quarterfinals. Robert E. Lee, whichi is 20-9 on the season, won the first game 15-0 as Payton Bramlett tossed a 5-inning no-hitter and claimed the second game by a 14-8 score. Bramlett has been outstanding in two playoff appearances so far. He started the opening game in the firstround series against Greenwood Christian and threw a 1-hit shutout, also in a 15-0, 5-inning victory. Cavaliers head coach David Rankin said Bramlett will more than likely be toeing the rubber in today’s opener as well. “I’m going to sleep on it, but Bramlett will probably start,” Rankin said on Tuesday afternoon. “He threw 32 pitches on Monday (against Greenwood Christian) and 35 on Friday (against Thomas Heyward), so he hasn’t thrown a lot of pitches. We’ll see how he feels (today).” The sweep of Heyward didn’t come without some rough spots for REL. It trailed 7-0 after three innings before putting up 14 runs the rest of the way. Holly Hill, which is 17-5, swept Pee Dee Academy in its quarterfinal series on Friday. Holly Hill won by the scores of 7-2 and 16-5.

PREP PLAYOFF SCHEDULE BASEBALL

TODAY SCISA Laurence Manning at Hilton Head Prep, 4:30 p.m. Robert E. Lee at Holly Hill, 6 p.m. Pinewood Prep at Wilson Hall, 6:30 p.m. WEDNESDAY SCHSL TBA at Sumter, 6 p.m.

SOFTBALL

WEDNESDAY SCHSL TBA at East Clarendon

NASCAR

Hamlin finally grabs 1st restrictor-plate win at Talladega Superspeedway BY JENNA FRYER The Associated Press TALLADEGA, Ala. — Denny Hamlin started his full-time career at Joe Gibbs Racing with an upset victory in an exhibition race at Daytona. Over the years, he added three more wins in races that didn’t count, including a sweep this season in the buildup to the Daytona 500. But when it came to the restrictor-plate races HAMLIN that paid points, Hamlin came up empty time and again. Until now. Hamlin, who opened the season with two exhibition victories only to finish second in the Daytona 500, was

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Joey Logano (22), Kurt Busch (41) David Ragan (34) and Michael McDowell (95) collide in Turn 4 during the Aaron’s 499 on Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Ala. again sitting second in the closing laps Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway. But he won a drag race with leader

Kevin Harvick on a restart with two laps remaining, and was out front when NASCAR froze the field because

of debris from an accident. Hamlin let out a deep sigh when the yellow flag waved. “Superspeedway win,’’ he said on his radio. “With points! With points!’’ “I think I’ve gotten better. I’ve come close. When you drive as aggressive as I drove early in my career on superspeedways, you’re going to have a huge risk, huge reward,’’ he said after the win. “I was either wrecking or finishing in the top three every single superspeedway race and was wrecking most of the time. I think this way of driving and the way I’m doing things now kind of lends itself to being a little bit more consistent on these type of race tracks, and really you learn from the guys that are good at it.’’

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TUESDAY, MAY 6, 2014

SCOREBOARD TV, RADIO TODAY

2:40 p.m. -- International Soccer: Barclays Premier League Match -- Manchester United vs. Hull (NBC SPORTS NETWORK). 6:05 p.m. -- Talk Show: Sports Talk (WDXY-FM 105.9, WDXY-AM 1240). 7 p.m. -- Major League Baseball: Cincinnati at Boston or Toronto at Philadelphia (MLB NETWORK). 7 p.m. -- NHL Hockey: Eastern Conference Playoffs Semifinal Series Game Three -- Boston at Montreal (NBC SPORTS NETWORK). 7 p.m. -- Major League Baseball: St. Louis at Atlanta (SPORTSOUTH, WPUB-FM 102.7). 8 p.m. -- College Baseball: Kansas State at Wichita State (FOX SPORTS 1). 7 p.m. -- NBA Basketball: Eastern Conference Playoffs Semifinal Series Game One -- Brooklyn at Miami (TNT). 8 p.m. -- Major League Baseball: Chicago White Sox at Chicago Cubs (WGN). 9 p.m. -- NHL Hockey: Western Conference Playoffs Semifinal Series Game Three -- Chicago at Minnesota (NBC SPORTS NETWORK). 9:30 p.m. -- NBA Basketball: Western Conference Playoffs Semifinal Series Game One -- Portland at San Antonio (TNT).

MLB STANDINGS By The Associated Press AMERICAN LEAGUE EAST DIVISION W New York 16 Baltimore 15 Boston 15 Tampa Bay 15 Toronto 14 CENTRAL DIVISION W Detroit 17 Minnesota 14 Chicago 15 Kansas City 14 Cleveland 13 WEST DIVISION W Oakland 19 Texas 17 Los Angeles 15 Seattle 14 Houston 10

L 14 14 17 17 17

Pct .533 .517 .469 .469 .452

GB – ½ 2 2 2½

L 9 15 17 16 18

Pct .654 .483 .469 .467 .419

GB – 4½ 5 5 6½

L 12 14 15 15 21

Pct .613 .548 .500 .483 .323

GB – 2 3½ 4 9

SUNDAY’S GAMES

Chicago White Sox 4, Cleveland 3 Tampa Bay 5, N.Y. Yankees 1 Oakland 3, Boston 2, 10 innings Toronto 7, Pittsburgh 2 Minnesota 5, Baltimore 2 Detroit 9, Kansas City 4 Seattle 8, Houston 7 Texas 14, L.A. Angels 3

MONDAY’S GAMES

Minnesota at Cleveland, 7:05 p.m. Toronto at Philadelphia, 7:05 p.m. Houston at Detroit, 7:08 p.m. Chicago White Sox at Chicago Cubs, 8:05 p.m. Texas at Colorado, 8:40 p.m. N.Y. Yankees at L.A. Angels, 10:05 p.m. Seattle at Oakland, 10:05 p.m. Kansas City at San Diego, 10:10 p.m.

TODAY’S GAMES

Minnesota (Deduno 0-1) at Cleveland (Tomlin 0-0), 7:05 p.m. Toronto (Hutchison 1-2) at Philadelphia (Hamels 0-2), 7:05 p.m. Houston (Oberholtzer 0-5) at Detroit (Ray 0-0), 7:08 p.m. Baltimore (Tillman 3-1) at Tampa Bay (Archer 2-1), 7:10 p.m. Cincinnati (Bailey 2-2) at Boston (Doubront 1-3), 7:10 p.m. Chicago White Sox (Noesi 0-2) at Chicago Cubs (E.Jackson 2-2), 8:05 p.m. Texas (Ross Jr. 1-2) at Colorado (Nicasio 3-1), 8:40 p.m. N.Y. Yankees (Kuroda 2-3) at L.A. Angels (C.Wilson 4-2), 10:05 p.m. Seattle (Elias 2-2) at Oakland (J. Chavez 2-0), 10:05 p.m. Kansas City (Guthrie 2-2) at San Diego (Erlin 1-4), 10:10 p.m.

WEDNESDAY’S GAMES

Seattle at Oakland, 3:35 p.m., 1st game Kansas City at San Diego, 3:40 p.m. Minnesota at Cleveland, 7:05 p.m. Seattle at Oakland, 7:05 p.m., 2nd game Philadelphia at Toronto, 7:07 p.m. Houston at Detroit, 7:08 p.m. Baltimore at Tampa Bay, 7:10 p.m. Cincinnati at Boston, 7:10 p.m. Colorado at Texas, 8:05 p.m. Chicago Cubs at Chicago White Sox, 8:10 p.m. N.Y. Yankees at L.A. Angels, 10:05 p.m.

NATIONAL LEAGUE EAST DIVISION W Atlanta 17 Washington 17 New York 16 Philadelphia 15 Miami 16 CENTRAL DIVISION W Milwaukee 21 St. Louis 16 Cincinnati 15 Pittsburgh 12 Chicago 11 WEST DIVISION W San Francisco 20 Colorado 19 Los Angeles 18 San Diego 14 Arizona 11

L 13 14 14 14 15

Pct .567 .548 .533 .517 .516

GB – ½ 1 1½ 1½

L 11 16 16 19 18

Pct .656 .500 .484 .387 .379

GB – 5 5½ 8½ 8½

L 11 14 14 18 23

Pct .645 .576 .563 .438 .324

GB – 2 2½ 6½ 10½

SUNDAY’S GAMES

Miami 5, L.A. Dodgers 4 San Francisco 4, Atlanta 1 Toronto 7, Pittsburgh 2 Philadelphia 1, Washington 0 San Diego 4, Arizona 3 Cincinnati 4, Milwaukee 3, 10 innings N.Y. Mets 5, Colorado 1 St. Louis 5, Chicago Cubs 4

MONDAY’S GAMES

L.A. Dodgers at Washington, 7:05 p.m. San Francisco at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m. Toronto at Philadelphia, 7:05 p.m. N.Y. Mets at Miami, 7:10 p.m. St. Louis at Atlanta, 7:10 p.m. Chicago White Sox at Chicago Cubs, 8:05 p.m. Arizona at Milwaukee, 8:10 p.m. Texas at Colorado, 8:40 p.m. Kansas City at San Diego, 10:10 p.m.

TODAY’S GAMES

L.A. Dodgers (Kershaw 1-0) at Washington (Undecided), 7:05 p.m. San Francisco (Hudson 4-1) at Pittsburgh (Morton 0-4), 7:05 p.m. Toronto (Hutchison 1-2) at Philadelphia (Hamels 0-2), 7:05 p.m. Cincinnati (Bailey 2-2) at Boston (Doubront 1-3), 7:10 p.m. N.Y. Mets (Colon 2-4) at Miami (H.Alvarez 1-2), 7:10 p.m. St. Louis (Lyons 0-2) at Atlanta (Floyd 0-0), 7:10 p.m. Chicago White Sox (Noesi 0-2) at Chicago Cubs (E.Jackson 2-2), 8:05 p.m. Arizona (Collmenter 1-2) at Milwaukee (Estrada 2-1), 8:10 p.m. Texas (Ross Jr. 1-2) at Colorado (Nicasio 3-1), 8:40 p.m. Kansas City (Guthrie 2-2) at San Diego (Erlin 1-4), 10:10 p.m.

WEDNESDAY’S GAMES

San Francisco at Pittsburgh, 12:35 p.m. N.Y. Mets at Miami, 12:40 p.m. L.A. Dodgers at Washington, 1:05 p.m. Arizona at Milwaukee, 1:10 p.m. Kansas City at San Diego, 3:40 p.m. Philadelphia at Toronto, 7:07 p.m. Cincinnati at Boston, 7:10 p.m. St. Louis at Atlanta, 7:10 p.m. Colorado at Texas, 8:05 p.m.

THE SUMTER ITEM

Chicago Cubs at Chicago White Sox, 8:10 p.m.

AREA ROUNDUP

NBA PLAYOFFS The Associated Press

MHS, Airport open 3A tennis playoffs

CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS (Best-of-7) (x-if necessary)

EASTERN CONFERENCE

Miami vs. Brooklyn Today: Brooklyn at Miami, 7 p.m. Thursday: Brooklyn at Miami, 7 p.m. Saturday: Miami at Brooklyn, 8 p.m. May 12: Miami at Brooklyn, 8 p.m. x-May 14: Brooklyn at Miami, TBD x-May 16: Miami at Brooklyn, TBD x-May 18: Brooklyn at Miami, TBD Indiana vs. Washington Monday: Washington at Indiana, 7 p.m. Wednesday: Washington at Indiana, 7 p.m. Friday: Indiana at Washington, 8 p.m. Sunday: Indiana at Washington, 8 p.m. x-May 13: Washington at Indiana, TBD x-May 15: Indiana at Washington, TBD x-May 18: Washington at Indiana, TBD

WESTERN CONFERENCE

San Antonio vs. Portland Today: Portland at San Antonio, 9:30 p.m. Thursday: Portland at San Antonio, 9:30 p.m. Saturday: San Antonio at Portland, 10:30 p.m. May 12: at San Antonio at Portland, 10:30 p.m. x-May 14: Portland at San Antonio, TBD x-May 16: San Antonio at Portland, TBD x-May 19: Portland at San Antonio, TBD Oklahoma City vs. L.A. Clippers Monday: L.A. Clippers at Oklahoma City (late) Wednesday: L.A. Clippers at Oklahoma City, 9:30 p.m. Friday: Oklahoma City at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m. Sunday: Oklahoma City at L.A. Clippers, 3:30 p.m. x-May 13: L.A. Clippers at Oklahoma City, TBD x-May 15: Oklahoma City at L.A. Clippers, TBD x-May 18: L.A. Clippers at Oklahoma City, TBD

NHL PLAYOFFS The Associated Press

SECOND ROUND (Best-of-7; x-if necessary)

EASTERN CONFERENCE

Montreal 1, Boston 1 May 1: Montreal 4, Boston 3, 2OT May 3: Boston 5, Montreal 3 Today: Boston at Montreal, 7 p.m. Thursday: Boston at Montreal, 7:30 p.m. Saturday: Montreal at Boston, TBA x-May 12: Boston at Montreal, TBA x-May 14: Montreal at Boston, TBA N.Y. Rangers 1, Pittsburgh 1 May 2: N.Y. Rangers 3, Pittsburgh 2, OT May 4: Pittsburgh 3, N.Y. Rangers 0 Monday: Pittsburgh at N.Y. Rangers (late) Wednesday: Pittsburgh at N.Y. Rangers, 7:30 p.m. Friday: N.Y. Rangers at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m. x-Sunday: Pittsburgh at N.Y. Rangers, TBA x-Tuesday: N.Y. Rangers at Pittsburgh, TBA

WESTERN CONFERENCE

Chicago 2, Minnesota 0 May 2: Chicago 5, Minnesota 2 May 4: Chicago 4, Minnesota 1 Today: Chicago at Minnesota, 9 p.m. Friday: Chicago at Minnesota, 9:30 p.m. x-Sunday: Minnesota at Chicago, TBA x-May 13: Chicago at Minnesota, TBA x-May 15: Minnesota at Chicago, TBA Los Angeles 1, Anaheim 0 May 3: Los Angeles 3, Anaheim 2, OT Monday: Los Angeles at Anaheim (late) Thursday: Anaheim at Los Angeles, 10 p.m. Saturday: Anaheim at Los Angeles, TBA x-May 12: Los Angeles at Anaheim, TBA x-May 14: Anaheim at Los Angeles, TBA x-May 16: Los Angeles at Anaheim, TBA

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WELLS FARGO PAR SCORES

Sunday At Quail Hollow Club Course Charlotte, N.C. Purse: $6.9 million Yardage: 7,562; Par: 72 Final J.B. Holmes (500), $1,242,000 70-67-66-71—274 -14 Jim Furyk (300), $745,200 72-69-69-65—275 -13 Martin Flores (190), $469,200 67-68-69-72—276 -12 Jason Bohn (135), $331,200 73-67-67-70—277 -11 Justin Rose (110), $276,000 69-67-71-71—278 -10 Brendon de Jonge (95), $239,775 80-62-68-69—279 -9 Kevin Kisner (95), $239,775 72-66-68-73—279 -9 Roberto Castro (80), $200,100 71-70-69-70—280 -8 Rory McIlroy (80), $200,100 69-76-65-70—280 -8 Rory Sabbatini (80), $200,100 74-68-71-67—280 -8 Kevin Chappell (65), $158,700 73-70-70-68—281 -7 Phil Mickelson (65), $158,700 67-75-63-76—281 -7 Michael Thompson (65), $158,700 71-69-69-72—281 -7

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Sunday At Las Colinas Country Club Course Irving, Texas Purse: $1.3 million Yardage: 6,410; Par: 71 Final Stacy Lewis, $195,000 71-64-69-64—268 -16 Meena Lee, $119,765 70-64-70-70—274 -10 Michelle Wie, $86,881 67-73-68-67—275 -9 Na Yeon Choi, $60,653 72-69-66-69—276 -8 Kim Kaufman, $60,653 72-66-68-70—276 -8 Dewi Claire Schreefel, $32,348 71-66-72-68—277 -7 Lexi Thompson, $32,348 70-71-67-69—277 -7 Cristie Kerr, $32,348 67-70-69-71—277 -7

The Manning High School varsity boys tennis team will play host to Airport today in the first round of the 3A state playoffs. The match will be played at the Althea Gibson Tennis Complex on the Manning campus beginning at 4:30 p.m. The Monarchs finished second in Region VI-3A.

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FLORENCE — Sumter High School finished second in the Region VI-4A tournament on Monday at The Crossings Golf Club. Carolina Forest won with a 317 followed by Sumter at 325, South Florence at 332, West Florence at 33 and Conway at 351. With the second-place finish, the Gamecocks did clinch a spot in the 4A lower state tournament on May 14 at Woodside Plantation in Aiken. Charlie Dallery led SHS with a 75, good for second individually and earning him all-region honors. Dixon Flowers shot an 81, Daniel Spencer an 82 and

John Keffer an 87.

VARSITY BASEBALL JAMES ISLAND 11 LAKEWOOD 1 CHARLESTON — Lakewood High School was eliminated from the District VII tournament of the 3A state playoffs with an 11-1 loss to James Island on Monday at the James Island field. The Gators finish the year with a 6-12 record.

field. Blake Carraher had a goal and two assists for the Gators, who improved to 12-2 overall and 7-1 in Region VI3A. Jonathan Turcios, Gianni Jackson and Christian McDonald each had a goal and an assist and Sanchez Morales scored a goal. Mike Paterna had nine saves in goal. GIRLS

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WILSON HALL 10

HAMMOND 6

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WILSON HALL 0 COLUMBIA — Wilson Hall saw its season come to an end with a 6-0 loss to Hammond on Monday in the first round of the SCISA 3A state playoffs at the Hammond field. The Barons finish the year with a 9-8 record.

Holly Scott pitched a perfect game to lead Wilson Hall to a 10-0 victory over Cardinal Newman on Monday at Patriot Park SportsPlex. Scott struck out seven for the Lady Barons, who improved to 26-5 on the season. Scott also had two hits, including a double with a run batted in. Danielle de Holl had two hits and scored two runs, Betsy Cunningham scored three runs and had an RBI, Drake Ives had a 2-run double and Hannah Jordan drove in two runs.

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DARLINGTON — Greg McLeod scored five goals to lead Lakewood High School to a 10-1 varsity boys soccer victory over Darlington on Friday at the Darlington

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USCS falls to Louisburg in Region X tourney KINSTON, N.C. — The University of South Carolina Sumter lost to Louisburg College 7-1 in the winners bracket game of the NJCAA Region X baseball tournament at Grainger Field. The Fire Ants, who are 36-13 on the season, will play Spartanburg Methodist College today at 3 p.m. The winner of that game will advance to the championship round against Louisburg. Trevor Bradley allowed just three runs in seven innings. Louisburg cracked a grand slam in the eighth for the final margin. On Saturday, the Fire Ants beat Guilford Technical Community College 5-0. Guilford, which brought a 7-31 record into the contest, shocked No. 1 seed and No. 4 nationally-ranked SMC 8-7 in its opening game on Friday. Victor Gonzalez pitched eight shutout innings for the win. Bradley, Taylor Kellner and Ray Murphy each went 2-for-4. In Sumter’s opener on Friday, it beat USC Lancaster 7-5. The Fire Ants scored three runs in the top of the ninth inning to pull out the victory. Andrew Reardon pitched two scoreless innings of relief, striking out three and walking two while allowing no hits, to get the victory. He was also 2-for-4 at the plate. Anthony Paulsen, who was 2-for-5, drove in the winning run. Ryan Perkins also drove in a run with a ground out and Trevor Bradley drove in a run with a sacrifice fly. NBA PLAYOFFS WIZARDS 102 PACERS 96 INDIANAPOLIS — Bradley Beal scored 14 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter and Trevor Ariza added 22 on Monday night, leading Washington past top-seeded Indiana 102-96 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. The Wizards won a second-round game for the first time since 1982 and are 4-0 on the road in this year’s playoffs. They ended a 12-game losing streak at Indiana that dated to April 18, 2007, and they did it by nearly leading from wire-to-wire. Paul George and George Hill had 18 points each for Indiana. BOWYER SIGNS EXTENSION WITH MWR

CHARLOTTE — Clint Bowyer is heading home to Kansas Speedway this weekend with a new wife, a baby on the way

and now a three-year contract extension that will keep him with Michael Waltrip Racing. The team announced the deal Monday, a day after Bowyer drove his No. 15 Toyota to a third-place finish at Talladega. Michael Waltrip Racing also announced an extension for crew chief Brian Pattie and said that 5-hour Energy has agreed to extend its sponsorship. With Bowyer now locked up, attention turns to Carl Edwards and Greg Biffle, the top remaining free agents in the Sprint Cup Series. 76ERS’ CARTER-WILLIAMS WINS ROOKIE OF YEAR

PHILADELPHIA — Michael Carter-Williams has something to show for being a bright spot in a dismal season for the Philadelphia 76ers. Carter-Williams won the NBA’s Rookie of the Year Award on Monday after becoming only the third player since 1950-51 to lead all rookies in scoring (16.7), rebounding (6.3) and assists (6.2). Oscar Robertson (1960-61) and Alvan Adams (1975-76) were the others. Carter-Williams received 104 of a possible 124 first-place votes. The Orlando Magic’s Victor Oladipo finished second and Trey Burke of the Utah Jazz was third. MLB CARDINALS 4 BRAVES 3 ATLANTA — Matt Carpenter’s two-run double in the fifth inning helped carry the St. Louis Cardinals past the slumping Atlanta Braves, who shook up their lineup but still lost their seventh in a row, 4-3 Monday night. Desperate for more offense, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez batted pitcher Aaron Harang eighth and put second baseman Ramiro Pena in the ninth spot. Pena had two hits, including a seventh-inning homer that brought the Braves within a run, but they couldn’t overcome a 4-0 deficit. TIGERS 2 ASTROS 0

DETROIT — Max Scherzer pitched 3-hit ball and struck out nine over eight innings, leading the Detroit Tigers past the Houston Astros 2-0 Monday night for their seasonhigh sixth straight victory. From staff, wire reports


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BARONS FROM PAGE B1 nightcap. Sears is scheduled to take the mound today for WH, the No. 1 seed in its half of the bracket. “He is the throwing the ball really well for us right now,” Jones said of Sears. The Panthers are 14-9 after sweeping Porter-Gaud in their quarterfinal series on Friday. PP won the opener 6-2 before taking the second game 2-0. The teams faced each other in a doubleheader in Summerville on March 15. The Barons won the games 4-0 and 3-2. “I don’t know if those games even qualify now because it was at the start of the season,” Jones said. “They were both very good games. I know Pinewood Prep has improved since then, but I think we have too.”

LMA FROM PAGE B1 on Friday in Columbia. “We’ve been getting the good starting pitching we expected all along and we’ve played pretty good defense. “There wasn’t a lot of continuity to our season because of all of the rainouts,” he added. “I told the team, between us getting a bye or not getting a bye (LMA did not get a bye), it was probably best for us that we got to play those first two games ( a road sweep of Northwood on April 28). We hadn’t really played in two weeks.” Hatfield isn’t sure who will start on the mound for him today, even though he is leaning toward side-arming righthander Russell Thompson. With Linc Powell and Mark Pipkin having started the games on Friday, Hatfield is leaning toward holding them for Game 2 and Game 3, if necessary. “Russell is a big, strong boy, and we’ve tried to limit his innings,” said Hatfield, who uses Thompson primarily in a closer’s role. “He got saves against Northwood and Hammond, but he should be well rested.” Hatfield said Pipkin and Powell have hit the ball particularly well in the postseason, and J.T. Eppley has done a good job setting the table at the top of the order. However, he said the offensive success has been a team effort. “We thought going into the season that we 1 through 7, 1 through 8 (in the batting order), we could send some good hitters to the plate,” he said. “And it’s really been that way (in the playoffs). We’re getting contributions up and down the lineup.” The Dolphins received a first-round bye and advanced to the semifinals by sweeping Cardinal Newman on Friday in a quarterfinal series. However, it wasn’t easy sledding for HHP as it beat the Cardinals 2-1 and 3-1, respectively.

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How will Manziel fare in the NFL draft? BY KRISTIE RIEKEN The Associated Press HOUSTON — And now comes the great leap to the NFL for Johnny Football. Johnny Manziel, a Heisman Trophy winner and one of college football’s most entertaining players, looks to translate his improvisational game to the next level. But questions abound about the quarterback’s skills and hard-partying habits. That’s why opinions vary on where he’ll end up on draft night. Many believe he should be picked early in the first round. Others, like former NFL quarterback and current ESPN analyst Ron Jaworski, don’t think he should be taken before the third round. If teams are sold on him as a player, he may face obstacles from those reticent to deal with the circus-like atmosphere that seems to follow him everywhere. It’s difficult at times to separate Manziel from his overthe-top Johnny Football persona and figure out exactly who this 21-year-old Texan is. Is he the beloved teammate who piled up almost 10,000 yards in just two seasons and put the Aggies back on the football map? Or the petulant, Drake-obsessed, swag-oozing figure who mocked Rice defenders by fake-signing autographs after he was suspended by the NCAA for an autograph offense? The answer: probably a little of both. But even some who question his character are still

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Debates over whether Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel’s talents will translate to the NFL stage have made his landing spot in Thursday’s draft somewhat unpredictable. enamored of what he could bring to a team. “As far as the face of the franchise, sometimes that’s not definable,’’ NFL Network lead draft analyst Mike Mayock said. “I look at Johnny Manziel, whatever it is, he has it. I know on Sunday ... he’s going to show up with an edge about him, thinking he’s the best guy on the field and he’s going to elevate the play of those around him. (But) I also struggle with him a little bit with his off-the-field antics.’’ Manziel’s recent pro day was more like a Hollywood production than an NFL workout.

There was a soundtrack featuring Drake songs; a customized wardrobe from Nike; and former President George H.W. Bush, his wife Barbara and their two dogs watching from the sidelines. He attended this year’s Final Four with Drake, and the rapper dropped the track “Draft Day’’ last month in which he mentions the quarterback by name. “When you’re dealing with a high-profile position like the quarterback, obviously there’s some well-documented things to cover and to consider,’’ said Jon Gruden, the “Monday Night Foot-

ball’’ analyst and former NFL coach. “Manziel brings a lot of excitement and interest to your organization. Maybe some people don’t want to be part of it. That will be up to them.’’ While this kind of spectacle might scare some away, from a marketing standpoint it could be a goldmine. Ken Ungar, president and founder of U/S Sports Advisors, a sports and entertainment marketing agency, says Manziel is a “marketer’s dream.’’ But he’s careful to point out that Manziel will have to produce in the NFL to fulfill his marketing potential.


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Tigers take 2 from Rebels CLEMSON — Junior righthander Jake Long pitched sevent effective innings in No. 24 Clemson’s 5-2 victory over UNLV at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Monday as the Tigers swept the 2-game series. Long (3-3) tossed the most in his brief career as a Tiger to earn the win. He allowed six hits, two runs and three walks with two strikeouts. Drew Moyer pitched the ninth ito record his second save. Rebel starter Kenny Oakley (3-5) suffered the loss despite yielding only three hits in 6 1/3 innings. Garrett Boulware’s baseloaded walk scored the first of two runs in the first inning for the Tigers (29-19). After UNLV (29-18) scored a run in the top of the third inning, Tyler Krieger’s run-scoring double and Chris Okey’s sacrifice fly gave Clemson a 4-1 lead in the bottom of the third inning. Boulware’s double in the seventh inning plated Krieger to up the Tigers’ lead to 5-2. On Sunday, Steve Wilkerson’s solo homer in the sixth inning broke a 1-1 tie and the senior added a 2-run single in the seventh inning as Clemson defeated UNLV 6-2. Junior right-hander Daniel Gossett (6-0) earned the win by allowing just two runs on seven hits with seven strikeouts in eight innings. GEORGIA 5 SOUTH CAROLINA 3

ATHENS, Ga. – Daniel Nichols’ 2-out grand slam in the bottom of the third inning helped lift Georgia to a 5-3 victory over seventh-ranked South Carolina in the rubber game of a 3-game SEC baseball series on Sunday afternoon at Foley Field. South Carolina fell to 35-13 overall and 13-11 in the SEC while Georgia improved to 2323-1 and 9-14-1 in league play. Down five runs, the Gamecocks mounted a rally scoring twice in the sixth inning on RBI from Kyle Martin and Grayson Greiner as well as a run in the ninth inning on a 1-out RBI double by Patrick Harrington. However, the Bulldogs closed out the game as a diving grab by Georgia left fielder Conor Welton robbed Jordan Gore of a hit and a groundout off the bat of Gene Cone that ended the game. Georgia starter David Sosebee (1-3) picked up the win after allowing two runs on four hits in six innings with two walks and four strikeouts. South Carolina starter Wil Crowe (6-3) suffered the loss. He allowed five runs on four hits in three innings with two walks. Georgia went ahead 1-0 in the second inning. Nichols doubled down the right field line, moved over to third on groundout to second by Sean McLaughlin and scored on Brandon Stephens’ RBI groundout also to second base. Nichols came up with his second big hit of the day with a grand slam in the bottom of the third to increase Georgia’s lead to five runs. Mike Bell led off with a single and a pair of 2-out walks issued to Hunter Cole and Nelson Ward loaded the bases for Nichols. On a 0-1 pitch, Nichols lifted a pitch deep to center field that just cleared the wall for his second homer of the season and giving Georgia a 5-0 lead. The homer was just the first allowed this year by Crowe. The Gamecocks cut the deficit to three runs in the sixth inning. Gore and Cone opened the frame with base hits and Marcus Mooney walked to load the bases. With one out, Kyle Martin drove in Gore with a fielder’s choice. Grayson Greiner added a 2-out RBI single to score Cone. It remained that way until the ninth when Taylor Widener singled and scored on Harrington’s RBI double. Nichols was 2-for-4 wand Hunter Cole 3-for-3 to lead Georgia at the plate. Harrington had two of the Gamecocks’ five hits, his first 2-hit game of his career. The Gamecocks are back in action Wednesday at home against Wofford. First pitch at Carolina Stadium is set for 7 p.m. From staff reports

HAMLIN FROM PAGE B1 Hamlin became the eighth winner in 10 races this season as drivers jockey to grab the 16 spots available in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. A victory conceivably gives a driver an automatic berth, and Joe Gibbs Racing now has both Hamlin and Kyle Busch eligible for the Chase. “I wasn’t ever worried, but you get a little bit more panicked when it’s, ‘Win a race and you’re in Chase,’ “ he said. “You see all these guys logging wins, wins, wins, and the next thing you know they’re running out of Chase spots. Now we can be a little bit more relaxed.’’ The win came at the track where Hamlin made a brief return last year — he ran just 23 laps before turning his car over to Brian Vickers — after missing four races with a broken back. Hamlin’s return to the car briefly built some momentum for the No. 11 team, but as his back continued to ache, the season fell apart in late summer and it took until the season finale for Hamlin to score his first win of the year. He also missed the Chase for the first time in his career. It didn’t appear that Hamlin had enough to beat Harvick, already a two-time winner this season, until the final restart. Harvick didn’t get the help he needed from behind, was hung out without any drafting partners, and Hamlin pulled out to a comfortable lead. “We were in a good spot there at the end, and what you would want to put yourself in a position to win,’’ Harvick said. “Our line just never formed up.’’ As Hamlin pulled away, an accident deep in the pack scattered debris, and NASCAR was forced to throw the caution when a bumper was seen laying on the surface. The yellow prevented Greg Biffle, who led five times for a race-high 58 laps, from pulling out of line in an attempt to grab the victory away from Hamlin. Clint Bowyer finished third and was followed by Michael Waltrip Racing teammate Brian Vickers as Toyota took the victory and three of the top four spots. AJ Allmendinger finished fifth in a Chevrolet, followed by Paul Menard and then Harvick, who faded to seventh. Kasey Kahne, Kyle Larson and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. rounded out the top 10. Daytona 500 winner Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished a disappointing 26th despite leading three times for 26 laps, second most in the race. Danica Patrick led two times for six laps, and the crowd roared its approval when she drove to the front early in the race. She finished 22nd. It was a rough day for Brad Keselowski, a two-time Talladega winner, who darted to the lead on Lap 14 but appeared to not have cleared Patrick before squeezing in front of her car. She tapped the back of Keselowski’s car, sending him for a spin through the grass that caused enough damage to drop him six laps off the pace. “We weren’t clear enough to make that,’’ crew chief

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AARON’S 499 RESULTS By The Associated Press Sunday At Talladega Superspeedway Talladega, Ala. Lap length: 2.66 miles (Start position in parentheses) 1. (34) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 188 laps, 123.2 rating, 47 points, $303,315. 2. (35) Greg Biffle, Ford, 188, 115.1, 44, $265,985. 3. (27) Clint Bowyer, Toyota, 188, 67.2, 41, $215,151. 4. (18) Brian Vickers, Toyota, 188, 81.8, 41, $181,760. 5. (3) A J Allmendinger, Chevrolet, 188, 88.2, 39, $154,113. 6. (2) Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 188, 83.8, 39, $167,384. 7. (8) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 188, 107.6, 38, $158,778. 8. (42) Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, 188, 87.7, 36, $131,145. 9. (29) Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, 188, 94.8, 35, $140,590. 10. (25) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford, 188, 65.5, 34, $152,795. 11. (41) Landon Cassill, Chevrolet, 188, 64.6, 0, $104,410. 12. (19) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 188, 103.4, 33, $152,276. 13. (15) Aric Almirola, Ford, 188, 66.3, 31, $143,821. 14. (4) Casey Mears, Chevrolet, 188, 74.7, 31, $130,018. 15. (5) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 188, 79.4, 29, $151,146. 16. (17) Michael Annett, Chevrolet, 188, 55.2, 28, $118,043. 17. (43) Martin Truex Jr., Chevrolet, 188, 85.2, 27, $130,493. 18. (6) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 188, 45.8, 27, $109,735. 19. (26) Marcos Ambrose, Ford, 188, 61, 26, $127,280. 20. (36) Josh Wise, Ford, 188, 48.8, 24, $98,535. 21. (31) Cole Whitt, Toyota, 188, 58.2, 23, $96,160. 22. (7) Danica Patrick, Chevrolet, 188, 74.9, 23, $106,835. 23. (20) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 188, 99.8, 22, $148,871. 24. (37) Terry Labonte, Ford, 188, 38.7, 20, $109,168. 25. (28) Michael Waltrip, Toyota, 188, 43.9, 19, $105,410. 26. (30) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 188, 69, 19, $104,110. 27. (38) Justin Allgaier, Chevrolet, 188, 53.4, 17, $113,107. 28. (33) Alex Bowman, Toyota, accident, 187, 62.4, 16, $94,510. 29. (32) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 187, 32.4, 15, $129,024. 30. (10) Carl Edwards, Ford, accident, 182, 52, 15, $111,110. 31. (24) Ryan Truex, Toyota, accident, 182, 62.5, 13, $92,460. 32. (16) Joey Logano, Ford, accident, 174, 91.3, 13, $131,301. 33. (9) Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, accident, 174, 82.4, 11, $91,185. 34. (22) Reed Sorenson, Chevrolet, accident, 174, 50.1, 11, $91,060. 35. (39) David Ragan, Ford, accident, 174, 52.9, 10, $98,910. 36. (14) Michael McDowell, Ford, accident, 174, 56.2, 9, $90,785. 37. (21) Matt Kenseth, Toyota, 171, 77.6, 8, $139,742. 38. (13) Brad Keselowski, Ford, 160, 32.6, 7, $130,098. 39. (11) Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 156, 69.1, 6, $127,626. 40. (40) David Gilliland, Ford, engine, 150, 60.6, 5, $84,690. 41. (23) Trevor Bayne, Ford, accident, 136, 77.6, 0, $72,690. 42. (1) Brian Scott, Chevrolet, accident, 136, 60.3, 0, $74,690. 43. (12) Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, accident, 136, 44.2, 1, $99,348.

Paul Wolfe told his driver. “I’ll just call it at that: We weren’t clear enough to make that move.’’ Keselowski raced in the heart of the pack after the first incident in an attempt to get his laps back under caution periods. But he was heavily criticized for triggering a 14car accident with 51 laps remaining. The accident began when Keselowski spun in front of Trevor Bayne, and among those collected were Jeff Gordon, Matt Kenseth, Tony Stewart and Jimmie Johnson. “Brad made a pretty bold move early, a mind-boggling move, in going in front of Danica and spun out in front of the field and got away with it,’’ Kenseth said. “This time we weren’t so lucky. He was driving really, really, really aggressively to try to get back up there. “If it was the other way around and it was anybody else except for him, we’d all be getting lectured.’’ Gordon also chastised Keselowski. “I had seen him for several laps driving over his head being pretty aggressive,’’ Gordon said. “I knew he was laps down, but he wasn’t doing anybody any favors, nor himself.’’


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BIZARRO

SOUP TO NUTZ

ANDY CAPP

GARFIELD

BEETLE BAILEY

BORN LOSER

BLONDIE

ZITS

MOTHER GOOSE

DOG EAT DOUG

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Gift packaging promises more than it can deliver DEAR ABBY — I recently went in on a gift with my friend “Ali” for our other friend, “Gena.” Ali Dear Abby offered to purchase ABIGAIL and wrap VAN BUREN the gift, a nice wallet from an inexpensive store. Imagine my surprise when Ali turned up at Gena’s birthday party with the wallet elaborately wrapped in expensive designer paper. At first, I thought she had spent more of her money and upgraded our gift, but when Gena unwrapped the designer packaging to re-

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veal the original wallet we had selected, I was taken aback. It turned out that Ali had reused the wrapping paper from a gift her husband had given her, disguising our present as something it wasn’t. Gena was clearly disappointed. Other guests who had been eyeing it looked excited at first, then confused. I felt our gift wasn’t appreciated and we ended up looking cheap. I was at a loss for words. What would have been the appropriate way to handle the situation? Is this normal gift-wrapping practice, or did Ali cross the line? Flabbergasted in Florida DEAR FLABBERGASTED — Reusing wrapping paper isn’t

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unusual. Gena’s reaction to the gift was inappropriate. Instead of letting her disappointment show, Gena should have smiled and graciously thanked you and Ali for her gift. (Remember the phrase, “It’s the thought that counts”?) As for you, all you needed to say was “Happy Birthday!” Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Contact Dear Abby at www.DearAbby.com or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069. What teens need to know about sex, drugs, AIDS and getting along with peers and parents is in “What Every Teen Should Know.” Send your name and mailing address, plus check or money order for $7 (U.S. funds) to Dear Abby, Teen Booklet, P.O. Box 447, Mount Morris, IL 61054-0447. (Shipping and handling are included in the price.)

JUMBLE

SUDOKU

THAT SCRAMBLED WORD GAME By David L. Hoyt and Jeff Knurek

HOW TO PLAY: Each row, column and set of 3-by-3 boxes must contain the numbers 1 through 9 without repetition.

ACROSS 1 SoCal enforcement squad 5 “12 Angry Men” star Henry 10 Swimming spot 14 Seat of Allen County, Kansas 15 Queen __ lace 16 Cherub, in Chambéry 17 Fill-in-theamount document 19 Actress Ward 20 Made sure of 21 Dines at home 23 Place to check your balance, briefly 25 Expanding bullet 28 Feathery scarves 30 Put down, in slang 31 Marinara sauce brand 32 Bear witness 35 Stun, as a perp 37 Uncomprehending look 41 French girlfriend 42 Soviet newspaper 45 Horoscope columnist Sydney 49 Opening for a chorus line

51 Free from bias 52 Like men modeling swimming trunks 56 Family animal 57 With perfection 58 Roofing piece 60 Prefix with sphere 61 Insincere talk, and a hint to the starts of this puzzle’s four other longest entries 66 Wife and sister of Osiris 67 Seated yoga position 68 Increase, as prices 69 Loch with a monster 70 Garden tool 71 Crooner Williams DOWN 1 Ad-__: improvise 2 Internet giant 3 Flat panel in many a sports bar 4 Funnyman Carvey 5 Ipso __ 6 Waiting to talk to a real person, say 7 Peoria-toGreen Bay dir. 8 End-of-year abbr.

9 Out of kilter 10 Sunday speaker 11 Baby shower bodysuit 12 Leering at 13 Makeshift shelter 18 Electric bill meas. 22 Pop up 23 Lawyer’s gp. 24 Day care attendee 26 Ignores the trash can 27 Mama bears, in Spain 29 Dead __ Scrolls 33 Not widely available 34 Scottish hat 36 Gas additive brand 38 Nick at __ 39 WWII fliers 40 Tony-winning role for Patti LuPone 43 Roller with

pips 44 Gallery showing 45 Gain possession of 46 China’s __tung 47 One of the Musketeers 48 Freshen, as the salad 50 Available for breeding 53 Sexy-looking shoes 54 Steven’s wife on “Family Ties” 55 Margery of kids’ rhyme 59 Frat party wrap 62 Unruly head of hair 63 School support org. 64 Flop 65 Undercover agent


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TUESDAY, MAY 6, 2014

DOUGLAS T. RILEY Jr. Douglas Tyrone Riley Jr., husband of Rosalyn Black Riley, entered eternal rest on Friday, May 2, 2014, in the comfort of his home. Affectionately called “Buddy,” was born on March 26, 1951, in Clarendon County, to the late Douglas Sr. and Elizabeth Tindal Riley. He was a faithful RILEY member of Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church, where he served with the trustee ministry. He was a member of VFW Post 11078. Buddy loved to hunt, fish and work in the garden, but most of all he loved his family. He received his education from Manning Training High School and graduated with the Class of 1969. He served his country in the U.S. Army. After distinguished service with the Army and completing two tours in the Vietnam War, he worked numerous jobs and retired from the Summerton Police Department as chief. Survivors are his loving wife of the home; two daughters, Crystal R. Gamble of Manning and Yvette R. Harris (Chris) of Marina, California; a son, Michael McConico of Manning; four grandchildren, Colette Riley of Marina, and Jazmine Riley, Anajah Gamble and Michael McConico Jr., all of Manning; his siblings, Lottie Riley of New Jersey, and Annie (Sylvester) Samuel, Lynn Miller, Margie (John) Vaughn and Eddie (Joyce) Riley, all of Paxville; sistersin-law, Darlene and Valerie Black; two brothers-in-law, Michael and Glen Black; a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Viewing will be held from 2:30 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday at Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church with the pastor, the Rev. Clifford Gaymon, assisted by the Rev. Robert Gibson, the Rev. Richard Dyson and Evangelist Malony Black. Burial will follow in CalvaryZion Hill Cemetery. The family is receiving relatives and friends at the home, 1082 Riley Road, Manning. Services have been entrusted to Community Funeral Home of Sumter. Online memorials can be sent to comfhltj@sc.rr.com.

PATRICIA ANN BRUNSON Patricia Ann Brunson died on Wednesday, April 30, 2014. She was born on Feb. 4, 1958, in Newark, New Jersey, to the late Frederick Hollis and Vista Brunson. Patricia was one of four children. She was raised and attended the Newark Public BRUNSON School System. She met and married Walter Robinson in 1974. Patricia demonstrated great intelligence and creativity at an early age. She learned how to play the piano by ear and she shared this gift with several churches — New Down Church, New Jersey; Great Faith Church, Arizona; and Reeseville AME Church, South Carolina. Patricia loved music and she sang soprano

with her sisters, the radiant Sunbeam Singers. Patricia was known to be an excellent cook. After Patricia’s girls were school-age, she went to work. She was employed by Laylord Bus Co., New Bergen Lively Co., A&A Bus Co., the Little Friendship Day Care and Personal Care Plus. Most importantly, she loved the Lord. She gave her life to the Lord at the age of nine, at which time he filled her with the Holy Spirit. In the midst of adversity, trials and then sickness, she held fast to her faith in God. Patricia was known to have a winsome personality, which drew people. She was predeceased by her parents. She leaves to cherish her memories: beautiful daughters and sons-in-law, Patricia (Jonas) Green, Kimberly (Chad) Green, Ebony (Burnell) Blanding, Lauriel (Londell) Scarborough, Genira (Donta) McFadden and YoYann Alonzo; two sisters, Elder Frederick Hill and the Rev. Paula Koonce; one brother, Apostle Victor Brunson; one brother-in-law, Rodney Koonce; 13 grandchildren, Tynaizsh, Khali, Amont, Jomia, Nathan, Jolisn, Jonas, Marcell, Trisstyn, Walter, Nyjirah, Brycen and Jonia; her aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins; the Reeseville Church family; and a host of friends. Public viewing will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. today. A homegoing celebration will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday at Reeseville AME Church, 7664 Sumter Highway, Alcolu, with Pastor Marie Harvin officiating, assisted by Apostle Jamie Benjamin, Apostle Victor Brunson, the Rev. Jennifer Harvin and Minister Pearl Howard. Interment will follow in the churchyard cemetery. The funeral cortege will depart the home at 12:45 p.m. The family is receiving friends at the home, 861 Carolina Ave., Apartment 32, Sumter. The management and staff of Sumter Funeral Service Inc., 623 Manning Ave., Sumter, SC 29150 is serving the Brunson family. Online memorials may be sent via the web at sumterfuneralsvs@sc.rr.com.

ELLA M. JORDAN BISHOPVILLE — Ella M. Jordan entered eternal rest on April 28, 2014, in Paterson, New Jersey. Visitations will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday at Bishopville Church of Christ with burial following in the Thomastown Cemetery, Browntown community of Lee County. The family may be contacted at the home of her sister, Bertha Hannibal, 436 Wilson St., Bishopville. Wilson Funeral Home, 403 S. Main St., Bishopville, is in charge of arrangements.

JOHN A. HAYNESWORTH MANNING — John Allen Haynesworth, 76, died on Sunday, May 4, 2014, at his residence. He was born on Aug. 14, 1937, in the Bloomville section of Manning, a son of the late David and Lila Mae Hatfield Haynesworth. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced

by Samuels Funeral Home LLC of Manning.

MILTON C. SHUPING Milton Clark Shuping, 75, husband of Judy Epting Shuping, died on Sunday, May 4, 2014, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center. Born on June 5, 1938, in Morganton, North Carolina, he was a son of the late Moulton J. and Pansy Clark Shuping. He retired from Motorola and was the founder of Shuping Equipment Inc. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran and a member of Aldersgate United Methodist Church. Survivors include his wife of Sumter; a son, Jeffrey Shuping (Lesa) of Sumter; a daughter, Blaire S. Holloway (Perry) of Sumter; a brother, Jimmie L. Shuping (Dianne) of Sumter; three granddaughters, Jordan Shuping, Audrey Shuping and Leila Shuping; two grandsons, Colton Holloway and Cash Holloway; and a number of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two brothers. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday at Aldersgate United Methodist Church with Dr. Webb Belangia officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Memorial Park cemetery. Pallbearers will be Burnet “Rock” Williams, Jim Lee, Charles “Bubba” Ward, Steve Williams, Justin Ward and David Lee. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Wesley Fellowship Sunday School Class of Aldersgate United Methodist Church. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday at Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home and other times at the home. Memorials may be made to the Aldersgate United Methodist Church Building Fund, 211 Alice Drive, Sumter, SC 29150 or to the McLeod Health Foundation – McLeod Cancer Services, P.O. Box 100551, Florence, SC 29502-0551. Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home and Crematorium of Sumter is in charge of the arrangements.

EULALIE JOHNSON Eulalie Johnson, 92, of Roselle, New Jersey, and formerly of Sumter, passed away on Wednesday, April 30, 2014, in Rahway, New Jersey. She was the widow of John Johnson and mother of the late John “Fred” Johnson. Her memories will be cherished by her children, Edith Mickens, Corine Sargent, and James, Arthur and Larry Johnson; and a host of other relatives and friends. Visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday with funeral service at 11 a.m. at Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church, 1002 Rivington St., Roselle. Interment will be in Rosehill Cemetery, Linden, New Jersey. G.G. Woody Funeral Home, 206 E. 8th Ave., Roselle, is in charge of these arrangements. For information or to send condolences, please visit ggwoodyfuneralhome.com. This is a courtesy announcement of Williams Funeral Home Inc., 821 N. Main St., Sumter. Online memorial messages may be sent to the family at

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Big Ten-Big East series to honor Gavitt BY JIM O’CONNELL The Associated Press NEW YORK — Thirty-five years ago, Dave Gavitt was the driving force behind an idea that would change college basketball forever. On Monday, the Big East — the conference he led to such success in so short a period — and the Big Ten announced a series that they hope will get the season off to a big start while honoring Gavitt’s legacy. “This all started with friendship and it ends with competition,’’ Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany said at a news conference at Madison Square Garden. “This shows Dave’s spirit is with us today as much as when he was with us.’’ The eight-game series between the leagues will begin with the 2015-16 season and will be known as the Gavitt Tipoff Games. The fourday event will be held the first week of the regular season and will be played at home sites,

four from each conference. The original deal is for eight years. The matchups for the inaugural Gavitt Tipoff Games will be announced after next season. Gavitt, who died in 2011 at 73, coached Providence to the NCAA tournament five times, including the Final Four in 1973. He was the key player in the formation of the Big East and was its first commissioner. He was selected to coach the U.S. Olympic team in 1980, but the United States boycotted the Moscow Games. Gavitt was president of USA Basketball and oversaw the introduction of NBA players onto the U.S. Olympic roster, including the Dream Team at the 1992 Games. He served on the NCAA’s Division I Basketball Committee from 1980-84 and was its chairman when the tournament expanded to 64 teams and the first of its contracts with CBS was negotiated.

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LYNN C. RYE Lynn Chapman Rye died on Friday, May 2, 2014, at her home. Services will be announced by Elmore Hill McCreight Funeral Home & Crematory, 221 Broad St., Sumter, (803) 7759386.

CLARA FOWLER Clara Ellen Skinner Fowler, age 91, beloved wife of the late Raymond S. Fowler, died on Monday, May 5, 2014, at Covenant Place. Arrangements are incomplete at this time and will be announced by Bullock Funeral Home.

RONALD M. DENTON Ronald Marvin Denton, age 71, died on Friday evening, May 2, 2014, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center, after a brief battle with cancer. He was born on May 27, 1942, in Ironton, Missouri, where he grew up on a farm, spending many childhood hours taking care of and riding his horse Rex. After attending St. Francis Community College, he joined Westinghouse Corp. in St. Louis as a sales and product engineer. He eventually transferred to Sumter and retired from Eaton Corp. after more than 35 years. After moving to Sumter, Ron and his wife, Mary, joined Aldersgate United Methodist Church, where they remained members for the past 35 years. He was a member of the choir, satisfying his lifelong love of music. He enjoyed the friendship and fellowship of his church family. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Mary Denton; and their two children, Stephen Denton (Alicia) and Michelle Carter; and his three grandchildren, Anna, Sarah and Miles. He was a wonderful and caring father, grandfather, and husband. Although he was born with a rare form of muscular dystrophy, it never seemed to dampen his spirit, lessen his enthusiasm for cars and Formula One racing, or participate in other things he loved. The church service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday at Aldersgate United Methodist Church with family visitation at 10 a.m., followed by a brief service at Evergreen Memorial Park cemetery.

Memorials can be sent to Aldersgate, 211 Alice Drive, Sumter, SC 29150 or the Muscular Dystrophy Association, P.O. Box 78960, Phoenix, AZ 85062-8960. The arrangements have been entrusted to Elmore Canon Stephens Funeral Home and Crematorium of Sumter.

DOUGLAS P. BLEECKER Douglas Pollock Bleecker, 92, widower of Elizabeth Spiker Bleecker to whom he was married for 63 years, died on Monday, May 5, 2014, at his home. Mr. Bleecker was born in Trenton, New Jersey. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church and a retired engineer with Exide Battery in Sumter. He was an honorably discharged U.S. Air Force sergeant who was stationed in Okinawa during World War II. He was an avid golfer and a member of Sunset Country Club. He became a member of the Professional Golfers Association Hole-In-One Club on March 26, 1988, on hole number 14 at Sunset, and received a hole-in-one certification from the National Hole-InOne Association on July 5, 1990, on hole number 4 at Sunset. Surviving are two daughters, Lynn Grier (Bill) of Rock Hill and Diane Hancock (Tim) of Aiken; six grandchildren, Bill Grier IV, Alex Grier, Laura Grier, Brianna Hancock, Mac Hancock and Ian Hancock; and a brother, Bruce Bleecker of Santa Cruz, California. He was preceded in death by a brother, Malcolm Bleecker. Graveside services will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday in Evergreen Memorial Park cemetery with the Rev. Ray Fancher and the Rev. Janie McElwee-Smith officiating, followed by military honors. Grandchildren will serve as pallbearers. The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. on Wednesday at Elmore Hill McCreight Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 9 W. Calhoun St., Sumter, SC 29150; to the S.C. Alzheimer’s Association, 3223 Sunset Blvd., Suite 100, West Columbia, SC 29169; or to the Sumter SPCA, 1140 S. Guignard Drive, Sumter, SC 29150. Online condolences may be sent to www.sumterfunerals. com. The family would like to thank Comfort Keepers, especially Darnita Perry, and Caris Hospice for their compassionate care. Elmore Hill McCreight Funeral Home & Crematory, 221 Broad St., Sumter, is in charge of the arrangements, (803) 775-9386.


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

Claudia C. Jordan 2014ES4300262

Personal Representative Margaret Ann Baker 872 North Shem Drive Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464 Estate:

Michael G. White, Sr. #2014ES4300252 Personal Representative Barbara E. White 2320 Lloyd Drive Sumter, SC 29154

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Robert Blair #2014ES4300235

Personal Representative Carolyn Blair 2334 Mt. Vernon Drive Sumter, SC 29154

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Vurnese Seignious #2014ES4300238

Personal Representative Lisa Seignious and Michael R. Miles 120 Bellamy Loop # 14C Bronx, New York 10475

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Virginia R. H. Lee 2014ES4300260

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Ralph E. Lee C/O William M. Reynolds, III Attorney At Law PO Box 11262 Columbia, SC 29211 Estate:

Loretta Heyward #2014ES4300246

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Bernard Heyward 6530 Middleton Road Wedgefield, SC 29168 Estate:

Fred F. McMillon #2014ES4300255 Personal Representative Shirley McMillon 107 Cherokee Road Sumter, SC 29150

Estate: Jerome Clinton Griffin #2014ES4300249 Personal Representative

Jeremy Herbert Griffin 2622 N. Rocky River Road Lancaster, SC 29720 Estate:

Ann Green Jones 2014ES4300256

Personal Representative Michael Brodie C/O Ruben Gray Attorney At Law PO Box 2636 Sumter, SC 29151

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

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

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Marian Rose Brezicky 2014ES4300268

Personal Representative Michael Brezicky 76 Sally Street Wedgefield, SC 29168 Estate:

Alice B. Newmuis #2014ES4300254 Personal Representative Miraim Roman and Johnnie L. Roman, SR. 1625 Radical Road Sumter, SC 29153

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Charles Eli Robinson #2014ES4300237

Personal Representative Danyiel M. Robinson 1696 Indaba Way Charleston, SC 29414

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Tyrus Archie #2014ES4300241

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Tiffany Lewis C/O Garryl L. Deas Attorney At Law PO Box 1211 Sumter, SC 2915 Estate:

Furman Robinson, Jr. 2014ES4300266

Personal Representative Furman M. Robinson, III And Sharon E. Burr 66 Westwood Drive Sumter, SC 29154

Estate:

Ellen Marie Arl 2014ES4300264

Personal Representative Susan Arl C/O J. Cabot Seth Attorney At Law PO Box 1268 Sumter, SC 29151

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Ashby White #2014ES4300248

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Veronica Willis-Knight C/O Jeffrey T. Eady Attorney At Law 109 Wappoo Creek Dr Ste 1-A Charleston, SC 29412

Legal Notice PUBLIC NOTICE S.C. DEPARTMENT OF H E A L T H A N D ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL 2600 BULL STREET COLUMBIA, SC 29201 April 16, 2014 NOTICE OF ISSUANCE OF TEMPORARY EMERGENCY PERMIT UNDER THE SOUTH CAROLINA HAZARDOUS WASTE MANAGEMENT ACT

The Department of the Air Force, Shaw Air Force Base (SAFB) located in Sumter, SC was issued a temporary emergency hazardous waste treatment permit by the South

Legal Notice Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control on April 16, 2014. This emergency treatment permit was issued under the authority of Section 61-79.270.61 of the South Carolina Hazardous Waste Management Regulations and expires on April 17, 2014. This permit authorizes on-site treatment of 20mm practice rounds that failed to fire. Over the course of two days, the failed rounds were blown at the Shaw Air Force Base Proficiency Range by Explosive Ordnance Disposal personnel using a total of 7.5 pounds of C-4 explosive and seven blasting caps. Copies of the permit are available for review during regular business hours 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, except legal holidays at the following locations: The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control Bureau of Land and Waste Management 2600 Bull Street Columbia, SC 29201 Phone (803) 898-2000 The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control Region 4 Environmental Control Office 105 Magnolia Street / PO Box 1628 Sumter, SC 29151, (803) 778-6548 Interested persons may submit comments on the emergency permit, and/or request a public hearing to: David Scaturo, P.E., P.G., Director Division of Waste Management Bureau of Land and Waste Management (803) 898-2000

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Voter Registration office will be open on May 17, 2014 from 10:00 12:00 noon for those wishing to register to vote in this election. The following office shall included in this Election: Councilmember

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Citizens desiring to be candidates for the above listed office may file at The Pinewood Town Hall at 16 E. Clark Street Pinewood, SC. This is a Non partisan election, and no party affiliation shall be placed on the ballot. The polls shall open at 7:00 A.M. on Election Day and closed at 7:00 P.M. At 10:00 A. M. on Election Day, the poll managers will begin examining the absentee ballot return envelopers. This examination will be held in the Sumter County Election Commission office in the Sumter County Courthouse, Sumter SC. On Thursday, June 19, 2014 at 9:30 A.M. at the Sumter County Registration/Election Commission office 141 N. Main Street Room 114 the Pinewood Election Commission will hold a hearing to determine the validity of any ballots challenged in this election, canvass votes cast in the Election and certify the results of the election

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Notice Of Application Notice is hereby given that The Dog House of Sumter intends to apply to the South Carolina Department of Revenue for a license permit that will allow the sale ON premises consumption of Beer, Wine & Liquor at 3880 Broad St. Ext, Sumter, SC 29150. To object to the issuance of this permit / license, written protest must be postmarked no later than May 22, 2014. For a protest to be valid, it must be in writing, and should include the following information: (1) the name, address and telephone number of the person filing the protest; (2) the specific reasons why the application should be denied; (3) that the person protesting is willing to attend a hearing (if one is requested by the applicant); (4) that the person protesting resides in the same county where the proposed place of business is located or within five miles of the business; and (5) the name of the applicant and the address of the premises to be licensed. Protests must be mailed to: S.C. Department of Revenue, ATTN: ABL, P.O. Box 125, Columbia, South Carolina 29214; or Faxed to: (803) 896-0110.

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Project: ITB #26-13/14 Calhoun St. Waterline 2014 Invitation for Sealed Bids for City of Sumter will be received until Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 2:00 pm. For bid documents, plans and specifications contact the Office of the City Engineer at 803-436-2558 or visit www.sumtersc.gov/purchasing.aspx for more information.

Public Hearing NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING A public meeting is scheduled for Monday, May 12, 2014, for parents and citizens of Sumter School District to make recommendations regarding the design and plan for the 2014-2015 Title I, Title II, and Title III projects. The meeting will be held at the Sumter School District Annex, 220 Hasel Street, room 111, at 9:00 a.m.

PUBLIC NOTICE T h e S u m t e r C o u n t y Registration/Election will have its first Tabulation Test Run for the June 10, 2014 Primary Election on Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 11:15 A. M. This will take place at the Sumter County Courthouse Room 114.

To be considered all requests and/or comments must be received in writing no later than forty-five (45) days from the date this notice is published.

TOWN OF PINEWOOD Special Election The Municipal Election Commission of the Town of Pinewood announces a Special Election to be held on Tuesday, June 17th 2014. Any persons wishing to register to vote in this election must do so no later than May 17, 2014. The Sumter County

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Public works director plugs away at leaky pipes BY JIM HILLEY jim@theitem.com (803) 774-1211 It’s a complaint that just about every utility director in the country has heard. “I go out to eat somewhere and they are ‘You just paved the road; why did you dig it up for?,” said Manning Public Works Director Ruben Hardy. While it’s easy to believe

such situations arise from poor planning, actually the roadwork itself can create leaky pipes below the roadway. “The worst thing is the milling machines,” he said. “Usually, after they mill it and take off an inch and a half, they’ve vibrated it, they’ve shaken it, and the leaks will pop up on us.” The milling isn’t all bad

news for the utility workers however. “A lot of these roads have as much as 9 inches of asphalt over the water line. If you went in there now (before it is milled) to try to find it you will end up tearing up a whole bunch of stuff. It doesn’t happen all the time, but at least you know where the service line is because they expose the original cut

when they mill that asphalt down,” Hardy said. Roads can have 11 inches or more of pavement built up over the years, he said. Even so, utility pipes underneath roadways take a pounding every day, for many years. “Usually when you see a leak in the street it is an old line that was put in 60 years ago,” he said. “When the

pavement is uneven or not smooth and a truck drives over it, it is like taking a sledgehammer to the pipes.” He said the DOT will usually notify a municipality that they are going to resurface a road in a rough timeframe. Hardy likes to have a window between milling and final paving to work on the

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Lannes Prothro of Prothro Chevrolet serves up Lowcountry Boil at the 2013 Taste. The Taste will be held outdoors at Weldon Auditorium in Manning on May 10 this year.

Manning fires up the grills for BY JIM HILLEY 803-774-1211 jim@theitem.com

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o much good food will be cooking outside the Weldon Auditorium in Manning for the Taste, Saturday, May 10, organizers may have to put up an alligator patrol to keep the critters from the Pocotaligo River. What’s on the menu? Well, it’s a mouthful. “As of now, we have frog legs, we got quail, we got chicken wings, we got spare ribs, we got a couple of different barbecue options, venison burritos, apple teas, shrimp and grits, soul food rolls, Asian teriyaki duck, beer butt chicken, ribs, crawfish and

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Vicki and Rock Ouzts crack and peel steaming hot crawfish at the 2013 Taste, as Aften Briggs and Chef Ferrell Cothran enjoy some of the delicious crustaceans.


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The Manning City Council awarded several local citizens with Proclamations of Appreciation for their contribution to the community during the recent Striped Bass Festival for their work as volunteeers: From left: Police Chief Blair Shaffer, Kay Morris, Ron Byrely, Denise Harrison, Mary Ann Donbeck, Carolyn James, Bobby Baker of the Manning Times, Terry Rogers of Piggly Wiggly and Sonya Conyers of Bojangles. Not present but also receiving proclamations were Lamar Kennedy of IGA Grocery and Angie Jordan of Subway.

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Manning Mayor Julia Nelson, above left, presents Maryann Danback with a Proclamation of Appreciation for her work in the community as a volunteer and to promote National Volunteer Month Monday, April 20, at the Manning City Council Meeting. Manning Mayor Julia Nelson, right presents a Proclamation of Appreciation to Development and Tourism Director Carrie Trebil at the Manning City Council meeting. Hamblen was recognized for her work promoting National Historic Preservation Month in the community.

Red Cross volunteers Jennie Geddings and Nancy Cataldo receive a Proclamation of Appreciation from Manning Mayor Julia Nelson Monday, April 20. The pair were recognized for their work with the Red Cross in recognition of American Red Cross Month. Cataldo thanked the mayor and said the Red Cross has helped 79 people who have lost their homes in Clarendon County since July 1, 2013, including a family of 12.

BRIEF ENCOUNTERS ART EXHIBITION AND RECEPTION Lake Marion Artisans has awarded its inaugural David Manley Memorial Art Scholarship to Teena Hyashi Wilder of Clarendon County District 1, Scott’s Branch High School. Wilder plans to attend Columbia College to continue her art education. A reception will be held in her honor at the Lake Marion Artisans gallery at 108 Main St., Summerton from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 10. The reception is open and free to anyone with interest. Wilder’s artwork and that of the Lake Marion Artisans will be displayed at the gallery during the month of May. Regular gallery hours are Thursday and Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

BRIDGE CLOSING A portion on Liberty Church Road between S-14262 and S-14-48 in Clarendon County will be closed for approximately two months, as the South Carolina Department of Transportation replaces a bridge. The SCDOT expects the new bridge to be open by June 18. Motorists will be detoured on 2-14-262 and S-14-262. Some school bus routes in Clarendon School District 2 will be affected. For more information, call (803) 435-4431.

MENTORING PROGRAM Rural Leadership Institute-

Clarendon is beginning a mentoring program, called Operation Generation, for atrisk youths in Clarendon County School District One. Initially, the program will focus on students at Summerton Early Childhood Center and St. Paul Elementary. The board members of Rural Leadership Institute (RLI) Clarendon are asking adult members of the Clarendon community to volunteer to become mentors. Often, children simply need to know that someone cares about them and to have a positive role model in their lives. Mentoring time will take place on school property and only during school hours, possibly during the child’s activity time or lunch. The goal is to have mentors meet with children on a regular basis, for instance, once a week. Mentors will become volunteers of Clarendon School District One and will go through background checks as well as be given an orientation on being a mentor. For more information, call Bea Rivers at (803) 485-8164, Lesley Dykes at (803) 707-4901 or email rliclarendoncounty@ gmail.com.

THE TASTE The Clarendon County Chamber of Commerce and Weldon Auditorium will present The Taste, a day of “Homegrown Music, Food and Fun,” sponsored by the Bank of Clarendon on Satur-

day, May 10. The event will feature food from many different local cooks, caterers and restaurateurs, along with music from Blue Dogs, Blue Plantation Band and Gracious Day. The Taste begins at 2 p.m. on the grounds of Weldon Auditorium.Tickets are $45 in advance, $55 at the door and are available at Weldon and the Chamber of Commerce. For information on sponsorship opportunities, call (803) 435-4405.

CAMP HAPPY DAYS Camp Happy Days is here again, and donations of hats, T-shirts, sunscreen, toothpaste and other toiletries are sought. Cash donations are especially needed, as the camp is funded solely from donations. Camp Happy Days gives children with cancer and their siblings a chance to leave worries of hospitals and painful treatments far behind as they plunge into six days of more fun than a child could ever imagine. “But most of all, we would like donations to help pay the cost of the camp,” Bill Ellis said. “The most important thing for me is that these kids have a great time and they pay nothing for it. It’s a good cause, and we’ll take any help we can get.” For more information or to make a donation, call Bill Ellis at 460-7666. For more information on Camp Happy Days, visit www.camphappydays.org.

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Manny is a 1-year-old, Manchester Terrier mix who’s up to date on vaccines and already neutered. His lively personality requires plenty of exercise and play time. He would do best with a family who has plenty of time to give, as he thrives on attention. Manny is a very sweet, sensitive and affectionate little guy, who gets along with everyone. Even with children, cats or other dogs, Manny would make a perfect fit. Martha is about 5 years old, up to date on vaccines and already spayed. She is searching for a nice couple to hang out with. When she arrived at the Shelter she tested heartworm positive and has been receiving monthly heartworm medicine. In spite of all that, she has a few good years to spend with people who are willing to give her a little extra TLC. Meet Manny and Martha and some of their friends at A Second Chance Animal Shelter, 5079 Alex Harvin Highway (U.S. 301), which has numerous pets available for adoption. Adoption hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. To drop off an animal, call (803) 473-7075 for an appointment. If you’ve lost a pet, check www.ccanimalcontrol. webs.com and www.ASecondChanceAnimalShelter.com.

MATHIS, FROM PAGE C1 calling on businesses and individuals now to help make this possible. If you can make a donation, or have supplies that can be used, please give a call. He can be reached at (803) 460-8777. For more information contact: Teresa Bishop at (843) 571-4336 teresa@camphappydays.com. There is an old saying: It takes a village to raise a child. It also will take a village to help beat cancer. Together, we can make a difference. You will be amazed at what your donation can do. Be good to yourself and to others this week.


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Sen. Kevin Johnson and his wife Gloria will no doubt be back Saturday for The Taste. Last year, they served up flavored water. The Taste benefits the Clarendon County Chamber of Commerce and Weldon Auditorium.

The Republican Party of Clarendon County will meet Thursday, May 8, at the Cornerstone Free Will Baptist Church, 2116 Greeleyville Highway, Manning. Supper will be served at 6:30 p.m. and speakers will begin at 7 p.m. Guest speakers include: State Treasurer Curtis Loftis; Comptroller General Richard Eckstrom; Pat McKinney, a candidate for lieutenant governor; Sally Atwater, a candidate for superintendent of education; and Republican National Committee representative Hope Walker. The public is invited.

DEMOCRATIC PARTY MEETING — more country than rock. The Blue Plantation Band is a laid back bluegrass sound, and then the Blue Dogs are Southern country rock, sort of a Charleston feel to it.” The Taste is held to benefit the Clarendon Chamber of Commerce and Weldon Auditorium. “We are hoping for a good crowd,” Prothro said. “We’ve never done it in conjunction with a concert, which obviously increases

our costs a little bit, but at the same time it’s an extra draw as well.” He said he doesn’t expect the event to be “too formal.” “It’s very laid back,” he said. “Bring chairs. Bring a tailgate mentality. If you want to, bring a tent, pop it up and come for the day.” Prothro said drinks are included with the ticket, and coolers will not be allowed in. He said Tuesday, April 29, they had about 20 cooks

his contract when he will do the work.” Hardy said the contractors to the contractor. like to get the whole job done “I usually ask them to give quickly. me a couple of weeks from “The main thing with a the time they are going to mill contractor is they move in all it so we can respond to it and their equipment one time. fix the lines down in the They don’t want to move the road,” he said. “However it’s left up to the contractor and

DIRECTOR, FROM PAGE C1 utilities, he said, but it is often difficult to arrange time to get in and dig up leaky pipes. He said the DOT works with municipalities to let them know when a highway is going to be repaved, but the timing is usually up

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THE TASTE, peel-and-eat shrimp,” said event co-chairman Pro Prothro. While the event has been at Weldon for a few years, Prothro said it will be different this year. “We are setting it more like an outdoor tailgate and concert instead of like a feeding extravaganza as we have in the past,” he said. “It will be outdoor cooks only, no indoor stuff.” Title sponsor the Bank of Clarendon along with the Clarendon County Chamber of Commerce and Weldon Auditorium are behind the Taste, which organizers call a day of “homegrown music, food and fun.” Three bands are booked to provide entertainment. Gracious Day out of Charleston takes the stage at 2 p.m., the Blue Plantation Band out of Edisto will entertain the crowd at 4 p.m., and the Blue Dogs, also out of Charleston, are set for 6 p.m. “Gracious Day is sort of a Southern country rock,” Prothro said. “They got a really good, pure type of sound, ‘countryesque’ rock

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signed up but they would be glad to have more cooks to add to the menu. After all, if they do have alligator for supper, it would be much better if they are cooked. Tickets are $45 in advance or $50 at the door. Tickets are available at Weldon Auditorium, 7 Maple St. and the Clarendon County Chamber of Commerce, 19 N. Brooks St. For more information, call (803) 435-4405.

equipment two times, once for milling and once for paving,” he said. “If the contractor has a deadline of Friday, they will often wait till Thursday and mill it all that day and then turn right around and pave it the next day. That is what gives us the problem.”

The Clarendon County Democratic Party will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 1, at the Clarendon County Administration Building, 411 Sunset Drive, Manning. The meeting is open to the public. For more information, call Glenn Ardis at 803-452-6013 Midlands Gives Fundraiser Jordan Crossroads Ministry Center – Haven of Rest (Domestic Violence Crisis Women Center) will be participating in a One Day On-Line Fundraiser through Midlands Gives on May 6.

JCMC - HAVEN OF REST MEETING Jordan Crossroads Ministry Center – Haven of Rest will hold its public monthly meeting at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, May 7, at New Covenant Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall. Parking is available in the parking area nearest the entrance to the Fellowship Hall. Call Ann Driggers at (803) 309-8085 for more information.

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NOTICE TO CREDITORS OF ESTATES All persons having claims against the following estates MUST file their claims on FORM #371ES with the Probate Court of Clarendon County, the address of which is 411 Sunset Dr. Manning, SC 29102, within eight (8) months after the date of the first publication of this Notice to Creditors or within one (1) year from date of death, whichever is earlier (SCPC 62-3-801, et seq.), or such persons shall be forever barred as to their claims. All claims are required to be presented in written statements on the prescribed form (FORM #371ES) indicating the name and address of the claimant, the basis of the claim, the amount claimed, the date when the claim will become due, the nature of any uncertainty as to the claim, and a description of any security as to the claim.

Estate: Ernest Ludwig Rauber, Jr #2014ES1400105 Personal Representative: Linda C. Rauber Post Office Box 335 Manning, SC 29102 04/29/14 - 05/13/14 Estate: Lillian Coker Viger #2014ES1400100 Personal Representative: Patricia A. Derosa 609 Racebrook Road Orange, CT 06477 04/022/14 - 05/06/14 Estate: Clarence Ervin Hodge #2013ES1400294 Personal Representative: Brenda Hodge Wise 109 Beacon Light Road St. Matthews, SC 29135 Attorney: J. Cabot Seth P.O. Box 1268 Sumter, SC 29151 04/29/14 - 05/13/14

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