75 YEARS AGO - 1943
Oct. 16 - Oct. 22
- Sumter school children began another task for their country as they brought in the first installment in the waste paper campaign to be conducted today, Wednesday and Thursday. The students will be …
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- Sumter school children began another task for their country as they brought in the first installment in the waste paper campaign to be conducted today, Wednesday and Thursday. The students will be working to reach a quota of 25 pounds each for three days and will receive passes to a movie in the local theaters if they reach this amount, Superintendent William Henry Shaw said today.
- Mrs. James M. DuBose has been notified by the adjutant general that her husband, Lt. DuBose, died Sept. 26 in the North African area as a result of wounds received in action. He had been serving with the armed forces overseas approximately five months. Lt. DuBose is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Theodore DuBose and former owner of a service station here, entered the Army on June 10, 1942, and was commissioned through the Officer Candidate School on Dec. 17 of that year. In April of this year, he left for service with the American Expeditionary Force in Africa.
- Francis Marion Dwight, M.D., 82, distinguished citizen and oldest physician in Sumter County, died at his home near Wedgefield. He had been in ill health for some time. Born Dec. 12, 1860, he was the son of Samuel Jamison Dwight, M.D., and Sarah Ann Scott Dwight of Richland County. He was a descendant of a brother of the Revolutionary War hero Francis Marion, for whom he was named.
- The famous Marine band from Parris Island will participate in activities here on Nov. 11, during fair week. The band has a hundred pieces and will add greatly to the color of the Armistice Day parade here. A concert will be given by the band during the day, and the Marines will also play at the Charleston-Sumter game at the fairgrounds. Tickets for the game will go on sale in a few days.
- The commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps recently advised E. W. Dabbs of the Salem Black River community that under the law a status of presumptive death had been declared in the case of his son, Second Lt. Richard Furman Dabbs, USMC, who has been missing since Sept. 15, 1942. Lt. Dabbs was flying on a patrol over the Caribbean when he failed to return to his base, and no trace has ever been found of him or his plane. He was a graduate of Mayesville High School and of The Citadel in the class of 1941.
- Officials from Shaw Field have been invited to participate in the program of the Third Battalion, State Guard, which will have maneuvers here Sunday. In the reviewing stand with other officers at the competitive drill at Edmunds High athletic field Sunday night will be the following Shaw officials who will serve as judges: Major H. H. Blizzard, commanding officer of the 77th Air Base squadron; Major H. E. Keller, commanding officer of the cadet detachment; and Lt. C. J. Barracino, cadet tactical officer. The Shaw Field band will give a concert immediately before the competitive drill begins. The concert will start at 7:45 p.m.
- The entire cantonment area of the Women's Army Corps at Shaw Field will be open to the public from Oct. 20 to Oct. 24 in connection with the inauguration of a new plan whereby women interested in joining the army will be given an opportunity of making a personal choice as to the particular branch of service they desire, Lt. Walter E. Lane, in charge of WAC recruiting here, announced today. For the first time, according to a directive received by Lt. Lane from AAFTC, Fort Worth, Texas, women who wish to become an integral part of the army may choose either the Army Ground Forces, Army Service Forces or Army Air Forces.
- Today is the coldest October in about 14 years, the weather department reported. Temperature this morning was 30 degrees, and it was the first frost of the season, officials said. The drop in temperature started on Friday, with the temperature of 62 dropping to 60 on Saturday and plunging to 39 on Sunday. The local weather department has been keeping records for 14 years. Officials said that no other Oct. 18 had a temperature as low as 30 but that on Oct. 29, 1943, it was 28 degrees; on Oct. 24, 1937, the temperature was 30 degrees: and on Oct. 27, 1937, it was 29 degrees.
- This year's (1942-1943) license plates must be kept. Lt. Kinsey, head of this district of the State Highway Patrol, feels that if he can just get that fact across to the public, he will have accomplished something mammoth. Through the press for some time, now Lt. Kinsey has been warning automobile drivers who have applied for the '43-44 tags to retain their present ones, for the new licenses are merely strips to be attached to the old. A person who throws away this year's plate is defeating the purpose of the new tags, which is to save metal.
- A local committee of women to aid with the new state recruiting drive for volunteers for the Women's Army Corps has been set up by Gov. Olin D. Johnston, and the group held its first meeting last night. Members are Mrs. David Britton, Mrs. R. D. Graham, Mrs. Katherine Shattuck, Miss Lois McKnight and Mrs. Harry Davis. That group will attempt to stimulate more interest in the women's branch of the Army, in which, so far, few Sumter women have enlisted. Unless more women can be secured through the voluntary method, a spokesman for the committee said today, the young women of the country may have to be drafted.
- Bill Hughes, captain and fullback of last year's Sumter High School football team, has entered the Navy and is now stationed at Jacksonville Naval Air Station it was learned today. Besides starring on the gridiron, Bill was an aide last year to Coach Johnnie McMillian in his calisthenics classes. He graduated from high school in May and entered The Citadel in June. Bill is the son of Mr. and Mrs. John A. Hughes and has two brothers, Tommie, who is quarterback of this year's high school 11, and John, who is in the Coast Guard.
50 YEARS AGO - 1968
June 16 - June 22
- Who has the right to determine if a child can be admitted to the Salvation Army's Graham Emergency Shelter: The Salvation Army or Sumter County Welfare Department? This is the latest barrier in the Army's year-long attempt to acquire a license from the State Department of Public Welfare. First a few minor requirements had to be met, then the more extensive regulations governing a foster home were prescribed, and now, the Army is faced with the loss of control over its own shelter.
- Mrs. Lucile Phelps Williams, who studied to be a concert pianist, then turned to a career of dedicated social work, will retire at the end of June after 21 years with Sumter County Welfare Department. The Sumter native, who screens virtually every person who comes to the department for assistance, developed her intense desire to help people solve their problems while serving as a cadet hostess at Shaw Air Force Base during World War II. From that position, she moved directly to the Welfare Department in 1947 as a case worker, later serving for a year and a half as an acting director.
- Billy Baker drove his 1956 Ford to victory in the late-model race, and Richard McFaddin captured his eighth win in 10 starts in the jalopy division to highlight Saturday night's card at Sumter Speedway. Baker took the lead on the very first lap and never lost it in the 40-lap affair which saw H. C. Pritchard finish second.
- The U.S. Department of Agriculture will explain how grocers may take part in its food stamp program at a special meeting here. At the meeting, officials of USDA's Consumer and Marketing Service will explain grocers' responsibilities under Food Stamp Regulations and give grocers in Sumter County an opportunity to apply for authorization to handle USDA food coupons.
- A Manning landmark for 50 years, the quaint Gothic-style church will soon be abandoned by the Free Will Baptist for a larger house of worship. The church which once belonged to the Episcopalians of Manning is hemmed in by an auto firm on the left and a junk yard on the right and seems to have an uncertain future.
- Sumter County has received an $87,312 grant, the federal share, for acquisition of 178 acres to be developed into a major recreational park at the intersection of Bypass 378-76 and Wise Drive. Sen. H. B. Richardson accepted the check from Dwight Holder, chairman, and Robert Hickman, director of the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism, which performs a liaison function between the Federal Bureau of Outdoor Recreation and local grant recipients.
- "The richest and longest late-model race ever held at Sumter" is the way officials describe the special 200-lap feature, sponsored by the Sertoma Club, that will unfold tomorrow night at the Sumter Speedway. First place money was $800 while $1 will be paid to the leader of each lap, thus winner of the Sertoma 200 could pick up a possible $1,000. The big card has attracted several well-known drivers, and 32 cars have already signed up to be on hand.
- The Recreation Service Club swimming pool recently opened for the season. Wattie Snowden, assisted by Cynthia, will be life guards. The pool will be open Monday through Friday. Dues for the year are $17, and members who have not already paid may do so at the pool.
- The field of mental health in South Carolina owes much to the efforts of Sumter's G. Weber Bryan, but at the same time demands are more than he or the staffs of the state's institutions for the treatment of the mentally ill can possibly perform. It is to the unsung heroes of the cause, the unpaid volunteers who work untiringly to improve the lot of the state's mental patients, that Bryan, who has often been referred to as "Mr. Mental Health," attributes the credit for the progress that has thus far been made. "Volunteers often feel that their efforts are not recognized and appreciated," Bryan, who has been actively engaged in the field of mental health for the past 20 years, says.
- Sumter, punching out only five hits, survived a ninth-inning uprising by Olanta as the P-15's went on to record their fifth-straight win by taking a 4-2 decision. Once again it was the defense that bailed the P-15's out when trouble threatened as Sumter chalked up double plays No. 7 and No. 8 of the campaign. Al Harris started on the hill for Coach Bernie Jones' crew but finally gave way in the sixth to Robert DuBose, who picked up his third win of the year.
- Perwin Co. Inc., Sumter manufacturer of quality draperies, is in the midst of an expansion program that will double plant facilities, with a commensurate increase in production capacity. Irwin Praeger, co-founder and continuing helmsman of the industry, announced the expansion that began in February with the addition of a 5,000-square-foot employees' room, and will culminate with the construction of a 10,000-square-foot warehouse and distribution center.
25 YEARS AGO - 1993
March 19 - 25
- On a cold, blustery night, Bishopville High and Furman fought tooth and nail for nine innings before the Dragons' Robbie Charles scored from third on a wild pitch to defeat the Indians 4-3. Outstanding pitching and sound defense enabled the Dragons to improve their regular season mark to 3-0. Senior ace Daniel Tiller entered the contest in the sixth inning with the game tied at 3-3 and pitched four scoreless innings to earn the win.
- After more than 500 wins as Manning High School's girls' basketball coach, John Thames not only received a plaque from Clarendon School District 2's board of trustees, he also learned that the Manning High School gym would be renamed in his honor. When he returns next season for his 27th year as coach of the Lady Monarchs, the 58-year-old Thames will send his players into the John Franklin Thames Arena.
- "More than $1.5 million in gifts and pledges has been raised toward the building of Covenant Place," according to Glen Sharp, president and board chairman. This amount is toward an immediate goal of $1,670,000 needed to begin construction of the senior living community designed to serve primarily the citizens of Sumter, Clarendon and Lee counties. Covenant Place is designed so that it will be affordable for a large number of moderate-income people, as well as those who have a higher income in their retirement years.
- On April 1, Sumter County will take over management of the county-owned golf course at Dillon Park. And depending on who you ask, the move will either allow the county to provide an in-demand recreational service while turning a profit to boot, or it will result in more taxpayers' money being wasted on a project that never should have been started in the first place. Some say the course is an asset; others say it is a liability. Some say it is an investment; others say it is a financial burden.
- Sometimes, John Land hits the button for the sixth floor when he steps on the elevator in the Marion Gressette senate office building. It is an understandable lapse; in the South Carolina Senate, you move up by moving down. Thus, Land no longer has an office on the sixth, or the fifth or the fourth floors, all of which he has inhabited during his 16 years in the Senate representing portions of Sumter, Lee and Clarendon counties. Just as a rise in seniority denotes more power in the state Senate, a descent in the Gressette building into a bigger office with more staff also signifies the accumulation of clout.
- Wilson Hall's Jennifer Young was the top-scoring senior in USC Sumter's recent 10th Annual Math-Science Contest, securing for herself a choice of a $750 USC Sumter Scholarship or a $500 U.S. Savings Bond. In presenting Young with a plaque in honor of her achievement, USC Sumter Dean Jack C. Anderson Jr. noted that the scholarship, offered as the competition's top prize, has been named in honor of Charles F. Denny, professor of biology, and is funded by the Sumter Partnership of the USC Educational Foundation.
- Sumter School District 17 trustees will kick off a series of workshops scheduled to help the district draft a spending plan for next fiscal year. All of the meetings are open to the public. Trustees will first talk about a capital improvement budget, property matters and perhaps "some preliminary discussion about the impact of the state appropriations bill," when they meet for the first of four scheduled budget workshops, said Joe Klein, District 17's assistant superintendent for fiscal affairs.
- Operators of the Laidlaw hazardous-waste landfill near Lake Marion plan to brief Sumter County Council on what they intended to do with the new offices their company was building last year at the landfill. The briefing was scheduled for January but was postponed at the request of Laidlaw officials. Construction on three buildings at the landfill, which is in Sumter County and operated by Laidlaw Environmental Services of South Carolina, was halted in April 1992 when the Sumter-City-County Planning Commission discovered the company constructing the buildings had no building permit for the structures.
- Sumter County Council shouldn't talk with people who are suing the county - it's just not proper, said county attorney Henry Richardson. So, based on that advice, council decided not to receive a briefing from a Laidlaw Environmental Services spokesman on what the company intended to do with buildings it was constructing last year at its hazardous-waste landfill in southern Sumter County.
- Ed Gibbons of Manning won the $2,000 Late Model season opener at the Sumter Rebel Speedway. The Item sponsored the race. Gibbons won the pole position after recording the fastest qualifying time at 15.00 seconds. Larry Powell had the second-fastest qualifying time at 15.30 and started opposite Gibbons. Gibbons and Powell held the top spots the entire race. Nelson Dowd finished third, followed by Darren Griffin and Hank Edwards.
- Shaw Air Force Base's 363rd Fighter Wing is home to stay - at least for a while. With the return from the Middle East last week of the pilots and jets of the 33rd Fighter Squadron, the 363rd completed its service - for now- in Operation Southern Watch. A mission involving a multinational coalition of military forces, operation Southern Watch is enforcing Iraqi compliance with the United Nations resolutions that ended the Persian Gulf War.
- Central Carolina Technical College is continuing to buy property, as school trustees follow through with Tech's 18-year expansion plan. School officials recently purchased two residential lots on President Street to create 45 additional parking spaces behind its new Allied Health Science Building on North Guignard Drive.
- When it comes to prayer at certain public-school events, Sumter County Council says amen. Council unanimously passed a resolution supporting student-initiated prayer at public school graduations and athletic events. Councilman the Rev. Otis Scott was absent. Council Chairman Joe Davis said the resolution as passed as a statement to the public on council's position on prayer. Council members cannot require local school boards to allow prayer at school events, but they said they were expressing their support of such a measure.
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