75 YEARS AGO - 1944
Jan. 1 - Jan. 7
- Bagging a Focke-Wulf 190 on a recent raid over enemy territory, First Lt. John H. Truluck, Thunderbolt pilot from Lynchburg, increased his number of enemy aircraft destroyed to four. Lt. Truluck had …
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- Bagging a Focke-Wulf 190 on a recent raid over enemy territory, First Lt. John H. Truluck, Thunderbolt pilot from Lynchburg, increased his number of enemy aircraft destroyed to four. Lt. Truluck had previously destroyed two Focke-Wulf 190's and one Messerschmidt 109. On his last mission, he was flying with a fighter group which knocked down 26 German aircraft - a new group record for the ETO. Lt. Truluck enlisted in the infantry as a second lieutenant from the officers' reserve corps Feb. 15, 1942. In May, he transferred to the Air Corps as an aviation cadet and received his primary training at Corsicana Field, Texas, and basic at Randolph Field, Texas. He was presented his wings at Moore Field on Dec. 13.
- Staff Sgt. James Cromer has been missing in action over German territory since Dec. 20, according to information received from the adjutant general by Sgt. Cromer's wife, the former Sudie Hudson of Sumter. Sgt. Cromer, an aerial gunner on a bomber, had been overseas since June 1943. He went into service on Aug. 1, 1942, completing his aerial gunnery course at the Harlingen, Texas, school.
- The city schools reopened, after the Christmas holidays, with a sub-normal attendance due largely to the weather, a heavy rain before and continuing for more than an hour after the opening hour, and to a limited extent to the incidence of flu in the community. Today the attendance was normal, compared with last year and previous years. In the elementary schools today, there were 122 absentees out of the enrollment of 954.
- Nineteen candidates reported at the first practice of Sumter High's 1944 basketball squad, according to Coach Johnnie McMillian. The team will get its first test at the high school gym Friday night against the 454th Squadron from Shaw Field. The game will start at 8 o'clock. There was only one letterman from last year's squad reporting and one other player who was on the team, but there were quite a number who had experience with the 1943 Y Juniors. Those reporting were Tommy Hughes, letterman; Jimmy Moise, also from last year's squad; Laurin Booth; Alfred Scarborough; Van Newman; Wendell Levi; Billie Jones; Jack Black; David Edens; John Grey Young; Bo Carrigan; Lynwood Vaughn; Theron Cook; Bill Bradford; Billy Shipley; Bill Link; Lack and Porter Rivers; and Randy Pressley.
- Poinsett Park lake will be closed to fishermen after tomorrow and will remain closed until further notice, Director Marion Dwight announced today, in order that the lake's basin may be cleaned out and repaired. It will be the first overhauling of the lake in several years. The lakehead will be pulled down to such an extent as to make the ban on fishing necessary, Mr. Dwight said, but he added that the pond should be ready for use again in the spring. The lake surprised both fishermen and state forest officials in the number of fish it has supplied during the past season, and Mr. Dwight predicted that it would continue to be a good bream pond.
- Discharge pins, for honorably discharged Army personnel in the vicinity of Shaw Field, are available at the basic flying school's Quartermaster Office, according to Capt. Norman P. Adelson, who is in charge of distribution of the pins in this area. Army discharges from this area who wish "discharge buttons" for their lapels are reminded that they must furnish proof of their honorable discharges along with their applications.
- In its first report on a full year of operations, the state-owned Santee-Cooper power project earned $2,072,270 while spending $732,931 for salaries and $54,530 in taxes and sums in lieu of taxes. The figures were made public at the first meeting of the public service authority board, which operates the $57,000,000 hydroelectric development, since R. M. Jefferies became general manager late in December.
- Sgt. Stanley Michaelson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Michaelson, Great Neck, New York, was today credited with making the highest score ever attained by an applicant taking the aviation cadet entrance exam at Shaw Field. Michaelson, who is a weather observer with the Shaw Field weather station, scored a total of 303 points out of a 390 in the test given to all men applying for flying training. The passing mark is 190. The weather sergeant stated that for the past several years he has had a growing desire to fly. Before induction into the army, he was a student at Columbia University.
- Cpl. Francis M. Coulter was awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in action in Tunisia. His citation stated that after he was assigned to assist a field artillery battery executive as instrument operator, he gave valuable aid and performed his duties beyond reasonable expectation, continuing his duties in a courageous manner after his knee was fractured, so that the full extent of his injury was not discovered for several days.
- Walter M. Lenoir Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Lenoir, was one of three South Carolinians accepted by the Shaw Field Aviation Cadet Examining Board for cadet training this week. Cpl. Harry Y. Neese, 21, son of Mr. and Mrs. Marvin F. Neese of West Columbia, and a member of Shaw Field's 456th Basic Flying Training Squadron, and Private Harry H. Heard Jr., 18, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry H. Heard and now a student at The Citadel, were the only other South Carolinians accepted by the board.
50 YEARS AGO - 1968
Sept. 1 - 7
- Julian Field has been named as manager of the new Branford Bootery shoe store in Wesmark Plaza. Field, who has more than 30 years of experience in the shoe business, has scheduled the opening of the new store for Sept. 6. A native of Macon, Georgia, Field has worked in outstanding shoe stores across the Southeast. Before coming to Sumter, he was employed by Tapp's shoe department of Columbia, Miller-Taylor Shoe Company of Columbus, Georgia, Andrew Geller of New York, New York, and other stores in Florence, Orangeburg and North Augusta.
- Dr. Thomas Mellichampe Moore, 76, died at Kershaw County Memorial Hospital in Camden. Dr. Moore was a member of the High Hills Baptist Church and a deacon. He was a graduate of the University of South Carolina and the Medical College of Charleston. He served in World War I as first lieutenant of the Medical Corps in the U.S. Army. He practiced medicine at Rembert for 50 years.
- Billy Baker, Gerald Braddock, Bob Wilson and John Quackenbush walked away with the honors at Sumter Speedway, and except WSSC sports announcer Quackenbush, who had to hold on for dear life in picking up the first race win ever - encountered very little competition. Baker started on the inside pole position and held the lead for the next 10 laps in chalking up his ninth Late Model Sportsman win of the season.
- The Timmonsville American Legion baseball team fell to undefeated Memphis, Tennessee, in fourth-round play in the American Legion Baseball Series at Manchester. Timmonsville scored in only one inning, the eighth, when Walt Braddock doubled and scored on a single by Howle Barfield. Barfield then went to second and scored on a single by Glenn Wall. Memphis scored a pair of runs in the seventh, sending the deciding runner across home plate in the top of the eighth, thus eliminating Timmonsville.
- Consider for a moment the host of candidates for the presidency this year. Discounting the pig placed in nomination by the yippies in Chicago, they number about 10. Since many of these must have known their chances of winning were only slightly better than the yippie porker, it may be assumed that for some the race is as much the attraction as the prize. For those, the ultimate envy must be for the man who, by some theories, became president of the United States without campaigning a day, spending a dime or ruffling any feelings within either party. And afterward, President Atchison served in a period so relaxed and trouble-free that he almost slept through his whole term. Sen. David Rice Atchison of Missouri was president for one day - beginning about 1 p.m. Sunday, March 4, 1849.
- The Edmunds High School Gamecocks open their season at Memorial Stadium against Hartsville - a team that's lost only two games in the last three years. The Gamecocks, inexperienced at several key offensive positions, will have their hands full with the Hartsville bunch, which lost only three men from last year's squad. Friday's game also shapes up as a battle between Sumter's junior quarterback Joel Stoudenmire and Hartsville signal caller Paul Cannarella.
- Sumter Little Theatre is seeking extra money to put its building fund campaign over the top. Although $54,000 has been raised for the new building in Palmetto Park, this is still $22,000 short of the $76,000 needed to construct the permanent home. In an open letter to the citizens of Sumter, Marvin D. Trapp and Virginia M. Rosefield, co-chairmen of the building fund drive, have called on citizens to donate to the fund so the project can reach its goal.
- Two new stores representing an investment of about $1 million will have grand openings in Wesmark Plaza Shopping Center this weekend. Coker's of Sumter, a branch of the 103-year-old Hartsville store, and Branford Bootery, a division of Burton Shoe Stores Inc. of Macon, Georgia, will open officially over the weekend. Also observing its grand opening is the D and W Pet shop.
- Mrs. Mary L. Holladay was cited for her superior performance while serving as personnel director of the Base Exchange Services here. In a ceremony in the base commander's office last week, Col. Allan T. Sampson presented her with a letter of commendation from the chief, Army and Air Force Exchange Service. She was also presented letters of commendation from Headquarters Tactical Air Command and the general manager of the Base Exchange her along with one from Col. Sampson.
- Shaw Air Force Base took advantage of nine errors in the first two innings to pound out a 14-3 victory over Georgia Pacific in the third game of the Sumter Men's League baseball playoffs. The loss was the second in the tournament for Georgia Pacific, league champions during the regular season, and eliminated the team from further playoff competition.
25 YEARS AGO - 1993
June 4 - 10
- Clarendon County residents won't see an increase in property taxes if a proposed $5.6 million county budget for next year is approved by county council, county administrator Ray Brown said. Council will consider giving the budget proposed by Brown first-reading approval when it meets. The budget, which is almost exactly the same size as this fiscal year's budget, must be approved on three readings before fiscal 1993-94 begins on July 1.
- Sumter High School senior Ontrell McCray was drafted in the 34th round of professional baseball's amateur draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers. McCray, a 5'8", 151-pound center fielder, hit .358 for the 25-6 Gamecocks, who fell to Mauldin in the 4A state championship round this season. McCray stole 24 bases and was named All-Region IV-4A for the second consecutive season.
- Schoolchildren across Sumter County burst from their classrooms sick and tired of rules and books and ready for some fun! Free of lunchboxes and backpacks for the first time in months, area schoolchildren eagerly began a summer full of traveling, sports, chores (when they can't be avoided) and just plain doing nothing. "It's fun ... we can stay home and play," said Marion Kelley, a student at Wilder Elementary School's kindergarten. "You get to buy stuff from the ice cream man," added his classmate, Charlotte Conway.
- Conway Twitty, who started as a teen rock idol in the 1950s and crossed over to country to become a star, died at age 59. His wife, Dee Henry, other relatives and some of his band members were with him at Cox Medical Center-South when he died of complications from surgery after a blood vessel ruptured in his stomach. Twitty collapsed on his tour bus during a rest stop in southwest Missouri. He was on the way home to Hendersonville, Tennessee, from a performance in Branson.
- After consecutive state championship seasons, Sumter's American Legion baseball P-15's can be forgiven for entering the 1993 season with high expectations. Missing from last year's 26-12 state championship team are only two position players and one pitcher. "We do not overlook the importance of league play," said Sumter coach Wallie Jones. "But I think it would be kind of na ve to think that the players that we have would not have aspirations of going past league play."
- After at least one false start under a prior owner, new growth is sprouting in one of Sumter's oldest neighborhoods. Under the guidance of local developers Joe Davis and Mike Watson, the Patriot Park subdivision has begun to take shape. Fifteen of the 82 residential lots in the subdivision have been sold since January, and homes are already under construction on those 15. Three of the development's homes, sold under the previous owner, are already occupied. The property on which the development sits originally belonged to the late George Shore. There was a great deal of opposition from area residents to the initial rezoning of the property after its sale several years ago, and work stalled after only limited work.
- Arthur Winn took the victory in the Super Stock division to highlight racing action at Sumter Rebel Speedway. Winn and Ronnie Anderson started on the front row after having the best times in the qualifying heats. Anderson took the early lead before running into trouble and having to pit. Winn held the lead the rest of the way. Joey Ayers finished second, Gene Stokes third, James Hunter fourth and Anderson fifth.
- In an article written by Mac McLeod, he notes that "Recently, we celebrated National Teachers Day. What a wonderful group of people to honor. Most of what we know today, a teacher taught us. So, it's only fitting that we remember those who helped us get a good start in life. Just what could we do to repay them? Nothing really. What we learned in school is priceless. The older we get, the more we realize that fact. Our school teachers prepared us for life's journey. Without them, we would certainly have been lost and far worse off."
- Betty Boatwright has joined the staff of Central Carolina Technical College as its director of planning and research. A native of Walterboro, Boatwright has returned to her home state from Concord, North Carolina, where she served as executive assistant to the president for institutional research and management at Barber-Scotia College. She also served as the director of the institutional self-study for that institution.
- Officials broke ground for a $12.2 million retirement facility, following a controversy over the composition of the center's board of directors and Sumter County Council's authorization of a $9 million, tax-free loan for construction. Members of the Covenant Place board of directors and ministers from seven sponsoring religious congregations turned a spadeful of earth in a ceremony at the center's site, located at the intersection of Carter and Terry roads.
- When "Hurricane Allen" bears down on the Midlands, most Sumterites won't even notice. But local public safety officials will be working long hours after the storm comes ashore and wipes out telephone and electrical services. The fictitious hurricane is part of a statewide disaster drill designed to help South Carolina counties prepare for an actual emergency. Sumter County Public Safety Director Vic Jones said this year's event will test the county's ability to communicate with state and federal agencies in the event of a major hurricane striking the state, similar to the real 1989 disaster of Hurricane Hugo.
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