75 YEARS AGO - 1942
Aug. 13 - 19
The South Carolina forest office is in the market for loblolly and longleaf pine cones, announced Assistant State Forester C. Howell Schaeffer. These cones will be used to plant the Sumter Nursery, where annually are grown millions of trees used in reforesting idle acres in South Carolina. In Walterboro district about 225 bushels of longleaf cones and about 150 bushels of loblolly cones were collected, according B. E. Allen, district forester.
- Probably attracting more attention from passers-by than any other display exhibited in Sumter is the Marine window on the right side of North Main street near the Rex Theater. There is hardly a moment on the day, observers say, when someone has not stopped to look at the handsome figure in Marine uniform, the miniature Marines, their tanks, guns and planes and the other objects featured in the exhibit which is designed to bring in more recruits in Sumter for the leathernecks.
- The former C.C.C. camp just out of Sumter between the Turbeville and Florence highways has been converted into War Service motor repair and the Fourth Service command school. Lt. Norman A. Pearee, morale officer, told Chamber of Commerce officials. The school will have an enrollment of 300 students, who will come in groups of 100 every 30 days for a three-months course of training as motor mechanics. Pearee was seeking this morning to have recreational activities for the students combined with Shaw Field and other recreational programs in Sumter.
- Pacific Mills of Columbia got revenge for two previous defeats at the hands of the Sumter City Club by nudging over a 10th-inning run to trim the locals 9 to 8 at the stadium. The extra-inning affair was marred by numerous errors on the part of the losers. Beanie Osteen, who seemingly can't win a ball game this summer, was again the victim of the visitor's attack. Osteen allowed nine hits, but as usual his team's fielding was poor.
- Auxiliary policemen will be tested at their meeting on their auxiliary police manual, Chief W.C. Kirven announced. He said that the volunteers now were "heading down the home stretch" in the course that is training them to aid the regular police forces in case of emergency.
- Frances D. Roche, director of the Memorial Park playground, announced this morning that a pet show would be held Friday for the city's youngsters as a climax to the playground program now entering its last week.
- Five soldiers from Shaw Field and five engineers from nearby Cherryvale will match wits on the new Shaw Field quiz program "What D'You Know, Joe?" Conducted by Stan Cooper, the new show will occupy the greater portion of the regular Shaw Field Rendezvous program heard every Tuesday night at 8:30 over WFIG, and Vance McBurney, popular Shaw Field pianist, will furnish incidental music.
50 YEARS AGO - 1967
May 15 - 21
- When the season started back in March, Hamp Norris and Jimmy Trembley weren't exactly setting the world aflame with their discus throwing. Around 125-plus feet were their best efforts, but when the season came toward its end both boys were approaching the 150-foot mark. "We just worked and worked on it," said Trembley after he had placed third in that event and Norris had gotten a second. "Hamp would come around almost every day and say 'let's go throw some,' and off we would go . ."
- More than $300 was raised for the Cancer Society at the Clarendon County Horse show. A large crowd of spectators assembled to see the show, which featured 17 classes, several special events and a pet parade for the younger children. Joe McLeod, president of the Boots and Saddles Horse Club of Manning, won the challenge trophy given by Mrs. Arthur Hinson and Mrs. Bailey Jones in memory of Mr. Arthur Hinson, who organized the Boots and Saddles Club in 1960.
- Choirs from Shaw have won first place in the Tactical Air Command Protestant Chapel Choir competition for 1966. In the standing just announced, Shaw won first place in Category I of the adult division, which is for bases having a total military and dependent population over 3,500. The Protestant Youth Choir won first place in the youth division, which was judged in one category for all size bases. Both Protestant Choirs are directed by Mrs. Raymond Harley.
- Nine times out of 10 after a team wins a championship you're going to hear the coach say, "We'd better enjoy it while we can because they'll get us next year." Not so Bill Painter, head track coach of the Sumter High Gamecocks, who captured the state AAA championship in Columbia. Instead of moaning, Painter is quite optimistic about the future of track for the Birds. "We've got a lot of fine boys coming back next season, and there's about 30 potentially good athletes coming up from McLaurin and Alice Drive junior high schools."
- Sumter County chiropractors will be active participants at the spring convention of the South Carolina Chiropractors' Association in Florence today and tomorrow. Dr. H.I. Mercer, president of the Pee Dee Chiropractic Society, will serve as host for convention guests. Dr. R.D. Guilds Jr. is a member of the State Board of Chiropractic Examiners and will be conducting examinations for applicants to practice chiropractic in South Carolina.
- Members of the Alice Drive Junior High School Future Homemakers Association under the direction of Mrs. Elizabeth L. Bateman have been busily engaged in making bed jackets for patients at the State Hospitals. Some are so interested they asked to work during lunch or free periods. Materials were furnished by the Sumter County Mental Health Association at the request of Mrs. Myrtis B. Logan, chairwoman of the S.C.M.H.A.
- Shaw's pistol team returned victorious from the Tactical Air Command Pistol Championship held at Langley Air Force Bas, Virginia. The five-man team brought home a total of 25 individual match medals and three team trophies. Individually, A2C Joseph S. Leffman defeated the rest of the TAC shooters to be named the top individual shot.
- The Betty Freed School of Dance will present "Alice in Danceland," a two-act "story in dance," at Edmunds High School auditorium. The program opens with Alice reading her book and dreaming of faraway places. Out comes the White Rabbit, and they travel off to Topsy Turvy Land where they find themselves in the Magic Garden where flowers "sing and dance."
- Girls who will represent the Sumter Unit 15 of the American Legion Auxiliary are from Mayewood School, Mary Trimnal; Thomas Sumter Academy, Betty Mikell; Hillcrest, Kathleen Ross; and Edmunds, Martha Stoddard and Eugenia Mabry. The 21st Annual Palmetto Girls' State Inc. will be held in Columbia with housing in South Tower, University of South Carolina. Girls State is a practical application of Americanism and good citizenship.
- Reynard Jerome McDonald, son of Dr. and Mrs. S.J. McDonald Sr., will receive a Doctor of Medicine degree from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee. He is one of 50 seniors eligible for a degree in medicine. McDonald received his A.B. degree from Fisk University.
- High school graduates who can't go to college for financial or other reasons should look into the state's TEC centers. The TEC schools offer a wide range of curricula and are less expensive than colleges. Duke Richardson Jr., Columbia, who coordinates the agency's agricultural curriculum, says graduates of agricultural courses will apparently be in great demand.
- R.G. (Dick) Lenox has been appointed vice president of Williams Furniture Corp. with broadened executive responsibilities. Announcement of the appointment was made today by Julian T. Buxton, president of the firm. Buxton was high in his praise of Lenox's capabilities and of his contributions to the success of the company during the 26 years he has been part of the management staff.
- Gerald Dix, executive vice president of Sumter Chamber of Commerce, scored the third hole in one of his career as a golfer at Sunset Country Club. The other two aces were scored on the Shaw Air Force Base course while he was base commander.
- Sumter's Gamecocks captured three first places to highlight the second-annual South Carolina Interscholastic Open Track Meet at Rex Enright Athletic Center. Eddie Connor repeated his win in the 880-yard run for the Gamecocks by touring the two laps in a time of 2:00.l. Sumter's medley relay team won its event.
- Former Sumterite Harry R. Bryan, The Sumter Daily Item, and Radio Station WYMB of Manning were among those honored by the South Carolina Mental Health Association yesterday for services to mental health during 1966. The awards were made by Lt. Gov. John C. West.
- Arnold Hutto gave everybody a fair chance, but no one took advantage, and the Holly Hill native roared to his fifth victory at the 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.
25 YEARS AGO - 1992
Feb. 13 - 19
Georganne Perry has discovered a great new sport, and she would like to tell the rest of Sumter about it. Actually, competitive swimming isn't a new sport - it just hasn't drawn much attention in this area. Perry, who, along with Mary Deakin, is the co-president of the Sumter Swim Team, would like to change that. The Sumter Swim Team will play host to four other squads in a swim meet at the Sumter Family YMCA, and Perry is hoping that aquatically minded residents of the Gamecock City will come out and give the home team a look.
- Construction of the new, long-awaited Clarendon Memorial Hospital has begun, and hospital officials celebrated with a groundbreaking ceremony. More than 130 Clarendon County leaders and residents attended the event. Construction of the $8 million project began in January and is expected to be completed in mid-1993, said Ed Frye, the hospital's administrator.
- For more than 150 years, loyal and dedicated members have worshiped at Mt. Zion Presbyterian Church, St. Charles. In front of this imposing building is the cemetery, where gravestones show such names as Brearley, Cooper, Cousar, English, McCutchen, Chandler, Montgomery, Reid, Scott, Shaw, Wilson and many others. The first building was erected in 1809 by three gentlemen, Capt. Thomas Gordon, Capt. John DuBose and Thomas Wilson, esquire.
- They started out horsing around just for the fun of it. But what began as a form of exercise and recreation for Carolyn Riles, Dr. David Brown and Sandra Kinsesy has turned into a competitive sport. All three Sumterites have won world championships in racking horse competitions. Racking horses execute a four-beat gait with each foot coming down separately. The gait - which is neither a pace nor a trot - has a distinct 1-2-3-4 beat, and the beat is considered one of the smoothest gaits to ride.
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- Former Sumter High standout Wally Maynard picked up his first collegiate win as the freshman righthander led South Carolina past Charleston Southern 15-7. Maynard took over in the fourth inning to get the victory. He allowed five hits, including a ninth inning home run by Quincy Boyd, and two runs in five and one third innings. He struck out four and walked one.
- It was a time for memorial tributes as the Sumter Community Concert Band presented its 11th annual winter performance at Patriot Hall. The concert, the third in a series of four set for the 1991-92 season, was dedicated to the late Robert Simmons, a former director of the band program at Edmunds High School and a trombone player in the S.C.C.B.
- Is Sumter gaining momentum as it heads into its regular season finale Friday and then the Region IV-4A tournament? Gamecock basketball coach Byron Kinney isn't sure about that, but he is certain that he liked what he saw in the 57-42 win over Lower Richland at Sumter High.