75 YEARS AGO - 1942
By public demand, "Mrs. Miniver," the motion picture that has been acclaimed by many critics the best of all times, is being held over in Sumter another day. Sumter movie-goers will have a last chance to see the charming English woman who has become a symbol of courageous women in her own and allied countries, at Sumter Theater on Thursday. Audiences have packed all performances of the show thus far. "Mrs. Miniver" had a longer run at Radio City Music Hall in New York than any picture ever shown there. K.E. Ward, manager of the theaters here, said today that the one additional day was all that could be granted him.
• Jack C. Pate has been re-nominated by President Roosevelt for postmaster of Sumter. The chief executive sent the nomination to the Senate yesterday. Pate became postmaster here in 1934, succeeding W.E. Daughtrey.
• A flying instructor and an aviation cadet, born in the same year, died at 11:40 a.m. today in a training plane two miles northwest of Shaw Field. Officials at the basic Army flying school announced this afternoon that Lt. William J. Burok of Bonora, Pennsylvania, and Cadet Frederick A. Sanford of Menands, New York, were killed while on a routine training flight. Their plane was completely demolished. Burok received his basic training at Shaw Field and returned here last month as an instructor.
• Members of the old 81st "Wildcat Division" of World War I fame, will celebrate the 25th anniversary of their organization next week as the guests of the new 81st division recently organized at Camp Rucker, Ozark, Alabama. A number of Sumter men were members of the original 81st, which saw service overseas in 1918, and Ray McCoy, who will leave Sunday for Camp Rucker, is the state commander.
• There will be a band concert by the Municipal Band at 8 o'clock at Memorial Park. The band will be under the baton of Director P.A. Girard. All members of the band are home from vacations, a pleasing program has been selected, therefore Mr. Girard assures a very good concert.
• Col. Burton M. Hovey Jr., commanding officer of Shaw Field, this week placed his stamp of approval on a football program for the field, ensuring a complete fall sports program from officers and enlisted men.
• Two Sumter boys will begin service with the United States Navy on Sept. 8. Ensign Thomas H. Siddall, third who received his commission in the Naval reserve upon completion of a naval reserve course at the University of North Carolina in June, will report for active duty at Newport, Rhode Island, on that date. At the same time, Ensign-candidate C.P. Exum, sworn in for naval aviation training about a month ago, will go to Catawba College, at Salisbury, North Carolina, for eight weeks of civilian pilot training, preparatory to advanced training in the naval air corps.
50 YEARS AGO - 1967
Mayewood recently selected its representatives to Boy's State to be held in Charleston at The Citadel. Those selected were Marion Cain and Edward Spann.
• County Agent T.O. Bowen said farmers were pleased with the heavy rainfall that soaked this area yesterday. He said that the long dry spell prior to the rainfall caused about 250 acres of cotton to be plowed under and replanted with soybeans. Bowen emphasized that farmers plowing under their stand of cotton must first check with the ASCS office so that the fields can be inspected. Cotton acreage this year was estimated at between 24,000 and 25,000, well above the 19,500-allotted last year.
• The local office of the Social Security Administration, located in the Federal Building on South Main Street and serving Sumter and Clarendon counties, marks its first anniversary Tuesday. During the past year, more than 2,300 claims for old age, survivors, disability and health insurance benefits have been received and processed.
• Arnold Hutto gave everybody a fair chance, but no one took advantage, and the Holly Hill native roared to his fifth victory Saturday night at Sumter Raceway. Before the largest crowd in the local track's history, Hutto turned in one of the greatest behind-the-wheel efforts Sumter fans have ever witnessed.
• Construction of an additional office of the South Carolina National Bank will begin shortly, according to R.B. Dean Jr., vice president in charge of SCN's Sumter Offices. In addition, work will begin on the permanent quarters for SCN's Wesmark Office. The contract for both offices has been awarded to Boyle Construction Co. At present SCN serves Sumter from four locations - Main Street, Broad Street, Wesmark Plaza and Shaw Air Force Base. The new Swan Lake office will be located at the intersection of West Liberty and Brooks streets.
• With the theme "To Be Alive in Such An Age," class day exercises were held at Edmunds High School auditorium at 10:30, with a large number of family and friends attending. Larry Chewning, president of the class of 1967, presented the cap and gown to Roy James, president of the class of 1968, signifying the advance of the juniors to senior section of the auditorium.
• Sumter's Art Baker, assistant football coach at Clemson University, has accepted an invitation to be a replacement speaker at the Edmunds High spring sports banquet. The banquet honors all athletes who participated on Gamecock sprint sports team and the basketball team.
• St. Anne's CCD high school religion classes are nearing the end of this school year. The classes are held in St. Anne's School every Sunday evening for grades nine through 12. Throughout the year members have served as altar boys, helpers in the CCD elementary school of religion, participated in inter-religious activities and served the church, community and school in various capacities.
• Sen. Strom Thurmond, a member of the U.S. Military Academy's Board of Visitors, met with cadets from South Carolina during a visit here. Upon completion of the tour, the Board members made a report of their observations and recommendations which will be sent to President Johnson. Among the cadets was Sumter's Charles S. White, a Third Classman at the U.S. Military Academy. He is the son of Lt. Col. (USA) and Mrs. Charles R. White of Sumter.
• Despite Joe Burch's sizzling 32 on the back nine, Frank Chandler captured the Jaycee Junior Golf tournament title by taking a one-stroke win at the Shaw golf course. Chandler, 17-year-old Edmunds High star, carded a 38 on the front nine and turned in a sparkling 34 on the back for his winning total of 72.
• Mrs. D.E. Milling was installed as president of the Pilot Club of Sumter along with other officers for 1967-68 at the club's luncheon meeting. She succeeds Mrs. J.W. Edens, who will serve on the board of directors. Conducting the ceremonies was Dr. Mary E. Blanchard, 1965-66 president, who presented the outline of their duties to Mrs. J.T. James, first vice president; Miss Alice Cantey, second vice president; Miss Marianne Palmer, recording secretary; Mrs. H.A. Newton, corresponding secretary; Mrs. H.H. Foxworth, treasurer; Mrs. Edens and Miss Lenore Gaston, directors.
25 YEARS AGO - 1992
The Governor's Office of Highway Safety presented the Sumter Police Department today with the "Significant Community Support for Traffic Safety" award. The department received the award for its implementation of community safety projects throughout the city in the Operation Buckle Up "Use It or Lose It" campaign. Sgt. Linn Skipper of the police department's traffic division said one of the most successful projects of the campaign was the 70 Percent Plus program.
• As you step inside, you can see the creativity of Becky Owens throughout the entire shop. Becky, the owner of The Monogram Market, is able to suggest personalization on just about anything you can imagine, from baby items and stationery to sweatshirts, blankets, totes, linens and more. The unique concept of this store lends itself to your imagination also.
• Sandra Carroway, manager of Plaza Cleaners, has been in the dry cleaning business for more than 14 years. One day service, in by 10 o'clock, is only one of the features they offer. A real plus for Plaza Cleaners at 456 Guignard Drive is the covered drive-through that is a real life saver during inclement weather.
- St. John Passion will be presented by the University of South Carolina's School of Music and features two Sumterites. The performance will be held at First Presbyterian Church. Based on the Lutheran text of the Gospel according to John, sung by the Evangelist, the work is noted for its dramatic realism and conciseness. The work features the talents of the University's Concert Choir, Graduate Ensemble and Symphony with soloists Laury Chrsitie, Rhonda Paschal, Richard Veale, Richard Conant and Randy Ferguson as the Evangelist and Sumterite Stephen Aiken in the Role of Jesus.
• The death penalty trial of a North Carolina drifter who Lee County police say stalked, then shot to death a prominent local farmer last year is set to begin. Steve Wayne Yawn, 37, whose last known address was Beech Mountain, North Carolina, is accused of fatally shooting John McCutchen Jr., Lee County Sheriff Liston Truesdale said at the time that the shooting was thought to have been the result of a domestic dispute in which the McCutchen family was indirectly involved.
• Conflict. Confusion. Health. Family considerations. All of these were factors in Allen Johnson's decision to leave the education system after 14 years, including 13 years in Sumter County School District 2. Johnson announced last week that he is resigning his duties as teacher, athletic director and head football coach at Furman High School, effective Feb. 28.
• In response to recent upheavals over industries locating in residential areas, a Sumter County councilman has a proposal he hopes will alleviate residents' concerns. Councilman Rudy Singleton said he will suggest that the county develop another industrial park instead of continuing to "patch-quilt" industry in the county. He said placing industry randomly throughout the county will cause damage to the environment as well as the migration of residents out of the county.
• Gladys Fulton of South Carolina knew that "it would take something a little bit different," as she dreamed up a combination Pennsylvania Dutch cake and custard pie to win the Pillsbury Bake-Off's top prize. Besides instant culinary fame, Mrs. Fulton, newly retired from a delicatessen job in a supermarket, is taking home a $50,000 check. And she will get a new kitchen from Sears worth $10,000.
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