75 YEARS AGO - 1943
Jan. 30 - Feb. 5
Hitting peak form, Sumter High's five crushed a scrappy 914th squadron five from Shaw Field on their home court, 42 to 13 in the night cap of a doubleheader. In the first tilt, the YMCA Juniors lost to the Commandos, 26 to 21, in a closely played contest. The Gamecocks, with Charlie Penney leading the team with 15 points, jumped into a big lead at the outset, piling up a 16 to 0 quarter score and a 25 to 2 halftime lead. The Birds, with the reserves participating in most of the second half play, still dominated the action.
• Air Force First Lt. R.R. McLeod Jr. of Hartsville, who was killed in action in Africa Dec. 6 was a nephew of Mr. and Mrs. Leon Burgess of Sumter. He also had numerous other relatives here. Memorial services were held for him Jan. 17 at the Wesley Methodist Church in Hartsville, at which an honor guard from Shaw Field was present.
• "The extension of rural electrification for South Carolina has perhaps been more rapid than in any other state in recent years," says Director D.W. Watkins of the Clemson Extension Service. "That was possible partly because we had so far to go, but more particularly because legislation and local leadership showed the way. From no mileage in 1935, the state now has 17,348 miles of rural electric lines serving 76,848 customers. Now 39.9 per cent of our farms have electricity as compared with a national average of 31.3 per cent," according to Watkins.
• Many Sumter citizens are responding liberally to the call for books and cash for the Shaw Field library, it was announced today. So far, more than 600 books have been collected, and it is hoped to reach the goal of a thousand books soon. Cash donations will be used to purchase new books. The library at the field is inadequate for the number of men there, and citizens are urged to aid in this worthwhile undertaking. Books or cash may be left with S.K. Rowland at the City Hall or call Harold Moise or Logan Phillips and someone will come for the books.
• Sales for the fifth week of the stamp drive at Edmunds High School netted $149.35, it has been announced. This brings the grand total for the drive to $1,117.50. Mrs. Mallard's sophomore homeroom won the trophy for the week with $24.90. Lawrence Auld, a member of that homeroom, was the individual winner with $18.75.
• An application for a building permit from the federal government, necessary before work can begin on a proposed bus station at the Claremont Hotel, is in Washington. The matter is being taken up in the nation's capital by some of South Carolina's representatives in Congress. It may be necessary, Warren T. King, executive secretary of the Chamber of Commerce said, for a representative of the local chamber to go to Washington or New York to explain the necessity for obtaining a new bus station there.
• Fred Wilson, whose deep voice has been heard in Sumter for approximately 40 years, passed away early this morning after an illness of about a week. No definite record of when he became court crier could be obtained from the court house, but it was thought that he had held that position since at least the early 1900's, and Clerk of Court Raymond Blanding said he was thought to be the oldest court crier in term of service in the state. His age was set at somewhere in the seventies. Miss Maude Bateman in the county treasurer's office said that he had been selected as crier by the late Clerk of Court Scarborough.
• L.H. Harvin, head of the local office of the Carolina Power and Light Company, was named president of the Sumter Chamber of Commerce to succeed Ed W. Hartin, who resigned because of the pressure of business duties. He was not willing to do a halfway job as president, which was all he would have time for under present circumstances. His resignation was accepted with regret. Mr. Hartin had been named to head the chamber at the annual meeting in the fall.
• Complaints about dogs, stray ones, which nose into trash cans and oftentimes turn them over, and vicious ones allowed to run free, have been pouring into his office, City Police Chief W.C. Kirven said. The officers of his force have been instructed to keep an eye out for loose dogs. The owners of those discovered to be annoying will be summoned to court and action will be taken against them.
50 YEARS AGO - 1967
Oct. 1 - 7
Robert A. Moses, vice president of Henry P. Moses Co., was elected president of the South Carolina Association of Real Estate Boards during its 24th Annual Convention in the Ocean Forest Hotel at Myrtle Beach. W. Burke Watson of Brown-Watson, Inc., was elected secretary-treasurer.
• The Edmunds High School band will compete in the ninth annual South Carolina state marching band contest, scheduled for Oct. 28 in Camden. Director Robert Simmons said competition would begin at 8:30 a.m., with each band performing a concert march and certain maneuvers for a period of from six to 10 minutes. The three top competitors in each class, based on size of the school, will vie during evening judging for the grand championship.
• Groundbreaking ceremonies for the Mt. Pisgah Apartments, a 60-unit, $620,000 housing project, were held at the site on College Street at Lafayette Boulvard under the scrutiny of such political dignitaries as U.S. Sen. Ernest Hollings and Fifth District Congressman Tom Gettys. A large crowd, infiltrated by representatives of the news media, was present to witness the shovel-wielding dignitaries break the sod on what Congressman Gettys termed "the first rent supplement project in South Carolina which will provide decent housing for people less fortunate than ourselves."
• Sumter's Central Elementary School is harboring one of New York's finest concert vocalists - an attractive young soprano who has chosen a second career as teacher of children with visual impairments, a plight she understands. Miss Rosina Diaz was studying for her doctorate in special education at Teachers' College, Columbia University, when one of her professors, Dr. Robert Bowers, received a request for a teacher of the visually handicapped from Central Principal Robert S. Jones. The coloratura soprano accepted the position, replacing Mrs. Beulah Flynn, who is teaching in Columbia, as an opportunity for practical experience in her new-found field.
• Robert E. Muldrow, supervising sanitarian for the Sumter-Kershaw District Health Department, is resigning effective Oct. 21 to accept a promotion to the staff of the Sanitary Engineering Division of the State Board of Health. Muldrow worked with the local health department for 10 years. He came to Sumter in 1957 as chief sanitarian and in 1963, when the merger with Kershaw County was made, he became the supervising sanitarian of the district with five other sanitarians working under him.
• While Sumter's varsity Gamecocks have been taking their lumps on the gridiron this season the Bird Junior Varsity has been rolling along impressively to four straight victories without a defeat. Wins have come over A.C. Flora, 14-6, Dreher, 27-0, Orangeburg 27-7, and Camden, 19-13. The latter was unbeaten until they ran into the strong Sumter outfit. The young Gamecocks, coached by Bill Lesesne and Bob Cherry, appear to be loaded with talent for future varsity teams.
• Members of the small student council, armed with paint brushes, paint, window cleaner, rags and other cleaning material, attacked the student council room and defeated it in one quick stoke of the brush. The purple Student Council room was beginning to look just a bit shabby, as were the windows, curtains, and cabinets. So, the industrious students, accompanied by the singing of Bubba McCoy, peeled off the old paint, and dashed on the new. The result is a wonderful new Student Council room with the school colors, purple and white.
• The Sumter Housing Authority obtained options to purchase nine properties in the Civic Center area, according to a progress report given to members. Ed Gussio, director, said that negotiations are proceeding well, and it appears that five more property owners are ready to sign agreements to sell. He added that federal funds are to be made available soon enabling the authority to actually buy the land and buildings.
• Leona Felder will reign as queen at the Homecoming festivities of Lincoln High School at Memorial Stadium. Barbara Wilson will share the honors as Miss Lincoln. The Lincoln Bulldogs meet the C.A. Brown Panthers of Charleston on the gridiron.
25 YEARS AGO - 1992
July 3 - 9
Doug Griffin was recently elected president of the South Carolina Jaycees at the annual meeting held in Greenville. As the 58th state president, Doug is the third Sumter native to serve in this position. Previous state presidents from Sumter were Richard Moses and Ramon Schwartz.
• Linda Disher just proved she is one of the best young layout artists and small printing press operators in the nation. Disher, 18, and a former Sumter County Career Center student, won first place in the Vocational Industrial Clubs of America's 28th annual National Skills Olympics in Louisville, Kentucky.
• Hillcrest's Ray Allen started the 1991-92 high school basketball season as a well-known player in the state of South Carolina, but not too many people knew of him outside the state boundaries. His fame has grown considerably since. Players who average over 25 points a game as a junior tend to attract attention from college coaches. Allen is receiving several letters and telephone calls each day from college recruiters.
• Be all you can be," is the slogan for the United States Armed Forces. ... So it was for Morris College President Luns C. Richardson as he took part in the Army's "Camp All American," a five-day training camp for ROTC cadets held in Fort Bragg, N.C. Richardson's itinerary provided him the opportunity to observe Morris College's ROTC cadets in training as well as provided a detailed overview of "Camp All American" and participated in the training activities.
• If University of South Carolina Sumter alumnus Dr. Crys Armbrust spent years carving out a niche for himself in the halls of academe, it wasn't because he had to, but because he wanted to do so. Armbrust, who received his Ph.D. in 19th century British literature from USC Columbia, has not forgotten that his quest for higher education began at USC Sumter 17 years ago. ... Armbrust acknowledges the encouragement he received from faculty during his student years at USC Sumter, attributing many of his graduate achievements to "the fine initial instruction" he received from them.
• A Columbia construction company paid $10,200 in fines today for violating county building codes at the GSX hazardous-waste landfill in Sumter County. Construction Engineers Inc., a subsidiary of GMK Associates of Columbia, was charged with 65 counts of constructing a building without a building permit and 37 counts of operating a business without a business license. Construction Engineers officials pleaded guilty to the charges in court and paid the fine.
• About 175 children came to Sumter's Opera House to see a play. But they didn't just sit and watch. They were encouraged to take part. Two actors with Charleston's Chopstick Theater performed "The Revenge of Antonineus - or What Ghost Stories Can Do For You" and selected children from the audience to participate in the fun and educational experience.
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