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Mayesville man convicted of using Fed money to pay debt ‘Sovereign citizen’ tried to pass $3M-plus in fraudulent checks BY ROB COTTINGHAM rcottingham@theitem.com COLUMBIA — A Mayesville man faces 25 years in prison after being convicted of attempting to pass fraudulent government checks. Charlie McCants Jr., 66, of Mayesville, was tried by a jury and found guilty of seven

counts of attempting to pass bogus government checks Monday, according to a news release from the of- McCANTS fices of U.S. Attorney William N. Nettles. During the trial, it was revealed McCants claimed to

be a “sovereign citizen,” which is “a U.S. citizen who rejects their citizen status and claim the government is operating outside of its jurisdiction,” the release reads. Sovereign citizens generally don’t recognize any form of government authority, from the federal level to local governments, and “renounce their

obligation to adhere to the laws, policies or regulations created by those governments.” Under this premise, McCants filed several bizarre documents in which he renounced his citizenship and somehow established a practice in which he used the U.S. Treasury to pay his debts.

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McCants’ name and his fraudulent endeavors might seem familiar to some locals. On Oct. 9, 2009, McCants and an accomplice reportedly purchased two Dodge pickup trucks from Sumter Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge using what appeared to be an SEE McCANTS, PAGE A10

Woman died before car hit Bullock: Heart attack killed 62-year-old BY ROB COTTINGHAM rcottingham@theitem.com

ing the crowd with their own styles and themes. While the afternoon grew

A 62-year-old woman initially thought to be the victim of a Warren Street hit and run on Friday night died before the incident. According to Sumter County Coroner Harvin Bullock, Doretta Bradham Johnson of Columbia died from a heart attack before being struck by a vehicle about 8:30 p.m. Friday. “From what the autopsy shows us, Ms. Johnson died from myocardial infarction,” BULLOCK Bullock said. “We originally thought the cause of death would be blunt force trauma, but it just wasn’t the case this time.” Bullock said the evidence from the autopsy indicated the victim didn’t die long before her body was struck by the vehicle near the intersection of Warren Court and Warren Street. “From what we can tell, she died shortly before she was struck,” he said. “But we definitely know it was a heart attack given the lack of blood from the incident.” Bullock explained that, while the body suffered several broken bones, there was very little blood at the scene because the heart had stopped beating. The hit and run is still being investigated, however. “The hit and run is part of the incident as a whole, so we’re still looking into that and

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The South Carolina State University Marching 101 Bulldog drumline entertains the crowd at Donald L. Crolley Memorial Stadium in Dalzell on Sunday night as it closes the Crestwood High School Battle of the Bands with an exhibition performance.

Schools rock out at Battle of the Bands BY TYLER SIMPSON Special to the Item The blare of horns and the sturdy pound of bass drums echoed throughout Donald Crolley Memorial Stadium Sunday as eight marching bands took the field to compete in the 8th Annual Crestwood High School Battle of the Bands. The event, which was sponsored and organized

by the Crestwood marching band program, drew a large crowd. The turnout was actually larger than expected, according to Crestwood Band Director Brian Moss. “What a blast,” said Moss. “Perfect weather, good food, a lot of people and many talented bands. It doesn’t get better than that.” The event didn’t consist of bands that simply

8TH ANNUAL CRESTWOOD HIGH SCHOOL BATTLE OF THE BANDS RESULTS: Best Overall: Pine Forest High School Best Drum Line: Class A - Darlington High School Class B - Lower Richland High School Class C - Pine Forest High School Best Auxiliary Color Guard and Dance Class A - Darlington High School Class B - Lower Richland High School Class C - Pine Forest High School Best Horn Line Class A - Woodland High School Class B - Dillon High School Class C - Pine Forest High School

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marched and played music. All the participating bands also danced and high-stepped in show-stop style, entertain-

Fireside Fund comes just in time for cooler temperatures BY JACK OSTEEN jack@theitem.com The Item’s annual Fireside Fund has officially begun, and along with it has come some chilly nights as well. This year’s Fireside Fund is dedicated to the late Glenn Sharp, one of Sumter’s greatest philanthropists and businessmen. Founded in 1969, the Fireside Fund collects money for those Sumterites who need help with heating costs including past-due electric bills and vouchers for kerosene and wood. The Item collects the money, and the Sal-

vation Army interviews candidates. Pamela Lassiter, social worker with the Salvation Army, said she began getting calls in mid-October and said she was able to help many families last year but thinks the need will be ever greater this coming season. “I have been getting lots of calls and walk-ins for kerosene. I have begun setting appointments to give vouchers,” Lassiter said. “There have been between 75 and 100 calls so far for kerosene.” She encourages anyone needing assistance to call to make an appointment and a to get a list of documenta-

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Summerton man shot in leg

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Sumter writer Minnie Dix, who also writes as Leigh McKnight, will sign her adult books “Sinners Never Sleep” and “Satisfying the Woman in Me” at 3 p.m. Saturday at Books-AMillion in Sumter Mall. Books will be available for purchase. To learn more, visit www. leighmcknightonline. com.

A 50-year-old Summerton man was hospitalized Saturday after being shot in the leg. About 7:24 p.m., investigators with the Clarendon County Sheriff’s Office responded to Clarendon Memorial Hospital’s emergency room in reference to a gunshot victim. The 50-year-old man re-

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portedly told law enforcement that he was walking down U.S. 301 in Summerton when a black man riding a moped pulled up to him. According to the report, the suspect was angry. He reportedly told the victim he owed him some money and “I should shoot you.” The man on the moped then reportedly pulled out a chrome handgun. The victim told him “to stop playing around,” and then the suspect reportedly shot him

in the upper left leg before riding off. “He was taken to MUSC to get the projectile out yesterday (Sunday),” said Maj. Kipp Coker. The sheriff’s office continues to investigate the incident. Anyone with information is asked to contact Maj. Coker at (803) 435-4414. Reach Jade Anderson at (803) 7741250.

Groups team up for port city regulations CHARLESTON — A citizens group from Charleston has formed a coalition with similar groups in Venice, Italy, and Key West, Fla., to work for regulations protecting smaller historic port cities from the congestion and pollution that can accompany cruise calls. “The only way we can do anything is if we work together and if we shout together,” Carrie Agnew, executive director of Charleston Communities for Cruise Control, said Monday. “By working together and by joining forces and sending out the same messages everywhere we can have that much more credibility, we can have that much more reach.” The Charleston group will work with a group called No Big Boats in Venice and the Key West Committee for Responsible Tourism. The size and number of cruise ships has been a subject of controversy in both cities in recent years and “Charleston is sort of on a precipice,” Agnew said.

Whale dies after being stranded on beach HILTON HEAD ISLAND — Federal officials said a whale has died after being found off the shore of Hunting Island in Beaufort County. The pygmy sperm whale was spotted in a marsh area stuck on an oyster bed Sunday morning, Jessica Conway, a marine biologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, told The Island Packet of Hilton Head Island. The whale died after the tide fell, Conway said. She performed a necropsy at the site and took samples for testing, but the cause of death was not immediately available. Conway said she doesn’t know yet whether the death is related to a virus spreading through dolphin and whale populations along the East Coast.

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Ken Lyles of the Carolina Coin Club of Sumter looks up information on an 1896 Morgan silver dollar in preparation for Saturday’s coin show at Sumter Mall.

Bring your change to 10th Sumter coin show BY IVY MOORE ivym@theitem.com Whether you’re interested in art, history or investing, there’s something in numismatics to gain and hold your attention, said Ken Lyles, a longtime coin collector who’s been a member of the Carolina Coin Club of Sumter for 45 years. On Saturday, when the club hosts its 10th annual coin show from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in center court at Sumter Mall, those attending can learn a great deal about all three aspects. “There are different types of collectors, too,” Lyles said. “There’s a pure collector who saves coins because he was interested in them, as I did when I was a kid. If you start trying to put together a collection of things you’re interested in and not getting all excited about the cost, the value, then you have the pure fun of collecting. And the byproduct is that you’ll have to learn a lot more about a lot of things — history, metallurgy, the artist who designed the coin.” From an investment standpoint, Lyles said, “the most ever paid for a coin was paid this year — $10,016,875 for a 1794 (flowing hair) silver dollar.” While it’s highly unlikely anyone in Sumter has a coin that valuable, Lyles said it’s

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Several different silver dollars surround a case with a government-issued $1 silver coin and a $50 gold coin. The makeup of each is 100 percent of the precious metal.

still possible to find some fairly valuable coins — rarely — in one’s pocket change. He’s a wealth of information about U.S. coins, starting from the late 1700s to the current day. He knows the metal content from the copper, bronze and silver coins to the gold coins that came after the 1849 gold rush, to today, when precious metals are only a thin cover on our coins. Lyles also listed the different values of a coin: 1 — face value — you can always get 5 cents for a nickel, e.g.; 2 — intrinsic (value of the metal in it); 3 — numismatic (collector value); and 4 — what a willing buyer and a willing collector can

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agree upon. He held a Morgan 1881-S silver dollar in near-mint condition as an example. “It’s worth $1 face value, about $29 in bullion, but $280 to a collector. “The main point,” Lyles said, “is don’t agree to any one of those criteria unless you know what you’re talking about.” The coin club can help with that. “What we’re trying to do as a club is to emphasize coin collecting as an investment, as a pure hobby and as the general hoarders and accumulators,” he continued. “We’re going to put special emphasis on youth, using one of our club members, Mitch Griffith, who has been

a club member almost half of his life. He’s 15 and started coming to club meetings with his grandfather when he was about 8. “Mitch will have a table set up, and he’s going to be trying to attract a younger crowd. He’ll have some things they should be especially interested in. In his case, Indian head cents and buffalo nickels, so back in the time of the (American) Indians.” Lyles said he finds the history of coins most fascinating. “It helped me so much in school when I hated history,” he said, laughing. The Carolina Coin Club of Sumter invites the public to come by its show Saturday, look at some coins, ask questions, bring in personal collections and buy, sell or trade coins. Members will also appraise up to five coins per collector at no charge. If you happen to come across an 1877 Indian head cent in good condition, put it in a safe place. It could be worth upward of $650. In addition, the club will give away a $5 gold coin in a 5 p.m. drawing. The Carolina Coin Club of Sumter meets on the third Tuesday of each month at the Sumter County Recreation Department, 155 Haynsworth St. Visitors are welcome. Call Lyles at (803) 775-8840 for more information.

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Attorney general to prosecute Hartsville mobile home deaths

Thomas Sumter Academy lower school students recently got an up-close view of a corn snake being handled by Jana Dehoff of Carolina Wildlife Care. Dehoff also brought along an owl and possum to show the children.

HARTSVILLE — The case of a South Carolina mother charged in the fire deaths of her four children will be prosecuted by the state attorney general’s office. Hope Hawkins, 21, faces four counts each of homicide by child abuse and illegal conduct toward a child in the deaths in a house fire in Hartsville last April. Authorities said Hawkins left the children — ranging in age from 10 months to 4 years old — at home alone.

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Terry Phillip Peterson, 23, of 4412 Amelia Drive, was charged with unlawful carrying of a pistol following a traffic stop that occurred about 11:23 a.m. Friday in the 4000 block of Amelia Drive and Reona Avenue. According to the report, the driver of a white vehicle failed to use a turn signal. When stopped, the driver and the passenger had inconsistent stories. Both were removed from the vehicle and frisked. Law enforcement reportedly found the pistol on Peterson, and he did not have a concealed weapons permit. Pamela Renise Goines, 28, of 2785 Burnt Gin Road, was charged with driving under suspension, second offense, following a traffic stop about 9:29 a.m. Saturday in the 2000 block of S.C. 261 South and Wedgefield Road. According to the report, a 2000 white Impala was reportedly clocked doing 53 mph in a 35-mph zone. Once deputies made contact with the driver, a check of her driver’s license showed she was driving under suspension. Michael Christopher Bolden, 29, of 3665 Bolden Lane, Dalzell, was charged with simple possession of marijuana and driving under suspension, third offense, following a traffic stop that took place about 11:50 a.m. Saturday in the 4000 block of Thomas Sumter Highway and Charles Jackson Street. According to the report, law enforcement spotted a tan Mercury Grand Marque with a cracked driver’s side windshield and stopped the driver for operating an unsafe vehicle. A check of the driver’s license revealed the suspect was driving under suspension. A cigar containing suspected marijuana was also reportedly found in the car. James Franklin Burns, 22, of 4361 Amelia Drive, was charged with possession of marijuana, first offense, and possession of drug paraphernalia following a traffic stop about 2:22 p.m. Saturday in the 5000 block of Broad Street and Peach Orchard Road. According to the report, law enforcement spotted a white Ford Taurus with an “extremely dark tint” and no decals. A traffic stop was initiated, and the deputy could reportedly smell marijuana coming from the vehicle. A search of the vehicle revealed a silver grinder with marijuana residue in it, a sliver/chrome smoking pipe containing marijuana residue and a small glass jar containing about 2 grams of suspected marijuana. Robert Lee Chandler,

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42, of 8600 Summerton Highway, Pinewood, was charged with driving under suspension, ninth offense, following a traffic stop about 9:52 a.m. Sunday in the 2000 block of U.S. 521 and Zoar Church Road. According to the report, law enforcement pulled over a red Jaguar traveling 64 mph in a 55mph zone. A run of the suspect’s name through the Department of Motor Vehicles database revealed he was driving under suspension and was an habitual offender. Grace Jackson Karvelas, 61, of 777 Madison St., was charged with public disorderly conduct following an incident that reportedly occurred about 8:16 p.m. Saturday in the 6000 block of Camp Mac Boykin Road and Milford Plantation Road. Law enforcement arrived at the scene of a black Jaguar

with its flashers on and a tire being changed. According to the report, deputies spoke with the suspect and could smell alcohol. The suspect reportedly tried to leave in a vehicle and was detained by law enforcement despite trying to pull away. Robert Bundy McDuffie Jr., 72, of 43 S. Church St., Summerton, was charged with disorderly public conduct following an incident that reportedly occurred about 8:16 p.m. Saturday

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in the 6000 block of Camp Mac Boykin Road and Milford Plantation Road. According to the report, the suspect was at the scene where a tire was being changed on a black Jaguar. The suspect reportedly smelled of alcohol and ran at the deputies. He reportedly resisted arrest while being handcuffed. Lemacks Brabham, 57, of 8455 Camden Highway, Rembert, was charged with having an open container of alcohol and driving under

suspension, first offense, following a traffic stop that occurred about 4:03 p.m. Sunday in the 500 block of Hagood Street. According to the report, law enforcement saw that the driver of a blue Ford Taurus was not wearing a seatbelt. A check of the license revealed the suspension, and during

inventory of the vehicle, a 24-ounce Bud Light was in the cup holder. STOLEN PROPERTY:

An air conditioner valued at $5,000 was reportedly stolen from the 4000 block of Slick Willie Drive about 3:37 p.m. Friday. The back doors of the business also sustained $600 in damage.

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New ads oppose trash bill BY SEANNA ADCOX The Associated Press COLUMIBA — Conservation groups and county governments are fighting legislation they contend will eventually lead to more out-ofstate trash being dumped in South Carolina, stinking up the state and polluting the environment. Business groups argue the proposal does no such thing. They contend the bill bans a government monopoly on trash, ensuring businesses have choices when it comes to waste disposal. The debate will pick up when the Legislature returns in January. The bill, which limits counties’ control of trash within their borders, quickly passed the House in January by a vote of 89-28 before getting hung up in the Senate. As part of an effort to prevent its passage, a coalition that calls itself Don’t Dump on SC launched a statewide campaign of radio and TV advertisements Monday that will run for the next month. The group’s members include the Coastal Conservation League, Sierra Club, Conservation Voters of South Carolina and the Association of Counties. “This is about putting South Carolina first,” said Ann Timberlake, executive director of the Coastal Conservation. “Trash should not be a growth industry in South Carolina.” The bill bars counties from requiring that garbage go to public landfills. Currently in South Carolina, there are nine public landfills owned by local governments and eight privately owned commercial landfills that accept household garbage.

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Study: 8.8B Earth-size, just-right planets WASHINGTON (AP) — Space is vast, but it may not be so lonely after all: A study finds the Milky Way is teeming with billions of planets that are about the size of Earth, orbit stars just like our sun and exist in the Goldilocks zone — not too hot and not too cold for life. Astronomers using NASA data have calculated for the first time that in our galaxy alone, there are at least 8.8 billion stars with Earth-size planets in the habitable temperature zone. The study was published Monday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Science. For perspective, that’s more Earth-like planets than there are people on Earth. As for what it says about the odds that there is life somewhere out there, it means “just in our Milky Way galaxy alone, that’s 8.8 billion throws of the biological dice,” said study co-author Geoff Marcy, a longtime planet hunter from the University of California at Berkeley. The next step, scientists say, is to look for atmospheres on these planets with powerful space telescopes that have yet to be launched. That would yield further clues to whether any of these planets do, in fact, harbor life. The findings also raise a blaring question, Marcy said: If we aren’t alone, why is “there a deafening silence in our Milky Way galaxy from advanced civilizations?” In the Milky Way, about 1 in 5 stars that are like our sun in size, color and age have planets that are roughly Earth’s size and are in the habitable zone where life-crucial water can be liquid, according to intricate calculations based on four years of observations from NASA’s now-crippled Kepler telescope.

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Many health woes in teens seeking obesity surgery BY LINDSEY TANNER AP Medical Writer CHICAGO — U.S. teens seeking weightloss surgery have a startling number of health problems that used to be seen only in adults, according to a major government-funded study. Half the teens had at least four major illnesses linked with their excess weight. Three out of four had cholesterol problems, almost half had high blood pressure or joint pain and many had diseased livers or kidneys. These kids weighed three times more than what is considered healthy; they weren’t just teens “who want to fit into that cheerleading outfit better,� said Dr. Thomas Inge, the study’s lead researcher and a surgeon at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. The study offers reassuring evidence that obesity surgery is generally safe for teens, echoing previous shortterm research. While it is a drastic, last-ditch option, major complications including accidental injury to internal organs occurred in just 8 percent of teens. Less serious complications, including bleeding and dehydration, affected

15 percent of kids during the first month after surgery. The study involved 242 teens who had surgery at five U.S. centers from 2007 through 2011. Results for the first month after surgery were released online Monday in the journal JAMA Pediatrics. The National Institutes of Health paid for the study. In a recent scientific statement, the American Heart Association said obesity surgery may be the most effective treatment for what it called “severe obesity� in teens, a condition it said affects about 5 percent of U.S. children and is increasing nationwide. The group’s threshold for severe obesity is a body mass index of at least 35; the average BMI in the study was 51. Because lifestyle changes and medication rarely work for such obese teens, the statement says obesity surgery should be considered for those with related health problems who are psychologically mature enough to handle it. The new results bolster evidence from smaller studies in teens and also suggest teens may do better, at least initially, than adults.

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Chelsea Hale holds a photo of herself taken three years ago at the age of 17 before she had weight-loss surgery. Before surgery, Hale weighed 314 pounds, and she is now about 170 pounds. A government-funded study published online Monday shows that teens seeking weight-loss surgery have a startling number of health problems that used to be seen only in adults.

Earlier 30-day research in adults found a few deaths after obesity surgery, although the risk was no greater than for other major operations. There were no deaths in the teen study. A three-year followup report on more than 2,000 patients in the adult study was also published online Monday in the Journal

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of the American Medical Association. It showed adults generally had fewer obesityrelated illnesses than in the teen study and most weight loss occurred within the first year after surgery. Gastric bypass surgery, the most common opera-

tion in the U.S., resulted in more weight loss and more improvement in related illnesses than stomach banding, as other studies have shown. Threeyear death rates were low and similar for both procedures, but band patients had

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LEFT: The Crestwood High School Marching Knights perform as an exhibition band toward the end of the competition. The theme of the performance was â&#x20AC;&#x153;Welcome to the Jungle,â&#x20AC;? where the band performed songs from the motion picture â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Lion Kingâ&#x20AC;? and classics like â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jungle Boogieâ&#x20AC;? from Kool & The Gang. BELOW: The drum major of Pine Forest High School Band leads the band in show-stop dancing. Pine Forest won Best Drumline, Best Auxiliary Color Guard and Dancing, Best Hornline and First Place in Excellence in the Class C Division, as well as Best Overall Band.

BATTLE from Page A1 colder as the sun went down, the bands continued to get down, and the crowd continued to cheer and shout. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wonderful that a school of Crestwoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s size could bring together so many bands and such a huge crowd,â&#x20AC;? said James Richardson, band director for the Pine Forest High School marching band, winners of the best overall band award. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It shows that this community supports marching bands, and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very important for education at this point.â&#x20AC;? The competition placed bands into three different groups based on the size of the band â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Class A, B and C. Judges, all representatives of Crestwood, handed out awards based on numerous categories, including the winning band of each class and the best overall band in the competition. Individual sections in each band, such as horn line, dance line and drum major, were also presented with awards. In addition to the best overall award, the North Carolina-based Pine Forest High also received the Best Class C marching

band award, as well as awards for best horn line, best auxiliary color guard and dancing and best drum line in the Class C division. Lamar High School took home the award for best band in Class A, and Lower Richland High School won best in class B. Because Crestwood hosted the event, the Marching Knights did not compete but performed in exhibition after all the other bands competed. The theme of their performance was â&#x20AC;&#x153;Welcome to the Jungle,â&#x20AC;? where the band danced and performed music that includes originals from the motion picture â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Lion Kingâ&#x20AC;? and classic songs from bands like Kool & The Gang. The competition was also a fundraiser for the Crestwood band program. Also performing exhibition was the South Caroline State University Marching 101 Bulldog Band, with band members from each of the competing schools performing with the university band. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was wonderful to see our band members

with South Carolina State,â&#x20AC;? said Daphene Kennedy, president of the Crestwood Band Boosters. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was just a wonderful and exciting event.â&#x20AC;? The band not only attended and performed as part of their recruiting process across South Carolina, but also to support arts programs in South Carolina high schools. According to SC State band director Eddie Ellis, this year marks the sixth time the band attended the competition. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Good competition helps all programs and music education in South Carolina, so itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very important,â&#x20AC;? Ellis said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When talking about budget cuts, musical education and band programs are usually the first to be cut, so events like this that support music and music education are very positive and should continue to the infinity.â&#x20AC;?

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size, reinvent and personalize the sounds of other musicians and adapt some of the outlandish showmanship that would become his signature. An American original, Hendrix was first appreciated by English musicians and their hangers-on. Within months of being discovered by a girlfriend of Keith Richards and a former member of the Animals, Hendrix would be the toast of the London club scene, where he was anointed as the act to see by the likes of John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Mick Jagger. The more familiar and welldocumented footage of Hendrix at Monterey Pop and Woodstock represent the least interesting moments of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Train.â&#x20AC;? The most revealing and rewarding come in the form of interview footage with a self-conscious introvert. When a fawning Dick Cavett calls him â&#x20AC;&#x153;the greatest guitarist in the world,â&#x20AC;? Hendrix suggests he is simply the best guitarist â&#x20AC;&#x153;sitting in this chair.â&#x20AC;?

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Series Notes Gibbs needs family time on â&#x20AC;&#x153;NCISâ&#x20AC;? (8 p.m., CBS, TV-PG) * A bedbug infestation on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dadsâ&#x20AC;? (8 p.m., Fox, TV-14) * Klaus protects Haley on â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Originalsâ&#x20AC;? (8 p.m., CW, TVPG) * A threat to mass transit on â&#x20AC;&#x153;NCIS: Los Angelesâ&#x20AC;? (9 p.m., CBS, TV-14) * Barry neglects his motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s advice on â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Goldbergsâ&#x20AC;? (9 p.m., ABC, TV-PG) * Animal communication on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Supernaturalâ&#x20AC;? (9 p.m., CW, TV-14) * Letting go on â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Mindy Projectâ&#x20AC;? (9:30 p.m., Fox, TV-14) * Party crash-

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Late Night John Goodman is booked on â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Daily Show with Jon Stewartâ&#x20AC;? (11 p.m., Comedy Central) * David Mizejewski and Artie Lange are on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Conanâ&#x20AC;? (11 p.m., TBS) * Stephen Amell, Dov Davidoff, Jessimae Peluso and Ross Mathews are booked on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Chelsea Latelyâ&#x20AC;? (11 p.m., E!) * Kathy Griffin, Bruce McCall and J. Cole appear on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Late Show with David Lettermanâ&#x20AC;? (11:35 p.m., CBS) * Liam Hemsworth, JB Smoove and the Rides featuring Stephen Stills and Kenny Wayne Shepherd on â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Tonight Showâ&#x20AC;? (11:35 p.m., NBC) * Demi Lovato, Mark Consuelos and St. Lucia are on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jimmy Kimmel Liveâ&#x20AC;? (11:35 p.m., ABC) * Lucy Liu and Giada De Laurentiis visit â&#x20AC;&#x153;Late Night with Jimmy Fallonâ&#x20AC;? (12:35 a.m., NBC) * Kevin Kline and Jenna Dewan-Tatum on â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Late Late Showâ&#x20AC;? (12:35 a.m., CBS). Copyright 2013, United Feature Syndicate

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ASHINGTON — Ms. Know-It-All, the anonymous political advice columnist whose identity remains a popular Georgetown cocktail party guessing game, is also known to live up to her title now and then. Herewith a correspondence worth sharing. Dear Ms. Know-It-All: It appears that the witch Hillary Rodham Clinton is going to run for president. It makes my skin crawl to think of her and that husband of hers back in our White House, not to mention that they are Marxists like Obama and want to turn us into Sweden, for God’s sake. It’s not too soon for Republicans to marshal our forces for a little shock and awe when the Hildebeast finally announces. How can we stop her? Signed, A Kathleen PARKER proud, God-fearing, right-wing wacko-bird. Dear Wacko: Thank you for what seems to be your sincere interest in participating in our country’s health and welfare. And thanks, too, for contacting me because you need to hear what I have to say. You might want to sit down for this. If you’re on anti-anxiety medication, all the better. You are, how shall I put this? Idiot seems too strong, so I’ll go with foolish little man. “The witch Hillary”? Yes, I saw the little photo on Drudge with Hillary wearing a witch’s hat. Clever! And on Halloween, too. The headline suggested that someone somewhere should be upset that she earned close to $500,000 for two speeches for Goldman Sachs. I do believe I detect the scent of envy. Is that the best you’ve got? I don’t think I heard you folks express outrage when Sarah Palin was paid $100,000 a clip, and she was just a short-term governor and a failed vice-presidential candidate. Ronald Reagan once was paid $2 million for two 20-minute speeches by a Japanese manufacturing company. You get my drift. Speakers are commodities, and they earn what they’re worth to an audience. A former U.S. senator and secretary of state who also was once first lady is not a coupon item. To the larger point, you must stop witchifying this woman. She has one of the best résumés in the country, certainly compared to anyone who might challenge her. This doesn’t speak to her personality, which seems to aggravate a certain kind of male, or to her involvement with issues that have inspired legitimate criti-

cism. But in hurling personal insults, you are hurting only yourself. The bully always looks worse than the bullied. In so doing, you not only seem juvenile but look petty and bereft of substantive arguments. While you consider this assessment, imagine how much Hillary must welcome such schoolboy taunts. Pivot now to your lessthan-sterling record with women voters. Does the “war on women” ring a bell? I understand that this was mainly a fiction created by the Obama campaign (brilliant, I must say), but you had some help from a couple of star witnesses regarding “legitimate rape” and God’s will when a rape victim becomes pregnant. Why, do tell, would you be surprised that women who value their autonomy in making the most personal decisions might view such statements as “war”? My point: Don’t attack a woman as a woman. No allusions to awful female characters or anything to do with her appearance. If you have to resort to commentary about someone’s personal attributes, assuming they’re not wearing ridiculous headgear, you are signaling that you have no arrows in your quiver. This is especially relevant to women candidates for two reasons. One, men beating up a woman summons a number of associations that only make women recoil in revulsion. Two, while you were hunkering in your duck blind, women the world over were getting busy organizing and helping each other. There’s a global movement afoot in which Hillary Clinton has played a crucial part. If you attack her, all but the most rigidly ideological women will circle the wagons and you will lose. On the bright side, you won’t have to worry anymore about birth control. Your own, that is. At the moment, though Hillary’s ratings have slipped a bit, the GOP holds the distinction of being the first party in polling history to have a negative rating over 50 percent (53), according to a Wall Street Journal/NBC News survey. Thus, my advice: Marshal your sharpest thinkers and create a product that people want. If you can’t win with the strength of your arguments and the clarity of your vision, you can at least lose with your dignity intact — a decent start to a muchneeded Republican Reformation. Good luck. Kathleen Parker’s email address is kathleenparker@ washpost.com. © 2013, Washington Post Writers Group

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR The future is cloudy for grandma The recent Sunday editorial in The Item regarding the Affordable Care Act was informative, but more details are needed in the area of Medicare. Approximately one-half of Obamacare funding is from Medicare. This is referred to as waste, fraud and unnecessary treatment. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal asked a probing question on a talk show. What will Medicare do for grandma diagnosed with colon cancer at age 79? Will this decision be between family and doctor? Probably not. This decision will be based on the philosophy of the so-called advisory board. Most decisions will be based on cost. Remember grandma has paid her Medicare fees (out of Social Security) and supplementary fees for years. She is not a “free loader.” Lyndon Johnson’s original Medicare provided for the elderly — no reservations. The future is cloudy for grandma. I suspect if grandma is well off financially she will receive her treatment, but, if she is poor I fear for her. Dr. PHIL BRANDT Sumter

Obamacare designed to destroy health care system President Obama promised Americans in 2009, “If you like your insurance plan, you will keep it. No one will be able to take that away from you.” On April 1, 2010, April Fool’s Day, Obama told Americans, “Nothing in Obamacare forces people out of their health care plans.” He knew then, however, 40 to 67 percent of Americans would not be able to keep their plans due to the mandates intentionally placed within Obamacare. Nancy Pelosi knew it was the first step to a single-payer system when she told Americans they had no right to know what was in the bill until it had passed. Tutored by Communist Frank Marshall Davis, student of Socialist Saul Alinsky, and mentored by racist, hatespewing, anti-American Jeremiah Wright, Obama swore to “fundamentally change the United States” as president. Obama told AFL-CIO members in 2003, “I happen to be a proponent of single payer.” Obamacare is only a first step. Harry Reid recently declared, “What we’ve done with

Obamacare is have a step in the right direction, but we’re far from having something that’s going to work forever.” Obamacare was designed to destroy our health care system, designed to fail, and be replaced by single-payer health care. TODD “EASY” GARRICK Sumter

Affordable Health Care Act help available On Sept. 28, the Sumter County League of Women Voters received a briefing on the new Affordable Care Act. I was surprised to learn that only three insurance companies offer qualifying insurance policies in the Sumter market: BlueCross BlueShield, BlueChoice and Consumers’ Choice. In addition, only three insurance agencies are qualified to offer the new insurance coverage: Bynum Insurance, CreechRoddey-Watson Insurance and Sumter Insurance Group. There may be other agencies/ agents that will receive the necessary training and become qualified under the act. All future health insurance policies must include the “10 essential services” required by the federal government. Among these is the requirement to provide “maternity” coverage for all policy holders regardless of age or sex. There are four categories of plans available in South Carolina: Catastrophic (under age of thirty), Bronze, Silver and Gold. There are a total of 32 specific plans within these categories, each with different premiums, co-pays and available federal subsidies. Remember that when signing up for any of these plans, you should be sure to use the same number of family members and adjusted gross income figures that you will report to the IRS on April 15, 2014. Eventually these figures will be checked by the IRS. Sumter Family Health Center has two trained “navigators” who can assist you in working through the maze of rules and regulations that is the Affordable Care Act. There may be other “navigators” available through community service organizations. The penalty for not having qualifying insurance on March 31, 2014 will be $95 or 1 percent of your income, whichever is greater. In 2016 it will be $385 and in 2017 it will be $695.

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I hope that the above information will be of assistance to individuals and families who need health insurance coverage. Persons whose current health insurance policy is canceled by their insurance carrier because the policy does not qualify under the new rules can shop through the Health Insurance Marketplace for a plan that will provide the required 10 essential services. Or, contact one of the agencies mentioned above for assistance in obtaining the necessary coverage. CHARLES A. “CHUCK” GIBBS Sumter

Media outlets changing minds about Obama Spending my usual Sunday morning catching up on the news, it occurred to me that some media outlets are “kinda sorta” changing it’s “minds” about certain things. And, of course, the White House spins it as “just entertainment.” Both Letterman and Leno have done skits, monologues, etc., about Obamacare. Kimmel probably has also, but I don’t like ABC, so I don’t know if he has or not. The people at “Saturday Night Live” are having a field day with Obamacare. And all the satire aimed at Obamacare is not very kind to Mr. Obama. Now I’m starting to see actual news reports reporting the same things that the late-night people are making fun of. I’m sure it’s just a matter of time before the White House will start to distance themselves from the so-called “mainstream media.” I’m actually waiting for Chris Matthews to jump on the bandwagon. He may have already, but I just can’t seem to be able to tune in while he is on. For some reason, I’m busy doing other things during his air time. (You know, watching my pipes rust, watching paint dry). So, Mr. Obama’s approval ratings are dropping. Hmmmm. I just can’t seem to understand why. I mean, this president is supposedly the greatest president in history. He’s done more than any previous president before him. How can this be? (My attempt at humor.) I’m sure in the coming days, Mr. Baten or Mr. Ingle will respond with a legitimate reason why his numbers are dropping. I’m also sure that blaming Bush will pop up in there somewhere. DENNIS E. VICKERS Wedgefield

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Home for Holocaust survivors sees last generation CHICAGO (AP) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Listen to the many harrowing stories of war, suffering and survival, all under one roof: On the third floor, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Margie. A prisoner of Nazi labor camps, she hauled backbreaking cement bags and was beaten with clubs. Sometimes, she had only a piece of bread to eat every other day. She weighed 56 pounds when she was freed. Down the hall, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Edith. Though pregnant, she miraculously avoided the gas chamber at Auschwitz. She lost her mother, father and husband in the camps. After liberation, she faced even more heartbreak: Her son died days after his birth. Up on the eighth floor, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Joe. As a boy of 10, he was herded onto a cattle car and transported to a concentration camp â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the first of five heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be shuttled to over five cruel years. These Holocaust survivors share a history and a home: a retirement community founded more than 60 years ago for Jews whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d been victims of Nazi persecution. For decades, it was a refuge for those whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d endured the living hell of Auschwitz, Theresienstadt, Mauthausen and other camps. In its heyday, the Selfhelp Home, as itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s called, bustled with Jewish refugees from Germany, Austria and Czechoslovakia, the dining room a babel of central European tongues. Hundreds were on a waiting list. But that was long ago. As time passed, the need for a special sanctuary faded. Others who had not endured the genocide moved in. Only 12 Holocaust survivors â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the youngest in their mid-80s, the oldest 102 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; remain. So do a few dozen other Jews who escaped Hitlerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reach, often leaving behind family as they started new lives in Kenya, China, Colombia and other distant lands. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re now the last generation to bear witness to one of the greatest

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Joe Chaba, 85, and his wife, Helen, 89, sit together on the rooftop at the Selfhelp Home retirement community in Chicago on Sept. 18. The Chabas are part of the last generation of Holocaust survivors living at the home.

horrors of all time, a resilient community of friends and neighbors sharing what once seemed impossible: long lives. â&#x20AC;˘â&#x20AC;˘â&#x20AC;˘ Seventy-five years ago, Margie Oppenheimer awoke with a Nazi pointing a rifle in her 14-yearold face. It was Nov. 9, 1938, Kristallnacht â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the night of broken glass â&#x20AC;&#x201D; when the Nazis coordinated a wave of attacks in Germany and Austria, smashing windows, burning synagogues, ransacking homes, looting Jewishowned stores. They trashed the familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s apartment and small department store in Oelde, Germany. So began seven years of terror that took Oppenheimer from the Riga ghetto â&#x20AC;&#x201D; escaping mass killings by German squads â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to a series of labor and concentration camps. She broke concrete, shoveled sawdust, laid bricks, glued U-boats. She fought hunger and fear, lice and typhus, repeating to herself: â&#x20AC;&#x153;I WILL be strong. I want to live.â&#x20AC;? One day at the Stutthof concentration camp in Poland, Nazis marched Oppenheimer and others naked into an open field for inspection. Those strong enough to work

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were directed to the right. Oppenheimer, who was emaciated, was ordered to the left with hundreds of older women. She was placed into new barracks and had the Roman numeral II scrawled on her left forearm. Death seemed inevitable. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m thinking this is the last time I will see the sun,â&#x20AC;? she recalls. That night at the camp two friends did the unimaginable: Without saying anything, they pulled Oppenheimer under an electrified fence to another side of the camp. She scrubbed off one number on her arm so she was no longer marked for death. She stayed in those quarters and at the next dayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 6 a.m. roll call, she tried to hide her skeletal, barely 5-foot frame behind a tall woman. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The commander said, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;There is one person extra. Who IS that person? Come forward!â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Oppenheimer recalls, her highpitched voice imitating his stern tone. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My face was hot. It was on fire. I thought if anybody sees me, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll know I am the one who isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t supposed to be there.â&#x20AC;? An elderly woman was pulled from the line and dispatched to her death.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;She was killed because of me, because I wanted to be free,â&#x20AC;? Oppenheimer says, her eyes clouding with tears. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And I feel guilty about that until this living day.â&#x20AC;? The past never totally disappears. One night at dinner someone asked if everyone had received plum cake. Oppenheimer pointed to two tablemates. Suddenly she was reminded of a Nazi commander dubbed â&#x20AC;&#x153;the death fingerâ&#x20AC;? because heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d point, then declare with a â&#x20AC;&#x153;you, you, you,â&#x20AC;? those to be exterminated. She trembles just thinking about it. Oppenheimer now lives in a cozy, sun-lit apartment filled with four generations of family photos. She and her husband â&#x20AC;&#x201D; an Auschwitz survivor â&#x20AC;&#x201D; had decided long ago theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d eventually move to Selfhelp but he died before there was a need. Oppenheimer has found comfort there. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m happy to know that there are people here who went through the same thing,â&#x20AC;? she says. â&#x20AC;˘â&#x20AC;˘â&#x20AC;˘ Even when itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unspoken, the past is the emotional glue for these survivors. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think it has been very important for them to live as a group, even though they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t talk about it,â&#x20AC;? says Ethan Bensinger, who made a 2012 documentary, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Refuge,â&#x20AC;? about the place his 101-year-old mother, Rachel, calls home. The home actually started as an association in the mid-1930s when a branch of a New York organization called Selfhelp formed in Chicago. Selfhelp was more than a name; it was a philosophy for refugees who didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to depend on public aid. Instead, they started a support group, collecting meager dues to help each other find jobs or apartments, learn English and navigate daily life. Gerry Franks, one of the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s founders, had come from Berlin. Now 92, he still remembers

being 17 years old, watching from his bicycle the hateful frenzy of Kristallnacht as Nazi storm troopers painted small crosses in the corner of windows of Jewishowned businesses so mobs would know where to attack. He saw a schoolmate pick up a chair lodged in an already-shattered store window and hurl it into a magnificent chandelier. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I tell you, it broke something within me,â&#x20AC;? Franks says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I thought, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;What the heck am I doing in this country anymore?â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? His family left soon after. As a Selfhelp founder, Franks and others decided after about a decade to start a retirement community for their parents and other refugees, many attached to Old World ways. In 1951, a rambling, three-story brick house was dedicated in Hyde Park, on the South Side. The home later moved to a nine-story building on the North Side. Soon, the reason this home was founded will cease to be. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In a matter of years, this community will be gone, this sense of culture will be gone, these last links to what central Europe was before the war will be no longer be with us,â&#x20AC;? Bensinger says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a great sense of sadness for all of us.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;˘â&#x20AC;˘â&#x20AC;˘ Edith Stern sometimes thinks her memory is too strong. She remembers her improbable wedding ceremony in Theresienstadt. A concentration camp inmate with meningitis, she was too weak to stand, but strong enough to take her vows. Her head was bandaged and a pink silk gown peeked out from her blanket. Her groom stood at her side. â&#x20AC;&#x153;All the people cried,â&#x20AC;? she says with a wistful smile. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I laughed. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d married the man of my dreams.â&#x20AC;? She remembers months later, she and her mother on a transport, thinking they were head-

ing to a German labor camp where theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be reunited with their husbands. Instead, they arrived at Auschwitz. Her mother was dispatched to the gas chambers, Stern to work. She was ushered into the camp by a female guard who pointed to the chimneys, and delivered a chilling taunt: â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;&#x2122;You see those flames? Those are your parents, your husbands, your children burning.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Stern also remembers the anguish when the pregnant young widow, newly freed, arrived at a Prague hospital. The staff, seeing a scrawny woman with a shaved head, thought she was a prostitute and the babyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s father a Nazi. Stern says she was treated roughly at first. After three grueling days of labor, her son, Peter, was born. He had blood in his skull. He died three days later. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He was,â&#x20AC;? she says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;a beautiful baby.â&#x20AC;? Stern moved to Chicago in 1965 and joined the staff of Selfhelp, developing an instant rapport with the other refugees. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The reason I wanted to work there was I could never do anything for my parents because they were killed,â&#x20AC;? she says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;These people could have been my parents ... I loved them and they loved me.â&#x20AC;? Now a stylish, lively 92-year-old grandmother, Stern says she always knew sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d return. Moving in 14 years ago, she says, was â&#x20AC;&#x153;like coming home.â&#x20AC;? Her younger sister, Marietta, who spent the war with a foster family in England as part of Kindertransport, a rescue mission for Jewish children, lives across the hall. Stern says she and other survivors are forever bound by experiences few can comprehend. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had these terrible mutual memories,â&#x20AC;? she says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When I tell you about my life, you cannot imagine it. But these people can. For you, my story is like a novel. For them, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s real life.â&#x20AC;?

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HIT AND RUN from Page A1 following any leads we can,” Bullock said. Johnson was apparently a frequent visitor to Sumter who has family in the area. Her closest relatives identified by the Sumter County Coroner’s Office are an aunt and uncle who reside in Manning. A possible eye witness said he was leaving a nearby ATM when he saw what looked like a dark Pontiac Grand Prix strike the victim while she was in the roadway. The suspect then reportedly continued to travel west on Warren Street toward Broad Street, ultimately leaving the scene. Police did not release any new information

Monday, but officials said officers are continuing to investigate the incident. Law enforcement advise the public to be on the look out for a darkcolored, mid-sized car they think might now have damage to its front end. Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact the Sumter Police Department at (803) 436-2700 or Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC (2746372). Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.

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57° Clouds and breaks of sun

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SATURDAY 63°

44°

38° Breezy in the a.m.; mostly sunny, cooler

Plenty of sunshine

Winds: NE 8-16 mph

Winds: NE 6-12 mph

Winds: NE 6-12 mph

Winds: WSW 6-12 mph

Winds: NNE 8-16 mph

Winds: ENE 6-12 mph

Chance of rain: 10%

Chance of rain: 15%

Chance of rain: 15%

Chance of rain: 55%

Chance of rain: 5%

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Sumter through 4 p.m. yesterday

Gaffney 58/43 Spartanburg 58/46

Temperature High ............................................... 63° Low ................................................ 38° Normal high ................................... 70° Normal low ..................................... 44° Record high ....................... 84° in 2003 Record low ......................... 27° in 1966

Greenville 58/45

Precipitation

Bishopville 64/48

24 hrs ending 4 p.m. yest. ........... 0.00" Month to date .............................. 0.51" Normal month to date ................. 0.37" Year to date ............................... 44.00" Normal year to date ................... 41.06"

Lake Murray Marion Moultrie Wateree

Full 7 a.m. 24-hr pool yest. chg 360 356.33 -0.02 76.8 74.69 -0.04 75.5 74.55 -0.06 100 96.94 +0.04

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

Full pool 12 19 14 14 80 24

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

Today Hi/Lo/W 64/47/pc 56/41/pc 62/46/pc 64/48/pc 67/57/c 67/61/c 68/56/c 58/44/c 61/48/pc 66/48/pc

7 a.m. yest. 3.02 3.60 2.53 3.28 76.65 5.10

24-hr chg +0.25 -0.11 -0.03 -0.77 +0.02 -0.01

Wed. Hi/Lo/W 70/55/pc 62/51/pc 66/55/pc 71/54/pc 74/60/pc 73/64/pc 73/61/pc 67/56/pc 66/57/pc 70/56/pc

Sunrise today .......................... 6:44 a.m. Sunset tonight ......................... 5:25 p.m. Moonrise today ....................... 8:54 a.m. Moonset today ........................ 7:28 p.m.

Columbia 66/48 Today: Times of clouds and sun. Wednesday: Times of clouds and sun.

Sumter 64/49

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Nov. 25

Dec. 2

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

Charleston 68/56 The following tide table lists times for Myrtle Beach.

High Ht. 9:59 a.m.....3.8 10:11 p.m.....3.2 Wed. 10:51 a.m.....3.8 11:04 p.m.....3.2 Tue.

Wed. Hi/Lo/W 70/57/pc 71/58/pc 72/60/pc 71/58/pc 71/59/pc 82/65/pc 66/57/pc 70/58/pc 73/60/pc 66/56/pc

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

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Wed. Hi/Lo/W 64/56/pc 64/52/pc 73/62/pc 79/65/pc 68/59/pc 71/57/pc 67/57/pc 65/51/pc 73/62/pc 72/62/sh

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

Low Ht. 4:13 a.m....-0.3 5:01 p.m....-0.1 5:03 a.m....-0.3 5:53 p.m.....0.0

Today Hi/Lo/W 64/51/pc 66/57/c 59/47/c 58/43/c 60/45/c 65/57/c 58/46/c 68/58/c 68/54/c 56/42/c

Wed. Hi/Lo/W 70/58/pc 73/60/pc 67/54/pc 68/55/pc 68/55/pc 74/61/pc 65/56/pc 73/60/pc 74/60/pc 64/55/pc

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Johnsonville sweeps EC out of state volleyball playoffs BY EDDIE LITAKER Special To The Item TURBEVILLE — After earning a top seed and a first-round bye in the 1A volleyball state playoffs, East Clarendon’s 2013 season came to an end on Monday in the third round as fellow top seed Johnsonville swept its

way to a 3-0 victory by scores of 25-16, 25-12 and 25-11 at the ECHS gymnasium. The Lady Wolverines, who defeated AllendaleFairfax in second round play, closed out their season with a 13-7 record while Johnsonville improved to 17-2 and moves on to challenge

the winner of Monday’s matchup between Branchville and Charleston Charter for

the lower state championship. EC junior varsity volleyball coach Nancy Cane, subbing as varsity coach for her husband, O.J., said it was difficult to prepare to face a team of Johnsonville’s caliber. “It was more of a mental game, knowing

that a team like Johnsonville was coming in so strong,” Cane said of the loss. “(Johnsonville) played the game that they knew how.” EC scored the first two points of the first game and led 3-1 before Johnsonville took command. The Lady Flashes led 17-9 before the Lady

Wolverines rallied for three points from the service of Mikayla Anderson. However, Johnsonville was able to hold off the EC charge down the stretch to take the opening game. The Lady Wolverines got off to a slow start in SEE EC, PAGE B2

Stallions earn 6th seed in 2A DII playoffs BY DENNIS BRUNSON dennisb@theitem.com

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Jo Jo English, above center and below, talks to players and leads drills on Monday during his first official practice as the new head boys basketball coach at Sumter High School. English, a former standout at Lower Richland and the University of South Carolina, played in the NBA briefly with the Chicago Bulls. He takes over for Sam Fuller, who resigned last year after leading SHS to the 4A lower state title game.

New beginnings at SHS English has ‘surreal’ first practice with Gamecock boys basketball squad BY DENNIS BRUNSON dennisb@theitem.com Jo Jo English was named the boys basketball head coach at Sumter High School in April. Since then, he has been doing all of the things a head coach is supposed to do to prepare his program for the upcoming season. On Monday though, the reality of him being the Gamecocks new head coach set in as it was the first official day of practice for the upcoming season. “It’s really been kind of surreal today,” English said a few hours before practice began. “It just really hit me that I am the head basketball coach at Sumter High School. “I’ve been working with

the kids over the summer, doing the 2-man workouts to develop relationships with the guys who are re-

turning,” English said. “Now we’re here getting ready for the season.” This will be English’s

first full-time job as a head coach. He did coach the Scott’s Branch girls team for a few games in the 2011-12 season after head coach Ruth Coard was killed in an automobile accident. English, of course, has a strong basketball pedigree. He was an all-state performer as a guard at Lower Richland High in Hopkins before going on to a successful collegiate career at the University of South Carolina. He then had a short career with the Chicago Bulls in the National Basketball Association along with playing in the Continental Basketball Association and professionally in six countries.

Johnson tames Texas, takes Chase lead BY STEPHEN HAWKINS The Associated Press FORT WORTH, Texas — Jimmie Johnson is the leader again in the Chase for the Sprint Cup title after a dominating victory Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway. The five-time Cup champion knows all too well that his seven-point lead over Matt Kenseth is far from overwhelming with two races left in the season. Johnson also left the Lone Star State last November with a victory and seven-point lead — and lost the championship to Brad Keselowski. “I hope history doesn’t repeat KENSETH itself,’’ Johnson said. “That is the perfect example of this thing isn’t over until it’s over. Last year we had eight great races and two bad ones and didn’t get the championship. ... There are two very important races left.’’ Kenseth and Johnson were tied in points when they got to Texas, though Kenseth was considered the leader based on his seven wins. SEE JOHNSON, PAGE B3

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Jimmie Johnson fires pistols to celebrate winning the AAA Texas 500 on Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas.

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The Lee Central High School football team earned the No. 6 seed in the 2A Division II state playoffs and will play host to Garrett in the first round on Friday at 7:30 p.m. The Stallions finished 5-5 in the regular season after losing to Timberland 50-0 this past Friday. Lee Central finished tied for second in Region VII with Lake Marion with a 3-2 record. Garrett is also 5-5 after a 36-14 loss to Woodland last Friday. The Falcons finished TURNER 2-5 in Region VI and are in the midst of a 3-game losing streak. The winner of the game will go on the road to face Bamberg-Ehrhardt in the second round. Thirdseeded B-E received a first-round bye. Lee Central is one of six local teams to be playing a playoff game this week. Sumter, which earned a berth in the 4A Division I playoffs with a 31-6 victory over Conway last Friday, closes out its regular season on Friday by playing host to Wando. In the 3A playoffs, Crestwood will play host to Brookland-Cayce SEE STALLIONS, PAGE B3

PREP FOOTBALL SCHEDULE SCHSL Playoffs 3A Brookland-Cayce at Crestwood, 7:30 p.m. 2A Division II Garrett at Lee Central, 7:30 p.m. Regular Season Wando at Sumter, 7:30 p.m. SCISA Playoffs 3A Heathwood Hall at Wilson Hall, 7:30 p.m. Cardinal Newman at Laurence Manning, 7:30 p.m. 2A Thomas Sumter at Hilton Head Christian, 7 p.m. 8-Man Clarendon Hall at James Island Christian, 7:30 p.m.

Former South Carolina RB Miles shot during robbery COLUMBIA (AP) — Former South Carolina running back Kenny Miles was shot Monday afternoon during a robbery in the parking lot of a business park in suburban Columbia, authorities said. Miles was shot once in the upper body around 1 p.m. in the lot of the park on a deadend street not far MILES from Interstate 26 near Irmo, Richland County Sheriff’s spokesman Curtis Wilson said. Wilson said the 23-yearold Miles is in stable condition at a local hospital. Miles was able to give investigators a description of the person who shot him, but no arrests have been made and investigators

haven’t determined exactly what Miles and the suspect were doing in the parking lot, Wilson said. “We’re trying to figure out why he was robbed, but first and foremost, we want to find the person who did this, Wilson said. Miles spent most of his career with the Gamecocks backing up Marcus Lattimore. He ran for 1,341 yards on 315 carries. In his senior season in 2012, Miles ran for 359 yards on 104 carries as he got significant playing time after Lattimore was injured. The best game of his career came when he ran for 127 yards and a touchdown against Wofford. Miles scored two touchdowns in South Carolina’s 2011 Capital One Bowl win over Nebraska.


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NBA STANDINGS By The Associated Press EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L Pct GB Philadelphia 3 0 1.000 – Toronto 2 1 .667 1 Brooklyn 1 2 .333 2 New York 1 2 .333 2 Boston 0 3 .000 3 Southeast Division W L Pct GB Miami 2 2 .500 – Orlando 2 2 .500 – Atlanta 1 2 .333 1/2 Charlotte 1 2 .333 1/2 Washington 0 3 .000 11/2 Central Division W L Pct GB Indiana 3 0 1.000 – Detroit 2 1 .667 1 Chicago 1 2 .333 2 Cleveland 1 2 .333 2 Milwaukee 1 2 .333 2 WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division W L Pct GB Houston 3 0 1.000 – Dallas 2 1 .667 1 San Antonio 2 1 .667 1 Memphis 1 2 .333 2 New Orleans 1 2 .333 2 Northwest Division W L Pct GB Minnesota 3 0 1.000 – Oklahoma City 2 1 .667 1 Portland 2 1 .667 1 Denver 0 2 .000 21/2 Utah 0 3 .000 3 Pacific Division W L Pct GB Golden State 2 1 .667 – L.A. Clippers 2 1 .667 – Phoenix 2 1 .667 – L.A. Lakers 2 2 .500 1/2 Sacramento 1 2 .333 1 Sunday’s Games Orlando 107, Brooklyn 86 Miami 103, Washington 93 Detroit 87, Boston 77 Oklahoma City 103, Phoenix 96 Minnesota 109, New York 100 L.A. Lakers 105, Atlanta 103 Monday’s Games Golden State at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. Minnesota at Cleveland, 7 p.m. Boston at Memphis, 8 p.m. Houston at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m. Tuesday’s Games Miami at Toronto, 7 p.m. Utah at Brooklyn, 7:30 p.m. Indiana at Detroit, 7:30 p.m. Charlotte at New York, 7:30 p.m. Phoenix at New Orleans, 8 p.m. L.A. Lakers at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. San Antonio at Denver, 9 p.m. Houston at Portland, 10 p.m. Atlanta at Sacramento, 10 p.m. Wednesday’s Games L.A. Clippers at Orlando, 7 p.m. Washington at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. Chicago at Indiana, 7 p.m. Toronto at Charlotte, 7 p.m. Utah at Boston, 7:30 p.m. Golden State at Minnesota, 8 p.m. Cleveland at Milwaukee, 8 p.m. New Orleans at Memphis, 8 p.m. Phoenix at San Antonio, 8:30 p.m. Dallas at Oklahoma City, 9:30 p.m.

NFL STANDINGS By The Associated Press AMERICAN CONFERENCE East W L T Pct PF PA New England 7 2 0 .778 234 175 N.Y. Jets 5 4 0 .556 169 231 Miami 4 4 0 .500 174 187 Buffalo 3 6 0 .333 189 236 South W L T Pct PF PA Indianapolis 6 2 0 .750 214 155 Tennessee 4 4 0 .500 173 167 Houston 2 6 0 .250 146 221 Jacksonville 0 8 0 .000 86 264 North W L T Pct PF PA Cincinnati 6 3 0 .667 217 166 Cleveland 4 5 0 .444 172 197 Baltimore 3 5 0 .375 168 172 Pittsburgh 2 6 0 .250 156 208 West W L T Pct PF PA Kansas City 9 0 0 1.000 215 111 Denver 7 1 0 .875 343 218 San Diego 4 4 0 .500 192 174 Oakland 3 5 0 .375 146 199 NATIONAL CONFERENCE East W L T Pct PF PA Dallas 5 4 0 .556 257 209 Philadelphia 4 5 0 .444 225 231 Washington 3 5 0 .375 203 253 N.Y. Giants 2 6 0 .250 141 223 South W L T Pct PF PA New Orleans 6 2 0 .750 216 146 Carolina 5 3 0 .625 204 106 Atlanta 2 6 0 .250 176 218 Tampa Bay 0 8 0 .000 124 190 North W L T Pct PF PA Green Bay 5 2 0 .714 212 158 Detroit 5 3 0 .625 217 197 Chicago 4 3 0 .571 213 206 Minnesota 1 7 0 .125 186 252 West W L T Pct PF PA Seattle 8 1 0 .889 232 149 San Francisco 6 2 0 .750 218 145 Arizona 4 4 0 .500 160 174 St. Louis 3 6 0 .333 186 226 Thursday’s Game Miami 22, Cincinnati 20, OT Sunday’s Games Dallas 27, Minnesota 23 Tennessee 28, St. Louis 21 Carolina 34, Atlanta 10 N.Y. Jets 26, New Orleans 20 Kansas City 23, Buffalo 13 Washington 30, San Diego 24, OT Philadelphia 49, Oakland 20 Seattle 27, Tampa Bay 24, OT Cleveland 24, Baltimore 18 New England 55, Pittsburgh 31 Indianapolis 27, Houston 24 Open: Arizona, Denver, Detroit, Jacksonville, N.Y. Giants, San Francisco Monday’s Game Chicago at Green Bay, 8:40 p.m.

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NHL STANDINGS By The Associated Press EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Tampa Bay 14 10 4 0 20 47 35 Toronto 15 10 5 0 20 48 36 Detroit 15 9 4 2 20 38 37 Boston 13 8 5 0 16 36 25 Montreal 15 8 7 0 16 41 31 Ottawa 14 4 6 4 12 42 47 Florida 14 3 8 3 9 28 49 Buffalo 16 2 13 1 5 26 49 Metropolitan Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Pittsburgh 15 11 4 0 22 48 33 N.Y. Islanders 14 6 5 3 15 45 44 Washington 14 7 7 0 14 44 40 N.Y. Rangers 13 6 7 0 12 25 38 Carolina 14 4 7 3 11 27 44 Columbus 13 5 8 0 10 33 36 New Jersey 14 3 7 4 10 26 42 Philadelphia 13 4 9 0 8 21 37 WESTERN CONFERENCE Central Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Colorado 13 12 1 0 24 42 19 Chicago 15 9 2 4 22 52 42 Minnesota 15 8 4 3 19 38 34 St. Louis 12 8 2 2 18 44 29 Nashville 14 7 5 2 16 31 40 Dallas 14 6 6 2 14 37 42 Winnipeg 15 5 8 2 12 35 45 Pacific Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA San Jose 14 10 1 3 23 53 27 Anaheim 15 11 3 1 23 50 39 Phoenix 15 10 3 2 22 51 46 Vancouver 16 10 5 1 21 46 41 Los Angeles 15 9 6 0 18 43 40 Calgary 14 6 6 2 14 42 49 Edmonton 15 3 10 2 8 36 59 NOTE: Two points for a win, one point for overtime loss. Sunday’s Games Dallas 4, Ottawa 3, SO Calgary 3, Chicago 2, OT Minnesota 4, New Jersey 0 Monday’s Games Anaheim at N.Y. Rangers, 7:30 p.m. Detroit at Winnipeg, 8 p.m. Tuesday’s Games Dallas at Boston, 7 p.m. N.Y. Islanders at Washington, 7 p.m. Ottawa at Columbus, 7 p.m. St. Louis at Montreal, 7:30 p.m. Edmonton at Florida, 7:30 p.m. Philadelphia at Carolina, 7:30 p.m. Calgary at Minnesota, 8 p.m. Vancouver at Phoenix, 9 p.m. Buffalo at San Jose, 10:30 p.m. Wednesday’s Games Pittsburgh at N.Y. Rangers, 7:30 p.m. Winnipeg at Chicago, 8 p.m. Nashville at Colorado, 9:30 p.m. Phoenix at Anaheim, 10 p.m.

GOLF WGC-HSBC Champions Par Scores The Associated Press Sunday At Sheshan International Golf Club Shanghai Purse: $8.5 million Yardage: 7,266; Par: 72 Final Dustin Johnson (550), $1,400,000 69-63-66-66—264 -24 Ian Poulter (315), $850,000 71-67-63-66—267 -21 Graeme McDowell (200), $480,000 69-69-64-66—268 -20 Sergio Garcia (140), $365,000 70-68-69-63—270 -18 Justin Rose (115), $300,000 68-71-65-68—272 -16 Graham DeLaet (100), $231,500 71-68-65-69—273 -15 Rory McIlroy (100), $231,500 65-72-67-69—273 -15 Jamie Donaldson, $161,667 67-74-66-67—274 -14 Bubba Watson (83), $161,667 68-69-69-68—274 -14 Martin Kaymer (83), $161,667 70-74-62-68—274 -14 Keegan Bradley (69), $116,667 71-68-68-68—275 -13 Ernie Els (69), $116,667 69-69-71-66—275 -13 Boo Weekley (69), $116,667 70-67-69-69—275 -13 Phil Mickelson (62), $100,000 71-68-72-65—276 -12 WC Liang, $93,500 72-67-72-66—277 -11 Louis Oosthuizen (58), $93,500 70-70-70-67—277 -11 Jordan Spieth (55), $90,000 68-71-70-69—278 -10 Charles Schwab Cup Par Scores The Associated Press Sunday At TPC Harding Park San Francisco Purse: $2.5 million Yardage: 7,127; Par 71 Final Fred Couples (880), $440,000 65-65-68-69—267 -17 Bernhard Langer (428), $214,333 67-68-71-67—273 -11 Mark O’Meara (428), $214,333 66-70-67-70—273 -11 Peter Senior (428), $214,333 63-69-72-69—273 -11 Bart Bryant (228), $113,750 68-66-70-70—274 -10 Mark Calcavecchia (228), $113,750 70-71-68-65—274 -10 Rocco Mediate (228), $113,750 70-70-66-68—274 -10 Kenny Perry (228), $113,750 68-71-67-68—274 -10 Jay Don Blake (152), $76,000 69-69-71-66—275 -9 Fred Funk (152), $76,000 70-70-71-64—275 -9 Tom Lehman (152), $76,000 69-70-65-71—275 -9 Mike Goodes (128), $64,000 68-68-69-71—276 8

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Johnson makes statement with win BY DOUG FERGUSON The Associated Press SHANGHAI — Dustin Johnson is starting to compile the kind of numbers that are difficult to ignore. Not since Tiger Woods has a player won on the PGA Tour in each of his first seven seasons. To already have eight tour wins before turning 30 puts him in select company that only includes names like Woods, Davis Love III, Phil Mickelson and David Duval over the last 25 years. He hasn’t won a major, though getting into serious contention should not be overlooked. Johnson had the 54-hole lead at the U.S. Open, a oneshot lead playing the 72nd hole in the PGA Championship and he was closing in on the lead in the final round at the British Open until hitting a 2-iron out-of-bounds on the 14th hole at Royal St. George’s. What annoys him is another attribute of great players — they’re part of every team. The Presidents Cup was held a month ago, and Johnson wasn’t on it. He was barely part of the

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Dustin Johnson holds the champion trophy after winning the HSBC Champions tournament on Sunday at the Sheshan International Golf Club in Shanghai, China. Against an all-world cast of contenders, Johnson pulled away with power and a clutch putt to win his first World Golf Championship on Sunday.

conversation when it was time for Fred Couples to make his captain’s picks. “I was mad,’’ Johnson said Sunday after his three-shot win in the HSBC Champions, his first World Golf Championship title. “I wanted to be on that team. I wasn’t mad at anyone, but I was mad at myself for not being on the team. I strug-

gled a little bit last year, but I thought I still played well enough to get on the team. I think I finished 12th on the points list. I could have been a pick.’’ Couples instead chose 20-year-old Jordan Spieth and Webb Simpson, who had been bumped out of the 10th spot on the final hole of a two-year

qualifying process. It would be hard to fault Couples, even though Johnson is one of the most explosive players. Johnson began the year by winning at Kapalua, and then he disappeared for the rest of the season. He really had only one serious chance of winning, when he tied for second in the Canadian Open, although he got into the last group at the Tour Championship. He didn’t make a peep in the majors. About the only time he got anyone’s attention was when he proposed to Paulina Gretzky, the daughter of the Great One. Four days at Sheshan International was a reminder that the 29-year-old American is still around, still very good and capable of beating the best. Johnson was too busy making birdies to pay attention to the players chasing him Sunday afternoon — Graeme McDowell and Ian Poulter next to him, Sergio Garcia, Justin Rose, Rory McIlroy and Martin Kaymer trying to catch him. That’s half of Europe’s winning Ryder Cup team at Medinah last year.

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Bates, Hillcrest meet Wednesday for middle school title Bates Middle School and Hillcrest Middle School will play in the Sumter Middle School Conference championship football game on Wednesday at Sumter Memorial Stadium’s Freddie Solomon Field on Wednesday at 6 p.m. Bates is the top seed while Hillcrest is the No. 3 seed. Admission to the game is $3 per person. WARRIORS 76ERS

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EC from Page B1 the second game and hit a real rough patch as Cayley Gunter was serving for the Lady Flashes. EC trailed 7-3 as Gunter began her service with an ace. Before Gunter’s turn at the back line was done, the Lady Wolverines trailed 14-4. EC had a mini rally with Taylor Cusaac serving, cutting a 23-8 deficit to 23-12 before Johnsonville rebounded to close out the game. The third game started out much the same as the first for the Lady Wolverines. Jesse Beasley served EC to a 2-0 advantage but after trailing by just a point, 7-6, Johnsonville scored 11 consecutive points for an 18-6 lead that would hold up down the stretch as Grayson Brewer served an ace to close out the match.

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CLEVELAND — C.J. Miles scored 19 points, Kyrie Irving added 15 and Cleveland held off a late rally to hand Minnesota its first loss of the season. COUPLES WINS CHARLES SCHWAB CUP CHAMPIONSHIP

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Johnsonville closed with a balanced offensive attack as Gunter contributed 10 kills and two aces. Brewer had four aces and four kills. Kayla Ard added six kills, Marley Young had 10 assists and Conner Harrelson contributed seven assists. For EC, Beasley had two aces and three assists. Ansley McElveen had three kills and two assists. Ty’Quasha Kennedy had two kills and two block kills and La’Diamond Shaw added two kills. Cane said the members of this year’s EC volleyball team have nothing to hang their heads about as they reflect on a very successful campaign that included a Region VII championship. “Hard work is what they brought to the table,” she explained. “With both O.J. and myself being new coaches, for

them to want to work with us and stay with us and not wander everywhere, want to learn the game and play hard made a big difference as a first-time coach. Just getting to this point was beyond our expectations.” With a relatively young team going so deep in the playoffs this season the Lady Wolverines should be able to build upon thier success next year. “We only have two seniors and we do have five juniors, so I’m hoping with that group coming up as a second-year team under us we’ll have bigger and better things on the future horizon,” Cane said. “We do have two freshmen that are on the team, so we’ve got something that we can build upon. They played hard and they played with heart, and that’s all we can ask for as coaches.”

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JOHNSON from Page B1 Johnson led 255 of 334 laps for his sixth win this season while becoming only the second three-time Cup winner at the high-banked 11/2mile Texas track. The No. 48 Chevrolet finished more than 4 seconds ahead of Hendrick Motorsports teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The 48 was in another class and nobody had anything for them,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;&#x2122; said Earnhardt, who had his fifth runner-up finish this season and has been top 10 in six of the last seven Chase races. Joey Logano finished third, ahead of Kenseth while Kasey Kahne, another Hendrick driver, was fifth. Johnson got his 66th career victory, including a record 24 wins in Chase races. But he and crew chief Chad Knaus are now in their third season since winning their fifth consecutive championship. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been watching a lot of MMA fighting lately, and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll fall into a rhythm and think that somebodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s got a fight won, and it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t end that way,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Johnson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s how this is going to be. Matt didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have maybe the best day, but he still finished fourth. This thing is going to the last lap at Homestead. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to come down to mistake.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Kenseth was running second behind Johnson for much of the first half of the race before getting penalized for speeding. That dropped Kenseth to 16th place and more than 28 seconds back, though the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota recovered for a top-five finish. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were just being too aggressive. Honestly, the 48 had us ... they were just dominant all weekend,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Kenseth said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That speeding penalty got us behind us. We definitely didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need that, but really I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know at the end of the day that it really affected our finish much.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;&#x2122; At Phoenix, where the Chase goes next Sunday, Johnson is a four-time winner and finished second in March. His average finishing spot of 6.4 there is significantly better than the 17.2 for Kenseth, who has one victory at Phoenix and finished seventh there eight months ago. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m still confident,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Kenseth said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I felt real good going to Phoenix last year, and I thought we were in good shape and we had a problem. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never seen it this tight, so I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t feel any better really this year than I did last year,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;&#x2122; car owner Rick Hendrick said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think Jimmie has been very confident, but nobody has said he was unbeatable this year. Really, Mattâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been right there the whole year.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Kenseth was still running second when Johnson pulled down pit road, a lap before Kenseth came in as the last to pit on a cycle of green-flag stops. But Kenseth was caught speeding on pit road and had to serve a drive-through penalty. By time he got back on the track, he was the last car on the lead lap and about 25 seconds further behind than he had been before the two had pit-

AAA TEXAS 500 RESULTS By The Associated Press Sunday At Texas Motor Speedway Fort Worth, Texas Lap length: 1.5 miles (Start position in parentheses) 1. (3) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 334 laps, 150 rating, 48 points, $484,211. 2. (7) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 334, 115, 42, $337,810. 3. (12) Joey Logano, Ford, 334, 117.7, 42, $251,193. 4. (6) Matt Kenseth, Toyota, 334, 119.4, 41, $238,776. 5. (11) Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, 334, 105.1, 39, $180,585. 6. (2) Brad Keselowski, Ford, 334, 112.5, 39, $204,726. 7. (14) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 334, 93.7, 37, $160,960. 8. (19) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 334, 98.7, 36, $175,621. 9. (13) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 334, 89.4, 36, $161,593. 10. (26) Clint Bowyer, Toyota, 334, 96.6, 34, $160,968. 11. (33) Mark Martin, Chevrolet, 334, 86.7, 33, $161,185. 12. (18) Greg Biffle, Ford, 334, 86.1, 33, $129,760. 13. (5) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 334, 102.3, 32, $153,368. 14. (15) Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, 334, 90.2, 30, $141,685. 15. (4) Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 333, 80.4, 29, $139,476. 16. (9) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford, 332, 78.1, 28, $153,896. 17. (31) Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, 332, 70.5, 27, $133,505. 18. (23) Parker Kligerman, Toyota, 332, 61.8, 0, $124,868. 19. (25) Elliott Sadler, Toyota, 331, 63.5, 0, $114,235. 20. (16) Juan Pablo Montoya, Chevrolet, 331, 71.5, 24, $134,199. 21. (10) Marcos Ambrose, Ford, 331, 71, 23, $132,674. 22. (21) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 331, 62.4, 0, $121,243. 23. (36) Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, 331, 58.5, 0, $126,943. 24. (20) Jeff Burton, Chevrolet, 331, 61.5, 20, $112,485. 25. (30) Danica Patrick, Chevrolet, 331, 49.2, 19, $104,735. 26. (28) David Gilliland, Ford, 330, 52, 18, $115,543. 27. (17) Aric Almirola, Ford, 330, 63, 17, $140,521. 28. (39) David Reutimann, Toyota, 330, 45.8, 16, $112,832. 29. (32) Trevor Bayne, Ford, 330, 53, 0, $103,085. 30. (43) J.J. Yeley, Chevrolet, 329, 38.4, 14, $103,875. 31. (24) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 329, 58.9, 13, $126,005. 32. (38) Travis Kvapil, Toyota, 329, 38.6, 12, $107,435. 33. (27) Casey Mears, Ford, 328, 39.5, 11, $107,235. 34. (37) Landon Cassill, Chevrolet, 328, 36.9, 0, $99,010. 35. (42) Dave Blaney, Chevrolet, 326, 32.5, 9, $98,810. 36. (41) Joe Nemechek, Toyota, rear gear, 190, 27.8, 0, $98,580. 37. (1) Carl Edwards, Ford, engine, 187, 88, 8, $152,951. 38. (8) Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 147, 62.7, 6, $139,736. 39. (34) Josh Wise, Ford, vibration, 145, 29.4, 0, $88,800. 40. (22) Bobby Labonte, Toyota, engine, 144, 42.1, 4, $92,800. 41. (40) Timmy Hill, Ford, engine, 125, 27.9, 3, $80,800. 42. (29) David Ragan, Ford, engine, 81, 42.2, 3, $84,800. 43. (35) Michael McDowell, Ford, vibration, 27, 27.5, 2, $73,300.

ted. A caution a few laps later got Kenseth up three spots, but more importantly tightened up the field. Within a few laps after the ensuing restart, Kenseth was back in the top 10 and climbing. By then, Kyle Busch had moved back into second, the same spot he was before a right front tire went down and put into in the outside wall on lap 57 to bring out a caution. Busch, who won the spring race in Texas, would up 13th. When Busch went into the wall, he was between Johnson and Kenseth, who went onto pit road 1-2. The top Chase contenders didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t exit that way. While Johnson had a quick stop, he was second out behind polesitter Carl Edwards, who had the stall closest to the scoring line. Kenseth has an issue on his stop that dropped him to sixth. Edwards, who had been the only three-time Cup winner at Texas, led six times for 38 times. But Edwards finished only 187 laps before an engine failure ended his day.

ENGLISH from Page B1 Because of that, English said he doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t fear what might happen in his first go-around as a head coach. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t feel any pressure and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not afraid,â&#x20AC;? English said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve was playing in front of 20,000 people when I was 16, 17, 18 years old; because of that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard for me to be afraid of anybody or anything. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Now I am nervous

because I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to make mistakes. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m putting together practice plans, doing the administrative stuff I havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t done before; Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m nervous about that. When it comes to the basketball side of things though I feel good about it.â&#x20AC;? English inherits a team that went 18-11 last season under head coach Sam Fuller and reached the 4A lower

state championship game. The players admit that Englishâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s background has captured their attention. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That absolutely means something to us,â&#x20AC;? said Sonny Butler, who said English has shown the team clips of him during his high school days at LR. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s already accomplished what it is that we want to accomplish.â&#x20AC;? Sterling Ta-Bon, who missed all of last season with a broken ankle,

said English is a defensive-minded coach like Fuller. However, Englishâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s NBA experience makes him more open to trying different things offensively. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Coach English is more of a freelancer; he allows us to have different offensive options,â&#x20AC;? Ta-Bon said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Coach Fuller was more strict.â&#x20AC;? English said defense is what will make his game plan work. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everything we do is predicated on our de-

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STALLIONS from Page B1 at Donald L. Crolley Memorial Stadium in Dalzell. Crestwood, 8-2 on the season, is a No. 1 seed, while the Bearcats are 6-4 and earned an at-large berth. B-C finished fourth in Region V. Wilson Hall and Laurence Manning Academy will be competing in the SCISA 3A playoffs, while Thomas Sumter Academy will be in the 2A playoffs and Clarendon Hall will play in the 8-man playoffs. Wilson Hall is the No. 1 seed in 3A after completing an undefeated regular season. The 10-0 Barons will take on No. 8 seed Heathwood Hall at Spencer Field on Friday. The Highlanders are 2-8.

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Laurence Manning is the No. 4 seed with a 7-4 record and will play host to fifth-seeded Cardinal Newman at Billy Chitwood Field on Friday. The Cardinals are 6-4. The winners of those two games will face each other in the semifinals. Thomas Sumter, 2-7, will be on the road to face defending state champion Hilton Head Christian on Friday beginning at 7 p.m. TSA earned the No. 4 seed from Region I while HHC is 7-2 and the Region I champion. Clarendon Hall earned the final spot from Region I in the 8-man playoffs. The Saints will travel to Charleston on Friday to take on Region II champion James Island Christian. Clarendon Hall is 7-3, while JIC is 8-1.

PREP FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS SCHSL First Round Friday 3A Upper State (4) Emerald at (1) Greer (3) Woodruff at (2) Westwood (4) Pickens at (1) Daniel (3) A.C. Florda at (2) Clinton (4) Chapman at (1) Chapin (3) Wren at (2) Greenville (4) Seneca at (1) Broome (3) Blue Ridge at (2) Belton-Honea Path Lower State (4) Hilton Head Island at (1) Socastee (3) Midland Valley at (2) Hartsville (4) Southside at (1) Hanahan (3) Marlboro County at (2) Swansea (4) Brookland-Cayce at (1) Crestwood (3) Berkeley at (2) Myrtle Beach (4) Darlington at (1) Strom Thurmond (3) North Myrtle Beach at (2) OrangeburgWilkinson 2A Division I Upper State (9) Indian Land at (8) Columbia (12) Mid-Carolina at (5) Crescent (10) Powdersville at (7) Keenan (11) Carolina at (6) Newberry Lower State (9) Battery Creek at (8) Wade Hampton (12) Waccamaw at (5) Edisto (10) Marion at (7) Aynor (11) Lake City at Ridgeland-Hardeeville Division II Upper State (9) Abbeville at (8) Saluda (12) North Central at (5) Chesterfield (10) Eau Claire at (7) Landrum (11) Buford at (6) Andrew Jackson Lower State (9) North Charleston at (8) Barnwell (12) Kingstree at (5) Mullins (10) Calhoun County at (7) Andrews (11) Garrett at (6) Lee Central

fense,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have one play and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s called hard. I want you to play as hard as you can for as long as you can.â&#x20AC;? English has always given the impression of having a quiet demeanor, but that isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the case when it comes to the game of basketball. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never seen him like that when heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on the court coaching us,â&#x20AC;? Ta-Bon said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I believe I get immersed in the game,â&#x20AC;?

1A Division I Upper State (8) Southside Christian at (1) Lamar (5) St. Josephâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s at (4) Ware Shoals (6) C.A. Johnson at (3) Williston-Elko (7) Lewisville at (2) Christ Church Lower State (8) Baptist Hill at (1) Carvers Bay (5) Estill at (4) Johnsonville (6) Hemingway at (3) St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (7) Latta at (2) Allendale-Fairfax Division II Upper State (8) Blackville-Hilda at (1) Hunter-Kinard-Tyler (5) Dixie at (4) McCormick (6) Ridge Spring-Monetta at (3) Wagener-Salley (7) McBee at (2) Great Falls Lower State (8) Lincoln at (1) Cross (5) Branchville at (4) Timmonsville (6) Creek Bridge at (3) Military Magnet (7) Denmark-Olar at (2) Lake View SCISA First Round Friday 3A (8) Heathwood Hall at (1) Wilson Hall (5) Cardinal Newman at (4) Laurence Manning (7) Augusta Christian at (2) Orangeburg Prep (6) Porter-Gaud at (3) Hammond 2A (4) Thomas Heyward at (1) Florence Christian (3) Spartanburg Christian at (2) Northwood (4) Thomas Sumter at (1) Hilton Head Christian (3) Palmetto Christian at (2) Calhoun Academy 1A (At-Large) St. Andrewâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s at (1) Colleton Prep (3) Holly Hill at (2) Dillon Christian (4) Bible Baptist at (1) Williamsburg (3) Trinity-Byrnes at (2) Dorchester 8-Man (4) Clarendon Hall at (1) James Island Christian (3) Beaufort Academy at (2) W.W. King (4) Cathedral at (1) Carolina (3) Wardlaw at (2) Patrick Henry

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Rivera confident Panthers can be a playoff team BY STEVE REED The Associated Press CHARLOTTE â&#x20AC;&#x201D; A 4-game winning streak has Ron Rivera feeling optimistic. Carolinaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s third-year head coach said Monday heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s confident the Panthers can reach the postseason. The Panthers are 5-3 at the seasonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s midway point, only a game behind the division-leading New Orleans Saints in the NFC South, after a 34-10 victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think we can be a playoff team because of the things that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve done and because of the way weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re playing,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Rivera said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If we had played like this, consistent all the RIVERA way through, who knows? We have a great opportunity and a challenge in front of us. The chances can be limitless. But we have to play that way. Just because weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re doing it now doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean it is automatic.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Never mind that Carolinaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s five wins have come against teams with a combined 8-33 record. Or that Carolinaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most notable win came against the St. Louis Rams, who are only 3-6. Rivera said itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tough to win any game in this league. Case in point: Seattle needed overtime Sunday to beat winless Tampa Bay. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You play who youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re supposed to play,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Rivera said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You sit there and

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Carolina quarterback Cam Newton (1) is tackled by Atlantaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Paul Worrilow (55) and Thomas DeCoud (28) during the Panthersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 34-10 victory on Sunday in Charlotte.

you look at Atlanta. You canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t tell me they are a 2-6 team.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;&#x2122; The road is about to get tougher for the Panthers. Carolina travels to San Francisco (6-2) next Sunday, then hosts the New England Patriots (7-2) on a Monday night. Plus, the Panthers still have two games remaining with the Saints. Rivera said the focus right now is solely on the 49ers, a team that is

playing some pretty good football as well. San Francisco has won five consecutive games following a 1-2 start. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It will give us a good indication of where we are,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Rivera said. He gave players the day off Monday; they werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t available for comment. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think a lot of people are doubting us and whatnot,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Panthers tackle Jordan Gross said Sunday. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But we know how good we are, and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve just got to go

AP sources: Incognito sent racist texts BY STEVEN WINE The Associated Press DAVIE, Fla. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; In the stadium program sold at the Miami Dolphinsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; game on Halloween, Richie Incognito was asked whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the easiest teammate to scare. His answer: Jonathan Martin. The troubled, troubling relationship between the two linemen took an ominous turn Monday with fresh revelations: Incognito sent text messages to his teammate that were racist and threatening, two people familiar with the situation said. The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the Dolphins and NFL havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t disclosed the nature of the misconduct that led to Sundayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s suspension of Incognito, a veteran with a reputation for dirty play. Martin, a tackle, remained absent from practice Monday one week after he suddenly left the team because of emotional issues. Also missing was Incognito, a guard suspended indefinitely late Sunday by coach Joe Philbin for his treatment of Martin. Agents for the two players didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t respond to requests for comment. Martin is with his family in Los Angeles for counseling. The 319-pound Incognito, a ninth-year pro, is white. The 312-pound Martin, who is in his second NFL season, is black. For much of the season, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve played side by side. The team and NFL contin-

out there every week and prove it. We are relevant, and all weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got to do is just worry about our assignments and worry about holding each other accountable day-in and day-out, and just keep clicking on Sunday.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;&#x2122; There probably arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a lot of NFL coaches who would mention the playoffs after eight games. But then not every coach is as outwardly positive as Rivera, who is 18-22 since taking over the Panthers in 2011. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m confident in who our guys are, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m an optimist,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Rivera said. The Panthers are first in the league in time of possession and they have allowed the second-fewest points on defense. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re also playing smart football: Only four teams have fewer penalties. The Panthers have scored at least 30 points in each of their last four games, outscoring opponents 130-48 in that span. Carolina has finished strong over the past two seasons under Rivera after starting 1-5 in 2011 and 1-6 last season. He said the difference this year is the Panthers have consistently made plays in the clutch in winning five of their last six games. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It feels like a team that has an opportunity, has a chance to go forward and be better. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not anywhere where we need to be,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Rivera said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is a lot for us to do â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and a lot for us to learn.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;&#x2122;

Coaching stress can add up quick in NFL BY TIM DAHLBERG The Associated Press

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Two people familiar with the situation say suspended Miami guard Richie Incognito (68) sent text messages to teammate Jonathan Martin (71) that were racist and threatening. Martin remained absent from practice on Monday, one week after he suddenly left the team.

ued their investigation into allegations by Martinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s representatives that he was bullied, and Philbin said Dolphins owner Stephen Ross asked league commissioner Roger Goodell for assistance. The NFL Players Association also planned to look into the matter. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Every decision Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve made, everything weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve done in this facility has been done with one thing in mind,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Philbin said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s to help our players and our organization reach their full potential. Any type of conduct

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The hours are brutal, and so are the expectations of millions who sit in judgment of what you do on Sunday afternoon. Being a coach in the NFL isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t necessarily an automatic ticket to the emergency room. But the hospitalization of two coaches on KUBIAK one midseason weekend â&#x20AC;&#x201D; one after collapsing on primetime television â&#x20AC;&#x201D; is a scary reminder that the unrelenting pressure of trying to win football games week after week can be a dangerous thing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Football sure is stressful and coaching is a stressful occupation â&#x20AC;&#x201D; just like a lot of peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s jobs are stressful,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;&#x2122; said Dan Reeves, who underwent heart surgery while coaching the Atlanta Falcons in 1998. Like Denverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s John Fox, Reeves knew he had heart issues during the season. Like Fox, he wanted to put them off as his team made a run

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YUSUF RAMI BEY Yusuf Rami Bey (Sultan) was born Sept. 10, 1950, to the late Ruth Archer and Frederick Bowman. He departed this life on Nov. 1, 2013. His formal education was at Resurrection Catholic School. He went to Springfield High School, where he was on the track team. He played in the band and was very instrumental. He was also a part of the art department, where he was able to demonstrate his drawing skills. As a young boy, he would listen to music and would catch the tune with his instrument. He was truly gifted. He graduated in 1967. He had a scholarship to go to MIT, but he chose to serve his country and joined the military instead. He received an honorable discharge. Yusuf leaves behind: his loving wife, Naeemah Bey; two sons, Yusef Bey and Asad Frierson; five daughters,

Nana Bey, Zuhura Bey, Dafina Bey, Tia Bey and El-morra Bey; 18 grandchildren, Khalil Bey, Kiara Bey, Ishan BeySpeights, Jashon Bey, Jamek Brown, Tymirh Bey-Foster, Jeffrey Costello, Jazz Bey, Shahada Bey-Foster, Jamorra Brown, Jahniah Bey, Tinasia Vaughn, Jamirh Bey, Mekhia Bey-Lane, Jamiyah Brown, Jordan Wilkersom, Sef Bey and Sincere Bey; six greatgrandchildren, Khalil Bey Jr., Aiden and Austin Bryant, Zaire Bey, Ta’lyn Felder and Sitara Bey; one sister, Ilene Sykes; two brothers, Idrys Bey and Frederick Bowman Jr.; five neices, Tijuana Sykes, Joann Sykes, Sheba Sykes, Shari Sykes and Kass Sykes; and 14 great-nieces and nephews. A special thanks to a close friend, Farron McLeod. He was preceded in death by both parents, Ruth Archer and Frederick Bowman; his daughter, Sitara Bey; his son, Jaja Bey; and his grandson,

Charles Jones Jr. Services will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Chapel of Job’s Mortuary. The family is receiving friends at 102 Wright St., Sumter. Job’s Mortuary, 213 S. Main St., Sumter, is in charge of arrangements. Online memorials may be sent to jobsmortuary.net.

JOHN H. REYNOLDS WEST COLUMBIA — A memorial service for John H. Reynolds, 56, of West Columbia, will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Congaree Baptist Church. The family will greet friends following the service at the church. Thompson Funeral Home of West Columbia is assisting the family. Mr. Reynolds passed away on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013. Born in Columbia, he was a son of the late Harold L. and Roberta Sturkie Reyn-

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olds. He was a lifelong area resident and a member of Congaree Baptist Church. John was a graduate of Airport High School and an employee of Buddy’s Auto Sales in Sumter. Surviving are his sister, Anne Norris of West Columbia; a brother, Everett Reynolds (Lynne) of Columbia; nieces and nephew, Sean Anderson (Janet), Jennifer Barrier (Jack) and Lisa Roland (Chris); grandniece and nephew, Amberlyn Roland and Colton Barrier; and best friend, Bernard Bolden. He was preceded in death by his sister, Betty Anderson. Online condolences may be sent to www.thompsonsfuneral.com.

ANNIE MAE SINGLETARY Annie Mae Singletary, 57, died Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center. Born Jan. 8, 1956, in Lee County, she was a daughter of

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Mary Fortune Singletary and the late Henry George Singletary. The family will receive friends and relatives at her home, 429 Loring Drive, Sumter. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Williams Funeral Home Inc. of Sumter.

JOHN D. McLANE John D. McLane, 51, died Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, at Palmetto Health Baptist hospital, Columbia. Born July 16, 1962, in Sumter County, he was a son of John and Shirley Mayrant McLane. The family will receive friends and relatives at the home of Shirley M. McLane, 3460 Dirt Road, Horatio. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Williams Funeral Home Inc. of Sumter. SEE OBITUARIES, PAGE B6

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Team 1. Alabama 2. Florida St. 3. Oregon 4. Ohio St. 5. Stanford 6. Baylor 7. Clemson 8. Missouri 9. Auburn 10. Oklahoma 11. Miami 12. South Carolina 13. LSU 14. Oklahoma St. 15. Texas A&M 16. Fresno St. 17. Michigan St. 18. N. Illinois 19. UCLA 20. Louisville 21. UCF 22. Arizona St. 23. Notre Dame 24. Wisconsin 25. Texas Tech

BY JIM O’CONNELL The Associated Press A lot of people were shocked when Marcus Smart announced he would return to Oklahoma State for his sophomore season. Nobody should be surprised the Cowboys point guard was a unanimous selection to The Associated Press’ preseason All-America team. Smart was on every ballot from the 65-member national media panel Monday, a no-brainer since he was expected to be among the first players chosen if he had declared for the NBA draft. The last unanimous preseason AllAmerica was Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger in 2011-12. After averaging 15.4 points, 5.8 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 3.0 steals last season in winning the Big 12 player of year award, it was how the Cowboys fared in the NCAA tournament that had a lot to do with his coming back. “I felt like we had a lot more to accomplish,’’ Smart said of the loss to Oregon in Oklahoma State’s opening game of the NCAA tournament. “We were a lot better team than that. That’s just not the way we wanted to go out. It helped me a little bit to get motivated to

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Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart (33) is the only unanimous selection to The Associated Press’ preseason All-America team that was released on Monday.

come back this year.’’ Smart was joined on the preseason All-America team by seniors Doug McDermott of Creighton and Russ Smith of Louisville, sophomore Mitch McGary of Michigan and freshman Andrew Wiggins of Kansas. The 6-foot-4 Smart said he’s also coming back to improve on his 1.3-to-1 assist-turnover ratio and his 40 percent shooting from the field, including just 29 percent from 3-point range. Still, he said the deci-

sion to pass up millions of dollars and return to Stillwater was “the most difficult thing in my life.’’ McDermott, the Missouri Valley Conference player of the year last season after averaging 23.2 points and 7.7 rebounds, was on all but two ballots. A two-time first-team AllAmerica, McDermott could become just the 11th player to be a threetime postseason selection and the first since Patrick Ewing of Georgetown and Tisdale at Oklahoma from

1983-85. The 6-8 forward is one four returning starters for the Bluejays and coach Greg McDermott, Doug’s father. Creighton moves to the Big East this season. The 6-foot Smith, who received 52 votes, averaged 18.7 points and 2.9 assists in helping the Cardinals win the national championship. He won’t have the graduated Peyton Siva with him in the backcourt but coach Rick Pitino will still be calling the shots.

AP PRESEASON ALL-AMERICA TEAM The Associated Press’ 2013-14 preseason All-America team, with school, height, year and votes from a 65-member national media panel (key 2012-13 statistics in parentheses): Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State, 6-4, sophomore, 65 votes (15.4 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 4,2 apg, 3.0 spg) Doug McDermott, Creighton, 6-8, senior, 63 (23.2 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 54.8 fg pct, 49.0 3-pt pct)

Russ Smith, Louisville, 6-0, senior, 52 (18.7 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.9 apg, 80.4 ft fg pct) Andrew Wiggins, Kansas, 6-8, freshman, 42 (HS: 23.4 ppg, 11.2 rpg, 4.3 apg, 58.0 fg pct) Mitch McGary, Michigan, 6-10, sophmore, 34 (7.5 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 59.8 fg pct) Others receiving votes (alphabetical): Isaiah Austin, Arizona State; Jahii Carson, Arizona State; Willie

Cauley-Stein, Kentucky; Aaron Craft, Ohio State; Cleanthony Early, Wichita State; C.J. Fair, Syracuse; Aaron Gordon, Arizona; Gary Harris, Michigan State; Joe Harris, Virginia; Rodney Hood, Duke; Roy Devyn Marble, Iowa; James Michael McAdoo, North Carolina; Jabari Parker, Duke; Adreian Payne, Michigan State; Julius Randle, Kentucky; James Young, Kentucky.

AP TOP 25 1. Alabama (52) 2. Oregon (2) 3. Florida St. (6) 4. Ohio St. 5. Baylor 6. Stanford 7. Auburn 8. Clemson 9. Missouri 10. LSU 11. Texas A&M 12. Oklahoma 13. South Carolina 14. Miami 15. Oklahoma St. 16. UCLA 17. Fresno St. 18. Michigan St. 19. UCF 20. Louisville 21. Wisconsin 22. N. Illinois 23. Arizona St. 24. Notre Dame 25. Texas Tech

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Others receiving votes: Texas 34, Georgia 32, BYU 28, Mississippi 17, Houston 9, Minnesota 7, Michigan 6, Washington 6, Ball St. 4, Duke 1.

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DOMINIC J. LEALI CASTINE, Maine — Dominic J. Leali, 96, of Castine, passed away peacefully Oct. 31, 2013. He was born May 21, 1917, in Stonington, Maine, a son of Joseph Guisseppe and Emila Molinelli Leali. He graduated from Stonington High LEALI School in 1934. After graduation, he moved to Portsmouth, N.H., to work at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard during World War II. He then spent many years as a blacksmith at Deer Isle Granite Corp. He eventually settled in Castine, where he worked in the postal department at Maine Maritime Academy for nearly 20 years, before retiring. Dominic took pride in his vegetable gardens and enjoyed sharing his produce with friends. He is survived by his daughter, Bernice (Leali) Hathaway and her husband, John, of Saco; son, Richard J. Leali and close friend, Betty Hughes, of Sumter; daughter-in-law, Lorie Leali of South Carolina; grandchildren, Mark Hathaway and wife, Mary, of Bangor, Maine, Sean Hathaway and wife, Holly, of Colorado Springs, Colo., Shawna Erwin and husband, Gabe, of St. Augustine, Fla., and Dominic J. Leali II of Raleigh, N.C. He is also survived by great-grandchildren, Connor Hathaway, Mya and Tyce Erwin; sisters, Lucia Donavan and Mary Blackmore and husband, Edward, of Stonington; nieces, Carol Hamalainen and husband, Donald, of Yarmouth and Sally Haskell and husband, Curtis, of Stonington; and nephew Blaine Blackmore and wife, Sharon, of Deer Isle. Dominic was predeceased by his wife, Elizabeth (Harvey) Leali; brother, Andrew Leali; nephew, Robert Leali; brother-in-law William Donovan; and special friend, Dick Stanley. Dominic was blessed with many good friends and neighbors in Castine. Those who held a very special place in his heart were Karen, Lynn and John, Barbara and Carlton, and Lyn and Paul. At Dominic’s request, there will be no visiting hours or funeral service. A graveside ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Stonington. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in Dominic’s memory be made to a charity of your choice. Arrangements by Bragdon-Kelley Funeral Homes, Stonington. ALLEN CRAIG GRANT Allen Craig Grant, 67, husband of Linda Kirby Grant, died Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center. Born in Seneca, he was a son of the late Ace and Louise Martin Grant. Mr. Grant attended Sumter Boulevard Church of God of Prophecy. He retired from Rochester Imports. He was also a U.S. Marine and a Vietnam veteran. Surviving are his wife

of Sumter; two daughters, Alicia Nelson (Matthew) and Robin D. Grant, both of Sumter; one sister, Eunice Sheriff of Shelby, N.C.; and four grandsons, Kacey Pearson, Aaron Pearson, Ashlee Pearson and Micah Pearson. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Chapel of Elmore Hill McCreight Funeral Home with Dr. Edward Fleming officiating. Burial will be in Oconee Memorial Park Cemetery in Seneca. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Elmore Hill McCreight Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or www.stjude.org, or to a charity of one’s choice. Online condolences may be sent to www. sumterfunerals.com. Elmore Hill McCreight Funeral Home & Crematory, 221 Broad St., Sumter, is in charge of the arrangements, (803) 775-9386.

BLANCHE E. SMITH SAVANNAH, Ga. — Blanche Ellen Darr Smith (Mrs. William Wannamaker Smith), 86, died Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013, at Hospice in Savannah, with her children and two of her granddaughters with her in her final hours. Mrs. Smith was preceded in death by her husband, William “Billy” W. Smith. Born in 1926 in Sumter, to the late Rev. Joseph Haynsworth Darr and Ruby Passailaigue Darr, Mrs. Smith was the eldest of three sisters. She attended Blue Mountain College in Mississippi, graduating in 1948 with a degree in music and piano. She declined a graduate position at Harvard to accept a call as organist to the Methodist Church in Conway. There she met Billy Smith, a recent graduate of The Citadel, who was working for the South Carolina Highway Department. Mr. and Mrs. Smith married on Dec. 16, 1950, and lived in Charleston for their entire married life. Shortly after moving to Charleston, Mrs. Smith embraced the role of organist at First Baptist Church and she continued serving this church through her music ministry for more than 50 years. Mrs. Smith was also offered teaching positions at Ashley Hall and the newly established First Baptist Church School. Under the strong Christian leadership of Dr. John A. Hamrick, Mrs. Smith chose to devote her career to teaching and mentoring students at First Baptist Church School. Six and even sometimes seven days a week, she could be found at the piano in her “teaching room” or at the organ in the church at First Baptist. She loved each and every one of her pupils, many of whom have pursued successful and rewarding careers in piano. Her piano recitals became important annual events, filled with beautiful classical

music by Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Debussy, Schumann, Rachmaninoff, and Grieg, as well as contemporary and patriotic classics. Her strong, Christian faith permeated everything she did and lifted many friends, students, and family into God’s love during difficult times. A beloved Christian wife, mother, sister, sister-in-law, aunt, mentor, teacher, best friend, and musician, Mrs. Smith is survived by her two daughters and a son and their families, who will miss her loving, caring touch daily: Gwen Smith McKee and Dr. Thomas W. McKee of Savannah, Mary Jo Smith Spence and Stephen B. Smith of Roswell, Ga., and William Darr Smith and Gena Smith of Atlanta. She is also survived by a sister, Mrs. James P. Hahn of Knoxville, Tenn.; a brother-in-law, Edward L. Smith of Columbia; a sister-in-law, Sarah Margaret Smith Dubose of Summerville; seven grandchildren, Mary Ellen McKee of Savannah, Thomas W. McKee Jr. of Atlanta, William “Billy” Kelly McKee of Athens, Ga., Mary Margaret Spence Beaty and Daniel Evan Beaty of Philadelphia, Pa., Paige Elise Spence of Portland, Ore., and William Darr Smith Jr. and Hunter Hamilton Smith, both of Atlanta; three nephews; and four nieces. Mrs. Smith was predeceased by her parents; her husband; and her sister, Mary Sue Darr Loveland of Bridgeton, N.J. The family received visitors Sunday at J. Henry Stuhr Inc., Downtown Chapel, 232 Calhoun St., Charleston. The funeral service was held Monday at First Baptist Church, 48 Meeting St., Charleston. Burial for attendance by family and close friends was held at Live Oak Memorial Gardens immediately following the service. Pallbearers were Dr. Thomas W. McKee, William Kelly McKee, Thomas W. McKee Jr., Stephen B. Spence, Daniel Evan Beaty, Richard P. Loveland Jr., James Paul Hahn III, William Darr Smith Jr. and Hunter Hamilton Smith. The family requests memorials be sent to the newly established Blanche Ellen Darr Smith Fine Arts Scholarship at First Baptist Church School, 48 Meeting St., Charleston, SC 29401; the Music Fund at First Baptist Church, 48 Meeting St., Charleston, SC 29401; the Music Fund at First Presbyterian Church, 520 Washington Ave., Savannah, GA 31405; or the French Huguenot Society, 138 Logan St., Charleston, SC 29401. A memorial message may be sent to the family by visiting www.jhenrystuhr.com.

CAROLA M. JETT Carola Mixon Jett, 99, died Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, at Heartland of Columbia Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Columbia. Born April 14, 1914, in Lee County, she was a daughter of the late William Richardson and Mary Boone Richardson Jett. As a child, Carola attended Lee County Public Schools. Carola remained in Lee County, working as a farmer

and in domestic, while raising her children. In 1960, at the urging of her eldest son, Jasper, she relocated with her growing family to Elizabeth, N.J., in search of better job and educational opportunities. In New Jersey, she pushed and supported her family to succeed in school and at work. She joined St. John AME Church, where she was an active member of the usher board. In 1978, she returned to South Carolina and rejoined the congregation of Mechanicsville United Methodist Church, which was her home church all of her 99 years. Along with her sister, Dora, and best friend, Scrap, she was an active fisher woman well into her 80’s. Carola will always be remembered with love and laughter as a fiercely independent, outspoken, hardworking woman. She leaves to cherish her love and memory: four daughters, Minnie Lee Drayton of Sumter, Mozell Wilson of East Orange, N.J., Bertha Robinson of Sumter and Lula Mae Davis of Elizabeth; three sons, Willie Jett of Sumter, Billy of Elizabeth and Thomas Jett (Judy) of Queens, N.Y.; two adopted grandchildren raised as her own, James and Emma; a favored grandson, James E. Jett of Columbia; a favored daughter-in-law, Costella Jett; a favored niece, Lille Mickens of Newark, N.J.; 47 grandchildren; more than 100 great-grandchildren and great-greatgrandchildren; and a host of family and friends. She was preceded in death by four children, Jasper, Lorraine, Bobby and Michael; her brothers, Newt, Frank, Gene and Johnny; her sisters, Elizabeth, Daisy, Annie Mae, Louise, Dora, Priscilla, Beulah, Daisy Mark, Cary and Ida; four sons-in-law, Bennie Drayton, Morris Wilson, Wilford Robinson and Calvin Davis; and one daughter-in-law, Rita Pearl Scott. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. today at Mechanicsville United Methodist Church, 184 Lake Ashwood Road, Sumter, with the Rev. Kenneth Carter, pastor, presiding, the Rev. Larry Jett Wilson, eulogist, assisted by the Rev. Earther McCloud Joe. The family will receive friends and relatives at the home of her daughter, Bertha Jett Robinson, 129 E. Moore St., Sumter. The remains will be placed in the church at noon. The funeral procession will leave at 12:20 p.m. from the home of her daughter. Floral bearers will be granddaughters, greatgranddaughters and great-great-granddaughters. Pallbearers will be grandsons. Burial will be in Mechanicsville United Methodist Churchyard cemetery. Online memorial messages may be sent to the family at williamsfuneralhome@ sc.rr.com. Visit us on the web at www.williamsfuneralhomeinc.com. Services directed by the management and staff of Williams Funeral Home Inc., 821 N. Main St., Sumter.

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RUBY M. VANDERBURG Ruby Marie Vanderburg, age 94, widow of retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Jack R. Vanderburg, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center. She was born Oct. 17, 1919, in Mission Township, Ill., one of 13 children of the late Melvin C. and Anna Nelson Knutson. She moved to Sumter in 2008 from Carolina Shores, N.C., where she and Jack had lived for more than 26 years. Ruby began a life most Illinois farm girls couldn’t imagine when she and Jack married in January 1942, after he went AWOL from Camp Polk, La., for two days during basic training. As a career Army officer, Jack took Ruby, and later their two girls, all over the world — California, Japan, Maryland, Turkey, Germany, Virginia, and the Panama Canal Zone, finally settling in Carolina Shores in 1981. Both Ruby and Jack loved to play golf and spent many happy days on the golf course outside their back door as well as courses around the world. She was also an avid bridge player, playing several times a week. She is survived by two daughters, Patricia S. McPhillips and her husband, retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Henry A. “Pep” McPhillips, of Sumter and Pamela M. Semler and her husband, Robert F. Semler, of Ocala, Fla.; four Semler grandchildren, Matthew, Jeffrey, Anna and Alex, all of Ocala; one great-granddaughter, Kendra of Ocala; as well as a grandson, Brian McPhillips of Columbia; one greatgrandson, Grey McPhillips; and two sisters and a brother of Illinois. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by three sisters and six brothers. At her request, there will be no formal services. Her ashes will be inurned with those of her late husband at Barrancas National Cemetery, Pensacola, Fla., at a later date. The family would like to thank the staff of National Healthcare of Sumter, Morningside Assisted Living of Sumter, and the nurses, doctors and staff of Tuomey Hospital for taking such wonderful care of Ruby over the last years of her life. An extra special thank you goes to Betsy Rufus, Ruby’s caregiver and friend, for being such a special part of all our lives. You may sign the family’s guest book at www.

bullockfuneralhome.com. The family has chosen Bullock Funeral Home of Sumter for the arrangements.

AUDREY J. BAXTER Audrey Jackson Baxter, 55, wife of Otis Baxter, departed this life on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, at Clarendon Memorial Hospital, Manning. She was born Nov. 6, 1957, in Sumter County, a daughter of Virginia Martin Jackson and the late Henry Jackson. The family is receiving friends at the home of her mother, 106 Keel Road, Sumter. Funeral plans are incomplete and will be announced later by Job’s Mortuary Inc., 312 S. Main St., Sumter. DAVID M. GUNTER David Malcolm Gunter, 52, husband of Suzanne Carpenter Gunter, died Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013, at Lexington Medical Center. Born in Corpus Christi, Texas, he was a son of Joan Reed Gunter and the late Bennie Malcolm Gunter. He was employed by Eaton Corp. for 35 years. He loved riding his motorcycle, auto body repair, and spending time and traveling with his family. Survivors include his wife of 15 years; mother of North Carolina; a daughter, Harlee Marie Gunter; a son, Scott Carpenter Gunter (Maegun) of Charleston; and a grandchild, Rori Carpenter. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday at Alice Drive Baptist Church with the Rev. Jock Hendricks and the Rev. Frankie Tanner officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Memorial Park cemetery. Pallbearers will be Edward Buddin, Roman Walendzik, Burney Roach, Steve Riggs, Steve Spielman and Thad Morris. Ferdinand Roach will serve as an honorary pallbearer. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at ElmoreCannon-Stephens Funeral Home and other times at the home. Memorials may be made to the American Stroke Association, 7272 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX 75231. Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home and Crematorium of Sumter is in charge of the arrangements.

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Victoria Arrants, left, and Dollee Prescott talk about some of the items they like on the front display at Donna’s House on Sunday during the 2013 Clarendon Holiday Open House.

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Holiday Open House BY ROB COTTINGHAM rcottingham@theitem.com

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he past few weeks have brought a lot of changes to The Item’s Clarendon Bureau. We have closed the Manning office due to consolidation of a building that had become way too large for our staff. In these difficult economic times, a lot of businesses have made hard decisions in order to stay in business. When transitions happen, rumors begin. I would like to take a moment to set the record straight. The Item has sold the office, not the business. I will still be here to serve my advertisers, take photos and be a vital part of this community. I will have an office in the same building. I am not going anywhere. You can reach me at (803) 464-1157 or gail@theitem-clarendonsun.com. Rob Cottingham will be covering Clarendon County. You can email Rob with story ideas at rcottingham@theitem.com. We are still here to bring you the daily news and cover Clarendon County through gail MATHIS The Item and LakeSide. I am writing this on Nov. 1. I cannot believe it is already November. I watched the children trick-or-treating last night on Main Street and through the neighborhoods. All the little scarecrows, witches and superheroes were out in full force. The Main Street Manning annual event was a huge success. It is great to know that communities are putting events together to give children a safe place to trick or treat. I would also like to thank the churches, First Baptist, Emmanuel Baptist, Alcolu Baptist and Little Star Pentecostal for all of their hard work in the trunk or treats. A thank you also goes to Kevin Johnson and Hope Health in helping to provide a safe trick-or-treating outing. Our children are our future. We all must help to keep them safe and to help them enjoy their childhood. The 2013 Holly Daze Market, sponsored by the Junior Ambassadors of Clarendon County will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Manning Junior High School Gym off Paxville Highway beside FTC in Manning. There will be a $5 admission charge. If you want to get started on Christmas shopping, this is a great place to do it. Support your local merchants during this Holiday Season. Local merchants are vital to the growth and well-being of any community. From monogramming to one-of-a-kind items, most of your gift list can be found locally. Be good to yourself and to others this week. Your kind word or smile may be just what someone needs. Until next week ... .

ABOVE: Linda Godwin, left, and Maree Rogers look at some of the Christmas Ornaments for sale at Donna’s House on Sunday during the 2013 Clarendon Holiday Open House. BELOW: Paige Blend checks out a monogrammed boot at CJ’s Creations in Manning during the 2013 Clarendon Open House on Sunday.

It’s official. As far as Clarendon County is concerned, the 2013 holiday shopping season has begun. Hundreds of shoppers from near and afar turned several local boutiques into a sight resembling a busy metropolitan mall as they participated in the 2013 Clarendon Holiday Open House on Sunday. Nearly every shop participating was packed for the occasion, and Donna’s House on West Rigby Street in Manning was no exception. Owner Donna Snyder said that, while she appreciates the heavy traffic and the sales it produces, the Open House isn’t about making money. “It’s a chance for us to get to know our current customers while meeting new ones,” she said. “We’re offering them a first look at all the items available this holiday season. I always enjoy this opportunity to give back to our clientele.” Given Snyder’s recent struggles,

it’s rather apparent that she sincerely means she enjoys showing gratitude for those who support her and her business. “I couldn’t have done this without the support of friends, family and our amazing customers,” she said. “I’ve endured three surgeries and overcome cancer this year; I can barely lift anything. “I didn’t do this alone. Donna Prothro decorated my windows for me, Patsy Matthews helped arrange things, and Kimie from Kimie’s Kitchen and Carolyn Brenner helped make all the catered food possible. Even new customers helped earlier today when they saw me struggling to lift a table. It’s been overwhelming seeing such a fine example of the holiday spirit so early in the season.” Her customers, Victoria Arrants and Dollee Prescott among them, were all very outspoken about the results as they complimented the shop’s hospitality. “The food’s been amazing,” Arrants, a first-time shopper of Donna’s SEE OPEN HOUSE, PAGE C2

Manning native off to N.Y. runway BY ROB COTTINGHAM rcottingham@theitem.com Every day, millions of girls browse fashion magazines and daydream about storming the runway dressed in fashion so new it doesn’t even have a name yet. If you were or are one of those girls, then it’s easy to imagine the SMILING sounds of stiletto heels clicking along the floor, the flashes from hundreds of cameras and the rhythm of music thumping in the

background as the audience applauds. For Amaris Smiling, it’s much more than a dream; it’s reality. “It’s what I’ve wanted for a very long time,” she said. “It feels so good to see what I hoped for become reality.” Looking back, it all seemed to come to fruition easily for the Manning High School sophomore. A short while ago, Amaris applied online to John Casablancas Modeling and Career Center in Charlotte. Soon after, she received a phone call asking her to come to Charlotte to audition. A little more than an hour later, and she got the news she so

strongly wished for. “They called me back after auditions and told me I was accepted,” she said. “It was so overwhelming to hear those words. Even now, words can’t describe how excited I was.” According to her mother, Carol Smiling, the world Amaris now lives in was something she wanted long ago. “She’s been dreaming of being a model since she was 8 years old,” Carol said. “She’s always wanted it.” The 15-year-old now travels to Charlotte every Saturday to attend SEE SMILING, PAGE C3

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Book signing to benefit wounded service members MANNING â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Author Jeremy Joye will be signing copies of his book, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Daddyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Not Coming Home,â&#x20AC;? from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11, at CJâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Creations, 14 W. Rigby St. in the alleyway of the Simpson Hardware Shopping Center. Joye, who writes under the name Jeremy LeBon, said he wrote the book to help children understand the reality of a military fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s being fatally wounded during service and how families must carry on life without him. The books can be purchased during the signing for $19.95 plus tax, or bring your previously purchased copy for signing. All of the net proceeds from the dayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sales will be donated to Crossroads Wounded Warriors Archery Foundation. Crossroads Wounded Warriors Archery Foundation is a nonprofit veterans service organization that aims â&#x20AC;&#x153;to fos-

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Nominations for the 2014 inductees to the Clarendon County Athletic Hall of Fame will be taken at Weldon Auditorium through Friday. CLARENDON COUNTY APP

Android phone users may now download a Clarendon County Tour App courtesy of George and Carole Summers of the Swamp Fox Murals Trail Society, and David Brinkman, a computer software engineer from Columbia. The fully GPS-enabled, multilingual application shows many of Clarendon Countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most historic locales, including audible descriptions of many historical cemeteries. The Swamp Fox Trails are also included on the app, which is free to download on an Android-associated phone. For more information, visit www.clarendonmurals.com. CHURCH WOMEN OFFER COOKBOOK

TURBEVILLE â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The Pine Grove United Methodist Church Women have produced a new cookbook, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Puddinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Swamp Revisited.â&#x20AC;? The book is $20 and may be purchased at Turbeville Town Hall. PHOTOS PROVIDED

Manning native Jeremy Joye will sign copies of his book, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Daddyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Not Coming Home,â&#x20AC;? in Manning on Veterans Day. Proceeds from sales will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.

ter the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in our nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history. ... (and to) â&#x20AC;&#x153;raise awareness and enlist the publicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s aid for the needs of injured service members. To help injured service mem-

bers aid and assist each other. To provide unique, direct programs and services to meet the needs of injured service members.â&#x20AC;? A 2001 graduate of Manning High School and a 2009 graduate of the University of South

Carolina, Joye received a bachelor of arts degree in early childhood education. He lives in Spartanburg, where his work includes teaching and coaching. To contact Joye, email him at joyejeremy1@ yahoo.com.

Suspect calls 911, gives position to pursuing officers BY ROB COTTINGHAM rcottingham@theitem.com A Manning man now faces several charges from law enforcement after his attempt to evade police went awry. Johnnie James Johnson, 43, of 1172 Lumley Ave., Manning, was arrested Oct. 23 and charged with resisting law enforcement, unlawful use of 911 and criminal conspiracy after attempting to lead officers away from their pursuit of him. According to reports, officers responded to a gas station in the 100 block of East Boyce Street in reference to a subject who was involved in a double attempted larceny from separate locations in the county. When the responding officer entered the business, he spoke with the clerk until Johnson began talking to him about basketball as he was leaving. At that point, a witness implicated Johnson to the officer

as the suspect walked off the lot. The officer attempted to follow the subject, but he was gone. Johnson was reportedly using a black 1999 Volkswagen Beetle, which was then pointed out to the officer by another witness. About that time, Johnson was exiting a government building on the same street when he spotted the officer and began to run. The officer called for backup as he pursued Johnson. A chase began and continued through several blocks with the subject eluding officers as additional backup arrived. Officers were then advised of a 911 call reporting a sighting of Johnson behind the government building where the chase started. The caller even supplied a make and model of the vehicle in which the subject was supposedly traveling. One of the detectives on scene suspected something was amiss and suggested Johnson

was making the 911 calls himself. Dispatchers then checked the calling numberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s location and found it was in the area of the pursuit. Law enforcement then surrounded the area. Shortly thereafter, one of the officers spotted the suspect within the search area and another chase began, this one resulting in Johnsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s arrest. Johnson was apprehended in a wooded area near the search area. When officers began to ask questions, he attempted to supply a false date of birth and address to law enforcement, but to no avail. Johnson was then transported to Clarendon County Sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office where he spoke with detectives about the two attempted larcenies. Further investigation revealed Johnson was wanted in Barnwell and Allendale counties for fraud charges. Reach Rob Cottingham at (803) 774-1225.

OPEN HOUSE from Page C1 House, said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s so good.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oh yes, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve loved the food,â&#x20AC;? Prescott said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And the displays have been absolutely gorgeous. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m so glad we came. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll definitely be coming back.â&#x20AC;? Over at CJâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Creations, the sentiments were much the same. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been so much fun going around to all the shops. Everythingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s so well-decorated and beautiful,â&#x20AC;? said Paige Blend as she examined a monogrammed boot. Carol Jackson, owner of CJâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Creations, said the pleasure has been

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Carol Jackson, far left, speaks to a customer on Sunday while several others browse her shop, CJâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Creations, during the 2013 Clarendon Holiday Open House.

all hers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I love doing the (Clarendon Holiday) Open House,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I really like meeting new customers and chatting with them a bit.â&#x20AC;? Jackson said she felt moved by the holiday spirit herself.

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had a couple in here earlier from out of town that wanted something monogrammed,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I normally donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do that during the open house, but I had to help them out. They really wanted it.â&#x20AC;? Lisa Gibbons, owner

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Glenda Coard at (803) 485-2325, ext. 221

Civitan and the City of Manning are asking persons to sponsor a flag for the downtown streets. Flags will be displayed for patriotic holidays, including Flag Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Veterans Day and more. For more information, contact Carrie Trebil at Manning City Hall at (803) 435-8477. SATURDAY WITH THE MAYOR

Manning Mayor Julia Nelson will make herself available to citizens and business owners of the City of Manning from 9 until 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9, at City Hall to provide an opportunity for the public to express their concerns and ideas regarding the City of Manning. Those wishing to schedule an appointment with Mayor Nelson should contact Daun Davis at 803-435-8477, ext. 121 by 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 8. Citizens with appointments should enter the City Hall at the North Mill Street entrance.

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Owning a home is everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dream. And in July this dream came true for Kenneth and Marquisha Vicente. Marquisha said that this is a blessing and she is so happy to be in her new home. This is the 21st home that Clarendon Habitat for Humanity has built in Clarendon County. The HVAC system was donated to Clarendon Habitat for Humanity by Geneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Heating and Air, LLC. For more information, contact Clarendon Habitat for Humanity, North Brooks Street, Manning, or (803) 433-4189. Also pictured are Gene Floyd and Archie Pierson of Geneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Heating and Air, LLC.

SMILING from Page C1 her modeling classes, which sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s passing with flying colors. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s currently working on the 19th class of a 30-unit curriculum that involves acting, posing, facial expressions and runway techniques. Despite how photogenic and poised Amaris is, sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s actually rather inexperienced. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d never had any modeling experience before applying to this school,â&#x20AC;? Amaris said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When I was a kid, I used to watch Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Next Top Model and I always enjoyed taking photos, but thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about it. I had to try, though.â&#x20AC;? If you ask Carol, sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll tell you Amaris is more than deserving. And sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not simply flattering her daughter. When Amaris was 14 years old, her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. While many might be destroyed by such news, Amaris remained strong. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I knew sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d need me, so I helped as much

as I could,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I had to.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;She went out of her way to help me through it,â&#x20AC;? Carol said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She stood by me through everything. The strength I saw in her was inspirational for me.â&#x20AC;? Amaris remains humble about the compliments she receives for her strength and determination. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Other family members were really supportive,â&#x20AC;? Amaris said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They strengthened me, and I, in turn, stayed strong for my mom.â&#x20AC;? As a high school student, Amaris struggled to balance the burdens of the average teenager, such as school and homework, and the battle she fought at home. Carol strongly encouraged her daughter to focus on her grades, but Amaris would not waver in her push to care for her ailing mother. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In school, I would always worry about what could happen to her,â&#x20AC;? Amaris said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was always on my

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VIETNAM VETERANS OF AMERICA, MANNING CHAPTER 690

Vietnam Veterans of America, Manning Chapter 960, meets the first Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. at the American Legion Hall on Sunset Drive. Come, bring your spouse, for a potluck supper and the meeting. Spouses can be associate members. For more information, call Ron Cunningham at (803) 478-4300 or Hal Rumsey at (803)473-5035. YARD SALE

Vietnam Veterans of America, Manning Chapter 960 is having a yard sale Saturday, Nov. 9, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the American Legion Hall on Sunset Drive in Manning. All are invited to come. Donations are accepted in advance. For more information, call Dennis Reynolds at (803) 460-8551 and Ron Cunningham at (803) 478-4300.

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Illusionist Craig Karges will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, at Weldon Auditorium. Karges is an award-winning entertainer, a nationally recognized speaker and an author. He has made more than 4,000 appearances in 17 countries on four conti-

Kevin Levy will present a Kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Fitness Boot Camp from 4:45 to 5:45 p.m. every Monday through Nov. 25 at the Clarendon Community Center behind Weldon Auditorium, Manning. The cost is $50. For more information, call (803) 433-0103 or (803) 473-2543. MOMM

The Midlands Organic Mobile Market is set up at 2 p.m. every Wednesday behind the Clarendon Memorial Hospital cafeteria to offer fresh, locally grown organic produce for sale. For more

information, call The Zone at (803) 435-5200. HEART PATIENT SUPPORT

Mended Hearts, a cardiac patient support group, meets at 5 p.m. the third Thursday of each month at The Cypress Center, 50 E. Hospital St., Manning. The meetings are sponsored by Clarendon Health System Cardiac Rehab. For more information, call (803) 435-5203. CHILDBIRTH EDUCATION

Clarendon Memorial Hospital holds evening childbirth education classes every other month starting in January of each year. There are four classes per series. For more information, call Director of Education Sherry Stewart at (803) 435-3106, or email sstewart@clarendonhealth. com. USCG AUXILIARY MEETINGS

The Lake Marion Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 12-1 holds its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month in the fire department training room at the Emergency Services Complex, 219 Commerce St., Manning. The public is invited to attend all meetings, which are moved periodically to the second Wednesday of the month due to fire depart-

ment training. Time changes are noted in advance. For more information, call Flotilla Commander Joe Livingston at (803) 707-4016. NUTRITION CLASS

Caroline Thompson, a registered dietician with Clarendon Memorial Hospital, will provide a free nutrition class from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday inside the hospitalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cafeteria classroom. No registration is necessary. For more information, call (803) 435-3176. STORY TIME

The Harvin Clarendon County Library will host free storytime for 2- to 5-year-olds at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. MANNING VETERANS DAY

The Manning Veterans Day Parade will be held at 11 a.m. Nov. 11 and will end at the Clarendon County Courthouse. For more information, call (803) 473-6048. SUMMERTON VETERANS DAY

Ceremonies for Veterans Day will be held at Summertonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pink Dogwood Park at 11 a.m. Nov. 11. TURBEVILLE VETERANS DAY

The American Legion will host a Veterans Day Ceremony at 8:45 a.m. Nov. 11 in the East Clarendon High School gymnasium and Village Square.

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Charleston Cooks! presents Campfire Cuisine at Santee State Park Tuesday-Thursday, Nov. 12-14. Gather â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;round the campfire for a gourmet spin on camp cooking. Check-in at 3 p.m. Nov. 12 and enjoy an evening campfire social with sâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;mores. On Nov. 13, cook lunch and dinner with Charleston Cooks! Check-out is 10 a.m. Nov. 14. Limited to 20 participants, fees are $200 single occupancy and $150 double and triple occupancy, which includes a two-night stay, gourmet cooking training, two gourmet meals and all taxes and fees. To sign up, contact Santee State Park, 251 State Park Road, Santee, SC 29142, (803) 854-2408, or santeesc@scprt.com. VETERANS DAY LUNCHEON

Hospice Care of South Carolina will honor American Heroes from 11 a.m to 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11, at the Brotherly Love Masonic Lodge, 531 W. Huggins St. (Silver Road), Manning. Veterans and guests are invited to attend the luncheon. For tickets, stop by the office at 114 Capital Way through Friday. Veterans are asked to bring their military ID, active or retired.

COMMUNITY CALENDAR CHARGES:

Terri Fludd, 28, of 207 Walker St., Manning, was arrested at 12:10 p.m. Oct. 25 and charged with shoplifting. According to reports, officers responded to a business in the 100 block of North Brooks Street in reference to a possible shoplifter about noon Oct. 25. When officers arrived, the businessâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; manager described a female subject whom officers located on Rigby Street shortly afterward. Officers then performed a Terry Stop â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a stop based on reasonable suspicion a person has engaged in illegal activity â&#x20AC;&#x201C; on the subject, identified as Fludd, at which point she waived her Miranda Rights and told officers she had stolen items in her pocketbook. She was then arrested and taken to Clarendon County Detention Center. Cynthia McKenzie Brockington, 41, of 11 Walker St., Manning, was arrested at 9:40 p.m. on Oct. 21 and charged with disorderly conduct. According to reports, officers responded to a location near the intersection of East Huggins and Walker streets in Manning about 9:30 p.m. on Oct. 21 in reference to a civil disturbance. When officers arrived, a female subject, later identified as Brockington, was seen being disorderly and intoxicated in the roadway. Brockington reportedly had a knife in her hand when officers approached her, but dropped it to the ground when instructed by law enforcement. Brockington then became irate and began to yell, causing people to exit their homes and watch. She was then arrested and taken to Clarendon County Detention Center. BURGLARY ASSAULT:

According to reports, officers responded to a home in the 1200 block of Goodwill Road in Manning about 1 a.m. Oct. 26 in reference to a burglary. When officers arrived, the 28-year-old female victim told law

enforcement that two black males entered her home by kicking in the front door. The two men then allegedly got physical with the victim, striking her in the back of the head and causing her to fall to the floor. The victim said she was unconscious for about five minutes until she woke up and found her flat-screen TV, some pillows and an entertainment center on the floor. Officers could not identify any body injuries at the time. STOLEN PROPERTY:

A black Dell laptop computer, valued at $500, was reportedly stolen from a home in the 2700 block of Alderman Camp Road in Alcolu between 3:30 and 4:36 p.m. on Oct. 30. An eyewitness said he saw two white men leave the residence in a mediumsized white car during the incident. A black 30-gallon Craftsman air compres-

sor, valued at $300, was reportedly stolen from a home in the 1700 block of Bradham Road in Manning between 7 p.m. Oct. 28 and 11 a.m. Oct. 29. A silver 8-inch Hitachi slide meter saw, a nail gun, two blue air compressor tanks, a green Poulan gas-powered chainsaw, a 1,000-psi pressure washer, a light fixture and a bug sprayer were reportedly stolen from a home in the 1200 block of Bream Avenue in Manning between 4:30 p.m. Oct. 28 and 10:30 a.m. Oct. 29. The items have an estimated combined value of $1,690. A 1993 primer-grey Toyota Corolla, valued at $1,500, was reportedly stolen from a home in the 600 block of 3rd Street in Summerton between 4:53 and 5:07 p.m. Oct. 25. A gun safe, two SKS assault rifles, a black

.22-caliber Savage Arms pistol, a camouflage 12gauge pump-action Mossberg shotgun, a blue and wood 20-gauge Winchester shotgun and several loaded magazines were reportedly stolen from a home in the 700 block of Barnwell Street in Manning between 3:10 and 4:48 p.m. Oct. 26. The items have an estimated combined value of $1,940. A blue 1998 Chevrolet Silverado, valued at $8,000, was reportedly stolen from a home in the 300 block of Canal Street between 6 p.m. Oct. 25 and 1:25 a.m. Oct. 26.

VANDALISM:

A blue 2010 Ford F-150 parked in the 1800 block of New Zion Road in New Zion reportedly sustained $500 in damage when an unknown subject threw a concrete cinder block at the passenger side door about 9 p.m. Oct. 30. A 2000 Buick Century parked in the 1000 block of Goodwill Church Road in Manning reportedly sustained $2,500 in damage when an unknown subject shattered its rear window, poured sugar in the gas tank, and poured bleach inside the vehicle, the radiator, oil reservoir, power steering reservoir

and transmission between midnight and 9:10 a.m. Oct. 24. A van parked at a department store in the 2000 block of Paxville Highway in Manning reportedly sustained $1,500 in damage when an unknown subject keyed the vehicle while the owner was at work between 1 and 1:20 p.m. Oct. 22. EMERGENCY CALLS:

From Oct. 16 to Oct. 22, Clarendon County Fire Department responded to 15 emergency calls, including two vehicle fires, one woods, grass or debris fire, six medical calls, four false alarms and two other calls.

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Kids, families swarm Manning for Halloween BY ROB COTTINGHAM rcottingham@theitem.com

Hundreds of people visited the corner of Boundary and West Boyce streets on Thursday as they participated in Halloweenfest, sponsored and hosted by S.C. Sen. Kevin Johnson, D-Manning. Visitors were treated to free refreshments, including freshly grilled hot dogs and beverages, face painting and hay rides. Sen. Johnson said he enjoyed getting to know some of his constituents and discussing their concerns at the event, which was held to offer families of the area a safer alternative to traditional trick or treating.

When downtown Manning businesses began to plan for Oct. 31, they sought to offer the people of their city a safer alternative to trick or treating through random neighborhoods. And the city responded â&#x20AC;&#x201D; in spades. Hundreds of children and their families swarmed the downtown area for Halloween on Thursday as businesses opened their doors and handed out candy to passersby. The children seemed ever so happy that Halloween had arrived as they went door to door in hopes of amassing a bounty of candy. The parents, however, seemed to have been dealing with Halloween all day. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been up since early this morning running around getting ready,â&#x20AC;? said Alexandra Tarrance, who had her daughters Elsey, 3, and Alyssa, 5, with her. â&#x20AC;&#x153;All Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve heard today is, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Halloween! Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Halloween, Mommy!â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? When asked what it was they were so excited about, both children had one response. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Candy!â&#x20AC;? they exclaimed. For those passing out candy, the joy is seeing all the youngsters dressed in their costumes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There have been some really awesome costumes this year,â&#x20AC;? said Bateman Brunson, who was handing out treats in front of Manning City Hall. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The little girl dressed as Dorothy (from the Wizard of Oz) was adorable.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I really liked the baby dressed as a pumpkin,â&#x20AC;? said Cookie Szwejcer of Walmart. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was so cute, you couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t help but laugh and say â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;aw.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? While many of the younger kids have their costumes picked out by their parents, 6-year-old Ashton Palmer knew

Carrie Anna Strange, right, passes out candy to Jordan Wendt, 4, and Hailey Wendt, 8, at AgapĂŠ Hospice.

Stormilee, 4, waits for the next group of trick-or-treaters to arrive at the Farm Bureau Insurance tent.

ABOVE: Miss Clarendon Hannah Henshaw, second from right, and Miss Clarendon Teen Haley Erickson, help pass out Halloween candy. LEFT: Ashton Palmer, 6, dressed as a ninja opens his bag for Cookie Szwejcer to place candy in it at the Walmart booth on Thursday.

what he wanted to be long beforehand. And, unlike many children, his favorite part of Halloween isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the candy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I really like Ninja Turtles, so I chose to be a ninja,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And I really like seeing everyone else in their cos-

tumes. Some of them are really cool.â&#x20AC;? And as for Halloween in downtown Manning? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s awesome,â&#x20AC;? he said, giving two thumbs up. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wait till next year.â&#x20AC;? Reach Rob Cottingham at (803) 774-1225.

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