75 YEARS AGO - 1942
President Roosevelt has signed a bill extending for two years the reduced interest rates on Federal Land Bank and Land Bank Commissioner loans, J.H. Myers, president of the Gamecock National Farm Loan Association, announced this week. Myers stated that this would mean a considerable saving in interest charges to borrowers in this territory. The Gamecock Association is a member of a group of three associations maintaining a joint office at Sumter, serving Clarendon, Lee and Sumter counties. W.J. Lawrence Jr., secretary-treasurer, is in charge of the office in the agricultural building on the courthouse square.
• With arrangements complete, the trio of candidates for the post of city council will speak at the junior high school on West Calhoun street at 9 o'clock tomorrow night. The three candidates running for the post of city councilman will speak in the following order: Dr. Carl Epps; Herbert Moses, incumbent; and M.M. Weinberg.
• Fred A. Crawford, superintendent of the Sherwood school, has been named by County Superintendent of Education W.O. Cain as county chairman of a statewide program of compulsory physical training in schools and colleges for all male youths 16 years and older. Crawford was selected after Gov. R.M. Jefferies on Wednesday called on education officials of every county to select leaders to attend a course in physical training at the Navy's preflight school at Athens, Georgia.
• Genial John J. Riley, who numbers among his volunteer activities on behalf of the city everything from baseball to promoting tourist trade, has been selected by the Americanism committee of the state department of the South Carolina Legion to be recommended for the new $1,000 Rosentiel award, which is to go to the Legionnaire in the United States with the most outstanding record for civic work done in his community during the year July 1, 1941-June 30, 1942.
• Eight Sumter County boys, members of a Field Artillery unit at Camp Blanding, Florida, have passed examinations for training as aviation cadets and are at home now on a 15-day leave. If they have not been called by July 30, they will return to Camp Blanding to await orders. They are: Calvin Chandler, Alvin Grumbles, Charles Player, Jack Warner, Burgess Coulter, Milton Baker, Clyde Newman and Will Muldrow.
• Two Sumter boys have been accepted as candidates to officer's training schools, according to information reaching here this morning. Hampton N. Forester has been sent front Camp Claiborne, Louisiana, to Fort Sill, Oklahoma, to the school there. Sergeant Ira Kaye has been admitted as an officer candidate to the Air Force's candidate school at Miami Beach, Florida.
• Two Sumter boys are now stationed at Mather Field near Sacramento, California. They are Adger Matthews, son of Mrs. Mary Matthews, and Lester Mathis, son of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Mathis. Both boys have been accepted as aviation cadets. At Mather Field they will take a basic military training course given by the Army Air Forces before starting their flying instruction.
• Chief W.C. Kirven of the city police force called attention to complaints he had been receiving about too much noise. Most of the violators reported were persons driving automobiles and motorcycles without mufflers. Police will be on the lookout for noise makers who are breaking a city ordinance.
50 YEARS AGO - 1967
The look of downtown Sumter has been softened another degree. Workers from the City Parks and Recreation Department placed eight dun-colored, fiberglass benches and eight larger flower and shrub plants alongside the trees planted on Main Street between Hampton Avenue and Dugan Street. Sim P. Wright, city parks and recreation superintendent, said the Garden Club Council has agreed to plant flowers and shrubs in the planters.
• Larry Rogers, Iris Festival general chairman, said "everything points to the best festival in the history of the event. All committee chairmen are reporting in optimistic terms, and it looks like we'll have the best and most colorful festival ever held in South Carolina." Rogers expects the parade to draw 100,000 people into downtown Sumter.
• Nadine Eskridge, a sparkling-eyed dark blond, is the new Miss Bishopville. Nadine, 17, was selected at Saturday night's Miss Bishopville Pageant, sponsored by the Bishopville Jaycees. She succeeds Cindy Ellen. Her talent was a series of dances, depicting styles and fads through the years.
• Billy Ardis turned in the finest pitching performance for Sumter this season, giving up only two hits, as he hurled the Gamecocks to a 3-0 victory over Dreher on Friday afternoon at Riley Park. Ardis, a left-hander who pitches for the Legion team during the summer, struck out 10 Blue Devil batters and issued only two walks.
• Furman's Tommy Jones, in his first appearance on the mound of the season, tossed a brilliant no-hitter against Lamar, walking only one man, but came away a 1-0 loser here. Jones, flashing a nifty curve ball, cut down eight out of the first nine batters he faced on strikeouts. The transplanted catcher also led the Indians at the plate with two singles. Lamar's only run came when Wright reached first after being hit with a pitch, stole second and went to third on an error. He scored on Tommy Suggs' sacrifice.
• Track manager Clinnie Hyatt said he wasn't surprised at all when Arnold Hutto won the 35-lap late model sportsman race at the Sumter Raceway. Hutto had been protested the week before, and his car was found illegal. "They caught him on a technicality so I expected him to put on a good show," Hyatt said. "He took his time and worked his way. He drove like a true sport."
• Two Clemson University students from Sumter have been named editors for the 1967-68 edition of Taps, the student yearbook at Clemson. Jack W. Erter Jr. will serve as editor-in-chief, and Cecil M. Drakeford Jr. will be sports editor of the annual. Erter, an industrial management major, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jack W. Erter. Drakeford, an architecture major, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. C.M. Drakeford.
• With a full week of activities already on the Iris Festival schedule, two additional events are now being planned. A milking contest, sponsored by Sumter Dairies, has been set for 11 a.m., and an autograph session for Miss Patricia Harty, co-star of NBC-TV's "Occasional Wife," is being planned to follow immediately after the contest. Both events will take place in downtown Sumter.
• College scholarships and youth leadership awards were presented and Youth Government Day leaders honored at a luncheon held by the Elks Lodge. Ann Geraldine McCord of Manning, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. Kenneth McCord, was recognized as winner of a $600 scholarship from the State Elks Assn. The actual award will be presented to her at the state convention in mid-June in Greenville.
25 YEARS AGO - 1992
Jan. 24 - 29
Sheriff's deputies serving a warrant on a Sumter man recovered merchandise that had reportedly been stolen from at least four county residences in recent months. Six counts of burglary and grand larceny are pending in connection with the stolen property. Lt. Anthony Bradford and Investigator Wesley Gardner were serving a warrant on a separate burglary, when they discovered the stash of goods inside a vacant mobile home on the property.
• Sumter High's Lady Gamecocks survived a lackluster performance to defeat Eau Claire 42-34 at the Sumter High gym. Sumter, which improved to 11-4 overall and 5-1 in Region IV-4A play, led 10-7 after one quarter and 16-10 at halftime. Eau Claire charged back to pull within one point at the end of the third quarter. Sumter outscored the Lady Shamrocks 13-4 during the last four minutes of the game.
• A Dalzell man has been named South Carolina's Young Farmer of the Year by the S.C. Young Farmers Association. Charles Edens recently received the annual award, which recognized him for his farming skills and community involvement. Edens, 39, who grew up on his family's 3,230-acre farm near Dalzell, said he knew as a child he wanted to be a farmer. He manages the H.C. Edens and Sons farm, which consists of 800 acres of peanuts, 400 acres of soybeans and 300 acres of wheat.
• Learning is part of life for a National Football League rookie. Some of it comes easy, some of it comes through taking a few hard knocks along the way. Dexter Davis, former Sumter High standout, just went through that process as a rookie defensive back with the Phoenix Cardinals. Perhaps the easiest thing he learned this season came after receiving a few hard knocks as well.
• The federal government and the General Assembly are ordering counties and municipalities across the state to build new jails and landfills and implement expensive solid-waste recycling programs. But they aren't helping the financially strapped local governments fund the orders, county and city officials say. And while Sumter, Lee and Clarendon County officials say the requirements are draining their budgets, the mandates aren't likely to stop. When mandates get to local government, the only place to pass them down to is the taxpayer," Sumter City Manager Talmadge Tobias said.
• In recognition of Black History Month, the Sumter County Museum is paying tribute to Morris College, the local predominately black college, with an exhibit in the Sherman Smith Gallery. Established in 1908 with help from the Baptist Educational and Missionary Convention of South Carolina, Morris College has provided education to many ministers and educators in the state.
• Those balmy spring days usually associated with caps and gowns and diplomas are still months away, but that didn't stop 55 USC Sumter students from graduating this winter. "Because most students want to collect their diplomas as soon as possible after completing the required coursework, the University of South Carolina confers degrees three times during the year - in May, August and December," according to Dr. Tom Lisk, USC Sumter's associate dean for academic affairs.
• Because of three consecutive years of excellent test scores and teacher and student attendance records, Sumter's Alice Drive Elementary School has won deregulated status. Announced by the state Department of Education, the status exempts the school from many of the education department's testing programs, as well as regulations on the way students spend their time. The time saved from testing will be used by the faculty to develop new curriculum approaches.
• Sumter High School quarterback Wally Richardson is expected to announce today that he will attend Penn State to further his academic and football career. "I don't think there's any doubt about that," said Gamecock head coach Tom Lewis when asked whether Richardson had chosen to attend Penn State. Richardson apparently made the decision after visiting Penn State. He canceled a return visit to Duke and had also visited Alabama and Notre Dame.
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