75 YEARS AGO - 1942
Oct. 10 - 16
Members of the Sumter Art Association and their guests gathered at the Coca-Cola Community Center for the first meeting of the season. Following the reading of the minutes the president, Mrs. LeRoy Davis, called on the various committee chairmen for their reports. Guest speaker for the meeting was James McBride Dabbs, poet, essayist and farmer. Dabbs spoke on "The Sense of Depth in Life and Art."
• In the Oct. 5 issue of TIME magazine there is an article concerning the discovery of a cure for stomach ulcer by Dr. H.B. Ball of Northwestern University, who is a native of Sumter County and a graduate of Sumter High School and the University of South Carolina.
• More than 126 tons of scrap material were collected by Sumter school children last week, according to a report submitted today by Superintendent W.H. Shaw, and collection of the scrap continued today with the aid of 12 Shaw Field trucks. Biggest single-handed collection was made by Jimmie Burns of the elementary school, who brought in 6,605 pounds, more than 3 tons. Luke Rogers, Edmunds High School, followed him closely with 6,040 pounds, and Betty Ray Evans led the Junior High collectors with 5,539 pounds. The collection at that school was the greatest, 89,494 pounds.
• The Sumter High School annual, Hi-Ways 1942, has been awarded the All-American Honor Rating by the National Scholastic Press Association, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota. In a letter of congratulations to Miss Elizabeth Hepburn, adviser, National Scholastic Press Association wrote: "It's a distinctive honor for a book to be listed as one of the superior books entered in N.S.P.A.'s Critical Service. This honor represents real achievements on the part of those responsible for its production."
• The Pinewood Indians came through with some beautiful passing, which set the Hillcrest Wildcats back to the tune of 12-0, the same score that the Indians made against them in an earlier game. The play started with Captain Eugene Lowder kicking off for the Indians.
• A tablecloth, handmade from a native Samoan wood, was received by Mr. and Mrs. H.G. McKagen from their grandson, Bill Bowen, U.S.M.C., who has been in the Pacific war zone for several months. The cloth is hand stained in a Samoan pattern. It is stiffer than linen and appears fragile.
50 YEARS AGO - 1967
June 12 - 18
Charlton McLeod finally made his savvy and experience pay off with his first victory of the season in the 33-lap late-model main event at the Sumter Raceway. Driving a '55 Chevy, McLeod trailed early in the race as Jimmy Allsbrook took the lead on the very first lap. Allsbrook never finished, as he barreled into the pine trees off the third turn of the fifth lap. McLeod grabbed the lead on about the 13th lap and coasted the rest of the way to victory.
• The local Sumter Elks Lodge will send a delegation to the South Carolina Elks State Assn.'s convention to be held in Greenville. The delegation will be headed by Exalted Ruler Colin A. McLachlan and the local Ritualistic Team consisting of McLachlan, John Earl Thomas, Sam Anderson, Irvin D. LeGrand, Gordon T. Scofield, Dale E. Lair and Frank J. Bryan, who will participate in the State Ritualistic Contest.
• Tommy Hall's bases-loaded single with two out in the bottom of the tenth inning gave Sumter's P-15s a narrow 2-1 victory over Manning in an American Legion League IV contest at Riley Park. Hall, who had gone hitless in three previous trips to the plate, got his dramatic chance after pitcher Cleve Marsh reached first on an error. Tom Cusumano singled and Tommy Jones walked. The two outs came when Wayne Carter flied out to left and John McTamney had popped out to first.
• More than 100 members of the Sumter County Historical Society met at the High Hills Baptist Church for a paper on the church and then at the Church of the Ascension at Hagood for a supper and business meeting. During the business meeting, last year's slate of officers was re-elected unanimously. Sherman F. Smith is president of the society. Named to the vice-presidency was Mrs. Walter Thompson. Continuing officers are vice-presidents, Mrs. W.L. Harritt, Mrs. Wesley D. McCoy and L. Allen West; Dr. E.C. Gilmore, past president; Mrs. Myrtis G. Osteen, treasurer-custodian; and James M. Eaves, secretary.
• After a six-year pastorate at Trinity Methodist Church, Dr. George S. Duffie has been transferred to Central Methodist Church, Newberry. During his stay in Sumter, Dr. Duffie has not only had a successful pastorate at Trinity but he has been well received by the community. He was a member of the Rotary Club and active in other civic and community affairs.
• Mac McLeod, son of Mr. and Mrs. E.B. McLeod of Pinewood, walked off as high scoring individual in the County 4-H Livestock Judging Contest held at the county fairgrounds. In the County 4-H Dairy Cattle judging contest, Jeff Brogdon, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Brogdon (Concord Community) took top honors to receive the Dairy Judging trophy.
• Sumter's bats found new life and rapped out 13 base hits to carry the P-15s to a 9-4 victory over Turbeville and their fifth straight win in an American Legion League IV contest. Eight Sumter batters got in on the hit parade as Wayne Carter broke out of a hitting slump and led the way at the plate with three hits in five trips.
• Marvin D. Trapp of Sumter has been named to head South Carolina's newly-created South Carolina Arts Commission. The Arts Commission set up by an act of the state legislature, will work to foster creative and performing arts in South Carolina.
25 YEARS AGO - 1992
March 13 - 19
The state House of Representatives approved a measure that would earmark $250,000 a year for economic development in the area surrounding a Sumter County hazardous waste landfill. If approved by the Senate and the governor, the money would go toward development within a five-mile radius of the GSX landfill near Lake Marion. The five-mile area spans parts of Sumter and Clarendon counties and includes Pinewood and Rimini.
• Six area high school students have been selected to attend the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts over the summer. The program will be held at Furman University in Greenville. The Governor's School for the Arts is a comprehensive, five-week program for those students showing artistic abilities in one of five categories including dance, drama, instrumental music, vocal music and visual arts. The following students will be attending: Lucy D. Blakley, Kevin M. Nutter, Christy E. Smith, Robert N. Brown, Catherine E. Strange and Charles Phillip Turner Jr.
• The Mayewood Lady Vikings came up short in their first chance at the 2A state basketball championship at the Carolina Coliseum, dropping a 47-42 decision to Mullins. Funny thing though: Mayewood looked and sounded nothing like a team that had come so close to winning a state title. "We don't have anything to be ashamed of," said Lady Viking swing player Christie Dennis. "This is the first team ever from Mayewood to come and play in the Coliseum; it's a great honor. Of course, I'm disappointed, but even though we didn't win, I'm still happy."
• Tobacco farmers may consider it one of their worst enemies, but USC Sumter biologist Steve Bishoff sees the lowly tobacco hornworm as a key participant in important scientific research. "The hornworm - also known as Manduca sexta - is actually not a worm at all, but the larval stage of a moth," explained Bishoff, co-author of a scholarly article outlining research findings on insect hormone systems.
• Sumter County has a $20 million incentive to find alternatives to throwing criminals in jail. The county can comply with a state Department of Corrections mandate to reduce its jail population in one of two ways, county officials say. The county can build a new jail at an estimated cost of $20 million, or it can find alternatives to incarceration. "We're hoping to avoid for some time going to the taxpayers to ask them to buy a $20 million jail and staff," Sumter County Councilman Chuck Fienning said.
• Despite this winter's record-high temperatures and a sagging economy, The Item's 1991-92 Fireside Fund was a success. ITEM readers donated more than $525 during the final week of this year's fund-raising drive, bringing the 1991-92 total to $26,271.56. The money helps needy families pay home-heating bills during the winter.
• Sumter School District 17's Board of Trustees voted to refinance a 1982 bond issue, a move officials believe could save the district as much as $400,000 in interest payments. More than $6.12 million in bonds were issued in 1982 at interest rates ranging from more than 9 percent to about 11 percent to build Sumter High School. Joe Klein, District 17's assistant superintendent for fiscal affairs, told the board the district could save up to $400,000 if it refinances the nearly $4 million it still owes on the bonds.
• The ITEM/Park Inn Road Race will have a new look to it this year. Well, maybe not a new look, but certainly a different look. The 10- kilometers race, which was discontinued several years ago, has been put back in this year's race, which will be held Saturday beginning at the Swan Lake-Iris Gardens. The 5K and 1-mile fun run races will also be held. Race director Mary Kay Morgan hopes the addition of the 10K race will draw more entrants to the race than it has in recent years.
• A country music video directed by a Sumter native has been nominated for Video of the Year by the Academy of Country Music. Garth Brooks' video "The Thunder Rolls" was directed by Bud Schaetzle, a son of Sumter residents Stan and Lois Schaetzle.
• Did you know that the city of Sumter was at one time in the business of selling electricity? That's right, we had our own electrical company as part of the city's services, and in 1921 we attempted to expand the business. To meet the needs of residents and businesses, we erected steam-generation plant on South Main Street. The plant was located in the building that today houses Sumter Electrical Rewinding Co., which rebuilds and sells electrical motors for customers throughout the Southeast. It was unable to keep up with the demand from customers from day one. It was sold in 1926 to Carolina Power and Light Co.
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