75 YEARS AGO - 1943
Sept. 25 - Oct. 1
- The navy announced 122 casualties, including four dead, one wounded and 117 missing. In addition, one man previously listed as missing now is reported to be dead. This brings to 39,995 the total of Navy, …
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- The navy announced 122 casualties, including four dead, one wounded and 117 missing. In addition, one man previously listed as missing now is reported to be dead. This brings to 39,995 the total of Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard casualties reported to next of kin since Dec. 7, 1941. The grand total includes 10,566 dead, 5,267 wounded, 10,017 missing and 4,145 prisoners of war. Included in the casualties announced was Glenn Durham Myers, missing.
- The first American grandmother to enroll in the Women's Auxiliary Corps is now stationed at Shaw Field. She is First Lt. Frances Hunter Bruce, whose daughter presented her with a grandson just eight days before she became a WAC. Although she was the first grandmother in the nation to join the armed forces, Lt. Bruce was not the first WAC grandmother assigned to Shaw Field. This distinction belongs to Second Lt. Helen M. Smith, who has been here since Aug. 25.
- "Les Coeurs Cognes" will have a dance tonight after the Sumter-Camden football game. It will be held in the Edmunds High School cafeteria, which will be decorated in red and white, the club colors. Script is 25 cents per couple, the proceeds to be used for Les Coeurs Cognes' annual Christmas ball. Friends from Camden are invited to the dance, and parents of club members have been invited to chaperone. Music will be by jukebox, and the dance will last from 10:30 to 1 o'clock.
- Chief W.C. Kirven of the city police force was presented a War Bond by members of the auxiliary police force at a supper meeting in appreciation for his work with the group. The city police chief has instructed the civilian defense policemen in many phases of their work and has helped with the building up of the organization. In accepting the gift, he expressed appreciation not only for the bond, but also for the aid already given to his force by auxiliary policemen.
- Sumter has been commended for its generous contributions to the Russian War Relief. A letter to the Chamber of Commerce from Arch Mandel, executive director of Russian War Relief Inc., stated that Sumter had sent more than 4,357 pounds of clothing for our Russian allies - "a record of generosity which other cities will find hard to excel." The letter further stated that during the first six months of 1943, more than $1,000,000 worth of relief supplies per month had been shipped to Russia from this country.
- Sumter High's football team bounced back from its opening defeat at the hands of Lake View last week by overpowering a not too strong Rock Hill 11 last night in the up-state city, 12 to 0. Harry Commins, who scored the one Sumter touchdown against Lake View, tallied both of Sumter's six-pointers last night, although touchdown runs by Tommy Hughes and Glynn Goodson were called back and Sumter penalized for being offside and for clipping. The first downs were about even, but Rock Hill never seriously threatened to score. Sumter did not have to kick once during the contest.
- Tech. Sgt. Craft McCormic will be guest of honor at the Sumter theater for the War Bond auction, which will be held at 9 o'clock. The affair is being sponsored by the theater and Sumter Merchants Association in an effort to boost the sale of bonds. Prizes, including a diamond ring, will go to persons who buy bonds. Solicitor Frank A. McLeod will be master of ceremonies, and L.B. Darr will assist in the auctioning of bonds.
- Sumter First Baptist Church was the scene of a wedding of beautiful simplicity and dignity when Miss Frances Lee Moore became the bride of Ensign Hugh DeWitt Byrd, U.S.N.R., of Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Mt. Olive, North Carolina. The ceremony was performed by Dr. William Grayson Moore, father of the bride and pastor of the church. The vows were spoken before a background of smilax, fern and greenery interspersed with candelabra holding candles.
- The promotion of Lt. Col. Thomas F. Osborne from the rank of major was announced by Col. R.C. W. Blessley, commanding officer of Shaw Field. Col. Osborne, who little more than four years ago began training as aviation cadet, is now Shaw Field's director of training and is commanding officer of the 10th Basic Flying Training Group. The 26-year-old lieutenant colonel is a native of Arden, North Carolina. He entered the service June 26, 1939, and was graduated as flying officer from the Gulf Training Center and became second lieutenant March 23, 1940, at Kelly Field.
- Troop No. 38, of Sumter, won first place in the Boy Scout jamboree of the Pee Dee Area Council, which was held in Darlington on the Williamson athletic field. The troop consists of the Black Bird and Eagle and Flaming Arrow patrols, and the youth made the highest points at the events. The contests participated in were: water boiling, log chopping, fire building by friction, first aid, signaling, fire building, string burning, knot tying relay and pacing relay.
- War Bonds worth $64,500 were bought at the bond auction at the Sumter Theater. Prizes contributed by Sumter merchants were the rewards for high bidders, but winner for the night was Tech. Sgt. Craft McCormick, guest of honor of the occasion, who received several of the prizes. A capacity crowd witnessed the auction. Solicitor Frank A. McLeod and K.E. Ward, of the Sumter Theater, were in charge of the affair, and L.B.H. Darr was the auctioneer.
50 YEARS AGO - 1968
May 27 - June 1
- Seven Sumter-area girls will attend the 1968 Palmetto Girls' State at University of South Carolina in Columbia. Sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliaries, the six-day program of government education, the Girls' State Committee and auxiliary counselors will present citizenship training, spiritual observance, companionship and recreation. Candidates are selected by South Carolina high school superintendents, faculty and junior class members and approved by local auxiliary units. Rising seniors who attend are expected afterward to furnish leadership in their schools, churches and community.
- The 33-man South squad for the annual North-South All-Star high school football game has been announced by the South Carolina High School Athletic Coaches Association. The Aug. 9 game is part of the association's annual clinic. Bobby Strock of Walterboro will handle the South Squad, assisted by J.W. Jones of Bishopville and Jim Fraser of Aiken.
- Sumter County Historical Society's Museum-Archives will be open each day during Iris Festival Week, Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Located in room 103 in the basement of the Sumter County courthouse, the Museum Archives contain many items of historical interest, including books, newspapers and paintings. The reading table carries a wide range of material.
- New Zion's Billy Baker motored his way to victory in the 40-lap late-model main event during the weekly racing card at Sumter Speedway. Baker, in a '56 Ford, took the checkered flag in front of second-place Frank Sessoms, who was driving a '64 Chevelle. The Chevelles have dominated the Friday night Hartsville races but have had little luck in Sumter. Albert Lee was first in the 20-lap jalopy feature, nosing out Larry Hill.
- The "From Out of the Blue to You" Ninth Air Force Band will present a concert in Edmunds Auditorium. The concert is one of the highlights of the Iris Festival. The Ninth Air Force Band, a 35-piece unit from Shaw, plays everything from the big band beat of the by-gone '30s to the swing sounds of the '60s. The "Men in Blue" have played concerts on several occasions in the community and seldom are the selections the same. The talented group strives for musical variety to satisfy the varied music tastes of the audiences.
- A large crowd of parents, school officials, teachers and well-wishers of the graduates witnessed the commencement exercises of Lincoln High School. The program began at 8 o'clock with the band playing the traditional "War March of the Priests" under the direction of Robert J. Sanders, band instructor. The graduates were led into the stadium by Edward Lloyd and Richard Dyer of the ROTC unit which bore the colors. An address of welcome and greeting was given by Kathleen Baxter, Second Honor graduate, and Salutatorian Cheryl Moore, a Merit finalist and First Honor graduate, delivered the Valedictory speech.
- Miss Martha Stoddard, first honor graduate of Edmunds High School and National Merit Scholar, has copped another honor. She was notified by telegram from President Johnson that she has been named a Presidential Scholar. The telegram also stated that further details will be forthcoming, but she can expect to visit President and Mrs. Johnson at the White House.
- Sumter attorney Wendell M. Levi will receive a doctor of letters degree from his alma mater, the College of Charleston, in exercises to be held at the college. He is one of the oldest alumni of the college, having graduated in 1912. He holds a Ph.B. degree as well as his law degree from the University of Chicago. One of the world's foremost authorities on pigeons, he has published several books on them.
- Lincoln High School will graduate a record number of adults during ceremonies in the school cafeteria. Dr. L.C. McArthur Jr., superintendent of School District No. 17, will present diplomas to the graduates, who will be presented by James W. Stover, principal. Charles Thompson, who oversees adult education at Lincoln, is credited by Dr. McArthur with encouraging the substantial number of adults to re-enter and complete their educations, which in turn can mean a fuller and richer life for them and their families.
- Shaw Air Force Base's new $3.5 million hospital was officially opened by the man who broke ground for the structure nearly three years ago, Congressman L. Mendel Rivers (D-S.C.). The ceremonies were opened by Col. Leslie J. Westberg, commander of the 363rd Tactical Reconnaissance Wing. Maj. Gen. Gordon M. Graham, Ninth Air Force commander, introduced the distinguished civilian and military guest.
- Many Bishopville women are better prepared to defend themselves against possible attack than they were six months ago. The credit for their perseverance and to the availability of a course of instruction in defense tactics which was offered them through the University of South Carolina Law Enforcement Training School. It was the first class of its kind to be taught to a community-wide group in South Carolina. The head instructor, Allen Harman, praised his 68 students when they completed the 40-hour course recently, and many women amazed themselves at the progress they made during 10 weeks of instruction.
25 YEARS AGO - 1993
Feb. 26 - March 4
- The city of Sumter could save as much as $500,000 if current trends in the bond market continue and the city reissues some of its bonds at a lower interest rate, City Manager Talmadge Tobias said. With interest rates for municipal bonds "down considerably," the city "could save anywhere between $250,000 and $500,000 if it reissues $5 million to $6 million of its outstanding bonds, Tobias told city council. Tobias said city officials are working on a reissue proposal and hope to present it to council soon if interest rates remain low.
- At the start of the 1992 football season, South Carolina safety Norman Greene said he was anxiously awaiting the start of the Gamecocks' indoor track season. Now that that time has come, Greene, a former Sumter High track standout and state champion in the 110-meter hurdles, has decided not to participate. "Right now, I am in a tough situation," Greene said during a phone interview. "I want to weigh around 195 pounds in the fall this year, and right now I'm at 191. I am worried that the running will drop my weight. Any time you run track, you're going to lose some weight."
- The late Hubert Duvall Osteen Sr., The Item's editor and publisher for 40 years, was inducted into the South Carolina Press Association's Hall of Fame. The induction took place at the association's 1993 Winter Meeting at the Marriott Hotel. Mr. Osteen is the third member of his family to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. His father, the late Hubert Graham Osteen, was inducted in 1976, and his grandfather, the late Noah Graham Osteen, was inducted in 1986. Requirements for induction into the Hall of Fame specify that a nominee must have made his or their journalistic reputation in South Carolina, or, if the reputation reflects achievements outside the state, the nominee must have been a native of the state. Nominees must have been deceased for at least four years.
- Sumter was given a preview of a program to be presented at Columbia's Koger Center by the Sumter High School Symphonic Band. The five-part concert, built upon the theme of "Aggression and Conflict," opened with the premier of "Kairos Fanfare" by Dr. William E. Doyle of Playa Del Ray, California. Commissioned by the Sumter Symphonic Band, it relies on woodwinds, strings and tonal percussion rather than brass choir and membrane percussion sounds typically found in fanfares.
- After winning changes in local governments during the past few years, the Sumter Branch of the NAACP is preparing to shift its attention to the private sector. Simultaneously, the branch hopes locally to reverse the nationwide trend of declining NAACP membership. Sumter Branch President Carl Holmes, who was elected by branch members to a third consecutive term, says the branch - which, like Holmes, is 54 years old this year - is revitalized, on the move and ready to take on new challenges.
- Florence Christian rallied from a first-half deficit to defeat Wilson Hall, 58-49, in the boys' semifinals of the Conference I-3A tournament at Robert E. Lee Academy. The Eagles, now 20-2 overall, 11-1 in the conference, will meet Hudgens Academy in the championship game. Florence Christian's girls downed Hudgens, 62-45, in the girls' semifinal game. The Lady Eagles (21-1, 11-0) will meet Robert E. Lee in the title game.
- The week-long celebration Dream Week, which is aimed at bringing attention to the fight against drug and alcohol abuse among the community's youth, is under way. Special programs, featuring nationally recognized speakers and artists, are scheduled in the schools and the community throughout the week. A kick-off Star Search competition for students was held at Patriot Hall. The Sumter High School Star Search competition is scheduled in the Nettles Auditorium at USC Sumter.
- As the final vestiges of winter gradually give way to the first promises of spring, three of Manning's native sons will make their way to Florida in search of a dream. Having spent the winter together in Manning, working out in the weight room and on the baseball field, Ned Darley, Freddie Gamble and Glenn Murray will soon make the trek to the Sunshine State with visions of Major League stardom dancing in their heads. Each member of the trio, all products of the Manning High and Manning-Santee American Legion baseball programs, is headed to a different Florida city to resume a minor-league baseball career.
- Morris College recently received a three-year renewal of a faculty development grant from The Bush Foundation and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. The foundations have provided a total of $105,000 to assist Morris College in improving the learning of undergraduate college students who aspire to become teachers. The grant, which has begun issuance, will be completed in three equal increments of $35,000 through June 30, 1996
- Shortly after noon, the rumbling began. A crater opened, walls shook, windows seemed to bend. Suddenly, No. 1 and No. 3 World Trade Center, the world's second tallest buildings, were all too earthbound. It was 12:18 when a blast from below shook the Trade Center out of its regular rhythms, interrupting a thousand everyday tasks and reminding the proud skyscraper city of 50,000 of its vulnerability
- The Hillcrest Wildcats are the No. 1 seed in the lower state portion of the boys 4A state basketball playoffs while the Lady Gamecocks of Sumter are the No. 6 seed in the girl's state playoffs. Hillcrest will play host to Stratford High School in the opening round of the playoffs. Sumter will be on the road against defending state champion Hartsville.
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