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2 teens charged with sex crime Sumter Police Chief Russell Roark speaks Wednesday about the arrests of two teens charged with criminal sexual conduct. BRADEN BUNCH / THE ITEM

BY BRADEN BUNCH Sumter police have arrested two Sumter High School football players on criminal sexual conduct charges after a three-month investigation into an alleged incident last school year in a boy’s locker room. Deonte Lowery and Tiquan Colclough, both juniors at Sumter High, have been charged with

criminal sexual conduct with a minor, second degree, as well as conspiracy charges after an investigation into an incident that allegedly occurred in February. Police said they first learned of the alleged assault in May, when a 14-year-old boy told them two young men had held him down in the locker room while a third sexually assaulted SEE CHARGES, PAGE A6

Opera House getting new windows Graham BY BRADEN BUNCH Replacing the windows at the Sumter Opera House will continue to keep downtown Main Street closed to daytime traffic for about two more weeks, city officials said. Construction crews will block the road between Liberty and Hampton streets as they continue to install 35 new windows into the 120-year-old downtown landmark, said Ray Goodman, director of public services for the city. The specially manufactured windows fabricated to fit the unique dimensions of the 19thcentury concert hall are part of a $450,000 renovation project the Opera House has been undergoing since May. Since the beginning of the project, improvements have also included repairs to the roof as well as structural repairs to the building’s fourthfloor council chamber. In addition to the road being closed during the exterior renovations, the east sidewalk of Main Street will also be closed to through traffic, as are the main doors to the Opera House itself. Access to the Opera House can be made through the City Centre next door. Replacing the Opera House fixtures could be quicker than currently planned, but Goodman said contractors projected the longer timePHOTOS BY BRADEN BUNCH / THE ITEM frame to account for Work crews recently install new windows into the fourth floor of the Sumter Opera House. Replacing the 35 windows in the Opera House will take about another two weeks, blocking Main Street from Liberty Street to SEE WINDOWS, PAGE A8 Hampton Street to daytime through traffic.

stresses military readiness BY BRISTOW MARCHANT Lindsey Graham wants America’s military to respond forcefully to the use of chemical weapons in Syria, but he worries the effects of sequestration have reduced the country’s readiness to respond quickly to deGRAHAM veloping situations around the globe. “Sequestration will give us the smallest Air Force ever, the smallest Army since 1940 and the smallest Navy since 1915,” Graham said. South INSIDE Carolina’s Obama’s senior U.S. request for senator congressional spoke backing of Wednesday a military strike in Syria after an appearance be- advances / A3 fore the military affairs committee of the Greater Sumter Chamber of Commerce. He stressed the need to maintain military readiness in an age when Graham admits many Americans are weary after a decade of war. The consequences of a decline in American power around the world could be chaos. “A weak America invites war,” he said. “Sequestration doesn’t just affect the SEE GRAHAM, PAGE A6

City council approves utility rate hike BY BRISTOW MARCHANT Utility rates for Sumter water and sewer customers will rise incrementally after city council gave final reading approval to the plan Tuesday. 20 N. Magnolia St. Sumter, SC 29150 (USPS 525-900)

Rates are set to rise gradually over a four-year period, beginning Oct. 1. However, officials stressed that most customers won’t see a great change at the end of the process. “Ninety-five percent of the city’s customers will not see much of an

impact in the amount that they are billed,” said Mayor Joe McElveen. The increase affects rates for both water and sewer customers, both of which break down into separate rates. Both have a minimum monthly charge based on the size of the meter



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Rejected basketball court addition not approved publicly BY ROBERT J. BAKER PINEWOOD — Pinewood Town Council approved plans for a $400,000 community center for the small town last October, with architectural renderings that showed office space, a multi-purpose room, a porch area and a large parking area. New council members elected in November and Mayor Al Pridgen asked Sumter County Administrator Gary Mixon and the Sumter County Planning Commission in July to change the previously approved plans by replacing a large parking area with a basketball court. The planned community center, one of four planned for Sumter County and paid for on the back of the Penny for Progress sales tax passed by voters in 2008, will be built where basketball courts now sit near the town’s fire station. The basketball court addition to the center has since been thwarted by planning officials. However, some still question how the request for a basketball court got as far as it did. Councilwoman Frances Lester said recently that she was concerned about the new plans, because council members did not approve them in any open or public meeting as they did the original plans last year.

“If they did have one, they didn’t include me in it,” she said. Pinewood Town Council announces all its regular monthly meetings, and others called, through advertisements in The Item. The town’s only public meetings since several called meetings in June to settle its 2013-14 fiscal year budget were regular monthly meetings held in July and August. Pridgen sent an email to Mixon on July 19 through Pinewood interim Clerk to Council Felicia Benbow Lester, saying “the Town of Pinewood approves the Community Center drawings with the correction that they be a ‘full basketball court’ added to the north side of the Community Center, with other adjustments made to accommodate this final redesign of (the outside) surrounding area, i.e., playground.” Contact information in the email is given for Pridgen and Councilmen Jack Spann and Leonard Houser. Neither Lester nor Councilwoman Sarah Mathis are listed as contacts on the email. Lester said she discovered the plans had been altered when she called Sumter County Administrator Gary Mixon on July 22 to find out when bids would be taken on the center. Mixon did not return messages left Friday and Tuesday. He said dur-

ing a previous phone conversation that he was unaware when Pridgen sent the email that council had not voted on the new plans. “I just thought out of the blue to check on when bids were going to happen and when it would start getting built,” Lester said. “I was told Gary was working with council on it, but I hadn’t heard from him or anyone else from the county.” Pridgen said Tuesday that he wasn’t sure whether council needed to vote on the new plans. “But it wouldn’t matter now because the new plan was turned down,” Pridgen said. New council members’ hopes to have a basketball court added were rejected by the local zoning Director Benny McIntosh, according to Pridgen. “I believe it was because there was not enough parking in the new plans,” Pridgen said. “I’m supposed to get a call back to find out more. And, we’ll have to go back to the drawing board.” Lester said were a vote to be taken in an open meeting, she would be against adding the basketball courts. “I just don’t consider basketball courts part of a community center,” she said. Reach Robert J. Baker at (803) 774-1211.

Haley to start mileage reimbursement COLUMBIA (AP) — Gov. Nikki Haley should have been reimbursing taxpayers for mileage in state vehicles to her fundraising events ever since she took office, the director of South Carolina’s ethics agency said on Wednesday. But any required reimbursement has been put on hold as the governor’s attorney seeks another opinion. Haley’s campaign began logging mileage to her fundraising events Sept. 26 when she publicly declared her reelection bid, campaign spokesman Rob Godfrey said. He added that the campaign will

begin making those payments as part of quarterly reimbursements. The Republican governor has previously reimbursed only for additional costs her security detail incurred for fundraisers during outof-state trips, such as agents’ additional hotel nights and meals. Godfrey said the campaign’s decision on the timing followed “decades-old precedent” that a governor’s formal announcement triggers mileage reimbursement, based on discussions with officials at the State Law Enforcement Division, which provides the governor’s security as per state law.


Drucilla Dees, back, a student teacher in Alisa Black’s class at Wilder Elementary School, helps fifth-grader Jada Lawson with her project. Students and faculty recently spent time getting to know each other better. The students shared information from their favorite food to their favorite activity in their classes with “all about me” T-shirts, posters and boxes while teachers shared information such as where they were born and where they graduated from through the school’s “Soaring Thunderbirds Newsletter.”



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4 teens hurt in single-car wreck

Whooping cough cases rise in Upstate

Four teenagers were injured Wednesday when the SUV they were traveling in overturned on a dirt road near the Clarendon County line. The driver and one passenger, both described as juveniles by S.C. Highway Patrol, were airlifted by helicopter after their Ford SUV reportedly left the roadway and overturned on an unpaved section of Old Stone Road off U.S. 15 about 3:30 p.m. The victims were flown to Palmetto Health Richland for treatment. Two other passengers, also juveniles, were transported from the scene by ambulance and taken to Tuomey Regional Medical Center. Details of the wreck and the teens’ injuries were unavailable Wednesday afternoon, and the incident remains under investigation by Highway Patrol. The ages of the patients were also not released.

ANDERSON — State health officials said the number of cases of whooping cough is increasing in the Upstate. The Department of Health and Environmental Control said Tuesday the number of cases in Anderson County is higher than usual. A case has been confirmed at Clemson Elementary School in Pickens County.

Body found on campus of Benedict College COLUMBIA — Officials are investigating the discovery of a body on the campus of Benedict College in Columbia. A statement from the school Tuesday night said the body was that of a female student at the school but did not identify her. Richland County Coroner Gary Watts said the cause of death appears to be natural. Watts said the initial investigation found no sign of foul play.

‘Performance Today’ features Warshauer shofar concerto FROM STAFF REPORTS Meira Warshauer’s “Tekeeyah (a call) — Concerto for Shofar, Trombone and Orchestra,” will be broadcast live on American Public Media’s “Performance Today” at 9 a.m. Friday on public radio stations across the United States, inWARSHAUER cluding WRLKFM 91.3. The broadcast features Neal Gittleman and the Dayton Philharmonic, with shofar/ trombone soloist Haim Avitsur. “Tekeeyah” will also be available online for one week

after the initial broadcast at “Tekeeyah (a call)” is the first concerto ever written for shofar/trombone soloist and orchestra and was commissioned by a consortium of orchestras that includes the Dayton Philharmonic, the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra, Brevard Philharmonic, University of South Carolina Symphony Orchestra and Western Piedmont Symphony (Hickory, N.C.), and with support from Lilly Stern and Bruce Filler, and Linda and Bill Stern in loving memory of their parents, Jadzia and Ben Stern. The Navona label has re-

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“Takeeyah,” Warshauer wrote: “Tekeeyah is the Hebrew word for sounding a long tone on the shofar (horn of a ram or other kosher animal). ... In the Jewish tradition, the shofar ... is sounded to wake up the soul. The raw animal sound reaches inside, rousing us from our slumber of complacency and breaking walls of separation. In this concerto, the shofar calls to all of humanity. ... “On Rosh Hashannah (Jewish New Year, which began at sundown Wednesday), the shofar is sounded in three distinct patterns: tekeeyah, a long tone; shevarim, three shorter tones; and teruah, at least nine

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Obama wins Senate panel’s backing on Syria strike WASHINGTON (AP) — President Obama’s request for speedy congressional backing of a military strike in Syria advanced Wednesday toward a showdown Senate vote, hours after the commander in chief left open the possibility he would order retaliation for a deadly chemical weapons attack even if Congress withheld its approval. A resolution backing the use of force against President Bashar Assad’s government cleared the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on a 10-7 vote after it was stiffened at the last minute to include a pledge of support for “decisive changes to the present military balance of power� in Syria’s civil war. It also would rule out U.S. combat operations on the ground. The measure is expected to reach the Senate floor next week, although the timing for a vote is uncertain. Sen. Rand Paul, a Kentucky conservative with strong tea party ties, has threatened a filibuster. The House also is reviewing Obama’s request, but its timetable is even less certain. The administration blames Assad for a chemical weapons attack that took place on Aug. 21 and says more than 1,400 ci-




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Protestors holding up their red painted hands sit behind Secretary of State John Kerry as he testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington on Wednesday before the House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing to advance President Obama’s request for congressional authorization for military intervention in Syria, a response to last month’s alleged sarin gas attack in the Syrian civil war.

vilians died, including at least 400 children. Other casualty estimates are lower, and the Syrian government denies responsibility, contending rebels fighting to topple the government were to blame. The Senate panel’s vote marked the first formal response in Congress, four days after Obama unexpectedly put off an anticipated cruise missile strike against Syria last weekend and instead asked lawmakers to unite behind such a plan. The president was in Sweden after a day of diplomacy when the vote occurred. At a news conference earlier, he said, “I always preserve the right and responsibility to act

on behalf of America’s national security.� In a challenge to lawmakers back home, he said Congress’ credibility was on the line, not his own, despite saying a year ago that the use of chemical weapons would cross a “red line.� Secretary of State John Kerry said he thinks Obama will address the nation on Syria in the next few days. Obama’s request also received its first hearing in the House during the day, and Kerry responded heatedly when Rep. Jeff Duncan, R-S.C., said that Kerry, Obama and Vice President Joseph Biden all had advocated for caution in past conflicts.

scholastic sports. The challenge of transporting students to these activities — as well as classes — often is cited as a reason high school days begin at dawn and end mid-afternoon. “So often, we design school systems that work for adults and not for kids,� Duncan said. Research backs up Duncan’s worries about student sleep patterns and academic achievement. “Children who sleep poorly are doing more poorly on academic performance,� said Joseph Buckhalt, a distinguished professor at Auburn University’s College of Education. He has been tracking sleeping patterns of 250 children as well as their IQ tests, performance on standardized tests, their grades and behavior. His findings suggest sleep is just as important to student achievement as diet and exercise. “All the data that we’ve seen on sleep shows that children, especially teenagers, are sleeping less,� he said. “If you don’t sleep well, you don’t think very well.� Part of the lack of sleep is biological as

teenagers go through puberty, he said. But after-school programs such as sports or clubs, as well as increased pressure for students to perform well academically, keep them up later than is prudent. Add in caffeine, nonstop social interactions through text messages and Facebook and sometimes less-thanideal home environments, and students have steep challenges. For students from less-affluent families, the effects can be compounded, Buckhalt found. “Fifty years ago we learned that hungry kids don’t do well in school. Now we know that sleepy children don’t do well in school,� Buckhalt said. “Now we have to do something about it.� That doesn’t mean schools are rushing to delay the first period for high-school students. “If any issue cries for local decision making, this is one,� said Patte Barth, director for the Center for Public Education at the National School Boards Association. The professional organization has not taken a position on the ideal

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Sanford opposes military intervention BEAUFORT (AP) — South Carolina Congressman Mark Sanford said he will vote against military intervention in Syria. The Republican lawmaker said his constituents are weary of military and financial engagements in the Middle East. And Sanford said the Obama administration has not answered questions about why it’s in America’s interest and what the exit strategy would be. Members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee late Tuesday drafted a resolution permitting a 90day military mission in Syria but prohibiting U.S. troops on the ground there.

Education chief: Maybe start school later in day WASHINGTON (AP) — A later start to the school day could help teenagers get the most from their classroom time, and local districts should consider delaying the first bell, Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Wednesday. School districts would still be free to DUNCAN set their own start times, Duncan insisted in a broadcast interview, but he pointed to research that backs up his comments that rested students are ready students. Duncan said he would not be telling local school leaders when their first bells should ring and said it was up to local leaders to make the decisions on their own. “There’s lots of research and common sense that lots of teens struggle to get up ... to get on the bus,� said Duncan, the former chief of Chicago Public Schools. Buses are a driving factor in when schools start their days, as are after-school jobs for teenagers, extracurricular activities and inter-


time to start schools, but Barth said Duncan is correct. “Teenagers are much more alert later in the day rather than earlier,� she said. In schools where the day starts later, there have been immediate gains, she said. “Some districts have made these adjustments to the school day, and they have found among their teenagers that attendance is better, kids aren’t falling asleep,�

she said. But it comes at a cost for other students, both in terms of dollars and opportunities because schools are operating with limited resources. “If you’re starting the high school kids later, you’re starting elementary kids earlier. No one wants those kids out on the streets when it’s dark,� she said. “If they’re contemplating this switch, they need to look at the costs.�



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Public can help fight S.C. lionfish invasion CHARLESTON (AP) — The public is getting a chance to enlist in the war against the lionfish invasion along the coast of the Carolinas. The candy-striped fish with venomous spines and a voracious appetite was first spotted off the coast about a decade ago after appearing off Florida in the late 1980s. Lionfish, which have no natural predators in the Atlantic, are native to the tropical Pacific and Indian oceans and are thought to have been introduced in the Americas when fish caught for aquariums escaped. The Florida-based marine educational foundation REEF is holding workshops in the Carolinas to provide information about lionfish and how humans can help by doing everything from reporting sightings and catching them to ordering them when eating out. A workshop was scheduled Wednesday in Wilmington, N.C., with a second being held Thursday at the South Carolina Aquarium in Charleston.



A third session is scheduled next week in Morehead City, N.C. Lionfish are found yearround off the coast of the Carolinas and, in warmer weather, have been sighted as far north as Massachusetts, said Martha Klitzkie, the environmental group’s general manager. “They prey on a wide variety of species like juvenile lobsters and snappers — fish that are commercially important and recreationally important,� she said. “Around Charleston we have seen them consistently for 12 years,� said Arnold Postell, a South Carolina Aquarium biologist who helped organized Thursday’s workshop. The reefs off South Carolina are nurseries to snapper and other species. “That’s the food source for the lionfish,� he said. “When are they going to have an effect to the point where we don’t see any adult fish? It’s the longterm prognosis people are concerned about, and there’s no solution to this problem, it seems.�

ABOVE: Wilson Hall kindergartners Michael Thorne and Rebecca Foster pray before the annual Teddy Bear Picnic on Aug. 27. For the event, kindergarten students brought their favorite stuffed animals to school, and while the students were having their lesson, the animals “escaped� from the classroom. Once the escape was discovered, the students set off on a trek throughout the campus to find their lost animals, culminating in a picnic once everyone was reunited. The event gave the students the opportunity to tour all the buildings on campus and discover where their special classes, such as computer science and music, are located. LEFT: Wilson Hall kindergartner Alex Lucas finds his teddy bear in the lower school art studio. PHOTOS PROVIDED


Ranina Renee Geddings, 41, of 2942 Mack Arthur Road, Mullins, was arrested Friday and charged with criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature. Geddings reportedly held a razor knife up to a man’s neck in the 100 block of Dickson Avenue, leaving a small cut. Douglas Sprow, 33, of 3060 Tuckaway Drive was arrested Aug. 16 and charged with first-degree burglary. At 4:04 a.m. Aug. 10, Sprow reportedly broke down the door of a home in the 2000 block of Kolb Road and assaulted a 39-year-old man, ending with a codefendant reportedly shooting the victim in the leg. Darius Jaquez Laroy Ford, 19, of 902 Manning Road was arrested Saturday and charged with unlawful conduct toward a child and driving without a license. Between July 10 and July 13, Ford reportedly whipped an 11-year-old boy on the back with a “cellphonetype electrical cord,� leaving welts and bruises. Ford was arrested after a traffic stop Saturday. Shaquila Ieshia Brown, 22, of 1870 Mallory Drive, was arrested Monday and charged with possession of stolen goods. At 7:15 p.m., Brown was found to reportedly have inside her car several items shoplifted from a store in the 1200 block of Broad Street, including clothes, cellphones and a tote bag. Along with items found on three reported accomplices, the total value is $915. Tyshawn Garrett, 18, of 1435 Cherryvale Drive, was arrested Monday and charged with possession of stolen goods. At 7:15 p.m., Garrett and three reported accomplices were reportedly found to be in possession of several items shoplifted from two stores in the 1200 block of Broad Street, with a


total value of $915. Jerry Trimane Brunson, 25, of 1096-A Cherryvale Drive, was arrested Monday and charged with possession of stolen goods and giving false information to a police officer. At 7:15 p.m., Brunson and three reported accomplices were reportedly found to be in possession of several items shoplifted from two stores in the 1200 block of Broad Street, including two packs of pin nails reportedly found in Brunson’s possession. The total value of the stolen items is $915. Kendell Tyrone Bradford, 28, of 5635 Thomas Sumter Highway, was arrested Monday and charged with possession of stolen goods, giving false information to a police officer and simple possession of marijuana. Bradford and three reported accomplices reportedly shoplifted several items from two stores in the 1200 block of Broad Street. Bradford reportedly had six edger blades, four copper tubes and suspected marijuana. The total value of the stolen items is $915. Antonio Levon Ford, 34, of 24 Logan St., was arrested Tuesday and charged with criminal domestic violence and reckless driving. At 2 a.m., Ford reportedly pushed a 33-year-old woman to the ground at a home on McCrays Mill Road, then followed her

to her apartment on East Calhoun Street and slammed a car door on her head. He then reportedly followed her in her car as she drove to the Sumter Law Enforcement Center. Police then found Ford’s car at the intersection of Liberty Street and Lafayette Drive and attempted to pull him over as he drove at a “high rate of speed� down South Lafayette Drive. He eventually came to a stop on Fulton Street and was arrested. Marlon Rodriquez Moses, 32, of 310 Wilson St., was arrested Tuesday and charged with thirddegree assault. At 1:15 a.m., Moses reportedly got into an argument with a 25-year-old woman in the 900 block of Miller Road about spilling beer on her floor, and he reportedly punched her several times in the face, busting her lip. Rayshard Rockell Dennis, 24, of 3790 Camden Highway, Dalzell, was arrested Saturday and charged with driving under suspension, third offense. Dennis was stopped near the intersection of Broad Street and Mason Road at 12:59 a.m. for turning without a signal. Clinton Levell Sanders, 33, of 221 Armstrong Blvd., was arrested Monday and charged with driving under suspension, second offense; and simple possession of marijuana. At 11:34 p.m.,

Sanders was reportedly stopped on U.S. 15 near Nettles Road for disregarding a stop sign. He also reportedly had marijuana on his person. Travis Javez Dunham, 27, of 6245 Skinner Road, Gable, was arrested Saturday and charged with driving under suspension, second offense. At 3:34 a.m., Dunham was reportedly stopped near the intersection of Broad Street and Wesmark Boulevard for an improper lane change. CAR CHASE:

At 1:19 a.m. Monday, a 19-year-old man was pulled over for driving 87 mph in a 60 mph zone of U.S. 378. The man also reportedly didn’t have a driver’s license. While the officer was writing a ticket, the man reportedly drove off and turned onto Oswego Highway. As the officer pursued him, he reportedly turned onto Dogwood Drive and then onto Bowman Drive, disregarding two stop signs. He then reportedly spun out on Bowman, turning the car around, and then drove past the pursuing officer and back onto Dogwood. The patrol car slowed as the chase went through several large puddles in the roadway and lost sight of the car as it turned onto Emily Drive. STOLEN PROPERTY:

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valued at $550 and a Remington 870 valued at $250 were reportedly stolen from a home in the 6000 block of Gulledge Road, Wedgefield, about 2:35 p.m. Sunday. The following items valued at a total of $2,555 were reportedly stolen from a home in the 1000 block of Marden Road about 4:53 p.m. Aug. 27: a wedding ring set, a 10inch Dell laptop computer, a gold rope necklace with an initial charm and a 3 mm gold wedding band. A 5-by-10-foot utility trailer valued at $1,100 was reportedly stolen from a home in the 2000 block of Four Bridges Road, Dalzell, about 1:01 p.m. Thursday. A blue 2001 Ford Expedition was reportedly stolen from the first block of Copeland Street between 11:30 p.m. Sunday and 10 a.m. Monday. The car is valued at $5,000. A rented black HP laptop with a Central Carolina Technical College sticker on it was reportedly stolen from the first block of Sampson Street between 10:05 and 10:15 p.m. Friday. The computer is valued at $1,500.

A Smith & Wesson .38 special revolver was reportedly stolen from the 800 block of Boulevard Road between 8 and 9 p.m. Saturday. The gun is valued at $500. BURNED VEHICLE:

Deputies spotted a vehicle on fire in a field about 11:48 p.m. Thursday near S.C. 261 off Catchall Road. It appeared to be a Chevrolet Colorado Xtreme extended cab pickup. No ownership information was known at the time of the report, nor had any vehicles matching the truck’s type/body style been reported stolen. SEXUAL ASSAULT:

A 26-year-old woman told law enforcement that a 20-year-old man sexually assaulted her about 9:22 a.m. Thursday in the 4000 block of Wrangler Trail. EMS CALLS:

On Monday, Sumter County Emergency Medical Services responded to 36 calls. Thirty-two were medical calls, one was a motor vehicle wreck, and three were listed as “other trauma.� 420 S. Pike West Sumter, SC 29150 (803) 773-8339 Ron Davis, Pastor

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Girls on the Run is back beginning Tuesday, Sept. 10, and running through Nov. 23. Girls on the Run is a program for thirdthrough fifth-grade girls that combines training for a 5K race with “confidencebuilding lessons that enhance physical and mental health,� according to Join in to play games and meet new friends. Meetings will be held 4-5:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Registration is $150. Scholarships for $25 are available. Call Coach Kahla at (803) 458-4241. The Sumter County Republican Party will meet today at Logan’s Roadhouse. Dutch treat dinner will begin at 6 p.m. followed by 7 p.m. meeting. The Clarendon County Democratic Party will meet today at Manning Restaurant, 476 N. Brooks St., Manning. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Transatlantic Brides and Parents Association (British Wives) will meet at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 6, at The Spectrum, Pinewood Road. All British ex-pats are welcome. Call Josie at (803) 7758052. The Campbell Soup friends lunch group will meet at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at Golden Corral. The Shannon Town Community Association will hold a backto-school bash noon-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at the corner of Laurel and Webb streets. American Legion Auxiliary Unit No. 202 will meet 1:30-2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at Ballard-PalmerBates Post 202, 310 Palmetto St. Call Barbara Davis at (803) 4697133. Sumter Family Health Center will hold a grand re-opening of the Pinewood Office, 25 E. Clark St., at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11. The community is invited to celebrate the complete renovation of the Pinewood Health Center. The Northside Neighborhood Association will resume its fiscal meetings at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, at the North HOPE Center. This is a special planning meeting for new officers. Call the Rev. Charles Joe at (803) 775-6473. The Coast Guard Auxiliary will hold About Boating Safety (ABS) classes as follows: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at the Family Development Center in Santee; and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Sumter Department of Transportation. Cost is $20 per person or $25 for a family of four. Contact Ellen Newman at or (803) 4923387.

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Denver takes on Baltimore as NFL season begins BY KEVIN MCDONOUGH While several workplace-oriented reality series have crashed and burned of late, “Undercover Bossâ€? has stuck around for several seasons. Perhaps it is because, in addition to providing blatant product placement for large corporations, “Bossâ€? actually depicts CEOs listening to employees and treating their contributions with some respect. Gosh, what a concept! It’s not far from “Undercover Bossâ€? to “The Customer Is Always Right?â€? (10 p.m., OWN, TV-G). In this series, executives from big corporations meet with two ordinary customers and invite them to spend a week making suggestions. First up: A visit to the Mrs. Fields cookie factory. • If ordinary folk were invited to cable networks and asked to make suggestions, would they advise them to create even more shows about hillbillies, ghosts or gold mines? Proof that no idea isn’t worth borrowing for the millionth time, National Geographic invites viewers to follow prospectors in a cold cli-

mate on “Yukon Goldâ€? (7 p.m., TV-PG). • Bob Costas, Dan Patrick, Tony Dungy and Rodney Harrison return to prognosticate on “Football Night in America: Kick-Off 2013â€? (7:30 p.m., NBC). The NFL season begins in earnest as the Denver Broncos host the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens (8:30 p.m.). The NFL schedule resumes on Sunday, as does “Sunday Night Football,â€? NBC’s most dependable hit. • Basic cable’s hillbilly overkill gets its own Zmovie sendup with the 2013 made-for-television hoot “Ragin’ Cajun Redneck Gatorsâ€? (9 p.m., Syfy, TV-14). Jordan Hinson, Victor Webster and Christopher Berry star in this overthe-top tale of toxic moonshine that turns alligators into mutant killing machines.

Cult Choice ABC Family invites viewers to compare and contrast the 1971 musical fantasy “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory� (6 p.m., TV-PG), starring Gene Wilder and Jack Albert-

son, and the 2005 fantasy “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory� (8:30 p.m., TV-PG), starring Johnny Depp and directed by Tim Burton.

Tonight’s Other Highlights • Some viewers loved the 2012 adaptation of the stage musical “Les Miserablesâ€? (8 p.m., HBO), starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and Anne Hathaway. Others thought the title pretty much summed up the film-going experience. • Dismissed when released in 1958, Alfred Hitchcock’s thriller “Vertigoâ€? (9 p.m., TCM) now tops some critics’ lists as the finest film ever made. • Contestants are dragooned into designing outfits for Heidi’s corporate sponsors on “Project Runwayâ€? (9 p.m., Lifetime, TV-PG). • Michael must drop some masks on “Burn Noticeâ€? (9 p.m., USA, TV-PG). • Charlie and Katie get in the spirit while fund-raising on “Anger Managementâ€? (9:30 p.m., FX, TV-14). • A vengeful shooter shakes up a routine ride

on “Rookie Blueâ€? (10 p.m., ABC, TV-PG). • Briggs and Mike investigate Juan’s disappearance on “Gracelandâ€? (10 p.m., USA, TV14). • A vigilante strikes on “Lutherâ€? (10 p.m., BBC America, TV-14).

Series Notes Bob Newhart gueststars on “The Big Bang Theory� (8 p.m., CBS, r, TV-PG) * A haunting prom night on “The Vampire Diaries� (8 p.m., CW, r, TV-14) * Lyndsey and Alan add spice to their love life on “Two and a Half Men� (8:30 p.m., CBS, r, TV-14) * Parking spot envy on “New Girl� (9 p.m., Fox, r, TV-14) * Mindy puts herself first on “The Mindy Project� (9:30 p.m., Fox, r, TV-14).

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him with an unknown object. Lowery and Colclough were arrested late Tuesday afternoon, and Sumter Police Chief Russell Roark said while both suspects are only 16 years old, they are being charged as adults. Both teens were released from custody on $20,000 surety bond. If convicted, they each would face a maximum penalty of 20 years in jail. Both Lowery and Colclough were suspended by the school district as of Wednesday. “Sumter School District takes the nature of this incident very seriously and is cooperating fully with law enforcement,� said the district in a written statement. The suspects have been

Police say it’s often difficult for victims of sexual assault to come forward and inform authorities about a possible crime. This becomes even more difficult when the victim is a minor, and so police advise parents and guardians to learn how to recognize possible signs of possible sex abuse: • Experience changes in behavior, anxiety, becoming withdrawn or avoidance of certain people of groups; • Emotional changes such as fear, anger, restlessness, mood swings, silence or depression; • Experience changes in grades or less interested in activities once enjoyed; • May deny incident for fear of being seen as vulnerable or ashamed; and • Unexplained injuries or bruising. Source: Sumter Police Department

suspended pending the outcome of a disciplinary hearing and are not permitted on school grounds and cannot participate in extra-curricular activities, the district said. This includes playing with the school’s football team. Both young men played in Sumter High’s opening season loss to Crestwood High School on Friday. Sumter School District superintendent Dr. Frank Baker said Sumter High principal

Dana Fall and head football coach Reggie Kennedy were meeting Wednesday, planning a strategy on how to address the issue with the football team. At the same time, Baker said, it had become clear that the team expected there to be disciplinary action. “I think the word spread quickly among the football players and the general student body,� Baker said. “The feedback I’m getting is that

the team, as soon they found out, expected something to be done. They didn’t really expect these kids to be playing. And that’s a very good thing.� Roark said school officials were first briefed on the investigation into the alleged incident in May, and then again after the district’s recent administrative changes on both school and district levels. However, Roark said, investigators did not identify any suspects until “very recently.� Sexual assault cases, Roark said, especially those involving a minor, can be very emotionally trying for the victim, making it necessary for investigations to proceed at the pace the victim is comfortable with. “The time it has taken for this arrest is not out of the ordinary,� Roark said. “Dealing with sexual assault victims and investigating sexual assault cases can take a long

time, particularly when juveniles are involved. It’s a very traumatic experience. It takes time to work with the victim.� Roark said that unfortunately this case is not beyond the norm of what his department often has to deal with. “It doesn’t cease to amaze us what we as a society do to one another,� Roark said. As law enforcement officers, “We have to balance our concerns for our victims and gathering the information to properly adjudicate the individuals that are accused of committing certain crimes.� The investigation continues, and police say the third subject in the alleged incident has not been identified at this time. Investigators also ask that anyone with information about this incident contact either the Sumter Police Department at (803) 4362717 or CrimeStoppers at (803) 436-2718 or 1-888-CRIME-SC.

GRAHAM from Page A1 military. The CIA, national intelligence, defense intelligence, the NSA (National Security Administration), they’ve all been degraded. It’s the perfect storm.� Graham is concerned about the country’s standing in the world, but he also touts his knowledge of military affairs and the fact he’s a prominent voice on national defense on Capitol Hill as assets in his re-election campaign. When Republicans vote in the party primary next June, Graham will have to beat at least three challengers to make his way back to the U.S. Senate. Graham will return to Washington next week for an expected vote authorizing President Obama to take military action against Syria, where the government of Bashar Assad is accused of using chemical weapons against civilians in a brutal civil war. Graham has called for strong American engagement on the side of rebels fighting against Assad ever since the uprising began two years ago but now sounds supportive of Obama’s plans to have American forces enter the conflict. “The goal is to turn the tide of battle without putting boots on the ground, empowering those in Syria we can

live in peace with,� the senator said, and sidelining elements in the country aligned with alQaeda. He said it will be a difficult balancing act and thinks next week’s congressional vote could go against American action if the president doesn’t do a better job explaining how the nation’s interests in the Middle East are at stake. “Two years ago we had some good options,� he said. “(Now) I’m trying to find the best of the bad options.� Doing nothing when Syria deploys weapons of mass destruction, Graham said, will embolden Iran and North Korea, or even China, to act aggressively without fear of America’s reaction. An ongoing Middle East conflict will also destabilize American allies in the region. “If we do nothing, and this goes on longer, a year from now the king of Jordan will be taken out by the Syrian conflict,� Graham said. “He’s the last moderate voice bordering Israel.� Graham looks forward to “earning� his chance for a third term in the Senate. His critics — including Spartanburg state Sen. Lee Bright, Anderson pastor Richard Cash and Charleston businesswoman Nancy Mace, the

Sen. Lindsey Graham listens to Sumter Mayor Joe McElveen, right, as retired Maj. Gen. William “Dutch� Holland looks on. Graham spoke before members of the military affairs committee of the Greater Sumter Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday. He said the effects of sequestration could degrade America’s ability to respond to the conflict in Syria and other global hot spots. BRISTOW MARCHANT / THE ITEM

senator’s opponents for re-nomination — lambast him as insufficiently conservative, a RINO, or Republican In Name Only. It’s a criticism Graham brushes off, saying “conservative� isn’t synonymous with being inflexible or hateful. “It’s not enough to get 80 percent of what you want, or even 100 percent of what you want.

You have to hate the other side,� Graham said, describing his opponents. Graham thinks he’s proved his conservative bona fides — he said he plans to introduce legislation allowing states to opt out of Obama’s health care reforms, for example — but said cooperation across the aisle is needed to ac-

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The Herald-Journal of Spartanburg on how raising minimum wage would hurt employment and cause inflation: In big cities across the country, fast food workers are striking, demanding that their employers almost double their pay, from the federal minimum of $7.25 per hour to $15 per hour. Their action fits with the agenda of President Barack Obama, who wants to increase the minimum wage to $9 per hour. It sounds good, if you think money just appears from nowhere. It is much less appealing when you consider what it does to the economy and even how it affects unskilled workers. Where would the money come from to pay minimum wage workers a higher rate of pay? It would come from the customers of those businesses. When the cost of doing business rises, those businesses have to raise the prices of their products. This happens across industries and across the economy. The end result is inflation. Workers are making more money, but that money is only buying what their former wage purchased. But what if a business can’t raise prices? What if consumers won’t pay more for its product? Then that business will cut minimum wage jobs. Increasing the minimum wage makes it more expensive for businesses to hire and train workers. That makes them less likely to expand their workforces and more likely to cut back. Academics debate the effects of raising the minimum wage, and there is much competing research on how much such a raise affects employment. But one particularly applicable study looked at states that raised their minimum wage compared to those that did not. It found a loss of minimum wage jobs in those states that did increase their minimum wages. It is clear that the laws of supply and demand continue to apply despite government attempts to manage the economy. The federal minimum wage is an artificial control on the market system. It attempts to set a value on labor outside of how supply and demand set that value. The market then makes adjustments. Those adjustments include rising prices and falling employment. Activists and labor unions pushing this proposal act as if the money necessary to pay a higher minimum wage would be taken straight from the pockets of the richest “1 percent.” It wouldn’t. It would come from the general economy, an economy that is barely growing. It is true that the minimum wage has not kept up with inflation. But in industries and locations where the market has set a higher value on labor, employers are paying more than the minimum. Where the market has not set such a value, employers are still paying the federal minimum. Requiring the market to set a higher value on that labor will only spur businesses to raise prices and cut jobs.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Baten doesn’t understand King’s message I’ve been sitting on the sidelines watching the letters to the editor about race relations in Sumter. I was very impressed when it was suggested the group of writers get together and have breakfast to talk. They may or may not have solved the world’s problems, but it would have been a start. Isn’t it odd the primary provocateur didn’t show up? He did, however, follow up with another letter to stir the pot by making assumptions about the intentions of the attendees at the breakfast meeting. Mr. Baten goes on to say he doesn’t have the time to waste on such foolishness, yet has time to write yet another one-sided letter to the editor. Dr. King’s dream was for all people to be judged by the content of their character and not the color of their skin. I think a man who doesn’t have the “character” to show up for an open discussion and says his woes are caused by the color of his and other’s skin has missed the message of Dr. King. Perhaps he is right after all; Dr King’s dream has not been fulfilled. Mr. Baten, I can’t bite my tongue any longer: You are a race-baiting jackass. WES JOHNSTON Dalzell

A promise to my parents to fight for equal justice I promised my mother and father before they died that I would be a drum major for equal justice, and I will not disappoint my parents. I watched my mother, along with other black women, get onto the truck of Mr. Kingdom Ford to pick cotton for $2 per 100 pounds, and I watched her go to work in the homes of white families for $6 a day. I watched my father pack a lunch of butt meat and cornbread and walk to work to Georgia Pacific for $60 a week, retiring after 26 years, making $40 a month. So I promised them I would be a drum major for equal justice, and I shall not be moved. I will continue to speak out against injustice and against those who want to turn the clock back to the days of and before my parents. I have been beating this drum since age 17 along with others, and that is why we have made the progress we have. We cannot stop, and will not stop. We shall not be moved. At church and at their grave site I dedicate my favorite scripture to them: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.


Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely for my sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.” Matthew 5:3-12 I shall not be moved. FERDINAND BURNS Sumter

Are you a part of the solution or the problem? In response to the Lorraine Muhammad letter to the editor on Sunday, Sept. 1: I am glad that you or anyone else responds to my letter. One person can’t have an open and honest discussion. 1. Maybe your reasoning for “none of us need to define racist” makes sense to you. How can you have an open and honest discussion if the people in the discussion aren’t defining the word/ problem the same way? Feelings, tastes and smells aren’t definitions. 2. What kind of assistance does one need in finding meaningful employment? I know that employment has been harder to find in the past several years. However, if a person really wants to work he or she needs to get an education, be willing to start at the bottom of the pay scale, be able to show up on time and act like he or she know the job they are being paid to do. I have heard people say they aren’t going to work for minimum pay, they can make more not working than if they work. Aren’t food stamps in the form of a credit card? If so, then how would someone know what you are doing? 3. Most people cannot trace their ancestors across the pond. Have you traced your blood back to the plantation? If not, then how do you know if they were slaves or perhaps owned them? 4. Your comment means something to you. I would like to know why black people can use the “N” word but white people can’t? 5. You can talk about a white woman using the “N” word and compare her to teachers in Sumter County schools, but you don’t want a black person to try and explain the commission of so many crimes by blacks in this county. I didn’t ask for anyone to be defensive. People are defensive because they don’t feel

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Questions seek to open dialogue about racism The 5 questions asked by Ms. Jacqueline K. Hughes and later answered by Ms. Lorraine Muhammad have driven me to write yet again. 1. Define racist and racism: The example provided by on Sept. 1 by Ms. Muhammad commits a fallacy. “Older blacks can tell you what it looks, feels, tastes and smells like” is not a definition. In order for racism to exist there must be a definition, and it cannot be limited to what someone of a temporal/ethnic group feels it is, it must be more definitive. “It would be senseless to try to give the recipe for it.” Actually it would be enlightening. The whole point of Hughes’ line of questions is to open up a dialogue about race and racism, what it is and what it is not. Mr. James T. McCain Jr., recently provided the definition: a racist as defined in the dictionary is “a person who believes in racism, the doctrine that a certain human race is superior to any or all others.” 2. Social justice: I agree with Ms. Muhammad that “social justice would mean that anyone who needed food stamps could get them and truly assisted in finding meaningful employment.” Of course that would be just one small part of social justice. But the second part of the reply, “The injustice comes when someone counts and watches to see who is using them,” is not truly an injustice. Each and every day in this country people apply for and get assistance that they do not need. In 2007, Sen. Obama promised to overhaul the social programs to weed out those who take advantage of the system. While I agree that those who need “help” should get it, I do not believe that “help” should become a way of life, unless the person has a medical condition that prevents them from being able to seek employment. Not watching to see who is using the system only turns a blind eye to the corruption that occurs in such programs. JOHN GAYDOS Wedgefield Editor’s note: Because this letter exceeded the 350-word length as stated in our Editorial Page Policies which appears regularly on this page, it can be read in its entirety under Opinion on The Item’s website,


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good about what they are saying. How can anyone be peaceful and respectful if they aren’t willing to answer questions honestly? Talking in riddles only works when the other person(s) know what you are talking about. Are you a part of the solution or part of the problem? JACQUELINE K. HUGHES Sumter

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UTILITIES from Page A1 meter, the smallest of the lines that the utilities department uses to set rates. Those customers will see an average increase of 1.62 percent each year until 2017, corresponding to an extra 75 cents a month for the average residential customer. Officials said the new rates are needed to meet operating costs and keep the city’s utility infrastructure up to date. “We’ve got some pipes that are 100 years old,” McElveen said. To further explain the need, Daryll Parker with the Utility Advisors Network gave council a presentation on the proposed increase prior to the vote. Parker’s network advises officials across the Southeast on how rates can best be set to match the services provided. “Whatever you do, you need to have enough revenue to cover your utility expenditures,” Parker said. “We have a fiveyear financial plan that we look at every year ... and look at any capital projects coming down the line.” Most water customers won’t see any increase in their minimum charge, but the minimum sewer charge for users inside the city is set to rise by a total of $1.55 by 2017. “Sewer rates are going up because they need more revenue for more capital needs,” Parker said. While the highest increases will hit larger customers, primarily industries, the volumetric rates are set up on a sliding scale that charges lower rates on customers who use the most water. The volumetric rate for customers inside the city using less than 50,000 gallons is $1.26 (per 1,000 gallons), while customers who use more than 50 mil-

lion gallons pay a rate of 95 cents (per 1,000). “The largest users benefit, because that brings costs down,” Parker said. City staff have spoken with the city’s industrial customers about the rate structure and explained why the increase is needed. “I’m not saying industries like it, but they understand,” McElveen said. “This way, they can budget it in over five years.” Even with the increase, officials stress Sumter’s rates will remain below average compared to other municipal water services across the state. Other council members said the new rate structure will likely be unpopular, but it is necessary. “I agree, after much deliberation, that we need to make adjustments,” said Councilman Bob Galiano, pointing to the need to keep capacity up with the area’s growth and industrial development. “We just have to stay on top of it and track growth.” Councilman Calvin Hastie said the rate change is needed “not because the system is broken, but because we need to be proactive. We need to fix these old water lines.” Galiano tried to find one silver lining to the change. “It’s better to have a rate increase than have to raise taxes,” he said. The city has posted more information about the rate change and what it will mean for customers on its website at Anyone with questions about the new rates can also contact Candi Quiroz with utility billing at (803) 774-3978. Reach Bristow Marchant at (803) 774-1272.

WINDOWS from Page A1 any unforeseen circumstances. “When you start taking them out, you have to get used to the obstacles you run into. You can run into several unknowns when you start tearing out in an older building,” Goodman said. The installation of the new windows also comes right before another extensive downtown project, as the city plans to demolish the building directly across the street to clear the area for a park that, developers hope, will eventually give way to a downtown hotel. The demolition of the former Maxway and CitiTrends locations is expected to begin sometime later this month. At its meeting two weeks ago, Sumter City Council authorized city officials to begin negotiating a final contract to begin demolition.

In the past, city officials have said their hope for the location is to attract a downtown hotel large enough so that, in conjunction with the Sumter Opera House across the street, the Gamecock City can start hosting convention-based events and business. Until then, the location will be used as a green space. For now, a larger concern will be protecting the new windows being installed in the Opera House from damage during the demolition across the street. But Goodman said typical demolition procedures should help protect the new windows during that process. “Fortunately, the building will be going (down) from east to west,” Goodman said, pointing out that that should help to direct debris away from Main Street and the Opera House on the other side of the road.

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86° 92°





69° 67°

Warm with a blend of sun and clouds

Partly cloudy



Partly sunny with a t-storm in the area

A thunderstorm in spots in the afternoon

Partly sunny and humid

69° Partly sunny with a t-storm possible

Winds: W 3-6 mph

Winds: SW 3-6 mph

Winds: NE 6-12 mph

Winds: ESE 4-8 mph

Winds: WSW 3-6 mph

Winds: SW 4-8 mph

Chance of rain: 0%

Chance of rain: 25%

Chance of rain: 40%

Chance of rain: 40%

Chance of rain: 25%

Chance of rain: 30%

Sumter through 4 p.m. yesterday

Temperature High ............................................... 92° Low ................................................ 71° Normal high ................................... 87° Normal low ..................................... 66° Record high ....................... 98° in 1954 Record low ......................... 52° in 1967

Greenville 88/66

Gaffney 89/64 Spartanburg 89/65

Bishopville 92/68

24 hrs ending 4 p.m. yest. ........... 0.00" Month to date ............................... 0.19" Normal month to date ................. 0.52" Year to date ............................... 38.72" Normal year to date .................. 33.91"

Full pool 360 76.8 75.5 100

7 a.m. yest. 357.79 75.41 75.12 96.96

24-hr chg +0.02 -0.07 +0.08 -0.09

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

Full pool 12 19 14 14 80 24

7 a.m. yest. 7.92 6.06 4.61 5.51 77.88 5.73

24-hr chg -0.37 -0.10 -0.02 -2.13 +0.29 +0.11

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

Today Hi/Lo/W 90/66/pc 83/57/pc 90/66/pc 92/67/pc 91/72/t 86/72/t 90/72/t 89/64/pc 89/69/pc 92/69/pc

Fri. Hi/Lo/W 89/66/pc 80/59/t 88/67/pc 90/66/pc 91/71/t 81/70/pc 89/71/t 84/64/pc 87/67/pc 87/67/pc

Columbia 92/69 Today: Times of clouds and sun. Friday: Partly sunny.

Myrtle Beach 88/70

Manning 92/69

Sep. 5 Full

Sep. 12 Last

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

Aiken 90/66 Charleston 90/72

The following tide table lists times for Myrtle Beach.


Forecasts and graphics provided by AccuWeather, Inc. ©2013 Today Hi/Lo/W 92/66/pc 87/68/pc 90/67/pc 92/66/pc 92/68/pc 92/72/t 88/63/pc 90/67/pc 90/71/t 88/63/pc


Florence 92/68

Sumter 92/69

Today: A shower or thunderstorm around, mainly later. High 87 to 91. Friday: Partly sunny with a shower or thunderstorm around. High 85 to 91.

City Darlington Elizabeth City Elizabethtown Fayetteville Florence Gainesville Gastonia Goldsboro Goose Creek Greensboro


Sep. 19 Sep. 26


Lake Murray Marion Moultrie Wateree

Sunrise today .......................... 6:58 a.m. Sunset tonight ......................... 7:42 p.m. Moonrise today ....................... 7:05 a.m. Moonset today ........................ 7:36 p.m.

Fri. Hi/Lo/W 86/66/pc 78/62/c 83/66/c 84/65/c 86/67/pc 89/71/t 84/65/pc 81/63/c 89/70/t 80/60/pc


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

Today Hi/Lo/W 88/66/pc 87/62/pc 88/76/t 92/74/t 90/65/pc 92/67/t 88/65/pc 86/60/pc 90/72/t 88/70/t

Fri. Hi/Lo/W 83/65/pc 78/63/pc 86/75/t 90/71/t 90/67/pc 91/67/pc 89/67/pc 82/63/pc 89/72/t 85/70/t

High Ht. 9:39 a.m.....3.2 9:49 p.m.....3.4 10:17 a.m.....3.2 10:26 p.m.....3.4

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

Low Ht. 4:05 a.m.....0.3 4:21 p.m.....0.2 4:43 a.m.....0.3 5:04 p.m.....0.2

Today Hi/Lo/W 90/69/t 88/72/t 87/63/pc 89/65/pc 91/64/pc 91/71/t 89/65/pc 88/73/t 88/68/t 87/62/pc

Fri. Hi/Lo/W 89/67/pc 89/72/t 82/61/pc 84/64/pc 84/64/pc 90/71/t 83/66/pc 87/74/t 84/67/pc 77/62/pc

Shown are today’s noon positions of weather systems and precipitation. Temperature bands are highs for the day.

-10s -0s 0s 10s 20s 30s 40s 50s 60s 70s 80s 90s 100s 110s Stationary front

Cold front Showers Rain T-storms Snow Flurries


Warm front

Today Fri. Today Fri. City Hi/Lo/W Hi/Lo/W City Hi/Lo/W Hi/Lo/W Albuquerque 89/66/pc 89/64/s Las Vegas 100/83/s 101/83/s Anchorage 61/51/pc 60/52/r Los Angeles 91/69/s 93/65/s Atlanta 90/68/pc 90/68/pc Miami 90/79/pc 90/79/pc Baltimore 85/52/s 76/53/s Minneapolis 82/68/pc 91/70/pc Boston 71/50/pc 67/57/s New Orleans 90/75/t 90/74/t Charleston, WV 82/53/s 80/53/s New York 79/55/pc 73/58/s Charlotte 89/64/pc 84/64/pc Oklahoma City 94/69/s 96/69/s Chicago 76/57/s 83/65/s Omaha 90/66/pc 92/70/s Cincinnati 84/56/s 82/55/s Philadelphia 80/54/s 74/57/s Dallas 100/72/s 100/73/s Phoenix 107/85/s 106/85/s Denver 95/65/pc 95/65/pc Pittsburgh 73/45/s 73/49/s Des Moines 89/64/pc 90/69/s St. Louis 88/67/s 89/69/s Detroit 74/50/s 76/61/s Salt Lake City 94/71/s 93/70/pc Helena 92/58/t 88/54/t San Francisco 71/56/pc 78/59/pc Honolulu 89/71/s 88/73/pc Seattle 72/59/t 68/57/sh Indianapolis 82/56/s 82/62/s Topeka 90/65/pc 91/67/s Kansas City 90/65/pc 89/67/s Washington, DC 86/59/s 75/57/s Weather(W): s-sunny, pc-partly cloudy, c-cloudy, sh-showers, t-thunderstorms, r-rain, sf-snow flurries, sn-snow, i-ice

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): ARIES (March 21-April 19): the last word in astrology Don’t let the changes Put pressure on anyone going on around you standing between you eugenia LAST influence the way you and professional goals. react. Keep a low profile Send out your resume, and you’ll avoid being discuss job prospects dragged into a no-win situation. with your current boss or consider effective ways to earn more cash. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Size up your situation at work and at home, and explore TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Use your expertise the possibility of making moves that will to teach others how you want things done. increase your income and your ability to use Delegating work will free up time, allowing your skills and the things you enjoy doing you to focus on what’s most important to you. most. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Be cautious handling SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): You can make cash and possessions. Not everyone you deal personal life changes, but you must keep your with will be honest, and being left costs down and your wish list short and shortchanged will leave you in an awkward concise. Friends and family will judge your position. indiscretions harshly. CANCER (June 21-July 22): Share your thoughts CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Physical health and plans, and the response you get will help will suffer if you overindulge or take on too you make a decision regarding your home, much. Don’t miss out on an opportunity family and what you want to devote your time because you are not up to taking on the extra to. work involved. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Your changing attitude AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Put more effort and desire for something new will lead to into the relationships you share with others. mixed emotions when dealing with friends The way you handle others will be a major and family. Consistency will be required if you factor in where you end up living and working. want to appease someone who depends on you. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Relationships will play an important part in the decisions you VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Serious talks can make. Listen to what’s being said and spare an emotional mishap within a counteroffer with what you want. Your ability relationship. Work together to find common to express your desires passionately will ground. Plan to do things that will please both convince others to give you want you want. you and those you deal with.


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Broncos, Ravens meet again 8 months later BY ARNIE STAPLETON The Associated Press


DENVER — John Elway has been down this lonely road before, trudging through the tunnel in deafening silence after a stunning loss at home as the AFC’s prohibitive Super Bowl favorite following a 13-3 regular season. It happened to Elway the quarterback after the 1996 season when Denver lost to Jacksonville 30-27. It occurred again for Elway the executive in January when the Broncos were beaten 38-35 by Baltimore in the divisional round. Elway rebounded the first time to win back-to-back Super Bowls. He said the pain of that pratfall against the Jaguars was the impetus to make them into champions. “It was a great incentive for us to

WHO: Baltimore at Denver WHEN: Tonight, 8:30 p.m. WHERE: Sports Authority Field at Mile High TV: WIS 10

come back and have an even better year the following year,” Elway said. After engineering a $125 million offseason spending spree and acquiring wide receiver Wes Welker and massive right guard Louis Vasquez — to help new center Manny Ramirez fend off the likes of Ravens nose tackle Haloti Ngata — Elway is aiming for history to repeat itself after this latest heartbreak. Five things to watch for as the Broncos kick off the season Thursday


Baltimore wide receiver Jacoby Jones, left, catches a pass for a touchdown against Denver’s Rahim Moore (26) in the Ravens’ victory in last year’s AFC divisional playoff game in Denver. The two teams will kick off the 2013 NFL season today at 8:30 p.m. in Denver.

night against the champion Ravens: ROAD RAVENS

Joe Flacco looms larger than life in Denver, and not just because he engineered the stunning playoff upset

with his 70-yard touchdown throw to Jacoby Jones that tied it at 35 with 31 seconds left in regulation. SEE FOOTBALL, PAGE B4

McDowell chasing undefined prize BY AARON BRENNER Post and Courier


Wilson Hall senior Parker McDuffie, left, hauls in a pass against Laurence Manning Academy last year. McDuffie and the Barons host Pinewood Prep on Friday in their home opener.

Stay humble, hungry After big win, WH turns focus to Panthers BY JUSTIN DRIGGERS Stay humble, stay hungry. That’s been the message Wilson Hall head coach Bruce Lane has stressed to the 1-0 Barons this week after their big 33-13 win over defending SCISA 3A state champion Augusta Christian last Friday. “Our mentality since I’ve been here is that we’re LANE always looking to go 1-0 each week,” Lane said. “I think the kids have bought into that and we don’t look too far down the road.” Wilson Hall will try to win its second straight game on Friday when the Barons host Pinewood Prep at Spencer Field. The Panthers are 0-1 after a 22-20 loss to Northwood Acad-

PREP FOOTBALL SCHEDULE FRIDAY Stratford at Sumter, 7:30 p.m. Crestwood at Lakewood, 7:30 p.m. Manning at Marion, 7:30 p.m. Lee Central at Buford, 7:30 p.m. Johnsonville at East Clarendon, 7:30 p.m. Pinewood Prep at Wilson Hall, 7:30 p.m. Hilton Head Christian at Laurence Manning, 7:30 p.m. Spartanburg Christian at Thomas Sumter, 7:30 p.m. Trinity-Byrnes at Robert E. Lee, 7:30 p.m. Clarendon Hall at W.W. King, 7:30 p.m.

emy last week. Lane is hoping his squad puts forth a similar effort against Pinewood as it did against AC. The Barons had only one turnover and very few penalties against the Lions – a welcome sight for a first game. “We were close to mistakefree, which is always good,” Lane said. “I was really pleased with the effort by our kids. We

were able to play about 22 kids and I think they helped with the heat and humidity and we got the results we were looking for as well.” The Barons got contributions from across the board on offense and defense, but quarterback William Kinney’s night stood out the most. Kinney was 11 of 14 for 167 yards and one touchdown through the air and had 69 yards rushing and three TDs on the ground. Jay Goodson and Parker McDuffie combined for 151 yards and one score on the ground as well and Devin Singleton had four catches for 78 yards and a score. “I thought William Ard did a good job taking over at center and I thought more than anything that we were pretty balanced on offense,” Lane said. “I

The 6-time defending SCISA Region I-2A champion Thomas Sumter Academy will open region play on Friday against Spartanburg Christian Academy after a tough 48-6 loss against 3A Orangeburg Prep. The Generals’ goal going into this week is to be more enthusiastic, be KESSINGER more physical and improve overall. “This is a region game and you want to win this game, but our goal

this week is to get better,” TSA head football coach Troy Kessinger said of the matchup. Going into their season opener against OP, the Generals were missing two key players in senior left tackle Cody Ray and senior quarterback/ wide receiver in Michal Hoge. Ray will return this week and hope to shore up an inexperienced offensive line while Hoge is out for the next six weeks with a broken hand. Andrew Wrenn could also be out with a concussion. TSA’s Jordan Adams had a TD run for the lone Generals score in the lopsided SEE TSA, PAGE B3


Sutton one of many players that picked USC instead of UGA BY RYAN WOOD Post and Courier COLUMBIA — When Chaz Sutton watched college football games as a child growing up in Savannah, he wasn’t envisioning himself playing for the home-state team. Sutton was a Miami fan. As in, The U. Somewhat unique in Savannah, and certainly strange, the senior South Carolina defensive end stuck out compared to the other kids in his neighborhood. SUTTON “Me being from Georgia, there’s always a lot of talk about UGA football,” Sutton said. “Me as a child, growing up I never really got into watching Georgia football as much. I always was a big fan of UM — University of Miami — because all


TSA set to open region play BY MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER

CLEMSON — Roderick McDowell will chase the invisible man for as long as it takes. Takes until what, exactly? That’s undefined. If and when he’s reached the pinnacle — starting running back for the McDOWELL No. 4 team in the country’s a pretty lofty position — “Hot Rod” will improvise. “There’s a man in front of me I’m trying to catch,” McDowell said. “You may not see him; there’s nobody there. But to me, there is. So

I’m just trying to be successful no matter where he’s at.” McDowell, the fifthyear senior who once wondered if he was destined as a backup and not much else, said this two days after logging 22 carries (only one ACC player carried more in week one) and 132 yards (only one ACC back ran further) in Clemson’s 38-35 win over Georgia on Saturday. For now, McDowell has a monopoly on Clemson’s distribution of carries. Sophomore Zac Brooks, junior D.J. Howard and the others are sidekicks. But McDowell


PREP SCHEDULE TODAY Junior Varsity Football Sumter at Stratford, 7:30 p.m. Lakewood at Crestwood, 6 p.m. Marion at Manning, 6:30 p.m. Buford at Lee Central, 6 p.m. Wilson Hall at Laurence Manning, 7 p.m. Thomas Sumter at Trinity-Byrnes, 6 p.m. Clarendon Hall at Jefferson Davis, 6 p.m. B Team Football Sumter at Stratford, 6 p.m. East Clarendon at Green Sea Floyds, 6 p.m. Wilson Hall at Laurence Manning, 5 p.m. Varsity Girls Golf Sumter at Spring Valley (at Woodlands Country Club), TBA Heathwood Hall at Wilson Hall (at Sunset Country Club), 4 p.m. Varsity Girls Tennis Cardinal Newman at Wilson Hall (at Palmetto Tennis Center), 4 p.m. Carolina at Thomas Sumter (at Pal-

metto Tennis Center), 4 p.m. Junior Varsity Girls Tennis Wilson Hall at Cardinal Newman, 4 p.m. Thomas Sumter at Carolina, 4 p.m. Varsity Volleyball Hanahan, Brookland-Cayce at Sumter, 5:30 p.m. Lakewood at Lee Central, 5:30 p.m. East Clarendon at Marlboro County, 7 p.m. Cardinal Newman at Wilson Hall, 5:15 p.m. Calhoun at Thomas Sumter, 5 p.m. Clarendon Hall at Jefferson Davis, 5:30 p.m. Grace Christian at Sumter Christian, 5 p.m. Junior Varsity Volleyball Hanahan, Brookland-Cayce at Sumter, 5:30 p.m. East Clarendon at Marlboro County, 5:30 p.m. Cardinal Newman at Wilson Hall, 4

p.m. Calhoun at Thomas Sumter, 4 p.m. Clarendon Hall at Jefferson Davis, 4:30 p.m. Grace Christian at Sumter Christian, 4 p.m. B Team Volleyball Robert E. Lee at Timmerman, 4:30 p.m. FRIDAY Varsity Volleyball Sumter Christian at Conway Christian, 5 p.m. Junior Varsity Volleyball Sumter Christian at Conway Christian, 4 p.m. SATURDAY Varsity Swimming Wilson Hall, Thomas Sumter at Palmetto Christian, 9 a.m. Varsity Volleyball

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SCOREBOARD TV, RADIO TODAY 10 a.m. -- Professional Golf: European PGA Tour European Masters First Round from Crans-sur-Sierre, Switzerland (GOLF). Noon -- Professional Tennis: U.S. Open Men’s Quarterfinal Matches and Mixed Doubles Championship Match from Flushing, N.Y. (ESPN2). 4 p.m. -- Professional Golf: Tour Chiquita Classic First Round from Davidson, N.C. (GOLF). 5:20 p.m. -- International Basketball: FIBA Americas Championship Game from Caracas, Venezuela -- Argentina vs. Puerto Rico (NBA TV). 6:05 p.m. -- Talk Show: Sports Talk (WDXYFM 105.9, WDXY-AM 1240). 7 p.m. -- Major League Baseball: Boston at New York Yankees (MLB NETWORK). 7:30 p.m. -- College Football: Florida Atlantic at East Carolina (FOX SPORTS 1). 7:50 p.m. -- International Basketball: FIBA Americas Championship Game from Caracas, Venezuela -- Uruguay vs. Venezuela (NBA TV). 8 p.m. -- Professional Tennis: U.S. Open Men’s Quarterfinal Matches from Flushing, N.Y. (ESPN). 8 p.m. -- High School Football: Katy (Texas) vs. Taylor (Texas) from Houston (ESPNU). 8:30 p.m. -- NFL Football: Baltimore at Denver (WIS 10).

MLB STANDINGS American League By The Associated Press East Division W L Pct GB Boston 83 57 .593 – Tampa Bay 76 61 .555 51/2 New York 74 64 .536 8 Baltimore 73 64 .533 81/2 Toronto 64 75 .460 181/2 Central Division W L Pct GB Detroit 81 58 .583 – Cleveland 73 65 .529 71/2 Kansas City 72 66 .522 81/2 Minnesota 61 76 .445 19 Chicago 56 81 .409 24 West Division W L Pct GB Texas 80 58 .580 – Oakland 79 59 .572 1 Los Angeles 64 73 .467 151/2 Seattle 62 76 .449 18 Houston 45 93 .326 35 Tuesday’s Games Cleveland 4, Baltimore 3 N.Y. Yankees 6, Chicago White Sox 4 Boston 2, Detroit 1 Minnesota 9, Houston 6, 12 innings Kansas City 4, Seattle 3 Toronto 10, Arizona 4 Tampa Bay 7, L.A. Angels 1 Texas 5, Oakland 1 Wednesday’s Games Houston 6, Minnesota 5 Oakland 11, Texas 4 Arizona 4, Toronto 3 Baltimore at Cleveland, 7:05 p.m. Chicago White Sox at N.Y. Yankees, 7:05 p.m. Detroit at Boston, 7:10 p.m. Seattle at Kansas City, late Tampa Bay at L.A. Angels, late Today’s Games Seattle (J.Saunders 11-13) at Kansas City (Guthrie 13-10), 2:10 p.m. Boston (Peavy 11-5) at N.Y. Yankees (Nova 8-4), 7:05 p.m. Chicago White Sox (Quintana 7-5) at Baltimore (Mig.Gonzalez 8-7), 7:05 p.m. Houston (Peacock 3-5) at Oakland (Gray 2-2), 10:05 p.m. Tampa Bay (Price 8-6) at L.A. Angels (Williams 5-10), 10:05 p.m. National League By The Associated Press East Division W L Pct GB Atlanta 85 54 .612 – Washington 70 68 .507 141/2 New York 63 75 .457 211/2 Philadelphia 63 76 .453 22 Miami 52 85 .380 32 Central Division W L Pct GB Pittsburgh 81 57 .587 – St. Louis 79 59 .572 2 Cincinnati 78 61 .561 31/2 Milwaukee 59 79 .428 22 Chicago 58 80 .420 23 West Division W L Pct GB Los Angeles 83 55 .601 – Arizona 69 68 .504 131/2 Colorado 65 75 .464 19 San Diego 62 76 .449 21 San Francisco 61 77 .442 22 Tuesday’s Games Washington 9, Philadelphia 6 Atlanta 3, N.Y. Mets 1 Cincinnati 1, St. Louis 0 Miami 6, Chicago Cubs 2 Pittsburgh 4, Milwaukee 3 L.A. Dodgers 7, Colorado 4 Toronto 10, Arizona 4 San Diego 3, San Francisco 2 Wednesday’s Games N.Y. Mets 5, Atlanta 2 Chicago Cubs 9, Miami 7 Arizona 4, Toronto 3 San Francisco at San Diego, 6:40 p.m. Washington at Philadelphia, 7:05 p.m. St. Louis at Cincinnati, late Pittsburgh at Milwaukee, late L.A. Dodgers at Colorado, late Today’s Games St. Louis (Lynn 13-9) at Cincinnati (Cingrani 6-3), 7:10 p.m. Arizona (Cahill 5-10) at San Francisco (Vogelsong 3-4), 10:15 p.m.

NFL SCHEDULE By The Associated Press Today’s Game Baltimore at Denver, 8:30 p.m. Sunday’s Games Atlanta at New Orleans, 1 p.m. Cincinnati at Chicago, 1 p.m. New England at Buffalo, 1 p.m. Tennessee at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. Tampa Bay at N.Y. Jets, 1 p.m. Kansas City at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. Seattle at Carolina, 1 p.m. Miami at Cleveland, 1 p.m. Minnesota at Detroit, 1 p.m. Oakland at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. Green Bay at San Francisco, 4:25 p.m. Arizona at St. Louis, 4:25 p.m. N.Y. Giants at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. Monday’s Games Philadelphia at Washington, 6:55 p.m. Houston at San Diego, 10:20 p.m.

WNBA STANDINGS By The Associated Press EASTERN CONFERENCE W L Pct GB z-Chicago 21 8 .724 – Atlanta 15 13 .536 51/2 Washington 14 15 .483 7 Indiana 13 15 .464 71/2 New York 11 19 .367 101/2 Connecticut 7 22 .241 14 WESTERN CONFERENCE W L Pct GB x-Minnesota 22 7 .759 – x-Los Angeles 21 9 .700 11/2 Phoenix 15 13 .536 61/2 x-Seattle 15 15 .500 71/2 San Antonio 11 19 .367 111/2 Tulsa 10 20 .333 121/2 x-clinched playoff spot z-clinched conference Tuesday’s Games No games scheduled Wednesday’s Games Indiana at Atlanta, 7 p.m.

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL The Associated Press (Subject to change) Today SOUTH FAU (0-1) at East Carolina (1-0), 7:30 p.m. FAR WEST Sacramento St. (0-1) at Arizona St. (0-0), 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6 EAST Merrimack (0-0) at Wagner (1-0), 6 p.m. Wake Forest (1-0) at Boston College (1-0), 8 p.m. SOUTH UCF (1-0) at FIU (0-1), 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7 EAST E. Michigan (1-0) at Penn St. (1-0), Noon Morgan St. (0-1) at Robert Morris (0-1), Noon Norfolk St. (0-1) at Rutgers (0-1), Noon Houston (1-0) at Temple (0-1), Noon CCSU (0-1) at Lehigh (0-0), 12:30 p.m. Assumption (0-0) at Bryant (1-0), 1 p.m. Towson (1-0) at Holy Cross (0-1), 1 p.m. Stony Brook (0-0) at Rhode Island (0-1), 1 p.m. Maine (1-0) at UMass (0-1), 2 p.m. Delaware St. (0-0) at Delaware (1-0), 3:30 p.m. Marist (0-1) at Bucknell (0-0), 6 p.m. Albany (NY) (0-1) at Colgate (0-1), 6 p.m. Villanova (0-1) at Fordham (1-0), 6 p.m. Davidson (0-0) at Georgetown (0-1), 6 p.m. Sacred Heart (1-0) at Lafayette (0-0), 6 p.m. SOUTH Shorter (0-0) at Charleston Southern (1-0), 11 a.m. Chowan (0-0) at Charlotte (1-0), Noon Miami (Ohio) (0-1) at Kentucky (0-1), Noon E. Kentucky (1-0) at Louisville (1-0), Noon Florida (1-0) at Miami (1-0), Noon W. Kentucky (1-0) at Tennessee (1-0), 12:21 p.m. SC State (0-1) at Clemson (1-0), 12:30 p.m. Middle Tennessee (1-0) at North Carolina (0-1), 12:30 p.m. Glenville St. (0-0) at VMI (0-1), 1:30 p.m. W. Carolina (0-1) at Virginia Tech (0-1), 1:30 p.m. Tennessee St. (0-1) at Florida A&M (1-0), 2 p.m. Chattanooga (0-1) at Georgia St. (0-1), 2 p.m. Delta St. (0-0) at MVSU (0-1), 2 p.m. St. Augustine’s (0-0) at NC Central (0-1), 2 p.m. Brevard (0-0) at Presbyterian (0-1), 2 p.m. Morehouse (0-0) at Howard (0-1), 3:30 p.m. Alcorn St. (1-0) at Mississippi St. (0-1), 3:30 p.m. South Alabama (0-1) at Tulane (1-0), 3:30 p.m. Oregon (1-0) at Virginia (1-0), 3:30 p.m. Virginia Union (0-0) at Bethune-Cookman (1-0), 4 p.m. Old Dominion (0-1) at Maryland (1-0), 4 p.m. South Carolina (1-0) at Georgia (0-1), 4:30 p.m. Duke (1-0) at Memphis (0-0), 4:30 p.m. NC A&T (0-0) at Appalachian St. (0-1), 6 p.m. Virginia-Wise (0-0) at Campbell (0-1), 6 p.m. Furman (0-1) at Coastal Carolina (1-0), 6 p.m. WV Wesleyan (0-0) at Elon (0-1), 6 p.m. St. Francis (Pa.) (0-0) at Georgia Southern (1-0), 6 p.m. Alabama St. (0-1) at Jackson St. (0-1), 6 p.m. Richmond (1-0) at NC State (1-0), 6 p.m. Wofford (0-1) at The Citadel (0-1), 6 p.m. Gardner-Webb (1-0) at Marshall (1-0), 6:30 p.m. Tuskegee (0-0) at Alabama A&M (1-0), 7 p.m. Stetson (1-0) at Florida Tech (0-0), 7 p.m. Jacksonville (0-1) at Jacksonville St. (1-0), 7 p.m. UAB (0-1) at LSU (1-0), 7 p.m. Monmouth (NJ) (0-1) at Liberty (0-1), 7 p.m. Lamar (1-0) at Louisiana Tech (0-1), 7 p.m. Grambling St. (0-1) at Louisiana-Monroe (01), 7 p.m. SE Missouri (0-1) at Mississippi (1-0), 7 p.m. Campbellsville (0-1) at Murray St. (0-1), 7 p.m. Southern U. (0-1) at Northwestern St. (1-0), 7 p.m. Savannah St. (0-1) at Troy (1-0), 7 p.m. Hampton (0-1) at William & Mary (0-1), 7 p.m. Arkansas St. (1-0) at Auburn (1-0), 7:30 p.m. Austin Peay (0-1) at Vanderbilt (0-1), 7:30 p.m. Ark.-Pine Bluff (0-1) at McNeese St. (1-0), 8 p.m. MIDWEST Cincinnati (1-0) at Illinois (1-0), Noon Missouri St. (0-1) at Iowa (0-1), Noon Bowling Green (1-0) at Kent St. (1-0), Noon South Florida (0-1) at Michigan St. (1-0), Noon Indiana St. (0-1) at Purdue (0-1), Noon Tennessee Tech (1-0) at Wisconsin (1-0), Noon Army (1-0) at Ball St. (1-0), 1 p.m. Duquesne (1-0) at Dayton (0-1), 1 p.m. Valparaiso (0-1) at St. Joseph’s (Ind.) (0-0), 1 p.m. Quincy (0-0) at W. Illinois (1-0), 2 p.m. New Hampshire (0-0) at Cent. Michigan (01), 3 p.m. Toledo (0-1) at Missouri (1-0), 3:30 p.m. San Diego St. (0-1) at Ohio St. (1-0), 3:30 p.m. Morehead St. (0-1) at Youngstown St. (1-0), 4 p.m. Ferris St. (0-0) at N. Dakota St. (1-0), 5 p.m. Drake (0-1) at N. Iowa (1-0), 5 p.m. James Madison (1-0) at Akron (0-1), 6 p.m. Wittenberg (0-0) at Butler (0-1), 6 p.m. Navy (0-0) at Indiana (1-0), 6 p.m. Southern Miss. (0-1) at Nebraska (1-0), 6 p.m. Syracuse (0-1) at Northwestern (1-0), 6 p.m. Louisiana-Lafayette (0-1) at Kansas St. (0-1), 6:30 p.m. South Dakota (1-0) at Kansas (0-0), 7 p.m. S. Dakota St. (1-0) at North Dakota (1-0), 7 p.m. North Texas (1-0) at Ohio (0-1), 7 p.m. E. Illinois (1-0) at S. Illinois (0-1), 7 p.m. Nicholls St. (0-1) at W. Michigan (0-1), 7 p.m. Notre Dame (1-0) at Michigan (1-0), 8 p.m. SOUTHWEST SE Louisiana (1-0) at TCU (0-1), Noon Oklahoma St. (1-0) at UTSA (1-0), Noon Buffalo (0-1) at Baylor (1-0), 3:30 p.m. Samford (1-0) at Arkansas (1-0), 7 p.m. West Virginia (1-0) at Oklahoma (1-0), 7 p.m. Sam Houston St. (1-0) at Texas A&M (1-0), 7 p.m. Prairie View (1-0) at Texas St. (1-0), 7 p.m. Stephen F. Austin (0-1) at Texas Tech (1-0), 7 p.m. Colorado St. (0-1) at Tulsa (0-1), 7 p.m. Montana St. (1-0) at SMU (0-1), 8 p.m. New Mexico (0-1) at UTEP (0-0), 8 p.m. FAR WEST Weber St. (1-0) at Utah (1-0), 2 p.m. UT-Martin (1-0) at Boise St. (0-1), 3 p.m. Utah St. (0-1) at Air Force (1-0), 3:30 p.m. CSU-Pueblo (0-0) at N. Colorado (1-0), 3:35 p.m. Idaho (0-1) at Wyoming (0-1), 4 p.m. Portland St. (1-0) at California (0-1), 5 p.m. Dixie St. (0-0) at Idaho St. (0-0), 5:05 p.m. Texas (1-0) at BYU (0-1), 7 p.m. W. Oregon (0-0) at E. Washington (1-0), 7:05 p.m. Cent. Arkansas (1-0) at Colorado (1-0), 8 p.m. Minnesota (1-0) at New Mexico St. (0-1), 8 p.m. Hawaii (0-1) at Oregon St. (0-1), 8 p.m. Fort Lewis (0-0) at S. Utah (1-0), 8:05 p.m. W. New Mexico (0-0) at San Diego (0-1), 9 p.m. UC Davis (0-1) at Nevada (0-1), 9:05 p.m. Cal Poly (1-0) at Fresno St. (1-0), 10 p.m. Washington St. (0-1) at Southern Cal (1-0), 10:30 p.m. Arizona (1-0) at UNLV (0-1), 10:30 p.m. San Jose St. (1-0) at Stanford (0-0), 11 p.m.


Hillcrest tops Chestnut Oaks in jamboree DALZELL – Erin Davis and Sheddrick Ervin each scored touchdowns to lead Hillcrest Middle School to a 14-0 win over Chestnut Oaks on Wednesday at the middle school jamboree held at Donald L. Crolley Memorial Stadium. Davis scored on a run from 5 yards out on a play that was set up by Chris Simon’s 70-yard run beforehand. Ervin scored on an 11-yard fumble recovery while Josh Simon ran in the 2-point conversion. Hillcrest opens the season next Wednesday at Alice Drive at 5 p.m. In other scores, Furman defeated Ebenezer 2-0 on a safety while Mayewood and Bates played to a scoreless tie. VARSITY TENNIS WILSON HALL LAURENCE MANNING

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Wilson Hall’s varsity girls tennis team improved to 2-1 on the season with a 9-0 sweep of Laurence Manning on Wednesday at Palmetto Tennis Center. The Lady Barons will host Cardinal Newman at PTC today at 4 p.m.



SINGLES 1 - Hendrix (WH) defeated Newman 6-0, 6-0. 2 - Lecher (WH) defeated Ridgill 6-0, 6-0. 3 - Segars (WH) defeated Richardson 6-0, 6-0. 4 - Stewart (WH) defeated McKenzie Ham 6-1, 6-2. 5 - Beasley (WH) defeated Mason Ham 6-0, 6-0. 6 - Spencer (WH) defeated Johnson 6-0, 6-0. DOUBLES 1 – Hendrix/Lecher (WH) defeated Newman/Richardson 8-0. 2 – Munn/Clifton (WH) defeated Ridgill/Mason Ham 8-4. 3 - Bell/Osteen (WH) defeated Johnson/Lui 8-0.


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SUMMTERTON – Clarendon Hall’s varsity volleyball team fell to 3-2 on the season with a 3-2 loss to Dorchester Academy on Tuesday by scores of 17-25, 27-25, 20-25, 25-19 and 13-15. Aubrey Johnson led the Lady Saints with 21 service points. Bailey Connors added 20 points and Devyn Royce had 15. CH travels to Blackville today to take on Jefferson Davis Academy. JUNIOR VARSITY TENNIS THOMAS SUMTER WILLIAMSBURG ACADEMY

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KINGSTREE – The Thomas Sumter Academy junior varsity girls tennis team improved to

2-0 on the season with a 9-0 win against Williamsburg Academy on Tuesday. SINGLES 1 -- St. Cyr (TSA) defeated Wilson 8-0. 2 – Kistler (TSA) defeated Davis 8-1. 3 -- Mouzan (TSA) defeated Brown 8-5. 4 -- Vice (TSA) defeated Arnan 8-2. 5 – Townsend (TSA) defeated Baxlley 8-5. 6 -- Houser (TSA) defeated Osean 8-2. DOUBLES 1 – St. Cyr/Vice (TSA) defeated Wilson/Davis 8-3. 2 -- Kistler/Edenfield (TSA) defeated Brown/Arnan 10-4. 3 -- Mouzan/Townsend (TSA) defeated Baxley/Osean 8-0.


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SUMMERTON – Clarendon Hall’s junior varsity volleyball team improved to 5-0 on the season with a 2-0 win over Dorchester Academy on Tuesday. Game scores were 25-18 and 25-19. The Lady Saints were led by Mallory McIntosh who had 12 points and two aces. Sydney Wells added 10 points and Madison Kidd added eight points with three aces. CH travels to Blackville today to take on Jefferson Davis Academy at 4:30 p.m.

Azarenka to face Pennetta in Open semifinals BY HOWARD FENDRICH The Associated Press NEW YORK — A year ago, Flavia Pennetta was hanging out at her parents’ home on Italy’s heel, recovering from right wrist surgery, watching the U.S. Open on TV — and wondering how long it would take her to get back on the tennis tour. Look at her now. Pennetta is a Grand Slam semifinalist for the first time at age 31, and in her 41st major tournament. Unseeded, ranked only 83rd, Pennetta got to the final four at Flushing Meadows with a 6-4, 6-1 victory Wednesday over another Italian, 10th-seeded Roberta Vinci, who happens to be her long-time friend and former doubles partner. They know each other’s games, and each other’s personalities, perfectly. While Pennetta was laid up after her operation last September, they spoke on the phone and sent text messages back and forth. “She went through some ugly times,” said Vinci, who lost in last year’s U.S. Open quarterfinals to yet another Italian, her current doubles partner Sara Errani. “But Flavia is strong-headed. She’s stubborn,” Vinci continued, rapping a wooden table with her right fist. “She’s someone who, when she wants something, she wants it all costs, which is the right way to be.” In Friday’s semifinals, Pennetta will face Victoria Azarenka, a two-time Australian Open champion and last year’s runner-up to Serena Williams at the U.S. Open. The second-seeded Azarenka reached her sixth semifinal in the past eight Grand Slam tournaments by beating 48th-


Flavia Pennetta defeated Roberta Vinci 6-4, 6-1 in the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open on Wednesday in New York to advance to her first semifinal.

U.S. OPEN RESULTS The Associated Press Wednesday At The USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center New York Purse: $34.3 million (Grand Slam) Surface: Hard-Outdoor Singles Men Quarterfinals Richard Gasquet (8), France, def. David Ferrer (4), Spain, 6-3, 6-1, 4-6, 2-6, 6-3. Women Quarterfinals Flavia Pennetta, Italy, def. Roberta Vinci (10), Italy, 6-4, 6-1. Victoria Azarenka (2), Belarus, def. Daniela Hantuchova, Slovakia, 6-2, 6-3.

ranked Daniela Hantuchova 6-2, 6-3 on Wednesday night. The other women’s semifinal will be No. 1 Williams, who owns 16 major titles, against No. 5 Li Na, the 2011 French Open champion. Back in 2009, Pennetta was the first woman from Italy to be ranked in the top 10. But she was off the tour from August 2012 until February 2013, and dropped down as far as 166th after her comeback began with a 3-7 record.



Duda, Brown hits HRs, Mets drop Braves 5-2 ATLANTA — Lucas Duda had three hits, including a home run, and Andrew Brown added a towering two-run shot to lead Dillon Gee and the New York Mets to a 5-2 win over the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday. Gee (11-9) cruised after he was given a 5-0 lead in the third. The rightDUDA hander allowed one run on four hits in seven innings. Freddie Freeman homered off Mets reliever Vic Black with two outs in the eighth. The Mets had 12 hits, including 11 in only 4 1-3 innings against Kameron Loe (0-2), who made his first start in the majors since 2007. CUBS MARLINS

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CHICAGO — Donnie Murphy homered to cap a 4-run rally in the seventh inning and the Chicago Cubs connected four times Wednesday to beat the Miami




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PHILADELPHIA — Jordan Zimmermann became the National League’s first 16-game winner, pitching seven solid innings to lead the Washington Nationals past the Philadelphia Phillies 3-2 on Wednesday night.

HOUSTON — Trevor Crowe hit an RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning that lifted the Houston Astros over the Minnesota Twins 6-5 on Wednesday.


OAKLAND, Calif. — Jarrod Parker got plenty of home-run help and pitched his way into Oakland’s record book, and the surging Athletics pulled into a tie atop the AL West with Texas by overpowering the Rangers 11-4 on Wednesday.

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SAN DIEGO — Pablo Sandoval hit three homers and drove in six runs Wednesday, leading a rare power show by the San Francisco Giants in a 13-5 win over the San Diego Padres. INTERLEAGUE DIAMONDBACKS BLUE JAYS

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PHOENIX — Willie Bloomquist lined his third hit for a run-scoring single in the 10th inning and the Arizona Diamondbacks avoided a threegame sweep with a 4-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday.


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NEW YORK — Struggling ace CC Sabathia pitched effectively into the eighth inning before Mariano Rivera earned helped the New York Yankees hold off the Chicago White Sox 6-5 on Wednesday for a 3-game sweep. From wire reports





Wolverines eye improvement against Johnsonville BY JUSTIN DRIGGERS East Clarendon head football coach Dwayne Howell liked the way his offense moved the ball at times against Latta last week. But any positives were overshadowed by the six turnovers as the Wolverines were shut out 28-0. “Two interceptions, three fumbles and a blocked punt,” Howell lamented. “I don’t care who you are or how

good you are, if you turn the ball over like that, you won’t have a chance to win.” EC, now 0-1 on the season, will try to rebound on Friday at 7:30 p.m. when it welcomes Johnsonville to Shad Hall Field. The Flashes are also 0-1 after a 21-14 loss to Carvers Bay last week. “We hurt ourselves last week,” Howell said. “It wasn’t necessarily anything they did to us but what we did to ourselves. “When we executed properly, we moved the ball well.


We just hurt ourselves with turnovers.” Adam Lowder had a solid game running the ball, Howell said. The Wolverines lost one of their offensive tackles and one of their running HOWELL backs in the first half and Lowder was able to pick up some of the slack. “He ran the ball well, but they made some adjustments and were able to take away

some of the things we were doing well in the second half,” Howell said. Defensively, EC had its share of mistakes as well. “We were in the wrong position a few times, and when we were in position, we didn’t always make the play,” Howell said. “We’ve got to shore that up this week.” The Wolverines defense, and especially the run defense, will be put to the test against the power running game of the Flashes. Over the

last three seasons, Johnsonville has racked up 51, 49 and 56 points against EC, the overwhelming majority of which have come via the run. “We have to play our assignments and our responsibilities,” Howell said. “We can’t worry about covering for a neighbor. “They run that double dive. Our defensive line has got to get in there and stop the first dive and our linebackers have to stop the second. If we can do that, I’ll think we can be successful.”


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New England tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) pushes off a block during Wednesday’s practice in Foxborough, Mass. The Patriots open their regular season against Buffalo on Sunday and Gronkowski hasn’t given any indication if he’ll play or not against the Bills.

Gronkowski unsure of status for opener FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Rob Gronkowski is making steady progress from his forearm and back operations. Now he just has to get back into football condition. The star tight end isn’t saying if he expects to play in New England’s opener Sunday at Buffalo, but he’s noticeably skinnier after cutting back on his usual workouts while recovering. Gronkowski had back surgery June 18, about a month after the fourth operation on the left forearm he broke last Nov. 18 against the Indianapolis Colts. He had surgery, missed five games, then returned for the regular-season finale. But he rebroke the forearm on Jan. 13 in the AFC divisional round when the Patriots beat the Houston Texans 41-28. He’s had three forearm surgeries since then, and said he hasn’t had any setbacks. On Wednesday, he participated on a limited basis in practice. SMITH TO START FOR JETS VS. BUCCANEERS

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Geno Smith is the new face of the franchise for the New York Jets. Well, at least for the opening game of the season. Beyond that, we’ll see. The rookie quarterback will start in the opener at home Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The team finally confirmed Wednesday what had been expected since Mark Sanchez injured his right shoulder in a preseason game against the Giants on Aug. 24. BILLS ROOKIE QB MANUEL TO START AGAINST PATRIOTS

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Once Bills quarterback EJ Manuel practiced Sunday for the first time in two weeks, coach Doug Marrone had an inkling the rookie first-round draft pick might be ready to open the season. On Wednesday, Marrone was convinced, announcing Manuel had fully recovered from a left knee injury and will start against the New England Patriots on Sunday. FORMER FOOTBALL PLAYERS SUE NCAA OVER CONCUSSIONS

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — Three former college football players are suing the NCAA, saying it failed to educate them about the risks of concussions and did not do enough to prevent, diagnose and treat brain injuries. Chris Walker and Ben Martin, who played for Tennessee from 2007-2011, and Dan Ahern, who played for North Carolina State from 1972-76, filed a class-action lawsuit in federal court in Chattanooga, Tenn., on Wednesday. The complaint alleges the NCAA failed to meet its obligation to former players and because of its neglect the players are “suffering the dramatic consequences.” The lawsuit seeks an NCAA to fund a medical-monitoring program for former football players. LB CUSHING SIGNS $55M EXTENSION WITH TEXANS

HOUSTON — Brian Cushing wanted to make sure Houston Texans general manager Rick Smith was aware of the progress the linebacker was making during months of excruciating rehabilitation on his surgically repaired left knee. He bombarded Smith’s phone with pictures and videos, all of it a reminder of how far he’d come. It paid off Wednesday when Smith and the Texans signed Cushing to a six-year, $55.6 million contract extension. The deal includes $21 million guaranteed. From wire reports


the great players that had come from there. I was like, ‘Man, what if I could be one of those guys.’” Sutton didn’t see the big deal in wearing a giant G on the side of his helmet. His attention was focused outside the hedges, not between them. In high school, that changed. As a top 10 weakside defensive end nationally — and top 20 overall prospect in Georgia — it didn’t take long for the Bulldogs to recruit Sutton. The questions soon followed. How high was Georgia on his list of schools? Would he be a Bulldog? Always, the answer was assumed. In Georgia, accepting the privilege to play inside Sanford Stadium is a birthright. That’s what everyone told him, so Sutton scheduled a trip to campus. “Once I visited there, I just had a change of thought. Like, ‘That’s not a place I want to be,’” Sutton said. He didn’t say what diverted his path, but Sutton represents a trend at USC. The Gamecocks have 25 players from Georgia, more than a quarter of their scholarship roster. For those from the Peach State, the program’s three-game winning streak against Georgia — its longest in program history — carries special meaning. “It’s like a rivalry game for me,” sophomore safety T.J. Gurley said. “Most of the Georgia players are from around where I’m from, so I know a lot of them. They’re talking a lot of trash, but it’s just all fun. It’s a rivalry game to me.” Gurley mentioned a few Georgia players he

CLEMSON from Page B1 doesn’t see it that way. He’s constantly reminded of his years redshirting while C.J. Spiller was the star, and waiting his turn while Jamie Harper and Andre Ellington carried the load. “I’m still chasing,” said McDowell, who despises the term “starter.” “I’m not trying to be complacent. I haven’t arrived. I’m learning something every day about myself, about our offense, about how to get better.” SOULFUL ROD

McDowell wins the Tigers’ award for Most Unmistakable Entrance to a room. He tweaks media, working quietly before interviews, looking to crank the enthusiasm. He starts off many conversations with “Turn up!” and ends all of them with

“God bless.” “He’s got a lot of soul, man,” said Brooks, McDowell’s depthchart backup. “He’s a fireball. Rod’s a ball of energy.” At 5-10 and 200 pounds, McDowell’s got a low center of gravity. It’s been a careerlong process learning not just how to break the big run, but read blitzes and protect quarterback Tajh Boyd from frothing linebackers — a skill at which Ellington was particularly polished. “I am sold on Hot Rod McDowell. I’ve actually been sold on him since the day I came in … he’s not a selfish guy,” running backs coach Tony Elliott said. “He understands he has a few limitations from a size standpoint.” Elliott admitted the focus wasn’t always there the last two years, which is why McDowell’s overcommitted himself to a dogged work ethic.

TSA from Page B1 loss. Kessinger said he saw his team improve in every phase of the game with the exception of the offensive line. He was very pleased with the way they stopped the run, limiting OP to 85 yards — 52 of which came on one play. “Right now our biggest problem is the O-line,” the TSA coach explained. “We just couldn’t match them at all. We couldn’t get a pass rush on them and couldn’t match their best receiver.” Spartanburg Christian should be more of an even matchup according to Kessinger, who said he feels his squad has an advantage size-wise over the Warriors. SCA

The Associated Press (Subject to change) Saturday, Sept. 7 No. 2 Oregon at Virginia, 3:30 p.m. No. 3 Ohio St. vs. San Diego State, 3:30 p.m. No. 4 Clemson vs. South Carolina State, 12:30 p.m. No. 5 Stanford vs. San Jose State, 11 p.m. No. 6 South Carolina at No. 11 Georgia, 4:30 p.m. No. 7 Texas A&M vs. Sam Houston State, 7 p.m. No. 8 Louisville vs. Eastern Kentucky, Noon No. 9 LSU vs. UAB, 7 p.m.

No. 12 Florida at Miami, Noon No. 13 Oklahoma St. at UTSA, Noon No. 14 Notre Dame at No. 17 Michigan, 8 p.m. No. 15 Texas at BYU, 7 p.m. No. 16 Oklahoma vs. West Virginia, 7 p.m. No. 19 Northwestern vs. Syracuse, 6 p.m. No. 21 Wisconsin vs. Tennessee Tech, Noon No. 22 Nebraska vs. Southern Miss., 6 p.m. No. 23 Baylor vs, Buffalo, 3:30 p.m. No. 24 TCU vs. SE Louisiana, Noon No. 25 Southern Cal vs. Washington State, 10:30 p.m.

knows from high school, including Bulldogs starting safety Tray Matthews. He recently hosted freshman cornerback Brendan Langley on a recruiting trip to Columbia. “Me and him are real cool,” Gurley said. Perhaps less cool this week. With an 0-1 record — something that doesn’t mix well with Georgia’s preseason dreams of winning a national championship — the Bulldogs need no extra motivation this week. They return to their home stadium 4:30 p.m. Saturday licking wounds after an opening loss to Clemson nobody in Athens saw coming. Perhaps USC coach Steve Spurrier was thinking the same when he downplayed the Border Bash on Tuesday. Spurrier, flashing his trademark sarcasm, said this matchup really isn’t that big of a rivalry. After all, so many other teams dislike the Bulldogs, and the Bulldogs dislike so many other teams. There is Florida and Auburn, heated rivals in both SEC divisions.

“He didn’t have that edge he needed to have, especially when you’re at the back of the line with three NFL guys in front of you,” Elliott said. “We’re making sure that confidence is there, all the time.” Head coach Dabo Swinney has monitored McDowell’s maturation, knowing his time would come … even if it took five years. “He’s a guy that makes you smile, because I’ve been with him the whole time, and I just know where he was when he came in here,” Swinney said. “I know how hard he’s worked. I know the price he’s paid. I know the patience he’s had to display, and the perseverance of mentally pushing through, when maybe he wanted to give up at some point, (wondering) whether he was ever going to be the starter here. I’m just really proud of him.” EMOTIONAL ROD

Although few team-

comes into Friday’s game with an 0-2 record and 0-1 in the region having been shut out 55-0 to Lee County in Sanford, N.C., and then dropping a 43-24 decision to Calhoun Academy. “Spartanburg Christian’s got some athletes and they’re kind of like us,” the Generals coach explained. “(Warriors head coach Chad Turner) feels like their similar like us in terms of age -they’re not much more than a JV team age-wise. Honestly, that’s kind of how we are. We have 12 kids about JV age out of 38.” TSA senior quarterback Drew Stengal could be a key in the cog for getting the Generals headed in the right direction. Kessinger said he liked what he saw in Stengal but he also hopes the running game gets going through Jordan

mates noticed a change in McDowell’s emotions, his heart was wrenched in the spring by the loss of a loved one. Last Christmas, McDowell’s grandfather looked his normal self. “He was fully fine, heavy and all that,” McDowell said. But prostate cancer is a more explosive, relentless beast than Jadeveon Clowney. When McDowell left the team for a week to see his elder in Florida, he saw a different man. Skinny. Deprived of energy. Painfully aware his clock was ticking. “It kind of touched me,” McDowell said, “because me and my granddaddy were close.” The next week, McDowell’s grandfather laid down, closed his eyes and, as McDowell said, “It was time for him to go home.” McDowell got the call, and made his peace with it best he could.

Adams and Ty Cressionnie. “He made some poor plays but he really saved us from a lot of minus play,” the TSA coach said of Stengal. “He makes good decisions; he threw a couple balls away, saved some big sacks and he really did some good things.” The Warriors run a unique type of offense in the scrum and Kessinger said it’s hard to simulate that in practice to defend. “They’ve got some quickness and they run the scrum offense; they’re all scrunched together there and it’s hard to tell where everybody is,” he said. Overall both teams will have a lot of youth and inexperience looking for their first win of the season. “Young is exciting, but young makes mistakes,” Kessinger said.




Dr. ARABELLA H. RICH ANDERSON — Dr. Arabella H. Rich, 78, wife of the Rev. James O. Rich, died Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013, at Hospice of the Upstate. She was an educator, who taught first in Sumter County, and retired from Anderson School District 5. Mrs. Rich will be lovingly remembered by her husband, the Rev. Dr. J.O. Rich; one son, Stanley L. (Phyllis) Rich of Anderson; one daughter, Stephanie R. Rich of Arlington, Texas; one grandson, Stanford A. Rich of Hampton, Va.; one brother, Bishop John (Wilma) Hester of Greenville; one sister, Helen Sallette of Lanham, Md.; sisters-inlaw, Ingeborg Hester of Baltimore, Md., Rosalee Rich of Sumter and Marie Porter of Lynchburg, Va.; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at noon Friday at Boulevard Baptist Church, 700 Boulevard, Anderson. Entombment will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Anderson. The body will be placed in the church at 10 a.m. on the day of the service. Public viewing will be held today as follows: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at RichColonial Funeral Home, 1619 S. McDuffie St., Anderson, and 3 to 8 p.m. at St. Paul Baptist Church, 322 W. Reed St., Anderson, with the family receiving friends from 6 to 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the J.O. Rich Center at St. Paul Baptist Church, P.O. Box 56, Anderson, SC 29622. Services are entrusted to Rich-Colonial Funeral Home of Anderson. ALLEN LARSON Peter Allen Larson Jr., 67, husband of Carolyn Gruber Larson, died Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, at his home, after an extended illness. Born in Sumter, he was a son of the late Pat and Gloria Beetham Larson. He was a mem-

ber of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, where he was a Sunday school teacher for the Kennedy Bible Class. Allen was a Christian witness and inspiration throughout his illness. Allen received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Erskine College. He retired as a mental health counselor from SanteeWateree Mental Health Center. Allen voluntarily served his country in the U.S. Army and was a veteran of the Vietnam War, where he earned a Bronze Star Medal. He was an avid book reader and bass fisherman. He is survived by his wife; a son, Patrick Francis Larson (Kathy); grandchildren, Caleb, Elijah and Abigail; a sister, Georgana Lackey; and an aunt, Rose Scott. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church. Burial with military honors will be in Evergreen Memorial Park cemetery. Pallbearers will be David Blackmon, Wayne Hogon, Buford Mabry, George Scott, Tom LeBleu and Johnny McLeod. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. today at ElmoreCannon-Stephens Funeral Home. The family wishes to express a heartfelt appreciation to the medical community for their many years of care. A special thank you to Dr. Hugh Stoddard, Dr. David B. Adams and the staff of East Palmetto Ambulatory Service. Memorials may be made to St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, 27 Broad St., Sumter, SC 29150 or to the Sumter County Public Library, 111 N. Harvin St., Sumter, SC 29150. Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home and Crematorium of Sumter is in charge of the arrangements.

JOSEPHINE FINN Josephine Walker Douglas Finn, age 87, died on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, at Covenant Place. Born in Ft. Ogden, Fla., Ms. Finn was a

daughter of the late Ealy and Cassie Tippins Walker and the beloved wife of the late William Wesley Douglas Jr. and Douglas H. Finn. Ms. Finn worked in the medical field as a registered nurse and will be remembered as a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Ms. Finn is survived by her daughter, Deborah D. Boozer, and her husband, Harold S., of Sumter; two grandchildren, Michael Wesley Boozer and his wife, Caison, of Columbia and Elizabeth Boozer Greene and her husband, Trey, of Conway; and one great-grandchild, Emma Kate Greene. Ms. Finn was preceded in death by a son, William Wesley Douglas III; and a great-granddaughter, Wesleigh Anne Greene. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Greenlawn Cemetery in Spartanburg with the Rev. Harold P. Greene III officiating. Memorials may be made to the MUSC Children’s Heart Hospital, 26 Calhoun St., Suite 306, MSC 182, Charleston, SC 29425. You may sign the family’s guest book at The family has chosen Bullock Funeral Home of Sumter for the arrangements.

DOROTHY DENNIS GAMBLE Dorothy Mae Dennis Gamble, 84, passed away peacefully at her home on Sept. 3, 2013, surrounded by family and loving friends. Born Dec. 24, 1928, in Lancaster, she was a daughter of the late Beasley I. and Anabel Michau Dennis. A twin sister died at birth. Mrs. Gamble was married for 27 years to the late William Goodman Gamble, who preceded her in death in 1974. A son, William Beasley “Buddy” Gamble, also


preceded her in death in 1990. She is survived by her daughter, Anita Gamble Baker (Larry); four grandchildren, Jennifer Baker Reid, William Ryan Baker, Anna Lynn Gamble (Martin) and Kenneth Goodman Gamble (Elizabeth); four great-grandchildren, Eli William Gamble, Andrew Thomas Gamble, Maecy Elizabeth Gamble and John Ryan Reid; a sister, Mary Louise Brunson (Jimmy); a nephew, Dennis Brunson (Alicia); a great-nephew, Jonathan Brunson; and a greatniece, Alexandra Brunson. The family also wishes to thank Beebe Coker with Amedisys Hospice, Kirby Phillips, Martha Culbreath, and Renee Daniels for all the love and care they have provided. Mrs. Gamble was a member of Turbeville Southern Methodist Church for more than 60 years. She was employed for many years in retail sales at various businesses in Sumter, including 20 years at Belk Department Stores. In later years, she kept children in her home and was a surrogate grandmother to at least seven families. Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Turbeville Southern Methodist Church with burial in the church cemetery, directed by Floyd Funeral Home. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at Turbeville Southern Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials may be made to Turbeville Southern Methodist Church, P.O. Box 182, Turbeville, SC 29162 or Amedisys Hospice, 2555 Lin Do Court, Suite B, Sumter, SC 29150. Online condolences may be made at www.

ROY A. REINHARDT Sr. GABLE — Roy Albert Reinhardt Sr., 89, widower of Beulah Kennedy Reinhardt, Leola Pringle Reinhardt and Seda

Harrison Reardon Reinhardt, died Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, at his residence, 12519 U.S. 301, Gable. He was born May 29, 1924, in Lincolnton County, N.C., a son of the late James Willie and Lena Setzer Reinhardt. The family is receiving friends at the residence. These services have been entrusted to Samuels Funeral Home LLC of Manning.

JACK BROWN Jr. Brother Jack “JB” Brown Jr., 83, husband of Esther “Monk” Wilson Brown, entered eternal rest on Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center. Born March 31, 1930, in Clarendon County, he was a son of the late Jack Sr. and Minnie Pugh Brown. He was a member of St. John Baptist Church in the Silver community of Clarendon County. He was employed with Campbell Soup Co. (currently Pilgrim’s Pride) before he retired. Survivors include his wife of 60 years; two daughters, Elsie Thompson and Helen Brown; two sons, Jack (Patricia) Brown Jr. and Darrell (Ronnie K. Randolph, special friend) Brown; four brothers, Robert (Cynthia) Brown, Albert Brown, Howard (Clara) Brown and James (Betty) Brown; one sister, Minnie (Carl) Coby; 18 grandchildren; 25 greatgrandchildren; and a host of other relatives. Mr. Brown can be viewed from 2 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at St. John Missionary Baptist Church with Pastor Ranzy McFadden Jr., assisted by the Rev. David Pugh, the Rev. Betty Nesbitt, the Rev. Bertha M. Scott, the Rev. Nate Brock and the Rev. Charles Jones. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family is receiving visitors at the home, 840 Murray St., Sumter. Online memorials can be sent to comfhltj@

Community Funeral Home of Sumter is in charge of these arrangements.

LEWIS HUNTER Lewis “Mossy” Hunter, 71, husband of Mary Johnson Hunter, entered eternal rest on Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013, at his home. Born Dec. 3, 1941, he was a son of the late Thomas Sr. and Addell Richardson Hunter. He was a member of St. Luke AME Church. He was a former employee of the City of Sumter, and he retired from Moise Moving Co. Survivors include his wife of the home; his children, Joyce (Marcus) Carter, James (Rebecca) Johnson, Courtney Hunter, Carol Lisa Johnson, Gary Hunter, Rebecca Hunter, Roberta Hunter and Kim Jackson; 13 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a stepmother, Lottie Bell Mack Hunter; six sisters, Mildred Britton, Priscilla (Johnny) Washington, Thomasenia (James) Jackson, Patricia Hunter Titus, Ometta A. Hunter and Ivory Loretta (Orin) Dennis; six brothers, Frank (Wilhelmina) Mills, Thomas (Bertha) Hunter, John (Maggie) Hunter, the Rev. Clarence (Lillie) Hunter, Waddell (Gloria) Hunter and George Hunter; one aunt, Rovena Johnson Richardson; a host of other relatives and friends. Mr. Hunter can be viewed from 3 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Luke AME Church with Pastor E. Robert Thomas, the Rev. Clarence Hunter, the Rev. Geneva Stafford, the Rev. James C. Lane and Minister Timothy Hunter. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family is receiving visitors at the home, 4281 Hickory Road, Sumter. Online memorials can be sent to comfhltj@ Community Funeral Home of Sumter is in charge of these arrangements.



BARONS from Page B1 think we had six different players catch a pass, had three running backs combine for over 200 yards and we threw for more than 150 yards, which was one of our goals for every game.” Defensively JP Sears, John Ballard, Sam Watford

and Lake Kirven all recorded five or more tackles, and John Wells Baker had four tackles – including two for a loss. Andrew Kinney also had an interception. “I thought our linebackers and secondary played extremely well,” Lane said. “We’ve got some guys who are new to some of those positions and they came out and played well across the board.”

FOOTBALL from Page B1 The NFL’s marketing machine put up gigantic banners of Flacco alongside Peyton Manning on the Broncos’ stadium to promote the league’s first game of the 2013 season. Fans are furious, Manning is miffed and Flacco is flummoxed. Still, Flacco reasoned, “being hated is not a bad thing.” This flag flap could have been avoided had baseball’s Orioles moved their game Thursday night to accommodate the champs for a customary home kickoff. “I’m not too worried about it,” Flacco said. “It’s not like they’re taking a home game away from us. They’re just making us play on the road maybe earlier than we want-


“Doom & Gloom” is what Elvis Dumervil and Von Miller called themselves in Denver, where the Pro Bowl pass rushers combined for 29½ of the Broncos’ league-leading 52 sacks in 2012. Dumervil signed with the Ravens in free agency after his infamous fax foul-up in Denver led to his release by the Broncos. He won’t see Miller on Thursday night because Denver’s All-Pro linebacker is serving a six-game drug suspension. “He’s like a younger brother,” Dumervil said. “We’ve spoken. We talk all the time. He’s dealing with tough times and he’ll fight through it.”


Safety Rahim Moore is out to make amends for the most memorable mistake in Denver’s playoff loss, when he mistimed his jump on Flacco’s heave to Jones. “I haven’t seen it from him one snap or one second where he’s dwelled on that,” Broncos secondary coach Cory Undlin said. “If anything, he’s used it as motivation.” Veteran cornerback Champ Bailey appreciates Moore’s accountability but noted there were plenty of goats in that game. “He wasn’t the guy that put us in that situation,” Bailey said. “So, we’ve all got to own that one.” RAVENS REBUILT

For the first time in the Ravens’ 18-year existence, Ray Lewis isn’t manning middle

Pinewood will present a different challenge for WH. The Panthers are under a new head coach and their numbers have forced some seven players to go both ways last week. “They’re very big up front,” Lane said. “They’re solid across both lines so we have to play well defensively. “On offense, I think we just need to continue to try to be consistent and balanced.”

linebacker. Daryl Smith, who signed a free agent deal in June, is the veteran replacement. He’s a sure tackler entering his 10th season and could help provide some of the veteran presence the Ravens lost. Smith was part of a Ravens defensive revamp as they also said goodbye to starters Ed Reed, Bernard Pollard, Paul Kruger and Cary Williams, and hello to Dumervil, Chris Canty, Marcus Spears and Michael Huff. Flacco parlayed his fantastic playoff run into a six-year, $120.6 million contract, but also lost his two favorite targets as receiver Anquan Boldin was traded and tight end Dennis Pitta is sidelined with a fractured hip. RECORD RETURNER

As a former special teams coordinator, Ravens coach

John Harbaugh said he had “reluctant admiration” for Trindon Holliday, who piled up an NFL-record 248 yards in returns against the Ravens in January. Denver’s diminutive returner became the first NFL player to take back both a punt and a kickoff for TDs in a playoff game. Those touchdowns were the longest punt (90 yards) and kickoff (104 yards) returns for scores ever in the postseason. Of course, Holliday was a footnote when Jones’ tying TD grab made him the star instead. Otherwise, it might have been Holliday and not Jones putting his fingerprints on the Lombardi Trophy, appearing on Jimmy Kimmel’s late show and then prancing across the floor with Karina Smirnoff on “Dancing With The Stars.”

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SUMTER AREA RESIDENTS CASH IN: Pictured above and protected by armed guards are the Overstuffed Money Bags containing 10 individual Vault Bags full of money that everyone is trying to get. That’s because each Vault Bag is known to contain over 100 U.S. Gov’t issued coins some dating back to the early 1900s.

State zip codes determine who gets free Silver coins Vault Bags loaded with U.S. Gov’t issued coins are up for grabs as thousands of U.S. residents stand to miss the deadline to claim the money; now any resident of South Carolina who finds their zip code listed below gets to claim the bags of money for themselves and keep any valuable coins found inside by covering the Vault Bag fee within the next 2 days SOUTH CAROLINA - The phone lines are ringing off the hook. That’s because for the next 2 days Vault Bags containing valuable U.S. Gov’t issued coins are actually being handed over to Sumter area residents who find their zip code listed in today’s publication. “Now that the bags of money are up for grabs South Carolina residents are claiming as many as they can get before they’re all gone. That’s because after the Vault Bags were loaded with over 100 U.S. Gov’t issued coins the bags were sealed for good. But, we do know that some of the coins date clear back to the early 1900s, including: Silver, scarce, highly collectible, and currently circulating U.S. Gov’t issued nickels, dimes and quarter dollars, so there’s no telling what you’ll find until you sort through all the coins,” said Timothy J. Shissler, Chief Numismatist for the private World Reserve. The only thing residents need to do is find their zip code on the Distribution List printed in today’s publication. If their zip code is on the list, they need to immediately call the National Claim Hotline before the 2-day order deadline ends. Everyone who does is being given the 90% pure Silver Walking Liberty coin for free just by covering the fee for each Vault Bag loaded with over 100 U.S. Gov’t issued coins for only $99 each as long as they call before the deadline ends. Since this advertising announcement can’t stop dealers and collectors from hoarding any of the valuable coins they can get their hands on, the World Reserve had to set a strict limit of ten Vault Bags per resident. “Coin values always fluctuate and there are never any guarantees, but those who get in on this now will be the really smart ones. Just think what some of these coins could be worth someday,” said Shissler. Each Vault Bag is loaded in part with highly sought after collector coins dating clear back to the 1900s including a 90% pure Silver Walking Liberty Half Dollar, an Eisenhower Dollar, some of the last ever minted U.S. Dollars, Kennedy Half Dollars, Silver Mercury Dimes, rarely seen Liberty ‘V’ Nickels, nearly 100 year old Buffalo Nickels and a big scoop of unsearched currently circulating U.S. Gov’t issued nickels, dimes and quarter dollars. “We’re bracing for all the calls because there are just hours left for residents to get the Silver Walking Liberty coin free,” he said. So, Sumter area residents lucky enough to find their zip code listed in today’s publication need to immediately call the National Claim Hotlines before the 2-day deadline ends to get the Silver Walking Liberty coin free. If lines are busy keep trying, all calls will be answered.




How to claim the bags of U.S. Gov’t issued coins: Read the important information listed below about claiming the Vault Bags. Then call the National Claim Hotline before the 2-day deadline ends at: 1-888-282-6742 Who gets to claim the bags of money: Thousands of U.S. residents stand to miss the deadline to claim the money. Now Sumter area residents who find the first two digits of their zip code listed in today’s publication and beat the 2-day deadline get to claim the bags of money for themselves and keep all the U.S. Gov’t issued coins found inside. I keep calling and can’t get through: That’s because each Vault Bag is guaranteed to contain a free Silver Walking Liberty coin and just that one coin alone could be worth $15-$325 in collector value. So thousands of residents are calling to claim as many Vault Bags as they can get before they’re all gone. In fact, since the Vault Bag fee is just $ 99 everyone is claiming as many bags as they can before the deadline ends. So if lines are busy keep trying, all calls will be answered. How much are the Vault Bags worth: Coin values always fluctuate and there are never any guarantees, but here’s why South Carolina residents are claiming as many Vault Bags as they can get before they’re all gone. After the Vault Bags were loaded with over 100 U.S. Gov’t issued coins including: Silver, scarce, highly collectible, and a big scoop of unsearched currently circulating U.S. Gov’t issued coins the bags were sealed for good. But we do know that some of the coins date back to the 1900s. That means there’s no telling what you’ll find until you sort through all the coins. So you better believe at just $ 99 the Vault Bag fee is a real steal since the free Silver Walking Liberty coin alone could be worth from $15 to $325 in collector value. Are the Silver Walking Liberty coins really Free: Yes. All Sumter area residents who beat the 2-day deadline are instantly being awarded a Silver Walking Liberty coin issued by the U.S. Gov’t between 1916-1947 free with each Vault Bag they claim. Why is the Vault Bag fee so low: Because thousands of U.S. residents have missed the deadline to claim the money the World Reserve has re-allocated Vault Bags that will be scheduled to be sent out in the next 2 days. That means the money is up for grabs and now any resident who finds the first two digits of their zip code on the Distribution List below gets to claim the bags of money for themselves and keep all the U.S. Gov’t issued coins found inside. Each Vault Bag fee is set at $149 for residents who miss the 2 day deadline, but for those who beat the 2-day deadline the Vault Bag fee is just $ 99 as long as they call the National Claim Hotline before the deadline ends at: 1-888-282-6742.


฀ LOADED WITH OVER 100 COINS: The phone lines are ringing off the hook. That’s because thousands of sealed Vault Bags each loaded with over 100 U.S. Gov’t issued coins some dating back to the early 1900s including: Silver, scarce, highly collectible, and currently circulating coins are being handed over to Sumter area residents.

Alabama 35, 36

Colorado 80, 81

Hawaii 96

Kansas 66, 67

Massachusetts 01, 02, 05

Montana 59

Alaska 99

Connecticut 06

Idaho 83

Kentucky 40, 41, 42

Michigan 48, 49

Nebraska 68, 69

Arizona 85, 86

Delaware 19

Illinois 60, 61, 62

Louisiana 70, 71

Minnesota 55, 56

Nevada 88, 89

North Carolina 27, 28

Pennsylvania 15, 16, 17, 18, 19

Arkansas 71, 72

Florida 32, 33, 34

Indiana 46, 47

Maine 03, 04

Mississippi 38, 39

New Hampshire 03

North Dakota 58

Rhode Island 02

California N/A

Georgia 30, 31, 39

Iowa 50, 51, 52

Maryland 20, 21

Missouri 63, 64, 65

New Jersey 07, 08

Ohio 41, 43, 44, 45

South Carolina 29

New Mexico 87, 88 New York 00, 10, 11, 12 13, 14

Oklahoma 73, 74 Oregon 97

Virginia South Dakota 20, 22, 23, 24 57 Washington Tennessee 98, 99 37, 38 West Virginia Texas 24, 25, 26 75, 76, 77 Wisconsin 78, 79, 88 53, 54 Utah Wyoming 84 82, 83 Vermont Washington DC N/A 20


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EAR ABBY — I crystal ball that enables am appalled at you to see what seniors older workers have in the bank, it’s who hang onto their presumptuous to say jobs so they can live someone should retire. lavish lifestyles, while Many seniors are unyoung workers trying to prepared financially to support families are left do so through no fault with lack of advanceof their own. And while ment or even laid off you may think now that because they don’t have you’ll take a reduction tenure. in pay when your I am a single sons are out of mom, and when college, it remains my sons are out to be seen if that of college I plan will be feasible for to take a less you when the stressful job time comes. (and thus less Abigail Dear Abby is pay), so a written by Abigail younger person VAN BUREN Van Buren, also can have my job known as Jeanne to support a Phillips, and was founded family. I am so tired of the ME ME ME attitude by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Write Dear Abby of our society now. In at or the past, there was P.O. Box 69440, Los Angemore of a sense of social responsibility. Now les, CA 90069. it’s every man for himTo receive a collection self and hang everyone of Abby’s most memoraelse! DISGUSTED IN ble — and most freCOLUMBUS, OHIO quently requested — poems and essays, send your name and mailing DEAR DISGUSTED address, plus check or — While your altruism money order for $7 (U.S. is laudable, please try funds) to: Dear Abby -to be less judgmental. Keepers Booklet, P.O. Box Many older people 447, Mount Morris, IL work longer these days 61054-0447. Shipping not to live lavish lifeand handling are includstyles, but to survive. ed in the price. Unless you have a dear abby


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AMENDED LIS PENDENS NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that an action has been commenced and is now pending in this Court upon the Complaint of the above-named Plaintiff for the foreclosure of a certain mortgage of real estate given by John A. Sorrell, Alfred F. Sorrell and Jean C. Sorrell to Southern Lifestyle Homes, Inc. dated July 2, 1997, and recorded in the Office of the Register of Deeds for Sumter County on July 10, 1997 at 4:37 pm in Book 679 at Page 1112. The premises covered and affected by the said mortgage and the foreclosure thereof, were, at the time of making thereof and at the time of the filing of the Lis Pendens, is described as:

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STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF SUMTER U.S. Bank, N.A., as trustee on behalf of Manufactured Housing Contract Senior/Subordinate Pass-Through Certificate Trust 1997-5, by Green Tree Servicing LLC, as Servicer with delegated authority under the transaction documents, Plaintiff, -vsThe Estate of Alfred F. Sorrell a/k/a Alfred Floyd Sorrell, by and through the Personal Representative Jean C. Sorrell; Jean C. Sorrell and John A. Sorrell a/k/a John Allen Sorrell, Individually, and as Heirs-at-Law of Alfred F. Sorrell a/k/a Alfred Floyd Sorrell; Donna Jean Swink, Steven Alfred Sorrell, Benny James Sorrell, Mavis Jolene Lamberth and Alberta Ovaline Smith, as Heirs-at-Law of Alfred F. Sorrell a/k/a Alfred Floyd Sorrell; and Carolina Power & Light Company n/k/a Duke Energy Progress, Inc.,, and any and all persons claiming any right, title, estate or interest in real estate described in the Complaint any unknown adults being as a class designated as John Doe, and any unknown infants or persons under disability being as a class designated as Richard Roe, Defendant(s) TO THE DEFENDANT(S), ABOVE YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and required to answer the Complaint in this action, and to serve a copy of your Answer on the subscribers at their offices, 1640 St. Julian Place, Columbia, South Carolina 29202, within thirty (30) days after service hereof, exclusive of the day of such service; except that the United States of America, if named, shall have sixty (60) days to answer after the service hereof, exclusive of the day of such service; and if you fail to answer the Complaint within the time aforesaid, the Plaintiff in this action will apply to the Court for a judgment by default granting the relief demanded in the Complaint. TO MINOR(S) OVER FOURTEEN YEARS OF AGE, AND/OR TO MINOR(S) UNDER FOURTEEN YEARS OF AGE AND THE PERSON WITH WHOM THE MINOR(S) RESIDE(S), AND/OR TO PERSON UNDER SOME LEGAL DISABILITY, INCOMPETENTS AND PERSONS CONFINED: YOUR ARE FURTHER SUMMONED AND NOTIFIED to apply for the appointment of a Guardian ad Litem within thirty (30) days after service of this Summons and Notice upon

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After consideration of the attached for Appointment of Guardian ad Litem Nisi, it is ORDERED that pursuant to Rule 17, SCRCP, Kimberly Raber, Esquire, a competent and discreet person, is hereby appointed as the attorney to represent any unknown Defendants that may be in the military service represented by the class designated as John Doe and Guardian ad Litem for all unknown Defendants that may be incompetent, incarcerated, underage, under any other disability, represented by the class designated as Richard Roe, all of whom may have or may claim to have some interest in or claim to the real property commonly known as 5615 Oak Hill Rd., Sumter, SC 29154. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that, unless those Defendants who are incompetent, incarcerated, underage, under any other disability, or in the military service, shall, in person or through someone in their behalf, within thirty days after final publication of this Order, procure to be appointed some other suitable person as attorney or Guardian ad Litem in the place and instead of Kimberly Raber, Esquire, this appointment shall be final. AND IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that a notice of filing of this Order shall forthwith be served upon said unknown Defendants by a publication hereof in a newspaper of general circulation, published in the County of Sumter, State of South Carolina, once weekly for three (3) weeks, along with the Summons in the above action. Such publication may be accomplished jointly with the service by publication as hereinafter authorized.

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