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Mixed results Survey shows Tuomey perfect in some categories, far below average in others BY JADE ANDERSON AND BRADEN BUNCH janderson@theitem.com, BBunch@theitem.com Officials with Tuomey Healthcare System say an inhouse review of the data that led to its two-letter-grade drop in the hospital’s recent Leapfrog Group Hospital Safety Scores could take several days. However, an analysis of the various categories mak-

tients developing up the hospiSEE FOR YOURSELF ing Stage 3 or 4 tal’s letter grade pressure ulcers shows Tuomey How have local hospitals’ scores fared compared with others? Turn — typically rerecorded belowto page A6 for a breakdown of ferred to as seaverage results in the Leapfrog Group Hospital vere bed sores — 10 of the 28 facSafety Score results. at more than tors considered three times the by the survey, national average, surgical with these below-average patients dying at a slightly performances occurring in higher-than-normal rate both patient outcomes and from serious but treatable hospital protocols. complications and a higher These poor scores included issues such as Tuomey paSEE SCORES, PAGE A6

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Lath Harris doesn’t think local homeowners are dodging property taxes intentionally. But the Sumter County assessor is announcing a crackdown on residents claiming a special tax deduction for which they don’t qualify. Harris told a committee of Sumter County Council his office will soon begin applying a tax penalty to anyone claiming a 4-percent assessment on a home that is not the primary residence. The penalty will be applied beginning Jan. 1, 2014. “We have a moratorium right now, while we notify everybody,” Harris told a meeting of council’s fiscal, tax and property committee Tuesday. “Then if we find out after Jan. 1, there will be a penalty.” Under state law, a structure can only be assessed at a 4-percent property tax ratio if the owner is currently living in it. If the owner moves out and the property becomes unoccupied, a rental property or a part-time home, it’s assessed at 6 percent. But without specifying a number, Sumter’s assessor said “a lot” of residents currently claiming a 4-percent assessment don’t qualify for it, whether knowingly or not. And those false tax claims are costing local government money. Every year, Harris estimates the property tax generates $1.4 million in revenue in Sumter County, with the bulk of that going to Sumter School District and between $300,000 and $400,000 going to city and county government. Homes on a 4-percent ratio do not pay into the school operating budget, although homes at 6 percent do. If the assessor’s office finds a home isn’t owner-occupied after Jan. 1, the lower tax will be kept as a penalty, and then the owner will be assessed up to two years of back taxes at the 6-percent ratio. For the next two months, taxpayers can self-report and avoid paying the penalty. Harris plans to alert local Realtors and attorneys of the impending crackdown so they make sure to inform their clients that the assessor needs to be notified if they change residences. “They’re not doing it intentionally,” Harris said. “A lot of military folks have to move and they put their house up for rent,

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Animal control teams up with adoption site More rescued animals are finding homes in Sumter County as a result of social media efforts by Sumter Animal Control. Among its efforts, the

animal control office now has a page on Facebook and has joined Petfinder. com, a nationwide website that promotes responsible pet adoptions. “We have adopted out more animals since we started this than we have in

the past 10 years,” said Sumter County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Hampton Gardner. “It has been a blessing.” “We don’t like having to put down animals,” he said. According to a press release from Petfinder.com, it

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Man accused of stealing school karaoke machine BY BRISTOW MARCHANT bmarchant@theitem.com A former convict has been arrested for reportedly breaking into an elementary school and stealing a karaoke machine. Police are working to determine if Eric Antonio Le-

neau, 33, is connected to any other recent break-ins at schools and businesses in the south Sum- LENEAU ter area. At 3:30 a.m. Saturday, police were alerted by an

alarm at Wilder Elementary School on South Main Street, where a classroom window had reportedly been smashed. Officers on scene reportedly saw Leneau running from the school, carrying the karaoke machine and “various food items” in his arms.

Leneau reportedly entered the nearby home of a relative in the 900 block of South Main Street, where he was quickly located by police and taken into custody. The suspect is being held at Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center on a second-

degree burglary charge. According to Leneau’s criminal history, he was only released from prison in August. Among other charges, he has three previous burglary convictions. Reach Bristow Marchant at (803) 774-1272.

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A new air-conditioning unit sits on top of the Sumter Family YMCA along with new roof tiles. Eleven units have been replaced, and 46,000 square feet of roof is in the process of being redone.

Christmas parade deadline Nov. 8 The deadline for entries to participate in the annual Evening Optimist Club Christmas Parade is Friday, Nov. 8. To be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, on Main Street, the parade will feature marching bands, beauty queens, festive holiday floats and much more. The theme for the 2013 Christmas Parade is “Christmas Around the World.” If your organization would like a parade entry application, contact The Evening Optimist Club of Sumter at (803) 983-3916.

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LAKE WYLIE — Water with traces of a radioactive hydrogen isotope has again leaked at a South Carolina nuclear power plant, but the spill hasn’t made nearby drinking water unsafe, according to federal regulators. According to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, more than 100 gallons of water containing tritium leaked during the weekend during maintenance at the Catawba Nuclear Station in York County. Water was being pumped from the main condenser to a site collection pump, and the water in the pond overflowed, officials said. The level of tritium in the water is well below limits that would make it dangerous to drink, the NRC said.

The Sumter Family YMCA is in the process of getting some environmentally friendly, energy-efficient upgrades. With the original portion of the building being completed in 1965 and the latest additions dating to 2005, a lot of the renovations are “much needed,” said John Hoffman, executive director of the local Y. In the last year, 11 air-conditioning units — many of which were at least 20 years old — have been replaced. Now the flat portions of the roof are being addressed. “We’re replacing 46,000 square feet of roof,” Hoffman said. “It was leaking quite a bit. Many parts were more than 20 years old with a big portion of it being a 15-year system, so it was well past its life expectancy.” Most of the roofing system also didn’t have insulation, so that is being added as well, he said. The Foundation for Futures Cam-

AG drops retirement commission chair probe COLUMBIA — South Carolina’s top prosecutor has dropped a probe into allegations that the chair of the agency that invests public workers’ pension money benefited from an investment in forestland. In a letter dated Oct. 8, Deputy Attorney General Allen Myrick said state prosecutors were declining to pursue the matter further but did not say exactly why. More than a year ago, state Treasurer Curtis Loftis called for an investigation into allegations that Reynolds Williams, chairman of the Retirement System Investment Commission, had profited from his law firm’s work on a forestland investment deal made with the commission.

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paign is funding these projects. The capital campaign that launched last fall has raised nearly $1.4 million toward its goal of $2 million. “In 2012, we celebrated 100 years in Sumter County,” Hoffman said. “There was such an outpouring from the community that showed how much they valued the YMCA center. It was really appreciated by the staff.” The roof work should be complete by the end of November, he said, and then the renovations will move down into the main building. These upgrades — which he said will take another six months to complete — will include the following: • Replacing lighting fixtures that are going out of production; • New flooring that is low maintenance; • Remodeling the Men’s Health Service Locker Room similar to what was done for the women’s in 2005; • Refinishing the pool deck around the circa 1965 Austin Francis Aquatics Center; • Adding new lighting and family changing rooms off the pool deck;

• Fresh paint throughout much of the center; • New curtain partitions in the gyms; and • Redesign of the parking lot that will add 50 more spaces. As much as possible, the construction is being done in stages so as to limit the disruption to members, said Denise Lewis, office manager. “We are working with local companies,” Hoffman said. “Many of the contractors are willing to work evening, nights and weekends to help lessen the impact.” Y members are also being kept informed by a bulletin board set up in the lobby, Lewis said. In February, The Item was told these improvements “will allow the Y to increase membership and participation by as much as 20 percent.” To make donations or for more information, contact Hoffman or Denise Lewis at (803) 773-1404 or at jhoffman@ ymcasumter.org or dlewis@ymcasumter. org, respectively.

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‘Lost in Yonkers’ will capture audience in its realism BY JANE G. COLLINS Special to The Item

SPECIALS The family in Sumter Little Theatre’s current production, “Lost in Yonkers,� may be dysfunctional, but the cast certainly is not. Even though I reviewed Neil Simon’s comedy-drama two nights before opening, the seven members of the cast were extremely well prepared — clear delivery, astute understanding of their characters and well-defined stage presence. Winner of the 1991 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award, the play centers on the difficult position of Eddie, a father who in 1942 sends his two sons to live with their grandmother while he works as a traveling salesmen to earn $9,000 he owes a loan shark. In all fairness to his rather weak personality, he has borrowed the money to pay his dead wife’s hospital bills. The grandmother, a German Jew, has her own problems but finally, against her better judgment, takes in the boys. As in most Simon plays, there is a welltimed mixture of drama and humor. Underneath the comedy, there are serious discussions of major issues. Tristan Pack (Jay) and Logan Martin (Arty), as the two boys left to survive almost a year with their stern grandmother, bring constant realism to their parts through facial expressions, natural movement and honesty of voice. They never appear uncertain of their characters or their command of the stage. Heather Turner (Bella) embodies Grandma Kurnitz’ mentally challenged, childlike daughter with a delightful earnestness. Whether extolling the virtues of her ice cream sundaes, her desire to have someone

OCTOBER 21ST John Osteen, right, as Uncle Louie, a small-time mobster, attempts to explain why he carries a gun to his nephews Arty and Jay, played by Logan Martin and Tristan Pack, in a scene from Neil Simon’s “Lost in Yonkers.� The comedy/drama opens tonight at Sumter Little Theatre.

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love her, her yearning to have babies or her tenderness in comforting her mother, Turner fills the stage with her almost fey-like interpretation, adding large doses of laughter and poignancy to her scenes. John Osteen plays Uncle Louie, a mobster, with all the right stereotypical moves. His infective posturing adds charm and depth; his mannerisms turn the gangster persona into a comedic believability. Described as “all steel� by her own sons and daughters, Grandma Kurnitz, played by Diane Garrick, lives up to her reputation for most of the play. As the story progresses, however, Garrick evolves Grandmother beyond the harsh person her family believes her to be. In the process, Garrick herself becomes stronger in her interpretation.

Charlie Poag gives a credible performance as Eddie, the father left with the daunting task of facing his mother, leaving his two boys and finding the strength to make the money he needs. He is especially effective presenting the turmoil he faces confronting his mother. Although on stage a short time, Wren Bunch recreates the breath-gasping Gert, Grandma’s other daughter, true to the description the boys give the audience. Simon’s script enables the audience to first meet the family

through the eyes of the two boys, adding both humor and a sense of their innocent understanding of the family’s limitations. Under the direction of Buzz Cornell, the play emerges as sincere, funny and thought provoking. Staging seems natural, especially in the actions of the two boys, Bella and Uncle Louie. Cornell is careful not to overstage these vital characters but to keep them credible. I may have seen the play two days before opening, but except for a few overly long scene changes (bound to be

shortened with two more rehearsals), the play was audience ready. Although the family may be “Lost in Yonkers,� audience should find themselves caught up in its realism. Sumter Little Theatre presents “Lost in Yonkers� at 8 p.m. tonight through Saturday and Oct. 31 through Nov. 2, and at 3 p.m. Sunday and Nov. 3. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for seniors, students and military. For reservations, contact SLT at (803) 775-2150 or 14 Mood Ave. in the Sumter Cultural Center.

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Soft-spoken teen accused of killing Massachusetts teacher, 24 DANVERS, Mass. (AP) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; A 14-yearold high school student described by classmates as soft-spoken and pleasant was accused of killing a well-liked math teacher, whose body was found in the woods behind the school. Law enforcement officials recovered the remains of 24-year-old Danvers High School teacher Colleen Ritzer early Wednesday, Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett said. The teen, Philip Chism, was arraigned Wednesday in Salem on a murder charge and ordered held without bail. Ritzer was reported RITZER missing late Tuesday night after she didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t come home from work or answer her cellphone. Investigators found blood in a second-floor school bathroom and soon located her body, Blodgett said. He did not say how Ritzer died. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She was a very, very respected, loved teacher,â&#x20AC;? Blodgett said, calling the killing a â&#x20AC;&#x153;terrible tragedy.â&#x20AC;? The boy also was reported missing Tuesday after not coming home from school. He was spotted walking along a road in neighboring Topsfield at about 12:30 a.m. Wednesday. Investigators said in court documents that the arrest was made based on statements by the suspect and corroborating evidence at multiple scenes. They said they also recovered video surveillance. At his arraignment in adult court Wednesday afternoon, Chismâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s defense attorney argued for the proceeding to be closed and her client to be allowed to stay hidden because of his age. The

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Massachusetts State Police detectives are seen at Danvers High School investigating a report of a sudden death inside the school Wednesday in Danvers, Mass. A 14-year-old high school student is facing a murder charge in the death of a 24-year-old teacher found dead in the woods behind the school.

judge denied the request. The attorney declined to comment outside court. Ritzer had a Twitter account where she gave homework assignments, encouraged students and described herself as a â&#x20AC;&#x153;math teacher often too excited about the topics Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m teaching.â&#x20AC;? She was a 2011 graduate of Assumption College in Worcester, a school spokeswoman said Wednesday. She graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor of arts degree in math, a minor in psychology and a secondary

education concentration, according to the collegeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2011 commencement program. Chris Weimert, 17, was a student in Ritzerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s geometry class last year. He said she had taught at the school for two years and was a warm, welcoming person who would stand outside her classroom and say hello to students she didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t teach. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She was the nicest teacher anyone could ever have. She always had a warm smile on her face,â&#x20AC;? he said.

Weimert said the suspect, who he knew from seeing him around school, â&#x20AC;&#x153;seemed like a good kid.â&#x20AC;? He said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;It really threw the whole town of Danvers a curve ball.â&#x20AC;? Kyle Cahill, a junior, said he knows Chism from the soccer team. He said the 14-year-old moved to Massachusetts from Tennessee before the school year began and was a top goal scorer on the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s junior varsity team. He called him a quiet, nice kid. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t violent at all. He was really the opposite of aggressive,â&#x20AC;? Cahill said. Cahill said there was a soccer team dinner Tuesday night that the accused teen skipped, and team members were wondering where he was. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re all just a family. It just amazes me really,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m just stunned.â&#x20AC;? Ryan Kelleher, a senior who also plays soccer, said the arrest of the softspoken Chism didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make sense to him. â&#x20AC;&#x153;From what I know about him and seeing him every day, it just doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t add up that he would do such a thing, unless this was all an act to fool somebody,â&#x20AC;? the 17-year-old said. Kelleher took Ritzerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s algebra class last year and said hello to her on Tuesday in the hallway. He said students related to the young teacher, who liked to wear jeans and UGG boots just like the students. Ritzer lived at home with her 20-year-old brother and her sister, a high school senior. The close-knit family was often outside, barbecuing, spending time together and enjoying each otherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s company, neighbors said.

POLICE BLOTTER CHARGES:

Tony Abrams, 31, of 270 N. St. Pauls Church Road, was charged with criminal domestic violence on Sunday after a 28-year-old woman reportedly told law enforcement the suspect held her to the ground and choked her. She had multiple scratches on her neck, a ripped blouse and missing shoes. The suspect had a small scratch on his arm and the inside of his lip as well as a small amount of blood and dirt on his shirt. Records indicated the suspect had two previous convictions for criminal domestic violence. David E. Porter, 30, of 1471 Paul St., was arrested Friday and charged with pointing and presenting a firearm. On Oct. 9, Porter reportedly pointed a .38-caliber revolver at a victim in the 1400 block of Paul Street. SEXUAL ASSAULT:

A Department of Social Services worker contacted law enforcement about 10 a.m. Friday about an 8-year-old reportedly being molested by an 11-year-old and a 7-year-old in the 1000 block of Babette Road.

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A 2005 four-ton Anderson Dump Trailer and roughly four squares of architectural shingles at a total value of $5,860 were reported stolen from the 3000 block of Cantle Drive about 1:44 p.m. Friday. A 2012 Nissan Altima valued at $16,000 was reported stolen from the 1000 block of Robin Hood Avenue about 10:55 a.m. Friday. The following items were reportedly stolen from the 600 block of West Oakland Avenue between 3:30 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m. Friday: two 27-inch Panasonic tube-style TV sets valued at $175 each,

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An 18-year-old woman told law enforcement that between

a microwave valued at $350, a Sony PlayStation valued at $300, $50 in change, a JVC radio valued at $150 and a bank card valued at $1. A white 2005 Chevrolet Malibu was reported stolen from the 100 block of Boots Branch Road at 1:39 a.m. Tuesday. The car is valued at $5,000. A Dell laptop computer was reportedly stolen from the first block of Adams Avenue between 7 p.m. Sunday and 7:50 a.m. Monday. The computer is valued at $1,200.

cles were found to be damaged in the incident, with damage estimated at a total of $3,500. Black spray paint was placed on the hood, fenders, four doors and the rear tailgate of a white Suburban parked in the 4800 block of Cannery Road in Dalzell between 6 p.m. Sunday and 10 a.m. Monday, causing damage estimated at $1,500. A white car parked in the 2600 block of Tindal Road was reportedly spray-painted gold at 3:42 p.m. Monday. The

damage is estimated at $1,000. EMS:

Sumter County Emergency Medical Services responded to 51 calls Sunday. Of those, 38 were medical, four were motor-vehicle wrecks, and nine were â&#x20AC;&#x153;other trauma.â&#x20AC;? On Monday, Sumter County Emergency Medical Services responded to 56 calls. Thirty-nine were medical calls, eight were motor-vehicle wrecks, one was a fire stand-by, and eight were listed as â&#x20AC;&#x153;other trauma.â&#x20AC;?

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At 2 p.m. Monday, a male, thought to be a teenager, was seen in a parking lot in the 1200 block of Broad Street dragging a razor blade along the bodies of parked cars. Three vehi-

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SCORES from Page A1 ratio of bloodstream infections being found in patients. In addition, Tuomey received poor scores for having, according to the survey, inadequate staffing for both nurses and intensive care unit physicians. Within the ICU physician staffing category specifically, Tuomey received the lowest score recorded, although a majority of hospitals in South Carolina received the same low score. Dr. Gene Dickerson, vice president of Medical Affairs for Tuomey, pointed out that in several of the categories â&#x20AC;&#x201D; such as the ICU physician report â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the local hospital scored poorly not because it was providing inadequate services but because Tuomey was not handling issues in the way the survey asked. Within its report, Leapfrog indicates the only way for a hospital to score well in the ICU category would be to hire dedicated intensivists, doctors certified specifically for these departments. This is a luxury most hospitals do not have, Dickerson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t, nor do any hospital our size in this state, or any other state,â&#x20AC;? Dickerson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;One thing we do provide is an advanced, or teleICU service, that we pay $1 million a year for, that provides 24-hours-aday, 7-day-a-week remote intensivist coverage for all of our patients in the ICU.â&#x20AC;? Dickerson also said while the report was still under review so that Tuomey officials could use the results to find ways to improve patient care, he did not think the single grade should be much of a reflection on the hospital. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not ashamed of this. We try to do the best we can and answer the questions the best we can. The dataâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not perfect,â&#x20AC;? Dickerson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We never bragged on having an A. If you read my comments from the last time, I kind of downplayed it. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one little survey and one little measure out of several that we participate in.

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Leapfrog Hospital Safety Score results by subcategory - Fall 2013 report Outcome Measures (Lower scores indicate a better performance. Numbers per 1,000 patient discharges unless otherwise noted) Foreign Object Retained after Surgery Air Embolism Pressure Ulcer - Stages 3 and 4 Falls and Trauma Central line-associated bloodstream infections (ratio) Catheter-associated infections (ratio) SSI Colon (infection ratio) Death Among Surgical Inpatients with Serious Treatable Complications Collapsed Lung Due to Medical Treatment Breathing Failure after Surgery Post-op Pulmonary embolism (PE) / deep vein thrombosis (DVT)

Tuomey Regional Medical Center 0.00 0.00 0.323 0.431 2.21 0.22 2.222 120.62

Clarendon Memorial Worst Scoring Hospital Hospital 0.389 0.00 0.103 0.00 0.907 0.000 2.005 0.595 2.6 N/A 3.626 0.00 3.456 N/A 163.08 N/A

National Average 0.03 0.00 0.1 0.48 0.56 0.73 0.79 113.56

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Surgery Patients Received Appropriate Treatment to Prevent Blood 0 97.34 99 82 Clots at the Right Time (%) Overall Grade C C F B Numbers in red below national average. Numbers in green above national average. Source: www.hospitalsafetyscore.org

Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really just a snapshot of the care that we provide.â&#x20AC;? Six months ago, however, when Tuomey received an A for its Spring 2013 score, the hospital released a statement quoting Dickerson as saying, â&#x20AC;&#x153;As chief medical officer for Tuomey Healthcare System, I think that I can speak for the entire medical staff and administration when I say that we are very proud of achieving an â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Aâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; grade from the Leapfrog Group. I firmly believe that this is a direct reflection on the professional attitudes and performance of our physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists, radiology technologists, nursing assistants and all of the health provider staff at our hospital and is well deserved.â&#x20AC;? The recent report is not without its high points for the local hospital. Tuomey received above-average scores in 17 of the subcategories considered, including perfect scores in seven of the 15 process-orient-

ed categories and two of the 13 outcome-oriented categories. Despite scoring higher than the national average in a majority of the categories, however, the end result of the recent report was a two-lettergrade drop. Of the 2,539 general hospitals issued a score, only 2.8 percent dropped by two or more grades, according to Amanda Ferraro, media specialist with Stern & Associates, the public relations firm working with Leapfrog. Survey results also indicated 32 percent of the hospitals in the report received an A, while 26 percent received a B, 35 percent a C, six percent a D and less than one percent re-

ceived an F. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were disappointed in the result of the letter C,â&#x20AC;? said Brenda Chase, spokeswoman for Tuomey Healthcare System. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We would like to take our time and go line by line through every piece of quality data that we report to see any changes that might have taken place over the last quarter that might impact the numbers. It could be a change as minuscule as .001. We absolutely know our data, but we go through thousands and thousands of lines of data and look at thousands of quality indicators. ... We feel like we do an excellent job with the safety of our pa-

tients, and this is one indicator among many. We will use this information to move forward.â&#x20AC;? Clarendon Memorial Hospital in Manning also received a C, which is an improvement from the spring score of D and even more so from the Fall 2012 score of an F. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not satisfied with our current score,â&#x20AC;? said Richard Stokes, CEO of Clarendon Memorial. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to get better, and we are getting better. We want to incrementally, internally prepare ourselves to sustain our score. We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to jump up to an A to drop down to a C the next round. We are putting our internal

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etters to the editor are the opportunities for readers to, well, editorialize. Like most newspapers, we appreciate receiving them from our readers who want to share their opinions on various and sundry topics. From time to time, we run across a letter to the editor in other newspapers that gets our attention. The one which follows comes from The Wall Street Journal, written by Daniel Wiseman of Passaic, N.J. In it, he responds to a commentary from William A. Galston about the Tea Party, entitled “The Tea Party and the GOP Crack-up” that appeared in the Journal. Here are Mr. Wiseman’s thoughts and assessment of the Tea Party: “William A. Galston hits the nail on the head in describing the Tea Party. We tea partiers are conservatives first and Republicans second. We see ourselves saving the country from statism, ObamaCare and the entitlement mentality. We don’t like Chris Christie, John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Karl Rove and all the other ‘Republicans in name only.’ We prefer our enemies real like Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, rather than wolves in sheep’s clothing. We worked our tails off to get George W. Bush elected president, only to get massive new government spending, including the Medicare prescription drug entitlement and the No Child Left Behind ‘education reform.’ We want our party to be a right-of-center party, and we want to defeat the liberals and the statists and not ‘work with them.’ Call us angry but don’t call us racists. We don’t care what your skin color is — if you love this country and its traditional values of limited government, individual responsibility and free markets, we want you in our party, whether it is called the Republican Party or eventually something else. “We want school choice, and we are tired of Democrats and their teacher-union allies blocking educational opportunity for poor black children. We are particularly disgusted by that. We want strong national defense, respect for our armed forces, but not to use our military recklessly without clear national interest. We don’t care about the national Republican Party anymore, so don’t even bother asking us to donate money. Call us the tea party, the American Party, the Country Party, heck, maybe even call us the New Jacksonian Party. Mr. Galston is correct: We see an existential threat to the U.S. in Obamaism, and unlike the president’s movable red lines, our colors won’t run.” We suspect Mr. Wiseman’s opinion summarized the strong feelings of a growing number of Americans about what’s going on in our country these days: “We’re mad as hell and won’t take it any more.”

EDITORIAL ROUNDUP Recent editorials from South Carolina newspapers: OCT. 21

The Post and Courier of Charleston on Iran’s clever gambit: The high-profile Iranian nuclear peace offensive launched with fanfare by newly elected President Hassan Rouhani at the United Nations last month has disturbed long-standing U.S. allies in the Middle East such as Saudi Arabia and Israel. They are right to be worried. So far, Iran continues to insist on its right to enrich uranium. Moreover, it refuses to close an enrichment facility under control of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard. If talks are to advance, the United States and its conegotiators from the European Union, Russia and China will have to make concessions leaving Iran with the capability to make nuclear weapons even if its immediate ambitions are blunted. It makes you wonder why some Western diplomats were expressing “cautious optimism” following last week’s closed meeting in Geneva. Since 2006 the United Nations has demanded that Iran stop enriching uranium, a process that produces material for nuclear weapons. Meanwhile, Iran has built up a large-scale uranium-enrichment industry. It has manufactured a large amount of low-enriched uranium suitable to fuel a power-generating nuclear reactor and has started accumulating mediumenriched fuel for a research reactor that makes medical isotopes used to fight cancer. And it can make highenriched uranium used in nuclear weapons if it so chooses. Up until now Washington and its allies, negotiating for the U.N., have demanded that Iran give up weapons-grade uranium as a first step toward lifting sanctions. ...

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Iran has timed its push to get sanctions lifted with a shrewd eye on President Obama’s need for a foreign policy “success.” No wonder the Saudis are reported to view the administration as having gone soft. No wonder that the Israeli cabinet issued a statement before the Geneva meeting warning about the dangers of a premature end to sanctions if it allows Iran to continue taking steps leading to nuclear weapons. OCT. 20

The Herald Journal of Spartanburg on how the government shutdown did damage but brought no benefit: America has been through another government shutdown and came perilously close to a credit default. The experience will cost the nation billions in current and future costs, and there is no discernible benefit. The crisis caused the markets to fall, doing billions in damage to the economy. It eroded confidence in the U.S. government, which will make future federal borrowing much more expensive. Even the money that was saved during the shutdown will now be spent retroactively. So who’s to blame? Everyone in power. The popular impression is that Republicans caused the crisis despite the fact that the president and his allies in Congress boldly declared they would not negotiate with Republicans. The truth is they could have ended the crisis earlier by taking a more reasonable perspective on Obamacare and its problems. But the Republicans pushed this crisis as a vehicle for their agenda when they should have known it would end as it has. This tactic failed when Newt Gingrich tried it against Bill Clinton, and it failed in almost the same way again. The Republicans are correct in their aims. Obamacare is rife with problems in its concept and imple-

mentation. It needs to be delayed and rethought. The federal debt is out of control and jeopardizes the nation’s future and security. The American people know all this. ... The mechanism Congress approved for raising the debt ceiling is an illustration of the problems in Washington. Members of Congress didn’t take a straight vote to raise the debt ceiling. Instead, they gave the president the authority to waive the debt ceiling. Congress can pass a measure to disapprove, but the president would still be able to veto it. This is typical. Congress can’t do its job, so it delegates its constitutional authority to the White House. It does this with fiscal decisions. It does this with developing regulations. Members of Congress do not have the attention spans or the courage of their convictions necessary to write the nation’s laws, make the tough votes and be held accountable on those votes, so they give up their authority. In the end, President Obama, who is wrong about rushing Obamacare into effect and wrong about the need to spend more money, is empowered to do what will result in more harm to this nation. OCT. 21

The Herald of Rock Hill on not eliminating caps for class sizes: State education superintendent Mick Zais plans to eliminate state standards covering, among other things, class sizes in public schools, teacher workloads, certification requirements for teachers and the number of guidance counselors, aids and librarians schools must have. Zais said his goal was to give local school districts more flexibility in budgeting. But the likely result of doing away with these requirements is a faster race to the bottom for South Carolina’s schools, especially those already dealing

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with limited budgets. The rules are listed in R 43-205, a document that contains sections with titles such as “Professional Personnel Qualifications and Duties” for principals and “Professional Personnel Workload” for classroom teachers, guidance counselors, media specialists and others. Specifically, what the standards do is limit the size of classrooms to a maximum of 35 students. Elementary school music and art classes can have no more than 40 students. Schools with 400 or more students must have a full-time librarian. Teachers must be properly certified. ... Some flexibility was needed to deal with this emergency situation. But that doesn’t mean the relaxed standards should become the new normal. As local educators have noted, districts often use the staff-to-student ratios specified in R 23-205 as a template for writing their budgets. The standards help district officials figure out how much money they will need and where it should go. It’s hard to envision that getting rid of those standards would compel districts to make classrooms smaller, hire more teachers, counselors, librarians and other specialists, or exceed the limitations in R 23-205 in other ways. ... Local superintendents across the state have complained that they were not consulted. The S.C. School Boards Association, teacher advocacy groups and some members of the state Board of Education have challenged the proposed changes. These changes are dangerous in a state where education already faces serious challenges. We hope anyone who believes quality public education is essential to the future of South Carolina will let their elected officials know they oppose this unnecessary and arbitrary elimination of standards.

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CLAIMS from Page A1 and they just don’t think of it, even though it’s required by law.” The effect on personnel at Shaw Air Force Base was especially a concern at Tuesday’s committee meeting. “I know we have a lot of military who move in and out all the time,” said Councilman Artie Baker. But Councilman Charles Edens, himself a Realtor, says every home buyer is aware of the state’s tax assess-

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with approximately 14,000 rescues and shelters and contains mobile apps, which can help animal lovers connect with homeless pets, the release said. At the site, a potential adopter enters his or her search criteria, and a list is returned that ranks pets by proximity to the location entered. Adoptions are facilitated by the local agency or group affiliated with Petfinder. com according to their own policies. The website lists more than 300,000 adoptable pets from more than 14,000 animal shelters and rescue groups and has facilitated more than 21 million adoptions, the release said, and Petfinder.com includes a resource guide for selecting and caring for pets. Gardner commended Command Sgt. Robert Reynolds, the animal control staff and the vol-

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unteers who have been helping with the shelter. “They have been instrumental in keeping the shelter going and making sure the animals are treated properly,” he said. Gardner said anyone who wants to adopt an animal can call the shelter at (803) 436-2066 or visit the Sumter Animal Control shelter at 1240 Winkles Road. The shelter is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Local animal lovers will have a chance to adopt a pet from the Sumter County shelter from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Tractor Supply Co., 2705 Broad St., as part of the store’s Trick or Treat with Your Pets event. The event also includes a pet costume contest and the opportunity for pet owners to be photographed with their pets.

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Administration says signup site wasn’t tested enough before launch WASHINGTON (AP) — On the defensive, the Obama administration acknowledged Wednesday its problemplagued health insurance website didn’t get enough testing before going live. It said technicians were deep into the job of fixing major computer snags but provided no timetable. Democratic unhappiness with the situation began growing louder — including one call for President Obama to “man up” and fire someone — as the president’s allies began to fret about the political fallout. Democrats had hoped to run for re-election touting the benefits of the health care law for millions of uninsured Americans, but the computer problems are keeping many people from signing up. And Republican sniping continued unabated, with House Speaker John Boehner declaring, “We’ve got the whole threat of Obamacare continuing to hang over our economy like a wet blanket.”

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pictures from the public Shannon Coker shares this picture of her daughter, Karleigh, dressed up for “Sport your favorite team” day during Alice Drive Middle School’s recent Spirit Week. Coker comments on her photo, “She took the time to draw, sketch and cut out tiger paws for her pants and much more.”

Have you visited someplace interesting, exciting, beautiful or historical that you’ve taken some pictures of? Would you like to share those images with your fellow Item readers? E-mail your hi-resolution jpegs to sandrah@theitem.com, or mail to Sandra Holbert c/o The Item, P.O. Box 1677, Sumter, SC 29150. Include clearly printed or typed name of photographer and photo details. Include self-addressed, stamped envelope for return of your photo. Amateur photographers only please.


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FREDDIE SOLOMON FIELD DEDICATION

Solomon caught eye of Satterfield quickly BY DENNIS BRUNSON dennisb@theitem.com Steve Satterfield was watching his Sumter High School football team struggle offensively in a scrimmage against Summerville prior to the 1970 season when one of his players came up to him and had a request of him. “We had picked up like 15 yards in our first SATTERFIELD three series, weren’t able ITEM FILE PHOTO to do anything,” Satterfield said. Freddie Solomon, right, stands on the podium after being named the most outstanding “That’s when Freddie came up and player in the 1970 Shrine Bowl. The field at Sumter Memorial Stadium will be dedicated grabbed my elbow to me and said, as Freddie Solomon Field on Friday. ‘Coach, let me go in there (at quarter-

back)?’ He’d only taken like 10 snaps at quarterback, and I said, ‘You can’t do any worse.’ “When the game was over, Freddie had scored five touchdowns. (Assistant coach) Bill Noonan said to me, ‘It looks like we have us a new quarterback.’ I said, ‘No joke, Dick Tracy.’ “ The Freddie in question was one Freddie Solomon Jr., and that scrimmage set the stage for an unbelievable season by Solomon that has him in the discussion any time the subject of the greatest high school football player in South Carolina history is broached. SEE SOLOMON, PAGE B3

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BY JUSTIN DRIGGERS jdriggers@theitem.com Control of Region VI-3A was there for the taking last week for the Crestwood High School football team, but Marlboro County held off two late surges by the Knights for a 27-21 victory. Now everything is back up for grabs with two games remaining. Crestwood, Marlboro, Hartsville and Darlington CROLLEY all sit at 2-1 with a possible 3- to 4-way tie seemingly looming, along with 3A tiebreaking scenarios. That being said, the Knights will have to win the next two weeks in order for any top-seed scenario to play out in their favor, starting with Friday’s 7:30 p.m. game against Manning at Ramsey Stadium. “All we can do is take care of what we do and take care of our side of things,” Crestwood head coach Keith Crolley said. “We’re not looking back ITEM FILE PHOTO to last week. It’s done; nothing we can do about Crestwood quarterback Tyler Brown (16) and the rest of the Knights will travel to it. All we can do is make Manning to take on the Monarchs in a crucial Region VI-3A meeting with playoff implications. Crestwood is in a 4-way tie with Darlington, Marlboro County and SEE CRESTWOOD, PAGE B3 Hartsville who all have identical 2-1 region records.

MHS looks to claw way back BY JUSTIN DRIGGERS jdriggers@theitem.com The Manning High School Monarchs are on the outside looking in at the moment. MHS is 5-3 overall, but more importantly, just 1-2 in Region VI-3A. With only three region teams guaranteed spots in the 3A football state playoffs, the Monarchs are a game behind Crestwood, Hartsville, Marlboro County and Darlington. Manning is also behind the eight ball when it comes to tiebreakers FELDER with the Falcons and Red Foxes, having lost to Darlington 34-32 and Hartsville 37-0 in back-to-back weeks. The good news is the Monarchs can help themselves out a great deal the next two weeks. Manning hosts Crestwood at Ramsey Stadium on Friday at 7:30 p.m. before traveling to Marlboro County for the regular-season finale. “Our backs are against the wall,” Manning head coach Tony Felder said. “We’ve got probably the toughest 3A region in the state, so it’s not going to get any easier from here.

PREP FOOTBALL SCHEDULE FRIDAY Varsity Football Carolina Forest at Sumter, 7:30 p.m. Crestwood at Manning, 7:30 p.m. Hartsville at Lakewood, 7:30 p.m. Lake City at Lee Central, 7:30 p.m. Carvers Bay at East Clarendon, 7:30 p.m. Scott’s Branch at Hemingway, 7:30 p.m. Wilson Hall at Ben Lippen, 7:30 p.m. Porter-Gaud at Laurence Manning, 7:30 p.m. Robert E. Lee at Florence Christian, 7:30 p.m. Clarendon Hall at Faith Christian, 7:30 p.m.

“We’re going to have to regroup and come out prepared against a very good Crestwood team.” One thing in the Monarchs’ favor is playing at home where they are 4-0 this season. Another might be the scheduling as both last week’s opponent, Hartsville, and Crestwood run similar Wing-T offenses. “I don’t know if it’s that much of an advantage considering (Hartsville) was able to score 37,” Felder said. “But they are two similar offenses. SEE MANNING, PAGE B3

St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina, left, watches as Boston Red Sox’s David Ortiz, right, celebrates with Jacoby Ellsbury, second from left, and Dustin Pedroia after all three scored on a double by Mike Napoli during the first inning of Game 1 of the World Series on Wednesdayin Boston.

Red Sox lead Cards 7-0 in 8th inning BY RONALD BLUM The Associated Press BOSTON — Mike Napoli hit a 3-run double in the first, and the Boston ON THE NET Red Sox For full results of took Game 1 of the advanWorld Setage of ries visit a reversed www.theitem. call by com umpires and sloppy St. Louis fielding to take a 7-0 lead over the Cardinals after seven innings of

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the World Series opener on Wednesday night. Carlos Beltran prevented the game from becoming even more of SEE SERIES, PAGE B2

Barons keeping focus on Falcons, not playoffs BY JUSTIN DRIGGERS jdriggers@theitem.com Wilson Hall head football coach Bruce Lane hasn’t talked about it, but he knows it’s at least on everyone’s radar. “They’re smart kids, so they can do the math and they know what’s at stake,” Lane said. What’s at stake on Friday in Columbia against Ben Lippen is a chance for LANE the Barons to secure the top seed for the SCISA 3A state playoffs. Wilson Hall sits at 8-0 overall and 7-0 in 3A play. Having already beaten 6-1 Orangeburg Prep, a victory over the Falcons would keep the Barons at home until the state championship. “That was one of our goals at the beginning of

PREP SCHEDULE TODAY Junior Varsity Football Sumter at Carolina Forest, 7:30 p.m. Manning at Crestwood, 6 p.m. Lakewood at Hartsville, 6:30 p.m. Lee Central at Lake City, 6 p.m. Ben Lippen at Wilson Hall, 7 p.m. Laurence Manning at Porter-Gaud, 7 p.m. Robert E. Lee at Holly Hill, 6 p.m. B Team Football Ben Lippen at Wilson Hall, 5 p.m. Laurence Manning at Porter-Gaud, 5 p.m. Middle School Football Lake View at East Clarendon, 6 p.m. SATURDAY Varsity Cross Country Wilson Hall, Laurence Manning, Thomas Sumter in SCISA State Meet (at Heathwood Hall in Columbia), TBA Varsity Equestrian Wilson Hall vs. Hammond, Emerald Leaf, TBA SUNDAY Varsity Equestrian Wilson Hall vs. Team Pinewood Riding Center

the season, but it’s not what we’ve focused on and it’s not what we’ve stressed this week,” Lane said. “Our preparation has been about playing Ben Lippen and playing well enough to win a ball game.” SEE BARONS, PAGE B3


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SCOREBOARD TV, RADIO TODAY 6 a.m. -- Professional Golf: European PGA Tour BMW Masters First Round from Shanghai (GOLF). Noon -- LPGA Golf: Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship First Round from Taoyuan, Taiwan (GOLF). 1 p.m. -- International Soccer: UEFA Europa League Match from Tiraspol, Moldova -- Tottenham vs. Sheriff (FOX SPORTS 1). 3 p.m. -- International Soccer: UEFA Europa League Match from Valencia, Spain -- St. Gallen vs. Valencia (FOX SPORTS 1). 6:05 p.m. -- Talk Show: Sports Talk (WDXYFM 105.9, WDXY-AM 1240). 7 p.m. -- High School Football: Holly Hill at Williamsburg (FTC NOW). 7 p.m. -- High School Football: North Central at Columbia (WPUB-FM 102.7). 7:30 p.m. -- Major League Baseball: World Series Game Two -- St. Louis at Boston (WACH 57). 7:30 p.m. -- College Football: Kentucky at Mississippi State (ESPN). 7:30 p.m. -- College Football: Marshall at Middle Tennessee (FOX SPORTS 1). 7:30 p.m. -- CFL Football: Winnipeg at Toronto (NBC SPORTS NETWORK). 8 p.m. -- High School Football: Tuscaloosa County (Ala.) vs. Hoover (Ala.) from Hoover, Ala. (ESPNU). 8 p.m. -- NFL Football: Carolina at Tampa Bay (NFL NETWORK, WWFN-FM 100.1). 8 p.m. -- NHL Hockey: Carolina at Minnesota (SPORTSOUTH). 8 p.m. -- NBA Exhibition Basketball: Houston at San Antonio (TNT). 11 p.m. -- Women’s College Volleyball: Brigham Young at Pacific (ESPNU). 11 p.m. -- PGA Golf: CIMB Classic Second Round from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (GOLF). 2:30 a.m. -- Amateur Golf: Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship Second Round from Longkou, China (ESPN2). 4:30 a.m. -- Formula One Racing: Indian Grand Prix Practice from Greater Noida, India (NBC SPORTS NETWORK).

NBA PRESEASON Preseason Glance By The Associated Press EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L Pct GB Toronto 5 1 .833 – Brooklyn 4 1 .800 1/2 New York 2 3 .400 21/2 Philadelphia 1 4 .200 31/2 Boston 1 6 .143 41/2 Southeast Division W L Pct GB Miami 4 2 .667 – Charlotte 3 3 .500 1 Orlando 2 5 .286 21/2 Atlanta 1 5 .167 3 Washington 1 5 .167 3 Central Division W L Pct GB Chicago 6 0 1.000 – Cleveland 4 2 .667 2 Detroit 2 4 .333 4 Indiana 2 5 .286 41/2 Milwaukee 0 5 .000 51/2 WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division W L Pct GB New Orleans 6 0 1.000 – Houston 4 1 .800 11/2 Memphis 3 2 .600 21/2 Dallas 3 3 .500 3 San Antonio 2 3 .400 31/2 Northwest Division W L Pct GB Minnesota 3 1 .750 – Portland 4 2 .667 – Oklahoma City 3 2 .600 1/2 Denver 2 3 .400 11/2 Utah 1 5 .167 3 Pacific Division W L Pct GB L.A. Clippers 4 2 .667 – Golden State 3 2 .600 1/2 Phoenix 3 2 .600 1/2 Sacramento 3 2 .600 1/2 L.A. Lakers 3 4 .429 11/2 Tuesday’s Games Indiana 107, Atlanta 89 Detroit 99, Washington 96 San Antonio 123, Orlando 101 Phoenix 88, Oklahoma City 76 L.A. Lakers 108, Utah 94 Wednesday’s Games Memphis at Toronto, 7 p.m. Brooklyn at Boston, 7 p.m. Minnesota at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. Washington vs. Cleveland at Cincinnati, OH, 7 p.m. New York vs. Milwaukee at Green Bay, WI, 8 p.m. Miami at New Orleans, 8 p.m. Atlanta at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. Phoenix at Denver, 9 p.m. Chicago vs. Oklahoma City at Wichita, KS, 9:30 p.m. Golden State at Sacramento, 10 p.m. Utah at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m. Thursday’s Games Cleveland at Charlotte, 7 p.m. Minnesota at Detroit, 7:30 p.m. Houston at San Antonio, 8 p.m. Portland at Golden State, 10:30 p.m. Friday’s Games New Orleans at Orlando, 7 p.m. Charlotte at New York, 7:30 p.m. Brooklyn at Miami, 7:30 p.m. Denver at Chicago, 8 p.m. Houston at Memphis, 8 p.m. Toronto at Milwaukee, 8:30 p.m. Indiana at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. Utah vs. L.A. Lakers at Anaheim, CA, 10 p.m. Sacramento at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m.

NFL STANDINGS By The Associated Press AMERICAN CONFERENCE East W L T Pct PF New England 5 2 0 .714 152 N.Y. Jets 4 3 0 .571 134 Miami 3 3 0 .500 135 Buffalo 3 4 0 .429 159 South W L T Pct PF Indianapolis 5 2 0 .714 187 Tennessee 3 4 0 .429 145

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2 5 0 .286 122 194 0 7 0 .000 76 222 North W L T Pct PF PA Cincinnati 5 2 0 .714 148 135 Baltimore 3 4 0 .429 150 148 Cleveland 3 4 0 .429 131 156 Pittsburgh 2 4 0 .333 107 132 West W L T Pct PF PA Kansas City 7 0 0 1.000 169 81 Denver 6 1 0 .857 298 197 San Diego 4 3 0 .571 168 144 Oakland 2 4 0 .333 105 132 NATIONAL CONFERENCE East W L T Pct PF PA Dallas 4 3 0 .571 200 155 Philadelphia 3 4 0 .429 169 196 Washington 2 4 0 .333 152 184 N.Y. Giants 1 6 0 .143 126 216 South W L T Pct PF PA New Orleans 5 1 0 .833 161 103 Carolina 3 3 0 .500 139 83 Atlanta 2 4 0 .333 153 157 Tampa Bay 0 6 0 .000 87 132 North W L T Pct PF PA Green Bay 4 2 0 .667 168 127 Detroit 4 3 0 .571 186 167 Chicago 4 3 0 .571 213 206 Minnesota 1 5 0 .167 132 181 West W L T Pct PF PA Seattle 6 1 0 .857 191 116 San Francisco 5 2 0 .714 176 135 St. Louis 3 4 0 .429 156 184 Arizona 3 4 0 .429 133 161 Today Carolina at Tampa Bay, 8:25 p.m. Sunday Cleveland at Kansas City, 1 p.m. Buffalo at New Orleans, 1 p.m. Miami at New England, 1 p.m. Dallas at Detroit, 1 p.m. N.Y. Giants at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. San Francisco vs. Jacksonville at London, 1 p.m. Pittsburgh at Oakland, 4:05 p.m. N.Y. Jets at Cincinnati, 4:05 p.m. Atlanta at Arizona, 4:25 p.m. Washington at Denver, 4:25 p.m. Green Bay at Minnesota, 8:30 p.m. Open: Baltimore, Chicago, Houston, Indianapolis, San Diego, Tennessee Monday, Oct. 28 Seattle at St. Louis, 8:40 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31 Cincinnati at Miami, 8:25 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3 Minnesota at Dallas, 1 p.m. Tennessee at St. Louis, 1 p.m. Atlanta at Carolina, 1 p.m. New Orleans at N.Y. Jets, 1 p.m. Kansas City at Buffalo, 1 p.m. San Diego at Washington, 1 p.m. Philadelphia at Oakland, 4:05 p.m. Tampa Bay at Seattle, 4:05 p.m. Baltimore at Cleveland, 4:25 p.m. Pittsburgh at New England, 4:25 p.m. Indianapolis at Houston, 8:30 p.m. Open: Arizona, Denver, Detroit, Jacksonville, N.Y. Giants, San Francisco Monday, Nov. 4 Chicago at Green Bay, 8:40 p.m.

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Bantams win regular-season football title Macrus Phillips had a 70yard kickoff return for a score and caught a 20-yard touchdown pass from Zykeim Jackson as Bates Middle School captured the Sumter County School District Middle School football regular-season title with a 16-12 victory over Alice Drive on Wednesday at the Bantams Field. Bates finished the regular season undefeated and will be the top seed for the playoffs which begin next week. Jackson had 40 yards rushing and 85 yards passing for the Bantams as well as a 2-point conversion. Isaiah Drayton also had a 2-point conversion as well and Trashad Jett accounted for 50 yards of total offense. On defense, Ontre Harvin and Kenny Spann each had five tackles to lead Bates. Anthony Andrews came away with two interceptions and Marquez Magazine had one. HILLCREST CHESTNUT OAKS

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Wednesday at Donald L. Crolley Memorial Stadium. Hurte had TD runs of 48 and 44 yards as well as a 63-yard interception return for a score. Josh Simon added a 3-yard TD run while Shedrick Ervin amassed 119 yards rushing on four carries. Tyler Hallman was 2-for-3 in PATs. Hillcrest finished the regular season at 4-2 and awaits a firstround playoff opponent next week. FURMAN MAYEWOOD

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Travon Caldwell had an interception, three tackles, 38 yards rushing and the lone touchdown as Furman Middle School earned a playoff-clinching victory over Mayewood 8-0 on Wednesday at the Indians field. Terrence Epps had 31 yards rushing and 25 passing for Furman. Tyquez Brown had 13 yards rushing and a 2-point conversion. He also led the defense with seven tackles and a fumble recovery. Travon Brand had four tack-

les and a fumble recovery for the Indians. Travious Epps had two tackles and 13 yards receiving while Hunter Day added three tackles. Furman will next compete in the playoffs starting next Wednesday. VARSITY VOLLEYBALL SUMTER SPLITS PAIR OF MATCHES

NORTH CHARLESTON – Sumter High School closed out its regular season on Tuesday by splitting a pair of matches, beating Summerville 2-0 and falling to Fort Dorchester 2-0 at the Fort Dorchester gymnasium. The Lady Gamecocks, who are 15-6 on the season, beat Summerville by the scores of 25-15, 25-22. Fort Dorchester beat SHS 25-20, 25-13. In the win over Summerville, Ashley Fleurant led Sumter with 18 assists. Zuri Smith had nine kills while Sherah Pair had five. Brooke Gentele had four aces and Aubrey Rickard three. In the loss to Fort Dorchester, Fleurant had five kills and eight assists and Pair and Smith both had three kills.

NHL STANDINGS By The Associated Press EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Toronto 10 7 3 0 14 34 24 Detroit 10 6 3 1 13 24 24 Boston 7 5 2 0 10 20 10 Tampa Bay 8 5 3 0 10 26 21 Montreal 9 5 4 0 10 29 19 Ottawa 8 3 3 2 8 21 24 Florida 10 3 6 1 7 22 35 Buffalo 10 1 8 1 3 13 28 Metropolitan Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Pittsburgh 9 7 2 0 14 31 20 Carolina 9 4 2 3 11 22 26 N.Y. Islanders 9 3 3 3 9 29 28 Columbus 9 4 5 0 8 23 23 Washington 9 4 5 0 8 26 29 New Jersey 9 1 5 3 5 18 30 N.Y. Rangers 7 2 5 0 4 11 29 Philadelphia 8 1 7 0 2 11 24 WESTERN CONFERENCE Central Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Colorado 9 8 1 0 16 28 12 Chicago 9 6 1 2 14 26 21 St. Louis 7 5 1 1 11 27 19 Nashville 10 5 4 1 11 19 24 Minnesota 10 4 3 3 11 21 22 Winnipeg 10 4 5 1 9 26 30 Dallas 8 3 5 0 6 20 28 Pacific Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA San Jose 9 8 0 1 17 40 16 Anaheim 9 7 2 0 14 32 23 Phoenix 10 6 2 2 14 31 28 Vancouver 11 6 4 1 13 32 33 Los Angeles 10 6 4 0 12 26 25 Calgary 9 4 3 2 10 28 32 Edmonton 10 3 6 1 7 30 39 NOTE: Two points for a win, one point for overtime loss. Monday’s Games San Jose 1, Detroit 0, SO Colorado 1, Pittsburgh 0 Calgary 3, Los Angeles 2 Tuesday’s Games Chicago 3, Florida 2, SO Washington 5, Winnipeg 4, SO Toronto 4, Anaheim 2 Vancouver 5, N.Y. Islanders 4, OT Columbus 4, New Jersey 1 Edmonton 4, Montreal 3 Minnesota 2, Nashville 0 Phoenix 4, Calgary 2 Wednesday’s Games Ottawa at Detroit, 7:30 p.m. Boston at Buffalo, 8 p.m. Today’s Games San Jose at Boston, 7 p.m. Vancouver at New Jersey, 7 p.m. N.Y. Rangers at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. Anaheim at Montreal, 7:30 p.m. Chicago at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m. Winnipeg at Nashville, 8 p.m. Carolina at Minnesota, 8 p.m. Calgary at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. Washington at Edmonton, 9:30 p.m. Phoenix at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m.

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LEFT: Boston starting pitcher Jon Lester held St. Louis to five hits through seven innings in Game 1 of the World Series on Wednesday in Boston as the Red Sox took a 7-0 lead into the eighth inning. RIGHT: St. Louis’ Pete Kozma, center, can’t handle a throw as Boston’s Dustin Pedroia slides into second.

SERIES from Page B1 an early blowout, reaching over the right-field wall to rob David Ortiz of a grand slam in the second inning. Playing in the World Series for the first time in a 16-year career, Beltran bruised ribs on his right side and left the game an inning later. St. Louis, one of the major league’s top-fielding teams, looked more like the Bad News Bears than slick glovesmen as they started their second Series in three seasons. Second baseman Pete Kozma dropped a throw for an error that set up Napoli’s big hit, pitcher Adam Wainwright and catcher Yadier Molina allowed a popup 40 feet from home plate to fall between them for a single and Kozma let a bouncer roll out of his glove for a second error. Dustin Pedroia’s RBI single made it 4-0 in the second, and Ortiz wound up with a sacrifice fly on Beltran’s web gem. Jon Lester, who earned the win that finished Boston’s four-game sweep of Colorado in 2007, allowed one hit and struck out four in the first three innings. As the World Series returned to 101-year-old Fenway Park, the oldest stadium in the major leagues, the Red Sox were looking to extend their Series winning streak to nine — quite a reverse for a supposedly cursed franchise that didn’t win a title from 1918 until sweeping the Cardinals in 2004. This has turned into a traditional Series matchup, with the Cardinals winning in 1946 and 1967 before Boston’s big win nearly a decade ago. Wainwright, who had the third-fewest walks per nine innings in the major leagues this season, opened the game by walking Jacoby Ellsbury, and Pedroia singled to center with one out. The game turned on Boston’s fourth batter.

Ortiz hit a slow bouncer to second baseman Matt Carpenter that had an outside chance of being turned into an inning-ending double play. Carpenter made a backhand flip to Kozma, who while returning to the base allowed the ball to bounce off the edge of his glove’s webbing and fall to the ground. Second base umpire Dana DeMuth called Pedroia out on a force, indicating the ball was dropped by Kozma while he was making the transfer to his throwing hand. Red Sox manager John Farrell came out to argue. All six umpires huddled near shortstop to discuss the play, and crew chief John Hirschbeck walked toward the Cardinals dugout and told manager Mike Matheny that Pedroia was being called safe. Matheny then argued to no avail. Three pitches later, Napoli lined a cutter up the gap in left-center for a bases-clearing double. Under rules changes contemplated for next season, calls such as this would be subject to video review. It got worse for the Cardinals in the second. Stephen Drew led off with a routine popup, and Wainwright and Molina stared at each other as the ball fell between them for a single. No. 9 hitter David Ross followed with a single to center and, one out later, Shane Victorino hit a chopper into the shortstop hole that rolled out of the glove of Kozma — who would have had only an outside chance of getting a force at third with David Freese off the bag. Pedroia then bounced a single under the glove of a diving Freese at third and into left field to make it 4-0. Ortiz, whose grand slam last weekend boosted Boston over Detroit in the AL championship finale, then hit a drive to deep right. Beltran raced back to the 5-foot, 4.44-inch fence, braced himself with his arm hand and got his glove about 2 feet above the fence to snare Ortiz’s drive.

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As Stern preps exit, NBA Finals format changed NEW YORK — David Stern’s NBA owners gathered one last time, toasting the outgoing commissioner before he leaves after 30 years on the job. They also changed back one of the earliest changes Stern made. STERN Leaving with Stern is the NBA Finals format he implemented in his first full year on the job, one that alleviated travel concerns but critics felt also gave

an advantage to the lowerseeded team. Beginning with the 2014 finals, the higher-seeded team will host Games 1, 2, 5 and 7. The lower seed gets Games 3, 4 and 6, following the same format the NBA uses in all other rounds. The unanimous vote to approve the 2-2-1-1-1 format came Wednesday during Stern’s final preseason meeting with his board of governors. Owners also voted to add an extra day between Games 6 and 7.

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ST. LOUIS — Kellen Clemens joked he might be getting more than the usual allotment of practice snaps this week. The former backup quarterback got a lot more work Wednesday when the St. Louis Rams practiced for the first time since Sam Bradford’s season-ending knee injury. Now it’s the new backups, Brady Quinn and Austin Davis, who’ll be getting limited reps while the Rams (3-4) prepare for their Monday night game against the Seahawks.

NEW YORK — Bill Mazer, the sports-talk radio pioneer who also was a fixture in New York television during a 60year career, died Wednesday. He was 92. Mazer’s son, actor Arnie Mazer, said his father died at Danbury Hospital in Connecticut. Mazer came to New York in 1964 at WNBC-AM after 16 years in radio and TV in Buffalo, and had a long run as WNEW-TV’s sports anchor. He also worked at WOR-AM,

on CBS television’s NHL and NFL coverage, on ABC and NBC TV game broadcasts and in radio at WFAN, WEVD and WVOX-AM, retiring in 2009. MANNING MISSES PRACTICE

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Peyton Manning doesn’t like to skip any snaps, so you can imagine how unhappy he was Wednesday when a tender ankle forced him to miss practice for the first time since joining the Denver Broncos last year. From wire reports


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LMA working towards home playoff game BY JUSTIN DRIGGERS jdriggers@theitem.com A home playoff game is still a very real possibility for the Laurence Manning Academy football team. The Swampcats are in the driverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s seat, but have a tough 2-week stretch in front of them starting with Fridayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 7:30 p.m. home matchup against Porter-Gaud at Billy Chitwood Field. LMA is 6-3 overall and 4-3 in SCISA 3A play. The Swampcats own the tiebreaker for the fourth playoff seed over 4-3 Cardinal Newman by virtue of their 21-14 victory earlier this season. The Cyclones are not far behind at BRIGGS 3-4, however, and Laurence Manningâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s final game will be against Wilson Hall, which is undefeated heading into Friday. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Obviously a home playoff game is big and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something you strive for,â&#x20AC;? LMA head coach Robbie Briggs said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A win Friday would also be our seventh of the season, which is a step in the right direction after winning five last year.â&#x20AC;? In order to do that, LMA will have to stop a P-G passing attack that averages 227 yards per game. Quarterback Steven Duncan has thrown for 1,800 yards and 19 touchdowns while six receivers have double-digit catches. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Offensively, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re amazing and put up a lot of points,â&#x20AC;? Briggs said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;No lead is safe. They throw

the ball about 70 percent of the time. They spread the ball around and have four quality receivers and a good running back. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to have to play extremely well in the second and third levels of our defense. We canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t allow big plays to hurt us.â&#x20AC;? The Cyclones are averaging just over 28 points in nine games this season and the Swampcats havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t allowed more than 28 in any game. Stopping the big play will be crucial, along with winning the turnover battle, but a big key may lie with the LMA offense. Porter-Gaudâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s defense has given up an average of more than 35 points per game while the Swampcats offense has averaged just over 28. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We need to be good offensively on first down,â&#x20AC;? Briggs said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need to put ourselves in third-and-long situations and we canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t afford penalties. We have to keep moving the chains.â&#x20AC;? LMA was able to do that last week behind <em>The Item Offensive Player of the Week Rashae Bey. Bey rushed for 273 yards and two scores in the 42-14 win over Pinewood Prep. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re really fortunate to have two running backs in Rashae and Tyshawn Epps that can create big plays in the running game,â&#x20AC;? Briggs said. Briggs was not pleased with how the offensive line performed against Pinewood, however. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That was our lowest overall grade of the season,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Both backs ran well, and Drake Hutson did a tremendous job blocking, but we have to be more solid up front if we expect to beat Porter-Gaud.â&#x20AC;?

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CRESTWOOD from Page B1 sure weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re ready for the next two weeks. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We feel like we have an opportunity this week and I know Manning does too.â&#x20AC;? The Knights are 6-2 overall while Manning is 5-3. The Monarchs are 1-2 in the region, however, after back-to-back losses against Darlington and Hartsville. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking to make a move in the region, same as us,â&#x20AC;? Crolley said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a good ball team and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to have to be on top of our game to go down there and come out with a win.â&#x20AC;? The Knights are averaging 27.8 points a game compared to Manningâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 31.9, but the Monarchs have only averaged 23.4 over their last five games. Both teams are allowing less than 25 points per game on defense. Manningâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wishbone offense gave Crestwood trouble during last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 41-30 victory. The Monarchs sport a pair of solid rushers in Raâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Quan Bennett and John Maddox along with a third option of Dontavius Conyers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a very good offense with big kids up front and some of the best backs in our region,â&#x20AC;? Crolley said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve also got a quarterback (Donny Baker) who can throw the ball well, so weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got to defend the entire field. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a challenge for us.â&#x20AC;? MHS also has a solid defense led by Shrine Bowl linebacker Cam Darley. A big key to Crestwoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s success will be establishing the run and maintaining an advantage in time of possession, Crolley said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want to keep the ball away from them and more importantly score some points while we do it,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think that and the turnover battle will be what decides the game. We had a couple of miscues last week that cost us and so did they. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whoever can limit their mistakes will have a big edge.â&#x20AC;?

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Manning running back Raâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Quan Bennett, right, and the rest of the Monarchs look to get back on track on Friday at Ramsey Stadium against Crestwood after suffering back-to-back losses.

MANNING from Page B1 We have to tweak some things from last week, but really itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just a matter of keeping our assignments and playing better as a whole on defense.â&#x20AC;? That will be easier said than done as the Knights boast an offense that has already rushed for

SOLOMON from Page B1 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Freddie was just awesome,â&#x20AC;? said Satterfield, who will be the guest speaker at a ceremony on Friday at which the Sumter Memorial Stadium field will be dedicated as Freddie Solomon Field. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was just unbelievable season. The whole year was like that with runs of 60, 70 and 80 yards.â&#x20AC;? Solomon led the Gamecocks to a 9-3 record, rushing for 1,969 yards and 28 touchdowns, scoring 182 points. He also threw 10 touchdown passes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Freddie could really pass the ball well,â&#x20AC;? Satterfield said of the late Solomon, who passed away in 2012 at the age of 59. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He could sling it big time.â&#x20AC;? However, throwing the football isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t what gained Solomon the nickname of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fabulous Freddie.â&#x20AC;? It was the magic in his feet, their quickness and the pure speed he possessed. It didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take long for Satterfield to see what Solomon could do.

2,560 yards and 24 touchdowns this season. Tyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Son Williams and Jason McDaniel are nearly identical in rushing yards â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 995 to 952, respectively â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and have combined for 17 scores. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re more of a power running team that Hartsville was,â&#x20AC;? Felder said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They run a lot of sweeps and theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re big up front. They wear you down physically.â&#x20AC;? The Monarchs will also have to get their own running game and offense as a whole going again.

Hartsville shut them down in every facet last week, Felder said. It was also the first time the Monarchs had been shut out since a 52-0 loss to Dillon in the second round of the 2011 state playoffs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They had our number defensively,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got be more sound in the run game and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got to be able to pass the ball, too. If we can do that, hopefully some things will open up and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be able to move the ball and control the clock.â&#x20AC;?

FREDDIE SOLOMON FIELD DEDICATION Friday, 6:30 p.m. Sumter Memorial Stadium

ORDER OF EVENTS 6:30 p.m. Unveiling of monument (outside stadium) 7 p.m. Dedication of field (inside stadium) WELCOME â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Mr. Graham Osteen, The (Sumter) Item INVOCATION â&#x20AC;&#x201D;The Rev. Larry C. Weston, Pastor, Trinity Missionary Baptist Church UNVEILING OF THE MONUMENT â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Dr. J. Frank Baker, Superintendent of Sumter County Schools;

â&#x20AC;&#x153;I remember we had our first spring practice when we brought the teams from Lincoln and Edmunds together,â&#x20AC;? Satterfield said, referring to Sumter High School coming into existence after desegregation brought the schools together. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The fastest 40-yard dash I had ever seen was a 4.5 (seconds). I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know Freddie Solomon from anybody, and he came by me in 4.3. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I said, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;I want you to run that for me again.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; He asked why, and I told him there was something wrong with my stopwatch. He ran it again and I think that one was a sub 4.3.â&#x20AC;? With it being the first year of black and white students fully integrated in one school, there

Sheriff Anthony Dennis, Sheriff of Sumter County TRANSITION TO THE FIELD PRAYER OF DEDICATION OF THE FIELD â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The Rev. Larry C. Weston GUEST SPEAKER â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Coach Steve Satterfield, Former Coach of Sumter High School and Family Friend PERSONAL COMMENTS FROM THE SOLOMON FAMILY â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Richard Solomon, Brother of the Late Freddie Solomon, Jr. NATIONAL ANTHEM â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Sumter High School Band

were obviously concerns about issues arising in a small Southern town at that time. Satterfield said that wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really a problem with his players on the team, saying that Solomon handled his almost instant fame well and his teammates did the same. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had no problems whatsoever on the team in that regard,â&#x20AC;? Satterfield said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was unbelievable the way the players handled themselves. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Now while I never met them, I understand there were some people who questioned us playing a black guy at quarterback,â&#x20AC;? he added. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I told people when he runs across the goal line they give you six points just like they did before.â&#x20AC;?

Lane has stressed coming into the game with a better mental approach. Last week against Heathwood Hall, homecoming and a couple of other variables may have contributed to WHâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s slow start, he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were not as efficient in the red zone as we have been most of the year,â&#x20AC;? Lane said of his teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 28-7 win. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We left a couple more scores on the field. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But we were playing a very good defense. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re panicking over it. I just think we need to have a better mindset this week.â&#x20AC;? Despite the rough start, the Barons still managed more than 300 yards of offense â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 235 of which came via quarterback William Kinney. Kinney has thrown for 1,304 yards this season with 13 touchdowns. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also rushed for 527 yards and eight more scores. Wilson Hall is outscoring opponents by an average of 41.6 to 8.5. The offense has been fairly balanced as well with 1,918 yards rushing and 1,374 yards passing. Jay Goodson and Parker McDuffie have combined for 1,116 yards rushing and 16 TDs. The Falcons, who are 2-6 overall and 2-5 in 3A, are balanced as well, but rely more on the passing game. Quarterback Robert Barrow has thrown for 1,183 yards and eight scores, with the majority of his yardage coming at the hands of a trio of receivers â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Aaron Maguire (579), Wright Bynum (422) and Wil Carter (309). â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think the big key is sort of the same as it was against a team like Porter-Gaud,â&#x20AC;? Lane said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t let this be like a 7-on-7 drill and give him all day to throw. We have to get pressure on the quarterback and disrupt some things and hopefully force some turnovers.â&#x20AC;? The Barons have been adept at both, racking up 11 sacks and forcing 19 turnovers this season. Will Watson leads the team with five sacks while both Robert James and John Ballard have three interceptions apiece.

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE The Associated Press (Subject to change) Today SOUTH Marshall (4-2) at Middle Tennessee (3-4), 7:30 p.m. Kentucky (1-5) at Mississippi St. (3-3), 7:30 p.m. Friday FAR WEST Boise St. (5-2) at BYU (5-2), 8 p.m. Saturday EAST Delaware (5-2) at Rhode Island (3-5), Noon Houston (5-1) at Rutgers (4-2), Noon Sacred Heart (7-1) at St. Francis (Pa.) (24), Noon Robert Morris (2-4) at Wagner (2-5), Noon Brown (3-2) at Cornell (1-4), 12:30 p.m. Duquesne (4-2) at Bryant (3-4), 1 p.m. Lehigh (6-1) at Bucknell (2-4), 1 p.m. Salve Regina (5-1) at CCSU (2-5), 1 p.m. Colgate (2-5) at Georgetown (1-6), 1 p.m. Princeton (4-1) at Harvard (5-0), 1 p.m. Lafayette (1-5) at Holy Cross (3-5), 1 p.m. Stetson (1-5) at Marist (4-3), 1 p.m. Pittsburgh (4-2) at Navy (3-3), 1 p.m. Yale (3-2) at Penn (3-2), 1 p.m. Maine (5-2) at Villanova (4-3), 1 p.m. Columbia (0-5) at Dartmouth (2-3), 1:30 p.m. W. Michigan (0-8) at UMass (1-6), 3 p.m. New Hampshire (3-3) at Stony Brook (3-3), 4 p.m. SOUTH Wake Forest (4-3) at Miami (6-0), Noon Towson (7-1) at Richmond (3-4), Noon Louisville (6-1) at South Florida (2-4), Noon UConn (0-6) at UCF (5-1), Noon Georgia Tech (4-3) at Virginia (2-5), 12:30 p.m. Charlotte (4-3) at Charleston Southern (62), 1 p.m. Delaware St. (3-4) at Hampton (2-5), 1 p.m. Morgan St. (2-5) at Howard (2-5), 1 p.m. Davidson (0-7) at Jacksonville (3-4), 1 p.m. Dayton (5-2) at Morehead St. (3-4), 1 p.m. Old Dominion (4-3) at Norfolk St. (2-5), 1 p.m. Liberty (3-4) at Gardner-Webb (4-3), 1:30 p.m. Samford (5-2) at Wofford (5-2), 1:30 p.m. The Citadel (2-5) at Chattanooga (5-2), 2 p.m. NC A&T (3-3) at Florida A&M (2-5), 2 p.m. Point (Ga.) (3-4) at Presbyterian (2-4), 2 p.m. NC Central (3-4) at Savannah St. (1-7), 2 p.m. Jacksonville St. (5-2) at Tennessee Tech (3-5), 2:30 p.m. Texas Southern (1-6) at Grambling St. (07), 3 p.m. Ark.-Pine Bluff (0-7) at MVSU (1-6), 3 p.m. Tennessee (4-3) at Alabama (7-0), 3:30 p.m. Alabama A&M (2-5) vs. Alabama St. (5-2) at Birmingham, Ala., 3:30 p.m. Georgia Southern (4-2) at Appalachian St. (1-6), 3:30 p.m. NC State (3-3) at Florida St. (6-0), 3:30 p.m. Clemson (6-1) at Maryland (5-2), 3:30 p.m. Boston College (3-3) at North Carolina (15), 3:30 p.m. Tulsa (2-4) at Tulane (5-2), 3:30 p.m. Duke (5-2) at Virginia Tech (6-1), 3:30 p.m. Elon (2-6) at W. Carolina (1-7), 3:30 p.m. James Madison (5-2) at William & Mary (4-3), 3:30 p.m. SC State (5-2) at Bethune-Cookman (6-1), 4 p.m. Mercer (6-1) at Campbell (1-6), 4 p.m. McNeese St. (6-1) at Nicholls St. (4-3), 4

p.m. Troy (4-3) at W. Kentucky (4-3), 4 p.m. UT-Martin (4-3) at Austin Peay (0-7), 5 p.m. E. Illinois (6-1) at Tennessee St. (7-1), 5 p.m. Jackson St. (5-2) vs. Prairie View (5-3) at Shreveport, La., 5 p.m. VMI (1-6) at Coastal Carolina (7-0), 6 p.m. Louisiana Tech (2-5) at FIU (1-5), 6 p.m. Alcorn St. (6-2) at Southern U. (4-3), 6:30 p.m. Furman (3-4) at LSU (6-2), 7 p.m. Georgia St. (0-7) at Louisiana-Monroe (34), 7 p.m. North Texas (4-3) at Southern Miss. (0-6), 7 p.m. FAU (2-5) at Auburn (6-1), 7:30 p.m. Idaho (1-6) at Mississippi (4-3), 7:30 p.m. Lamar (3-4) at SE Louisiana (5-2), 8 p.m. MIDWEST Ball St. (7-1) at Akron (2-6), Noon Northwestern (4-3) at Iowa (4-3), Noon Oklahoma St. (5-1) at Iowa St. (1-5), Noon Nebraska (5-1) at Minnesota (5-2), Noon Valparaiso (1-6) at Drake (3-4), 2 p.m. South Dakota (4-3) at Illinois St. (3-4), 2 p.m. Miami (Ohio) (0-7) at Ohio (5-2), 2 p.m. E. Kentucky (4-3) at SE Missouri (1-6), 2 p.m. Toledo (4-3) at Bowling Green (5-2), 2:30 p.m. N. Iowa (4-3) at S. Dakota St. (4-4), 3 p.m. N. Dakota St. (7-0) at Indiana St. (1-6), 3:05 p.m. Michigan St. (6-1) at Illinois (3-3), 3:30 p.m. Buffalo (5-2) at Kent St. (2-6), 3:30 p.m. E. Michigan (1-6) at N. Illinois (7-0), 3:30 p.m. West Virginia (3-4) at Kansas St. (2-4), 3:45 p.m. Baylor (6-0) at Kansas (2-4), 7 p.m. South Carolina (5-2) at Missouri (7-0), 7 p.m. Missouri St. (2-6) at W. Illinois (3-5), 7 p.m. Penn St. (4-2) at Ohio St. (7-0), 8 p.m. SOUTHWEST Vanderbilt (4-3) at Texas A&M (5-2), 12:21 p.m. Temple (1-6) at SMU (2-4), 3 p.m. Northwestern St. (3-4) at Sam Houston St. (5-2), 3 p.m. Texas Tech (7-0) at Oklahoma (6-1), 3:30 p.m. UTEP (1-5) at Rice (5-2), 3:30 p.m. Stephen F. Austin (3-4) at Cent. Arkansas (4-3), 4 p.m. UAB (2-4) at UTSA (2-5), 5 p.m. South Alabama (3-3) at Texas St. (4-3), 7 p.m. Texas (4-2) at TCU (3-4), 7:30 p.m. FAR WEST Idaho St. (3-4) at S. Utah (5-3), 3:05 p.m. E. Washington (5-2) at Montana (6-1), 3:30 p.m. Butler (6-2) at San Diego (4-3), 4 p.m. Utah (4-3) at Southern Cal (4-3), 4 p.m. UC Davis (3-5) at Montana St. (5-2), 4:05 p.m. North Dakota (2-5) at Portland St. (3-4), 4:05 p.m. Notre Dame (5-2) at Air Force (1-6), 5 p.m. UNLV (4-3) at Nevada (3-4), 6:05 p.m. Arizona (4-2) at Colorado (3-3), 7 p.m. UCLA (5-1) at Oregon (7-0), 7 p.m. Wyoming (4-3) at San Jose St. (3-3), 7 p.m. Abilene Christian (5-3) at New Mexico St. (0-7), 8 p.m. N. Arizona (5-2) at Cal Poly (3-4), 9:05 p.m. Stanford (6-1) at Oregon St. (6-1), 10:30 p.m. Fresno St. (6-0) at San Diego St. (3-3), 10:30 p.m. California (1-6) at Washington (4-3), 11 p.m. Colorado St. (3-4) at Hawaii (0-6), 11:59 p.m.

Clemson secondary will lack experience against Terrapins BY MANDRALLIUS ROBINSON Greenville News CLEMSON— Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables does not believe he has embarked on a devastating déjà vu. Clemson opened the season with four experienced, reliable corners. That depth will be cut in half, at least temporarily, Saturday at Maryland. Starting cornerback Bashaud Breeland will miss the first half while serving a suspension for the targeting penalty he committed during last week’s loss to Florida State. Breeland’s backup, junior VENABLES Garry Peters, will miss his second consecutive game, as he recovers from a foot injury. That leaves senior Darius Robinson and junior Martin Jenkins at corner. It also is reminiscent of the rash of injuries Clemson suffered last season that induced Venables to slide receiver Adam Humphries into the secondary for a game. A hernia sidelined Jenkins for the entire season. Robinson fractured an ankle and missed the final six games. Breeland injured his groin and missed the final two. Robinson has started all seven games this sea-

son. He and Breeland lead the team with three interceptions each. While fully recovered from the hernia, this year, Jenkins has battled a rare form of arthritis, a nagging shoulder that refuses to remain in its socket, a broken thumb and a chipped tooth. Still, he has appeared in every game, working interchangeably between corner and nickelback. “You feel a little bit better. You’re more experienced there,” Venables said. “Darius has played pretty good this year, and Martin’s played very well when he’s been there. We feel very good. It’s quite a bit different from a year ago.” Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said freshman Cordrea Tankersley and senior Jerrodd Williams could relieve Robinson and Jenkins sparingly Saturday. There is never a good time to absorb such blows to the depth chart. Yet, rolling with these punches may be easier this week, considering Maryland’s receiving corps has been hit with a more damaging combination. Deon Long broke the tibia and fibula in his right leg during the second quarter of Maryland’s loss to Wake Forest last week. Stefon Diggs broke the fibula in his right leg during the fourth quarter.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2013

USC’s D-line could see new faces BY CHARLES BENNETT Greenville News COLUMBIA— There’s good news for South Carolina’s defensive line this week. The Gamecocks will start four on Saturday against Missouri. The bad news is that it’s very uncertain which four it’s going to be. With ADAMS starting defensive tackle Kelcy Quarles nursing a sprained knee and backup tackle Gerald Dixon Jr. hampered by an ankle injury, the line is in DUKES a state of flux. “We’ve got to be ready to play with any of the guys,” said South Carolina defensive line coach Deke Adams. “Whether it be

Kelcy, J.T., Surratt, Phillip Dukes Gerald Dixon Jr. and Kelcy Griffin. Those are the guys we’re rolling with right now and we’ve got to have an extra guy ready to go if something happens. That’s just part of it.” Jadeveon Clowney and Chaz Sutton have been the mainstays at defensive end, and at the tackles, Surratt has started every game, while Quarles has started all but one. Dixon Jr. started the opener against North Carolina ahead of Quarles but Dukes and Griffin have only played in reserve roles. Dukes is a 6-3, 315-pound sophomore out of Manning High School who was selected by the coaches as the most improved defensive lineman at the conclusion of spring practice. Griffin is a 6-2, 292 freshman. Adams says he’s been pleased with the play of the defensive

line this season, including backups. “They’ve done a good job,” he said. “We got a lot better last week. We’re just looking at getting better and better every week. It’s a little bit sour because we didn’t make the plays at the very end when he needed to but we did some good things throughout the game.” Among defensive lineman, Surratt leads the team with 21 tackles, but Quarles is close behind with 19 and is coming off arguably his best game of the year in last week’s 23-21 loss at Tennessee. Quarles was in on four tackles, including two for loss and the team’s only sack. For the year, Quarles leads the team in tackles for loss with seven and sacks with five. “He has played really well the last couple weeks,” Adams said.

Missouri reaching new heights BY JAKE KREINBERG The Associated Press COLUMBIA, Mo. — Few outside of the Missouri locker room expected the Tigers to compete in the Southeastern Conference in just their second season in the league. Predicted to finish sixth in the SEC East, the team is now ranked fifth in the country and holds a two-game lead in the division. The Tigers (7-0, 3-0 SEC) remained healthy until quarterback James Franklin and cornerback E.J. Gaines sustained injuries Oct. 12 at Georgia. But they won again Saturday, beating Florida at home and now are preparing to face No. 20 South Carolina with a chance to practically wrap up the division. Though the goals are getting much bigger. “We’d be dumb if our goal wasn’t to go to a national championship,” left tackle Justin Britt said. Coming off one of the “most difficult up-anddown” years he’s had as a coach, Gary Pinkel said he didn’t do a good job of managing his team’s emotions when it went 5-7 last season. This year’s group has more fun, he said, citing an example of how his players participate in sing-a-longs before Wednesday practices. “That doesn’t mean that you’re going to win all your games, either,” Pinkel said. “What it means is you’re going to have a group of guys who care about each other. . It’s just the chemistry that hap-

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Missouri’s L’Damian Washington, right, Darius White, center, and John Gibson, left, celebrate with fans after they defeated Florida 36-17 on Saturday in Columbia, Mo. The Tigers find themselves ranked fifth in the BCS rankings with a 7-0 record.

pens for teams. It’s really cool to see it.” On the field, the 13th-year Missouri coach eliminated two-a-day practices in August in part to show his players that the staff cared about their health. When Franklin and Gaines went down, their substitutes step in and stepped up. Quarterback Maty Mauk led eight scoring drives and cornerback Aarion Penton nabbed his first interception in a 36-17 win against Florida. “You came to perform at the college level,” Mauk said. “It kind of is nerve-wracking, but at the same time, it’s what you’re here to do.”

Maryland digs deep on depth chart as injuries continue to pile up BY DAVID GINSBURG The Associated Press COLLEGE PARK, Md. — A rash of injuries is again threatening to ruin a potentially successful season for Maryland’s football team. A year ago, the Terrapins lost four quarterbacks as a 4-2 start turned into a six-game losing streak and a 4-8 finish. The Terrapins were 5-1 this year before their top two receivers, Stefon Diggs and Deon Long, each broke a leg last week in a 34-10 loss at Wake Forest. Diggs and Long are among nine players out for the season, six on defense. “It’s definitely tough,” quarterback C.J. Brown said Tuesday. “I feel for all those guys, not only Stef and Deon, but all the other guys that have gone down before them. Especially on the defensive side of the ball. So many guys have gotten nicked up. It’s more adversity that this team has to face. We went through it last year. “But we’re still 5-2. We can write our own story. We’ve got a big game this week that we’re focusing on.” That would be a

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Maryland coach Randy Edsall, right, holds the hand of Deon Long (6) as Long is examined by trainers after being injured in the Terrapins’ 34-10 loss on Saturday against Wake Forest in Winston-Salem, N.C.

homecoming matchup against No. 9 Clemson (6-1, 4-1 Atlantic Coast Conference). At this point, it’s unclear who will be throwing the ball for Maryland (5-2, 1-2). Brown sustained a concussion against Florida State on Oct. 5 and was ineffective before being pulled against Wake Forest. Coach Randy Edsall stressed Tuesday that Brown was removed because he didn’t appear to have completely recovered from his concussion, despite being cleared to play. “Going into the game I felt really

good,” Brown said. “Obviously I took some hits in the game early and coach made his decision.” Edsall will wait before deciding whether Brown or Caleb Rowe will start against Clemson. “I’ll take a look this week as we practice and to see where we’re at, then at the end of the week, as we go into the game, we’ll make a decision to who will be the guy that will go,” the coach said. Brown conceded that he’s feeling the effects of being pounded in the pocket. “I’m still getting treatment on a lot of

things,” the fifth-year senior said. “I’m just trying to take care of my body. That’s the biggest thing.” The last thing the Terrapins need is to add Brown’s name to an injury list that includes three defensive linemen, two defensive backs and a linebacker. “All I can say is that it’s football,” Edsall said. “This sport, it’s pretty much 100 percent guaranteed that you’re going to get hurt. It’s unfortunate that we’ve had the injuries that we have, but there’s nothing that we can do about it.”


SPORTS

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2013

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Winless Bucs eye opportunity against surging Panthers BY FRED GOODALL The Associated Press

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Jeff Gordon (24) finds himself in a heated race for the Sprint Cup title heading into this weekend’s race in Richmond, Va.

Drivers glad focus is on Chase, not Richmond mess BY JENNA FRYER The Associated Press CHARLOTTE— Jeff Gordon got into the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship when NASCAR made an unprecedented move to expand the playoff field to 13 drivers after the controversial ending at Richmond. Six weeks later, his Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jimmie Johnson is back on top of the standings and in a tight points race with Matt Kenseth. Gordon is fifth, still mathematically in contention for his fifth title, just behind Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick. And the focus finally seems to be back on the championship, instead of the shenanigans that occurred just before the 10-race Chase began. “You’re going to go through rough patches and take some hits whether you’re a competitor or whether you’re a sport. That was certainly one of them,” Gordon said during testing at Texas Motor Speedway this week. “But ever since then, the focus has been on the competition and what’s happening on the track, and I feel like every week that builds, we’ve got a tight points battle with the first two guys and that’s certainly going to every week create a lot of interest.” Johnson takes a four-point lead over Kenseth into Sunday’s race at Martinsville. It’s the first time Kenseth hasn’t been the points leader since the Chase began, and he opened it with wins in the first two rounds. But the Joe Gibbs Racing driver is coming off a 20th-place finish at Talladega that allowed Johnson to take his first lead of the Chase. Gordon was added to the Chase when NASCAR Chairman Brian France determined the four-time champion did not have a fair chance to race his way into the 12-driver field because of the actions of at least three organizations over the closing laps at Richmond.

NASCAR call to throw caution isn’t even a debate BY JENNA FRYER The Associated Press CHARLOTTE — A day after a caution froze the field on the final lap at Talladega Superspeedway, a caller complained to SiriusXM NASCAR radio he’d been robbed of his right to see a race to the finish line. The gripe could not have been more off base. In a season that will be remembered for a rash of driver injuDILLON ries, not throwing a caution would have been negligent of NASCAR. Denny Hamlin missed four races this year with a fractured vertebra, and Michael Annett was out three months with a fractured sternum. Tony Stewart, who broke his leg in a sprint car crash, has been sidelined since August and underwent a third surgery earlier this month. Three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti was just released from a hospital last week after fracturing two vertebrae, his right ankle and suffering a nasty concussion in an Oct. 6 IndyCar race, and a crash in Saturday

night’s season finale left Justin Wilson hospitalized with a pelvic fracture. So when Austin Dillon’s car went airborne on the last lap Sunday, just when fans were holding their breath waiting for a mad dash to the checkered flag, NASCAR had no choice but to throw the caution after Dillon’s car came back down to the track and was tagged hard by Casey Mears. “The safety for our drivers and our fans is the most important thing to us,” NASCAR vice president of competition Robin Pemberton said Monday. “There comes a time when you see what happens on the race track to move safety equipment and attend to the drivers involved.” That this is even being discussed, and there are people complaining about NASCAR’s decision, is appalling. It was just a day earlier that the Truck Series race ended with a 12-vehicle crash that saw Miguel Paludo flip upside down and Kyle Busch take a massive hit to the inside wall at Talladega. Darrell Wallace Jr. admitted afterward that the wreck “scared the hell out of me.”

TAMPA, Fla.— National TV, a chance to shine with the rest of the NFL watching. The winless Tampa Bay Buccaneers can think of no better stage to prove they’re not nearly as bad as an 0-6 record suggests heading into Thursday’s primetime test against Cam Newton and the surging Carolina Panthers. The Bucs have lost 10 of 11 dating to last season, six straight at home, and frankly are running out of competition for the label of worst team in the league. Tampa Bay and Jacksonville are the only teams who’ve yet to win this season. “Desperate, that’s kind of like the last straw isn’t it, if you don’t have a win?” defensive tackle Gerald McCoy said. “The Giants won (Monday night). I was like: ‘C’mon now ... another team with a win.’ We’ve got to get one,” the fourth-year pro added. “We don’t want to be the last ones. We’ve got to get it.” Coach Greg Schiano hopes playing at home in a short week in which Tampa Bay doesn’t have to travel will help against Carolina (3-3), which has won three of four following an 0-2 start. Newton completed 81.4 percent of his passes the past two weeks while throwing for four touchdowns and no interceptions in lopsided wins over Minnesota and St. Louis. “First and foremost, we desperately need a win, right? ... But I think what’s most important is the guys recognize that every other NFL player watches this game; at least if they’re a football fan they do. The Thursday night game is part of their week,” Schiano said. “It’s a big part of our league.” Carolina coach Ron Rivera can relate to Tampa Bay’s struggles. He inherited a team coming off a 2-14 season in 2011, and the Panthers have endured

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Carolina quarterback Cam Newton, left, will be trying to lead the Panthers to another victory today when they take on Tampa Bay on the road. The Panthers are looking to move to 4-3 while the Buccaneers are stilling eyeing their first win of the season.

some bumps while improving to six wins two years ago, seven in 2012 and rebounding after losing the first two games this season. “It’s hard to win in this league. You go watch the games they play and they’ve played some good football teams, and they’ve lost some tough games,” Rivera said. “Believe me, I’ve gone through it. I know exactly how they feel. ... You can play great and have something crazy happen. You can have a ball bounce the wrong way. You can miss a kick, they can make a kick, they can make a great catch,” Rivera added. “They’re a good football team, it’s just a matter of time, keep pushing and keep working. That’s the way it is in this league.” Five things to watch for as the Bucs seek their first win and the Panthers try to climb over .500 for the first time since the end of the 2008 season, when they were 12-4 and last made the playoffs: EFFECIENT CAM

Newton has suddenly turned into Mr. Efficient. He completed 15

of 17 passes for 204 yards and a touchdown in last week’s win over St. Louis, and is 35 of 43 for 464 yards, four TDs and no interceptions over his last two games. The NFC South rival Bucs have taken notice. “He’s starting to become an NFL quarterback. He came in the league on fire, but he still had college-style playing. People didn’t know how to react to it. Last year, he still was more college style and people knew how to handle it because they had dealt with it the year before,” McCoy said. “Now he’s starting to become an NFL quarterback, and that’s scary. With as athletic as he is, as strong an arm as he has, he’s starting to understand the game more. That’s scary to have to deal with that for a long time.” ANOTHER STEP FOR GLENNON

Rookie Mike Glennon makes his fourth start at quarterback for the Bucs. No one’s attempted (130) or completed (76) more passes in his first three games than the thirdround draft pick out of North Carolina State.

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Glennon threw 44 times during last week’s 31-23 loss to Atlanta. He targeted WR Vincent Jackson 22 times, connecting 10 times for 138 yards and two TDs. Jackson’s looking for his third straight game with at least nine receptions, 100 yards and a pair of TDs. NO MARTIN

The Bucs likely will be without RB Doug Martin, who injured his left shoulder last week. Rookie Mike James probably will make his first start, with veteran Brian Leonard backing him up. James has 17 carries for 57 yards. He was a sixth-round pick out of Miami, Fla. KNACK FOR TURNOVERS

Carolina forced three turnovers against St. Louis and has 14 for a plus-5 takeaway/ giveaway margin — tied for third in the NFC. The Bucs are even, which puts them right in the middle of the league, and had Schiano wondering why their record isn’t closer to .500. “Usually when you’re even, your record’s pretty even. You’re 3-3, 2-4, 4-2. We’re 0-6.”

Shanahan returning to place he still calls home BY EDDIE PELLS The Associated Press ENGLEWOOD, Colo.— “The Mastermind.” At the beginning in Denver, the words were uttered with reverence. As time passed, they often came out with a bit of a smirk. Mike Shanahan is the only coach to bring a Super Bowl title to the Mile High City, but as the gleam of the two Lombardi Trophies he won faded and playoff trips became more rare, Shanahan went from “Coach for Life” for the Broncos, to just another to be handed a pink slip. Nearly five years after his unceremonious departure from a place he helped build, Shanny returns to Denver on Sunday as coach of the Washington Red-

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Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan will return to Denver on Sunday this week to face the Broncos, the team he helped win consecutive Super Bowls.

skins. “It’s been home for me,” Shanahan said. “A lot of great friends still there and just something you look forward to.” Though moving on is part of any NFL coach’s life, Shanahan has retained deep roots in Denver. He still owns the 35,000-square-foot house he built, then later let Peyton Manning live in while the quarterback was looking for a place of his own after he signed with the Broncos. Shanahan’s Steakhouse towers over Interstate 25 on the city’s south side, about a 10-minute

drive from the Broncos headquarters — and 15 minutes from another popular Denver steakhouse called Elways. “I didn’t know I was getting fired so I had the restaurant going up either way,” Shanahan said. During his interview with Denver reporters Wednesday, Shanahan reminisced about the good times and bad over his 21 years with the Broncos — seven as an assistant coach, then 14 more as the leader of a team that finally won the Super Bowl after failing four previous times, three of which came with Shanahan serving as Dan Reeves’ assistant.


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ROBERT J. BLAIR Retired Air Force Maj. Robert J. Blair, 78, husband of Carolyn Parrish Blair, died Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center. Born in Flemming, Mo., he was a son of the late Darwin Blair and the late Eileen Albertson Spiek. Maj. Blair retired from the U.S. Air Force after 29 years of service. He was a Korean War and Vietnam War veteran. He was a member of Harmony Church, the VFW, American Legion Post 15, the Christian Golfers’ Association and was a very active member of the Gideons International. Survivors include his wife of Sumter; two children, Robert J. Blair II (Marianne) of Sumter and Renee Blair Clifford (Spencer) of Greensboro, N.C.; five grandchildren, Matthew, Kaitlin, Grace, Andrew and Joy; and a brother, Dr. James Porter Moreland (Hope) of Yorba Linda, Calif. The family will receive friends from 12:30 to 1 p.m. Friday at Harmony Church. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at Harmony Church with the Rev. Drew Choate officiating. Burial with full military honors will be at Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Gideons International, PO Box 1795, Sumter, SC 29151. Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home and Crematorium of Sumter is in charge of the arrangements. SHAQUILLE O. McELVEEN BISHOPVILLE — Shaquille O’Neal McElveen, 20, died Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013, as the result of a wreck. He was born May 24, 1993, in San Marcos, Texas, a son of Levern McElveen Jr. and Donna

Dobson McElveen. The family is receiving friends at the home of his mother and stepfather, Donna McElveen and James Benjamin, 301 Rouse Road, Bishopville. These services have been entrusted to Samuels Funeral Home LLC, Manning.

OWEN W. ADAMS BISHOPVILLE — Owen Wallace Adams, 84, husband of the late Florence Benfield Adams, died Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, at McCoy Memorial Nursing Center. He was born July 18, 1929, in Appleton, Minn., but grew up and lived the majority of his life in Iowa. He was a son of the late Gerald Adams and the late Ena Ackley Adams. Mr. Adams was a member of Bethlehem United Methodist Church. He dearly loved his church and the Bishopville community. He was employed by John Deere for more than 60 years and spent more than 30 years at Payne and Kennedy in Bishopville. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. Survivors include three children, Jacki Rae Lawhon (Brent) of Woodville, Fla., Patti Jo Baker (Charlie) of Charleston and Glynn Atkinson (Ann) of Florence; brothers Jerry Adams (Julie) of California, Lee Adams (Eva Maria) of Missouri and Larry Adams (Mary Lou) of Arizona; sisters Ruth Newton (Don) and Judi Quinn (Jack), all of Arizona; and a special friend, Carol Carter of Bishopville. He was preceded in death by a brother, Max Adams, and two sisters, Shirley Sellon and Faith Flescheniem. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Bethlehem United Methodist Church with the Rev. Larry Wat-

AREA SCOREBOARD BASKETBALL YMCA CHURCH LEAGUE

Registration for the YMCA of Sumter Church Basketball League will run through Friday. There are leagues for boys and girls ages 3-15. For children ages 3-4, the cost is $25 for a member and $40 for a potential member. For ages 5-15, the cost if $40 for a member and $75 for a potential member. Practice begins in November with the season running from December through February. For more information, call the YMCA at (803) 773-1404 or visit www.ymcasumter.org. SOFTBALL USC SUMTER 100 INNING GAME

The 100 Inning Game, an annual fundraiser for the University of South Carolina Sumter softball program, will be held on Saturday at 10 a.m. at Bobby Richardon Sports Complex at Palmetto Park on Field 6. Teams participating in the event are the USC Sumter faculty and staff, the USC Sumter student team, the USC Sumter softball alumni, the American Red Cross, the Alice Drive Middle School special education class, the Sumter Fire Department, the Sumter Police Department and Tuomey Rehabilitation Services. ROAD RACING SUMTER SUNRISE ROTARY 5K

The Fifth Annual Sumter Sunrise Rotary 5K Run/Walk will be held on Saturday Registration will begin at 8

son officiating. Burial will be in the Bethlehem United Methodist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday in the church fellowship hall. Memorials may be made to McCoy Memorial Nursing Center, 207 Chappell Drive, Bishopville, SC 29010, or to the Bethlehem United Methodist Church Choir, PO Box 167, Bishopville, SC 29010. Hancock-Elmore-Hill Funeral Home of Bishopville is in charge of the arrangements.

HAZEL PRINCE Hazel Prince was born on Aug. 31, 1920, to the late Sam and Earline Harvin Prince in Sumter County. He departed this life on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center in Sumter. He attended the Goodwill Parochial School of Sumter County. Early in his life, he accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Savior and joined Goodwill Presbyterian Church where he served faithfully as a member of the Men’s Council, Church School and the Deacon Board. He was married to the late Annie Mae Davis Prince. He leaves to cherish his memories a loving daughter, Hazelree (Samuel) White of Sumter; a son, the Rev. Johnny (Susan) Prince of Cordova, Tenn.; two sisters, Carrie Brock and Eveline (Bracey) Whitehead of Rocky Mount, N.C.; six grandchildren, Johnny (Feather) Prince of Columbia, Michael Prince of Tupelo, Miss., Christopher Prince of Boston, Mass., Samuel White of Poole, Ga., Derrick (Carla) White of Colorado Springs, Colo., Shemeka (Elshawn) Toney of Sumter; 15 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives

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a.m. at Rotarty Centennial Plaza located at the intersection of Main and Liberty streets. The race will start at 9. The registration fee is $20 for those who register by Oct. 19. It is $25 thereafter. Children age 10 or under compete free of charge. For more information, go to http://www.sumtersc.gov/sumter-sunrise-rotary-5k-runwalk. aspx. TURKEY TROT

Registration is being taken for the 31st Annual Turkey Trot 5K and Gobbler Dash to be held on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28. The fee is $20 for a runner who registers by Nov. 25 and $10 for each additional family member. Late registration (Nov. 26-28) is $30 per individual and $15 for additional family members. The race is free for children ages 4-9. There will be prizes for all participants and awards to the overall top three finishers. Tshirts are only guaranteed for the first 300 early registrants. Check-in will be at 8 a.m. with the races starting at 9. There will be special prizes and awards for the craziest hat, ugliest shots, most decorative water bottle, oldest and youngest finishers, first dog and first stroller across the finish line, the person that traveled the farthest and the Stan DuBose Award for the oldest finisher. To register online, go to www.ymcasumter.org. For more information, call (803) 774-1404 or go to www.facebook.com/SumterYmca.

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and friends. Public viewing will be today from 2 to 7 p.m. at Job’s Mortuary. The body will be placed in the church on Friday at noon for viewing until the hour of service. Funeral services will be held Friday at 1 p.m. at Goodwill Presbyterian Church, USA, Mayesville, with the Rev. Dr. Ella F. Busby, officiating. Interment will follow at Goodwill Presbyterian Church Cemetery. Family is receiving friends at 150 Jacob Circle, Sumter. Job’s Mortuary Inc., 312 S. Main St., is in charge of arrangements. Online memorials may be sent to the family at jobsmortuary@sc. rr.com or visit www.jobsmortuary.net.

FRANCES M. HUDSON Frances Muldrow Hudson, 65, the widow of Robert Hudson, departed this life on Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, at Providence Hospital, Columbia, after a short illness. Born on Jan. 6, 1948, in Sumter County, she was the daughter of the late David Muldrow Sr. and Verline McFadden Muldrow. She was educated in the public schools of Lee County. She was a faithful member of the St. Paul Pentecostal Holiness Church, where she served on the usher board for many years and the Senior Citizen Organization. She was employed as a dietitian with National Health Care Nursing Home and most recently with Covenant Place of Sumter from where she retired in 2012. Her memories will be cherished by: five children, Dennis (Renee) Muldrow, Michelle Davis, Michael (Cynthia) Davis and Erica Hudson, all of Sumter, and Pamela Davis of Conway; one grandchild reared in the

home, Tammy Davis; five stepchildren, Barbara H. Davis and Cora Hudson, both of Sumter, Pamela Hudson of Atlanta, Ga., Patricia (Joseph) Haynes of Branchville and Helen H. Andrews of Columbia; three sisters, Everleana Champagne, Rosa McDuffie, both of Sumter, and Alma (Charlie) Peterson of Wilmington, N.C.; one brother, David Muldrow Jr. of Sumter; six aunts, Maggie (Hampton) McMillan and Mary Smith, both of Sumter, Emma Capers and Annette Abrams, both of Orange, N.J., Shirley McFadden and Gloria Peeles, both of Hillside, N.J.; one uncle, George (Sarah) McFadden of Irvington, N.J.; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by one daughter, Andrian Renee Davis; her parents; two siblings; eight aunts; and five uncles. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at the St. Paul Pentecostal Holiness Church, 129½ W. Moore St., Sumter, with Elder Barrington Pierson, pastor, eulogist, assisted by Minister Ollie Thompson, Minister William Jefferson, Minister Timothy Vaughn and Minister Rosa Muldrow. The family will receive friends and relatives at the home of her son, Dennis Muldrow, 71 James St., Sumter. The remains will be placed in the church at noon. The funeral procession will leave from her home at 12:30 p.m. Floral girls will be nieces and friends of the family. Pallbearers will be nephews and friends of the family. Burial will be at St. Paul Pentecostal Holiness Church Cemetery, Sumter. Online memorial messages may be sent

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to the family at williamsfuneralhome@ sc.rr.com. Visit www.williamsfuneralhomeinc.com. Services directed by management and staff of Williams Funeral Home Inc.

CURTIS BROOKS BUFFALO, N.Y. — Curtis Brooks, husband of Maudie Lee Frazier Brooks, died Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, at his residence. Born in Tensaw, Ala., on Feb. 5, 1942, he was the son of the late JB and Beatrice Brooks. The family is receiving friends at the residence, 1424 Camp Shelor Drive (Jordan Community), Manning. Fleming & Delaine Funeral Home of Manning is in charge of services. Online condolences may be sent to flemingdelaine@aol.com. EARTHA L. MATHIS Mrs. Eartha Lee Young Mathis departed this life on Friday, Oct. 18, 2013. She was the daughter of the late Alexander Abraham and Mattie Choice Abraham, born Jan. 19, 1957. She received her education in Winston-Salem, N.C. She was honorably discharged from the United States Army. Survivors are her husband, Ronald William Mathis; children, Deatrice Young Goodman, Evelyn Abraham and Allen Bruce Young Jr.; one sister, Carrie Mae Polk; stepfather, Jimmie Canty; five grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be held on Friday at 11:30 a.m. in the chapel of Community Funeral Home with the Rev. Joseph Ricks officiating. Online memorials can be sent to comfhltj@sc.rr.com. Services entrusted to Community Funeral Home of Sumter.

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Miami continuing to work on compliance BY TIM REYNOLDS The Associated Press CORAL GABLES, Fla. — This long NCAA investigation of Miami did not start with Nevin Shapiro taking some recruits for a ride on his yacht or handing out some cash. Instead, phone calls and text messages were the culprits. Compliance issues — a lack of monitoring certain areas well enough at times — were part of Miami’s mess over the past few years. And even though NCAA Case No. M362 is now essentially over, with a small number of scholarship losses for football and men’s basketball as the most significant penalties left to address, the Hurricanes want to ensure this saga never repeats itself. “The challenge for all of us is to make sure the lessons learned in what we’ve gone through are never forgotten,” Miami athletic director Blake James said Wednesday, one day after the NCAA’s report on the Hurricanes was finally released. Miami self-reported numerous violations regarding improper phone calls and text messages in 2009 — things that on their own would have seemed like parking tickets. The NCAA

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Former Miami booster Nevin Shapiro gestures on the field at a 2003 Miami - Florida game in Miami. The Hurricanes will lose nine football scholarships over three years as part of the penalties in the Shapiro booster scandal.

started looking looked at the Hurricanes then and amped-up the probe a few months later when the former booster and mastermind of a $930 million Ponzi scheme began sharing his story with investigators. “Staff members had a poor understanding of NCAA rules or felt comfortable breaking them,” the NCAA said Tuesday. It would seem unfair to apply those words to everyone at Miami — and worth noting that former Hurricane compliance director David Reed once confronted Shapiro at a football game and warned others at the school about him. But if nothing else, it’s a reminder of the need for

vigilance. “It’s building a culture where people have relationships with compliance and trust that compliance is there to help them and assist them,” said Jennifer Strawley, Miami’s senior associate athletics director for administration. “It’s creating an atmosphere where it’s OK that if a mistake happens, we deal with it.” Most Miami athletic administrators have been hired since the Shapiro scandal broke widely in 2011 or have assumed new roles since. Compliance officials have more of a public persona now, utilizing social media and seminars to educate boosters, coaches and athletes about right and wrong.


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Divorcee longs for fairy-tale proposal on bended knee

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EMPLOYMENT Help Wanted Full-Time Ricky's Tree Service in search of certified bucket truck operator & power line trimmer. Call 803-435-2223 Hardworking salespeople needed ASAP at car dealership in Sumter. 5 pos avail. immediately. $3k-4k/mo. We will teach you to sell. No exp. nec. Great attitude, strong work ethic & team players only. Hrs.: 8am-9pm M-F, 9am-7pm Sat, Noon-7pm Sun. FULL TIME pos. No criminal bkgrd or drug iss. pls. Valid drivers license req. Call or text Denis at 803-983-3303. Full-time Administrative Assistant. Must have experience in Microsoft Office. To schedule aninterview, please call 803-499-6623 Law office seeks employee for Secretarial position requiring efficient typing, dictaphone, computer and office skills. Send resume to Box 338 c//o The Item, PO Box 1677 Sumter SC 29151 The SC Army National Guard wants High School Juniors, Seniors, Grads and GED holders, and Prior Service! Ask about college tuition. Receive paid technical training and more while serving your Country and Community on a part-time basis. Call now for this great opportunity! SSG Michael Wright 803-667-0985 SSG Lorraine Lordy 803-360-1979 Come drive for us! You can be home every night! Applicant must have a Class A CDL with 1 yr driving experience and a clean driving record. Flat bed driver is preferred. Drug test and a background check is required. Applicant must possess excellent communication and customer service skills. Compensation includes a quarterly bonus plan. Benefits include medical insurance, dental, paid vacation & holidays. Send resume to Box 341 c//o The Item, PO Box 1677 Sumter SC 29151

The Sumter Item is looking for a strong reporter to add to its local news team. Unlike many papers, we are hiring and moving forward. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in the middle of a complete redesign/makeover with a top design/consulting firm. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re exploring new and better ways to tell stories and present information to readers. Ability to shoot video or good still photos would be a plus. This is a great opportunity to get involved in this exciting process, gain from some great training opportunities and be part of the launch of a new Sumter Item early next year. Are you ready?

Apply in person at 1070 Broad Street Sumter, SC 29150. Call (803) 934-0266 or email jbmgr@kimbrells.com for further information. Online Application can be found at www.Kimbrells.com

Senior Living Apartments for those 62+ (Rent based on income) Shiloh-Randolph Manor 125 W. Bartlette. 775-0575 Studio/1 Bedroom apartments available EHO Montreat St: (off Miller Rd.) 2Br, 1Ba, gas & electric + appl's. No pets. From $350 - $375 mo + dep. 316-8105. HOLLY COURT APARTMENTS currently have spacious two bedroom apartments for rent. Fully carpeted with central air and heat, water and sewer included. Please call to inquire about our Move In Special. Ph :( 803) 435-8786

Unfurnished Homes House for rent, Modern Interior, 3BR/2BA, in Historic District. Chestnut St. Central Heat & Air. $875/mo. Call 803-464-5872

Experienced person needed to work in Property Management/Real Estate Office. Applicant must be proficient in Microsoft Words computer applications. Experience with Property Management Software a plus. Outstanding organizational & multi-tasking skills are required. Send resume & referenced to Russell & Jeffcoat Realtors, Inc., 1229 Alice Drive, Sumter, SC 29150 Attn: Joyce Shorter (No Phone Calls Please!)

PAXVILLE 3BR, Stove, Refrig. Housing Authority and Sec 8 welcome. Call 803-452-6998

Help Wanted Part-Time

Oaklawn MHP: 2 BR M.H.'s, water/sewer/garbage pk-up incl'd. RV parking avail. Call 494-8350

Part time Administrative position available. Proficient in publisher, word, outlook & excel a must. Financial exp. in web design preferred. Send resume to 230 Alice Dr Sumter SC 29150 or email to: brittany@westminsterpca.net

1 BR 1.5 BA On Second Mill Pond , Quiet & convenient. to USC $550Mo/Dep Call 469-9353

Mobile Home Rentals

Trucking Opportunities Driver Trainees Needed Now! Learn to drive for US Xpress! Earn $800+ per week! No experience needed! CDL -Trained and Job-Ready in 15 days! 1-888-263-7364

Homes for Sale

Custom built home in Beach Forest overlooking pond and clubhouse/pool. 4BR w/maple hdwd floors and 3 full baths w/ceramic tiles. 42" solid maple kitchen cabinetry w/stainless steel appliances. 1785 Titanic Ct. Excellent condition throughout Asking $200,000. Details & photos @ www.forsalebyowner.com & w ww.militarybyowner.com. Call 803-968-1187

Manufactured Housing LOW CREDIT SCORE? Been turned down for bad credit? Come try us, we do our own financing. We have 2-3-4-5 bedroom homes on our lot. Layaway program available. For more information, call 843-389-4215. 3BR/2BA on Old 521. Owner Financing. With large down payment. 803-983-8084

Farms & Acreage FSBO: Land, Small & Large acreage. Owner financing. 803-427-3888.

TRANSPORTATION

Scenic Lake 2Br, 2Ba & 3 Br, 2 Ba. No pets. Call between 9am 5pm ONLY! (803) 499-1500.

Avail Nov 1st. 3br/2ba, 24 x 48 MH. Fenced yard, 10 x 20 deck w /priv. dock, overlooking 22 acre lake. $725/mo + utilities & sec. dep. No pets! Stove/refrig & microwave incl. Mins. from Shaw. Call 803-840-9097 or 840-9098.

$$$ AVON $$$ FREE TRAINING! 803-422-5555 Part-time Position in busy office needed. Please send all response to P-Box 336 c/o The Item, PO Box 1677 Sumter SC 29151

REAL ESTATE

STATEBURG COURTYARD 2 & 3 BRs 803-494-4015

Autos For Sale Big Fall Special 150 cars $5,000 or less $$$ CASH $$$ Price is Right Auto Sales 3210 Broad St 803-494-4275 2006 Nissan Frontier SE King Truck, Red 4.0L V6 265 HP, 2WD, auto, AC, CC, PW, PL, CD, liner, tow pkg, 83,000 mi. $9,800. 843-830-1103 A Guaranteed Credit Approval AUTO LOANS

Taking applications for 2 & 3 BR Mobile homes. Large Rms, Clean, quiet areas $350 -$550 Mo. No pets. Call 803 840-5734

We will arrange financing even if you have been turned down before. Loans available for no credit, bad credit, 1st Time Buyers & Bankruptcy buyers. No co-signers needed. Call Mr. Ashley Brown at 803-926-3235

Resort Rentals Beautiful Cabin on Lake Marion fully furnished all utilities included, with boat slip. Call Charlotte 803 478-2800 or 464-5352

Taking Applications for a RediMix Truck Driver, CDL Class B License Driver and exp. req. Call Thomas Concrete at (803)433-8357 or come in to apply 630 S. Mill St. Manning.

RENTALS Unfurnished Apartments Newly renovated Apts. 2BR All new appliances C/H/A, $650/mo, 7A Wright St. Call 803-773-5186 or 631-626-3460

DRIVERS WANTED $1500 SIGN-UP BONUS - SOLO $2000 SIGN-UP BONUS - TEAM - CDL (Class A) w/ hazmat & tanker - At least 2 yrs. exp. - Clean MVR - Excellent pay ($.41 per running mile - includes $.04 per diem nontaxable expense) - Paid Vacation - Paid Holidays - Paid Sick Days - BC/BS Health Ins. - Dental Insurance - Life Insurance - Short Term Disability - 401(k) w/co. Match

CONTACT Pat Joyner at 803-775-1002 Ext. 107 OR visit our website to download a job application and fax to (954) 653-1195 www.sumtertransport.com 170 S. Lafayette Drive Sumter, SC 29150 EOE

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October 24, 2013  
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