City will test air raid siren; Cut Rate gets a facelift job


75 YEARS AGO - 1942

July 10 - 16

  • Local Chamber of Commerce officials have been asked to cooperate in a nationwide inventory of automobile tires now in the hands of retail and wholesale outlets, by telephoning dealers to get forms, which have been mailed to them, filled by July 15. Forms were to be delivered this week to tire shops, gasoline stations, retreading shops, used tire dealers, new and used car dealers, bicycle and motorcycle tire dealers, finance companies and all other types of dealers retailing tires, to determine how many tires each had on hand. Warren T. King, secretary of the local Chamber, had begun telephoning dealers this morning.
  •  Sumter merchants were urged to have their air raid wardens in their stores before 9 tonight so that all stores would be protected during tonight's blackout. Since no one will be allowed on the streets during the blackout, the wardens would not be allowed to go to their places if they were caught after the blackout had started.
  •  Needing just one more win to lay official claim on the district title, Sumter Juniors will be after that victory Monday afternoon in Columbia. The Juniors hold a two-to-one edge over the "Caps" in play thus far. Coach John Riley will use his slender righthander, Bill Green, for the contest. Green, who hasn't seen but one inning of service since July 4, should be in good shape for the tilt. Josey will work behind the plate for the Gamecocks.
  •  Sumter High School football hopes took a rise toward the top when it was learned H.T. Goodman, who was slated to be one of the co-captains of the 1941 football team, but was ineligible for service, will be ready for the gridiron this fall. The 180-pound center, who was a stone wall on defense and a fine blocking man on the 1940 club, will no doubt go back after his center position, which was held last fall by Frank James. James will more than likely be shifted to a guard position.
  •  Nearly 200 thousand pounds of scrap rubber were collected in Sumter during the period of June 15 to July 10, which was set aside for the national rubber salvage drive, according to a report issued from the Chamber of Commerce office. Ham Brooks of the Standard Oil Co. office here was chairman of the local petroleum industries' committee for the salvaging of rubber.
  •  The championship flight of the annual Coca-Cola golf tournament at Sunset Country Club, qualifying for which ended Sunday, will pit the following top-ranked players against each other, Pro Leonard Davis announced this morning: Bit Wilder and Quint Heath, Ed Lewis and Luther Wimberly, Gene Moses and Frank Throne, Ryan Kennedy and Dr. Brunson, Dr. Heise and Dr. Bultman, Shorty Carmichael and Mr. Hope, Fred Heath and Mr. Studer, Furpo Kirkley and Mr. Stanley. In the first flight, all players drew byes. They are Isidore Denmark, Dr. Baker, Gene Moses III, Mr. Daitz and Mr. Livey. Bit Wilder was low qualifier for the tourney with a 73.
  •  Lieutenant Juanita Redmond, heroine of Bataan, will be in Sumter on Heroes Day if her present plans work out. The nurse, a native of Swansea, who was decorated for her work with the defenders of Bataan and Corregidor, and who was inspiration for a giant parade in the state's capital city, Columbia, yesterday will visit her brother, Robert Redmond, manager of the J. Drake Edens Super-Market here, for the week-end. She is expected to arrive on Friday, which is the day set aside to pay tribute to the nation's heroes.
  •  A large air-raid siren that has been exchanged for one of the smaller ones previously installed in the city will be tested tomorrow afternoon, City Manager Raffield said today, and all the city's sirens on one circuit will sound at that time. The new siren is at the corner of Warren and Broad streets.
  •  The Cornhuskers, Shaw Field's new novelty band, will make its radio debut on the Shaw Field Rendezvous program, which will broadcast direct from the USO on Liberty Street by WFIG. The popular half-hour variety show will begin at 8:30 p.m. and will feature Shaw Field and Sumter talent. Organized only a short time ago by five Shaw Field enlisted men, "The Cornhuskers" have a repertoire that includes everything from Argentine Tangos to Hillbilly jives. Directed by Eddie Belford, the novelty troupe includes Martin Silberman, Clarence Leino, Bob Kelly and Bill Kelly.

50 YEARS AGO - 1967

April 10 - 16

  • Sumter's Gamecocks came home with a third-place finish in the high school division I of the 10th-annual Furman Relays. Myers Park of Charlotte, which dominated the events, was first, and Beaufort came in second. The Gamecocks' Hamp Norris gained a second place in the discus with a toss of 141'9". Sumter set a new school mark in the 880-yard relay with a time of 1:31.9.
  •  Sumter's downtown area is suffering from urban hardening of the arteries. The possible remedy? An anti-coagulant known as the "super block," which, according to planning director Ed Gussio, could relieve traffic and create easier shopping. In an address before the Rotary Club, Gussio reviewed the super block concept as suggested by a consultant firm working on a downtown improvement study for Sumter. He also cited some reasons why a mall concept for the downtown area could work if properly planned.
  •  Sumter's track team, now unbeaten in five starts this season, settled down to start preparation for what is expected to be their toughest meet of the season next week. That's the day the Gamecocks will host rugged AAA foe Florence, a team Coach Bill Painter calls "the best we've met in dual competition so far this season." At the Alice Drive track, in a warm-up for that big meet, the Gamecocks captured 12 of 15 first places while routing Columbia High, 99-24, for their fifth victory. Another school record fell for the Birds, and this time it was in the field events where Hamp Norris broke the mark in the discus.
  •  Cadets Joseph Thomas McElveen Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. J.T. McElveen, and Lester Groves Pittman, son of Col. and Mrs. Wayne C. Pittman, Shaw Air Force Base, won The Citadel's coveted Gold Stars for academic achievement for the first semester. Col. Wallace E. Anderson, academic dean, presented the awards at a full dress parade at the military college. Col. Anderson and the cadets being honored "took the review" when the Corps of Cadets passed the reviewing stand. Gold Stars are awarded to those cadets who made grade-point ratio of 3.6 or higher the previous semester.
  •  A 19-year-old Sumter soldier, Army Pfc. Terry L. Anton, son of retired Lt. Col. and Mrs. Thomas E. Anton, has been killed in action while serving with the 25th Infantry Division in Vietnam. Although the action in which he was participating was not specified, he had recently written home that he was participating in search and destroy operations near Saigon.
  •  A new face-lifting job, in keeping with the modernization and beautification of Sumter's downtown shopping district, is now underway at Sumter Cut Rate (Walgreen Agency) Store at 32 S. Main St. A new and modern front and new lighting for the interior of the store are included in the project. "These improvements to our store will add much to the attractiveness of both the exterior and interior and we feel will tie in with the concerted efforts of downtown merchants to improve the shopping atmosphere in their area," Clyde McManus, manager of Sumter Cut Rate, stated.
  •  Pete Lyles, Dennis Hopson and Tom Cusumano each collected two hits to lead Sumter's Gamecocks to a 5-0 victory over Camden. Lyles made the biggest noise with his stick, collecting a double and a triple, while Hopson knocked in two runs. Eddie Belken went all the way on the mound for the Birds, allowing four hits and fanning four. The triumph gave Sumter, tied for the lead in Region IV, a 3-1 mark.
  •  Paul Dietzel, head football coach and athletic director at the University of South Carolina, will be the speaker at the Sumter County Gamecock Club supper. A graduate of Miami University in Ohio (class of '48), Dietzel became head football coach at Louisiana State University in 1955 after serving as an assistant under Earl Blaik at Army. Four years after he took the reins of LSU, the Bayou Bengals went undefeated through 10 games, capturing the National championship and defeating Clemson, 7-0, in the Sugar Bowl. He came to South Carolina in the spring of 1966, succeeding the departed Marvin Bass.

25 YEARS AGO - 1992

Jan. 9 - 15

  • The 14th Annual Awards Exhibition of the South Carolina Watercolor Society will be on display at Sumter Gallery of Art during January. The show, which is touring the state as part of the Traveling Exhibitions Program of South Carolina State Museum, is sponsored by C&S National Bank, Southern Coatings Inc. and Riley & Co. "Night Moods" by Rose Marie Metz of Sumter, "Heritage" by Betty Anglin Smith and "Workers Compensation" by Genie Wilder were each awarded the Grumbacher Gold Medallion prize of $1,000 in this year's exhibition.
  •  Sumter would be the urban center of a new black-majority congressional district under a plan passed Wednesday by the House Judiciary Committee. All of Sumter, Lee and Clarendon counties are included in the district created in the proposal, which was narrowly approved during a special meeting. The plan was passed after the committee rejected several other proposals for redrawing the state's political boundaries. It was immediately placed on the contested calendar by Sumter Rep. Joe McElveen, the House majority leader, who voted against it.
  •  Carolyn Edwards was named the Sumter Family YMCA's Humanitarian of the Year. The Humanitarian of the Year award is the YMCA's top honor and is presented to those who have provided outstanding community service. Edwards, a native of Mullins, moved to Sumter more than 40 years ago and has been a dedicated volunteer to community services since, her friends said. A graduate of Coker College in Hartsville, Edwards is the founder of the local YMCA's "The Special Population" swimming program which teaches mentally and physically handicapped children from the Sumter and Clarendon County school districts to swim.
  •  Sumter School District 17 Board of Trustees will wait until its next regularly scheduled meeting to decide how to select a new superintendent. Superintendent Dr. Lawrence G. Derthick Jr. died Jan. 3 after undergoing surgery Dec. 20 at Duke University Hospital. The District 17 board appointed Dr. Andrena Ray acting superintendent in a special meeting Jan. 2. Ray, the district's assistant superintendent for instruction, was to assume the superintendent's duties while Derthick was recuperating.
  •  Sumter High School's Jekyll-Hyde season continues. Just three days after a disappointing 52-43 loss to Fairfield Central, the Gamecocks rebounded by cutting Lancaster's 6-8, 240-pound Mario McGriff down to size en route to a 73-60 victory at Sumter High. Sumter's Keith Lonan took charge knocking home four three-pointers on the way to a career-high 26.7-point performance.
  •  Fourteen students from three District Two schools have earned recognition as 1992 S.C. Junior Scholars. The eighth-grade students are Tiffany Swygert and Michael Rich of Manchester School; Kerri Johnson of R.E. Davis School and Jennifer Barwick, Ryan Bello, Rebecca Christensen, Brandon Farley, David Kellam, Amber Kelly, Nathan Morris, Jason Robinson, Mary Smith, Robert Vance and Robert Vansickle of Ebenezer Junior High School. To become Junior Scholars, the 15 students scored at least a 43 on the verbal section and a 47 on the math section of the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test.
  •  A gentleman farmer passed away recently, and some people don't want to forget him. J. Harold Wilson, born in Sumter County in 1916, farmed tobacco, cotton, corn, wheat and soybeans on his farm in the Salem community of Mayesville. His life was dedicated to old values, the work ethic and turning the soil, say his friends. Wilson died Oct. 11, 1991, at the age of 75. Affectionately known as "The Judge," Wilson was a retired magistrate, but mostly he was a farmer. He loved his vocation and dedicated his life to it. He was always on the lookout for new farming techniques and new ways of assisting his fellow farmers.
  •  Two of the three Sumter police officers whose lawyer says they were fired for conducting an unauthorized stakeout will talk to officials next week about their grievance process. The three officers, fired by Sumter Police Chief Harold Johnson on Dec. 23, have said they will appeal their terminations in a grievance hearing. They have also threatened to sue the city and the police department if they don't get their jobs back.
  •  Sumter High School Choral Director Sonja Sepulveda has been selected to perform a special concert and recording with the world-famous Robert Shaw chorale. Sepulveda, who has worked as the high school's choir teacher and director for the past 12 years, is one of 60 voices from across the United States selected to supplement the Robert Shaw Chorale for a special performance at New York's Carnegie Hall.
  •  A South Sumter resident has opened a produce stand that she hopes will evolve into a grocery store to replace the neighborhood Piggly Wiggly that closed Christmas Eve. Shirley Palmer, owner of the Tri-View Place flea market on Manning Avenue, is now selling vegetables and fruits in addition to her usual items. She said she decided to sell produce after South Sumter's only grocery store closed.
  •  Sumter School District 2 trustees accepted the contract of newly appointed superintendent Joseph Lefft at their board meeting. After an executive session, the board announced it had accepted the 42-month contract, which became effective Jan. 1. The contract provides for an annual salary of $75,000 plus fringe benefits, including medical benefits and a car allowance. Lefft replaces former Superintendent Elijah McCants, who resigned last summer.
  •  Robert A. Galiano will become Sumter's only Republican city councilman next week. Galiano defeated Jack B. Howle Jr. in a special election called to fill the vacant Ward 5 city council seat. The seat has been vacant since September, when former councilman Carroll Pitts resigned.
  •  North Carolina Gov. Jim Martin visited Shaw Air Force Base to lobby in defense of Seymour Johnson Air Force Base and to discuss the feasibility of a worldwide air cargo facility in North Carolina, an Air Force spokesman said. Martin arrived at Shaw via a small, private craft. The governor, Barth said, met with 9th Air Force and Central Air Force Commander Gen. Charles Horner for about an hour to express concern over the possibility that the Goldsboro, N.C., air base may make future military bases closing lists.
  •  Lee County Council took its first step toward financing a new county jail. Council awarded a $20,000 contract to the Columbia architectural firm of Stevens and Wilkinson Inc. The company will draw designs for the 50-bed facility and recommend a site for the jail. "The architectural firm will study what our needs are - the size, alternatives, different kinds of locks and the number of prisoners per cell," Councilman Thomas Woodham said.
  •  Paxville voters filled a town council seat that had been vacant for more than five months. Douglas Riley Jr. was elected to the Clarendon County town's council by defeating Leonard Mitchum in a special election. This election had the largest voter turnout in recent years. Paxville, with a population of about 250 people, ahs just over 100 registered voters.

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