Nursery dedicated to Tillman; Little Theatre on the move


75 YEARS AGO - 1942

Oct. 24 - 30

The State Forest Nursery of Sumter is to be named and dedicated in memory of Horace Tillman of Marion. Appropriate ceremonies will be held at the time in which members of Tillman's family, as well as friends and leaders in all fields of conservation and education in the state, will attend.

  •  Charles H. Tobias, son of Mrs. H.A. Tobias of Sumter, has completed a course at the Naval Training school at Chicago and is now an aviation machinists' mate, petty officer third class, U.S. Navy. Before volunteering for the Navy, he was employed at Shaw Field.
  •  Police are checking against unnecessary horn blowing in the early hours of the morning. Chief W.C. Kirven warned that offenders will be arraigned in recorder's court. Kirven also pointed out that offenders still are being fined for overtime parking on Main and Liberty streets. Strict enforcement of the one-hour parking law in those areas will be continued, he said.
  •  Garbage collection in the city of Sumter will be reduced from a daily to an every-other-day basis, City Manager J.A. Raffield announced today, because of the gas situation. Cards will be furnished showing the schedule of the truck's visit to the various parts of town. The streets of Sumter also will not be swept as often for the duration of the war, the city manager said, in the city's effort to conserve tires and gas. The streets heretofore cleaned once a week will now have only fortnightly cleanings.
  •  Thomas H. Siddall, prominent Sumter businessman, died at Tuomey Hospital this morning after an illness of nearly two weeks. Siddall came to Sumter in the spring of 1905. He organized Sumter Machinery company and for many years was treasurer and general manager of that concern.
  •  J. Whitney Cunningham, prominent Sumter architect, who has headed the Home Guard force for several months, has been ordered to active duty with the United States army engineers and will report for service at Charleston on Tuesday. Lt. Cunningham is a graduate of Clemson College.
  •  John Duffie is representing Presbyterian Church of Sumter at a meeting of the Harmony Presbytery which opened this morning at the McDowell Presbyterian church of Greeleyville.
  •  The army swallowed Wyndham M. Manning into its swelling ranks but not before the Sumter County planter and thrice unsuccessful gubernatorial aspirant had called on the press of South Carolina to play a bigger role in politics. Manning said the more serious trend of South Carolina politics today is the increasing tendency of the press of the state to retire from politics.
  •  S.L. Latimer of Columbia, editor of The State and national executive committeeman of the American Legion, will be the Armistice Day speaker at the exercises at Edmunds High School. Mayor F.B. Creech announced this morning the speaker at Lincoln High ceremonies will be S.L. Roddey, chairman of the county ration and war bond sales boards.

50 YEARS AGO - 1967

June 26 - July 2

New Zion's Billy Baker took the lead on the very first lap, held off his two toughest challengers, Jimmy Hatchell and Arnold Hutto, and powered his Ford to a first-place finish in the 100-lap late-model main event at Sumter Raceway. For his efforts in the big race, Baker took home $400.

  •  Part II of the Civic Center application has reached Washington, its approval is expected soon, and the Housing Authority will be in a position to start the actual acquisition of land, Ed Gussio, executive director of the authority, told members at a meeting.
  •  A Summerton motel operator was robbed of $500 and shot by an unknown assailant early this morning. According to Summerton Police Chief Fillmore Ridgeway, Leo Greenberg, 73, operator of the Summerton Motel, was asleep in his room at the motel when the assailant entered, apparently through the bathroom.
  •  Admer L. Gibson Sr., 82, prominent bookkeeper and merchant, died at Tuomey Hospital after an illness of several years. Born in Clarendon County, he was a son of Glovinia Alean Brown and Lucius Reese Gibson. Gibson was a longtime associate of J.P. Commander Co. in the wood and coal business, and after a 25-year association with this company went into the grocery business.
  •  The Farm League of the local youth baseball program wound up its season yesterday with presentation of awards, an all-star baseball game and a picnic. Sportsmanship awards to a member of each team and all-star team certificates were presented by Sumter Mayor R.E. Graham. Mayor Graham threw out the first ball of the all-star game, with Sim Wright, director of the city parks and recreation department, catching.
  •  G. Ray Coker, prominent civic leader and businessman of Turbeville, has been named a director of Home Federal Savings and Loan Association of Sumter. Coker, a native of Turbeville, is president of Coker Builders Inc., a Turbeville firm that has been engaged in the construction of homes, commercial and industrial property for the past 20 years.
  •  Susan Player, 14-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Player, left this morning to compete in the National Majorette Association contest which is being held in Norfolk, Virginia. Susan became eligible for this event after winning the Junior Division of the National Majorette Association contest held in conjunction with the Pageland Watermelon Festival.
  •  Olanta, intent on catching league-leading Post 15, almost dropped a crucial game to last place Turbeville before pulling out a 4-3 victory. Don Buddin's team continues its five-game winning streak as they move in to face Sumter at Riley Park in the biggest League IV game of the year.
  •  Three staff members at Sumter Area Technical Education Center are attending institutes this summer. Carol B. Baughman, drafting instructor at TEC, is at a two-month in-service teacher-training institute at University of Tennessee. B.O. Compton, associate director of the center, will attend a National Leadership Development Institute in Technical Education at Mississippi State University. W.L. Miller, automobile mechanics instructor, attended a diesel engine workshop at General Motors Training Center in Charlotte.
  •  The adoption of the Boys' Ward at the State Hospital on Bull Street in Columbia by Sumter County Mental Health Association has created much interest and has developed many projects, one of which is the making and hanging of draperies in the ward. Home Economics teachers in District 17 volunteered to make draperies for the rooms. Those assisting were Mrs. Frances Kolb, McLaurin Junior High School; Mrs. Elizabeth Bateman, Alice Drive Junior High School; Mrs. Adeline Scarborough and Mrs. Frances Bell, Edmunds High School; and Mrs. George Bultman, who is a member of the Homemakers Club.
  •  Sumter's Little Theatre is on the move again, and again it's temporary. The theater is being moved from temporary quarters in the Shelor Building to the new temporary quarters in the vacant McLaughlin Motors building on Sumter Street. Meanwhile, the fundraising campaign, with a goal of $70,000, still goes on. An additional $16,000 or so is needed so that construction can be started on a permanent building.

25 YEARS AGO - 1992

March 27 - April 2

Brandishing weapons confiscated on school property, Sumter County Sheriff Tommy Mims told about 200 people at High Hills Middle School the state should get tough with juvenile offenders. Mims told the group, mostly parents of High Hills students, that he is asking legislators to pass laws that would allow for more juvenile offenders to be tried as adults.

  •  It started as a quiet, traditional Christmas Day gathering at grandma and grandpa's house. Three months later, the "Bahnmuller video" has been viewed by legions of family and friends in Sumter and is headed for national TV. Uncle Brian took his little nephew Tyler's Playtime microphone to entertain the family with his own rendition of "You're Just Too Good To Be True." Tyler wanted his toy back and after several aborted attempts landed a hit. The tape was sent in to "America's Funniest Home Videos" and will air but did not make the top cut to compete for money.
  •  Rutledge Dingle predicted earlier in the week Sumter's Optimist Relays at Sumter Memorial Stadium would be the most balanced it has been in years. Seven of the 13 boys' teams in the meet won at least one of the relay events with four winning two or more, led by South Florence's four. In the girls' portion of the meet, Sumter and Hilton Head dominated with each winning four events. Sumter distance runner Danny Doremus was named the boys' outstanding athlete.
  •  Sumter attorney Walter "Sonny" Newman was re-elected to his second term as chairman of the Sumter County Democratic Party. He told nearly 200 people at the Sumter County Democratic Convention he is proud to be a member of a party "that has a tradition of standing up for people who can't stand up for themselves - those people without big bank accounts," he said.
  •  It's the same as the Olympics, except some of the athletes have gray hair. It's Sumter County Recreation Department's annual Senior Citizens Fitness Days. Ray Guest, a Fitness Day committee member and athlete, said, "It's a wonderful opportunity for the older citizens to show that they are not completely over the hill yet." The events are limited to athletes 55 and older.
  •  The April exhibit at Sumter Gallery of Art will be the sixth-annual Teacher's Choice Senior Art Awards Exhibit. Sponsored by Ackerman Metal, Fort Roofing and Sumter School Districts 2 and 17, the exhibit opens with a reception hosted by Delta Sigma Theta from Delta Alumni Center. The exhibit was created to honor graduating seniors who have shown outstanding talent in the field of art during their years of study at their respective schools.
  •  Catherine F. Harris has announced her candidacy for Lee County probate judge. Harris, 40, is a lifelong resident of the Cedar Creek Community of Lee County. She is employed as a customer service representative at South Carolina National Bank and is a legal secretary, a bookkeeper and an insurance agent.
  •  Sumter Family YMCA has raised $1 million of the $1.5 million needed to expand its facilities, Bert Montague, chairman of the YMCA's "Shaping the Future" fundraising campaign, announced.

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