4 named Merit semifinalists; Sumterites win pool tourney in Vegas

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75 YEARS AGO - 1943

Jan. 23-29

Pvt. George Turbeville, the former Philadelphia Athletics pitching star, who performed for Sumter a couple of seasons ago in the Palmetto League, is stationed at Shaw Field, it was revealed today.

• The death of J.J. Brennan, who had served on the city board of health since 1932, and the resignation of J.A. McKnight, also a longtime member, have left two vacancies on the board. Mayor F. B. Creech stated that no action to replace them would be taken immediately.

• The American Association of University Women will hold its regular meeting Thursday afternoon at 4:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at the home of Mrs. J.C. McDuffie instead of the Coca-Cola Community room as originally scheduled. Rep. Charles L. Cuttino of Sumter County will address the association about legislation.

• Folsom's Jewelry Store, after long years of service, is celebrating an important event in its history - its 75th anniversary. This firm is not only Sumter's oldest jewelry company, but one of the town's oldest businesses of any kind. Before the War Between the States the late F.H. Folsom worked as a watchmaker for the Mason Jewelry store. At the outbreak of the struggle he entered the Confederate Army and served for the duration of the conflict. Upon his return to Sumter in 1868 he established his own business and operated it under his name.

• Mrs. Delgar Dorn has succeeded Mrs. Marion Moise (the former Miss Cecile Rosenberg) as executive secretary of the Sumter County Tuberculosis Association, it was announced by an official of that organization today. Mrs. Dorn took up her duties this morning. She has had several years of experience in social work, having served for three years as a W.P.A. social worker in Sumter County and for eight months as an N.Y.A. Hospital supervisor in Sumter and Kershaw counties.

• Emile Elnfren, 160 pounds, of Shaw Field won in the finals of the seventh annual Golden Gloves tournament Monday night when Alex Pridgen forfeited to him because of a dislocated shoulder. Paul Godfrey, the other Shaw Field finalist, took a close decision from Buddy Moore, Charleston fighter, in the 147-pound class. The entire Shaw Field team made an outstanding showing in the tournament.

• Boys and girls who have discarded skates or skates that they have outgrown can put them to good use, City Manager Raffield said this morning, by giving them to be used at the Jenkins Center skating parties. The parties are held every Monday night at the center. The street is blocked off for that purpose and many children participate, but some, Raffield said, must stand by and watch others have fun, because they have no skates.

• Sumter schoolchildren will make their second tin can collection and will carry the metal containers to their homerooms where they will be checked by teachers. Tomorrow's collection will end the first month's work, and prizes donated by A. T. Heath, will be awarded.

• O.J. Knight, who has had eight years of experience in the dairy business after having majored in dairying at Clemson College, has purchased all stock of the Service Creamery and will take over the management Feb. 1. Knight said today he would promise "good service and an excellent product. Our milk will meet Grade A standards at all times and we will invite inspections." Knight has been in the furniture business for the past 12 years and his store will continue in operation.

50 YEARS AGO - 1967

Sept. 25-31

A United States Civil Service information and examination center will be established in the local post office to serve the Sumter area, Postmaster W. Loring Lee Jr. announced. "The Civil Service Commission has determined that Sumter area residents have shown sufficient interest in federal service opportunities, and that the location of an information-examination point in this area is warranted," Lee said.

• Two men experienced in their retailing fields will head the home improvement and sporting goods departments of the new W.A. Family Store. D.J. (Jim) McElveen will head the home improvement department. He and his family have lived in Sumter since 1953. James K. (Jim) Poe is head of the sporting goods department. Poe and his family reside in Manning.

• Three Edmunds High School students and one from Hillcrest High School have been named semifinalists in the 1967-68 National Merit Scholarship Program. They are Martha G. Stoddard, Carol E. Moses and Thomas C. Carter, all of Sumter High School, and Amanda Reid of Hillcrest High School.

• Alleged divisions between civilian and military authorities in government do not exist in the Air Force. AF's top leadership told the Air Force Association Fall Meeting here last week. Both AF Secretary Harold Brown and Chief of Staff Gen. J.P. McConnell painted a picture of close harmony and understanding between USAF officials and civilian heads of government.

• The Tuomey Hospital Board of Trustees has given its approval to the 1967-68 hospital budget, which includes an increase in room rates. Tuomey Hospital Administrator Ralph M. Abercrombie Jr. said the hike in room rates is necessary to make up the hospital budget for the 1967-68 fiscal year which amounts to $1,938,000, as compared to the $1 million budget for the current fiscal year.

• Attending The Citadel is often a family affair. Evidence of this is that there are currently 30 sets of brothers in the Corps of Cadets. Sumter's Moise brothers are among them. Francis Marion is a second classman, Philip Harby, a fourth classman, and Robert McFaddin is a third classman. They are the sons of Mr. and Mrs. F.M. Moise Jr.

• Beauty pageants, pictures, choice of colleges, magazine sales and that undefeated football record top the thoughts of M.H.S. students this week. Thursday was an exciting day for Jane McFaddin, a junior, for she was crowned the new Miss Manning High. Jane is an active Manning High student serving as a home-room vice-president, student council member, and assistant editor of THE MONARCH. She is the daughter of Judge and Mrs. James Hugh McFaddin.

• Morris College will dedicate two new buildings here tomorrow afternoon at ceremonies featuring an address by Gov. Robert E. McNair. A concert by the Ninth Air Force Band, Shaw AFB, under the director of CWO Patrick F. Veltre will be part of the ceremony.

• Fullback Oliver Wells, the workhouse for Lincoln High's football team, continues to keep enemy coaches worried and college scouts singing praises as he sparks the Bulldogs through the 1967 campaign.

25 YEARS AGO - 1992

June 26 - July 2

Some of the top names in dirt track late model racing made their debuts at Sumter Speedway, but when everything was said and done, some familiar faces were listed among the leaders. Lee Mintz, who hails from Columbia and is a regular competitor at the Sumter track, took the checkered flag, and the $2,000 winner's check in the 40-lap outlaw late model main event.

• The somber sight of an ambulance carting a player away from Riley Park turned the focus away from a lopsided Sumter victory in the American Legion baseball game. Joe Watson, Dalzell's pitcher, took a line drive to the forehead and ended up with about 8 stitches but no lasting injuries. Everyone was thankful that he was all right. Sumter's P-15s outplayed the Dalzell Trail Bosses for a 16-0 win.

• Sumter County Council will decide how to deal with a $340,221 deficit in an $18 million budget - without raising taxes. Council must give the 1992-93 fiscal year budget final approval. The budget must be approved before the new fiscal year begins. In May, council started with a budget in which revenues were $3 million short of projected expenses. Later, County Administrator Bill Noonan trimmed the budget, found new sources of revenue and created a $358 surplus.

• It was a tough start for Sumter P-15's Ontrell McCray. The 16-year-old outfielder said he put a lot of pressure on himself at the beginning of the American Legion season. But now he's relaxed, and things are beginning to come together. McCray, the S.C. Coaches Association Area Player of the Year after a strong junior season at Sumter High School, hit a dry spell in Sumter's first three games. He had just one hit in 17 trips to the plate.

• At the foot of the steps lay an unhurt but embarrassed child on the verge of tears and a violin that may have seen its last day. Before the first tear rolled, Trey Franklin had ushered the youngster, violin in tow, from the room to assess the damage. Moments later tutor Franklin and his student returned to afternoon music rehearsal at Oakland Elementary School with news that the violin could indeed be repaired. Nancy Webster, the strings teacher at Hillcrest High School and neighboring District 2 schools, told that story to illustrate her point about Franklin: he's an above average Hillcrest student who cares about others.

• They are eight men who come from different walks of life: two are store owners, two more are retired, one owns a plumbing company, another is a furniture salesman, one works for a local industry and another works for the U.S Postal Service. With such a wide array of occupations, it would seem this group would not have much in common. Each of the eight - David Floyd, Sid Daughrity, Herb Pennington, Sonny Baird, Robbie Croft, Phil Irick, Early DuBose and Clyde Hudson - is proficient at billiards. They are so good, as a matter of fact, that they combined to win the second-chance tournament in the $175,000 12th Annual Valley National Eight-Ball Association tournament held in Las Vegas.

• Bobby Sisson has done everything he can to put on a good show. He's done a super job of promoting the race track. Sisson has a heart built around enjoying everything that he does. At a recent race night the announcer came over the loud speaker and invited all kids who wanted to ride in a race car to come to the start-finish line. In a wink, about 100 youngsters clambered out of the bleachers. All were given a ride and right in the middle was promoter Bobby Sisson who looked like he was having the most fun of all.

• CQ Field Day, CQ Field Day. "Alpha Charlie 4. "Happy Uncle, QR ZED," John Bryant said while holding a microphone in one hand and quickly turning the dial of a transmitter with the other. The Sumter insurance agent, like many other amateur or "Ham" radio operators around the world, spent part of the weekend racing to contact other amateur stations set up across North America. The activity was part of the emergency preparedness training hams undergo on a yearly basis.

• First, the coughing and wheezing begins. Then, Marcus Spann's 12-year-old chest tightens. The feeling, the asthmatic child says, is like breathing through a straw - almost impossible. Each attack is as severe as it is routine. The youngster has come close to death on occasion, unable to draw enough air into his lungs. Marcus is one of more than 3 million asthmatic children in the United States. About 40 children with asthma participated in a week-long day camp - Camp SCAMP - South Carolina Asthma Management Program. Participants and their parents are breathing a little easier now that they've learned how to take charge of their asthma.

• A former Sumter resident has been named to a top position in NASA's shuttle program. David A. King, a son of Sumter's Leon and Angela King, became the flow director for the space shuttle Discovery. He is based at NASA's John F. Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

• The U.S. House of Representatives has appropriated $400,000 to determine how to restore the Pocotaligo Swamp in Sumter and Clarendon Counties. The funding for the study must still be approved by the Senate and President George Bush. The 12-month study, to be conducted by the Army Corps of Engineers, would be the first major work in the restoration of the swamp. Loggers in the 1950s stripped the swamp of its trees by over-harvesting and building roads over stream, stagnating water.

• A second Sumter County agency has come under the scrutiny of the State Law Enforcement Division. Allegations of theft and misuse of equipment in the county's public works department are now being investigated by SLED, Sumter County Administrator Bill Noonan said. Noonan said SLED agents are investigating activities of past public works employees. "The investigation in no way is reflected on the current staff at the public works department," Noonan said. "It is not anything to do with those folks currently in place."

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