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Experian opts out of S.C. tax hacker contract renewal

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COLUMBIA (AP) — The company that received $12 million to provide South Carolina taxpayers a year of credit monitoring says the state’s not offering enough for it to bid on the next contract. Instead, Experian is asking the nearly 1.5 million people who signed up with it over the last year to renew for about $12 for a year of service. That could bring the company millions of dollars from customers

who may not be aware that the state is funding similar services for them through a new contract. Experian made the offer in an email, telling customers they wouldn’t be billed until their year of state-funded membership expired but urging them to lock in the rate. Gov. Nikki Haley negotiated Experian’s contract last October after a cyberthief stole the unencrypted personal information SEE EXPERIAN, PAGE A10


Sumter Jaycees revived by local college student

ABOVE: A U.S. Park Police helicopter removes a man in a basket from the Washington Navy Yard on Monday. RIGHT: Security personnel respond near the Washington Navy Yard where a gunman was reported on Monday. At least one gunman opened fire inside a building at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday morning, and officials said 13 people were killed and many were wounded, including a law enforcement officer.

and I certainly couldn’t have done this on my own, but I can tell I’ve A 21-year-old Sumter already grown as a leadwoman is trying to bring er,” said the Wilson Hall life back to the local Jay- graduate. cees. The Sumter chapter “My dad (Doug Grifformed in 1940, the fin) used to be president same year Junior Chamof the Sumter Jaycees,” ber International was said Stephaborn. In 1950, the local nie Griffin, chapter held its first the new Children’s Shopping president of Tour, a tradition that the Sumter would continue through Jaycees. “He 2011. was S.C. “We’d get names from GRIFFIN State Jaythe school district and cees president from take them shopping one 1992 to 1993. So I grew morning,” Griffin said. up in that community “They’d have between service $75 and WANT TO GO? kind of $100, and world. We they’d get WHAT: “Shag Night” have a to pick WHEN: 7 p.m. Oct. 4 strong, whatever WHERE: Elk’s Club No. 855, 1100 W. Liberty St., Sumter strong histhey wantCOST: $15 per individual, $25 for tory, and I ed. They’d couples; tickets sold in advance at wanted to get things Mary Ann’s Deli, 584 Bultman Drive, bring that like toys Suite No. 4, Sumter; and Rascal’s, back.” and games, 1075 Alice Drive, Sumter BENEFITS: All proceeds from the Foundbut they’d event go to a Christmastime service ed in 1920 also get project for underprivileged children. and origisocks and NOTES: Brett Bishop will serve as DJ nally as the providing beach music; there will be toothU.S. Junior brushes. a cash bar, heavy hors d’oeuvres and door prizes. Chamber We would FOR MORE: Call Stephanie Griffin at of Comhave (803) 469-8997 or email her at merce, the breakfast nonprofit, with them, civic orgaand Santa nization colloquially Claus would bring known as Jaycees aims candy cans. to provide young people “When the manpower with leadership skills was down the past couthrough community ser- ple of years, we’d get vice. SEE JAYCEES, PAGE A10 “I’m just starting out BY JADE ANDERSON

13 killed in Washington Navy Yard rampage WASHINGTON (AP) — A former Navy reservist went on a shooting rampage Monday inside a building at the heavily secured Washington Navy Yard, firing from a balcony onto office workers in the cafeteria below, authorities and witnesses said. Thirteen people were killed, including the gunman. Authorities said they were looking for a possible second attacker who may have been disguised in an olive-drab mili-

tary-style uniform. But as the day wore on and night fell, the rampage increasingly appeared to be the work of a lone gunman, and Navy Yard employees were gradually being released from the complex and ALEXIS children were let out of their locked-down schools. Investigators said they had not established a motive for the

attack, which unfolded about 8:20 a.m. in the heart of the nation’s capital, less than four miles from the White House and two miles from the Capitol. As for whether it may have been a terrorist attack, Mayor Vincent Gray said, “We don’t have any reason to think that at this stage.” But he said the possibility had not been ruled out. It was the deadliest shooting SEE SHOOTER, PAGE A7

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Gallery to host artist talk Thursday The Sumter County Gallery of Art will present A Conversation with artist Stacy Lynn Waddell, whose exhibition titled BLACK, BURST AND BOOM! can now WADDELL be seen at the Sumter County Gallery of Art, 200 Hasell St., from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the gallery. Waddell explores black history and culture through her drawings and installations. Art historian and curator Frank Martin will serve as moderator, and light refreshments will be served. The public is invited to attend at no charge. For more information, call (803) 773-7273.

BY BRADEN BUNCH The price of an average home in Sumter climbed nearly 13 percent in August when compared with prices a year ago, a statewide report announced Monday. According to South Carolina Realtors, the median price of a home sold in Sumter last month was $145,600, up dramatically from the $129,000 during the same time a year ago. This comes as housing sales also continued to increase in the Sumter area, climbing about 5 percent in August and up nearly 20 percent when compared to a year ago. The August price is actually down slightly when compared to July’s median price of $147,750. However, past history shows housing prices typically decline in

August in Sumter, having done so in six of the past seven years. The only recent exception to this pattern was in 2009, when both the local and the national markets were trying to recover from the housing recession that began the year before. The increase in Sumter sales was indicative of the overall state market, where all but two of South Carolina’s regions saw an increase in market closings. “Strong demand for a limited supply of homes for sale has seemingly outweighed higher mortgage rates, at least for the time being,” the Realtors said in their report releasing the figures. “The idea that mortgage rates may rise further is likely spurring some of this demand.” Statewide, sales were up nearly 15 percent in August when compared to last year,

while prices climbed some 6.5 percent. Despite the increase in home sales, the Sumter market appears to continue to have a strong supply of homes available. In fact, the average home sold in Sumter last month had been on the market for 204 days, the longest period of any of the markets in the state. For the year, the average home sold in Sumter has been on the market for 175 days, roughly the same amount of time homes sold in the area last year had been on the market. Sumter is one of only two markets that has not seen the time it takes to sell a home shrink, according to the Realtors’ report. Reach Braden Bunch at (803) 7741201.

Runners take off from the starting line at the Forrest Ray Classic 5K last year at the Sumter County Library. This year’s race starts at 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at the library, 111 N. Harvin St., and winds through Sumter’s downtown and historic district.

Constitution Week program today Sumter’s Home Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution will present a special program at 3:30 p.m. today in center court at Sumter Mall in honor of Constitution Week. Started by the Daughters of the American Revolution in 1955, the aims of the Constitution Week celebration are to emphasize citizens’ responsibilities for protecting and defending the Constitution, inform people that the Constitution is the basis for America’s great heritage and the foundation for our way of life and encourage the study of the historical events which led to the framing of the Constitution in September 1787. Students from the music and dance programs at St. Anne Catholic School will perform during today’s program, which the public is encouraged to attend.

Hydrant flow tests today, Wednesday The City of Sumter will perform fire hydrant flow tests between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. today and Wednesday on Wedgefield Road, St. Pauls Church Road, McCrays Mill Road, Cobblestone Road, Lower Lake Drive and Loring Mill Road. Water customers in these areas may experience temporary discolored water. Direct any questions or concerns to the City of Sumter Public Services Department at (803) 436-2558.


Run for the books in 8th Forrest Ray 5K BY IVY MOORE Run for the books! That’s the goal of the 8th Annual Forrest Ray 5K Run and Walk that takes participants through part of downtown Sumter and the historic district. It will be held starting at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Sumter County Library, 111 N. Harvin St. Those who have not registered earlier can sign up at 7 a.m. that day. “This race is a big fundraiser for us,” said Sumter County Library Executive Director Robert Harden, who also runs in the 3.1-mile event. “We’re hoping for a good turnout.” All the funds generated by the event will be used to purchase books for the library’s children’s department. That was a particular love of the late Forrest A. Ray, for whom the race is named. One of the library’s most dedicated supporters and a driving force in other local cultural activities, Ray shared his love of reading and libraries with his wife, Virginia, a retired educator, and his children, grandchildren and extended family. For many years, Forrest Ray could be found playing upright bass with the Sumter Community Concert Band and orchestras for Sumter Little Theatre musicals. He also worked tirelessly on the board of the Sumter-Shaw Community Concert Association, bringing many fine military bands to Sumter.

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Ray actually started the 5K in 2006, shortly before his death that year. The following year, it was named for him. His family, especially Virginia Ray, continues to lend its support to the fundraiser. Harden said Virginia will give the invocation and offer remarks before the race, speaking after Friends of the Library President Nancy Lee Zimpleman. A representative from Strictly Running will then start the race officially. The race is part of the Palmetto Grand Prix, sponsored by Strictly Running; the Prix includes races across the state, including the Tuomey 5Miler, the Recovery Road Race and the YMCA Turkey Trot. It is USATF certified, and Strictly Running assures that timing is exact, Harden said. “They post results on their website so runners can find their times, and they also advertise the race for us,” he said. While there is an overall male and female winner each year, Harden noted that he hopes to see even more goodnatured, but keen competition for the Forrest A. Ray Traveling High School Cup. Since the cup was first awarded, he said, the only traveling it has done has been between the library and Wilson Hall, which has won it every year. Last year, Wilson Hall’s David Bradham, 17 at the time, won both the FAR Traveling Cup and the overall

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male title with a time of 18 minutes, 54 seconds. Julia Ladson, then 13, was top female runner at 20 minutes, 57 seconds. “I know there are some good runners at our other high schools,” Harden said. “We’d love to see more of them come out.” You don’t have to be a teenager to win overall or win your division, he pointed out. “We have divisions in categories for males and females starting at age 13 and under, 14 to 19, then in 10-year ranges up to 60 and over,” he said. During the race, city police officers will assist with traffic control at intersections, and water stations will be set up at two stops along the route, most of which should be shaded. Volunteers, many from Friends of the Library and other race sponsors, will also be stationed along the route to assist as needed and to cheer on the runners and walkers. The Sumter YMCA will provide music at the library before and after the 5K, and Piggly Wiggly will provide fruit and beverages. Runners and walkers wishing to participate in the Forrest Ray 5K can register at the Sumter County Library, the YMCA or online at The fee to participate is $20 before the day of the race, $25 on Saturday. Checks should be made out to Friends of the Sumter County Library. All partici-

pants will receive an official race T-shirt and will be entered into a drawing for a weekend at 1895 Inn, a Victorian-style bed and breakfast in Savannah’s historic district. The inn is the recipient of the Traveler’s Choice Award® and listed among the top 10 B&Bs/Inns in the United States. It is owned and operated by Ed Bryant and Bob Ray, a son of Forrest Ray. Parking for the race is available in the lot at the corner of Calhoun and Magnolia streets. The library’s parking lot will be closed during the race. Harden said the next fundraiser for the library will be the highly anticipated Friends of the Library Book Sale at Sumter Mall. It begins with Friends’ Night on Nov. 5 and continues through Nov. 10. The presenting sponsor for the Forrest Ray 5K is SAFE Federal Credit Union, with sponsorships also from YMCA, The Ray family, The 1895 Inn, Sumter County Active Lifestyles, Liberty Seafood, NBSC, Black River Cooperative, FTC, Bullock Funeral Home, First Citizens, Kiwanis Club of Sumter, Piggly Wiggly and Friends of the Library. For more information about the race, call the library at (803) 773-7273 or visit the website Reach Ivy Moore at (803) 774-1221.

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Register for local pageant to be held at end of month FROM STAFF REPORTS The Little Miss and Teen Miss Sumter-Manning Preliminary pageant will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29, at Kingsbury Elementary School. Girls who will be 2 to 19 years of age by July 12, 2014, are eligible. They do not have to be residents of Sumter or Clarendon coun-

ties to compete. Winners will be eligible to compete at the state pageant in Hartsville in July. More than $39,000 in scholarships will be awarded at the state pageant, in addition to the crowns, scepters, trophies, monogrammed banners and other prizes. The pageant is partnered with Palmetto Health Chil-

dren’s Hospital. The Little Miss and Teen Miss South Carolina Pageant and contestants raised more than $22,000 for the hospital during the pageant year and more than $128,000 since 2002. Winners make many appearances throughout the year and are showcased in many parades across the state.

The LMSC pageant promotes community service and academic excellence, as well as encouraging poise and positive self-esteem in its contestants. Good sportsmanship is a requirement at all LMSC pageants, and coordinators stress age-appropriateness in hair, make-up and dress for all ages — especially the

younger contestants. Little Miss and Teen Miss South Carolina is one of South Carolina’s oldest pageant systems for children and young adults. It was founded in 1971 by the late Linda Floyd in Sumter. For more information and entry forms call (803) 4680251 or (803) 905-1919 or email


Cory Huie Montgomery, 28, of 555 Pioneer Drive, was charged with driving under suspension, third offense, following an incident that reportedly occurred about 5 p.m. Wednesday in the 1000 block of North Lafayette Drive. The suspect was stopped for failing to use a turn signal. Frank Benjamin Bouska, 44, last known address of 23 Wen Le Court, was charged with failing to register as a convicted sex offender, third offense, about 9:30 a.m. Friday. His current address was unknown at the time of the report. Richard Leroy Preusser, 36, of unknown address, was charged with failing to register as a convicted sex offender, second offense, about 9:15 a.m. Friday. The suspect was reportedly provided with scheduled appointments during the month of August but failed to keep them. Patrick Randolph, age not given, latest address 720 Baldwin Drive, was charged with failure to register as a convicted sex offender, second offense, about 4:15 p.m. Friday. According to reports, he was convicted of sexual assault in New Jersey. Michael Demetrius Woods, 42, of 1501 Farmwood Circle, Turbeville, was charged with driving under suspension, second offense, about 5:38 p.m. Saturday at a safety check point at the intersection of Pudding Swamp Road and Woods Bay Road. Matthew Corey Brogdon, 20, of 1425 Hidden Oaks Drive, Wedgefield, was charged with failure to stop for blue lights and driving under suspension, second offense, about 9:34 p.m. Friday. According to reports, deputies spotted an orange Chevrolet Camaro pull out of a field and onto Tillman Nursery Road. As this was not a normal place for a vehicle to exit, the deputies activated their blue lights. The driver continued until reaching a home on Hidden Oaks, and once identifying information was run, it was found the driver’s license was under suspension. Troy Cornelius Wells, 33, of 219 Woodlawn Ave., was charged with possession of a narcotic, first offense, and open container following an incident that reportedly occurred about 2:32 a.m. Sunday in the 4000 block of Broad Street near Furman Drive. According to reports, deputies ob-

served a multi-colored Chevrolet S-10 not signal properly when changing lanes. Upon pulling the vehicle over, an opened can of Bud Light was spotted between the suspects feet, according to the report. He was asked to get out of the car and searched, at which time law enforcement discovered the narcotics rolled up in a dollar. Kermith Lavall Hill, 52, of 41 Lakeside Drive, was charged with driving under the influence, second offense, about 2:30 a.m. Sunday. According to reports, law enforcement noticed a white Jeep Cherokee swerving over the center line and swerving off the right shoulder of the road. Deputies initiated a traffic stop at the in-

| tersection of Old Manning Road and Sawgrass Court. The driver’s breath reportedly smelled of alcohol, and he failed the administered sobriety tests. STOLEN PROPERTY:

The following items were reportedly stolen from a home in the ninth block of Hanover Drive about 10:45 a.m. Friday: $200 worth of clothes, an Xbox 360 valued at $400, a dresser valued at $80, a bed valued at $250, a coffee maker valued at $20, a 32inch flat-screen TV valued at $300, a chair valued at $300, a Terra Firma rug valued at $200, a red sofa valued at $500, two table lamps valued at $200 each, two end tables valued at $200 each

and a cocktail table valued at $200. A dark blue Chevrolet Caprice classic valued at $30,000 was reportedly stolen from the 3000 block of Broad Street about 7:44 a.m. Saturday. A 47-inch LG flatscreen TV valued at $900 and a black Hewlett Packard laptop valued at $500 were reportedly stolen from a home in the 1000 block of Robin Hood Avenue about 11:41 p.m. Saturday. Cash totaling $3,200 was reportedly stolen from a home in the 4000 block of Patriot Parkway about 12:26 p.m. Saturday. A black Taurus PT22 .22-caliber pistol valued at $300 was reportedly stolen from a vehicle between 1 p.m.

Sept. 9 and 1 a.m. Sunday in the 5000 block of Scenic Lake Drive West, Rembert. A white-and-orange Stihl weed trimmer valued at $500 and $75 cash were reportedly stolen from a shed in the 1000 block of Collins Street about 10:44

a.m. Sunday. The structure also sustained $40 in damage. A 2009 black-and-silver Suzuki GXSR 1000 motorcycle valued at $8,000 was reportedly stolen from the 1000 block of Cherryvale Drive about 10:59 a.m. Sunday.

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New homeowners Eugene Maxfield, center, and his wife Tammy, far right, stand outside their new home on Habitat Court. A home dedication was held Saturday for the Maxfields. From left are Habitat construction manager Bob Brown, acting director David Gouldthorp, board members Senthia Conyers and Stella McCoy and construction volunteer Michelle Huff. To the right of Eugene Maxfield are friend Maxine Ross and Pastor Frances Washington. Habitat for Humanity will hold its next informational meeting for prospective homeowners at the end of October.

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From left, Brig. Gen. Ed Jackson, the commander of the South Atlantic Division of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, speaks with Vice President Joe Biden, center, and Jim Newsome, the president of and CEO of the South Carolina State Ports Authority at Wando Terminal in Mount Pleasant on Monday. Biden was in South Carolina to stress the need to modernize the nation’s transportation infrastructure. Charleston is pursuing a more than $300 million harbor deepening project.

Biden on ports: U.S. could be left behind on infrastructure CHARLESTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden implored Americans on Monday to find the resources to invest in its ports, warning that the U.S. will fall behind its competitors unless it spends now to bolster its infrastructure. Addressing a crowd of about 300 on a wind-swept dock in Charleston, S.C., Biden said the U.S. is behind the rest of the world. He cast infrastructure projects as key to a broader strategy of growing the middle class, calling them a big win not just for local communities, but the entire nation. “Every time we invest in infrastructure as Democrats or as Republicans — every time we have done it — the economy grows and it grows good, decent-paying jobs,� Biden said. The Charleston swing by Biden and Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx was the latest stop in an ongoing effort by the vice president to shine a light on the nation’s ailing roads, bridges and ports in hopes of encouraging more investment despite op-

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COLUMBIA — Officials hope an agreement between state Treasurer Curtis Loftis and the board that invests South Carolina’s pension money brings an end to the public rancor between them. The agreement allows Loftis’ staff to review confidential information on investment deals — access he’s demanded for more than a year. As treasurer, Loftis sits on the Retirement System Investment Commission. He’s had full access to documents, as did other commissioners and the commission’s staff. But Loftis wanted his office’s legal and financial professionals to review the documents. Previous attempts to resolve the issue failed. The mistrust led to an unprecedented lawsuit at the state Supreme Court. Loftis said the agreement he signed last week resolves most of the dispute.

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ABOVE: Tiffany Pierson models her tattoo during the show. ABOVE: Rose Mary Gray acts as a human canvas for artist Hailey Hodge during the Living Canvas: Art and the Body show at Patriot Hall on Friday. The event, sponsored by the Sumter County Cultural Commission, drew a large crowd. LEFT: Desi Conrad, a henna artist, paints a design on Kat Tallon.

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SHOOTER from Page A1 rampage at a U.S.-based military installation since Maj. Nidal Hasan killed 13 people and wounded more than 30 others in 2009 at Fort Hood in Texas. He was convicted last month and sentenced to death. President Obama lamented yet another mass shooting in the U.S. that he said took the lives of American patriots. He promised to make sure “whoever carried out this cowardly act is held responsible.” The FBI took charge of the investigation and identified the gunman killed in the attack as 34-year-old Aaron Alexis of Texas. He died after a running gunbattle with police, investigators said. Authorities were investigating how he got onto the base. Officials said he may have had a badge that allowed access. At the time of the rampage, he was working in information technology with a company that was a Defense Department subcontractor.

Alexis was a full-time Navy reservist from 2007 to early 2011, leaving as a petty officer third class, the Navy said. It did not say why he left. He had been an aviation electrician’s mate with a unit in Fort Worth, Texas. Patricia Ward, a logistics-management specialist, said she was in the cafeteria getting breakfast. “It was three gunshots straight in a row — pop, pop, pop. Three seconds later, it was pop, pop, pop, pop, pop, so it was like about a total of seven gunshots, and we just started running,” Ward said. In addition to those killed, more than a dozen people were hurt, including a police officer and two female civilians who were shot and wounded. They were all expected to survive. The Washington Navy Yard is a sprawling labyrinth of buildings and streets protected by armed guards and metal detectors, and employees have to show their IDs at

doors and gates to come and go. About 20,000 people work there. The rampage took place at Building 197, the headquarters for Naval Sea Systems Command, which buys, builds and maintains ships, submarines and combat systems. About 3,000 people work at headquarters, many of them civilians. Witnesses described a gunman opening fire from a fourth-floor overlook, aiming down on people in the cafeteria on the main floor. Others said a gunman fired at them in a third-floor hallway. Todd Brundidge, an executive assistant with Navy Sea Systems Command, said he and other co-workers encountered a gunman in a long hallway on the third floor. The gunman was wearing all blue, he said. “He just turned and started firing,” Brundidge said. Terrie Durham, an executive assistant with the same agency, said the gunman fired toward her and Brundidge. “He aimed high and


missed,” she said. “He said nothing. As soon as I realized he was shooting, we just said, ‘Get out of the building.’” Police would not give any details on the gunman’s weaponry, but witnesses said the man they saw had a long gun — which can mean a rifle or a shotgun. In the confusion, police said around midday that they were searching for two men who may have taken part in the attack — one carrying a handgun and wearing a tan Navy-style uniform and a beret, the other armed with a long gun and wearing an olivegreen uniform. Washington Police Chief Cathy Lanier said it was unclear if the men were members of the military. But later in the day, police said the man in the

tan uniform had been identified and was not involved in the shooting. As emergency vehicles and law enforcement officers flooded streets around the complex, a helicopter hovered, nearby schools were locked down and airplanes at nearby Reagan National Airport were grounded so they would not interfere with law-enforcement choppers. Security was tightened at other federal buildings. Senate officials shut down their side of the Capitol while authorities searched for the potential second attacker. The House remained open. Adm. Jonathan Greenert, chief of naval operations, was at the base at the time the shooting began but was moved unharmed to a nearby military installation.


Anxious relatives and friends of those who work at the complex waited to hear from loved ones. Tech Sgt. David Reyes, who works at Andrews Air Force Base, said he was waiting to pick up his wife, Dina, who was under lockdown in a building next to where the shooting happened. She sent him a text message. “They are under lockdown because they just don’t know,” Reyes said. “They have to check every building in there, and they have to check every room and just, of course, a lot of rooms and a lot of buildings.” According to public records, Alexis’ neighbor called Fort Worth police in September 2010 after she was nearly struck by a bullet that came from his downstairs apartment.


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The South Sumter COPs (Community Oriented Police) will meet at 6 p.m. today at the COP Substation, 645 Manning Ave. and the corner of Orange Street. Call (803) 436-2000. The comrades, ladies and men’s auxiliaries of VFW Post 10813 will meet today at 610 Manning Ave. A joint meeting will be held at 6 p.m. followed by separate meetings at 7 p.m. All members are encouraged to attend. The Carolina Coin Club will meet at 7 p.m. today at the Parks and Recreation Department Building, 155 Haynsworth St. Call (803) 775-8840. The Dalzell COPs (Community Oriented Police) will meet at 7 p.m. today at Ebenezer Community Center, 4580 Queen Chapel Road and the corner of Ebenezer Road, Dalzell. Call (803) 469-7789. The Pinedale Neighborhood Association will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, at South HOPE Center, 1125 S. Lafayette Drive. The meeting will focus on agenda items for 2014. Call Ferdinand Burns at (803) 9684464. The Sumter Combat Veterans Group will meet at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 20, at South HOPE Center, 1125 S. Lafayette Drive. All area veterans are invited to attend. The Par 4 Pets 2nd Annual Golf Tournament will be held Saturday, Sept. 21, at Crystal Lakes Golf Course. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. with shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. Format is 4-Man Captain’s Choice with entry fee of $160 per team ($40 per player). Entry limited to first 20 teams. Call Kathy Stafford at (803) 4693906, Melissa Brunson at (803) 9830038, Gail McLeod at (803) 840-4519, Teresa Durden at (803) 917-4710, Julie Wilkins at (803) 9685176 or Mike Ardis at (803) 775-1902.

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‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ is ridiculously funny BY KEVIN MCDONOUGH There’s no elegant way to say this, so I’ll keep it simple: The new comedy “Brooklyn NineNine” (8:30 p.m., Fox, TV-14) made me laugh. Out loud. And frequently. And when I think back on watching it, I’m still laughing, or at least smiling. So many comedies try to be cutting-edge, or just plain edgy. Others strive for the manic. Too many dwell in the vulgar. Others rely almost entirely on casting (see “Dads,” below). It’s funny how many unfunny comedies forget to be silly. “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” is a silly show — a very silly show. How silly? The goofy antics on “Psych” seem like a Bergman movie in comparison. The premise is simple and hardly original. “Brooklyn” sends up police shows. From the precinct-house lunchroom to stakeouts and shootouts, every scene is played for yuks, with star Andy Samberg playing Det. Jake Peralta, the fool who is also a very capable cop. Samberg’s smirk and ability to play every scene for the ridiculous is well

balanced by Andre Braugher (“Homicide”) as the no-nonsense, by-the-books Capt. Ray Holt. These opposites feed off each other and make the obvious send-up of police drama cliches all the more ridiculous. Was it only last year that Braugher was playing the captain of a rogue nuclear submarine in ABC’s instant bomb “Last Resort”? I digress, but talk about versatility. A game cast also includes Melissa Fumero as Peralta’s rival, Amy. There’s no way they should be romantically linked, but you know they will be. Terry Crews plays a formerly tough cop who has lost his nerve. Charles (Joe Lo Truglio) is the office sad sack and nerd, who has a crush on the scary and humorless Meghan (Stephanie Beatriz), also a good foil for the office shenanigans. “Brooklyn” has the silly-smart “SNL” vibe of “30 Rock” and should also appeal to those who enjoy the deadpan office interplay of “Parks & Recreation.” Did I mention it made me laugh? • As if life weren’t confusing enough, the new season brings

shows named “Mom” on CBS and “Dads” (8 p.m., Fox, TVPG). Only one of them is any good. And it isn’t “Dads.” Seth Green and Giovanni Ribisi play Eli and Warner, videogame entrepreneurs burdened by single, broke, desperate and overbearing fathers, David (Peter Riegert) and Crawford (Martin Mull), respectively. Like entirely too many new comedies arriving this fall, “Dads” is stuffed with more familiar faces than funny moments.

p.m., PBS, check local listings) looks at a vast and diverse ethnic group. • Ryan Seacrest hosts “The Million Second Quiz” (8 p.m., NBC). • A race to repair the machine on “Person of Interest” (10 p.m., CBS, r, TV-14). • “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” (10 p.m., HBO) examines the NFL concussion settlement. • An enemy returns on the season finale of “Suits” (10 p.m., USA, TV-14).

Tonight’s Season Premieres Cult Choice • South of the border on “New Girl” (9 p.m., Fox, TV-14). • James Franco guest stars on “The Mindy Project” (9:30 p.m., Fox, TV-14). • “Frontline” (10 p.m., PBS, check local listings) examines Egypt in crisis.

Tonight’s Other Highlights • Formerly interesting actor Robert Downey Jr. stars in the 2010 comic-book sequel “Iron Man 2” (8 p.m., ABC, TV-14). • “Latino Americans” (8

James Bond (Sean Connery) appears to die, then goes to Tokyo in the 1967 thriller “You Only Live Twice” (8 p.m., Encore).

Series Notes Gibbs’ methods raise eyebrows on “NCIS” (8 p.m., r, CBS, TV-PG) * “Whose Line is it Anyway?” (8 p.m., CW, TV-PG) * A nuclear blast concentrates the mind on “NCIS: Los Angeles” (9 p.m., CBS, r, TV-14).

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ASHINGTON — As I read Vlad’s op-ed in The New York Times, a Judy Collins tune kept replaying in my head: “Isn’t it rich? Isn’t it queer?” The song, actually written by Stephen Sondheim, although it is Collins’ signature hit, is “Send in the Clowns” and seems an apt soundtrack for current events. As we’ve stalled in making a decision about how to handle Syria (two years and counting), Russian President Vladimir Putin and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad have been allowed to emerge as reasonable heads of state, talking down to the U.S., lecturing us about our misplaced belief in exceptionalism, and making demands that mock our president. Nice work. Putin hasn’t had this much fun since he rode shotgun in Kathleen George W. Bush’s truck. PARKER Thanks to President Obama, the good times keep on rolling. We now have a catalog of blunders we can attach to Putin-related (Putinesca?) “diplomacy,” a term that becomes more farcical by the day. Recall that Bush, whose international outreach often included a ride around his Crawford, Texas, ranch, once said he looked into Putin’s eyes and saw his soul. I have a photograph from the day in Texas that captures the two men grinning. Putin, it must be said, looks like he’s having the time of his life and Bush looks, as he always did, confident and oblivious to the menace seated beside him. Next we have Obama, who, in an intimate moment with then-outgoing Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, conveyed a message to incoming President Putin. Thinking the microphones were off, Obama asked for a little space until after his re-election when he would have more wiggle room on missile defense. “Wiggle room,” now there’s a foreign policy. As the red line has moved, then blurred, then moved again until now it is nearly invisible, Putin has approached the American people directly via the Times, while Assad issues orders to Washington: He’ll sign the chemical weapons agreement if the U.S. promises to bug off. Brilliant. We can’t quite seem to get it quite right at the helm. Either we’re saddled with a cocksure “decidinator” who is feared for his lack of pause — or we’re stuck with an over-thinker so afraid of making the wrong decision that he paralyzes himself into a

pose of ineptitude. Both profiles can be equally dangerous, depending on circumstances, though inarguably it is better to be feared than pitied. It is painful to watch as Obama is increasingly diminished by his inability to commit to a position that he himself has staked out. Certitude isn’t always an admirable trait. In fact, in political discourse, it is most often annoying if not downright wrong. Life is not, as it turns out, black and white. Diplomacy is all about exploring the shades of gray. But it is also true that the president of the United States doesn’t get to suffer the usual flaws of human comport. He doesn’t get to promise grave consequences for unacceptable behavior and then, failing to follow through, act as though everyone else’s perception is somehow at fault. “I didn’t set a red line,” Obama has said. “The world set a red line.” This not only is false but sounds petulant. The president’s speech to the nation Sept. 10 struck a better tone, but it was consistently inconsistent in content. Obama conveyed the sense that he really doesn’t know what he intends to do — or why. Recognizing this, Putin now has taken the high road, scolding the U.S. for its “commonplace” interventions in countries not its own. “Is it in America’s longterm interest? I doubt it,” Putin wrote — and we know that Putin cares deeply about America’s longterm interest. “Millions around the world increasingly see America not as a model of democracy but as relying solely on brute force, cobbling coalitions together under the slogan ‘you’re either with us or against us.’” And, it is “extremely dangerous to encourage people to see themselves as exceptional, whatever the motivation.” Actually, Vlad, millions around the world do see the U.S. not only as a model of democracy, but also as exceptional because, among other things, we let everybody talk. Even clowns. Sing it, Judy. Whatever the outcome of these fire-hydrant gymnastics, a positive result (no U.S. military engagement and an enforceable chemical weapons agreement with Syria) likely will have been accidental. So be it and pass the champagne. But the larger lesson should not get lost in events: Never draw a line unless you are prepared to fight. Erasers make lousy weapons.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Dog park would be asset to community I would like to show my support of the S.P.O.T. I would be extremely pleased to have a designated park for our dogs to enjoy freely. I would feel safe knowing that I am surrounded by like-minded people and pets. It is an asset to the community and something that I wished Sumter offered when deciding to move here this year. Please show your support for S.P.O.T. Thank you. SHERRY FAIN Sumter

You read Scriptures, yet have no sense In reference to the letter on Sept. 13: “There’s too much name calling taking place,” she states, “This is the first time I have received any response to my letters, and was very surprised.” I am surprised that she is surprised. She says, “I personally, do not wish to have a dialogue, debate or discussion,” and yet she enters into a dialogue, debate or discussion. She goes on to quote Quran 2:30. I ask her to go back to Quran 2:9, 2:11, 2:12 to mention a few. Then there is 2:42: “Do not confound truth with falsehood, nor knowingly conceal the truth.” How about 2:44, “Would you enjoin righteousness on others and forget it yourselves? Yet you read the Scriptures. Have you no sense?” And 2:45 “Fortify yourselves with patience and prayer.” If you want to know more about Muslim mass-migration, go to Google and type in “Geert Wilders Chilling Re-

port from Holland.” There are many articles from him, but I have read this one and want others to be aware of this situation. He says at the end “We have to take the necessary action now to stop this Islamic stupidity from destroying the free world that we know.” JACQUELINE K. HUGHES Sumter

Dish Network should drop Current TV If you are on Dish or Direct TV, Current TV has been added to your program lineup without our permission. Other TV services may have also have slipped it in. After reading what I have discovered about this network, I want Dish Network to drop this programming. The Current TV, or as it is called now “Al Jazeera America,” original owner was Al Gore. He refused to sell it to Glenn Beck but instead went overseas. What I found turned my stomach. Ex-Vice President Gore has no respect for America and sold his soul for the almighty dollar. Current TV is now owned by the Al Thani family, or the government of Qatar. It is a hierarchal constitutional monarchy made rich through oil and gas. It has a royal family or a kingdom. The Al Jazeera plan was to slide into the Current TV slot upgrading their potential for growth and eventually changing the programming to Islamic TV. There are major differences culturally and religiously between Qatar and the United States such as:

SUMTER COUNTY COUNCIL DISTRICT 1 Naomi Sanders 5605 Borden Road Rembert, SC 29128 (803) 499-3947 (home) DISTRICT 2 Artie Baker 3680 Bakersfield Lane Dalzell, SC 29040 803-469-3638 (home) DISTRICT 3 Jimmy R. Byrd Jr. 1084 Broad St. Sumter, SC 29150 (803) 778-0796 (office) (803) 775-2726 (FAX) DISTRICT 4 Charles T. Edens 760 Henderson St. Sumter, SC 29150 (803) 775-0044 (home) DISTRICT 5 Vivian Fleming-McGhaney 9770 Lynches River Road Lynchburg, SC 29080 (803) 437-2797 (home) (803) 495-3247 (office) DISTRICT 6 Larry Blanding Chairman P.O. Box 1446 Sumter, SC 29151 (803) 775-8518 (home)

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• Sharia Law is the standard in Qatar. • Homosexuality is considered criminal subject to sentencing. Presently are certain program hosts who claim to be gay or lesbian. • Qatar actively controls visitors or anyone remaining to be tested for HIV/AIDS. Anyone found to have the disease will be promptly deported. • Their law is very strict on women, and they expect foreigners to abide by their laws of dress code and Islamic beliefs. • Foul language can be considered a punishable offense. • Free speech is not free. A very popular program already in place is called “Sharia and Life” hosted by a spiritual member of the Muslim Brotherhood. This particular man has called for complete and total conversion to Islam in Europe and North America. He also promotes the slaughter of Israel and Jews. Disgusted that Dish Network had added such garbage to our programming I got on a chat to have it withdrawn. The agent informed me it had been added at no extra cost to the customer. What? Why? She repeated it as if it were a gift. CATHY CRAIG Sumter Editor’s note: Because this letter exceeded the 350-word length as stated in our Editorial Page Policies which appears regularly on this page, it can be read in its entirety under Opinion on The Item’s website,

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JAYCEES from Page A1 lists from the school district and go shopping for them. They’d get a couple of fun things, but it was more so things they needed like clothes. We’d wrap them and give them to (the children.)” It’s this service project she is most passionate about revitalizing, and the one that will benefit from the Oct. 4 “Shag Night.” “All proceeds from the event are going to a project we will be doing for underprivileged children at Christmastime,” Griffin said. “I want to see the smiles on their faces. We’re doing this in conjunction with the Elk’s Lodge No. 855. They donated the building to us, which was super, super nice.” Tickets are on sale at Mary Ann’s Deli, 584 Bultman Drive, Suite No. 4, Sumter, and Rascal’s, 1075 Alice Drive, Sumter, for $15 per individual or $25 per couple. The club is seeking donations for food and door prizes, Griffin said. Other notable contributions include the Sumter Jaycees taking leadership of the Iris Festival in the 1960s, which the chapter continued to sponsor until the establishment of the Iris Festival Commission in 1989, and the Christmas Parade the chapter also began sponsoring in the 1960s and continued

with through 2003. When she turned 18, Griffin tried to get the chapter going again, but she didn’t have the people power. The second time proved a charm, though, and the Sumter chapter was re-chartered the end of August with 20 members. While some of the current members are former members, since Jaycees are limited to those between the ages of 18 and 40, many pillars of the local chapter have aged out, Griffin said. “We need more people so that we can have more of a positive impact on our community,” she said. “Anybody who wants to better themselves or better the community, that is what it’s all about.” It is also a great opportunity for networking, said the University of South Carolina Columbia marketing and managing duel major. Membership dues are $50 a year, and cover an individual on the state and national level, too, Griffin said. For more information on Sumter Jaycees or to donate to “Shag Night,” contact Stephanie Griffin at (803) 4698997 or email her at stephaniegriffin2014@ Interested individuals may also visit the branch’s Facebook page to learn more about the local chapter.

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High ............................................... 87° Low ................................................ 70° Normal high ................................... 84° Normal low ..................................... 62° Record high ....................... 97° in 2005 Record low ......................... 49° in 1967

Greenville 75/59

Bishopville 80/59

24 hrs ending 4 p.m. yest. ........... 0.63" Month to date .............................. 0.82" Normal month to date .................. 2.12" Year to date ............................... 39.35" Normal year to date .................. 35.51"

Full 7 a.m. 24-hr pool yest. chg 360 356.94 -0.08 76.8 75.21 -0.03 75.5 75.11 -0.01 100 97.38 -0.15

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

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

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7 a.m. yest. 3.86 4.48 2.73 3.67 77.10 5.04

24-hr chg -0.23 +0.04 -0.11 none +0.23 -0.28

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Columbia 81/61 Today: Partly sunny and not as warm. Wednesday: Patchy morning fog; otherwise, partly sunny.

Myrtle Beach 80/63

Manning 81/61

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Aiken 81/60 Charleston 83/66

The following tide table lists times for Myrtle Beach.


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

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“The marketing, service and product delivery requirements of the state were extensive,” compared with what the state budget allotted, he wrote in an email. The company began sending the emails Friday, offering to continue customers’ Protect My ID service for 99 cents a month, or $11.88 for a year. The company is “providing a very reasonable rate to continue with a product they understand and find useful,” Young wrote. It is unclear how many companies are still bidding for the next contract. A spokeswoman for the Budget and Control Board, which is handling the contract, did not immediately respond to questions.


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Partly sunny and not as warm


of 6.4 million residents and businesses from tax documents filed with the state Department of Revenue. Handled as an emergency situation, that contract was signed without competitive bidding. Legislators decided in the 2013-14 budget to extend monitoring services, this time through a bid process, which is still under way. During the budget debate, legislators were critical of Experian’s after-the-fact notifications of opened credit accounts. They sought better protections and designated $10 million for the first year of a fiveyear contract. Experian spokesman Greg Young said Monday that the company decided not to participate.





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Today Wed. Today Wed. City Hi/Lo/W Hi/Lo/W City Hi/Lo/W Hi/Lo/W Albuquerque 81/63/pc 82/62/s Las Vegas 97/74/s 91/73/s Anchorage 52/43/sh 51/43/pc Los Angeles 79/62/pc 79/62/pc Atlanta 83/64/pc 80/65/pc Miami 87/79/t 87/77/t Baltimore 69/46/s 74/56/s Minneapolis 72/62/pc 81/69/pc Boston 61/48/s 69/55/s New Orleans 91/76/pc 88/76/t Charleston, WV 76/54/pc 76/59/pc New York 67/54/s 72/58/s Charlotte 77/57/pc 76/57/pc Oklahoma City 90/69/t 93/72/pc Chicago 70/57/pc 78/65/pc Omaha 77/67/t 89/69/s Cincinnati 76/58/pc 79/63/t Philadelphia 68/51/s 73/57/s Dallas 95/75/pc 96/76/pc Phoenix 104/84/s 103/79/s Denver 86/57/s 87/54/pc Pittsburgh 69/47/s 75/57/s Des Moines 74/64/t 87/70/pc St. Louis 76/65/c 87/71/pc Detroit 68/51/s 75/60/pc Salt Lake City 88/57/s 75/50/s Helena 77/49/t 64/43/t San Francisco 68/56/pc 73/56/pc Honolulu 89/76/s 89/74/pc Seattle 66/52/sh 68/50/c Indianapolis 74/56/pc 80/66/pc Topeka 85/67/t 90/70/pc Kansas City 81/67/t 88/70/pc Washington, DC 70/54/s 74/58/s Weather(W): s-sunny, pc-partly cloudy, c-cloudy, sh-showers, t-thunderstorms, r-rain, sf-snow flurries, sn-snow, i-ice

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SUMTER CITY COUNCIL Today, 5:30 p.m., Sumter Opera House, 21 N. Main St. CLARENDON COUNTY PLANNING & PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION Today, 6 p.m., planning commission office, Manning CLARENDON SCHOOL DISTRICT 2 Today, 6:30 p.m., district office CLARENDON SCHOOL DISTRICT 3 Thursday, 7 p.m., district office, Turbeville

Jeff Byer shares this picture of a field of bright sunflowers.




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Clemson aware of Wolfpack’s potential BY AARON BRENNER Post and Courier

Smith last New Year’s Day became the talk of college football. In week one, TV cameras caught Clowney breathing heavy as North Carolina’s high-speed offense played away from him. Clowney, who said he was dealing a stomach virus, had threetackles and no sacks in South Carolina’s 27-10 victory. Clowney was kept in check a week later at Georgia in a 41-30 loss to the Bulldogs, although he did get his first sack of the season. The lasting image of

CLEMSON — Eight out of nine times, Clemson’s handed it to North Carolina State. The ninth is a nightmare which still stings Dabo Swinney. “We went up there last time and got our tails handed to us,” SWINNEY Swinney said. “Our last experience up there was not good. We played one of our worst games of the year that year, and we won the league.” Solid point made by the No. 3-ranked Tigers’ head coach; blemish or not, Clemson was crowned king of the ACC in 2011. But the end of that campaign tastes sour, since a 2-4 finish was compounded by a couple of embarrassing efforts, not the least of which was a 37-13 shellacking by the unranked Wolfpack when the Tigers were No. 7. Quarterback Tajh Boyd, then a sophomore, got picked twice in the red zone, and also fumbled once inside Clemson’s own 20-yard-line, as did running back Mike Bellamy. “You can say it doesn’t affect you or whatever, but




South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (7) follows Vanderbilt running back Jerron Seymour (3) during the Gamecocks’ 35-25 victory on Saturday in Columbia. USC will take this week off to heal and not play again until Sept. 28 at the University of Central Florida for a noon kickoff with the Knights.

Clowney feels fame, pain USC junior defensive end thankful for week off to heal BY PETE IACOBELLI The Associated Press COLUMBIA — Jadeveon Clowney’s happy to get a rest with No. 12 South Carolina starting a week off — both for his aching right foot and from the spotlight that follows him around. The Gamecocks All-American defensive end wears a walking boot to protect a recurrence of bone spurs in his foot, an injury he’s dealt with since high school. Clowney’s had all aspects of his game analyzed this season and has been criticized for his conditioning

even though opponents have been running away from whatever side the 6-foot-6, 274-pound lineman lines up on. Although he’s picked up sacks in his past two games, it hasn’t been the start many expected from Clowney, considered the game’s top player throughout the offseason. The off week comes at “a great time,” Clowney said. “We need it.” Few probably need it more than Clowney, who was expected to put up eye-popping stats this season after his helmet-flying hit on Michigan’s Vincent

Gators look to limit mistakes vs. Stallions

LC in similar position again BY JUSTIN DRIGGERS Lee Central head coach Baron Turner’s message to his team was a simple one this week. “We’ve been here before,” Turner said. “This is this same situation we were in last year at this time. We just have to refocus and get ready for this week.” The Stal- TURNER lions are coming off a 54-0 shutout at the hands of defending 3A state champion Hartsville that dropped LC to 2-1 on the season. It’s the same record as last year at this time, right before the Stallions won six of their last nine games to mark the most successful season in

school history. Lee Central will try to get back on track this Friday it travels to J. Frank Baker Stadium to take on 1-2 Lakewood. The Gators are also coming off a tough shutout loss – 45-0 to Sumter. “They scored early on special teams and just had their offense rolling,” Turner said of the loss to Hartsville. “Only thing we can do is regroup and get them ready to play a tough Lakewood team.” The Stallions won last year’s matchup 38-32, and Turner is expecting another tough game this time. Both teams were averaging around 30 points a game offensively prior to last week. “Lakewood has a very good team,” Turner said. SEE STALLIONS, PAGE B5

BY JUSTIN DRIGGERS jdriggers@theitem


Lakewood quarterback Charles Roderick (4) carries the ball as teammate Khafari Buffalo (9) blocks during a recent game. The Gators hope to get back on track against Lee Central after a 45-0 loss to Sumter last week. The Stallions also were shut out 54-0 by defending 3A state champion Hartsville.

It was a couple of little mistakes that cost the Lakewood High School football team in the first half against Sumter last Friday. “Just a couple of little things – a couple PARKS of blown coverages and a couple of penalties in the red zone that hurt us,” Gators head coach Perry Parks said. “If we correct those, it could have very easily been 7-7 at the half.” Parks saw a solid first half against the Gamecocks, but his squad wore down in the sec-

ond half en route to a 45-0 loss to put them at 1-2 on the season. “We treat these 4A games like a playoff-type atmosphere,” Parks said. “It’s a good lesson for our kids to learn. It shows we have to be ready to play four quarters.” Parks hopes the message will carry over into Friday’s 7:30 p.m. matchup against Lee Central at J. Frank Baker Stadium. The two teams went back and forth last year before a late kickoff return led to a 38-32 victory for the Stallions. “We had a chance to win the game late, dropped a ball in the end zone,” Parks said. SEE GATORS, PAGE B5

Kenseth wins opening Chase race at Chicago BY JENNA FRYER The Associated Press JOLIET, Ill. — Matt Kenseth pulled away from teammate Kyle Busch to win the opening race in the Chase for Sprint Cup championship. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The steely win by the Matt Kenseth (20) drives past Joey Logano, back, to win top seed in the Chase the first Chase race at Chicagoland Speedway on Sunday in helped restore a sense of normalcy at the end Joliet, Ill.

of a week that saw NASCAR fighting the biggest credibility crisis in its history. Now the sport waits to see if its fans are still angry that several KENSETH teams manipulated the race finish at Richmond. The ensuing scandal has raised

questions about NASCAR’s integrity that winning team owner Joe Gibbs said he’s seen before in sports. “I’ve seen things like that happen on the NFL side,” said Gibbs, a three-time Super Bowl winning coach with the Washington Redskins. “We tried to do the best we could in handling it, and hopefully we’ve got

this behind us with the race. We all love our sport and nobody wants anything that would hurt or harm it or disappoint people.” Kenseth slid into Chicago under the radar as all the attention centered squarely on NASCAR’s investigation into the schemes of at least SEE CHASE, PAGE B4




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PREP SCHEDULE TODAY Middle School Football Ellorree at Scott’s Branch, 6 p.m. Varsity Girls Golf Wilson Hall vs. Hilton Head Christian (at Santee National Country Club), 4 p.m. Varsity Girls Tennis Wilson Hall at Orangeburg Prep, 4 p.m. Laurence Manning at Florence Christian, 4 p.m. Varsity Volleyball Crestwood at Lakewood, 5:30 p.m. East Clarendon at Andrews, 7 p.m. Orangeburg Prep at Wilson Hall, 5:45 p.m. Florence Christian at Laurence Manning, 5 p.m. Thomas Sumter at Holly Hill, 5 p.m. Trinity-Byrnes at Robert E. Lee, 5 p.m. Clarendon Hall at St. John’s Christian, 6 p.m. Junior Varsity Volleyball East Clarendon at Andrews, 5:30 p.m. Orangeburg Prep at Wilson Hall, 4:30 p.m. Florence Christian at Laurence Manning, 4 p.m. Thomas Sumter at Holly Hill, 4 p.m. Trinity-Byrnes at Robert E. Lee, 4 p.m. Clarendon Hall at St. John’s Christian, 5 p.m. WEDNESDAY Varsity Cross Country Sumter in Camden Race (at Historic Camden), 5 p.m. Wilson Hall, Laurence Manning, Thomas Sumter at Orangeburg Prep (at Edisto Gardens), 5 p.m. Junior Varsity Football South Florence at Crestwood, 6 p.m. Middle School Football Alice Drive at Mayewood, 5 p.m. Hillcrest at Bates, 5 p.m. Furman at Ebenezer, 5 p.m. Varsity Swimming Sumter at Hartsville (at Hartsville YMCA), 6:30 p.m. Varsity Girls Tennis Hartsville at Sumter, 5 p.m. Pee Dee at Robert E. Lee, 4 p.m. Junior Varsity Girls Tennis Heathwood Hall at Wilson Hall (at Palmetto Tennis Center), 4 p.m. Robert E. Lee at Pee Dee, 4 p.m. Varsity Volleyball Laurence Manning at Robert E. Lee, 5 p.m. Junior Varsity Volleyball Sumter B Team at Wilson Hall, 5:30 p.m. Laurence Manning at Robert E. Lee, 4 p.m. THURSDAY Varsity Football Crestwood at South Florence, 7:30 p.m. Junior Varsity Football Sumter at North Augusta, 7:30 p.m. Lakewood at Lee Central, 6 p.m. Manning at Berkeley, 6 p.m. Wilson Hall at Hammond, 7 p.m. Laurence Manning at Heathwood Hall, 7 p.m. Calhoun Academy at Thomas Sumter, 6:30 p.m. Dillon Christian at Robert E. Lee, 6 p.m. Patrick Henry at Clarendon Hall, 6 p.m. B Team Football Sumter at North Augusta, 6 p.m. Camden Military at East Clarendon, 6 p.m. Wilson Hall at Hammond, 5 p.m. Laurence Manning at Heathwood Hall, 5 p.m. Varsity Girls Golf Spring Valley at Sumter (at Beech Creek Golf Club), TBA Varsity Girls Tennis Sumter at Conway, 5 p.m. Johnsonville at East Clarendon, TBA Ben Lippen at Wilson Hall (at Palmetto Tennis Center), 4 p.m. Varsity Volleyball Sumter at Conway, 6 p.m. Darlington at Crestwood, 6 p.m. Lakewood at Lake City, 6:30 p.m. Hemingway at East Clarendon, 6 p.m. Scott’s Branch at Carvers Bay, 6 p.m. Orangeburg Prep at Thomas Sumter, 6 p.m. Patrick Henry at Clarendon Hall, 5:30 p.m. Junior Varsity Volleyball Sumter at Conway, 6 p.m. Lakewood at Lake City, 5:30 p.m. Orangeburg Prep at Thomas Sumter, 5 p.m. Patrick Henry at Clarendon Hall, 4:30 p.m. B Team Volleyball Thomas Hart at Robert E. Lee, 4:30 p.m. FRIDAY Varsity Football North Augusta at Sumter, 7:30 p.m. Lee Central at Lakewood, 7:30 p.m. Berkeley at Manning, 7:30 p.m. East Clarendon at Camden Military, 4 p.m. Scott’s Branch at Kingstree, 7:30 p.m. Hammond at Wilson Hall, 7:30 p.m. Heathwood Hall at Laurence Manning, 7:30 p.m. Thomas Sumter at Calhoun Academy, 7:30 p.m. Robert E. Lee at Thomas Heyward, 7:30 p.m. Richard Winn at Clarendon Hall, 7:30 p.m. SATURDAY Varsity Swimming Wilson Hall, Thomas Sumter at Pinewood Prep, 9 a.m.

MLB STANDINGS American League By The Associated Press East Division W L Pct GB Boston 92 59 .609 – Tampa Bay 81 67 .547 91/2 Baltimore 79 70 .530 12 New York 79 71 .527 121/2 Toronto 68 81 .456 23 Central Division W L Pct GB Detroit 86 63 .577 – Cleveland 81 68 .544 5 Kansas City 78 71 .523 8 Minnesota 64 84 .432 211/2 Chicago 58 91 .389 28 West Division W L Pct GB Oakland 88 61 .591 – Texas 81 67 .547 61/2 Los Angeles 72 77 .483 16 Seattle 66 83 .443 22 Houston 51 98 .342 37 Sunday’s Games Baltimore 3, Toronto 1 Detroit 3, Kansas City 2 Cleveland 7, Chicago White Sox 1 L.A. Angels 2, Houston 1 Minnesota 6, Tampa Bay 4 St. Louis 12, Seattle 2 Oakland 5, Texas 1 Boston 9, N.Y. Yankees 2 Monday’s Games Detroit 4, Seattle 2 Tampa Bay 6, Texas 2 Cincinnati at Houston, late Cleveland at Kansas City, late Minnesota at Chicago White Sox, late

| L.A. Angels at Oakland, 10:05 p.m. Today’s Games N.Y. Yankees (Pettitte 10-9) at Toronto (Dickey 12-12), 7:07 p.m. Seattle (Maurer 4-8) at Detroit (Ani.Sanchez 14-7), 7:08 p.m. Baltimore (Feldman 5-4) at Boston (Dempster 8-9), 7:10 p.m. Texas (Tepesch 4-6) at Tampa Bay (Hellickson 11-8), 7:10 p.m. Cincinnati (Leake 13-6) at Houston (Lyles 7-7), 8:10 p.m. Cleveland (Kluber 9-5) at Kansas City (Duffy 2-0), 8:10 p.m. Minnesota (Pelfrey 5-12) at Chicago White Sox (Quintana 7-6), 8:10 p.m. L.A. Angels (Richards 7-6) at Oakland (Gray 3-3), 10:05 p.m. National League By The Associated Press East Division W L Pct GB Atlanta 89 60 .597 – Washington 79 70 .530 10 Philadelphia 69 80 .463 20 New York 67 82 .450 22 Miami 55 94 .369 34 Central Division W L Pct GB Pittsburgh 87 62 .584 – St. Louis 87 62 .584 – Cincinnati 84 66 .560 31/2 Milwaukee 65 83 .439 211/2 Chicago 63 86 .423 24 West Division W L Pct GB Los Angeles 86 63 .577 – Arizona 75 73 .507 101/2 San Francisco 69 81 .460 171/2 San Diego 68 80 .459 171/2 Colorado 68 82 .453 181/2 Sunday’s Games N.Y. Mets 1, Miami 0, 12 innings Pittsburgh 3, Chicago Cubs 2 Washington 11, Philadelphia 2 San Diego 4, Atlanta 0 Milwaukee 6, Cincinnati 5 St. Louis 12, Seattle 2 Arizona 8, Colorado 2 San Francisco 4, L.A. Dodgers 3 Monday’s Games Atlanta at Washington, ppd., local shooting tragedy Philadelphia 12, Miami 2 San Diego 2, Pittsburgh 0 Chicago Cubs at Milwaukee, late Cincinnati at Houston, late St. Louis at Colorado, late L.A. Dodgers at Arizona, late Tuesday’s Games Atlanta (Undecided) at Washington (Undecided), 1:05 p.m., 1st game Atlanta (Minor 13-7) at Washington (Haren 9-13), 7:05 p.m., 2nd game Miami (Flynn 0-1) at Philadelphia (Halladay 3-4), 7:05 p.m. San Diego (Stults 8-13) at Pittsburgh (Locke 10-5), 7:05 p.m. San Francisco (Petit 3-0) at N.Y. Mets (Z. Wheeler 7-5), 7:10 p.m. Chicago Cubs (Samardzija 8-12) at Milwaukee (Estrada 6-4), 8:10 p.m. Cincinnati (Leake 13-6) at Houston (Lyles 7-7), 8:10 p.m. St. Louis (J.Kelly 8-4) at Colorado (Nicasio 8-7), 8:40 p.m. L.A. Dodgers (Greinke 14-3) at Arizona (Corbin 14-6), 9:40 p.m.

NFL STANDINGS By The Associated Press AMERICAN CONFERENCE East W L T Pct PF New England 2 0 0 1.000 36 Miami 2 0 0 1.000 47 Buffalo 1 1 0 .500 45 N.Y. Jets 1 1 0 .500 28 South W L T Pct PF Houston 2 0 0 1.000 61 Indianapolis 1 1 0 .500 41 Tennessee 1 1 0 .500 40 Jacksonville 0 2 0 .000 11 North W L T Pct PF Baltimore 1 1 0 .500 41 Cincinnati 0 1 0 .000 21 Pittsburgh 0 1 0 .000 9 Cleveland 0 2 0 .000 16 West W L T Pct PF Kansas City 2 0 0 1.000 45 Denver 2 0 0 1.000 90 Oakland 1 1 0 .500 36 San Diego 1 1 0 .500 61 NATIONAL CONFERENCE East W L T Pct PF Dallas 1 1 0 .500 52 Philadelphia 1 1 0 .500 63 N.Y. Giants 0 2 0 .000 54 Washington 0 2 0 .000 47 South W L T Pct PF New Orleans 2 0 0 1.000 39 Atlanta 1 1 0 .500 48 Carolina 0 2 0 .000 30 Tampa Bay 0 2 0 .000 31 North W L T Pct PF Chicago 2 0 0 1.000 55 Detroit 1 1 0 .500 55 Green Bay 1 1 0 .500 66 Minnesota 0 2 0 .000 54 West W L T Pct PF Seattle 2 0 0 1.000 41 St. Louis 1 1 0 .500 51 San Francisco 1 1 0 .500 37 Arizona 1 1 0 .500 49 Thursday’s Game New England 13, N.Y. Jets 10 Sunday’s Games Kansas City 17, Dallas 16 Houston 30, Tennessee 24, OT Green Bay 38, Washington 20 Chicago 31, Minnesota 30 Atlanta 31, St. Louis 24 San Diego 33, Philadelphia 30 Miami 24, Indianapolis 20 Baltimore 14, Cleveland 6 Buffalo 24, Carolina 23 Arizona 25, Detroit 21 New Orleans 16, Tampa Bay 14 Oakland 19, Jacksonville 9 Denver 41, N.Y. Giants 23 Seattle 29, San Francisco 3 Monday’s Game Pittsburgh at Cincinnati, late Thursday, Sep. 19 Kansas City at Philadelphia, 8:25 p.m.

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TSA tennis picks up pair of wins over LMA The Thomas Sumter Academy varsity girls tennis team earned a pair of wins against Laurence Manning Academy on Monday at Palmetto Tennis Center. The Lady Generals won the first match 6-0 in a contest that was suspended by rain on Aug. 20 and completed on Monday. TSA then earned a 9-0 victory in the second match.



The Lady Generals return to action on Wednesday when they travel to Palmetto Christian.

DOUBLES 1 – Green/Hood (TSA) defeated Newman/Ridgill 8-2. 2 – Patterson/Twohig (TSA) defeated Richardson/Collins 8-1. 3 – B. Jenkins/Mosley (TSA) defeated Mason Ham/Johnson 8-1.



SINGLES 1 – H. Jenkins (TSA) defeated Newman 6-0, 6-0. 2 – Green (TSA) defeated Ridgill 6-0, 6-0. 3 – B. Jenkins (TSA) defeated Richardson 6-0, 6-0. 4 – Chappell (TSA) defeated Collins 6-2, 6-1. 5 – Townsend (TSA) defeated Mason Ham 6-0, 6-0. 6 – Decker (TSA) defeated Johnson 6-0, 6-0.

SINGLES 1 – H. Jenkins (TSA) defeated Newman 6-0, 6-0. 2 – Green (TSA) defeated Ridgill 6-0, 6-0. 3 – B. Jenkins (TSA) defeated Richardson 6-0, 6-0. 4 – Chappell (TSA) defeated Collins 6-2, 6-1. 5 – Townsend (TSA) defeated McKenzie Ham 6-0, Forfeit. 6 – Decker (TSA) defeated Mason Ham 6-0, 6-1.



Johnson rallies to win BMW Championship LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Zach Johnson is having a September to remember, and there’s still one very big week to go. In one tournament, he made a 25-foot birdie putt on his final hole to earn the last spot on the Presidents Cup team. In the next one, Johnson made a bunch of big putts in the final round of the rain-delayed BMW Championship for a 6-under 65 for a two-shot victory over Nick Watney. Next up? His win Monday at Conway Farms gave Johnson the No. 4 seed going into Tour Championship, giving him a clear shot at the FedEx Cup and its $10 million prize. PETTERSEN TOPS TEEN KO TO WIN EVIAN CHAMPIONSHIP

EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France — Suzann Pettersen barely had time to hug her caddie before the Champagne started flowing in her direction. In the first women’s major played in Europe, Pettersen beat teenage star Lydia Ko of New Zealand by two shots to win the Evian Championship on Sunday and clinch the second major title of her career. SEUNG-YUL NOH WINS WEB.COM TOUR FINALS EVENT

COLUMBUS, Ohio — South Korea’s Seung-Yul Noh won the third of four Tour Finals series events Sunday to wrap up a PGA Tour card. The 22-year-old Noh closed with a 2-under 69 for a five-stroke victory in the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship. He finished at 12-under 272 on Ohio State’s Scarlet Course and earned $180,000 to take the series lead with $210,125. PANTHERS LOSE STARTING FS GODFREY FOR SEASON


Zach Johnson poses with the BMW Championship trophy after winning the event Monday at Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest, Ill.

son with a torn right Achilles tendon, adding to the team’s troubles following a 0-2 start. Team spokesman Charlie Dayton made the announcement Monday shortly after coach Ron Rivera’s press conference. BUCS S GOLDSON SUSPENDED 1 GAME

NEW YORK— Tampa Bay safety Dashon Goldson has been suspended for one game for flagrant and repeat violations of NFL safety rules prohibiting hits to the head and neck area of defenseless players. Goldson was penalized for unnecessary roughness in the second quarter of Sunday’s game against New Orleans for making direct, helmet-to-helmet contact with a defenseless receiver, Darren Sproles.

CHARLOTTE — Panthers starting free safety Charles Godfrey is out for the remainder of the sea-

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Cashner throws 1-hitter against Pirates in 2-0 win PITTSBURGH — Andrew Cashner carried a perfect game into the seventh inning and faced the minimum 27 batters in a one-hitter that sent the San Diego Padres past the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-0 on Monday night. Cashner (10-8) retired his first 18 batters before Jose Tabata grounded a clean single into right field leading off the seventh. Tabata was erased when Andrew McCutchen grounded into an inning-ending double play, and the righthander cruised the rest of the way for his first complete game in 31 career starts. Cashner struck out seven, did not walk a batter and threw 97 pitches. He also scored from second on a single, sliding home with the second run of the game, moments before giving up Tabata’s hit. The Pirates lost for the second time in eight


San Diego’s Andrew Cashner, right, scores ahead of the tag by Pittsburgh catcher Russell Martin during the Padres’ 2-0 victory on Monday in Pittsburgh. Cashner scored from second on a single and held the Pirates to one hit.

games after entering the day tied for first place in the NL Central with the St. Louis Cardinals, who played later at Colorado.

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DETROIT — Rick Porcello struck out 10 in six impressive innings, and the Detroit Tigers beat the Seattle Mariners 4-2 on Monday night to move a step closer to their third straight AL Central title.

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Rookie Wil Myers homered and had three RBIs, Alex Cobb pitched eight solid innings, and the Tampa Bay Rays took the lead for the first AL wild-card spot by beating the Texas Rangers 6-2 on Monday night. From wire reports

GOLF BMW Championship Par Scores The Associated Press Monday At Conway Farms Golf Club Lake Forest, Ill. Purse: $8 million Yardage: 7,149; Par: 71 Final (FedExCup points in parentheses) Zach Johnson (2,500), $1,440,000 64-70-69-65—268 -16 Nick Watney (1,500), $864,000 67-69-70-64—270 -14 Jim Furyk (1,000), $544,000 72-59-69-71—271 -13 Jason Day (563), $315,000 71-66-70-66—273 -11 Luke Donald (563), $315,000 70-70-67-66—273 -11 Hunter Mahan (563), $315,000 68-73-65-67—273 -11 Steve Stricker (563), $315,000 66-71-64-72—273 -11 Matt Jones (400), $232,000 69-71-67-67—274 -10 Charl Schwartzel (400), $232,000 66-70-69-69—274 -10


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Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd drops back to pass during the Tigers’ 52-13 victory over S.C. State at Memorial Stadium in Clemson. Clemson will travel to Raleigh to take on the N.C. State Wolfpack, a team that beat them 37-13 last time they played at Carter-Finley Stadium.

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you remember things,� Boyd said last week. “Life is full of memories, so obviously we’ll remember what happened. When you’re talking about history and things that happened 10-15 years ago, that stuff definitely doesn’t matter. But we were part of something that happened there before, so it will take some weight to it.� The argument can certainly be made times have changed in two short years. Led by quarterback Mike Glennon and coach Tom O’Brien (both gone), that 2011 NC State went 8-5, beating budding power Louisville in the Belk Bowl. Now the Wolfpack are a young, confident yet inexperienced team with a new coach and quarterback, surviving Richmond’s upset bid two Saturdays ago. Meanwhile, Boyd and Swinney are still at the captain’s wheel, insisting over and over their program has left its underachieving ways in the past. That shouldn’t suggest the Tigers are looking past N.C. State, who hosts the third-ranked team in the country on a Thursday night ESPN game for the second straight year. If the 2011 disaster isn’t enough reminder for Clemson, then N.C. State 17, Florida State 16 ought to do it. “Really prideful team,� Boyd said. “Especially in the position we’re in — the third-ranked team going to their place — we’re going to get ev-

The USA Today Top 25 football coaches poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Sept. 14, total points based on 25 points for first place through one point for 25th, and previous ranking: Record Pts Pvs 1. Alabama (61) 2-0 1,549 1 2. Oregon (1) 3-0 1,477 2 3. Ohio State 3-0 1,398 3 4. Clemson 2-0 1,331 5 5. Stanford 2-0 1,314 4 6. Louisville 3-0 1,128 7 7. LSU 3-0 1,121 8 8. Florida State 2-0 1,113 9 9. Texas A&M 2-1 1,033 6 10. Georgia 1-1 1,022 10 11. Oklahoma State 3-0 908 11 12. Oklahoma 3-0 839 13 13. South Carolina 2-1 811 14 14. Michigan 3-0 743 12 15. UCLA 2-0 699 17 16. Northwestern 3-0 582 16 17. Miami (Fla.) 2-0 559 18 18. Florida 1-1 398 20 19. Baylor 2-0 375 22 20. Washington 2-0 361 23 21. Notre Dame 2-1 331 21 22. Mississippi 3-0 303 25 23. Arizona State 2-0 176 NR 24. Michigan State 3-0 131 NR 25. Fresno State 2-0 75 NR Others receiving votes: Nebraska 55; Wisconsin 53; Texas Tech 49; Georgia Tech 37; Arkansas 34; Central Florida 33; Arizona 29; Northern Illinois 26; Auburn 15; Virginia Tech 9; Brigham Young 8; Southern California 7; Kansas State 6; Boise State 5; Utah State 5; Rutgers 2.

erything they’ve got, all their bullets. We expect that each week.� Offensive coordinator Chad Morris lacerated Boyd for a lackluster effort in Clemson’s easygoing 52-13 romp over South Carolina State. There will be a total of 19 days that pass in between the Tigers’ 38-35 season-opening triumph over Georgia and the ACC premiere in Raleigh. The next eight games on Clemson’s schedule are against ACC foes who, at first blush, should be underdogs against the Tigers. But it didn’t take long to find an opponent who puts the preseason ACC darling on its guard.

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CLOWNEY from Page B1 that contest was Clowney breaking through the line and Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray heaving a long pass down field that Justin Scott-Wesley caught for an 85-yard touchdown. “Very frustrating,� Clowney said after the game. “I told the coaches you got to put me somewhere else, in the middle if you want to, somewhere I can make some plays, help my team get in position to win.� Things came together for the Gamecock defense last Saturday night as it held Vanderbilt to under 300 yards in a 35-25 victory. The defense collected five sacks, including a critical one by Clowney in the second half that jarred the ball loose for a fumble that South Carolina recovered deep in its territory to stop a Commodores rally. Still, afterward it was Clowney’s foot pain that took center stage. Clowney said he’s



TOP 25 POLL The Associated Press The Top 25 teams in The Associated Press college football poll, with firstplace votes in parentheses, records through Sept. 14, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote, and previous ranking: Record Pts Pv 1. Alabama (59) 2-0 1,499 1 2. Oregon (1) 3-0 1,413 2 3. Clemson 2-0 1,347 3 4. Ohio St. 3-0 1,330 4 5. Stanford 2-0 1,241 5 6. LSU 3-0 1,134 8 7. Louisville 3-0 1,092 7 8. Florida St. 2-0 1,058 10 9. Georgia 1-1 1,051 9 10. Texas A&M 2-1 1,001 6 11. Oklahoma St. 3-0 848 12

handled the pain offand-on since high school and hopes that two weeks between games will reduce any discomfort. He appeared his most “It’s painful. I’m out here playing on it, though, so I’m just trying to give everything I’ve got on it,� he said. “Who knows what’s going to happen out there? It doesn’t really bother me when I am out there much. It’s just builds up pain. The more I keep going on it, the more it bothers me.� Clowney said he’ll likely have the foot “cleaned out� after the season, when he plans prepping for the NFL draft following the last

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of his three seasons with the Gamecocks. Clowney is considered the top NFL prospect for next spring’s draft. South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier said Sunday he’d have had Clowney undergo the procedure this offseason if he had anticipated his lineman would be this bothered by the foot. “Just recently, I think, it started bothering him a little bit,� Spurrier said. The coach pointed out that other players, including cornerback Victor Hampton and last year’s starting safety D.J. Swearinger, had dealt with similar bone spur problems and played effectively.

Keeping Sumter Beautiful Jolie Brown $MFNTPO&YUFOTJPOr$BSPMJOB$MFBS  Sumter County Rain Barrel Art Contest Did you know that when stormwater runs into your storm drains it carries with it pollutants such as excess fertilizer from your yard, pet waste from your dogs, and oil that has leaked from your car? Heavier rains also wash litter down storm drains. These storm drains carry the water and all of its pollutants straight into your local water ways. The water is not cleaned before it enters Turkey Creek or the Pocotaligo River. There are several ways that you can help reduce the amount of stormwater that runs off into your storm drains. One would be install a rain barrel to catch the runoff from your roof. The water stored in the barrel can be used for many household chores such as watering your lawn or house plants, washing your car or dog, and many others. Rain barrels not only help with stormwater issues, but they also serve as educational tools for our students, such as, how to use recycled products to help the environment while keeping the material out of the landfill. Rain barrels also serve as a visual reminder to help and protect our environment. Sumter Stormwater Solutions will be hosting our second Rain Barrel Ar t Contest this spring at the Ear th Day Festival in Sumter. The contest is open to all public and private elementary, middle, and high schools in Sumter County. Schools may have multiple entries, but only one entry

per classroom. The participants will be given a broad theme, last year’s was Earth Day, and the students will paint the barrels according to the theme. The barrels will be judged by the public at the Ear th Day Festival in April. First place winners will receive a pizza party for up to 30 students and a SSS prize pack. Second and third place winners will receive pizza par ties for up to 30 students. Schools are encouraged to install the barrels on school grounds, or in a public place, such as, a library or church. Another option will be to donate the barrels back to SSS to be auctioned off at the festival. The money earned from the silent auction will be used to continue public education and outreach concerning stormwater issues in Sumter County and the City of Sumter. Each applicant will receive a pre-assembled white or blue plastic 55 gallon rain barrel, 2 cans of base coat white paint for plastics, and 2 cans of clear sealant for a top coat. Schools will be responsible for providing all other paints and materials for decorating their rain barrels. If you have any questions or would like to apply, please contact Jolie Brown with SSS at 803-773-5561 or “Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service offers its programs to people of all ages, regardless of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital or family status and is an equal opportunity employer.�


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Bills’ Manuel, Williams deliver to beat Panthers BY JOHN WAWROW The Associated Press ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Rookie quarterback EJ Manuel provided the Bills an encouraging glimpse into their future. And defensive end Mario Williams is starting to feel comfortable in Buffalo. In his second season since signing a $100 million contract, Williams finally began playing up to his high-priced promise by leading the Bills’ new-look defense with a franchise-best and career-high 4½ sacks. Manuel, the rookie first-round draft pick, then capped a 24-23 win over the Carolina Panthers by hitting Stevie Johnson for a 2-yard touchdown pass with 2 seconds remaining. “It boosts our morale,â€? Williams said of a team that was still stinging a week after giving up a last-second field goal in a 23-21 season-opening loss to New England. “It shows that we can believe in each other, take care of our business.â€? It was a significant win for a team coming off a near top-to-bottom offseason transition, which included the hiring of rookie coach Doug Marrone. For Carolina, the outcome proved all

too familiar for a team that continues to have difficulty winning close games. Coming off a season-opening 12-7 loss to Seattle, the Panthers dropped to 2-14 in games decided by 7 points or fewer since coach Ron Rivera took over in 2011. “This isn’t about learning any hard lessons,� Carolina receiver Steve Smith said. “This is like going to the dentist and getting several teeth pulled without any anesthesia, laughing gas, nothing. It’s tough, and it’s MANUEL sickening.� Here’s five things that stood out: 1. ELECTRIC EJ

Shrugging off a pair of second-half turnovers, Manuel completed 6 of 8 passes for 51 yards in marching Buffalo 80 yards in 96 seconds on the decisive drive. Manuel got help from a pass-interference penalty against linebacker Luke Kuechly that came two plays before Johnson’s touchdown. Yet, Manuel showed no signs of fear in throwing over the middle despite the Bills having used up their time outs. In finishing 27 of 39 for 296 yards

CHASE from Page B1 three teams to alter the outcome of the previous week. It led to severe sanctions against Michael Waltrip Racing, and Martin Truex Jr. was replaced by Ryan Newman in the Chase field. NASCAR continued to review incidents long after cars began to practice for Sunday’s race. Chairman Brian France took the unprecedented step of expanding the field to 13 drivers to add Jeff Gordon. Then France held an ethics meeting for teams on the eve of the opening race to outline new “rules of the road,� demanding drivers give 100 percent going forward and banning any attempts to artificially affect the outcome of races.

passing, Manuel became the NFL’s fifth rookie quarterback since 1960 to win a game when trailing in the fourth quarter. 2. PANTHERS LACK FINISH

Carolina squandered a chance to break the game open by settling for field goals by Graham Gano on three consecutive fourth-quarter drives. Quarterback Cam Newton threw an incompletion on third-and-goal from the 9, which led to Gano’s 27-yard chip shot. Williams was credited with a sack to end the next threat at the Bills 7, before Gano hit a 25-yard field goal. Newton then marched Carolina 59 yards over 5:35 to set up Gano’s 39-yard field goal with 1:38 remaining. “It killed us. That was the difference in the game,� said tight end Greg Olsen, who had seven catches for 84 yards, including a 13-yard touchdown. “We just didn’t finish.� 3. SACK ATTACK

Williams’ career-day came in his 100th career game. He broke the team record of four sacks set three previous times, once by Cornelius Bennett in 1987, and twice by Bruce Smith (1990 and ‘94). The 4½ sacks were the most since

San Francisco’s Aldon Smith had 5½ against Chicago last Nov. 19. Williams has 6½ sacks this season after he managed 10½ last year. The Bills finished with six sacks, their most since getting 10 in a 23-0 win over Washington on Oct. 30, 2011. 4. DEPLETED AT DB

Carolina lost both starting safeties to injury after Charles Godfrey (right Achilles tendon) and Quintin Mikell (right ankle) were hurt in the second half. Starting cornerback Josh Thomas did not return after sustaining a concussion in the first quarter while making a helmet-to-helmet tackle on receiver Robert Woods. 5. C.J. AND STEVIE BOUNCE BACK

A week after being criticized for dropping an easy third-down pass, Johnson bounced back with eight catches for 111 yards, including a touchdown. Running back C.J. Spiller had a solid outing with 16 carries for 103 yards. That included a 46-yard run, which was 5 yards more than he combined for against New England. It came against a Carolina defense that allowed an average 57 yards rushing in its previous five games.


Kenseth said he was eager to help NASCAR move on. “I think the important thing is it’s behind us,� Kenseth said. “I think it’s pretty clear what everybody expects and the things we should do or not do, though a lot of that is pretty obvious, anyway. Hopefully we can move on because I think it’s been a tough week — not only for some of the teams involved, but I think it’s also been a tough week for NASCAR.� A strong opener to the 10race Chase would have gone a long way, but rain made it a difficult day. The start was delayed by mist for almost 90 minutes. Once the race did go off, it

The Associated Press Sunday At Chicagoland Speedway Joliet, Ill. Lap length: 1.5 miles (Start position in parentheses) 1. (10) Matt Kenseth, Toyota, 267 laps, 136.7 rating, 48 points, $334,891. 2. (12) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 267, 129.4, 43, $261,048. 3. (17) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 267, 101.1, 42, $221,326. 4. (16) Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, 267, 102.1, 40, $169,960. 5. (9) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 267, 123.9, 40, $176,926. 6. (6) Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 267, 115, 39, $161,976. 7. (2) Brad Keselowski, Ford, 267, 107.4, 38, $164,431. 8. (5) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford, 267, 89.9, 36, $158,976. 9. (24) Clint Bowyer, Toyota, 267, 88.5, 35, $148,273. 10. (20) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 267, 86.6, 35, $143,123. 11. (8) Carl Edwards, Ford, 267, 83.4, 34, $142,180. 12. (4) Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, 267, 97.2, 32, $119,355. 13. (15) Aric Almirola, Ford, 267, 91.1, 32, $140,891. 14. (21) Jeff Burton, Chevrolet, 267, 70.2, 30, $111,180. 15. (26) Marcos Ambrose, Ford, 267, 72.4, 29, $130,994. 16. (7) Greg Biffle, Ford, 267, 88.3, 29, $116,030. 17. (29) Mark Martin, Chevrolet, 267, 70.4, 27, $143,905. 18. (14) Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, 267, 92.9, 26, $132,555.

made it almost to the halfway point before the sky opened up again. In all, there were two stoppages totaling 6 hours, 30 minutes and Kenseth didn’t

19. (27) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 267, 64.7, 26, $126,025. 20. (23) Danica Patrick, Chevrolet, 267, 61.2, 24, $100,180. 21. (13) A J Allmendinger, Toyota, 267, 62.1, 23, $124,438. 22. (11) Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 267, 69, 22, $127,571. 23. (41) Dave Blaney, Chevrolet, 267, 53.2, 21, $113,013. 24. (37) Travis Kvapil, Toyota, 266, 51.6, 20, $118,313. 25. (30) J.J. Yeley, Chevrolet, 266, 53.5, 20, $96,005. 26. (19) David Ragan, Ford, 266, 54.3, 19, $114,388. 27. (36) Justin Allgaier, Chevrolet, 266, 50.1, 0, $111,577. 28. (35) David Gilliland, Ford, 266, 40.3, 16, $93,430. 29. (32) Landon Cassill, Chevrolet, 266, 43.7, 0, $90,230. 30. (31) Casey Mears, Ford, 266, 47, 14, $101,980. 31. (42) Joe Nemechek, Toyota, 266, 32.5, 0, $89,780. 32. (3) Juan Pablo Montoya, Chevrolet, 261, 57.5, 12, $116,794. 33. (22) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, engine, 247, 67, 11, $109,180. 34. (39) Timmy Hill, Ford, engine, 225, 33, 10, $89,180. 35. (18) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, engine, 224, 71.2, 10, $106,945. 36. (33) David Reutimann, Toyota, engine, 195, 36.9, 8, $88,755. 37. (1) Joey Logano, Ford, engine, 175, 88.5, 8, $122,433. 38. (25) Brian Vickers, Toyota, engine, 161, 62.1, 0, $90,860. 39. (28) Cole Whitt, Toyota, engine, 151, 40.1, 0, $78,860. 40. (43) Tony Raines, Chevrolet, vibration, 87, 26.3, 0, $74,860. 41. (34) Josh Wise, Ford, brakes, 84, 32.6, 0, $70,860. 42. (40) Reed Sorenson, Ford, vibration, 68, 28.9, 0, $66,860.

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part because of a push from Kevin Harvick — then led Busch across the finish line for a 1-2 finish for Joe Gibbs Racing and Toyota.


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FRANCIS X. GILL Jr. WEDGEFIELD — Francis “Frank� Xavier Gill Jr., 54, died Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, at the Dorn VA Medical Center in Columbia. Born July 29, 1959, in Cleveland, Ohio, he was a son of the late Francis X. and Rosemary P. Hannan Gill. Mr. Gill was a United States Air Force GILL veteran and a former employee of Wilson Hall School of Sumter. He loved fixing things and helping out his family. Surviving are his stepchildren including three sons, Chip Amerson of New Mexico, and Mark Amerson and Timmy Amerson (Freda), both of Dalzell; five daughters, Janice Phelps (Ken) of Dalzell, Charlene Baxley of Paxville, Nancy Trapp of Columbia, Pattie Amerson of Bishopville and Raquel MacDonald (Pierce) of Dalzell; three sisters, Patricia Gill (Chuck Gerber) of Lompac, Calif., Mary Jo Gill of Whitesboro, N.Y., and Mary Eileen Gill (Dan Carr) of Cattaraugus, N.Y.; two brothers, James T. Gill (Elaine Petkovsek) of Oak Park, Ill., and Michael J. Gill of Laurel, Md.; 17 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife of 26 years, Shirley Ann Mathis Amerson Gill. Had they lived, Mr. and Mrs. Gill would have celebrated their 27th wedding anniversary on the date of his death. They shared the same month and day of birth, July 29. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Maureen Wilson. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the Chapel of the Elmore Hill

McCreight Funeral Home with Father Matthew Gray officiating. Burial will be in the Ft. Jackson National Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at Elmore Hill McCreight Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 128 Stonemark Lane, Columbia, SC 29210 or to Wilson Hall School, 520 Wilson Hall Road, Sumter, SC 29150. Online condolences may be sent to www. Elmore Hill McCreight Funeral Home & Crematory, 221 Broad St., Sumter, is in charge of the arrangements, (803) 775-9386.

GLORIA JEAN JOHNSON Gloria Jean Johnson, 51, was called to be with the Lord on Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, at McLeod Regional Medical Center, Florence. Born July 26, 1962, in Lee County, she was a daughter of the late Dora Pearson and Mr. McKnight. Jean, as she was affectionately called, attended the public schools of Lee County and graduated from Ashwood Central High School Class of 1981. At an early age, she was a member of Mechanicsville United Methodist Church. Later in life, she received Jesus Christ as her personal Lord and Savior and was baptized at Mt. Calvary Holiness Church. She worked at the Waffle House in Bishopville for many years, until she became ill. Gloria was a great mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend, who

will be greatly missed. She leaves to cherish her memories: her children, Michael (Carolyn) Johnson, Teresa (Tiger) Wooten, Roshad (Shonda) Johnson, Latrolla Johnson, Quintin Johnson and Lonnie Johnson Jr.; her brothers, Sammie Lee (Helen) Pearson, Herbert (Maggie) Pearson and Ray Pearson, all of Bishopville, and James Pearson of North Carolina; two sisters, Patricia (Willie) and Angela (Richard); a special sister, Mary Johnson; a special friend of the home, Turner Bennett; eight granddaughters; five grandsons; a host of other brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Lee Roy (PL) Pearson. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Mechanicsville United Methodist Church, 184 Lake Ashwood Road, Sumter, with the Rev. Kenneth N. Carter, pastor, eulogist. The family will receive friends and relatives at the home, 160 Bell Road, Mayesville. The remains will be placed in the church at noon. The funeral procession will leave at 12:20 p.m. from the home. Floral bearers will be nieces. Pallbearers will be nephews. Burial will be in the Mechanicsville United Methodist Churchyard cemetery, Sumter. Online memorial messages may be sent to the family at williamsfuneralhome@sc.rr. com. Visit us on the web at Services directed by the management and staff of Williams Funeral Home Inc., 821 N. Main St., Sumter.


NAN H. FREEMAN Nan Elizabeth Humphrey Freeman, 74, went to live with her heavenly father on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013. Services will be announced by ElmoreCannon-Stephens Funeral Home and Crematorium of Sumter. JANNIE BELL P. GIBSON Jannie Bell Plowden Gibson, wife of Bernell Gibson Sr., departed this life on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center. Born April 21, 1950, in Clarendon County, she was a daughter of the late Warren and Lula Johnson Plowden. She was a graduate of Manning Training High School and a member of Fellowship Baptist Church. Prior to her illness in 2007, she was employed by Lake Marion Nursing Facility as a certified nurse assistant. Survivors include her husband, Bernell Gibson Sr.; two sons, Bernell Gibson Jr. and Jayden Gibson; one daughter, Sandy (John) Stowers; one brother, Warren (Wilhemenia) Plowden; three sisters, Martha Bines, Ethel Sinkler and Evangelist Cassie (Edward) Gibson; mother-in-law, Virginia Gibson; six sistersin-law; seven brothersin-law; goddaughter, Cynthia and children; and four grandchildren. She was preceded in death by four brothers, Eugene, Edward, David and James; and two sisters, Dorothy Lowe and Annie Riddick. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Fellowship Baptist Church, Manning, with the pastor, the Rev. Jonathan Anderson, officiating. The eulogy will be delivered by Elder Anthony Gibson. Interment will follow in Fellowship Baptist

Church cemetery. The family is receiving friends at the residence, 228 Brunson St., Manning. Fleming & DeLaine Funeral Home of Manning is in charge of services. Online condolences may be sent to

RUFUS RAGIN Rufus Ragin, age 75, entered into eternal rest on Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center. Born Feb. 13, 1938, in Clarendon County, he was a son of the late Charlie and Maggie Isaac Ragin. The family is receiving friends at the home, 2025 Essex Drive, Sumter. Online condolences can be made at www.dysonshomeforfunerals. com. Professional services entrusted to Dyson’s Home for Funerals, 237 Main St., Summerton. ZANDEE M. BRUNSON Zandee M. Brunson, 45, died Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center. Born May 21, 1968, in Sumter, she was a daughter of James O. “Jimmy� and Mary Louise Brunson. She was a member of Lemira Presbyterian Church. Survivors include her parents of Sumter; a brother, Dennis Brunson (Alicia) of Sumter; and nieces and nephews, Brooklyn Martin, Cameron Martin, Jonathan Brunson and Alexandra Brunson. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. Dan Rowton and the Rev. Andrew Basham officiating. Burial will be in the Brunson Cemetery. Nephews and cousins will serve as pallbearers.


Honorary pallbearers will be the officers of Lemira Presbyterian Church and Dr. Ansel McFaddin. The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday at Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home and other times at the home, 1937 W. Oakland Ave. The family would like to express their appreciation to her special caregiver, Louise Epperson. Memorials may be made to Lemira Presbyterian Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 1333, Sumter, SC 29151. Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home and Crematorium of Sumter is in charge of the arrangements.

THOMAS S. ROBERTSON LITTLE RIVER — Thomas Steven Robertson, 79, passed away Monday, Sept. 16, 2013, at home, surrounded by his family. Born Nov. 18, 1933, in Camden, he was a son of the late Thomas J. and Emily E. Stevens Robertson. Mr. Robertson is survived by his wife of 53 years, Mildred “Millie� Broadway Robertson; daughters, Susan Skipper and Terri Mullins (Randy); sister, June Postell (Bill); and three grandchildren, Matthew and Stormy Skipper and K.T. Mullins. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Lee Funeral Home Chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Embrace Hospice, 140 University Plaza Drive, Conway, SC 29526. A message of condolence may be sent to Lee Funeral Home & Crematory of Little River/North Myrtle Beach is serving the family.



GATORS from Page B1 The Gators had similar frustrations on offense against the Gamecocks. Lakewood moved the ball into Sumter territory three times in the first half last Friday, including once in the red zone, but failed to come away with any points. Quarterback Roderick Charles did throw for 186 yards in the loss, however. “We had a holding penalty one time and had 12 men on the field another,� Parks said. “We have to do a better job as coaches of getting our kids in position to do some good things and we also have to execute better.� Execution will likely be the main ingre-

dient for success this week. Both teams run similar spread offenses and have athletic defenses, Parks said. “Coach (Baron) Turner and his staff do a job of getting their kids ready to go every week,� he said. “They run a similar spread offense to us, so we know how to prepare because we go against it every day in practice. “It’s probably just going to come down to who makes the fewest mistakes and who can get over last week’s loss the quickest.� Lee Central had a similar rough game against defending 3A state champion Hartsville. After averaging 36 points through their first two games, the Stallions were shut out 54-0 to fall to 2-1 on the season.

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STALLIONS from Page B1 “They have a lot of athletes, like we do, and they played Sumter and Crestwood very tough, especially on defense.� Both teams run similar spread offenses, but the Gators have shown early signs of being a very good passing squad, Turner said. “I know their quarterback (Roderick Charles) has been very good throwing the ball,� he said. “As a defense, we have to play fundamentally sound football and play our responsibilities.� Kinard Lisbon has been solid for the Stallions on both the offensive and defensive sides, Turner said. Last week’s rough outing notwithstanding, Turner has also been encouraged by the play of quarterback Velton Dixon and running backs George Howard and Montrell Smith. “Velton is coming along and we’re putting things together,� Turner said. “We just have to continue to build and execute each week.�

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SBC Construction Decks & Fences, Screen Porches, Sun Rooms, Flooring, Concrete, Top Soil, Water problems, Insulated Windows. Free Est. 795-6046 H.L. Boone, Contractor additions, painting, roofing, gutters, sheetrock, blown ceilings, decks. 773-9904

Tree Service

Junk Cars = CASH Junk Batteries $8 & up!

Call Gene 934-6734 Expert Tech, New & used heat pumps & A/C. Will install/repair, warranty; Compressor & labor $600. Call 803-968-9549 or 843-992-2364 Washers, Dryers, Refrigerators, Stoves. Also new Gas stoves. Guaranteed. 803-464-5439 2013 New Crop Sweet Potatoes. Pick up at 435 S. Guignard or call 803-464-6337.


The Tree Doctor Any size tree removal & stump grinding. Trimming & clearing. No job too big or small. Call 775-8560 or 468-1946. We accept credit cards and offer senior discounts NEWMAN'S TREE SERVICE Tree removal , trimming & stump grinding. Lic & Ins.


Rafe Dixon, SCAL 4059 (803) 774-6967

Help Wanted Full-Time Experienced cake decorator needed Immediately Apply at 1106 Broad St (Baskin Robbins) Need construction superintendent. Please fax resume to 864-220-5900

For details on these and additional jobs, both permanent and temporary, please visit our website......


WILLIAMSTEMPORARY.COM Some of the following current job openings are Direct Hire and some are Temp to Hire.


Norman Williams and Associates, Inc. 344 West Liberty Street No Fees To Applicants.

20 N. Magnolia Street • Sumter, SC





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STATEBURG COURTYARD 2 & 3 BRs 803-494-4015

Pinewood: Baconhill Rd. Singlewide Mobile Home, 3BR/2BA, stove, frig, $500/mo. + dep. 803-506-4600 Oaklawn MHP: 2 BR M.H.'s, water/sewer/garbage pk-up incl'd. RV parking avail. Call 494-8350 1996 2/3BR mobile home. C/H/A, all appliances. Section 8 OK. Call 803-469-6978



Homes for Sale

Manufactured Housing

3BR 2BA SW Like new on Large Lot in Oswego Area. Owner Financing with $5500 Dwn. Call 494-5010

Kiss your landlord goodbye! Call us at 803-469-3252!

Mobile Home with Lots

2br/2ba Apartment Just Renovated Includes all appliances, $28,000. Owner Financing avail. Call 983-8792 or 795-9669. Reduced For Quick Sale: $10,000 below appraisal value. Great starter home. 2BR/1BA. lrg kitchen, den w/ gas log fireplace & study. New roof, screened porch & shop. Call 803-968-5528

4BR 2BA MH LR , Den W/fireplace, Large Fenced backyard, Dalzell Area. Payments Approx $375 MO. Owner Fin. with $7K Down. Call 803 236-5953

HOT ECONOMY TRUCKS SUMMER SPECIALS: '99 Toyota Tacoma Ext Cab. SR5 4x4 '01 Nissan Frontier Extra Cab 03 Mazda Sport B4000 Extra Cab '01 GMC Sonoma Extra Cab Ernest Baker Auto Sales & Equip: 3349 N. Main St. Sumter Call 803-469-9294

Land & Lots for Sale 2 - 1 acre lots Westlake S/D, 50% down, 50% financing. Call 803-720-4129.

Manufactured Housing

5 MH lots off 521 N. by Thomas Sumter Academy. 50% down, 50% financing. Call 803-720-4129.

A Dollar and a Deed is all you need. Call 803-469-3252

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2007 Flagstaff Super Light, 23 ft Camper, used very little, A/C, slide out, full bath, $8,500. 469-8566

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Catherine M. Zyback, D.M.D. My name is BENNIE and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a 5 year old tricolored male Rat Terrier.

My name is JANSON and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a 10 week old tan and black male shepherd/lab mix.


My name is STEFFI and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a 1 year old black and tan female hound mix.


My name is OLLIE and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a 4 month old orange tabby male American shorthair.

803-905-5280 My name is JEFFY and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a 4 month PLEASE ADOPT A FRIEND! old brown and -JOEP$Ut4VNUFS 4$ white male lab mix.



My name is LEFTY and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a 3 year old white male terrier mix.



The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, aka SPCA, has an abundance of friendly pets looking for nice, warm homes with lots of love to share. Shown are just a few of the adoptable pets now available at the shelter.


My name is KAELIE and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a 6 month old black and white female hound mix.

shopping begin!

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

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Campers / RV's/ Motorhomes

Need a New Home? Can't get Financing? We can Help!! Call: 803-469-3252.

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1995 Dodge Ram 1500 Pickup w/ leer 122 cap 168000 miles, new tires,stereo very good shape. $4000 call (803)435-8075

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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.

Autos For Sale

Autos For Sale

1997 Clayton MH & Lot 28'x56' 3Br 2Ba Appraise $70K Make Offer 803 847-6848

Singlewide in Sumter, SC Call me at 803-469-3252!

Homes for Sale


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My name is STREISAND and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a 3 month old female lame point Siamese.




My name is JESS and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a 6 week old black female American shorthair.

My name is EMMA and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a 1 year old black and white female American shorthair.


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My name is SYLVIA and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a 3 month old gray tabby and white female American shorthair.

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35 Years Boarding Experience 33 Years Grooming Experience Lori Cook Briggs


Groomer & Stylist


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2260 Peach Orchard Road Behind Shaw AFB


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September 17, 2013  
September 17, 2013