75 YEARS AGO - 1942
Aug. 27 - Oct. 2
Back at full strength, Sumter High's eleven made ready to avenge a shellacking received from Camden last season in their annual tussle. The slightly favored Gamecocks face Camden in Camden tonight with the opening kick-off slated for 8 o'clock. The Birds, hampered last week by injuries, but still good enough to post a 31-0 win over Rock Hill, have their three key men back and set for tonight's affair. Frank James, quarterback; J. Skinner, tackle; and Scriven Brunson, half-back; are recovered from their injuries and will be able to start, but Coach Johnnie McMillian isn't sure whether they're ready to play the entire game.
• The City Band will render its concert tonight at the Municipal Park, thus closing one of the most successful years the band has played. L.C. Moise and F.A. Girard, the directors, stated that they wished to thank the large and appreciative crowds which have attended the concerts and the college boys who have given their services.
• Sumter residents who are going on weekend trips and who have extra space for a soldier or two are requested to call Mrs. Long at the USO. The soldiers can't hitch rides, but the USO has done the next best thing and has organized the hitchhikers club for the men.
• To be able to eat in the new, streamlined "first three graders mess" is alone worth all the hard work it takes to become a staff sergeant at Shaw Field. The top ranking non-coms at the post feel that their private dining room, adjoining the Consolidated Mess, is an added incentive to earn four stripes or better. It's Sgt. Maj. Edward E. Gart's "dream come true." For months, he bandied the idea about in his mind, finally explained it to Capt. Carl D. Stier, post mess officer, who gave it his full support. By the middle of June, Gart's dream was an actuality - the three graders' mess was a place where non-coms can be proud to bring their wives, families or friends.
• Among the new flying instructors who arrived at Shaw Field recently are six officers who received their basic training at Shaw Field. They are: Second Lts. Murray P. McCluskey, William J. Torrens, Ellis S. Middleton II, Lewis K. McKee, William B. Campbell, William D. Gahagen.
50 YEARS AGO - 1967
May 29 - June 4
Three hundred and thirty-one seniors will be graduated tonight from Edmunds High School. Developing the theme "Take Time," commencement speakers will be Larry Chewning, class president; Polly Harritt, top honor graduate; Ronda Dabbs; Phil Moise; Angela McIntosh; Thorny Parker, student body president; Betsy Bryan; Warren Givens; and Cari Mueller. Diplomas and certificates will be presented by Dr. L.C. McArthur, superintendent of District 17, and W.S. Jackson, Edmunds principal.
• Morris College is the recipient of a $92,140 grant from the Office of Economic Opportunity to be used during this summer to conduct a project Head Start program in nine communities in Sumter County. Morris College will be working in cooperation with the Community Action Program. President O.R. Reuben, in announcing the grant said he was "particularly happy to note that one of the reasons for the grant was the success of similar programs conducted during the summers of 1965 and 1966."
• Gay Cook was crowned South Carolina Regional Queen, juvenile division, at a baton contest in the Roy Hudgens Academy gym in Lynchburg. The contest was sponsored by the National Majorette Association. To qualify for a queen title, contestants must compete in advanced solo twirling, military strut, fancy strut, beauty and a performance of talent other than baton twirling.
• Sumter youths have received degrees from several educational institutions. They are: David Booth, The Leelanau Schools, college preparatory school in Glen Arbor, Michigan; Richard Dabbs, Florida Presbyterian College; Susan Morris, Rutgers University; and from Newberry College, Ashley Geddings, Leonard Brown and Charles Player Jr.
• W.W. Forrester, son of Mrs. R.C. Forrester of Sumter, has been named to the board of directors of the Guaranty Bank and Trust Co. in Florence. A native of Sumter, he graduated from Edmunds High School and then Clemson College.
• "We're in to win!" was the enthusiastic word from Manning American Legion Baseball Coach J.C. Britton, as he commented on his club's upcoming season. Manning, only in its second year as a team, will be fielding one of the youngest first strings of any in the area, and it will be in competition, as usual, with Sumter, Turbeville, Olanta and Camden in League IV.
• Lt. J.B. Godfrey, who headed the detective division of the Sumter Police Department for the past 12 years, died of cancer at the age of 48. Godfrey joined the force in 1944, as a patrolman. He was promoted successively to detective in 1949, detective sergeant in 1951 and detective lieutenant in 1962.
• Some 56 participants will tee off for tomorrow's mixed four-ball tournament at the Sunset Country Club. Action gets underway when the teams of Jimmy Bell-Anne Bell and Bob Shelor-Katherine Shelor tee off on the number one tees while the teams of Harry Chalfant-Nell Lee and Davie Lee-Jean Chalfant tee off at the number 10 tee.
25 YEARS AGO - 1992
Feb. 28 - March 5
Jomarie Spencer Crocker, an 18-year veteran of the Sumter County Auditor's Office, announced her candidacy for auditor. A new county auditor will be elected in November and take over for the retiring Sumter County auditor, Nancy Gregory.
• The Winthrop College Chorale will perform at Sumter's Trinity United Methodist Church. The 50-voice touring choir consists of both undergraduate and graduate students and is directed by Dr. Robert Edgerton. Sumterites in the chorale are Charlene Beach, Amanda Ragan and Paul Nutter, all Sumter High School graduates, and Furman High School graduate Karen Shipton.
• Seven career center students earned top hon• • ors in District III skills competitions held across the state in early February. Linda Disher, a Furman High senior, placed first in graphic communications; and Norman Simon, a Sumter High senior, placed first in the welding competition. Eddie Harrington, Mayewood High senior, placed first in machine tool operations. Eric Moses, Furman High senior, placed second in carpentry, while Jared Caulley, Hillcrest High senior, placed first in machine drafting; and Alan Eaton, also a Hillcrest High senior, placed second in architectural drafting. Tammy DuBose, a Sumter High senior, placed second in cosmetology competitive events.
• Each of Sumter's two school districts could lose about $45,000 next fiscal year if federal budget cuts are approved by Congress, U.S. Rep. John Spratt said. Congress is talking again of cutting impact aid - aid allotted to school districts near military installations. Spratt, who thinks the aid should not be cut, said "impact aid is a small, but important, part of the budget."
• Leslie Tomlinson scored 18 points to lead Hammond Academy's girls to a 49-45 basketball victory over St. Jude in the Palmetto Athletic Conference state finals. The Lady Padres complete their season with an 18-11 record. Mary Kay Nerbun led St. Jude with 26 points and 17 rebounds. Elizabeth Nerbun added nine points.
• When Robert Carnes looks at a rock, he sees more than a hard piece of stone. He visualizes a piece of art. "I can pick up a rock and tell you the picture that's in it," the Sumter artist said. "Just as fast as I can pick up rocks, I know what is inside." Carnes, a retired military man and owner of Sumter Bed and Breakfast, creates unique works of art from stone.
• Sumter County Treasurer Elizabeth Hair has announced she will run for re-election. Hair was appointed treasurer in 1990 and has worked in the treasurer's office for 31 years. She is the first to announce a bid for county treasurer. A Sumter native, Hair is a graduate of Edmunds High School. She is a member of the S.C. Association of Auditors, Treasurers and Tax Collectors, where she serves on the Manufactured Housing Committee.
• The Sumter County Museum is conducting a "Friends of the Museum" membership campaign during the month of March, and museum officials expect the campaign to become an annual event. Museum director Kay Teer, who said she hopes to raise $8,500 during this first campaign, said individuals, businesses and corporations have already donated $4,620 to the campaign. The "Friends of the Museum" program should help the museum achieve short-and long-term goals that its other funding could not support.
• The slander trial of former Sumter School District 2 Trustee Atlee Prince was settled out of court, according to sources at the Richland County Courthouse. According to sources, Prince will pay $260,000 to Sumter School District 2 Trustee Naomi Sanders and former Trustee Tommy Dabbs for making damaging statements about them five years ago. The settlement came more than a year after the state Supreme Court ruled that a Sumter County jury erred in 1988 when it awarded Dabbs and Sanders $2 million each in Prince's first trial.
• It transcends age and race, social standing and wealth. Everyone is equal here, and once you step inside this room, you're free to be anything you want to be. The people who come - old and young, black and white, rich and poor - are drawn by the desire to create something positive. The Sumter Little Theatre affords them a place to do it.
- She has been around since the late 1890s. Her body is frail - weakened by the passage of time. But a group of Lee County residents is about to restore the beauty of the old, abandoned Opera House in Bishopville. The Lee County Arts Council will spend $150,000 to replenish what used to be the city's entertainment center. The only two-story building on Main Street, the Opera House was once the "place to be" for those wanting to watch a silent movie, to go dancing or just to have fun. Ironically, no operas were ever held there.
• Two Sumter Republicans announced candidacy for local offices during a first-of-its-kind Republican Candidate Recruitment Party. District 3 Sumter County Councilman Chuck Fienning announced he will run for his second council term, and Earlene Seely announced she will vie for the seat that will be vacated by county council Chairman Ruben Gray who has said he will not seek a third term.
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