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Sen. Graham in toughest re-election of career AIKEN (AP) — Sen. Lindsey Graham is showing no signs of changing how he operates as he faces the biggest challenge of his political career. Willing to buck the public tide in South Carolina, Graham has backed military action against Syria, an immigration overhaul that sets a path to citizenship for some in the U.S. illegally and President Obama’s Supreme Court nominees. “I’m conservative, but I do not mind one bit working with the other side to build my country up,” he said

in speeches to conservatives. “I’m a Ronald Reagan Republican.” His three Republican challengers are coming at him from the right, arguing that he’s not conservative enough. They’re also noting that the 58-year-old lawyer has been in some political office since 1993 and shows no sign of stepping down soon unless he gets voted out. “This seat has been held for 59 years by two people,” said one of his challengers, Nancy Mace, referring to

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham talks to a reporter following a speech to business leaders in Goose Creek recently. Graham is facing three challengers in the 2014 Republican primary for his seat. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

SEE SENATE RACE, PAGE A10

Historical agency to save, possibly restore local mill BY ROBERT BEHRE rbehre@postandcourier.com SUMMERTON — The Senn Grist Mill, Blacksmith Shop and Orange Crush Bottling Plant still look much like they did when Walter Senn closed their doors in December 1998. Calendars and paper business licenses dot the walls, while scoops, scales and other equipment still lie near where they were last used. Senn died of cancer the following year, and the small collection of wood-frame buildings has stood empty ever since. “I moved to Summerton in 1973, and Mr. B, as he was known, ... had retired from Shaw Air Force Base as an electrician and did electrical work and opened the mill on Saturday,” said Clarendon County Council Chairman Dwight Stewart. “Now, it is a piece of history that has slowly faded.” But the mill, shop and plant — and a nearby home — may get new life after being donated to the Palmetto Trust for

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Mike Bedenbaugh director, Palmetto Trust for Historic Preservation Historic Preservation, which hopes to find a buyer interested in cranking the mill back up. “It’s a historical business model that we’re trying to revive,” said trust Director Mike Bedenbaugh. “We’re looking for someone who understands the importance of place and wants to make an impact.” SEE MILL, PAGE A5

This April page of the “Guys and Dogs” calendar features shirtless men and sweet dogs. Oh, and some tractors. “Guys and Dogs” is a play on the Broadway production “Guys and Dolls,” said rescue calendar mastermind Megan Masters. SONYA ALLEN / SPECIAL TO THE ITEM

Calendars raise money for Dalzell, Charlotte rescues BY JADE ANDERSON janderson@theitem.com

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This is one of two hammer mills that the Seen family used to mill corn for almost a century in Summerton. This was used to make grits and cornmeal; the other was used to make animal feed.

Hunky men on the farm. Decked-out women by the poolside. And lots and lots of lovable pups. That is what Megan Masters had in mind when she thought up calendars to benefit rescues; however, pulling that off took a whole lot of help from a number of animal advocates across both Carolinas. The results? “2014 Dolled Up for Dogs” features women in ’50s to ’70s attire, and “2014 Guys and Dogs” pictures men in country settings. “We chose ‘Dolled Up

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The vintage flair is found in both “Dolled Up For Dogs” and “Guys and Dogs.” Proceeds from the calendars go to two animal rescues. CAITLIN LEE / SPECIAL TO THE ITEM

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Hydrant flow tests Wednesday, Thursday The City of Sumter will perform fire hydrant flow tests between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday on McCrays Mill Road, Capri Drive, Pinewood Road, Henrietta Street, Curtiswood Drive, West Oakland Avenue, Millwood Road and Lower Lake Drive. 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.

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Wanna be spooked? Go to Lee County BY RANDY BURNS Special to The Item

BISHOPVILLE — A national magazine ranks two Lee County haunted houses in the top three of all such attractions in South Carolina. Kreepy Hollow, owned and operated by Benji Sims, was rated the No. 1 haunted house in South Carolina by www.hauntworld.com. Kreepy Hollow began in 2006, and features a bus ride and a hay ride along with the traditional haunted house. Scream Acres, owned by Bobby Hasibar, was ranked third in South Carolina, falling just behind Blacksburg’s Fear Farm for the No. 2 spot in the rankings. Scream Acres is the area’s longest running haunted house, going strong for more than 15 years. Cedar Creek Haunted House and Maze, established in 2006 by Derrick Brown, is a smaller, less expensive attraction. Still, as many as 200 people visit the Cedar Creek attraction on a good night, Brown said. “I’ve had several people tell me that we are more of an old-school haunted house,” Brown said. “We don’t have all the bells and whistles as the others, but when you come out of our house, you’re going to be scared.” Brown said a couple of rooms have been changed for 2013, and

the maze will be longer than in previous years. Lee County’s haunted houses are all in the Cedar Creek-Lucknow area of the county and within five miles of each other. Benji Sims, owner of Kreepy Hollow, said several improvements have been made to his haunted house, hayride and bus ride. “We have added something to our hayride which we call the Locker,” Sims said. “We will have an actor who will float above the (hayride) trailer. And we will have a Hollywood actress who will be with us on Oct. 18-19.” Bobby Hasibar, owner of Scream Acres, said as many as 1,200 customers visit Scream Acres on a good night. “We have enlarged our parking area,” Hasibar said, “so we hope that no one will have to park on the side of the road. We’ve also added a new slaughter barn on the hayride. And we’re going to have a souvenir shop this year. We’ll have T-shirts and other items for sale. And of course, we’ve made some changes inside the house.” Any revenue made in 2013 will go into the maintenance and oversight of Scream Acres and to two families identified by Hasibar who are in need of financial support. “We know who we’re going to help this year,” he said. “We are not going to make their names public. But they both have had major medical problems and are in need of help.”

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WHERE: 1283 Old Camden Road, Bishopville ATTRACTIONS: • Haunted house and hayride • Named in 2010 one of the nation’s Top 25 haunted houses by Haunted Attraction Magazine Online • Ranked as the No. 3 haunted house in S.C. by www.hauntworld.com SCHEDULE AND HOURS OF OPERATION: • Sept. 27-28, Oct. 4-6, Oct. 11-13, 18-20, Oct. 25-27, Oct. 31 and Nov. 1-2 • From dark until 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday and from dark until 10 p.m. Sunday. ADMISSION: $12 and $25 fast pass (go to head of line) DIRECTIONS: From Bishopville, take S.C. 34 west or S.C. 341 north and follow the signs. PHONE: (803) 428-5247 or 428-4149 EMAIL: screamacreshauntedhouse@ yahoo.com WEBSITE: www.screamacreshauntedhouse.com

WHERE: 1155 Joe Dority Road, Bishopville ATTRACTIONS: • Haunted graveyard, two-story haunted house, two-mile hayride and bus ride • Rated the state’s top haunted attraction by www.hauntworld.com SCHEDULE AND HOURS OF OPERATION: • Sept. 27-28, Oct. 3-5, Oct. 10-12, Oct. 17-19, Oct. 24-27, Oct. 31 and Nov. 1-2 • 7 p.m. until people stop coming; closing time will vary ADMISSION: $14; $28 fast pass (go to head of line) DIRECTIONS: From Bishopville, take S.C. 34 west or S.C. 341 north and follow signs. PHONE: (803) 428-8734 EMAIL: thosesims@ftc-i.net WEBSITE: www.kreepyhollow.net

WHERE: 2681 Camden Highway, Bishopville ATTRACTIONS: Haunted house and maze SCHEDULE AND HOURS OF OPERATION: • Oct. 11-12, Oct. 18-19, Oct. 25-26 and Oct. 31 • From dark until ADMISSION: $6 DIRECTIONS: From Bishopville, take S.C. 34 west and the site will be on left in about six miles. PHONE: (803) 459-8270 and (803) 4287452 EMAIL: cchauntedhouse@gmail.com WEBSITE: http://cedarcreekhauntedhouse.com

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ABOVE: Michael Broadway, left, pours a beer at the table for the Sumter County Gallery of Art at Saturday’s Oktoberfest, while Giuliana Mastrangelo dances to the music with gallery curator Frank McCauley. BELOW: A member of the Little German Band leads the Oktoberfest crowd in the Schlangentanz (snake dance), which weaved it’s way through the tables and food vendors filling Main Street for Saturday’s German-themed festival. PHOTOS BY BRISTOW MARCHANT / THE ITEM

ABOVE: Members of the Little German Band of Raleigh, N.C., perform in traditional German costumes Saturday for Oktoberfest in downtown Sumter. The festival drew a crowd to a closed section of North Main Street. LEFT: Pierce and Lauren Thompson model traditional German costumes at the concession stand.

Feds keep close eye on nuclear plant BY MEG KINNARD The Associated Press COLUMBIA — Federal officials announced Monday they are going to be doing more oversight at a South Carolina nuclear power plant that has tallied a number of incidents in recent years. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is going to keep a closer eye on Duke Energy’s H.B. Robinson plant near Hartsville, where a diesel generator automatically shut down in October when radiator fan belts failed. No workers or near-

by residents were in danger, and the diesel generator wasn’t actually needed. But officials said the belts were so degraded and poorly maintained that the generator couldn’t have been used properly if necessary, such as during a power loss or fire. “Overall, the Robinson plant continues to be operated safely,” NRC Region II Administrator Victor McCree said in a news release. “However, the additional oversight and inspection by the NRC is warranted because we expect plants to ensure that all important

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Edward W. Geddings, 69, of 4975 Huckabee Road, was charged with not giving right of way; failure to stop for blue lights; driving under suspension, first offense; improper license plate; and operating an uninsured vehicle following an incident that reportedly occurred about 7:10 a.m. Friday in the 200 block of Old Manning Road near Sawgrass Court. According to the report, a 1987 Mazda pulled out in front of deputies and proceeded to speed away once law enforcement turned on blue lights. The Mazda eventually stopped and the driver made a run for the front door of a home at which time law enforcement took the suspect into custody. Rernaldo Alvarado, 47, of 5503 Forest Haven, Apartment 107, Tampa, Fla., was charged with possession of marijuana, first offense; possession of a narcotic, first offense; and possession of other controlled substances, first offense, following an incident that reportedly occurred about 7:39 a.m. Friday about the 135 mile marker on Interstate 95. According to the report, a 2001 Jeep Cherokee was traveling 78 miles per hour in a 70 miles per hour zone and slammed on brakes when it passed deputies. A traffic stop was initiated, and later searches consented to by individuals revealed drugs, drug parapherna-

lia and large amounts of currency. Bryan Alexis, Delaney-Figueroa, 22, of 8433 Country Square Court, Tampa, Fla., was charged with possession of marijuana, first offense; possession of a narcotic, first offense; and possession of other controlled substances, first offense, following an incident that reportedly occurred about 7:39 a.m. Friday about the 135 mile marker on Interstate 95. According to the report, a 2001 Jeep Cherokee was traveling 78 miles per hour in a 70 miles per hour zone and slammed on brakes when it passed deputies. A traffic stop was initiated, and later searches consented to by individuals revealed drugs, drug paraphernalia and large amounts of currency. Janira Santiago Zayas, 37, of 5854 Lake Underhill Road, Apartment 10, Orlando, Fla., was charged with possession of marijuana, first offense; possession of a narcotic, first offense; and possession of other controlled substances, first offense, following an incident that reportedly occurred about 7:39 a.m. Friday near the 135 mile marker on Interstate 95. According to the report, a 2001 Jeep Cherokee was traveling 78 miles per hour in a 70 miles per hour zone and slammed on brakes when it passed deputies. A traffic stop was initiated, and later searches consented to

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A 19-year-old woman told law enforcement that she and a 27-yearold man pulled over near the Coca-Cola plant on Lake City Highway and began fighting with each other about 9:40 p.m. Friday. When they got back to a home in the 1000 block of Bar Zee Drive, she reportedly told law enforcement that the man held her on the ground and threw tea on her. He also reportedly threw her keys on top of the house. The man reportedly agreed with her description of events but added the woman tried to kill herself, ripped his shorts and damaged his phone. STOLEN PROPERTY:

A black Verizon iPhone 4 valued at $500 was reportedly stolen from a business in the 1000 block of Highway 15 South about 2:13 p.m. Friday. A S200X 61-inch cut, 25 HP Kawasaki zero turn snapper mower valued at $7,383 was reportedly stolen from a yard in the 3000 block of East Brewington Road between 11 p.m. Saturday and 6 a.m. Sunday. About $2,000 worth of jewelry was reportedly stolen from a home in the 3000 block of Jersey Lane, Lynchburg, about 8:49 p.m. Sunday. A door also sustained about $100 in damage.

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The Rev. Nadia Ayoub speaks Saturday to an audience in the fellowship hall of Swan Lake Presbyterian Church. Originally from Cairo, Egypt, Ayoub now makes her home in the United States but does mission work among the Roma people of Ukraine, more commonly called â&#x20AC;&#x153;gypsies,â&#x20AC;? on behalf of the Presbyterian Church (USA). She also delivered the sermon Sunday at Swan Lake Presbyterian.

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ated two hammer mills â&#x20AC;&#x201D; one that produced cornmeal and grits for humans and another that produced animal feed. His business is still missed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Usually when Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m here, an old pickup will pull up and someone will ask, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Are yâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;all opening this place back up? I need to feed my chickens.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Jenny Senn Blackman, one of Sennâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s daughters, said she remembers going to the mill as a child to watch her father. She remembers some customers paid him sometimes â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but not every time. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was a community thing. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what was so good about it,â&#x20AC;? she said. Since her fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s death, the family has received offers for the buildingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s guts â&#x20AC;&#x201D;its equipment â&#x20AC;&#x201D; as well as offers from people interested in converting the property to a parking lot. At a friendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s encouragement, she approached the Palmetto Trust and eventually agreed to donate the property in hopes of saving it. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d rather keep the history and the legacy going than the money,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We would love to see someone come and try to run the mill and try to get some ornamental craftsman

The first building here was a blacksmith shop built by John G. Senn in 1903, and he added a grist mill a few years later. The complex grew partly because of his business skill â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and partly because Clarendon Countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s farmers found it profitable to grow corn on the rich land along the Santee River. Its success, in turn, helped the farms thrive. While Senn was a big deal in this small town, his buildings were not. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The shock is how tiny they are,â&#x20AC;? Bedenbaugh said as he shows visitors inside. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Because it was so small, they were able to stay. One guy could run the whole thing.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; In the 1920s, Senn allowed his brother-in-law, Frank Josey, to build an Orange Crush bottling plant next door, but its operations ceased when the state passed stricter regulations. Walter B. Senn Jr. proved as successful as his grandfather and great-uncle, and he oper-

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Mike Bedenbaugh wtih the Palmetto Trust for Historic Preservation, right, and preservation consultant Kyle Campbell inspect the interior of the blacksmith shop.

who would like to do blacksmithing in there.â&#x20AC;? Summerton Mayor Jay Bruner is hopeful about those prospects. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The town would love nothing more than to see

The museum-like nature of the millâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s interior is underscored by these old tags for corn feed.

someone come in and revive these time-honored trades,â&#x20AC;? Bruner said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Both the mill and the blacksmith shop have great historic significance to the town, and it is truly exciting to think about someone bringing them back to life and preserving that which was so vital to the local economy in years past.â&#x20AC;? The buildings, which are on the National Register of Historic Places, need assorted repairs and a general cleaning up, but they are dry inside. A new owner would have to grapple with state regulators before firing up the mill again. Bedenbaugh hopes the trust can get about $20,000 for the mill property, and it also has Sennâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s former Main Street home, which could go for $25,000. This type of mill once was common across the state. In 1882, South Carolina had 720 grist mills, according to the Society for the Preservation of Old Mills. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Every town had one,â&#x20AC;? Be-

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Puppy love is the best kind of love for Valentines Day in February. Most of the dogs featured in the calendar are available for adoption.

for Dogsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; for the girls because it really captured the retro vibe we were going for,â&#x20AC;? Masters said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Guys and Dogsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; is a play on the Broadway production â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Guys and Dollsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; that also has a vintage flair.â&#x20AC;? Proceeds from the calendars will benefit South of the Bully, a Charlottebased rescue, and Godâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Creatures Deserve To Live Inc., a Dalzell-based nonprofit, no-kill animal rescue and sanctuary. Masters volunteers with both. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I chose South of the Bully to be part of the calendar because I am a huge pit bull advocate,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They are my favorite breed. They are so unfairly demonized by the media that I wanted to show people their true nature. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll see in many of the photos I put pit bulls, Rottweilers, Amstaffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (American Staffordshire) and other breeds that get a bad rap together and even with children. I wanted the

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world to see how wonderful these dogs truly are. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I also have dogs with disabilities in the calendar. I used to work with people with disabilities, so disabled dogs have a special place in my heart. I wanted this calendar to be an educational tool as well as a fundraising tool.â&#x20AC;? The models â&#x20AC;&#x201D; both four-legged and twolegged â&#x20AC;&#x201D; came from the rescues or those who work with the rescues. The dogs are either up for adoption or were strays when taken in by their current owners, Masters said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Because of this calendar, so many babies from each rescue have already been adopted,â&#x20AC;? said Ashley Goodenough, Godâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Creatures Deserve to Live Inc. board member. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I know that this calendar means so much to GCDTL.â&#x20AC;? About 450 of the original 800 calendars are left. They are $20 each and available for purchase online with shipping and handling or at adoption events in which the two groups participate for

cost. The proceeds will be split evenly between the two rescues, Masters said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re supposed to get $10,000 from the calendar sales,â&#x20AC;? said Jenny Brabham, Godâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Creatures Deserve to Live Inc. vice president. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just phenomenal. It would take so long to accrue that kind of money, (and) weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d have to do so many fundraisers. I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t express how appreciative we are for them doing this for us.â&#x20AC;? The money will be used for completing some kennels, spaying and neutering the animals and other veterinarian needs, she said. For more on the calendars or to make a purchase, visit rescuecalendar.com or facebook.com/ rescuecalendars. For more information on Godâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Creatures Deserve to Live Inc., visit the shelter at 3221 Camden Highway, Dalzell. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s opened Monday through Saturday. Interested individuals can also visit facebook. com/G.C.D.T.L or godscreaturesdeserve2live. com.

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The Fuller Garden Neighborhood Watch Association will host a neighborhood watch association banquet from 5:30 to 7 p.m. today at the South HOPE Center. Councilman Calvin K. Hastie Sr. will speak.

An American Red Cross New Volunteer Orientation / Disaster Services overview class will be held 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, at 1155-2 N. Guignard Drive.

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The Shepherdâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Center will offer public information classes at 24 Council St. from 11 to 11:50 a.m. each Thursday as follows: Sept. 26, Crystal Strong will discuss the Affordable Care Act as it impacts seniors; Oct. 3, Patty Patterson will discuss emergency preparedness; Oct. 10, David LePage will discuss green energy choices; Oct. 17, Lt. Don Florence will discuss scams / scammers as well as identity theft; Oct. 24, Jesse Bornin will discuss gardening tips for fall and winter; Oct. 31, Tracy Pender will discuss Native Americans in South Carolina, their history and culture; Nov. 7, Dr. Carolyn Brown will discuss dental health and its impact on overall health; and Nov. 14, Pearl Fryer will speak.

The Sumter County Education Association-Retired will hold a luncheon meeting at noon Wednesday, Sept. 25, at Golden Corral. All members are asked to attend. Call Brenda Bethune at (803) 469-6588.

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ABC launches mixed bag of new shows tonight BY KEVIN MCDONOUGH The new sitcom â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Goldbergsâ&#x20AC;? (9 p.m., ABC, TV-14) tries to update â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Wonder Yearsâ&#x20AC;? to the 1980s, with limited success. Adam (voiced by Patton Oswalt, played by Sean Giambrone) narrates the series from the present day and wants to convince us that his Reagandecade childhood was warm and wacky. Unfortunately, we can see it unfold on screen, where everybody seems to be trying way too hard. Wendi McLendon-Covey plays the smothering mom with too much eye shadow and no personal boundaries. Jeff Garlin has found a nice role as Murray, the slob father, a recent heart-attack victim given to gruff utterances that are â&#x20AC;&#x153;translatedâ&#x20AC;? via subtitles into supportive messages. George Segal is reduced to doting granddad. Adamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s older brother, Barry (Troy Gentile), is a charmless hothead and his sister, Erica (Hayley Orrantia), remains a complete cipher. The showâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s take on the

1980s seems rather scattershot. The episode is titled â&#x20AC;&#x153;Circle of Driving,â&#x20AC;? referring to a cryptic line that Murray repeats. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s clearly inspired by the song â&#x20AC;&#x153;Circle of Life,â&#x20AC;? from the Disney animated musical â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Lion King,â&#x20AC;? a pop artifact from 1994. How â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;80s is that? â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;&#x153;Trophy Wifeâ&#x20AC;? (9:30 p.m., ABC, TV-14) does a surprising job of imbuing a potentially unlikable character with considerable charm. After drinks and karaoke, perky party girl Kate (Malin Akerman) literally falls into the lap of lawyer Pete (Bradley Whitford), sending both to the emergency room. She soon becomes his inappropriately dressed third wife and an unprepared â&#x20AC;&#x153;momâ&#x20AC;? for his three kids. She also has to deal with his icy doctor exwife, Diane (Marcia Gay Harden), as well as Jackie (Michaela Watkins), his space-cadet second wife who still holds a torch for Pete. Whitford is all but eclipsed by his brood of kids and â&#x20AC;&#x153;sister wives.â&#x20AC;? Pete had better be a pretty good lawyer though, because Kateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s character, while

occasionally likable, seems to be a direct infringement on every comedic role Cameron Diaz has ever played. â&#x20AC;˘ Gritty, grainy quasi-realism is a departure for DisneyABC. Shot in a jerky, handheld style, with many location shots of the unglamorous New York City borough of Queens, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lucky 7â&#x20AC;? (10 p.m., ABC, TV14) follows seven employees at a gas station who find their lives upended when they hit the lottery jackpot. â&#x20AC;˘ Sporting the talents of cocreator Joss Whedon (â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Avengers,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Firefly,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Buffy the Vampire Slayerâ&#x20AC;?), the entire Marvel superhero pantheon to play with, and what looks like a gazillion-dollar budget, the new series â&#x20AC;&#x153;Marvelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.â&#x20AC;? (8 p.m., ABC, TV-PG) has â&#x20AC;&#x153;review-proofâ&#x20AC;? written all over it.

â&#x20AC;˘ A naval officer becomes a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Person of Interestâ&#x20AC;? (10 p.m., CBS, TV-14). â&#x20AC;˘ An arsonist targets Severide on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Chicago Fireâ&#x20AC;? (10 p.m., NBC, TV-14).

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â&#x20AC;˘ Returning World War II veterans face discrimination on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Latino Americansâ&#x20AC;? (8 p.m., PBS, TV-PG check local listings). â&#x20AC;˘ Crimes and misdemeanors on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Brooklyn Nine-Nineâ&#x20AC;? (8:30 p.m., Fox, TV-14). â&#x20AC;˘ Mindy asserts herself on â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Mindy Projectâ&#x20AC;? (9:30 p.m., Fox, TV-14). â&#x20AC;˘ Jax forms a new alliance on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sons of Anarchyâ&#x20AC;? (10 p.m., FX, TV-MA). â&#x20AC;˘ Pop culture obsessives live under one roof as they intern at a convention in the new docu-series â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fangasmâ&#x20AC;? (10 p.m., Syfy).

â&#x20AC;˘ An explosion rattles Parsons on â&#x20AC;&#x153;NCISâ&#x20AC;? (8 p.m., CBS, TV-14). â&#x20AC;˘ Sam and Deeks recover on â&#x20AC;&#x153;NCIS: Los Angelesâ&#x20AC;? (9 p.m., CBS, TV-14).

Rebel Wilson, soon to star in the ABC comedy â&#x20AC;&#x153;Super Fun Night,â&#x20AC;? appears in the 2012 musical spoof â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pitch Perfectâ&#x20AC;? (8:05 p.m., Cinemax).

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Food stamps again a forceful symbol in poverty debate WASHINGTON (AP) — Food stamps have figured in Americans’ ideas about the poor for decades, from President Lyndon Johnson’s vision of a Great Society to President Ronald Reagan’s scorn for crooked “welfare queens” and President Bill Clinton’s pledge to “end welfare as we know it.” Partisans tend to see what they want to see in the food stamp program: barely enough bread and milk to sustain hungry children, or chips and soda — maybe even steak and illicit beer — for cheaters and layabouts gaming the system. Those differences were on display Thursday when the House voted to cut almost $4 billion a year, or 5 percent, from the roughly $80 billion-ayear program. The House bill would tighten eligibility standards, allow states to impose new work requirements and permit drug testing for recipients, among other cuts to spending. A Senate bill would cut about onetenth of the amount of the House bill, or $400 million a year. Republicans argued that work requirements target the aid to the neediest people. Democrats said the swelling rolls — more than 47 million people are now using the food stamps, or 1 in 7 Americans — show that the program is working at a time of high unemployment and great need. The following is a look at the history and future of food stamps: NO MORE STAMPS

These days, people in the nation’s largest food aid program pay with plastic. These special debit cards are swiped at convenience store or supermarket checkouts to pay for groceries. The cards can’t be used for alcohol or cigarettes or nonfood items such as toothpaste, paper towels or dog chow. Junk food or high-priced treats are OK.

The first food stamps were a temporary plan to help feed the hungry toward the end of the Great Depression of the 1930s. The government subsidized the cost of blue stamps that poor people used to buy food from farm surpluses. The idea was revived in the 1960s and expanded under Johnson into a permanent program that sold food coupons to low-income people at a discount. Beginning in the 1970s, food stamps were given to the poor for free. Benefit cards began replacing paper in the 1980s, a move designed to reduce fraud and ease the embarrassment food stamp users felt at the cash register. Food stamps aren’t the government’s only way to feed those in need. There are more than a dozen smaller programs, including the one for Women, Infants and Children, and free and reduced-price school lunches. In 2008, food stamps were officially renamed the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP. ONE IN EVERY 7 AMERICANS

In a nation of 314 million people, more than 47 million are eating with food stamps each month. Who are they? Children and teenagers make up almost half, according to the Agriculture Department. About 10 percent are seniors. The vast majority don’t receive any cash welfare. Many households that shop with SNAP cards have someone who’s employed but qualify for help because of low earnings. The average food stamp allotment is $133 a person per month. The monthly amount a family gets depends on the household’s size, earnings and expenses, as well as changing food prices and other factors. Households can qualify for help with earnings up to 30 percent higher than the federal poverty level, making the limit about $30,000 for a family

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A sign announcing the acceptance of Electronic Benefit Transfer cards, known commonly as food stamp cards, is seen at a farmers market in Roseville, Calif., in 2010. The House has voted to cut nearly $4 billion a year from food stamps, a 5 percent reduction to the nation’s main feeding program used by more than 1 in 7 Americans. AP FILE PHOTO

of four this year. These households are limited to no more than $2,000 in savings, or $3,250 if there are elderly or disabled residents. In addition, most states allow people to qualify automatically for food stamps if they are eligible for certain other welfare programs, even if they don’t meet the strict SNAP standards. Although food stamps are paid for with federal tax dollars, states administer the program and have some choices in setting requirements. RISING LIKE YEAST

The cost to taxpayers more than doubled over just four years, from $38 billion in 2008 to $78 billion last year. Some of the growth can be attributed to President Obama’s food stamp policies, but Congress’ budget analysts blame most of it on the economy. The big factors: • The SNAP program is an entitlement, meaning everyone who is eligible can get aid, no matter the cost to taxpayers. • Millions of jobs were lost in the recession that hit in 2007. Unemployment is still high, and many people who have jobs are working fewer hours or for lower pay than before, meaning more people are eligible. • Obama’s 2009 economic stimulus temporarily increased benefit amounts; that boost is set to expire on Nov. 1. Time limits for jobless adults without dependents are still being waived in most of the country. • Food stamp eligibility requirements were loosened

by Congress in 2002 and 2008, before Obama became president. • Fluctuating food prices have driven up monthly benefit amounts, which are based on a low-cost diet. FEWER TO FEED?

The number of people using food stamps appears to be leveling off this year, and long-term budget projections suggest the number will begin to fall as the economy improves. Why is it taking so long? Although the jobless rate has dropped from its 2009 peak, it remains high, leaving a historically large number of people eligible for food stamps. Since the recession began, a bigger portion of people who are eligible have signed up for food stamps than in the past. The Congressional Budget Office predicts in about a decade the number of people using food stamps will drop to 34 million, or about 1 in every 10 people. FOOD AND FRAUD

Abuse was a worry from the start. The 1939 food stamp program was launched in May and by that October a retailer had been caught violating the rules. There’s been progress along the way, especially after the nationwide adoption of SNAP cards, which are harder to sell for cash than paper coupons were. The government says such “trafficking” in food stamps has fallen significantly during the past two decades, from about 4 cents on the dollar in 1993 to a penny per dollar in 2008. But many lawmakers say

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In Congress, it’s a marriage of convenience. Food stamp policy has been packaged in the same bill with farm subsidies and other agricultural programs since the 1970s. It was a canny way of assuring that urban lawmakers who wanted the poverty program would vote for farm spending. That worked until this year, when conservatives balked at the skyrocketing cost of food stamps. In June, a farm bill that included food stamps was defeated in the Republican-led House because fiscal conservatives felt it didn’t cut the program deeply enough. In response, GOP leaders split the food and farm programs in two. The House passed the farm version in July and the food stamp version on Thursday. Both passed with narrow votes. The House and Senate versions must be reconciled before the five-year farm bill can become law, and that won’t be an easy task. Food stamps remain in the farm bill passed by the Senate. That bill made only a half-percent cut to food stamps and the Democratic-led Senate will be reluctant to cut more deeply or to evict the poverty program from its home in the farm bill. Obama supported the cuts in the Senate bill, but has opposed any changes beyond that. The White House threatened to veto the House food stamp bill.

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ASHINGTON — News consumers by now have absorbed the message that Republicans are going to defund Obamacare, shut down the government, ruin the economy and starve the poor. This is what Democrats would have you believe and, given the GOP’s recent obstructionist history, it would not be a stretch. However, there is an alternative scenario that bears fair consideration. Not defund, as the House voted to do Friday, but delay. Democrats and President Obama see delay as just another maneuver to upend Obamacare. “Extortion” is the word Obama recently used. But let’s step back a moment and examine some of Kathleen the reasoning. PARKER Sometimes even partisans are right. Topping the list is the fact that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is becoming increasingly unpopular. Only 39 percent of Americans currently favor the health care program, compared to 51 percent in January, according to a recent CNN/ORC International poll. Some of the reasons: • Many companies are cutting worker hours to below the threshold (30 hours) requiring them to comply with Obamacare. (SeaWorld is cutting hours for thousands of workers.) • Others are cutting workers completely to avoid compliance or to reduce costs associated with the expanded coverage. (The Cleveland Clinic cited Obamacare as one reason for offering early retirement to 3,000 workers and hinting at future layoffs.) • Many young people, unemployed or earning little, will have trouble paying premiums once open enrollment for health insurance exchanges begins Oct. 1. Even discounts won’t be enough for some, who then will face fines or have to turn to parents who face their own insurance challenges. List-price premiums for a 40-year-old buying a midrange plan will average close to $330 per month, according to a recent Avalere Health study. For someone who is 60, premiums will run about $615 a month. Forget retirement. One of the most popular aspects of Obamacare has been that children can remain on their parents’ policy until they’re 26, but there’s nothing magical about 27 if you don’t have a job, are still in school or are otherwise dependent. Expect many under-30s to decline to buy insurance, whereupon America’s youth will be under the thumb of the IRS. Remember, the Supreme Court ruled that the individual mandate to purchase insurance is a tax. The other most-popular item was the requirement that pre-existing conditions not preclude insurance cov-

erage. Under a proposed alternative plan unveiled recently by the Republican Study Committee — the American Health Care Reform Act (H.R. 3121) — this provision would be protected and funded through statebased, high-risk pools and other reform measures. The biggest concern across all demographics is the likely effect on the larger economy. What happens when so many people lose hours and work and, therefore, income? Moreover, the law is being applied unfairly and unequally, with exemptions and delays offered to special groups and the brunt of the strain falling directly on middle-class Americans. Larger employers, for example, have been given a one-year reprieve on fines for leaving workers uncovered. No such grace for individual citizens. The incentives to cut employees and hours prompted three powerful former supporters to write a strong letter of dissent to Democratic leaders. The letter writers, saying the ACA would destroy the backbone of the American middle class and “the very health and well-being of our members along with millions of other hardworking Americans,” also lamented the falsehood that employees could keep the insurance they like. This is obviously not true despite Obama’s repeated assurances to the contrary. The authors were all union leaders, including James Hoffa, president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. Finally, in a tweak not likely to inspire admiration, the president is offering Congress a break other Americans won’t get. Obamacare requires congressional leaders and staff to enter the exchanges like everyone else, but Obama has offered a special dispensation to soften the blow. Their employer — you — will pay part of the premium, a compensatory option not offered to nonfederal employers and their befuddled, underemployed staffs. Delay may feel like one more Republican strategy, but that doesn’t necessarily make it unwise. If we can delay sending cruise missiles to Syria pending a better solution, perhaps there’s some sense to delaying a health care overhaul that creates unacceptable collateral damage to citizens and that is not quite ready for public consumption. In the long run, delay might benefit Obama, especially if it averts a revolt once citizens fully absorb the expensive realities of Obamacare and promises not kept. He has already demonstrated that he is comfortable with waiting when risks are disproportionate to theoretical gains. Kathleen Parker’s email address is kathleenparker@ washpost.com. © 2013, Washington Post Writers Group

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Dog park would be positive, fun I am extremely excited about the possibility of a dog park here in Sumter. I have lived in Sumter for the majority of my life and have often tried to incorporate my family park outings with my four-legged family members but often run into difficulty when I want to let them run off-leash. I would love to be in an environment where dogs can have fun along with their owners at a nice, open space. It not only creates happy pets, but also happy people, and that’s something all communities need. There has been so much division in this community over the past year from various issues from health care to education and political; we could use something positive and fun like a dog park to bring some unity. Pet owners are diverse in age, race, political and economic backgrounds, so a dog park will attract different types of people who can get to know each other and learn from each other. I offer my full support to S.P.O.T. (Sumter Park of Tail-Waggers) and I hope the city of Sumter will support their efforts as well. SAVITRI W. PHILLIPS Sumter

Dog park would enhance Sumter’s appeal I support the Sumter Pet Owners of Tail-Waggers’ efforts for a dog park. Why

add a dog park in Sumter? It gives the residents who have dogs a place to let their pets meet and play with other dogs while their owners socialize. This also allows pets to develop behavior skills and exercise in a safe environment. How much have we spent on little league, tennis and soccer parks for children over the past five years? Let’s consider the empty nesters, seniors and dog lovers in general and develop a park for their use. In addition, it enhances Sumter’s appeal for prospective residents and visitors. MITCH DIAL Sumter

Dog park will help city keep up with the times I would like to see the approval of a dog park. Several previous letters have mentioned many great views, which I will not repeat. I do feel that having a place where people can let their dogs chase a ball, catch a frisbee and wrestle with other dogs would make Sumter more attractive, not only for the Sumter families, but also for many travelers who may be staying in Sumter for their children’s sporting events or visiting family members and friends. More and more families are traveling with their pets these days, and these pets need a place to let off some energy. I am in support of having a dog park in Sumter. I believe it would be money well

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spent. This will provide dogs and their responsible owners a place to run and play safely. It is time for Sumter to keep up with numerous surrounding cities in providing this wonderful asset. Several new families may think having a dog park would be another great reason to pick Sumter as their new hometown. It was mentioned in a previous letter that cats “bury” their droppings. This may be true, however, cats can climb into your neighbor’s yard, attack birds’ nests, sleep on lawn furniture and “bury” their droppings, all on someone else’s property. Every year I have a flower basket on my front door. Each year we watch a wren family build a nest in the basket. It is very interesting to me to watch “Mother Nature” in action, as the wrens build their nest. Seeing the young birds take their first flight several weeks later is wonderful to watch. Is it fair to the citizens of Sumter who keep their dogs in their own yards or on leashes to wake up one morning to find that a “roaming” cat has torn the nest down and killed the baby birds? I cannot understand how irresponsible cat owners think that their cats “deserve” the freedom to trespass on other citizens’ property. As for a cat park, everyone knows cats are hard to herd. BARBARA NIMMICH Sumter

WHO REPRESENTS YOU 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) countycouncil3@ftc-i.net 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)

DISTRICT 7 Eugene Baten Vice chairman P.O. Box 3193 Sumter, SC 29151 (803) 773-0815 (home) SUMTER CITY COUNCIL MAYOR Joseph T. McElveen Jr. 20 Buford St. Sumter, SC 29150 803-773-0382 jmcelveen@sumter-sc.com WARD 1 Thomas J. Lowery 829 Legare St. Sumter, SC 29150 (803) 773-9298 WARD 2 Ione Dwyer P.O. Box 1492 Sumter, SC 29151 (803) 481-4284 WARD 3 Calvin K. Hastie Sr. 810 S. Main St. Sumter, SC 29150 (803) 774-7776 WARD 4 Charlie Burns 422 W. Calhoun St. Sumter, SC 29150 (803) 773-8859

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WARD 5 Robert Galiano 608 Antlers Drive Sumter, SC 29150 (803) 469-0005 WARD 6 David Merchant 26 Paisley Park Sumter, SC 29150 (803) 773-1086 STATE LAWMAKERS Rep. Grady Brown, D-Bishopville District 50 420 S. Main St. Bishopville, SC 29010 (803) 484-6832 Columbia: (803) 734-2934 Rep. Phillip Lowe, R-Florence District 60 507 W. Cheves St. Florence, SC 29501 (843) 662-1234 Columbia: (803) 734-2975 Rep. Joe Neal, D-Hopkins District 70 P.O. Box 5 Hopkins, SC 29061 (803) 776-0353 Fax: (803) 734-9142 Columbia: (803) 734-2804 jn@schouse.org Rep. Dr. Robert L. Ridgeway III, D-Clarendon District 64 117 N. Brooks St. Manning, SC 29102 (803) 938-3087 Columbia: (803) 212-6929

Rep. Ronnie A. Sabb, D-Greeleyville District 101 P.O. Box 311, Greeleyville, 29056 (843) 355-5349 Columbia: (803) 212-6926 Rep. Murrell Smith Jr., R-Sumter District 67 P.O. Box 580 Sumter, SC 29151 (803) 778-2471 Fax: (803) 778-1643 Columbia: (803) 734-3042 murrellsmith@schouse.gov Rep. J. David Weeks, D-Sumter District 51 2 Marlborough Court Sumter, SC 29154 (803) 775-5856 Columbia: (803) 734-3102 Sen. Gerald Malloy, D-Darlington District 29 1216 Salem Road Hartsville, SC 29550 (843) 339-3000 Columbia: (803) 212-6148 Sen. Kevin L. Johnson, D-Manning District 36 P.O. Box 156, Manning, 29102 (803) 435-8117 Columbia: (803) 212-6108 Sen. J. Thomas McElveen III, D-Sumter District 35 P. O. Box 57, Sumter, 29151 (803) 775-1263 Columbia: (803) 212-6132

NATIONAL LAWMAKERS Rep. Mick Mulvaney — 5th District 1207 Longworth HOB Washington, D.C. 20515 (202) 225-5501 531-A Oxford Drive Sumter, SC 29150 (803) 327-1114 Rep. Jim Clyburn — 6th District 319 Cannon House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 (202) 225-3315 1703 Gervais St. Columbia, SC 29201 (803) 799-1100 jclyburn@hr.house.gov Sen. Lindsey Graham 290 Russell Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510 (202) 224-5972 Midlands Regional Office 508 Hampton Street, Suite 202 Columbia, SC 29201 Main: (803) 933-0112 Sen. Tim Scott 167 Russell Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510 (202) 224-6121 (202) 228-5143 (fax) 1301 Gervais St., Suite 825 Columbia, SC 29201 (803) 771-6112 (803) 771-6455 (fax)

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SENATE RACE from Page A1 Graham and the late Sen. Strom Thurmond. To win, the challengers face their own hurdles: they will need to win over groups such as the Aiken Republican Club. All three — state Sen. Lee Bright, small business owner Richard Cash and Mace, a political newcomer — have spoken to the group that typically attracts mostly older, well-off voters. And at a recent gathering, it was clear that while many in the group aren’t thrilled with all of Graham’s positions, they will need some convincing to dump him after 12 years. “If you asked me a few months ago, I would have voted against him,” Donald Chappell said. “But I’m neutral now. I want to hear what all the challengers have to say.” Graham is most vulnerable on his right flank. Bring up his name at a tea party meeting, and voices start to rise and heads shake in disgust. Several times in the past few years, a county Republican Party has passed a motion rebuking him, including one earlier this month by the Fairfield County Republican Party that cites “29 issues Senator Graham voted with the Democrats.” Graham even heard a smattering of boos when he spoke at the state Republican Party convention earlier this year. But those die-hard believers don’t make up the majority of primary voters. South Carolina holds open primaries, and voters can’t register by party. Graham is a savvy politician who has been preparing for a challenge for years. He currently has $6.3 million in his campaign bank account, raising nearly $2 million in the first six months of 2013. Challengers will have to raise $20,000 a day just to catch up. Graham could spend more than $10 on every voter who cast a

ballot in the 2012 GOP presidential primary. Graham hasn’t faced much Republican opposition before. He got a majority of votes in a three-way race when he first was elected to the U.S. House in 1994 and didn’t face Republican opposition for a House seat again. He also scared off any challengers when Thurmond retired in 2002, getting the party’s nomination to take over that venerable seat without facing anyone in the primary. In 2008, he won 67 percent of the primary vote against a weak opponent and was re-elected with the backing of 58 percent of general election voters. The challengers, for their part, must find some way of separating themselves from each other. A candidate has to get a majority of votes to win the primary, so the key is to finish second and get to take on Graham one-on-one in a two-week sprint to a runoff. Mace is best known as the first woman to graduate from South Carolina’s military college, The Citadel, in 1999. She doesn’t shy away from talking about the trail she blazed, while also pointing out she is a working mother with her own marketing firm that has designed and operated websites for several state politicians. “As a woman in that all-male, very tough environment, you can bend your values and your beliefs and who you are to conform to some type of good ol’ boy system you will never accepted in to. Or you could, like I learned, stay firm in your belief, your values and your principles and still be successful,” Mace said. Bright has spent four years in the South Carolina Senate, building a reputation as a conservative who will compromise over very little.

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LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): ARIES (March 21-April 19): the last word in astrology Taking an emotional trip An unlikely partnership down memory lane will will bring about changes eugenia LAST help you clear up pending to the way you live. A issues that have been change will do you good standing between you and must be and a decision you need to make. incorporated quickly before the window of opportunity closes. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): You may want to make some noteworthy alterations at home, TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Don’t race through but consider the cost involved. Consider everything or you’ll fall short and face innovative ways to get what you want for less. criticism. A job you’re considering won’t be as exciting as it sounds. Find out exactly what’s SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): A proactive being offered and get promises in writing. approach will get the job done no matter what it is you are trying to accomplish, but GEMINI (May 21-June 20): You’ll have some expect to experience some opposition and good suggestions, but don’t cross the line or emotional mind games along the way. you will be blamed for meddling. Tables will turn quickly if your facts aren’t right. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Someone with a hidden agenda will charm you. Don’t count CANCER (June 21-July 22): Use your on anything or anyone. It’s important to take imagination and you will come up with control of any situation you face that can interesting ways to socialize, make new influence your reputation or status. acquaintances and find romantic settings that will enhance your life. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Put more into your surroundings. What you do to feel more LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Change your at home or comfortable will lift your spirits surroundings. Staying at home will result in and help you put a greater distance between conflict. Take time to think about a personal you and someone who has limited you in the problem you face before you confront the past. situation. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Check over VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Go in search of paperwork that can make a difference in the adventure. You need a change of scenery or way you do business. Choices you make mental and physical stimulation that will perk regarding your financial well-being will bring your interest and motivate you to get about opportunities to pursue something involved with something exciting and that interests you. satisfying.

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CLARENDON MEMORIAL HOSPITAL BOARD OF TRUSTEES Today, 6 p.m., hospital board room SUMTER COUNTY COUNCIL Today, 6 p.m., County Council Chambers SUMTER CITY-COUNTY PLANNING COMMISSION Wednesday, 3 p.m., Planning Department, conference room, 12 W. Liberty St. SUMTER COUNTY DEVELOPMENT BOARD Thursday, 7:30 a.m., Greater Sumter Chamber \ of Commerce boardroom, 32 E. Calhoun St.

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history and Sands as a record-setting All-America running back. The bond the two forged over the course of those five seasons at The Citadel is as strong today as it was two decades ago. “It takes a special kind of person to play at The Citadel, and Everette is a special person,” Taaffe said. “Football is such a small part of who SANDS Everette is as a human being. He’s the epitome of class. Everette’s one of a kind.”

WHAT: SOUTH CAROLINA GAMECOCKS (2-1) AT CENTRAL FLORIDA KNIGHTS (3-0)

BY ANDREW MILLER Post and Courier COLUMBIA — Charlie Taaffe can’t help himself. He still beams with pride and even gets a little emotional when talking about one of his former players, Everette Sands. Taaffe and Sands TAAFFE spent five years together at The Citadel — Taaffe as the winningest football coach in the school’s

That bond, that friendship that Sands and Taaffe established at The Citadel will have to be put on hold Saturday afternoon when South Carolina travels to Orlando to face Central Florida. For the first time in their coaching careers, Sands and Taaffe will be on opposite sidelines — Sands as the Gamecocks’ running backs coach and Taaffe as the Knights’ offensive coordinator. “Everette and I have always been on the same team with the same goal SEE USC, PAGE B3

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Morris seeking consistent offense Tigers coordinator expects more production from team BY PETE IACOBELLI The Associated Press CLEMSON — Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris hasn’t seen much of the highflying juggernaut he and many others expected the thirdranked Tigers to be this fall. But Morris believes MORRIS things will synch soon, both for the Tigers (3-0, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) and for Heisman Trophy contending quarterback Tajh Boyd. Morris was happy to leave North Carolina State with a 26-14 victory last Thursday night. Still, it was tied for the third fewest points the Tigers have scored in a

victory since Morris took over the attack after the 2010 season. It wasn’t until Boyd’s two second-half TD passes to Martavis Bryant that Clemson was able to secure the victory. “We’ve done some good things,” Morris said Monday. “But we haven’t played our best.” Neither has Boyd, the senior who passed up the NFL draft for a final season of college ball. He was the biggest reason Clemson topped then fifth-ranked Georgia 38-35 in the season opener — Boyd passed for three TDs and rushed for two others — yet has been highly inconsistent in two games since. Boyd played less than a half in a 52-13 victory over South Carolina State and didn’t throw a

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Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd (10) eludes the rush of North Carolina State’s T.Y. McGill (75) and Art Norman (95) during the Tigers’ 26-14 victory in Raleigh, N.C. on Thursday. Offensive coordinator Chad Morris is looking for more production from his offense.

scoring pass, ending his run of 17 straight games with at least one TD throw. Boyd appeared like he wanted to get it all back early on against the Wolfpack, missing open receivers and fail-

ing to capitalize on two long first-quarter drives that both finished in field goals. Morris said Clemson’s herky-jerky schedule SEE TIGERS, PAGE B3

CLEMSON TIGERS VS. DEMON DEACONS WHAT: CLEMSON (3-0, 1-0 ACC) vs. WAKE FOREST(2-2, 0-1 ACC) WHEN: 3:30 p.m. Saturday WHERE: Clemson Memorial Stadium TV/RADIO: ESPNU, WWBD-FM 94.7

Braves win NL East title BY JAY COHEN The Associated Press

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Kenseth wins 2nd Chase race at NH BY DAN GELSTON The Associated Press LOUDON, N.H. — Matt Kenseth just might win a championship with a touch of dominance, not dullness. Kenseth has firmly defended the style of his 2003 championship, stating his one-win season in the final year before NASCAR made the move to the playoff-style Chase format was as meaningful as all the titles collected by Jimmie Johnson or Tony Stewart. He probably won’t have to justify anything about his Cup run this season. There are plenty of checkered flags. Kenseth made it 2 for

2 in the Chase, holding off Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch to win Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. He followed his win in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship opener at Chicagoland with his series-high seventh victory of the season. Kenseth made his 500th career start and built a 14-point lead over Busch before the series shifts to Dover. One win or seven, Kenseth will take a title any way he can. “If you’re fortunate enough to win a championship, or another SEE KENSETH, PAGE B4

CHICAGO — Freddie Freeman stood at the front of the cramped visiting clubhouse at Wrigley Field. Wearing a champagne-soaked gray T-shirt celebrating Atlanta’s NL East title, the big first baseman dreamed of more parties next month. “This is only one celebration of four, hopefully,” he said with a grin. Atlanta wrapped up the division crown, and then rode two homers by Andrelton Simmons to a 5-2 victory over the Chicago Cubs that touched off a wild party for the victorious Braves. Sunday’s game was in the sixth inning when Washington lost 4-2 to Miami, giving the Braves their first NL East championship in eight years. There

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Atlanta players and coaches celebrate after the Braves defeated the Chicago Cubs 5-2 on Sunday in Chicago. The Braves clinched the National League East title on Sunday, the first time the franchise has down a division title in eight years.

were a few high-fives in Atlanta’s dugout when the Marlins won, and a couple of Braves fans did the tomahawk chop in

the stands. Manager Fredi Gonzalez SEE BRAVES, PAGE B4

Rivera: Big win over Giants can serve as catalyst BY STEVE REED The Associated Press CHARLOTTE — Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Carolina’s 38-0 rout of the New York Giants on Sunday could serve as a “catalyst” for his team. There certainly is that potential after Carolina’s disappointing 0-2 start. Not only is the Panthers’ confidence soaring following the most RIVERA lopsided win in the franchise’s 19-year-history, but the they have a favorable schedule coming up after this week’s bye. Beginning next week, the Panthers have a

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New York Giant quarterback Eli Manning (10) tries to escape from Carolina defensive end Charles Johnson (95) during the Panthers’ 38-0 victory in Charlotte on Sunday. Manning was sacked seven times.

four-game stretch that includes Arizona (1-2), Minnesota (0-3), St. Louis (1-2) and Tampa Bay SEE PANTHERS, PAGE B6


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PREP SCHEDULE TODAY Varsity Cross Country Sumter vs. West Florence, South Florence (at Freedom Florence), 5:30 p.m. Middle School Football Clark at Scott’s Branch, 6 p.m. Varsity Girls Golf Airport, Riverbluff at Sumter (at Beech Creek Golf Club), TBA Varsity Girls Tennis West Florence at Sumter, 5 p.m. Wilson Hall at Laurence Manning (at Palmetto Tennis Center), 4 p.m. Thomas Sumter at Holly Hill, 4 p.m. Robert E. Lee at Ben Lippen, 4 p.m. Junior Varsity Girls Tennis Pee Dee at Thomas Sumter (at Palmetto Tennis Center), 4 p.m. Varsity Volleyball Sumter at West Florence, 7 p.m. Marlboro County at Crestwood, 6:30 p.m. Lakewood at Darlington, 5:30 p.m. Scott’s Branch at Hemingway, 6 p.m. Laurence Manning at Wilson Hall, 5:45 p.m. Thomas Sumter at Calhoun Academy, 5 p.m. Pee Dee at Robert E. Lee, 5 p.m. St. John’s Christian at Clarendon Hall, 6 p.m. Sumter Christian at Northside Christian, 5 p.m. Junior Varsity Volleyball Sumter at West Florence, 5:30 p.m. Lakewood at Darlington, 5:30 p.m. Laurence Manning at Wilson Hall, 4:30 p.m. Thomas Sumter at Calhoun Academy, 4 p.m. Pee Dee at Robert E. Lee, 4 p.m. St. John’s Christian at Clarendon Hall, 5 p.m. Sumter Christian at Northside Christian, 4 p.m. WEDNESDAY Varsity Cross Country Laurence Manning, Thomas Sumter at Wilson Hall (at Patriot Park SportsPlex), 5 p.m. Middle School Football Furman at Alice Drive, 5 p.m. Bates at Mayewood, 5 p.m. Ebenezer at Chestnut Oaks, 5 p.m. Varsity Girls Tennis East Clarendon at Sumter, 4:30 p.m. Wilson Hall at Cardinal Newman, 4 p.m. Robert E. Lee at Carolina, 4 p.m. Junior Varsity Girls Tennis Cardinal Newman at Wilson Hall (at Palmetto Tennis Center), 4 p.m. Carolina at Robert E. Lee, 4 p.m. Varsity Volleyball Lake Marion at Lee Central, 6:30 p.m. East Clarendon at West Florence, 7 p.m. Wilson Hall at Ben Lippen, 5:30 p.m. Junior Varsity Volleyball East Clarendon at West Florence, 5:30 p.m. Wilson Hall at Ben Lippen, 4:15 p.m. B Team Volleyball Robert E. Lee at Sumter, 5:30 p.m. THURSDAY Junior Varsity Football Blythewood at Sumter, 7:30 p.m. Lake City at Crestwood, 6 p.m. Lakewood at Camden, 6 p.m. Central at Lee Central, 6 p.m. Porter-Gaud at Wilson Hall, 7 p.m. Ben Lippen at Laurence Manning, 7 p.m. Northwood at Thomas Sumter, 6 p.m. Trinity-Byrnes at Robert E. Lee, 6 p.m. Andrew Jackson Academy at Clarendon Hall, 6 p.m. B Team Football Blythewood at Sumter, 6 p.m. Hannah-Pamplico at East Clarendon, 6 p.m. Porter-Gaud at Wilson Hall, 5 p.m. Clarendon County Recreation at Laurence Manning, 5:30 p.m. Varsity Girls Golf Brookland-Cayce at Sumter (at Beech Creek Golf Club), TBA Wilson Hall at Heathwood Hall (at Indian River Counry Club), 4 p.m. Varsity Girls Tennis Carolina Forest at Sumter, 5 p.m. Wilson Hall at Thomas Sumter (at Palmetto Tennis Center), 4 p.m. Manning at Laurence Manning, 4 p.m. Junior Varsity Girls Tennis Wilson Hall at Thomas Sumter (at Palmetto Tennis Center), 4 p.m. Varsity Volleyball Carolina Forest at Sumter, 6 p.m. Crestwood at Hartsville, 6 p.m. Marlboro County at Crestwood, 5:30 p.m. East Clarendon at Carvers Bay, 6:30 p.m. C.E. Murray at Scott’s Branch, 6 p.m. Thomas Sumter at Dorchester, 5 p.m. Andrew Jackson Academy at Clarendon Hall, 5:30 p.m. Junior Varsity Volleyball Carolina Forest at Sumter, 6 p.m. Marlboro County at Crestwood, 5:30 p.m. East Clarendon at Carvers Bay, 5 p.m. Thomas Sumter at Dorchester, 4 p.m. Andrew Jackson Academy at Clarendon Hall, 4:30 p.m. B Team Volleyball Carolina Forest at Sumter, 6 p.m. Timmerman at Robert E. Lee, 4:30 p.m. FRIDAY Varsity Football Sumter at Blythewood, 7:30 p.m. Crestwood at Lake City, 7:30 p.m. Camden at Lakewood, 7:30 p.m. Lee Central at Central, 7:30 p.m. East Clarendon at Creek Bridge, 7:30 p.m. Scott’s Branch at St. John’s, 7:30 p.m. Wilson Hall at Porter-Gaud, 7:30 p.m. Laurence Manning at Ben Lippen, 7:30 p.m. Thomas Heyward at Thomas Sumter, 7:30 p.m. Spartanburg Christian at Robert E. Lee, 7:30 p.m. Clarendon Hall at Carolina, 7:30 p.m.

MLB STANDINGS American League By The Associated Press East Division W L Pct GB x-Boston 95 62 .605 – Tampa Bay 86 69 .555 8 New York 82 74 .526 121/2 Baltimore 81 74 .523 13 Toronto 71 84 .458 23 Central Division W L Pct GB Detroit 91 65 .583 – Cleveland 86 70 .551 5 Kansas City 82 73 .529 81/2 Minnesota 65 90 .419 251/2 Chicago 61 94 .394 291/2 West Division W L Pct GB x-Oakland 93 63 .596 – Texas 84 71 .542 81/2 Los Angeles 76 79 .490 161/2 Seattle 68 88 .436 25 Houston 51 105 .327 42 x-clinched division Sunday’s Games Cleveland 9, Houston 2 San Francisco 2, N.Y. Yankees 1 Chicago White Sox 6, Detroit 3 Boston 5, Toronto 2 Tampa Bay 3, Baltimore 1 Kansas City 4, Texas 0, 10 innings Seattle 3, L.A. Angels 2 Oakland 11, Minnesota 7 Monday’s Games Tampa Bay 5, Baltimore 4 Houston at Texas, late Detroit at Minnesota, late Toronto at Chicago White Sox, late Oakland at L.A. Angels, late Kansas City at Seattle, late Today’s Games Chicago White Sox (H.Santiago 4-9) at Cleveland (U.Jimenez 12-9), 7:05 p.m.

| Tampa Bay (M.Moore 15-4) at N.Y. Yankees (Kuroda 11-12), 7:05 p.m. Toronto (Redmond 4-2) at Baltimore (Tillman 16-7), 7:05 p.m. Houston (Peacock 5-5) at Texas (Darvish 13-9), 8:05 p.m. Detroit (Fister 13-9) at Minnesota (Diamond 6-11), 8:10 p.m. Boston (Lackey 10-12) at Colorado (Chatwood 7-5), 8:40 p.m. Oakland (Griffin 14-9) at L.A. Angels (Vargas 8-7), 10:05 p.m. Kansas City (B.Chen 8-3) at Seattle (Paxton 2-0), 10:10 p.m. National League By The Associated Press East Division W L Pct GB x-Atlanta 92 63 .594 – Washington 84 72 .538 81/2 New York 71 84 .458 21 Philadelphia 71 84 .458 21 Miami 57 99 .365 351/2 Central Division W L Pct GB z-St. Louis 91 65 .583 – Cincinnati 89 67 .571 2 Pittsburgh 89 67 .571 2 Milwaukee 69 86 .445 211/2 Chicago 65 91 .417 26 West Division W L Pct GB x-Los Angeles 90 66 .577 – Arizona 79 76 .510 101/2 San Diego 72 83 .465 171/2 San Francisco 72 84 .462 18 Colorado 71 86 .452 191/2 z-clinched playoff berth x-clinched division Sunday’s Games San Francisco 2, N.Y. Yankees 1 Cincinnati 11, Pittsburgh 3 Miami 4, Washington 2, 1st game N.Y. Mets 4, Philadelphia 3 Atlanta 5, Chicago Cubs 2 Arizona 13, Colorado 9 L.A. Dodgers 1, San Diego 0 Washington 5, Miami 4, 2nd game Milwaukee 6, St. Louis 4 Monday’s Games Milwaukee 5, Atlanta 0 N.Y. Mets at Cincinnati, 7:10 p.m. Philadelphia at Miami, 7:10 p.m. Pittsburgh at Chicago Cubs, late Washington at St. Louis, late Arizona at San Diego, late Today’s Games Milwaukee (Thornburg 3-1) at Atlanta (F. Garcia 1-2), 7:10 p.m. N.Y. Mets (Niese 7-8) at Cincinnati (Leake 14-6), 7:10 p.m. Philadelphia (Miner 0-1) at Miami (H.Alvarez 4-5), 7:10 p.m. Pittsburgh (Cole 9-7) at Chicago Cubs (Rusin 2-5), 8:05 p.m. Washington (G.Gonzalez 11-7) at St. Louis (Wacha 3-1), 8:15 p.m. Boston (Lackey 10-12) at Colorado (Chatwood 7-5), 8:40 p.m. Arizona (Miley 10-10) at San Diego (T.Ross 3-8), 10:10 p.m. L.A. Dodgers (Ryu 13-7) at San Francisco (M.Cain 8-9), 10:15 p.m.

NFL STANDINGS By The Associated Press AMERICAN CONFERENCE East W L T Pct PF New England 3 0 0 1.000 59 Miami 3 0 0 1.000 74 N.Y. Jets 2 1 0 .667 55 Buffalo 1 2 0 .333 65 South W L T Pct PF Houston 2 1 0 .667 70 Indianapolis 2 1 0 .667 68 Tennessee 2 1 0 .667 60 Jacksonville 0 3 0 .000 28 North W L T Pct PF Cincinnati 2 1 0 .667 75 Baltimore 2 1 0 .667 71 Cleveland 1 2 0 .333 47 Pittsburgh 0 3 0 .000 42 West W L T Pct PF Kansas City 3 0 0 1.000 71 Denver 2 0 0 1.000 90 Oakland 1 1 0 .500 36 San Diego 1 2 0 .333 78 NATIONAL CONFERENCE East W L T Pct PF Dallas 2 1 0 .667 83 Philadelphia 1 2 0 .333 79 N.Y. Giants 0 3 0 .000 54 Washington 0 3 0 .000 67 South W L T Pct PF New Orleans 3 0 0 1.000 70 Carolina 1 2 0 .333 68 Atlanta 1 2 0 .333 71 Tampa Bay 0 3 0 .000 34 North W L T Pct PF Chicago 3 0 0 1.000 95 Detroit 2 1 0 .667 82 Green Bay 1 2 0 .333 96 Minnesota 0 3 0 .000 81 West W L T Pct PF Seattle 3 0 0 1.000 86 St. Louis 1 2 0 .333 58 San Francisco 1 2 0 .333 44 Arizona 1 2 0 .333 56 Thursday’s Game Kansas City 26, Philadelphia 16 Sunday’s Games Tennessee 20, San Diego 17 New Orleans 31, Arizona 7 Dallas 31, St. Louis 7 Cleveland 31, Minnesota 27 Baltimore 30, Houston 9 Carolina 38, N.Y. Giants 0 Detroit 27, Washington 20 New England 23, Tampa Bay 3 Cincinnati 34, Green Bay 30 Miami 27, Atlanta 23 Indianapolis 27, San Francisco 7 Seattle 45, Jacksonville 17 N.Y. Jets 27, Buffalo 20 Chicago 40, Pittsburgh 23 Monday’s Game Oakland at Denver, late Thursday San Francisco at St. Louis, 8:25 p.m.

GOLF Tour Championship Par Scores The Associated Press Sunday At East Lake Golf Club Atlanta Purse: $8 million Yardage: 7,307; Par: 70 Final Henrik Stenson (2,500), $1,440,000 64-66-69-68—267 -13 Jordan Spieth (1,250), $708,000 68-67-71-64—270 -10 Steve Stricker (1,250), $708,000 66-71-68-65—270 -10 Webb Simpson (750), $384,000 68-71-69-63—271 -9 Dustin Johnson (550), $320,000 68-68-67-69—272 -8 Champions Tour Pacific Links Hawaii Par Scores The Associated Press Sunday At Kapolei Golf Club Kapolei, Hawaii Purse: $1.8 million Yardage: 7,002; Par 72 Final (x-won on second playoff hole) Mark Wiebe (270), $270,000 64-69-72—205 -11 Corey Pavin (158), $158,400 68-68-69—205 -11

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Broncos lead Raiders 27-7 at halftime BY PAT GRAHAM The Associated Press DENVER — Peyton Manning threw three short touchdown passes to three different targets, Matt Prater kicked two field goals and the Denver Broncos led the Oakland Raiders 27-7 at halftime on Monday night. Manning’s 12 TD passes this season is an NFL record for the opening three games, breaking Tom Brady’s mark of 11 in 2011. Manning has yet to throw an interception this year. With plenty of time to throw, Manning threw TD strikes to Eric Decker, Wes Welker and tight end Julius Thomas. Denver’s defense kept the Raiders in check until a breakdown in the secondary led to a long score by Denarius Moore. The third-year wideout caught a pass over the middle from Terrelle Pryor and then stepped up, causing cornerback

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Denver quarterback Peyton Manning delivers a pass during the Broncos’ game against Oakland on Monday.

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and safety Duke Ihenacho to collide. After that, Moore was gone, racing 73 yards for the TD. The first half was all Manning; he was 21 of 24 for 264 yards at halftime. Manning spread the ball around, too, with six different players catching a pass. Decker and Welker each had six catches. Decker also 113 yards receiving, including a short TD score in the first quarter.

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Loney homers as Rays beat Orioles ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Wil Myers tied it with a two-run single on a jarring play in the seventh inning then pinch-hitter James Loney stunned the Orioles with a leadoff homer in the ninth, and the Tampa Bay Rays completed a four-game sweep that put a serious damper in Baltimore’s wildcard hopes with a 5-4 victory Monday. The Orioles also lost All-Star third baseman Manny Machado to a leg injury in the top of the seventh. Machado’s left leg buckled when he stepped on first base running out an infield single. He was taken off on a stretcher. ATHLETICS CAPTURE AL WEST

OAKLAND, Calif. — Wearing a gold robe and swim goggles,

waukee Brewers beat the Atlanta Braves 5-0 on Monday night. PHILLIES MARLINS

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Tampa Bay Rays’ James Loney, right, gets doused with ice water by teammate Yunel Escobar after hitting a ninth-inning, game-winning home run during the Rays 5-4 victory in St. Petersburg, Fla.

bearded right fielder Josh Reddick ran around the Oakland Athletics clubhouse guzzling beer as bubbly sprayed in every direction. A.J. Griffin grabbed anybody he could to dance with in the middle of the room. Manager Bob Melvin stood

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MILWAUKEE — The St. Louis Cardinals clinched a playoff berth on the same day manager Mike Matheny turned 43. Neither milestone caused much of a stir. The Cardinals were calm and collected after Washington’s 4-2 loss to Miami in the opener of a doubleheader Sunday assured the Cardinals of at least an NL wild-card berth. From wire reports

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WH swim team finishes 4th at Pinewood Invitational MT. PLEASANT — Wilson Hall’s girls swimming team placed fourth out of 11 teams in the SCISA Pinewood Invitational meet on Saturday at Park West Recreation Center. The Lady Barons’ 200-yard freestyle relay team of junior Lindsey Tisdale, freshman Ali Hilferty, eighth-grader Elise Pyon and seventh-grader Olivia Hilferty took first place, setting a school record in the process. The foursome also broke the school record in the 400 freestyle relay and placed fourth. Three Wilson Hall swimmers broke individual school records. Tisdale set a record in the 500 freestyle and Ali Hilferty in the 50 freestyle for the Lady Barons, while Sam Hilferty set a record in the 100 backstroke for the Wilson Hall boys. VOLS QB OUT AT LEAST 4 WEEKS

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee quarterback Nathan Peterman will miss at least four weeks after undergoing surgery on his right hand. Peterman injured his hand Saturday while struggling through his first collegiate start in a 31-17 loss to No. 20 Florida. Peterman went 4 of 11 for 5 yards with two interceptions

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KAPOLEI, Hawaii — Mark Wiebe birdied the 18th hole to force a playoff and beat Corey Pavin on the second extra hole to win the Pacific Links Hawaii Championship on Sunday. CLEMSON OL BATTLE SUSPENDED

CLEMSON — Sophomore offensive lineman Isaiah Battle will miss No. 3 Clemson’s next game against Wake Forest after he was ejected for punching North Carolina State defensive back Jarvis Byrd last Thursday night. Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said Sunday that Battle would sit when the thirdranked Tigers (3-0, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) return home to face the Demon Dea-

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FOREST CITY, N.C. — Clemson sophomore defensive tackle Carlos Watkins was taken to a hospital for observation after he was a passenger in a car wreck that killed another man. The North Carolina Highway Patrol says the 19-year-old Watkins and another man were passengers in a Dodge Durango being driven by a third man. WICHITA ST. GIVES MARSHALL RAISE

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COACHES POLL USA Today Coaches Top 25 Poll The USA Today Top 25 football coaches poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Sept. 21, total points based on 25 points for first place through one point for 25th, and previous ranking: Rec. Pts Pvs 1. Alabama (59) 3-0 1,547 1 2. Oregon (3) 3-0 1,480 2 3. Ohio St. 4-0 1,399 3 4. Clemson 3-0 1,332 4 5. Stanford 3-0 1,312 5 6. LSU 4-0 1,161 7 7. Louisville 4-0 1,140 6 8. Florida St. 3-0 1,121 8 9. Texas A&M 3-1 1,044 9 10. Georgia 2-1 1,020 10 11. Okla. St. 3-0 909 11 12. Oklahoma 3-0 863 12

13. S. Carolina 2-1 14. UCLA 3-0 15. Miami 3-0 16. Northwestern 4-0 17. Michigan 4-0 18. Baylor 3-0 19. Florida 2-1 20. Washington 3-0 21. Mississippi 3-0 22. Notre Dame 3-1 23. Fresno St. 3-0 24. Wisconsin 3-1 25. Texas Tech 4-0

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Others Receiving Votes: Georgia Tech 47; Central Florida 35; Nebraska 34; Arizona 33; Northern Illinois 21; Arizona State 19; Maryland 11; Michigan State 8; Rutgers 5; Texas 4; Virginia Tech 3; Missouri 2; Minnesota 1; Utah 1.

TIGERS from Page B1 threw the players off kilter. After the backups played most of the way against South Carolina State, the Tigers were off for 12 days until facing the Wolfpack and that led to some inconsistencies early on. Plus, Boyd spent too much time trying to place balls in a perfect spot instead of trusting his technique, Morris said. It wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t until Clemsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 59th snap â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a 20yard pass to Bryant on 2nd-and-22 midway through the third quarter â&#x20AC;&#x201D; that Boyd showed poise and confidence that he carried through the rest of the game. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was if he wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t thinking, he was playing,â&#x20AC;? Morris said of the difference. The offense will have to find some rhythm over the next few weeks to stay out front in the ACC. The Tigers face Wake Forest (2-2, 0-1) on Saturday at Death Valley before traveling to Syracuse. Two weeks after that comes No. 8 Florida State in an expected showdown for the ACC Atlantic Division and a spot in the leagueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s title game. Clemson set school records for points and yards gained in each of Morrisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; first two seasons. Much of that was due to receiver DeAndre Hopkins and tailback Andre Ellington, both playing in the NFL. Offensive lineman Brandon Thomas said the attack isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t yet what it had been in recent seasons. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We need to get consistent, I can tell you that,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We sputter here and there, we get big plays here and there. We need to get consistent as a whole.â&#x20AC;? Clemson finished with just 415 yards of offense against North Car-

olina State, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s poorest showing of the young season. Morris is itching to return to the practice field and find the missing flow. He believes this upcoming stretch of six consecutive Saturday games â&#x20AC;&#x201D; plus some hard, hard drilling â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will get the Tigers back on the high-flying, page they figured to be at when the season began. Wake Forest is also searching for offensive consistency after early defeats to Boston College and LouisianaMonroe, but got a big boost last Saturday with a 25-11 victory at Army. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You can beat around the bush all you want, but we needed to win,â&#x20AC;? Demon Deacons coach Jim Grobe said. Morris spoke with Boyd the past few days about settling down and enjoying his final season. Boyd has said he didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t return to learn an offense or pad his stats, but to win football games. Morris thinks thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an awfully big burden for one player to carry around on his shoulders and will do what he can to lessen it as the season goes on. Clemson coach Dabo Swinney acknowledged the inconsistencies on offense, yet is confident big things are ahead. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I believe before the yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s over this will be one of the best offenses this school has seen,â&#x20AC;? Swinney said.

weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll catch up a little bit, but once the whistle blows, that friendship goes out the window. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s got a job to do, and so do I.â&#x20AC;? Said Sands: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be different. But itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to be special because of who Coach Taaffe is and what heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meant to me during my football career.â&#x20AC;? THE CITADEL

Taaffe first heard about Sands in 1988 when Conway High School coach Chuck Jordan told him about a running back on the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s marching band. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think Everette was a tuba player,â&#x20AC;? Taaffe said with a chuckle. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think he quit the band until his senior season.â&#x20AC;? For the record, Sands points out that he was drummer in the band and not a tuba player. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If Coach is going to tell that story, he needs to get the right instrument,â&#x20AC;? Sands said, laughing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hey, I was a good drummer.â&#x20AC;? Sands finished his Citadel career as the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s second-leading rusher with 3,926 yards and 34 touchdowns. He had 1,449

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yards and 12 TDs during his junior season in 1992 when he helped lead the Bulldogs to the Southern Conference title. Along the way, the 6-1, 230pound Sands earned the nick-

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name â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sandmanâ&#x20AC;? for his punishing running style and his penchant for seeking out contact rather than avoiding it. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everette put more than one linebacker to sleep with the way he ran,â&#x20AC;? Taaffe said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He was a great, great football player. He was a leader, too. He didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t say a lot, but if he gave you that stare, trust me, his teammates responded.â&#x20AC;? It was during his years at The Citadel that Sands began to think about becoming a coach. When his playing days were over, Sands was still taking advice from his former coach. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Coach Taaffe was my first real mentor in football,â&#x20AC;? Sands said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I respected him and his opinion.â&#x20AC;? With 16 years in the profession and stints at Elon, Ohio, The Citadel, North Carolina State and now South Carolina, Sands has called Taaffe each time before making a move. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s someone I trust, whose opinion I seek out when Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m making a decision,â&#x20AC;? Sands said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been in the business for 40 years and heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s won everywhere heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been.â&#x20AC;?

Rebels prepping for top-ranked Crimson Tide BY DAVID BRANDT The Associated Press OXFORD, Miss. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Mississippi quarterback Bo Wallace doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t lack confidence these days. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easy to understand why. The 21stranked Rebels are 3-0 for the first time since 1989 and coming off a dominant road victory over Texas. Now comes an even bigger challenge: Squaring off against No. 1 Alabama in Tuscaloosa. But Wallace says the Rebels arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t about to back down, adding that he believes the offense will be able to score on the Tide. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think we can put points on them,â&#x20AC;? Wallace said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think we can put points on anybody. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve just

go to show up and play. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the same thing every week â&#x20AC;&#x201D; letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stay on schedule, control the tempo and donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have any turnovers.â&#x20AC;? The Rebels hope to prove theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a true contender in the Southeastern Conference Western Division, which is home to several powerhouse programs. But none are more powerful than the Tide. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an opportunity to go and stand in front of the measuring stick,â&#x20AC;? Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;To prove that we should be there. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll focus on.â&#x20AC;? The Rebels have looked like a muchimproved program so far this season, winning road games against Vanderbilt

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Mississippi quarterback Bo Wallace (14) hands the ball off to running back Jeff Scott. The 3-0 Rebels will travel to Tuscaloosa, Ala, to take on top-ranked Alabama on Saturday.

and the Longhorns. But facing big, bad Alabama â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a program thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s won two straight national championships â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will represent a different level of competition. The Rebels have lost nine straight to the Tide

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championship, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a bad way to win it,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I know it still gets brought up because it was the last year without the Chase and we won once race. But I was real proud of what we did that year. It was tough to accomplish.â&#x20AC;? Kenseth was paired with owner Jack Roush for more than a decade and won 22 races, a pair of Daytona 500s and the 2003 championship. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s having a career year in his first season at JGR, obliterating his previous season best for wins â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 5 in 2002. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t feel like Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m necessarily a better driver than what I was last year,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Certainly, things are different.â&#x20AC;? Just a little bit. His gamble to change teams has been a success, and Kensethâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s eyes glistened as tears rolled down his cheeks in Victory Lane. He reached for a big white towel to wipe them away. Neither side could have expected this kind of run. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve known Matt for a long time but, in all reality, we wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have guessed seven wins,â&#x20AC;? team President J.D. Gibbs said. Kenseth was anxious heading into New Hampshire because it had long been one of his worst tracks. He might have calmed down had he checked this seasonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s results from some of the other tracks where he traditionally struggled: Four of his seven wins in 2013 are at tracks where he was winless. Kenseth and Busch made it a 1-2 finish for Joe Gibbs Racing and helped the organization win for the fifth time in the last seven races dating to Buschâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s win at Watkins Glen in August.

The Associated Press Sunday At New Hampshire Motor Speedway Loudon, N.H. Lap length: 1.058 miles (Start position in parentheses) 1. (9) Matt Kenseth, Toyota, 300 laps, 141.5 rating, 48 points, $262,066. 2. (12) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 300, 112.7, 42, $210,143. 3. (10) Greg Biffle, Ford, 300, 97.3, 41, $146,585. 4. (11) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 300, 116.7, 41, $160,796. 5. (23) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 300, 94.2, 39, $142,005. 6. (17) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 300, 103, 39, $115,835. 7. (29) Brian Vickers, Toyota, 300, 91.1, 0, $105,235. 8. (25) Jeff Burton, Chevrolet, 300, 91.7, 36, $102,535. 9. (26) Carl Edwards, Ford, 300, 86.1, 35, $127,360. 10. (5) Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, 300, 120.7, 35, $135,060. 11. (20) Brad Keselowski, Ford, 300, 102.1, 34, $140,826. 12. (14) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 300, 93.6, 32, $105,785. 13. (4) Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, 300, 81.8, 31, $115,830. 14. (6) Joey Logano, Ford, 300, 90.5, 31, $115,668. 15. (3) Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 300, 105.7, 30, $131,696. 16. (1) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 300, 82.8, 29, $128,693. 17. (16) Clint Bowyer, Toyota, 300, 76.9, 28, $124,793. 18. (22) Marcos Ambrose, Ford, 300, 69.9, 26, $112,874. 19. (15) Juan Pablo Montoya, Chevrolet, 300, 67.5, 25, $112,574. 20. (8) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 300, 73.9, 24, $130,046.

Kenseth won at Bristol, Busch took Atlanta and Kenseth won the last two. Kenseth joins Greg Biffle (2008) and Tony Stewart (2011) as the only drivers to win the first two Chase races. Stewart went on to win the title. Kenseth moves on in the No. 20 Toyota to Dover, where heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a twotime winner. He led 29 laps there earlier this year before an engine failure ended his day. â&#x20AC;&#x153;For me to win at Loudon, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more than a stretch, more than a dream,â&#x20AC;? Kenseth said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is probably one of my worst places. This just shows you how good this team is.â&#x20AC;? Chase drivers filled six of the top 10 spots. Biffle was third and Johnson fourth. Dale Earnhardt Jr. was sixth and Carl Edwards ninth. Jamie McMurray was the highest non-Chase finisher in fifth place. JGR, with Busch, in the past has dominated the regular season, but

21. (13) Aric Almirola, Ford, 300, 67.7, 23, $121,746. 22. (7) Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 300, 70.4, 22, $114,451. 23. (18) Mark Martin, Chevrolet, 300, 64.4, 21, $127,660. 24. (31) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford, 300, 62, 20, $130,471. 25. (34) Casey Mears, Ford, 300, 57.7, 19, $110,443. 26. (35) David Reutimann, Toyota, 300, 55.8, 18, $99,593. 27. (21) Danica Patrick, Chevrolet, 300, 57.1, 17, $83,110. 28. (30) Travis Kvapil, Toyota, 300, 51.9, 16, $104,968. 29. (19) David Ragan, Ford, 299, 54.6, 15, $102,193. 30. (27) Michael McDowell, Chevrolet, 297, 43.4, 14, $100,832. 31. (38) Dave Blaney, Chevrolet, 297, 41, 13, $79,085. 32. (43) Josh Wise, Ford, 297, 39.4, 0, $78,810. 33. (37) J.J. Yeley, Chevrolet, 296, 44.8, 12, $78,585. 34. (32) Landon Cassill, Chevrolet, 296, 43, 0, $78,385. 35. (36) Joe Nemechek, Toyota, 296, 33.7, 0, $78,185. 36. (42) Timmy Hill, Ford, 293, 27.4, 8, $77,955. 37. (2) Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, 278, 97.6, 8, $103,241. 38. (33) Kevin Swindell, Toyota, 244, 32.1, 0, $72,675. 39. (24) David Gilliland, Ford, accident, 239, 38.6, 5, $68,675. 40. (28) Bobby Labonte, Toyota, accident, 161, 37.2, 4, $72,675. 41. (39) Tony Raines, Chevrolet, brakes, 128, 29, 0, $60,675. 42. (41) Johnny Sauter, Ford, brakes, 103, 31.4, 0, $56,675. 43. (40) Scott Riggs, Ford, brakes, 92, 25.8, 1, $53,175.

dropped off considerably once the Chase began. Now theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve carried their success into the Chase and are a credible 1-2 threat to give Toyota its first Sprint Cup title. Busch is nipping at Kenseth and said the 20 â&#x20AC;&#x153;lucked into oneâ&#x20AC;? last weekend. He blamed a poor restart for losing at New Hampshire. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s good that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re both up there like that,â&#x20AC;? Busch said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re pushing each other hard and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re pushing the competition, too.â&#x20AC;? While NASCAR has been smacked with scandal, Kenseth has quietly gone under the radar doing what he does best: winning races. He has 31 wins in 500 starts. He joined Richard Petty as the only NASCAR driver to win in his 500th career start. It was easy to spot Kensethâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s No. 20 Toyota â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and not just because it was the only car in Victory Lane. JGR slapped an oversized â&#x20AC;&#x153;500th Startâ&#x20AC;? logo on the front of the hood.

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BRAVES from Page B1 high-fived a fan as he made his way to the dugout after a lineup change, and the celebration really picked up when Craig Kimbrel finished for his major league-best 49th save. The Braves poured out of the dugout and bullpen and jumped in a circle near the mound at the 99-year-old ballpark. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What a great feeling,â&#x20AC;? Gonzalez said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It really is a great feeling to realize weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve played 150-some games to get to this point. We knew early on that the Nationals had lost but we still wanted to be able to celebrate and come out with a win. And we did.â&#x20AC;? The Braves sprayed bubbly and doused each other with beer during the clubhouse portion of the party. Cigars were passed around, and the smoke quickly filled the small room. A couple of players took a quick break to check on their fantasy football teams, and then rejoined the celebration. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a young team and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re still learning and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re doing our jobs still,â&#x20AC;? Simmons said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re only going to get better. So weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got to keep everybody healthy and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be fine.â&#x20AC;? Simmons hit a solo drive in the fourth and a two-run shot in the eighth, giving him 17 homers on the year. It was more than enough run

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EMMA MAE MARK Emma Mae Mark departed this earthly life on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013, at Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte, N.C. Born in Sumter County, she was a daughter of Samuel and Katie Pinckney Mark. Raised in Sumter, she attended and was a very active MARK member of Wayman Chapel AME Church. Emma was educated in the public schools of Sumter and was a graduate of Hillcrest High School Class of 1984. In 1988, she received her bachelor of science degree from Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte. As a resident of Charlotte, she was formerly employed at Wells Fargo Bank. Surviving are her parents; three sisters, Delores (Ronald) Harris of Olympia, Wash., Sherleen (Charles) McKoy and Nancy Mark, both of Charlotte; three brothers, Samuel Wayne (Susanna) Mark Jr., John Mark and Joseph Dennis Mark, all of Sumter; a host of aunts, uncle, nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Wayman Chapel AME Church, 160 N. Kings Highway, Sumter, with the Rev. Laddie N. Howard officiating. Interment will follow in Evergreen Me-

morial Park cemetery, North Guignard Drive, Sumter. Please leave a condolence for the family on their website at palmermemorialchapel.com.

MAE F. GAMBLE MANNING â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Mae Ridgeway Fleming Gamble, 92, widow of George Dewitt Gamble, died Monday, Sept. 23, 2013, at Clarendon Memorial Hospital. Born July 14, 1921, in Manning, she was a daughter of the late John Walter Ridgeway and Elizabeth Jane Tobias Ridgeway. She was a GAMBLE member of Manning First Baptist Church. She is survived by her son, Earl Fleming Jr. (Letha); granddaughters, Tammy Jordan, Darle Blakley (Matt), Jami White (Corey) and Jessica Nunnery; a sister, Elizabeth Collins Jeffcoat, all of Manning; three great-grandchildren; and seven greatgreat-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Earl Fleming Sr.; two great-grandsons; four brothers; and a sister. A funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday in the chapel of Stephens Funeral Home with the Rev. Dale Roach officiating. Burial will follow in Manning Cemetery.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at Stephens Funeral Home and other times at the home of her son and daughter-in-law, Earl and Letha Fleming, 2295 Bloomville Road, and the home of Faye Osborne, 119 Lawrence St., Manning. Memorials may be made to Manning First Baptist Church, 49 W. Boyce St., Manning, SC 29102, or to Deep Creek Pentecostal Holiness Church, 3016 S.C. 260, Manning, SC 29102. Stephens Funeral Home & Crematory, 304 N. Church St., Manning, is in charge of arrangements, (803) 435-2179. www.stephensfuneralhome.org

VIVIAN COPELAND LAMAR â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Vivian Frances Baker Copeland, age 89, passed away Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013. Graveside funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Lamar Memorial Cemetery, directed by Belk Funeral Home. The family will greet friends immediately following the service. Born April 10, 1924, in Lee County, she was a daughter of the late Daniel Duncan Baker and Irene Prescott Baker. Mrs. Copeland was married to the late Rev. Samuel L. Copeland Sr. She was a housewife and member of Newman Swamp Baptist Church. Surviving are her son,

Samuel L. Copeland Jr. (Sarah) of Bishopville; her daughter, Janice (Franklin) Alford of Timmonsville; grandson, Frank Alford Jr. (Lennis) of Timmonsville; and a close friend, Sarah Reynolds. Mrs. Copeland was preceded in death by her siblings, Perry Baker, Lucius Baker, Eldridge Baker and Eunice Baker Cassidy. Memorials are suggested to the Leukemia Society, S.C. Chapter, 1248 Lake Murray Blvd., Irmo, SC 29063 or Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Association, 3223 Sunset Drive, Suite 100, West Columbia, SC 29169. An online guestbook is available at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

LILLIE ANN JEFFERSON Lillie Ann â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cookieâ&#x20AC;? Jefferson, 64, died Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center. Born Feb. 13, 1949, in Sumter County, she was a daughter of the late Alex and Lillie Anderson Jefferson. The family will receive friends and relatives at the home of her niece, Betty Myers Williams, 19 Alice Drive. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Williams Funeral Home Inc. of Sumter. SAM W. MOUZON Sr. GREELEYVILLE â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Sam Willie Mouzon Sr., 91, widower of Carrie Lee Hunter Mouzon

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and Ruth Canty Mouzon, died Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013, at Clarendon Memorial Hospital, Manning. He was born May 8, 1922, in Foreston, a son of the late Murray and Rosa Simon Mouzon. The family is receiving friends at his residence, 3464 Murray Road, Pompey Town community, Greeleyville. These services have been entrusted to Samuels Funeral Home LLC of Manning.

ALICE PRESCOTT BISHOPVILLE â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Alice Prescott, formerly of Bishopville, entered eternal rest on Sept. 21, 2013, at Lakewest Nursing Facility in Dallas, Texas. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Wilson Funeral Home, 403 S. Main St., Bishopville. ADREAN SANDERS Adrean Spann Sanders, 36, died Monday, Sept. 23, 2013, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center. Born April 15, 1977, in Sumter County, he was a son of John and Dieanne Sanders Spann. The family will receive friends and relatives at the home, 1475 Florence Highway, Sumter. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Williams Funeral Home Inc. of Sumter.

PATRICIA D. MILLER DALZELL â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Patricia Ann Diggs Miller, 52, died Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center. Born in Arizona, she was a daughter of Frank Diggs and the late Larcy Eulita Diggs. Patricia loved the outdoors. She was an avid gardener and enjoyed hunting and fishing. Survivors include her father of Little Rock, Ark.; her companion, Greg Ray of Dalzell; two children, Rebecca Lee Miller and Jonathan Miller, both of Little Rock; two stepchildren, Robbie Ray and Christina Ray, both of Dalzell; four grandchildren, Ember, Skylar, Isaac and Junior; three sisters, Janice, Brenda and Dorothy, all of Arkansas; two brothers, Bobby and Alan, both of Arkansas; and her â&#x20AC;&#x153;Little Princessâ&#x20AC;? Amethyst. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday in the ElmoreCannon-Stephens Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. Lee Brown officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home following the service and other times at the home. Memorials may be made to Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, 8201 Corporate Drive, Suite 1000, Landover, MD 20785. Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home of Sumter is in charge of arrangements.

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ATLANTA â&#x20AC;&#x201D; At this stage in his career, Henrik Stenson never expects anything to come easily. He already had poured in hours upon hours of work to even get to this stage â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a fourshot lead going into the last day of the Tour Championship, giving him a clear shot at the FedEx Cup and the biggest payoff in golf. He was reminded what was at stake when he saw the two trophies displayed on the first tee at East Lake. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I knew it was a lot of things on the line,â&#x20AC;? he said. He figured his best move was to play his best golf, and he delivered a 2-under 68 on Sunday to claim both

(0-3). The Panthers donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t play a team with a winning record until they host New England on Nov. 18. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You look for something that can be a hallmark game, a game that everyone points to and says â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Wow, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the one that got things rolling,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Rivera said at a press conference Monday. Ron Rivera said now the big challenge is not losing that momentum with the players getting four straight days off beginning Thursday and coming back hungry next week. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have to be realistic because weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve not arrived by any stretch of the imagination,â&#x20AC;? Rivera said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have to approach each week as a

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trophies. With a birdie on the 15th hole that thwarted a late charge by 20-yearold Jordan Spieth, followed by three pars from the sand, Stenson wound up with a threeshot victory over Spieth and Steve Stricker in the Tour Championship. Equally important, if not more, he captured the FedEx Cup and its $10 million bonus.

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PANTHERS 38, GIANTS 0 N.Y. Giants 0 0 0 0â&#x20AC;&#x201D;0 Carolina 7 10 14 7â&#x20AC;&#x201D;38 First Quarter Car_Tolbert 2 run (Gano kick), 2:33. Second Quarter Car_FG Gano 53, 6:44. Car_LaFell 16 pass from Newton (Gano kick), :12. Third Quarter Car_LaFell 20 pass from Newton (Gano kick), 11:35. Car_Newton 3 run (Gano kick), 6:58. Fourth Quarter Car_Ginn Jr. 47 pass from Newton (Gano kick), 13:30. NYG Car First downs 10 27 Total Net Yards 150 402 Rushes-yards 16-60 46-194 Passing 90 208 Punt Returns 1-0 2-12 Kickoff Returns 1-24 0-0 Interceptions Ret. 1-9 2-6

learning situation, a growing situation and keep shooting for the top of the mountain.â&#x20AC;? The win was a big one for Rivera, whose hot seat might have gotten a lot hotter had the Panthers lost. But the attitude around the stadium changed almost overnight following the huge win. And while it can be

Comp-Att-Int 14-27-2 15-27-1 Sacked-Yards Lost 7-45 1-15 Punts 6-40.8 2-48.5 Fumbles-Lost 1-1 1-1 Penalties-Yards 6-45 4-32 Time of Possession 23:13 36:47 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING_N.Y. Giants, Wilson 11-39, Manning 1-14, Scott 1-5, Jacobs 3-2. Carolina, D.Williams 23-120, Newton 7-45, Tolbert 9-18, Ginn Jr. 1-11, Brockel 1-1, A.Smith 3-0, Anderson 2-(minus 1). PASSING_N.Y. Giants, Manning 12-231-119, Painter 2-4-1-16. Carolina, Newton 15-27-1-223. RECEIVING_N.Y. Giants, Myers 3-33, Cruz 3-25, Randle 2-40, Scott 2-17, Murphy 1-8, Hynoski 1-5, Jernigan 1-5, Pascoe 1-2. Carolina, Olsen 4-54, Ginn Jr. 3-71, LaFell 3-53, S.Smith 3-40, Hixon 1-8, D.Williams 1-(minus 3). MISSED FIELD GOALS_N.Y. Giants, J.Brown 38 (WL).

said the victory came against a winless Giants team that appears in disarray offensively, wide receiver Steve Smith said he could care less. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Some people are going to try and discount the win and say, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a win against team that wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t very good,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Smith said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We played a team that was struggling and we did what was necessary, so that was good.â&#x20AC;?

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Heather Brammer, shot in the head by a robber in 2008, said she has forgiven him. While she hopes he will be apprehended, she said she now prefers to focus on family and church.

5 years after shooting, victim, police still hope for resolution

Central Carolina Technical College student Brenna Logan paints the face of Manning resident Christopher Boing, 7, on Saturday during Kid’s Day of Clarendon County. The Manning Primary student wanted a Clemson tiger paw on his right cheek.

BY ROBERT J. BAKER bbaker@theitem.com EDITOR’S NOTE: When Heatherly C. Brammer thinks about the unidentified black male that shot her Aug. 22, 2008, during a robbery at City Cleaners on North Mill Street in Manning, she’s sure that she’s forgiven him. She’s also sure she never wants to see him again. This is Part 2 of her story.

SEE COLD CASE, PAGE C4

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MANNING — Heatherly Casselman Brammer hopes every day that the man who shot her five years ago never has the chance to harm anyone else. But for the unidentified man to be tried in court, she would have to face a man whose face she would rather relegate to her darkest memories. “It’s odd because I definitely want him brought to justice,” she said. “Who wouldn’t? But at the same time, I have absolutely no desire to ever see him again. I believe he will get his judgment one day, whether in this life or the next. I think maybe it’s been a blessing not to have to see him.” Jennifer Casselman, Brammer’s mother and the owner of the store, City Cleaners, where her daughter was shot in the back of the head, said she also doesn’t worry about the man who terrorized her daughter that hot August morning in 2008. Casselman believes the suspect is someone who had either committed such hateful acts before or would again. “That’s the only reason I don’t think he’s been caught in her case,” Casselman said. “He either did this somewhere else, was caught and is now in prison for that, or the only thing else, he’s dead. And if he’s dead, then he’ll get justice for what he did to her when he stands before God.” Manning Police Chief Blair Shaffer is hopeful the suspect will face a circuit court judge in Clarendon County first. It’s a case he and many of his officers think about every day. Many of the ones who worked that case, including Pete Surette, still check in on Brammer and her mother from time to time, Brammer said. “We still have persons of interest in the case, and we’re hopeful that we will be able to catch (the suspect) one day,” he said. “It’s a case that really terrified this community, and (Brammer) has probably come out of the situation as best anyone could.” Shaffer was an officer serving under thenchief Randy Garrett when Brammer was shot

Miss Striped Bass Festival 2013 Sonam Kuber greeted everyone coming through the opening gates of the 6th annual Kid’s Day of Clarendon County held Saturday behind Manning High School.

work schedules, have to make time to spend together. One of us is always working, it seems. I got tickets and prepared for a good time with some of Jimmy’s family. First supper and then on to the show. The singing was great; the Oak Ridge Boys kept the audience an active part of their show. It was like I went back 30 years in time. With songs like “Bobby Sue,” “Kids” and even gospel songs, their music was on key for everyone. I would also like to thank everyone behind the scenes, from the ushers who made sure everyone who needed assistance to

their seats was helped to the people behind the scenes who helped to promote this event. You know who you are, and your hard work and dedication was evident. But mostly I encourage everyone to take part in events in our community. While the “Boys” may not have been your choice, there are other upcoming events at Weldon to enjoy. Help us keep this a vital part of our community. It is a part of our history. When I look at that stage, the first thing that comes to mind is walking across it in 1977 (now SEE COLD CASE, PAGE C5

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On Tuesday, Oct. 1, Clarendon Memorial Hospital will begin a new, expedited service through its emergency department. Clarendon’s Fast Track at Clarendon Clinic, located at its emergency department, is designed to offer faster service with reduced waiting times to less critical emergency and urgent care patients. The Fast Track services will be available from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. This streamlining of patient access will also streamline the hospital’s emergency services for critically ill emergency patients to receive dedicated advanced treatment and life-saving expertise. According to Kathy Miller, RN, MSN, NEABC, Chief Nursing Officer for Clarendon Health System, this will decrease patients’ wait times and ensure better patient care. Clarendon’s Emergency Department will continue to be open and available 24 hours each day seven days a week to meet all of the emergency and urgent care health needs for the community. NCNW OF CLARENDON HOLDS PAGEANT AND TALENT SHOW PHOTO PROVIDED

Members of the Goat Island Boat Club participated in the statewide Beach and River Sweep on Saturday, picking up many bags of trash at Wyboo and Taw Caw. The club wants to remind all boaters to leave the lake better than they found it, members said.

Library encourages family literacy BY CHARLOTTE JOHNSON Special to The Clarendon Sun This week is Family Literacy and Adult Education Week, which is sponsored by the National Coalition for Family Literacy (NCFL). Family literacy is an issue that public libraries across the county are supporting, and Harvin Clarendon County Library is no exception. Family literacy can simply be defined as lifelong learning for the entire family — parents, grandparents, children and even teenagers! The lifelong learning can include formal classroom instruction; one-onone tutoring instruction; informal learning through community workshops; self-guided instruction through online courses; or learning through reading books, magazines, newspapers and blogs. Families can learn and grow both together and alongside each other and pass their knowledge and love of learning on from generation to generation. According to the National Center for Family Literacy, numerous studies show that a parent’s literacy skills are a

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significant indicator of future educational and professional success for the child. The more parents read to, with and around their children, the better those children’s chances are at future success. In fact, the NCFL reports that “children whose parents are involved with them in family literacy activities score 10 points higher on standardized reading tests.”

Also, the stronger a parent’s reading skills, the higher the probability that their children’s reading skills will be strong as well. The Harvin Clarendon County Library continues to support family literacy by offering fiction and non-fiction materials for all ages and interests as well as special programming on a number of topics. This past summer was also our second year offering a summer reading program for the entire family, with 35 percent of our participants being teenagers or adults. Adults were particularly excited to report their reading progress and participate in what has once been a program exclusively for children during the summer months. If you aren’t doing so already, consider making a trip to the library a weekly family outing. It’s a great way to pick up a variety of items and find something for everyone in the family. For questions about library services, please call the Harvin Clarendon County Library at (803) 435-8633. Charlotte Johnson is the executive director for the Harvin Clarendon County Library.

MANNING – The National Council of Negro Women Clarendon Section will present an early evening of entertainment for both young and old at 5 p.m. Saturday, according to Loretta Pollards. That’s when the group will hold its Miss NCNW Clarendon Pageant and Youth Talent Show. The public is invited to attend this event, which will be held at the Cypress Center at Clarendon Memorial Hospital in Manning. For more information, call Pollard at (803) 485-2071 or (803) 485-2056.

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Pilot club announces scholarships BY ROBERT J. BAKER bbaker@theitem.com MANNING — The Clarendon Pilot Club announced four recipients last week of its Dottie McFaddin Memorial Scholarship. Four local students of Clarendon public and private schools KUBER each received $500. The scholarship is given annually in memory of Dottie Eadon McFaddin, said club member Norma Andrews in a release. McFaddin was a founder of the Clarendon Pilot Club and “a dedicated nurse who inspired many to enter the medical field — in-

cluding her son, Dr. Ansel R. McFaddin Jr.,” according to the release. “Therefore the scholarship is awarded to those who have chosen to pursue a professional future in the medical or healthrelated fields,” Andrews said. The scholarship HARRISON is, likewise, suited to the Pilot International Inc.’s main focus, which is brain health and medical research into brain-related illnesses and disorders. Those chosen for the scholarships included: • Sonam Kuber, a 2013 graduate of Clarendon Hall in Summerton who is studying

pre-med at the University of South Carolina; • Julia Taylor, a 2013 graduate of Manning High School who is studying nursing at Florence-Darlington Technical College; • Allison Harrison, a 2013 graduate of Laurence Manning Academy who is studying nursing at Central Carolina Technical College; • Shameka Jackson, a 2013 graduate of East Clarendon High School who is majoring in psychology at the University of South Carolina Beaufort. Kuber, who hopes to become a surgeon when she is finished with medical school in the future, said she was honored to get the scholarship. “I know that it wasn’t something they were

just giving out to anyone,” she said. “I’m glad that my passion for premed was recognized through this scholarship. Ever since I was a little kid, I’ve always been interested in the medical field. I always told myself that whatever I do with my life, I wanted to do something (where) I could help people and better their lives.” “We, the Clarendon Pilot Club and Dr. McFaddin are pleased that we could help these young ladies as they begin their studies,” Andrews said. “We wish them much success in their chosen fields.” Jackson and Taylor did not respond to messages asking for comments or pictures. Reach Robert J. Baker at (803) 774-1211.

MOBILE LIBRARY SCHEDULE The Harvin Clarendon County Mobile Library will make the following stops in September. MANNING Today — 3:45-5:15 p.m., Little Busy Bees Childcare Center, 4075 Alex Harvin Highway; 5:30-6:30 p.m., Scott’s Fast Break, 2228 Oak Grove Church Road. DAVIS STATION Wednesday — 2:30-4:30 p.m., J&E Superette. LAKE MARION Wednesday — 1-2 p.m. Lane’s Shopping Center on S.C. 260.

SUMMERTON Saturday — 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Clarendon School District 1 Community Center, formerly Scott’s Branch Middle School. TURBEVILLE Thursday — 9:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., IGA; 2:30-3:30 p.m., Barrineau Pentecostal Holiness Church; 4-5 p.m. S.C. 527 and Lodebar Church Road. For more information, call (803) 435-8633.

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Bones got his name because when he was taken to the shelter, he weighed only 4.9 pounds, was dehydrated and starved, so all his bones were visible. The shelter staff took care of him until he was well enough to be adopted by a loving family or individual. Now it’s time for him to move on and make room to save another dog. Bones is quiet, friendly and affectionate, neutered and vaccinated, and heartworm low positive. Chiquita was rescued from the home of a hoarder who had 150 other animals! Spayed and with all her shots, she’s doing great now, just like Bones. She and Bones have been spending a lot of time together at the shelter and are hoping to be adopted by the same family or individual. See Chiquita and Bones and many other cats and dogs at A Second Chance Animal Shelter, 5079 Alex Harvin Highway (U.S. 301), which has numerous pets available for adoption. Adoption hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. To drop off an animal, call (803) 473-7075 for an appointment. If you’ve lost a pet, check www.ccanimalcontrol.webs.com. Visit the shelter’s website at www.ASecondChanceAnimalShelter.com.


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Hardy recognized by state Rural Water Authority BY ROBERT J. BAKER bbaker@theitem.com L. Rubin Hardy has served as the director for Manning Public Works for more than two decades. Last week, he was recognized for that dedication as the South Carolina Rural Water Association named him the 2013 Manager of the Year at its annual conference in Myrtle Beach. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rubin Hardyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tireless efforts to ensure the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s provision of quality water/wastewater services, promote the city and improve natural resources in our region are second to none,â&#x20AC;? Manning Mayor Julia Nelson said in a release. Hardy started with the city in 1991, and has overseen and managed the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s water, wastewater, streets and sanitation departments since. Each year, he successfully manages a $3 million operating budget, as well as public assets totaling $16.5 million. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He has also been integrally involved in planning, public relations and interactions with elected officials; federal, state, county and local governmental officials; and regulatory agencies,â&#x20AC;? according to the release. Part of that work included the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s negotiation of various intergovernmental agreements with Clarendon County, the Town of Summerton, the Town of Paxville and the City of Sumter. He has also overseen significant water facility improvements in 22 years, including two new groundwater wells, three new elevated water storage tanks and more than 20 miles of new water mains. During Hardyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tenure, the city purchased the Alcolu Water System, interconnected it with the Manning system, arranged for the provision of wholesale water service to Clarendon County and extended water service to the Town of Paxville. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Under Mr. Hardyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leadership, the city has consistently achieved high performance ratings for the excellent water service it provides to its customers,â&#x20AC;? Nelson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Clean drinking water and improved fire protection have now been made available to thousands of additional Clarendon County (residents) as a result.â&#x20AC;? Hardy has likewise overseen significant wastewater facility improvements during his time with Manning Public Works. The three-phase expansion of the Manning Wastewater Treatment Plan (MWTP), completed in 1994, increased its capacity from one million gallons per day to 2.5 million. The newest expansion, also three-phased, is projected to cost about $20 million and should be complete in 2015. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Under Mr. Hardyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s operational leadership, the Manning WWTP has consistently met its effluent lim-

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COLD CASE from Page C4 early that August morning in 2008. Garrett won election that year for Clarendon County sheriff, and Shaffer took his boss’ former position in 2009. The City Cleaners case was one of the first he wanted to settle. “At the beginning we just had so many leads come in, especially after we got out the sketch,” Shaffer said. “Once the sketch was out, we just had lead after lead from citizens who were sure they had seen him or they knew him or they knew someone that knew him.” Brammer said she was grateful that the police only consulted her when they were sure they had a good lead. “They were great about not

coming to me for everything,” she said. “Because any time they had even a good lead, we would have to go over the whole story again. Had they done that every time it would’ve been exhausting.” Brammer said the Manning police came to her just a few months ago, not long before the fifth anniversary of the shooting. “They came to me at that time with what they thought was a good lead,” she said. “As far as I know they’re still working on it.” But the work is slow going, not that the police can help it. One thing that makes Casselman believe the suspect is a “career criminal” is just how good he was at leaving little to no evidence in her store. He made a point, Brammer says, to touch little in the store — he indeed left her cell phone, her

purse and a laptop behind untouched — and took the few items he did. One of those items was the binder of tuxedo photos he’d looked through about 45 minutes before he robbed the store. The binder was something Brammer’s mind clung to early in the investigation. Her family didn’t tell her it was gone until she was long into her recovery. “He was just really good at not touching anything,” she said. “I think (the police) are doing the best job they can do with what they’ve got. And they’ve been great with still checking on the store and me. They make sure, even to this day, they look out for me and my family. That’s impressive to me.” Instead of any active investigation, Brammer concentrates on her God, her family and her church family.

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“And I focus on my little boy and my wonderful husband,” she said. Her husband, Alex, has been key to her forgiveness, Brammer said. “My husband is a pretty amazing soul, just his heart,” she said. “He has a very big heart and cares a lot about people. At first, he was sad and angry like the rest of us, but he knew for my sake that if he held on to that, it was going to be hard for me to let it go, too.” “When I tend to want to freak out or want to worry, he’s that voice that says, ‘Let’s sit back and think about this,’” she said. “I think like me, he’s forgiven the gunman, and we’re moving on with our life together. He doesn’t want to have to deal with or see him again for my sake. He’s amazing that way.” Reach Robert J. Baker at (803) 774-1211.

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An unidentified black male like the one seen here in this sketch recreated from Heatherly C. Brammer’s recollection of the man that shot her on Aug. 22, 2008 in Manning, has never been brought to justice for the offense. Brammer and her family, however, believe he will face justice in the afterlife if he never appears in court in this one.

COMMUNITY CALENDAR FLAG PROJECT

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

The Wateree Community Actions Inc. Board of Directors will hold its regular meeting 6 p.m. today at 13 S. Main St. in Manning.

ning’s Central Carolina Technical College campus. The symposium celebrates Gen. Francis “Swamp Fox” Marion’s major role in the American Revolution. Cost is $95 per person and $175 per couple for registration by Oct. 1. For more information, call George and Carole Summers at (803) 478-2645, or email gcsummers@ftc-i.net. MOMM

The Midlands Organic Mobile Market is set up 2 p.m. every Wednesday behind the Clarendon Memorial Hospital cafeteria to offer fresh, locally grown organic produce for sale. For more information, call The Zone at (803) 435-5200.

Health System Cardiac Rehab. For more information, call (803) 435-5203. CHILDBIRTH EDUCATION

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

Santee National Wildlife Refuge will offer hunter education classes on Oct. 5 at its facility in ALZHEIMER’S WALK Summerton. Hunters born after The Clarendon County Pilot June 30, 1979, must have the PACK A BUS FOR THE HUNGRY Club will hold its annual Clarclass to hunt at the refuge. For United Ministries of Claren- more information, call (803) endon Walk for Brain Health from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at don County is collecting non478-2217, or register at www. the Clarendon County Council perishable food for hungry area dnr.sc.gov/education/hunted. families. Suggested items inon Aging. For more informahtml. tion, call Margaret Robertson at clude rice, beans, grits, peanut USCG AUXILIARY MEETINGS The Lake Marion Coast butter, canned meats and vege(803) 435-8289. AMERICAN LEGION DINNER Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 12-1 tables, sugar, flour and paper The Williams-Burgess Amer- goods. The bus will be parked holds its monthly meeting at 7 ican Legion Post No. 68 in through Saturday at The Zone, p.m. the third Wednesday of Manning will hold a barbecue each month in the fire depart50 Hospital St., Suite 5, Manchicken dinner fundraiser from ning. For more information, ment training room at the 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 5, eat-in Emergency Services Complex, call (803) 435-5200. CYPRESS AFTER 5 or take-out, at the hut on Alex 219 Commerce St. in Manning. The deadline to purchase Harvin Highway in Manning. The public is invited to attend the four concerts in the annual all meetings, which are moved Dinners will be $7 each, and Cypress After 5 concert series will include a half-chicken, periodically to the second green beans, coleslaw and des- for $100 is Oct. 1. After the Wednesday of the month due deadline, the concerts will be sert. Tickets will be sold to fire department training. through Wednesday. For more $140. For more information, Time changes are noted in adcall (803) 435-8463, ext. 3941. information, call Mike Moody vance. For more information, COLA CHILDREN’S THEATRE at (803) 316-8003. call Flotilla Commander Joe RALLY FOR THE CURE The Columbia Children’s Livingston at (803) 707-4016. Shannon Greens Golf HIT THE PAVEMENT WALK Theatre will present the MusiJordan Crossroads Ministry Course in Manning will hold a cal Adventures of Flat Stanley at Captain’s Choice golf tourna7 p.m. Oct. 1 at Weldon Audito- Center will hold its 2nd annual JCMC-Haven of Rest Hit the ment on Oct. 12, with a 10 a.m. rium. For more information, Pavement 2-mile Walk to comshotgun start. The cost is $40 call (803) 433-7469. HEART PATIENT SUPPORT bat the problem of domestic viper player. For more informaMended Hearts, a cardiac olence at 9 a.m. Oct. 5. The tion, call Renny Buddin at patient support group, meets at walk will begin at the Claren(8030 460-7155. SWAMP FOX SYMPOSIUM 5 p.m. the third Thursday of don County Gazebo at Mill and The 11th annual Francis each month at The Cypress Keitt streets. Advance registraMarion Swamp Fox SympoCenter, 50 E. Hospital St. in tion may be done through the sium will be held Oct. 18-19 at Manning. The meetings are group’s Facebook page. Prethe F.E. DuBose Center at Man- sponsored by Clarendon registration is $20, and registra-

tion the day of the walk is $25. For more information, call (803) 460-6720 or Ann Driggers at (803) 309-8085. GIANT GARAGE SALE

The Clarendon County Recreation Department will hold its Giant Garage Sale from 8 a.m. to noon Oct. 5 at J.C. Britton Park on Raccoon Road in Manning. For more information, call Bridget Epperson at (803) 473-3543. BOOT CAMP FOR KIDS

Kevin Levy will present a Kids’ Fitness Boot Camp from 4:45-5:45 p.m. every Monday from Oct. 7 through Nov. 25 at the Clarendon Community Center behind Weldon Auditorium in Manning. The cost is $50. For more information, call (803) 433-0103 or (803) 4732543. SCREEN ON THE GREEN

The Town of Turbeville will present “Wreck-it Ralph” at dusk Oct. 12 as part of its monthly Screen on the Green at Turbeville Town Square. Bring your chairs and blankets. For more information, call Faye Atkinson at (843) 659-2781.

more information, call Bea Rivers at (803) 485-8164. PRESCRIPTION TAKE BACK

The 2013 Prescription Take Back Campaign will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 19 at Clarendon Behavioral Health Services in Manning. For more information, call Caroline Grant at (803) 435-2121. NUTRITION CLASS

Caroline Thompson, a registered dietician with Clarendon Memorial Hospital, will provide a free nutrition class from 5-7 p.m. Oct. 21 inside the hospital’s cafeteria classroom. No registration is necessary. For more information, call (803) 435-3176. STORYTIME

The Harvin Clarendon County Library will host free story time for 2 to 5 year olds at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 23. TRICK OR TREAT

Trick or Treat on Main Street will be held 4-6 p.m. Oct. 31. For more information, call (803) 435-8477. CLARENDON COUNTY APP

Android phone users may now download a Clarendon MISS CLARENDON County Tour App courtesy of The Clarendon County JuGeorge and Carole Summers of nior Ambassadors will hold the the Swamp Fox Murals Trail 2nd annual Miss Clarendon Society and David Brinkman, a USA Pageant at 6 p.m. Oct. 12 at computer software engineer Weldon Auditorium in Manfrom Columbia. The fully GPSning. For more information, enabled, multilingual applicacall the Clarendon County tion shows many of Clarendon Chamber of Commerce at (803) County’s most historic locales, 435-4405. including audible descriptions TAX PREPARATION of many historical cemeteries. Main Street Manning will The Swamp Fox Trails are also hold a small business roundta- included on the app, which is ble, with a topic of tax prepara- free for anyone to download on tion, at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 15 at the an Android-associated phone. Althea Gibson Community Re- For more information, visit source Center. For more inforwww.clarendonmurals.com. ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME mation, call (803) 435-8477. LITERACY NIGHT Nominations for the 2014 inThe Summerton Rotary will ductees to the Clarendon hold its annual Literacy Night County Athletic Hall of Fame at 6 p.m. Oct. 17 at Summerton will be taken at Weldon AuditoEarly Childhood Center. For rium through Nov. 1.


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MATHIS from Page C1 Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m telling my age) and receiving my high school diploma. Main Street Manningâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual event is tonight. Come and stroll down

Main Street and meet your hometown merchants. They are a huge part of economy and success. Start at CJâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Creations, Global Clinical

Trials, Substation II, Lindaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, The Chamber, The Shoppe on Brooks, and continue on to Brunsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pharmacy, Southeastern Technology Internet Cafe and The Giggling Gator, you will meet lots of new people, enjoy a few re-

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freshments and have a great time. And these are only a few of the merchants participating. There are several more. I hope to see you there ! The Pilot Club is sponsoring Walk for Brain Health on Satur-

day. Registration is at 8 a.m.. Call Margaret Robertson at (803) 435-8289 if you would like to participate. Oh, last but not least, it is now fall. I love this time of year. Fall Festivals will be

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held in October for everyone all over the county. Children can come and paint pumpkins, see a movie and enjoy good safe outings. Be good to yourself and to each other. Until next time â&#x20AC;Ś .

POLICE BLOTTER CHARGES:

Hiralkumar P. Patel, 25, of 4244 Broad St. in Sumter, was arrested about 1:07 a.m. Aug. 7 at a convenience store in Manning and charged with armed robbery and possession of a weapon during a violent crime. According to a report from the Clarendon County Sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Department released Sept. 12, a 17-year-old boy told deputies that Patel pulled a gun on him and stole his vehicle about 9 p.m. Aug. 6 at the park. The boy told deputies that he and Patel had a brief argument about an amount of marijuana, which the boy threw on the ground when Patel allegedly threatened him. According to the Clarendon County Public Index, Patel paid a $20,000 surety bond on Aug. 8 to get out of the Clarendon County Detention Center. Donald Walters, 42, of 102 Bradham Ave., Manning, was arrested at 6:19 a.m. Sept. 8 and charged with public drunkenness. According to reports, a patrolman was conducting a property check when he found a man lying down on a boat between a truck and gas station in the 100 block of East Boyce Street in Manning. The officer then reportedly woke Walters up and asked that he stand. As Walters attempted to stand up, the officer noticed he could barely remain standing without holding onto something for support. Waltersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; speech was also quite slurred, according to the officer, but he was cooperative. Once Walters was taken to jail, he was charged with public disorderly conduct. Ronald Anderson Arnold, 35, and Crechele White, 21, both of 2926 Bradham Road in Manning, were arrested at 11:27 p.m. on Sept. 14 and charged with simple assault, vandalism of property and disorderly conduct. According to reports, officers responded to a 911 phone call

about a fight going on in the 100 block of Calhoun Street. When officers arrived, a 42-year-old man was being loud and angry, reportedly because the windows in his car had been shattered. The man said he had come to town to give his daughter, White, and her boyfriend, Arnold, a ride. An argument then broke out, and the older man reportedly attempted to kick Arnold, 35, out of the car. Arnold then allegedly attacked him, and a fight between the two broke out. The victim states he was hit on the left side of his face, and his elbows and hands were bruised during the exchange. Arnold then allegedly removed a metal pole from the ground and struck the rear window of the car, shattering it completely and causing $200 in damage. Arnold then broke the passenger side rear window and then the windshield, causing an additional $450 in damage. Two witnesses verified the victimâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s story, saying theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d seen it themselves. White and Arnold then fled on foot. A call about a disturbance on a nearby street led the officer and the victim to convene with White and Arnold. Arnold allegedly stated he had called the victim for a ride to acquire some marijuana. The subject then said the older man got angry when their source didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have any more weed and pulled Arnold from his car, attacking him. Arnold said he began to fight back. Officers did note Arnold had swelling beneath his left eye. He then said he broke out the windows after the fight was over because he was angry. After hearing Arnold admit to breaking the windows, officers placed him under arrest. When Arnold realized the victim wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t being arrested, as well, he and White became very angry and started shouting. Reportedly,White then

began screaming at officers as she approached them in an agitated state. She and Arnold were transported to Clarendon County Detention Center. AGGRAVATED ASSAULT:

According to reports, officers responded to a social club in the 400 block of Holden Street about 3:30 a.m. on Sept. 13 in reference to a man being nearly run over by a car. When officers arrived, a male victim stated he pushed a woman out of the way of a vehicle being driven by another female. The man said the driver â&#x20AC;&#x153;punched the gasâ&#x20AC;? of her 2001 Honda Accord in an attempt to run over the female victim because of a previous quarrel. He then reportedly pushed the woman out of the way as the car struck his right leg, causing him to fall. According to the male victim, the driver then lost control of the vehicle and ran into a wooded area off Holden Street, striking a fence. The driver then allegedly fled the scene. The two victims were transported to Clarendon Memorial Hospital by EMS. HIT AND RUN:

A 50-year-old female victim told law enforcement she was hit by a black car driven by two men while she was crossing the driveway of a hotel in the 5900 block of Alex Harvin Highway in Summerton about 9 p.m. Sept. 18. The victim reportedly suffered a broken arm in the incident. CRIMINAL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE:

According to reports, a 26-year-old female victim reported to police officers that on Sept. 12 her childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s father entered her apartment complex without her permission. That night, she heard a light knock on her door, and when she went to see who it was, the 29-yearold subject then allegedly forced his way into the apartment, grabbed the victim by the arm and threw her down the staircase.

Once she was on the floor of the staircase, the subject then allegedly stomped all over her body. The subject allegedly then tried to drag the woman back up the stairs, but the victim said she broke free, ran up the stairs and back into her apartment. When she picked up her baby, the man reportedly punched her in the back of the head, causing her to fall. The subject then began to choke her and punch her about the face. At that time, a cell phone began to ring, distracting her assailant. She then broke free and ran out of the apartment. The subject then grabbed her by her hair and attempted to drag her back into the apartment. She then reportedly kicked and screamed until she got free and ran to the highway. Her assailant then fled in his vehicle.

block of Benton Road in Summerton between 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. Sept. 8. The items are valued at $2,000. A red and white Honda ATV valued at $1,500 was reportedly stolen from a home in the 1200 block of Caine Lane in Manning between 2:36 and 3:04 p.m. on Sept. 9. RECOVERED PROPERTY:

A 1992 Ford Ranger reportedly stolen from Sumter County was recovered when officers investigated reports of a suspicious vehicle in the Alcolu section of U.S. 521 on Sept. 7. The vehicle was valued at $1,500. VANDALISM:

A 2001 Kia Sportage parked in the 900 block of Branchview Drive in Manning reportedly sustained $1,000 in damage when an unknown subject scratched the hood and sides of the vehicle between 10 p.m. Sept. 8 and 7:35 a.m. Sept. 9. A white Honda Civic parked in the 300 block of Major Drive in Manning reportedly sustained $1,500 in damage when the victimâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ex-boyfriend allegedly sprayed black paint onto the vehicle between 3 and 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 10. A burgundy 2006 Chevrolet Impala reportedly sustained $1,500 in damage when an unknown subject scratched the vehicle between 8:12 and 8:32 a.m. on Sept. 13.

STOLEN PROPERTY:

A 1981 beige Chevrolet Caprice Classic was reportedly stolen from a home in the 100 block of Richburg Street between 10 p.m. Sept. 6 and 7 a.m. Sept. 7. The car is valued at $2,500. A gold 1999 Chrysler LHS, valued at $2,500, was reportedly stolen from a business in the 100 block of Holden Street in Manning between 10 p.m. Sept. 14 and 4 a.m. Sept. 15. A Troy-Bilt pullstart lawnmower and a Troy-Bilt pressure washer, valued at $1,000, were reportedly stolen from a home in the 2000 block of W.R. Simpson Road in Manning between 1 and 5 a.m. Sept. 4. A 50-inch Toshiba TV and a 37-inch Vizio TV were reportedly stolen from a home in the 7100 block of Salem Road in New Zion between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Sept. 5. The items were valued at $3,500. Pre-fabricated cabinets, counter tops and sink cabinets were reportedly stolen from a home in the 1400

FIRE CALLS

The Clarendon County Fire Department responded to 22 calls between Sept. 4 and 10, including four vehicle fires, four woods/grass/ debris fires; five motor vehicle wrecks; four medical calls; four false alarms; and one other call. The Clarendon County Fire Department responded to 10 calls from Sept. 11 and 17, including two vehicle fires, three woods/grass/debris fires; one motor vehicle wreck; one medical call; one false alarm; and two other calls.

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