75 YEARS AGO - 1942
Dec. 12 - 18
Second Lt. Junius M. Lowder Jr., 23, of The United States Marine Corps, son Mr. and Mrs. J.M. Lowder Sr. of Turbeville, has completed a special eight weeks' course for Marine Corps officers at Quantico, Virginia. The Marine officer is a graduate of Clemson College
• The Sumter High School football squad was honored by the local fans Thursday night with a turkey dinner in the cafeteria of Edmunds High School. The gathering was presided over by Raymond Penney, and the principal address was delivered by John Riley, who spoke briefly but effectively, giving the boys an excellent inspirational message. Bill Hughes, co-captain of the team, put on a football quiz, stumping every fan called on, except for Supt. W.H. Shaw and Coach John McMillan and Hartell from the squad. Gifts to the coaches from the fans were presented by J.L. Mooneyhan. Coach McMillian presented each member of the squad to the fans, expressed his appreciation for the gifts and paid tribute to the fighting spirit and ability of this year's squad.
• William Henry Shaw, superintendent of the city schools, was named head of the Citizen's Service corps, which will shortly be organized here, Mayor F.B. Creech announced. The purpose of the corps is the molding of every man, woman and child into a working organization which may be utilized in several ways to help with the war effort.
• Coach Johnnie McMillian, Sumter High grid mentor, announced the awarding of letters to 18 members of the 1942 squad and a senior manager. Boys earning the coveted block "S" were Graham Moses, Ed Dew, Raymond Baker, Gordon Gulledge, Whit Wells, James Skinner, Thomas Cutter, J.L. Mooneyhan, Charlie Penney, Buddy Hodge, Otis Moore, Frank James, Bill Hughes, Eddie Dunlap, Scriven Brunson, Russell Timmons, T.W. Mitchell, Ed Gibson and Manager Bryan Griffin.
• Two men arrested in Salisbury, North Carolina, for the attempted robbery of a filling station and reportedly wanted on two other robbery charges in that state, were identified by P.M. Tiller of Mayesville as the men who entered Mayes store there about two weeks ago and made off with about $35 from the cash registers.
50 YEARS AGO - 1967
Aug. 14 - 20
A long-awaited final report on the commercial areas study recently completed by planning consultants will be presented in the City Planning Commission at a meeting at 10 a.m. tomorrow in the Science Building of Clemson University at Sumter. Some of the preliminary recommendations included the creation of a pedestrian mall out of the downtown portion of Main Street and the use of a "super" block concept in developing the area south of Tuomey Hospital.
• Lynda Beasley was crowned Miss Majorette Princess of America in Knoxville, Tennessee, in the Drum Majorettes of America International Competition. Lynda, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Beasley, was practicing with the Edmunds High School Band at Wofford Band Camp in Spartanburg.
• Raymond S. Rollins Jr., 17, son of Lt. Col. and Mrs. R.S. Rollins, has had one thing on his mind this summer - the intellectual game of chess. Raymond has been a chess enthusiast for 11 years. This year he used his knowledge of the game to win the first-place trophy in the Junior Division of the Greater Charleston Open Chess Tournament sponsored by the U. S. Chess Federation. The Charleston event actually was the first tournament in which Raymond had ever played.
• Gene Lawhon held Greer batters to five hits Sunday afternoon as his Timmonsville mates piled up 11 runs and committed only one error to give Timmonsville the South Carolina American Legion baseball championship and a berth in the American Legion Regional tournament in Gadsden, Alabama, beginning Aug. 23.
• Three leading Sumter officials expressed their pleasure and satisfaction at news that Washington officials have given final approval to the city's Civic Center Urban Renewal Project. At a brief news conference Ramon Schwartz, chairman of the Sumter Housing Authority, W. M. Hodge, chairman of the County Board of Commissioners and Mayor Robert E. Graham, all commented on the significance this final approval has for the community. Schwartz said the Housing Authority should begin negotiating within two weeks with various property owners within the Civic Center area for options on their property.
• Loring K. Baker of Sumter is now one of seven Americans serving as an international official of the Amateur International Boxing Association, the group that sets the rules for all amateur boxing competition. Baker was named an AIBA judge after taking a stiff series of written, oral and practical examinations at a clinic in Winnipeg, Canada, just before the Pan-Am games there, and judged boxing events at the Pan-Am Games.
• Play has ended in the City Tennis Tournament, and winners have been announced by the sponsoring City Parks and Recreation Department. Capturing the men's singles title was Arthur Abbott, and Charlie Hodgin was runner-up. Women's singles were won by Barbara Haynie with Mary Abbott runner-up. Capturing the men's doubles crown was the team of Fred Wilson and Frank Bryan with Charlie Hodgin and Arthur Abbott second. Winning in the ladies doubles was Mary Abbott-Barbara Haynie combination and Sue Wilson and Lisa Cowee were second.
25 YEARS AGO - 1992
May 15 - 21
Sumter County property owners could be spared a tax increase next year for the first time since the mid-1980s. Sumter County Council gave initial approval to the 1992-93 budget Friday but directed county Administrator Bill Noonan to cut $3.1 million from it to help council avoid a tax hike. Budget requests from department heads for next fiscal year total $19 million, while revenues are estimated to be $16.3 million.
• Commencement is always a happy time for USC Sumter graduates, their families and the faculty and staff who have watched them earn their diplomas. Two members of USC-Sumter's faculty and staff - Dr. Charles K. Cook, associate professor of mathematics, and Benjamin F. Ross III, admissions officer with the Enrollment Management Office - had added cause for happiness at Tuesday's commencement program where they were honored for distinguished service.
• Sumter High School senior Spring Anderson has been selected as a winner of a $2,000 National Merit Scholarship. The daughter of Lt. Col. and Mrs. Kenneth Anderson is one of 2,000 national scholarship recipients. Recipients are chosen in every state in numbers that are proportional to the state's percentage of the nation's high school graduating seniors.
• The federal and state governments aren't keeping up their end of the deal in paying health care costs for elderly and poor Americans. And that's the No. 1 reason hospital rates are skyrocketing, local hospital officials say. Paul Johnson, chief financial officer at Sumter's Tuomey Regional Medical Center, said reimbursement to hospitals for services rendered to Medicare and Medicaid patients has dropped from 100 percent of the total cost in 1982 to only 72 percent in 1992. Medicare, a national health care program, provides free and discounted medical services to people over the age of 65. Medicaid, a state program that receives federal funding, provides free medical care to the poor.
• Harold Chandler III of Marion is returning to Sumter School District Two as the new principal of Furman School. He is expected to start by July 1. Chandler has been Marion High School's principal since July 1987. Before that he worked in District 2 for 14 years. Chandler is a graduate of Edmunds High School in Sumter and holds two degrees from Clemson University.
• The owner of the one-time Park Inn International hotel on North Washington Street has dropped the hotel's former name in lieu of the Ramada Inn name, but company principals are sticking with their goal to make Sumter a golfing center with international draw. J.E. "Jule" Eldridge Jr. said this week recent changes in the 30-year-old hotel will affect the company's golf package program only in positive ways. He also said that the hotel broke attendance records in the fifth year of sales impetus that has turned into a multi-million-dollar industry for Sumter.
• Although the Gamecocks did not qualify as many athletes as they would have liked, Sumter High track coach Rut Dingle was pleased with his team's performance in the 4A lower state meet at Spring Valley High. Sumter qualified athletes for the state meet in eight of possible 19 slots. The Spring Valley coaching staff, which ran the meet, did not tabulate team scores.
• The second-annual Iris Festival Flower Show will be held Saturday and Sunday at the Alice Boyle Garden Center beside Swan Lake. The event, which is open to the public, is sponsored by the city of Sumter, the Council of Garden Clubs and Gold Kist of Sumter. There is no admission fee, and children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult. The show was open to all amateur designers and horticulturists, and judges from Columbia, Florence and Charleston would select winners.
• Three inmates escaped from the Shock Incarceration Unit at Wateree Corrections Institution in Sumter County, according to prison officials. The three men had just entered the intensive, 90-day, military-style incarceration unit, according to S.C. Department of Corrections spokeswoman Robyn Zimmerman. They escaped from the Rembert-area prison grounds on S.C. 261 sometime before the 5 a.m. bed check, according to Zimmerman.
• Interim superintendent Andrena Ray has been named the new superintendent of Sumter School District 17. Laura Ayers, chairwoman of the district's board of trustees, announced Ray's selection during the board meeting held at Alice Drive Middle School. Ray, the district's assistant superintendent for instruction, had served as the district's interim superintendent since Jan. 21, following the death of Lawrence G. Derthick Jr. Derthick had been the district's superintendent for 10 years. The board voted 7-0 to name Ray superintendent.
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