75 YEARS AGO – 1942
Oct. 17 - 23
Mrs. Raymond Boykin was last night’s lucky recipient of the $500 cash prize, given away by the County Fair Association and the merchants of Sumter. The award last night topped off this year’s Fair, which may be the last one for the duration of the war. Other prize winners were Mrs. Frances H. Broadway, who received the $100 war bond. Miss Anna Belle Bellamy claimed the $50 war bond and Mrs. Sam Weinberg was the winner of the $25 bond.
• Utilizing a smooth passing attack that Wofford was unable to stop, Presbyterian College’s Blue Hose walloped the Terriers 45 to 7 before 2,500 spectators at the Fair Grounds yesterday. Bob Epps, Sumter’s ball of fire, put on a one-man show in sparking the Wofford club.
• Sumter High School began their last three days of intensive practice for the Columbia High battle Friday night. Although the game will be played under a war-time tread, Gamecock officials are expecting the largest crowd in history. Coach McMillan indicated that his boys must play jam-up ball to hand the Capitals a beating in their Friday night tussle.
• Ensign Thomas C. Reed, Jr., U. S. Naval Air Corps Reserve, who was with the first detachment of American fliers to fight along with the British and who has seen service in far-flung parts of the globe, was reported, “missing in action” by the Navy Department this morning. He piloted a dive-bomber. Ensign Reed, the second son of Mr. and Mrs. T.C. Reed, had received his wings in the Naval Air Corps in September, 1941, a little more than a year ago, having entered the Navy in January, 1941 for pilot training. He is the boy from the city of Sumter reported missing.
• Sgt. William Lenoir of the Marine Corps has been killed in action in the Solomon Islands, his sister Mrs. W. A. O’Quinn, has been informed. Three other brothers are in the armed services, Sgt. Sinclair LeNoir, also in the Solomons, is wounded and in a hospital. Sgt. Marion LeNoir also in the Solomons and Ingram LeNoir, who is in the Navy, is somewhere in the Atlantic.
50 YEARS AGO – 1967
June 19 - 25
• Poinsett State Park swimming facilities are open for the summer. This announcement comes from R.E. Vreeland, state park director. Lifeguards are on duty at state park swimming areas from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. daily during the summer. Swimming charges are 25 cents for children and 50 cents for adults at most parks.
• Seven young men from Sumter have made the supreme sacrifice in the Vietnam war. They are Pfc. Terry L. Anton, Spec. 4 Robert Cain Jr., Spec. 4 Adherne Louis Hailnes, Pfc. Harold McCrae Smith, Lance Cpl. Leland Emanuel Hammond, Staff Sgt. Robert Henry Steward, and Cpl. Benjamin Richardson. From the county, Cpl. Harry E. Wagner of Gable was killed in the conflict.
• The Sumter Kiwanis Club observed its 45th anniversary in June with three of the original charter-year members presenting a varied program. Herbert Moses, one of the three, served as master of ceremonies, giving as his advice for club work – and other endeavors – “Don’t say ‘I can’t’ or “I won’t’ but ‘I’ll try my best.’” Fulton Creech, the second charter member, recalled many past events, reminding club members, “We’d all like a chance to go back and live our lives over again, but we have only one earthly life to live and should live it by doing the best we can.” The third charter member to speak was E. Murr Hall, who said of the charter members, “We are walking slow but going fast.”
• Tom Cusumano dropped to eighth in the batting order, and Ronnie Mills, getting his first starting role in over a week, collected six hits and knocked in eight runs between them to lead an awesome Sumter batting attack in a 16-3 bombing of Manning in an American Legion League IV contest here.
• Margaret Mullen, 17, runner-up in the Miss Sumter Contest, will represent Sumter in the South Carolina Posture and Physical Fitness Pageant of the South Carolina Chiropractors Association. Contestants will be judged on beauty, poise, personality and physical fitness in the pageant.
• Byrd Parnell, sheriff of Sumter County, has been named at The American Legion Department Convention as the outstanding Law Enforcement Officer of the 1967. Sheriff Parnell, Sheriff of the Year in 1965, was selected from 26 nominations made by American Legion Posts throughout South Carolina.
25 YEARS AGO – 1992
March 20 - 26
The Lee County School Board of Trustees discussed building a new high school and other options in anticipation of a county population boom that is slow in coming. In a special meeting, Superintendent John Wall discussed the lack of space, the deterioration of facilities and the anticipated growth in the area to be generated by a state prison under construction near Bishopville.
• Staff Sgt. James Lewis Parrott of Sumter will accept his award as an Outstanding Guardsman of the Year for 1991. Parrott, an OH-58 observation scout helicopter crew chief, will be honored for outstanding performance of duty at the National Guard Association’s annual conference.
• Even had Bishopville High not advanced all the way to the 2A upper state championship game, head coach Harold Galloway said, he would have enjoyed the 1991-92 basketball season. Because the Dragons did make it that far, and for his part in leading them there, Galloway has been chosen the ITEM Boys Basketball Coach of the Year for 1992. The Hillcrest Wildcats won 20 games, claimed the Region IV-4A tournament championship and advanced to the state playoffs. Because he, in large part, was responsible for Hillcrest’s success, junior forward Ray Allen has been selected the ITEM Boys Basketball Players of the Year for 1992.
• Sumter’s Tyrone Burton appeared to be the only one carrying a grudge when he climbed into the boxing ring to take on Wilmington’s John Law at the Optimist Youth Center. Law, who had dropped a decision to Burton in Wilmington earlier this season and wanted a chance to return the favor with a win in Burton’s hometown, went down after a left hook in the first round and then lost a unanimous decision.
• Danny White and Peggy Kinney have not been active in road racing for several months due to various health-related reasons. That was hard to tell by their performances in The Item/Park Inn Road Race. White, who was recovering from an ankle injury, easily won the men’s 10-kilometer race with a time of 34 minutes, 19 seconds. Kinney, who has been inactive due to a pregnancy, won the women’s overall five-kilometer race in a time of 20:55.
• If going back to school meant being able to play with your children, adult students might find the task more appealing. That concept has led to a pilot program that’s allowing some mothers who haven’t earned their high school diplomas to study for their General Equivalent Diploma at the Headstart Center in Manning while their toddlers play nearby. Clarendon County is one of 15 counties in the state offering the “Family Literacy” program in conjunction with their regular adult education programs.
• A morning of unique learning will be offered to District 17 parents during the first Parent University at Alice Drive Middle School. Parents will be able to participate in one of several mini-courses. The university is sponsored by the District 17 Parent Involvement Council and is being funded through a special grant. A wide range of courses will be offered and include Stress Management, How to Help Your Elementary School Child With Homework, Family Math, Parent-Teacher Conference, and Career/Vocational Opportunities for the Future.
• If opening night at Sumter Rebel Speedway proved nothing else, it did show that there is plenty of interest in automobile racing in Sumter County. Track promoter Bobby Sisson spent the entire off-season attempting to win approval from Sumter County Council to build a new race track in the western portion of the county. An impressive turnout by both fans and drivers was probably spurred by the controversy about a new track.
• If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then Charleston native Robert Mills must rank as one of the most admired creative forces in the field of American architecture. Mills, easily South Carolina’s most prominent 19th-century architect, wrote his signature boldly across the state, so influencing the taste of South Carolinians that it is sometimes difficult to distinguish his work from that of his imitators.
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