75 YEARS AGO - 1942
Dec. 5 - 11
Paced by Tommy Hughes, who scored 10 points, the Sumter YMCA Junior basketball team opened its current season with a 30-11 win over the "Fighting 56" five of Shaw Field.
• Members of the American Legion Auxiliary, who manned a bond and stamp booth at the Sumter Dry Goods in commemoration of Pearl Harbor Day, sold $1,777 worth. The report was made today by Mrs. Edward E. Rembert, Chairman of the woman's division of the county war savings board.
• Shaw Field's first military ball co-sponsored by the YWCA and the U.S.O. Soldier's Council, attracted more than 300 persons last night to the Sumter Y.W.C.A., filling the large hall to capacity. Mayor F.B. Creech was the principal speaker and sounded a keynote of victory as he declared. "We will win this war-we know that. But the men at Shaw Field will be playing a much more key role than even they realize, helping to bring about an early victory for our forces over the powers of evil which are now threatening the realms of democracy and the freedom-loving nations of the world."
• Headquarters for the Sumter Community Chest Inc., will be on the sixth floor of the City National Bank Building, Mrs. Bessie Boykin, newly named executive secretary, announced today. She will continue collection of pledges made in the recent drive, will supervise payments to the chest's participating agencies and will organize future drives. Shepard K. Nash is president of the Community Chest.
• The family of Staff Sgt. Thomas A. Atkinson of Sumter has learned of his safe arrival in Africa - but in a roundabout way. It took a newsreel in a theater in Massachusetts, reported in a letter from Shreveport, Louisiana, to inform them. Thomas was stationed some time ago in Louisiana and a friend there wrote his family that a soldier, who had been associated with the Sumter boy, had gone to Massachusetts on furlough and had recognized him in a newsreel showing the landing of American troops in Africa. Just to make sure, the soldier sat through the newsreel twice, and he declared that the face he saw was unmistakably that of Atkinson.
• Christmas card mailers will greatly aid post office workers in Sumter if they group their local and out-of-town cards before mailing, Postmaster J.C. Pate said today. Pate borrowed the idea of sorting the cards and arranging them in packets from a Sumter woman who has been doing that for many years.
• Contributions by the citizens of Sumter to the Rotary club's book collection for the Shaw Field enlisted men's library may be turned in at the office of S.K. Rowland in city hall. The Rotary's goal is 1,000 books by Jan. 1. Already about half of that goal has been attained in books or the cash to buy them.
50 YEARS AGO - 1967
Aug. 7 - 14
Sumter's Arthur Abbott captured the men's title as Sumter and Florence dominated the South Carolina Recreation Society's district tennis tournament. Abbott, a rising sophomore at Erskine, defeated Edmunds High School tennis coach Charlie Hodgin in the championship final, 6-1, 4-6, 8-6. Hodgin advanced into the title match by whipping Florence coach Burt Stafford 6-4, 6-1.
• Coach Steve Satterfield welcomed some 100 candidates for the first football practice of the year at Edmunds High School as grid sessions got underway throughout the state. Edmunds, the county's largest school, will hold two-a-day sessions during the week.
• C.C. Goodwin was elected Chairman of the Board of Commissioners of the Sumter Area Technical Education Center at a meeting of the Board. Goodwin succeeds Harry E. Wilkinson Jr., who recently retired from the Board. Goodwin has been serving as vice-chairman. H.D. Osteen Sr. was named vice-chairman and E.C. Kneece, secretary-treasurer.
• Services of rededication and homecoming will be held at the 118-year-old Bethel Baptist Church, which has undergone extensive rehabilitation. Former pastor Lloyd O. Brunson will preach the dedicatory sermon and Mrs. Roy Lee (Sara Kolb) Bivens, a missionary to Israel, will speak at the afternoon session. Mrs. Bivens is the daughter of the late Rev. and Mrs. Ernest Kolb and Bethel was her childhood church. Built in 1849, the sanctuary has remained structurally sound and in almost constant use since its erection.
• Four boys with families or relatives in Sumter were honored recently at the Citadel Summer Camp for boys. Citadel Campers William Reynolds, son of Mr. and Mrs. William M. Reynolds of San Bernardino, California; Henry Barnett, son of Mr. and Mrs. H.D. Barnett of Sumter; William Jeffrey Young, son of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth R. Young of Sumter; and Mark Brody, son of Mr. and Mrs. Alex Brody of Sumter were presented the coveted Mark Clark Award which is given for excellence in sports, physical fitness, tournaments, manners and attitude.
• Two Sumter postal employees have made their mark in the South Carolina National Guard and the Omar Shrine. They are James Henry McIntosh, a letter carrier who has risen to the highest position of the Omar Shrine Temple, and Herbert Girard Follin Jr., who was recently promoted to the rank of brigadier general in the South Carolina Army National Guard.
• Morris College awarded 32 degrees at its Summer Convocation. Dr. Prezell R. Robinson, president of St. Augustine College in Raleigh, North Carolina, was speaker for the Convocation. An award for distinguished community services was presented to attorney Dorothy V. Sampson for her part in initiating and administering the Head Start program in Sumter County. President O.R. Reuben conferred degrees on the graduating students.
25 YEARS AGO - 1992
May 8 - 14
Billie S. Fleming, 69, a well-known Clarendon County civic leader and businessman, died at his home. Mr. Fleming was president of Fleming and Delaine Funeral Home in Manning and Fleming Insurance. As president of the Manning branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People for 33 years, Fleming was the longest-standing NAACP branch president in the nation. He was also chairman of the Wateree Community Actions Board of Directors and a member of the Clarendon School District 2 Board of Trustees.
• After more than 17 years as the state's Human Affairs commissioner, Sumter native James Clyburn has formally announced his candidacy for Congress. Clyburn, 51, will run in the recently reshaped 6th Congressional District, which includes much of Sumter, Lee and Clarendon counties. Clyburn had indicated he would seek the Democratic nomination in the new, black majority population district, but said he would make a formal announcement once a panel of federal judges issued congressional reapportionment plans. Five other people have said they plan to run for the seat which is now held by Democrat Robin Tallon.
• Sumter's quest to become an All-American City is on. Especially now that the city has been named a finalist for the award, city officials and residents want to make sure they bring the honor home. "We've always been an All-American City. Now is the time to get some recognition this community deserves," Orby Ferguson, chairman of the Greater Sumter Chamber of Commerce's executive committee, said.
• In baseball, a .300 batting average is a worthy goal for any batter. On the football field, most quarterbacks would be well-pleased with a 300-yard passing performance. For bowlers, though, 300 symbolizes absolute perfection - it is the highest score achievable in a single game. Two Sumter bowlers have achieved perfection in the past two weeks. Craig Huggins traveled to Rock Hill to compete in the 24th annual Timothy Spencer Rice Invitational, a scratch tournament for youth bowlers throughout the state. On that weekend Huggins finished second in the Rock Hill tournament, averaging 217 in 27 games. His 300 game was part of a 744 series. Greg Anderson has also scored a 300 game in a recent tournament.
• Fire Equipment Services of Sumter, a company that has been refurbishing fire trucks for rural fire departments in the Pee Dee area since 1986, is on the verge of becoming the state's only fire truck manufacturer, company president Tom Garrity said. Located on South Lafayette Drive in the same facility that houses Garrity's other company, G&G Metal Fabrication, Fire Equipment Services soon will be manufacturing and marketing firefighting tanker and rescue trucks. "We've more or less graduated to the point where we know there's a market out there, and we're going to try and meet that need," Garrity said.
• Graham Osteen has been named executive editor of The Item, and Bob Gorman has been promoted to managing editor. As executive editor, Osteen's responsibilities include overseeing news operations and setting editorial policy. He will also become more involved in the business operations of Osteen Publishing Co. Osteen, 30, joined The Item staff in September 1985 as a copy editor. He served as city editor and news editor before being named managing editor in November 1987. Gorman, 41, joined The Item in March 1988 as assistant managing editor. As managing editor he assumes responsibility for the day-to-day operation of the newsroom, which includes news, photo, sports and special sections.
• Roger Springs, an instructor in electronics technology at Sumter Area Technical College, and Angela Lett, a student in that program of study, have received national recognition by the American Technical Education Association. Sumter Area Technical College is a member of ATEA, which annually sponsors a competition to promote excellence in technical education with emphasis on business and industrial concerns. Springs was one of 12 instructors in the nation to be selected to be recognized as the 1992 Outstanding Technical Educator. Lett, a second year student working toward an associate degree in Industrial Technology with a major in Electronics Technology, was a finalist in the national competition to name 1992's Outstanding Technical Student.
• Tracie Christina Quick and Birmagidria Gainor of Hillcrest High School recently received scholarships for their academic performances. Quick has received the Robert C. Byrd Scholarship from the S.C. Department of Education. She plans to attend the University of Georgia in Athens. Gainor has received a Palmetto Fellows Scholarship and will attend Clemson University.
• The Sumter School District 2 Board of Trustees will no doubt be discussing a proposed reapportionment plan for the trustees at their meeting. Sumter County's legislative delegation chairman, Rep. Mac McLeod, D-Pinewood, revealed a redistricting plan that would retain board Chairman Louis Tisdale in that office until 1994. Board members have made no secret of their disagreement with the delegation's plan, which would prevent them from electing their own chairman again until 1994. Currently, the board can elect a new chairman at any time.
• Lemira's Elementary School's faculty members and students will join voices at Patriot Hall to say thanks to the community. The community appreciation concert is free and open to the public and will feature selections from several popular Broadway musicals. Leila Long, Lemira's music director, said the combination of faculty and students singing together in a chorus "is very unique."
• The Sumter School District 2 Board of Trustees named a new principal for Furman High School. Harold Chandler, principal at Marion High School, will become principal at Furman in the fall, District 2 Interim Superintendent Dr. Frank Baker said. Baker said Chandler has worked in District 2 before, first as a guidance counselor, then as assistant principal at Ebenezer Junior High School, and then as assistant principal at Hillcrest High School.
• Sumter High School overcame a slow start by starting pitcher Kevin Rickard and a quiet night with the bats to hand Stratford a 3-2 loss in the second round of the 4A state baseball playoffs at Sumter High. Randy Goodroe was the hero of the win, coming through with an RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning to break a 303 tie.
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