Renovations start at USO; Swan Lake bank robbed - again

Posted 9/10/17

75 YEARS AGO - 1943

April 3 - 9

Renovations at the new U.S.O. Club at 14 S. Main St. will start Monday morning. Carl E. Copeland, general manager of Henry P. Moses Housing Co., has received the necessary priorities for building material, and …

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Renovations start at USO; Swan Lake bank robbed - again


75 YEARS AGO - 1943

April 3 - 9

Renovations at the new U.S.O. Club at 14 S. Main St. will start Monday morning. Carl E. Copeland, general manager of Henry P. Moses Housing Co., has received the necessary priorities for building material, and his men will report for work Monday. Director Joe Stritter said that in addition to utilizing the first floor and balconies, the second floor would be transformed into a game room.

• Sumter High School will definitely be without a baseball team this year, according to Coach Johnnie Mc Millan, and the school will feature intramural sports for the remainder of the school term. Coach McMillan said that plans were continuing for a full football slate for next fall.

• The annual Boy Scout Father and Son banquet was held at the YWCA, with the awarding of Eagle Scout badges to Charles Nabors and Richard Moses the feature part of the program. Scout officials of the Pee Dee Area Council, local Scout leaders and Scoutmasters attended the dinner, which was served on the second floor of the YWCA building. John J. Riley delighted the audience with his speech stressing the importance of the father and son relationship and said, "it is the finest corporation on earth, and should never be broken up."

• Now is the time, ladies. If you join the Marine Corps you will be getting in on the ground floor of the women leatherneck organization and you will have an excellent chance of obtaining a rating in short order. Capt. H.T. Bredenberg, woman Marine procurement officer, stressed today. It is possible to become a corporal or a sergeant even before finishing the preliminary six-week indoctrination course. The pay will be same as that of male Marines of corresponding rank. As a private your pay and expense allowances will come to $132.50 a month.

• Patrons of the local theatres have added $700.34 to the Red Cross War Fund drive, director F.E. Gibson announced today. The money was turned over to him this morning by K.E. Ward, theatres manager, who made the collections in cooperation with the War Activities Committee of the national motion picture industry.

• Four bills by the Sumter House delegation to provide a schedule of fees for the clerk of court of Sumter County; to create a Sumter County Board of Health and county health department; provide for closing county offices a half-day during the summer, and the Sumter County deficiency appropriations bill were sent to the senate today by the house.

50 YEARS AGO - 1967

Dec. 3 - 10

Sylvia Fornter assumed her duties as assistant extension home economist, according to T.O. Bowen, Sumter County agent. The new agent, who replaces Mrs. Patricia Lee, comes to the position from Carolina Power & Light Co., where she served as home service representative for the Sumter area.

• Bert Lahr, the beloved Cowardly Lion of "The Wizard of Oz" and veteran of countless stage and movie roles, died at age 72. Lahr's death at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center was attributed to a massive internal hemorrhage. He had been under treatment for a back ailment and pneumonia.

• Registrations are being accepted to take the National Engineering Aptitude Search test, according to Miss Ethel Burnett, Edmunds High School assistant principal. Students in grades nine through 12 are eligible to register with their homeroom teachers for the test, sponsored by the Junior Engineering Technical Society.

• A joint meeting of the Sumter County Board of Commissioners and the Legislative Delegation was held at the courthouse to hear a request from Dr. E. Alex Heise, medical director of the Sumter County Health Department, for funds to aid in expanding the current health department to approximately twice its current size.

• Recording on film the everyday occurrences in the life of a man as active as Sumter County Sheriff I. Byrd Parnell is a pretty demanding assignment, but freelance photographer Bob Adelman arrived in Sumter with all of the gusto the task requires. On assignment of the Saturday Evening Post, Adelman, who hails from New York City, will be following Sheriff Parnell on investigations, hunting trips and any other excursions that might develop until the middle of the week.

• Sumter's Jimmy Trembley turned in a fine performance here in the annual Shrine Bowl game which pits the South Carolina High School All-Stars against those from North Carolina. The 6-2, 205-pounder helped lead the Sandlappers to their 27-21 upset victory.

• Sparked by scoring and rebounding of Pete Atkinson and Ray Morris, East Clarendon's Wolverines captured their second straight basketball victory of the season by stunning Class C power Olanta, 57-49.

• Furman, enjoying a 10-point advantage at halftime, had to survive a furious Mayewood rally in the third quarter before the Indians could claim their second win of the season with a narrow 49-46 conquest of the Rebels.

• Maj. Gen. George L. Mabry Jr., commanding general of the Combat Developments Command Experimentation Command, has been assigned to US Army Europe.

• People will come to Sumter to see what is being done for handicapped students in South Carolina's public schools, predicts Dr. Dill D. Beckman, director of the State Vocational Rehabilitation Department. He holds up the Sumter project as a model. There are 15 similar cooperative ventures between the Vocational Rehabilitation Department and public schools.

• Sumter's newest service club was formally chartered in ceremonies at the American Legion Home. Known as the Sumter Gamecock Lions Club, the organization is the second Lions Club for this city. Its charter president is J.B. "Red" Baker and it'll meet the first and third Monday nights of every month.

• Lincoln's Bulldogs unleashed a savage second half attack, scoring 53 points in the last two quarters, to turn back the Jackson Tigers of Camden 88-69. William Blyther led the Bulldogs to their third victory of the season with a sparkling 31-point effort.

• Surprising Sumter, overcoming a rash of its own offensive mistakes in the first three periods, exploded in the final quarter to ease by Camden, 57-51, in a AAA basketball game here. Al Towery, Gamecock captain, sparked the winning effort with 25 points while Dwayne Windham added 11. Towery kept Sumter in the contest during the early going when the rest of the Gamecocks had trouble finding the basket.

25 YEARS AGO - 1992

Sept. 4 -10

The Sumter-based National Bank of South Carolina will open its first office in Florence, bank officials announced. The branch will be located in the former South Carolina National Bank building on Palmetto Street. The building was constructed in 1949 for Security Savings and Loan. NBSC is proud to become a part of Florence and Florence County, NBSC Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Robert V. Royall Jr. said.

• Sumter High employed an impressive ground attack and overcame some defensive lapses to record a 34-20 win over Berkeley at Bonner Stadium. The Gamecocks rushed for 345 of their 403 yards in total offense. Malcolm Burns carried 17 times for 191 yards to lead the attack, while Stacey Reardon added 91 yards on 13 attempts.

• Brenda Carraway-Flanagan has been named the department head of the new practical nursing program at Central Carolina Technical College. Flanagan is a graduate of Furman High School and the University of South Carolina in Columbia. She holds a bachelor's degree in nursing. Robert G. Burke Sr. has been named instructor for the practical nursing program at the college. A current Columbia resident, Burke is a graduate of Claminade College of Honolulu and holds a B.S.N. degree and a master's in sociology from Northwestern State University of Louisiana.

• More than 30 years ago, Cliff Goodwin Jr. opened Goodwin Volkswagen Inc., one of the first foreign car dealerships in Sumter. Today, he's overseeing construction of a brand new 20,000-square-foot facility that will house that dealership, along with Goodwin's Honda and Mitsubishi lines.

• Is there a doctor in the house? Yes, sirree - There're two of them. Having two doctors in the house can make for some interesting phone conversations ("May I speak to Dr. Jones, please?") and some really interesting scheduling situations. Sumter has at least three two-doctor families - Mark and Linda Crabbe, Joseph and Brenda Williams and Usah Lilavivat and his wife, Pusadee Suchinda. While the situation seems unique to many, Mark Crabbe said it is probably more common than most people think. "It was common in med school and everywhere I've been," he said, adding that it's probably not much different from any other families where the husband and wife both work.

• Beginning this August, high school students in District Two were given an opportunity to choose between English and English Communications, between Mathematics for Technology and Algebra and Geometry. The choices are part of a preparation for the future and a preparation for technology, which will play an important role in the future of South Carolina and Sumter County.

• Polls are open today in Sumter, Lee and Clarendon counties for Democratic primary runoffs. Only registered voters who did not vote in the Aug. 25 primaries and those who cast ballots in the Democratic primary will be allowed to participate today. Those who voted in the Republican primary won't be allowed to vote in the runoffs.

• Manning tailback Chris Stukes and East Clarendon defensive tackle Eric Capers have been chosen as the Sumter Touchdown Club High School Football Players of the Week.

• Sumter's Dream Week celebration, held each March to promote drug-free schools and communities, has been recognized as one of the best anti-drug programs in the Southeast. Glenn Peagler, director of prevention for the Sumter Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, said the award was long overdue. "Dream Week certainly does reach a lot of people," Peagler said. "A lot of people put a lot of hard work into it, and it's about time they got recognized for the hard work they do."

• Sumter County is cleaning up its act. County officials broke ground on the county's first manned center for garbage collection and recycling, which is scheduled to open in October. The center is located on Kingsbury Drive. The county's antiquated green box garbage-collection system will be phased out and replace by the fenced, landscaped and manned recycling and garbage drop-off centers.

• The Swan Lake branch of South Carolina National Bank was robbed for the second time this year. The Sumter bank, located on Liberty Street, was robbed by a man who made off with an undetermined amount of money, police said. The same bank was robbed in March. A man accused of that robbery - 33-year-old William Boyce Cassidy of Rockingham, N.C. - has been caught and jailed on an armed robbery charge. The current robber did not display a weapon, but handed a teller a note that read, "I have a gun. Put the money in the bag."

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