75 YEARS AGO - 1943
Oct. 9 - Oct. 15
- Sumter school children began early on another task for their country as they brought in the first installments in the waste paper campaign to be conducted here today, Wednesday and Thursday. The students …
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- Sumter school children began early on another task for their country as they brought in the first installments in the waste paper campaign to be conducted here today, Wednesday and Thursday. The students will be working to reach a quota of 25 pounds each for the three days and will receive passes to a movie in the local theaters if they reach this amount, Superintendent William Henry Shaw said today.
- Lt. Harry T. Moore of the Shaw Field Public Relations office spoke last night to the Air Warning Service volunteers at the ceremonies held in the Edmunds High auditorium. Lt. Moore began his talk by contrasting conditions in Europe as seen on his previous trips there, remarking that in 1932 people in general believed the possibility of a coming war with air raids and blackouts was utterly fantastic.
- Highlighting the Sunday afternoon program of the city Recreation Center will be a discussion led by Sgt. Craft McCormic beginning at 5 o'clock. The public is invited to meet the Sumter gunner and discuss his experiences as an aerial gunner in the various theaters of war. Special music will be rendered, and a community sing led by W. E. Moore will be other features of the program. Mrs. Annie Rowland Lewis will be the accompanist. The City Rec. Hall is over Lawson's Drug store on Main Street.
- Sumter High's football team rolled over hapless Chester outfit in the Upstate, 53-0. The Gamecocks scored twice in every quarter. With the line opening wide holes in the Chester forward wall, the Sumter backs galloped to glory. The Birds had command of the situation from beginning to end and permitted only one Chester first down. Harry Commins scored two touchdowns, Bradford one, Hughes one, Goodson one and Calhoun, substitute back, three. Hughes kicked five extra points to bring his total points scored for the night to 11.
- About 40 Cadet wives enjoyed the tea given at the Cadet Club on Friday for the wives of the new class, 44-B. Mrs. Williams, hostess of the club, and Mrs. Springer, chairwoman of the Cadet Club Wives Group, met the newcomers at the door and introduced them. Little name tags were pinned on everyone so that they could more easily get acquainted with each other. Bridge, Bingo and other games were played.
- Mrs. Kathryn Bagnal Holdom has been advised by the Secretary of War that her husband, First Lt. Robert J. Holdom, who was reported missing in action over France since July 14, was killed in action on that date. Lt. Holdom, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Gray D. Holdom, Pelham Manor, New York, first enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Corps and later was transferred to the United States Air Force and received a part of his training at Shaw Field, Sumter. Mrs. Holdom and daughter Margaret Gray were visiting Lt. Holdom's parents at the present time and was with them when she received the notification of her husband's death.
- The Sumter County Community and War Chest campaign got underway following a breakfast for workers at the YWCA. The campaign will be conducted through Oct. 16 with $54,800 set as the goal. Both Edwin Boyle and Clark Hughes are general chairmen and directors of the campaign, and they urged people to be ready with their pledges when called on and to double last year's contribution to ensure the campaign's success.
- M. Vance Dawkins, lieutenant in the Navy, was awarded the Air Medal, the Navy announced. Lt. Dawkins participated in the sinking of an enemy submarine in the Atlantic. This is his second Air Medal. Lt. Dawkins is the son of Mr. and Mrs. M. V. Dawkins. He graduated from Sumter High School and attended Wake Forest and University of South Carolina. He won his Navy wings and has been on active duty for some time.
- It's "off with the old and on with the new" for Shaw Field personnel who will celebrate the change to their olive drab winter uniforms at a formal dance at the U.S.O. on Friday night. Oct. 15 is the official date when soldiers at Shaw will don their winter uniforms. The dance which is being planned by the U.S.O. staff and U.S.O. soldiers' council will begin promptly at 8:30. Col. R.C.W. Blessley and other Shaw Field officers have been extended an invitation to attend the dance, and members of the U.S.O. council, headed by Shepard Nash, have been invited also. Senior and junior hostesses will be present, as will WACs of Shaw Field.
- Lt. Leon M. Blanding, 24, Sumter, has received the Distinguished Flying Cross as a mark of the skill and gallantry with which he has flown his Thunderbolt in 40 combat missions. The South Carolina fighter pilot who wears the wings of both the Royal Air Force and the U. S. Air Corps had previously been awarded the Air Medal and three oak leaf clusters. The DFC was presented by Maj. Gen. William E. Kepner, VIII Fighter Command commander.
- Sumter High School's annual gridiron battle with Darlington was turned into a 1-0 victory for the Gamecocks when officials found it necessary to forfeit the contest to Sumter. Play had been halted in the first part of the fourth quarter as the result of a brief flareup on the playing field, but when Darlington players and fans prevented resumption of play after a two-minute timeout, the officials awarded the game to the home team. Sumter was leading at the time, 21-0. A crowd of 4,000 saw the contest. The contest was hard fought from the start, and the Gamecocks shot into the lead on the seventh play of the battle when Goodson caught the Darlington defense napping and raced 32 yards for a touchdown. Tommy Hughes kicked the extra point and Sumter went ahead 7-0.
50 YEARS AGO - 1968
June 9 - 15
- City Manager Wade S. Kolb will present a $2,088,637 budget for the 1968-69 fiscal year to City Council at the regular meeting to be held in City Hall. The budget, expected to receive council consideration at several subsequent meetings this month, stands about $150,000 above the one for the previous year. Some $50,000 of that increase is represented by the proposed purchase of improved garbage accumulation and collection equipment for the downtown area.
- In what is supposed to be an off year for them, Sumter's P-15's open their bid for a sixth league crown in the last seven years when the American Legion baseball season opens. Coach Bernie Jones' club, a youthful aggregation with a lot of desire, gets its first taste of action by opening the League III season at Camden. Jones has tapped right-hander Kelly Coker as his starting pitcher against a team that could surprise onlookers during the 1968 campaign.
- The YWCA is again bringing to the Sumter community a cultural Enrichment Program in cooperation with the Southern Education Program. This program is designed to motivate students to become actively involved in the learning process. They are taught to think, question, argue and form opinions in a manner that differs from rote-learning orientation. The program will focus on students in grades 7-12. A range of students from all economic backgrounds who show promise are invited to participate. No more than 50 students will be involved in the program since the major goals of these classes are attention to individual needs and encouragement of an active involvement of the students in the learning process.
- Bids will be opened on additions to Bates and McLaurin Junior high schools at Willow Drive School cafeteria, according to H. J. Demosthenes of Demosthenes-McCreight & Riley, Sumter architects. Construction, including erection of a large gymnatorium at Bates and a circular complex of classrooms and library at McLaurin, is expected to begin in mid-July, with completion scheduled for May 15, 1969.
- Sumter business and civic leader Ernest Clifton Stroman Sr., 58, died early today in Cornell Medical Center in New York after an eight-week illness. Mr. Stroman was born in Bowman on Nov. 16, 1908, a son of Minnie Ott Stroman and the late Andrew M. Stroman, and had been in business in Sumter for 34 years. Mr. Stroman came to Sumter in 1934 to open the new Belk-Robinson department store. He had been working for several years in the Belk-Robinson store in Charleston, moving up rapidly in that firm.
- After three quick scoreless innings, Olanta broke the season opener wide open, scoring two runs in the fourth and another in the sixth, to give J.C. Britton's Manning crew their first loss of the new season, 309. Under rain-threatening skies which could have blessed the Manning boys if it had washed out the game, Britton's boys just couldn't make the breaks go their way. Manning's toughest setback came when it was learned that experienced second baseman and pitcher Jerry Coker, who could have been just the spark of talent needed to lift the Manning team into first, had signed Saturday night with the Philadelphia Phillies.
- Kelly Coker served notice that he would be a player to be reckoned with this summer as he pitched and batted Sumter's P-15's to a 3-1 victory over Camden in the American Legion III opener for both teams. Coker, a right-hander whose mound action last year consisted of nothing more than bullpen duty, looked exceptionally sharp for the first outing of the campaign.
- Five Shaw personnel will complete studies at various colleges and universities this summer under "Operation Bootstrap." Maj. Steven A. Capinas, Headquarters Ninth Air Force, and Staff Sgt. Robert M. Millsap, 363rd Combat Support Group, will attend University of Omaha. Maj. Capinas will complete his Bachelor of General Studies degree in history, and Sgt. Millsap will study for this B.S. in economics. Capt. Marion G. Wilson, 507th Direct Air Support Squadron, will pursue studies to complete his master's degree in community counseling at the University of Southern Mississippi. Sgt. John E. Darnall, 363rd Combat Support Group, will further his studies at California State College, Long Beach, California, and Sgt. Charles A. McMenamin of the 363rd Combat Support Group will attend Pennsylvania State University.
- Today marks the 20th anniversary of Women in the Air Force. It was June 12, 1948, when Congress passed the Women's Armed Service Integration Act authorizing women in the regular and reserve components of the Armed Forces. The Air Force offers a challenging career for women. In general, Air Force women are trained, assigned and administered under the same policies and procedures as Air Force men.
- Sumter could become the sixth-largest city in South Carolina if two areas are annexed in the upcoming special election. Population of the two areas of proposed annexation along Sumter's northwestern and western boundaries plus general population growth in the city since the 1960 census could boost Sumter, currently eighth in the state, over Florence and Rock Hill. The new status "could lead to a lot of interesting possibilities for potential in the future," Gerald J. Dix, executive vice president of the Sumter Chamber of Commerce, told members of the Lions Club.
- Four Sumter students graduated from The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina. The four were Charles Alessandro, Buford S. Mabry Jr., Robert W. Haile and Joseph T. McElveen.
25 YEARS AGO - 1993
March 12 - 18
- After two weeks of hoping for the best, South Carolinians received the news they feared worst today - the Navy has recommended closing most of its major facilities in Charleston, a loss of more than 17,000 jobs. The Charleston Naval Base, the Charleston Naval Shipyard and the Charleston Naval Hospital are all on the defense base closing list as is the Naval Electronic Systems Engineering Command. Also included are the Charleston Naval Supply Center and the Defense Logistics Agency's supply depot. According to figures released by U.S. Sen. Ernest "Fritz" Hollings' office, the total impact of the base closure recommendations will mean the loss of 17,443 military and civilian jobs in the state.
- More than 800 people attended a public hearing on whether public prayers should be said at school-sponsored events in Sumter School District 17, and two speakers used their three minutes of speaking time to lead the crowd in prayer. District 17 trustees held the hearing at Sumter High School at the request of the Rev. Phil Simun, who has been lobbying the board to permit student-initiated prayer at school events. Twenty-six of the 45 people who signed up to speak made their impassioned remarks before a brief question-and-answer session. No one spoke against prayer in the schools, but several speakers said they favored a moment of silence.
- Hillcrest shook off a late second-half surge by Byrnes to claim its first state 4A basketball championship crown at Carolina Coliseum. The Wildcats watched the Rebels bomb for 31 points in the third period, but managed to hold on to win 71-63. "It's unbelievable," said Hillcrest coach James Smith as his team accepted the championship trophy. "These kids worked so hard this year. It all started back in June, with all the camps and stuff. They really deserve this win."
- Naval installations in Charleston took a direct hit, but Shaw Air Force Base was flying even higher than normal. Not only was Shaw absent from the Department of Defense's base closure list, but the Sumter base will become the new permanent home of an air traffic control squadron that had been temporarily assigned there. But local leaders, though pleased with Shaw's survival of one more day of reckoning, sounded a note of caution, saying that Sumter can't relax its efforts to keep Shaw off future closing lists.
- A first-year head coach and a freshman floor leader helped lead Robert E. Lee's Lady Cavaliers to the SCISAA 3A state semifinals this season. For their roles in R.E. Lee's 16-7 season, Kim Langston and Karen White have been named Item Independent School Coach and Player of the Year, respectively. Langston, who spent four years as the junior varsity coach at Laurence Manning before assuming the reins at R.E. Lee this season, said she was not surprised by the Lady Cavaliers' success. Despite the fact that her two top players were freshmen, Langston anticipated a successful season for the Lady Cavaliers.
- A Sumter native was startled to find himself thrust into the New York media spotlight after he helped rescue a deathly ill pregnant woman from the World Trade Center after the Feb. 26 terrorist bombing. Clarence Singleton, a 1967 graduate of Sumter's Lincoln High School and for the past 14 years a New York City firefighter, says he wasn't ready for the throng of reporters and cameras he faced five days after the blast at a news conference on the dramatic rescue, which ended in the successful emergency Caesarian delivery of a premature baby girl, who weighed 1 pound 9 ounces. The woman is also expected to recover.
- With a year under the belt for the 10-kilometer portion of the race, Mary Kay Morgan hopes the 1993 The Item/Nations Bank Run will be the best ever. The combined 5K-10K road race will be held at Swan Lake-Iris Gardens. Morgan, the health enhancement director of the Sumter Family UMCA, thinks the 10K course offers a competitive run but one that allows for fast times.
- Although some South Carolina farmers are worried that strong winds and frigid temperatures may have badly damaged their early crops, most crops in Sumter, Lee and Clarendon counties withstood this past weekend's storm well. Tomatoes, early blooming varieties of peaches, strawberry plants, blueberry bushes and several tobacco farms suffered the most from the severe weather. One Sumter farmer says he lost most of his blueberries. The National Weather Service is calling for the weather to get warmer.
- Sumter School District 17 officials will hire two crossing guards for Kingsbury Elementary School, where an 11-year-old was struck by a car when crossing the street. Third-grader Bobby McCaffrey was treated and released from Sumter's Tuomey Regional Medical Center after being struck by a car on Kingsbury Drive in front of the school, said his mother, Veronica McCaffrey. The child, who was back in school, has a bruised face and a bruised left foot, she said. Two part-time crossing guards will be hired temporarily at the expense of the district, said Joe Klein, District 17 Assistant Superintendent for Fiscal Affairs.
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