75 YEARS AGO - 1943
Nov. 27 - Dec. 3
- The Presbyterians and Baptists emerged victorious in opening games of the Sunday School Basketball league at the YMCA, while the Pinewood cagers, composed of a number of veterans, trounced the Sumter …
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- The Presbyterians and Baptists emerged victorious in opening games of the Sunday School Basketball league at the YMCA, while the Pinewood cagers, composed of a number of veterans, trounced the Sumter Triangles in an added attraction, 65 to 47. The Presbyterians downed the Catholics 29 to 20, and the Baptists defeated the Methodists 35 to 10. There are only four teams in the loop, and some players are performing on teams other than their denomination so that the league can function. All the games, despite the scores, were interesting to watch. They were under the supervision of Carl Link, executive secretary of the YMCA, and Ed Dunlap, physical director.
- Pvt. Lever Gleaton, son of Mr. and Mrs. D. B. Gleaton, 407 W. Bartlette St., who has seen foreign service and is now in Italy, has been commended by Col. Vernon T. Anderson, commanding officer of the field artillery unit of which Gleaton is a member. Col. Anderson sent a letter of commendation to the men of that unit.
- State officers Dollard, McKinson and Griffith raided two stills in Darlington County, one of them described by Dollard as the largest he had seen in some time. Three operators were arrested when that outfit was seized, and a 1941 Oldsmobile sedan was also confiscated. The men have been manufacturing rye whiskey with white sugar and rye meal. Twenty-three gallons of the finished product were seized. The distillery was discovered about six miles out of Hartsville. The other Darlington County still, near Darlington, was not in operation when it was found. Sixty gallons of whiskey were discovered nearby, however.
- Members of the North Carolina and South Carolina high school all-star football teams begin practice in Charlotte next Saturday. Personnel of the teams were announced Saturday night. John McMillian, coach of Sumter; Tommy Hughes, back; and Lynwood Vaughn, end, were also Sumter members named to the South Carolina team.
- Boyle Construction Co. of Sumter has been awarded an Army contract of $40,585.54 for the construction of buildings, roads, parking area, drainage and facilities at Florence Army Air Field, according to an announcement from headquarters of the Army's Fourth Service Command. Contractors in seven southeastern states have been awarded 22 construction contracts at a total cost of $1,082,757.69, it was announced.
- Lt. Weldon James of Horatio, United States Marine Corps public relations officer in London and a former war correspondent, was married at the Chelsea Registry office to Lady Margaret North, widow of the 13th Baron North. James was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard in 1939-40 and worked on the Greenville, S.C., Piedmont before becoming a correspondent for the United Press in China and Spain and for the New York newspaper PM in London. Mrs. James is the daughter of R. H. W. Glennie of Cape Town and has been secretary at the United States embassy for the past year. Her first husband lost his life while serving as a lieutenant on the cruiser Neptune, which was sunk off Tripoli in 1941.
- There will be a cadet dance at Shaw Field at the cadet recreation hall. Girls who attend the dances are requested to meet at Mrs. Leland Moore's home on West Calhoun Street promptly at 8 o'clock. It is very important to be on time, as the bus cannot wait for those girls coming late. Music for the dance will be furnished by the post orchestra under the direction of Sgt. Charlie Marino.
- Three amphibious Fort Jackson jeeps to patrol the Wateree River and its tributaries have joined the search for Shaw Field Aviation Cadet Gerald T. Held, 22, of Chappaqua, New York. The hunt for the youth, missing since his plane crashed and was found near the Wateree swamp last Wednesday, is now in its seventh day.
- Mr. and Mrs. J. E. White have received a letter from the head of the casualties and allotments section of the Navy Department in Washington, informing them that their son, Joseph Eugene White Jr., aviation machinist's mate third class, USNR, who had been reported missing in action, was now presumed dead. The plane on which the Sumter boy had been serving disappeared on a routine operational flight in the Atlantic area July 15, and an extensive search of the area revealed pieces of wreckage but no trace of personnel.
- How every bit of meat can be utilized, and how the correct methods of meat cookery will help the housewife to make the most of her meat, will be shown in a "Pointers of Stretching the Meat Points" program to be held at 3:30 at the Agriculture Building by Miss Ruth Chambers, home economist of the National Livestock and Meat Board, Chicago. Miss Chambers is brought to Sumter by the Extension Service, Miss Sallie Pearce, home demonstration agent.
50 YEARS AGO - 1968
July 27 - Aug. 3
- Activities of several of the Sumter Clubs - Community-wise and Otherwise was the subject of a program presented by the Community Service Committee to the Pilot Club. Representing the Day Lion's Club, Linwood Driver, president, explained the primary work of that club. Their primary service is Sight Conservation of the Blind - giving financial assistance for education of the blind in the city schools and participation in the state-sponsored eye bank. Mrs. Marion Hill, president of the Business & Professional Women's Club, gave an interesting account of their work. Their main objective is to elevate the standard in business and profession. This club has sponsored the award for the Sumter Women of the Year and a forum for girls who do not plan to attend college.
- Action was fast and nerve-racking at Sumter Speedway, and it would have taken many tranquilizers to calm the drivers and fans after the four-event program finally ended. With threatening skies overhead, it was decided to run only main events in all divisions, and that meant a total of 25 cars starting the Jalopy main event. When the green flag was dropped, the fender banging started and continued for the next three hours. Billy Elliott drew the pole position with Pressley Haley alongside for the Jalopy event and took off in the lead. Elliott crashed his car but took over driving another and hung on for the win.
- Prompt action by Cameron Harvin, 14-year-old son of Dr. and Mrs. Harry T. Harvin of Sumter, was credited with saving a 12-year-old boy from drowning in Murrells Inlet. The boy, Thomas China, was swimming in the inlet with Lee Harvin, 8, and Graham Osteen, 7, when he got in trouble after diving off the dock. Mrs. Harvin was first to notice that the boy was having difficulty remaining afloat. Cam Harvin was on shore at the time but dived in and was the first to reach young China. He was able to keep China afloat until further help arrived.
- A $70,000 Office of Economic Opportunity grant for a Health Training and Family Planning Program in Sumter County has been approved, local OEO Executive Director Morgan B. Moyer announced. The grant application, made through the local OEO office by the Sumter Economic Opportunity Corp., was approved and will be operated by the Sumter-Kershaw Health Department.
- The fifth and final session of the Sumter YMCA Day Camp is scheduled for Aug. 5-17 at Camp Mac Boykin in the Manchester section of Sumter County. Camp director Bob Partin urges parents to sign their children up for the last session as soon as possible. Camp Mac Boykin has been attended by more than 240 boys and girls in its eight weeks so far this summer.
- Sumter School District 17 is waiting for a decision from Washington on whether a school desegregation plan for 1969-70 the district submitted earlier is acceptable to the U.S. Office of Civil Rights. District officials say the plan they have proposed will not take effect until the fall of 1969. This fall, students in the district can expect to attend the school they chose under the district's freedom of choice plan last spring, unless Washington insists on immediate transition to the new plan. This, say school officials, is not anticipated.
- "The attitude in Germany today is pretty favorable toward the United States. Americans, from what I've seen in South Carolina, are friendly, but your Southern slang is difficult to understand," commented Johanna von Reden-leutchekn, who speaks almost faultless Oxford English. Johanna is a graduate of a language gymnasium (a German School where she studied English for nine years). She is visiting Polly Harritt, a rising sophomore at the University of South Carolina, during the first leg of a five-month visit to the United States.
- Sumter's P-15's will play as host team in the American Legion Southeastern Regional Tournament to be held at Riley Park. The decision to enter the P-15's in the tournament was made at a joint meeting of the Sumter P-15 Baseball Committee and the Southeastern Regional Tournament Baseball Committee. At the meeting, results of a telephone survey made by the baseball committee were presented. The committee had asked the public to call in opinions on whether the P-15's should be entered in the tournament or not. Callers voted 10-1 in favor of entering the P-15's in the playoff, and all but one member of the Baseball Committee approved the P-15 entry.
- As a result of new selective reenlistment policies, first term airmen in grade E-4 or above may now reenlist and "go career" after completing as little as 30 months of service. Also, the selective reenlistment board will meet four times per year to consider first termers for reenlistment rather than two times yearly as was previously done. The board will consider for reenlistment first-term E-4s and above who will complete 28 months' total active federal military service before the last day of the selection month. Selectives will be notified of their selection status and permitted to reenlist any time after completing 30 months' service.
25 YEARS AGO - 1993
April 30 - May 6
- Manning High School girls track coach Gwen Hudson was looking for some tough competition for the Lady Monarchs in the Region VII-3A meet at Ramsey Athletic Stadium. The competition was there but not from the source she expected. Manning rushed out to a big lead through the first 12 events and held on down the stretch to win the region title, outscoring Stall High School 117-105. Fort Dorchester and Holly Hill-Roberts finished with 72 points apiece, Garret had 62 and North Charleston 26.
- Sumter's city and county officials ideologically support a move to save the historic Shelley-Brunson Funeral Home on East Liberty Street from demolition. But the home's owner, who hopes to sell the 170-year-old Georgian mansion to a grocery store developer, says it will take more than ideas to replace the thousands of dollars his family has poured into the empty building. "My wife and I are very conscious of Sumter history," owner Neal Compton of Sumter said. "We're very history-minded. I hate to see anything with a history go by the wayside like that. But purely and simply, it's economics."
- Sumter County 4-H'ers recently got the chance to show their stuff. Miriam Roman, the Sumter County 4-H volunteer coordinator, said 67 youth - ages 8 to 19 - took part in the 109th-annual 4-H Project Fair. Displays and demonstrations included public speaking, rifle competition, performing arts, bicycle rodeo and compact tractor and archery. Miriam said 4-H senior winners qualify for activities at the state 4-H conference. Cloverleaf and junior 4-H project winners will go on to compete district-wide.
- Sumter County residents who live near Shaw Air Force Base or the Poinsett Weapons Range can expect increased jet noise. Shaw flight crews are taking part in an increased flight schedule, which starts at 7 a.m. and continues until 7 p.m. There will be increased flying activity at Poinsett Weapons Range, which is located off S.C. 261, seven miles south of the base. Pilots from Shaw and other bases in four Southeastern states practice bombing and strafing runs at the range. The increased flights are in support of an Operational Readiness Inspection.
- Sumter High pulled into a tie atop the Region IV-4A standings with a 5-1 baseball win over Irmo. Chad Hoshour hurled a two-hitter for the Gamecocks, striking out seven and walking none. After allowing an infield single to Donovan Harrison with one out in the second, the junior right-hander retired 15 consecutive batters before giving up an infield single to Adam Easterling.
- The four-star general who is the commander of all six of the nation's numbered Air Forces will be at Shaw Air Force Base, where he will speak at a breakfast for members of the Greater Sumter Chamber of Commerce. Gen. John Michael "Mike" Loh, commander of Air Combat Command, which is headquartered at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia, will speak at the Chamber's Red-Carpet Breakfast.
- One-hundred sixty professional golfers will begin arriving in Sumter for the third-annual Lakewood Links Classic, a T.C. Jordan Professional Golf Tour tournament. The 73-hole tournament will have a week full of activities. Monday, open qualifying will be held to fill available slots in the field. The American Lung association of South Carolina is sponsoring a pro auction in which ladies may bid for dinner with a pro. All proceeds benefit the American Lung Association. Ladies pro-am will be held on Tuesday, following a pairing session. The men's pro-am will begin on Wednesday.
- Palmetto Towers, a five-story apartment complex for the elderly and handicapped, located behind K-Mart, opened in March 1992. When you walk in the door, the first impression is of a genteel residence hotel. Queen Anne furniture and a beautiful Oriental rug belie the fact that this is a government-subsidized complex for people on a fixed income. The occupants of the 95 one-bedroom apartments are a close-knit group that look out for one another. A reputation of friendliness, yet independence, has made Palmetto Towers a special place to live.
- More than 2,000 people put on their walking shoes and took to Sumter's streets to raise $53,000 for WalkAmerica - the March of Dimes' largest fundraising event. "This was the biggest year we've ever had - money-wise and walker-wise," said Betty Trantham, community director of the Pee Dee-Wateree Division of the South Carolina Chapter of the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation. The March of Dimes WalkAmerica is a walk-a-thon in which individuals and teams walk a predetermined route. Sponsors are recruited by the walkers and donate the accomplishment of the walk.
- The Artists Guild Awards Exhibit, a mixed-media show, will be featured at the Sumter Gallery of Art. The exhibit will present works by professional artists Mike Williams of Columbia; Rose Metz and Ruth Martin, both of Sumter; and the winning pieces of amateur artists Kathleen Rogers, Ruby McGown and Lee Cox. The exhibit is sponsored by Nations Bank.
- Sumter School District 17's REACH students (grades 4-12) showcased their dance, vocal, instrumental, drama and visual arts talents at the Opera House. The results were not only entertaining, but comforting as well. REACH is an acronym for "Reflecting Excellence and Creative Heights." The showcase, using "Reflection" as its theme, was the culmination of the 1992-93 year for students involved, their instructors and the coordinator of instruction, Mildred L. Unger.
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