75 YEARS AGO - 1942
Oct. 3 - 9
Sumter High's grid season can now be termed a success. The reason is because the Gamecocks walloped Camden. Striking in three sudden thrusts for touchdowns, the Birds overpowered Camden last night, 19 to 7, as the two clubs fought each other bitterly in their annual battle. Paving the way for the Birds' victory were lineman Raymond Baker and co-captain Ed Dew, Sumter's candidates for all-state.
• Second Lt. Ira Kaye is Shaw Field's first enlisted man to be assigned back to his post after graduating from the AAF Officers Candidate School in Miami. Upon his return this week he was immediately designated assistant courts and boards officer. On Dec. 16, 1941, Lt. Kaye was married to Miss Ruth Barnett of Sumter.
• At a meeting of teachers of the Sumter City Schools and student representatives from all the buildings, plans were made for a scrap collecting drive that is being sponsored by the newspapers of South Carolina this week and next week. The meeting was presided over by Superintendent W.H. Shaw. A brief outline of the campaign was given by H.D. Osteen of the Sumter Daily Item, following which a fall discussion was held, led by Mr. Shaw. It was finally decided to put on a concentrated drive this week, all regular classes being dispensed with on that day to allow every student to get out and make a house-to-house canvass of the city.
• Cadet Edmund Thomas Gulledge Jr., a member of the 2nd (junior) class at the Citadel, has been promoted to the rank of cadet sergeant in orders recently issued by Col. C.M. McMurray, professor of military science and tactics. Cadet Gulledge is the son of E.T. Gulledge of Wedgefield.
50 YEARS AGO - 1967
June 5 - 10
After two straight second-place finishes, Robbie Hynes, his '55 Chevy running to perfection, captured the lead on the second lap, held it the rest of the way and roared to a victory in the 35-lap late model main event to bring to an end the phenomenal string of triumphs by Arnold Hutto at the Sumter Raceway.
• Nancy Eldridge and Julius E. Eldridge Jr., daughter and son of Mr. and Mrs. Julius Eldridge, both were graduated in exercises at different colleges. Miss Eldridge received a bachelor of arts degree in elementary education and library science from Columbia College. Her brother received his master's degree in business administration from the University of Virginia at Charlottesville.
• Cpl. Cole Blease Shorter Jr. of the Sumter Police Department becomes the sixth local law enforcement officer to graduate from the FBI National Academy. Shorter is among 100 police officers who will have completed the 12 weeks of intensive training. Other graduates of the academy include Sheriff Byrd Parnell, Lt. H.H. Foxworth, the late Lt. J.B. Godfrey, Assistant Chief of Police L.W. Griffin and E.E. McIntosh, former Sumter chief of police now with the S.C. Probation Department.
• Tommie Watts, who struck out nine, tossed a perfect game as VFW defeated Cromac 1-0 in Sumter Dixie Youth action. Watts faced 18 batters in the regulation six-inning contest. John Sutton, catcher for Watts, got the only two base hits of the game, both singles, and scored the game's lone run.
• Two promotions for its Sumter-area personnel have been announced by Carolina Power and Light Co. Lee McLeod of Sumter will take the post of service representative in Camden, and Elbert Foxworth of Camden will become district service manager in Sumter, according to L.F. Owens Jr., Sumter District manager.
• Thomas Sumter Academy held its first commencement with 23 seniors receiving diplomas. Honor graduates included Linda Haye Elmore, valedictorian; David Milton Winkles Jr., salutatorian; Brenda Victoria Fogle, Samuel Francis Rhodes, Henry Curtis Edens III, Glenn Miller Davis and Charles William Rhodes.
• Taking advantage of five Camden errors, Sumter came from behind to score its second win of the season and carve out a narrow 5-4 victory in an American Legion League IV contest. Three pitchers worked the game for Sumter with Cleve Marsh, who relieved in the seventh, getting credit for the win. Tommy Hall started the contest but was moved to shortstop in the third inning. Billy Ardis followed Hall on the mound and flashed a nifty curve ball until he was relieved in the seventh.
25 YEARS AGO - 1992
March 6 - 11
James R. Burrows, 70, died March 4, at his home. Burrows owned the Triple C Farm in Sumter County, where he grew several crops, but people knew him best for his peanuts. Because he had eight children, Mr. Burrows once said Triple C stood for "crops, cows and children." "He was one of the greatest fellows I've ever known," said Curt Edens of Edens peanut farm in Dalzell.
• March's foyer exhibit, "A Team of Talents," is a display of works by the Sumter Gallery of Art's art school faculty. Art instructors Jan McLeod, Rose Metz, Stan Paskiewicz, Carol Jones White and Mildred M. White will each present two of their works.
• A jury found Tuomey Regional Medical Center guilty of malpractice and ordered the hospital to pay $735,100 to a family whose child suffered permanent brain damage there in 1986. Hospital officials declined to comment on a possible appeal.
• Tommy Timmerman has been one of the most outstanding independent school football coaches in the state over the last decade. Five SCISAA state titles and a 92-16 record will attest to that. Timmerman from his athletic director/coaching post at Clarendon Hall last week and will be replaced on a temporary basis by former Hillcrest and Furman high school's athletic director/head football coach Allen Johnson. Timmerman cited burnout and a need to dedicate more time to his family and business as his reasons for leaving the Summerton School after six years.
• Clarendon County School District 2's 1991 Teacher of the Year believes a structured classroom is a key to stimulating children. Dr. Laura Ayers also believes it's vital for parents and teachers and the schools to work together. Ayers was honored during the annual Clarendon District 2 Appreciation Dinner for district employees.
• A Spartanburg artist topped the list of winners for the 11th annual NBSC Oil Painters' Open Invitational when winners were announced and awards were presented at the Sumter Gallery of Art. Fred Galloway of Spartanburg won the first prize of $750 for his painting "Hay Roll Series 1." Ray Davenport of Sumter received the $500 second prize for his painting "Loring Mill," and Mike Williams of Columbia was awarded $300 for his third-prize painting, "Homeless."
• Operations at a hazardous waste landfill near Lake Marion have resulted in a reduction in the number of species living downstream from the facility, according to a report recently released by the U.S. Department of the Interior. A study of the hydrology and geology in the vicinity of the landfill operated by GSX Services of South Carolina Inc. determined the decreased number of species in the streams are due not to toxic pollution, but to earth-moving practices at the 270-acre landfill.
• The Bishopville High School Dragons and the girls basketball teams from Mayewood and Hillcrest High Schools will be playing for berths in their respective state championship games in semifinal games today. Hillcrest, 18-7 on the season, will play at Hartsville for the 4A lower state title. The Lady Wildcats defeated Lower Richland 62-56 in the second round. Hartsville improved to 30-1 after a 62-27 win over Marlboro County. Bishopville and Mayewood will both play in the 2A upper state championship games at Chapin High School.
• Two months after enacting a controversial countywide zoning ordinance, Sumter County Council discovered that some property may be zoned improperly under the law. Council enacted countywide zoning in December 1991 primarily to prevent encroachment of development around Shaw Air Force Base. Although most of the county was zoned with minimal restrictions, some areas around the base were more strictly zoned. Now, at least one property owner near the base has come forward to say that his land is zoned improperly.
• Wedgefield residents, afraid that the Wedgefield Primary School is in danger of being closed, presented the Sumter School District 2 Board of Trustees with a 209-signature petition to keep the school open. Despite assurances from District 2 Superintendent Joe Lefft that the district is not considering closing the school, three members of the Wedgefield community asked the board not to let the school fall victim to consolidation with a larger school. Residents are afraid that because the community's school has only 79 students, the district will soon find it cost effective to close it. The school shares Principal J. Zernon Laney with F.J. Delaine Elementary School.
• Recent violence at the New Horizons Teen Center has prompted Sumter County Council to provide extra security at the Artillery Drive facility. During its meeting, council agreed to appropriate up to $2,600 for the teen center to hire an off-duty police officer for additional security. The action was taken in response to the stabbing of a Sumter police officer outside the center. The officer was stabbed while attempting to break up a fight.
• Manning residents could pay higher utility bills to help improve the city's water and wastewater systems. Manning City Council authorized the mayor and city administrator Monday to request from the Farmers Home Administration $2.93 million in loans for improvements to the city's utility infrastructure. The loans, if approved by the federal government, would be coupled with a $934,700 grant for additional wastewater improvements, and would bring an average water bill increase of 64 percent for the town's 4,670 residents over the next few years.
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